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How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

Have you ever been swarmed by a bug and noticed a strange and unpleasant smell?

You probably encountered a stink bug.

Chances are, if you have a stink bug infestation, your nose will let you know and you'll want to get rid of the problem as soon as possible. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to get rid of stink bugs. 

Understanding Stink Bugs

Whether you already ...

Bowling Event Aims to Strike Out Domestic Violence

October 14, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — The Passaic County Women Center (PCWC) is asking for the community's support for their efforts “Strike Out Domestic Violence” by hosting a bowling event at T-Bowl II at the Preakness Mall in Wayne.

Scheduled for Thursday, October 28,the event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and offer participants two hours of bowling; pizza, appetizers, and soft drinks; ...

Parent's Choice Rice Baby Cereal Sold At Walmart Recalled

Parent's Choice Rice Baby Cereal, which is manufactured for Walmart has been recalled after the FDA found a sample from three production lots tested above the guidance for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic, announced the company.

The specific Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal 8 oz lots being recalled were sold after April 5, 2021, and include:

Lot 21083 with ...

What About the Bird?

Spoiler alert: It dies.

Imagine you are sitting in the cabin of an Airbus 320 airplane. The plane has just taken off when the shy young woman sitting in the window seat next to you hesitantly taps you on the shoulder signaling that she needs to get out of her seat.

By way of apologetic explanation, she jerks her thumb toward the postage stamp window. “The engine is on fire,” she ...

Email is Key to News Publishers Clawing Back Advertising Dollars from Social Media

Many news publishers are struggling to produce enough advertising dollars to be sustainable, with many now erecting paywalls or going the non-profit route to attempt to stay in business. However, publications would be wise to think about what advantages that they can bring to a potential advertiser that social media cannot offer. One such tool is email.

Any publisher who has stayed on top of ...

How a Change of Plan Led TAPinto's Newest Franchisee to Stay in Princeton

PRINCETON, NJ -- Richard Rein had a 4-month plan.  He was going to work with a Princeton University professor, who was teaching a class on expository writing.  After that, head north.

“My original plan was to move to New York City where the action was,” Rein said.

That was nearly 4 decades ago.  He never left.

Today, Rein is still in ...

NJ Dentist Serves Residents in the Community and Gives Back to Local Organizations

October 5, 2021

 

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Joseph DalBon, DMD, owner of New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, spoke with TAPintoTV about his strong connection to the community and local organizations.

“I’m really proud to serve our community,” DalBon explained. “I grew up in Caldwell. I went to high school here.” DalBon attended the University of Pennsylvania ...

Garden State Initiative Launches Report and Educational Campaign for Fiscally Sustainable NJ

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- Brian Brodeur, executive producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, spoke with Regina Egea, President of the Garden State Initiative (GSI), to discuss GSI's report entitled, Toward a Fiscally Sustainable New Jersey: Analysis and Recommendations.

Co-authored by Thad D. Calabrese and Thomas J. Healey, the new research report looks back at the 2012 State Budget Crisis ...

New Jersey Date Night: Frighteningly Great Halloween Destinations

October 16, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

October brings us candy, trick-or-treaters and a great opportunity for our date to hold our hands a little tighter. Halloween is upon us and what better way to celebrate the spooky season than to visit one of New Jersey’s many Haunted Houses? From eerie hayrides to disturbing hallways, a haunted ...

There’s More Than One Way Cook a Pumpkin

Whether you’re hitting the pumpkin patch or shopping at the supermarket, you’re bound to find a bounty of pumpkins this time of year.

Ready to start cooking? Baking or steaming then pureeing your own pumpkin is a great way to get what you need for homemade pies, breads, soups and more.

Tip: Don’t use big, hollow Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins for cooking — they don’t ...

Wayne to Mandate that All Future Housing Developments Set Aside Units for Affordable Housing

October 11, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — The town council introduced Ordinance 40 during Wednesday night’s meeting. Should this pass after its second reading during the next meeting, it will pave the way for the township to capture 15%-20% of any and all new multi-residential units (with five or more units) as affordable housing.

The Mount Laurel doctrine is a New Jersey state constitutional mandate that ...

Wayne Mayor Vergano Announces His Cancer is in Remission

WAYNE, NJ — In what Chris Vergano said was a moment of celebration, he was told by his doctor that his multiple myeloma was in remission. He announced it publicly in his return to the Wayne town council meeting on Wednesday night. It was his first council meeting he had attended since May when he began the intense treatment regimen to fight the blood cancer.

RELATED STORY: Wayne ...

Passaic County Restaurant Week Starts Today

PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ - Passaic County Restaurant Week is back!

From Monday, October 11th through Sunday, October 17th more than 15 local restaurants and dining venues offering a variety of cuisines are presenting a catalog of limited-time, prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner.

“Restaurant week is a great opportunity for our residents and ...

Gov. Murphy, Mayor Cahill Take Part in Groundbreaking For $665M Hub Project

October 16, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway announced this week the creation of the Rutgers Translational Research facility that will constitute the backbone of the New Jersey Innovation & Technology Hub.

Not only will the State University create a space where its innovations can be developed and brought to market, but as TAPinto New Brunswick first reported on ...

New Murals at Underpass Welcome Visitors to Westfield, Honor Charles Addams

WESTIELD, NJ — Forty-two panels by 23 New Jersey artists were installed during recent days in the Central Avenue underpass, the Westfield Public Arts Commission’s latest undertaking, complementing a 2019 mural project on the other side of the train station.

