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Volume 16, No. 9

September 18th - September 30th 2012 FREE PUBLICATION

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Jersey City Fashion Week Blooms in Liberty State Park Pg. 7

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ersey City and New York City are two peas in a pod. Both cities have a beautiful waterfront on the Hudson, share spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and enjoy a lively culture that’s hip and cool. Jersey City is again following in New York City’s footsteps – well, more like her stilettos – when Jersey City Fashion Week opens September 21st in Liberty State Park. As September’s breezes blow through the trees, models will be floating down the runway when Jersey City Fashion Week presents a week of exciting shows featuring the dresses, gowns, swimwear and more by name designers and up-and-comers. This premiere Fashion Week promises to bring the newest styles to the Jersey side with a portion of the event’s net proceeds going to several local charities: Dress for Success Hudson County, Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County, The York Street Project and Art House Productions’ Stages program. The event’s organizer is Desha Lang Jackson and the Give to Live Foundation which fundraises to promote charitable causes through fashion, entertainment and sports-related promotions. Jackson, who has practiced law in Jersey City, is the CEO of her Jersey City-based business, DLJ Sports and Entertainment Connections. “People who come to the fashion shows can look forward to having a good time, looking at the different styles of fashion, meeting some celebs – including former NFL players – and giving back to their community,” Give to Live founder Desha Lang Jackson says. “I want this to be a combination of fashion, fun and to help several social services programs in the area.” con’t pg. 2

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on the cover . FASHION SHOWS AND FUN EVENTS

Hosted by Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise and Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, Jersey City Fashion Week will offer several fashion-centric events in Jersey City culminating in an Emerging Designers show finale at the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRRNJ) in Liberty State Park. “Jersey City is an amazing city with incredible businesses, a wealth of talent and great places to showcase, and I thought now would be the perfect time to host a major fashion event here,” Give to Live Founder Desha Jackson says. “While the city has come a long way, many parts of the community are still experiencing hardship, and we felt it was critical that Jersey City Fashion Week addresses this need. We’re hoping people will come out to support this effort, which raises money for deserving charities.”

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Jersey City Fashion Week will present events at the CRRNJ Terminal at Liberty State Park; the Boys and Girls Club in Jersey City and Liberty National Golf Course. Local restaurants, retail shops and other businesses are also participating. (For a full list of events and locations visit www.jerseycityfashionweek.com)

EMERGING DESIGNERS TAKE TO THE RUNWAY A highlight of the week-long event may be the appearance of the cast of cable TVs Jersey Couture which is hosting the Emerging Designers show, but many local residents will be rooting for young designer Deanna Ellis of Deemai Fashions, who will be showing her custom garments, screen printing, dance wear, evening wear, wedding design, dress design, t-shirt design, hand painted and recyclable clothing Ellis and her mom were residents of York Street Project, the one non-profit that will be the recipient of a

percentage of the profits from ticket sales. Having lived there with her mom, Ellis grew up and graduated Kenmare Academic High School and attended Hampton University and now attends New Jersey City University where she’s majoring in marketing. “When I was 5 years old, I moved there with my mom,” Ellis says. “We were basically homeless, didn’t have a place to stay or call our own. We were at this new place and had a nice new room. I had all my own things. I was with other children and we took trips and because of York Street Project, I had a great childhood and my mother was able to get her life together.” Today, Ellis’ mom holds a master’s degree, a Ph.D. and is a teacher and Ellis says her success and that of her mom’s was influenced by the staff at York Street Project. “They all played a role, a big part in helping us,” Ellis says. “One of them, Sister Teresa passed away and I was sad to hear that. One thing I’ll never forget was that she made her con’t pg. 3

