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Back to School Triggers Mental Health Challenges for Some Students

October 6, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Maria Sikoutris Di Iorio said she's hearing kids say things now that they never said before.

"Nobody would ever talk about therapy in the past," Sikoutris Di Iorio told TAPinto. "Now we've got 10-year-olds saying 'I have to go see my therapist.'"

Sikoutris Di Iorio is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and ...

Football Player Will Deady is the Valairco Heating & Cooling Ridge Athlete of the Week

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- In his first three games this football season, Ridge fullback/safety Will Deady showed that he could be a valuable component in the Red Devils' Wing-T offense.

But in the last two games, Deady has emerged as a game-breaking feature back who has helped Ridge score 35 points in each of its last two games.

Deady rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries ...

Bernards Township Municipal Clerk Wraps Up 28-Year Career at Town Hall

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Last Friday was the final day at Bernards town hall for a township employee that has become very familiar presence for both residents and officials _ Rhonda Pisano, who began working part-time in 1994 in the engineering department, and was promoted to municipal clerk in 2014.

"It's been a great place to work," Pisano said on her last day in office. At a public ...

Get to Know the Candidates for Bernards Township Board of Education

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Each week leading to the November 8 election, the candidates running for Bernards Township Board of Education will answer question(s) that will be run in a series on TAPinto New Providence.

The 6 candidates running for three Bernards Township Board of Education three-year seats are incumbent Guddia Singh, Erica Blackman, Janice Corrado, Nimish Amin, ...

Ridge High AD Richard Shello has Retirement Notice Accepted

October 4, 2022

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Richard Shello, athletic director at Ridge High School and supervisor of health and physical education for all K-12 grades, will retire, effective Dec. 31.

His notice was accepted Monday night by the Bernards Township Board of Education

Superintendent Nick Markarian wrote in an online post last week that he “received a surprise” with the news of ...

Board of Education to Discuss District Reserves, Debt and Capital Projects

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - How the school district pays for things like roofs, equipment, vehicles and other long-lasting items will be discussed by the Board of Education at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in the Ridge High School cafeteria.

The session will discuss district reserves, debt and capital projects (e.g., athletic facilities and fields, building upgrades, heating-cooling equipment, ...

Bonnie Brae School to be Honored on Oct. 13 With 'Bonnie Brae Giving Day'

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ During more than a century in the Liberty Corner section of the township, Bonnie Brae Educational Center has transformed the lives of almost 13,000 youths while fulfilling its original 1915 mission of providing a place for destitute young men to seek shelter and support.

In recognizing that effort, the Bernards Township Committee this week proclaimed October 13, 2022, as ...

Football Player Will Deady is the Valairco Heating & Cooling Ridge Athlete of the Week

October 6, 2022

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- In his first three games this football season, Ridge fullback/safety Will Deady showed that he could be a valuable component in the Red Devils' Wing-T offense.

But in the last two games, Deady has emerged as a game-breaking feature back who has helped Ridge score 35 points in each of its last two games.

Deady rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries ...

Girls Soccer: Ridge Defeats North Hunterdon, 3-2, on Senior Night

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- The Ridge girls soccer team defeated North Hunterdon, 3-2, on Senior Night in the rain on Monday.

The Red Devils (6-4-1) won their third consecutive game, breaking a 2-2 tie with a goal off a corner kick with 7:35 left in the second half.

Katie Keefe had one goal and one assist, and Charlotte Connors and Audrey Miscia also scored goals for Ridge. Sophia Antogiovanni had ...

Ridge High AD Richard Shello has Retirement Notice Accepted

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Richard Shello, athletic director at Ridge High School and supervisor of health and physical education for all K-12 grades, will retire, effective Dec. 31.

His notice was accepted Monday night by the Bernards Township Board of Education

Superintendent Nick Markarian wrote in an online post last week that he “received a surprise” with the news of ...

Somerville HS Robotics Team Co-Hosts Tech Expo at Bridgewater Commons

September 24, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerville High School Robotics team is one of four from central New Jersey high schools that will host the Raritan Valley Science and Technology Showcase at the Bridgewater Commons mall on Oct. 1-2,

The other robotics teams are from Hillsborough High School, Bound Brook High School and Hunterdon Central in Flemington.

