Admissions Abridged

  • How to be a Doctor in Seven Years

    September 15, 2017

    Who wouldn’t be completely at ease with a 25-year-old performing their open-heart surgery? Joking aside, many students and parents are attracted to accelerated undergraduate/graduate ...

  • Achieving Well-Rounded Perfection

    Ah, the always tricky student resume.  The part of college applications that make students question whether their innate interests are worthwhile.  I get endless questions about not only ...

  • Tell Me a Little Bit About Yourself

     

    Are college interviews still a thing?  Why yes, yes they are.  While some colleges have shied away from the practice due to the sheer volume of applicants the encounter each year ...

  • The Art of Demonstrating Interest

    If you’ve perused any forums on college admissions (looking at you, Mom and Dad!) then you’ve already come across the term “Demonstrated Interest.”  It sounds like some ...

  • Getting a Mini-Fridge and Other College Essentials

    Hey Seniors: YOU MADE IT!  If all went according to plan (and I sincerely hope it did!) then you’ve submitted your enrollment deposit to the college of your dreams!  But suddenly all ...

  • Who’s Writing This Anyway?

    I love writing this column every month and sharing some helpful college admissions tips and tricks, but maybe you are saying, “Who is this lady who says she knows so much about college ...

  • What’s in a Name

    Why are we all willing to pay more for name brand items in the store when we know the generic is the same thing?  Is it our history with certain items; foods that we’ve been eating since ...

  • Who I Am in 650 Words or Less

    The Common Application released their essay questions for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle this past week so we all have essays on the brain.  This always creates a flurry of something between ...

  • It’s Go Time.

    This one goes out to all the juniors out there. 

    I can feel you squirming in your seats, “Who me?” Yes, you!  The time has come to turn that college dial up a notch.  ...

  • Don’t.  Panic.

    ‘Tis the season for application decision anxiety!  While regular mortals are happily gift shopping and cookie baking the college bound contingent is waking up in a cold sweat dreading the ...

  • Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

    Welcome to the second part of our two-part series taking you behind the scenes in the world of admissions counselors.  In our first installment we confirmed their “Road Warrior” ...

  • Early What?

    Why does everything have to be so darn complicated?  A few months ago we went over all the different major application companies and now I have to confuse things further by talking about the ...

  • Meet a Real Life Road Warrior!

    So you’re sitting in homeroom listening to morning announcements and still trying to wake up the rest of the way.  Through your sleepy haze you hear, “Juniors and seniors please sign ...

  • Why Do You Think That We Think That You Think You Want to Go to School Here?

    On most college application supplements this fall you’ll find a question along the lines of, “Why do you believe you’re a good fit for our university?”  If students ...

  • Un-Common Applications

    Anyone else starting to feel like these application conglomerates are getting out of hand?  Let’s look at the major players:


    Common Application: The OG consolidated application ...

  • The Junior/Senior Summer: A To-Do List

    You made it!  T-minus one year left and it’ll be TTYL to high school.  As you’re making your summer schedule should you include, “Pat self on back and mark the days till ...

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A Call to Action on Healthcare

September 24, 2017

On July 29, 2016, one week after my 41st birthday, with no warning, I experienced a Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection. SCAD is an uncommon heart condition that causes arteries in the heart to tear, leading to a blockage of the artery, and, in my case, a heart attack.  I HAVE NO KNOWN RISK FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE.  

I am a mother of two young children.  I am basically ...

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Sun, September 24

Berkeley Heights

Art from Around the World

Arts & Entertainment Education

Sun, September 24, 4:00 AM

Columbian Club of Garwood (Knights of Columbus Building), Garwood

Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Tricky Tray

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink Other

Sun, September 24, 7:00 AM

Hopatcong State Park, Landing

Fifth Annual “LHF Lake Loop” Set For September ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness Sports

Sun, September 24, 7:00 AM

Berkeley Heights YMCA, Berkeley Heights

Speak 4 Silent Voices Collection Drive

Giving Back

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Sun, September 24, 8:00 AM

The Connection, Summit

Adult Learn To Swim - Intermediate

Health & Wellness

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Sun, September 24, 9:30 AM

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Healing the Grieving Heart: The Journey After the Death of a Loved One

September 23, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A free of charge 8-week bereavement support group is offered by the Bereavement Ministry of the Church of the Little Flower in Berkeley Heights. Meetings will be held in the evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. on  Mondays, starting September 25th through November 13th in room 1 H of the Parish Center School Building (except session 7, which will meet Sunday, November ...

