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Amber Alert: Missing 5-year Old Girl From South Jersey

September 18, 2019

BRIDGETON, NJ -- An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 5 year old girl who disappeared from a park on Monday, September 16.  Dulce Maria Alavez was last seen in the area of Bridgeton City Park just before 5pm.  Her mother, Noema Alavez, reported to police that her daughter and her 3 year old son were playing nearby on the swings while she remained in her ...

White Castle Goes Dark on South Ave.

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The White Castle restaurant in Plainfield on South Ave. has closed.

“As a family-owned business that genuinely cares about our employees and the communities where we operate, we don’t like the idea of closing a Castle. That decision is always the last option for us. But we’re committed to being a strong company overall, and the tough part about that is ...

Fiery Car Off Road Snarls Traffic on I-78

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - A fiery car off the road snarls traffic Monday morning around 10:20 a.m. on I-78 at exit 33 eastbound. 

TAPinto will update when more information becomes available.  

Somerset County Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Jazz Festival

September 16, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The It was all about jazz Sunday with thousands descending on Main Street Somerville for five hours of music topping off the three-day Central Jersey Jazz Festival, which included performances in Flemington Friday night and New Brunswick Saturday night.

Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of the jazz festival, founded by Rick St. Pierre, owner of Verve Restaurant, Bar ...

Friday The 13th Fun Facts

NEW JERSEY - Today is Friday the 13th and there is a full moon to boot this evening. So, how superstitious are you? Will you walk under a ladder, break a mirror or cross paths with a black cat on Friday, September 13? Probably not, but here are a few fun facts about Friday the 13th folklore nevertheless.

The history of Friday the 13th being a day to stay under the covers to avoid bad luck ...

Snuffy's Disputes It Is Closing Despite Lease Agreement with Lidl Shared with Scotch Plains Officials

September 18, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After multiple public hearings and several news reports about plans for a Lidl supermarket to be built on the property owned by Snuffy's Panagis Renaissance at the intersection of Mountain Ave. and Park Ave. in downtown Scotch Plains, Snuffy's posted on its Facebook page Wednesday that the catering facility is not closing and that the news is being ...

Conversation with Repeat Business Guru Richard Shapiro, in Warren

WARREN, NJ - All are invited to a book discussion at the Warren Township Library with author: RICHARD SHAPIRO. Author of the book, "The Endangered Customer”. Richard Shapiro shows why a "people first" approach is more important than ever and offers a road map any business can follow to deliver a welcoming and personalized customer experience at every touch ...

WHRHS Referendum: Voter Information and Facts Regarding Watchung Hills Referendum

September 17, 2019

WARREN, NJ - The voters of the Watchung Hills sending districts will be asked to vote on a special election referendum to install electrical upgrades and renovate the media center at the polls on September 24 from 3-8 p.m. The special election vote in September is to better ensure competitive bids so that the projects can be completed prior to the 2020-21 school year, Business ...

Plainfield, North Plainfield Education Associations to Hold Community Meet and Greet

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Education Associations of Plainfield and North Plainfield will be hosting an open house where members of the community, parents and staff from our schools, and local businesses can mingle and network. This exciting opportunity will be September 24th from 3 to 7 pm at Arooga's restaurant (1250 Route 22 East, North Plainfield, NJ 07060).

“We are so ...

Election 2019: Attention Candidates Running for Public Office, Election Policies for November 5, General Election

September 15, 2019

WARREN, NJ - TAPinto invites all candidates to submit statements and other content, as well as advertise on TAPinto. Below are the TAPinto Election Policies:

Candidate Statements

Candidates participating in the primary election can submit a maximum of one candidate statement per week (including photos) through the week before the election. Publication ...

White Castle Goes Dark on South Ave.

September 17, 2019

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The White Castle restaurant in Plainfield on South Ave. has closed.

“As a family-owned business that genuinely cares about our employees and the communities where we operate, we don’t like the idea of closing a Castle. That decision is always the last option for us. But we’re committed to being a strong company overall, and the tough part about that is ...

Prost! Village Brewing Hosts 1st Annual Oktoberfest

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Village Brewing Company, which opened in the bustling arts, entertainment and restaurant/retail district five months ago, will host its first annual Oktoberfest celebration Friday, Sept. 21st.

