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The Ancient History of Valentine's Day

February 14, 2020

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...

Cedar Grove Ambulance & Rescue Squad: Great Way to Volunteer and Help the Community

CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- The Cedar Grove Ambulance & Rescue Squad is seeking new volunteers to become members of their team, especially young people and students. 

“I can’t think of anything that’s more important than what we do,” said Alan Chadrjian, an EMT and Driver with the Rescue Squad. “This is a place where you can meet people, and learn things that will ...

Millennial Councilwoman Encourages Younger Generations to Get Involved in Local Government

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with Crystal Pruitt, Councilwoman of Franklin Township, at the 2019 New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference. Pruitt is currently the youngest person on the Franklin Township Council, and we spoke with her about her background, goals, and advice for millennials who want to get more politically active. 

Pruitt, who is also Chief of Staff for ...

Meadowlands Environmentalist Hackensack Riverkeeper Transforms Polluted NJ Industrial Sites

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- At this year’s New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference, TAPintoTV spoke with Captain Bill Sheehan of Hackensack Riverkeeper, about his organization and their efforts to revitalize the Hackensack River Watershed. 

Among its missions, Hackensack Riverkeeper collaborates with planners to ensure that land use decisions reflect science and adhere to all ...

PSE&G Talks Infrastructure & Clean Energy at New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with Everton Scott, Senior Public Affairs Manager at PSE&G, at the 2019 League of Municipalities Conference. Scott spoke about PSE&G’s presence at this year’s conference as well as the utility’s latest programs and priorities.  

One of the most high-profile statewide initiatives for PSE&G is the company’s ...

Fort Lee Mayor Moderates Media Panel at NJ League of Municipalities Conference

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- At this year’s annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference, Mark Sokolich, Mayor of Fort Lee, NJ, moderated the panel, “Media Strategies: Tips & Tools for the 21st Century.” Presenters at the panel were Michael Shapiro, the CEO & Publisher of TAPinto.net; Robin Dente, Assistant Business Administrator & Community Affairs Coordinator of ...

New Denville NJ Recycling Program Benefits Both the Environment and the Economy

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently attended the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ Annual Conference and caught up with Steven Ward, Business Administrator of Denville, NJ. Ward discussed some of the township’s latest initiatives, including a new recycling program that helps both the local economy and the environment. 

The recent collapse of the international recycling ...

Franklin Township's Franklin Day Festival 2019

Highlights of the sixth annual Franklin Township Franklin Day Festival - 2019, presented by Joel Republic

Joel Republic is a story (video and media) production company developing entertainment products and services for businesses and enterprises. Our passion is telling compelling stories of the lesser-known businesses, individuals, cultures, and experiences in New Jersey especially ...

East Brunswick Day Highlights Diversity and Community in Middlesex County, NJ

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- At this year’s East Brunswick Day, an annual event which brings together community residents, officials and businesses, TAPintoTV spoke with several attendees and participants. The event, which is in its sixth year, was held at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center and included local vendors, nonprofit organizations, township programs, local government, youth ...

North Essex Chamber of Commerce Marking Milestone with 50th Anniversary Gala & Fundraiser

ESSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY -- The North Essex Chamber of Commerce (NECC) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a Gala & Fundraiser to be held on September 26 at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. The NECC is the official chamber of commerce for nine towns in Essex County, NJ: Montclair, Fairfield, West Caldwell, Caldwell, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, Cedar Grove and Essex Fells. 

The ...

Mustard Seed DR Holding Diaper & Supply Drive in Paterson to Benefit Orphaned & Disabled Children

NEW JERSEY -- Mustard Seed Children is holding a Diaper & Supply Drive event on Saturday, August 17 from 10am to 8pm at East Side High School in Paterson, New Jersey. East Side High School is located at 150 Park Avenue in Paterson. 

Mustard Seed Communities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable populations throughout the developing ...

Bloomfield Man Bikes Cross Country in Support of St. Jude Children’s Hospital

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Mac-Adley Hyppolite, Jr., better known as “Mac,” took off on May 1st for a cross-country biking journey to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Bloomfield residents and supporters gathered in Watsessing Park to give him a warm send-off, and the Bloomfield police force provided an official escort as he biked off on his way out of his ...

Breaking The Chain Through Education Combats Child Slavery with 5k Run and Walk in Montclair, New Jersey

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- It was a sunny day in Montclair's Brookdale Park for Breaking The Chain Through Education's Summer Kickoff 5k Walk and Run event.

"This is our first annual Brookdale Park 5k run," said BTCTE founder Evan Robbins. "We're hoping to have a lot of fun on a beautiful day."

BTCTE is dedicated to eradicating child slavery in Ghana, ...

New World Pizza Brings Together Fresh Ingredients and Family at Franklin Food Truck Festival

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Benefiting Franklin High School's Project Graduation, the 2nd Annual Franklin Food Truck Festival featured craft and food truck vendors from across the state.

"We have great vendors like New World Pizza. They have the best pizza in Somerset County, New Jersey, because they make it right on the spot - this is not heated up in a microwave!" said ...

Mayor Ravi Bhalla Speaks About Hoboken’s Past and Present at the 25th Annual Arts & Music Festival

HOBOKEN, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with Hoboken Mayor, Ravi Bhalla, at the 25th Annual Spring Arts and Music Festival, held on Washington Street. Over 300 artists and vendors along with three stages of music were on hand to entertain the crowd.

“It’s a time-honored tradition in Hoboken, where we have the community come together,” said Mayor Bhalla.

Alongside the ...

“Think Tank with Steve Adubato,” Debuts this Weekend on PBS Stations in New York & New Jersey

“Think Tank with Steve Adubato,” a new show featuring four-person roundtable discussions, will debut this weekend on local PBS stations, such as NJTV and Thirteen. The program brings together thought leaders, innovators and experts from a variety of fields to explore the critical issues, trends and challenges facing society today.

The genesis of “Think Tank” was born ...

More than Just Books, Totowa Public Library is Local Center for Community Events

TOTOWA, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with staff members at the Totowa Public Library at the recent “Mind and Body Expo” to learn about the many events and community services frequently hosted at the library.

“It’s a chance for everybody to come out and learn more about themselves,” said Philip Schirner, Page at the Totowa Library, speaking about the Anxiety and ...

Toxic Stress Causes Lifelong Adverse Effects on New Jersey’s Youngest and Most Vulnerable Children

NEW JERSEY -- Dr. Arturo Brito was recently a guest on Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato, where he discussed the effects of toxic stressors on children from the ages zero to three, and how New Jersey lawmakers are helping to combat this critical issue.

Toxic stressors, explained Dr. Brito, are those stressors that can be persistent, chronic and severe. Infants and young children exposed to ...

Clinton's Fourchette Shares the Secrets of their Success as a Small Business

CLINTON, NJ -- TAPintoTV Senior Producer Kayla Galka recently stopped into Fourchette, a shop on Main Street here, and spoke with staff members about the secrets of the success behind this thriving small business.

Fourchette opened five years ago as a full-service cheese shop, with gourmet foods, imported French linens and unique home and kitchen goods. While other local stores have ...

Historic Inauguration Reenactment and Gala to Benefit the Grover Cleveland Birthplace

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association recently held a gala and reenactment of the president’s 1893 inauguration here at the Woman’s Club of Upper Montclair.

CBS New York’s John Elliott, who served as the Master of Ceremonies, said, “There’s nothing more fun than history, so we’re going to have a good time, good food ...

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