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How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds this Halloween

October 22, 2019

Carving Jack-o’-lanterns? Save your pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack.

To get started, preheat the oven to 325°F. Scoop the seeds out of your pumpkin and place them in a colander in the sink. Separate the seeds as much as you can from any goo, then rinse them clean. Pat them dry.

On a baking sheet with sides, toss the seeds with oil to coat. Season with salt and pepper or, ...

Four Delicious Ways to Enjoy Local Squash this Fall

It’s squash season! So now that you’ve just picked up a bunch of beautiful autumn squash, what do you do with it?

First, don’t refrigerate hard squashes unless they’re peeled or cut. Instead, keep them in a cool, dry place. They’ll last about a month.

Then try one of these yummy ideas:

Roasted delicata squash is a fast side dish, especially because you ...

New Jersey Date Night: Delightful Delis

Finding the perfect sandwich is almost as important as finding the perfect lunchtime date, and luckily New Jersey offers a plethora of options when it comes to delicatessens. The delis of the Garden State offer up a menu of the soups, sandwiches and black and white cookies that rival (and pehaps surpass) their New York counterparts. Making a date over pastrami is not only easy but also ...

CUEED Celebrates a Decade of Success Supporting Entrepreneurs & Economic Development

October 18, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- Rutgers Business School’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) celebrated their 10th anniversary, bringing together elected officials, local vendors and leaders in the community to mark a decade of success. Held at Express Newark, the CUEED UnGala Experience also featured Q&A sessions about business topics and a marketplace showcasing the ...

Godfather Actor Gianni Russo Tells Steve Adubato How the Film Changed American Culture

NEW JERSEY -- Godfather actor Gianni Russo was recently a guest on One-on-One with Steve Adubato, where he discussed his new book, Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies & The Mob, and shared behind-the-scenes details about the famous film. 

In the first Godfather movie, Russo played Carlo Rizzi, abusive husband to Corleone sister Connie, as well as a family traitor, complicit in ...

Our State Needs Jon Bramnick in the Assembly

October 14, 2019

To the Editor:

If everyone knew Jon Bramnick as long or as well as I did, there would be no doubt that he would be unanimously and resoundingly re-elected back to the NJ State Assembly, where he belongs and where NJ residents need him.  

Jon fights for and represents all of us - women, men, children, underprivileged, patients...everyone.  He is honest ...

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Attracts Thousands

October 21, 2019

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ — Thousands of survivors, families, corporate teams, student organizations, union members and caring individuals met in Point Pleasant Beach Sunday for the 25th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The energy was high, and the mood was as vibrant as the pink swath of color that spread through the crowd.

The walk took more than 2,000 people around ...

You Are Not Your Illness. These Words Gave Me The Strength Not To Kill Myself

October 15, 2019

BARNEGAT - Barnegat resident Tony Lombardo is a great inspiration for hundreds if not thousands of people.  At TAPinto Stafford-LBI and TAPinto Barnegat-Waretown Tony is regular columnist for us sharing his many inspiring life stories through his column "Let's Hear Your Story."

Our readers are welcome to enjoy Tony's personal testimony below and also a wonderful video ...

Watchung Hills Marching Warriors: A Winning Formula... On The Field, In The Classroom & In Life

I had the pleasure, make that the “privilege” of watching the Watchung Hills Regional High School band take the field again last night, take my breath away…and take home their third 1st place trophy in a row.  This week they won 1st in Class at the Somerville High School Competition along with Best Music, Best Percussion and Best Overall Effect.  Week after week, the ...

TAPinto Our Trusted Local Classifieds Marketplace to Get the Word Out

October 23, 2019

TAPinto our trusted local Classifieds marketplace.  From garage sales to job listings to items for sale and more, TAPinto's Classifieds offers affordable opportunities to get the word out.

To get started, click here and sign in or register.  Then click on Submit Content and choose Classifieds or click here.

Classifieds are only $20 per TAPinto site and run for ...

From Primary Care to Breast Surgery, Prominent Female Docs to Answer Questions About Women’s Health at Free Event October 23

Women throughout the region have an opportunity to hear their questions on everything from primary care to breast surgery and heart health, directly from some of the area’s top experts in those fields, at a free Women’s Health Fair on Wednesday, October 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The event, which will be held in the Atrium at Liberty Hall Center, 1085 Morris Avenue, in Union ...

