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Courthouse Square Plan Moves Closer to Approval

October 1, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Flemington Council inched further toward approving a new redevelopment plan for the Union Hotel at a meeting Tuesday, making minor tweaks to it which will require another vote before it can be finalized.

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 ...

Freeholder Director Blasts PennEast for Potential for Eminent Domain Across Hunterdon County

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Hunterdon County Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren recently spoke on continued opposition to the PennEast pipeline, as new developments in the application to transport natural gas through pipeline that would blaze through several parts of Hunterdon County and potentially take existing residential properties were reported in late summer.

PennEast has proposed to construct ...

County’s LINK Bus System to Receive CARES Act, NJ Transit Grant Funding for Self-Service Booking App and Real-time Data

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders took another leap toward support of better public transportation in rural west-central New Jersey, which has no train line close to Flemington beyond the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line’s terminus in High Bridge, north of I-78.

More funding is being allocated for LINK Bus system upgrades that will allow for safe, ...

Hunterdon Central Superintendent: Recent Incidents of Discrimination Reminded Us of Urgency to Address Inequities Among Students

September 29, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon Central Regional School District has officially chartered its racism, equity and diversity committee, and they are hoping to use it to help find a way to address inequity, and sustain equity, for all students.

“Our students began asking us to join them in taking a stance against what they felt was injustice throughout our country and state and county, and I ...

Hunterdon Central Addresses Racism, Equity and Diversity

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Hunterdon Central Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Moore began his presentation “Central Against Racism” with the school’s mission statement – but he told the school board at the Sept. 21 meeting there was a word in the statement that was “troubling” and “inadequate framing.”

That was the word “all.”

“When we talk ...

Hunterdon Central on Remote Learning Tuesday Following COVID-19 Diagnosis for Student

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Hunterdon Central Regional High School will be on remote learning Tuesday after a student in the school was diagnosed with COVID-19, according to a letter from the district.

The student attends in-person instruction in Group 2.

The Department of Health has advised that the school conduct a remote instructional day Tuesday to allow for the contact tracing investigation to be ...

Courthouse Square Plan Moves Closer to Approval

October 1, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Flemington Council inched further toward approving a new redevelopment plan for the Union Hotel at a meeting Tuesday, making minor tweaks to it which will require another vote before it can be finalized.

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 ...

Flemington Planners Move Forward on New Courthouse Square Plans

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Flemington Planning Board unanimously deemed new redevelopment plans for the Union Hotel to be “substantially consistent” with the master plan, paving the way for the council to give a final nod to the revised plans at a special meeting next Tuesday night.

Planning board members Todd Cook, Marc Hain, Karen Giffen and Mayor Betsy Driver recused themselves from ...

Blue Line Divides Main Street

September 30, 2020

Editor's Note: The story has been edited to include additional comments from Mayor Betsy Driver and Councilman Jeremy Long.

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Vandals repainted a blue line down Main Street in Flemington early Tuesday morning, in an unwelcome show of support for borough police.

“It’s still vandalism and it’s not encouraged by the police department,” said Flemington ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

Freeholder Director Blasts PennEast for Potential for Eminent Domain Across Hunterdon County

September 27, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Hunterdon County Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren recently spoke on continued opposition to the PennEast pipeline, as new developments in the application to transport natural gas through pipeline that would blaze through several parts of Hunterdon County and potentially take existing residential properties were reported in late summer.

PennEast has proposed to construct ...

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 ...

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Anne Garefindo: From Lambertville to Broadway

September 30, 2020

Anne Garefindo was raised in Lambertville, and is a film and television producer.

She is the co-executive producer of the long-running series South Park, and the co-executive producer of the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. She has been nominated for thirteen and won five Primetime Emmy Awards for her work on South Park, and won both a Tony Award and a Grammy Award for ...

Hunterdon Notables: Vera Farmiga - Academy Award Nominated Actress

Vera Farmiga and her family moved to Whitehouse Station when she was 12 years old, and she graduated from Hunterdon Central High School in 1991. During her junior year there, she found acting after being benched during a soccer game. A friend persuaded her to audition for a high school production of The Vampire, in which she won a leading role. For college, Farmiga attended Syracuse University ...

Danny Federici - Founding Member of the E Street Band

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 ...

Cobra Kai: Season One

Although movie theaters are now open to the public, most people are still uncomfortable being indoors to watch a movie. So binge-watching is still a necessary thing.

