Do You Know Jan? Say Cheese!

50c7cee455cbcd78b92a_20160525_120614.jpg
Credits: Jess & Jan Selfie
50c7cee455cbcd78b92a_20160525_120614.jpg

If you’ve lived in Livingston long enough, you’ll know that there are really only two games in town for professional photography.  There’s Jan Press/Photo Media and…um…well, I’m sure there’s that other guy but I promise Jan has a way nicer camera and is kinda talented so… let’s just talk about him.

Not only is Jan a sponsor of your daily news, brought to you by TAP into Livingston, he was also our very first sponsor.  Yup, he’s the first guy that gave me a shot at being your local news source.  And, I wish I could say he did it because we had tons of readers and potential customers for him, because at the time, we didn’t, we were new.  Heck, I even wish I could say he did it because he liked me.  But, we had just met so that’s probably not the case.  No, Jan became our first sponsor because he knew we were going to deliver something good to Livingston and he wanted to be a part of that.

You see, not only is Jan a local business owner in Livingston; he is also a long time resident who, over the past 45 years, has been woven into the fabric of our community.  This guy is all over the place!  On the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce’s Board, The Livingston Improvement District’s Board, a member of the Sunrise Rotary, and…I usually see him at all major events for Livingston (I think he has a double somewhere).

Sign Up for E-News

So when you’re like Jan, going everywhere and knowing everyone, the world seems to keep getting smaller. Jan told me that looking back to high school, you usually only remember three or four teachers that really stand out or make a difference in your life, and for Jan, Willy Shapiro was one of those guys. Now if you’re an avid reader of TAP, the last name should sound very familiar because Willy is our founder and CEO, Mike Shapiro’s dad. 

“When I moved to Livingston from West Orange I discovered that we lived in the same neighborhood by Riker Hill.  Then, many years later I saw Mike was starting TAP and I have been with you ever since!”

Thanks Mr. Shapiro Sr. for being such a great teacher.  Little do you know that you helped fund this girl’s first shot at being a local entrepreneur.

I’d also call Jan one of the lucky ones because he gets to be a third generation something.  That’s it. He didn’t have to think about it. I mean, I suppose he could have thought about it if he wanted to but, he comes from a long line of passionate photographers, and has since spawned a fourth generation photographer.  The hard part of figuring out what to do for the rest of your life was kinda skipped over, and so he gets to enjoy stuff like gardening and reading books by his favorite author, Harland Coben (who by the way, is on the NY Times best seller’s list and writes stories based on events that happened in Livingston. So the next time you think your hometown is boring, call Jan for the 411). 

On gardening:  Jan told me to water my plants in the morning and sprinkle used coffee grinds here and there (I have a big fat brown thumb), and since then, I think my plants are starting to like me.  I swear I heard one singing the other day. Now I just need to get this scrunchie looking hose he keeps telling me about because I’m sure my water line is possessed as it has already burst open about six new heavy duty hoses this past season.

Jan also boasts a mean Donald Duck voice, which is helpful for trying to get kids to smile for their portrait.  Take a trip over to Jan’s studio and you’ll see some smiley kids lining his walls.  You may also see a few pictures taken by Jan of celebrities such as Muhammed Ali, Mike Tyson, Paul McCartney or Bill Clinton, but no big deal.

And when it’s time for engagement photos or wedding photos Jan will make your pictures ooze romance. I know this because Jan shared with me how he met his wife Ila and I swooned. That’s a story for another time but I’ll just tell you it was bashert (that’s Yiddish for fate or destiny)!

Jan has now been sponsoring your daily local news for three years.  Thank you Jan for sponsoring TAP into Livingston!

Jan said he likes us because “TAP is a part of the hometown vibe.  It keeps you in touch with what’s going on in town, but also in the surrounding communities on a daily basis.”

Thanks again Jan!  Visit Jan’s website at http://janpress.com/ or call him at 973-992-8812

This column is written by Jessica Marrone-Parkes, co-owner of TAPintoLivingston.net.  The purpose of this column is to help you, the local community, get to know the people and businesses that support TAP and help deliver the daily news to you.  To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact Jessica at jmarrone@tapinto.net. For more information about your daily news, contact Danielle at dsantola@tapinto.net.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston

Livingston Lacrosse Senior Jason Scher Named Athlete of the Week

April 20, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School senior Jason Scher has been named as TAPinto Livingston’s Athlete of the Week after scoring 14 goals and contributing 15 assists in his last five games—bringing him to a total of 35 points so far this season.

With Scher leading the pack, the Lancers are 5-2 after winning their last five consecutive games. Scher scored three ...

