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"LIVITY"

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

"Real" Real Estate

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

23rd District Report

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

@ Your Library

Summer is a-comin'… …and the library is here to help you make your plans. It’s the season for outdoor cooking, so if you’re tired of the usual burgers and hot dogs, get inspiration from our cookbook collection. Find recipes for barbecue foods from all parts of the USA—and beyond. Give your grill an Italian touch, or Korean, or Argentine. Special diet? There are cookbooks for low-fat, low-carb, and even vegan grilling. Entertaining outdoors? A selection of musical CDs can help set the mood, or download ...

A Day in the Life of Greater Olean

PORTVILLE, NY – A whiteboard with dozens of destinations and vehicle numbers written in various colors sits inside the Portville bus garage, ready to be changed at any moment. David Youngs, the transportation supervisor of the Portville and Olean School Districts, knows that before 2 almost every afternoon, he is likely to receive an email changing the entire meticulously planned schedule . “The mental part of the job is the hardest part of all,” Youngs said. “It’s all a big chess game. You have to look a ...

A Random Walk Down Millburn

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

A Reason To Smile

How often do you floss? This is a question I ask all of my patients because the area just between your teeth comprises about 30-40% of the tooth surface. That is a lot of surface area not to remove harmful bacteria from. Your toothbrush cannot reach between your teeth to remove the bacteria that may damage the tooth and its supporting structures, the bone and the tissue. Additionally, since the area between your teeth is not exposed, it creates an area of protection for bacteria and provides a warm, dark place which is a perfect ...

A Why The Y Story

Six-year-old Emma Khoury is a dancer. She recently performed with her class at the Madison Area YMCA’s School of Performing Arts Year-End performance, “When I Grow Up” that took place at The College of St. Elizabeth’s Annunciation Center. The first grader, who began her journey with dance at the Madison Area YMCA, auditioned and was accepted this spring to The School of American Ballet (SAB) at Lincoln Center, which is a classical ballet school and is the associate ballet school of the New York City Ballet. The ...

Academic Multiple Paths-International Education Services and Consulting

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Have you written your 10 resolutions for 2016? If so, why not try 11 resolutions this year and add finding the right college fit to your list? No list written yet? Then why not start with completing a college application as one of your academic career goals for 2016. There are a multitude of academic paths available to you, so do not limit your search to institutions and campuses that you are already familiar with or have heard about from a friend. Instead, think globally, think of yourself, your aspirations ...

Admissions Abridged

Summer is a great time to take a step back, sip a cool beverage, and take a look at what’s going on in the world of college admissions.  Departments use the summer to evaluate how their year went and plan on any changes they want to make for the fall.  Did they over-enroll? Under-enroll?  What application materials were useful to them?  Which were redundant or time consuming?  The decisions being made right now will change what the landscape will be for all those application that roll in starting in this fall and ...

Ain't That Grand?

As soon as Small Business Saturday arrived late last month, the holiday season officially kicked off in Summit, a town which many have described as 'Norman Rockwell picturesque'. “To see locals and others from towns from around the area flock to the area to shop and dine creates such a great vibe in the town,” says Assistant General Manager Jimmy Thornton. “My favorite time of year at the hotel is when we light the fireplace. The lobby and vibe of the hotel takes on a traditional feel that only ...

Alan D. Feller

I have five pictures of my daughter on my desk. Two are baby pictures, one photo is from a dance recital when she was a toddler, and the remaining two were taken in school.  This morning, I did more than just glance at the older of the two school photos. I studied it. My daughter looked so young, much younger than I expected after a few years of catching glances at that particular photo. She is growing up, but her expectations (at this point) of me is to be a good daddy and not screw up the snack situation. I am told things will change ...

Alerts from South Plainfield Police Department

On Friday, April 20th, 2018, a South Plainfield resident responded to South Plainfield Police Department to report a fraudulent incident which occurred at Plainfield Animal Hospital, located at 2201 Park Ave, South Plainfield, NJ.  According to the victim, on April 4th, 2018, she and her husband brought their   family pet rabbit to the animal hospital to be euthanized due to the animal’s advanced age and deteriorating health.  They were charged $175.00 by the hospital to euthanize the animal and send it to The Regency ...

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 ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School girls varsity lacrosse midfielder McKenna Edmondson is a key player on the team that won its first sectional title in school history last week. This week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week is known for her hard work and dedication. “She works very hard in practice to perfect her draw skills and, because of this, she has been proven a challenge for many draw specialists in the state,” head coach Abby Cohn said. “Her ability to win the draw ...

Althea on Gardening

Gardeners are eagerly counting down the weeks till full planting season begins! It's less than five weeks till last frost. Last frost is the designated time when you can safely plant your tender crops outdoors.  In our area - Zone 7 -  the last frost date is May 15th.  A good rule of thumb is to consider Mother's Day as the target date to begin planting your heat loving vegetables outdoors.  Planting your warm weather vegetables outside before this time is too risky, because of the sudden and unpredictable ...

Amateur Radio Club (SPARC)

The Boy Scouts of America Amateur (Ham) Radio Station: K2BSA, is on the air during the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, July 18 to July 28, from the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The K2BSA operation will demonstrate Amateur Radio to several thousand Scouts and fulfill the Radio Merit Badge requirement for contacts (QSOs). Last Saturday, July 22, the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) joined the fun. They operated from the gazebo in Spring Lake Park. Several contacts with Scouts at the Jamboree were made on the 20 and ...

An Inside Look at Architectural Design

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and my architectural practice located here in Clark.  I am the Principal and founder of G.B. Architect LLC.  I started my practice in 2005 and moved to Clark in the summer of 2016.  As we head into the New Year, I look forward to making and establishing new relationships with the community of Clark.  My experience in the field of architecture and construction started when I worked with my father throughout my high school years.  It was then that I worked ...

Are You Ready for Life?

A must watch for anyone considering renovations, here is a recent interview that I conducted -- on my HomeTowne TV Show called “Are You Ready for Life?” -- with Christa Anderson, City of Summit Zoning Officer, to discuss the nuances within the variance process. I asked Christa to shed some insight into the approval process, explain why it’s necessary, and offer tips on ways to make it most efficient. Highlights include: Explanation of what Zoning Board does Why variance process exists How to ...

Area Homes by RE/MAX NP

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX Neighborhood Properties this weekend. SATURDAY, June 23, 2018   From 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.   102 Magnolia Road, Unit 3, Ramsey   Click HERE to see full listing.     From 12 - 3 p.m.   150 Barrister Drive, Butler    Click HERE to see full listing.     SUNDAY, June 24, 2018   From 1 - 4 p.m.   001 Esplanade, Mountain Lakes   Click HERE to see full listing.     ...

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 ...

Ask Maria

In our world today, it seems our children, no matter the town, state, education, family unit, socioeconomic background, ethnicity or religion are grappling with complex, confounding and complicated issues not even fit for a middle-aged adult. Sadly, one of these issues is suicide. With mental health gaining more attention, the stigma appears to be dissipating but when a mental health tragedy strikes in small, tucked away, towns across America, like our community, it shakes us to the core.  As our children grow up, we begin to ...

Ask the Care Advocate

Dear Heidi, My mom lives home alone and a few days ago she fell while reaching for something in her hallway closet. She was able to push her emergency alert button and they called me. I live nearby so I went to check on her and she had pain in her leg and hip area. We got her to the hospital and it turns out that she broke her hip. She had surgery to repair it and now we are faced with “next steps.” What should we do? J.S. in Pine Brook   Dear J.S., As you might imagine, hip fractures are extremely ...

Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin

TRENTON, NJ -Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Joann Downey and Nancy Pinkin requiring the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to update the New Jersey Shore Protection Master Plan was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Monday.             “It is imperative that we take the necessary steps to ensure the beautiful property and infrastructure down the Shore maintains its viability,” said Downey (D-Monmouth). “We have suffered through ...

At Your Library

Please note that the library will be closed on Sundays now through Labor Day weekend FOCUS ON:  SUMMER READING PROGRAM By Galina Natenzon All three of the library’s summer reading programs open this week!  The theme of this year’s summer reading is Libraries Rock!  The children’s program kicks off with a magic show by Matt Cadabra on Monday.  Over the summer children will earn prizes for the books they have read, and if they earn enough points, they will get an invitation to our annual Summer ...

AtlantiCast

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much more.  

Atlantic View at Overlook Medical Center

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults. And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death. Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced vision disturbances in her right eye during a spin class on April 7, 2017. “I knew right away something wasn’t right,” says ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Beth's Book Review

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)   A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” Oops, that's not what she meant, I realized when I finished the mostly engaging novel. But, I will get back to this thought a little later in my ...

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 ...

Better Biz Better You

In the last article, we discussed the main differences between Gen Z and Millennials in terms of their favorite social networks. We also looked in detail at what they do on Facebook and the fact that less than half of Gen Z used it, as compared to nearly three-quarters of Millennials. This time, we will look in more detail at what the 13% of Gen Z who use Twitter do on that network. As we mentioned in relation to Facebook, a strong trend amongst Gen Z is to look for so-called influencers and read opinions. This influencer trend is even ...

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 ...

Biz Buzz

Big or small, no matter who you are, you must file your taxes. The deadline for filing is rapidly approaching so it’s not too early for a small business to get ready. What can you do to make this as painless as possible? Here are a few tips that can help: Recordkeeping. Keep a close track of your business expenses and enter them into your accounting system as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to forget. Keep in mind, this is a situation where accuracy is key. Keep business and personal expenses ...

Blended

On a recent weeknight, I was sitting at my computer, and Blue was sitting in the dining room, which he has claimed as his personal office. The table is perpetually covered with ACT study materials, a gargantuan U.S. history book, a laptop, and his various drinks and snacks. There’s an open layout in this part of the house, so I can turn my head while sitting at my desk and see him holding court about 30 feet away. Often, we find ourselves sitting in our respective workspaces at the same time doing our respective work. He might listen to ...

Blending In

Cleaner Blending is all about making smarter, more transparent choices about every ingredient we add or eliminate. It’s a tradition we’re carrying forward from our founder, who began Smoothie King by blending different fruits and vegetables with high-quality supplements that made him feel better. Go on, take a look inside our blenders! We are making smarter choices every day. What's 'out'? Gluten, Trans fat, High fructose corn syrup, Hydrogenated oils, and NSF-banned substances. What's ...

Bloomfield Public Library

The Bloomfield Public Library is pleased to announce our concert series returns for 2018 with Stephen Fuller for Black History Month on February 3, at 1pm.  Stephen is genuine, energetic, articulate, and on a mission to soothe music lovers who venture out from their semi-urban life-styles, to melt away the daily grind  This rising R&B, Jazz, Calypso and occasional Gospel singer, is a Newark native and well known about town. His interest in singing began at age 12, when a teacher recognized his musical gift. He ...

Books for Life According to the Biblio-Coach

Listening to a TED talk recently, the presenter spoke about our “to do” lists. Americans have something like 150 undone tasks at any given time. That list is what we think about 50-80% of the time and it makes us anxious, unhappy and sick. Among other things, the speaker recommended practicing gratitude. This is incredibly beneficial, one should be grateful. There are other strategies people can use to feel better also. Some are more favorable than others. For example one may take a long nature walk and feel the warmth of the ...

Borough Buzz

Important July 4th Celebration Reminder - Please be advised in the interest of safety and security, the entire parade route will be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC beginning at 8:30am on July 4, 2018. This will impact residents who live along the parade route and all of the side streets that connect to the parade route. (Please see the map attached to this post) Please ensure that you plan accordingly for this new procedure. If you will be hosting guests, please advise them to arrive prior to 8:30am. If you will be leaving your residence, please do ...

Borough Notifications

Nixle Alert - Official ribbon cutting at 6:30 om tonight to open inclusive playground at Willow Park.  All are invited to attend, A special storytime will follow.

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

Social media recently showered a lot of likes and love on a high school pitcher in Minnesota whose team was playing in a regional final that would send the winning team to the state championship game. After the last batter of the game struck out, the pitcher did something unheard of. Rather than spontaneously join his teammates in an on-field celebration, as is customary, the pitcher unexpectedly made a beeline to the batter’s box, where he hugged the dejected batter. Turns out they are best friends who’ve been playing ball ...

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 Savvy: The East Brunswick Chamber of Commerce

NEW JERSEY - Ashley HomeStore of Central New Jersey and Staten Island joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement in partnership with their local Habitat for Humanity organizations. They are offering an in-store promotion for a $20 donation, offering a $100 gift card off your purchase, valid for one year. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is ...

