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Election 2019: Attention Candidates Running for Public Office

March 24, 2019

SOMERSET, NJ - Below are the TAPinto Election Policies:

Candidate Statements

Candidates can submit a maximum of one candidate statement per week (including photos). For the general election, statements can be submitted from Labor Day up through the week before Election Day. For the primary election, statements can be submitted from March 1 st through the ...

ABCs of Book Publishing at Franklin Library

March 25, 2019

SOMERSET, NJ - Franklin Township Public Library is pleased to host The ABCs of Book Publishing with author-publisher Cheryl Willis Hudson on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 6:45 pm.  This program is free and open to the public. 

Cheryl Willis Hudson will present a workshop/book talk and hands-on demonstration which incorporates how to create your own book and ...

Toy Collection Highlights Bodnar Auctions March 28 Sale

EDISON, NJ – A lifetime collection of re-released toys popular in the 1970s and ‘80s will be sold on Thursday, March 28, by Bodnar’s Auction Sales at the New Jersey Expo and Convention Center, 97 Sunfield Ave.

The day-long sale also includes over 4,000 lots, from furniture and giftware to jewelry, household items, paper ephemera, coins, advertising, textiles and more. The ...

Things to do in and around Franklin this weekend 

SOMERSET, NJ - Do you have plans this weekend?

If you don’t, check out our editor’s picks for some of the best things to do in and around Franklin Township.

Read on below for more details:

BONUS EVENT - Franklin Athletics Booster Club 

You just got finished watching the Lady Warriors make history, now it is time to celebrate. TAP here for more ...

Franklin Township Baseball League Celebrates its 66th Opening Day on Saturday, April 6th with Parade Kick-Off

March 25, 2019

SOMERSET, NJ - With just a few weeks until Opening Day, Franklin Township Baseball League (FTBL) is preparing for its annual Opening Day celebration featuring the FTBL parade followed by opening ceremonies. April 6th marks FTBL’s 66th Opening Day celebration.

The day will kick off with a parade beginning at 8:30 am lead by Sparkee from the Somerset Patriots and the East Franklin Fire ...

Franklin Township: All-American Track Star, Mario Heslop

SOMERSET, NJ - The indoor track season for Franklin High School’s Mario Heslop was a memorable one. The senior star was named the winter track athlete of the year by NJ.com and finished No. 1 in the final MileSplit Boys Indoor 2019 national individual rankings.

The All-American finished the season atop the leaderboard in New Jersey in the 55-meter dash, 400m, 60m, and 200m.

Heslop set ...

Best Ever? Franklin Girls Basketball Team (34-0) Wins Tournament of Champions, 65-57, Over Saddle River Day

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Franklin girls basketball team can now stake a legitimate claim to being perhaps the greatest in the history of New Jersey.

On a day when a stellar opponent prevented them from playing their very best game, the top-seeded, undefeated Warriors still found a way to grind out a 65-57 victory over second-seeded Saddle River Day School in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions ...

Franklin Township Help a Neighbor: Amwell Road Fire Victims in Need of Help

March 16, 2019

SOMERSET, NJ - A fire on Amwell Road displaced six people, and the help of the community is needed. 

Whitney Bruno, one of the residents of the home has two children and is now living in a shelter. 

"We are struggling to figure out what we aren’t to do after," a GoFundMe post for Bruno reads. "The whole house isn’t burned however whatever was left, the ...

Franklin Township: Six Displaced in Amwell Road Fire

SOMERSET, NJ - Six people had to be relocated by the American Red Cross, Tuesday night due to a residential fire on Amwell Road. 

Police received a 9-1-1 call on Tuesday at 4:20 pm reporting a fire, according to a news release. Responding officers reported seeing heavy smoke coming from the residence. Police say the six occupants evacuated the home ...

UPDATE: New Brunswick Police Locate Missing Youth

UPDATE: City police early on Friday announced that the missing youth had been located. No other details were released.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City police issued a plea for the public's help in finding a missing 14-year-old New Brunswick youth who was last seen on Tuesday.

Authorities say Otoniel Martinez-Ulloa was wearing a pink sweater, gray jacket and khakis the last time he was ...

Somerset Saturday Night, Set for Friday After Next

March 25, 2019

SOMERSET, NJ - The MacAfee Road School PTO is hosting its 4th annual Somerset Saturday Night on April 5, from 8 pm to 10 pm at the East Franklin Firehouse.