One Free Class at Cycle Bar Livingston

April 23, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Get a free ride at Cycle Bar Livingston. Livingston’s premium indoor cycling facility invites the public to sign up for their first ride free.

Click HERE to see the full class schedule.

During this week only, Cycle Bar is also participating in the Livingston Fitness Crawl, offering five days of free classes through Friday.  

Cycle Bar ...

Livingston Fitness Crawl: Five Days of Free Classes at 12 Livingston Businesses

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The public is invited to enjoy one free class at as many of Livingston’s fitness businesses as they would like during this week’s Livingston Fitness Crawl, a Livingston Business Improvement District event, beginning on April 23 and continuing through April 27.

For five days, no purchase is necessary at the following locations:

BARRE3 ...

Full Pet Grooming Service 25% OFF

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Cloud Canine Grooming Salon & Spa in Little Falls is open for business and owner and pet stylist Melissa DiRoma is offering 25% off a FULL GROOMING SERVICE for all new customers. Call (973) 837-8884 or visit http://cloudcaninesalon.com to schedule your appointment. Mention promo code TAP DOG for discount. 

About Cloud ...

Free Wellness Event at The Joint Chiropractic

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The public is invited to a "Wellness Event to Remember" at The Joint Chiropractic in West Caldwell on Thursday, April 19 from 7 p.m. to  9 p.m.

Guests will include:

Michael Piercy, owner of The Lab
Justyna Debski, owner of Revive Mind Body
Karen Caplan, owner of Nutrition Transitions

Join the ...

Luxury Facial Services 50% OFF

MILLBURN, NJ - DeAmour Salon & Spa is proud to announce its newest team member, Renee Rudikh, formerly of the famous Georgette Klinger Spa at the Short Hills Mall.

Rudikh has extensive experience and specializes in a plethora of facial styles including: deep pore cleansing/European, microdermabrasion with collagen, teenage, men's, back, LED and customized European ...

YMCA $0 Enrollment in April

LIVINGSTON, NJ - For the month of April, the West Essex YMCA is offer $0 enrollment. 

Take advantage of all that your local Y has to offer for the whole family!

Personal Training
Group Classes
Swimming
Camp
Childcare 
Low monthly membership
And much much more!...

Check out all that the Y has to offer HERE

About the West Essex YMCA:
The West Essex YMCA has ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_da7952de040411cf07ec_35608_125981954105061_273496_n-1

Thu, April 26, 7:00 PM

Livingston High School Fitness & Wellness Center/Auxiliary Gym, Livingston

Livingston Public Schools Presents: Livingston ...

Education

Sat, April 28, 9:00 AM

South Mountain Recreation Complex (The Clipper Pavilion), West Orange

20th Annual Building Tomorrows 5K Run, Family ...

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Health & Wellness Sports

Carousel_image_b72c9fa39815e55e0f5e_35608_125981954105061_273496_n-1

Sun, April 29, 12:30 PM

Livingston High School , Livingston

Abilities Expo 2018 Offers Resources for People ...

Health & Wellness

Women Need Better Treatment Behind Bars, Lawmakers Say

April 24, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Middlesex County Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) held a roundtable discussion on Monday with criminal justice reform advocates and formally incarcerated women to discuss legislation Lopez and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle are introducing, modeled after legislation Booker introduced in the Senate, to reform the way women are treated behind ...

Abilities Expo 2018 Offers Resources for People With Special Needs

April 22, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston’s Abilities Expo 2018 will be held on Sunday, April 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Livingston High School. This family-friendly event showcases a variety of resources, products, services and technologies for people with special needs – all under one roof. The Expo is co-sponsored by Livingston Public Schools and the Livingston Advisory ...

Lock Down Initiated After Stray Bullet Found at Morristown High School

April 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Morristown High School was on a school-wide lock down as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday after a stray bullet was discovered on the athletic fields of the school. 

Police were on the scene and currently investigating the incident. The school initiated a "shelter in place," which means instruction continued as students stayed in their ...

Letter to the Editor: Don't Complain. Vote!

April 12, 2018

Don’t Complain; Vote!

It’s no secret that people have strong feelings about what’s happening in our country. It’s also true that much of politics is local. In November, 11th District residents will have the opportunity to choose a new congressional representative who will not only serve as a critical check on the federal level, but also determine how our distract fares ...

Cluelessly Clueless

I teenaged my way through high school under the assumption that my parents had no idea what I was doing.  I like to think I was pretty good at withholding information and presenting situations in ways that were other than they really were.

 

Still, sometimes they found things out.  Like the time my friends plopped me on our front door step at one o'clock in the morning ...