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St. Mary’s-Stony Hill In Watchung Announces New Schedule

September 26, 2020

Beginning October 4, Mass will now be celebrated on Sunday mornings at 7:30 and 11:15 am.  Mass will continue to be celebrated on Saturday at 4 pm, but will no longer be celebrated on Sunday at 10 am.  The gap of time between the two Sunday Masses is necessary in order for the church to be professionally cleaned after the first Mass and before the ...

Protest & Vigil for Breonna Taylor in Somerville & Hillsborough

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Central New Jersey activists will participate in a Saturday afternoon protest at the Historic Somerset County Courthouse while on Sunday evening, Our Revolution of Hillsborough will host a candlelight vigil in the aftermath of a Grand Jury decision in Louisville, Ky earlier this week to not indict three police officers in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black ...

Judge Approves Plan for Affordable Housing at Charlie Brown's

NEWTON, NJ - Superior Court Judge Michael C. Gaus approved of Chatham Township's amended plan to put 62 affordable housing units at 522 Southern Boulevard, the site of the now-closed Charlie Brown's, in the completion of a fairness hearing held Thursday morning.

The virtual meeting was conducted from the courthouse in Newton.

Judge Gaus also ruled that Chatham Township would retain ...

Welcome Fall With A Trip To A New Jersey Pumpkin Patch

September 25, 2020

NEW JERSEY - Like past holidays during the coronavirus pandemic, it's unknown what's in store for Halloween 2020. However, Garden State residents can still have some weekend fun with a fall staple; pumpkin picking. The upcoming weekend is the final one for September and the first official one of autumn. Sun is in the forecast, so why not head out and check out one of New ...

Outcrop Returns to Somerville to Perform on Summer Stage Sept. 26

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Outcrops, a 4-piece New Jersey band, returns to perform on the Summer Stage Saturday, Sept. 26.

The band was in Somerville two weeks ago, playing across the street at Village Brewing.

The three-hour show is free and  begins at 6 a.m. on the Division Street pedestrian mall. Bring your own lawn chairs, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

From ...

Warren Board of Adjustment Hearing on Stone House Hotel Postponed

September 21, 2020

UPDATE: The WARREN TOWNSHIP ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, in conjunction with applicant MADDY REALTY, LLC, have made the decision that Case No BA 19-07, regarding Block 212 Lot 20.01 also known as 50 Stirling Road case will not be heard Monday September 21, 2020. This case will carry to the next meeting on October 5, 2020. 

All Board of Adjustment meetings are ...

Warren Board of Adjustment Hearing on Stone House Hotel set for Sept. 21

WARREN, NJ - A public hearing is scheduled at the regular meeting of the Warren Township Board of Adjustment to discuss plans to build a 48 room hotel with underground parking on the grounds of the Stone House Restaurant on Stirling Road.

Maddy Realty LLC has filed for two zoning variances, for use of the land, and the height of the building. The plans show a three story building plus an ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency, Urges New Jerseyans to Work with Contract Tracers

September 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – During his COVID-19 press briefing today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he has extended the public health emergency in New Jersey for an additional 30 days. These declarations, unless extended, expire after 30 days.

“As we enter the Fall season, it is important to continue to take all steps necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our ...

Dr. Fauci to NJ: "All in This Together; We Will End it Together"

NEW JERSEY -- Governor Phil Murphy was joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Thursday morning for a live virtual conversation on COVID-19 (coronavirus) in New Jersey. The national expert in infectious disease said that he often points to New Jersey, which was among the first states to be “hit badly as cases ...

You May Not Know if You Were Exposed To COVID-19, But App Could Tell You

TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, Stockton University and Passaic County Community College have been testing the app.

“You ...

Youth virtually engage their peers on National Voter Registration Day

September 25, 2020

TRENTON NJ: Although COVID-19 has reshaped the election landscape in 2020, as in the past, motivated young Americans are leading the efforts to mobilize their communities this fall, even with minimal face-to-face interaction on campus. On National Voter Registration Day (Tuesday, Sept. 22), college student leaders with NJPIRGs’ New Voters Project launched their fall campaign efforts to ...

Watchung Board of Education Member Resigns

WATCHUNG, NJ - The Watchung Board of Education at Thursday’s meeting accepted the resignation of board member Mallory Morales effective immediately. 

It is anticipated that this vacancy will be filled by an appointment made by the remaining members of the Board at the first regularly scheduled meeting on October.

 

The process for filling a vacancy differs from a ...

