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"LIVITY"

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

"Real" Real Estate

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

23rd District Report

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

A Day in the Life of Greater Olean

ALLEGANY, NY - People bringing trash and recyclables to the Allegany Transfer Station at 38 Union St. have come to expect a man with a big smile and a friendly “how are you?” to greet them. This man is Gary Rodgers. In rain or snow or heat, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Rodgers offers his help no matter what. “I love my job because I love to help out when I am needed,” he said. Even when customers decline his offer, he still finds ways to help. Rodgers began working at the ...

A Random Walk Down Millburn

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

A Reason To Smile

The American Dental Association has accepted the FDI Dental World Federation’s new definition of oral health.  And it makes me smile. The new definition is “oral health is multifaceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort, and disease of the craniofacial complex.” The FDI comprises over 200 national dental organizations and no longer wants oral health to just mean the ...

Academic Multiple Paths-International Education Services and Consulting

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

Admissions Abridged

Why are we all willing to pay more for name brand items in the store when we know the generic is the same thing?  Is it our history with certain items; foods that we’ve been eating since we were kids?  Is it a catchy jingle or hilarious TV commercial?  I’ll admit, some generic brands just don’t measure up but for the most part it’s our prejudices at play here. It’s the same with colleges.  Popular schools are not well known for no reason at all.  Many “name brand” schools ...

Ain't That Grand?

The Grand Summit Hotel has long played host to the room accommodation needs of wedding, bar mitzvah, and other social gatherings from guests attending events at the area’s many fine catering venues. It is no secret that a hotel is a preferred venue for large social events when considering the lodging component under the same roof, offering the guest the convenience of a good night’s sleep just steps from the party. Whether or not you are hosting your event at the historic Hotel, the team at the classic destination is happy to ...

Alerts from South Plainfield Police Department

On Friday, January 13, 2017 at about 12:30 pm, South Plainfield Police responded to a residence on May Avenue for a reported residential burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers located a male on the property of the residence,. Investigation revealed Dawud Ward, 23, of 1135 Hillside Avenue in Plainfield, unlawfully entered the unoccupied home.  Ward was in possession of burglary tools, gloves and a garbage bag.  Ward drove to the location in a family member’s vehicle, which was towed from the scene by the police. Ward ...

Align Wellness Newsletter

You know the parents who seem to have it all pulled together? The superwomen who have 2 or more children, work full-time and manage to make elaborate homemade Valentines for their kids' school party while maintaining a set of perfectly manicured nails? They are really no more "super" than the rest of us-they just have the knack of time management and a few creative tricks to squeeze more hours out of their day.  Between long days at the office, car pools, soccer games and ballet lessons, most parents have no time to ...

All About Your Dough

The latest trend among identity thieves is to steal your tax ID and file a false return in your name, delaying your real return processing and potentially damaging your credit record. How can you prevent this from happening to you? Approximately 15 million Americans are victims of identity theft each year, resulting in financial losses of over $50 billion.1 One particularly insidious form concerns taxes, whereby a legitimate taxpayer’s identity is used to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund. In fact, the IRS paid ...

Amateur Radio Club (SPARC)

On Saturday, Oct. 8th from 9 AM to 12 Noon members of the South Plainfield Amateur Radio Club participated in the annual ARRL NNJ SECTION ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST Via Middlesex County ARES. The scenario involved a hurricane that was downgraded to a tropical storm. A Flood warning was issued for Monmouth County and portions of Middlesex County In anticipation, county EOC’s in the NNJ section were put “on alert” as were other agencies such as the Red Cross, local hospitals and area ...

Ask AristaCare...................

TO SEND A QUESTION, PLEASE MAIL OR EMAIL TO: ARISTACARE AT CEDAR OAKS, 1311 Durham Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080, Attn: Vimla Parboji or email Vimla directly at vparboji@aristacare.com Vimla will make sure the appropriate professional/specialist answers your question Q: While the warm weather is enjoyed by many it is crucial to stay protected and hydrated. Maria wrote in to get more information about HeatStroke symptoms and ways to treat someone who may be suffering from one.    A:  Maria a heatstroke takes ...

Assemblywoman Nancy J. Pinkin

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin to ensure homeowners who want to appeal their property taxes are aware of the appeal deadline was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie on Friday.  The bill came from an idea from a resident, who felt that the tax appeal information was not easily found on their property tax bill.  “This is a simple step that can go a long way in ensuring that homeowners who want to appeal their property taxes do not miss their opportunity to do so,” said ...

At Your Library

Chess for Kids at the Library There are still a few spots left for the "Chess for Kids" program at the Library of the Chathams. The program is for beginners and those who can already play. Classes will be on Thursdays, Sept. 22 and 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27.  Call the library for more information at 973-635-0603. Using the Force: A Fundraiser's Guide Do you need to boost fundraising for your nonprofit organization?  Join us for this program with a twist led by Pat Bohse, ...

Augusta Mae

CRANFORD NJ - Augusta Mae Boutique is excited to welcome author/illustrator Steve Light.  Steve will be at Augusta Mae on Saturday, May 23, at 11 am to be reading his Childrens Choice Award book, Have You Seen My Dragon as well as his newly released book Have You Seen My Monster. Steve is a Pratt Institute graduate and Pre-K teacher in Manhattan.  He will also be graciously will also be signing all books purchased that day.  Be sure to call and sign up for this special event.

Bazzo Says

Why does nothing stick to President Trump? Ever since he came down that escalator at Trump Tower, nothing the Democrats, the media (which, according to WikiLeaks, are one and the same) or the establishment talking heads have thrown at him has stuck. He never lost his core support to the point where he actually won the presidential election. None of it stuck. There were items and remarks that would have caused other campaigns to crash and burn, but none of it mattered with Trump. Well, if you listen to the Democrats and the media, the ...

Be Well

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have designated May as National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month because about one of every three adults nationwide have that dangerous condition yet many are unaware due to a lack of warning signs and symptoms. “Although high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is linked to stroke, heart disease and other serious illnesses when left uncontrolled, it can usually be well managed with lifestyle adjustments, careful monitoring and medication if ...

Bernie's Automotive Corner

Finding a good repair shop is one of the toughest tasks of car ownership because there often isn't a good, clear choice. The key is to find a good, trustworthy mechanic before things go wrong. If you've already found a competent, honest mechanic, that’s great. For the rest of you, here's how you might try to find one: Check your warranty First, if your vehicle is newer and under warranty, you'll probably need the dealership to perform the repair if you want to make a warranty claim and have it performed at the expense ...

Beth's Book Review

Without Mercy: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass (Harper Collins, 2016) In James Patterson's Master Class, an online course which I recommend highly to aspiring authors, Patterson talks about the validity of writing with a partner. Patterson notes several well respected creative teams like Lennon and McCartney, Simon and Garfunkle, and explains that combining the creative juices of two people is a great and productive idea. No where in the writing of crime fiction is that more true than in the case of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass, ...

Beth's Book Review

England has had two famous and effective queens; both named Elizabeth, who ruled the island nation for over 50 years. The irony of the success of Queen Elizabeth I was the long held belief among men that women were incapble of effectively ruling a country. In no case was the importance of producing a male heir more evident than that of the infamous King Henry VIII, Elizabeth's father, who married six times in an effort to produce a son. Elizabeth I, the second daughter of Henry VIII, and her absolute refusal to wed and produce an ...

Biz Buzz

Within a blink of an eye, summer is already coming to a close. Students are beginning to flock to stores to start their back to college shopping. If you were fortunate enough to have your summer internship extended into the fall semester, start planning your time now. This will be a real test to see if you can keep everything balanced and ensure your employer stays satisfied with your work. Here is a list of what to expect when you get back to school: 1. What To Expect: Work. Whichever year you are about to begin you know there will be ...

Blended

On Saturday morning, March 4th, I went to the gym. After forty-five minutes on the elliptical machine, I sat down to stretch, and thought for a moment that it felt good to take time out to tend to my health. As I did sit-ups, I listened to music by The Band, whom I’ve loved since my father first introduced them to me as a teenager. Time. Movement. Music. Reflection. Nostalgia. These things were swiftly taken away from Terry DiFalco just hours later. I started writing this on Sunday, March 5th, when it was confirmed that Terry did not ...

Borough Notifications

When clearing away the snow, don't forget to clear snow at least three feet in every direction from your nearest fire hydrant. Clear a path from the hydrant to the street as well.  Clearing the snow now can save precious time should the fire department need to respond to a neighbor in need.   

Bottle Service

    In December of 1776, Revolutionary War soldiers numbering approximately 3,000 were camped at the Loantaka Encampment, located in the fields near the intersection of Woodland Road and Treadwell Avenue. During that time many of them found quarters in local farm houses and were invited to have breakfast with the owners. At one house the table was replenished seven times for hungry officers. Records show that Mrs. Anna Kitchel provided free rooms for twelve soldiers, but was not happy when an officer brought 40 ...

Brain Fitness 101

What is Pi? Pi or π is a mathematical constant equal to approximately 3.1415926. In Euclidean Geometry, it is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Although seemingly abstract, it has many uses in math, physics and engineering. Many school aged students and professionals need to remember the extended version of this mathematical number in order to complete work projects or school problems successfully. No easy task if you must simply commit it to memory! Why Do We Call March 14th “Pi ...

Bridgewater/Raritan Elections 2015

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Jerry L. Midgette, Somerset County’s Election Board Administrator and President of the New Jersey Association of Election Officials, has announced that changes have been made to the New Jersey Mail-In Ballot Law that have the potential to affect voters who seek to cast mail-in ballots in the Nov. 3 general election.  “In an effort to minimize confusion to those voters who choose to utilize the mail-in ballot to vote in this general election, I am strongly urging voters and persons delivering a ballot ...

