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In Westfield, NJ, a Dream to Help People Live Better Through Food at Fettle + Fare

March 17, 2019

Opening a new restaurant is rarely an easy task, and for Fettle + Fare owner Amanda Vargas, who has multiple sclerosis and is legally blind, the journey to create her shop in Westfield, NJ, was extra challenging. 

It was here that she created a space that is more to her than a place to find tasty, nutritious food. It’s a symbol of growth and helping others ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Little Irish Luck

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

Everyone has a St. Patrick’s Day story. Maybe yours involves being stuck in parade traffic with your date and just one bottle of water, or maybe it was being stuck in a pub with just your sixth glass of green beer. If St. Patrick’s Day can leave behind so many great stories, then it only ...

9-Year-Old Livingston Boy to Compete on FOX’s ‘MasterChef Junior’

This story first appeared in TAPinto Livingston.

Matthew Smith, a 9-year-old Livingston, NJ, boy with talent enough in the kitchen to stand opposite Gordon Ramsay, will appear on Season 7 of “MasterChef Junior” on FOX when it premieres on Tuesday, March 12, at 8 p.m.

Smith said his interest in the culinary arts began quite early in life. His aunt gifted him a ...

How to Cope with College Rejections

March 18, 2019

It is that time of year when students are receiving either their acceptance or rejection letters from colleges. Every senior student that I have seen thus far is extremely stressed awaiting the news. Some have already received their responses, while others are on a wait list.

It is important to recognize that rejection letters are out of your control. Many schools are ...

New Scholarship Offering from Watchung PBA Local 193

March 15, 2019

WATCHUNG, NJ -  Watchung PBA Local 193 is excited to announce the launch of its new $2500 scholarship offering. The scholarship will be given to honor Officer Matthew J. Melchionda, a Watchung Police Officer that died in the line of duty on March 8, 2006. Watchung PBA President Sherif Zaiton stated, “We previously offered a joint scholarship with Watchung/Warren Rotary that was ...

Warning Signs that Your Loved One Has a Substance Use Disorder

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 19.7 million people ages 12 and older had a substance use disorder related to their abuse of alcohol or drugs. Identifying the signs of a substance use disorder in someone you love can be a challenge. Thomas Romanelli, Certified Alcohol and Drug ...

Spot the New Falcon in Town on the Falcon Cam

As the courtship season begins for peregrine falcons,residents of all ages and visitors from all over the world can observe and study one of the fastest animals on earth by, tuning in to the Union County Falcon Cam.

“The Falcon Cam is a great opportunity for residents of all ages to experience and learn about peregrine falcons up close,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

Plainfield Musician to Receive Rotary Club Award at Annual Wine Tasting Dinner

Plainfield, NJ — The Rotary Club of the Plainfields has announced that Plainfield resident Victoria Griswold, former owner of the Plainfield Music Store, will receive the 2019 Service Above Self Award at the club’s 20th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner. The event will be held on May 1 at Giovanna’s Restaurant in Plainfield, and is a fundraiser for the club’s scholarship ...

Students Put Persuasive Skills to Good Use

 

North Plainfield students in Ms. Friedman’s seventh grade English class began an important project last week.  Upon completion of a persuasive writing unit in class, Lauren DeNoma, of Best Friend Dog and Animal Adoption based out of Cranford, visited the students with some special friends. She discussed this organization’s mission and the importance of their work.

Switch to Daylight Saving Time can affect daily commute, cautions AAA

March 9, 2019

WARREN, NJ - AAA is reminding drivers that the change to Daylight Saving Time may create distraction on the roadway and challenges for drivers who lost an hour of sleep. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday March 11 at 2 a.m.

“As we spring forward, drivers should be aware that the time change will also mean changes to driving habits. Some drivers may suddenly find themselves driving into ...

The Tide Table Group Purchases the Ketch Restaurant and Nightclub in Beach Haven

BEACH HAVEN -  The deal has been in the works for a few years. The Tide Table Group, owners of Mud City Crab House, Ship Bottom Shellfish, Parker’s Garage & Oyster Saloon, the Black Whale Bar & Fish House, and the Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House, recently announced the purchase of The Ketch restaurant and nightclub on Dock Road on Feb. 14.

The Tide Table Group ...

Rutgers Tapping into Beer, Wine Sales to Fund Athletic Scholarships

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For all the fans that sat through Rutgers University home football game during the recent 1-11 season, the university has struck on a plan that will allow those loyal followers to drown their frustrations a bit more while also helping the team.

The university athletic program today announced that it will expand beer and wine sales at the venues it manages and use the ...

Warren Township Committee Accepts Resignation Of Garafola, Names Open Space

March 17, 2019

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township Committee accepted the resignation of one of its members on Thursday night and unanimously approved naming open space in her honor.

