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Admissions Abridged

“So Kate, what are you up to these days?” “Well, I’ve got a college counseling business.” “So you counsel college students?  What school do you work for?” “No, actually I help applicants navigate the college admissions process.” “Oh! [Insert comment about teen’s college search or fond college memory here.]” Of course it’s not totally off the mark to assume the majority of my clients are high schoolers--they are!  Most of my work days are in ...

Alerts from South Plainfield Police Department

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

A Little Bit of Knowledge with David Tepp

It may be late in the year but it is certainly not too late to save money on taxes.  Here are some important items for you to consider: #1 Buy big stuff – cars, equipment, computers, phones and tablets, furniture and certain building improvements if in service for your business by year-end, are all deductible. The new tax law allows you to depreciate aggressively so that you can maximize these deductions. By the way, you do not even need to pay in full by the end of the year in order to qualify for the deduction.

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week

‘Doubles is different, but it’s really fun.’ WESTFIELD, NJ — The tennis duo competed in the state doubles tournament championship match in October, the first time since 2005 that a Lady Blue Devils pair made it to the final. Recognized by the school board on Tuesday, seniors Charlotte Clausen and Eliza Weiniger are this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. “We had a lot of fun this season,” said head girls tennis coach Matt Varhley. “They did ...

Althea on Gardening

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

A Message from Mayor Cavadas

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

A Random Walk Down Springfield

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

Area Homes by RE/MAX NP

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX NEIGHBORHOOD PROPERTIES this weekend. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16:   From 1 - 3 p.m.   38 Hillcrest Avenue, Montville   Hosted by Kelly Nebesnak   Click HERE to see Full Listing.     From 1 - 4 p.m.   131 OLD Changebridge Road, Montville   Hosted by Asad Kazi   Click HERE to see Full Listing.

Are You Ready for Life?

An end of year planning opportunity: Donor-Advised Funds A donor-advised fund (“DAF”) is a separately funded or account that is maintained and operated by a §501(c)(3) organization, which is referred to as a sponsoring organization; consider it a charitable investment account. Once a donor makes a contribution, the sponsoring organization has legal control over it. However, you, as the donor (or your representative) retains advisory privileges with respect to the distribution of funds and the investment of assets ...

Ask Maria

Family get-togethers are not always easy. Many of us dread having to participate in some of the social events that take place during this time. We may begin to experience stress knowing that our gathering will involve some relatives or immediate family which we really do not like.  We may feel the tension building as we think about in-laws and/or relatives who have such strong opinions and advice and tell us what we should be doing and how we should be doing it, that all we want is to avoid the entire situation. Of course, we ...

Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin

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

AtlantiCast

On this week’s AtlantiCast, find out why it’s easier than ever to receive care at Atlantic Health System, the Morristown Medical Center’s Heart Success program reaches a milestone in the fight against heart failure, quality healthcare that protects the environment and kicking off the holiday season with the Festival of Lights.  

Atlantic View

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has become the first hospital to implement the BEACON Advanced Energy Laser System, a unique tissue-sparing, CO2 laser-driven system which enables physicians to conduct complex surgeries in space-restricted areas of the body with greater accuracy and precision than ever before. While flexible fiber-based CO2 surgery has long been a method of safe and precise laser treatment for complex head and neck surgeries at Morristown Medical Center, the new BEACON Laser System from ...

At Your Library

ESL PROGRAM TO START IN JANUARY The next session of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes will be held on eight consecutive Thursdays, from January 3 through February 21, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.  The program is conducted by LEARN Associates, a language teaching company based in Bernards Township, and volunteer tutors.  Students are divided into small groups depending on language skill level.  The program is free - all you need is a commitment to learn!  You may sign up online at the library's website, in person, ...

A Why The Y Story

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

Berkeley Heights Here & Now

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

Beth's Book Review

Who Knew? 10,001 Household Solutions by Bruce and Jeanne Lubin (Castle Point Books, 2018)   “What’s this book?” my friend, Linda, asked me picking up my new copy of Who Knew? 10,001 Household Solutions by husband and wife writing team,  Bruce and Jeanne Lubin. Linda was paging through the volume already and commenting on how interesting and helpful the book seemed to be. “I’m going to stop on my way home and pick up a copy of this,” she announced, and she did exactly that. Linda’s ...

Better Biz Better You

Now that your head is likely full of all the things you’ve been given to think about in the last six articles, let’s talk about why you probably want to hire a professional bookkeeper or a certified public accountant (or an entire company) to help you keep your business finances balanced. * You’ll Reduce Expenses – That’s right; if you hire a professional to help with your finances, you’re going to reduce your expenses because they’re going to help you see where you can cut back or change ...