Bruce the Blog

Glass Ceiling: “A metaphor used to represent an invisible barrier that keeps a given demographic (typically applied to women) from rising beyond a certain level.” In what is believed to be a first for Westchester theater, a one-act festival will celebrate women playwrights. “Glass Ceiling Breakers,” the umbrella title for the all-female festival, offers a pungent mix of comedy and drama written by women and directed by women.  The seven short pieces will be presented on two consecutive weekends—March ...

Business Chatter

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

Chamber Conversations

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their next networking event. Business at Breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 from 8:00 - 9:30 am. Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill is welcoming Chamber and community members looking to get in some early bird networking with other local businesses.  Resgistration is available at http://www.millburnshorthillschamber.org, tickets are $20 with advance registration or $25 at the door.  Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity. 

Chamber Spotlight

The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to spotlight its member, Linda Percoco, President of Max Title Agency, LLC. Thank you Max Title Agency for partnering with the LACC and being a part of Livingston’s thriving business community. This virtual interview was conducted by TAPintoLivingston.net in partnership with the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and answered by president Linda Percoco. Max Title Agency, LLC, established in 2004, is located at 70 South Orange Avenue in Livingston.  Services include: ...

Choosing Your Funeral Home

STAFFORD, NJ - Many times when I sit with someone and the subject of final disposition is discussed, I usually start by explaining who has the legal right to authorize the funeral arrangements of their loved one or friend. In New Jersey, you cannot preauthorize your own final dispostion. You can certainly prearrange the details and prepay for services but the final arrangements, after death, must be signed by the legal next of kin as described below by the New Jersey Funeral Directors Association: Unless a court of ...

Clark's Fallen Heroes, The Series

James W. Harvey II was killed in action on June 11, 2011 in Ghanzi Province, Afghanistan. This letter was written to his family to be opened in the event of his death.   I would like to begin by saying thank you all for showing up and supporting me in everything I have done good and not so much.  Do not be saddened by my death. Don’t be angry with the Army. I did this by choice and loved everyday [sic]. My job fit me and I excelled at it. I did not die alone. I was with brothers in arms that I trusted and they ...

Clark: In the Schools

On Friday, March 10, Arthur L. Johnson’s Guidance Department hosted Career Day. More than 50 professionals hosted tables in the gymnasium while students in grades nine through twelve were able to ask questions and gather information. Among the participants were representatives from the fields of pharmacy, electrical engineering, chemistry, public safety, cosmetology, physical therapy, hospitality, and media. The event also included many ALJ alumni who were delighted to share their career pathways at their former school. Students came ...

Cleri Models: 2015 Model Search

College Review

Emily Carow Named to Dean's List at Bryant University SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Emily Carow, a Senior in Management from Scotch Plains was named to the spring semester Dean's List at Bryant University. Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. Founded in 1863 and recognizing its 150th anniversary in 2013, Bryant has approximately 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students from 27 states and 54 countries. Bryant ...

Community-Supported Agriculture - How to Use Those Veggies!

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The autumn CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) baskets have arrived.  Tough food for colder months, full and alive with Vitamin A.  I get my "1/2 share" - enough for about 4 people from Giamarese Farm on Wednesday afternoons. This week, I really did not know what to expect, but I new that the blueberries and strawberries of balmier days would not be in my basket. Here's the inventory: an enormous cabbage.  Actually, it was a bit of a Little Shop of Horrors/Day of the Trifids sort of ...

Connecting Commerce and Community

Paul Hahn, a certified technologist, trainer and technical writer for more than 25 years, has returned as an instructor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Westfield program (YEA!) for the 2016-2017 year. The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) sponsors a chapter of YEA!, a program which began at the University of Rochester and now serves 168 communities across the country. The GWACC was the first organization to sponsor YEA! in New Jersey. Hahn started as a mentor in the first year of the program, which is now in its fourth ...

Consolidation Study Commission Minutes and Updates

Minutes of the December 11, 2013 Meeting of the Consolidation Study Commission Board of Education Conference Room Cedar Avenue, Scotch Plains The meeting was called to order at 7:07. Mr. Parisi read the Open Public Meetings Act notice and called the roll. Those present were Mr. McCarey and Dr. Saltzman from Fanwood, and Ms. Dreikorn, Mr. Lange, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Wiener and Mr. Parisi from Scotch Plains. Ms. Hoynes, alternate from Fanwood, was also present as was Mr. Arthur, alternate-designate from Scotch Plains. Dr. diBattista, Mr.

Cornerstone: Where Care Meets Commitment

With millions of people experiencing some form of pain, educating the public about alternative treatments is the responsibility of the medical and healthcare community.  New reports continue to come out about abuse and overutilization of opioid drugs, unfortunately amongst all socioeconomic levels across the United States.  Opioids that have been commonly abused are OxyContin, Hydrocodone-acetaminophin, Oxycodone-acetaminophin, and Fentanyl.  It is alarming that in 2015, one in three Medicare beneficiaries received some ...

Cranbury Mayor's Corner

CRANBURY, NJ -I would like to first thank my fellow members of the Cranbury Township Committee for their support as Mayor of Cranbury for 2016. I would also like to thank each and every resident of Cranbury for allowing me to serve on the Township Committee since January 2011. As we start the year, look forward and plan, I realize that whatever plan we put in place today as the governing body of Cranbury Township will most likely change and morph throughout the year as has been the case during my previous five years of service on the ...

Cranford Business Alliance - Business Profile

CRANFORD, NJ – After years of working as the Head of IT for larger companies, Jason Michaels decided to venture out on his own to open up Lifeline Technology Solutions. What better location to settle down, then his hometown of Cranford. “It’s something I’ve been passionate about since I was young,” said Jason. “We are dedicated in making sure that each and every experience you have with us is a pleasant one.” Lifeline Technology Solutions is a full service IT firm, which is unique in the fact that ...

Cranford Real Estate

Residential Home Sales: 1996-2014 What is my Cranford Home Worth? The graph shows historical residential average and median sales prices from 1996 through October 2014. The data source for the graph is from the Garden State Multiple Listing Service where data was extracted on 11/2/2014. Viewing the entire 19 year period, both average and median residential sales price trends have increased. If you bought a home in 1996 and maintained it, you should expect an average sales price increase of 211% and a median sales ...

Cranford Superintendent of Schools Bimonthly Update

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

Dad in the Box

There is nothing quite so blissful as a snow day.     The quiet beauty of gently falling flakes swiftly accumulating on the trees and lawns and roadways preventing any sort of travel to work.   Those two magic words:  School Closure.  Knowing that all there is to do is look out the window from your warm house and watch the clean cold blanket of winter stop all activity in mysterious, but welcome silence. The promise of a guilt free day to do absolutely nothing.   Yes, there is nothing quite so blissful ...

Daily Bread

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

Dear Dr. Christina

It was 10:45pm a few weeks ago and I was winding down what I would call a steady evening seeing patients.  I looked up from my computer and there was a tiny baby being brought into room 9 followed by 2 adult zombies who looked like they had lost their final battle.  Upon closer inspection I determined that this wasn’t some sort of “Living Dead” hoax after all but that these were simply two exhausted parents.  I think there must be some sort of sonar of familiarity given off by these types of parents because I ...

Dear Susan

SUSAN BARBAGLIA, owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa in New Providence, offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise as a leader in the beauty industry. With over thirty years experience in skin care, Susan can answer your most challenging beauty questions. Email your questions to advice@skindeepsalonspa.com.           ____ Winter Skin Dear Susan: During the winter, the skin on my hands and feet gets so dry, it actually cracks and becomes painful. What’s ...

Dental Byte

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

Design Time

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

Did You Know

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

Diversions

Recently we’ve noticed that life is moving at lightning speed; In the blink of an eye, the kids are grown. Since we can’t stop time, we will endeavor to slow dow nand to spend more time in the moment enjoying our families and friends. We will attempt to stop rushing through each conversation so we can get that next (tedious) task accomplished. And that’s where some of our favorite life hacks come in. A life hack, as defined by Urban Dictionary is, “A tool or technique that makes some aspect of one’s life easier or ...

Dr. Linda

Dear Dr. Linda, My wife is having our son take the SAT and the ACT over and over again. Each time it costs money and even more money for the tutor. I’m an attorney and never took this many exams in my life. Our son is miserable, my wife is determined and I’m angry. I guess you have a clear picture of our home environment at this time. It’s not pretty. Any advice? Michael Dear Michael, College acceptance is not solely dependent on college entrance exams. College admissions counselors look at the student’s ...

Driven From Within

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

East Brunswick Guest Columnist

I rarely rally. I was born in 1959, too young to protest the war in Vietnam, although my brother was draft-aged. Marching for Soviet Jewry was popular in the 1970s and even in the 80s. But I don’t recall participating. Hands Across America was a feel-good rally in 1986 designed to lift spirits and eradicate homelessness and poverty. Hardly controversial, I eagerly held hands with friends and strangers on a bright sunny day in Highland Park. As a breast cancer survivor, I felt it was my duty to raise money and walk in various fund raisers ...

East Brunswick Public Library Town Center

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library’s (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) “Just For The Health Of It” program hosts the special program “Get The Skinny On Weight Loss” on Thursday, April 6 at 7 pm. The topic of weight loss will be explored. Topics covered include why some people seem to lose weight effortlessly, and others struggle to be successful. This informative and interactive program will discuss some of the key factors that can sabotage a person's best efforts to lose weight. The ...

Education: Insight and Outlook

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

Educational Alternatives

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

Edward Jones

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

Elite Advantage Prep

This is the time of year when high school seniors and their families wait anxiously for letters of acceptance from the colleges and universities they applied to.  Most results will start reaching inboxes and mailboxes the second week of December, which is a short time away.  There are a variety of decisions you may receive and I wanted to take some time to explain them along with your options.  I’m Accepted! Now what? If you were accepted, congratulations! There is a myth that they only get sent out in thick ...

