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Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

‘Cooked & Uncorked’ Festival to Showcase NJ Firefighters’ Culinary Talents

These firefighters don’t just put out flames — they use them to make duck confit-stuffed ravioli with bacon and English pea puree. That’s how South Orange Local 24 won the gourmet category during last year’s Cooked & Uncorked food and wine festival, which is coming up for the 9th time this month on Feb. 25 in Edison, NJ.

Hosted by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual ...

New Jersey Date Night: Cupid’s Singles Throw-Down

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

Sometimes Cupid has an off day with his marksmanship. Maybe his arrow hit you once or twice, however it didn’t go deep enough to stick long-term. Or maybe you just haven’t been it the right place at the right time for Cupid to get the perfect aim. Regardless, the singles who’ve yet to ...

Oscar Shorts: Celebrate the Underdog Film Festival Marks 10th Anniversary in Montclair

February 15, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- This Saturday, February 16 at Buzz Aldrin Middle School, you can have the chance to watch all of the short films nominated for Academy Awards. The “Oscar Shorts: Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival is marking its 10th year of showing these short films, which is prior to the Oscar broadcast on February 24.

“People can come, they can learn something ...

The History and Origins of Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...

Clifton Mayor Proclaims City as Great Place for Both Families and Business in New Jersey

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- Today, we look back at our conversation from 2018 with Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi at a Regional Chamber of Commerce event. TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur discusses with the Mayor how Clifton is a great place to live and why businesses can also expect a very friendly welcome.

Clifton, New Jersey’s 11th largest municipality, celebrated their 100th Anniversary in 2017.

Newark GRAMMY Museum Features Special Exhibits of Award-Winning Artists Taylor Swift & Whitney Houston

NEWARK, NJ -- You may think of The GRAMMYs as an awards ceremony honoring the music industry, but did you also know that there are GRAMMY Museums located around the country, and one is right here in New Jersey?

The GRAMMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center, located in Newark, is the first GRAMMY Museum outpost on the East Coast. The 8,200 square-foot space features interactive ...

Woman Shares Story of Fight Against Breast Cancer at Komen Women's Wellness Expo

WAYNE, NJ - At this year’s Women’s Wellness Expo, TAPintoTV spoke with Lois Solomon, who has been fighting metastatic breast cancer. Solomon shared the story of her diagnosis and how she is managing this disease on a daily basis.

Solomon said the first symptom she noticed was a bad cough, and after visiting several doctors, she was diagnosed with pericarditis, which is fluid around ...

Komen Women’s Wellness Expo Shines Spotlight on Breast Cancer Survivor Journeys

WAYNE, NJ -- On Carrie Duane-Basham’s 40th birthday, she made an appointment for a mammogram. The results from that test were clear. Then the next year, a lump was felt, she went to the doctor, had a diagnostic mammogram and biopsy, and was found to have cancer.

“I went from a clean mammogram to four masses bilaterally, had a double-mastectomy six days later, and started 16 rounds ...

GBMS Alzapella

February 15, 2019

On Saturday, February 2nd, Green Brook Middle School’s acapella group, Alzapella, participated in an acapella festival called Jersey Harmony Explosion. The full day event focused on acapella music with a special attention on the barbershop style. From 8am-10pm students took part in workshops, masterclasses, and rehearsals. The night ended with an amazing concert featuring High ...

Chinese Community hosted Chinese New Year Culture Fair and Spectacular Show at Watchung Hills

WARREN, NJ - On Sunday, Feb 3rd, in collaboration with Berkeley Heights, New Providence and neighborhood Chinese Communities, Berkeley Heights Huaxia Chinese School (BHHXCS) hosted the third annual Chinese New Year Celebration, to celebrate the beginning of the Lunar Year of the Golden Pig.  Berkeley Heights Mayor Angie Devanney, Town Council members Jeanne Kingsley, Manuel Couto, ...

Families Affected by Disabilities Invited to Conference

Morristown, NJ– The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of Northern New Jersey is proud to announce this year’s Annual Conference and Resource Fair. Hosted in collaboration with the College of Saint Elizabeth and the Regional Family Support Planning Council, this year’s conference is themed ‘Parents Empowered.’ The event will give parents and educators the ...