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own bathing suits and they were really great, looked store-bought. It must have gone into my subconscious. Maybe deep down that inspired me to do what I do today.” Ellis says it was the Sisters of York Street who brought her to Jackson’s attention and the connection was made. “I’ve been designing two years now,” Ellis says. “When I started I didn’t know how to sew and for my early collections I repurposed garments, handpainted leggings and things. I looked for a machine and taught myself how to sew. I did a lot of my own research and marketing and over time I grew. I’m hoping Jersey City Fashion Week will help me with exposure and different networks to sell in stores.” For now, fashionistas can purchase Ellis’ contemporary women’s wear at her Etsy online store. (www. etsy.com) FASHION HAS PURPOSE The York Street Project is one of four local nonprofits that will receive a portion of the Jersey City Fashion Week’s net profits. Dress for Success Hudson County will also receive contributions. Since it opened its door sin 1999, Dress for Success Hudson County, overseen by Executive Director and CEO Lillian Hernandez, has helped more than 40,000 women and since 2004, more than 10,000 men. “That’s over a 150,000 families through the sanctioning program,” Hernandez says. “We handle the two largest counties in the state, a thousand families a month. This is without hesitation. We do the job. (www.Dressforsuccess.org/

Dress for Success Hudson County’s mission has grown from dressing women for job interviews to promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing them with training to help them become self sufficient. “We have a career center here and we provide assessment tools,” Hernandez says. “If they’re not proficient in computers, we provide that service as well. We’ll teach them the ins and outs of new technology. They need those skills.”

A former designer in the fashion industry, Hernandez graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and has worked in “every nook and cranny” of the industry. She solicits clothing donations from many sources, Corporation donations, overstock from companies in the fashion industry; clothing drives, too. Hernandez plans to designate the Fashion Week donations to the agency’s image enhancement program. “We never have enough large sizes, 16-24,

” Hernandez says. “We never have enough handbags, jewelry, cosmetics. I’m going to go to companies in the fashion industry for their overstock and get a good rate. I’ll go to the wholesalers for handbags, things we can purchase. We never have enough.” If you go: For a full listing of partners, sponsors and designers visit www.jerseycityfashionweek.com or the Eventbrite page at http:// jcfw12.eventbrite.com/

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Hudson Then...Again by Maureen Wlodarczyk

On Saturday, Septem-

ber 22, I will be participating in the 5th annual Tale of Our City book festival in Jersey City. The event will be held in Van Vorst Park, the lovely, historic Victorian gem that has been adorning Downtown for 160 years. The development of the park resulted from the open space preservation interest

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of Cornelius Van Vorst who donated the land, and the horticultural expertise of Peter Henderson who created and executed the landscape design. So, who was Peter Henderson: immigrant, market gardener, florist, and the force behind what would become a national seed and plant business supplied by acres of glass hothouses he built

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in Jersey City Heights? According to 19th century publications, Henderson was born near Edinburgh, Scotland in 1823 and his father was a land-steward for a local “gentleman.” At 16, Henderson became an apprentice gardener and within two years won two medals from the Botanical Society of Edinburgh in recognition of his work. At the age of 20, he left Scotland for New York with not much more than a small amount of pocket money and those two medals he had won. He obtained employment in New York, working for gardeners and florists, saving as much as he could until he was able to go into business for himself. He relocated to Jersey City in 1847, buying land on Wayne, Monmouth and Mercer Streets and launched his market gardening enterprise. That was followed by his opening a floral shop and selling seeds. From that, some years later, was born his seed and plant business,

Peter Henderson & Co., located on Cortlandt Street in Manhattan and offering its products via color lithograph catalogs.

