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11 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Families with Severe Food Allergies

July 15, 2019

Cheryl Marks Young is a New Jersey food allergy awareness advocate and the creator and chief curator for The Allergy Ninja. Read more about her at the end of this article.

We all know that family with the “allergy kid.” You know, the ones that always bring their own food to parties and create a safe space between their kids and the party food. We are that family, and we have two ...

Make the Best Cold Brew Iced Coffee this Summer

Ahrre Maros knows a few things about coffee. The owner of Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery in Westfield and Summit, who roasts his beans in Plainfield, has been in the coffee shop business in Union County for 30 years as of this summer.

Maros shared his secrets for making a great batch of cold brew coffee at home.

“The important thing about cold brew is that when you brew the coffee at ...

How to Love Radishes: 3- and 4- Ingredient Ideas

What it is it about radish slices dipped in melted butter then sprinkled with a touch of coarse salt that makes them so good?

Is it the refreshing crunch of the radish? The way the butter smooths out the vegetable’s harshness, without eliminating its heat? The pop of flavor enhanced by salt?

Radishes eaten this way are like popcorn or chips, but bursting with bright summer ...

Hoboken Real Estate Market Fueled by Families and New Businesses

July 12, 2019

HOBOKEN, NJ -- In Part 2 of HomeGrown: Hoboken, Host Stephanie Willoughby talks with two women business owners in the mile-square city about how Hoboken’s revival and growth has also made the city a more welcoming place for families.  

Pamela Kalman, Owner of PKL Properties, spoke about the thriving real estate market in Hoboken.  Kalman said that there is no ...

Steve Adubato Talks Sopranos Prequel and Gandolfini Legacy with Actor Matt Servitto

NEW JERSEY -- Teaneck, NJ native, actor Matt Servitto, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato, where he discussed the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie currently being filmed in New Jersey.

Servitto, who played FBI Special Agent Dwight Harris on the show, said that with this year being the 20th anniversary of the airing of the Sopranos, James Gandolfini has been on his mind a lot these ...

Merengue Star Rubby Perez Gives Back to the Community at Annual Mustard Seed Gala

CLIFTON, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with Rubby Perez, famous Dominican merengue star, at the annual Mustard Seed Dinner Dance Gala at the Valley Regency. The event was a fundraiser for the Mustard Seed Community in the Dominican Republic, which supports orphaned children with both physical and mental disabilities.

“Whenever there is something that needs to be done for the community, ...

Letter to the Editor: Bridgewater Gets Wake-Up Call in Wake of Republican Primary

July 11, 2019

To the Editor:

Bridgewater has proven to be a wonderful place for a family to prosper. If you’re not a native of NJ, it certainly exudes memorable first impressions for some transplants. Anyone moving here from a factory town up north (for example) may notice the well-kept lawns, an occasional exotic car and a perfectly synchronized high school marching band. It may even make one think ...

Anniversary of a Tragedy, Remembering My Son

Dear Editor,

The story I am about to tell is both personal and tragic. I weighed my family's privacy against the hope that maybe one life can be saved.

This fourth of July morning will be one year since I found my 20 year old son, Eddie Kobilis face down on the rec room floor. He was gone-and in an instant my family’s life had changed forever. My first words were WHY? WHY? ...

New Jersey State Police DWI Checkpoint in Belmar on July 13

July 13, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — A sobriety checkpoint will be set up on Saturday, July 13 in Belmar by the New Jersey State Police, which did not provide additional details on its location and time.

The state police made the announcement on its Facebook page, alerting motorists that state troopers will be pulling over vehicles looking for drivers who exhibit signs of impairment due to alcohol or drugs, ...

TAPinto's Rescue Dogs Share How Their People Help Them Deal With Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4, 2019

The repetitive loud noise of 4th of July fireworks can be frightening for animals, so much so that more dogs go missing around Independence Day than any other time of year.

TAPinto owners, editors, and reporters have learned how to help their rescue dogs get through the night and share their tips and tricks with readers across the state.

TAPinto Verona's Zoey and Myra.  Zoey ...

Election Policies for November 5, 2019 General Election

July 14, 2019

Election Policies for November 5, 2019 General Election

Candidate Statements:  Candidates can submit a maximum of one candidate statement per week (including photos) at no charge. Statements can be submitted from Labor Day (September 2, 2019) until Saturday, November 2, 2019 at midnight EST (for publication on Saturday, November 2 or Sunday, November 3, 2019). Publication of candidate ...

