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Alerts from South Plainfield Police Department

The South Plainfield Police Department is requesting that residents be vigilant in protecting themselves from becoming a victim of a fraudulent scam that has been increasing in New Jersey during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The suspects have been targeting the elderly as their potential victims. The crime usually starts out with an unsolicited phone call by the suspect to the victim.  The suspect misrepresents themselves as being either a Police Officer, Bail Bondsman, Lawyer, or other agency member that sounds legitimate.  The ...

All are Welcome at First Congregational

Stevanie Rhim, a senior at David Brearley High School in Kenilworth, NJ, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Marc Wesley Hardy Human Rights Award by First Congregational Church of Westfield. The award is given annually to a young person who has been an outstanding advocate for social justice, human rights and the rights of the less fortunate — three things that were of major importance to Marc in his life. Stevanie resides in Plainfield, NJ, and was selected by the Union County Choice Program to attend high school in Kenilworth.

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — Michaela Hobson can take the pressure that comes with being on the pitcher’s mound, but with this softball season’s cancellation due to COVID-19, the intensity of game play has taken a backseat to practice and preparation. The 16-year-old Westfield High School sophomore has been keeping herself in the game, having gotten together with fellow teammates Mollie Stogner and Julia Gagliardi to practice her pitching and supporting her fellow teammates during videoconference meetings. Hobson is this ...

Althea on Gardening

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Gardeners by their very nature are creatures of hope, and I'm no different. We sow a seed, water it and wait. While we wait, our hope is that the tiny seed will eventual grow into something useful, something beautiful, something pleasing to the palate and pleasing to the eye. The simple yet powerful act of sowing a seed is the tangible expression of this hope. We know that the tiny seeds which we sow today will feed us tomorrow. That's why we do not despise these small beginnings, knowing that while the ...

Anthony J. Enea

The Covid-19 Pandemic caused an unprecedented disruption to life in America and in hundreds of countries worldwide. As with every crisis there are those who learn from the crisis and modify their behavior as a result thereof, and there are those who ignore the lessons to be learned from the crisis and go about life lacking any insight into the behavioral and planning modifications needed to deal with the crisis at hand as well as any future crisis. Benjamin Franklin may have put in best when he said… “By failing to prepare, you ...

Area Homes by RE/MAX NP

The following homes have a VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE presented by RE/MAX NEIGHBORHOOD PROPERTIES this weekend. SATURDAY, JUNE 6 VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE ONLY 2 Cain Court, Montville Twp. From 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. use the link: https://remaxnet.zoom.us/j/98256130772 Contact CHERYL SCHUCK for more info at (973) 727-7626   SUNDAY, JUNE 7: VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE ONLY 1 High Mountain Drive, Montville Twp. From 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. use the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89921438560 Contact RANDI BENNETT & TRACY WARSAW for ...

Ask Astute

Researching Colleges During the COVID-19 Crisis: How do you start? The school year is ticking away. In a few weeks, this school year will close in what has been an unexpected and unconventional way. Virtual learning has delivered remarkable innovations to the field of education, pushing our students and institutions of learning to adapt and develop new skills required both for the implementation and utilization of technology, helping students and administrators attempt to navigate self-motivated, task-driven action. This is not to say ...

Ask Maria

We often think that others are responsible for making us feel guilty. This is not true.  Others may try to manipulate us by saying certain things to make us feel guilty and at times they are very effective in causing us self-doubt. However, the reason that manipulators are able to make us feel guilty is that a part of us agree with their message and the doubt already exists in our head.  For example, if you are trying to set boundaries with a particular person and you have said “no”, yet they continue to ...

Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak

TRENTON, NJ: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought wide sectors of the economy to a halt, Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak (NJ-18) is introducing a bill to extend property tax deadlines to provide relief to property taxpayers. This extension will help taxpayers weather the economic freeze and prevent a negative impact to their long-term credit profiles. This legislation will extend the property tax deadline to July 15, 2020, matching the federal and state income tax extension.  This crisis has affected and will continue to affect ...

Athlete of the Week

The South Plainfield Boys’ Basketball Season is off and running.  The team finished as the runner up in the Anthony J. Cotoia Holiday Tournament.  On their way to the finals, the Tigers had an impressive win over JP Stevens.  They then went on to lose a tough fought game to powerhouse Scotch Plains.  Much of this success is due to the consistency of senior Peter Marotta. Peter Marotta is a senior basketball player for the varsity team.  He has been part of the program for four years and earned a letter in his ...

At Your Library

Teen Art Contest! Imagine Your Story We believe that creating art is a wonderful way to express how you are feeling at this time.  Whether you consider yourself a doodler or a true artist, we invite you to submit pictures of your creations for our Teen Art Contest.  Submissions will be displayed on the library's Facebook page and will be voted on by the public.  Winners in each of the four categories – Traditional Art, Digital Art, Photography, and Sidewalk Art – will receive a gift card to a local ...

A Why The Y Story

Friday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. are a blast for 13 boys enrolled in Y Ninja Fit for Teens at the Madison Area YMCA. The Gymnastics Center is abuzz with the boys running, climbing and jumping over and under obstacles. (Where are you, girls? This is open to you too!) Teens experience the best of both worlds in this one-hour combination class of obstacle course training and fitness training. The first 30 minutes takes teens through a classic Y Ninja class—climbing towers of mats, scaling the warped wall, dropping down to hit the ground ...

Bad to the Dad Podcast with Coach Randy and Adam D

The U.S. Military Academy is one of the most unique educational institutions in the country. A sporting event on the West Point campus is no different, so explained Rich DeMarco, Assistant Athletic Director and radio play-by-play man for the Black Knights, on the latest edition of the Bad to the Dad podcast.  "Rich does a great job of laying out the sights and sounds of an Army football or basketball game," says co-host Adam D. "When watching a game, you know everyone is cheering not just for the team but for the ...

Berkeley Heights Gift Guide

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Beth's Book Review

Retro Review The Green Years by A.J. Cronin (Little, Brown and Co., 1944) The first review I wrote for the TAPinto franchise was When Books Went to War by Molly Guptil Manning. The book explained how the librarians in the United States held book drives to send reading material to the men on the war fronts in Europe and  the South Pacific. Books provided an escape from boredom, uncomfortable living quarters, terrible food, foxholes and bombs blasting overhead. The soldiers treasured receiving them and would pass each book around ...

Better Biz Better You

According to psychologist Carol Dweck, people have one of two mindsets. People with a fixed mindset believe that intelligence, talent, and personality traits are inborn and unchangeable, while people with a growth mindset believe we can grow and change throughout our lives. However, when it comes to banking and investments, it’s easy for even the most growth-minded person to get intimidated and feel like they can’t get a handle on their finances. The world of finance may be complex, but money is an essential tool that helps us ...

Blended

The last time I wrote about Coronavirus-Home-Living, it came out of a sense of shock, a disbelief at the drastic change in our lives and the seriousness of the virus, a warped honeymoon of sorts. About a week later, I’m settling in. This is life now: justifyingly acerbic (are people really still gathering in parks?) yet accurate briefings from Governor Cuomo, hollowed out supermarkets, and decisions about how to spread my diminishing wealth among local restaurants. Here are my recent observations, some of which may seem like complaints, ...