Area comics Kevin Israel, Matt Jenkins, Grisel Cabrera, and local Danial Bocchino will perform. 

Bocchino is also one of the show organizers and says last year the MAC PTO opened up their annual fundraiser to other ...

Help Support: Franklin Athletics Booster Club

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - You just got finished watching the Lady Warriors make history, now it is time to celebrate.

This Thursday the Franklin Athletics Booster Club (FABC) is hosting a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings in North Brunswick this Thursday.

Show this ticket and 15 percent of your total bill will be donated to the FABC. Members from the FABC will be on hand from ...

Franklin Township: The Week on TAP - March 18 to March 21

SOMERSET, NJ - Here's a look at some of the municipal, business and recreational events going on this week in the Township of Franklin.  Email the editor at FranklinTownship@tapinto.net with local event suggestions. 

Monday, March 18

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection 

Show NJDEP that we do not want Compressor Station 206 in Franklin Township or ...

Workshop: What Happens to the Family when a Parent Goes to Jail?

March 24, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Parents, guardians and professionals who work with children and families are invited to a Somerset County Youth Service panel presentation on Friday, April 5, that will focus on parental incarceration.

Topics that will be discussed include the effects of parental incarceration on youth, ways to increase self-esteem and encourage compassion and forgiveness, ...

NJ Devils Host “Hat Trick” Concert with Somerville Fifth-Graders at Prudential Center

SOMERVILLE, NJ   The Van Derveer School Fifth-grade band had a final tune-up Friday morning with a special assembly for their classmates, performing 11 songs that they’ll play again Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center in Newark during the second period intermission of the New Jersey Devils hockey game against the visiting Arizona Coyotes.

In hockey parlance, the concert ...

Read Across America with Little City Books, Host of Literary Happenings in Hoboken

March 2, 2019

HOBOKEN, NJ -- Donna Garban and Kate Jacobs, Co-Owners of Little City Books, an independent bookstore on Bloomfield Street in Hoboken, spoke with TAPintoTV about their support of Read Across America and upcoming events, such as the inaugural Hoboken Literary Weekend in April.

Read Across America, an annual celebration of reading for children created by the National Education Association, ...

Explore Black History Every Month of the Year at Montclair’s Crane House and Historic YWCA

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently visited the Montclair History Center and took a tour of the Crane House and Historic YWCA. The building dates from 1796, when Israel Crane built it as his family home, and in 1920, it was purchased by the local YWCA as a boarding house and cultural hub for African-American women.

Today, the Montclair History Center tells the stories of all the people who ...

Somerville: Business Leaders Meet with NJ Assembly Budget Chair

March 20, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee will host Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-29) at a luncheon on Friday, March 29 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main St.

Pintor Marin has served in the General Assembly, representing Belleville and Newark since 2013, and has been Budget Chair since 2018. Professionally, ...

WalletHub Study Confirms What We’ve Long Suspected: NJ Has Country’s Highest Property Taxes

NEW JERSEY -- The average American household spends $2,279 on property taxes for their homes each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In light of this, it’s little surprise that more than $14 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year, according to the National Tax Lien Association.

To determine who pays the highest taxes, personal-finance website WalletHub today released ...

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Etheridge Family Medical: Spring Cleaning

March 21, 2019

 Etheridge Family Medicine: "Where we focus on preventive care for a long, healthy and prosperous life." 

SOMERSET, NJ - WOW!

It's that time of year again already. Spring is finally here, bringing with it hopes of better days to come, beautiful warm weather and dreamy star-filled nights.

Rather than focus on our usual goals of beautifying our houses and yards ...

NJ's Bad Boy of Comedy, Mike Marino, Uses Scotch Plains Roots in His Routines

March 25, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Affectionately known to millions of his fans worldwide as New Jersey’s Bad Boy of Comedy, is one of the country’s most successful comedians. He has performed in just about every major comedy club from New York to Los Angeles and around the world.

Born in Jersey City, Marino grew up in Scotch Plains and is a graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. At an ...

UPDATE: One Dead, One Wounded In Shooting Outside An Edison Restaurant

Edison, NJ –   An early morning shooting during a Reggae event held at Akbar Restaurant, located on Cortland Street in Edison, has left one man dead and another seriously injured.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department said a Newark man has been fatally shot and another man from Newark remains in critical condition ...

