Admissions Abridged

  • Who’s Writing This Anyway?

    April 14, 2017

    I love writing this column every month and sharing some helpful college admissions tips and tricks, but maybe you are saying, “Who is this lady who says she knows so much about college ...

  • What’s in a Name

    Why are we all willing to pay more for name brand items in the store when we know the generic is the same thing?  Is it our history with certain items; foods that we’ve been eating since ...

  • Who I Am in 650 Words or Less

    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 ...

  • It’s Go Time.

    This one goes out to all the juniors out there. 

    I can feel you squirming in your seats, “Who me?” Yes, you!  The time has come to turn that college dial up a notch.  ...

  • Don’t.  Panic.

    ‘Tis the season for application decision anxiety!  While regular mortals are happily gift shopping and cookie baking the college bound contingent is waking up in a cold sweat dreading the ...

  • Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

    Welcome to the second part of our two-part series taking you behind the scenes in the world of admissions counselors.  In our first installment we confirmed their “Road Warrior” ...

  • Early What?

    Why does everything have to be so darn complicated?  A few months ago we went over all the different major application companies and now I have to confuse things further by talking about the ...

  • Meet a Real Life Road Warrior!

    So you’re sitting in homeroom listening to morning announcements and still trying to wake up the rest of the way.  Through your sleepy haze you hear, “Juniors and seniors please sign ...

  • Why Do You Think That We Think That You Think You Want to Go to School Here?

    On most college application supplements this fall you’ll find a question along the lines of, “Why do you believe you’re a good fit for our university?”  If students ...

  • Un-Common Applications

    Anyone else starting to feel like these application conglomerates are getting out of hand?  Let’s look at the major players:


    Common Application: The OG consolidated application ...

  • The Junior/Senior Summer: A To-Do List

    You made it!  T-minus one year left and it’ll be TTYL to high school.  As you’re making your summer schedule should you include, “Pat self on back and mark the days till ...

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Dr. Donald DeFabio of Berkeley Heights to Speak at Scientific Conference

April 28, 2017

The American Spinal Injury Association, ASIA, is the premier North America Association in the field of spinal cord care injury and research and is holding their Annual Scientific Conference in Albuquerque, NM, this weekend. The conference is for the exchange of new ideas, research trends and advances in spinal cord injury management and this year Dr. Donald DeFabio of Berkeley Heights was invited ...

Families Invited to Participate in Open House at Watchung Reservation on May 13

Mountainside, NJ – April 24, 2017 – All families in the area are invited to attend “Watchung Day,” a bi-annual interactive family festival taking place on Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Watchung Reservation. Last fall the event attracted more than 100 local youth and their families. Activities offered include: BB, archery, outdoor cooking, STEM fun, ...

Summit Area YMCA Food Drive to Benefit SHIP

Join the Y in giving back by donating any of the following items during our May food drive so we can help SHIP (Summit Helping Its People) stock their pantry for the spring/summer:  Coffee (unflavored), Canned Tuna or Chicken, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Cereal, Ketchup Sugar Napkins, Mayonnaise.  Please drop off all donations in the lobby at the Summit YMCA until May 31st.

For more ...

Election Sloganeering

April 24, 2017

November seems like a long way off, but is it possible to at least hear more substantive ideas instead of recycling campaign rhetoric? Presenting a litany of a city's or state's problems (and virtues) without offering any real solutions, improvements or original ideas is somewhat embarrassing. "Keep our schools great." What does that mean?

"We need to keep taxes ...

Union County Gubernatorial Candidates Forum Held in Springfield: “To Build a Thriving New Jersey”

April 28, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Union County Gubernatorial Candidates Forum held at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Springfield on April 25 focused on affordable housing.  The event was called “The Union County Candidates and Community Leader’s Forum to Build a Thriving New Jersey”.

All gubernatorial candidates were invited to speak or send a representative. The ...

Debate Over Bike Trails in Watchung Reservation Continue at Union County Freeholders Meeting

April 21, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ — Debate about the possible addition of trails for mountain biking in Watchung Reservation continued at Thursday night’s Union County Freeholders meeting. The county had asked for input regarding the trails in February, which sparked an outpouring of people into the subsequent board meetings.

A resolution regarding mountain biking had appeared on the agenda for ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Adams Fine Clothing in New Providence

TAPinto "Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories.

This edition features Adams Fine Clothing and Tuxedo in New Providence since 1958. 

Adams is a full service ...

Who’s Writing This Anyway?

I love writing this column every month and sharing some helpful college admissions tips and tricks, but maybe you are saying, “Who is this lady who says she knows so much about college stuff?  What exactly would I hire her to do?”  Seems like it’s time for me to define “College Consultant” and explain how I help families with this process.

Briefly, I ...

Mayor's Round Table Discusses Budget, Fields, and Hometown Heroes

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, 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. 

Included in this episode, Mayor Woodruff provides an update on Redevelopment and the Budget, Fields, Hometown Heroes (deadline Monday, April ...

Union County Gubernatorial Candidates Forum Held in Springfield: “To Build a Thriving New Jersey”

April 28, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Union County Gubernatorial Candidates Forum held at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Springfield on April 25 focused on affordable housing.  The event was called “The Union County Candidates and Community Leader’s Forum to Build a Thriving New Jersey”.

All gubernatorial candidates were invited to speak or send a representative. The ...

Vote-By-Mail Ballots Available May 1

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Vote-By-Mail ballots will be available beginning on Monday, May 1, for the 2017 Primary Election, to be held on Tuesday, June 6, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announced April25.

“New Jersey will select its first new governor in eight years this November, and the June 6 Primary Election is a critical step in that process,” said Rajoppi. “Vote-By-Mail ...

Tapinto Hillsborough Editor Rod Hirsch Moderates Democratic Gubernatorial Forum April 26

FLEMINGTON, NJ - A special gubernatorial forum will be held Wednesday at Stangl Stage, which is located at 2 Stangl Road.

Featured will be candidates for governor running for the state Democratic Party nomination in the June 6 primary.

The moderator will be award-winning veteran journalist Rod Hirsch, a Pulitzer Prize nominee with more than 40 years experience. He is the owner and editor of ...

The GFP Diet

When we help people create meal plans to drop body fat, one of the first steps is reducing starchy carbs.

Starchy carbs are things like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes etc.

We do NOT totally eliminate them, but we don't want them to DOMINATE the diet.

For fat loss,we try to limit starchy carbs to one serving a day.

Conventional thinking is, "carbs in the morning for ...

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Fri, April 28, 9:00 AM

Body Restoration Studio, Berkeley Heights

Life Stretch Class

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Fri, April 28, 10:00 AM

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Free Barre-lattes Class

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Fri, April 28, 10:00 AM

American Legion Post, #433, New Providence

Summit College Club Book Sale

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Fri, April 28, 12:00 PM

Body Restoration Studio, Berkeley Heights

Free Barre-lattes Class

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Fri, April 28, 3:30 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

G.I.R.L. Leadership Workshop

Education Health & Wellness

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Fri, April 28, 8:00 PM

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit

Things Being What They Are

Arts & Entertainment

Five Easy Pieces of Investment Advice

Here are Five Easy Pieces of Investment Advice that can s-t-r-e-t-c--h your investment dollars. The first 3 “Pieces of Advice” are connected. It's a good practice to verify if your broker or advisor is following these tips or not (I’m always amazed to see how many money managers disregard these commonsense ideas and cost their clients more money!):

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