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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Want to Take Your Business Global? New Jersey Businesses Eligible for Grant Funding

October 12, 2017

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) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help New Jersey companies gain access to ...

Dear Susan: Beauty Tips from a Beauty Expert

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.

 

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A New Face in Politics: Lacey Rzeszowski

October 16, 2017

Maybe it’s the changing of the leaves and the cooler weather, the exciting race to the World Series, that brings to mind what Yogi Berra once said, “You can observe a lot by watching.”  The last couple of months I have been observing a new face in politics -- Lacey Rzeszowski, Democratic candidate for Assembly in our district (LD21).  What I have observed is a woman ...

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Keith Doll and Jamie Baer Peterson, Democratic Candidates for New Providence Borough Council, Preview Positions Ahead of Candidates Forum on October 18

October 17, 2017

Growing New Providence Democrats club seeks to elect first Democrats to council in more than 50 years

New Providence Candidates Forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, takes place at the DeCorso Community Center at 7:30 p.m.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence Borough Council candidates, Keith Doll and Jamie Baer Peterson—with support from a growing base of New ...

United Methodist Church Offers Unique Meditation, Prayer Service

The United Methodist Church of Summit is offering a variety of monthly meditation and prayer services, including:

Taize Prayer Services                                                         

Wednesday, November 1 and Wednesday, ...

Fourth Annual Union County Day of Prayer Scheduled for Oct. 24 in Westfield

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 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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

Scarecrows are Back – Vote Today!

The New Providence Scarecrow Stroll and Contest, sponsored by the New Providence Business Community, is back! Everyone is invited to stroll through downtown New Providence to visit all the scarecrows and choose their favorite.  Anyone can vote in a store or shop that has a scarecrow "VOTE HERE" sign in their window.  Voting continues through November 1 (one vote per person).

The 2nd half of the Fall Challenge has begun

ONGOING ENROLLMENT, even midway through out Fall Challenge!
Still contemplating if THE MAX Challenge is for you?
Hear about our MAX members thoughts, struggles and success stories...as they were once in your shoes!
There is still time to enroll in the current Challenge!  SPECIAL PRICING IS AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME.  

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The 2nd half of the Fall Challenge has begun!

ONGOING ENROLLMENT, even midway through out Fall Challenge!
Still contemplating if THE MAX Challenge is for you?
Hear about our MAX members thoughts, struggles and success stories...as they were once in your shoes!
There is still time to enroll in the current Challenge!  SPECIAL PRICING IS AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME.  

Click to sign up for a FREE Trial Class any day, ...

JCP&L Reminds Customers Assistance and Service Programs are Available to Help Pay Utility Bills

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 ...

Wait. What?

Don’t you have homework to do?

 

My teenage daughter is watching TV, texting, facetiming, instagramming, listening to music, and typing on a laptop all at the same time. 

 

Don’t you have homework to do?  I have to repeat myself a little louder because she is insulated in her electronic cocoon by ear buds.

 

“I am doing homework,” ...

Grand National at Far Hills Races Will Be International Affaire

October 13, 2017

GRAND NATIONAL TAKES ON INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR

The $400,000 Grand National (Gr. 1), America’s richest steeplechase race, has attracted strong international interest, with no fewer than five overseas challengers among 12 nominees to the centerpiece of the 97th annual Far Hills Races on Saturday, Oct. 21.

One of New Jersey’s premier sporting events, the Far Hills Races will be one ...

A New Way to Approach Affordable Housing: A Statement from Council Candidates Doll and Baer Peterson

October 16, 2017

Affordable housing is a complex issue that requires communication, transparency, and inclusivity, along with dedicated leadership and coordination between many levels of our local and state governments. All too often, this issue is used as a political "hot potato" which is fueled by rhetoric, unclear narratives, and partisan politics.

As a municipality, we are currently in an ...

Meet Borough Council Candidate Jamie Baer Peterson

My husband and I moved to New Providence 20 years ago because we thought it was the perfect place to raise our kids while having access to NYC for our careers.  We have grown to deeply love this community and the friends we have made here.  I have been an active volunteer and committee chair in all the pre-schools and public schools my three children have attended. I have also ...

Keith Doll: A Call to Service

The inspiration for my campaign is rooted in my desire to affect positive change in service to the community where my wife and I have chosen to raise our family.

Since declaring my candidacy, I have been moved and motivated by the stories of all the residents I've met and spoken with along this incredible journey.

Running as a Democratic candidate for New Providence Borough Council, ...

LaZare: Trump Tax Worst Thing for District 21

For District 21, Trump's tax proposal is giving residents twenty thousand reasons to vote Democratic next month.

Trump's tax bill wants to eliminate the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction on Federal taxes. Of all the voting districts in the country, ours will be among the worst hit as residents here on average get $20,000 a year in deductions directly from SALT.

This tax ...

No More Politics as Usual

A first-time candidate running to serve in the General Assembly for the 21st District, I am, quite simply, tired of politics as usual. I believe that with the right leadership, New Jersey can be a beacon of hope amidst a volatile political and economic landscape.

Born and raised in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, I eventually settled in ...

Solving Our Gun Violence Problem at the Polls

The loss of life in Las Vegas this week was even more tragic because it was preventable. In spite of what the gun lobby would like us to believe, we can and must make this country safe from gun violence. 

In 1996, a shooting spree in a gift shop in Tasmania left 35 people dead—the most deadly mass shooting in the country’s history. In the immediate aftermath, ...