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Regional Travel Update - Gov. Murphy Announces Proposed NJTransit funding increase

April 25, 2018

Newark, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday spread a message of hope regarding future improvements to NJTransit services and infrastructure due to a proposed $242 million increase in funding for NJTransit for the 2019 fiscal year. 

At a press conference held at NJTransit’s Central Maintenance Facility on Doremus Avenue in Newark, Murphy, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and other ...

Warren Township Superintendent Addresses Walkout Incidents at Warren Middle School, Police Called

WARREN, NJ - Social media and in person discussions over the weekend regarding incidents during a walkout at Warren Middle School on Friday stirred up the Warren community. Warren Township Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Matt Mingle read the following statement at Tuesday’s meeting of the Warren Township Board of Education:

There are allegations being discussed in the ...

Warren Township Considers Outdoor Reading Space

WARREN, NJ - Where is the best place to read on a warm summer day? Warren may get a new place, an outdoor reading space at the Warren Library.

At the last meeting of the Warren Township Committee, Committeewoman Carolann Garafola, who sits on the library advisory board, discussed some possibilities of adding outdoor space to the Warren library. 

Open space funds could be used for ...

Somerset 4H Braids its way into Guinness Book of Records

April 26, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - For the several months, over 200 Somerset County 4-H members and adult volunteers have been stripping fabric and braiding sections to create the World’s Longest Textile Braid, in hopes that it would be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Well they did it!

To qualify, the braid had to be at least 800 meters,  the equivalent of one-half mile ...

WHRHS Prom 2018: Students Ready for Junior Semi-Formal

WARREN, NJ - Prom season has started. On Friday night, the Watchung Hills Regional High School Junior Semi-Formal was held at the Pines Manor in Edison.

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 Promposals and preparations are done and it was time to enjoy a night of pictures, dancing, and most importantly, making memories. 

For many parents, the 2018 ...

Rotary Fair: Fun Place to Do Business

April 16, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Rotary Club of Hillsborough will provide local businesses multiple opportunities to showcase their services and connect directly with customers at its 11th annual Rotary Fair, scheduled this year for Aug. 14–19.

More than 15,000 people from Hillsborough and surrounding communities are expected to visit the weeklong family event held at the Hillsborough Promenade, ...

50 Watchung Hills Students Receive Seal of Biliteracy, 242 Students Inducted into Five World Languages Honor Societies

April 26, 2018

WARREN, NJ -– Some 242 students studying one or more of 5 World Languages at Watchung Hills Regional High School were inducted into those languages’ academic honor societies at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 11, in the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC).

According to World Languages Supervisor Brad Commerford, the numbers of students honored ...

Holocaust Survivor tells Life Story as 106th Birthday Draws Near

CRANFORD, NJ – In a quaint white house near the border of Cranford and Garwood, 105-year-old Kurt Steiner sat at his dining room table, surrounded by cabinets that held his collection of Viennese glass and antique Limoge plates. At his table, he had his carefully taped together passport and exit papers from Vienna, Austria, stamped with a large “J” and “Jude,” the ...

Endangered Bog Turtle Plods Through Senate Towards Official Designation as State Reptile

April 15, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - The endangered bog turtle is one step closer to being designated New Jersey's official state reptile, following State Senate approval of legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) and inspired by students from Princeton.

Riverside Elementary School Students Kyle Grzmala and Hayah Mian, and their teacher Mark Eastburn, joined ...

Warren Lions Club Hosts Operation Shoebox Packing Event At Warren Middle School

April 23, 2018

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Lions Club launched its first packing event for Operation Shoebox New Jersey on Saturday at the Warren Middle School. Members of the community participated in this special event to assemble the gift packages to be sent to our troops.  The cost of shipping these boxes to the troops is funded by donations from the Warren Lion’s club, other organizations, and ...

Family Promise, KaBOOM! Partnership Brings Innovative Play Areas to Kids in Need

SUMMIT, NJ - Partnering to bring the communities it serves great, safe places for kids to play, Summit-based Family Promise has partnered with KaBOOM!, with the partnership focused on creating opportunities for Family Promise Affiliates to bring KaBOOM! play products into communities across the country.