Borough Notifications

Spring 2020 Recreation Program Refunds: For those who replied to the email request, refund checks will be mailed out tomorrow! Thank you for your patience 😁 If you did not receive an email OR did not reply yet, please email us at recsupport@southplainfieldnj.com

Breakthrough Cancer Care

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs. Dr. Alistar will present the study results in a poster session at 8:00 a.m. ET on Friday, May 29 during the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology ...

Bruce the Blog

You know that getting older is getting old when you click a Spotify playlist labeled Pop Classics, innocently (as in naively) expecting to find Simon and Garfunkel or The Police, and instead wonder if you’ve been slipped a hallucinogen when, instead, you see indecipherable names like M.I.A., Daft Punk, and Fun.  I’m all in on that last one, by the way. Still, I had to confusedly wonder, who stole my decades? Aren’t what I call forever “classics” the only classics that truly matter? No, of course ...

Business Advice for the Real World

Growing can be hard. Maybe you’ve spent a career, or even a whole lifetime, polishing a certain set of skills and interests. You’re good. You’re content. Maybe, though, there’s a nagging thought that you’re ready for something else. Notice, I said “something else” which may or may not be the same thing as “something more.” Shaking things up and moving from your current comfort zone doesn’t necessarily mean you’re climbing to the next rung on the corporate ...

Business Chatter in Basking Ridge and Somerset Hills

Far Hills Country Day School, located at 697 US-202 in Far Hills, NJ, will be hosting three Virtual Open Houses this May. These virtual events are free and open to the public. To register and receive login credentials, visit FHCDS.org.  Far Hills Country Day School Director of Admission and Financial Aid Rachel Yu and a panel of special guests will "walk" attendees through Far Hills Country Day School's halls. Attendees will learn details about Far Hills Country Day School's educational programs.  Yu will ...

Business Chatter in Berkeley Heights

Dunkin Donuts now has DONUT KITS AVAILABLE at their Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights DUNKIN' Kids need a delicious new activity? Adults want to express their creativity? Having Family DIY night? At Dunkin' we do it professionally but now is your chance to SHINE! Each kits contains 4 donuts, 3 frosting flavors, 3 types of sprinkles plus instructions and ideas with all the tools you need! Stop in to grab your kit - or kits today! While you are here, remember to pick up your favorite beverages to enjoy at ...

Business Chatter in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Tide Cleaners in New Providence offers free cleaning to front line responders in the community. Click here for details of their Hope, Tide Cleaners program.  Tide Loads of Hope powered by Tide Cleaners to provide free laundry and dry cleaning to the immediate Family of Front Line Responders Medical (Paramedics, Doctors, Nurses, Hospital and Medical Staff, Medical Researchers), Police Officers, Fire Fighters.  "The nation has been hit by a terrible disease that has caused unprecedented impact on ...

Business: We're in This Together

It’s hard to ignore the allure of coworking. When you first walk into a coworking office, you’re greeted by someone at the front desk. You see business owners, freelancers, and remote workers mingling around the coffee maker, sharing stories, and solving business challenges. It’s a vibrant social atmosphere that also allows you to work in the peace and comfort of a private office. However, you should know that despite the convivial scene, private workspaces are just as prone to office faux pas as a traditional setting. If ...

BuyLocalNJ

COVID-19 has been devastating for Berkeley Heights’ small businesses. These independently owned businesses help give our town the heart and sense of community that we are all proud of. Come together and help them survive this health and economic disaster. Hear about what the local businesses are still offering during this time. Please consider buying a gift card, ordering food for pickup or delivery, and ordering via phone or online. These are the businesses that support our school and town events. Now it is time for us to give ...

CCSP Corner

Over a month ago, in the wake of the national COVID-19 pandemic, all schools in New Jersey closed their doors. This 'new normal' for students in school districts here in New Jersey may more than likely keep students out of school for the remainder of the year.  For students to better cope with remote learning, teachers and leaders at the Community Charter School of Paterson (CCSP) are doing what they can to keep their students actively engaged with the school community. “During this crisis, our entire staff is playing ...

Charity Spotlight

This month's charity spotlight features ASPEN®, the Asperger/Autism SPectrum Education Network, a volunteer 501(c)3 organization, based in Edison, New Jersey, which was founded in 1997. ASPEN's mission is to provide families and individuals whose lives are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders such as Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder and High Functioning Autism (ASD's) and Nonverbal Learning disorders (NLD's) with: Education about the issues surrounding the ...

Conversations with Joan Herrmann

This week I turn 57 years old. 57 YEARS OLD! Like most other 50-something-year-old individuals, I’m not sure how this happened – it feels like a blink of an eye. One day I’m a college girl, the next a young mother, and now more than one half a century old. How can I be over 50? Most days I feel, think and act like a 25-year-old, so I know it’s only a number. But when that AARP membership card arrives, it’s easy to think otherwise. When I was growing up, I thought 50-plus women were old, that they were on the ...

Cornerstone: Where Care Meets Commitment

CLARK, NJ - Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror and the rest of the holidays are coming right down the road. In order to keep up a healthy lifestyle, it is important to keep up your regular fitness routine.  Be sure your regular workouts have 5 key elements, aerobic fitness, muscular fitness, stretching, balance training and core stability. - Aerobic Fitness will help improve your heart and lungs. - Muscular Fitness will help increase muscle mass and bone strength. - Stretching will help improve one's range of ...

Coronavirus Update

FLEMINGTON, NJ - As of 6 p.m. on Friday, May 1st, Hunterdon Healthcare will close the Respiratory Assessment Tent located at Hunterdon Medical Center.  Over the past two weeks, the Respiratory Assessment Tent has seen a decrease in patient volume which is why the decision was made to close the site.  The tent opened on April 3 to help alleviate volume strain in the Emergency Department and focus on COVID-19 patients and testing.  The tent saw over 520 patients this past month. Hunterdon Healthcare’s COVID-19 ...

County Corner

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Morris County Board of Freeholders is creating a Morris County COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, to include a group of key leaders from all segments of Morris County life, to help plan for the county’s eventual return to normalcy from the COVID-19 crisis. The task force would operate in concert with President Trump’s three-phase plan for gradually “Opening Up America Again.” “We thank Morris County residents for their great effort to deal with the current crisis, from sewing masks and ...

Dad in the Box

The unofficial start to summer has begun and people are emerging gingerly from their Covid-free lairs like bears from hibernation. And after months living in quarantine without pants or haircuts, the question on all of our minds as we contemplate going out in public is, how is this supposed to work? Here are some useful etiquette tips to help you open up this summer. There seems to be so much controversy over wearing masks outdoors. What are some of the do’s and don'ts? It is summer. You want to look your best. Don’t ...

Daughters of Israel Corner

Passover 2020 was celebrated at Daughters of Israel by residents with their own private Seders! Residents received their own Seder plates and Haggadahs, along with a traditional Passover dinner, in their rooms. Rabbi Zvi Karpel conducted a pre-taped video seder, which was televised in each room, enabling residents to follow along. 

Destination: Financial Freedom

How to protect yourself from online fraud As if we didn’t have enough to think about during this uncertain time, now, some people are using COVID-19 as an opportunity to create scams, hoping we act upon our fears surrounding the coronavirus. Whether you’re already aware of these online scams, curious to know what is true or false, or hearing about scams for the first time, Greater Alliance wants to help protect you. Read on to learn more about how to protect yourself from online fraud, including keeping your personal ...

