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Do you go to LBI? Compassion Café Opens in Beach Haven

June 14, 2021

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Do you go to LBI in the summer? Look for Compassion Café who kicked off their inaugural season with a huge grand opening celebration at their 2021 host location, Barry's Do Me A Flavor on Centre Street in Beach Haven on May 17. 

Compassion Café is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit recently founded by Erin Sharkey and Sue Sharkey with ...

TRAFFIC ALERT: Motor Vehicle Accident on Garden State Parkway, Holmdel

HOLMDEL, NJ:  At 9:58 a.m., TAPinto received a report of a motor vehicle accident near mile marker 115 on the Garden State Parkway, Holmdel. First responders on scene, two lanes of traffic are blocked. If possible avoid area at this time. There are no additional details at this time. 

Free Entrance to State Parks for Those Vaccinated by July 4

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is offering another incentive for unvaccinated people to get their shots. As part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” through July 4, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island Beach State Park – good through Dec 31 2021. Go ...

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Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Revolutionary Trip to Bordentown

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

Making a day of a date is a great way to create memories with your love, but when you choose to spend that time in Bordentown, it’s guaranteed to go down in relationship history. New Jersey has many historical towns and Bordentown, settled in 1682, is a true standout. Here you can visit the Clara ...

Seasonal Recipe: Make Our Quick Lemon-Basil Pesto

Grab some fragrant fresh basil at the store or farmers market, or pick some from your garden, for this zippy summer recipe.

This simple no-cook sauce is great on pasta or pizza. Try it on fish or chicken, or mix some into mayonnaise for a flavor-packed sandwich spread.

If you have leftover pesto, freeze it in an ice cube tray for future use.

Lemon-Basil Pesto:

1 cup packed fresh basil ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

Greetings from the Lorax of Warren

June 9, 2021

Greetings from the Lorax of Warren

I am the Lorax, and I speak for the trees, which the town seems to be chopping down as they please!

You can find me on Mountain Avenue down by the farm, for you may be wondering what my coordinates are! 

They're about 40°38'44.2" to the north 74°30'48.4 to the west! If you go to that place, you'll find me, do your ...

Do you go to LBI? Compassion Café Opens in Beach Haven

June 14, 2021

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Do you go to LBI in the summer? Look for Compassion Café who kicked off their inaugural season with a huge grand opening celebration at their 2021 host location, Barry's Do Me A Flavor on Centre Street in Beach Haven on May 17. 

Compassion Café is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit recently founded by Erin Sharkey and Sue Sharkey with ...

TRAFFIC ALERT: Motor Vehicle Accident on Garden State Parkway, Holmdel

HOLMDEL, NJ:  At 9:58 a.m., TAPinto received a report of a motor vehicle accident near mile marker 115 on the Garden State Parkway, Holmdel. First responders on scene, two lanes of traffic are blocked. If possible avoid area at this time. There are no additional details at this time. 

Free Entrance to State Parks for Those Vaccinated by July 4

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is offering another incentive for unvaccinated people to get their shots. As part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” through July 4, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island Beach State Park – good through Dec 31 2021. Go ...

Financial Focus: Financial tips for the self-employed

June 7, 2021

Being self-employed has some benefits: You get to choose your own hours, you don’t have to count “vacation days” and you’ll never worry about getting downsized. On the other hand, you’re truly on your own – there’s no employer-sponsored retirement plan and no benefits package. So, if you’ve recently started a business or become a “gig ...

Rocky Reunited with Family in Warren

June 3, 2021

HAPPY UPDATE: Rocky has been found!!! ❤️🐕❤️ On behalf of our family, we want to thank EVERYONE who helped us find him! We thank you for your hard efforts, alerts, shares, kind words, prayers, and for reminding us that there is still humanity and kindness!!!! Infinite thank you to all, especially our amazing kennel team for going above and beyond to make sure Rocky was found again!!! Forever ...

Missing in Warren: Have You Seen Rocky?

HAPPY UPDATE: Rocky has been found!!! ❤️🐕❤️ On behalf of our family, we want to thank EVERYONE who helped us find him! We thank you for your hard efforts, alerts, shares, kind words, prayers, and for reminding us that there is still humanity and kindness!!!! Infinite thank you to all, especially our amazing kennel team for going above and beyond to make sure Rocky was found again!!! Forever ...

Plainfield Symphony Orchestra June Pops Concert: Americana & More!

June 14, 2021

As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, we are thrilled to welcome back to the podium Maestro Charles Prince to conduct a concert of iconic American composers and other favorites. This concert will be livestreamed on June 26, 2021 at 7 pm performed by musicians of the Plainfield Symphony.  Featured on this hour-long program will be the following works:

The Overture to Der Freischütz ...

Somerset County to hold first Juneteenth event at county courthouse green

All Residents Are Welcome to the Historic Event

SOMERVILLE, NJ – For the first time ever, the  Somerset County Board of Commissioners will commemorate Juneteenth at a festive event on June 17, from 6 to 7 p.m., on the county’s historic courthouse green located at 20 North Bridge St., Somerville. Attending this celebration, will be honored guest Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, elected ...

