These are the ‘90s baby names set to make a comeback this year… and some of them are very surprising

IT'S not just wardrobes that can take inspiration from the 90s – baby names from the decade are set to be huge this year, too. According to parenting website Babycentre, names such as Courtney, Naomi, and Bradley may be the ones chosen by new mothers in 2018. The baby blog listed 20 boys and girls names that they predict will make a comeback this year. While many expectant mums have recently taken to searching older decades for their newborn, it may be worth looking at more recent decades for a name. If you’re having a girl, the list suggests Maria, Helen, and Molly - and for boys, Nathan, Connor, and Scott are in the top ten. The blog explains: "While these names may sound over-familiar and even old-fashioned to us 80s and 90s kids, they’ll be a breath of fresh air among all the Ivy’s and Noah’s at nursery and playgroup." The list includes names of your favourite nineties celebrities such as Jennifer Anniston, Naomi Campbell, and Natalie Portman. For boys, it seems like Nicholas Cage and Brad Pitt may have been the inspiration behind the names. So if you’re expecting a child, why not re-watch some iconic 90s films? Naming your newborn after your favourite character from Clueless, Pulp Fiction, 10 Things I Hate About You, Trainspotting, or Pretty Woman is the perfect nod to the nineties – and no dodgy haircuts are required. 90s Girls names that are due a comeback1. Maria 2. Courtney 3. Helen 4. Heather 5. Bethan 6. Lydia 7. Kimberley 8. Naomi 9. Abbie 10. Harriet 11. Amber 12. Molly 13. Jennifer 14. Stephanie 15. Abigail 16. Sophie 17. Jessica 18. Danielle 19. Georgia 20. Natalie most read in parentingBLEAK BAKE? Mum slammed for zombie photos showing son, one, eating a BRAIN cake BEDTIME BLUES This is the EXACT time your kids should go to bed by how old they are BIRDS AND BEES The things you should never say while talking to your kids about sex PARENTS, TAKE NOTE The lifesaving child car seat hack EVERY parent needs to Continue Reading

Slideshow: A look back at your celebrations in 2017: Happy 100th birthday, Doris Tolson!

Happy 100th birthday Abundant wishes and congratulations to Doris Tolson (Steinberg) on her milestone birthday of 100 years old!Doris was born to Herbert & Lillian Steinberg in LaPorte County on Jan. 5, 1918. Doris is the oldest of the six children, two brothers and three sisters. Surviving sister, Carol Amptmeyer, is the youngest of the six siblings.Doris resided in Lansing, and was a loving and devoted wife of 52 years to Roy Tolson, who passed away in 1990.Daughter, Marshal Bell and two grandsons, Randall Bell (Mihaela) and Marc Bell, youngest sister, Carol, and numerous nieces and nephews, honor Doris on her "commemorative" day with love and blessings.Doris now resides in a local nursing home in Dyer.Throughout her 100 years, she experienced many historic events, sharing her lifetime of wisdom.Doris' amazing talents were recognized by everyone in her life, entertaining guests with her gourmet meals, homemade from scratch. Recipes included decadent pastries, cakes, pies, candies and amazing varieties of homemade breads. Doris was requested by the famous golf legend, Arnold Palmer, to make her awesome cinnamon bread when he was visiting a friend in the Illinois area. Doris was an excellent seamstress, as well as, sewing coats, apparel and draperies.Congratulations to such a heartfelt and caring person, everyone in life should be blessed to have known her. Celebrating 75 years of marriage Robert and Marie Davis celebrated 75 years of marriage on Christmas Day. They met at a picnic and were married at a church in Gary.Robert served in the 71st Infantry Battalion U.S. Army in WWII from February 1943 until April 1946. Robert retired from U.S. Steel as a crane operator. Marie retired from Anderson Co.They have one daughter, Joni (Gene) Fuller, and three granddaughters, Jackie (Ken) Goad, Candace (Brian) Balas, and Shannon (Chris) Bolinger. Robert and Marie also have three great grandchildren, Leah, Megan, and Brandon.Their family loves them and wishes them many Continue Reading

Slideshow: Your Celebrations: Happy 60th anniversary, Ronald G. and Jacqueline R. Frey!

