Lakeland Bank Awards $225,000 in Scholarships to Local Students

July 8, 2020

2020 Annual Scholarship Golf Outing to be held September 22nd

Oak Ridge, N.J., July 6, 2020 – Lakeland Bank was pleased to distribute $225,000 in scholarships to high school seniors from local high schools in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Ocean, Union, and Warren counties in New Jersey and Orange County, New York. The funds were raised at the 2019 Annual ...

Carved in Stone Too

A Monumental History Lesson Part 2

It is difficult to topple a mountain. Particularly if the mountain rises 800 feet from the ground, covers 583 acres, and is made of granite.

It is not like lassoing an iron horse and its rider from a concrete pedestal and heave-hoing it into pieces on the ground. Mountains are no pushovers.

Such is the dilemma with Stone Mountain in Georgia, recognized ...

Carved In Stone

A Monumental History Lesson

On July 4, 1863, Union soldiers began the arduous and grizzly task of burying over 7,000 dead bodies in trenches and shallow graves. Later, as rains had washed away the ground cover re-exposing the stench of blackened and gnarled limbs, the town of Gettysburg took on the task of exhuming the bodies and consecrating them in the newly created Soldiers National ...

What Comes After You’re Broken Open?

This month, July 8 to be exact, marks the 11th anniversary of the premiere of the Change Your Attitude…Change Your Life brand and radio show.

Back in 2009, I was going through a bit of an identity crisis trying to figure out my next move. I had given so much of myself to my family that I got lost. I had no career, my children were growing up, and my marriage was stagnant. It was during ...

Do You Know When You’re Happy?

“If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands, if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands, if you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.”

Thinking about this song brings back joyous memories of dancing around my family room singing it with my children and perhaps, even having it sung ...

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni (William Morris/Harper Collins, 2020)

In writing a contemporary novel in the Gothic tradition, it is impossible not to compare aspects of great Gothic novels that have come before. The excellent, new book, The Ancestor, by Danielle Trussoni fits the description of a Neo-Gothic. However, drawing comparisons between previously written novels is half the fun ...

NJ Farmers Markets Adjust to New Way of Shopping During Pandemic

July 10, 2020

NEW JERSEY — As New Jersey moves into new phases of reopening after the COVID-19 lockdown, farmers markets are adapting to our new socially distanced “normal.”  

In towns across the state, market managers have implemented new business practices to keep both vendors and customers safe. Designated as essential businesses early in the pandemic, some expanded their footprint ...

Lawmaker Says NJ Should Pick up Restaurants’ Tab After Nixing Indoor Dining

NEW JERSEY — The owner of Sweet Waters Steakhouse in Westfield stocked up for the restart of indoor dining in advance of the July Fourth weekend. That was before Gov. Phil Murphy announced the cancelation of inside dining two days before its anticipated comeback originally slated for July 2.

Frank DiLollo purchased meat and fish, among other foods, for diners ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...