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.



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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.



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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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Gift Card Bank Partners with Excella for Unique Philanthropy Supporting Families in Need During Covid-19

Partnership develops a platform to provide financial and food security for those in need

Gift Card Bank, a Bay Area nonprofit focused on utilizing gift cards to support those in need, is partnering with Excella—a pioneer for Agile technology solutions—to help support the well-being and financial security of people affected by Covid-19. Through this partnership, Excella has applied its Agile software development and product management expertise to create a state-of-the-art online platform that allows Gift Card Bank to identify, verify, and support families on a national scale.

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As part of its mission to support those struck by Covid-19, Gift Card Bank aggregates unused and donated gift cards from individuals, philanthropists, grocers, and retailers, and identifies people and families who need support through food banks and other fintech platforms. Once identified, Gift Card Bank securely distributes gift

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A&E Q&A: Artist finds gold as part of unique style | Community News

The glimmer of the gold-leaf artwork at artist Julie Wheeler’s table caught my eye.

This took place as I walked around the vendor’s displays at the new Cuban Gypsy Parlor’s 1st Friday “Gypsy Market” on Oct. 2.

I met an author there, too, who I will profile next week, too.

Wheeler hails from Cleveland, Ohio, but studied graphic design and painting at Loyola University in New Orleans. She’s been in Summerville for two years now, having relocated from Charlotte.



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Regan: You began art as a little girl with a crayon? Did your teachers say you had artistic talent growing up?

Wheeler: When I was young, I could never color inside the lines, both figuratively and literally. I would always go against the grain of any assigned art project. This got a lot of attention when I was in grade school. My projects

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Writer-Director Numa Perrier Celebrated Her Wedding With A Unique Drive-In Movie

Black love is never cancelled.



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Showtime Golden Globe Nominees Celebration – Arrivals

And who knows that better than Jezebel writer-director Numa Perrier, who recently married her beau of three years, Gabrey Milner (son of the late great playwright Ron Milner) on a small rooftop in downtown LA, with a drive-in movie reception to follow.

“TEN TEN TWENTY TWENTY, a love story,” she shared via Instagram.

The date they ultimately chose—October 10, 2020—held a special place in their hearts. It marked three years exactly to the day of their first date. But when the coronavirus pandemic dashed their plans, they were determined to still celebrate joy and love. And that’s exactly what they did — while inspiring us all in the process.



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Perrier rose to fame for her film Jezebel, which chronicles her experience in the adult industry and the ownership of Black women’s

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Chamber to recognize outstanding volunteers in unique fashion

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Outgoing Chairman of the Board for the Laredo Chamber of Commerce Parker Neel will officially hand over the reins of the organization to his successor, Cliffe Killam, in a unique virtual ceremony to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Traditionally held in a luncheon-type setting, this year’s “End-of-the-Year” program and awards ceremony is taking a new twist. A planning committee has been working diligently over the last month to make sure that a program that is entertaining, while maintaining the seriousness of the event, is delivered.

“The pandemic has disrupted almost every aspect of our daily lives,” Neel said. “But it’s not about to take away from the recognition so many of our members deserve for their dedication and hard work during the year.”



Annually, the outgoing

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iPhone 12 ‘Pro Max’ Model to Sport Unique High-End Features

The upcoming “iPhone 12 Pro Max” is anticipated to have a number of unique high-end features not found on any other iPhone, such as its screen size, LiDAR scanner, faster 5G, and potentially a higher display refresh rate.


The iPhone 12 Pro Max is also expected to be the largest ever ‌iPhone‌, with a 6.7-inch display. Previously, the largest iPhones have been 6.5-inches in the iPhone XS Max and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Leaks have suggested that the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max’s 6.7-inch display could support a 120Hz refresh rate, but doubt has been cast on the feature arriving in the final product. Supposed PVT (production validation test) models indicated that the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max will be able to “alter the refresh rate from 120Hz to 60Hz in accordance to the content displayed on-screen,” and have a resolution of 2788 x 1284 resolution with 458 pixels per inch. This

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