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New Jersey Date Night: Ice Cream, You Smile

May 18, 2019

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

Frankie and Annette went on one, as did Gidget and Moondoggie. Archie was known to enjoy one with Betty and sometimes with Veronica, too.  Even Samantha and both Darrins got into the act. If we take a page from the retro dating handbook, you might just want to join the crowd and take your sweetie on ...

NJ Seafood Festival to Dock in Downtown Belmar this Weekend

This story first ran on TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como.

The New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar is certainly living up to its name, as the three-day event rolls into the borough’s downtown district this weekend.

From May 17 through May 19, a host of Belmar restaurants will offer a bounty of palate-pleasing selections from the sea at the festival’s new venue — the Pyanoe Plaza ...

Music & Food Festival in Fanwood this Weekend Aims to ‘Smash Kids Cancer’

High School sophomore Elizabeth Chin knows first-hand how pediatric cancer affects families. Her brother, Connor, was diagnosed with bone cancer two and a half years ago. Connor was successfully treated by Memorial Sloan Kettering and is enjoying life as an eighth grader. 

Elizabeth is leading up Smash Kids Cancer, a Music and Food Fest at LaGrande Park in Fanwood, which will take place ...

Mayor Ravi Bhalla Speaks About Hoboken’s Past and Present at the 25th Annual Arts & Music Festival

May 20, 2019

HOBOKEN, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with Hoboken Mayor, Ravi Bhalla, at the 25th Annual Spring Arts and Music Festival, held on Washington Street. Over 300 artists and vendors along with three stages of music were on hand to entertain the crowd.

“It’s a time-honored tradition in Hoboken,” said Mayor Bhalla, “where the community comes together.”

Alongside the ...

Watch New Episode of TAPintoTV’s Original Series, HomeGrown: Clinton, NJ - Part 2

CLINTON, NJ -- After the debut of Part 1 of the premiere episode last week, TAPintoTV airs Part 2 of HomeGrown: Clinton, NJ on Friday, May 17. HomeGrown visits local towns across New Jersey to discover the stories and people that make each community special.

Host Stephanie Willoughby continues speaking with residents and small business owners in Clinton to learn more about this dynamic small ...

Mustard Seed Communities Provide Support for Orphaned Children with Disabilities Around the World

CLIFTON, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Michelle Graham Shines at the 11th Annual Mustard Seed Gala to learn more about the Mustard Seed Community in the Dominican Republic. Shines, the Director of International Programs at Mustard Seed Communities, shared the history, mission and vision of the organization, which supports orphaned children with both physical and mental disabilities.

Mustard Seed ...

“Think Tank with Steve Adubato,” Debuts this Weekend on PBS Stations in New York & New Jersey

“Think Tank with Steve Adubato,” a new show featuring four-person roundtable discussions, will debut this weekend on local PBS stations, such as NJTV and Thirteen. The program brings together thought leaders, innovators and experts from a variety of fields to explore the critical issues, trends and challenges facing society today.

The genesis of “Think Tank” was born ...

Clinton, NJ Featured in Debut Episode of TAPintoTV’s First Original Series, HomeGrown

TAPintoTV is proud to introduce its first series of original programming: HomeGrown. Hosted by Stephanie Willoughby, HomeGrown visits local towns across New Jersey to discover the stories and people that make each community special.  

The first episode of HomeGrown features Clinton, NJ. Located in Hunterdon County in a picturesque setting on the Raritan River, Clinton boasts a thriving ...

Clinton, NJ Featured in Debut Episode of TAPintoTV’s First Original Series, HomeGrown

TAPintoTV is proud to introduce its first series of original programming: HomeGrown. Hosted by Stephanie Willoughby, HomeGrown visits local towns across New Jersey to discover the stories and people that make each community special.  

The first episode of HomeGrown features Clinton, NJ. Located in Hunterdon County in a picturesque setting on the Raritan River, Clinton boasts a thriving ...

Primary 2019: Walsh/Pino Split Ticket is Somerset County's Best Choice

May 12, 2019

As my friends who live in Bridgewater will tell you,  this has been the most contentious mayoral primary we’ve seen in recent memory. I don’t really have any thoughts on Dan Hayes vs. Matt Moench (That haven’t been expressed repeatedly by each candidate's attacks on the other) but I think people are forgetting how important ...

Moms and Dads: Do This One Thing to Protect Your Children

April 28, 2019

To all you fellow moms out there (and any dads as well), this column is for you.

We all love our kids, right? And we’d do anything we can to keep them safe. Well, one of the most important things you can do to protect your children is to make sure they’re vaccinated.

I know because as an RN who specializes in infection prevention, I’ve seen children and adults suffer ...

