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Celebrate the Festival of Lights at Diwali Parade, Cultural Showcase

October 6, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - After rain delayed the festivities, the second annual Robbinsville Diwali Parade and Cultural Showcase is ready to fully celebrate the upcoming Hindu "Festival of Lights" on Saturday with a glorious weather forecast.

The Diwali Parade step-off on Saturday, October 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Lake Gazebo in Robbinsville's Town Center. It is ...

Mercer County Improvement Authority Holding Seasonal Shred Day

TRENTON, NJ -- The Mercer County Improvement Authority (MCIA) is holding its seasonal shredding on Saturday for residents to safely dispose of their confidential documents. 

The county agency hold events throughout the year to help residents dispose of papers and confidential file piling up in drawers or stacked up around the house. 

The seasonal shred event will be held on ...

Memorabilia on Display, For Sale at Upcoming Central Jersey Police and Fire Swap Meet

September 29, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Collectors of police and fire insignia will come together at the 31st Annual Central Jersey Police and Fire Collector's Swap Meet in Robbinsville at the end of November to share memorabilia.

The annual event, which will be hosted by Dom Botteri, provides an opportunity for collectors of police, fire, FBI, DEA, highway patrol and other law enforcement agencies to share ...

Hamilton Police Division Awarded $17K in Federal Body Armor Grant

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Hamilton Township Police Division will receive $17,784 in federal funding for body armor, a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice announced. 

The grant is through the Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), and administered through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), to "protect the lives of law ...

Hamilton Schools Recruiting Retired Educators Back into the Classroom

October 6, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ -- Have you retired from a career in education but miss being into the school building with the students? Then, Hamilton Township School District has a new school home for you. 

Hamilton public school district is looking to hire retired educators for available full-time positions. 

The District is seeking to fill a range of open positions including an ...

Robbinsville School District, Union at Odds Over Teacher Turnover

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- It comes as little surprise that contract negotiations between the Robbinsville Township School District and teachers unions are deadlocked when the two entities cannot even come to an agreement on how many teachers have left the district. 

 School Superintendent Brian J. Betze recently highlighted several new educators and administrators ...

Smith Praises Passage of Federal 'Fairness for 9/11 Families Act'

October 2, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4) praised the passage of the Fairness for 9/11 Families Act (HR 8987) by the House of Representatives that would provide financial relief to family members of victims killed in the September 11.

Smith called the legislation "long-overdue" step that would bring these families closers to ...

Hamilton Mayor, Mercer County Officials Call for State Takeover of Trenton Water Works

HAMILTON, NJ -- It's time for the state to take over Trenton Water Works (TWW).

That's the message that Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin and leading Mercer County officials are sending to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) in asking the state to take over direct supervision and operation of TWW "after years of ...

Hoping for an Affordable Home: 583 Applicants Vie for 52 Homes in Project Freedom's Hamilton Woods

September 25, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ -- Dozens of homeowner hopefuls filled a meeting room on Thursday morning at the Hamilton Township Library waiting to see how they'd fare in the lottery to live in Project Freedom's Hamilton Woods development.

While only 52 affordable apartments will be available, 583 applications were eligible to be a part of the lottery.  

"I'm thrilled that we ...

CGI Helps NJ High School Students Gain Valuable Job Skills While Earning a College Degree

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Students from New Brunswick High School gained valuable experience in engineering, computer science and analytics thanks to a two-week mentorship this summer with CGI. 

Hosted in August at CGI’s newly-opened office in New Brunswick, students received hands-on experience in tasks such as solving business needs using technology, creating a scope of work and coding, ...

Severe Respiratory Illness Increasing in Children: What You Need to Know

September 30, 2022

NEW JERSEY - Across RWJBarnabas Health, we have seen a recent surge in cases of severe respiratory illness in children who test positive for rhinovirus and/or enterovirus. Uzma N. Hasan, MD, Division Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, and Christopher Freer, DO, FACEP, Senior Vice President of Emergency and Hospitalist Medicine at RWJBarnabas Health, ...

Menendez, Booker Announce $66M to New Jersey to Fight Opioid Abuse

JERSEY CITY, NJ - New Jersey has been awarded $66,756,027 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue the state’s comprehensive efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) announced on Monday.

“We know that the opioid crisis has impacted individuals from all communities and all ...

Annual 'Flags for Heroes' Program Kicked Off by Rotary Club

September 22, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ -- The breathtaking field of flags assembled by the Rotary Club of Robbinsville Hamilton "Flags for Heroes" program is now open for supporters to sponsor one or more of the hundreds of flags that will adorn the roadway in front of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton.

