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Hunterdon County Freeholders Oppose JCP&L's Petition to Board of Public Utilities for Rate Increase

September 23, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Following their scrutiny of utility company Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) at their August 2020 meetings, held in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias and the power outages that ensued, the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a resolution stating its opposition to JCP&L’s petition to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) ...

Raritan Township Committee to Consider Extending Outdoor Dining

RARITAN TWP, NJ - The Raritan Township Committee is working on making an outdoor dining ordinance passed earlier this year permanent.

The discussion was part of their Sept. 15 meeting.

The ordinance, unanimously approved by the committee in May, was triggered after Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order allowing for outdoor dining to return. It was in response to helping restaurants be ...

Urgent Care for Veterans Comes to Flemington, County Providing Free NARCAN to Residents

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Hunterdon County Deputy Freeholder Director Susan Soloway explained that NARCAN (naloxone nasal spray) – the opioid overdose reversal drug – will be made available free to Hunterdon County residents.

In 2019, when the State of New Jersey implemented its program to make NARCAN available, only one Hunterdon pharmacy participated in its program despite the ...

County Health Officer Outlines School COVID-19 Reporting, Recent Uptick in Cases

September 17, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Hunterdon County has seen a slight increase in the total number of COVID-19 cases reported countywide in the first weeks of September and following Labor Day, as youth sports and activities have been held and some area schools opened for in-person instruction.

During the freeholders meeting Sept. 15, Hunterdon County Health Officer Karen DeMarco explained the scenario ...

Flemington-Raritan Regional School District Continuing to Prep For Hopeful Return to School in November

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Classes will look much different for the district’s 2,992 pre-kindergarten through eighth graders when Flemington-Raritan schools open their doors to students, hopefully on Nov. 2.

Desks will be 6 feet apart; plexiglass will shield high-touch areas; masks will be required; and hand sanitizing stations will be peppered throughout the schools.

“We’ve been ...

Flemington Residents Recognized for College Academic Achievements

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Kimberly Lengen, of Flemington, has been named as a fall 2020 enrolled student at Northampton Community College.

Peyton A. Williams, of Flemington, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music education, summa cum laude, from Kutztown University.

Rahul Kumar, of Flemington, was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2020 semester at Hofstra University.

Amelia ...

Flemington Council Begins Approval of New Courthouse Square Plans

September 16, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Flemington Borough Council unanimously agreed to move forward with a revised redevelopment agreement for the block that the Union Hotel sits on.

After years of negotiation, Courthouse Square developer Jack Cust and the borough came to terms with a scaled-down version of plans that were approved in 2017, in hopes of addressing residents’ concerns that the proposal was ...

Downsized Union Hotel Development Plans Get Warm Reception

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Union Hotel developer Jack Cust gave a detailed overview of downsized plans for renovating the heart of Flemington’s Main Street during a Facebook Live presentation with Mayor Betsy Driver Thursday, with hopes of bringing them before council next week.

Gone is the controversial medical and educational space that would have required 820 parking spaces, while the police ...

FESTIVAL OF LAUGHS! Comedy Show Fundraiser to Help Flemington Fire Department Saturday, September 26

September 22, 2020

This coming Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 PM there will be a FESTIVAL OF LAUGHS! Comedy show fundraiser to raise money for the Flemington Fire Department. If you want to help some really dedicated volunteer first responders, this is the way to do it and have some great fun at the same time.

The comedy show is outdoors under a tent near Teaberry's Tea Room on Main Street in ...

Raritan Township Fire Company Honors Sept. 11 Victims With Mile-Long Tribute Down Route 202

RARITAN TWP, NJ - The Raritan Township Fire Company honored those lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 with a close to mile-long tribute to the citizens and first responders lost on that day.

According to firefighter Chris Decator, a member of the department for almost 25 years, it is called "The Path of Heroes," and encompasses six banners and American flags on the center ...

Hunterdon County Remembers Those Lost in 9/11 Attacks

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Hunterdon County held its annual 9/11 ceremony Friday morning on the steps of the county courthouse to remember those who were lost in the tragedy.

The annual ceremony was organized by Sheriff Fred Brown, with special guest Sen. Michael Doherty.

