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Alerts from South Plainfield Police Department

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On August 17th, 2022 at 6:46 p.m., South Plainfield Police Officers were dispatched to Jimmy’s Trucking, located at 140 South Avenue, for the report of a HazMat container leaking and smoking. Upon patrol officers’ arrival on scene, a trailer was located in the rear parking lot of the business, which appeared to be leaking an unknown substance, later believed to be Nitric Acid. The spill was found to be confined to a small area of the parking lot. As a precaution the business was evacuated and the residents ...

All are Welcome at First Congregational

The leaders and members of First Congregational Church of Westfield invite all those looking for a spiritual foundation to kick off the fall season on Sunday, Sept. 11 in its meeting house at 125 Elmer Street. A full schedule is planned with the morning’s message by Senior Minister Rev. Dr. Jennifer Testa Hrynyk, and members of the Chancel Choir leading the community in song. Two very special additions have been planned for the morning worship … a Blessing of the Backpacks where students of all ages are invited to ...

Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 18-year-old Westfield High School senior is the state champion in the 3200-meter. Conor Daly on Friday finished the run with a time of 9:11.10. Daly is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. “It was really special for me,” Daly said. “It was my first state title. It was great to cap off my New Jersey career with a win.” At sectionals the week before Daly had broken Jeff Perrella’s 2006 school record in the event by running 9:07.38, ...

Anthony J. Enea

The objective in creating a Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) under Article 2 of New York’s Limited Liability Company Law (“NYLLCL”) is to protect the member(s) of an LLC from the contractual obligations and liabilities incurred by the LLC. This limited liability protects the members from being personally liable for these liabilities. The members would only be liable up to the amount invested into the LLC and any assets owned by the LLC. Over the past 10 to 15 years LLC’s have become the vehicle of choice ...

Area Homes by RE/MAX NP

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX NEIGHBORHOOD PROPERTIES this weekend, September 24th - 25th: OPEN HOUSE(S) on SATURDAY, September 24th: 18 Stony Hill Court, Butler Boro, NJ 07405 1:00- 3:00 PM Contact SILVIA BONACCORSI for more info. at 973-727-1836.   597 Greenbank Road, Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp., NJ 07005 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Contact RANDI BENNETT or TRACY WARSAW for more info. at  973-610-7123 / ...

Ask Maria

Do you have a college student who is asking to come home from college already?  Are they telling you that they do not get along with their roommate or that they are lonely?  It is very common for your student to experience difficulty in adjusting to this transition. This can happen if they are across the country or even in the same state. I remember my youngest coming home every weekend for about a month. It was really important for us to encourage her to stay in school and at the same time listen to her concerns ...

Athlete 101

Hailing from West Orange, NJ, Jayyson Raines is the embodiment of what it means to be a student-athlete at the highest level of college football. As a wide receiver for Stanford University, Raines’ work ethic on and off the field has allowed him to separate himself from others since high school. Working hard and striving for what you want is something that Raines did not come up with himself, though. Raines’ father, a former college football player at Navy, taught Raines a lot throughout his life on what it takes to achieve all ...

Athlete of the Week

The South Plainfield High School Girls’ Lacrosse team is off to a dominant start of their season.  The team currently stands at 2-0.  The Lady Tigers opened the season on Thursday, March 31 with a huge 16-8 win against one of their white division rivals, the Bombers of Sayreville.  Then on Saturday followed up with a 12–5 win against out of conference foe Hamilton West.  A major contributor of the success for South Plainfield is the consistently play of senior goalie Cameron Perales. Cameron Perales has ...

AtlanticCityNJ.com

With so many of the best restaurants in the Atlantic City region participating in this year’s Atlantic City Restaurant Week (Oct. 2-7, 2022), you may be asking yourself how you will choose where to dine during the 14th annual six-day culinary bonanza.  That’s a good problem to have. After all, with participating restaurants throughout Atlantic City and the surrounding area offering multi-course meals at fixed prices – lunch for $20.22, dinner for $40.22 (tax, gratuity, and beverages are not included) ...

At Your Library

PROGRAMS THIS WEEK: Babies and Toddlers Storytime Mondays and Tuesdays, September 19 through November 8 An 8-week progressive program for preschoolers and their caregivers. Babies: Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 am Toddlers: Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:45 am Registered children only. Chess for Kids Monday, September 26 Group 1 – 4 pm.  For players who know how pieces move. Group 2 – 5 pm.  For players who can finish a game with checkmate. Group 3 – 6 pm.  For players who have taken ...

A Why The Y Story

Earlier this week, the Madison Area YMCA installed a brand new EGYM circuit. EGYM provides a customized, full-body strength training workout in just 20 minutes. After an onboarding session, members will receive a smart wristband that automatically syncs with a mobile app and the machine itself. Members enter the circuit at the starting machine and follow a pre-defined order through 11 machines. EGYM is a powerful and intuitive integrated automation that will move to the forefront as we phase out FitLinx. EGYM is a CIRCUIT ONLY ...

Back to Health Wellness Tips

In a world surrounded by over-processed food and products, it's crucial to consider how these choices can affect your overall health.  With many Americans considered obese and illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and chronic stomach issues running rampant, what do you need to know to give yourself and your family a healthy foundation?  What are the most common inflammatory foods? Unfortunately, no matter your level of health consciousness, you likely have inflammatory food items in your pantry. No wonder you ...

Belmar Environmental Commission

As I sit on my porch to begin to write, I hear the rattle of a trailer followed by two noisy gas powered engines starting up. This will be the beginning of about two hours of noise and fumes here on my porch. It a rare day that there is quiet here. Special occasions, birthday parties, holidays, family gatherings are often subjected to the same inconsiderate, lengthy and unhealthy disruptions. Where returning home and into my yard used to bring peace, now I step outside with an edge of uneasiness and apprehension. Will my guests be able to hear ...

Ben Groenevelt, Absolute Home Mortgage Corp.

CORAL SPRINGS, FL – It’s something many homeowners are asking: How do I figure out the current value of my home? It’s assessed at $350,000. Would this be the current value? Answer: The short answer is the assessment is the value the assessor's office places on your home for property tax purposes, and an appraisal is a snapshot of current market value based on comparable sales of like properties. A key difference between the two is that the assessor generally won't enter the home. A real estate appraiser instead ...

Beth's Book Review

The Garden State Parkway Murders by Christian Barth. (Wild Blue Press, 2020).   Memorial Day Weekend, 1969. Two college girls from Pennsylvania had spent a typical “down the shore” mini-vacation in Ocean City, NJ, a beach mecca for South Jerseyans and Philadelphians. Susan Davis and Elizabeth Perry enjoyed breakfast at the Somerset Point Diner at 5:00 a.m. before leaving for home in Pennsylvania.  Bubbly coeds, they attracted male attention during their oceanside respite, and the diner was no different. They were ...

Borough Notifications

SOUTH PLAINFIELD BOROUGH, Middlesex County is looking for a full-time Clerk to assist the Tax Assessor in all aspects of local assessing practices.  Strong technology, interpersonal and organizational skills a must. Position classified as Clerk I entry level, Health Benefits and Pension included in Salary Ordinance $32,756.29. Please send resume to Borough of South Plainfield, 2480 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080. Attn: Mary Frances Hildebrandt, CTA Assessor or email mhildebrandt@southplainfieldnj.com

BReeze Cares

RARITAN, NJ - The Pregnancy Aid and Information Center is located at 59 Thompson Street in Raritan. A group of caring women founded the Pregnancy Aid Center in 1979 to assist women in crisis pregnancies, and provide them with an alternative to abortion. The organization continues to fulfill that mission to this day, and is still operated entirely by volunteers. Over the years, they have assisted hundreds of women by providing clothing and supplies, as well as referrals to needed services such as medical, housing, financial and ...

Broward Health Coral Springs

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week. Broward Health, one of the 10 largest public health systems in the United States, celebrates the rich diversity of its caregivers and team members. Some of the health system’s Hispanic American employees share personal stories about their respective heritages. Joel Camargo    Joel Camargo is a biomedical equipment specialist at Broward Health Corporate. He's worked for the ...

