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Senate OKs Bateman Bill to Help Finance Renewable Energy Projects

June 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Batman that would require the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to establish a C-PACE program to facilitate the financing of renewable energy projects was approved by the New Jersey Senate.

“Throughout New Jersey, there are countless property owners who would like to embrace renewable energy but are unable to do so because of the ...

NJ Health Commissioner Persichilli Will Have Building Named After Her

TRENTON, NJ - The new Department of Health building scheduled to be built this year in downtown Trenton will be named after Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.

The Judith M. Persichilli Building will recognize what Gov. Phil Murphy called her “past and ongoing service to the people of New Jersey during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Persichilli, who was known as Judy Mella when ...

Rutgers Board Approves 2.6 Percent Tuition and Fees Increase

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers University Board of Governors on Tuesday approved a $4.8 billion budget that includes a 2.6 percent increase in tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 academic year, following a freeze in tuition and a fees' reduction for the past year in recognition of pandemic-related hardships.

“We know that tuition increases are difficult for our students, ...

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

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 ...

Update: Hillsborough's Favorite Son Jack Ciattarelli Wins GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with results posted at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Former state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli easily outdistanced three other candidates in the Republican primary for Governor on Tuesday and will face off against Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in the race for governor in the General Election Nov. 2.

"Tonight New Jerseyans ...

Eagleton Poll: 1 in 6 New Jerseyans Say They'll Pass on COVID-19 Shot

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Seventy-three percent of New Jerseyans say they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and while another 10 percent say they will likely roll up their sleeve for it, 16 percent remain unwilling, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Results are from a statewide poll of 1,004 adults contacted by live interviewers on landlines and cell ...

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 ...

Noisy Cicadas Emerge in New Jersey from 17-Year Underground Hiatus

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - They're back. Billions of cicadas are emerging from beneath the ground in the northeastern United States, and New Jersey will have more than its share of the noisy insects to contend with during the summer months.

Be prepared for shedded shells, insect romance and the din.

No other insect causes as much curiosity and wonder as do the periodical ...

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 ...

NJ Man Trapped in India Amid COVID-19 Outbreak is Back in the USA

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Monday welcomed home Ashu Mahajan, a Scotch Plains resident who recently traveled to India to visit his ailing father and became trapped by tightening COVID-19 restrictions.

Menendez celebrated the man's return at a ceremony held at Brookside Park ...

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Somerset County Seeks Performers for October Diversity Festival

June 22, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Diversity Festival Committee is seeking performance artists and community groups to showcase their artistry at the 2021 Somerset County Diversity Festival in October. 

Performers will be expected to entertain for 30- to 45-minutes, and their performances should have a diversity-related theme or reflect the diverse cultures that exist in ...

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 ...