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Althea on Gardening

I get asked this question quite often. And the short answer is... my internal compass has always plotted a trajectory towards gardening. I was born on a lush and verdant island in the West Indies, and after traveling to this country as a  young child, I landed in an area of  New York, ( which was to be my home for many years), with concrete sidewalks, concrete steps,  and concrete backyards.  As a child that became my entire world, my playground. But the longing to be surrounded by nature never left my soul. I ...

Downtown Connection

Another shopping season is upon us here in Plainfield and shops downtown are open for business. Plainfield has a unique mix of mom-and-pop stores that offer trendy name brand clothes and shoes that compete with mall traffic and Cyber Monday deals, perfect for anyone looking for a bargain. The importance of spending locally has never been more critical as retailers and restaurants struggle to survive under the threat of online shopping and mall discounts. The United States is currently going through a retail apocalypse that we’ve yet ...

Family Fun

I’ve been celebrating Halloween with my kids for over a decade now, and as a result, I’ve got a few Halloween hacks for parents to share. 1. Go to the pumpkin patch early. Some might take this advice a step further and skip heading out to the over-crowded pumpkin-slash-apple-slash-pony-ride-slash-corn-maze extravaganza entirely, but not me. Those fall pumpkin photos with the kids are just too amazing to miss. But go early. Most farms are pretty empty the first few weekends in October, but not so much as ...

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For the House You Call Home

INVENTORY…INVENTORY…INVENTORY!!!  Where is it??  We have listed 637 properties in our com-munities of Berkeley Heights New Providence, Summit, Chatham Borough, Chatham Twp. and Long Hill Twp   since the 1st of the year.  105 have sold with an average of 15 days on the market and a Sale/List Price of 100.2%.  202 of those listed are under contract with an average of 16 days on market and 330 are active with an average of 37 days on market.  Sunday Open Houses are setting new records with both ...

Health News You Can Use

A study done in the U.K. looking at the lead and cadmium content of the lip area of decorated drinkware, (drinking glasses, shot glasses, beer glasses, etc.) found these heavy metals in 70% of the samples they tested. All were made in China or a European country.  All colors of paint and glaze including gold leaf contained one or both of the metals. The results were published last week in the journal Science of the Total Environment. Journal article abstract - ...

Homefirst Happenings

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services, a nonprofit organization that has served the community of Plainfield and Union County since 1986, held its first annual Back To School Night on Thursday, Aug. 20, at its Family Success Center in Plainfield (950 Watchung Ave). Families who signed up to participate in the Back To School Night event were greeted by staff and were served pizza and ice cream. Children received backpacks that were stuffed with school supplies that included binders, calculators, crayons, colored ...

Jenn's Journey North

This past Sunday, I joined the Freewalkers for its Stroll & Roll walking event.  Freewalkers Yohana Maria and Risa Olinsky organized the festivities, now in its second year.  The walk, designed to be family-friendly, and for people of all ages and abilities, began in Echo Lake Park, another gem in the Union County Park system.  The four-mile round trip trek also cut through Lenape Park, and onto the East Coast Greenway. Luckily, the rain held off except for a few sprinkles so that families were able to enjoy some ...

Know Your Nest

You’re readying your New Jersey home for houseguests.  You want them to feel welcome, comfortable, and — dare we say it? — maybe even a tad envious of your hosting prowess. No need to moonlight at hospitality school. Airbnb hosts with tons of great reviews supplied these quick, easy (and cheap!) ideas to turn your New Jersey home into a vacation haven. Be careful, though – Team Nest Builder cautions your guests may not want to leave! #1 Stock Up on Extra Chargers and Cords A ...

Liz on Theatre

‘Bakersfield Mist’ explores art versus reality By Liz Keill MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Bickford Theatre presents a touching, often hilarious, two-person play about a woman in a trailer park in Bakersfield, California, who thinks she has purchased an original Jackson Pollock at a thrift shop. With this unlikely premise, the play evolves into a matter of wills, wishful thinking and harsh reality. Author Stephen Sachs has conjured a clash between the hard-nosed former bartender, Kim Zimmer and a visiting art specialist from a ...

Local Legends and Legacies

One hundred years ago on April 6, 1917, the United States formally entered World War One, the Great War, also known as "the War to end all wars.” The war’s impact on the City of Plainfield and surrounding area was huge. Plainfield was a recruiting center, and many young men from the area joined the fight. The mode of transportation to duty assignments was by the railroad, and for some the last look of their home town was from the main Plainfield railroad station. The World War One Honor Roll bronze tablet located in the ...

News from Tri County Chamber of Commerce

SOMERSET, NJ - May 3, 2016 - The Tri-County Chamber of Commerce met at the Stage House Tavern, located at 1719 Amwell Road in Somerset, NJ, this past Tuesday.  The TCCOC organizes luncheons every month as an opportunity for members and those considering membership to network.  “The luncheons and events are a great way to promote local businesses, giving them more exposure to many local business owners throughout the area,” said President of the TCCOC and Assistant Vice President of Investor’s Bank in South ...

Roberta on Real Estate

You are still bursting with pride that you were able to get your Federal income taxes filed on time.    Now you want to move on to your next goal: buying a home.  So …. Wait !   Before you file all that paperwork away there are some steps you can  take to make use of all your great tax preparation work. Although the mortgage process has always required a certain amount of documentation, more items are requested from borrowers than ever before.   The GREAT MORTGAGE crash of 2008 taught ...

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The Mommy's Review

Well, the kids are firmly back in school, and one of my priorities this year is for everyone to stay dry! No, not in the potty training sense! What I mean is that I’m tired of taking out soggy folders and wet assignments from their backpacks! I can’t tell you how many times my kids came home with wet lunchboxes and school bags this past school year. Their reusable water bottles just were not reliable. So, I embarked on a quest to find leak-proof water bottles for the 2017-2018 school year, preferably ones that are both BPA free ...

Tune Into Tola

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 thankfully avoided when the first 40 minutes placed more than a dozen principle characters in one location and not a single one lost a head. But the sigh of relief was short-lived as we realized the episode was only halfway through. The ...

Views of Holy Trinity

Are you looking to make a wise investment? Who isn’t? We all want to make wise investments. Investing in your children is one of the most important things you can do. Many families at this time of year are either looking to enroll their children in school for the first time, thinking through a transition to middle school, high school, or college, or simply just wanting something different – something better -- for their children. So why not consider making a wise investment in a Catholic ...

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