Family Promise is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping ...

Lance Hosts 47th Town Hall; Constituents, Questions Invited

April 25, 2018

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ -- New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) will host his 47th in-person town hall meeting on Friday, April 27 beginning at 5:30 pm at Phillipsburg High School.

During the town hall meeting, Lance will take questions on the important issues facing Congress and the American people.  Lance will discuss his leadership role on the Gateway Tunnel and ...

Green Brook Police Department Collecting Unwanted Prescription Medications as part of “Operation Take Back New Jersey”

April 18, 2018

GREEN BROOK, NJ - The Green Brook Police Department will once again be participating in “Operation Take Back New Jersey”, a free program that provides a convenient way for people to safely dispose of their unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription medications.

“People who have unwanted or expired prescription medications are encouraged to take advantage of this free ...

Flood Watch: Flooding Closes Route 22 in Green Brook, Some Local Roads

April 16, 2018

 

WARREN, NJ - A flood watch is in effect for our area and most of New Jersey on Monday.  

Route 22 west is closed between Rock and Washington Avenues due to flooding, police advised on Monday morning.  Mountain Avenue in Warren is washed out near Old Stirling Road and local flooding is being reported throughout the area. 

Motorists are advised to use caution and ...

Green Brook Man and Sister Guilty of $3.7 Million Mail Fraud, US Attorney Says

April 26, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey siblings were convicted of running a multi-million dollar fraudulent invoice scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced on Thursday.

Vishallie Verasawmi, 37, of Green Brook and sister Shevandra Verasawmi, 38, of Matawan, were found guilty of all four counts of an indictment charging them with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and three ...

Blue Mass Celebration at Immaculate Conception School Honors Police

April 22, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Immaculate Conception School hosted a “Blue Mass” Friday morning at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church to honor the men and women of law enforcement.

The mass was attended by all students and staff in the K-8th grade school, with more than 100 members of law enforcement, including Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The annual mass was also ...

Traffic Alert: Accident at Watchung Circle

WATCHUNG, NJ - A motor vehicle accident near the Watchung Circle involving a dump truck and a utility pole is causing traffic delays, police said. Avoid the area and plan an alternate route. The circle is closed. Watchung Hills has advised that since Hillcrest Road in Watchung is closed due to a traffic accident near the Watchung Circle, there is no bus service for ...

New Jersey Honors Survivors, Caregivers and Families Fighting the World’s Toughest Cancer at Purplelight in Warren

April 26, 2018

WARREN, N.J. -  Local residents and supporters will unite alongside volunteers of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) New Jersey Affiliate to demand better for pancreatic cancer patients at PurpleLight New Jersey on April 29 at Camp Harmony / The Orchard Academy at 5 p.m.

 

PurpleLight events take place across the country ...

Linda Carter Announces Candidacy for General Assembly in LD22

April 26, 2018

CLARK, NJ - Union County Freeholder Linda Carter announced her candidacy on Thursday for member of the General Assembly in the 22nd Legislative District to fill the vacancy caused as a result of the passing of Assemblyman Jerry Green.  Prominent supporters include Union County Chairman Nick Scutari, Middlesex County Chairman Kevin McCabe, Somerset County Chairwoman Peg Schaffer, ...

Rahway Man Admits to Fatal Strangulation of Girlfriend

A Rahway resident has admitted to strangling his girlfriend to death in 2015, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas Jr. announced Wednesday.

Ignacio Ortiz Vasquez, 42, earlier this week pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree murder and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the death of 27-year- old Yuri Cruz. The pleas were entered just days ...

Regional Travel Update - Gov. Murphy Announces Proposed NJTransit funding increase

Newark, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday spread a message of hope regarding future improvements to NJTransit services and infrastructure due to a proposed $242 million increase in funding for NJTransit for the 2019 fiscal year. 

At a press conference held at NJTransit’s Central Maintenance Facility on Doremus Avenue in Newark, Murphy, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and other ...

Plainfield's Assemblyman Jerry Green Is Dead at Age 79

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) has died at age 79, according to an email to TAPinto Plainfield from Councilwoman-at-Large Rebecca Williams. (Williams also shared the information on her Facebook page.)

