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Recipe: How to Make No-Churn Vanilla Birthday Cake Ice Cream

June 24, 2021

It only takes four ingredients to make this festive frozen treat! The best part? You don’t even need special equipment.

The trick to getting the right texture without an ice cream maker is folding in fluffy whipped cream.

No-Churn Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 tsp. vanilla extract
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
¼ cup ...

New Jersey Date Night: Enjoy the Fireworks

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

There's nothing better than sharing a blanket with your love as you gaze at the New Jersey sky. With Independence Day upon us, this year we get the value added bonus of taking in the fireworks. Celebrating our country’s birthday combined with a little romance leads us to a fireworks display ...

Behind the Tradition: All About the Jersey Shore’s Famous Salt Water Taffy

NEW JERSEY — When you think of the Jersey Shore, what comes to mind? Boardwalks? Beaches? How about salt water taffy?

The bite-sized candy has a history that stretches as long as the Atlantic City boardwalk itself.

Salt water taffy was introduced on the AC Boardwalk in the 1880s and became known as the first Atlantic City souvenir, according to AtlanticCityNJ.com. Having been ...

JerseyCAN Launches Multimedia Platform Showcasing Solutions for NJ School Districts

June 22, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Janellen Duffy, Senior Advisor of JerseyCAN, a nonprofit organization supporting and advocating for every student in New Jersey to have access to a high-quality education. JerseyCAN recently launched an online multimedia platform to help assist local school districts and educators to create new strategies and programs to ...

Lincoln of Wayne Continues to Provide Industry-Leading Sales and Service Despite Global Microchip Shortage

WAYNE, NJ -- Peter Spina, Jr., General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, spoke with TAPintoTV, about the global automotive industry microchip shortage and what the shortage means for Lincoln of Wayne customers. 

“The microchip shortage, or semiconductor shortage, is one of the greatest supply chain shortages our industry has ever faced,” Spina said. Typically, Spina told TAPintoTV, ...

This Weekend's Entertainment Lineup at the Black, Old Causeway and Bird and Betty's

June 18, 2021

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The Tide Table Group has a lot of entertainment action this weekend.

Thursday, 6 p.m. Black Whale, Chris Fritz

Thursday, 7 p.m. on the Deck, Bird and Betty's: DJ Danner

Friday, 8 p.m. on the Deck, Bird and Betty's: DJ Lowski

Friday, 9:30 p.m. in the Club: Stealing Savanna and DJ Meatball

Friday, 10 p.m. Old Causeway:  Sneak ...

Do you go to LBI? Compassion Café Opens in Beach Haven

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Do you go to LBI in the summer? Look for Compassion Café who kicked off their inaugural season with a huge grand opening celebration at their 2021 host location, Barry's Do Me A Flavor on Centre Street in Beach Haven on May 17. 

Compassion Café is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit recently founded by Erin Sharkey and Sue Sharkey with ...

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. 

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 ...

Nominations Sought for Land Development & Planning Awards

June 24, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Planning Division is seeking nominations for its 38th annual Land Development and Planning Awards program. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 23. Nomination criteria can be found at https://bit.ly/LandPlan21. The planning awards program is intended to highlight innovative community planning projects that improve the lives of residents and ...

Somerset County supports Curbing Hunger Month in June

Residents Can Donate with Their Recycling

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Curbing Hunger is held every year in June to help alleviate food supply shortages that often occur during the summer months when school lunch programs are closed and there are fewer holiday food drives. This year food supplies are even lower due to the pandemic, but residents can help replenish the shortage by donating ...

St. Bartholomew Academy Graduates Thirty Two

 St. Bartholomew Academy held its Commencement and Graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 11, 2021, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains.

The student-led service focused on the various ways the students have grown, both in faith and academics, over their years at the Academy. The class of 32, one of the largest graduation classes in several years, was awarded over ...

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 ...

New Jersey Storytelling Festival Hosted by the New Jersey Storytelling Network Saturday, June 26th

June 24, 2021

One of the great storytellers of our time, J.K. Rowling, says of storytellers, "There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place."

And you and your family can enjoy stories this weekend at the New Jersey Storytelling Festival hosted by the New Jersey Storytelling Network Saturday, June 26th from 12:30pm to 3:30pm on the grounds of the East Jersey Old ...

Morristown National Historical Park Will Reopen With Limited Occupancy Levels on July 2

MORRISTOWN, NJ — The Morristown National Historical Park will reopen with limited occupancy levels on July 2 at Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, Ford Mansion, and Washington's Headquarters Museum.

