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Watchung Hills Presents ‘Into the Woods’

April 19, 2021

WARREN, NJ - The spring musical is back!

The Watchung Hills Regional High School Performing Arts program will present the Broadway musical Into The Woods on May 13 and 14 at 7:30 pm and May 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the school's outdoor theatre.

Into The Woods is a multi-Tony Award-Winning classic that follows everyone's beloved fairytale ...

Somerville Starlit Cinema Returns to Division Street Thursday Nights

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The popular Thursday night Starlit Cinema series will return to Division Street this summer, one year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut off the projector and darkened the big screen.

The Downtown Somerville Alliance sponsors the free weekly event, beginning July 1 through Aug. 24. All shows begin at 8:30 p.m.

COVID-19 rules and regulations, crowd safety, and more details ...

North Plainfield Fishing Derby is On

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- The 50th Annual North Plainfield Fishing Derby is on for 2021. The derby will be held on Saturday, April 24 from 8:30 am to Noon at Green Acres Park.  The rain date is  Sunday April 25 from 1:00 - 4:30 pm.  This event is free and open to North Plainfield children up to age 14. No registration needed but bring your own fishing ...

New Jersey Author Pens 'Hello Grandma!' Wins Literary Award

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!"

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner in the 2021 Feathered ...

Downtown Somerville Alliance Releases Summer Stage Musical Lineup

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Downtown Somerville Alliance has released the 2021 Summer Stage outdoor Concert series schedule featuring several bands that performed during last year's pandemic, as well as six new bands that specialize in blues, classic rock, folk, country - even an Elvis impersonator.

The free Saturday night series on the Division Street pedestrian mall kicks off May 29; all shows ...

Local Author Featured on NBC's Today Show to Kick Off Autism Awareness Month

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Local author and artist Cindy Gelormini was featured on NBC's Today show on Friday, April 2 to discuss her children's book trilogy released in time to kick off Autism Awareness Month. One in 54 children in the US is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, said Hoda Kotb, Co-host of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.

Gelormini, a mother of four, lost ...

Tighter Restrictions: Al Fresco Dining in Downtown Somerville Resumes

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Spring has sprung, with crocus and daffodils popping up through the ground, soon to be joined by umbrellas and tables popping up in front of restaurants throughout the downtown dining and shopping district.

All sidewalk cafe licenses issued last year have lapsed; restaurant owners will receive 2021 applications beginning Monday, with several notable changes, ...

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Don’t Miss the Amazing Display of Daffodils at Colonial Park Gardens

April 25, 2021

FRANKLIN, NJ – Spring is here and the warmer temperatures and beautiful display of flowering trees, daffodils and tulips beckon us outdoors to enjoy our parks.  Daffodil lovers in particular are encouraged to visit the perennial garden at Colonial Park Gardens, 156 Mettlers Road, this weekend before the elegant Narcissus blooms are gone.

The biggest feature of this year’s ...

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NJ has America’s Best Pizza, Food & Wine Says. But You Already Knew That

May 2, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Food & Wine magazine made waves this week when it declared New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in America and proclaimed that New York is No. 3. In the No. 2 spot? Connecticut.

You can read the article, in which the author recommends “The Best Pizza in Every State,” here.

MORE: Pizza in High Demand During Pandemic, NJ Restaurant Owners Say

New Yorkers ...

NJ has America’s Best Pizza, Food & Wine Says. But You Already Knew That

NEW JERSEY — Food & Wine magazine made waves this week when it declared New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in America and proclaimed that New York is No. 3. In the No. 2 spot? Connecticut.

You can read the article, in which the author recommends “The Best Pizza in Every State,” here.

MORE: Pizza in High Demand During Pandemic, NJ Restaurant Owners Say

New Yorkers ...

New Jersey Date Night: Spice Things Up with Asian Cuisines

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

There comes a time in every relationship when a little something extra is needed. It’s not that the spark is gone nor is the relationship in any sort of trouble … it just needs a little spicing up. The same thing can be said for your date nights.

Ready to try something new? Flavorful, ...

NJ Dentist and his Pit Bull Therapy Dog Give Back to Local Community

April 28, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- While Joseph DalBon, DMD, may be best known as a top-notch local dentist at the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, he is also the proud owner of a therapy dog. Dr. DalBon spoke with TAPintoTV about his Pit Bull puppy, Olivia, the services she provides to others in the community, and how he came to recognize her unique talents.

DalBon realized Olivia was ...