Bloomfield Pride

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

Bloomfield Public Library

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

Borough Buzz

FLORHAMPARK, N.J.- What if no one answered the call? A question that never should have to be answered. This is a great opportunity to serve the community called home. All training costs are covered by the department. Interested applicants must be 16 years old or older.  Please contactjoinfpvfd@gmail.com

Borough Notifications

Legal Notice The annual 2019 Reorganization Meeting of the South Plainfield Mayor and Council has been scheduled for Saturday, January 5, 2019 beginning at 12:00 noon at Borough Hall located at 2480 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, New Jersey 07080, action may be taken.  Amy Antonides, RMC/CMC/CMR Municipal Clerk

Bruce the Blog

If you want a crash course in Millennial World, I have just the ticket for you. Billed as an alternative comedy, it’s a play titled “Adaptive Radiation,” on stage through Dec. 30 at Denizen Theatre in New Paltz. (Ticket info: Denizentheatre.com/tickets; 845-303.4136). Although this is the vest-pocket venue’s second production, the Denizen quickly has established an ambitious sense of adventure and resourceful stagecraft worth celebrating. Along with local standard-bearers Hudson Stage (Armonk), Penguin Rep (Stony ...

Chamber Conversations

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

Chatham Holiday Gift Guide

Shop local this holiday season, and support the locally owned and operated small businesses.  Below are some special offers and holiday messages from the business community. Check back as new deals/promotions and businesses will be added daily. The Village Play Cafe is offering 20 percent off Open Play Memberships and 20 percent off the first month for those who register in the month of December. Located at 17 Watchung Avenue in Chatham, The Village Play Cafe offers: Explore, drop-in indoor play space; Inspire, classes in a ...

Chip Shots

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

College Connection

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

College Funding Secrets with Chris Curran

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

Conversations with Joan Herrmann

It seems like only yesterday we were making resolutions about all of the wonderful things we wanted to experience in the new year. And now, here we are reflecting back on how the year was lived. Sometimes looking back over a year can be difficult, especially if you have suffered a loss or things have not gone as well as you planned. But, reflection can help when planning for the new year, as always, Joan is her to offer her wisdom. Q. What do you mean when you talk about reflection? Joan: Reflection is the practice of ...

Cornerstone: Where Care Meets Commitment

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

CPA Q&A

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

Dad in the Box

As part of my continuing education series on things I know nothing about but will explain anyway, I think it is time to tackle dryer repair. As we all know, a dryer is a big heavy metal thing with buttons and knobs that dries clothes.  This is not to be confused with a washing machine which is also a big heavy metal thing with buttons and knobs that washes clothes.  It is easy to confuse the two. They look alike. Anyway, let's say one day you fill your dryer with damp clothes, turn it on, and nothing happens.  It is ...

Daughters of Israel Corner

Daughters of Israel’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon took place on November 28, honoring its many volunteers who assist throughout the Home. Special guest speaker, Harriet Cabelly, author and life coach, spoke about the rewards of volunteerism. Onie Meyers, Gift Shop volunteer for 14 years, was presented with the “Hall of Fame” award for her outstanding service.

Dear Susan

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Providing cancer patients with a few moments of unforgettable joy is the mission of the Diva for a Day Foundation. It began in 2010 when a pair of friends came together to make a worthwhile difference in the lives of those who have the disease. The non-profit organization aims to pamper and delight “divas” with a day of relaxing spa services at participating facilities. The Program & How to Participate At the heart of the program is a deep desire to nurture the soul and spirit.

Dental Byte

Many are noticing that the Dental offices they grew up with hardly resemble the high-tech powerhouse that present day dentistry has become. What is new and how does it benefit our patients? #1: Digital Radiography - how cool is it to see your dental radiographs pop up on the screen next to you , as soon as it gets taken- and in a large size that you can see? This technology has greatly decreased the radiation exposure by up to 70% compared with standard radiography of the past. It also helps with diagnosis! #2: Metal-Free Dental ...

Destination: Financial Freedom

The extended weekend that ushers in the holiday shopping season—the days between Black Friday and Cyber Monday—can put you at great risk. Shopping scams abound. A phishing scheme or a bogus bargain can quickly turn your mood from merry to Grinch. While you try to snag the best after-Thanksgiving deals, be aware of these online selling scams that can end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. 1. Crazy deals that are bogus Flashy ads and bargain-basement deals can cause you to make rash decisions and spend more than ...

Diversions

It’s hard for me to narrow down diversions, reign in my curiosity in pursuit of new places and experiences any day, but during the holiday season all bets are off. There just aren’t enough hours in each day from November to January for me. My color-coded calendar, a requirement in my family is quite a kaleidoscope this time of year. I try to make the most of every day and savor the memories as best as I can. It’s one of those times when sensory overload isn’t a bad thing as long as you can be present in the ...

