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Independent Press Veterans Barbara Rybolt, Tracy Beckerman, and Marianne Ivers Join TAPinto.net

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto.net is pleased to announce that veteran Independent Press reporter and editor Barbara Rybolt, Independent Press humor columnist Tracy Beckerman, and longtime Independent Press reporter Marianne Ivers have joined TAPinto.net.  The move from the Independent Press to TAPinto.net follows on the heels of news first reported by TAPinto that the Independent Press would be ceasing print publication.

Rybolt, a native of New Jersey, began her career in community journalism in 1988 with Recorder Publishing.  She joined the staff of the Independent Press in 1999, where she held a number of positions, including editor.  For the past five years or so, she has worked as a reporter and photographer for the paper.   Rybolt will be covering local news for TAP into Berkeley Heights.   Rybolt said, "I've always enjoyed covering Berkeley Heights and look forward to continuing to do so as a freelance writer for TAPinto.net."  

Tracy Beckerman writes the syndicated humor column, LOST IN SUBURBIA® which is carried by over 400 newspapers and more than 250 websites and reaches an audience of nearly 10 million readers in 25 states.   She is also the author of two books, "Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir. How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs" and "Rebel without a Minivan: Observations on Life in the 'Burbs."  In addition to her column, Tracy makes frequent TV appearances including The Today ShowLive From the Couch,The CBS Early ShowThe Balancing Act on LifetimeGood Day New YorkLX New York, and CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, to name a few, as well as numerous radio and print interviews speaking about motherhood and life in the 'burbs.  She also does stand-up comedy and has appeared at venues including The Comic Strip Live in NYC and The Erma Bombeck Workshop in Dayton.   

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In 2010 she was voted "America's Top Blogger" by The Balancing Act, and in 2011, she won a National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for humor writing.  In 2014, Tracy was the Global Humor Award Winner of the coveted Erma Bombeck Writing Competition.  Tracy is a three time past faculty member of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop and is the Vice-president of The National Society of Newspaper Columnists. She is also VP of the Education Foundation of the NSNC and a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.   

Beckerman said, "I'm truly thrilled to join TAPinto, the premiere online local newspaper in New Jersey.  As a longtime New Providence resident, which also happens to be the birthplace of TAP, I'm especially excited to call TAP my new home.  I'm looking forward to finding all the funny, ironic, and uniquely absurd parts of being Lost in Suburbia and sharing them with the TAP readers each week!"

Ivers, who reported for the Independent Press for 12 years in Chatham and Madison, will be covering New Providence Board of Education meetings as well as assignments in Chatham and Madison.   Ivers said, "I am looking forward to covering local news for TAPinto. My goal is to continue keeping residents informed on local issues and events. I am proud to be part of the growing TAPinto staff."    

Michael Shapiro, CEO and Publisher of TAPinto.net, said, "With Barbara Rybolt, Tracy Beckerman and Marianne Ivers joining the TAPinto family from the Independent Press, TAPinto.net has hit the writer trifecta.  We are honored to have these award-winning journalists and writers join TAPinto."  

TAPinto.net, formerly TheAlternativePress.com, was founded by New Providence, New Jersey residents Michael and Lauryn Shapiro, is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association and currently has over 3,600,000 readers.  The all-online hyperlocal news site boasts more than fifty columnists, a full-service Community Calendar, Business Directory, and local Real Estate Listings. The public can friend TAPinto.net on Facebook at Facebook.com/tapintolocal and can follow TAPinto.net on Twitter at Twitter.com/tapintolocal
 
In addition, TAPinto.net is currently offering franchise opportunities in NJ, NY, PA and CT. Anyone interested in starting an online newspaper in their town is invited to Click here for more information. 
 
TAPinto.net currently covers hyperlocal daily news and information in: Basking Ridge, Berkeley Heights, Bridgewater/Raritan, Cedar Grove, Chatham, Clark, Cranbury, Cranford, Denville, East Brunswick, East Orange, Edison, Elizabeth, Green Brook, Livingston, Madison, Maplewood, Millburn/Short Hills, Milltown/Spotswood, Montville, Montclair, Morristown, New Providence, Newton, North Plainfield, Paterson, Plainfield, Randolph, Roselle/Roselle Park, Roxbury, Scotch Plains/Fanwood, South Brunswick, South Orange, South Plainfield, Sparta, Summit, Verona, Warren, Watchung, West Essex, Westfield, and West Orange.

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