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In Westfield, NJ, a Dream to Help People Live Better Through Food at Fettle + Fare

March 17, 2019

Opening a new restaurant is rarely an easy task, and for Fettle + Fare owner Amanda Vargas, who has multiple sclerosis and is legally blind, the journey to create her shop in Westfield, NJ, was extra challenging. 

It was here that she created a space that is more to her than a place to find tasty, nutritious food. It’s a symbol of growth and helping others ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Little Irish Luck

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Everyone has a St. Patrick’s Day story. Maybe yours involves being stuck in parade traffic with your date and just one bottle of water, or maybe it was being stuck in a pub with just your sixth glass of green beer. If St. Patrick’s Day can leave behind so many great stories, then it only ...

9-Year-Old Livingston Boy to Compete on FOX’s ‘MasterChef Junior’

This story first appeared in TAPinto Livingston.

Matthew Smith, a 9-year-old Livingston, NJ, boy with talent enough in the kitchen to stand opposite Gordon Ramsay, will appear on Season 7 of “MasterChef Junior” on FOX when it premieres on Tuesday, March 12, at 8 p.m.

Smith said his interest in the culinary arts began quite early in life. His aunt gifted him a ...

Mary Robinson, Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, Honored as CNN Hero

March 19, 2019

Mary Robinson, Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, is now featured on the global networks of CNN and CNN.com as a CNN Hero. Imagine, a grief support center for children and families, is beyond thrilled that Mary is being honored in this way – and that the importance of Imagine’s mission will enjoy greater reach as word of the nonprofit spreads ...

Akins Prepared for Somerset County Sheriff's Democratic Primary

Akins Prepared for Somerset County Sheriff’s Democratic Primary

Sergeant Art Akins’ decision to run for Somerset County Sheriff, as a Democrat, was an easy one. As a long-time proactive resident of Somerset County, he has dedicated his entire professional career to protecting his local community.  The role of Sheriff will allow him to continue to serve the public on ...

Warning Signs that Your Loved One Has a Substance Use Disorder

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 19.7 million people ages 12 and older had a substance use disorder related to their abuse of alcohol or drugs. Identifying the signs of a substance use disorder in someone you love can be a challenge. Thomas Romanelli, Certified Alcohol and Drug ...

Spot the New Falcon in Town on the Falcon Cam

As the courtship season begins for peregrine falcons,residents of all ages and visitors from all over the world can observe and study one of the fastest animals on earth by, tuning in to the Union County Falcon Cam.

“The Falcon Cam is a great opportunity for residents of all ages to experience and learn about peregrine falcons up close,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

Governor Murphy Announces Historic Levels of School Funding as NJ High School Graduation Rate Reaches Record High

WEST ORANGE – Governor Murphy today announced state school aid funding for his Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal that provides record levels of support for New Jersey schools. The Governor also used today’s news conference in the West Orange School District to showcase New Jersey’s most recent high school graduation rate, which advanced to 90.9 percent last year – the ...

Always Connected: North Plainfield Hosts Sgt. Tom Rich

 

Ask.fm, Tumblr, Kik, Snapchat, Facebook and

Instagram. If you don't know what these are, it's time to learn!

 

Please join us in the

 

North Plainfield High School auditorium

on

Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m.

 

for an important presentation on cyber safety.  This presentation will be hosted by Sgt. Tom Rich,  keynote ...

Senior 'HomeSharing' Program Keeps People in Homes, Cuts Costs

March 6, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County officials are urging seniors who struggle with meeting expenses to consider a program matching homeowners with other seniors looking to share a residence because of the high cost of housing.

Bridgewater-based HomeSharing Inc. is a non-profit organization that helps people maintain their homes by finding the right fit with another ...

For Parents Like Me, Pot Legalization in New Jersey is a Dilemma

I like Gov. Phil Murphy, but he's making a liar out of me. Me and millions of parents. For a couple of generations now, mothers and fathers have been warning children about the dangers of pot smoking. Now the governor comes along and tells them there is no Santa Claus.

I’ve been warning my children about pot for 20 years. That’s not exaggeration. It started when my ...

From a Backyard in Elizabeth, Chatham Man Shoots for the Stars

Luis Da Silva, Jr., says he got his start in a “two by four” backyard in Elizabeth, where he would spend hours with just a basketball. 

“It was a rough neighborhood and my mother didn’t want me down at the basketball courts,” Da Silva said.

In those lonely hours of dribbling and inventing basketball tricks, Da Silva learned to command the giant orange orb ...

Young N.J. Rider Earns Thoroughbred Incentive Program 2018 Performance Awards

March 16, 2019

HOLLAND TWP., N.J. — Emma Scheier, 13, of Holland Township earned several awards in the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), which encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding.

Her horse’s registered name is Open Now, but Scheier shows him as “And Then The Stars Aligned.” Around the ...

Collegiate Riding: Teams Honor Seniors, Prepare For Conference Championships

WACO, Texas — The No. 1 Auburn equestrian team did something no other program has done in the modern history of the sport. The Tigers put together an undefeated regular season as the squad topped rival and No. 7 Georgia, 17-3, at the Auburn University Equestrian Center on March 8.