Downtown Connection

Downtown Plainfield Alliance has launched a new permitting information site for Plainfielders looking to understand Plainfield’s zoning ordinance and permitting procedures. The site, PlainfieldPermits.com, features step-by-step instructions in an easy-to-use format that focuses on user-friendly guides for all home improvements that require a zoning review. The site also offers free support through email for any homeowner confused on the steps they would need to take to secure a permit. “We wanted to create a fresh experience ...

East Brunswick Public Library Town Center

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ--The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is definitely a historic event, forever shaping the world around us. To record the stories of what happened and how the community lived through this unique time, East Brunswick Public Library is putting together a time capsule.   "We are living through history," said Karen Parry, the library's Information Services Manager. "The library is seeking stories, videos, photos, tributes, artifacts and artwork that capture your thoughts and feelings of this ...

Employment Law

The State of New Jersey requires businesses which reopen to be in compliance with all guidelines and directives issued by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Center for Disease Control (“CDC) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) for maintaining a clean, safe and healthy work environment. OSHA guidelines require employers to provide a workplace “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm” to ...

EMS Response Report

Summit’s EMS Volunteers answered 135 emergency calls for help in April. These included 91 medical emergencies: eight motor vehicle accidents, including a rollover, a head-on collision, and a person trapped; 10 traumatic injuries; 10 falls; five reports of poisoning or overdose; one allergic reaction; and two responses to a medical alarm. Squad Volunteers also provided five “lift assists” to patients who did not require transport to a hospital as well as three non-emergency ambulance ...

En Espanol

PATERSON, NJ - Hablemos sobre la inseguridad alimentaria durante la pandemia de COVID-19 Como resultado del COVID-19, más y más personas en todo el país, y en Paterson, tienen hambre. Los estudios muestran que la tasa de inseguridad alimentaria aumenta cuando la economía nacional o local es inestable, como durante la pandemia actual. De hecho, en el último mes, muchos patersonianos fueron despedidos, sus ganancias se redujeron drásticamente o no pudieron trabajar debido a una enfermedad. Las ...

Exploring Emotional Wellness

As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), I hear the word “overwhelmed” regularly, especially now. Sometimes people describe it as feeling as though they’re drowning. They have too much responsibility resting on their shoulders or too many thoughts racing through their heads. Overwhelm can leave us feeling exhausted, unfocused, unproductive, and even sometimes out of control. It can get in the way of our sleep, cause us to lose our tempers, and wreak havoc on our memories. Here are some things you can do to reduce the ...

Family Matters with Fern Weis

I didn't realize how much of my life I had to share, (and how messy it was) until we were in the parent program at Hyde School.  I didn't understand the amazingly positive impact it could have on my children until then.  The key, though, is telling it with humility and without lecturing. Honestly, I feel that I've lived a charmed life in many ways.  And yet, there is a piece of me, a shy little girl, who still influences the way I react and respond to stressful situations and people.  I have found ...

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Finance Decoded

Have you recently inherited a loved one’s retirement assets? If so, you should know that there is an income tax deduction available to you called the income in respect of a decedent, or IRD, deduction. When certain inherited assets are hit with both federal estate and income taxes, this deduction can help offset the impact. Taking the time to ensure you correctly utilize this tax break can help you keep more of your inheritance in your hands.       Avoid double-taxation on your inheritance!! Click here to ...

Fire Department Blotter

10/06/2019 5:23 p.m.  FD responded automatic aid into Millburn on SAGAMORE ROAD for a reported structure fire. Summit personnel arrived on scene and provided standby coverage until released by the Millburn Incident Commander. A Modified Signal 10 was transmitted to provide station coverage in Summit while units were out of town. 10/06/2019 9:51: p.m.  FD responded to a NEW ENGLAND AVENUE apartment complex for a reported dumpster fire with no exposures. On arrival FD found a 30 yard dumpster container with heavy fire showing inside ...

Fitness, Close to Home!

During this time at home, every day can start feeling like another Monday.  Break the cycle with this amazing, full-body workout!  The Chatham Club is happy to provide you with free, inspiring home workouts that require little to no equipment! This week’s video features our personal trainer, Frank Azarelo III, B.S., M.S.  Frank is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a B.S. and M.S. in Exercise Science. Frank joined The Chatham Club staff in 2013. Prior to The Club, he spent five years researching spinal cord ...

From the Office of Mayor Matthew P. Anesh

South Plainfield– South Plainfield has been notified that eight individuals have tested positive for COVID-19. These eight residents bring the total number of positive cases to 38. The increasing cases are expected as the total number of positive cases throughout the State has increased. Please continue practicing social distancing and limit gathering in our effort to flatten the curve. The individuals that tested positive are all under self-quarantine and are as follows: 33 Year-old ...

Go Green, Save Green

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd. While every day is Earth Day (especially if you’re in the energy efficiency industry like us) we wanted to give you some motivation and ideas to help you celebrate the holiday at home! 5 Motivational Quotes to Get You Excited for Earth Day “To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.” – Bill Nye “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you.

Good News in Union Schools

UNION, NJ - Here's just a few things that happened in Union's schools last week:   Kawameeh Middle School Performing Arts Company presents Children of Eden Jr., March 5, 6, and 7 at 7:00 p.m.  Buy tickets at the door for $10.00. UNION HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY presents "Once on This Island".  From the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime, Anastasia), comes the Olivier Award-winning Once on This Island. This ...

Health Matters

SUMMIT & MORRISTOWN, NJ – JUNE 2020 – The chief nursing officers of two Atlantic Health System hospitals were named to the 2020 list of “50 Hospital and Health System CNOs to Know,” by Becker’s Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading news sources covering the health care field. Carol Jones, RN and chief nursing officer at Morristown Medical Center, and MaryPat Sullivan, RN and chief nursing officer at Overlook Medical Center, were named to the prestigious list, which highlights nursing executives ...

Health Matters – Chilton Medical Center

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience. All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask wearing, rigorously enforced hand hygiene and advanced cleaning practices for the entire facility. All patients will be triaged at the point of entry ...

Health Matters – Hackettstown Medical Center

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience. All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask wearing, rigorously enforced hand hygiene and advanced cleaning practices for the entire facility. All patients will be triaged at the point of entry ...

Health Matters – Newton Medical Center

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience. All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask wearing, rigorously enforced hand hygiene and advanced cleaning practices for the entire facility. All patients will be triaged at the point of entry ...

Healthy Together from Saint Barnabas Medical Center

When it comes to matters of the heart in February, most people immediately start making Valentine’s Day plans. However, heart health planning should be a year-round activity. We know that the heart is a vital organ that pumps blood throughout the body via the circulatory system supplying oxygen and nutrients to tissues while removing carbon dioxide and other wastes. However, it is the pressure that transports the blood through the circulatory system and is produced primarily by the contraction of the heart muscle. Blood pressure is ...

HeartBeats

It is not cholera. It is not a love story set in uncertain times in the Caribbean. It is a real pandemic. The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, causes a unique illness with many manifestations called COVID-19.  Older patients and those with pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure (hypertension) and cardiovascular disease are especially vulnerable. How has COVID-19 affected the treatment of hypertension and where have all of the heart attacks gone? Older patients and men are much more prone to COVID-19 compared to women ...

