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Sat, January 26, 3:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

The Plainfield Symphony Annual Free Family Concert

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Add to My Calendar 01/26/2019 3:00pm 01/26/2019 4:30pm America/New_York The Plainfield Symphony Annual Free Family Concert

The Plainfield Symphony’s annual Family Concert will take place on Saturday January 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm under the baton of Maestro Charles Prince. The program will feature two 2018 Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey Prize winners, a renowned saxophone soloist and several fun pieces by David Rimelis.

Pianist Sarah Ouyang will perform the third movement, Rondo Allegro Scherzando, of ...

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How to Make Perfectly Cooked Hard-Boiled Eggs

April 19, 2019

When it comes to the simple hard-boiled egg, it seems nothing is simple. Some people will swear by steaming them in an egg cooker or Instant Pot. Others have taken to using a sous vide. And those things are great — if you have them. But all you really need to make a great egg is a pot and some water.

This method is great for making anything from one large egg to a couple dozen at ...

Crunch Time at NJ-Based Manischewitz Company as Passover Approaches

Much has changed since more than 100 jobs were slashed at the Manischewitz Matzo Factory in Newark almost two years ago.

Sheets and sheets of matzo used to be made at the factory on Avenue K, which runs parallel to Route 9, every spring for Passover.

“When you do it in a commercial factory, it’s quite a challenge not to have any dough carry over from one batch to the ...

NJ Girl Scout Teaches Kids Healthy Cooking & Eating with Classes, Videos

This story first appeared on TAPinto Springfield.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity rates have more than tripled since the 1970s. One Springfield Girl Scout is looking to make a change to that statistic by encouraging the next generation to eat healthier in a simple and fun way.

“I just realized childhood obesity is a growing American ...

New Jersey-Based Jaguar USA Wins Three World Car Awards at the 2019 New York International Auto Show

April 18, 2019

NEW YORK, NY -- Jaguar USA, based in Mahwah, New Jersey, was the recipient of the top three World Car Awards at the New York International Auto Show this year for the same model, the Jaguar I-PACE.

Entirely electric and in the SUV category, the Jaguar I-PACE received the awards for World Car of the Year, Design of the Year, and Green Car of the Year. It is unprecedented for one manufacturer to ...

More than Just Books, Totowa Public Library is Local Center for Community Events

TOTOWA, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with staff members at the Totowa Public Library at the recent “Mind and Body Expo” to learn about the many events and community services frequently hosted at the library.

“It’s a chance for everybody to come out and learn more about themselves,” said Philip Schirner, Page at the Totowa Library, speaking about the Anxiety and ...

Home Grown New Jersey Filmmaker Tells His Backstage Story of Life as a Roadie

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with TJ Hoffmann, Producer of “Roadie: My Documentary,” which won “Best Home Grown Documentary Feature” at the 2019 Garden State Film Festival. The film looks back at Hoffmann’s 20 year career as a roadie, and incorporates his personal video archives starting with his tours in the 80s. “My film gives everyone a little peek ...

Celebrate National Barbershop Quartet Day with Deke Sharon Mentoring New Jersey’s Next Generation of Singers

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Deke Sharon, considered the “father of contemporary a cappella,” joined New Jersey’s top choral experts at James Caldwell High School for the annual Jersey Harmony Explosion festival, held every winter.

High school and middle school students from across New Jersey spent the day receiving choral and quartet instruction from a capella pros. The day ...

“Fitness for Mind & Body Expo” at Totowa Public Library Shows Connection Between Good Mental and Physical Health

TOTOWA, NJ -- On Saturday, April 6, at the Totowa Public Library, The Anxiety & Depression Initiative presented the “Fitness for Mind and Body Expo,” to provide opportunities for the local community to discover ways to be physically active in order to support wellness of both the body and mind.

“The Anxiety & Depression Initiative’s mission is to promote ...

Inventive Journalism-TAPinto

April 19, 2019

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing  Michael Shapiro on Blog Radio! Michael is the  Publisher and Owner of the TAPINTO franchise, which was developed                                                          originally by Michael and ...

Software Help from Stevens Institute Computer Science Seniors

Does your company, startup or nonprofit need some help developing software?  Stevens Institute of Technology may be able to help, whether it be a phone app, game programming, or big data.  Computer Science Seniors take a capstone class where they are grouped into student teams and work on projects for the school year (September until the following May).  Prospective project clients ...

Long Beach Island's New Landmarks: The LBI Hotel and the Arlington Beach Club Nearing Completion

April 18, 2019

SHIP BOTTOM - If you have traveled to Long Beach Island recently you have seen the two new large structures at the entrance to Ship Bottom. LBI is changing and changing rapidly with these two properties. 

