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Watchung Borough School District Marks Anniversary of Bayberry Playground

June 17, 2021

WATCHUNG, NJ - Watchung Borough Schools celebrated the anniversary of the completed playground at Bayberry School. 
 

A small group of school and borough officials and community leaders gathered informally on June 10,  to mark the two-year anniversary of the Bayberry playground opening. Among the various donations that made the commemorative space possible were a plaque ...

Watchung Hills Presents Community and Memorial Scholarship Awards to Class of 2021

WARREN, NJ - What a year for the Watchung Hills Regional High School Class of 2021. The traditional scholarship ceremony was originally supposed to take place in the new outdoor theater but was moved into the Performing Arts Center due to rain and excessive heat.

 

Both the Community/Memorial Awards Ceremony and the Senior Awards Ceremony were live-steamed and recorded for ...

Calling all Firefighters: Compete in the "Battle of the Bravest"

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Calling all firefighters to participate in the "Battle of the Bravest", a firefighter muster and skill competition.

The Battle will be interactive for the public, in addition for the firefighters to enjoy. Hosted by NJ First Responders, FirstNet, and the Firefighters Wear Pink Campaign, the event will occur at Soverel Park in East Orange on Saturday, August ...

Green Brook Spray Park Opens Monday, June 21

June 20, 2021

GREEN BROOK, NJ - The Township of Green Brook will open a new Spray Park at Arthur Lewis Park on Monday, June 21. The Spray Park includes 28 water features that run in a ten-minute, hand activated cycle in an enclosed, fenced-in setting with concrete flooring (water shoes a must!). In order to use the Spray Park, you will need a reservation which you can make by CLICKING ...

FrostKings Return to Somerville's Summer Stage June 19

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Summer Stage Concert series continues Saturday, June 19 with a three-hour concert performed by the Frost Kings beginning at 6 p.m. on the Division Street pedestrian mall.

The FrostKings are an R&B, swing and blues band based in northern New Jersey.

From their website: "Equally at home playing swinging shuffles, slow blues or full-tilt boogies, their ...

NJ Economic Development Agency Opens Grants to Reinvigorate Abandoned Offices, Malls

June 19, 2021

NEW JERSEY — In an effort to encourage the revitalization of vacant properties statewide, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will award 15 grants worth up to $50,000 each to eligible towns, counties, and redevelopment agencies.

The NJEDA opened applications for its 21st Century Redevelopment Program on May 24, allowing interested parties 45 days to submit a proposal ...

Somerset County Offers Free COVID-19 Vaccinations in North Plainfield and more

June 21, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – COVID-19 vaccination clinics operated by the Somerset County Department of Health will be held at several locations through June 27.

No appointments are necessary.

Tuesday, June 22, Bound Brook Train Station, 3-7 p.m., Johnson&Johnson vaccine;

Wednesday, June 23, Somerset County Senior Wellness Center, 876 E. Main St. Bridgewater, 4-5:30 p.m.

June 19 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 8 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Saturday reported 8 new cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight for a total of 23,818 cases in Somerset County since the first cases were reported in March 2020. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Saturday reported 891,241 total cases since ...

June 18 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 9 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Friday reported 9 new cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight for a total of 23,812 cases in Somerset County since the first cases were reported in March 2020. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Friday reported 891,071 total cases since last ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Class of 2021 Graduates at 138th Commencement

June 19, 2021

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its 138th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 18 on the front field.

The Class of 2021 marched in to an ovation from the W+H community of parents, families, faculty, trustees and friends. The program began with the Star-Spangled Banner and a welcome from Dr. Bob Bowman of Scotch Plains, Head of Upper School.

Class president Neil ...

Class of 2021 at St. Bartholomew Academyi Graduates

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- St. Bartholomew Academy held its Commencement and Graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 11, 2021, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains.

The student-led service focused on the various ways the students have grown, both in faith and academics, over their years at the Academy. The class of 32, one of the largest graduation classes in several years, was ...

ELECTION ROUNDUP: Learn Local Election Results Throughout New Jersey

June 9, 2021

Amid statewide primary election contests, New Jersey also hosted dozens of local races Tuesday.

