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The Best Deal on Meals We’ve Found Anywhere in New Jersey

May 25, 2019

A dollar won’t buy you a cup of coffee at most places in New Jersey, but this week it will buy nine meals for neighbors in need.

That’s because every dollar donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s triple match campaign will be tripled until midnight on May 31, 2019, up to $15,000 thanks to a donor. As of Friday, CFBNJ was just under halfway to that goal, ...

How to Make Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam in Your Microwave

Strawberries and rhubarb are one of our favorite springtime combinations. Use them here to make a quick and easy spread.

This recipe makes a small batch — enough for two 8-oz. jars. If you keep them in your refrigerator, there’s no need to process them.

Microwave Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

2 cups fresh strawberries cut into ¼-inch slices

½ cup rhubarb chopped ...

New Jersey Date Night: Ice Cream, You Smile

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 ...

Steve Adubato Talks with HGTV Stars, The Cousins, About their New Children's Book

May 22, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- Remodeling experts and HGTV stars, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, were guests on One-on-One with Steve Adubato, sharing their latest projects as well as guidance for homeowners with the itch to renovate.

“The biggest thing you can do is plan,” advised John Colaneri. “Contractors in general have not been great at communication, and the crux of the entire ...

New World Pizza Brings Together Fresh Ingredients and Family at Franklin Food Truck Festival

FRANKLIN, NJ - Benefiting Franklin High School's Project Graduation, the 2nd Annual Franklin Food Truck Festival featured craft and food truck vendors from across the state.

"We have great vendors like New World Pizza. They have the best pizza in Somerset County, New Jersey, because they make it right on the spot - this is not heated up in a microwave!" said MacCafee ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

Memorial Day Weekend LBI Area Entertainment Lineup Presented by the Tide Table Group

May 23, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND - It is Memorial Day weekend!  The official kickoff to the 2019 summer season.

The Tide Table Group of Restaurants is our Presenting Sponsor for our 2019 summer entertainment guide. 

Old Causeway Steak and Oyster House: 1201 E. Bay Avenue in Manahawkin

Friday 10 p.m:   Rock Lobsters
Saturday 10 p.m:   Sneak Attack
Sunday 10 p.m. The ...

Recidivism Rate in New Jersey One of the Lowest in the Nation

May 23, 2019

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of hosting a visit from the Canadian Parole Board Chairperson Jennifer Oades. We had the opportunity to discuss best practices, compare our different parole processes, and share some important common ground about our collective goal— striking a decisive balance between protecting our society through public safety supervision, while fostering the ...

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

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.

 

Singin’ and Dancin’ in the Rain at the Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure

May 25, 2019

Sunday, May 5th may have been a wet and soggy day at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, but the downpour couldn’t keep away the “outpouring” of support—an estimated 1,000 people, in fact, braved the weather and came out to participate in the annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure. ABC-TV Eyewitness News Reporter Anthony Johnson served as Emcee; and there ...

It’s summertime…and these tips can help make livin’ easy for teens with jobs

With summer almost here, many students will turn their attention to making money from a summer job. Whether it’s flipping burgers or filing documents, the IRS wants student workers to know some facts about their summer jobs and taxes.

Not all the money they earn will make it to their pocket because employers must withhold taxes from their paycheck. Here are some tax tips young ...

Watchung Hills Students Help Beautify a New Home

 

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 ...

Therapy Dogs Recognized in 2019 Stoneman Douglas Yearbook

May 22, 2019

PARKLAND, FL- The tragedy at Stoneman Douglas in February of 2018 affected people near and far. As the greater Parkland community continues to heal, one the most helpful groups in the healing process are being recognized this year in a more formal way.

The 14 therapy dogs that were brought onto campus following the shooting have their own yearbook page in the 2019 MSD High School ...

A Million New Jersey Drivers Expected to Hit the Roads this Holiday Weekend

May 26, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Memorial Day is the unofficial start to the summer and according to AAA, 43 million Americans will kick off the summer with a Memorial Day weekend.

The near-record number of travelers is the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes dating back to 2000, trailing only the bar set in 2005, they stated in a press release. According to ...

Memorial Day Weekend LBI Area Entertainment Lineup Presented by the Tide Table Group

LONG BEACH ISLAND - It is Memorial Day weekend!  The official kickoff to the 2019 summer season.

The Tide Table Group of Restaurants is our Presenting Sponsor for our 2019 summer entertainment guide. 

Old Causeway Steak and Oyster House: 1201 E. Bay Avenue in Manahawkin

Friday 10 p.m:   Rock Lobsters
Saturday 10 p.m:   Sneak Attack
Sunday 10 p.m. The ...

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

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 ...

Holy Savior Academy Holds Annual Art Exhibition

May 21, 2019

SOUTH PLAINFIELD - Holy Savior Academy held their Annual Art Show on Wednesday, May 16th and Thursday, May 17th from 5p.m. to 7p.m. in the school’s auditorium.  The free event featured a gallery of artistic works of students from preschool through eighth grade.

“I have been collecting the students’ art work all throughout the year,” said Holy Savior Art Teacher ...

Holy Savior Academy Honors Mary at May Crowning 

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 ...

