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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 ...

2016 Roxbury School Board Candidate Statements

Roxbury, NJ (July 25, 2016)--Today newcomers Lisa Millus, Meredith Soranno and Peter Okun submitted their petitions for their run for Roxbury Board of Education. Their base platform of Accountability, Commitment and Transparency (ACT) was also announced today. Three seats currently occupied by Richard Alexander, Carol Schenek and former Board President, Theresa D'Agostino are up for grabs in November's election.  "Their decision to run came after witnessing the many short-comings of the current Board including the ...

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 Foodie State

Real Simple Magazine has a fantastic article this month on kitchen organizing. How does your kitchen compare to their model? How many of their ideas do you already use? As a kitchen organizer I felt pretty good after reading this, thinking that my kitchen was a fairly close resemblance to the model photos they showed on their pages. I thought about a grading system where presumably I would get an A and my potential clients would get Cs and Ds and demand my services immediately. Not so much. I graded myself on each of the 24 ideas using ...

A Little Bit of Knowledge with David Tepp

If you are anything like me, you begin to truly relax around the third day of your vacation. Soon after that, you visualize what life would be like working from a beach house six months out of the year.  Then you start to analyze:  How can I be sure I can afford the purchase? Is it a good investment?  Are there tax consequences?     Here are some thoughts to get you started: #1        Know your plan Be realistic in your expectations of rental income.

A Random Walk Down Millburn

SHORT HILLS, NJ - On a hot summer night I found myself (again) at a neighborhood favorite in Short Hills, the Boxcar Bar and Grill.  Whilst at the bar enjoying a perfectly chilled glass of sauvignon blanc and a plate of Philly cheesesteak egg rolls, I ran into Boxcar's owner, Eric Linehan.   After catching up a bit, he told me about a new burger that was introduced this past week.  The "Smash Burger" is a burger with gruyere cheese and french fries, pressed like a panini.  He discovered sandwich during ...

A Reason To Smile

By now you have probably seen the report about flossing.  Newspapers, the internet, radio and television are loving the story that flossing might not be worth it.  The Associated Press investigated the scientific evidence for flossing and report that their studies show weak evidence to support the claim.   But…before you throw out the floss, please consider this: We all know someone who never flosses and doesn’t have any cavities.  And on the flip side, you must have a friend that spends 10 minutes on their ...

A View from Overlook

The message is simple, and worth repeating: When it comes to stroke, time is brain. Here's why: In an ischemic stroke (the most common form of stroke), an arterial blockage causes blood flow in the brain to stop. The absence of normal blood flow results in an absence of oxygen—and without oxygen, healthy brain cells begin to die, one after another. Without medical intervention, a person can be left with severe disabilities and impairments. "Stroke is a race against time," says Robert Felberg, MD, the new Medical ...

Academic Honors - Livingston

Valerie Faith Schnapp, a freshman attending Virginia Tech, has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholar (NSCS). A 2014 Livingston High School graduate, Valerie has also earned the designation of “Dean’s List.” NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first-year and second-year college students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing.

Academic Honors - West Essex

HEMPSTEAD, NY - Hofstra University has announced that the following West Essex-area students were named to the Fall 2014 Dean's List for their outstanding academic achievement. Students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 during the semester to make the Dean's List. The following local students earned the Dean's List distinction: Valentina Corasaniti of West Caldwell. David Jesch of North Caldwell. Lucia Siniscalchi of Caldwell. According to the school, Hofstra University is a ...

Academic Honors - West Orange

JERSEY CITY, NJ - James C. DeAngelo, ’85, Principal of Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, has announced that the following  ​West Orange residents have attained honor roll status for the  ​second marking period of 2014-2015.   Michael Murphy, '16, Shayne Simon, '18, and Max Telemaque, '18 earned First Honors.  Honorable Mention was attained by GianLuca Roses, '18.   First Honors is awarded to students with an average of A or higher (4.0) and no grade ...

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 ...

Accessibility with Dignity

Handi-Lift Inc. recently completed the installation of two vertical platform lifts as part of the renovations at the famous Marriot Marquis Hotel in Times Square NYC. The two lifts serve back of house areas at the Marquis Theatre, which has been the home of famous shows like Evita and Follies. Handi-Lift was chosen by Turner Construction to provide these lifts as part of the major renovations to retail spaces, theatre back of house areas, and new digital signage. Our installation team did a great job overcoming the challenges of ...

Admissions Abridged

So you’re sitting in homeroom listening to morning announcements and still trying to wake up the rest of the way.  Through your sleepy haze you hear, “Juniors and seniors please sign up in the guidance office for college visits.   This week we’ll be hosting…”  Or you might hear, “A representative from State University will be stationed outside the cafeteria today, stop by if you’re interested.”  Still yawning you think, “What am I supposed to say to a ...

Admit U to College

LIVINGSTON, NJ - It's been an exciting summer for Admit U Consulting, a Livingston-based college planning firm, which since 2003, has been providing individualized and comprehensive services designed to help families navigate the college admissions process. Admit U’s counselors also “pride themselves on working closely with students and parents” in aiding them in making informed decisions in finding the "best fit" schools. However, the company, established by 1995 Livingston High School graduate, ...

Ain't That Grand?

It is history that defines who we are today and sets the tone for what we want and hope to be. At a time when we have very much become a me first society, what binds us together is a sense of who we were and how we got here. When it comes to history, no part of our heritage or culture as a country is more synonymous with the past than the architecture that our forefathers left for us to enjoy and appreciate. In a town like Summit, with its rich and textured history, nothing personifies that history more than the hotel that sits at its ...

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 Monday, June 13, 2016; the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) was issued a Proclamation by South Plainfield Mayor Mathew Anesh & Borough Council by designating June 20 – 26 as “Amateur Radio Week in the Borough of South Plainfield. SPARC will be holding Field Day 2016 at Spring Lake Park from 12 Noon on June 25th to 2 PM on June 26th. Field Day is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). Field Day is a 24-hour emergency preparedness exercise and demonstration of the Radio Amateurs skills and readiness ...

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, ...

Athlete of the Week

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Based on the efforts of the girls’ team this season, the West Orange High School TAP Team has recognized junior Teresa Narduzzi as a standout, and has selected her as the Athlete of the Week. Teresa Narduzzi has been swimming for eight years—both for the high school and for club teams. She swims year round and considers swimming one of her passions. She said she enjoys the breaststroke the most. “Swimming in college is one of my dreams,” said Narduzzi. “I want to swim D1, or at a Big ...

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

• Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN) was a Puerto Rican terrorist group from the ’70s whose objective was Puerto Rican independence from America. They admitted to bombing government buildings that did cause fatalities. They were also responsible for the 1975 bombing in New York City of Fraunces Tavern, where George Washington said farewell to the troops.  The blast killed four innocent people. • Irish Republican Army (IRA) was terrorist group from the last century responsible for killing innocents ...

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 Blueprint

SNACK TIME! Need a “little something” to help you through the afternoon to fend off the 3 p.m. slump? Do you find yourself in front of the snack drawer or the vending machine when your eyes are starting to droop and need a nap?  Click below for the solution--snack recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers. These healthy “mini meals” are easy to make and give you that extra boost of energy. Plus, they are so good that you won’t even be tempted by the vending machine. Click ...

Beth's Book Review

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (Penguin, 2016)   Think Space Mountain in Disney World, which you ride in complete darkness. It's the only roller coaster in the world that I will ride on because I can't see all the scarey dips and whirls coming at me in the inkiness. Riding Space Mountain is the best analogy that I can think of for reading Harlan Coben's hottest best seller Fool Me Once. One of Coben's strongest talents as a writer is his unpredictable plot twists, and Fool Me Once fooled me much more than twice. As ...

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 ...

Book Reviews

Blake was all bullshit except for the bomb. His baby-bald scalp burned bacon-red, the same color as the tips of the Bull Brands he smoked. Extras poked from the slash pocket of his frayed Army field-jacket, sleeves cut at the shoulders. Yard-sale purchase: Blake wouldn't last a minute as a soldier. But his harms about the bomb were the truth; he worked as a physicist at Los Alamos to develop the bomb tested in the Alamogrodo desert. In July 1945, Blake watched New Mexico burn. Now he was back to see what was ...

