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Safety Tips for Monday's Solar Eclipse

August 19, 2017

BRANCHBURG NJ - The public anxiously awaits Monday's solar eclipse.  It will be the first solar eclipse in the United States since 1979.  Safety is extremely important for all eclipse viewers.  Kevin Schindler, Planetarium Associate and Technician at the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium offered TAP and its readers some expert advice.

"Never look ...

Utility Work Continues on Old Smalleytown Road in Warren

WARREN, NJ - Old Smalleytown Road is down to one lane between Birchmount Lane and Stiles Road on Friday morning for continuing utility work after Wires came down on Wednesday evening.

Free Shakespeare in the Park Aug. 31 to Sept. 1

WESTFIELD, NJ --Troupe of Friends and the Westfield Recreation Dept. will present three free performances of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 31, September 1 and 2 at 8:00 p.m. in Mindowaskin Park in downtown Westfield.

 

The play, directed by Joseph Penczak, follows the murderous path Macbeth carves out in order to become King of ...

Cinemark Theater and Two Anchors Receive Approval from Watchung Planning Board to Replace Route 22 Sears

August 16, 2017

WATCHUNG, NJ - Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approval at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept. 19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the two ...

70th Annual Somerset County 4-H Fair Set For This Week

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H will be holding the 70th anniversary of the annual fair Aug. 9, Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 at North Branch Park, in Bridgewater.

There are no admissions or parking fees, no midway or carnival rides. All information about schedules and more can be found at the information booth or online at http://www.somersetcounty4h.org/fair.

The fair will run from 10 ...

Cinemark Theater and Two Anchors Receive Approval from Watchung Planning Board to Replace Route 22 Sears

August 16, 2017

WATCHUNG, NJ - Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approval at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept. 19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the two ...

Warren Township Named as One of Safest Cities in America, SafeWise Says

WARREN, NJ – Warren has once again made the list of one of the top 50 safest cities in America in a report generated by SafeWise.com, “your source for home security and safety advice,” according to its website.

Warren Township is listed as #45 nationally and # 9 in New Jersey.

The group issued its list of the 100 Safest Cities in America for 2017 on Monday, ...

Safety Tips for Monday's Solar Eclipse

August 19, 2017

BRANCHBURG NJ - The public anxiously awaits Monday's solar eclipse.  It will be the first solar eclipse in the United States since 1979.  Safety is extremely important for all eclipse viewers.  Kevin Schindler, Planetarium Associate and Technician at the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium offered TAP and its readers some expert advice.

"Never look ...

Election 2017: Candidates List and Guidelines for Candidates and Interested Parties from TAPinto

WARREN, NJ - As the summer starts winding down, it's time to start thinking about the November elections.

At TAPinto, candidates  have many options to get their platforms out. And since election day, Tuesday, November 7 falls during a popular travel week, a link for an absentee ballot is:

https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/clerk/pdf/mailinballot.pdf

Some guidelines for ...

Celebrate National Prosecco Day on Aug 13

August 12, 2017

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Sunday, Aug. , raise a glass to celebrate National Prosecco Day.

Prosecco comes from the village of the same name, in a suburb of Trieste, Italy, while Champagne, also in the sparkling wine family, is produced in France.

The main grape in Prosecco is called Glera, and it dates back to Roman times.  Prosecco can also be made with Perera, Bianchetta, ...

Six Farmers’ Market Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - One of the best things about Summer is the plethora of Farmers’ Markets that pop up around the country. Farmers’ Markets have evolved from being a local “grocery store” to a community center where friends gather and catch up all while gathering local produce and food items. At many markets people bring the entire family and enjoy some of their discoveries ...

4-H Fair Brings Animals, Cars, Trains and More to North Branch Park

August 11, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County 4-H Fair was held this week, Wednesday through Friday, at North Branch Park in Bridgewater, featuring dogs, sheep, goats, cows and much more.

The annual event welcomed thousands of people to enjoy the animals, see model trains, watch robotic cars and more with the many different 4-H clubs.

Family of Fallen Police Officer Will Benefit from Somerset Patriots Golf Tournament

August 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A portion of the proceeds raised by the Somerset Patriots during the team's 18th Annual Golf Classic at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station on Monday, Sept.11th will be donated to the family of fallen Summit police Det. Matthew Tarentino.

Tarentino, a lifelong resident of Somerville, was killed in a three-car collision on Route 78 May 30 while driving to ...

Fundraising Site Launched to Save the 'Legend of Watchung' Mural

WATCHUNG, NJ - An online tax-deductible fundraising site was established and is now accepting donations to save the 'Legend of Watchung' mural at the Sears store on Route 22. Demolition of the Sears building is slated for Sept. 17.

 

"We have received the quote to have the Legend of Watchung Mural removed from Sears, cleaned and renovated.  The price tag is steep ...

