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"LIVITY"

The racial tension in America is manufactured to divide us, making citizens believe their brother of a different color is their enemy. Anyone who has analyzed the social situation in America without the influence of the media will realize that notion of ‘white privilege’ is a myth. White privilege does exist in America, but only for the privileged whites. A large number of white Americans are uneducated, unemployed or underemployed, lack adequate health care, and are crippled by generational hopelessness. African ...

"Real" Real Estate

Now that Halloween has passed, we begin to think about the winter holidays.  Christmas ads with jingling bells and falling snow will soon be everywhere. Typically, home sellers take their homes off the market in November and December, thinking they will re-list in January after the New Year.  Current market conditions show that the inventory of available homes is stale, and that buyers are hungry for new properties.  The market is still strong, however, with right-priced properties receiving quick offers, and in some ...

23rd District Report

The time has come for New Jersey’s Legislature to stop volleying the blame of who created the perilous state of the public employee pension system. We need to get past the political theater of pandering sound bites and start a bipartisan process to develop and implement fiscally responsible solutions. The $80 billion unfunded liability in the pension system will not be solved by borrowing money to make a $1.3 billion payment in July. The premise that the stock market will grow enough to cover the high cost of borrowing and generate ...

A Day in the Life of Greater Olean

ALLEGANY, NY - People bringing trash and recyclables to the Allegany Transfer Station at 38 Union St. have come to expect a man with a big smile and a friendly “how are you?” to greet them. This man is Gary Rodgers. In rain or snow or heat, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Rodgers offers his help no matter what. “I love my job because I love to help out when I am needed,” he said. Even when customers decline his offer, he still finds ways to help. Rodgers began working at the ...

A Little Bit of Knowledge with David Tepp

I suspect most business owners that provide for their families would argue that nearly all business matters are personal! Unfortunately, too many times I have seen clients, intentionally or not, commingle their personal objectives with their business. This can quickly lead to decision making that has calamitous results for both your personal and business planning. Here are five issues I hear frequently from small business owners:   “I spent too much money and now I don’t have enough to pay taxes!” --Always ...

A Random Walk Down Millburn

SHORT HILLS, NJ - Congregation B’nai Jeshurun’s Senior Rabbi, Matthew D. Gewirtz, led a group of 50 adults to Israel in early November. In addition to touring, the trip included Adult B’nai Mitzvah services and discussions with local leaders on various aspects of life in Israel. Rabbi Gewirtz began his tenure as the Senior Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in July 2006.  Previously he served as Senior Associate Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Sholom.  He earned his Masters in Hebrew Literature from ...

A Reason To Smile

How often do you floss? This is a question I ask all of my patients because the area just between your teeth comprises about 30-40% of the tooth surface. That is a lot of surface area not to remove harmful bacteria from. Your toothbrush cannot reach between your teeth to remove the bacteria that may damage the tooth and its supporting structures, the bone and the tissue. Additionally, since the area between your teeth is not exposed, it creates an area of protection for bacteria and provides a warm, dark place which is a perfect ...

A Why The Y Story

Carole Soder is one of those people that you meet and instantly feel the warmth. You walk away feeling like you’ve known her forever. And, a lot of people in the area probably do know her. She’s been a school counselor in the Chatham public schools for 21 years. Everyone at the Madison Area YMCA knows Carole, too. She regularly works out in the Fitness Center and takes group exercise classes. “I feel so strongly about the Madison Area YMCA,” says Carole. “The staff is fantastic. Everyone is so ...

Academic Multiple Paths-International Education Services and Consulting

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Have you written your 10 resolutions for 2016? If so, why not try 11 resolutions this year and add finding the right college fit to your list? No list written yet? Then why not start with completing a college application as one of your academic career goals for 2016. There are a multitude of academic paths available to you, so do not limit your search to institutions and campuses that you are already familiar with or have heard about from a friend. Instead, think globally, think of yourself, your aspirations ...

Admissions Abridged

Each year there seems to be more schools relying on self-reported test scores and transcripts on their applications.  While they may, in the long run, streamline the application process I’ve seen them cause a good amount of stress during this already stressful process.  Should an optional test score self-report be filled in?  How do I know whether to mark my class as a semester or quarter?  Why are schools doing this to me?!  Let’s answer the last question first.  In theory, allowing students to ...

Ain't That Grand?

Once the calendar turns to fall, the ambience and feel of The Grand Summit Hotel hits its stride. From the moment you walk into the hotel lobby, you know you have entered a piece of history complete with wood beamed vaulted ceilings, and a large stone fireplace at its center. When we think of the holidays, our memories take us to classic settings, and The Grand Summit Hotel captures the look and feel of the good old days at a time of year very important to a lot of Americans. For the second time in as many years, the venerable hotel is ...

Alerts from South Plainfield Police Department

The South Plainfield Police Department and the DEA are coordinating the National Take Back Initiative, whereby unused, unwanted and expired medications can be surrendered by the public for safe destruction.  The event is scheduled for Saturday October 28, 2017 between the hours of 10am and 2 pm. The collection point will be the South Plainfield Courtroom located within Borough Hall.  This program is anonymous and we ask the following to assist in a successful and safe drug destruction. Drugs may be dropped directly into the ...

Align Wellness Newsletter

You know the parents who seem to have it all pulled together? The superwomen who have 2 or more children, work full-time and manage to make elaborate homemade Valentines for their kids' school party while maintaining a set of perfectly manicured nails? They are really no more "super" than the rest of us-they just have the knack of time management and a few creative tricks to squeeze more hours out of their day.  Between long days at the office, car pools, soccer games and ballet lessons, most parents have no time to ...

All About Your Dough

The latest trend among identity thieves is to steal your tax ID and file a false return in your name, delaying your real return processing and potentially damaging your credit record. How can you prevent this from happening to you? Approximately 15 million Americans are victims of identity theft each year, resulting in financial losses of over $50 billion.1 One particularly insidious form concerns taxes, whereby a legitimate taxpayer’s identity is used to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund. In fact, the IRS paid ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — After coming in third place in last week’s sectional race and leading his team to the championship, Westfield High School boys cross country captain Matt Meusel is flying high. This week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week finished the race with an impressive 15:54 time. “The key to Matt’s success this season is his consistency,” head coach Christopher Tafelski said.  “If you want to perform well at the state level, you have to be ...

Althea on Gardening

I get asked this question quite often. And the short answer is... my internal compass has always plotted a trajectory towards gardening. I was born on a lush and verdant island in the West Indies, and after traveling to this country as a  young child, I landed in an area of  New York, ( which was to be my home for many years), with concrete sidewalks, concrete steps,  and concrete backyards.  As a child that became my entire world, my playground. But the longing to be surrounded by nature never left my soul. I ...

Amateur Radio Club (SPARC)

The Boy Scouts of America Amateur (Ham) Radio Station: K2BSA, is on the air during the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, July 18 to July 28, from the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The K2BSA operation will demonstrate Amateur Radio to several thousand Scouts and fulfill the Radio Merit Badge requirement for contacts (QSOs). Last Saturday, July 22, the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) joined the fun. They operated from the gazebo in Spring Lake Park. Several contacts with Scouts at the Jamboree were made on the 20 and ...

Anatomy of the Athlete

5 Health Tips for the Holiday Season By Lisa Druxman December is usually synonymous with an abundance of eating and a lack of exercise. We want to encourage you to start this New Year on the right foot. The holidays are a time for celebration and family, not to put on weight. It's almost as if we've come to accept that we are going to put on 10 pounds during each holiday season. Celebration doesn't have to mean gluttonous eating, or deprivation for that matter. It's time to bring the focus back to the purpose of ...

Are You Ready for Life?

Welcome to your 30s!  No matter what your family and living situation, it’s time to think about protecting assets and planning for the future. Whether you are single with a rental apartment, living with a partner, or have a spouse, children and a home, there are some basic steps you can take to ensure the future security of your immediate family. Here are the basic documents you should have, and why: Last Will & Testament: If you have a spouse and children, a will ensures they are taken care of and that your estate is ...

Ask AristaCare...................

TO SEND A QUESTION, PLEASE MAIL OR EMAIL TO: ARISTACARE AT CEDAR OAKS, 1311 Durham Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080, Attn: Vimla Parboji or email Vimla directly at vparboji@aristacare.com Vimla will make sure the appropriate professional/specialist answers your question Q: While the warm weather is enjoyed by many it is crucial to stay protected and hydrated. Maria wrote in to get more information about HeatStroke symptoms and ways to treat someone who may be suffering from one.    A:  Maria a heatstroke takes ...

Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin to ensure homeowners who want to appeal their property taxes are aware of the appeal deadline was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie on Friday.  The bill came from an idea from a resident, who felt that the tax appeal information was not easily found on their property tax bill.  “This is a simple step that can go a long way in ensuring that homeowners who want to appeal their property taxes do not miss their opportunity to do so,” said ...

At Your Library

SPOTLIGHT ON: FEATURED DATABASE By Mary Kennedy Our Books and Authors database is offering a new way to browse for your next great book to read.  It allows you to get creative by combining plot elements such as character, subject, location and time period to produce a fancy Venn diagram illustration to accompany your specialized list of reading suggestions.  With literally thousands of combinations to easily explore, it really is a fun way to play with novel elements to see what results you get.  This great ...

AtlantiCast

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll see how Atlantic Health System is driving innovation and finding new ways to solve tomorrow’s health care challenges, find out how a near tragedy on the tennis courts was averted thanks to some world-class training and technology at Chilton Medical Center and meet the 70 cancer doctors you need to know about – plus much more!  

Augusta Mae

CRANFORD NJ - Augusta Mae Boutique is excited to welcome author/illustrator Steve Light.  Steve will be at Augusta Mae on Saturday, May 23, at 11 am to be reading his Childrens Choice Award book, Have You Seen My Dragon as well as his newly released book Have You Seen My Monster. Steve is a Pratt Institute graduate and Pre-K teacher in Manhattan.  He will also be graciously will also be signing all books purchased that day.  Be sure to call and sign up for this special event.

Bazzo Says

There are no national implications from last Tuesday’s election results. Yet, there was our very own senator, Chuck Schumer, saying, “This was a profound election result. This was the rejection of Donald Trump personally, and this was the rejection of Donald Trump’s policies. This was a full-fledged and total rejection of Donald Trump.”  What else is he gonna say? There was no intellectual honesty. This was just pure party pap. He was not speaking to the public but instead to the party faithful, giving them ...

Be Well

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have designated May as National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month because about one of every three adults nationwide have that dangerous condition yet many are unaware due to a lack of warning signs and symptoms. “Although high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is linked to stroke, heart disease and other serious illnesses when left uncontrolled, it can usually be well managed with lifestyle adjustments, careful monitoring and medication if ...

Bernie's Automotive Corner

Finding a good repair shop is one of the toughest tasks of car ownership because there often isn't a good, clear choice. The key is to find a good, trustworthy mechanic before things go wrong. If you've already found a competent, honest mechanic, that’s great. For the rest of you, here's how you might try to find one: Check your warranty First, if your vehicle is newer and under warranty, you'll probably need the dealership to perform the repair if you want to make a warranty claim and have it performed at the expense ...

Beth's Book Review

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman (St. Martins Griffin, 2016)   Author Lynda Cohen Loigman states, “The Two-Family House is a story I thought about for at least ten years before I ever wrote a word. I spent countless hours over a full decade thinking about how Rose, Helen, Abe, and Mort would behave in difficult situations, and how they would feel when faced with tragedy or joy. By the time I found the courage to start writing, I knew those four characters as well as I knew any person in my real life.” (p.293) ...

Beth's Book Review

England has had two famous and effective queens; both named Elizabeth, who ruled the island nation for over 50 years. The irony of the success of Queen Elizabeth I was the long held belief among men that women were incapble of effectively ruling a country. In no case was the importance of producing a male heir more evident than that of the infamous King Henry VIII, Elizabeth's father, who married six times in an effort to produce a son. Elizabeth I, the second daughter of Henry VIII, and her absolute refusal to wed and produce an ...

Better Biz Better You

You might remember the day Santa Claus brought you your first bicycle.  It had green handlebars and seemed to shine under the Christmas tree lights.  It was hard to believe that the present of your dreams had actually arrived.  You knew you’d always remember it as the best Christmas ever. Fast forward a few years.  It’s Christmas week, and you’re a basket case.  You don’t think you’ll ever be able to finish all the shopping, the wrapping, and the decorating in time for the big ...

Biz Buzz

Big or small, no matter who you are, you must file your taxes. The deadline for filing is rapidly approaching so it’s not too early for a small business to get ready. What can you do to make this as painless as possible? Here are a few tips that can help: Recordkeeping. Keep a close track of your business expenses and enter them into your accounting system as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to forget. Keep in mind, this is a situation where accuracy is key. Keep business and personal expenses ...

Blended

On a recent weeknight, I was sitting at my computer, and Blue was sitting in the dining room, which he has claimed as his personal office. The table is perpetually covered with ACT study materials, a gargantuan U.S. history book, a laptop, and his various drinks and snacks. There’s an open layout in this part of the house, so I can turn my head while sitting at my desk and see him holding court about 30 feet away. Often, we find ourselves sitting in our respective workspaces at the same time doing our respective work. He might listen to ...

Blending In

Cleaner Blending is all about making smarter, more transparent choices about every ingredient we add or eliminate. It’s a tradition we’re carrying forward from our founder, who began Smoothie King by blending different fruits and vegetables with high-quality supplements that made him feel better. Go on, take a look inside our blenders! We are making smarter choices every day. What's 'out'? Gluten, Trans fat, High fructose corn syrup, Hydrogenated oils, and NSF-banned substances. What's ...

Books for Life According to the Biblio-Coach

Listening to a TED talk recently, the presenter spoke about our “to do” lists. Americans have something like 150 undone tasks at any given time. That list is what we think about 50-80% of the time and it makes us anxious, unhappy and sick. Among other things, the speaker recommended practicing gratitude. This is incredibly beneficial, one should be grateful. There are other strategies people can use to feel better also. Some are more favorable than others. For example one may take a long nature walk and feel the warmth of the ...

Borough Buzz

Florham Park Boro Mayor Mark Taylor is happy to report  the energy aggregation is already saving residents money in just the first month. For more information on getting involved please call 1-866-688-5197 

Borough Notifications

South Plainfield Mechanic Public Works – The Borough of South Plainfield is looking for a fulltime mechanic for the Department of Public Works. Responsibilities shall include the repair, maintenance and servicing of various motor vehicles and construction equipment as well as various machines and tools utilized in Public Works. Two years of experience in maintenance and repairs of vehicles and a certificate as an automotive mechanic issued by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence is preferred. Please mail ...

Bottle Service

    In December of 1776, Revolutionary War soldiers numbering approximately 3,000 were camped at the Loantaka Encampment, located in the fields near the intersection of Woodland Road and Treadwell Avenue. During that time many of them found quarters in local farm houses and were invited to have breakfast with the owners. At one house the table was replenished seven times for hungry officers. Records show that Mrs. Anna Kitchel provided free rooms for twelve soldiers, but was not happy when an officer brought 40 ...

Brain Fitness 101

What is Pi? Pi or π is a mathematical constant equal to approximately 3.1415926. In Euclidean Geometry, it is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Although seemingly abstract, it has many uses in math, physics and engineering. Many school aged students and professionals need to remember the extended version of this mathematical number in order to complete work projects or school problems successfully. No easy task if you must simply commit it to memory! Why Do We Call March 14th “Pi ...

Bridgewater/Raritan Elections 2015

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Jerry L. Midgette, Somerset County’s Election Board Administrator and President of the New Jersey Association of Election Officials, has announced that changes have been made to the New Jersey Mail-In Ballot Law that have the potential to affect voters who seek to cast mail-in ballots in the Nov. 3 general election.  “In an effort to minimize confusion to those voters who choose to utilize the mail-in ballot to vote in this general election, I am strongly urging voters and persons delivering a ballot ...

