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Admissions Abridged

As we trudge through submission season this year I’ve found some questions that have surprised me.  Those of us shepherding families through their college applications, myself included, can mistakenly start “talking shop” with the assumption that parents and students are following along.  Acronyms start flying around and we get into our groove, not realizing we’ve left the newbies in the dust. So for those of you on your second or third rodeo, this post might be a bit elementary, but to those of you just ...

Alerts from South Plainfield Police Department

The South Plainfield Police Department is accepting applications for Per-Diem Police Dispatcher.  The following are the minimum requirements for applicants: Must be at least 18 years of age Must have a High School diploma or GED Must be certified in 9-1-1, EMD and CPR Must pass a background check and a computerized Dispatch test Must be able to multi-task while using Police, Fire, and EMS Radios, telephones, and computers Must be able to work on an as needed basis to fill vacant shifts including nights, weekends, and ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week

WESTFIELD, NJ – A center back defense player, Lily Maz is a local fly girl, at least when it comes to field hockey. The 17-year-old high school senior and year-four varsity starter has led the team’s defense, powering the Lady Blue Devils to a 12-5 record this season, head girls field hockey coach Caitlin Cheddar said. Lily is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. “Lily is one of the most intense people when it comes to competition on the field,” Cheddar said.

Althea on Gardening

The summer gardening season is in full swing and gardeners have been harvesting their bounty - lettuces, tomatoes, zucchinis, peppers and herbs. Insect activity is also gearing up in the garden.   As the growing degree days increase, so does the damaging effects of pests in the garden. Here are a few ways to protect one of the most popular herb in the garden - BASIL.  It's loved by children and adults alike, and unfortunately, also by a few garden pests. Basil is a tender annual herb, in the mint family, that is easy to ...

A Message from Mayor Cavadas

If you’ve taken a drive down Morris Avenue lately, I’m sure you’ve seen the action at the former Merck site. The Township Committee and I are proud to announce that construction has finally begun for phase one of what is set to be one of the largest mixed-use developments in northern New Jersey. Phase one of the new Vermella Union will consist of 462 multi-family apartments, nearly 40,000 square feet of retail space, and amenities such as a club house. The new development sits on a premier location, adjacent to both ...

A Random Walk Down Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - When I returned from my overseas deployment in August, I asked my wife if she knew of a good barber. I was used to getting a regular military cut and trim every couple of weeks on the base and wanted to maintain that without paying too much. She recommended Kris' in Springfield, said she took my nine-year old son there. I wasn't really happy with my barber in Short Hills so decided to give it a try. Well, haven't left yet. Nick, my barber, is great. He knows exactly how I like my cut now. It's ...

Area Homes by RE/MAX NP

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX NEIGHBORHOOD PROPERTIES this weekend. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13:   From 12 - 3 p.m.   16 Schneider Lane, Montville   Click HERE to see Full Listing.   Hosted by Nadine Khalil     From 2 - 4 p.m.   855 Route 202, Montville   Click HERE to see Full Listing.      From 12 - 2 p.m.   65 Halsey Road,    Parsippany-Troy Hills Township   Click HERE to see Full ...

Are You Ready for Life?

Last Will and Testaments are a critical component to ensure your assets are protected and pass to the people/organizations you intended. However, some simple Wills have limitations and they are important to point out: Last Will and Testaments serve to protect your family and your hard-earned wealth. A well written Will minimizes estate and inheritance taxes, appoints a guardian for your minor children, and protects your assets by keeping them in your family by shielding them from lawsuits, creditors, and divorce of the beneficiaries.

Ask Maria

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Most children who are bullied keep quiet about it and do not tell an adult or parent. It is embarrassing for the child to admit that they are being bullied. Some signs to look out for include doing poorly in school, having low self esteem, being depressed, having sleep problems, withdrawing from school or social activities, being reluctant to go to school, staying away from friends, and crying episodes. Talk to your child and ask them to share how their day was at school and be direct ...

Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin

TOMS RIVER, NJ – The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee met jointly with the Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Thursday at the Toms River Municipal Complex Building to discuss single-use plastics and plastic waste, the harmful effects they have on the environment and how New Jersey can minimize and eventually end our reliance on single-use plastic items.             “Each day, Americans use 500 million plastic straws, and each year, Americans use ...

AtlantiCast

On this week’s AtlantiCast, see who has the cleanest hands in health care, find out how Atlantic Health System is training the next generation of health care professionals, Overlook Medical Center joins the robot revolution and much more!  

Atlantic View at Overlook Medical Center

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, and James J.S. Chen, M.D., FACHE, director of Atlantic Medical Group’s Thyroid Center at Summit and endocrinologist at Overlook Medical Center, believes it is critical that everyone know the warning signs of thyroid cancer. “The most common form of thyroid cancer, papillary cancer, has a very high cure rate if detected early,” said Dr. Chen, who is one of the few board-certified endocrinologists in the U.S. who is also certified in nuclear medicine and holds a Nuclear ...

At Your Library

THEATER IN TOWN! Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy The Hudson Shakespeare Company will present a production of Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy (with additions by William Shakespeare). Spain and Portugal have met a bitter end to their war. Don Andrea, a soldier slain in war, is sent to the underworld and meets the spirit of Revenge who agrees to help get revenge on Prince Balthazar. To bring peace, Prince Lorenzo hopes to marry off his sister, Bel-Imperia, to Prince Balthazar. However, she is in love with Horatio, so Lorenzo and ...

A Why The Y Story

Being out on the bocce court at the Madison Area YMCA’s annual charity bocce tournament this fall had a special significance for Jim Patterson. The tournament, which raises funds for the Y’s paths to wellness programming, includes LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. Jim knows LIVESTRONG well. “Beautiful Beth” as Jim describes his late wife and best friend of 35 years and mother of their 16-year-old daughter Janie, who has Down syndrome, was a graduate of the December 2016 LIVESTRONG at the YMCA class. Beth ...

Bazzo Says

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in my column, “Watergate analogies apply to Obama, not Trump,” that President Obama’s Justice Department planted a spy in the Trump campaign. I said I used the term “spy” because this was a counter-intelligence operation, not a criminal investigation, where the term informant would have been proper. That statement has been brought into question as unsourced except as a tweet by Trump himself. This is what happens when I try to show that the beloved Obama went Nixon, but further.