Become a Crisis Hotline Volunteer Listener: Training Begins March 12

Have you ever been told you are a good listener? Do you have a yearning to really make a difference?  

Caring Contact will be offering its 95th Volunteer Training Class, March 12 through June 18. Training will run once a week from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., plus one full weekend, June 8 and 9, and will be held at the Temple Beth Or, 111 Valley Road, Clark, NJ.

Participants ...

Become a Part of Tennis History: DI Volunteers Needed for Tournament

February 4, 2019

DANIEL ISLAND, SC - The Volvo Car Open, North America’s largest women-only tennis tournament, is an event rich in tradition. With its start in Hilton Head in 1973, the Volvo Car Open was a pioneer in women’s professional sports, boasting large payouts for winnings and prime television coverage. In 2001, the tournament moved to Daniel Island, and developed a unique partnership with the ...

Save the Date for the 16th Annual Monmouth Park Charity Fund Kentucky Derby Day Celebration, May 4th, 2019

MONMOUTH COUNTY,  NJ - It's time for Derby Day! The popular event on many calendars is gearing up for a banner year as the  Monmouth Park Charity Fund, on Saturday May 4, 2019 will be hosting its 16th Annual Kentucky Derby Day Celebration, at Blu Grotto’s beautiful outdoor garden at the historic Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. The 2019 Event ...

Mother, Father, Son Arrested in Connection with Shooting Death

February 15, 2019

BOUND BROOK, NJ – A mother, father and their son, all borough residents, have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of an Old Bridge man Jan. 9 at their home on Farm Lane.

Ryan D. Keogh, 28, was arrested by investigators without incident Thursday morning at a residence on Madison Avenue in Manchester in Ocean County and has been charged with 1st degree Murder, 2nd degree ...

Business Leaders to Meet with Somerset County Freeholder Director

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee will host Somerset County Freeholder Director Brian Levine at a Feb. 22 luncheon at Verve Bistro, Bar, & Lounge, 18 East Main St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Freeholder Director will discuss his priorities in support of the Somerset County business community in 2019 and beyond.

 Levine is ex officio to ...

Warrenbrook Senior Center Will Close Tuesday, No Meals on Wheels

WARREN, NJ - The Warrenbrook Senior Center and the following senior centers operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disability Services will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 12 due to inclement weather: Hillsborough, Montgomery, Quail Brook, and the Senior Wellness Centers in Bernards and Bridgewater.
There will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries on ...

It Was a Night to Shine in Warren

WARREN, NJ - Inclusion. Warren Township was a site for Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, a prom night experience for people with special needs, ages 14 and up.  Approximately 100 guests strolled the red carpet at Stonecrest Community Church on Friday.


When Night to Shine launched in 2015, 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor more ...

200 Teens to Dance to Raise Awareness for EDS and Help Support the Klein Family

BASKING RIDGE, NJ—Local teens have organized a Dance-A-Thon on February 22, 2019 at St. Mark’s Church in Basking Ridge to raise money and awareness of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Chiari malformation, with proceeds going to the family of Krissy and Zach Klein of Colorado, whose four children age 8 to age 12 all suffer from this rare condition. The family is being denied medical ...

Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano to Retire after 50 Years in Law Enforcement

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano will remove his badge at the end of this year, retiring after a 50-year law enforcement career that began in Bridgewater as a rookie cop in 1968.

He immediately endorsed North Plainfied Police Chief William Parenti to replace him after Parenti announced Tuesday he would seek the nomination for sheriff from the Somerset County Republican ...

Going Nowhere

I am rarely inspired by television commercials. For example, as great as the ads are, I have never switched to Geico.

But a spot on TV lately has made me want to shed my slovenly ways and reach the unreachable.

In the advertisement it is 5 AM and I am a young, fit, attractive woman. A gentle voice is encouraging me to get closer to something that has always been there, to be more than I am, ...

