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Some Disappointment; Plenty of Pride in RU Basketball

March 24, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK - As the minutes ticked away in the second half of last night's NCAA basketball tournament game between Rutgers and heavily favored Houston, all were wondering: Could it be?

Could Rutgers be heading back to the Sweet 16 - the first time since the 1970s? At Tavern on George, the outdoor white tent was buzzing with more than 100 fans glued to a large screen, as ...

WATCH: Actress and Co-Producer Heather Brittain O'Scanlon, Premieres Thriller Set in 70s New York at the 2021 Garden State Film Festival.

April 7, 2021

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Heather Brittain O’Scanlon spoke to TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, about her latest film, which premiered at this year’s Garden State Film Festival. O’Scanlon is the leading actress and co-producer of “Victim No. 6,” the latest production from SOS Productions.

In the film, a woman meets a random person at a New York bar, ...

Booming NJ Film Industry Showcased at 19th Annual Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with David W. Schoner, Jr., Associate Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, at the 2021 Garden State Film Festival. 

Schoner, a board member of the festival, spoke about this year’s hybrid format necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we can look forward to in 2022 when the festival celebrates its 20th ...

Middletown Man, Formerly a Fanwood Resident ,Charged with Possession of Child Sexual Imagery ; Court Appearance Scheduled for April 7.

March 30, 2021

NEW JERSEY:  A local man has been charged with being in possession of more than 10,000 digital images consisting of child sexual abuse material, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Monday. 

Joseph Poutre, 55, of Middletown, is charged with a single count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. 

An investigation into Poutre’s ...

Reversed: Parents Must Now Be Notified of Minor Children's First-Time Marijuana, Alcohol Offenses

Changes to NJ Law Do Not Address Possible Criminal Implications for Police in Conducting Vehicle Searches

TRENTON, NJ — Parents will be notified the first time their underage children are found in possession of marijuana or alcohol, under a change in New Jersey’s new recreational marijuana law.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law on March 26 a bill that requires police to provide a ...

Murphy Applauds Keyport’s Partnership with Department of Community Affairs

April 12, 2021

KEYPORT, NJ - A grant previously awarded to Keyport in Monmouth County was singled out for praise during the daily COVID-19 briefing by Governor Murphy on Monday. They are grants through the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs that help businesses with their everyday expenses to survive and thrive during the pandemic and beyond. Murphy discussed the grant and provided a case study on one ...

Monmouth County Businesses Can Benefit from New $25 Million Relief Package to Help Firms of 5 of Fewer Employees

NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy today signed into law S-3523, which provides $25 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for small businesses throughout New Jersey. The bill provides a lifeline to microbusinesses with five or fewer employees. The bill is part of a five-bill, $100 million relief effort aimed at helping the state’s economy recover from the year-long ...

VIDEO: No April Fooling! Today is Finally Hazlet Chick-Fil-A Day! Grand Opening Celebrated With Ribbon Cutting.


HAZLET, NJ: Today, April 1, Chick-Fil-A, opens its 48th location in New Jersey, and that's no April fool's joke!

The mouthwatering moment so many locals have been waiting for is happening now! Thursday, April 1, from 6:30 a.m. (yes they serve breakfast too) until 10:00 p.m. So get your appetite on and drive over to 2819 Route 35 (in the Hazlet ...

NJ Gets Cleared to Hold Off on School Testing

April 10, 2021

Students will still face a version of the mandatory exam in the fall. But questions on the details linger.

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In a bit of a surprise, the Murphy administration ...

The Academy NJ: A new year-round school for children with specific learning needs, opens in Holmdel's Bell Works. Register now for April 10th Information Session.

The Academy NJ is all about enjoyable, colorful learning spaces where the child feels physically and emotionally comfortable. The kids have "movement breaks" after each learning period, where they walk, run, play 15 min of sports, go outside... and return to fun learning. 

HOLMDEL, NJ: Bell Works brings so much to our community. Where else can you stop by for a business ...

NJ Students Have Experienced Significant Learning Loss During Pandemic New Study Shows

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Patricia Morgan, Executive Director of JerseyCan, a company focused on creating lasting changes for New Jersey students, spoke with TAPinto TV’s Brian Brodeur about the academic slide brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey. 

JerseyCan’s study, “A Time to Act,” examined diagnostic fall assessments of 18,000 students across fifteen ...

VIDEO: Republican Candidate for Governor Phil Rizzo Said Catholics are in ‘Bondage to Religion'

April 12, 2021

"I don't know if these people have ever heard the gospel. Not only are they in bondage to their sin but they are in bondage to religion." Phil Rizzo 2011 Video on Catholics.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ - According to the Pew Research Center, religion of all types remains a major force in New Jersey communities. Christianity dominates and Catholics are a major part of ...