The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Begins July 16

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is gearing up for its spectacular annual five-day Feast full of food, music, games, rides, fireworks, and other family fun in Berkeley Heights.

The fairgrounds, located at Mt. Carmel Field, 56 River Road, Berkeley Heights, will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16 through Saturday, July 20. Event will be full of family-friendly events, rides, food, ...

Adele DeLeeuw Scholarships Awarded to Area Students

​Eight students from North Plainfield and Watchung Area high schools received a total of $15,450 in scholarships from the Adele DeLeeuw Scholarship Fund at a dinner held Wednesday, June 12th, at the Spain Inn in Piscataway.  The scholarships are financed by a bequest from Adele DeLeeuw, longtime Plainfield resident, author of 75 books, ...

TAPinto Breaks All-Time Monthly Readership Record: 1,270,494 Readers, 3,453,599 Pageviews in June 2019

TAPinto.net, a network of more than 80 franchised online local news sites in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Florida, had a record-breaking month of traffic in June, logging 1,270,494 unique readers and 3,453,599 pageviews.  The record marks continued growth in TAPinto’s readership and engagement metrics across its 82 franchised sites.  During ...

N.J. Hall of Fame and TAPinto Announce Media Partnership; Two Organizations to Benefit from Joint Promotion

In an effort to positively impact the daily lives of New Jerseyans, the New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) has formed a media partnership with TAPinto, a network of over 70 franchised online local news sites throughout the state.

The NJHOF’s mission of celebrating New Jersey, inspiring generations of state residents, and instilling a sense of pride in their state closely follows ...

Officials Join Forces With Alementary Brewing Co. To Support Bill Allowing Dogs In Breweries

July 6, 2019

HACKENSACK, NJ - Local and state officials have partnered with The Alementary Brewing Co. to support a bill that would allow patrons in breweries across the state to enjoy a cold beer alongside their furry friends.

Though the state Senate passed a bill in December to make it legal for pooches to join their owners at breweries, the Assembly has yet to vote on it.

This week, Assemblywoman ...

TAPinto's Rescue Dogs Share How Their People Help Them Deal With Fourth of July Fireworks

The repetitive loud noise of 4th of July fireworks can be frightening for animals, so much so that more dogs go missing around Independence Day than any other time of year.

TAPinto owners, editors, and reporters have learned how to help their rescue dogs get through the night and share their tips and tricks with readers across the state.

TAPinto Verona's Zoey and Myra.  Zoey ...

A Guide to July 4: Fourth of July Fun Facts, Where to Find Independence Day Celebrations, Fireworks Displays

WARREN, NJ -  Independence Day 2019. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson penned words based on what he learned as a student of the enlightenment.  John Locke’s writings were ...

A Quick Primer to Jersey Shore Lingo

July 14, 2019

JERSEY SHORE – Those who live at the Jersey Shore year round speak a language of their own. Actually, it’s often a mix of dialects from other parts of Jersey, New York and those who come from the near west. Philadelphia, that is.

Most make a common distinction. They are not anything like the Jersey Shore cast whose drama captivates avid watchers throughout the United States. In ...

New Jersey State Police DWI Checkpoint in Belmar on July 13

BELMAR, NJ — A sobriety checkpoint will be set up on Saturday, July 13 in Belmar by the New Jersey State Police, which did not provide additional details on its location and time.

The state police made the announcement on its Facebook page, alerting motorists that state troopers will be pulling over vehicles looking for drivers who exhibit signs of impairment due to alcohol or drugs, ...

Unhealthy Bacteria Levels Increase in Lake Hopatcong, says State

ROXBURY, NJ – Having decreased for a bit, the levels of potentially harmful bacteria in Lake Hopatcong appear to be increasing again, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The DEP is using aerial sensing technology to detect the cyanobacteria involved in the ongoing “harmful algal bloom” (HAB) that prompted it last month to warn against ...

Balloon Design Studio’s Fantastic Creations Join NYC Pride March

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Preparations for the NYC Pride March proceeded apace Saturday in Berkeley Heights, as volunteers from all over the country inflated balloons - 15,000 of them - and turned them into letters, creatures, and sculptures.

The adventure began Friday evening when balloon artists under the direction of Chris Tribuna owner of Balloon Design Studio ...

Lake Hopatcong Harmful Algae Bloom Largest in State History

ROXBURY, NJ - The green slime that has shut-down Lake Hopatcong for swimming and other water activities is the largest in state history and it might stick around all summer, said officials from the state Friday.

