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Somerset Patriots Owner Steve Kalafer, 71, Dies; Philanthropist, Businessman, Friend to All

April 21, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Steve Kalafer, who as a young man parlayed a one-car showroom into one of New Jersey’s largest automobile groups, was the founder and owner of the Somerset Patriots baseball team, a prolific filmmaker, real estate developer, community activist and philanthropist, has died from cancer at the age of 71.

A devout family man, he is survived by his wife, Suzanne; two ...

Watchung Hills’ Freshmen Launch SOSS, Secure COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

WARREN, NJ -  It takes a village, and some 30 Watchung Hills freshmen are making a difference in theirs. The teens started Save Our State: Stat! whose mission is to secure COVID-19 vaccination appointments for eligible New Jersey residents.

Their mission statement is:

Our organization is Save Our State: Stat! (SOSS). We are a non-profit organization of over thirty freshman high school ...

Three North Plainfield Residents Charged in Narcotics Investigation, Found With Loaded Guns, Prosecutor Says

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Three North Plainfield residents were arrested following a narcotics investigation, authorities announced on Wednesday. Assorted drugs, a loaded sawed off shotgun, a loaded handgun and a ballistic vest were found with the three individuals at a Somerset Street residence, authorities said.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County ...

Historic Tour of Somerville Bicycle Race Rescheduled for Labor Day

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The iconic Tour of Somerville, the oldest bicycle race in the country, is rescheduling the 2021 race from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.

One of the most prestigious races in the country, the Tour of Somerville was forced to cancel the 2020 race due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 event would have been the Tour’s 80th anniversary; having ...

Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder of His 2-Year-Old Daughter

NORTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. – A 27-year-old father has been charged with attempted murder and child endangerment after surveillance video showed him carrying his two-year-old daughter in a plastic bag in the hallway of a hotel where he was living, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The child was transported to a nearby trauma hospital for emergency treatment in ...

Hundreds Pay Tribute to Beloved Sheriff's Officer in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County Sheriff Darrin Russo stood on the steps of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Thursday and spoke of a big man, with a big smile and big heart, a public servant who never stopped doing for others.

"He enjoyed helping people and making people smile," Russo said in tribute to 50-year-old Sheriff's Officer Sgt. Ahmed Mackey, who suffered a ...

Suspect Indicted for Setting Fire that Destroyed Apartment Buildings

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – A Bound Brook man has been indicted by a Somerset County Grand Jury in connection with the Jan. 12 fire that destroyed two apartment buildings under construction on Main Street, Bound Brook and several adjacent buildings.

Juan Hector Padilla, age 29, of East Second Street faces charges of 2nd Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Aggravated Arson, 3rd Degree Aggravated ...

North Plainfield Man Charged with Theft from Rescue Squad, Prosecutor Says

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A North Plainfield man, a former Rescue Squad Captain,  was charged with theft of  $10,000 after the emergency medical service organization had been disbanded, authorities said on Wednesday.

The arrest of Larry D. Lee, age 32, Stahls Way, North Plainfield, in relation to the theft of North Plainfield Rescue Squad funds was announced Wednesday by ...

Kings in Warren and More in Danger of Closing

WARREN, NJ — The local Kings Food Markets in Warren, Gillette and Bernardsville are in danger of closing. Its parent company, KB US Holdings, Inc., is filing for Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

A press release from the company said that “following a comprehensive sale process and auction conducted under Section 363 of the ...

North Plainfield Mourns Dennis Passe

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - North Plainfield is mourning the loss of Dennis Passe.

The North Plainfield Recreation Department posted on Friday:

With tremendous sorrow, The North Plainfield Recreation Department announces the loss of Dennis Passe, our recreation director, on Thursday, September 24, 2020.  He is our leader, our mentor, our friend, our family. 

As one of our ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Roll to Sectional Golf Title

EDISON, NJ-- The undefeated girls’ golf team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison captured the Central Jersey sectional championship in dominant fashion on May 10. Freshman Sarah Shao of Green Brook shot an impressive 4-under-par round of 67 to capture the individual title and lead the Rams, who advanced to next week’s Tournament of Champions.

W+H won the team title by 45 ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Second Graders Share Original Work in Poetry Café

EDISON, NJ-- April is National Poetry month, and throughout the month second grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison read, studied and wrote various poems. Typically, the second graders hold a “Poetry Cafe” where they perform in front of a live audience of family members. However, due to COVID restrictions this year, the students took their performance to ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Wins DAR Good Citizen Award

EDISON, NJ-- Taliyah Williams of Rahway, a senior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, was among three local high school seniors to receive Good Citizen Awards from The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR).

