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Sketches of Armed Suspects from Chatham Borough Jewelry Store Robbery Released

July 30, 2016

CHATHAM, NJ - Detailed artist renderings of two of the three suspects from Thursday's armed robbery at Crescent Jewelers in Chatham were released by authorities on Friday.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chatham Borough Police Chief Philip J.Crosson, Jr. confirm that an armed robbery occurred Thursday morning at Crescent Jewelers, located at 251 Main Street in ...

Hayeck of Warren Visits Lance in Washington

July 27, 2016

Freddie Hayeck of Warren is spending his summer at Georgetown University taking classes on constitutional law and politics.  During some down time between programs, Hayeck visited Capitol Hill to meet with Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) to discuss law and current events.  Lance, who practiced constitutional law in New Jersey, discussed with Hayeck his views on the Supreme Court and ...

Lost Dog Reunion: Grant Reunites with Family after Nine Days

July 30, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Grant has finally been reunited with the Clark family after a 9 day ordeal.  

"I started crying when the woman called me," said Paula Clark, the owner of Grant. 

Paula and Bill Clark had received many calls throughout the week with sightings in the Columbia Park vicinity. The more days that went by, the family was ...

Motor Vehicle Accident Closes Hillcrest Road

 

WARREN, NJ - Hillcrest Road is closed due to a motor vehicle accident with police investigation, according to authorities as of 4:15 p.m. Saturday.  Plan an alternate route.

Sketches of Armed Suspects from Chatham Borough Jewelry Store Robbery Released

CHATHAM, NJ - Detailed artist renderings of two of the three suspects from Thursday's armed robbery at Crescent Jewelers in Chatham were released by authorities on Friday.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chatham Borough Police Chief Philip J.Crosson, Jr. confirm that an armed robbery occurred Thursday morning at Crescent Jewelers, located at 251 Main Street in ...

Chatham Jewelry Store Robbed: 'They put a gun to my head'

CHATHAM, NJ - Three armed black males robbed Crescent Jewelers at gunpoint on Main Street in Chatham just before noon on Thursday, making an escape in a gray or silver Jeep Cherokee, according to Chatham Borough Police.

"They put a gun to my head, duct-taped me and robbed," Joanne Prisco, one of the proprietors, said. "I was the only person there. I was only ...

WHRHS Names Paul McCullen Director of Bands and Orchestra

July 29, 2016

WARREN, NJ – Paul McCullen, a member of South Plainfield High School’s Class of 1997 and current resident of Highland Park, was recently named Director of Bands and Orchestra at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS).

After graduating high school, McCullen went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Performance from William Paterson University and, in 2015, received his Master ...

Warren Readies for Teen Fest Wednesday

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Recreation Commission‘s second annual Teen Fest is set from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 at the Municipal Field on Mountain Boulevard.

With games, music, food, the event is open to Watchung Hills Regionalsending district middle and high school students.

Warren Teen Fest will feature live local bands, a rock climbing wall, ...

Experts Evaluate an Eclectic Mix of Treasures at Somerville Gallery’s Appraisal Day

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Seasoned antiquers will tell you it’s the story behind the piece, where it was found, who it belonged to, what it cost that contributes to the value of the item, whether it be a rag doll missing a button eye, an autographed baseball card, an officer’s sword from the Civil War or a vintage Tiffany wristwatch.

Was it a gift? Was it purchased at a garage sale? ...

Pilates Design Studio – For the Mind, Body and Soul

July 29, 2016

WATCHUNG, NJ – For more than a decade, Danielle Conner has been helping clients of all ages and physical abilities look and feel better through Pilates, a system of exercises using special apparatus designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.

“Those who do Pilates regularly feel they have better posture, are less prone to injury, ...

Warren Township Chamber of Commerce Announces Summer Networking Event

WARREN, NJ - All are invited to the next meeting of the Warren Township Chamber of Commerce summer networking meeting on Thursday, July 28. Established in 2013, the Warren Township Chamber of Commerce meets every fourth Thursday of the month at the Warren Municipal Court for breakfast, networking and presentations from experts in various industries.

Meetings are free for members and $10 ...

Pokémon Go Returns to Warren, Don't Miss the TAPinto Warren Lure

WARREN, NJ - Are you playing Pokémon Go? TAPinto Warren will be announcing a lure soon.

The servers are back up but after Trainers woke on July 16 to Pokémon Go server crash, Pokémon Go advised," Might be a good idea to hold off on incense or lures until the servers are a little more stable. #PokemonGo" 

Warren ...

WHRHS Names Paul McCullen Director of Bands and Orchestra

July 29, 2016

WARREN, NJ – Paul McCullen, a member of South Plainfield High School’s Class of 1997 and current resident of Highland Park, was recently named Director of Bands and Orchestra at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS).