Chiefs and officers from Hunterdon County police departments, rescue squads, and volunteer fire companies participated in the ...

FESTIVAL OF LAUGHS! Comedy Show Fundraiser to Help Flemington Fire Department Saturday, September 26

September 22, 2020

This coming Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 PM there will be a FESTIVAL OF LAUGHS! Comedy show fundraiser to raise money for the Flemington Fire Department. If you want to help some really dedicated volunteer first responders, this is the way to do it and have some great fun at the same time.

The comedy show is outdoors under a tent near Teaberry's Tea Room on Main Street in ...

Hunterdon County Board of Elections and County Clerk Preparing for General Election

September 18, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Hunterdon County Clerk Mary Melfi is preparing for a 2020 General Election dissimilar to and more challenging than any other in her many decades of service to her home communities of Hunterdon County and the county seat, Flemington Borough.

She’s never prepared for any election, including her own runs for local office, quite like she and colleagues in the county ...

FESTIVAL OF LAUGHS! Comedy Show Fundraiser to Help Flemington Fire Department Saturday, September 26

September 22, 2020

This coming Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 PM there will be a FESTIVAL OF LAUGHS! Comedy show fundraiser to raise money for the Flemington Fire Department. If you want to help some really dedicated volunteer first responders, this is the way to do it and have some great fun at the same time.

The comedy show is outdoors under a tent near Teaberry's Tea Room on Main Street in ...

County Freeholder Board Will Meet In-Person Again in October

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren opened a dialogue with his colleagues on the board Sept. 15 about returning to in-person meetings at the county’s 71 Main Street complex.

A decision was made by the board to return to its in-person meetings in downtown Flemington for the very next freeholders meeting, set for Oct. 6, with public session to start at 5:30 ...

Urgent Care for Veterans Comes to Flemington, County Providing Free NARCAN to Residents

September 22, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Hunterdon County Deputy Freeholder Director Susan Soloway explained that NARCAN (naloxone nasal spray) – the opioid overdose reversal drug – will be made available free to Hunterdon County residents.

In 2019, when the State of New Jersey implemented its program to make NARCAN available, only one Hunterdon pharmacy participated in its program despite the ...

County Health Officer Outlines School COVID-19 Reporting, Recent Uptick in Cases

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Hunterdon County has seen a slight increase in the total number of COVID-19 cases reported countywide in the first weeks of September and following Labor Day, as youth sports and activities have been held and some area schools opened for in-person instruction.

During the freeholders meeting Sept. 15, Hunterdon County Health Officer Karen DeMarco explained the scenario ...

Raritan Township Identifies Rabies Case in Area of Prescott and Pierce Courts

RARITAN TWP, NJ - An adult raccoon has tested positive for rabies in the area of Prescott and Pierce courts, according to a release from the Raritan Township Office of Emergency Management.

According to the report, area residents who may have had contact with the raccoon between Aug. 22 and Sept. 5 should contact their primary care physicians immediately or the Hunterdon Medical Center ...

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Danny Federici - Founding Member of the E Street Band

September 21, 2020

Danny Federici played the organ, glockenspiel, and accordion as a founding member for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Federici's organ sounds are considered to be an important feature in the E Street sound, and took on a more prominent role in the hit "Hungry Heart". He attended Hunterdon Central High School. 

During the long time the E Street Band was inactive ...

Hunterdon Notables: Dick Foran - Singing Cowboy Film Star

Dick Foran was born in Flemington in 1910. Both his father (Arthur F. Foran) and younger brother (Walter E. Foran)  were Republican members of the New Jersey Senate. He enrolled at Princeton University, pursuing a degree in geology. He played on the football team while taking courses in the arts, where he developed an interest in the theater.

As an actor in Hollywood, he was cast as a ...

Hunterdon Notables: Collin McKinney - Helped bring independence to Texas!

Collin McKinney was born in Hunterdon County in 1766 the second of ten children. Over the course of his long life he was a land surveyor, merchant, politician, and lay preacher. His father fought in the Revolutionary War, and the family eventually moved to Kentucky.

In 1826, McKinney settled in the Red River Colony in Northwest Texas. Ten years ...

