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Hunterdon County Up By 4 COVID Cases Since Friday

July 6, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Hunterdon County is reporting four more COVID-19 cases since the weekend, bringing the total to 1,085 cases, as of Sunday evening.

 

The county is not reporting any additional fatalities, keeping the total at 69.

The breakdown of towns is as follows:

Alexandria Township – 10 cases, 0 deaths
Bethlehem ...

Raritan Township Allows Business Outdoors

RARITAN TWP., N.J. - Just before New Jersey allowed gyms and fitness centers to operate in outdoor spaces, the Raritan Township Committee approved Tuesday the waiving or modification of ordinances to allow for that to happen within the township.

The ordinance allows for the use of some municipal parks and areas adjacent to fitness and wellness businesses with conditions.  Classes are ...

Turnout Small for July 4th Black Lives Matter Protest in Flemington

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Usually, on the Fourth of July, most families in town would be heading down the Shore, eating grilled hamburgers or getting ready for the traditional Flemington fireworks at the Reading-Fleming Middle School ballfield.

But not this year.

While most in Hunterdon County hunkered down to an at-home quieter than usual celebration, several Flemington police officers and county ...

Happy 4th of July!









On behalf of the TAPinto, best wishes for a happy and safe 4th of July for you and your family. 

TAPinto celebrates the freedom and liberty of our wonderful nation. We recognize our courageous past and are confident that our best days are still ahead of us. Amongst our strongest ideals upon which America is founded, is the ...

Freeholders Discuss Historic Courthouse Project Bond Ordinance, Architects’ Contract Modified

July 1, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders set a public hearing on a bond ordinance for planned capital and infrastructure improvements of one of the most well-known Flemington historic sites, the Historic Hunterdon County Courthouse, including its historic jail, which held then-suspect Bruno Hauptmann during the Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial.

The public hearing on ...

Flemington Councilman Speaks Out Against Invoice to Company Hired to Paint Over Blue Line

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The close of the Flemington council meeting this week became contentious as Councilman Michael Harris called out Mayor Betsy Driver on a controversial issue.

As the vote to pay the borough’s bills began, Harris questioned an invoice for $4,338.30 from Straight Edge Stripping LLC for the “emergency” restriping of Main Street in order to eliminate the blue line ...

Flemington Residents Encouraged to Share Acts of Discrimination During Council Meeting

FLEMINGTON, NJ - A call to action by Karen Buys, a member of the Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition (HCARC), did not succeed in bringing any comments to the Flemington Council’s online meeting.

An email sent hours before the meeting encouraged people to share, “exact instances of discrimination and racism in the Borough.” Buyers explained comments didn’t need to be ...

Walker Cites Plans to Relocate, Fatigue Over Pushback on District Finances as Reasons for Resignation from Flemington-Raritan Board of Education

June 30, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Board member Chris Walker resigned from the Flemington-Raritan Regional Board of Education June 22, less than halfway through a second three-year term, due to unexpectedly needing to move his family out-of-state and concerns over district finances.  

The Raritan Township resident has served on the nine-member board for the past three-and-half years, after first being ...

J.P. Case Middle School Principal Encourages Graduates to Create Positive Change during Challenging Times in Graduation Day Video

FLEMINGTON, NJ - “Be a positive light for yourself. Be a positive light for others.”

J.P. Case Middle School Principal Bob Castellano dedicated a country song to the graduates of the eighth grade Class of 2020 during their promotion day video Tuesday, as a reminder to always provide a positive mindset during challenging times, in light of the ongoing health crisis.

“Be a ...

Desmares Elementary PTO Surprises Fourth Graders in Celebrating Graduation

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Desmares Elementary School PTO planned a special surprise for its fourth graders Monday, visiting the students and surprising them with special gifts from the PTO.

The school PTO wanted to give the students a memorable last day experience to help them always remember their elementary school.

The PTO rented a bus, covered it with a banner on each side, and surprised all ...