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

I take words at their word, which is to say seriously, sometimes too much so for my own peace of mind. Take the Days of Awe those of my faith currently are observing. The 10-day span that starts Oct. 3, with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and culminates Oct. 12, with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) collectively is referred to as our faith’s “High Holidays.” My ears twitch at the sound of that. High Holidays is a conflation—a linguistic corruption, I daresay—of High Holy Days. Holy day connotes a far more ...

Business Chatter

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

Business Energy...FYI

How your electricity provider uses efficiency measures to save money Your electrical power company is in the business of providing electrical power to residential and commercial customers on a 24-hour, 365-day per year basis. How do they do it? How can they ensure reliable and economic power for all? Efficiency methods are critical to the company’s ability to provide you with reliable electricity on demand. So, why not use what they know to your business’ advantage? Enough for the next person “down the ...

CPA Q&A

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF/CGMA, Member, Levine, Jacobs & Company, L.L.C., recently joined forces with Jennifer E. Presti, Esq, Mandelbaum Salsburg, P.C., when they co-authored an article published in “New Jersey Law Journal.” The article, “Great, I’m Divorced, Now What,” discusses the various financial issues newly divorced individuals might face. Karu and Presti provide a step-by-step guide for handling finances, budgeting, investment management, pensions and ...

Caldwell-West Caldwell School District In the News

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — James Caldwell High School (JCHS), West Caldwell, announced the final four Shop Rite Stars of the 2015-2016 school year. Recognized for their excellence in the areas of academics, arts, athletics, leadership and community service, the senior students are nominated every marking period in each of the areas, and the students are then notified and their photo displayed at both the High School and in the West Caldwell Shop Rite. The program, initiated locally by Ned Gladstein, the owner of Shop Rite in West ...

Chamber Conversations

As the incoming Chamber President, I am very excited to work with our Board members as well as the total membership to continue strengthening our organization in its mission to support local businesses and our community as a whole. This year’s Board is comprised of an exceptionally diverse group of businesses and business owners who have made substantial contributions to the Chamber and its mission. As a Millburn township resident I am strongly invested in helping to promote a vibrant and inviting community where existing businesses ...

Chamber Spotlight

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to spotlight Estelle Finkel Center for Learning, a full service learning center focusing on tutoring for Pre-K through adults, general subject area tutoring, SAT and ACT Prep, AP Prep, Private School Admission Prep, College Advisory, and Educational and Psychological Diagnostic Evaluations. Here is an interview with owners Amanda and Christopher Patrick. Estelle Finkel Center for Learning- Livingston, NJ 125 W Mt Pleasant ...

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

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- YEA! Westfield (Union County) will collaborate with Union Catholic High School to offer state-of-the-art classroom space for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), an innovative program entering its fourth year in Scotch Plains this fall that transforms students in grades 6 through 12 into successful business owners. YEA! is a groundbreaking program that takes students ages 11 to 18 through the process of starting and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. Students ...

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 of Sept. 26: STUDENTS: Thomas Cutro (VoTec, grade 9) and Emma Baumann (CHS, grade 9) will be leading the Cranford Kids Gives Back (CKGB) initiative which was started by Michael Cutro (Class of 2016). The objective of their organization is to create opportunities for Cranford students to give back to their community. For the last four years, they have partnered with Cranford Family Care to provide a continuous source of donations with their collection boxes in the school ...

Cussen's Corner

If you have a traditional IRA, your money can grow on a tax-deferred basis, but sooner or later you’ll have to start taking taxable withdrawals from your account. But what if you could make these withdrawals less “taxing,” while at the same time supporting a charitable group? Using a Charitable IRA rollover, you can do just that! To begin with, the basic rule governing traditional IRA withdrawals is that you must start taking them once you reach age 70-1/2. Even if you don’t need the money to support your lifestyle, ...

Cycle Barre Raises the Barre on Fitness - Schedule Free Class

Cycle Barre is a premier fitness studio located in Little Falls, NJ.  We offer Cycle, Yoga, & Barre classes, which are three class formats that are effective and healthy!  Please visit www.cyclebarrefit.com for more information and to schedule your first FREE class! You will not be dissappointed with our educated and talented instructors. They will provide you with a challenging class that is sure to get you to raise your barre! We also offer childcare during some of our morning classes. Send us an email at ...

Dad in the Box

There can be no better feeling than hurling an uncooperative piece of electronics out a window.  It must satisfy our most basic human desire for revenge.     Oh yeah?  If you are so smart, how can you be so stupid? That’s what I would say as I watch it smash into pieces on a cold and uncaring sidewalk that has no use for technology.    The other day, as I struggled to think of something to write, my new computer monitor went to sleep indiscriminately and would not awaken from its dark-screen ...

Daily Bread

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

Daughters of Israel Corner

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Daughters of Israel participated in a training course under the Healthcare Research and Educational Trust of NJ (HRET), a program of the NJ Hospital Association (NJHA) Institute for Quality and Patient Safety, to reduce HAI/CAUTIs (healthcare care associated infection/catheter-associated urinary tract infections), a common issue in older adults, particularly those in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. As a result of its participation, Daughters of Israel achieved a Zero CAUTI rate for six months, which means ...

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 ...

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 ...

Discount Travel News

Oct 17/15 - Oct 24/15 - GreenLinks Golf Resort Only $525 per week for a two bedroom suite! (Sleeps 4) Expedia, Booking, Hotels, Priceline, and Travelocity are SOLD OUT!  Expedia normally charges $1593.18 for a two bedroom suite!  Our Travel Club Members will save a minimum of $1068.18 (67%) on this one vacation!   Located directly on the fairway, this resort is any golfers dream. Choose from two highly rated signature golf courses - the Robert Trent Jones SR. or Lee ...

Diversions

Nikos Kazantzakis, who taught us all how to embrace the madness of life in his classic novel, “Zorba the Greek,” explained that: “A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.” In addition to a college basketball tourney, we’ve found a few other ways to enjoy this month’s madness. So here is our list of “mad” diversions. Go ahead—cut that rope and set yourself free! NCAA March Madness Live (iTunes): Download this awesome app and you can live stream ...

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, I have a simple question: How much does a high school’s reputation affect a student’s chances of getting into certain colleges? A group of us were at dinner the other night and someone said that his son had no chance of getting into Harvard because no one ever got into Harvard from their high school. I responded by saying that’s because no one from that high school ever had the qualifications. He then said that it has nothing to do with that; it’s because of the high school’s reputation. Then, ...

Driven From Within

We make it a priority to sit down and learn about each person who walks through our doors before they begin training with us. We want to be sure we know what their goals are, what they have done before, any injuries they have had, what is their favorite flavor of ice cream, do they watch Game of Thrones and any other essentials before we move forward. This also gives us a great opportunity to explain who we are as a training facility and how we can help them. When sitting down with women there is a definite commonality among many of them ...

East Brunswick Guest Columnist

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - With four seconds remaining Panthers kicker, Graham Gano lined up for a 50 yard field goal. The kick was good but a timeout was called right before he kicked it.   The old "icing the kicker" strategy worked. Gano's next attempt missed wide left as the Panthers went on to lose to the defending Super Bowl champs, 21-20.  There was a reason the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl last year - their intimidating and violent defense. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took a beating ...

East Brunswick Public Library Town Center

EAST BRUNSWICK—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) celebrates the freedom to read this September 25 through October 1 with Banned Books Week. Bringing together the book community—librarians, publishers, teachers, book sellers and educators—Banned Books Week focuses on efforts to remove or restrict access to books in schools and libraries. “Events like Banned Books Week reminds every one of the importance of access to free and open information,” said Jennifer Podolsky, East ...

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 ...