Hillsborough Schools Face Tough Choices; Teacher Layoffs Possible

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Stung by the defeat of a March 12 referendum that would have raised over $8 million to stabilize the school budget and implement full-day kindergarten, the Board of Education is considering several cost-saving options for the 2019-20 school year – including layoffs upwards of 50 teachers and staff.

Other remedies under consideration to overcome a $5 million shortfall ...

Watchung's Cinemark Theater Opening Soon, Shoppes at Watchung Under Construction

WATCHUNG, NJ - One more month. Cinemark Holdings has announced that the tentative grand opening of its newest movie theater, Cinemark Watchung and XD (1670 Route 22 East, Watchung) is expected to be in one month, at the start of spring break,  April 19.

Chick-Fil-A, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, Ulta Beauty, Sierra Trading Post, and Home Sense have announced they are also opening at ...

Piscataway Police Search for Bank Robbery Suspect

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Township police are searching for a suspect wanted for the March 8 robbery of the Investors Bank on Stelton Road.

Police said at about 5:30 pm that evening, a man handed a teller a note demanding money. They said he did not show a weapon, but that he walked out of the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash fleeing in a black 2007 Volkswagen Jetta ...

NJ's Bad Boy of Comedy, Mike Marino, Uses Scotch Plains Roots in His Routines

March 25, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Affectionately known to millions of his fans worldwide as New Jersey’s Bad Boy of Comedy, is one of the country’s most successful comedians. He has performed in just about every major comedy club from New York to Los Angeles and around the world.

Born in Jersey City, Marino grew up in Scotch Plains and is a graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. At an ...

UPDATE: One Dead, One Wounded In Shooting Outside An Edison Restaurant

Edison, NJ –   An early morning shooting during a Reggae event held at Akbar Restaurant, located on Cortland Street in Edison, has left one man dead and another seriously injured.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department said a Newark man has been fatally shot and another man from Newark remains in critical condition ...

Hillsborough Schools Face Tough Choices; Teacher Layoffs Possible

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Stung by the defeat of a March 12 referendum that would have raised over $8 million to stabilize the school budget and implement full-day kindergarten, the Board of Education is considering several cost-saving options for the 2019-20 school year – including layoffs upwards of 50 teachers and staff.

Other remedies under consideration to overcome a $5 million shortfall ...

Workshop: What Happens to the Family when a Parent Goes to Jail?

March 24, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Parents, guardians and professionals who work with children and families are invited to a Somerset County Youth Service panel presentation on Friday, April 5, that will focus on parental incarceration.

Topics that will be discussed include the effects of parental incarceration on youth, ways to increase self-esteem and encourage compassion and forgiveness, ...

NJ Devils Host “Hat Trick” Concert with Somerville Fifth-Graders at Prudential Center

SOMERVILLE, NJ   The Van Derveer School Fifth-grade band had a final tune-up Friday morning with a special assembly for their classmates, performing 11 songs that they’ll play again Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center in Newark during the second period intermission of the New Jersey Devils hockey game against the visiting Arizona Coyotes.

In hockey parlance, the concert ...

Budget Crunch: RVCC Hikes Tuition $9 Per Credit

BRANCHBURG, NJ - Faced with declining enrollment and the prospect of a reduction in state aid, Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Board of Trustees has passed a budget for FY 2020 that increases tuition while reducing operating expenses by over $1 million.

The $54.5 million budget for FY 2020 includes a $9 per credit tuition increase for residents of Somerset and Hunterdon ...

Workshop: What Happens to the Family when a Parent Goes to Jail?

March 24, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Parents, guardians and professionals who work with children and families are invited to a Somerset County Youth Service panel presentation on Friday, April 5, that will focus on parental incarceration.

Topics that will be discussed include the effects of parental incarceration on youth, ways to increase self-esteem and encourage compassion and forgiveness, ...

NJ Devils Host “Hat Trick” Concert with Somerville Fifth-Graders at Prudential Center

SOMERVILLE, NJ   The Van Derveer School Fifth-grade band had a final tune-up Friday morning with a special assembly for their classmates, performing 11 songs that they’ll play again Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center in Newark during the second period intermission of the New Jersey Devils hockey game against the visiting Arizona Coyotes.

In hockey parlance, the concert ...