Raritan Township Allows Business Outdoors

July 6, 2020

RARITAN TWP., N.J. - Just before New Jersey allowed gyms and fitness centers to operate in outdoor spaces, the Raritan Township Committee approved Tuesday the waiving or modification of ordinances to allow for that to happen within the township.

The ordinance allows for the use of some municipal parks and areas adjacent to fitness and wellness businesses with conditions.  Classes are ...

Citing Unemployment Data, Hunterdon Freeholders Continue to Push for Economic Reopening

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders continued to lobby for the full reopening of business and commercial sectors of the northwestern New Jersey economy, with data and initiatives described at the June 16 meeting held via teleconference.

Freeholder J. Matthew Holt led a theme of addressing the county’s economic outlook in what officials hope becomes a summer ...

NJSIAA Announces Guidelines For Phase I of Return to High School Sports

June 24, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The NJSIAA took one step closer to fall sports in 2020, with the release of the Phase I regulations by the NJSIAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Taskforce. 

The task force is chaired by former NJSIAA Executive Committee president Mary Liz Ivins.  She is joined Dr. Jack Kripsak, chair of the NJSIAA Medical Advisory Committee; Dr. Damion Martins, the Jets team ...

Hunterdon County Prosecutor Outlines Law Enforcement Evaluations, Peaceful Protests Abound

June 22, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - A timely presentation to the Freeholder Board at its June 16 meeting by Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael Williams touched on fairness in criminal justice protocols and policing without bias.  

Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren said Williams would speak about the backdrop of nationwide movements and rallying around race relations, equality and law ...

ACME Screening Room Creates Drive-In Carpool Cinema

June 30, 2020

So, you’ve been stuck inside like the rest of us since late March, and you’re stir crazy from watching movies at home on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or HBO. If you’re like us, you miss seeing movies with dozens of people you don’t know while sipping your Coke and chomping on popcorn. And in the dark, the way movies should be watched. 

Of course, the upside of ...

Only One Location Open in Each Town for Primary Election Voting

July 3, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - With the New Jersey primary elections having been pushed to July 7, the state is mandating only one building to be open in each town for in-person voting, with recommendations to residents to vote by mail because of the pandemic.

Lisa Fania, township clerk in Raritan Township, said that per the county clerk’s office, the primary will primarily be a vote by mail ...

Hunterdon County Prepared for 2020 New Jersey Primary

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders and residents listening to their teleconference meeting June 16 received a comprehensive take on administration and procedures for the 2020 New Jersey Primary set for July 7, but with a heavy influence of Vote-by-Mail ballots.

Hunterdon County Clerk Mary H. Melfi, a Flemington Borough resident for the last 43 years and a North ...

Flemington Boy Scouts Collect Food for Food Pantry

June 27, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The boy scouts of Flemington BSA Troop 62 met every Wednesday night via Zoom, rather than at their usual meeting place at the Flemington Presbyterian Church because of the pandemic due to stay at home orders issued in March – and then they decided to do something to give back.

In May, they conducted a food drive to help the Flemington Food Pantry. Since they couldn't ...

Freeholder Board Honors Late ‘Freeholder Emeritus,’ and Flemington Resident, Frank Fuzo

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Each of Hunterdon County’s current freeholders recently took time to remember and speak fondly of Freeholder Emeritus Frank. J. Fuzo, who served as an elected official in Hunterdon for 17 years and lived in Flemington for the last years of his life before passing away June 3.

The Freeholder Board passed a resolution recognizing the life and accomplishments of Fuzo, who ...

Christopher R.Hood, DPM Joins Hunterdon Podiatric Medicine

June 24, 2020

Hunterdon Podiatric Medicine, a specialty practice owned and operated by Hunterdon Healthcare, is pleased to welcome Christopher Hood, DPM. Dr. Hood joins the practice with Podiatrists, Steven Dribbon, DPM, John Kramer, DPM and Michael Molitoris, DPM.

