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Weather Advisory in Effect and Roads Closed in Warren and Green Brook

February 17, 2018

WARREN, NJ - The snow has started falling, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect and some roads are being closed on Saturday evening.

Washington Avenue and Warrenville Road are being closed north of Routs 22 due to weather. 

Police ask drivers to remember, "Four-wheel drive helps you drive, not stop. Please drive slow and keep your distance between the car in front of you.

Somerset County Preparing for Construction of Finderne Avenue Bridge, Beginning Feb. 20

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Finderne Avenue bridge, between Union Avenue and Foothill Road, will be under construction from Feb. 20 for about nine months, according to a release from Somerset County.

The bridge will be constructed in three separate stages, with one lane northbound and one lane southbound being maintained, aside from intermittent single-day closures as required. In addition, ...

New Law Requires Amateur Sports Organizations To Report Sexual Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. — . – Senate Bill 534, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law on Jan. 14, 2018, effective immediately.

The bill imposes a duty on amateur sports organizations, including US Equestrian and its members, to report suspected sex-abuse to local or federal law enforcement or to a ...

Smithereens Bandmates Reunite and Play Show Honoring Music Legend Pat DiNizio

February 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two of the founding members of the Smithereens reunited at New Brunswick's Court Tavern on Saturday, Feb. 3, to pay tribute to the late Pat DiNizio, the band’s lead singer, who died in December.

The concert, titled “Blood & Roses: The Court Tavern Memorial Tribute to Pat DiNizio,” featured 15 of the alternative band’s hits from over the ...

Sugar Shack Continues Sweet Tradition of Making Maple Syrup

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Continuing a tradition in the Northeast United States that was begun centuries ago by Native Americans and colonists, the Somerset County Park Commission invites children and adults to a 90-minute program to witness how Maple trees are tapped, learn about sap collecting methods from the past and present, and experience the boiling process that produces New Jersey maple ...

SCBP Names Somerset County's Outstanding Citizen

February 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) has selected Alina V. Klein, vice president and senior consultant for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Bedminster as the 68th Somerset County Outstanding Citizen.

The Outstanding Citizen award recognizes a single person for their community and professional activities that have contributed to making Somerset County a special ...

Six NJ Hospital Groups Join Forces to Cut Health Care Costs

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Six New Jersey-based health care systems, including Atlantic Health System -- parent corporation of Summit's Overlook Medical Center -- have  formed a consortium designed to reduce costs, expand access and enhance care for their employees.

Atlantic Health System, CentraState Healthcare System, Holy Name Medical Center, Hunterdon Healthcare, St.

Green Brook, North Plainfield and Watchung Students Compete in County Spelling Bee

February 16, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Students from more than 30 schools in Somerset County, including Green Brook, North Plainfield and Watchung, will compete in the 3rd annual Spelling Bee Spectacular sponsored by the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey.

Participation is limited to those students up to the eighth grade.

The contest, which is a preliminary to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling ...

Watchung Hills Program of Studies Includes New Electives

WARREN, NJ - It’s only February but the time has come to pick next year’s classes at Watchung Hills and some new electives will be offered. The Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education approved 14 new courses which will be included in the Program of Studies for the school year 2018-19 to be released on Thursday. Scheduling will begin  after the holiday ...

Duke Farms Hosts Farm-to-Table Indoor Winter Market

February 11, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Duke Farms will host a Farm to Table Indoor Winter Market Sunday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Orientation Center, 1112 Dukes Parkway West.

There will be 20 local farms and small businesses represented with a wide range of products, including pickles, fresh bread, jam, nut butters, kombucha, fresh pasta along with local produce, honey, meat, and cheeses.

There will ...

Sugar Shack Continues Sweet Tradition of Making Maple Syrup

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Continuing a tradition in the Northeast United States that was begun centuries ago by Native Americans and colonists, the Somerset County Park Commission invites children and adults to a 90-minute program to witness how Maple trees are tapped, learn about sap collecting methods from the past and present, and experience the boiling process that produces New Jersey maple ...