East Brunswick Public Library Town Center

  EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ —East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) celebrates its annual Tech Week this December 9-15. The goal of Tech Week is to encourage library users to take advantage of all the great technology tools and services that are offered through the library. The highlight of Tech Week is the library’s fifth-annual Hour of Code program on Saturday, December 15, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. At this after-hours program for teens, the library is partnering up with the East Brunswick High School Code ...

East Hanover/Florham Park Gift Guide

LUCY'S GIFT is a retail boutique offering the latest styles in handbags, accessories, jewelry, and home décor items to support the efforts of the Maurice J. Spagnoletti Foundation to help children in need, crime victims, and those who serve and protect. All net profits to charity everyday... Give the gift that gives back!   HOLIDAY SPECIAL (in-store while supplies last) With purchases $50 or more, get a FREE Farm Fresh candle made by A Cheerful Giver - each 20 oz. (4" x 4.5"), ...

East Main Podcast

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

Employment Law

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

EMS Response Report

During November, members of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Answered 164 9-1-1 emergency calls.  These included 98 medical emergencies; 19 motor vehicle accidents, including 1 with an entrapped occupant; 6 traumatic injuries; 19 falls, 1 pedestrian struck by an automobile, 5 reports of poisoning, 3 medical alarm activations; 2 expectant mothers in labor; 1 stand-by at a fire scene; and 5 lift assists of patients who did not require transport to a hospital.   Of these calls, 15 were answered by an off-duty “back-up ...

Featured Business

Finance Decoded

With the holiday season upon us, your to-do list might seem endless. In the midst of preparing for all the festivities, have you taken the time to review your end of year financial checklist? Review our End of Year financial to-dos to help ensure you start 2019 out on the right foot End-of-year checklist ✓✓ □Should you do a Roth IRA Conversion? For a 2018 Roth conversion, the funds must leave the IRA or employer plan by December 31, 2018. □Have you taken your Required minimum distributions (RMDs)? There is a ...

Fire Department Blotter

09/19/2018  6:41 pm - FD dispatched to BALTUSROL ROAD for a reported car fire On arrival met with driver who informed FD his front passenger side brake was on fire.  Upon investigating found an     over- heated break drum but no fire.  Drum and brake assembly was cooled with water until no heat, steam, or smoke was present.  County PD arrived and called for a tow. 09/21/2018  2:33 pm - FD dispatched to a HOBART AVENUE residence for a reported structure fire. Millburn FD also dispatched ...

From the Office of Mayor Matthew P. Anesh

Dear Neighbor This past year I had several residents ask how they could get involved with the Borough. Community involvement, at the local level, is tremendously rewarding and the most often fun. The Borough has an array of boards, commissions and committees.  There are some committees that require little commitment and others that require more.  The best way to know how things works is to get involved. Borough boards and committees run from Planning and Zoning to Recreation, Public Celebrations, and Health advisory.  In ...

Guide to New Year's Eve

Portofino's Restaurant is excited to partner with First Night of Morris 2019. There will be an open menu for lunch and dinner, starting at 2pm with last seating at 9pm. First Night Button Holders receive 15% off. Then come in out of the cold at 10:30pm for late night snacks, 80's music, dancing and a complimentary non-alcoholic champagne toast at midnight.  Guerriero's Restaurant will be open for dinner New Year's Eve for two seatings; 6pm and 8pm. To make a reservation, ...

HeartBeats

The holidays bring visions of sugar plum fairies dancing and tables filled with fruitcake, sugar cookies, gingerbread, red velvet cake, macaroons and chocolate yule log. These delectable holiday treats are as much a staple of the holidays as family gatherings and celebrations. Unfortunately, these sugary delights are not quite part of a heart healthy diet and can wreak havoc with cholesterol levels.  As we head into the peak holiday and treat-eating season, it’s a good time to review what is new in cholesterol ...

Heights Highlights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Breakfast with Santa at the Berkeley Heights YMCA was filled with excited children and families as they waited for the arrival of Santa. The children sang Jingle Bells as Santa made his way to the room where he visited and listened to all of the children's wishes providing a gift and a photo. Enjoy the photo gallery of Santa spending time with each of the children.

Here and Now

One of my favorite trips is to take the ferry—with a couple of grandchildren in tow—to Staten Island (which, by the way, is free). We sit near the bow of the boat enjoying the breeze, and on the starboard side, not only to relish the warmth of the sun but to appreciate the inspiring view, as we pass within several hundred yards of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. My eyesight is not great, so I usually bring along a small set of binoculars strapped to my belt, and a backpack full of “healthy” snacks for the ...

Holiday Gift Guide

Shop local this holiday season, and support the locally owned and operated small businesses.  Below are some special offers and holiday messages from the business community. Check back daily as new deals/promotions and businesses will be added daily. alba is a contemporary women's boutique with locations in Morristown, Summit, Hoboken & Ridgewood. With an array of styles and emerging designers we have something for everyone. Our passion for styling clients combined with our timeless aesthetic is why we have become one of New ...

