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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 ...

NJ TRANSIT Graduating Seven Locomotive Engineer Classes in Two Years – Same Number Graduated in Last Five Years Combined

With the recent June 2019 graduating class and six more classes of locomotive engineering trainees graduating through December 2020, NJ TRANSIT will have graduated seven classes in two years (2019 – 2020). That’s the same number of classes that graduated in the previous five years combined (2014 – 2018.)

Agency officials attribute the significant increase in engineer training ...

Building Goodwill with Gratitude on NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT’s Customer Advocate and Chief Experience Officer Stewart Mader regularly rides buses, light rail, and trains to engage with customers and identify ways to streamline the  customer experience. 

This week, he rode with customers on the Montclair-Boonton Line to thank them for adjusting their schedules during Amtrak infrastructure work at New York Penn Station. That ...

Thank You, Montclair-Boonton, North Jersey Coast Line & Morris & Essex Line Riders

This spring we announced that Amtrak would need to take two tracks out of service at Penn Station New York this summer to accommodate critical infrastructure repair work. As a result, on weekdays only, four peak-period Midtown Direct trains in each direction on the Montclair-Boonton Line, one peak-period train in each direction on the North Jersey Coast Line and select reverse-peak trains on the ...

Brain Surgery Breakthrough and Other News from Atlantic Health System

On this AtlantiCast, see how Atlantic Health System is breaking new ground when it comes to brain surgery, learn about a new clinical trial into the treatment of melanoma, find out how Overlook Medical Center is turning trash into treasure and making health care more environmentally friendly and much more!


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 ...

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 ...


Milestone Birthday Celebration

August 25, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ = Last Thursday, after the storm, friends and family gathered to celebrate Susan Schwart’s milestone birthday. The Nyack Boat Club was the perfect setting for the party Sue’s children, Dana Leslie and Ron, organized. Husband Howard helped Sue blow out the candles on the cake, and delivered a loving tribute 

Cohens of Maplewood are a Dog Family Again

Thanks to OSCAR (One Save Closer Animal Rescue) of Sparta, NJ, the Cohen family of Maplewood welcomed Archie, a Corgi-Shepherd mix, to his new forever home on August 18, 2019. After a long journey from West Virginia, Archie got a clean bill of health from South Orange Animal Hospital and looks forward to meeting new friends and experiencing his first winter.



September 16, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Sadies, located on Valley Street here in downtown South Orange is owned by Cat Fisher and is run with a social conscience. During Play Day 2019, Sadies presented a a fabulous fall fashion show and the featured models were nine clients from JESPY House. The show was held on the Main stage at the West end of the Play Day Festivities on South Orange Avenue. You can watch the ...

The South Orange Villagers vs. The Flemington Neshanock Team in A Base Ball Game

Saturday, September 14 at 12 noon found two baseball teams at Cameron Field, ready to play a Base Ball game following the 1864 Rules of Base Ball. The Umpire, who is part of the crew from Flemington, was dressed in a suit appropriate to that era including the high hat as back then, umpires were local officials, often the town’s mayor. This was the cover of the scorecard which was inside in ...

Deputy Director of Essex County Parks Makes Presentation Regarding Expansion of Turtle Back Zoo

September 10, 2019

At the September 9th Board of Trustees meeting Kate Hartwyk, deputy director of the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, gave a presentation – without slides or plans – of the Turtle Back Zoo expansion into South Mountain Reservation.  Noting that the zoo had almost been shut down twenty years earlier, Hartwyk talked about how the county had vastly ...

Criminal Probe Launched in Restaurateur's Fatal ATV Crash, Hunterdon Prosecutor Says

September 7, 2019

FLEMINGTON, NJ – The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office has launched a criminal probe into a fatal ATV crash in Clinton Township.

The crash occurred on Kiceniuk Road around 9:20 p.m. July 28, police said. Driving the Polaris ATV was Christopher T. Rafano,  40, of Readington, who has already been charged with 12 offenses by Clinton Township Police Patrol Officer Jenn ...

Vacationing NJ State Trooper Saves Child From Drowning

ORLANDO, FL – A vacationing New Jersey state trooper saved a girl from drowning in Florida last week, NJ State Police reported.

While vacationing in Florida on Aug. 23, Trooper I Charles Travis was near a resort swimming pool when he heard someone calling for help.

Travis entered the pool, grabbed the seven-year-old girl, and carried her to the pool deck where he began performing ...

​​​​​​​South Orange PlayDay returns Sunday 9/15!

September 13, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) wants everyone to come play in the streets this Sunday, September 15th from 1 to 6pm.

Play Areas and Event Map

To help maximize your play, SOVCA has released an event map so you don’t miss out on any of the amazing Play Areas located throughout downtown South Orange. Download your event map here: PlayDay 2019 Event ...

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

Patient, ostomy advocate shares gratitude with Overlook team

SUMMIT, NJ - The team at the Overlook Ostomy Center at Overlook Medical Center was honored on Tuesday, Aug. 20, with a “Gift of Gratitude,” from a longtime patient and ostomy advocate.

Ellyn Mantell, of Watchung, made the Gift in recognition of the ostomy team’s excellence in ostomy care as well as support for ostomy patients. She presented it to the team at a regular meeting ...