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Franklin High School Teacher Earns VIP NYC Marathon Admission with Team TCS Teachers

October 27, 2020

FRANKLIN, NJ – For the third consecutive year, teachers across the U.S. and Canada were invited to apply for a chance to win a free VIP admission into the TCS NYC Marathon.

On a local front, Franklin High School's own Maggie Muir Shylock was among just 50 teachers selected by Tata Consultancy Services—the title sponsor of the marathon - to be part of this ...

BOE approves new Principal for Franklin Park School and hears reports on student safety and academic achievement

SOMERSET, NJ – The Franklin Township school board approved a new principal for Franklin Park School and heard reports on student safety and academic achievement at last night’s board meeting. 

Rebekah Solomon, who attended Franklin Park School as a student, will take over for former principal Purvi Shah after the board unanimously voted in favor of her ...

Hillsborough Teacher Writes, Publishes Kids' Book About COVID-19

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Wherever you may have grown up, or raised a family, there is undoubtedly a teacher, or teachers you remember fondly. 

If your child attends, or has attended Hillsborough Elementary School, there’s a good chance that teacher is Mrs. Regan.

Amy Regan, a long-time teacher at HES recently published a book called “Caring Kids: Coping Rhymes for Covid ...

Oct. 27 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 40 New Cases Overnight

October 27, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Tuesday reported an additional 40 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus overnight, bringing the total number of cases to 5,902, with 519 COVID-10 deaths reported since March 8.

Franklin has a total of 1,770 COVID-19 cases an increase of 15, and 161 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

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Oct. 25 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 73 New Cases in 48 Hours

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Sunday reported an additional 73 positive tests for the COVID-19 virus over the past 48 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 5,820, with 518 COVID-10 deaths reported since March 8.

Franklin has a total of 1,742 COVID-19 cases, and 160 deaths since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March.

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Oct. 23 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 39 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Friday reported 39 new COVID-19 cases overnight, the biggest 24-hour increase in several weeks, bringing the total number of the COVID-19 coronavirus cases to 5,747 with the death toll at 518 since the first case was reported March 8.

Franklin has a total of 1,723 COVID-19 cases, and 158 deaths ...

For The First Time, NJ Officials To Get An Early Start On Counting Ballots

October 27, 2020

Counties can begin counting general election votes on Saturday because of the expected flood of paper ballots — but they can’t reveal any results.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

While thousands of mail-in ...

General Election Public Question #1: Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Marijuana Explained

In addition to voting in statewide, county and local elections by November 3, New Jersey residents will be asked three public questions, including whether the state Constitution should be amended to legalize marijuana.

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey offers an objective perspective of this question, including reasons for voting yes and no.

Question on the Ballot:

Do you ...

Somerset County Candidates' Profiles for Freeholder & Surrogate

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Three Republican incumbents are being challenged by a like number of Democrats for two seats on the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the office of Somerset County Surrogate.

All six candidates appear on the paper ballots mailed to voters last month. Ballots must be filled out and returned by Election Day, Nov.3, using ballot boxes that have been installed ...

Pedestrian Killed at New Brunswick Train Station Identified as Willingboro Man

October 28, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The pedestrian who was struck and killed at the New Brunswick train station on Saturday has been identified as a 23-year-old Burlington County man.

Jordan G. Hamm, a Willingboro Township resident, was struck at about 1:30 p.m., according to a spokesperson for NJ Transit.

No one on Train #7841 was injured in the incident, but it caused delays on the Northeast Corridor ...

Hillsborough Suspect, 11 Others Snagged in Online Sex Predator Sting

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A 26-year-old Hillsborough man is one of 12 suspects nabbed in an online sting operation that targeted sexual predators.

Five other suspects live in Somerset County; three came to New Jersey from out-of-state and the others live in New Jersey.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, U.S. Attorney/District of New Jersey Craig Carpenito, Somerset County ...

Three South Brunswick Residents Charged in Stabbing Case

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Police have made three arrests in connection to a stabbing that happened in the township earlier this month. All three arrests were from the South Brunswick area. Anthony Blakey (age 21 of Dayton), Ishmael Arrington (age 19 of Monmouth Junction), and Jaylon Drake (age 19 of Dayton) were all arrested and charged, according to a press release.

On ...

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

October 26, 2020

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, ...

$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 ...

Gov. Murphy, First Lady Cancel Events, Enter Coronavirus Self-Quarantine

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, First Lady Tammy Murphy, entered a voluntary self-quarantine Wednesday afternoon after a senior staff member - who the governor was in close proximity to Saturday - tested positive for coronavirus. 

