LifeStyle QuickTakes: Beatles Night; Fly at Crossroads; Food Pantry gift


Hey Jude, Hey Everyone, come to Beatles Night to benefit Project Graduation

The parent volunteers behind Project Graduation 2016 invite the Highland Park community to “twist and shout” throughout its second spectacular fundraising event – Beatles Night at Pino’s Wine Cellar, Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7 p.m. It will feature the Beatles imitator group Hey Bulldog, a New Brunswick-based music phenomenon that has gained a national reputation for presenting spectacular Beatles music.

A nationwide tradition, Project Graduation, which has been part of Highland Park school scene since 1991, is an all-night, alcohol-and-drug-free party that keeps kids safe on the night of their high school graduation. The entire class of graduating seniors is able to participate free of charge, thanks to the fundraising efforts of parents and the support of the community. The parents this year hope to raise $15,000 to cover the costs of the evening. If more money is raised, it will be put in a fund for the HPHS Class of 2017. The first event of Project Graduation 2016 was the very successful Casino Night in February.

Beatles Night, whose tickets are $25, will sell out fast, so everyone is encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible.

Beatles Night: April 9, 2016, Pino’s Wine Cellar, 7 p.m. to find out more, including payment info (online or by check).




Critically acclaimed play Fly – tale of Tuskegee Airmen – returns to Crossroads

FLY, the soaring tale of the first African American Army Air Corp pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen, returns in April to Crossroads Theatre Company where it premiered seven years ago, culminating a bicoastal tour of the critically acclaimed production. Co-written by Crossroads’ co-founder and former artistic director Ricardo Khan and author and educator Trey Ellis, Fly was first commissioned in 2005 by the Lincoln Center Institute, the educational arm of Lincoln Center, where Mr. Khan was an artist-in-residence

Fly will be on stage at Crossroads April 7 through April 17. Performances are April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.; April 10, 16 and 17 at 3 p.m., and April 13 at 10 a.m. To order tickets, call the theater at (732) 545-8100 or go online to


Food Pantry gets nourished by Stop & Shop

Stop & Shop in Highland Park made a $2000 donation to the Highland Park Community Food Pantry (HPCFP), as part of the Stop & Shop fundraising program called “Food for Friends,” a program to fight childhood hunger. The donation was made on March 17, with Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler and several members of the Food Pantry in attendance.

In 2012, the Stop & Shop corporation awarded $1.7 million to local food banks throughout the Northeast, and in 2013 the made a commitment of $6 million in donations over the next three years. Highland Park’s Stop & Shop manager Ankur Patel has been a leading supporter of the HPCFP, and his store staff has also been involved in donation efforts. The HPCFP has a food collection box in the store for food donation accessibility.

The Stop & Shop story started in 1914 when the Rabinowitz family opened a corner grocery store in Somerville, MA. Four years later, Stop & Shop introduced the modern self-service supermarket, and by 1947, the company had grown into a flourishing chain of 86 supermarkets. Since then, the corporation continued to grow and innovate, pioneering the superstore concept and opening over 375 stores throughout New England, New York and New Jersey.

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