Upstanders in Warren: Watchung Hills Alum receives ‘Facing History and Ourselves’ Upstander Award

February 15, 2018

WARREN, NJ – As Engy Gadmawla, Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) Class of 2014, embarks on her last semester of undergraduate studies at Drew University, Madison, she does so remembering her very first class on her very first day as a WHRHS Warrior in September 2010.

She was born, and spent her first 10 years living in Cairo, Egypt, before she moved in ...

Alan Gets New Bike: The Heart of Berkeley Heights Comes Through Once Again

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The heart of Berkeley Heights comes through once again. This time, the Berkeley Heights community rallied to get Alan, a long-time Stop and Shop employee, a new bike. With the magic of social media, the sum of approximately $3,000 was raised in about a week's time to get Alan back on two wheels.

Alan is known around town for riding his ...

New Law Requires Amateur Sports Organizations To Report Sexual Abuse

February 16, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — . – Senate Bill 534, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law on Jan. 14, 2018, effective immediately.

The bill imposes a duty on amateur sports organizations, including US Equestrian and its members, to report suspected sex-abuse to local or federal law enforcement or to a ...

Wellness at WHRHS: On Stress, Wellness and Integrity at Watchung Hills

February 14, 2018

WARREN, NJ - A letter was sent to all parents of Watchung Hills Regional High School students (WHRHS) on Jan.19 addressing the school’s efforts to promote student wellness and reduce student stress. The letter also encouraged parents to review the academic integrity guidelines and have conversations with their children about health, wellness, and ethical ...

Weather Advisory in Effect and Roads Closed in Warren and Green Brook

February 17, 2018

WARREN, NJ - The snow has started falling, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect and some roads are being closed on Saturday evening.

Washington Avenue and Warrenville Road are being closed north of Routs 22 due to weather. 

Police ask drivers to remember, "Four-wheel drive helps you drive, not stop. Please drive slow and keep your distance between the car in front of you.

Duke Farms Hosts Farm-to-Table Indoor Winter Market

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Duke Farms will host a Farm to Table Indoor Winter Market Sunday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Orientation Center, 1112 Dukes Parkway West.

There will be 20 local farms and small businesses represented with a wide range of products, including pickles, fresh bread, jam, nut butters, kombucha, fresh pasta along with local produce, honey, meat, and cheeses.

There will ...

Millburn Volleyball Coach Arrested on Charges of Sexual Contact with a Minor

February 15, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ  — Peter Nguyen, Millburn High School's head volleyball coach and a bookkeeper for the Millburn Township Board of Education, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of sexual contact with a 14-year old female who was a member of the Impact Volleyball Club. Nguyen also faces two second degree counts of endangering the welfare of a child, ...

Bernards Police Locate Body of Missing Township Teen

February 15, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ -  Bernards Township Police announced late Thursday afternoon that the body of a 19-year-old township resident, Lydia Comtois, had been located in a wooded area of Liberty Corner following a search by personnel and volunteers from numerous public safety organizations. 

A preliminary investigation indicated the young woman's death was not deemed to ...

Crash on I-78 East of Warren Snarls Traffic

WATCHUNG, NJ - A crash on I-78 eastbound, just east of exit 40 in Warren/Watchung, has snarled traffic on Sunday afternoon.

Emergency services are on the scene at 3:50 p.m. 

Avoid the area and use local roads. 

A Celebration of Black History- Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future in North Plainfield

February 15, 2018

Councilwoman Keiona R. Miller will host the 2nd Annual North Plainfield Community Black History Month Event: ‘A Celebration of Black History.’

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  The Honorable Ronald L.  Rice, New Jersey State Senator and Chair of the New Jersey State Legislative Black Caucus.

SPECIAL ...