By the 1880s, Henderson’s greenhouses in the Heights were said to be the largest in the world, covering over 5 acres, managed by a staff of some 100 men, and described as measuring 100 feet long by 20 feet wide. To achieve needed shading, Henderson explained that the glass was treated with a solution Cont’d on page 6

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newspaper stating that “the great number of people” visiting the hothouses on Sundays “has become such an annoyance that the custom has been stopped” and signs

The Greenhouse Establishment of Peter Henderson On the same property, there was a 300 foot “propagating house,” a “cold grapery” with arched roof, and large outdoor flower beds described as a most beautiful sight when in bloom. The greenhouses and surrounding grounds became such a popular draw that, in 1879, a notice appeared in a local

were subsequently posted indicating no admission on that day. Henderson was also a frequent speaker at horticultural gatherings and the author of several books on gardening including Practical Floriculture, Gardening for Pleasure, and the Handbook of Plants and wrote hundreds if articles on

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Cont’d from Page 5 Peter Henderson gardening topics that appeared in newspapers and periodicals, among those an article that told of his experiments with carnivorous plants. Beyond his success and renown, Peter Henderson was also a generous local citizen and employer. He was often mentioned in Hudson County newspapers of the day for his donations of flowers for local events and to the City Hospital. He was also a founder of the Bergen Savings Bank and when that failed, he and his partners reportedly reimbursed their depositors from their own funds. In 1874, an article titled “An Ungrateful Young Rascal” appeared in the local press. An 18-year-old boy named Reeves had worked for Henderson at his New York store. Suspected of theft there, Henderson transferred him to work in the Jersey City gardens rather than dismissing him. As soon as Reeves began working in Jersey City, a large number of flowers started

going missing daily. Surveillance caught Reeves in the act of stealing the plants (which he then sold in New York). Instead of having him arrested, Henderson gave him $2.00 and a talking to. The following night Reeves was caught stealing 400 roses and was arrested. Henderson, who was fond of saying he had never been sick a day in his life, fell ill with pneumonia and died at his home on Arlington Avenue in January 1890 at the age of 66. At his funeral, the presiding minister praised Henderson saying: “It was his pluck, industry and capacity for work that made him successful. He

did not turn things into gold by merely touching them. He had the true scientific spirit and a profound love of nature . . .” 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 Three-Decade and ThreeThousand-Mile Journey Home, Young & Wicked: The Death of a Wayward Girl and Canary in a Cage: The SmithBennett Murder Case. For info: www.past-forward.com. Meet Maureen at the Tale of Our City Book Festival on Sept. 22, 2012 at Van Vorst Park in Jersey City.


Happenings ART CIRCLE OF BAYONNE Saturday, September 22, 2012 6 - 9 P.M. Open to the Public Monday Sept 24 through Friday September 28 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Saturday Sept 29 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. Bayonne Community

Museum 229 Broadway, Bayonne New Jersey 07002 St. Joseph of the Palisades Elementary School will be hosting its first All-YouCan-Eat Beefsteak Dinner on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 6:00pm in the Upper Community Center (Address: 6408 Palisade Avenue, West New York, NJ 07093). Wine, beer and

soda are included. “The Neighborhood” band will provide the dance music. Tickets can be purchased for $45.00 per person. All friends and alumni are invited. Check out our website for more information (www. stjosephpalisadeselem.com). We hope to see you there! Send us your event listings riverviewobserver@gmail.com Send two weeks prior to event date

19th Annual Newport Liberty Half Marathon Sunday Sept. 23rd, 2012 Registration opens at 6:30 a.m., .; the race starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. Newport Town Square 100 Town Square Place Jersey City, NJ 07310 A USA Track & Field half marathon championship in Jersey City’s waterfront community neighborhood of Newport. Recreational and elite runners will have the opportunity to compete at the highest level for their share of $3,000 in prize money. The USATF-NJ certified course is comprised of flat and local roads that interweave along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and provide spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Verrazano Bridge. Prizes and records will be awarded immediately after the race during a pPost-r Race Party, complete with refreshments, a local DJ and giveaways.

** Proceeds are donated to the Jersey City Medical Center, a major teaching affiliate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine that provides high levels of care to women, trauma, and cardiac patients. ** Visit http://www.newporthalfmarathon.com/ for additional details and registration. The USATF-NJ certified course is comprised of flat and local roads that interweave along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and provide spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Verrazano Bridge.