Dr. Hood graduated from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and completed his residency at Crozer Keystone Health Center in ...

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Hunterdon County Up By 4 COVID Cases Since Friday

July 6, 2020

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Hunterdon County is reporting four more COVID-19 cases since the weekend, bringing the total to 1,085 cases, as of Sunday evening.

 

The county is not reporting any additional fatalities, keeping the total at 69.

The breakdown of towns is as follows:

Alexandria Township – 10 cases, 0 deaths
Bethlehem ...

Hunterdon County Reporting 2 Additional COVID-19 Cases Overnight

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Hunterdon County is reporting two more COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,081 cases, as of Thursday evening.

 

The county is not reporting any additional fatalities, keeping the total at 69.

The breakdown of towns is as follows:

Alexandria Township – 10 cases, 0 deaths
Bethlehem Township – 22 ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Voorhees High School Baseball to Compete in the Last Dance Tournament

July 4, 2020

VOORHEES, NJ - With much promise going into the 2020 baseball season the Vikes were put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In March, they started the season with an amazing basketball game community fundraiser called “Dreams for Kids,” put together with the Voorhees Vikings Baseball Booster Club in coordination with former NFL player and CEO of Dreams for Kids, Lonnie ...

Hunterdon County Prepared for 2020 New Jersey Primary

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders and residents listening to their teleconference meeting June 16 received a comprehensive take on administration and procedures for the 2020 New Jersey Primary set for July 7, but with a heavy influence of Vote-by-Mail ballots.

Hunterdon County Clerk Mary H. Melfi, a Flemington Borough resident for the last 43 years and a North ...

North Hunterdon seniors drive into their future

CLINTON, NJ - Excitement was high in downtown Clinton as parents, siblings, local businesses and people from surrounding towns showed up to celebrate North Hunterdon High School’s (NHHS) seniors on Friday morning.

On the day that would have been the class of 2020's traditional graduation ceremony on NHHS’s Singley Field, Clinton’s sidewalks and street corners – as ...

Jewelry Design Helps Hunterdon County Polytech Student Earn Second Consecutive Scholarship from Area Rotary Clubs

July 4, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Laura Adams, a recent graduate of the Commercial Arts and Advertising Design program at Hunterdon County Polytech Career and Technical High School, has received back-to-back scholarships from local Rotary Clubs. Adams received the same scholarship in 2019 and 2020 as a participant in the Bridging the Gap Program, which is ...

Hunterdon County Prepared for 2020 New Jersey Primary

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders and residents listening to their teleconference meeting June 16 received a comprehensive take on administration and procedures for the 2020 New Jersey Primary set for July 7, but with a heavy influence of Vote-by-Mail ballots.

Hunterdon County Clerk Mary H. Melfi, a Flemington Borough resident for the last 43 years and a North ...

ACME Screening Room Creates Drive-In Carpool Cinema

So, you’ve been stuck inside like the rest of us since late March, and you’re stir crazy from watching movies at home on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or HBO. If you’re like us, you miss seeing movies with dozens of people you don’t know while sipping your Coke and chomping on popcorn. And in the dark, the way movies should be watched. 

Of course, the upside of ...

All-Star Stand Up Comedy “Under the Stars” Saturday July 18th in Flemington

July 6, 2020

You’ve been stuck at home for the last three months now you need to laugh! 

ComedyWorks Entertainment and Chimney Rock Inn are partnering to present an All-Star Stand Up Comedy “Under the Stars” Saturday, July 18th in the parking lot of the location in Flemington! Doors open 8 pm, Showtime 8:30 pm.

Tickets are just $25, and you can use the code ALLSTARCOMEDY for a ...

Some Thoughts on Leadership in the Borough

July 6, 2020

To the Editor:

I came across your recent statement challenging my service on Council as "false and baseless." Better role-models would urge caution in answering what is truly baseless criticism of my work and ideas, as it could otherwise leave no time for constructive work. “But since you are [people] of genuine goodwill and that your criticisms are sincerely set ...