Somerset County Clerk Releases Step-By-Step Vote by Mail Tutorials

September 25, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter has released online video and photo tutorials to assist voters participating in the 2020 General Election being held on Nov. 3. (See video attached to this story).

The election will be conducted primarily through Vote by Mail ballots, which are being delivered to every active voter in Somerset County; the clerk's office is ...

Judge Approves Plan for Affordable Housing at Charlie Brown's

September 25, 2020

NEWTON, NJ - Superior Court Judge Michael C. Gaus approved of Chatham Township's amended plan to put 62 affordable housing units at 522 Southern Boulevard, the site of the now-closed Charlie Brown's, in the completion of a fairness hearing held Thursday morning.

The virtual meeting was conducted from the courthouse in Newton.

Judge Gaus also ruled that Chatham Township would retain ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency, Urges New Jerseyans to Work with Contract Tracers

September 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – During his COVID-19 press briefing today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he has extended the public health emergency in New Jersey for an additional 30 days. These declarations, unless extended, expire after 30 days.

“As we enter the Fall season, it is important to continue to take all steps necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our ...

Dr. Fauci to NJ: "All in This Together; We Will End it Together"

September 25, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- Governor Phil Murphy was joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Thursday morning for a live virtual conversation on COVID-19 (coronavirus) in New Jersey. The national expert in infectious disease said that he often points to New Jersey, which was among the first states to be “hit badly as cases ...

West Coast Wildfires Bring Smoke to Northeast Skies

September 15, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The prevailing haziness of the past few months is proving to be more than just mental today. That's because smoke from the massive wildfires impacting numerous locations along the West Coast of the United States has worked its way into the jetstream, creating a faint pall over East Coast skylines.

According to New York Metro Weather, "Visible satellite imagery shows ...

Watchung Board of Education Member Resigns

September 24, 2020

WATCHUNG, NJ - The Watchung Board of Education at Thursday’s meeting accepted the resignation of board member Mallory Morales effective immediately. 

It is anticipated that this vacancy will be filled by an appointment made by the remaining members of the Board at the first regularly scheduled meeting on October.

 

The process for filling a vacancy differs from a ...

Update on North Plainfield Schools

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - North Plainfield schools are now using the Zoom app on all District Chromebooks. Click for more information on how to use it. Cómo utilizar Zoom - para estudiantes Zoom App Video

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Following is an update from Michelle Aquino, Ed.D. Superintendent of North Plainfield Schools:

 

As I reflect on this week, ...

Warren Man Sentenced for Conspiring to Defraud IRS

September 24, 2020

WARREN, NJ — A Warren man, owner of several retail pharmacies, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiring to defraud the IRS as part of a cash-skimming scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

 

The man, Rao Desu, 53, of Warren, was previously convicted on all counts of the indictment against him: two counts of conspiracy to defraud the IRS and four counts of ...

Franklin Township: Police Asking Public to Help Locate Man Following Car Chase on Franklin Boulavard

September 25, 2020

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Police are seeking the public's help in locating a man who drove away from them following an attempted motor vehicle stop, according to a news release. 

Saul Weaver III, 48, of Hampton has been charged with second degree eluding and a warrant has been issued for his arrest, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The ...

Fugitive Wanted for 2018 Child Sex Assault in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Investigators are requesting assistance from the public in locating a fugitive wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting a child in Plainfield the summer before last, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess jointly announced Wednesday.

Jose A. Donis, with a last known address on the 900 block of West Third Street in ...

Judge Approves Plan for Affordable Housing at Charlie Brown's

September 25, 2020

NEWTON, NJ - Superior Court Judge Michael C. Gaus approved of Chatham Township's amended plan to put 62 affordable housing units at 522 Southern Boulevard, the site of the now-closed Charlie Brown's, in the completion of a fairness hearing held Thursday morning.

The virtual meeting was conducted from the courthouse in Newton.

Judge Gaus also ruled that Chatham Township would retain ...

North Plainfield Mourns Dennis Passe

September 25, 2020

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - North Plainfield is mourning the loss of Dennis Passe.

The North Plainfield Recreation Department posted on Friday:

With tremendous sorrow, The North Plainfield Recreation Department announces the loss of Dennis Passe, our recreation director, on Thursday, September 24, 2020.  He is our leader, our mentor, our friend, our family.  

 

As one ...

