Why Are Stinging Insects So Aggressive in the Fall?

During the early summer months, hornets and yellow jackets rarely come out and sting people. So why do they become so aggressive during the late summer and fall? The reason has to do with how they spend their time in the summer versus what they’re doing in the fall!

The Life of A Stinging Insect

Most stinging insects are social, meaning they start and build a new colony every year ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

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

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

It’s Apple Picking Season in NJ! How to Pick the Best Apples

NEW JERSEY — September is here, which means it’s apple picking season in the Garden State.

If you’re visiting one of New Jersey’s many pick-your-own farms for apples this season, use these tips to come home with the very best fruit:

First, get to know the varieties you’re picking. The color of a ripe apple will depend on that variety, so find out from the farm ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

September 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ---TAPintoTV spoke with Jared Taillefer, the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Rev David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Destiny McFarlane, the Tutorial Manager of the Newark Unites Program, about the Newark Unites Tutoring Program which launches this week.

The Newark Unites Tutoring Center provides free, high dosage tutoring and academic support ...

Remembering 9/11: a Warren resident reflects on 20th Anniversary

September 10, 2021

Twenty years. The day that changed my life and our country. And it seems different this year. 

I remember a few years ago my son asked me what I remembered about that day for an assignment he was doing for social studies. And for the first time, I told him some details.  I was there, guessing I was pregnant with our first child, the son who asked the question, and through a dumb move ...

Somerset County to host virtual public meeting for Roadway Safety Study on Sept. 29: residents are invited to learn about safety recommendations for five county roadways

September 16, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Residents are invited to join the second virtual public meeting presented by the Somerset County Planning Division to learn more about the draft Roadway Safety Study’s recommendations and to provide input about the recommendations. The goal of the study is to identify safety issues for vehicle and pedestrian roadway crossings, bicycle paths, and green ...

Scenes from First Day of School at St. Bart's in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bart's Academy (2032 Westfield Ave., Scotch Plains) welcomed students back for the 2021-22 academic year last week. The school requires masks and has plexiglass separating children in classrooms in order to keep children safe. 

The school serves a diverse community of learners who are empowered to learn in a safe, structured, Christ-centered environment.
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Construction Traffic Pattern Updates for Ship Bottom Effective Monday, September 20

September 19, 2021

SHIP BOTTOM — Ship Bottom Police is reporting that construction is continuing in Ship Bottom. Effective Monday, September 20, the following traffic pattern change goes into effect. These will stay in effect until the Ship Bottom Police Department update.  

From 6:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m.  

Route 72 West will remain open 
Central Avenue will be shut down to one lane ...

LBI Region Guide to Labor Day Weekend Events

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — Labor Day Weekend brings on a variety of fantastic happenings as peak summer season comes to a close and fall begins to settle in. The Southern Ocean County Cha.m. ber of Commerce has been recommending the best of the LBI Region since 1914. Each year their visitor center services thousands of residents, new and returning travelers. To celebrate, here are some ...

NJ Teen Saves Man Whose Kayak Overturned on Jersey Shore (VIDEO)

MANASQUAN, NJ — What started as a family fishing trip on Saturday would up being a life-saving adventure for 19-year-old Anton Zambell, a Scotch Plains resident who was in the right place at the right time to rescue a man whose kayak had overturned in waters off Manasquan. 

Around 7 a.m. Zambell, his dad, and his younger brother, Jordan, were taking their boat through the ...

Somerset County: Mosquito Spraying Areas Flooded by Hurricane Ida including Green Brook and North Plainfield

September 17, 2021

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ-- Somerset County will conduct mosquito spraying in areas impacted by Hurricane Ida flooding within Raritan, North Plainfield, Green Brook, Millstone, and Franklin on Friday Sept. 17 from 7 to 11 p.m., weather permitting, the county announced on Friday afternoon.

 

For more information about Somerset County's Mosquito Control program, please ...

BR District Working to Revise Busing Schedule Because of Lack of Bus Drivers

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The district has informed the community that they are short a number of different bus routes because of a lack of bus drivers from two of their contractors.

According to a message from superintendent Robert Beers, the district is facing a number of challenges with student transportation and flood remediation.

"Both issues will require some level of patience and ...

Two School Buses Crash in Warren, Driver Injured

WARREN, NJ — Two school buses crashed on Tuesday afternoon after one bus lost two tires.

Warren police received multiple calls Wednesday around 2:30 p.m.reporting a crash involving two school buses on Mountain Avenue east of King George Road near the bend, Warren Police Lt. Paul Dziedzic said in a release.

One bus, driven by Noelle Perrine, 73, of South Plainfield, lost its rear ...

Warren Library Presents Outdoor Movie Friday

WARREN, NJ -- The Warren Township Library will present a family outdoor movie, "Raya and the Last Dragon" on Friday, September 17 at 7 p.m. The program will take place on the multipurpose field behind the library. Remember to bring your own lawn chairs or blanket, and don't forget to register: https://sclsnj.libnet.info/event/5193487.

Note: This event may be ...

Over 200 Educators Attend First Ever Somerset County Educational Summit 

SOMERSET, NJ – Last month, close to 250 educators from throughout the county and the state attended the Somerset County Educational Summit, a free one-day in-person and virtual professional development opportunity, sponsored by the New Jersey Principal and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) and presented in partnership between the newly-formed Somerset County Future Administrators ...

Sept. 15 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 36 Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Wednesday reported 26,366 cases of the COVID-19 virus since the first cases were reported in March 2020, an increase of 36 overnight, There has been a total of 750 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Wednesday reported 977,517 total cases, an increase of ...

