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A Foodie State

Real Simple Magazine has a fantastic article this month on kitchen organizing. How does your kitchen compare to their model? How many of their ideas do you already use? As a kitchen organizer I felt pretty good after reading this, thinking that my kitchen was a fairly close resemblance to the model photos they showed on their pages. I thought about a grading system where presumably I would get an A and my potential clients would get Cs and Ds and demand my services immediately. Not so much. I graded myself on each of the 24 ideas using ...

A View from Overlook

The message is simple, and worth repeating: When it comes to stroke, time is brain. Here's why: In an ischemic stroke (the most common form of stroke), an arterial blockage causes blood flow in the brain to stop. The absence of normal blood flow results in an absence of oxygen—and without oxygen, healthy brain cells begin to die, one after another. Without medical intervention, a person can be left with severe disabilities and impairments. "Stroke is a race against time," says Robert Felberg, MD, the new Medical ...

Academic Honors - West Orange

JERSEY CITY, NJ - James C. DeAngelo, ’85, Principal of Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, has announced that the following  ​West Orange residents have attained honor roll status for the  ​second marking period of 2014-2015.   Michael Murphy, '16, Shayne Simon, '18, and Max Telemaque, '18 earned First Honors.  Honorable Mention was attained by GianLuca Roses, '18.   First Honors is awarded to students with an average of A or higher (4.0) and no grade ...

Academic Multiple Paths-International Education Services and Consulting

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Have you written your 10 resolutions for 2016? If so, why not try 11 resolutions this year and add finding the right college fit to your list? No list written yet? Then why not start with completing a college application as one of your academic career goals for 2016. There are a multitude of academic paths available to you, so do not limit your search to institutions and campuses that you are already familiar with or have heard about from a friend. Instead, think globally, think of yourself, your aspirations ...

Beth's Blueprint

SNACK TIME! Need a “little something” to help you through the afternoon to fend off the 3 p.m. slump? Do you find yourself in front of the snack drawer or the vending machine when your eyes are starting to droop and need a nap?  Click below for the solution--snack recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers. These healthy “mini meals” are easy to make and give you that extra boost of energy. Plus, they are so good that you won’t even be tempted by the vending machine. Click ...

Biz Buzz

Within a blink of an eye, summer is already coming to a close. Students are beginning to flock to stores to start their back to college shopping. If you were fortunate enough to have your summer internship extended into the fall semester, start planning your time now. This will be a real test to see if you can keep everything balanced and ensure your employer stays satisfied with your work. Here is a list of what to expect when you get back to school: 1. What To Expect: Work. Whichever year you are about to begin you know there will be ...

Book Reviews

Blake was all bullshit except for the bomb. His baby-bald scalp burned bacon-red, the same color as the tips of the Bull Brands he smoked. Extras poked from the slash pocket of his frayed Army field-jacket, sleeves cut at the shoulders. Yard-sale purchase: Blake wouldn't last a minute as a soldier. But his harms about the bomb were the truth; he worked as a physicist at Los Alamos to develop the bomb tested in the Alamogrodo desert. In July 1945, Blake watched New Mexico burn. Now he was back to see what was ...

Business Energy...FYI

How your electricity provider uses efficiency measures to save money Your electrical power company is in the business of providing electrical power to residential and commercial customers on a 24-hour, 365-day per year basis. How do they do it? How can they ensure reliable and economic power for all? Efficiency methods are critical to the company’s ability to provide you with reliable electricity on demand. So, why not use what they know to your business’ advantage? Enough for the next person “down the ...

CPA Q&A

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF/CGMA, Member, Levine, Jacobs & Company, L.L.C., recently joined forces with Jennifer E. Presti, Esq, Mandelbaum Salsburg, P.C., when they co-authored an article published in “New Jersey Law Journal.” The article, “Great, I’m Divorced, Now What,” discusses the various financial issues newly divorced individuals might face. Karu and Presti provide a step-by-step guide for handling finances, budgeting, investment management, pensions and ...

