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CPA Q&A

Michael Karu, CPA/CFF, discusses whether or not one’s Social Security counts on the FAFSA– LIVINGSTON, NJ – Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, Member, Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC., a Livingston-based leading accounting firm, was featured on the digital news site of The Star-Ledger and NJadvancemedia. In the article, “Does Social Security count on the FAFSA?” Karu states, “Under the law, up to 85 percent of the recipient's Social Security benefits are ...

Dad in the Box

I want a tattoo.  I am old enough to hang reading glasses around my neck and I want a tattoo.    The question I keep asking myself is, why?  After a lifetime ignoring my skin, why now would I want to turn some weatherworn patch of scratches and scars it into an album cover?  This is not an easy thing to answer.  It delves deep within the psyche and brings up issues of expression, self perception, values, and even, the meaning of life.     Thankfully, I am a lot more superficial than ...

Daughters of Israel Corner

Daughters of Israel was presented with the Employer Recognition Award, “For Championing Employment for People with Disabilities” by the Essex County & Newark Workforce Development Boards’ Disability Issues Committee, on October 29 at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.  

Taylor's Take

I was recently asked whether a person under guardianship could vote.  Although my gut reaction was that the fundamental right to vote shouldn’t be stripped merely because one is under guardianship, as with many legal questions, the answer is not necessarily straight forward. In 2000 a decision, recognizing that “the right to vote is quintessential to our democratic process”, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court found that residents of a psychiatric hospital did not lose their right to vote merely because of ...

The Mommy's Review

I love Halloween! It’s one of my favorite holidays, especially since there is so much to do, and it’s so much fun for the kids. I also love that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Sure, you could go to the store and buy brand-new costumes and decorate your house like crazy, but it’s also a holiday you can do on a budget. Secondhand costumes purchased from Facebook swap groups? Check. Dollar store decorations? You betcha. Hitting up the free local trick-or-treating events? You can bet all of your Fun Size M&Ms ...

West Orange On Three!

It’s been a busy season from spring through summer to our fall sports programs! This Saturday, the West Orange High School football team will take on Montclair the first round of the Section 1, Group 5 playoffs. We thought we would highlight one of the WOHS players who has come up through our youth sports programs. This week we have the perspective of West Orange High School (WOHS) freshmen, Matthew Bove. Matthew is an honors student, currently participating in the Institute for Math & Science program at WOHS. Matthew played baseball ...

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