A 23 year veteran township committeewoman and resident of Warren Township since 1975, Carolann Garafola has resigned effective June 1. Garafola said after the meeting that she,” had hoped to finish out 2019, but it just ...

Freeholder Blames Governor for Defeat of Hillsborough Referendum

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Deputy Freeholder Director Pat Walsh blames Gov. Phil Murphy and his fiscal policies for  voters’ rejection of an $8.06 million referendum in Hillsborough that if approved, would have funded full-day kindergarten and mitigated budget shortfalls caused by years of declining state aid.

The results Tuesday night showed 4,432 voting to reject the ...

Literacy Volunteers Holding Information Sessions

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC) is holding an information session to learn more about becoming a volunteer adult literacy tutor.

Information sessions will be held at the Franklin Township Library April 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; at the Bridgewater Township Library April 9 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and the Hillsborough Township Library April 10 from 6 p.m. to 7 ...

Emergency Services Personnel to Swarm Hospital March 20

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Don’t be alarmed. This is only a drill.

Armed with assault rifles and other weapons, dozens of police officers from Somerset County law enforcement agencies, joined by EMS and fire service units will conduct an active-shooter response exercise at the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital on Wednesday, March 20 from 7:30-10:30 ...

Warren Township No. 2 Safest Community in NJ, National Council says

WARREN, NJ - The National Council for Home Safety and Security has determined that Warren Township is the second safest community in New Jersey for 2019, the Township Committee announced on Friday. 

Victor Sordillo, Township Committee Liaison to the Warren Police Department and a safety professional, stated, “Warren is proud to have a fine, dedicated Police Department under the ...

Hillsborough Voters Reject All-Day Kindergarten Referendum

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Residents voted by an overwhelming margin to reject a referendum on Tuesday that would have raised $8.06 million in taxes to pay for all-day kindergarten and stabilize the school board's finances.

School officials had warned prior to yesterday's vote that if rejected, Hillsborough Schools would need to consider reducing teachers and staff and increasing class sizes.

Yes I'm Not

Recently I discovered, somewhat unexpectedly, that I am a robot.

Ironically, I came to this discovery after contemplating the purchase of a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. The motorized Roomba disk roams by itself around the house methodically cleaning the floor. The Roomba also seems like it could make a good pet.

But owning a robot is not for the faint of heart or the weak of silicon.

Online Cameras Peer Into Nests of New Jersey Predators

March 18, 2019

A pair of American Eagles tend to their nest atop an 80-foot Sycamore tree at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, days away from the hatching of two eggs, while the courtship season has begun for a female peregrine falcon nesting on the roof of the historic 17-story Union County Courthouse in downtown Elizabeth.

The predators have achieved "rock star" status in classrooms and homes across ...

Rutgers Urging Students to get Meningitis Vaccination, State Declares Outbreak

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University announced Tuesday that it is urging students to get a vaccination against meningitis following a state Department of Health decision to declare an outbreak of the disease because of two cases on campus this winter.

"To protect the student population, we are strongly recommending that all Rutgers–New Brunswick undergraduate students and graduate ...

Former NJ Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Shot Dead, Authorities Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 70-year-old man who served as a priest, in Westfield, Kennilworth, North Bergen, and also at Oratory Prep School in Summit, who was later accused of sex abuse, was found shot dead at his home in Nevada, authorities said.

Officers found John Capparelli with a gunshot wound to his neck at his residence in Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday, a spokesperson ...

(Videos and photos) Thousands Flock to Morristown to Celebrate the 40th Annual Morris County St. Patrick's Day Parade

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The day couldn't have been better for the 40th Annual Morris County St. Patrick's Day Parade. The sun was shining, the bag pipes were playing and thousands of residents lined the streets to watch over 120 groups and organizations march down South Street and around the green on Saturday March 9.

This year's Grand Marshall was Father Patrick Paddy ...

An 'Awful Accident' says Man who Hit Mt. Arlington Cop with Car

MOUNT ARLINGTON, NJ – The motorist who struck and injured Mount Arlington Police Sgt. James Distasio in December feels terrible about the incident but insists he did nothing wrong.

Five times during an interview on Friday, the driver - Chatham lawyer William Anastasio - used the words “I feel awful” when recounting what happened at 6:50 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2018 ...

Morristown to Host Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday, Expect Road Closures and Detours

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  A county tradition, the 40th annual Morris County Parade, will step off on Saturday March 9 at 12 noon in Morristown. 

