Home & Garden

January 15, 2019

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Lift your spirits and improve your indoor environment by taking part in the indoor gardening movement. An apartment or home filled with tropical, succulent and flowering plants can provide beauty, extend your garden season, improve air quality and create a peaceful ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Love weather? The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is looking for volunteer weather observers in Nutley and nearby areas to report rain and snowfall in their backyards.   Volunteers take a few minutes each day to report the amount of rain or ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Members of the Nutley Rotary club spent a part of New Year's Day working on the butterfly garden at the Nutley Public Library to protect it from weather extremes ahead of the Spring growing season.  Armed with garden gloves and pruning shears, the butterfly team cut branches from ...

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Plant away the stress of the of the holidays and add some fragrance to the new year by growing paperwhites.  Just plant the bulbs, no cold treatment needed, and watch them grow into their blooming beauty. Purchase firm healthy bulbs from your local garden center or an online bulb nursery. Ziva ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The DeFabbi family of Prospect St in Nutley are making the season merry and bright in 2018. Their home, at 151 Prospect (near Harrison St.) is often one of the brightest in town. Santa, town soldiers, snowmen, and penguins all gather at this corner home to wish everyone the best ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Gru and Scarlet Overkill may be disappointed to discover that the Minons have gone all Holly-Jolly this season.  Bob, Kevin, Stuart and the gang were spotted on Bloomfield Ave. near Centre St. in Nutley making the season merry and bright. 

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NUTLEY, NJ - Celebrating another Christmas classic golden milestone, Gordon and Darlene Smith of Nutley, decorate their Shepard Place home with vinyl graphics. A mural of the "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" celebrating 50 years ornaments the house, with who else, but the Grinch perched on top the ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - A little bit of Disney magic found its way to this Shepard Place home for the 2018 Holiday Season.  Lady and Tramp enjoy a traditional dinner from Tony's, Olaf greets passers-by, and Mickey, Pluto, Woody and others make ready for the celebration.  In the past the home celebrated ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley residents are making ready for Christmas with lawn and home displays all over the township. The family in this home on Howard Pl. chose a more traditional approach to the season with spotlights illuminating a Nativity scene.  Related story: Luminaries Light The Way in ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Children on Edgar Place weren’t the only ones to experience the magic of Christmas Eve last year. Residents young and old witnessed the surprise of luminaries placed on their sidewalk, stretching end-to-end on both sides of the street. The lights burned safely for hours in their white ...

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The holiday season has arrived.  That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other holiday plant.  Extend the beauty and longevity of these holiday beauties with proper care. And that starts the minute you leave the florist or ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - For decades, families in Nutley and Belleville have known Franklin Farms as their destination for Christmas Trees, wreaths, and grave blankets. That tradition continues today as Mike Tauriello and his team serve their customers from the south Franklin Ave. location.  Originally ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Under cover of night, a group of immigrants from the far reaches of Canada above the Arctic Circle made their way across borders to loiter on a lawn on De Vausney Pl. According to sources the big guy in red will probably travel back and forth across the border to check on toy ...

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Gardeners know the benefits of digging in the soil. It elevates a person’s mood, improves mental and physical well-being and the outcome is always good – added beauty or tasty nutritional food.  But many of us are stuck indoors for the winter, have a lack of space to garden outdoors or just can’t ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Part of the spirit of community in Nultey can be seen in the seasonal holiday displays across the township. It doesn't matter the reason, Independence Day, Graduation Week, Halloween and more; Nutley residents share the spirit of the season on their lawns to celebrate with their ...

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ROSELAND, NJ – The public is invited to participate in Essex County’s annual 2018 Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest at the Essex County Environmental Center by entering their best gingerbread houses in a variety of categories. The free competition encourages have fun over the ...

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It’s a jungle in there. Every window, surface and brightly lit corner is filled with decorative or edible greenery.  There is no doubt what to gift this person for the holidays. More of the same. A lack of outdoor growing space, limited growing seasons, and time constraints have many people ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - In that short period between Halloween and Christmas decorating is Thanksgiving. One Nutley family didn't allow the short time between the holidays to deter them from celebrating the season.  A giant turkey, people in shoes with big buckles, and a giant pumpkin decorate the lawn of ...

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Make gift giving easy with unique green gifts that provide weeks and in some cases months and years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift that’s ideal for everyone, especially that person on your list who has everything. Gardeners as well as practical family ...

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PATERSON NJ - It’s time to fall back as Daylight Savings Time comes to an end this weekend.  TAPinto reminds readers to turn their clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. This adjustment typically takes place automatically on smartphones, computers, and tablets. Those with ...

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Don’t let a busy schedule stop you from creating a beautiful landscape. Incorporate a few of these changes into your fall landscape care. You’ll create beautiful results with a limited investment of time and effort. Cut the grass, recycle fall leaves, and improve the soil with a pass of the ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - SOMA houses decorated for Halloween never disappoint, and this year is no exception with giant spiders, inflatable cats, and ghosts and goblins of all kinds to be found creeping from porches and haunting front yards. Below is a list of some of the spookiest homes in ...

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The pantry is full of fall favorites like squash, onions and potatoes, but busy schedules may have you finding a few things growing in the back of your cupboard. With little effort and a pinch of creativity you can grow these into a very imaginative indoor garden.   Kids and adults love to watch ...

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It’s time to think spring and get busy planning and planting for months of colorful blooms. The key to getting a continuous parade of spring flowers is to plant bulbs that bloom at different times. Include some early, mid and late spring bloomers. You’ll enjoy the burst of color and sustained ...

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Houseplants make a wonderful addition to our home’s décor and improve the indoor air quality.  Those with pets however may struggle with keeping plants safe from curious pets and the pets safe from indoor greenery. The good news is you can grow an indoor garden even when you own pets.  Yes, some ...

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Celebrate the National Garden Bureau’s Year of the Tulip in a big way by planting double flowered tulip varieties this fall for a showy display next spring. Flower arrangers love the big bold blossoms that resemble peonies and you’ll love their impressive blooms in your garden and ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests. The National Garden Bureau has declared ...

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CHATHAM, NJ - Last January, John Pryor heard what he thought were the sounds of a washing machine running in his basement. Then he realized that the washing machine wasn't running and went to see what was making the sound. What he saw raw was sewage pouring into his basement from a toilet.

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Create a colorful and fragrant fall finale in your garden with groundcovers and vines. Blanket the earth with hardy groundcovers that add seasonal interest. Then direct your eye skyward with vines climbing on trellises, fences and arbors. Add a cloud of fragrant beauty with the white flowers of ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - Each week Beth Moroney shares her latest book review in her column "Beth's Book Review' on TAPinto Nutley. Reviews range from the latest thrillers, memoirs, to self improvement and classics.    Moroney is a former English teacher and administrator in the Edison Public School ...

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