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Singer/Songwriter Kiley Baxter Closes Somerville Summer Stage Series

October 7, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Summer Stage concert series closes out its 2022 season this weekend with popular Jersey party band Radiocon on Saturday, Oct. 8 and a special added afternoon show on Sunday, Oct. 9 featuring local vocalist, songwriter and actress Kiley Baxter.

Radiocon takes the stage on Division Street at 6 p.m. for a three-hour show; Baxter will perform from 3-5 p.m.

"Here ...

Hillsborough Scarecrow Community Gathers for Second Reunion

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The township's extended family of scarecrows gathered together in front of the municipal building have proven to be water-resistant, withstanding three four straight days of rain and drizzle that began Sunday before tapering off Wednesday.

Several dozen handcrafted scarecrows were created by families, school organizations, municipal workers, businesses and ...

Visit Replica of General Washington's Field Headquarters in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County's annual Journey Through the Past, which highlights a rich 300-year-old history, invites residents and visitors to explore dozens of historic sites, several of which are located in the county seat.

The celebration of history will be observed 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 and noon-4 p.m. on Sunday.Oct. 9.

Visit Journey Through the Past | Somerset ...

Murphy Says Somerset County Has the Right Stuff to Do Business

October 6, 2022

BRANCHBURG, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy, in celebrating the groundbreaking of the expanding Roche Molecular Systems manufacturing facility in Branchburg, touted Somerset County’s highly skilled and diverse workforce and its access to regional, national, and international transportation hubs.

He specifically credited excellent public schools, Raritan Valley Community ...

Hillsborough Applauds Contributions of Female Entrepreneurs

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - It's time for those ladies who took a chance in pursuit of their dream to be recognized.

The Hillsborough Business Association has joined the national celebration of Women's Small Business Month during October to salute the growth and accomplishments of female entrepreneurs and to recognize the vital role they play in the  national, state and local ...

Bank Makes $13M Deal to End Newark ‘Redlining’ Case

NEWARK, NJ — Lakeland Bank has made a $13 million deal with federal authorities to avoid prosecution for alleged discrimination against people of color who tried to get mortgages, loans and credit in Newark and minority areas in three New Jersey three counties.

This settlement coincides with news that Provident Bank, based in Woodbridge, would acquire all Lakeland Bancorp’s ...

Hillsborough Library: Reading a Book Aloud to a Dog Can be Therapeutic

September 26, 2022

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Next time your dog jumps up on the couch to snuggle in your lap, read him or her a book.

It may do you some good.

At the Hillsborough Library, reluctant readers are encouraged to read to therapy dogs.

Second grader Samantha Rafalowski recently read to Bella, a visiting therapy dog, at the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey's (SCLSNJ) Hillsborough ...

Rutgers President Addresses the State of the University

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway delivered an address to the University Senate on Friday, Sept. 23.

Boosting students’ success while creating a robust and engaging student experience is at the center of all Rutgers is working toward as the university moves beyond pandemic-posed challenges and changes, Holloway said in his address to the University ...

GOP Candidate Murad Responds to Somerset Dems' “Stable Tax” Boast

October 6, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Amber Murad, Republican nominee for Somerset County Commissioner, responded to the Democrats’ “Stable Tax” Claim.

“Democrats boast that they kept taxes stable,” said Murad. “But they are misleading voters. If you study the county budgets for the past three years, then you discover that they have raised taxes by 12.8 million dollars during ...

Somerset County Democrats Select New Vice-Chair

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer has selected Joseph DeMarco, a longtime party leader, and former Bernardsville councilman, to serve as interim Vice Chair of the party.

Schaffer's pick was approved unanimously by the Somerset County Democratic Executive Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 28th.

DeMarco replaces Zenon Christodoulou who resigned from the ...

Somerset County Clerk Sends 40,000 Vote-By-Mail Ballots to Residents

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter’s Office has begun mailing ballots to voters who chose to vote by mail in the November 8, 2022, general election for federal, county, and local offices.

Voters may request a vote-by-mail (VBM) ballot for a single election, or to receive them for all elections until they request otherwise in writing.

“The ...

Hillsborough Rotary Fund-raiser: Healthy Fruit & Decadent Cheesecake

October 3, 2022

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - As if oranges, red grapefruit and juicy clementines aren't sweet enough, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough has added a selection of indulgent cheesecakes to their community fund-raising package, now available online and ready to deliver for the holidays.

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough has partnered with Pee Jay’s Fresh Fruit, a premier purveyor of ...

Take the Tour: Hillsborough Celebrates Restaurant Week Sept. 27-Oct. 2

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

To help promote the township's 5th annual Restaurant Week, Sept. 27-Oct. 2, Mayor Shawn Lipani has been visiting dozens of Hillsborough restaurants the past several weeks,

Lipani's visits to chat with the restaurant owners - before heading home with carry out meals for the family - are chronicled in a ...

Hillsborough Rotary Organizes Supply Drive for Operation Shoebox NJ

October 6, 2022

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Rotary Club of Hillsborough is proud
to announce that their annual Operation Shoebox Packing Event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec.10, beginning 10:30 a.m. at the Hillsborough YMCA.