The win moved the squad to 13-0 overall and 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference

"Going undefeated is ...

Brain Injury Awareness Month: How Much Do You Know About Equestrians And TBIs?

For more than three decades, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has led the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an engaging public awareness campaign in March of each year.

Traumatic brain injuries are common in equestrian sports. One of the highest profile cases is that of dressage rider, Courtney King Dye.

According to her website: King Dye is a USDF ...

Yes I'm Not

Recently I discovered, somewhat unexpectedly, that I am a robot.

Ironically, I came to this discovery after contemplating the purchase of a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. The motorized Roomba disk roams by itself around the house methodically cleaning the floor. The Roomba also seems like it could make a good pet.

But owning a robot is not for the faint of heart or the weak of silicon.

Empty Warnings

A while ago I received an urgent roadside call from my son. It was a cold and rainy night, and somewhat late. He was on his way home with my car and calling from somewhere along the side of a busy highway. I could hear cars and large trucks shuddering by him, occasionally drowning out his voice.

He wanted to know if I could bring him some gas. The car had ran out. While he was on the ...

The Glass Menagerie’ merges memory and illusion

SUMMIT, NJ – A haunting,  memorable play, “The Glass Menagerie,” is given a warm, caring production at The Summit Playhouse. Under the direction of Arnold Buchiane, this Tennessee Williams play (his first notable success) weaves the story of a son, a mother and a daughter in their small shabby apartment in a corner of St. Louis in the 1930s.

Gus Ibranyi as the son who ...

‘Play On’ makes for a dizzying romp at Chatham Playhouse

‘Play On’  makes for a dizzying romp at Chatham Playhouse

By Liz Keill

CHATHAM, NJ – If you need a laugh, and who doesn’t these days, “Play On” is just right for you. In this scenario, the actors and director have assembled to put on “Murder Most Foul.” But of course, anything that can go wrong does go wrong.

The phone rings at ...

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Jul 28, 1955 - Feb 8, 2018
Owner/Chef of Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes  Beloved Husband, Father, Brother and ...
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Switch to Daylight Saving Time can affect daily commute, cautions AAA

March 9, 2019

WARREN, NJ - AAA is reminding drivers that the change to Daylight Saving Time may create distraction on the roadway and challenges for drivers who lost an hour of sleep. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday March 11 at 2 a.m.

“As we spring forward, drivers should be aware that the time change will also mean changes to driving habits. Some drivers may suddenly find themselves driving into ...

How to Cope with College Rejections

March 18, 2019

It is that time of year when students are receiving either their acceptance or rejection letters from colleges. Every senior student that I have seen thus far is extremely stressed awaiting the news. Some have already received their responses, while others are on a wait list.

It is important to recognize that rejection letters are out of your control. Many schools are ...

Online Cameras Peer Into Nests of New Jersey Predators

March 18, 2019

A pair of American Eagles tend to their nest atop an 80-foot Sycamore tree at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, days away from the hatching of two eggs, while the courtship season has begun for a female peregrine falcon nesting on the roof of the historic 17-story Union County Courthouse in downtown Elizabeth.

The predators have achieved "rock star" status in classrooms and homes across ...

Rutgers Urging Students to get Meningitis Vaccination, State Declares Outbreak

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University announced Tuesday that it is urging students to get a vaccination against meningitis following a state Department of Health decision to declare an outbreak of the disease because of two cases on campus this winter.

"To protect the student population, we are strongly recommending that all Rutgers–New Brunswick undergraduate students and graduate ...

Former NJ Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Shot Dead, Authorities Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 70-year-old man who served as a priest, in Westfield, Kennilworth, North Bergen, and also at Oratory Prep School in Summit, who was later accused of sex abuse, was found shot dead at his home in Nevada, authorities said.

Officers found John Capparelli with a gunshot wound to his neck at his residence in Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday, a spokesperson ...

(Videos and photos) Thousands Flock to Morristown to Celebrate the 40th Annual Morris County St. Patrick's Day Parade

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The day couldn't have been better for the 40th Annual Morris County St. Patrick's Day Parade. The sun was shining, the bag pipes were playing and thousands of residents lined the streets to watch over 120 groups and organizations march down South Street and around the green on Saturday March 9.

This year's Grand Marshall was Father Patrick Paddy ...

An 'Awful Accident' says Man who Hit Mt. Arlington Cop with Car

MOUNT ARLINGTON, NJ – The motorist who struck and injured Mount Arlington Police Sgt. James Distasio in December feels terrible about the incident but insists he did nothing wrong.

Five times during an interview on Friday, the driver - Chatham lawyer William Anastasio - used the words “I feel awful” when recounting what happened at 6:50 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2018 ...

Morristown to Host Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday, Expect Road Closures and Detours

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  A county tradition, the 40th annual Morris County Parade, will step off on Saturday March 9 at 12 noon in Morristown. 

The parade route will begin in the parking lot at Town Hall, travel down South Street before continuing around the Morristown Green. Marchers will go make their way around the green, on S. Park Place, E. Park Place, and N. Park Place ...