The third annual Flags for Heroes display will fill the prominent hospital field ...

Virtually Walk or Run to Support Hamilton's Wilson Community Center

HAMILTON, NJ -- Looking to find a way to help one of Hamilton's most active community center's but tough finding time?  Area residents and anyone who wants to support the John O. Wilson Neighborhood Community Center can now do so by participating in their first Virtual Run/Walk Challenge. 

The Challenge invites participants to complete the one-mile “Walk for ...

Mercer County Couple Charged with Payroll Fraud at Medical Transportation Company

September 27, 2022

TRENTON, NJ -- A Mercer County couple who own a non-emergency medical transportation company has been charged with 20 criminal counts each after allegedly scheming to provide false payroll information in order to obtain lower premiums on workers’ compensation coverage.

Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor ...

Details Emerge About Sexual Interaction Between High School Teacher, Student

TRENTON, NJ -- Days after a Steinert High School teacher, Anthony Linder-Creo, was arrested for having an "inappropriate sexual relationship" with a 17-year-old student at the school details are emerging into the ongoing investigation. 

The affidavit, which was reviewed by TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville, outlines the four criminal counts of second-degree sexual assault and ...

Choose New Jersey Opens Office in Ireland Led by TAPinto's Publisher

September 30, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Choose New Jersey, an organization that stimulates job creation and attracts business to the state, has opened an office in Ireland, making New Jersey the first state in the U.S. to have an economic development office in that nation.

“New Jersey’s longstanding connection to Ireland, which was fortified during our recent economic mission, will be further ...

Mercer County Now Faces Threat of Beech Leaf Disease

October 2, 2022

MERCER COUNTY, NJ — The Department of Environmental Protection is urging New Jersey residents to check trees on their property for signs of beech leaf disease that can damage or kill trees and report their findings to the New Jersey Forest Service. 

Beech leaf disease was first detected in Bergen and Essex counties in summer 2020 and is now confirmed in 10 additional ...

New Jersey Resident Brings Mental Health Care to the Masses Through Innovative App

October 7, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic caused workers, businesses and consumers to change many of their everyday activities. Many companies added or increased door-to-door deliveries, customers were able to pick up their items curbside and employees kept connected with the office and other colleagues through video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meet.

A new app is ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, October 8, 9:00 AM

Robbinsville

Mercer County Shred Day

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Sat, October 8, 7:00 PM

Randy's Man Cave, Hightstown

The Amazing Kreskin at Randy's Man Cave

NJEDA Engaging in Cannabis Listening Sessions to Learn about Challenges and Opportunities for Emerging Cannabis Sector

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is engaging in a series of listening sessions with cannabis-industry stakeholders. The goal of these invitation only sessions, according to EDA officials, is to focus on gaining a better understanding of the opportunities and obstacles new cannabis businesses may face, including access to capital and the high start-up costs ...

NJEDA to Create Offshore Wind Workforce and Skills Development Grant Challenge

TRENTON, NJ - Opportunities to develop job skills for careers in New Jersey’s growing offshore wind industry are coming to residents across the state, particularly those in New Jersey.s Overburdened Communities,

Approved earlier this month by the NJEDA’s Board, the $3.725 million Offshore Wind Workforce and Skills Development Grant Challenge (Grant Challenge) will offer grants to ...

Chase: Your Community

Tips for fueling business growth through planning and mentorship

Black businesses are an essential part of the economy. As one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. economy, Black businesses contribute an estimated $200 billion to the national economy annually. Research shows that entire communities benefit when Black businesses succeed. They create jobs, close the racial wealth gap, and strengthen local economies. 

We ...

5 Conversations to have with a Chase Community Manager

Chances are, you handle banking transactions, like paying bills, transferring or sending money, or even depositing checks, from your mobile phone. While technology allows you to bank at your fingertips, planning for milestone moments in your life may warrant advice from an expert. Meeting with a local Chase Community Manager or attending financial health workshops can help equip you with the ...

Healthy Living

Four-Ingredient Bowl Meals You Can Make in Less Than 30 Minutes

The satisfaction of preparing a meal with your own two hands is like a secret ingredient that enhances the flavor of food. A home-cooked meal can give you a sense of satisfaction in providing nourishment for those you love. And for those enjoying the meal, it lets them know they're being thought of, cared for, and protected. The bonus is that cooking at home is healthier and less expensive ...

