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Volume 16, No. 4

April 30th - May 11th 2012 FREE PUBLICATION


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Hudson Then . . . Again

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Fashion with Compassion

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ho am I?” It’s a question people have pondered since the dawn of time. And these days, it’s not enough to know how you fit in with your immediate family; people are now turning to websites like to dig up the roots of their family’s tree. This trend is so popular, hit TV shows like “Finding your Roots” on PBS and “Who Do You Think You Are?” on NBC are attracting high ratings from viewers tuning in to watch stars like Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Bacon, Edie Falco, Rob Lowe and Rosie O’Donnell discover the secrets of their family’s past. In November 2010, the New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library and its staff were featured in one of the episodes of NBC’s “Who Do

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You Think You Are?” when O’Donnell came to the New Jersey Room to do genealogy search into her Irish background. The show took O’Donnell on a journey that included a trip to Ireland, where she visited a workhouse where one of he relatives had lived. Both “Finding your Roots” and “Who Do You Think You Are” are filled with touching moments like these, and for viewers, the shows have helped a renewed interest in the past so that we might learn more about ourselves. At the New Jersey Room on Tuesday, May 22nd, Library Assistant Danny Klein will be hosting “Who Do You Think You Are?” for local genealogy enthusiasts looking for clues to their past. con’t pg. 2

on the cover . The New Jersey Room is a treasure trove of resources and Klein says the two-hour workshop will show people how to trace their relatives using city directories and local maps that date back to the 1600s. “We’re going to talk a lot about what the New Jersey Room has to offer, which is a lot of information about Jersey City and Hudson County that you’re not going to get any place else,” Klein says,” and that includes the Internet. “We don’t have birth certificates or death certificates or records like that. What we do have are city directories which are the precursor to telephone books that list people who lived in Jersey City and Hoboken and some of the North Hudson towns, dating from 1925 to 1949.


newly released 1940 census and in May, the group is planning a road trip to the So if you’re looking for State History Fair to be held an ancestor who lived in at Washington’s Crossing the area, you can look near Trenton. them up by last name and A former president of the find out where they lived, Society, Klein says he’s sometimes find out what always been interested their occupation was, too.” in history and his family Since the “Finding your lineage and he says he gets Roots” and “Who Do You a kick out of “the chase.” Think You Are?” shows While researching his have become TV hits, family, he recently learned more and more people are something new about his searching their roots via great-grandfather who websites like Ancestry. emigrated from Germany com and by joining local in the late 1880s and lived genealogical societies. Klein, who writes a monthly in West Hoboken. It seems genealogy column for “The that in 1914, Klein’s greatgrandfather took a trip to Jersey Journal” is also a Germany in the summer member of the Hudson and while visiting relatives County Genealogical and Historical Society that meets there, World War I broke out. He must have lost the second Saturday of his passport, Klein says, the month in the Secaucus library. (www.hudsoncountynj and went to the American Last month, Consulate to apply for a new con’t pg. 3 the meeting was about the By Sally Deering


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con’t from pg. 2 one. While doing research, Klein tracked down a copy of his great-grandfather’s passport application. It can be pretty thrilling to see documents signed by your ancestors, Klein says: “Seeing the signatures, that’s a big thing.” So, if you’re interested in starting your own family tree, where do you begin? Klein says: “You start with yourself and move backwards. You know when you were born, when you were married. Those records are easy to get. Then you start working on your parents’ histories and you ask them questions. That’s the easiest way and the most precise way. You don’t want to start three generations ago.” Klein is a huge fan of websites like Ancestry. com. They’re very helpful, he says, but there’s only so much you can find on the

internet. You still have to go out and hit the bricks, he says. Ultimately, what fascinates and inspires us about genealogical research is seeing all the pieces of the puzzle fit together and the amazing journeys our ancestors took that connect the dots to our own existence. “When you go back and you’re looking at all your grandparents and greatgrandparents all you need is one person to be missing and you’re not here,” Klein says. If you go: Tues, May 22, 6 to 8 pm; FREE ADMISSION “So Who Do You Think You Are” The New Jersey Room Jersey City Free Public Library 472 Jersey Avenue Jersey City (201) 547-4579

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Hudson Then...Again by Maureen Wlodarczyk

Fifteen years ago, I was among the wave of millions who flocked to theaters to see James Cameron’s epic film, Titanic, an unqualified hit that brought the story of the 1912 tragedy back to life. April 15th marked 100 years since the tragic deaths of 1,500 passengers and crew who lost their lives in the dark, biting-cold waters of the Atlantic, and that anniversary has rekindled widespread interest in the story once again. Part of the lure of this true story is its magnitude and scale: an “unsinkable” ship on its maiden voyage, thousands of passengers, among them the rich and famous and those scraping by in steerage class hoping for a new start in America.