In Somerset County, 11.37% of registered voters voted. Results in Green Brook, North Plainfield, Warren, and Watchung are shown in the photo gallery above.

Here is a roundup of various New Jersey local election results as reported by TAPinto franchises across the state:

Cranford Election: Kate ...

Weather Cancels Watchung Farmers Market

June 22, 2021

WATCHUNG, NJ -- The Watchung Farmers Market is closed Tuesday, June 22 due to inclement weather.

The Watchung Farmers Market launched on June 1 and will continue on Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. in the police station parking lot. Closing day is expected to be in October.

Do you go to LBI? Compassion Café Opens in Beach Haven

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Do you go to LBI in the summer? Look for Compassion Café who kicked off their inaugural season with a huge grand opening celebration at their 2021 host location, Barry's Do Me A Flavor on Centre Street in Beach Haven on May 17. 

Compassion Café is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit recently founded by Erin Sharkey and Sue Sharkey with ...

Somerset County to hold Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off event

June 16, 2021

Residents Can Safely Dispose of Harmful Items at Hillsborough Location

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — The Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management is holding a free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off event, so residents can safely dispose of their harmful household items. The event will be held on Saturday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the South County Public Works Garage, located at ...

Warren’s Claxton Joins NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics of NJ

June 19, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Police throughout central New Jersey slipped out of uniform in favor of running shorts, t-shirts and sneakers on Friday, and Warren's Toby Claxton was there to help. Claxton joined the Bound Brook Police Department for their leg of the run. Toby's mom Amy said, "Thank you Bound Brook Police Department for letting us be part of the passing of the torch at ...

Hillsborough Rotary Fair & Business Expo Returns in August

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - After a year’s hiatus due to COVID restrictions, the annual Rotary Fair and Business Expo will once again transform the Hillsborough Promenade fairgrounds at 315 Route 206 into a classic carnival with a colorful midway, over 20 amusement rides, games of chance, fireworks, food vendors and an exposition of local businesses.

The five-day fair opens Aug. 17 and will ...

Somerset County Office Buildings Reopen to Public June 15

June 14, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County office buildings will reopen to the public beginning Tuesday, June 15.

The decision to reopen is based on recommendations by state and federal healthcare mandates and guidelines issued by the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

In most facilities, the public is not required to wear masks if they are fully vaccinated, but ...

June 19 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 8 New Cases Overnight

June 20, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Saturday reported 8 new cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight for a total of 23,818 cases in Somerset County since the first cases were reported in March 2020. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Saturday reported 891,241 total cases since ...

Flash Flood Warning Wednesday as T-Storms Roll Through

June 9, 2021

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ — A flash flood warning is in effect for Somerset and Union Counties until 6:15 p.m. as thunderstorms carrying heavy rain hit the area, the National Weather Service announced.

The state semifinal baseball game between Watchung Hills and Ridge has been stopped multiple times for thunder delay. At 3:45 play is again stopped in the sixth inning.

The softball ...

Watchung Borough School District Marks Anniversary of Bayberry Playground

June 17, 2021

WATCHUNG, NJ - Watchung Borough Schools celebrated the anniversary of the completed playground at Bayberry School. 
 

A small group of school and borough officials and community leaders gathered informally on June 10,  to mark the two-year anniversary of the Bayberry playground opening. Among the various donations that made the commemorative space possible were a plaque ...

North Plainfield’s Elsais Named Defensive Player of the Game in Annual Basilone Bowl as Leather Necks Defeat Devil Dogs

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The annual Basilone Bowl returned Wednesday, with football players from Somerset and Hunterdon counties competing in a game honoring war hero John Basilone – and the Leather Necks took home the win, defeating the Devil Dogs, 26–14. Some  1,200 attendees showed their support. The game is sponsored by the Somerset County Football Coaches Association and ...

North Plainfield Hurdler Takes First, Advances to Meet of Champions

SOMERSET, NJ —North Plainfield's Jason Agyemang won gold  in the 110 High Hurdles in the Group 2 Championships last weekend to advance to the Meet of Champions. Agyemang upset Rumson-Fair Haven’s Joe Aglione to win in Central Jersey, Group 2.