BB The Advice Giving Horse

BB is a lovely, intelligent Arabian mare. Life can be pretty quiet at home and she had become bored with the daily routine. She discussed this with her owner, animal communicator Anita Curtis and she decided that she would like to give advice to animals who were having problems. Due to opposable thumb problems, Curtis agreed to do the typing and computer work as long as she was allowed to give her opinion, too. BB reluctantly gave in to that demand, as long as Curtis kept her part brief.  Learn more about Anita Curtis ...

Bengals Athletic Update

Volleyball advanced to the County final with wins over Science Park and Montclair. Unfortunately, Livingston got the better of the Bengals in the County Championship Match.    At the County Track and Field Championship Meet the Girls Team had a fine showing placing 5th overall. Leading the way was Kaela Edwards-2nd in high hurdles and Aicha Naouai- 2nd in javelin. The best Boys performance was La’Shan White- 4th in high hurdles.   Softball fell to the #1 seed Fairlawn in the NJSIAA ...

Berkeley Heights Here & Now

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J., September, 2018 – The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) today announced the September edition of Berkeley Heights Here & Now which is available on the Township website, http://www.berkeleyheightstwpnj.gov. Mayor Robert Woodruff is joined by Township Administrator John Bussiculo as they provide an in-depth Municipal Redevelopment update, road paving discussion and the success of Restaurant Week.  The show continues by highlighting the Township’s Emergency Services. Lastly, Township ...

Beth's Book Review

The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsh (Bantom Books, 2010)   “It was bad. It was very, very bad,” said Jay Dakelman, a medic with the 3rd Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He was describing to me the first moment that he stepped into a concentration camp, somewhere in Germany, during the final months of World War II. Jay Dakelman, who ended the war with the rank of corporal, was my father. Since my great-grandmother was Russian, the only language that she had ever ...

Better Biz Better You

Now that we’ve talked about how profitable partnerships can be, you probably want to get started as soon as possible. Follow these steps to accomplish it. * Pick an Event to Collaborate On – You can choose from many different ideas, from book writing, webinars, affiliate projects, and more. Choose something to do that you know, and that the partner you want will enjoy and want to do.  * Choose a Niche Topic – Pick a topic that matches what your audience and the partner(s) you want will like and respond to. You want ...

Beyond Fitness: Revealing The Secrets to An Active Pain Free Life

To all the parents out there, I'd like to ask you a question: What is your No. 1 fear for your children when they start to play competitive sports? I think I can guess that the answer would be: Injury. As a loving and caring parent, it's no secret that you wish your child could stay healthy while playing sports and staying active. And that's why I think it's so important to realize that the No. 1 risk factor for injury in sports is overuse. The good news: Overuse is preventable. The bad ...

Bloomfield Pride

The initial patent for the land that would become Bloomfield Township was granted to the English Puritan colonists of Newark, and the area assigned to Essex County in 1675, and Newark Township in 1693. From the 1690's to about the 1720's, much of the northern and eastern land was sold to descendants of New Netherland colonists who had settled Acquackanonk, and the remainder mostly to English families. Bloomfield was settled by a combination of Dutch and English families and the English and Dutch neighborhoods gradually integrated, ...

Bloomfield Public Library

All movies start at 12:15 p.m. in the Library Theatre September 6, 2018 -  BRONCO BILLY As the leader of a struggling Wild West show, Bronco Billy (Clint Eastwood) gives it his all to keep his entertainers' spirits high despite the declining public interest. While on tour, Billy encounters Antoinette Lily (Sondra Locke), a spoiled, newlywed heiress who was recently deserted by her scheming husband, John Arlington (Geoffrey Lewis). After some convincing, Lily decides to join the troupe as Billy's assistant but, much to the ...

Borough Buzz

Senior Citizen Picnic Wed., Sept. 26, 2018 All Florham Park      Residents age 62 +  are invited! Please join us at the Community Center at 11:30 a.m.  Enjoy a hot catered luncheon and fun entertainment! Please register by Wed., Sept. 19, 2018  Please provide your name and phone # and drop it off at the senior citizen center, along with your CHECK – Made out to the “Florham Park Seniors” for two DOLLARS per person. Place it in  the folder on the sign-in desk. OR ...

Borough Notifications

HELP WANTED Part-time outdoor labor, South Plainfield Recycling Complex & parks litter control, weekly hours vary. Experience with heavy equipment a plus. Contact Recycling Coordinator atempel@southplainfieldnj.com or 908-226-7621. EOE.

Bruce the Blog

  When Dr. Mack Scharmett was 50 years old, gas was 34 cents a gallon. An average car cost $3,000. When he was 20 years old, an average house cost $3,900. When the good doctor was 10 years old, the yo-yo was introduced. So was “Steamboat Willie,” a short film that marked the debut of cartoon character Mickey Mouse. Born in the final year of World War I, Dr. Scharmett turned a ripe young 100 on Oct. 10, 2018. It is said those born under the astrological sign of Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) are “kind, gentle ...

Chamber Conversations

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Center Business Improvement District (BID) has hired Jennifer Brown to serve as Executive Director. Brown is set to replace Israel Cronk starting November 12. Currently the Executive Director of the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership BID in New York,  Brown will become the fourth director to lead the Montclair BID, which was founded in 2002. Brown has lived in Montclair with her family for over a decade and has been active in the PTAs at Bradford, Buzz Aldrin, and Hillside ...

Chip Shots

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS,  NJ - There has been a tremendous amount of criticism heaped on the NJSIAA for the new United Power Rankings.  A complicated formula that no one is 100 percent sure is accurate at any time, it basically breaks the ranking of teams into numbers - The Born Power Index and average power points.   The Born Power Index has been around since 1962, and is a mathematical rating system which somehow, determines how good a team is. Somehow, I say, because the formula is proprietary, and William Born, its ...

College Connection

One of our SAT prep students recently gained a lot of attention for being accepted to all seven of the Ivy League schools to which she had applied, as well as to Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) She has chosen to attend M.I.T. and major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Of course, Diana had earned stellar SAT scores and had a most impressive G.P.A.  But I was curious about her other accomplishments, and met with her recently to hear her words of wisdom as to what she believes it takes ...

College Funding Secrets with Chris Curran

So you've applied and been accepted and your child is heading off to college shortly.    Are you ready to pay the bill that is coming soon?  Take a listen to Chris Curran's video below as he gives suggestions of what you should be doing now so you are ready to pay the bill and don't forget to check out his book College Funding Secrets.    