Hazlet's Solomeno and Little Silver's O'Scanlon Set to Go Head to Head for New Jersey State Senate in LD13

HOLMDEL, NJ - Fair Haven was the new campaign launch site for Monmouth County Democrats on Saturday, March 20th as the competing tickets for LD13 Senate and Assembly are now in full view for voters to review.

The county conventions are over and the party choices have been made.

On the Monmouth Republican side, Senator Declan O'Scanlon has two running ...

Serena DiMaso Loses; Lashes Out After Holmdel and Assembly District Defeat

Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden said , "It was a great night for the Monmouth County Republican organization with strong turnout from all of our members. We thank all the candidates for participating and congratulate the winners. We will have a strong and historic ticket going into this year‘s election, which includes 6 women for county and state offices. 
The ...

People should check Get My Payment for status of third EIP and watch their mail

March 29, 2021

The IRS continues to issue the third round of Economic Impact Payments to eligible individuals, with payments being issued as a direct deposit or by mail as a paper check or prepaid EIP debit card. No action is needed by most eligible people to receive a third Economic Impact Payment automatically.

Check Get My Payment to see if a third payment is scheduled
People can check to see if the ...

"Heartbreaking Lack of Empathy": Senator O'Scanlon Calls out Murphy Administration for Broken Unemployment During Hearing

"My staff, after helping people numbering not dozens or hundreds, but thousands – along with Assemblyman Scharfenberger’s staff that helped hundreds more from our district – is worn out physically & emotionally from this tragedy and deserve a special round of thanks for going above and beyond during this past year and will still today and tomorrow and for months to ...

More Economic Impact Payments set for disbursement in coming days; taxpayers should watch mail for paper checks, debit cards

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service announced the next batch of Economic Impact Payments will be issued to taxpayers this week, with many of these coming by paper check or prepaid debit card.

For taxpayers receiving direct deposit, this batch of payments began processing on Friday and will have an official pay date of Wednesday, March 24, with some people seeing these in their ...

Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts During the Pandemic

April 9, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted just about every aspect of life: shutting down businesses, closing schools, instituting remote learning, limiting social interactions, and preventing activities, such as sports, from taking place. While government leaders and the CDC report on the physical toll the pandemic is having, COVID is having a serious impact on mental ...

How Isolation Can Affect Cognitive Function

Since the start of the pandemic, many people are now working from home, caring for children, learning online and having reduced contact with extended family and friends. This social isolation and lack of stimulation can cause significant stress, leading to depression and problems with cognitive functioning. But the good news is that there are a few things you can do to prevent and treat these ...

Samra Family of Physicians Dedicated to Community. Bring Highly Advanced Surgical Procedures Local.

An interview with Dr. Fares Samra and his father; Dr. Said Samra.

Samra Plastic Surgery. Left to right: Dr. Salem Samra, Dr. Fares Samra, Dr. Said Samra, Dr. Munjal P Patel, Dr. Asaad Samra. 

HOLMDEL, NJ: Chances are that if you live in or around the Holmdel community, you know one or more of the Samra's.  The father and mother and 3 of their 4 sons, are ...

Trauma Helicopter Sent to Middletown Wreck, 30 Year Old Woman Injured

April 13, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: Yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:16 p.m. a three-car crash occurred at the intersection of State Route 35 and Crestview Drive in Middletown, said police. A woman, 30 years of age, was seriously injured, requiring a medical evacuation helicopter. According to reports, she was transported to Jersey Shore Trauma Center with unknown injuries.

If you have any details ...

Holmdel and Hazlet First Aid Squads: Coordinated Efforts Helps Save Lives

HOLMDEL, NJ - Holmdel Fire and Rescue Company #2 shared its appreciation for teamwork during a recent call at the busy and often dangerous intersection of Laurel Avenue and Route 35. With business entrances and exits so close to the intersection, there are many close calls and, on occasion, accidents.

"At 10am, Wednesday morning, Holmdel First Aid Squad responded to the intersection ...

Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Car on Route 35 in Middletown is Identified.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ - According to the Middletown Police Department, the pedestrian killed as the result of being struck by a car, at the intersection of Route 35 and Navesink River Road Tuesday evening, has been identified as William McAvoy, 62.

McAvoy, a Middletown resident, died after being struck by a vehicle in the northbound lanes of Route 35, according to Middletown PD. 

Police ...

Roll Back the Stone and Awaken Me on Easter Sunday.

April 4, 2021

An Easter Poem 

Awaken Me  

Risen One,

come, meet me

in the garden of my life.

Lure me into elation.

Revive my silent hope.

Coax my dormant dreams.

Raise up my neglected gratitude.

Entice my tired enthusiasm.

