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New Jersey Residents Invited to Drumthwacket for Holiday Open Houses

November 23, 2022

PRINCETON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy are inviting New Jersey residents to visit Drumthwacket, the Governor's official residence in Princeton, during the holidays.

The Drumthwacket Foundation has teamed up with a number garden clubs from around the state, for "The Holidays at Drumthwacket." Guests will be able to see each public room in the first ...

New Jersey Reinstates Black Bear Hunt Following Increased Sightings

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted Tuesday to reinstate the state's black bear hunt.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who previously opposed the hunt, says the decision was needed due to a significant increase in bear sightings around the state.

From January to October 2022, compared to the same time last year, bear incidents are up 237% in the state, according to the ...

New Jersey Clean Communities Council Executive Director Says Plastic Bag Ban's Impact on Litter Has Been 'Astounding'

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's single-use bag ban has been in place for more than six months and JoAnn Gemenden says what's happened since May is "astronomical."

Gemenden, the Executive Director at New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC), said an estimated 1 billion single-use plastic bags have been removed from grocery stores around the state. She ...

Your Take-home Pay and Retirement Contributions Could Increase Next Year, Thanks to Inflation

NEW JERSEY — The IRS is taking notice of the impact inflation is having on taxpayers. As a result, your take-home pay may go up next year, and you may be able to set aside more for retirement.

The IRS has boosted the thresholds for all seven federal income tax brackets, applying to tax year 2023 for returns filed in 2024.

"That means you'll have less withholding in your ...

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Faculty Spotlight: Meet Union Catholic's John Becht

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - In our latest installment of Faculty Spotlight, we shine the spotlight on Union Catholic's John Becht. Becht is a teacher, Campus Minister, and a moderator for several clubs, including Peer Ministry. Here is our Q and Q with Becht - 

Faculty Member:
John Becht  

Years of service at Union Catholic and positions: 
16th year
Teacher
Campus ...

The Union Catholic Cheer Squad Finished First At The Randolph Rampage Competition

RANDOLPH, NJ -- The Union Catholic varsity cheer squad, competing in its first competition in several years, won the Universal Cheerleaders Association Large School Varsity Division and senior Beatriz Montero was a finalist in the Jump-Off at Sunday's Randolph Rampage Cheer Competition.

The team performed a 2 minute and 30 second traditional cheer & music routine, which ...

Meet Brett Dreyer, Candidate for Cranford Board of Education, Three-Year Term

November 4, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ - On Tuesday, November 8, Cranford residents will head to the polls to elect four new members of the Board of Education, three for three-year terms and one for an unexpired term of two years. 

Three year candidates are Brett Dreyer, Thomas Grasso, Patrick Lynch, Francis N. Riccio III and Susan Shaw. The two-year unexpired term candidates are Christine Bradley, Brian ...

Cranford Board of Ed Candidate Questionnaire Round-Up

CRANFORD, NJ - On Tuesday, November 8, Cranford residents will head to the polls to elect four new members of the Board of Education, three for three-year terms and one for an unexpired term of two years. 

Three year candidates are Brett Dreyer, Thomas Grasso, Patrick Lynch, Francis N. Riccio III and Susan Shaw. The two-year unexpired term candidates are Christine Bradley, Brian ...

Meet Thomas Grasso, Candidate for Cranford Board of Education, Three-Year Term

CRANFORD, NJ - On Tuesday, November 8, Cranford residents will head to the polls to elect four new members of the Board of Education, three for three-year terms and one for an unexpired term of two years. 

Three year candidates are Brett Dreyer, Thomas Grasso, Patrick Lynch, Francis N. Riccio III and Susan Shaw. The two-year unexpired term candidates are Christine Bradley, Brian ...

New Jersey’s 'Sign Language' Not Understood by Feds

NEW JERSEY — The U.S. Department of Transportation has proven there is no room for humor in a federal bureaucracy, moving to stamp out the inspired levity that New Jersey has been putting on its road signs to make drivers notice them.

Humorous messages had been appearing on New Jersey’s highway signs like “Get Your Head Out of Your Apps,”  “Hocus ...

