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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 ...

Michael Torpey Discusses the Student Debt Crisis on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

February 20, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- A new game show on truTV called “Paid Off with Michael Torpey” offers relief from student debt to its winners. Actor and Host, Michael Torpey, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss the very real problem of outstanding college loan debt and how his show attempts to tackle this issue.

The show features recent college grads with student loan debt who ...

11th Annual Mustard Seed Dinner Dance Gala to Benefit Disabled Children Will Take Place March 9th

PATERSON, NJ -- The Mustard Seed Children’s 11th Annual Dinner Dance Gala will be held on March 9th at the Valley Regency in Clifton, beginning at 7pm. The event is a fundraiser for the Mustard Seed Community in the Dominican Republic, which supports orphan children with both physical and mental disabilities.

Mustard Seed Communities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated ...

Experience Colonial America at The Dey Mansion: George Washington Headquarters

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Presidents Day, TAPintoTV visited the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen County Militia during the Revolutionary War, ...

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

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.

Lake Como, Belmar Targets Underage Drinking This Summer with $10,000 in ‘Cops in Shops’ Grants

February 18, 2019

LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — Enter any establishment selling alcoholic beverages in Lake Como or Belmar this summer and you may be standing next to an undercover police officer. That’s the warning state and local law enforcement officials are giving individuals under age 21 — and the impetus behind New Jersey’s Cops in Shops Summer Shore Initiative.

Designed to target ...

Mark Di Ionno Joins TAPinto as Featured Columnist

February 19, 2019

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro has announced that Mark Di Ionno will be joining TAPinto as a columnist with his first piece published today. Di Ionno, who wrote for the Star Ledger, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary and author of five acclaimed books including his latest novel, “Gods of Wood and Stone”.

“We’re excited to welcome a writer of ...

Warren Book Club Hosts Local Author

On Wednesday, February 13, Members of the No Name Yet Book Club met at the home of Anne Weisgerber in Warren Township, to discuss “The Place You’re Supposed to Laugh,” the debut novel from New Providence author Jenn Stroud Rossman.

The novel explores the dot.com bust in the 1990s, and its financial and emotional impact on families. Rossman read excerpts from the ...

GBMS Alzapella

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, ...

Rutgers Tapping into Beer, Wine Sales to Fund Athletic Scholarships

February 20, 2019

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 ...

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

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 ...

Speed Limit Reduced on Two Bernardsville Roads

February 19, 2019

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- The Bernardsville Borough Council last week passed and adopted an ordinance for a reduced speed limit on two roads in the municipality.

The ordinance calls for the speed limit on Anderson Hill Road and Mount Harmony Road to be scaled back from 35 mph to 25 mph. It was adopted at the Monday, Feb. 11 meeting.

The steep, winding nature of these roads has created concern ...

Operation Shoebox NJ Invites Volunteers to XIV Anniversary Packing at Manville VFW

                               

MANVILLE, NJ - Volunteers are invited to join Operation Shoebox New Jersey pack care packages for US troops overseas and commemorate the service organization’s 14th anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 16th.

The packing will be at the Kavanaugh VFW Post #2290, 600 Washington Ave., ...

Mother, Father, Son Arrested in Connection with Shooting Death

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 ...

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 Tapping into Beer, Wine Sales to Fund Athletic Scholarships

February 20, 2019

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 ...

New Jersey Man Bike Rides Across Country for Cancer Research

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta resident and cofounder and manager of the Sparta Farmers Market Mitch Morrison is about to embark on a cross country trip on his bicycle.  Morrison is riding solo from Portland, Oregon to Sparta beginning on April 10 arriving in late May.

“As part of my adventure, I am raising money for cancer research for Cycle for Survival,” Morrison ...

Lake Como, Belmar Targets Underage Drinking This Summer with $10,000 in ‘Cops in Shops’ Grants

LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — Enter any establishment selling alcoholic beverages in Lake Como or Belmar this summer and you may be standing next to an undercover police officer. That’s the warning state and local law enforcement officials are giving individuals under age 21 — and the impetus behind New Jersey’s Cops in Shops Summer Shore Initiative.

Designed to target ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

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

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 ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield, NJ – Margaret (Pascazio) Butfiloski, 99, passed away peacefully on June 2, ...
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N.J. Rider Helps Texas A&M Move Up In NCEA Rankings

February 20, 2019

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M Equestrian jumped two spots in the latest NCEA rankings with the help of a rider from New Jersey.

In victory over Sweet Briar on Feb. 15 in a Hunter Seat-only competition at the Rogers Riding Complex in Sweet Briar, Va., Adele McKenna of Rumson, N.J. scored a career high 90 to won her point in Equitation on the Flat.

The next day back at home at ...

Derby Dreaming: 11 Horses to Watch for the Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Already, despite the main prep races being one to two months away, we have an early idea of which horses to watch in advance of the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, but who are they?

From the imperious unbeaten juvenile champion Game Winner to an eye-catching debutant at the Pegasus World Cup meeting in the shape of Hidden Scroll, we have amassed a list of 11 ...

N.J.’s Steege In $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Amanda Steege of Bedminster, N.J., and Lafitte de Muze finished in the $100,000 World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular.

Following the opening round at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Fla. on Feb. 16, Steege and Lafitte de Muze led with a score of 92.33. over Victoria Colvin and Private ...

Horse Racing Subsidy Bill Signed By New Jersey Governor

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...