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Robbinsville Community Festival Cancelled, Fireworks Still On

September 17, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Citing an outbreak of COVID-19 at all three of the Robbinsville Township Public Schools, as well as a spike in cases throughout the community, Mayor Dave Fried announced the cancelation of Community Day which was set to be held on Saturday, September 18. 

Fried, who also serves as the Robbinsville Director of Public Safety, said he announced the cancelation with ...

$50K Powerball Lottery Ticket Sold in Hamilton

HAMILTON, NJ -- Check your lottery tickets!  One lucky lottery player who bought their ticket in Hamilton hit it big in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing winning $50,000 on a third-tier prize. The ticket, which was sold at the Exxon gas station location at 1824 Whitehorse Mercerville Road in Hamilton, matched four of the five white balls and the ...

Grab Your Coffee Mug: Robbinsville Wawa Set to Open

September 14, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The long-awaited Robbinsville Township Wawa on Route 130 is set to open its doors on September 30. The location -- at the corner of Route 130 south and Meadowbrook Road -- will include a convenience store and gas station pumps. 

In addition to the grand opening, the event also will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Wawa’s hiring of Ari ...

Health Workers Protest for Better Contract, Pay & Work Conditions

EWING, NJ --  Employees at SERV Mercer County recently rallied to push for a fair contract, better pay and improved work conditions. The members of AFSCME-NJ Council 63 and the behavioral health workers employed by the agency were joined at their protest by lawmakers with roots in organized labor: Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex) and ...

Daily Vaccine Clinics in Hamilton Next Week

September 9, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- To provide easy access to the COVID-19 vaccine now mandated in many job settings, the Hamilton Township Department of Health is hosting free vaccine clinics for area adults and teens (over the age of 12) who are eligible to receive it. No appointments are necessary to attend these vaccine clinics.  

Below is the current list of vaccine clinics, and ...

A Food Star is Born at CareOne

PARAMUS, NJ - "It makes my day when a good pot of soup makes someone else's day." That's pretty much Teresa Gaspar's motto in life, and it works well for her as Director of Culinary Services for CareOne Livingston where she gets to share her passion for food with the residents.

"Food is a choice we all have, and in a lot of ways, it's the last choice we ...

Hamilton Pauses to Pay Respect on the 20th Anniversary of 9-11

September 13, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township came together at Veterans Park Saturday to honor lives that were lost as well as the courageous acts of first responders to save tens of thousands of others on September 11, 2001.

Five Hamiltonians were killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and numerous first local responders made the trip up to New York City to provide ...

Vote on Kuser Road Warehouse Hearing Delayed for Fourth Time

HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Planning once again failed to make a decision still has made regarding an application for the construction of a massive warehouse proposed to be built on 2367 Kuser Road. The vote on the controversial 64,417 square feet project was once again because of shortcomings in the application.

This is the fourth time there has been a ...

While Woman was Sleeping, Pair of Men Broke in & Robbed Her Say Police in Announcing Arrest

September 18, 2021

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Police Division have announced the arrest of a pair of Hamiltonians suspected of breaking into a woman's residence while she was sleeping.

According to Hamilton Police, at approximately 3:15a.m. on Tuesday, September 14, officers were detailed to a residence on Lincoln Court in Hamilton on suspicion of a home ...

Woman Groped While Running at Veterans Park, Arrest Made

HAMILTON, NJ -- Hamilton Township Police announced the Wednesday arrest of a man accused of groping a woman exercising at Veterans Park.

According to Hamilton Police, at approximately 8:00a.m., September 15, a woman was running in Veterans Park when a man allegedly approached her from behind near the skate park and groped her thigh and buttocks area. 

Police were detailed to the ...

Let's Groove (Saturday) Night with Earth, Wind & Fire Cover Band at the Park

September 16, 2021

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- The Earth Wind Fire Tribute band takes the stage Saturday as part of the Mercer County Park Commission's free concert series. 

Gates for the event will open at 5 p.m. The Sounds of Sandstorm will be the opening act and will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Earth Wind & Fire Tribute will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. 

Guests are welcome to bring ...

Robbinsville Community Festival This Weekend

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- With a weather forecast of a sunny 82 degree fall weekend, the Robbinsville Community Festival will welcome families from all over to the annual celebration.  Beyond enjoyable family fun events, it is a great day to learn more about all that Robbinsville has to offer.