 

110 hurdles

Chris Serrao, East Brunswick: 14.25 (Central, Group 4)
Jordan Nelson, Bergen Tech: 14.54 ...

North Plainfield Board of Education Member Resigns, Board Seeks Candidate to fill Vacancy

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Due to the resignation of board member Alba Soto effective today, the North Plainfield Board of Education has a vacancy. The term will expire on Dec. 31, 2021. It is anticipated that this vacancy will be filled by an appointment made by the remaining members of the Board at a regularly scheduled meeting.

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

Watchung Hills Baseball Falls to Ridge in Sectional Semis

WARREN, NJ — The Ridge and Watchung Hills baseball teams endured two lightning delays Wednesday afternoon, even though there wasn't a drop of rain during either one of those interruptions.

There was, however, plenty of thunder, and a lot of that came during the game from the Ridge bats, which racked up 15 hits, almost half of those for extra bases, as the Red Devils slugged their way ...

Watchung Board of Education Meeting set forJune 10

WATCHUNG, NJ - The Watchung Board of Education meeting is set for June 10 at 7 p.m. The agenda is http://www.watchungschools.com/watchung/_zumu_user_doc_cache/01_June_10__2021_Agenda.pdf

To join:

 

Former Summit Middle School Drama Teacher, Theater Director Charged with Sexual Contact with a Student

June 21, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - Ronald Wells, 69, who was employed by the Summit Public School District for nearly 25 years as a theater teacher at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School prior to retiring on June 30, 2018, has been arrested and charged with committing criminal offenses of a sexual nature against a student while on school grounds several years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor ...

Warren’s Claxton Joins NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics of NJ

June 19, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Police throughout central New Jersey slipped out of uniform in favor of running shorts, t-shirts and sneakers on Friday, and Warren's Toby Claxton was there to help. Claxton joined the Bound Brook Police Department for their leg of the run. Toby's mom Amy said, "Thank you Bound Brook Police Department for letting us be part of the passing of the torch at ...

Calling all Firefighters: Compete in the "Battle of the Bravest"

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Calling all firefighters to participate in the "Battle of the Bravest", a firefighter muster and skill competition.

The Battle will be interactive for the public, in addition for the firefighters to enjoy. Hosted by NJ First Responders, FirstNet, and the Firefighters Wear Pink Campaign, the event will occur at Soverel Park in East Orange on Saturday, August ...

NJ Economic Development Agency Opens Grants to Reinvigorate Abandoned Offices, Malls

June 19, 2021

NEW JERSEY — In an effort to encourage the revitalization of vacant properties statewide, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will award 15 grants worth up to $50,000 each to eligible towns, counties, and redevelopment agencies.

The NJEDA opened applications for its 21st Century Redevelopment Program on May 24, allowing interested parties 45 days to submit a proposal ...

North Plainfield’s Elsais Named Defensive Player of the Game in Annual Basilone Bowl as Leather Necks Defeat Devil Dogs

June 17, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The annual Basilone Bowl returned Wednesday, with football players from Somerset and Hunterdon counties competing in a game honoring war hero John Basilone – and the Leather Necks took home the win, defeating the Devil Dogs, 26–14. Some  1,200 attendees showed their support. The game is sponsored by the Somerset County Football Coaches Association and ...

North Plainfield Hurdler Takes First, Advances to Meet of Champions

SOMERSET, NJ —North Plainfield's Jason Agyemang won gold  in the 110 High Hurdles in the Group 2 Championships last weekend to advance to the Meet of Champions. Agyemang upset Rumson-Fair Haven’s Joe Aglione to win in Central Jersey, Group 2.

 

110 hurdles

Chris Serrao, East Brunswick: 14.25 (Central, Group 4)
Jordan Nelson, Bergen Tech: 14.54 ...