Conversations with Joan Herrmann

Ever feel disposable? Maybe a friend, employer or spouse has become impatient with you and moved on. In the short term at least, it seems so much easier for them. It seems easier, although hurtful, for that friend, boss or spouse to rid themselves of the problem. Maybe you’ve done the same, traded-up, whether for a person or object, for a better situation just because it was easier than mending the relationship. Joan talks about rethinking this disposable attitude and moving toward a more satisfying alternative. Q. From ...

Cornerstone: Where Care Meets Commitment

It is no accident that the first day of fall on the calendar marks National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA).  As our population continues to age, it amazes me to see how many injuries occur from falling.  Many of us are fearful of “breaking a hip” but it goes beyond that.  It has been documented that in the United States, adults 65 years old or older die from a fall every 20 minutes.  I frequently treat patients with various injuries ...

Councilman's Corner with Sterley Stanley

I would like to thank TAPinto East Brunswick for allowing me to write a column for our residents here in our township. The goal of the column is to be informative and nonpartisan. With that said, I would like to begin by talking about an exciting partnership the town of East Brunswick is forging with HMS Host Inc.  They are looking to hire locally for all their positions, and this is a great opportunity for those currently looking for part-time or full-time work.   One of the main thoughts on everyone’s mind is ...

County Corner

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Voting by Telephone is something that sounds like a 2018 initiative but in fact it was the brain child of the sole living former County Clerk's - Joseph J. Bell.  On Wednesday evening, April 18, 2018, surrounded by family and his former staff, Bell was honored at current Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi’s “Through the Ages” tribute in Morristown. Joe Bell served as County Clerk from 1983 - 1988, serving one full term then leaving to pursue a career as an attorney.  It was a ...

CPA Q&A

Michael Karu, CPA/CFF, discusses whether or not one’s Social Security counts on the FAFSA– LIVINGSTON, NJ – Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, Member, Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC., a Livingston-based leading accounting firm, was featured on the digital news site of The Star-Ledger and NJadvancemedia. In the article, “Does Social Security count on the FAFSA?” Karu states, “Under the law, up to 85 percent of the recipient's Social Security benefits are ...

Cranford: In the Schools

There are currently 2 openings in the tuition-based full day kindergarten at Walnut Avenue School for the 2018-2019 school year.   Applicants should be aware there is a tuition charge of $680 per month.    Please complete the application below and send to: The Office of the Superintendent of Schools 132 Thomas Street Cranford, New Jersey 07016 Applications can also be emailed to:  cammarata@cranfordschools.org or faxed to: 908-272-7735. For additional information or if you have any questions, you may ...

Dad in the Box

Let me ask you something.   If you had a couple hundred thousand dollars lying around, like in a penny jar or something, would you spend it on a trip to outer space knowing that it could potentially end, let’s say, not well?   Uber rich guys like Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson are betting customers will.  At least customers with a few hundred large to burn.  They are rapidly building commercial space programs to give money-is-no-object thrill seekers willing to sign a Hold Harmless Waiver the ultimate ...

Daughters of Israel Corner

The Daughters of Israel Women's League annual "Shop, Lunch and Play" was held on Monday, October 8, 2018, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange. A huge success, the event was co-chaired by Daughters of Israel board members Carol Sidman and Vicki Squires. Generously underwritten by Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf, "Shop, Lunch and Play," included a card party, luncheon, and vendor boutique. Pictured above left to right are: Vera Chapman with Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf, Event Underwriter.

Dear Susan

Salt therapy has become one of the most sought-after spa services in recent years. From reducing sinus symptoms to stress, the holistic, relaxing treatment provides a number of benefits for people from all walks of life. To learn more about the trendy treatment, here’s a convenient guide. FAQ About Salt Therapy What is salt therapy? This holistic, noninvasive treatment involves relaxing in a room that mimics the unique microclimate of a salt cave. The room’s walls contain layers upon layers of dry ...

Destination: Financial Freedom

When a member business succeeds, we all succeed. Our Bergen and Passaic communities need strong, healthy businesses. That’s why Greater Alliance Federal Credit Union is committed to helping our business members with business financing options to help them grow. We know that as they succeed, they’ll support more jobs and services in our neighborhoods. Business members enjoy benefits not available from a for-profit commercial bank: LOWER loan interest rates NO loan application fee LOW 1 percent loan origination ...

Diversions

If you are looking for something to do this weekend that doesn’t involve apples, pumpkins (and you know I love both) or seasonal crowds, look no further than your nearest SUNY. Yes, that’s right, go back to school. The fact is that 93 percent of New Yorkers live within 30 miles of a SUNY (State University of New York, but you know that) campus.   Another fact, SUNY campuses have robust arts and cultural programming. These institutions, part of a stellar 64 campus educational system, all have their own creative and cultural ...

East Brunswick Public Library Town Center

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- To help teens and their families better understand the college planning process, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) will host two special programs this September. The programs are led by Lisa Helyes, an academic college planner and member of the New Association of College Admission Counselors. Helyes will explain the keys to a successful college preparation and application process. The first program, "Path to College Workshop" is on Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 pm.  ...

East Main Podcast

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — East Main Media's Brian Brodeur continues his conversation with Michelle Vernuccio, President of the North Jersey Chamber of Commerce, discussing her background in marketing and small business. (Part 2 of 2)

Employment Law

Who is Eligible? If your employer has 50 or more employees within a 75 mile radius of your worksite, and you have been working full time (i.e., at least 1,250 hours) for the entire 12 months prior to the start of an FMLA leave, then you are eligible to go out on an FMLA leave. What can an FMLA leave be used for? You can use the FMLA to go out on a leave for your own serious health condition, to care for a close family member (i.e. employee's spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition or for the birth, adoption of ...

EMS Blotter

  Date   Time   Nature of Call   Pickup City 9/1/2018   10:10:42   Fall   SUMMIT 9/1/2018   15:59:00   Chest Pains / Heart ...

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Finance Decoded

October 16, 2018: Is Now the Right Time to Go Roth?  Some say yes, pointing to the recent federal tax reforms. Will federal income tax rates ever be lower than they are right now? Given the outlook for Social Security and Medicare, it is hard to imagine them falling much further. Higher federal income taxes could very well be on the horizon, as the tax cuts set by the 2017 reforms are scheduled to sunset when 2025 ends. Not only that, the federal government is now using a different yardstick, the chained Consumer Price Index, to ...