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restaurant VIEWS Lighthouse Diner/Restaurant A Local Favorite where the Dishes are Homemade and Customers are like Family By Sally Deering

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he Lighthouse Diner/ Restaurant in Bayonne is a landmark among the locals and for the past seven years, Levanes Bertos and his dad Michael Bertos have been building a loyal clientele who come for the Chef’s specials, the Greek delicasies and a menu that offers an array of delicious dishes. Levanes Bertos grew up in restaurants, he says. His father and mother, Michael and Sophia worked at the Flamingo restaurant in downtown Jersey City where Sophia waited tables while Michael worked in the kitchen as a prep cook. Since the Bertos family took over the Lighthouse they renovated the interior to an open and bright restaurant with cozy booths and a counter for those who prefer

a little swivel in their seat. “We have a lot of regulars,” Levanes Bertos says. “They come for the Greek dishes, our Chef’s specials – we have two specials every day. Everything is homemade and cooked from scratch. Breakfast is also big here.” Open seven days a week, the Lighthouse menu offers appetizers, vegetarian snacks, garden fresh salads, wraps & paninis, hot and cold sandwiches and burgers. There are steaks, chops, chicken and seafood dishes, Italian classics and Greek specialties. The restaurant serves breakfast and desserts and there’s even a kid’s menu. Everything is reasonably priced and the portions are hearty. Some menu standouts are the vegetarian dishes like Vegetable Quesadillas, the Homemade Black Bean

Levanes Bertos greeting customers at the Lighthouse Diner /Restaurant in Bayonne Burger and Vegetable Fajitas ($8.25-$9.99). Steaks and chops dishes feature the King Sirloin Steak, Broiled Rib-Eye Steak, Jersey Loin Pork Chops and Sliced London Broil ($13.95-$16.95). Seafood dishes include Broiled Boston Scrod, Broiled Fresh Salmon, Filet of Sole and New England Scallops ($13.95-$14.50).

For breakfast lovers, there are Buttermilk Pancakes – with choices like Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chip, and Fruit Pancakes like Banana Cakes, Apple Cakes, Blueberry, Strawberry and Pancakes with Pineapple Topping ($5.50$6.95). The Lighthouse also serves 3-Egg Omelettes, French Toast, Belgian

Waffles and a hearty breakfast combo of eggs, bacon, sausage, French Toast and Pancakes ($4.25-$7.95). Family dining is a big part of The Lighthouse and there’s a special kids’ menu featuring Hot Dogs, Roast Turkey, Mac & Cheese, Grilled Cheese and Spaghetti & Meatballs ($6.95 each). Many restaurants have a website to advertise their menus, but not the Lighthouse. Bertos says: “Word of mouth is the best way to get your name out.” Regulars, like Dorothy Smieja of Bayonne, come for the service as well as the food. “It’s the greatest restaurant in Bayonne,” Smieja says. “Every time I come here the food is perfect. Where can you go Cont’d on page 14

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restaurant VIEWSCont’d from page 13- Lighthouse Diner/Restaurant

Lighthouse Diner/Restaurant Servers (Front row) Barbara Delgado, Maria Hernandez (Back row) Lynn Christie, Pat Christie for $2.20? And everybody here is so kind. They get to know their customers.” If you go: The Lighthouse 669 Broadway Bayonne 201-437-8650 Hours: Mon-Sat, 5:30 am – 9 pm; Sun, 5:30 am-8 pm

A TALE OF OUR CITY

Jersey City’s Annual Book Festival Celebrates 5 Years with Expanded Program Jersey City Sept. 18th Writers Who Perform, the theme of A Tale of Our City 2012, Jersey City’s annual book festival, brings an exciting assortment of authors ready to (literally) rock your world! The two Jersey City-based

writers – known for their polished performances – will give a lively finish: spoken word artist Dujuana Sharese and singer/songwriter Debra Devi, lead in the rock band Devi and author of The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu, at the 5th annual book festival, A Tale of Our City.

