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New Jersey Date Night: A Revolutionary Trip to Bordentown

June 9, 2021

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

Making a day of a date is a great way to create memories with your love, but when you choose to spend that time in Bordentown, it’s guaranteed to go down in relationship history. New Jersey has many historical towns and Bordentown, settled in 1682, is a true standout. Here you can visit the Clara ...

Seasonal Recipe: Make Our Quick Lemon-Basil Pesto

Grab some fragrant fresh basil at the store or farmers market, or pick some from your garden, for this zippy summer recipe.

This simple no-cook sauce is great on pasta or pizza. Try it on fish or chicken, or mix some into mayonnaise for a flavor-packed sandwich spread.

If you have leftover pesto, freeze it in an ice cube tray for future use.

Lemon-Basil Pesto:

1 cup packed fresh basil ...

Cool Drinks to Crave on Hot Summer Days

Now that the unofficial start of summer is here, get ready to cool off with these refreshing cold drinks:

Pineapple Mint Water: Float a few slices of pineapple and a handful of mint in a pitcher of water. Let stand in fridge at least an hour before serving.

Cold Brew Iced Coffee: Insanely easy and more flavorful than pouring hot coffee over ice. Watch how to make it with no special ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

Greetings from the Lorax of Warren

June 9, 2021

Greetings from the Lorax of Warren

I am the Lorax, and I speak for the trees, which the town seems to be chopping down as they please!

You can find me on Mountain Avenue down by the farm, for you may be wondering what my coordinates are! 

They're about 40°38'44.2" to the north 74°30'48.4 to the west! If you go to that place, you'll find me, do your ...

TRAFFIC ALERT: Motor Vehicle Accident on Garden State Parkway, Holmdel

June 12, 2021

HOLMDEL, NJ:  At 9:58 a.m., TAPinto received a report of a motor vehicle accident near mile marker 115 on the Garden State Parkway, Holmdel. First responders on scene, two lanes of traffic are blocked. If possible avoid area at this time. There are no additional details at this time. 

Free Entrance to State Parks for Those Vaccinated by July 4

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is offering another incentive for unvaccinated people to get their shots. As part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” through July 4, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island Beach State Park – good through Dec 31 2021. Go ...

Financial Focus: Financial tips for the self-employed

June 7, 2021

Being self-employed has some benefits: You get to choose your own hours, you don’t have to count “vacation days” and you’ll never worry about getting downsized. On the other hand, you’re truly on your own – there’s no employer-sponsored retirement plan and no benefits package. So, if you’ve recently started a business or become a “gig ...

Rocky Reunited with Family in Warren

June 3, 2021

HAPPY UPDATE: Rocky has been found!!! ❤️🐕❤️ On behalf of our family, we want to thank EVERYONE who helped us find him! We thank you for your hard efforts, alerts, shares, kind words, prayers, and for reminding us that there is still humanity and kindness!!!! Infinite thank you to all, especially our amazing kennel team for going above and beyond to make sure Rocky was found again!!! Forever ...

Missing in Warren: Have You Seen Rocky?

HAPPY UPDATE: Rocky has been found!!! ❤️🐕❤️ On behalf of our family, we want to thank EVERYONE who helped us find him! We thank you for your hard efforts, alerts, shares, kind words, prayers, and for reminding us that there is still humanity and kindness!!!! Infinite thank you to all, especially our amazing kennel team for going above and beyond to make sure Rocky was found again!!! Forever ...

Somerset County to hold first Juneteenth event at county courthouse green

June 10, 2021

All Residents Are Welcome to the Historic Event

SOMERVILLE, NJ – For the first time ever, the  Somerset County Board of Commissioners will commemorate Juneteenth at a festive event on June 17, from 6 to 7 p.m., on the county’s historic courthouse green located at 20 North Bridge St., Somerville. Attending this celebration, will be honored guest Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, elected ...

Take Our 2021 Reader Survey: We Want to Hear From You

Local news is more important than ever.  To fulfill our mission of providing our readers with objective, daily, local news, we’re conducting a survey on what our readers think about TAPinto and how they engage with the news.  We invite you to take our 2021 Reader Survey.   

Your feedback is important to us and helps us improve the quality of your reader ...

TAPinto's 2021 General Election Policies

TAPinto is a network of more than 90 award-winning objective online local news sites. We do not endorse candidates.

All candidates are provided the same opportunities to utilize TAPinto to market their candidacies.  All candidates are charged the same amount for the same marketing vehicle. 

To discuss advertising on TAPinto, please contact your local TAPinto site owner/publisher ...

