Steve Kalafer Receives Somerset County Award

January 16, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots and team Chairman Steve Kalafer have received the Somerset County 4-H K9 Dano Award.

The K9 Dano Award is given annually to Somerset County businesses or residents that have gone above and beyond in their treatment of animals. 

“We are truly honored to receive the K9 Dano Award,” said Kalafer. “The Somerset Patriots take pride ...

Carrier Clinic Hosts 'Barn Warming' Party for Therapy Animals

BELLE MEAD, NJ - Carrier Clinic hosted a welcome party to introduce the staff to their newest "colleagues" - six therapy animals, two horses, two miniature donkeys and two goats.

Therapy horses Faith and Hope were the first to take up residence on the 100-acre campus in December; they were joined by Lily and Sally, the miniature donkeys, and the two goats, Hazel and Chyna at the end ...

State SPCA May Be Stripped of Law Enforcement Power

TRENTON, NJ - A bill that would remove the law enforcement powers of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) was approved by both the State Senate and Assembly on Monday.

Bill S3558, sponsored by Sen. Ray Lesniak, Democrat from Union County, calls for the creation of a county prosecutor animal cruelty task force in each county, and for a municipal humane law ...

Governor-Elect Swears In County Clerk; Former Somerville Mayor Takes Oath as Freeholder

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Brian Gallagher, former mayor of Somerville, was sworn to a three-year term as a Somerset County Freeholder during the board’s annual Reorganization meeting Friday at the historic Somerset County Courthouse.

Democrat Steve Peter, former Somerville Borough Council president, was sworn to a five-year term as Somerset County Clerk by fellow Democrat and Governor-elect ...

Franklin Township Clerk Arrested and Charged with Insurance Fraud

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Franklin Township (Somerset County) Clerk Ann Marie McCarthy was arrested and charged last month, for deceiving Horizon Blue Cross for payments of services for which she did not receive, according to court documents. 

Between Jan. 1, 2016 and Sept. 1, 2017, McCarthy made it appear as though she received treatment and services eligible for insurance coverage ...

Join Paranormal Investigation at Clinton's Red Mill

January 16, 2018

CLINTON, NJ - Do you think that the Red Mill here might be haunted? Now you can find out for yourself with Jersey Paranormal Investigations on Feb. 24.  

You can use the equipment as seen on TV, and be guided by the experienced paranormal Investigators of JPI. Space is limited and advance registration is required. 

Not only is a night with Jersey Paranormal Investigations fun and ...

Facebook Changes Its News Feed; How You Can Get Your Local News

January 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear. 

This will be frustrating for people who use Facebook to find news and information relevant to them, said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. 

“Relegating legitimate news publishers and ...

Tax Reform Prompts Kalafer to Reward Employees with Bonuses

RARITAN TWP, NJ – Steve Kalafer is awarding each of his full-time employees a $500 bonus because of the recently passed Federal tax reform and corporate tax reduction.

That's pretty big news from Kalafer, who owns Flemington Car & Truck Country here and the Somerset Patriots, too.

“It’s simple Economics 101,” Kalafer said. “We believe this is the right ...

TAPinto Local News Network Breaks 7M Readers, 23.7M Pageviews

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -, a network of more than 70 online hyperlocal news sites in New Jersey and New York, broke 7 million readers and 23.7 million pageviews during the last year. 

From Jan. 8, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018, TAPinto registered 7,025,372 readers and 23,792,903 pageviews, up from 5,352,395 readers and 18,496,885 pageviews during the same period a year ago. During the same ...

New Leadership for Flemington-Raritan School Board

January 3, 2018

RARITAN TWP., NJ – Change is underway in the Flemington-Raritan School District, and it was apparent at the school board’s annual reorganization meeting yesterday.

Susan Mitcheltree was sworn to a three-year term. She represents Raritan Township on the regional board.

Board member Laurie Markowski nominated Tim Bart to serve as president, and he was chosen unanimously.

