Guest Column

October 17, 2021

Most Monday nights, Louise See begins baking cupcakes. Dozens of them. By the time an Alstede Farms delivery truck pulls up at her Hasbrouck Heights home on Tuesday afternoons, See has stacked mocha, honeycomb or chocolate cupcakes by her front door, ready for Heights residents who come to pick up ...

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Winter is Coming... Again.  As Ben Franklin once said: “In this world, nothing is certain but death and - cleaning your gutters before winter to prevent ice dams”. With that, here are five fall home maintenance activities to start thinking about in the coming weeks. “Winters in Randolph can be ...

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Over the last few weeks many large U.S. cities have imposed vaccine mandates for their public workforce.  The theory behind this policy has been stated to be that as the number public employees who become inoculated increases, the spread of the virus and serious of symptoms will ...

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With over two miles of well-marked hiking trails, the Old Field Preserve on Mead Street in Lewisboro makes a terrific autumn destination. Dogwood trees and blueberry shrubs turning a deep scarlet color dot the older fields—there are seven fields in total—while golden little bluestem grass and white ...

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Once you’re retired and your children are grown, they are likely “off the books,” as far as your financial responsibility for them is concerned. Yet, you’re probably still prepared to do anything to help them – but are they ready to take care of you if the need arises? Consider this: Almost half ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — In honor of Fire Safety Month, please read and share these tips from the National Fire Prevention Association. Please also be on the look-out for events in the community hosted by local fire departments to raise awareness. Schools are also being visited by firefighters to teach the ...

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We can heal ourselves and our planet through our food, which I will expand on in this post under three headings: Why should I care? What can I do? How can I get myself motivated? Why should I care? You can reduce major sources of global-warming emissions—animal-agriculture and the ...

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South Orange, NJ — I am often asked how we can fix the fractures that are occurring on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education. Many believe that the BOE is unfixable, but I do not. Our district is already using restorative methods to help our students, and I think it is time to use these ...

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The last several months have been a tumultuous time for Lakeland Central School District. Reopening schools after 18 months of Covid disruption, a national disinformation campaign falsely claiming that Critical Race Theory is being introduced in schools, and now, the abrupt departure of Lakeland’s ...

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Parents, if you’ve ever asked a child, from toddler to elementary school age, to pick up their toys, sit straight in their seat at the dinner table, eat their vegetables or just go to bed, only to be met with … well, not many of those goals met, then you have discovered the wonder of early ...

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Parents, if you’ve ever asked a child, from toddler to elementary school age, to pick up their toys, sit straight in their seat at the dinner table, eat their vegetables or just go to bed, only to be met with … well, not many of those goals met, then you have discovered the wonder of early ...

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If you’re like me, you recently glanced at a calendar and realized that Election Day is just 20 days from the publication of this articls (and early voting starts in just 10 days). How is that even possible?! In fairness, it has been a relatively quiet campaign season. I’ve witnessed a few ...

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Keep Girls and Young Women Playing, Vote Yes on Multi Use Field Proposition November 2 By Stephen Sigmund We’ve raised two girls in Maplewood, both of whom have taken the same sports track. They played soccer for many years, until the period between 7th and 8th grade, when the culling of ...

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SUCCASUNNA, N.J. –Oct. 6, 2021 – The 200 Club of Morris County announced that it welcomed 25 new members at a recent recruitment event at Jersey Girl Brewing in Mount Olive. The nonprofit continues to support local and state police, fire, and EMS personnel who protect the families in Morris ...

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SUCCASUNNA, N.J. –Oct. 6, 2021 – The 200 Club of Morris County announced that it welcomed 25 new members at a recent recruitment event at Jersey Girl Brewing in Mount Olive. The nonprofit continues to support local and state police, fire, and EMS personnel who protect the families in Morris ...

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Dear Zach,  What impact does climate change have on hurricanes? Sheri G. Hi Sheri,  Thanks for the question! This is a great question and one that allows me to clear up a common misconception. The answer here is the main impact of climate change on hurricanes is climate change will cause ...

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RARITAN BAY, NJ – Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October 2021 #BeCyberSmart) raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across America, ensuring that everyone has the resources needed to be safer and more secure online. In promoting Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Prove, the modern ...

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You may have heard the conventional wisdom “Don’t take the SAT or ACT more than three times.”  That was then. This is now: Not only can you pick and choose which ACT test dates to report to colleges, but you can even remove ACT scores from your record. (Note: Students may not delete scores used ...

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Once you retire, what can you expect from your life? You might be surprised by the things that current retirees are saying about their lifestyles, priorities, relationships and hopes for the future. And you also might find this knowledge quite helpful as you prepare for the day when you become a ...

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Dear Monmouth County Residents, Well, it seems as if fall is now officially here! After a hot summer season, these cooler temperatures are a nice relief! I hope everyone is enjoying the season and picking the perfect pumpkins. I have been staying busy, and I would like to take some time to share ...

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Dear Monmouth County Residents, Well, it seems as if fall is now officially here! After a hot summer season, these cooler temperatures are a nice relief! I hope everyone is enjoying the season and picking the perfect pumpkins. I have been staying busy, and I would like to take some time to share ...

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Dear Monmouth County Residents, Well, it seems as if fall is now officially here! After a hot summer season, these cooler temperatures are a nice relief! I hope everyone is enjoying the season and picking the perfect pumpkins. I have been staying busy, and I would like to take some time to share ...

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NEW JERSEY — This may be the Garden State, but this time of year our attention shifts from tomatoes and zucchini in home gardens to oaks and maples as the forest and parks being their annual show.  According to the NJ Forest Service, the show is beginning in the northwesters part of the state — ...

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NEW JERSEY — The arrival of October means two things in the Garden State: everyone will purchase the big bag of candy for Halloween this week (and eat it all before next weekend), and the leaves across the state are going to put on a fantastic show.  The New Jersey Forest Service issued a ...

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As many know, Monarch butterflies are great pollinators. But they are in peril, and they are solely dependent on native milkweeds (Asclepias species) for their survival, and so it is critical that we encourage their growth and the expansion of pollinator pathways. Caterpillars and other bugs are an ...

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One thousand hours. That’s how much time most American children spend in school every year — when there isn’t a pandemic, that is. School buildings throughout New Jersey closed for much of 2020 and parts of 2021 to keep kids — as well as educators, administrators and school facility staff — out of ...

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One thousand hours. That’s how much time most American children spend in school every year — when there isn’t a pandemic, that is. School buildings throughout New Jersey closed for much of 2020 and parts of 2021 to keep kids — as well as educators, administrators and school facility staff — out of ...

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The vehicles we drive contribute substantially to our carbon emissions. According to the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 1990–2019 (the national inventory that the U.S. prepares annually under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), transportation ...

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If you’ve heard of 529 plans, you might think they can only be used to help pay for college. And you wouldn’t be alone: Less than one-third of adults properly identified that a 529 plan can be used for more than just higher education, according to a survey by Morning Consult and Edward Jones. But ...

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Generally speaking, investing is a long-term process. You invest in your IRA and 401(k) to reach a long-term goal – retirement. You may invest in a 529 education savings plan for many years to reach another long-term goal – college for your children. But is there also a place in your portfolio for ...

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