Chamber Conversations

Millburn, NJ – The Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce is seeking candidates to be considered for serving on the 2017-2018 Board of Directors.  Candidates who are interested in furthering the Chamber’s mission with their time, energy, expertise and passion should complete the required on-line survey by April 19. Rick Davis, President of the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce added, “Our Board of Directors is a hard-working, passionate group of business leaders.  We are putting our nominations online to ...

Chamber Spotlight

The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) is proud to spotlight its new member, Montclair Medical Associates, LLC (MMA), and owner, Dr. Renita Oglesby. Thank you, Montclair Medical Associates, for partnering with the LACC and being a part of Livingston’s thriving business community. This virtual interview was conducted by TAPintoLivingston.net in partnership with the LACC and answered by Dr. Renita Oglesby Montclair Medical Associates, established in 2017, is located at 290 South Livingston Avenue, Suite 2, in ...

Chip Shots

Listen to talk radio on any Monday/Tuesday morning during the NFL season, and you will talk chatter about Instant Replay in the NFL, most of it critical. The NFL, a multi-billion organization, with multiple billion dollar partners in the television industry, still has not mastered instant replay, despite having used it since 1986 in a limited form, and extensively since 1999.  The NFL uses 12 to 20 cameras per game, depending on network and the television interest, including a camera on a guide wire over the field. Major League ...

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 VFW – Spotlight on Our Veterans

February’s spotlight is on Joseph Horling , Staff Sergeant US Army 1942-1946. Joe was born in Rahway NJ on Oct 1, 1920.  He and his brother Anthony were born to Anthony Sr. and Bertha Horling .  Joe’s father was born in Munich and his mother Bertha in Austria.  Joe enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1942.  Eight months later, in 1943, he enlisted in the US Army.  Joe’s brother Anthony enlisted in the US Air Force at the same time.    In 1943 Joe headed off to basic training; first ...

Clark's Fallen Heroes, The Series

His tombstone reads: “IN DEATH A HERO, AS IN LIFE A SON, A BROTHER, A FRIEND!” James W. Harvey II was killed in action on June 11, 2011 in Ghanzi Province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Harvey died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire. For his heroism and meritorious service, Harvey was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor (ARCOM), the  Bronze Star Medal and the Purple ...

Clark: In the Schools

CLARK, NJ - On Friday, May 26, both Valley Road School and Frank K Hehnly School in Clark, celebrated Memorial Day with their annual assembly programs. Local veterans visited the schools and shared stories about their service. Mrs. Mary Arrowood, first grade teacher at Hehnly, spoke to the students in both elementary schools about the importance of taking some time this weekend to remember the people who have served our country so that we can enjoy our lives. Then, Mr. William Duffy shared a power point presentation about the 21 fallen ...

College Connection

When talking about college debt, the statistics are never encouraging. In fact, the story gets sadder each year.  The average recent college graduate has amassed a debt exceeding $35,000 and joins the ranks of 44 million borrowers who collectively owe $1.3 trillion in education debt. The key is to avoid being a part of this grim statistic by considering some highly effective strategies. 1) When choosing potential colleges, high school students should consider a wide range of schools.  Students will find that if they apply to a ...

College Funding Secrets with Chris Curran

Do you know the benefits and potential pitfalls of 529 College Saving Plans? Do you know when to use them?  Take a listen to Chris Curran's video below as he gives and overview of them and don't forget to check out his book College Funding Secrets.      

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 ...

Comedy on the Road

As a comedian I have gotten to travel to some pretty exotic places: Alaska, all over Canada, just about every state from Florida to Maine and New York to California. This comedy land is my land, from the Redwood Forest to New York Islands. Yep, this comedy land was made for you. Well, and me. I will be sharing travel stories of the road, with tips that you need to know if you’re traveling hither and yon. Summer is the time that most families travel on vacation.  Hopefully, I will add a little comedy to your journey with some ...

Community Health by CityMD

CLARK, NJ - As flu season is in full gear and the probability of catching the flu is a real concern, a majority of Americans admit to taking actions that may contribute to the spread of this highly contagious virus.  According to a recent survey, roughly three out of five Americans who have had the flu or flu-like symptoms (61%) admitted to being out and about the last time they felt sick, putting others at risk, likely without them knowing. The online survey was conducted among over 1,800 Americans ages 18 and older who have ...

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

Richard DeLuca of the Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper law firm has joined the board of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC). “We are fortunate to have Mr. Richard DeLuca join our board of directors. His experience will complement those of the current board members and I am sure that he will be a very active member and bring new and fresh ideas to all of us,” said Executive Director Gene Jannotti. DeLuca is the director of business development and marketing at Lindabury. Prior to that, he ...

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.

Conversations with Joan Herrmann

In honor of Fair Lawn and Glen Rock’s high school graduations last night, TapInto had talked to Joan about reaching for the stars. She shares her very personal story in which she trudged through her own fears and came out a success. Q. This is something many of us have heard, "reach for the stars, anything is possible," but when it comes to a personal dream, we tend to think it could never apply to us. We're not good enough, smart enough or fill-in-the-blank enough. Why would it apply to, well, just anyone? Joan: ...

Cornerstone: Where Care Meets Commitment

  CLARK, NJ – Are you living with chronic pain and inflammation caused by a musculoskeletal condition?   Do you think your only option is pain-killing drugs or surgery?  There is a highly effective treatment close to home. Cornerstone Physical Therapy Health and Wellness Center is now officering the latest technology in therapeutic pain relief with the introduction of the LightForce™ EXPi Deep Tissue Therapy Laser.  This Class IV laser offers the highest power output of any laser on the market which ...

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 ...

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 –Meeting of March 13, 2017 STUDENTS: Cam Hay, a senior at Cranford High School (CHS), has recently been accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point.   Anna Kalafatis, a student writer for TAP into Cranford through the Junior Internship Program at CHS wrote an article about Cam.  You can read the entire article at https://www.tapinto.net/towns/cranford/articles/cranford-high-schools-cam-hay-is-heading-to-west  CHS presented its spring musical The Secret Garden by Marsha Norman and ...

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

The last of my children graduated from high school.     My son and daughter threw their caps high into the air and cheered their liberation from one symbolic institution before contemplating their matriculation into other, much larger institutions significantly further away.     Or at least far enough away that they won’t be needing rides home from school each day.   For me, the culmination of their grade school years has been a melancholy series of lasts.  The last lacrosse ...

Daughters of Israel Corner

The Family Council at Daughters of Israel sponsored a Pet Parade on June 10. Pictured: Resident Jacob Cohen enjoys double the fun with these two playful visiting pooches.

Dear Susan

SUSAN BARBAGLIA, owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa in New Providence, offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise as a leader in the beauty industry. With over thirty years experience in skin care, Susan can answer your most challenging beauty questions. Email your questions to advice@skindeepsalonspa.com.     ___________________________________ Dear Susan: What are the makeup trends this spring? It’s all about color. Make up artists have been obsessed with utilizing shades like ...

Dental Byte

We made it to the New Year! Now that the cookies have been eaten, and the presents and wrapping cleaned up, we start to get back into normal patterns! January is a great time to make sure your Dental Health is at it's best. Many take for granted that their Dental Recare visit is "just" a  cleaning - but it's so much more than that, so don't miss it!!! Consider all the important parts of your Dental Exam: 1. Review of medical history - this is important as many medications and health conditions effect your ...

Design Time

Since decorating mistakes can be very costly and time consuming, I always urge my clients to do their homework before undertaking any redecorating project. What kind of homework?  A good way to begin is to flip through design and decorating magazines, and visit websites dedicated to interior décor. Start collecting pictures of various design products and styles that appeal to you and you can visualize as your own.  Once you start identifying colors, designs, and various furnishings that illustrate your dream room, ...

Did You Know

Most of you that know me, are familiar with my hunger to uncover historical facts; as well as somethings that our hidden right out in the open.  While on one of my journeys of mining for information; I discovered an interesting anecdote to bring to you, in celebration of “Black History Month”.  This interesting little tidbit should tickle your “taste buds”. According to Enchanted Learning, a site that charts inventions, the potato chip was invented in 1853 by George Crum. Crum was a Native ...

Diversions

Putnam County: ”Where the country begins” pretty much sums up my view every day as I traverse this beautiful area. At every turn there is a reservoir, farm, trail or the stunning vista of the Hudson Highlands. Less development and fewer traffic lights showcase nature’s bounty uniquely during each season and I never tire of taking it all in. I often stop and take pictures on my way to and from work and they never look the same. I am acutely aware of my surroundings rather than just focusing on getting from point A to point B.

Downtown Connection

North Avenue is at the heart of the downtown and is the first perception of Plainfield that many visitors see. The architecture and history of the district, convenience of the train station and new lofts and apartments constructed nearby suggests a new renaissance for this district. Unfortunately, not many people know the area is a historic district at all since presently no signs have been posted.  We are pleased to announce that Downtown Plainfield Alliance has received full funding of the first of three phases of street signs and ...

Dr. Linda

Dear Dr. Linda, I am in second grade and have a problem about math. My teacher just keeps giving me homework and it’s driving me crazy. Because she keeps giving it to me on weekends and spring and summer breaks. And it’s only one level and it’s too hard. But the other people who have special needs get to be moved into a higher or lower group and they learn even more because it’s their level. I’m feeling very overwhelmed. Emi Dear Emi, It’s not that often that a second-grader writes to me. Thank ...

Driven From Within

You want to be fit. You know how much you should weigh. You know your ideal pant size. You can even picture how great those skinny jeans will look. You also know deep down that a healthy lifestyle is a lifestyle that will afford you so many gifts in life. Whether being pain free on a daily basis, having increased confidence and more vibrant energy. So why aren’t you living life in your ideal body?  There are many complex reasons that make weight loss a challenge, reasons that go deeper than simply calories-in versus ...

East Brunswick Guest Columnist

Guest Column The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The school shooting can have an emotional, psychological and physical effect on us, our families and our children. It is important to share the facts ...

East Brunswick Public Library Town Center

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Due to popular demand, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) is offering “Beginner Coder for Adults,” a program series to teach the basics of computer coding for the internet this July. Led by guest lecturer Preeti Gupta, the classes focus on teaching basic web technologies including HTML, CSS and JavaScript. After completing this hands-on course, attendees should be able to create a basic web page using the coding languages featured. Preeti is an information technology ...

East Brunswick: The History of...

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - As have many of the older buildings in our township, the recently-demolished McGinnis School has fascinated residents. For a long time, this building stood dormant, piquing the curiosity of passersby, as well as Warnsdorfer students in the building next door. I, myself, was among those young minds who was interested in this old structure that stood adjacent to my elementary school. We all made up our own little fantasies that the place was either haunted or had stood abandoned since the depression. In this article, I will ...

Education: Insight and Outlook

Ray Budde is credited with creating the charter school concept during the 1970’s. Budde envisioned unique educational laboratories, a type of “off-line experimental ‘skunk-works’.” These laboratories were to be granted charters that developed new and innovative ideas for everything from curriculum to pedagogy to operations to governance. Once these new best practices were finalized, they would be shared with all schools throughout the state so that all public schools would benefit. Today, charter schools are ...

Educational Alternatives

Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns that parents may have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics can center on such concerns as how to handle homework dilemmas or what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their children?” to “How do parents interpret formal tests that have been administered?” to “Which schools and colleges are right for my ...

Edward Jones

National Save for Retirement Week was observed Oct. 18 – 24 this year. And this week has some weight behind it, as it is recognized by the U.S. Senate for its importance in encouraging Americans to prepare themselves financially for retirement. Are you doing all you can? Many of your peers aren’t. About a third of working adults have no retirement savings or pension, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve. And more than half of workers report that the total value of their household’s savings and investments, ...

Employment Law

1. My employer is obligated to come up with a good reason before they can fire me. WRONG – If you are an at-will employee, the vast majority of the time, your employer will not need a reason to fire you. Nor is your employer obligated to let you know what that reason is. 2. If I can refute the employer’s reason for terminating me, I am entitled under the law to get my job back. WRONG – If you are an at-will employee, even if you can prove that your employer’s reason for firing you is wrong, most of the time, ...

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 ...

Eye On Money

BASKING RIDGE, NJ- "Eye-On-Money" is the seasonal wealth management newsletter from Wealth Financial Partners,LLC,. EOM tackles the full range of Our clients' concerns about growing, preserving, and transferring wealth. Three Ways To Get Your Federal Student Loans Forgiven  (May/June 2016 Eye on Money p.2) Teach for Five Years in a low-income elementary of secondary school.                                 ...

Family Fun

I’ve been celebrating Halloween with my kids for over a decade now, and as a result, I’ve got a few Halloween hacks for parents to share. 1. Go to the pumpkin patch early. Some might take this advice a step further and skip heading out to the over-crowded pumpkin-slash-apple-slash-pony-ride-slash-corn-maze extravaganza entirely, but not me. Those fall pumpkin photos with the kids are just too amazing to miss. But go early. Most farms are pretty empty the first few weekends in October, but not so much as ...