Engineering Department Projects

4-Inch Mill and Pave of Various Streets: Under this contract the Contractor will install drainage improvements to reduce existing standing water and icing within the Township right of way, replace/install curbing, retrofit existing inlets with bicycle safe grates and Type N curb pieces, construct barrier free ramps and mill and pave Amherst Place, Audobon Road, Hepworth Street, Irving Avenue, Midway Drive, Montgomery Road, Northfield Court and Orchard Lane. UPDATES: Construction has begun on Midway Drive with curb replacement and ...

Exceptional Kids

WAYNE, NJ - On March 14, Meadow Geltzeiler, a fifth grader at Burnet Elementary School in Livingston, received the “New Jersey Enthusiastic Reader Award” at the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) spring meeting, which was held at William Patterson University. Out of more than 300 nominees, Geltzeiler was the North Jersey Elementary School winner. “I was so excited when I found out I won,” said Geltzeiler. “I was thrilled for Meadow, and so proud, but I didn’t realize what a big ...

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 Level Learning Center

Although classroom and study habits have changed with advances in technology, standardized testing remains a constant measure for students. It is an efficient tool to categorize and compare student performance, whether for achievement, placement, or measuring aptitude. Preparing for these tests is just as important as mastering the material. Below are helpful tips from Eye Level, the global leader in self-directed learning, for any math or English evaluation: Read as much as possible. Reading helps build vocabulary, which is a ...

Family Fun

If you're looking for a fun activity for kids of all ages, I highly recommend a visit to Green Meadows Farm in Hazlet, NJ. Green Meadows Farm allows kids to pet, hold, and even feed a wide variety of animals, including chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, and horses. Kids even get the chance to milk a cow.   When you arrive at Green Meadows Farm, you'll be put in a group with a tour guide who will take you around to see the animals one by one. Each group gets plenty of time to visit the ...

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 ...

Fitness, Wellness & Health From Jodi's "Core"ner

As Fall quickly approaches, the simple days of Summer often transition into life getting a bit more hectic. It's easy to let your workouts fall by the wayside. Staying active is important for many reasons, most importantly living a healthier, longer life. Other benefits include energizing your mood, relieving stress, managing symptoms of illness and pain, and improving your overall sense of well-being. Exercise and staying active is the key to healthy aging, so get fit and stay fit! A new Harvard study on over 650,000 middle-aged adults ...

Footprint ID

As we approach the biggest gift giving time of the year, we can all agree that the most special gifts to give and receive are the ones that reflect the thought that was put into choosing them. How about a gift that keeps on giving—one that allows an individual to have the health and medical information of themselves and their loved ones at their fingertips? As a mother, it will forever be my job to worry and look after my family. What if $.11 cents a day could bring you peace of mind knowing that the gift you gave allows ...

For the House You Call Home

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties today released results of its latest Homeowner Sentiment Survey indicating that current and prospective homeowners remain optimistic about the current state of the U.S. real estate market. Respondents cite higher home values, increasing housing inventory and low interest rates as the main reasons for their optimism.  The survey showed that 66% of existing ...

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 Desk of the Executive Director

This past February, Comedian Drew Lynch (runner-up on America's Got Talent Season 10, 2015) performed his all-ages comedy show on the UCPAC Main Stage. We expected the young man to be funny. We expected him to be entertaining. In addition to these two attributes, the young man managed to inspire an entire city in less than 24 hours. Drew held a press conference earlier that morning and when I invited him to lunch with my family, he graciously accepted. We found a quiet corner in The Waiting Room and set up two chairs as well as ...

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 Firehouse

Livingston Fire Chief Christopher Mullin warns residents of a recent recall involving  A.P.C. Surge Protectors due to potential Fire Hazard. Schneider Electric Recalls APC Surge Protectors Due to Fire Hazard This recall involves APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors manufactured before 2003. The model and serial numbers are located on a label on the bottom of the surge protector. The two numbers that follow the first letter or letters in the serial number sequence indicate the year of manufacture. The unit is included ...

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 ...

Game On: College Admissions Playbook

CBRG sheds light on why crowdfunding sites for tuition are not a sustainable option- Figuring out how to pay for college can be a worrisome and stressful task for students and families. Some students are leaning toward crowdfunding sites (where the online community contributes or "invests" in the student's education) to help lessen their tuition burden.  However, in an NJ.com article, "Crowdfunding your college tuition? N.J. student says online village should invest $47K in ...

Girl Scout Troop 588-Silver Award: Minimizing Electronic Use

Hello, I am Christina and I will be writing the second article in our new Randolph Girl scouts TAP column. If you missed last month’s article, this column is all about things or activities to do instead of playing on electronics. Two other girls will be writing this column along with me, Elena and Paige. We want to educate the community on ways to spend more time away from electronics in 2016. January is right after the holidays and it tends to snow and the weather gets colder. This means most sports and activities are not as frequent ...

Golda Och Academy Corner

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Golda Och Academy has just announced the fall schedule for its Enrichment Academy, which will "offer stimulating programs" for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The classes, which are open to the public and will run for eight weeks, will be held on Sundays from Oct. 18 through Dec. 13, at the Wilf Lower School Campus. Among the programs offered are: Aviation Rocketry (Grades 3-5), Basketball (Grades K-2 and 3-5), Fashion Design (Grades 2-5), Hands-On Engineering (Grades K-2, ...

Hair Matters

We believe that most of us have a drawer or two full of brushes from who knows when.  Knowing which brushes are designed to achieve the style you want may help you clean out those drawers and downsize to a few brushes that can get the job done right! Lets start with the basics.  A PADDLE brush is great for detangling and blow drying large sections of hair at a time.  If you are choosing to use this brush to detangle hair either wet or dry, always work from ends to roots to eliminate any breakage.

Health News You Can Use

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on September 22, 2016 in conjunction with the 9th Annual National Council on Aging Falls Prevention Day,  showed that 29 million falls occurred in older adults in 2014 causing 7 million injuries resulting in 27,000 deaths. For a summary of the report go to: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/313064.php For the complete report go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6537a2.htm?s_cid=mm6537a2_w Used this news Falling is serious business for older ...

HeartBeats

Diabetes mellitus is a disease characterized by high blood sugar.  Normally, the sugar in the body is tightly regulated by insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas.  There are two types of diabetes, Type I occurs at an early age and is caused by the pancreas not producing enough insulin. Type II diabetes accounts for 90% of the cases of diabetes, it occurs in older adults and is the result of the body resisting the effects of insulin.  Diabetes may affect multiple organ systems. It can cause blindness, kidney failure, reduced ...

Heights Highlights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Girl Scouts from Berkeley Heights Troop 40488 Michelle Hom, Olivia Mastria and Danielle Yablonovskiy organized a Playful Pup Day with Home for Good Dogs on Saturday, July 23 as part of their Silver Award. Children ages 6 to 11 were invited to participate.    The event was held at the Berkeley Heights Public Library. Participants learned how to care for dogs in a loving home, the life of a rescue dog and dog hygiene.     Donations of newspapers, collars, leashes, crates, dog ...

Help! I Need Some Style

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

Here and Now

The current presidential election is filled with conflict and emotion.  Democrats look distrustfully at neighbors, friends, relatives and business associates who buy into Donald Trump’s belligerent style, crackpot ideas, and complete lack of political sophistication.  This is especially true when Trump rants about deporting 11 million immigrants and creating hundreds of thousands of less-than-minimum-wage jobs. Whoever becomes president needs to understand the ridiculousness of “building a wall” or forcing people ...

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 ...

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

57 Teakettle Spout $389,000 Welcome home to this four bedroom colonial style home on a level, usable lot, attractively set behind a stone walled entry with a circular driveway. This lovingly cared for home offers hardwood floors on both levels, picture frame and crown moldings and a new boiler and hot water storage tank. Read more  

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

So far in 2016, Microsoft has announced several improvements to Office, its wildly popular productivity suite. Many tech experts even anticipate 2016 will be the year that Microsoft's Office 365 consumer cloud offering overtakes the free use of Google Apps. Of course, you don't need us to tell you how critical Microsoft Office is to your day-to-day operations -widely cited statistics claim that Office is used by 80% to 96% of computer users worldwide. So we compiled a handy list of 10 tips to enhance your Office work flow. Get ...

