Dancing In The Dairy Aisle

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |FAIR HAVEN – We need more fun in our lives.The daily routine can be a chaotic tug-of-war between work and personal responsibilities, with compounded anxiety from hostile headlines on TV news networks, talk radio and social media. If only there were a place to shed the negativity, let loose and find a little joy.For one Fair Haven woman that happy place is the dairy section of her local ACME, where she’s leading a revolution of laughter and delight, and hoping community members will join her for a dance.It all started just before the Christmas holiday, when Lauren Mattia and her son Oliver ventured to the River Road ACME in search of ingredients for a festively decorated fudge cake. A middle school student, Oliver strolled the aisles still dressed in his Pajama Day attire, complete with a floppy elf hat. When the pair entered the dairy section, the tune blaring through the market’s sound system was a dreary, elevator-jazz rendition of “Jingle Bells,” but it struck them with inspiration.“Grocery store music is bad in general, but this was on another level. We were sitting there listening to this silly, comically bad version of ‘Jingle Bells’ and we just dropped everything, set up a cell phone in the milk and just started dancing,” Mattia recalled.“Oliver was hopping around and his hat was flopping everywhere. The jingle bells on his hat were going nuts. It was completely silly. But it was so much fun,” she added.It’s the spontaneity, genuine absurdity and pure bliss expressed by the mother/son duo that has resonated with Mattia’s neighbors and is bringing a community closer together.“Everybody is so miserable all of the time. Everyone is on the edge of taking each other’s heads off. It’s just nice to have something to be happy about,” Rumson resident Jeanne Wagner said. “Lauren is showing us that joy doesn’t have to be expensive. You can choose to let down your guard and just dance, no matter how bad a day you’re having. We need more of this in the world.”Mattia’s dairy aisle dance party antics have not been limited to that bit of pre-Christmas prancing, as the professional filmmaker and actress has returned to the ACME several times over the last six months to strut her stuff amongst the milk and mozzarella, sometimes cranking out a guitar solo on a plastic tennis racket she pulled from the toy aisle, or fashioning a frozen tube of crescent rolls into a makeshift microphone.Mattia has even shot dance videos with her daughter Lia in a Newark Liberty International Airport terminal and a Colorado hotel resort. The Good Karma Cafe in Red Bank has played host to the pair, as has the parking lot outside Woody’s Ocean Grille in Sea Bright.But it’s the chilly caress of the ACME dairy section that has proven to be Mattia’s favorite stage, and the videos she shoots there are gaining traction, with a couple of June displays which have combined for more than 3,000 views on her Facebook page.The growing social media statistics are nice, but it’s the stories she hears from strangers, tales about how her videos help improve lives, that have been most stirring.“I was driving my daughter’s friend home from school the other day and this little girl turned to me and told me how much she enjoyed the videos,” said Mattia. “She’s a grade schooler. I have no connection to her. But she said, ‘When I’m having a really bad day, I watch your videos with Lia and they make me happy.’ It was so touching, and we need more of that.”Her dancing is also impacting the store’s employees, as a recent Instagram photo shared by Fair Haven resident Thomas Pantaleo showed a pair of ACME workers using their 15-minute break to cut a rug.“What Lauren is doing is sensational and has really caught on in our community,” said Pantaleo. “The power of social media has helped spread the idea and people around the neighborhood and employees of the store are responding.”“The employees have told me how much fun they’re having with it and how much positive publicity it’s bringing to the store. Personally, I have two left feet, so you won’t catch me dancing with them,” he added. “But I can’t help but smile each time I walk into the dairy section these days. I’ll never look at my 2 percent milk the same again.”Mattia is taken aback by the positivity her videos have created, but given her background, she had always hoped to create something that did.“I never thought that these videos would have any sort of meaning to people in my community, but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t hope that they would,” she said. “I hoped that it would make people smile. I hoped that those smiles would catch on like wildfire. And that’s what’s happening. It’s silly, it’s fun, but it could be important. I hope it helps people find some joy.”This article first appeared in the June 28 – July 5, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Beermen near top six finish, rip Elite

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arwind Santos goes for the slam. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer kept rolling after crushing Blackwater, 115-106, to book a ticket to the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.It was a collective effort by the Beermen, who had seven players finishing in double-digit scoring led by Arwind Santos’ 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Santos also posted a game-high 15 rebounds and scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to help San Miguel build a 24-point buffer, 107-83.Marcio Lassiter scored 18 points, Kelly Nabong had 13 while Alex Cabagnot and Renaldo Balkman added 12 points apiece. June Mar Fajardo posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.The Elite started the game strong and even led by 11, 43-32, after a Raymar Jose jumper at the 7:23 mark of the second quarter before the Beermen ended the first half on a 25-6 run.Walker scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Blackwater, which wrapped up its conference with a 1-10 slate.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s a very important game for us. We knew we can beat Blackwater but I told them this team is very dangerous because of their import Henry Walker,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.The Beermen notched their sixth win in seven games and their 6-4 record put them in good position to finish in the top six and avoid a twice-to-win disadvantage in the quarterfinal round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownComing off a two-week break, San Miguel needed to shake off the rust before finding its groove in the latter part of the second quarter.The Beermen carried their momentum into the second half, where they dominated the Elite. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 94 LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View commentslast_img read more

