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Celine Dion (1968)
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By MICHELLE H. LePOIDEVIN Pulling Plug on 90210, Party of Five: Smartest Thing FOX Could Ever Do
A past cast of FOX’s 90210
When I see birches bend to left and right Across the lines of straighter darker trees, I like to think some boy's been swinging them. But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay. Icestorms do that. Often you must have seen them Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning
Michelle H. LePoidevin for The Westfield Leader and The Times A Picture in Poetry From “Birches” by Robert Frost Bidding farewell to the spotlight
has been bittersweet for FrenchCanadian Celine Dion, who reported late last year that she would take a brief 24 year break to “take one day at a time and live life.” Yearning to spend time with her husband and manager Rene Angelil and have children, Celine officially left the spotlight during a New Year’s Eve concert in New York City.
The youngest of 14 children from Charlemagne near Montreal, Quebec, Dion, who claims to own over 400 pairs of shoes, reportedly sells 1.2 albums per second.
Although she has drawn strength from her role models Barbara Streisand, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole and Ginette Reno, Dion is perhaps the only vocalist who could have brought the spinechilling Titanic ballad, “My Heart Will Go On” to its place in musical history.
Since the age of 5, Dion performed with her siblings in their small home, and in a club operated by her family. However, it wasn’t until 1981 when Dion sang a French melody composed by her mother, that the diva captured local acclaim. After a string of performances throughout the world, Dion’s ship came in when she recorded Beauty and the Beast for the motion picture.
Albums such as The Colour of My Love, Celine Dion, D’eux, Falling Into You and Let’s Talk About Love branded Dion as one of the most beloved, widelyacclaimed and soughtafter artists in history.
However, the spotlight has it’s price and, according to a recent special on MTV, it has exhausted her beyond belief. She indicated that she would like to “grow her own tomatoes” and enjoy all of the basic things in life which we all take for granted.
We’ll miss you, Celine. Come back soon.
Parting is such sweet… relief! This happy thought immediately sprang to mind when I received word that FOX’s onceblockbuster, nowlackluster 90210 would call
it quits at the end of the season. And, even better news, Party of Five might not be far behind. I felt like someone
lifted a giant weight off my shoulders. I was almost in a state of disbelief.
How will we survive without Tori Spelling’s incredible acting DISABILITY? The endearing way she seemed to read off the cue cards during love scenes, how she always rolled her eyes to substitute real acting skills? Oh, don’t worry… Tori will be back with her own spinoff series which will grace (gulp!) the airwaves of FOX. As if
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After a rain. They click upon themselves As the breeze rises, and turn manycolored As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel. Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells Shattering and avalanching on the snowcrust Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away You'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen.
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Blueberry French Toast 1112 slices bread in cubes 1 c. sugar 16 oz. cream cheese, cubed 1 c. water 12 eggs 1 tbsp. butter 1 c. fresh blueberries 2 tbsp. cornstarch 2 c. milk 1 c. blueberries 1/ 3 c. honey
Layer 13 x 9 pan with 1/ 2 of the bread cubes, cheese cubes and berries and then other 1/ 2 of bread cubes. In a bowl, beat eggs, milk and honey.
Pour mixture over bread. Cover and place in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to placing in oven. Bake in a 350 degree oven with cover on top for approximately 30 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake for another 30 minutes.
Place sugar, cornstarch and water in saucepan and bring to boil for three minutes. Stir constantly. Add berries and reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes. Add butter. Serves 8.
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Beau Lia Finds Drawing Inspiration Through His
Own Window to World Forget Bakeries, Vo-Tech Program Delivers the Goods
DRAWING FROM EXPERIENCE... Beau Lia of Fanwood busies himself with creative energy while watching passersby at his parent’s gourmet eating establishment, Lia’s in Westfield. Beau, who has been drawing since the age of 3, is a student at McGinn Elementary School in Scotch Plains.