Rutgers Love Story Leads to Birth of Successful Online Wedding Business for Belle Mead Couple

February 15, 2019

BELLE MEAD, NJ - Erik Kent and Beth Voxland graduated before the World Wide Web became popular, but now run an online wedding planning resource for the Garden State

Creating a popular website was one of the last things on their minds when they met as sophomore communication majors, bonding over an art history course in Voorhees Hall at Rutgers-New Brunswick.

In fact, when they both received ...

Police Investigate Possible Child Luring Incident near Gov. Livingston High School

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Today, February 13th 2019, at exactly 3:25 pm, a possible child-luring incident occurred near Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights. A 15-year old female Governor Livingston student was approached near the intersection of Mercer Road and Watchung Boulevard directly across from the main entrance driveway to Governor Livingston High School.

A large, white ...

200 Teens to Dance to Raise Awareness for EDS and Help Support the Klein Family

BASKING RIDGE, NJ—Local teens have organized a Dance-A-Thon on February 22, 2019 at St. Mark’s Church in Basking Ridge to raise money and awareness of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Chiari malformation, with proceeds going to the family of Krissy and Zach Klein of Colorado, whose four children age 8 to age 12 all suffer from this rare condition. The family is being denied medical ...

Police Arrest Somerset County Man for Harassment of Young Girl Inside Her Home

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Police arrested a 31-year-old township man earlier this week after they say the suspect followed a girl home while walking her dog, and harassed her once she was inside the house.

The girl, who had locked herself in the house, called 911 after she saw the suspect pacing in front of her home.

She also told police that the suspect repeatedly rang her front doorbell and ...

Rutgers University Student Diagnosed With Meningitis

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Rutgers University student has been diagnosed with meningitis, and the university has sent a message to other students about steps to take as a precaution.

The student with the disease was hospitalized Monday is receiving treatment and is recovering, Dr. Melodee Lasky, University Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness said in an email sent to students on ...

Murphy Signs Bill Raising NJ Minimum Wage to $15

ELIZABETH, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy delivered on a major campaign promise Monday, signing legislation that will increase New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next few years.

“For far too long, too many of our fellow New Jerseyans have been struggling to survive on wages that have not kept up with the cost of living,”  Murphy said at the signing ceremony, ...


South Plainfield, NJ – Margaret (Pascazio) Butfiloski, 99, passed away peacefully on June 2, ...
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Horse Racing Subsidy Bill Signed By New Jersey Governor

February 14, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. — Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill that will provide $100 million over five years to support horse racing in New Jersey.

Sen. Vin Gopal of District 11 in Monmouth County, home to Monmouth Park and Freehold Raceway, and Sen. Paul A. Sarlo, District 36, which includes, Bergen County, home of the Meadowlands, sponsored the bill.

The Senate approved its version of the ...

New Jersey Rider Wins USHJA Jumping Seat Medal In Florida

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Samantha Weinerman of Chester, N.J. beat 45 other junior riders on Feb. 8 during the fifth week at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

The first equitation class of the weekend was the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal. With a solid plan of action and confidence in her new mount, piloted Charmeur to a returning spot for the test where she would ride to the win.

North ...

Collegiate Riding: N.J. Rider Helps Auburn Stay Atop NCEA Rankings

WACO, Texas. — Local riders scored points for their team in National Collegiate Equestrian Association Action of the weekend.

Kara Kaufmann tied once and earned a point while competing for the No. 1 Auburn equestrian team in horsemanship.

She rode to a 72.5 tie in the meet with U.T Martin on Feb. 8, which the team won 17-0 and moved to 8-0 on the season.

The victory marked the ...

Rutgers Management Seminar Focuses on Breeding And Young Horses

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. —The Rutgers 2019 Horse Management Seminar was held Feb. 10, with a focus on “Feeding and Care of Mare/Foal, Stallion and Growing Horse.”

Carey Williams, equine specialist and associate director of extension at the Equine Science Center, assembled presenters who are recognized as the leading experts in their field to offer perspectives and ...

Hot Streaks Continue At The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke and big action highlighted a huge weekend of racing at the Meadowlands Feb. 1 and 2 and they don’t look to be cooling off.

Formal records aren’t available, but when it comes to what Burke and Gingras combined to do that weekend, they likely aren’t necessary. Since the inception of the Big M racing primarily twice a week ...