TAPinto.net  is pleased to announce that it has franchised its Somerset Hills site to resident Tim Howes.  The site covers local news for Bernardsville, Bedminster, Far Hills, and Peapack & Gladstone, NJ.

Tim Howes has lived in the Somerset Hills with his wife Kathy since 1990.  Both Howes children - Ashley and Will - are graduates of Bernards High School. 

A lawyer by trade, Tim received his B.A. in English from Tulane University and his J.D. from Loyola University of New Orleans. In addition to reporting on local news for TAP, Tim practices law in New Jersey and serves as a Trustee for the Raritan Valley Community College. 

Tim has served on the Peapack-Gladstone Borough Council, the Peapack-Gladstone Environmental Commission and Recreation Commission and as a volunteer baseball, softball and basketball coach. 

Howes said, "The Somerset Hills is a vibrant community full of interesting and accomplished people.  I look forward to reporting on the Somerset Hills for TAP, and through TAP painting a picture of who we are as a community." 
TAPinto.net, formerly TheAlternativePress.com, was founded by New Providence, New Jersey residents Michael and Lauryn Shapiro, is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association and currently has over 3,900,000 readers.  The all-online hyperlocal news site boasts more than fifty columnists, a full-service Community Calendar, Business Directory, and local Real Estate Listings. The public can friend TAPinto.net on Facebook at Facebook.com/tapintolocal and can follow TAPinto.net on Twitter at Twitter.com/tapintolocal  
In addition, TAPinto.net is currently offering franchise opportunities in NJ, NY, PA and CT. Anyone interested in starting an online newspaper in their town is invited to  Click here for more information. 
TAPinto.net currently covers hyperlocal daily news and information in: Basking Ridge, Bedminster, Berkeley Heights, Bernardsville, Bridgewater/Raritan, Cedar Grove, Chatham, Clark, Cranbury, Cranford, Denville, East Brunswick, East Orange, Edison, Elizabeth, Far Hills, Green Brook, Kenilworth, Livingston, Madison, Maplewood, Millburn/Short Hills, Milltown/Spotswood, Montville, Montclair, Morristown, Mountainside, New Providence, Newton, North Plainfield, Paterson, Peapack & Gladstone, Piscataway, Plainfield, Randolph, Roselle/Roselle Park, Roxbury, Scotch Plains/Fanwood, South Brunswick, South Orange, South Plainfield, Sparta, Summit, Union, Verona, Warren, Watchung, West Essex, Westfield, and West Orange.