Bruce the Blog

It’s understandable that when people see empty storefronts, they infer it’s the mark of economic malaise. It is not. What’s not taken into account by jumping to that conclusion is that times change, marketplace dynamics change, shopping habits change. Consumers are spending money, all right, just in different places and in different ways. A storefront that made sense in past decades for a succession of business tenants simply may not make sense any more for any tenant. Looking at it another way, when was the last time you ...

Business Chatter

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It's been a little more than a year since Sensei Darren DeMarco opened White Tiger Dojo and gained a bunch of new friends and admirers. Recently, several parents of students at the dojo talked to TAPinto.net about how their children have benefited from his instruction in Okinawan Karate, also known as Isshin Kempo. They all agreed Sensei Darren is great with children and has created a welcoming environment. Melissa Perez, whose daughter, Mikaela, 5, just finished her first year of karate at the dojo, said the ...

Business Savvy: The East Brunswick Chamber of Commerce

  CENTRAL NEW JERSEY - Ashley HomeStore of Central New Jersey and Staten Island will be donating 100 mattress sets just in time for the holidays this December through the Hope to Dream program. The event which has become an annual celebration will be co-hosted with Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, New Jersey. This impactful event is just part of Ashley HomeStore’s greater commitment to give back to their local Central New Jersey and Staten Island community.   “We are thrilled that we are able to donate ...

Chamber Conversations

Millburn, NJ – The Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce is seeking candidates to be considered for serving on the 2017-2018 Board of Directors.  Candidates who are interested in furthering the Chamber’s mission with their time, energy, expertise and passion should complete the required on-line survey by April 19. Rick Davis, President of the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce added, “Our Board of Directors is a hard-working, passionate group of business leaders.  We are putting our nominations online to ...

Chamber Spotlight

Dear Livingston Business Community, It’s hard to believe that just a few short months ago, I was being installed as Chamber President and now we are already going into the 2nd quarter of 2017.  Time sure does fly!  The Chamber is constantly thinking of ways to help all of our members. Our monthly resource breakfasts, 'Breakfast on the Road,' give members the opportunity to visit other businesses in town to observe what they do.  It also provides them the opportunity to introduce themselves to all the ...

Chip Shots

Despite it being the last Week of September, both Wood-Ridge and Hasbrouack Heights high school football teams are facing critical games this week.  Due to the observance of Yom Kippur forcing the games off of Friday and Saturday night, Hasbrouck Heights will be playing in  Cresskill Thursday evening, while Wood-Ridge will host Emerson Sunday afternoon. Hasbrouck Heights trip to Cresskill has first place in the Meadowlands Division at stake, despite being before the end of September. (Seems early to be talking about playoff-like ...

Choosing Your Funeral Home

STAFFORD, NJ - Many times when I sit with someone and the subject of final disposition is discussed, I usually start by explaining who has the legal right to authorize the funeral arrangements of their loved one or friend. In New Jersey, you cannot preauthorize your own final dispostion. You can certainly prearrange the details and prepay for services but the final arrangements, after death, must be signed by the legal next of kin as described below by the New Jersey Funeral Directors Association: Unless a court of ...

Clark's Fallen Heroes, The Series

His tombstone reads: “IN DEATH A HERO, AS IN LIFE A SON, A BROTHER, A FRIEND!” James W. Harvey II was killed in action on June 11, 2011 in Ghanzi Province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Harvey died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire. For his heroism and meritorious service, Harvey was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor (ARCOM), the  Bronze Star Medal and the Purple ...

Clark: In the Schools

CLARK, NJ - On Friday, May 26, both Valley Road School and Frank K Hehnly School in Clark, celebrated Memorial Day with their annual assembly programs. Local veterans visited the schools and shared stories about their service. Mrs. Mary Arrowood, first grade teacher at Hehnly, spoke to the students in both elementary schools about the importance of taking some time this weekend to remember the people who have served our country so that we can enjoy our lives. Then, Mr. William Duffy shared a power point presentation about the 21 fallen ...

College Funding Secrets with Chris Curran

It can be difficult to talk with your student about the college budget, but this is an important topic, and one which I spend a lot of time on with my clients.  Many parents prefer to shield their children from the financial pressure associated with choosing a college. They feel the process is stressful enough without complicating it further with talk about money. The thinking goes something like, “You just worry about getting good grades and getting into a good school.  We’ll figure out how to pay”. But with the ...

College Review

Emily Carow Named to Dean's List at Bryant University SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Emily Carow, a Senior in Management from Scotch Plains was named to the spring semester Dean's List at Bryant University. Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. Founded in 1863 and recognizing its 150th anniversary in 2013, Bryant has approximately 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students from 27 states and 54 countries. Bryant ...

Comedy on the Road

As a comedian I have gotten to travel to some pretty exotic places: Alaska, all over Canada, just about every state from Florida to Maine and New York to California. This comedy land is my land, from the Redwood Forest to New York Islands. Yep, this comedy land was made for you. Well, and me. I will be sharing travel stories of the road, with tips that you need to know if you’re traveling hither and yon. Summer is the time that most families travel on vacation.  Hopefully, I will add a little comedy to your journey with some ...

Community-Supported Agriculture - How to Use Those Veggies!

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The autumn CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) baskets have arrived.  Tough food for colder months, full and alive with Vitamin A.  I get my "1/2 share" - enough for about 4 people from Giamarese Farm on Wednesday afternoons. This week, I really did not know what to expect, but I new that the blueberries and strawberries of balmier days would not be in my basket. Here's the inventory: an enormous cabbage.  Actually, it was a bit of a Little Shop of Horrors/Day of the Trifids sort of ...

Connecting Commerce and Community

Richard DeLuca of the Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper law firm has joined the board of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC). “We are fortunate to have Mr. Richard DeLuca join our board of directors. His experience will complement those of the current board members and I am sure that he will be a very active member and bring new and fresh ideas to all of us,” said Executive Director Gene Jannotti. DeLuca is the director of business development and marketing at Lindabury. Prior to that, he ...

Consolidation Study Commission Minutes and Updates

Minutes of the December 11, 2013 Meeting of the Consolidation Study Commission Board of Education Conference Room Cedar Avenue, Scotch Plains The meeting was called to order at 7:07. Mr. Parisi read the Open Public Meetings Act notice and called the roll. Those present were Mr. McCarey and Dr. Saltzman from Fanwood, and Ms. Dreikorn, Mr. Lange, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Wiener and Mr. Parisi from Scotch Plains. Ms. Hoynes, alternate from Fanwood, was also present as was Mr. Arthur, alternate-designate from Scotch Plains. Dr. diBattista, Mr.

Cornerstone: Where Care Meets Commitment

With millions of people experiencing some form of pain, educating the public about alternative treatments is the responsibility of the medical and healthcare community.  New reports continue to come out about abuse and overutilization of opioid drugs, unfortunately amongst all socioeconomic levels across the United States.  Opioids that have been commonly abused are OxyContin, Hydrocodone-acetaminophin, Oxycodone-acetaminophin, and Fentanyl.  It is alarming that in 2015, one in three Medicare beneficiaries received some ...

County Corner

BRANCHBURG, NJ - A caravan of Morris County women traveled to the Fox Hollow Country Club to hear fellow Jersey Girl Kellyanne Conway speak about the economy, the impending tax overhaul and life working at the White House.  Attendance was by invitation only and as such seating was limited. Kellyanne arrived to thunderous applause as women mostly from Morris, Somerset, Hunterdon and Middlesex counties stood and cheered.  Kellyanne gave her opinion on the benefits of the new proposed tax plan and answered questions from ...

Cranbury Mayor's Corner

CRANBURY, NJ -I would like to first thank my fellow members of the Cranbury Township Committee for their support as Mayor of Cranbury for 2016. I would also like to thank each and every resident of Cranbury for allowing me to serve on the Township Committee since January 2011. As we start the year, look forward and plan, I realize that whatever plan we put in place today as the governing body of Cranbury Township will most likely change and morph throughout the year as has been the case during my previous five years of service on the ...

Cranford Business Alliance - Business Profile

CRANFORD, NJ – After years of working as the Head of IT for larger companies, Jason Michaels decided to venture out on his own to open up Lifeline Technology Solutions. What better location to settle down, then his hometown of Cranford. “It’s something I’ve been passionate about since I was young,” said Jason. “We are dedicated in making sure that each and every experience you have with us is a pleasant one.” Lifeline Technology Solutions is a full service IT firm, which is unique in the fact that ...

Cranford Real Estate

Residential Home Sales: 1996-2014 What is my Cranford Home Worth? The graph shows historical residential average and median sales prices from 1996 through October 2014. The data source for the graph is from the Garden State Multiple Listing Service where data was extracted on 11/2/2014. Viewing the entire 19 year period, both average and median residential sales price trends have increased. If you bought a home in 1996 and maintained it, you should expect an average sales price increase of 211% and a median sales ...

Cranford Superintendent of Schools Bimonthly Update

CRANFORD, NJ –Meeting of March 13, 2017 STUDENTS: Cam Hay, a senior at Cranford High School (CHS), has recently been accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point.   Anna Kalafatis, a student writer for TAP into Cranford through the Junior Internship Program at CHS wrote an article about Cam.  You can read the entire article at https://www.tapinto.net/towns/cranford/articles/cranford-high-schools-cam-hay-is-heading-to-west  CHS presented its spring musical The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman and ...

Dad in the Box

My daughter recently played the last soccer game of her career.     Yippee!  No more practices!  No more tournaments!  No more long drives to obscure fields!  No more tiny black turf pellets all over the car!   No more selfish surges of pride watching her athletic achievements.  No more thrilling victories.   My daughter is a senior in high school and has no intention of playing in college.  And so, thirteen years of soccer ended in one final ...

Daily Bread

Genesis 3:8-10 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Anyone remember as a child playing Hide and Seek?  As I recall, first we would get a short time to hide, so we’d do the best we ...

Daughters of Israel Corner

Tammy Murphy, wife of newly elected NJ Governor Phil Murphy, visited Daughters of Israel on November 2, to experience a day in the life of a Union worker. She was joined by Susan Cleary, President of the District 1199J Union, as well as re-elected NJ Assemblyman Gary Schaer, whose mother has been a resident at the skilled nursing facility.  Pictured above (L to R), courtesy of JanPress PhotoMedia, are Colleen Thompson, Assistant Administrator of Daughters of Israel; Susan Cleary, President of District 1199J Union; Tammy ...

Dear Susan

SUSAN BARBAGLIA, owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa in New Providence, offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise as a leader in the beauty industry. With over thirty years experience in skin care, Susan can answer your most challenging beauty questions. Email your questions to advice@skindeepsalonspa.com.   __________ Dear Susan: I am interested in getting some waxing done for the first time. Does it hurt?  What should I look for in a safe wax? I would be very selective as to where I get ...

Dental Byte

We made it to the New Year! Now that the cookies have been eaten, and the presents and wrapping cleaned up, we start to get back into normal patterns! January is a great time to make sure your Dental Health is at it's best. Many take for granted that their Dental Recare visit is "just" a  cleaning - but it's so much more than that, so don't miss it!!! Consider all the important parts of your Dental Exam: 1. Review of medical history - this is important as many medications and health conditions effect your ...

Design Time

Since decorating mistakes can be very costly and time consuming, I always urge my clients to do their homework before undertaking any redecorating project. What kind of homework?  A good way to begin is to flip through design and decorating magazines, and visit websites dedicated to interior décor. Start collecting pictures of various design products and styles that appeal to you and you can visualize as your own.  Once you start identifying colors, designs, and various furnishings that illustrate your dream room, ...

Did You Know

Most of you that know me, are familiar with my hunger to uncover historical facts; as well as somethings that our hidden right out in the open.  While on one of my journeys of mining for information; I discovered an interesting anecdote to bring to you, in celebration of “Black History Month”.  This interesting little tidbit should tickle your “taste buds”. According to Enchanted Learning, a site that charts inventions, the potato chip was invented in 1853 by George Crum. Crum was a Native ...

Diversions

The holiday season is finally upon us and while I plan to spend the remainder of 2017 thoroughly enjoying the season with family and friends, this week I am thinking of all of those in need. It is impossible for me to be grateful, to be thankful for what I have, without seeing that so many of our neighbors could always use more; more love, more support, more encouragement, more sustenance, more of a community to lift them up; more. There are so many opportunities for us to lend a hand. Everyone has a personal charity or connection to the ...

Downtown Connection

Another shopping season is upon us here in Plainfield and shops downtown are open for business. Plainfield has a unique mix of mom-and-pop stores that offer trendy name brand clothes and shoes that compete with mall traffic and Cyber Monday deals, perfect for anyone looking for a bargain. The importance of spending locally has never been more critical as retailers and restaurants struggle to survive under the threat of online shopping and mall discounts. The United States is currently going through a retail apocalypse that we’ve yet ...

Dr. Linda

Dear Dr. Linda, I have a 3-month-old baby and have been reading to her from the day she was born. My husband has dyslexia and I’m concerned that she may have inherited it. Will this prevent it? Madison Dear Madison, I wish there was a guarantee that your baby wouldn’t inherit her dad’s “reading gene” but there isn’t. Whether she has a genetic predisposition to dyslexia has no direct relationship to what you are doing. Since learning to read begins with putting a sound with a symbol, it’s ...

Driven From Within

You want to be fit. You know how much you should weigh. You know your ideal pant size. You can even picture how great those skinny jeans will look. You also know deep down that a healthy lifestyle is a lifestyle that will afford you so many gifts in life. Whether being pain free on a daily basis, having increased confidence and more vibrant energy. So why aren’t you living life in your ideal body?  There are many complex reasons that make weight loss a challenge, reasons that go deeper than simply calories-in versus ...

East Brunswick Guest Columnist

Autism is becoming more prevalent in our communities. The Centers for Disease Control report that as of 2016, autism is diagnosed in one of every 68 births in the United States. When a neighbor, a family friend or a new addition to your own family is diagnosed with autism, it’s crucial that we understand how to relate to them and give them our support. This April, I ask you to support people with autism by observing Autism Awareness Month. National Autism Awareness Month is not only aimed at bringing awareness of the thousands of ...

East Brunswick Public Library Town Center

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ— Looking to erase points on your driving record? Want to save money on your car insurance? The Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library are hosting a two-part defensive driving class on October 16 and 17. Held at the East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) meeting room, the classes run from 6:30 to 10 pm. This classes are presented by the Defensive Driving Institute of New Jersey. Led by police driving instructors, the classes give a unique insight into the defensive driving ...

Education: Insight and Outlook

Ray Budde is credited with creating the charter school concept during the 1970’s. Budde envisioned unique educational laboratories, a type of “off-line experimental ‘skunk-works’.” These laboratories were to be granted charters that developed new and innovative ideas for everything from curriculum to pedagogy to operations to governance. Once these new best practices were finalized, they would be shared with all schools throughout the state so that all public schools would benefit. Today, charter schools are ...

Educational Alternatives

Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns that parents may have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics can center on such concerns as how to handle homework dilemmas or what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their children?” to “How do parents interpret formal tests that have been administered?” to “Which schools and colleges are right for my ...

Edward Jones

National Save for Retirement Week was observed Oct. 18 – 24 this year. And this week has some weight behind it, as it is recognized by the U.S. Senate for its importance in encouraging Americans to prepare themselves financially for retirement. Are you doing all you can? Many of your peers aren’t. About a third of working adults have no retirement savings or pension, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve. And more than half of workers report that the total value of their household’s savings and investments, ...

Elite Advantage Prep

This is the time of year when high school seniors and their families wait anxiously for letters of acceptance from the colleges and universities they applied to.  Most results will start reaching inboxes and mailboxes the second week of December, which is a short time away.  There are a variety of decisions you may receive and I wanted to take some time to explain them along with your options.  I’m Accepted! Now what? If you were accepted, congratulations! There is a myth that they only get sent out in thick ...

