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NJ Stars -Halsey By, Surabhi Ashok Have you heard of the song “Eastside”? “Without Me”? What about “Closer”? All of these hit radio songs are by Halsey, a talented singer who was actually born in Edison, New Jersey! Using she/they pronouns, the 27-year-old artist has quickly gained worldwide success after her first released song “Ghost” on SoundCloud and later her debut EP Room 93. Halsey was on the radio before she even got signed onto a label; her fame grew so fast! Their first album Badlands reached Number Two on the Billboard 200 chart, and their next three albums Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017), Manic (2020), and If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power (2021) attained even higher rankings and sales in the first week of release. Halsey wasn’t always Halsey. Before she made it as a singer, she was Ashley Nicolette Frangipane. Ashley’s family, which consisted of her, her parents, and her two younger brothers, moved a lot throughout her childhood, and she graduated fromWarren Hills Regional High School in Washington, NJ. Halsey, however, became their stage name after a street in Brooklyn that they used to spend a lot of time on growing up. Halsey, an anagram of Ashley, “is
kind of like a manifestation of all the exaggerated parts of ” them, representing who they truly are and resonate with. Halsey has been very open with her fans regarding her personal life. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 17 years old. She has come out as bisex ual, having had, and singing about both her relationships with men and women. They have also discussed their experiences with being biracial, having a black dad and white mom, and being white-passing. Especially during the Black Lives Matter movement that sparked in 2020, they shared their frustra tions, sympathies, and personal encounters on social media, urging people to care. Halsey also announced the birth of her first child Ender Ridley Aydin on July 14, 2021 with her screenwriter boyfriend Alev Aydin. After her history with miscarriage, this was a greatly celebrated moment for her. In fact, her newest album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power details the “joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth”.
Halsey has accomplished so much in her career already! Signing with As tralwerks and having more creative freedom with their songwriting, Halsey believes they have thrived in the record label. In 2016, Halsey won the Rising Star award by Billboard Women in Music, performed on “Saturday Night Live” and even hosted an episode of the show, and is a multi-platinum sing er/songwriter. One of her songs, “Closer” by Halsey and the Chainsmokers, was nominated for a 2017 Grammy for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance”. Aside from music, Halsey has also delivered the keynote speech at Glam our’s 2018 Women of the Year event. Voicing Wonder Woman in the movie “Teen Titans Go!” and Porsha Crystal in “Sing 2” to name a few, Halsey has entered the film industry as well. With more than 7 billion streams globally, Halsey is not stopping in her career anytime soon! Source: https://www.nj.com/life-and-culture/g66l-2019/02/271df8327e5160/who-is halsey-what-to-know-about-the-nj-without-me-singer-who-is-hosting-and performing-on-snl.html https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/halsey-29890.php https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/inside-halseys-trou bled-past-chaotic-present-97968/ https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2021/07/19/ halsey-welcomes-first-child-gives-birth-boyfriend-alev-aydin/7894401002/ https://www.songhall.org/awards/winner/halsey
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Champagne and Hot Dogs: How the Allies Celebrated the Fourth of July During WWI “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illumi nations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more,” John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776. For 245 years the Fourth of July has been synonymous with hot dogs, red, white, and blue outfits purchased from Old Navy, and fireworks. Lots and lots of fireworks. Precisely as our Founding Father predicted. But in 1917, as war continued to rage on the Western Front, the newly arrived American doughboys expected
little pomp and circumstance to mark their nation’s independence. However, leave it to the nation’s oldest ally, the French, to throw a party.
French soldiers and citizens gathered across the country to celebrate the American holiday while U.S. troops marched through Paris as crowds of people cheered them on, according to the National World War I Museum and Memorial. The following year the celebrations were even more grand, with a ceremony being held to rename Avenue du’Tro cadero after President Woodrow Wilson. “There was a warmness there. Roughly a third of [France’s] male population between the ages of 18 and 35, died in the first few years of the war,” Lora Vogt, Curator of Education at National World War I Museum and Memorial, told HistoryNet. “So anyone else who’s willing to come in and help defend their nation… I would say that most
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French were quite pleased that the Americans were coming in to be a bulwark.” After three long years of brutal fighting, the U.S. entrance into World War I all but spelled defeat for the Germans. Only a mere three months after President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on the Central Powers American boots were on French soil. That gratitude played out in the embracing America’s day of independence from the seats of both the Allied governments —King George ordered that the American Flag fly from Victoria Tower to mark the Fourth of July — on down to ordinary civilians. “You’ve got King George attending a baseball game between the US [Army] and the Navy teams… At a local level they’ve gotten to know these soldiers, because these guys are coming over and having meals at the neighborhood café,” said Vogt. “There are these really beautiful letters on how relationships were built. An appreciation on a family-by-family level is really what you see in a lot of letters.” Throughout the beleaguered French nation, impromptu celebrations cropped up to mark American independence, with one American soldier remarking in a letter home dated July 8, 1917, “Whenever one sees a French flag, there is an American flag.” “You have this embracing of Americans for what they bring and it’s a time where they begin to really identify themselves in the 20th century,” said Vogt. But unfortunately, the embracing of American culture only went so far. Despite the doughboys best efforts, the culinary marvel that was and is a hot dog never caught on. More’s the pity. Happy 4th, all!