On Jan. 24, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) resigned as Chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee "to focus his energy on recovering from an ...

Union County Senior Art Exhibit Now Accepting Applications from Artists Age 60 and Older

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to invite all senior residents of Union County, age 6o or older, to register now for the Union County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit. Qualifying works of art will be on display at the Atrium of Liberty Hall Center at 1085 Morris Avenue in Union from May 29 to July 9, and the artists will be guests at a special reception at the Atrium on ...

WHRHS Baseball: Watchung Hills Smacks Hillsborough, 11-4

April 25, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Watchung Hills baseball team walloped Hillsborough on Tuesday, 11-4.

Mike Murray, Anthony Motta, and Casey DeMarco combined for the win for Watchung Hills. Murray allowed four runs on four hits, while striking out six and walking two.  Motta and DeMarco each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. 

Tyler Riley was 3-for-4 with a ...

Watchung Hills Board of Education Accepts Resignation of Athletic Director, Teachers, and Nurse

WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills Board of Education accepted the resignation of Christopher Van Vliet, Athletic Director, the resignation of Gillian Crisman,  teacher of Art, and the resignation of Kathryn Matulonis, teacher of English, at its meeting on Tuesday night, all effective June 30, 2018.

“While I will be taking a different path and exploring new opportunities, I will always ...

50 Watchung Hills Students Receive Seal of Biliteracy, 242 Students Inducted into Five World Languages Honor Societies

April 26, 2018

WARREN, NJ -– Some 242 students studying one or more of 5 World Languages at Watchung Hills Regional High School were inducted into those languages’ academic honor societies at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 11, in the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC).

According to World Languages Supervisor Brad Commerford, the numbers of students honored ...

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Found: Green Brook and Warren, Do You Know this Dog?

April 18, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Do you know me? I'm a young, male German Shepherd who appears to be around a year old. Found near Warrenville Road near the Green Brook, Bound Brook border and now at Somerset Regional Animal Shelter. Call  908-725-0308.

Travels Jersey Shore Seal Sighting on Spring Lake Beach

April 26, 2018

SPRING LAKE, NJ — Another seal came ashore — this time at the jetty on the south end of Spring Lake's beach.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski was walking the beachfront when she spotted this seal at about 3 p.m. on April 18 and took these real-time animated photos. It’s not known whether it returned to the ocean.

On April 12, a harp seal made its way onto Belmar's Fifth ...

Regional Travel Update - Gov. Murphy Announces Proposed NJTransit funding increase

Newark, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday spread a message of hope regarding future improvements to NJTransit services and infrastructure due to a proposed $242 million increase in funding for NJTransit for the 2019 fiscal year. 

At a press conference held at NJTransit’s Central Maintenance Facility on Doremus Avenue in Newark, Murphy, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and other ...

Down the Shore: Registration Now Open for NJ State Police Basic Boating Safety Course at the St. Francis Community Center May 1 and 3

BRANT BEACH, NJ - Are you ready for sun and warmth?  Spring and summer fun is not that far away even though the weather has been so cold recently.

The St. Francis Community Center is offering a Basic Boating Safety Course in May.  Registration is open for the course that is being held on Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at the St. Francis Community Center, 4700 ...

TAPintoTravels Area Teens Invited to the First Meeting of Aviation Explorer Post 523

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Exploring helps young people make more informed decisions about future careers and learn about different jobs within a particular field. 

In that vein, Aviation Explorer Post 523 will hold its first meeting for young men and women, ages 14-20, on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m., at DM Airports, 8 Airport Road in Morristown. Future meetings will ...

Nightmare Commute for Raritan Valley Line Commuters Monday

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Raritan Valley Line commuters spent more than three hours trying to make their way home from New York City on Monday following the breakdown of a train near Union Station during rush hour.

At 9:47 p.m., NJT tweeted:

Raritan Valley Line westbound train service is operating on or close to schedule following an earlier disabled NJ Transit train near Union ...

