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Murphy Vetoes Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for Indoor Dining False Start

October 19, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday vetoed a bill that would have appropriated $30 million in federal monies to reimburse restaurants owners who expended funds in anticipation of reopening for indoor dining July 2 — an opening the governor canceled two days before it was set to occur.

While in his veto statement Murphy said New Jersey government is meeting ...

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Mushroom Risotto with White Wine and Parmesan

There are some things pressure cookers do really well, and risotto is one of them. No more standing over the pot stirring and stirring and stirring!

Once the lid is on, set it for 10 minutes and come back to a creamy, savory dish, perfect for chilly days.

This recipe goes great with seafood or chicken.

Pressure Cooker Mushroom Risotto with White Wine and Parmesan

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New Jersey Date Night: You’re the Wurst

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

Crisper temperatures and the changing colors of the leaves makes us something a little more substantial for our meals, which might explain why October is National Sausage Month. Hearty and flavorful, sausage is great year around, but in cooler weather it’s a go-to food if you desire something ...

Housing and Community Development Network of NJ Enlisted to Provide Help As Housing Crisis Deepens

October 18, 2020

Staci Berger, CEO of the Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey, joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios, to discuss the state's current housing situation and in particular, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Berger, New Jersey has had a "very strong" housing crisis even prior to the pandemic.

Seven Tax Questions You Need To Answer Before The End Of The Year

Walter Pardo of WFP-Taxes Presents Path To Profitability: Tax Questions to Answer Before Year's End

Assets and Debt:

Do you have unrealized investment losses?
Do you have investments in taxable accounts that are subject to end-of-year capital gain distributions?

Tax Planning:

Do you expect your income to increase in the future? 
Do you have any capital ...

Little Falls NJ Mayor Discusses Development Plans, Voting Access and COVID-safe Farmers Market

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Mayor James Damiano of Little Falls, NJ joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer at East Main Media Studios, to have a wide-ranging conversation about local development, the success of the town farmers market, and ways to vote during the upcoming election. 

Damiano, who is running for re-election this year, was born and raised in Little Falls, ...

METAvivors of NJ Co-Founder Shares Personal History and Struggle with Metastatic Breast Cancer

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Tami Bowling, Co-founder of Metavivors of New Jersey, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, about the upcoming “Light Up MBC” event, which takes place virtually and in-person on Tuesday, October 13, 8pm EST. Bowling also spoke about her own personal history and struggle with metastatic breast cancer.

Metastatic breast cancer (MBC), ...

Public Speaking and Sales Training Expert Tommy Hilcken Discusses His Career Over a Game of Indoor BaseBall

Motivational humorist, sales training expert and keynote speaker, Tommy Hilcken, joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur for a conversation over indoor baseball at East Main Media Studios.

With a career spanning over 30 years, Hilcken uses comedy to help his audience learn. He utilizes his experience as both an entertainer and sales trainer to help individuals and businesses put their best foot ...

World Mental Health Day: NJ Psychologist Discusses Resources to Cope with the Coronavirus Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Clinical Psychologist Meryl Dorf, to help those having difficulty handling the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. With October 10th being World Mental Health Day, we look to Dorf to provide guidance for navigating the uncertainty a crisis like this can bring. 

“It’s an ingredient of a stressful situation and when it becomes bad, it ...

Tom Kean Bears False Witness

October 15, 2020

To the Editor:

By now, many of us have been subjected repeatedly to the infamous “dangerously radical” attack ad from the Tom Kean for Congress campaign, falsely portraying incumbent United States Representative Tom Malinowski as a deeply immoral man who would deliberately conceal the identities of sex offenders, thereby creating a more unsafe environment for America’s ...

Letter to the Editor

I will support the entire Republican ticket.  However, in particular I am asking you to vote for Congressional candidate Tom Kean who has represented us most well in the New Jersey Assembly and Senate and who had much to do with the elimination of the state inheritance tax.  Your children and grandchildren will benefit.  I am also asking you to vote for the team ...

NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police: Think Twice Before Voting for Legalized Pot

Later this year, NJ voters will be asked to cast their vote on a constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational marijuana in our state for people 21 and older. This is a significant issue that most assuredly will impact public safety and quality of life issues for the residents of our New Jersey communities, as well as for the millions of visitors that we welcome to our state each ...

How To Get Property Tax Relief?

October 15, 2020

Most of us want to continue to stay in our homes and communities, but property taxes are driving us away.  Taking advantage of New Jersey’s Property Tax Relief programs can stretch our dollars.  Who qualifies?  Are there special programs for seniors?

The Senior Citizens Council has prepared a video presentation on the property tax relief options available for ...

Funding Opportunity for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants By FEMA

For Fiscal Year 2020 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is making federal funds available through the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program to local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program. It would be in the best interest of those towns in our area who are faced ...

