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TAPinto Travels Weekend Event Suggestions

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With very little rain in the forecast, Northern New Jersey’s weather will be perfect for the many outdoor events taking place this weekend. All of the events featured this week are family friendly with low to no cost admission prices.

Food Truck Festival at the Hermitage

If you have yet to visit Bergen County’s famed Gothic revival museum, you must make it a point to tour the grounds. This National Historic Landmark built in the 19th century will host its Second Annual Food Truck Festival on Saturday starting at 11 am. Admission is only $5 per person with children under 5 free. Besides sampling food from the trucks, guests are invited to watch live musical performances from local talent.

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City Place Annual Sidewalk Sale

Every year, City Place at The Promenade in Edgewater hosts a weekend-long party to bring in droves of shoppers. Shop exclusive deals from popular retailers such as Aerosoles, Carter’s, and Pier 1 Imports. Listen to live musical acts while you shop, enter raffles, and bring the kids along for face painting. Free 10-minute massage sessions will also be sponsored by R & R with Hand and Stone. The event will be from Friday through Sunday.

The Parade of Pollinators

Looking for a unique nature experience to take part in this weekend? Then, you must head to Valley Crest Farm and Preserve on Saturday for the Parade of Pollinators. From 10 am to 11:30 am, you’ll get to see the farm’s 14 beehives in action. The class will view and learn about the farm’s bees and monarch butterflies while touring the farm. Cost to attend is $5. The market will be open following your visit to take home delicious fresh produce. The farm also has a pick your own program that allows you to select and buy your own fruits and vegetables from their crops.

Taste of West Orange International Food Fest

On July 22, the city of West Orange will be celebrating the rich diversity of the area with a food festival highlighting cuisines from all over the world. The event will take place at OSPAC on Saturday from 4 pm to 10 pm with free admission. Food vendors will include Angry Archie’s, My Four Suns, Waffle De Lys, and many more. Amusement rides and carnival games will also be on hand for the event.

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Wed, February 21, 6:00 PM

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Art Night for Adults

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Roselle Community Group to Examine the 'Cost of Being Black in America'

February 17, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle-based community organizing group Community Acting Now will examine the book “The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America" by author Shawn D. Rochester as part of a commemoration of Black History Month.

The discussion will take place Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Anthony Amalfe Community Center, 1268 Shaffer Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is ...

“Hidden in Plain Sight” - A Presentation Centered Around a Teen’s Bedroom 

ROSELLE, NJ - Parents, grandparents, caregivers, when it comes to your children and drugs, do you know where to look? Do you know what you are looking for? You may be surprised at what is "Hidden in Plain Sight."

The Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition and Prevention Links invite all parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and other adults to have an opportunity to ...

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of Daniela Genaro who attended Nicholas LaCorte - Peterstown School No. 3 after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials say, it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's ...

Another Holiday, Another Encounter with Marine Life along Jersey Shore

February 19, 2018

SPRING LAKE, NJ — In neighboring Spring Lake, a baby seal made its way onto the beach near the north end pavilion early this afternoon.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski discovered the harbor seal pup near the jetty situated just south of the pavilion on Ocean Avenue at Ludlow Avenue.

The seal’s Presidents Day appearance on February 19 comes one day after a whale was spotted off the ...

Colleen Mahr Has Paid Her Dues, Earned Peoples’ Trust, and Left a Track Record of Success

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

Mahr, who as Mayor of Fanwood for 15 years has worked closely with Scotch Plains ...

Sixteen at-risk youth celebrate one year of stability and new beginning

February 16, 2018

Young people living within New Jersey's child welfare system face daunting odds – often moving from foster family to group home to support program yet never finding their place, sometimes traveling with their belongings in a plastic garbage bag.

"The analogy is not lost on them," said Tanya Johnson, senior assistant executive director, youth services, at the nonprofit ...

Female Boxer Dog Found in the Chandler Ave. Area of Roselle

February 20, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - A female boxer was found on East 7th Ave. near Chandler Ave. and given to police on Feb. 16. The dog was later transported to the Newark Humane Society where it will be on hold for the owner to claimer her.

Officials from the Humane Society say that the dog is a senior dog and very sweet. If the owner does not claim her, she will be available for adoption on Feb. 24. She is in ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Bantom,2017)

How does a writer of a beloved series like Harry Potter or Temperance Brennan break out of their readers' expectations and try something new? For J.K. Rowlings it was the novels penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith; books about a maimed and very flawed private detective with the unlikely name of Cormoran Strike. For Kathy Reichs, it is the ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...