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Admission Tests and Success

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - What is the real function of the SAT and ACT as it relates to the college admission process? TAPinto talks with Eva Addae and David Blobaum, co-founders of Summit Prep, in a series of articles to further the conversation regarding this topic.  In this video discussion, Eva Addae sets up the conversation going back to why there are standardized tests. She talks of the fallacy behind the claim the tests are ethnically and racially biased. She also touches upon the following ...

Alerts from South Plainfield Police Department

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Police Department would like to remind residents to lock their motor vehicles at all times.  There have been several thefts from motor vehicles throughout the State and in South Plainfield. These thefts typically are in vehicles that have been left unlocked. If you have a car alarm make sure it is set. There has even been an uptick in vehicle thefts. Don’t let a crook ruin your holidays. Do not leave valuables in plain view inside your vehicle.  Again, we cannot stress enough to ...

All are Welcome at First Congregational

The leaders and members of First Congregational Church of Westfield invite all to observe Holy Week with them during special virtual services for Maundy Thursday (April 1), Good Friday (April 2) and Easter Sunday (April 4). All services will be streamed on Facebook Live. Maundy (Holy) Thursday will be observed on April 1 at 7:30 p.m. with a candlelight service recalling the Last Supper and Jesus’ final hours through scripture, hymns, Dramatic Reflection and Communion. A Good Friday service of Meditation and Reflection will be ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Lady Blue Devils pulled out a win against Scotch Plains bringing the season to a close with an 8-1 record last week. Westfield High School senior Julia McGann finished second in the 200 freestyle and third in the backstroke March 25. McGann, 18, is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the week. “Julia has been a key component in every big meet,” said head coach Steven Whittington. “She has been [among] the county’s best and a meet of the champions ...

Anthony J. Enea

All too often a client will tell me that they don’t believe they are wealthy enough to use a trust as part of their planning. Unfortunately, this belief is incorrect and a misunderstanding of the purpose and benefit of using a trust. Perhaps, the phrase “trust fund baby” has helped perpetuate the misconception that it is a vehicle for the rich only! A Revocable Living Trust (RLT) is a planning tool that can accomplish everything a last will and testament can with respect to the disposition of assets titled in the name of ...

A Random Walk Down Millburn

MILLBURN, NJ - On my way back from a morning Navy assignment, I stopped by Millburn Firehouse 2 at Gero Park to drop off coats. Once again, when there's a need, Millburn Fire answers the call. Since 2015, the firefighters of the Millburn Fire Department has been supporting St. John's Church in Newark with an annual winter coat drive. Coats gathered at the station will be delivered to the parish and given out to those who need them to fight off the chills of a New Jersey winter. In addition to collecting and donating coats, ...

A Random Walk Down Springfield

MILLBURN, NJ - Whilst shopping at the Millburn ShopRite with my daughter, I literally bumped into Chris Weber, the newly sworn-in Mayor of Springfield, NJ. No worries, no one was injured. At first, I didn't recognize him with his mask on but quickly realized who it was when he said my name. The chance encounter led to 15 minutes of catching up with the usual guy talk; coronavirus, defunding police, gun control, people leaving New Jersey, etc. The days of talking about sports and home improvement are as rare as getting a drink ...

Area Homes by RE/MAX NP

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX NEIGHBORHOOD PROPERTIES this weekend. Please note that all open houses must comply with indoor gathering restrictions, including the requirement of face coverings for all attendees and social distancing.   OPEN HOUSE on SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 4/10-4/11   54 Fournier Crescent, Elmwood Park From 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. SATURDAY Hosted by Adria Muoio-Garrido SUNDAY Hosted by Barbara Moran Contact KRYSTYNA PLEWA for more info. at (973) ...

Ask Andy

Dear Andy: “How do I know if my 7-year-old dog is bored? We play fetch and walk outside, and inside we play tug-of-war with a few favorite toys. She spends a lot of time sleeping during the day, and I suspect she is bored with the “same old” routine.” Guilty Dog Mom  I have found that my dogs are much more content and better behaved when they are regularly given tasks that take some time and skill to figure out. Dogs need a balance of physical activity and mental stimulation. It seems like your dog ...

Ask Maria

The loss of a child is like no other. Losing a child to a tragic accident is grief that lasts a lifetime.  It can be difficult to know what to say or do when someone you care about is grieving.  You may be afraid of intruding, saying the wrong thing, or making the person feel worse.  While you cannot take away the pain of the loss, you can provide some needed comfort and support. You can let the family know that you care and offer help in practical ways such as buying groceries, running errands, dropping off meals, etc.

At Your Library

Outdoor Mini Book Sale! Saturday, April 17 – 9 am to 1 pm The Friends of the Library will hold a Mini Outdoor Book Sale on the lawn at the side of the library.  There will be books for all ages in many genres, as well as DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles.  We look forward to seeing you! PROGRAMS THIS WEEK:  All programs are virtual.  Click on links to learn more and to join. Chess for Kids Chess Expert Sean Finn leads this popular program. Group 1 - Monday, April 12 at 4 pm Group 2 - Monday, ...

A Why The Y Story

It's not too late to share the Y with a friend! Join us during the month of April and receive 3 FREE Guest Passes! (Must have not held an active Madison Area YMCA membership since 1/1/2020)

Back to Health Wellness Tips

Daylight Savings Time is here again! Our daylight hours take a giant leap ahead while our nights are seemingly shorter – what’s not to love about this time of the year? Typically, the time change makes us feel more productive, but the adjustment period can be rough. This Sunday, March 14, we set our clocks one hour forward at 2 a.m. resulting in one less hour of sleep. You wouldn’t think an hour would affect our bodies so much, but surprisingly enough, it can cause changes in your sleep habits, mood, and body. Since our ...

Back to School

Jackets zipped, masks up, winter season activated. Welcome, 2021! Let's get this year going. Although we are not necessarily starting on the right foot with this year, we will not lose hope. With COVID levels spiking, we had to take extra precautions with the holiday seasons. Luckily we made it. No surprise there. Keep up the excellent work by doing your part to wear your mask and keep yourself at a safe distance from others. This holiday season was most definitely different from 2019 and the years before that. We were all ...

BAYADA Home Health Care: Keeping You Safe at Home

More than 54 million people provide unpaid care to a loved one who is aged or disabled. For primary caregivers — who are often either a spouse or child — this kind of intense caregiving can take an untold toll on their mental, physical and emotional strength over time, often resulting in fatigue, depression and burnout. For those caring for aging loved ones with dementia, the responsibilities can be even more demanding — and the side effects even more debilitating. Respite care for the ...

