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What Somerset County Towns Have Banned Cannabis?

July 24, 2021

As the Aug. 21 deadline to decide on legal marijuana gets closer, towns in Somerset County are banning or allowing — mostly banning — cannabis businesses, with some enacting penalties as high as $200 for smoking weed in public.

The laws passed by the state legislature this year gave municipalities in New Jersey six months to pass ordinances banning the nascent industry. Some, like ...

Hillsborough: Firefighters Honor Fallen Comrade Billy Shaffer

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – It was a sea of blue inside Mary Mother of God Church Thursday night as hundreds of firefighters and emergency personnel from across the state came to pay respects to Hillsborough Fire Company #2 Assistant Chief Billy Shaffer, who died on July 14 while responding to a car fire. 

Shaffer, who served more than 35 years with the department, was honored with a ...

Hillsborough Firefighter Dies Responding to Car Fire at Scrap Yard

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A veteran firefighter responding to a car fire at a recycling scrap yard Wednesday afternoon died after experiencing what is described as a "medical emergency."

Hillsborough Fire Company #2 Assistant Chief Billy Shaffer had over 35 years of experience as a firefighter.

Shaffer was one of several volunteer firefighters who had responded to a call at Copart ...

Repairs Completed on Water Main Break, Restrictions Lifted

SOMERVILLE, NJ - New Jersey American Water has lifted the mandatory water conservation order issued on June 29 to customers in the western and southern regions of its Raritan water system.

Customers were asked to limit their water use to essential purposes only while New Jersey American Water worked to repair a 36-inch main break in Somerville on Southside Avenue. The main has been ...

36-Inch Water Main Break Impacts Bedminster

SOMERVILLE. NJ — New Jersey American Water has issued a Mandatory Outdoor Water Restriction for customers in three central New Jersey counties until further notice because of a 36-inch water main break brought on by increased demand as a heat wave continues to broil New Jersey with record-breaking temperatures.

Restrictions affect customers in the western and southern ...

Bridgewater Police Looking for Missing 'At Risk' 67-Year-Old Male

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police is seeking the public's help in finding a missing "at risk" person who was last seen June 24.

According to an alert from police, the missing person is Mark Gibbons, 67, a white male, 5'11" and 180 pounds.

Gibbons was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, cargo shorts, black framed glasses and tan shoes.

Anyone with ...

Criminals Getting More Brazen in Vehicle Thefts; Say Police

BERNARDS, NJ — An officer from the Bernards Township Police Department has seen something he hasn't seen in all his 24 years on the force. Criminals stole a car and then went to the owners residence and burglarized the home.

Here's what happened. According to police, at approximately 3:40pm a Bernards resident went to a sporting event in Livingston. While attending the ...

Suspects Charged with Attempted Murder in May 23 Somerville Shooting

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Two suspects face attempted murder charges in connection with an early-morning shooting in a neighborhood May 23.

Miguel Hernandez, 37, a resident of Division Street, Somerville, and Ronnie Lyles, 51, of Hudson Street, Phillipsburg, Both are charged with two counts of 1st degree Attempted Murder and one count of 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an ...

Somerset County to Keep Tax Rate Flat in 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of County Commissioners amended its budget this week to eliminate a slight increase in the tax rate, making it the second year officials have kept the tax rate flat. 

The changes come alongside an almost $800,000 drop in taxes the county will collect – a 2.45% increase compared to last year, as opposed to the initial budget ...

Somerset Patriots Ballpark to Operate at Full Capacity Effective May 28

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – With Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order lifting the requirement for maintaining six-foot social distancing for outdoor settings, the Somerset Patriots, the New York Yankees Double-A Affiliate, will operate at 100% capacity at TD Bank Ballpark beginning on Friday, May 28th.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to fully open the ballpark for our fans ...

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What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

New Jersey Dentist Provides Painless Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Sleep Apnea

July 26, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Dr. Joseph DalBon of the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry spoke with TAPintoTV to discuss a new painless laser oral treatment created to alleviate sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient is waking up during the night and unable to breathe that can cause a number of serious health issues,” he said. Some of these health issues ...

What Are The Three Types of Electric Vehicles? Hybrid, PHEV and BEV

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the three kinds of electric vehicles in the automotive marketplace; Hybrid, PHEV, and BEV. 

Hybrid vehicles have gas and electric engines but no plug-in charging functionality. “The system charges itself through regenerative braking,” Spina explained. “It harnesses the kinetic ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Lifelong Journalist Finds Way To Keep News Passion Alive By Launching TAPinto Chatham

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - To reporters, news is more than a job, it’s a passion. For Ed Barmakian, news is his whole life. And when he saw his passion was in danger, he found a way to evolve to meet the times rather than lose what he loves. 

Barmakian launched TAPinto Chatham in July of 2013. He had recently retired from the Star Ledger after 33 as a sports journalist and editor. His ...

Summer Ad Trends That Help Your Business Beat The Heat And The Competition

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Summer is back and so are customers! With the worst of COVID-19 hopefully behind us, people are more excited than ever to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. For your business, this could be a huge opportunity to draw in new customers and gain additional revenue you may have lost during last year’s lockdown. 

With consumers looking to shop locally now more ...

Shapiro: The Foxes are Winning: Partisan Local News Sites are Getting the Upperhand

Back in October, I wrote about the launch of partisan local news sites and how they were filling the void in local news in towns across the country. Since then, the amount of such sites has grown from a few hundred to more than 1,000. While some high-quality objective local news sites have launched since then, they are being dwarfed in size and scale by the partisan sites.

One ...

Immunotherapy Provides More Options in Treatment of Advanced Melanoma

A decade ago, a diagnosis of metastatic melanoma was often tantamount to a death sentence: the five-year survival rate was below 5%. Advances in treatment have vastly altered that narrative. As director of Atlantic Health System’s Atlantic Melanoma Center, I have witnessed the long-term survival rate improve tenfold, and effective treatments continue to be developed.

The Atlantic ...

What Somerset County Towns Have Banned Cannabis?

July 24, 2021

As the Aug. 21 deadline to decide on legal marijuana gets closer, towns in Somerset County are banning or allowing — mostly banning — cannabis businesses, with some enacting penalties as high as $200 for smoking weed in public.

The laws passed by the state legislature this year gave municipalities in New Jersey six months to pass ordinances banning the nascent industry. Some, like ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

July 18, 2021

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Ranked #1 in NJ by U.S. News & World Report

July 27, 2021

 MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System announced on Tuesday that Morristown Medical Center was ranked the number one hospital in New Jersey for the fourth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospital rankings. The medical center is one of the top acute care hospitals in New Jersey to be nationally ranked, and ...

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