Happy 60th anniversary, mom and dad Ronald G. and Jacqueline R. Frey will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 14.Ron and Jackie met at Janc's Drug Store in Hammond, and have made their loving home in the Hessville section of Hammond for the last 60 years.They are proud parents of four children, Ronald (Debra) Frey, Daniel (Diane) Frey, Marsha Frey and Janice Frey. They have two grandchildren, Adam (Jenny) Buchta and Michael Frey, and one great-grandson, Logan Buchta.Ronald served as Maintenance Superintendent at U.S. Steel Supply and Jacqueline was a devoted homemaker.Both enjoy spending time with family. Ronald is a member of Garfield Masonic Lodge and American Legion.Congratulations on your diamond anniversary!Love,Your family Happy birthday to Louise Butler Mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother Louise Butler is turning 80 years young!What can I say? We’re all blessed to have a person like you who always brings out the best. I will always be grateful to have you in my life. You’ve done nothing but teach us all wrong from right. I miss the good ole days when we all got together at your place. The joy in my heart when I seen the look on your face. Without you and grandpa this family wouldn’t know what to do. I can honestly say its all cause of you. What kind of woman defines strength and heart? I’ll give you an example: My grandma always has more than enough she can handle. But day in and day out the struggle is tougher. But I will always admire my grandmother for never letting the devil win in any battle and always making sure we all all in gear with her paddle. I love you Louise Weyant Butler. Enjoy this birthday and many more to come, because there only one person who shines as bright as the sun: It is you, no doubt in my mind. And you will always be there for all of us every single time. I wanna thank you for granting us the ability to live this life. And always know that we will always be by your Continue Reading

Babi Yar in Manhattan

Tatyana Samoilova is running up the staircase, wrapped in smoke from the fire following a German bombing, jumping over the pulsating hoses. A fireman with a blackened face, looking like a coal miner, tries to stop her, but she slips from his hands and pushes open the door of the apartment, where she had left her parents… The floor has vanished. After the threshold, an abyss–only a half-burned lampshade is swaying, and from the ticking ancient wall clock, a small mechanical bird is sounding a farewell "cuckoo." Only a week before the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, my young students in Oklahoma, at the University of Tulsa, were watching this bombing of Russia on the screen as I showed them the famous 1957 Russian film The Cranes Are Flying. (This film symbolized "the thaw" in Russia and won many international prizes.) The students were watching, holding their breath, some of them with tears in their eyes. I was shocked when one girl wrote in her paper that she was glad my course helped her discover so much kindness in the Russian people "despite the fact that Russia during WWII fought together with the Germans against America." To be honest, I was no less bitterly surprised in my homeland when some Russian teenagers answered in a questionnaire that they didn't know who Yuri Gagarin was. Sometimes in teaching cinema and poetry, it seems that I also teach history. I was glad that The Cranes Are Flying, together with the beloved Italian film The Bicycle Thief, was so highly appreciated by my American students. But one wrote that it was very bad, even for a completely desperate unemployed man, to steal a bicycle in the presence of his little son. "Why didn't the father of the boy, instead of stealing, buy a new bicycle?" the student asked. How happy they are, I thought. They have always been able to buy new bicycles, and they have never seen a war on their land, only in the cinema. But now war has come to their land. Empires with borders on Continue Reading

‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Nick Carter wows with ‘best dance ever’ and baby news

Honey, I'm going home. After a yo-yo of low scores and comebacks, singer Andy Grammar was voted off the dance floor on Monday's "Dancing with the Stars." At the top of leaderboard, Nick Carter dethroned Bindi Irwin in the highest praised dance of the competition. With that, came a surprising reveal as a Backstreet boy baby is on the way. Carter's rehearsal footage detailed the painful journey to conceive with his wife. It preceded a dance dedicated to Carter's spouse which left the judges in awe, calling it the "best dance ever." Meanwhile, in a show where viewers have just as much power as the judges, frequent low-scorer Alex Skarlatos remained in the competition. In his place, the "Honey, I'm Good" singer — who received a perfect score two weeks ago and was hailed as a contender — was eliminated on a night that he dedicated his dance to his late mother. "It's kind of fitting that I would leave tonight as I got to honor her through dance … It helped me grieve," he said. Grammar's touching dedication was part of a themed-night of icons, where stars shared inspirational backstories to their life. Here's how the couples fared on week seven: Carlos Pena Vega and Whitney Carson The Latin hunk had a lot to prove as he was tasked with a Salsa. Despite his heritage, Pena Vega had never moved his hips to that type of number. In an attempt to learn the moves, DWTS proved its star power with a cameo from salsa king, Marc Anthony. It paid off — with an additional help from a shirtless dancing Pena Vega. "It is definitely in your blood," said judge Julianne Hough. The judges echoed her comments and awarded the former boy band member 27 points out of a possible 30. He would later win a dance-off against Bindi Irwin, bring his score to 29 points. Alex Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold The American hero danced a number dedicated to his own icon, American Sniper Continue Reading

