An Ordinary Luxury

By Lori Welch Brown   An Ordinary Luxury   On a recent Saturday morning as I was deciding whether or not to use tap or distilled water in my Neti pot, another woman was attempting to absorb the news that her only daughter had died of a heroin overdose just hours before. I’m aware of […]

The Secret of Havana!

The Secret of Havana By Adam Morel An old woman living in a tiny home, working slavishly over a hot stove, making strong coffee for three strangers. A middle aged man with a tattered shirt and bloodshot eyes, giving a bear hug, speaking emphatically in a language his new found friend cannot understand. A single […]

TOMATOES!

By Jimmy Deaton aka Farmer D   This month I want to focus on what is without a doubt the most popular veggie grown in most gardens, and that is tomatoes. They are probably the most widely used and versatile vegetable around. From sandwiches to salads, pasta sauce or tomato juice, the pickled green tomatoes […]

Adopting a Pet: What to Ask Yourself First

Adopting a Pet: What to Ask Yourself First   By Lily Walker     There’s an old pop song that asks, “How much is that doggie in the window?” The person posing the question is thinking about getting a dog, based on the pup’s waggly tail. We fall in love with animals and want to […]

Pets of the Month

Mya Papaya (A069976): Meet the smiley Mya Papaya! Mya Papaya is a nine-year-old Bulldog mix who weighs about 75 pounds. She usually needs a few minutes to warm up to strangers, but once she does she’s as sweet and silly as can be! Our staff and volunteers have enjoyed getting to know Mya Papaya and […]

On the Road

Junior Cat is a loyal reader of the Old Town Crier in “The Garden State”. He particularly likes reading the Points on Pets column. Junior lives with his owner Janet Rocchio in Williamstown, NJ.

Stretch IRA Strategy and Your Estate Plan

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce   Stretch IRA Strategy and Your Estate Plan   Most Americans understand an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) can provide a powerful way to save for retirement. But what many don’t know is an IRA can also be an effective estate-planning tool.   If one of your goals is to […]

Hauling Bass

By Steve Chaconas   Hauling Bass   Haul seining doesn’t come up in conversation unless you’re chatting with Potomac River guide Capt. George Martin.   In 2015, Capt. Martin observed the practice of staking one end of a long net and dragging it out to the end and then making a loop to return to […]

Pets of the Month

Beanie (A069887): Meet Beanie! Beanie is a neutered male Terrier mix, estimated to be about four years old. Beanie is a cute pup whose favorite activity is, by far, playing with toys! We think Beanie would do best as an only pet in an adult-only home, as he is a dog who values his personal […]

How to Grow a Shamrock!!

How to Grow a Shamrock! In the spirit of the month of March and one of the Old Town Crier’s favorite celebration days – St. Patrick’s Day – we thought you would like to know the secret to growing these lucky plants! Stories have it that shamrocks won’t grow any place other than in Irish […]