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Golden Rule Lodge No. 24 Toy Drive

December 6, 2018

UNION, NJ - The Golden Rule Lodge No. 24 will be holding their annual toy drive, "Toys for Tots" event on Saturday, Dec. 22.

The event will run from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served and Santa will be available for photos.  The Golden Rule Lodge is located at 221 Oswald Place, Vauxhall.

Union's 3rd Annual Operation Gift Drop

UNION, NJ - Union residents can enter to have Santa deliver a gift directly to your child on Saturday, Dec. 22

Residents need to register before Dec. 17.  Space is limited to the first 100 families.  To register, click here.

“The event is really exciting for the children and families of Union,” said Suzete Cavadas, Mayor. “The awe and amazement on the faces of ...

Rainy Forecast Forces Some Changes to Saturday's Winter Wonderland Weekend Line-Up

UNION, NJ – The forecast looks rainy Saturday afternoon.  As a result, some of Union’s Winter Wonderland festivities will be modified and times changed.

Free ice skating will begin at 12:00 as scheduled.  The carolers and ice carver will begin at 2:00 p.m.  The live nativity will be set up for 3:30. 

The school performers have been canceled, and the holiday ...

Quote of the Day

December 11, 2018

When necessity speaks, it demands.

Russian Proverb


Gabrielle Miller, a Union Local at Lasell College, Leads Peer Health Education on Campus

December 7, 2018

NEWTON, MA - Gabrielle Miller, a Lasell College student from Union, is one of 19 Peer Health Educators (PHE) on the institution's Newton, MA campus.

Miller, a Elementary Education major, was selected as a PHE for the 2018-2019 academic year through an application process run by the College's Office of Health Education. Selected students are chosen for their interest in the program ...

Kathleen Falcon Graduates from Fairleigh Dickinson University

MADISON, NJ - Kathleen Falcon, of Union, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus, located in Madison, NJ, has graduated with a BA in Psychology as of May 2018.

FDU's Florham Campus is located on the former Vanderbilt-Twombly estate in suburban Morris County. Its focus is on providing outstanding on-campus and residential living opportunities, hands-on-learning ...

A 100th Birthday Celebration for Louis Lamattima

UNION, NJ – A very special birthday celebration took place on Friday for 100-year old Louis Lamattima.

A resident of Cornell Hall on Chestnut Street, Lamattima was surrounded by family and friends to mark the special occasion.

Of Lamattima, his niece and goddaughter Joanne Vernon said, “he is just a sweet man with a heart of gold.”  Vernon said Lamattima’s ...

Union High School's October Male Athlete of the Month: Michel Lucien

November 29, 2018

UNION, NJ – Union High School football player Michel Lucien has been selected TAPinto Union’s October Male Athlete of the Month.

Defensively, Lucien, a senior, had 106 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss.  Offensively, he had 73 carries for 690 yards and seven touchdowns; 30 receptions for 457 yards and one touchdown.

What’s your favorite part of being a high school ...

Union County Sheriff’s Officer Charged with Theft from Linden Home Depot

December 7, 2018

ELIZABETH,  NJ - A Union County Sheriff’s Officer has been charged with recruiting the assistance of an employee from a local Home Depot to help him steal more than $5,000 in home remodeling merchandise earlier this year, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

Officer Jose Beltran, 30, of Elizabeth is charged with third-degree theft and third-degree conspiracy to ...

Clara Fernandez of Elizabeth Appointed Deputy Union County Clerk

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholder Angel G. Estrada joined Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi and Union County Surrogate James LaCorte in congratulating newly sworn-in Deputy County Clerk Clara Fernandez of Elizabeth during a ceremony in Elizabeth.

Fernandez was joined by her husband Dario Scholis. Rajoppi appointed her to serve as her ...

Hundreds Attend Clark Vigil Honoring Michael Sot

CLARK, NJ – The glow of holiday lights stood in stark contrast to the solemn crowd gathered to remember and mourn Michael Sot on Tuesday evening. The crowd came together to pray, cry, reminisce, reassure and support each other after the loss of one of their own just hours before.

Jackie Caplette, Christine Greenbush, Joe Sortino and Caleb Bain worked together with the township to ...

Union High School's JROTC Drill Team Dominates at South Jersey Drill Invitational

December 11, 2018

UNION, NJ – Building upon their long and prestigious record, Union High School’s nationally-recognized Army JROTC Drill Team won the South Jersey Drill Invitational on Saturday in Franklinville, NJ.

The competition included 20 schools from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  The Union High School team took either first or second place in six out of the six categories, ...

Battle Hill School Helps Families in Need During Holidays

UNION, NJ – Battle Hill School students continued their philanthropy by helping families in need during the holiday season.

The Battle Hill Student Council Board elected to collect monetary donations and toiletries for the St. Joseph’s Social Service Center in Elizabeth.  The Battle Hill Student Council Executive Board members visited each classroom, grades pre-K to fourth.

Connecticut Farms School Students Collect for the Connecticut Farms Church Food Pantry

UNION, NJ – Students at Connecticut Farms Elementary School continued their lessons on giving by bringing in and donating canned and dry goods for the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church Food Pantry.

According to School Counselor Jennifer Parkhurst, students, teachers and staff collected 1,495 items for the food pantry.  Donated items included cereal, peanut butter, macaroni and ...

Holy Spirit School Inducts Student Government Officers and Representatives

UNION, NJ – New student government officers and class representatives were inducted into office on Friday morning at Holy Spirit School.

“It’s an honor to be here with this student government, said Township Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo.  “This is the beginning of a possible lifetime representing others.  It is rewarding for me to be here to acknowledge their ...

Hannah Caldwell School Students Learn the Importance to Preserving Our Waterways

UNION, NJ – Some Hannah Caldwell Elementary School students recently participated in a presentation about pollution and how to care for the watershed.

Students in Mrs. Jayne Minitelli’s second grade class and Ms. Angela Saavedra’s third grade class learned how to take care of the waterways by actively participating with a hands-on Enviroscape, a 3-D watershed model and ...

Police Investigating Bank Robbery at Crown Bank on Elmora Avenue in Elizabeth

December 11, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Police are investigating and an afternoon bank robbery that occurred on Elmora Ave. in Elizabeth. 

According to a report for the Breaking News Network (BNN), police units were called in approximately 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon for a bank robbery at the Crown Bank located on the 100 block of Elmora Ave. in Elizabeth.

According to BNN the suspect was described ...

Swastika and KKK Graffiti Found in Classroom at Millburn Middle School

MILLBURN, NJ - In an email addressed to parents in the Millburn School District, School Superintendent Dr. Christine Burton sent out an email noting that that swastikas and the letters KKK had recently been found etched into a desk in a sixth grade classroom.

This incident follows the discovery of similar markings at two schools in Summit.

Writing to parents, Burton also linked a ...

As Community Rallies Against Hate, Swastikas Appear at Summit High School

nSUMMIT, NJ - Days after swastikas were found on the walls of Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, Summit High School Principal Stacy Grimaldi has notified both students and parents that the images have also been found carved into the stalls in a boys bathroom in the Kent Place Boulevard campus.

Like the incident at LCJSMS, Grimaldi notes in her e-mail that the incident has been ...

Swastikas Found on Bathroom Walls at Summit Middle School

SUMMIT, NJ - In a letter e-mailed to Summit School District parents, Superintendent of Schools June Chang has disclosed that Swastikas were found on a bathroom wall at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School "immediately before the extended Thanksgiving weekend."

Further, Chang details that "additional offensive drawings ...



AtlantiCast: Episode 23

On this week’s AtlantiCast, find out why it’s easier than ever to receive care at Atlantic Health System, the Morristown Medical Center’s Heart Success program reaches a milestone in the fight against heart failure, quality healthcare that protects the environment and kicking off the holiday season with the Festival of Lights.


