Guest Column

June 18, 2018

Plainfield resident, Toran Smith, age 16, has been selected to play on the 2018 Union County underclassmen all star team.  On June 10th, the Union County All-Stars played against the Hudson County All-Stars at Kean University.  Smith played third baseman.  Smith, a junior at Union County Vo-Tech ...

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Summer is definitely here, as evidenced by the rising temperatures! Before you head outdoors and down to the shore, here are a few reminders from Rapps Pharmacy, an independent, full service, and locally owned Plainfield neighborhood pharmacy:  As people begin to the enjoy the summer sun, they ...

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Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his ...

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Many people have the misconception that slavery ended after the Civil War. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Slavery is very much still in existence—in fact, it is believed that 40 million people are slaves in the world today. Human Trafficking is the second largest ...

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While Barbara Ross’s income places her below the poverty line, she isn’t one of the nearly 2 million households with older adults in dire need of affordable housing. Thanks to a little-known federal program, Ross, 64, is able to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Plainfield, N.J. Through the ...

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Long-term budget and staff cuts have severely impacted the ability of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to carry out critical work to protect New Jersey’s environment and residents. This has serious implications for wildlife, public health and our economy. DEP is charged ...

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Are you a New Jersey business owner who has already realized the potential of a global market or an entrepreneur seeking to increase sales and profit by taking your business worldwide?  The New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC) has been awarded a $606,151 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) ...

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Finally! Time for your New Jersey home’s bathroom makeover! Pinterest-fueled fever dreams of fabulous bathrooms fill your nights, while days fly by filled with fluttering pages of home design magazines.  Hot idea after hot idea after---WHOA!  Slow down there for a second! If you have any of the ...

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Have you ever applied for a car loan, credit card, lease or mortgage? You may be among the 143 million Americans whose private data was exposed during a recent breach at Equifax – one of our nation’s top three credit reporting agencies. It’s outrageous that Equifax waited more than a month to ...

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For over 30 years the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has tried – and failed –to modernize America’s woefully dysfunctional air traffic control system (ATC). It is time to get ATC out from under the thumbs of federal bureaucrats and partisan politicians, and create a completely new structure ...

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When Sunday’s season finale of Game of Thrones commenced with a haunting mash-up of the iconic Lannister and Targaryen theme songs, fans knew they would be hanging off the edge of their seats in agony for a record-breaking 79 minutes and 43 seconds. A potential “Red Wedding” scenario was ...

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Mindful Driving  I had just excitedly taken a photo in front of this Life Is Beautiful Sculpture after spending a very lovely week away with family and friends.  It was the last night of what was truly a wonderful vacation.  I actually sat at dinner and while looking around the room, I was ...

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The second-to-last episode of each Game of Thrones season is traditionally the most intense, and the heart-stopping 71 minutes of Season 7, Episode 6 was no different. *Note: Until Jon’s bloodline is revealed, we’re just going to ignore the incest thing. Jon heeds some unexpected counsel. Jon ...

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for an above average hurricane season in 2017. Five tropical storms have already developed this year, including Tropical Storm Emily, which damaged businesses in Florida. As the height of hurricane season approaches, is your business ...

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