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New Jersey Date Night: Hey, Pumpkin!

October 31, 2020

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

Remember that moment during a cooler-than-usual morning in late August when you began to anticipate it, so much so that your nose and taste buds craved its arrival? Before you knew it, you finally got to taste it in your coffee, smell it candles and maybe even try it in your macaroni and cheese.

Pumpkin ...

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

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 ...

Frank Zappa Halloween Box Set Celebrates Iconic 1981 New York City Concerts

October 31, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Joe Travers, archivist of the works of Frank Zappa, spoke to TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about the Zappa Trust's latest box set entitled "Halloween 81"

"This is the third box set that we've done," Travers said. "Celebrating Halloween runs that Frank did in New York." Halloween was Frank Zappa's favorite holiday and it ...

NJ Studio Owner Reflects on the Evolution of East Main Media Entering its 20th Year

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Today marks the 19th anniversary of the founding of East Main Media, which was incorporated on 10/30/01. Owner and Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with TAPintoTV host Stephanie Willoughby about founding East Main Media, lessons learned, and the evolution of the production studio as it enters its 20th year in business. 

Brodeur founded East Main less ...

Roth IRA Conversion: It's All About The Tax Rates

Path to Prosperity with Walter Pardo: Roth Conversions - Why the opportunity cost argument is invalid. 

Some people believe that there is an opportunity cost by doing a Roth conversion, that the funds used to pay the conversion tax could have been otherwise invested, and that investment return opportunity is lost.

FALSE! It’s all about the tax rates. 

There is no ...

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Supports New Jersey Tenants During COVID-19 Housing Crisis

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund's Housing Stability Project Grant.

Keenan described the work of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), which was established after the COVID-19 pandemic, and which has raised over $37 million from over ...

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

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 ...

FRAN GARGANO, MAYORAL CANDIDATE

October 30, 2020

As neighbors of Fran Gargano we learned fairly quickly that she is civic minded and cares deeply about issues that effect North Plainfield. Fran was at the forefront of the move to designate Washington Park historic district. She lives in a historic home and cares deeply that the history of the town be preserved in the architecture of the many beautiful buildings. Zoning and compliance with town ...

Christine Holman the Right Choice for North Plainfield

I have known Christine Holman since she moved into the Historic District many, many years ago. She is one of the most energetic people I know. Christine will go and go and go and not stop until she has completed a given task. It has been great working with her because she attacks everything with excitement and gusto. She never complains no matter what the assignment. I know Christine will bring ...

Parents, Educators Deserve COVID-19 Transparency

To the Editor:

As we enter the final weeks of the first marking period in schools throughout Somerset County, one thing is clear:  We are not much better off than we were when the school year began. COVID-19 cases are back on the rise, and New Jersey is quickly finding itself on the brink of a potential second wave.

 Many will recall that August was a time when districts ...

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 ...

Overlook Medical Center achieves Magnet designation, the gold standard in nursing excellence

October 30, 2020

Virtual survey amid COVID-19 pandemic marks Overlook nurses’ final stretch of decade-long journey to recognition

SUMMIT, NJ – OCTOBER 2020 – Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center achieved Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the highest national honor for nursing excellence, as a reflection of Overlook’s nursing ...

Income ranges for determining IRA eligibility change for 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2021 in Notice 2020-79, posted today on IRS.gov.

Highlights of changes for 2021

The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements ...

IRS: People with foreign accounts reminded of the extension to file 2019 FBAR by Oct. 31, Dec. 31 if impacted by certain natural disasters

The Internal Revenue Service reminds U.S. citizens, entities and resident aliens with a foreign bank or financial account that they have until Oct. 31, 2020, to file their 2019 Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

The IRS coordinated the extension from the usual Oct. 15 deadline with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for this year only to filers for 2019 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

Trump Truck Parades: Expect Traffic Congestion in Somerset County

October 30, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - No fewer than four Trump Truck parades will traverse state highways Saturday morning on their way to Somerset County for a massive rally in support of the president in Bedminster, according to organizers.

All four parades will converge on state highways that connect with the Somerville traffic circle.

Trump Truck parades have grown in popularity since the end of summer; an ...

Vehicle Overturns After Crashing Into Telephone Pole on Route 22, Police Say

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Hillsborough woman was taken to Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick after her vehicle crashed into a telephone pole on Route 22 Thursday, according to a release from Bridgewater Township Police.

According to the release, police were called to Route 22 West in the area of the Bridgewater Diner at 10:36 a.m. Thursday for the report of an overturned vehicle.

Irene Muigai, ...

Two More COVID Cases Reported at Bridgewater-Raritan High School

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 ...

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 ...

Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's

October 28, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever. 

"I'm calling on behalf of my company and eight board members to confirm that ...

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

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," ...

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 ...