Update: Finn Found Safe in Warren

September 28, 2020

UPDATE: Finn was found safe by his family at 5:15 a.m. Monday.

 

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!! ...

What happens after a disaster that leads to taxpayer relief

October 19, 2020

No matter how devastating a disaster is, before the IRS can authorize any tax relief, FEMA must issue a major disaster declaration and identify areas qualifying for their Individual Assistance program.

Here's a list of tax-related things that usually happen after a major disaster strikes that needs to be considered:

The IRS gives taxpayers more time to file and pay.
Taxpayers whose ...

IRS fights fraud aimed at charities, joins international awareness week

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is combating fraud by once again joining organizations around the world to highlight the third annual International Charity Fraud Awareness Week, Oct. 19-23.

International Charity Fraud Awareness Week (ICFAW) brings together everyone involved in the charity and not-for-profit sectors to raise awareness of and share good practices for tackling ...

Why We Walk To End Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter is spotlighting people who make a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia, by participating in the upcoming 2020 Walk To End Alzheimer’s (WTEA) - the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Today we say thank you to Andrea and Steve ...

IRS: Check tax withholdings now as the last quarter of 2020 begins

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that now is the perfect time to review their tax withholding and payments to avoid a surprise when filing next year.

An adjustment or two made now may boost take home pay or allow taxpayers to pay more in the last quarter of 2020 to avoid a surprise tax bill.

Some things to consider that will affect taxes owed in 2020 ...

Blood Drive in North Plainfield set for Oct 20

Please consider donating blood at the North Plainfield Blood Drive sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospitals. Your blood can save a life!

To maintain social distancing and safety protocols, donations are by appointment only.  

You can schedule your ...

Program to Care for Pets of New Jersey Veterans Needs Funding

October 15, 2020

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Help Vets Pets is in dire need of monetary donations to cover the costs of emergency veterinary costs incurred over the past few weeks. The program, facilitated by Friends of Valley Brook, provides food and veterinary care for the dogs and cats of veterans living at Valley Brook Village on the grounds of the VA Hospital in Lyons. 

Until now, the program has ...

Current Foliage Conditions Across the Garden State for Oct. 16 from the NJ DEP

October 16, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released the current fall foliage map for the Garden State and things are starting to look colorful.

Forests in the Northwest corner of the state, including the area near High Point State Park and Waywayanda State Park are at peak color. The southern portion of Sussex County is near peak. 

Northern NJ along ...

New Jersey Stocking Extra Trout in Lakes and Streams This Month

NEW JERSEY — If you are looking to get out and enjoy nature while maintaining social distancing, maybe you should give fishing a try. If you are a seasoned fishing enthusiast, you'll be excited to hear this news as well: New Jersey anglers will be given extra opportunities to catch trout this fall as the Division of Fish and Wildlife will be stocking 6,000 additional fish in ...

Welcome Fall With A Trip To A New Jersey Pumpkin Patch

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 ...

District Reporting Three Positive COVID Cases Among Members of School Community

October 19, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Interim Superintendent Thomas Ficarra has reached out to parents, guardians and staff after three individuals in the school community have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Ficarra, one of the individuals was from Hillside Intermediate and two were from Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

Ficarra declined to say whether these were students or teachers.

"It is ...

Stop & Go: Update on Route 206 Construction Projects

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Completion of the long-awaited Route 206 Bypass will be delayed until spring, 2021, while the New Jersey Department of Transportation is expected to begin preliminary work on the widening of the state highway in the vicinity of Camplain Road and the nearby Norfolk Southern railroad trestle on Monday, Oct. 19.

An electronic highway sign in the parking lot of the ...

Procession in Martinsville Honors Late Bridgewater Native Kaitlin Cowley

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Sheriff's Office, with the Bridgewater Township Police Department and other local officials, led a procession Saturday to honor the memory of Kaitlin Cowley, a former Bridgewater resident who was killed in the line of duty in Louisiana in April.

Cowley, who spent her childhood in Bridgewater and whose parents still live in Martinsville, was killed in a ...

Pink Police Cruisers Gather in Somerville to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While driving down Main Street or on patrol in the residential areas of the borough the past few weeks, Police Officer Vito Spadea has been told more than a few times that he looks good in pink.

It's not difficult to understand why - Spadea's patrol SUV has been wrapped in pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

On Thursday, more than 100 police officers and ...

Soggy Weather Forecast Postpones Oct. 16 Somerville Hispanic Fest

SOMERVILLE, NJ -The Downtown Somerville Alliance has been forced to delay Friday's planned Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration until the following Friday Oct. 23.

