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While smart cars that can communicate and dial into command centers, provide directions or even blast off back to 1985 were mere concepts 30 to 40 years ago, today automakers have made tech-savvy cars a reality. Cars have become computers on wheels, and there’s seemingly no end to the featur…

Despite advancements in auto engineering, road rage continues to undermine highway safety By Jim Gorzelany CTW Features Myriad news reports of assorted road rage incidents and even bold-faced highway shootings in some parts of the country are putting a new spin on the concept of auto safety. According to the results of the third-annual Road […]

Steering You Right With Sharon Peters Q: What’s a “repowering” process when you’re talking engines? My son emailed he’s considering that for his old car, and I’ve never heard of it. A: When an engine is in deep trouble, some owners are opting not to buy a new car, which used to be what folks […]

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters Q: I’ve just relocated to a town that experiences summer days that are typically 100 to 110 degrees. There’s no shade where I park. Is there an exterior car cover that covers my car’s top and windows to keep the interior cooler? A: I found some online vendors offering products that seem to […]

The original SUV celebrates its 75th birthday this year and remains steeped in heritage By Jim Gorzelany CTW Features The iconic Jeep — the original military-derived sport-utility vehicle — turns 75 years old this summer. “Jeep” is a colloquial derivative of the acronym G.P., which stands for “general purpose,” though it’s also said to be […]

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters Q: I bought a new 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee last summer, fully loaded, my fourth Jeep. At my last service visit, the service department recommended I bring it for oil changes every 3,500 miles. That seems excessive but it’s the dealership where I’ve bought all my Jeeps, I’ve had […]

They may not be particularly sporty, but we found a dozen affordable used cars that are safe and sane choices for students and those commuting to their first jobs By Jim Gorzelany CTW Features Driving a safer car is certainly important to all motorists, but it’s especially vital to younger drivers. That’s because car crashes […]

Steering You Right With Sharon Peters Q: My husband has a 3-year-old Lexus with 34,000 miles. When he went for routine service this week, they replaced — not just topped — the brake fluid. I have a 5-year-old Toyota Camry with about 50,000 miles and when he told me about the brake fluid replacement I […]

The latest rides on the road run the gamut from super cool to red-hot By Jim Gorzelany CTW Features Though SUVs and pickups may be the auto industry’s darlings these days, manufacturers aren’t ignoring their loyal sedan and sports car fans. Here’s a quick look at a fresh fleet of passenger cars coming to dealers’ […]

As most every homeowner knows, dandelions are extremely hearty plants. And one particular strain from Russia is so durable its roots could serve as the basis for automobile tires instead of conventional rubber trees. Continental Tires in Ft. Mill, South Carolina, says they’ve developed a set of tires in which the tread is made from […]

You might have rode a 10-speed bicycle as a youth, but this fall motorists will be able to drive the first 10-speed truck, specifically the 2017 version of the full-size Ford F-150 pickup. The new transmission will come mated to a revamped version of Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 engine that’s estimated to generate a […]

Add yet another model to the swelling list of “big-buck pickup trucks” — the Chevrolet Silverado High Desert, which will be available this fall via an option package on 2017 LT, LTZ and High Country versions. Coming with distinguishing interior and exterior trim, the High Desert trucks feature a new water-resistant lockable storage system with […]

Thanks in large part to affordable gasoline prices, the average annual cost to own a new car is the cheapest it’s been so far this decade, falling to $8,558 according to the 2016 Your Driving Costs study conducted by the AAA in Orlando, Florida. That comes out to 57 cents for each mile driven based […]

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters By Sharon Peters CTW Features Q: We’ve test driven some cars with CVT transmissions and they all made this odd, sort of droning sound. Is this typical of this technology? A: Unfortunately, it is, among most of them. Would-be purchasers appreciate the improved fuel economy that comes with a […]

While smart cars that can communicate and dial into command centers, provide directions or even blast off back to 1985 were mere concepts 30 to 40 years ago, today automakers have made tech-savvy cars a reality. Cars have become computers on wheels, and there’s seemingly no end to the featur… Read more

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For the past 39 years, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Monmouth County, Marlboro, has been one of the most successful Jewish academic institutions in New Jersey.  Recently, due largely in part to the fact that the Solomon Schechter Day School Association no longer exists, a new name for the school was introduced, The […]

Weichert, Realtors has announced that 38 of its top sales associates in New Jersey were named among America’s most-productive sales associates in a newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends. As members of “America’s Best Real Estate Professionals,” these Weichert associates rank among the top agents in the state, and join a total of 48 […]

Angela Kriz, Anna Pluhowski and April Scelsa will celebrate the grand opening of their salon, A-List Hair Studio, with an event from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 13. There will be food, prizes, tapas and champagne. The salon, located at 2140 Route 130 north in Santa Clara Plaza, North Brunswick, opened on July 3. To reserve free tickets, […]

Bin There Dump That, a roll-off dumpster rental service for homeowners, contractors and Realtors, recently opened its 100th location in central New Jersey and is now servicing communities in Monmouth, Mercer and Middlesex counties. Local residents Danny and Karen Aller celebrated their Piscataway opening on Aug. 2 by collecting donations for the Middlesex County Food Organization and […]

PHOTO COURTESY OF LEVLANE Provident Bank, the official banking partner of Sky Blue FC women’s professional soccer team, recently partnered with the club to host a youth soccer clinic for members of the East Brunswick Soccer Club girls’ program. The clinic was held at Dideriksen Field, East Brunswick. Provident Bank is expanding its sports marketing […]

The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy has received camp scholarship funds from Macy’s that will send children to camp this summer. From May 1-22, Macy’s customers were able to “Make Good Cents” and round up their in-store purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to help send local kids to […]

Metuchen Savings Bank announced that Jennie Piperi has been promoted to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Piperi is a recent graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking and received both a Stonier Diploma and a Wharton leadership certificate earlier this year. She will continue to report […]

Robert Skinner has joined Weichert Commercial Brokerage as vice president. Skinner has more than 20 years of comprehensive experience in customer-oriented industries. “We are delighted to have Robert join Weichert Commercial Brokerage as vice president,” James Sousa, president of Weichert Commercial Brokerage Inc., said. “His expertise in brand development and success in establishing and maintaining positive […]