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Issue Date: June 2009

Rating the Suburbs - Lyndhurst

Betty Manolio, 75
retired Higbee’s display arranger, co-creator of Eggshelland
We have 42,600 eggs this year. When my children were little, they thought everybody did that.

I start off in January. I make a drawing, put it on graph paper and put in the colors. My husband counts all the eggs of each color. Then he will paint what we need.

We go to Sidewalk Cafe once a week. We crack the eggs the restaurant gets, leave them the insides and take the shells home. We wash them in Mr. Clean and let them dry. Some of the eggs are quite old. We use them over and over.

The houses are not overly expensive, though we do have some very nice sections that are more than that. But the values have stayed pretty much the same, even with the recession. They’re down a bit, but not too bad.

The current mayor, he went to school with my oldest son. He is in the movie [the documentary Eggshelland]. He said, “It’s a tradition in Lyndhurst.” He used to come see it when he was a little boy.

It probably was kind of a nuisance at the beginning, but I think now they’re kind of proud of it.

Lyndhurst is probably more for younger people now. We’ve noticed, since we’ve been here for a long time, when we first moved here, the circle was full of families with young children. Then for a long time there weren’t any. But now we’re getting a lot of younger people.

We had lovely, wonderful schools that you could walk to. Then the enrollment dropped. They were planning on tearing down two of the schools they just closed. But now the governor has decided he wants to put in a policy of one teacher for every 15 students. So Lyndhurst is kind of stuck right now. They don’t know what they’re going to do.

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