Here and Now

I watched the Super Bowl last week over at Lefty’s house, along with a 100 million or so others here in the states and, probably, tens of millions more worldwide. I made a point of getting to Lefty’s precisely at kickoff, wanting desperately to miss the four hours of repetitious and wearisome foreplay on Fox that preceded the game. The Super Bowl is one helleva marketable event, and Fox milked it to the extreme. There were six of us at Lefty’s, lounging in front of his 65-incher and munching on one delicious appetizer ...

Holiday Gift Guide

Full-Time Fitness is an adult-only (21 & older) 24-Hour fitness and personal training center that caters to the professional men and women of the area who appreciate quality and an attention to detail We take great pride in being the most comfortable, clean & inviting fitness center in Morristown. We offer the perfect environment for experienced exercisers, as well as those just beginning their fitness journey. Our club is comfortable, convenient, and well designed...completely free from the distractions of the typical ...

HTTV Taps into Summit

TAPinto Summit has partnered with Summit-based HTTV on a featured column -- 'HTTV Taps Into Summit' -- designed to give residents an inside look at the programs, initiatives, events and happenings that shape the lives of Hilltop City residents. This edition of 'HTTV Taps into Summit' features the first segment of 'HTTV's Community Champions', showcasing 'FLAG Summit' and all that they have been doing to feed hardworking healthcare workers, while ...

In the Schools

Westfield High School, Edison Intermediate School and Roosevelt Intermediate School have received official designation as “No Place for Hate” schools by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). “It is clear from all of your efforts that you and your committee brought the right amount of thoughtfulness, commitment and intention that we look for in the schools that engage and thrive within the No Place for Hate framework,” the ADL wrote in an email notifying the three schools of the important recognition on May 8. The ...

In The Work Place

It is important for employees to understand new and existing laws during this difficult time. I have highlighted here some key items: Assembly Bill 3848 Enacted into Law An employer shall not terminate or penalize an employee who takes time off for a specified period based on the written recommendation of a health care professional licensed in New Jersey because the employee has or is likely to have Coronavirus which may infect others in the workplace. The recommendation should be communicated to the employer and be transmitted ...

It's Yesterday Once More in Nutley

NUTLEY, NJ - Prohibition officially began on January 17, 1920, when the Volstead Act went into effect.  Join us as we observe the centennial of this failed national experiment.           Come as a flapper or come as you are,           Dress as a gangster or silent screen star,           It is going to be fun, no matter the dress,          Just bring yourself, and we’ll do the rest. 1920s dress is encouraged, but not ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing

BEDMINSTER – There’s a collective sigh of relief in the hills of Somerset County today with word that President Trump is spending his weekend elsewhere. Let’s make the gigantic assumption that Trump had somebody read The Jaffe Briefing to him earlier this week, when we described how remarkably expensive and disruptive it is to have a sitting President sitting around (or perhaps golfing) in Somerset County.

JCP&L Energizing Your Community

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) has deployed an app that allows utility personnel to report avian issues in real time, streamlining the process to protect nesting birds and enhance electric service reliability. The app arms field workers with the ability to submit photos and answer key questions using a drop-down menu to report the locations of bird nests or other bird-related issues along the company’s power lines, all from their mobile devices. Protecting birds is nothing new to FirstEnergy. Over the past two years, the company has ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association Junior Mate Reef Project was started just one year ago, and it has already been embraced and supported by the local fishing and business community. Association president Captain John Lewis proudly stated, “Our fundraising to date has been greater than anyone would have anticipated.” To date $160,000 has been raised in cash and matching funds, some $60,000 more than the original goal. At this point the delivery of a 140-foot barge, a 52-foot crew boat ...

Jets Fan Chatter

FLORHAM PARK - Last Thursday evening the weather was cold and rainy but inside the temperature was sizzling at Bin 37, where the New York Jets hosted their final 2019 Cooking School with cornerback Aaron Beasely as the guest chef. For those of you who don’t know Bin 37, I’m going to let this secret dining and drinking gem out of the bag. Located inside the Shoprite of Morristown on Hanover Avenue, Bin 37 serves 6 New Jersey craft beers on tap, as well as a large selection of wines and cocktails. There are numerous 80 inch ...

Just Jo Ann

One of my favorite parts of winter is sitting in front of my fireplace and watching the flames dance and play.  We haven’t had much of a winter, and believe me, I’m not complaining; but at this stage of my life, I prefer a nice even temperature of somewhere between 60-70 degrees. Winter is a fact of life in this part of the country and when it’s cold, I love a fire. Such was a day right after Christmas last year.  We have an enormous stack of wood on the side of our driveway and Ken loves making a big production ...

Know Your Nest

Home Prices: It’s All About Supply and Demand   As we enter the summer months and work through the challenges associated with the current health crisis, many are wondering what impact the economic slowdown will have on home prices. Looking at the big picture, supply and demand will give us the clearest idea of what’s to come. Making our way through the month of June and entering the second half of the year, we face an undersupply of homes on the market. Keep in mind, this undersupply is going to vary by location ...

Let's TAP About It

When the unexpected happens, we sometimes do not know how to react. We immediately think of the effect the present will have on the future.  When news on the coronavirus started to get serious back in March, I found myself thinking this way as I knew a lot of uncertainty lay ahead.    Your senior year of college is a special time, one where you are supposed to be soaking in everything you can before you leave.  During my senior year at St. Bonaventure University, I had been doing just that. With so many memories ...

Lindabury Legal Corner

Living Your Best Life

Hi everyone!  We find ourselves at the end of May already!  How have you been spending your time these last few months?   Are you struggling with trying to eat healthy, fit in some exercise, spend time in nature? Are you sleeping ok?  How would you rate your mood most of the time - feeling a sense of worry, frustration, anger, possibly some sadness?  You are not alone. I am asking because I have definitely been confronted with all of those struggles - and even way before the pandemic.  In order to feel a ...

Liz on Theatre

NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ - A riveting, timely play is now on view at George Street Playhouse, exploring the conflict between Senators Margaret Chase Smith and Joseph McCarthy. With the red scare taking place in the U.S., Smith became concerned that McCarthy had created an atmosphere of fear, where citizens were afraid to speak out. They might be labeled Communists or Fascists. Countless careers and lives were ruined during the decade of the 1950s. Smith’s declaration of conscience cost her political support, but paved the way and planted ...

Local Animals Available for Adoption

Hogan is a super sweet boy and a favorite of our staff and volunteers!! He always seems to greet his human friends with a smile, and they can’t help but smile back when they see that happy face. Hogan is a black lab/retriever mix around 3 1/2-4 years old that weighs about 45 lbs. Hogan’s very favorite thing to do is PLAY! Perhaps that’s because he came from a place where he sat alone in a run with nothing to do all day. 😞 Luckily, Hogan's best volunteer friend frequently brings him home for the day to play ...

Lost & Found Pets

UPDATE: Reunited with owner! ORIGINAL POST: Dog found in Westfield Thursday, on the north side of town on Saunders Avenue. Described as friendly, mellow and looked older and likely well-loved. No tags. He was taken the Westfield Police Station. Contact Westfield Police at 908-789-4000. 

