N.J.’s best new pizzeria was making serious dough with a unique style of pizza. Then came the pandemic.

The tattoo is inked in script on Marco Massaro’s left arm, just beneath the image of Italy.



a man standing in front of a large pizza: Massimo, owner, Massa Roman Square, Scotch Plains


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Massimo, owner, Massa Roman Square, Scotch Plains

“Whatever way it goes, it will be God who wants it.”

The message seemed prescient when he opened Massa Roman Square Pizza & Italian Specialties in Scotch Plains in November 2018, quickly establishing it as one of New Jersey’s best new pizzerias.

Massaro had been a computer programmer for 15 years in Italy, before moving to the United States and deciding “he needed a new passion/hobby,” says his wife, Jen Massaro.



a couple of people posing for the camera: Jen and Marco Massaro at Massa Roman Square in Scotch Plains.


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Jen and Marco Massaro at Massa Roman Square in Scotch Plains.

“He taught himself to make dough by reading books, watching videos and making lots of experiments in our basement,” she says.

That hobby grew into a

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New Clothing Start-Up, Frankly, Is Making the Pandemic’s Braless Trend Permanent

CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With new work-from-home policies and fewer excuses to go out, many women have been opting out of bras and into a more comfortable lifestyle during the pandemic. Frankly, a clothing start-up, aims to make this shift permanent with their new collection of braless clothing – launching today on Kickstarter.

While some may argue athleisure is here to stay, co-founders Jane Dong and Heather Eaton are confident the joy of dressing up won’t disappear any time soon. Especially if it just became easier. With Frankly, women can have the best of both worlds: the ease of loungewear and the chic look of designer clothing.

“Women shouldn’t have to choose between style and comfort,” COO Jane Dong says. “That’s why we’re designing fashionable clothing that has the same support bras offer, but without the discomfort or inconvenience.”

Frankly’s debut line features an array of

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Cynthia Bailey Reacts to Making ‘Housewives’ History With Second Wedding on ‘RHOA’ (Exclusive)

Cynthia Bailey Reacts to Making ‘Housewives’ History With Second Wedding on ‘RHOA’ (Exclusive)

Here comes the bride… again! Cynthia Bailey is set to walk down the aisle for a second time this Saturday and The Real Housewives of Atlanta cameras will be rolling, marking a Housewives franchise first: one star tying the knot twice on TV.

“Yeah, go figure,” the 53-year-old tells ET of the history-making moment. “This will be the last wedding you will see on the Housewives, I can tell you that. I don’t know what God has for us, but you will not be seeing another wedding from Cynthia Bailey. This is it.”

Cynthia married her first husband, Peter Thomas, during her first season on RHOA (the show’s third). Now, she’ll say “I do” to sportscaster Mike Hill for an episode set to air in season 13 of the Bravo hit.

“I went into my first

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This Beloved Fashion Brand Is Making Scrubs For Healthcare Workers

Hospitals, like most excessively air-conditioned workplaces, seem to be perpetually set to “freezing.” But unlike those of us who (used to) work in an office space, healthcare professionals don’t always have the luxury of keeping a second-favorite cardigan draped on the back of their chairs. Instead, they rely on layers, worn under their scrubs, for warmth. Susanna Mannix, RN BSN (and full disclosure: mom to R29 casting director Emily Mannix), confirms this. A nurse for 46 years, Mannix has worked in hospitals — mostly critical care — that require her to wear scrubs.

“I come to work in my own clothes, change into hospital scrubs, and leave in my own clothes — it can be quite chilly, but I’m allowed to wear ‘long johns’ under my scrubs in either white or black,” says Mannix, who prefers to wear Cuddl Duds, after having discovered the brand when she was shopping for

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Celebrity Wedding Officiant Speaks On The Business Of Marriages & Making Them Long Lasting

With ceremonies on hit shows like Netflix’s “Love Is Blind”, VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop”, and more, Rev. Roxanne Birchfield is no stranger to officiating weddings. And after having conducted more than 200 weddings, serving as a Chaplain in the United States Army Reserves for the last 8 years, and becoming the founder of Married By Rev. Roxy, a NYC-based officiating and premarital counseling service, the most astonishing and unexpected wedding Birchfield describes was her own. 