Hotel LBI is close to completion.  It is a project by the Mercer Management Group which also owns the Mallard Island Yacht Club, The Mainland at the Holiday Inn and the Bonnet ...

Officials Confirm Ocean Grove Fire Started Underneath Boardwalk Building

OCEAN GROVE, NJ —  Investigators have confirmed the massive fire that destroyed Ocean Grove’s boardwalk pavilion originated on the east side of the structure, underneath the Dunes Boardwalk Cafe.

While the five-alarm blaze’s cause has yet to be determined, the area of origin is where the homeless have resided in the past, according to the Monmouth County ...

Firefighters Battling Massive Blaze at Ocean Grove Boardwalk Pavilion

OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Smoke could be seen for miles for most of the afternoon as firefighters continue to battle a massive fire at the Ocean Grove boardwalk pavilion, according to officials.

Dozens of fires trucks from towns in Monmouth and Ocean counties were called to respond to the blaze, which was reported at about 11:30 a.m. on April 13. No injuries have been reported as of 2:30 p.m.

The GREEN BROOK - Special Education Parent Advisory Group (S.E.P.A.G.) Newsletter Issue 1

March 29, 2019

 ISSUE #1 APRIL 1, 2019
  S.E.P.A.G. Newsletter

Green Brook Special Education Advisory Group
 Mission Statement: The Green Brook District Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) has a mission to collaborate with the Green Brook Township Public Schools through parent input to identify areas for improving practices, services, and programs for all children with special ...

Missing from North Plainfield

April 20, 2019

LOST KITTEN 
Have you seen Storm?  She is 6 months old and is an indoor cat. She walked out of her home on Farragut Place close to East End School in  North Plainfield. Contact Lucy at lssanchez97@gmail.com if you see her.

 

 

 

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Holding Kitten Shower

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, on Commons Way, is hosting a Kitten Shower April 17 to prepare for kitten season.

The event will be held from noon to 7 p.m., with cake cutting at 5 p.m., to collect supplies and monetary donations for the kittens that will be arriving this spring.

Shelter manager Brian Bradshaw said they expect to see a lot of kittens coming in ...

Cat Saved From 45-Foot Tree After Five Days

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Fire Department was dispatched Monday at 5:30 p.m. to the cul-de-sac of Berkshire Drive for a reported cat that was stuck up in a tree. The cat which goes by the name of "Boots" got away from his owner at some time on Saturday and was stuck in a tree on the side of his home in a wooded area.

Because the area was not accessible to ...

Riedel Wine Tasting Event in Warren to Benefit the Boy Scouts of America Programs

April 20, 2019

The Boy Scouts of America along with event chairs, Karen & Michael Cantone and Gretchen & Michael Minieri will be hosting a Riedel Wine Glass tasting event on Thursday, May 23rd at Alfies Ristorante in Warren 6:30pm.

Join us to sample great wines using Riedel wine glasses, learn more about wines, how to pour them, the effect wine glasses have and how to improve your overall enjoyment ...

Camp COLEY Hosts Annual Fun Day Open House - Meet staff, leaders, CITs and learn all about our program!

Camp COLEY Hosts Annual Fun Day Open House - Meet staff, leaders, CITs and learn all about our program!

Camp COLEY’s annual Fun Day Open House will take place April 27, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (rain or shine) at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation in Stanhope, New Jersey!

Fun Day offers girls and boys entering grades 3 – 12 a glimpse at some of the memories they will make ...

Watchung’s Hope Mitchell set to advocate for local foster youth

 Thanks to Hope Mitchell, Watchung was among 13 municipalities represented by the 15 newest court appointed special advocates tasked with serving as extra eyes and ears for family law judges on the cases of Union County youth removed from their home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment and placed in foster homes or residential facilities. The ceremony was held yesterday at the Union County ...

Central Jersey Robotics Team Wins District Championship

The High School Robotics Team of Central Jersey, FIRST Robotics Team 747 Flight Crew, is celebrating another success this week after competing in the FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Championship held at Lehigh University April 4-6. Just one week after winning the Montgomery District Event, Flight Crew 747 went on to win the District Championship!

Over the course of three days, the top 60 teams in ...

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig Has A Message To Taxpayers: Thank You

Chuck Rettig is the 49th Commissioner of the IRS. He joined the agency in October after spending 36 years as a tax lawyer in private practice. As over 50 million taxpayers filed their returns, he want to share a special message to all taxpayers: Thank You..

April 15 was the deadline to file, and I’d like to thank taxpayers for taking the time to file and pay their taxes. Our ...

Long Beach Island's New Landmarks: The LBI Hotel and the Arlington Beach Club Nearing Completion

April 18, 2019

SHIP BOTTOM - If you have traveled to Long Beach Island recently you have seen the two new large structures at the entrance to Ship Bottom. LBI is changing and changing rapidly with these two properties. 