BAYADA Home Health Care: Where Your Family Comes First

More than 54 million people provide unpaid care to a loved one who is aged or disabled. For primary caregivers — who are often either a spouse or child — this kind of intense caregiving can take an untold toll on their mental, physical and emotional strength over time, often resulting in fatigue, depression and burnout. For those caring for aging loved ones with dementia, the responsibilities can be even more demanding — and the side effects even more debilitating. Respite care for the elderly ...

Beacons of New Jersey

Catherine Gural is Vice President/Process Design Consultant at Bank of America, and is Co-Chair of the company’s NJ Disability Action Network. She’s a member of the Montgomery Township Committee and is currently pursuing a masters in public administration at Rutgers University. Her devotion to her family, friends and the community exceeds all bounds. She’s a survivor but more importantly, she’s a fighter for all walks of life. Her story may not be that different or shocking but it’s worth a read because we could ...

Berkeley Heights Gift Guide

Christmas Eve tables may be smaller this year due to Covid-19 restrictions? No problem, we can tailor your order to fit your needs. Call today and order a Christmas Eve Catering Package.  Items are also offered individually see menu for pricing. Visit Delicious Heights website for more information. Click here for Gift Card bonus. 

Beth's Book Review

The Persian Always Meows Twice: A Cat Groomer Mystery by Eileen Watkins.        (available on Amazon).           Cassie McGlone needs to start over, escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend, and establish a business of her own. An independent woman, Cassie moves to Chadwick, New Jersey (a fictional town somewhere near Morristown) and opens a cat grooming shop. She is fortunate to find a competent assistant, Sarah, who rapidly becomes one of Cassie’s close friends and ...

Borough Notifications

Please Note: Must possess the following current certifications: Basic Telecommunicator(BTC) Emergency Medical Dispatch(EMD) CPR Job Summary The Borough of South Plainfield is looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued Public Safety Telecommunicators. We are currently hiring full time and per diem Telecommunicators/Dispatchers to perform various technical tasks designed to assist in public safety and welfare in directing proper police, fire, and first aid/rescue personnel.

Breakthrough Cancer Care

Can vitamin D effectively treat colorectal cancer that has spread in the body? The answer is, we don’t know, but preliminary research has shown some promise. Atlantic Health System is part of a nationwide phase 3 study on vitamin D’s impact in treating patients with stage 4 colorectal cancer. It will involve more than 1,000 patients enrolled through the spring of 2022. Participants receive the chemotherapy combination FOLFOX, a standard treatment of care, with either a standard dose of vitamin D or a high dose of the vitamin. A ...

BReeze Cares

Editor’s Note: Each month, this column will feature an inspiring nonprofit that serves the Bridgewater and Raritan communities. Contact us to recommend a nonprofit to be highlighted in this section.   Over spring break of 2008, six-year-old Michael Buonocore, of Raritan, tried to make the best of a family trip to the Poconos even though he wasn’t feeling well.  By Easter Sunday, his condition had worsened and his parents rushed him to the emergency room. With no family history, the diagnosis of juvenile type 1 ...

Bruce the Blog

I went to a baseball game this past weekend. It was Opening Day. Not at a Major League stadium. It was at a town ballfield, which in this case happens to be named for our son (Harrison Apar Field of Dreams in Yorktown), but a similar scene was playing out at many other recreational parks. It was time to celebrate the blossoming of the most anticipated spring “thaw” in memory, signaling liberation from prolonged hibernation. If kids are playing the national pastime once again on a gorgeous field of green, all must be right ...

Business Advice for the Real World

This week, with St. Patrick’s Day on the calendar, there’s a lot of talk about luck. Luck of the Irish. Luck of the draw. Beginner’s luck. Lucky streak. Luck in business. Wait. Let’s unpack that last one. While it sounds like a legitimate saying, it fails to tell the whole story. “Luck in business” is most often synonymous with another idiom: Make your own luck.  What is Luck? Before we stir things up, let’s be clear about what we’re talking about. Luck is defined as the success or ...

Business Chatter in Basking Ridge and Somerset Hills

The TAPinto Holiday Gift Guide provides our readers with information about local participating businesses and organizations as well as special holiday offers from them.  Contact bpeer@tapinto.net for information on how to participate. STIRLING FINE WINES 1168 Valley Road, Stirling 908.647.5580 www.stirlingfinewine.com Like their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/StirlingFineWines Stirling Fine Wines is your local wine, spirit and beer store. Great selection with low prices. They are a value ...

Business Comeback

Many schools and businesses are still struggling to get people to feel safe enough to come back to inside their buildings.  Yet returning to in person gatherings is an important driver for a successful economic post-COVID rebound. Smartscreen LLC is hosting a free webinar on utilizing artificial intelligence and decision intelligence to open your buildings, schools and facilities safely and effectively.   The webinar will be hosted on Friday, April 9th at 12noon.  You can register by clicking ...

BuyLocalNJ

Editor's Note: Buy Local NJ filmed this visit with Goodman's Deli in July 2020.  We talk all things Jewish deli with Don Parkin, owner of Goodman's Deli in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Goodman's has been serving pastrami, corned beef and brisket since 1943. Don has owned the deli for over 10 years and it has been in Berkeley Heights for 20 years. Don brought more authentic dishes to the menu and also his passion for Chicago style hot dogs.  Year Established: 1943 Type of ...

CCSP Corner

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss was onto something with this quote. On March 2at the Community Charter School of Paterson (CCSP), hundreds of students, teachers, and Paterson community leaders and volunteers joined together to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday as part of the National Read Across America events.  “The COVID Pandemic may have shifted our Read Across America plans to a virtual setting, but CCSP’s love ...

Chip Shots

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The first Christmas Album I remember listening to as a child in the 1960s was “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” by Arthur Godfrey.  Somewhere I mostly likely have the album and a cassette tape version of the album in my house, even if I don’t have a convenient way to play the songs. Aside from the title song, the other song I remember clearly through my memory is Godfrey singing “Christmas is for Children” with the lyrics, “Christmas is for children, ...

Conversations with Joan Herrmann

Many people search for a soulmate to provide to them an all-consuming love that they dream about. They desire the romantic version of the fairy tale that we’re taught from early childhood exists. But, according to Dr. Barbara De Angelis, author of The Choice for Love, when we think that love originates from somewhere outside us, we mistakenly believe that we need to wait until something happens to give us an experience of love. Dr. De Angelis contends that love isn’t something we can actually “get” from anyone else.

