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New Jersey Date Night: Ice Cream, You Smile

May 18, 2019

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Frankie and Annette went on one, as did Gidget and Moondoggie. Archie was known to enjoy one with Betty and sometimes with Veronica, too.  Even Samantha and both Darrins got into the act. If we take a page from the retro dating handbook, you might just want to join the crowd and take your sweetie on ...

NJ Seafood Festival to Dock in Downtown Belmar this Weekend

This story first ran on TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como.

The New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar is certainly living up to its name, as the three-day event rolls into the borough’s downtown district this weekend.

From May 17 through May 19, a host of Belmar restaurants will offer a bounty of palate-pleasing selections from the sea at the festival’s new venue — the Pyanoe Plaza ...

Music & Food Festival in Fanwood this Weekend Aims to ‘Smash Kids Cancer’

High School sophomore Elizabeth Chin knows first-hand how pediatric cancer affects families. Her brother, Connor, was diagnosed with bone cancer two and a half years ago. Connor was successfully treated by Memorial Sloan Kettering and is enjoying life as an eighth grader. 

Elizabeth is leading up Smash Kids Cancer, a Music and Food Fest at LaGrande Park in Fanwood, which will take place ...

Mayor Ravi Bhalla Speaks About Hoboken’s Past and Present at the 25th Annual Arts & Music Festival

May 20, 2019

HOBOKEN, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with Hoboken Mayor, Ravi Bhalla, at the 25th Annual Spring Arts and Music Festival, held on Washington Street. Over 300 artists and vendors along with three stages of music were on hand to entertain the crowd.

“It’s a time-honored tradition in Hoboken,” said Mayor Bhalla, “where the community comes together.”

Alongside the ...

Watch New Episode of TAPintoTV’s Original Series, HomeGrown: Clinton, NJ - Part 2

CLINTON, NJ -- After the debut of Part 1 of the premiere episode last week, TAPintoTV airs Part 2 of HomeGrown: Clinton, NJ on Friday, May 17. HomeGrown visits local towns across New Jersey to discover the stories and people that make each community special.

Host Stephanie Willoughby continues speaking with residents and small business owners in Clinton to learn more about this dynamic small ...

Mustard Seed Communities Provide Support for Orphaned Children with Disabilities Around the World

CLIFTON, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Michelle Graham Shines at the 11th Annual Mustard Seed Gala to learn more about the Mustard Seed Community in the Dominican Republic. Shines, the Director of International Programs at Mustard Seed Communities, shared the history, mission and vision of the organization, which supports orphaned children with both physical and mental disabilities.

Mustard Seed ...

Missing in North Plainfield

May 16, 2019

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Have you seen Daisy? She’s an Olde English Bulldog last seen in North Plainfield at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. She is black with a white chest and tan eyebrows. Call Marcy at 908-209-3373.

 

It’s summertime…and these tips can help make livin’ easy for teens with jobs

May 21, 2019

With summer almost here, many students will turn their attention to making money from a summer job. Whether it’s flipping burgers or filing documents, the IRS wants student workers to know some facts about their summer jobs and taxes.

Not all the money they earn will make it to their pocket because employers must withhold taxes from their paycheck. Here are some tax tips young ...

Plagido’s Winery Attends Pour into Summer Wine Festival in Berkeley Heights, June 8 & 9

Plagido’s Winery will be joining the Pou into Summer Wine Festival in Berkeley Heights on June 8 & 9. Plagido’s Winery is a 2-Time NJ winery of the year. Plagido’s is located in Hammonton and is headed by owner and winemaker Ollie Tomasello. Plagido’s Cabernet Franc won Best of Show in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. NJ wineries took home 45 ...

Watchung Hills Students Help Beautify a New Home

 

SOMERSET, NJ - Fourteen students from Habitat Youth service clubs at Hillsborough, North Hunterdon, Somerville, Voorhees and Watchung Hills Regional high schools worked together alongside the Wadie family and two members of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County, Dottie and Joanne, to create a beautiful garden and lawn for the Wadie’s home on Saturday, May ...

Warren Fishing Derby Set for Saturday

Warren Recreation's Annual Fishing Derby will take place Saturday, May 18 from 11:00am-2:30pm (hard rain date only May 19). This is a FREE event open to Warren Residents only. Prizes for ages 5-14. Free hats for the first 200 participants by Warren PBA and free food provided by the Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club. NJ Fish & Game will be bringing the Show & Tell ...

NJSave Wins National Innovation Award

Human Services’ online tool helps older New Jerseyans save money and connect to services

(TRENTON) – NJSave, an online portal aimed at streamlining the benefit application process for aging and disabled residents, received top honors by a national organization dedicated to increasing outreach and services for those populations.

The Division of Aging Services (DoAS) of the New ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

May 18, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - This is the time of the year when Southern Ocean County fishermen seem to enjoy the most. We are still in the midst of catching the spring fish such as striped bass, black drum, and big bluefish. Suddenly, the summer-like fish start to arrive in the form of black sea bass, summer flounder, and even a few weakfish.