New Jersey Films, Filmmakers and Writers Nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — On Sunday, April 25th 2021, the 93rd Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles, CA, and there’s a New Jersey connection to several nominated films and filmmakers this year. TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, was joined by David W. Schoner Jr., the Associate Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, at East Main Media ...

Building Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Programming in Schools

April 25, 2021

In March, my home state of New Jersey signed into law the Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Verrelli Bill requiring schools to include diversity and inclusion (DNI) instruction into their curriculums. When I read that news I was first ecstatic.  I love social justice!  I live and breathe diversity and inclusion.  Preparing students to become leaders who can live and effect change in ...

What Autism Awareness Month Means To Me 

April is National Autism Awareness Month which means it is the right time to talk about Autism, the Autism Spectrum, and what it actually means. As of 2016, 1 out of every 54 children in the United States has been diagnosed as having an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).  

This matters to me because I am one of those on the spectrum. Specifically, I have what is informally described as ...

Found in Warren: Do You Know This Parakeet?

April 20, 2021

WARREN, NJ - Do you know this parakeet?  A parakeet flew into a home on Stiles Road in Warren on Tuesday and is safe. If you are missing a parakeet, call 908-405-2332.

Prancer: The Best Pet Adoption Request Ever?

MIDDLETOWN, NJ -  This a story about Prancer. He's a bit angry. However, he needs a little love and maybe it's going to come from you. Regardless, Prancer is helping the great work at The Second Chance Pet Adoption League - they are a place to check out, so you can rescue a furry friend. You can find them right here on Facebook Groups.

This story and is sure to ...

Somerset County Expands Appointment-Free COVID Vaccinations to Include Rutgers Plaza Drive-Thru Clinic

May 4, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Department of Health has opened up the Rutgers Plaza drive-thru clinic to any resident 18 years or older who arrives by car from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today through Friday, May 7. The clinic will be providing the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) one-shot vaccine, allowing residents to quickly become fully vaccinated to take advantage of the opening of our ...

Four Atlantic Health System Medical Centers get ‘A’ Grade for Safety by Leapfrog for Spring 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ – April 29, 2021 – Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today announced that Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center all earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grades.

“After a year in ...

Governor’s Budget Proposes $4M for Scholarships to Provide More Psychiatrists in New Jersey

(TRENTON) - The Murphy Administration aims to expand access to in-demand psychiatric services by increasing the supply of trained professionals in the field.

The Governor’s proposed FY2022 budget calls for $4 million to fund 10 four-year psychiatric residencies. In exchange, the residency programs will ensure these physicians will have rotations in a range of publicly funded and ...

Somerset County Expands COVID Vaccination Clinics in Response to Increased Vaccine Allocations

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County today announced a significant expansion of vaccination appointments at a variety of clinics next week following significantly increased vaccine allocations from the New Jersey Department of Health. The clinics will be held in various locations throughout the county with a variety of strategies to ensure that any resident, regardless of personal ...

The 8th Annual Joseph Calello Melanoma Scholar, Dr. Charles Balch, to Present “The Surgical Management of Melanoma,” a Virtual Lecture, May 6

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, in partnership with OncLive, invites health care professionals and others interested in the surgical management of melanoma to a virtual lecture by internationally known melanoma expert Charles M. Balch, MD, FACS, FASCO.  Dr. Balch is this year’s Joseph Calello Melanoma Scholar.  The free lecture and Q & A will be held on May 6, 11 a.m.

Free Wellness Wednesday Sessions in May

May 5, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Department of Human Services has scheduled Wellness Wednesday sessions throughout May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. The free workshops, which start at 12 p.m., are held on Zoom. Pre-registration is requested.

Over the past year, the COVID pandemic and its accompanying economic crisis has increased the need for mental health ...

Victim Expecting to Buy Drugs Tells Cops He was Pistol-Whipped and Robbed

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, NJ – A victim looking to buy drugs was instead pistol-whipped and robbed at gunpoint and reported the ripoff to police afterwards, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Police have arrested George C. Battle 4th, 18, of Drewes Court, Lawrence in relation to the incident which occurred on Sunday, Jan. 17 in the area of ...

May 5 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: 44 New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Wednesday reported 23,464 cases of the COVID-19 virus, an increase of 44 overnight, and a total of 724 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Wednesday reported 877,814 total cases since last year, an increase of 889 overnight. There are 23,067 COVID-19-related deaths ...

5 Vehicles Burglarized In Warren

WARREN, NJ — Five unlocked vehicles were burglarized on Sunday.

