SHORT HILLS, NJ - Mike Shapiro, the Founder of TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, is among the individuals and entities set to be honored by the Boy Scouts of America's Patriots Path Council at their annual 'Toast to Scouting' Awards Dinner on December 7.

Shapiro, a Stanford educated attorney, started TAPinto eight years ago in New Providence while working for a Manhattan law firm. Gaining popularity for his local news site, he expanded to four nearby towns including Millburn/Short Hills. Two years later, he gave up his lucrative law practice to grow the news site full time. Today, TAPinto publishes news in 60 towns in New Jersey and New York, making it one of the fastest growing news site in the U.S.

The honor is bestowed on those who exemplify in their daily life the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America as expressed in Scout Oath and Law, and whose outstanding community service is evidenced by the interest and leadership they have given to many worthwhile organizations, as well as the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues.

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Shapiro has been instrumental in forming Communications Exploring Post 100, a hands-on program that exposes participants to many career opportunities in TV, radio, journalism, graphic design and other communications areas. Exploring Post 100 is chartered by

The evening's other honorees include: Lesley Gabel, Co-Executive Director of Hunterdon Prevention Resources; Michael McDonough, President of Raritan Valley Community College; Donald Parker, President and CEO of Carrier Clinic, and Dameo Trucking, Inc.of Bridgewater.