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Hamilton School District Opening 'Pop Up' School Houses

September 14, 2020

HAMILTON, NJ -- It hasn't been a normal Back to School September for students, so it makes sense that there will be a new approach to connecting parents with schools first-hand. That is why the Hamilton Township School District will be hosting "Pop-Up School Houses" this fall at four elementary schools.

This will be the first year that the School District is ...

Smartphones Are Lowering Students' Grades, Rutgers Study Finds

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - So, you think being able to Google the answers on your smartphone will be your ticket to good grades as the school year kicks off?

Think again, says Rutgers researchers.

The ease of finding information on the internet is hurting students’ long-term retention and resulting in lower grades on exams, according to a Rutgers University–New Brunswick study.

The ...

Murphy Goes Back to School at Robbinsville's Sharon Elementary

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy went back to school in-person on Thursday morning at Robbinsville's Sharon Elementary School.  It was the third day of the 2020-2021 school year for the Robbinsville School District where students in grades pre-k through five are in school under a hybrid model.  Students in grade six through 12 are learning remotely until October ...

Two Hamilton College Students Get an Inside Look at the Justice System Through State Parole Board internship

TRENTON, NJ -- Two college students from Hamilton, Sophia Langone and Julia Lydon, spent their summer learning the importance of the New Jersey Parole Board and its role keeping New Jerseyans safe. So, when it came time for the Parole Board to congratulate the 14 interns who participated in the agency’s summer program, nothing was going to stop ...

Robbinsville Superintendent Says They're 'Ready to Go' Back to School

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville's schools are “ready to go” to welcome students back to class in-person or virtually on Tuesday, September 8, new district Brian Betze Superintendent has told TAPinto Hamilto/Robbinsville. 

Offering a reminder that the first day of school would “not look like a normal day," Betze said that he plans to be standing in ...

Robbinsville School District Adjusts Back-to-School Plan

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The plan to bring all of Robbinsville Township students back into the classroom has been changed. Under the adjusted "Roadmap Back to School Plan," presented at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday students in grades six through 12 will be learning entirely virtually until October 12. 

There is no change to children in grades ...

Non-Teaching School Staff Can Settle Disputes through Arbitration Under New Law

TRENTON, NJ -- Non-teaching employees of local, county, and regional school districts, as well as boards and commissions will now have the right to dispute disciplinary action through arbitration under a new law signed by Governor Phil Murphy.  

School professionals who will benefit from this law includes head teachers, principals and other administrators of schools, ...

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Mercer County Accepting Applications for Energy Assistance Program

October 1, 2020

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County is now accepting applications from residents who need help paying for their energy bills. Beginning on October 1, the County began enrolling residents in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as well as the Universal Service Fund (USF) for residents who pay their own heating expenses and need help paying their winter heating bills.

Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello Sworn in as New President of COANJ

TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello was recently sworn in as president of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ) in a ceremony at the Statehouse Annex in Trenton.  She was elected to the position by her fellow county clerks from all 21 New Jersey counties. 

“I’m so thrilled and honored to be able to lead this bi-partisan ...

Mercer County Government Offices Reopening

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County government offices began to reopen to the public on Monday, after more than six months of being closed during the ongoing COVID-10 (coronavirus) pandemic. 

The various departments within the County government that will be open to the public, by appointment only include: home energy assistance; veterans services, planning, and others.  The ...

Murphy Blasts Republicans’ ‘Blatant Power Grab’ in Rushing to Replace Ginsburg

September 22, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Republican lawmakers are displaying “rank hypocrisy” in looking to “ram a nominee” for the seat left vacant by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day 2020.

Three days after Ginsburg’s death, Murphy — a Democrat — called out U.S. Senate Republicans ...

I Won’t ‘Stand By’ and Let Hate Win

September 30, 2020

“Stand by.” It’s those two words that best sum up my early, consistent, and ever growing support of Vice President Joe Biden in his bid to serve as our Nation’s leader.

You see, when given the opportunity, on a national stage, to unequivocally repudiate White Supremacy, and call on his supporters to maintain peace in the days following the close of voting, including ...

Plant Trees Now for Decades of Shade and Beauty

Cooler temperatures and warm soil make fall a great time to add trees to your landscape. Make the most of this investment of money and time and give your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care.

Select a tree suited to the growing conditions, your landscape design and available space. Make sure it tolerates the sunlight, soil and temperature extremes. Check the tag for ...

Paterson Will Pilot Guaranteed Income

“I'm now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective — the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.”

- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In June 2020, a coalition of mayors founded Mayors for a Guaranteed Income (MGI) to advocate for direct, recurring cash payments to everyday ...

NJ Human Services Providing an Additional $42.4 Million More in Food Assistance

September 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ  –  Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in October to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An additional estimated $42.4 million will be provided to about 243,000 New Jersey households for October.

SNAP ...

Trenton Renewables Recycles Food Waste to Create Renewable Energy

With new regulations mandating the recycling of food waste taking effect in 2021, Trenton Renewables, New Jersey’s only food waste recycling and Class I Renewable Energy Facility, today hosted a plant tour and briefing to engage the community about this new legislation and showcase New Jersey’s continued leadership in fostering a thriving, green economy.

Effective in 2021, NJ ...

Local Take on the First Presidential Debate

October 1, 2020

I am hearing and seeing a lot of people making the "both sides were a mess during the debate" argument. This is a false equivalency, plain and simple. There is no arguing that both candidates interrupted each other and called each other names, but there is a huge difference between calling someone a "clown" when they are being ridiculous and calling someone "dumb" ...

New Jersey Date Night: Butter Them Up with Lobster

September 27, 2020

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

We’re trading our flip flops for boots and our shorts for sweatshirts. Picnic dates on the shore might be coming to an end but one seaside dish that never goes out of season is lobster. 

Baked, broiled or served chilled, the ever-popular crustacean makes for a great meal on your ...

It’s Harvest Time! 5 Fun New Jersey Wineries to Visit this Autumn

Wine experts say that fall is prime time for visiting wineries in New Jersey because it is the harvest season, when grapes are ripe on the vine.  

Over the years, the Garden State has earned credibility as a quality wine-producing state, in great part due to its fertile soil.

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day this season, consider a trip to one of ...