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Olympian and World Cup Winner Tobin Heath Attends Naming of Bernards Twp. Soccer Field in Her Honor

September 26, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - It definitely was a day for Girl Power when Tobin Heath, Basking Ridge native and soccer World Cup Champion and Olympian, arrived to cheers from young female soccer players at Friday's dedication of a township soccer field now named after her.

But as soon as Heath walked onto the field at Pleasant Valley Park and reunited with past coaches and many ...

Thousands Expected to Attend Festifall Street Fair Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 2016 Westfield FestiFall street fair, sponsored by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, is set to take place Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. 

Tens of thousands are expected to arrive from all around to enjoy the annual event, which will close off downtown streets to cars to make way for pedestrians, vendors, rides, ...

Warren Township Schools Receives Safety Grant from NJSIG

September 21, 2016

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township School District has received a $4,106 grant to invest in safety-related projects and improvements.

The safety grant was awarded in August by the New Jersey Schools Insurance Group (NJSIG), a member-owned joint insurance fund for public school districts that provides property, casualty and workers’ compensation insurance to public and charter schools ...

Time To Start Thinking About November Elections: TAP into Warren Accepting Candidate Statements

 

WARREN, NJ - As the summer turns to autumn, it's time to start thinking about the November elections. At TAPinto Warren, candidates have many options to get their platforms out. And since election day, Tuesday, November 8, falls during a popular travel week, a link for an absentee ballot is:

https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/clerk/pdf/mailinballot.pdf

Some ...

Dear Democrats: The Road Less Traveled Needs Paving

September 24, 2016

Dear Democrats: The Road Less Traveled Needs Paving
 

On November 8th, many voters entering the voting booth will be checking the box for who they dislike the least. Sadly, our political culture is now defined more by what we oppose. This election will mark the end of a unique, if not historic campaign season punctuated by demagoguery and hate filled speeches by one candidate, and the ...

Time To Start Thinking About November Elections: TAP into Warren Accepting Candidate Statements

 

WARREN, NJ - As the summer turns to autumn, it's time to start thinking about the November elections. At TAPinto Warren, candidates have many options to get their platforms out. And since election day, Tuesday, November 8, falls during a popular travel week, a link for an absentee ballot is:

https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/clerk/pdf/mailinballot.pdf

Some ...

Olympian and World Cup Winner Tobin Heath Attends Naming of Bernards Twp. Soccer Field in Her Honor

September 26, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - It definitely was a day for Girl Power when Tobin Heath, Basking Ridge native and soccer World Cup Champion and Olympian, arrived to cheers from young female soccer players at Friday's dedication of a township soccer field now named after her.

But as soon as Heath walked onto the field at Pleasant Valley Park and reunited with past coaches and many ...

Animal Shelter Hosting Fundraising 5K

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Friends of the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter will be hosting a USA Track and Field sanctioned 5K run/walk to benefit the shelter.

The Heart & Sole 5K Run/Walk will be held Oct. 9 at Duke Island Park to raise money to help the animals being cared for at the shelter.

Aviva Ehrlich, event organizer, said this is the sixth annual event.

“In prior ...

Warren Township Takes Action to Improve Post Office Property

September 26, 2016

WARREN, NJ - The Zoning Officer has contacted Mr. Edwin Turner; the Officer in Charge, Plainfield, NJ and the area directly adjacent to the front parking lot has now been mowed after residents contacted the Township Committee regarding the unsightly appearance of the Warren Post Office property.  

 

The Township Committee  directed the Zoning Officer to take ...

Regarding Recent Power Outages in Warren

WARREN, NJ - Warren residents in the western portion of the township served by the Dead River substation have experienced at least three significant power outages in the last month, one of which lasted for more than 10 hours. 

On behalf of the Township Committee, Mayor Lazo has been in contact with the JCP&L Government liaison in order to ensure that JCP&L addresses these ...

