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NJ Recipe Guru Shares her Favorite Holiday Cookie: Double Chocolate Espresso

December 13, 2018

If you love to cook, there’s a fair chance you’ve got a recipe somewhere in your home by Gwynn Galvin, whose cooking blog “Swirls of Flavor” has been picking up steam.

“I have been told that I am ‘well-seasoned,’ having worked in the culinary field for more than 20 years now,” the grandmother of eight said from her home in Montvale, NJ.

In ...

Open Casting Call for Plainfield Schools Actors, Singers, Dancers

December 12, 2018

Calling on students to participate in the upcoming celebration marking the 150th Anniversary of the City of Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ –  The Plainfield School District is looking for students of all ages, female and male, from elementary to high school grades, to participate in performances being planned to mark the 150th Anniversary of the City of ...

Letter: Oppose NJ Redistricting Amendment

November 30, 2018

To The Editor:

NJ legislative leaders are supporting a horrible amendment to the NJ Constitution, a purely political proposal to increase the ability of politicians to choose their voters. It would also embed the two-party system into the New Jersey Constitution, a blatant attempt to weaken third parties like the Green and Libertarian parties.

New Jersey would be much better ...

More Than 300 Parsippany Jobs to be Eliminated from Conagra

December 10, 2018

PARSIPPANY, NJ - Conagra Brands has announced that it will eliminate more than 300 positions out of its Parsippany location, which will be in addition to another 200 positions that will be eliminated out of Cherry Hill. This news comes shortly after Honeywell announced a week or so ago that it is relocating its headquarters from Morris Plains to North Carolina.

Senator ...

Plainfield's PAAAS Winter Concert on Thursday / PAAAS presentará el Concierto Anual de Invierno

December 8, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Academy For The Arts and Advanced Studies, or PAAAS, will hold its annual winter concert on Thursday, and it will feature student performances in piano, jazz, vocal and dance.

Admission is free, and all are welcome.

DATE:  Thursday, Dec. 13
TIME:  6:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Grace Episcopal Church
ADDRESS:  600 Cleveland ...

Drake House 22nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony / Ceremonia Annual de Illumination de Arboles

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Historical Society of Plainfield will hold its 22nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 7 at the Drake House Museum, and the event will include a visit from Santa.

The first session will take place at 6:30 p.m. and then a second one at 7:30 p.m.  The festive evening will include caroling, gift giving, and refreshments.  A gingerbread house will once again be ...

Rapps Pharmacy: Be Prepared for the Flu Season

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The flu season may not be in full swing yet, but don’t be caught off guard. Pharmacy experts at Rapps Pharmacy have important information to help you to prepare for the season.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death.  The best way to prevent ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Bobbie Peer

This week's featured franchisee owns not one, not two, but three TAPinto franchises! Find out what she loves about owning and operating her own business, how she got started, and how she manages, TAPinto Berkeley Heights, TAPinto New Providence, and TAPinto Mountainside full-time.

Q: When did you join TAPinto.net?

Bobbie Peer: I started as a sales ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving Leontes, King of Sicilia and King Polixenes of Bohemia, circles ...

Chatham Players’ “A Christmas Carol’ starts the holiday season in style

Chatham Players’ “A Christmas Carol’ starts the holiday season in style

By Liz Keill

CHATHAM, NJ – Charles Dickens’ beloved “Christmas Carol” creates a cheerful glow at The Chatham Playhouse.

This musical version of the familiar tale features the author himself narrating, and sometimes taking part, in the story. Chip Prestera as Dickens once ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving  Leontes, King of Sicilia and Archidamus, a Bohemian Lord, ...

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Leave it to George Street Playhouse to produce a play that works on so many levels. We have the familiar slamming-the-door exit of Nora Helmut, who abruptly leaves her secure life with Torvald for parts unknown

This play by Lucas Hnath received a successful run on ...

‘Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn’ shimmers and shines at Paper Mill

‘Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn’ shimmers and shines at Paper Mill

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – What could be more enticing than the rapturous music and lyrics of “Irving’ Berlin’s Holiday Inn” to sweep us into a festive mood for the holidays? The show, based on the 1940’s film of the same name, is a perfect choice… and one that keeps ...

All the Stars in the Heavens

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani (Harper, 2015)

 

When I was a little girl, before there was colored television, sometimes I would watch a show where a beautiful, mature lady would enter a room through French doors, and greet her tv audience. The woman wore spectacular gowns that clung to her  curvy shape and sported big satin bows in the back. Her cheeks were like ...

The Real Lolita: the Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman (Harper Collins, 2018)

Who would have thought that the “nymphet” of Humbert Humbert’s perverted fantasies in the famous Vladimir Nabokov novel, Lolita, published in the United States in 1958, was influenced greatly by an infamous kidnapping case that took place in Camden, ...

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine, 2013)

Jodi Picoult is the Law and Order author of our times. She uses stories “ripped from the headlines” as seeds for her plotlines and, thus, presents readers with a framework in which to discuss important societal issues, such as school shootings, teen suicides, and organ transplants. Picoult’s writing is compelling, and many of ...

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (Penguin, 2016)

 

For those readers who love thrillers, Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door, has the elements of a fine one. After all, stories about baby kidnappings are gripping as aficionados of the genre know. If the cops don’t get the stolen baby back within the first few hours of the kidnapping, chances are, the baby is dead ...

The Liberators

The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsh (Bantom Books, 2010)

 

“It was bad. It was very, very bad,” said Jay Dakelman, a medic with the 3rd Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He was describing to me the first moment that he stepped into a concentration camp, somewhere in Germany, during the final months of World War II. Jay ...

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Anchor Books, 2013)

 

Crazy Rich _________________. Fill in the blank with almost any ethnicity on the face of the earth, and the story will probably be similar from culture to culture. At the economic apex of every society one can expect to have the wealthiest, most self-indulgent, controlling people. When taken from that point of view, even though ...

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

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 reduce the orchard of critters and provide a better life for ...