Guest Column

July 5, 2018

Before and After Over the years we have designed and remodeled hundreds (if not, thousands) of kitchens.  Every client and kitchen are different, which makes for a very interesting job working as a kitchen designer! But every once in a while, a kitchen comes along that really makes you stop, ...

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I can enjoy the same movies over and over like it were the first time to see them.  My kids roll their eyes at this.  Well, many unimaginable things happen as you become a certain age, and you tend to learn to accept those things graciously as gift.   But I remember the movie “The Blind Side.”  ...

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Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in other developed and developing countries. The prevalence of obesity is increasing not only in adults, but also in children and adolescents. We all know that obesity is a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses, most ...

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On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Val’s Valiants [a Berkeley Heights Relay for Life team] held its third litter clean up in March in the water basin next to Overhill Way in Berkeley Heights.  The group collected a total of 77 pounds of trash, made up primarily of beer cans and large glass wine ...

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Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in other developed and developing countries. The prevalence of obesity is increasing not only in adults, but also in children and adolescents. We all know that obesity is a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses, most ...

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Do you have a 529 college savings plan? Have you thought about opening a 529 plan account? If the answer to either question is “yes,” you should know about two major changes that broaden the possibilities for 529 plans. They may give your family some new options. You may be able to pay K-12 tuition ...

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The quote "nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes" is generally attributed to Benjamin Franklin. So, it seems ironic that although most of us know this to be true, many people are not actively preparing for either. Tax planning is a vital part of nearly every aspect of wealth ...

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Roth IRA. First made available to American investors in 1998, a Roth IRA is an individual retirement account that is funded with after-tax dollars and provides tax-free growth and income for retirement. In honor of this significant ...

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TAPinto "Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories. This edition features CrossFit908 founded in ...

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Obesity is at epidemic proportions in the United States and in other developed and developing countries. The prevalence of obesity is increasing not only in adults, but also in children and adolescents. We all know that obesity is a significant risk factor for various chronic illnesses, most ...

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Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his ...

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Every parent knows that fostering healthy habits in children is important, but there is no instruction manual for how to go about it. It can be tough to recognize habits forming before they become routine, and, as most parents know firsthand, bad habits are hard to break. In the middle of a tantrum ...

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With the holidays behind us, you’re probably wondering how to live up to your New Year resolutions this year. The prospect of following through with your weight loss goals may seem daunting and unattainable at first. But if you are dedicated and ready to work hard then everything is ...

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes especially challenging during the holidays. Here are a few tips to help you get through this season of food, family, and fun! Have realistic expectations- The holiday season is not the best time to implement a strict diet plan. A more attainable goal ...

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About 3 years ago, around the time healthcare was saying its last goodbyes to solo practitioners, I decided to plunge into the world of private practice and one morning announced to my family, “I am starting a new primary care solo practice.” I am an Internist of Asian Indian origin and I graduated ...

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The early years of a child’s life are consumed by a desire to explore and experiment with objects. Well-known developmental psychologist Jean Piaget fittingly called young children “natural scientists” because of this inclination. By tapping into children’s tendency to explore and discover, ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - As far back as we can remember, the hallmark of American medical care was that solo physician who greeted you by your first name and inquired about your family. He/she then directed you to the exam room and patiently discussed your concerns. After going over treatment ...

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Today, one in three Americans is 50 or older. By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 or older. This population has embraced healthy living, and they have the time and resources to participate in organized fitness and training. The fitness industry, however, is unprepared for the unique needs of ...

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In today’s world, it is important for parents to take purposeful steps to raise children to be compassionate and generous human beings. Children who learn the value of giving back at a young age are able to develop a sense of empathy and citizenship, both of which are important to their success in ...

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Long-term budget and staff cuts have severely impacted the ability of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to carry out critical work to protect New Jersey’s environment and residents. This has serious implications for wildlife, public health and our economy. DEP is charged ...

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When I reflect upon the past week of people posting the phrase "me too" (indicating they have at some point been sexually harassed or assaulted), all I can think is, “these adults were once children”, and I am saddened that they were exposed to these situations. But it also reinforces the necessity ...

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Are you a New Jersey business owner who has already realized the potential of a global market or an entrepreneur seeking to increase sales and profit by taking your business worldwide?  The New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) has been awarded a $606,151 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) ...

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As many as 40 percent of American families do not have a family emergency plan in place, according to Save the Children®, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving children a healthy start and protection from harm. But emergencies can happen to anyone at any time, making emergency preparedness ...

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For over 30 years the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has tried – and failed –to modernize America’s woefully dysfunctional air traffic control system (ATC). It is time to get ATC out from under the thumbs of federal bureaucrats and partisan politicians, and create a completely new structure ...

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STIRLING, NJ - TAPinto "Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories. This edition ...

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for an above average hurricane season in 2017. Five tropical storms have already developed this year, including Tropical Storm Emily, which damaged businesses in Florida. As the height of hurricane season approaches, is your business ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Youth and adults from Willow Grove Presbyterian Church and St. John's Baptist Church drove to First Presbyterian Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania for their annual service mission trip on July 5. They packed bags of food for a summer food program, played with children ...

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Mindful Driving  I had just excitedly taken a photo in front of this Life Is Beautiful Sculpture after spending a very lovely week away with family and friends.  It was the last night of what was truly a wonderful vacation.  I actually sat at dinner and while looking around the room, I was ...

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Shin splints are a common complaint amongst runners and athletes involved in sports that require running. There are simple and effective techniques for the prevention of shin splints as well as treatment once they are present. Technically, shin splints are an irritation of the muscles of the ...

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Every parent knows that fostering healthy habits in children is important, but there is no instruction manual for how to go about it. It can be tough to recognize habits forming before they become routine, and, as most parents know firsthand, bad habits are hard to break. In the middle of a tantrum ...

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