Madison Library

The Madison Public Library is hosting a virtual sewing workshop with Sew It! on May 19th at 3:30 PM. Miss Ellen will demonstrate several types of stitches that can be used to personalize or mend your wardrobe using supplies that are likely already in your home. Can’t make the live session? Register and you will have access to the instructional video after the class has been held. You will also receive instructions after the workshop to help with your projects at your leisure. Registration is required as we will send a link to the ...

Man Overboard

On a Saturday night I might say to my wife, I want to get out of the house, have a couple cocktails, see some live music. And because she’s now doing a cartwheel I realize she thinks I mean by myself, but she gets over it and the next step is to decide where we should go. It’s not as easy as it used to be, when you went out to your favorite place and a bunch of your friends were already there. All sorts of factors have since converged into an era where people just stay home in their cocoon and wait for the pupal stage to be ...

Mayor's Corner

It’s been a few months, and I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. As we transition into Phase Two of the Governor’s Plan to reopen New Jersey, Berkeley Heights is a bustle with activity, too. This article is a bit long, but there is a need to communicate a lot of important information to our residents.  But first, I want to acknowledge what our nation is facing in the wake of the horrific murder of George Floyd. We as a society, country and community must do better. Accordingly, the Township is crafting a ...

Mayor's Wellness

South Plainfield’s resident Bill Winters, who is a Fairleigh Dickinson University “Hall of Fame” inductee in 2016,  as the University’s Quarter Back, has always been an athlete in training since he was very young and involved in sports.  In July 2019, Bill began training for a half marathon which was held Jersey City.  On Sunday, October 25, 2019, Bill completed the half marathon.  It is very important for Bill to continually attend the gym to work out multiple times a week.  You can see Bill ...

Melodrama

Looking back, I fear I may have cheated my sisters. For certain, I cheated my children. And it all came crashing back to me last night. It always started with trying to fill some idle time. When I was a kid, my two younger sisters and I created a game we called “5-3-1.” One of us would pick something to draw, usually something simple: a snowman, an eye, a house. The three of us would draw it, and then we would ceremoniously and with great fanfare award each other a crumpled up little ball of paper that either had the 5 ...

Mental Health Break

The purpose of this article is not to criticize Telehealth or Zoom meetings.  On the contrary. There are so many important benefits to virtual meetings(1), not the least of which is the ability to stay connected during this very critical period. My goal is to identify some of the concerns which have been raised about using virtual interactions and then summarize some ways to eliminate the long term, less desirable effects. Whether you are zooming with friends, listening in class, engaged in a business conference or connecting ...

Mommy Mayor

There are both too many things to say and nothing to say. I am horrified and yet unsurprised, I am heartbroken for my friends who fear for their children, who have to have “the talk” with their young sons. I am longing for a leader who will work to weave the country back together rather than rip us apart. I am heartbroken by the violence that has erupted and by the predatory instigators looking to sow seeds of distrust and resentment.  I am heartened by the change in reaction we have seen in the last week. Police have knelt ...

Moorjani at the Movies

Marriage Story and Believing In Reality “Marriage Story” recently received considerable buzz after being nominated for 6 Academy Awards. 6 nominations is a tremendous feat for any film, much less one that was solely released on streaming platforms.  I was just as skeptical as anyone else: how could a film released on Netflix be as special as critics insisted? So, I watched the film to find out for myself and it has become one of my favorite movies released in 2019, or ever. “Marriage Story” ...

My Perspective

Today, my college classmate, Pat, sent me a text from Hawaii. Visiting Hawaii had always been on her bucket list. Consistent with the person I’ve known for over half a century, Pat is fearless and unrelentingly positive as she persists in the face of stage-four colon cancer. This trip, or her “last hurrah” as she phrased it, made me wonder what I would do if I knew, like her, that I only had a few more months to live. As odd as it might sound, I think I would rather spend my final weeks trying to wrap up one of my favorite ...

New Jersey: What Exit?

Happy New Year. This year my dad, Bernie Novick, would have turned 100. A great storyteller as well as a great listener. he always shared great stories with outstanding wisdom for lifelong learning. Here are nine bits of wisdom my father shared with in a note on a New Year’s Day many years ago  (1) Always keep your sense of humor. My dad told great stories, always with a great deal of enthusiasm and joy. The stories were sometimes funny, sometimes moving. He was also one to be able to take a joke or play a joke on ...

New Providence Gift Guide

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New Providence Notables

SOUTH CHINA SEA -- U.S. Navy Ensign Lucia Donnelly, from New Providence, N.J., mans a console in the pilot house of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59). Russell, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. Lucia Donnelly is a 2015 graduate of New Providence High School. ___________________________________________ Follow us on Facebook and sign up for TAPinto New Providence E-News alerts to be the first to ...

News from Freeholder Director Rios

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - “COVID-19 has caused suffering in communities across the globe and upended our way of lives. I wish I could say Middlesex County is immune to the immense impact of the disease, but I cannot. It is with great sorrow that I report that the disease has claimed the life of one of our own – a Middlesex County resident – a female in her 90s. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends. While we grieve as a community, we must remember that this is not a time to panic, but a ...

NJ Family Law Updates

Throughout New Jersey and elsewhere, parents are reveling in their children receiving their diplomas. No doubt whether it means the finish of high school or college, there is something lackluster about graduations gone virtual. Meanwhile, the subject of child support often enters the picture. Does it continue or will it now terminate? As a New Jersey family law attorney with offices in Livingston and Jersey City, I can tell you that the determination focuses on emancipation. Your divorce papers may already signify the age your child no ...

Notes from a CEO

Like most of you, I have been reflecting on events happening in our country. It’s been particularly difficult to witness the intense grief and outrage caused by the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Along with other Americans, I watched the subsequent protests that embody the physical acknowledgement of unrest and unfairness in our country. Watching the pain and suffering that is felt across the nation is hard. But what is even harder is that this pain and suffering have been felt by so many members of ...

Notes from the Desk of the Township Administrator

Hi Everyone, First, let me say that as we mourn the loss of Berkeley Heights residents due to COVID-19, it’s so heartwarming to see how people in the community continue to rally around their neighbors, businesses and our healthcare workers, do their best to limit non-essential travel, and come up with creative ways to maintain human connection. We’re all in uncharted waters.  This pandemic has changed the way we all live and work, and that includes the way services are delivered to our residents. I want to offer my ...

Not Your Dad's Financial Advice

Douglas A. Boneparth is a Westfield resident and Founder of Bone Fide Wealth, LLC, a boutique wealth management firm in New York City, and co-author of The Millennial Money Fix. Contact Douglas to learn how he’s not your parent’s financial advisor. In our kitchen, looming over all of us, is a whiteboard that reads, “House Rules for Staycation 2020.” It lists the following: Mail stays up front. Packages to the back. Boxes outside. Wash your hands before all food preparation and ...

Nutley Family Service Bureau

NFSB’s response to COVID-19 is a community wide effort resulting from vital partnerships with businesses, civic organizations, religious groups, local businesses, and individuals. We are all working together during this crisis. There has been no time in the recent past wherein NFSB’s credo of neighbors helping neighbors has been so tested or held so true. The Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers, clients, and Food Pantry patrons are most appreciative of all the generosity during this crisis, which enables NFSB to continue ...

