Guest Column

July 7, 2020

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After 15+ years as a Berkeley Heights resident, I thought I knew our neighbor, New Providence, pretty well. It's where we go to church (when you could actually attend a church), it offers great restaurant options, it's home to the nearest Starbucks and UPS store, and the ...

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Although we are living in uncertain and unstable times, this type of tumult is not without precedent. In 1918 the world was plunged into a pandemic with an estimated 500 million people globally being infected with the virus.  In 1920 while the world was slowly emerging from the aforementioned ...

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The definition of a free country is where the government does not control what people say or do for political reasons and where people can express their opinions without punishment. The transition from a totalitarian state to a free country will be long and slow. In a 2017 report Freedom ...

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“America will never forget their sacrifices” COVID-19 has silenced our traditional July 4th fireworks. This silence reminds us of President Truman’s words which greets visitors to the American cemetery in Normandy, France.  Seventy-six years ago, 73,000 American troops stormed Normandy; 6,603 ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ - Todd Wilkinson, Founder and Owner of FonHome Realty has created a video series highlighting scenarios for buyers and sellers to be wary of when entering into the real estate process. Watch Episode Five for his unique perspective.

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Let's Talk About It: Fighting Racism by Listening, Believing and Learning | A Perspective  -By Guest Columnist Kisha Derr I grew up in a small town on Long Island, New York, and attended a middle school where I was the only student of color. There were many painful experiences that served to ...

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The safety of visitors to our office is paramount and the reason we follow the very latest in safety recommendations from the state of New Jersey, the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Association of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ...

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There is nothing more important to an honest representative democracy than protecting the legitimacy of our elections. You not only have the right to vote, you have the right to know as a legal voter that your vote will be counted and that those who are not permitted to vote, are prohibited from ...

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The settlement of the Dixon Road cell tower by the Town Board shows that community activism can have an effect.  It is a shame that the residents had to hire their own attorney at their expense in order to be certain their voices were heard. The tower being moved to a less intrusive location on ...

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I came out at the age of 23. After my 1st tour to Iraq. Now in order to know how I got to that point, we have to go back away. I was born in Staten Island, New York to Mormon Parents. They converted right before I was born and their families were not happy with it but, they learned to accept ...

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The Board of Education has been made aware of claims by some Mahopac community members that they were deprived of the opportunity to address matters of public concern during the June 18 board meeting. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and consistent with the governor’s executive orders, ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ - Todd Wilkinson, Founder and Owner of FonHome Realty has created a video series highlighting scenarios for buyers and sellers to be wary of when entering into the real estate process. Watch Episode Five for his unique perspective.

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Five years ago, on June 16, 2015, my brother tragically died on of an accidental drug overdose. He was 45 years old. He was an only son, an only brother, a favorite uncle, the coolest cousin, a best friend to many, a mentor, a teacher, a leader in his field, full of life and laughter and above all, ...

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These have been challenging months for long-term care communities, as we strive to ensure the health and safety of our Elders, patients and staff in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we remain focused on that situation and providing the highest quality care possible, this is a critical ...

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The class of 2021 has missed the time-honored tradition of visiting college campuses this past spring. While COVID 19 has altered the college search process for high school juniors, students can evaluate the colleges on their list safely from their homes. The websites and social media platforms ...

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During this pandemic, the focus has been on keeping our bodies healthy, which is a priority. There are many guidelines to help us to do just that, including wearing masks, washing our hands, and maintaining social distancing. But, what about our mental health? Studies have shown that depression, ...

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The riots went on for days and weeks and out of those riots came a change. The first change was the LGBTQ+ Community started to organize themselves so their voices can be heard. Nearly 50 years after the riots these organizations have stood the test of time and are still making a statement ...

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Our country is in a very interesting place; a crossroads if you will. We are still in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, but in addition to that, in reaction to the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, protests against systemic racism, police brutality, and social injustice are taking ...

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Editor's Note: Unfiltered is a Community-led platform created by a collective of young Black, Latinx, and Asian GLHS alum whose goal is to address the racism and racial prejudice that exists in the communities of Berkeley Heights and Mountainside, but also to create an open space to discuss their ...

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Editor's Note: Sarah Lipuma is a Master of Environmental Management graduate student at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She researches climate change risk mitigation strategies for coastal communities. She was raised in Lacey and is a graduate of the Ocean County high ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ - Todd Wilkinson, Founder and Owner of FonHome Realty has created a video series highlighting scenarios for buyers and sellers to be wary of when entering into the real estate process. Watch Episode Five for his unique perspective.

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We need effective contact tracing with privacy protections to open NJ’s economy and save lives. In NJ, more than 12,000 people in the last three months have died from COVID-19 - more than we lost during all of WWII.  During this same time period as Governor Murphy issued his stay-at-home order ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Clinical psychologist Meryl Dorf returns to TAPintoTV to discuss how couples can manage the challenges of both living and working together during the COVID-19 pandemic.  With many working remotely at home, couples are forced to be in confined spaces together for long periods ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Brian Branch has covered many protests over the last three decades and none have been like the recent George Floyd protests that have been occurring.  Floyd’s death has awakened the world to oppression by others and not on the local level but globally as well. These are his ...

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“Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard. One struggle. One Fight.” -Harvey Milk           When June rolls around nearly every person in the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and anyone else under the rainbow umbrella) Community either dreads it or is ...

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The onset of COVID-19 has changed everything, how we work, how we enjoy our time away from work, and how we interact with each other. It has also cost us the ability, at least temporarily, to miss many occasions that matter to us. For our teenagers, this means missing traditional high school ...

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For all skeptics and concerned parents and teachers… please take a serious look at the new publication by Susan Poage, Dina Rosen and gifted illustrator Benjamin Chew! The title Protecting You… Protecting Me, invited me to see just how this timely topic was being addressed. Not only was I, a born ...

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One of the most overlooked categories in Workforce Development, especially as it relates to low-income and underserved populations, is teaching the general principles of entrepreneurship. In this sector most services tend to lean towards employment training, adult basic education, English as a ...

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Scharfenberger Denounces Talks of Defunding & Disbanding Police  Middletown, N.J. – Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-Monmouth) denounces recent discussions and proposals of defunding and/or disbanding police departments by elected officials across the United States. The idea of decreasing ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - The students of Central Jersey College Prep Charter School's Black Student Union created a video to contribute to the BLM movement in their way and express concerns that so profoundly affect them.   

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