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Scholars Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ-- Twelve seniors in the Class of 2021 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison shared their research and findings on a variety of pertinent topics in last week’s Capstone presentations in the Center for Global Learning. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Participate in Read-a-thon

EDISON, NJ-- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison capped a three-week read-a-thon in April with some impressive numbers. The students logged 20,438 minutes of total reading. Fourth-grader Josh Culver of Colonia led all students with 1,368 minutes, which is nearly one full day! Total donations reached $4,130 and the proceeds will go toward a fund to diversify Lower ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Enjoy Middle School Spirit Week

EDISON,NJ-- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison are celebrating their own divisional Spirit Week from May 3-7. Students are having a blast embracing daily themes to begin the home stretch of this unprecedented school year in style.

The week kicked off with Match a Friend Monday on which students joined up to four friends with matching outfits. Teachers joined the ...

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6 Tasty Ideas for Your Next Backyard Party

May 16, 2021

As the weather turns warmer and more people become comfortable getting together, it’s a great time to plan an outdoor party.

Here are six ideas for your next gathering, with tasty suggestions for what to serve:

Movie Night: Set up the projector, place out some comfy seating and have individual boxes of movie candy ready. For something fancy, put out bowls of truffled popcorn: ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

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

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Sayreville's Brandon Bielak, Saint Joseph HS Grad, Pitches Against the Yankees

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- Brandon Bielak, a Sayreville native who played his high school baseball at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen), took the mound for the Houston Astros against the Yankees Tuesday evening in a hostile Yankee Stadium, where fans released their anger over Houston's sign-stealing scandal became public following the 2019 ALCS.

Bielak had the thrill of ...

Summer Food Service Program to Nourish New Jersey Children in Need

May 17, 2021

Food insecure children and their families are most vulnerable during the summer months, when they lose access to the free school meals that they rely on. This year, as schools remain closed due to COVID-19, putting food on the table has been an even more urgent challenge for households struggling to make ends meet.  

During 2020, child food ...

Right Choice for Mayor

May 14, 2021

To the editor of TAP into Plainfield: 

I am writing to endorse Sean McKenna, Mayor for the City of Plainfield.

Sean stood out to me as a leader and a thinker since introduction to him upon moving here in 2016.  I heard his questions while serving on the Planning Board and now as the Second Ward Councilman. He’s direct, courteous, and informed - all the qualities we want ...

Central Jersey Temple Faces Allegations of Human Trafficking, Forced Labor & Abuse in Workers' Class Action Lawsuit

May 12, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Federal law enforcement officials descended on the BAPS Temple in Robbinsville on Tuesday to execute court orders on the property where workers say they were victims of human trafficking and labor abuse. Six plaintiffs have filed the lawsuit on behalf of approximately 200 other Indian nationals who claim they were forced labor and faced ...

Plainfield Public Schools Job Fair / Feria de empleo de las escuelas públicas de Plainfield

May 12, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Schools district is holding a virtual job fair for middle and high school teaching positions for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 19, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. To see a list of available positions, and to start an application, click here.

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Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker. Harper Perennial, 

2013.

 

I first learned about this “unsolved American mystery,” when 48 Hours did a comprehensive show on the horrific discovery of four bodies wrapped in burlap sacks in 2010. The deceased were discovered on Gilgo Beach, a desolate stretch of sand that did not host excited, Sunday sun ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)

 

My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

The Persian Always Meows Twice

The Persian Always Meows Twice: A Cat Groomer Mystery by Eileen Watkins.        (available on Amazon).

 

        Cassie McGlone needs to start over, escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend, and establish a business of her own. An independent woman, Cassie moves to Chadwick, New Jersey (a fictional town somewhere near Morristown) ...

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press, 2021)

 

We can’t quibble that Kristin Hannah is one of the most respected authors on the contemporary scene. Her new book, The Four Winds, is number 1 on the New York Times Book Review. Hannah is a wonderful storyteller, who frequently uses the theme of the importance of family in our lives, which is a universal theme, ...

Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside his Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman

Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman. (Harper Collins, 2017).

 

I am skeptical of the true crime genre because so much of it is poorly written and sells for its sensationalistic value rather than its literary worth. The only decent book that I have read about Charles Manson and ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...