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Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

New Jerseyans Say ‘Cheese!’ (But Hold the Dairy) with Vegan Cheese

Is plant-based cheese really cheese? Well, sort of. But instead of dairy from cows, sheep or goats, vegan cheesemakers are making it with plant milk, nuts, tapioca and even rice.

There are many different methods to make vegan cheese nowadays. The easy way? Using a plant-based milk base (from foods like cashews or almonds) and adding a few thickening agents and seasonings.

Plant-based ...

Murphy Vetoes Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for Indoor Dining False Start

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 ...

NJ Video Production Company Senior Producer Recounts Journey from Intern to Leader

October 27, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - Senior Producer Kayla Steinmetz sat down with East Main Media Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to discuss the production company's evolution and her role in its success.

Steinmetz talked about her experiences beginning in 2014 when she started as an intern, primarily being an assistant editor. Brodeur recalled how Steinmetz contributed to the company's success from ...

How To Survive Political Discussions During Divided Times

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Clinical psychologist Dr. Meryl Dorf spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to highlight strategies to help navigate potentially difficult political discussions with family and friends during hyper-partisan times. 

Dr. Dorf joined Brodeur at East Main Media Studios’ media production facility in Little Falls, NJ, after being featured ...

American Business Associates Launches New Television Show: Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe

American Business Associates, New York & New Jersey’s premier business development organization, is partnering with East Main Media to launch a new weekly television program: Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Airing each Sunday throughout the New York Metro area at 11am EST on News12Plus, the program will feature conversations with experts and leaders from a wide range of ...

NJ Native Television Editor Discusses Career and Adapting to Change During Pandemic

ORLANDO, FL -- Caldwell, New Jersey native Dave Ammirata reflected on the past decade working with high-profile media clients at East Main Media. After graduating from Duquesne University, Ammirata was hired as an assistant editor and engineer in 2011 and has since become an indispensable member of the EMM team.

"When I think about when I came and met with you the first ...

Jersey City Restaurant Adapts with Online Ordering and Delivery Service During Pandemic

JERSEY CITY, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Lizeth Morales, Owner of El Gordo Restaurant in Jersey City, to learn about her experiences navigating the pandemic as a small business owner. Morales and El Gordo participated in an upcoming episode of TAPintoTV's original series HomeGrown, filmed just before the COVID-19 outbreak. 

El Gordo, which serves Peruvian cuisine, ...

Voice-Over Artist and Event Announcer George Alan Ruth Describes His Career Behind The Microphone

George Alan Ruth, who is the voice behind the TAPintoTV promos, recently joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios for a conversation on his long-spanning career as an announcer and voice-over artist. 

Ruth, who grew up in New Jersey, was the inaugural announcer for the New Jersey Jackals at Yogi Berra Stadium beginning in 1998. For Ruth, that ...

Francine Gargano for Mayor!

October 27, 2020

I have worked with Francine Gargano for the past 8 years.  Francine is a person who is passionate about what she is involved in, and she spends her time doing things that make the community better.  Francine is a strong woman, who will not be put off by any obstructions.  She is the kind of person you definitely want on your side.  When a legal issue arose with our group, ...

North Plainfield Will Become a Better Community Under the Leadership of Francine Gargano

My name is Eric Fowler and I was born and raised in the Borough of North Plainfield. I spent 26 and a half years in the Borough as a police officer and ran the DARE program for the past 20 years prior to my retirement. Prior to my retirement, like Francine Gargano, I was involved in the Municipal Alliance and Youth Services Committees where we started the Summer Teen Evening Program (referred to ...

Tom Malinowski Does Not Represent Us; Tom Kean Will

To the Editor:

Tom Malinowski does NOT represent the people of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.  He represents the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Congress using the NJ CD-7 seat.

This should not be news as the DNC openly recruited DC/Beltway lobbyists and staffers like Andy Kim and Tom Malinowski to move to New Jersey and run for Congress in 2018.

When Life Gives You Lemons...

October 24, 2020

When life gives you lemons...

Everywhere I look, life has been turned upside down...and there’s really no end in sight (yet).  You know what they say, “When life gives you lemons...”.  Well, I’m not a big fan of lemons, but the saying does seem to fit.  Translation here of course is more like “when life gives you unexpected time at home with loved ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

How To Get Property Tax Relief?

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 ...

Here’s what taxpayers need to know about filing an amended tax return

October 27, 2020

If taxpayers discover a mistake on their tax return, this is not necessarily cause for concern. Most errors can be fixed by filing a Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

Here are some common reasons people may need to file an amended return:

Entering income incorrectly
Not claiming credits for which they’re eligible
Claiming deductions incorrectly

The ...