Bart ...

West Amwell Preserve Sets Pheasant Shoot Fundraiser

January 5, 2018

WEST AMWELL, NJ – The eighth annual Hunt Family Preserve fundraiser for a good cause will be held Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 14, starting 8 a.m. each day.

It will be at the Hunts’ preserve, part of a farm where people can pay to hunt, at 342 Mount Airy-Harbourton Rd. Groups of two to four people will go out at a time, with a one–hour hunt costing $70 and entitling ...

Mickel Retires as Hunterdon Agricultural Agent

January 2, 2018

RARITAN TWP., NJ - After 31 years with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Robert C. “Bob” Mickel has retired from that organization but will continue working with farmers.

He began his career with Rutgers in 1987, serving as acting 4-H agent for Mercer County and held several position since then, most recently as a Hunterdon County agricultural agent based at the Extension Center here.

Hunterdon Central Student's Death Prompts Increased Mental Health Awareness

January 10, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Mental health is getting increased attention in Hunterdon recently.

Rob Walton used his last meeting as Freeholder to highlight the importance of understanding mental illness and removing its stigma, a cause he has championed for years.  He is the board President of NAMI Hunterdon, a group that seeks to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness and ...

Flemington Police Report Busy December Yielded 53 Arrests

January 15, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Police here report they were “especially busy this holiday season” and made 53 arrests last month. They include charges related to narcotics, domestic violence, endangering the welfare of a child, theft, contempt, aggravated assault, simple assault and obstructing. Eight were charged for driving under the influence.

Police said not all of the arrests could be ...

Sex Assault Arrest Prompts Hunterdon Prosecutor to Issue Message for Parents

FLEMINGTON, NJ – A joint investigation has led to the arrest of a 41-year-old man on multiple sexual assault charges.

Michael F. Latronica, 41, of Hampton, was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault; two counts of second-degree sexual assault; and two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, according to a press release issued ...

Hunterdon Sheriff Warns of Scam Phone Calls

FLEMINGTON, NJ – A long-running telephone scam seeking payment for false arrest warrants and overdue payments to the Internal revenue Service has taken a new twist.

Hunterdon Sheriff Fred W. Brown said today that the twist involves the threat of arrest for not appearing for Jury Duty as summonsed.

The scam involves a caller claiming he or she is with the Sheriff’s Office,  ...

Registration Open for Flemington/Raritan Girls Softball

January 12, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Registration for the 2018 Flemington-Raritan 2018 REC softball season is now open at

FRGSL, founded in 1991, provides opportunities for girls in Flemington and Raritan Township and their surrounding communities to participate through recreation and travel programs.

The recreation program provides opportunities for girls presently enrolled in grades K through ...

Hunterdon Central Upset by Watchung Hills in Boys Basketball

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills saw a legitimate dunk on Thursday in the boys basketball team upset win over Hunterdon Central, 69-53.

Dan Pilsbury scored 17 points to lead Watchung Hills,  Mike Hopwood added 12, Chad Martini had 11, and Michael Bressler added 10. Gavin DeFuria finished with nine points. 

Freshman Chad Martini got the ...

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'Affordable' Housing Deal Signed Without Public Input

January 16, 2018

To the editor:

Across New Jersey the Fair Share Housing Center – a group of lawyers who make their money building and renting affordable housing – is threatening and suing towns in a blatant attempt to control local zoning. While all towns must fulfill an obligation to provide affordable housing, FSHC has now become the arbiter of “how much” and is ...

Brain Cancer Study Opens at Overlook Medical Center

January 16, 2018

Kurt Jaeckle, MD, co-director of the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center at Overlook Medical Center, and medical director of the Atlantic Center for Research, is leading a phase III study of novel drug VAL-083, which has already shown promise in Glioblastoma and other cancers. The study is for patients whose glioblastoma multiforme or gliosarcoma has progressed during or after treatment with the ...