The expansive showcase will feature displays on ...

BRBA to partner with Inspiration Golf, Hosting YPN Event

September 23, 2022

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Basking Ridge Business Alliance (BRBA) Young Professional Network (YPN) will host its second networking night on October 6th at Inspiration Golf Range & Activity Center.

All members of the community are welcome and the price of admission will get you a bucket of balls, a free lesson from the Pros, and free food and drink. Attendees can also work on ...

Pumpkins, Hayrides and More at Nearby Falcon Fall Fest Saturday, October 8

October 4, 2022

METUCHEN, NJ – Local weather forecasts are predicting a sunny, crisp, fall day this Saturday, October 8.  Autumn lovers would consider it the perfect conditions to take a stroll in a pumpkin patch, jump on a hayride, take some scenic photos just in time for annual Christmas cards and much more.

It is all happening at the Saint Joseph High School Falcon Fall Fest.  The day ...

Ridge Drama Club Announces Fall Play and Cast: 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Ridge Drama Club is set to stage the internationally acclaimed play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Based on the best-selling book by Mark Haddon, it tells the story of a 15-year-old boy named Christopher, a teenager with autism who uses his skills as a math genius to solve a local mystery- the murder of the dog next door. The ...

Painting and poetry come together in Mindfulness in Medicine exhibition at hospital

SUMMIT, NJ – Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, recently unveiled Mindfulness in Medicine, an exhibition blending visual art and poetry within the hospital.

The exhibition, located outside of Overlook’s Bouras Auditorium, includes haiku poetry created by patients, caregivers, and Overlook team members and ...

Get to Know the Candidates for Bernards Township Board of Education

October 5, 2022

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Each week leading to the November 8 election, the candidates running for Bernards Township Board of Education will answer question(s) that will be run in a series on TAPinto New Providence.

The 6 candidates running for three Bernards Township Board of Education three-year seats are incumbent Guddia Singh, Erica Blackman, Janice Corrado, Nimish Amin, ...

Get to Know the Candidates for Bernards Township Committee Series: Janice Fields and Jessica Simpson-Cook

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Each week leading to the November 8 election, the candidates running for Bernards Township Committee will answer question(s) that will be run in a series on TAPinto Basking Ridge.

The two candidates running for Township Committee are incumbent Janice Fields (R) and Jessica Simpson-Cook(D).

JANICE FIELDS

Janice Fields as served one term on ...

Bernards Township Board of Education candidates to answer questions Oct. 12

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Candidates for the Bernards Township Board of Education will answer questions at a public forum from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Performing Arts Center at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge.

Six candidates are vying for three three-year seats. Those candidates incumbent Guddia “Herpreet” Singh, Nimish Amin, Csilla Csipak, Keith Molinari, Erica ...

Zumba for Mental Health: Patria Station Cafe Hosts Free Event on October 8

September 25, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Join the free Zumba for Mental Health event presented by Carolina Zokalski and Patria Station Cafe on Saturday, October 8th at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Patria Station Café parking lot at 128 Station Street in Berkeley Heights. The amazing Zumba Education Specialists (ZES) Lucrecia Venosta (member of Beto Perez team, creator of Zumba) will ...

Bonnie Brae School to be Honored on Oct. 13 With 'Bonnie Brae Giving Day'

September 29, 2022

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ During more than a century in the Liberty Corner section of the township, Bonnie Brae Educational Center has transformed the lives of almost 13,000 youths while fulfilling its original 1915 mission of providing a place for destitute young men to seek shelter and support.

In recognizing that effort, the Bernards Township Committee this week proclaimed October 13, 2022, as ...

Bernards Township Municipal Clerk Wraps Up 28-Year Career at Town Hall

October 6, 2022

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Last Friday was the final day at Bernards town hall for a township employee that has become very familiar presence for both residents and officials _ Rhonda Pisano, who began working part-time in 1994 in the engineering department, and was promoted to municipal clerk in 2014.

"It's been a great place to work," Pisano said on her last day in office. At a public ...

New Times Set for Halloween Costume Exchange After Fall Festival Canceled

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Rain and forecasts of inclement weather have resulted in the second annual Mayor's Fall Festival _ scheduled for Saturday afternoon _ to be canceled. A notification sent out on Friday included a "save the date" notification for Friday, Oct. 7.

