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Governor Murphy: Pass Comprehensive Gun Safety Reform

May 25, 2022

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy renewed his call today for the passage of the comprehensive gun safety legislative package that he initially proposed in April 2021. Included in his news release, the Governor urged legislators to pass the same package in April 2022, four months after he was joined by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin in support of the gun safety bills. If passed by the Senate ...

Governor Murphy Activates Price Gouging Laws Amid National Baby Formula Shortage

TRENTON, NJ - Due to the ongoing national shortage of baby formula, Governor Phil Murphy has declared a State of Emergency which allows him to activate State price gouging laws. Executive Order No. 296 is consistent with President Biden's actions at the federal level.

The order also coordinates relief efforts and enables State agencies to take any emergency measures necessary to ...

Could the Baby Formula Shortage End Soon? The FDA Believes it Will

WAYNE, NJ – New parents have been struggling to find formula to feed their babies ever since one of the largest manufacturers of several popular powdered baby formula products in the nation was shut down in February of this year. Shelves in Wayne grocery stores and pharmacies have been mostly bare, but action from the FDA is providing some hope that the shortage could end within ...

Governor Murphy Visits Hackensack, Announces American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program at HFD

HACKENSACK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy visited the Hackensack Fire Department Monday morning to announce the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program. The grant will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning and sanitation equipment, according to a news release from the Governor's office. 

“Confronted by new ...

Governor Murphy Renews Efforts to Secure Reproductive Rights and Bolster Access to Reproductive Health Care

TRENTON – With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, Governor Phil Murphy announced renewed efforts to secure abortion rights and bolster access to reproductive health care in New Jersey.

Alongside partners in the Legislature, the Governor announced legislation to protect and expand coverage for reproductive health care, and protect medical providers and patients ...

Legislation Introduced to End Testing Mandate for Teachers and Support Staff

Senators Kristin M. Corrado and Anthony M. Bucco have introduced legislation calling for an end to weekly testing for New Jersey public school teachers, support staff, and bus drivers who did not receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“New Jersey’s public health emergency ended more than two months ago on March 4 and yet public schools are still testing teachers, bus drivers, and other K-12 ...

Operation Take Back 2022 Collects 501 Pounds of Medications

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Approximately 501 pounds of unwanted, unused or expired medications were collected during the 2022 Operation Take Back last weekend.

The goal is to encourage the public to anonymously turn over unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medicine for proper disposal. Morris County residents dropped off 209 pounds at ShopRite of Greater Morristown, 206 pounds ...

NJ Invests $10 Million into License Plate Recognition Technology to Combat Rise in Auto Thefts

MARLBORO – A $10 million investment in automated license plate recognition (ALPR) technology has been announced by Governor Murphy's Office. The Governor, along with Acting Attorney General Platkin made the announced on Friday April 29. The investment is aimed at reducing violent crime and motor vehicle theft in New Jersey and will be funded through the federal American ...

Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy Return Home After Economic Mission in Ireland

NEW JERSEY — It has been a busy and fruitful trip in Ireland for Gov. Phil Murphy. The Governor, who says he is a “proud Irish-American,” visited Dublin and Cork with a delegation on an economic mission trip. The mission focused on deepening economic ties between Ireland and New Jersey, promoting investment opportunities in the Garden State, and ...

Governor Murphy Visits Elizabeth’s Zen Leaf Dispensary As Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin in NJ

ELIZABETH, NJ - Governor Murphy held a press conference outside Elizabeth’s Zen Leaf Dispensary, as April 21 marks the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in New Jersey. At the time of writing, 13 dispensaries that also serve medical marijuana patients will be selling products recreationally to adults 21 and older. The Elizabeth Zen Leaf dispensary is one of the 13 ...

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Graduation of our Son

March 28, 2022

Our Son, Steve Jr! She graduated from SUNY Purchase College, Magna Cum Laude, with her CS Degree! Can't wait to see what the future holds for him!
We wish you the best of luck and success and sincere congratulations on your graduation and commencement!

Love from Mom, and Dad.

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Memorial Day Parades, Events in the Morris County Area

May 20, 2022

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Grab your red, white and blue and celebrate the brave men and women have sacrificed their lives to preserve our freedom. There are several commemorations, parades and events planned in Morris County to honor them this Memorial Day.