Employment Law

Have you been mistreated, harassed, abused, discriminated against or retaliated against by your employer? Watch this video to learn how Westfield employment attorney Fred Shahrooz-Scampato, who for the last 25 years has aggressively represented employees, can help you. If you are the victim of prejudice or spend every day in a hostile work environment, you can give him a call for a free 15-minute telephone consultation at 908-301-9095. If, after you speak, he believes that he can be of help, Shahrooz-Scampato ...

Enchanting Moments

If the mood this Thanksgiving weekend conjures up an image of a small town America, Enchantments of downtown Fanwood should be one of the first stores that comes to mind.   Across the street, the leaves on trees around the old Fanwood train station are falling. and it serves as a reminder that the winter and holidays are fast approaching. Through the changing of the seasons, Enchantments has been a fixture in the Fanwood for more than 25 years. Since our opening in 1989, we have played a vital role in the growth of the downtown ...

Eye On Money

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

Family Fun

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

Favorite Feature Stories

ROXBURY, NJ – Lois “Tommie” Barker, a Roxbury High School graduate who went on to play in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, was honored recently by the Ledgewood-based chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Barker, 93, was presented with the DAR’s “Women in American History Award” in recognition of her contribution to professional baseball and continued enthusiasm for the sport, said Rosemary Haynes of the DAR Ferro Monte Chapter.   Barker played professional ...

Fire Department Blotter

2/1/2017 at 1041 hrs. - FD responded a MORRIS AVENUE apartment complex on a report of an activated commercial fire alarm. On arrival the building was being evacuated with nothing showing. FD investigated and found the cause for the fire alarm was due to unattended cooking in the microwave oven. 2/1/2017 at 1623 hrs. - FD responded to a HOBART AVENUE residence  on a report of an activated commercial fire alarm. On arrival FD investigated and found the cause for the alarm activation, was from unattended cooking.

Fit to Be Fab

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

For the House You Call Home

INVENTORY…INVENTORY…INVENTORY!!!  Where is it??  The 2016 recap of sales statistics for our local communities indicated inventories were at close to historical lows for many towns.  Well, here is what has happened in the past month and where we stand today.  The weather has been mild thus far which is prompting a steady and growing “Spring Market” …interest rates are still low but may have seen their lowest valley and will be rising…and based on recent activity at local Open ...

Fortissimo Osteria Pizzeria Corner

WEST ORANGE, NJ - In honor of its 30-year anniversary, West Orange staple, Fortissimo Osteria Pizzeria, located at 484 Pleasant Valley Way, is offering patrons a special deal for the month of June. Patrons are invited to print out the coupon located in the photo gallery above and bring it into Fortissimo for a one-time discounted take-out offer of two cheese pizzas for $17.95. Read coupon for specific details. The restaurant, which boasts three generations of Castronovos, offers a variety of pizzas, homemade pasta dishes, traditional ...

Franklin Falconwriters' Forum

Every February, Franklin Elementary School raises money for the Jump Rope For Heart Association! The Jump Rope For Heart program encourages kids to keep their hearts healthy and donate money to kids with heart defects. Last year, Franklin School reached their goal of earning more than $10,000! One year later, they were rewarded with an entertaining assembly. Students came all the way from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. They performed incredible tricks on the jump ropes that inspired Franklin students to join in. Franklin Elementary ...

From Our Table To Yours

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

From the Editor

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

From the Mayor's Desk

At the New Jersey State League of Municipalities 101st Annual Conference, Mayor Bollwage took part in a panel discussion about municipal employees. The conference took place from November 15 through November 17 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Following the UEZ Mayors Commission meeting, I participated in a panel discussion during another session entitled The Next Generation of Municipal Employees.  This forum focused upon the emerging “silver tsunami,” which is described as the impact of retirements and ...

From the Office of Mayor Matthew P. Anesh

South Plainfield Mayor Matthew Anesh and the Mayor’s Wellness Committee will host their Annual Fall Health Fair in conjunction with St. Peter’s Healthcare System on Saturday, October 15h, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the South Plainfield Senior Center located at 90 Maple Avenue. AristraCare at Cedar Oaks in South Plainfield will host 100 Free flu shots for adults and children. Please join us for Health Care Discussions, Blood Press Screening, “Ask the Doctor”, Nutrition discussions and much ...

Getting Schooled

Summit High School offers students many educational opportunities outside of regular math, science, history, and English classes. There are academic help centers open during the school day, AP and honors courses and college fairs. Until the creation of 'Word!' open mic, however, Summit High School had fewer opportunities for its more creative students. 'Word!' open mic is a monthly variety show featuring writers, vocalists, and musicians from every grade and group in the high school. Students sign up to be apart of the ...

Guest Column

New Jersey's U.S. senators, Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, must put partisanship aside and support the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. She's earned their support with her advocacy for public education reform and better educational opportunities for children. It also would be in their best political interests. In the early 1990s, I was elected Jersey City's first Republican mayor in almost a century by a narrow margin. But when I ran for re-election, in this city of only 6 percent Republicans, I won with ...

Hair Matters

As we approach the time of year that can become hectic and sometimes stressful, finding time to relax and take care of "you" can become a bit of a challenge.  Also this time of year, many of us start  to experience a dry scalp. Did you know that in less than a half an hour a nice, soothing scalp massage can ease you through the stress of the season and benefit your scalp as well? Scalp massages have many perks for you.  A scalp massage will stimulate circulation and can remove ...

Health Management: The DeFabio Difference

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

Health News You Can Use

The results of a study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that a single steroid injection to reduce disc inflammation in people with chronic low back pain provided relief for a month in 55% of those treated. These results led researchers to conclude that steroids were not effective for long-term pain relief. Journal article abstract: http://annals.org/aim/article/2612231/intradiscal-glucocorticoid-injection-patients-chronic-low-back-pain-associated-active Summary of research: ...

HeartBeats

The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages everyone to “know his or her numbers”. One of the numbers that the AHA wants us to know is the blood pressure. The AHA recommends that the blood pressure be kept under 120/80. Is that the right number? Is that the right level for blood pressure for everyone? If not, what is the “right” number for the blood pressure? For those without established high blood pressure (hypertension), yearly blood pressure checks are recommended.  If the blood pressure is over 140/90 ...

Heights Highlights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Strikers FC girls U8 team won the Girls 3v3 indoor Tournament "U8 Girls" bracket held at DTS Soccer Centers in Somerville. The Strikers, a festival team of 17 first and second 1st graders representing the Berkeley Heights Youth Soccer Club, entered two teams in the bracket. The "blue" squad went undefeated and won the bracket. The teams were coached by Mark Dahn and Michael Simon.

Help! I Need Some Style

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

Herb Geller

Until last year, in all my travels, I had never visited south Texas or most of Texas except for an airplane transfer at Dallas and a memorable occasion on a troop train from Neosho, Mo. when we briefly stopped in Texarkana, Texas, on our way to New Orleans. A conductor wearing a cowboy hat ordered some of our guys out of the Pullman berths where they were sleeping because the Army hadn’t paid for them. Our soldiers quickly went back into the berths as soon as we crossed the Texas border. No one bothered them again. Last year I came ...

Here and Now

An outspoken advocate for the local Hispanic community suggested that I speak to her neighbor. I met with Nina over lunch at a local Guatemalan deli in Brewster. Though Nina was nervous and tearful, she spoke forcefully and with conviction. “This is my country,” she said, “and I’m not leaving!” Here is Nina’s story, in her own words: Over the past few months, my life and the lives of my husband and children have changed drastically. We’ve stopped going to church. If we go to the store, we ...

Holy Trinity School Spotlight

A day in the Holy Trinity School PreK-4 and PreK-4Plus program is always exciting! The PreK -4 year old program at Holy Trinity Mountainside Campus is based on the knowledge that a child’s early years are ones of tremendous development – physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. The curriculum challenges the child to develop through experience with language, mathematics, art, music and the community itself. The curriculum for the PreK-4 programs is literature based.  The children develop their vocabulary, ...

Home for Good: Dog of the Week

Tarzan and his sibling Jane are looking for their “forever” homes. Tarzan and Jane are 6-month-old Shepherd mixes. Despite his name, Tarzan is a gentle soul. He is still learning to get along with his human friends. But given time, he will slowly open up and develop trust with people. He needs to be placed in a home with another dog so that he can learn how to be a member of a family. For the right family who is willing to be patient and give him the love and nurturing he needs, he'll make an amazing pet. He is fully ...

Homefirst Happenings

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services, a nonprofit organization that has served the community of Plainfield and Union County since 1986, held its first annual Back To School Night on Thursday, Aug. 20, at its Family Success Center in Plainfield (950 Watchung Ave). Families who signed up to participate in the Back To School Night event were greeted by staff and were served pizza and ice cream. Children received backpacks that were stuffed with school supplies that included binders, calculators, crayons, colored ...

Homemade Cravings

Planning out a holiday meal is one of my favorite things to do.  I grab a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning and settle in with my magazines, cookbooks and the internet to search for ideas and make my lists.  It's the perfect time to be indulgent and eat all of the rich and luxurious foods that I love before January hits and I start working on my resolutions.  I have hosted Christmas Eve Dinner for over 10 years now and here are a few things I've learned along the way: Once you know how many guest you will have ...

Hometown Heroes

There are people in the community that contribute on a regular basis. You may have noticed them as they are at almost every event. They quietly “blend in” and are always the first ones to roll up their sleeves and jump in to do what needs done. TAPinto Roselle/Roselle Park is looking beyond the group, beyond the event and looking at these un-sung “Home Town Heroes” and spotlighting them as a way to say “Thank You” for your dedication to the community. This edition we are spotlighting Walter Wimbush, a ...

Houlihan Lawrence Property of the Day

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

How to Stay Young

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

Human Resources Tip of the Month

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

Humans of Watchung Hills

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IT Solutions for Everyday

It’s the most American of holidays, Thanksgiving, when friends and family gather to feast and give thanks for all that we are blessed with in life. The one thing everyone agrees on this Thanksgiving? That we should at least try to take a technology break. For once, wouldn’t it be nice if we could all power down our computers, stash the smartphone until picture time, and disconnect for a day? We can dream. But technology can actually bring us together on Thanksgiving — so long as apps, electronics, and digital tools, are ...

In Your Community

Atlantic Health System (AHS), a leading health care delivery network, announced today the organization’s commitment to increase colorectal cancer screening in New Jersey by joining "80 percent by 2018" - a national effort of the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease.  Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. This year, there will be an estimated 95,520 new cases of colon cancer and 39,910 cases of rectal cancer diagnosed in the U.S. The national ...

In the Legislature

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

In the Schools

The Student Council of Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield went on a shopping spree on Feb. 28 to purchase children’s toys and baby items for the Children Specialized Hospital in Mountainside. The Student Council, which includes sixth, seventh and eighth graders, raised $1,000 during a fall fundraiser to fill the wish list created by the hospital’s long term care unit. On March 3, all of the purchased items, including a gift card, were delivered by students (l-r) Nora Bergin, Barney Veres (student council ...

In the Spotlight

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The warm weather is here and summer is fast approaching so the Morristown Bureau of Police wants to remind you of some tips to help you and your family enjoy an incident-free summer. A little bit of prevention goes a long way to keeping our neighborhoods safe and free of crime. 1.) Always remember to roll up your car windows, take any valuables out of your car, and lock your doors every time you exit your vehicle, even if it is parked in your own driveway. Thefts from cars are often as a result of people forgetting to ...

In the Stacks with SCLSNJ

“Help! My child hates to read!" As librarians, this is one of the most common problems we hear from parents. It frequently hits around third grade. The child has made it through the frustrations of learning how to read, the child is reading within grade level expectations, but the child simply refuses to read. For parents who love to read, this can be heartbreaking. If this sounds like your child, you are not alone. According to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report, reading enjoyment declines sharply after age 8.

Insight From Our Superintendent

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

Insight from Sparta High School Students

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

Insured and Secured

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

Ironclad Car Advice with Peyton Knight

Spring is the perfect time to refresh and renew your vehicle.  As the winter weather ends here are a few car care tips that can make that long awaited spring drive much more enjoyable. Wash the car.  Your car has been conquering salty roads and potholed terrain, so a driveway washing just isn’t going to cut it this time.  I strongly suggest you take your car to a professional car wash where the vehicle undercarriage can be aggressively cleaned. That road salt and dirt has been splattered into every ...

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

We're doing it again! We're giving away SIX weeks of our total transformation, kitchen sink training package to FOUR lucky locals!  The page is OPEN, you can enter here: http://gabrielefitness.com/giveaways/sweepstakes/ (you can bookmark the page ;)  Or click the link below and enter to win your six week transformation training! Remember, you're going to want to share this with your friends, the more you share the more your name gets pushed to the top (the internet fanciness weights your application ...

JCC NEWS

Ambassador Yoram Ettinger (ret.), an insider on U.S.-Israel relations and consultant to Israel’s cabinet and legislators, will speak at the JCC of Central NJ, 1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains on Monday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. Ettinger served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC and regularly briefs the U.S. Congress and their staff on issues of bilateral concern. He will talk about Israel, the "Arab demographic tsunami," Israel’s isolation in the world, and its defense ...

JCP&L Energizing Your Community

As part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the durability and flexibility of its electric transmission and distribution systems, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) plans to invest  $359 million during 2017 on infrastructure projects and other work to enhance reliability across its 13 county northern and central New Jersey service area.   Major projects scheduled for 2017 include finishing construction of a new 16- mile, 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Monmouth County, building a new 34.5 kV power line in ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Town officials welcome tourists, who are happy to plunk down $5 for a small cup of ice cream. They are not as happy to host "The Make America Great Again" rally this Saturday on the boardwalk. Mayor Anthony Vaz, a Republican, originally denied the pro-Trump rally because of concerns it could get out of hand. But it was ultimately approved because of that damn First Amendment, with that inconvenient right of people to peacefully assemble. Vaz told NJ.com that he ...

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum

New Brunswick, NJ – There’s a new presence on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick: Walking Man, a permanent outdoor installation by internationally renowned sculptor – and longtime South Brunswick, New Jersey, resident – George Segal. You can find the single bronze figure in stride at the refurbished northwest corner of George and Hamilton Streets, where it appears headed toward the museum’s entrance. “Creative Expression and the Human Experience is an integrating theme of ...

Jeffrey Strauss, Esq.

The practice of medicine requires great skill and training as it has a direct and sometimes profound effect on the lives of patients.  When that effect is a positive one, everyone is happy.  However, the negative effects of poor or careless medicine has profound consequences yet it often goes unreported or uncompensated. The cases are serious and require specialists with experience in the many nuances, traps and pitfalls of bringing these highly specialized types of cases. However, while studies report that the number of ...

Jersey Girl on Fire

Forty years since "Born to Run," and I still haven't run and fulfilled my destiny. Like Bruce Springsteen, I remain pretty close to where I grew up, in a nicer house, maybe, and in a more tree-lined neighborhood, but within an hour's ride of the place that I still name when people ask, "Hey, where are you from?" In 1975, I was 17 and a student at Montclair State when it was a college and had not yet put on its long pants and become a university. "Tramps like us" were supposed to have walked with a ...

Jets Fan Chatter

Darrelle Revis skipped his senior year at the University of Pittsburgh to enter the 2007 NFL Draft. His resume from his first three years in college were the foreshadowing of a great future career as a cornerback in the NFL. He earned First-Team All-American honors in his 2004 freshman year. He was Rivals.com Second-Team Freshman All-American in 2004 also. He was First-Team All-Big East in 2005 and 2006. He was Rivals.com Third-Team All-American in 2006. He placed as a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in 2006. and he was voted the ESPN ...

Johnny Four Fingers Weekly NFL Picks

Johnny Four Fingers went 3-2 again last week, and I picked Atlanta to knock-off Carolina. Even my average weeks are better than that Tuna guy. He was 1-4. I hear Parcell’a want’s TAP to change that guy’s name to Catfish. Maybe we can call it “Catfish Bites” since he is not worthy of the Tuna name. Anyway, we are closing out my first regular season making picks, and it has been a lot of fun. The drawing is coming up soon. Who will win the $100.00 KC’s Korner gift certificate? Happy New Year to all my friends ...

Kaplan on Your Money

Are you invested in an IRA, 401k, 403b or Defined Benefit Plan? If so, good news! Have you noticed fees disclosure on your 401k or 403b statements, lower fees and the addition of low-cost index funds to your investment selection? I hope further improvements to retirement plans ironed out in 2016 in a 1,000+ page document will launch on on April 10, 2017:  the Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rule. Although regulations and compliance can be burdensome to advisors, these DOL regulations help lift retirement plans out of ...

Karmic Words

We have come to the end of a hot summer and now welcome the cool air, a new school year, and sense of renewed purpose. Autumn is certainly a time for change, and many people take time to make significant improvements in their well-being, even before the New Year. As the weather gradually changes, so can you. Taking the first step can be difficult, but it is on a path toward a healthy lifestyle. With so many types of yoga being offered, getting started can be intimidating. Our classes are relaxing and we welcome all ...

Keeping Your Life In Order

Did you make a goal to get better organized in 2017? If so, you’re not alone. Every year, for at least the last ten years, “Get Organized” has been the second most popular New Year’s resolution. We all start the year with good intentions, but sometimes life intervenes and our plans get waylaid. Here we are in February, 1/12 of the year already gone. How are you doing on that goal to be more organized this year? It’s not too late to get back on track.  Here are 5 tips to ...

Keller Williams Realty: Real Life ... Real People

First impressions are lasting. So it makes sense that to get the best value when selling your home, you should start with its curb appeal to entice potential buyers to come inside your home. When likely buyers enter the front door, you want them to realize this is the home for them to create new memories. A Realtor can help you to identify small household changes, both outside and in, that will make your home feel more livable. This will make a big difference when you put your house on the market. To enhance the overall ambience of your ...

Kenilworth Mayor's Corner

KENILWORTH, NJ - After I first became elected last November one of my first goals was to resurrect our “Pride in Kenilworth Committee” which had been in existence in years past but apparently simply fell apart due to lack of interest and had ceased to be in existence for many years.  Initially after we reestablished the Committee interest was sparse.  However with each and every meeting there were more and more attendees who wished to participate and provide assistance in the upcoming scheduled events. As a result ...

Keys to Wellness

Sibin is a 23 year old pharmacy student at Rutgers Pharmacy School. He is in his fourth and final year of schooling and has many exciting plans ahead of him. When we sat down with his to chat he was really excited to talk about the future, but was not a huge fan of his picture being taken. Q: Why did you want to become a pharmacist? A: I wanted to become a pharmacist so I would be closer to the chemistry and pharmacology medication that are given to patients. Q: What have you learned from being at Twin City? A: I have learned how much ...

Kids Column: Food for Thought…from Emily’s Kitchen

As a child, I found myself shying away from a food that kids typically enjoy : cheese. Of course I ate cheese on pizza, but in any other form, cheese was simply out of the question. Cheese sticks? Nope. Grilled cheese? Not a chance. Cheese on a sandwich?  Don't even bother asking. Only recently have I opened up my palate up to cheese.   A few years ago, I ordered spaghetti bolognese in an Italian restaurant. When it arrived at my table, I dug in before noticing the snow-like shavings of Locatelli cheese on top. Instantly, I ...

Kitchen Table Economics

Just when you thought the stock market couldn’t climb any higher, President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress. According to MarketWatch, the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded in record territory on Tuesday (February 28) above 21,000, after surging more than 300 points. The S&P 500 rallied 36 points, while the Nasdaq surged 80 points. According to experts, the likelihood of an interest rate increase in March went from 35% before Trump’s speech, to 69% following the speech. No matter your political leanings, ...

Know Your Nest

Baby, it’s COLD outside! Cabin fever infects the family, you’ve seen every decent movie that’s out, and you can only hide in the bathroom from the kids for so long. While Team Nest Builder loves our homes, we also know there are times you need to escape them. Like now. Here we offer our round-up of the top 4 Morris and Sussex County BOWLING CENTERS to solve your dilemma! Dust Off That Glitter Bowling Ball If it’s been years since you last set foot in a bowling alley, ...

LCJSMS Panther Pulse

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

LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE

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

Law in Your Corner

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

Let's TAP About It

The most valuable lessons for journalism students sometimes come from odd and unusual places such as a Beatles convention I plan to attend this weekend. At the The Fest for Beatles Fans, I will have an opportunity to hear from Klaus Voormann, an artist and musician I interviewed many years ago when I was a music journalist. Voormann has a long history with the Beatles dating back to the early days of the band in Germany. He later designed the cover of the group’s Revolver album and played on several Beatles solo recordings. At the ...

Library News

We’ve wrapped up a busy summer at NPML.   Summer reading programs for all ages have concluded.  Prizes have been awarded, lots of books read and lots of volunteer hours racked up.  We thank all of our wonderful volunteers who assisted in the library with awarding prizes, making ice cream and registering participants as well as those who continue to work stocking the bookshelf library at the NP Pool with great selections. Many thanks to our generous township businesses who donated prizes this year: Prestige Diner, ...

Life on Purpose

Now that 2015 is well under way, many of us have come out of the gate with great excitement for what we want to achieve this year, as well we should. The new year is a fantastic time to reflect, refresh and work on renewing your mindset to set yourself up for success. One of the key ways we can get and keep ourselves in a joyous and optimistic state (or mindset), is through gratitude. It's easy to have some vague sense of gratitude in the background of your mind, but expressing it daily and really identifying specifically what it is ...

Life, Health and Politics

Over the summer, I came across a frightening statistic about the current ratio of liberal to conservative professors in New England. Samuel J. Abrams, professor at Sarah Lawrence College, published an article in the New York Times discussing his research into the political breakdown of the professoriate across the country. “Faculty members in New England are far more liberal than their counterparts anywhere else in the nation”, writes Abrams. Back in the late 80s, the ratio of liberal to conservative professors nationwide was ...

Lindabury Legal Corner

Live Life Outlaw

If you’re looking for a sandwich that tops all of the other sandwiches you’ve ever eaten, look no further than Slamwich Scratch Kitchen. While you may have to travel a town over to Madison, NJ, these sandwiches are worth it. Everything at Slamwich is made in house, from the chips and pickles to the house cured pastrami, Slamwich does it all. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and to be honest we would suggest going any time of day. All of the sandwiches are served with house made chips, that are super crispy ...

Living In

MONTVILLE, NJ - Century 21 The Crossing is having the following open houses this weekend: Sunday, March 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 4 High Mountain Drive, Montville - click HERE for further details. 24 Woodmont Road, Pine Brook - click HERE for further details.    

Liz on Theatre

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ streams along in sizzling suspense By Liz Keill PRINCETON, NJ – Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” has received a terrific stage adaptation by Ken Ludwig. He’s taken a few liberties with the numerous characters, but has tightened the story line so that it all works seamlessly. Ludwig has injected any number of numerous asides, delivered by a sterling cast of potential murder suspects. Allan Corduner is the impeccable Hercule Poirot, ...

Lost & Found Pets

UPDATE: Reunited with owner! ORIGINAL POST: Dog found Monday at the corner of North Chestnut and East Broad Streets in Westfield. She had a collar on and did not have a chip. If you know her, please call  908-377-6867.

Lost In Suburbia

Back in my early days of suburbia, I received one or two catalogs in the mail, and that was about it. However, catalogs, I soon learned, are like rabbits, and tend to multiply if left unattended. At first I looked forward to the occasional Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma catalogs. Not that I was buying, because we were young and house poor. But like a man with a girly magazine, I liked to look at the pictures and dream about what I didn’t have at home. Soon enough, though, more catalogs started pouring in. Initially it was just home ...

Louise D. Floyd, Communicant of St. Matthew the Apostle Church Dies at 82

EDISON, NJ - Edward V. Burrell, 55, of Edison, passed away Friday, September 18, 2015 at Monmouth County Care Center, Freehold. Born in Staten Island, NY, he resided in Edison since 1973. Edward was a graduate of Edison High School. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and animal lover. He especially loved his dog Rambo. He is predeceased by his parents Edward (d.2008) and Florence Burrell (d.2008). Surviving are his sisters Patricia A. Burrell of Las Vegas, NV and Dawn Ferrara and her husband Anthony of Freehold; one nephew ...

Madison's 'Academic Journey'

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

Main Street Musings

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

Making the Grade

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

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln by Jen Miller

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

Marketing Inside Out

CRANFORD, NJ – Having been in the marketing field for over twenty years I have seen and heard a lot of advertising ideas, new lead generation platforms and innovative technologies come and go.  When I became familiar with TAPinto.net early last year it got my attention right away and not just in terms of what it could offer my own clients regarding brand exposure but even more importantly what it could offer them in terms of content integration. Content integration and customer engagement are two buzz phrases in the marketing ...

Mayor Dansereau: Conversations with the Community

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

Mayor's Round Table

GILLETTE, NJ - Mayor's Round Table is a monthly show hosted by Dr. Donald DeFabio, who sits with Mayor Robert Woodruff to talk about current issues that affect the township as well as answer questions submitted by citizens. This month, the Mayor's Round Table went on location and were guests of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights on Dec. 16 at Chimney Rock Inn in Gillette. Included in this episode Mayor Woodruff provides an update on time frame and status of various redevelopment projects: The Locust property ...

Meadowbrook Camp Corner

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

Melinda's Garden

Liven up your holiday décor with lights, a bit of glitz and some colorful blossoms this season. Start by gathering greenery from your landscape. Use needled evergreens like pines and firs, broadleaf evergreens like boxwood, holly and evergreen magnolia as well as junipers and arborvitaes to create wreaths, swags, centerpieces and garland. And don’t forget to include cones, holly berries, crabapples and the bluish-colored fruit of junipers. Be selective as you prune your trees and shrubs when collecting these materials.

Morristown Library Offerings

The Morristown Library is offering the following events: Tuesday April 26; Man and Nature; A discussion how science needs a new understanding of man-made and natural environments. Program begins at 7pm Thursday April 28; Movie Night The Lady in the Van (PG-13). Showing at 2pm and 7pm Sunday May 1; Poetry Readings by Gail Fishman Gerwin and Edwin Romond; 2pm Please be aware that due to the building construction, there has been a decrease in parking spaces. Approximately 10 parking spaces have been lost, temporarily due to the ...

Morristown Rec News

The Town of Morristown is looking for lifeguards for Burham Pool and Cauldwell Playground Pool.  Lifeguards are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of individuals using the pool. This includes: Being alert; preventing situations that may result in accidents or injury; administering first aid and rescues appropriately and promptly; and tactfully enforcing pool rules and regulations. Lifeguards are responsible for assisting with routine pool maintenance, custodial duties, and other tasks as assigned by supervisors. Good ...

Mountainside Moments

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Mountainside Orthodontics with Dr. Eric Frank is celebrating their 3rd year anniversary. "We are proud to provide gift cards to pay for meals for families in the community," said Dr. Frank. " We always look for meaningful ways to support our Mountainside community outside of our practice."  In addition, for the new year his wife Dr. Aimee will become part of the practice adding her expertise of pediatric dentistry.

Movement is Life

Fat-Burning Myth Myth: You start burning fat 30 minutes into your workout. Truth:  The body utilizes both fat and carbohydrates 24 hours a day. At rest, our metabolism utilizes approximately 50% fat/50% carbohydrates (CHO) for Energy production.  If you are a cardiovascular fit individual, then you will see a slight increase in fat utilization at rest : 60% fat/40% carbohydrate. Your body stores fat in two places — in adipose tissue, a conglomeration of fat cells, and in muscle fibers as intramuscular triglycerides.

My Perspective

We have always taken pains to judge our political leaders through a lens that is part partisan affiliation and part deep-seated values. These values include consistency and truth-telling. We generally don’t tolerate being deceived or lied to, even if the deceiver shares our political stripes. “Flip-flopping” is anathema in our political world. Consequently, when a politician does change their mind, they feel the necessity of explaining why to a skeptical populace. These rules seemingly do NOT apply to President Trump.

New Jersey: What Exit?

President-elect Donald Trump said during a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal that Gov. Chris Christie may end up working in his administration after all. "Don't forget: We have a lot of positions," added the former Atlantic City casino tycoon, who will be sworn in as president this coming Friday. “So---’in the end’ we might a ‘good position’ for Chris,” Trump said, using finger quotes. Christie is a fellow Republican who has been friends with Trump for 15 years and spent ...

New Providence Notables

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Girl Scouts from Allen Wood Roberts fourth grade Girl Scout Troop 40140 researched famous women and inspirational quotes to create centerpieces for the upcoming New Providence Diversity Committee Ladies Tea celebrating Women's History Month. Troop Leaders Maria Deluca and Jennifer Senft. The Ladies Tea on Sunday, March 5 begins at 2 p.m. at the DeCorso Community Center located at 15 East Fourth Street in New Providence.   Related article: New Providence Diversity Committee ...

News from Mayor Michael Giordano, Jr.

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

News from SCLSNJ

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

News from South Plainfield Eagles

Dear Parents, Coaches & Board Members, Please be advised that we will have a General Membership Meeting tomorrow, Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:00pm at the Fieldhouse.  In an effort to keep the community informed on the proposed bond referendum in South Plainfield, we have invited the Superintendent of Schools, Dr Lishak, to speak at our meeting.  This is a great opportunity to become informed and answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding this referendum. We have enclosed a few attachments for your ...

