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NJ Apple Picking Farm Provides Husky Dogs a Better Life

September 23, 2020

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help rid the orchard of critters and provide a better life ...

Sept. 23 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 16 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Wednesday reported a total of 5,216 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 16 cases overnight, along with 498 deaths since the first case was reported March 8.

Bernards Townshiphas had a total of 331 confirmed COVID-19 cases since March, with 42 deaths, included those reported in assisted ...

Bedminster Resident Founds Independence for Veterans Charitable Organization

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Bedminster resident Stacia McDonough, the widow of a decorated U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran, Sgt. John E. McDonough, has launched “Independence for Veterans, Inc.” a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The organization is aptly named, as Sgt. McDonough’s birth date was July 4.

McDonough has volunteered with New Jersey’s ...

When Will Bernards Township Schools Resume Full-Time In-School Learning?

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — With partial in-school learning scheduled to start for all grades Oct. 1, a majority of e-mailing commenters to Monday night’s online Board of Education meeting had one consistent question: When will the district resume fulltime in-person learning?

The answer from school leaders: We don’t know.

School lessons resumed Sept. 8 with online education ...

When Will Bernards Township Schools Resume Full-Time In-School Learning?

September 23, 2020

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — With partial in-school learning scheduled to start for all grades Oct. 1, a majority of e-mailing commenters to Monday night’s online Board of Education meeting had one consistent question: When will the district resume fulltime in-person learning?

The answer from school leaders: We don’t know.

School lessons resumed Sept. 8 with online education ...

'Don't vote for me': School Board Candidate Drops Out of Race

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Elaine DiDario, a candidate for the Bernards Township Board of Education, has had a change of heart and is dropping out of the race.

"Please don’t vote for me on Nov. 3," she wrote in a comment read at the school board’s meeting Monday night. She said she will not accept the position even if she received the votes to win one of the three ...

Bernards School Board Hears Details for Planned Reopening of Buildings

BERNARDS TWP., NJ — Bernards Township school officials thrashed through dozens of details Monday night on how they will run simultaneous tracks of instruction – in person and online – for a school year that’s just begun.

Education began Sept. 8 entirely online for the approximately 5,000 students, but the district will transition to a hybrid plan Oct. 1, with about ...

Ridge Field Hockey Team Looks Forward to Oct. 1 Opener

September 21, 2020

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The Ridge High School field hockey team is scheduled to open its revamped, abbreviated 2020 regular season on Thursday, Oct. 1 at North Hunterdon High School in Annandale.

The Red Devils will be counting on strong midfield play as they hope to build on the success of a 16-6-1 season in 2019. 

"We have a core group of returners this season who experienced ...

It's Lights On, and Batter's Up for Ridge Baseball Club Following Approval From Bernards Committee

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Ridge Baseball Club's request to turn on the night lights at the Valley Road field complex was affirmed by the Bernards Township Committee on Tuesday, when an RBC official said players in the youth baseball organization began this week.

Although COVID-19 shut down the kids' baseball league through the spring and summer, almost 200 children have now ...

Fall Sports Practices Under Way at Ridge High School

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — After two and a half weeks in which no practices could take place, the resumption of preparation for all Ridge High School outdoor fall sports began this week.

The NJSIAA pushed back by nearly a month the start of the fall sports seasons, and also curtailed those seasons from the normal length of a fall season, because of COVID-19 and the adjustments that state ...

Proposed Committee to Address 'Dissatisfaction' With JCP&L, Optimum

September 14, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - After officials and residents alike have expressed "dissatisfaction" with the services provided by both Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and Optimum/Altice's internet service at recent meetings, the Bernards Township Committee is considering setting up a special committee to push to improve that service.

A public work session on the ...

Lottery Ticket Sold in Basking Ridge Worth $387K

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — A lottery ticket worth more than $387,000 was sold at a service station in Basking Ridge.

Two tickets matched all five numbers drawn splitting the $775,198 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Sunday, Sept. 13 drawing. One of those tickets was purchased from the Basking Ridge Exxon at 305 King George Road.

Each ticket is worth $387,599.

So Far, No Response from Invite to JCP&L to Answer for Power Outages

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Last month's invite to Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) to attend a public forum in Bernards Township to explain power outages after Tropical Storm Isaias _ and sometimes even in calm weather _  has recieved no answer thus far, Township Mayor James Baldassare said this week.

