Cranberry Farming Has a History in NJ (Thanksgiving Recipe Included)

November 24, 2020

What’s Thanksgiving without cranberries? Whether you whip up a batch of homemade chutney (see below) or open a can of jellied sauce, there’s a good chance that the famous red berry will make an appearance in some way, shape or form with your feast. Ocean Spray reports that six in 10 Americans say cranberry sauce has and always will be on their Thanksgiving table every ...

A New (Old) Kind of Holiday

Everyone is worried about the holidays and while I’m sad I can’t see my extended family I am also looking forward to this year because it is like the holidays of my childhood.

Having moved 3 hours away from all of our family when I was entering first grade and my parents quickly realized that the stress of holiday travel stole all its magic we spent every holiday with my immediate ...

9 Months In...What Mothering in the Time of COVID Means

Last week I had the perfect summary of life for a working mom during COVID. Last Wednesday, was a rarity – I had the day off while kids and husband had to work. In pre-COVID days this was the holy grail, a day that I could spend getting a massage, binging watching something amazingly stupid on Netflix, reading, go to a movie or even just cleaning without someone messing it back up in 5 ...

Community Conversations: Healthy Holiday Decisions

The seasons of gratitude and giving can also come with some real dietary challenges. On this Community Conversation, Dr. Elkin Nunez, director of endocrinology at Atlantic Health System's Morristown Medical Center, will share some important tips to help those with diabetes make healthy holiday decisions.


Worried about Memory Decline? Screening Can Ease Your Mind

Memory loss can be scary. People often ignore worrisome changes in thinking and behavior as they age, but it’s important to find out what is causing the changes. If you are among the 10% of seniors who develop Alzheimer’s disease, you can learn about treatments to slow its progression and manage symptoms.

As a cognitive neurologist who helped develop Atlantic Health ...

Maplewood Policer Blotter, Oct. 29 to Nov. 15

November 21, 2020

October 29, 2020; Damage to Home; At approximately 10:45 a.m., officers responded to a home on Field Rd. on a report of a possible bullet hole in the house. Officers spoke with the resident who located a bullet fragment on her bathroom floor and an entry hole from the bullet. It is believed that the round entered the home sometime during the early morning hours and it is not believed ...

South Orange Residents Prepares for a Socially-Distant Thanksgiving, Leaning on the 'Thanks'

November 24, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As the country experiences record-breaking numbers of COVID-19 during what is normally one of the most traveled holiday weeks of the year, many are having to find different ways to make this Thanksgiving special. 

Chef, author and South Orange resident Shannon Sarna is having a small family Thanksgiving dinner and has been trying to give back as much as she can ...

VolunTEENS are the November 2020 South Orange Villagers of the Month

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The VolunTEEN Program of the South Orange Public Library was named the November 2020 Villager of the Month at last night's South Orange Board of Trustees meeting.

"This is a great program, and it's going to be better and better as the years go on," said Trustee Karen Hilton. The program is now in its eleventh year.

"It's a testament ...

Montclair Social Club Closes Its Doors, COVID to Blame

November 23, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Not only has COVID-19 claimed the lives of those near and dear to us, but it is also claiming many jobs and businesses. This week, the Montclair Social Club announced that it will no longer stay open.

Owner Jason Miller posted to social media that the Montclair Social Club "...has served its last smiling face."

Miller, who left his law profession to open the ...

Essex County Deer Management Program Canceled for 2021

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County will not conduct its annual Deer Management Program to reduce the number of deer in Essex County South Mountain Reservation and Essex County Hilltop Reservation in 2021.

Other county priorities during the pandemic were cited as the reason. “Our energy and manpower are being focused on offering our expanded COVID testing schedule and weekly ...

Late Westfield High School Principal’s Family Settles Malpractice Suit for $5.5M

November 12, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Family of the Westfield High School principal, who died from complications following his bone marrow donation to a boy in France in 2019, have settled a medical malpractice lawsuit in the case for $5.5 million, court records show.

Sheronda Braker, fiancé of Principal Derrick Nelson, sued Hackensack University Medical Center, anesthesiologist Jerry M. Baratta, ...

Metro YMCAs Celebrate GivingTuesday

November 24, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges will inspire generosity this GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. 

GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on Dec. 1, 2020, and throughout the year.

The Metro YMCA of the ...

Taxpayer Relief Initiative aims to help those financially affected by COVID-19

The IRS reviewed its collection activities to see how it could provide relief for taxpayers who owe taxes but are struggling financially because of the pandemic. The agency is expanding taxpayer options for making payments and other ways to resolve tax debt.

Taxpayers who owe taxes always had options to get help through payment plans and other tools from the IRS. The new IRS Taxpayer Relief ...

Here’s who qualifies for the employee business expense deduction

Employee business expenses can be deducted as an adjustment to income only for specific employment categories and eligible educators.

Taxpayers can no longer claim unreimbursed employee expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions, unless they are a qualified employee or an eligible educator. They must complete Form 2106, Employee Business Expenses to take the deduction.

If someone falls ...