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Retracing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Steps through the South.

January 18, 2021

SOUTHERN U.S. -- TAPintoTV recently visited Atlanta, Memphis and Birmingham, where we traveled in the footsteps of the great American Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Atlanta is the birthplace of Dr. King, and is also home to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. The 35-acre park is comprised of several buildings, and the Visitor Center museum contains ...

Discover The Bridge To Serenity: Take Control of Your Retirement with Wealth Financial Partners.

At Wealth Financial Partners we know that you want to be in control of your retirement. 

In order to achieve that, you need a holistic roadmap that is easy to understand and simple to implement. 

The problem is you don't have a guide to help synchronize all aspects of your finances into one complete plan that will bridge your working years to your retirement years. You are ...

Stretch IRA, Annual RMDs and More: Important Details Regarding the 2020 Secure Act.

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- 2020 will go down in history as a traumatic and difficult year. More than ever, clients are searching for answers and direction.

We are here to help your situation with the most current information regarding the SECURE ACT that came into effect on January 1, 2020.

Many conversations I am having with my clients are regarding the following topics:

RMD Age Raised to ...

Roth IRA Conversion: It's All About The Tax Rates.

Path to Prosperity with Walter Pardo: Roth Conversions - Why the opportunity cost argument is invalid. 

Some people believe that there is an opportunity cost by doing a Roth conversion, that the funds used to pay the conversion tax could have been otherwise invested, and that investment return opportunity is lost.

FALSE! It’s all about the tax rates. 

There is no ...

Plan For Prosperity with Walter Pardo: IRAs Are The Black Hole of Estate Planning.

Plan for Prosperity with Walter Pardo: IRAs are Different

IRAs Are The Black Hole of Estate Planning

And Here’s why:

IRAs pass by contract (generally not by will)
IRAs have required minimum distributions 
IRAs are highly taxed upon death or withdrawal
IRAs receive NO step-up in basis upon death
IRAs cannot be transferred to trusts during lifetime or after ...

401K and IRA Retirement Plan Conversion Advice from Tax Expert Walter Pardo.

In his latest piece, Walter Pardo, CEO & Certified Wealth Strategist at WFP Tax Partners, shares some important advice about 401K and IRA conversion strategies.

The saying I always use is “paying taxes once is your obligation, but paying taxes twice is your fault.” Typically, qualified assets, like 401Ks and IRAs, have never been taxed, but they continue to grow. And in most ...

Walter Pardo of WFP Tax Partners Discusses Parkinson’s Law as Part of Profit First Strategy.

Walter Pardo, CEO & Certified Wealth Strategist at WFP Tax Partners, follows up his previous “Profit First” video, with an introduction to the concept of Parkinson’s Law: 

Author and Historian C. Northcote Parkinson theorized that our demand for a resource increases to meet the supply of it. 

For example, when we’re given two weeks to do a project, it ...

NJ Psychologist Discusses Resources to Cope with the Coronavirus Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Clinical Psychologist Meryl Dorf, to help those having difficulty handling the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. With October 10th being World Mental Health Day, we look to Dorf to provide guidance for navigating the uncertainty a crisis like this can bring. 

“It’s an ingredient of a stressful situation and when it becomes bad, it ...

Little Falls Video Production Studio Provides Businesses with Safe and Socially Distant Media and Event Services

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- As the COVID-19 pandemic has passed the six-month mark, East Main Media Studios continues to provide industry-leading media services and remote communication support to businesses throughout the Tri-state area and beyond. “Not only do we provide the highest level of production for virtual events, but we operate in a safe and socially distant manner ...

NJ Apple Picking Farm Provides Rescue Husky Dogs a Better Life

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help rid the orchard of critters and provide a better life ...

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St. Joseph's Health Doctor to Serve on Key Gun Safety Commission

TRENTON, NJ – A prominent physician at St. Joseph’s Health has been appointed by Governor Phil Murphy to serve on the Personalized Handgun Authorization Commission. Murphy announced that Jennifer Chuang, currently the Section Chief for Adolescent Medicine at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, will serve on the body responsible for establishing performance standards for ...