Watchung Hills Claps Out the Class of 2021

June 17, 2021

WARREN, NJ—Graduation is set for Friday June 18, 2021 but on Thursday, the senior Class of 2021 assembled and filled the front parking lot at the school for a last drive through campus together as a class.  Faculty and Staff lined up throughout the campus to celebrate and commemorate the last day of school at Watchung Hills for the Class of 2021.

Enjoy the VIDEO of the clap out and ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Enjoy the Fireworks

June 21, 2021

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

There's nothing better than sharing a blanket with your love as you gaze at the New Jersey sky. With Independence Day upon us, this year we get the value added bonus of taking in the fireworks. Celebrating our country’s birthday combined with a little romance leads us to a fireworks display ...

Behind the Tradition: All About the Jersey Shore’s Famous Salt Water Taffy

NEW JERSEY — When you think of the Jersey Shore, what comes to mind? Boardwalks? Beaches? How about salt water taffy?

The bite-sized candy has a history that stretches as long as the Atlantic City boardwalk itself.

Salt water taffy was introduced on the AC Boardwalk in the 1880s and became known as the first Atlantic City souvenir, according to AtlanticCityNJ.com. Having been ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

JerseyCAN Launches Multimedia Platform Showcasing Solutions for NJ School Districts

June 22, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Janellen Duffy, Senior Advisor of JerseyCAN, a nonprofit organization supporting and advocating for every student in New Jersey to have access to a high-quality education. JerseyCAN recently launched an online multimedia platform to help assist local school districts and educators to create new strategies and programs to ...

Lincoln of Wayne Continues to Provide Industry-Leading Sales and Service Despite Global Microchip Shortage

WAYNE, NJ -- Peter Spina, Jr., General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, spoke with TAPintoTV, about the global automotive industry microchip shortage and what the shortage means for Lincoln of Wayne customers. 

“The microchip shortage, or semiconductor shortage, is one of the greatest supply chain shortages our industry has ever faced,” Spina said. Typically, Spina told TAPintoTV, ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

Greetings from the Lorax of Warren

June 9, 2021

Greetings from the Lorax of Warren

I am the Lorax, and I speak for the trees, which the town seems to be chopping down as they please!

You can find me on Mountain Avenue down by the farm, for you may be wondering what my coordinates are! 

They're about 40°38'44.2" to the north 74°30'48.4 to the west! If you go to that place, you'll find me, do your ...

This Weekend's Entertainment Lineup at the Black, Old Causeway and Bird and Betty's

June 18, 2021

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The Tide Table Group has a lot of entertainment action this weekend.

Thursday, 6 p.m. Black Whale, Chris Fritz

Thursday, 7 p.m. on the Deck, Bird and Betty's: DJ Danner

Friday, 8 p.m. on the Deck, Bird and Betty's: DJ Lowski

Friday, 9:30 p.m. in the Club: Stealing Savanna and DJ Meatball

Friday, 10 p.m. Old Causeway:  Sneak ...

Do you go to LBI? Compassion Café Opens in Beach Haven

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Do you go to LBI in the summer? Look for Compassion Café who kicked off their inaugural season with a huge grand opening celebration at their 2021 host location, Barry's Do Me A Flavor on Centre Street in Beach Haven on May 17. 

Compassion Café is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit recently founded by Erin Sharkey and Sue Sharkey with ...

TRAFFIC ALERT: Motor Vehicle Accident on Garden State Parkway, Holmdel

HOLMDEL, NJ:  At 9:58 a.m., TAPinto received a report of a motor vehicle accident near mile marker 115 on the Garden State Parkway, Holmdel. First responders on scene, two lanes of traffic are blocked. If possible avoid area at this time. There are no additional details at this time. 

Financial Focus: Financial tips for the self-employed

June 7, 2021

Being self-employed has some benefits: You get to choose your own hours, you don’t have to count “vacation days” and you’ll never worry about getting downsized. On the other hand, you’re truly on your own – there’s no employer-sponsored retirement plan and no benefits package. So, if you’ve recently started a business or become a “gig ...