After three weeks of knowing each other and training as chaplains in the Army in Fort Jackson, SC on a platoon together, Birchfield and her husband were married on her lunch break. Although they were married relatively quickly, Birchfield expresses the importance of not recommending this advice to anyone. For her this experience is her story, but not

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Making your own Italian-style beef is an easy one-pot affair

As soon as the weather starts to get chilly, my first thought is to make beef in my Dutch oven. Not just any beef — Chicago Italian Style beef! If you love Italian beef, you are going to love this recipe not once, but twice. First, as a Sunday dinner and second as an Italian beef sandwich with melty mozzarella and hot giardiniera.

If you haven’t cooked a sirloin tip roast before, I am about to change your life. At approximately one fourth the cost of beef tenderloin, I actually prefer it to the tenderloin because it’s just as lean and I think it has a beefier flavor. Is beefier even a word? It is now!

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Here are some tips about cooking with beef. Make sure your beef is room temperature. Never put cold meat in a hot pan. Don’t skip the step of browning the beef in oil. It

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Kurlee Belle founder on pivoting to ecommerce and making 6 figures

  • When the pandemic hit, Terrinique Pennerman quickly pivoted her haircare business, Kurlee Belle, which normally sells in major retailers like Sally Beauty, to ecommerce. 
  • A few months later, Kurlee Belle hit the six-figure mark in revenue for 2020 — a milestone in her business’ history.
  • The Bahamian native always had a passion for creating her own haircare mixtures using natural ingredients.
  • She credits the company’s surging popularity to a need for at-home hair solutions and found creative ways to fill orders online quickly. 
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Like many entrepreneurs, Terrinique Pennerman didn’t know how the pandemic would impact her natural haircare business, Kurlee Belle.

Before COVID-19, Pennerman relied on her product distribution deals with Sally Beauty and other local hair stores in Caribbean countries for in-person sales. Once she was forced to transition her focus to ecommerce after stores closed amid coronavirus, she was surprised to

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Ree Drummond’s Daughters Tried On Her Wedding Dress From 1996 And It’s Making Us Emotional

Photo credit: Ree Drummond
Photo credit: Ree Drummond

From Good Housekeeping

When Ree Drummond’s daughter Alex announced she was engaged in August, fans were totally delighted, but it turns out Paige Drummond was the first to appear on social media in a wedding dress. This adorable moment happened when Paige and Alex took turns trying on Ree’s dress from her 1996 wedding.

The proud mom and Pioneer Woman star shared a photo of Paige smiling while posing in the more-than-20-year-old dress that frankly looks brand new. Ree explained in the caption that both of her daughters tried on the dress but she didn’t post a photo of Alex trying it on “because we’re tryna keep the mystery over here.” She added that she doesn’t think either of her daughters will wear the dress on their wedding days but she’ll save it for a granddaughter or goddaughter.

“…or maybe I’ll wear it when Ladd and

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Computer model explains altered decision making in schizophrenia

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Scientists have built a computer ‘brain circuit’, or artificial neural network, that mirrors human decision-making processes and sheds light on how circuits might be altered in psychiatric diseases, a new study published today in eLife reports.

The model identifies a potential mechanism for the impaired decision making that is commonly seen in schizophrenia, involving the reduced activity of molecules in the brain called NDMA receptors. These results provide new insight that may inform the development of future treatments for neuropsychiatric conditions.

“A major challenge in psychiatry is to relate changes that occur at nerve synapses in the brain to the cognitive processes that cause symptoms of disorders such as schizophrenia,” explains lead author Dr. Sean Cavanagh, who is an MBPhD student at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, London, UK. “Computational modeling of brain circuits can fill in these gaps. By altering the circuit model

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Meet The Canadian Jeweler Making Luxury Cannabis Accessories Out Of Gold, Silver And Precious Stones

What do electronic music, precious metals and cannabis have in common? All three are passions of Toronto-based goldsmith Alex Dordevic, the CEO of Tribe and a man who wants to change the meaning of the word ‘luxury’ in the cannabis accessories space. 

Established in 1993, Tribe began as a magazine documenting Toronto’s budding underground electronic music scene. It was the first in Canada to possess an online parallel, with a community now “four and a half million pages deep” according to Dordevic. Though the magazine halted publication in 2005, its forum is still active and has become a place where the multitalented publisher-turned-goldsmith can spread the seed, so to speak, among readers and cannabis consumers interested in customized high-end cannabis accessories.

While the

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