Can Lame Ducks Still Fly?

TRENTON, NJ — Things have never looked better for the Democrats who rule Trenton these days. Flush with federal cash. Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate. A Governor re-elected as a Democrat last November for the first time in four decades. 

It’s a real bubbly bonhomie in the state’s capital as they tie up the last loose strings of the state’s $50 ...

How New Jersey News Has Changed

The way people get their news in New Jersey has changed, and rather drastically. Which is why I have agreed to become TAPinto’s News Around New Jersey Managing Editor and Columnist.

I have been a part of these media changes for decades, starting as a print reporter then television.

In the 1970s, I started as a cub reporter for The Hudson Dispatch in Union City, when there were still ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Sweeps Music in the Parks Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Congratulations to student musicians from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison for outstanding performances that led to a clean sweep of championship trophies at this year’s Music in the Parks event.

The Jazz Band, conducted by Rick Fontaine, and Vocal Ensemble, directed by Sharon Byrne, both won first place and earned Superior ratings. The Vocal Ensemble also ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Fifth Graders Host Identity and Leadership Assembly

EDISON, NJ -- The final Lower School assembly of the year at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison featured two important aspects the fifth graders reflected on during their classes: Identity and Leadership. They represented how diverse identities can be with the outfits they wore and led their classmates, their Kindergarten buddies and the Lower School audience dancing to different Latin ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Students Hold Robotics Contest

EDISON, NJ -- On Friday, June 3, the Middle School robotics elective at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison wrapped up the year and with its first ever in-house Robotics Tournament! The group welcomed Mrs. Barnett’s advisory and past robotics elective members to spectate. The tournament was led by elective coach Noreen Jafri and robotics team member Joy Patel of ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, June 29, 6:00 PM


LGBTQI+ Youth Support Group


Wed, June 29, 6:30 PM

Plainfield Public Library & Zoom, Plainfield

Board of Ed Special Meeting


Thu, June 30, 7:00 PM

Zoom, Plainfield

City Council Special Meeting

Union County Parks Offer Free Outdoor Music, Movies and More this Summer

June 25, 2022

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce a full slate of free outdoor movies, music and fun for the whole family in Union County parks this summer. The events continue throughout July and August with the Summer Arts concert series beginning on July 6 and the Family Flix movie series beginning on July 12.

“We are all excited to welcome everyone to enjoy the ...

Arrests Made in Shooting of Rapper Lil Tjay and Another Man in Edgewater

June 23, 2022

HACKENSACK, NJ — Three men have been arrested on multiple charges including weapons and attempted murder of two men, including rapper Lil Tjay, early Wednesday morning in Edgewater.

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of Mohamed Konate of New York, NY, on attempted murder, armed robbery and weapons charges; and Jeffrey Valdez and Antoine Boyd, both ...

Veteran Journalist James McQueeny Joins TAPinto as News Around New Jersey Managing Editor and Columnist

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto is announcing veteran New Jersey journalist James McQueeny is joining TAPinto as News Around New Jersey Managing Editor and Columnist.

"We are thrilled to welcome veteran journalist and public policy analyst James McQueeny to the TAPinto family. Jim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to TAPinto," TAPinto Founder and CEO ...

TAPinto Owners and Publishers Attend Networking Event

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — TAPinto's franchise owners gathered in person for the first time in more than two years in Berkeley Heights on June 6, 2022, at a networking event. For some TAPinto owners, it's the first time they were able to see one another in person.

The publishers had a chance to catch up and hear from TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. Sen. Jon Bramnick, a ...

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'Enchanted April' Delights at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ — It’s a welcome sign to see The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey opening for its 60th Anniversary Season. “Enchanted April” is a charming and moving choice with warmer weather coming on. The play also speaks to us on a number of levels, especially after our long hiatus during COVID-19.

The script by Matthew Barger, from a novel by Elizabet ...

A Stranger Killed Katy: The True Story of Katherine Hawelka, Her Murder on a New York Campus, and How Her Family Fought Back

A Stranger Killed Katy: The True Story of Katherine Hawelka, Her Murder on a New York Campus, and How Her Family Fought Back  by William D. LaRue (Chestnut Heights, 2021).


For true crime buffs, A Stranger Killed Katy: The True Story of Katherine Hawelka, Her Murder on a New York Campus, and How Her Family Fought Back by William D. LaRue, an award-winning journalist, is a ...

The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free

The Barbizon: The Hotel that Set Women Free by Paulina Bren. (Simon and Schuster, 2021)


The main character of Paulina Bren’s book, The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free, is not human; it is a famed, aging building, erected in 1927, and still standing today at 140 East 63rd Street, New York City.  The Barbizon offered a women-only residential space that was centrally ...

Unmasked: My Life Solving Cold Cases by Paul Holes

Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)


Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator ...

Longbourne by Jo Baker

Longbourne by Jo Baker. (Vintage, 2013)


Fancy that. Longbourne’s publishing date is exactly 200 years after that of its “predecessor,” Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen, author of six novels including Pride and Prejudice, was born in Hampshire, England in 1775; yet the themes and characters of her works remain as contemporary as if they were written today. In fact, ...