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Athlete 101

I’ve known Lorianne O’Connor since I was in the seventh grade. When we were younger, I had a funny feeling that she would become a high level college athlete. As we went through the rest of middle school, and then high school, I realized that funny feeling was an accurate depiction of what she would become. O’Connor is now a softball player for Fairleigh Dickinson University, which she has dreamed about for many years. But not only is she playing for herself, but for her family as well. O’Connor started playing ...

Beth's Book Review

Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)   Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator of some of America’s most infamous crimes, it reads like a compelling novel, and I raced to its satisfying finish in the darkest hours before ...

Conversations with Joan Herrmann

Last week I was on a call with a colleague who continually complained about so many aspects of her life. After listening to her ramble on relentlessly, I finally asked, “What are you willing to change?”  She stopped talking and with an indignant tone, said, “What do you mean … what am I willing to change?” I explained to her that I am a firm believer that until something changes, nothing will change, and that there is no point in constantly complaining unless she is willing to do something ...

Dad in the Box

May 20th is World Metrology Day. I am counting down the hours on an atomic clock which is accurate to 1 second in 10 million years. Metrology is the scientific development of systems of measure. Unlike Meteorology, the study of weather, you don’t have to be chipper and TV good looking to study Metrology. You do have to have geekish tendencies and more degrees than a thermometer, because Metrology as a science is way beyond building a better yard stick. The reigning world body for Metrology is the International Bureau of Weights ...

Dress for Success Northern NJ Happenings

*NOTE VENUE CHANGE* DATE AND LOCATION:  Hennessy Hall (the Mansion) Fairleigh Dickinson University 1 Mansion Mall Madison, NJ 07940 Friday, June 3rd, 2022 from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm There will be fabulous designer purse bingo, tricky tray raffle, 50/50 raffle, dessert, AND door prizes!

Family Matters with Fern Weis

Do you find it hard to have any credibility with your teen? Join the club. They can't yet see that we know anything worth knowing. That's because they're on a quest to figure everything out for themselves. You can't possibly understand what they're going through... so they say. And I say, let them. This is their time for exploration, self-discovery, mistakes and problem-solving.  NOTE: If there's an issue of health and safety, of course, take appropriate action. We all learn best by doing and ...

Going Greene

The conference finals are now here. The four strongest teams who have fought through so much adversity to get to the positions they are in now are a step closer to the ultimate goal, the Larry O’Brien Trophy. In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat are the two teams trying to achieve the crown as the king of the east. The Celtics, who just finished a grueling seven game series with former champions the Milwaukee Bucks, are led by two young superstars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and a plethora of solid ...

Health Matters – Chilton Medical Center

No matter what’s happening around us, cancer doesn’t take a pause, and neither should preventive cancer screenings. Unfortunately, it seems that many people continue to put colorectal screenings on hold, with colonoscopies taking a dip over the last several years. According to Dr. Angela Alistar, a gastrointestinal oncologist with Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, that decrease in screening can have dangerous consequences. “Around 1 in 3 adults between 50 and 75 years old—that’s ...

JERSEY TALK

You're a typical New Jersey driver, who needs to fill up at the local gas pump. Each gallon you buy sends 42 cents  to the state and another 18 cents to the federal government. With gas prices going through the roof, there are calls by members of Congress to suspend some or all of those taxes for the remainder of the year. Does suspending gas taxes work? It might save a few cents at the pump; it would also take away funds to repair New Jersey roads and infrastructure. Should the New Jersey state legislature suspend the current ...

Liz on Theatre

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish. The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research. They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of posing nude (not naked) for a calendar, incorporating their backgrounds of gardening, knitting, baking and music. Chris insists that ...

Looking Forward

Hi everyone. Today we’ll again discuss something that directly affects a significant percentage of the estimated 1.2 BILLION people around the world who have disabilities. If you are not one of these individuals, odds are they are one of your family members or friends. I’m speaking about those who have “invisible” disabilities. In other words, they don’t use an assistive device, like a cane or wheelchair. This means that most of us have no idea of the challenges these people deal with day after day, not even ...

Morning Coffee and Mimosas

NUTLEY, NJ - The global COVID-19 pandemic changed everything and challenged everyone, and it continues to do so. It is easy to throw our hands up in despair, especially when we are reminded daily of the losses and challenges in our community, but sometimes there's a bit of news that pushes those same hands together in gratitude. Cristina Graziano and her father Joe Graziano recently met local entrepreneur Khris Reina to talk re-focusing, resilience, and learning from challenges over Morning Coffee and Mimosas.   Reina ...

TAPinto Insider

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen. When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time. "I say this to all of my advertisers. You're not just placing an ad on TAP, we're going to help you brand your business and we're going to tell your ...

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Nutley Restaurateur Khris Reina Discusses Facing Challenges Over Morning Coffee and Mimosas

NUTLEY, NJ - The global COVID-19 pandemic changed everything and challenged everyone, and it continues to do so.

It is easy to throw our hands up in despair, especially when we are reminded daily of the losses and challenges in our community, but sometimes there's a bit of news that pushes those same hands together in gratitude. Cristina Graziano and her father Joe Graziano recently ...

