7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

July 3, 2020

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

New Jersey Date Night: Restaurants with Great Outdoor Dining

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

“Come out, come out wherever you are!” were Glinda’s famous words 81 years ago, and they’ve never been more applicable to New Jersey now. People have lots of reasons to come out in June; not only is it Pride Month but also we now can enjoy a date night in an actual restaurant, ...

Dining Outdoors in NJ? What Restaurant Workers Wish You Knew

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that indoor dining may resume on July 2, limited at first to 25% capacity. Until then, and even afterward, outdoor eating continues to be a big part of restaurant service.

Keeping this in mind, we asked restaurant owners and workers what they want the public to know after their first week re-opened for outdoor dining.

The biggest ...

Experience Revolutionary War History at The Dey Mansion: George Washington’s Headquarters

July 3, 2020

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Independence Day, TAPintoTV is revisiting our piece from last year on the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen ...

NJ Salon Owner Discusses Reopening Protocols Designed to Keep Staff and Customers Safe

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Susan Barbaglia, Owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa, to see how she has been faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Barbaglia had previously appeared on TAPintoTV, when she was celebrating Skin Deep’s 25 years of being in business. 

When the pandemic began to take hold in New Jersey, the days leading up to the salon’s ...

An American Actor in London: Greg Canestrari Speaks about his Latest Projects

LONDON, U.K. -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur caught up with actor Greg Canestrari, an American currently living in London. Canestrari talked about some of his past and future work and shared his experiences of living across the pond. 

One of the roles Canestrari is best known for is the part of Jerry Delucci in the Netflix series Lilyhammer, which has the distinction ...

NJ Business Networking Group Looks Beyond COVID-19 to the Future of Business Development

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, sat down with Bob Putt, the Director of American Business Associates (ABA) of New Jersey, to discuss the organization as well as what the future holds for business and networking in these unique times. 

The ABA is not just another networking group, Putt explained. “What we do is bring together business ...

NJ Elder Law Attorney Explains How Coronavirus Highlights the Need for Updated Legal Documents

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Bob Bernstein, an attorney specializing in Estate Planning and Elder Law, spoke about the importance of having accurate and up-to-date legal documents in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“One of the things that this pandemic has brought to light is the importance of the alternate that is named,” Bernstein cautioned. With COVID-19 being highly contagious ...

Dan Gasby of B. Smith Enterprises on Why Aunt Jemima is Finally Being Discontinued

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Dan Gasby, partner and husband of B. (Barbara) Smith and CEO of B. Smith Enterprises, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Stephanie Willoughby to discuss why the Aunt Jemima brand was finally dropped by Quaker Oats after years of controversy. Gasby also shared how he and Barbara had previously petitioned to abolish the Aunt Jemima brand, though at the time the two were met ...

Will Summer Crowds at the Jersey Shore Unleash a New Wave of COVID-19?

July 2, 2020

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

On a warm afternoon at Seaside Heights, Nick Amoresano allowed himself a trip to the beach for the first time in about three months of pandemic-related confinement, but said he wasn’t ...

Search Party Ends in Treasure Recovery at Barnegat Bay Beach

BARNEGAT, NJ — A Barnegat man using a metal detector came to the rescue of a distraught township resident, who lost her rings at the Barnegat Bay beach.  Alicia Bivins says she offered Tom Panik a reward for recovering her treasured keepsakes, but he refused to take it.

“He told me just to pay it forward,” said Bivins. “He had the biggest smile after he saw ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Election Day is July 7

June 30, 2020

 

 

A NOTE ON IN-PERSON VOTING

In-Person voting is only to be conducted by Provisional ballot, not on a machine except for voters with a certified disability who may vote on an ADA-Accessible voting machine​
 

Mail-in ballots CANNOT be returned to a polling location. They must either be dropped off in a designated secured “Drop Box” ...

Here are reasons people should file a 2019 tax return; Economic Impact Payment, tax credits available for some

While many people are required to file a tax return, it's a good idea for everyone to determine if they should file. Some people with low income are not required to file but will need to do so to get a tax refund.

The Interactive Tax Assistant – Do I Need to File a Tax Return? - will help determine if an individual is required to file a federal tax return or should file to ...

Ridge High School Speech and Debate Team Announce Online Summer Program

Ridge Forensics Team announce Online Summer Institute in Speech and Debate!

The Ridge Forensics Team, the state championship interscholastic speech and debate team for Ridge High School, Basking Ridge, is excited to announce an expanded 2020 online Summer Institute in Speech and Debate.  The annual event serves as a fundraiser to help the team with their travel and tournament expenses ...

Gig economy tips taxpayers should remember

The gig economy, also called sharing or access economy, is activity where taxpayers earn income providing on-demand work, services or goods. Often, it’s through a digital platform like an app or website. While there are many types of sharing economy businesses, ride-sharing and home rentals are two of the most popular.