New pickup procedure for Halloween costume swap

The announcement included a new procedure set up by the Bernards ...

Bonnie Brae School to be Honored on Oct. 13 With 'Bonnie Brae Giving Day'

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ During more than a century in the Liberty Corner section of the township, Bonnie Brae Educational Center has transformed the lives of almost 13,000 youths while fulfilling its original 1915 mission of providing a place for destitute young men to seek shelter and support.

In recognizing that effort, the Bernards Township Committee this week proclaimed October 13, 2022, as ...

Painting and poetry come together in Mindfulness in Medicine exhibition at hospital

October 2, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ – Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, recently unveiled Mindfulness in Medicine, an exhibition blending visual art and poetry within the hospital.

The exhibition, located outside of Overlook’s Bouras Auditorium, includes haiku poetry created by patients, caregivers, and Overlook team members and ...

Hundreds Attend POAC Event at Mt. Carmel Fair Grounds in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mount Carmel Society is no stranger to hosting large recreation events, and when approached to host a state-wide festival for families associated with POAC Autism Services -- the answer was a resounding "yes, and how can we help?"

POAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization making life better for children and adults with autism in New Jersey. POAC does ...

Registration Open Now for Bernards Township Walks for Mental Health

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Registration is open for the Bernards Township Walks for Mental Health fundraising event scheduled for Saturday, October 15th.  The walk will take place at Harry Dunham Park located at 241 Liberty Corner Road, Basking Ridge NJ, 07920. This event is sponsored by Basking Ridge UNICO, Bernards Township, and the Bernards Township Municipal Alliance Against ...

Bank Makes $13M Deal to End Newark ‘Redlining’ Case

October 4, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Lakeland Bank has made a $13 million deal with federal authorities to avoid prosecution for alleged discrimination against people of color who tried to get mortgages, loans and credit in Newark and minority areas in three New Jersey three counties.

This settlement coincides with news that Provident Bank, based in Woodbridge, would acquire all Lakeland Bancorp’s ...

Somerville to Break Ground Oct. 13 on $31.5M Public Safety Complex

September 23, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The long-awaited, much-anticipated ceremony to break ground on the borough's 46,000 square-foot Public Safety building is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at the site on Gaston Ave.

The building will consolidate all borough firefighting apparatus and four fire companies now stationed at three firehouses throughout the 2.5-square mile borough, and ...

FirstEnergy Drone Safety Game Takes Flight

Teens and tweens typically view drones as fun-to-use, exciting toys. With more youngsters taking to the skies, it is important they know that a drone is a real aircraft that may pose serious risks if used near power lines or other electrical equipment. 

To help educate young pilots and their parents, FirstEnergy has teamed up with a game developer to create The Drone Safety Zone, a ...

National Preparedness Month: Act Today, Stay Safe Tomorrow

Each September is National Preparedness Month, a time to shine a light on the importance of preparing for emergencies before they happen. 

One of the most common emergencies is severe weather, which can cause tree damage, broken poles, downed power lines and sometimes even lengthy power outages. While Mother Nature can be unpredictable, each of us can take steps to minimize the impact the ...

FirstEnergy Named Top Utility for Economic Development by Site Selection Magazine for Fourth Year in a Row

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), parent company of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), has been named by Site Selection magazine as one of the nation's leading utilities in promoting economic development for the fourth year in a row, helping to attract nearly 22,000 new jobs and $5.4 billion in third-party corporate facility investment in its six-state service area in ...

Saint Joseph Fathers Club Announces Italian Night

METUCHEN, NJ - The Saint Joseph Fathers Club is proud to announce a new community event - Italian Night - coming to the Catanzaro Dining Hall on Friday, October 21. A wide variety of Italian dishes will be cooked and served by the fathers of Falcons past and present. Doors open at 5pm and close at 8pm. 

 

Italian Night is a new entry in a longstanding tradition of bringing people ...

Agent Spotlight: Jenny Brigante

Jenny Brigante, Sales Associate in the New Providence office, offers personal service with distinction. She’ll serve as your trusted advisor with personal service and care! Jenny is a neighborhood specialist, familiar with local communities, home values, and price trends in Union County. Her commitment, guidance, and care are all offered unstintingly to her clients throughout the buying and ...

