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May 20th is World Metrology Day. I am counting down the hours on an atomic clock which is accurate to 1 second in 10 million years. Metrology is the scientific development of systems of measure. Unlike Meteorology, the study of weather, you don’t have to be chipper and TV good looking to study Metrology. You do have to have geekish tendencies and more degrees than a thermometer, because Metrology as a science is way beyond building a better yard stick. The reigning world body for Metrology is the International Bureau of Weights ...

Family Matters with Fern Weis

Do you find it hard to have any credibility with your teen? Join the club. They can't yet see that we know anything worth knowing. That's because they're on a quest to figure everything out for themselves. You can't possibly understand what they're going through... so they say. And I say, let them. This is their time for exploration, self-discovery, mistakes and problem-solving.  NOTE: If there's an issue of health and safety, of course, take appropriate action. We all learn best by doing and ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing

TRENTON – What? We all put a lot of faith in U.S. News & World Report rankings, especially when it comes to deciding where our precious cherubs go to college. So, with that, plenty of eyebrows are being raised over the latest “Best Places to Live in the United States.”  The Garden State had only one town among the 150 top towns: Trenton.  What?  Yep, Trenton comes in at 89th, Patch reports, despite the fact the same publication ranked Trenton the ...

JERSEY TALK

You're a typical New Jersey driver, who needs to fill up at the local gas pump. Each gallon you buy sends 42 cents  to the state and another 18 cents to the federal government. With gas prices going through the roof, there are calls by members of Congress to suspend some or all of those taxes for the remainder of the year. Does suspending gas taxes work? It might save a few cents at the pump; it would also take away funds to repair New Jersey roads and infrastructure. Should the New Jersey state legislature suspend the current ...

Know Your Nest

In today’s housing market, homeowners have a great opportunity to sell their house and receive the best terms for their personal situation. That’s because there’s a limited number of homes for sale, which is creating competition among buyers. Right now, homebuyers want three things: To be the winning bid on their dream home To buy before mortgage rates rise more To buy before home prices go even higher These buyer needs give you an amazing advantage – also ...

New Jersey Natural Gas Can Help You Pay Energy Bills

If you are having trouble paying your New Jersey Natural Gas bill, we’re here to help. We know these are challenging times. Perhaps you previously did not qualify for energy assistance or never had to apply. State income-eligibility guidelines have increased, providing access to energy assistance grants for customers who may not have qualified in the past. To make a payment arrangement, contact us at 800-221-0051 to find out if you are eligible for an interest-free, monthly payment arrangement to help bring your account ...

TAPinto Insider

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen. When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time. "I say this to all of my advertisers. You're not just placing an ad on TAP, we're going to help you brand your business and we're going to tell your ...

Vitalant in Your Community

Every day, organ and blood marrow transplant patients require blood transfusions; a single liver transplant patient can need 20 or more units of blood. Nonprofit blood services provider Vitalant urges all who are eligible to give blood to make an appointment now to give in April, National Donate Life Month. For a limited time, Vitalant donors can also find out their COVID-19 antibody status and potentially help immunocompromised COVID-19 patients. Learn more at vitalant.org/antibody. April Blood Drives Click to view details of ...

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Blood Donation Urged during April, National Donate Life Month

Every day, organ and blood marrow transplant patients require blood transfusions; a single liver transplant patient can need 20 or more units of blood. Nonprofit blood services provider Vitalant urges all who are eligible to give blood to make an appointment now to give in April, National Donate Life Month. For a limited time, Vitalant donors can also find out their COVID-19 antibody status ...

Spring Fling at Beach Haven Moose Lodge to Benefit Nonprofit 'Hearts of Mercy' This Saturday

May 19, 2022

MANAHAWKIN, NJ - This Saturday, May 21 from 12-4 p.m. head on over to the Beach Haven Moose Lodge, located at 120 Rt. 72 in Manahawkin, for a Spring Fling event to benefit local nonprofit, Hearts of Mercy. 

There is no admission fee to attend. There will be BBQ, live music, drinks, games, raffles, 50/50 and a silent auction.

Live music throughout the event will be played by Denise ...

Harvey Cedars Sunset Park Summer Concert Series to Begin July 13 with the Impulsives

HARVEY CEDARS - Harvey Cedars Borough is sponsoring the "Concert in the Park" series each Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday, July 13.  

The concerts will take place in the Sunset Park, located at Salem Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard in Harvey Cedars.

Check out the 2022 lineup below:

July 13: The Impulsives

July 20: Chevy Lopez

July ...

Barnegat Dock Concert Series to Begin May 28

BARNEGAT, NJ - The Barnegat Dock Concert Series is back for 2022 with a great lineup. The concert's will take place at the Barnegat Municipal Dock, located at 427 E. Bay Avenue in Barnegat. 

The concert's begin at 7 p.m. and run throughout the summer beginning with a concert Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 28.

If there is inclement weather, the concert will be moved to ...

Severe Storms May Bring Strong Winds, Hail Monday Afternoon

May 16, 2022

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY : Some stormy springtime weather is headed our way Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, which indicated a tornado isn't out of the question in Northeast New Jersey.

Any outdoor furniture should be secured.

“Thunderstorms ahead of an approaching cold front on Monday have the potential to produce damaging winds,” the service warns.

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Could the Baby Formula Shortage End Soon? The FDA Believes it Will

May 17, 2022

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY – New parents have been struggling to find formula to feed their babies ever since one of the largest manufacturers of several popular powdered baby formula products in the nation was shut down in February of this year. Shelves in Wayne grocery stores and pharmacies have been mostly bare, but action from the FDA is providing some hope that the shortage could end within ...

Governor Murphy Visits Hackensack, Announces American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program at HFD

HACKENSACK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy visited the Hackensack Fire Department Monday morning to announce the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program. The grant will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning and sanitation equipment, according to a news release from the Governor's office. 

“Confronted by new ...

Jack McGreevey, a No-Nonsense Supporter of Veterans, Dead at 93

CARTERET, NJ – Jack McGreevey, a battle-hardened Marine drill sergeant turned dogged advocate for his fellow veterans, who passed his passion for service to his son, former Gov. Jim McGreevey, died May 12.

He was 93.

Mr. McGreevey, of Carteret, was a constant presence throughout the 19th legislative district, serving in the legislative office since 1998. He proudly wore his ...

Ending the War in Ukraine and US Involvement

May 15, 2022

Ending The War in Ukraine…and US Involvement

By Karla Schultz, NJ School Nurse and Veteran of Army National Guard

I was filling up my car with gas recently and used it as an opportunity to talk with my  daughter about inflation and how it means that we need to cut back on some of our spending now, due to rising prices.

Since I had her attention, which I am often competing ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

TAPinto Publisher Bobbie Peer Receives Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to Women Award

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Bobbie Peer is a business owner, a networker, a marketer and a survivor.

"I am a single mother and I made it," Peer said. "I work hard, I'm passionate about what I do and I form relationships. I am a success."

Peer, the publisher of five TAPinto sites, recently received a Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to ...

Spring Real Estate Update with Marion Romano

May 6, 2022

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY - Get the boats in the water and the grill's fired up, Memorial Day weekend is around the corner. Crazy to think 2022 is flying right by. The Summer season will be here before we know it! 

Not only are temperatures rising, but the Stafford Township Real Estate market remains HOT! Buyer's demand is still high while inventory remains low, what a great time ...

VIDEO: New Franklin Youth Center Opens, Camden Waterfront Pavilion Gets Another New Name, Westfield Memorial Day Parade Returns and Wayne Teen Loses Battle with Cancer

May 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A long-awaited youth center in Franklin opens. Plus, Camden's Waterfront Pavilion gets another new name. And, Westfield will hold a Memorial Day parade and picnic after COVID cancellations the last two years. Also, the town of Wayne mourns the loss of a teen who died from a rare blood cancer. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by ...

VIDEO: Roxbury to Equip Buses with Cameras, Newark Students Explore Construction Careers, Artist Royalty Shows Off Work in Chatham and WayneQuest Returns

NEW JERSEY - Roxbury will equip 38 buses with security cameras after a physical assault is reported. Plus, Newark students in a building trades program get the chance to explore construction career pathways.  And, a Chatham art gallery shows work from artist royalty. Also, WayneQuest returns to celebrate the town's 175th Anniversary. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has ...

VIDEO: Plainfield Burn Victim Thanks First Responders, Piscataway Celebrates Jackie Robinson, East Brunswick Scouts Give Treats to Police and Chatham Fire Department Celebrates 100 Years

NEW JERSEY - A young Plainfield burn victim thanks first responders who saved her. Plus, Piscataway celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrierl. And, East Brunswick Boy Scouts spend a day with police. Also, the Green Village Fire Department in Chatham celebrates 100 years.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Police Licensing Proposal Aiming to Build Community Trust

May 19, 2022

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training Commission (PTC) in order to be employed in the ...

Bill Aiming to Ban Large Boxes for Small Items Passes Assembly Committee with Strong Opposition

TRENTON, NJ — “This is a horrendous piece of legislation,” said Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R - District 25) during the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee meeting on Monday. 

His objection came prior to the committee clearing Assemblyman John McKeon’s (D - District 27) oversized box regulation. The new legislation would prohibit retailers ...

Federal Funding Grants Announced for Fire Departments

HACKENSACK, NJ — More protection is coming for New Jersey’s firefighters. 

In a news conference Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program, which will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning, and sanitization equipment.  

The Firefighter Grant ...