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June 4, 2020

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Somerset County Department of Health reported Thursday that 4,075 county residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic hit locally in March, an increase of nine new cases overnight. Bernards Township had one new case Thursday, and 254 total ...

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CAMDEN, NJ -- Steven Rodas, Editor of TAPinto Camden, spoke with Stephanie Willoughby about the recent protest held here in solidarity with George Floyd that has put the city in the national spotlight for both its peaceful nature and police participation.  Hundreds gathered in downtown Camden on ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back patrons on June 15. Although non-essential retail businesses will follow familiar rules that have been observed for months ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Bernards Township Mayor Jim Baldassare is collaborating with other township departments and officials to get the community ready for "Stage 2" of the state's reopening process from the shutdown that began in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Your Township ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Garden State eateries continuing to hurt because of COVID-19 will get further relief June 15 when the state will begin allowing for in-person outdoor dining. Gov. Phil Murphy, in announcing the executive order Wednesday, said he himself has a reservation for June 15 although he ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Trilogy Repertory Co.'s planned summer 'Plays in the Park' are canceled due to lingering concerns over COVID-19, but the theater company is still hoping to present those productions of "Annie" and "Clue" in 2021. "Due to the uncertain future regulations and restrictions ...

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CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic.  Stone described Grounded for Life as a ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The first female police officer ever hired in Bernards Township is getting ready to retire on July 1 of this year. Gina Loschiavo, currently the school resource officer at the William Annin Middle School, was lauded by the Bernards Township Committee at its virtual meeting ...

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NEW JERSEY — Eight days after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer saw at least 21 protests across New Jersey on Tuesday.  Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference Wednesday said these have been peaceful demonstrations, despite the crowds at some — with Mayor ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Somerset County Department of Health reported Wednesday that 4,066 residents in the county have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic hit locally in March, an increase of just seven new cases across the county since Tuesday. One new case was ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Salaries for most non-unionized Bernards Township school administrators were approved May 18 by the Board of Education. For the 2020-21 school year, most of the building-level and department supervisors will see salary increases of slightly more than 3 percent. But ...

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FAR HILLS, NJ -- Annika Helgeson, a student at Ridge High School, has been awarded a scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2020. Helgeson, a resident of Far Hills, will be attending Boston University, where she will study acting. These awards provide between $500 and ...

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RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Renee Faris, Chef & Owner of Erie Coffee Shop & Bakery, about her small business in town and how life and work has changed for her during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the coronavirus outbreak began to take hold in New Jersey, at first Faris ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Jim Baldassare, mayor of Bernards Township, Chief of Police Mike Shimsky and members of the Township Committee all have issued statements in reaction to the death of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis and the rioting and unrest across the nation in the wake of Floyd's ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Somerset County Department of Health reported Tuesday that 4,059 residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in the county since the pandemic hit locally in March, an increase of 16 cases countywide since Monday. Bernards Township had 252 cases, with four ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — School leaders are working on plans for Ridge High School graduates to receive their diplomas at the school’s Lee Field athletic facility on June 18, the day long planned for the ceremony. They will do so individually on the field, stopping to receive the diploma and have ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Host Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Ralph Acquaviva, Owner of Delicious Heights, a restaurant/bar/takeout establishment, to see how he has managed his business during the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about the initiatives he has established to continue meeting his ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal-care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to slowly reopen New Jersey. Youth summer programs will also be ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Somerset County Department of Health reported Monday that 4,043 residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in the county since the pandemic hit locally in March, an increase of 13 cases countywide since Sunday. Bernards Township had 248 cases, with no new ...

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BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - Jessica Mauceri, owner of Fairytale Inc. in Bernardsville, is developing a new way of doing business amidst COVID-19 non-essential business shut-downs.   Fairytale Inc. is formerly known as the go-to destination for crafty and cool children’s birthday and celebration party ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The tradition of naming Teachers of the Year at the end of the school year is scheduled to take place at Monday's scheduled Board of Education "virtual meeting," even if the teachers won't be able to accept their awards in person. In previous years, the teachers receiving the ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce eased restrictions on serving customers at restaurants and bars at his Monday press briefing, but owners are concerned the guidance he provides will be little more than an appetizer. Murphy's guidance is that no one is to be allowed indoors ...

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Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead. “We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA -- Today, SpaceX launched a manned flight into space from Kennedy Space Center. To commemorate the event, we take a look back at our post from last year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, which originated, like today's flight, from Kennedy Space ...

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SOMERSET HILLS, NJ _ The usual parades and flag ceremonies for Memorial Day were put on hold due to COVID-19 in 2020, but Basking Ridge-based Heartworks reached out in other ways to area veterans. Other years, Heartworks and VFW 7658 each Memorial Day have been serving a barbeque dinner in honor ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Somerset County Department of Health reported Saturday that 4,017 residents in the county have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic hit locally in March, an increase of 15 cases overnight. There have been 247 cases in Bernards Township, an ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. "George Floyd should be alive today – ...

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BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The final stages of the township's restoration of its website and other online systems, disabled by a cyber-attack in mid-May, was underway at the end of this week, said Township Administrator Pat Monaco. However, so far, no culprit has been identified. In answering questions ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Walker’s prior business model included ...

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The Somerset County Board of Heath reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, but no additional cases in Bernards Township. There have been 4,002 confirmed coronavirus cases in Somerset County since the start of the pandemic, and 245 cases in Bernards Township. Here ...

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