Bruce the Blog

You heard about this Judge?  I don’t mean Jeannine Pirro or Florida’s documentgate judge or, for that matter, any of the SCOTUS jurists.   In this case, I’m talkin’ baseball, as in one Aaron Judge. If you’re the furthest thing from a sports fan, and his name sounds faintly familiar, there’s good reason. He is, as the sportscasters like to declare, “chasing history.”  It’s all about the national pastime’s ultimate power play and crowd-pleaser — the home ...

Career Talk

If you’re the parent of a recent high school grad, it may seem like everyone on your Facebook feed is sending their child to college this month.  But if your kid isn’t shopping for new sheets or a mini fridge for his or her dorm room, don’t be discouraged.  There are alternative paths to a rewarding and high-paying career in the trades that don’t involve college or its exorbitant price tag.   For far too long, our society has been sending high school kids the message that college is the next ...

Celebrating Our Abilities

Families have a great deal to learn about how best to support a loved one with disabilities, now and in the future. While future planning for people with disabilities is emotional, families always report feeling more peaceful and reassured as they prepare for their loved one’s future support. These plans are likely to change as the person’s circumstances do, but there is no time like the present to get started. PLAN|NJ offers free educational seminars and newsletters covering a variety of key topics for individuals with ...

Chase: Caring for Your Community

Chances are, you handle banking transactions, like paying bills, transferring or sending money, or even depositing checks, from your mobile phone. While technology allows you to bank at your fingertips, planning for milestone moments in your life may warrant advice from an expert. Meeting with a local Chase Community Manager or attending financial health workshops can help equip you with the information and tools to make your financial goals a reality.   “Speaking with someone at the bank can feel intimidating, but my job is ...

Chase Driving Financial Health

Chances are, you handle banking transactions, like paying bills, transferring or sending money, or even depositing checks, from your mobile phone. While technology allows you to bank at your fingertips, planning for milestone moments in your life may warrant advice from an expert. Meeting with a local Chase Community Manager or attending financial health workshops can help equip you with the information and tools to make your financial goals a reality.   “Speaking with someone at the bank can feel intimidating, but my job is ...

Chase: Investing in Your Community

Chances are, you handle banking transactions, like paying bills, transferring or sending money, or even depositing checks, from your mobile phone. While technology allows you to bank at your fingertips, planning for milestone moments in your life may warrant advice from an expert. Meeting with a local Chase Community Manager or attending financial health workshops can help equip you with the information and tools to make your financial goals a reality.   “Speaking with someone at the bank can feel intimidating, but my job is ...

Chase in Your Community

Chances are, you handle banking transactions, like paying bills, transferring or sending money, or even depositing checks, from your mobile phone. While technology allows you to bank at your fingertips, planning for milestone moments in your life may warrant advice from an expert. Meeting with a local Chase Community Manager or attending financial health workshops can help equip you with the information and tools to make your financial goals a reality.   “Speaking with someone at the bank can feel intimidating, but my job is ...

Chase: Your Community

Chances are, you handle banking transactions, like paying bills, transferring or sending money, or even depositing checks, from your mobile phone. While technology allows you to bank at your fingertips, planning for milestone moments in your life may warrant advice from an expert. Meeting with a local Chase Community Manager or attending financial health workshops can help equip you with the information and tools to make your financial goals a reality.   “Speaking with someone at the bank can feel intimidating, but my job is ...

Chatham Borough Community Services Conversations

We invite the Morris Music Men and the Kings Road Band for a final encore as we conclude our Summer Concert Series! The Morris Music Men specialize in barbershop harmony, a style of a cappella close harmony. The music is characterized by the ringing chord where overtones of the voices reinforce one another so strongly that the listener hears a new distinct note. Their performances are energetic and exciting, perfect for guests of all ages. Our headliner this week is The Kings Road Band, based in Madison, NJ. They play a mixture of ...

Claire Deicke

As an Italian-American I’m pleased that my hometown of Belmar holds a yearly San Gennaro Festival in September.  This holiday honors Saint Januarius, the patron saint of Naples. Coincidentally, most of the immigrants who settled here hailed from Naples, and just south of the area. My family members originated from small villages in and around Naples....they were called Napoletana. While members of the D’Ambrosio family are proud Americans, we cherish our Italian traditions brought to us by our ancestors.  They ...

Conversations with Joan Herrmann

Developing mental strength was the topic of a conversation that I had with Amy Morin, author of the 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do series. Up until a few years ago, I never thought about mental strength or the role it played in my life. I just lived, moment to moment, blindly existing. It wasn’t until my life literally imploded, and I came out the other side that I started to wonder how I made it through those challenges, relatively unscathed. Most people have trouble getting through any one of life’s ...

Creating NJ’s Premier Academic Medical Center

"Today, we were notified that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) is going to file an administrative complaint and has authorized a suit in federal court to block our proposed transaction that would have enabled us to build the first premier academic medical center in New Jersey to increase services and provide better access to such care for New Jersey residents.  We are incredibly disappointed by these FTC actions against our proposed transaction, which has received full approval from New Jersey’s Attorney General ...

Creator's Workshop Art Instruction

I enjoy doing paint demos as it's a great learning tool. During classes, I can guide students through color mixing, composition, etc., but it's helpful when they see it live. I've done my share of these paint demos the past twenty years but Sunday, October 2nd should be educational but also a lot of fun. This time around it's a real cultural event as extraordinary musician Laura L. Wootton will accompany me as I paint. Laura is a multi-talented artist and musician and when she offered to perform at my school, I immediately ...

Cutler Rader

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - As a lawyer living in Parkland and working in Coral Springs, I have faced a myriad of questions from friends and neighbors on the trial and sentencing of Nicolas Cruz. People have asked for my thoughts on the prosecution, the defense and what I think the jury will decide. I have been asked my opinion on the death penalty in general, why a defense is even needed or allowed, and why is this taking so long. There have also of course been questions about the rights of the victims and their families as well. Recently, I had ...

cwi.design trends

Dad in the Box

As the UK continues to mourn the loss of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, I wonder what more could possibly be said about the Queen that hasn’t already been stated ad nauseum. That’s why I have decided to write about my cat. OK, the cat really is more my wife’s cat than my cat. My wife affords him a lot more attention than I do. And I refer to him more as a royal him, because as a biologically neutered male I don’t exactly know how he identifies. He has a name, but I generally don’t use it. I just refer to him ...

Destination: Financial Freedom

CARLSTADT, NJ - The Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual Gala on Sept. 22 at Il Villagio. The Chamber honored Dr. Abdulla Al-Khan, Vice Chairman and Division Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center and Donald Perlman, owner of Blue Dog Graphics. The Chamber has also honored a Greater Alliance Federal Credit Union, celebrating its 85thanniversary in the City of Hackensack this year. “Each year, we have the pleasure of celebrating the accomplishments of our ...

Dress for Success Northern NJ Happenings

Dress for Success Northern NJ-10 Counties is entering its 24th year of service, empowering women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. The organization prides itself in their ability to suit women with confidence from within. They do this with training, coaching, mentoring, and more.  While Dress for Success Northern NJ provides all of its services for free, it relies on the generosity of individual donors, ...

East Brunswick Public Library Town Center

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ —The East Brunswick Friends of the Library’s 47th-annual Book and Media Sale returns to Brunswick Square (75 Route 18 South, East Brunswick, NJ) this October 10-16.   “This is our group’s largest fundraiser,” said Adrian Levine, Friends of the Library book sale chairwoman. “Every dollar we make goes directly to the library, sponsoring special services like the museum pass program and the EB Create makerspace, not to mention the library’s events and ...

EMS Response Report

Summit’s EMS Volunteers answered 201 calls in August. These included 133 medical emergencies; 19 falls; 21 motor vehicle accidents, including one on a highway, five involving airbag deployment, four traumatic injuries; six cases of overdose or poisoning; one response to a medical alarm; and four pedestrians struck by a vehicle. Squad Volunteers also provided eight 'lift assists' to patients who did not require transport to a hospital.   Notable calls include a multi-vehicle accident on both sides of ...

Family Matters with Fern Weis

A mom shared that she had been looking forward to some quiet time. Unfortunately, her teen (who didn’t yet have a license) came to her and asked, wheedled, and whined for a ride to a last-minute meet up with friends. Mom felt cornered. How to say no without coming off as angry and resentful seemed impossible. She also felt enormous pressure from without. Other parents typically dropped everything to accommodate their kids, and she didn’t believe this was healthy for anyone. They would even offer to ...