Take Our 2021 Reader Survey: We Want to Hear From You

Local news is more important than ever.  To fulfill our mission of providing our readers with objective, daily, local news, we’re conducting a survey on what our readers think about TAPinto and how they engage with the news.  We invite you to take our 2021 Reader Survey.   

Your feedback is important to us and helps us improve the quality of your reader ...

TAPinto's 2021 General Election Policies

TAPinto is a network of more than 90 award-winning objective online local news sites. We do not endorse candidates.

All candidates are provided the same opportunities to utilize TAPinto to market their candidacies.  All candidates are charged the same amount for the same marketing vehicle. 

To discuss advertising on TAPinto, please contact your local TAPinto site owner/publisher ...

Somerset County Commissioners Return to In-Person Meetings

SOMERVILLE, NJ – After more than a year of meeting virtually, the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners will meet in person tonight, June 8, at the Somerset County Administration Building in Somerville. As has been the practice since COVID-19 protocols changed how the public could participate, the meeting will be live-streamed and the public can comment or ask questions on ...

Free Entrance to State Parks for Those Vaccinated by July 4

June 10, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is offering another incentive for unvaccinated people to get their shots. As part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” through July 4, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island Beach State Park – good through Dec 31 2021. Go ...

Tour Historic WWII Aircraft at Trenton-Mercer County Airport this Weekend

June 12, 2021

EWING, NJ — Several World War II aircraft will be flying into Trenton-Mercer Airport this week for tourists to view. The CAF AirPower History Tour featuring historic World War II aircraft will provide cockpit tours, flight demonstrations, and rides.  

The event features the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, the most advanced bomber of World War II; the T-6 Texan, ...

Free Entrance to State Parks for Those Vaccinated by July 4

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is offering another incentive for unvaccinated people to get their shots. As part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” through July 4, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island Beach State Park – good through Dec 31 2021. Go ...

Reeling Kids Into Fishing — NJ Annual Youth Fishing Challenge June 5

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife wants to get your kids hooked — on fishing, not drugs. That is the theme of the sixth annual Youth Fishing Challenge across New Jersey.

Each site is sponsored by a local municipal division or an environmental or community group, such as a police or fire department or the Scouts.

The challenge is for youth 20 and ...

North Plainfield Hurdler Takes First, Advances to Meet of Champions

June 15, 2021

SOMERSET, NJ —North Plainfield's Jason Agyemang won gold  in the 110 High Hurdles in the Group 2 Championships last weekend to advance to the Meet of Champions. Agyemang upset Rumson-Fair Haven’s Joe Aglione to win in Central Jersey, Group 2.

 

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Chris Serrao, East Brunswick: 14.25 (Central, Group 4)
Jordan Nelson, Bergen Tech: 14.54 ...

Somerset County Office Buildings Reopen to Public June 15

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County office buildings will reopen to the public beginning Tuesday, June 15.

The decision to reopen is based on recommendations by state and federal healthcare mandates and guidelines issued by the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

In most facilities, the public is not required to wear masks if they are fully vaccinated, but ...

June 14 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: Zero New Cases Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - For the first time in more than a year, the Somerset County Department of Health Monday reported no new cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight.

The total number of cases in Somerset County since the first cases were reported in March 2020 is 23,776. There has been a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health ...

BRRSD Approves 2022-2023 Calendar, With Day Off for Diwali

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The 2022-2023 Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District calendar was approved following discussions regarding which holidays should be given off in the district.

School board member Steven Singer said he was pleased that Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in January 2023 is a day off for all, and asked if that recommendation had come from the district ...

June 13 Somerset County COVID-19 Update: Just 1 New Case Overnight

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Sunday reported 23,776 cases of the COVID-19 virus overnight, an increase of 1 new case and a total of 737 deaths since March 8, 2020.

The New Jersey Department of Health Sunday reported 890,104 total cases since last year, an increase of 164 overnight, with 23,645 COVID-19-related ...

Ridge Downs Franklin, 5-2, to Win Sectional Championship

SOMERSET, NJ — The two teams that reached the Section 2, Group 4 baseball final didn't come from the top of the deck.

And, appropriately, the hitters who did the damage were batting in the bottom half of the order for Ridge, as the 10th-seeded Red Devils defeated eighth-seeded Franklin, 5-2, for their first sectional championship in 19 years Friday afternoon.

Franklin (14-6) had ...

Home Wreckers

I woke the other morning in predawn light to a startling, ratatatat outside my bedroom window. It was a woodpecker wantonly jackhammering holes into the side of my house.

The house that we had just finished painting. The stoic house that after too many years of neglect, we had finally got around to repairing.

As with many families, the pandemic afforded us the opportunity and energy to ...

My Own Private Ice Cube

Now that the economy is picking up and throngs of people are once again milling about freely, I’ve been thinking about buying an island.

Nothing too exotic. Just some beautiful water-lapped property of my own somewhere south of here where I can escape. Someplace private with pristine waters and spectacular 360 degree views. Someplace without neighbors who complain every time I crank up ...