Final Day of Puck Drops at the 7th Annual Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge

first_imgDivision Champions:Sapphire Cup: Bar Mat BrewsCoal Cup: Rapid RelicsCrystal Cup: Ace Instrument AceholesPre-Novice/Novice: Pond CrushersAdvertisement Atom: Ugly PucklingsPee-Wee: Dusty DepotBantam/Midget: Sid’s KidsThe full list of results can be accessed at http://www.thecrystalcup.ca/. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After an action-packed weekend, the 7th Annual Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge wrapped up late Sunday night.Even though the respective winners of the Crystal Cup, Coal Cup, and Sapphire Cup Divisions had already been determined by mid-day, the hockey action didn’t stop. At 1:30 pm, the Sid Davis Memorial Youth Pond Hockey Challenge was just getting underway.Crystal Cup Division Champions- Ace Instrument Aceholes- Advertisement -The Youth Challenge featured an incredible 42 teams of athletes age 5-18. The teams ranged in size from four to eight players, but many were registered with full rosters of eight players. The hockey action ran until 8:30 pm following the conclusion of the gold medal games.While the hockey action was underway, the rest of the event was buzzing with numerous events. The kids’ tent was a hot spot of activities from 11am-3pm including face painting, colouring contests, snow painting and tobogganing. A soon to be pro surfer hitting the slopes at the 7th Annual Crystal Cup Pond Hockey ChallengeAdvertisementcenter_img As well numerous kids’ challenges and events including hardest shot challenges, relays, timed obstacle courses and free skates all featured fantastic prizes. Additionally, on location was NHL Alumni Steve Passmore signing autographs and lending a helping hand with the kids’ events. Passmore, who played for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks could be seen given pointers to up and coming athletes during the kids’ activities.Bantam-Midget Champions of the Sid Davis Memorial Youth Pond Hockey Challenge. Pictured with Steve Passmore and Jennifer DavisAfter the conclusion of the gold medal games late Sunday night, it was announced that a portion of the registration fees from the Sid Davis Memorial Youth Pond Hockey Challenge would be donated to the Sid Davis Hockey Scholarship Fund. It was also announced that $2,000 would be donated to the Darren Ofterbro Memorial Bursary Fund set up at North Peace Secondary School for graduates entering any Canadian Trade. Advertisementlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: DONEGAL U17s CELEBRATE McGUIGAN CUP SUCCESS

first_imgDonegal Under 17’s won the McGuigan Cup after defeating Monaghan in the semi final 5-11 to 0-02 and defeating Tyrone in the final 3-09 to 0-03.The score at half time in the final was 0-02 to 0-01 to Donegal. Donegal under the management of Shaun Paul Barrett, Neilly Byrne, Darren Nash and Luke Barrett. Donegal captains Kane Barrett and Dáire Ó Baoill accepted the cup from Joe McGuigan. GAA NEWS: DONEGAL U17s CELEBRATE McGUIGAN CUP SUCCESS was last modified: August 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMcGuigan CupU17slast_img read more

Lockheed offers look at full-scale F-35 model

first_imgLockheed Martin displayed the F-35 joint strike fighter cockpit demonstrator and full-scale model during the Korea Aerospace and Defense Exhibition in Seoul. Lockheed Martin said the purpose of the display was to explain to an international audience the capabilities of the joint strike fighter aircraft, the first versions of which are being assembled. During a briefing at the defense show, David Scott, Lockheed Martin’s vice president of international JSF business development, updated reporters on the F-35 and highlighted other Lockheed Martin aircraft programs, including the F/A-22, F-16, C-130J and T-50. Scott said the F-35 combines stealth with fighter maneuverability and agility, new levels of situational awareness for the pilot and reductions in ownership costs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “The strategic planners of many nations are looking for breakthrough, game-changing technologies to shape their future security environments,” Scott said. Scott said F-35 will let countries replace aging fighters and share logistics, training systems, tactics and strategies with their allies. The F-35 could be available as early as 2014 through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program for countries not currently participating in the unique multinational development effort. The F-35 is being developed by an international contractor-government partnership consisting of the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Two separate, interchangeable F-35 engines are under development: the Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan and the F136 turbofan from the General Electric Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team. Scott also spoke about Lockheed Martin’s F/A-22, which the U.S. Air Force is placing into service. Components for both the F/A-22 and the F-35 are being manufactured in Palmdale. Lockheed Martin is also making two new versions of its F-16 fighter. Scott said his company has delivered 127 C-130J Super Hercules transports and has 53 more on contract. In addition, the first five operational T-50s supersonic trainers are in final assembly, with delivery of the first aircraft running two to three months early. The T-50 is being developed by Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. for the South Korean Air Force. Lockheed Martin is the principal subcontractor to KAI on the full scale development program and is responsible for developing the T-50 avionics system, digital flight control system and wings. KAI and Lockheed Martin have an agreement for joint international marketing of the T-50. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Begins MVC Action Thursday