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA News

The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (1340 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains) is excited to bring back its free 7th Grade Initiative Program this school year. All incoming 7th graders residing in Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Clark can receive a free Y membership and have access to programs that will help them grow stronger in mind and body.  The 7th Grade Initiative Program, which runs Sept. 2022 through June 2023, gives teens access to free programming included with Y membership such as open gym, open swim and the Teen Wellness ...

Fellowship in the News

Liz Fandel, SVP, Fellowship Senior Living, shares her vision of Fellowship Connected Living powered by Livindi with industry leaders.  

Film Reviews by Fitzgerald

On June 1, 1969, Robin Moore published a true crime novel that detailed the shocking exploits of two narcotics agents, Sonny Grosso, and Edger Egan, in their attempt to bust an international drug smuggling operation that spread across the world. Before going on to pin The Exorcist, film director William Friedkin decided to adapt this premise for his next movie and so began the legend of The French Connection. The film that beat out both Patton and As Good as It Gets for Best Picture of 1971, becoming the first R rated movie to get the award, a ...

Financial Focus: Edward Jones, Kevin Mack

You could spend two, or even three, decades in retirement. So, to pay for all those years, you’ll probably need to take full advantage of your retirement accounts. And in 2022, you may have expanded opportunities to deduct retirement plan contributions on your tax return. Before looking at what’s changed this year, let’s review the key benefits of these accounts: Traditional IRA – You typically contribute pretax (deductible) dollars to a traditional IRA, and your earnings can grow ...

Financial Insights By Gary Jones

FINANCIAL FOCUS Are you properly insured? You probably won’t see it on your calendar, but September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. And it is indeed important to be aware of the importance of life insurance. Are you adequately insured? Many people aren’t. About 40% of Americans face some type of life insurance gap, either because they’re uninsured or underinsured, according to a 2021 survey by the research and advocacy groups LIMRA and Life Happens. The need for life insurance is pretty straightforward: If ...

From the Office of Mayor Matthew P. Anesh

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Monday evening the Borough Council passed a resolution expanding the Ambulatory Service agreement with RWJ Barnabus Health. This was not an easy decision by the Governing Body. The Borough moved to daytime ambulatory coverage 7am – 7pm over a decade ago. Originally, the contract was with Somerset Medical Center because of the challenge of attracting volunteers and coverage during the day. The vast majority of emergency calls in the Borough have been handled by outside third-party networks ever since the ...

Going Greene

A few hours ago, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski announced to the world that all-time great Lebron James has signed a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $97.1M, in addition to a player option for the 2024-25 season. This contract officially declares James as the highest earning in NBA history, taking the title from Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant. This agreement between James and the Lakers comes with a great amount of benefits for both sides. For James, not only does he get to add even more money to his billion ...

HCCC Update

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County Community College (HCCC) has been selected as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to the Great Colleges to Work For® program. The College was recognized for excellence in professional development; shared governance; faculty experience; diversity, inclusion, and belonging; and confidence in senior leadership. “This honor is especially meaningful because it was awarded based on the results of a questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies, and more ...

HCIA Corner

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Each Earth Day, we are reminded to take part in activities and habits to protect the environment and make the world around us a healthier place! To protect and preserve our environment beyond Earth Day, we must build a sustainable movement that invests in our planet and future. This movement will require all hands-on deck, including our neighbors, young adults, government and businesses to come together to plan for our future while also preserving the present. The time is now to take collective action to invest time, money ...

Health Matters

Before this summer, most Americans had never heard of Monkeypox, but since the first case was reported in May, there have been thousands of cases confirmed across the US. In this Atlantic Health System Community Conversation, find out what you need to know about the latest virus making headlines from Suja Mathew, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Atlantic Health System.  

Health Matters – Chilton Medical Center

  Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death.  Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health System sports cardiologist Matthew Martinez, MD, cautions that everyone needs to be aware of the symptoms to protect themselves and those around ...

Health Matters – Hackettstown Medical Center

  Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death.  Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health System sports cardiologist Matthew Martinez, MD, cautions that everyone needs to be aware of the symptoms to protect themselves and those around ...

Health Matters – Newton Medical Center

Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death.  Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health System sports cardiologist Matthew Martinez, MD, cautions that everyone needs to be aware of the symptoms to protect themselves and those around them.  Know ...

Healthy In Hudson

The leaves fall as the warm weather turns colder, and tank tops give way to sweaters and crewnecks. As the seasons shift, so do cravings for a warmer, thicker theme to our favorite food and drinks. However, nothing tastes as delicious across the seasons as a crisp, ripe, and perfectly excellent fruit or vegetable. That refreshing, sweet taste is just as pristine no matter in what season you choose to eat it. However, for the best, most toothsome, and freshest fruits and vegetables, autumn’s annual harvest selection is nothing short of ...

Healthy in Passaic

The leaves fall as the warm weather turns colder, and tank tops give way to sweaters and crewnecks. As the seasons shift, so do cravings for a warmer, thicker theme to our favorite food and drinks. However, nothing tastes as delicious across the seasons as a crisp, ripe, and perfectly excellent fruit or vegetable. That refreshing, sweet taste is just as pristine no matter in what season you choose to eat it. However, for the best, most toothsome, and freshest fruits and vegetables, autumn’s annual harvest selection is nothing short of ...

Healthy Living

The leaves fall as the warm weather turns colder, and tank tops give way to sweaters and crewnecks. As the seasons shift, so do cravings for a warmer, thicker theme to our favorite food and drinks. However, nothing tastes as delicious across the seasons as a crisp, ripe, and perfectly excellent fruit or vegetable. That refreshing, sweet taste is just as pristine no matter in what season you choose to eat it. However, for the best, most toothsome, and freshest fruits and vegetables, autumn’s annual harvest selection is nothing short of ...

HeartBeats

As we say goodbye to the scorching summer of 2022, it is worth noting that heat records have been broken across the globe. Unprecedented heat waves have hit the US, Europe, England and China. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration July 2022 was the third hottest July on record, June was the sixth warmest and overall the year 2022 is trending as the third warmest year in history. In the midst of all of this hot humid weather, patients flocked to their doctors with lower leg swelling. What are the causes of leg ...

Heights Highlights

The Berkeley Heights 8U and 7U teams faced each other at the Ripken 8U Tournament in Mountainside on Monday.

High School Handle

Summit is known as a top sports town in New Jersey, and consistently feeds players to Division I sports colleges and universities across the country. While recruitment is common in Summit, it comes with significant challenges as well as the obvious benefits. It is important to consider: what does it truly take to be recruited for a college sport? Along with players needing extensive skill, the passion and willingness to compromise in other parts of their lives are also necessary. Attempting to be recruited to a Division I sports school means ...

Holy Trinity News

WESTFIELD – Holy Trinity School opened the 2022-23 school year on September 8 on the newly resurfaced playground with returning students and new families. At one of the first celebrations of the school year, all grades participated in celebrating International Day of Peace. Also known as World Peace Day, it is observed each year around the world on September 21. The UN General Assembly established the International Day of Peace in 1981, and two decades later, in 2001, unanimously voted to designate the day as a period of non-violence and ...

Hunterdon Cares

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - The United Way of Hunterdon County is once again participating in the annual Tools 4 Schools program to collect school supplies for those in need. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs at their schools can receive most or all of the supplies they need through the program. According to a release, the free program's average cost savings per student is $80. "We have witnessed firsthand how appreciative the recipients of this program are on the days of distribution," volunteer Tom ...

In Case You Missed It

The Bedford Town Board announced that it will be spending $30,000 to hire a “promoter” to address the challenges of vacant storefronts and hamlet vitality in Bedford Hills. Although the position was initially considered to help all three hamlets, the board’s conversation focused on  Bedford Hills as needing the most effort. They are right about that. You have to love the title. Promoter conjures up images of the iconic boxing promoter Don King famous for, among other things, the “Thrilla in Manila” between ...

In the Schools

A dedication ceremony was held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, for the Dr. Derrick Nelson Memorial Courtyard in memory of Westfield High School’s beloved former principal who died in 2019 from complications suffered during a procedure to donate stem cells to a boy in France he didn’t know. Family, friends, and colleagues joined in the ceremony at Westfield High School, including Nelson’s fiancé, Sheronda Braker, their daughter Morgan, his parents Willie and Juanita Nelson, current and former Westfield Public Schools ...

