Cranberry Farming Has a History in NJ (Thanksgiving Recipe Included)

November 24, 2020

What’s Thanksgiving without cranberries? Whether you whip up a batch of homemade chutney (see below) or open a can of jellied sauce, there’s a good chance that the famous red berry will make an appearance in some way, shape or form with your feast. Ocean Spray reports that six in 10 Americans say cranberry sauce has and always will be on their Thanksgiving table every ...

NJ Restaurants Look to ‘Bubbles’ to Stay Afloat This Winter

In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles.

Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an essential part of their business plan, as indoor dining is currently capped at 12 ...

How to Make the Most of Your Downsized Thanksgiving Dinner (Recipe Included)

With the coronavirus pandemic surging forward, threatening to stomp all over our traditional get-together with relatives, Thanksgiving for many of us is going to be a lot quieter this year.

The CDC recommends that people avoid large gatherings and instead celebrate the holiday with the members of their household. As a result, a shorter guest list could require a few changes to the ...

How to Survive Political Discussions at Your Next Family Holiday Gathering

November 24, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Clinical psychologist Dr. Meryl Dorf sat down with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to provide strategies on how to negotiate potentially difficult political discussions at family holiday gatherings.

Dr. Dorf joined Brodeur at East Main Media Studios’ studio facility earlier in 2020, after being featured several times on TAPintoTV via Zoom. East ...

Joe Apfelbaum Tells Ellen Volpe How to Go From Frustration to MOJOvation on Opportunity Calls

LONG ISLAND, NY -- Ellen Volpe, President of American Business Associates, spoke with Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union, on a recent episode of Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Apfelbaum’s position as CEO of an internet-based marketing company is only one of his many roles. “Joe is a business mentor, leader, direct marketing guru, extraordinary networker, educator, ...

Visit the Home of One of America's Most Celebrated Poets: The Robert Frost Stone House Museum

SHAFTSBURY, VT -- Erin McKenny, Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the museum and the lasting legacy of one of America's most celebrated poets.

We know whose woods these were—Robert Frost lived in the home for nine years starting in 1920. The home is located in Shaftsbury, Vermont, and is operated by Bennington College.

NJ Policy Experts Discuss New Survey Data Examining Parent Concerns About Remote Learning

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, was joined by Janellen Duffy, Senior Advisor with JerseyCan, and Vivian Cox Fraser, President and CEO of the Urban League of Essex County, to discuss a recent report released by the Global Strategy Group and the New Jersey Children’s Foundation examining parents’ perspectives on remote learning during the 2020-21 school ...

Donato Financial Group Has Provided National Access and Trusted Personal Service For Over 45 Years

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur is joined by Nick Donato Jr. of the Donato Financial Group. Established by Donato’s father, Nicholas Donato Sr., Donato Financial Group has provided financial advice for their clients for over 45 years. Donato described the services at Donato Financial Group as “bubble wrap” to the wealth of families and ...

Discover The Bridge To Serenity: Take Control of Your Retirement with Wealth Financial Partners

At Wealth Financial Partners we know that you want to be in control of your retirement. 

In order to achieve that, you need a holistic roadmap that is easy to understand and simple to implement. 

The problem is you don't have a guide to help synchronize all aspects of your finances into one complete plan that will bridge your working years to your retirement years. You are ...

Join the NJ Liquor License Reform Alliance to Boost Our Economy

November 13, 2020

Dear Editor:

It’s no secret that New Jersey has some of the most archaic liquor license laws in the nation. Our liquor license laws (over 60 years old) are holding back our state economy and efforts to revitalize downtowns across our state. Utah is the only other state that has liquor license laws like New Jersey.  

The current liquor license formula caps liquor licenses based on ...

New York Yankees Name Somerset Patriots Their Double-A Affiliate

November 17, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The New York Yankees announced changes to their minor league affiliation structure as a result of the expiration of the Professional Baseball Agreement (between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball) and the creation of the Prospect Development Pipeline, a collaborative effort between MLB and USA Baseball to establish an official identification and player development ...

