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Blessing of the Animals in Somerville Oct. 2 Honors Somerset County Sheriff's K9 Unit

September 25, 2016

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Sheriff’s K-9 unit will be honored at the Blessing of the Animals at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 3 pm, rain or shine.

All creatures great and small, furry or feathered or scaled, and their owners, are welcome for a blessing at St. John’s, located at 158 West High St. 

The blessing of the animals is an ...

Annual Basilone Parade Celebrates Late Marine John Basilone

RARITAN, NJ - The 35th Annual John Basilone Memorial Parade was held Sunday as veterans, current service men and women and so many more paraded down Somerset Street in honor of the decorated Marine.

The parade concluded with a ceremony that featured guest speaker retired Lt. General Richard Zilmer, as well as the placing of wreaths at the Basilone statue and an Iwo Jima ...

Twin City Pharmacy of South Plainfield to Hold Customer Appreciation Day September 28

September 26, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical, South Plainfield’s ‘modern pharmacy with old fashioned values,’ will hold a Customer Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Plainfield Senior Center.

The event will feature free hot dogs, chips, drinks and giveaways for the public as well as flu shot vaccinations. Twin City ...

Twin City Pharmacy of South Plainfield to Hold Customer Appreciation Day September 28

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical, South Plainfield’s ‘modern pharmacy with old fashioned values,’ will hold a Customer Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Plainfield Senior Center.

The event will feature free hot dogs, chips, drinks and giveaways for the public as well as flu shot vaccinations. Twin City ...

Brandywine Residents Donate School Supplies For Stony Brook School’s Students

September 21, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, Nj - The residents of two local Brandywine Assisted Living Homes in Warren and Greenbrook, N.J. spent the summer gathering school supplies for the students at Stony Brook School. On Friday, August 26th, the Brandywine Bus arrived at Stony Brook as the residents personally delivered the collected supplies.

On hand to greet the special guests were Principal, Cathy Kobylarz, PTA ...

WHRHS Welcomes 18 New Staff Members Including Lisa Scherzer, Former Warren Township Schools Classroom Teacher

WARREN, NJ - Eighteen new staff and teachers joined the Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) team for the 2016-2017 school year opened for students on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Among the new staff are a new instructor of instrumental Music/Band Director, and a new English Department Supervisor. There is also a second new English teacher, teachers of Physics, Math, French, ...

Poll Workers Needed for Upcoming General Election

September 13, 2016

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ -The Somerset County Election Board is hiring voters to serve as poll workers for the upcoming General Election on November 8. Somerset County Board of Elections is looking for registered voters to serve as poll workers on Election days.

Training is provided prior to every Election and poll workers are paid $200 per Election.

For more information visit the Board of ...

Football Sunday Specials at Flanagan’s Family Restaurant & Pub

September 23, 2016

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Sunday football is back!! The best place for all the NFL action is Flanagan’s Family Restaurant & Pub.  Sunday Football Specials include 50% off burgers, 25% off Draft Beers, 25% off House Wines and a $6.00 kids menu.

Flanagan’s is an American/ Irish pub and restaurant located in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Enjoy Flanagan’s Pride of Ireland, ...

Farmers Market Vouchers Available Until Sept. 30

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ  – Eligible seniors can obtain $25 worth of vouchers to buy New Jersey fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables and herbs.  The free vouchers will be available until Friday, Sept. 30, and can be used at participating farmer’s markets in Somerset County until Nov. 30. 

 People interested in applying can stop by the Somerset County Office ...

Animal Shelter Hosting Fundraising 5K

September 25, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Friends of the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter will be hosting a USA Track and Field sanctioned 5K run/walk to benefit the shelter.

The Heart & Sole 5K Run/Walk will be held Oct. 9 at Duke Island Park to raise money to help the animals being cared for at the shelter.

Aviva Ehrlich, event organizer, said this is the sixth annual event.

“In prior ...

Enrique Velasquez - North Plainfield Native Becomes one of the Navy’s Newest Chief Petty Officers

MILLINGTON, TENNESSEE  – Navy Chief Culinary Specialist Enrique Velasquez, from North Plainfield, New Jersey, was recently promoted to chief petty officer.

Chief Velasquez, a 1997 North Plainfield High School graduate, is currently serving with Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee.

“Becoming a chief has been my goal ever since I joined the Navy,” ...