Creator's Workshop Art Instruction

I came across this story coincidentally because a friend of mine posted a photo on Facebook of her son who plays high school basketball. It was a great photo of him moving with the ball and if you were familiar with basketball, you could see this kid knew how to handle himself on the court...... and it immediately reminded me of the LA Lakers and NBA great Jerry West. It's easy to see why Jerry West became "The Logo" for the NBA. He achieved every award that an athlete could earn but also became coach and manager of the Los ...

cwi.design trends

Dad in the Box

Hello? Hi Sweetie. It’s me. Hey, I’m gonna be a little late. I’m stuck in traffic. Oh no! When do you think you will be home? Maybe a week. A week? Yeah, nothing is moving. Some idiot got stuck in the canal. The whole thing is blocked off. What? How can that be? Well the canal is 400 feet wide. He is driving a 1300 foot container ship. It’s kind of like parallel parking the Empire State Building on the Turnpike. He probably got stuck stopping to use the restroom. Oh my. Some guys are out of ...

Daughters of Israel Corner

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Staff and residents at Daughters of Israel, a skilled nursing facility in West Orange, received COVID-19 vaccinations on New Year's Day. Television cameras from several local news outlets were on hand to cover the proceedings at the facility at 1155 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange that morning. Approximately 138 staff members received the injections, as well as residents, who were given the vaccine in their rooms.

Destination: Financial Freedom

Help kids save money with these teaching tips If you want to teach kids money management and the importance of saving, it doesn’t hurt to start early. Research shows that children grasp how money works as early as age 3. By age 7, they begin to hone money habits. Plus, many adults say they would have benefited from early instruction in money matters. In a recent survey, 1 in 4 U.S. adults with children under 18 said their parents provided no money lessons as a child. This is why teaching kids to save at an early ...

East Brunswick Public Library Town Center

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) is excited to announce the return of its annual short story contest in celebration of National Short Story Month.    The “73 Words in the 732” contest seeks original short stories that contain seventy-three words or fewer. Stories can be on any theme or topic, and a panel of library staff will select the best short stories, which will appear on the library’s website.   “Storytelling is a powerful medium, and ...

East Main Podcast

In previous episodes of the East Main Media podcast, Brian Brodeur spoke about how media has evolved From the 20th century to the 21st century. Regarding media, the 21st century really began with the arrival of the COVID19 pandemic. This idea is framed by where, when and how we, as citizens and customers, produce and consume media content. Video conferencing has become commonplace, and content is much more targeted to specific audiences on a variety of specific platforms – rather than distributed via widespread broadcasts on limited ...

Employment Law

Are you an employee of a small business that received Federal Paycheck Protection Program loan funds? Are you aware of small business owners that are abusing their PPP loans? Small business owners buying airplane or luxury cars with their loan money? Or building extensions on their homes with their PPP loans? These are examples of FRAUD against the United States Government and this theft comes right from our taxes. Under the False Claims Act, you can civilly bring a lawsuit on behalf of the Federal ...

EMS Response Report

Despite it being a short month, Summit’s EMS Volunteers answered 153 emergency calls in February. These included 95 medical emergencies: 17 falls; six motor vehicle accidents, including one on a highway; 12 traumatic injuries; one pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle; six cases of overdose or poisoning; one possible Carbon Monoxide poisoning and seven responses to a medical alarm. Squad Volunteers also provided five 'lift assists' to patients who did not require transport to a hospital.   During February, ...

Family Matters with Fern Weis

When you hear the expression ‘going through the motions’, what comes to mind? Making a mediocre effort, yessing someone, lack of buy-in, and not caring about the final result are some that come up for me. It’s generally not a positive picture.   There are times, however, when going through the motions is a good thing. Here’s an example from a personal experience.   When our family was at Hyde School, there was a system of evaluating your attitude and effort:  EEMO. The first E was for Excellence. As a ...

Featured Businesses

Fellowship in the News

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Fellowship Senior Living is pleased to announce it has been selected as a 2021 Caring Star for service excellence in senior living. In consumer ratings and reviews on Caring.com, Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge earned a 5-star rating - the highest possible score - within the qualification time frame, while also having a high volume of positive reviews and meeting other criteria for this national honor. Fellowship Village is the only Life Plan (CCRC) Community in New Jersey to receive the Caring Star and is among ...

Finance Decoded

        Did you accidentally make an IRA or Roth IRA contribution that you’re now regretting? Luckily, you’ve got options! A recharacterization, in the simplest of terms, is an “undo” that allows you to treat an IRA contribution as if it were made as Roth contributions and vice versa. However, to execute a recharacterization correctly, you must ensure you meet the right deadline, understand your custodian’s policies and more. To learn how to properly recharacterize ...

Free Roses

Dear Christy, I’ve been divorced for a few years now and I think I’m ready to find a new partner. I’m not to familiar with the whole online dating thing. Do you have any suggestions on how to get into it? I’m new to the whole concept. Thank you, Back on the market    Dear Back on the market, First of all, how exciting!  What a great feeling to be ready for a new relationship. I am a huge fan of the online platform.  I actually met my husband on an online dating site! ...

From the Office of Mayor Matthew P. Anesh

  South Plainfield:5 Middlesex County:159   Cumulative Cases: South Plainfield:2,094 Middlesex County: 64,059   Newly Reported Deaths: South Plainfield:1 Middlesex County:4   Cumulative Deaths: South Plainfield:54 Middlesex County:1,727   Information on County testing and registration dates as well as information about the saliva-based COVID-19 test can be found at the following link: ...

Green Living

To celebrate this year's Earth Day, join your fellow residents for one of the many events in the Earth Week Virtual Fair!  All events are virtual and free, but registration is required.  Each event you attend gives you one raffle ticket towards over $200 in gift certificates to local businesses!  To register for any of the events, please visit bit.ly/efregister or to get more information on the event, visit the Facebook Event Page at bit.ly/efmontville.  Schedule of Events: April 19th, 8:00-8:30pm:  Saving ...

HCCC Update

JERSEY CITY, NJ – The award-winning Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) is addressing the food insecurity of HCCC students that has been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since last fall, more than 4,000 meals have been prepared and distributed at the HCCC “Hudson Helps” food pantries on the Journal Square (Jersey City) and North Hudson (Union City) Campuses. HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber said a College-commissioned survey conducted prior to the pandemic by Temple ...

Health Matters

In a year like no other, Atlantic Health System has overcome unprecedented challenges to deliver innovative, high-quality care while maintaining an award-winning workplace. For the 13th consecutive year, the integrated care delivery system has once again been named to Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number 67. “Our promise is to provide the highest quality care to all who enter our system,” said Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO of Atlantic ...