"Reefer Madness" Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 15, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

Police Searching for Suspect in Scotchwood Diner Carjacking

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Police are searching for the suspects who carjacked a vehicle in the parking lot of the Scotchwood Diner (1928 Route 22) in Scotch Plains just before 1:00 a.m. today, according to Breaking News Network (BNN).

Police arrived and were told that two male suspects, who reportedly did not display a weapon, took a white Toyota Camry from the victim and then sped away ...

One Person Displaced, Multiple Units Damaged in Kingsberry Acres Fire

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - One resident was displaced and three housing units at Kingsberry Acres were deemed uninhabitable due to fire and smoke damage from a Tuesday morning blaze, according to police. 

One officer suffered a minor injury and was treated and released, police say. 

Police received a 9-1-1 call at 6:26 a.m. from a resident on Kingsberry Drive reporting a fire, ...

Alan Gets New Bike: The Heart of Berkeley Heights Comes Through Once Again

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The heart of Berkeley Heights comes through once again. This time, the Berkeley Heights community rallied to get Alan, a long-time Stop and Shop employee, a new bike. With the magic of social media, the sum of approximately $3,000 was raised in about a week's time to get Alan back on two wheels.

Alan is known around town for riding his ...

Rahway’s Rayford Charged with Distributing Fentanyl-laced Crack Cocaine that Killed Three

RAHWAY, NJ - George Rayford, 38 of Rahway, has been arrested and charged with distributing crack cocaine that led to the death of three people and sent others to the hospital, it was announced Friday by Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

“Considering the high levels of purity found in illegal drugs being sold throughout Union County and New Jersey, as well as the potential ...

Some Roads Closed After I-78 Vehicle Chase Of Homicide Suspect and Shooting near Overlook Hospital

SUMMIT, NJ - A suspect in a shooting that claimed the life of a Newark woman apparently shot himself after a police pursuit ended in the vicinity of Overlook Medical Center in Summit on Tuesday.

According to abc7ny,com, the woman -- 28-year-old Tiffany Wilson -- was discovered deceased in a vehicle in Newark, and a dark-colored Sport Utility Vehicle was seen speeding away from ...

Dave & Busters Sets Grand Opening at Willowbrook Mall

February 11, 2018

WAYNE, NJ - Dave & Busters at Willowbrook Mall will have its grand opening celebration on Feb. 14. 

It will be the chain's 109th location and second in New Jersey. The Woodbridge location opened in November.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. to the public. From 4:30 to 7 p.m. happy hour will feature half price cocktails, $1 off 22 ounce drafts, ...

Wrestling: 11 Warriors and Three Canucks Advance to Regions, Watchung Hills Wins NJSIAA District 16

February 17, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - The Watchung Hills Regional High School wrestling team won its first District title on Saturday and 11 Warriors placed in the top three of their weight classes to advance to regions. North Plainfield came in ninth in District 14 and three wrestlers advance to regions.

In District 14, North Plainfield came in ninth. Team Scores are: 1.

WHRHS Boys Basketball: Pilsbury Breaks Record, Watchung Hills Tops West Morris-Mendham, 64-53

WARREN, NJ - History was made again on Saturday at Watchung Hills. Dan Pilsbury became the Watchung Hills boys basketball all time leading scorer in the Warriors’ victory over West Morris-Mendham, 64-53.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilsbury scored 25 points to total 1,157 career points, and counting, surpassing Steven Weidlich who has 1,138 ...

WHRHS Boys Basketball: Pilsbury Breaks Record, Watchung Hills Tops West Morris-Mendham, 64-53

February 17, 2018

WARREN, NJ - History was made again on Saturday at Watchung Hills. Dan Pilsbury became the Watchung Hills boys basketball all time leading scorer in the Warriors’ victory over West Morris-Mendham, 64-53.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilsbury scored 25 points to total 1,157 career points, and counting, surpassing Steven Weidlich who has 1,138 ...