Somerset County Commissioners Return to In-Person Meetings

SOMERVILLE, NJ – After more than a year of meeting virtually, the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners will meet in person tonight, June 8, at the Somerset County Administration Building in Somerville. As has been the practice since COVID-19 protocols changed how the public could participate, the meeting will be live-streamed and the public can comment or ask questions on ...

Atlantic Medical Group doses first patient in U.S. for new gene therapy for phenylketonuria

MORRISTOWN, NJ – JUNE 2021 – A geneticist with Atlantic Health System’s physician network, Atlantic Medical Group, recently treated the first patient in the United States in a clinical trial with a genetic therapy developed by BioMarin, designed to help patients who are not able to metabolize phenylalanine, an amino acid found in nearly all proteins.

Darius Adams, MD, medical ...

Free Entrance to State Parks for Those Vaccinated by July 4

June 10, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is offering another incentive for unvaccinated people to get their shots. As part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” through July 4, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island Beach State Park – good through Dec 31 2021. Go ...

Tour Historic WWII Aircraft at Trenton-Mercer County Airport this Weekend

June 12, 2021

EWING, NJ — Several World War II aircraft will be flying into Trenton-Mercer Airport this week for tourists to view. The CAF AirPower History Tour featuring historic World War II aircraft will provide cockpit tours, flight demonstrations, and rides.  

The event features the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, the most advanced bomber of World War II; the T-6 Texan, ...

Free Entrance to State Parks for Those Vaccinated by July 4

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is offering another incentive for unvaccinated people to get their shots. As part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” through July 4, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island Beach State Park – good through Dec 31 2021. Go ...

Reeling Kids Into Fishing — NJ Annual Youth Fishing Challenge June 5

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife wants to get your kids hooked — on fishing, not drugs. That is the theme of the sixth annual Youth Fishing Challenge across New Jersey.

Each site is sponsored by a local municipal division or an environmental or community group, such as a police or fire department or the Scouts.

The challenge is for youth 20 and ...

Ridge Downs Franklin, 5-2, to Win Sectional Championship

June 12, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ — The two teams that reached the Section 2, Group 4 baseball final didn't come from the top of the deck.

And, appropriately, the hitters who did the damage were batting in the bottom half of the order for Ridge, as the 10th-seeded Red Devils defeated eighth-seeded Franklin, 5-2, for their first sectional championship in 19 years Friday afternoon.

Franklin (14-6) had ...

June 11 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 8 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Friday reported 23,768 cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight, an increase of 8 new cases and a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Friday reported 889,799 total cases since last year, an increase of 157 overnight, with 23,639 COVID-19-related ...

Somerville Unveils 75-Foot Mural in Celebration of PRIDE Month

SOMERVILLE. NJ -The Downtown Somerville Alliance joined with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset and the Babs Siperstein Proud Center to celebrate and honor trailblazing figures in the LGBTQ+ movement Friday afternoon, unveiling a 75-foot, PRIDE Month Mural on the Division Street pedestrian mall which will be displayed through the end of June. 

DSA Executive Director ...

June 10 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 5 New Cases Overnight,

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Thursday reported 23,760 cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight, an increase of 5 new cases and a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Thursday reported 889,622 total cases since last year, an increase of 214 overnight, with 23,637 COVID-19-related ...

Somerset County Man Sentenced for Setting Fire to Occupied Home

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Borough resident Patrick M. Hammond, 36, has been sentenced to jail for 14 years following his conviction for setting fire to an occupied Hillsborough home in 2018 with nine people inside.

Hammond was convicted of Aggravated Arson, 2nd Degree; Endangering another Person, 3rd Degree (9 Counts); Endangering the Welfare of a Child, 3rd Degree (4 Counts); ...

June 9 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 2 New Cases Overnight, 1 Death

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Wednesday reported 23,755 cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight, an increase of eight new cases and a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Wednesday reported 889,408 total cases since last year, an increase of 153 overnight, with 23,631 COVID-19-related ...

My Own Private Ice Cube

Now that the economy is picking up and throngs of people are once again milling about freely, I’ve been thinking about buying an island.

Nothing too exotic. Just some beautiful water-lapped property of my own somewhere south of here where I can escape. Someplace private with pristine waters and spectacular 360 degree views. Someplace without neighbors who complain every time I crank up ...

I Love a Parade

It’s Memorial Day. The weather is warm, social gathings are welcome, and masks are optional.

I want to march in a parade.

I want to hold my head high and wave royally to bystanders lining the street left and right as I march by. I want to witness the open smiles of maskless citizens standing in small-town clusters around lamp posts and parking meters and polished glass store fronts. I ...