Ridge High School Marching Band to Host 10th Anniversary “Ridge Marching Madness” Home Competition October 19

 

Ridge High School Marching Band to Host 10th Anniversary

“Ridge Marching Madness” Home Competition October 19

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, -Ridge Marching Band will host its 10th Anniversary of its Home Competition “Ridge Marching Madness,” on Saturday, October 19 on Lee Field at the high school. The William Annin Middle School Wind Ensemble will open the event with ...

GOP Sheriff Candidate Parenti to Democrat Opponent Darrin Russo: Defend Yourself and Your Record

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Republican candidate for Sheriff and North Plainfield Chief of Police Bill Parenti has called on his opponent, Democrat Darrin Russo, to explain to voters why they should trust him, given his abuse of union time, his refusal to repay taxpayers for taking advantage of them, and his documented history of having trouble telling the truth.

Parenti’s campaign, since August, ...

New Jersey Author Mitch Albom to Discuss New Book:  Finding Chika: a little girl, an earthquake, and the making of a family

“An Evening with Mitch Albom” will be held at The Pingry School and benefits The Brooke Healey Foundation — fighting pediatric cancer.

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - On Tuesday, November 5, New Jersey native and author Mitch Albom, will discuss his new book: “Finding Chika”— a poignant memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life ...

The Official 2019 LBI Chowderfest Results

October 6, 2019

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - The 31st Annual LBI Chowderfest hosted by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce took place Oct. 6 on a beautiful day in the 70s with a wonderful breeze that kept the hot chowder tasting even better.

The 2019 attendees included, for Manhattan: Shore Fire Grille, Cluck ‘N Crabs, Lefty’s, Black Whale, Bistro 14 and the ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Area Fishing Report by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - Although the 2019 summer flounder season in New Jersey is now closed for another year, the bottom fishermen can still fish for tog while they await the re-opening of the black sea bass season on October 8. Also, providing action on the inshore artificial reefs and inshore structure are a few porgies and scattered schools of cocktail sized bluefish.

Captain Carl ...

Long Beach Island Favorite Plantation Restaurant Sold to Black Eyed Susan's

HARVEY CEDARS, NJ — After 17 years of hosting the Long Beach Island community, Plantation Restaurant is saying goodbye and will close its doors Saturday, Oct. 12. Replacing this local favorite and a dining destination, will be Black Eyed Susan's, which will relocate from its current location in Harvey Cedars.

“It has been a wonderful 17 years, and we are thrilled ...

Warrior for Life 3rd Annual Scholarship Gala, Casino Royale

October 22, 2019

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - As the saying goes once a Franklin Warrior, always a Franklin Warrior, and in late November you will have the chance to see for yourself.

The Warrior for Life Scholarship Foundation will host its 3rd annual Scholarship Gala at the Imperia, Friday, Nov. 29 from 6 pm to 10 pm. 

This year's gala will feature casino tables. To date, the prize list ...

Hillcrest Road Improvement Meeting Set for Monday: Warren, Watchung Public Invited

WARREN/WATCHUNG, NJ - A public meeting concerning Hillcrest Road will be conducted by the Somerset County Engineering Division on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Borough of Watchung Municipal Building Council Chambers located at 15 Mountain Boulevard.

Somerset County will present the findings of recent studies will hear comments from the interested public.

 

The section of County ...

45th Annual CROP Hunger Walk Begins at United Reformed Church

 
SOMERVILLE, NJ – United Reformed Church, “The Church on Main Street” will celebrate 45 years of sponsoring the Central Somerset CROP Hunger Walk, which is will take place in downtown Somerville on Sunday, Oct. 20th at 1:30 p.m.  
 
CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith events that originated in 1969 and are sponsored by Church World Services. Walks take place ...

Hamilton Road Bridge Completed; Route 206 Bypass Advances

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Transportation has opened the new Hamilton Road Bridge over the Route 206 Bypass six months ahead of schedule as the Route 206 Bypass project in Hillsborough advances towards completion by the fall of 2020.   
 
At 12 noon Saturday, Oct.19th, NJDOT’s contractor, Konkus Corporation, is scheduled to open the new Hamilton Road Bridge ...

