Daraja means "bridge" in Swahili.

Just learned that this week when my friend Demetrius Eley called the show to tell us about a community event.

Demetrius and his wife Lashanda started an organization called Daraja of Love in order to help the families in Newark struggling to get the resources they need. This weekend marks the fourth annual event at Weequahic Park.

The group organized a community event this Saturday, Aug. 26.

The purpose of the event is to provide a fun and interactive day in the park for families. Food, games, bouncy house, story-telling and a school supply and backpack giveaway.

The group is supported by the Phil Wilson Civic Association and the courageous folks at Blexit-NJ.

One of the great takeaways from my conversation with Demetrius is his line about how they view the supply giveaways for school kids.

He said it's not a "hand-out," it's a "hand-up."

I love that line.

Helping people get their lives in focus so they can pay attention to their goals, even as simple as getting a good grade on the next test, is a lot simpler when they don't have to worry about basic needs.

Thanks to all who have donated and contributed their team to this worthy community cause. If you'd like to help, please visit the website and reach out to the team.

Gorgeous views: 13 NJ lake house rentals in North Jersey

Lake life — it’s a thing in New Jersey. Sussex, Passaic and Morris Counties have their own shores, held near and dear by visitors and locals, alike.
Here's a roundup of a dozen breath-taking lakefront rentals in North Jersey, many along Lake Hopatcong or Upper Greenwood Lake.

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In general, New Jersey assesses a 6.625% Sales Tax on sales of most tangible personal property, specified digital products, and certain services unless specifically exempt under New Jersey law.
However, the way the sales tax is applied in New Jersey sometimes just doesn't make sense.
New Jersey puts out an itemized list for retailers that spells out what is, and what is not, taxed. 
Perhaps because this is New Jersey, there are some bizarre and seemingly contradictory listings. 

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