No work of fiction launched from the creative recesses of a novelist’s mind or a screenwriter’s imagination could better convey the seeming randomness and unpredictability of life and death. Among the Titanic passengers were a number of Hudson County residents including a Union Hill governess and young Bayonne bartender who both survived and a 21-year-old man from Hoboken and a 23-year-old man from Jersey City who did not. Each of the young men who had lost his life had booked passage on the Titanic after visiting his mother, one in London and the other in County Longford, Ireland. The loss to be endured by the Irish mother,

Did You Know Hudson County Residents Were on the Titanic?

Mrs. Kiernan, was cruelly multiplied by the fact that a second son, hearing his expatriate brother’s glowing descriptions of life in America, decided to accompany him back to the States and also lost his life when the Titanic went down. The young bartender from Bayonne, Thomas

McCormack, was also returning from a trip to his Irish homeland. Unlike his neighbors from Hoboken and Jersey City, Thomas had the good fortune of being plucked from the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean by the crew of the ship Carpathia and lived to be reunited with three sisters living on West Twentieth Street in Bayonne.

Miss Elizabeth Dowdell, of Park Ave in Union Hill (now Union City), a 31year-old governess, boarded the Titanic in Southampton England, traveling in a third class cabin along with her charge, 6-year-old Virginia, the daughter of opera singer Estelle Emmanuel. Both escaped the sinking ship after being carried bodily aboard lifeboat number 13 and subsequently being rescued by the Carpathia. Arriving in New York, the governess wept as she delivered Virginia into the arms of the child’s grateful grandparents. Elizabeth then returned home to the elation of her own mother in Union Hill and was interviewed by reporters from several local newspapers. Her chilling, first-person account of the massive liner’s final death throes sheds light on the terror gripping the seventy desperate souls wedged into lifeboat 13 in the cold and darkness: “I had put Virginia to bed and was preparing to Cont’d on page 5

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Hudson Then...Again Cont’d from page 5- Hudson County Residents on The Titanic

and was preparing to retire when the crash came . . . a terrible shiver went through the ship. I went to the passageway and asked a steward what was wrong. He assured me everything was all right and scarcely had I closed the door before someone came running along the passage ordering all hands to dress and put on a life belt. I took time getting ready. I firmly believed Titanic was unsinkable. When we tried to get to the deck, the stairways were so crowded that we could not use them . . . the cries and curses were terrible to hear. Finally some of the men passengers realized it would be impossible to get up the stairways and hoisted women and children up to seaman on the gallery above. When we arrived on deck nearly all of the boats were off but we were carried onto number 13. Several men tried to rush in on us before we were lowered. I saw an officer shoot three of them. We plainly saw the iceberg and the gaping hole in the side of the ship . . . the sea rushed in in torrents. No sooner were we off than the Titanic began to go down rapidly, the bow disappearing first. There was no playing by the bands . . . only the cries and sobs of those still aboard and in the boats heard above the wash of the sea.” Elizabeth Dowdell lived a long life and in December 1958, at age 78, attended the New York premiere of the movie “A Night to Remember,” the first feature film about the Titanic disaster. Maureen Wlodarczyk is a fourth-generation-born Jersey City girl and the author of three books about life in Jersey City in the 1800s and early 1900s: Past-Forward: A ThreeDecade and Three-Thousand-Mile Journey Home, Young & Wicked: The Death of a Wayward Girl and Canary in a Cage: The Smith-Bennett Murder Case. For info: www.

