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Rain Won’t Halt Somerville’s Weekend Craft Beer Fest

June 23, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Despite forecasts of rain this weekend, the annual Craft Beer Fest presented by Project P.U.B and Tapastre restaurant will be held rain or shine.

The outdoor festival, which features dozens of craft beers from breweries throughout New Jersey and beyond, is scheduled for Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 7p.m. on North Bridge Street, which will be blocked off ...

Video: ‘Westfield 6’ Arrested at ‘Clean Dream Act’ Protest Hold Press Conference

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Six people, including four clergy members, who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6  at Rep. Leonard Lance’s Westfield continue to wait for their day in court. A trial that was expected to take place Tuesday was put off until a future date at the prosecutor’s request.

Rev. Ann Ralosky and Rev. John ...

Horse Care Workshops at Lord Stirling

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable is offering Horse Care Workshop 101 for adults and youth seeking to gain experience and confidence around horses through a combination of non-riding activities and hands-on practice.

Horse Care Workshop 101 will be held at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge beginning Saturday, June 23 ...

Teen Steers Mustang Into Tractor Supply Store

MONROE TWP., N.J. — James Duffey, 18, of Garwood, drove his 2014 mustang through the doors of the Tractor Supply in Monroe Township on June 12, about 12:30 p.m.

But it isn't what you may think. Duffey is a lot like other high school seniors. He likes to go out with his friends for a soda. In Duffey's case, his friend is a 4-year-old American Mustang he named "Star Spangled ...

Bridgewater Mall Shut Down After Fight; Report of Shots Fired

UPDATE: According to a Nixle alert from the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 9 p.m., the investigation at the mall has been completed, and the mall will be resuming normal business operations.

Police emphasized that there is no immediate threat to the public and no injuries were reported.

TAPinto will update this as more information becomes available.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - No ...

A Sign of Respect: Fallen Hero Honored

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ –US Marine LCpl. James J. Langon IV aspired to be a gourmet chef, and planned to attend the New York Culinary Institute when his hitch with the Marines ended.

That’s why he chose to be a cook in the Marines, and as fate would have it, he died doing what he liked to do best.

Langon grew up on Woods Road and attended Hillsborough High School, graduating in June, ...

Hunterdon Symphony to Open 'Music Under the Stars' Series

June 21, 2018

READINGTON, NJ - One of the great things about Hunterdon County is the abundance of venues for outdoor music during the summer season. The Music Under the Stars concert season at Deer Path Park is one of those options, and the series will begin on Thursday, June 28 with a free pops concert by the Hunterdon Symphony. 

Conductor Lawrence Kursar and the orchestra members have chosen a number ...

Sourland Music Festival This Weekend

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Sourland Music Festival will be held Saturday, June 23.

The event benefits the Sourland Conservancy and is held rain or shine from 3 to 10 p.m. at Hillsborough Golf & Country Club. The club is located at 146 Wertsville Rd. here, just outside of Raritan and East Amwell townships.

Discounted advance-sale tickets are available online only, Children under 12 are ...

Rained-Out ‘Flemington Flea’ Kickoff Rescheduled for Father’s Day

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The first Flemington Flea, a new monthly event for people who enjoy browsing for antiques, collectibles and special finds, has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 17, after being rained out last Sunday.

The kickoff event, running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will cover three locations on Main Street and is now aimed at giving fathers something different to do on Father’s ...

Here Are the Hurdles to Cust's Union Hotel Project

June 20, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ – When it comes to redeveloping Main Street’s historic Union Hotel here, Mayor Phil Greiner says, “You can see the finish line.”

The hotel has been closed for a decade. It was designated as part of an area in need of redevelopment eight years ago and since then, redevelopers have come and gone. The most recent – a group led by Jack Cust – has ...

Stirring Book Prompts Action by Flem-Rar Students

June 20, 2018

RARTIAN TWP., NJ -  Led by the students in Susan Stess' sixth grade Language Arts class, the Reading-Fleming Intermediate School Huskies successfully raised $7,000, in just four days, for a charitable organization called, “Water for South Sudan.”

The project started after students read a book in class called “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue ...

Hunterdon Central Student Wins $5K in Tech Competiton

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – A 15-year-old high school student, Lorenzo Sanelli of Three Bridges, won first place and $5,000 in the second annual HackHunterdon Hackathon competition.

Lorenzo created a messaging app called "Communique" that allows users to anonymously post messages that fade away in 60 seconds and are not stored. Also, no registration or passwords are required to use the ...

Chabad Cteen End of Year Awards Ceremony

FLEMINGTON, NJ - With a crowd of both teens and their families in attendance, Chabad of Hunterdon County's Teen Network (CTeen) held its annual end-of-year award ceremony to celebrate and recognize a year of dedicated community work.

The ceremony was addressed by the Flemington Mayor Phil Greiner, who shared his encouragement and recognition for the teens' work.

"You start to ...

Big Bucks Pour Into Lance/Malinowski Congressional Race

June 12, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ – The Congressional Leadership Fund super-PAC announced yesterday it is earmarking $2.1 million for broadcast and cable television ads to help re-elect Rep. Leonard Lance.

It is the second round of television ad buys announced by the PAC, which is endorsed by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The advertising will also include “an unprecedented $10 million digital ...

Rain Won’t Halt Somerville’s Weekend Craft Beer Fest

June 23, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Despite forecasts of rain this weekend, the annual Craft Beer Fest presented by Project P.U.B and Tapastre restaurant will be held rain or shine.

The outdoor festival, which features dozens of craft beers from breweries throughout New Jersey and beyond, is scheduled for Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 7p.m. on North Bridge Street, which will be blocked off ...