In Search Of Flavor

MILLBURN, NJ – Opening a new restaurant is no simple task, particularly if it intends to cater to an educated fine dining audience.  Though the competition for diners’ dollars in “the biz” is tough everywhere, it’s particularly risky for the fine dining establishment as the relative investment in construction, equipment, staff and ingredients is much higher than opening, say, a similarly sized diner.  According to a Cornell University study, 60 percent of restaurants will fail in the first year.  ...

In Your Community

Ryan Amalfitano, who turns 15 this weekend, plans to ride his bicycle 100 miles in two days.  He won't be alone ‑ he and his father, Chris Amalfitano, chair of the emergency department at Overlook Medical Center, are part of Team Atlantic Health System which is taking part in Bike MS, a nationwide fund-raising effort on Sept.17 and 18. Their team and at least another 52 teams of cyclists will be riding in a Morristown-based ride to raise money to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) live the best lives they can, while ...

In the Garden with Tina

Yes, things are really heating up out there! It wasn't that long ago we were all saying "I can't wait for summer." The past two weeks have been a testament to typical summer weather.  Hot, humid, sticky temperatures and sporadic thunderstorms.  I'm sure you all have been feeling like you are melting when you step outside so remember to stay hydrated. Speaking of hydration, all those lovely plants you may have purchased for your garden or for your containers need plenty of hydration as well.  Dont ...

In the Legislature

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

In the Schools

The Mathematics Department at Westfield High School (WHS) announces the results of this summer’s Mu Alpha Theta national mathematics competition including the achievement of the First Place Blue Ribbon Award. Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society, attracted 56 high schools and two-year colleges from all parts of the US at National Convention at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in July. More than 600 students competed for four days participating in various mathematics ...

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 ...

Internship Program - TAP into Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Writing for the town paper looks great on college transcripts and right now, TAP into Livingston is interviewing Student Interns. We are looking for bright, inquisitive, energetic and creative interns to fill multiple positions. Schedules and weekly hours are flexible. Student Interns will write on school sporting events and school events. They will also take photos. Students from LHS, Newark Academy, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and other Livingston-based high schools are invited to apply to write for their ...

Internship Program - TAP into West Essex

WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ - Writing for the town paper looks great on college transcripts and right now, TAP into West Essex (the three Caldwells, Fairfield, Roseland and Essex Fells) is interviewing Student Interns. We are looking for bright, inquisitive, energetic and creative interns to fill multiple positions. Schedules and weekly hours are flexible. Student Interns will write on school sporting events and school events. They will also take photos. Students from WEHS and other schools located in these towns are invited to apply to ...

Internship Program - TAP into West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Writing for the town paper looks great on college transcripts and right now, TAP into West Orange is interviewing Student Interns. We are looking for bright, inquisitive, energetic and creative interns to fill multiple positions. Schedules and weekly hours are flexible. Student Interns will write on school sporting events and school events. They will also take photos. Students from WOHS, Golda Och, Seton Hall Prep are invited to apply to write for their respective schools. Parents watching games are also invited to ...

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

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Gabriele Fitness and Performance (GFP) is known for its hard core approach to fitness and lifestyle change. A gym where you leave your excuses at the door  and  commit to the GFP mindset -- training a new lifestyle, not just a work out. When local Queen of Carbs -- a gym virgin -- decided it was time for a body and health transformation, Cathy Balsamo went calling on Vince Gabriele. Balsamo, along with three other chosen winners of the Six Week Fitness Transformation Giveaway, set out to change their ...

JB Real Estate Advantage Report - Livingston

Dear Friends: Last week, my family and I visited Charlotte, North Carolina. The purpose of the trip was to watch our daughter participate in the national swim invitational. Needless to say, the entire event was a wonderful experience for all of us. During our trip, we also had the opportunity to see our friends, who had moved there from West Orange last summer. I sold their home and arranged for a Realtor in Charlotte to assist our friends to buy a new home. As an affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Jordan Baris Inc.

JB Real Estate Advantage Report - West Orange

We are through a blizzard and into 2016! Unlike the weather, the real estate market in West Orange is hot. I would like to share some market data with you that I have obtained through JB Advantage, which is our Exclusive In-House Real Estate Analytics Tool only available for the Jordan Baris, Inc. Team and our valued Clients: Overall, in the 2015, the average sales price in the St Cloud school district has increased by 16% to $476,000, which is the highest in West Orange. Furthermore, St Cloud’s average sales price to original ...

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) forestry contractors are scheduled to trim trees in more than 60 municipalities over the next two months as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to maintain proper clearances around electrical equipment to help protect against tree-related outages.      Since the beginning of the year, work has been completed on more than 2,000 circuit miles as part of JCP&L’s approximately $28 million tree trimming program for 2016.  An additional 1,400 miles are expected to ...

Jane Greene and Lauren Stone for Coldwell Banker

Hello Everyone! We hope you all have been enjoying this beautiful weather. Just a friendly reminder from your neighborhood realtors... When you turn your clocks ahead, remember to protect your families by changing the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Best, Lauren Stone & Jane Greene

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 New York Jets 2016 season opened on September 11th. Here is what we know about our team as we head to Kansas City for the Sunday game versus the Chiefs. The  season opener had most Jets fans on the edge of their seats. WR Eric Decker caught his first touchdown pass, his eighth consecutive touchdown reception in a home game starting back in 2015. He got the great stats as well - 14 touchdown receptions in his last 17 games going back to week 17 of 2014. He's now tied with New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall in red zone touchdown ...

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

 A hundred years ago people in the US were extremely old in the US if they lived past 65. What a difference living in 2016 makes! Reaching age 65 now represents just the 2/3 mark for many people expected to live to 95 and beyond. Health, exercise and medical advances all make this possible in a way unimaginable through most of human history. That’s wonderful news, but what happens if your aging parents weren’t expecting to live into their 80s and 90s? It could mean that your parents inadvertently ...

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

We hear the nationwide market is shifting downward. Yet, in this part of Union County, that is certainly not the case as of August figures.  The markets in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Cranford are all strong. Supply is low, and prices are on average up from a year ago.  Let's examine the statistics based on the Garden State MLS from from August 2016 with August 2015. Please keep in mind these are sales that were listed in the Multiple Listing Service, and for one month only. Please note the towns of ...

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 ...

Know Your Rights - Heather Darling, Esq.

Tony Browne was found guilty of 12 counts of federal child exploitation offenses including production of child pornography, coercion and enticement of a minor, receipt of child pornography and transfer of obscene material to a minor with females ranging in age from 12 to 17 years old. Browne created a Facebook profile wherein he pretended to be a female and befriended the girls, ultimately obtaining nude and sexually provocative photos from them. Next, Browne utilized another Facebook account under a fictitious name, Billy ...

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 ...

LTV: Livingston Television - It's All About Livingston

In this LHS TV Studio Classic, Two students break the rules and decide to make some renovations to the LHS TV Studio. An LTV throwback from June 2014.    

LYCS LEADERS: News & Views

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The public is invited to attend an Artists’ Reception of the LYCS LEADERS Grade 5 Club Recycled Sculpture Exhibition on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7:00 p.m., in the main entrance of the Senior/ Community Center, which is located at 204 Hillside Ave. Refreshments will be served. LEADERS is a community-based, after-school program that provides leadership training, healthy life choices, and social skills to students in grades one to 12 in the Livingston school district. LEADERS is a program of the Township of ...

Lancer Athletics

If you are a student in need of a summer job Northern Aqua Inc. is also in need of lifeguards for the summer months.  If interested, call Keith Doyle at 973-851-9927 or email him at kdoyle@northernaquainc.com for more information.

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 ...