Fire Department Blotter

8/17/2018 11:25 am - FD dispatched to a DEBARY ROAD multi -family on a verbal report of a wire arcing in a tree behind the house  On arrival FD found rear service cables were missing spacers between 2 poles and the wires were touching. FD did not see any arcing or sparks. JCP&L was notified to respond and correct the problem. 8/18/2018 3:45 pm - FD dispatched to MOUNTAINSIDE FIRE HEADQUARTERS for mutual aid cover assignment.  Summit FD provided mutual aid until released by the incident commander. Recall of personnel ...

From the Office of Mayor Matthew P. Anesh

South Plainfield– Last night the Borough Zoning Board granted an approval for Chick-fil-A to move into Middlesex Mall. The approval clears the way for a 5,000 square foot building including a drive thru to be built at the corner of Stelton Road and Hadley Road. “This will be a welcomed addition to South Plainfield,” said Mayor Matt Anesh. “Economic Development Chairman Derryck White has been working for nearly a year to make this happen and I know the residents will be thrilled.”In recent weeks it’s no ...

Health News You Can Use

Research published this week in the journal Circulation, reported findings of a 34 year study on over 100,000 people found five modifiable lifestyle       behaviors associated with a 14 year longer life expectancy in women and a 12 year long life expectancy in men at age 50. The health behaviors related to longer life included never smoking, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a normal weight, drinking alcohol in moderation or not at all, and getting more than 3.5 hours a week of moderate to vigorous activity. The ...

HeartBeats

“Doc, I’m down to one cigarette a day”. That’s great, but you have to stop altogether. “I don’t want to gain weight if I quit. What do you think about e-cigarettes?” Over the past several years, the number of people who smoke has dropped to an all time low. About 13% of US adults smoke, but that still represents about 37 million active smokers. The risks of smoking are well known. Heart attack, stroke, lung disease and cancer all increase with more smoking: the greater the number of cigarettes ...

Heights Highlights

 Rescue Squad Cadet Receives a 911-Themed Promposal

Here and Now

Donald J. Trump is the embodiment of the Republican Party. Though not all Republicans are racist, too many tolerate and indulge Trump’s blatantly bigoted and hateful views. Though not all Republicans are misogynists, too many disregard Trump’s seedy past and turn a blind eye towards his serial exploitation and ill-treatment of women. Though not all Republicans are xenophobic, too many ignore the contempt with which Trump treats immigrants of color, and fail to hold him accountable for the harm he has inflicted on children ...

Here We Grow

Idaho is not the only place to grow potatoes. Any backyard can supply a bounty harvest, done properly. The most important part of growing potatoes is picking the right variety of potato to grow. Some potatoes grow better in different areas of the country than others. For New Jersey, The best potatoes to grow are the Purple Peruvian, Yukon Gold,  Red Bliss, Sweet, and the Fingerling Potatoes. These potatoes are hearty to the cold and immune certain diseases.  The other thing to take into ...

Holiday Happenings

As a digital marketer I am on social media quite a bit, but on a day like today I get a hole in my heart and a pit in my stomach.  Everyone with best wishes in mind, is wishing a Happy Mother's Day and posting pictures of their kids and gifts and breakfasts in bed.  But my first thoughts are always my friends, who lost their mom or even worse, friends that lost their kids.  At my age you have the unfortunate occurrences of attending wakes and funerals of both.  And it is heart and gut wrenching ...

Holy Savior Academy News

Holy Savior Academy will be hosting its 2nd Annual Designer Bag Bingo on Saturday 10/13.   There will be 10 Bingo Games, small basket raffle and a 50/50.  For each bingo game, you will be given 3 chances to win!  “Last year was a tremendous success and we are looking forward to building on that momentum, “ says Cindy Trunell, co-chair of the event. “Our bags are from top designers such as Marc Jacobs, Coach, and Michael Kors and have retail values ranging from $198 to $450”, according to ...

Home Matters by Jacki

First impressions are everything ... at least when it comes to houses. Here are some simple ideas I recommend to keep your home fresh and looking it's best before selling!!!  1. Paint your front door, shutters or trim. 2. Make sure your house numbers are visible. Perhaps replace them with bright, new numbers. 3. Add a new welcome mat for your front porch. 4. Plant flowers (Mums come in many colors) to brighten up the space, some are also fragrant. In addition to flowers, colorful pots can give your home a boost. 5.

Horse Happenings

Events are listed for New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. To have your event listed e-mail lshupe@tapinto.net. For premium event listings enter them online at https://www.tapinto.net/events/new?premium=true Oct. 3-7 — Fall III, Jumper 4 and Outreach, North American Young Jumper Finals, Princeton Show Jumping, Skillman, N.J., http://princetonshowjumping.com/ Oct. 5-7 — Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals East, USET Foundation, Gladstone, N.J. 859-225-7688 Oct. 6 — Endurance, Mustang ...

In the Schools

WESTFIELD, NJ – At Wilson School, third teacher Lynn Kraus read “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes, whose title character is teased about her name. “Chrysanthemum wilted,” Kraus said to her students.  “I want you to think about whether respect is happening here.” The third-graders break into small group discussions after watching a short video that tracks an act of kindness from one person to the next in a community, one of many lessons and activities across the Westfield Public School District ...

In The Work Place

What is the purpose of the FMLA? According to federal regulation, the FMLA is “intended to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families, to promote the stability and economic security of families and to promote national interests in preserving family integrity.” CFR 825.101. The FMLA helps both employers and employees by encouraging family stability, which in turn contributes to work productivity. At least 20 million people across the nation use unpaid family leave annually according to recent statistics. And ...

Ironclad Car Advice with Peyton Knight

Campus life is about to start in a few short weeks.  While you may be thinking books, laptops and meal plans, don’t forget about scheduling the “family moving van” for some timely service. Whether your college destination is 40 or 400 miles away, an oil change or new tires should be considered before getting on the road this semester. Many college kids are heading to universities with their own cars. Since that vehicle will probably be MIA until they return this winter, it’s even more important to ...