The outdoor beer festival will be held across the street from the brewery and restaurant on the Division Street pedestrian mall.

Beer tents and food tents will be set up on Division ...

High Levels of Fecal Bacteria Found in Lower Raritan River

September 17, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – High levels of fecal bacteria have often been found at six new water sampling sites in the lower Raritan River since May, according to a Rutgers-coordinated monitoring program that included more than 20 trained volunteers.

The sites include Riverside Park in Piscataway, Rutgers Class of 1914 Boathouse in New Brunswick, Edison Boat Basin and Riverwalk, Ken Buchanan ...

Warren’s Camp Jotoni to Break Ground After Shovels and Champagne Ceremony

September 18, 2019

WARREN, NJ - The Arc of Somerset County has set to break ground after a five year capital campaign initiative launch for Camp Jotoni, a special needs summer camp located at 51 Old Stirling Rd. in Warren. Supporters, camp families and the surrounding special needs communty celebrated “Shovels and Champagne” on the evening of Thursday, September 12 to initiate the ...

Unicorn Brings Magic to The Chelsea at Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- Friday was a magical day at The Chelsea in Fanwood as Noble Attitude the Unicorn arrived to bring smiles to the faces of residents. 

Dressed in bright red sneakers, Noble visited with residents and staff of the assisted living facility and even posed for selfies. 

"He loves the attention," said handler Maureen Coultas, a PATH (Professional ...

Mosquito Spraying in Watchung Scheduled for Sept. 19

September 18, 2019

WATCHUNG, NJ - The Somerset County Road Division’s mosquito control section has announced that mosquito spraying will take place in parts of Watchung between the hours of 6 and 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. The announcement comes after Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Found on BH/Warren/ Watchung Border.

Spraying in Watchung Borough:

 *   The ...

Mosquito Spraying in Watchung Scheduled for Sept. 19

September 18, 2019

WATCHUNG, NJ - The Somerset County Road Division’s mosquito control section has announced that mosquito spraying will take place in parts of Watchung between the hours of 6 and 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. The announcement comes after Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Found on BH/Warren/ Watchung Border.

Spraying in Watchung Borough:

 *   The ...

Huge Snake Gourd Could be a Record Holder

September 15, 2019

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Mini Puthenpura harvested a snake gourd from her garden earlier this month and thought it seemed exceptionally large – more than seven feet long.

For those who have never heard of such a fruit, it is a tropical or subtropical vine grown in India and other areas of Asia and Southeast Asia. It thrives in hot, humid weather – something Berkeley Heights ...

Plainfield, North Plainfield Education Associations to Hold Community Meet and Greet

September 17, 2019

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Education Associations of Plainfield and North Plainfield will be hosting an open house where members of the community, parents and staff from our schools, and local businesses can mingle and network. This exciting opportunity will be September 24th from 3 to 7 pm at Arooga's restaurant (1250 Route 22 East, North Plainfield, NJ 07060).

“We are so ...

Rutgers' Monolithic $115M Practice Facility is a "Game-Changer"

PISCATAWAY, NJ - C. Vivian Stringer walked into her new digs and cast her eyes toward the rafters.

When the Rutgers women's basketball coach called the new RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center "a game-changer," her words echoed throughout the cavernous practice facility sprawled out in front of her.

Stringer was joined by Rutgers President Robert Barchi, Chancellor ...

Watchung Hills Regional High School Student Selected to USA International Debate Team

 

WARREN,  NJ  – Roopa Irakam, a senior at Watchung Hills Regional High School, has been selected to the USA International Debate Team. Roopa is the first student from Watchung Hills Regional High School to be selected for the USA Debate Team in the last seven years.

The USA Debate Team competes against other countries throughout the year, culminating in the World ...

North Plainfield Football Kicks off 2019 With Win over GL

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The North Plainfield Football Canucks opened the season with a 26-7 victory over Governor Livingston on Friday.

The Murkey twins scored three touchdowns for the Canucks. Ahmaad Murkey caught a touchdown pass from Naji Campbell and Jamaad Murkey scored twice on touchdown runs. Sophomore Khan-Yae Stevens got the other TD on a punt return for the Canucks.

Jayson ...

North Plainfield Girls Soccer Opens Season With Win, 3-2

 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The North Plainfield girls soccer team is off to a good start with its first win of the season over Warren Hills on Thursday, 3-2.