Thoughts from a Taxpayer

To the Editor:

I read the recent news item that Chris Walker is resigning from the Flemington-Raritan School District (FRSD) Board of Education. Aside from his presence on the school board, I don’t know Mr. Walker and I did not vote from him in the most recent election. Nonetheless, I will miss any voice that calls for fiscal discipline and prudent management of taxpayer funds.

In the ...

Flemington Council Members Respond to Letter Regarding Council's Accountability

To the Editor:

The three of us would like to set the record straight on an issue that Councilman Harris has decided to include us in. We do not wish to add to the incessant debate over the blue line. It is gone. We are focusing on the constructive work of making sure Flemington Borough’s government functions properly. We are also focused on consensus building, respectful communication, ...

Mayor Says No To Accountability

To the Editor:

You know the situation where one person says, “It not about you, it’s me.” This is not one of those stories...

Mayor Driver challenges the assertion I made at the June 22 Flemington Borough Council meeting. I stated that the cost to remove Flemington’s blue line, ordered by Mayor Driver without prior council approval, was excessive, and cost taxpayers ...

Resident: No Public in Meetings as Residents Getting Cut Out of Policy Decisions

To the Editor:

Regarding: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/flemington-slash-raritan/sections/hunterdon-county-news/articles/hunterdon-county-getting-prepared-for-highlands-regional-plan-conformance-public-meeting-to-come

Once again, Freeholder director Shaun Van Doren and former director Matt Holt are doing an end-run around the county's municipalities on a state-level plan that will ...

The Lies of Councilman Harris

To the Editor:
 

It’s unfortunate TAPInto Flemington is choosing to use inflammatory language and is failing to confirm assertions by Councilman Harris in articles regarding the removal of the blue line on Main Street.  Calling the disagreement over the blue line “unrest” reflects bias and projection on the part of the reporting. It may be an ongoing ...

Community Conversations: How to Stay Safe this Summer

Is your family ready to enjoy summer – safely? On this Community Conversation, Atlantic Health System’s Christopher Zipp, DO, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Morristown Medical Center, and a physician with Atlantic Medical Group shares some important tips on summer safety, and why, as we coexist with COVID-19 – if you don’t have a family doctor – you ...

Community Conversations: Important Guidelines for Returning to Sports and Activities

After the last few months it’s understandable we’re itching to restart our old fitness routines or get back to the sports activity we love. But there are some important guidelines to know before hitting the gym or the playing field. During this Community Conversation, Matthew Martinez, MD, Director, Atlantic Health System Sports Cardiology Program, Morristown Medical Center and Damion ...

Jewelry Design Helps Hunterdon County Polytech Student Earn Second Consecutive Scholarship from Area Rotary Clubs

July 4, 2020

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Laura Adams, a recent graduate of the Commercial Arts and Advertising Design program at Hunterdon County Polytech Career and Technical High School, has received back-to-back scholarships from local Rotary Clubs. Adams received the same scholarship in 2019 and 2020 as a participant in the Bridging the Gap Program, which is ...

Hunterdon County Prepared for 2020 New Jersey Primary

FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders and residents listening to their teleconference meeting June 16 received a comprehensive take on administration and procedures for the 2020 New Jersey Primary set for July 7, but with a heavy influence of Vote-by-Mail ballots.

Hunterdon County Clerk Mary H. Melfi, a Flemington Borough resident for the last 43 years and a North ...

Hunterdon County GIS, Planning and Parks Upgrading Digital Resources

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - On June 2, Executive Director of the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission Carrie Fellows provided the freeholder board with updates on the Division of Planning and Land Use, as well as projects and programming to benefit emergency operations through the use of advanced global mapping and interactive software.

Fellows spoke about the many contributions of ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...