Nutley Parks and Recreation Department

Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci invites youngsters to gear up for spring with the Recreation Track and Field Program.  This program is open to Nutley youngsters in grades 4 through 8. “Running sports provide children with the motivation to become stronger athletes by increasing their metabolism and keeping them physically fit” states Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci.   Promoting fitness at every age level will contribute to developing a healthy lifestyle.  The fee for this program is $60.00 per child.  The ...

Nutley Public Library

Dear Patrons, On behalf of the entire Staff, Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library and Volunteers of the Nutley Public Library, I would like to thank our Library Patrons for your years of support to your Library and your patience during this last difficult weeks. We want to you all to know that we are here virtually to serve and support you, your families and our community until the time comes to open our doors again. You can reach library staff through email library@nutleynj.org Interested in learning more? You can visit the ...

Out Of My Head

First, I need to give a wink and a nod to Thomas Boswell, the late, great sportswriter from The Washington Post. I stole the title of the column from one of his books—one of the finest books on baseball ever written (along with another he wrote, “How Life Imitates the World Series”). As I sit here on a Sunday afternoon in February writing this column, I have baseball on the TV. It’s a spring training game—Mets vs. Cardinals. Baseball is in my DNA. It’s been the love of my life since I was 5 years old.

Passaic Valley Water Commission

PVWC crew is onsite making repairs to a water main break in North Arlington on Beech St between Belleville Turnpike and Exton Ave. Customers in the area may experience poor pressure and/or discolored water while repairs are made.

Pass it Along

SPARTA, NJ - Pass It Along has officially opened registration to their 11th Annual Triathlon, located at scenic Lake Mohawk Country Club, in Sparta, New Jersey on July 25, 2020. Each year, this event brings together members of the local community to watch over three-hundred participants bike, swim and run the streets of Sparta, Andover and Byram. This year, the presenting sponsors of the event are Newton Medical Center and Atlantic Sports Health. Gold sponsors include The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey, Lakeland Bank and ...

Paterson Counts

Even at 10-years-old Paterson's Isabella Vilchez knows how important it is for her family to be counted in Census 2020. "When you respond to the census you help your community get its fair share in federal funds," Isabella said, adding that this is important for schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs. Click here to get counted today.

PCCC Update

If you have been feeling uncertain these days, here is something you can be sure of:  There will be a future, with new challenges and opportunities, and Passaic County Community College is here NOW to help you prepare for that future. We’re here with over 70 outstanding  degree and certificate programs in today’s most in-demand job fields. We’re here with academic and career advisors who provide personalized attention, because they want to see you succeed. We’re here with one of the most affordable tuition ...

Piscataway Library - CHECK US OUT!

Dr. Gretchen Sorin will join Piscataway Public Library for an online book discussion of their new work Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights on Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm. You can use your library card to download your copy of the audiobook from hoopla. Don’t have a library card? Get one today.   Driving While Black is an account of the relationship between the automobile and the African American experience during the Jim Crow Era and beyond in the United States. Sorin's groundbreaking ...

Point View WealthPoints

The stock market has done the one thing nearly all the pundits said was impossible: making a V-shaped recovery.  The stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, has soared nearly 40% since the apparent bottom, March 23.  The market is now up on a year over year basis and is down only about 6% year to date. Yet, the economic and medical prospects are, at best, dicey.  On the medical front, over 106,000 Americans have died from this pandemic, as cases have topped 1.8 million.  There is no vaccine that people can now take ...

Previewing the Big Game

MIAMI – As Radio Row comes to a close with our best day yet, we are all reminiscing on the hours we have dedicated to journalism this week. On Friday, Radio Row was swarmed with fans all anxious to see their favorite celebrities and athletes being interviewed. As we looked around, we realized how lucky we were to be standing just inches from some of the most idolized individuals in their industries. Before noon, we were able to meet Lil Nas X, Katie Couric, MC Hammer and Tiki Barber. These interactions made us even that more ...

Property Matters

Prominent Property Sotheby's International Realty's regional Summit office provides an inside look at the Summit real estate market, utilizing Garden State Multiple Listing Service statistics illustrating the numbers and trends that tell the story. This edition of the Summit Real Estate Report details information from March, 2020. Active Listings -- 78 compared to 108 in 2019 / -27.78% Under Contract -- 44 compared to 45 in 2019 ...

Public Notices

PATERSON, NJ - The Paterson Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. The meetings will be conducted remotely from 90 Delaware Ave., Paterson, NJ, with members of the public and the Board of Education participating by teleconference. Members of the public may watch the meeting live online by clcking here.   Members of the public who want to participate in the public comment portion should register in advance by emailing public@paterson.k12.nj.us by no later than 4:00 p.m. on May 14, 2020, ...

Reading, Writing & Chocolate

I’ve been looking forward to the month of March!  Five of my spring session writing classes start this month, and of course, I get to celebrate my birthday.  I can finally stop wearing my red fleece winter hat and put in my colorful beaded hand-made earrings.  I actually made several pairs of beaded earrings at earring workshops run by Joan Lloyd. I contacted Joan to ask about her upcoming spring earring workshops. A long-time Yorktown resident, Joan started offering Bling’s the Thing earring craft workshops at ...

Real Estate News From Your Neighborhood

Six homes sold May 24 through May 31, 2020, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Cranford, Fanwood and Garwood, according to the Garden State MLS.* TOWN                  ADDRESS                            STYLE                   ...

Real Estate Tips

With unemployment on the rise, homeowners/borrowers are seeking options that will lighten their monthly financial obligations. Part of the stimulus CARES Act provides for such relief from mortgage loan obligations by delaying payments.  Sounds good, right? Except for it can get tricky, so you need to make sure you know what's involved. I, for one, called my lender for information in case I wanted to take the forbearance route. Why not keep some cash in my pocket if I could extend my mortgage term by taking the amount I owe and ...

Recycling 101 in Union County

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17. “Union County remains committed to #MakeOneChangeUC, especially at a time when so many residents are working and learning from home,” said Freeholder Chairman ...

Retire Ready with Rich

"Rich, like many folks our age, my wife and I have been doing a lot of thinking over the past few weeks as this whole coronavirus situation has played out. It’s a scary time for retired folks like us: in our mid 70s and both with a few underlying health conditions. We’ve been managing our health just fine up until now, but with COVID-19 circulating so freely, we’re a lot more anxious and careful than we used to be. "We’ve saved some money through the years and you have been a great steward for our money; we ...

Rivero CPA

Recently the U.S. House approved legislation making it easier for small businesses and other recipients of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding to qualify for forgiveness of the loans. What to know? The bill extends to the recipients have to spend their funds which is 8-24 weeks. The measure lowers to 60% from 75% the portion of PPP funds borrowers must pend on payroll costs to qualify for full loan forgiveness. This change would allow borrowers to direct more funds rent, utilities, etc. The bill (close to a vote in ...

Rosi & Joey @ The Movies

Every spring, I fly down to Florida and enjoy several spring-training games with my brother, Paul at George Steinbrenner Field watching my New York Yankees play. Last year, I learned something for the very first time; that spring training games can end in a tie.  At the end of the ninth inning, the score between New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates was 3-3. I was fully expecting the game to go into extra innings, and my brother Paul said, "Well, that's it. Let's start walking to the car to beat the crowds." I ...