Featured Business

Fire Department Blotter

02/01/2018, 7:26 am - FD dispatched to Route 78 East Bound mile marker 47.2 for a reported motor vehicle accident with entrapment and injuries. On arrival both the Springfield and Summit Fire Departments set up for extrication. The vehicle was chocked to stabilize the vehicle. EMS performed patient care. A hose line was stretched for possible fire suppression by the Berkeley Heights FD. A signal ten was transmitted for station coverage in Summit. Medics requested that the patient be transported by North Star. Once patient was ...

Fit to Be Fab

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The heart is undoubtedly our most crucial organs, and heart disease continues to be the number one cause of the death in the U.S. Because February is Heart Health month, it is time to take charge and ensure that your heart is in good shape! The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults engage in a minimum of either 150 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise spread over five days (i.e. 30 minutes a day) or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise spread ...

For All the Dollars

          By the mid 70s, Italian studios were moving onto different trends, like giallo horror, poliziotteschi crime, and macaroni war. For those that still produced spaghetti westerns, the rule of the day was comedy. Yet, some directors weren't ready to hang up their colt pistols. The pictures they made these years were referred to as twilight spaghetti westerns.           Even darker than their 60s predecessors, twilight spaghetti westerns were categorized by their apocalyptic ...

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 ...

Franklin Falconwriters' Forum

Franklin Elementary School students are prepping up their paint brushes and getting ready to paint!  Students Create items from crazy impressive paintings to detailed drawings.  Art club allows them to express their creativity and interests into BEAUTIFUL, projects!  When they sign up for the club they can join the endless fun. They  get to stay in with Mrs Bruns or Mrs Bass for recess and lunch to join the fun!  Art club is a great opportunity for all Franklin Elementary school students to express their feelings and ...

From Our Table To Yours

RANDOLPH, NJ-  A brief history on the origin of Oktoberfest: Originally, Oktoberfest was the celebration of the marriage between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich (Munchen) were invited to the royal event. Now days Oktoberfest is the world's largest funfair held annually in Munich, Germany. It is about a 16-day long festival, running from late September to the first weekend in October. The festival is held in an area named the Theresienwiese (meadow of ...

From the Editor

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Are you taking full advantage of all that TAP into South Plainfield has to offer? Here are 10 ways to get more out of TAP into South Plainfield. 1. Sign up for our free daily online news to get the most important stories and local events sent to your inbox. You can also sign up for breaking news alerts, so you never miss a thing. Just enter your email address at www.tapinto.net/enews. When your daily newsletter arrives, even if the story in the subject line doesn't catch eye, make sure you click on the email to ...

From the Mayor's Desk

ELIZABETH, NJ - President Trump is symbolic of the 1840s and 1850s Know Nothing Party, which discriminated against Catholics and immigrants. Fearing competition and others, who did not share their beliefs, they discounted thoughts expressed by those, who disagreed and questioned. Claiming to know nothing when asked about the composition and actions of their party, they surrounded themselves and believed only individuals, who mirrored their ideals. When open discussions, counter arguments and viewing situations from both sides ...

From the Office of Mayor Matthew P. Anesh

South Plainfield, NJ - On Monday evening the Borough Council hired two new police officers. These hiring’s will allow two additional police officers to be stationed at South Plainfield Public Schools and will supplement the already strong security measures enacted by the Board of Education and the South Plainfield Police. The hired officers are part of an interlocal agreement negotiated by Council President Bengivenga and the Board of Education’s Shared Services Committee. This committee is committed to the betterment of ...

Getting Schooled

Summit High school held its third annual 'Festival Latino' on Friday, March 31. The event was hosted by Union Hispania, with the goal to not only entertain, but to strengthen bonds and create lasting friendships within the Latino Community of Summit and surrounding towns. The festival attracted about a hundred residents of Summit, Scotch plains, and Gillette. The majority of the festival took place in the auditorium, where performances such as traditional songs and dances. Countries such as Cuba, the Dominican republic, the ...

Guest Column

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If Mark Zuckerberg is truly worried about his legacy and that of Facebook, casting legitimate news publishers and businesses into the abyss will only further tarnish ...

Guest Column

In New Jersey, segregation is a cultural issue that demands the immediate attention of Christians. Nearly 87 percent of Christian churches in the U.S. are either made up of only white, or only African-American parishioners. When we worship in the comfortable bubble of segregation, we miss the opportunity for racial reconciliation, as mandated by Jesus: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John ...

Guest Column

Olean, NY - For those interested in the Royal Wedding. Here is a TAPinto special. In their May 18 podcast, Giles Bootheway, a British citizen who teaches at St. Bonaventure University, shares his thoughts on the Royal Wedding with TAPinto Greater Olean Co-editor Richard Lee. PLAY   Download the TAPinto App!   Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS.  

Health Management: The DeFabio Difference

Statistically, 50% of people seen in the emergency room with a heart attack have “normal” cholesterol levels. That’s right- normal cholesterol levels! Let’s look at the all the indicators in your cholesterol “number” to find out how this could possibly happen. First, prevention of cardiovascular disease it is not as simple lowering your cholesterol levels to under 180. Your total cholesterol number is actually a combination of several different components or fractions some of which reduce and others ...

Health News You Can Use

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

“My blood pressure is all over the place.” This is a common refrain from patients. What is a “good” blood pressure? Where is the best place to measure the blood pressure? How does getting a hair cut affect the blood pressure? The blood pressure is never a single solitary number. It will fluctuate over the course of the day and is affected by many things, such as activity or drinking a cup of coffee. Think of the blood pressure as a wave on the ocean, it will have highs and it will have lows.  It ...

Heights Highlights

 Rescue Squad Cadet Receives a 911-Themed Promposal

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 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 ...

Here and Now

The party of “Honest Abe” has now become the party of Dishonest Don, and what follows are some disturbing displays of a Republican Party that has become devoid of conscience: • More than 4,600 American citizens dead in Puerto Rico—a postscript to the government’s abysmal response to the widespread devastation of Hurricane Maria;  • The underhanded de-funding of Planned Parenthood;   • Separating thousands of immigrant children, some as young as 2 years old, from their parents at the ...

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

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy’s (HSA) ‘Biddy’ Cheerleading Squad, the Storm,  recently completed their 2017-2018 season with a first place win in their division at Cheerfest. Held May 12 at Six Flags Great Adventure, the annual multi-state competition featured teams from throughout New Jersey.  “This cheer season has been such an exciting time for these girls; some of them have been cheering together since kindergarten and others just started this year, but everything seemed to come ...

Home Matters by Jacki

Is it time to take hold of a plan for the new year?   You can start by organizing and setting goals for 2018. Financial Goals: Take a look at your financial goals for the new year. Organize your budget and make a plan to eliminate debt and to save for short and long term goals. Maybe 2018 will be the right time to buy a home or sell and downsize.  Household Goals: Getting organized. Donate, sell or discard any items that are cluttering your home which you do not put to use. Set up goals for remodeling or doing small ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 June 8-10 — Jersey Classic Horse Show, Horse Park of NJ, http://www.ashanj.net/, www.horseparkofnewjersey.com June 8 — Atlantic County 4-H Open Gaming Show - Atlantic County 4-H Fairgrounds- 3210 route 50 in South Egg Harbor, N.J. https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticCo4-HHorseCouncil/ June 9 — Burlington County ...

Houlihan Lawrence Property of the Day

2 Hollowbrook Place, Cortlandt $550,000.00 This unique 3 family home boasts tremendous curb appeal with a stone and brick exterior. Each unit offers 2 spacious bedrooms, 1 updated full bath, updated kitchens, separate entrances and separate patios. Two of the three units have beautiful brick and stone fireplaces that create a warm and cozy atmosphere in the living rooms. There is plenty of backyard space for tenants to use and ample parking via 1 car attached garage, driveway, gravel parking lot on side of house. Additional unit used ...

How to Stay Young

Recently, our practice has seen an influx of children involved in athletics. These gymnasts, wrestlers, runners and all types and levels of sports competition are some of the healthiest, most active kids in the area. Despite this, they are still experiencing more injuries that affect their ability to compete and play. I wanted to review a few of the preventive measures you and your kids could do to avoid injuries and what you can look for to decide if tthey might require professional intervention. 1. Stretching-- All kids should be ...

Human Resources Tip of the Month

During the past few months, if you turned on the TV, scrolled through Facebook, read the newspaper (online or with an actual newspaper) and at some point you came across someone's article or post about working to have worked on Thanksgiving. In the past few weeks, there are now posts or articles about the extended store hours from now through Christmas Eve. Whether you are on the side of retailers opening their doors for eager shoppers or you are on the side of being at home with family, each one brings their own ideas to the ...

Humans of Watchung Hills

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IT Solutions for Everyday

The most extensive ransomware attack in history spread around the globe over the weekend. Utilizing a Microsoft Windows vulnerability and the malicious software meant to exploit it, unidentified hackers used tools first revealed in April after classified information was stolen from the National Security Agency. Within hours, the cyberattack made front-page news around the world, inflicting damage across a wide range of industries, systems, and countries. By Tuesday morning, security experts estimated that more than 200,000 ...

Idle Thoughts

As if driving during nasty, cold conditions is not enough of a challenge, having 'car trouble' in the wintertime can be about as much fun as the farcical examples used in a satellite television provider commercial that pokes fun at the cable companies... you know, like getting paper cuts on your tongue, getting your arm caught in a vending  machine, spilling hot coffee on yourself, getting caught in a turnstile that doesn't turn and using wet grocery bags that rip apart at the bottom. Fun as in, not ...

In The Work Place

According to studies, as many as one in ten persons of working age in the United States have at least one disability.  As a result of a disability or illness, most of us will need to take extended leave during the course of a career.  If you or someone you know suffers from a disability or illness and needs to take time off from work, here are some important things to know: Leave Can Be a Reasonable Accommodation to Your Illness or Disability State and federal law requires your employer to make reasonable accommodations to your ...

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

Westfield third graders recently received top honors for three mock court cases they presented at the New Jersey Bar Foundation Law Fair. “I am proud that, out of 84 entries submitted, our third grade students (now fourth graders) in the Gifted Program have won 1st Place, 2nd Place and Honorable Mention in the 3rd Grade category [of the Law Fair competition],” said Esther Van Riper, gifted education teacher for students in grades three through seven. The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) ...

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 ...

In the Stacks with SCLSNJ

On a patch of parkland at High and Culver Streets in Somerville, a four-sided monument stands for those who served our country in WWI. Each side contains a plaque, which lists the names of the town’s contribution of soldiers, sailors and marines. The southward facing plaque is reserved for the eighteen men “who made the supreme sacrifice.” Young lives cut short 100 years ago. The first name among them stands out for its uniqueness:  Warrenzelo J. Bickert. Who was he and what can we learn about his service? Documents from ...

Insight From Our Superintendent

A Year’s Worth of Work Heading into the previous school year, key members of the Madison School District leadership team worked with teaching staff, parents, community members, and elected officials from the Board of Education and Borough Council in crafting what became the District Strategic Plan.   A Strategic Plan is a process by which a school system or other organization sets its vision into action.  The process for the Madison School District began with a World Café, where members of the learning community ...

Insight from Sparta High School Students

Parents, friends, family, academic adjudicators, distinguished guest extended-relatives-who-are-desperately-trying-to-sneak-a-glance-at-their-phone-to-ease-their-incessant-boredom, welcome, to the commencement ceremony of the Class of 2018. It is an honor to stand before you and deliver this speech. I hope that you will all find it as stimulating and uplifting as I did when I was writing it. I totally didn’t procrastinate this until last night. As the traditional commencement speech goes, I would first state a quotation I found ...

Insured and Secured

 With the recent storms passing through the area I thought I'd share some of the storm safety tips I shared with my customers this week. Unfortunately, there is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors. Too many people wait far too long to get to a safe place when thunderstorms approach. Unfortunately, these delayed actions lead to many of the lightning deaths and injuries in the United ...

Ironclad Car Advice with Peyton Knight

Many customers ask my advice for ways to add more years of life to their vehicles. Here are a few pointers from my 35 years of experience in the auto repair industry, as well as some tips to keep you safer on the road.   1.    Pull Through a Parking Spot.  Pull through to the other side of a parking space so your vehicle faces forward out of the space.  When you avoid backing out of a space you greatly reduce the chance of accidentally hitting another vehicle or a pedestrian ...