Holy Savior Academy News

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

Home Matters by Jacki

Is your bathroom small? It’s the worst, isn’t it? Well, unfortunately, small bathrooms are very common, and are usually the smallest rooms in the house. I can almost bet that it almost always feels cramped and tight in there. Although the square footage doesn’t change, a change of organization and storage space can make a drastic change to how your bathroom feels. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your bathroom space feel more functional and spacious.  Medicine Cabinet If you have a regular mirror, replacing ...

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 Nov. 3 — Barrel Racing, Riders and their Horses run through a cloverleaf pattern timed to the hundredth of a second. The barrel racing competitor pays a cash entry fee and along with added prize money, hopes to cross the finish line with one of the fastest times to earn a portion of it, Horse Park of N.J., ...

In the Schools

WESTFIELD, NJ — There was a low hum of excited voices in the Washington School library on Dec. 5 as a group of third and fifth graders took part in Hour of Code activities during Computer Science Education Week. “I made it,” said one youngster as he did a little dance in his seat upon completing a programming level. Computer code is the basic set of instructions or rules that a computer understands.  Coding is taught as part of the computer science courses at Westfield High School. The Hour of Code project was ...

In The Work Place

When Does The Law Go Into Effect? This law goes into effect on October 29th 2018.        *** FOR A FREE CONSULT, CLICK HERE*** Who’s Covered? Paid sick leave is available to every employee (hourly, salaried, full-time, part-time). Every employer, regardless of size, must provide paid sick leave. This includes temporary help service firms and small businesses. What About Municipal Ordinances That Provide for Sick Pay? This law preempts every local ordinance in New Jersey. How Does Leave ...

Ironclad Car Advice with Peyton Knight

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

It's Yesterday Once More in Nutley

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

Jaffe Morning Briefing

HOBOKEN - Throw hundreds of drunken Santas on the streets and - Wow! - you better watch out and you better not cry. Police tell us why: By early yesterday morning, there were at least 14 Santas under arrest and 33 others got tickets for peeing on the street or for overwhelming drunkenness. Santas also got busted for driving drunk, for sexually touching all the Mrs. Clauses out there and for beating each other up. Ten bars participated in this annual debauchery, known as ...

JB Real Estate Advantage Report - Livingston

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

Jets Fan Chatter

Three and out. That just happens to describe the 2018 New York Jets season so far. At 3 and whatever, the team will soon be out of contention for even the wild card position in our division. Three and out. That certainly describes the play action, or for that matter, all the plays of the offensive line lately. Three and out. That's the total number of years Todd Bowles should have been the head coach for the New York Jets, but we're now in his fourth season and how's that going for the team? I don't like to rip the ...

Just Jo Ann

For years my chocolate lab, Coco, and I have walked up the road at the end of my driveway. No matter how tired I feel or how busy I am, Coco will stare at me until I finally put on my sneakers, pick up her leash, and take her for a walk. I’m happy that she gets me out and walking each day, because I’m not so sure I would have the discipline to do so myself. Beside the benefit of the exercise for both of us, we get to see what’s happening in our neighborhood, wave to the kids as they get on the school bus, and sniff all the ...

Kaplan on Your Money

Annuities can be good, bad or downright ugly. Which ones are good to invest in, and why? (And what is an annuity, anyway?).  In my previous article, I explained the kinds of annuities that are “bad” or “ugly” for investors: virtually all variable annuities, including indexed annuities (that are misleadingly categorized at a type of fixed annuity). My objections have to do with cost and the fact that they often are sold to people who don’t need or understand them. In this 2nd article, I’ll focus ...

Kevin's Corner

With everyone home for the holidays, the extra bodies, shower use, and cooking power in your home can really bring up the heat. While that’s nice for your heating bill, it may cause unwanted ventilation issues in your home. Kitchen Remember a few tips for keeping smoke out of your eyes and steam from coming out your ears while your kitchen works overtime: Use the hood fan to reduce all the steam rolling off your boiling stovetop items.  Open windows to create a freshening airflow. If you need more draft ...

Know Your Nest

‘Tis the season, and twinkling holiday lights abound!  Here, Team Nest Builder shares 5 Northern New Jersey spots, from family homes to stadium shows, to take in light displays and enjoy some festive family fun: Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show 94 Championship Place, Augusta Load up the car and head to this one-mile long, drive-through show featuring amazing displays set to joyful holiday music. More than two million lights brighten your night, including nativity scenes, twinkling snowflakes, skating penguins, and ...

Legal Advice

Let's Hear Your Story (LHYS)

This Is A Story About A Little Girl Who Survived... by H.S.D. This is a story about a little girl who survived through horror and pain after being thrown out of her home...pregnant and alone at age fourteen. But no matter what happened to this girl, she persevered. That little girl is now thirty-nine years old. She is still holding on but it's becoming so hard. I want to give up...I want to go home. I want to go home to my real home where love is the only thing that matters. But I have to keep going. Otherwise, those who mocked ...