Roxbury Business Hall of Fame

Joe’s Pizzeria has been in business in Roxbury for over 50 years, providing fine Italian cuisine for an uncountable number of customers.  Joe’s Pizzeria has been a family owned and operated business in Roxbury since 1968 when it was opened by Joe Faraci and Antonio Dattolo, the father and uncle of the current owner Larry Faraci.  Today Larry and his wife, Kristin, operate the business seven days a week and plan to continue this pace for many years to come.  Congratulations to the Faraci Family and ...

Rutgers News

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NJ - Rutgers University held a graduation ceremony for its 2020 class using virtual commencement videos on May 31, 2020. Current graduates were unable to attend an in-person graduation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current social distancing measures in place, so an alternative ceremony was held online. In addition to the videos, which included statements from students and famous figures like scheduled speaker Lester Holt, Senator Cory Booker, and Governor Philip Murphy, there were also slides created for each student and ...

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

Three pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick Diegnan aimed at addressing the economic impacts of the Coronavirus were unanimously passed by the State Senate on March 19. S2300 Automatically extends the time to file income and corporate tax return. No penalties or interest will be imposed if a taxpayer files a return by the end of the fiscal year, June 30. This legislation joins with federal action which also extends filing of federal tax returns. S2290 Allows corporations to hold shareholder meetings by remote ...

South Plainfield Elks Lodge 2298

On January 11, 2020 the chair of Youth Activities, Bill Seesselberg from the South Plainfield Elks Lodge No. 2298 was proud to present to Eagle Scout Wyatt R. Gerber a citation to commemorate Wyatt's accomplishment of obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. As a resident of South Plainfield and a member of Troop 309, he restored flowerbeds in the 18,000 square foot Henry S. Chatfield Memorial Garden in Roselle, N.J.  Wyatt's ceremony took place at the Wesley Methodist Church in South Plainfield and the South Plainfield Elks Lodge was ...

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club

The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club (SPJBC) will be having In Person Registration Signups on Friday January 17th  from 6-9pm and Saturday January 18th  from 9am to 1pm at the SPJBC Clubhouse on Lorraine Ave Any Children ages 5 – 18 years old can sign up to play.  If you child is in Kindergarten they are eligible to play at the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club You can also sign your kids up online at the SPJBC Website:  http://www.leaguelineup.com/spjbc or ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203 saves the day for a local resident   Fellow Knights member Gerry Butrico was contacted by local South Plainfield resident Nancy Guarraci, asking for help assembling and installing a wheel chair lift that she purchased for her husband who is wheelchair bound.   The Knights sprang into action and took on the task and completed the lift installation in just one afternoon.   The following Knights members and friends helped build the lift: Peter and Ian ...

South Plainfield Library

Hi all!  It’s hard to believe that it’s June already, but here we are!  Hopefully, everyone has been staying safe and healthy.  Even though the South Plainfield Public Library is still closed, it doesn’t mean you can’t see us (virtually, of course) for some fun programs.  We have a full schedule in June, so hopefully you can join us. Storytimes for ages 2 to 4 on Zoom are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:30 AM.  Evening storytime for ages 4 and up on Zoom is Wednesday at 6:30 PM.  ...

Sparta Township's 175th Anniversary

Vol. 2 For 2020, Sparta Recreation Department’s annual Winter Festival is going big!  The 175 Anniversary committee announces the first of several events celebrating the milestone. Beginning on Friday night, February 7 the field in front of the Mohawk Avenue School will be transformed into a skating rink.  Skates will be provided.  Inflatable snow tubing and a snow maze will also be available for outdoor fun.  The weekend of celebration kicks off from 7 to 9 p.m. On February 8 the Winter Festival continues ...

SPHS Athlete of the Week

The South Plainfield High School Wrestling Team had a successful weekend as they competed at the NJSIAA State Wrestling Tournament in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The Tigers sent down three wrestlers to the tournament and placed two of them in the top 8 of their weight class to earn All-State honors.  Tommy Renna placed 7th, while junior captain Anthony White earned a 4th place finish in a very tough 132lb bracket. Anthony White finished his junior campaign with a 41-2 record.  He won the Morris Knolls, Greater Middlesex ...

Strong Families, Healthy Children

As New Jersey works to contain the effects of COVID-19, here is something easy you can do to help—fill out #2020Census. April 1, 2020 was Census Day, and this is a quick and easy way to help your community. Census data is used to forecast future transportation and health care needs, as well as strengthen public safety plans for emergencies and natural disasters. #FillitOut online TODAY: https://my2020census.gov/ If you have any questions, about the census, what it looks like, what to expect, or how to fill it out online, please ...

Submit Your News to TAPinto Piscataway!

PISCATAWAY, NJ — With high school graduation ceremonies for the public to attend unlikely in June, TAPinto Piscataway is offering parents of Piscataway High School seniors the opportunity to feature their child on the website. The feature will include which Piscataway schools your child attended throughout his/her academic journey, what clubs/sports he/she has participated in and whatever else you would like to highlight. Submissions are only $10. (The $50 Facebook publication fee has been waived for this ...

Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield

The Suburban Woman’s Club has had to cancel all of its fundraising activities so far this year, however, club members have not stood by idly.  The Boyle Memorial Foundation, for example, raised $2,000 to purchase gift cards to Shop Rite, as well as paper products and other necessities.  These were distributed to needy families in South Plainfield.     To date, members created 70 masks using material supplied by JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores. These masks were donated to hospital workers in our state.  ...

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholder Meeting Videos

NEWTON, NJ - Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders May 27 virtual meeting video.  Please note the meeting is audio only.  

Take a Peek at Zeek

Due to the global pandemic and the search for safe alternatives to everyday life, touchless plumbing fixtures will be the future. More businesses, homes, and offices are looking for ways to conduct simple tasks without spreading diseases or infections. Touchless plumbing fixtures are the perfect solution within the plumbing industry. You already see them stationed at football stadiums, bars, and other venues with large customer bases, but they will be headed everywhere soon enough. 5 Reasons Touchless Plumbing Will Be A ...

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TAPinto You!

At TAPinto You!, we care about what you think about issues of importance to Flemington/Raritan and all of Hunterdon County. Periodically, we will reach out to you and ask how you and your family feel about what's happening in your neighborhood and community. We will catch up with you at school, while shopping for groceries, at the ball field, hiking in the park or right at home.  Since the end of March, we've all been quarantined in our homes. We miss hugging our, friends, cousins and grandparents. We miss the spring ...

The British Swim School's Things To Do With Kids

Volunteer Recognition Day, which is celebrated on April 20, honors volunteers who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others. Every day, they make large and small differences in the lives of millions of people all over the world, often saving lives, improving lives and providing comfort. They do all of this, generally without asking for recognition. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been seeing great acts of volunteerism in action. These volunteers are doctors, nurses, hospital staff members, first responders, pharmacy staff, ...

The Felician Way

Improvement and growth are often born of adversity. When trouble strikes good people step up to fill a void, answer a question, or satisfy a need.  That was the idea behind Felician University’s first virtual Alumni Networking event held Thursday May 7th. Approximately 40 attendees tuned in to the online presentation Business Opportunities in Troubled Times that featured a keynote address by Professor Michael Omansky of the School of Business, and was moderated by Felician Alumni Eric Moore, a Director in the Clearance and ...