Murphy unexpectedly left a press briefing Wednesday at midday in Camden County, after learning of his exposure to the individual - whose ...

Listing Classifieds on TAPinto is Easy and Affordable

October 10, 2020

SOMERSET, NJ - Do you have a job opening you need to fill?  Are you looking to advertise a garage or estate sale? 

TAPinto Franklin/Somerset classifieds are an easy and affordable way to advertise your job openings, garage sales, tutoring lessons, and more.

Placing your classified on TAPinto’s trusted local marketplace is easy and affordable. 

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4 Cases of COVID-19 Shut Bridgewater-Raritan HS; Classes Go Virtual

October 24, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Bridgewater-Raritan High School on Friday reported a fourth case this week of COVID-19.

The district had already shut down the school for 14 days as of Friday, following a third positive case reported on Thursday.

All classes at the high school will be conducted on a virtual basis for the next two weeks; in addition, all athletic and extracurricular ...

Stop & Go: Update on Route 206 Hillsborough Construction Projects

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Completion of the long-awaited Route 206 Bypass will be delayed until spring, 2021, while the New Jersey Department of Transportation is expected to begin preliminary work on the widening of the state highway in the vicinity of Camplain Road and the nearby Norfolk Southern railroad trestle on Monday, Oct. 19.

An electronic highway sign in the parking lot of the ...

Pink Police Cruisers Gather in Somerville to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While driving down Main Street or on patrol in the residential areas of the borough the past few weeks, Police Officer Vito Spadea has been told more than a few times that he looks good in pink.

It's not difficult to understand why - Spadea's patrol SUV has been wrapped in pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

On Thursday, more than 100 police officers and ...

A College Town Without Students? Easton Avenue Braces for the Fall Chill

October 26, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A few 40-somethings were nursing their Bud Lights while George State and Arkansas State were playing some meaningless game on a TV in the corner of the bar.

The scene at Olde Queens Tavern and other bars and restaurants on Easton Avenue was eerily quiet, especially considering Thursday night have always been the start of the weekend for droves of Rutgers students.

Fear Not Trick Or Treaters: Experts Explain How to Have a Safe Halloween

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On the one night each year when shambling zombies and blood-thirsty vampires are everywhere, something much scarier will be lurking.

COVID-19 will be a specter hanging over this year's Halloween festivities.

Fear not, trick or treaters.

Experts say there are still ways to enjoy the holiday after Gov. Phil Murphy announced last week that traditional holiday revelry ...

New Brunswick Bike Exchange Shifting Gears, Needs a New Home

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It’s Thursday afternoon and Anna Hausmann is furiously scrubbing the rust off a blue Sapient. After several minutes, the bristle brush has removed years of neglect from the chain, allowing the tires to move again.

The job of refurbishing old bikes sometimes calls for some elbow grease, but Hausmann and the other volunteers at the New Brunswick Bike Exchange are ...

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The Rutgers Prep Blog: How to Know Your Child is Getting the Most from Their Remote Learning Experience (UDPATE)

October 23, 2020

This story was written and produced by Rutgers Prep Staff. It is being republished as sponsored content on TAPinto as part of a marketing agreement. Sponsors like Rutgers Prep make it possible for TAPinto to provide its readers with free daily local news.

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SOMERSET, NJ - March 2020 brought about an upheaval to what ...

NJ Family Pleads for Kidney Donor to Save Ailing 7-Year-Old

October 28, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A family is desperately searching for a donor to help save the life of a young boy with severe kidney disease.

"My seven-year-old son, Modak, is in need of a kidney donor," say Nirmesh Kumar. "His kidneys are functioning at 6.5%."

Modak, a 2nd Grader at Golden Door Charter School in Jersey City, was initially diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome in 2018.

Trump Truck Parade in Scotch Plains and Fanwood Draws Both Cheers and Jeers (VIDEO)

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Several hundred trucks -- but nowhere near the 700-1,000 anticipated -- rolled through several Union County towns, including Fanwood and Scotch Plains on Saturday showing their support for President Trump. 

The motorcade was led by a police escort (to keep the parade moving) and featured trucks, cars and motorcycles with flags, sometimes with vulgar ...

Scotch Plains' Iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Wedding Hall Abruptly Closes, Leaves Brides in the Lurch, Owes Township $380,000+, Yet Owner Denies Business Has Closed

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Colonia native Kelli Capurso, 23, was, like any bride, looking forward to her wedding reception. She married her husband, Anthony, in August 2019, but postponed her reception until 2020 until after he returned from his deployment with the Marines. COVID put a wrench into their plans, and the couple had to cancel their celebration at one catering hall and booked instead ...