Health Matters – Chilton Medical Center

Can vitamin D effectively treat colorectal cancer that has spread in the body? The answer is, we don’t know, but preliminary research has shown some promise. Atlantic Health System is part of a nationwide phase 3 study on vitamin D’s impact in treating patients with stage 4 colorectal cancer. It will involve more than 1,000 patients enrolled through the spring of 2022. Participants receive the chemotherapy combination FOLFOX, a standard treatment of care, with either a standard dose of vitamin D or a high dose of the vitamin. A ...

Health Matters – Hackettstown Medical Center

Can vitamin D effectively treat colorectal cancer that has spread in the body? The answer is, we don’t know, but preliminary research has shown some promise. Atlantic Health System is part of a nationwide phase 3 study on vitamin D’s impact in treating patients with stage 4 colorectal cancer. It will involve more than 1,000 patients enrolled through the spring of 2022. Participants receive the chemotherapy combination FOLFOX, a standard treatment of care, with either a standard dose of vitamin D or a high dose of the vitamin. A ...

Health Matters – Newton Medical Center

Can vitamin D effectively treat colorectal cancer that has spread in the body? The answer is, we don’t know, but preliminary research has shown some promise. Atlantic Health System is part of a nationwide phase 3 study on vitamin D’s impact in treating patients with stage 4 colorectal cancer. It will involve more than 1,000 patients enrolled through the spring of 2022. Participants receive the chemotherapy combination FOLFOX, a standard treatment of care, with either a standard dose of vitamin D or a high dose of the vitamin. A ...

HeartBeats

Over the past several months, the news has been reporting about a shadowy figure named “Q”, who has promulgated many baseless and false theories over a wide range of subjects, mostly about politicians and elections. Similarly, the body has a shadowy “Q”, coenzyme Q, which is ubiquitous and is involved in multiple metabolic pathways. Since the election is over, we will tackle questions about the body’s Q. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally occurring substance produced by the body. It plays an essential role in ...

Heights Highlights

The Princeton Women’s Network of Northern NJ got together via zoom on Sunday afternoon (with their kids) to make valentines for the seniors at Autumn Lake. The crafts will be delivered before Valentine’s Day.

Holy Trinity News

WESTFIELD, NJ -- All students in Holy Trinity School learn the stories behind Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday. Some of our youngest students in PreK-3 and PreK-4 had a wonderful visit on Monday, March 22 with Holy Trinity Church pastor, Father Anthony Randazzo, as he shared Jesus’ journey during that time.  The children sat attentively as Father Randazzo described how people “a long, long, long, LONG, time ago” welcomed Jesus by waving palm leaves as he walked by. Fr. Randazzo told the children that the ...

Hunterdon Cares

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Flemington eighth grader Emma Stefanski, with help from her mom Krista Stefanski and many friends and family members who have contributed, has collected nearly 800 pounds of food and personal items for the Flemington Area Food Pantry over the last two months.  What began as a service project for CCD turned into an ongoing effort with a goal of collecting a total of 1,000 pounds, possibly even one ton, by the end of June.  Kristin Stockwell, office and garden manager at the Flemington Area Food Pantry, has been ...

In The Eyes Of Alex

April is Autism Awareness Month. Supporters across the country illuminate blue bulbs to mark the occasion and raise awareness. The Township of Nutley takes it a step further by illuminating municipal buildings in blue light for the entire month of April.  Autism Awareness is not just limited to Nutley. In Paterson, the renovation of Lou Costello Park includes features to make it autism friendly. Read: Work Underway at Autism Friendly Lou Costello Park   The beauty all around us is often overlooked, ...

In the Schools

Child comfort and support kits for children in homeless shelters, donations of Spanish language books for an aftercare program, and collections of granola bars and other nutritional treats for service men and women and first responders were among the many creative efforts undertaken during Community Service Week in the Westfield Public School District. Community Service Week — held this year during the week of March 22 — is organized each year by the Parent Teacher Council and school Parent Teacher Organizations, who found ways ...

In Town With Real Estate Expert Mary Weichert

Recent Surveys Highlight Urbanites’ Unhappiness According to a recent report, almost half of New York City’s top earners — those bringing in 6 or more figures — have considered or are leaving the city as a result of the coronavirus. The Siena College Research Institute and Manhattan Institute reports cite residents’ concerns about living costs, complex issues with local government, safety, and reduced quality of life as reasons for moving from the Big Apple. COVID-19 has stolen New York City’s ...

It's Yesterday Once More in Nutley

NUTLEY, NJ - Residents are invited to become a part of history at Nutley's oldest and most endangered historic home: The Van Riper House. As the Van Riper House continues to raise funds for a professional restoration, the board of trustees started a memorial brick fundraiser. In a nutshell, supporters can have their personal message commemorating events, the memory of a lost relative, or simply their names engraved on a brick that will become part of the restored entrance path to the building. The bricks are 4" by 8" and ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing

TRENTON – Nothing gets us really excited on Monday mornings more than bond ratings, so let’s kick off the week with news from Moody’s Investor Services. Now that the state is looking at more than $3 billion in revenue than originally expected, or dreamed, the rating agency has upgraded the state’s credit rating to “stable.” Here’s why this is so darn titillating: Politicians can trumpet how great they think they are doing, and their opposition can scream about their perceived incompetence. But Wall ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors

FLORIDA — Snow, ice, freezing rain, and frigid temperatures do not lend themselves to thoughts of fishing. Usually at this time of the year homebound anglers can shake off some effects of “cabin fever” by attending local fishing flea markets or boating and fishing expositions. However, with all the restrictions on social contact, practically all these types of shows have been canceled this year. As a result, there is little for fishing enthusiasts to do to keep themselves busy. Fortunately, I have been able to do some ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After a stellar performance at both the Union County Championships and the Spring Thaw Meet in Metuchen, as well as having a few members earn All-County and All-Conference Honors, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls winter Track & Field team are this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week. Julia Jackson won the Union County Championship in the Girl’s 400-Meter Dash 57.15 seconds, breaking her own school record. Meanwhile, 3rd place was secured by Grace Kennedy with a time of 59.45 seconds.

Know Your Nest

Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a very encouraging jobs report. The economy gained 916,000 jobs in March – well above expert projections of 650,000 to 675,000. The unemployment rate fell again and is now at 6%. What does this mean for you? Our lives are deeply impacted by our nation’s economy. The better the economy is doing overall, the better most individuals in the country will do as well. Here’s a look at what four experts told the Wall Street Journal after reviewing ...