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

When we help people create meal plans to drop body fat, one of the first steps is reducing starchy carbs. Starchy carbs are things like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes etc. We do NOT totally eliminate them, but we don't want them to DOMINATE the diet. For fat loss,we try to limit starchy carbs to one serving a day. Conventional thinking is, "carbs in the morning for energy", but in reality, if you are looking to burn fat, you want to ditch the morning carbs. Most of our successful people stick to protein and fat for ...

JB Real Estate Advantage Report - Livingston

There are 314 MILLION reasons to feel GREAT about the Livingston Real Estate Market!  We have had about ⅓ of a BILLION Dollars in Closed Sales in town in the last twelve months.   Very few towns in New Jersey or Nationwide; for that matter, have such a high total sales volume. Over $52 Million Dollars of closed sales on homes priced between $1Million and $1.6 Million speaks to the vibrancy of the Livingston market. In the Ultra-Luxury market, homes listed for over $1,800,000 are sold or pending at a rate over 1 ...

JB Real Estate Advantage Report - West Orange

This saying works with just about anything in the world that is actually worth doing, including the sale of your own home. But, the act of “pursuit” is a tricky one.. What is your goal? How will you reach it?  What is your End Game?   These are the questions you need to ask yourself when your are in the act of pursuit. Your goal?  That’s an easy question to answer.  Right?  Well.. lets see Your goal is to sell your home..   Is that all?  Probably not… ...

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

The FirstEnergy Foundation has presented surprise Gifts of the Season of $1,000 each to 12 non-profit agencies working to make lives better in communities across its Jersey Central Power & Light service areas. “We’re pleased to provide this surprise support to so many agencies throughout New Jersey, particularly during the holidays, when the services they provide to the least fortunate are often most vital,” said Dee Lowery, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation.  “The winners were chosen secretly by ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing

TRENTON - Well, the state Legislature passed a budget yesterday. But that matters little in the overall drama, as it now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy and his sharp red pen. The governor still remains as odds with his Democratic counterparts who left a meeting with him yesterday claiming no progress. He's "completely dishonest with us," charges Senate President Steve Sweeney. Meanwhile, the governor claims legislative leadership is ignoring facts and trying to ram through a budget with $1 billion or so in gimmicks. That's ...

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 ...

Jenn's Journey North

The weather cooperated this weekend, so I went for more than one hike. After all, there are only just over fifty days before my walk to Maine commences, so why not. This Saturday, some friends dragged me away from housecleaning (thank you!) for a quick jaunt through Watchung Reservation.  While we were there, we ran into two individuals from Westfield; the cosplayers introduced themselves as Will Scarlett and Robin Hood! My friends and I took a different route on this day, not venturing near Lake Surprise like I had on my last trip ...

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

After a week of crystal clear cerulean skies over 1 Jets Drive, the New York Jets just wrapped up their mandatory full squad mini-camp. New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles held press conferences after practices last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Jets fans have lots of questions at this time of year on what to expect from their team this fall. The press questions covered a wide gamut of subjects as well, giving some insight on the status of some major key players. Todd Bowles was asked about his thoughts on Marcus Maye, defensive ...

Johnny Four Fingers Weekly NFL Picks

CALABASH, NC – The Four Finger man was on vacation last week and somehow my picks didn’t make it so the TAP Coaching Staff called an audible. My ghost writing backup submitted the Week 16 picks. He is no Garoppolo, but he didn’t do too bad. Anyway, he wanted the Saints, but called a push, and lost the Jets by ½. He called the Seahawk win, but blew everything else. I’m still holding to my preseason Super Bowl pick. The Chiefs Win. Happy New Year’s everyone. Here are my picks for week #17. WEEK #17 NFL ...

K & S Travel

In recent years the number of people choosing a cruise for their vacation has risen dramatically, and this trend is expected to continue. But the maze of ships can be overwhelming as there are cruises to just about every place on this planet. You can travel the American Rivers on steamboats discovering the history and culture of the Mississippi River or the Columbia River or the Islands off of New England Islands and more. Travel to Europe on a River Cruise that stops at small towns, villages, castles and fairytale hamlets alone the way.

Kaplan on Your Money

Would you like to design your ideal retirement? Where do you begin? First of all, what does retirement mean to you? If you’re in a relationship, does retirement mean the same to you as it does to your partner? Do you know if your “ideal retirement” is affordable or just a pipe dream? In past generations, retirement planning didn’t involve very much. You stopped work when you were “old,” and you drew on savings and pensions to live out your non-working years (maybe a decade or more) with family and ...

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 ...

Keeping Your Life In Order

As a practicing professional organizer since 1994, I am often cornered by people I meet at parties, in the grocery store and throughout the community who want to share their organizing challenges and feelings of being overwhelmed with me. I always tell them that being organized is a skill set that can be learned. In this column, I’d like to share with you seven habits that organized people use to keep their homes organized; if you adopt these behaviors, your home can be organized, too!   1.  Organized People Develop a ...

Kenilworth Student of the Month

The David Brearley High School Student of the Month for December is a conscientious and energetic senior who has found success in many areas of the David Brearley community. Phoebe Kotch is an excellent student who, according to her teachers, consistently goes above and beyond the minimum requirements of a class. Phoebe is president of the senior class, and she has also participated in the planning of every event and activity sponsored by the Student Council. She is an active member of the DBHS Competition Cheerleading team, as well.

Kevin's Corner

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat: To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is adequate.  Have your duct system looked at as well, to ensure that up to 30% of the cooled air isn’t leaking out from unsealed ducts before it ever ...

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

  Take a look in your spice cabinet. You might see some oregano, garlic powder, paprika, or some chili flakes in there, but you definitely will see some salt and pepper, since they are staples in most everyone’s kitchens. The most common spices in anyone’s cabinet, salt and pepper may also be two of the most important spices, even going back in history. Early explorers traveled across oceans for salt because of its high value and multiple purposes, such as drying and preserving food before the time of refrigeration. In ...

Kitchen Table Economics

Most people overpay for life insurance. Here’s how to make sure you aren’t one of them. Selecting a life insurance policy can be overwhelming and complicated, especially when you’re sitting across the table from a salesman who won’t take no for an answer.   Before you panic and sign up for the Big Kahuna coverage, ask yourself a few simple questions that will clarify your needs, and match you with the appropriate amount of coverage: If I died today, what debts and responsibilities would I leave ...

Know Your Nest

With school out and the summer sun shining down, thoughts turn to summer vacation trips.  Team Nest Builder offers these 5 home-related tips to follow to avoid everything from minor inconveniences to major headaches upon your return: Pause Your Post & Paper Piled up mail and newspapers act like a “rob me” sign!  Avoid tipping off strangers to your absence by pausing your postal service and newspaper.  Complete the form at holdmail.usps.com/holdmail and the USPS will hold your mail for pick-up or delivery ...

LCJSMS Panther Pulse

If you live in a first world country, living without internet connectivity is almost unimaginable. Eighth grader Oliver R. said, "I use internet basically in my spare time. I can't imagine living without internet because so much depends on it."  Many people live without internet in the world, but not many people know how many. Eighth grader Robert Z. said, "I think 50 million people in the world live without internet." Surprisingly, four out of seven billion people live without Internet connectivity in the ...

LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE

We are celebrating a life well lived, that of recently deceased Dr. Maya Angelou. We will fondly remember her articulate utterances and writings. She was an inspiration to all who experienced her gifts as author, educator, entertainer and possessor of extraordinary human spirit, strength, perseverance and optimism. Her life was an example of what  can be achieved in America with. Rising from humble beginnings, Dr. Angelou enjoyed international acclaim, a Pulitzer prize, Tony and Grammy awards, many honorary degrees and recipient of ...

Law in Your Corner

The prohibition against the infliction of cruel and unusual punishment is a Constitutional protection afforded by both the U.S. Constitution (Eighth Amendment) and the New Jersey State Constitution.  The right derives from the notion that justice demands that punishment for a crime should be graduated and proportional to the offender and the criminal offense itself. A hallmark of our civilized society, the prohibition was the subject of one of our Supreme Court’s first decisions of 2017.  In New Jersey v. Zuber, the Court ...

Legal Advice

Let's TAP About It

Given the fiscal state of the news industry, the changes underway at The Buffalo News are not unique. To offset revenue losses, newspapers across the nation have bid farewell to longtime reporters, eliminated once-popular sections and removed jobs that involved covering important beats, such as education, the environment and transportation.  What makes the situation at The Buffalo News different is timing. Many major newspapers experienced these issues 10 or more years ago – and already ...

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, Health and Politics

Did you watch “Roseanne” last week? The reboot of the popular show from the ‘90s opened to huge ratings. So huge, in fact, it earned the highest ratings of any network program in the last six years. More than 18 million people tuned in to watch both of the first two half-hour episodes. That’s quite an accomplishment for a show that had a terrible final year and then took a 20-year hiatus.  I am just going to put it right out front. The reason for this huge opening is that both the character of Roseanne Connor ...

Life, Health, Politics

Last week, the inspector general’s highly anticipated report looking into the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server was released publicly after months of delays. At 568 pages, there were no huge bombshells in it. Much of the newsworthy information had been suspected or leaked one way or another previously.  Keep in mind, as Mollie Hemingway points out in The Federalist, that the purpose of this IG report is to help the FBI “improve its adherence to [its own] policies and ...

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

MONTVILLE, NJ - Following are the Century 21 Open Houses for this weekend: Saturday, June 23 from 1 - 4 p.m. Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using GPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road) 3 Louis Drive, Montville Sunday, June 24 from 12 - 3 p.m. 6 Woodside Drive, Montville Township Sunday, June 24 from 1 - 4 p.m. Brownstones at Fairfield, Stonybrook Circle (Using GPS - Enter 66 Two Bridges Road) 6 Hathaway Lane, Montville        

Liz on Theatre

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse is putting on a smashing new production of “Half Time” to round out its current season. With actress Georgia Engel in an engaging performance, the cast also features Donna McKehnie, Andre De Shieilds and Lilias White, among a host of other talents. The musical centers on an effort to have seniors perform a dance number during half-time at a basketball game. But rehearsals go awry as some of them just can’t master the hip-hop steps, especially Lori Tan Chinn as Mae. Yet their ...

Local Color

Did you know…. there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond? Those were the days! This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic River meandered through grassy meadows and woods on the north side of Chatham. The marshy flood basin surrounding the Passaic, the freshet, provided acres and acres of open space to skate on. Reportedly half the town could be found skating on ...

Local Legends and Legacies

One hundred years ago on April 6, 1917, the United States formally entered World War One, the Great War, also known as "the War to end all wars.” The war’s impact on the City of Plainfield and surrounding area was huge. Plainfield was a recruiting center, and many young men from the area joined the fight. The mode of transportation to duty assignments was by the railroad, and for some the last look of their home town was from the main Plainfield railroad station. The World War One Honor Roll bronze tablet located in the ...

Lost & Found Pets

Exotic green bird spotted on Hazel Avenue in Westfield Sunday. Call 201-741-6666.

Lost In Suburbia

“Are you leaving me?” asked my husband one night as he surveyed the contents of my closet on our bed. “What? No!” I said. “Why would you think that?” “Every single article of clothing you own is laid out on our bed,” he replied. “So I have to assume you are either leaving me or you have joined the armed services and if that’s the case, I really don’t think you’ll have any need for your daisy cardigan or your checkered capris.” I looked over the vast array of ...

Lucas Got Game

On The Gridiron: Olean was the only local team to win its playoff game, beating Burgard-Math Science Tech 36-24. The Huskies jumped out to an early 29-0 lead in the first half. Senior quarterback Luke Chapman went 9-for-14, throwing for 112 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Olean managed to hold off a fierce Bulldog comeback for the victory. The Huskies will play Medina in the Funke Bowl Class B final Thursday. Portville’s season came to an end last week as they suffered a blowout loss to top-seeded Franklinville/ ...

Madison's 'Academic Journey'

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

Main Street Musings

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

Making the Grade

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

Man Overboard

Welcome back to our little trip across these great United States. We left off somewhere on Route 90, heading out of Cleveland. So glad to have you following along, and frankly, if you’re following I’m just glad you’re not the cops. On the way to Chicago I found myself driving 70 miles an hour, which made the police quite angry, since the speed limit was 75.  When I’m on the highway I usually don’t break too many laws, I might go five miles an hour over the speed limit once in a while. It’s local ...

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln by Jen Miller

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

Maplewoodian by Joe Strupp

Could former South Orange Maplewood Schools Superintendent John Ramos, who resigned last summer after just two tumultuous years, have a hand in choosing his replacement? It’s possible since Ramos works for one of the search firms that initially submitted proposals for the contract to conduct the search, Hazard Young Attea Associates (HYA) of Schaumburg, IL. HYA, along with Ray and Associates Inc. of Cedar Rapids, IA and SLF Consulting of Manassas, VA., submitted proposals for the first round of requests to be hired as a consultant ...

