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

March 17, 2019

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 ...

Girls Basketball: Franklin Defeats St. Rose 55-50, Advance to 2019 NJSIAA Tournament of Champions Finals

TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- Diamond Miller and the Franklin High School varsity girls basketball team wouldn’t be denied.

The top-seeded Warriors, No. 1 in the NJ.com Top 20, edged upset-minded fourth-seeded and No. 4 St. Rose, 55-50, in the semifinals of the 2019 NJSIAA Tournament of Champions at the RWJBarnabas Health Arena.

Miller scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and ...

Girls Basketball: Unbeaten Franklin Wins Third Straight Group 4 State Championship, 73-35, Over Lenape

TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The Franklin girls basketball team has shown plenty of drive in its quest for perfection.

And the Warriors spent four quarters driving with impunity past another overmatched opponent Sunday.

The undefeated Warriors extended their winning streak to 32 games with a 73-35 victory over Lenape for their third consecutive Group 4 state championship on the campus of Toms River ...

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 ...

FHS Vocal Music Production of West Side Story

March 10, 2019

SOMERSET, NJ - The public is invited to see Franklin High School's Spring production of West Side Story at the high school starting April 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm, and April 14 at 2:30 pm.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased for $15, TAP here for details. 

West Side Story, a musical with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Help Support: Franklin Athletics Booster Club

March 18, 2019

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 ...

How to Write and Publish Your First Book

Join Amazon bestselling author, Charles Levin, at the Franklin Library (485 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ) on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 pm to learn how to write, publish, sell and market your first book. He will cover tips for maintaining writing momentum, choosing a title, and creating a cover. Attendees will also learn how to get an agent, create an audio book and promote their new title.

Charles ...

Franklin Township: Road Closure- Route 27 between Route 518 & Promenade Boulevard

March 19, 2019

Road Closure Notice

On or about Monday, March 25th the water main rehabilitation project that started last year is expected to resume again on Route 27 between Route 518 and Promenade Boulevard.  

This project is required to repair aging infrastructure and continue to provide a reliable supply of safe drinking water to the southern part of the Township.

The Franklin Township Annual Tree Sale is On!

SOMERSET, NJ - We wanted to be sure you knew that our annual tree sale is in full swing. 

If you have a bare spot in your yard that could use some green, want to replace trees lost in recent storms, need some shade to help cool you down in our increasingly hot summers, or want to provide habitat for native birds, our tree sale is for you!

We are proud to offer four new varieties ...

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

March 23, 2019

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 ...

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 ...

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Sat, March 23, 3:00 PM

Robert Schonhorn Arts Center at Matheny, Peapack

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

March 23, 2019

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 ...

Lady Bengals Championship Season Comes to an End

UNION, NJ – The storybook season for Bloomfield Girls Varsity Basketball came to a close on Thursday night as the Lady Bengals fell to top-ranked Franklin of Somerset 66-22 in the NJSIAA Group 4 Semifinal played at neutral-site Union High School.

 

Just two days after Bloomfield defeated Morristown 43-38 to capture their first North Jersey Section 1, Group 4 Championship in 19 ...

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

March 23, 2019

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 ...

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

March 23, 2019

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 ...

Emergency Services Personnel to Swarm Somerville Hospital March 20

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Don’t be alarmed. This is only a drill.

Armed with assault rifles and other weapons, dozens of police officers from Somerset County law enforcement agencies, joined by EMS and fire service units will conduct an active-shooter response exercise at the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital on Wednesday, March 20 from 7:30-10:30 ...

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

March 23, 2019

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 ...