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A good book, for a buck or two

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
By Brandy Dolce
A good book, for a buck or two

The light thump of books being stacked into small piles beats out an uneven rhythm from the meeting room in the Brielle Public Library, where the biannual book sale is under way. Searching fingers wade through hundreds of books arranged on tables, racks and shelves in the building at Union Lane and South Street.... »

What ‘Art of War’ Can Teach Us About Plot and Characterization

Thursday, July 22, 2010
By Brandy Dolce
What ‘Art of War’ Can Teach Us About Plot and Characterization

Sun Tzu was a master deceiver, a manipulator of pawns. He played on his enemies' weaknesses, surprised them when they thought they couldn’t be misled, and offered them what they wanted only to snatch it away and entrap them. "Art of War" is a veritable gold mine for those, like myself, working to structure... »

MMA Groupies Need Love, too!
(Just Not My Man’s)

Monday, July 12, 2010
By Brandy Dolce
MMA Groupies Need Love, too!<br />(Just Not My Man’s)

BOOBS! That's all she saw, but that's my mother for you. I grip my cell phone as she gives me a choppy play-by-play of my husband's fight on TV. I'm at work and can't watch. The camera switches to a shot of the audience - one person in particular. "Who the hell is that?"... »

WIPEOUT: For 10 Seconds I was a Surfer Girl

Monday, July 12, 2010
By Brandy Dolce
WIPEOUT: For 10 Seconds I was a Surfer Girl

I held my breath more than once that morning: When I remembered there was a shark sighting just two days earlier, which cleared the Euclid Avenue beach in Allenhurst I was about to desecrate with my derring-do; when I tumbled over and over again from the boat my instructor, Rick Henrichsen, called a surf... »

ON SECOND THOUGHT: Laser tattoo removal perfect for people who regret them

Thursday, September 3, 2009
By Brandy Dolce
ON SECOND THOUGHT: Laser tattoo removal perfect for people who regret them

"Twenty bucks to put it on and $4,000 to take it off," said Ginny Sofran about the vine-and-flower tattoo etched on her body below her collarbone. "I just did it on a whim," she said. "My mother said, 'You'll get tired of it when you get old,' and guess what?" »

ALZHEIMER’S: A time to lead the way

Friday, August 28, 2009
By Brandy Dolce
ALZHEIMER’S: A time to lead the way

"Memory is the only way home," author Terry Tempest Williams once said. But what happens when memory leaves us, and there is no one to show us the way? When former Manasquan resident Jack Sturtevant called the police to tell them there was an intruder in his house, the police rushed over. But when they... »

HOMETOWN HEROES: Foundation Keeps a Friend’s Memory Alive

Thursday, August 27, 2009
By Brandy Dolce
HOMETOWN HEROES: Foundation Keeps a Friend’s Memory Alive

"I'd rather be called the reluctant Hometown Hero," Tom Johnson, 34, said. On Sept. 11, 2001, Johnson - a K-9 unit police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - lost his former partner and best friend Ken Tietjen, 31, also of Hazlet. Tietjen had commandeered a cab to respond to... »

DAY IN THE LIFE: She storms through her kitchen, leaving sweet things in her wake

Thursday, August 27, 2009
By Brandy Dolce
DAY IN THE LIFE: She storms through her kitchen, leaving sweet things in her wake

"They call me the hurricane here," says Marianne Rosa as she spins the cake on the pedestal and jabs at it with a tube of pink icing. In seconds, a rose garden blossoms on top of the cake, complete with green leaf detail. "Happy 40th Birthday Mom" follows in pink cursive. Just beyond, a large... »

ASK BRANDY: A hurricane by any name is serious business

Thursday, August 27, 2009
By Brandy Dolce
ASK BRANDY: A hurricane by any name is serious business

Hurricanes are named using a six-year, rotating list of names, which, I might add, does not contain my own. Brandy. It's not like it's that strange anymore (or ever was, for that matter). I called Frank Lepore, public affairs officer at the Tropical Prediction Center-National Hurricane Center in Miami to see if he could... »

Water costs stabilized: Area towns halt proposed hike

Friday, August 21, 2009
By Brandy Dolce
Water costs stabilized: Area towns halt proposed hike

The Manasquan Users' Group has put a cork in New Jersey American Water Company's $50 million proposed rate hike, according to officials. The rate-increase request, which was filed July 10 with the state Board of Public Utilities, had Shorelands Water Company President Mike Walsh seeking an alliance with various municipalities in the hopes of stabilizing,... »