Healthy for Halloween: Best Seasonal Fruits and Veggies

The leaves fall as the warm weather turns colder, and tank tops give way to sweaters and crewnecks. As the seasons shift, so do cravings for a warmer, thicker theme to our favorite food and drinks. However, nothing tastes as delicious across the seasons as a crisp, ripe, and perfectly excellent fruit or vegetable. That refreshing, sweet taste is just as pristine no matter in what season you ...

FirstEnergy Drone Safety Game Takes Flight

Teens and tweens typically view drones as fun-to-use, exciting toys. With more youngsters taking to the skies, it is important they know that a drone is a real aircraft that may pose serious risks if used near power lines or other electrical equipment. 

To help educate young pilots and their parents, FirstEnergy has teamed up with a game developer to create The Drone Safety Zone, a ...

Former Mercer County Official Pasquale 'Pat' Colavita Passes Away

September 22, 2022

LAWRENCE, NJ -- A longtime, beloved Mercer County public servant and educator, former County Commissioner Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr. passed away Tuesday. He was 77. 

Colavita served more than 16 years in county government, and a total of 32 years in public office.

"It has been my sincere pleasure and distinct honor to have been able to ...

NJ Turnpike Traffic Alert: Overturned Tractor Trailer Closing Lanes, Causing Miles of Delays

October 6, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Thursday evening commuters should avoid the New Jersey Turnpike -- around the 7A exit and 1-195 interchange - with closures and miles of delays

According to an alert by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority issued around 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, a tractor trailer overturned on the Turnpike southbound - north of interchange 7A and I-195 ...

Sensational Soul Music to Cruise through Mercer County Park Friday Night

September 28, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ -- Soul music will close out the annual Mercer County Park Commission's concert in the park series this weekend with the Sensational Soul Cruisers taking the stage at Mercer County Park. 

The Sensational Soul Cruisers will take to the festival grounds stage on Friday, Saturday 30 with doors opening at 5:00 p.m and the concert between 6:00 p.m and 9:30 p.m.

Hamilton Girls Soccer Club Celebrates 50 Years of Teaching Players Lessons On, Off the Field

September 27, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ -- The Hamilton Girls Soccer Club (HGSC) marked its milestone 50th anniversary by bringing players from across generation together on Saturday with a celebratory event at Veterans Park.

Stacy Felder, the Club's vice president, told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville that she hopes young girls learn from being a part of this club ...

Andy Kim Receives Garden State Equality Endorsement

October 6, 2022

MARLTON, NJ — Today, Andy Kim announced he has been endorsed for reelection by Garden State Equality.

“After the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that Obergerfell was next,” said Andy Kim. “We know where Washington Republicans stand on this issue – they told us. More than 300 bills have been introduced targeting our LGBTQ+ neighbors ...

REP. KIM NEEDS TO STAND UP TO NJEA ‘DARK MONEY’ ATTACK ON PARENTS

MOORESTOWN, NJ— Burlington County business owner and congressional challenger Bob Healey today issued the following statement:

“According to a report issued yesterday by the Sunlight Policy Center of New Jersey, the New Jersey teacher’s union is funding a ‘dark money super PAC aimed at parents running for the school board.’

The Sunlight Policy Center ...

Seeing The Bigger Picture: How to Access it When You Mess Up

Can you think back to a time when you messed up bad on something that you committed a lot of time and care to? Something really important to you.

Well, I recently messed up big time and I’m hoping my story will give you the gift it gave me. My mess up has to do with myself alone, and yours may even have to do with other people, but the wisdom to be had applies either way. 

I ...

Sollami Covello: The Election Process in Mercer County is Safer Than Ever

September 25, 2022

As the national focus shifts to voter integrity, I am proud to ensure the election process in Mercer County is safer than ever.

We are among several of New Jersey’s leading Counties when it comes to election safety and efficiency. As County Clerk, I advocated for a verifiable, auditable paper trail for our voters, and I’m very proud to announce that in 2021, Mercer County purchased ...

U.S. Supreme Court: A Brewing Power Grab

September 22, 2022

I’ve raised a family, have my career and have voted in Hamilton for 25 years so far and want to alert others to a power grab that is brewing in the U.S. Supreme Court.

In late December, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that will determine state legislatures’ power over federal elections. It started with North Carolina’s legislature redrawing Congressional voting ...

Podcast Features TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro's Journey to Provide Hyperlocal News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The Nerdtoolz Podcast featured TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro on a recent episode.

Shapiro talked about the life-changing decision that caused him to create something his hometown of New Providence, New Jersey did not have back in 2008 — a platform providing original local news and information for the borough's residents.

"When I started ...