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Flemington Borough Candidates Forum Video

October 27, 2020

Here is the link to the video.

This is the second of two candidate forums sponsored by TAPinto Flemington/Raritan. The moderator is Steve Chernoski, a contributor to TAPinto, a resident of Lambertville, author, filmmaker, and Social Studies teacher. 

For tonight's forum, all four candidates who have filed for seats on the Flemington Borough Council were invited to ...

Dissatisfied Residents Say They Intend to Recall Mayor Driver Over Facebook Comments

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Acrimony over Facebook comments Mayor Betsy Driver made about President Donald Trump and his supporters continued to bubble at a council meeting Monday night, with several residents demanding an apology from the mayor and one threatening to recall her from public office.

Driver, whose marriage to Loretta Nagel Borowsky could be threatened by a Supreme Court decision on the ...

TONIGHT: TAPinto Flemington/Raritan Sponsors Candidate Forum: Flemington Borough [October 27th]

TAPinto Flemington-Raritan will sponsor a Candidate Forum for the residents of Flemington Borough.

TONIGHT: October 27th, Tuesday evening at 7 pm, streamed on Facebook Live, TAPinto Flemington Facebook page.  The event will be recorded and remain on the TAPinto Flemington-Raritan Facebook page for viewing through Election Day, November 3rd.

All Flemington candidates were ...

Flemington-Raritan School District Considering New Scheduling to Get Students In Person More

October 28, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Flemington-Raritan Regional School District officials are considering changing the recently adopted hybrid schedule amid concerns students are not getting exposed frequently enough to core courses.

The district phased in a hybrid learning model beginning Oct. 5, with students rotating virtual and in-person classes weekly in two cohorts. That schedule leaves students away from ...

Positive COVID Case Reported at Reading-Fleming Intermediate

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon County Department of Health has confirmed a positive case of COVID at the Reading-Fleming Intermediate School.

According to a message from Superintendent Kari McGann, an employee at the school tested positive Friday.

On Friday and over the weekend, McGann said, the DOH will conduct contact tracing to determine who may have been in close contact with the person ...

County Health Officer, Hunterdon Central Superintendent Speak on Schools Precaution, COVID-19 Updates for Fall

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Hunterdon County Health Officer and Director of the County Health Department Karen DeMarco said this week that, across New Jersey, positive cases of COVID-19 are steadily on the rise and the state has moved to the moderate level, from a “Green” field with low case counts to “Yellow.”

In Hunterdon County, DeMarco said in her update to the Board of Chosen ...

Raritan Township Extends Outdoor Dining Through Winter

October 26, 2020

RARITAN TWP, NJ - Raritan Township has extended its outdoor dining rules, allowing restaurants and bars to continue to offer outdoor seating throughout the winter to help them cope with the state of emergency declared by Gov. Phil Murphy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m glad we are making these adjustments,” said Mayor Jeff Kuhl prior to Tuesday night’s unanimous ...

Union Hotel Renovations Expected to Begin Soon

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Flemington Council gave its final approval to the Courthouse Square redevelopment plans Tuesday night, as developer Jack Cust filed this week for building permits to proceed with renovations of the Union Hotel.

The revised agreement calls for lower building heights and removes plans for a satellite campus for Georgian Court University. It also calls for fewer apartments, some ...

Ski Club Gears Up Despite COVID Complications

October 28, 2020

RARITAN TWP, NJ - Despite complications from COVID, Raritan Township’s Recreation Department is hoping to move forward with plans to run this year’s ski club.

Parents of students who’ve taken part in the club in the past say they’re interested in doing so again, said Kim Creighton, co-director of the township’s park and recreation department.

“We just ...

Girls Tennis: Hunterdon Central Advances to State Section Semifinals

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon Central girls tennis team advanced in the NJSIAA Central West A (Group 4), Quarterfinal Round Tuesday with a 3-2 victory over Hillsborough.

The Red Devils (10-1) swept all three singles positions, with Kyla Malloy, Elle Catanzarite and Karolina Lankamer all winning.

1st Singles: Kyla Malloy, Hunterdon Central, def. Meghna Bharath 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
2nd Singles: ...

Football: Montgomery Beats Hunterdon Central, 37-20

FLEMINGTON, NJ — Alex Benitez passed for two touchdowns, ran for one and kicked a field goal to help Montgomery to a 37-20 victory over Hunterdon Central Friday night.