Katherine Pimentel, Sophia Chavez, and Aline Galvez all scored for North Plainfield.

Canuck Baseball offered congratulations and tweeted, “Girls soccer with a big division win today, equals total from last season. Great ...

Watchung Students Return to School with New Key Additions

WATCHUNG, NJ - Amid cries of, ” Not yet!” “It’s not fair!” and “I’m not ready for summer to end,” Watchung Borough students return to school on Thursday, Sept. 5. A gleaming new STEM lab and new leadership are ready to welcome them.

Ready to greet students on Thursday is a new Interim Superintendent, Dr. Maria Cleary, who led the ...

Amber Alert: Missing 5-year Old Girl From South Jersey

September 18, 2019

BRIDGETON, NJ -- An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 5 year old girl who disappeared from a park on Monday, September 16.  Dulce Maria Alavez was last seen in the area of Bridgeton City Park just before 5pm.  Her mother, Noema Alavez, reported to police that her daughter and her 3 year old son were playing nearby on the swings while she remained in her ...

Fire on Central Ave. Closes Street

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield and North Plainfield residents woke up to the sounds of fire trucks and helicopters’ hovering above as smoke and fire was seen from the top floor of a 2 story frame structure located at 124 Central Avenue, between West 2nd and West Front streets in Plainfield.

Fire crews from neighboring communities assisted the local Plainfield fire department to ...

Snuffy's Disputes It Is Closing Despite Lease Agreement with Lidl Shared with Scotch Plains Officials

September 18, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- After multiple public hearings and several news reports about plans for a Lidl supermarket to be built on the property owned by Snuffy's Panagis Renaissance at the intersection of Mountain Ave. and Park Ave. in downtown Scotch Plains, Snuffy's posted on its Facebook page Wednesday that the catering facility is not closing and that the news is being ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Area Fishing Report by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 17, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - The end to the 2019 summer flounder season in New Jersey is drawing near with the final day this Saturday, September 21. Predicted strong winds will roil the ocean up for most of the rest of the week and likely mean a slow finish to the season.

I fished the Little Egg Reef with fishing buddies Joe Hummel and Dave Rinear last week, and we returned to the dock ...

WHRHS Girls Soccer: Watchung Hills Falls to Pingry In 2019 Home Opener

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills girls soccer team dropped their home opener to Pingry on Saturday 3-1 after taking a 1-0 lead into the half. 

 

Chloe Ferreira had the lone goal for the Warriors assisted by Sara Sifert.

“Right now we just have to stay the course,” said WHRHS head coach Brian Figueiredo.  “We’ve been competitive in each of our games, ...

WHRHS Referendum: Voter Information and Facts Regarding Watchung Hills Referendum

September 17, 2019

WARREN, NJ - The voters of the Watchung Hills sending districts will be asked to vote on a special election referendum to install electrical upgrades and renovate the media center at the polls on September 24 from 3-8 p.m. The special election vote in September is to better ensure competitive bids so that the projects can be completed prior to the 2020-21 school year, Business ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Autumn Apple Picking

September 14, 2019

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

When you date someone not from New Jersey they might ask why we’re known as the Garden State. Typically the answer can be found with one visit to a local farmer’s market, but if doubt persists all you have to do is take them to a New Jersey orchard. 

A beautiful fall afternoon becomes ...

Two Apple Cider Cocktails Perfect for Fall Sipping

It’s apple season in New Jersey, and with it comes fresh apple cider.

We asked Grain & Cane Bar & Table in Berkeley Heights to share a couple of their favorite apple cider cocktail recipes. These are perfect for sipping as we slide past the dog days of summer and into the fall.

Cider Old Fashioned

“This one is our new featured ...

Tuscan-Style Café May Have Just Served NJ’s Largest Schiacciata Sandwich

What’s the best food for a first birthday party? It was an enormous flatbread sandwich filled with mozzarella and imported prosciutto at a Tuscan-style café and bakery in New Jersey Sunday.

More than 500 people* partook of the schiacciata sandwich at Farinolio in Westfield to celebrate the business’s first anniversary, possibly breaking records for the largest ...