Law Notes from Levinson Axelrod

Roadway safety is a major concern in every state. While public safety issues are what drive our government to pass and enforce strict traffic laws, they can also prompt lawmakers into finding creative ways to reduce risks on local roads through prevention. One way New Jersey does this is by offering a rate reduction for auto insurance following the completion of a voluntary defensive driving course. Under Title 17 Section 17:33B-45.1 of the New Jersey Statutes, motorists with a valid New Jersey driver’s license are eligible ...

Let's TAP About It

If the phrase “legends never die” held any truth, Tommy Lasorda would have been well past immortal. Reality is, though, that legends do die, and the world of baseball lost Lasorda, the longtime Dodgers manager and all-around Los Angeles icon, at the age of 93 on Thursday. Tommy was a legend in every sense of the word. He racked up a record of 1,599-1,439 as a manager, won World Series titles in 1981 and 1988 and earned four National League pennants and eight division titles during his 20-year (1976-1996) managing tenure with ...

Liz on Theatre

Florham Park, NJ - There’s nothing like the theatrical commentary of George Bernard Shaw to explore love, lust and over-the-top intrigue to make for a stimulating evening. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey offers another romp at its outdoor location at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park.The three one-act plays were broken up into five segments. “Village Wooing,” with Christian Frost and Katja Yacker, were interspersed with “Overruled” and “Passion, Poison & Petrifaction or The ...

Local Animals Available for Adoption

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a large surge in pet adoptions, which has a rather unusual business booming. As travel is difficult for some right now, Pet Nannies help transport across the country, for a fee, of course. Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter has a better solution, adopt locally! According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. There are many reasons to adopt from Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, including giving a second chance to a deserving animal, gaining ...

Lost & Found Pets

Update: Watch Bo the Dog, Missing 10 Days, Get Reunited with His Family Have you seen Bo, who went missing in Plainfield on March 13? He is a male, black dog with some white coloring, he weighs 50 pounds and is 6 years old. Owners Craig and Sheila say Bo will be afraid, so please do not chase him. He was wearing a blue collar when he went missing, and he is microchipped. Posts on Scotch Plains-Fanwood Facebook groups indicate Bo has been spotted at the Scotch Plains YMCA, Shackamaxon and St. Bart's. If found, please ...

Madison Library

MADISON, NJ - Valentine's Day is here so of course we have Blind Date with a Book! Stop by our Courtyard Browsing and go on a blind date!

Mayor's Corner

As I was out running the streets of the Township this morning, I felt hopeful as snow drifts are fading into patches of green grass. Optimism abounds for a return to some normalcy as we creep closer to managing life with three vaccines and Spring is three weeks away.  February proved to be both busy and challenging. As a result, I am a bit late sending this column out!  This February, the Township was pounded with snow as we endured a 36-hour Nor’easter and subsequent storms accumulating approximately 40 inches of snow, ...

Mental Health Break

“A third of US adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression—that threaten our nation’s health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to motor vehicle crashes and mistakes at work, which cause a lot of injury and disability each year. Getting enough sleep is not a luxury—it is something people need for good health.” - Center for Disease ...

Mommy Mayor

Like so many of you I’ve watched the events of the last week in horror. I have not watched them in shock, I have long thought that violence would erupt during this transfer of power. I have seen the signs – the increasing violence, the rise in the acceptance of hate, racism, antisemitism and sexism. The armed militias, the increasing desperate cries, the willingness to use lies to justify behavior. I have watched in sadness as I saw the Capitol sieged in an attempted coup, I watched people who claim to support law and order ...

Money Talk

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. —Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859) The more I read this quote, the more I appreciate how well it encapsulates our story in 2020. I confess I have never read the novel, but the opening lines have always intrigued me. And here we are, having ...

Morristown Library Offerings

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi- It's 2002, a year after 9/11. It's an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who's tired of being stereotyped. Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She's tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments-even the physical violence-she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she's built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough ...

Movie Gurus

 Top 10 Comic Book Villains in Film 1. Joker (The Dark Knight)  Like there was any debate. He killed a guy with a pencil…who does that? (Besides John Wick) 2. Thanos (MCU) I’d like to Thanks snap a bunch of people out of here; especially those that go on phones in movie theaters and take their shoes off on airplane. Somehow this lavender baddy made population control understandable. 3. Magneto (X-Men) both Mckellan and Fassbender.  One has a huge honker and the other is Ian McKellan 4.

My Perspective

It was a very cold day, even for late January, when, in 1977, I began my career as a public defender in the South Bronx, fulfilling my law school objective. On my very first day, when I arrived, my boss, whom I had just met, informed me that I would be working night court that evening because a colleague had called in sick. In New York City, there are two arraignment shifts every single day: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Even though I was surprised by the assignment, I could not wait to experience a night court shift firsthand. Back ...

New Providence Gift Guide

Christmas Eve tables may be smaller this year due to Covid-19 restrictions? No problem, we can tailor your order to fit your needs. Call today and order a Christmas Eve Catering Package.  Items are also offered individually see menu for pricing. Visit Delicious Heights website for more information. Click here for Gift Card bonus. 

New Providence Notables

The New Providence High School PTSA held a Community Bag Collection on Saturday at the high school as part of the Trex plastics recycling program.  The Trex plastics recycling program is a community-wide effort to keep plastics out of the landfills. Back in 2019, the school's effort was awarded with the green Trex bench in the courtyard.  About NPHS PTSA: The New Providence High School PTSA works hard to support the entire school community, including every student, teacher and staff member. Their primary goal is to provide ...

News from Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios

  February is designated as American Heart Month to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke – the leading causes of death in the United States. More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year, including people of all ages, genders, and races. Some of the main causes of heart disease are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, alcohol, stress, and improper diet. Fortunately, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce a person’s risk of heart disease. Educating the public about the ...

NJ Family Law Updates

As a New Jersey family law attorney, people come to me for solutions. Divorce and child custody consultations for unmarried couples often prove the most troublesome. Financial issues are only part of the problem. Tears stream down both men's and women's faces as they share the torment of their ex turning their children against them. Many people don’t realize there’s a name for the set of circumstances taking over their lives. Parental alienation serves as the overall description of what happens when a mother or father ...

Notes from the Desk of the Township Administrator

The days were exhausting. The nights quiet in the office. The wear and tear on one’s psyche grappling with a global pandemic no one ever foresaw – and all the budget crises and human suffering that came with it – along with “normal” local challenges, stretched one to their limits.  The constant battles over getting the municipal complex done left one angry and frustrated, yet motivated to get this project done for our residents as soon as humanly possible. Finding ways to address our crumbling ...