Summer is the Perfect Time at PCCC

Summer is the perfect time and Passaic County Community College (PCCC) is the perfect place to get started, get ahead, or catch up on your college education. PCCC offers three summer semesters and over 100 courses including writing, math, history, biology, technology, art, and much more.  

Are you a first-time college student?  PCCC offers outstanding support services that make ...

PVWC kicks off Drinking Water Week highlighting tap water being “There When You Need It”

(Clifton, N.J. – May 2, 2021) – Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) and partners throughout North America today kicked off Drinking Water Week, by highlighting the different ways consumers’ tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 2-8 this year. 

PVWC is observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap ...

NJ Gov. Murphy Recognizes May as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 1, 2021

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy recognized May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in a statement issued May 1. 

Official recognition of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month has been a part of the American tradition for more than 40 years. The idea of recognizing Asian Pacific heritage can be traced back to period following the bicentennial ...

The New CDC Guidance on Outdoor Mask Wearing

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance Tuesday on outdoor mask wearing. It also identified what activities are safe or not for those who are vaccinated and ...

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Maplewood Garden Club's 84th Annual Plant Sale ...

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Maplewood Garden Club's 84th Annual Plant ...

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Tue, May 11, 6:30 PM

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Introduction to Islamic Design - ONLINE

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Beginner Mah Jongg - ONLINE

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We Need to Talk

I am told I need to participate in the national conversation.

I am not exactly sure what that means, but It seems like everytime I turn on the news some authoritative figure addressing the most recent topic of the day decries the need to “have a conversation” or “add to the conversation” or “join in the conversation”.

Who exactly am I supposed to be ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

NJ Dentist and his Pit Bull Therapy Dog Give Back to Local Community

April 28, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- While Joseph DalBon, DMD, may be best known as a top-notch local dentist at the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, he is also the proud owner of a therapy dog. Dr. DalBon spoke with TAPintoTV about his Pit Bull puppy, Olivia, the services she provides to others in the community, and how he came to recognize her unique talents.

DalBon realized Olivia was ...

New Jersey Films, Filmmakers and Writers Nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — On Sunday, April 25th 2021, the 93rd Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles, CA, and there’s a New Jersey connection to several nominated films and filmmakers this year. TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, was joined by David W. Schoner Jr., the Associate Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, at East Main Media ...

Ridding Nation of Stench of Racial Prejudice

April 22, 2021

Like millions of Americans across the nation, my colleagues and I at NJCDC have watched the trial of Derek Chauvin with great interest—and great horror—over the last several weeks. It has, at times, been a heart-wrenching experience as witness after witness recounted the abject brutality of what the former police officer did to George Floyd. When it was announced that the ...

Building Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Programming in Schools

In March, my home state of New Jersey signed into law the Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Verrelli Bill requiring schools to include diversity and inclusion (DNI) instruction into their curriculums. When I read that news I was first ecstatic.  I love social justice!  I live and breathe diversity and inclusion.  Preparing students to become leaders who can live and effect change in ...

More Breweries Join NJ’s ‘Shot and a Beer’ Program to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

May 6, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Need another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccine? Now you can get free beer at more than 30 New Jersey breweries just for getting your shot during the month of May.

The number of breweries participating in New Jersey's “Shot and a Beer” program, which began this month in partnership with the Brewer's Guild of New Jersey, the Governor's ...

NJ has America’s Best Pizza, Food & Wine Says. But You Already Knew That

NEW JERSEY — Food & Wine magazine made waves this week when it declared New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in America and proclaimed that New York is No. 3. In the No. 2 spot? Connecticut.

You can read the article, in which the author recommends “The Best Pizza in Every State,” here.

MORE: Pizza in High Demand During Pandemic, NJ Restaurant Owners Say

New Yorkers ...

Passaic County Couple Sentenced For a $4.5 Million Food Stamps Scheme

May 7, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig announced the sentencing of a Wayne couple who were involved in a “food stamps fraud scheme.”

The statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office announcing the sentencing provided the following information.

Over the course of four years between 2014 and 2018, Ibrahim Zughbi (67) and his wife Miriam Zughbi (63), who ...

Clifton Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Paterson Police Chief

PATERSON, NJ - A Clifton man faces up to 10 years in jail when he is sentenced on May 28 after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of Terroristic Threats, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced Monday.

As previously reported, Stefan Keco, 29, used text messages on two separate occasions on February 26, 2020, to threaten Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” ...

Passaic County Prosecutor Takes Control of Internal Affairs at Paterson Police Department

PATERSON, NJ – The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office (PCPO) has assumed responsibility for the internal affairs functions of the Paterson Police Department (PPD), Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announced Tuesday.

The action means that the PCPO will have full oversight over PPD’s Internal Affairs Division, which is ...

Murphy Appoints First Woman to Serve as State's Adjutant General

May 4, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday his nomination of Colonel Dr. Lisa Hou to serve as Adjutant General and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA). Hou would be the first woman and first Asian-American to serve in the Adjutant General position in the state's history.

"Colonel Hou took the ...

Jersey City Teacher Suspended After Racist Rant

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A Dickinson High School teacher has been suspended with pay pending an investigation into an alleged profane and racist rant over Zoom.

“We have suspended the teacher pending an investigation,” Board of Education President Mussab Ali confirmed to TAPinto Jersey City.

Howard Zlotkin, a science teacher at Dickinson High School, was seen in a video clip taken by a ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)

 

My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

The Persian Always Meows Twice

The Persian Always Meows Twice: A Cat Groomer Mystery by Eileen Watkins.        (available on Amazon).

 

        Cassie McGlone needs to start over, escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend, and establish a business of her own. An independent woman, Cassie moves to Chadwick, New Jersey (a fictional town somewhere near Morristown) ...

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press, 2021)

 

We can’t quibble that Kristin Hannah is one of the most respected authors on the contemporary scene. Her new book, The Four Winds, is number 1 on the New York Times Book Review. Hannah is a wonderful storyteller, who frequently uses the theme of the importance of family in our lives, which is a universal theme, ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

The Call to Unite

The past year has been an incredibly challenging time for many people. When going through difficult periods, it’s often easy to focus solely on the negative. But there was so much good that happened during the last year. While the story wasn’t always told, billions of people around the world came together and responded to the crisis with love, care, and compassion. Even though we were ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Biden Steps Up on Gun Violence Prevention, Now Senators Must Act

April 18, 2021

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, there has been an unprecedented surge in both firearm sales and gun violence. 

Recent economic stress combined with social isolation has intensified the crisis and further highlighted weaknesses in our existing gun safety laws. 

However, gun violence survivors and activists now have reason to be hopeful.

On Thursday, April 8, President Biden ...

LTE: State Must Also Begin Reopening for People with Autism

Dear Editor:

I am pleased to see the steady evolution of “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month,” as what really needs to be celebrated are the enormous contributions of people with autism to our society.

We proudly operate a “post 21” program known as Adult Community Services, in which we teach young adults with autism and other ...

Governor’s Budget Proposes $4M for Scholarships to Provide More Psychiatrists in New Jersey

May 1, 2021

(TRENTON) - The Murphy Administration aims to expand access to in-demand psychiatric services by increasing the supply of trained professionals in the field.

The Governor’s proposed FY2022 budget calls for $4 million to fund 10 four-year psychiatric residencies. In exchange, the residency programs will ensure these physicians will have rotations in a range of publicly funded and ...

Taxpayers shouldn’t believe these myths about federal tax refunds

Now that many taxpayers have filed their federal tax returns, they're eager for details about their refund. When it comes to refunds, there are several common myths that can mislead taxpayers.

Getting a refund this year means there's no need to adjust withholding for 2021

To help avoid a surprise next year, taxpayers should make changes now to prepare for next year. One way to do ...