New Jersey Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker Talks about Ways to Fuel Economic Growth on State of Affairs with Steve Adubato

September 18, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- Andrew Zwicker, Chair of the Science, Innovation & Technology Committee in the New Jersey State Assembly, appeared on State of Affairs with Steve Adubato to discuss ways his committee can foster innovation and job growth in the state. 

Zwicker is also a physicist from Princeton University, and Head of Communications and Public Outreach for the university’s Plasma ...

North Essex Chamber of Commerce Marking Milestone with 50th Anniversary Gala & Fundraiser

ESSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY -- The North Essex Chamber of Commerce (NECC) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a Gala & Fundraiser to be held on September 26 at The Manor in West Orange, NJ. The NECC is the official chamber of commerce for nine towns in Essex County, NJ: Montclair, Fairfield, West Caldwell, Caldwell, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, Cedar Grove and Essex Fells. 

The ...

HomeGrown NJ Highlights Asbury Park’s Progressive & LGTBQ-Friendly Spirit

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Besides sand, surf and Springsteen, Asbury Park has been known in recent years as a hub for the New Jersey LGBTQ community. HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Comedian & Activist Jess Alaimo about the LGBTQ-friendly atmosphere of Asbury Park. Alaimo grew up in Asbury Park, where she still lives, and has family roots here. She founded the Asbury Park Young ...

Millburn, NJ Attorney on the Importance of Legal Advice for Startups

NEW YORK, NY -- TAPintoTV caught up with Attorney Jonathan Goodgold, Esq., of the law firm Maitlin Maitlin Goodgold Brass & Bennett at TechDay New York, the largest event for startups in the U.S. TechDay produces events to connect the startup community and highlight the most unique and innovative products currently in development. 

“All great businesses start with a great ...

Independent Cinema Serves as Community Hub for Arts-Centered Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- This week’s episode of HomeGrown: Asbury Park features a conversation with the owners of The ShowRoom Cinema, an independent movie house in town. When owners Michael Sodano and Nancy Sabino opened ShowRoom in 2009, there were no movie theaters in Asbury Park. 

“We couldn’t understand how a town that was so arts and culture-centric had no cinema,” ...

North Plainfield Police Reports

September 12, 2019

 

 

North Plainfield Police Reports September 2019

Thurs 5 Sept 2:00 PM. A burglary was reported on Grove St, no address in the police report, entry was gained through a window. A number of items were stolen

Fri 6 Sept 10:59 PM. Marvin Bass 41 of 170 Montgomery St Piscataway was arrested, during a vehicle stop, on Clinton Av for possession of marijuana

Sat 7 Sept ...

Event Announcement: Facing The Truth: A Local Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse Tells His Story

September 11, 2019

Dear Editor:

On March 27, 2019, I went public with my story of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of Kevin Gugliotta, a man who subsequently became a Catholic priest and was assigned to several parishes with his longest assignment at Saint Bartholomew’s in Scotch Plains. Since then I have shared my story via online, print, radio, and social media.

This has included a Letter to the ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Area Fishing Report by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 17, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - The end to the 2019 summer flounder season in New Jersey is drawing near with the final day this Saturday, September 21. Predicted strong winds will roil the ocean up for most of the rest of the week and likely mean a slow finish to the season.

I fished the Little Egg Reef with fishing buddies Joe Hummel and Dave Rinear last week, and we returned to the dock ...

New Jersey’s First Utility Offshore Wind Farms: What You Need to Know

WARETOWN, NJ – Although wind energy generates electricity for many homes worldwide, offshore wind turbines for that use are still a novelty in the United States. That said, a wind farm project underway in New Jersey will ultimately provide energy to more than half a million residences. This translates to 1,100 MW and puts the state on the national map with its largest wind farm.

At a ...

Remembering 9/11: a Warren resident remembers

September 10, 2019

 

Eighteen years. The day that changed my life and our country.

I remember a few years ago my son asked me what I remembered about that day for an assignment he was doing for social studies. And for the first time, I told him some details.  I was there, guessing I was pregnant with our first child, the son who asked the question, and through a dumb move with broken glass, my ...

Happy Ending: Charley Found Safe

September 11, 2019

UPDATE: Found safe and sound! Charley was found safe on Tuesday. “ WE FOUND HIM!!!!,” his family said.  He was stuck in a 10' well behind our neighbors' property! Thank you all for your concern and help!”