It's Yesterday Once More in Nutley

When Nutley Historian John Demmer wanted to get some help identifying local homes, he went to the best source possible…social media. He is interested in identifying as many Lambert built houses as possible in Nutley. Lambert, who was a prominent builder and influential Nutleyite, lived and worked in town. It is believed that there are more than 500 homes and buildings that were designed and built by Lambert and his ‘Nutley Realty company’. “Lambert is sort of an unsung hero in ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing

The Jaffe Briefing will be on Fall Break beginning Monday, returning Oct. 23 Voter registration deadline for the November 2018 election is Tuesday, October 16 Click HERE to see if you're already registered Or call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837) EAST RUTHERFORD - The goal - one would think - is for the struggling Meadowlands racetrack to hold on as long as possible, figuring that legalized sports betting, some $6 million in proposed state support ...

JB Real Estate Advantage Report - Livingston

HELLO FALL!  Where did summer go?  It always seems so fleeting does it not?  The start of Fall brings with it, so many beginnings… School of course, always is top of mind for those of us with children at that age. Re-arranging closets is a close second… moving warm weather clothing to the back.. Moving colder weather clothing up in rotation…  It is almost officially BOOT Season.. Routine.. Getting back into some normalcy of a schedule. Setting an alarm ...

Jets Fan Chatter

All of the players on the New York Jets roster are team players. All are an important piece in the outcome of the game. After the big win over the Denver Broncos 34-16, there is a need to shine a much deserved spotlight on  three players who made a big difference in that game. Every fan has their favorite position; my first choice is always wide receiver. The New York Jets have had a long history of some great receivers; Wayne Chrebet, Wesley Walker, Don Maynard, Al Toon and Brandon Marshall are just a few that come to mind. New ...

Kaplan on Your Money

Annuities can be good, bad or downright ugly. How can you tell if your annuity is good, or if you should consider purchasing one? And what’s an annuity, anyway?.  In this two-part series, I’ll begin with a review of the “bad and ugly” annuities (most variable annuities). Next month I’ll review “good” annuities (primarily immediate and deferred fixed annuities).   How Variable Annuities Work: Annuities have two phases: 1) the investment/accumulation phase and 2) the payout phase. During the ...

Kevin's Corner

Last time we checked, it was barely the beginning of summer, and now it’s already autumn. How did your air conditioner hold up over the past few months?  If you skipped having your system maintained in the spring or summer, it’s important make sure it’s still in good shape now so you can stay comfortable next season. The number one cause of air conditioning and heating failure is dirt. To keep the system clean change your air filters at least every three months, ideally every month. Additionally, have a qualified ...

Know Your Nest

How many times do you plan to buy a home during your entire lifetime? For most of us, the number is somewhere between 3 and 5. It certainly doesn’t happen often enough to make us experts on the process.  Real estate agents, on the other hand, may handle 3-5 purchases per month. This experience makes them an invaluable resource to homebuyers.  Before you think about handling your purchase on your own, consider these 3 serious dangers of buying without a real estate agent. Risk #1. Overpaying for your home Many buyers ...

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My Dad…The Man Who Always Got Things Done…My Survivor Eulogy by Julie George Thank you all for joining the Harrold Family in honoring the life of our Dad Hugh Harrold. My Dad accomplished many amazing things in his 88 years. My Dad was most proud of his service defending the United States of America in WWII. He enlisted in the Navy shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and served as a submariner aboard the USS Cabezon (SS-334). He loved our country and he would have gladly laid down his life for her. My Dad was an ...

Let's TAP About It

We live in a time where the demand is “more now.” We want more of the things we like, and we want them as soon as possible. This can be seen clearly in the amount of shows the internet streaming service Netflix released in the past year: well over 150 different shows, movies, documentaries and comedy specials. In the month of August alone, 47 Netflix original shows and movies became available for streaming, according to BGR.com. In full, Netflix has made available over 800 different pieces of content. Before anything ...

Life, Health, Politics

I feel confident in predicting that 2018 is not going to be a drought year. Don’t laugh, dear reader. At the moment, that’s barely a stretch. But I admit to having had a few predictions of the weather sort go ludicrously wrong this year.  In mid-winter, I thought the mild weather we were enjoying at that point presaged a mildish spring. On that particular occasion, the weather turned before the week was out, before my article even made it into print. The winter immediately ceased being mild.  Then it felt like spring ...

Life, Health, Politics

Trump. He doesn’t just use an-in-your face, combative style that immediately takes people aback, but he regularly operates under the rule of behavior known officially as Opposite Day. Only in Trump’s case, most days are Opposite Day.    Opposite Day is a slang term that came into use based on an episode of the TV show “Seinfeld.” In this particular episode, George Costanza had the huge realization that all of his straightforward gambits always ended in failure. So, he decided to act exactly the ...

Lindabury Legal Corner

Living In

MONTVILLE, NJ - Following are open houses for Century 21 The Crossing this weekend: Sunday, July 22 from 1 - 4 p.m. 20 Henning Drive, Fairfield 18 Renshaw Drive, Montville  Sunday, July 22 from 2 - 4 p.m. 3 Louis Drive, Montville  

Liz on Theatre

‘Other Desert Cities’ unfolds with family secrets at Chatham Playhouse By LIZ KEILL CHATHAM, NJ – “Other Desert Cities,” the stirring drama by Jon Robin Baitz, revolves around a family’s loyalties and deceptions in a tony Palm Springs household. “Other Desert Cities” refers to the signs along the exit ramps on the California freeway. The twists and turns center on daughter Brooke (Adriana Spizuoco), a writer who is visiting her parents after moving east to Long Island.  Her mother, ...

Lost & Found Pets

Cristal is a 3-year-old small white Maltese. She was last seen on Thursday around noon in the South Avenue/West Broad Street Avenue area of Westfield, headed toward Scotch Plains. If you see her, email andreagmm@outlook.com. Cristal is wearing a collar with her phone number on it.

Lost In Suburbia

When my kids were little, I think the only person who got more excited about Halloween than them, was me.  The only issue was that Halloween was supposed to be for kids, not for their candy-lovin’ mamas who supposedly had the maturity of a more sophisticated palate that was better suited to dark chocolate truffles and lemon squares.  But the truth of the matter is, my palate never grew up. It was stuck somewhere in the early ’70s between Milk Duds and Pop Rocks which I would hide between my pet rock and my Shawn Cassidy ...

