Needless to say, 2016 was one whirlwind of a year with its highs, lows, and everything in-between. With the New Year almost upon us, we at Lependorf & Silverstein wanted to take some time to reflect on the things we were most thankful for this year.
I am thankful for Mother Nature and our great nation’s national parks – all of which, really, are national treasures – and all that they have to offer:
“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
—John Muir, Our National Parks
– David Silverstein
Once again, Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. is proud to give back to our community. This time, we’ll be helping sponsor the Mercer County Family Guidance Center’s Spring Fling on Wednesday, April 20th.
This year’s gala will honor Stacy Mattia, who will be the recipient of the 2016 Mary Jo Codey Award. This award, named in honor of the former First Lady of New Jersey, “Recognizes a member of the community who steadfastly advocates for the rights of individuals challenged by a variety of personal and/or family problems.” Read the rest »
For over 20 years, Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. has worked to fight for our clients. In that time, we have become deeply involved in the lives of Princeton residents. We’ve seen that some members of our community need our help in other ways beside legal help.
There are people in our community who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. feel that shouldn’t happen to anyone in Princeton during this day in age.This why we are proud to announce that Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. is the corporate sponsor of “The Princeton Hunger Banquet.” Please join us on September 20th, from 1 – 3 p.m. at Hinds Plaza as we get together to have lunch and discuss the problem of hunger in our community. Students will be on hand to spark conversation about hunger issues at each table. The total cost of your $50 ticket will be donated to Send Hunger Packing. The whole family is invited!
As September’s mild weather rolls in and the back to school routine begins, you might not be thinking about winter auto maintenance. But early fall is a great time to prepare your vehicle to roll smoothly through seasonal weather changes. The weather is milder, allowing you to work outdoors on your own vehicle, and maintenance garages’ schedules aren’t crowded with drivers clamoring for last-minute work before New Jersey’s winter storms hit. Prepare your vehicle for any weather by keeping this checklist in mind: Read the rest »
Another summer in New Jersey has come and gone. It’s time to get your children new backpacks, shop for school clothes and stock up on pencils, folders and notebooks. It’s also a great time to remind your child about how to stay safe this school year. Whether your child walks, rides their bike or takes the bus, it can be dangerous to get to and from school. Read the rest »
The snow is falling in New Jersey and most riders are putting their bikes away for the winter. In general, this is a good idea. Bikes simply aren’t designed for traveling on ice or through snow. However, there will be plenty of snowless days coming up and you may be tempted to ride. Winter riders get to enjoy much less congestion. Just make sure you remember these helpful tips before you hop on your bike in New Jersey this winter.
- Purchase clothing that is designed specifically for winter exercise.
- Put a wool cap on underneath your helmet. You must keep your head warm, but you don’t want to wear a hat that is so thick that it affects the way your helmet fits. Read the rest »
You’ve requested some days off of work, your bags are packed, and your alarm is set for an early departure. It’s time for the classic American road trip. No matter what your destination or mode of transportation, there’s bound to be some down time as you and your family and/or friends start racking up the miles. It doesn’t even take long before the thrill of heading to your vacation spot is replaced with the monotony of watching the world pass by your window. That’s where classic road trip games come in to save the day.
While I Spy and Slug Bug are among the most well-known, they are certainly not the most engaging on a multi-hour trip. Here are the top 5 road trip games that will make the travel part of your vacation more entertaining:
Ad-Lib Storytelling – One of the oldest games around, ad-lib storytelling is perfect for long car rides because it does not require much more than your imagination. Everyone takes turns crafting a story one sentence at a time. One person may start with “Once upon a time…” and the next can throw in oddball twists and inside jokes to make the plot more ridiculous and fun. Read the rest »
Gardeners know they can spend a fortune on pots, crates, and other holders for plants. But to ease the burden on your wallet and the environment, consider recycling any of these unique items into plant holders. You’ll get a garden unlike any other on your block.
- Wooden Crates, Kegs, or Barrels
- Old Bathroom Fixtures
A collection of old wooden containers gives a garden a great “rustic” feel. You can paint them to preserve them for longer, or simply let them sit out in nature in their unpainted state, gradually weathering to become part of the garden. Don’t forget to add drainage holes where necessary.
Planting geraniums in an old toilet might seem silly – or it might be just to your taste. Old sinks and bathtubs also make great planters. Because the holes for plumbing in old bathroom fixtures are often larger than drainage requires, line the bottom with a layer of rocks before dumping in your potting soil. Read the rest »
Most Americans probably associate the Jersey Devil with The Garden State’s NHL hockey team, but this iconic New Jerseyan was actually born out of a centuries old legend set in the mysterious and haunted Pine Barrens forest. As with most folktales, there are numerous versions of the Jersey Devil’s origins, however, each share the common thread that this nightmarish creature is not to be trifled with.
According to legend, in 1735, a woman named Deborah Leeds was pregnant with her 13th child. Some say the child was already cursed by the unlucky number 13 or that its mother invoked the devil during an incredibly painful and difficult labor. But when the child was born, he appeared to be a healthy baby boy before quickly transforming into a grotesque beast with bat wings, a forked tale, cloven hooves, glowing red eyes, and two sharp horns on top of its horse-like head.
The monster grew larger and larger in a matter of seconds and then attacked and killed its own mother. It clawed and lashed at the midwives, its father, and siblings, killing as many as it could before flying up the chimney and out into the darkness of the Pine Barrens.
New Jersey has quite a history and reputation, so it’s no wonder that the Garden State serves as a colorful setting for so many films. From quirky suburban Jersey natives to cerebral Princeton professors, New Jersey has plenty of characters worthy of the silver screen.
The personal injury team at Lependorf & Silverstein is proud to be from New Jersey and believe the following films show off some of the memorable qualities and charms of our home state.
Seen as a love letter to his home state, filmmaker/actor/star Zach Braff’s directorial debut Garden State shows an up-close-and-personal look at everyday life in South Orange, New Jersey. Braff’s character, Andrew Largeman, returns home for his mother’s funeral after several years and ends up meeting his charming new love interest and visiting strange, quirky locations, including a huge rock quarry in Newark and an empty mansion, creating a nostalgic representation of growing up in New Jersey. Read the rest »
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