Panels on one side of the newest installation beckon visitors “Welcome,” while the other honors Charles ...

'Time Stands Still ' speeds along

Chatham, NJ -  Although we’ve been in a time warp these last two years, this smart and savvy play by Donald Margulies takes us out of ourselves and into other lives.

The Chatham Players have brought a nicely nuanced production to its audience, ably directed by Tait Ruppert.  As Catham Players President Joe DeVico says in program notes,  “Here we can offer a space to ...

Billy Summers by Stephen King

Billy Summers by Stephen King. (Scribner, 2021)

 

Remember Dexter? He was the self-appointed Angel of Death, whose father recognized Dexter’s innate compulsion to kill and trained his bizarre boy to murder only people who deserved to die. Stephen King’s latest hero, Billy Summers bears some resemblance to Dexter in that he is a hired assassin who will only take on contracts ...

Sooley by John Grisham

Sooley by John Grisham (Doubleday, 2021)

 

Sooley, John Grisham’s latest novel, will haunt the reader long after the last page is closed. The main character, a seventeen year old boy from South Sudan, a  young country in Africa, is as charismatic and unforgettable as they come. Although the world from which he comes is cruel and unyielding, Samuel Sooleymon uses his passion ...

The Series of The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2016)

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2017)

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2018)

Anne of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2019)

Katheryn Howard: The Scandalous Queen by Alison Weir (Ballantine, 2020)

Katherine Parr: the Sixth ...

How to Support Your Mental Health as the Seasons Change

As the days get shorter and colder and we welcome the festivities of fall, many older adults notice that they experience a change in energy levels and mood that feels like depression. If you’ve noticed a decline in your mental health when the seasons change, you’re not alone. Here’s a basic guide to understanding seasonal depression, its symptoms, and most importantly, how to ...

Tips to Stretch Your Food Budget This Fall

When it comes to budgeting, living on a fixed income can be tricky—from monthly bills to healthcare to necessities (and leaving a little wiggle room for fun and social activities). Luckily, a few simple changes could make shopping for groceries less of a hassle each month.

Here are eight tips for stretching your food budget this fall.

 

How to Shop for Groceries on a ...

Add These Spooktacular Sides to Elevate Your Halloween Party

Fall brings yearnings for warm and cozy gatherings with friends and family. If hosting a Halloween party is on your agenda this year, you are in luck! From alarming appetizers and devilish dips to spooktacular salads, we have gathered some of the most delicious and fun recipes for creepy fun.

 

Appetizers

Set the mood for your party right from the start with Halloween-themed ...

Host a Frightfully Fun Horror Movie Bash With These Tips

Hosting a Halloween Movie Night is the ultimate way to hunker down with family and friends to experience some fright night thrills and chills. From serving up tasty treats and devilish décor to enjoying a classic list of scary flicks, your adults-only cinematic soiree is sure to deliver a ghoulishly grand time. Just follow these recommendations to ring in the spookiest night of the year ...

Steps to Minimize Your Chances of Developing Breast Cancer

Breast cancer has affected millions of women worldwide, and chances are you or someone you know has been impacted by this disease.

Though there is no known way to prevent or cure breast cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk, especially if you take action while you’re younger and healthier. Here is a list of things you can do and lifestyle changes that could reduce the ...

It’s Pumpkin Season! 5 Healthy Fall Recipes You’ll Love

Hello, pumpkin season!

Pumpkin is not only tasty, it’s also a superfood because it is high in Vitamins C and A, which help with eye health, boosting immunity, heart health, and more! Below is a list of five creative and tasty recipes that include this delicious and nutritional fall produce.

Pumpkin Muffin

Who doesn’t love a muffin on a crisp fall morning? These muffins are ...

How to Eat Mindfully (and Why It’s Important)

Everyone’s relationship with food is unique. Some people may love the act of cooking and eating a meal, some people may not know how to cook, and others may feel eating is just another item on their to-do list. Unfortunately, many of us tend to rush through our meals, often sitting in front of the TV or focusing on other things when eating, and that usually means we’re not really ...

Hanging on by A Thread

It is easy to become consumed by a negative experience. At one time or another, most of us have felt an intense emotion about something that was too challenging to manage and/or overcome.

Nicolette Blanco, author of the book By A Thread, has been stitching her life together for more than six decades. In careers that included work with at-risk youth, health coaching, and health care management, ...

Hanging on by A Thread

It is easy to become consumed by a negative experience. At one time or another, most of us have felt an intense emotion about something that was too challenging to manage and/or overcome.

Nicolette Blanco, author of the book By A Thread, has been stitching her life together for more than six decades. In careers that included work with at-risk youth, health coaching, and health care management, ...

Rapid Onset Dementia Brought on by COVID Devastates Family. Alzheimer's Association of Greater NJ Chapter Provides Great Support

October 8, 2021

Dear Community,

To say that covid changed the world in 2020 is a given, but it personally changed my Mom’s life and mine forever. At year-end, the call I dreaded receiving from my Mom’s senior living community came, “Your Mom tested positive for covid.” Things were going well with her recovery until dehydration landed her in the hospital, and then my nightmare began. I ...

PCWC Hosts Awareness Event, Strike Out Domestic Violence

October 15, 2021

PCWC Hosts Awareness Event, Strike Out Domestic Violence