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Identity Theft and Taxes

The latest trend among identity thieves is to steal your tax ID and file a false return in your name, delaying your real return processing and potentially damaging your credit record. How can you prevent this from happening to you? Approximately 15 million Americans are victims of identity theft each year, resulting in financial losses of over $50 billion.1 One particularly insidious form concerns taxes, whereby a legitimate taxpayer’s identity is used to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund. In fact, the IRS paid ...

Beth's Book Review

Without Mercy: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass (Harper Collins, 2016) In James Patterson's Master Class, an online course which I recommend highly to aspiring authors, Patterson talks about the validity of writing with a partner. Patterson notes several well respected creative teams like Lennon and McCartney, Simon and Garfunkle, and explains that combining the creative juices of two people is a great and productive idea. No where in the writing of crime fiction is that more true than in the case of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass, ...

Family Fun

I’ve been celebrating Halloween with my kids for over a decade now, and as a result, I’ve got a few Halloween hacks for parents to share. 1. Go to the pumpkin patch early. Some might take this advice a step further and skip heading out to the over-crowded pumpkin-slash-apple-slash-pony-ride-slash-corn-maze extravaganza entirely, but not me. Those fall pumpkin photos with the kids are just too amazing to miss. But go early. Most farms are pretty empty the first few weekends in October, but not so much as ...

In Your Community

Atlantic Health System (AHS), a leading health care delivery network, announced today the organization’s commitment to increase colorectal cancer screening in New Jersey by joining "80 percent by 2018" - a national effort of the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease.  Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. This year, there will be an estimated 95,520 new cases of colon cancer and 39,910 cases of rectal cancer diagnosed in the U.S. The national ...

JCP&L Energizing Your Community

As part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the durability and flexibility of its electric transmission and distribution systems, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) plans to invest  $359 million during 2017 on infrastructure projects and other work to enhance reliability across its 13 county northern and central New Jersey service area.   Major projects scheduled for 2017 include finishing construction of a new 16- mile, 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Monmouth County, building a new 34.5 kV power line in ...

Keeping Your Life In Order

Did you make a goal to get better organized in 2017? If so, you’re not alone. Every year, for at least the last ten years, “Get Organized” has been the second most popular New Year’s resolution. We all start the year with good intentions, but sometimes life intervenes and our plans get waylaid. Here we are in February, 1/12 of the year already gone. How are you doing on that goal to be more organized this year? It’s not too late to get back on track.  Here are 5 tips to ...

Living In

MONTVILLE, NJ - Century 21 The Crossing is having the following open houses this weekend: Sunday, March 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 30 Abbott Road, Montville - click HERE for further details. 97 Glenroy Road, Fairfield - click HERE for further details.  

Liz on Theatre

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ streams along in sizzling suspense By Liz Keill PRINCETON, NJ – Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” has received a terrific stage adaptation by Ken Ludwig. He’s taken a few liberties with the numerous characters, but has tightened the story line so that it all works seamlessly. Ludwig has injected any number of numerous asides, delivered by a sterling cast of potential murder suspects. Allan Corduner is the impeccable Hercule Poirot, ...

Shopfunding for a Cause

Jenny’s Hope Rescue was founded in honor of Jenny, an adopted adult puppy mill rescue dog. As a puppy mill pup, bred over and over again, her health was precarious.  Her owners knew Jenny was very sick, but there was a great chance of survival and a very happy life filled with the love she never knew. With some care, dollars spent, and lots of love, Jenny lived a healthy, wonderful life. The founders of Jenny’s Hope Rescue hope to provide other dogs with the care and love that Jenny received. Through their work they hope ...

The Happy Sandbox

A new bill soon will prohibit New Jersey-based companies with 15 or more employees from inquiring into the criminal backgrounds of job applicants until after the first interview.  The Opportunity to Compete Act became law this month but does not go into effect until March 1, 2015. This means you may not require an applicant to check “yes” or “no” to the question, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” on your employment application before concluding the first job interview.  Nor may you ...

The Mommy's Review

The new movie Hidden Figures is now open in theaters nationwide, and I urge all parents out there to take your children to see it. It is a wonderful film with a wonderful message, not to mention a great endorsement of all things related to STEM. Hidden Figures brings us to Langley, VA in the 1960s, just as NASA is preparing to launch its first Americans off of the planet and into the unknown. Under much pressure from the space race with the Soviet Union, NASA’s teams of engineers and scientists are working with intense fervor to not ...

The Total Health Coach

Holidays can be a tough time to keep on track. With a whirlwind of celebrations, every event may seem like an excuse to splurge, but the consequence just might be that post party food hangover. So let’s look at a few tips on how to stay on track!! 1)     Focus on Fun - There are so many activities we can focus on during the holidays: Engage in the fun activities like decorating our homes, catching up with old friends and shopping for others. Practice being in the moment and focus on what the season is really ...

Your Family Matters

Even on a good day, it can be difficult not to take the bait when your teen is pushing your buttons.  How do you disengage to keep it from escalating into a battle?  The last line in the movie "War Games" describes it perfectly -- "The only winning move is not to play." Sometimes, in order to stay calm when things are heating up with your kids, not engaging is the way to go.  It's been expressed as "You don't have to show up for every argument" and "The only winning move is not to ...

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