Rocky Reunited with Family in Warren

June 3, 2021

HAPPY UPDATE: Rocky has been found!!! ❤️🐕❤️ On behalf of our family, we want to thank EVERYONE who helped us find him! We thank you for your hard efforts, alerts, shares, kind words, prayers, and for reminding us that there is still humanity and kindness!!!! Infinite thank you to all, especially our amazing kennel team for going above and beyond to make sure Rocky was found again!!! Forever ...

Missing in Warren: Have You Seen Rocky?

HAPPY UPDATE: Rocky has been found!!! ❤️🐕❤️ On behalf of our family, we want to thank EVERYONE who helped us find him! We thank you for your hard efforts, alerts, shares, kind words, prayers, and for reminding us that there is still humanity and kindness!!!! Infinite thank you to all, especially our amazing kennel team for going above and beyond to make sure Rocky was found again!!! Forever ...

CentraState physician practices join Atlantic Health System physician network, as systems continue process toward co-ownership

June 22, 2021

MORRISTOWN / FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ – June 22, 2021 – Today, nearly 50 physicians and providers affiliated with CentraState Healthcare System joined Atlantic Health System’s multi-specialty physician network, Atlantic Medical Group, as part of the two health systems’ on-going efforts to create a co-owned framework for CentraState Healthcare System.

The synergy created by ...

Somerset County supports Curbing Hunger Month in June

Residents Can Donate with Their Recycling

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Curbing Hunger is held every year in June to help alleviate food supply shortages that often occur during the summer months when school lunch programs are closed and there are fewer holiday food drives. This year food supplies are even lower due to the pandemic, but residents can help replenish the shortage by donating ...

St. Bartholomew Academy Graduates Thirty Two

 St. Bartholomew Academy held its Commencement and Graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 11, 2021, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains.

The student-led service focused on the various ways the students have grown, both in faith and academics, over their years at the Academy. The class of 32, one of the largest graduation classes in several years, was awarded over ...

Food Truck Fridays Continue in Watchung

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS CONTINUES ITS RUN THIS SUMMER AT BAYBERRY SCHOOL IN WATCHUNG, NJ

 

WHAT: Weekly family-friendly food event is a summer 2021 fixture in Watchung on Fridays. Food Truck Fridays, a creative fundraiser, and community engagement effort created by the Watchung, NJ, Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, continues through the summer! ...

Plainfield Symphony Orchestra June Pops Concert: Americana & More!

As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, we are thrilled to welcome back to the podium Maestro Charles Prince to conduct a concert of iconic American composers and other favorites. This concert will be livestreamed on June 26, 2021 at 7 pm performed by musicians of the Plainfield Symphony.  Featured on this hour-long program will be the following works:

The Overture to Der Freischütz ...

Free Entrance to State Parks for Those Vaccinated by July 4

June 10, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is offering another incentive for unvaccinated people to get their shots. As part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” through July 4, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island Beach State Park – good through Dec 31 2021. Go ...

Morristown National Historical Park Will Reopen With Limited Occupancy Levels on July 2

June 21, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — The Morristown National Historical Park will reopen with limited occupancy levels on July 2 at Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, Ford Mansion, and Washington's Headquarters Museum.

Effective July 2, visitors can enter the following visitor buildings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at its Jockey Hollow and Washington’s ...

Ol' Blue Eyes In Bronze: Sinatra Statue Planned for NJ Waterfront

HOBOKEN, NJ - "It's Sinatra's World, We Just Live In It..."

In New Jersey, Sinatra's legacy will loom even larger—as officials announce plans to install a Sinatra Statue, in the amphitheater at Sinatra Park, located on Sinatra Drive, along the city's scenic waterfront.

Frank often spoke of growing up in Hoboken, standing on the Hudson River's western ...

This Weekend's Entertainment Lineup at the Black, Old Causeway and Bird and Betty's

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The Tide Table Group has a lot of entertainment action this weekend.

Thursday, 6 p.m. Black Whale, Chris Fritz

Thursday, 7 p.m. on the Deck, Bird and Betty's: DJ Danner

Friday, 8 p.m. on the Deck, Bird and Betty's: DJ Lowski

Friday, 9:30 p.m. in the Club: Stealing Savanna and DJ Meatball

Friday, 10 p.m. Old Causeway:  Sneak ...