COVID-19 Outbreak: Hillsborough Suspends Youth Athletic Programs

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Several youth recreational and competitive sports programs have been suspended due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases first reported by Mayor Douglas Tomson in a Health Advisory issued on Friday, Sept. 18.

Tomson confirmed the first person to test positive was associated with DC Gymnastics, a sprawling indoor athletic facility located in a building on Jill Court.

Quickly ...

Watchung Hills is NOT Cancelling Clubs

September 16, 2020

WARREN, NJ -Be patient regarding co-curricular clubs at Watchung Hills. Superintendent Dr.Elizabeth Jewett addressed clubs during superintendent comments during the Tuesday Board of Education meeting. The goal of the administration and the board is to run all clubs, she said.  Clubs and advisors will be approved in waves as they always are. In some cases they are waiting for guidance from ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Butter Them Up with Lobster

September 27, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

We’re trading our flip flops for boots and our shorts for sweatshirts. Picnic dates on the shore might be coming to an end but one seaside dish that never goes out of season is lobster. 

Baked, broiled or served chilled, the ever-popular crustacean makes for a great meal on your ...

It’s Harvest Time! 5 Fun New Jersey Wineries to Visit this Autumn

Wine experts say that fall is prime time for visiting wineries in New Jersey because it is the harvest season, when grapes are ripe on the vine.  

Over the years, the Garden State has earned credibility as a quality wine-producing state, in great part due to its fertile soil.

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day this season, consider a trip to one of ...

5 Ways to Make Your Favorite Chili Into a Totally Different Meal

Does the cooler weather have you craving chili? A bowl of red is a great way to warm up, and if the leftovers start to bore you, there are plenty of ways you can mix things up.

Make your favorite chili into totally different meals with these simple ideas:

Serve it Cincinnati-style* over spaghetti with shredded Cheddar cheese and chopped onions.

Make it part of a “baked ...

Psychologist Meryl Dorf PhD on Managing Anxiety During Times of Stress and Disruption

September 24, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV looks back to our conversation with clinical psychologist, Meryl Dorf, Ph.D. about how we can maintain our mental health and manage anxiety during times of stress and uncertainty. 

“There’s a lot that we can’t control and spending our time thinking and worrying about that fuels the anxiety,” said Dorf, “but focusing on ...

NJ Apple Picking Farm Provides Husky Dogs a Better Life

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help rid the orchard of critters and provide a better life ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Storage Facility Aims to Create Community for Car Enthusiasts

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Allison Kulesza, General Manager of Car Lofts in Fairfield, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about the facility's unique offerings for car enthusiasts and how the business has managed and pivoted during the pandemic. 

Car Lofts is a vehicle storage facility with a private social club for car enthusiasts, along with rental venues ...

NJ Tai Chi Founder Harry Legg Demonstrates the Health Benefits of the Ancient Martial Art

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Harry Legg, Founder of New Jersey Tai Chi, joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios to discuss and demystify the practice of tai chi, while also demonstrating some of the martial art’s moves in the studio. 

“Most people may not realize tai chi is a deadly martial art,” said Legg, “but you might wonder how ...

50 Years After the Death of Jimi Hendrix: New Book Explores the Musical Legacy of the Legendary Guitarist

AUGUSTA, GA -- Corey Washington, educator and author of Jimi Hendrix: Black Legacy (A Dream Deferred), recently appeared on TAPintoTV, speaking with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his book, as well as the life and music of Jimi Hendrix, who passed away 50 years ago today.

Brodeur and Washington spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which ...

UrbEx Photographer Alex Gulino Discusses Her New Book "Empire State of Decay: Discarded New York"

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Author and UrbEx Photographer, Alex Gulino, appeared on TAPintoTV to discuss her new book Empire State of Decay: Discarded New York.

UrbEx, short for Urban Exploration, refers to the exploration and often the photography of abandoned buildings and structures. In the book, Gulino provides descriptions and writings alongside the featured photographs. "I decided to ...

Remembering 9/11: a Warren resident remembers

September 10, 2020

Nineteen years. The day that changed my life and our country. And it seems different this year. 

 

I remember a few years ago my son asked me what I remembered about that day for an assignment he was doing for social studies. And for the first time, I told him some details.  I was there, guessing I was pregnant with our first child, the son who asked the question, and through ...

Lost in Warren: Have you Seen Finn?

September 27, 2020

WARREN, NJ - Have you seen Finn? His family posted:

PLEASE HELP!!  Our dog is missing.   He is scared, was just in car accident.  Ran off after car door was open.   If you find him, please call me—732-266-7832.  He has a collar and tag with my number on it.   He is friendly!!  His name is Finn.  Warren area, center of town.   Helen St. is ...

