Sunday, June 16, 2013
Picture your father—or yourself—behind the wheel of one of these five upper-class conveyances.
Every now and again, 5 Cars likes to delve within the realm of imagination, and this week is one of those times. Father's Day is nigh, and we're thinking about how much our dad loved being pampered on his special day. We can see him grinning from ear to ear as he cruises picturesque winding roads behind the wheel of a sleek ride. So for this installment, we're featuring five new luxury cars now available for sale in and around Essex and Union counties. Our goal is to offer two things: For normal-folks readers it's an amusing intellectual exercise, and for certain readers with the inclination and the means, these mindblowing vehicles could make your Dad, Daddy, Papi, Pops or Father Dear super-happy on his big day. Hey, it beats another …
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Growing group of residents are 'ushering in a new, heart-centered, community-based economy which focuses on service, giving and receiving in balance.'
As the months and years roll by, life gets increasingly more busy, leaving us little time or energy to deal with all the tasks on our to-do lists. A new effort in Essex County seeks to give busy people a helping hand in getting things done—while modeling a new, human-friendly kind of economy. The Essex Time Exchange, based in Maplewood, is a time bank that allows people to swap talents and time to give and receive assistance for a wide variety of tasks, including computer programming, household chores, shopping, yard work, tutoring and more. The notion of exchanging time for services or goods dates back to the early cooperative movement in California in the 1930s, said Exchange President and Coordinator Mathilde Benveniste. She said the …
Friday, June 7, 2013
Some folks prefer cars from outside the U.S.
"It isn't unpatriotic to want a foreign car," said our friend David. "It's an affirmation of competition, the basis of the free enterprise system." That's David's story and he's sticking to it. And from a purely economic point of view, he is correct. Capitalism doesn't take geography into consideration; it's all about what the buyer prioritizes as most important. The best product, in his or her opinion, gets the sale. Nothing wrong with that if one isn't particularly jingoistic. And David is far from alone. While many drivers in this country are all about buying "American" as a show of patriotic pride, an act of loyalty to the construct or out of a belief that U.S.-made cars are the best available, a lot of others prefer cars from …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
A look at the hot toys for tots this holiday season.
Every holiday season, the mailbox fills with the latest toy catalogs. Children peruse the pages as they scribble their lists, daydreaming about what they will find under the tree come Christmas morning. Parents pull out their pocketbooks, spending hard-earned cash as they anticipate the joy on those little faces. What will be the runaway favorites this year is always a guess, but here are some of the latest trends, mixed with tried-and-true perennial favorites. jChews Smartphone teether by Jellystone No tears for parents or babies. Babies love nothing more than to gum Mom and Dad’s cell phone, but now they’ll be too intrigued with their own smartphone to chew on. The Jellystone smartphone teether comes in seven funky colors and is BPA …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Who has the best pizza in town? How about the best bar? Here are your picks for Readers' Choice.
All this summer you've nominated and voted for your favorite local businesses in categories ranging from Best Burger to Best Preschool. We've tallied all the poll votes and now it's time to announce the winners! See below for our complete list of Readers' Choice winners. Best Auto Garage Best Bagels Best Bakery Best Bar/Pub Best Barbershops Best Bartender Best Burger Best Caribbean/Ethnic Restaurant Best Chicken/BBQ Best Chinese Food Best Dentist Best Diner Best Dry Cleaners Best Nail Salon Best Pizza Best Preschool Best Romantic Restaurant Best Sandwiches Best Steak Best Supermarket Best Sushi Best Verinarian
Saturday, August 18, 2012
In this installment, the West Orange Patch asks what should go in the former liquor store on Pleasant Valley Way.
Let's call this a modern spin on community planning -- Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table. In an occasional column, we'll present a new vacant space and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Forget what zone it's in, ignore setback regulations, dump lot coverage rules, and all the other zoning jargon that puts most people to sleep. If you had your way, what would you like to see there? What would be the best use for the community? This week, we are asking what should be placed at 445 Pleasant Valley Way, where Best Cellars at A&P once stood across the street from Burger King The building is located near the heavily traveled intersection of Eagle Rock Avenue and …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Montclair makeup queen hopes to capitalize on the frenzy surrounding the popular trilogy.
Clothing companies, home furnishing lines, and even hotel chains all have been trying to cash in on the success of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey that has become the best-selling British book of all time. In the United States alone, the book topped 20 million in sales in July. To take advantage of the book's popularity, the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle peddles the "50 Shades of Romance" package that includes wine, a car demo, and a map to the Seattle destinations mentioned in Fifty Shades. Sex toy shops report a huge jump in business. Hardware stores cite a rise in rope sales. According to NBC News, hotels such as the Damson Dene Hotel in England have even started replacing the Bible with the steamy book, part of a trilogy by E.L. James. …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Hackensack University Health Network and LHP Hospital Group complete joint venture purchase of HackensackUMC Mountainside.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
A joint venture of the Hackensack University Health Network and its partner LHP Group Inc. has completed its purchase of Mountainside Hospital, marking the start of a new era for the 121-year-old, 365-bed facility. The hospital now will be known as HackensackUMC Mountainside. “This represents both a historic milestone for HackensackUMC Mountainside and a pivotal turning point that will ensure its ability to grow and keep abreast of emerging community health needs,” observed John Fromhold, the hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Under the stewardship of LHP, one of the nation’s premier private hospital management companies and Hackensack University Health Network, recognized within New Jersey and nationally for clinical …
Monday, July 18, 2011
Salon services and an old-time barber shop feel
Recently, I've been writing about businesses that have been in West Orange for a long, long time. This week, I'm happy to report on a newcomer to the West Orange business community. I've passed it on Northfield Avenue many times. The storefront is crisp and bright. Sharp yellow and burgundy graphics tell you all you need to know, and the most important information is found in the name. When are they open? The 8 to 8 Barber Shop tells you right up front. "Home of the $8 haircut" is the slogan, and in case you forget, even the phone number ends in three eights. I spoke to owner Jason Robinson, who opened the shop in April of 2011. Robinson became a barber back in 1988, and then went on to work in other industries. "I worked in real estate, …
Monday, April 25, 2011
Weekly column will feature entrepreneurial endeavors
I have been trying to start my own business, in one form or another, since I first petitioned my parents to let me set up a lemonade stand on a trafficless residential street in Bay Shore, Long Island. I was sure it would be a success. They said no and I pouted for the rest of the day. I was six. Then in my working life, I was a freelancer. For years, I worked as a bookkeeper, watching over and tracking other people's businesses. Most of the companies I worked for were small businesses, often a sole proprietorship, occasionally a partnership. Most had fewer than ten employees. I learned a lot from watching other people run their businesses. As a bookkeeper, you get to see the engine of the business: the money. You are often in on closed-…