Mayor Dansereau: Conversations with the Community

ROSELLE, NJ - Mayor Christine Dansereau gives an update on the monthly “Conversations with the Community” meetings and other town updates. Conversations with the Community is a citizen driven dialog of viewpoints and fresh ideas, along with getting answers to questions about the town.  Meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month in the Baker Room, located on the second floor of Borough Hall, 210 Chestnut Street from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Meadowbrook Camp Corner

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on TApinto.net. WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD CAMP, WHAT VISUAL COMES TO MIND? George: A six lb. marshmallow. Dan: That “camp smell,” bonfires, sunshine and children laughing and playing all day long.   HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS ...

Meet the Neighbors

Name: Anna Mastroianni Years in Westfield: 16 Work: Owner Sole Fine Italian Shoes, 201 East Broad Street, 908-654-7800 Anna Mastoianni has filled some pretty big shoes in her day and not just because she’s the owner of the exquisite Italian shoe store Sole in Downtown Westfield. Turns out the Hollywood stunt double has a resume that would make your head spin, literally. “One of my first jobs was racing a cherry red ’57 Chevy and stopping just inches away from a mailbox for the daytime drama Another World,” ...

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.

Moench's Musings

If you are like me, you have debt. Whether it’s your mortgage, student loans, or credit cards – or all of the above – most people carry debt. It helps us pay off important but high cost expenses over time and makes them affordable and it helps us through difficult times when perhaps our cash flow isn’t what we need it to be. However, sometimes it just feels like free money that we’ll spend now and worry about later. Not all debt is bad, but it carries a cost – the interest we pay to the ...

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

Members of the Governor Livingston High School Guitar Club performed at the Berkeley Heights Rotary Club’s 14th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival. The GLHS performers featured, Band # 1 - Trevor Rittman - Guitar/Vocals, Sean Hannaford -Guitar, Andrew DelDuca -Keyboard /Vocals, Jack Sullivan - Bass and Tim Krick on Drums. Their set list included: “Joker And The Thief" by Wolfmother "Where Is My Mind?" By Pixies "Plug In Baby" by Muse "I Got Mine" by The Black ...

Movement is Life

Tough to stick with your fitness goals? You’re not alone… but then again maybe you are and that’s the problem. Many people who work out on their own find working-out in the gym a chore at best or maybe worse.  Most people don’t enjoy chores so it’s no great surprise that all too soon they give up.  For some there’s a simple solution, and it’s fun. Many years of research confirms that exercising in groups provides substantial benefits for many, rather than exercising alone.  ...

My Perspective

The seat in the 40th Senate District of New York, currently occupied by Republican Sen. Terrence Murphy, is up this year. Senator Murphy, who has announced he is seeking re-election, has already started campaigning. On the Democratic side, newcomer Robert Kesten entered the race. Challenging him for the Democratic nomination is former county Legislator Peter Harckham. Kesten and Harckham will square off on Sept. 13 to see who will face Murphy in November. Recently, I interviewed Mr. Kesten on my cable show, “All About Town,” ...

New Jersey: What Exit?

As a Last Official Act Gov. Christie Declares December 23rd State Festivus Day Early this morning, Gov. Christie signed a resolution declaring December 23, 2017, State Festivus Day in New Jersey. The press release noted that “Since 2009, Gov. Christie has been airing his grievances on a regular basis since he took office. This is really nothing new for him.” Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season. Originally a family tradition of ...

New Providence Notables

Mayor Al Morgan with Paca Club President Armand Galluccio don the green at the annual St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza on Saturday night at the Paca Club in New Providence. The William Paca Club is a social and civic club, originally formed during the Great Depression by a group of residents of New Providence. In 1943, the club officially received a certificate of incorporation , and officially became The William Paca Club of New Providence. The members of The William Paca Club support the ...

New Providence Youth Score Board

The girls of New Providence PAL Softball recently helped the community by coming together and handing out flyers to promote the NP PBA Local #132’s “Egg My House” project where families could make a donation and as a result have their front lawns “magically”covered in plastic eggs filled with treats. The event was a big success and well received. One lucky winner found the golden egg on their lawn which allows them to be police officer for a day-including a private showing of the police station, a tour of a ...

News from Mayor Michael Giordano, Jr.

This is Mayor Michael Giordano with a message for North Plainfield Residents concerning the upcoming winter storm. The latest National Weather Service forecast is predicting 18-24 inches of snow and winds up to 40 MPH. This will be a dangerous and crippling snowstorm. Your cooperation is essential to ensure safety for yourself, your family and our emergency service providers. Today is the time to prepare for the storm: Make sure you have enough food, clothing and shelter Address the needs of elderly, disabled, and underage family members, ...

News from SCLSNJ

On Saturday, March 11, Somerset County Library System of New Jersey hosted the 2017 Bee Spectacular, a county-wide spelling bee. Nearly 50 local children grades 3-8 participated. First place winner is Anmol Bhatia of Green Brook who attends Green Brook Middle School (photo attached). Bhatia will go on to represent Somerset County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this spring.   Second photo attached is of (left to right): Corrine Fender, SCLSNJ Library Commission member; Chris Corsini, SCLSNJ Library Commission chairman; ...

News from South Plainfield Eagles

Dear Parents, The SP Pop Warner Tigers is please to announce our 4th Annual Football Clinic and Jr Combine!  Each year, this program has grown to be a successful clinic, directed by some of the most dedicated Coaches in town. This program is designed for boys and girls ages 7-15, with no prior experience necessary to participate. Children will be learning the basic fundamentals of football in a fun, relaxed and safe environment.  The clinic will take place at the Frank Jost Field, located behind the PAL.  Don't ...

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

We won our first international award! by Liam Oakes The Newton Robotics Team had their “best season of all time” after returning home in April from the 2017 FIRST Robotics Championship with the UL Industrial Safety Award. This is the fourth time that the team has competed in the world championship since it was founded in 2009. They competed against more than 400 other teams internationally in the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri on April 27-28. Kathryn Van Orden and Carter Boyd, both seniors, ...

Newton Town Manager's Blog

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

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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (Chester, N.J.) -  Couture Traders: Buy, Sell, Trade, is embracing re-commerce in a big way. The one-stop shop located on Main Street in historic Chester Township, N.J. specializes in buying back ‘pre-loved’ authentic designer handbags, and other couture items, and reselling them to new owners. Couture Traders will be celebrating the holidays tonight with their Champagne and Couture Wishlist Party from 5-7pm., They are inviting the public to come to the store and finish up their holiday shopping with ...

Niru's Tech Tips

The Power of Keyboard Shortcuts Keyboard shortcuts are generally used to speedup common software operations for your computer.   Some common keyboard shortcuts include “Ctrl-A” for ‘Select All’, “Ctrl-C” for ‘Copy’, “Ctrl-X” for ‘Cut’, and  “Ctrl-V” for ‘Paste”. By using a few keystrokes to perform a task on your computer you can save considerable time.   But, most of us don’t use the keyboard shortcuts; we ...

Not Alt-Right

The 33% Approval Rating of this Administration Illustrates One Thing: The Electoral College Failed Jeff Sessions-  “Why would be bring somebody into the country who is illiterate in their own language?”  -To Tucker Carlson on FOX. The most frustrating thing about the television is the one sided conversations that take place.  When the Attorney General, Jeffrey B. Sessions goes on television, and makes statements that are laced with vitriol to the state sponsored Tucker Carlson network; the American people are ...

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 ...

Nutley Family Service Bureau

For parents, the most difficult conversations to have with our children are those bred by necessity. Such is the case with regards to discussion about differences between Good Touch and Bad Touch. A parenting dilemma is created when we must choose between teaching our children about danger in the world and risking their exposure to peril if we keep them naïve to its presence. In either case, parental anxiety is increased by thoughts of lost innocence. We might fear such information grows children up too fast; makes them aware of sex ...

Nutley Parks and Recreation Department

Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci and the Department of Parks and Recreation are excited to announce a family event for music lovers everywhere to enjoy!   “Almost Easy” will take the stage on July 12, 2018for the Recreation Department’s Sizzling Summer Concert!  This concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at Memorial Park 1 (Mud Hole) located on the corner of Vreeland Ave and Passaic Ave. Almost Easy is dedicated to bringing their audiences all of the freshest hit songs and beloved ...

Nutley Public Library

Register for Nutley Public Library's Summer Reading Program. For reading during the summer, receive weekly prizes and the chance to win big prizes (Nintendo Switch, gift cards, book bundles, etc....). Free for all ages, birth to teen. Register at: https://nutleypubliclibrary.beanstack.org/

Of Human Interest

Harry, despite all the recent cold weather, cannot for the life of him understand why anyone wouldn’t like winter. Nothing is biting or stinging, your underwear doesn’t stick, poison ivy and the immortal deer tick lay buried in the snow. Sleep is better. There’s the electric blanket to warm the sheets or a dark cavern of covers under which to hibernate for eight hours. And how can anyone compare the romantic glow of evening by the fireplace to…air conditioning? But the best thing about winter, at least in ...

On Point

Does your closet hold one or more used instruments?  If so, maybe it is time to donate them to the North Plainfield Fine Arts Department!  The Education Foundation is collecting used "dormant" instruments in order to assist the musical program in our schools.  Funds for the Arts are becoming scarse and an instrument in the hands of a child can produce amazing results! To donate an instrument contact Mr. Tom Mazur in the Fine Arts Department at 908-769-6000 or Robert Goellner at 908-510-5458.

On Tap at Morris Tap and Grill

RANDOLPH, NJ- So, I can assume since Craft Beer is a huge part of my life and job, that if I'm confused on exactly what a Christmas beer is... then most of you are as well.   Can a holiday be a style of beer? And if we could determine what a Christmas beer is, how can we decipher it from a Winter ale?  Is it all about a specific profile, such as flavor or body, or is it the timing of the release?  I mean beeradvocate.com doesn’t even have it listed as a style, what?  If the ...

On the World Scene

We spend so much time teaching our children not to bully one another and not to gossip, but all too often adults don’t practice what they preach, especially given the often toxic and viral nature of social media. Given the series of events last week regarding a disputed story involving the Somers girls and Yorktown boys lacrosse players, it seems that Somers school administrators were bullied into making premature statements. Many people are so quick to judge—and to judge publicly—without any deference to due process ...

Organizing Wisdom

Anything worth doing is worth doing badly, at least to start.  As a recovering perfectionist, I have learned to get started on a project even if I don’t have all the pieces together. Sometimes just puttering, tinkering or moving the parts around will help me sort out my brain enough to give me an idea of how to tackle a project.   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started a project indirectly by doing something else. This could start by picking up around the house or folding laundry. I joke to my husband ...

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 ...

Out Of My Head

Since its inception, Facebook has been a regular target of mockery and criticism—everything from, “Do I really need to see a picture of the pastrami sandwich you had for lunch?” to “Why did you help the Russians get Donald Trump elected?” No one likes to mock and criticize more than I do—just ask all of my former friends. And while I agree that Facebook can be a legitimate target for derision (we’ll get to that in a minute), it does have a tremendous upside. First, it freaks out millennials and ...

Packing Light

Sensei Darren DeMarco, owner of White Tiger Dojo in Berkeley Heights, provided a training session in self defense as part of the Berkeley Heights Police Youth Academy offered to grades 2 through 12.   "I am really interest in young kids being able to take care of themselves," said DeMarco.  "The most important thing that these kids can have is the sense of self confidence and awareness and boundaries so they are not getting in fights in the first place." White Tiger Dojo offers a ...

Parenting, Issues, Education

Lately I’ve been fascinated by a new flavor of pie: psychologically informed environments (PIE).  This “enabling environment” concept originally appeared as a kind of operational framework for therapeutic communities such as homeless resettlement and social services. I’ll spare you the footnotes and scholarly citations and just sum it up in lay terms: We are affected by our surroundings.  So, this particular PIE applies as well to something I wrote about last time: making your children’s everyday ...

Pass it Along

Tri-something new this July and sign up for the Pass It Along Triathlon! The 9th annual Pass It Along Triathlon will take place on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. This triathlon features two USAT-certified courses - Olympic and Sprint. This triathlon has become a Sparta tradition and everyone is welcome to attend to cheer on athletes and be a part of the day! The Sprint course features a 400-meter swim, 10.8 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run. The Olympic course features a 1500 meter swim, 21.6 mile ...

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 ...

