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Weekend Suggestions To Entertain the Family

June 22, 2017

TAPinto Travels

Are you ready to celebrate the end of the school year? Many area schools are concluding for the summer, making kids primed to party. If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend with the family in New Jersey, you must make time to check out the following local events.

 

Montville 4th of July Celebration

The city of Montville is ...

Attention NJ Transit Commuters: Summer Schedule and Reduced Fares Announced

WARREN, NJ - New Jersey Transit has announced reduced fares for customers on the Morris & Essex line and NJ TRANSIT’s “Trip Planner” feature on http://njtransit.com/and the Mobile App have been updated with the new summer service schedules.

Customers can now log on from computers and smartphones to plan station-to-station trips for travel between July 10 ...

Downed Tree Closes Mount Horeb Road in Warren

WARREN, NJ - Mount Horeb Road is closed between Round Top Road and Tulip Court due to a tree down until further notice, the Somerset County Public Safety Office advised at 2:15 p.m. on Monday.

 

Avoid the area and plan an alternate route.

Watchung Hills Raises More Than $2,000 'Dancing With The Teachers'

June 20, 2017

WARREN, NJ - In the second annual Dancing with the Teachers fundraiser, more than 150 students, teachers, administration and staff performed to the delight of more than 300 in the audience.

Co- hosted by graduating senior Suchir Govindarajan and freshman Vincent DiGeronimo, the event last week raised more than $2,000 in honor of the family of Juan Carlos Cruz. Last fall, Spanish ...

Giving Back with Art at WHRHS: Watchung Hills Students Participate in Memory Project

WARREN, NJ - For the second year in a row, Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) Art Teacher Kate Griffin’s Advanced Placement 2D Studio Art class participated in The Memory Project.  

“The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who ...

Warren Township Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Members, Next Meeting on June 22

June 21, 2017

WARREN, NJ - The Warren community is invited to the next meeting of the Warren Township Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, June 22.

Trainer Joe will be showcasing  "The Rising Stars Networking Group" Gameshow and gives us tons of mindset, health and fitness tips in the process! 

Members Register FREE by clicking below

Non-Members: $10

 

The Warren Township ...

Attention NJ Transit Commuters: Summer Schedule and Reduced Fares Announced

WARREN, NJ - New Jersey Transit has announced reduced fares for customers on the Morris & Essex line and NJ TRANSIT’s “Trip Planner” feature on http://njtransit.com/and the Mobile App have been updated with the new summer service schedules.

Customers can now log on from computers and smartphones to plan station-to-station trips for travel between July 10 ...

North Plainfield Senior Receives 2017 AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award

June 17, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) is pleased to announce that Rosario Jordan Freire has received a 2017 AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award. This award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language and the many cultures where it is spoken.

Watchung Hills Students Wasserman and Wong Awarded WHREA Scholarship for Future Educators

WARREN, NJ - Future educators Lauren Wasserman and Susan Wong, who were selected as the recipients of the 2017 Watchung Hills Regional Education Association (WHREA) Scholarship for Future Educators.  

“The WHREA is proud to honor Wasserman and Wong for their academic achievement and commitment to community,” said WHREA ...

Seafood Festival in the Pines to Benefit the Maximilian Foundation this Saturday from Noon to 6 p.m.

June 17, 2017

STAFFORD - The Manahawkin Elks Lodge #2340 is presenting the Seafood Festival in the Pines to benefit the Maximilian Foundation this Saturday, June 17 from 12 to 6 p.m.  There will be plenty of crabs, clams, a fish fry, fish tacos, scallops, hot dogs and more.  

From 1 to 3 p.m. Shorty Long and the Horns will provide entertainment.  The Dankstesr will perform from 4 to 6 p.m.

Announcing Weekly Farmer’s Market in Green Brook

GREEN BROOK, NJ - Beginning on June 13, Green Brook will be hosting a weekly Farmer's Market.

WHERE:   Located at 111 Greenbrook Road 
(between Town Hall and the Fire House)

WHEN: Every Tuesday, 3pm-7pm
June 13 through September 12  (no market on 7/4)

VENDORS (subject to change)

Norz Hill Farm, Hillsborough, NJ – Fresh ...

Watchung Hills Raises More Than $2,000 'Dancing With The Teachers'

June 20, 2017

WARREN, NJ - In the second annual Dancing with the Teachers fundraiser, more than 150 students, teachers, administration and staff performed to the delight of more than 300 in the audience.

Co- hosted by graduating senior Suchir Govindarajan and freshman Vincent DiGeronimo, the event last week raised more than $2,000 in honor of the family of Juan Carlos Cruz. Last fall, Spanish ...

Giving Back with Art at WHRHS: Watchung Hills Students Participate in Memory Project

WARREN, NJ - For the second year in a row, Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) Art Teacher Kate Griffin’s Advanced Placement 2D Studio Art class participated in The Memory Project.  

