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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 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

Most people don’t think their family dentist could save their life, but the truth is that they can. This year over 52,000 Americans will be newly diagnosed with oral and throat cancers. When detected in the early stages of disease, these cancers have an 80– 90% chance of survival. However, the reality is that most of the cancers won’t be diagnosed until later stages the person will not live longer than five years after the initial diagnoses. Since April is National Oral Cancer Awareness month, I thought it was important to ...

A Why The Y Story

“Drew, you are the best at that!” Nicole McLaughlin says in a muffled voice. As 1-year-old Drew releases his bear-hug hold on Nicole’s face, she kisses the top of his head. “The face hug!” Now her voice is audible—pretty and bright as a bell. If voices could be colors, Nicole’s would be rainbow—which is perfect for being an infant/toddler teacher at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA where she works with children who are 6 weeks through 20 months old. Her ...

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

I love writing this column every month and sharing some helpful college admissions tips and tricks, but maybe you are saying, “Who is this lady who says she knows so much about college stuff?  What exactly would I hire her to do?”  Seems like it’s time for me to define “College Consultant” and explain how I help families with this process. Briefly, I have been around the college world for a while.  I’m a licensed School Counselor (or Guidance Counselor) and have been employed by several ...

Ain't That Grand?

The Grand Summit Hotel in prestigious Summit has a message for meeting planners tired of being confined by 'the rules' at the big chain hotels – the historic, boutique Hotel really want your business. It’s a message that gets lost in the fast-paced daily grind we all find ourselves in. Bombarded by e-mails and Internet ads, a person tasked with finding the right place for a meeting might just return to the same place for ease of process and a sense of familiarity. “In an intimate environment like the one we ...

Alerts from South Plainfield Police Department

The South Plainfield Police Department would like to remind residents to lock their motor vehicles at all times.  There has been several thefts from motor vehicles in the areas between Plainfield Ave and Kenyon Ave recently.  The actor(s) have entered unlocked vehicles during overnight hours to commit thefts.  Please do not leave valuables in plain view inside your vehicle.  Again, we cannot stress enough to LOCK YOUR VEHICLES AT NIGHT to prevent these burglaries from occurring.  It is very rare that the actor(s) are ...

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 — Distance runner Jake Triarsi, one of Westfield High School’s track & field captains, anchored the Blue Devils distance medley relay to the win over Union Catholic Saturday at the Blue Devil Classic. He will race at the Penn Relays this weekend as a member of the 4x800 relay. “Jake has emerged as one of our most consistent guys in every aspect — training, lifestyle  and competition,” head track & field coach Chris Tafelski said of this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates ...

Amateur Radio Club (SPARC)

On Saturday, Oct. 8th from 9 AM to 12 Noon members of the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club participated in the annual ARRL NNJ SECTION ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST Via Middlesex County ARES. The scenario involved a hurricane that was downgraded to a tropical storm. A Flood warning was issued for Monmouth County and portions of Middlesex County In anticipation, county EOC’s in the NNJ section were put “on alert” as were other agencies such as the Red Cross, local hospitals and area ...

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

Chess for Kids at the Library There are still a few spots left for the "Chess for Kids" program at the Library of the Chathams. The program is for beginners and those who can already play. Classes will be on Thursdays, Sept. 22 and 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27.  Call the library for more information at 973-635-0603. Using the Force: A Fundraiser's Guide Do you need to boost fundraising for your nonprofit organization?  Join us for this program with a twist led by Pat Bohse, ...

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

I still cannot fathom the popularity of Andrew Cuomo, our governor. Other than the fact that he has a “D” after his name on a ballot, what has he done to ease the economic pain in New York? We have, under his leadership, lost more population than we have gained. That which we lost, people making $50,000 a year or more in the private sector, are being replaced by people making less than $20,000 a year. Public sector jobs of high income are not the stuff good economies are made of for they require tax dollars to support 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 Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg (Random House, 2016)   What happens to us when we die? Does everything stop and our bodies just turn to dust? Or do our souls continue to exist in some ethereal form? Are we able to see what happens to our loved ones; are we reunited with those who have gone before us? This is just one of several intriguing themes that the delightful Fannie Flagg explores in her latest novel The Whole Town's Talking. The first part of The Whole Town's Talking introduces Lordor Nordstrom, a 28 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Borough Notifications

Borough of South Plainfield   Budget Hearings 2017       Monday April 10, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm Boro Hall Department Manager Clerk Amy Antonides Assessing/Zoning Mary Frances Hildebrandt Fire Official Joe Abbruzzese Fire Department Tom Scalera Recreation Kevin Hughes Court Karen Costantino Police Chief James ...

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

Only half of humanity can give birth—the female half—but both men and women can give life by donating a kidney to someone whose survival rests on receiving a healthy organ.  In America today, there are more than 100,000 people hoping to be on the receiving end of a life-saving kidney. For now, their names are on a waiting list. One of those names is Henry (“Hank”) Goldberg, who lives with wife Viki in the Cortlandt village of Buchanan. A proud Navy veteran who later joined the National Guard, Hank Goldberg ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

James W. Harvey II was killed in action on June 11, 2011 in Ghanzi Province, Afghanistan. This letter was written to his family to be opened in the event of his death.   I would like to begin by saying thank you all for showing up and supporting me in everything I have done good and not so much.  Do not be saddened by my death. Don’t be angry with the Army. I did this by choice and loved everyday [sic]. My job fit me and I excelled at it. I did not die alone. I was with brothers in arms that I trusted and they ...