Dad in the Box

I get all teary-eyed watching the Olympics on TV.  You  know, the human drama, the sacrifice, the dedication, the thrill of competition, the athletic lip sync murmur to the national anthem on the podium.     This year I discovered that there are many other Olympic champions besides the usual cadre of spring-wound gymnastic pixies and ferociously wedged, hairless swimmers and thundering, bling-adorned running machines.  It turns out that beyond the perimeter of NBC primetime, there are lots and lots of Olympic ...

Daughters of Israel Corner

Josiah and Loise Nganga, both staff members at Daughters of Israel, reaffirmed their wedding vows at Daughters of Israel on June 24, celebrating 14 years together. Rabbi Zvi Karpel, Chaplain at Daughters, officiated at the elaborate and festive ceremony, which also included a champagne fountain serving punch, delectable hors d’oeuvres, and a breathtaking wedding cake.

Discount Travel News

Oct 17/15 - Oct 24/15 - GreenLinks Golf Resort Only $525 per week for a two bedroom suite! (Sleeps 4) Expedia, Booking, Hotels, Priceline, and Travelocity are SOLD OUT!  Expedia normally charges $1593.18 for a two bedroom suite!  Our Travel Club Members will save a minimum of $1068.18 (67%) on this one vacation!   Located directly on the fairway, this resort is any golfers dream. Choose from two highly rated signature golf courses - the Robert Trent Jones SR. or Lee ...

Doctors Express Urgent Care Center of West Orange

Hopefully, most people have received a seasonal flu shot by now. Having said that, here is some useful information about how the flu spreads and what makes the flu vaccine work. The influenza virus is a respiratory virus and it spreads primarily through contact with respiratory droplets. However, these droplets can spread through direct bodily contact or through contaminated surfaces. The flu virus can remain alive on solid surfaces for as long as eight hours, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To keep from getting ...

Fortissimo Osteria Pizzeria Corner

WEST ORANGE, NJ - In honor of its 30-year anniversary, West Orange staple, Fortissimo Osteria Pizzeria, located at 484 Pleasant Valley Way, is offering patrons a special deal for the month of June. Patrons are invited to print out the coupon located in the photo gallery above and bring it into Fortissimo for a one-time discounted take-out offer of two cheese pizzas for $17.95. Read coupon for specific details. The restaurant, which boasts three generations of Castronovos, offers a variety of pizzas, homemade pasta dishes, traditional ...

Game On: College Admissions Playbook

CBRG sheds light on why crowdfunding sites for tuition are not a sustainable option- Figuring out how to pay for college can be a worrisome and stressful task for students and families. Some students are leaning toward crowdfunding sites (where the online community contributes or "invests" in the student's education) to help lessen their tuition burden.  However, in an NJ.com article, "Crowdfunding your college tuition? N.J. student says online village should invest $47K in ...

Golda Och Academy Corner

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Golda Och Academy has just announced the fall schedule for its Enrichment Academy, which will "offer stimulating programs" for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The classes, which are open to the public and will run for eight weeks, will be held on Sundays from Oct. 18 through Dec. 13, at the Wilf Lower School Campus. Among the programs offered are: Aviation Rocketry (Grades 3-5), Basketball (Grades K-2 and 3-5), Fashion Design (Grades 2-5), Hands-On Engineering (Grades K-2, ...

Health News You Can Use

A report released last week from the Governors Highway Safety Association (an organization of state and territorial highway safety offices) estimates that up to 20% of fatal traffic accidents result from drowsy driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has added drowsy driving to its definition of impaired driving along with drunk, drugged and distracted driving. Article summary: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_160312.html Governors Association News Release:- ...

In Search Of Flavor

MILLBURN, NJ – Opening a new restaurant is no simple task, particularly if it intends to cater to an educated fine dining audience.  Though the competition for diners’ dollars in “the biz” is tough everywhere, it’s particularly risky for the fine dining establishment as the relative investment in construction, equipment, staff and ingredients is much higher than opening, say, a similarly sized diner.  According to a Cornell University study, 60 percent of restaurants will fail in the first year.  ...