News from Tri County Chamber of Commerce

SOMERSET, NJ - May 3, 2016 - The Tri-County Chamber of Commerce met at the Stage House Tavern, located at 1719 Amwell Road in Somerset, NJ, this past Tuesday.  The TCCOC organizes luncheons every month as an opportunity for members and those considering membership to network.  “The luncheons and events are a great way to promote local businesses, giving them more exposure to many local business owners throughout the area,” said President of the TCCOC and Assistant Vice President of Investor’s Bank in South ...

Newton Robotics Team

For six weeks, FIRST Robotics teams have been working arduously to prepare a robot to compete in competitions. They compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition—a worldwide S.T.E.M. robotics program for high school students in grades 9-12. At the beginning of each year, a new challenge is released and all teams are only allotted six weeks to conceptualize game strategies and construct a robot. January 7 marked the beginning of this year’s “build season” with a new challenge called “Steamworks,” in ...

Newton Town Manager's Blog

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

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

Cranford, N.J., February 17, 2017. - Deanna's Interior Designs, who designs interiors for commercial, professional offices, model homes and residential properties, takes home a Meritorious Award for Contractor of the Year (Coty), for their work on Vanguard Medical Group’s Cranford Location. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry awards Deanna’s Interior Design with the 2017 Meritorious Contractor of the Year Award for Commercial Interiors. Deanna’s specializes in turning clients’ design ideas into ...

Niru's Tech Tips

Our smartphones are our lifeline these days and most of us don’t step out without our phones.  But this lifeline is highly dependent on the cell phone’s battery, which never seems to last long enough.   The battery life has just not kept up with the increased power of our cell phones.  But, we also unknowingly contribute towards the draining of our phone battery.  How?  By, using and running apps that are power guzzlers!  This technology tip discusses how to find out which apps are eating up your ...

Nursery U

Sometimes I felt like I was living in the movie Groundhog Day, but I was always backstage at the Tony Awards. Every night the same show, with the words, “wait, can I do that one more time” coming from my daughter’s mouth as she pleaded for another do over. I was constantly working as the head of a million departments. Set Design, Costumes, Music, Lighting, Directing... and then, of course, I was also the audience. You see, my daughter was a five-year-old ham who loved to dance,sing, act and perform something on a nightly ...

On Assignment

A couple of weeks ago, spring was in the air. It was growing from the ground, it was singing from the pond next door. The crocuses were blooming and the frogs were squawking their furious mating calls. A week later, the crocuses had croaked and the croakers, probably the same. Their betrothed, who were ribbited a week earlier, were now croaking, “Dude, what the hell?” The arrival of spring was Fake News, and we fell for it yet again. It was a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese and hacked by the Russians. The blizzard of 2017 was ...

On Point

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

On Tap at Morris Tap and Grill

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

On the World Scene

I Googled the symptoms of male mid-life crisis and I thankfully don’t really fit into this category. I’m slightly on the younger side and I have no desire to do anything rash, like shut down my business, leave my family and move to Vegas. But I am approaching a point in my life where I have two competing emotions. The first emotion is that I can’t wait for everything to speed up so that I can accomplish everything I want to accomplish in life. Truth be told, I’ve always had that emotion. Even when I was a child, I ...

Out & About with Thos & Joe

With the help of Roselle Park 24/7, Roselle Park resident pet owners have another level of protection for their favorite furry family member. Thos and Joe announce a new program where lost dogs and cats can be "scanned" for their chip before going to a local shelter. As who else is the best to help demonstrate the scanning process? No other than Martino, Thos and Joe's furry family member! With the help of the Borough of Roselle Park and it's Police Department, information about a pet can be retrieved immediately and ...

Packing Light

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

Perspective From The Rear View Mirror

My dad was a generous man. He gave me many gifts throughout my life, both tangible and intangible.  He passed away last month and this is my first Father’s Day without him.  Today I am concentrating on the intangible gifts he gave to me.  My father was someone who showed me how to handle adversity with grace and stoicism.  When he was just a boy he learned how hard life can be. He watched his sister die of kidney failure when she was six years old.  He was only eleven at the time. Just a year later, his mother ...

Pet Corner

Babe is a Wheaton Terrier mix, estimated about 3 years old. She is a little shy at first but super sweet once you give her a few moments. Two of her favorite things are snuggling and getting belly rubs. She doesn't seem to mind dogs or cats.

Pet Tips

MORRISTOWN, NJ - On Saturday March 18, Terry's Pet Depot is hosting a dog adoption from 12noon - 3pm. The Pelzman family adopted Lucy an adorable pug while  the Cortese family fell in love with Benny. Lily found her forever family in the Lomelo's.  Who will you fall in love with?  

Petal Power

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

Photo of the Day

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

Pipe Works Presents: Tips for Healthy Homes

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

Piscataway Library - CHECK US OUT!

Visit the Piscataway Public Library this weekend, March 24-26, for the ultimate celebration of NJ Makers Day! Highlights include Drone Races and a Battlebot demo on Saturday, and a Local Makers Market on Sunday featuring Piscataway-area crafters and artisans. In celebration of this, we have a full slate of programming planned for the Piscataway community: Friday, March 24, 2:00-5:00pm at Kennedy and Westergard Libraries NJMD for Teens & Kids: Join us for an afternoon of making at both branches of the Piscataway Library with drop in ...

Player Periscope

SOMERSET HILLS, NJ - Rutgers Outfielder Luke Bowerbank is the quiet man.  He doesn't say too much, but his play on the baseball diamond has always spoken volumes.  Baseball fans in the Somerset Hills are used to seeing Luke getting base hits.  Going back to his Somerset Hills Little Leage days the Kiwanis Park, he has gotten hit after hit.   He continued to hit as his Somerset Hills Little League team won the New Jersey state championship in 2009.  He hit a key homerun in the state championship game that year.

Point View WealthPoints

Investors have turned fearful of bonds and bond funds. The Federal Reserve is poised to raise rates this week for the third time in 15 months. The Fed itself and investors generally forecast least two more hikes this year. Why buy bonds now? Bonds are the ultimate hedge on a stock portfolio. Given that stock valuations are stretched and optimism high, this is not the time to exit fixed income, but rather the time to pare back overexposure to equities and reinvest in fixed income. Although bonds will be under pressure if rates move ...

Police Blotter

12/2                      A resident of Raritan rd. reported being a victim of Criminal Mischief.  She stated that sometime during the day an unknown suspect(s) removed a lug nut from one of the tires on her vehicle. 12/5                      The Scotch Plains Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on ...

Police Blotter.

On September 22, 2016 at 7:30am, Florham Park Police patrols took several reports of thefts from vehicles parked at residences on Spring Valley Drive, Deerfield Drive, Crane Lane and Harvale Drive. All of the vehicles that were entered were unlocked. Residents are urged to remove valuables and key fobs and lock their vehicles to prevent being victimized. This incident remains under investigation by the Florham Park Police Department Detective Bureau. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective ...

Practical Taxes and Finance With Paul Kleespies

Failing to file tax returns on time doesn't necessarily make you a criminal, but the penalty for procrastinating can be punishing. What's the price you'll pay? The IRS can assess a failure to file penalty, which is usually 5% of your unpaid taxes per month, up to a maximum penalty of 25%. In addition, there is a penalty for failure to pay taxes on time. This penalty accumulates at a slower pace of 0.5% of unpaid taxes per month. You may also have to pay interest on both taxes due and the penalties. Even if you can't ...

Prepare and Protect

I write this blog with a certain type of sadness. With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, unfortunately drunk driving and DUI’s happen. Typically I write blogs this time of year that give tips on driving responsibly during the holiday, and every day, but this year I decided to take a different approach. This year I want to talk about what happens to your insurance when you are arrested for a DUI. A DUI is short for Driving Under the Influence. Other states may call it a DWI, or Driving While Intoxicated. Whatever you call it, ...

Property Matters

With 2016 in our rear view mirror, we can now see that the fall market leading up to the 2016 presidential election was a relatively quiet time for Summit real estate. Buyers were out kicking the tires but they were cautious to proceed with purchases. In 2016, Summit had 311 residential sales as compared to 282 for 2015. The average days on market for listings that sold for 2016 was 45, essentially unchanged from 46 for 2015. The average sale price dropped by 6.2% to $957,949 indicating the strongest demand for lower priced ...

RHS Athlete of the Week

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

Randolph PRWC Health News

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

Real Estate 101: Market Insight for Buyers and Sellers

So, what's with all these "coming soon" signs that you see around town? It seems pretty self explanatory you may say, but there is more to the story than meets the eye.  Done the right way, the "coming soon" idea is a great one. It alerts friends, neighbors, and people walking or driving past your house to the fact that your beautiful home is coming on the market.  It creates some buzz before it hits the market. You see, once it "hits" the market and goes live on the multiple listing service ...

Real Estate Talk

You’ve probably heard that, when it comes to real estate, it is all about location, location, location.  That’s not necessarily true.  You can’t change where home is located.  You DO have control over what price you list it for sale.  When it comes right down to it, proper pricing is key to selling any home. One of the biggest mistakes a homeowner makes when trying to sell their property is pricing it too high.  A buyer doesn’t care that you spent $50,000 updating your kitchen or ...

Real Estate with Shannon

The Spring market has started in Maplewood and South Orange. This season is a popular time to list a home. If you are thinking of selling but not sure on the timing, here are a few things to consider.  According to the Garden State Multiple Listing Service (GSMLS)*, the average number of days on market in February in Maplewood was 67. South Orange's average was 48.  You should estimate that it will take approximately 30-60 days for you to receive an offer on your home. That's not to say that you won't get 5 ...