In Town With Real Estate Expert Mary Weichert

Yes, I am one of those people who always has CNBC on during the day. So much of what they discuss is relevant to what I do and how I advise people moving forward in a turbulent time in a turbulent market. Just in - Home prices cooled in July at the fastest rate in the history of the S&P Case-Shiller index. I had someone rushing this weekend to lock in at 5.65, so I guess in a way it’s all perspective. I just put my last available house in Attorney Review and my guess is that we are not seeing the crushing blows here because most of ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing

OCEANPORT – “No2Netflix” simply won’t chill. The local resident group, who refuses to be individually identified, is throwing darts at a plan to redevelop 300 or so acres of land in the former Fort Monmouth into a film studio for Netflix. The group claims that Netflix, as well as others in the entertainment industry, have “used falsehoods, dubious claims, and outright lies” to “gain millions of dollars at the expense of the local community” in the form of tax credits. Meanwhile, business groups ...

JCP&L in the Community

Each September is National Preparedness Month, a time to shine a light on the importance of preparing for emergencies before they happen.  One of the most common emergencies is severe weather, which can cause tree damage, broken poles, downed power lines and sometimes even lengthy power outages. While Mother Nature can be unpredictable, each of us can take steps to minimize the impact the weather may have. At FirstEnergy, we prepare by maintaining and upgrading our infrastructure, trimming trees and monitoring the weather. We also ...

Jersey First

For Immediate Release September 8, 2022     Contact: Brian Tangora, 973-826-2828 info@jersey1st.org   Jersey 1st Launches A New Debate Platform to Give Candidates an Unbiased Opportunity for Discussion PARSIPPANY, New Jersey – Jersey 1st, a non-profit organization founded with the mission of educating, informing, and advocating for hardworking New Jerseyans, is proud to announce that it will begin hosting debates in 2022 at the local, county, and state level.   “Currently there is no ...

JERSEY TALK

The Supreme Court’s conservative right-wing justices have announced that they're taking up in the fall Moore v. Harper, a very important case that could impact state election procedures . Many think our democracy itself may be imperilled. It's a case that could thoroughly alter the way voters choose presidents, senators and members of Congress. With 2024 just around a few corners, the future of democracy is on the ballot. Moore v. Harper deals with which branch has the final say in what regulations ...

Jets Fan Chatter

FLORHAM PARK - The New York Jets wrapped up their 3rd preseason game on August 28 with a close win over the New York Giants, after beating the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 on August 12 and the Atlanta Falcons on August 22. The Giants game was the second win after a successful scrimmage with the opposing team. Quarterback Zach Wilson was injured in the Eagles game, which has changed the face of the practice field and the preseason games. On August 20, the New York Jets hosted a joint practice, a controlled scrimmage, at One Jets Drive ...

Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood gymnastics team has gotten off to a 6-0 start this season, and one of the main reasons has been the performances of senior Shay Farley. For her skills and leadership, Shay is this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week. "Shay Farley is one of the most exceptional and well-rounded individuals I have ever had the honor of coaching," said varsity coach Marissa DiBella. "Inside and outside the gym, Shay leads others with grace and confidence. Her ...

Know Your Nest

Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?   If recent headlines about the housing market cooling and buyer demand moderating have you worried you’ve missed your chance to sell, here’s what you need to know. Buyer demand hasn’t disappeared, it’s just eased from the peak intensity we saw over the past two years. Buyer Demand Then and Now During the pandemic, mortgage rates hit record lows, and that spurred a significant rise in buyer demand. This year, as rates increased ...

Laurel Circle Lifestyle

Laurel Circle celebrated its 25th Anniversary by honoring the four pioneer residents — Charlotte McAfee, Ellen McCourt, Betsy Sussman, and Edith Brokaw — at a gala dinner. These four women have lived here since the opening of the community and have been instrumental in making Laurel Circle the vibrant and warm community it is today by serving on committees, creating clubs, and making new residents feel at home.  Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench was on hand to read a proclamation that ...

Lens into NJ

As New Jersey’s students return to the classroom this month, tragic events from earlier in the year remain a cause for concern in schools here and across the country.  The mass killing of students at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas sparked debate over the state’s gun laws as well as outrage toward local law enforcement’s failure to protect the innocent. This massacre was one of 29 shootings that have taken place already this year, according to Education Week, which tracks these incidents in K-12 schools ...

Let's Talk

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Jalpesh Chokshi, owner of Bubbakoos Burritos in Berkeley Heights, is very thankful to the Township of Berkeley Heights and community for welcoming Bubbakoos with "open arms," Chokshi said in a recent interview with TAPinto. Bubbakoos opened their doors with a ribbon cutting celebration on May 18, and ever since, Chokshi and his staff have been embracing the community, offering fundraising opportunities, sponsorships, and welcoming organizations to come in for donations and much ...

Let's TAP About It

2022 has been one of the most important years of my life. I’ve grown as a writer and a journalist through an opportunity not many can take for granted.  I covered NASCAR, the highest level of stock car racing in the world.  I’ve had interest in racing ever since 2008, when the Daytona 500 was on my TV. I immediately got hooked.  It’s really difficult for a lot of people to understand. From outsider’s perspective, it looks like cars driving around in a circle. But it’s the sounds, the ...

LISC Building Pathways to Neighborhood-Owned Equity

To address the stunted growth and financial concerns of Black businesses, Steve Hall, LISC’s vice president of Small Business and Economic Development Lending and its national director of Entrepreneurs of Color Fund, said the company has also invested $250 million into its Black Economic Development Fund to alleviate some of the economic challenges in Black communities and help close the racial wealth gap. This helped small business owners like Londy, who faced major financial challenges both during and post-pandemic. Aside from ...

Liz on Theatre

MADISON, NJ - Leave it to Harold Printer to provide us with a soul-searching, radically uncomfortable glimpse into human frailty, clashes and what could be our lives. This all takes place in a run down house in West London, probably in the 1960s.  It’s a bitter cold winter as well. The flat is owned by Mick (Jon Barker) who provides a place to live for his younger brother Aston (Isaac Hickox-Young).  A destitute man, Davies (Paul Mullins), enters the scene and is hired by Mick as a caretaker of the premises. The ...

Local Animals Available for Adoption

THIS WEEKEND, September 16th - 18th, we’re partnering with Best Friends Animal Society to Bring Home Happiness! Starting TOMORROW, we are reducing all dog adoption fees by HALF! Find your new best friend by browsing our adoptable animals at nycscr.org/adoptables! Big, small, or right in between, we’ve got your perfect match! *This discount will apply to all applications received between Friday - Sunday To see a list of available dogs, click HERE

Looking Forward

Hello, TAPinto reader and Looking Forward listener!  In today’s episode of Looking Forward, our guest expert, Jim Quinn, discusses some of the fascinating technology innovations he sees coming down the pike. And, in true Looking Forward fashion, he identifies some specific OPPORTUNITIES that advances in technology will offer to job and career seekers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, investors, and businesses-- both large and small. These opportunities are all being driven by, yes, you guessed it, ...

Lost & Found Pets

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A dog found near Watchung Reservation was turned over to Scotch Plains police. She doesn’t have tags, but she had a bandana and harness on and weighs approximately 70 pounds. Animal Control Services in Scotch Plains are handled by the Plainfield Area Humane Society, which may be reached at 908-754-0300.

Madison Library

MADISON, NJ -  The Friends of the Madison Public Library is offering fall Minicourses. The community is invited to keep learning through the following courses: The Constitution if Flux; Mondays from 10am - 12noon (Sept. 19, Oct.3, Oct 10, Oct 24, Nov. 7) Many Buddhisms; Tuesdays from 1:30pm - 3:30pm (Sept. 20, Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18) Reform Movements; Wednesdays from 10am - 12pm (Sept 21, Sept 28, oct 12, Oct 19, Oct 26) Purchase tickets HERE

Man Overboard

My friend Paul hates the heat and wants nothing more than for summer to be over a couple of weeks before it begins. I, on the other hand, want to prolong the balmy weather for as long as possible. I want to wear white long after Labor Day, knowing full well that I will spill spaghetti sauce on it as often as necessary. My fall season consists of keeping summer alive on life support, applying warm compresses to its forehead and whispering words of encouragement in its ear. At least I HOPE that was its ear. I’m not ready for the last ...