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Holy Savior Academy Cheer Competition

February 14, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Holy Savior Academy’s cheerleading squad is on winning streak.  Competing at the Biddy Level in the CCCANJ League, the girls took 1st place in the first two competitions of this cheer season. The 12 girl squad competed in the Immaculate Conception and the St. Mary’s competitions and came out on top beating fellow Catholic Schools, Immaculate ...

Looking for Something to Do? Weekend Events in Somerset County

February 15, 2018

Things to do in Somerset County

A weekend celebrating Warmer Days!

1. Winter Market, Duke Farms

2. The Mountaintop, Theatre at RVCC - Friday featuring the Peking Acrobats.

3. State Theatre New Jersey - nothing scheduled this weekend - next show Feb 22 

4. Heritage Trail Association - Five Generals House Bus Tour - ...

Travels’ Pick 2 For 1 Valentine’s Day Special on Comedy and Music Tickets at the Wellmont

TAPintoTravels - We seldom post these deals last minute, but it seems to good to miss.  It’s even better that a number of great events are at the Wellmont in Montclair.

Here are our picks to take your significant other out for a night on the town:

The Muscial Box - a Genesis tribute band is performing decades worth of the band’s vast repertoire.  They ...

Third Annual Long Beach Island Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 31

SURF CITY, NJ - Need a job this summer? Look no further. Shore Fire Grille again has teamed up with local businesses in the area for a special summer 2018 Job Fair event. 

The Third Annual LBI Job Fair will take place Saturday, March 31.  Employers will be looking to hire help for the summer season on busy Long Beach Island.  The event will be held at the Surf City Yacht ...

Flying Today - TAPinto Travels Made and Here Is What You Need to Know

If you are flying today, you have likely seen the flight delay notifications.  The good news is the area airports have overcome the morning slowdown and most flights are on schedule.

TAPinto Travels made it in from Cleveland, after a short delay.  As you can see in this video, there is some turbulence.  The runways and taxiing areas have been cleared.  Do expect ...

Team USA Has Traveled Far - But Will They Dip Our Flag Tonight?

TAPintoTravels - It has been a tradition since 1940 and has roots in acts of defiance.  Will Team USA refuse to dip our Stars and Strips in the Opening Ceremony tonight?

If you are already know the issue of the time delay, than you know the answer. It is a good guess that they will not. The 1940 Federal Flag Code specifically forbids it.  

The tradition formally began in ...

TAPinto Travels Presents - Our Winter Olympic Connections

The Winter Olympics are in South Korea and many members of the TAPinto community are there competing, spectating, traveling, or behind the scenes.

For TAPinto athletic competitors, see this article.

For TAPinto professional broadcasters, see this article on a Cranford High resident’s journey and her NBC colleague from Somers.

Ten 2018 Winter Olympian ...

Guest Column: The Great "Wait" of the College Process

February 14, 2018

"The Great Wait" of the College Application Process

For all the high school seniors and their parents, we are in the stressful "waiting period".  We've just finished or are finishing applications to all the schools we might possibly want to attend next year and now sit and wait our fate after the $60-$80 non-refundable application fees to at least 8-13 schools and ...

Third Annual Long Beach Island Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 31

February 11, 2018

SURF CITY, NJ - Need a job this summer? Look no further. Shore Fire Grille again has teamed up with local businesses in the area for a special summer 2018 Job Fair event. 

The Third Annual LBI Job Fair will take place Saturday, March 31.  Employers will be looking to hire help for the summer season on busy Long Beach Island.  The event will be held at the Surf City Yacht ...

Monmouth Park Announces Stakes Racing Schedule

When Monmouth Park opens its 73rd race meeting on May 5 — Kentucky Derby Day — both racing fans and horsemen are in for some exciting innovations during the 52 days of live racing.

The $1 million, Grade 1 betfair.com Haskell Invitational again is the headliner. The mile and a furlong classic will be run July 29 along with four other graded events.

