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Over 200 Educators Attend First Ever Somerset County Educational Summit 

September 15, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ – Last month, close to 250 educators from throughout the county and the state attended the Somerset County Educational Summit, a free one-day in-person and virtual professional development opportunity, sponsored by the New Jersey Principal and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) and presented in partnership between the newly-formed Somerset County Future Administrators ...

Enter TAPinto Franklin/Somerset's 5th Annual Back to School Photo Gallery and Contest

SOMERSET, NJ - Goodbye summer vacation, hello first day of school!

Last week Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter school and St. Matthias opened their doors, Monday Central Jersey College Prep welcomed students. 

Today is the first day of school for students attending Franklin Township Public schools.

Parents/guardians: share a photo of your children heading off to a new school year ...

Pillar College Now Offering an MBA in Social Sector Management

NEWARK, NJ - Pillar College has been approved to offer an MBA in Social Sector Management. This 39-credit program is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2022 and will be conducted online.  All semesters are eight weeks long and students will have the option of taking 2 courses per semester.   

This is the third graduate program Pillar College is offering and the only MBA in ...

New Brunswick Residents, Businesses Can Now Pay Utility Bills Online

September 19, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - City residents and businesses can now view their utilities bills and make their water bill payments online through the City of New Brunswick’s official website.

Customers can simply log onto cityofnewbrunswick.org and click the “Taxes & Utilities” link to access the secure payment portal. 

Once there, visitors will be asked to provide their ...

Hillsborough Turns Out for Parade to Celebrate 250th Anniversary

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township celebrated its 250th anniversary Saturday with a parade featuring civic groups, township employees, veterans, the Hillsborough High School marching band and antique cars.

The 50-square mile township, one of the largest in New Jersey, came into existence in 1771, five years before the 13 colonies banded together to form the United States of America in the war for ...

Council approves 800K in spending to cover the cost of Ida clean up

SOMERSET, NJ — With clean-up efforts already underway, the Township Council approved a series of resolutions Tuesday night aimed at funding the removal of Ida-related debris from around Franklin. 

Ashbritt, Inc., a Florida-based debris removal company, began picking up debris in the northeastern part of Franklin on Monday and will continue throughout the township, then making a ...

Piscataway: Online Petition Calls for ‘Emergency Action Plan & Better Life for the Caged Animals Sitting in Johnson Park’

September 3, 2021

PISCATAWAY, NJ — After being flooded with water from Tropical Storm Ida, many animals were trapped inside the Johnson Park Animal Haven in Piscataway.

Area residents expressed their concern about the conditions on social media, including Gabriella Lombardi of New Brunswick who launched an online petition on change.org.

“These animals should be free, or in a farm, or a ...

FHS Student Designs Spotted Lanternfly Awareness Workshops

SOMERSET, NJ - Spotted lanternflies have become pervasive and unmistakable pests in Franklin, and everyone in the community is taking action -- including our community’s brightest teenagers. 

Franklin High School student Megan Hauss, 15, is working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award by designing and leading community awareness workshops for the management and prevention of ...

New Brunswick Family Bike Rodeo Bringing Fun and Safety For the Whole Family

September 14, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The nonprofit group that repairs discarded bicycles and is dedicated to promoting the joys of cycling is helping organize a bike rodeo – a skills event generally geared toward children which provides a course to practice and develop skills that will help them to become better bicyclists and avoid typical crashes.

The New Brunswick Family Bike Rodeo will be held ...

Somerville Jazz Fest Seeks Donations for Victims of Tropical Storm Ida

SOMERVILLE, NJ -Sunday's closing performance of the multi-venue Central Jersey Jazz Festival in downtown Somerville will be a benefit performance for local victims of Tropical Storm Ida who have lost their belongings, homes and businesses to the indiscriminate ravages of the Sept. 1 storm.

"We’re turning Somerville’s jazz fest performance into a benefit for ...

Police Investigating Fatal Hit-and-Run Incident

September 13, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police are investigating a hit-and-run incident that occurred near Lee Avenue and Seaman Street.

New Brunswick Police responding to a report of a hit and run at about 10:48 p.m. on Friday found the injured man.

He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, according to a press release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Anthony A.

Somerset County Honors Those Who Perished in 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Commissioners Director Shanel Robinson, joined by her colleagues and other county officials, honored the memory of 39 county residents killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during an observance on the grounds of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Saturday morning.

One-by-one, the names of the 39 victims were read aloud by the ...

New Brunswick Police Seek Public's Help in Identifying Men Connected to Shooting

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men connected to a shooting on Somerset Street last month.

The photos distributed by the New Brunswick Police Department on Thursday show them shortly before the shooting.

The shooting occurred on Aug. 25 at about 11:30 p.m., according to police.

A 27-year-old man was treated at a local hospital after ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

It’s Apple Picking Season in NJ! How to Pick the Best Apples

NEW JERSEY — September is here, which means it’s apple picking season in the Garden State.

If you’re visiting one of New Jersey’s many pick-your-own farms for apples this season, use these tips to come home with the very best fruit:

First, get to know the varieties you’re picking. The color of a ripe apple will depend on that variety, so find out from the farm ...

