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New Jersey Date Night: Asbury Park is the Shore Thing

June 15, 2019

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Summer is (unofficially) here and couples in New Jersey find themselves with the urge to see something experience something new. The yearning to get away is strong, but the desire to keep it close is even stronger.

Luckily for us, taking a road trip is easy in our state. With so many unique towns with so ...

I Made the Pinata Cake the Internet is Crazy For

Pinata cakes (aka surprise cakes) are “the” birthday party dessert now. The layer cakes are filled with candy, so when you cut into them — surprise! — M&Ms or Skittles or sprinkles or whatever spills out. Being the awesome mom that I am, I decided to take a shot at making one for a particular 9-year-old’s birthday.

Spoiler alert: She loved it.

There are ...

Farmer’s Market Find: Using the Whole Beet

One bunch of beets, two recipes.

When you buy fresh beets, assuming they come with the green tops, you’re really getting two vegetables — the roots and the greens. Use them both with our easy recipes for Beets with Lemony Dressing and Beet Greens with Garlic:

Beets with Lemony Dressing

1 bunch beets

2 Tbs. lemon juice

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp.

Pour it on: Over 150 Wines on Offer at Summer Festival in NJ This Weekend

More than 150 New Jersey wines will be featured this weekend at the annual outdoor Pour Into Summer Wine Festival, held for the first time this year in Berkeley Heights.

“It’s an opportunity for us to celebrate all the amazing things that are happening in New Jersey wines,” said event organizer Kathy Bullock, who grew up in the area and is thrilled to be bringing the festival ...

Forty-Four Bridges in Union County Being Repaired & More from Freeholders

June 17, 2019

ELIZABETH, NJ – A total of 44 bridges are set to be repaired in Union County. If approved by the Freeholder Board, Union County will hire T.R. Weniger Inc., of Piscataway, to repair all bridges that are part of the 2018 Bridge Improvement Program. Bridges in the program were chosen based on state criteria.

“The state comes out every couple of years, does an inspection on all ...

Dropping Off Our Kids At College – Learning How To Adjust

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents. There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child. Feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression are normal and expected responses.  It is a new phase in life ...

Dealing with Prom Night Stress

Prom can be one of the most exciting times for your teenager but at the same time one of the most stressful. 

It can also be very stressful for parents as they prepare themselves to accept that their teenager is graduating and soon going away to school, while planning a weekend away after prom night. Going to the Shore for the weekend or somewhere overnight has become more of the ...

Father's Day - Lessons About Money Can Be Priceless Gifts to Children

Father’s Day is almost upon us. If you’re a dad, you certainly may enjoy getting cards and gifts, of course. But, over time, you will gain even greater satisfaction by what you can give your children – such as some valuable financial lessons. 

These lessons can include the following:  

Setting goals – If you are contributing to an IRA and a 401(k) ...

Consider These Financial Tips for Single Women

If you’re a single woman, most of your financial challenges and aspirations may resemble those of single men. Men and women face the same economic stress factors of modern life, and both groups have similar financial goals, such as the ability to retire comfortably. But women still face specific obstacles. You need to be aware of these challenges – and do everything you can to ...

Women Business Owners: Don’t Forget About Your Retirement Plan

American Business Women’s Day is celebrated on Sept. 22. And there is indeed cause for celebration, because, in recent decades, the number of women business owners has risen sharply, to the point where nearly 40 percent of all businesses are now women-owned, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you are one of these owners, or thinking about becoming one, you’ll always have a lot to ...

Self-Made Man?

"He is a self-made man who worships his creator." Who said it? About whom? It doesn't really matter as long as we make sure the description doesn't fit us.

This week's parshah details the offerings of the princes (nessi'im) of the twelve tribes at the time the Mishkan, the portable Sanctuary in the wilderness, was completed. Previously, towards the end ...

Thank You, Scotch Plains, for Supporting the Fire Department's 150th Anniversary Celebration

June 18, 2019

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Scotch Plains Fire Department, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Scotch Plains community for coming out and joining us as we celebrated our 150th anniversary.

Throughout its 150-year history, the fire department has been made up of volunteers, our friends and neighbors, who want to give back to their community. So, to say that seeing so many ...

Union Catholic's Kendall McKeon Honored by Somerset Patriots on Positive Coaches Night

June 17, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Kendall McKeon, Union Catholic's head girls lacrosse coach this past spring, was recently honored by the Somerset Patriots as part of its Positive Coaches Night at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater.

The coaches chosen for Positive Coaches Night were selected because they have gone above and beyond on and off the field and provided their players, school and ...