Here are some things taxpayers should remember:

Income from ...

Long Beach Township will Present Fourth of July Firework Celebration at Bayview Park

July 1, 2020

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ — With many towns canceling their Fourth of July fireworks due to COVID-19 crowd concerns, Long Beach Township has decided to present them with social distancing in mind.

The firework celebration will take place at 68th Street in Brant Beach on the bay, but Bayview Park and the Long Beach Township parking lots will be closed. 

The fireworks to ...

Pilot Rescued from Ocean After Plane Crashes

SURF CITY — On Saturday afternoon a small banner plane crashed into the ocean at 13th Street in Surf City. 

The Surf City Police Department and Patrolmen Costabile and Rible arrived on scene and found a small banner plane had crashed into the ocean.

Surf City lifeguards, Scott Meggitt and Charles Orborne, went right to work and quickly rescued the pilot and brought ...

Will Summer Crowds at the Jersey Shore Unleash a New Wave of COVID-19?

July 2, 2020

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

On a warm afternoon at Seaside Heights, Nick Amoresano allowed himself a trip to the beach for the first time in about three months of pandemic-related confinement, but said he wasn’t ...

Search Party Ends in Treasure Recovery at Barnegat Bay Beach

BARNEGAT, NJ — A Barnegat man using a metal detector came to the rescue of a distraught township resident, who lost her rings at the Barnegat Bay beach.  Alicia Bivins says she offered Tom Panik a reward for recovering her treasured keepsakes, but he refused to take it.

“He told me just to pay it forward,” said Bivins. “He had the biggest smile after he saw ...

Local Hospital Has Vacationers Covered in Case of Emergency

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - The threat of getting sick has cast a shadow on some travel plans. However, those heading for a beach vacation on Long Beach Island or the surrounding area can rest assured. The Southern Ocean Medical Center stands equipped to handle their emergent care if something unexpected interferes with the plans for rest and relaxation.

Michele Morrison, MPH, BSHA, RN, is the ...

Long Beach Township will Present Fourth of July Firework Celebration at Bayview Park

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ — With many towns canceling their Fourth of July fireworks due to COVID-19 crowd concerns, Long Beach Township has decided to present them with social distancing in mind.

The firework celebration will take place at 68th Street in Brant Beach on the bay, but Bayview Park and the Long Beach Township parking lots will be closed. 

The fireworks to ...

‘Let New Jersey Eat Again’ Empanada Extravaganza Food Truck Festival at Garden State Plaza July 12

PARAMUS, N.J. — For a local promotion company specializing in the organization of some of the most exciting festivals the Garden State has to offer, the start of summer solstice and the muy caliente weather that accompanies it calls for an Empanada Extravaganza!

On Sunday, July 12, MegaBite Events will host the daylong food truck festival in the parking lot of Westfield Garden State ...

Pilot Rescued from Ocean After Plane Crashes

SURF CITY — On Saturday afternoon a small banner plane crashed into the ocean at 13th Street in Surf City. 

The Surf City Police Department and Patrolmen Costabile and Rible arrived on scene and found a small banner plane had crashed into the ocean.

Surf City lifeguards, Scott Meggitt and Charles Orborne, went right to work and quickly rescued the pilot and brought ...

5 Key Areas of Cancer Research Presented by Thought Leaders at Annual Review in Oncology Virtual Symposium

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care will continue its tradition of world-class medical education with its 2020 Annual Review in Oncology Virtual Symposium.  The symposium, held virtually this year with free registration, will take place Saturday, June 27, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.  Distinguished faculty from some of the Northeast’s leading cancer centers will summarize ...

Somerset County July 1 COVID-19 Update: No Deaths Reported Overnight

July 1, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Wednesday reported a total of 4,327 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 29 new cases overnight; no deaths were reported, remaining at 447.

Warren Township Mayor Mick Marion and Deputy Mayor George Lazo recorded a video today in order to continue communications with Warren residents. The ...

Duke Farms Salutes Women Farmers, Entrepreneurs

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Farmers' Market at Duke Farms is paying tribute to women-owned farms and entrepreneurs who come out every Sunday during the summer to promote their businesses and sell their fresh products.

Now in its fourth week, the farmers' market will be open every Sunday through Sept. 27 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the visitor's center off ...

Bicyclist Steals Black Lives Matter Flag During Somerville Protest

SOMERVILLE, NJ - An unidentified teenager riding a bicycle stole a Black Lives Mater flag that had been planted on the lawn of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Sunday afternoon as part of a planned demonstration organized by local Black Lives Matter activists.

He rode off telling surprised witnesses, ":I Captured Their Flag."

He pedaled his bicycle on the ...