Featured will be a free concert by David Cedeno and his Orchestra, playing a collection of salsa, merengue and Latin jazz. The performance will kick off at 6 p.m. on Division Street at the Main ...

Program to Care for Pets of New Jersey Veterans Needs Funding

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Help Vets Pets is in dire need of monetary donations to cover the costs of emergency veterinary costs incurred over the past few weeks. The program, facilitated by Friends of Valley Brook, provides food and veterinary care for the dogs and cats of veterans living at Valley Brook Village on the grounds of the VA Hospital in Lyons. 

Until now, the program has ...

A Woman of Numbers

I missed Ada Lovelace Day, or ALD as it is respectfully referred to by technology geeks who speak in three letter acronyms.

Ironically, I was on my computer on October 13th and it passed me by. It didn’t pop up on my Facebook events page and shamefully was not pre-coded into Google Calendar. And since it has nothing to do with Covid or Donald Trump, it did not make the nightly ...

Note for Note

“EedleeedleBeeedleedleedleeDleldelbeeldeldleBedleeedlEelddlebedeleeedle . . .”
- Eddie Van Halen guitar intro to Eruption

I once tried to transcribe the Van Halen guitar solo from Michael Jackson’s hit Beat It on my Stratocaster electric guitar. After many hours of diligent repetition that made my ears bleed and my blisters ring, I can proudly say I was able to duplicate the ...

Moving Beyond the Partisan Bubble

There is so much to say and yet so many times a day I find myself dumbfounded to speechlessness.  My children ask logical questions for which I can find no polite or productive answer. There is no good answer for why hate seems to have seeped into so much of our dialogue every day.

There is no good reason that suspicion has replaced curiosity. That accusations have replaced queries. It is ...

BREAKING: Hoboken Police Responding to Apparent Hostage Situation

October 16, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ - The area around 8th Street and Garden Street is closed as Hoboken Police attempt to diffuse an apparent hostage situation.

Multiple law enforcement officials from various agencies could be seen in the area.

No further information is available at this time.

Follow us on Facebook and sign up for TAPinto Hoboken E-News alerts to be the first to read about all things ...

Mayor Driver Under Fire Over ‘Vulgar’ Facebook Comments

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Controversy continued to swirl at Tuesday’s council meeting over Facebook remarks Mayor Betsy Driver made regarding Supreme Court Justices’ views on same-sex marriage, with two council members calling for her censure and nearly a dozen residents making impassioned statements, offering both support and criticism.

Driver, whose marriage to Loretta Nagel Borowsky ...

Update: Missing 23-Year-Old Male Has Been Found

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Update as of Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 10:30 a.m: Missing 23-year-old male has been found in New Providence and is safe.

Berkeley Heights Police has continued their search for a missing 23-year-old male with autism. Christian J. Huerta left a residence in the area of Timber Drive Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Huerta answers to the name “CJ” is ...

Police Continue Search for Missing 23-year-old Male with Autism

Update: Found safe.
 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights Police continue to search for a missing 23-year-old male with autism. Christian J. Huerta left a residence in the area of Timber Drive Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Huerta answers to the name “CJ” is described as about 5 feet 3 inches tall, thin, and weighs about 135 to 150 pounds, with short brown hair and ...

Missing Person Alert: Have You Seen CJ?

Update: Found safe.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Helicopters were heard in the area Saturday night after the Berkeley Heights Police Department issued a missing persons alert Saturday evening for a 23-year old male.

The individual goes by the name of CJ and was last seen in the Timber Drive area around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Described wearing a white tee shirt and gray shorts and is ...

Union County Prosecutor Announces Charges for Robbery at Springfield Auto Dealership

ELIZABETH, NJ — Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Springfield Police Chief John Cook announced today that Essex County resident Kareem O. Spann and Middlesex County resident Christopher B. Phillips have been arrested and charged in connection with a coordinated robbery of $20,000 in cash that took place at a Springfield car dealership earlier this year.

Spann, ...

Obituaries

Patricia H. Jacot – Guillarmod 67, died on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson ...
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A Woman of Numbers

I missed Ada Lovelace Day, or ALD as it is respectfully referred to by technology geeks who speak in three letter acronyms.

Ironically, I was on my computer on October 13th and it passed me by. It didn’t pop up on my Facebook events page and shamefully was not pre-coded into Google Calendar. And since it has nothing to do with Covid or Donald Trump, it did not make the nightly ...

Note for Note

“EedleeedleBeeedleedleedleeDleldelbeeldeldleBedleeedlEelddlebedeleeedle . . .”
- Eddie Van Halen guitar intro to Eruption

I once tried to transcribe the Van Halen guitar solo from Michael Jackson’s hit Beat It on my Stratocaster electric guitar. After many hours of diligent repetition that made my ears bleed and my blisters ring, I can proudly say I was able to duplicate the ...