“The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who ...

Congressman Lance Speaks at American Legion Jersey Boys State

June 19, 2017

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) returned to the place where he started his political career Sunday, the podium at American Legion Jersey Boys State.

The 1969 delegate of the nationwide government-in-action program spoke to the nearly 1,000 rising senior boys at Rider University, professing his love for the program that launched his government ...

84 Years Young, North Plainfield Woman Back to Zumba® at YMCA After Hip Surgery

June 10, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Nancy Jones is an active 84-year-old North Plainfield woman who loves to swim, walk, dance, and even take Zumba® classes at the Plainfield YMCA. She had never broken a single bone, until this spring when, while vacationing with friends in the Dominican Republic, she missed a step, fell and broke her hip.

"I've never felt pain like that before," says ...

Downed Tree Shuts Somerset Street in Watchung

June 19, 2017

WARREN, NJ -Somerset Street South is closed for the next few hours due to a downed tree across the roadway on Monday at 9 p.m.

 

Police advise to avoid the area for the next few hours.

 

Flash Flood Warning for Somerset County, Prepare for Warren Middle School Graduation

WARREN, NJ - The rumbling has started and a severe thunderstorm warning and flood watch are in effect in our greater area throughout the evening commute the National Weather Service warns.  Seek shelter as the storm approaches. 

It is possible that the storm could hit during Warren Middle School graduation at 7 p.m.. Be prepared and expect significant traffic on ...

North Plainfield Senior Receives 2017 AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award

June 17, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) is pleased to announce that Rosario Jordan Freire has received a 2017 AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award. This award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language and the many cultures where it is spoken.

Watchung Hills Students Pack the House at Spring Vocal Concert

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) student singers in the Advanced Chorus, Chorus, and numerous variations of ensembles and solo performances, presented a virtual “master class” for a packed audience at the Spring Vocal Concert, Tuesday, June 6 in the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC).

More than 200 singers ...

Meet North Plainfield High School’s Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

(Editor’s Note: Amaiana Sajjad is a senior at North Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto North Plainfield.)

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Yanqing Liang has been named valedictorian of North Plainfield High School’s (NPHS) Class of 2017 and Kevin Andrade has been named salutatorian.

“It feels wonderful to be the valedictorian, knowing that my hard work for ...

Mother Seton Regional High School Commencement

CLARK, NJ - Mother Seton Regional High School, held commencement exercises on June 1, 2017.  Diplomas were presented by Principal, Sister Jacquelyn Balasia and Principal, Joan Barron.  The class of 2017 achieved in excess of 21 million dollars in academic scholarships and awards.  Sister Mary Anne Katlack, campus minister, delivered the invocation and the closing ...

Optimist Club Honors 15 North Plainfield Student Athletes

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Optimist of North Plainfield honored athletes from the 15 varsity sports at North Plainfield High School at its annual Optimist Athlete Awards Dinner at the International Club on Somerset Street on June 5. 

Surrounded by family, friends and coaches, the 15 student athletes listened to guest speaker Martha Barrett, former ...

Downed Tree Shuts Somerset Street in Watchung

June 19, 2017

WARREN, NJ -Somerset Street South is closed for the next few hours due to a downed tree across the roadway on Monday at 9 p.m.

 

Police advise to avoid the area for the next few hours.

 

Downed Tree Closes Mount Horeb Road in Warren

WARREN, NJ - Mount Horeb Road is closed between Round Top Road and Tulip Court due to a tree down until further notice, the Somerset County Public Safety Office advised at 2:15 p.m. on Monday.

 

Avoid the area and plan an alternate route.

Helicopters Heard Over Warren as Police Search for 7-Eleven Robbery Suspect

June 22, 2017

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There are reports of a robbery just after 10 p.m. Wednesday evening at 7-Eleven located at 427 Springfield Ave. in Berkeley Heights.

The NorthStar helicoptor is assisting the Berkeley Heights Police Department with the search for a black male approximately 5' 9" tall, wearing a ski cap, black hoodie and red pants, according to ...

Nutley Fire Truck Overturns on Chestnut Street Bridge over Third River

NUTLEY, NJ - A Nutley Fire Department truck overturned on the Chestnut Street bridge over the Third River at approximately 9:45 p.m. Saturday night. The truck came to rest on its left side.

Officials on the scene were not able to comment on the situation or confirm what witnesses stated.When asked about injuries, firefighters on the scene stated they were not able to comment at this ...

Girls Identified in Tragic Incident off Belmar Beach as More Details Emerge on Rescue and Recovery Efforts

BELMAR, NJ — The 13-year-old girl who drowned off the Belmar beach on Thursday, June 15, has been identified as Mitzi Hernandez and her 12-year-old cousin who remains on life-support as Emily Gonzalez-Perez, according to officials.