Clark: In the Schools

CLARK, NJ – The Clark Preschool “Lit It Up Blue” on Thursday, April 6, 2017 by wearing blue in celebration of the Clark School District’s Autism Awareness Day. Kelly Moscarella and Linda Koepfler’s class from Valley Road School and Brittany Bitran’s class from Franklin K. Henley School joined the preschool in numerous events throughout the morning to raise awareness for autism. Some of these events were bowling, basketball, soccer, a scooter and ice cream relay, a coloring craft, ball toss, obstacle ...

Cleri Models: 2015 Model Search

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 ...

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

Paul Hahn, a certified technologist, trainer and technical writer for more than 25 years, has returned as an instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Westfield program (YEA!) for the 2016-2017 year. The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) sponsors a chapter of YEA!, a program which began at the University of Rochester and now serves 168 communities across the country. The GWACC was the first organization to sponsor YEA! in New Jersey. Hahn started as a mentor in the first year of the program, which is now in its fourth ...

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 ...

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 wife and I are in disagreement.   She says she has trained our cat to sit on command.   I say the cat has trained her to dole out treats.   Unfortunately, like a good conspiracy theory, nothing can be definitively proved.     “Sit!” she commands standing above our cat holding a small treat in her hand.  The treat has catnip in it, so technically she is dispensing drugs.  And like an addict, the cat has a very real physiological interest in obtaining the ...

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 ...

Dear Dr. Christina

It was 10:45pm a few weeks ago and I was winding down what I would call a steady evening seeing patients.  I looked up from my computer and there was a tiny baby being brought into room 9 followed by 2 adult zombies who looked like they had lost their final battle.  Upon closer inspection I determined that this wasn’t some sort of “Living Dead” hoax after all but that these were simply two exhausted parents.  I think there must be some sort of sonar of familiarity given off by these types of parents because I ...

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’ve had my makeup brushes for a few years now and I love them. However they’re looking a little grimy. What’s the best way to  clean my makeup ...

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

Recently we’ve noticed that life is moving at lightning speed; In the blink of an eye, the kids are grown. Since we can’t stop time, we will endeavor to slow dow nand to spend more time in the moment enjoying our families and friends. We will attempt to stop rushing through each conversation so we can get that next (tedious) task accomplished. And that’s where some of our favorite life hacks come in. A life hack, as defined by Urban Dictionary is, “A tool or technique that makes some aspect of one’s life easier or ...

Dr. Linda

Dear Dr. Linda, My son, who is about to enter high school, reads on a fourth-grade level. He has had Wilson Reading since first grade. He has done very well in math and other subjects up till now and he’s a happy kid, but I’m concerned that because of the amount of reading required in high school, he’s headed for a real problem. His school does not provide reading in high school. They tell me that he’ll receive support. I think he’ll need more help but I don’t know exactly in what. How do I find out if ...

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—The East Brunswick Public Library Foundation helps celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) with a special author program featuring New York Times bestseller Stephanie Evanovich on Sunday, May 7 at 2 pm. Evanovich, a New Jersey-based author, will be discussing her three novels Big Girl Panties, The Sweet Spot and The Total Package.  Following her discussion, she will be answering questions about her works and writing process. The event ...

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 ...

Favorite Feature Stories

ROXBURY, NJ – Lois “Tommie” Barker, a Roxbury High School graduate who went on to play in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, was honored recently by the Ledgewood-based chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Barker, 93, was presented with the DAR’s “Women in American History Award” in recognition of her contribution to professional baseball and continued enthusiasm for the sport, said Rosemary Haynes of the DAR Ferro Monte Chapter.   Barker played professional ...

Fire Department Blotter

2/1/2017 at 1041 hrs. - FD responded a MORRIS AVENUE apartment complex on a report of an activated commercial fire alarm. On arrival the building was being evacuated with nothing showing. FD investigated and found the cause for the fire alarm was due to unattended cooking in the microwave oven. 2/1/2017 at 1623 hrs. - FD responded to a HOBART AVENUE residence  on a report of an activated commercial fire alarm. On arrival FD investigated and found the cause for the alarm activation, was from unattended cooking.

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??  The 2016 recap of sales statistics for our local communities indicated inventories were at close to historical lows for many towns.  Well, here is what has happened in the past month and where we stand today.  The weather has been mild thus far which is prompting a steady and growing “Spring Market” …interest rates are still low but may have seen their lowest valley and will be rising…and based on recent activity at local Open ...

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

Students and their parents gathered in the Franklin School Library to participate in several fun tech projects at Family Technology Night.  Parents got to experience some activities that teachers may assign their students to do. Ms. Stochaj and Mrs. Rego (the hosts of this event) used Google Classroom to assign the students some challenges to do with their parents. “I think this event is important to Franklin School because it lets the parents see what the kids know,” said Loreli Stochaj.   The first challenge was to ...

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

South Plainfield Mayor Matthew Anesh and the Mayor’s Wellness Committee will host their Annual Fall Health Fair in conjunction with St. Peter’s Healthcare System on Saturday, October 15h, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the South Plainfield Senior Center located at 90 Maple Avenue. AristraCare at Cedar Oaks in South Plainfield will host 100 Free flu shots for adults and children. Please join us for Health Care Discussions, Blood Press Screening, “Ask the Doctor”, Nutrition discussions and much ...

