Admissions Abridged

  • How to be a Doctor in Seven Years

    September 15, 2017

    Who wouldn’t be completely at ease with a 25-year-old performing their open-heart surgery? Joking aside, many students and parents are attracted to accelerated undergraduate/graduate ...

  • Achieving Well-Rounded Perfection

    Ah, the always tricky student resume.  The part of college applications that make students question whether their innate interests are worthwhile.  I get endless questions about not only ...

  • Tell Me a Little Bit About Yourself

     

    Are college interviews still a thing?  Why yes, yes they are.  While some colleges have shied away from the practice due to the sheer volume of applicants the encounter each year ...

  • The Art of Demonstrating Interest

    If you’ve perused any forums on college admissions (looking at you, Mom and Dad!) then you’ve already come across the term “Demonstrated Interest.”  It sounds like some ...

  • Getting a Mini-Fridge and Other College Essentials

    Hey Seniors: YOU MADE IT!  If all went according to plan (and I sincerely hope it did!) then you’ve submitted your enrollment deposit to the college of your dreams!  But suddenly all ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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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Berkeley Heights

We are Neighbors and Taxpayers Just Like You

October 18, 2017

My name is Jeanne Kingsley and I am currently proudly serving as Berkeley Heights Town Council Vice President, having been elected to represent all residents. My running mate, John Sincaglia, and I are just like you: neighbors and taxpayers.  And, just like you, we want to know exactly how our money is spent: Are we getting the most out of every dollar? Are expected services and ...

Why Purple? Because All Residents Deserve a Voice!

As Alvaro Medeiros and I have gone door-to-door across Berkeley Heights in the last few months, talking with and listening to residents, we’ve had a great time meeting all kind of people and learning how we can serve them better when elected to the Township Council. The common thread through many of these conversations is a feeling of frustration. Residents have articulated how things that ...

It's Always About Affordability

Maintaining Affordability means: Controlling costs. Managing resources. Evaluating alternatives.  Planning for contingencies. Comparing wants versus needs.  

These are critical aspects for anyone responsible for running a business or a governmental unit, and it is within these areas that my experience will be an asset to the Township Council and the community.

For almost 30 years, ...

LaZare: Bringing Passion to Our Politics

October 19, 2017

Time was, New Jersey residents could at least count on their elected representatives to be good stewards of their funds they paid in taxes:  to maintain their roads, their obligations, and their air and water.  Those times are long gone.  For close to three decades, administrations of all political stripes have hedged here, and borrowed there, and put the state on a depressing ...

A New Face in Politics: Lacey Rzeszowski

Maybe it’s the changing of the leaves and the cooler weather, the exciting race to the World Series, that brings to mind what Yogi Berra once said, “You can observe a lot by watching.”  The last couple of months I have been observing a new face in politics -- Lacey Rzeszowski, Democratic candidate for Assembly in our district (LD21).  What I have observed is a woman ...

Berkeley Heights Diversity Council Urges Education and Open Dialogue around Race

The Berkeley Heights Diversity Committee would like to join with the Mayor, Town Council, and Chief of Police in affirming our shared vision for Berkeley Heights as “a caring community with a proud heritage that welcomes everyone” with “a collective vision of an inclusive community,” and we affirm that “we are a diverse community with respect for all of our ...

Unintentional Consequence of WWI: American Religious Pluralism and the Jewish Experience @ ScotLib

October 19, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Monday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m., Jessica Cooperman, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Jewish Studies at Muhlenberg College, will discuss an unintentional consequence of involvement in World War I -- American religious pluralism and the depiction of Judaism and Catholicism as equal partners to Protestantism in the “three faiths of American ...

Nationwide YMCA Membership is Coming in November!

YMCA Members will have access to Y Facilities across the United States

At the Summit Area YMCA, we believe that positive, lasting personal and social change can only come about when the community works together to invest in our youth, our health, and our neighbors. Strengthening the community is the foundation from which the Y was built upon. In order to provide the most meaningful impact, and ...

The Summit Area YMCA kicks off Healthy U

A state-wide program promoting healthy lifestyles for children comes to the Y!

SUMMIT, NJ   As a part of our dedication to youth development and healthy living, the Summit Area YMCA provides the Healthy U curriculum that teaches children in our communities to adapt healthy living habits that will follow them into adulthood. Healthy U, a statewide initiative introducing the award winning ...

Rape Crisis Advocates Needed

The Union County Rape Crisis Center (RCC) needs volunteer advocates to assist victims of sexual violence. The Rape Crisis Center will train volunteers during daytime sessions at the Colleen Fraser Building at the Union County complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.  Prior to training, each volunteer must come to the Rape Crisis Center for an informal interview.

“These ...

Grand National at Far Hills Races Will Be International Affaire

October 13, 2017

GRAND NATIONAL TAKES ON INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR

The $400,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), America’s richest steeplechase race, has attracted strong international interest, with no fewer than five overseas challengers among 12 nominees to the centerpiece of the 97th annual Far Hills Races on Saturday, Oct. 21.

One of New Jersey’s premier sporting events, the Far Hills Races will be one ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, October 19, 2:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

Retired & Senior Volunteer (RSVP) Information ...

Giving Back Other

Thu, October 19, 7:00 PM

St. Teresa of Avila RC Church-Avila Room, Summit

Citizenship Preparation Classes

Education

Thu, October 19, 7:00 PM

Berkeley Heights Public Library, Berkeley Heights

Third Thursday Movie Night: "After the Storm"

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, October 19, 7:00 PM

Elizabeth Public Library Auditorium, Elizabeth

2017 Fall Concert Series

Arts & Entertainment

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Fri, October 20, 3:00 PM

Body Restoration , Berkeley Heights

Pink Ribbon Program Instructor Training

Health & Wellness

Fri, October 20, 5:00 PM

National Guard Armory, Morristown

41st Annual Morristown CraftMarket

Arts & Entertainment

Dear Susan: Beauty Tips from a Beauty Expert

SUSAN BARBAGLIA, owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa in New Providence, offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise as a leader in the beauty industry. With over thirty years experience in skin care, Susan can answer your most challenging beauty questions. Email your questions to advice@skindeepsalonspa.com.

 

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Dear Susan: I am interested in ...

“It’s Greek to Me!” – Understanding Your Investment Statements

Note: Recently I gave a seminar on “It’s Greek to Me!” – Understanding Your Investment Statements at the Bernards Township Library in Basking Ridge, NJ. Here are a few of the items I touched on.

When you look at your monthly investment statement, do you think “this looks like Greek to me”? Do you ignore all but the first page, after checking to see how much ...