Tour Historic WWII Aircraft at Trenton-Mercer County Airport this Weekend

EWING, NJ — Several World War II aircraft will be flying into Trenton-Mercer Airport this week for tourists to view. The CAF AirPower History Tour featuring historic World War II aircraft will provide cockpit tours, flight demonstrations, and rides.  

The event features the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, the most advanced bomber of World War II; the T-6 Texan, ...

Free Entrance to State Parks for Those Vaccinated by July 4

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is offering another incentive for unvaccinated people to get their shots. As part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” through July 4, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island Beach State Park – good through Dec 31 2021. Go ...

Somerset County Offers Free COVID-19 Vaccinations in North Plainfield and more

June 21, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – COVID-19 vaccination clinics operated by the Somerset County Department of Health will be held at several locations through June 27.

No appointments are necessary.

Tuesday, June 22, Bound Brook Train Station, 3-7 p.m., Johnson&Johnson vaccine;

Wednesday, June 23, Somerset County Senior Wellness Center, 876 E. Main St. Bridgewater, 4-5:30 p.m.

June 19 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 8 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Saturday reported 8 new cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight for a total of 23,818 cases in Somerset County since the first cases were reported in March 2020. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Saturday reported 891,241 total cases since ...

Warren’s Claxton Joins NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics of NJ

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Police throughout central New Jersey slipped out of uniform in favor of running shorts, t-shirts and sneakers on Friday, and Warren's Toby Claxton was there to help. Claxton joined the Bound Brook Police Department for their leg of the run. Toby's mom Amy said, "Thank you Bound Brook Police Department for letting us be part of the passing of the torch at ...

FrostKings Return to Somerville's Summer Stage June 19

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Summer Stage Concert series continues Saturday, June 19 with a three-hour concert performed by the Frost Kings beginning at 6 p.m. on the Division Street pedestrian mall.

The FrostKings are an R&B, swing and blues band based in northern New Jersey.

From their website: "Equally at home playing swinging shuffles, slow blues or full-tilt boogies, their ...

COVID-19 Aftermath: New Tradition Emerges at Somerville High School

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A new tradition has emerged from the turmoil and trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic at Somerville High School, a keepsake that pays tribute to all 294 members of the class of 2021.

Following Friday's early dismissal, principal Jerry Foley and several teachers waited for the hallways and parking lot to clear out before they began the task of posting individual photos of each ...

June 18 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 9 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Friday reported 9 new cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight for a total of 23,812 cases in Somerset County since the first cases were reported in March 2020. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Friday reported 891,071 total cases since last ...

And They're Off

The other day China fired three astronauts into space. This occurred just as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced that he too was shooting himself into outer space.

This got me thinking, how did we get here and where exactly are we going?

So today, as a public service, I give to you:

A Brief History of the Race in Space

October, 1957. The manmade satellite, Sputnik 1, sends the very ...

Home Wreckers

I woke the other morning in predawn light to a startling, ratatatat outside my bedroom window. It was a woodpecker wantonly jackhammering holes into the side of my house.

The house that we had just finished painting. The stoic house that after too many years of neglect, we had finally got around to repairing.

As with many families, the pandemic afforded us the opportunity and energy to ...

Morristown National Historical Park Will Reopen With Limited Occupancy Levels on July 2

June 21, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — The Morristown National Historical Park will reopen with limited occupancy levels on July 2 at Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, Ford Mansion, and Washington's Headquarters Museum.

Effective July 2, visitors can enter the following visitor buildings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at its Jockey Hollow and Washington’s ...

Former Summit Middle School Drama Teacher, Theater Director Charged with Sexual Contact with a Student

ELIZABETH, NJ - Ronald Wells, 69, who was employed by the Summit Public School District for nearly 25 years as a theater teacher at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School prior to retiring on June 30, 2018, has been arrested and charged with committing criminal offenses of a sexual nature against a student while on school grounds several years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor ...

Ol' Blue Eyes In Bronze: Sinatra Statue Planned for NJ Waterfront

HOBOKEN, NJ - "It's Sinatra's World, We Just Live In It..."