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The Millstone Times' STUDENT OF THE MONTH By Pam Teel
Eight -year- old Nathan Mclean is in third grade at the Millstone Elementary school. He loves all the fun things that he gets to do at school and the time he gets to play with his friends. His favorite subjects are Math and Computer lab be cause in Math class you get to work out problems, and in computer lab, you get to learn how to code and play code games in bonus time. His favorite books he likes reading are Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. His favorite Television shows are Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous and Bakugan Battle Brawlers. His favorite hobbies are reading, playing video games, and playing basketball. His favorite places that he likes to visit include, go ing to see his grandparents in Canada, Holland Ridge Farm in Cream ridge, Battleview Orchards, and he also likes to go to New York City. Nathan lives with his mom and dad and his older brother Noah. His mom is an editor, and his dad is a research scientist. His grandparents live in Canada and his aunt, uncle, and cousins live in New Zealand.
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Jimmies or Sprinkles Either Way, They Go Great with Ice Cream! By Pam Teel
When we were young, we used to call sprinkles, Jimmies. Don’t know if it’s a territorial thing depending on where you were brought up, but after we moved to Central Jersey, we just called them sprinkles. In reality, no one can really claim the origin of how the name jimmies came about in reference to chocolate sprinkles. Were they indeed first made by the Just Born com pany in Brooklyn and named after an employee, or according to the brand, Mr. Sprinkles, the name “jimmies” wasn’t inspired by Just Born at all, but was in fact a name given to the sugary confections after Dr. Sidney Farber created a charitable children’s cancer organization, and named it after one of his patients called The Jimmy Fund, which still exists today. Sup posedly, in the late 1940’s, this newest invention from Just Born made its way to the city of Boston, where local ice cream favorite Brigham’s reigned supreme. Brigham’s was founded by Edward Brigham, his uncle being Dr. Farber, and his ice cream shop was allegedly the first to promote jimmies and include them on their ice cream. Brigham’s aided this fund by charging an extra penny for chocolate sprinkles on a cone in what would eventually be called “jimmies”, after Dr. Farber’s patient, by everyone in the New England area. Others have claimed that jimmies were named for a mayor named Jim Conelson, or a Jimmy O’Connell who was extra generous with sprinkles; or for a guy who (maybe) ran the choco late-sprinkles machine at the Just Born candy factory. Of all these theories, only the last seems remotely plausible, but still questionable. Just Born, the candy company that still provides us with our marshmallow Peeps and Mike and Ikes, was founded in Brooklyn in 1923, according to its official history, though patriarch Sam Born had already come up with candy innovations like a machine to put sticks into lollipops. The company’s website claims that “jimmies, the chocolate grains sprinkled on ice cream, were invented at Just Born, and named after the employee who made them.” (Company spokesmen have mentioned a Jimmy Bartholomew, known as Jimmy to his co -workers who operated the machine that created Born’s newest invention, tiny sugary candy toppings.) Born decided to name the candies after his employee and the name “Jimmies was born and is still a trademarked name today. But company histories often include a fudge factor, and this claim of invention seems dubious since chocolate sprinkles, so called, were already popular in the 1920s, according to newspaper archives. The Nashua, N.H., Telegraph advertised a treat made with chocolate sprinkles in 1921, before Just Born was born.