Man Overboard

Last Saturday the Somers Volunteer Fire Department held an open house, where they invited residents to come over and take a closer look at what they do and how they do it. I brought the ever-furry Gidget-the-dog with me, to see if she might take to the lifestyle and consider becoming a firedog. Sometimes a firehouse has a Dalmatian with a lot of dots on it, and when you connect the dots it forms a dog. But I didn’t see one there, so I thought maybe Gidget might volunteer, if I could teach her to slide down the fire pole. The members ...

Maplewoodian by Joe Strupp

The last Twitter post from Columbia High School principal Elizabeth Aaron is very telling.  The four-year CHS schools chief, who was recently, surprisingly, reassigned to a vague “Principal on Special Assignment” post by the school district, was a Twitter regular on her @CougarPrincipal account. There she would often promote the school’s successes and notable staff and students. From pushing summer reading lists to showing off CHS prom pics, Aaron is school spirit incarnate. But her last tweet, posted on June ...

Moench's Musings

In our last article, we broached the subject of debt and the township’s reliance – or over-reliance – on debt to fund our yearly expenditures for items such as roads. So, ok, we want to reduce our reliance on debt moving forward, especially as the cost of borrowing is rising. What’s the solution? Well, there’s no magic wand we can wave to suddenly end our reliance on bonding.  We are not going to add $6 million to the township’s operating budget in one year because that would result in a ...

My Perspective

Most everyone I know has suffered the loss of a loved one due to cancer. I lost my dad and several very close friends to the dreaded disease. I’ve often wondered why it is that—with all our advanced scientific research—we still can’t find a cure. Perhaps now we’re not that far away. Last week, scientists Dr. James Allison and Dr. Tasuku Honjo were awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery that the body’s own immune system can be used to attack cancer cells. Dr. Allison’s mom died of lymphoma when ...

New Providence Notables

Recently, two candidates of different parties showed that some causes are too important for party lines. On US Voter Registration Day, Sharing Network reminded the public, by posting on their Facebook page, there are some things we can all agree on. Elizabeth Stamler, Democratic candidate for Scotch Plains Council, and Pete DeSarno, Republican candidate for New Providence borough council -  are reaching across the aisle to show their support of organ and tissue donation.

New Providence Youth Score Board

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence PAL Baseball has been hot this past week, and is closing out the month in a big way. NP PAL's 14U team finished in second place in the NJ North Cal Ripken State Tournament. With this performance, the team has qualified for the Cal Ripken Northeast Regional Tournament and will start the regional play on Tuesday, July 24th in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. This is the first time a New Providence team has qualified for the regional tournament. Congratulations and best of luck in the regions. In ...

Nutley Family Service Bureau

NUTLEY, NJ - Following the success of 2018's 'Rock Hunger II," Nutley Family Service Bureau is reminding everyone to save the date for 'Rock Hunger III.' The event will take place on the main stage at the Old Canal Inn on June 8, 2019. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m, all to support the food pantry operation at NFSB. The evening will include food and a chance to win raffle prizes.  NFSB Executive Director explained that the century old Nutley organization is first and foremost a ...

Nutley Parks and Recreation Department

LET’S GET MOVING CLASS Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci and the Nutley Parks and Recreation Department announce the fall session for “Lets Get Moving”.  This high energy children’s program is designed to refine motor skills and increase balance through motivation.  “Our goal is to contribute to the development of your child’s listening skills while enhancing their physical abilities” states Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci.    The program is designed for children from 3 to 5 years of ...

Nutley Public Library

Join us at the Nutley Public Library on select Monday nights for a special story time program. Pajama Story Time is a chance for families to listen to a story, make a craft, and get snuggly! Wear your favorite pajamas and slippers, or just bring along your favorite cuddly stuffed toy.  Pajama Story Time takes place at 7:00 PM in the Nutley Public Library Children's Room on  October 22, and December 3. No registration is required!  For more information, please visit youthservices.nutleypubliclibrary.org or ...

Organizing Wisdom

I go through this every month: “Clean up, company’s coming!”  I run around the house in a panic, picking up all my projects and spend hours just putting away my stuff before I can clean the house or my husband can clean, whose fault it is anyway for inviting people over!  What’s the matter with him?! Every month, my husband invites people over for wine and cheese. I hate it and I love it. It forces me to “pick up the house,” as my mother says, and get things put away.  If my husband ...

Out Of My Head

I love a good ghost story. Book, TV show, movie—doesn’t matter. Scare the bejesus out of me and I’m a happy boy. I have no idea why that is. I’ll leave that to my therapist. I know some people avoid horror movies and thrillers like the plague, saying, “It will give me nightmares!” I guess I am fortunate that I am able to forget about the thing minutes after it’s over and rarely suffer any residual emotional blowback. I think that’s because, on an intellectual level, I’m well aware that ...

Parenting, Issues, Education

It’s that time of the year again. The flood of campers and kayak-toting cars dwindles, replaced by yellow buses and frantic parents in SUVs. Let’s start this school year right. As you get your routine and logistics in check—bedtime, school supplies, clothes, equipment, driving and bus times, help, activities, lunches and snacks—keep in mind that this is the time to fortify your kids. This year, try reversing some of the roles of caregiver and child. Although it may scare you to think of a time when your kids might ...

Pass it Along

Do you know a young person who feels isolated, wants to build confidence, would like to get involved but doesn’t know where to begin? Connect them with this free and unique program that can begin the journey for discovering their passion and launching them on their life path! Get Connected is a 10-week program through Pass It Along that provides support through workshops and volunteers opportunities to help young people in Sussex County, ages 16-22 with social, emotional or behavioral issues. The next session of Get Connected will ...

Pathways to Learning

Hi, Summit families! My name is Betsy Stoeber and I’ve been the owner and director at the specialized learning center Brain Balance of Summit since 2011. I first encountered Brain Balance the year before we opened as a parent. My own son participated in our innovative program at the center in Norwalk, CT, to address a number of learning challenges. Traveling there three times per week for three months, I met other families making the trek across the GWB from NJ and together we celebrated our kids’ successes. Over 7+ years, my ...

Piscataway Library - CHECK US OUT!

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Library’s Kennedy branch was open for blood donations on Monday, where technicians from the New York Blood Services collected 34 pints of blood from community supporters. “Blood donations support breast cancer warriors and survivors,” said account manager, Lynne Ross. “Cancer patients are the number one users of blood.” Donations from Monday’s event will help over 100 patients. Donors received a free pair of movie tickets to the Rutgers Cinemas as a thank you ...