Do you go to LBI? Compassion Café Opens in Beach Haven

June 14, 2021

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Do you go to LBI in the summer? Look for Compassion Café who kicked off their inaugural season with a huge grand opening celebration at their 2021 host location, Barry's Do Me A Flavor on Centre Street in Beach Haven on May 17. 

Compassion Café is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit recently founded by Erin Sharkey and Sue Sharkey with ...

Murphy Nominates Superior Court Judge to Fill Pending County Prosecutor Vacancy

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy has nominated Judge William A. Daniel to fill the role of Acting Union County Prosector, a vacancy that will be created when Lyndsay V. Ruotolo leaves the post next month to head up the state Division of Criminal Justice. The governor’s nomination of the Superior Court judge now heads to the state senate for ...

TRAFFIC ALERT: Motor Vehicle Accident on Garden State Parkway, Holmdel

HOLMDEL, NJ:  At 9:58 a.m., TAPinto received a report of a motor vehicle accident near mile marker 115 on the Garden State Parkway, Holmdel. First responders on scene, two lanes of traffic are blocked. If possible avoid area at this time. There are no additional details at this time. 

Do You Know This Person?

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance to identify a burglary suspect.  In the early morning of June 1st, 2021, a burglary was committed in the area of Maple Avenue.  The suspect was seen on video walking down Maple Ave with proceeds from the burglary.  He is described as a white male, approximately 25-30 years of ...

Columbia High School Student Dies In Shooting at Underhill Field, School District Says

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Columbia High School student has died following a shooting on Sunday night at Underhill Field, the South Orange-Maplewood School District has announced. Another student was wounded, according to an email sent to the district by Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor.

Names of the students involved have not been released.

“This inconceivable calamity is undoubtedly a ...

South Amboy Irish Festival to Feature Music, Food, Kids Activities and Fireworks on Sept. 25

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- The City of South Amboy in partnership with the South Amboy Parade committee will host an Irish Festival on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Middlesex County Raritan Bay Waterfront Park. Beginning at 2 p.m., the festival promises to be an exciting and family friendly event that will include music, food and craft vendors, kid friendly activities, and will culminate in a ...

Obituaries

Patricia H. Jacot – Guillarmod 67, died on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Robert Wood Johnson ...
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Citrus, Coral, and Florals: Summer from the Inside Out

As summer swings into high gear outside, bring some of the color and brightness indoors with your home décor. Perfect for setting the mood every day and during special events, summer décor that includes florals, citrus, and coral tones is a great way to transition from the more muted spring hues to the bold colors of the brightest season. Here are five ways to incorporate these ...

Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

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Upcoming Events

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Thu, June 17, 7:30 PM

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Borough Council

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Sat, June 19, 10:00 AM

Franklin Township Municipal Complex, Franklin

Celebrate Juneteenth

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Take Time To Get Lost In A Story: 5 Book Genres For You To Enjoy

Just as exercising is good for physical health, flexing your mental muscles is vital - especially as you age. Reading daily is a wonderful way to give your brain a workout. It stimulates your imagination, engages your concentration and memory, and allows you to learn something new.

Whether you prefer holding a book, using a tablet, or listening to audiobooks, diving into stories you enjoy is ...

Recipe Swaps: 6 Healthier Versions of Classic Cakes

Incorporating healthier meal choices into our daily lives is a great way to stay committed to overall wellness. These healthy options aren’t only available for your main course - desserts like indulgent cakes can easily retain all of the flavors while focusing on healthy ingredients. If you’re eager to swap some traditional ingredients like refined sugar and flour, fats, and added ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Upgrade Your Patio for Under $100

As the weather warms up and we all head outside, you may be envisioning an updated patio space to gather with your friends and family. While some outdoor items can be pricey, many simple updates are budget-friendly while making a big impact. If you’re ready to transform your outdoor space without spending a fortune, here are five of the best ways to get started.

Solar Lights

Adding ...

Home Wreckers

I woke the other morning in predawn light to a startling, ratatatat outside my bedroom window. It was a woodpecker wantonly jackhammering holes into the side of my house.

The house that we had just finished painting. The stoic house that after too many years of neglect, we had finally got around to repairing.

As with many families, the pandemic afforded us the opportunity and energy to ...

My Own Private Ice Cube

Now that the economy is picking up and throngs of people are once again milling about freely, I’ve been thinking about buying an island.

Nothing too exotic. Just some beautiful water-lapped property of my own somewhere south of here where I can escape. Someplace private with pristine waters and spectacular 360 degree views. Someplace without neighbors who complain every time I crank up ...

Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...

Spa Day at Home: How to Choose the Best Face Mask for Your Skin

More than ever, home skincare routines are the best way to take advantage of spa-quality products to give you clear, glowing, refreshed skin. Face masks are a great addition to any skincare routine, and regular use (2-3 times per week), can make a noticeable impact on your skin’s health. For everything you need to know when choosing a face mask, read on!

Tubes and Creams Vs. Single-Use ...