Why Someone Paid Scotch Plains-Based Musician Billy Wilkins $10,000 to Sing ‘WonderWall’

August 9, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Scotch Plains native Billy Wilkins is a singer, guitarist and songwriter of indie, rock and pop music. Growing up performing in New Jersey bars from a young age, Wilkins has carved out a living taking requests and playing them for fans on the Internet.

Which song has been most often requested? WonderWall by Oasis. In fact, the musician says fans ...

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Branch Out Offices Installs State-of-The-Art Solar Panels, Providing Natural Power for More Sustainable Co-Working Space in Union County

August 9, 2022

Branch Out Offices announced today the installation of state-of-the-art solar panels by Green Hybrid Energy Solutions on the roof of the new modern co-working space in Mountainside. These panels will provide natural power for the building, contributing to a zero-emission, sustainable facility.

In addition to solar panels, the newly revamped facility has been sustainably outfitted with operable ...

Dropping Off Our Kids At College – Learning How To Adjust

Whether your child is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents. 

There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child. Feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression are normal and expected responses. It is a new phase in life ...

Hands-On, Problem-Based Learning Returns to Westfield Schools' STEM Camp

Offering five new workshops along with Robotics, Stop Motion Animation, Forensics and other favorites, the Westfield STEM Camp was back in-person this summer after a two-year pause due to COVID-19.

“All the workshops involve hands-on, problem-based learning activities having to do with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,” says Edison Intermediate School Industrial Arts ...

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 ...

New Jersey's 2023 State Budget Passed With a Lack of Transparency

At the end of June, New Jersey lawmakers passed the $50.6 billion state budget for the fiscal year 2023. Governor Phil Murphy (D), Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D), and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D) negotiated the budget behind closed doors. Unfortunately, the budget was passed with a lack of transparency for the people, the advocates, and many lawmakers.

On June 27th, the budget ...

ICYMI: Real Talk with Fernando Uribe Hosts Butler Mayor Ryan Martinez

Last week's Jersey 1st TV episode of Real Talk With Fernando Uribe featured an interview with the mayor of Butler (NJ), Ryan Martinez. The two covered a wide array of relevant political topics at different levels of government, offering their thoughts on the most important issues facing not only New Jerseyans but all Americans. 

The duo begin by breaking down the mayor's ...

Gain Skills, Smiles and More This Fall at the Westfield Area YMCA

The fall “back to school” season is a great time for everyone to learn and grow at the Westfield Area YMCA! Priority registration for full members begins 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 and open registration begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 22.   

Classes are available for beginner and experienced swimmers of all ages. The YMCA group swim lesson ...

33 Homes Sold July 30 - Aug. 6 in Westfield Area

Information provided By Susan Massa, Broker Associate, 908-400-0778 Keller Williams Premier Properties.

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Agent Spotlight: Kristen Murphy

Kristen Murphy, Sales Associate in the Morristown office, is the agent you’ve been looking for! Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or rent, she is there to ensure the best possible outcome. Kristen understands how important and stressful the home search process can be and she’s committed to make it as smooth as possible for all her clients.

A Morris township native, now ...

Injured Cat Found on Prospect Street Taken to Westfield Vet Group

A cat was found critically injured on Prospect Street, Westfield Police posted on Facebook. Officers rushed him to Westfield Veterinary Group, the post said.

 

The cat is described as neutered male, black short hair domestic, with white rear paws and some white in his face with no collar or chip.

 

“Unfortunately, a photo is not available due to the ...

Avoid Heat Exhaustion this Summer

Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death. 

Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health System sports ...

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 ...

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 ...

'Jersey Voices' Explores Mesmerizing Relationships

CHATHAM NJ - The annual selection of intriguing and original short plays is now on view at the Chatham Playhouse through August 7.

There’s something for everyone in the seven selections from several playwrights, with various themes.  “The Elusive Pursuit of Maximum Bliss” by Ken Preuss starts off the evening. Amanda Marino has directed Peter Despres as Max and Alyssa Fox ...

State Urges Water Conservation as NJ 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 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 conditions do ...