Internship Program - TAP into West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Writing for the town paper looks great on college transcripts and right now, TAP into West Orange is interviewing Student Interns. We are looking for bright, inquisitive, energetic and creative interns to fill multiple positions. Schedules and weekly hours are flexible. Student Interns will write on school sporting events and school events. They will also take photos. Students from WOHS, Golda Och, Seton Hall Prep are invited to apply to write for their respective schools. Parents watching games are also invited to ...

JB Real Estate Advantage Report - West Orange

We are through a blizzard and into 2016! Unlike the weather, the real estate market in West Orange is hot. I would like to share some market data with you that I have obtained through JB Advantage, which is our Exclusive In-House Real Estate Analytics Tool only available for the Jordan Baris, Inc. Team and our valued Clients: Overall, in the 2015, the average sales price in the St Cloud school district has increased by 16% to $476,000, which is the highest in West Orange. Furthermore, St Cloud’s average sales price to original ...

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: I appreciate the calls, as our residents not only keep me informed as what has been happening, involving scams and identity theft attempts in Livingston, but also alert me of new scams that are starting or those that have not been around for a while. Last week, I was informed by a resident that a call came from his cable company indicating there was a mistake in his payment and unless the balance due was immediately paid by credit card or electronic check his service would be immediately terminated. The caller knew all of ...

Liz on Theatre

MADISON, NJ – There’s dying and then there’s dying in long, drawn-out agony. Well, if you’ve been king for 400 years, you won’t disappear quietly. No doubt King Berenger thinks he’s immortal and, like many of us today, lingers long after he’s of any use to himself or others. The king on "Exit The King" is ravenously alive early on, still flirting with his second wife, Queen Marie. But  gradually, his body is weakened, his mind starts to go and he loses his eyesight. Those around him ...

Lost in Suburbia®

“Oh boy!” exclaimed my husband. “There’s a hot sauce shop in town!” We were away antiquing for the weekend in a quaint village populated by Bed and Breakfasts, art galleries, and apparently, a hot sauce shop. For my husband, this was like discovering that someone had bought you a lottery ticket and you won… if the lottery prize was a fireball that would make lava come out of your nose if you ate it. My husband and I have a lot of things in common, but the one place where we differ is on how spicy we ...

Main Street Musings

“This is an unorthodox request and feel free to say no,” began my creative writing teacher, Laura, in a recent email. She went on to explain that Bridges, a non-profit organization, received a grant to create a photography project on the homeless in Newark. The program gave digital cameras to people experiencing homelessness to express themselves and their world through their art. Would I be interested in interviewing a photographer about his or her experience? She had me at “unorthodox.” I loved the idea of ...

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln by Jen Miller

Let’s Bottle the New Car Smell … As iconic and memorable as fresh-cut grass on a spring day (with or without the allergies) or walking past a Mrs. Fields’ Cookies store in the Mall, the “New-Car Smell” evokes an undeniable emotion. It brings freshness, clean carpet mats, no gum in between the seats, a chance to adjust all the settings for the first time, new beginnings. People love new cars whether they lease or buy but there are so many questions to answer and choices to make. Stone leather or black cloth ...

Monday with Millicent

Make Plans to Enjoy Dine Out Westfield. Arriving Sunday, February 28th to Thursday, March 10th, 2016, (Two weeks excluding Friday and Saturday), Diners may  enjoy a two-course lunch menu, and a two or three course dinner menu at fixed prices from Westfield’s best restaurants. Please note: Tax, Gratuity, and Beverages, are not included. Please remember to call your favorite restaurants in advance,and make your own reservations. Smart Diners are always aware of a well-known fact that “Seats ...

News & Notes from Mayor Robert D. Parisi

Take a moment to read through some of the many services available to West Orange residents. Health Department Staff Available for Assistance The West Orange Department of Health and Welfare is a full-service public health agency providing a variety of services to WO residents. Have a question or a concern? Emailhealthdept@westorange.org or call (973) 325-4120. Staff is available to speak with you Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-4:30pm. Get Linked to the Emergency Notification System The West Orange Health Department is ...

