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Greater Bergen YMCA Plans Open Houses for Early Childhood, School Age Programs

October 22, 2020

HACKENSACK, NJ - Families are invited to learn more about the Greater Bergen County YMCA’s Early Childhood and School Age Child Care programs during a series of virtual and in-person Open Houses.

Early Childhood Program Dates & Times


Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. (Virtual)


Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. (In-person)


Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

130 Rescue Dogs and Cats Safely Arrive at Morristown Airport; Escape Earthquakes and Tropical Storms in Puerto Rico

October 19, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Approximately 130 dogs and cats arrived at the Morristown Airport after being rescued from Puerto Rico. 

The Sato Project, Wings of Rescue and Greater Good Charities made it possible for these animals to touch down on October 10. All dogs and cats evacuated were either rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico or  pulled from overburdened shelters impacted by ...

Newark to Replace Columbus Statue With Harriet Tubman, Rename Washington Park in Her Honor

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka revealed Wednesday that Newark will commission a statue of abolitionist Harriet Tubman to replace one of Christopher Columbus it removed over the summer in Washington Park, which will be renamed Tubman Square. 

Just in time for Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 12, the announcement comes several months following the overnight removal of the Columbus statue ...

A Woman of Numbers

I missed Ada Lovelace Day, or ALD as it is respectfully referred to by technology geeks who speak in three letter acronyms.

Ironically, I was on my computer on October 13th and it passed me by. It didn’t pop up on my Facebook events page and shamefully was not pre-coded into Google Calendar. And since it has nothing to do with Covid or Donald Trump, it did not make the nightly ...

Note for Note

“EedleeedleBeeedleedleedleeDleldelbeeldeldleBedleeedlEelddlebedeleeedle . . .”
- Eddie Van Halen guitar intro to Eruption

I once tried to transcribe the Van Halen guitar solo from Michael Jackson’s hit Beat It on my Stratocaster electric guitar. After many hours of diligent repetition that made my ears bleed and my blisters ring, I can proudly say I was able to duplicate the ...

Healing from Trauma

This article was first posted on October 25, 2019. 

We all experience trauma in one form or another. It may be at the hands of an abuser, a relationship breakup, a health diagnosis, or the death of a loved one. No one is immune.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. James Gordon, author of the book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma. Dr.

Do Something Different

Last week I was on a call with a colleague who continually complained about so many aspects of her life. After listening to her ramble on relentlessly, I finally asked, “What are you willing to change?”

She stopped talking and with an indignant tone, said, “What do you mean … what am I willing to change?”

I explained to her that I am a firm believer that until ...

The Guardian by John Grisham

The Guardians by John Grisham. (Dell, 2020)

“Duke Russell is not guilty of the unspeakable crimes for which he was convicted; nonetheless, he is scheduled to be executed for them in one hour and forty-five minutes.”

Are you hooked? I am.

When I taught Creative Writing, one of the first lessons on writing prose was, “You have to capture the reader in the first paragraph ...

Murphy Vetoes Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for Indoor Dining False Start

October 19, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday vetoed a bill that would have appropriated $30 million in federal monies to reimburse restaurants owners who expended funds in anticipation of reopening for indoor dining July 2 — an opening the governor canceled two days before it was set to occur.

While in his veto statement Murphy said New Jersey government is meeting ...

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Mushroom Risotto with White Wine and Parmesan

There are some things pressure cookers do really well, and risotto is one of them. No more standing over the pot stirring and stirring and stirring!

Once the lid is on, set it for 10 minutes and come back to a creamy, savory dish, perfect for chilly days.

This recipe goes great with seafood or chicken.

Pressure Cooker Mushroom Risotto with White Wine and Parmesan

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New Jersey Date Night: You’re the Wurst

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Crisper temperatures and the changing colors of the leaves makes us something a little more substantial for our meals, which might explain why October is National Sausage Month. Hearty and flavorful, sausage is great year around, but in cooler weather it’s a go-to food if you desire something ...