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: I appreciate the calls, as our residents not only keep me informed as what has been happening, involving scams and identity theft attempts in Livingston, but also alert me of new scams that are starting or those that have not been around for a while. Last week, I was informed by a resident that a call came from his cable company indicating there was a mistake in his payment and unless the balance due was immediately paid by credit card or electronic check his service would be immediately terminated. The caller knew all of ...

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 ...

Livingston Athlete of the Week

LIVINGSTON, NJ – A center plays a major role on a basketball team, especially by controlling the ball underneath the basket. On Saturday, against Millburn, Livingston’s center, Omari Beaubien, led Livingston High School's (LHS) boys’ varsity basketball team to a 56-52 win. As a result of his efforts, skills and determination, and because he led the Lancers in scoring with 16 points, Omari Beaubien has been named TAP into Livingston's Athlete of the Week. "This was not only a huge win for the ...

Livingston Community Corner

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Fifth graders celebrated the year's end with awards assemblies and the traditional “clap outs” on their final day as elementary-school students. The awards ceremonies featured the presentation of certificates in a variety of subjects — everything from music to citizenship and chess, and President Awards for achievement.  At the Hillside ceremony, roses were presented to the parents, with their youngest child's moving up, the end of their own elementary-school years. At Burnet Hill, ...

Livingston Education Foundation (LEF)

LIVINGSTON, NJ – With the recent past memory of a successful Homecoming Hall of Fame 2014 event, the Livingston Education Foundation (LEF) is beginning plans for 2015. The first step is taking nominations from the school and broader community. Nomination forms may be obtained on the LEF Website www.livingston.org/lef, by emailing, lef@livingston.org or by calling, 973-535-8000, x8898. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2015.  The Livingston High School Hall of Fame honors outstanding alumni who have contributed ...

Livingston Police Dispatch

This Saturday, May 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., join us for Livingston's Annual Community Safety Day/Police Expo. Hosted by the Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association, this annual event is both fun and informative for the whole family.  The Opening Ceremony is at 11:00 a.m. and will be followed by musical entertainment by DJ Eazy Mix, free child IDs, police K-9s and more! Bring your family for a meet & greet with Batman & the Batmobile; see a State Police Helicopter land; check out the Mobile ...

Livingston Township Corner

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Friends of the Livingston Library is running its “Take A Chance on the Library” raffle & auction during the month of April.  Culminating April 30, the event invites all members of the community to “take a chance on the library” by purchasing 50/50 cash raffle tickets bidding on more than a dozen items in its silent auction. “By running ‘Take A Chance’ activities all month, we will overlap with National Library Week, the theme of which is ‘Unlimited ...

Livingston's Athlete of the Week

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Pitchers have one of the toughest jobs in baseball—they are involved in every play and the team relies heavily on them to perform well. Mark Silvestri has had an explosive start to his 2015-2016 season as a pitcher for Livingston High School, winning his first three games as a starting pitcher. For his consistent and impeccable pitching, TAP into Livingston has named Silvestri the Athlete of the Week. In three league games, Silvestri racked up a total of 34 strikeouts including 14 strikeouts in his third game ...

Liz on Theatre

PRINCETON, NJ – Although this  play by Nilo Cruz is set in 2015, reflecting both Cuba and Miami, the theme is closer to struggles at least 30 years earlier.  A priest who falls in love would more likely become an Episcopalian or even a Unitarian. So this dichotomy makes the whole premise less than believable. It’s really “The Thornbirds” revisited. Raul Mendez is engaging and appealing as the priest who falls in love with Martina, played by Pricilla Lopez. She, her mother and daughter are packing up to ...

Lost & Found Pets

Zoey, an indoor cat, is missing from her home on Wychwood Road since early Monday morning. Described as sweet and friendly. No collar. If seen, call Laura 908-875-6579 or Sonia 908-377-2429.

Lost In Suburbia

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans. I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell. Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn’t the jeans—maybe it was me. “Are you saying I got FAT?” I demanded. “What? No. Never,” he said, backing out of the room like he’d stepped on a sleeping ...

Lost in Suburbia®

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans.  I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell.  Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn't the jeans – maybe it was me.  “Are you saying I got FAT?” I demanded. “What? No. Never,” he said, backing out of the room like he’d stepped on a ...

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 ...

Lulu & Lattes

On Oct. 14, I was invited to a preview of Fresh Market before the grand opening tomorrow in Livingston. I have been patiently awaiting for this store to open. The bar was set low when the Pathmark of Livingston, NJ closed several years ago. Therefore, I was extremely surprised to find out that Fresh Market was taking the old, dirty Pathmark’s space and they were gut renovating it!! Let me walk you through my store visit today… When you walk in, you can grab a cart. I love the size of this cart. I ...

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 ...

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln by Jen Miller

What an awesome day for a double header. We began in our Ford Mustang, the official pace car of the Union Township Chamber of Commerce Mayor's Cup 5K Race, and ended in a Lincoln MKC at the South Orange Village PlayDay.

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's Round Table

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor's Round Table is a monthly show hosted by Dr. Donald DeFabio, who sits with Mayor Robert Woodruff to talk about current issues that affect the township as well as answer questions submitted by citizens.  Included in this episode Mayor Bob Woodruff and Marc Faecher discuss redevelopment and affordable housing. The Township Council passed a resolution adopting the Redevelopment Plan. The footprint has been accepted and will be located behind the current building, said Woodruff.  "We ...

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.

Monday with Millicent

Make Plans to Enjoy Dine Out Westfield. Arriving Sunday, February 28th to Thursday, March 10th, 2016, (Two weeks excluding Friday and Saturday), Diners may  enjoy a two-course lunch menu, and a two or three course dinner menu at fixed prices from Westfield’s best restaurants. Please note: Tax, Gratuity, and Beverages, are not included. Please remember to call your favorite restaurants in advance,and make your own reservations. Smart Diners are always aware of a well-known fact that “Seats ...

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

CRANFORD, NJ - Union County Freeholders Vernell Wright, Bette Jane Kowalski and Alexander Mirabella congratulate Cassandra Kinney of the Mountainside Fire Department on graduating from the Union County Fire Training Academy as part of the Fall 2015 Class and earning the Chief Anthony Schepis Award for Excellence in Firefighter 1 during a graduation ceremony at Union County College in Cranford. They are joined by Mountainside Fire Deputy Chief Andrew Meeks. 

My Perspective

I had the pleasure of catching up with Yorktown supervisor and my friend, Michael Grace, this week: You’ve been in office for some time now; if you had to do it over again, would you do anything differently? I don’t make a habit of doing a lot of second guessing. Obviously, as with most of life’s ventures, there are many things one would love to have the opportunity to do over if we had the wisdom of knowing how things actually turned out. I have always acted as best I can in the present moment. Some things turned out ...

New Jersey: What Exit?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday flatly rejected any person President Barack Obama nominates to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, saying the voters should decide. "I can now confidently say the view shared by virtually everyone in my conference is that the nomination should be made by the president who the people elect in the election that is underway right now," McConnell said. “No one from the Senate will hold hearings or meet with any nominee the president ...

News & Notes from Mayor Robert D. Parisi

Take a moment to read through some of the many services available to West Orange residents. Health Department Staff Available for Assistance The West Orange Department of Health and Welfare is a full-service public health agency providing a variety of services to WO residents. Have a question or a concern? Emailhealthdept@westorange.org or call (973) 325-4120. Staff is available to speak with you Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-4:30pm. Get Linked to the Emergency Notification System The West Orange Health Department is ...

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

On September 19, SCLSNJ's Watchung Library branch Book Club met to discuss "The Burgess Boys" by Elizabeth Strout. One of the Book Club participants was not local, so she joined the discussion via video call. What a great way to use technology in the Library!    In the posed group photo, pictured are SCLSNJ's Watchung Library branch Book Club participants (left to right): Nancy Parkinson of Warren Township, Amy Fiorilla of Watchung, Jane Potter (on the computer screen, participating long distance ...