As in past years, the community is not only welcome to participate in the packing event, but asked to contribute to the supply of snacks and toiletries that are packaged at the event and ...

Hillsborough Rotary Fund-raiser: Healthy Fruit & Decadent Cheesecake

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - As if oranges, red grapefruit and juicy clementines aren't sweet enough, the Rotary Club of Hillsborough has added a selection of indulgent cheesecakes to their community fund-raising package, now available online and ready to deliver for the holidays.

The Rotary Club of Hillsborough has partnered with Pee Jay’s Fresh Fruit, a premier purveyor of ...

Somerville: Nardoni Cancer Foundation Merges with Hospital Foundation

SOMERVILLE, NJ,- The Paul R. Nardoni Foundation, a non-profit organization that has been supporting cancer patients and their families for over 20 years is merging into the Somerset Health Care Foundation, the fundraising arm for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility.

The Paul R. Nardoni Foundation was founded by Paul’s family to ...

Hillsborough Proclamations Recognize Good People Doing Good Things

October 2, 2022

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Hillsborough Township Committee has a longstanding tradition of presenting proclamations to residents who stand out from the crowd for what they have achieved.

Week after week, individuals and groups are called to the front of the meeting room as the mayor reads the proclamation aloud.

Always a proud moment, the presentations are emblematic of the accomplishments, ...

Choose New Jersey Opens Office in Ireland

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 ...

Zwicker Bill Could Assist Residents in Need of Accessible Housing

TRENTON, NJ - The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee on Thursday advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Brian Stack and Senator Andrew Zwicker that would assist residents with limited mobility who are in need of accessible housing.

“For senior citizens and residents with disabilities that hinder their mobility, living on a lower floor is essential to making their lives a ...

"Operation Secure Shred" Helps Guard Against Identity Theft

September 30, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Help guard against identity theft by bringing personal documents to “Operation Secure Shred.”

Somerset County residents can take advantage of this free, easy and secure way to dispose of personal documents on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Somerset County Public Works Garage, North County Facility located at 411 Chimney Rock ...

Police Agencies Gather to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 30, 2022

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Five police SUVs wrapped in pink were parked on the lawn of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Friday morning to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month, a high-profile national campaign that encourages mammograms and early detection of the disease.

About 1 in 8 woman will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.  Early detection is a key factor in ...

Somerset County Hosts DisABILITY Services Expo

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services is hosting a DisABILITY Services Expo titled “Opening Doors and Dialogue to Welcome All Countywide.”

The expo will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Wellness Center at Bridgewater, located at 876 E. Main Street and is open to all ...

Somerville: Nardoni Cancer Foundation Merges with Hospital Foundation

SOMERVILLE, NJ,- The Paul R. Nardoni Foundation, a non-profit organization that has been supporting cancer patients and their families for over 20 years is merging into the Somerset Health Care Foundation, the fundraising arm for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility.

The Paul R. Nardoni Foundation was founded by Paul’s family to ...

Bank Makes $13M Deal to End Newark ‘Redlining’ Case

October 4, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Lakeland Bank has made a $13 million deal with federal authorities to avoid prosecution for alleged discrimination against people of color who tried to get mortgages, loans and credit in Newark and minority areas in three New Jersey three counties.

This settlement coincides with news that Provident Bank, based in Woodbridge, would acquire all Lakeland Bancorp’s ...

Hillsborough Firefighters Extinguish Fire in Home's Electrical Panel

October 6, 2022

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Township police and volunteer firefighters responded to a 9:40 a.m. call reporting an electrical fire at 243 Zion Road Thursday.

Smoke had spread through the residence by the time firefighters arrived, according to Police Sgt. Jack Howard. They were able to extinguish the fire in the electrical panel.

No injuries were reported.

The fire does not appear to be ...

NYC Man Charged in Stabbing Death of Franklin Resident

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - A New York City man has been charged in the stabbing death of a 20-year-old township resident Sept. 29, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

The suspect, Jahkoy Monsanto, 24, is charged with 1st degree Murder, 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and 4th degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.in connection with the death ...

Police Agencies Gather to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Five police SUVs wrapped in pink were parked on the lawn of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Friday morning to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month, a high-profile national campaign that encourages mammograms and early detection of the disease.

About 1 in 8 woman will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.  Early detection is a key factor in ...

Hillsborough Firefighters Extinguish Fire in Home's Electrical Panel

October 6, 2022

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Township police and volunteer firefighters responded to a 9:40 a.m. call reporting an electrical fire at 243 Zion Road Thursday.

Smoke had spread through the residence by the time firefighters arrived, according to Police Sgt. Jack Howard. They were able to extinguish the fire in the electrical panel.

No injuries were reported.

The fire does not appear to be ...

NYC Man Charged in Stabbing Death of Franklin Resident

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - A New York City man has been charged in the stabbing death of a 20-year-old township resident Sept. 29, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

The suspect, Jahkoy Monsanto, 24, is charged with 1st degree Murder, 3rd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and 4th degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.in connection with the death ...