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

Animals provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support and unconditional love.  If you understand this connection between human and animal, then you understand that coping with loss and grief of a pet is no different than when a person you love dies.  It’s natural for family and friends to express sorrow for your loss for a human, unfortunately, many people do not understand how important animals can be in people’s lives.  Many people may not even understand why you are grieving over the loss of your ...

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

Results of research published this week in the American Heart Association journal Stroke found that over a seven year period, people who drank one artificially sweetened beverage a day were almost 3 times (2.96 times to be exact) more likely to have a stroke caused by a blood clot than were people who didn’t drink artificially sweetened beverages. The same held true for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease risk. Those who drank one artificially sweetened beverage a day had an almost 3 time greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease and ...

HeartBeats

In the 1890’s, scientists at Bayer developed a new medication they called aspirin. In 1899, Bayer began selling aspirin.  For many decades, aspirin was used to treat pain, fever and inflammation. However, in the 1970’s, aspirin was found to have properties as a blood thinner. It is the blood thinning properties which makes aspirin beneficial for heart disease.  Despite being in existence for more than 100 years, there are still questions about aspirin, such as the optimal dose and who should take it for the ...

Heights Highlights

2017 Cub Scout Pack 368 Pinewood Derby winners from Mountain Park School. The top four Pack speed champions are Matthew Stecher 1st Place, Ryan Tomich 2nd Place, Lucas Black 3rd Place and Michael Blancuzzi 4th Place. 12 scouts who were the top 3 speed champions from their dens went on to compete in the Watchung Mountain District Pinewood derby last week in Scotch Plains.

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 ...

Herb Geller

Until last year, in all my travels, I had never visited south Texas or most of Texas except for an airplane transfer at Dallas and a memorable occasion on a troop train from Neosho, Mo. when we briefly stopped in Texarkana, Texas, on our way to New Orleans. A conductor wearing a cowboy hat ordered some of our guys out of the Pullman berths where they were sleeping because the Army hadn’t paid for them. Our soldiers quickly went back into the berths as soon as we crossed the Texas border. No one bothered them again. Last year I came ...

Here and Now

When Congress reconvenes, Republicans are going to try, again, to pass their American Health Care Act. This Republican healthcare redux, which slashes Obamacare benefits, will free up billions and billions of dollars—money that will eventually find its way into the pockets of rich people when tax reform is tackled, soon after. The changes to the tax code proposed by Republicans include: lowering the top income tax rate from 39.6 percent (for those earning above $500,000) to 33 percent; lowering the corporate tax rate to 20 percent; ...

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 ...

Homemade Cravings

Planning out a holiday meal is one of my favorite things to do.  I grab a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning and settle in with my magazines, cookbooks and the internet to search for ideas and make my lists.  It's the perfect time to be indulgent and eat all of the rich and luxurious foods that I love before January hits and I start working on my resolutions.  I have hosted Christmas Eve Dinner for over 10 years now and here are a few things I've learned along the way: Once you know how many guest you will have ...

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 ...

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

It’s the most American of holidays, Thanksgiving, when friends and family gather to feast and give thanks for all that we are blessed with in life. The one thing everyone agrees on this Thanksgiving? That we should at least try to take a technology break. For once, wouldn’t it be nice if we could all power down our computers, stash the smartphone until picture time, and disconnect for a day? We can dream. But technology can actually bring us together on Thanksgiving — so long as apps, electronics, and digital tools, are ...

In Your Community

Atlantic Health System (AHS), a leading health care delivery network, announced today the organization’s commitment to increase colorectal cancer screening in New Jersey by joining "80 percent by 2018" - a national effort of the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease.  Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. This year, there will be an estimated 95,520 new cases of colon cancer and 39,910 cases of rectal cancer diagnosed in the U.S. The national ...

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

On April 25, the Westfield Board of Education unanimously appointed Enrique Pincay as Supervisor of World Languages and ELL (English Language Learners), effective August 1, 2017.  Mr. Pincay currently holds that position in the Hillsborough Township Public Schools, a school district with nine schools and 7,500 students.  His new responsibilities will include establishing curriculum objectives, acting as a resource for teachers, evaluating teachers and students, and modeling continuing professional growth and ...

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

The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) provides access to helpful tools for your research needs through SCLSNJ.org. SCLSNJ subscribes to many popular resources that you should know about. Reference USA: First is Reference USA, a business and residential directory of the United States and Canada that can be used to find telephone numbers, company information, lists of businesses by type, size, or location. Reference librarians often use this information to assist jobseekers, salespersons, or people trying to locate ...

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

ROXBURY, NJ - How many times do you find yourself making that uneasy decision to buy a used car? Wouldn’t the process be so much easier if you had a friend who happened to be a mechanic by your side?  Well in a way you do. I’ve been in the auto repair business for over 30 years and I always recommend before you purchase a used car you take that extra step and have the car inspected by a certified mechanic. I’ve had countless customers bring in a newly purchased used car for some simple maintenance, ...