News from South Plainfield Eagles

Dear Parents, Coaches and Board Members, Thank you so much for your help yesterday for our 1st Home Game of the season.  Without your help, we would not be to make our home games so successful.  With that being said, I am sending out the link for our next home game, scheduled for Sunday, October 2 at the Frank Jost Field (located behind the PAL).  PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION!!! If you are looking to fulfill your volunteer hours, please click the link below, and sign up accordingly.  IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO KEEP ...

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 ...

Next Great Step: "Bridging the Gap from College to the Real World"

College graduation is upon us and both parents and students have mixed emotions about this day. As a parent, you are likely beaming but possibly even teary-eyed as another chapter is coming to an end. As a student, you are likely relieved it is over, exhausted from the journey, but excited for the real world to come – to reap the reward of successfully transitioning to your dream job after years of academic pursuit. Then comes reality – trying to translate what was learned in college into getting a meaningful job. Click HERE ...

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

Wyckoff, NJ, -  Metro Dx and Millers Pharmacy hosted their first annual VIP NFL Season Kickoff appreciation event with New York Giants Super Bowl Champions Bart Oates and Jim Burt in attendance. Physicians and office staff were invited for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments as well as the chance to meet NFL players, get autographs and take photos with Giants Sports Memorabilia. “We really wanted to show our staff members how much we appreciate all they do for us. Both companies work really hard and we cannot thank them ...

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

South Plainfield – Russell A. Dilley, 55, died Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.  Born in Jersey City, Russell has resided in South Plainfield for the majority of his life, graduating from South Plainfield High School in 1979.  For over 20 years, he worked as a warehouse manager for Halls and was an avid sports fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Lions.  Russell was a member of the South Plainfield Elks BPOE 2298, American Legion Post 243 ...

On Assignment

As I write this today I am celebrating my 30th wedding anniversary. My wife coincidentally shares an anniversary this same day, and I don’t know if she would use the word “celebrating” as much as say, “abiding.” Thirty years is a long time to spend with someone who doesn’t eat bananas, coconuts, seafood, cucumbers, mushrooms or anything purple. Did I mention bananas? This disgusting little beast turns black if you leave it on your desk for 20 minutes. If you are foolish enough to unpeel it, you are left with ...

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 ...

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 ...

POSITIVELY! Public Relations

Public relations plays a significant role in most businesses. Big businesses have many departments helping the company run including a public relations department. Although the bigger corporations need public relations assistance, what about the smaller businesses? Brenda Hendrickson is the owner of Brenda Hendrickson, CSA and the author of How To Be a Frugal Millionaire. She was able to shed light about the importance of public relations on small businesses. “I have a business. I do my advertising. I do my marketing. I do ...

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 ...

Party with Z Best

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Planning a classy affair? David Z Caterers of Livingston can provide you with full service off-premise catering that meets all of your needs, from a white glove/black tie event to a backyard BBQ, with all of the fixings. David Z offers the ultimate in luxurious, stress-free entertaining and can handle all the details from flowers to food. "Come to us to feel like a guest at your own affair," invites Dan Blue, who together with his wife, Brooke Snyder-Blue, own and operate David Z. The Blues are part of ...

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- Did you know that dogs with smaller snouts have a harder time panting out their body heat? One way to help your dog if they have a smaller snout is to keep them in the air conditioning as much as possible to help them stay cool. Another way to help your dog is by not letting them linger on hot surfaces like asphalt and cement. Being so close to the ground can heat their body quickly and is also an invitation to burn their paws. If your pet needs to go for a walk the best time for them is in the early morning or ...

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!

Westergard Library in Piscataway is offering free citizenship classes on Tuesdays, October 11 through December 20.  To register call Kate Baker at 732-463-1633 x6 or email kbaker@piscatawaylibrary.org  

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

In August, for the first time since 1999, all three major indices, the Dow, S&P, and the Nasdaq, hit a record high on the same day. It doesn’t feel like 1999. Today, investors fret about weak earnings growth, Brexit, the implications of negative interest rates cloaking much of the globe, and a volatile presidential campaign. Yet, the market continues to grind higher, admittedly on low volume and with low volatility. With interest rates so low, and showing no signs of going higher, TINA still prevails: There is no alternative ...

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 August 19, 2016 at 7:55pm Officer Richard Wronski, Officer Joseph Rega and Officer Brian Sampson responded to the parking lot of 184 Columbia Turnpike for a report of suspicious persons walking around the parking lot asking for money. Officer Wronski made contact with an individual (Joseph J. Salja, age 27 from Monroe, NJ) who reported after leaving a friend’s house in Florham Park he realized he was low on fuel and was asking for money. While speaking to Mr. Salja Officer Wronski detected signs of impairment. Subsequent ...

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

Ah…spring and summer in Randolph, NJ.  The sun is shining, a gentle breeze is blowing…and suddenly, the charming sound of birds chirping is interrupted. “@#$%!*.” That’s the sound of someone who just tripped over some lawn edging and threw his back out. (Or someone who just started working out again and was a little too optimistic about how much he could bench-press.) Your neighbor, who sprained her knee doing some spring-cleaning. And her husband, coming home after his first few rounds of the ...

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

Moving to a new area can be stressful, especially when you don't know anyone. Last weekend, South Orange reached out to new neighbors by hosting their annual Newcomer's Day. If you missed it, don't dismay. One of the first steps that new home owners can take to get involved is to join their local neighborhood association.  Each neighborhood association is run by a president or co-president. Most of them have a group of volunteers to organize social events such as block parties and to follow local issues such as traffic ...

Rivero CPA

Mark Your Calendar - Important Dates...   September 15th - Income tax returns for calendar year corporations on extension October 15th - Income tax returns for individuals on extension October 20th - NJ quarterly sales & use tax October 30th- Quarterly payroll returns Have You Thought About Estate Planning For Your Elderly Parents? No one actually looks forward to the topic of estate planning and taxes. But waiting until mom or dad is ready to enter into a nursing home will leave you trying to rush ...

Rutgers News

No. 15 Hawkeyes are highest ranked foe ever defeated by RU Field Hockey IOWA CITY, Iowa - Rutgers field hockey got its first Big Ten win of the season in landmark fashion Sunday afternoon, winning 2-1 at No. 15 Iowa. The victory was the Scarlet Knights first win over a ranked opponent since October of 2013 and the highest ranked foe ever defeated. With the win, RU improves to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten play. Iowa drops to 6-4, 0-2. “We did a fantastic job making adjustments and rebounding from Friday and preparing for ...

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 ...

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

TRENTON – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan improving school security measures which include design plans and training drills cleared the Senate Education Committee today. “These bills are about putting safety first,” said Senator Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “Making sure the schools that house our children and educators are built emergency ready is vital. Furthermore, the individuals inside that structure should be practicing safety through drills and other techniques and collaborating with ...

Senior Corner

September/October Events at the Senior Center   September 27 - Grounds for Sculpture $55.00 p/pbus leaves at 9  - must sign up includes transportation, admission and lunch September 28 - Flu Shots by Twin City Pharmacy Hot Dog cart, chips and drinks Senior Center from 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.  FREE October 3 - Flu Shots with Walgreens  9a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Free w/Medicare card October 5 - County Flu Shots Free w/Medicare $15.00 for children and non medicare clients Senior Center ...

Service With A Roxbury Smile

EDISON, NJ - Established in 1987, Edison Heating and Cooling, a TAP into Roxbury sponsor, began as a one-man operation run out of the basement of Michael Iarrapino’s childhood home. At the time, Iarrapino assisted customers from his hometown of Edison and the surrounding communities but as business grew, Edison Heating and Cooling moved into larger facilities throughout South Plainfield and, in May 2015, settled into its current location on Vineyard Road in Edison last May. It is a full-service residential, commercial and ...

Shameless Plug

Medicare has become a political football for both sides of the isle.  One party is correct on its premise but wrong in its methods and the other party is correct on its methods but wrong on its premise. The two parties are much closer to agreeing than they think.  Medicare in its present form is unsustainable.  With the increase of Medicare eligible recipients, combined with financial down-turns and lastly met with a steady increase in medical expenses, the present system is under a heavy assault.  Some feel ...