Bomb Suspect Hit with Attempted Murder Charges

September 19, 2016

ELIZABETH, N.J. - City resident Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected of planting bombs in the region, was charged today with five counts of attempted murder, charges stemming from a gunfight that ensued when police encountered him in Linden this morning, said authorities.

The charges were announced late in the day by Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park. 

In addition to the five ...

Update: One and Only Bombing Suspect Shot, Captured

LINDEN, NJ —  Authorities now say that Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Elizabeth man suspected of planting bombs in the region, was the one and only suspect in recent area bombings, contradicting an earlier announcement that he did not act alone.

At a press conference this afternoon, Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said that Rahami was shot "at least in the ...

Water Main Break Closes Warren's Mountainview Road

September 22, 2016

WARREN, NJ - Mountain View Road between Timber Ridge and Blue Jay is closed until further notice due to a water main break, police have advised. 

 

Follow signs for a detour or avoid the area if possible.

Warren Police Advise “Be Alert, Be Aware”

WARREN, NJ - In light of the recent bombing incidents in Seaside Park, Elizabeth and New York City the Warren Township Police Department want to remind residents of how they can help in possibly avoiding such events.  

"While we understand that Warren Township wasn’t directly affected by these violent ...

Attention Warren: Expect Possible Transit Delays After Train Station Explosion

ELIZABETH, NJ – (UPDATE) Many heard the explosion in the early Monday morning hours in the area near the Elizabeth train station where it was reported earlier that a suspicious package was found to possibly contain a pipe bomb. According to sources, the blast went off as a bomb robot was examining a device inside the package under the train tracks at around 12:40a.m.

Blessing of the Animals in Somerville Oct. 2 Honors Somerset County Sheriff's K9 Unit

September 26, 2016

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Sheriff’s K-9 unit will be honored at the Blessing of the Animals at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 3 pm, rain or shine.

All creatures great and small, furry or feathered or scaled, and their owners, are welcome for a blessing at St. John’s, located at 158 West High St. 

The blessing of the animals is an ...

Hundreds Expected for 'Black Lives Matter' March Sept. 25; Event Necessitates Multiple Late-Afternoon Street Closures

SUMMIT, NJ - A group of 250 or more people are expected to participate in a 'Black Lives Matter' march down Springfield Avenue September 25. The event, a joint effort between the Unitarian Church in Summit and Fountain Baptist Church, begins at Christ Church, located at 561 Springfield Avenue, and culminates with a related banner-raising event at the ...

Warren Township Schools Receives Safety Grant from NJSIG

September 21, 2016

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township School District has received a $4,106 grant to invest in safety-related projects and improvements.

The safety grant was awarded in August by the New Jersey Schools Insurance Group (NJSIG), a member-owned joint insurance fund for public school districts that provides property, casualty and workers’ compensation insurance to public and charter schools ...

Kathy Helewa Resigns from Warren Township Board of Education

 

WARREN, NJ - Kathy Helewa announced her resignation from the Warren Township Board of Education at Tuesday's meeting.

Helewa has accepted a position with New Jersey School Boards as a field service representative and must resign from the board effective Nov. 5.

The board will advertise, interview, and select a qualified candidate to take Helewa's position to ...

Warren Middle School Soccer Teams Tie and Top Readington

September 26, 2016

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Middle School boys and girls soccer teams took on Readington on Monday.

 

The boys played away and came away with a hard fought win, 4-3. Troy Gatto lead the team with two goals and Aiden Decker and Logan Ashe each added one.

At home, the girls tied, 0-0.

The WMS teams take on Hillsborough on Wednesday with the boys away and the girls on home turf.

Warren Middle School Soccer Teams Split Hillsborough

 

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Middle School boys and girls soccer teams split Hillsborough on Wednesday. 

 

The boys won at home, 3-2. Aiden Decker, Daniel Edelman and Jeff Osifchin each netted a goal for Warren.

 

In Hillsborough, Emily Morris scored the lone goal for Warren and the girls dropped their first game of the year, 2-1.

 

The WMS teams ...

