Guest Column

September 28, 2020

Empathy and its role in our community Montville is a great place to live, and we have so much support from and within our community. We have strong leadership and a community that is sincerely willing to go out on a limb for one another. There are some skills we can use to keep Montville a ...

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As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading through New York City in March, Debrah Lee Charatan knew that her original vision for Selfhelp’s annual fundraising gala wouldn’t come to fruition.  Before the shutdowns started, the night had been pitched as a time for (in-person) conversation, ...

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When you are in a seller's market, you are most likely going to be competing against multiple other offers for the house too. One thing that may help give you a hand against the competition is including a personal letter to the seller when you submit your offer. The intent is to make an emotional ...

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Middletown, N.J. – Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-Monmouth) strongly agrees with Dr. Anthony Fauci when he said during an interview with Governor Phil Murphy yesterday that New Jersey can and should continue to reopen: “It was great to hear from Dr. Fauci and I couldn’t agree more, New ...

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“Try and make sure he’s comfortable.” Two days earlier, on July 8, my beautiful 70-pound gray boy was gasping for air. Now it was my turn. The doctor continued talking to me on the phone as I looked to my left and saw Hurley, who was unrecognizable from the dog we adopted just 21 months ...

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In 2010, when voters elected me to the Paterson City Council and then 2 years later to the General Assembly, the history leading to that moment wasn’t lost on me. After ending celebrations and putting my boys to sleep, my wife, Kimberlynn, and I found ourselves lying in bed. We spoke no words, yet ...

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Whether you are a green thumb who spends all spring tending your garden, or a black thumb whose garden consists of the few weeds you have not bothered to remove, your garden is an important part of selling your home. The first thing someone will see when they pull up to the curb or click on the ...

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Whether you have just sold your house and are moving out, or you are moving into a home you just bought, moving is a headache. Most people have homes filled with stuff they may not have used in months and may have forgotten about until it becomes time to move. It is only then that we realize ...

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I’ve been fortunate to attend a lot of incredible sporting events throughout my life, but none have topped Oct. 26, 1996, at Yankee Stadium. That was the greatest night of my sports fandom, as the Yankees defeated the Atlanta Braves, 3-2, in Game 6, of the World Series. That enabled the ...

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There are over 8 million people under correctional supervision in the United States.  This is more than any other country in the world. Over 2 million are incarcerated; approximately 2 million are on parole and more than 3 million are on probation.  Dr. Paitakes, of Raritan Borough, has worked ...

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In my 40 years in Trenton as a business executive and President of the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC), I recognize that these are difficult times for government leaders desperate to find revenue to plug state budget holes.  But responsible revenue policy must stay within the legal ...

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When you sell your home, you want it to sell quickly and get as much money as possible for the sale. Therefore, you want to use every advantage you have to make the house look great. There are some things that can make a buyer turn around and never come back, eventually reducing the price far too ...

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In last year’s hit Netflix movie “Marriage Story,” Adam Driver’s character, a transplanted New Yorker, is informed: “You can actually have space in LA!” Here in Yorktown, maybe that “space” is taken for granted, but, more often than not, if one is a homeowner, one’s living area might be mapped out ...

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“I'm now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.” - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In June 2020, a coalition of mayors founded Mayors for a ...

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As the summer of 2020 slowly comes to an end, we turn to the fall in hope that we are able to come together as a country and beat back this dreadful pandemic that has caused so many disruptions in our lives. As schools are seemingly getting ready to “open,” we are witnessing a different model ...

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Chris Smith, Republican from New Jersey’s Fourth Congressional District, often portrays himself as a moderate, bipartisan leader from a pre-Trump era. He tries very hard to not let the worst of Trump tarnish this carefully maintained image, but the act has been stretched beyond credulity. Unlike ...

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Wellness architecture is a trend that has been rising in popularity, especially since the novel coronavirus struck, making people spend much more time at home. What Is Wellness Architecture? Wellness architecture is a home design that focuses on improving your health, either mental or ...

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The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad wouldn’t exist without its volunteers who answer calls day and night, on weekends and holidays. One of these volunteers, Daniel Sullivan, is now being recognized for all he does for his community. Mayor Al Smith will issue a proclamation naming Dan the Scotch Plains ...

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By now, we’ve all been on at least one Zoom presentation, perhaps many… perhaps too many. I have seen Zoom presentations range from OK, I got through it, to boring or just flat out painful. If you’re like most virtual presenters, you are:  Winging it, because it doesn’t count if it’s ...

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 A new school year is officially upon us and though it may look different from past school years, we still must be extra cautious when driving around our communities! It’s always important – and especially now that children are back in school – that everyone obeys speed limits, stops for ...

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on the country and the economy since stay home orders have been issued to keep people home as much as possible. Throughout the country, businesses deemed nonessential have been temporarily closed to help prevent the spread of the virus. The real estate ...

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Nineteen years. The day that changed my life and our country. And it seems different this year.    I remember a few years ago my son asked me what I remembered about that day for an assignment he was doing for social studies. And for the first time, I told him some details.  I was there, ...

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When selling your home, you can make sure the property looks perfect both inside and out, and still lose out on buyers because of bad neighbors. You are not just selling your home, you are selling the neighborhood too. A huge problem arises if your potential buyers do not like what they see beyond ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Max's Pizza & Bistro is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Scotch Plains. Serving delicious Italian cuisine, utilizing nothing but the best and freshest ingredients available in the area. Opening at the tail end of 2019, Max’s Pizza & Bistro brings along a ...

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Throughout my career I have fully come to understand the power of facial expressions. They have always been a big part of my ability to get my point across. I was not always good at them and I really learned the hard way. Things were going well in my career, and I was asked to represent the ...

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In anticipation of questions voters may have surrounding the new, state mandated 2020 General Election process, Clerk Hanlon has created a Frequently Asked Questions page which can be found on our elections website, MonmouthCountyVotes.com.   This FAQ page addresses all of the new rules about ...

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With the changes the COVID-19 pandemic has made to the world seemingly overnight, many homeowners and potential buyers are now in search of answers to their questions about their mortgage. Here are the answers to some of the common questions about mortgages. Are Mortgage Rates Going To Go ...

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The Dysfunction of Our Government in Action Well folks, our troubles are over.  Now I know that we are in the middle of a pandemic with a $10 billion budget shortfall, unemployment in chaos, lines and fistfights at the DMV, the economy in shambles, businesses closing every day and the highest ...

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There is nothing that will make you want to fix up your house like being stuck in it for weeks. If you have been putting off home improvement projects, now is the time to complete them! And since most people are stuck at home right now, you may have the whole family present to help. Here are a few ...

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Teacher Tips For Distance Learning At Home If your child is going to be entirely or even partially doing online learning here are some tips, based upon my experience teaching online in the Millburn Public Schools from March through June, that will help your child get the most out of their ...

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