NJ Apple Picking Farm Provides Husky Dogs a Better Life

September 23, 2020

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help rid the orchard of critters and provide a better life ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Storage Facility Aims to Create Community for Car Enthusiasts

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Allison Kulesza, General Manager of Car Lofts in Fairfield, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about the facility's unique offerings for car enthusiasts and how the business has managed and pivoted during the pandemic. 

Car Lofts is a vehicle storage facility with a private social club for car enthusiasts, along with rental venues ...

Hunterdon County Reporting Four New Cases, as of Tuesday

September 23, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - As of Tuesday evening, Hunterdon County was reporting four new COVID cases, bringing the total to 1,293 cases.

The county is not reporting any additional fatalities from COVID-19, keeping the total at 71.

The breakdown of towns is as follows:

Alexandria Township – 19 cases, 0 deaths
Bethlehem Township – 33 cases, 1 death
Bloomsbury Borough ...

You May Not Know if You Were Exposed To COVID-19, But App Could Tell You

TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, Stockton University and Passaic County Community College have been testing the app.

“You ...

Hunterdon County Reporting Two New Covid Cases, as of Monday

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - As of Monday evening, Hunterdon County was reporting two new COVID cases, bringing the total to 1,288 cases.

The county is not reporting any additional fatalities from COVID-19, keeping the total at 71.

The breakdown of towns is as follows:

Alexandria Township – 19 cases, 0 deaths
Bethlehem Township – 33 cases, 1 death
Bloomsbury Borough – ...

Hunterdon Names 2 Dairy Princesses

September 19, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - The Hunterdon County Dairy Promotion Committee has crowned two 2020-2021 County Dairy Princesses.

In light of restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, both Francesca Streicher of Clinton Township and Rebecca Phillips of West Amwell Township will serve area milk producers as princesses.

Hunterdon County has selected a dairy princess each year since 1965, ...

Strong Response on Social Media to Sen. Doherty’s 9/11 Words in Flemington

FLEMINGTON, NJ - If you are over 30, you probably have a memory of where you were on Sept. 11, 2001.

But Sen. Michael Doherty, R-23, didn't share his experience when he served as the keynote speaker at a 9/11 memorial ceremony on the steps of the historic county courthouse in Flemington Friday.

Instead, Doherty chose to express his own opinions about the current state of affairs ...

Hunterdon County 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony 8:30 AM Flemington at Historic Courthouse

Hunterdon County’s 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony, organized by Sheriff Fred Brown, is scheduled for 8:30 am, Friday, September 11th, at the County’s Historic Courthouse on Main Street, in Flemington, with special guest speaker Senator Mike Doherty.

Chiefs and officers from Hunterdon County Police Departments, Rescue Squads, and Volunteer Fire Companies will participate in the ...

Hunterdon Names 2 Dairy Princesses

September 19, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - The Hunterdon County Dairy Promotion Committee has crowned two 2020-2021 County Dairy Princesses.

In light of restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, both Francesca Streicher of Clinton Township and Rebecca Phillips of West Amwell Township will serve area milk producers as princesses.

Hunterdon County has selected a dairy princess each year since 1965, ...

Strong Response on Social Media to Sen. Doherty’s 9/11 Words in Flemington

FLEMINGTON, NJ - If you are over 30, you probably have a memory of where you were on Sept. 11, 2001.

But Sen. Michael Doherty, R-23, didn't share his experience when he served as the keynote speaker at a 9/11 memorial ceremony on the steps of the historic county courthouse in Flemington Friday.

Instead, Doherty chose to express his own opinions about the current state of affairs ...

Lambertville Encouraging Residents and Others Not to Trick or Treat in Town This Halloween

LAMBERTVILLE, NJ - It's still over a month away, but for the second time in the past 10 years, trick-or-treaters visiting Lambertville this Halloween will be encouraged to make alternative plans.

The city of Lambertville is recommending people not participate in door-to-door trick-or-treating during Halloween 2020.

Lambertville Police Department Lieutenant Robert Brown said, "We ...

