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Althea on Gardening

As the wind whips and howls outdoors, and the cold white snow covers the ground, the last thing on our minds are thoughts of gardening. But for avid gardeners, that's exactly what we're thinking.  And while the waiting may seem endless, we are gearing up for the start of the next growing season. Winter is the perfect time to: curl up in a comfortable chair; hot beverage in hand; gather seed catalogues which have been arriving on the doorstep; settle into the process of selecting seeds; and begin making plans for the upcoming ...

Dad in the Box

It is the beginning of January, which means college applications are due.   This is the time where high school seniors all across the country place their academic souls on the line and compete for spots in colleges and universities that reject more students than they accept.     And so, as a public service to all of these smart and talented kids who spent their holiday vacation gnashing through college essays, I offer some submissions perhaps they wish they had written.    Our University values ...

Downtown Connection

North Avenue is at the heart of the downtown and is the first perception of Plainfield that many visitors see. The architecture and history of the district, convenience of the train station and new lofts and apartments constructed nearby suggests a new renaissance for this district. Unfortunately, not many people know the area is a historic district at all since presently no signs have been posted.  We are pleased to announce that Downtown Plainfield Alliance has received full funding of the first of three phases of street signs and ...

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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Health News You Can Use

Man-flu may be for real! Joanna Hayden, PhD, CHES A study published in the British Medical Journal on December 27, 2017 reporting the results of an investigation into the existence of “man-flu” suggests that flu in men may really be more severe and cause worse symptoms than flu in women. Abstract of original journal article: http://www.bmj.com/content/359/bmj.j5560.long Summary from Harvard Health Blog: ...

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

Snow-bound and down? Team Nest Builder says, “Get out of the house, grab that dusty Radio Flyer sled out of the garage, and head to one of these Sussex or Morris County hills for brrrrrrrreath-taking fun!”   MORRIS COUNTY: Boonton: Tourne County Park (a portion of the park area an officially designated sledding hill) Chester:   Grove St. Park Chubb Park Highland Ridge Park Telecordia Property (behind the white barn on North Road) Green ...

Liz on Theatre

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ shows surprising appeal as radio/stage production By Liz Keill MADISON, NJ – The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has selected a nostalgic and heartwarming version of the classic Frank Capra movie from the 1140’s to entertain holiday audiences. “It’s a Wonderful Life” has somehow become a classic Christmas entertainment, with its story of redemption and small-town life. Directed by Doug West, the pitch-perfect cast does a bang-up job of impersonating some of our ...

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 Hyperlocal Consultant

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 legacy and that of the company he founded. If Mark Zuckerberg is truly worried about his legacy and that of Facebook, casting legitimate news publishers and businesses into the abyss will only further tarnish ...

The Mommy's Review

Corre, no camines (that’s “run, don’t walk!”) to see Coco, the newest animated feature film from Pixar Animation Studios/Disney. This beautiful movie is something that families will cherish seeing together. Like Moana last year, I took my family (ages 7 to 70+) to see Coco over Thanksgiving weekend, and everyone was delighted by the splendor of this wonderful cinematic experience. Coco tells the story of a young boy named Miguel who yearns to be a musician, although he comes from a long line of shoemakers who not ...

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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