Rising Music Stars from Andy's Family Music

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight music teacher Mike Maino, guitarist of the popular New Jersey-based cover band “Screaming Broccoli.” Seen above performing his original composition, “Sky Full of Dreams,” Maino has been a musician for approximately 35 years and an instructor at Andy’s for 12 years. He said he has been through many jobs, but that a career in music was always his main goal. “I saw my uncle play when I was about five or ...

Risky Business: Managing Risk in the Modern World

The most cost effective approach to managing risk is to be proactive about reducing hazards and preventing accidents. When it comes to home fires, the most common causes of loss might not be what you expect. Less obvious dangers like the five detailed below actually cause more losses than major events, both because small risks may go unnoticed and because they occur frequently.   Laptops in Bed Putting on your favorite Netflix show before a nap might help you fall asleep, but under the wrong circumstances it can also be dangerous.

Rivero CPA

If you reside in Pennsylvania and have struggled with past-due taxes, you'll want to hear this important news. From April 21 through June 19, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue will offer tax amnesty to taxpayers who owe past-due taxes. During this 60-day period, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue will waive all penalties and half of the interest owed by those who apply and pay delinquent taxes. Most taxes are eligible. Personal income tax Corporate net income tax Capital stock/foreign franchise ...

Rutgers News

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It’s considered law enforcement’s “gold standard,” and Rutgers police are looking to maintain that badge of honor. The Rutgers University Police Department is vying for re-accreditation from a law enforcement group made up of high-ranking police associations from across the world. The school’s police force first received the nod in 2011, according to the university. Officials for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies are scheduled to perform an on-site ...

SPFHS Sports Wrap Up

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

SPHS Athlete of the Week

The South Plainfield Girls’ Bowling Team finished another fantastic season.  The Lady Tigers have become one of the top bowling programs in the Greater Middlesex Conference.  The team finished with a record of 14-2-2.  The South Plainfield Girls’ Bowlers finished as the GMC Blue Division Champions and were Semifinalists of the GMC Conference Tournament.  At the end of the season, the Greater Middlesex Conference finalized their recognition for the winter athletes.  Chelsea Alers was selected as All-Blue ...

Scotch Plains Library

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

Scotch Plains Recreation Department

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

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad

Parents know the importance of keeping their children’s hands as germ-free as possible, and besides hand washing, hand sanitizers are often the go-to choice when water is not available.  After all, these products are purported to kill many different types of microorganisms.  What could be safer? Now comes some news that these products may also be dangerous for our children.  Just recently, the Centers for Disease Control announced that “over 70,000 children drank hand sanitizer between 2011 and 2014. While some ...

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  – Legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan aimed at increasing security at New Jersey’s nonprofit organizations deemed high-risk targets of threats  was approved by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. “We know that individuals, with great animus, are looking to endanger our friends and neighbors for who they are, what they stand for, and what they believe. This program is the next logical step of the federal grant program that rightly recognizes that we need to provide ...

Senior Corner

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Senior Center has a busy March - March 1 – Ballys’ Casino   $22.00 March 9 – St. Pat’s Day Celebration at Lakeside Manor – Hazlet, NJ   $68.00  p/p March 13 – Injury Prevention program  9:45 a.m. March 14 – Adult Coloring   9:30   March 15 – St. Patty’s Day Lunch – Catered by Flanagans  Comedian at 11 – party from 12 – 3   $10.00 p/p March 20 ...

Shameless Plug

(SHAMELESS PLUG #43) I have been working with insurance for over 10 years, and always talk to my clients about the peace of mind aspect that life insurance can afford.  Let’s face it, already losing your spouse is tragic enough, but compound this with the fact that life just does not stop, adds extra pressure to the situation.  From bills to the children’s schooling, mixed with the fact that there is not an extra hand to help, all can contribute to a cornucopia of issues.  Sometimes, those issues lead to ...

Shopfunding for a Cause

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

Skyzone Trampoline Park

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

Small Towns, Big Dreams

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

Sobel Solutions

LIVINGSTON, NJ — On January 23, 2017, Kenneth M. Gibbons, CPA, CGMA, MST joined Sobel & Co. as a member of the Firm.  Ken will have a strong role in the tax practice area, leveraging the expertise he has gained over more than 20 years in the profession of accounting, tax and advisory services from his tenure at firms such as Arthur Andersen LLP and Deloitte.  In addition, Ken managed his own practice. Ken has also earned a Master in Taxation degree from Seton Hall. “I am pleased to add value at Sobel & ...

Social Studies

Instagram Story Updates: You are now able to add a location, temperature, or time to your story, as well as custom Instagram stickers and Emojis, accessed in the new sticker section in the top right corner of the story screen. In the newest update, the size of text and thickness of marker/draw tool are all adjustable via the first icon listed before the text color option. There is also a new hands-free mode, which means that you will no longer need to hold the record button while recording a video. Instagram has also added ...

Somerset Patriots

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

Soul Food

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

South Asian News

PHANTOM - 2 & 1/2 out of 5 stars SYNOPSIS - Bollywood Movie Phantom is a mixture of James Bond, Jason Bourne, Kala Paththar, Ek Tha Tiger etc. Movie starts of with 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Immediately film moves to Chicago, London, Beirut and Pakistan for a secret mission to kill all responsible for the attack. The film offers hypothetical answers for terrorists to bring them to justice especially for all who were involved in unforgotten 26/11 Mumbai attack.  WHAT’S GOOD - It’s edge of the seat thriller in the ...

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club

The South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club (SPJBC) will be having their LAST In-Person Registration Signups on Saturday February 11th from 9am to 1pm at the SPJBC Clubhouse on Lorraine Ave You can also sign your kids up online at the SPJBC Website:  http://www.leaguelineup.com/spjbc or you can mail the form to SPJBC, PO Box 166, South Plainfield NJ 07080 Children 6 – 18 can sign up to play next season.  Your child must be 6 years old before September 30th or be in 1st Grade to be eligible to play.  Any questions ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

The South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council 6203 held their annual Keystone Special Citizens Community Lunch at the Holy Savior Academy on March 11th. Every Month Father John Alvarado from Sacred Heart Church holds a special Mass for the Mentally Challenged residents from the Keystone Community as well as other residents from Middlesex County.  This month’s theme was St Patrick’s Day. The South Plainfield Knights have supported this Special Citizens lunch for over 30 years. Pizza, Pretzels, Dessert and drinks were ...

South Plainfield Library

Well, Friday is St. Patrick’s Day.  And that night you may decide to settle in to watch the parade, followed by “The Quiet Man” and (for those of us of a certain age) maybe some Dennis Day music.  But could you please spare a moment to check on upcoming events at South Plainfield Library?             We’ll start with our usual schedule of children’s programs, with a couple of additions.  For those of you who still may not be familiar with ...

South Plainfield Ponytail on the Diamond

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

Southern Regional Accolades and College Commitments

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

Sparta School District Spotlight

March 2017 Dear Sparta Learning Community,      As you are aware, Sparta Public Schools greatly value the infusion of technology as a staple component of the teaching and learning process.  Beginning in 2014, the District began to pilot various devices and software applications targeted at heightened communication, collaboration, and diversity of instruction. Our ultimate aim was (is) to increase student achievement through the use of digital frameworks as a teaching and learning tool.  As a result of this ...

Sparta Spartan Youth Football and Cheerleading

Spartan Youth Football scores for October 15 and 16 Super White beat Wallkill 806 Pee Wee fell to High Point 23-6 Midget also lost to High Point 26-6 Pony Blue shut out High Point 12-0 Super Blue beat Ringwood 26-7 Pony White defeated West Milford 19-6 Rumble White narrowly won over Rumble Blue 21-20

Spotlight on Business

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Delicious Cravings opened last month at 2325 Plainfield Avenue – just across from CVS and next door to Mohn’s Florist – and, on Saturday, June 13, will hold its grand opening. Run by Veronica Ruiz, a member of South Plainfield High School’s Class of 2011 and a graduate of Rutgers University, Delicious Cravings serves up more than a dozen flavors of all natural frozen yogurt, including fat free and no sugar added options, as well as milk shakes, bubble tea and smoothies and also serves hot dogs ...

Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield

The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield met on March 2nd at the American Legion Hall, Oak Tree Road. After opening ceremonies, Grace Bertucci and Orvie Hoffman were thanked for hosting this month. Business items included Orvie Hoffman, Corresponding Secretary, reporting that a letter was received from the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs confirming that Jean Popik, recently deceased member, would be enrolled in the NJSFWC memorial book. Jean was a valued member of our club for fifty one years and served on several ...

Summer Concert Photo Contest

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The fifth annual Berkeley Heights Summer Concert Series Photo Contest is here!  TAP into Berkeley Heights, in partnership with the Suburban Chamber of Commerce and local businesses, is proud to present the contest entries from the third concert, 52nd Band, which took place on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. At each concert, a reporter from TAP into Berkeley Heights has taken photos of families and individuals who would like to participate in the photo contest.  Two winners will be drawn at random ...

Summit Real Estate Wrap

Years ago we all talked about "sitting an open house" and that is literally what we did.  We sat at a table, greeted people, had them sign in (maybe) and left them to themselves.  We arrived at just about the scheduled start time with no specific plan in mind.   Today things are very different. For a start, not every seller wants to have their home open to the public and, those who do, expect a high level of preparation and engagement from their agent hence the key words are "hosting" and ...

Support These TAPinto Roxbury Sponsors

When we drive east on Route 10 through Roxbury, many of us might remember a Shell station at the Randolph border next to the golf range. It was in that station that Nancy and Peyton Knight began their long history of auto repair in the township. That was 1983 and soon the Knights’ business grew and expanded. The humble gas station gradually morphed into a state-of-the-art repair facility that had to be relocated to a larger building in 1996.  Knight’s Automotive Repair, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, eventually ...