On Wednesday May 25, a ceremony will take place on the lawn of the Morristown Court House to honor and pay tribute to those who ...

Madison Farmers Market is Back! First Day is May 19

MADISON, NJ - The 30th Annual of the Madison Farmers Market will kick off today, Thursday May 19. The 2022 season will take place every Thursday through November 17. The market takes place from 1pm - 6pm at Dodge Field.

"The Madison Farmers Market has always been about community, food, and fun", said organizers. "This season we will be trying different creative ideas and ...

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Sat. May 21

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ- The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal event on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany.

Morris County residents will be able to drop off unwanted hazardous materials from their households.

National Pork Roll Day Announcement: Pork Roll Palooza Returns to Phillipsburg

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – Pork Roll Palooza® is returning to Phillipsburg on October 8, 2022. Peace. Love. Pork Roll.

 

That’s right New Jersey, in celebration of New Jersey’s great debate on National Pork Roll day, it’s time to save the date to celebrate New Jersey’s delicacy this fall at the Fifth Pork Roll Palooza® Event. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2022 ...

Tornado Watch for Morris County; Thursday May 20

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -  A storm is expected to hit the Morris County area today, Friday May 20, announced the Morris County Office of Emergency Management.  The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and a Tornado Watch until 7pm for the Morris County area.

"We may experience strong to severe storms later this afternoon", said the weather authority.

Food Truck Festival on Friday to Support Hanover PTAs

May 19, 2022

HANOVER, NJ - There will be a food truck festival in Cedar Knolls on Friday May 20th to support the Hanover Township Elementary School's Parent Teacher Association.

The festival will take place at Malapardis Park between the hours of 4pm - 8pm. 

In addition to food trucks there will be inflatables for kids, a baseball toss and music.

Somerset Patriots to Celebrate Armed Forces Weekend May 21 and 22

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees Double-A affiliate, will host Armed Forces Weekend in conjunction with Minor League Baseball on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. The Patriots take on the Reading Fightin Phils (Philadelphia Phillies) in each game.

For Saturday’s 6:35 p.m. game, active military members and veterans will receive a ...

Chatham Teens for Mental Health to Host Talk on Suicide Prevention as Part of Mental Health Awareness Month

CHATHAM, NJ – May 10, 2022 – Chatham Teens For Mental Health (CTFMH) announced that in support of Mental Health Awareness Month it will host a community-based presentation, “Talk Saves Lives,” in conjunction with The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

The presentation, which is designed to raise awareness of suicide prevention, will take place on ...

Authorities: Roxbury Man Confessed in Child Porn Case

May 24, 2022

ROXBURY, NJ – After police searched his residence last month as part of an undercover investigation, a Succasunna man confessed to downloading child pornography, according to authorities.

The man, Igor Michael Terrero, 49, was arrested today, said U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger in a press release. 

He said Terrero was charged with one count of distributing child ...

Police Arrest Florham Park Little League's Treasurer After League Discovers Missing Funds

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The Florham Park Police have announced a recent arrest of a resident, accused of stealing money from the Florham Park Little League while holding the role of Treasurer of the League.

The incident was first brought to light during the winter of 2022.

According to the police, the Florham Park Little League filed a complaint on February 22nd with the Florham Park Police ...

Chatham Moms Object to Sexual Content Being Taught in 11th Grade Health Education Class at Chatham Board of Education Meeting

CHATHAM, NJ -- A group of Chatham mothers came before the Chatham Board of Education to voice their concerns about specific lessons being taught in health classes in the district at the regular meeting of the Chatham Board of Education on Monday night.

The Chatham moms, who belong to a local chapter of the Moms for Liberty parental rights organization, also spoke out against the new state ...

NJ Juvenile Arrested Over Water Pellet Toy Gun Incident

May 23, 2022

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ – With warmer weather, a group of teens were playing with their toy water pellet guns in Walter’s Park. Unknowingly, fake guns that look too much like the real thing were banned in New Jersey under a law that seeks to prevent police from mistakenly shooting people carrying toy firearms.