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 ...

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

Please come out & support the 8U South Plainfield Tigers Baseball Team representing the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club on Tuesday, July 19th, in Hazlet, where they will be playing in the State Tournament Semi-Finals. The 8U Tigers are 33 - 2 in 2016, and have won all four tournaments they have participated in during the summer. The Tigers are currently 22 - 0 during the summer campaign. The Tigers won the District 9 championship with a convincing 10 - 0 victory on Friday, July 1st, against Monroe Township, earning them a birth in ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  Past Grand Knight Tom Pollock presented the 2016 South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Knight of the Year Award to Joe Scrudato at the August 16th meeting. Joe received this award for his many dedicated years to the South Plainfield Knights of Columbus and for his dedication to South Plainfield with great emphasis on the Youth, Community, Family and Church activities.  Joe has been a Knights Officer for many years and was Grand Knight for 4 years over 2 terms and Faithful Navigator of the 4th degree the last 2 ...

South Plainfield Library

It seems autumn starts tomorrow.  Of course, it also seems like summer started only yesterday.  It’s a chore trying to reconcile how you see time pass and what the calendar tells you.  If you like, you can just put that aside for a moment and read the news from South Plainfield Library: The Notary Public will be away for the rest of the week.  He’ll be back to work on Monday, assuming his flight isn’t delayed.             Our regular ...

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

Dear Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s): I am so excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back to the 2016-2017 school year. Throughout the year, I will be sending you home newsletters, similar to this one, that I hope will serve to inform you of some of the great things that make the Sparta School District one of the best in the State of New Jersey. Over the summer months, we have worked to continue to advance our district. We are finalizing our revised math curricula, with an increased focus on practical application of mathematics beyond ...

Sparta Spartan Youth Football and Cheerleading

Sparta Youth Football & Cheer held its opening games this past weekend, both home at Ungerman Field and away. Back this is year is Homer's FAN-tastic Snack Shack!  Stop in and see what Donna & her team have cooking up this season.  While you're there, pick up an Order Form for our SYF & Cheer Swag Shop.  Orders are due back to Team Mom's no later than September 26. Sparta had an outstanding showing at this weekend's games; winning five of the seven contests.  Additionally, Sparta teams ...

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 ...

Straight Off the Wire

“Am I a candidate for Invisalign?”  This question is one that we receive daily - whether we are in the office, at the park with our children, or at a social event with our friends.  We are happy to inform you that in most cases, the answer to this question is “Yes!” While Invisalign treatment once accounted for a very small percentage of the orthodontic treatment in our office, Invisalign has now become a major component of treatment.  We believe that this change occurred for two main reasons.  ...

Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield

The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield will host the G&G Boutique fashion accessory sale on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9am to 3pm at the American Legion Hall, 243 Oak Tree Avenue, South Plainfield.  Rain Date is September 25th. The new and gently used items include jewelry, handbags, scarves, leather goods, and various household sundry items.  Proceeds from the sale benefit the Suburban Woman's Club's general funds, scholarships and local charities.

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 Medical Group Corner

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Summit Medical Group Foundation (“SMGF”) is holding its annual Gala, on Saturday, June 6, at 6:00 p.m. at The Grove, located at 691 Pompton Avenue, in Cedar Grove. Hosted by Andy Cohen, executive producer and host of “Watch What Happens Live,” Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show, the evening will feature musical guest Laura Bell Bundy, Tony-nominated Broadway star, recording artist, and film and television actress, as well as cocktails, dinner, and live auction. For ...

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 ...

Superintendent’s Column

More than 1,000 pieces of art from all nine of our schools will be displayed in this year’s art show, “Art Through the Ages,” which opens at the Livingston Mall on Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m. The artwork being displayed includes paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, ceramics, sculptures, metal arts, collages, mixed media and a range of interdisciplinary projects developed in conjunction with classroom teachers. Pieces are representative of the Visual Arts Curriculum of Livingston Public Schools, which is ...

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 Livingston is Hiring

LIVINGSTON, NJ – TAP into Livingston is now looking for professional journalists and writers to join our team. Freelance Reporters: TAP into Livingston is hiring freelance reporters to seek out, pitch and write stories on a freelance basis. Responsibilities include, attending local events, writing original content and submitting them the same day. Reporters must have their own vehicle and camera. Compensation: Per story fee will be determined by writing experience. Desired story topics include: Government (town council ...

TAP into Our Livingston Sponsors

If you have a little one at home, chances are, you have to make an obscene amount of decisions on a daily basis.  Little ones…big ones….little ones that seem like big ones…and everything in between.  You probably even reserve some time in your week by now to pull a few strands of hair out in frustration while facing all these decisions that will affect your little one, right? Ok, maybe that is just me, but anyway, whether you have bald spots or not, you still need to know one of TAPintoLivingston.net’s ...

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 ...

TAP into West Essex is Hiring

TAPintoWestEssex.net is looking for a Marketing & Content Consultant Interested in working with a young, innovative and ambitious company? Passionate about your community, local news, or online media? Have experience with consultative sales and account management? About TAPintoWestEssex.net TAPinto.net is an all online, award winning, hyperlocal newspaper that has been rapidly growing with over 4 million readers in New Jersey and now New York.  TAP was started in New Providence, New Jersey in 2008 and has ...

TAP into West Orange is Hiring

WEST ORANGE, NJ – TAP into West Orange is now looking for professional journalists and business minded people to join the team. Marketing Consultant/Business Developer: TAP into West Orange is hiring Marketing Consultants to provide marketing/sales services for TAP into West Orange. Responsibilities include selling advertising spaces on TAP into West Orange to local businesses and professional services companies in West Orange in a professional manner; attending sales meetings as necessary, either in person or by phone, and ...

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

“I feel my dad’s presence next to me at the kitchen table.” Elizabeth, age 10 I first began working in the field of children’s grief support in 1997 as a volunteer for the Rainbows program in Montclair. I’ll never forget a little girl named Elizabeth who was 10 years old when she came to Rainbows. Her father had died suddenly of a heart attack. He had been her soccer coach, her best friend and her biggest champion. She told me that she felt his presence when she sat at the kitchen table ...

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.

That Embroidery Guy

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Marco Thompson (www.thatembroideryguy.com) founded the West Orange business That Embriodery Guy in 2014. Thompson said he loves working with people to create things that are important and memorable, but even he is amazed that in addition to shirts, hats and bags, he’s also done costumes for Broadway, TV, concerts and movies. After three decades in telecommunications, Thompson was looking for career change – one that challenged him in a new way. “After lots of years of designing phone systems, I ...

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 Banker's Blog

Business development in banking today has dramatically changed from when I first started in banking in 1984. Developing a customer base in the Eighties and Nineties was as easy as placing an advertisement in the paper and doing a direct mail piece notifying prospects within a certain radius of your branch that you had Free Checking, would Buy Back their inventory of checks and give them a toaster or TV if they opened their new account with a certain amount of new money. I remember lines out the door with new customers waiting to open ...

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

High school football season is in full swing.  From California to New Jersey, you can find a game on any given Friday night. In large cities and small towns, high school football is a big deal in the local community.  Prep sports also are really important for the young athletes involved, whether it’s the bruising action of football or the relative solitude of the cross country runner; it teaches valuable skills children can use over the course of their entire lives such as team building, communication, and good ...

The Little Things: Health & Fitness Tips

We are all humans.  Sure, we all have our individual differences, but at our core, we are very much the same. Your grandmother and an NFL linebacker are very different in a lot of ways. They are also very similar.  Their exercise programs are going to look very different on the surface. However, if have a closer look and really have a look at what a human being needs to do to perform better in their sport or at life, they are going to be very much the same. Let’s take a step away for a ...

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.  Steaming and stewing, he climbed the rocky path, which wasn’t made any easier by his cowl flapping around his ankles. But he was too wound up to notice and pressed on until, at a turn in the track, he ran into ...