Piscataway Great, Great Grandmother Celebrates 100th Birthday

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Mildred Crawford celebrated a milestone birthday this year as she turned 100 October 11.

An active member of the Piscataway Senior Center, Crawford’s family and friends treated her to a surprise parade of well wishes past her Richards Ave. home.

Mayor Brian Wahler stopped by to read and present Crawford with a proclamation in honor of her special ...

Gunman Arrested After Terrorizing South Brunswick Hotel

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - On Friday, October 16th, 2020, a South Brunswick hotel was terrorized by a guest who pointed a gun at members of the staff. Louis Smith, age 46, threatened to harm guests and staff members after getting into an argument with an employee at the Hotel Vicenza on Route 1 South. Police set up a perimeter around the hotel and were able to de-escalate the situation leading to ...

Edison Police seeks your help in locating a Missing Teen

EDISON, NJ - Edison Police seeks your help in locating a missing Teen: Raven Bennett, 16 yo black female, 5'04", 110 lbs, brown-colored dreadlocks, wearing a red hat, light grey hooded sweatshirt, dark gray sweat pants, and black sneakers possibly Nike brand. Last seen: Beaver Ave, Edison, 3:00pm on 10/16/2020 and ran away on foot.

If you have information that can assist in helping ...

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 Family Pleads for Kidney Donor to Save Ailing 7-Year-Old

October 28, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A family is desperately searching for a donor to help save the life of a young boy with severe kidney disease.

"My seven-year-old son, Modak, is in need of a kidney donor," say Nirmesh Kumar. "His kidneys are functioning at 6.5%."

Modak, a 2nd Grader at Golden Door Charter School in Jersey City, was initially diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome in 2018.

Trump Truck Parade in Scotch Plains and Fanwood Draws Both Cheers and Jeers (VIDEO)

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Several hundred trucks -- but nowhere near the 700-1,000 anticipated -- rolled through several Union County towns, including Fanwood and Scotch Plains on Saturday showing their support for President Trump. 

The motorcade was led by a police escort (to keep the parade moving) and featured trucks, cars and motorcycles with flags, sometimes with vulgar ...

Scotch Plains' Iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Wedding Hall Abruptly Closes, Leaves Brides in the Lurch, Owes Township $380,000+, Yet Owner Denies Business Has Closed

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Colonia native Kelli Capurso, 23, was, like any bride, looking forward to her wedding reception. She married her husband, Anthony, in August 2019, but postponed her reception until 2020 until after he returned from his deployment with the Marines. COVID put a wrench into their plans, and the couple had to cancel their celebration at one catering hall and booked instead ...

4 Cases of COVID-19 Shut Bridgewater-Raritan HS; Classes Go Virtual

October 24, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Bridgewater-Raritan High School on Friday reported a fourth case this week of COVID-19.

The district had already shut down the school for 14 days as of Friday, following a third positive case reported on Thursday.

All classes at the high school will be conducted on a virtual basis for the next two weeks; in addition, all athletic and extracurricular ...

Stop & Go: Update on Route 206 Hillsborough Construction Projects

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Completion of the long-awaited Route 206 Bypass will be delayed until spring, 2021, while the New Jersey Department of Transportation is expected to begin preliminary work on the widening of the state highway in the vicinity of Camplain Road and the nearby Norfolk Southern railroad trestle on Monday, Oct. 19.

An electronic highway sign in the parking lot of the ...

Pink Police Cruisers Gather in Somerville to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While driving down Main Street or on patrol in the residential areas of the borough the past few weeks, Police Officer Vito Spadea has been told more than a few times that he looks good in pink.

It's not difficult to understand why - Spadea's patrol SUV has been wrapped in pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

On Thursday, more than 100 police officers and ...

4 Cases of COVID-19 Shut Bridgewater-Raritan HS; Classes Go Virtual

October 24, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Bridgewater-Raritan High School on Friday reported a fourth case this week of COVID-19.

The district had already shut down the school for 14 days as of Friday, following a third positive case reported on Thursday.

All classes at the high school will be conducted on a virtual basis for the next two weeks; in addition, all athletic and extracurricular ...

Stop & Go: Update on Route 206 Hillsborough Construction Projects

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Completion of the long-awaited Route 206 Bypass will be delayed until spring, 2021, while the New Jersey Department of Transportation is expected to begin preliminary work on the widening of the state highway in the vicinity of Camplain Road and the nearby Norfolk Southern railroad trestle on Monday, Oct. 19.

An electronic highway sign in the parking lot of the ...