North Plainfield Education Association food drive helps local community

The North Plainfield Education Association (NPEA) is excited to announce that they have used their NJEA Pride grand to donate $1200 worth of food to the North Plainfield Food Pantry, as well as soliciting additional donations from North Plainfield staff. This is one of many Pride in Public Education activities carried out by the NPEA each year. One of North Plainfield Education ...

Voter Registration at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church’s  “Valarie’s Soup Kitchen”  does  more than just feed our community.  On Tuesday, September 15th,  at the weekly soup kitchen, volunteers from Tri-Fold Ministries offered voter registration applications to the public and were successful in registering a number of new voters. 

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian ...

What happens after a disaster that leads to taxpayer relief

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 ...

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 ...

Two More COVID Cases Reported at Bridgewater-Raritan High School

October 27, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The district is reporting two more positive COVID-19 cases at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, as of Tuesday.

The school is currently closed, and doing remote learning only until Nov. 9, while the rest of the district remains open.

Based upon a consultation with the local health department, according to interim superintendent Thomas Ficarra in his letter to the community, ...

Oct. 23 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 39 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health on Friday reported 39 new COVID-19 cases overnight, the biggest 24-hour increase in several weeks, bringing the total number of the COVID-19 coronavirus cases to 5,747 with the death toll at 518 since the first case was reported March 8.

Somerville has had a total of 179 COVID-19 cases since ...

Somerset County Election Update

 With more than two weeks left in the unprecedented 2020 General Election, Somerset County has completed registering or updating a record 13,000 voter registrations and mailed ballots to every active registered voter. At the same time, the county has received and processed more than 70,000 ballots – more than four times the total mail in ballots voted during the 2016 ...

District Reporting Three Positive COVID Cases Among Members of School Community

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 ...

Indecision 2020

At long last, it is finally upon us.

In a matter of days, Americans all over the country will venture forth to proudly exercise their individuality on the most anticipated day of this election year.

I am, of course, referring to Halloween.

This year the annual frightfest celebrating candy shakedowns and macabre costumes will be tempered significantly by the pandemic threat. On ...

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 ...

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 ...

Some Westfield Students Defy Quarantine Orders as More Test Positive, Officials Say

October 27, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The number of Westfield High School students with COVID-19 has risen to 13, with an additional seven students testing positive for the virus in recent days as school officials indicate trouble getting some youths to quarantine.

The additional seven students to test positive for coronavirus include some who have been on all-remote instruction, Mary Ann McGann, spokeswoman ...

UFO Lands In Middlesex County! Just In time For Halloween!

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Are you feeling ALIENated? Well, Middlesex County has the cure for you! Head out to East Jersey Old Town Village for some old-fashioned sci-fi fun.

Visit the village to join in the excitement and make a non-perishable donation. Visitors will receive a bag packed with candy and other fun gifts in exchange for canned and dry goods, or monetary donation to Middlesex ...

Cuban Pete's Owner Locked Out After Repeated Executive Order Violations

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After scoffing at the Governor's Executive Orders and repeatedly allowing patrons to continue to dine inside, the owner of Cuban Pete's is now locked out of his business.

On Monday morning, Montclair Police changed the locks on the doors of Cuban Pete’s restaurant, locking out the owner and workers. This was after three violations of the Executive ...

Rutgers Football Defeats Michigan State in 2020 Season Opener

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Behind a dominant defensive effort and an opportunistic scoring attack, Rutgers football (1-0, 1-0) downed Michigan State (0-1, 0-1), 38-27, on Saturday afternoon in East Lansing to open the 2020 season. The Scarlet Knights – who never trailed in the road matchup and limited the Spartans to just one trip inside the red zone – scored 21 points off ...

Hoboken to Implement Fines for Indoor House Parties Over 25 People

HOBOKEN, NJ - The City of Hoboken is prepared to fine residents who host indoor house parties with over 25 attendees, as rates of COVID transmission throughout New Jersey trend upwards.

"The Hoboken Police Department has responded to several house parties over the past few weekends, some of which were identified by the Health Department as contributing to clusters of cases," ...

Colts Neck: Reports of Fatal Shooting Thursday

COLTS NECK, NJ - A fatal shooting was reported in a Colts Neck near Colts Neck Boulevard early Thursday morning.

Police on scene requested EMS to stage for 1 victim with a gunshot wound to the head. No other details were available.

Obituaries

Patricia H. Jacot – Guillarmod 67, died on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson ...
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Indecision 2020

At long last, it is finally upon us.

In a matter of days, Americans all over the country will venture forth to proudly exercise their individuality on the most anticipated day of this election year.

I am, of course, referring to Halloween.

This year the annual frightfest celebrating candy shakedowns and macabre costumes will be tempered significantly by the pandemic threat. On ...

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 ...