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

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Do you have questions about grooming your dog? The Morris Animal Inn is hosting a Live Question and Answer Session on Wednesday February 28 at 11:30am. Tune in to have all your questions answered by Morris Animal Inn's Grooming Manager, Jayanne. Morris Animal Inn offers: Bath, brush out, ear cleaning and nail trim package Haircut to your specifications Healthy Skin & Coat Treatment Scented Shampoos & Spritzers Shed-Less Treatment Nail Trims Blueberry Facial and much more To make an ...

Petal Power

The history of presenting the flowers to your loved one on Valentine’s Day comes from the old-fashioned tradition of sending floral bouquets to pass on non-verbal messages. Introduced in the 18th century by Charles II of Sweden, each flower had a specific meaning attached to it, making it possible to have an entire conversation using only flowers. Today, people continue to send flowers on special occasions when they want to express love, joy, admiration and happiness. So, what are the top 5 flower choices? Certainly, we have to ...

Photo of the Day

Maplewood received a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 3, read more about it here. There's another chance for a Santa sighting this Saturday, Dec. 10, at Maplewood's Annual Breakfast with Santa at St. James's Gate and Village Trattoria. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, and there is limited seating. Purchase tickets for the St. James’s Gate Santa breakfast at Village Wine Shop and purchase tickets for Village Trattoria Santa Breakfast at No. 165. For the full schedule of ...

Pipe Works Presents: Tips for Healthy Homes

First there was the Pepsi Challenge, then Prego took on Ragu, and now, Pipe Works proudly presents, Taste the Difference: City Water vs HALO Water! In the 1970’s, Pepsi set out to prove that Americans preferred the taste of Pepsi to that of Coca-Cola. Their results were largely debatable, but they unsurprisingly came to the conclusion that Americans do, in fact, prefer Pepsi to Coke. Not the most scientific of studies, but the blind taste test was born. Prego was the next big brand to ask the public to prove their product ...

Piscataway Library - CHECK US OUT!

Are you a person with Medicare living with diabetes or know someone who is? Take control of your health through a free and fun six-week workshop series. Meet others going through similar experiences and learn about diabetes and its risks, preventing complications, healthy eating, exercise, medication management, dealing with stress and depression, action planning, and much more. Graduates from this program have lost weight, modified their eating habits, started walking, and got their blood sugar levels under control. “I have ...

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

The old adage in the investment world is that it is not what you make, but what you keep that counts.  Investors often overlook the ultimate deflator of portfolio returns – the taxman. An astute global asset allocation should be the number one priority for investors.  However, there are preferred ways to distribute this asset allocation over the spectrum of taxable and tax-deferred accounts to minimize the tax bite. How to Allocate Holdings to Take Advantage of Tax Rules:   The general rule is that more conservative ...

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 July 20, 2017 at 12:08am, Officer Brian Sampson and Officer Michael Zvolensky observed a vehicle traveling on Columbia Turnpike strike a curb and pull into a parking lot. Officer Sampson & Zvolensky conducted a stop of the vehicle and while speaking to the driver (Michael J. Perez, age 33 from Madison, NJ) they detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle and observed signs of impairment. Subsequent field sobriety tests were conducted which indicated that he was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs ...

Practical Taxes and Finance With Paul Kleespies

Many people choose to work into their retirement years. If this is something you’re considering, here are some tips to make sure you get the greatest benefit from your efforts. 1) Consider delaying Social Security. You can start receiving Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62, but if you continue to work, it may make sense to delay as late as age 70. Your Social Security monthly benefit increases approximately 8 percent for every year you delay receiving them. These increases in monthly benefits stop when you reach ...

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, ...

Press and Steam…News from Sadie’s

Get ready for farmers markets and outdoor events, spring is bound to come at some point! To help you get ready Sadie's has lots of new spring products including this great Market Tote by Feed- the purchase of this cute everyday bag will donate 50 school meals. While stopping in for this tote check out some of the other great spring items just in. Don't forget the charity of the month is the Achieve Foundation so every sale will help support this amazing foundation. Can't wait for spring - order spring to come to you! Check out ...

Pro Staff Physical Therapy & Dynamic Hand Therapy

Whether you are new to the gym or a seasoned athlete, the winter weather can affect your body. In these cold conditions, muscles are forced to work harder to complete tasks. This extra effort can result in muscle soreness and damage to tissue. While you may not be able to avoid the cold, preventive measure can help avoid discomfort and injury. Learning and implementing sports therapy techniques, such as stretching and other practices can help keep your body loose and prevent muscle soreness. Why do I feel so ‘stiff’ in the ...

Property Matters

As we reflect on Earth Day, it is the perfect time to consider ways to make your home more green.  Not only will you be helping the earth, but you just might help your wallet too. We emphasize helping our environment on Earth day, so why not start at home with some earth-friendly updates? Below are a few of my recommendations, they can help you save money and will also add to the value to your home. Here are a few ways to bring Eco Design into your life:   - Update your HVAC - Often heating and cooling uses the most energy ...

RHS Athlete of the Week

RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph senior Kelly McGinnis enjoyed quite a memorable week for the Lady Rams girls lacrosse team, netting 13 goals and three assists, and passing the 100 career goal mark in the process. On May 4, the Lady Rams hosted a special “Senior night” to honor the girls who will graduate this spring.  McGinnis, one of two senior captains on the team, led her troops out of the tunnel and onto the field in the pre game ceremony.   McGinnis then led her troops on the field by scoring four goals and adding ...

Randolph PRWC Health News

Move Today, a weekly exercise class for seniors, will be offered at Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center, 540 Route 10 West in Randolph beginning on Tuesday, January 10th from 1-2pm.  Move Today is a 30-45 minute non-aerobic exercise class designed to improve flexibility, balance and stamina. Participants assess their health, physical well-being and intent to make behavior changes before and upon completion of the program. The exercises and guidelines are based on current nationally recognized standards and science. Exercises ...

Reading, Writing & Chocolate

Walking is my favorite mode of transportation. It is also my preferred form of exercise, meditation, stress reduction and idea generation. In middle school and high school, I walked and talked with my friends, Irene, Alexandra and Charles. We covered miles and miles around our neighborhood and beyond during those free-range chats. After school, we might walk to the park or to the small shopping plaza for candy. On summer nights, we hiked all the way to Carvel for a soft-serve chocolate ice cream cone. In college, I parked blocks away ...

Real Estate 101: Market Insight for Buyers and Sellers

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Real Estate News From Your Neighborhood

Thirty-three Homes sold from June 10 to June 17, 2018, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Mountainside.*   TOWN         ADDRESS                      STYLE                  RMS      BRS        ...

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

SOMA Real Estate Update Inventory remains low. According to the Garden State MLS (GSML)*, as of Sunday, April 9, there are 60 homes for sale in South Orange with 7 of them in attorney review. Prices range from $139,000 for a condo off of Irvington Avenue to over $1.3 million for a Tudor on North Ridgewood Road. If you are looking for a 4 bedroom home in South Orange; there are 10 homes available ranging from $335,000 to $899,000. The average days on market for properties under contract is 44 days. The current absorption rate is 3.69 ...

Reunion Corner

Reunion on October 27, 2018 at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ starting at 6:00 pm. Cost is $80.00 per person, buffet dinner and cash bar. Hotel accommodations with special group rate are available at the Crown Plaza Edison which is located across the street from the Pines Manor. There will be a shuttle service for the hotel guests. For more information regarding the hotel call 732-287-3500. Please make checks payable to SPHS Reunion and mail them to: Sue Romeri 2300 Selene Avenue South Plainfield, NJ 07080 Questions regarding ...

Rising Music Stars from Andy's Family Music

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight its student Lauren Raiss, a Collins Elementary School fifth-grader with an aptitude for drums. Taught by instructor Joe Vitello, Lauren began playing the drums at a young age and studies the instrument at school as well. She also has her own YouTube channel, and enjoys creating and editing videos in her free time. A fan of pop music, Lauren has also tried the guitar, but prefers drums and hopes to one day play in the Livingston High School ...

Risky Business: Managing Risk in the Modern World

Real Estate Agents take on a great deal of responsibility when they guide us through the process of purchasing a home; knowing the basics of property insurance to point clients in the right direction is an important part of confidently brokering a home sale. Under what circumstances should a buyer be concerned about special coverage? A Vacant Home Vacant homes are at higher risk for most causes of claims. Vacant properties are broken into more often, and what would have been a smaller claim like a pipe bursting can be catastrophic if ...

Rivero CPA

Paid sick leave is now the law in New Jersey. New Jersey has passed a paid sick leave law which preempts paid sick leave ordinances adopted by several cities and towns so there is now one uniform law in this area for New Jersey employers. Here is what you need to know about the new law.

Roberta on Real Estate

You are still bursting with pride that you were able to get your Federal income taxes filed on time.    Now you want to move on to your next goal: buying a home.  So …. Wait !   Before you file all that paperwork away there are some steps you can  take to make use of all your great tax preparation work. Although the mortgage process has always required a certain amount of documentation, more items are requested from borrowers than ever before.   The GREAT MORTGAGE crash of 2008 taught ...

Roxbury Business Profiles

ROXBURY, NJ – Twenty years ago this month, Bob Idakaar experienced an unprofessional real estate agent. That’s when he decided to be a good one. Idakaar, a lifelong Succasunna resident and TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, bought his fifth home in July 1997. A big event, one that could have been joyous, ended up being stressful and unenjoyable. “I had a bad experience,” he said. “I figured, `I can do better than this.’ So, I got my real estate license.” Idakaar, a Weichert Realtors associate with an ...

Rutgers News

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University will provide the city’s police dispatching services in a move that New Brunswick says will cut costs and put an end to dispatcher shortages that resulted in officers doing the job. The city’s 12 current dispatchers will be laid off at the end of the day on June 30, and Rutgers will supply dispatchers as of July 1 under an agreement that city council members approved Wednesday. All 12 city dispatchers can apply to Rutgers to get jobs, and are expected to be hired if they pass health ...

SPFHS Sports Wrap Up

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School ice hockey team ended its regular season with a three-game winning streak, knocking off Gov. Livingston, 9-4, and Bayonne, 3-2, this week after taking down the A.L. Johnson Crusaders last Sunday, providing momentum as they head into the Union County Tournament. The Raiders’ fourth-place finish in the UCIHL makes them the fourth seed and gets them a rematch against the fifth seeded Crusaders whom they beat 4-2 earlier in the season. In the last league game of the year game ...

SPHS Athlete of the Week

The South Plainfield Boys’ Spring Track has continued to be one of the most successful programs for the Spring Athletic Season.  The Boys’ have been dominate in the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division for the last few years.  After being decimated by graduation, the Tigers were not sure what the season would hold.  South Plainfield once again won the Blue Division Championship.  A lot of this success is due to the consistency of senior captain, Alejandro Garcia. Last week marked a big week in the ...

Scotch Plains Library

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

Scotch Plains Recreation Department

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

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In today’s society, it seems like our to-do lists are always getting longer while our opportunities for sleep are getting shorter. How often do you hear, “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my cup of coffee?” Caffeine has become a necessity to many, and possibly an addiction for others. In small doses, caffeine shouldn’t cause too much trouble, although it seems like every other week there’s a different opinion on that. However, all studies agree that too much caffeine can lead to ...

Seasoned Words

I certainly have not been a supporter or a friend of President Donald J. Trump. But even though I publicly called him “a liar, a louse, a crook and a bum,” I have never accused him of being a coward, but now I see that Trump has backed down on his proposal to limit gun sales to people 21 years of age or older. Wayne LaPierre, the leader of the National Rifle Association, objected to any limitations on gun sales even for the deadly war weapon, the AR-15 assault rifle. Mr. Trump obeyed Mr. LaPierre and withdrew his proposal. Trump ...

Seasoned Words

One of the main lies that President Donald J. Trump has been promoting is that any news that does not favor him is “fake news.” Trump continually makes this false statement in the tweets he sends out almost every day to the public. Like many of the other false and misleading statements he makes to the American people, he never states why he charges that a news item is “fake.” Trump evidently believes that if you repeat a false charge often enough, people will believe it. I have to say that is true for some people, ...

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

TRENTON –A bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Patrick Diegnan that would establish a state university-based consortium to advance research in the field of media and technology was passed from the Senate Higher Education Committee today. “The state’s traditional newspaper market has been upended by changes in technology,” said Senator Weinberg (D-Bergen). “We need to establish a university-based consortium that promotes innovation in the media ...

Senior Corner

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Senior Center is offering a “Casino Getaway” to the new Resorts World Catskills Casino.  The trip will be on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 and the cost is only $50.00 per person. The package includes the following: ■  6 hours of Gaming Fun ■  All Service Charges and Taxes ■  $10.00 Package includes $5 if you sign up for a Resorts card and $5 if   you provide a phone number ■  Luxury Bus Transportation   The Resorts Casino is ...