McQueeny on New Jersey

NEW JERSEY — Thousands of New Jerseyans every year take the regional Amtrak train, mostly from Newark, Metropark and Trenton. The regional trains are a step below the faster, more expensive Acela, and a step above New Jersey Transit trains trundling locally along the same main line between New York City and Philadelphia (with SEPTA). Over the decades, I had taken the regionals many times a month to and from Washington DC where I worked as bureau chief for The Star-Ledger, U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg and later on as a ...

Mental Health Break

Now, what did I come in here for? Should I be concerned or is this normal?  How often have you walked into a room only to forget entirely why you went in there? We all have moments like this. Is it part of normal aging? Is it a sign of too much on your mind? Or is something more serious going on? How do you know when you or your loved one is in fact dealing with a decline in brain functioning, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, vascular disease or brain degeneration Click here for the signs you should be ...

Money Talk

Like many other savers and investors, you may be worried that we are headed toward more challenging economic times. Successful savers and investors are usually more prepared to handle difficult financial periods because they understand some key foundational information. Maximizing a financially savvy lifestyle includes having proficiency in several areas. Understanding the basics of your income and expenditures, having credit and debt sense, and knowing how to invest and save your hard-earned dollars are just a few. An overall ...

Morning Coffee and Mimosas

Did you know there is a correlation between empathy and performance? A study published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior found that people with high levels of empathy were more likely to be engaged at work. Empathy is often described as trying to understand and internalize someone else's feelings, experiences, problems, and challenges, even though you're not experiencing them. Our episode today explores the power of empathy in all aspects of your life, personal and professional. We talk about ways to develop empathy and ...

Motivational Moments

There are health benefits to humor and laughter; there are, I swear, lol Humor is one of the most excellent tools in our toolbox for connecting with people. Laughter is almost contagious. When people hear or see people laughing, they instantly want to participate. It draws them in like a magnet. Plain and simple laughter increases happiness (who doesn't want to be happy)? It's not that I have a Ph.D. in laughter or anything, but I do know laughter and its effect on people. Laughter is one of the quickest ways to connect ...

Musings on the Mount

WATCHUNG – Mount Saint Mary Academy is pleased to congratulate the 61 students recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars. The 2022 AP Exam results allowed 25 students to be named as AP Scholars with Distinction, 15 students were named as AP Scholars with Honors and 21 students were named as AP Scholars.  The College Board recognizes AP Scholars with Distinction as those students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams. Students who receive an ...

Musings: Past and Present

When we first moved to Katonah we were, “Poor as church mice,” as the saying goes. This was our first house, and there was so much more decorating needed than in the tiny apartment where we had previously lived. The landscaping was very overgrown and really should be replaced, because it was so leggy. That we could not afford to do, but it would at least need a professional trimming — costly also to say the least. The living room and dining room were knotty pine, and with the property so overgrown it looked like twilight all ...

My Perspective

Jonathan Swift, author of “Gulliver’s Travels,” once famously commented that, “falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it.” He couldn’t have been more prescient in describing our modern times. Misinformation today reaches every segment of our society on a worldwide basis and has had a disturbing influence in shaping world events. In a paper presented at the 2021 Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, one presenter put it this way, “It (misinformation) poses a risk to international ...

New Jersey Divorce Talk

The Effect of Judicial Vacancies on New Jersey Families Judicial vacancies in the New Jersey courts have entered the news, sparking concerns for many people with pending matters before the court. Approximately 15% of all Superior Court judgeships in the state remain vacant. As a result, people may face significant hardships when their divorce, child custody and other family matters are delayed unnecessarily as they and their family law attorneys await their hearings. How Do Judicial Vacancies Affect Families? Of course, judicial ...

New Providence Notables

New Providence Borough Council Celebrates National Library Card Month promoting  #SignUpSeptember with the New Providence Memorial Library.  Pictured left to right: Councilman Matt Cumiskey, Council President Nadine Geoffroy, Mayor Al Morgan, Councilman Rob Muñoz, Councilwoman Lisa McKnight, and Councilwoman Diane Bilicksa  

News from Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios

In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. This year it will be observed on September 16. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is a time to reflect on those military personnel who were prisoners of war (POWs) and those who are still missing in action (MIA), as well as their families. It is hard to believe that there are still more than 81,500 Americans missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf Wars, and other conflicts. According to the Defense ...

Notes from the Desk of the Township Administrator

It’s been a few months since my last column. Sorry about that, folks; life and all it throws at you got in the way a bit. But let’s get back on track with these; I love keeping our residents up to date on what’s going on in town, and I hope you find value in these columns!  Road Paving  Let’s first talk about everybody’s favorite topic: road paving!  Our 2022 road paving program will begin around the third week of June. As many of you know, the costs of everything have skyrocketed, most ...

Nutley Athletics

The Nutley Raider Football team will kick off its first official night game under permanent lights this Thursday, September 1st against their crosstown rival, Bloomfield High School. This will mark the first time in school history that the Raiders will play a full contact football game under the new permanent lights at Tangorra Field. Adding to the excitement of the evening, the NHS Athletic Department will honor the 1992 State Championship team as this marks the 30-year anniversary of the Raiders last state ...

Nutley Family Service Bureau

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE GARDEN PARTY! The Garden Party, the popular benefit for Nutley Family Service Bureau, is back! Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 18th, 2022 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The event features food from top local restaurants, an eclectic mix of jazz, classical, and contemporary music and more. Soak in the ambiance set in New Jersey's renown private grounds, listen to music, sip wine, sample delicious foods, and experience a thoroughly delightful event. Proceeds enable NFSB to carry out its mission to ...

Nutley Parks and Recreation Department

Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci announces Fall Tennis Lesson registration is now open!  The Nutley Department of Parks and Recreation offers a top quality tennis program, directed under the supervision of Barry Rubach, an accredited member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and former Collegiate Champion.  Classes range in age groups starting in 1st grade and continuing through 8th grade. This program assists in developing special skills such as technique, stamina, speed, reflexes and imagination. Bring your tennis racket ...

Nutley Public Library

During the month of October – The Nutley Public Library is proud to display an exhibit of new acrylic paintings by local artist Margaret Ptak.  Original landscapes and cityscapes by this talented young artist will be hanging throughout the library.  There will be an art reception. Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11:00 a.m. –– Drop-in Craft Saturdays.  Stop by the Children’s Room to make a craft to take home.  No registration required!  For all ages.  While supplies ...

Nutley Public Schools

The Nutley Public School District has appointed five new district administrators this summer. Mrs. Brooke Benavides was named Principal of Lincoln School. Mrs. Jackie Devore was named Coordinator of Physical Education, Health and Wellness, K-12. Mr. Michael Gurrieri was named Coordinator of English Language Arts, K-12. Mr. Craig Jandoli was named Nutley High School Vice Principal. Mrs. Jenna Rubino was named Coordinator of Science, K-12. Mrs. Benavides replaces Mrs. Lorraine Restel, who led Lincoln School as Principal for the past 16 ...

Nutrition Smart

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - You probably already know that protein is important – but you might also have a few questions. Like, why exactly does your body need it? How much protein should you eat? And do I really need a protein supplement? You see, getting enough clean, high-quality protein isn’t just for bodybuilders or elite athletes. It’s for all of us. And whether you want to build lean muscle, help curb your cravings, break through a fitness plateau or simply support your body on a most basic level – it’s ...

Office Evolution in Coral Springs

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Antidote Quality Assurance became a member of Office Evolution Coral Springs last year (they were among the first to sign on). The company, run by Marc LaRocco and Tim Corvino, specializes in software testing for apps and websites to make sure everything works as expected. The company is often hired to test everything before an app or website goes live or when new products or service are first introduced online. “You don’t know we exist if we did the right job,” Corvino said. “We’re ...

Offshore Wind is Building Momentum, in New Jersey and Beyond

Once again, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released an alarming report that proves that we have extremely limited time to address global emissions before we cause irreversible damage. The report reiterated that a critical component we need to facilitate the transition away from fossil fuels is a modern clean energy grid. While scientists are rightfully ringing alarm bells, New Jersey is acting. Offshore wind energy leaders recently gathered in Atlantic City at the 2022 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) to tackle ...