The "harmful algal bloom," known as an HAB, is covering about 30 percent of the water body with a "mat of pea colored bloom," said Bruce Friedman, director of ...

The Beer Garden at the New Boat Yard at the Causeway Marina Opens This Weekend in Stafford

STAFFORD - Are you ready for a beautiful new beer garden right on the Barnegat Bay? So many residents and visitors to the LBI region love the Beer Garden at the Mainland at the Holiday Inn in Manahawkin. Mainland owner Chris Vernon has a brand new beer garden that is expected to open tomorrow, June 29.  The Beer Garden is one aspect of The Boat Yard at the Causeway Marina. 

Vernon ...

Save the Date, Franklin Day Festival Set for September 28

July 16, 2019

SOMERSET, NJ - More than 20,000 people are expected to attend this year's 6th annual Franklin Day Festival at Colonial Park on Sept. 28 from 12 pm to 5 pm. 

The event will be hosted by the Franklin Township Parks and Recreation department. 

The festival will showcase the diverse artistic talents of the Franklin Township community, including dance performances and the ...

Road Construction Projects Set to Continue Monday

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Construction projects that are part of Bernards Township's 2019 Road Improvements program are due to continue on West Henry Street between Brownlee Place and South Finley Avenue, on Monday, July 15. 

Crews will be continuing concrete sidewalk and curb repairs, according to the township. This section of the roadway will be closed and parking will be ...

Somerset County Cop Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge; Sentencing Aug. 23

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A 29-year-old Franklin Township police officer has pled guilty to possession of heroin and driving while intoxicated stemming from an April 7 incident in which he was found unconcious in his patrol car, with a fellow police officer administering Naloxone to revive him, accordoing to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Matthew D. Ellery, 29, a resident ...

Somerset County/Somerville Partnership Creates Transit Development

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A long-standing partnership between Somerset County and the Borough of Somerville has helped pave the way for a new Transit Oriented Development project next to the Somerville Train Station.

NJ TRANSIT announced the project on July 1.

“We congratulate the borough on the launch of this long-awaited piece of its landfill-redevelopment puzzle,” said ...

Teen Lifeguards Honored for Rescue of 5-year-old at The Hills' Swimming Pool

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Two 17-year-old lifeguards who will be seniors this fall at Ridge High School teamed up to rescue and revive a five-year-old who had sunk in the main pool at The Hills complex recently _ and were commended on Tuesday night for saving the boy.

Annie Page and Nicoletta Agostino, both rising seniors at Ridge, were presented with a resolution approved by the ...

Starlit Cinema Opens July 11 with "Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse"

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Downtown Somerville Alliance has released the the lineup for the 2019 Thursday night Starlit Cinema Movie Series held on the Division Street pedestrian mall and walkway.

The series is set to kick off on July 11 with "Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse." the movies draw residents from all over Somerset County and provides a one of a kind source of family ...

A Call to Arms

I am one of those guys who is inspired to action watching dramatic sporting events.

For example, every four years, after watching the summer Olympics, I sign up for a gym membership.

Just a couple of months ago I played a round of miniature golf after being moved by Tiger Wood’s thrilling victory at the Masters.

There is something about overcoming adversity and performing at high ...

Foul Ball: Dwight Gooden Charged for Suspected Cocaine Possession in NJ

July 12, 2019

HOLMDEL, NJ - Anyone who knows baseball over the years knows Dwight Gooden. Gooden pitched the Mets to the World Series Championships in 1986. He played for the Yankees and Cleveland Indians as well.

On June 7 he was driving in Holmdel and caught the attention of a player on a different team. It was a police officer on the Holmdel Township Police Department. Ultimately, he was charged with ...

Unhealthy Bacteria Levels Increase in Lake Hopatcong, says State

ROXBURY, NJ – Having decreased for a bit, the levels of potentially harmful bacteria in Lake Hopatcong appear to be increasing again, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The DEP is using aerial sensing technology to detect the cyanobacteria involved in the ongoing “harmful algal bloom” (HAB) that prompted it last month to warn against ...

Tax Relief on Jersey Shore Rentals Now in Hands of Gov. Murphy

TRENTON, NJ — Shore homeowners who rent directly to vacationers are looking to salvage at least part of the summer from having to collect a new 11.6 percent tax on those short-term rentals.

The state Legislature has passed a bill (A4814) that ensures these homeowners are not subject to a 2018 law that expanded the state’s 6.625 percent sales and use tax, and five percent hotel and ...