WHRHS Girls Soccer: Lady Warriors Fall to Blue Devils, 1-0

September 24, 2016

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills held possession for most of the game, and outshot Westfield 9-4, but one play on a controversial hand ball call made the difference. Grace Elliott scored on an assist from Taylor Morgan to lead Westfield over Watchung Hills on Saturday, 1-0.

With 12 minutes left in the first half, Watchung Hills was called for a hand ball. 

From about 25 yards ...

WHRHS Football: Warriors Lose Lead, Fall to North Hunterdon on Future Warrior Night in Warren, 34-26

WARREN, NJ - Cheered on by a full Tozier field on future Warrior night, Watchung Hills took the lead at half time in the Warriors football home opener, but the North Hunterdon Lions roared back with 13 points in the fourth quarter to top Watchung Hills, 34-26. 

Watchung Hills only ran four plays in the fourth quarter.

The turning point was North Hunterdon's Connor ...

WHRHS Girls Soccer: Lady Warriors Dominate Montgomery, 6-1

WARREN, NJ - Melanie Cunha and Alexa Ferreira each had two goals and two assists to lead Watchung Hills (5-1) over Montgomery on Tuesday, 6-1.

Alyssa Inacio added one goal and one assist. Sarah Strehle also scored and Kelly Fitzgerald chipped in an assist. For Montgomery (0-5), Charlotte Glancey scored.

After a close first half, the Lady Warriors poured it on in the second ...

Owner of ‘Watcher’ House Seeks to Tear it Down, Build Two New Homes, Neighbor Says

September 25, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The owners of the Westfield’s infamous “Watcher” house, 657 Boulevard, have field a zoning application with the Westfield Planning Board to have the Dutch colonial torn down and replaced with two new homes, according to a Westfield resident who said she and other neighbors were advised of the plans in an official letter Saturday.

Neighbors were told that ...

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Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans.  I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell.  Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn't the jeans – maybe it was ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, October 2, 12:00 PM

St. Francis Episcopal Church, Dunellen

Blessing of the Animals

Religions And Spirituality

Wed, October 12, 7:00 PM

SCLSNJ's Warren Twp Library branch, Warren Township

Disney Lip Sync Battle in Warren

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, October 14, 6:30 PM

Red Tail Lodge, Vernon

A Night at the Races

Arts & Entertainment

Drew University Civic Scholar Charity Ghost Tour

September 26, 2016

Do you believe in ghosts?  If not, Drew University, located in Madison, NJ just might be able to change your opinion!  Located ideally 15 miles as the crow flies from Times Square New York, the small Liberal Arts, Graduate, and Theological University attracts many, ever since the university’s establishment in 1867.  Drew, nicknamed “The Forest,” was recently ...

Former NY Giant Charles Way, Wife Tahesha join Komen North Jersey to Fight Breast Cancer; Way Joins 2017 'Pink Tie Guys' Class

Susan G. Komen North Jersey recently announced that former New York Giants player Charles Way has committed to being a 2017 Pink Tie Guy. The Susan G. Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Guys are partners in the Komen promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. This exclusive group of gentleman are advocates of Komen North Jersey by helping to raise funds and spread the message about the ...

Bowcraft Announces 2017 Schedule as Zoning Board Plans to Meet on Property's Housing Site Plan

September 21, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  —  Bowcraft Amusement Park on Route 22 West in Scotch Plains will operate this fall and plans to re-open for the 2017 season, it told customers Tuesday. The amusement park operators sent an email to their customer base to dispel the perception that Bowcraft's final days were imminent:

To Our Valued Customers,

There is much buzz in social ...

Update: Towering Oak Tree that Has Been Landmark for Centuries has Died

September 21, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The majestic white oak tree that has been Basking Ridge's primary landmark since before the town was even established in 1760 has died this summer. The Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church must now address how to cut back the limbs of the 600-year-old giant for safety's sake, and at the same time preserve the beloved tree's dignity, said Rev.