Shannon Daley Memorial Fund 17th Annual Golf Outing

June 14, 2018

RARITAN TWP., NJ - The Shannon Daley Memorial Fund has announced its 17th Annual Golf Tournament. The fund was established to help local area families who are suffering financial hardship because of a child battling serious illness, or who has special needs.

The first recipient this year is 8-month-old Dominic Scocco from Annandale, who has a heart condition called tetralogy of fallot.

The ...

At HMC, Local Artist Granted A Final Wish

June 22, 2018

RARITAN TWP., NJ - A commemorative plaque to honor author and watercolorist Dan Campanelli has been placed at Hunterdon Medical Center, and four of Campanelli’s prints have been unveiled and placed at the hospital.

The paintings now hang in the “3 West” wing.

A reception and dedication ceremony to celebrate his life was held May 24 at HMC. The paintings hang where he spent ...

Hunterdon Healthcare Achieves Magnet Recognition Again

RARITAN TWP., NJ - Hunterdon Healthcare attained Magnet recognition for the third time in May, a testament to its continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for ...

'Exploring Bipolar Disorder' is Program Topic

RARITAN TWP., NJ - Hunterdon Behavioral Health Intensive Family Support Services will be holding a special program on Tuesday, July 10 called Exploring Bipolar Disorder.

The program will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Meeting Room C at Hunterdon Medical Center, located at 2100 Wescott Dr., just off Route 31.

Attendees will learn about the etiology of Bipolar Disorder. Whether diagnosed or ...

Raritan Township Man Indicted on Cocaine Charges

June 23, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ – A Raritan Township man has been indicted on drug charges, according to a press release from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.

Jorge L. Mercado, Sr., 31, was indicted along with Lundin D. Rivas, 26, of Trenton. They were each charged with one count of first-degree conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine) and one count of ...

Marijuana, DUI, in Recent Township Arrests

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Police here released details of three recent arrests.

Petros Abajyan, 23, of Flemington, was arrested by Patrol Officer Dustin Pflug around 2:16 a.m. June 18. Police said Abajyan was stopped on Route 202-31 for driving 71 in a 55 mph zone. He was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving, and “disregard of a traffic control device.” He ...

Hunterdon Prosecutor Congratulates Two New Grads

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Mac and Pawlick passed.

“Mac” is Officer McGinley. He’s a K-9.

Pawlick is Det. Edward Pawlick of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office.

The pair are trained in detecting explosives and have graduated from the State Police K-9 Scent Detection School. The class began March 12 and ended June 15. It graduated 26 K-9 teams, consisting of ...

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Reiner's Conservative Hypocrisy

June 22, 2018

To the editor,

Regarding the recent TAPinto article that quoted Raritan Township Committeeman Lou Reiner about a possible marijuana dispensary being located in his town, I crack up every time he opens his mouth and plants his pseudo-conservative foot in it.

According to the article, this staunch conservative Republican who blathers about the importance of personal freedoms every chance he ...

Reiner Doesn't Speak for Township Committee

To the editor:

In light of the recent letter to the editor from Raritan Township Committeeman Lou Reiner regarding his personal opinion on arming school officials, we felt the need to share our views on his statement.

Mr. Reiner took this position as an individual citizen and not in his capacity as a member of the Township Committee. We wholeheartedly disagree with the notions of arming ...

Trump Border Policy Wrong, Counterproductive

To the editor:

As an educator and a child-advocate, I have been at the forefront of the immigration debate over the past decade. And while I have always advocated for a comprehensive solution, I never thought any opposing plans were morally wrong; until now!

The Trump policy of separating children from their parents at the border is morally wrong and counter-productive from a public ...

A Man of 'Deep Pockets, Sterling Character'

To the editor:

At a meeting of Flemington Borough Council earlier this year, Mayor Phil Greiner described Jack Cust as a man of “deep pockets and sterling character.” He seemed to be attempting to justify his basis for selecting a new redeveloper, after the first two selected by a committee he was part of, or led, failed at the project. Initially the project was to find someone to ...

End 'Gun Free Zones,' Harden Soft Targets

To the editor:

In response to the Governor's recent signing of legislation restricting law-abiding gun owners to 10 rounds of ammunition and rejecting calls to address the uneven playing field existing vis-à-vis some single mom alone with her child fending for herself against some armed assailant packing who knows how many rounds is something a Politburo thug would appreciate! The ...

Voter Turnout in Raritan Township

To the editor,

We want to share our admiration for all of the Raritan Township residents who came out to vote in the June 5 Primary Election. Additionally, we want to say "thank you" to our Democratic supporters for their votes.

As we look to the General Election on Nov. 6, we reflect on the importance of this election for our children, seniors and all those in between as we ...

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AtlantiCast Episode 17

On this week’s AtlantiCast, it’s National Men’s Health Month, so check out important health tips for you or the men in your life, learn about groundbreaking research into breast cancer treatment that could mean an end to chemotherapy for some patients, meet a local sports hero who’s living his baseball dreams thanks to Goryeb Children’s Hospital and much ...

Reiner's Conservative Hypocrisy

June 22, 2018

To the editor,

Regarding the recent TAPinto article that quoted Raritan Township Committeeman Lou Reiner about a possible marijuana dispensary being located in his town, I crack up every time he opens his mouth and plants his pseudo-conservative foot in it.

According to the article, this staunch conservative Republican who blathers about the importance of personal freedoms every chance he ...

Driver, Runion, Giles-McCormick, Kick-Off Campaign

June 19, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ — Borough Mayor candidate Betsy Driver and Borough Council candidates Chris Runion and Caitlin Giles-McCormick have joined their campaigns in advance of the Nov. 6, 2018 election.

Since winning her campaign to become a Borough Councilperson, Betsy Driver has already passed resolutions to get Council meetings streamed live and videotaped for later viewing; a tuition credit ...