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Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival Sunday May 6, 2012 • 11am to 6pm Prsented by Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken ADMISSION IS FREE • Rain or shine Washington Street - between Observer Highway and 7th Street Featuring over 300 artists,

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The One & Nines - www. Emily Turonis, Orchestra C2, Funkaphonics & more Music for children on the 3rd street stage: Pre-School of Rock - Little Club Heads - www. Garden St. School of the Performing Arts Chrissy Roberts and much more. Freedy Johnston - www. The Front Bottoms - www. Demolition String Band www.demolitionstringband. com Stephie Coplan & the Pedestrians - stephiecoplan. com Outside the Box - www.

Performance Schedule: Observer Hwy Stage: (bet. Newark & Observer Hwy) 11;45am – Wyldlife 12:30pm – The One & Nines 1:15 pm Demolition String Band 2:00 pm - Freedy Johnston 3:15 pm The Front Bottoms 4:30 pm – The dB’s Con’t on page 8

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Fashion with Compassion

Bayonne Women’s Club hosts Fashion Show for United Cerebral Palsy

the runway from their own closets.

By Evelyn Bonilla The Bayonne Women’s Club is well-known to many throughout Bayonne for its charitable and humanitarian acts and since its inception in January of 2010 the women of this organization have helped to contribute to a multitude of causes. They volunteer in soup kitchens, gather donations for food pantries and in the annual “Relay for Life,” they do their part in the fight against cancer. On Sat, May 5th, the Bayonne Women’s Club will host a fashion show, “Fashion with Compassion” to take place at St. Andrews School gym, 124 Broadway, Bayonne Doors open at 6:30 pm and the fashion show starts at 7 pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit the United

“We’ve also worked to pull together wonderful fashions from many of the thrift stores throughout Bayonne,” Herring says, “and we have many different styles, from casual to evening wear. We also have a star model Angel Torres who is a member of the United Cerebral Palsy in Hudson County.” The May 5th fashion show

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Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County-Bayonne and will also help to replenish local food pantries. Everyone who attends is asked to bring one nonperishable food item that will be donated to one of the many food pantries in the area. The club is accepting pet food donations, too. “Fashion with Compassion” will feature models ages 3 to 78 and the categories are children 12 and under; teens and young adults 12-21; and adults 21 and up. The models are all local residents who are donating their time. Jennifer Auriemma, a former model and the organizer for the event says: “All the group’s members thought a fashion show

would be a great idea. As a former model and graduate of the Barbizon School of Modeling, I taught the models how to walk the runaway, although, many look like they’ve been doing it for years.” Another of the show’s organizers, Dawn Herring says everyone involved in the show is volunteering their time and some are donating fashions for

will feature music by DJ Ian and photography by Caryn La Greca. The admission price ($25 now; $30 at the door) includes a pasta dinner donated by some of Bayonne’s great restaurateurs. There will be door prizes, raffles and fashions and accessories worn by the models will be available for purchase. President of the Bayonne Women Club, Mary Beales says the group’s focus is to help the community. “The residents, local restaurants and local businesses have been so generous,” Beales says. “We would like to thank them all for their help and support. This is going to be a fun evening and we look forward to presenting this event in Bayonne.”

For tickets contact Linda Freeman at (201) 823-4508.

Bayonne Orthodox Churches Walking Tour Saturday, May 12th,

There will be an Orthodox Churches Walking Tour starting 1PM at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 39 West 22nd Street (pictured). The tour also includes visits to St. Nicholas and Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Churches. Presented by PealCollection, the tour is free to the public. Call 201-339-4093 for reservations.

DON’T YOU KNOW I’M LOCO...Comedy Night! 10-11pm Every Thursday, BOCA GRANDE in downtown Jersey City presents some of NY & NJ’s finest comedians, Hosted by Craig Mahoney $5 donation for the talent, plus a 1 drink minimum BOCA GRANDE is located a block away from the Newport PATH station. Boca Grande 564 Washington Blvd Jersey City, NJ 201.626.6646

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Seventh Annual Cindo De Mayo Parade and Fiesta Set to Take Place on Friday May 4, 2012

Seventh-annual Cinco de Mayo Parade and Fiesta - The Merchant, SILVERMAN, and Hamilton Square have teamed up to bring Jersey City their Seventh Annual Cinco de Mayo Two-Block Parade and Fiesta - Complete with Honorees, antique fire engine, ice cold margaritas, NJ Beer, hot tacos, music, dancing and more. Friday, May 4, 2012 4:00pm - Two-Block Parade from Grand Street to Montgomery Street via Grove Street 5:00pm – Midnight, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 279 Grove Street, Jersey City, New Jersey (Two blocks south of the Grove Street PATH Station, across from Jersey City-City Hall) The event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The Merchant ( Hamilton Square: Hamilton Square Condominiums (www.livingonthepark. com) SILVERMAN: Brothers Eric and Paul Silverman founded SILVERMAN (