Red ...

Low-Income Families Who Need Safe Cribs Have Nowhere to Go

February 16, 2018

One recent email came from a pastor in East Orange, sharing the struggles of a young couple who have no safe place for their baby to sleep.

Then, there was also a phone call from a Newark hospital, making its fourth request in two years, as well as a frantic text from Puerto Rico, for a family who lost everything in the hurricane.

They all pleaded for the same thing: A safe crib for a ...

Obituaries

North Plainfield – Gail A. Kaufman – Cain, 62, passed away peacefully on Saturday ...
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Sat, February 17, 12:00 PM

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, Summit

Movement Invention Project2® 2018 Auditions

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Holy Savior Academy Spaghetti Dinner

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Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

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Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

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Tue, March 13, 9:30 AM

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Wrestling: 11 Warriors and Three Canucks Advance to Regions, Watchung Hills Wins NJSIAA District 16

February 17, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - The Watchung Hills Regional High School wrestling team won its first District title on Saturday and 11 Warriors placed in the top three of their weight classes to advance to regions. North Plainfield came in ninth in District 14 and three wrestlers advance to regions.

In District 14, North Plainfield came in ninth. Team Scores are: 1.

Green Brook, North Plainfield and Watchung Students Compete in County Spelling Bee

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Students from more than 30 schools in Somerset County, including Green Brook, North Plainfield and Watchung, will compete in the 3rd annual Spelling Bee Spectacular sponsored by the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey.

Participation is limited to those students up to the eighth grade.

The contest, which is a preliminary to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling ...

Wellness at WHRHS: On Stress, Wellness and Integrity at Watchung Hills

WARREN, NJ - A letter was sent to all parents of Watchung Hills Regional High School students (WHRHS) on Jan.19 addressing the school’s efforts to promote student wellness and reduce student stress. The letter also encouraged parents to review the academic integrity guidelines and have conversations with their children about health, wellness, and ethical ...

WHRHS Girls Basketball: Watchung Hills Tops East Orange, 44-40

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Julia Cunningham recorded a double-double for Watchung Hills with 21 points, 16 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block to lead the Watchung Hills girls basketball team over East Orange on Monday, 44-40. 

Jayden Baltuch finished with seven points, four assists and one rebound. 

Watchung Hills is now 19-1 on the season and next plays at Newark ...

WHRHS Boys Basketball: Watchung Hills Routs Somerville, 82-54

WARREN, NJ -  Six Warriors scored in the double digits to lead the Watchung Hills boys basketball game over Somerville on Saturday, 82-54.

Mike Hopwood led Watchung Hills with 17 points, Dan Pilsbury added 14 points and eight rebounds, Steven Bressler sunk 15 points, Gavin DeFuria added 13 points, Micheal Bressler got 11 points and 10 assists and Chad Martini chipped in 10 points and ...

National Signing Day in North Plainfield: Four NPHS Students Sign Letters of Intent

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Four North Plainfield High School scholar athletes signed letters of intent notifying the colleges they plan to attend that they do intend to compete in football or soccer on National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the school.

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Playing football are:

Jude Okolo: Illinois State University - Division I ...

Somerset County Preparing for Construction of Finderne Avenue Bridge, Beginning Feb. 20

February 16, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Finderne Avenue bridge, between Union Avenue and Foothill Road, will be under construction from Feb. 20 for about nine months, according to a release from Somerset County.

The bridge will be constructed in three separate stages, with one lane northbound and one lane southbound being maintained, aside from intermittent single-day closures as required. In addition, ...

Bernards Police Locate Body of Missing Township Teen

BERNARDS TWP., NJ -  Bernards Township Police announced late Thursday afternoon that the body of a 19-year-old township resident, Lydia Comtois, had been located in a wooded area of Liberty Corner following a search by personnel and volunteers from numerous public safety organizations. 

A preliminary investigation indicated the young woman's death was not deemed to ...