Employment Law

Have you been mistreated, harassed, abused, discriminated against or retaliated against by your employer? Watch this video to learn how Westfield employment attorney Fred Shahrooz-Scampato, who for the last 25 years has aggressively represented employees, can help you. If you are the victim of prejudice or spend every day in a hostile work environment, you can give him a call for a free 15-minute telephone consultation at 908-301-9095. If, after you speak, he believes that he can be of help, Shahrooz-Scampato ...

Enchanting Moments

If the mood this Thanksgiving weekend conjures up an image of a small town America, Enchantments of downtown Fanwood should be one of the first stores that comes to mind.   Across the street, the leaves on trees around the old Fanwood train station are falling. and it serves as a reminder that the winter and holidays are fast approaching. Through the changing of the seasons, Enchantments has been a fixture in the Fanwood for more than 25 years. Since our opening in 1989, we have played a vital role in the growth of the downtown ...

Eye On Money

BASKING RIDGE, NJ- "Eye-On-Money" is the seasonal wealth management newsletter from Wealth Financial Partners,LLC,. EOM tackles the full range of Our clients' concerns about growing, preserving, and transferring wealth. Three Ways To Get Your Federal Student Loans Forgiven  (May/June 2016 Eye on Money p.2) Teach for Five Years in a low-income elementary of secondary school.                                 ...

Family Fun

I’ve been celebrating Halloween with my kids for over a decade now, and as a result, I’ve got a few Halloween hacks for parents to share. 1. Go to the pumpkin patch early. Some might take this advice a step further and skip heading out to the over-crowded pumpkin-slash-apple-slash-pony-ride-slash-corn-maze extravaganza entirely, but not me. Those fall pumpkin photos with the kids are just too amazing to miss. But go early. Most farms are pretty empty the first few weekends in October, but not so much as ...

Family Health

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and nationally renowned gastrointestinal (GI) cancer physician-scientist Angela Alistar, MD thinks it is critical that everyone learn how to recognize the warning signs of this aggressive cancer. Dr. Alistar is medical director of GI medical oncology at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health System.    “Pancreatic cancer has a very low survival rate,” said Dr. Alistar.  “This is due in part to the fact that it is often ...

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Fire Department Blotter

May 1, 2017 at 1107 hrs. FD was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the area of 732 SPRINGFIELD AVENUE, car into a tree.  On arrival found a single vehicle accident into a tree and the driver was out of the vehicle. Summit EMS handled patient care.  FD secured the battery in the vehicle and applied absorbent material to an oil leak under the vehicle. FD personnel remained on location until the vehicle was removed from the scene. May 1, 2017 at 1445 hrs. FD was dispatched to KENNEDY PARKWAY IN MILLBURN on automatic aid for a ...

Fit to Be Fab

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The heart is undoubtedly our most crucial organs, and heart disease continues to be the number one cause of the death in the U.S. Because February is Heart Health month, it is time to take charge and ensure that your heart is in good shape! The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults engage in a minimum of either 150 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise spread over five days (i.e. 30 minutes a day) or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise spread ...

For the House You Call Home

INVENTORY…INVENTORY…INVENTORY!!!  Where is it??  We have listed 637 properties in our com-munities of Berkeley Heights New Providence, Summit, Chatham Borough, Chatham Twp. and Long Hill Twp   since the 1st of the year.  105 have sold with an average of 15 days on the market and a Sale/List Price of 100.2%.  202 of those listed are under contract with an average of 16 days on market and 330 are active with an average of 37 days on market.  Sunday Open Houses are setting new records with both ...

Fortissimo Osteria Pizzeria Corner

WEST ORANGE, NJ - In honor of its 30-year anniversary, West Orange staple, Fortissimo Osteria Pizzeria, located at 484 Pleasant Valley Way, is offering patrons a special deal for the month of June. Patrons are invited to print out the coupon located in the photo gallery above and bring it into Fortissimo for a one-time discounted take-out offer of two cheese pizzas for $17.95. Read coupon for specific details. The restaurant, which boasts three generations of Castronovos, offers a variety of pizzas, homemade pasta dishes, traditional ...

Franklin Falconwriters' Forum

Franklin Elementary School students are prepping up their paint brushes and getting ready to paint!  Students Create items from crazy impressive paintings to detailed drawings.  Art club allows them to express their creativity and interests into BEAUTIFUL, projects!  When they sign up for the club they can join the endless fun. They  get to stay in with Mrs Bruns or Mrs Bass for recess and lunch to join the fun!  Art club is a great opportunity for all Franklin Elementary school students to express their feelings and ...

From Our Table To Yours

RANDOLPH, NJ-  A brief history on the origin of Oktoberfest: Originally, Oktoberfest was the celebration of the marriage between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich (Munchen) were invited to the royal event. Now days Oktoberfest is the world's largest funfair held annually in Munich, Germany. It is about a 16-day long festival, running from late September to the first weekend in October. The festival is held in an area named the Theresienwiese (meadow of ...

From the Editor

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Are you taking full advantage of all that TAP into South Plainfield has to offer? Here are 10 ways to get more out of TAP into South Plainfield. 1. Sign up for our free daily online news to get the most important stories and local events sent to your inbox. You can also sign up for breaking news alerts, so you never miss a thing. Just enter your email address at www.tapinto.net/enews. When your daily newsletter arrives, even if the story in the subject line doesn't catch eye, make sure you click on the email to ...

From the Mayor's Desk

ELIZABETH, NJ - President Trump is symbolic of the 1840s and 1850s Know Nothing Party, which discriminated against Catholics and immigrants. Fearing competition and others, who did not share their beliefs, they discounted thoughts expressed by those, who disagreed and questioned. Claiming to know nothing when asked about the composition and actions of their party, they surrounded themselves and believed only individuals, who mirrored their ideals. When open discussions, counter arguments and viewing situations from both sides ...

From the Office of Mayor Matthew P. Anesh

This Thursday I will be in the Pit, attending the annual Thanksgiving Day Football game. It is one of my favorite days of the year. The game and competition is fun, but what I find most important is the opportunity to see residents young, and old, come together as one large family. The victor of the game between North Plainfield and South Plainfield receives what is called the Mayor’s trophy. The day in itself is a trophy where I meet friends, former classmates and families whose children are all grownup and home from college. To me the ...

Getting Schooled

Summit High school held its third annual 'Festival Latino' on Friday, March 31. The event was hosted by Union Hispania, with the goal to not only entertain, but to strengthen bonds and create lasting friendships within the Latino Community of Summit and surrounding towns. The festival attracted about a hundred residents of Summit, Scotch plains, and Gillette. The majority of the festival took place in the auditorium, where performances such as traditional songs and dances. Countries such as Cuba, the Dominican republic, the ...

Guest Column

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- In a room aglow with orange, the color of the pro-worker nonprofit New Labor, a large and diverse crowd gathered at Anshe Emeth Synagogue. The sense of community was palpable as children, parents, workers and supporters gathered. Everyone seemed to know each other as people hugged and smiled. This was not like some other rallies, filled with anger and discontent. As children marched beside their parents, it became clear that this was about hope for the future. New Labor and other organizations, such as the ...

Health Management: The DeFabio Difference

Statistically, 50% of people seen in the emergency room with a heart attack have “normal” cholesterol levels. That’s right- normal cholesterol levels! Let’s look at the all the indicators in your cholesterol “number” to find out how this could possibly happen. First, prevention of cardiovascular disease it is not as simple lowering your cholesterol levels to under 180. Your total cholesterol number is actually a combination of several different components or fractions some of which reduce and others ...

Health News You Can Use

New guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology announced last week revised the reading at which high blood pressure is diagnosed from 140/90 to 130/80.  This change increased the number of Americans with high blood pressure from about a third to almost half of all adults. Previous guidelines had a systolic reading of 130-139 as pre-hypertension or pre-high blood pressure. The new guidelines move pre-hypertension to 120-129 and normal to less than 120. These changes are expected to triple the ...

HeartBeats

Mars, the closest planet to the Earth, has always fascinated humans. From H.G Wells 1898 novel The War of the Worlds, to Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 radio broadcast about a Martian invasion, to Gustav Holst’s 1914 classical music piece Mars, the Bringer of War, to the 2015 Academy Award nominated film, The Martian mankind has long dreamed about Mars. Now NASA and private companies such as SpaceX, are beginning to plan trips to our nearest neighbor.  Mars is 140 million miles from the Earth and the trip would take about seven ...

Heights Highlights

The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights this recently inducted its 22nd member: Vibha Mehta. Ms. Mehta and her family have lived in Berkeley Heights for over 20 years. She is a pharmacist by education and profession, but recently traded her white lab coat for a real estate license, now working from the Warren office of Coldwell Banker.

Help! I Need Some Style

While shopping this weekend, I noticed lots of ladies accessorizing, which warmed my heart.  I love to see ladies taking pride in themselves and taking it to the next level of accessorizing.  This little additional effort can take your outfit from nice to fabulous. For those that haven’t taken the plunge and for those that are not sure of how, this is for you.  The Necklace Guide – How to accessorize necklines. Boat Neck- it is best to accessorize with a long necklace that hangs lower than the neckline of your ...

Here and Now

The week before Halloween, I went with four of my grandchildren (and a couple of my daughters) to a crowded costume party held at Asphalt Green, a giant soccer field located a few blocks north of Gracie Mansion, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. This residential area is distinctly middle class (and above) and home to numerous families struggling to afford huge rents for the sake of living in a safe and well-cared-for area of the city with good public schools.   After waiting in a long line for about 30 minutes, we went through ...

Holy Trinity School Spotlight

Whether it is in math, reading, science, handwriting or social studies, Holy Trinity School first graders have an opportunity to embrace foundational concepts in a fun way and learn how to be independent thinkers. This is important as students make the transition from kindergarten to a more structured academic day. Creating an environment that enables students to not only learn but also to thrive academically is important.  Holy Trinity School’s curriculum and structure enables teachers to give students a personalized and ...

Home for Good: Dog of the Week

Tarzan and his sibling Jane are looking for their “forever” homes. Tarzan and Jane are 6-month-old Shepherd mixes. Despite his name, Tarzan is a gentle soul. He is still learning to get along with his human friends. But given time, he will slowly open up and develop trust with people. He needs to be placed in a home with another dog so that he can learn how to be a member of a family. For the right family who is willing to be patient and give him the love and nurturing he needs, he'll make an amazing pet. He is fully ...

Homefirst Happenings

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services, a nonprofit organization that has served the community of Plainfield and Union County since 1986, held its first annual Back To School Night on Thursday, Aug. 20, at its Family Success Center in Plainfield (950 Watchung Ave). Families who signed up to participate in the Back To School Night event were greeted by staff and were served pizza and ice cream. Children received backpacks that were stuffed with school supplies that included binders, calculators, crayons, colored ...

Hometown Heroes

There are people in the community that contribute on a regular basis. You may have noticed them as they are at almost every event. They quietly “blend in” and are always the first ones to roll up their sleeves and jump in to do what needs done. TAPinto Roselle/Roselle Park is looking beyond the group, beyond the event and looking at these un-sung “Home Town Heroes” and spotlighting them as a way to say “Thank You” for your dedication to the community. This edition we are spotlighting Walter Wimbush, a ...

Horse Happenings

Dates listed for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, send dates to lshupe@tapinto.ne Nov. 24 — Fall "Family & Friends" Introductory Ride, 10 a.m., the "rider in the family" can share their love of horses with the rest of the clan! A brief lesson will take place before a one hour trail ride. Inexperienced riders will enjoy a leisurely walk along the trails. Participants must be at least 9 years of age and weigh less than 200 pounds, Registration is available in the Stable office from Nov. 6-16. Fee ...

Houlihan Lawrence Property of the Day

2 Hollowbrook Place, Cortlandt $550,000.00 This unique 3 family home boasts tremendous curb appeal with a stone and brick exterior. Each unit offers 2 spacious bedrooms, 1 updated full bath, updated kitchens, separate entrances and separate patios. Two of the three units have beautiful brick and stone fireplaces that create a warm and cozy atmosphere in the living rooms. There is plenty of backyard space for tenants to use and ample parking via 1 car attached garage, driveway, gravel parking lot on side of house. Additional unit used ...

How to Stay Young

Recently, our practice has seen an influx of children involved in athletics. These gymnasts, wrestlers, runners and all types and levels of sports competition are some of the healthiest, most active kids in the area. Despite this, they are still experiencing more injuries that affect their ability to compete and play. I wanted to review a few of the preventive measures you and your kids could do to avoid injuries and what you can look for to decide if tthey might require professional intervention. 1. Stretching-- All kids should be ...

Human Resources Tip of the Month

During the past few months, if you turned on the TV, scrolled through Facebook, read the newspaper (online or with an actual newspaper) and at some point you came across someone's article or post about working to have worked on Thanksgiving. In the past few weeks, there are now posts or articles about the extended store hours from now through Christmas Eve. Whether you are on the side of retailers opening their doors for eager shoppers or you are on the side of being at home with family, each one brings their own ideas to the ...

Humans of Watchung Hills

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IT Solutions for Everyday

The most extensive ransomware attack in history spread around the globe over the weekend. Utilizing a Microsoft Windows vulnerability and the malicious software meant to exploit it, unidentified hackers used tools first revealed in April after classified information was stolen from the National Security Agency. Within hours, the cyberattack made front-page news around the world, inflicting damage across a wide range of industries, systems, and countries. By Tuesday morning, security experts estimated that more than 200,000 ...

Idle Thoughts

Recently, I had this customer come in for some suspension repairs... The customer told me that this car was only serviced at Lexus but they were tired of getting ripped off so they came to me. When I opened the hood and looked at the engine I couldn't help but notice how filthy it was... You would think Lexus would have at least wiped down the engine covers after all the repairs they had done. Even though the repairs I did had nothing to do with the engine I cleaned it anyway... Even though the customer probably won't even ...

In the Legislature

TRENTON, NJ – Two bills sponsored by Senator Nia H. Gill and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg that would increase transparency and oversight of the federal Department of Defense 1033 program in New Jersey were approved Wednesday by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. The federal program provides for the transfer of surplus military equipment from the federal government to local law enforcement agencies in the state at little to no cost. “Law enforcement agencies in New Jersey have received millions of dollars ...

In the Schools

Franklin Elementary School students in Westfield are following the school’s annual tradition of donating the bulk of their Halloween candy collection to the military.  On Thursday, Nov. 18, a truckload of approximately 400 pounds of candy was delivered to the American Legion, which will arrange for final transport to the troops. Helping to fill the boxes are (kneeling, l-r):  Fabiana Ramirez and Graciela Goldman, and standing Quinten Mogila, Audrey Dokko, Keira Bartlema, Ella Sumas, Brendan Leegan, Avery Hoffman, ...

In the Spotlight

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The warm weather is here and summer is fast approaching so the Morristown Bureau of Police wants to remind you of some tips to help you and your family enjoy an incident-free summer. A little bit of prevention goes a long way to keeping our neighborhoods safe and free of crime. 1.) Always remember to roll up your car windows, take any valuables out of your car, and lock your doors every time you exit your vehicle, even if it is parked in your own driveway. Thefts from cars are often as a result of people forgetting to ...

In the Stacks with SCLSNJ

For over 70 years, thousands of people have descended on the little town of Raritan Borough, NJ to honor the memory of one of the most highly decorated heroes of the second World War, John Basilone, at his annual hometown parade. In Raritan and Bridgewater, the legend of Basilone looms large, with various sites bearing his name and an iconic statue in his likeness. Had Basilone survived the war, he would be turning 101 years old this year. Like many of his fellow soldiers, he has lived on in the memories of those who loved him, that generation ...

Insight From Our Superintendent

A Year’s Worth of Work Heading into the previous school year, key members of the Madison School District leadership team worked with teaching staff, parents, community members, and elected officials from the Board of Education and Borough Council in crafting what became the District Strategic Plan.   A Strategic Plan is a process by which a school system or other organization sets its vision into action.  The process for the Madison School District began with a World Café, where members of the learning community ...