Emarion Jones scored all three touchdowns for Hunterdon Central, including an 82-yard run in the third quarter. Jones finished with 238 yards on 18 carries.

Frankie Lentine completed 30 of 38 passes for 251 yards for ...

Flemington OKs Trick or Treating

October 18, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Despite a rise in COVID cases this month, Flemington Borough will host Halloween with expanded hours to help trick-or-treaters socially distance to stay safe.

Trick or treating hours will run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, but the annual parade has been cancelled, said Brian McNally, Flemington’s Office of Emergency Management coordinator.

“We're hoping ...

Flemington Borough Candidates Forum Video

October 27, 2020

Here is the link to the video.

This is the second of two candidate forums sponsored by TAPinto Flemington/Raritan. The moderator is Steve Chernoski, a contributor to TAPinto, a resident of Lambertville, author, filmmaker, and Social Studies teacher. 

For tonight's forum, all four candidates who have filed for seats on the Flemington Borough Council were invited to ...

TONIGHT: TAPinto Flemington/Raritan Sponsors Candidate Forum: Flemington Borough [October 27th]

TAPinto Flemington-Raritan will sponsor a Candidate Forum for the residents of Flemington Borough.

TONIGHT: October 27th, Tuesday evening at 7 pm, streamed on Facebook Live, TAPinto Flemington Facebook page.  The event will be recorded and remain on the TAPinto Flemington-Raritan Facebook page for viewing through Election Day, November 3rd.

All Flemington candidates were ...

Hunterdon County Election Guide 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ — Elections are officially Nov. 3, although mail-in ballots are already available to be returned, and there are a number of municipal races around the county.

We reached out to all candidates running for municipal office in Hunterdon County municipalities this year, asking why they are running and what issues they feel are most important to their constituents. Below ...

Homeless Residents Can Turn to Flemington Food Pantry, County Social Services and Hunterdon Helpline Resources

October 27, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - From a surge in Hunterdon County residents picking up food at the Flemington Area Food Pantry to guidance on applying for assistance with utility payments and the Code Blue cold weather homelessness outreach with Hunterdon Helpline, the county is keeping abreast of social issues and creative solutions to help those in need as the COVID-19 pandemic, business and workplace ...

Raritan Township Gives Blessing to Eagle Scout’s Soccer Wall Project

RARITAN TWP, NJ - Raritan Township Committee approved Eagle Scout Cristian Artache’s request to build a kicking wall at Clover Hill Park for the Clover Hill Soccer League.

Seventeen-year-old Artache, of Readington, made a pitch to the committee Tuesday, explaining that he intends to erect a wall using seven fence posts anchored in cement and two-by-fours to complete the project that will ...

Current Foliage Conditions: Northern Hunterdon County is Near Peak

October 17, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released the current fall foliage map for the Garden State this week and things are starting to look colorful!

Forests in the Northwest corner of the state, including the area near High Point State Park and Waywayanda State Park are at peak color. The southern portion of Sussex County is near peak. 

Northern NJ ...

Hunterdon Sees Spike in Rabies Cases

October 25, 2020

RARITAN TWP, NJ - Township Clerk Lisa Fania encouraged pet owners to license their pets as rabies cases across the county increase.

Fania said Tuesday that three cats have tested positive for rabies in the township in the past year. More importantly, a number of wild animals, from raccoons and skunks to foxes and bats, have been found rabid.

Of 208 positive rabies cases across the state, ...

Positive COVID Case Reported at Reading-Fleming Intermediate

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon County Department of Health has confirmed a positive case of COVID at the Reading-Fleming Intermediate School.

According to a message from Superintendent Kari McGann, an employee at the school tested positive Friday.

On Friday and over the weekend, McGann said, the DOH will conduct contact tracing to determine who may have been in close contact with the person ...

County Health Officer, Hunterdon Central Superintendent Speak on Schools Precaution, COVID-19 Updates for Fall

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Hunterdon County Health Officer and Director of the County Health Department Karen DeMarco said this week that, across New Jersey, positive cases of COVID-19 are steadily on the rise and the state has moved to the moderate level, from a “Green” field with low case counts to “Yellow.”

In Hunterdon County, DeMarco said in her update to the Board of Chosen ...