Point View WealthPoints

Point View Wealth Management's latest newsletter is here! Our Q4 page-turner includes: Five Annuity Pitfalls How to Pay for Long Term Care-And How Not to The Long View: Stocks for the Next 20 Years Retirement Income Strategies ESG Investing To access it now, click here: https://bit.ly/2OS1PjW Contact David Dietze, John Petrides, Claire Toth, Donna St.Amant and Elaine Phipps,  or call 908-598-1717 to learn more about Point View Wealth ...

Practical Taxes and Finance With Paul Kleespies

Mobile phones not only contain our personal details and information about everyone we know; they are used to verify our identities and unlock access to our financial accounts. Now scammers are using a process called a “port-out” to hack into our phones to change our passwords, steal our personal data and even empty our bank accounts. Basics of the port-out scam A port-out scam starts by manipulating the legitimate process you can use to move your mobile phone number from one carrier to another. A scammer calls a carrier ...

Pro Staff Physical Therapy & Dynamic Hand Therapy

NUTLEY, NJ- With each passing school year it seems that backpacks are getting progressively bigger and definitely heavier. Pass any school as children are coming or going and, judging by the the size of the packs on their backs, it may look like a group of explorers preparing to scale Mt. Everest. Although it's difficult to get away from your child having to lug a heavy backpack to and from school, there are ways to make carrying those packs easier on their young backs.    We reached out to Pro Staff Physical Therapy ...

Pups @ Play

Collars and harnesses are means by which to fasten a leash. No matter which you choose, it’s vital to ensure that your pup is safe and comfortable wearing either accessory: Get Collared: The traditional route is usually a good choice for already obedient doggies and those with delicate windpipes: a collar. Most collars are adjustable -- the most durable of which are probably nylon and leather--but you still need to measure and test for the ideal fit. The Best Measure: You can use a flexible tape measure or string to determine the ...

Reading, Writing & Chocolate

Driving west on Route 35, the colorful fall leaves reminded me of a road trip I took with my mom to Eastern Tennessee. In the mid-1990s, I made several trips to Eastern Tennessee to explore the possibility of relocating there. The topography is similar to Northern Westchester: rolling hills, trees, small towns, plus cows grazing in the grassy fields. I had already explored Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee, on a summer road trip with my friend, Ellen. I flew down again to check out Greeneville and Rogersville to visit my friend, Glenn, a ...

Real Estate News From Your Neighborhood

Twelve Homes were sold in the week of  9/30/18 through 10/7/18 in Mountainside, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Cranford and Fanwood.  This information from the Garden State Multiple Listing Service is brought to you by Susan Massa, Broker Associate at Keller Williams Realty. www.susanmassa.com TOWN                  ADDRESS             STYLE    ...

Rivero CPA

The IRS has announced a new format for individual tax transcripts, one that better protects taxpayer data. The new transcripts made available Sept. 23 redact personally identifiable information from the Form 1040 series, according to the IRS. The new transcript will be the default format available via Get Transcript Online, Get Transcript by Mail or the Transcript Delivery System for tax professionals, the IRS said. Financial entries will remain visible, giving taxpayers and third parties the data they need for tax preparation or ...

Rutgers News

NEWARK, NJ - John Keene was on his way to the post office when the call came. The Rutgers University-Newark professor and author was in disbelief. “I said about three or four times, ‘Is this real?’” Keene remembered. It was. The caller informed Keene he had just received a $625,000 MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called “genius grant.” This no-strings-attached award is given each year to about 25 people who show exceptional creativity, originality, insight and potential across an array of ...

Seasoned Words

More government employees who were victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City have died in the past 17 years than those who were killed at the World Trade Center during and right after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Most were poisoned by ingesting radio active chemicals contained in the bombs fired against the World Trade Center during or right after Sept. 11. The new victims were people who survived the initial attacks but were killed many years later by the deadly chemicals lodged in their bodies.

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

South Plainfield -- Senator Patrick Diegnan said that the findings of the NJ Transit audit confirm the need for passage of comprehensive reform legislation to make NJ Transit more responsive, transparent and accountable to the hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans who ride their trains and buses every day. Senator Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Assemblyman McKeon (D-Middlesex), the sponsors of NJ Transit reform legislation that has passed the Senate and is awaiting Assembly action, and Senator Diegnan (D-Middlesex), who chairs the Senate ...

Senior Corner

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Senior Center later this month will launch a new craft program for its members. The ‘Gracefully Made’ program, which will be held at 10 a.m. every other Tuesday beginning Sept. 25, is free and will be run by longtime member Grace McGinnis.  “Grace is a craft guru and so super creative,” said the Tree Olano, the center’s director. “She can make something out of nothing and I am really excited to see what our seniors create.” “I ...

Sobel Solutions

On August 1, 2018, Sobel & Co. employees participated in their eighth annual Day of Community Service – the culmination of months of hard work, preparation and fundraising at the firm. Each year the firm selects a nonprofit organization from the tri-state area, focusing on raising awareness and raising revenue in support of the organization and its mission. The 2018 effort is led by the firm’s summer audit interns and was coordinated with our Human Resource professionals. Emily Sobel-Grise and Molly Lockwood offered guidance ...

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club

The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club will be once again running our highly successful Fall Instructional league. It will run for 6 weeks every Monday from 6pm to 7pm starting from Monday September 10th until Monday October 15th. The League will be run at Field #1 located at the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club on Lorraine Ave (Field #1 is the first field on your left as you come down Lorraine Ave) This is the same road going towards the Soccer and Pop Warner Fields and the Recycling Center This is a great ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 have been hard at work with one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. The Knights of Columbus Fall Mums Sale. This fundraiser was started 15 years ago by Gerry Butrico and this year $3,200 was raised from this year’s mum’s sale which goes to the Knights Charity Fund. One of the Knights of Columbus's principles is Charity; this Charity fund is used to support local residents who have charitable needs, over the past 15 years over $60,000 have been raised. In ...

South Plainfield Library

Halloween is coming – are you getting scared?  If you’re frightened you won’t find the right costume or create the best decorations, have no fear.  Your library will help you!  If it’s ghosts you’re afraid of—watch Ghostbusters. We’ve got both the Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy versions. Whether you want to make a costume for children (try Dazzling Disguises and Clever Costumes by Angela Wilkes) or your dog (Bow wow WOW! : fetching costumes for your fabulous dog  by Cathie ...

