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I have always enjoyed using new technology, whether it’s a videogame system or a new laptop. I'm someone who likes to try out new technology, especially if it’s cheap. Recently, I read a study that electric toothbrushes and water floss are better for dental care. So, I decided to give this a…

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I’ve lived on the east coast for my entire life, so I know what that side of the country is like from Maine to Florida. 

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A little over a year ago, I decided to move down to Florida and live with my sister Colleen, her husband Nick, and their two kids Ella and Ryan. You know how people say that kids turn your world upside down? Well, it’s true. They’re loud, rude, careless, exhausting and rarely listen to a thi…

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It’s an August evening in 2014 when my parents ask my brother and me if we want to go for ice cream. I’m 12 years old at the time and always ready for ice cream. My younger brother, who is 9 years old, shares the same sentiment. 

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When my eldest daughter was born in 2011, my parents visited me from New York. When they first came to see my daughter in the hospital, my father gave “Azan” (a few Arabic lines from prayer) in the right ear of my daughter. That day, I learned that the male head in the family recites beautif…

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My first Broadway show was "The Color Purple," in 2006. It was one of the most magnificent things I had ever seen. The lights, the costumes, the set and the courage it takes to perform reminded me of when I was younger, and my teacher cast me as Wendy in the school's production of "Peter Pan…

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As the world slowly starts to wake up from the year-long nightmare that has been the COVID-19 crisis, we find ourselves stuck in an odd time. 

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Love is a tangible asset; it is intricate and personal. This is evident in the efforts of the individual who recognizes love. Thus, here are some love tips on how to make the relationship work or to attract that special someone: 

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There is a quote I love that reads, “Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.” I loved this quote for a long time, and it has gotten me through some of the roughest patches in my life. It has helped me realize that you will go through some things you cannot control, but …

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My laptop emits a faint, familiar ding from the other side of the room. I rarely answer my personal emails right away, but for some reason, I got up and check it. I cross the room only to spot the logo of the New Jersey Health Department. 

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In attaining the life you dream of, nothing comes easy. Some people are in school with a full-time job, paying bills and providing for others. Everyone has different things on their plate, but the end goal is usually the same for us all. We are all trying to become successful in different ar…

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 Different workouts and exercises work for different people. Along with knowing what works best for your body, it is also important to remember you should always enjoy your workouts. I am always partial to the benefits of weight lifting. If there was one piece of exercise equipment that I th…

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COVID-19 has been a trying time for most people. Besides living in fear of getting sick or having a loved one get sick, we also can’t do things we enjoy, for example, going to restaurants or other public venues. The closures left many people sitting at home. During this time, I found hobbies…

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With everything going on in the world, it can be easy to forget to prioritize our health. While it is imperative to make sure that you are staying on top of the tasks that need to be done, it is also important to realize that we need to continue to take care of ourselves. Even though we are …

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The COVID-19 pandemic has dragged on for almost a year. Although we still have awhile before we can leave our masks at home, the introduction of effective vaccines and new treatments signals the beginning of the end of the pandemic. 

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When I was younger, my mom would take a lunch break after her Rutgers classes and pick me up from my grandmother’s house in Rahway, New Jersey. The drive from Rutgers-New Brunswick to Hailey’s Harp and Pub in Metuchen was around 20 minutes, and 16 minutes from Rahway. It would take us five m…

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Seaside Heights, New Jersey, is home to many beautiful attractions, making it one of the state’s most popular destinations in the state. Within the township, there are many arcades, rides, and eateries that will keep you busy for the entirety of your stay, but the best way to spend your time…

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Coming from Pakistan, it is always hard to get an Indian visa because of India and Pakistan tensions. From the time I was married to an Indian national, I knew that one day I would visit my ancestor’s hometown and explore some iconic and historical places, especially the Taj Mahal.  

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Four years ago, my family and I returned from Amroha, a small town approximately 100 miles from Delhi. We had to take the Emirates flight to the U.S. It was a sad and surreal day because bidding goodbyes were always difficult for me, especially with international travel and leaving behind lo…

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The sand is harder and rockier than most beaches, but that doesn’t stop me from eagerly traipsing through it, following my family toward the sea. I’ve made countless memories at Sandy Hook, so much so that it almost feels like a second home. 

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Starting a business is no simple task, including facing gender, racial and other challenges. Raya Ghosheh, a 17-year-old Palestinian senior at Old Bridge High School had a passion for baking from when she was younger because she used to watch her mother bake Arab desserts.Her small baking bu…

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The town entrance is subtle and undefined. Most people wouldn’t know where the nearby city of Manchester ends and where the town of Bedford, New Hampshire begins. 

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I couldn’t tell you anything about the entrance to Charleston, South Carolina, or even the surrounding area. I spent the latter half of the 12-hour drive to South Carolina asleep, only a thin pillow separating my face from the cool glass of the car window.

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There are many different styles of working out that people can do to stay in shape. No matter what anyone says, everyone’s body is different; one person might say it is the best workout for them, while another claims it was ineffective. Once you find what you enjoy and what gives you the bes…

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String lights cross the cobblestone streets as people mill around. The lamplight shines off the brick buildings, even though the last of the late summer sunlight hasn’t faded yet. If you were looking for it, you could detect the slight breeze and scent of saltwater that comes with being near…

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The tea kettle shrieks as I turn off the stovetop. I pour the boiling water into a ceramic mug and add a single teabag. I carefully carry the mug to the table near the couch, where I already have my supplies waiting. I sink comfortably into the plush sofa as I pull my warm blanket closer. I …

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The Zimmerli Art Museum is partnering with Sisterwork for a new series called “Bloom: Explore Growth and Self-Expression through Art” via Zoom on March 13 at 2 p.m. 