Missing in North Plainfield

May 16, 2019

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Have you seen Daisy? She’s an Olde English Bulldog last seen in North Plainfield at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. She is black with a white chest and tan eyebrows. Call Marcy at 908-209-3373.

 

Watchung Hills Students Help Beautify a New Home

May 20, 2019

 

SOMERSET, NJ - Fourteen students from Habitat Youth service clubs at Hillsborough, North Hunterdon, Somerville, Voorhees and Watchung Hills Regional high schools worked together alongside the Wadie family and two members of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County, Dottie and Joanne, to create a beautiful garden and lawn for the Wadie’s home on Saturday, May ...

Habitat Youth Beautify a New Home

HABITAT YOUTH BEAUTIFY A NEW HOME

Somerset, NJ, May 17, 2019– Fourteen students from Habitat Youth service clubs at Hillsborough, North Hunterdon, Somerville, Voorhees and Watchung Hills Regional high schools worked together alongside the Wadie family and two members of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County, Dottie and Joanne, to create a beautiful garden and lawn for the ...

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training to be Offered in Mountainside June 8 and 9

Caring Contact, a crisis hotline that serves Northern and Central New Jersey, will be offering Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training in Mountainside on June 8 and 9.  ASIST is an internationally acclaimed two-day interactive training program in suicide first-aid designed to provide trainees with the hands-on skills to intervene in the case of suicide.  ASIST training is ...

Imagine Seeks Volunteers to Provide Grief Support

Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss currently seeks volunteers to serve as peer support group facilitators for children and families coping with loss due to death.  Upcoming summer trainings will be held June 27-30th and July 26-29th, 2019.

Imagine groups are facilitated by trained adult volunteers who attend a 32-hour training and quarterly continuing education, and receive ongoing ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

May 18, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - This is the time of the year when Southern Ocean County fishermen seem to enjoy the most. We are still in the midst of catching the spring fish such as striped bass, black drum, and big bluefish. Suddenly, the summer-like fish start to arrive in the form of black sea bass, summer flounder, and even a few weakfish.

Captain Dave DeGennaro of Back Bay Adventures out of ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

SHIP BOTTOM -Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom reports that surf fishing in the mid-island region has been decent for bass and blues.  Peg Bucci of Manahawkin stopped by just before closing one day with a big bass from that area.  She reported, “I set up my first rod and was quickly bit off by a bluefish. I re-rigged and shortly after I hooked up with a good fish.

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

The poor weather we have been experiencing in the Long Beach Island area has put a damper on fishing

and prevented me from knowing just how many fish there are in our area. However, I do have some

firsthand reports that sound promising.
 

The folks at Scott’s Bait and Tackle tell me the action for stripers and black drum from land in the back of

Great Bay is just about ...

Dates For Historic Walking Tours In and Around Morristown Announced

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Residents are invited to "Discover Morris County" this summer during the annual summer walking tours and programs. Seven new tours have been added to the calendar, announced the Morris County Tourism Bureau.

The following tours will be available this summer:

The Freedom Walk NEW on Saturday June 8 at 11:30am (FREE)
This event celebrates the ...

New Location for NJ Seafood Festival: Three-Day Event Heads to Downtown Belmar

BELMAR, NJ — The New Jersey Seafood Festival is heading one mile due west, moving from its longstanding location along Belmar’s beachfront to a larger venue in its downtown district.

Belmar officials are fine-tuning the final plans for the popular event, to be held on May 17, 18, and 19, in the heart of the seashore town’s retail hub — Belmar Plaza, which is bounded by ...

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

Spring like weather seems to be here now, and the water temperature in the bay is showing some real warming. That bodes well for upcoming fishing in southern Ocean County.

Captain Steve Purul of Reel Fantasea Sportfishing has had some anglers out fishing in the lower reaches of Barnegat Bay and reports the striped bass population there is abundant and a blast on light spinning tackle. He says ...

Holy Savior Academy Honors Mary at May Crowning 

May 16, 2019

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Holy Savior Academy held its annual May Crowning, a traditional Roman Catholic ritual honoring Mary as ‘the Queen of Heaven and Earth,’ on May 16.  

“May is the Month of Mary, our Mother. Our May Crowning is a way for our students and staff to honor Mary, our Mother, and to pray to her for Jesus’ blessings on all ...

Holy Savior Academy’s Class of 2019 Gearing Up for Graduation 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy’s Class of 2019 will officially graduate in just a few short weeks and while high school decisions have all been made there are still finals to take and trips to go on before the eighth graders adorn their caps and gowns. 

“This is an exciting and busy time for our eighth grade class,” said Carol Woodburn, principal ...