Blessing of the Animals at All Saints

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Do you have a beloved companion that just happens to be a non-human?

Many of us have friends of all shapes, sizes, and species--and they deserve our gratitude and a special blessing! Bring them to the front lawn of All Saints' Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 12:00 p.m. for a great celebration. Special treats will be on hand for our ...

Fourth Annual Union County Day of Prayer

In the challenging time of racial and religious intolerance as displayed in Charlottesville, fevered anti-immigrant xenophobia and political discord of historic extremes there comes the balance of a nation pulling together to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

With this backdrop the Fourth Annual Union County "Day of Prayer and Reflection: Unifying Our Community through Prayer" ...

Imagine Offers Support Groups for Caregivers

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Imagine is offering support groups for adult caregivers under 60 who are living with a family member’s chronic or terminal illness. The groups are safe spaces in which people can express their feelings, and gain support from fellow caregivers. 

The criteria for participation includes: caring for any person with a diagnosis of physical illness, injury or ...

JCP&L Provide Support Across the Companies Service Area

JCP&L linemen and support personnel are among a large group of linemen, damage accessors, electrical contractors, forestry crews and support personnel from FirstEnergy Corp. utilities  that have mobilized to help utilities in Florida with restoration efforts as a result of Hurricane Irma.

How to be a Doctor in Seven Years

Who wouldn’t be completely at ease with a 25-year-old performing their open-heart surgery? Joking aside, many students and parents are attracted to accelerated undergraduate/graduate degree programs.  While some of the most common exist in the realms of medicine, engineering, and business, more and more are cropping up in fields like physical therapy, teaching, counseling, and ...

The Floor Plan

Eliminate Your 'Pet Peeves' of Decorating with These Helpful Hints

You justly love your dog or cat and, if you love pets that much, maybe it's even your dog and cat.

What you don't love are some of the shall we say more challenging aspects of pet ownership as it relates to your living space, specifically the effects a pet can have on the wear and tear of the abode you decorated with the same levels of devotion and adoration you bestow on ...

Give Me Some Credit

I used to think I was special.  

 

But it turns out I am not.  I am just one measly name in 143 million.  

 

You see, that’s the number of lucky Americans who had their personal data purloined in a massive data breach at Equifax, the credit reporting agency.  At least I am not alone.

 

I checked the special Equifax website the other day ...

Roselle Park Loves Arts Festival - Schedule of Events for Saturday

September 21, 2017

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, Roselle Park will be hosting their 3rd annual “RP Loves Arts Festival. This event is all arts, all day, and all free! The fun takes place this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the downtown area on Chestnut Street. 

Entertainment will be from the Kean University Dance Theatre, ZCO Dance, Michael Montemurro, ...

Last Few Days to Donate Items to VNA Rummage Sale, Scheduled For Early October

September 24, 2017

FAR HILLS, NJ - The tens of thousands of items sold at the giant Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills rummage sale each spring and fall come from donations from this area and and beyond - and the donation period to drop off quality used items will continue through this week, until Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Those donations will stock 26 "departments" of bargain merchandise for ...

Community of Inclusion: A Statement from Council Candidates Doll and Baer Peterson

September 20, 2017

New Providence is a town evolving. While we will always remain a community whose foundation is built upon the kindness of our citizens, safety of our neighborhoods, and strength of our school system, this election provides an opportunity to embrace the growing diversity of our community – among ages, backgrounds, and beliefs – and reflect it on our Council. When we truly share in a ...

Mandelblatt Calls on Rep. Lance to 'Come Clean' on GOP Tax Cut

Lisa Mandelblatt, a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 7th District, today called on U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance to come clean on whether he supports a Republican tax plan that would harm New Jersey taxpayers. 

The American Action Network has launched television ads encouraging voters to call Lance and tell him to “keep fighting for tax reforms.”

The ad is really part of ...

Keith Doll: Community Advocate with a Fresh Perspective for New Providence

My name is Keith Doll, and I am a Democratic candidate for New Providence Borough Council.

As a son, brother, husband, and father, I believe deeply in the importance of strong families to build communities.

As a nurse, I understand what it means to serve others with dedication and humility.

As a recent recipient of an endorsement from Democrats 2000 for young Democrats under the age of ...

A New Voice and a Choice for New Providence

My family moved to New Providence from New York City 20 years ago when our one-bedroom apartment could no longer accommodate our growing family.  We sought a community that we could afford, had great schools and a fairly easy commute into Manhattan. New Providence fit our criteria. I still remember the strong impression I had when we found our first house on Hawthorne Drive; I knew we ...