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Arts and Culture have played a significant part in almost everyone's life. We may not realize its importance because it's something we take for granted every day. Teachers have used movies, television shows and plays to teach students lessons. We have used the arts to uplift, encourage open …

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During the 90s, two of my sisters got married. The norm was people from the groom’s side used to come and meet the girl and her family. Most of the time, they reject the girl. It happened with all five of my sisters; it also happened to me. Arranged marriages are an integral practice in Paki…

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The Sayreville Public Library hosted their final “Movement & Yoga Practice” via Zoom on Jan. 25 to encourage active and healthy living. 

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“Writing is like my refuge,” said Brian O’Sullivan, a successful self-published author from the San Francisco Bay Area. Being underrepresented as a Hollywood screenwriter did not stop O’Sullivan from leaving his mark on the world.  

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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, and in many areas worsens, more and more people are succumbing to pandemic anxiety. In these cold and dark winter months, it becomes harder to believe that brighter days are ahead of us. 

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Up until my mid 20s, I was always in shape. In 2001, my sister left for Canada and my parents had already migrated to the U.S. At the time, I was living with my Aunt in Karachi, Pakistan. In August 2002, one of my very close friends told me that I had put on weight and should lose it. My ini…

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By Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-In-Chief, There is nothing marking the various entrances into the town. In most areas, there is no sign signifying the movement across town lines. As a result, many people, even some town residents, don’t know where other towns end and where Spotswood begins. Wit…

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By Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-In-Chief I awaken to the sound of my cell phone vibrating against the heavy wooden nightstand. I open my eyes and take a moment to acclimate myself to the unfamiliar territory. I scan the sky-blue walls and graying wooden floorboards, briefly inspecting the black…

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By Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-In-Chief This year, the focus is on voting. Every news outlet  in the world has banners on their homepages showing users how to register to vote. Businesses are encouraging shoppers to vote via commercials, advertisements and displays. The internet is overflowing…

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By Diandra Hilario, Staff Writer The current pandemic has been hard for everyone around the world, forcing many to change their day-to-day lives to accommodate the difficulties that coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought. While most individuals can adjust to rough times with little to no trouble…

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Madison Bara As about a month of quarantine has passed, I am starting to get tired of hearing about the coronavirus (COVID-19). I understand that we are in a pandemic and need to take it seriously, but we don’t have to talk about it every minute of the day.  During this quarantine, I rarely …

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Sebastian Casado   Everyone who knows me is aware that I never leave the house without moisturizer. It is something that I’ve felt is always necessary to use to take care of your skin well. My favorite hand lotion is the 48  hour Nivea body lotion with deep nourishing serum and shea butter. …

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Luke Lombardi On the internet, there has been a lot of discussion lately over whether people should still be getting dressed up for both school and work. I am on the side of online schooling or working from the home office in pajamas. I personally find it comfortable, and it makes my day a l…

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Luke Lombardi I have always had obsessive behavior. Whether it be anxiety or deciding what to watch on TV, I am always obsessing over things.  Most of the time, this is a bad thing. The only time it is a good thing is when it comes to movies, television and reading books or comics. I […]

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Gabrielle Ignotis The February after I turned 16, I got my first piece of mail. Up until then, everything that needed to get to me through the post office would be addressed to the “Ignotis Family”, often in the thin script of aunts, grandmothers and other assorted family members. This lette…

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Luke Lombardi The coronavirus (COVID-19) has hit every college student hard, however I am experiencing the effects of living with someone who possibly contracted it, firsthand.  This past week, I found out my brother had been directly exposed to someone who has COVID-19, and the ensuing days…

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Sehrish Taqweem        Large and watery gray eyes gazed upon me as I walked past a crowded bazaar in Pakistan. I remember her features so well that I don’t think they’ve ever left my mind. Her lips resembling a bruised grape and her face so easy to read. You could see the pain in her rough-l…

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Sanjana Butala The first time I talked about my ambition in life was when I was a preschooler. My mother tells me that it was a small interview conducted in my preschool at a YMCA in Edison, New Jersey for the school yearbook. My mother had no idea about any of this until the yearbook […]

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Enrique Medel Austin Reinhart Carolina Fus  Every teenager enjoys being on their phone checking their social media accounts 24/7 at school and at their homes, such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter or TikTok. It is their preferred tool to communicate with their friends and family, ma…

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Sanjana Butala The coronavirus (COVID-19) has gotten the best of everyone, including me. It is terrifying, frightening and upsetting. The rate at which it is spreading is alarming. Moreover, the media doesn’t do a very good job of shielding our fears either. Everything that I have been heari…

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Luke Lombardi  I have loved professional wrestling since I was 9 years old. While I have gone through phases where I enjoyed it more or less, wrestling has been a huge part of my life.  It’s helped me through many personal struggles, including this quarantine. As I am worried about making it…

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Sebastian Casado When Governor Phil Murphy announced a statewide closure of schools, campuses, and nonessential businesses, I saw this as a second break at first. I was excited to be able to sleep, catch up on work and hang out with friends, but once Governor Murphy declared a stay-at-home q…