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Plan Your Attack for a Book Sale



People ask me all the time where I get my books. Sometimes I get them from my local indie bookstore, sometimes at a thrift store; often at garage or estate sales. But one of my absolute favorite places to go is the annual Friends of Hockessin Library Used Book Sale (FOHLUBS.) It’s hard for me to imagine what I did before I moved to this area, for the FOHLBS is a three and one-half day extravaganza featuring over 50,000 books.

There are books on the floor; books by the door. Books in racks and books in stacks. (Enough with the Seussing.) When I’m confronted with a mega-ballroom size expanse filled with books, I have to have a plan of attack or I’ll burnout before I get through the mystery section.

Here are the steps I go through to maximize my time, fun and sanity.


Make a Budget

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Free Movies in the Park 2015 in Gloucester County, NJ

Free Movies in the Park 2015 in Gloucester County, NJ

Gather the family and bring your blankets and chairs to catch a free movie anywhere throughout the county all summer long.

Wednesday show dates will have a Thursday rain date, Friday show dates will have a Saturday rain date, unless otherwise noted. All shows begin at Dusk (8:00-8:30).

Movies are provided by the county and titles are chosen by each municipality.

Friday, May 8 

Dolphin Tale 2

East Greenwich Township

Samuel Mickle School, 559 Kings Hwy., Mickleton

 Friday, May 22   

Dolphin Tale 2

Borough of Westville

Galbraith Park, River Drive

Friday, May 29        

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Harrison Township

Ella Harris Park, 155 Commissioners Rd.

Friday, June 5           


Deptford Township

Fasola Park, 12 Sycamore Lane

Friday, June 12     


National Park

ACA Fields, Hessian Avenue

Friday, June 19               

The Boxtrolls

Borough of Clayton

Sandelier Park, 125 North Delsea Drive

Friday, June 26

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Woolwich Township

Locke Avenue Park, 56 Locke Avenue

Friday, July 10      

The Boxtrolls

Woodbury Heights

500 Elm Avenue

Wednesday, July 15

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life


Stewart Lake Park, 235 East Red Bank Avenue

Friday, July 17       

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Washington Township

Washington Lake Park Amphitheatre, 626 Hurffville – Cross Keys Road

Wednesday, July 22           

The Lego Movie

Borough of Wenonah

Wenonah Park, East Mantua and South West Avenues


Wednesday, July 29           

Dolphin Tale 2

Logan Township

125 Main Street, Bridgeport

Friday, July 31        


Greenwich Township

Memorial Park, Memorial Avenue   Gibbstown

Wednesday, August 5   

Into The Woods

James G. Atkinson Park

138 Bethel Mill Road, Sewell

Friday, August 7    


Borough of Glassboro

New Street Park, 410 East New Street

Wednesday, August 12         

The Boxtrolls

Mantua Township

Chestnut Branch Park, 545 Main Street

Friday, August 14     

**Rain Date – August 19


Monroe Township

Monroe Township Public Library, 713 Marsha Avenue

Friday, August 21            


West Deptford

Riverwinds, 1000 Riverwinds Drive

Wednesday, August 26    


South Harrison Township

Stewart Park, 67 Ferrell Road, Mullica Hill

Friday, August 28         

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Borough of Pitman

Sunset Auditorium, Laurel Ave

Wednesday, September 9    


Franklin Township

Malaga Lake Park, Malaga Road

Friday, September 11     


Borough of Paulsboro

Fort Billings Park, North Delaware Avenue

Friday, September 18     

Muppets Most Wanted


Swedesboro Lake Park, 701 Park Avenue

Friday, September 25   

Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Elk Township

Elk Township Park, 700 Whig Lane Road

Gloucester County Movies in the Park

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Prison Food Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary

Image Courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary

Image Courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary


One of the most popular events on the Eastern State Penitentiary Calendar is their Prison Food Weekend, scheduled June 6 and June 7, 2015. Featuring Nutraloaf from around the United States, it’s either a foodie delight or a challenge worthy of Andrew Zimmerman. (I’m kind of surprised he hasn’t shown up yet.)

The 2015 menu focuses specifically on Nutraloaf, the “food product” issued as punishment in many American prisons. Courts have generally upheld the rights of prisons to punish inmates with these diets, but the practice remains controversial. I’m not sure about the source of these recipes, but they have been attributed to Illinois, Washington State and Maryland.

The list of ingredients doesn’t look too bad, but it’s the preparation that renders them unappetizing. The process is designed to produce a meal that is healthful but repugnant. It’s also eaten by the prisoners three times a day for as long as the punishment lasts, which adds to the ordeal. No matter how much you might love a particular dish, it will get tiresome with repetition. And Nutraloaf is not a beloved favorite recipe.

Visitors to the Eastern State Penitentiary can sample Nutraloaf created using the official recipes from five U.S. states. They can then record their thoughts on a tasting card and decide for themselves whether serving Nutraloaf is a form of cruel and unusual punishment.

Prison Food Weekend activities are available from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm each day, included with admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.


Prison Food Weekend: Nutraloaf from around the U.S.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 – 11:00 am – Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 4:30 pm

Standard Admission

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Fish Free in Maryland June 6, 13 and July 4, 2015

Image Courtesy of Maryland DNR

Image Courtesy of Maryland DNR

Everyone is encouraged to grab a rod, get outside and take advantage of Maryland’s excellent angling opportunities during free fishing days June 6, June 13 and July 4. No license or trout stamp is required to recreationally fish in state waters on these days. Maryland also features 23 unique license-free fishing areas, where anglers can fish without a license throughout the year.

As always, anglers must adhere to regulations, including size and possession limits, which are available online in the digital 2015 Maryland Fishing Guide. Printed copies of the guide are offered at most Maryland tackle shops and at the seven regional DNR Service Centers.