All the Stars in the Heavens

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani (Harper, 2015)


When I was a little girl, before there was colored television, sometimes I would watch a show where a beautiful, mature lady would enter a room through French doors, and greet her tv audience. The woman wore spectacular gowns that clung to her  curvy shape and sported big satin bows in the back. Her cheeks were like ...

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

‘The Winter’s Tale’ makes sweeping shifts from drama to froth at Shakespeare Theatre

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ – From the chilly winter in Sicilia to the warmth and summer joys of Bohemia, the scene and tenor shift halfway through “The Winter’s Tale,”

This convoluted plot involving  Leontes, King of Sicilia and Archidamus, a Bohemian Lord, ...

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

‘A Doll’s House, Parts 2’ explores marriage, identity and compromise

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Leave it to George Street Playhouse to produce a play that works on so many levels. We have the familiar slamming-the-door exit of Nora Helmut, who abruptly leaves her secure life with Torvald for parts unknown

This play by Lucas Hnath received a successful run on ...

The Families Speak: Karidis and Caneiro Families Express Gratitude for Love and Support, Requesting Privacy

December 3, 2018

COLTS NECK, NJ - The Memorial Service for the Caneiro family is Sunday and the Karidis and Caneiro families have shared with TAPinto Colts Neck a Family Statement:

"The Karidis and Caneiro families are grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received from our devoted family, the faithful friends of Jennifer, Keith, Jesse and Sophia, and many ...

Make Pasta Amazing with this Foodie Find: Bottarga Di Muggine (Cured Mullet Roe)

December 8, 2018

Where we found it: Eataly NYC Downtown

Last year, our au pair from Sardinia, a little island of Italy, brought home grated cured mullet roe from her trip to the city with friends.

“This is from my hometown!” Giulia told us, taking out a little jar of Bottarga Di Muggine. The next day, she made a simple dish of spaghetti with asparagus, sprinkling each bowl with a spoonful ...

Introducing NJ Flavor!

Welcome to NJ Flavor, the newest section on

Here we’re exploring tastes of the Garden State with stories and videos about the foods we love, from the hottest trends to hidden gems, the stories behind our favorites, destinations, awesome ingredients, events and festivals and, of course, great recipes.

This is the second franchise for owner Jackie Lieberman, who ...

These NJ Church Volunteers Turned Homemade Soups into a Foodie Destination

At this Saturday’s annual Christmas Shoppe and Soup Fest at Cranford United Methodist Church, it’s the soup that’s expected to steal the show.

Adding a soup festival component to the yearly fundraiser was the idea of church member Jo Ann Allen, according to Holly Walker, one of the “soup ladies” who volunteers to help cook about 35 gallons homemade soups at each ...

How to Make Perfectly Crispy Little Latkes (Even if You’re Cooking them Ahead of Time)

Hannukah 2018 starts the evening of Sunday, Nov. 2. You can get a head start on these traditional potato pancakes by pan-frying them the day before. Reheat them in a single layer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until hot, about 10 minutes.

The trick to latkes that stay crispy? Let them dry on a rack, instead of a pile of soggy paper towels. They cool quickly, so if you're serving them the same ...

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help reduce the orchard of critters and provide a better life for ...

Clinton's Fourchette Shares the Secrets of their Success as a Small Business

<!--block-->CLINTON, NJ -- TAPintoTV Senior Producer Kayla Galka recently stopped into Fourchette, a shop on Main Street here, and spoke with staff members about the secrets of the success behind this thriving small business.

Fourchette opened five years ago as a full-service cheese shop, with gourmet foods, imported French linens and unique home and kitchen goods. While ...

Millburn Winter Walk Holiday Event Highlights the Importance of Shopping Local

<!--block-->MILLBURN, NJ -- Crowds gathered here in Taylor Park for the lighting of the 2nd Annual “Winter Walk,” presented by the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce. Held a day after “Shop Local Saturday,” the event highlighted the importance of community and supporting local destinations and businesses this holiday season. <!--block-->

“It ...