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Beth's Book Review

The Garden State Parkway Murders by Christian Barth. (Wild Blue Press, 2020).   Memorial Day Weekend, 1969. Two college girls from Pennsylvania had spent a typical “down the shore” mini-vacation in Ocean City, NJ, a beach mecca for South Jerseyans and Philadelphians. Susan Davis and Elizabeth Perry enjoyed breakfast at the Somerset Point Diner at 5:00 a.m. before leaving for home in Pennsylvania.  Bubbly coeds, they attracted male attention during their oceanside respite, and the diner was no different. They were ...

Dad in the Box

As the UK continues to mourn the loss of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, I wonder what more could possibly be said about the Queen that hasn’t already been stated ad nauseum. That’s why I have decided to write about my cat. OK, the cat really is more my wife’s cat than my cat. My wife affords him a lot more attention than I do. And I refer to him more as a royal him, because as a biologically neutered male I don’t exactly know how he identifies. He has a name, but I generally don’t use it. I just refer to him ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing

STATEWIDE – When it comes to polling, the best news is about which politician is failing and how he/she will have to claw back to be re-elected. Oh, the drama! But that story isn’t here sadly, as we can only blandly report that a two-term governor who cannot run for a consecutive term is doing well in the polls. Yes, sleepy stuff here. But voters should still know that Rutgers-Eagleton is reporting that Gov. Phil Murphy is seeing a nice spike in polls, with 47% of us having a nice opinion about this chipper ...

Jersey First

For Immediate Release September 8, 2022     Contact: Brian Tangora, 973-826-2828 info@jersey1st.org   Jersey 1st Launches A New Debate Platform to Give Candidates an Unbiased Opportunity for Discussion PARSIPPANY, New Jersey – Jersey 1st, a non-profit organization founded with the mission of educating, informing, and advocating for hardworking New Jerseyans, is proud to announce that it will begin hosting debates in 2022 at the local, county, and state level.   “Currently there is no ...

JERSEY TALK

The Supreme Court’s conservative right-wing justices have announced that they're taking up in the fall Moore v. Harper, a very important case that could impact state election procedures . Many think our democracy itself may be imperilled. It's a case that could thoroughly alter the way voters choose presidents, senators and members of Congress. With 2024 just around a few corners, the future of democracy is on the ballot. Moore v. Harper deals with which branch has the final say in what regulations ...

Lens into NJ

As New Jersey’s students return to the classroom this month, tragic events from earlier in the year remain a cause for concern in schools here and across the country.  The mass killing of students at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas sparked debate over the state’s gun laws as well as outrage toward local law enforcement’s failure to protect the innocent. This massacre was one of 29 shootings that have taken place already this year, according to Education Week, which tracks these incidents in K-12 schools ...

Liz on Theatre

MADISON, NJ - Leave it to Harold Pinter to provide us with a soul-searching, radically uncomfortable glimpse into human frailty, clashes and what could be our lives. This all takes place in a run down house in West London, probably in the 1960s.  It’s a bitter cold winter as well. The flat is owned by Mick (Jon Barker) who provides a place to live for his younger brother Aston (Isaac Hickox-Young).  A destitute man, Davies (Paul Mullins), enters the scene and is hired by Mick as a caretaker of the premises. The first ...

McQueeny on New Jersey

NEW JERSEY — Thousands of New Jerseyans every year take the regional Amtrak train, mostly from Newark, Metropark and Trenton. The regional trains are a step below the faster, more expensive Acela, and a step above New Jersey Transit trains trundling locally along the same main line between New York City and Philadelphia (with SEPTA). Over the decades, I had taken the regionals many times a month to and from Washington DC where I worked as bureau chief for The Star-Ledger, U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg and later on as a ...

TAPinto Insider

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 Nutley's site about the Perry Awards. That led her to search to get more information on the Cranford Dramatic Club (CDC) Theatre, and ...

The State of Innovation

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it will open applications for its $1.5 million Food Security Planning Grant Program on Tuesday, September 27. This competitive program offers grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000 to municipal governments, county governments, and redevelopment agencies to develop plans to improve food access and food security by leveraging distressed assets in New Jersey’s Food Desert Communities (FDCs). The application will be available ...

Unleash Your Positive Possibilities

Can you think back to a time when you messed up bad on something that you committed a lot of time and care to? Something really important to you. Well, I recently messed up big time and I’m hoping my story will give you the gift it gave me. My mess up has to do with myself alone, and yours may even have to do with other people, but the wisdom to be had applies either way.  I forgot to meditate! Big deal you might say. But I forgot to meditate after meditating for 1195 days in a row! That’s 3 and 1/3 years in a row! It ...