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

As part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the durability and flexibility of its electric transmission and distribution systems, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) plans to invest  $359 million during 2017 on infrastructure projects and other work to enhance reliability across its 13 county northern and central New Jersey service area.   Major projects scheduled for 2017 include finishing construction of a new 16- mile, 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Monmouth County, building a new 34.5 kV power line in ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY NEWARK - Gov. Chris Christie is still trying to wrangle $300 million in surplus from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield to fund care for cancer patients, veterans, and drug addicts. Sounds laudable, but many see this as just a $300 million tax hike on the non-profit's 3.8 million policy holders, as any legitimate insurance company must keep decent reserves for catastrophes. Meanwhile, the governor is taking the offensive, as usual, slamming the "monopolistic insurance company" for ...

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 ...

Jeffrey Strauss, Esq.

The practice of medicine requires great skill and training as it has a direct and sometimes profound effect on the lives of patients.  When that effect is a positive one, everyone is happy.  However, the negative effects of poor or careless medicine has profound consequences yet it often goes unreported or uncompensated. The cases are serious and require specialists with experience in the many nuances, traps and pitfalls of bringing these highly specialized types of cases. However, while studies report that the number of ...

Jenn's Journey North

Only recently did I start this column, so let me take a quick moment to catch you up if you are new here.  I am writing this column to document my walking journey from New Jersey to Maine in 2018 along the East Coast Greenway, which runs 3,000 miles from Calais, ME, near the Canadian border, all the way to Key West in Florida. My walk will average around 450 miles. I will travel on foot along the East Coast Greenway, and raise funds to support both the East Coast Greenway Alliance and a walking group called Freewalkers in memory of ...

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

All eyes were on the top five picks in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft last night as the New York Jets awaited their chance for the 6th pick position. But first, before we get to that astounding pick, a little primer on the NFL Draft activities. The 82nd NFL Draft, being held April 27-29, has a new home in the city of Philadelphia after being held in Chicago for the past two years. Philadelphia was the home of the first NFL Draft in 1936, and sponsored the event in 1949-1950, 1953-1954, 1956 and 1957-1961. Incredibly lucky fans of ...

Johnny Four Fingers Weekly NFL Picks

Johnny Four Fingers went 3-2 again last week, and I picked Atlanta to knock-off Carolina. Even my average weeks are better than that Tuna guy. He was 1-4. I hear Parcell’a want’s TAP to change that guy’s name to Catfish. Maybe we can call it “Catfish Bites” since he is not worthy of the Tuna name. Anyway, we are closing out my first regular season making picks, and it has been a lot of fun. The drawing is coming up soon. Who will win the $100.00 KC’s Korner gift certificate? Happy New Year to all my friends ...

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 Five Easy Pieces of Investment Advice that can s-t-r-e-t-c--h your investment dollars. The first 3 “Pieces of Advice” are connected. It's a good practice to verify if your broker or advisor is following these tips or not (I’m always amazed to see how many money managers disregard these commonsense ideas and cost their clients more money!): Location, Location, Location Different types of investments fit better in taxable accounts (funded with after-tax money) vs.  tax-deferred accounts ...

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

Did you make a goal to get better organized in 2017? If so, you’re not alone. Every year, for at least the last ten years, “Get Organized” has been the second most popular New Year’s resolution. We all start the year with good intentions, but sometimes life intervenes and our plans get waylaid. Here we are in February, 1/12 of the year already gone. How are you doing on that goal to be more organized this year? It’s not too late to get back on track.  Here are 5 tips to ...

Keller Williams Realty: Real Life ... Real People

The real estate market is heating up! Homes are selling quickly in the entry-level price points and things are moving in the luxury market as well. According to NJ real estate valuation expert Jeff Otteau, "For the first time in a decade, we're seeing an increase in demand for houses in the $1M to $2.5M price range ... this is a significant change." Multiple offer situations are playing a prominent role this spring, showing that buyers are trying to find a landing spot before interest rates get higher. One ...

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

Just when you thought the stock market couldn’t climb any higher, President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress. According to MarketWatch, the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded in record territory on Tuesday (February 28) above 21,000, after surging more than 300 points. The S&P 500 rallied 36 points, while the Nasdaq surged 80 points. According to experts, the likelihood of an interest rate increase in March went from 35% before Trump’s speech, to 69% following the speech. No matter your political leanings, ...

Know Your Nest

If you’re a millennial pondering whether or not to buy a Morris or Sussex County home, listen to this: a CNBC article quoted self-made millionaire David Bach as explaining that "the single biggest mistake millennials are making" is NOT purchasing a home because buying real estate is "an escalator to wealth.” Bach explained: "If millennials don't buy a home, their chances of actually having any wealth in this country are little to none. The average homeowner to this day is 38 times wealthier than a ...

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

RED HOUSE, NY — I’ve traveled around the world, but the list of local places I’ve checked off my bucket list is lacking. The famed Western New York winter has faded into a slew of sunshine-filled days and, with temperatures crowding the 70-degree mark, I recently felt inspired to make the 27-minute drive from St. Bonaventure University to Allegany State Park. I stuffed cheese puffs, chocolate Teddy Grahams, a digital camera, a poetry book and my travel journal into a backpack before driving west on the I-86 toward ...