Anglers 15 years old and younger do not need a license to fish year-round.

The Department of Natural Resources invites young anglers to keep up-to-date on youth fishing events by joining the free Maryland Youth Fishing Club. DNR also hosts an active online Maryland Angler’s Log where anglers of all ages share their photos and fishing experiences.

Anglers looking for fishing guides or charters should visit the Map of Licensed Charter Boats & Fishing Guides to find a nearby pro.

While you are fishing, keep in mind that catching a fish meeting or exceeding the minimum Angler Award size for that species will earn you a certificate and an invitation to the Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale at Sandy Point State Park in September, where you may win a prize. To enter, simply take your fish, or a clear photo of your fish if you released it alive into the water, to an Angler Award Center (participating tackle store) to have the species and size confirmed and to receive your ticket and registration information. Catch and Release entries require a photo clearly showing the length of the fish measured on or next to a measuring tape.

Source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources 


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Road Closures in Delaware for Biden Funeral

Many roads will be closed, and traffic will be heavy in Wilmington and throughout the state as Delaware residents pay their last respects to Beau Biden. If you will be driving to any of the viewing locations or the funeral, allow lots of time and check for road closures. The following streets will be closed around St. Anthony of Padua.

Wilmington police say the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m. Friday through 2 p.m. Saturday:

Du Pont Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Howland Street.

Lincoln Street from Eighth Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.

10th Street from Clayton Street to Union Street.

Howland Street from Du Pont Street to Lincoln Street.

Scott Street from Eighth Street to 11th Street.

In addition, parking is prohibited, beginning at 6 a.m. Friday and continuing through 2 p.m. Saturday, on the following streets:

Union Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Ninth Street.

Lincoln Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Ninth Street.

Scott Street from Howland Street to 10th Street.

Du Pont Street from Howland to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Ninth Street from Union Street to Du Pont Street.

Additional temporary closures also will occur in the immediate area of the viewing and service. St. Anthony of Padua is located at 901 N. Du Pont St.

DART First State will provide an alternative for getting to and from the church: A complimentary shuttle service that will run both days from Salesianum School, 1801 N. Broom St. in Wilmington.

On Friday, buses will carry passengers to and from the church from 10:30 a.m. until about 8:30 p.m., according to Geoff Sundstrom, director of public relations for the Delaware Department of Transportation. On Saturday, bus service will run from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Parking will be available in the school parking lot; the buses can accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices.

Those riding the complimentary shuttle are encouraged to leave baggage in their personal vehicles, as there will be security checks entering the church, Sundstrom said. All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, backpacks, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids or signs will be allowed in the venue.


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American Visionary Art Museum Announces Kinetic Sculpture Race Date Change


Sweeping an astonishing collection of awards, Tick Tock the Croc was awarded Grand Mediocre and Art by the judges, People’s Choice by the people, and Marine Posse Favorite by the Kinetic Kayak Rescue & Repair teams. Image Courtesy of

Sweeping an astonishing collection of awards, Tick Tock the Croc was awarded Grand Mediocre and Art by the judges, People’s Choice by the people, and Marine Posse Favorite by the Kinetic Kayak Rescue & Repair teams. Image Courtesy of


One of the wackiest, fun-filled, free family activities is scheduled to take place Sunday, June 14, starting at 11:00 a.m., at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore, Maryland.

Totally human powered works of art have been designed to travel on land, through mud, and over Baltimore Harbor waters at the prompting of the AVAM. Those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to join in the madness over the last 14 years have missed a folly -illed afternoon cheering on teams of eccentric artists and lunatic geniuses. They’ve teamed up to craft mobile art machines out of bicycles, gears, old flotation apparatuses and whatever other nonsense they can find in their garages, basements or recycling centers. The devices can be simple, small crafts, piloted by one brave soul, or over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots.

2013: Go Ask Alice (winner of the People’s Choice award) Image Courtesy of

2013: Go Ask Alice (winner of the People’s Choice award) Image Courtesy of

Pilots (“Kinetinauts”) compete for the most coveted GRAND MEDIOCRE EAST COAST CHAMPION AWARD (finishes right in the middle), and the highly prized NEXT TO THE LAST AWARD (finishes, well, next-to-last), and other serious trophies including ART, ENGINEERING, BEST BRIBES and more. The all-day race kicks off at 11:00 a.m. at American Visionary Art Museum.

The museum’s staff worked closely with city officials to secure a new date for its annual competition of human-powered works of art, which has always been dedicated to the delight, communal participation; peace and love of Baltimore. This year’s race will be sporting an “Out of This World” theme in tribute to The Hubble Space Telescope, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary at AVAM.


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Win a Family Fun Getaway to the Laurel Highlands

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Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

 Summer is just around the corner, and the Laurel Highlands Sweepstakes is sure to start your vacation off with a bang. Enter for a chance to Win a Family Getaway for Four to Idlewild & SoakZone and Fort Ligonier.

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Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

You’ll have the perfect summer setting for tons of fun at Idlewild & SoakZone, named “Best Kids’ Park in the World” by Amusement Today, and Fort Ligonier, a reconstructed and restored French and Indian War fort. Get out and enjoy the warmer weather with the family, followed by a delicious meal at the Ligonier Tavern, a scrumptious treat at the Ligonier Creamery, and a relaxing stay at the Ramada Ligioner.

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Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

The Summer Family Fun getaway package for four includes:

•4 tickets to Idlewild & SoakZone

•4 passes to Fort Ligonier

•1-night stay at the Ramada Ligonier

•$75 gift card to dine at the Ligonier Tavern

•$25 gift card to the Ligonier Creamery

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Click on the link and enter today! The winner will be notified in June.

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Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands