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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

It is that most wonderful time of the year when every day becomes a mad scramble to attend parties, meet family obligations, buy gifts and, in between, get work done. The holiday season engenders feelings of nostalgia, hope and gratitude. And, with that, we spend incredible sums of money, sometimes without thinking. Generosity is a virtue, so here are some basic tips on giving to those in need without giving it away wastefully: ·         If you are not already familiar with the ...

A Random Walk Down Millburn

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

A Reason To Smile

A few years ago, I sat next to someone who was smoking out of what looked like a pen.  He took a few swigs from it and didn’t think twice that he was on a plane about to take off.   The fact that he was using this novel device that didn’t smell as horrible as normal cigarettes left me curious.  Not too much longer after that I began seeing kiosks pop up around the mall advertising these new “e-cigarettes.”  Are they actually safer and will they replace regular cigarettes?  Over the years, ...

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

Welcome to the second part of our two-part series taking you behind the scenes in the world of admissions counselors.  In our first installment we confirmed their “Road Warrior” status but now it’s time to take a closer look. To all those students I’m working with or who have attended one of my workshops, I’m sorry, this will be a bit of a repeat.  My spiel on admissions counselors is one of my favorites as I find it goes a long way in alleviating some fear and stress around the application review ...

Ain't That Grand?

The Grand Summit Hotel in prestigious Summit has hosted meetings -- steps from the vibrant, yet quaint, downtown -- for more than 100 years -- our staff taking tremendous pride in carrying on a tradition that has been in place for decades. At a time when many of the nation’s hotels have taken on a similar look and feel, The Grand Summit Hotel’s corporate clientele enjoys the intimacy that a classic hotel from another, golden time creates. Heading into what is historically a slower period for the hotel, the hotel is running a ...

Alerts from South Plainfield Police Department

The South Plainfield Police responded to a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle on Wednesday evening, November 30, 2016, at approximately 6:11 p.m.  Vonzo Daniels of Plainfield was struck and severely injured by a vehicle travelling south bound on Plainfield Avenue at the intersection of Wood Street as he attempted to cross the roadway. The investigation revealed that Daniels was crossing westbound when he was struck by a 1997 Nissan Maxima owned and operated by Mauricio Zarazua-Lopez, age 49, of South Plainfield. Daniels suffered head ...

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 - New Jersey students who will attend in-state colleges and universities wil benefit from a new bill that is being moved forward by Nancy Pinkin. An Assembly panel on Monday advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Pinkin to ensure that New Jersey colleges and universities are not overburdening students with exorbitant tuition hikes.   The bill (A-552) prohibits a public institution of higher education from increasing the institution resident undergraduate and graduate tuition and fees for any academic year by ...

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

So, I get this email last Tuesday (Nov. 29) that asks me if I saw Trump’s latest Tweet concerning the burning of the American flag. Here is the Tweet: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” I was reminded in the email that the Supreme Court has already ruled laws banning flag burning unconstitutional (Texas v. Johnson). This I already knew. The sender wanted to know my opinion and if I would be doing a column on it. Well, ...

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

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philiippa Gregory (Touchstone of Simon and Schuster, 2016)   When one reads an historical novel by Philippa Gregory, s/he is transported magically through the power of words to that era. Given the turbulence of the recent political scene in America, returning once again to the complicated and violent Tudor reign helped me to escape the ugliness of the 21st century for my favorite historical period. Philippa Gregory, a literary artist who presents a well researched landscape of events that happened over ...

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

We’re near the seven-year mark, the approximate point at which blended families organically take on the tone of a family that was organically formed. Something happened this summer that caused G and me to look at each other and think: we’ve arrived. It helped that the scene was so picturesque. We were wrapping up a two-week summer stay in Cape May with a professional photo shoot organized by G’s mom on the beach around 7:00pm when the sun is bright, but not fierce. All eighteen of us, including G’s brothers and their ...

Borough Notifications

  Qualified Purchasing Agent (Part-time) – South Plainfield, Middlesex County.  The Borough seeks a Qualified Purchasing Agent to oversee the purchasing methods in accordance with prescribed laws, rules, regulations and standards. The candidate will assist the Administrator and Clerk in the preparation of bid documents, procurement of materials, and make recommendation for the acceptances and rejection of bids. The successful candidate must possess strong interpersonal and analytical skills. Requirements include a valid New ...

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

“Everybody’s talkin’ at me, I don’t hear a word they’re saying, Only the echoes of my mind.” –Harry Nilsson Now there’s a song for our time. If the terrifically talented Harry Nilsson were alive today, he could write an inverted sequel, “Nobody’s listening to me, they don’t hear a word I’m saying…” Are you as tired as I am of the sensory overload that has washed over us these past 18 months? Not that I’m blaming sensory overload itself. We enable ...

Business Chatter

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

Chamber Conversations

MILLBURN, NJ – The Millburn/Short Hills Chamber of Commerce is the preeminent organization to advocate and promote business in Millburn Township. The Chamber organizes events throughout the year to bring together business people and organizations interested in making Millburn a vibrant community to live and work. Led by Chamber president Rick Davis, a Millburn resident and CFO at St. Barnabas Medical Center, he and his board of directors with Executive Director Roxanne Giacalone, strive to bring the value to its 175 members through ...

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 ...

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

GWACC has announced today that it will be visiting irresistible Southern Italy & Amalfi Coast, departing Oct. 11, 2017 and is inviting chamber members, and family and friends of chamber members to join them on this once in a lifetime experience. Rich in culture and stunning scenery, irresistible Southern Italy is the setting for this breathtaking journey. Enjoy an eight day journey back to the old country where you will explore many facets of Italy.  As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, find ...

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 for the meeting of Nov. 28. STUDENTS: The following CHS Glamour Gals, under the guidance of Barbara Carroll, assistant principal of academic affairs, visited the Atria nursing home on  November 19 to spend time with the senior citizens and provide make-up and manicures to the female population: Kerry Pollock, student leader;  Julia Sorkin, KC Pringle, Jamie Hendrak, Marissa Lijoi, Kayla Ducusin, Kayla Murray, Samantha Benes, Angelina Spricigo, Sabrina Cuji, Mallory Fries, ...

Dad in the Box

This year, on our National Day of Thanks, I would like to express my gratitude for having hands. We typically don’t thank our body parts because they seldom leave us.  Most of us have not experienced unfortunate accidents or suffered the horrible consequences of war; tragic events  which might cause us to lose a limb.   Most of us take our fingers and hands and elbows and arms and shoulders, the working tools of our bounty, for granted. But this year I am especially thankful for my hand, which I recently misplaced ...

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

Hall bathroom, guest bath, half bath, little’s girl’s or boy’s room, it’s probably the smallest room in your home. And all too often, it’s the most blandly decorated room in the home. And worse still, it’s probably the room most often frequented by your guests! So, why not let your imagination and creativity flow! Make a bold statement with your powder room!  Work on creating a focal point. It’s not uncommon for small powder rooms to have no window, and let’s face it, there’s ...

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 ...

Doctors Express Urgent Care Center of West Orange

Hopefully, most people have received a seasonal flu shot by now. Having said that, here is some useful information about how the flu spreads and what makes the flu vaccine work. The influenza virus is a respiratory virus and it spreads primarily through contact with respiratory droplets. However, these droplets can spread through direct bodily contact or through contaminated surfaces. The flu virus can remain alive on solid surfaces for as long as eight hours, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To keep from getting ...

Dr. Linda

Dear Dr. Linda, My sister lives in an urban area and her kids attend a charter school. When we heard that my nieces and nephews were going to a charter school we were skeptical, to say the least. We thought my sister and brother-in-law had gone crazy. Well, I must say that her children have done just fine. In fact, they were accepted at rather prestigious colleges. They actually did way better than my kids. They even got higher SAT scores than my kids. My husband and I and my parents have a new respect for them, even though I still ...

Driven From Within

Megan is a sophomore high school soccer forward who just finished a great season starting varsity. She played hard, contributed to her team and competed every single game against varsity competition. Megan is also a really passionate soccer player so as the season ends she brings up the conversation to her parents that she wants to get stronger and faster for next season. Her parents, open to the idea, know that training will definitely help Megan for her club soccer season and her junior year. With regards to training one topic that Megan ...

East Brunswick Guest Columnist

While we all now quietly assemble and do that thing we do when Hillary Clinton isn’t running for office, where we praise her work, her tenacity, her leadership, and the trails she’s blazed for so many, we are also left picking up the pieces of a dream shattered by the voices of an insurrectionist right. How do we move on or up, in a room that now feels like it’s got higher walls and a lower ceiling?   My husband and I have enjoyed the benefits of our tax-paying citizenship by entering the constitutionally enshrined ...

East Brunswick Public Library Town Center

EAST BRUNSWICK—The East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) hosts the lecture “Oral History of the American Experience in World War II” on Tuesday, December 13 at 2:30 pm. Director Shaun Illingworth of the Rutgers Oral History Archives [ROHA] will discuss the Archives’ work in documenting the WWII generation and how oral history can shed new light on events from over 70 years ago. His talk will feature stories from the ROHA collection, a retelling of America's great campaigns and home ...

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

How can schools help children deal with academic anxiety related to performance and transitions? Many students struggle with academic anxiety. Educators often observe that performance anxiety can interfere with the learning process as these students tend to shut down and not ‘hear’ what is being presented. They also need sustained guidance for assignments and tests. Additionally, some students struggle with academic anxiety with regard to transitioning from one task to another. Educators often characterize such students as being ...

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

What do employment law attorneys look for when selecting a harassment or discrimination case on a contingency fee basis? Likable and competent client – charisma and competency add value to a case, lending credibility to the plaintiff’s story. A direct statement or overt act against the client motivated by prejudice against his or her protected class status (ie. race, gender or disability). Independent verification of the client’s story by witnesses or supporting documentary evidence. Internal complaints documented ...

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 ...

Extraordinary Living

We projected a 2015 market that would show marginal improvement from 2014 in the mainstream price levels based on continued low interest rates and relatively low inventory. As anticipated, many of our local communities did experience modest growth in terms of the number of transactions when analyzing market performance for the first 8 months of 2015 vs. 2014. For an in-depth look at how your community has performed, see the image and chart above.  In our never-ending quest to better understand the dynamics of the real estate market, we ...

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 ...

Fit is the New Thin

Fit is the New Thin is all about making your health a priority and getting pumped on fitness is the perfect theme for the New Year as many of us make a renewed commitment to our health. Now is the ideal time to make lifestyle changes and embrace a wellness paradigm. The trend towards fitness and wellness is underscored by the logarithmic growth of the Arnold Sports Festival which is the largest multi-sport event in the country that attracts over 170,000 attendees to Columbus, Ohio every March. In fact, it was my first trip to the Arnold ...

For the House You Call Home

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties is proud to announce the appointment of Chris Brown to President of the 21-office real estate brokerage headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey. Previously serving as Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager, Brown is a member of the company’s ownership team along with Bill Keleher, Seymour and Nancy Litwin, and Steve Janett. Keleher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, made the announcement at the company’s monthly management team meeting in November. “Since ...

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

Mayor Bollwage attended the New Jersey State League of Municipalities 101st Annual Conference from November 15th through November 17th at the Atlantic City Convention Center where the status of the Urban Enterprise Zones was discussed. The theme of this year’s event was Meeting the Challenges of Municipal Government.  In addition to being a past league president, I am also the chairman of the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) Mayors Commission and moderated a Wednesday afternoon session, where pending UEZ legislation was ...

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 ...

Guest Column

America’s tragedies have long been a breeding ground for business growth.  Some of our nation’s finest accomplishments are the result of trying circumstances, including modern consumer-based banking during the 1920s Great Depression, public air travel in the 1940s during World War II, and the interstate highway system during the 1950s Cold War.  In the engineering world, especially here in New Jersey, we find ourselves in the nascent stages of an industry that is responding to unusual weather events and climate ...

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 News You Can Use

A study published this week in the journal Evolution, Medicine and Public Health, offers an explanation as to why yoyo dieting leads to weight gain.  It happens because the body interprets a low calorie diet as a famine or a food shortage and in response, stores fat as a protective mechanism. In some people this response continues even when the diet ends because the body does not know when famine will strike again. For a summary of the article see: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/314527.php For the complete journal article ...

HeartBeats

A 55-year-old obese woman wishes to begin an exercise program to lose weight, reduce her risk for heart disease, lower her blood pressure and lower her cholesterol. How should she proceed? First, she should see her doctor and make sure her heart is healthy enough to exercise. If it is, what is the correct dosage of exercise for her? Ideally she should be given an exercise prescription that follows the FITT principle. FITT is an acronym that stands for Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type. The exercise prescription should give a ...

Heights Highlights

Gov. Livingston seniors Hannah Probst and Gillian Mitreuter walk in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade for the second yea.. Last year they were a part of the 'All star' baseball clown group and this year they were a part of the first ever Girl Scout float group. "It was such an honor walking with the Girl Scout's inaugural float as we were both Girl Scouts for many years together," said Hannah. "Although it's a very early morning, leaving our houses at 4 a.m., it is so worth seeing all of ...

Help! I Need Some Style

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

Here and Now

In a world rife with despotism and tyranny, the United States enjoys a democratic form of government. Laws apply equally to all; citizens are allowed active participation through free and fair elections; individual human rights are zealously protected; and, in contrast to a dictatorship, the people can control their leaders through a representative form of government and oust them without the need for a revolution. Donald Trump refused to say whether he’d accept the election results if he lost. He has proposed widening libel laws, ...

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

At Holy Trinity School, Kindergarten is cool!  In Kindergarten, students learn the fundamental skills necessary to thrive in a school environment. The Holy Trinity Kindergarten is a full-day, faith-based program focused on reading readiness, language development, math, and science concepts.   Students also take part in several special classes each week that include music, library, Spanish, art, and physical education. Technology is woven into the program, providing an integrated approach to S.T.E.M. learning. Kindergarten ...

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 ...

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

Employees from Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center recently participated in the PurpleStride New Jersey 2016 5K run/walk in Parsippany to raise money for pancreatic cancer research. The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center had two teams walk – one from Morristown and one from Overlook.  Lawrence Harrison, MD,(third from left), chief of Atlantic Surgical Oncology, was an honorary co-chair of the event. Lisa Eidleberg, a survivor, spoke at the event. Eidleberg was a patient at the Carol G.

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

With the objective of fostering students' critical thinking, imagination and creativity, Westfield Public School librarian Christine Pitarresi has spearheaded a new program at Tamaques Elementary, called "Makerspace." Observing current trends and needs for growing minds, Ms. Pitarresi enthusiastically noted, "We used to be a society of makers, now we are becoming a society of consumers...we need our students to embrace creative thinking and problem solving again." With the full ...

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 ...

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

Shannon just finished her 6 Week Transformation, here were her results:  Dropped 2 Pant sizes Energy Level went from a 2 to a 9 Confidence level from a 5 to a 9 She was very happy and satisfied with these results, but the best result was taking her focus off the scale! For years Shannon only measured her success for her health by weight loss. When we sat down in the beginning we both established a plan to take the focus OFF the scale and put it on the process of getting healthy. This is where so many people get ...

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 ...

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

The 2016 football season is now in week 13 and I certainly don't need to remind you that the New York Jets are 3-8. The November 13th game against the Rams was almost unbearable to watch, but we did get to see Bryce Petty as a replacement for the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick. Petty looked good in the first quarter, but the entire team fell asleep after that, and so did the fans. The Bye Week 11 was a chance for the team to regroup and recover, preparing to meet the mighty New England Patriots. The injury report provided by the Jets on ...

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

Is a lump sum offer from an employer a better choice than a pension annuity for life? The former provides an immediate up-front amount (say $300,000), but the pension annuity gives you a stream of payments for life (example: $1,350 per month). A number of employers dangle a lump sum offer to employees in part to remove future liabilities from their balance sheets. It’s tempting for employees to select the lump sum as an obvious choice and forgo the pension stream.  But is it the right choice?  Like all decisions, the correct is ...

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 ...

Keller Williams Realty: Real Life ... Real People

The Big Appeal With Small Kitchens Susan Massa Broker CRS Keller Williams 908-400-0778 www.NJHomeshowcase.com Your home and your kitchen is, well, compact, know that you can find ways to achieve big appeal with a little creativity. Bring in the light. Sometimes small kitchens can be dark, making them feel even smaller. But if you remove the curtains from any windows in your small kitchen, it'll let light in and open up the area. Instead of curtains, you can use small blinds that are recessed inside the frame of the window.

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 ...

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

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Given the chance to be characters in holiday movies, TAPinto Greater Olean’s staff chose a variety of alternate egos. Anthony Sambrotto and Mikael DeSanto would like to play parts in the comedy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Sambrotto chose Rusty Griswold, because, as he said, his father would be Chevy Chase playing Clark Griswold. And DeSanto said he would like to have Chase’s role “because it is a funny movie” and because he enjoys comedic films. Jessica ...

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 ...

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

MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales. The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions of Swansea, a village in Wales,  with “fallen snow on snow… long ago.” Some of that bittersweet quality would have served the play well, especially late in Act II, which turns into a songfest. The ...

Lost & Found Pets

This female dog was found at 315 East 1st Ave. in Roselle.  She is currently at the Roselle Police Headquarters. If this is your pet or you know the owner call the Roselle Police at 908-245- 2000. 

Lost In Suburbia

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles) and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to solve the greatest mysteries of the universe. I, however, am not an armchair theoretical physicist. In fact, the closest I get to understanding ...

Lost in Suburbia®

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to solve the greatest mysteries of the universe. I, however, am not an armchair theoretical physicist.  In fact, the closest I get to ...

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

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

Madison's 'Academic Journey'

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

Main Street Musings

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

Making the Grade

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

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln by Jen Miller

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

Marketing Inside Out

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

Mayor Dansereau: Conversations with the Community

ROSELLE, NJ - Mayor Christine Dansereau gives an update on the monthly “Conversations with the Community” meetings and other town updates. Conversations with the Community is a citizen driven dialog of viewpoints and fresh ideas, along with getting answers to questions about the town.   

Mayor's Round Table

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor's Round Table is a monthly show hosted by Dr. Donald DeFabio, who sits with Mayor Robert Woodruff to talk about current issues that affect the township as well as answer questions submitted by citizens.  Included in this episode are discussions regarding the next step to creating a Peppertown Park committee; Board of Education relationship with regards to fields and other shared services;  redevelopment updates; plan for existing walking paths throughout township; and budget ...

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 - As part of Fire Prevention Week the Mountainside Fire Department came to Beechwood School for an assembly to the PreK-2 students. The teachers conducted specific lessons about fire prevention using nonfiction books.   All the students were given fire fighter hats at the end of the assembly. They watched a video and then learned about the fire engine trucks. 

My Perspective

I can recall with remarkable detail my youthful enthusiasm as I devoured Theordore White’s “The Making of the President, 1960” back in the early ’60s. The 1960 campaign that Mr. White wrote about was hard-fought but its tenor would be unrecognizable by today’s standards. In 1960, a political aficionado could satiate his or her desire for information only by watching the nightly news, a candidate’s press conference, perusing the weekly newsmagazines or reading the local paper. In all these venues, you ...

New Jersey: What Exit?

You may have noticed that this week PolitickerNJ again posted their own Power List ––answering the question on everybody’s mind: Who are the most powerful and influential people in New Jersey politics? And this year, it’s just in time for Thanksgiving!  I’m sure that all of those on their list will sit around with families and friends knowing that this year they have something special to be thankful for. Their list identifies New Jersey’s 100 most influential people in politics––either ...

New Providence Notables

Historian and author, Bob Mayers spoke at the New Providence Historic Society fall meeting on October 20, at the DeCorso Center. Mayers spoke of the "common foot soldier' of the Continental Army who fought the War for Independence. He was also available to sign his newest book, Searching for Yankee Doodle: Washington’s Soldiers in the American Revolution. Learn more about Bob at www.revolutionarydetective.com. Visit the New Providence Historic Society website and ...

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

Most people are familiar with the names of Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Frida Kahlo and their unforgettable works of art that changed the world. But what about the female artists whose art has been overlooked or dismissed throughout history? SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Blvd. in Warren Twp., will welcome art historian Sue Altman to speak about these lesser known artists during “Women in Art” on Wednesday, December 14 at 7 p.m. The presentation will reveal how women, both ...

News from South Plainfield Eagles

Dear Parents, We will be having our Uniform Return night on Monday, November 21, 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Field House.  All uniforms must be washed prior to returning. After cross referencing our records, your bond will only be returned if you meet all the requirements: Uniform Returned in clean, good condition 6 hours of work detail Canning Calendar Raffles sold If you did not meet those requirements, you will not receive your bond return.  We will send another email on when bond checks can be picked ...

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

School’s out for students at Newton High School after a long week and a half of final exams. In late May, the team celebrated this year’s success and events as well as shared their farewells with students of the Class of 2016 at the annual banquet. Lara Pennell and Jake Kolzow, who have been on the team since eighth grade, expressed how remarkable it was to be on the team and to have been co-captains for the past two years. The team’s coach, Jim Hofmann, announced that Liam Oakes and Katie Nelson, both upcoming seniors, ...

Newton Town Manager's Blog

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

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

MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - With the winter season and cold months quickly approaching it is important to get your car ready for the winter. Not only is it crucial for the maintenance of your car but it is also essential when it comes to assuring your safety. There are numerous things to keep in mind when winterizing your car such as your exhaust, brakes, battery, tires, cooling system, and oil. Morris Plains Automotive located on route 10 in Morris Plains, understands the importance of getting your vehicle ready for the winter and encourages you ...

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 ...

Obituaries

Bradenton, FL – Ronald Michael Palochko, 69, died Saturday, December 3, 2016. Born and raised in Perth Amboy, Ronald resided in Piscataway from 1983 to 2015 when he relocated to Bradenton, FL. A member of the United States National Guard, Ronald went on to work as a Logistics Manager for Volvo Cars of North America and Hyundai Mobis for over 30 years.  He was passionate about walking and sports, mainly the Detroit Tigers.  He was also an active member of the Freewalkers distance walking ...

On Assignment

We went with my sister, my niece and her husband to see a Broadway show last week, and it made me sit up and take notice of how much talent there really is, concentrated in a 26-block area of New York City. Actually, I was sitting up already because theater chairs are really uncomfortable, but the better the show, the less time you spend thinking about it. We saw the play “Waitress,” and it was a vibrant joy. I’m no expert on the subject, or any other, for that matter, but this show came highly recommended by my sister.

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’ve spent a few weeks defending President-elect Trump and Republican voters, but I promised our readers after the election that I was no partisan hack and I would call ’em as I see ’em. So please, somebody tell me, where in the U.S. Constitution does the president have the authority to tell a business that they can’t move outside our country? Democratic societies have borders to keep people out. Tyrannies have borders to keep people in. So when Trump bullies American businesses by saying there will be severe ...

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 ...

Perfect Pairings

Come into Tito's Burritos & Wings in Summit and yell "Fore!" at any time during the PGA Championship Thurs-Sunday, July 28-31, and receive 20% off of your order, plus: Get your cold beer delivered directly to your table for free from The Wine List of Summit when you call between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Here's how to tee up your perfect pairing: Click or tap to access the Close.By/Summit app for iPhone or  Close.By/Summit ...

Perspective From The Rear View Mirror

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

Pet Corner

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

Pet Tips

MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - As decorations go up and loved ones fill homes during the holiday season, a number of dangers are posed to our furry family members.  Taking a few preventative measures can keep pets safe this holiday season. Be Careful with Seasonal Decorations 1. Christmas Trees: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. Try your best to keep   pets away from stagnant tree water, which is a breeding ground for bacteria and could cause illness.  2.

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!

As many of you may know, the Piscataway Library has been providing free admission to a few museums via our Museum Pass Program. This program has been generously sponsored by the Friends of Piscataway Library for the past year. This has been very popular, so the Friends have agreed to expand our program! We now offer 2 passes to GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE and plus a pass to the GARDEN STATE DISCOVERY MUSEUM. This pass provides free admission for 6 people! Just in time for your kids' winter break!  This expands our previous program, ...

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

Many posit the theory of rational man, who coolly and carefully calculates his self-interest in a logical manner. We all fall somewhat short of that ideal.  In the financial markets, irrationality can be costly. What are some of the common foibles, and what can we do to minimize their damage to our portfolios? Don’t Make Decisions Based on What You Paid For an Investment How often do you hear an investor say that I can’t sell until I get back to even? Or that you should sell when you are down a certain percentage ...

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, ...

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 ~ 2016 Seller's Checklist      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 Start weeding out your current possessions. Throw out, give away, or sell the things that you don’t want to move at a yard ...

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

Although real estate law doesn't sound as exciting as criminal court cases, having the right real estate lawyer can make or break a deal. You should take the time to find a good one. What qualities should you look for in a good attorney? Do you personally know anyone who has used the attorney and has had a good experience? Does the lawyer have mostly positive online reviews? Referrals and reviews are the best way to find a strong attorney or prevent hiring a bad one. If you don't know anyone, ask you real estate agent ...

Rising Music Stars from Andy's Family Music

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight 11-year-old Alex Weiss, a fifth grader at Collins Elementary School with an aptitude for drums. Alex studies drums at Andy’s under the instruction of Joe Vitello. He says hid favorite band is Fall Out Boy and that his dad is his number one musical influence. Check him out in the video above showcasing his talents in a Led Zeppelin Tribute. Andy’s rock band and jazz band kids are performing their first concert of the year ...

Rivero CPA

Recently, a client consulted with me as she was going through the process of getting a divorce. We ran different scenarios based upon what she and her ex-husband were negotiating. We helped her understand the impact of the terms being negotiated on her income taxes. Our computations helped her enter into a settlement that actually made both parties happier.  Her ex-husband got to deduct more in alimony, while she was able to get the children as dependents on her return and receive certain benefits of having them on her tax ...

Rutgers News

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Dozens of students stormed the Rutgers University Board of Governors 2 p.m. meeting today, demanding President Robert Barchi strengthen the school’s commitment to undocumented immigrants and other minority groups in anticipation of Donald Trump’s presidency. The group, believing Barchi did not go far enough in declaring Rutgers a “safe haven” during his opening remarks of the meeting, effectively ended the session with their chants. As of 3:30 p.m., after the board adjourned, a dozen or so ...

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

Last week while winter sports were getting underway, conference awards were being finalized.  Senior Bryahna Shaw-Stoudemire was honored as an All Blue Division Volleyball Player. Her aggressive style and hard work ensured her this distinction.  On the season, Bryahna led the team with over 100 kills totaling 132.  She also had the most blocks for the team at 34 and was second on the team with 36 aces.  With all these accolades Bryahna was named the girls’ volleyball most valuable player.  Bryahna had a ...

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

Parents are usually diligent about talking to their kids about drugs and alcohol.  However, when they think of drugs, most tend to focus on marijuana, heroin, cocaine and other well-known street drugs.  Often overlooked are the drugs sitting in their own medicine cabinets. Prescription drug abuse among teens is a national health crisis.  A survey launched by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, in conjunction with the MetLife Foundation, “showed that 24 percent of high school students -- more than 5 million kids -- have ...

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan improving school security measures which include design plans and training drills was signed into law today. “These laws are about putting safety first and we need to make sure the schools that house our children and educators are built emergency ready,” said Senator Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “Furthermore, the new law will provide that individuals inside the school facility will be practicing safety through drills and other ...

Senior Corner

November 14  9:45 - 10:45 - How to thrive during the season of stress - Healthy Eating program - presented by Joan Dickason Holistic Health Coach   November 20 Hotel Bethlehem  Musical Brunch and Sands Casino   $75.00 p/p Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. Sign up at the center     November 22  Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Senior Center  11:30 - 2:30 $5.00      December 6 Aromatherapy Rice Bags and Adult Coloring  Class!  - ...

Shameless Plug

Medicare has became so complex that many Medicare eligible people simply choose not to educate themselves. This way of thinking can be dangerous. It can affect people financially (penalties or delays), loss of coverage benefits and several other factors. Working with experts is one way of getting the desired information. You would not perform open heart surgery on yourself or defend yourself with confidence in a trial, so why are people putting there selves in harms way concerning their Medicare. There are websites also to help ...

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

Attention all law firms! The voting for the New Jersey Law Journal's Annual Readers Choice Awards opened on August 29, 2016!  Sobel & Co. is very proud to be listed under Category 5 - Accounting/Banking/ Finance/Insurance: #3  -  Best Economic Damages Valuation Provider #4  -  Best Forensic Accounting Provider #5  -  Best Litigation Valuation Provider Sobel Tinari Economics Group (STEG) is listed under Litigation Support as: #15 Best Overall Expert Witness #18 Best Expert Witness ...

Somerset Patriots

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

Soul Food

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

South Asian News

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

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club

The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club has been busy the past 6 weeks with there Annual Fall Baseball clinic for 5, 6, 7 and 8 year old players that played in C League, Tee ball and Teenier ball last year and who are eligible to play down at the SPJBC Baseball Club next Spring. Run by the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club Board Members and the following youths who once played at the baseball club (Matt Cassio, Austin Feltham, Bill Keane, David Loniewski, Jean Sapini, Jack Scrudato, Chris Shine, Kevin Soper, Mike Stanzcak and Luke ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

The South Plainfield Columbian Squires went on their yearly mountain hike on November 25th to the Tammany Trail (also known as the Red Dot trail) at the Delaware Water Gap. The Squires hike started with a slight incline, but soon reached a more steep and very rocky terrain through the forest. They passed a rocky bluff, overlooking the Delaware River at 400ft, but they only had another 800ft more to hike to reach the peak of the mountain!!!!! When the Squires reached the peak it started to rain but that did not stop the Squires in having ...

South Plainfield Library

We figure a few of you have already sent out all of the cards, bought all of the needed gifts, finished the decorations and can relax as the rest of the Holiday season goes on.  As for the rest of our audience (about 99.5% of it) who haven’t finished, take a break with news from South Plainfield Library: We’ll start off with a couple of programs coming up this weekend.  On Saturday afternoon at 1:30, we’ll be presenting “Stories of the Old West”, as told by Judy England-McCarthy.  In addition to ...

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 ...

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 monthly meeting of the Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield was held on November 3rd at the American Legion Hall.  Diana Cotone, President called the meeting to order followed by members reciting the Collect and the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  Hostesses Diane Gallo and Lucy Hudson were thanked for today's refreshments. The recently  updated  2016-2017 yearbooks for Suburban Club members were distributed and Chrissy Buteas  received thanks for completing this yearly project.  Donations were ...

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

ROXBURY, N.J. - Running water and a warm house during winter months are some of the most important amenities we enjoy -- and often take for granted -- in our homes. With John Klein Plumbing & Heating, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, residents of Roxbury (and beyond) have a father-and-sons company they count on for reliable plumbing and heating services to keep the water flowing and the heat radiating.  Based in Landing, John Klein Plumbing & Heating brings decades of experience, concern for the ...

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

Registration is open to Warren, Watchung, and Green Brook residents. We offer an 8 week (55 min) session for ages 4-adult for $145. Classes begin September 8th with a registration deadline of August, 28th. Rainout classes will be held on Thursdays, and there is an 8-1 ratio of student to instructor. Classes run Mondays from 4-7pm at Greenwood Meadows tennis courts, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4-7pm at the Municipal Tennis Courts.   The instructor is tennis pro, Mike Watson, who has been coaching tennis for over 15 years.

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

One of the gifts of working in the field of children’s grief support is the support I receive from my family and friends. They always have their eyes peeled for interesting articles that relate to grief and loss. Usually they send the articles to me with a kind note, like “this made me think of you” or “thought you’d be interested in this!” A few days ago my sister sent me an article entitled “How Family Portraits Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem.” In the email she wrote a note: “I ...

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

Oliver B. Bomble, a gentleman of independent wealth, and his good friend Ocelot delve into the mystery of a mighty giant on a mission to set things straight in the world. The story is published in daily installments and will run until Election Day.  All previous installments can be found below the current episode. One morning not long after this encounter, a company of hardy mountain folk chanced upon a trail of colossal footsteps leading up the mountain. “It’s the giant,” one of them said grimly.

The Mommy's Review

I want to tell you everything about Dear Evan Hansen, the new Broadway musical that just opened at The Music Box theater. But I also want to tell you nothing about Dear Evan Hansen, because I don’t want to spoil anything. Let’s see how I can do this… Dear Evan Hansen is about an anxious, painfully shy high school senior whose therapist wants him to write encouraging letters to himself. When one of these letters winds up in someone else’s hands, well, that’s when everything--both bad AND good--gets set into ...

The Next Level

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

The Power of Spirit

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

The REAL estate DEAL

In addition to home maintenance, autumn offers an excellent time to review some key home safety items and ways to save on heating costs, as well. Let’s take a look at what you can do now to help give you some peace of mind for the winter ahead. Makes sure your home properly drains. If your gutters get clogged and pool up with water, you could suffer costly roof damage. Clean your rain gutters completely with a scraper or trowel, and then rinse them out with a hose to ensure the gutters and the downspouts freely drain. Also, tend to ...

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 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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Wealth Financial Partners' Return on Life

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."- Abraham Lincoln BASKING RIDGE, NJ- Though stocks rose Friday after statements from Federal Reserve officials, the major indexes ended the week lower amid choppy trading. For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.96%, the Dow fell 0.56%, the NASDAQ dropped 1.48%, and the MSCI EAFE declined 1.40% Counting the Cost of Hurricanes Whenever disaster strikes, people often wonder: What's all this ...

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

It’s that time of year again when millions of Americans are thinking of making New Year’s Resolutions.  The question is…will they keep them?  Studies reveal that only 10% of Americans keep their resolutions for an entire year.  You can change that statistic!  You can become more active. The hardest thing to do is to get started.  Once started, make sure you don’t do too much too soon.  Progress should be at a constant but comfortable pace. To help you start your 2017 healthy living ...

What Was I Thinking?

In the mid-’60s, we lived in Vermont—the town of Shelburne on Lake Champlain, to be exact. The boys were small. Joe was just a baby, but the older guys loved the freedom to run through our property and just be boys. Winters were long but my crew thrived during those endless weeks: sledding, building forts, snowball fights—the older two even took skiing lessons. We took many day trips to Madonna Mountain with our neighbors and their kids for lessons, practice down the beginner slopes and endless mugs of hot chocolate. I ...

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

A concussion traditionally occurs due to a force to the head or neck during a sporting activity. There are a group of symptoms that can be associated with a concussion and players, coaches and families should be aware of them.  If experienced or witnessed, then the athlete should be removed from play.  The most common early symptoms include: 1. Headache 2. Amnesia ( to the events around the time of the injury) 3. Dizziness or inability to walk a straight line, wobbly 4. "Blank Stare". Confusion, not knowing ...

Why The Y

  Emma Einhorn is still in disbelief of the honor bestowed on her. “Amazing,” says the vivacious, chatty 18 year old, describing how she felt when she attended the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance dinner to accept the Madison Area YMCA’s 2016 Youth Volunteer of the Year award. “To do good for people makes me feel good,” she says. Sitting behind her handiwork of freshly cut paper yaks, the mascot of the Madison Area YMCA’s Annual Campaign, Emma exudes joy. She is visibly excited about the volunteer ...

Word of Mouth

The New Year is just around the corner and while it is a time of year that many use to reassess their health and finances, now is the best time to take advantage of both. A regular dental visit, which includes an examination and cleaning, is important to maintain a healthy mouth and should be scheduled every six months. Regular dental visits help identify oral health problems at its early stages when treatment is simpler and is essential to preventing major problems from starting. If you haven’t had the suggested two dental ...

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

Who remembers real, live, face-to-face communication? All right, it’s a bit dramatic. But the fact is that we have become used to relating to others without the benefit of our senses – sight, hearing and touch – and our relationships could be richer and more fulfilling with them. Today’s tip is “Look into my eyes”. You will never have as much direct, honest and sincere communication as when you gaze into someone’s eyes. Take a look. It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul.

Your Money Matters

The start of a new year is a great time to take stock of your financial life. Have you done all that you can to put yourself in the best possible position? Or, have you missed out on some important financial opportunities? Take a look at where you stand and consider these key opportunities that could make a big difference in your financial life in 2017 and beyond: 1. Revisit your financial goals You may have established financial goals a year ago or maybe it has been several years. Either way, it makes sense to revisit your goals and ...