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Approved Bernards Municipal Budget Raising Taxes by $60 on Average Home

May 2, 2021

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The 2021 municipal budget of $41,906,425 approved by the Bernards Township Committee last week will raise this year's property tax bill by $59.74 on an average township home, assessed at $620,895 for 2021. 

The $21 million portion of the budget to be funded by taxpayers this year represents a 1.96 percent increase from the ...

Bernards Local Budget Plan Kept Under 2% Increase Despite $1.4 Million Loss in Revenues

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Committee is set to take a final vote Tuesday night on a proposed $41,906,425 budget to cover municipal operations for 2021 that will raise property taxes by a little less than $60 on an average township home. A public hearing on the budget will also be held at the April 27 meeting, due to begin at 8 p.m.

The proposed budget would ...

Basking Ridge Teens Weigh in on Legalized Marijuana Issue at Bernardsville Meeting

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — Before its members ultimately voted in favor of an ordinance prohibiting the operation of any class of cannabis business within the borough’s boundaries, the Bernardsville Borough Council Monday night heard presentations from four Basking Ridge teens on the issue.

Paige Nielsen, Youth Engagement Coordinator for the Bernardsville-based nonprofit, Community in ...

New Jersey is 2021’s State with the 7th Highest Tax Burden: Study

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the seventh highest state with the overall tax burden with a 9.98% overall state tax according to personal finance website WalletHub’s  2021 Tax Burden by State report. New York was the highest taxed state in the nation.

What accounts for New Jersey's top 10 ranking? Property taxes.

"New Jersey has the third highest ...

Presentation on Proposed $41.9 Million Municipal Budget on Tuesday Agenda

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ This Tuesday's Bernards Township Committee agenda includes a presentation on a proposed $41,906,425 budget to cover municipal operations for 2021. 

That is a decrease from a total $42 million in municipal budget appropriations for 2020. 

However, the portion of this year's municipal budget to be raised by local property taxes _ a total of $21, ...

Veneto Italian Restaurant, a Mainstay In The Hills, To Close This Month

BERNARDS TWP., NJ -- Veneto Italian Ristorante was open during Hurricane Sandy, handing out free pizza to the community, has for years delivered loads of lunchtime pizzas to the Lyons Veterans Administration, and has been the scene of many parties and casual get-togethers for countless local families.

But as of March 28, the longtime hangout in The Hills section of Bernards ...

Tax Day for Individuals Extended to May 17: Treasury, IRS Extend Filing and Payment Deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced Wednesday that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15 to May 17, 2021.

The IRS will be providing formal guidance in the coming days.

“This continues to be a tough time for many people, and the IRS wants to ...

Planning Board Endorses Loosening Hills Shopping Center Zoning Rules [Update]

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Planning Board on Tuesday endorsed a proposed zoning change to lift a cap that now limits the amount of retail space at the Hills Highlands shopping center at 75 percent, with the remaining 25 percent currently set aside for office space. 

Following the board's review, the Bernards Township Committee is expecting to ...


Local Wealth Advisor Completes Advanced Virtual Training from America’s IRA Experts at Ed Slott and Company, LLC

May 17, 2021

Walter F. Pardo, CEO of Wealth Financial Partners, LLC completed his semiannual training with America’s IRA Experts at Ed Slott and Company, LLC by participating in a virtual workshop April 29-30, 2021. The invite-only workshop was attended by members of Ed Slott’s Master Elite IRA Advisor GroupSM; it provided in-depth technical training on advanced retirement account planning ...


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Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...

Bernardsville to Unveil Completed Mural This Month

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — The borough has announced the completion of the Bernardsville Mount Airy Road Mural Project, with an unveiling of a new and long-anticipated mural depicting the historic borough.

The mural is a permanent installation and attraction that covers both sides of the bridge on Mount Airy Road, a main thruway for downtown Bernardsville. The mural reads “Welcome to ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Coyle Trail House Uninhabitable Following Mother's Day Structure Fire

May 10, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A single family house on Coyle Trail is uninhabitable after a fire ripped through the second floor and attic Sunday afternoon.

Bill Rose, of the Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department, said the call came in around 12:09 p.m. Sunday, and, when firefighters arrived, it was already a well-involved structure fire in the second floor and attic.

"The fire was well-seeded, ...

The 8th Annual Joseph Calello Melanoma Scholar, Dr. Charles Balch, to Present “The Surgical Management of Melanoma,” a Virtual Lecture, May 6

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, in partnership with OncLive, invites health care professionals and others interested in the surgical management of melanoma to a virtual lecture by internationally known melanoma expert Charles M. Balch, MD, FACS, FASCO.  Dr. Balch is this year’s Joseph Calello Melanoma Scholar.  The free lecture and Q & A will be held on May 6, 11 a.m.

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Tewksbury Historical Society to Conduct Garden Tour on June 12

May 17, 2021

The Tewksbury Historical Society will feature six gardens at its biannual garden tour, set for Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

The Tewksbury Historical Society will sponsor the tour of the six gardens located throughout Tewksbury Township. The tour will welcome visitors.  All COVID-19 requirements applicable at that time will be followed.

A 1722 ...