All U.S. PetValu Stores Closing, Including Gillette and Warren Locations

November 9, 2020

WARREN, NJ — Pet Valu, a specialty pet food and supplies retailer, has announced it will shutter all 358 of its U.S. stores, including locations in Gillette and Warren.. 

Jamie Gould, Pet Valu’s recently appointed chief restructuring officer, said in a news release that the company’s stores “have been significantly impacted by the protracted COVID-19-related ...

Here’s what taxpayers can do now to Get Ready to file taxes in 2021

November 24, 2020

There are steps people can take now to make sure their tax filing experience goes smoothly in 2021. First, they can visit the Get Ready page on IRS.gov.

Here are a few other things people can do now:

Check their withholding and make any adjustments soon

Since most taxpayers typically only have a few pay dates left this year, checking their withholding soon is especially important.

North Plainfield Staff call for Remote Option amidst spread of COVID-19

Taking a stand to protect the lives of North Plainfield staff from contracting COVID-19, the North Plainfield Education Association (NPEA) is urging North Plainfield School District to allow staff the option of working remotely from home or working remotely from district buildings while students transition back to remote learning over the upcoming Thanksgiving break and Winter Break. The North ...

Here’s who qualifies for the employee business expense deduction

Employee business expenses can be deducted as an adjustment to income only for specific employment categories and eligible educators.

Taxpayers can no longer claim unreimbursed employee expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions, unless they are a qualified employee or an eligible educator. They must complete Form 2106, Employee Business Expenses to take the deduction.

If someone falls ...

Many college students may still qualify for an Economic Impact Payment; Review the guidelines and register by Nov. 21 at IRS.gov

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service urges any eligible self-supporting college student who doesn’t need to file a tax return to register by Nov. 21 so they can receive an Economic Impact Payment before the end of the year.

In advance of the National EIP Registration Day on Nov. 10 and highlighted in “A Closer Look,” the IRS is reminding people who don’t ...

NJ Coronavirus Travel Advisory List Now Includes All But Two States

November 11, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's self-quarantine travel advisory list now includes all states, except for Hawaii and Vermont, as well as New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware, which are exempt due to their proximity to the state. 

As of November 10, individuals traveling to New Jersey are asked to get tested for the coronavirus and self-quarantine for 14 days if they ...

VIDEO: Eight Years Later – Belmar Remembered Before and After Superstorm Sandy

Editor’s Note: October 29, 2012. It is a day that the Belmar community will never forget. Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore town, leaving a path of destruction that left an indelible mark on its residents, including John Walsh. While he is known for producing short comedy videos — many poking fun at life in this popular beach town — he recently used his talents for a ...

Health Officials Report 37 New COVID-19 Cases at Carrier Clinic

November 24, 2020

MONTGOMERY, NJ - The township Health Department has confirmed 37 more cases of COVID-19 at the Carrier Clinic behavioral health facility n the Belle Mead section, in addition to the 53 cases affecting both staff and patients reported 10 days ago.

The 90 cases are split between two units of the facility, according to Montgomery Health Officer Stephanie D. Carey. In response, ...

Nov. 22 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 83 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Sunday reported an increase of 83 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 7,818 with 532 COVID-10 deaths reported since March 8.

The New Jersey Department of Health on Sunday reported a total of 306,007 positive cases of the coronavirus since the ...

COVID-19 Surges; Hillsborough School Buildings to Close Through Dec. 4

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lisa Antunes Friday morning notified students, teachers, staff and parents that school buildings will be closed effective Monday, Nov. 23 in response to the surge in COVID-19 cases, noting that there is no evidence of school-based transmission of the virus.

The closure means that all students and teachers will transition to an all-virtual ...

Nov. 20 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 114 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Friday reported an increase of 114 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 7,706 with 532 COVID-10 deaths reported since March 8.

The New Jersey Department of Health on Friday reported a total of 297,370 positive cases of the coronavirus since the ...

Nov. 19 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 142 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Thursday reported an increase of 142 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 7,592 with 530 COVID-10 deaths reported since March 8.

The New Jersey Department of Health on Thursday reported a total of 293,744 positive cases of the coronavirus since the ...