WARREN, NJ - Have you Seen Charley? Charley got out of his fenced yard early Monday morning around 3:30am. near Dock Watch Hollow and Washington Valley ...

Have You Seen Charley? Missing in Warren

UPDATE: Found safe and sound!

WARREN, NJ - Have you Seen Charley? Charley got out of his fenced yard early Monday morning around 3:30am. near Dock Watch Hollow and Washington Valley Road. Has a collar with his name and contact number, has a chip. 

His family says he’s very friendly and approachable. 

 

Contact Lauren if you spot him ...

Residents Donate Homemade Dog Treats to Regional Animal Shelter

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents of a local assisted living community spent days making dog treats for the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter.

Those at Brandywine Living @ Middlebrooks Crossing, in Bridgewater, spent three days at the end of August making homemade dog treats and delivering them to the shelter.

"Our dog was the foundation of happiness in the household," said reisdent ...

It's National Dog Day, Celebrate Your Pet

WARREN, NJ – August 26 is National Dog Day. How do you celebrate?

The occasion helps to bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption.

“National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure,” according to Nationaldogday.com. “Our mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year ...

Watchung Debate: Four Running for Watchung Borough Council will Spar in October

September 18, 2019

WATCHUNG, NJ — Four candidates for Watchung Borough Council will debate in October, say campaign managers for the competing campaigns, Tracy DiFrancesco, managing the campaign for Republicans Amber Murad and incumbent George Sopko; and Cori Haveson, managing the campaign for Democratic candidates Wendy Robinson and Pietro ("Pete") Martino. The debate will take place ...

Caring Contact Honors National Suicide Prevention Month with Area Coffee Shops

Caring Contact, with support from Northfield Bank, is offering Awareness Coffee Sleeves in 19 area coffee shops to help raise awareness about suicide during National Suicide Prevention Month.  

During September, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. In Fanwood ,The Railside ...

Watchung Back To School Nights initiative

Back To School Night - We have a community-wide evening when many families are required to find childcare or ask that one parent/guardian stay home. Wilson Memorial has stepped up to provide a safe and fun space for our Watchung children to gather while all the caretakers in the household can head to Bayberry, meet the educators, and learn more about their child’s education. Many thanks to ...

Collections for Homeless Women

Homelessness is a major issue in America. Thousands of homeless women, on a monthly basis, are placed in crisis situations when they get their period. Click on the link below to learn how.

 

But don't stop there.... add BAPZ to your shopping list this weekend! Help Beta Alpha Rho Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority  help those in need. No one should be denied the ability to ...

TAPinto Launches Milestones: Wedding Announcements, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Graduations, Reunions and More

TAPinto.net has launched Milestones, a new section dedicated to publishing reader wedding announcements, bar/bat mitzvah announcements, graduations, reunions and more. 

Free for a limited time, readers can submit important milestones in their lives and those of their family, and have them published on TAPinto, enabling the community to hear about the happy news and join in the ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Area Fishing Report by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

September 17, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - The end to the 2019 summer flounder season in New Jersey is drawing near with the final day this Saturday, September 21. Predicted strong winds will roil the ocean up for most of the rest of the week and likely mean a slow finish to the season.

I fished the Little Egg Reef with fishing buddies Joe Hummel and Dave Rinear last week, and we returned to the dock ...

The Ocean County Irish Festival is Saturday at Manahawkin Lake Park Hosted by the Ocean County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh

STAFFORD -  The weather report looks great!  Hurricane Dorian will be far out to see.  This Saturday is the opportunity to celebrate the Irish at the Jersey Shore.

The Ocean County Chapter of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh members are all set to welcome everybody at the 2019 Ocean County Irish Festival this Saturday, September 7, 2019.  

This is the third year ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Area Fishing Report by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - Labor Day is now in the books, and the kids are back at school. That has traditionally been the official end of the tourist season in southern Ocean County. It certainly does not mean the end of the fishing season, however.

As I write this today, Wednesday, our thoughts are with those unfortunate folks in the Bahamas who suffered so much from Hurricane Dorian, and ...

Spring Lake Police: Body of Teenage Swimmer Found Several Blocks from Where He Went Missing

SPRING LAKE, NJ — The body of the Mercer County teenager who went missing off a Spring Lake beach has been found several blocks north from where he was last seen in the surf, according to authorities.