Nutley Parks and Recreation Department

Mayor Mauro G. Tucci is once again inviting residents to join Autism Speaks in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Light It Up Blue to help shine a light on autism. Whether it's your front porch or your local business, an office party or a banquet, the whole world is going blue to increase awareness about autism. Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its ...

Nutley Public Library

Celebrate National Library Week with a presentation on the Nutley Amateur Circus, with Museum Director, John Simko! Saturday, April 10 from 2 - 3:30 pm Click Here to Register! On March 27, 1894, a unique fundraiser was held in Franklin Township, New Jersey, to start a local Red Cross chapter. The Nutley Amateur Circus was staged in an old training pavilion on horseman Eaton Stone’s 40-acre farm just outside town. The circus became the social event of the year, and the whole town was involved in its preparation. Artists ...

Out Of My Head

One time I was with my brother when he bought Poison for his wife. The reason I capitalize the word “Poison” is that I’m talking about the name of a perfume, not the generic word for stuff that kills you. This perfume is made by Dior and I’m just not sure what was going through the minds of their marketing department when they cooked up that brand name. First guy: “Hey, we’ve got this fabulous new fragrance ready to go in time for the holiday season—what should we call it?” Second ...

Passaic County One-Stop Career Center

PATERSON, NJ - The Passaic County One Stop Career Center is hosting a virtual open house to help Paterson's newest food establishment, Wing Stop, fill up to 39 jobs, including as cashiers, shift leaders, prep cooks, and cooks. Wing Stop will be located at 375 McLean Blvd. Positions available include both full and part-time with flexible hours and salary between $12 and $20 per hour. Interested candidates may fill out an online application by clicking here. Completed applications will be automatically emailed to the One Stop ...

Passaic Valley Water Commission

(Clifton, N.J. – March 29, 2021) – After more than 3 decades, Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) Executive Director Joe Bella has announced his retirement. He leaves PVWC on March 31, ending a career that began in 1984. He took over as Executive Director in 1994 and his legacy will live on as a pioneer throughout the water industry. PVWC is New Jersey’s largest public drinking water provider serving over 800,000 consumers in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris and Passaic counties ... and being the leader ...

Paterson Housing Authority

PATERSON, NJ - The Housing Authority of the City of Paterson has announced that financially eligible individuals and families can submit applications to the Section 8 Project Base Waiting List for the Riverside Terrace Development beginning on Sunday at 6:00 a.m.  Applications can be submitted for the both the Senior Towers (55+ years old) and the family townhouses online by clicking here. The application, which will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, can be accessed with a computer, tablet, or smart-phone that has internet ...

PCCC Update

Passaic County Community College (PCCC) president Dr. Steven M. Rose has been named a committee officer of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a Philadelphia-based, voluntary, non-governmental membership association that promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. Dr. Rose was named in January as the 2021 Vice Chair of MSCHE’s Committee on Substantive Change. This Committee reviews requests from colleges and universities that want to make ...

Peapack Private Wealth Insights

Thematic investing is a popular strategy that allows investors to capitalize on macro level trends resulting from social disruption, economic developments, or technological advances. They look for opportunities that arise due to a major shift in a society’s or an industry’s behavior and select funds targeted to a specific area of interest with potential upside. Rather than searching for individual stocks, thematic investing offers an investor a fund that is dedicated to one particular theme that may be unfolding in any given ...

Piscataway Library - CHECK US OUT!

Piscataway Public Library Buildings are Open! Have we seen you recently? Our buildings are open for limited services. Come in to pick up a hold, browse and borrow, or use the computers, printers, and copiers.  Library to Go, our contact-free pick up service, remains available.   Please see full details ...

Property Matters

Prominent Property Sotheby's International Realty's regional Summit office provides an inside look at the Summit real estate market, utilizing Garden State Multiple Listing Service statistics illustrating the numbers and trends that tell the story. This edition of the Summit Real Estate Report details information from February 2021. Active Listings: 49 compared to 88 in 2020 / -44.32% Under Contract: 56 compared to 46 in 2020 / +21.74% Average List ...

RCBC: College Matters

Around the same time many 16-year-olds were still navigating the high school terrain, Rowan College at Burlington County student Kaya Kraft was in the process of graduating. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Kraft’s innate curiosity and love of learning pushed her two years ahead of her actual grade level, putting her in the position to earn her high school diploma at just 16 years of age.  Kraft comes from an atypical background. She graduated from Memoria Press Online Academy, a Christian school that emphasizes an ...

Reading, Writing & Chocolate

Standing in front of the window looking out on a rainy day, I suddenly started singing the words to a Hungarian song, “The Rain Falls Softly.” How do memories from our childhood just emerge like that? “Esik, eső, csendesen….”     When I was in middle school, I remember playing old 78 rpm records from my Grandpa Kovach’s apartment. Since I loved anything Hungarian, I listened to these old-time records with their violins and vocals. I did not understand the words, but my favorite song ...

Real Estate Update by Susan Massa, Broker Associate, Keller Williams

Information provided by Susan Massa, Broker Associate, Keller Williams Premier Properties, 908-400-0778. TOWN                  ADDRESS                            STYLE                  RMS      ...

Recycling 101 in Union County

The Union County Board of Commissioners encourages Union County residents to help keep County parks free of litter, by reducing their use of single-use plastic bags and other disposable plastic items. “Spring is in sight and visitors will be returning to the County parks and we are asking everyone to pitch in and help preserve the environment in our green spaces.  Plastic bags and straws are the most significant source of ocean pollution, so taking steps to diminish litter has a positive impact on our wildlife habitats and our ...

Retire Ready with Rich

Americans give freely to support the causes they value, from churches, education and the arts to medical research. Fortunately, current tax laws encourage and even reward philanthropy. Beyond the basic tax deductions for charitable giving, setting up one or both of the following types of trusts could provide financial advantages in addition to the personal satisfaction that comes from giving. Charitable Remainder Trust When money, securities, property, or other assets are placed in a properly structured charitable remainder ...

Rivero CPA

It's a confusing time for Americans wondering how to make sense of changing deadlines and new financial assistance. Here is a summary of what financial help may be taxable and what is not. Economic Impact Payments (Stimulus Payments) Federal: The payments are not taxable, and they will not reduce a taxpayer’s refund or increase the amount they owe on their 2020 or 2021 tax returns. The IRS has provided several FAQs about reconciling the economic impact payment on your 2020 federal tax return. New Jersey: ...

Rutgers News

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Dr. Anthony Fauci has been presented with Rutgers’ inaugural Moral Courage in Medicine Award for his “steady and reassuring leadership steering the nation through an uncertain time during the pandemic.” Fauci, the White House chief medical advisor, received the award during an event to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), which began on the eve of April 7. “It is fitting on Yom Hashoah that we the living reflect on this pandemic year and begin to draw some lessons on the practice of ...