Hotel LBI is close to completion.  It is a project by the Mercer Management Group which also owns the Mallard Island Yacht Club, The Mainland at the Holiday Inn and the Bonnet ...

4th Annual LBI Job Fair with Over 40 Businesses Set for April 20

SURF CITY, NJ - The Fourth Annual Long Beach Island Job Fair will take place on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for people to find a job or even a career. 

Over 40 businesses will be hiring part and full time seasonal and/or year round workers. 

14 year olds and older are encouraged to attend who are looking for a ...

New Turtle Back Zoo Entrance Opens Saturday

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The new entrance to Turtle Back Zoo offiically opened to guests on Saturday March 30.

In recent years, the zoo has expanded to add a Sea Lion exhibit, an African section, and new facilities for African Penguins. 

Turtle Back Zoo is consistently ranked as the best zoo in the state. 

To learn more about the zoo, click TurtleBackZoo.com 

Belmar Boat Show to Breeze into Marina on April 13-14 Weekend

BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Boat Show will make its debut on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 at the Belmar Manutti Marina — one of the Jersey Shore’s premier destinations for boating, fishing and a host of water sports.

The free two-day event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature some 45 boats offered by several major boat dealers, a marketplace for mariners, ...

Baseball’s High Tech Future is Now at TD Bank Ballpark

April 20, 2019

 

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – What looks like a square satellite dish the size of a car door has been bolted to the roof of TD Bank Ballpark between Luxury Suites 301 and 302 facing towards the pitcher’s mound and home plate.

Fans of the Somerset Patriots will have a front row seat during the 2019 season experiencing the future of baseball.

Meet Trackman, part camera, part ...

Home Burglary, Vandalism Swastika at Pleasant Valley Park

BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police investigated another residential burglary on April 12 after a residence on Hartley Lane was apparently broken into between 7:15 to 9 p.m. that evening, according to this week's police blotter.

An undetermined amount of cash and jewelry were taken from the home, according to the police report. Anyone with any information is asked ...

Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride Less than Two Weeks Away

SOMERSET, NJ - Hundreds of cyclists from around the area are expected to help fight hunger in the 30th edition of what has become a community tradition, the annual Tour de Franklin on April 28. 

The charity bike ride is organized by the Franklin Food Bank.

According to organizers, Tour de Franklin started in 1989, when local resident and cyclist, Paul Goldberg, recruited his fellow ...

11-Year-Old Sets Touchdown Record at Rutgers

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - It's not every day that an 11-year-old can step out on a Big 10 college football field and set a record, but that's exactly what 11-year-old township resident Tommy Marcketta did on Saturday at the annual Rutgers Scarlet-White spring football game.

Joined by 19-year-old Lamont Banks of Newark, NJ, they had the opportunity to connect on a record-setting touchdown ...

Somerset County Fugitive of the Week: Dresean S. Walker

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office is seeking the whereabouts of Dresean S. Walker of Cummings Way, Somerset, for failure to appear on an arrest warrant in Somerset County Superior Court March 11.

Cummings had originally been charged with 2nd degree Endangering Abuse/Neglect of a Child by caretaker.

He is described as black, 5'5" tall, weighing 140 pounds ...

Hillsborough Teachers' Union Declares Impasse in Contract Negotiations

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Hillsborough Education Association has declared an impasse in negotiations with the Hillsborough Township Board of Education and has requested the appointment of a mediator by the state Public Employment Relations Commission.

Both sides have met six times over the past five month, the most recent April 1, and have been unable to reach a contract settlement, according ...

Playing With Fire

Recently a coordinated series of telescopes aimed at the heavens captured the first known image of a black hole. This is peculiar because a black hole by definition can’t be seen.

A black hole is kind of like Las Vegas. What happens there stays there.

The image shows a thick fiery ring which, depending on your imagination, looks to be either the entrance to Mordor or a Dunkin Donut.

Camden County Police Looking for Bystanders Who Helped in Fiery Crash

April 19, 2019

CAMDEN, NJ - The Camden County Police Department is hoping to identify good Samaritans who aided in the rescue of four men in a two-car crash on I-676 nearly two weeks ago.

On Sunday, April 7, as Officer Joseph Mair made his way to the source of a fire that he viewed while on patrol near 7th and Sycamore streets, he radioed out an alert.

Mair was joined by Delaware River Port ...

Rutgers Dedicates Plaza to Paul Robeson, Renaissance Man for the Ages

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the graduation of its most acclaimed alumnus, Rutgers University dedicated the Paul Robeson Plaza in New Brunswick Friday at a ceremony that attracted an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds of students, community members and others.

The open-air plaza, which features eight black granite panels on Robeson’s life, is in a prominent ...