North Plainfield to Host Candlelight Vigil to Honor Victims of Domestic Violence

September 19, 2016

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and throughout the month, Safe+Sound Somerset (formerly the Recourse Center of Somerset) will be sponsoring various events in memory of those who have died as a result of domestic abuse and to celebrate those who have survived.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, Safe+Sound Somerset will hold its 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil to ...

Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall

September 24, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Shorten the winter season with the help of spring flowering bulbs that you plant in fall. These beauties often provide the first bit of color, fragrance and winter relief each year.

Look for new and unique ways to incorporate bulbs into your landscape. Create a seasonal water feature with a river of blue scillas and grape hyacinths meandering through the garden.

Turn Yard Waste into Gardener’s Gold - Compost

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Save time and money by turning landscape trimmings into a valuable soil amendment.

The idea is simple, just collect disease- and insect-free plant debris into a heap and let it decompose into a fine, nutrient rich material that helps improve the soil. Don’t add meat, dairy, invasive plants, weeds that have gone to seed or perennial weeds that can take root and ...

Green Brook Police Department Treats Senior Citizens to a Picnic in the Park

September 26, 2016

GREEN BROOK, NJ – The Green Brook Police Department sponsored the Third Annual Senior Picnic on Saturday, September 21 at the Top of the World Park. Police Chief G. Christopher Kurz explained that the picnic had been dropped for several years but when he came on board as Police Chief in 2014 he wanted to see it restored. “I went to the PBA and spoke to them about bringing the picnic ...

South Plainfield Police Search for Hotel Robbery Suspects Who Posed as Cops

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -South Plainfield Police are looking for the public's help in identifying two robbery suspects who posed as police officers. The robbery took place at the Red Carpet Inn located on Hamilton Boulevard.

According to police the suspects entered the hotel, showed a badge to the front desk clerk and identified themselves as police officers investigating an incident.

North Plainfield Soccer: Canucks Lose 2-1 in Tough Effort Against 18th Ranked St. Peters Prep

September 24, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - When the North Plainfield High School boys soccer team took their home field earlier today, they did it knowing they’d have their hands full. The Canucks (5-1) matched up against an undefeated and highly regarded #18 ranked St. Peter’s Prep.

If North Plainfield was in any way intimidated at the notion of playing one of the best teams in the state, you ...

North Plainfield Stays Undefeated With Come From Behind 2-1 Win Against Division Rival Bound Brook

BOUND BROOK, NJ - Every coach, player, and fan knows that when two conference rivals match up, the game has a good chance of being a battle, even if the teams have completely different records.

Today’s soccer match between North Plainfield High School and Bound Brook High School showed what it can look like when two Skyland-Mountain teams lock horns.

The 1-1-2 Crusaders proved to be a ...

Four Ideas for Family Fun this Weekend

September 25, 2016

TAPinto Travels Presents

Enjoy the crisp fall air this weekend by traveling to Northern New Jersey for a slew of fun-filled festivals and events. With plenty of food, drink, and music at each event, you and your entire family are guaranteed to go home happy.

Oktoberfest at Mountain Creek in Vernon

Every year, Mountain Creek holds the top Oktoberfest in the entire ...

Visit the Statue of Liberty this Autumn

TAPinto Travels recommends a trip to the Statue of Liberty this autumn.  

Getting to and from Ellis Island is extremely different than what our ancestor’s experienced when they came from faraway lands. Even though the island is no longer used as an entry port for new immigrants, two ferries make it easy for anyone to see both Liberty Island and Ellis Island; one from Battery Park in ...

4 Family-Friendly Staycation Ideas in Manhattan

Whether you’re watching your wallet or want to get to know New York City on a deeper level, you can experience plenty of local thrills just by planning a staycation. After all, life doesn’t always afford the opportunity to get away on a real vacation. An intimate staycation with the family is the perfect way to bond and reconnect with the city you love.

While you may have chosen to ...

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Recess Playground Painting Project - West End School

September 22, 2016

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Thanks to the support of the West End School Parent Teacher Association, the Recess Playground Painting Project has come to life.  The idea behind this project was to provide fitness and pro-socialization opportunities that engage all children.

From hopscotch to chess, and basketball to yoga poses – we have it all at the WE playground!  Exercising and ...