After graduating high school, McCullen went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Performance from William Paterson University and, in 2015, received his Master ...

Welcome Class of 2020: WHRHS Releases Freshman Orientation Information

WARREN, NJ - Incoming freshman  will have an opportunity to find their classrooms and meet their teachers on Friday, September 2, from 7:30 – 10:30 am. Bus transportation will be provided. 

They will follow an abbreviated eight-period schedule and peer leaders and teachers will be in the hallways to assist with directions.

The Watchung ...

Attention Warren Freshman: Information on WHRHS Freshman Orientation, Summer Reading and More

 

WARREN, NJ - Summer is in full swing and the start of the school year seems far away, but whether you’re a student yourself or a parent responsible for one, make the often harsh transition a lot easier by taking a few minutes to mark a few important dates on your calendar and make sure you have your summer reading books.

 

 

Freshmen ...

Stalemate Continues Over 23-Cent Gas Tax Increase to Replenish Transportation Trust Fund Created by Warren's Robert "Bob" Franks; Ciattarelli Critical of Latest Proposal

July 26, 2016

TRENTON, NJ — The stalemate between Gov. Chris Christie and state legislators over the beleaguered Transportation Trust Fund continues as the latest compromise proposal cobbled together by lawmakers was rejected by Christie on Monday.

The estimated $2 billion raised annually by the gas tax would be used to replenish the state’s battered Transportation Trust Fund over the ...

Warren's Emily Stass Competes on 'Chopped Junior"

July 19, 2016

WARREN, NJ -  The secret is out. Warren's  Emily Stass competed in "Chopped Junior," a popular Food Network cooking show on Tuesday night on the Food Network.

The thirteen-year-old Pingry student competed alongside three other talented cooks for a $10,000 cash prize. The show tests the cooks with time constraints and unlikely food combination ...

Party Marks Grand Opening of Blimpie, Surf City Squeeze in Long Hill

LONG HILL TOWNSHIP, NJ — Sunday afternoon, it seemed like a family reunion as friends and family of the former owners gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Blimpie and Surf City Squeeze at 1001 Valley Road in Stirling. The ribbon cutting and a plaque presentation for the former owners culminated the three-day event at the store.

During the three day run up to the ribbon cutting, ...

Gillette's Lisa-Ann Marchesi Advances to Gordon Ramsay's Lobster Challenge on "MasterChef"

 

GILLETTE, NJ -  A Gillette woman, Lisa-Ann Marchesi, is preparing for the Gordon Ramsay masterclass lobster challenge on FOX’s popular series "MasterChef" on Wednesday.

Last week, the remaining 17 cooks were joined by Season 6 winner Claudia Sandoval and guest culinary judge Aarón Sánchez to create a dish using Sandoval's ...

Families Displaced in Deadly Route 22 Regency Village Fire Receive Assistance from American Red Cross

July 25, 2016

 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Eight families displaced by the deadly fire that tore through the Regency Village Apartment Complex on Route 22 Sunday are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. The fire killed an elderly man and woman living at the complex.

Five members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) responded to provide comfort and emergency ...

Jack’s Kids Benefit from 24th Annual Softball Tournament

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Softball players from 54 teams will fan out across Somerset County on Saturday, July 9th to play ball for a cause in the 24th annual Jack Gardner Softball Tournament.

Jack’s Kids will be the beneficiaries of the day’s events, which culminates with an afternoon party and awards’ ceremony at the Somerville Elks Lodge #1068, 375 Union Ave., ...

Linda Fazio is Smiling, Speaking & Giggling Again After Nearly Drowning, Update Says

WESTFIELD, NJ — Linda Fazio, the 6-year-old girl who was found unresponsive and revived at Westfield Memorial Pool June 25, is smiling, speaking and giggling once again, according to an update posted on the “Support Linda Fazio’s Recovery” GoFundMe site.

“Linda's miraculous recovery continues as she does not cease to amaze us with her incredible strength ...

Stalemate Continues Over 23-Cent Gas Tax Increase to Replenish Transportation Trust Fund Created by Warren's Robert "Bob" Franks; Ciattarelli Critical of Latest Proposal

July 26, 2016

TRENTON, NJ — The stalemate between Gov. Chris Christie and state legislators over the beleaguered Transportation Trust Fund continues as the latest compromise proposal cobbled together by lawmakers was rejected by Christie on Monday.

The estimated $2 billion raised annually by the gas tax would be used to replenish the state’s battered Transportation Trust Fund over the ...

Budget for Warren Municpal Building Remains at $7,560,000 Despite Change Orders and Contract Extension

WARREN, NJ - The contract with Cummings Construction Management  to manage the construction of the new municipal building was extended by five months at a cost of $49,850 by the Township Committee at its last meeting. 