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 on Purpose

Now that 2015 is well under way, many of us have come out of the gate with great excitement for what we want to achieve this year, as well we should. The new year is a fantastic time to reflect, refresh and work on renewing your mindset to set yourself up for success. One of the key ways we can get and keep ourselves in a joyous and optimistic state (or mindset), is through gratitude. It's easy to have some vague sense of gratitude in the background of your mind, but expressing it daily and really identifying specifically what it is ...

Life, Health and Politics

(NORTH SALEM, N.Y.) --It’s another depressing moment in Washington as we watch New York State Senior Sen. Chuck Schumer begin his maneuvering to attempt to stop Neil Gorsuch from reaching the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch, who was approved unanimously by voice vote in the U.S. Senate to become a federal judge in 2006, and currently serves on the 10th circuit, is clearly eminently qualified.  In every administration heretofore, his nomination to the Supreme Court with a bipartisan majority would have been a snap.  Throughout his ...

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 - Century 21 The Crossing is having the following open houses this weekend: Sunday, April 30: 6 Woodside Drive, Montville from 1 - 4 p.m. - click HERE for further details. 16 Dudley Court, Wayne from 1 - 4 p.m. - click HERE for further details. 4 High Mountain Drive, Montville from 1 - 4 p.m. - click HERE for further details. 79 Lake Drive West, Wayne from 1 - 3 p.m. - click HERE for further details. 804 Rt. 202, Montville from 1 - 4 p.m. - click HERE for further details.

Liz on Theatre

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ strums and thrums with nostalgia, manic beat By Liz Keill MILLBURN, NJ – There really was a meeting of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins on Dec. 4, 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis.   Record producer Sam Phillips took a picture to prove it. That is the premise of the rock and roll musical, now at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. The cast is super, especially Nat Zegree as Lewis and Scott Moreau as Cash. Zegree is all over the small upright piano as he ...

Local Color

DID YOU KNOW.... that the Mall at Short Hills was originally an open-air mall? And that in the late 1960s the NJ Symphony Orchestra performed on the mall for an audience of more than 5,000 lawn chair-carting fans? It all began in 1949 when the Prudential Insurance Company of America purchased the land where the mall now sits, including a parcel that is now part of the Canoe Brook Country Club. Seven years later, B. Altman & Company, an upscale department store chain, relocated its East Orange store to the Mall property. In 1961 ...

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

This dog was spotted running loose on Sandy Hill Road in Tamaques Park Friday.

Lost In Suburbia

“What do you think of our new succulent? I asked my husband as I presented the small plant resting on our family room coffee table. I had decided to take the leap from plastic plants to live ones and figured this would be one I couldn’t kill too easily. He looked at it and scrunched up his face. “It’s okay… but can you get something else?” He asked. “Why?” I wondered. “You don’t like it?” “I don’t like the name.”’ “What? ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 as well as answer questions submitted by citizens.  Included in this episode, Mayor Woodruff provides an update on Redevelopment and the Budget, Fields, Hometown Heroes (deadline Monday, April 10).  Budget introduced on March 21 with two prior meetings to introduce operating expenses and capital. Public hearing will be on April 18, ...

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 ...

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

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Mountainside Orthodontics with Dr. Eric Frank is celebrating their 3rd year anniversary. "We are proud to provide gift cards to pay for meals for families in the community," said Dr. Frank. " We always look for meaningful ways to support our Mountainside community outside of our practice."  In addition, for the new year his wife Dr. Aimee will become part of the practice adding her expertise of pediatric dentistry.

Movement is Life

Fat-Burning Myth Myth: You start burning fat 30 minutes into your workout. Truth:  The body utilizes both fat and carbohydrates 24 hours a day. At rest, our metabolism utilizes approximately 50% fat/50% carbohydrates (CHO) for Energy production.  If you are a cardiovascular fit individual, then you will see a slight increase in fat utilization at rest : 60% fat/40% carbohydrate. Your body stores fat in two places — in adipose tissue, a conglomeration of fat cells, and in muscle fibers as intramuscular triglycerides.

My Perspective

In preparing my cross examination of a chemist for a criminal drug trial in the early 1980s, I was introduced to a  then-retired scientist, Dr. Max Solomon. We ended up spending weeks together as Dr. Solomon taught me the ABCs of chemistry and drug identification. After that initial success, we became friends and collaborated on many matters right up until his death 10 years ago. Max was a fascinating character whose interests included cinema (he made movies when he was young), literature (he wrote several books) and, of course, ...

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

Union County Freeholders Christopher Hudak and Angel G. Estrada present a resolution to Michele Dabal, Sue Quiroga and Elizabeth Stamler of NJ Sharing Network recognizing April as National Donate Life Month in Union County. NJ Sharing Network, based in New Providence, is the non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for those in need of a life-saving transplant. For more information, visit www.njsharingnetwork.org. 

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, Coaches & Board Members, Please be advised that we will have a General Membership Meeting tomorrow, Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:00pm at the Fieldhouse.  In an effort to keep the community informed on the proposed bond referendum in South Plainfield, we have invited the Superintendent of Schools, Dr Lishak, to speak at our meeting.  This is a great opportunity to become informed and answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding this referendum. We have enclosed a few attachments for your ...