Captain Dave DeGennaro of Back Bay Adventures out of ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

SHIP BOTTOM -Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom reports that surf fishing in the mid-island region has been decent for bass and blues.  Peg Bucci of Manahawkin stopped by just before closing one day with a big bass from that area.  She reported, “I set up my first rod and was quickly bit off by a bluefish. I re-rigged and shortly after I hooked up with a good fish.

Foxes Herald Nature’s Resurgence in Suburban New Jersey

For most of my life the only time I saw a red fox it was probably a raccoon. They have those same glow-in-the-headlights silvery eyes.

But a few years ago, I began to see a once-rare piece of roadkill with greater frequency. No matter how flattened the rest of the fox was, it’s bushy-tail would blow around in the highway draft of cars and trucks as they raced past.

I assumed the ...

Tick Control Bill Takes a Step Forward In New Jersey Legislature

May 20, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. — A bill that would provide $250,000 to help develop method of tick control was voted out of committee on May 16.

The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee made some amendments, before releasing Assembly Bill No. 5160. There is no Senate version of the bill as of May 20.

This bill, as amended, requires the State Mosquito Control Commission to ...

N.J.-Based Trainer Will Ride With, And Coach Maccabi USA Team In Hungary

WEST GROVE, Pa. — Rebecca Cord of West Grove, Pa., will not only represent the USA as an athlete at the 2019 European Maccabi Games, she’ll be coaching the team as well.

The Maccabi Games bring together Jewish athletes from around the world for competition as well as to celebrate Jewish unity, culture and heritage, while gaining valuable team competition experience.

Among the ...

Fans Cheer Maximum Security In NJ,; War Of Will Wins The Preakness

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Maximum Security drew a large crowd of well-wishers as he schooled in the paddock prior to Monmouth Park’s fifth race on Saturday, with trainer Jason Servis saying his star colt could breeze next week as he continues to weigh his options for the horse’s next start.

“It’s great to see this,” Servis said of the crowd. “Like I have told ...

Meet The Measles

I am not sure if I ever had measles. I know I had gerbils. And a hamster once. But I don’t recall ever having measles.

Of course, measles aren’t small furry animals or some popular Hasbro toy that is in short supply around the holidays. The Measles are not a Korean Pop boy band or an annoying TV sitcom family. Measles are not a breakfast cereal or small colored candies that fizz in ...

Primary 2019: Walsh/Pino Split Ticket is Somerset County's Best Choice

May 13, 2019

As my friends who live in Bridgewater will tell you,  this has been the most contentious mayoral primary we’ve seen in recent memory. I don’t really have any thoughts on Dan Hayes vs. Matt Moench (That haven’t been expressed repeatedly by each candidate's attacks on the other) but I think people are forgetting how important ...

‘Skylight’ Takes Emotional Leap for Two Mismatched Lovers

PRINCETON, NJ – Kyra is living on the edge in an upstairs flat in north-west London. When her former employer, and lover, Tom, comes to see her, he is horrified that she will put up with such a sad, paint-peeling habitat.

But we learn, in David Hare’s fascinating “Skylight,” she is making a statement as well as finding fulfillment in teaching poor children in a rundown ...

‘She Loves Me’ sparkles and shines at Summit Playhouse

SUMMIT, NJ – With only one more weekend to see this charming musical at The Summit Playhouse, it’s well worth your time to seek out “She Loves Me” on May 17 or 18 at 8 p.m. or Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m.

The play, set in 1937, has a long history, first as “The Perfumerie,” set in Budapest, by Hungarian playwright Mikos Laszio. Then there was a film version ...

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ makes for delightful bon-bon at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ – There’s no one quite like Oscar Wilde to take a somewhat jaundiced view of the byways of the upper crust in staid London society.

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” an Edwardian farce, was perhaps Wilde’s most popular play and still seems to amuse and entertain today’s audience. Director Tom Frascatore has assembled a talented cast to add ...

'String Around My Figure' takes on medical insurance with humor

SUMMIT, NJ – Brenda Withers’s original play, “String Around My Finger,” looks at the bleak side of life, but does so with warmth and humor.  Tackling medical costs with a light touch seems like an oxymoron, but it’s an intriguing basis for this play.

It seems that Emma (Brianna Kalisch) is in the hospital, recovering from a miscarriage. Her finance, (which ...

Obituaries

Henry Seesselberg, 86, of Warren passed away Saturday, April 6 at the Eastern Star Home in ...
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6 Things You May Not Know About Rutgers-News Brunswick Commencement

May 18, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers' 253rd-anniversary commencement is scheduled to begin rain or shine at 10 a.m. on Sunday at HighPoint.com Stadium on the Busch Campus in Piscataway.

University President Robert Barachi will confer graduate and undergraduate degrees at this ceremony.

Here are six interesting facts about the event:

Two McCourtys are better than one

This will be the first ...