Gonzalez-Perez, remains in critical condition at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. The incident is still currently under investigation by the ...

No Lifeguards on Duty:Belmar Elementary School Grieves Death of 13-Year Old Drowning Victim, 12-Year Old Cousin Clings to Life

BELMAR, NJ — On a day that should have been a time of celebration at Belmar Elementary School is a time of grief as the school mourns the drowning of one 13-year-old student and prays for the 12-year-old student who is clinging to life.

Today, June 16, marks the final day of the school year for Belmar Elementary School — less than 15 hours after two unidentified students, who were ...

Two Dead After Car Goes Off GSP into Rahway River

CLARK, NJ — Two people are dead after one-car crash on the Garden State Parkway Friday morning around 10:45 a.m. The names of the victims have not been released.

“The vehicle went off the road on the right-hand side and was submerged in water. The right two lanes of the parkway are closed for investigation and will be for some time,” Lieutenant Schafer of the ...

One Girl Dies, Another in Critical Condition After Pulled from Surf off Belmar Beach

BELMAR, NJ — One school-age girl died and another is on life-support after they were pulled from the waters off the Belmar’s Ninth Avenue beach at about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 15.

Both unidentified girls, who were cousins, were taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where one was pronounced dead and the other is reported to be in critical condition. They ...

Two Records Set at Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield Track and Field Meet

June 12, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Amaia Onque-Shabazz and Vincent Rizzi each set local track and field records last week.

Hundreds of young athletes gathered under partly sunny skies and cool temperatures for the 90th annual Rotary Track and Field Meet, held last Wednesday at the Hub Stine Athletic Complex in Plainfield.

The Rotary Club’s meet has been held annually since 1924, with three-year ...

Optimist Club Honors 15 North Plainfield Student Athletes

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Optimist of North Plainfield honored athletes from the 15 varsity sports at North Plainfield High School at its annual Optimist Athlete Awards Dinner at the International Club on Somerset Street on June 5. 

Surrounded by family, friends and coaches, the 15 student athletes listened to guest speaker Martha Barrett, former ...

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Weekend Suggestions To Entertain the Family

June 22, 2017

TAPinto Travels

Are you ready to celebrate the end of the school year? Many area schools are concluding for the summer, making kids primed to party. If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend with the family in New Jersey, you must make time to check out the following local events.

 

Montville 4th of July Celebration

The city of Montville is ...

Great White Shark Mary Lee is 'Loopy' off Jersey Coast

BEACH HAVEN, NJ — After five days of "ping" silence, great white shark Mary Lee has traveled about  20 miles northbound and is now off the Jersey coast between Beach Haven and Long Beach Township, again.

The 16-foot, 3,500-pound shark was last tracked at 6:54 a.m. on June 17 about 15 miles off the shoreline of Long Beach Island — the same area that she visited ...

Seafood Festival in the Pines to Benefit the Maximilian Foundation this Saturday from Noon to 6 p.m.

STAFFORD - The Manahawkin Elks Lodge #2340 is presenting the Seafood Festival in the Pines to benefit the Maximilian Foundation this Saturday, June 17 from 12 to 6 p.m.  There will be plenty of crabs, clams, a fish fry, fish tacos, scallops, hot dogs and more.  

From 1 to 3 p.m. Shorty Long and the Horns will provide entertainment.  The Dankstesr will perform from 4 to 6 p.m.

"Surf the Sidewalk"in Surf City Opens Up Saturday

SURF CITY - The newly formed Surf City Business Cooperative will kick off a special event that will be held throughout the summer called “Surf The Sidewalk."  The initial event will be this Saturday June 17.

The cooperative will hold the event every Friday through December. The group seeks to promote and stimulate tourism and commerce in Surf City.  The group has great ...

Travel Ideas for Father's Day Weekend

TAPinto Travels

Father’s Day is Sunday and North Jersey is brimming with activities designed to honor all of the dads in our lives. Dad is guaranteed to love spending time with his family at any one of the area’s many festivals and fairs this coming weekend.

Tri-County Fair

Bring Dad to the fair this weekend and enjoy rides, carnival games, live music, and ...

Jack Bushko's LBI Beach Report, Saturday June 10

LONG BEACH ISLAND - Thanks again to Jack Bushko for providing his daily beach report for Long Beach Island.  It looks like there is finally some awesome weather ahead.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNhlAYRg1HI&feature=youtu.be

 

Change is Starting

June 9, 2017

Dear Neighbors,

The news from Tuesday’s Primary election is good.  Democratic voters in Summit and the other towns comprising Legislative District 21 are speaking up. 

I’m pleased to report that Democratic turnout in LD 21 in 2017 was a stunning 3 ½ times greater than in 2009, the most recent comparable primary when the governor’s seat was ...