Totowa Summer Concert Series Returns This Summer, Popular Acts to Perform

May 18, 2022

TOTOWA, N.J. - A wonderful array of musical talent is being brought this summer! The Borough presents its annual Summer Concert Series beginning on Wednesday, June 22 and will run every Wednesday throughout the summer months until August 31. All concerts will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

The series will kick off with award-winning Italian tenor Micheal Castaldo and his La Dolce Vita Band on ...

Woodland Park Stigma Free Task Force To Host Color Run May 14

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Woodland Park Stigma Free Task Force is planning a color run on Saturday, May 14 on Memorial Field, behind Memorial Middle School on Memorial Drive.

The run starts at 9:30 a.m. No pre-registration fee is required. Kids and adults are welcome to join the fun. Please bring protective eyewear such as goggles or sunglasses and a bandana or mask to cover your mouth.

Passaic Valley Water Commission kicks off Drinking Water Week: “Clean Water is Essential to Life”

CLIFTON, NJ – Have you ever thought about what it takes for clean drinking water to flow from your faucet? Drinking Water Week recognizes the hardworking people performing various roles to ensure tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 1-7 this year.

Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) and partners throughout North America are ...

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Eastern Conference Finals Predictions

The conference finals are now here. The four strongest teams who have fought through so much adversity to get to the positions they are in now are a step closer to the ultimate goal, the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat are the two teams trying to achieve the crown as the king of the east. The Celtics, who just finished a grueling ...

What We Can Learn From Lorianne O’Connor

I’ve known Lorianne O’Connor since I was in the seventh grade. When we were younger, I had a funny feeling that she would become a high level college athlete. As we went through the rest of middle school, and then high school, I realized that funny feeling was an accurate depiction of what she would become. O’Connor is now a softball player for Fairleigh Dickinson University, ...

Eastern Conference Finals Predictions

The conference finals are now here. The four strongest teams who have fought through so much adversity to get to the positions they are in now are a step closer to the ultimate goal, the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat are the two teams trying to achieve the crown as the king of the east. The Celtics, who just finished a grueling ...

United Passaic Organizations hosts National Community Action Month kick-off on Sat., May 21

May 17, 2022

United Passaic Organization will host a National Community Action Month kick-off celebration and resource fair on Saturday, May 21. The community-based event will take place at the courtyard of the UPO Community Hub at 1 Howe Avenue in Passaic from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

As part of the celebration, the City of Passaic's Mayor Hector C. Lora will present UPO with an official proclamation to make ...

Overlook Medical Center looks “Ahead” to hospital’s future at campaign kickoff

SUMMIT, NJ – MAY 6, 2022 – The Overlook Foundation, the non-profit, private organization that supports Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center, kicked off a public campaign to raise funds for a multi-phase expansion and enhancement project that will transform the hospital, positioning it for future excellence.

The campaign, Overlook Ahead, will help to financially ...

Paterson Celebrates 'Palestine Way'

May 16, 2022

PATERSON, NJ - History was made Sunday as hundreds gathered to celebrate and honor the street sign unveiling of “Palestine Way” as well as the first ever Palestine Street Festival in Paterson.

Following the recent approval by the Paterson City Council, Mayor Andre Sayegh, City Council President Maritza Davila, and Sixth Ward Councilman Al Abdelaziz, himself the son of ...

Out of Business. Paterson 'Chop Shop' Closed Down, Acting AG Platkin Says

PATERSON, NJ – Six Paterson men said to be involved in the operation of a “chop shop” which reportedly possessed stolen cars and stripped them for parts have been charged for their crimes, according to Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin. Two Newark residents were also charged.

In a statement Platkin announced that the indictment is the result of a joint ...

Downtown Westfield Executive Director Resigns, Taking Post in Red Bank

May 20, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The executive director of Westfield’s special improvement district announced that he is resigning from his post in Westfield and taking a job leading Red Bank’s downtown district.

Bob Zuckerman, who was hired in 2020, announced his resignation at Wednesday's meeting of the board of Downtown Westfield Corporation.

His last day on the job in Westfield ...

Despite Law Change, Woodland Park Will Not Change Drug Use Policy For Employees

April 22, 2022

Dear Woodland Park Residents, 

Effective Thursday, April 21, 2022 the recreational use of marijuana and other cannabis products became legal in New Jersey.

Regardless of this change in law, the Borough Council and I want to emphasize that all policies and procedures and rules and regulations applicable to the employees of the Borough of Woodland Park will remain the same.

Our Police ...

Just a Second

May 20th is World Metrology Day.

I am counting down the hours on an atomic clock which is accurate to 1 second in 10 million years.

Metrology is the scientific development of systems of measure. Unlike Meteorology, the study of weather, you don’t have to be chipper and TV good looking to study Metrology. You do have to have geekish tendencies and more degrees than a thermometer, ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

Unmasked: My Life Solving Cold Cases by Paul Holes

Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)

 

Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator ...

What Are You Willing to Do?

Last week I was on a call with a colleague who continually complained about so many aspects of her life. After listening to her ramble on relentlessly, I finally asked, “What are you willing to change?” 

She stopped talking and with an indignant tone, said, “What do you mean … what am I willing to change?”

I explained to her that I am a firm believer that ...