Insight from Sparta High School Students

Parents, friends, family, academic adjudicators, distinguished guest extended-relatives-who-are-desperately-trying-to-sneak-a-glance-at-their-phone-to-ease-their-incessant-boredom, welcome, to the commencement ceremony of the Class of 2018. It is an honor to stand before you and deliver this speech. I hope that you will all find it as stimulating and uplifting as I did when I was writing it. I totally didn’t procrastinate this until last night. As the traditional commencement speech goes, I would first state a quotation I found ...

Insured and Secured

 With the recent storms passing through the area I thought I'd share some of the storm safety tips I shared with my customers this week. Unfortunately, there is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors. Too many people wait far too long to get to a safe place when thunderstorms approach. Unfortunately, these delayed actions lead to many of the lightning deaths and injuries in the United ...

Ironclad Car Advice with Peyton Knight

You know it’s coming: That first frigid morning when you discover your car is covered in ice. Old Man Winter has reared his ugly head once again to wreak havoc on your car and your ride to work.  Well, I’ve got one thing to say about that: Let’s be ready for him this year! Owning a repair shop for over 30 years, I have spent many harsh winters coaxing a dead battery back to life or replacing worn out wipers after a snowstorm. This time of year, I often suggest that busy drivers schedule ...

It's Not Just Fitness, It's a Mindset

When we help people create meal plans to drop body fat, one of the first steps is reducing starchy carbs. Starchy carbs are things like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes etc. We do NOT totally eliminate them, but we don't want them to DOMINATE the diet. For fat loss,we try to limit starchy carbs to one serving a day. Conventional thinking is, "carbs in the morning for energy", but in reality, if you are looking to burn fat, you want to ditch the morning carbs. Most of our successful people stick to protein and fat for ...

JCC NEWS

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger (ret.), an insider on U.S.-Israel relations and consultant to Israel’s cabinet and legislators, will speak at the JCC of Central NJ, 1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains on Monday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. Ettinger served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC and regularly briefs the U.S. Congress and their staff on issues of bilateral concern. He will talk about Israel, the "Arab demographic tsunami," Israel’s isolation in the world, and its defense ...

JCP&L Energizing Your Community

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reminds customers having difficulty paying their utility bills that they may be eligible for special financial assistance or energy efficiency programs that could reduce the amount of electricity they use.     Assistance programs available to New Jersey residents include: Lifeline – Offers a cash grant to help people who meet the Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) eligibility requirements, or who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing

** The Jaffe Briefing is over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving, returning Monday, November 27 **  OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Tom MacArthur has the distinction of being the only member of New Jersey's congressional delegation to support $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for businesses and individuals.  MacArthur was also the only of the 13 Republicans from New York, New Jersey or California to vote for the Trump bill, according to The New York ...

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum

New Brunswick, NJ – There’s a new presence on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick: Walking Man, a permanent outdoor installation by internationally renowned sculptor – and longtime South Brunswick, New Jersey, resident – George Segal. You can find the single bronze figure in stride at the refurbished northwest corner of George and Hamilton Streets, where it appears headed toward the museum’s entrance. “Creative Expression and the Human Experience is an integrating theme of ...

Jenn's Journey North

This past Sunday, I joined the Freewalkers for its Stroll & Roll walking event.  Freewalkers Yohana Maria and Risa Olinsky organized the festivities, now in its second year.  The walk, designed to be family-friendly, and for people of all ages and abilities, began in Echo Lake Park, another gem in the Union County Park system.  The four-mile round trip trek also cut through Lenape Park, and onto the East Coast Greenway. Luckily, the rain held off except for a few sprinkles so that families were able to enjoy some ...

Jersey Girl on Fire

Forty years since "Born to Run," and I still haven't run and fulfilled my destiny. Like Bruce Springsteen, I remain pretty close to where I grew up, in a nicer house, maybe, and in a more tree-lined neighborhood, but within an hour's ride of the place that I still name when people ask, "Hey, where are you from?" In 1975, I was 17 and a student at Montclair State when it was a college and had not yet put on its long pants and become a university. "Tramps like us" were supposed to have walked with a ...

Jets Fan Chatter

FLORHAM PARK,N.J.-MetLife Stadium was a beautiful hue of green on Thursday night, November 2nd, as the New York Jets took the field.  67 degrees at game time under an almost full moon, with absolutely no breeze, was the perfect setting for the New York Jets to take home a win against their division rivals, the Buffalo Bills. After a delectable meal at Gencarelli's of Lyndhurst, a local BYOB Italian restaurant owned by a friend, I drove my three guests a short 10 minute drive to the stadium. That's about the only time they sat ...

Johnny Four Fingers Weekly NFL Picks

CALABASH, NC – The Four Finger man is getting ready for the big day. Plenty of antipasto, macaroni, wine and a little bit of turkey. No golfing today. It’s all about family, food and football. I’m making picks for two of the three games. Good luck to the Tigers. Get those Canucks! Happy Thanksgiving from the Carolinas.   WEEK #12 Thanksgiving PICKS Detroit +3 Over Minnesota – The Vikings had a huge win over the Rams last week. They are a favorite on the road on Thanksgiving. Not an easy task ...

K & S Travel

In recent years the number of people choosing a cruise for their vacation has risen dramatically, and this trend is expected to continue. But the maze of ships can be overwhelming as there are cruises to just about every place on this planet. You can travel the American Rivers on steamboats discovering the history and culture of the Mississippi River or the Columbia River or the Islands off of New England Islands and more. Travel to Europe on a River Cruise that stops at small towns, villages, castles and fairytale hamlets alone the way.

Kaplan on Your Money

Here are 5 “no-brainer” moves you can make before year-end to strengthen your finances: 1. Taxes: NJ AND NY RESIDENTS ALERT: If Congress pushes through tax reform that eliminates state and local tax exemptions, many NJ and NY residents (along with MA and CA residents) will be hit with tax increases. One estimate says NJ residents, for example, will need to pony up an additional $3,500 per year in taxes. Look into prepaying a portion of your 2018 property tax by 12/31/17 and front load  charitable donations intended for 2018 ...

Karmic Words

We have come to the end of a hot summer and now welcome the cool air, a new school year, and sense of renewed purpose. Autumn is certainly a time for change, and many people take time to make significant improvements in their well-being, even before the New Year. As the weather gradually changes, so can you. Taking the first step can be difficult, but it is on a path toward a healthy lifestyle. With so many types of yoga being offered, getting started can be intimidating. Our classes are relaxing and we welcome all ...

Keeping Your Life In Order

As a practicing professional organizer since 1994, I am often cornered by people I meet at parties, in the grocery store and throughout the community who want to share their organizing challenges and feelings of being overwhelmed with me. I always tell them that being organized is a skill set that can be learned. In this column, I’d like to share with you seven habits that organized people use to keep their homes organized; if you adopt these behaviors, your home can be organized, too!   1.  Organized People Develop a ...

Keller Williams Realty: Real Life ... Real People

’Tis the season to cajole your family to wear matching outfits, bribe the kiddos with candy canes and chocolates, and somehow balance reindeer antler onto your pet’s head. What to do for your holiday photos this year? Why not take advantage of all of the great outdoor backdrops in our quaint towns and parks? Local businesses and townships also have some photo ops scheduled that will get the job done in style. Here are some ideas to get you going. The Great Outdoors Mindowaskin Park, Westfield — East Broad ...

Kenilworth Mayor's Corner

KENILWORTH, NJ - After I first became elected last November one of my first goals was to resurrect our “Pride in Kenilworth Committee” which had been in existence in years past but apparently simply fell apart due to lack of interest and had ceased to be in existence for many years.  Initially after we reestablished the Committee interest was sparse.  However with each and every meeting there were more and more attendees who wished to participate and provide assistance in the upcoming scheduled events. As a result ...

Keys to Wellness

Sibin is a 23 year old pharmacy student at Rutgers Pharmacy School. He is in his fourth and final year of schooling and has many exciting plans ahead of him. When we sat down with his to chat he was really excited to talk about the future, but was not a huge fan of his picture being taken. Q: Why did you want to become a pharmacist? A: I wanted to become a pharmacist so I would be closer to the chemistry and pharmacology medication that are given to patients. Q: What have you learned from being at Twin City? A: I have learned how much ...

Kids Column: Food for Thought…from Emily’s Kitchen

  Take a look in your spice cabinet. You might see some oregano, garlic powder, paprika, or some chili flakes in there, but you definitely will see some salt and pepper, since they are staples in most everyone’s kitchens. The most common spices in anyone’s cabinet, salt and pepper may also be two of the most important spices, even going back in history. Early explorers traveled across oceans for salt because of its high value and multiple purposes, such as drying and preserving food before the time of refrigeration. In ...

Kitchen Table Economics

Most people overpay for life insurance. Here’s how to make sure you aren’t one of them. Selecting a life insurance policy can be overwhelming and complicated, especially when you’re sitting across the table from a salesman who won’t take no for an answer.   Before you panic and sign up for the Big Kahuna coverage, ask yourself a few simple questions that will clarify your needs, and match you with the appropriate amount of coverage: If I died today, what debts and responsibilities would I leave ...

Know Your Nest

Before you tear into that turkey on Thanksgiving Day, get out of the house and head to one of these top Turkey Trots in Morris and Sussex Counties.  Team Nest Builder promises you won’t feel quite so bad about that second helping of pumpkin pie after running a 5K--gobble, gobble! Krogh’s Annual Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Benefiting Sparta Public Schools 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta This huge annual event offers not only carb-burning through the Adult 5K, Youth 5K and Fun Run, but also carb-loading!  If you ...

LCJSMS Panther Pulse

If you live in a first world country, living without internet connectivity is almost unimaginable. Eighth grader Oliver R. said, "I use internet basically in my spare time. I can't imagine living without internet because so much depends on it."  Many people live without internet in the world, but not many people know how many. Eighth grader Robert Z. said, "I think 50 million people in the world live without internet." Surprisingly, four out of seven billion people live without Internet connectivity in the ...

LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE

We are celebrating a life well lived, that of recently deceased Dr. Maya Angelou. We will fondly remember her articulate utterances and writings. She was an inspiration to all who experienced her gifts as author, educator, entertainer and possessor of extraordinary human spirit, strength, perseverance and optimism. Her life was an example of what  can be achieved in America with. Rising from humble beginnings, Dr. Angelou enjoyed international acclaim, a Pulitzer prize, Tony and Grammy awards, many honorary degrees and recipient of ...

Law in Your Corner

The prohibition against the infliction of cruel and unusual punishment is a Constitutional protection afforded by both the U.S. Constitution (Eighth Amendment) and the New Jersey State Constitution.  The right derives from the notion that justice demands that punishment for a crime should be graduated and proportional to the offender and the criminal offense itself. A hallmark of our civilized society, the prohibition was the subject of one of our Supreme Court’s first decisions of 2017.  In New Jersey v. Zuber, the Court ...

Let's TAP About It

For many people, Columbus Day is a time for parades and a celebration of Italian heritage. Others contend that it is wrong to honor Christopher Columbus as a hero. For me, Columbus Day is significant for another reason. It was on Columbus Day in 1975 that I spent my first day in a newsroom as a working journalist as a reporter for a suburban weekly named The Montclair Times. It also was a day I learned a lot about being a journalist. Because Columbus Day is a legal holiday, government offices and most businesses were closed, so I did ...

Library News

We’ve wrapped up a busy summer at NPML.   Summer reading programs for all ages have concluded.  Prizes have been awarded, lots of books read and lots of volunteer hours racked up.  We thank all of our wonderful volunteers who assisted in the library with awarding prizes, making ice cream and registering participants as well as those who continue to work stocking the bookshelf library at the NP Pool with great selections. Many thanks to our generous township businesses who donated prizes this year: Prestige Diner, ...

Life, Health and Politics

The Harvey Weinstein scandal broke only seven weeks ago. It’s been a great public leveler, but still an incomplete one. For decades before that, a two-tier system existed to punish sexual impropriety among politicians. Time and again, we saw that liberals wanted harsher rules to apply to conservatives than to themselves for sexual offenses. Politicians on their own side were consistently exonerated. Who can forget Gloria Steinem notoriously arguing in 1998 that men were allowed one free grope? Everyone understood she meant this as an ...

Lindabury Legal Corner

Live Life Outlaw

If you’re looking for a sandwich that tops all of the other sandwiches you’ve ever eaten, look no further than Slamwich Scratch Kitchen. While you may have to travel a town over to Madison, NJ, these sandwiches are worth it. Everything at Slamwich is made in house, from the chips and pickles to the house cured pastrami, Slamwich does it all. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and to be honest we would suggest going any time of day. All of the sandwiches are served with house made chips, that are super crispy ...

Living In

MONTVILLE, NJ - Following are Century 21 Open Houses this weekend: Saturday, Nov. 18 from 1 - 4 p.m. Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using FGPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road) 8 Summit Drive, Bld #10, North Caldwell Sunday, Nov. 19 from 1 - 4 p.m. Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using FGPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road) 8 Summit Drive, Bld #10, North Caldwell    

Liz on Theatre

‘Bakersfield Mist’ explores art versus reality By Liz Keill MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Bickford Theatre presents a touching, often hilarious, two-person play about a woman in a trailer park in Bakersfield, California, who thinks she has purchased an original Jackson Pollock at a thrift shop. With this unlikely premise, the play evolves into a matter of wills, wishful thinking and harsh reality. Author Stephen Sachs has conjured a clash between the hard-nosed former bartender, Kim Zimmer and a visiting art specialist from a ...

Local Color

DID YOU KNOW that the Library of the Chathams sits on a site formerly occupied by a luxury hotel? And that the hotel’s livery stable stood facing Passaic Avenue, near where Memorial Pool currently sits? Chatham was a popular destination during the Resort Era, which spanned from the 1880s through the start of World War I. The Fairview House opened its doors as a summer hotel for the well-heeled seeking a picturesque setting and healthy country air. Prior to the Fairview House, Chatham had several hotels and boarding houses serving ...

Local Legends and Legacies

One hundred years ago on April 6, 1917, the United States formally entered World War One, the Great War, also known as "the War to end all wars.” The war’s impact on the City of Plainfield and surrounding area was huge. Plainfield was a recruiting center, and many young men from the area joined the fight. The mode of transportation to duty assignments was by the railroad, and for some the last look of their home town was from the main Plainfield railroad station. The World War One Honor Roll bronze tablet located in the ...

Lost & Found Pets

UPDATE: Found. ORIGINAL POST: Black cat went missing on Grove Street near Central Avenue Sunday. He was not wearing a collar.  If you see him please call 908-962-8677

Lost In Suburbia

“I caught the dog looking at himself in the full-length mirror today,” I said to my husband. “I think he’s feeling a little self-conscious about his thighs. And he’s worried about putting on weight over the holidays.” “The dog is worried?” my husband asked. “Yes, he's noticed that he’s put on a few pounds since Halloween and he wants to make sure he doesn’t get any heavier.” “The dog said that?” my husband asked. “He did. He’s going ...

Louise D. Floyd, Communicant of St. Matthew the Apostle Church Dies at 82

EDISON, NJ - Edward V. Burrell, 55, of Edison, passed away Friday, September 18, 2015 at Monmouth County Care Center, Freehold. Born in Staten Island, NY, he resided in Edison since 1973. Edward was a graduate of Edison High School. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and animal lover. He especially loved his dog Rambo. He is predeceased by his parents Edward (d.2008) and Florence Burrell (d.2008). Surviving are his sisters Patricia A. Burrell of Las Vegas, NV and Dawn Ferrara and her husband Anthony of Freehold; one nephew ...