Sam Stoia

As a family law attorney, I know that divorce most often comes with an overabundance of emotions. That said, feelings can get in the way of moving forward.  Even if you and your spouse agree on calling it quits, you need to make sure you’re doing what’s best for you and your family. The first thing is realizing that it can be difficult to handle matters on your own.  While online or library resources might make things sound simplistic, that’s generally not the case. Do meet with an ...

Senior Matters by Home Instead of Morris County

At first, 82-year-old Steve was alarmed by the message he discovered on his voice mail. “The caller said the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) was filing a lawsuit against me. I called the number back and they asked for my account number. I said they never gave me one so the man asked for my Social Security number, and I said I would never give that over the phone. He hung up on me. So, I called back again and this time he answered Internal Revenue Service and I said, ‘Wow, you’re getting more professional this time.’ I ...

South Plainfield Elks Lodge 2298

On October 17, 2020, the ENF Committee, headed by Chairperson Eileen Uken of the South Plainfield Elks Lodge No. 2298, were proud to present a donation of $1,850 to Fish Inc, a food bank located in Piscataway. This donation was funded using the Beacon Grant which the lodge applied for and received from the Grand Lodge.  Due to the health crisis facing our communities this year, grants that are received are slated for use in the relief of pandemic related issues. The Fish food pantry will put this money to good use ...

South Plainfield Library

Here’s an interesting historical item: did you know that on March 17, 1965, the previous Library building (and the third overall) was officially opened?  And, since the current building was built around it, that said building is still around, albeit somewhat changed?  Well, how’s about we belatedly celebrate that building’s birthday by going over current events at South Plainfield Library?  (Repeat after me: “Yes, that’s a great ...

SPHS Athlete of the Week

The South Plainfield High School Wrestling Team has continued their winning ways through the first 7 duals meets of the year. So far this season, the Tigers gained some revenge knocking off Red Division Rival Monroe High School 53-19, perennial state power Southern Regional 40-19, and Red Division Foe Old Bridge High School 65-9.  The win against Southern vaulted the Tigers into the top 5 in the State of New Jersey in many of the ranking polls. A big reason for their success is due to Senior Kenny Clevenger who is having a turnaround ...

Straight Talk

On April 30, President Biden will have completed his first 100 days in office.  The first 100 days of a president’s term is perhaps the most important of his first year in the White House. And Joe Biden is no different. Policy initiatives. Governance accomplishments. Communication with the public. Relationship with Congress. The economy. Foreign affairs. There are probably at least a dozen other areas where the president can be graded for his first 100 days in office.  Reflecting on the needs of New Jersey, what letter ...

Stretchlab For Healthier Living

No More Joint Pain If you’re one of the millions of Americans stuck working from their kitchen table or at-home office, you’ve probably dealt with some type of knee or hip soreness over this past year. Pharmaceutical provider, Nurofen, has actually found that at least 33% of people have reported back pain directly related to their work-from-home posture and schedule, while another 27% reported an increase in general joint soreness. While this might seem like an inescapable hazard of the new workplace, there’s actually a ...

Strong Families, Healthy Children

4Cs of Passaic County will benefit from cake lovers and customers of Wayne’s Nothing Bundt Cake on Wednesday, February 24. The small business, celebrating their one-year anniversary, has announced that on that day 20 percent of all sales will be donated to the Paterson based organization that assists families in obtaining high quality child care that is available, accessible, and affordable. Nothing Bundt Cake is located at 1809 Route 23 in Wayne. 

Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield

This year has unfolded to reveal how vulnerable we can be against a tiny organism which has proven to be a formidable foe and highlighted the importance of the medical profession and those essential workers who keep our economy going.   But 2020 has also offered proof of the vital need of service organizations, especially those which support their local communities.  As an example, under the leadership of its president, Jane Rundella, the Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield has continued its support of the community ...

Sussex County Commissioners

The Sussex County Board of County Commissioners are scheduled to adopt  the 2021 budget at their Wednesday, April 28 meeting; and among the budget’s accolades, is a  decreased budget of 1.9% or approximately $2 million from 2020, the lowest tax levy increase in  six years and one of the lowest tax levy increases over the past 15 years.   “We actually came in 1.91% under our budget from last year, a little over $2 million  under, which honestly was quite a feat based upon the circumstances with ...

Take a Peek at Zeek

From our Zeek Plumbing family to yours, we want to wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving! We are very thankful for all of our loyal customers, and look forward to continuing our relationship with you all for years to come!

TAPinto Insider

Small business owners have a lot to think about, but navigating a global pandemic was likely not chief among their worries. Now that we are close to the end of one, local businesses are facing a host of challenges. Communicating effectively with customers and clients has never been more important.  What changed in the pandemic? The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily lives. Protecting public health meant changing how many businesses operate, particularly those that rely on in-person commerce. As the economy pushes ...

TAPinto You!

Ben Franklin is quoted as having said, "...nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."  We have been taught that taxes always go in one direction - up. If the value of your property goes up, ergo your property taxes follow suit. If the value of your property goes down, it's also often true that taxes rise, too. No one has ever been able to explain that municipal magic.  Radio station 101.5FM recently did their own analysis of property taxes in New Jersey, and discovered 55 towns ...

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The Doctor Is In

Normally, the start of autumn is the time when millions of Americans begin to make their plans to board planes, hop on trains or map out their road trip to visit with family and loved ones.  The holiday season is historically the busiest travel time in the United States, but what will the holiday season look like this year during a pandemic? What will it look like for you and your family? New guidance, released last week, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, for the upcoming holiday season warns that hosts and ...

The Falcon's Nest

METUCHEN, NJ -- The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, have signed former Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) hockey star Marc Johnstone. Johnstone, who scored over 100 points during his career at St. Joe's and graduated among the school's top 5 scorers of all time, recently finished his senior season at Sacred Heart University where he totaled 16 points on six goals and 10 assists in 16 games. The 24-year-old served as Sacred Heart ...

The Felician Way

RUTHERFORD, NJ - Two distinguished Felician faculty members have recently had their research published in the professional journal, “Education Frontiers.”  The COVID-19 Diaries: Identity, Teaching, and Learning at a Crossroads is the work of Dr. Charity Dacey, Associate Dean of Felician’s School of Education and Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, and Dr. Lavina Sequeira, Director of the University’s Honors Program and Assistant Professor of Philosophy. It appeared in the December 16, 2020 edition of ...