The Bernards Township Committee also followed up the ...

Somerset Hills Harmony Chorus Finds a Way to Sing Together Again

September 22, 2020

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Live singing has been on a forced worldwide shutdown since early March due to suspected instances of massive aerosol spreading of coronavirus among participants. Choral singing has been shunned over fears of pandemic plumes, but local a cappella chorus Somerset Hills Harmony has found a way to rehearse safely.

In August, Somerset Hills Harmony, an all-age open membership ...

Farmstead Arts Center's 10th Anniversary Postponed; Zoom Art Classes Begin Sept. 26

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Ten years ago, the Farmstead Arts Center opened to the public at the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead on a pre-Revolutionary War property that had been purchased by Bernards Township. 

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, however, a 10th anniversary celebration of the center's opening that was long planned for Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, ...

More Than Ever, Central Jersey Jazz Fest is All About Improvisation

BUFFALO, NY - Sheila Anderson, co-producer of Sunday's 11th annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival, was in Somerville last September for the.conclusion of the three-day tri-county event, introducing the acts, working the crowd and staying busy behind the scenes as she has done since 2009.

Thousands brought their chairs and blankets and set up in front of the stage on East Main Street, ...

5 Ways to Make Your Favorite Chili Into a Totally Different Meal

September 22, 2020

Does the cooler weather have you craving chili? A bowl of red is a great way to warm up, and if the leftovers start to bore you, there are plenty of ways you can mix things up.

Make your favorite chili into totally different meals with these simple ideas:

Serve it Cincinnati-style* over spaghetti with shredded Cheddar cheese and chopped onions.

Make it part of a “baked ...

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...

With Riding Lessons Still On Hold, Lord Stirling Is Open For Dog Walks

September 19, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ – Although horseback riding lessons at Lord Stirling Stable offered to the public for many decades are still on hold, the Somerset County Park Commission is continuing to study the feasibility of resuming stable operations _ the county issued a reminder this week that weekly Saturday dog walks are continuing on winter hours. The usual $3 dog fee is being ...

Bedminster Resident Founds Independence for Veterans Charitable Organization

September 23, 2020

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Bedminster resident Stacia McDonough, the widow of a decorated U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran, Sgt. John E. McDonough, has launched “Independence for Veterans, Inc.” a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The organization is aptly named, as Sgt. McDonough’s birth date was July 4.

McDonough has volunteered with New Jersey’s ...

Make-A-Wish Foundation Arranging Car Parade for Bernardsville Youth

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — Make-A-Wish New Jersey, in partnership with the Bernardsville Police Department, Fire Department and the entire borough and surrounding communities, will host a surprise car parade in honor of a 10-year-old Bernardsville resident.

The youngster, Neil, will be surprised at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 with a convoy of police cars, fire trucks, motorcycles and ...

Remembering Residents Lost on a Day that Changed Basking Ridge & the World

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ On a mild, seasonable Sept. 11 as it was 19 years ago, a crowd of residents, officials, Boy Scouts, family members and many first responders gathered briefly on Friday evening to pay homage to Bernards Township residents who lost their lives in the tragedy that unfolded on September 11, 2001.

The anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and ...

Deadline Extended to Sept. 30 to Honor A Local Veteran With 'Hometown Heroes' Banner [Updated]

September 21, 2020

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The deadline to order a "Hometown Heroes" banner to honor a veteran who lives or has lived in Bernards Township has been extended to Sept. 30.

The banners will be flown at the municipal complex at 1 Collyer Lane, or at another location around the township if more space is needed, during November. "They will be up before the (annual) Field of ...

With Riding Lessons Still On Hold, Lord Stirling Is Open For Dog Walks

BERNARDS TWP., NJ – Although horseback riding lessons at Lord Stirling Stable offered to the public for many decades are still on hold, the Somerset County Park Commission is continuing to study the feasibility of resuming stable operations _ the county issued a reminder this week that weekly Saturday dog walks are continuing on winter hours. The usual $3 dog fee is being ...

Murphy Denounces Shooting at Cops' Home, Signs Environmental Law, Reports COVID Numbers at Briefing

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside.