first_imgDarnell Brown leads the Braves with 13.2 points per game and scored 10 points the last time the two teams met in the MVC Tournament last season. Bradley prevailed in that contest, 67-58, to earn its fourth-straight win over the Bulldogs. Drake Game Notes ESPN3 Story Links Live Audio Following Thursday’s MVC opener, the Bulldogs return to the road to take on SIU Dec. 31 at SIU Arena. Print Friendly Version The Drake University men’s basketball team begins the Missouri Valley Conference season Dec. 28 at the Knapp Center when the Bulldogs host Bradley. Tipoff against the Braves is scheduled for 7 p.m. with Mediacom MC22 broadcasting the MVC opener for both teams. Live Stats Buy Tickets Drake matched a season-high with 19 assists in the win over UMES, the fifth time it has done so this season. As a result, the Bulldogs lead the MVC in assists at 16.5 per game and assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.31. Nationally, Drake ranks 50th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio behind C.J. Rivers’ (Cahokia, Ill.) 44 assists this season. The MVC opener for both teams features a Drake squad with a 6-7 record that has scored 79.5 points per game against a 10-3 Bradley team that has held opponents to 60.9 points per game. The Bulldogs begin MVC play following an 81-57 win over Maryland Eastern Shore while Bradley suffered an 82-59 loss at Mississippi in its final non-conference contest of the season.last_img read more

Emergency services rush to scene after car flips over

first_imgThe emergency services rushed to the scene of a two-car accident outside Letterkenny which resulted in one of the cars flipping onto its roof.The accident happened just after 6pm on the dual carriageway close to the junction at Pluck.Two cars are understood to have been involved in the collision but it is not known if there are any injuries. We will bring you more on this as we get it.Emergency services rush to scene after car flips over was last modified: October 8th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

European affair! Norwegian and Spanish delegates visit Donegal for coastal project

first_imgDonegal will play host this week to delegates from Norway and the Basque Region of Spain are as part of the EU funded HERICOAST project. The initiative is about looking at best practice in terms of managing coastal heritage when developing the coastal landscape.Donegal County Council is one of seven partners participating in the project and this week delegates the two country’s are visiting Donegal to learn more about the methodology used in the county to undertake and inform the Seascape Character Assessment. Norway has received additional funding to undertake a Seascape Character Assessment akin to that prepared by Donegal County Council, and which has been identified as a best practice example by the EU Interreg project.The purpose of the visit is to learn in more detail the methodology used in Donegal to undertake and inform the Seascape Character Assessment of Vest-Agder, a Region of Norway.The Basque Region of Spain has been funded to learn in more detail how the evidence-based assessment is used to inform projects and assessments.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill met the delegates during their visit to Donegal which included workshops and a half-day field visit around Lough Swilly. Cllr. O’Domhnaill said that he was delighted to welcome these delegates to Donegal and to share with them learning acquired from the work undertaken by Donegal County Council.“Donegal has a coastline of 1,134km and boasts a diverse coastal landscape mirroring that of the country which includes cliffs, sandy beaches, inhospitable rocky shores, inlets, headlands, islands, ports, harbours and seaside towns”,” he said.“We have a network of thriving coastal towns, villages and clachans and there are 99 coastal settlements and many more small clusters and communities around our coast and developing the appropriate tools and techniques to manage and preserve of coastal heritage and landscapes is a priority for us as a Council,” he added.“I am delighted that we are in a position to share this with you.‘I hope that the learning you take from your visit to Donegal will help guide and inform your own work in both Norway and the Basque Region.” European affair! Norwegian and Spanish delegates visit Donegal for coastal project was last modified: March 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:coastal planeuropean unionlast_img read more

Drogba expected to make move

first_imgShanghai Shenhua are so confident of landing Didier Drogba they have reserved the number 11 shirt for him, the Daily Mirror reports.The Chinese outfit signed Nicolas Anelka from the Blues earlier this season and the French striker recently declared that he expected his former team-mate to join him there in the summer.Terry denied AVB’s sacking was down to Chelsea’s players.And the Mirror quote club owner and chairman Zhu Jun as saying: “During negotiations, Drogba said that he liked the number 11. So to show the club’s sincerity, we reserved it for him.”Meanwhile, several papers report John Terry’s denial that player power at Stamford Bridge led to Andre Villas-Boas being sacked as Chelsea manager.Terry said: “People have this thing about the senior players having a massive influence. I can assure you that is not the case.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ex-Raiders top pick Heyward-Bey cashes in for Steelers

first_imgALAMEDA — Some $38 million and change later, can we agree Darrius Heyward-Bey is not a bust?It’s an over-used term in the draft process, and incorrectly applied when it comes to one of the most controversial draft picks in the tenure of late Raiders’ owner Al Davis. Heyward-Bey is a reserve receiver and special teams player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who visit the Coliseum Sunday.Heyward-Bey never became the game-breaking wide receiver Davis envisioned. Instead, he came to understand his …last_img read more