Dad in the Box

  • Putting the Debate to Bed

    October 5, 2016

    Like 80 million other Americans I watched the presidential debate the other night.  According to the news media, which supposedly fact checks bold assertions like this, the viewership numbers ...

  • Computers: A Love Story

    There can be no better feeling than hurling an uncooperative piece of electronics out a window.  It must satisfy our most basic human desire for revenge.  


    Oh yeah?  If ...

  • Going for Brass

    I get all teary-eyed watching the Olympics on TV.  You  know, the human drama, the sacrifice, the dedication, the thrill of competition, the athletic lip sync murmur to the national anthem ...

  • Cruise Control

    I just returned from a birthday party over the weekend.  It was totally out of control.


    At least according to my dad.  


    It was his birthday.  He turned the ...

  • Pokémon Politics Go!

    As a rule I stay away from popular fads.  Politics included.


    I find my views on the latest crazy trends that are sweeping the nation are usually wrong and completely out of touch ...

  • For Your Eyes Only

    Given all the controversy surrounding private email servers circulating the political landscape lately, I have been thinking a lot about email confidentiality.

    I would share my thoughts with you, ...

  • A Bad Hair Day

    I used to think there was nothing more pathetic than a wet cat.

    I was wrong.

    A shaved cat is far more distressing.

    I have seen wet dogs and short-haired dogs and coiffed dogs before.

  • Prelude To A Kiss

    A man kissed me while I was at a bar refilling my wife’s champagne glass.

    It is, after all, wedding season.

    But wait.  Let me back up.  

    Starting with the Trump rally in San ...

  • A Winning Note

    Winning isn't everything, but it beats anything in second place. - William C. Bryant

    At 0:00 seconds, when the whistle finally blew, bedlam on an ordinary school lacrosse field in New Jersey ...

  • Driving Aloud

    My sixteen-year-old twins are worried that I am going to yell at them in the car.

    Given that they are both new drivers with learner's permits, this a probably a reasonable assumption.

    But I ...

  • How Ya Doin?

    On a day-to-day basis it makes me feel very secure to know that my teenage kids are emotionally healthy and coping comfortably well with school and life and social interactions at such an ...

  • Follicle Follies

    I came back from vacation to some life changing news.

    It seems that while I was away dedicated scientists working overtime on a very important genetic study revealed the “root” cause ...

  • Hitting The Sauce

    Let me just start off by saying that I do not like to cook.

    I suppose I could add a snarky rejoinder such as If you could taste my cooking you would understand why.  But the fact is, despite ...

  • Alone Together

    What if they threw a party and no one came?

    Outside of the obvious feeling of isolation, there is something kind of appealing at the thought of being the only one present at what should otherwise ...

  • Easy Come, Easy Go

    It may come as a bit of a shock, but I did not win the Powerball lottery last week.  Nor did anyone in my family. 

    Nor did you. 

    Just like that our dreams vanished and we were ...

  • The Year In Review

    It’s 2016!

    I realize that this is not much of a revelation.  But it seems like only days ago that I woke up with a hangover and it was 2015.

    In truth, it was more like a week ago and ...

  • The True Test of Giving

    Last week my friend Dana gave a kidney to someone in need.

    They actually refer to the selfless act of sacrificing an organ for the sake of others as a donation.  He correctly donated a ...

  • My Little Runaway

    I always enjoyed watching my daughter play youth soccer when she was little.

    Since I knew little about the game, my appreciation for her play was something that was initially hard to define.

  • Nobody On

    I don’t really care for the teams playing in the World Series this year.

    Opening pitch

    It may have something to do with being a Cubs fan.  

    1st Inning

    Whenever I watch ...

  • Breaking Murphy Bad

    Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. —  Murphy’s Law

    I don’t know who Murphy was, but he sure is blamed for a lot of bad stuff.  

    But sometimes Murphy’s ...

  • Trumping The Pope

    What if . . .

    President Trump: Welcome Your . . . say, how should I address you? Honestly, Your Holiness sounds more like Hillary Clinton’s email server. How about Your Popeliness

    Pope ...

  • A Good Summer Read

    What ever happened to trust?

    When I was in high school teachers trusted tthat we all completed our reading assignments over the summer.  The first day of school we were asked if we read ...

  • All The Right Notes

    I hate my kids.

    Oh, I don’t mean that literally.  I mean I hate them in the sense that I am jealous.  Because at some point during my vain attempts to pass on my own limited skill ...

  • A Clean Start

    I have been in neglect to discuss a very important and meaningful subject that touches all of our lives on a daily basis.

    I am, of course, referring to heavy appliances.

    You know.

  • A Clean Start

    I have been in neglect to discuss a very important and meaningful subject that touches all of our lives on a daily basis.

    I am, of course, referring to heavy appliances.

    You know.

  • Planet Lite

    Honestly, I don’t know why they bother to call Pluto the Dwarf Planet.  Either it is a planet or it isn’t. Calling it a Mini Planet or a Planette or a Junior Birdman Planet is ...

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Friends and Family Week at THE MAX Challenge of New Providence

March 22, 2018

We have had people tell us that they haven’t exercised for years before enrolling with us and just a few short weeks into their 10 week challenge they rave about their energy level, their focus, their confidence and so much more!

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Union County Celebrates Arbor Day 2018 with Free Trees for Schools

In recognition of Arbor Day 2018, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is once again partnering with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board to sponsor the annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Program, which provides free trees for participating schools.

“The Arbor Day tree planting program is a Union County tradition that provides students with important hands-on lessons about the ...

Rutgers University Percussionist Leads Day of Percussion at New Jersey Youth Symphony April 14

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Thank You From Mayor Al Morgan

March 16, 2018

This past week will certainly be remembered by us all for a very, very long time. Thank you hardly seems sufficient, but it is the very least we can express in appreciation for all the incredible acts of kindness, generosity, selflessness, and volunteerism our community received this past week during and after the storm.

Thank you to all of our residents for their patience, understanding, and ...

Dear Susan: Beauty Tips from a Beauty Expert, Spring Edition

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 ...

Somerset County Freeholders Endorse Armed Security in all Somerset County Schools

March 23, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Following the Parkland, Fla school shooting last month in which 17 students and staff were killed, Somerset County Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione and Freeholder Mark Caliguire Thursday announced that the freeholder board will fund a second armed school resource officer at the county Vocational & Technical High School in Bridgewater, and urged every school ...

The Role of Meal Replacements in Weight Loss

March 20, 2018

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 importantly heart disease and diabetes, but also cancer and osteoarthritis, liver and kidney disease, ...

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 My first admissions gig was working for a small liberal arts college with a pretty hefty price tag.  Picture me at a college fair: name tag in place, pile of brochures ready to go.  An eager family would walk up and we’d start a conversation.  One of the first questions I’d get from parents was about cost and the moment that $50,000-plus figure left my mouth I ...