Effective July 2, visitors can enter the following visitor buildings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at its Jockey Hollow and Washington’s ...

Ol' Blue Eyes In Bronze: Sinatra Statue Planned for NJ Waterfront

HOBOKEN, NJ - "It's Sinatra's World, We Just Live In It..."

In New Jersey, Sinatra's legacy will loom even larger—as officials announce plans to install a Sinatra Statue, in the amphitheater at Sinatra Park, located on Sinatra Drive, along the city's scenic waterfront.

Frank often spoke of growing up in Hoboken, standing on the Hudson River's western ...

This Weekend's Entertainment Lineup at the Black, Old Causeway and Bird and Betty's

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The Tide Table Group has a lot of entertainment action this weekend.

Thursday, 6 p.m. Black Whale, Chris Fritz

Thursday, 7 p.m. on the Deck, Bird and Betty's: DJ Danner

Friday, 8 p.m. on the Deck, Bird and Betty's: DJ Lowski

Friday, 9:30 p.m. in the Club: Stealing Savanna and DJ Meatball

Friday, 10 p.m. Old Causeway:  Sneak ...

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

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 ...

Somerset County Offers Free COVID-19 Vaccinations in North Plainfield and more

June 21, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – COVID-19 vaccination clinics operated by the Somerset County Department of Health will be held at several locations through June 27.

No appointments are necessary.

Tuesday, June 22, Bound Brook Train Station, 3-7 p.m., Johnson&Johnson vaccine;

Wednesday, June 23, Somerset County Senior Wellness Center, 876 E. Main St. Bridgewater, 4-5:30 p.m.

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

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Saturday reported 8 new cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight for a total of 23,818 cases in Somerset County since the first cases were reported in March 2020. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Saturday reported 891,241 total cases since ...

Warren’s Claxton Joins NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics of NJ

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Police throughout central New Jersey slipped out of uniform in favor of running shorts, t-shirts and sneakers on Friday, and Warren's Toby Claxton was there to help. Claxton joined the Bound Brook Police Department for their leg of the run. Toby's mom Amy said, "Thank you Bound Brook Police Department for letting us be part of the passing of the torch at ...

FrostKings Return to Somerville's Summer Stage June 19

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Summer Stage Concert series continues Saturday, June 19 with a three-hour concert performed by the Frost Kings beginning at 6 p.m. on the Division Street pedestrian mall.

The FrostKings are an R&B, swing and blues band based in northern New Jersey.

From their website: "Equally at home playing swinging shuffles, slow blues or full-tilt boogies, their ...

COVID-19 Aftermath: New Tradition Emerges at Somerville High School

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A new tradition has emerged from the turmoil and trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic at Somerville High School, a keepsake that pays tribute to all 294 members of the class of 2021.

Following Friday's early dismissal, principal Jerry Foley and several teachers waited for the hallways and parking lot to clear out before they began the task of posting individual photos of each ...

June 18 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 9 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Friday reported 9 new cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight for a total of 23,812 cases in Somerset County since the first cases were reported in March 2020. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Friday reported 891,071 total cases since last ...

And They're Off

The other day China fired three astronauts into space. This occurred just as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced that he too was shooting himself into outer space.

This got me thinking, how did we get here and where exactly are we going?

So today, as a public service, I give to you:

A Brief History of the Race in Space

October, 1957. The manmade satellite, Sputnik 1, sends the very ...

Home Wreckers

I woke the other morning in predawn light to a startling, ratatatat outside my bedroom window. It was a woodpecker wantonly jackhammering holes into the side of my house.

The house that we had just finished painting. The stoic house that after too many years of neglect, we had finally got around to repairing.

As with many families, the pandemic afforded us the opportunity and energy to ...

New Jersey Librarian of the Year Advocates for Teens, Librarians of Color

June 23, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When Keisha Miller looks around South Orange Public Library, she sees more than books.

Beyond the stacks and shelves, the chairs and tables, the town’s teen librarian and volunteer coordinator and the state’s 2021 Librarian of the Year sees community.

“Libraries are not just about books. It’s about community engagement, it's about ...

Morristown National Historical Park Will Reopen With Limited Occupancy Levels on July 2

MORRISTOWN, NJ — The Morristown National Historical Park will reopen with limited occupancy levels on July 2 at Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, Ford Mansion, and Washington's Headquarters Museum.

Effective July 2, visitors can enter the following visitor buildings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at its Jockey Hollow and Washington’s ...

