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What's Open And Closed On July 4?

July 2, 2019

NEW JERSEY - Independence Day is on a Thursday this year and July 4 is a federal holiday, meaning all banks, government offices, the stock exchange and the United States Postal Service are closed. The Jersey Shore is of course open and hopeful for a lot of visitors for the Fourth of July, but the neighborhood garbage won't be picked up.

Day camps get the day off as do schools that are open ...

Semper Fi Fund Benefit October 11 in Wayne to Help Injured Armed Forces Members

WAYNE, NJ – Semper Fi Fund is one of America's highest rated charities and dedicated to providing urgently needed resources and support for combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

To assist in their efforts, IWF roars into town with a family-friendly Pro Wrestling Live Event on Friday, October 11, 2019, 7:30 pm ...

Paterson City Hall Goes Green as Farmer's Market Offers Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Every Tuesday

July 15, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - For the remainder of the summer Paerson residents need look no further than City Hall for access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. One of five locations Clifton based City Green, the non-profit urban farming and gardening organization working to revitalize urban areas through agriculture and educational programming, has set up a seasonal farmer’s market, the ...

On the Day of Nation's Birth Paterson Celebrates City's Founding with Flag Raising

PATERSON, NJ - The city’s celebration of Paterson Proud week continued on the 4th of July, a day traditionally reserved fireworks, barbecues, and celebration of our nation’s birth, with the first ever raising of the official flag of the City of Paterson.  

The week also included a food truck extravaganza at Vistas Park and fireworks display that attracted over 1,000 ...

TAPinto's Rescue Dogs Share How Their People Help Them Deal With Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4, 2019

The repetitive loud noise of 4th of July fireworks can be frightening for animals, so much so that more dogs go missing around Independence Day than any other time of year.

TAPinto owners, editors, and reporters have learned how to help their rescue dogs get through the night and share their tips and tricks with readers across the state.

TAPinto Verona's Zoey and Myra.  Zoey ...

NJ the Least Patriotic State? No Way, Says East Brunswick

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A recent study conducted by WalletHub has made a bold statement about New Jersey’s patriotism - according to the survey’s criteria, New Jersey is the least patriotic state in America. The company tallied up each state’s “Military Engagement” and “Civic Engagement” using 13 different criteria; including the average number of military ...

Fireworks on the Fourth of July is a Jersey First

As you watch the rockets glare and bombs burst into the New Jersey skies this weekend, share this little bit of Jerseyana with the people on the blanket or lawn chairs next to you.

The first “fireworks” display to celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence was ordered by George Washington himself along the banks of the Raritan River.

Yes, fireworks on the ...

Art Deco Buildings Turned Newark from Frankenstein Monster to Place of Refinement

The art deco movement in architecture came to Newark in a big way in the early years of The Depression, just as it did across the river. 

Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State and Chrysler buildings are all shining bronze and marble examples of the movement, and the grandeur and wealth of America.

The irony, of course, all were built in the early days of The ...

‘Shakespeare’s Long Lost Play’ Takes Audience to Giddy Heights

MADISON, NJ – Since this rambunctious production takes place outdoors, we’re not too concerned with subtleties or even Shakespearean language.

This farce, “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged),”  written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor is directed with verve and no-holds-barred by Brian B. Crowe. Martin apparently has a talent for this ...

Clean and Lean by Ian K. Smith, M.D,.

Clean and Lean by Ian K. Smith, M.D. (St. Martin’s Press, 2019)


I have battled the bulge my whole life. Most people have, especially as they get older. To help people like me, and to provide new information to those who have achieved the ideal body weight and muscle tone, Ian K. Smith, M.D. is back with his new book on good health habits, Clean and Lean. Once again, ...

Cari Mora by Thomas Harris

Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (Grand Central, 2019)


Hannibal Lecter . . . Just the name sends chills down one’s spine. Lecter, who had a penchant for dining on human brains and “fava beans with a nice Chianti,” was first mentioned briefly in the 1981 novel The Red Dragon. However, Lecter takes center stage in the masterpiece of horror fiction, Silence of the Lambs, ...

Cari Mora by Thomas Harris

Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (Grand Central, 2019)


Hannibal Lecter . . . Just the name sends chills down one’s spine. Lecter, who had a penchant for dining on human brains and “fava beans with a nice Chianti,” was first mentioned briefly in the 1981 novel The Red Dragon. However, Lecter takes center stage in the masterpiece of horror fiction, Silence of the Lambs, ...

Release the Expectation of Approval

We so often hear we need to shun negativity and invite positivity. The idea never gets old, so this week, Joan discusses another way to keep our lives positive.

Joan: I recently made a presentation in which I talked about the importance of eliminating negative voices – our own and those from external sources. I explained that there are many people, for whatever reason, consciously or ...

A Decade of Possibilities

July 9 marks the 10th anniversary of the Change Your Attitude…Change Your Life brand and radio show.

For 10 years, 120 months, 522 weeks, 3,652 days, 87,600 hours, 5,258,880 minutes, and 315,567,360 seconds, I have worked tirelessly to create a platform that could educate, inspire and motivate people to live the best life possible.

When I began, I didn’t think I would last one ...

Let Us Not Forget on This Fourth

July 4, 2019

Dear Editor,

As we pause to celebrate this Fourth of July as our independence of our country from England, I hope that we also respect those that helped to cause it to come about: The brave men who risked their lives to fight for and to create the great democracy we enjoy today. Men like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and many more.

These men - and men like ...

Anniversary of a Tragedy, Remembering My Son

Dear Editor,

The story I am about to tell is both personal and tragic. I weighed my family's privacy against the hope that maybe one life can be saved.

This fourth of July morning will be one year since I found my 20 year old son, Eddie Kobilis face down on the rec room floor. He was gone-and in an instant my family’s life had changed forever. My first words were WHY? WHY? ...

NJ Human Services Commissioner Names New Medicaid Director

July 16, 2019

TRENTON, NJ – Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced that Jennifer Langer Jacobs will lead New Jersey Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs, which together are known as NJ FamilyCare and provide affordable health care coverage to 1.7 million residents. 

Jacobs most recently served as Senior Vice President of Long-Term Care at Sunshine ...

Totowa Library Will Host A Musical Journey Through The 50s

TOTOWA, NJ - The Totowa Public Library, located at 537 Totowa Rd., will present "The Musical History of the 50's" on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m - a journey through the musical trends of the 50s. Starting with the Big Band and moving to the genres of Pop and Rock n Roll, this live musical story will feature songs and performances by Dion and the Belmonts, the 5 ...