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

Aperture advances to the District Championship! by Derek Ravshanov During year four of the Newton Robotics Team’s career, Aperture earned the prestigious Engineering Inspiration Award. Three years later, the team achieved this accomplishment once again at Bridgewater-Raritan High School during the the second event of the season on Sunday, March 19. Alongside this reward, Team Aperture also attained the Industrial Safety Award. Preceding the Bridgewater event, the team received the Entrepreneurship Award at Mount Olive High ...

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:

MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - Locally owned and operated gift boutique, Regalo Gifts will be holding a fundraiser  until Saturday, April 29 in honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month. 15% of all sales purchases this weekend will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, 100% of donations to Team Fox goes directly to Parkinson’s Research. Come support a local business and find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease! Parkinson’s disease affects nearly one million people in the United States. Today there is no cure and the cause of ...

Niru's Tech Tips

The Problem: Scheduling meetings one-to-one can be difficult. Scheduling meetings with multiple participants is exponentially more difficult, e.g., a board meeting. The major task in scheduling is to find a time that works for everyone. From experience, we know that exchange of emails to schedule optimal meeting time can quickly get out of hand. So, is there a better way? The Solution: There are a number of online meeting scheduling apps that can make the scheduling of a meeting much easier. These scheduling apps come with the ...

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 Assignment

There are people who refuse to fly in an airplane because a thousand things that could go wrong play in an endless loop inside their heads. But there is always room for one more disaster. Or two or three. A few weeks ago, a United Airlines passenger was forcibly dragged from an overbooked plane as horrified passengers looked on. The fallout from the incident has left a Chernobyl-sized wake throughout social media. The CEO for United had one of those public relations roller coaster rides where the car gets stuck on the rails and sits there ...

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

I Googled the symptoms of male mid-life crisis and I thankfully don’t really fit into this category. I’m slightly on the younger side and I have no desire to do anything rash, like shut down my business, leave my family and move to Vegas. But I am approaching a point in my life where I have two competing emotions. The first emotion is that I can’t wait for everything to speed up so that I can accomplish everything I want to accomplish in life. Truth be told, I’ve always had that emotion. Even when I was a child, I ...

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 ...

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

MORRISTOWN, NJ - On Saturday March 18, Terry's Pet Depot is hosting a dog adoption from 12noon - 3pm. The Pelzman family adopted Lucy an adorable pug while  the Cortese family fell in love with Benny. Lily found her forever family in the Lomelo's.  Who will you fall in love with?  

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!

We are offering a variety of events for a healthier mind, body, and soul! This Sunday, for instance, come to our Wellness Fair-sponsored by JFK Medical Center! Representatives from various departments will be on hand from 2-4 to provide health information and answer questions. Plus, there will be FREE screenings. And our Country Line Dance class (April 20 & May 30 at 7:30 at Kennedy Library) is very popular.  May starts off with a bang with Contagious Optimism-see the glass half full, not half empty! This is scheduled for May 1 ...

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

The stock market often takes investors on a wild ride. As such, it is a good idea to be reminded of three basic principles in investing.  Asset allocation, rebalancing and lowering costs. Using these timeless principles to guide investment decisions will keep your portfolio on track and enhance returns over the long haul. Asset Allocation Set goals!  It is important to have a plan. It keeps investors focused, encourages more saving and guides investors to make better decisions. Part of that goal is to set an asset ...

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 September 22, 2016 at 7:30am, Florham Park Police patrols took several reports of thefts from vehicles parked at residences on Spring Valley Drive, Deerfield Drive, Crane Lane and Harvale Drive. All of the vehicles that were entered were unlocked. Residents are urged to remove valuables and key fobs and lock their vehicles to prevent being victimized. This incident remains under investigation by the Florham Park Police Department Detective Bureau. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective ...

Practical Taxes and Finance With Paul Kleespies

You may already have big plans for spending your tax refund. Many think of this extra money in black and white terms — you either do something responsible with it or you frivolously spend every last cent of it. Here are a few suggestions for making the most of your tax refund while still having a little fun. Pay off consumer debt. This is generally one of the best uses for extra cash. Try to pay off those debts that carry the highest interest rate first. If you have a car loan, you may want to pay it off next. Make sure your lender ...

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, ...

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

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Upscale finishes and hardwood floors with open floor plan. One bedroom, one bath. Move in ready and offered at $250,000 by Anne Shearman of Coldwell Banker, Madison Office. 973-723-3666  Mobile 973-377-4444  Office EMAIL  homesforsalenj@gmail.com ​

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 ...

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

The most cost effective approach to managing risk is to be proactive about reducing hazards and preventing accidents. When it comes to home fires, the most common causes of loss might not be what you expect. Less obvious dangers like the five detailed below actually cause more losses than major events, both because small risks may go unnoticed and because they occur frequently.   Laptops in Bed Putting on your favorite Netflix show before a nap might help you fall asleep, but under the wrong circumstances it can also be dangerous.

Rivero CPA

April 18 This year's federal filing deadline for individual returns is Tuesday, April 18th, not April 15th. Making a contribution to an IRA for tax year 2016 Filing 2016 calendar year NJ corporate, partnership tax return, fiduciary returns and federal C corporations using a calendar year Filing an automatic six month extensions for individual federal returns Filing 2016 estate or trust income tax returns (Form 1041) Filing an FBAR (FinCen Form 114) for individuals that have foreign financial accounts over $10,000 ...