On The Road with Halston Media

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. -- Halston Media's Corinne Stanton went "On the Road" to visit Interstate + Lakeland Lumber Shrub Oak Design Center.  Corinne spoke with Ben Kahan, the Senior Marketing Manager. Ben highlighted their windows and doors, including their windows and doors by Andersen.  "When you come into the Interstate and Lakeland Lumber Design Center here in Shrub Oak, NY, you're getting the benefits of over 100 years of building material experience," Ben said. "Our experts can help you go ...

Out Of My Head

When I was a teen in Pawling in the 1970s, cable TV had yet to come to town. We still had the antenna on the roof and a channel lineup that simply went from 2 to 13. Some channels were less fuzzy than others, and some—10 and 12, for example—had nothing on them at all. There was also something called “UHF” that purportedly had its own set of channels, but what that really was remains a mystery to this day. Nobody I know ever saw it and I believe it was probably just an urban legend. In my family, we were N.Y.

Passaic County One-Stop Career Center

Five student artists received prizes April 21 at the Awards Reception for the 9th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition at Passaic County Community College. This was the first in-person exhibition in over two years, and a lively crowd packed the Broadway Gallery on the Main Campus for the early evening event that featured an exhibition of over 50 diverse artworks showcasing the talent of 29 student artists. On display are digital designs, watercolor, pastel, acrylic paintings, and works in other mediums. The annual juried event is open to ...

PCCC Update

PATERSON, NJ - Wherever you want to go in life, Passaic County Community College (PCCC) has a Career Pathway to help get you there.  Looking for a future as a teacher?  Medical professional?  Business tycoon?   Maybe you would love a career you’ve never even heard of yet.  PCCC can help you find out.  PCCC offers over 90 academic programs with many in today’s most in-demand career fields, including engineering, nursing, criminal justice, and much ...

Peapack Private Wealth Insights

Economic Background U.S. Economy – The first release of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter of 2022 was an annualized rate of -1.4% quarter over quarter due to negative net trade figures and lower government spending. Consumption, which makes up close to 70% of GDP, was still growing at a solid +1.8% pace.  GDP is expected to rebound in the second quarter to 2.7% according to consensus estimates; however, growth rates are being revised lower for the year due to the demand destruction that is resulting from the ...

Piscataway Library - CHECK US OUT!

  Kennedy Library is proud to be a collection site for an upcoming Pet Supply Donation Drive! Local teens, Vidushi and Ruhi, are hosting this drive on behalf of the Plainfield Area Humane Society. Vidushi and ...

Property Matters

Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty's regional Summit office provides an inside look at the Summit real estate market, utilizing Garden State Multiple Listing Service statistics illustrating the numbers and trends that tell the story. This edition of the Summit Real Estate Report details information from August 2022. Active Listings: 28 compared to 37 in 2021 / -24% Under Contract: 37 compared to 51 in 2021 / -27% Units Sold: 223 compared to 286 in 2021 / ...

Publisher’s Memo

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- If Stephen King and Steven Spielberg had a baby, their baby would be “Stranger Things”, a truly exceptional TV show on Netflix. My almost 13-year-old daughter, Jenna, and I have been watching it together for years.  And then…there’s “Stranger Things: The Experience,” which describes itself as a one-hour “immersive experience” that “throws you headfirst into your favorite show” at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York ...

Reading, Writing & Chocolate

When I moved into my first apartment in NYC it was fun to start fresh and purchase a kitchen table and chairs, a sleeper sofa and bookcases. Books have always been an important part of my life.  In my childhood/teenage bedroom in my parents’ house, my dad had built floor-to-ceiling bookcases on both sides of my white canopy bed. Those white built-in bookcases held fiction books, college textbooks, my set of encyclopedia and framed photos of friends.  During my college years living at home, I even tacked up colorful ...

Real Estate Update by Susan Massa, Broker Associate, Keller Williams

Information provided by Susan Massa Broker Associate Premier Properties 908-400-0778. Town                Address                        Style    RMS     BR        Bth             List ...

Recycling 101 in Union County

Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to two free, secure shredding events in October, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. After October, Union County’s paper shredding program will be on winter hiatus. The series of events will resume again next spring. “We encourage all Union County residents to use our free shredding program to help guard against identity theft, in addition to conserving resources,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L.

Residents Deserve Energy Transparency

Almost three years ago, Governor Murphy released the state’s Energy Master Plan with great fanfare.  A so called roadmap for the state to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and fundamentally transform the economy by 2050.   The only thing the EMP will accomplish will be to make energy unaffordable for New Jersey consumers and businesses.  After much fanfare, the Board of Public Utilities finally released a study on the EMP’s costs.  The study, cost between $500,000 and one million in taxpayer ...

Rivero CPA

The Senior Freeze Program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled persons for property tax or mobile home park site fee increases on their principal residence. To qualify, you must meet all the eligibility requirements for each year from the base year through the application year. Find out if you are eligible here: NJ Division of Taxation - Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) | Eligibility Requirements. 2021 Senior Freeze Applications You can still file for the 2021 Senior ...

Rutgers News

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One of the driving forces behind the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Homeless & Indigent Population Health Outreach Program (HIPHOP) is being recognized for her leadership. Susan Giordano is one of six women who are being honored by the Boy Scouts of America’s Patriots’ Path Council at its annual Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon. For 22 of its 30 years, she has been the program director at HIPHOP – the community service arm of the medical school’s American Medical ...

RWJUH/Somerset Salute to Healthcare Heroes

TAPinto Somerville joins with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset each week to recognize a Healthcare Hero for their perseverance, dedication and professionalism serving the short-term and longer term health care needs of patients at the Somerville hospital. This week's Healthcare Hero, as selected by her supervisor, is Mary Pudlowski Mary Pudlowski is a community outreach specialist in the Community Health Department at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, where she has worked for seven ...

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan

State Senator Patrick Diegnan praised all who collaborated on the latest TRANSITional Art Project, which has brought to life the work of four Middlesex County-based artists at the New Brunswick Station. The creations of artists RH Doaz, Kate Eggleston, Pieche Waite and Hailey Potter beautify the New Brunswick Station with fiber-based art on external columns, photographic prints in the main waiting area, two-dimensional illustrations along the passenger tunnel and graphics on nearby bus shelters. The large-scale artwork was ...

Senior Corner

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – After a more than two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the South Plainfield Senior Center's 'Gracefully Made' craft program is back. Run for members by member Grace McGinnis, the program meets every Friday at 10 a.m. and offers seniors the opportunity to put their creative talents to work.  "'Gracefully Made' is in full swing at the senior center and this group couldn’t wait to get back to business following the pandemic," said Tree Olano, the senior ...

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT by RANDI

Healthy Living August 2022 In addition to August including National Senior Citizen’s Day, August has many titles based on aspects of life such as: Happiness Happens Month, National Family Fun Month, National Golf Month (So many people enjoy summer breaks, activities and vacations) National Sandwich Month – (Too hot to cook) National Back to School Month – (As the summer is winding down and children, teens, young adults, and teachers head back to school) The dog days of summer – hot and lazy, but also a ...

South Plainfield Elks Lodge 2298

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On June 8th 2022, the ENF Committee, headed by Eileen Uken, of the South Plainfield Elks Lodge No. 2298 were able to donate $2000 to the Fish Food Bank in Piscataway. This donation was possible through the Spotlight Grant . Representatives of the Elks National Foundation Committee of the South Plainfield Lodge No. 2298, Margaret Williams, Loyal Knight, Eileen Uken, ENF Chair, Debbie Boyle, 4 year Trustee and Spiderman, a future Elk,  were in attendance, as well as the hardworking staff of the Fish Food Bank.

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club

South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club will begin hosting tryouts this week for the upcoming Travel Season for 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, and 12U Teams (7U will be in Spring).  This is a commitment from Sept and typically through the end of July depending on the Team's Plans. More details are in the flyers.  Only one tryout is required, but coming to both is strongly recommended.   All Tryouts will be hosted at South Plainfield Junior Baseball Club.   Link for Information and ...