Animal Shelter Celebrates New Dog Play Yard, Rescue Van

June 20, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter hosted a ribbon cutting June 14 to celebrate the opening of a new dog play yard, donated by Tony Martinez, of the National Fence Company, in honor of his mother, Isabel Martinez, an animal welfare advocate.

“We need an area for dogs to play and meet,” Brian Bradshaw, shelter manager, said.

Natalie Zaman, a board member for ...

Great White Shark Mary Lee is 'Loopy' off Jersey Coast

June 19, 2017

BEACH HAVEN, NJ — After five days of "ping" silence, great white shark Mary Lee has traveled about  20 miles northbound and is now off the Jersey coast between Beach Haven and Long Beach Township, again.

The 16-foot, 3,500-pound shark was last tracked at 6:54 a.m. on June 17 about 15 miles off the shoreline of Long Beach Island — the same area that she visited ...

No Lifeguards on Duty:Belmar Elementary School Grieves Death of 13-Year Old Drowning Victim, 12-Year Old Cousin Clings to Life

BELMAR, NJ — On a day that should have been a time of celebration at Belmar Elementary School is a time of grief as the school mourns the drowning of one 13-year-old student and prays for the 12-year-old student who is clinging to life.

Today, June 16, marks the final day of the school year for Belmar Elementary School — less than 15 hours after two unidentified students, who were ...

One Girl Dies, Another in Critical Condition After Pulled from Surf off Belmar Beach

BELMAR, NJ — One school-age girl died and another is on life-support after they were pulled from the waters off the Belmar’s Ninth Avenue beach at about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 15.

Both unidentified girls, who were cousins, were taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where one was pronounced dead and the other is reported to be in critical condition. They ...

The Banking Industry is the Frontline for Protecting the Elderly from Financial Abuse

June 9, 2017

Older Americans are increasingly becoming targets for fraud and financial exploitation. Persons over the age of 50 control more than 70% of the nation’s wealth. Many seniors do not realize the value of their assets (particularly homes that have appreciated markedly).*

Fraudsters target older Americans because they may be experiencing cognitive decline, limited mobility or other ...

Animal Shelter Celebrates New Dog Play Yard, Rescue Van

June 20, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter hosted a ribbon cutting June 14 to celebrate the opening of a new dog play yard, donated by Tony Martinez, of the National Fence Company, in honor of his mother, Isabel Martinez, an animal welfare advocate.

“We need an area for dogs to play and meet,” Brian Bradshaw, shelter manager, said.

Natalie Zaman, a board member for ...

Obituaries

John Robert Drake, 78, of South Plainfield, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2017 at ...
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Somerset County: Recycling Pickup This Week? Please Help Curb Hunger!

June 18, 2017

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - If your recycling pickup is this week, don't forget to place canned food donations at the curb too. You can use the orange plastic bags tied to the handle of your blue recycling bucket - or use any plastic grocery bag and write "Food" on it.

There's also an easy online option at www.CurbingHunger2017.org where you can donate fresh ...

Watchung Hills Raises More Than $2,000 'Dancing With The Teachers'

June 20, 2017

WARREN, NJ - In the second annual Dancing with the Teachers fundraiser, more than 150 students, teachers, administration and staff performed to the delight of more than 300 in the audience.

Co- hosted by graduating senior Suchir Govindarajan and freshman Vincent DiGeronimo, the event last week raised more than $2,000 in honor of the family of Juan Carlos Cruz. Last fall, Spanish ...

Giving Back with Art at WHRHS: Watchung Hills Students Participate in Memory Project

WARREN, NJ - For the second year in a row, Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) Art Teacher Kate Griffin’s Advanced Placement 2D Studio Art class participated in The Memory Project.  

“The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who ...

Congressman Lance Speaks at American Legion Jersey Boys State

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) returned to the place where he started his political career Sunday, the podium at American Legion Jersey Boys State.

The 1969 delegate of the nationwide government-in-action program spoke to the nearly 1,000 rising senior boys at Rider University, professing his love for the program that launched his government ...

Animal Shelter Celebrates New Dog Play Yard, Rescue Van

June 20, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter hosted a ribbon cutting June 14 to celebrate the opening of a new dog play yard, donated by Tony Martinez, of the National Fence Company, in honor of his mother, Isabel Martinez, an animal welfare advocate.

“We need an area for dogs to play and meet,” Brian Bradshaw, shelter manager, said.

Natalie Zaman, a board member for ...

Raritan Valley Rail Coalition Urges Funding for Gateway Project

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ - President Trump’s Transportation Infrastructure plan is being rolled out this week, and for New Jersey that means that all eyes should be on securing funding for the long-awaited Gateway Project, according to the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition.

“The Gateway Project is the most important transportation infrastructure project in the United States and ...