Travels Update - Long Beach Island Summer Shuttle No Longer A Free Ride

BRANT BEACH - The Long Beach Island Shuttle, an extremely popular service for visitors and residents of Long Beach Island, will have a fee for the first time beginning Memorial Day weekend. 

The Long Beach Township Board of Commissioners made the announcement at their meeting on Monday, April 9. 

Here is the overview on the fees:

One-way shuttle rides from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Down the Shore: Registration Now Open for NJ State Police Basic Boating Safety Course at the St. Francis Community Center May 1 and 3

April 18, 2018

BRANT BEACH, NJ - Are you ready for sun and warmth?  Spring and summer fun is not that far away even though the weather has been so cold recently.

The St. Francis Community Center is offering a Basic Boating Safety Course in May.  Registration is open for the course that is being held on Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at the St. Francis Community Center, 4700 ...

Travels Update - Long Beach Island Summer Shuttle No Longer A Free Ride

BRANT BEACH - The Long Beach Island Shuttle, an extremely popular service for visitors and residents of Long Beach Island, will have a fee for the first time beginning Memorial Day weekend. 

The Long Beach Township Board of Commissioners made the announcement at their meeting on Monday, April 9. 

Here is the overview on the fees:

One-way shuttle rides from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Baby Seal Waddles Its Way onto Belmar Beach

BELMAR, NJ — A baby seal waddled its way onto the Fifth Avenue beach earlier today to enjoy one of the warmest days of spring so far.

Around noon on April 12, photographer Nancy Orlowski took these snapshots, which have also been posted on the Belmar Facebook page where it states that the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey has been notified.

This is the second known instance ...

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill is a huge blow to the middle-class

April 17, 2018

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” A-2039/S-485 looks poised to make ...

Holy Savior Academy Excels in the Arts - Annual Spring Musical, Art Show to Take Place in May

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The students and staff at Holy Savior Academy, a pre-K3 through eighth grade AdvancedED accredited Middlebrook Deanery Catholic School located in South Plainfield, have been busy gearing up for two widely anticipated spring events. In May, the drama club will present its 4th annual Spring Spectacular Musical and a school wide art show will also take ...

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Watchung Borough Council Recognizes Watchung Hills Senior Julia Cunningham, Proclaims April 19 Julia Cunningham Day

April 21, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ - Watchung resident and Watchung Hills Regional High School graduating senior, Julia Cunningham was recognized at a special meeting of the Watchung Borough council Thursday. 

Councilman Bill Nehls praised Cunningham, “ as probably one of the best basketball players in the state,” and “an inspiration for girls in the seventh and eighth grades, ...

WHRHS Softball: Watchung Hills Rolls Over Ridge, 10-1

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Robin McCabe struck out 13 and allowed just one run on five hits to lead the Watchung Hills softball team over Ridge on Wednesday, 10-1. 

“It was a huge win today,” said WHRHS assistant coach Jeff Dealaman. “Our girls were fired up coming into the game as it was our last game before the county seeding meeting tonight and it was against a ...

North Plainfield Baseball: Weyand Shuts Out South Hunterdon, 4-0

LAMBERTVILLE, NJ -Bruce Weyand went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, two RBI, and two runs scored, and he pitched a complete game shutout, to lead North Plainfield over South Hunterdon on Tuesday, 4-0.

Weyand allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out 11. Antwan Barbour went 2-for-3 for North Plainfield. The Canucks improve to 3-2 and next play at Manville on Thursday.

Warren Township Superintendent Addresses Walkout Incidents at Warren Middle School, Police Called

April 25, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Social media and in person discussions over the weekend regarding incidents during a walkout at Warren Middle School on Friday stirred up the Warren community. Warren Township Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Matt Mingle read the following statement at Tuesday’s meeting of the Warren Township Board of Education:

There are allegations being discussed in the ...

New DMV Facility Should Ease Crunch in Somerville

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - B. Sue Fulton is just beginning to find her away around her new office in Trenton , but the newly-sworn director of the Department of Motor Vehicles found her way to Somerville Saturday at the invitation of state Sen. Christopher Kip Bateman for a visit to the local DMV office on Roosevelt Place which has been causing headaches for neighborhood residents.

She ...