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NJ Supreme Court Justice Alan B. Handler -Wrote the first Abbott v Burke decision on School Funding

October 26, 2020

Former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Alan B. Handler is a resident of Delaware Township and served from 1977- 1999. He attended Princeton University, graduating with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1953. After receiving his law degree from  Harvard Law School in 1956, he entered private legal practice in ...

Matt Ioannidis - NFL Player for the Washington Football Team

Matt Ioannidis is a 6-4, 243-pound Strong-Side Defensive End, currently on the injured list for the Washington Football Team, formerly known as the Redskins.

Ioannidis grew up in Raritan Township and attended Hunterdon Central Regional High School. He attended and played college football at Temple University from 2012–2015, where he was chosen First-team All-American Athletic ...

Brett Jungblut - Winning Professional Poker Player

Brett Jungblut graduated from Voorhees High School in 1997. With only one class left to graduate college, Jungblut dropped out to pursue his dream as a professional poker player.

As a professional poker player, he had a first-place finish at the World Series of Poker in 2004. Since 2005, Jungblut has been teaching poker strategy via his Pro ...

Eve Pontecorvo - Goaltender for Hunterdon Central Girls Soccer Team

October 22, 2020

The Hunterdon Central Girls Soccer Team, under Coach Jeannine Calhoun has a record of 5-0 as of Monday, October 19th. One of the reasons for that is goaltender Eve Pontecorvo, who has 22 saves thus far this season, and has allowed only one goal. 

She is a senior who hopes to double major in criminology and history in college. She told us that her most important ...

Teófimo López - Undisputed Lightweight Champion - Trained in Flemington at Old Dog Boxing Club!

Teófimo López trained at the Old Dog Boxing Club, located in Flemington -owned by Heidi and Bill Ruscher. And now he's the undisputed lightweight champion of the world. On Saturday evening, October 17th López defeated Vasiliy Lomachenko to claim "undisputed lightweight crown in a masterful performance", according to CBS Sports.com.

He now holds ...

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Supports New Jersey Tenants During COVID-19 Housing Crisis

October 28, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund's Housing Stability Project Grant.

Keenan described the work of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), which was established after the COVID-19 pandemic, and which has raised over $37 million from over ...

NJ Video Production Company Senior Producer Recounts Journey from Intern to Leader

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - Senior Producer Kayla Steinmetz sat down with East Main Media Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to discuss the production company's evolution and her role in its success.

Steinmetz talked about her experiences beginning in 2014 when she started as an intern, primarily being an assistant editor. Brodeur recalled how Steinmetz contributed to the company's success from ...

Hunterdon County Reporting 9 New COVID Cases, as of Tuesday

October 28, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Hunterdon County is reporting nine new COVID cases as of Tuesday, bringing the total to 1,574 cases.

The county is not reporting any new fatalities from COVID-19, keeping the total at 73.

The breakdown of towns is as follows:

Alexandria Township – 28 cases, 0 deaths
Bethlehem Township – 40 cases, 1 death
Bloomsbury Borough – 5 cases, ...

Governor Fears Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Are Just the Start

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Gov. Murphy Tests Negative for Coronavirus 4 Times But Will Continue Virtual Briefings 

NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said this afternoon he has not been symptomatic and tested negative four times since last Monday.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a voluntary self-quarantine with the governor last week, has tested negative three times.  

Still, ...

Current Foliage Conditions: Northern Hunterdon County is Near Peak

October 17, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released the current fall foliage map for the Garden State this week and things are starting to look colorful!

Forests in the Northwest corner of the state, including the area near High Point State Park and Waywayanda State Park are at peak color. The southern portion of Sussex County is near peak. 

Northern NJ ...

Local Brothers Reunite After 80 Years

BETHLEHEM TWP, NJ - Bethlehem Township’s Bill Cordes shared a joyful Saturday morning breakfast reunion with his brother Bob Wilson, who was given up for adoption nearly 80 years ago.

“I was so nervous this morning I couldn’t put my shoes on,” said Cordes, 87. “I’m so relaxed now. It feels like we’ve always been together.”

The oldest of three ...

Two Local Schools Win New Gardens in Save Water Challenge

October 24, 2020

EAST AMWELL, NJ - West Amwell School and East Amwell Township School have each won a new garden partially made from recycled oral care waste through this year's Save Water Challenge, according to a release.

The challenge is done through Colgate-Palmolive, ShopRite and recycling leader TerraCycle. To participate, students, teachers and community members were asked to take the pledge to save ...