Rally to Call For Closure of ICE Detention Centers Set For Friday in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Several organizations from the city and beyond will band together Friday to call for the closure of ICE detention centers in the state.

The Lights For Liberty Rally will start at the intersection of Albany and George streets at 6:30 p.m.

Central Jersey Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is co-sponsoring the protest along with groups including ACLU People Power - ...

George Street Bench Becomes Memorial for Woman Who Was Found Dead

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A makeshift memorial of flowers and notes have been placed on a bench on George Street where a 62-year woman who was found dead Monday.

Captain J.T. Miller told TAPinto New Brunswick that New Brunswick police officers were called to the bench outside First Methodist Church at about 10:25 a.m.

Officers found the woman unresponsive. EMS personnel arrived and determined ...

Teen Arrested after Gunfire Erupts at End of Asbury Park Fourth of July Fireworks

FREEHOLD, NJ — A 16-year-old male from Asbury Park has been arrested following a shooting incident on the city's boardwalk at the conclusion of its Fourth of July fireworks display, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Two people were injured in the shooting, which occurred at about 9:58 p.m., in the area of First and Ocean Avenues, causing panic among the ...

Obituaries

Henry Seesselberg, 86, of Warren passed away Saturday, April 6 at the Eastern Star Home in ...
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Maximum Security, 6 Challengers Prep For Haskell Invitational At Monmouth Park

July 15, 2019

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Maximum Security galloped on Monday, July 15 as his final prep for next the July 20, $1 million TVG.com Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

The current probables for the race are Maximum Security, Joevia, King for a Day, Mucho Gusto, Everfast, Spun to Run and Bethlehem Road.

The disqualified Kentucky Derby winner schooled in the starting gate at Monmouth Park a ...

Major Upsets Highlight Meadowlands Pace Night

Best In Show's Meadowlands Pace upset caps dream week for Toscano

By Mike Farrell, Meadowlands Media

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — What a week for Linda Toscano.

On July 7, the trainer gave a gracious acceptance speech at her induction to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y., and on July 13, she stood in the winner’s circle after Best In Show pulled a 27-1 upset in ...

With 3 Meadowlands Pace Finalsits, Owner Barbera Is Having Fun In Harness Racing

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When Joe Barbera’s father saw a friend that knew nothing about horses end up as a partner on 1974 Cane Pace winner Boyden Hanover, he told his sons, “If he could do good, we could do good with a horse.”

The comment launched Barbera’s career as an owner himself.

“That’s when I claimed my first horse,” the 75-year-old ...

Mucho Gusto Heading East For Haskell Invitational As Baffert Seeks 9th Win In Monmouth’s Signature Race

OCEANPORT, N.J. — When Bob Baffert looks to extend his record for victories in the TVG.Com Haskell Invitational to nine on July 20, the Hall of Fame trainer will likely do so in an unfamiliar position.

Six of his previous eight Haskell winners have gone off as the favorite in Monmouth Park’s signature race (Bayern in 2014 and Coil in 2011 won for Baffert as the second ...

Centenary's Heather Clark To Conduct Clinic At College Preparatory Invitational

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Management of the College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) announced that Heather Clark, co-coach of the Centenary University equestrian team and assistant professor of equine science, will serve as clinician and CPI “Hire-a-Coach” at the New Jersey Horse Show. CPI New Jersey is scheduled for Sept. 21-22 at The Ridge at Riverview in Asbury.

“I feel ...

Fireworks on the Fourth of July is a Jersey First

As you watch the rockets glare and bombs burst into the New Jersey skies this weekend, share this little bit of Jerseyana with the people on the blanket or lawn chairs next to you.

The first “fireworks” display to celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence was ordered by George Washington himself along the banks of the Raritan River.

Yes, fireworks on the ...

Art Deco Buildings Turned Newark from Frankenstein Monster to Place of Refinement

The art deco movement in architecture came to Newark in a big way in the early years of The Depression, just as it did across the river. 

Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State and Chrysler buildings are all shining bronze and marble examples of the movement, and the grandeur and wealth of America.

The irony, of course, all were built in the early days of The ...

A Call to Arms

I am one of those guys who is inspired to action watching dramatic sporting events.

For example, every four years, after watching the summer Olympics, I sign up for a gym membership.

Just a couple of months ago I played a round of miniature golf after being moved by Tiger Wood’s thrilling victory at the Masters.

There is something about overcoming adversity and performing at high ...