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Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: NJ Housing Costs Are a Serious Problem

June 20, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Almost nine in 10 New Jerseyans consider the cost of housing to be a “very serious” (55 percent) or “somewhat serious” (32 percent) problem, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll in collaboration with the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.

Similarly, eight in 10 feel it is “very” (49 percent) or ...

Bateman Bill Increasing Penalties for Buying, Selling Stolen Jewelry Clears Senate

 

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that imposes stricter penalties on jewelers who violate New Jersey’s secondhand jewelry and precious metals record keeping laws has been approved by the New Jersey Senate.

"Under my legislation, jewelers who pawn off illegally obtained valuables on innocent consumers could no longer claim ignorance as a ...

Somerset County Real Estate Prices Soar 24% in April; Inventory Down

TRENTON, NJ — A dramatic decline in housing inventory contributed to a 20% increase in single-family home prices statewide compared to 2020, according to April data recently released by New Jersey Realtors. The rapid price increase follows predictions last month from real estate experts who told TAPinto the market is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. 

“The numbers ...

Murphy: Masks Not Required on the Job for Vaccinated Workers

TRENTON, NJ - Office employees will be allowed to return to work without the need to wear masks or social distance, as long as they have proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order.

The order, which takes effect on June 4, also lifts minimum staffing levels in the workplace and allows employers to call back employees who have been ...

NJ Infrastructure Expert Joins Dialogue on Hillsborough Economy June 3

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Regina Egea, president of the Garden Sate Initiative, a non-profit "think tank" that provides analysis and commentary on issues and events impacting New Jersey will join a panel of local business owners and central New Jersey business advocates to examine the local economy as New Jersey slowly emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and begins to ...

Hillsborough Residents Invited to Join TAPinto Forum on Local Economy

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A panel of local business owners, central New Jersey business advocates and a state policy expert will examine the local economy as New Jersey slowly emerges from the restraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and begins to recover.

Residents and the business community are invited to join "Hillsborough and the Economy: What is Next After COVID?" ...

Hillsborough Bans Marijuana Retail Stores, Farming, Warehouses

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Township Committee approved an ordinance Tuesday night prohibiting retail marijuana sales, farming and warehouse operations within the township by a 4-1 vote.

The proposed law as written prohibits cannabis establishments, delivery services and distributors from operating anywhere within the Township of Hillsborough, except for the delivery of cannabis and related ...

Largest Container Ship to Reach the East Coast Docks in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ - The largest container ship to ever reach a U.S. East Coast port has docked at the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal.

The CMA CGM Marco Polo can carry 16,022 20-foot equivalent units, or TEUs in industry terms. The ship is reported to be carrying 5,000 TEUs that include clothing, pharmaceuticals, furniture, appliances, holiday decorations, building materials, home ...

NJ Tourism Takes Hit from Coronavirus, But Industry Ready for Strong Rebound

TRENTON, NJ - Struggling under coronavirus restrictions and travel limitations, New Jersey’s tourism industry took a major hit last year, with the number of people visiting the state — and the amount of money they spent — registering dramatic declines, according to the state’s 2020 tourism report.

While the number of visitors declined to 84.6 million — a 27% ...

Long-Awaited Route 206 Bypass in Hillsborough to Open June 5

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The long-awaited opening of the Route 206 Peter J. Biondi Bypass, first conceived in the 1970s, is less than one month away.

The state Department of Transportation has notified township officials that the ribbon cutting for the four-lane highway has been scheduled for June 5th.

"It's actually going to happen; we've literally been waiting decades for ...

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Somerset County Offers Free COVID-19 Vaccinations This Week

June 21, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – COVID-19 vaccination clinics operated by the Somerset County Department of Health will be held at several locations through June 27.

No appointments are necessary.

Tuesday, June 22, Bound Brook Train Station, 3-7 p.m., Johnson&Johnson vaccine;

Wednesday, June 23, Somerset County Senior Wellness Center, 876 E. Main St. Bridgewater, 4-5:30 p.m.

Downtown Somerville Celebrates Pride Month with Mural, Pride Contest and Pride Night

June 15, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Downtown Somerville Alliance unveiled its PRIDE Month Mural on Friday – a 75-foot tribute to trailblazers in the LGBTQ Movement.

The mural is the latest in a partnership between the DSA, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somersetand the Babs Siperstein Proud Center to host a series of events in downtown Somerville to celebrate PRIDE Month throughout ...

Longtime Friends Spreading the News in Bordentown

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When longtime friends Elizabeth Meyers and Kristin Antonello saw that the greater Bordentown area was in need of a hyperlocal news outlet, they jumped at the opportunity to bring TAPinto into the community.

The two recognized Bordentown as a community that would benefit from a TAPinto site because there was no publication devoted only to local news.

“There was a ...

Shapiro: "Amid Spike in Local News Initiatives, Franchise Model Remains Only Proven Method to Scale Local News"

Cautionary tales have emerged in recent weeks about the inherent risks of entering the local news industry. Poynter recently called out a few of the pain points that new publishers endure, and Columbia Journalism Review suggested there isn’t enough budget to combat increasing political polarization at the local level.

All these potential pitfalls haven’t stopped ...