Bridgewater Police: Missing Male from Severin Drive Found Safely

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are reporting that the person missing Monday morning has been found.

Police sent a Nixle alert saying he has been safely located.

Bridgewater Police reported just before 8 a.m. Monday that they were looking for a missing endangered autistic male from Severin Drive.

June 28 Somerset County COVID-19 Update

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Sunday reported a total of 4,285 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 7 new cases overnight and a total of 447 deaths.

The New Jersey Department of Health Sunday reported a total of 171,182 positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began its spread in the state ...

Dining al Fresco on Route 28 in Somerville Scratched Off the Menu

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Main Street restaurants will not get the opportunity to expand their outdoor dining accommodations beyond the curb and on to Route 28.

The Borough Council adopted and sent a resolution to the state Department of Transportation earlier this month after Gov. Phil Murphy gave permission for restaurants to re-open for outdoor dining only, rescinding an executive order issued in ...

Carved In Stone

A Monumental History Lesson

On July 4, 1863, Union soldiers began the arduous and grizzly task of burying over 7,000 dead bodies in trenches and shallow graves. Later, as rains had washed away the ground cover re-exposing the stench of blackened and gnarled limbs, the town of Gettysburg took on the task of exhuming the bodies and consecrating them in the newly created Soldiers National ...

Life During War Time

I thought the shortage of toilet paper in March was bad. But now I find that soon we may not be able to secure illegal fireworks. What next, a run on citronella candles?

I am stocking up on rolls of Charmin again, which I plan to ignite and launch into the sky from my backyard on the 4th of July.

It is still June, and it seems everywhere fireworks are exploding without explanation.

Celebrating the Communities We Build

So, you may have noticed I missed a week, which is odd because I had something written, not this but something. My excuse is this – COVID has warped my sense of time, I go to make my Thursday call on Tuesday then on Friday I wonder how I missed Thursday. Holidays have the potential to go unnoticed too – I’m horrible with dates so forgetting my own birthday is fairly easy even in ...

Morris County Prosecutor Releases Statement on Body Found in Morristown Park

July 1, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The discovery of a body in Lewis Morris Park on June 28 remains an active investigation, said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker. 

"The Morris County Medical Examiner has determined the manner of death as suicide," the statement said.

The ...

New Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway Begins Tenure

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Stating that the move was “in the spirit of shared sacrifice that this moment requires,” new Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway -- on his first day at the helm of the university -- said he will take a 10-percent pay cut.

In addition to the pay reduction Holloway, the 21st president in the university's history, will personally ...

‘Let New Jersey Eat Again’ Empanada Extravaganza Food Truck Festival at Garden State Plaza July 12

PARAMUS, N.J. — For a local promotion company specializing in the organization of some of the most exciting festivals the Garden State has to offer, the start of summer solstice and the muy caliente weather that accompanies it calls for an Empanada Extravaganza!

On Sunday, July 12, MegaBite Events will host the daylong food truck festival in the parking lot of Westfield Garden State ...

East Brunswick Drowning Update

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — Things were somber on East Brunswick's Clearview Road Wednesday as mourning for the loss of three lives in a single family began. Gone were the news helicopters and cameras, police cars and emergency responders.  What remained was grief.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police ...

Lawsuit Claims Bullying, Sex Assaults Led to NJ Student’s Suicide

WESTFIELD, NJ — The parents of a Westfield High School sophomore who died in 2018 have filed a lawsuit claiming the school district allowed their son to be subjected to repeated bullying, including sexual assaults and racially explicit slurs, that eventually led to his suicide.

The parents of Carthoris “Carter” Uziel filed the suit in Superior Court in Elizabeth last week.

Three Members of the Same Family Found Dead in Pool

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - An East Brunswick neighborhood was rocked yesterday afternoon when the East Brunswick Police Department cordoned off the streets intersecting a home where a tragedy occurred.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and EB Chief Frank LoSacco announced today that three people were found unresponsive in an in-ground pool at their home.

At ...

Obituaries

Patricia H. Jacot – Guillarmod 67, died on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson ...
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Carved In Stone

A Monumental History Lesson

On July 4, 1863, Union soldiers began the arduous and grizzly task of burying over 7,000 dead bodies in trenches and shallow graves. Later, as rains had washed away the ground cover re-exposing the stench of blackened and gnarled limbs, the town of Gettysburg took on the task of exhuming the bodies and consecrating them in the newly created Soldiers National ...

Life During War Time

I thought the shortage of toilet paper in March was bad. But now I find that soon we may not be able to secure illegal fireworks. What next, a run on citronella candles?

I am stocking up on rolls of Charmin again, which I plan to ignite and launch into the sky from my backyard on the 4th of July.

It is still June, and it seems everywhere fireworks are exploding without explanation.