A few weeks back I traveled back to the 1980s and watched the first season of Cobra Kai, the further adventures of Daniel LaRusso from The Karate Kid - now thirty years older and the owner of a very successful car ...

Every Successful Business Starts with a Great Idea: NJ Attorney Advises Startups and Entrepreneurs

September 30, 2020

NEW YORK, NY -- TAPintoTV looks back at our 2019 conversation with Millburn, NJ Attorney Jonathan Goodgold, of the law firm Maitlin Maitlin Goodgold Brass & Bennett at TechDay New York. TechDayNY is the largest event for startups in the United States, and TechDay produces events to connect the startup community and highlight the unique and innovative products currently in ...

There's No Debate: FDR Library is a Must-See US Presidential History and Tourism Destination

HYDE PARK, NY -- The FDR Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park, New York, is an exploration not only of the life and times of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but a retrospective of some of the most perilous times in 20th century American History. 

The FDR Library was the very first presidential library ever created. It opened in June of 1941, during FDR’s third term. Roosevelt ...

Hunterdon County Reporting Two New Covid Cases, as of Tuesday

September 30, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - As of Tuesday evening, Hunterdon County was reporting two new COVID cases, bringing the total to 1,329 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 – 21 cases, 0 deaths
Bethlehem Township – 33 cases, 1 death
Bloomsbury Borough – ...

Murphy Says Reopening Has Been Smooth Despite 11 Outbreaks; Lakewood Remains an Area of Concern

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Wednesday, Sept. 30, by reporting on the successful reopening of schools overall in the state, despite 11 "outbreaks" of schools with two or more cases. 

“Our overarching aim remains ensuring that our schools do not become the epicenter of new outbreaks,” Murphy added. “We have ...

Hunterdon County Reporting 22 New COVID Cases Since Thursday

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - As of Monday evening, Hunterdon County was reporting 22 new COVID cases since Thursday, bringing the total to 1,327 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 – 21 cases, 0 deaths
Bethlehem Township – 33 cases, 1 death
Bloomsbury ...

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 ...

Hunterdon Strong Community Challenge Launched

September 28, 2020

The Hunterdon Strong Community Challenge is one in which the 26 municipalities within Hunterdon County challenge each other to raise money in support of the community.  The money raised is part of a larger fundraising effort called Hunterdon Strong which will culminate in a live broadcast Telethon on November 19th and is sponsored by Shop-Rite of Hunterdon County.  This ...

The Realities of Redevelopment and Revitalization

September 28, 2020

To The Editor:

As elected officials for the Borough of Flemington, we – Council Vice-President Kim Tilly, Council President Caitlin Giles-McCormick and Mayor Betsy Driver – have worked extensively on the Union Hotel Redevelopment Committee in pursuit of the goal of maximizing the potential of redevelopment in the heart of our town, with a redevelopment project contractually ...

Building New Jersey Forward Not Built On Facts

To the Editor:

Gov. Phil Murphy is the central figure in a new campaign commercial for "New Direction New Jersey," where his tagline is "building forward." The problem for Gov. Murphy is that his idea of "building forward" isn't built on facts. Specifically, Gov. Murphy likes to proclaim his tax policies as making "New Jersey fairer." ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

Atlantic Health System Hospitals Honored for Commitment to Equality and Inclusivity in Health Care

Dedicated to providing a caring environment where everyone is treated with respect, kindness and empathy, Atlantic Health System announced that each of its six hospitals earned the coveted “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation and a top score of 100 on the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). This is the third consecutive year all of Atlantic ...

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 ...

Murphy Says Reopening Has Been Smooth Despite 11 Outbreaks; Lakewood Remains an Area of Concern

September 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Wednesday, Sept. 30, by reporting on the successful reopening of schools overall in the state, despite 11 "outbreaks" of schools with two or more cases. 

“Our overarching aim remains ensuring that our schools do not become the epicenter of new outbreaks,” Murphy added. “We have ...

Murphy Signs New Jersey's FY 2021 Budget

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021) Appropriations Act into law. The governor said the revised spending plan manages to protect core priorities and deliver middle-class tax relief during the historic fiscal crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The budget plan also fully reestablishes the millionaires tax that expired in 2010, instituting ...

What Gov. Murphy Had to Say on NYT Report About Trump’s ‘Tax Avoidance’

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday addressed a scathing New York Times report, stating that President Donald Trump did not pay federal income taxes in 10 of the last 15 years.

The report, released Sunday, indicates that Trump - who has not been forthcoming with his tax filings and refused to make them public - paid $750 in taxes to the federal government in the year he was elected ...