Former Summit Middle School Drama Teacher, Theater Director Charged with Sexual Contact with a Student

ELIZABETH, NJ - Ronald Wells, 69, who was employed by the Summit Public School District for nearly 25 years as a theater teacher at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School prior to retiring on June 30, 2018, has been arrested and charged with committing criminal offenses of a sexual nature against a student while on school grounds several years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor ...

Ol' Blue Eyes In Bronze: Sinatra Statue Planned for NJ Waterfront

HOBOKEN, NJ - "It's Sinatra's World, We Just Live In It..."

In New Jersey, Sinatra's legacy will loom even larger—as officials announce plans to install a Sinatra Statue, in the amphitheater at Sinatra Park, located on Sinatra Drive, along the city's scenic waterfront.

Frank often spoke of growing up in Hoboken, standing on the Hudson River's western ...

'So Many New Faces' at the North Jersey Pride Picnic

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Hundreds of individuals, couples and families spread out across Memorial Park last Sunday to celebrate Pride Month together. It was sponsored by North Jersey Pride, whose mission is “promote equality, celebrate family and support LGBTQ youth through fun and educational events.”

C.J. Prince, executive director as well as a South Orange resident, and a team ...

Do you go to LBI? Compassion Café Opens in Beach Haven

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Do you go to LBI in the summer? Look for Compassion Café who kicked off their inaugural season with a huge grand opening celebration at their 2021 host location, Barry's Do Me A Flavor on Centre Street in Beach Haven on May 17. 

Compassion Café is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit recently founded by Erin Sharkey and Sue Sharkey with ...

Obituaries

Patricia H. Jacot – Guillarmod 67, died on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson ...
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Festive Food: Red, White, and Blue for the Fourth

A Fourth of July gathering is the classic summer event – food, fun, and friends. This year, treat your guests to some festive new dishes highlighting the red, white, and blue we all associate with this special holiday.

Star Confetti Cookies

For a fun, easy dessert that you can pair with any main dish, try these cutout star cookies. The recipe has been tested to ensure that the cookies ...

Citrus, Coral, and Florals: Summer from the Inside Out

As summer swings into high gear outside, bring some of the color and brightness indoors with your home décor. Perfect for setting the mood every day and during special events, summer décor that includes florals, citrus, and coral tones is a great way to transition from the more muted spring hues to the bold colors of the brightest season. Here are five ways to incorporate these ...

Feeling Nutty? Here’s Why You Should Add Nuts To Your Diet

Enjoying a wide variety of nuts has multiple health benefits. The crunchy, delicious snacks are a great source of protein, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. Nuts are naturally cholesterol-free and pack disease-fighting antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin E and magnesium.

A 2019 study published by the U.S. National Library of ...

No Garden Yet? No Worries: Here’s What You Can Still Plant In June

Getting outside to work in the garden is a wonderful way to be physically active and soak up some natural vitamin D from the sun. If you haven’t planted anything yet or you’re aiming to increase your harvest, don’t worry. There are lots of nutrient-rich vegetables, herbs, and gorgeous flowers you can still plant in June. Here’s a list to help you get ...

From Ponds to Waterfalls: Outdoor Water Features You Can DIY

If you’re daydreaming about the burble of a stream over rocks or the spray of a waterfall right in your backyard, we’ve put together a selection of outdoor water feature ideas to help you make your dream come true!

While water features may sound expensive or out of reach, there are tons of great do-it-yourself options for everything from flower pot fountains to ponds and ...

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 ...

And They're Off

The other day China fired three astronauts into space. This occurred just as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced that he too was shooting himself into outer space.

This got me thinking, how did we get here and where exactly are we going?

So today, as a public service, I give to you:

A Brief History of the Race in Space

October, 1957. The manmade satellite, Sputnik 1, sends the very ...

Home Wreckers

I woke the other morning in predawn light to a startling, ratatatat outside my bedroom window. It was a woodpecker wantonly jackhammering holes into the side of my house.

The house that we had just finished painting. The stoic house that after too many years of neglect, we had finally got around to repairing.

As with many families, the pandemic afforded us the opportunity and energy to ...

Eat the Rainbow: Why Fruits of Every Color Belong on Your Plate

In general, the bold colors found in fruits indicate a large concentration of antioxidants. These vitamins and compounds perform many different functions within the body, but all antioxidants help reduce “free radicals,” or potentially harmful atoms that interfere with normal cell functioning in our bodies. Eating a variety of colors through fruits will help ensure that you’re ...

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 ...