‘Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man’: Godfather of hip hop’s move from small town to New York City

Gil Scott-Heron, often called the godfather of hip hop, is most known for songs like “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” “The Bottle” and “Johannesburg.” In this excerpt from the book “Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man,” author Marcus Baram describes young “Scotty’s” childhood move from small-town Jackson, Tenn., to New York City, where he lived with his mother, Bobbie, and his aunt, Sammy. The Bronx couldn’t have been more different than sleepy, leafy Jackson. The apartment was located on a noisy, traffic-filled cul-de-sac near the Major Deegan Expressway, and the rumble of the subway reverberated under Gil’s feet as he walked the streets. And everyone was in such a hurry, the sidewalks full of busy people on the move, even other kids rushing to school. It really was an asphalt jungle, and Gil remembers feeling how disquieting it was to move to a place where there was no grass, open spaces, or fresh air. It was lonely in the beginning for Gil, who was used to running outside onto the porch and yelling for his friends to come play ball with him. When he first got to Hampden Place, he wandered all the way down to the dead end without seeing any other kids, and he was miserable. He spent much of his time in his room, writing short stories and essays and identifying with his new favorite team, the loveable losers, the hapless New York Mets. Gil also missed the music of Jackson: neighbors strumming guitars on their porches, the choir singing hymns in church, the R&B oozing out of his transistor radio. When he first got to New York, he learned that life in the city sometimes provided its own soundtrack. “I couldn’t find any black music,” he reminisced a decade later. “I thought maybe I needed a longer (antenna on my) radio. So I went out in the street and ran into one of the brothers on the avenue. And I said, Continue Reading

THE FUTURE IS THEIRS Medical advances promise a normal life for babies exposed to HIV

Maria A. ought to break your heart. Born prematurely in 1984, she had an HIV-tainted blood transfusion - just a month before doctors began screening the blood supply for the virus. Maria was infected; her twin sister was not. She has been deathly ill, rebelled against her medications, missed school. She has few friends outside those she has met in HIV treatment. But Maria is alive. Now 18, she radiates triumph and determination. A small-boned young woman of exquisite, poised beauty, she is healthy much of the time. In June, she graduated from high school. This fall, she's heading to college to study business. She works at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where doctors, nurses and social workers kept her alive through dark days and guide her now as she imagines what most young people take for granted - a future. Aside from her HIV status, she's "a normal kid," Maria says. English is her favorite subject. She writes poetry. "People who believe stay up in the night," goes one of her poems. "AIDS is a disease you can FIGHT!!! "THAT WAS THENIn the beginning, there was little hope for HIV babies, almost all of whom contracted the virus from their mothers. Often, they were abandoned or orphaned; because infant immune systems are highly vulnerable to potentially lethal infections, many died in their first two years. Then, in 1994, the pivotal "076" study found that treating infected mothers prenatally and during labor with standard AIDS drugs - and treating their babies immediately after birth - significantly blocked transmission of the virus. And in 1996, researchers - including Dr. Andrew Wiznia, who heads Jacobi's Pediatric Consultant Services, which treats HIV and other autoimmune disorders - proved children could take protease inhibitors, a component of drug cocktails for adult AIDS. Health officials and doctors began educating and testing pregnant mothers and, if they were HIV-positive, treating them to lower their viral loads and to reduce Continue Reading