Later that decade, the sprinkles showed up in Ottawa and Spokane newspapers, and by 1927, Sunshine was producing a Chocolate Sprinkle cookie topped with marshmallow and sprinkles. (There’s even a laxative consisting of “tasty Swiss-like milk chocolate sprinkles”; a 1928 ad in the Pittsburgh Press says it has given “Thousands of Pennsylvanians...the Glorious Complexion of a Regulated Body.”) Just Born may still deserve credit for coining jimmies, but that claim remains to be proven. The company’s website has a photo of two large cans of its product, one labeled “chocolate grains” and the other “jimmies” — but the jimmies can bear a zip code dating it to 1963 at the earliest. That’s decades after the earliest print evidence for jimmies: a December 1930 ad in the Pittsburgh Press in which a local food emporium offers sponge cake “with creamy butter frosting and chocolate jimmies.” They go on to describe jimmies as tiny chocolate candies.” Whatever the source of the name. Jimmies/Sprinkles are enjoyed all over the world and in a variety of ways. In England, sprinkles are known as “hundreds-and-thousands. In certain regions of the U.S., sprinkles are also called “jimmies” and are smattered heavily on pretty much any dessert item. In the Netherlands and Australia, sprinkles are used as a topping for bread. In the Netherlands this is called “hagelslag,” or “hail-storm” in Dutch. In Australia, this is referred to as “fairy bread.” Hagelslag is typically made with chocolate sprinkles, while fairy bread usually features the rainbow variety. There are a few different claims as to who invented the first batch of sprinkles–many believe it was the French or the Dutch, but others claim it was truly an American invention. Wherever the name “jimmies” came from, we can all agree that they make everything better. The only things we know for certain is that they came on the scene at the start of the 20th century, have many different names, are now enjoyed all over the world, and you can get them in rainbow colors too. Which do you prefer chocolate or rainbow sprinkles?
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Over the past year, the words “community” and “strength” have taken on new meaning. Older adults, particularly those of color, have experienced physi cal, social, and financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic at a greater rate than the rest of the population. Many across the country were separated from family, friends, and their communities as they followed public health guidance to stay healthy. While video chatting, virtual faith services, e-mail, and social media helped maintain a sense of community, being physically apart required strength and may have been harder for older adults. What Is Elder Abuse? Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that causes harm to an older person. Elder abuse takes many forms, including: • Neglect or Isolation • Physical abuse • Sexual abuse • Financial abuse and exploitation • Emotional or psy chological abuse (including verbal abuse and threats) There is some debate over whether mistreatment by strangers, rather than by a person in a trust relationship to the older person such as spouse, child, or friend, also constitutes elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Why Should We Care About Elder Abuse? Caring about elder abuse is caring about justice for all. As a country, we are committed to ensuring the just treatment of all people, but elder abuse vi olates this value. The costs of elder abuse are high for the affected individuals and society alike. Their losses can be tangible (homes and life savings) and intangible (dignity, independence, and possibly their lives). For society, elder abuse is both a social and economic issue: it creates health care and legal costs, which are often shouldered by public programs like Medicare and Medicaid and isolates them from the community. It’s in everyone’s interest to care about and prevent elder abuse. What Causes Elder Abuse? Our policies and practices make it hard to stay involved with and connected to our communities as we age. As a result, older people are more likely to experience social isolation, which increases the likelihood of abuse and neglect. Elder abuse affects older people across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races and can occur anywhere when they are disconnected from social supports: • In a person’s own home • In nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other institutional settings • In hospitals While any older person is potentially at risk of elder abuse, some are more susceptible to experience abuse or neglect than others. Based on available information, women and people 80 and older are more likely to experience abuse. Factors such as dementia or poor physical health can increase older people’s isolation, which in turn puts people at greater risk of experiencing abuse or neglect. SOME COMMON RISK FACTORS: • Dementia • Mental health or substance abuse issues of an older person and/or a perpetrator • Social isolation • Poor physical health June 15 th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)
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ATTENTION ONE AND ALL!! Folks, we have just finished MMS's 2nd production by the Eagles Production Drama Club from this year! The Day The Internet Died, A Short Comedy by Ian McWethy and Jason Pizzarello!
Everyone lives off of the internet right? We use it for everything in our everyday lives! Research, Online Shopping, Social Media, Mobile Games, Texting, etc.! But what if…it goes out….for a week?! DUN DUN DUNNN- What will the citizens of Bloomington do without their precious internet? They’ll do tons of things-in each of our scenarios, they’ll get into lots of comical situations where they try to involve the internet in things that you won’t be able to use it for! This was our most com ical production of this year! Which had the whole crowd laughing! :D What truly made this play very special to all of us, was that it was run by students (with the guid ance of Mrs. Cappozzo and Mrs Dotsey!) Yes! You heard me! Students! We have our lovely Directors Bee Shields (Grade 7) and Zee DeCaro (Grade 6). Awesome Stage Managers Brendan DeRose(Grade 8) and Natalie Robbin (Grade 6). Our astonishing Production Leaders are Jordan Rudolph (Grade 8 - Costumes), Olivia Conklin (Grade 6 - Props), Giuliana George (Grade 6 - Scenery), Harry Biello (Grade 7 -Lighting/Sound/ Projections), Kayleigh Meagher (Grade 7-Choreography), Reese Appel (Grade 6-[Photography/ Playbill), and our team of 10 writers who wrote a few added scenes of their own making! Even a student wrote this very Press Release (me! Jemma Kaufman! :] ) Did you know that this play consisted of more than 40 students from 6th, 7th, AND 8th grade?!