Outstanding Citizens To Be Honored at 2016 Watchung Hills Good Scout Award Dinner

September 25, 2016

Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local citizens at the 2016 Watchung Hills Good Scout Award Dinner to be held on the evening of Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at The Primavera Regency in Stirling.  This year’s honorees are Hon. Patrick Boccio, Tom & Steve Castronovo, Kevin Dempsey, Anthony Franchini, and Dr. Andrea Hayeck. The event recognizes these ...

Raritan Riverfest Coming This Month, Tickets and Sponsorships Still Available

September 18, 2016

RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Riverfest and Rubber Duck Race is returning this month, and race tickets have now been reduced to $1 per duck.

The Basilone Memorial Foundation, in conjunction with the Raritan Borough Economic Development Committee and with special thanks to its founding sponsor Uncle Vinnie’s Clam Bar, has announced that sales are underway for the event Sept. 25 from noon ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, September 27, 7:00 PM

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North Plainfield Business Association Monthly ...

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Wed, September 28, 11:30 AM

Customer Appreciation Day, South Plainfield

Customer Appreciation Day

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Thu, September 29, 4:00 PM

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Fundraiser for SHAHS and Kizzy's Place Rescue ...

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Sun, October 2, 10:00 AM

Watchung

Farmer's Market in Watchung

Sun, October 2, 10:45 AM

North Plainfield

Sunday Morning Worship

Religions And Spirituality

Sun, October 2, 10:45 AM

North Plainfield

Sunday Morning Worship

Religions And Spirituality

Sun, October 2, 12:00 PM

St. Francis Episcopal Church, Dunellen

Blessing of the Animals

Religions And Spirituality

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Thu, October 6, 9:00 AM

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North Plainfield High School Child Development ...

Sat, October 8, 2:00 PM

Bridgewater Township Library, Bridgewater

Theodore Roosevelt: American in the Arena

Arts & Entertainment

Technology Brings People Together at the Library!

On September 19, SCLSNJ's Watchung Library branch Book Club met to discuss "The Burgess Boys" by Elizabeth Strout. One of the Book Club participants was not local, so she joined the discussion via video call. What a great way to use technology in the Library! 

 

In the posed group photo, pictured are SCLSNJ's Watchung Library branch Book Club participants ...

Lance Takes Immediate Action: More Terror Funds in Wake of NJ Bombing

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) tonight supported H.R. 5859, the Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act, which passed the U.S. House on the heels of three acts of terror that struck the United States over the weekend.

“We saw great bravery in New Jersey this week.  Police, fire and other emergency response professionals need more tools to ...

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (Penguin, 2016)

 

Think Space Mountain in Disney World, which you ride in complete darkness. It's the only roller coaster in the world that I will ride on because I can't see all the scarey dips and whirls coming at me in the inkiness. Riding Space Mountain is the best analogy that I can think of for reading Harlan Coben's hottest best seller ...

Emmy Award Eludes Somerville TV Producer – But She Did Get to Walk Down the Red Carpet

September 25, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The coveted Emmy Award, the epitome of success in the television industry, eluded Somerville, NJ television producer Stephanie Zaita Peterson, but there is some consolation.

It’s not every day that you get to walk down the red carpet of fame.

That’s just one of the memories she and her husband Adam brought back home with them after a whirlwind trip to the ...

Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College Season About to Begin

BRANCHBURG, NJ - The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCCArts) 2016-2017 season offers selections for every taste and age bracket—from musical theatre (Fame – The Musical), to contemporary dance (Koresh Dance Company), to holiday favorites (A Christmas Carol), to music (Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry), to family shows (The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the ...

Thousands Expected to Attend Westfield’s Festifall Street Fair Sunday

September 23, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 2016 Westfield FestiFall street fair, sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, is set to take place Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Tens of thousands are expected to arrive from all around to enjoy the annual event, which will close off downtown streets to cars to make way for pedestrians, vendors, rides, ...

Bowcraft Sends Email Announcing 2017 Schedule, Scotch Plains Zoning Board Will Still Meet on Property's Housing Site Plan on Mon, Sept. 26

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Thousands of area children will be relieved to hear that Bowcraft Amusement Park on Route 22 West in Scotch Plains will operate this fall and plans to re-open for the 2017 season. The amusement park operators sent a widely circulated email to their customer base to dispel the perception that Bowcraft's final days were imminent.

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