Let's TAP About It

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – Two Franciscan high schools from Ohio made their way to the university on Nov. 9 for a four-day retreat emphasizing Franciscan values. A total of 12 students from Padua Franciscan High School in Cleveland and Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati attended the retreat led by St. Bonaventure students, by the Rev. Ross Chamberland, O.F.M., who is the university's  special assistant to the vice president for enrollment and executive director of the Lateran Center, and by the Rev. Roger Lopez, ...

Life, Health, Politics

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

Life, Health, Politics

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

Lindabury Legal Corner

Living In

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

Liz on Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre By Liz Keill MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,” This convoluted plot involving Leontes, King of Sicilia and King Polixenes of Bohemia, circles around jealousy. Jon Barker as Leontes commands the stage in his anger when he thinks his wife, Hermione, is flirting with Polixenes, portrayed by John ...

Lost & Found Pets

Dog found running across Mountain Avenue in Westfield with her leash attached. Described as a very friendly little black dog. Taken to Westfield Police Department. If you recognize her, call Westfield Police at 908-789-4000.  

Lost In Suburbia

I am a scarf person, but I am married to a non-scarf person. Conversely, my husband is a hat person, and I am not a hat person. He says scarves are itchy and make him look like he has no chin. I say hats ruin my hair and make my head look like a bowling ball. So, whenever it gets cold out, he tells me to put on a hat and I tell him to put on a scarf and we both ignore each other. It’s truly amazing we’ve stayed married for as long as we have. We’d been going through this routine for many, many years, and then, suddenly, ...

Man Overboard

Last Sunday we strolled into town for the lighting of the Somers Christmas tree. The weather outside was frightful. It was dark and rainy, so any light at all would have been welcome, but we had to wait until 5:00PM before the tree was illuminated, and we had an hour and a half to sing some Christmas songs and poke around accompanied by Gidget, the world’s cutest dog. Due to the rain, songsters Rich and Harry Egnor were holed up inside the lobby of the Elephant Hotel, so we found ourselves a seat just in time for the chorus of Silent ...

Maplewoodian by Joe Strupp

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

Moench's Musings

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

My Perspective

In the wonderfully comedic movie, “The Big Sick,” the protagonist hilariously attempts to downplay—in his stand-up routine—that he forgot his girlfriend’s birthday. He suggests that, in light of all the cosmic facts of the earth and universe, his faux pas is rather insignificant, and therefore excusable. Although intended only as comedy, he does raise an interesting point. If you’re like me, your life is flooded with the need to accomplish myriad detailed and specific tasks. Did I take out the recycling? ...

New Providence Notables

You may have noticed something a little different about many of the Department's Officers.... Throughout November, Officers participated in "No Shave November" to bring awareness to men's health issues. Each Officer who participated donated money in a pot which will be donated to a charity.

New Providence Youth Score Board

Congratulations to our 10U National and 12U National PAL Softball Teams as they both brought Championship titles in the Long Hill Softball League this past weekend.  10U defeated the Berkeley Heights Heat 12-10 in six innings in an exciting and well-played game. This is the first Championship for this 10U team as a collective group. Directly following the 10U victory, our 12U girls took the field for the late game and got off to an excellent start to take the lead with five runs in the first inning. The Pioneers went on to ...

Not Your Dad's Financial Advice

As young parents, many of us spend a lot of time, money and energy having and raising children. After all, family planning is what brought me and my wife to our beautiful town of Westfield. But, what about planning for things once our kids grow up? I am glad you asked because there are a number of things we can do as parents to help save for their future, whether it’s a college education, first home or just a little something extra to help them on life’s journey. However, as much as we want to help our kids, we don’t ...

Nutley Family Service Bureau

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

Nutley Parks and Recreation Department

Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci announces Art Workshop classes will resume beginning January 19, 2019.  “This exciting program enables children ranging from grades 1 through 6 the opportunity to flourish by stimulating their creative spirit” states Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci.  Throughout this program youngsters will explore and enjoy the positive impact art history has in their lives. Classes will be held on Saturdays and will continue for 8 weeks at the Recreation Department located at 44 Park Ave. Art can play an ...

Nutley Public Library

Make creations from your wildest imagination at the Nutley Public Library's LEGO Play Time on select Saturdays!  LEGO Play Time is a free drop-in program for ages 5 and older. Stop by the Children's Room from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM on  December 1 for crafts, activities, and of course LEGO!  No registration is required and all supplies are provided.  For more information, please visit http://youthservices.nutleypubliclibrary.org or call 973-667-0405, ext. 2623.