Students of Holy Savior Academy Perform Childhood Classic “Peter Pan”

SOUTH PLAINFIELD -  Holy Savior Academy’s Drama Club transformed the school's auditorium into a magical Neverland, where everyone believes in fairies and growing up is optional, for their Spring performance of “Peter Pan.”  The play took place on the evenings of Thursday, May 2nd and Friday, May 3rd, with a matinee performance for the school children on May ...

Making Memories at Somerville Girls' Night Out

May 20, 2019

 

SOMERVILLE. NJ - The sidewalks were crowded, stores were open beyond their regular closing time and the wait staffs were busy the restaurants while bartenders kept busy mixing signature drinks.

A crowd of more than 1,000 - mostly females - enjoyed the annual Girls' Night Out celebration hosted by the Downtown Somerville Alliance, with more than 60 retail establshments and ...

Drag Queens Coming to Somerville for Girls’ Night Out

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Jimmy Boone and a few of his girlfriends – campy, extravagant drag queens -  will strut their stuff and join in the fun during the May 16th Girls Night Out in downtown Somerville.

From sharp stiletto heels to sharp tongues, over-the-top wigs, eye makeup with exacting standards, and stunning wardrobes, the queens are all represented by Boone’s company, ...

2018 Tour of Somerville Winners Return to Defend Titles

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Whether it be the tradition, the speed, the crowds, the prize money or the prestige, there’s something about the Tour of Somerville that has lured prior winners back every Memorial Day since 1940.

So is the case this year with cyclists Laura Van Gilder and Shane Kline.

Winners of the featured 25-mile women’s and 50-mile men’s races last year, Van Gilder ...

Today is Voter Registration Deadline for June 4 Primary

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Tuesday, May 14 is the last opportunity to register to vote for the June 4, 2019 Primary Election.

 The Somerset County Board of Elections will be open on May 14th for late night registration on from 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. at 20 Grove St., Somerville.

Other important deadlines and dates leading up to the Primary:

May 28th is the last day to apply for ...

76th Annual Tour of Somerville - a Memorial Day Tradition

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Bicycle racers from as far away as California, Texas, Canada and Australia are expected to compete in the Memorial Day running of the 76th “Tour of Somerville on Monday, May 27.

America’s oldest, continuously run bicycle race is a series of races that will attract top amateur and professional cyclists from throughout the world, as well as thousands of ...

Warren Township Committee and State of New Jersey Honor Carolann Garafola, Dedicates Garafola Woods

WARREN, NJ - Warren Township filled the courtroom at the Warren Township Municipal Building to recognize Carolann Garafola for her almost 24 years of service to the Township of Warren at Thursday’s meeting of the Warren Township Committee. The committee also unveiled a sign dedicating 92 acres of open space in Warren Township as “Garafola Woods.” Garafola has resigned effective ...

Meet The Measles

I am not sure if I ever had measles. I know I had gerbils. And a hamster once. But I don’t recall ever having measles.

Of course, measles aren’t small furry animals or some popular Hasbro toy that is in short supply around the holidays. The Measles are not a Korean Pop boy band or an annoying TV sitcom family. Measles are not a breakfast cereal or small colored candies that fizz in ...

Death of New Jersey College Student Spurs Legislative Action for Safer Ride Sharing Services

May 19, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - In a moving and somber hearing on Thursday, state lawmakers listened to the testimony of grieving parents, community officials, and industry representatives on the need to implement safeguards for those using ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.  

With his wife Marci at his side, Seymour Josephson held back tears as he spoke about the tragic murder of their daughter ...

Political Flier Misappropriating TAPinto Article Paid for by Freeholders' Re-Elect Committee

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The political flier that reprinted TAPintoSPF's full interview with Al and Phyllis Mirabella without TAP's permission -- and encourages Democrats to vote Column A -- that landed under the doorsteps of Fanwood voters was paid for by "Victory 2019," a campaign organization to reelect Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski, Sergio Granados, and ...

6 Things You May Not Know About Rutgers-News Brunswick Commencement

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers' 253rd-anniversary commencement is scheduled to begin rain or shine at 10 a.m. on Sunday at HighPoint.com Stadium on the Busch Campus in Piscataway.

University President Robert Barachi will confer graduate and undergraduate degrees at this ceremony.

Here are six interesting facts about the event:

Two McCourtys are better than one

This will be the first ...

Principal Charged with Attempted Sexual Assault.

DENVILLE, NJ - The principal of a Denville middle school is facing charges including attempted sexual assault of a student, according to authorities. The middle school, while named Valleyview, has no connection to Valley View Middle School in Watchung.