A Claire Drive resident reported around 7 a.m. that someone entered his unlocked car, used a garage door opener to access the garage, and a video recording showed three people were at the burglary, Warren police advised. Nothing appears to have been taken from the car or garage. 

And at 1:45 p.m., a ...

Somerset County Brewery Participates in "Shot and a Beer" COVID Promotion

TRENTON, NJ - Flounder Brewery in Hillsborough is one of a dozen microbreweries in the state performing a public service by offering a free beer to any adult 21 and over who receives a COVID-19 vaccination during the month of May.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced New Jersey's "Shot and a Beer" program Monday to encourage eligible residents 21 and over to get ...

Somerset County Reaches 50% of Adults Fully Vaccinated, 70% of Adults Received First Dose

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County reached a major milestone with 50 percent of adults 18 years or older being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 70 percent having received their second dose. This puts the County in range of its goal to exceed 70 percent of adults fully vaccinated, but everyone needs to do their part by getting vaccinated as soon as possible if they haven’t ...

We Need to Talk

I am told I need to participate in the national conversation.

I am not exactly sure what that means, but It seems like everytime I turn on the news some authoritative figure addressing the most recent topic of the day decries the need to “have a conversation” or “add to the conversation” or “join in the conversation”.

Who exactly am I supposed to be ...

Out of Touch

I like turning knobs and pushing buttons.

I enjoy the tactile resistance when depressing a raised button which impacts some sort of change under my control. I relish pinching a perfectly sized serrated knob and hearing the music get just the right amount of louder or softer as guided by the exacting twist of my fingertips. I appreciate the flip of simple light switches that snap up or down ...

Body of Missing 21 Year Old Drew University Student Found

May 3, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The body of missing Madison student Ajay Sah has been found, announced Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll. Sah was a foreign exchange student from Nepal and was attending Drew University. He was reported missing on January 22, 2021.

Sah was last seen on the campus of Drew University on January 19, according to police. Reports indicate that he traveled by NJ ...

Five-Year-Old Battling Cancer is "Police Chief" for a Day

MONTVILLE, NJ – Five-year-old Gracie Ferluge was named honorary police chief and had a proclamation named in her honor recently, Police Chief Andrew Caggiano said.

A parade of police cars in the fall delighted the young girl, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, Caggiano said. Caggiano’s mother sewed a special Gracie-sized police chief uniform, and the chief asked Gracie if ...

Berkeley Heights BOE OKs Full Day Kindergarten and Redistricting in 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — Superintendent of Schools Melissa Varley recommended the Board of Education approve Scenario 4 during Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Education. At the time she made her recommendation there were more than 200 people on the call. 

Later in the evening the Board of Education voted 4-2 to approve Universal Full Day Kindergarten (FDK), which only ...

$93 Million Dollar Healthcare Fraud Scheme Charges 5 for Crimes Spanning From NJ to FL

NEW JERSEY AND PARKLAND, FL - Parkland FL, resident Pat Truglia has been charged in New Jersey for his role in a $93 million healthcare fraud scheme. 

Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced Thursday that Truglia from Parkland, Florida was one of five charged for their roles in massive durable medical equipment and genetic cancer screening kickback fraud ...

NJ Teacher, Wrestling Coach at Public, Catholic Schools Indicted for Sex Crimes

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  A local wrestling coach and Special Education teacher has been charged with numerous counts of multiple sex crimes and avoidance of arrest and prosecution.

John DeNuto coached at 15 public and Catholic high schools and township youth programs in Central New Jersey, including CJA Wrestling of East Brunswick, South Brunswick High School, Sayreville Middle ...

Union County to Close Jail Despite Opposition from Local Leaders

ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark.

The county is entering into a five-year memorandum with Essex County, which has an option for renewal. This merger will ...

Obituaries

Patricia H. Jacot – Guillarmod 67, died on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson ...
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Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

We Need to Talk

I am told I need to participate in the national conversation.

I am not exactly sure what that means, but It seems like everytime I turn on the news some authoritative figure addressing the most recent topic of the day decries the need to “have a conversation” or “add to the conversation” or “join in the conversation”.

Who exactly am I supposed to be ...

Out of Touch

I like turning knobs and pushing buttons.

I enjoy the tactile resistance when depressing a raised button which impacts some sort of change under my control. I relish pinching a perfectly sized serrated knob and hearing the music get just the right amount of louder or softer as guided by the exacting twist of my fingertips. I appreciate the flip of simple light switches that snap up or down ...