Dead Men Cast No Votes: Somerset County Republicans Debut Aggressive New Tech Program to Flag Phantom Ballots

September 27, 2020

“This isn’t me. I have no idea who this is.” Manville resident Leeanna Schumacher looks down at the ballot in her hands, which bears her address but not her name.

Somerset County GOP Chairman Tim Howes says, “Leeanna is not alone. We are less than 48 hours from when residents started receiving ballots, and the reports of phantom ballots are already rolling ...

IRS reminds taxpayers of the home office deduction rules during Small Business Week

WASHINGTON — During Small Business Week, Sept. 22-24, the Internal Revenue Service wants individuals to consider taking the home office deduction if they qualify. The benefit may allow taxpayers working from home to deduct certain expenses on their tax return.  

The home office deduction is available to qualifying self-employed taxpayers, independent contractors and those working in ...

Food Truck Fridays Return to Watchung

Watchung, NJ - September 22, 2020 -- The success of the Watchung PTO’s Food Truck Fridays this summer fuels the return of its family-friendly food extravaganza with activities resuming on September 25th, October 2nd, and October 10th Four food trucks will be parked this week rain or shine for the Dine-To-Donate community fundraiser held at Bayberry School, 113 Bayberry Lane in Watchung, NJ, ...

NPEA cancels Meet the Candidates event due to COVID-19

    North Plainfield Education Association, which represents approximately 500 certificated and non-certificated members, truly values the commitment that Board of Education members make to our community, our schools, and our students. Normally, we would be discussing the time and place for our annual Meet the Board of Education Candidates night, sponsored as a PRIDE event, where ...

IRS highlights online resources during Small Business Week; many resources available in multiple languages

WASHINGTON – In support of National Small Business Week – Sept. 22 to 24 – the Internal Revenue Service is emphasizing the many IRS online resources available to help small business owners and self-employed individuals needing to handle the tax aspects of their business.

Resources in multiple languages

The IRS has a long history of providing resources in Spanish and ...

Welcome Fall With A Trip To A New Jersey Pumpkin Patch

September 25, 2020

NEW JERSEY - Like past holidays during the coronavirus pandemic, it's unknown what's in store for Halloween 2020. However, Garden State residents can still have some weekend fun with a fall staple; pumpkin picking. The upcoming weekend is the final one for September and the first official one of autumn. Sun is in the forecast, so why not head out and check out one of New ...

Long Beach Island Extended Summer Lifeguard Locations and Schedule

LONG BEACH ISLAND - A global pandemic couldn't stop people from enjoying the lovely beaches of Long Beach Island this summer.

Labor Day has passed but don't expect to summer to sizzle out too soon.  

There will be more people here in September primarily because there are many home owners will stay put here on LBI and work remotely from home. 

Here is the current ...

Record Setting Jersey Shore Patriotic Boat Rally Supports President Trump, Police and Veterans

LONG BEACH ISLAND — A potentially record-breaking boat rally took place on Saturday at the Jersey Shore. Saturday’s Jersey Shore parade began at 9:30 a.m. in Toms River. According to a Facebook post promoting the event, the parade split into different groups, with one ending at Morrison’s Marina in Beach Haven.  One group of boaters headed north of Toms River and the ...

Protestors Demand Justice for Breonna Taylor in Downtown Somerville

September 27, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Saturday's protest rally at the Historic Somerset County Courthouse was a family-friendly event, with young children clutching the hands of their parents as they mixed in with the crowd. 

Organizer Jade McQueen reminded the gathering of a few dozen people that they had come together to seek justice for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman killed by ...

Protest & Vigil for Breonna Taylor in Somerville & Hillsborough

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Central New Jersey activists will participate in a Saturday afternoon protest at the Historic Somerset County Courthouse while on Sunday evening, Our Revolution of Hillsborough will host a candlelight vigil in the aftermath of a Grand Jury decision in Louisville, Ky earlier this week to not indict three police officers in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black ...

Franklin Township: Police Asking Public to Help Locate Man Following Car Chase on Franklin Boulavard

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Police are seeking the public's help in locating a man who drove away from them following an attempted motor vehicle stop, according to a news release. 

Saul Weaver III, 48, of Hampton has been charged with second degree eluding and a warrant has been issued for his arrest, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The ...

