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Allergy Alert: Kind Healthy Snacks Recalling Oats & Honey Granola Pouches

July 12, 2020

A limited number of KIND Oats & Honey Granola with Toasted Coconut pouches are being recalled due to the presence of sesame seeds which is not listed on the label, announced the company in a press release.

The label does not list sesame seeds under the "May Contain" statement, they said. According to the release, KIND recently decided to transition away from using sesame ...

The Countdown Begins for the South Plainfield Chick-fil-A August Grand Opening

SOUTH PLAINFIELD — The much-anticipated opening of Chick-fil-A in South Plainfield is set for late August. Owner William Bridges says the restaurant will hire between 80 and 100 employees.   Ground for construction of the popular eatery was first broken in late November 2019 at 4801 Stelton Road in South Plainfield.  The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will be ...

NJ Restaurant Association CEO Predicts More Closures if Indoor Dining Doesn't Return Soon

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy surprised restaurant owners who had been preparing for the return of indoor dining on Thursday, July 2, by announcing just four days before that indoor seating would be delayed indefinitely. 

Having spent money ordering food, retraining workers, and purchasing PPE and cleaning supplies, restaurant owners were justifiably upset when he postponed the ...

6 Easy Ways to Enjoy Fresh New Jersey Corn This Summer

For the sweetest corn, eat it as soon as possible after it’s picked. The sugar turns to starch as it ages. Until then, keep it in the husk in the fridge.

Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of these easy ideas:

1. Sprinkle raw kernels over salad to add sweet crunch.

2. Boil the ears, uncovered, for 2 minutes in a big pot of ...

Here's How We Can All Stay Food Safe This July 4th

WASHINGTON– Many Americans will be celebrating the Fourth of July outdoors this year a little differently, with celebrations at home, including backyard barbecues and picnics perhaps with only your household. No matter how you’re celebrating the Fourth of July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) encourages you to make food ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Governor Murphy Signs Bill Limiting Excessive Third-Party Delivery Fees During a State of Emergency

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S2437) Friday which limits service fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery applications and websites during state of emergencies. The legislation provides relief to restaurants across New Jersey that have faced excessive fees while being limited to takeout and delivery service.

Both Jersey City and Hoboken ...

Microbreweries, Brew Pubs Could Qualify for EDA Assistance Under New Legislation

TRENTON, NJ --  The local microbrewery or brew pub that has been closed for months because of COVID-19 could be getting a helping hand under a proposal moving through the New Jersey State Legislature.

Senate Bill 2463 (S-2463), sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein, would expand an existing New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) loan program to include small producers or ...

Chick-fil-A Opens on Route 22 at Terrill Road

WATCHUNG, NJ -- While anyone who had driven along Route 22 in the past few weeks could see the evidence of an imminent opening, the new Chick-fil-A finally did so on Thursday, June 24, at the intersection of Terrill Road, the longtime home of Sears -- just walking distance from chicken franchise rival Popeye's.

In accordance with social distancing measures, the restaurant is open ...

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Jessica's Café in Plainfield Offers Outdoor Dining, Fresh Summer Specials

July 30, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Jessica's Café & Wood Fired Pizza, a rare gem that recently celebrated one year in Plainfield, has a refreshed summer menu with dishes that include local ingredients, and outdoor tented seating for dining rain or shine.

Bring your BYOB, and try some of our new dishes like crab cakes, gazpacho, and roasted beet salad, or enjoy traditional menu items like ...

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Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays for Children in Union County

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a new virtual education initiative aimed at teaching children about animals and the important role they play in the environment. 

Wildlife Wednesdays kicks off on Wednesday, July 22nd with a program entitled “Frogs, Toads and Turtles” which will explain the difference between frogs and toads and turtles and ...

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Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

New Jersey Date Night: Life’s a Beach in Avalon

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

A little seaside road trip makes for a perfect date and Avalon provides an unforgettable backdrop. You can enjoy everything from shopping to surfing and, of course, outdoor dining in this affluent shore town on Seven Mile Island.

Besides checking out the exquisite real estate, you and your date can ...

What taxpayers should do if they get a letter or notice from the IRS

August 5, 2020

Every year the IRS mails letters or notices to taxpayers for many different reasons.

Here are some do’s and don’ts for taxpayers who receive one:

Don’t ignore it. Most IRS letters and notices are about federal tax returns or tax accounts. Each notice deals with a specific issue and includes specific instructions on what to do.
Don’t panic. The IRS and its ...

A Letter to the Plainfield School Community

July 29, 2020

COVID-19 has redefined the way we live in ways unimaginable as we have never dealt which a pandemic of this magnitude in our lifetime. K-12 students across our nation are currently missing face-to-face instruction due to COVID-19 while educators face a complex decision concerning the amplification of the achievement gap between students of color and their counterparts. Policymakers will need to ...

Strange Seeds in Your Mailbox? Report, Don’t Plant Them, NJDA Says

July 30, 2020

NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture offered advice Wednesday after it got reports of individuals receiving unsolicited seeds through the mail from China.

“Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock,” the NJDA said in a press release. “Sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the ...

Plainfield’s Historic Preservation: The Past Meets the Future

July 23, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Spearheaded by a group of residents 40 years ago, Plainfield’s City Council enacted its first ordinance established to guide the City’s historic preservation policies. By 1985, 4 of the City’s 10 Districts had been designated and were successfully nominated to the State and National Registers. Today, with a population of roughly 50,000 people, Plainfield ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Darlene Cullen of TAPinto South Plainfield

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of August 2020 is Darlene Cullen, who owns and operates TAPinto South Plainfield.  With a background in business development, Cullen has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of South Plainfield.   

Q. Why did you want to franchise a ...

Shakespeare Theatre Scores with 'Crazy Love'

Florham Park, NJ - It’s such a treat to see a live performance in these difficult times. But leave iit to Shakespeare Theatre’s fearless director, Bonnie Monte, to deliver a delightful and provocative evening of Moliere and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The setting is the outside lawn at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park. Located on Vreeland Road, the landscape of ...

The Source by James Michener

Retro Review

The Source by James Michener, 1965. 

 

It is nearly impossible to describe the scope of The Source, a remarkable historical novel by James Michener. Nearly 1000 pages long, the rich details about the evolution of humanity, from the days of the cave dwellings till the modern era, Michener regales us with details of the many civilizations that have dwelled in the ...

If It Bleeds by Stephen King

If It Bleeds by Stephen King (Scribner, 2019)

Stephen King’s fiction is alluring to his “Dear Readers” because King reveals much of his personal memories in his writing; childhood mischief, favorite comic books, and authors he considers worthwhile reading. King presents nightmares any author might encounter with a disturbed fan when he decides to off a favorite character ...

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni (William Morris/Harper Collins, 2020)

In writing a contemporary novel in the Gothic tradition, it is impossible not to compare aspects of great Gothic novels that have come before. The excellent, new book, The Ancestor, by Danielle Trussoni fits the description of a Neo-Gothic. However, drawing comparisons between previously written novels is half the fun ...

Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

August 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...