Officials Confirm Ocean Grove Fire Started Underneath Boardwalk Building

OCEAN GROVE, NJ —  Investigators have confirmed the massive fire that destroyed Ocean Grove’s boardwalk pavilion originated on the east side of the structure, underneath the Dunes Boardwalk Cafe.

While the five-alarm blaze’s cause has yet to be determined, the area of origin is where the homeless have resided in the past, according to the Monmouth County ...

Firefighters Battling Massive Blaze at Ocean Grove Boardwalk Pavilion

OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Smoke could be seen for miles for most of the afternoon as firefighters continue to battle a massive fire at the Ocean Grove boardwalk pavilion, according to officials.

Dozens of fires trucks from towns in Monmouth and Ocean counties were called to respond to the blaze, which was reported at about 11:30 a.m. on April 13. No injuries have been reported as of 2:30 p.m.

Rutgers Dedicates Plaza to Paul Robeson, Renaissance Man for the Ages

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the graduation of its most acclaimed alumnus, Rutgers University dedicated the Paul Robeson Plaza in New Brunswick Friday at a ceremony that attracted an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds of students, community members and others.

The open-air plaza, which features eight black granite panels on Robeson’s life, is in a prominent ...

Single-Car Accident at CVS Claims Life of Man

SUMMIT, NJ - A single-car accident in the CVS Pharmacy parking lot on the morning of April 11 has claimed the life of a 73-year-old New Providence resident. The deceased male, identified as Robert M. Davis, was the driver -- and the lone occupant -- in the vehicle.

According to the Summit Police Department, at approximately 10:22 a.m., a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze was exiting the DeForest ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield, NJ – Margaret (Pascazio) Butfiloski, 99, passed away peacefully on June 2, ...
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Nutley, N.J. Resident Wins World Harness Handicapping Championship

April 20, 2019

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Russell Slader of Nutley, N.J. captured the $43,200 grand prize in the 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com on April 13 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.  

Slader finished the tournament with a $2,518 bankroll to top the field of 108 players from across North America who competed for $108,000 in prize ...

Monmouth Park's Dennis Drazin To Be Inducted Into Sports Betting Hall Of Fame

CEANPORT, N.J. – Dennis Drazin of Monmouth Park, who spearheaded the effort to make sports betting legal in New Jersey and ultimately throughout the United States, will be inducted into the Sports Betting Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 25, in a ceremony that will be held in New York City, the organization announced.

Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development, operator of Monmouth ...

Team Velvet Wants To Help Children Deal With Stress

RARITAN TWP., N.J. — “Visits with Velvet,” stress management for kids will be held Saturdays, May 4 and 18 and June 1 from 10 to 12 p.m. at Journey’s End Farm.

Psychologist Dr. Susan Edwards and the helping horses of Team Velvet, Inc. are offering a series of psycho-educational group sessions for parents, and their children ages 5 to 12.  The program includes ...

Young Barrel Racer Sets Eye On Goal And Achieves It

STONE TAVERN, N.J. — At the start of the barrel racing series at the Horse Park Of New Jersey, Mary Diaz set a goal — to win the fancy buckle that goes to the rider that scores the most points in the series.

In the end she got not one, but two buckles. Diaz, 15, of Sandyston, N.J. won both the youth and open divisions.

Series organizer, Erica Friedman explains that to be ...

Mylestone's Help A Horse Day Event To Be Held April 28

LEBANON, N.J. — Mylestone's Help a Horse Day event will be held at at Horsemen’s Outlet on Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

A donor is offering to match all donations made up to $10,000. Send donations through the mail, PayPal, or go to Horsemen’s Outlet on April 28. Include a note that the donations are for Help A Horse Day to be eligible for the ...

Holy Thursday's Watch Offers an Opportunity for Reflection and Prayer

Connectivity – a doublespeak word if there ever was one.

It is, in fact, dis-connectivity. Life through devices makes us not present in our immediate world and takes us outside of ourselves and into the world of entertainment, sports, social media, etc.

My favorite is the commercial for some streaming service where the guy says “Now you watch movies on your phone,” as if ...

Reflections on a Journey Back to the Old Country

Why would they all leave?

It’s the question to which I know the answer to, but still find it incomprehensible when I see the rugged beauty and enjoy the simple lifestyle of Southern Italy even for a too-short vacation. 

They left to find work. They left for the promise of America, and the belief that aspiration leads to ascension.

In the earliest days of Southern Italian ...

Playing With Fire

Recently a coordinated series of telescopes aimed at the heavens captured the first known image of a black hole. This is peculiar because a black hole by definition can’t be seen.

A black hole is kind of like Las Vegas. What happens there stays there.

The image shows a thick fiery ring which, depending on your imagination, looks to be either the entrance to Mordor or a Dunkin Donut.