The Mommy's Review

The remarkable Broadway musical Finding Neverland will sadly play its last performance on August 21, but that still gives you a few weeks to try and see it this summer! I'm glad I recently had the chance to enjoy this show with my family, because it truly is a delight. Finding Neverland tells the story of Scottish writer J. M. Barrie's inspiration for Peter Pan. A successful but now struggling playwright, he meets Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (portrayed by the angelic Laura Michelle Kelly) and her boys George, Jack, Michael, and of ...

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

Terrific oversized Bi Level Located in desirable neighborhood! 4 Possible 5 Bedrooms and 3 Full Baths! Larger home has much to offer. Inviting Entry Foyer, Formal Dining Rm Perfect for Entertaining. Large Eat-in-Kitchen has separate cooktop.Gleaming Newer hardwood flrs thruout 1st level.Formal Living Rm w/cozy Wood Burning Fireplace.Addition Family Room off EIK has Skylight.Master Suite w/Full Private Bath & Dressing Room.2 more Spacious Bedrooms on 1st level. Ground Level offers in-law suite, Full Bath,Summer Kitchen, Recreation Room for ...

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 Seventh District Congressional Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) tonight supported H.R. 5859, the Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act, which passed the U.S. House on the heels of three acts of terror that struck the United States over the weekend. “We saw great bravery in New Jersey this week.  Police, fire and other emergency response professionals need more tools to keep our neighborhoods safe and to detect and stop suspicious activity and apprehend potential terrorists before they strike.  And in the event of ...

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 ...

Tips from MoleSafe

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As summer continues to heat up, people are flocking to the state’s pristine beaches. But young people are taking part in a dangerous, new trend. Referred to as “sunburn art” – and also known as “tan tattoos” – people use sunscreen or temporary tattoos to create designs on the skin, then leaving the areas surrounding the “art” unprotected from the sun’s rays, purposely getting burned for the sake of body art. But experts are cringing at the practice, declaring ...

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 ...

Township News

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston's citizens are invited to come see ideas and concepts and give their thoughts on the future for Livingston's Memorial Park at the Community Open House, which is being held on June 10, between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., or between 5:00 pm. to 7:00 p.m., outside the Library, which is located at 10 Robert Harp Drive. In case of rain, the event will be held across the street in the ground floor conference room at Town Hall, located at 357 S. Livingston ...

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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 ...

Tune Into Tola

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

UNCOMMON CENT$

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

Under the Gold Dome Trenton Report

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

Underground Oil Tank Solutions

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

Veterans Oral History Project

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

Views of Holy Trinity

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

WORD

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

Warren Township Food For Thought

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

Wealth Financial Partners' Return on Life

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't-you're right."   - Henry Ford BASKING RIDGE, NJ- Stocks rallied again last week after the Federal Reserve voted not to raise interest rates this month. While few expected the Fed to act last week, official statements suggest the path to higher rates looks clearer. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 1.19%, the Dow grew 0.76%, the NASDAQ added 1.17%, and the MSCI EAFE stayed stable Let's dig more deeply into the Fed's recent statements. The Fed ...

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 ...

West Essex Regional Schools

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The West Essex Chapter of Unico National presented Athletic Awards to West Essex High School seniors Monica Onorata and Joe Egan, both from Fairfield.  West Essex High School Softball Coach Andrea Mondadori said that Onorata is a four-year varsity starter for softball and a four-year varsity cross country runner.  "Monica’s first at bat as a freshman was a solo homerun over the centerfield fence at Pulaski Park in Bloomfield and one of the last games we played, going 3-3 in our state game ...

West Orange Public Schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Supervisor of Engineering and Technology at West Orange High School Ryan DelGuerco said he is excited about the accolades and innovative curriculum drawing attention among students and the STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics) community. In addition to his role of supervisor, which he has held for the past year, DelGuercio has been a Dean at the high school since 2010. “I am passionate about helping students in any capacity I can whether it be academically, behaviorally, or socially,” ...

West Orange Town Leaders

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Friday, TAP into West Orange sat down with West Orange’s Mayor Robert D. Parisi to discuss the current state of affairs in West Orange for the start of 2015. The Mayor was open, candid and positive and said that it has been quiet so far. He then shared some status updates regarding ongoing projects. According to Mayor Parisi, the Township is in the process of developing the budget so he doesn’t yet have a full clear idea of this year’s specific projects. “Every year we hope to ...

Westfield Area YMCA

The Westfield Area YMCA is providing teens ages 16+ and adults the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and certification to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer.  The Y Lifeguard certification is a nationally recognized certification for clear water (pools) and open water (lakes/beaches) facilities.  The course covers safety skills, accident prevention, scanning, guarding techniques, emergency systems, rescue skills, first aid in aquatic environments, spinal injury management, open water dangers, legal responsibilities, ...

What Was I Thinking?

I truly hate going for physical exams—the doctors always seem to find something that isn’t quite right. Last week was no exception. After an EKG, my cardiologist gently explained to me that I have atrial fibrillation, or AFib (irregular heartbeat). Oh, boy, I didn’t see this coming. I’d been unusually fatigued the last month or two, but I attributed that to the hot, muggy weather.  My doctor prescribed Eliquis, two times a day for the rest of my life. “Not fair! I don’t get to take Xarelto like ...

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

The purpose of this annual event is to ensure the athlete is safe to play his/her sport. The idea is to identify any condition that could lead to an injury. In the young athlete, the leading cause of death is sudden cardiac death. Screening for cardiovascular risks is a critical component. The two parts of the pre-season screening is the history and physical. The history is a questionnaire, that is filled out prior to the screening, with the help of a parent when necessary. Many conditions are found from these answers.The physical ...

Where Are They Now?!

TUCSON, Ariz. - Kirk Perrini, a 1984 Livingston High School graduate now living in Tucson, Ariz., is looking to his Livingston friends and family to help support his daughter in her longtime dream to represent the United States in the 2024 Olympic Games as a javelin thrower. The Perrini family recently set up a GoFundMe page, humbly asking for assistance in the 13-year-old athlete’s quest to realize her dream as she approaches this week’s Regional 10 Championship and the USA Track & Field National Championship on ...

Why The Y

“Week 11,” says a smiling Daniela Chieffo. “How’s everyone doing?” She scans the seven faces in a Madison Area YMCA conference room on a recent Thursday evening. “We’re here.” It’s an affirmation to the group. “I know there were lots of social events, time with family and friends...how did our weekends go?” Ms. Chieffo is opening a conversation for how food choices went. No, this isn’t a Weight Watchers meeting. She is a trained YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program ...

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

Now you should know something about Gail Robortaccio right off: She is a very pleasant, down to earth and unpretentious person.   I was warmly welcomed into her home to interview her. That welcome even extended to her dog Max who greeted me enthusiastically and who wanted to sit in on the interview at Gail's dining room table.  Unfortunately, Max's enthusiasm went on a bit too long and off he went to be with Gail's husband Mario. As was everyone I had the opportunity and pleasure to interview for this column ...

Y Works

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The nation’s largest charity evaluator has awarded the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges its top rating for the fifth year straight in recognition of the organization’s sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.  “Only six percent of the charities we rate have received at least five consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that Metro YMCAs of the Oranges outperforms most other charities in America,’’ Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael ...

YOLO Kids

It's very important to maintain a good, healthy weight. You can run around your neighborhood or walk a dog, dribble a soccer ball or shoot some hoops. Whatever it is, you should always do some sort of exercise. You should also always be kind to everyone around you, no matter what.  The “Girls on the Run” program takes about 30 girls and shapes them into to better people, and trains them to run a 5K. Not only does your child get a lot of exercise, but they also learn how to truly be a good friend and person. Whether ...

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.

“Mark O’s Mortgage Insights”

RANDOLPH, NJ-  For adults at all stages of life, young, middle aged, or senior, there may come a time when they are faced with the question of whether it is more beneficial to rent or buy a home.  While all circumstances are different, and specific situations such as a "short term stay" will influence the decision, below are some general concepts to consider that can help someone make an educated, informed decision.   Five Advantages of Home Ownership over ...