More than 50 exhibitors will be in attendance including local ...

Phone Scams on the Rise Again Says Mercer Sheriff Kemler

September 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler wants area residents to be on alert for telephone scammers posing as Mercer County Sheriff’s Officers. Kemler said that his office has recently received numerous complaints about suspected phone scams asking residents for money.

The scammers, copying the main telephone number of the agency on caller-ID, identify themselves ...

New Anti-Hazing Law Requires Schools to Toughen Policies, Increases Penalties to Protect Students

TRENTON, NJ  – Governor Phil Murphy this week signed into law "Tim J. Piazza's Law" that puts in place stringent guidelines requiring public and non-public middle schools and high schools, as well as higher education institutions, to adopt anti-hazing policies and penalties for violations of the policies. 

The law honors the life of Tim Piazza, a ...

TAPinto Video: Robbinsville Superintendent Offers Details on COVID Outbreaks

September 17, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - On Friday afternoon, Robbinsville Township School Superintendent Brian Betze released a video detailing three separate COVID outbreaks in  District schools.  

According to Betze, an entire classroom at Sharon Elementary School was put into quarantine this week while 75 students at Pond Middle School who tried out for the school ...

Three Students from Robbinsville, One Hamiltonian Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

HAMILTON - ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Four local students have been named as semifinalists for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship program which provides nearly $30 million in financial aid for students. They are among 16,000 semi-finalists nationwide competing for 7,500 scholarships that will be offered next spring. 

The local students are: Ava Daniels, Raaha Kumaresan, and ...

Rotary Club Kick-Off 'Flags for Heroes' Campaign

September 18, 2021

HAMILTON - ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- To honor heroes once again this year, The Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton has kicked off their second annual Flags for Heroes campaign to honor local men and women who contribute to their community and family by making a difference in someone's life.

Last year, more than 200 flags were "planted" as part of the Flags for ...

'Stuff the Truck' with Be Kind's Donation Drive for Refugees (updated)

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- BeKind, a Robbinsville-based charitable organization, is stepping up their efforts to provide humanitarian support to refugees from Afghanistan who are temporarily being housed at Joint Base McGuire Fort Dix Lakewood by holding a week-long "Stuff the Truck" donation drive. 

Between now and Friday, September 17, BeKind will be collecting ...

Mercer County Looking for Volunteers for Abbott Marshland, Duck Island Clean-Up

September 12, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- A coalition of volunteer organizations and the Clean Communities programs in Mercer and Hunterdon counties, together with the NJ State Park Service, will be holding the 4th annual Delaware River Cleanup for the morning of Saturday, September 18 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“While it is wonderful to see people enjoying the river, unfortunately trash ...

How to Identify, Destroy and Report Invasive Spotted Lanternfly in New Jersey

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After increased sightings of spotted lantern flies, an exotic invasive insect known to feed on 70 different types of plants and trees, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) is urging anyone who comes across the insect to report and destroy it immediately to help slow the spread.

Native to China and South Korea, the spotted lanternfly arrived in the ...

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Apply Now for Mercer County Fresh Produce Program for Seniors

September 17, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes urged residents to apply for the county's program that helps provide healthy produce for older individuals before the September 30 deadline.  Under the program, Mercer County residents over the age of 60 receive financial assistance to purchase fresh locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands.

Each ...

FEMA to Open Disaster Recovery Center in Mercer County

TRENTON, NJ  – Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced on Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Mercer County has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to assist residents or businesses whose property was damaged in the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

The DRC will be staffed by FEMA representatives who can provide information on ...

Robbinsville's John Friedberg Wins Gold in National Fencing Championship

September 4, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The Fencing Club of Mercer County recently announced that their head coach and founder John Friedberg recently won a Gold Medal in the U.S. Veteran National Championships for Saber fencers in the 60 to 69-year-old bracket. The competition was held in Atlanta on August 27. 

Friedberg was seeded first out of a field of 21 fencers after posting a ...

Punted: RU Football Opening Game Postponed to Saturday

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  - Rutgers football fans eager to finally welcome Head Coach Greg Schiano back to the banks in person will have to wait two more days. The decision was made early this Thursday morning, as Route 18 and other key roads around the Piscataway stadium were hopelessly flooded. 

Rutgers’ season opener against Temple will now kick-off at ...