TAP into Our West Orange Sponsors

Did you know Saint Barnabas Medical Center has nearly 4,000 employees? Yes there are numerous doctors, nurses, technicians and administrative staff.  But there are also these other really cool people that have these cool long titles… Like Margie Heller who is the administrative director of community health and outreach. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is one of TAP Into Livingston and TAP Into West Orange’s sponsors and Margie is one of three of my contacts for everything that goes on at Saint Barnabas…which is a ...

TAP into West Orange is Hiring

WEST ORANGE, NJ – TAP into West Orange is now looking for professional journalists and business minded people to join the team. Marketing Consultant/Business Developer: TAP into West Orange is hiring Marketing Consultants to provide marketing/sales services for TAP into West Orange. Responsibilities include selling advertising spaces on TAP into West Orange to local businesses and professional services companies in West Orange in a professional manner; attending sales meetings as necessary, either in person or by phone, and ...

That Embroidery Guy

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Marco Thompson (www.thatembroideryguy.com) founded the West Orange business That Embriodery Guy in 2014. Thompson said he loves working with people to create things that are important and memorable, but even he is amazed that in addition to shirts, hats and bags, he’s also done costumes for Broadway, TV, concerts and movies. After three decades in telecommunications, Thompson was looking for career change – one that challenged him in a new way. “After lots of years of designing phone systems, I ...

The Banker's Blog

Business development in banking today has dramatically changed from when I first started in banking in 1984. Developing a customer base in the Eighties and Nineties was as easy as placing an advertisement in the paper and doing a direct mail piece notifying prospects within a certain radius of your branch that you had Free Checking, would Buy Back their inventory of checks and give them a toaster or TV if they opened their new account with a certain amount of new money. I remember lines out the door with new customers waiting to open ...

The Mommy's Review

The remarkable Broadway musical Finding Neverland will sadly play its last performance on August 21, but that still gives you a few weeks to try and see it this summer! I'm glad I recently had the chance to enjoy this show with my family, because it truly is a delight. Finding Neverland tells the story of Scottish writer J. M. Barrie's inspiration for Peter Pan. A successful but now struggling playwright, he meets Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (portrayed by the angelic Laura Michelle Kelly) and her boys George, Jack, Michael, and of ...

Tune Into Tola

As per usual, death was on the menu for the Season Six finale of “Game of Thrones.” Four of my six predictions (Lancel, Loras, Tommen and the High Sparrow) were gone in one fell swoop—not to mention Queen Margaery, Lord Mace, Kevan Lannister and Grand Maester Pycelle, how convenient. Pycelle needed to go sooner rather than later, but I’m heartbroken over the loss of Margaery. Walder Frey was finally put in his place by both a Lanninster and a Stark. And as Cersei takes the Iron Throne for herself, we once again have ...

West Orange Public Schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Supervisor of Engineering and Technology at West Orange High School Ryan DelGuerco said he is excited about the accolades and innovative curriculum drawing attention among students and the STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics) community. In addition to his role of supervisor, which he has held for the past year, DelGuercio has been a Dean at the high school since 2010. “I am passionate about helping students in any capacity I can whether it be academically, behaviorally, or socially,” ...

West Orange Town Leaders

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Friday, TAP into West Orange sat down with West Orange’s Mayor Robert D. Parisi to discuss the current state of affairs in West Orange for the start of 2015. The Mayor was open, candid and positive and said that it has been quiet so far. He then shared some status updates regarding ongoing projects. According to Mayor Parisi, the Township is in the process of developing the budget so he doesn’t yet have a full clear idea of this year’s specific projects. “Every year we hope to ...

Your Family Matters

Who remembers real, live, face-to-face communication? All right, it’s a bit dramatic. But the fact is that we have become used to relating to others without the benefit of our senses – sight, hearing and touch – and our relationships could be richer and more fulfilling with them. Today’s tip is “Look into my eyes”. You will never have as much direct, honest and sincere communication as when you gaze into someone’s eyes. Take a look. It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul.

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