The Spring Lake Police Department posted an update this morning, September 4, on social media — three days after Josiah Jeremiah Robison, 15, of Ewing went missing in rough waters off ...

Pirates Invading Downtown Barnegat on September 7th

BARNEGAT, NJ – Rumor has it that it was a lovely farmgirl that brought Captain Kidd to Barnegat, while legend suggests the notorious pirate left behind some hidden treasure. Meanwhile, this September 7th, young and old buccaneers are expected to take over Barnegat for its annual Pirate’s Day.

While most won’t make it there by ship, the festivities anchor at Route 9 and East ...

Things To Do For Labor Day Weekend 2019

NEW JERSEY - It's arrived; the final weekend of summer. Most college kids are off. Back-to-school sales are in full swing and pumpkin spice is back in coffee shops across the Garden State. For residents who didn't pack up the car and head off for the last three-day weekend of summer, here are some cool ideas for a little Labor Day weekend fun.

BBQ and Craft Beer Festival will be ...

Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Dr. Jorden Schiff Resigns

September 17, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -Schools Superintendent Dr. Jorden Schiff has resigned and will retire effective Oct. 1.

Dr. Lisa Antunes, assistant superintendent in charge of curriculum, has been appointed acting supteritendent, "lasting until further action by the board," according to the second of two resolutions approved by the board at the beginning of Monday's meeting. The first ...

Hillsborough Teachers, School Board Remain at Odds; Fact Finder Next

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - School is back in session, but teachers and other members of the Hillsborough Education Association are still without a new contract.

Both sides concede some progress has been made during negotiations that have been dragging on for several months, but not enough to reach a settlement.

The most recent meeting between the teachers' union and the Board of Education was ...

Somerset County Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Jazz Festival

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The It was all about jazz Sunday with thousands descending on Main Street Somerville for five hours of music topping off the three-day Central Jersey Jazz Festival, which included performances in Flemington Friday night and New Brunswick Saturday night.

Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of the jazz festival, founded by Rick St. Pierre, owner of Verve Restaurant, Bar ...

Prost! Village Brewing Hosts 1st Annual Oktoberfest

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Village Brewing Company, which opened in the bustling arts, entertainment and restaurant/retail district five months ago, will host its first annual Oktoberfest celebration Friday, Sept. 21st.

The outdoor beer festival will be held across the street from the brewery and restaurant on the Division Street pedestrian mall.

Beer tents and food tents will be set up on Division ...

9/11 Victims from Somerset County Honored

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine, held a ceremony marking the 18thanniversary of 9/11 at the county’s memorial clock tower, located on the corner of Main and Bridge streets. 

“I am saddened that we have to gather on this occasion, but I am heartened that we take it upon ourselves to remember and ...

"It's All About New Jersey'' Auction Benefits Operation Shoebox NJ

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Limited edition commemorative Somerset Patriots baseball jerseys highlight an auction of of items with their roots in New Jersey by New Jersey's premiere auctioneer, Joe Bodnar, at TD Bank Ballpark Sunday, Sept. 8, following the Patriots game against the High Point Rockers.

Gates open at noon; game time is 1:05 p.m.

Bodnar and volunteers from Operation Shoebox New ...

Don't Leave Home Without It

I need to replace my wallet.

More accurately, it is a billfold, a name which blandly describes what it does. After years of riding in a dark pocket compressed mercilessly by 200 plus pounds of backside and being opened and closed many times a day, the poor thing has gotten kind of shabby.

It is worn and faded, just waiting to be torn at its flimsy perforation into two foldless bills.

My ...

Amber Alert: Missing 5-year Old Girl From South Jersey

September 18, 2019

BRIDGETON, NJ -- An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 5 year old girl who disappeared from a park on Monday, September 16.  Dulce Maria Alavez was last seen in the area of Bridgeton City Park just before 5pm.  Her mother, Noema Alavez, reported to police that her daughter and her 3 year old son were playing nearby on the swings while she remained in her ...

House Music Festival a Big Hit, Brings Awareness to Prostate Cancer

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Plainfield celebrated the House Music and Prostate Cancer Awareness Festival on Saturday at Milt Campbell Field Park. Families from all over the city and beyond came to enjoy the festivities.