Basking Ridge Man Charged With Anti-Israel Threats, Threats to Bomb Trump Tower

May 22, 2019

NEWARK, NJ – A Basking Ridge man was arrested Wednesday for attempting to provide material support to Hamas, lying on his application to enlist in the U.S. Army and making a threat against pro-Israel supporters.

The announcement, made jointly by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division, ...

Warren Mayor Accepts Donation of Artwork by Ralph Garafola, including Original of Watchung’s Best Lake

 

WARREN, NJ – Warren Township Mayor Gary DiNardo accepted a donation of three original paintings by the artist Ralph Garafola, a longtime Warren resident, acclaimed artist, and late husband of Township Committeeperson, Carolann Garafola on Friday. The paintings depict Duderstadt barn in Warren, High Point State Park in Sussex, and Best Lake in Watchung and adds to the body of his ...

Inspired by Hillsborough 5K, Bridgewater Man Runs Around the World

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Joyjit Kundu never considered himself much of an athlete. Whether he was too busy with work, or just didn’t have an interest, working out in general wasn’t in his regular routine.

But today – thanks to a hometown race – Kundu has become a literal world runner.

The 45-year-old Bridgewater resident celebrated a milestone recently. He finished the ...

Police Investigate Shooting Death at Park in Franklin

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and township police are investigating the shooting death of a 30-year-old township resident late Saturday night in the area of Naaman Williams Park near Matilda Avenue, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The victim was identified as David D. Anderson, of Henry Street.

Robertson provided the ...

Making Memories at Somerville Girls' Night Out

 

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, ...

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 ...

Legionnaires’ Disease Hits 22 in Union County, Five Deaths Reported

May 26, 2019

CLARK, NJ - Theree cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed in Clark according to Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso. 22 cases of Legionaries Disease have been reported in Union County in the last few months that have lead to five deaths, a release from the New Jersey Department of Health said.

“I want residents to understand there is no need to panic.  ...

Memorial Day Weekend LBI Area Entertainment Lineup Presented by the Tide Table Group

LONG BEACH ISLAND - It is Memorial Day weekend!  The official kickoff to the 2019 summer season.

The Tide Table Group of Restaurants is our Presenting Sponsor for our 2019 summer entertainment guide. 

Old Causeway Steak and Oyster House: 1201 E. Bay Avenue in Manahawkin

Friday 10 p.m:   Rock Lobsters
Saturday 10 p.m:   Sneak Attack
Sunday 10 p.m. The ...

Power Outage in Morristown Causing Heavy Traffic Delays

MORRISTOWN, NJ - A motor vehicle crash on Franklin Street has caused a power outage in the area of 287 South at Madison Avenue, announced police. 

 JCP&L is working on restoring power. While restoration continues, power is temporarily shut down in the vicinity which is causing the signal on Madison Ave at 287 south to be out of service.

JCP&L estimates ...

Man Found Dead in Scotch Plains Apartment; Homicide Task Force Called in

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police responded to a report of a deceased adult male at an apartment on the 500 block of Park Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, May 21. 

"We couldn't come to any conclusions to the cause of death, so we called in the Union County Homicide Division to assist with the Union County Prosecutor's office," said Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted ...

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

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 ...

Obituaries

Henry Seesselberg, 86, of Warren passed away Saturday, April 6 at the Eastern Star Home in ...
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ACT Now Foundation Wins Inaugural Meadowlands Charity Handicapping Contest

May 26, 2019

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Saturday night Meadowlands Racetrack held its Inaugural Charity Handicapping Contest. Ten local charitable organizations were selected to compete for their share of $15,000.

It was a tight contest with multiple lead changes and in the end, Act Now Foundation Inc came out on top with a final bankroll of $59.10, only $.40 cents ahead of second place finisher Wayne ...

Horse Park Of New Jersey Accepting Applications For New Trustees

STONE TAVERN, N.J. — The Horse Park of New Jersey is looking for new trustees.

If you have a passion for the equine community be part of a group of volunteers that strives to improve the benefits the Horse Park of New Jersey brings to the public. 

Terms of four member are expiring this year.

Potential trustees should submit an application which can be found at ...

Para-Equestrian Returns To N.J. After Successful Florida Winter Show Season

TEWKSBURY TWP., N.J. — Alanna Flax-Clark, U.S. Para Equestrian, recently returned to Mane Stream (an adaptive riding and therapy services non-profit in Oldwick) after spending a successful winter season competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

Over the winter she showed and trained in Wellington, Fla. with her Dutch Riding Pony, El Paso, or “Taco” as he is ...

New Jersey Equine Artists’ Association Show opens June 9 In Stockton

STOCKTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Equine Artists’ Association's 2019 Invitational Exhibit of equine art by local/regional artists, “NJEAA Art of the Horse,” will open on June 9.

A public reception and an opportunity to meet the artists will be on opening day from 2 to 4 p.m. at Prallsville Mills, 33 Risler Street, Stockton., N.J. 

About 3:30 p.m. noted author, ...

Tick Control Bill Takes a Step Forward In New Jersey Legislature

TRENTON, N.J. — A bill that would provide $250,000 to help develop method of tick control was voted out of committee on May 16.

The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee made some amendments, before releasing Assembly Bill No. 5160. There is no Senate version of the bill as of May 20.

This bill, as amended, requires the State Mosquito Control Commission to ...

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 ...

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 ...