Guest Column

March 29, 2020

This is the most crazy and stressful time to be a business owner, not to mention just a human in general. We started the BuyLocalNJ project to support local businesses and this a time that requires even more. Given the unprecedented economic hardship, the government passed the $2.2 trillion ...

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The $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill is providing a lifeline for small businesses in New Jersey and across the country in states that have been hit hard by the epidemic. The cornerstone of the legislation for business owners is a bold a $349 billion lending program for companies ...

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The coronavirus pandemic exposes a surprising fact: Ninety-percent of all antibiotics, common cold and flu, and pain-relief medications found in America’s medicine cabinets are made in China, not the United States. America’s largest pharmaceutical companies now outsource to China the manufacture ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Mayor James Damiano presented an overview of the 2020 municipal budget during the Township Council meeting on March 23, which features no tax increase to the municipal portion of taxes.  Damiano touted the Township's strong financial position and the recent upgrade to a AA ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Little Falls Public Library recently held its fourth annual "Family Fun Night," an evening of refreshments and family-oriented entertainment, sponsored by the library and the Little Falls Biz.  Approximately 40 attendees enjoyed the evening's activities on March 6. Kids ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The March 23 Township Council meeting was conducted in adherence to the recent COVID-19 virus state mandate measures with Mayor James Damiano and the Council conducting the business of the meeting electronically.  Damiano was physically present during the meeting, along with ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Winners of the Friends of the Little Falls Public Library's "Design a Bookmark"  contest were recently recognized by the Little Falls Township Council. According to Kristie Puffin, president, the winners all designed their own bookmarks, which will be printed and displayed at the ...

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In these challenging times, it’s important to realize the “miracles” that happen in Life….like this one, in Cranford, about 6 weeks ago (which may, to some, seem like a different time…yet, the kindness of humanity will always be evident. The day was Monday, February 3rd. I’ll never forget that ...

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In this public health emergency, I am pleased to see the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) considers child care services to be “both critical and multifaceted,” while Gov. Phil Murphy describes child care professionals as “essential players.” We have seen school closures and a ...

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A Message to the Township of Aberdeen from your Mayor,   Our stand against the Coronavirus is strong. All of last week your Town Council Members, Town Manager and Chief of Police have had countless meetings and conference calls with State and Local officials with a single goal in mind, which is ...

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As we are all aware, in the midst of this major health crisis physically visiting the library is just not possible. While the buildings are closed you can rest assured that library staff continues to work to maintain the essential services that are the heart of our mission: to provide educational, ...

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The following guest column was written by Westfield High School freshman Annika Vesuna. The coronavirus has impacted many people’s lives around the world, including mine. My life has been put on hold, as I’m trapped in my house all day. It was day one after the schools closed and I was stuck ...

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My daughter has started using the word “chakra” a lot since she stepped up her yoga game. And I finally admitted to myself that I might be chakra-curious, so I went to a yoga studio for a chakra alignment. Before you can say “I’m not reading this New Age drivel,” know that the practice of chakra ...

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To benefit and gain an advantage at a time of crisis might seem heartless, but there is no sense in not making the best of a difficult situation. You, your family, and the world will be better off. It goes without saying that our hearts go out to those who are struggling from this unprecedented ...

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Father Andy's Latest Message   Church of the Little Flower at 290 Plainfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights Website: littleflowerbh.org; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Church-of-the-Little-Flower-220671088273890/ Phone: (908) 464-1585

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The Federal government announced today (3/20) that the tax filing deadline would be extended to match the previously announced tax payment deadline of 7/15/20 for 2019 individual income tax returns. A couple of details: Individuals can defer tax payments of up to $1 million for 90 days, ...

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​After speaking with many friends today and seeing the panic across the faces across many parents across America, I realized that we're experiencing a secondary reaction to COVID-19: we are in the midst of a virtual learning epidemic. It's running its course across many of our communities and the ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - As Franklin Township Public Schools officially transition to its newly developed Remote Learning Plan this Thursday amid the global health crisis, Franklin families will need to look at education through an entirely different lens. To that end, TAPinto will tap different ...

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It shouldn’t take a healthcare crisis to find ways for health care leaders to show front line healthcare team members how important they are and how much you care, but it is an especially important time to be extra considerate and thoughtful. Be prepared to go above and beyond for your employees so ...

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Fed will increase its holdings of Treasury securities by at least $500 billion and its holdings of agency mortgage-backed securities by at least $200 billion.  NEW JERSEY - As the coronavirus continues to create a spectrum of problems in local communities in Monmouth and the nation itself, ...

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The author Sandy Scragg has been an award-winning teacher and educator for 20 years. She is a Google Certified Teacher, ran an international nonprofit technology-in-education program, and has written the “Linking to Learning” column for New York Teacher for the past eight years. This week, and ...

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When a family becomes stressed, everyone feels anxious. The anxiety moves easily from person to person in the family.  Anxiety that affects one, affects all. It can be contagious. Our country and our community are in the midst of a great deal of panic and anxiety with the pandemic of the ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - SAGE Eldercare considers the safety of our program participants, families, volunteers and employees of utmost importance. In response to coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), SAGE is taking direction and following safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New Jersey ...

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Editor’s Note: Nancy Kislin, LCSW, is a marriage and family therapist, child and adolescent psychotherapist and author of “LOCKDOWN: Talking To Your Kids About School Violence.” She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Chatham, New Jersey. If you’re a parent (or a grandparent, aunt or ...

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If you’re a parent (or a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or godparent), chances are that what scares you most about the coronavirus is the impact the epidemic could have on the kids you love. With news of the virus’ widespread effects constantly unfolding, it’s easy to conjure up endless scenarios, ...

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On February 1, we gave a party for the generous Belmar Arts Center volunteers. These volunteers do many things — both large and small — that contribute to the work we do, and we wanted them to know how much they are appreciated. Volunteers help with directing exhibitions, hanging the shows, ...

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Dear Verona Community Members, The Verona Public School district is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our students. There has been increasing attention regarding coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) over the past several weeks. It is important to highlight that there have been ...

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I became a JESPY client a little over five years ago. I like the fact that I have the independence of having my own apartment. In the past, I never had the opportunity to cook my own food and to serve that food to guests. I have socialized at JESPY with all sorts of people.  For me, one aspect ...

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As the calendar has flipped to the new year, that means my favorite time of year is here. It’s Real Estate Peak Season!! The time when inventory and Buyers’ hopes are both at its highest. It also means analysts are working overtime to try and predict what the biggest real estate trends will be in ...

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As we come to the end of this year’s Black History Month, we’ve seen and heard again the stories of advocates who selflessly sacrificed to open the doors of greater equality. Names we are all familiar with like Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, ...

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