Washington Valley Road Reopens Following Construction Work

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset County announced that Washington Valley Road, between Chimney Rock Road and Eastbrook Road, has reopened to all traffic, according to a release.

"We thank local residents, commuters, schools and businesses for their patience while these needed upgrades were made," Freeholder Brian Gallagher said in the release. "The completion of this work has created ...

Burlington Store Coming to Former Toys 'R' Us Site

RARITAN, NJ - Burlington is opening a new store at the former Toys “R” Us/Babies “R” Us location in the Somerville Circle Shopping Center in Raritan.

According to a release, Burlington is opening the new 46,000-square-foot location in spring 2020.

“Off price retailers are thriving in the current marketplace, and Burlington – which is aggressively ...

Automation Inflation

I hate robots.

They talk funny and have no personality.

If that makes me a human racist, then so be it.

I talked to a robot on the phone the other day. it was sitting virtually within the deep, dark recesses of a computer connected to the working end of an 800 number. It tried to convince me that it was human. It asked me flat questions in an artificially chipper voice and then pretended ...

Mother of Transfer Football Player Calls For Athletic Director to be Fired

October 17, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The mother of the New Brunswick High School football player at the center of the school's four-game sanction urged the school board to fire athletic director Craig Lowery after her son was allowed to play without sitting out a state-mandated 30-day period following a transfer.

Monica Rivera's voice quivered with emotion at Tuesday night's meeting as she ...

Union County's Ponderosa Park Improvements Include New Turf Fields

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, Vice Chair Al Mirabella, and Freeholders Rebecca Williams and Andrea Staten joined Union County Deputy County Manager Amy Wagner, Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Township officials and student athletes at the opening of the new turf fields at Union County’s Ponderosa Park in Scotch Plains.

The two multi-use ...

Get Your First Glimpse of George Street Playhouse's rehearsals

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The curtain goes up on George Street Playhouse's "Last Days of Summer" on Monday, but the cast has been hard at work for weeks.

The production, featuring Julian Emile Lerner as Joey Margolis and Parker Weathersbee as Craig Nakamura, runs until Nov. 10. It will mark the company's debut at the $170 million New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.

The ...

Accident on Rt. 202 Friday Results in Two Fatalities

MONTVILLE, NJ – A motor vehicle accident on Route 202 resulted in two fatalities Friday night.

Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Heritage Court and Route 202/Main Road at about 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, according to a release from the Morris County Prosecutor’s office. In the rear passenger seat of a 2009 Saab, a 93-year old female from Hallandale, Florida, was pronounced dead ...

BREAKING; Service Resumes on Morris & Essex Line After Trespasser Fatality

MILLBURN, NJ - Service has resumed with heavy delays on the Morris and Essex Line after a trespasser was struck and killed by a train near the Millburn train station earlier this morning.

According to NJ Transit Spokesperson Lisa Torbic, the incident occurred with a train out of Dover. The victim was an adult male, although no further information about him is known at this time.

Obituaries

Henry Seesselberg, 86, of Warren passed away Saturday, April 6 at the Eastern Star Home in ...
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Does Rutgers Pay Too Much to Fired Coaches, Athletic Directors, and Academic Administrators?

Does Rutgers pay too much to fired coaches, athletic directors, and academic administrators? 

Everyone loves a good college football game. Last season (2018), the Rutgers Scarlet Knights record in the Big Ten Conference was a dismal 1-11. And this year does not look much better. Yeah, Rutgers is in the same league with some heavy hitters like Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. But, ...

New Jersey Transit A National Disgrace?

This week’s question is a continuation of last week’s on New Jersey infrastructure issues. 

New Jersey Transit has more than 2,000 buses and more than 700 trains, and there are more than 900,000 trips taken on NJ Transit every weekday. In total, passengers ride more than 3.5 billion miles per year on the system. In the past, Governor Murphy referred to NJ Transit as a ...

Automation Inflation

I hate robots.

They talk funny and have no personality.

If that makes me a human racist, then so be it.

I talked to a robot on the phone the other day. it was sitting virtually within the deep, dark recesses of a computer connected to the working end of an 800 number. It tried to convince me that it was human. It asked me flat questions in an artificially chipper voice and then pretended ...