WHRHS Baseball: Watchung Hills Defeats Immaculata, 2-1

 

WARREN, NJ - Ben Ant allowed just one run over 4 2/3 innings off three  hits with four strikeouts to earn the win for the Watchung Hills Hustlin’ Warriors baseball team over Immaculata on Thursday, 2-1.

 

Casey DeMarco came in with runners on first and second and no outs in the 7th inning to earn the save. James McKenna went 1-for-3 with a double and run ...

Basilone Bowl Media Day Introduces North Plainfield and Watchung Hills Players and others for Annual Game Honoring John Basilone

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The seventh annual Basilone Bowl, which will be played June 13 at Bridgewater-Raritan High School’s Basilone Field, is more than a football game – it is about character, teamwork and community, values exemplified by local hero John Basilone.

Scott Bray, BRHS head football coach and president of the Somerset County Football Coaches Association, was instrumental in ...

WHRHS Track and Field: Watchung Hills Makes History, Sets Records at Ridge and Mercer Meets

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills History was made this weekend in Track and Field.

 

Watchung Hills distance runners, competed in the Ridge Night of the 1600s Twilight Meet on May 3 at Ridge High School and jumpers competed in the Mercer Coaches Classic in Plainsboro on Saturday, May 4.

 

Junior Laura Baeyens won the girls 1600-meter race breaking the school record by three ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

May 18, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - This is the time of the year when Southern Ocean County fishermen seem to enjoy the most. We are still in the midst of catching the spring fish such as striped bass, black drum, and big bluefish. Suddenly, the summer-like fish start to arrive in the form of black sea bass, summer flounder, and even a few weakfish.

Captain Dave DeGennaro of Back Bay Adventures out of ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

SHIP BOTTOM -Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom reports that surf fishing in the mid-island region has been decent for bass and blues.  Peg Bucci of Manahawkin stopped by just before closing one day with a big bass from that area.  She reported, “I set up my first rod and was quickly bit off by a bluefish. I re-rigged and shortly after I hooked up with a good fish.

Moms and Dads: Do This One Thing to Protect Your Children

April 28, 2019

To all you fellow moms out there (and any dads as well), this column is for you.

We all love our kids, right? And we’d do anything we can to keep them safe. Well, one of the most important things you can do to protect your children is to make sure they’re vaccinated.

I know because as an RN who specializes in infection prevention, I’ve seen children and adults suffer ...

Death of New Jersey College Student Spurs Legislative Action for Safer Ride Sharing Services

May 19, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - In a moving and somber hearing on Thursday, state lawmakers listened to the testimony of grieving parents, community officials, and industry representatives on the need to implement safeguards for those using ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.  

With his wife Marci at his side, Seymour Josephson held back tears as he spoke about the tragic murder of their daughter ...

Political Flier Misappropriating TAPinto Article Paid for by Freeholders' Re-Elect Committee

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The political flier that reprinted TAPintoSPF's full interview with Al and Phyllis Mirabella without TAP's permission -- and encourages Democrats to vote Column A -- that landed under the doorsteps of Fanwood voters was paid for by "Victory 2019," a campaign organization to reelect Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski, Sergio Granados, and ...

6 Things You May Not Know About Rutgers-News Brunswick Commencement

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers' 253rd-anniversary commencement is scheduled to begin rain or shine at 10 a.m. on Sunday at HighPoint.com Stadium on the Busch Campus in Piscataway.

University President Robert Barachi will confer graduate and undergraduate degrees at this ceremony.

Here are six interesting facts about the event:

Two McCourtys are better than one

This will be the first ...

Principal Charged with Attempted Sexual Assault.

DENVILLE, NJ - The principal of a Denville middle school is facing charges including attempted sexual assault of a student, according to authorities. The middle school, while named Valleyview, has no connection to Valley View Middle School in Watchung.

The man, Paul Iantosca, 52, who is principal of Valleyview Middle School, was charged with one count of luring, one count of attempted ...

Could Grassroots Campaign, Alumni Support Save The Daily Targum?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The majority of Tara Sullivan's column posted today on the Boston Globe's website focused on Tiger Woods' chances of winning the PGA Championship.

Toward the bottom, however, she couldn't help but voice her concern over how her college paper had been plunged into financial crisis.

Sullivan, like many others who have gone on to have successful ...

No Progress in 'Path To Progress' Meeting; Sweeney Leaves Stage

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ –  It was scheduled to last an hour and a half. It lasted just over 20 minutes.

Senate President Steve Sweeney rushed off stage Thursday night in the middle of a raucous town hall meeting, unwilling to sit and be shouted down when he tried to hype his "Path to Progress" legislation in front of a pro-union audience at Douglass College's Trayes ...

‘Skylight’ Takes Emotional Leap for Two Mismatched Lovers

PRINCETON, NJ – Kyra is living on the edge in an upstairs flat in north-west London. When her former employer, and lover, Tom, comes to see her, he is horrified that she will put up with such a sad, paint-peeling habitat.

But we learn, in David Hare’s fascinating “Skylight,” she is making a statement as well as finding fulfillment in teaching poor children in a rundown ...