Rutgers News

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers Day 2017 is set to draw 100,000 attendees tomorrow to New Brunswick, Newark and Camden. So what, exactly, can visitors and Hub City residents expect? Since 2009, Rutgers Day has served as the university’s annual “welcome and show-and-tell.” It showcases work and people from throughout the Rutgers universe. and includes activities for kids and adults. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29.  “This event gives residents of the state and beyond a peek at ...

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

The South Plainfield High School baseball team is off to an outstanding start to their 2017 season with a record of 8-3. This past week, the Tigers finished 3-1 splitting with division rival North Brunswick, and beating top notch North Hunterdon and the #9 team in the State of New Jersey Milburn. A huge part of the success the Tigers had this week, let alone the season, has been the consistent contributions of sophomore pitcher, Christopher Shine, this week’s athlete of the week. After limited varsity experience as a freshman, the ...

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

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad is pleased to announce that advanced medical care for our community and surrounding towns is now closer than ever. Since December 2016, paramedics from JFK Medical Center have being stationed at our building on Bartle Avenue. The rescue squad provides BLS care (Basic Life Support) by Emergency Medical Technicians. This includes everything from the stabilization of broken bones, CPR and defibrillation, child birth assistance, and the Heimlich maneuver to bandaging cuts and managing bleeding, to name just a ...

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. that would designate a computer science education endorsement on an instructor’s teaching certificate was approved this week by the Senate. “We need to ensure that our educators have the best tools available in order to teach our young people these vital skills which will form the base of our economic future. This bill ensures that our computer science instructors are rightly prepared and recognized to teach these important courses to our ...

Senior Corner

South Plainfield, NJ – An evening Zumba Class is open to the general public at the South Plainfield Senior Center, located at 90 Maple Avenue. Zumba is offering a special for the month of April. The cost of the classes is $56 for ten sessions and a participant may bring along a guest for free. Single session classes are $7 each. Zumba is an ongoing program held throughout the year. Zumba combines dance and low impact exercise as a fun and exciting way to stay in shape. Classes will be offered on Mondays at 7:00 pm, as well as Tuesdays ...

Shameless Plug

(SHAMELESS PLUG #43) I have been working with insurance for over 10 years, and always talk to my clients about the peace of mind aspect that life insurance can afford.  Let’s face it, already losing your spouse is tragic enough, but compound this with the fact that life just does not stop, adds extra pressure to the situation.  From bills to the children’s schooling, mixed with the fact that there is not an extra hand to help, all can contribute to a cornucopia of issues.  Sometimes, those issues lead to ...

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

As I prepared to write my monthly blog, I thought about why a blog is such a popular means of communication.  “Blog” is actually a contraction of two words – web and blog – giving an individual a platform to lead a discussion or share an information post. It is a fantastic way for people with an area of expertise to generate a conversation with peers across a vast network that they otherwise could never reach. And that is why I enjoy this opportunity as a CPA with an expertise in tax combined with good business ...

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 is hosting a Comedy Night on April 22nd at the South Plainfield Senior Center starting at 7pm Comedians Jimmy Palumbo and Joe Matarese will be entertaining residents to a great show. Tickets are $30, some food will be provided, BYOB and any snacks. Show will be for ages +21 and up. For tickets please contact Joe Scrudato – 908-406-5920

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council 6203 held their annual Keystone Special Citizens Community Lunch at the Holy Savior Academy on March 11th. Every Month Father John Alvarado from Sacred Heart Church holds a special Mass for the Mentally Challenged residents from the Keystone Community as well as other residents from Middlesex County.  This month’s theme was St Patrick’s Day. The South Plainfield Knights have supported this Special Citizens lunch for over 30 years. Pizza, Pretzels, Dessert and drinks were ...

South Plainfield Library

Come join us at the library for Monday Night Movies!  On April 24 at 6:30 PM, we will be showing an Academy Award nominated movie starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae.  Based on a true story, this movie follows Katherine Johnson (Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Monae) through some of their important contributions to NASA in the 1960s.  The three African-American female mathematicians were before their time as they helped put man in space.  If you cannot make it to our Monday ...

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 ...

Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield

The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield met on March 2nd at the American Legion Hall, Oak Tree Road. After opening ceremonies, Grace Bertucci and Orvie Hoffman were thanked for hosting this month. Business items included Orvie Hoffman, Corresponding Secretary, reporting that a letter was received from the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs confirming that Jean Popik, recently deceased member, would be enrolled in the NJSFWC memorial book. Jean was a valued member of our club for fifty one years and served on several ...

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 – Roxbury was being buried in snow March 14 and most businesses were closed. Not Roxbury Diner. Roxbury Diner isn’t like most businesses.For co-owner Jimmy Dontas, a snowstorm – even a blizzard – isn’t a reason to suspend operations. Instead, it’s a call to action. To many in town, Roxbury Diner – a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor – is like a lighthouse or a safe harbor; a haven of neighborly friendship and good food in good times and bad. It’s not only the place kids gather after ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholder Meeting Videos

Link to the video of the April 12, 2017 Sussex County Freeholders Meeting Freeholder Meetings - YouTube  

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 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 Adams Fine Clothing and Tuxedo in New Providence since 1958.  Adams is a full service men's specialty clothing store with free shop at home service -- specializing in custom made clothing at off the rack prices. "Our store ...