Murphy Nominates Superior Court Judge to Fill Pending County Prosecutor Vacancy

June 12, 2021

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy has nominated Judge William A. Daniel to fill the role of Acting Union County Prosector, a vacancy that will be created when Lyndsay V. Ruotolo leaves the post next month to head up the state Division of Criminal Justice. The governor’s nomination of the Superior Court judge now heads to the state senate for ...

TRAFFIC ALERT: Motor Vehicle Accident on Garden State Parkway, Holmdel

HOLMDEL, NJ:  At 9:58 a.m., TAPinto received a report of a motor vehicle accident near mile marker 115 on the Garden State Parkway, Holmdel. First responders on scene, two lanes of traffic are blocked. If possible avoid area at this time. There are no additional details at this time. 

Do You Know This Person?

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance to identify a burglary suspect.  In the early morning of June 1st, 2021, a burglary was committed in the area of Maple Avenue.  The suspect was seen on video walking down Maple Ave with proceeds from the burglary.  He is described as a white male, approximately 25-30 years of ...

Columbia High School Student Dies In Shooting at Underhill Field, School District Says

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Columbia High School student has died following a shooting on Sunday night at Underhill Field, the South Orange-Maplewood School District has announced. Another student was wounded, according to an email sent to the district by Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor.

Names of the students involved have not been released.

“This inconceivable calamity is undoubtedly a ...

South Amboy Irish Festival to Feature Music, Food, Kids Activities and Fireworks on Sept. 25

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- The City of South Amboy in partnership with the South Amboy Parade committee will host an Irish Festival on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Middlesex County Raritan Bay Waterfront Park. Beginning at 2 p.m., the festival promises to be an exciting and family friendly event that will include music, food and craft vendors, kid friendly activities, and will culminate in a ...

Amtrak Through Roxbury? Lackawanna Cutoff Restoration Proposed for Passenger Trains

ROXBURY, NJ — Passenger trains between New York and Pennsylvania might return to the Lackawanna Cutoff, a historic rail right-of-way connecting Roxbury and the Delaware Water Gap.

The government-subsidized, quasi-public corporation is including a revival of the long-dormant Cutoff as part of a plan to restore long-distance passenger rail service between New York City and Scranton, ...

Obituaries

Patricia H. Jacot – Guillarmod 67, died on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson ...
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Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

Crawfish ...

Shop Your Home for Living Room Décor Updates

Planning to host an event includes prepping your spaces - cleaning, decorating, designing - if it’s not in the cards to overhaul your living room décor this year, you don’t have to give up on a new look entirely. Shop your home for items that need a new life in your living room; sometimes, a change of location is all that you need to highlight beloved treasures by pulling them ...

Take Time To Get Lost In A Story: 5 Book Genres For You To Enjoy

Just as exercising is good for physical health, flexing your mental muscles is vital - especially as you age. Reading daily is a wonderful way to give your brain a workout. It stimulates your imagination, engages your concentration and memory, and allows you to learn something new.

Whether you prefer holding a book, using a tablet, or listening to audiobooks, diving into stories you enjoy is ...

Recipe Swaps: 6 Healthier Versions of Classic Cakes

Incorporating healthier meal choices into our daily lives is a great way to stay committed to overall wellness. These healthy options aren’t only available for your main course - desserts like indulgent cakes can easily retain all of the flavors while focusing on healthy ingredients. If you’re eager to swap some traditional ingredients like refined sugar and flour, fats, and added ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Upgrade Your Patio for Under $100

As the weather warms up and we all head outside, you may be envisioning an updated patio space to gather with your friends and family. While some outdoor items can be pricey, many simple updates are budget-friendly while making a big impact. If you’re ready to transform your outdoor space without spending a fortune, here are five of the best ways to get started.

Solar Lights

Adding ...

My Own Private Ice Cube

Now that the economy is picking up and throngs of people are once again milling about freely, I’ve been thinking about buying an island.

Nothing too exotic. Just some beautiful water-lapped property of my own somewhere south of here where I can escape. Someplace private with pristine waters and spectacular 360 degree views. Someplace without neighbors who complain every time I crank up ...

I Love a Parade

It’s Memorial Day. The weather is warm, social gathings are welcome, and masks are optional.

I want to march in a parade.

I want to hold my head high and wave royally to bystanders lining the street left and right as I march by. I want to witness the open smiles of maskless citizens standing in small-town clusters around lamp posts and parking meters and polished glass store fronts. I ...

Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...

Spa Day at Home: How to Choose the Best Face Mask for Your Skin

More than ever, home skincare routines are the best way to take advantage of spa-quality products to give you clear, glowing, refreshed skin. Face masks are a great addition to any skincare routine, and regular use (2-3 times per week), can make a noticeable impact on your skin’s health. For everything you need to know when choosing a face mask, read on!

Tubes and Creams Vs. Single-Use ...