TAPinto Phillipsburg was alerted that a social media post was trending on local ...

NJ Resident Loses $1.5 Million In Wire Transfer Fraud, another loses $400

WARREN, NJ — A Warren resident was scammed out of $1.5 million in a wire transfer fraud, police said in a release Thursday. An Old Forge Drive resident reported the wire-transfer fraud on Tuesday. 

A day earlier, on Monday, a Stoningham Drive resident reported that someone tried to hack into personal accounts, was able to hack into their PayPal account and stole approximately $400, ...

UPDATE: Meadowbrook Court Incident Resolved Safely; Summit Police Say Victim Has Been Taken to Hospital

SUMMIT, NJ - The tense afternoon situation that involved a woman barricading herself inside a Meadowbrook Court residence with a firearm today has been resolved safely.

A Summit Police Department Nixle Alert at 3:53 p.m. stated, "Situation on Meadowbrook Court is now resolved. Victim is being transported to hospital. No injuries."

“I am pleased with the professional response ...

New Jersey Lawmakers Propose 'Ban the Box' Bill on College Applications

May 25, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Some New Jersey lawmakers want a “Ban the Box” law for students applying to college. 

New Jersey's “Ban the Box” law took effect in 2015. It prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from requiring that a job applicant to complete any form during the initial application process that asks about their criminal record.

Gov. Murphy Announces Efforts to Improve Access to Student Loan Forgiveness Program For Public Service Workers

EWING, NJ — There is still time to apply to a college loan forgiveness program. 

Last October, the U.S. Department of Education announced a limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver opportunity, which temporarily waives certain program rules helping public service employees eliminate their college debt. 

Gov. Phil Murphy hosted a roundtable with U.S.

New Jersey Republicans Propose Bills to Immediately Reimburse Thousands of Dollars in Surplus Money to Taxpayers

NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate?

The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over collections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue ...

8-Year-Old Piscataway Gymnast Breaks NJ State Records

May 19, 2022

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ – Mya Spotwood of Piscataway was crowned vault, floor, and the all-around individual state champion at the USAG Level 6 State Championships hosted by Will-Moor Gymnastics in Mount Laurel.

To close out the Gymnastics Level 6 year at last weekend’s competition, 8-year-old Spotwood placed 1st overall with a score of 38.5500. Her ...

Hawthorne 10-Year-Old Holds Epic Lemonade Sale to Raise $5,000 for Young Girl with Cancer

HAWTHORNE, NJ - When 10-year-old Peyton Cohen decided to host a lemonade fundraiser for Natalie Ferguson, a 4-year-old battling brain cancer, Peyton had no idea how it would catch on, or that she could raise thousands of dollars in a single day. But word of the lemonade fundraiser spread throughout the town and brought an epic response.

“It was amazing! We had cars going all the way ...

NJ Family To Cheer on Own Horse at Kentucky Derby

KENTUCKY - A New Jersey family is preparing to cheer on its own horse at this weekend’s 2022 Kentucky Derby.

Bridgewater residents Tom and Carol Hopkins are part owners of Donegal Racing’s Mo Donegal, a 3-year-old horse set to compete in the Derby.

Tom Hopkins has been interested in racing since growing up on Long Island, near the Roosevelt Raceway. In the 1970s, he formed a ...

The first beach day of the year has arrived in Belmar

May 21, 2022

With sunny skies in the afternoon and temps approaching records into the high 80’s, Belmar is going to be very busy today.

The Seafood Festival began yesterday with a mix of fog and heavy rain, but today is forecast to be much better.  Vendors will be expecting large crowds and parking will be at a premium in town.  So visitors are encouraged to take ...

Summer is here and ready for a Memorable 2022 in the LBI Region

LBI Region, Nj - After a soggy Spring, everyone is looking to heat things up for Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of summer along the Jersey Coast. The weather is just one of many reasons to take a quick trip to 18 miles of beautiful beaches, scenic bays, and of course legendary Pinelands. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, which operates a year-round visitor center in Ship ...