Centuries Old Towering Oak Tree Dies

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The majestic white oak tree that has been Basking Ridge's primary landmark since before the town was even established in 1760 has died this summer. The Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church must now address how to cut back the limbs of the 600-year-old giant for safety's sake, and at the same time preserve the beloved tree's dignity, said Rev.

Local Municipalities Join Newly Formed Municipal Pipeline Group Opposing Pilgrim Pipeline Plan

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough and Chatham Township have joined a group of 15 municipalities which have come together to fight the crude oil pipeline being proposed by Pilgrim.

The group officially formed the Municipal Pipeline Group on Tuesday, announcing the alliance.

The group consists of the following municipalities: Berkeley Heights, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, ...

Parents are the only hope for NJ public education

September 25, 2016

I really wanted to take one of my precious few PTO days I had left to drive down to Trenton on September 7th and tell the State Board of Education how disappointed I was in them, again.... but more important things were going on. There was a Kindergarten bus to catch and a first day of school morning to have and I had already wasted 2 of those precious days on a state BOE that has all but ignored ...

Saturday Service for Julius Trombino, 23, Musician and Ridge Grad

September 17, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Julius Trombino, who while still at Ridge High School established himself as a professional musician while also being an active part of the local music scene, will be laid to rest in Basking Ridge following a funeral mass scheduled for 10 a.m. at St. James Church, 184 S. Finley Ave.

Trombino, 23, was a 2012 graduate of Ridge High School, with many friends and fans of ...

Olympian and World Cup Winner Tobin Heath Attends Naming of Bernards Twp. Soccer Field in Her Honor

September 26, 2016

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - It definitely was a day for Girl Power when Tobin Heath, Basking Ridge native and soccer World Cup Champion and Olympian, arrived to cheers from young female soccer players at Friday's dedication of a township soccer field now named after her.

But as soon as Heath walked onto the field at Pleasant Valley Park and reunited with past coaches and many ...

Blessing of the Animals in Somerville Oct. 2 Honors Somerset County Sheriff's K9 Unit

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Sheriff’s K-9 unit will be honored at the Blessing of the Animals at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 3 pm, rain or shine.

All creatures great and small, furry or feathered or scaled, and their owners, are welcome for a blessing at St. John’s, located at 158 West High St. 

The blessing of the animals is an ...

Regarding Recent Power Outages in Warren

September 23, 2016

WARREN, NJ - Warren residents in the western portion of the township served by the Dead River substation have experienced at least three significant power outages in the last month, one of which lasted for more than 10 hours. 

On behalf of the Township Committee, Mayor Lazo has been in contact with the JCP&L Government liaison in order to ensure that JCP&L addresses these ...

Bear Spotted in Warren Thursday Morning

WARREN, NJ - A " huge"  black bear was spotted on Red Hill road Thursday morning. When last seen the bear was walking through the yards towards Stockade Road, eyewitnesses said.

Be aware at the bus stops in the area.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection offers the following tips for staying safe if one spots a bear in their ...

Be Prepared Warren: Expect Hermine to Impact Labor Day Weekend

ATLANTA, GA – Be prepared.  While forecast models are not yet certain, Warren and much of New Jersey could see a significant impact from Tropical Storm Hermine, officials say.

According to a statement from the New Jersey Office of the Governor, the declaration is for Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May counties due to the likely impacts from Hermine. 

According to the ...

Bowcraft Announces 2017 Schedule as Zoning Board Plans to Meet on Property's Housing Site Plan

September 21, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ  —  Bowcraft Amusement Park on Route 22 West in Scotch Plains will operate this fall and plans to re-open for the 2017 season, it told customers Tuesday. The amusement park operators sent an email to their customer base to dispel the perception that Bowcraft's final days were imminent:

To Our Valued Customers,

There is much buzz in social ...