Sarah Monteiro, Olivia Conklin, Mrs. Cappuzzo, Saanvi Dubal, Zee DeCaro, Natalie Robbin, Mrs Dotsey, Jemma Kaufman, Brendan DeRose, Gargi Patel, Kyra Ahuja, Jordan Rudolph, Faye Harritas, Layla Greenleaf (photo taken by Reese Appel)
Makenzie Knutson(Grade 7) talked about what it was like being one of the leaders “It was really cool to work with my team and guide them through the process of how to create a cool lobby display and get publicity for the play.” She even talks about her own experience with it! “I think this is a great learn ing experience and a great way to learn how to manage a crew, while having an on stage, and personal life. If I could join the play again I would totally do that - and maybe as director - because after being in a leadership position, I learned I like being able to take charge and guide others, on or off stage.” Reese Appel chatted about how she felt about leading her crew “It was very interesting and it was hard to lead a crew because there are a lot of things to handle all at once. I wouldn't say I had to teach my crew - we all collaborated. I didn't have to do all the work, and it's a thing I normally have to do with all my projects at school. I think it was interesting and it was hard to gather information for everything. I give major props to Mrs. Cappuzzo because I didn’t know how hard it was to begin with.” Jill Fried spoke about her experience with acting and her thoughts about it “I hadn't done acting before but I have done dance recitals. This was my first acting performance and I was very excited. I think it was cool because I wanted to act, but I love photography. Even though wasn’t the one taking pictures, it was good to chip in. Since I'm only in a few scenes, I had the rest of the time to work with the crew.” Julian Blanco gave his speech on how he loved his stage crew. “Working on stage crew was a fun experience. We came up with a bunch of ideas and talked to the group about them. And we got to see it on stage. We took inspiration from each other and came up with ideas together like a team.” Joey Blythe talked about her love for photography and acting! “ I thought it was fun because I got to do two things at once - acting and doing photogra phy and playbil - learning how to handle both things at the same time. I think it's great and would like to do it next year. I think we all worked together pretty nicely. We all shared our individual ideas and tried to combine them together. I think this was a very nice play and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to join next year and anyone who wants to join it” One of our own directors, Zee DeCaro, gave their perspective on what being a director was like! “Being a director was great. It has gave me so much creative freedom, as well as taught me responsibility, not only for mysel,f but also for everyone around me.” Co-Director, Bee Shields (Grade 7) said, “I’ve always enjoyed seeing how people perform plays in many different ways. I acted on the stage before and I enjoyed acting, but I also wanted to see some of the things that go on backstage.” According to Bee, the most exciting part of directing was “Seeing it all come together - some of the ideas I have had actually going onto the stage. For example, in the scene titled “Swipe”, I didn’t know how to have so many people on stage, but I really liked the diamond idea I came up with. I think it worked!” Mrs.Dotesy (Assistant Drama Advisor) gave her point of view on what she thought of this production in general “Well it's been really interesting seeing students take on the roles that normally Mrs.Cappuzzo and I took care of.” She continued about the students, “ It was also particularly uplifting to see students taking on more leadership roles and responsibility. There seemed to be growing enthusiasm for the show because it was not something Mrs. Cappuzzo created. It’s something they created and their own. That’s not something you see in Middle Schools, and as teachers it makes us very proud.” She also commented on how she loved seeing the love for theater grow and how it's ironic they did a show about the internet dying after we all came out of a time where we relied on the internet so heavily. As well as Drama Advisor, Mrs. Cappuzzo gave her thoughts on the production “It was exciting to have had so many students working on this. It was so much fun to see their creative ideas brought to life on stage.” She also commented about working with the 8th graders. “It is always so hard to say goodbye to our eighth graders, because I’ve worked with some of them since first grade! But it doesn’t matter if it’s their first show or their tenth, they will always be a part of Eagle Productions, and this will always be their home.” Lastly, she talked about what she thinks about the roles that everyone was given! “I think everybody was very well suited for their roles, but even more important than that, they made the roles their own.” We were all truly happy to get this play out, because of this, we have another memory to look back at–of The Day the Internet Died :) The Day the Internet Died is produced by special arrangement with Stage Partners. www.yourstagepartners.com
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Interesting People Throughout History Shirley Slade Teer, Female WW2 Pilot, WASP By Pam Teel