New Website Highlights Hunterdon’s Unique Bicycling Opportunities

September 23, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - From winding country roads, quaint towns, villages, and historic sites, to beautiful scenic vistas and gorgeous natural resources, Hunterdon County offers amazing riding for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. 

goHunterdon, the local non-profit dedicated to sustainable transportation, mobility, and safety, has launched a new website, www.bikehunterdon.org, to ...

Governor Murphy: Don't Defund School-Based Youth Services Program

September 21, 2020

Dear Editor,

For the past 32 years, Hunterdon Healthcare’s School-Based Youth Services has provided critical mental health counseling, youth development, substance abuse education, and prevention, learning support, healthy youth development, crisis intervention, and information and referral to local community resources for the students at Hunterdon Central Regional High ...

Time is Now for Driver to Satisfy Flemington Taxpayers

To the Editor:

I am convinced that the redeveloper is committed to the Borough and, I know, the Borough is committed to seeing Courthouse Square become a reality. But this reality must not be a financial burden to the residents of the Borough. We need to make sure that we have a full understanding of the real costs of this development going forward, costs which were appallingly never ...

Kudos To Sen. Mike Doherty

To the Editor:

New Jersey is fortunate to have a state senator with the caliber of Mike Doherty.  The words that he spoke at the Hunterdon County 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony were much needed.  It was refreshing to hear the truth about the heroes of that fateful day. He is correct when he speaks about the importance of law enforcement. That is the first line of defense for our freedom.

Raritan Township Police Release Updated Police Blotter

September 17, 2020

RARITAN TWP, NJ - Raritan Township Police have released an updated police blotter for early September, including arrets for drugs.

Sgt. Robert Landolina investigated an incident Sept. 9 at about 3:15 p.m. in which two juveniles purchased a container of vape juice and a vape device from Up in Smoke, on Route 202/31. Landolina issued a complaint summons to store owner Karin E. Fialka, 47, of ...

Police Blotter: Raritan Township Police Make Arrests for DWI, Hindering Apprehension

RARITAN TWP, NJ - Raritan Township Police have released the police blotter for the beginning of September.

Charles J. Colt, Jr., 55, of Flemington, was arrested Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m. for hindering apprehension or prosecution. According to the report, the vehicle Colt was driving was stopped near Route 31 and Health Quest for pulling a trailer that had an expired registration. Colt provided a ...

Community Conversations: Take Charge of Your Health

September is National Preparedness Month, so now is the time to take charge of your health. On the next Atlantic Health System Community Conversation, Scott Lauter, MD, MBA, FACP, FHM, Chief Medical Officer, Atlantic Medical Group and Faith Goldman, MD, Atlantic Breast Associates - Branchburg share some crucial information and answer your questions about the screenings and examinations you should ...

CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System Seek Expanded Partnership

Systems sign Letter of Intent to build upon successful clinical affiliation

Building on a history of successful collaboration to improve the health of residents across northern and central New Jersey, CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System have signed a Letter of Intent to create a unique model for health system co-ownership. Upon completion of this expanded ...

Hunterdon County Officials Advise Public on Overcrowding, Litter and Illegal Activities at Parks

August 30, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - With more people heading for outdoor excursions, exercise and doses of fresh air with scenic walks in Hunterdon County’s parks, officials are asking the public to be responsible and adhere to social distancing guidelines as well as all posted county park rules and safety measures on their visits.

Recently issues such as overcrowding, swimming in non permitted water ...

You May Not Know if You Were Exposed To COVID-19, But App Could Tell You

September 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, Stockton University and Passaic County Community College have been testing the app.

“You ...

Gov. Murphy: COVID-19 Update, Travel Advisory, and Voter Registration

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy was in Union City Tuesday with Mayor Brian Stack to rally folks to fill out the 2020 Census. There are only eight days left to complete it — it's quick, easy and safe, and can be done online.

COVID-19

Gov. Murphy reported New Jersey has 457 new positive cases, for a cumulative total of 200,580. There are also seven new confirmed COVID-19 deaths, ...

Murphy Denounces Shooting at Cops' Home, Signs Environmental Law, Reports COVID Numbers at Briefing

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside.

The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck the home at least six times, according to Camden police. The couple were inside ...