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How to Make Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam in Your Microwave

May 22, 2019

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 ...

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 ...

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

May 22, 2019

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 ...

“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 ...

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.


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

May 21, 2019

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


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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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

May 21, 2019


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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

May 21, 2019

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 ...

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 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 ...


Henry Seesselberg, 86, of Warren passed away Saturday, April 6 at the Eastern Star Home in ...
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Para-Equestrian Returns To N.J. After Successful Florida Winter Show Season

May 22, 2019

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 ...

N.J.-Based Trainer Will Ride With, And Coach Maccabi USA Team In Hungary

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 ...

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 ...