Cinemark Theater and Two Anchors Receive Approval from Watchung Planning Board to Replace Route 22 Sears

August 16, 2017

WATCHUNG, NJ - Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approval at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept. 19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the two ...

Safety Tips for Monday's Solar Eclipse

August 19, 2017

BRANCHBURG NJ - The public anxiously awaits Monday's solar eclipse.  It will be the first solar eclipse in the United States since 1979.  Safety is extremely important for all eclipse viewers.  Kevin Schindler, Planetarium Associate and Technician at the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium offered TAP and its readers some expert advice.

"Never look ...

Clean Out Your Closets and Support the Watchung Hills Marching Band

August 16, 2017

WARREN, NJ- it's time to clean out closets and get ready for a new year. And you can help the Watchung Hills Marching Warriors in the process. Drop-off usable clothing and household items to earn cash per pound for the Marching Warriors.

 

WHEN: August 23-31 weekdays between 7:30AM and 4:30PM

 

WHERE: Drop bagged items by entrance left of WHRHS’s main ...

Downed Tree Closes Stirling Road in Watchung

WATCHUNG, NJ - Stirling Road in Watchung is closed between Brookdale Road and the Watchung circle Tuesday morning due to the removal of a downed tree. The rest of Stirling Road is open.

Video: Keep Kids Safe on Snap Chat with Help from Sheriff's Office 

August 18, 2017

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ — Parents and kids all over are using the app “Snap Chat,” but are you sure it’s safe? Did you know that there are features in the app that allow someone to follow you or your kids? It’s called “Snap Map” and it allows users friends to see their exact location. 

Snap Chat can be fun when used with caution, according to experts, ...

Plainfield Area YMCA to Offer After School Programs in North Plainfield

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield Area YMCA will offer an After School program for the 2017/2018 school year, with support at a variety of locations.

The After School program will be offered Monday through Friday, from 2:35 pm to 6:00 pm.

The curriculum will focus on Homework Support, Arts & Humanities, Science & Technology, Health & Fitness, Literacy, Socialization, ...

Succasunna Woman Confessed to Grandma Murder Plot, say Police

August 14, 2017

ROXBURY, NJ – The Succasunna woman accused of trying to poison her grandmother with anti-freeze last month admitted her actions both to investigators and to a friend, according to police.

When questioned by detectives, the woman, Elise Conroy, 26, admitted pouring anti-freeze into grape juice she gave to her grandmother in late July, police said. They said she confessed that her plan was ...

Video: Keep Kids Safe on Snap Chat with Help from Sheriff's Office 

August 18, 2017

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ — Parents and kids all over are using the app “Snap Chat,” but are you sure it’s safe? Did you know that there are features in the app that allow someone to follow you or your kids? It’s called “Snap Map” and it allows users friends to see their exact location. 

Snap Chat can be fun when used with caution, according to experts, ...

Crash Ties Up Route 22 in North Plainfield

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A two-car accident on Route 22 is causing heavy delays on Tuesday morning. 

The crash occurred near the intersection of Route 22 and Rock Avenue. The left lane is blocked.  Avoid the area if possible. 

Free Shakespeare in the Park Aug. 31 to Sept. 1

August 18, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ --Troupe of Friends and the Westfield Recreation Dept. will present three free performances of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 31, September 1 and 2 at 8:00 p.m. in Mindowaskin Park in downtown Westfield.

 

The play, directed by Joseph Penczak, follows the murderous path Macbeth carves out in order to become King of ...

Before Trump Broke Up Biz Council, Johnson & Johnson CEO Resigned

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The head of Johnson & Johnson decided to step down from President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Council today, prior to its disbandment, according to the company.

Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of the New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson, announced his exit in a statement, following reports published yesterday, Aug. 15., which said he planned to remain ...

Succasunna Woman Confessed to Grandma Murder Plot, say Police

ROXBURY, NJ – The Succasunna woman accused of trying to poison her grandmother with anti-freeze last month admitted her actions both to investigators and to a friend, according to police.

When questioned by detectives, the woman, Elise Conroy, 26, admitted pouring anti-freeze into grape juice she gave to her grandmother in late July, police said. They said she confessed that her plan was ...

Russian Military Jet Flies Over New Jersey

BEDMINSTER, NJ - On Wednesday evening, an unarmed Russian military jet flew over several U. S. locations, including Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, where President Donald Trump is currently in residence. According to a report from CNN, the jet also flew over the U. S. Capitol Building, the Pentagon, The CIA  and Joint Base Andrews.

According to the Open Skies Treaty of ...

Burglars Take Cigarettes, Cash from Country Farms Store

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Burglars who shattered the front glass door and entered Country Farms store without setting off the alarm, walked away with cash and cartons of cigarettes.

The break-in happened about 12:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, according to Sunny Shah, the owner of the convenience store at 378 Springfield Ave. They stole about $1,500 in cash Shah said, “and between 85 and 90 ...