The event is the brainchild of Agurs “Lenny” Cathcart, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017, and Terrence “T-Bone” Johnson, two community members ...

Anthony R. Bucco, State Senator, Dies

NEW JERSEY -  State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco died Monday of a major heart attack, according to his family.

Bucco (R-25th Dist.) has been undergoing treatment for a curable form of throat cancer since February.

 “It is with great sadness I share that Senator Tony Bucco suffered a major heart attack this morning at his home," said Bucco family spokesman ...

Redevelopment Committee Approves Lidl Supermarket Plan for Snuffy’s Site

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee reviewed and voted to approve the Snuffy's/Pantagis property redevelopment plan at its meeting this week. The committee was assigned by the Scotch Plains Council to develop a draft plan that has to be adopted by ordinance that will change the zoning on the the Snuffy's site. The committee also ...

Rutgers' Monolithic $115M Practice Facility is a "Game-Changer"

PISCATAWAY, NJ - C. Vivian Stringer walked into her new digs and cast her eyes toward the rafters.

When the Rutgers women's basketball coach called the new RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center "a game-changer," her words echoed throughout the cavernous practice facility sprawled out in front of her.

Stringer was joined by Rutgers President Robert Barchi, Chancellor ...

Newark Public Schools Gets 25 New Teachers for Arts Education

NEWARK, NJ - Arts education in the Newark Public School District is getting a boost for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Newark Board of Education hired over 25 Visual and Performing Arts teachers. The positions include all four disciplines: drama, music, theater and visual arts. 

“We’re making sure that as we budget for the next fiscal year, that we have in every one of our ...

Obituaries

Henry Seesselberg, 86, of Warren passed away Saturday, April 6 at the Eastern Star Home in ...
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Five More Horses Diagnosed With Encephalitis In New Jersey

September 6, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. — Five more horses in New Jersey have been diagnosed with Eastern Equine Encephalitis during the last two weeks bringing the total of 10 animals in New Jersey contracting the virus in 2019.

The latest cases are an 18-year-old gelding horse in Morris County, a 4-month old gelding in Salem County, a 4-year old gelding and a gelding of unknown age each in Ocean County, and a ...

70 Years Ago, Camden Man Became Nation's First Mass Murderer

His name, like the names of his victims, is nearly forgotten. 

But what Howard Unruh did 70 years ago today in Camden, N.J. foreshadowed the insanity of mass shootings we live with today.

Insanity is the operative word here. From lockdown drills in nursery schools to bullet resistant backpacks, random mass shootings have become part of the “uniquely American” cultural ...

A Day When the Sea Was More Hostile Than the Wind or Sun

The boy struggled with a cart filled with beach stuff as he dragged it down the boardwalk. It was fish-tailing behind him and I almost told him to push rather than pull, but decided to mind my own business. I was pushing a small load myself, my sleeping grandson in a stroller.

He was with a girl a few years younger, a woman who looked to be a grandmother, and several small children. His role ...

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Lower Columbia Park (behind Columbia Middle School), Berkeley Heights

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Sat, September 28, 11:00 AM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

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Is it Time for New Jersey to 'Get in the Game', and Permanently Move Up Our Presidential Primary?

Each week former New Jersey State Assemblymen and former gubernatorial candidates John Wisniewski (Democrat) & Jack Ciattarelli (Republican) will tackle New Jersey's most pressing issues. This week: New Jersey's late Presidential Primary

On the Democratic side, there more than 20 candidates running for President -- there might be some very crowded state primaries. On ...

Gun Safety Legislation

Each week former New Jersey State Assemblymen and former gubernatorial candidates John Wisniewski (Democrat) & Jack Ciattarelli (Republican) will tackle New Jersey's most pressing issues. This week:

Gun Safety Legislation

This week, Senator Bob Menendez called on upon Senate Majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on gun safety measures. At a ...

Don't Leave Home Without It

I need to replace my wallet.

More accurately, it is a billfold, a name which blandly describes what it does. After years of riding in a dark pocket compressed mercilessly by 200 plus pounds of backside and being opened and closed many times a day, the poor thing has gotten kind of shabby.

It is worn and faded, just waiting to be torn at its flimsy perforation into two foldless bills.

My ...