South Plainfield Knights of Columbus Council #6203

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Tuesday June 7th, Grand Knight Tom Berry presented the 2022 South Plainfield Council #6203 Knight of the Year award to Jake Strassburger.  Jake was instrumental with leading the Councils spiritual ‘Into the Breach’ video series and discussions throughout 2021 and 2022 for our Council members.  Jake was recognized for his work with the need for Knights to reaffirm what it meant to be a Catholic man and how best we can serve our families, our parishes, and ourselves.     In ...

South Plainfield Library

Our hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10am-8pm, Tuesday and Friday 10am-6pm and Saturdays 11am-3pm.  Curbside pickup is still continuing even though we are open.  If you would like to place an item on hold that we don't own, we can try to get it for you from another library.  You can log into your account with your library barcode and pin number and place the item on hold and it will get sent to us for you to pick up. You also can call the library to place items on hold. All the information is on our ...

Spencer Heulitt

A good life can be had at the Jersey Shore. Though some may have reasons to leave, many remain making their primary homes here. This hasn't always been the case. There was an era when it was not desirable to live where Monmouth County Coastal Towns now exist. Even the first inhabitants, the Lenni Lenape Indians, generally moved west during the winter months. In the early 1800's the land, including near the Ocean, was rural with more farms than business and residential areas. As for the nation a popular phrase was "Go West Young ...

SPHS Athlete of the Week

The South Plainfield High School Tennis team had an amazing season.  They finished with an overall record of 11-9 and a division record of 8-6.  Junior captain, Aiden Medina, has been the vital force for the Tiger Tennis team this year.  Aiden’s overall record was 18-4 and had a division record of 13-2.  Aiden earned the honor of being the Most Valuable Player this season and made the All-White Division Team.  His athleticism, determination, and innate ability to adjust to all types of players, has given him ...

Spine and Wellness

If you suffer from aches, numbness or tingling that impacts your physical functioning, figuring out how and where to start a treatment plan can be confusing. According to Gautam Malhotra, MD, a physiatrist at Altair Health, being evaluated by a physiatrist is a great place to turn. “Physiatry is a relatively young medical subspecialty that addresses a wide variety of conditions affecting the nervous and musculoskeletal systems,” Dr. Malhotra, who is quadruple board-certified in electrodiagnostic medicine, neuromuscular ...

Springpoint Choice: Your Journey, Your Choice

Springpoint Choice is a membership program that combines the most important features of long-term care into one inclusive plan, making it the ideal option for those who wish to age in place. Our membership benefits include: Personalized Care Navigation All Springpoint Choice members are paired with a personal care navigator dedicated to providing one-on-one attention to help you age in place and remain at home longer. Their goal is simple–to be there for you and your family when support is needed. Ongoing contact will be tailored ...

Step up to a Sustainable Lifestyle

Have you noticed the number of Teslas on the road? Are you jealous, with gas prices out of control? In June I traveled a bit. In California, the average gas price per gallon was $6.236. Ohio was a little better at $4.728 and I arrived home to New York with a statewide average of $4.885, which as all of us who live in Westchester know is not at all average. In Yorktown, prices range today from $4.77 (with a BJ’s card) to $5.45! Even driving a hybrid hardly helps when you fill up at over fifty bucks. Are you wishing or even pining for an ...

Submit Your News to TAPinto Piscataway!

PISCATAWAY, NJ - TAPinto Piscataway's business directory section has been recently updated to include listings from local restaurants, retailers, non-profit organizations, service providers and much more. Starting Aug. 8, we will continue to add a few new free business listings every week until the end of the year. Each free listing on our directory will include the business name, address and either the phone number or website of the business. TAPinto Piscataway readers will be encouraged to visit the directory to ...

TAPinto Insider

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating two milestones — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022, and the third anniversary of his TAPinto franchise, which he launched on his birthday, September 9, 2019. It’s the second time in three years  that the local news and digital marketing platform passed the 1 million pageview mark in a calendar year. The other time was in 2020, the first full year it was in operation. He just missed ...

Taxpayer Alert

It may come as a shock for the taxpayers of Morris County to learn that Mayor James Barberio and some of the Parsippany Council are seeking to raise the cost of public works projects and discriminate against local Parsippany businesses and workers.  However, their recent ordinance that mandates costly Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) will do just that. This week, Mayor Barbiero introduced an ordinance that would mandate PLA’s on any public works projects exceeding $5 million. Presently, the town has discretion to use ...

Technology and Innovation

If there is one piece of advice, I can give worth all the bitcoin in the world…here it is.   If you work in a small office or business and management approaches you with … “Hey you seem to know a lot about technology, how would you like to manage our technology?  You can be our tech person!”     Politely say no thank you and run.  Run as far and as fast as you can … Why?  Think about it, would you ask your accountant to perform heart ...

The Curious Heart

Has your pet ever exhibited a peculiar behavior? I know my dog, Bella, a beautiful flat coat retriever shepherd mix, likes to take a few pieces of food out of her bowl and bring them into the next room to eat in privacy. It's both kind of funny and kind of strange. Our family has often wondered why she performs this peculiar ritual every time she eats.  Can your relate? Does you pet exhibit a peculiar behavor? Or maybe your pet is doing something which you would really like them to stop doing. Well, good ...

The Falcon's Nest

METUCHEN, NJ - The Saint Joseph Fathers Club is proud to announce a new community event - Italian Night - coming to the Catanzaro Dining Hall on Friday, October 21. A wide variety of Italian dishes will be cooked and served by the fathers of Falcons past and present. Doors open at 5pm and close at 8pm.    Italian Night is a new entry in a longstanding tradition of bringing people together over the cooking of the Fathers Club. During the Lenten season, they offer up their annual Fish Fry. They are also at home football games, ...

The Felician Way

RUTHERFORD, NJ - Felician University is pleased to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month (NHHM), which runs every year from September 15 through October 15. Felician will spotlight the contributions of both Hispanic and Latino individuals throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month.  SPOTLIGHT ON: POPE FRANCIS Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope, was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Italian immigrants on December 17, 1936. He graduated as a chemical technician and then chose a path to ...

The Power of Hope.

At 43, Lindsay Vieira is no stranger to dealing with cancer. Her father passed away from the disease in 2015 at the age of 65, and one of the things she has carried with her since then is his insistence that attitude is everything – especially when it comes to cancer. Little did she know that saying would hit home again when she was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2018. “My life was completely normal – until it wasn’t,” says Lindsay, who has been a principal in Morris Plains School District since 2007.

The Realty Truth with Evon Gonsalves

It's only May, and it's already 90 degrees in Roxbury. That means renters, homeowners and house buyers in the area are all looking for the same thing this summer: How to lower their electric bills and keep cool at the same time.  Each summer seems hotter than the last no matter where you live, Morris County included. So how do you beat the heat while you reduce your electric bill? Read on to learn some top tips on just how to do that. One of the obvious tips to lower an electric bill in the summer is to ...

The State of Innovation

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it will open applications for its $1.5 million Food Security Planning Grant Program on Tuesday, September 27. This competitive program offers grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000 to municipal governments, county governments, and redevelopment agencies to develop plans to improve food access and food security by leveraging distressed assets in New Jersey’s Food Desert Communities (FDCs). The application will be available ...

The Sussex County, New Jersey GOP presents: Our Constitution Today, its Relevance and Warnings

   Our American Legacy How the Democratic Party has become the lie of the 21st Century and how the Republican Party is the Answer for America’s future. By Joseph Labarbera, Major, US Army Retired Vice Chairman of Communications, Sussex Republican Party President, Skylands Tea Party   The modern democrat party has committed to undoing America as a constitutional republic and this means the end of American prosperity and freedom, and will result in our resources and energies plundered by special ...

Tile Tips by Standard Tile of Roxbury

These days, outdoor patio tile ideas abound as homeowners strive to expand their enjoyment of their outdoor spaces. Because the tile is being installed outdoors instead of inside the home, the approach is different. There are a number of specific items that must be considered. Weather Considerations When selecting outdoor tile for decks and other applications, the number one element to consider is the weather. Because the Northeast gets extremely cold in the winter, only a tile that is able to withstand these variations is ...