The man, Paul Iantosca, 52, who is principal of Valleyview Middle School, was charged with one count of luring, one count of attempted ...

Could Grassroots Campaign, Alumni Support Save The Daily Targum?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The majority of Tara Sullivan's column posted today on the Boston Globe's website focused on Tiger Woods' chances of winning the PGA Championship.

Toward the bottom, however, she couldn't help but voice her concern over how her college paper had been plunged into financial crisis.

Sullivan, like many others who have gone on to have successful ...

No Progress in 'Path To Progress' Meeting; Sweeney Leaves Stage

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ –  It was scheduled to last an hour and a half. It lasted just over 20 minutes.

Senate President Steve Sweeney rushed off stage Thursday night in the middle of a raucous town hall meeting, unwilling to sit and be shouted down when he tried to hype his "Path to Progress" legislation in front of a pro-union audience at Douglass College's Trayes ...

Obituaries

Henry Seesselberg, 86, of Warren passed away Saturday, April 6 at the Eastern Star Home in ...
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N.J.-Based Trainer Will Ride With, And Coach Maccabi USA Team In Hungary

May 19, 2019

WEST GROVE, Pa. — Rebecca Cord of West Grove, Pa., will not only represent the USA as an athlete at the 2019 European Maccabi Games, she’ll be coaching the team as well.

The Maccabi Games bring together Jewish athletes from around the world for competition as well as to celebrate Jewish unity, culture and heritage, while gaining valuable team competition experience.

Among the ...

Fans Cheer Maximum Security In NJ,; War Of Will Wins The Preakness

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Maximum Security drew a large crowd of well-wishers as he schooled in the paddock prior to Monmouth Park’s fifth race on Saturday, with trainer Jason Servis saying his star colt could breeze next week as he continues to weigh his options for the horse’s next start.

“It’s great to see this,” Servis said of the crowd. “Like I have told ...

Bring The Horse & A Potluck Dish And Come Ride At Lusscroft

WANTAGE, N.J. — Five benefit horse trail rides and camping at Lusscroft Farm are scheduled starting June 1.

The first ride will be held on National Trails Day, Saturday June 1. The other rides will be held July 13, Aug. 3, Aug. 31 and Oct. 5

Riders must bring their own horse and come feel the magic riding on the Lusscroft Farm marked trail system and fields. Enjoy a quiet, relaxed ...

Maximum Security's Owner Issues $20 Million Challenge To His Foes

OCEANPORT, N.J. — In an unprecedented move in thoroughbred racing, Gary West is offering up $20 million of his own money to the owners of Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress if any of those horses finish ahead of Maximum Security the next time any of them race against him through the end of this year.

West believes his offer of $5 million apiece to each of ...

10 Charities To Benefit From Handicapping Contest at Meadowlands On May 25

EAST RUTHERFROD, N.J. — Ten local New Jersey charitable organizations have been selected to compete in the Charity Handicapping Contest on Saturday, May 25.

The Contest offers a $15,000 total donation/prize pool, with all 10 charities receiving a donation. Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st Place: $5,000, 2nd Place: $3,000, 3rd Place: $2,000, 4th Place: $1,500, 5th Place: $1,000, ...

Foxes Herald Nature’s Resurgence in Suburban New Jersey

For most of my life the only time I saw a red fox it was probably a raccoon. They have those same glow-in-the-headlights silvery eyes.

But a few years ago, I began to see a once-rare piece of roadkill with greater frequency. No matter how flattened the rest of the fox was, it’s bushy-tail would blow around in the highway draft of cars and trucks as they raced past.

I assumed the ...

A Failsafe in a World of Falling Safes

I subscribe to the “Falling Safe” philosophy of life.

A person walks down a city street, perhaps inexplicably happy or modestly content, or maybe consumed by the routines of their day or bothered by life’s little annoyances.

High above them, in the upper reaches of a skyscraper under construction, work is being done. A crane is lifting beams or huge HVAC units, glass ...

What Parents Fear Most: Losing a Child at a University

The murder of Samantha Josephson by a man she trusted to be an Uber driver, is yet another tragic reminder that when we send our kids off to college these days, the elation of watching them ascend into adult life is tempered by fear for their safety.

Claudia Patterson dropped her son Kenny off at a Rutgers freshman dorm two years ago filled with optimism. He was a smart, popular athlete.

Meet The Measles

I am not sure if I ever had measles. I know I had gerbils. And a hamster once. But I don’t recall ever having measles.

Of course, measles aren’t small furry animals or some popular Hasbro toy that is in short supply around the holidays. The Measles are not a Korean Pop boy band or an annoying TV sitcom family. Measles are not a breakfast cereal or small colored candies that fizz in ...