The Goddard School's "Things to Do With Kids"

We can all use a little sweetness right now and celebrating National Doughnut Day on June 5th, may offer just that. As businesses begin to open, there are many places to purchase donuts to share with your families. Or, you can make some donuts from scratch and/or decorate donuts with your children as a way of celebrating. Below are some suggestions for celebrating National Doughnut Day, courtesy of The Goddard School in West Orange’s, “Things to Do with Kids” column.  Here is how ...

The Health Hub

Affirmations are positive phrases or statements used to challenge negative or unhelpful thoughts. What does Science say? Science, yes. Magic, no. Positive affirmations require regular practice if you want to make lasting, long-term changes to the ways that you think and feel. Top Benefits of Affirmations 1. Self-affirmations have been shown to decrease health-deteriorating stress. 2. Self-affirmations have been used effectively in interventions that led people to increase their physical behavior. 3. They may help us ...

The Phoenix Times

PATERSON, NJ - College Achieve Paterson Charter School has selected Ms. Porsha Haynes, 5th Grade Math Teacher, as the school’s nominee for the Department of Education’s Educator of the Year award. Ms. Haynes has had a tremendous impact on student achievement and school culture. Anyone who steps foot inside her classroom will experience the magic and excitement of teaching and learning. Her instruction embodies student engagement, impeccable classroom environment, and rigor in which anyone would find inspiration. Ms.

The Roxbury Financial Planner: Bill Clinton, Edward Jones, CFP®, CIMA®

As we go through the coronavirus pandemic, with its constant threat to personal health and its devastating impact on the economy, it can be hard to find a silver lining. But if there is one, it’s that government agencies, private businesses and nonprofit organizations have contributed, in one way or another, to helping relieve some of the stresses – financial, physical or emotional –that many of us are feeling. So, it’s important for you to know what types of help are out there. Here are some of the key areas in ...

The Seasoned Citizen

By the time I was seven I couldn’t get enough of the Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene (Carolyn Keene may have been an amalgam of many writers, but so what…it worked!).  Nancy was my heroine.  A pretty high school teenager who not only drove her own car but solved mysteries as well.  She had a boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, and two loyal bffs.  She had no mother but lived with her father and a housekeeper, both of whom she could wrap around her little finger.  What a great role model for an over-protected ...

The World of Cha Ching

As the world around us continues to morph into more and more of an unknown territory, entrepreneurs may be questioning their position in the market as a business owner- a creator. Now, more than ever, entrepreneurs will have to grasp onto the new digital world of business and marketing- or accept failure. In this time of quarantine, there are some essential actions that entrepreneurs can take to push their businesses ahead during crisis. Everyone knows that small business is the heartbeat of our country. Small business not only provide ...

Todd Leonard's Giving Back Spotlight

Click here https://toddleonardshow.com/2020/06/02/the-todd-leonard-show-featuring-linda-graziano-canvas-of-hope/ to watch this past Sunday’s Radio Show on WMTR 1250AM, which featured Linda Graziano, who founded Canvas of Hope to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which provides vitally important research, advocacy and support to those facing blood cancers.  Linda’s message to those who support this important cause is, “What we do today, helps tomorrow.” This coming ...

Torah Thought for the Week

“Nothing new under the sun,” wrote King Solomon in Ecclesiastes. And so, we discover in this week’s Torah reading that infidelity and other marital problems aren’t exactly a new societal phenomenon. One of the main features of our Parshah is the story of the sotah, a woman accused of adultery. In the biblical account, the husband would bring his wife to the Temple, where a kohen (priest) would enact the ceremony of the “bitter waters.” The relevant ...

Vitalant in Your Community

Today, Vitalant became the first national blood bank to test all blood donations for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The nation’s largest independent, nonprofit blood collector—serving hospital patients in the New Jersey and New York region—is providing the test results to donors who complete successful blood donations, which are critically needed now. The antibody test—authorized by the Food and Drug Administration—will indicate if the donor’s immune system has ...

Walk With Us Into Sunshine

About 3,500 babies in the United States die suddenly and unexpectedly each year. A thorough investigation is necessary to learn what caused these deaths. Sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) include sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation in a sleeping environment, and other deaths from unknown causes. Although the SUID rate has declined since 1990s, significant racial and ethnic differences continue. While the origins of these issues are still unknown to many researchers, there are somethings we know that can help us ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge News

EDISON, NJ -- Third grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison performed on their recorders with homemade videos to create a wonderful virtual recital.  The students began learning the recorder at the beginning of the school year. They continued practicing and improving their skills during distance learning.  The repertoire includes songs learned early in the school year and more advanced pieces developed in the past few months. The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is ...

Wayne Financial Advisor - Conan Ward

By now, you’ve seen the grim news about the job picture. In April, we hit an unemployment rate of 14.7% – the worst rate since the Great Depression. And the U.S. economy lost 20.5 million jobs – the largest monthly decline ever. Furthermore, many workers who kept their jobs saw their hours reduced or took salary cuts. If your employment has been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic, how should you respond?  Here’s a five-step plan to consider: Step 1: File for work-related benefits. If you have ...

Westfield Area YMCA

The Westfield Area YMCA is excited to announce that traditional day camp programs for kids entering grades K through 10 will begin July 6. Registration is now underway.  All camps will meet the new guidelines set by the CDC, ACA (American Camp Association) and state and local health departments. These include social distancing regulations, small consistent groups, temperature check and daily screenings each day at drop off.  All staff are being trained on Covid-19 safety, disinfecting and best ...

Westfield Rotary News

Rotarian Phil Richardson has spearheaded a drive to raise funds through The Rotary Club of Westfield in order to donate two cases of face shields to two local hospitals: The Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ, and Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. Face shields are part of the “PPE” — Personal Protective Equipment — needed in health care facilities. Wearing a face shield will extend the life of the N-95 masks, because it prevents splatter of biohazard materials. This results in the use ...

What is the Law

“These are the times that try men’s souls.  The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.  Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country”*.  So wrote Thomas Paine in his 1776 pamphlet “THE CRISIS”.   As in those times, today we face a tyrannical force.  But unlike the times of Paine where the identity of the source ...

What Was I Thinking?

One of my favorite classes in high school was public speaking.  This small classroom was set up as a mini theater with rows of seats—not the soft leather chairs you’d find in the movie theaters but the good old-fashioned metal folding chairs.  There was a stage in the front of the room where we would “perform.” Every week we were assigned a different topic and each of us would put our creativity on the line.  One student pantomimed her assignment, no words.  She “acted out” waking up ...

Word Seed

“Herein lie buried many things which if read with patience may show the strange meaning of being black here in the dawning of the Twentieth Century. This meaning is not without interest to you, Gentle Reader; for the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.” W.E.B. Du Bois wrote those lines in the Souls of Black Folk in 1907 and more than one hundred years later, in the Twenty-first Century, the problem remains the color-line. After all of this time, Black bodies continue to be criminalized ...

Your Money Matters

Retirement is an important milestone that often comes after years (or decades) of careful planning. But even the most seasoned planners couldn’t have foreseen the severe market selloff that happened in March in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. The abrupt end to the 10-year bull market surprised investors of all ages who are now wondering how long it will take for their portfolios to recover. Unlike younger workers with many years ahead of earning and saving, investors who are retired or nearing retirement have less time to wait out ...