Police Seek Public Assistance in Locating Plainfield Child Sex Assault Suspect

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Investigators are requesting assistance from the public in locating Walter Sosa, a Plainfield man wanted for the aggravated sexual assault of a child, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Sosa, 33, a registered sex offender in neighboring Somerset County, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, and ...

Cinemark Theater and Two Anchors Receive Approval from Watchung Planning Board to Replace Route 22 Sears

August 16, 2017

WATCHUNG, NJ - Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approval at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept. 19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the two ...

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Last Minute Ideas to Entertain the Family this Weekend

August 17, 2017

After last week’s dreary weekend, we are all looking forward to the nicer weather this coming Saturday and Sunday. Avoid the crowds at the shore and instead opt to attend one of the following family-friendly activities in the North Jersey area. Most of the events are free or inexpensive—ideal for those trying to save money after a jam-packed summer.

Canal Day Musical and Craft ...

Weekend Fun Family Events

August has gifted us with perfect weather: not too hot with very little humidity. Get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine as summer comes to a close. Although there are only a few weekends left before Labor Day, local festivals are still in full swing.

International Food Festival

Food festivals are a summertime staple. We don’t often get a chance to try international cuisine in a casual ...

3rd Annual Manahopkin Craft Beer & Music Festival at Manahawkin Lake August 12

STAFFORD - The Stafford Township PBA will be hosting its 3rd Annual Manahopkin Craft Beer and Music Festival on Saturday August 12 from 12-7 p.m. at the Manahawkin Lake Park. 

Bands performing on the 2 stages include: Ted Hammock & The Pickles, Funk Shway, Rock Lobsters, The Impulsives, Lovelight Band, Ryan Zimmerman, a Grateful Dead Tribute Band, and Mark ...

Friday 's LBI and Stafford Entertainment Lineup

STAFFORD, NJ – Listed below is a list of entertainment for Friday, August 11, 2017.   Have a great weekend.   

Arlington, Ship Bottom

Matt Fisher, 8 p.m.

Buckalews, Centre Street and Long Beach Blvd, Beach Haven

Jinks Brothers, 4:30 p.m.
Reflexx,  9:00 p.m.  

Daddy O, Brant Beach

Quattro

Engleside Sand Bar:  

Dan ...

Two Belmar Beach Attendants Know How to Spot a Fake … Beach Badge

BELMAR, NJ — Two seasoned beach attendants have proven they’ve got what it takes to do their jobs — a keen eye to spot fake beach badges.

Dennis Witkowski and Ellen Ramey emerged as the winners in the borough’s new Bogus Beach Badge program, launched this season among some 50 beach attendants as a fun way to ensure that annual tags are being properly checked at beach ...

Belmar Drownings Prompt Efforts to Better Prepare Youngsters Before Entering Water

BELMAR, NJ — Since a drowning incident claimed the lives of two Belmar girls nearly two months ago, elected officials are looking at ways to help prevent such tragedies in the future — starting with better preparing children before they enter the water.

On the statewide level, Sen. Robert Singer (R-Monmouth/Ocean) and Assemblyman Sean T. Kean (R-Monmouth/Ocean) have introduced ...

Obituaries

Richard J. Kennedy, age 95, of the Forked River section in Lacey Township, passed away peacefully ...
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For a Fun Volunteer Activity, Join the Master Tree Stewards

August 19, 2017

If you are looking for an enjoyable volunteer opportunity that puts you in touch with nature and helps “grow” environmental awareness in Union County, join the Master Tree Stewards of Union County.

Master Tree Stewards train each fall by participating in guided walks at nature preserves in the Union County area. Each spring they fan out across Union County to share their knowledge ...

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Sun, August 20, 9:30 AM

Good Grief, Morristown

Good Grief Volunteer Facilitator Training

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Good Grief Volunteer Facilitator Training

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Good Grief Volunteer Facilitator Training

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Oktoberfest Watching Seniors bus ride, Watchung

Watchung Senior Bus Ride

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Family of Fallen Police Officer Will Benefit from Somerset Patriots Golf Tournament

August 18, 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A portion of the proceeds raised by the Somerset Patriots during the team's 18th Annual Golf Classic at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station on Monday, Sept.11th will be donated to the family of fallen Summit police Det. Matthew Tarentino.

Tarentino, a lifelong resident of Somerville, was killed in a three-car collision on Route 78 May 30 while driving to ...

Warren Township Named as One of Safest Cities in America, SafeWise Says

WARREN, NJ – Warren has once again made the list of one of the top 50 safest cities in America in a report generated by SafeWise.com, “your source for home security and safety advice,” according to its website.

Warren Township is listed as #45 nationally and # 9 in New Jersey.

The group issued its list of the 100 Safest Cities in America for 2017 on Monday, ...