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NJ Chefs to Take the Challenge at Girl Scout Cookie Cook-Off

February 14, 2020

Can’t get enough Girl Scout Cookies? Then head to the third annual Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Great Cookie Cook-off next month in Scotch Plains, where New Jersey chefs will compete to see who can best incorporate the perennial treats into dishes both sweet and savory.

The fundraiser will be held at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains on Thursday, March 12. Jackie ...

Can New Jersey Really Call Itself the Pizza Capital of the World?

New Jersey’s official state Twitter account, @NJGov, set off a “pizza war” a few days ago when — just in time for National Pizza Day — it proclaimed the Garden State the “official pizza capital of the world.”

But is it, though? Is it really?

As everyone knows, pizza got its start in Italy. In Naples, to be exact, according to food historian Ken ...

Food Network TV Show Features Media-Savvy NJ Girl Scout

This story first ran on TAPinto Hillsborough.

Tune in to the Food Network Monday night, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. to catch Olivia Altidor, an eighth-grader at Hillsborough Middle School, in front of the camera with other Girl Scouts as bakers whip up desserts made with Girl Scout cookies.

You'll see her working with the contestants, offering advice on how to create a dessert ...

The Ancient History of Valentine's Day

February 14, 2020

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...

Cedar Grove Ambulance & Rescue Squad: Great Way to Volunteer and Help the Community

CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- The Cedar Grove Ambulance & Rescue Squad is seeking new volunteers to become members of their team, especially young people and students. 

“I can’t think of anything that’s more important than what we do,” said Alan Chadrjian, an EMT and Driver with the Rescue Squad. “This is a place where you can meet people, and learn things that will ...

Small Business Spotlight: Maplewood, NJ’s Oldest Business Shares the Lessons of their Longevity

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Maplewood’s oldest business, Woolley Home Solutions, spoke with TAPintoTV about their long history in town and how they've been able to maintain their success for 95 years. 

“It’s a lot to live up to,” said Norman E. Woolley. “It’s important to support the town that’s allowed you to thrive and be able to be successful for that ...

Free Concert Showcases Award-Winning Vocalists at 2020 Jersey Harmony Explosion

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- On Saturday, February 8, world-class a cappella and barbershop singers will be performing at a free concert at the annual Jersey Harmony Explosion festival at James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell, NJ. 

Jersey Harmony Explosion brings student singers together with professional quartets for a day of community, collaboration and celebration. “It’s all ...

New York Times Film Critic A.O. Scott Shares Top Film Picks with Steve Adubato

NEW JERSEY -- The New York Times’ Chief Film Critic, A.O. Scott, appeared recently on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to share some of his picks for top films of the past decade as well as the past year. 

Fellow New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis and Scott compiled their list of the “Most Influential Films of the Decade” at the end of last year based upon ...

“Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival Screens 2020 Oscar Shorts in Montclair, NJ

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- On Saturday, February 8, all of the short films nominated for the Oscars this year will be shown at Buzz Aldrin Middle School in Montclair, NJ. The “Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival will showcase all 15 shorts nominated in the Live Action, Animated and Documentary categories just ahead of the Academy Awards broadcast, which airs on Sunday, February ...

Proposed Beach Haven Marina Hotel and Restaurant Begins Application Before Beach Haven's Land Use Board

February 13, 2020

BEACH HAVEN, NJ — The Beach Haven Hotel and Marina proposal was before the Beach Haven Land Use Board on Monday night. The meeting was held at the Surflight Theater due to the approximately 275 interested spectators in attendance. 

Christopher Vernon has submitted plans to build a 102 room hotel at the site of the Morrison's Marina.  The plan is continue operating the ...

IRS launches Identity Theft Central - Focuses on needs of taxpayers, tax professionals and businesses

February 15, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service today launched Identity Theft Central, designed to improve online access to information on identity theft and data security protection for taxpayers, tax professionals and businesses.

Located on IRS.gov, Identity Theft Central is available 24/7 at irs.gov/identitytheft. It is a resource on how to report identity theft, how taxpayers can protect themselves against ...

Share the Love: Recognize Extraordinary Caring

Our team members are at the heart of Overlook Medical Center.

Each and every day we pride ourselves on delivering Extraordinary Caring. On this Valentine’s Day and beyond, share the love by recognizing a nurse, physician or any team member who made a difference in your health care experience. We would love to hear about it, so we can celebrate them for their extraordinary efforts.

You ...

