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I Reported It Myself!

Each year there seems to be more schools relying on self-reported test scores and transcripts on their applications.  While they may, in the long run, streamline the application process I’ve seen them cause a good amount of stress during this already stressful process.  Should an optional test score self-report be filled in?  How do I know whether to mark my class as a semester or quarter?  Why are schools doing this to me?!  Let’s answer the last question first.  In theory, allowing students to ...

Biz Buzz

Big or small, no matter who you are, you must file your taxes. The deadline for filing is rapidly approaching so it’s not too early for a small business to get ready. What can you do to make this as painless as possible? Here are a few tips that can help: Recordkeeping. Keep a close track of your business expenses and enter them into your accounting system as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to forget. Keep in mind, this is a situation where accuracy is key. Keep business and personal expenses ...

Blended

On a recent weeknight, I was sitting at my computer, and Blue was sitting in the dining room, which he has claimed as his personal office. The table is perpetually covered with ACT study materials, a gargantuan U.S. history book, a laptop, and his various drinks and snacks. There’s an open layout in this part of the house, so I can turn my head while sitting at my desk and see him holding court about 30 feet away. Often, we find ourselves sitting in our respective workspaces at the same time doing our respective work. He might listen to ...

Dear Susan

SUSAN BARBAGLIA, owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa in New Providence, offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise as a leader in the beauty industry. With over thirty years experience in skin care, Susan can answer your most challenging beauty questions. Email your questions to advice@skindeepsalonspa.com.   __________ Dear Susan: I am interested in getting some waxing done for the first time. Does it hurt?  What should I look for in a safe wax? I would be very selective as to where I get ...

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 ...

For the House You Call Home

INVENTORY…INVENTORY…INVENTORY!!!  Where is it??  We have listed 637 properties in our com-munities of Berkeley Heights New Providence, Summit, Chatham Borough, Chatham Twp. and Long Hill Twp   since the 1st of the year.  105 have sold with an average of 15 days on the market and a Sale/List Price of 100.2%.  202 of those listed are under contract with an average of 16 days on market and 330 are active with an average of 37 days on market.  Sunday Open Houses are setting new records with both ...

Health Management: The DeFabio Difference

Statistically, 50% of people seen in the emergency room with a heart attack have “normal” cholesterol levels. That’s right- normal cholesterol levels! Let’s look at the all the indicators in your cholesterol “number” to find out how this could possibly happen. First, prevention of cardiovascular disease it is not as simple lowering your cholesterol levels to under 180. Your total cholesterol number is actually a combination of several different components or fractions some of which reduce and others ...

Home for Good: Dog of the Week

Tarzan and his sibling Jane are looking for their “forever” homes. Tarzan and Jane are 6-month-old Shepherd mixes. Despite his name, Tarzan is a gentle soul. He is still learning to get along with his human friends. But given time, he will slowly open up and develop trust with people. He needs to be placed in a home with another dog so that he can learn how to be a member of a family. For the right family who is willing to be patient and give him the love and nurturing he needs, he'll make an amazing pet. He is fully ...

How to Stay Young

Recently, our practice has seen an influx of children involved in athletics. These gymnasts, wrestlers, runners and all types and levels of sports competition are some of the healthiest, most active kids in the area. Despite this, they are still experiencing more injuries that affect their ability to compete and play. I wanted to review a few of the preventive measures you and your kids could do to avoid injuries and what you can look for to decide if tthey might require professional intervention. 1. Stretching-- All kids should be ...

It's Not Just Fitness, It's a Mindset

When we help people create meal plans to drop body fat, one of the first steps is reducing starchy carbs. Starchy carbs are things like bread, pasta, rice, potatoes etc. We do NOT totally eliminate them, but we don't want them to DOMINATE the diet. For fat loss,we try to limit starchy carbs to one serving a day. Conventional thinking is, "carbs in the morning for energy", but in reality, if you are looking to burn fat, you want to ditch the morning carbs. Most of our successful people stick to protein and fat for ...

JCP&L Energizing Your Community

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) reminds customers having difficulty paying their utility bills that they may be eligible for special financial assistance or energy efficiency programs that could reduce the amount of electricity they use.     Assistance programs available to New Jersey residents include: Lifeline – Offers a cash grant to help people who meet the Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) eligibility requirements, or who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  ...

Library News

We’ve wrapped up a busy summer at NPML.   Summer reading programs for all ages have concluded.  Prizes have been awarded, lots of books read and lots of volunteer hours racked up.  We thank all of our wonderful volunteers who assisted in the library with awarding prizes, making ice cream and registering participants as well as those who continue to work stocking the bookshelf library at the NP Pool with great selections. Many thanks to our generous township businesses who donated prizes this year: Prestige Diner, ...

Liz on Theatre

‘Bakersfield Mist’ explores art versus reality By Liz Keill MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Bickford Theatre presents a touching, often hilarious, two-person play about a woman in a trailer park in Bakersfield, California, who thinks she has purchased an original Jackson Pollock at a thrift shop. With this unlikely premise, the play evolves into a matter of wills, wishful thinking and harsh reality. Author Stephen Sachs has conjured a clash between the hard-nosed former bartender, Kim Zimmer and a visiting art specialist from a ...

Movement is Life

Tough to stick with your fitness goals? You’re not alone… but then again maybe you are and that’s the problem. Many people who work out on their own find working-out in the gym a chore at best or maybe worse.  Most people don’t enjoy chores so it’s no great surprise that all too soon they give up.  For some there’s a simple solution, and it’s fun. Many years of research confirms that exercising in groups provides substantial benefits for many, rather than exercising alone.  ...

New Providence Notables

The owners of Raw Made Delicious at Strawberry Fields recently held a fundraiser for the New Providence High School Marching Band. Former band parents themselves, owners Ashima Abrol and Sunil Abrol wanted to show their support for the marching band program. Receiving the proceeds from the fundraiser are senior drum major,  Troy Droussiotis, as well as other student leaders of the marching band. The marching band, under the direction of Michael Niedziejko, is busy preparing this year's show entitled ...

Packing Light

Sensei Darren DeMarco, owner of White Tiger Dojo in Berkeley Heights, provided a training session in self defense as part of the Berkeley Heights Police Youth Academy offered to grades 2 through 12.   "I am really interest in young kids being able to take care of themselves," said DeMarco.  "The most important thing that these kids can have is the sense of self confidence and awareness and boundaries so they are not getting in fights in the first place." White Tiger Dojo offers a ...

TAPinto New Providence Directory of Advertisers: Support Local

TAPinto New Providence is locally owned and operated. We are able to provide you with original, objective and always FREE local reporting of New Providence news and events thanks to our advertisers. We encourage you to patronize our advertisers and tell them you saw their ad on TAPinto New Providence: Adams Fine Clothing Allegra and Company, http://www.allegraandcompany.com/ Ana Galindo Allstate, http://agents.allstate.com/ana-galindo-new-providence-nj.html Angela Wilson, Coldwell Banker Autum Lake ...

TAPinto Spotlight on Business

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 Providence Health and Fitness founded in 2014 by Kathy McCready.  Health is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Providence offers a wide array of fitness and yoga classes, personalized wellness programs, and experiences to serve ...

The Mommy's Review

Well, the kids are firmly back in school, and one of my priorities this year is for everyone to stay dry! No, not in the potty training sense! What I mean is that I’m tired of taking out soggy folders and wet assignments from their backpacks! I can’t tell you how many times my kids came home with wet lunchboxes and school bags this past school year. Their reusable water bottles just were not reliable. So, I embarked on a quest to find leak-proof water bottles for the 2017-2018 school year, preferably ones that are both BPA free ...

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