TAPinto Reader Mail Bag: Not Shy About Speaking Up!

NEW JERSEY — TAPinto's News Around New Jersey readers had a lot to say recently about our recent stories focusing on guns, red-light-running and the money perks for those running the most powerful union in New Jersey.

The biggest response was about a foundation report on what the top officials of the New Jersey Education Association were earning in salaries and from a separate ...

Serving Up Generosity, Goodwill and Grace at the Jersey Shore

Americans nationwide are feeling the pinch of inflation, but perhaps nowhere more than in our country’s underserved communities.

One such community is Asbury Park, New Jersey, located within FirstEnergy’s Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) service territory, where more than 22 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. In February 2022, the New Jersey ...

New Jersey’s Disabled Community Feels Inflation the Most

Whether we push a shopping cart down the supermarket aisle or order through a delivery app, all New Jerseyans are noticing that grocery prices are on the rise. 

The cost of buying food has increased by 9.1% over the past year, according to government data released last month. Combined with fluctuating gas prices, rising rents as well as interest rates, inflation is forcing many of us to ...

COVID-19 Test Mandate Ends for Unvaccinated Teachers, Child Care Workers & State Workers in New Jersey

August 15, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday lifting requirements that school employees, child care workers and state employees who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 must undergo regular testing.

Executive Order 302 applies to school districts and child care settings immediately and to state contractors as of September 1, 2022.

The decision follows updates ...

Phillipsburg Area Teams Head to the Finals for the First Annual Keith Gargone Memorial Summer Basketball League

August 15, 2022

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – The final four is over. A Walking Bucket will face Burley’s Gym at the Firth Youth Center for the First Annual Keith Gargone Memorial Adult Summer Basketball League finals.

Six teams competed in this first annual fundraiser, and tonight’s matchup of the final four teams had ‘A Walking Bucket’ and ‘Burley’s Gym’ ...

Love Thy Neighbor: Welcome to the Reese Court Block Party in Phillipsburg

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – The second annual Reese Court Block Party took place August 13, 2022. If you want to see neighbors helping neighbors, it was on display yesterday on Reese Court.

Selina Valentin, one of the group members of Sisters are a Beautiful Thing introduced and kicked off the event as a way for “Our children and neighbors to get together, put the phone down and do what ...

Millburn High School Rising Senior Films Documentary of the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis in Poland

While the rest of us watched our televisions in horror as Russian troops invaded Ukraine, 17-year-old Millburn High School student Peter Ren booked an airplane flight to Poland to document Ukrainian refugees as they entered Poland. His film, The Cost of War, is an eyewitness account of Ukrainians at the Przemyśl train station, where 10,000 to 20,000 Ukrainians arrived ...

Peron Redevelopment and Habitability Presentations Scheduled for Phillipsburg Town Council Meeting

August 15, 2022

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – The Phillipsburg Town Council agenda released for August 16, 2022 shows there will be a presentation made by Peron Construction, as well as habitability hearings for properties on Filmore and South Main Street. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the Phillipsburg Housing Authority Community Building 535 Fisher Avenue, Phillipsburg, NJ. 

A large crowd is anticipated ...

Councilman Randy Piazza Jr. Calls for Further Discussion of Library Tax Referendum

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – Councilman Randy Piazza, Jr. (R) asked to revisit placing on the November ballot a referendum to adjust the library tax to fully fund the Phillipsburg Free Public library through library taxes. Councilman Peter Marino (R) agreed, but the rest of Town Council voted no.

During the Tuesday, August 2, 2022 meeting, Piazza stated he “Doesn’t believe the open ...

There’s a New Business Administrator Coming to Phillipsburg...Welcome to P'Burg Matthew Hall


PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – The Phillipsburg Town Council unanimously approved Mayor Todd M. Tersigni’ s appointment for the Business Administrator during the Tuesday, August 2, 2022 meeting. Matthew Hall will officially start his position August 22, 2022.

Resolution 2022-172 is a resolution of the town of Phillipsburg, County of Warren, State of New Jersey providing advice and ...

Rutgers Scientists Ask Phillipsburg Residents and Visitors to Send in Their Ticks

August 1, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Center for Vector Biology (CVB), part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, recently launched ‘New Jersey Ticks 4 Science!’, a citizen-led science project supported by the state that asks New Jerseyans to submit tick specimens they find to help track tick populations and help prevent tick-borne ...

New Monkeypox Vaccine Sites Announced in New Jersey

August 12, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has announced five new monkeypox vaccination sites in Hudson, Middlesex, Morris and Passaic counties. The locations are for residents without a confirmed exposure who think they may have been exposed or are at a high risk for having been exposed to the virus.

There are 293 confirmed or probable monkeypox cases in New Jersey, as of August ...

Senator Cory Booker to Announce $1 Million Grant to Norwescap on August 9

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ - NJ Senator Cory Booker (D) will announce a $1 million grant to expand the efforts of Norwescap’s Food Bank to fight food insecurity on Tuesday, August 9 between 2:00 -3:00 p.m.

According to a release, "The announcement will take place at the Norwescap Food Bank, 201 Broad Street, Phillipsburg, NJ. Representatives from Norwescap will be on hand ...

New Jerseyans Can Now Dial/Text 988 to Reach National Suicide Prevention Call

NEW JERSEY: Mental health in the U.S. has become steadily worse, according to the 2022 State of Mental Health In America report from Mental Health America, which found that an estimated 11.4 million adults have serious suicidal thoughts. 

Suicide is the 12th most common cause of death in the United States. In 2020 alone, nearly 46,000 Americans died by ...

Seeking Public Assistance: Reward Offered

July 25, 2022

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – As train season approaches, the businesses and non-profits in the downtown area seek the public’s help in identifying the individuals responsible for the latest round of vandalism on both private and public property.

There is a $500 reward being offered for the identity of those involved that leads to the prosecution of these individuals.

According to footage ...

4 Plead Guilty to Demonstrating Without a Permit (Updated)

BRANCHBURG, NJ —  Four defendants pleaded guilty Wednesday in Branchburg Township Municipal Court to a reduced charge of demonstrating without a permit, regarding sharing information online involving Phillipsburg Mayor Todd Tersigni.

The four — Blaine Fehley, Matthew Scerbo, Constance Fuoco and Elizabeth Sexton — admitted to demonstrating without a ...

Cats in the Navy by Scot Christenson

Cats in the Navy by Scot Christenson. (Naval Institute Press, 2022)


Cats in the Navy is one of those unusual little gems  that has appeal for several types of people. If you are a cat lover, check! This book is for you! If you enjoy historical photographs, check! You might want a copy of this volume. If someone in your family is in the Navy or has a nautical background, check! ...

The Hotel Nantucket

 The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand. (Little, Brown, 2022)


Ladies,  the latest Elin Hilderbrand novel to tuck into your beach bag has arrived. It is The Hotel Nantucket.  Although this is Hilderbrand’s 27th book about her beloved island, this charming novel has a more whimsical tone than many of the others and will provide a few hours of pleasant romance and ...

TAPinto South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen Named Grand Marshal of Labor Day Parade

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — When Darlene Tedesco-Cullen received a call from South Plainfield Councilwoman Christine Faustini to talk about the borough's annual Labor Day parade, Tedesco-Cullen thought she knew what it was about.

"Usually I help judge the floats, so I figured she was going to ask me if I was going to be around Labor Day to judge again," Tedesco-Cullen, the ...

State Urges Residents and Businesses to Conserve Water as New Jersey Enters Drought Watch

August 9, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Due to ongoing hot and dry conditions, New Jersey is under a drought watch as of Tuesday. The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking residents and businesses to conserve water.

New Jersey has a three-stage drought advisory system. A drought watch is the first step. DEP says it's to encourage voluntary conservation measures, and, if ...

A Mother and Daughter's Refugee Journey From Ukraine to Summit, NJ

SUMMIT, NJ - Perseverance was the only way to survive the turmoil that erupted in Ukraine when war broke out in February. Perseverance and determination, combined with some good fortune, continue to be the way forward for Ukrainian refugees Darina Zhuravska and her seven-year-old daughter, Alisa. 

TAPinto spoke to Darina about their escape from war-stricken ...

It’s more than “Cows and Plows”, the Farmer’s Fair Opens this Weekend

WARREN COUNTY, NJ – For a Garden State experience, plan a trip to Warren County for season 84 of the Warren County Farmer’s Fair. It’s more than "cows and plows", it’s good ole Garden State Americana.


If you are looking for something to do, the Farmer’s Fair might be for you. Local to the Phillipsburg area, in scenic Warren County, the 84th ...

‘Connecting People with Resources’ - Senator Cory Booker Reminds the Phillipsburg Community to ‘Stay Faithful’

August 10, 2022

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – Sen. Cory Booker tells Phillipsburg Mayor he misses his job. Mic drop.

On his visit to Phillipsburg to award a grant to Norwescap, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker spoke to the group of over 100 people gathered in Phillipsburg.

In his comments to the audience and press, he joked “Perhaps it’s the extra 40 minutes it takes to food shop”, but he ...

Bridge Point 78 Warehouse Tenant Announced, Waivers OKd

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ - The Phillipsburg Land Use Board approved eight waivers for a warehouse project Thursday night at the Phillipsburg Housing Authority.

The actions were taken to benefit the Bridge Point 78 project, located at Route 22 and Roseberry Street. The applicant, Urban Renewal, LLC, sought to amend the preliminary and final site plan review and to modify terms of a prior approval ...

Phillipsburg Area Teams Head to the Finals for the First Annual Keith Gargone Memorial Summer Basketball League

August 15, 2022

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – The final four is over. A Walking Bucket will face Burley’s Gym at the Firth Youth Center for the First Annual Keith Gargone Memorial Adult Summer Basketball League finals.

Six teams competed in this first annual fundraiser, and tonight’s matchup of the final four teams had ‘A Walking Bucket’ and ‘Burley’s Gym’ ...

‘Bust my Buffers’ – Visitors ‘Ride, Play and Stay All Day’ in Phillipsburg

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – Thomas and Friends came steaming into Phillipsburg this weekend and will wrap up today, Sunday, August 14, 2022.  

The Delaware River Railroad Excursions, which operates out of Phillipsburg, NJ had a sold-out weekend for the first time since 2019. Staffed with over 100 local volunteers and organizations for three full days, visitors to Phillipsburg boarded ...

Phillipsburg Celebrates National Night Out 2022

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ - Despite the heat in the 90s, residents attended Phillipsburg’s National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday at police Shappell Park.

“This brings our community together with our Police Department”, stated Mayor Todd M. Tersigni.  “The residents get some good food and get to be Kid Printed for safety, and the fire department and EMS vehicles ...