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

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” - Elie Wiesel As I popped onto Facebook briefly on Tuesday, I learned about the chemical attack that took place in Syria. This was the first I had heard of an attack. Scrolling through my feed, there it was. I was confronted with the absolute carnage of it all – videos of people writhing in pain, people gasping for air, dying, many of them children. It was only a few seconds before I started crying, and shortly after that, short of breath. My asthma had been ...

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 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

On its surface, sorting through all the choices available today and picking the right flooring option for the right space seems a bit daunting. But, thanks to Cove Carpet One Floor & Home and its unparalleled selection and team of professionals, making the right choice is simple. To get you started, here is a primer designed to get you on your way to making informed and beautiful floor covering selections: Carpet - Warm and comfortable - Helps with noise - Wide selection and price options fits any budget and style ...

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 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

I was recently doing some work for the Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour, and I had to travel to cover the Portland, OR date. It was my first-ever time in the Rose City, so I tried to maximize my hours to see as much of the city as I possibly could. My work brought me out to the Portland ‘burbs, where I spent the day at the Washington Square Mall (9585 SW Washington Square Road), a really nice shopping complex where one of my local Summit friends used to hang out as a teen. (PS: Hi, Kim!) When I was done, I took an Uber into ...

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 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

Bidding wars have returned to Randolph and Morris County in the first quarter of 2017 in a big way. The combination of low inventory, lower interest rates, high priced rentals and few tax deductions left, are pushing buyers into competitive bidding to own homes across the county and especially in towns with great schools and an easy commute to Manhattan, like Randolph, with surrounding Morristown, Denville and Dover train lines within minutes. Randolph has always been a community that attracts droves of people who ...

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

H. Rider Haggard’s classic book, “She,” chronicles the life of the eternal woman whose name, Ayesha, means “giver of life” in Arabic. When my first grandchild was born, I was still capable of having children of my own and really deplored the idea of being called “Grandma.” My husband, Jason, and I were our daughter Lisa’s advocates and were present, along with her husband and the midwife, at our grandson’s birth. What a magical moment, watching your first child bring forth her first ...

The Sparta High School Oracle

On Monday evening, Sparta High suffered the scare of an accident endured by two of the dearest members to the Spartan family. Our therapy dogs, who graciously entered the halls of SHS in 2014 and then in 2016 were the victims of a horrible accident. Franc, our older member was struck by a vehicle and passed, while Stanley was left in critical condition. Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle continued on in the road, leaving our two friends and our hearts suffering. Franc and Stanley brightened the faces of everyone, whether we visited ...

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- Do you want to access money from your retirement accounts but aren’t sure of the true costs involved? As vehicles designed for saving for retirement, most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions. The age requirement is usually 59 1⁄2 but is sometimes as early as age 50. This means that, if you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%–25%—and that’s not even considering the ...

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

As per usual, death was on the menu for the Season Six finale of “Game of Thrones.” Four of my six predictions (Lancel, Loras, Tommen and the High Sparrow) were gone in one fell swoop—not to mention Queen Margaery, Lord Mace, Kevan Lannister and Grand Maester Pycelle, how convenient. Pycelle needed to go sooner rather than later, but I’m heartbroken over the loss of Margaery. Walder Frey was finally put in his place by both a Lanninster and a Stark. And as Cersei takes the Iron Throne for herself, we once again have ...

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

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Westfield Area YMCA is designating a week to raise awareness and understanding of child sexual abuse.   From April 24-28 leading up to Healthy Kids Day on April 29, the Westfield Area YMCA is joining YMCAs across the nation to inform the community on how to recognize, prevent and report child sexual abuse. This effort is part of the Y’s ongoing commitment to provide safe, enriching environments where children can learn, grown and ...

What Was I Thinking?

It is a well-known fact that I love afternoon tea, whether it’s with my friends at my home or going to our favorite tea house, Florrie Kaye’s in Carmel. Several months ago, we decided a tea party was just what we needed and off we went to Carmel, where we’d meet up with more friends. We enjoyed our party: fragrant teas, delicious sandwiches, scones and delectable sweets, lots of “chatting” and laughing. We even snapped a picture with the Queen Mum (a life-size cardboard picture). If you saw these photos, ...

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

So you’ve decided to make the leap and have listed or are planning on listing your home on the market this spring, congratulations! While there are certainly many factors to consider upon pricing your home, there are a few ways that homeowners can maximize their potential profits before hosting an open house. Here are some quick fixes that can improve your chances of selling your home quicker: 1. Landscape your property Use the surrounding landscape to compliment your home rather than it becoming an eyesore, especially on the ...

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 Family Matters

“Of course you’re good-looking.”  “You’re the best friend ever.”  “Who wouldn’t want you on their team?”  Is there a parent out there (including me) who hasn’t praised a child in order to make him or her feel better?  Sometimes it’s true, and sometimes we say it because we just can’t stand to see them hurt.  Our kids usually know the difference.  We’ve missed the mark and they tell us so.  This kind of well-intentioned compliment ...

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

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates several times this year. Although that may slow gains in the commercial real estate sector in the Investors Bank footprint, it should not stop the improvement from continuing.  When it comes to real estate, everything is local. So let’s tour Investors Bank’s regional commercial real estate markets. Long Island: The strength of this market can been seen in its vacancy rates, which are the lowest in a decade. Demand is rising, but supply is growing modestly. That ...