Police Agencies Gather to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Five police SUVs wrapped in pink were parked on the lawn of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Friday morning to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month, a high-profile national campaign that encourages mammograms and early detection of the disease.

About 1 in 8 woman will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.  Early detection is a key factor in ...

Ridge Ties Hillsborough 2nd Time This Season; O'Donnell Outstanding in Goal

October 3, 2022

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Ridge field hockey, No. 10 in the NJ.com rankings, faced off against No.15 Hillsborough Sept. 27 and looked to change the outcome from its Skyland Conference season opener which ended in a tie after regulation and overtime play.

Both teams wrestled to make it out of the midfield throughout the 1st half, each getting five shots off on goal. Ridge was awarded a ...

Rutgers Goes Down Fighting - Almost Literally - In Loss to Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rutgers showed a lot of fight – almost literally.

There was pushing, yelling and some tense moments between Rutgers and Ohio State after the Scarlet Knights’ Aron Cruickshank didn’t take kindly to a fake punt late in the game on Saturday, Oct. 1, and plowed into Buckeyes punter Jesse Mirco out of bounds.

It led to head coaches Greg Schiano and ...

Hillsborough Raiders 14U Gold Baseball Team Recognized for Excellence

 

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Winning was synonymous with the Hillsborough Raiders 14U Gold baseball team during its 2022 season, compiling a record of 17-2 on its way to being crowned the North Jersey 14U Babe Ruth champions and the Slumpbuster champions in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Members of the team included: Michael Albanese, Eric Albee Jr., Nathan Bienstock, Elijah Dawes, Connor Emmich, ...

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 ...

Back to School Triggers Mental Health Challenges for Some Students

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Maria Sikoutris Di Iorio said she's hearing kids say things now that they never said before.

"Nobody would ever talk about therapy in the past," Sikoutris Di Iorio told TAPinto. "Now we've got 10-year-olds saying 'I have to go see my therapist.'"

Sikoutris Di Iorio is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and ...

How Parents Can Support Their Child's Mental Health

SUMMIT, NJ — In her 30-plus year professional career, Dr. Alison Johnson has never seen anything like the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of kids.

"It felt like a tsunami," Johnson told TAPinto. "It was so traumatic and the impact on people was seriously traumatic."

At times, Johnson said, there was no end in sight.

"This was trauma ...

Agent Spotlight: Jenny Brigante

Jenny Brigante, Sales Associate in the New Providence office, offers personal service with distinction. She’ll serve as your trusted advisor with personal service and care! Jenny is a neighborhood specialist, familiar with local communities, home values, and price trends in Union County. Her commitment, guidance, and care are all offered unstintingly to her clients throughout the buying and ...

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Sat, October 8, 6:00 PM

VFW, Manville

Casino Night/Texas Hold'em Tourney

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Sat, October 8, 8:00 PM

Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook

Comedian Bobby Collins

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Thu, October 13, 6:30 PM

Wagner Farm Arboretum, WARREN

Wagner Farm Arboretum - Brite Nites Halloween ...

John Ciccarelli – Keeping Hillsborough One of the Best Places to Live

October 5, 2022

 To the Editor:

John Ciccarelli has been a neighbor, colleague and friend of mine for the better part of twenty-five years. Shortly after my wife, Ania, and I moved to Hillsborough in 1995 John and I began working together for an engineering consulting firm in Princeton.  From that point on, our families became close as our children were in sports and school ...

RWJUH/Somerset, Bridgewater Commons Team Up to Educate During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 30, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Commons Mall and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset have teamed up to educate and encourage mammograms during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

There will be a series of special events throughout the mall to educate and encourage women to schedule annual mammograms and embrace hope.

First, there will be Music of Hope with the ...

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 ...

TAPinto Journalists Named Finalists in the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists Awards

NEWARK, NJ — TAPinto journalists and their original, hyperlocal stories are finalists in the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists 2022 Excellence in Journalism Awards Contest.

"TAPinto is honored to be recognized for the outstanding journalism produced by TAPinto owner/publishers," TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro said. "At TAPinto, it's about ...

TAPinto Kenilworth Publisher to Perform in Local Musical

KENILWORTH, NJ — Not having a plan is part of Telina Cuppari's plan.

"I'm the most impulsive person in the world," Cuppari, the owner and publisher of TAPinto Kenilworth, said. "I've always been spontaneous. I'm more of a go-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of girl. I don't like planning."

Earlier this year, Cuppari saw an article on ...

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating two milestones — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022, and the third anniversary of his TAPinto franchise, which he launched on his birthday, September 9, 2019.

It’s the second time in three years  that the local news and digital marketing ...

Tips for Small Businesses to Get Media Exposure

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Small business owners have faced unprecedented challenges during the last two years. Many have had to rethink their whole business model altogether. Communicating with customers and clients is more important now than it’s ever been.

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily lives. Protecting public health meant changing how many businesses ...