SPHS Athlete of the Week

The South Plainfield Field Hockey Team had a huge week going into the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament.  The Lady Tigers rolled off four straight wins including a first round conference tournament win.  This helped raise their season record to 12-5.  Much of this success is due to the play of senior center forward Lauren Zultowski. On the season, Lauren has eight goals and five assists.  Last week alone she scored four goals.  Lauren came up with the winning stroke in a 2-1 win over Old Bridge on ...

Submit Your News to TAPinto Piscataway!

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Letters to the Editor are a time-honored tradition in the newspaper industry and now that so much of news has moved online, the letters explaining a personal point of view have moved with it. While many of our letters come during election time, TapInto invites letters year round. The main rules are to include a full name, phone number, email and snail mail address. TapInto prints the name of the author and the town of residence for the author. The additional information is merely for contact and a way for the editor to ...

Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield

On October 4th forty Suburban Woman’s Club members and their guests celebrated the fall season with their annual Husbands/Guests dinner at the American Legion Hall in South Plainfield.   Husbands and guests were delighted with the delicious dishes and desserts offered by members and were entertained with music of the 70s, 80s and 90s thanks to The World of Rock Trio.  President Diana Cotone welcomed everyone to this wonderful evening and thanked Hospitality Chair Diana Gallo and her committee for organizing the ...

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The Green Lane

Source: A company’s brand is more than just a logo or graphic; it is the internal and external message that a business represents to its employees, investors, clients, and to the surrounding community, one which best describes what that business does, why it exists, as well as what the business and its’ leadership believes in. What does your brand say about your company? What should be considered when branding your business? Samuel K. Burlum reports... So you just founded your venture. It could be a local, small, family ...

The Seasoned Citizen

According to ancient lore, Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, is when the barrier between those on Earth and those who have gone on ahead, is at its most vulnerable.  If we listen hard enough, we might even hear celestial music and the voices of our loved ones. We’re supposed to dress as we wish to be seen in the year to come which led, of course, to Halloween costume parades. Children play angels or demons, demanding treats from willing neighbors and lighting fires to illuminate the night.  We bob for apples, the perfect ...

The Tutor's Corner

Remember when your elementary school child brought home an acrostic poem assignment? You might have helped them complete it for homework. With their first name as the poem’s title, each letter of their name described a quality or an interest unique to them. When sharing the poem, you had probably thought it was clever, cute, and sweet, and rightfully so! Originality and following rubrics are required for writing assignments; however, equally as important is practicing the six steps of good writing: brainstorm, pre-write, draft, revise, ...

Torah Thought for the Week

What is the difference between spirituality and spiritualism? Spirituality is an awareness of the spirit, of the soul; it is a sensitivity to things beyond the immediate and the material. That’s why some describe the study of spirituality as metaphysics — the study of that which lies beyond the physical. Spiritualism, on the other hand, is how we describe the practices of dabbling in the occult, Is the Torah encouraging us to be fools?such as trying to communicate with the dead. In ancient times these ...

Volunteer Opportunities

TRYON, N.C. — Volunteer applications continue to be accepted for the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 (WEG) to fill more than 9,000 positions, one-third of which are still available. The Games are held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, and are the major international championship for all eight disciplines administered by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the worldwide governing body of equestrian sport. Volunteers will have the opportunity to experience this global sporting event ...

Walk With Us Into Sunshine

Losing a child is one of the most difficult situations a family can face. Life isn’t supposed to happen this way. And when this terrible situation happens, what should friends of the family do? Everyone reacts to this situation differently, however, most families will be grateful for acknowledgment of their loss, and kind gestures sent their way over the coming days and months may mean more to the family than you may realize. With that being said, Walk In Sunshine’s website offers many different options for friends of the family ...

Westfield Area YMCA

The Westfield Area YMCA offers basketball leagues for boys and girls in kindergarten through age 14.  Registration is open and will close when maximum capacity is reached for each league or on the dates below. PRE-SEASON CLINICS: Five-week pre-season clinics begin Oct. 21 to prepare young athletes for the Winter Basketball League season.  Participants will learn fundamental skills thru guided game-play situations. Clinic times and skill development vary by age group. Clinic participants will receive 10 percent off winter ...

West Orange On Three!

The West Orange PAL Spring Travel Baseball season started with a cold front. Practices began indoors in January with teams practicing two nights a week working on conditioning and baseball fundamentals. Once the snow had melted teams began battling the cold and working outdoors, with three or four practices a week in addition to their games.  And the hard work and dedication paid off! All 6 of our West Orange PAL Travel Baseball teams represented West Orange in the United States Amateur Baseball League (USABL) playoffs. This is not an ...

What Was I Thinking?

Two weeks ago, I received an email, “The Back Nine.” My research indicated it was authored by Papa Mike on August 6, 2013, and illustrates just how time moves ahead, and before we know it, we’ve entered the “back nine” of our lives: “How did I get here so fast?  Where did the years go and where did my youth go.”  It hit home as I received it shortly after my medical scare. Since that frightening experience, I have been looking at life differently.  My brother, Jack, and I recently had ...

Your Chatham Neighbor

On a warm sunny day, back in 2008, at Southern Boulevard Elementary School stood a very tall man (6.5” to be exact!), soft-spoken, warm and friendly as he was surrounded by a whole group of children running around him (at his knees). His name was Mike Czech and he was teaching the kids how to play a game on the open court.   I introduced myself to help assist him as a fellow volunteer, but he clearly had everything under control, which I found fascinating! My 3 children have me feeling outnumbered on occasion! The ...

Your Family Matters

We adults lie, all the time. Sorry, but it’s true, and it’s one of the reasons why children lie. How often have you told your child everything is fine when you’re upset about something? I have. Have you ever told a telemarketer you can’t talk because (fill in your reason)? I have.    Life can be messy. Making sure that everything looks perfect on the outside is one way to feel in control of something, especially when other parts of life feel out of ...

@ Your Library

Is your child’s classroom teacher asking students to read books on a specific level? If so, do you know your child’s current reading level? The best way to answer these questions is to ask your child’s teacher. Okay, you’ve checked with your child’s classroom teacher and he or she has shared your child’s reading level, but now you’re wondering how to select books based on your child’s reading level for outside of class reading. If you’re curious about where to start, you don’t ...

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