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New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Halted Following Judge's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt.

Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court.

State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose announced the decision Wednesday. In her ruling, bear hunt opponents have until Friday ...

New State Law Requires Schools to Submit Digital Maps to Law Enforcement

TRENTON, NJ — Starting in the 2023-24 school year, all schools in New Jersey will have to submit digital maps of their campuses to law enforcement.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-2426 into law Wednesday. It requires the information to be submitted next year and updated regularly with copies given to designated law enforcement.

"We have seen, time and time again, public mass shootings ...

New Jersey to Begin Independent Review of COVID-19 Response

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the start of an independent review into New Jersey's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the biggest challenges our State — and nation — has ever faced,” Murphy said in a news release.

More than 35,000 people in New Jersey died from COVID-19, according to state ...

New Jersey Residents Invited to Drumthwacket for Holiday Open Houses

PRINCETON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy are inviting New Jersey residents to visit Drumthwacket, the Governor's official residence in Princeton, during the holidays.

The Drumthwacket Foundation has teamed up with a number garden clubs from around the state, for "The Holidays at Drumthwacket." Guests will be able to see each public room in the first ...

New Jersey Reinstates Black Bear Hunt Following Increased Sightings

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted Tuesday to reinstate the state's black bear hunt.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who previously opposed the hunt, says the decision was needed due to a significant increase in bear sightings around the state.

From January to October 2022, compared to the same time last year, bear incidents are up 237% in the state, according to the ...

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JCP&L Completes Winter Readiness Maintenance, Inspections

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has completed inspections and equipment maintenance across its 3,200-square-mile service area to enhance service reliability for customers ahead of the cold winter months.

Electricity demand increases as temperatures drop, and winter storms have the potential to damage poles, wires and substation ...

3 Ways You Can Use Your Home Equity

If you’re a homeowner, odds are your equity has grown significantly over the last few years as home prices skyrocketed and you made your monthly mortgage payments. Home equity builds over time and can help you achieve certain goals. According to the latest Equity Insights Report from CoreLogic, the average borrower with a home loan has almost ...

Newton Saves Taxpayers Money through Shared Services

November 6, 2022

NEWTON, NJ: Newton residents currently benefit in a big way from already established shared municipal services that keep high quality town services intact while stretching the taxpayer dollar. Local officials look to explore new and alternative approaches to sharing services for the future.

The Newton First team of Councilmembers Sandra Lee Diglio, Matthew Dickson, and former-councilperson ...

Newton Successfully Applies for Grant Opportunities for Many Local Projects and Initiatives

NEWTON, NJ - During the last 15 years, Newton has re-energized what was once a limited grant award program into a robust pursuit which has translated into millions of dollars generated for improvement projects and infrastructure support throughout the community. And town officials say they are far from done.

The Newton First team of Council members Matthew Dickson and Sandra Lee Diglio, and ...

Sparta Police: Drunk Driving Charges for Lafayette Woman

November 30, 2022

SPARTA, NJ- Sparta police were alerted to an intoxicated driver, as she was leaving a “local convenience store.” On November 25 around 7 p.m. Officer Mike Poon went to the store where he found Sarah Wikander, 43 sitting in a white Honda SUV, police said.

Poon spoke with the Lafayette resident and suspected she was drunk.  The officer had the driver get out of the car to ...

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Sat, December 10
09:00 AM — 03:00 PM

Stop and Shop, Sparta

Collection for Sparta Area Food Pantry

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Sun, December 11
01:00 PM — 04:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Vintage Waterfowl Decoys: America's ...

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Mon, December 12
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Town Council Meeting - In-person and ...

Santa Will Be Coming to Sparta VFW for a Cookie Party and a Cause

December 2, 2022

SPARTA, NJ- Santa Boom , Santa Ron and Mrs. Clause will be at the Sparta VFW for a cookie party.  Admission for the event is a new unwrapped toy that will go to Frankie’s Toy Drive, for children who’s “home away from home” is CHOP in Philadelphia, according to Sparta VFW Commander Pete Litchfield.

In addition to photos with Santa there will be arts and crafts and ...

Human Remains Identified as Bloomfield Teen Declared Missing in 1972

December 9, 2022

FREEHOLD – On Easter Sunday, April 2, 1972, 16-year-old Nancy Carol Fitzgerald sat down for dinner with her family in North Jersey. 

The next day, she disappeared, and was never seen or heard from again. 

Following an intensive long-term investigation involving numerous interviews and extensive DNA analysis, human remains recovered near the Henry Hudson Bike Trail in ...

Town of Newton Announces Municipal Building 2022 Holiday Closure Schedule

December 9, 2022

NEWTON, NJ - Town of Newton officials announce the municipal building will close at noon on Friday, December 16, 2022. The building will also be closed on Friday, December 23, 2022 and Monday, December 26, 2022 in observance of the Christmas Holiday.

Town hall will also be closed on Monday, January 2, 2023 in observance of the New Years Holiday.

The annual Reorganization meeting of the ...

Oroho/Pennacchio/Schepisi: State Board of Education Should Focus More on Learning Loss, Less on Identity Politics

Gender Identity on State Board’s Agenda Again with New Proposal Impacting Sex Ed Classes

Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho, Senator Joe Pennacchio, and Senator Holly Schepisi said the State Board of Education should focus more on addressing pandemic-related learning loss and less on identity politics in response to the Board’s newly released agenda for its December meeting. The ...

Two Atlantic Health System Hospitals Earn 2022 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, two Atlantic Health System hospitals were named Top Hospitals nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Morristown Medical Center was named a Top Teaching Hospital, and Chilton Medical Center was named a Top General Hospital.

Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is well-known as one of ...

Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunities with TAPinto Can Help Your Business

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Why do businesses sponsor sporting events, township recreation events, and other initiatives?  Of course, they sponsor to show their public support. But there’s much more to it.  

Importantly, business owners want to align their business’s brand with the reputation and credibility of the event or initiative they are sponsoring. They ...

My Cup Runneth Over

Is it me, or does it just seem like we experienced the World Cup four years ago?

Yes, finally it is that time again. The 2022 FIFA World Cup is in full swing mired in controversy, corruption, protests, and more controversy. Every four years The World Cup brings out the best in humanity.

To fully understand the brouhaha around this particular World Cup, you must first recognize that it is ...

Human Remains Identified as Bloomfield Teen Declared Missing in 1972

December 9, 2022

FREEHOLD – On Easter Sunday, April 2, 1972, 16-year-old Nancy Carol Fitzgerald sat down for dinner with her family in North Jersey. 

The next day, she disappeared, and was never seen or heard from again. 

Following an intensive long-term investigation involving numerous interviews and extensive DNA analysis, human remains recovered near the Henry Hudson Bike Trail in ...