Lucas Got Game

On The Gridiron: Olean was the only local team to win its playoff game, beating Burgard-Math Science Tech 36-24. The Huskies jumped out to an early 29-0 lead in the first half. Senior quarterback Luke Chapman went 9-for-14, throwing for 112 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Olean managed to hold off a fierce Bulldog comeback for the victory. The Huskies will play Medina in the Funke Bowl Class B final Thursday. Portville’s season came to an end last week as they suffered a blowout loss to top-seeded Franklinville/ ...

Madison's 'Academic Journey'

Deciding to focus on the SAT or on the ACT is the first decision most 11th graders need to make as they began their college admission testing journey.  With the redesign in March 2016, the SAT changed to a curriculum based test.  With these changes the two tests became so similar that students no longer need to worry about which test is best for them! This summer the staff at Academic Journeys studied the results of the three actual sittings of the new SAT.  Our analysis led us to develop a new combined ACT/ SAT test prep ...

Main Street Musings

“This is an unorthodox request and feel free to say no,” began my creative writing teacher, Laura, in a recent email. She went on to explain that Bridges, a non-profit organization, received a grant to create a photography project on the homeless in Newark. The program gave digital cameras to people experiencing homelessness to express themselves and their world through their art. Would I be interested in interviewing a photographer about his or her experience? She had me at “unorthodox.” I loved the idea of ...

Making the Grade

Fall 2016 PSAT results will be available Monday, Dec. 12 online for high school students and parents. This year, we anticipate that junior students’ percentile rankings will be lower than last year’s.  Why?  This year, the College Board can compare student performance with actual performance from the last year.  In 2015, the College Board used a convoluted formula for determining the “nationally representative” percentile ranking, one we could not give much credence to since it seemed to ...

Man Overboard

My wife had been involved in volunteering for many years when she asked me if I might be interested in it myself.  Of course I want to give back to the community. I want to be a part of something that benefits something other than myself, and in doing so, possibly benefit myself. Some volunteering options were out of the question. For instance, volunteering as a “big brother” would probably be a bad choice for me, since I have some lingering anger issues left over from being a “little brother.” In my house, ...

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln by Jen Miller

Here’s the Sitch … A customer recently brings her tire to a dealership for repair after finding a nail lodged into the rubber. She gets that it’s her fault and the Service Tech Dude fixes the tire. Three weeks later, the customer returns, this time waiving her hands wildly, wondering why the “check tire pressure light” had come on, forcing her to return to the dealership AGAIN with a bum tire. The tech takes a peak at the tire and finds a nail stuck in the side of a different tire. Why, the customer wonders ...

Maplewoodian by Joe Strupp

Election Day 2017 has passed with some significant changes to both the school board and Maplewood Township Committee (TC), but perhaps not as big as some might have expected. But where do both governing bodies go from here? Will we see a new mayor or a new school board president in 2018? If the voting results are any indication, perhaps not. Both Mayor Vic DeLuca and Board President Elizabeth Baker took the most votes in their elections, with DeLuca continuing a trend that has had him garnering more votes each election since his ...

Marketing Inside Out

CRANFORD, NJ – Having been in the marketing field for over twenty years I have seen and heard a lot of advertising ideas, new lead generation platforms and innovative technologies come and go.  When I became familiar with TAPinto.net early last year it got my attention right away and not just in terms of what it could offer my own clients regarding brand exposure but even more importantly what it could offer them in terms of content integration. Content integration and customer engagement are two buzz phrases in the marketing ...

Mayor Dansereau: Conversations with the Community

ROSELLE, NJ - Mayor Christine Dansereau gives an update on the monthly “Conversations with the Community” meetings and other town updates. Conversations with the Community is a citizen driven dialog of viewpoints and fresh ideas, along with getting answers to questions about the town.  Meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month in the Baker Room, located on the second floor of Borough Hall, 210 Chestnut Street from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Mayor's Round Table

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor's Round Table is a monthly show hosted by Dr. Donald DeFabio, who sits with Mayor Robert Woodruff to talk about current issues that affect the township. Included in this episode, Dr. DeFabio talks with originators of the Berkeley Heights Winter Walk Bobbie Peer, owner of TAPinto Berkeley Heights, and Cheri Pertesis, owner of Anything Floral. Click here to view the interview and details of this year's event. The Winter Walk will kick off immediately following the Township's tree ...

Meadowbrook Camp Corner

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on TApinto.net. WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD CAMP, WHAT VISUAL COMES TO MIND? George: A six lb. marshmallow. Dan: That “camp smell,” bonfires, sunshine and children laughing and playing all day long.   HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS ...

Meet the Neighbors

Name: Anna Mastroianni Years in Westfield: 16 Work: Owner Sole Fine Italian Shoes, 201 East Broad Street, 908-654-7800 Anna Mastoianni has filled some pretty big shoes in her day and not just because she’s the owner of the exquisite Italian shoe store Sole in Downtown Westfield. Turns out the Hollywood stunt double has a resume that would make your head spin, literally. “One of my first jobs was racing a cherry red ’57 Chevy and stopping just inches away from a mailbox for the daytime drama Another World,” ...

Melinda's Garden

Liven up your holiday décor with lights, a bit of glitz and some colorful blossoms this season. Start by gathering greenery from your landscape. Use needled evergreens like pines and firs, broadleaf evergreens like boxwood, holly and evergreen magnolia as well as junipers and arborvitaes to create wreaths, swags, centerpieces and garland. And don’t forget to include cones, holly berries, crabapples and the bluish-colored fruit of junipers. Be selective as you prune your trees and shrubs when collecting these materials.

Morristown Library Offerings

The Morristown Library is offering the following events: Tuesday April 26; Man and Nature; A discussion how science needs a new understanding of man-made and natural environments. Program begins at 7pm Thursday April 28; Movie Night The Lady in the Van (PG-13). Showing at 2pm and 7pm Sunday May 1; Poetry Readings by Gail Fishman Gerwin and Edwin Romond; 2pm Please be aware that due to the building construction, there has been a decrease in parking spaces. Approximately 10 parking spaces have been lost, temporarily due to the ...

Morristown Rec News

The Town of Morristown is looking for lifeguards for Burham Pool and Cauldwell Playground Pool.  Lifeguards are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of individuals using the pool. This includes: Being alert; preventing situations that may result in accidents or injury; administering first aid and rescues appropriately and promptly; and tactfully enforcing pool rules and regulations. Lifeguards are responsible for assisting with routine pool maintenance, custodial duties, and other tasks as assigned by supervisors. Good ...

Mountainside Moments

Members of the Governor Livingston High School Guitar Club performed at the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club’s 14th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival. The GLHS performers featured, Band # 1 - Trevor Rittman - Guitar/Vocals, Sean Hannaford -Guitar, Andrew DelDuca -Keyboard /Vocals, Jack Sullivan - Bass and Tim Krick on Drums. Their set list included: “Joker And The Thief" by Wolfmother "Where Is My Mind?" By Pixies "Plug In Baby" by Muse "I Got Mine" by The Black ...

Movement is Life

Tough to stick with your fitness goals? You’re not alone… but then again maybe you are and that’s the problem. Many people who work out on their own find working-out in the gym a chore at best or maybe worse.  Most people don’t enjoy chores so it’s no great surprise that all too soon they give up.  For some there’s a simple solution, and it’s fun. Many years of research confirms that exercising in groups provides substantial benefits for many, rather than exercising alone.  ...

My Perspective

As I awaited the returns on election night, I couldn’t help but reflect on my very first electoral experience. It was a cold November night in 1991. Many months before, having been weaned on John F. Kennedy’s call to activism as well as my dad’s living example of community involvement, I answered an ad in the North County News which called on any persons interested in running for office to appear for an interview with the local Democratic Party. Approaching my 43rd birthday at the time of my interview, I expressed interest ...

New Jersey: What Exit?

President-elect Donald Trump said during a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal that Gov. Chris Christie may end up working in his administration after all. "Don't forget: We have a lot of positions," added the former Atlantic City casino tycoon, who will be sworn in as president this coming Friday. “So---’in the end’ we might a ‘good position’ for Chris,” Trump said, using finger quotes. Christie is a fellow Republican who has been friends with Trump for 15 years and spent ...

New Providence Notables

The owners of Raw Made Delicious at Strawberry Fields recently held a fundraiser for the New Providence High School Marching Band. Former band parents themselves, owners Ashima Abrol and Sunil Abrol wanted to show their support for the marching band program. Receiving the proceeds from the fundraiser are senior drum major,  Troy Droussiotis, as well as other student leaders of the marching band. The marching band, under the direction of Michael Niedziejko, is busy preparing this year's show entitled ...

News from Mayor Michael Giordano, Jr.

This is Mayor Michael Giordano with a message for North Plainfield Residents concerning the upcoming winter storm. The latest National Weather Service forecast is predicting 18-24 inches of snow and winds up to 40 MPH. This will be a dangerous and crippling snowstorm. Your cooperation is essential to ensure safety for yourself, your family and our emergency service providers. Today is the time to prepare for the storm: Make sure you have enough food, clothing and shelter Address the needs of elderly, disabled, and underage family members, ...

News from SCLSNJ

On Saturday, March 11, Somerset County Library System of New Jersey hosted the 2017 Bee Spectacular, a county-wide spelling bee. Nearly 50 local children grades 3-8 participated. First place winner is Anmol Bhatia of Green Brook who attends Green Brook Middle School (photo attached). Bhatia will go on to represent Somerset County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this spring.   Second photo attached is of (left to right): Corrine Fender, SCLSNJ Library Commission member; Chris Corsini, SCLSNJ Library Commission chairman; ...

News from South Plainfield Eagles

Dear Parents, The SP Pop Warner Tigers is please to announce our 4th Annual Football Clinic and Jr Combine!  Each year, this program has grown to be a successful clinic, directed by some of the most dedicated Coaches in town. This program is designed for boys and girls ages 7-15, with no prior experience necessary to participate. Children will be learning the basic fundamentals of football in a fun, relaxed and safe environment.  The clinic will take place at the Frank Jost Field, located behind the PAL.  Don't ...

News from Tri County Chamber of Commerce

SOMERSET, NJ - May 3, 2016 - The Tri-County Chamber of Commerce met at the Stage House Tavern, located at 1719 Amwell Road in Somerset, NJ, this past Tuesday.  The TCCOC organizes luncheons every month as an opportunity for members and those considering membership to network.  “The luncheons and events are a great way to promote local businesses, giving them more exposure to many local business owners throughout the area,” said President of the TCCOC and Assistant Vice President of Investor’s Bank in South ...

Newton Robotics Team

We won our first international award! by Liam Oakes The Newton Robotics Team had their “best season of all time” after returning home in April from the 2017 FIRST Robotics Championship with the UL Industrial Safety Award. This is the fourth time that the team has competed in the world championship since it was founded in 2009. They competed against more than 400 other teams internationally in the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri on April 27-28. Kathryn Van Orden and Carter Boyd, both seniors, ...

Newton Town Manager's Blog

Our next Town Council meeting will begin at 7:00pm on Wednesday night. Enjoy the long weekend!  APPROVAL OF MINUTES  Lorraine's office has prepared the minutes from the September 28th Regular meeting for consideration and approval.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  This is for those that wish to address the Town Council but do not plan on staying for the whole meeting. There is a note to the public on the agenda to please keep their comments to a maximum of 5 minutes. This allows ample time for all whom wish to speak and ...

Nicklaus Marketing Presents.....Your Business Matters:

Fairfield, N.J. - November 22, 2017 -  The 60,000+ Square Foot facility at Coastal Sports welcomes a new partnership to their already extensive array of sports activities and programs. Brian Martin, founder of BMartin Sports Academy, and his certified staff of performance coaches and experts bring 25 years of experience training pro football players and prospects, as well as running local and national football camps for all ages. The strategic alliance with BMartin Sports and Coastal Sports will allow athletes and non-athletes from all ...

Niru's Tech Tips

The Power of Keyboard Shortcuts Keyboard shortcuts are generally used to speedup common software operations for your computer.   Some common keyboard shortcuts include “Ctrl-A” for ‘Select All’, “Ctrl-C” for ‘Copy’, “Ctrl-X” for ‘Cut’, and  “Ctrl-V” for ‘Paste”. By using a few keystrokes to perform a task on your computer you can save considerable time.   But, most of us don’t use the keyboard shortcuts; we ...

Nursery U

Sometimes I felt like I was living in the movie Groundhog Day, but I was always backstage at the Tony Awards. Every night the same show, with the words, “wait, can I do that one more time” coming from my daughter’s mouth as she pleaded for another do over. I was constantly working as the head of a million departments. Set Design, Costumes, Music, Lighting, Directing... and then, of course, I was also the audience. You see, my daughter was a five-year-old ham who loved to dance,sing, act and perform something on a nightly ...

On Point

Does your closet hold one or more used instruments?  If so, maybe it is time to donate them to the North Plainfield Fine Arts Department!  The Education Foundation is collecting used "dormant" instruments in order to assist the musical program in our schools.  Funds for the Arts are becoming scarse and an instrument in the hands of a child can produce amazing results! To donate an instrument contact Mr. Tom Mazur in the Fine Arts Department at 908-769-6000 or Robert Goellner at 908-510-5458.

On Tap at Morris Tap and Grill

RANDOLPH, NJ- So, I can assume since Craft Beer is a huge part of my life and job, that if I'm confused on exactly what a Christmas beer is... then most of you are as well.   Can a holiday be a style of beer? And if we could determine what a Christmas beer is, how can we decipher it from a Winter ale?  Is it all about a specific profile, such as flavor or body, or is it the timing of the release?  I mean beeradvocate.com doesn’t even have it listed as a style, what?  If the ...

On the World Scene

We spend so much time teaching our children not to bully one another and not to gossip, but all too often adults don’t practice what they preach, especially given the often toxic and viral nature of social media. Given the series of events last week regarding a disputed story involving the Somers girls and Yorktown boys lacrosse players, it seems that Somers school administrators were bullied into making premature statements. Many people are so quick to judge—and to judge publicly—without any deference to due process ...

Organizing Wisdom

A couple of years ago, Margaret, a 75-year-old retiree, was victim to a series of thefts and she didn’t even know it. The thief, a trusted aide, helped herself to Margaret’s ATM card and withdrew $400 from Margaret’s bank account—every two weeks.  Thousands of dollars, plus precious heirloom jewelry, was taken over the course of three years while Margaret was sleeping. Because this amount was the usual denomination for Margaret, it didn’t really set off any alarms for Margaret’s bookkeeper until ...

Out & About with Thos & Joe

With the help of Roselle Park 24/7, Roselle Park resident pet owners have another level of protection for their favorite furry family member. Thos and Joe announce a new program where lost dogs and cats can be "scanned" for their chip before going to a local shelter. As who else is the best to help demonstrate the scanning process? No other than Martino, Thos and Joe's furry family member! With the help of the Borough of Roselle Park and it's Police Department, information about a pet can be retrieved immediately and ...

Out Of My Head

My sister used to make fun of me because I didn’t do the Facebook thing.  It took me a long time to even go through the machinations of setting up an account—and I can’t recall the reasons I finally did it—and then once I did, I rarely used it. My sister said that made me a “creeper”—someone who furtively hangs out on the periphery of Facebook occasionally making their presence known. Kind of like a social media Peeping Tom, I suppose. I labored under the false pretense that things such as ...

Packing Light

Sensei Darren DeMarco, owner of White Tiger Dojo in Berkeley Heights, provided a training session in self defense as part of the Berkeley Heights Police Youth Academy offered to grades 2 through 12.   "I am really interest in young kids being able to take care of themselves," said DeMarco.  "The most important thing that these kids can have is the sense of self confidence and awareness and boundaries so they are not getting in fights in the first place." White Tiger Dojo offers a ...

Perspective From The Rear View Mirror

My dad was a generous man. He gave me many gifts throughout my life, both tangible and intangible.  He passed away last month and this is my first Father’s Day without him.  Today I am concentrating on the intangible gifts he gave to me.  My father was someone who showed me how to handle adversity with grace and stoicism.  When he was just a boy he learned how hard life can be. He watched his sister die of kidney failure when she was six years old.  He was only eleven at the time. Just a year later, his mother ...

