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Admissions Abridged

The Common Application released their essay questions for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle this past week so we all have essays on the brain.  This always creates a flurry of something between excitement and panic as Juniors start to peruse their choices and grapple over which prompt will allow them to most effectively brag about the impressive things they’ve done in high school.  Unfortunately, this is completely the wrong approach. My advice to you?   Don’t bother even reading these prompts…ever.  ...

Brain Fitness 101

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

Business Chatter

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

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Expert Advice From Your Local Neighborhood Realtor

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - When you’re thinking of buying or selling your home or condo, you need expert, local advice so that you are prepared and knowledgeable before entering into the fast paced real estate market. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite articles offering tips on everything from how much mortgage you can afford, to improving your credit scores,  and to spring clean out suggestions in order to prepare your home for listing. I hope you’ll find it helpful and if you ever need a ...

Family Fun

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

For the House You Call Home

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

Health Management: The DeFabio Difference

Headaches, regardless if they are tension, migraine, cluster or biochemical in origin, are a significant problem for over 45 million Americans. Duke University in 2004 conducted a study to guide headache sufferers to find the best practices for the treatment of headache: read on for the findings. To begin with, the World Health Organization recognizes “headache disorders among the most common disorders of the nervous system” and further indicates ‘headache has been underestimated, under-recognized and under-treated ...

Heights Highlights

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

Home for Good: Dog of the Week

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

Homemade Cravings

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

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

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

Kaplan on Your Money

There are pros and cons to investing in the three main investment styles:  active,  passive and “evidence-based investing.” The benefits of “evidence-based investing” will be clearer after reviewing “active” vs. “passive” investing styles. 1. Active Investing through Mutual Funds: “Active” investors aim to “beat the market” (or a portion of a market) by investing in a large number of holdings through mutual funds and some Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). The ...

Kayla's Creative Art Studio Calendar of Classes

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Kayla's Creative Art Studio offers a full calendar of classes throughout the month. Visit www.kaylascreativeartstudio.com for a calendar of events including adult, family or children's after school programs -- as well as information on scheduling your own party or event. The following are a sample of the classes offered in the month of May: Saturday, May 2 at 3 p.m.- Family Painting Class for All Ages - Sunflowers Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. - Cinco De Mayo Wednesday, May ...

Life on Purpose

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

Mayor's Round Table

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

Movement is Life

One of the ways to get cardiovascular exercise is through rebounding….a form of exercise using a mini trampoline that you should know about. In addition to building muscular strength, rebounding is extremely gentle on bones and joints because you’re bouncing on a surface that “gives,” so there’s no solid ground to create a hard impact every time you land. And speaking of bones... Rebounding aids in improved bone density because of the constant gravitational pressure that you are bouncing against. This is weight ...

Packing Light

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

Shopfunding for a Cause

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

Summer Concert Photo Contest

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

TAP Into Berkeley Heights Celebrates Student Excellence

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

The Floor Plan

That's right - get in the kitchen... what many people widely acknowledge is the most important room in their house.   It's where their day begins. It is the center of their day-to-day living.   From a design perspective, kitchens were traditionally darker spaces with heavy cabinetry, but that has now morphed to a trend which sees lighter, more airy spaces with splashes of color.   A mix of style and substance, and one of pillars of kitchen design, is flooring, which -- when selected properly ...

The Mommy's Review

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

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