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County Compensating Essential Frontline Workers with American Rescue Plan Act Funds

September 30, 2022

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ — Burlington County plans to use some of its American Rescue Plan Act funds to compensate frontline County workers who have provided essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“From the very beginning of the pandemic, our County has done everything possible to help our residents overcome the challenges of COVID-19. We distributed personal protective ...

County Commissioner Deputy Director: Affordability, COVID Recovery Continue to be a Priority

CINNAMINSON, NJ – Burlington County Commissioner Deputy Director Tom Pullion delivered the keynote address at this week's Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the County dinner to the assembled business and community leaders, emphasizing that the County continues to prioritize affordability and helping residents and businesses recover from the ...

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New Study Says New Jersey Is One of the Happiest States in America

September 25, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Despite research from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) that finds that 87% of Americans feel “anxious” or “very anxious" about inflation, New Jerseyans seem to be among the least impacted, according to a new study by WalletHub.

 

In its analysis of 2022’s Happiest States in America, ...

How Safe Are NJ’s Schools For Students With Disabilities?

As New Jersey’s students return to the classroom this month, tragic events from earlier in the year remain a cause for concern in schools here and across the country. 

The mass killing of students at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas sparked debate over the state’s gun laws as well as outrage toward local law enforcement’s failure to protect the innocent. This ...

New Jersey's Reintroduction to Regional Rail

NEW JERSEY — Thousands of New Jerseyans every year take the regional Amtrak train, mostly from Newark, Metropark and Trenton.

The regional trains are a step below the faster, more expensive Acela, and a step above New Jersey Transit trains trundling locally along the same main line between New York City and Philadelphia (with SEPTA).

Over the decades, I had taken the regionals ...

Lenape Field Hockey Is Ready to Fight For Every Victory This Season

September 6, 2022

MEDFORD, NJ — The approach that the Lenape High School field hockey program is taking with regard to the upcoming regular season is quite admirable — and it may ultimately prove to be successful as well.

The Indians’ schedule is full of top level opposition, but they are focused on giving their very best effort each and every time they step on the field, regardless of ...

Help for Hurricane Ian's Victims Coming from New Jersey

September 29, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Members of the New Jersey National Guard will soon deploy to Florida to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, which made landfall on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced 135 members, in addition to 40 military and support vehicles will be sent to help with the storm response.

“We are thankful for the 135 men and women who bravely ...

Andy Kim Receives Foreign Policy for America (FPFA) Endorsement

September 29, 2022

MARLTON, NJ — Today, Andy Kim announced he has been endorsed for reelection by the Foreign Policy for America (FPFA).

“I’ve dedicated my entire adult life to public service and worked with our military and civilian leaders, and with both Republicans and Democrats to keep Americans safe at home and abroad,” said Andy Kim. “The experience I’ve gained working ...

Andy Kim Receives SEIU NJ State Council Endorsement

MARLTON, NJ — Today, Andy Kim announced he has been endorsed for reelection by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) NJ State Council.

“Our daily lives are defined by who we interact with, they make our lives better – from our home care workers to motor vehicle inspection workers, to municipal service workers and resident physicians, and so many others – ...

Federal Legislation Would Harm Small Businesses, Consumers & Cybersecurity Protections

September 23, 2022

At a time of economic uncertainty and seemingly ever-present inflation, it is important that we do all we can to ensure families have what they need, and small businesses are able to continue to invest and grow jobs. While our region is still seeing positive economic growth, we can all see challenges looming on the horizon.

Yet, I am concerned that some challenges might be self-inflicted by ...

Burlington County Animal Shelter Looks to ‘Clear the Shelter’ on Saturday

August 25, 2022

WESTAMPTON, NJ – The Burlington County Animal Shelter is hosting a special end-of-summer bash to help find loving forever homes for the dogs and cats that reside there.

The Clear the Shelter Open House will be held this Saturday, August 27, from noon to 3 PM at the Burlington County Animal Shelter, located at 35 Academy Drive. The event will feature food trucks, music, games, ...

Seeing The Bigger Picture: How to Access it When You Mess Up

Can you think back to a time when you messed up bad on something that you committed a lot of time and care to? Something really important to you.

Well, I recently messed up big time and I’m hoping my story will give you the gift it gave me. My mess up has to do with myself alone, and yours may even have to do with other people, but the wisdom to be had applies either way. 

I ...

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 ...