A Guide to Foods You’ll Find at NJ’s Italian Festivals

NEW JERSEY — Italian festivals are a long-held tradition in the Garden State. The celebrations, often fundraisers for the local church or other organizations, usually include rides, games of skill, entertainment and tons of freshly made food.

MORE: Where Did Our Favorite Foods From New Jersey’s Italian Festivals Come From?

While well-known Italian-American foods like ...

Sept. 17 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 57 Cases Overnight

September 17, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Friday reported 26,493 cases of the COVID-19 virus since the first cases were reported in March 2020, an increase of 57 overnight, There has been a total of 751 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Friday reported 981,931 total cases, an increase of ...

Somerset County Honors Those Who Perished in 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Commissioners Director Shanel Robinson, joined by her colleagues and other county officials, honored the memory of 39 county residents killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during an observance on the grounds of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Saturday morning.

One-by-one, the names of the 39 victims were read aloud by the ...

Tents , Canopies Removed From City Center New Brunswick in Mayor Cahill's Latest Outdoor Dining Order

September 11, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers football fans descending on George Street today to eat, drink and watch the Scarlet Knights battle Syracuse will notice something different.

Gone are the tents and canopies that once covered the outdoor dining venues up and down George Street.

Under Mayor Jim Cahill’s Executive Order 2021-10, restaurant owners had until noon on Thursday to remove the ...

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How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

From Terrorist Attacks to Floods, Firefighters Union President Reflects on 20 Years Since 9/11

September 10, 2021

September 11, 2001 was sunny with a bright blue sky. It was a Tuesday.  

I was a rookie Firefighter who reported to work that morning. We had just received delivery of our new Squad and all personnel were at Station 2 training on the new apparatus. Being the rookie I was sent to pick up bagels for my tour. While driving back the music on the radio was interrupted by a news flash that ...

Biden Helicopter to Land at Central Jersey Airport in Hillsborough

September 7, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - US President Joe Biden will land at Central Jersey Airport in Hillsborough Tuesday morning onboard Marine One after a flight from his hometown of Wilmington, Del.

After landing at the airport, he will be greeted by Gov. Phil Murphy and other state, county and local officials before setting off on a tour of the carnage in nearby Manville left behind by Tropical Storm Ida ...

New Jersey State Police Need Your Help

NEW JERSEY - The New Jersey State Police Homicide South Unit and Missing Person’s Unit are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a deceased male in Monmouth County.

On Sunday, August 29, at approximately 11:29 a.m., the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau responded to the report of a deceased person located about a mile off the shoreline of Sea Bright, ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

September 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ---TAPintoTV spoke with Jared Taillefer, the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Rev David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Destiny McFarlane, the Tutorial Manager of the Newark Unites Program, about the Newark Unites Tutoring Program which launches this week.

The Newark Unites Tutoring Center provides free, high dosage tutoring and academic support ...

Biden Helicopter to Land at Central Jersey Airport in Hillsborough

September 7, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - US President Joe Biden will land at Central Jersey Airport in Hillsborough Tuesday morning onboard Marine One after a flight from his hometown of Wilmington, Del.

After landing at the airport, he will be greeted by Gov. Phil Murphy and other state, county and local officials before setting off on a tour of the carnage in nearby Manville left behind by Tropical Storm Ida ...

New Jersey State Police Need Your Help

NEW JERSEY - The New Jersey State Police Homicide South Unit and Missing Person’s Unit are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a deceased male in Monmouth County.

On Sunday, August 29, at approximately 11:29 a.m., the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau responded to the report of a deceased person located about a mile off the shoreline of Sea Bright, ...

Sept. 17 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 57 Cases Overnight

September 17, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Friday reported 26,493 cases of the COVID-19 virus since the first cases were reported in March 2020, an increase of 57 overnight, There has been a total of 751 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Friday reported 981,931 total cases, an increase of ...

Somerset County Honors Those Who Perished in 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Commissioners Director Shanel Robinson, joined by her colleagues and other county officials, honored the memory of 39 county residents killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during an observance on the grounds of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Saturday morning.

One-by-one, the names of the 39 victims were read aloud by the ...

Safety Concerns Force Hundreds to Leave Somerville Apartment Complex

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Hundreds of residents who live in the Brookside Apartments were forced to leave their homes Sunday as utility and emergency workers shut off gas and electric service to selected living units as a precaution to ensure their safety.

"There's not necessarily a problem, but they have to get inside to do their assessment," said Mayor Dennis Sullivan.

Sept. 17 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 57 Cases Overnight

September 17, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Friday reported 26,493 cases of the COVID-19 virus since the first cases were reported in March 2020, an increase of 57 overnight, There has been a total of 751 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Friday reported 981,931 total cases, an increase of ...

Somerset County Honors Those Who Perished in 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Commissioners Director Shanel Robinson, joined by her colleagues and other county officials, honored the memory of 39 county residents killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during an observance on the grounds of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Saturday morning.

One-by-one, the names of the 39 victims were read aloud by the ...