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Lower Travel Spending This Year

NEW YORK, NY - The National Aviation Federation, the world's largest aviation association, is reporting of expected lower travel spending this year. According to a report released today, each American family will spend $1125.58 on average on travel this year, compared to $1148.88 in 2015 and $1132.82 in 2014. This is the first time since the 2008-2009 recession that spending is down. The most popular travel destinations are Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Smoking Down 3%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New statistics from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that smoking in New Jersey is down by 3% in the past year. According to the CDC, 14.8% of the adult population in New Jersey, aged 18+ years, which translates to over 980,000 individuals, are current cigarette smokers. Across all states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranges [...]

Celiac Disease Support Group

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Celiac disease is a genetic disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. The disease affects 1% of people worldwide. However, more than two and a half Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.
When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. This leads to damage on the villi, small [...]

Stay Healthy while Traveling

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. According to the travel agents association, summer travel will increase by 6% this year compared to 2016. The first step to take when traveling is planning. And just as you would plan ahead to get a hotel and a car, apply the same planning to your nutrition and [...]

Keep it Cool

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Summer is here and temperatures are rising.
Instead of using your AC and racking up electric bills, use the following tricks:

// Focus on the temperature in your body, not your house.
If our ancestors survived without air conditioning, so can we. [...]

Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - The IRS has issued a statement calling taxpayers to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit. This credit has been helping workers with low and moderate incomes get a tax break for over 40 years. Yet, according to IRS data, one out of every five eligible workers fails to claim it.

Here are some things that according to the IRS, taxpayers should know about the Earned Income Tax Credit (also called [...]

How to Choose a Tax Preparer

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - When choosing a tax return preparer, be cautious. You are still responsible for all the information on your income tax return. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Check the Preparer’s Qualifications. The IRS recommends using its directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications. This tool helps taxpayers find a tax return preparer with the qualifications that they prefer. The Directory is a searchable [...]

Holocaust Survivors Observed Romanian Holocaust Remembrance Day

WEST ORANGE, NJ - A group of Holocaust survivors from Romania and their families observed Romanian Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday. The group continues the rituals and traditions formed while being in a concentration camp during World War II. It has been more than 70 years since Transnistria concentration camp, situated between the Dniester River in Romania and the border with Ukraine, was liberated by the Soviets at the end of the war, but the Holocaust survivors cannot forget the time they spent in the camp. Speaking to one survivor, The Essex Times learnt about the horrible [...]

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