Parcel Flunks "Sniff Test;" 2 Arrested, Cocaine Valued at $50,000 Seized

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – With an assist from the US Postal Inspection Service, detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office arrested two men on a variety of drug offenses and seized cocaine with an estimated value of $50,000, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The two suspects, Jorge Diaz, 32, and Grethel Guevara, 29 of Hillcrest Avenue, ...

Outcrop Returns to Somerville to Perform on Summer Stage Sept. 26

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Outcrops, a 4-piece New Jersey band, returns to perform on the Summer Stage Saturday, Sept. 26.

The band was in Somerville two weeks ago, playing across the street at Village Brewing.

The three-hour show is free and  begins at 6 a.m. on the Division Street pedestrian mall. Bring your own lawn chairs, wear a mask, and practice social distancing.

From ...

Warren Supports Warren Police With Lawn Signs

 

WARREN, NJ - Warren is now showing support for its police department with lawn signs popping up throughout the Township thanks to the Warren Township Honorary PBA.

“During a time of turmoil and unrest in our country where many police departments and officers are being vilified because of the actions of a few the HPBA was looking for a way to express our support and admiration ...

Careful What You Wish For

For Sale at Auction
One pre-owned Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur. Good condition. 188 original bones. Stands 13 ft high x 40 ft. long. Assembly required. Original box. Free shipping with Amazon Prime. Final sale only. No returns or exchanges.

If you thought museums were the only venues for large scale dinosaur skeletons, think again. In a few weeks Christie's will be selling an authentic, ...

Grounded

At the risk of sounding political, I believe in science.

I spent way too many hours subjecting my brain to a Math-O-Matic blender of science classes in school to discount it. Let’s face it, nobody would have made it that hard if there wasn’t some validity to it.

Oh I believe in other important stuff too, like astrology and miracles for instance, but a well-accepted scientific ...

Make Like a Tree

If they didn’t wear masks in California before, they certainly do now. Smoke and ash obscure the dark orange skies as millions of acres burn out of control encroaching on homes and entire towns. It is the kind of apocalyptic event that makes me glad I live in New Jersey.

But even so far away, it makes me wonder. What would I do if a natural disaster threatened my home and I had 15 ...

Protest Will March to Denounce Rutgers Layoffs, Razing of Lincoln Annex in New Brunswick

September 25, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – An alliance of unions representing 20,000 Rutgers workers, along with student organizations, social justice groups and community activists, have organized a march to bring attention to a wide range of issues, including layoffs at the university,

Saturday's march for “RLivesRJobsRSchools,” which will begin at 3 p.m., comes after the university laid off ...

Westfield Man, Woman Assaulted with Bat During Morning Break-in, Police Say

Updated at 5:28 p.m.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents of a home in the 100 block of Park Street were assaulted with a baseball bat during an early Tuesday morning break-in that officers have arrested four people in connection with, police said.

The man injured during the altercation was treated at a local hospital and has since been released, Police Chief Christopher Battiloro said. The ...

Victims in Sunday Morning's Shooting in New Brunswick Identified

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Authorities have identified the victims of Sunday morning’s shooting on Delafield Street.

Anthony Robinson 23, of New Brunswick, and Lionel Macauley, 28, of Franklin, have been identified as the two male victims who were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and died from the injuries they sustained in the shooting, according to Middlesex County ...

Obituaries

Patricia H. Jacot – Guillarmod 67, died on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson ...
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Careful What You Wish For

For Sale at Auction
One pre-owned Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur. Good condition. 188 original bones. Stands 13 ft high x 40 ft. long. Assembly required. Original box. Free shipping with Amazon Prime. Final sale only. No returns or exchanges.

If you thought museums were the only venues for large scale dinosaur skeletons, think again. In a few weeks Christie's will be selling an authentic, ...

Grounded

At the risk of sounding political, I believe in science.

I spent way too many hours subjecting my brain to a Math-O-Matic blender of science classes in school to discount it. Let’s face it, nobody would have made it that hard if there wasn’t some validity to it.

Oh I believe in other important stuff too, like astrology and miracles for instance, but a well-accepted scientific ...

Make Like a Tree

If they didn’t wear masks in California before, they certainly do now. Smoke and ash obscure the dark orange skies as millions of acres burn out of control encroaching on homes and entire towns. It is the kind of apocalyptic event that makes me glad I live in New Jersey.

But even so far away, it makes me wonder. What would I do if a natural disaster threatened my home and I had 15 ...