Shameless Plug

(SHAMELESS PLUG #54)  Supplemental benefit options range and and can provide necessary and needed income for those that chose to take advantage. Supplemental insurance can take the form of life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness, dental or a host of other benefits. Some will supplement a gap in certain forms of insurance (EX. Medicare Supplements), while others can acts as an indemnity plan that provides cash benefits to the policy beneficiary (EX. AFLAC). Small company's, HR directors and managers, non-profit ...

Shop Local

Shop LOCAL this holiday season and find the perfect “something” for everyone on your list with this holiday gift guide. Some businesses are even offering special deals for TAPinto readers. Give the Gift of Pampering, Accessorizing and Affordable Luxury: Hairport —Wrap up a gift certificate for beauty and pampering this holiday season.   Hairport is a full service salon for the entire family.   Get a free conditioning with any hair service through the holiday season.   Check them out ...

Shopfunding for a Cause

Jenny’s Hope Rescue was founded in honor of Jenny, an adopted adult puppy mill rescue dog. As a puppy mill pup, bred over and over again, her health was precarious.  Her owners knew Jenny was very sick, but there was a great chance of survival and a very happy life filled with the love she never knew. With some care, dollars spent, and lots of love, Jenny lived a healthy, wonderful life. The founders of Jenny’s Hope Rescue hope to provide other dogs with the care and love that Jenny received. Through their work they hope ...

Skyzone Trampoline Park

Creator Of The World's First All-Walled Trampoline Playing Court Is Coming To Town   SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Sky Zone Trampoline Park, creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court, announces its newest Park’s Opening on Saturday, December 19, 2015 with the Grand Opening on Saturday, January 9, 2016 in South Plainfield, N.J.  Sky Zone South Plainfield will become Middlesex County’s first trampoline park with 40,000 square feet of space in a climate controlled facility. We welcome the ...

Small Towns, Big Dreams

Christine Murray, a former licensed sales assistant with Lois Schneider Realtor since 2013, has joined the Lois Schneider Realtor team as a licensed sales associate. Christine has excellent insight into the local market, has polished her skills from working with one of Lois Schneider Realtor’s top producing teams, and has formed many valuable contacts from her extensive work in the community. Christine is a Summit resident since 2004 with two children enrolled in Franklin Elementary School and two children attending Summit High ...

Sobel Solutions

“We are pleased to announce that EAC Valuations PA has joined the Sobel & Co. Valuation Practice to create Sobel Valuations LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sobel & Co.,” said Alan Sobel, managing member of the firm. “From the first time Frank Merenda, president and CEO of EAC Valuations, met with the Sobel & Co. valuation team, we quickly recognized the power of combining our two groups. By leveraging both firms’ years of experience serving the valuation and appraisals niche market, we are positioned to ...

Social Studies

These apps can be found under the Photo & Video Apps section of the App Store. #1 Typorama (for iOS only). This app gives you the most functionality in one package.  Here are some tips for using the app: Start with a high quality picture or use one from the provided library.  You can search through these images easily to find one that best suits your needs. These photos can be resized for whatever format you need, whether it's for Instagram, Facebook post or cover photo, twitter image, iPhone wallpaper, Apple ...

Somerset Patriots

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

Soul Food

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

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club

The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club (SPJBC) will be having In Person Registration Signups on Friday January 19th from 6-9pm and Saturday January 20st from 9am to 1pm at the SPJBC Clubhouse on Lorraine Ave You can also sign your kids up online at the SPJBC Website:  http://www.leaguelineup.com/spjbc (online forms tab) or you can mail the form to SPJBC, PO Box 166, South Plainfield NJ 07080 Children 6 – 18 can sign up to play next season.  Your child must be 6 years old before September 30th or be in 1st Grade to be ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

he South Plainfield Knights of Columbus, Council 6203 recently completed the 2018 Lenten Fish Dinners at Holy Savior Academy School in South Plainfield. This is the 14th year the South Plainfield Knights of Columbus have been running the fish dinners.Over the past 6 weeks 1,300 fish dinners were sold with an average of over 216 people ordering dinners each week. All proceeds from the Fish Dinners goes back to Sacred Heart Church, Holy Savior Academy and the South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund Some interesting facts from ...

South Plainfield Library

The South Plainfield Public Library will be open this Sunday, June 24 from 1:30 PM – 5 PM.  This is the last Sunday the library will be open until September.  During July and August, the library will be closed on Sundays, but the rest of the hours during the week will remain the same. Come join us Monday, June 25 at 6:30 PM for Monday Night Movies.  The selection this week is based on the book A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.  It stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Chris Pine, and ...

South Plainfield Ponytail on the Diamond

The South Plainfield 12U Tigers Softball Team, Knocked off the #1seed in the Semi final game at the East Brunswick Softball Tournament this Past Sunday. The Tigers who were the 4 seed after pool play had to beat the 5 Seed South Amboy before meeting up with the #1seed  Undefeated Hamilton Hurricanes in the Semi Final Matchup. It was a Great game.  The Tiger's Bats exploded giving them a 10 nothing 4 inning victory over the Hurricanes moving them to the Tigers into the Championship Game vs Sparta.  The Tigers were right in ...

Southern Regional Accolades and College Commitments

STAFFORD, NJ - This column is to recognize Southern Regional athletic accomplishments and college commitments. College Commitment Abigael Coughlin has recently committed to Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ to continue her academic and swimming career. Coughlin is having a tremendous senior year on the Southern Regional Girls Swim Team.  She is pictured with her coaches Dan Dreher, Head Coach Bill Entrikin and parents, Cindy and Chris.            Athletic ...

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 ...

Submit Your News to TAPinto Piscataway!

TAP into Piscataway is an all-online, objective, newspaper serving residents, organizations, and businesses in Piscataway and the surrounding areas. We are part of the TAPinto network of more than 60 locally owned and operated online hyperlocal news sites with more than 6 million readers. The TAPinto team would like to feature news about Piscataway from you, too!   Share your news for FREE about: Civic groups and charitable organizations helping in the community Youth groups and sports teams Girl Scouts and Boy ...

Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield

Our country has a long and rich history of service clubs contributing to the growth of their communities but there have been signs in the past two decades that interest in these groups is waning.  Not so at Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield.  Thanks to the efforts of Membership Chair Grace Bertucci, this past year seven new members joined this relatively small group of volunteers.  The Club attracts women who are committed to fundraising which allows them to support local and international charities, grant ...

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 ...

Sunday Funnies

The Hilarious Saga For The Civic City Kids Continues...

TAP Into Berkeley Heights Celebrates Student Excellence

CENTER VALLEY, PA (01/13/2015)(readMedia)-- Berkeley Heights resident, Michael J. Bamundo, a sport management major at DeSales University made Dean's List for the fall 2014 semester. To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must have a minimum 3.25 GPA out of a 4.0 scale. DeSales University, in Center Valley, Pa., is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Founded by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales in 1965, the 480-acre suburban campus is located 50 miles ...

TAP in to Your Inner Foodie

A recent question posted by TAP Editor Roselle/Roselle Park – Kathy Lloyd began the debate of Taylor Ham or Pork Roll?  This article is dedicated to the primarily New Jersey delicacy. So you ask, “What is the difference between Taylor Ham and Taylor Pork Roll”?                        Think of it as Coke is to Cola, Taylor Ham is to Pork Roll. The name debate seems to be between North Jersey locals calling ...

TAP into Our West Orange Sponsors

Did you know Saint Barnabas Medical Center has nearly 4,000 employees? Yes there are numerous doctors, nurses, technicians and administrative staff.  But there are also these other really cool people that have these cool long titles… Like Margie Heller who is the administrative director of community health and outreach. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is one of TAP Into Livingston and TAP Into West Orange’s sponsors and Margie is one of three of my contacts for everything that goes on at Saint Barnabas…which is a ...

TAPinto Berkeley Heights Directory of Advertisers: Support Local

TAPinto Berkeley Heights is locally owned and operated. We are able to provide you with original, objective and always FREE local reporting of Berkeley Heights news and events thanks to our advertisers. We encourage you to patronize our advertisers and tell them you saw their ad on TAPinto Berkeley Heights: Adams Fine Clothing, 908-665-0800 Allstate Insurance, Lori Cicali, (908)464-4500 Autum Lake Healthcare, (908)897-1000 Berkeley Hardware and Paint, (908)464-2900
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TAPinto Chatham Spotlight on Business

TAPinto "Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories. This edition features The Suburban Chiropractic Center, opened since 1985 in Chatham. It is a multi-doctor, multi-therapy holistic health center offering the highest quality service in a relaxed, comfortable environment.  TAPinto: What is unique about your ...

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TAPinto New Providence Directory of Advertisers: Support Local

TAPinto New Providence is locally owned and operated. We are able to provide you with original, objective and always FREE local reporting of New Providence news and events thanks to our advertisers. We encourage you to patronize our advertisers and tell them you saw their ad on TAPinto New Providence: Adams Fine Clothing Allegra and Company, http://www.allegraandcompany.com/ Ana Galindo Allstate, http://agents.allstate.com/ana-galindo-new-providence-nj.html Angela Wilson, Coldwell Banker Autum Lake ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Business

TAPinto "Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories. This edition features Providence Health and Fitness founded in 2014 by Kathy McCready.  Health is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Providence offers a wide array of fitness and yoga classes, personalized wellness programs, and experiences to serve ...

TAPinto The Warren Recreation Department

The Warren Township Recreation Commission 2017 Spring and Camp Programs and events Annual Fishing Derby is May 20 (rain date May 21 only if it rains hard) for Warren residents only. No pre-registration necessary. It is held at Dealaman Pond (for this event only, enteroff of Technology Drive) follow signs.  World Tennis Day for newcomers ages 4-17 will be held at Central School gym March 20 from 5-7pm. This program is free to Warren, Watchung and Green Brook ...

TAPinto The Warren Township Library

Exciting, educational and entertaining programs for adults are planned for this fall at SCLSNJ's Warren Twp. Library branch.    Calling all cookbook lovers & food enthusiasts! The first meeting of the Warren Twp. Library branch's newly established recipe club is scheduled for 7 p.m. on September 12. Gourmet chef skills are not required - this is a great way to learn from others and share your best cooking and baking tips. This month's focus will be everything - and ...

Talking about Grief

If you are facing your first holiday after an important person in your life has died, it’s not too early to come up with a plan. Watching others who are feeling thankful and are celebrating when we feel overwhelmed, lonely or sad can be very painful. Holidays force us to realize how much our lives have been changed by the loss of our loved one.    The first step in coping with grief at the holidays is to acknowledge that the first holiday season is difficult and then to prepare for it in advance by making specific plans ...

Tax Tips from Mannuzza & Lamela

Of all the choices you make when starting a business, one of the most important is the type of legal structure you select for your company. Not only will this decision have an impact on how much you pay in taxes, it will have an effect on many business requirements such as payroll and insurance, the personal liability you face and your ability to raise money. Often times, it may be most beneficial to setup a business as a particular entity, however as the business grows and circumstances change, it may not always make sense to remain there.

The Business Edge

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Assemblyman Jon Bramnick helped the kids at the New Providence Middle School answer the age-old question - What do you want to be when you grow up?  The Assembly Leader spent the day with the students talking about what it's like to be a NJ State Legislaturor and an attorney during their annual Career Day.  The kids were interested and inquisitive and humored too. Colleen Cortese, a teacher at the school, had this to say, "I never knew Assemblyman Bramnick was so funny!  The ...

The Dog House

Please enjoy this article by guest contributor Denise Cassidy-Dietsch, a volunteer with New Jersey Boxer Rescue. Thank you Denise for the article and for the life-saving donations made by your wonderful Boxer Maggie! Has your pet ever had an accident or illness, which caused him to require blood?  Did you wonder where the blood came from?  Just like human blood banks, there are many animal blood banks across the country.  Veterinarians and Pet Emergency centers can acquire blood from these centers, just as hospitals get ...

The Falcon's Nest

The last week of January marks Catholic Schools Week across the country.  It is a time to celebrate the unique traditions and academic excellence of Catholic schools.   Catholic schools allow parents to educate their children in a faith- based environment.   At Saint Joseph High School, the administration practices a holistic approach to education, nurturing not only the academic side of the scholastic experience, but tending to the spiritual, physical and emotional requirements of each young man. “We ...

The Floor Plan

Combine durable vinyl with the realistic look of wood in a plank format and you have a surface that offers the best of all worlds, one that is the perfect flooring solution for any room in your home. Luxury Vinyl Plank -- or 'LVP' flooring is: Water Resistant Durable Soft Underfoot Easy Care Budget Friendly Unlike natural woods, LVP can be used in areas where moisture can be an issue, like kitchens, basements and bathrooms. It is also tougher and can better handle kid- and pet-play and other ...