Michelle H. LePoidevin for The Westfield Leader and The Times
St. Patrick’s Dance Set For Individuals With Disabilities
WESTFIELD – The Town of Westfield and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present its fourth annual St. P a t r i c k ’ s D a y “G re e n Dance” for individuals with disabilities on Sunday, March 12, from 3 to 5 p. m. in the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building.
DJ Gerry will supply the party music. Food, dancing and games will also be offered all afternoon long.
Preregistration is required along with a $5 registration fee. Information and registration materials may be obtained by contacting the Union County Division of Parks and Recreation at (908) 5274096.
By MICHELLE H. LePOIDEVIN
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
SCOTCH PLAINS – The time is 12: 10 p. m. on Friday. A sea of customers wait patiently for the door of the Bake Shop at Union
County VocationalTechnical School in Scotch Plains’ Baxel Hall, hoping to purchase a loaf of Sundried Tomato Bread or a dozen Bear Claws made especially by the students of the school’s Baking Program.
“What time is it?” inquires one senior citizen.
“I think I’m going to get some of the Cinnamon Raisin Buns,” remarks another.
Once the door to the Bake Shop is cracked open, customers are welcomed in an almost Noah’s Ark fashion – two by two or at least five individuals.
Students from the program help the customers select their purchases
and wrap them appropriately. The Bake Shop, which is open on Fridays from 12: 10 to 2: 10 p. m., also offers large sheet cakes which
must be ordered in advance. Giving the students an opportunity to vend the pastries, cakes and breads that they bake is what makes the Baking Program’s Bake Shop truly a hidden treasure in Scotch Plains. It is important to note that the cost of all products is heavily discounted and affordable. FruitTopped Cheesecakes are only $4 and Coffee Cakes will cost you a mere $2.95.
“The program teaches the students to be selfsufficient,” reported Baking Instructor Ted DiIorio, adding that the students and school do not seek a profit at the Shop.
TASTY CREATIONS... Lenore, a student in the Baking Program at the Union County VocationalTechnical School in Scotch Plains selects a delicious eclair for a customer to take home and enjoy.
Ingrid McKinley for The Westfield Leader and The Times
Celine Dion By MICHELLE H. LePOIDEVIN
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
FANWOOD – Chances are, if you’ve passed by the window of Lia’s on Elm Street in downtown
Westfield, you’ve seen 10yearold Beau Lia peering thoughtfully out of the window, pencil ready to sketch on a broad canvas of white paper, inspired by
your expressions and comings and goings.
And, when Beau, the son of Lia’s owners Peter and Pamela Lia, entered the offices of The Westfield Leader and The Times
last Thursday with his drawings in hand, it was clear he has a vision and wisdom well beyond his years.
Beau noted that while he watched his drawings being scanned into the newspaper computer, “When I was a kid, the one thing that inspired me to draw were people passing outside of the window. That’s how I started my career.”
“I became very interested in art at threeyearsold,” explained the fourth grade student at McGinn Elementary School in Scotch Plains. He indicated that he originally took special art classes outside of his classroom, but because being told by the instructor what to do didn’t give him the artistic license he craved, he decided to pursue his interest in art on a solo basis.
Beau, a Fanwood resident, told
The Leader and The Times that although he considers himself the true artist in his family, he gives heaps of credit to his parents. His uncle Andy who recently passed away was also a driving inspiration for Beau’s blossoming creativity.
However, watching passersby through Lia’s window gives Beau his true vision. He selects people with unique expressions, such as a serious woman with sunglasses picking up the pace on her way to her car.
After the subject leaves his view, Beau memorizes the woman’s features and turns to his paper and pencil, drawing primarily from his memory. “I don’t want to interrupt them or stop them,” he stated.
Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh have also helped spark Beau’s imagination – an influence clearly evident in the eyes of the first piece he presented during last Thursday’s interview.
“I like to work with pens and pencils,” Beau explained. “I find it best to leave things in black and white.” The young artist revealed that whenever he has ex
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