Try 4 New Ways to Trim Holiday Waste This Year

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of trash generated by American households can jump an average of 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Union County residents can help reduce excess waste at home by exploring new opportunities to conserve resources.

“Cutting down on waste at the source is important, and we also want to make sure that ...

Shooting in Scotch Plains Sunday; Victim Survives Shot to the Chest

November 21, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police officers responded to a report of shots fired at a building on the 1700 block of East Second St. Sunday morning, according to a press release from Scotch Plains police.

Sgt. Jason Everitt, Off. Damian Serafin, and Off. Vincent Conti arrived first at the scene and located a 41-year-old male later identified as Bilal L. Williams, walking in the ...

Suspect Found Guilty in 2019 Stabbing of Lyft Driver and Fellow Passenger

CLARK, NJ - Farrakhan Howard, 31 was found guilty of stabbing a Lyft driver and a female passenger during a drive through Clark in 2019 according to police. Howard faced numerous charges after the 47-year-old driver was found suffering from multiple stab wounds on Westfield Avenue on April 24, 2019. A 20-year-old female was found nearby with stab wounds ...

New Ban Prohibits Carrying Firearms on Union County Property

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A new law which bans the carrying of concealed guns on county property hit home in a profound way for Commissioner Angela Garretson, who was recently disturbed by reports of a gunman in walking distance from her home in Hillside.

“It was very frightening to be aware that there was someone in such close proximity to my home, who had gunned down two police officers ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Students Compete in Olympic Games

The Middle School at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its first House Olympics last week in Laidlaw Gym. The 90-minute event allowed students in all three houses to engage in friendly competition with more points on the line toward their weekly and cumulative totals.

Lee Nicholls, Physical Education Department Chair, ran the competition with a superb slate of events: Team Photo, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Solve Crime During Middle School STEM Workshop

Students in grades 6-8 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison  participated in the Middle School after school STEM workshop from Nov. 8-11. The 16 students who signed up for the program found themselves walking into a crime scene as the MS STEM space had been turned into the porch of a beach home where a body had been found but gone missing. 

On Tuesday, the students needed ...

Kean University Chosen to Pilot New College Admissions Tool

November 24, 2022

UNION, NJ - Kean University is one of 14 colleges and universities across the country taking part in a pilot program for college admissions that helps level the playing field for prospective students, especially minority and first-generation students.

Through the 2022-2023 Direct Admissions pilot conducted by the Common App, the University will proactively offer admission to prospective ...

DOE-Funded Project at Kean University Instills Restorative Justice in Schools

UNION, NJ - One school starts each day with a “morning message of kindness.” Other schools are creating “restorative spaces” where students can go to “reset” and avoid conflicts. Still others are forming parent groups, similar to PTAs, to help implement “restorative justice practices”. 

Fourteen schools across New Jersey are introducing new ...

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Community Conversations: RSV – What to Know and When to Call Your Pediatrician

On the latest Community Conversation, Christina Gagliardo, MD, a physician with the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital sit downs to discuss RSV, its symptoms, and when to bring your child to the doctor.

 

TAPinto Greater Olean Journalists to Benefit from New St. Bonaventure University Fundraising Campaign

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — St. Bonaventure University has launched the largest fundraising campaign in its history. The University is seeking to raise $125 million by May 2025 to improve facilities around the campus.

That includes the Jandoli School of Communication's John J. Murphy Professional Building. Money raised during the campaign will benefit students, improve ...

New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists Recognizes TAPinto with 8 Excellence in Journalism Awards

PRINCETON, NJ — TAPinto journalists were honored with eight 2022 Excellence in Journalism Awards by the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.

"At TAPinto, we're about providing original local news reporting and doing it the right way - - professionally and honestly. It is an honor to be recognized by the NJ SPJ with 8 awards for our journalism," TAPinto ...

TAPinto SOMA Publisher Fred Smith Named South Orange's Villager of the Month

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Fred Smith has lived in SOMA for 36 years — 24 in Maplewood and the past 12 in South Orange — and he loves the place he calls home.

Smith, the owner and publisher of TAPinto SOMA, was recognized as November's Villager of the Month at the South Orange Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, November 14, 2022.

After a nomination process, South ...