Atlantic Health System and New York Jets Partner on Series of Events to Fight Cancer as Part of "Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer" Campaign

October 5, 2022

The New York Jets and Atlantic Health System are continuing their fight against cancer with a focus on pediatric oncology as part of the NFL and American Cancer Society's “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign. Through a series of events, the Jets and Atlantic Health System will increase awareness, provide comfort, and raise money for those that have been affected by ...

Wharton Arts’ Artistic Director Receives Eastman School of Music Centennial Award

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—New Jersey’s largest non-profit community performing arts education organization announced today that Artistic Director Helen H. Cha-Pyo is one of 100 select individuals chosen to receive the prestigious Eastman School of Music Centennial Award. The award is granted to those who exemplify the school’s mission and legacy through their commitment to artistry, ...

Bridgewater Commons, Robert Wood Johnson Teaming Up to Educate During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Commons Mall and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset have teamed up to educate and encourage mammograms during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

There will be a series of special events and eye-catching moments throughout the mall to educate and encourage women to schedule annual mammograms and embrace hope.

First, there will be ...

Public Education is Under Attack

September 28, 2022

The following statements are made in my capacity as a private citizen, and not in my capacity as a Board of Education member. These statements are also not reflective of the Board or its individual members, and solely represent my own personal opinions.

The NJ Code of Ethics for School Board Members states that board members will “provide accurate information” and will ...

'Partisan politics has infiltrated' Bernards Township school board race

We need to raise awareness in our community that partisan politics has infiltrated a group of four candidates who are running for the Bernards Township Board of Education (BOE). This is happening in many districts, not just in Bernards Township. They are following a playbook to overturn BOEs nationally and they are doing it by running a scare campaign. 

This type of campaign includes the ...

No Child Should Be Made To Feel Invisible

This November, we must decide if we will live up to the ideas and ideals first enumerated by our founders. Will we truly be a country where all men and women are created equal, and are deserving of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Or will the rights, history and very existence of some of us be curtailed and hidden, effectively creating sub-groups of second-class citizens? As the mother ...

Podcast Features TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro's Journey to Provide Hyperlocal News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The Nerdtoolz Podcast featured TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro on a recent episode.

Shapiro talked about the life-changing decision that caused him to create something his hometown of New Providence, New Jersey did not have back in 2008 — a platform providing original local news and information for the borough's residents.

"When I started ...

TAPinto Journalists Named Finalists in the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists Awards

NEWARK, NJ — TAPinto journalists and their original, hyperlocal stories are finalists in the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists 2022 Excellence in Journalism Awards Contest.

"TAPinto is honored to be recognized for the outstanding journalism produced by TAPinto owner/publishers," TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro said. "At TAPinto, it's about ...

TAPinto Kenilworth Publisher to Perform in Local Musical

KENILWORTH, NJ — Not having a plan is part of Telina Cuppari's plan.

"I'm the most impulsive person in the world," Cuppari, the owner and publisher of TAPinto Kenilworth, said. "I've always been spontaneous. I'm more of a go-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of girl. I don't like planning."

Earlier this year, Cuppari saw an article on ...

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating two milestones — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022, and the third anniversary of his TAPinto franchise, which he launched on his birthday, September 9, 2019.

It’s the second time in three years  that the local news and digital marketing ...

Tips for Small Businesses to Get Media Exposure

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Small business owners have faced unprecedented challenges during the last two years. Many have had to rethink their whole business model altogether. Communicating with customers and clients is more important now than it’s ever been.

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily lives. Protecting public health meant changing how many businesses ...

Choose New Jersey Opens Office in Ireland

October 2, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Choose New Jersey, an organization that stimulates job creation and attracts business to the state, has opened an office in Ireland, making New Jersey the first state in the U.S. to have an economic development office in that nation.

“New Jersey’s longstanding connection to Ireland, which was fortified during our recent economic mission, will be further ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, October 8, 10:00 AM

Downtown Morristown, Morristown

Morristown Festival of Books

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Sat, October 8, 5:00 PM

Patria Station Cafe, Berkeley Heights

Zumba for Mental Health: Patria Station Cafe ...

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Sat, October 8, 8:00 PM

Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook

Comedian Bobby Collins