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'Let's Roll': Cranbury Resident Todd Beamer Helped Retake United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001

September 11, 2021

CRANBURY, NJ — On September 11th, 2001, a Cranbury resident was one of the many brave passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 who tried to take control of the hijacked plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Todd Beamer had lived in Cranbury for a year with his wife and two children before being killed in the crash.

Beamer was born in Flint, Michigan in 1968.

Legislators Set to Intro Bill to Protect Farmland, Prevent Warehouse Sprawl

TRENTON, NJ – Two key State Senators recently announced their plan to introduce legislation that would exclude farmland as a redevelopment or rehabilitation area under the "Local Redevelopment and Housing Law."

“In the last few years, we have taken great lengths to protect our state’s farmlands,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney ...

Hamilton Animal Shelter Providing Rabies Shots for Dogs, Cats

September 8, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Township Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will be holding a free rabies clinic to ensure that local cats and dogs are protected. To be vaccinated, a cat or dog must be at least three months old.

The free rabies clinic will be held on Tuesday, September 14 between 5:00p.m. and 8:00pm at the McManimon Recreation Center located ...

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.

Former Giants QB Manning New Spokesperson for Investors Bank

September 11, 2021

SHORT HILLS, NJ – Investors Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISBC) will bring two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning into the huddle this fall as a spokesperson and key player in a multimedia advertising campaign highlighting the next phase of his career.

Manning, who led the New York Giants to Super Bowl wins over the New England Patriots in both the 2007 and 2011 seasons, ...

Embrace Prostate Health Year-Round Not Just During September's Awareness Month

HAMILTON, NJ -- The American Cancer Society estimates about one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. While we give our attention to prostate cancer during the month of September, men and their loved ones should be proactive about prostate health all year long by being aware of risks and symptoms, and regularly seeing their health care provider.

Know the Risks ...

Straight Talk: Liberal Ray Lesniak and Conservative Michael Patrick Carroll

Welcome to the first STRAIGHT TALK television show on TAPinto TV. Each show State Senator Ray Lesniak, liberal Democrat, and Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, conservative Republican, take on the tough issues facing the Garden State. They may not always agree. But they will always be nice to each other.

They grade President Joe Biden, Governor Phil Murphy and talk about cannabis ...

Sports Parenting Tips Inspired by Simone Biles

As we begin gearing back up for school and our kids’ sports activities, Simone Biles courageous decision to prioritize her mental wellbeing over greater recognition, opens up new, healthier ways for us to support our young athletes.  

Simone showed parents and kids alike that even an Olympic four-time gold medal winner can experience performance anxiety. She showed us when our ...

A Full COVID-19 Recovery Tomorrow Means Investing in Our Kids Today

September 14, 2021

For the last year and half, we have seen time and again how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated longstanding inequities for families across the nation. From the virus’ disproportionate toll on communities of color, to the impact on jobs in low-income communities, to learning loss for children who have missed in-person learning, the nation is at a pivotal inflection point.

If 2021 is ...

Rep. Chris Smith: Remembering the Victims of 9/11

Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing—I was in Washington chairing a Veteran’s Affairs Committee hearing—when a group of radical jihadists hijacked 4 airliners to perpetrate the worst act of terrorism in American history.

Today—20 years later—we remember the horror and pain suffered by those who were murdered—147 from Monmouth County ...

7 Tips for Creating a Lasting Fitness Plan

Now that the bulk of the pandemic is behind us, many are looking for ways to get back in their old fitness routine or start a new one. Whether you’re back at the gym or in your home fitness center, here are seven tips for creating a new routine you’ll actually stick to!

Start Slow

When starting a fitness routine, many people make the mistake of taking on more than they are ...

How to Ensure Your Furnace Is Ready for Winter’s Cold Nights

The cooler nights of September are the perfect reminder to get your furnace ready for the long winter ahead. Any work on HVAC can be intimidating, and professionals should handle most tasks, but there are steps you can take to keep the heat on this winter.

We’ll look at some ways to prep your furnace for winter and the situations that call for expert help. With some preventive ...

Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

Say Goodbye to Summer With a Blowout Bash

As summer wraps up, it’s tempting to transition to cozy fall gatherings right away, but don’t move too quickly! Having a “goodbye summer” party is a great way to celebrate the last fresh, vibrant colors, sounds, and flavors of summer with your friends and family. So pull out the last of your summer décor and try these tips for making the most of your final summer ...