Tax season stress busters straight from the IRS

Even the IRS knows that tax season can be stress season for some people. The IRS wants to help taxpayers as much as possible. With the 2020 tax season here, taxpayers can keep in mind these tips. Following them will help get this year's taxes done accurately and on time.

Gather records. Good recordkeeping ensures nothing gets overlooked. Records such as receipts and cancelled checks can ...

TAPinto Classifieds are Easy and Affordable

Do you have a job opening you need to fill?  Are you looking to advertise a garage or estate sale?  TAPinto classifieds are an easy and affordable way to advertise your job openings, garage sales, sell used items and more. Placing your classified on TAPinto’s trusted local marketplace is easy and affordable.  Log in and click Submit Content and get started ...

Here’s how seniors and retirees can file their taxes for free

For taxpayers on a fixed income, every penny saved matters. Many of these are seniors and retirees who can file their taxes for free. IRS Free File provides free online tax preparation for taxpayers with income less than $69,000 a year.

Free File is one of several ways that older taxpayers can save money and file their taxes. Here are some facts about these programs to help these taxpayers ...

Madison County: Bridges, John Wayne, and Wine

February 16, 2020

MADISON COUNTY, IA — There is a section of Iowa where you can relive that movie with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, visit the home of the Duke, and, well, drink wine.

This February day trip started at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset.  Wayne was born in a house adjacent to the museum in 1907 as Marion Robert Morrison.

You enter into a gift shop, where you are free ...

Proposed Beach Haven Marina Hotel and Restaurant Begins Application Before Beach Haven's Land Use Board

BEACH HAVEN, NJ — The Beach Haven Hotel and Marina proposal was before the Beach Haven Land Use Board on Monday night. The meeting was held at the Surflight Theater due to the approximately 275 interested spectators in attendance. 

Christopher Vernon has submitted plans to build a 102 room hotel at the site of the Morrison's Marina.  The plan is continue operating the ...

Cruise Ship Docked in Bayonne Screened for Coronavirus

BAYONNE, NJ - A Royal Caribbean cruise that docked in Bayonne early Friday was met by health officials as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

One of the passengers, according to several reports, had been treated for a fever when the ship was still in the Caribbean.

Four other passengers, Mayor Jimmy Davis said on Facebook, are under observation and were taken to an area ...

A Sneak Peek into a Precinct Vote in the Iowa Caucus

WEST DES MOINES, IA — When you are in Iowa on Caucus Day, you find a precinct to observe the process, because it is almost foreign to someone used to casting a ballot behind a curtain in a voting booth in New Jersey. Across The Hawkeye State there are 1,678 voting precincts, according to iowacaucuses.org, with another 99 satellite locations.  We checked into precinct 315 held at ...

Belmar’s 12th Annual Dine & Discover Tour: Bring Your Friends, Family and Enjoy Group Ticket Discounts

BELMAR, NJ — Because no one likes to eat alone, group discounts are now available for Belmar’s 12th Annual Dine & Discover Tour to be held on Sunday, March 8.

For every five tickets purchased, get one more at no charge, and for every 10 tickets purchased, get two more free — up to $70 in savings to enjoy the food tour and tasting that will showcase the many diverse ...

CAR T-Cell Therapy Trial

Atlantic Health System is treating patients in a new Phase II clinical trial of CAR T-cell therapy at Morristown Medical Center.

“A type of immunotherapy for lymphoma known as CAR T-cell therapy has generated a great deal of excitement within the medical community because it uses a patient’s own immune cells to attack their cancer,” said Dr. Mohamad Cherry, medical ...

Accelerating Access to Breakthrough Cancer Therapies

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care is dedicated to providing patients with access to the most promising and life-saving trials, research, and innovations in the communities where they live and work. Cutting-edge initiatives include the following:

In affiliation with the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) of Phoenix, AZ, Atlantic Health System Cancer Care has created the ...

How Sweet it is for Somerville Police: Happy Valentine's Day, Officers

February 16, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Residents of Brandywine Living at Middlebrook Crossing in Bridgewater took a road trip yesterday to several police departments in neighboring towns to express their thanks to police for keeping them safe, delivering Valentine sweets at each of their stops.

Residents visited police in Somerville, Bridgewater, Middlesex, Bound Brook and Green Brook.

"It’s a ...

Operation Shoebox NJ Marks 15 Years of Service with Packing for US Troops

MANVILLE, NJ - Those who say the two-party system in America is broken would have seen otherwise at Saturday's 15th anniversary packing event hosted by Operation Shoebox New Jersey, with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle joining hundreds of volunteers to assemble 1,250 personal care packages for shipment to US troops deployed around the world.