Motorist Faces DUI, other Charges in Fatal Crash on Routes 202/206

BEDMINSTER, NJ – A 66-year-old township resident is dead following a two-vehicle crash on Routes 202/206 intersection at  River Road, with the second driver charged with Driving Under the Influence and several other related charges, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Michael C. Sivulich, 65, Bedminster was transported to an area hospital where he was ...

The New Normal Rockwell

Dear diary,

I love Thanksgiving. Even though I don’t get any presents, it is my favoritest holiday of the whole year.

On Thanksgiving Day our family gets together at our house. My aunts and uncles and cousins and grandmas and grandpas. Sometimes even some awkward girlfriends and boyfriends who we never see again after that. We light a fire in the fireplace and fill up the house with ...

The Answer Man

Watching Jeopardy! always makes me feel like an idiot. I am not very good with random knowledge. Or mental processes in general.

I rationalize this major shortcoming as an impetus for learning, as if knowledge is somehow a finite reservoir. The way I look at it, the more I know, the less there is to learn. It would be pretty boring if I knew everything.

And I no doubt would be more ...

A New (Old) Kind of Holiday

Everyone is worried about the holidays and while I’m sad I can’t see my extended family I am also looking forward to this year because it is like the holidays of my childhood.

Having moved 3 hours away from all of our family when I was entering first grade and my parents quickly realized that the stress of holiday travel stole all its magic we spent every holiday with my immediate ...

9 Months In...What Mothering in the Time of COVID Means

Last week I had the perfect summary of life for a working mom during COVID. Last Wednesday, was a rarity – I had the day off while kids and husband had to work. In pre-COVID days this was the holy grail, a day that I could spend getting a massage, binging watching something amazingly stupid on Netflix, reading, go to a movie or even just cleaning without someone messing it back up in 5 ...

Summit Robotics Lab Co-Founder Charged with Sexual Crimes Against Three Students

November 22, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Christopher P. Marbaix, co-founder of a Summit-based robotics laboratory 'Robot Revolution', has been charged with sexual crimes against three students who attended classes there, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Summit Police Chief Andrew Bartolotti jointly announced Thursday. 

Marbaix, 59, is charged with two counts of second-degree ...

A Local WWI Story Reaches Across the Pond

PLAINFIELD, NJ — In May 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, TAPinto Plainfield published an article announcing the Drake House Museum's online exhibit entitled “Plainfield During WWI and the Influenza Pandemic.” That article, it turned out, would connect the past to the present.

Leanne Manna, a Trustee at the Drake House, curated the exhibit and posted it online.

Westfield Athletes Protest Canceled Sports Amid 23 COVID Cases at High School

WESTFIELD, NJ — About 150 student athletes marched from Westfield High School to the school district administration building and then to the municipal building Monday afternoon to protest the cancellation of high school athletics, something the superintendent had attributed to 23 new coronavirus cases among students.

The Lady Blue Devil soccer team, which prior to sports being canceled ...

Millburn Man Charged With Producing Child Pornography

NEWARK, N.J. — A Millburn resident appeared before a federal judge today on charges that he produced and possessed images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a press release.

Antonio Del Prado, 59, of Millburn, has been charged by complaint with one count of production of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography. He appeared ...

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Patricia H. Jacot – Guillarmod 67, died on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson ...
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The New Normal Rockwell

Dear diary,

I love Thanksgiving. Even though I don’t get any presents, it is my favoritest holiday of the whole year.

On Thanksgiving Day our family gets together at our house. My aunts and uncles and cousins and grandmas and grandpas. Sometimes even some awkward girlfriends and boyfriends who we never see again after that. We light a fire in the fireplace and fill up the house with ...

The Answer Man

Watching Jeopardy! always makes me feel like an idiot. I am not very good with random knowledge. Or mental processes in general.

I rationalize this major shortcoming as an impetus for learning, as if knowledge is somehow a finite reservoir. The way I look at it, the more I know, the less there is to learn. It would be pretty boring if I knew everything.

And I no doubt would be more ...