The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck the home at least six times, according to Camden police. The couple were inside ...

Sept. 23 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 16 New Cases Overnight

September 23, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Wednesday reported a total of 5,216 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 16 cases overnight, along with 498 deaths since the first case was reported March 8.

Bernards Townshiphas had a total of 331 confirmed COVID-19 cases since March, with 42 deaths, included those reported in assisted ...

COVID-19 Outbreak: Hillsborough Suspends Youth Athletic Programs

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Several youth recreational and competitive sports programs have been suspended due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases first reported by Mayor Douglas Tomson in a Health Advisory issued on Friday, Sept. 18.

Tomson confirmed the first person to test positive was associated with DC Gymnastics, a sprawling indoor athletic facility located in a building on Jill Court.

Quickly ...

With Riding Lessons Still On Hold, Lord Stirling Is Open For Dog Walks

BERNARDS TWP., NJ – Although horseback riding lessons at Lord Stirling Stable offered to the public for many decades are still on hold, the Somerset County Park Commission is continuing to study the feasibility of resuming stable operations _ the county issued a reminder this week that weekly Saturday dog walks are continuing on winter hours. The usual $3 dog fee is being ...

Basking Ridge Man Admits to Concealing Material Support to Terrorists

September 15, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — A Basking Ridge man admitted Tuesday that he concealed his attempts to provide material support to the militant Islamic Palestinian nationalist organization Hamas, according to federal authorities.

Jonathan Xie, 21, pleaded guilty by video conference before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to one count of concealing attempts to provide material ...

Victims in Sunday Morning's Shooting in New Brunswick Identified

September 14, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Authorities have identified the victims of Sunday morning’s shooting on Delafield Street.

Anthony Robinson 23, of New Brunswick, and Lionel Macauley, 28, of Franklin, have been identified as the two male victims who were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and died from the injuries they sustained in the shooting, according to Middlesex County ...

Remembering Residents Lost on a Day that Changed Basking Ridge & the World

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ On a mild, seasonable Sept. 11 as it was 19 years ago, a crowd of residents, officials, Boy Scouts, family members and many first responders gathered briefly on Friday evening to pay homage to Bernards Township residents who lost their lives in the tragedy that unfolded on September 11, 2001.

The anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and ...

Chilling Video Shows Four Gunmen Unleashing Hail of Bullets in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A chilling video shows four men emerging from a car with guns drawn and unleashing a hail of bullets that left two dead and six injured early Sunday morning.

In the video provided to TAPinto New Brunswick, the shooters can be seen emerging from the four-door sedan with hoods pulled down in front of their faces. They open fire in the direction of 32 Delafield Street, ...

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NJ Apple Picking Farm Provides Husky Dogs a Better Life

September 23, 2020

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help rid the orchard of critters and provide a better life ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Storage Facility Aims to Create Community for Car Enthusiasts

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Allison Kulesza, General Manager of Car Lofts in Fairfield, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about the facility's unique offerings for car enthusiasts and how the business has managed and pivoted during the pandemic. 

Car Lofts is a vehicle storage facility with a private social club for car enthusiasts, along with rental venues ...

Sept. 23 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 16 New Cases Overnight

September 23, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Wednesday reported a total of 5,216 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, an increase of 16 cases overnight, along with 498 deaths since the first case was reported March 8.

Bernards Townshiphas had a total of 331 confirmed COVID-19 cases since March, with 42 deaths, included those reported in assisted ...

Calling All Young Voters for Chadda and Sandler

September 23, 2020

I am in support of Sophia Chadda and Jon Sandler for Bernards Township Committee. In the past, they have reached out to businesses and residents to find out what their concerns are with our town. Now, they are reaching out to the younger voters of Bernards Township. 

They are holding a special Town Hall on Thursday, September 24 at 7PM. They have invited a panel of local high school ...

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Atlantic Health System’s four ACOs saved Medicare more than $21 million, improved care for 75,000 patients in 2019

September 22, 2020

Atlantic Health System’s four accountable care organizations saved Medicare a total of more than $21 million through efforts to improve quality and reduce health care costs in 2019, according to recently released performance data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The four ACOs - Atlantic ACO, HealthCare Quality Partners ACO, Care Better ACO and Optimus Healthcare ...