Pet Corner

Babe is a Wheaton Terrier mix, estimated about 3 years old. She is a little shy at first but super sweet once you give her a few moments. Two of her favorite things are snuggling and getting belly rubs. She doesn't seem to mind dogs or cats.

Pet Tips

You’ve heard that sound of your dog chewing or licking their paws. You always thought it was a little weird sounding and probably kind of frustrating not knowing what you could do about it. It’s something you never thought to really pay attention to. Dogs actually will lick their paws for a variety of reasons, and cleaning isn’t usually one of them. Some reasons dogs do this is because of: Injury; Habit/Boredom/Anxiety (kind of like humans biting their ...

Petal Power

The history of presenting the flowers to your loved one on Valentine’s Day comes from the old-fashioned tradition of sending floral bouquets to pass on non-verbal messages. Introduced in the 18th century by Charles II of Sweden, each flower had a specific meaning attached to it, making it possible to have an entire conversation using only flowers. Today, people continue to send flowers on special occasions when they want to express love, joy, admiration and happiness. So, what are the top 5 flower choices? Certainly, we have to ...

Photo of the Day

Maplewood received a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 3, read more about it here. There's another chance for a Santa sighting this Saturday, Dec. 10, at Maplewood's Annual Breakfast with Santa at St. James's Gate and Village Trattoria. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, and there is limited seating. Purchase tickets for the St. James’s Gate Santa breakfast at Village Wine Shop and purchase tickets for Village Trattoria Santa Breakfast at No. 165. For the full schedule of ...

Pipe Works Presents: Tips for Healthy Homes

First there was the Pepsi Challenge, then Prego took on Ragu, and now, Pipe Works proudly presents, Taste the Difference: City Water vs HALO Water! In the 1970’s, Pepsi set out to prove that Americans preferred the taste of Pepsi to that of Coca-Cola. Their results were largely debatable, but they unsurprisingly came to the conclusion that Americans do, in fact, prefer Pepsi to Coke. Not the most scientific of studies, but the blind taste test was born. Prego was the next big brand to ask the public to prove their product ...

Piscataway Library - CHECK US OUT!

WATCHUNG, NJ –  A member of the Girl Scouts of America since the first grade, Lauren St. Louis of Piscataway has earned her Silver Award after helping to establish a “Community Corner” at the Piscataway Library.  A sophomore at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, Lauren is a member of Troop 80849, which is part of the Central and Southern NJ Council. The Silver Award, which she officially received on May 21, 2017 at the G.I.R.L. Achievement Awards, is earned when a scout is a Cadette and involves developing a ...

Player Periscope

SOMERSET HILLS, NJ - Rutgers Outfielder Luke Bowerbank is the quiet man.  He doesn't say too much, but his play on the baseball diamond has always spoken volumes.  Baseball fans in the Somerset Hills are used to seeing Luke getting base hits.  Going back to his Somerset Hills Little Leage days the Kiwanis Park, he has gotten hit after hit.   He continued to hit as his Somerset Hills Little League team won the New Jersey state championship in 2009.  He hit a key homerun in the state championship game that year.

Point View WealthPoints

Exchange Trading Funds (ETFs) continue to take the investment world by storm. Led by Vanguard and Blackrock, cheaper ETFs are surpassing mutual funds in popularity. ETFs can be passive or active. Passive funds provide an investor with an inexpensive way to own an index, i.e. S&P 500, Russell 2000, etc. The goal is to mimic market returns. It’s as if a baseball manager entered the year guaranteeing his team will finish .500. He throws in the towel that his skill will add more wins or his mistakes will cause more losses. Average is ...

Police Blotter

12/2                      A resident of Raritan rd. reported being a victim of Criminal Mischief.  She stated that sometime during the day an unknown suspect(s) removed a lug nut from one of the tires on her vehicle. 12/5                      The Scotch Plains Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on ...

Police Blotter.

On July 20, 2017 at 12:08am, Officer Brian Sampson and Officer Michael Zvolensky observed a vehicle traveling on Columbia Turnpike strike a curb and pull into a parking lot. Officer Sampson & Zvolensky conducted a stop of the vehicle and while speaking to the driver (Michael J. Perez, age 33 from Madison, NJ) they detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle and observed signs of impairment. Subsequent field sobriety tests were conducted which indicated that he was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs ...

Practical Taxes and Finance With Paul Kleespies

Many people choose to work into their retirement years. If this is something you’re considering, here are some tips to make sure you get the greatest benefit from your efforts. 1) Consider delaying Social Security. You can start receiving Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62, but if you continue to work, it may make sense to delay as late as age 70. Your Social Security monthly benefit increases approximately 8 percent for every year you delay receiving them. These increases in monthly benefits stop when you reach ...

Prepare and Protect

I write this blog with a certain type of sadness. With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, unfortunately drunk driving and DUI’s happen. Typically I write blogs this time of year that give tips on driving responsibly during the holiday, and every day, but this year I decided to take a different approach. This year I want to talk about what happens to your insurance when you are arrested for a DUI. A DUI is short for Driving Under the Influence. Other states may call it a DWI, or Driving While Intoxicated. Whatever you call it, ...

Press and Steam…News from Sadie’s

Grocery shopping takes on a new meaning at Sadie’s!  This week we are introducing the brand Groceries Apparel. Their focus is to create fashion pieces with a purpose by using organic and recycled materials and made right here in the USA. With a focus on seed to skin these new items are sexy meets “green” with super soft shirts made from eucalyptus and versatile jackets made out of organic cotton and recycled plastics blended to create a soft and sustainable material.  If I were heading out for an ...

Property Matters

As we reflect on Earth Day, it is the perfect time to consider ways to make your home more green.  Not only will you be helping the earth, but you just might help your wallet too. We emphasize helping our environment on Earth day, so why not start at home with some earth-friendly updates? Below are a few of my recommendations, they can help you save money and will also add to the value to your home. Here are a few ways to bring Eco Design into your life:   - Update your HVAC - Often heating and cooling uses the most energy ...

RHS Athlete of the Week

RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph senior Kelly McGinnis enjoyed quite a memorable week for the Lady Rams girls lacrosse team, netting 13 goals and three assists, and passing the 100 career goal mark in the process. On May 4, the Lady Rams hosted a special “Senior night” to honor the girls who will graduate this spring.  McGinnis, one of two senior captains on the team, led her troops out of the tunnel and onto the field in the pre game ceremony.   McGinnis then led her troops on the field by scoring four goals and adding ...

Randolph PRWC Health News

Move Today, a weekly exercise class for seniors, will be offered at Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center, 540 Route 10 West in Randolph beginning on Tuesday, January 10th from 1-2pm.  Move Today is a 30-45 minute non-aerobic exercise class designed to improve flexibility, balance and stamina. Participants assess their health, physical well-being and intent to make behavior changes before and upon completion of the program. The exercises and guidelines are based on current nationally recognized standards and science. Exercises ...

Real Estate 101: Market Insight for Buyers and Sellers

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Real Estate Talk

You’ve probably heard that, when it comes to real estate, it is all about location, location, location.  That’s not necessarily true.  You can’t change where home is located.  You DO have control over what price you list it for sale.  When it comes right down to it, proper pricing is key to selling any home. One of the biggest mistakes a homeowner makes when trying to sell their property is pricing it too high.  A buyer doesn’t care that you spent $50,000 updating your kitchen or ...

Real Estate with Shannon

SOMA Real Estate Update Inventory remains low. According to the Garden State MLS (GSML)*, as of Sunday, April 9, there are 60 homes for sale in South Orange with 7 of them in attorney review. Prices range from $139,000 for a condo off of Irvington Avenue to over $1.3 million for a Tudor on North Ridgewood Road. If you are looking for a 4 bedroom home in South Orange; there are 10 homes available ranging from $335,000 to $899,000. The average days on market for properties under contract is 44 days. The current absorption rate is 3.69 ...

Reunion Corner

Reunion on October 27, 2018 at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ starting at 6:00 pm. Cost is $80.00 per person, buffet dinner and cash bar. Hotel accommodations with special group rate are available at the Crown Plaza Edison which is located across the street from the Pines Manor. There will be a shuttle service for the hotel guests. For more information regarding the hotel call 732-287-3500. Please make checks payable to SPHS Reunion and mail them to: Sue Romeri 2300 Selene Avenue South Plainfield, NJ 07080 Questions regarding ...

Rising Music Stars from Andy's Family Music

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight its student Lauren Raiss, a Collins Elementary School fifth-grader with an aptitude for drums. Taught by instructor Joe Vitello, Lauren began playing the drums at a young age and studies the instrument at school as well. She also has her own YouTube channel, and enjoys creating and editing videos in her free time. A fan of pop music, Lauren has also tried the guitar, but prefers drums and hopes to one day play in the Livingston High School ...

Risky Business: Managing Risk in the Modern World

Real Estate Agents take on a great deal of responsibility when they guide us through the process of purchasing a home; knowing the basics of property insurance to point clients in the right direction is an important part of confidently brokering a home sale. Under what circumstances should a buyer be concerned about special coverage? A Vacant Home Vacant homes are at higher risk for most causes of claims. Vacant properties are broken into more often, and what would have been a smaller claim like a pipe bursting can be catastrophic if ...

Rivero CPA

Did you know that the New Jersey estate tax has been repealed? The regulation was passed in the transportation bill in late 2016. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the estate tax repeal goes into effect, so there will no longer be New Jersey estate tax. For deaths as of Jan. 1, 2017, the NJ estate tax exemption increased from $675,000 to $2 million. That means an individual can leave $2 million to heirs without state estate tax. Money left to spouses is always exempt.  But there’s a big catch for ...

Roberta on Real Estate

You are still bursting with pride that you were able to get your Federal income taxes filed on time.    Now you want to move on to your next goal: buying a home.  So …. Wait !   Before you file all that paperwork away there are some steps you can  take to make use of all your great tax preparation work. Although the mortgage process has always required a certain amount of documentation, more items are requested from borrowers than ever before.   The GREAT MORTGAGE crash of 2008 taught ...

Rutgers News

More than 20 leaders at Rutgers University, including Rutgers University–New Brunswick Chancellor Deba Dutta, will join Governor-elect Philip D. Murphy’s Transition2018 committees to undertake policy analysis and recommendations on a host of state issues and new initiatives as the new gubernatorial administration prepares to take office. The committees, comprised of policy experts and leaders in their respective fields, will meet throughout New Jersey over the next two months. Their reports and recommendations to the ...

SPFHS Sports Wrap Up

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School ice hockey team ended its regular season with a three-game winning streak, knocking off Gov. Livingston, 9-4, and Bayonne, 3-2, this week after taking down the A.L. Johnson Crusaders last Sunday, providing momentum as they head into the Union County Tournament. The Raiders’ fourth-place finish in the UCIHL makes them the fourth seed and gets them a rematch against the fifth seeded Crusaders whom they beat 4-2 earlier in the season. In the last league game of the year game ...

SPHS Athlete of the Week

This year, the South Plainfield Girls’ Gymnastics Team finished the season with a 4-2 record.  They also finished third in the Greater Middlesex Conference and fifth in Central Jersey Section 2.  The team was led this past year by senior captain Allison Graves.  During the season, Allison has excelled for the Lady Tigers.  She finished sixth in her floor routine at the sectionals.  Allison also finished 9th in the GMC All-Around and had a third place finish on floor and a sixth place finish on beam.  For ...

Scotch Plains Library

The Scotch Plains Public Library has an exciting new workshop designed to help get Every Child Ready to Read®. Research shows that children who develop essential language and other early literacy skills before they start kindergarten become better readers. Children who do not know these skills when they begin school have a more difficult time learning to read. The Children’s Services staff will present a free workshop for parents and caregivers on Monday, October 28th at 7:00 pm.  The workshop will demonstrate how parents ...

Scotch Plains Recreation Department

The Senior Advisory is pleased to sponsor a speaker and luncheon on Thursday May 30th beginning at 11:15am to discuss Safety for Seniors. Rochelle Brodsky, a registered nurse with Jewish Family Services, will discuss the importance of safety, some of the issues that she has seen first-hand as well as answer any questions that Seniors may have. The speaker and luncheon are free to attend and there is no registration required. The Scotch Plains Senior Advisory Committee is committed to providing information, services and ...

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In today’s society, it seems like our to-do lists are always getting longer while our opportunities for sleep are getting shorter. How often do you hear, “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my cup of coffee?” Caffeine has become a necessity to many, and possibly an addiction for others. In small doses, caffeine shouldn’t cause too much trouble, although it seems like every other week there’s a different opinion on that. However, all studies agree that too much caffeine can lead to ...

Seasoned Words

I must defend myself against this attack against me for my many criticisms of President Donald Trump.  As President Harry Truman once said, “I don’t hate anybody. I just tell the truth.”  The truth is that Trump delayed America’s response to the tremendous hurricane for four days due to his visit to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Our president spent the first four critical days after Hurricane Maria’s devastating blow to Puerto Rico playing golf and complaining about why the NFL players ...

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

(HIGHLAND PARK) – Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. today visited Highland Park Middle School officials to highlight a state program to support students who struggle to overcome print-related disabilities, such as dyslexia and visual impairments.  As a direct result of Senator Diegnan’ s work to create this innovative collaboration between the state education department, local school districts, and Learning Ally more than almost 9,000 New Jersey students have gained access to the tools they need to succeed in school. These ...

Senior Corner

            As we move into colder weather, indoor activities for recreation and education are being planned at the South Plainfield Senior Center, 90 Maple Avenue, South Plainfield.             The Side Pockets, the Center's fabulous billiards team, initiates their season on Thursday, November 2. at 10:00 am. Their first match of the season is a home game, but the Side Pockets will be away for the rest of the ...

Shameless Plug

(SHAMELESS PLUG #51)  I know that people do not want to sit through a session about their health insurance (BOOOOOORING).  Unfortunately, it is necessary.  If your insurance agent is boring and he or she sounds more like the teacher from “Charlie Brown” and you tuned-out, doing all you could to keep from going to sleep.  It does not have to be that way.  I am hosting A seminar at the following location: Village Diner 1 Sloan St.  South Orange, NJ 07090.   Tuesday, November ...

Shop Local

Shop LOCAL this holiday season and find the perfect “something” for everyone on your list with this holiday gift guide. Some businesses are even offering special deals for TAPinto readers. Give the Gift of Pampering, Accessorizing and Affordable Luxury: Hairport —Wrap up a gift certificate for beauty and pampering this holiday season.   Hairport is a full service salon for the entire family.   Get a free conditioning with any hair service through the holiday season.   Check them out ...

Shopfunding for a Cause

Jenny’s Hope Rescue was founded in honor of Jenny, an adopted adult puppy mill rescue dog. As a puppy mill pup, bred over and over again, her health was precarious.  Her owners knew Jenny was very sick, but there was a great chance of survival and a very happy life filled with the love she never knew. With some care, dollars spent, and lots of love, Jenny lived a healthy, wonderful life. The founders of Jenny’s Hope Rescue hope to provide other dogs with the care and love that Jenny received. Through their work they hope ...

Skyzone Trampoline Park

Creator Of The World's First All-Walled Trampoline Playing Court Is Coming To Town   SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, announces its newest Park’s Opening on Saturday, December 19, 2015 with the Grand Opening on Saturday, January 9, 2016 in South Plainfield, N.J.  Sky Zone South Plainfield will become Middlesex County’s first trampoline park with 40,000 square feet of space in a climate controlled facility. We welcome the ...

Small Towns, Big Dreams

Christine Murray, a former licensed sales assistant with Lois Schneider Realtor since 2013, has joined the Lois Schneider Realtor team as a licensed sales associate. Christine has excellent insight into the local market, has polished her skills from working with one of Lois Schneider Realtor’s top producing teams, and has formed many valuable contacts from her extensive work in the community. Christine is a Summit resident since 2004 with two children enrolled in Franklin Elementary School and two children attending Summit High ...