It’s time that we pay homage to the thousands of wom en who lent a hand for the good of their country, wheth er facing life and death situations in war zones, or be hind the scenes working in factories keeping up supply inventory during World War 11. Shirley Slade was one of about 1,100 chosen for a group of all female pilots, called the Women Airforce Service Pilots, “WASP” for short. She was trained to fly the B-26 and B-39. She was born on April 4th, 1921. At twenty-three, Shirley, a trainee in WASP Class 43-5, was one of many trainees featured in a story in a 1943 issue of Life magazine. Her image graced the cover of that issue as well. The article covered the WASPs’ program for training new female pilots, which was conducted
racing pilots of her generation. She set numerous records and was the first wom an to break the sound barrier on 18 May 1953. Cochran was the wartime head of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) (1943–1944) (along with Nancy Love) which employed about 1,100 civilian American women in a non-combat role to ferry planes from factories to port cities, and was later a sponsor of the Mercury 13. Nancy Harkness Love (February 14, 1914 – October 22, 1976), born Hannah Lin coln Harkness, was an American pilot and commander during World War II. She earned her pilot's license at age 16. She worked as a test pilot and air racer in the 1930s. During World War II she convinced William H. Tunner to look to set up a group of female pilots to ferry aircraft from factories to air bases. This proposal was eventually approved as the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. Love command ed this unit and later all ferrying operations in the newly formed Women Airforce Service Pilots. She was awarded the Air Medal for her work during the war and was appointed lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force Reserve in 1948. By June 1943, Love was commanding four different squadrons of WAFS at Love Field, Texas; New Cas tle, Delaware; Romulus, Michigan and Long Beach, California. The WAFS' number had greatly increased because of the addition of graduates of the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, an organization championed and headed by Jacqueline Cochran. On August 5, 1943, the WAFS merged with the WFTD and became a single entity: the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Love was named the executive for all WASP ferrying operations. Under her command, female pilots flew almost every type military aircraft then in the Army Air Forces' inventory, and their record of achievement proved remarkable. Love was certified in 19 military aircraft, becoming the first woman to be certified to fly the latest military aircraft, including the Douglas C-54 Skymaster, North American B-25 Mitchell, and along with Betty Gillies, the first to fly the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. In Dallas, Love was also checked out on the North American P-51 Mustang, the USAAF's "hottest" fighter. In 1944, after the WASPs were disbanded, Love continued to work on reports detailing the work of the Air Transport Command.
at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. The photo shows Slade dressed in her flight suit, on the wing of a plane looking off into an uncertain future. To her left reads, “Air Force Pilot” in small lettering. During her time in service, Shirley was stationed at three different bases (Love Field, Dallas, Texas; Dodge City AAF, Kansas and Harlingen AAF, Texas) and primarily flew Bell P-39 Airacobras and Martin B-26 Marauders. Both the P-39 and B-26 were notoriously difficult aircraft to fly. In 1942, the United States was faced with a severe shortage of pilots, so an experi mental program to replace men with females was created. Those 1,100 young women were all civilian volunteers and they flew almost every type of military aircraft. They were banned from actual combat but still were in the midst of the fighting. They ferried new planes long distances from factories to military bases, and departures points across the country. They tested newly overhauled planes and towed targets to give ground and air gunners training shooting with live ammo. It was unacceptable in those days to have women replacing men. It just wasn’t ac cepted. The WASP program was eventually canceled after two years, partly because the war was coming to an end. In that two -year time frame, 38 of the women died in service. The other women, because they were civilians, had to pay their own bus fare home. None of the wasp women were granted military status until 1970, but they finally did get it. Jacqueline Cochran, leader of the WASPS, would go on later to become the first woman to break the sound barrier. It was announced in 1944 that Shirley was to marry her field flight commander, Major William Berkely. Shirley returned to her hometown of Chicago after the war. Her second husband was Gene Lafitte Teer. Shirley Slade passed away on April 26, 2000, as “Shirley Slade Teer”, at 79 years old. She wasn’t alive to be a part of the 2010 ceremony at which the remaining 200 WASP women were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal bestowed on them by Congress. Two other prominent female pilots who were part of the WASPS were: Jacqueline Cochran (May 11, 1906 – August 9, 1980) was an American pilot and business executive. She pioneered women's aviation as one of the most prominent
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