YMCA Hosts $250,000 Golf Classic

October 27, 2020

The Hunterdon County YMCA hosted the $250,000 Golf Classic, presented by Ferreira Construction, at Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club on Monday, October 19. The Golf Classic provided an opportunity to give back to our community, while spending a great day on the golf course.

The event was a tremendous success in raising more than $33,000 to go toward financial aid scholarships for individuals ...

Vote Yes on Ballot Question #2

October 28, 2020

To the Editor:

For those who have not yet voted, I encourage you to vote yes on Ballot Question #2, rightfully extending the Veterans Property Tax Deduction to all those New Jersey Veterans who have served our nation.

You have to turn the vote by mail ballot over to find the public questions.

Right now, many of our veterans are denied the deduction because they did not serve in a ...

Resident Comments on Recent Candidate Forum

To the Editor:

Thank you for hosting the Candidates for Raritan Township Committee Forum.

I applaud the dedication and commitment of Kent Davis and John Dawson to the future of our community.

I have been following their campaign and was interested in hearing their opponent's views.

I am disappointed that the Republican candidates chose not to take advantage of this excellent ...

I am an American – Are you?

To the Editor:

I am an American. Are you?

I have to admit that I do not understand the citizens of this country. We have a very important issue at stake in the November election. It’s not political, it’s not right wing, left wing or independent, it’s an American issue. I am an American, born here, raised here and lived here all my 74 years. The question is, does the ...

Gov Murphy and the Movie "The Princess Bride"

To the Editor:

Gov. Phil Murphy is at it again with a second ad from "New Direction New Jersey" where he repeatedly claims that his administration has made New Jersey "fairer."  Every time Gov. Murphy makes that claim I think of the 1987 movie "The Princess Bride." Specifically, the scene when Vizzini (played by actor Wallace Shawn), is in shock that ...

Flemington Forgiving

While the Flemington Council is trying to heal a bitter discord caused by Mayor Driver’s profane language against Trump voters, it is unfortunate to see others losing their jobs, or worse, from doing far less.

For example, kids are being kicked out of class for wearing a Trump shirt or look at what happened to the Covington High School student who was wrongly maligned for wearing a Trump ...

Letter: Tom Kean Jr. Campaign Ad Bears False Witness

To the Editor:

By now, many of us have been subjected repeatedly to the infamous “dangerously radical” attack ad from the Tom Kean for Congress campaign, falsely portraying incumbent United States Representative Tom Malinowski as a deeply immoral man who would deliberately conceal the identities of sex offenders, thereby creating a more unsafe environment for America’s ...

Hunterdon County Election Guide 2020

October 26, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ — Elections are officially Nov. 3, although mail-in ballots are already available to be returned, and there are a number of municipal races around the county.

We reached out to all candidates running for municipal office in Hunterdon County municipalities this year, asking why they are running and what issues they feel are most important to their constituents. Below ...

Timely Grants for Health Department, Board of Elections, Clerk’s Office, Open Space Preservation all Approved by County Board

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently approved several grant awards, which come at a time appropriate to support county operations and initiatives regarding interactions with the public, and offsetting a number of costs that would fall on the taxpayer base otherwise.

County Health Officer Karen DeMarco reported initiatives for Hunterdon County ...

TAPinto Flemington/Raritan Sponsors Candidate Forum: Raritan Township [October 21st]

TAPinto Flemington/Raritan will sponsor a Candidate Forum for the residents of Raritan Township.

October 21st, Wednesday evening at 7 pm, streamed on Facebook Live, TAPinto Flemington Facebook page.  The event will be recorded and remain on the TAPinto Flemington/Raritan Facebook page for viewing through Election Day, November 3rd.

All candidates were invited to participate in ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

$14M in New Covid-Relief Funds to Help NJ Residents Get Back to Work Available

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Over 1.6 million people in New Jersey have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic began to ravage the state.

Looking to help individuals out of work, as well as employers unable to hire more people due to the financial impact of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy announced $14 million of new workforce development funds ...

Bars, Restaurants Given Expansion on Liquor Permits as COVID Climb Continues

NEW JERSEY — Bar and restaurant owners across New Jersey will be able to toast this week to the latest expansion on liquor license permits - initially triggered to help businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic while serving outdoors. 

“For many of our residents having the ability to serve liquor to their customers beyond their normal premises has been meaningful. In ...