Sobel Solutions

Do you work from home? If you do, you have lots of company. The IRS indicates that 3.4 million taxpayers claim the home office deduction. You too may be eligible to take a tax deduction for a portion of your housing expenses! Remember the simple definition for a home office – it is a part of the home that is used exclusively on a regular basis for business. This could be a dedicated room or part of a room or a separate structure.   Define exclusive use: According to the IRS, to qualify under the exclusive use test, you must ...

Social Studies

These apps can be found under the Photo & Video Apps section of the App Store. #1 Typorama (for iOS only). This app gives you the most functionality in one package.  Here are some tips for using the app: Start with a high quality picture or use one from the provided library.  You can search through these images easily to find one that best suits your needs. These photos can be resized for whatever format you need, whether it's for Instagram, Facebook post or cover photo, twitter image, iPhone wallpaper, Apple ...

Somerset Patriots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have announced they will be hosting a Father’s Day Celebration on Sunday, June 21 as they take on the Sugar Land Skeeters.  The first pitch at TD Bank Ballpark is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. The first 1,000 men in attendance will receive a t-shirt, presented by The Palace at Somerset Park and the Hugs For Brady Foundation. The event starts with an opportunity for fathers and kids to have a catch down on the field from 11 a.m to noon. Fans just need to bring their own gloves to ...

Soul Food

Pope Pius xii, The Church and Europe’s Jews in the 1940s   by Rev. Andrew JJ Paton       During a talk by a holocaust survivor at the North Hunterdon Rotary Club I got to wondering why so many Jews I’ve known have strong anti-Christian feelings from a mistaken belief that the church sided with the Nazis. In the first place most of the Third Reich leadership was deeply impressed by the atheist philosopher, Nietche.  With power and threats they cowered the German churches. Secondly you can ...

South Asian News

PHANTOM - 2 & 1/2 out of 5 stars SYNOPSIS - Bollywood Movie Phantom is a mixture of James Bond, Jason Bourne, Kala Paththar, Ek Tha Tiger etc. Movie starts of with 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Immediately film moves to Chicago, London, Beirut and Pakistan for a secret mission to kill all responsible for the attack. The film offers hypothetical answers for terrorists to bring them to justice especially for all who were involved in unforgotten 26/11 Mumbai attack.  WHAT’S GOOD - It’s edge of the seat thriller in the ...

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club

The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club has been busy the past 6 weeks with their Annual Fall Baseball clinic for 5, 6, 7 and 8 year old players that played in C League and Tee ball last year. Run by the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club Board Members, Travel & Club Coaches and the following youths who played at the baseball club (Matt Cassio, Justin Culver, Nick DellaSala, Dominic Faustini, Bill Keane, Nick Loniewski, Ryan Massatt, Jack Scrudato, Dylan Silverstein Mike Stanzcak, Braydon Tankiewicz, Niko Vasquez and last but not ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus, Council #6203 held their annual Trivia Night Fundraiser at the South Plainfield Senior Center on November 4th. Twelve teams and over 80 people attended this fundraiser and over $2,000 was raised and proceeds will be donated to the Middlesex County Make A Wish Foundation. The Teams were asked 10 questions from 10 categories and whichever team answers the most questions correctly, that team wins. The “Renegades” won their 5th trivia night title in 13 years with a winning score of 60 ...

South Plainfield Library

Did you miss a movie that you wanted to see in the theaters and don’t want to pay to rent it or for the DVD? Come to “Monday Night Movies” at the library.  It’s all the fun of a movie theater but none of the cost.  We are showing brand new releases every Monday night and we will be providing popcorn for all who attend. This week’s movie stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts. Raised in a chaotic, ever-changing home by her imaginative but alcoholic father and artistic but often depressed ...

South Plainfield Ponytail on the Diamond

The South Plainfield 12U Tigers Softball Team, Knocked off the #1seed in the Semi final game at the East Brunswick Softball Tournament this Past Sunday. The Tigers who were the 4 seed after pool play had to beat the 5 Seed South Amboy before meeting up with the #1seed  Undefeated Hamilton Hurricanes in the Semi Final Matchup. It was a Great game.  The Tiger's Bats exploded giving them a 10 nothing 4 inning victory over the Hurricanes moving them to the Tigers into the Championship Game vs Sparta.  The Tigers were right in ...

Southern Regional Accolades and College Commitments

STAFFORD, NJ - This column is to recognize Southern Regional athletic accomplishments and college commitments. College Commitment Abigael Coughlin has recently committed to Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ to continue her academic and swimming career. Coughlin is having a tremendous senior year on the Southern Regional Girls Swim Team.  She is pictured with her coaches Dan Dreher, Head Coach Bill Entrikin and parents, Cindy and Chris.            Athletic ...

Sparta School District Spotlight

This is Part II of Dr Daniel Johnson's April Curriculum Letter.   21st CENTURY SKILLS How has technology changed our children's world? Often, as educators, we are confronted with many questions regarding technology. As a father, I understand where these questions stem from. Questions such as:   Are our children experiencing too much screen time? Will a 1:1 environment eliminate the traditional ways students learn - paper, pencil, etc.? How does this benefit our students? As we begin to plan for our ...

Sparta Spartan Youth Football and Cheerleading

Spartan Youth Football scores for October 15 and 16 Super White beat Wallkill 806 Pee Wee fell to High Point 23-6 Midget also lost to High Point 26-6 Pony Blue shut out High Point 12-0 Super Blue beat Ringwood 26-7 Pony White defeated West Milford 19-6 Rumble White narrowly won over Rumble Blue 21-20

Spotlight on Business

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Delicious Cravings opened last month at 2325 Plainfield Avenue – just across from CVS and next door to Mohn’s Florist – and, on Saturday, June 13, will hold its grand opening. Run by Veronica Ruiz, a member of South Plainfield High School’s Class of 2011 and a graduate of Rutgers University, Delicious Cravings serves up more than a dozen flavors of all natural frozen yogurt, including fat free and no sugar added options, as well as milk shakes, bubble tea and smoothies and also serves hot dogs ...

Submit Your News to TAPinto Piscataway!

TAP into Piscataway is an all-online, objective, newspaper serving residents, organizations, and businesses in Piscataway and the surrounding areas. We are part of the TAPinto network of more than 60 locally owned and operated online hyperlocal news sites with more than 6 million readers. The TAPinto team would like to feature news about Piscataway from you, too!   Share your news for FREE about: Civic groups and charitable organizations helping in the community Youth groups and sports teams Girl Scouts and Boy ...

Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield

The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield held its general meeting on November 2nd with Club President Diana Cotone calling the meeting to order at the American Legion Hall.   The Club’s busy fall season included fundraising events and participating in New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs activities. At the end of September, the Club held its G&G Boutique in the parking lot of the American Legion Hall.  The G&G Boutique, named for its Chairs, Grace Bertucci and Grace Farinella, sells gently ...

Summer Concert Photo Contest

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The fifth annual Berkeley Heights Summer Concert Series Photo Contest is here!  TAP into Berkeley Heights, in partnership with the Suburban Chamber of Commerce and local businesses, is proud to present the contest entries from the third concert, 52nd Band, which took place on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. At each concert, a reporter from TAP into Berkeley Heights has taken photos of families and individuals who would like to participate in the photo contest.  Two winners will be drawn at random ...

Support These TAPinto Roxbury Sponsors

ROXBURY, NJ – Twenty years ago this month, Bob Idakaar experienced an unprofessional real estate agent. That’s when he decided to be a good one. Idakaar, a lifelong Succasunna resident and TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, bought his fifth home in July 1997. A big event, one that could have been joyous, ended up being stressful and unenjoyable. “I had a bad experience,” he said. “I figured, `I can do better than this.’ So, I got my real estate license.” Idakaar, a Weichert Realtors associate with an ...

TAP Into Berkeley Heights Celebrates Student Excellence

CENTER VALLEY, PA (01/13/2015)(readMedia)-- Berkeley Heights resident, Michael J. Bamundo, a sport management major at DeSales University made Dean's List for the fall 2014 semester. To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must have a minimum 3.25 GPA out of a 4.0 scale. DeSales University, in Center Valley, Pa., is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Founded by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales in 1965, the 480-acre suburban campus is located 50 miles ...

TAP in to Your Inner Foodie

A recent question posted by TAP Editor Roselle/Roselle Park – Kathy Lloyd began the debate of Taylor Ham or Pork Roll?  This article is dedicated to the primarily New Jersey delicacy. So you ask, “What is the difference between Taylor Ham and Taylor Pork Roll”?                        Think of it as Coke is to Cola, Taylor Ham is to Pork Roll. The name debate seems to be between North Jersey locals calling ...

TAP into Our West Orange Sponsors

Did you know Saint Barnabas Medical Center has nearly 4,000 employees? Yes there are numerous doctors, nurses, technicians and administrative staff.  But there are also these other really cool people that have these cool long titles… Like Margie Heller who is the administrative director of community health and outreach. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is one of TAP Into Livingston and TAP Into West Orange’s sponsors and Margie is one of three of my contacts for everything that goes on at Saint Barnabas…which is a ...

TAPinto Berkeley Heights Directory of Advertisers: Support Local

TAPinto Berkeley Heights is locally owned and operated. We are able to provide you with original, objective and always FREE local reporting of Berkeley Heights news and events thanks to our advertisers. We encourage you to patronize our advertisers and tell them you saw their ad on TAPinto Berkeley Heights: Adams Fine Clothing, 908-665-0800 Allstate Insurance, Lori Cicali, (908)464-4500 Autum Lake Healthcare, (908)897-1000 Berkeley Hardware and Paint, (908)464-2900
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TAPinto Chatham Spotlight on Business

TAPinto "Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories. This edition features The Suburban Chiropractic Center, opened since 1985 in Chatham. It is a multi-doctor, multi-therapy holistic health center offering the highest quality service in a relaxed, comfortable environment.  TAPinto: What is unique about your ...

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TAPinto New Providence Directory of Advertisers: Support Local

TAPinto New Providence is locally owned and operated. We are able to provide you with original, objective and always FREE local reporting of New Providence news and events thanks to our advertisers. We encourage you to patronize our advertisers and tell them you saw their ad on TAPinto New Providence: Adams Fine Clothing Allegra and Company, http://www.allegraandcompany.com/ Ana Galindo Allstate, http://agents.allstate.com/ana-galindo-new-providence-nj.html Angela Wilson, Coldwell Banker Autum Lake ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Business

TAPinto "Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories. This edition features Providence Health and Fitness founded in 2014 by Kathy McCready.  Health is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Providence offers a wide array of fitness and yoga classes, personalized wellness programs, and experiences to serve ...

TAPinto The Warren Recreation Department

The Warren Township Recreation Commission 2017 Spring and Camp Programs and events Annual Fishing Derby is May 20 (rain date May 21 only if it rains hard) for Warren residents only. No pre-registration necessary. It is held at Dealaman Pond (for this event only, enteroff of Technology Drive) follow signs.  World Tennis Day for newcomers ages 4-17 will be held at Central School gym March 20 from 5-7pm. This program is free to Warren, Watchung and Green Brook ...

TAPinto The Warren Township Library

Exciting, educational and entertaining programs for adults are planned for this fall at SCLSNJ's Warren Twp. Library branch.    Calling all cookbook lovers & food enthusiasts! The first meeting of the Warren Twp. Library branch's newly established recipe club is scheduled for 7 p.m. on September 12. Gourmet chef skills are not required - this is a great way to learn from others and share your best cooking and baking tips. This month's focus will be everything - and ...

Talking about Grief

If you are facing your first holiday after an important person in your life has died, it’s not too early to come up with a plan. Watching others who are feeling thankful and are celebrating when we feel overwhelmed, lonely or sad can be very painful. Holidays force us to realize how much our lives have been changed by the loss of our loved one.    The first step in coping with grief at the holidays is to acknowledge that the first holiday season is difficult and then to prepare for it in advance by making specific plans ...

Tax Tips from Mannuzza & Lamela

Of all the choices you make when starting a business, one of the most important is the type of legal structure you select for your company. Not only will this decision have an impact on how much you pay in taxes, it will have an effect on many business requirements such as payroll and insurance, the personal liability you face and your ability to raise money. Often times, it may be most beneficial to setup a business as a particular entity, however as the business grows and circumstances change, it may not always make sense to remain there.

The Business Edge

Are you a New Jersey business owner who has already realized the potential of a global market or an entrepreneur seeking to increase sales and profit by taking your business worldwide?  The New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) has been awarded a $606,151 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help New Jersey companies gain access to international markets. Now in New Jersey’s fifth year, the program has already helped businesses like Nature Fit Brands, which was awarded a NJ ...

The Dog House

Please enjoy this article by guest contributor Denise Cassidy-Dietsch, a volunteer with New Jersey Boxer Rescue. Thank you Denise for the article and for the life-saving donations made by your wonderful Boxer Maggie! Has your pet ever had an accident or illness, which caused him to require blood?  Did you wonder where the blood came from?  Just like human blood banks, there are many animal blood banks across the country.  Veterinarians and Pet Emergency centers can acquire blood from these centers, just as hospitals get ...

The Falcon's Nest

The Saint Joseph High School Umoja Club celebrated Black History Month through researching lesser-known African-American leaders. In doing so, the students gained a deeper understanding of these people and the important contributions that they have made in our country.   The students reflected on how certain African-American leaders influenced them and the impression that these leaders made on them as high school students. A display board of information was created by the club for the entire school community to enhance their ...

The Floor Plan

Combine durable vinyl with the realistic look of wood in a plank format and you have a surface that offers the best of all worlds, one that is the perfect flooring solution for any room in your home. Luxury Vinyl Plank -- or 'LVP' flooring is: Water Resistant Durable Soft Underfoot Easy Care Budget Friendly Unlike natural woods, LVP can be used in areas where moisture can be an issue, like kitchens, basements and bathrooms. It is also tougher and can better handle kid- and pet-play and other ...

The Happy Sandbox

A new bill soon will prohibit New Jersey-based companies with 15 or more employees from inquiring into the criminal backgrounds of job applicants until after the first interview.  The Opportunity to Compete Act became law this month but does not go into effect until March 1, 2015. This means you may not require an applicant to check “yes” or “no” to the question, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” on your employment application before concluding the first job interview.  Nor may you ...

The Heart of Art

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - If you drive by Route 202/206 between Foothill Road and Brown Road in Bridgewater, then chances are you’ve already met the 13 Skeletons! The 13 Skeletons have been making their appearance every year from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, since 2006. Their hosts, the Adams (yes, Adams, not Addams!) family is like any other family … a family with a busy schedule, a family with school-going children, a family that just wants to have some fun! Every year a new story unravels in the Adams' front yard. Each skeleton plays ...

The Horse Race Blog

BEDMINSTER NJ - It was a quiet Independence Day in bucolic Lamington today.  Any Lamington Road motorist would have enjoyed the sunny, pleasant afternoon, and may well have missed a clue as to something big that was in the works in Lamington. Parked along the north side of Lamington Road were two cars.  They were unremarkable, not like some of the shiny imports that you might see coming in and out of the Somerset Hills.  Their presence there was unusual enough to make me look closer as I drove down Lamington Road ...

The Hyperlocal Consultant

Facebook recently changed its algorithm to reduce organic reach of posts.  In other words, posts to Facebook are being seen by far fewer people.   While Facebook attempts to justify its decision to do so by claiming it is helping to unclutter the user experience, the reality is that businesses that spent money, and in some cases significant money, building up their Likes on Facebook are reeling.  Some are accusing Facebook of a bait and switch. Now if a business wants their post to reach the people that Like their ...

The Insider's Guide to Education

Each year, roughly 1.5 million students take the SAT and roughly the same number of students take the ACT each year as well. Most college bound students need to take one of these tests to showcase their academic abilities and gain admission to the college of their choosing. (Curious about test optional colleges? Click here.)  Scheduling early and planning your test dates are important parts of the college planning process. We can help make this task easier by pointing out significant factors and important ...