In New Jersey, Sinatra's legacy will loom even larger—as officials announce plans to install a Sinatra Statue, in the amphitheater at Sinatra Park, located on Sinatra Drive, along the city's scenic waterfront.

Frank often spoke of growing up in Hoboken, standing on the Hudson River's western ...

'So Many New Faces' at the North Jersey Pride Picnic

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Hundreds of individuals, couples and families spread out across Memorial Park last Sunday to celebrate Pride Month together. It was sponsored by North Jersey Pride, whose mission is “promote equality, celebrate family and support LGBTQ youth through fun and educational events.”

C.J. Prince, executive director as well as a South Orange resident, and a team ...

Do you go to LBI? Compassion Café Opens in Beach Haven

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Do you go to LBI in the summer? Look for Compassion Café who kicked off their inaugural season with a huge grand opening celebration at their 2021 host location, Barry's Do Me A Flavor on Centre Street in Beach Haven on May 17. 

Compassion Café is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit recently founded by Erin Sharkey and Sue Sharkey with ...

Murphy Nominates Superior Court Judge to Fill Pending County Prosecutor Vacancy

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy has nominated Judge William A. Daniel to fill the role of Acting Union County Prosector, a vacancy that will be created when Lyndsay V. Ruotolo leaves the post next month to head up the state Division of Criminal Justice. The governor’s nomination of the Superior Court judge now heads to the state senate for ...

Obituaries

Patricia H. Jacot – Guillarmod 67, died on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson ...
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Citrus, Coral, and Florals: Summer from the Inside Out

As summer swings into high gear outside, bring some of the color and brightness indoors with your home décor. Perfect for setting the mood every day and during special events, summer décor that includes florals, citrus, and coral tones is a great way to transition from the more muted spring hues to the bold colors of the brightest season. Here are five ways to incorporate these ...

Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

Crawfish ...

No Garden Yet? No Worries: Here’s What You Can Still Plant In June

Getting outside to work in the garden is a wonderful way to be physically active and soak up some natural vitamin D from the sun. If you haven’t planted anything yet or you’re aiming to increase your harvest, don’t worry. There are lots of nutrient-rich vegetables, herbs, and gorgeous flowers you can still plant in June. Here’s a list to help you get ...

Take Time To Get Lost In A Story: 5 Book Genres For You To Enjoy

Just as exercising is good for physical health, flexing your mental muscles is vital - especially as you age. Reading daily is a wonderful way to give your brain a workout. It stimulates your imagination, engages your concentration and memory, and allows you to learn something new.

Whether you prefer holding a book, using a tablet, or listening to audiobooks, diving into stories you enjoy is ...

From Ponds to Waterfalls: Outdoor Water Features You Can DIY

If you’re daydreaming about the burble of a stream over rocks or the spray of a waterfall right in your backyard, we’ve put together a selection of outdoor water feature ideas to help you make your dream come true!

While water features may sound expensive or out of reach, there are tons of great do-it-yourself options for everything from flower pot fountains to ponds and ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

And They're Off

The other day China fired three astronauts into space. This occurred just as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced that he too was shooting himself into outer space.

This got me thinking, how did we get here and where exactly are we going?

So today, as a public service, I give to you:

A Brief History of the Race in Space

October, 1957. The manmade satellite, Sputnik 1, sends the very ...

Home Wreckers

I woke the other morning in predawn light to a startling, ratatatat outside my bedroom window. It was a woodpecker wantonly jackhammering holes into the side of my house.

The house that we had just finished painting. The stoic house that after too many years of neglect, we had finally got around to repairing.

As with many families, the pandemic afforded us the opportunity and energy to ...

Eat the Rainbow: Why Fruits of Every Color Belong on Your Plate

In general, the bold colors found in fruits indicate a large concentration of antioxidants. These vitamins and compounds perform many different functions within the body, but all antioxidants help reduce “free radicals,” or potentially harmful atoms that interfere with normal cell functioning in our bodies. Eating a variety of colors through fruits will help ensure that you’re ...

Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...