Tooth Talk

With school now in full swing, now is a great time to take a fresh look at some great snack options that will be both kid and pediatric dentist approved.  Apples Apples are one of the very best snacks.  Kids enjoy eating them, and because they are crunchy they actually scrub teeth clean as your child chews.  This makes apples an all-time favorite kids snack choice by Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Matt.  Right now is also apple season and with so many great farms around, kids can have fun picking their own apples. Cheese ...

Torah Thought for the Week

This week’s parshah recounts the dramatic mutiny against Moses, led by his charismatic cousin, Korach. As great as Moses was, Korach succeeded in attracting hundreds of followers and mounted a serious challenge to Moses’ and Aaron’s authority. Korach was a powerful, aristocratic member of the tribe of Levi; a man with oversized ambitions. But his challenge proved futile. Moshe was vindicated, and, in an open miracle, Korach and his henchmen went for a deep dive into ...

Township of Nutley

The Township of Nutley hosted the Welcome to Nutley ON3 event at Nichols Park Friday afternoon. The annual event invited students, staff members and supporters from the ON3 project to meet and greet representatives from local businesses. “This event allows us the opportunity to introduce our local vendors to all of the new tenants at the ON3 development,” says Nutley Mayor Joseph P. Scarpelli. “The turnout was excellent on an incredibly beautiful day.” Over 30 vendors set up table tops filled ...

Union Catholic News

WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY -- The Union Catholic girls, ranked No. 2 in the state, blitzed the competition with a remarkable performance and Jimmy Wischusen opened his season with an impressive victory at Saturday's Bowdoin Park Classic in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.      Junior Peyton Hollis led the charge for the UC girls in the Division 2 race with a winning time of 18:51 as the Vikings placed 1-2-3-5-10 and steamrolled their way to a 20-91 victory over Bronxville (N.Y). Ridgewood was third with ...

Unleash Your Positive Possibilities

Can you think back to a time when you messed up bad on something that you committed a lot of time and care to? Something really important to you. Well, I recently messed up big time and I’m hoping my story will give you the gift it gave me. My mess up has to do with myself alone, and yours may even have to do with other people, but the wisdom to be had applies either way.  I forgot to meditate! Big deal you might say. But I forgot to meditate after meditating for 1195 days in a row! That’s 3 and 1/3 years in a row! It ...

Updates and Ideas from Assemblyman Sterley Stanley

EDISON, NJ - Assemblyman Sterley Stanley released the following statement today: “I have spoken with many members of our community hurt by the divisive, hateful messages spread by a vehicle at Edison's India Day Parade.    There is no room for hate in our communities and my office is working with the organizers of the parade to ensure that an incident like this doesn't happen again in the future.   The strength of India lies in its diverse cultures. We cannot allow international politics to ...

Vitalant in Your Community

Continued strong patient needs for blood have depleted Vitalant’s supply by nearly 50% since the start of summer, creating an emergency shortage across the country. As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, when fewer donors are typically available, all eligible donors are urged to schedule an appointment now for the coming days and weeks. ­­­ “Hospitals need people to donate during these critical weeks,” said Vitalant Chief Medical and Scientific Officer Dr. Ralph Vassallo.

Walk With Us Into Sunshine

Sudden, unexpected loss leaves a heavy burden for those left behind. We are often left with questions, unresolved issues, and a range of emotions. While no form of grief is particularly easy to process, the unanticipated loss of a loved one can disrupt the normal process of grieving. We aren’t solely dealing with the loss of that person, but the personal trauma we’re experiencing as well.  Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death among ages 15-44, with over 4,700 deaths in 2020 in New Jersey alone (NJ DOH). This ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge News

The Wardlaw+Hartridge Performing Arts Department announced the cast list for its Upper School fall play – Clue on Stage – with performances set for November 4-5 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Leading players include Jack Silver of Rahway as Wadsworth, Raiya Patel of Edison as Yvette, Naischa Puri of Edison as Miss Scarlett, Sasha Chernyak of Edison as Mrs. Peacock, Giselle Lee of Edison as Mrs. White, Ishi Singh of Colonia as Colonel Mustard, David Flatau-Jones of Scotch Plains as Professor Plum and Charlie Silver of ...

Wayne Education Association News: Your Local Teachers & Support Staff

It is always a bittersweet moment when someone retires from a school district. Those in education often meet hundreds of children during their service to our communities. That is hundreds of lives that may have been shaped or moved by a singular person. This year many WEA members are retiring. Twenty-four people from Wayne’s educational staff are retiring this year! Some are retiring with over 30 years of teaching experience. Here are just some of those retirees reflecting on their years of service. Felicia Barra retired as a Wayne ...

Wayne Financial Advisor - Conan Ward

Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” But as you chart your financial course, what steps should you take to help you keep moving forward to where you want to go? Consider these suggestions: Establish and quantify your goals. Throughout your life, you’ll have short-term goals, such as an overseas vacation or a home renovation, and long-term goals, the most important of which may be a comfortable retirement. You’ll want to identify all your goals and put a “price ...

Weekly Market Update: Edward Jones, Brian Killea

After seven consecutive weeks of declines, the longest losing streak since 2001, equity markets logged strong gains last week. Selling exhaustion, positive retail earnings reports, and hints of Fed flexibility all helped the S&P 500 rebound from its lowest in more than a year1. The latest economic and earnings data were mixed but, in our view, managed to challenge the prevailing view that the economy is on a one-way road to recession. While growth is slowing, there are plenty of counterpoints to the narrative that the expansion is ...

Wellspring Learning: Help Kids Discover the Joy of Reading

The NEW Fast ForWord The NEW Fast ForWord® is a computerized language/auditory processing intervention that uses the principles of neuroplasticity to make fast, permanent changes to your child’s brain – which will make auditory processing, language, learning and reading much easier for your child. Fast ForWord® has been proven by extensive research to help children pay attention longer, process information faster, and comprehend what they’re hearing and reading. On average, students with language and ...

West Boca Medical Center

PARKLAND, FL- September is National Child Passenger Safety Month in America. The latest statistics show that on average, two children under 13 are killed and an estimated 374 are injured every day while riding in vehicles, according to a Traffic Marketing Study. In Parkland, traffic and safety concern has led to the Loxahatchee Road renovation project, which will begin in the next year. A local expert was recently featured on CBS to share about the importance of installing car seats correctly to ensure child safety ...

Westfield Area YMCA

The fall “back to school” season is a great time for everyone to learn and grow at the Westfield Area YMCA! Priority registration for full members begins 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 and open registration begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 22.    Classes are available for beginner and experienced swimmers of all ages. The YMCA group swim lesson program helps foster a sense of achievement as each swimmer progresses, resulting in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for ...

William Gralnick

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Two more words can be added to the descriptor lexicon for Governor Ron DeSantis: Heartless and soulless. Before you jump through your computer to grab for my neck, let me grant this as a given. US immigration policy is a mess. For almost a century, the country has bounced back and forth between conservative Republican values of highly restrictive quotas with rules to enforce them to the Democrat insistence that we have a responsibility to heed and act on the words of the Statue of Liberty, even if the immigrants ...

Your Health

TOTOWA, NJ - St. Joseph's Health and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department collaborated for an interactive training exercise to provide hospital employees with hands-on experience in case they should ever face an active shooter emergency. The exercise focused on patient and employee safety, communication, security and law enforcement response, and de-escalation protocols.  “At St. Joseph’s Health, the safety of our employees and patients is our top priority,” Chris Johnston, Director of ...

Your Hometown Real Estate Agent

CRANFORD, NJ - When you combine a passionate mom, with a driven teacher and add in a healthy dash of “home matchmaking” skills, you get Shannon DellaFortuna!  After finding her calling as a Sales Associate in 2015, she quickly became adept at meeting her clients’ needs for homeownership, with a flair for generosity.  As a Top Producing Agent and lifelong resident, Shannon is truly a neighborhood specialist.  Sharing her success with her community, Shannon has been fortunate enough to have ...

Your Real Estate Source

Jenny Brigante, Sales Associate in the New Providence office, offers personal service with distinction. She’ll serve as your trusted advisor with personal service and care! Jenny is a neighborhood specialist, familiar with local communities, home values, and price trends in Union County. Her commitment, guidance, and care are all offered unstintingly to her clients throughout the buying and selling process. Jenny is there for you, no matter the time; reach out to get started on your homeownership dream or just to ask a question. In ...