Organizing Wisdom

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

Out Of My Head

Some folks, sadly, live in a perpetual state of fear and believe some form of danger lurks around every corner. I am not sure what initially instilled such a mindset in them, but I do know that social media, the 24-hour cable news cycle and many politicians (the Brown People are coming to get you!) exacerbate and exploit that fear. I remember last year when neighboring Yorktown was contemplating a project that would expand its walking trails and bike paths throughout town, some residents showed up at the Town Board meeting to speak out ...

Parenting, Issues, Education

In a time of so much derision, intolerance, and miscommunication—so much noise—we must be clear with our children about the importance of kindness and acceptance. Now that we’ve survived early November’s tug-of-war politics and been reset with thanks and giving as November closes out, we can refocus our energies on remembering and rekindling miracles.  Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism—all the major religions have holidays of light, peace, and wonder.  Similarly most atheists, agnostics, ...

Pass it Along

Pass It Along hosted Family Volunteer Day at the Sparta Evangelical Free Church.  Volunteers and sponsor families crowded into the gymnasium on November 17 for a morning of giving back.  During the event, those who were enrolled to sponsor a family arrived between 10 a.m. until noon to drop-off their donations. Boxes, which were encouraged to be decorated at the event, were provided to gather the food donations for the selected family. Several service projects also took place during Family Volunteer Day. Volunteers ...

Piscataway Library - CHECK US OUT!

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

Point View WealthPoints

Want to terrify yourself? Read statistics about aging and long term care. Today, about 6.3 million Americans need long term care.  That number is expected to increase to 15 million by 2050. Scarier still is that few individuals have the resources to pay for the necessary care. That’s why 83 percent of all care is provided by family members or friends. Unsurprisingly, 75 percent of caregivers are women. Setting the Parameters. It’s important to understand what long term care is—and isn’t. A person needs ...

Practical Taxes and Finance With Paul Kleespies

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

Press and Steam…News from Sadie’s

Thanksgiving is a little over a week away and if you are anything like us you may be stressing over what to wear on the big day. Whether you are cooking for your whole family, friends or letting someone else do all the work we have just what you need to help you look and feel warm and fuzzy. Men you would look swagger in one of our retro cashmere sweaters and ladies we have new flannel dresses that will steal all the attention away from the turkey. Perhaps you just want to grab a flask, we know how the holidays can get. Looking warm ...

Pro Staff Physical Therapy & Dynamic Hand Therapy

As a musician, there is no greater feeling than losing yourself in your instrument. However, playing any instrument frequently can lead to developing a repetitive strain injury. This can cause pain and make it difficult to play the music you love. When faced with a repetitive strain injury, treating it quickly and efficiently is the best way to help you return to playing without pain. It is equally as important, though, to take the appropriate steps to prevent these injuries from occurring. I myself am both a musician and an occupational ...

Pups @ Play

Brick City Rescue is asking you to open your heart and your home to give a dog or cat the second chance that it deserves. Brooklyn is a 6-month old Pittie mix in need of a fur-ever home. She is up to date on shots, but needs to be spayed. She’s housebroken, dog- and kid-friendly. She is pictured playing with her older male buddy who’s been trying to show her the ropes. If anyone is interested in this sweet girl, please message us at info@brickcityrescue.com for more information.

Reading, Writing & Chocolate

Americans love to receive packages. We actually buy presents for ourselves all the time. We order everything to be shipped in boxes and packages straight to our doorsteps. Groceries, light bulbs, electronics, and of course, books. My daily mail delivery arrives two hours later than it did last year because the poor mail carrier has now turned into a package delivery person. Instead of sticking his arm out of the mail truck window to shove fistfuls of bills and magazines into neighbors’ mailboxes, he has to physically get out of the ...

Real Estate News From Your Neighborhood

                              42 Home sold November 26 thru December 9 2018 in Mountainside Fanwood                                 Scotch Plains Westfield and ...

Rivero CPA

The IRS has announced cost-of-living adjustments for tax year 2019. The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $18,500 to $19,000. The limit on annual contributions to an IRA is increased from $5,500 to $6,000. The additional catch-up contribution limit for individuals aged 50 and over is not subject to an annual cost-of-living adjustment and remains $1,000. Taxpayers can deduct contributions to a traditional IRA if ...

Rutgers News

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ten years ago, 1,234 were taking online college courses at Rutgers University. Last year, in the fall semester of 2017, that number reached 23,042, according to university figures. Nationwide over 6.4 million people are sitting in front of computers to take college courses, about one-third of all the students taking high education classes, Richard Novak, Rutgers vice president for continuing education and distance education, told the university board of governors recently. "If we're going to make ...

Seasoned Words

Growing up in New York City and going to public school there, the children of immigrant families and their parents began to enthusiastically celebrate the American holidays they often discussed in school. We all heard about the Fourth of July celebrating the Independence of the United States and Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays. It was great getting a day off from school and we loved shooting off fireworks on the Fourth of July. We learned a lot about the history of the United States. And of course depending on whether you ...