Why Irvington is Indy’s new hot foodie hood

Irvington is moving up quickly on the list of Indy’s great foodie neighborhoods.In the past year, the square bordered by 10th Street and Emerson, English and Edmondson avenues has added a dozen new or opening-soon places to eat. Plus, restaurateurs are eyeballing the recently shuttered Dufour's. A local foods market is on its way to the area, too.Community pride, reasonable rent, walkability, the newish Pennsy foot/bike trail and a populace with its own particular beat attract restaurateurs to the east side historic district five miles from Downtown. 1. La Mexi-GringaRita Franco started her tamale business as a hobby. She delivered the light and tender, meat-loaded packets to friends and family. Word spread. Suddenly, everyone wanted tamales, so Franco opened her carry-out Mexican place in 2015. A family friend taught Franco’s mother to make tamales. All-American Franco learned the recipe and lived for a while in Mexico. Fresh, vibrant dishes there inspired her. Watch Franco scoop avocado directly from the fruit over heaping steak tortas. Slow-roasted Mexican pork barbecue named el pastor jams tacos. Yes, La Mexi-Gringa caters. Order 10 or more tamales a day ahead and Franco will deliver them to your door. 6129 E. Washington St., (317) 453-1743, 2. Café CaribeFour of the Irvington newbies are food trucks taking up brick-and-mortar locations. Taste of the Caribbean rolled out its 107-seat Café Caribe this summmer. Jamaican Peta-Gay Wharton handles authentic recipes such as popular jerk chicken grilled over pimento wood. Her husband, Larry Wharton, creates fusion specialties such as chunky lobster mac and cheese with bacon, eel sauce, spicy mayo, chives and tempura flakes. The seafood extravaganza platter is enormous, hosting coconut shrimp as big as your hand. Order the mango margarita. It's like a grown-up Slurpee. 5603 Washington St., 3. Beach Bum BarbecueThis Continue Reading

Bones of the babies

Times were tough for Alan Rogers in the spring of 1929. His wife, Olive, had died, and the mild, bespectacled insurance salesman suddenly found himself being both father and mother to his six children. So it seemed as if an angel of mercy had swooped in when his wife's cousin - lounge singer Gladys May Parks - made an unbelievably kind offer. Parks told Rogers she understood his chances of remarrying were between slim and nothing. No woman would be willing to take on a man saddled with such a brood. To help him, Parks said she'd take the two youngest - Dorothy, 4, and Timmie, 18 months - off his hands while he searched for a new wife. Her husband was a very wealthy man, she said, and she could spoil them with every luxury, the kind of life Rogers could never provide. Reluctantly, on May 31, 1929, Rogers gave up his babies, expecting to see them again soon. Months passed, but Parks refused to let Rogers visit or even speak to them. In July, with no warning, he went to her home in Camden, N.J., hoping to reason with her and see his kids. They were not there. Parks told him she was going out that night, and had left the children with a friend. When Rogers returned a few days later, Parks was gone and neighbors said she had moved. They also told him the children were being badly treated, with frequent, vicious beatings. Rogers kept looking, but the next, and only, contact came in August - a letter sent to him from the missing woman. In it, Parks upbraided him for hounding her and the children, and for telling neighbors all kinds of lies. "If you had been more considerate," the note read, "and not such a glutton for children, Olive would have been alive today." After that he heard nothing more, until 2 1/2 months later. That's when Rogers finally got to see his children again, but they were a pile of bones in a morgue. Dorothy was the first to reemerge, when her skull caught the attention of an 11-year-old girl walking through a field on her Continue Reading

Military dads feel the love

Many dads will spend Father's Day puttering around the garage or throwing steaks on the grill. Playing a round of golf or oohing and ahhing over a really ugly tie. But dads deployed by the military overseas won't have time for those things. They will be patrolling dangerous roads, chowing down on packaged rations or gazing at photos of their kids, while wishing to return home to their loving families. Daily News reporters Tina Moore, Celeste Katz and Dorian Block spoke with several mothers and children from the New York area who sent cards, treats, videos and other special gifts to dads stationed in Iraq and elsewhere by the military. They hope Dad gets his present. They hope it brings him happiness. And they hope he comes back home safe. I'd give him 5 kisses, 5 hugs Corporal Carlos Lugo has missed many milestones. He did not hear his new baby's first words, celebrate his birthday, help him with his beginning steps or see his first tooth appear. Instead, he hears about the progress in his 1-year-old namesake's life from his wife, Melanie, during daily calls home. Every once in a while, though, he misses a day. "I get so scared," Melanie Lugo said. "I cry a lot, but I have to stay strong for the kids and just pray that we hear from him soon." Her husband, who is with the 121st Infantry, went to Iraq on June 8, 2006. He came home to the Bronx on leave in May and the couple married. His deployment is probably the hardest on his two older children. "When he's not around, I get upset a lot," 8-year-old Alycia said. "It's kind of hard to deal with."Alycia said her daddy's daily phone calls keep her hopeful she'll see him someday soon. She envisions the reunion in her head."It's like I've never seen him for a long time and when he sees me he just runs over and just comes in and kisses me and stuff," she said.If she could see him today, she would wish him a happy Father's Day."And I would give him five kisses and five Continue Reading