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"LIVITY"

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

"Real" Real Estate

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

23rd District Report

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

A Day in the Life of Greater Olean

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

A Little Bit of Knowledge with David Tepp

Now that the ball has dropped in Times Square it is time for another annual tradition – New Year’s resolutions. So, along with improving your diet and exercising more, consider adding these: “Will” you? – I have lost count of how many clients with whom I have met that have a spouse, children and substantial assets but an outdated or even no will at all. There are vast dangers in ignoring estate and probate law – failure to be proactive can have catastrophic results. Skilled professionals ...

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

The American Dental Association has accepted the FDI Dental World Federation’s new definition of oral health.  And it makes me smile. The new definition is “oral health is multifaceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort, and disease of the craniofacial complex.” The FDI comprises over 200 national dental organizations and no longer wants oral health to just mean the ...

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

The Common Application released their essay questions for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle this past week so we all have essays on the brain.  This always creates a flurry of something between excitement and panic as Juniors start to peruse their choices and grapple over which prompt will allow them to most effectively brag about the impressive things they’ve done in high school.  Unfortunately, this is completely the wrong approach. My advice to you?   Don’t bother even reading these prompts…ever.  ...

Ain't That Grand?

There has never been a better time to secure value pricing in one of New Jersey’s most celebrated addresses. The relaxed luxury like the town of Summit provides is tough to quantify in a state known for hustle and bustle. “In Summit, time stands still,” says Assistant General Manager Michael Marino. “People laugh when we compare it to Mayberry, but there really is a sense of calm about the town married with a cool vibe that people visiting the town for the first time get excited about.” The 'Hilltop ...

Alerts from South Plainfield Police Department

On Friday, January 13, 2017 at about 12:30 pm, South Plainfield Police responded to a residence on May Avenue for a reported residential burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers located a male on the property of the residence,. Investigation revealed Dawud Ward, 23, of 1135 Hillside Avenue in Plainfield, unlawfully entered the unoccupied home.  Ward was in possession of burglary tools, gloves and a garbage bag.  Ward drove to the location in a family member’s vehicle, which was towed from the scene by the police. Ward ...

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 ...

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

If you actually take time to do the research, it is amazing what you will find. I have been telling you for 10 years that this man-made global cooling—no, make that man-made global warming; no, make that climate change science—is a hoax meant to take control of our lives and give it to government. The first red flag was that they kept changing the name. Second red flag: they kept moving up doomsday. Third red flag: these proponents of climate change did not change their lifestyles but tried to codify into laws changes in our ...

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

I Loved Her at the Movies: Memories of Hollywood’s Legendary Actresses by Robert J. Wagner with Scott Eyman (Viking, 2016)   I Loved Her at the Movies, by veteran actor Robert J. Wagner, begins with his first encounter with a major screen star, Norma Shearer. At the age of eight, Wagner was a school mate of Irving Thalberg, Jr., Shearer’s son. One notable weekend Thalberg invited Wagner to his home to meet his mother. Until young Irving told Wagner that his mother was in the movies, Wagner had been unaware of her ...

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

Within a blink of an eye, summer is already coming to a close. Students are beginning to flock to stores to start their back to college shopping. If you were fortunate enough to have your summer internship extended into the fall semester, start planning your time now. This will be a real test to see if you can keep everything balanced and ensure your employer stays satisfied with your work. Here is a list of what to expect when you get back to school: 1. What To Expect: Work. Whichever year you are about to begin you know there will be ...

Blended

It was the Monday after Thanksgiving, and we’d all just spent a long weekend bonding, playing Heads Up, and crashing from a perceived excess of tryptophans. We went back to school and work, responding bitterly to the 5:30am beep beep beep, and resumed our ritual of after school chorus, swimming, bowling, and driving. Even with the recent concentration of family time, the dinner scene in our house was alarming. Blue sat at the dining room table, which he recently co-opted as his private desk, eating ravioli while taking a homework break ...

Borough Notifications

Department of Tax Collection – The Borough of South Plainfield is looking for an experienced fulltime Cashier/Clerical Staff to handle tax and sewer billings for the Borough of South Plainfield. The ideal candidate should have strong customer service and clerical/organizational skills. Task will include handling cash and processing tax and sewer bills. Running of various closing reports, typing, filing, processing purchase orders and as well as routing mail.  Must possess computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word and ...

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

There’s a vintage gag sign that shopkeepers with a sense of humor used to post that read, “In God We Trust. All Others Pay Cash.” Not anymore. In my car console, I keep a baggie of quarters to feed parking meters, and a separate baggie of dimes, nickels and pennies that I grab by the handful if I’m going into a store where I will pay cash. Yet I often forget to grab the small coins, and parking meters are being upgraded in places like Pleasantville and Peekskill to accept cards. It’s as if any collection of ...

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

SHORT HILLS, NJ – Pure Barre, the largest and most established barre concept in North America, is pleased to announce the Set The Barre challenge, to help new and existing clients reach their 2017 health and fitness goals. Whether you’re looking to switch up your fitness routine or start working out, Pure Barre can work with you to accomplish your new years resolutions. Designed to sculpt, tone and strengthen, each 55-minute Pure Barre class is an intense, yet low impact workout that improves endurance, flexibility and balance.

Chamber Spotlight

The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to spotlight its member, Linda Percoco, President of Max Title Agency, LLC. Thank you Max Title Agency for partnering with the LACC and being a part of Livingston’s thriving business community. This virtual interview was conducted by TAPintoLivingston.net in partnership with the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and answered by president Linda Percoco. Max Title Agency, LLC, established in 2004, is located at 70 South Orange Avenue in Livingston.  Services include: ...

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

On the evening of Jan. 12, Valley Road Elementary School held its annual Paint Night! The theme of the evening was, “Snowman.” The students of Valley Road and their families put their brushes to the canvas to create a magical winter piece. Through each color and step, a snowman began to come alive. You could see the excitement of the evening from the smiles on the faces of everyone who attended. It was a night filled with fun, paint and creativity. --------------- TAPintoClark.net  is ...

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 - Superintendent’s Report - Meeting of February 13, 2017   STUDENTS: The following CHS World Language students represented the high school Japanese program with their teachers for incoming ninth graders and their parents/guardians:  Josh Lawrence, Sarah Roberts, Meg Cui, Jessie Heyburn, Steve O'Donnell, Renee Draper, Charlie Bernstein, Makayla Cartnick, and Sarah Sterling. Jake Bradford, junior  along with Thomas Dineen and Adam Czyrsznic, seniors -- all members of the Pre-Engineering and Robotics ...

Dad in the Box

It hurts.   She was sobbing pretty hard when she said it, so it came out more as a halting stutter.  It hu . . . hu . . . hu . . . rts.    My arms were wrapped around her and her head was buried in my shoulder as she cried.  She was just a little girl the last time I comforted her like this.  Now she is a young woman.     With a broken heart.     She and her first boyfriend of three months had just broken up.  She did the breaking up.  He gave her the broken ...

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 ...

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, I read your column every week, but as an intermediate teacher, I especially love the quizzes and often share them with my students because they’re fun. In honor of Presidents Day, will you give us another chance to test what we know about the presidents? Fifth Grade Teacher Dear Fifth Grade Teacher, I love the quizzes, too, no matter what the subjects, because no matter what age, we’re engaged when we play and we learn because of it. That’s why you’ve probably noticed that I talk a lot ...

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

I rarely rally. I was born in 1959, too young to protest the war in Vietnam, although my brother was draft-aged. Marching for Soviet Jewry was popular in the 1970s and even in the 80s. But I don’t recall participating. Hands Across America was a feel-good rally in 1986 designed to lift spirits and eradicate homelessness and poverty. Hardly controversial, I eagerly held hands with friends and strangers on a bright sunny day in Highland Park. As a breast cancer survivor, I felt it was my duty to raise money and walk in various fund raisers ...

East Brunswick Public Library Town Center

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—The East Brunswick Friends of the Library host a Designer Handbag Bingo fundraiser event on Friday, March 3 at  East Brunswick High School (380 Cranbury Road). Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first game starts at 7:30 pm. Bingo prizes include handbags from famous designers Kate Spade, Dooney & Burke, and Coach. The event also features tricky tray baskets, as well as raffles for a 40-inch flatscreen LED television, and Walt Disney World Park Hopper passes. Tickets cost $25 and are ...

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 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 ...

Expert Advice From Your Local Neighborhood Realtor

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - When you’re thinking of buying or selling your home or condo, you need expert, local advice so that you are prepared and knowledgeable before entering into the fast paced real estate market. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite articles offering tips on everything from how much mortgage you can afford, to improving your credit scores,  and to spring clean out suggestions in order to prepare your home for listing. I hope you’ll find it helpful and if you ever need a ...

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- -Six years ago, the Roxbury town council was barreling toward the annual Memorial Day parade with no idea who would captain the event. None of the usual possible organizers was available. But the council members eventually identified one prospect: a local service unit manager for the Roxbury/Mount Arlington Girl Scouts. Her name was Christine Houtz, and she’d managed the Girl Scouts for nearly a decade. She’d also made herself familiar to the town officials by volunteering for some of their other ...

Fire Department Blotter

01/15/2017 at 02:12 hrs. -  FD dispatched To ROUTE 78 WESTBOUND for car fire.  On arrival found a fully involved motor vehicle fire on the shoulder of the highway.  Fire personnel extinguished the fire with fire apparatus and overhauled the vehicle and checked for extension.  A Signal 10 of off-duty personnel transmitted to provide station coverage while units operated on the highway.  Fire personnel remained on scene until the vehicle was removed by the tow. 01/16/2017 at 00:05 hrs. - FD dispatched to the ...

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 ...

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

At the New Jersey State League of Municipalities 101st Annual Conference, Mayor Bollwage took part in a panel discussion about municipal employees. The conference took place from November 15 through November 17 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Following the UEZ Mayors Commission meeting, I participated in a panel discussion during another session entitled The Next Generation of Municipal Employees.  This forum focused upon the emerging “silver tsunami,” which is described as the impact of retirements and ...

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 offers students many educational opportunities outside of regular math, science, history, and English classes. There are academic help centers open during the school day, AP and honors courses and college fairs. Until the creation of 'Word!' open mic, however, Summit High School had fewer opportunities for its more creative students. 'Word!' open mic is a monthly variety show featuring writers, vocalists, and musicians from every grade and group in the high school. Students sign up to be apart of the ...

Guest Column

New Jersey's U.S. senators, Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, must put partisanship aside and support the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. She's earned their support with her advocacy for public education reform and better educational opportunities for children. It also would be in their best political interests. In the early 1990s, I was elected Jersey City's first Republican mayor in almost a century by a narrow margin. But when I ran for re-election, in this city of only 6 percent Republicans, I won with ...

Hair Matters

As we approach the time of year that can become hectic and sometimes stressful, finding time to relax and take care of "you" can become a bit of a challenge.  Also this time of year, many of us start  to experience a dry scalp. Did you know that in less than a half an hour a nice, soothing scalp massage can ease you through the stress of the season and benefit your scalp as well? Scalp massages have many perks for you.  A scalp massage will stimulate circulation and can remove ...

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

The results of a 25 year study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association looking at alcohol consumption and artery elasticity over 4-5 year intervals found that consistent heavy drinking (more than 4.6 oz of pure alcohol a week) stiffens arteries which increases the risk of heart disease.   The full journal article is at: http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/6/2/e005288 Use this News Moderate alcohol intake is known to increase HDL “good cholesterol”  which protects the arteries from stiffening ...

HeartBeats

“Welcome to Medical Jeopardy!” “Thank you, Johnny. Dr T. Totaler is our defending champion. Please start us off and pick a category”. “Thanks Alex. I’ll take Alcohol and Atrial Fibrillation for $200”. “Here is the answer: None. Yes, Dr T, what is the question?”  “How much alcohol is safe to drink with a history of atrial fibrillation?” Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is a very common heart rhythm disturbance. Afib is a rapid, irregular rhythm in the upper chambers of the ...

Heights Highlights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Strikers FC girls U8 team won the Girls 3v3 indoor Tournament "U8 Girls" bracket held at DTS Soccer Centers in Somerville. The Strikers, a festival team of 17 first and second 1st graders representing the Berkeley Heights Youth Soccer Club, entered two teams in the bracket. The "blue" squad went undefeated and won the bracket. The teams were coached by Mark Dahn and Michael Simon.

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

Donald Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office this month calling for review of the Obama administration’s landmark retirement savings “fiduciary” rule.  Shortly after, a fellow I worked with a number of years ago, who follows my column, emailed me this story:  “Back in the early ‘80s, my wife and I were teachers in the city. I worked at a private school serving troubled children on the Upper East Side; she worked in an elementary school on 96th Street and West End. We had three great kids ...

Here and Now! (Yorktown)

Cops are human and, like the rest of us, are scared and for good reason. We’re anxious and frustrated about a stagnant political process within a polarized country; we rage about partisanship, but are contemptuous of politicians with whom we disagree; we’re embroiled in one endless war after another; we obsess over the threat of domestic terrorism; and we’ve allowed for the mass proliferation of handguns and assault rifles, resulting in 372 mass shootings in 2015, including 64 school shootings (according to Everytown for Gun ...

Holy Trinity School Spotlight

A day in the Holy Trinity School PreK-4 and PreK-4Plus program is always exciting! The PreK -4 year old program at Holy Trinity Mountainside Campus is based on the knowledge that a child’s early years are ones of tremendous development – physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. The curriculum challenges the child to develop through experience with language, mathematics, art, music and the community itself. The curriculum for the PreK-4 programs is literature based.  The children develop their vocabulary, ...

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

Admitting a family member into a hospital can be a stressful time.  Concerns for prognosis, finances, and overall healthcare are often in the forefront of family members’ minds.  These days, patients and their loved ones additionally worry about the risk of hospital-acquired infections, commonly called HAI’s. Dr. John J. Halperin is the Chair of the Department of Neurosciences at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, New Jersey.  He explained, “Anyone who reads a paper realizes that HAI’s are a concern ...

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

The 2016-2017 Parent-Teacher Council (PTC) of the Westfield Public Schools launched the second half of the school year at its monthly meeting sharing ideas, interests and news about each school. The PTC, led by President Monica Bergin, is an umbrella organization which includes all 10 schools’ parent-teacher-student organizations.  The PTC has scheduled one meeting a month during the school year, beginning with discussions among the PTO presidents and PTC Board, and then opening up to the PTO general membership 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 ...

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 - We are about to be walloped by a snowstorm.  Many parents with a new driver at home will see the storm approaching and instinctively decide to not allow their kids to get behind the wheel until the snow's been cleared. They might want to rethink that. When it snows, it's the perfect opportunity for parents to take the newest driver in their household to a safe open area, free of light posts and parked cars, and let them experience what it’s like to drive on snow. No parent wants to get a ...

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

We're doing it again! We're giving away SIX weeks of our total transformation, kitchen sink training package to FOUR lucky locals!  The page is OPEN, you can enter here: http://gabrielefitness.com/giveaways/sweepstakes/ (you can bookmark the page ;)  Or click the link below and enter to win your six week transformation training! Remember, you're going to want to share this with your friends, the more you share the more your name gets pushed to the top (the internet fanciness weights your application ...

JCC NEWS

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

JCP&L Energizing Your Community

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is conducting thermovision inspections on 355 distribution circuits across northern and central New Jersey.   JCP&L employees use thermographic cameras to detect potential problems on wires and other electrical equipment that cannot be observed during regular visual inspections.  The high-tech cameras are used to capture infrared images of distribution lines exiting substations and fuses located on poles.  The images are downloaded to a computer and reviewed.  The infrared ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY CLIFTON - What the heck? How can it be that a New Jersey diner doesn't top the national list of the best diners? Apparently, we are only Number Two, with the Tick Tock Diner claiming that slot, according to The Daily Meal website. The Number One diner is some rat-infested hole in Manchester, N.H., where the pancakes likely taste like Frisbees, the coffee is akin to prison toilet water and the eggs are still attached to the hens. If The Daily Meal knew anything about the glory ...

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 ...

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

Yesterday, hundreds of millions of people around the globe watched the New England Patriots come from a 28-3 deficit to win Super Bowl LI. Tom Brady now holds the unique distinction of being the only quarterback in NFL history to have 5 Super Bowl rings. How does that make you feel, New York Jets fans? Yes, I feel it too. Where's our Tom Brady, our Joe Namath? Where does Tom Brady's intense drive come from? Brady tells it best when he described himself sitting at home with his parents during the 2000 NFL Draft, waiting for the ...

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 ...

Kaplan on Your Money

There are pros and cons to investing in the three main investment styles:  active,  passive and “evidence-based investing.” The benefits of “evidence-based investing” will be clearer after reviewing “active” vs. “passive” investing styles. 1. Active Investing through Mutual Funds: “Active” investors aim to “beat the market” (or a portion of a market) by investing in a large number of holdings through mutual funds and some Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). The ...

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 ...

Kayla's Creative Art Studio Calendar of Classes

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Kayla's Creative Art Studio offers a full calendar of classes throughout the month. Visit www.kaylascreativeartstudio.com for a calendar of events including adult, family or children's after school programs -- as well as information on scheduling your own party or event. The following are a sample of the classes offered in the month of May: Saturday, May 2 at 3 p.m.- Family Painting Class for All Ages - Sunflowers Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. - Cinco De Mayo Wednesday, May ...

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

You would think with Donald Trump’s transition from real estate mogul to President of the United States would make this answer a resounding “yes.”   According to Allan Glass, founder of ASG Real Estate in Los Angeles, President Trump's presidency will result in fewer business regulations, which allows lenders to be more liberal with underwriting standards, and allow more nontraditional lenders to enter the residential lending markets.  On the other hand, President Trump's policies could also lead ...

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

As a child, I found myself shying away from a food that kids typically enjoy : cheese. Of course I ate cheese on pizza, but in any other form, cheese was simply out of the question. Cheese sticks? Nope. Grilled cheese? Not a chance. Cheese on a sandwich?  Don't even bother asking. Only recently have I opened up my palate up to cheese.   A few years ago, I ordered spaghetti bolognese in an Italian restaurant. When it arrived at my table, I dug in before noticing the snow-like shavings of Locatelli cheese on top. Instantly, I ...

Kitchen Table Economics

The hardest thing about taking control of your money is getting started. Where to begin? Money can be an uncomfortable topic, so friends and family avoid discussing it. The sheer amount of information -and misinformation- about personal finance online is overwhelming. Below is a quick-start guide to getting organized with your money without having a nervous breakdown. With a little organization (no vision boards, I promise), we can get through this.   STEP 1: Stop beating yourself up about money.   If personal finance ...

Know Your Nest

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” First impressions matter, especially when it comes to selling your Sussex or Morris County home. A whopping 63 percent of potential home buyers drop by a home they’ve viewed online and found to their liking.* Employ our top 10 curb appeal tips to enhance your home’s exterior, consequently enticing those drive-bys to take the next step towards buying your home instead of turning them away. Top 10 Curb Appeal Tips 1.  Entry ...

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

It should come as no surprise to most people that discriminating against a worker on the basis of race, gender, or religion are unlawful in this State.  However some might not realize that the Law Against Discrimination, our State’s anti-discrimination statute, also protects workers from discrimination on the basis of marital status.  Our Supreme Court took an expansive view of the term “marital status” when it decided the case Smith  v. Millville Rescue Squad earlier this month.  The Plaintiff, Robert ...

Let's TAP About It

Super Bowl LI featured a historic comeback and the first overtime in the history of the game, but the biggest attraction for television viewers did not involve any of the athletes on the field. Viewership peaked at 117.5 million during Lady Gaga’s 13 minute halftime performance. According to Variety, this was the fourth consecutive year that halftime viewership outpaced average viewership for the game. The popularity of the entertainers who have performed during Super Bowl halftimes certainly accounts for the high numbers, but it ...

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

Over the summer, I came across a frightening statistic about the current ratio of liberal to conservative professors in New England. Samuel J. Abrams, professor at Sarah Lawrence College, published an article in the New York Times discussing his research into the political breakdown of the professoriate across the country. “Faculty members in New England are far more liberal than their counterparts anywhere else in the nation”, writes Abrams. Back in the late 80s, the ratio of liberal to conservative professors nationwide was ...

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

I pulled down the long tree lined driveway to a courtyard of this historic yellow home, which is just 30 minutes from NYC and yet when I get out of my car, I hear nothing but the wind blowing.  Wait that’s not true, I heard the comforting sound of a rooster crowing far off in the distance and it made me smile.  I know life can be crazy.  Every day is busy and schedules are rushed, filled with a million things to do an places to be.  When I get home, I want ...

Liz on Theatre

SUMMIT, NJ – You may be in for a high seas adventure if you visit “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself).” This 90-minute play by Donald Margulies has plenty to keep you entranced. Margulies has won just about every theatre award possible for such plays as “Time Stands Still” and “Dinner with Friends.” Here he takes us on an astounding tale, beginning in 1860 and ending in 1898 or thereabouts.  Louis de Rougemont really did exist and ...

Lost & Found Pets

Samba, a male Bengal cat, snuck out of his home last night Wednesday night around 8:30 p.m. He lives in the Westfield/Scotch Plains area between Charlie Browns and Forest Avenue. He's microchipped but not wearing his collar. Please contact Cristina at 908-361-1362.

Lost In Suburbia

There was a time when I was a world-class sleeper. I would go to bed at midnight and I wouldn’t emerge from my darkened cave until noon the next day. Alarms couldn’t wake me up.  Firetrucks couldn’t wake me up. If there were an Olympic event for sleeping, I would have won a gold. I am sleep woman. Here me snore. That was all, of course, before I became a mom. Once the kids arrived, so did the sleepless nights. There were years of sick nights, nightmares, monsters in the closets, monsters under the beds and the really ...

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 ...

Matrimonial and Family Law Blog

After 20 years of exclusively practicing matrimonial and family law, there are things I know for sure about divorce.  I know for sure and without a doubt that the following things should never be said to children. If you are already divorced, going through a divorce, or contemplating a divorce, please read the following advice.  Commit yourself to living by it. It truly will be the best gift you can give your children. Mom and Dad are breaking up and it’s all your fault. Be sure that you consistently and ...

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

GILLETTE, 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. This month, the Mayor's Round Table went on location and were guests of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights on Dec. 16 at Chimney Rock Inn in Gillette. Included in this episode Mayor Woodruff provides an update on time frame and status of various redevelopment projects: The Locust property ...

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

One of the ways to get cardiovascular exercise is through rebounding….a form of exercise using a mini trampoline that you should know about. In addition to building muscular strength, rebounding is extremely gentle on bones and joints because you’re bouncing on a surface that “gives,” so there’s no solid ground to create a hard impact every time you land. And speaking of bones... Rebounding aids in improved bone density because of the constant gravitational pressure that you are bouncing against. This is weight ...

My Perspective

I was fortunate last week to get my old friend and Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz to interrupt his busy schedule and grant me an interview. Can you describe what the county board does? We learned early on in civics class that there are four levels of government: local, county, state and federal. I’m on the second rung. I am lucky to have been elected and re-elected from the Fourth District. I share Yorktown with John Testa, who does a fine job for us. We work together to protect the town we ...

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

Lots of activity at Skin Deep Salon and Spa Friday evening as Salt Brook school girls prepared for a glamorous night of dancing at the Father/Daughter dance. Curls, undoes, braids and manicures were on tap, while moms enjoyed complimentary champagne and massages. A lovely evening for everyone!

News from Mayor Michael Giordano, Jr.

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano, Jr. will host the borough’s Annual Senior Citizen Picnic on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Vermeule Community Center from 12 to 4 p.m. (doors open at 11:45 a.m.). This year’s picnic will feature a buffet-style lunch and the musical performance ‘Scotch, Soul, Rock ’n Roll’ starring Ron Gartner, and raffle prizes. Additionally, prizes will be raffled off throughout the event. The Annual Senior Citizen Picnic is open to all North Plainfield ...

News from SCLSNJ

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Watchung Hills Regional High School sophomore Jacqueline Lee, 15, will lead a series programs at Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s Warren Township and Watchung Library branches this March. The programs will teach children ages eight and up how to recycle paper, plastic, and tin into beautiful art.   The Eco-Friendly Craft programs at SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren Twp., will be held March 16 & 30 at 7 p.m. Participants will make ...

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

The first annual NJAC Steam Advocacy for Mentor Based STEAM Programs, an “event to be spoken of in the future years of robotics,” was hosted by FIRST Robotics Team 1676 “The Pascack Pi-oneers” of Bergen County on October 22. Nine teams, all under FIRST Robotics, attended the event. Team 1676, the Pascack Pi-oneers, gave an informational presentation about underserved schools and mentors for STEAM Programs. At the conference, issues ranging from the searching of volunteers willing to invest time in this program, ...

Newton Town Manager's Blog

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

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

Fairfield, N.J.- Former NFL lineman, Bart Oates continues to make improvements in the healthcare industry concerning the lasting repercussions of untreated concussions. Oates, who won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants from 1985 to 1993 and a third with the San Francisco 49ers, has always expressed his passion for the importance of health and wellness knowledge. Oates became a partner with Metro DX Laboratories back in (YEAR?) and with them has developed initiatives, as well as conducting research for athletes to become more educated ...

Niru's Tech Tips

According to a report from Kaspersky Labs, a leading computer security company the number of new malware files detected by its products in 2016 increased to 323,000 per day. The easiest way for a hacker to enter your phone is through malware. In this article, we will introduce to the concept of malware, how to prevent malware from getting installed on your phone and what you can do to remove already installed malware. WHAT IS MALWARE? Malware, or malicious software, is any computer program or file that is harmful to a computer. 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

As we celebrate the birthdays of two of our most important and influential presidents, 2017 seems like a good time to ask: who was the WORST president? Some say it was Richard Nixon, whose rampant paranoia during his re-election campaign compelled him to authorize a break-in of the Democratic National Committee’s offices housed at the Watergate Hotel. Now, every scandal that occurs in America has the word “gate” attached to it, as if the word is a synonym for wrongdoing. If a cover-up happened there today it would be ...

On Millicent's Menu

NEWS YOU CAN USE * 25 Participating Food & Wine Establishments With Many Prix Fixe ...

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’m currently afraid to express my opinion on Facebook or opine about anything other than my dog in this newspaper, which is the only safe topic that seems to unite both conservatives and liberals. Before I go any further, I want to say that my actual political opinions are irrelevant to the point I am about to make in this column. If you are a Democrat, assume that I am a Democrat, and if you are a Republican, assume that I am a Republican.  There are a lot of things to criticize on my side of the aisle—whatever that ...

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.

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!

Are you looking to volunteer somewhere but don't  know where would be the best fit for you? Join us at Kennedy Library on Saturday, March 11, between 1-4 and talk with a variety of organizations who are looking for help. You may just find the perfect niche! Everyone is welcome for as little or as much time as they'd like to spend. 

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

Receiving mail with the IRS listed in the envelope’s upper left corner induces fear in most people. Receiving a phone call with the IRS listed on caller ID is even scarier. Fear can cause you to act before you think—many people fall for criminal scams out of fear. Don’t be one of them. Bottom line: The IRS does not phone taxpayers or communicate via email. The IRS does not allow you to pay taxes with gift cards. If you receive an unsolicited telephone call from anyone claiming to be from the IRS, or to be working on behalf ...

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

Failing to file tax returns on time doesn't necessarily make you a criminal, but the penalty for procrastinating can be punishing. What's the price you'll pay? The IRS can assess a failure to file penalty, which is usually 5% of your unpaid taxes per month, up to a maximum penalty of 25%. In addition, there is a penalty for failure to pay taxes on time. This penalty accumulates at a slower pace of 0.5% of unpaid taxes per month. You may also have to pay interest on both taxes due and the penalties. Even if you can't ...

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

Hello Summit! We are about to make 'the Hilltop City' our next home and, like any good future neighbor would do, we thought we would introduce ourselves, our team, our company, and our mission. As owners of Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty, we operate 12 -- and soon to be 13 --  Sotheby's offices with more than 600 real estate professionals throughout several New Jersey communities, including Ridgewood, Saddle River Tenafly and Montclair. Nearby, we also operate ...

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

Deciding to sell your home is a crucial decision and the selling process can be overwhelming. I am committed to making the sale of your home quick, easy, and profitable. Start planning early Weed out your current possessions. Throw out, give away, or sell the things that you don’t want to move at a yard sale.  Begin packing early; Anything that you are sure you will not be using before moving day should get boxed. If your children are home, have them sort thru their "treasures". Donate, Move to New House, ...

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

Once you make the major decision to sell your home, there are ten steps that you need to take to get your home on the market.  Step 1: De-clutter and move a large portion of your belongings into storage. Step 2: Close out any open permits. Step 3: Fix any known issues. Make your home shine with a coat of fresh paint. Step 4: Find a Realtor with whom you trust and will feel comfortable having in your home. Remember, this person will be responsible for your house during Open Houses. You and your agent should discuss your time ...

Rising Music Stars from Andy's Family Music

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight Shayne Apple, a fifth grader at Riker Hill Elementary School with an aptitude for drums. Shayne also plays trombone in the school band and participates in the school choir. According to his mother, Sharon, Shayne was inspired to pick up guitar not long after his father decided to learn the same instrument two years ago. His father, who was not a musician before picking up the guitar, has become extremely talented in the last two years, ...

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

Don't you just love all those commercials we're seeing on TV this time of year? You know, the ones that suggest that getting your taxes in order is as easy as popping some numbers into a tax software program, then click-click-click-done! Does it make you wonder why CPAs aren't obsolete? That's right, we're not going away anytime soon, because the reality is that taxes can be quite complex and stressful: It's a much better plan to have an expert working on your behalf and supporting you. Anyone can drop numbers ...

Rutgers News

Students who work at the Rutgers television station have an Academy Award nominee advising them. Hébert Peck is up for an Oscar at Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards for the James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro. “To me, working with the students is an incredible experience because they have a thirst for knowledge,” said the assistant director of broadcast operations at the university’s RU-tv Network. “These projects enrich your intellectual life and they enrich your heart. What you do ...

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

Since winning both the Blue Division Relay and Blue Division Individual Championships the Boys’ Winter Track team has still been busy competing.  The team competed in both the Sectional Championships and Group II Championships.  The team continues to have success largely in part of returning senior Pole Vaulter Joshua Ward. South Plainfield Senior entered winter track competition as the returning Indoor Pole Vault Champion and the silver medalist from last June's Outdoor Track and Field Meet of Champions.  ...

Scotch Plains Library

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

Scotch Plains Recreation Department

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

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a very contagious respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. If you are young and healthy, most of the time it will resemble a bad cold and disappear in one to two weeks without any intervention. However, for babies and older people, as well as adults with underlying medical conditions, it can lead to serious problems such as pneumonia and inflammation of the lungs, which can be life threatening and require hospitalization.  RSV is most prevalent ...

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. that would expand access to the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP) cleared the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today. The bill, S-2795, would require the Division of Consumer Affairs to provide online access to the NJPMP to a designated representative of a carrier that provides coverage for prescription drugs and any third-party administrator or pharmacy benefit manager that administers a pharmacy benefit. The bill would ...

Senior Corner

February 14    Valentine Party    11- 2;30     $5.00 Feb 15 – Sands Casino  $28 Feb 16 – Book Club – “Once we were Brothers”   11:30     Stay for lunch! Feb 18 – Saturday – Meet the Mayor 9-11 a.m.   light refreshments February 21 – Art Class 10 – 12  $10.00 must sign up February 28 – Adult Coloring 

Shameless Plug

(Shameless Plug #42) EAST ORANGE, NJ - Some business owners consider supplemental insurance an extra or a burden to their already financially fatigued work force.  Some employers feel that asking their employees to protect themselves is not beneficial to their business.  They feel that not offering the option means that they do not have to worry about their workforce.  Some employers think they must pay for it.  SO NOT TRUE.  Business owners have enough to worry about.  Things like revenue, growth, ...

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

LIVINGSTON, NJ — On January 23, 2017, Kenneth M. Gibbons, CPA, CGMA, MST joined Sobel & Co. as a member of the Firm.  Ken will have a strong role in the tax practice area, leveraging the expertise he has gained over more than 20 years in the profession of accounting, tax and advisory services from his tenure at firms such as Arthur Andersen LLP and Deloitte.  In addition, Ken managed his own practice. Ken has also earned a Master in Taxation degree from Seton Hall. “I am pleased to add value at Sobel & ...

Social Studies

In their latest update, Snapchat seems to have followed Instagram's example by releasing updated features one-by-one rather than all at once. Group Chat Snapchat now allows you to send snaps and text chats with groups that include up to sixteen friends and even name these groups. Just like a snap on your story, the snaps sent to your groups will be automatically deleted after 24 hours. One feature that's different, though, is that everyone in the group can see the snaps that you've sent--even if you are not already friends on ...

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 (SPJBC) will be having their LAST In-Person Registration Signups on Saturday February 11th from 9am to 1pm at the SPJBC Clubhouse on Lorraine Ave You can also sign your kids up online at the SPJBC Website:  http://www.leaguelineup.com/spjbc or you can mail the form to SPJBC, PO Box 166, South Plainfield NJ 07080 Children 6 – 18 can sign up to play next season.  Your child must be 6 years old before September 30th or be in 1st Grade to be eligible to play.  Any questions ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus held their annual Keystone Residents Christmas party on December 21st. The Keystone Community which has been located in South Plainfield for many years recently placed there residents across Middlesex County in group home settings. Ray Fantusi and the whole Keystone staff do a great job supporting Mentally Handicapped people to give them a better way of life. In what was the biggest turn out in all of the years this event has taken place over 120 Keystone Residents & ...

South Plainfield Library

Monday Night Movies are back!  Come join us on February 27 at 6:30 PM as we show our next selection. Starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, Monday night’s movie is based on the real-life story of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving as they fight for their right to be married during the 1950s and 1960s.  This historical drama will also be shown on Wednesday, March 1 at 12:30 PM.  The movie is rated PG-13.    Don’t forget to stop by the library this weekend!  We have some fun events planned, ...

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

Over the past months, the Sparta School District has been working on plans to update our current website. Working from feedback received in Superintendent Forums and other community meetings, the focus of this update is to provide a site that is more easily navigated, helping our community find important information in a more efficient manner. The website is scheduled to receive this update on Thursday, November 11. During this time, members of our community will not be able to log on to the site. We ask that you please note this date on ...

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 regular monthly meeting of the Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield was held February 2nd at the American Legion Hall, Oak Tree Road.  Thank you to hostesses Diane Gallo and Orvie Hoffman. All officers reports were delivered followed by updates from Committee Chairs on their various ongoing projects. Discussions included the third annual South Plainfield Spelling Bee which is co-sponsored by the Suburban Woman's Club as well as the upcoming Luncheon Fashion Show which will be held on April 2nd at the South Plainfield ...

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 ...

Summit Real Estate Wrap

Years ago we all talked about "sitting an open house" and that is literally what we did.  We sat at a table, greeted people, had them sign in (maybe) and left them to themselves.  We arrived at just about the scheduled start time with no specific plan in mind.   Today things are very different. For a start, not every seller wants to have their home open to the public and, those who do, expect a high level of preparation and engagement from their agent hence the key words are "hosting" and ...

Support These TAPinto Roxbury Sponsors

When we drive east on Route 10 through Roxbury, many of us might remember a Shell station at the Randolph border next to the golf range. It was in that station that Nancy and Peyton Knight began their long history of auto repair in the township. That was 1983 and soon the Knights’ business grew and expanded. The humble gas station gradually morphed into a state-of-the-art repair facility that had to be relocated to a larger building in 1996.  Knight’s Automotive Repair, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, eventually ...

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 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

“We are so grateful to The Northfield Bank Foundation for their generous grant of $20,000 for the expansion of our bereavement support programs at our new center in Mountainside!” said Stuart Arnold, Imagine Board Chair.  “We are moving in the nick of time as all of our Green Groups (ages 10-12 approximately) are full.  Moving into this new space will allow us to double the number of children and families we serve in the years to come.  Northfield Bank Foundation has been there from the beginning for Imagine ...

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 Affordable Gourmet

Make Mom a Magnificent Mother’s Day Meal in Minutes, with Help from the Meat House Mother’s Day (May 11th) is just around the corner, and we’ve got two perfect, turn-key prepared meals that are sure to put a smile on her face.  Each meal has already been proportionately and passionately prepared for the exact number of servings you need will be ready for quick pick up. We give you the instructions how to heat or grill these magnificent meals which will be ready in minutes.   Be the ...

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

For the ancient Romans, Janus, the god of portals and doorways, was a two-faced god who looked both towards the future and back to reflect. In our time, the month of January still functions in the same manner. We look to the future with hope and reflect on the past year’s events. The end of January typically marks Catholic School Week. It is a time for Catholic schools nationwide to celebrate their uniqueness and excellence. A time to look forward to future accomplishments and a time, if you will, to look back and reflect. Catholic ...

The Floor Plan

That's right - get in the kitchen... what many people widely acknowledge is the most important room in their house.   It's where their day begins. It is the center of their day-to-day living.   From a design perspective, kitchens were traditionally darker spaces with heavy cabinetry, but that has now morphed to a trend which sees lighter, more airy spaces with splashes of color.   A mix of style and substance, and one of pillars of kitchen design, is flooring, which -- when selected properly ...

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 Little Things: Health & Fitness Tips

Follow These Tips to Avoid Putting On Unwanted Pounds In the majority of the consults I do with new members, whether in November, April or August, the subject of the holidays comes up. I’m not sure if people are more scared to make a mistake in a situation they know will be challenging or more scared that I may ask them to pack a Tupperware with plain chicken and broccoli for Thanksgiving Dinner.   I'm here to let you know that it's okay.   The holidays are nothing to be afraid of.   If we ...

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

The new movie Hidden Figures is now open in theaters nationwide, and I urge all parents out there to take your children to see it. It is a wonderful film with a wonderful message, not to mention a great endorsement of all things related to STEM. Hidden Figures brings us to Langley, VA in the 1960s, just as NASA is preparing to launch its first Americans off of the planet and into the unknown. Under much pressure from the space race with the Soviet Union, NASA’s teams of engineers and scientists are working with intense fervor to not ...

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

The process of buying and selling a house has evolved over the years but one thing has remained the same, taxes. When buying, selling, or even renovating a home, there are tax benefits and penalties that all homeowners must be aware of. The last thing a homeowner needs is to receive a penalty letter for not paying taxes on something they should have. Worse than that, you could end up paying too much in taxes by failing to take advantage of the exclusions and deductions made available by the IRS. Home Ownership When purchasing a home ...

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

Growing a business can be a mixed bag of success and stress if you don’t know where to start.  You know you have a great business already, and you have the vision for where you want the business to go, but the haze between Point A and Point B makes this next step seem like quite the daunting task.  From our growing business to yours, here are our top tips to help you grow your business without breaking your bank or your sanity. Set Goals Setting goals can help to guide you and your employees in the right direction to take ...

The Sparta High School Oracle

2016 was a swarm of brilliant blockbuster from hilarious animated comedies like Zootopia and Finding Dory, to action flicks like Deadpool and Captain America, and coming-of-age dramas like The Edge of Seventeen. Naturally, our expectations for the new year in are at a sky-high. The year is off to a fresh start with the release of Hidden Figures on January 6, 2017. The inspiring story of a team of African-American women providing NASA ideas for their first successful space missions. The film is complete with a star-studded cast, with Taraji ...

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- You’ve probably been told that one of the smartest financial moves to make is investing in your future by maxing out your retirement plan contributions. Traditional IRA and Roth IRA investors have had the same $5,500 limit for years, with a $1,000 catch-up contribution option for those 50 years of age or older. However, there are other retirement accounts that have increased contribution limits in 2017. For more information, CLICK HERE FOR THE CHART For professional assistance, contact Walter Pardo, WFP Tax ...

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 ...

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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

The Westfield Area YMCA is pleased to announce the addition of Clinical Nutritionist, Carolann Salinardo to the Y Staff. Carolann is introducing a holistic, personalized approach to health and healing integrating a variety of nutrition therapies including whole foods, targeted supplements and exercise as well as mind body practices to address any health concern. Paul Garwood, Associate Director of Physical Programs at the Y, commented, “Weight management, blood sugar balance, cardiovascular health, and digestive disorders are just ...

What Was I Thinking?

It’s clear that the best way for me to travel the medical route in the future is to take it one doctor’s visit at a time—may be easier said than done, but I sure will give it the ole Scheffer shot (shades of the Corps!). The AFib is under control with medication; last week I met with the director of pulmonary hypertension at the Westchester Medical Center. Leading up to this appointment was the advice of my other physicians that a heart catheterization would/should be scheduled. Imagine my relief when he advised that that ...

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 ...

Why The Y

The Kirby bus, as it is affectionately called, pulls up to the Madison Area YMCA’s Family Center. The kids on the bus have just taken a short ride from the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center on East Street to do their sports, swimming, gymnastics, performing arts or enrichment classes. Five-year-old John Patrick Connolly, who is in the Young 5s program, hops off the bus and follows a line of classmates. As he expects, his grandmother, Cathy Rooney, greets him in the lobby with a big hug and kiss. It’s a moment. John Patrick ...

Words from LaMastra

Single female buyers only made up 16 percent of home buyers while the share of single male buyers is 8 percent less, according to the National Association of Realtors' 2014 Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers. Among first-time home buyers, the percentage is even higher (23 percent). What is driving the trend? In our area, women tend to be more highly educated and have higher paying jobs than in many other parts of the country. At a certain point in their lives, they may get to the stage where they no longer want to ...

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

Get a life?  You wish you had a life, and so does your teen!  Most days it feels as if your life is all about your child and getting through the days. Why would your teen want you to have a life of your own?   1)  The obvious reason is that it takes the focus off your child.  "Stop bossing me around!" is a common teen outburst.  If you're not focusing on yourself, you're focusing on what you want her to do, what she's not doing right, and how burdensome it can sometimes feel when ...

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 ...