The Green Lane

Written by: Samuel K. Burlum, Investigative Reporter and author of The Green Lane, a syndicated column, Published on 6/18/2018 Tags: Business, Community, Crowdfunding, Economy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Small Business Source: So, which are you – a Small Business Owner or an Entrepreneur? We compare the similarities and differences between the two, so you can decide which category you best fit into. Both the small business owner and the Entrepreneur have significant impact on our economic system. They ...

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 announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If Mark Zuckerberg is truly worried about his legacy and that of Facebook, casting legitimate news publishers and businesses into the abyss will only further tarnish ...

The Insider's Guide to Education

Now that college acceptances are rolling in, how do I decide which to attend? Your hard work in high school has paid off. You took your SAT/ACT exams, got the best grades you could, and filled out as many applications as you needed to. Acceptance letters are starting to come in and you need to make a decision on where you will go in the fall. It's hard to decide!! Here are some tips and things to consider to help you make your decision: Ask the right questions Call the schools and speak to an admissions advisor, current students ...

The Joint Chiropractic, We’ve got your back

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — All of us have a limited amount of time on earth and we want to make the best of every moment. Whether it’s your job, your family or other obligations, the demands of life seem to pull at you from every direction. The one thing that can stand in the way of meeting those demands is pain. It hinders our performance and throws us off schedule. Since time is our most precious asset, finding freedom from pain is inconvenient and, in many cases, very costly—but it’s extremely important. Regardless of ...

The Mommy's Review

Corre, no camines (that’s “run, don’t walk!”) to see Coco, the newest animated feature film from Pixar Animation Studios/Disney. This beautiful movie is something that families will cherish seeing together. Like Moana last year, I took my family (ages 7 to 70+) to see Coco over Thanksgiving weekend, and everyone was delighted by the splendor of this wonderful cinematic experience. Coco tells the story of a young boy named Miguel who yearns to be a musician, although he comes from a long line of shoemakers who not ...

The Next Level

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

The Peck School

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Peck School in Morristown fielded three teams at last weekend’s FIRST Lego League Regional Robotics Competition in Clifton, NJ. All three teams were great ambassadors for Peck and one team – Peck’s first ever all-girl robotics team - won a Core Values award and will progress to the state-level tournament on December 9. Judges rate teams in three categories at FIRST Lego League competitions. They are rated on the overall concept of their project, on the design of their robot, and on “Core ...

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

Attached here you can find last month’s closed transactions in Randolph Twp and Shongum Lake. You’ll be able to see the Street Address, the list price (List $), the sold price (Sale $) as well as the beds, baths, garage, basement, year built, days on market (DOM) and the date closed. Please note that List Price and Days on Market are reflective of the listing contract in place at time of sale and do not consider any previous listing agreements. *Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Not all sales made by ...

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 Seasoned Citizen

After living in Manhattan for the last few years, my grandson, Chris, and my wonderful grand-daughter-in-law, Silvia, have decided to move back to his hometown of Westfield, N.J. Silvia has just returned from a four-day visit with her parents in Hong Kong and they are bunking with my daughter, Lisa, while preparing their new home. Because they now have a daily commute to the city, I decided to give them my car. Since Jason died, I haven’t been traveling much and if I do need transportation, I can always rent a car for the day or count ...

The Sparta High School Oracle

Enjoy the story, linked here, written by Sparta High School student Fiona Sipple for the school newspaper The Oracle

The Student Stance

August is the month of inevitable goodbyes and exciting hellos. As the graduating class branches off on their different paths, friendships that have grown since childhood begin to ‘lax. And although high school sweethearts separate and diaper buddies learn how to be their own people, it’s important to remember that the faint silver lining is still there - new hellos, new relationships, new everything. No longer are you defined by your small little ‘burb, you are now a college student. You’re allowed to explore an ...

The Talent Doctor

NEW JERSEY -- It’s a New Year and like the millions of other Americans, you may have resolved to eat healthier and improve exercising habits. Finding a new job also often ranks high on the "to do" list. In fact, according to a new Career Builder survey, more than one-in-five workers (22 percent) are planning to change jobs in 2017. Further, that number is even higher for Millennials (18-34 years old) as over one-third (35 percent) of workers in this age demographic expect to leave their job this year. Those that have ...

The Total Health Coach

Holidays can be a tough time to keep on track. With a whirlwind of celebrations, every event may seem like an excuse to splurge, but the consequence just might be that post party food hangover. So let’s look at a few tips on how to stay on track!! 1)     Focus on Fun - There are so many activities we can focus on during the holidays: Engage in the fun activities like decorating our homes, catching up with old friends and shopping for others. Practice being in the moment and focus on what the season is really ...

The World According to Greg...................

Whether it is flag football or the NFL, people whose mathematical specialties reside in the areas of risk/reward analyses, game theory, and other related disciplines continue to be aghast that American football has implemented a paucity of irrefutable analyses into their decision-making processes. Instead, many coaches tend to pass on an archaic approach with very little variation down the line, either through time or various levels of play.  A dramatic exception to this is Coach Kevin Kelley’s highly-successful Pulaski Academy ...

Timely Tax Tips

BASKING RIDGE, NJ-T he Sandwich Generation: 6 Key Tips to Follow as You Juggle Your Own Retirement Planning Life can get hectic, especially when you’re trying to balance raising your children and caring for your aging parents. Finding the time to plan for your retirement may seem impossible, but it’s crucial to make plans today for your financial future. How much should you be contributing to your retirement accounts? Should you consider a Roth IRA rollover? What if you need to tap into your retirement funds earlier ...

Torah Thought for the Week

In honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's (of righteous memory) 24th  Yahrtzeit (anniversary of his passing) this coming Saturday the 16th. Excerpts from an address given by Nobel-laureate Elie Wiesel on April 7, 1992, at a congressional dinner held in Washington on the occasion of the Rebbe's 90th birthday. Some of you are aware of my admiration, not only for the Rebbe, but also for his education and work. The fact that he knew whom to send where, to G‑d forsaken places, simply to bring a word ...

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 ...

Trevor's Timely Tree Tips

Emerald Ash Borers are no longer a just a threat, they are here. It has been confirmed that the emerald ash borer (EAB) has hit New Jersey with ferocity. Bergen, Mercer, Union, Hunterdon and Somerset counties have all reported populations of this insect with Bridgewater being an area of high saturation. If you have ash trees on your property you need to read this column and act in a proactive manner to protect your trees. Overview Agrilus planipennis, commonly known as the emerald ash borer is a green jewel beetle native to eastern ...

Trinity Academy Corner

CALDWELL, NJ - Right before Thanksgiving, the students in the Trinity Academy Builders Club created 25 baskets of complete Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. First, they collected donations from members of the school community and then spent a night creating the Thanksgiving baskets. To create the baskets, the Trinity Academy students filled laundry baskets full of all the trimmings: stuffing, pie crusts, pie fillings, yams, vegetables and gift cards. Students next dropped these baskets off at the ...

UNCOMMON CENT$

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

Under the Gold Dome Trenton Report

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

Underground Oil Tank Solutions

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

Veterans Oral History Project

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

Views of Holy Trinity

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

Volunteer Opportunities

The Parelli Foundation is seeking a new board member to join our volunteer board. If you have experience with being on a non-profit board, have a passion for horses, and would like to help further our mission of helping to create a better world for horses and humans through natural horsemanship education, we encourage you to apply. This is a remote/virtual position. Applicants must be United States residents but can work from any location. This is a volunteer position and does not provide any compensation. Apply at ...

WORD

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

Warren Township Food For Thought

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

Wells Fargo - Financial Topics

Social Security is an important cornerstone of many retirement income plans. Yet, most Americans aren’t aware of the variety of benefit options and claiming strategies to consider – beyond deciding at what age to begin collecting benefits. This is especially true if you are married, have been divorced or widowed.  Because Social Security benefits can account for a significant percentage of your income in retirement, it’s important to educate yourself and evaluate your options before you begin ...

West Orange On Three!

On Sunday, April 15, the West Orange PAL baseball teams began their opening ceremonies of the spring season with a heartfelt dedication of a new scoreboard, donated by the Michael T. McCormick, Jr. Memorial Foundation.  The foundation was created to honor the life of Michael, a lifelong West Orange resident, who tragically died in a car accident on the day after his 19th birthday, Aug. 2, 2009.  Michael proudly played for both the W.O. P.A.L. baseball and football teams.  Joe DePasquale, the director of the W.O.

Westfield Area YMCA

WESTFIELD, NJ — More than 100 Healthy U champions and partners from YMCAs and schools from all over the state gathered at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on May 18 to celebrate 10 years of community impact. Healthy U was also formally presented with the 2017 CATCH® Award for Excellence in State Health.  CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is the nationally-recognized curriculum used in the program. This award recognizes the partnership between the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the New Jersey ...

What Was I Thinking?

Shades of the late Darren McGavin! If you liked the ‘70s horror shows on TV, you knew him as Kolchak, crime reporter, in the series “The Night Stalker.” It seems that I have a night stalker living with me. My kitty, Bonnie, had her 18th birthday in April and I’ve noticed some subtle changes in her behavior. Up until that time, Bonnie would sleep on my bed at night. She would quietly turn in circles for a few seconds until she found just the right spot; once settled, she would curl up and sleep until the alarm went ...

What's For Dinner? Quick and Easy Meals from Healthy Italia

There is nothing better than fresh, in-season ingredients from a local farmers market.  Healthy Italia can help you transform those fresh finds into easy, delicious meals.     Here in NJ we are seeing an abundance of zucchini at our local markets and in our gardens.  This recipe can be an amazing side dish or a main course served with a salad.  The fresh mint brings brightness to the dish and the flavored olive oil adds garlic without ...

What's New in Sports Health

It’s all about physical fitness. It’s what allows elite skiers to compete in the most extreme conditions and at their highest levels.  An obvious way to ensure your enjoyment and performance is with the appropriate level of strength, endurance and conditioning. A balanced program focusing on aerobic fitness, strength training, core and balance is the way to get the most out of this winter sport. Aerobic health will allow you to enjoy a long day on the slopes.  Low and high intensity training are important to ...

Whispers of Winter

There is a glaring hole in recent Game of Thrones seasons that needs to be addressed: the ability of Valyrian steel to destroy White Walkers has not been acknowledged since before Jon Snow’s death. In fact, it hasn’t been mentioned since the Season Five finale when Jon Snow reveals this discovery to Sam Tarly. Jon has cared about little more than the war between the living and the dead since long before his death, but after being killed later that same episode, he never mentions Valyrian steel’s power again. Since ...

Words from LaMastra

The market to buy a home is as hot as ever, but that doesn’t mean selling will come easy. Now that the summer is upon us, home owners must be conscious of certain areas that may have eluded them the rest of the year. After all, attention to detail can be the deciding factor whether an interested party turns into a buyer. Here are three tips that every home owner should consider before inviting prospective buyers into their home: Leave the Air Conditioner On One of the most common mistakes that home owners make is that they ...

Wronko's Roxbury Notables

Doreen Wright was born Jan. 28, 1926 and will be celebrating her 91st birthday next month. So, to start off, I am sending an early Happy Birthday wish to her.    What is even more special about Doreen is that she was born at home in her parents' house on West Street in Succasunna, a fact that makes her the only Roxbury resident I've found who's truly lived their entire life in the township. We will not count the few years, early in her ...

Your 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 Dental Health

If you are battling gum disease, gingivitis or periodontitis – you are not alone. Come join us at Roselle Park Dental in the fight against gum disease! Inflammation caused by this disease puts patients at a greater risk of stroke, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Gum disease can also worsen conditions such as COPD and may play a role in the contraction of pneumonia, bronchitis, and emphysema. Gum disease is very common, yet moderately preventable. Prevention starts here! Prevention starts now! Routine professional cleanings and ...

Your Family Matters

Overparenting.  It’s the new buzzword for helicopter parenting, enabling and micromanaging.  I did them all. I’m happy to say that I’ve (mostly) grown out of it.  The truth is that there are still moments when I have the urge to step in and take over.  It’s normal to feel that way; however, I know I’ve made progress when I feel the urge and don’t act on it. When children are very young, it’s not so bad.  After all, they need to be guided, nurtured and protected.  As ...

Your Money Matters

Supporting Aging Parents with their Finances Keeping track of finances takes time, attention and energy at any age. In the case of older adults, health challenges such as memory loss can make it difficult to manage their financial obligations as well as they did in the past. If you’re the son or daughter of aging parents, here are a few items to keep in mind that can help protect your parents from financial missteps as they grow older. Looking out for your parents For many seniors, signs of memory loss or dementia may first ...