Historic 50-Mile Tour of Somerville Returns on Memorial Day

SOMERVILLE, NJ – When hometown hero Furman Kugler crossed the finish line in 1940 ahead of Johnny Webber of Milwaukee to win the first Tour of Somerville bicycle race before a crowd of 20,000, Mayor Freas Hess told a reporter, “Maybe we should do this again next year.”

They did, and with the exception of World War II and a two-year pandemic hiatus, America’s oldest ...

Mount Saint Mary Academy Captures Euro Challenge Win

WATCHUNG – Kathleen Brennan, Math Department Chairperson at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, reported that the Mount's Euro Challenge team edged out four other finalists in the competition on May 19th. Their topic was Gender Inequality in Germany. 

The sophomore presenters included: Zoe Daly of Piscataway, Victoria Fekete of Livingston, Lillian Del Rossi of Union, ...

Gabriella Vivona Qualifies for National Gymnastics Competition

WATCHUNG – Chatham resident Gabriella “Ella” Vivona has qualified for the National Gymnastics Championships which will be held in Des Moines, Iowa this June. This is the second consecutive year that she has been selected for this honor.

“I am very excited for this because I will be able to compete with in harder routines while being with my team,” said Ella, ...

Two Mount St. Mary Academy Juniors Selected to Attend Summer Music Programs

Madeline Carnesi-Silberstein of Clark and Marina Cialdella of Branchburg have been selected to attend prestigious music programs to hone their talent and skills this summer.

Madeline has been selected to attend a three-week program in July at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, a top conservatory in the country which accepts 10 pianists each year who are seriously considering a ...

Hi from the snuggliest, prettiest, chunkiest gal, VAL

Hi from the snuggliest, prettiest, chunkiest gal, VAL! She's the coolest kid in school! Val is a five-year-old lovebug with a big, fat bod and adorable Dumbo ears. She's an affectionate pooch who likes to give hugs to her favorite people... like, real, you've-had-a-long-day-let-me-make-it-better kind of hugs. She pops her paws right up on your shoulders and will stay there as long as ...

Get Ready to Be Wooed.....Meet Baby Bingo!

Meet baby BINGO, a happy-go-lucky retriever puppy who just wants to show you his favorite toys.

Sweet Bingo was surrendered to a local shelter after falling ill. We heard about Bingo's situation and rushed him to our partner vet, who determined that Bingo has a liver shunt. Essentially, this means that blood bypasses the liver instead of being carried into it to remove toxins and other ...

Can you help us find Amber a home?

Can you help us find Amber a home? When we saw this super sweet one-year-old lab mix, we knew she needed our help. Amber is 45 pounds and loves everyone she meets. She is an excellent combination of a happy-go-lucky gal who loves to play with other dogs and also enjoys a good movie night on the couch. Her sweet brown eyes, gentle demeanor, and playful personality make her a perfect addition to ...

JERSEY TALK QUESTION: What are your thoughts on how the process with cannabis legalization is proceeding, and what further concerns or precautions do you think the state legislature should take up this session?

Currently, there are 12 cannabis dispensaries in the Garden State. The Cannabis Regulatory Commission is expected to take up more applications at its meeting later this month. However, there are still many unanswered questions. 

The New Jersey Supreme Court case that could decide how cannabis impairment is measured by police is State v. Olenowski.

The key ...

Unmasked: My Life Solving Cold Cases by Paul Holes

Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)

 

Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator ...

A 12-Step Guide for Selling Your Home

May 9, 2022

So, you've decided to sell your house—now what? There are many steps involved, and the whole process can sometimes seem confusing, even overwhelming. Well, we're here to help. While each home sale can be just a little different, there are a few things that they will have in common.

We've put together a handy guide to walk you through this journey from start to finish, to make ...

Existing-Home Sales Down 2.7%, Marking the Second Consecutive Decline

For the second month in a row, existing home sales dropped in March, down 2.7% from February. Compared to March of 2021, sales activity was down 4.5%. According to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), total existing-home sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.77 million in March, compared to 6.04 million last year.

Regionally, only the West saw some reprieve, as sales ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, June 8, 10:00 AM

Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta

Sparta UMC Thrift Shop Holds Special June Sales

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Thu, June 16, 6:00 PM

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Tri-County Fair

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Tri-County Fair Grounds, Rockaway

Tri-County Fair