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An Inside Look at Architectural Design

Why Hire an Architect?

There have been many occasions where I have met clients through contractors that I have worked with.  A typical scenario would be someone who is looking to put an addition on their home will first reach out to a contractor in order to come up with a design solution and construction cost estimate for an addition to their home.  This is understandable and makes sense especially to someone who may not have experience with the design and building process.  However, there are several issues which are problematic with this ...

AtlantiCast

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll learn about a groundbreaking new clinical trial in the fight against pancreatic cancer, meet an award-winning child neurologist at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and hear about the new Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center at Atlantic Orthopedic Institute – plus stay tuned at the end to see our debut episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute!  

Bernie's Automotive Corner

Finding a good repair shop is one of the toughest tasks of car ownership because there often isn't a good, clear choice. The key is to find a good, trustworthy mechanic before things go wrong. If you've already found a competent, honest mechanic, that’s great. For the rest of you, here's how you might try to find one: Check your warranty First, if your vehicle is newer and under warranty, you'll probably need the dealership to perform the repair if you want to make a warranty claim and have it performed at the expense ...

Clark's Fallen Heroes, The Series

His tombstone reads: “IN DEATH A HERO, AS IN LIFE A SON, A BROTHER, A FRIEND!” James W. Harvey II was killed in action on June 11, 2011 in Ghanzi Province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Harvey died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire. For his heroism and meritorious service, Harvey was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor (ARCOM), the  Bronze Star Medal and the Purple ...

Clark: In the Schools

CLARK, NJ - On Friday, May 26, both Valley Road School and Frank K Hehnly School in Clark, celebrated Memorial Day with their annual assembly programs. Local veterans visited the schools and shared stories about their service. Mrs. Mary Arrowood, first grade teacher at Hehnly, spoke to the students in both elementary schools about the importance of taking some time this weekend to remember the people who have served our country so that we can enjoy our lives. Then, Mr. William Duffy shared a power point presentation about the 21 fallen ...

College Funding Secrets with Chris Curran

It can be difficult to talk with your student about the college budget, but this is an important topic, and one which I spend a lot of time on with my clients.  Many parents prefer to shield their children from the financial pressure associated with choosing a college. They feel the process is stressful enough without complicating it further with talk about money. The thinking goes something like, “You just worry about getting good grades and getting into a good school.  We’ll figure out how to pay”. But with the ...

Cornerstone: Where Care Meets Commitment

CLARK, NJ - It's that time of year.  Snow flurries leading to accumulations leading to digging out.   Shoveling wet heavy snow and those heavy ice boulders that land curbside after the snow plow clears the street requires proper lifting strategies.   A common error people make while shoveling and moving snow is they bend forward and lift with their lower back, known as the lumbar spine, instead of utilizing their legs.  Some people will shovel and lift the snow with their knees fully extended or locked, ...

Family Health

When it comes to accurately diagnosing whether someone has suffered a stroke, “one can never be too smart,” says Dr. Gary Belt. Belt, a stroke neurologist at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Overlook Medical Center, has more than three decades of experience in making those tricky diagnoses. He knows that superficial signs that seem to indicate a stroke can’t always be trusted and that a stroke neurologist must think like a detective. In a presentation he titled “Stroke Mimics,” Belt recently spoke to a ...

Liz on Theatre

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ shows surprising appeal as radio/stage production By Liz Keill MADISON, NJ – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has selected a nostalgic and heartwarming version of the classic Frank Capra movie from the 1140’s to entertain holiday audiences. “It’s a Wonderful Life” has somehow become a classic Christmas entertainment, with its story of redemption and small-town life. Directed by Doug West, the pitch-perfect cast does a bang-up job of impersonating some of our ...

Practical Taxes and Finance With Paul Kleespies

Many people choose to work into their retirement years. If this is something you’re considering, here are some tips to make sure you get the greatest benefit from your efforts. 1) Consider delaying Social Security. You can start receiving Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62, but if you continue to work, it may make sense to delay as late as age 70. Your Social Security monthly benefit increases approximately 8 percent for every year you delay receiving them. These increases in monthly benefits stop when you reach ...

Shop Local

CLARK, NJ - November 25 is Shop Small Business Saturday.    Want to support local this holiday season?  Here are some businesses in Clark that are open and ready for business.  Start here and find the perfect “something” for everyone on your list with this holiday gift guide. Some businesses are even offering special deals for TAPinto readers. Give the Gift of Pampering, Accessorizing and Affordable Luxury: Hairport —Wrap up a gift certificate for beauty and pampering this holiday season.   ...

The Falcon's Nest

The Saint Joseph High School Umoja Club celebrated Black History Month through researching lesser-known African-American leaders. In doing so, the students gained a deeper understanding of these people and the important contributions that they have made in our country.   The students reflected on how certain African-American leaders influenced them and the impression that these leaders made on them as high school students. A display board of information was created by the club for the entire school community to enhance their ...

investorsBank Economic Outlook

The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates twice this year and could do so again in December.  But the economy is hardly booming along and inflation remains tame.  Are the central bankers crazy?  No!  They simply are trying to add some monetary policy arrows to their largely empty quiver. The near collapse of the world financial system in 2008, forced the Fed to take extraordinary action.  Typically, when a recession hits, the Central Bank lowers short-term interest rates by cutting the funds rate.  This ...

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