State Assemblyman Roy Freiman, D-16th, ...

Somerset County Man Wanted for Burglaries, Police Say

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police are searching for a Bound Brook man who has been charged in connection with home and vehicle burglaries in the area of Washington Avenue.

Charges have been filed against Nigel Hill, 22, for two counts of second degree eluding and third degree burglary, and is also wanted on a Somerset County failure to appear warrant for receiving stolen ...

Workshop on Teen Dating Violence set for Feb. 28

SOMERVILLE, NJ – If you know a teenager who may be a victim of dating abuse, there are people and resources available to help.  Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites parents, guardians and professionals who work with youth and families to the next Somerset County Office of Youth Services’ workshop, titled “Teen Dating Violence,” on Friday, Feb.

Pack Boxes for US Troops and Help OPSHBX NJ Celebrate 15th Anniversary

MANVILLE, NJ - Operation Shoebox New Jersey is putting out a call for volunteers to help form an assembly line and pack boxes for shipment to US troops deployed around the world and to commemorate 15 years of service.

Founded in 2005, the non-profit volunteer organization marked its 15th anniversary on Feb. 4th.

The packing will be held at the Manville VFW, 600 Washington Ave., on ...

Bateman Coordinates "Socks for Soldiers" Collection

SOMERVILLE, NJ - State Sen.Kip Bateman, R-16 and his colleague Kristin Corrado, R-40 have launched a “Socks for Soldiers” drive to collect one of the most requested items by US troops serving around the world.

This is the third consecutive year the lawmakers have coordinated the drive.

“Our heroes at home and abroad need our help to stay warm and comfortable,” ...

The Adults in the Room

My house was recently designated as being “teen free”.

This is because my youngest two children just turned 20. They are twins. They are both in college, away from home. I only physically see them when they come home on breaks.

Turning 20 means they have run out of youthful brand names. After spending a lifetime transitioning from infants to toddlers to kids to tweens to teens ...

DOJ: NJ Man Faces Laundry List of Charges including Sex Trafficking of College Students

February 13, 2020

NEW YORK – A 60-year-old Piscataway man, formerly of Warren Township,  who after being released from prison moved into his daughter’s Sarah Lawrence College dorm room was arraigned in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday on sex trafficking, extortion, forced labor, conspiracy, money laundering and other charges, said Department of Justice officials.

F.B.I. agents arrested ...

NJ Student Killed by Drunk Driver Honored with Route 22 Billboard

CLARK, NJ – Just over a year ago Michael Sot died after a head-on collision with an alleged drunk driver. Sot was serving as a designated driver for peers from the College of New Jersey at the time of the accident in Ewing. 

His legacy now lives on in service to others on a billboard on Route 22W in Union.  The sign is part of the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign for Designated ...

Shabazz Basketball Coach Assaulted by Players Following Livingston Match-Up

NEWARK, NJ — Newark police are investigating the aggravated assault of a school employee that occurred on Tuesday outside Malcolm X. Shabazz High School, according to Newark authorities, who said that officers observed four members school's basketball team assaulting their coach upon returning from a basketball game in Livingston.

The victim declined medical attention, according to ...

Rutgers-Led Team Creates a Robot that Can Draw Blood for Testing

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the future, robots could take blood samples, benefiting patients and healthcare workers alike.

A Rutgers-led team has created a blood-sampling robot that performed as well or better than people, according to the first human clinical trial of an automated blood drawing and testing device.

The device provides quick results and would allow healthcare professionals ...

New Providence Police Seek Public Help in Possible Child Luring Incident

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The New Providence Police Department is investigating a suspicious incident that took place on Feb. 6 at approximately 3:00 p.m. 

A female teenager was walking on Gales Drive in between South Street and Springfield Avenue.  The teen indicated that a white four door sedan pulled alongside her and the driver motioned for her to get into the ...

New Jersey Clean Communities Council Elects New President of the Board of Trustees

TRENTON – Linda Doherty, a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of the non-profit New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC), has been elected to serve as the board’s president.

Doherty, who had served in recent years as the vice president, is taking over the top spot from Patrick Ryan, who served as president of NJCCC since 2001. Ryan decided to step down last year ...

Obituaries

Mark G. “ALJ” Aljian, 50, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 18, 2019, while ...
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The Adults in the Room

My house was recently designated as being “teen free”.

This is because my youngest two children just turned 20. They are twins. They are both in college, away from home. I only physically see them when they come home on breaks.

Turning 20 means they have run out of youthful brand names. After spending a lifetime transitioning from infants to toddlers to kids to tweens to teens ...