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

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

Senior Corner

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

Sobel Solutions

Year-end tax planning tips have always been a popular subject as the calendar turns to the fourth quarter, but as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed at the end of 2017, there is more interest in this topic than ever! The Act brings with it both the creation of new deductions and the elimination of old deductions that need to be taken into consideration when planning any last minute maneuvers.  Following generic, one-size-fits-all “tax tips,” may not be the best way to start the process.  Instead, the ...

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club

The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club has been busy the past 7 weeks with their Annual Fall Baseball clinic for 5, 6, 7 and 8 year old players that played in C League and Tee ball last year. Run by the South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club Board Members, Travel & Club Coaches and the following High School players who as youths played at the baseball club (Matt Cassio, Justin and Jake Jones, Nick Loniewski, Rob Gonzalez, Ryan Massett and Chris and Brandon Shine) Over 50 youth players signed up and performed many drills to teach ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On November 30th AT&T employees & South Plainfield Knights of Columbus members went to the Menlo Park Veterans Home and supported our Veterans. A great time was had by everyone who attended, the AT&T & Knights Volunteers helped transport the Veterans from their rooms, helped them play bingo, then sat and talked to them and then transported them back to their rooms after the Bingo games were over. The AT&T & Knights Volunteers showed there true compassion to our Veterans as they donated ...

South Plainfield Library

Come join us for Monday Night Movies!  On Monday, December 17 at 6:30 PM, we will be showing the new release based on Laura Hillenbrand’s novel Unbroken.  This movie continues where the first one left off, following Louis Zamperini after he returns home from years of torture during World War II.  If you cannot make it to the Monday night showing, there is a second screening on Wednesday, December 19 at 12:30 PM. Don’t forget to stop by the library this weekend!  Join Ms. Stella on Sunday, December 16 at 2:30 ...

SPHS Athlete of the Week

With the beginning of the Competition Cheer season underway, Brianna Slover was honored as South Plainfield High School’s first All-State recipient from the NJCDCA. As stated at the awards breakfast this past Sunday, only the best of the best get chosen. With over 50 applicants, Brianna was one out of the 24 recipients in the state to receive this honor. To qualify elite skills in the areas of tumbling, stunting, and jumps are required. Brianna began her Competition Cheerleading career as a freshman at SPHS. During her time on the ...

Submit Your News to TAPinto Piscataway!

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

Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield

One thousand seven hundred and twenty-three servicemen and women stationed far from our country’s shores will receive Boatsie’s Boxes from members of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs. You may well ask what are Boatsie’s Boxes.  These oddly named boxes aren’t boxes at all.  In 2004 Gail “Boatsie” Van Vranken received a letter from her son stationed in Afghanistan saying that there was a great shortage of personal items for the troops -- and that is how this charitable ...

TAPintio Holiday Gift Guide

At Sublime Salon & Day Spa, we understand your need for a healthier lifestyle and a sense of true wellness in this stressful world. With this in mind, Sublime Salon offers haircuts and styling and also skin care and therapeutic massage. We offer a holistic approach to beauty and your health. Please call 908-464-8422 to inquire about the salon and spa services we offer and we will match you with the stylist or technician who can best serve your needs. Take 30% off Boutique Items and 10% off gift ...

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Taylor's Take

As an initial matter, it should be noted there is no specific legal claim for bullying per se.  Even though New Jersey has enacted an Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, the law states that no civil legal liability is created by the statute.  Rather, claims for conduct considered harassment, intimidation or bullying (“HIB”) may be pursued under New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”) and other anti-discriminatory laws.[1]  The seminal bullying case in New Jersey is L.W. v. Toms River ...

The Falcon's Nest

METUCHEN, NJ - A crisis can occur at any moment, and precarious situations exist all around us. One emergency that can happen to anyone without warning is going into cardiac arrest, an unforeseen loss of consciousness and heart function. A group of eleven students at Saint Joseph High School trained under the instruction of Christopher Martin on for two days in November to become certified in giving  CPR to both adults and adolescents by practicing on CPR mannequins. “This opportunity allows students to gain ...

The Green Lane

Source: The United States of America, rich in the abundance of opportunity, resources, and freedoms, defended by men and women in uniform. Unfortunately, some of them find themselves left with nowhere else to go but on the streets. How do we tackle Veteran Homelessness? And why are there so many Vets left out in the cold after serving our great nation? Samuel K. Burlum reports... To have a complete understanding of Veteran Homelessness, one has to have access to the facts. Veteran homelessness is not a new problem, however the ...