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Great Performers Series: NJCU Jazz Ensembles with Dave Liebman, saxophone May 7, 2012 Monday 7:30pm David Liebman is considered a renaissance man in contemporary music with a career stretching over forty years. He has played with many of the masters including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, McCoy Tyner and others. $15.00; $10.00 Students and Senior Citizens Edward Joffe, D.M.A., director NJCU Margaret Williams Theatre 2039 Kennedy Boulevard Jersey City, NJ

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Busting 4 Myths About Wallpapers (NewsUSA) Wallpaper can be a beautiful addition to the home, but some common misconceptions deter people from buying the product. Before purchasing wallpaper, consider the following information from the Wallcoverings Association: MYTH 1: Wallpaper is not a good choice for kitchens and baths. The truth: Kitchens are in fact ideal places to decorate with wallcoverings. They look great, and the protective coating on most wallpapers make them washable; many are even scrubbable, so maintenance is a snap. MYTH 2: Wallpaper is a hassle to hang and remove. The truth: Today’s highperformance, easy-hang wallpaper (many known as “non-wovens”) are easy to hang and remove -- a great alternative to ordinary paint. steps than paint. When it’s

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time to redecorate, most wallpapers come off easily. MYTH 3: You get tired of wallpaper very quickly. The truth: People are often so pleased with their selection that on average, they keep the same pattern up for many years (paint has about a three-year life span). And there’s a vast selection, whether you want to MYTH 4: Wallpaper is a

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restaurant VIEWS Riverview Diner, A New Look for an Old Friend

By Sally Deering

business and then sent them off to college. After graduation, the girls came aybe it’s the shiny back to Riverview to share chrome and Formica countheir time managing the ter tops that draws us in or restaurant with their dad. the beauty of the chocolate “Dad is boss,” Cindy layer cakes beaming through says on a recent afternoon the pastry fridge window? as she greets and seats a Then again, it could be the constant flow of customfirst bite of a juicy cheeseers. “He has high standards burger, the rich dark coffee or the eggs served just right. and wants everything to be right.” New Jersey has some fine In August, Tommy Marestaurants, there’s no doubt, vronasios decided to give but our kinship with diners Riverview a more modern is as binding as meatloaf look, updating the restauand mashed potatoes. rant’s exterior to fit in with Riverview Diner on River Road in North Bergen the revitalization of River has been a go-to spot on the Road, its new townhouses on the Hudson and shopping diner directory since Tomcenters with big box demy Mavronasios opened partment stores like Target. the place back in 1982. It Step inside and Riverview’s became ‘all in the family’ new interior is diner cool when Mavronasios introwith booths in warm tones duced his daughters, Olga, of dark wood, burnt orange Cindy and Vivian to the and bronze. Directly over


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each table, a drum light casts a warm glow in contrast to the bright light reflecting off the shiny silver chrome accents of the counter lined with orange-upholstered, swiveling stools. A big-screen TV hangs over one section of the fresh-pastry counter and divider that connects to the dining room where tables of four are nestled within rows of booths that face New York and River Road. Everything is new except one thing, Cindy says: “We left the old register.” Riverview Diner’s menu is vast with traditional fare and a new addition of dishes for those who prefer a more health-conscious choice. The “Breakfast Anytime” menu features Old Fashioned French Toast, Belgian Waffles, Golden Brown Pancakes, Omelets, Bagels,

Muffins and Cereal. For lunch, customers can choose from Overstuffed Deli Sandwiches; Char-Broiled Burgers, Pita and Croissant Sandwiches. Dinner features Steaks & Chops, Italian Favorites, Hot Open Sandwich Platters, Broiled, Fried and Stuffed Fish; Cold Salad Platters; and Greek Specialties. There’s even a Children’s Menu.