The Joint Chiropractic, We’ve got your back

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — All of us have a limited amount of time on earth and we want to make the best of every moment. Whether it’s your job, your family or other obligations, the demands of life seem to pull at you from every direction. The one thing that can stand in the way of meeting those demands is pain. It hinders our performance and throws us off schedule. Since time is our most precious asset, finding freedom from pain is inconvenient and, in many cases, very costly—but it’s extremely important. Regardless of ...

The Mighty Barribal

As the days grow darker and storm clouds gather up ahead, it’s good to know that there is at least one friendly home out there where you can while away the time, relax your thoughts and drop your fear for the future. Yes, such is the hospitality of Bomble Manor, legendary residence of the good squire Olivier Bomble, that we may return there again and again as long as these TAPinto pages exist. Now that the story of The Mighty Barribal has reached its conclusion, all the episodes can be found here for easy reference. If you first read ...

The Mommy's Review

Well, the kids are firmly back in school, and one of my priorities this year is for everyone to stay dry! No, not in the potty training sense! What I mean is that I’m tired of taking out soggy folders and wet assignments from their backpacks! I can’t tell you how many times my kids came home with wet lunchboxes and school bags this past school year. Their reusable water bottles just were not reliable. So, I embarked on a quest to find leak-proof water bottles for the 2017-2018 school year, preferably ones that are both BPA free ...

The Next Level

GLADSTONE NJ - Mackenzie Dunn (Gill St. Bernards Class of '12) already had a passion for art when she started ninth grade at Gill St. Bernard’s, but she credits her teachers there with helping to hone her skills and broaden her artistic perspective. And so far, it’s paid off beautifully. "My teachers, especially Ms. Kunzman and Mr. Lutz, encouraged me to see all of the possibilities for a career in design and to challenge myself whenever I could," said Dunn, a senior at Carnegie Mellon University’s ...

The Peck School

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Peck School in Morristown fielded three teams at last weekend’s FIRST Lego League Regional Robotics Competition in Clifton, NJ. All three teams were great ambassadors for Peck and one team – Peck’s first ever all-girl robotics team - won a Core Values award and will progress to the state-level tournament on December 9. Judges rate teams in three categories at FIRST Lego League competitions. They are rated on the overall concept of their project, on the design of their robot, and on “Core ...

The Power of Spirit

African women in general need to know that it's OK for them to be the way they are - to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence. --Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize winner  Oh my God! As women, Ms. Maathai has touched our very souls. As noted earlier, she is the recipient of the Nobel Prize for her work in restoring and maintaining the environment in Africa. My life has been of giving, one of carrying, and one of bearing. If my mental illness is not a result of family genetics, it is ...

The REAL estate DEAL

Attached here you can find last month’s closed transactions in Randolph Twp and Shongum Lake. You’ll be able to see the Street Address, the list price (List $), the sold price (Sale $) as well as the beds, baths, garage, basement, year built, days on market (DOM) and the date closed. Please note that List Price and Days on Market are reflective of the listing contract in place at time of sale and do not consider any previous listing agreements. *Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Not all sales made by ...

The Real Estate Corner

The Moretti Team Welcome the opportunity to answer any questions regarding real estate and market trends. Here is a Market Update in South Plainfield by Guy Moretti    

The SMBDigital

STAFFORD, NJ - Creative Click Media has announced the start of “Lunch n Learns,” a series of monthly informational sessions designed to help small business owners stay on top of current digital marketing trends.  Each Lunch n Learn will be held on the first Thursday of the month from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Creative Click Media’s office, located at 20 N. Main Street in Manahawkin, NJ. Lunch n Learns will combine networking, lunch, and business advice in a small group setting in order to give participants the opportunity ...

The Seasoned Citizen

When I was a little girl, we lived in a three-generational home.  Since my mom and dad worked together in a medical profession, my dad’s parents lived with us, and became caregivers to my sister and me. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn about their backgrounds as first-generation Americans and how they loved their adopted country. Although both spoke many languages, the first thing they did upon arrival was enroll in night school to become proficient in English and qualify for American citizenship. My ...

The Sparta High School Oracle

Connecting a new class and a new election season makes for great discussion on the mind behind the future of the world. In its second year of launch, Ms. Scott’s AP U.S. Government and Politics class is on a roll - whether they’re discussing the founding of our country or debating modern issues they are passionate about, this class offers something relevant to every single student. Without doubt, the gubernatorial election has been a hot topic in this class, its relevance being brought up nearly every day. Most adult Americans ...

The Student Stance

August is the month of inevitable goodbyes and exciting hellos. As the graduating class branches off on their different paths, friendships that have grown since childhood begin to ‘lax. And although high school sweethearts separate and diaper buddies learn how to be their own people, it’s important to remember that the faint silver lining is still there - new hellos, new relationships, new everything. No longer are you defined by your small little ‘burb, you are now a college student. You’re allowed to explore an ...

The Talent Doctor

NEW JERSEY -- It’s a New Year and like the millions of other Americans, you may have resolved to eat healthier and improve exercising habits. Finding a new job also often ranks high on the "to do" list. In fact, according to a new Career Builder survey, more than one-in-five workers (22 percent) are planning to change jobs in 2017. Further, that number is even higher for Millennials (18-34 years old) as over one-third (35 percent) of workers in this age demographic expect to leave their job this year. Those that have ...

The Total Health Coach

Holidays can be a tough time to keep on track. With a whirlwind of celebrations, every event may seem like an excuse to splurge, but the consequence just might be that post party food hangover. So let’s look at a few tips on how to stay on track!! 1)     Focus on Fun - There are so many activities we can focus on during the holidays: Engage in the fun activities like decorating our homes, catching up with old friends and shopping for others. Practice being in the moment and focus on what the season is really ...

The World According to Greg...................

Whether it is flag football or the NFL, people whose mathematical specialties reside in the areas of risk/reward analyses, game theory, and other related disciplines continue to be aghast that American football has implemented a paucity of irrefutable analyses into their decision-making processes. Instead, many coaches tend to pass on an archaic approach with very little variation down the line, either through time or various levels of play.  A dramatic exception to this is Coach Kevin Kelley’s highly-successful Pulaski Academy ...

Timely Tax Tips

BASKING RIDGE, NJ-T he Sandwich Generation: 6 Key Tips to Follow as You Juggle Your Own Retirement Planning Life can get hectic, especially when you’re trying to balance raising your children and caring for your aging parents. Finding the time to plan for your retirement may seem impossible, but it’s crucial to make plans today for your financial future. How much should you be contributing to your retirement accounts? Should you consider a Roth IRA rollover? What if you need to tap into your retirement funds earlier ...

Town Notices

TOWNSHIP OF SCOTCH PLAINS REVISED SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE         PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Township of Scotch Plains has scheduled a Special Meeting for Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 4:00 o’clock PM.  The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss matters of personnel, and litigation (T-Mobile Northeast v. Twp of Scotch Plains Zoning Board) in closed session, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4-12b(8).  Formal action may be taken following the conclusion of closed ...

Trevor's Timely Tree Tips

Emerald Ash Borers are no longer a just a threat, they are here. It has been confirmed that the emerald ash borer (EAB) has hit New Jersey with ferocity. Bergen, Mercer, Union, Hunterdon and Somerset counties have all reported populations of this insect with Bridgewater being an area of high saturation. If you have ash trees on your property you need to read this column and act in a proactive manner to protect your trees. Overview Agrilus planipennis, commonly known as the emerald ash borer is a green jewel beetle native to eastern ...

Trinity Academy Corner

CALDWELL, NJ - Right before Thanksgiving, the students in the Trinity Academy Builders Club created 25 baskets of complete Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. First, they collected donations from members of the school community and then spent a night creating the Thanksgiving baskets. To create the baskets, the Trinity Academy students filled laundry baskets full of all the trimmings: stuffing, pie crusts, pie fillings, yams, vegetables and gift cards. Students next dropped these baskets off at the ...

Tune Into Tola

When Sunday’s season finale of Game of Thrones commenced with a haunting mash-up of the iconic Lannister and Targaryen theme songs, fans knew they would be hanging off the edge of their seats in agony for a record-breaking 79 minutes and 43 seconds. A potential “Red Wedding” scenario was thankfully avoided when the first 40 minutes placed more than a dozen principle characters in one location and not a single one lost a head. But the sigh of relief was short-lived as we realized the episode was only halfway through. The ...

UNCOMMON CENT$

If you are a mutual fund investor, it’s hard to resist peeking at those performance reviews published every year – the ones that list the top-performing funds. Perhaps you’re hoping that your fund will be among them, or you may be seeking new investment ideas. In either case, mutual fund performance statistics can be useful. But do you know how to look “behind the numbers” to see the real story of a mutual fund’s performance? It’s more intricate than the simple rate of return numbers. When you ...

Under the Gold Dome Trenton Report

TRENTON, NJ — The stalemate between Gov. Chris Christie and state legislators over the beleaguered Transportation Trust Fund continues as the latest compromise proposal cobbled together by lawmakers was rejected by Christie on Monday. The latest plan would increase the state’s gas tax 23 cents per gallon; in return, residents would receive a series of tax cuts/breaks demanded by Christie -- elimination of the state’s estate tax, an increase in the ceiling for retirement income taxes; an increase in the ...

Underground Oil Tank Solutions

When an underground oil tank is discovered, time is of the essence! Gone are the days when you could fill the oil tank with sand and forget about it. Once an oil tank is discovered, a technician from Tank Solutions will come to your property to take pictures, measurements and determine the amount of oil in your tank.    Tank Solutions will fill out and file all of the relevant paperwork for the oil tank removal so that the town will issue a permit for the removal of the tank. We will also contact the “Call Before You ...

Veterans Oral History Project

What began as an attempt to boost her GPA soon turned into a 22-year career for my mom, Ramona Lee Discavage. On the first day of her freshman year at St. Bonaventure University in 1989, members of the Army ROTC Seneca Battalion helped incoming freshmen move their stuff into their dorm rooms.  Afterward, they invited all of the freshmen to a lunch. “When they described the program, they basically said, ‘It’s an easy way to get an A,’ and I was all about my GPA,” she said.  “I said, ...

Views of Holy Trinity

Are you looking to make a wise investment? Who isn’t? We all want to make wise investments. Investing in your children is one of the most important things you can do. Many families at this time of year are either looking to enroll their children in school for the first time, thinking through a transition to middle school, high school, or college, or simply just wanting something different – something better -- for their children. So why not consider making a wise investment in a Catholic ...

WORD

This is the third in a series of pieces from Millburn High School's award-winning literary magazine, WORD, that will be published on TAP Into.net once a week. The author, Louis Danowsky, graduated Millburn High School as a member of the Class of 2015. He was a Senior Editor of WORD, and will be attending Northwestern University this fall.   Dear College I Do Not Want To Attend: I unsubscribed from your email list a matter of weeks ago. But to this day, my inbox is flooded with emails that blather on about how I am a perfect ...

Warren Township Food For Thought

For wine lovers on a travel budget, a trip to Napa is often out of the question. Between flights, hotels, and other expenses, the cost of a California jaunt can be prohibitive. Jersey folks, don’t despair! Our home state is one of the top ten wine producers in the country, boasting over 40 working wineries. Many of these locales are open to the public and feature some of the region’s most breathtaking vistas, mouth-watering wines, and are only a short distance from home. On a recent Sunday, my husband and I traveled ...

Wells Fargo - Financial Topics

Social Security is an important cornerstone of many retirement income plans. Yet, most Americans aren’t aware of the variety of benefit options and claiming strategies to consider – beyond deciding at what age to begin collecting benefits. This is especially true if you are married, have been divorced or widowed.  Because Social Security benefits can account for a significant percentage of your income in retirement, it’s important to educate yourself and evaluate your options before you begin ...

Westfield Area YMCA

The Garwood Family Center YMCA provides full-day and half-day early learning programs for 2½ year olds - preschoolers as well asbefore and after school experiences for Garwood students in grades K-5.  Activities include sports, recreation, arts & crafts, homework time and much more!  A healthy snack is provided and the Healthy U program is incorporated into the curriculum. To learn more, contact the Director, Shannon McGillis Jackson at 908-301-1616 or  smcgillis@westfieldynj.org.  ...

What Was I Thinking?

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I remember so well getting together with family, the hugs and just being happy to see each other; I can even smell those tantalizing holiday smells drifting from the kitchen. Ah, delicious memories. Who can forget our Dad’s intense dislike of all things “chicken” (definitely included turkey)? To avoid his irate glare at the offending poultry, Mom would bake pork chops or broil a steak for him. Of course he would eat all the trimmings. Dad loved Mom’s stuffing—it had ...

What's For Dinner? Quick and Easy Meals from Healthy Italia

There is nothing better than fresh, in-season ingredients from a local farmers market.  Healthy Italia can help you transform those fresh finds into easy, delicious meals.     Here in NJ we are seeing an abundance of zucchini at our local markets and in our gardens.  This recipe can be an amazing side dish or a main course served with a salad.  The fresh mint brings brightness to the dish and the flavored olive oil adds garlic without ...

What's New in Sports Health

It’s all about physical fitness. It’s what allows elite skiers to compete in the most extreme conditions and at their highest levels.  An obvious way to ensure your enjoyment and performance is with the appropriate level of strength, endurance and conditioning. A balanced program focusing on aerobic fitness, strength training, core and balance is the way to get the most out of this winter sport. Aerobic health will allow you to enjoy a long day on the slopes.  Low and high intensity training are important to ...

Words from LaMastra

The market to buy a home is as hot as ever, but that doesn’t mean selling will come easy. Now that the summer is upon us, home owners must be conscious of certain areas that may have eluded them the rest of the year. After all, attention to detail can be the deciding factor whether an interested party turns into a buyer. Here are three tips that every home owner should consider before inviting prospective buyers into their home: Leave the Air Conditioner On One of the most common mistakes that home owners make is that they ...

Wronko's Roxbury Notables

Doreen Wright was born Jan. 28, 1926 and will be celebrating her 91st birthday next month. So, to start off, I am sending an early Happy Birthday wish to her.    What is even more special about Doreen is that she was born at home in her parents' house on West Street in Succasunna, a fact that makes her the only Roxbury resident I've found who's truly lived their entire life in the township. We will not count the few years, early in her ...

Your Dental Health

Dr. Rodrigeuz and I attended another LANAP training last month in Cerritos California furthering our ongoing education about the only process that regenerates bone. LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) is the newest innovation in treating gum disease, allowing for the targeted removal of diseased periodontal tissue without removing any surrounding healthy tissue.  After the laser is used to remove the infection, the dentist then makes a second pass to eliminate any remaining bacteria which then jump starts the ...

Your Family Matters

My husband forwarded an article to me, “The thing about raising teenagers that no one wants to say out loud.” (link below)  It hit me… hard… so hard that I felt compelled to share and expand on it.  If your family is struggling, you’ll definitely relate.  It’s all too true, and I experienced it, too. Therapists and coaches can help you through it, but talking to a professional once a week isn’t enough.  What do you do for the other 167 hours that you’re feeling alone ...

Your Money Matters

Supporting Aging Parents with their Finances Keeping track of finances takes time, attention and energy at any age. In the case of older adults, health challenges such as memory loss can make it difficult to manage their financial obligations as well as they did in the past. If you’re the son or daughter of aging parents, here are a few items to keep in mind that can help protect your parents from financial missteps as they grow older. Looking out for your parents For many seniors, signs of memory loss or dementia may first ...

investorsBank Economic Outlook

“Retailing is a disaster.”  That is a common refrain these days.  But that is not correct.  Although brick and mortar retailers are having a rough go of it, total retail demand is rising at a decent pace.  What is happening is that the retailer of choice is becoming – more and more – the Internet.  But that change, although destructive for many, is something we have seen before and should lead to an even healthier retail sector.  Households are still spending their money.  Okay, ...