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on Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Victorian, historic Van Vorst Park, Jersey City, N.J. A Tale of Our City is presented annually by Jersey City government: Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and the Municipal Council, the Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Jersey City Free Public Library. Twenty-six writers and performers will be featured at the book festival. Authors of original works abound, including five memoirs: A City Set on a Hill by Shamina Allen, I Am Myself: A Woman Growing Up with Tourette Syndrome by Theresa Borrelli, Fragments: A.K.A., Incomplete Thoughts by Zakee Howze, My First 30 by Nadira Persaud, and Save Me a Seat by the Drummer by Carmine J. Scarpa); six novels (Dream Come True by Debra A. Daly, Vengeance Is Sacred by Peter Healy, La Conspiración Sagrada presented in Spanish by Santiago Marte, The Man Jacob by Clarence Matthews, The Wicked Education of Henry Holliday by J.J. Tomkins, and Husband in Waiting by Robert J. Woolsey); and three children’s stories (The Adventures of Izzy and JuJu: Twin Detective Investigators (T.D.I) by Dr. Andrea Blake-Garrett, Doby’s Creek, a novella for young adults, by Jane Pedler, and Perfected by Girls, a YA novel by Alfred C. Martino). Bonnie the Magic Lady, who presented several shows during Summer Reading Program 2012, has offered her performance, gratis, for A Tale of Our City 2012. There are six poets – Kenza Ashley, Beth Bird, Jacqueline Hallenbeck, Dujuana Sharese, Nickole Williams and Michael T. Young – with Yvonne Hernandez

performing three monologues (50 Ways / What is this strange feeling? / The Date), and Nancy Méndez-Booth, Jersey City-related short stories. Canary in a Cage: The Smith-Bennett Murder Case by Maureen K. Wlodarczyk is one book of Jersey City-based, historical non-fiction. “Michele Dupey’s idea of including performers of the spoken word has really taken off! We are having such a fantastic response from the community from both the literature and performing. The book festival will really ROCK,” said Assistant Library Director Sonia Araujo, who is chair of the annual book festival, A Tale of Our City. Four at A Tale of Our City 2012 are solid musical performers, and singer/songwriters in their own right: the aforementioned Debra Devi; acoustic folk rock musician Javier Orellana,; the previously mentioned spoken word artist Dujuana Sharese; and Tom Thiel of Tom’s Dream, a unique blend of traditional country, folk and Americana music. Returning to A Tale of Our City, with new works, are authors Alfred C. Martino, Clarence Matthews, Jane Pedler, and Maureen K. Wlodarczyk, as well as poet Jacqueline Hallenbeck. Memoirists deal with pain, in one form or another, yet demonstrate the indomitable spirit of being human: Shamina Allen reaches beyond her pain to include both gays when their straight spouses in A City Set on a Hill; Theresa Borrelli, originally from West New York and cur rently residing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, describes life with Tourette Syndrome in I Am Myself; actor/writer Zakee Howze’s life on the streets unfolds in Fragments; Nadira

Writer Maureen Wlodarczyk will read from her book Canary in a Cage: The Smith-Bennett Murder Case at 1:00 pm Persaud’s My First 30, deals with family abuse; and Jersey Citynative, multi-talented Carmine J. Scarpa wrote a memoir dealing with growing up with a disability in Save Me a Seat by the Drummer. Novels and short stories transport us to locales and situations unknown, with Jersey City-native J.J. Tomkins’ The Wicked Education of Henry Holliday giving shape to his Tommy Tune-like persona, Peter Healy’s Vengenance Is Sacred setting the stage in Jersey City history with suspense and paranormal activity, Santiago Marte’s La Conspiración Sagrada weaving a story with intricate religious intrigue, and former Pentagon intelligence officer Robert J. Woolsey brings that secretive life to Husband in Waiting, his first novel. The short stories of blogger Nancy MéndezBooth and Jane Pedler, whose Doby’s Creek is a Civil War story about a physically and mentally challenged young man who has a hero’s heart, feature Jersey City, front and center. Clarence Matthews has been presenting his Jacob ‘Rite-of-Passage’ trilogy at previous festivals, now completing it with The Man Jacob.


