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Hot Toddy Recipes: 6 Variations on the Classic Holiday Cocktail

November 27, 2020

These days, enjoying a cocktail with friends can mean meeting outdoors. Want something that will warm everyone up as the evenings turn colder? Hot toddies to the rescue!

Hot toddies are traditionally made with whiskey or brandy, lemon, honey and hot water or tea. You can add different garnishes that will affect the flavor, such as apple slices, lemon wheels, star anise, cloves, a couple ...

A New (Old) Kind of Holiday

Everyone is worried about the holidays and while I’m sad I can’t see my extended family I am also looking forward to this year because it is like the holidays of my childhood.

Having moved 3 hours away from all of our family when I was entering first grade and my parents quickly realized that the stress of holiday travel stole all its magic we spent every holiday with my immediate ...

Community Conversations: Healthy Holiday Decisions

The seasons of gratitude and giving can also come with some real dietary challenges. On this Community Conversation, Dr. Elkin Nunez, director of endocrinology at Atlantic Health System's Morristown Medical Center, will share some important tips to help those with diabetes make healthy holiday decisions.

 

Worried about Memory Decline? Screening Can Ease Your Mind

Memory loss can be scary. People often ignore worrisome changes in thinking and behavior as they age, but it’s important to find out what is causing the changes. If you are among the 10% of seniors who develop Alzheimer’s disease, you can learn about treatments to slow its progression and manage symptoms.

As a cognitive neurologist who helped develop Atlantic Health ...

Still Much to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving, Despite Coronavirus

November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving is a special day of the year when we pause to give thanks for the blessings that we have. This year, the holiday has to be different - it will be smaller and more somber, virtual and outdoors or indoors with few people and the windows open.

That’s how we can safely, still show appreciation and give thanks.

As we celebrate this day, I would like to take a moment to ...

Maplewood Policer Blotter, Oct. 29 to Nov. 15

November 21, 2020

October 29, 2020; Damage to Home; At approximately 10:45 a.m., officers responded to a home on Field Rd. on a report of a possible bullet hole in the house. Officers spoke with the resident who located a bullet fragment on her bathroom floor and an entry hole from the bullet. It is believed that the round entered the home sometime during the early morning hours and it is not believed ...

TAPinto SOMA Weekly Round-Up, Nov. 20-27

November 28, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This week, as locals kept thanks in Thanksgiving, three new businesses in Maplewood had ribbon cuttings. Good news for Small Business Saturday!

The coronavirus pandemic continued to dominate the news, with S.O. Offices Re-closed to Public and subsequently the S.O. Recycling Center  closed as well. At the end of the ...

Bulk Item Collection Set in South Orange for December 17

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Village is offering a bulk item pickup day on Thursday, December 17.

South Orange DPW will collect household bulk items curbside, except for metal and electronics, for residents who schedule and pay for this service.

There is a limit of six items for this service, and the cost is $75 payable by check. Must be received in advance of ...

West Orange Arts Center Exhibit Offers Glimpse of Latinx Identity and Culture

November 28, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — "Visiones de Identidad: A Latinx Perspective” — the West Orange Arts Council's latest exhibit that’s running both virtually on the WOAC website and in person at the West Orange Arts Center through Dec. 12 — puts the spotlight on the Hispanic community by highlighting the works of 12 Latinx artists based in the New York area.

Though ...

Man Survives After Being Hit By Train in Upper Montclair

UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ — A pedestrian survived after being struck by a New Jersey Transit train on Wednesday, officials confirm.

A man was seriously injured, but is expected to survive, after he was hit by the oncoming train near the Bellevue Avenue Station in Upper Montclair. Sometime around 4:35 p.m., officials reported a trespasser strike.

According to NJ ...

NJ Scout Saddened But Undeterred After Park Project Vandalized With Swastika

November 25, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — A Boy Scout Troop is setting things right in a local park after a vandal or vandals defaced an Eagle Scout project with graffiti, including a swastika.

Dhillon Patel, 16, who is working with Boy Scout Troop 72, learned last week that trail markers he had put up in Tamaques Park were defaced. A photo provided to TAPinto Westfield shows a black swastika drawn on ...

Special $300 tax deduction helps most people give to charity this year – even if they don’t itemize

November 29, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers of a special new provision that will allow more people to easily deduct up to $300 in donations to qualifying charities this year.

Following special tax law changes made earlier this year, cash donations of up to $300 made before Dec. 31, 2020, are now deductible when people file their taxes in 2021.

“Our nation’s ...

Here’s how taxpayers can check if their charitable donation is tax deductible

The arrival of the holiday season is when many people think about how they can give back. Often taxpayers want to donate to a charity. The IRS has a tool that can help people figure out if giving to their favorite cause will also give them the gift of a tax deduction.

Tax Exempt Organization Search on IRS.gov allows users to search for tax-exempt charities. Taxpayers can use this tool to ...

Get Ready for Taxes: Steps to take now to make tax filing easier in 2021

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers to take necessary actions this fall to help file federal tax returns timely and accurately in 2021.

This is the second in a series of reminders to help taxpayers get ready for the upcoming tax filing season. A special page, updated and available on IRS.gov, outlines steps taxpayers can take now to make tax filing easier in ...