TAP Into Berkeley Heights Celebrates Student Excellence

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

TAP in to Your Inner Foodie

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

TAP into Our West Orange Sponsors

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

TAPinto The Warren Recreation Department

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

TAPinto The Warren Township Library

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

Talking about Grief

Eleven new volunteers attended our four-day volunteer facilitator training to help Imagine start a fifth Night of Support. “The training has restored my belief in the compassion of all and was truly transformative. I have learned so much and my life will be, and already has been, enriched by the knowledge shared.” - Stephanie Naphtali. Thank you as always to our business partner Bradley & Son Funeral Homes for conducting part of the training and to Bagel Chateau for helping feed our hungry ...

Tax Tips from Mannuzza & Lamela

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

The Affordable Gourmet

Make Mom a Magnificent Mother’s Day Meal in Minutes, with Help from the Meat House Mother’s Day (May 11th) is just around the corner, and we’ve got two perfect, turn-key prepared meals that are sure to put a smile on her face.  Each meal has already been proportionately and passionately prepared for the exact number of servings you need will be ready for quick pick up. We give you the instructions how to heat or grill these magnificent meals which will be ready in minutes.   Be the ...

The Dog House

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

The Falcon's Nest

The Saint Joseph High School Umoja Club celebrated Black History Month through researching lesser-known African-American leaders. In doing so, the students gained a deeper understanding of these people and the important contributions that they have made in our country.   The students reflected on how certain African-American leaders influenced them and the impression that these leaders made on them as high school students. A display board of information was created by the club for the entire school community to enhance their ...

The Floor Plan

Clean-Up on Aisle...! We have all been there, spills happen and are a fact of life. Don't distress ... You don't need a 'bat phone', signal for The Green Hornet, or check the cloak closet to see if Clark Kent is changing into his tights and cape as he morphs into his alter-ego. When a 'Stain Emergency' occurs, the Cove Carpet One Floor & Home Stain App is a sure-fire way to get the best floor covering 'first aid' tips and solutions providing "easy to follow, ...

The Happy Sandbox

A new bill soon will prohibit New Jersey-based companies with 15 or more employees from inquiring into the criminal backgrounds of job applicants until after the first interview.  The Opportunity to Compete Act became law this month but does not go into effect until March 1, 2015. This means you may not require an applicant to check “yes” or “no” to the question, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” on your employment application before concluding the first job interview.  Nor may you ...

The Heart of Art

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - If you drive by Route 202/206 between Foothill Road and Brown Road in Bridgewater, then chances are you’ve already met the 13 Skeletons! The 13 Skeletons have been making their appearance every year from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, since 2006. Their hosts, the Adams (yes, Adams, not Addams!) family is like any other family … a family with a busy schedule, a family with school-going children, a family that just wants to have some fun! Every year a new story unravels in the Adams' front yard. Each skeleton plays ...

The Horse Race Blog

BEDMINSTER NJ - It was a quiet Independence Day in bucolic Lamington today.  Any Lamington Road motorist would have enjoyed the sunny, pleasant afternoon, and may well have missed a clue as to something big that was in the works in Lamington. Parked along the north side of Lamington Road were two cars.  They were unremarkable, not like some of the shiny imports that you might see coming in and out of the Somerset Hills.  Their presence there was unusual enough to make me look closer as I drove down Lamington Road ...

The Hyperlocal Consultant

Facebook recently changed its algorithm to reduce organic reach of posts.  In other words, posts to Facebook are being seen by far fewer people.   While Facebook attempts to justify its decision to do so by claiming it is helping to unclutter the user experience, the reality is that businesses that spent money, and in some cases significant money, building up their Likes on Facebook are reeling.  Some are accusing Facebook of a bait and switch. Now if a business wants their post to reach the people that Like their ...

The Joint Chiropractic, We’ve got your back

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

The Mighty Barribal

As the days grow darker and storm clouds gather up ahead, it’s good to know that there is at least one friendly home out there where you can while away the time, relax your thoughts and drop your fear for the future. Yes, such is the hospitality of Bomble Manor, legendary residence of the good squire Olivier Bomble, that we may return there again and again as long as these TAPinto pages exist. Now that the story of The Mighty Barribal has reached its conclusion, all the episodes can be found here for easy reference. If you first read ...

The Mommy's Review

The new movie Hidden Figures is now open in theaters nationwide, and I urge all parents out there to take your children to see it. It is a wonderful film with a wonderful message, not to mention a great endorsement of all things related to STEM. Hidden Figures brings us to Langley, VA in the 1960s, just as NASA is preparing to launch its first Americans off of the planet and into the unknown. Under much pressure from the space race with the Soviet Union, NASA’s teams of engineers and scientists are working with intense fervor to not ...

The Next Level

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

The Power of Spirit

African women in general need to know that it's OK for them to be the way they are - to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence. --Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize winner  Oh my God! As women, Ms. Maathai has touched our very souls. As noted earlier, she is the recipient of the Nobel Prize for her work in restoring and maintaining the environment in Africa. My life has been of giving, one of carrying, and one of bearing. If my mental illness is not a result of family genetics, it is ...

The REAL estate DEAL

Fresh paint on the walls, professional staging and an asking price that ends in 999 — when you're selling your home, you'll do whatever you can to help it stand out and sell faster. Because the National Association of Realtors is predicting modest growth for the 2017 real estate market, as a seller you want every edge you can get. And on the heels of the popular Consumer Electronics Show in January, perhaps that edge is a smarter home. "Smart home features are designed to make homes more convenient, appealing, ...

The Real Estate Corner

The Moretti Team Welcome the opportunity to answer any questions regarding real estate and market trends. Here is a Market Update in South Plainfield by Guy Moretti    

The SMBDigital

STAFFORD, NJ - Creative Click Media has announced the launch of the Great Entrepreneur Challenge, a nationwide search for the next great entrepreneur idea.  The competition is intended celebrate aspiring entrepreneurs, with a grand prize all-inclusive digital platform designed to turn one creative business idea into a reality. The Great Entrepreneur Challenge will reward one motivated, energetic, and passionate hopeful entrepreneur with the tools and guidance needed to launch their business idea to digital success.  The ...

The Sparta High School Oracle

2016 was a swarm of brilliant blockbuster from hilarious animated comedies like Zootopia and Finding Dory, to action flicks like Deadpool and Captain America, and coming-of-age dramas like The Edge of Seventeen. Naturally, our expectations for the new year in are at a sky-high. The year is off to a fresh start with the release of Hidden Figures on January 6, 2017. The inspiring story of a team of African-American women providing NASA ideas for their first successful space missions. The film is complete with a star-studded cast, with Taraji ...

The Student Stance

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

The Talent Doctor

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

The Total Health Coach

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

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

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

Timely Tax Tips

BASKING RIDGE, NJ- Do you want to access money from your retirement accounts but aren’t sure of the true costs involved? As vehicles designed for saving for retirement, most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions. The age requirement is usually 59 1⁄2 but is sometimes as early as age 50. This means that, if you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%–25%—and that’s not even considering the ...

Town Notices

TOWNSHIP OF SCOTCH PLAINS REVISED SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE         PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Township of Scotch Plains has scheduled a Special Meeting for Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 4:00 o’clock PM.  The purpose of the special meeting is to discuss matters of personnel, and litigation (T-Mobile Northeast v. Twp of Scotch Plains Zoning Board) in closed session, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4-12b(8).  Formal action may be taken following the conclusion of closed ...

Trevor's Timely Tree Tips

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

Trinity Academy Corner

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

Tune Into Tola

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

UNCOMMON CENT$

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

Under the Gold Dome Trenton Report

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

Underground Oil Tank Solutions

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

Veterans Oral History Project

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

Views of Holy Trinity

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

WORD

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

Warren Township Food For Thought

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

Wells Fargo - Financial Topics

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

Westfield Area YMCA

The Westfield Area YMCA recognizes that stress, anxiety and depression are conditions that occur in all of us, including our youth. To help build awareness and understanding, a mental health first aid training is being offered to members and non-members at the Main Y Facility, 220 Clark Street in Westfield.  Training is scheduled for Monday, April 24, and Tuesday, April 25, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  In order to receive certification, participants must complete eight hours.   An estimated 60 ...

What Was I Thinking?

After enjoying freedom for a couple of weeks—no doctors’ appointments and tests—it was time to meet with the pulmonary hypertension specialist. We spent close to an hour going over results of the bubble echocardiogram and extensive blood work that had been done a month ago. The echo showed no holes in my heart—thank you, Lord—and the blood screen was normal. Imagine my surprise though when the doctor said that my heart was “stiffer” than normal. Now that was a new “bump in the road” and ...

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

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

What's New in Sports Health

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

Why The Y

A group of dance students dressed in pink leotards eagerly await entrance into the room where they will tap, flap and dig their tap shoes and walk delicately on the tips of their ballerina-slipper toes.  It’s 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Madison Area YMCA’s School of Performing Arts. When 6-year-old Grace Nolan arrives, all the girls gather around Gracie, as she is known, while she sits on the floor talking to them and her mom, Kris, ties the ribbons of her shiny, black tap shoes into bows. Gracie, wearing her ...

Words from LaMastra

Single female buyers only made up 16 percent of home buyers while the share of single male buyers is 8 percent less, according to the National Association of Realtors' 2014 Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers. Among first-time home buyers, the percentage is even higher (23 percent). What is driving the trend? In our area, women tend to be more highly educated and have higher paying jobs than in many other parts of the country. At a certain point in their lives, they may get to the stage where they no longer want to ...

Wronko's Roxbury Notables

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

Your Family Matters

Even on a good day, it can be difficult not to take the bait when your teen is pushing your buttons.  How do you disengage to keep it from escalating into a battle?  The last line in the movie "War Games" describes it perfectly -- "The only winning move is not to play." Sometimes, in order to stay calm when things are heating up with your kids, not engaging is the way to go.  It's been expressed as "You don't have to show up for every argument" and "The only winning move is not to ...

Your Money Matters

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