STARGAZINE Aries (Mar.20 - Apr. 20 ) Your ability to attract controversy is at an all-time high. Seemingly painless comments will raise eyebrows in the workplace. Although your intentions were pure your words didn’t go over well. No apologies are necessary. You were just exercising your first amendment rights but next time think before you blurt. Taurus (Apr. 21 - May 21 ) This is a great time to solidify partnerships in both your professional and personal life. An element of luck exists in all interactions. The astral advice suggests an extreme effort on your part to connect. Appointments, texts, and e-mails, make your thoughts public. Tell loved ones your true feelings and begin again to feel like an integral part of life as you return from your selfimposed exile. Gemini (May 22 - Jun. 21). Bank error in your favor, but any money not yours would surely be returned. The Jupiter effect, transiting the 8th house of your solar chart governing OPM [other people’s money] indicates just general wellbeing wherever your natal Sun resides in your chart. You will experience an overabundance of good feelings and when you ask for something the answer will be a resounding”Approved”and not, as at times in the past, ‘Declined’. Cancer (Jun. 22 - July 22)

Venus in your sign posited in the 9th house indicate that you finally have balanced that pure Cancer emotion with logic and understanding. Somewhat a Zen transition as you accept life’s little annoyances with a happy heart and move on without any drama. Family and happiness are yours.

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Leo (July 23 - Aug. 23) The mid-heaven of the chart is a powerful point indicating strong astral waves in regards to career. You are ready to make a bold and courageous move. Your goal is the erase all money worries. Go forth with the confidence to initiate those plans that have been waiting to take form. The only regret you may have is that you have waited too long to manifest your ideas. Virgo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23) Mercury, your ruler in Virgo, transiting the 10th house will have you discussing subjects from politics and religion, to the best care of ferrets. You have so much knowledge to share people are impressed. The astral advice suggests that you give others a chance to speak and know that this is a beginning of a phase where you are sought out for your expertise. Be wise. Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) You are the source of compliments on your style and beauty. Be careful, as even kind words may have a darker side. When someone directs their attention towards you, deflect by changing the subject. Magic 101 tricks decree that thoughts are things and at times a seemingly kind word may have a backing based on jealousy. Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22 ) Mars your ruler in the 1st house shows that you will sharpen your scalpel and remove from your life any unwanted negative influences even when a friend or coworker is the source. You are determined not to revisit the drama and pain of years past. You are the new and improved Scorpio and wish to attain the success and happiness that you desire and with this new attitude you will.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) There is a natural aura of luck that surrounds the Sag native. Those around you don’t understand the loneliness you sometimes endure. They think that you are all fun and games. Enter the month of September and it’s almost as if a cloud has been lifted. You are lucky and enjoying your life. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19 Work and no play makes for a boring Capricorn native. So have fun with the new astral energy in the month of September. Complications at work will tire you and drain your power. So a mini vacation is in order. Leave the stress behind for a few days. When you return a new sense of power will be yours. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb.18 ) We enter into this life on our own. It surely must have been traumatic yet we survive. What happens between our birth and passing is the development of character. The events that transpire in the next month although challenging will build your strength. You will reach

a successful outcome and eliminate your worries.

Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 19 ) A very intense and psychic month begins with the Moon and Neptune transiting the 5th house governing creativity and romance. Those unattached Pisces will be drawn to a person of unique character. Each day will unveil the mysteries of life. You will look forward with excitement to the next.

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