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MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – When 2008 turns to 2009, champagne corks will pop, bubbly will flow and resolutions will be made. As usual, many New Year’s resolutions will involve goals for improved diet, exercise, and weight loss. Unfortunately, by the end of January, a multitude of the resolutions will lose their fizz as determination becomes flat.

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nation’s original weight-loss support group, shares the following tips to help make New Year’s resolutions stick:

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karateLINDEN – Linden students between the ages of 5 and 15 have the opportunity to learn karate through classes offered by the Department of Public Property and Community Services next year. 

Grand Master Ralph Chirico, a 10th Degree Blackbelt with over 40 years of experience, will provide students with a strong foundation for becoming champions, not only in karate, but also in life.  In his “Total Learning Martial Arts Experience”, children build self-confidence, develop self-discipline, increase concentration and develop coordination.

Classes will be held Friday afternoons, from 4 – 5 p.m., Jan. 9 through Feb. 27, at the John T. Gregorio Recreation Center, 330 Helen Street.  

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Champion Runner—Steven Payne, a third grader at Madison Elementary School in Rahway, won first place at the Cross Country Cultures 2K Run held in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, Dec. 6. Payne won with a time of 8 minutes, 36 seconds. Winter weather conditions made the race especially challenging – it was just 6 degrees and snowing.

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MADISON, Wis.—The wind is howling. Temperatures are well below freezing. And you’re curled up on the sofa with the cat, a good book and a crackling fire. How could you possibly feel so lousy? 

Maybe it’s the indoor air that’s chock full of allergens or irritants.

“Depending on what you’re allergic or sensitive to, winter can be a really awful time of year,” says Dr. Robert Bush, allergy and asthma researcher and professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).

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Kumpf Athletes Give Thanks—Kumpf field hockey team members thanked the Clark Benefit Fund, Inc. for donation of visitor and home team benches at the Kumpf Middle School Complex.

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yogaLINDEN—The Department of Public Property and Community Services is sponsoring Yoga/Tai-Chi/Qi Gong classes for interested Linden adults in beginning next month.

Classes will be held Thursday evenings, Jan. 8 through March 19, from 7:30– 8:30 p.m. at the John T. Gregorio Recreation Center, 330 Helen Street.

Yoga is the oldest system of personal and healthful development that embraces your mind, body and spirit.  Tai Chi is an ancient discipline of non-contact arts and Qi Gong is a moving meditative practice which fathered Tai Chi.

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basketball-equipment-03ELIZABETH—Benedictine Academy  in Elizabeth, along with the Benedictine Academy Parents Association, will host the “Dr. Rosemarie Battaglia Christmas Basketball Tournament” at the school, located at 840 North Broad Street in Elizabeth, on Dec. 26, 27 and 29. Basketball teams from eight New Jersey high schools, including Benedictine Academy, will compete for the championship title at the event. 

The tournament is named after Dr. Rosemarie Battaglia, who coached varsity basketball at Benedictine Academy from 1954-58. Battaglia will be honored at the Christmas Tournament on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.  Her record while coaching at the all-female Catholic college prep high school was 36-4. The 1954-55 varsity basketball team was undefeated, with a 12-0 record. She has been inducted as a Hall of Famer several times including Benedictine Academy in 2004; the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in 1999; and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) in 1996. Battaglia was named “Coach of the Decade for the 1970s” by the Star Ledger.

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