The Art of (Interrupting) Conversation

A person with bad manners is one who tries to interrupt when you’re talking or talk when you are interrupting.
- Cartoon in Esquire Magazine

I recently received a random text message from an acquaintance of mine. I was in the middle of an important conversation with my wife when my phone started buzzing in my pocket, disrupting my train of thought which, if I could remember any of it, ...

'Out of the Darkness Walk' Closes in on Raising $500,000 for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

September 20, 2021

CHATHAM, NJ -- Chatham resident Curt Ritter still gets choked up about it when he gives his annual address at the "Out of the Darkness Walk", which was held for the sixth straight year at Cougar Field on Saturday.

The former Chatham Township mayor and the co-chair of what is now the Morris County Out of the Darkness Walk was originally moved to organize the walk more than ...

Scenes from Plainfield's House Music Festival

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's House Music Festival, held to raise awareness about prostate cancer and to stress the importance in getting tested, took place in Cedar Brook Park on Saturday, featuring music spun by DJs for House Heads and others who were up for a day of listening to music with friends and families. There was sunshine — it was hot — food trucks, shopping, and, ...

''We Can Feel The Love, The Prayers, and The Good Vibes': Mother of Boy Struck by Car in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- An update on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School student who was hit by a car on Westfield Ave. on Monday: Karina Hathcock, the boy's mom, posted on Facebook to let concerned members of the community know the status of her son.

Our boy is super strong and was able to manage pain like a champ. It was a very long night, but he is in really good hands at Cornell ...

New Jersey Transit Cop Reunites Lost Child with Worried Parents

JERSEY CITY, NJ - An 11-year-old boy from Houston, Texas, who got separated from his parents by accidentally boarding a Tonnelle Avenue bound train at Exchange Place over the weekend was reunited with his family after a NJ Transit K9 Officer and local citizens found him.

K-9 Officer Michael Brown, who took part in a system-wide search for the boy once the parents alerted NJ Transit, ...

Arrest Made in Wednesday's Fatal Shooting of Delivery Driver in Plainfield

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A 26-year-old Plainfield man has been arrested and charged with the fatal shooting of a delivery driver subcontracted by Amazon that took place on the 200 block of Garfield Avenue in Plainfield on Wednesday. Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Plainfield Police Department Officer–in-Charge Captain David M. Guarino announced the arrest on Friday ...

'Let's Roll' - New Jersey Resident Todd Beamer Helped to Retake United Flight 93 on September 11th, 2001

CRANBURY, NJ -  On September 11th, 2001 a Cranbury resident was one of the many brave passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 who tried to take control of the hijacked plane and crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Todd Beamer had lived in Cranbury for a year with his wife and two children before being killed in the crash.

 Beamer was born in Flint, Michigan in 1968. He ...

Obituaries

Patricia H. Jacot – Guillarmod 67, died on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson ...
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Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

Say Goodbye to Summer With a Blowout Bash

As summer wraps up, it’s tempting to transition to cozy fall gatherings right away, but don’t move too quickly! Having a “goodbye summer” party is a great way to celebrate the last fresh, vibrant colors, sounds, and flavors of summer with your friends and family. So pull out the last of your summer décor and try these tips for making the most of your final summer ...

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Watchung - Warren 2021 Green Fair

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Sat, September 25, 8:00 PM

Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook

The Royal Scam - The Music of Steely Dan

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Movement, Meditation, and Nature: 5 Tips to Alleviate Stress

Stress has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. It can cause various physical ailments like headaches, stomachaches, tight muscles, fatigue, and even high blood pressure. Mentally, stress can make it difficult to concentrate or create memory problems.

But in our busy society run by the pressure of work, family, and the need to do more, how do we alleviate stress?

There are ...

Fall Flavors: Cooking With the Season’s Bounty

With spring and summer on their way out, it’s time to start looking ahead to fall, and one of the best parts of this time of year is cooking with all the great seasonal fruits and vegetables that thrive in these cooler months.

If you’re unsure what’s in season in September or don’t know what to do with the piles of produce-lining grocery store shelves, look no further.

How to Ensure Your Furnace Is Ready for Winter’s Cold Nights

The cooler nights of September are the perfect reminder to get your furnace ready for the long winter ahead. Any work on HVAC can be intimidating, and professionals should handle most tasks, but there are steps you can take to keep the heat on this winter.

We’ll look at some ways to prep your furnace for winter and the situations that call for expert help. With some preventive ...

Prep Your Home for Winter With These Easy Fall Tasks

There’s nothing quite like the weather in autumn. With the heat of summer finally breaking, it’s time to start enjoying more time outdoors and keep the windows open. With favorable weather, it’s easy to forget the cold and dark nights of winter looming ahead.

Luckily, there are several steps you can take during the fall to help prepare your home for the harsh conditions of ...

The Art of (Interrupting) Conversation

A person with bad manners is one who tries to interrupt when you’re talking or talk when you are interrupting.
- Cartoon in Esquire Magazine

I recently received a random text message from an acquaintance of mine. I was in the middle of an important conversation with my wife when my phone started buzzing in my pocket, disrupting my train of thought which, if I could remember any of it, ...

7 Tips for Creating a Lasting Fitness Plan

Now that the bulk of the pandemic is behind us, many are looking for ways to get back in their old fitness routine or start a new one. Whether you’re back at the gym or in your home fitness center, here are seven tips for creating a new routine you’ll actually stick to!

Start Slow

When starting a fitness routine, many people make the mistake of taking on more than they are ...

5 Tasty, Healthy Food and Wine Pairings

Light salad or grilled salmon make for delicious dishes perfect for the warm evenings of summer. Plus, those long summer days leave even more time for designing the ideal dinner. The hardest part may not be collecting the recipes or the cooking—and definitely not the eating—but rather finding the perfect wine to drink along with it!

If you’re looking to wow a partner, family, ...