Give life to my faltering relationships.

Roll back the stone of my indifference.

Unwrap the deadness in my spiritual life.

Impart ...

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Catherine Baldini: Beloved teacher and counselor at Beers St. and Hazlet Middle School Remembered

April 10, 2021

LINCROFT, NJ - A beloved teacher and counselor for the Hazlet School District, passed away recently. Catherine R. Baldini was 67 years old and lived in Lincroft, New Jersey

According to her obituary: "Baldini passed away on April 5th, 2021. She was born on March 16th, 1954, to Michael and Josephine Shadiack where she lived in Paterson, NJ. Beloved wife of the late Joseph John ...

US Flags Will Be Flown at Half Staff Through Tuesday April 6, to Honor Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police

All US flags will be flown at half-staff through Tuesday, April 6, as per the Presidential Proclamation, honoring the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday.

"Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police, and left a fellow ...

LD11 Statements on the Passing of Middlesex County Commissioner Ken Armwood

MONMOUTH - After learning of the passing of Middlesex County Commissioner and Deputy Director Kenneth Armwood, Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey released the following statements:

Senator Gopal said, “I am heartbroken over the passing of my friend Commissioner Ken Armwood. Ken was one of the nicest and most decent people I knew. He was a rarity in ...

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VNA Offering Vaccination Appointments to New Jersey Cancer Patients, Collaboration will provide vaccine opportunity for Memorial Sloan Kettering patients who reside in New Jersey

April 14, 2021

Asbury Park, NJ (April  13, 2021)-The VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Centers (VNACJ-CHC) is collaborating with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) to administer a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines to eligible MSK patients over the course of the next few weeks, Christopher Rinn, CEO of VNACJ-CHC announced.

"The VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Centers is ...

Sports Management Added to the Curriculum at Brookdale Community College

Sports Management Added to the Curriculum at Brookdale Community College

Monmouth County, NJ  - Brookdale Community College is introducing Sports Management to the fall curriculum as an elective for Business, and Hospitality Management Degrees. Students will explore sports organizations and professions in the field and understand the management of the sports industry and sports ...

Nancy Kaari joins Brookdale as VP of Advancement.

Monmouth County, NJ - Brookdale Community College President David Stout is pleased to announce that Nancy Kaari has joined the institution as vice president of advancement. Kaari began her new role in February.

“Nancy has had a long and successful career in advancement and administration in the nonprofit sector with the American Red Cross, and I am confident that her expertise will ...


April 10, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic brought unprecedented levels of grief and upheaval to our communities. These extraordinary times have created a confluence of factors which have placed tremendous amounts of both financial and emotion stress on everyone. Often, such burdens have meant that too many families have had to say goodbye to loved ones sooner, more often, and unexpectedly. With these sudden expenses ...

Time For Real Dialogue in Politics

Dear Community, 

It is a sad state of affairs when legitimate political discourse is replaced by name-calling and outright lies designed to shut down discussion of an issue.  For example, whenever you hear an elected or appointed official use terms such as “privilege” or “toxic masculinity” or “voter suppression” or “anti- fill in the ...


Sep 22, 1947 - Apr 6, 2021
Alice Regina Houston of Holmdel passed away at age 73 on April 6, 2021 following a three-month-long ...
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Mar 3, 1941 - Apr 2, 2021
We lost our beloved Father, Grandfather, Samir Jacob on April 2, 2021 at the age ...
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Apr 9, 1938 - Apr 2, 2021
Lilyan Dorothy Gassaway, 82, of Colts Neck, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday ...
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Jan 18, 1938 - Mar 24, 2021
Eileen Josephine Flanagan (nee Donohoe) born January 18, 1938 passed away on March 24, 2021 in Palm ...
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Oct 30, 1940 - Mar 24, 2021
Albert Yodakis Jr. age 80, died peacefully in his Colts Neck home on March 24, after courageously ...
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Aug 18, 1926 - Mar 17, 2021
Arthur Cavaliere Former resident of Staten Island, Arthur Cavaliere, 94, of Colts Neck, passed ...
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Oct 4, 1926 - Mar 9, 2021
Mary Yolanda Gagliano, 94, of Gravesend, Brooklyn passed away late Tuesday night at Jersey Shore ...
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Mar 20, 1943 - Mar 4, 2021
Diane DiSalvio Formica, 77, of Little Silver, passed away surrounded by her family on Thursday ...
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Sep 29, 1956 - Feb 28, 2021
Joseph T. Walsh, 64 of Hazlet, died at his home on Sunday, Feb. 28th. Born to the late Daniel ...
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Mar 1, 1949 - Feb 20, 2021
Robert F. “Bob” Hartman, The Voice of TV 34”, passed away peacefully, at home on ...
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