The parade route will begin in the parking lot at Town Hall, travel down South Street before continuing around the Morristown Green. Marchers will go make their way around the green, on S. Park Place, E. Park Place, and N. Park Place ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield, NJ – Margaret (Pascazio) Butfiloski, 99, passed away peacefully on June 2, ...
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Young N.J. Rider Earns Thoroughbred Incentive Program 2018 Performance Awards

March 16, 2019

HOLLAND TWP., N.J. — Emma Scheier, 13, of Holland Township earned several awards in the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), which encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding.

Her horse’s registered name is Open Now, but Scheier shows him as “And Then The Stars Aligned.” Around the ...

Collegiate Riding: Teams Honor Seniors, Prepare For Conference Championships

WACO, Texas — The No. 1 Auburn equestrian team did something no other program has done in the modern history of the sport. The Tigers put together an undefeated regular season as the squad topped rival and No. 7 Georgia, 17-3, at the Auburn University Equestrian Center on March 8.

The win moved the squad to 13-0 overall and 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference

"Going undefeated is ...

Brain Injury Awareness Month: How Much Do You Know About Equestrians And TBIs?

For more than three decades, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has led the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an engaging public awareness campaign in March of each year.

Traumatic brain injuries are common in equestrian sports. One of the highest profile cases is that of dressage rider, Courtney King Dye.

According to her website: King Dye is a USDF ...

Come Meet The New Rutgers University Teaching Herd On March 30

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Come visit the 2019 Rutgers University Teaching Herd (RUTH) at a ‘Meet-n-Greet’ on March 30.

The herd includes ‘foster’ horses from rescues which will be available for adoption at the end of the semester. Students are working with the horses and will show them on Ag Field Day on April 27.

The foster horses include a Quarter Horse Pony ...

Equestrians Sought To Participate In Newton's St. Patrick's Day Parade

NEWTON, N.J. — The Sussex County St Patrick's Day parade is set to take place on Saturday, March 16 in Newton.

Equestrians are invited to join the New Jersey Quarter Horse Association with or without horses of any breed.

Parking for trailers is at the corner of South Park Drive and Route 206 (between Shop Rite and Weiss). Arrive after 9:30 a.m. and be ready to move by 11 a.m. to ...

For Parents Like Me, Pot Legalization in New Jersey is a Dilemma

I like Gov. Phil Murphy, but he's making a liar out of me. Me and millions of parents. For a couple of generations now, mothers and fathers have been warning children about the dangers of pot smoking. Now the governor comes along and tells them there is no Santa Claus.

I’ve been warning my children about pot for 20 years. That’s not exaggeration. It started when my ...

From a Backyard in Elizabeth, Chatham Man Shoots for the Stars

Luis Da Silva, Jr., says he got his start in a “two by four” backyard in Elizabeth, where he would spend hours with just a basketball. 

“It was a rough neighborhood and my mother didn’t want me down at the basketball courts,” Da Silva said.

In those lonely hours of dribbling and inventing basketball tricks, Da Silva learned to command the giant orange orb ...

NJSpotlight and NJTV: Perfect Together

NJ Spotlight, an online news site dedicated to covering state government and doing in-depth analysis of public policy and its aftershocks, has been acquired by WNET, the Public Broadcasting Service operator of NJTV.

Together, NJ Spotlight and NJTV, will form a multi-platform news service covering the serious business of New Jersey, which has always been a television outlier for New York and ...

Jeff Bezos Could Single-Handedly Help Shape the Future of Newark

You’ve got to love Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s latest move in the continuing marathon to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to his city.

The mayor wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, the newspaper owned by Amazon gazillionare Jeff Bezos. In it, he makes yet another pitch for Newark, and thereby giving his emerging city a national stage.

Maybe now, people in his own state ...

Sandmann and Tramaglini: Raw Meat for the Media

So, the kid who went viral in that Lincoln Memorial confrontation is suing the Washington Post.

Good.

That might sound strange coming from a journalist. But what is happening to people like Nicholas Sandmann, the kid with the smirk on his face and the MAGA hat on his head, isn’t journalism.

It’s a pack of wolves tearing at raw meat. It’s playing with someone’s ...

Local News: Real Stories About Us

For a dozen years I was a news columnist at the state’s largest newspaper and in the decade prior to that, I was its editor in charge of all local news.

I semi-retired from that company in December and wrote a farewell column expressing gratitude for being able to make a living doing something I loved for more than 40 years.

In that continued spirit, here is my inaugural column for ...

Yes I'm Not

Recently I discovered, somewhat unexpectedly, that I am a robot.

Ironically, I came to this discovery after contemplating the purchase of a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner. The motorized Roomba disk roams by itself around the house methodically cleaning the floor. The Roomba also seems like it could make a good pet.

But owning a robot is not for the faint of heart or the weak of silicon.