And don’t forget you can have breakfast any time of day. Then there are the desserts – fresh cakes, pies and the classic Rice Pudding to dazzle your taste-buds. Checking out reviews on the internet, I came across this one from Evelyn K. of West New York who posted on “I always enjoy Con’t d on page 23

restaurant VIEWS Cont’d from page 22 River View Diner (and) find the food and atmosphere great. Thanks Riverview for having such a pleasant place to eat. Also love the new renovations. Five stars to the Riverview.” Jonathan L. of New York City also wrote a review on “Huge servings (and) very speedy service. I had a club sandwich with French fries, which I asked be ‘extra crispy’ and they totally got it right. I appreciate that. My friend got a bacon cheddar burger and they piled the bacon on, no skimping here. Also tried my friend’s chocolate milkshake and it was perfectly thick and creamy. It’s just diner food, but when done right, what else do you really need?” Theresa E. gave the restaurant four stars on menusism. com. “I love this Diner!” Theresa E. says. “The food is very good and fast and the staff is super friendly - they remember you even when you haven’t been there for weeks and that always makes going nice.”

Tommy Mavronasios taught his daughters to keep the standards high at Riverview Diner and he also shared with them how to give personable customer service. Cindy not only greets every customer, she calls many of them by name and even wishes them a “Happy Birthday!” “I love our regulars,” Cindy says. “We believe it’s important to be a member of the community,” At Riverview Diner, you’ll always get that warm welcome whether it’s Tommy or one of his daughters greeting you at the door and excellent service by the wait staff. And the coffee’s pretty great, too. If you go:

Riverview Diner 7850 River Road North Bergen, NJ 201-868-5400 Hours: Fri, Sat, 24/7 Sun-Thurs, 6 am-2 am

Sunday, May 6th - 2 pm Shakespeare at the Historic Jersey City Cemetery Sun, May 6th at 2 pm - Join Us for a beautiful afternoon of Shakespeare at the Historic Jersey City Cemetery! “All The World’s A Stage”, a sampler of the “Seven Ages of Man”, will be performed live by the Actors Shakespeare Company of New Jersey City University. This is a benefit performance to help raise funds for the Cemetery restoration. The historic cemetery has been operated by volunteers for three years, since it was sadly abandoned. What better setting to take in some culture and nature than in this 6 acre sanctuary of rolling hills & meadows, ancient wildflowers, historic monuments, colonial plants, wildlife, and 350 years of Jersey City history! Donation door admission $20 Adult/$15 Senior/$10 Kids. Guests are invited to stay for a walking tour of the grounds immediately following the performance. ( The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery is located at 435 NEWARK Avenue in historic downtown Jersey City, & is a 10 minute walk from the Grove St. or Journal Square PATH stations. Refreshments will be available. Call 201-707-0738 for special group price or more information.

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Art Views -Rhythm and Movement Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12th, 6-9 pm

Trapped by Irena Pejovic Compelling and powerful forces come to life when music, dance, and visual art merge. Lana Santorelli Gallery’s next group exhibition, Rhythm and Movement, explores this combination. From Diana Jean Puglisi’s geometrical improvisations to Irena Pejovic’s boundary-pushing acrobatic compositions, this exhibition mesmerizes in a choreographed orchestration. Exhibiting Artists: Ignacio Alperin Bruvera, Rassan Cobbs, Irena Pejovic, Diana Jean Puglisi, Lana Santorelli, Erik Sheets, Lubomir Tomaszewski, and Diane Zeitlin Lana Santorelli Gallery will host an opening reception for Rhythm and Movement on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 from 6 to 9 pm at 628 Washington Street. Hoboken Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Sunday 11 am to 7 pm. Rhythm and Movement runs through Sunday, June 24th, 2012.

3rd Sundays: Hoboken’s Monthly Gallery Walk. Occurring on the third Sunday of each month from 2 to 6 pm, ten galleries and art spaces around Hoboken are participating in the festivities. To find out more visit

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2nd Annual HoLa Hoboken Book Fair – Feria de Libros May 5th ( Cinco de Mayo) 1-5pm -Open to the Public HoLa Dual Language Charter School (HoLa) At Monroe Center for the Arts, (Suite 301) 720 Monroe St, Hoboken, NJ The book fair will include Spanish & English language titles, guest Authors and Illustrators including, Spanish music perfomrances, Crafts, Fun and games and a NY Red Bulls player! For more information, please contact:

Not Yo Mama’s Parks & Crafts May 12 • 11am -5pm Van Vorst Park in Historic (Downtown ) Jersey City (Jersey Ave & Montgomery Sts.) Across from Jersey City Main Library Featuring: One of a kind hand made goods Free Concert, Face Painting, Craftacular Kids Activities. Yo Mama’s Day Card Creation Station DIY Doggie Bandanas by M. Avery Studios North Shore Arrival Adoption Center Fun time for the whole family

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STARGAZINE Aries-( Mar. 21- April 10) The combined force of Mercury and Uranus transiting the 9th house may bring sudden and unexpected changes in your travel plans. In a more spiritual sense, you may have connected with the real meaning of life as the 9th house governs the higher mind. A clear mental understanding of what really matters and the answer to your worries, allows you to radiate love and you feel great. Taurus- (April 20-May 20) A perfect time to review your career and direction with Jupiter and the Sun positioned in the 10th house. About every 12 years Jupiter returns to your sign and shines a light of joy and abundance, but with the Taurus native it indicates hope that you will not make the same past mistakes. The astral advice suggests a better outcome than ever experienced can be yours. Enjoy the sweet fruit of life from the Jupiter tree. Gemini-(May 21-June 20) Venus in the 11th house may find a loving gesture from a friend tempting. Is the offering real or are there strings of heartache attached? The astral advice suggests that you must clear a path in your personal life before you can move forward. There are loved ones close by waiting for your attention. Don’t be distracted from the route of peace and harmony at this time. Cancer-(June 21 - July 22) The Cancer native is known for holding on to items that may have lost their worth and in extreme cases the word: hoarding: comes to mind. 12th house activity will find you cleaning away debris in your sub conscious mind, forgiving and moving forward. The astral advice indicates a great time to wipe away the cobwebs and create the new and improved Cancer native.

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Month of May 2012 By J. Banta Lewis

Leo-(July 23- Aug.22) Leo on the ascendant will find you the life of the party. Self-assured and charismatic you blaze through all business meetings and are to the next event before they can internalize your effect. You are the source of everyone’s envy. Enjoy the attention but don’t allow it to make you arrogant. Be thankful that you possess this magnificent spirit and remember there is nothing worse than a Lion with an over blown ego. Virgo-(Aug.23-Sept.22) May renews with the flowers of Spring. You can renew with the 1st house power of Mars conjunct the Moon. A total transformation of emotions from dark to shinning bright awaits you. Just go with the positive flow.

Sagittarius- (Nov.22-Dec.21) The energy of May is peaceful and calm for the Sagittarius native. This is the time to plan a happy summertime as vacations are in your future. You need to get away from the troubles and responsibilities at work. The good news is that most Sagittarius natives have retained their jobs and have prosperous events for which they may look forward. Capricorn -(Dec.22-Jan.19) Pluto in the 5th house that governs creativity may find the sometimes rigid Capricorn native ready to take a chance on love and life. New romance and new business ideas abound and you’re exited and ready to explore what the Universe has to offer. You are smart enough not to risk what you have already accomplished so have a little fun!

Libra- (Sept.22-Oct.22) Financial issues, as governed by the 2nd house find you cautious and pinching your pennies with the hope of acquiring stability. Saturn has had its way with you in the recent past and added fear to an already troubled economy. Things will continuously improve as you believe in the fact that your employer is the Universe and you consider how much your situation has improved.

Aquarius -(Jan.20-Feb.18) Those out of work Aquarian natives should remember that whatever they want to do they can achieve. They are not limited by society’s restrictions. It may be time to think outside of your present circumstances and attempt a grab at what is right in front of you. There are many opportunities available if you just open your eyes.

Scorpio-(Oct.23-Nov.21) Real estate matters and those simply of the home are in the forefront in May. There will be a desire to improve your surroundings and create an oasis of comfort where you reside. Somewhat like a reality show you change your interior and change your life. It is amazing what a new coat of paint and a good attitude can do.

Pisces-(Feb.19- Mar.20) This is a great time to strengthen your partnerships and renew your vows to those you love. Neptune in the 7th house may bring your ideals and dreams into focus. It tends to make you see things through rose colored glasses, as they say. This time the reality is even better than you imagined and you finally believe that you are loved.


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