The Online Scoop with NHS

My name is Ivana Lorena Brito and I have the honor and privilege of being a member of the National Honors Society. My whole life has revolved around school; I was the student who showed up an hour before homeroom to get extra help from teachers and leave school earliest 6 o’clock due to extracurricular activities.  Now that I am sanctioned to remote learning, my whole life has changed. Instead of distracting myself with 7 clubs and hours of school work I am forced to focus on myself and find my true motivation through all of ...

Tile Tips by Standard Tile of Roxbury

When it comes to home renovation, many trends have a fairly short shelf life. Eventually what was once popular begins to fade and make way for the newest designs and subway tile colors. kitchen, and bathroom subway tile patterns, however, do not fall victim to that cycle. Its popularity stays constant and the tile itself remains timeless. Ubiquitous, classic and easy to work with, colored subway tiles provide a wealth of decorative and design options for any space residential or commercial. What is Subway Tile? The term subway tile ...

Torah Thought for the Week

How do you develop confidence when you don't have it? How does one overcome fear, nerves and anxieties? Well, without going into major psychological dissertations (which I'm not qualified to do in the first place), let's see if we can find some insight in this week's Parshah. Everything was set for the inauguration of the sacred service in the Sanctuary. The week-long preparations had been completed. Now it was Aaron's turn to approach the altar and begin the service. But Aaron was reluctant. He still felt a ...

Unleash Your Positive Possibilities

I’ve had a gratitude habit for over ten years now, but the pandemic has raised my gratitude bar. If you don’t already practice daily gratitude I’m going to show you how easy it is to incorporate into your life and how beneficial it is, too.  For most of us, keeping our spirits up and positive during this pandemic has been a tremendous challenge. But now, as we begin to turn the corner on Covid-19, I think about the unexpected gifts this time has brought. For me and many I speak to, it’s gratitude—for all ...

Vitalant in Your Community

Due to the ongoing, nationwide surge in COVID-19 infections, there continues to be an urgent need for all types of whole blood and convalescent plasma. In response, the nonprofit, blood-collection organization Vitalant is providing five local, open-to-the-public donation events during April in central New Jersey. Click to view details of all five April events in central NJ There is also a great need for blood platelets -- small cells in the blood that form clots to prevent bleeding, while also helping with anemia and low blood ...

Walk With Us Into Sunshine

While there have been significant strides to increase car safety in the last 50 years, every year, 1.35 million people die in car accidents, and when you look at the United States, 37,000 Americans lose their lives every year. Far more unfortunate is the case of children who lose their lives in these types of accidents. Sure, we can obey the car seat laws set forth, but what else can we do? And, how about children who can sadly be hit by cars? This month we offer some tips for both situations.  Know Your State Laws Following your ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge News

EDSION, NJ-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison will host its Upper School Symposium – “Inclusive Communities - Race and Identity” – on Wednesday, April 14. The daylong event will feature keynote speakers, presentations, workshops and breakout discussions moderated by an impressive group of guests. Danielle Belton, newly appointed editor of The Huffington Post, will deliver the first keynote – “Be Proud of Who You Are” – in the morning. Imam Khalid Latif, a W+H graduate from the Class ...

Wayne Education Association News: Your Local Teachers & Support Staff

It seems that in a time of crisis, those that give the most are often asked to give even more. Such is the case with the nurses of the Wayne Education Association. Our intrepid nurses went beyond what most would dare to ask over this past year. They have covid-tested and contact-traced morning, noon and night and kept track of students and staff quarantining. These warrior-nurses have ministered to those that suffered from the virus, and they have tended to the emotional well-being of our students, their families and our community. And now ...

Wayne Financial Advisor - Conan Ward

If you own a small business, you typically don’t get a lot of recognition – so you may be pleased to learn that March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. You might not necessarily think of your business as a “Mom and Pop” operation, but it certainly contributes to the well-being of your family now, and possibly to that of future generations, too – if you make the right moves. Depending on the nature of your business, you may have spent the past several months more concerned about today than ...

Weekly Market Update: Edward Jones, Brian Killea

It was a rather quiet week, allowing the markets to continue to be towed by the economic recovery outlook.  In what has become a common refrain, stocks hit new record highs as the S&P 500 posted a 2% gain for the week1. While this bull market is still quite young, it's already logged some significant mileage, returning 87% in just over a year1. This raises several key questions: Where will the fuel come from for the next leg of the market's journey? At what speed will the market travel?  What potential potholes ...

Westfield Area YMCA

Pamela Gedman, chief instructor of Gedman's Black Belt Academy at the Westfield Area YMCA, has earned the recognition and achievement of Songahm Taekwondo Master Instructor and has received a national award from ATA International. Ms. Gedman became eligible for the title of Songahm Master upon achieving her 6th degree black belt, which in itself takes approximately 20 years of training and serving either as a school owner or Head instructor at a school. The year-long journey to achieve Songahm Master Level includes physical tests, ...

Westfield Real Estate Made Simple

Is there enough inventory for the number of buyers fleeing to the suburbs? The answer is no. There are a number of reasons for this lack of available homes. Some potential sellers are concerned about the safety of showings. Others wonder where they will go if they sell their home. Or they are overwhelmed at packing up many years of “treasures.”  Just give me a call and I would be happy to help you navigate all your concerns!

What's Happening at the Clark Library

Fun Virtual Events for Spring Break Poetry Party for Kids on Monday, April 5 at 2 pm April is National Poetry Month! We will celebrate poetry by reading some favorite poems, playing some online poetry games, creating our own poetry, and go on a rhyming hunt! Geared toward elementary students that are reading and writing. Please register to receive the Zoom link. Superhero Bingo for Kids on Wednesday, April 7 at 2 pm Join us via Zoom to play Superhero Bingo! This event is free and prizes* will be awarded! Pajama Time on ...

Word Seed

Nearly every day of 2020, it seemed, was full of turmoil. We didn’t have time to recover from one thing before another thing had presented itself in our world; in our nation; in our communities; in our homes; in our hearts. Now, here we are just barely into the new year contemplating how to successfully tread through these unprecedented and unfamiliar waters. No matter what happens, (fill in your own blanks), it is imperative now, more than ever before, to walk firmly in our purpose with indomitable faith. If you are ...

Your Health

St. Joseph’s Health is pleased to announce that Nilesh Patel, DO, has been appointed as Chairman of Emergency Medicine. In his role, Patel will oversee the Emergency Departments at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, and St. Joseph Wayne Medical Center in Wayne, New Jersey. “Dr. Patel brings more than a decade of experience delivering emergency care to our community, and will continue to expand on our innovative services and programs,” says Kevin J. Slavin, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s ...