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FLAMES: NJ's Top Chefs Ignite Big, Crazy Dreams

Food & Drink Giving Back

Add to My Calendar 09/19/2019 6:00pm 09/19/2019 9:00pm America/New_York FLAMES: NJ's Top Chefs Ignite Big, Crazy Dreams

Please join CUMAC on Thursday, Sept. 19 for FLAMES, a night of food and fun to help fight hunger in New Jersey. Along with special tastings from a dozen of the area's top chefs, you'll have the chance to enjoy live performances, delicious drinks, and an auction full of one-of-a-kind prizes and experiences. All proceeds will help CUMAC feed people and change lives.Get your tickets today!

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Jim Barrood Looks Back at His Tenure at the New Jersey Tech Council

October 8, 2019

Jim Barrood recently completed five years as president and CEO of the New Jersey Tech Council.  In my role as editor and publisher of, I recently interviewed Jim about his tenure at the Council:   

Can you talk about some of the accomplishments you’ve been most proud of at the Council?

Our community has enormous capabilities when we work together.

Little Falls Construction Updates For The Week of Oct. 21-25

October 20, 2019

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The following are construction updates for the week of Oct. 21-25 for the Township of Little Falls.  

Water Main Upgrade Project - The water company's contractor will continue to connect service relays ‪between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. along Main Street‬.
Monday through Wednesday: Work will be performed on the Peckman River Bridge on ‪East Main‬ Street ...

Woodland Park Municipal Alliance Plans Trunk or Treat

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Woodland Park Municipal Alliance will sponsor its annual “Trick or Trunk” on Thursday, Oct. 31, in the WP Boys & Girls Club parking lot, 8 Memorial Dr., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This event cannot take place without the community’s help. A minimum of 50 trunks are needed to make this event a success. Consider volunteering or buddy up with some friends ...

New Mural at Hinchliffe Stadium a Home Run

October 20, 2019

PATERSON, NJ- These days Vaughn McKoy spends much of his time navigating Paterson’s headlong ascent into a renaissance, and, as the city’s top ranking employee, is largely responsible for helping to move the Sayegh Administration’s initiatives through the city council.

In a city where relationships still matter, and history often provides a glimpse into the future, ...

VP of Wayne Board of Education Charged With Possession of Marijuana.

WAYNE, NJ – Stacy Scher and husband Marc Scher were arrested, and both were charged with possession of marijuana, fourth degree and conspiracy to possess marijuana, fourth degree.  Stacey Scher is the Vice President of the Wayne Board of Education and was a pivotal majority vote in restoring Eda Ferrante to Full-Time Release status as President of the Wayne Education Association, two ...

The Story of Wayne's Famous 1951 Mack Fire Truck

WAYNE, NJ – Its Fire Prevention month, and you may have seen a beautiful, cherry-red antique fire truck around town since it's the showpiece for Packanack Lake Fire Company #5 (PLFC5). Or maybe you saw it leading the children’s Halloween parade each year or carrying Santa around the community of Packanack Lake during Christmas time. It could be you saw this pristine firetruck from ...

Dress Code Violation Forces West Orange Middle Schooler Out of Class

October 10, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Members of the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) and its two new student liaisons applauded Liberty Middle School student Justice Cillo-Smith during Monday’s board meeting for her recent courage after receiving two dress code citations.

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, Cillo-Smith was issued a dress code violation for a shirt she wore while attending her classes.

Glen Rock Children's Book Fair "A Great Success"

GLEN ROCK, NJ - Organizers of the Glen Rock Book Fair were thrilled with the overflowing crowd for this first-ever event that was framed with perfect weather.

"We're happy, the authors are happy, I don't know how it could have turned out any better," said Jim Morgan, co-owner of The Curious Reader on Rock Road, and one of the event organizers.

The weather was perfect ...

Thou Shalt Not: A Drama by Thinkery and Verse

Thou Shalt Not - Production by Thinkery & Verse


On September 16, 1922, the bodies of an Episcopal priest, Edward Wheeler Hall and a member of his choir, Eleanor Reinhardt Mills, were discovered in a field near the New Brunswick-Franklin Township border. The bloody, butchered bodies obviously had been staged in the positions in which they were found. Torn love letters lay at the ...

Law and Disorder by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

Law and Disorder by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker ( 2013)


The premise of Law and Disorder by John Douglas, long time FBI profiler and his long time writing partner, Mark Olshaker, is this, “Whenever theory supersedes evidence, and prejudice deposes rationalism, there can be no justice.” Throughout Law and Disorder Douglas cites cases in which he was involved as a ...

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarity

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarity (Flatiron Books, 2018)


The title of Liane Moriarity’s 2018 novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, is quite clever as it is a double entendre. The nine people who gather at Tranquillum House have never met before; they are, in fact, perfect strangers to one another. What is it that has inspired each of them to go on retreat, led by an enigmatic ...

The Gift of Giving

In early December of 2017, a chef friend called me and during our conversation, it somehow came up that we should figure out a way to feed families in need during the holidays. I’m not even sure how we got on the topic, we were probably joking about it, but that discussion got me thinking that there was no reason why we couldn’t. I just needed to figure out how. 

After ...

Tips to Cope with Anxiety and Depression

We live in a fast paced world, seldom taking the time to catch our breath. Add to the general stress of life, a significant event such as losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, or another difficult situation, and you have a recipe for emotional overload.

Emotional overload keeps us in a continual state of stress and stress can wreak havoc on our system. While it ...

Let's Help Rep. Sherrill Get Gateway Completed

October 12, 2019

To the Editor,

Fall is on the way, which means the leaves will soon be changing.

But there’s something that never seems to change: overcrowding, delays, and disruptions on New Jersey Transit.

As an Essex County resident who commutes into Manhattan every day, I know the travail of the trains all too well – as do all of my neighbors. Overcrowding at Penn, “train ...

Sherrill Raises $590,000 in Q2; Brings Cash on Hand to $1.1 Million

To the Editor,

Fall is on the way, which means the leaves will soon be changing.

But there’s something that never seems to change: overcrowding, delays, and disruptions on New Jersey Transit.

As an Essex County resident who commutes into Manhattan every day, I know the travail of the trains all too well – as do all of my neighbors. Overcrowding at Penn, “train ...

'Rocks of Hope' Garden Aims to Spread Kindness

October 20, 2019

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Little Falls children recently gathered at Brookdale Park to help decorate rocks for a “Rocks of Hope” event. Children collected rocks and added encouraging, positive and happy messages to them. They then left the rocks around the park as well as in the “Rocks of Hope” garden for others to take. 

A group of parents and staff from Lacordaire ...

Taxpayers Can Explore Several Tax Help Options Before Visiting An IRS Office

Some taxpayers may think they need to visit an IRS office for help in person with their tax issues. However, many of these people may actually find what they need online or by phone. In fact, many questions can be answered without ever having to visit to an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center.

Finding answers to their tax questions.
Taxpayers can use several resources to find answers:

The ...