Finding the Sweeter Side of Unprecedented Times

In March of 2020, life decided to hand lemons to students across the country and beyond, leaving millions of us in a scramble; we searched far and wide for ingredients needed to make lemonade out of an unforeseen scenario. For most of us, whether we were in the second grade, secondary school, or beyond, the remedy to our anxieties was simple: distraction. Perhaps the first few weeks of quarantine ...

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If you notice Spotted Lanternfly eggs, it is important to remove the eggs or call your local Department of Agriculture to report your findings. To remove Spotted Lanternfly eggs yourself, complete the form on this page, and we will mail you a FREE Spotted Lanternfly Egg remover. Read below for a few tips for DIY egg removal:

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TAPinto Presents "Back to School" Magic Show Featuring Magic Bob, September 23

September 22, 2021

Don't miss TAPinto's "Back to School" virtual magic show with Magic Bob!  The free event will take place on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Atlantic Health's Children's Hospital.


Registration is required to attend.  To ...

Walk to Fight Alzheimer's in Duke Island Park

Alzheimer’s New Jersey® is hosting its 2021 Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s® in Duke Island Park, Bridgewater on Sunday, October 17, 2021. One hundred percent of the funds raised from Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s supports New Jersey families through Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s programs and services. Alzheimer’s New Jersey is not affiliated with a national charity ...

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

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 ...

'Smooth Sailing' During Freshmen Orientation at Mount Saint Mary Academy

WATCHUNG, NJ - Sixty-eight members of the Mount Saint Mary Academy Class of 2025 enjoyed an exciting assortment of activities on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 8, during Freshmen Orientation.

They met in Mother Mary Patrick Gymnasium to receive their special t-shirts with the theme "Smooth Sailing" and signed a life preserver. Next, they engaged in ice breaker activities while ...

Mount Saint Mary Academy Opens Its Doors for 113th Academic Year

On Wednesday, September 8, Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung ushered in its 113th academic year with a Clap In for freshmen and sophomores at the beginning of the day. Students also attended Convocation in Immaculate Conception Chapel as well as sessions on security and technology.  

During her remarks to the students, faculty and staff, S. Lisa D. Gambacorto, RSM, Ed.S.

Easy Fall Cocktails to Celebrate the Start of the Season

September 25, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The air is turning cooler, the days are getting shorter and pumpkin spice is everywhere. Now’s the time to get into the autumn spirit with these easy cool-weather cocktails you can make at home.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian: Over ice, combine 2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. pumpkin spice liqueur, 1 oz. coffee liqueur and 1 oz. cream.

Maple Old Fashioned: In a ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

NJ Stand-Up Comedian Discusses Vaccine Mandate and COVID-19 Safety

September 24, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur spoke with comedian John Poveromo about vaccinations and their role in stand-up comedy venues. Vaccine mandates have been making headlines recently in the stand-up comedy world, with Saturday Night Live alumni Jim Breuer making a statement against vaccine mandates at performance spaces. But Poveromo takes the opposite ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

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 ...

I Am What I Am

I like to think I am comfortable to be around. But not too long ago my daughter asked me to take a personality test.

She clarified that she was interested to know my type. Apparently “well-adjusted” is not a clinically accepted category.

I am not a big fan of personality tests. These are the tests that categorize who you are through a series of statements about yourself to which ...

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, ...

Off the Grid

4. The first name in Sudoku

4. The last name in Sudoku

Answer on page 96. Maki Kaji.

I learned last week that the godfather of Sudoku, Maki Kaji, passed away. He was 69. Which is appropriate, because if he was 66 he would have failed his own puzzle.

Sudoku is the wildly popular puzzle game in which all digits from 1 to 9 are placed in a subdivided nine-by-nine grid such ...


- Oct 9, 2020
Warren Township - Paul P. Pompa Jr., 62, passed away suddenly on Friday, October 9, 2020 at ...
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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 ...

Jersey City Police Department Hero Catches One-Month-Old Dropped from Balcony

September 21, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ — A one-month-old baby is alive Saturday thanks to the quick and heroic actions of a member of the Jersey City Police Department.

According to a tweet by Hudson County Prosecutor Ester Suarez, the man was threatening the one-month old baby by dangling it over the edge of the second floor balcony of a Rose Avenue residence and eventually throwing ...

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

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 ...

''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, ...

'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 ...

Scenes from the St. Bart's Festival Saturday

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Saturday schedule at the St. Bart's Italian Festival in Scotch Plains included Italian Mass at 5:00 p.m., the annual procession, Mike Aromando and the Metropolitan Italian Strolling Band, and Four Seasons tribute band The Jersey Four. That's in addition to rides, games, plenty of great food, and lots of fun.

Sunday hours of the St.

10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Grandparent’s Day With Loved Ones

Grandparent’s Day is on Sept. 12, and it’s the perfect time to start planning a celebration! Although Mother’s Day and Father’s Day tend to get the most attention, taking time to show appreciation for grandparents is an important way to acknowledge the pivotal role they play in our lives. Here are 10 easy ways to show the grandparents in your life just how much you ...

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 ...

Elevate Your Space with These 10 Quick Decorating Ideas

Feeling like your home’s interior decorating needs an upgrade, but not ready to commit a lot of time and money? There are plenty of simple additions or replacements that make a significant impact on the look and feel of the most-used rooms in your house.

Here’s a list of inexpensive items you can use to elevate your indoor space and tips on how they affect your home’s ...

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 ...