Savor the Fall with a New Jersey Winery Tour

September 25, 2016

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Cancel the trip to Tuscany. New Jersey is receiving a great deal of acclaim for their vineyards with award-winning wines being produced every day.  Americans are enjoying fine wine like never before and the Garden State has become a destination for winery tours and tastings.  Many wineries also offer delightful dining on their scenic ...

Four Ideas for Family Fun this Weekend

TAPinto Travels Presents

Enjoy the crisp fall air this weekend by traveling to Northern New Jersey for a slew of fun-filled festivals and events. With plenty of food, drink, and music at each event, you and your entire family are guaranteed to go home happy.

Oktoberfest at Mountain Creek in Vernon

Every year, Mountain Creek holds the top Oktoberfest in the entire ...

Visit the Statue of Liberty this Autumn

TAPinto Travels recommends a trip to the Statue of Liberty this autumn.  

Getting to and from Ellis Island is extremely different than what our ancestor’s experienced when they came from faraway lands. Even though the island is no longer used as an entry port for new immigrants, two ferries make it easy for anyone to see both Liberty Island and Ellis Island; one from Battery Park in ...

Warren Middle School Soccer Teams Tie and Top Readington

September 26, 2016

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Middle School boys and girls soccer teams took on Readington on Monday.

 

The boys played away and came away with a hard fought win, 4-3. Troy Gatto lead the team with two goals and Aiden Decker and Logan Ashe each added one.

At home, the girls tied, 0-0.

The WMS teams take on Hillsborough on Wednesday with the boys away and the girls on home turf.

Olympian and World Cup Winner Tobin Heath Attends Naming of Bernards Twp. Soccer Field in Her Honor

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - It definitely was a day for Girl Power when Tobin Heath, Basking Ridge native and soccer World Cup Champion and Olympian, arrived to cheers from young female soccer players at Friday's dedication of a township soccer field now named after her.

But as soon as Heath walked onto the field at Pleasant Valley Park and reunited with past coaches and many ...

WHRHS Girls Soccer: Lady Warriors Fall to Blue Devils, 1-0

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills held possession for most of the game, and outshot Westfield 9-4, but one play on a controversial hand ball call made the difference. Grace Elliott scored on an assist from Taylor Morgan to lead Westfield over Watchung Hills on Saturday, 1-0.

With 12 minutes left in the first half, Watchung Hills was called for a hand ball. 

From about 25 yards ...

Get Your Antiques and Collectibles Appraised at the Library

September 13, 2016

Submitted by SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, the old adage goes. Wondering whether the antique or collectible you’ve been keeping in your attic is really treasure in hiding? Bring the item with you to SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch’s Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal program this Saturday, ...

Lance Takes Immediate Action: More Terror Funds in Wake of NJ Bombing

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) tonight supported H.R. 5859, the Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act, which passed the U.S. House on the heels of three acts of terror that struck the United States over the weekend.

“We saw great bravery in New Jersey this week.  Police, fire and other emergency response professionals need more tools to ...

‘Bathing in Moonlight’ Recalls 1950s Cuba

PRINCETON, NJ – Although this  play by Nilo Cruz is set in 2015, reflecting both Cuba and Miami, the theme is closer to struggles at least 30 years earlier. 

A priest who falls in love would more likely become an Episcopalian or even a Unitarian. So this dichotomy makes the whole premise less than believable. It’s really “The Thornbirds” revisited.
Raul ...

'How do you hold your dad in your life?' she asked

“I feel my dad’s presence next to me at the kitchen table.” Elizabeth, age 10

I first began working in the field of children’s grief support in 1997 as a volunteer for the Rainbows program in Montclair. I’ll never forget a little girl named Elizabeth who was 10 years old when she came to Rainbows. Her father had died suddenly of a heart attack.

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (Penguin, 2016)

 

Think Space Mountain in Disney World, which you ride in complete darkness. It's the only roller coaster in the world that I will ride on because I can't see all the scarey dips and whirls coming at me in the inkiness. Riding Space Mountain is the best analogy that I can think of for reading Harlan Coben's hottest best seller ...