The Highlander, Gov. Livingston High School's Student Newspaper

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Every year the ever popular Hallmark Channel begins its Countdown to Christmas. Beginning on the last weekend in October, the network starts airing holiday films and continues until the New Year. Hallmark Christmas movies have predictable scenarios and are known for their many cliches. Here are some of the many timeless elements featured in Hallmark films that are essential to creating one of these movies.  Big City Meets Small Town. Between the two main characters in every film, one is almost always ...

The Mommy's Review

I love Halloween! It’s one of my favorite holidays, especially since there is so much to do, and it’s so much fun for the kids. I also love that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Sure, you could go to the store and buy brand-new costumes and decorate your house like crazy, but it’s also a holiday you can do on a budget. Secondhand costumes purchased from Facebook swap groups? Check. Dollar store decorations? You betcha. Hitting up the free local trick-or-treating events? You can bet all of your Fun Size M&Ms ...

The Seasoned Citizen

I remember dancing. Jason held me in his arms and we moved with the music, kind of like making love in public (with our clothes on)! I put my head on his shoulder, he would whisper in my ear; it was loving and so romantic. We’d do the fox Trot, the Waltz, Rhumba, Tango, always touching one another. Even when we did the Lindy or the Cha-Cha we touched each other.   Now people dance the way they text: next to one another, alone but with the belief that they are together. When they text they send words but no emotions; when they ...

The Trusted Advisor

Greetings! My name is Glenn Potolsky, owner of Potolsky Financial Group, Inc., a full-service provider of Insurance and Investment products. We provide personalized service and value-added risk management solutions for you, your family, and your business. We take a highly comprehensive holistic approach to assessing and managing your risk profile. Initially, we aim to set an intermediate-term outlook to managing your protections, with subsequent periodic re-evaluations that reflect the changes in your life. We understand that ...

The Tutor's Corner

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

Torah Thought for the Week

Once upon a time, a pious Jew was traveling through the countryside in Eastern Europe. He came to a shtetl where the local schochet (ritual slaughterer) had just taken ill. The town butcher had no one to do the slaughtering and was desperate when he bumped into the visitor. The traveler looked pious and G‑d fearing (perhaps he wore a black hat and a beard) so the butcher asked him if he was, by any chance, a qualified schochet. The visitor replied that he was indeed. Overjoyed, the butcher started arranging for ...

Volunteer Opportunities

DEVON, Pa. — Plans have begun for the 2019 Dressage at Devon (www.dressageatdevon.org). As a part of the planning process, says Lori Kaminski, president. “We're always looking for new people to join our active DAD committee.” “We are looking for people with financial, legal and/or fund raising experience for Board positions, as well as a person with excellent contacts in the dressage community,” she added. Of course, the show depends on its volunteers are all levels and those who are interested are ...

Walk With Us Into Sunshine

As October whirls by and millions of children around the country get their Halloween costumes ready to go, there are many parents out there who will just have to imagine what Halloween would be like with their child that is no longer living. October is Infant Loss Awareness Month. Below, we discuss some details about these types of losses. The loss of a child stings that much more during the holidays, as parents consider all the “what if’s.” Would my child be into Dinosaurs? Would my son play baseball like his dad? ...

Westfield Area YMCA

WESTFIELD, NJ — Christmas is almost here and the Y Men’s Tree Lot still has trees available to beautify your home or office this season while helping the community. All proceeds benefit local organizations. Proceeds benefit the financial assistance program at the Westfield Area YMCA as well as the Achievers Program for minority youth. Other organizations that benefit from the sale include Resolve Community Counseling Center, The Children’s Learning Center in Scotch Plains, Westfield and Scotch Plains' ...

West Orange On Three!

It’s been a busy season from spring through summer to our fall sports programs! This Saturday, the West Orange High School football team will take on Montclair the first round of the Section 1, Group 5 playoffs. We thought we would highlight one of the WOHS players who has come up through our youth sports programs. This week we have the perspective of West Orange High School (WOHS) freshmen, Matthew Bove. Matthew is an honors student, currently participating in the Institute for Math & Science program at WOHS. Matthew played baseball ...

What Was I Thinking?

There are many magical memories at Christmas time.  How about those from the kitchen?  They become a joyful gathering place for family and friends, albeit a bit crowded. Mom’s kitchen, overflowing with love, warmth and super delicious smells, played host to wall-to-wall family.  Today my daughters-in-law have picked up the gauntlet and carry on that tradition.  Sometimes it’s like we’re traveling through an obstacle course of laughing revelers—son Paul usually serves a new Christmas ...

Your Family Matters

Most people say, “When I feel more confident, then I’ll…”  But confidence is not the starting point.  Confidence is the result of experience.  When you take action, plowing through the resistance, anxiety and fear of what lies ahead, that is how you build your confidence and your self-esteem.   Every one of us has experienced resistance around doing something for the first time; continuing to do something that is personally challenging; failure and the vulnerability it brings; and making ...

@ Your Library

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

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