Cummings was hired in January 2015 before construction began with an 18 month contract. The extension amendment brings the total ...

Lightning Strike Knocks Out Warren Municipal Building Computers and Phone

WARREN, NJ - A lightning strike during Monday's storm has affected computers and the phone system at the Warren Municipal Building.

 

The Municipal Building at 46 Mountain Blvd. in Warren Township was struck by lightning on Monday, July 18 at approximately 4 p.m. when a severe thunderstorm battered the area. Nine computers were affected, six which need new ...

RWJUH Blood Donors Get Free Ticket to July 30th Somerset Patriots Game

July 18, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Blood donors are urgently needed to combat summer shortages, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, a member of RWJ Barnabas Health, is working with the Somerset Patriots to entice baseball fans to help.

All donors who give blood on Saturday, July 30, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset Sports Physical ...

Resource Center of Somerset Rebrands, Offer New Services for Those in Need

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Resource Center of Somerset has recently rebranded itself as Safe+Sound Somerset, with a continued goal to break the cycle of violence.

According to a release, the organization was having a problem in that people couldn’t remember its mission when they heard the name. So the agency asked the community to help choose a recognizable name, and Safe+Sound Somerset ...

Six-Year-Old Hospitalized After Pool Accident Goes Home, Site Says

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Linda Fazio, the 6-year-old girl who was found unresponsive and revived at Westfield Memorial Pool June 25, is home from the hospital, according to an update posted on the “Support Linda Fazio’s Recovery" GoFundMe site.

“We are so happy to announce that Linda has come home! She arrived to a mountain of gifts and get well cards which ...

Lost Dog Reunion: Grant Reunites with Family after Nine Days

July 30, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Grant has finally been reunited with the Clark family after a 9 day ordeal.  

"I started crying when the woman called me," said Paula Clark, the owner of Grant. 

Paula and Bill Clark had received many calls throughout the week with sightings in the Columbia Park vicinity. The more days that went by, the family was ...

Monday Storm Knocks Out Power and Closes Roads in Warren Area

WARREN, NJ - Monday's crazy storm has wrecked havoc in the Warren area. Power is out in parts of Warren and some roads are closed with downed trees and wires.

Mount Horeb Road is closed between Washington Valley Road and Pingry School until further notice due to multiple trees and wires down, authorities advised.

 

The right lane is closed on US 202/206 south at ...

Severe Storm Alert Issued for Warren

WARREN, NJ - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning with high winds and hail has been issued for Warren and much of New Jersey on Monday, authorizes say. 

In addition to hail and damaging winds, frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Move indoors immediately. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning, the Somerset County ...

Somerset County Grand Jury Indicts Bernardsville Man After Stand-off with Police

July 22, 2016

SOMERVILLE, NJ – A Somerset County Grand Jury Thursday returned an indictment against James Tyrone, 47, formerly of Old Wood Road, Bernardsville stemming from an assault and hostage situation at his home earlier this year, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The indictment charges Tryone with one count each of 2nd Degree  Possession of a Firearm for ...

Federal Marshals Apprehend New Jersey Kidnap, Shooting Suspect in North Carolina

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Federal marshals have apprehended a New Jersey man in North Carolina wanted in connection with a shooting and kidnapping in North Plainfield, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Sedean A. McCoy, 30, of 5th Street, Plainfield, was arrested without incident at a residence in Henderson, NC early Friday by federal marshals ...

Motor Vehicle Accident Closes Hillcrest Road

July 30, 2016

 

WARREN, NJ - Hillcrest Road is closed due to a motor vehicle accident with police investigation, according to authorities as of 4:15 p.m. Saturday.  Plan an alternate route.

Sketches of Armed Suspects from Chatham Borough Jewelry Store Robbery Released

CHATHAM, NJ - Detailed artist renderings of two of the three suspects from Thursday's armed robbery at Crescent Jewelers in Chatham were released by authorities on Friday.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chatham Borough Police Chief Philip J.Crosson, Jr. confirm that an armed robbery occurred Thursday morning at Crescent Jewelers, located at 251 Main Street in ...

Chatham Jewelry Store Robbed: 'They put a gun to my head'

CHATHAM, NJ - Three armed black males robbed Crescent Jewelers at gunpoint on Main Street in Chatham just before noon on Thursday, making an escape in a gray or silver Jeep Cherokee, according to Chatham Borough Police.

"They put a gun to my head, duct-taped me and robbed," Joanne Prisco, one of the proprietors, said. "I was the only person there. I was only ...

Obituary: Jeffrey Hoens

July 19, 2016

Today my family and I must face the reality that our son Jeffrey Peter Hoens’s physical presence will no longer be with us. He had a “quirky” personality. He was our most creative child. He would go up to people and ask them “do you want to be friends?” When he was 2 years old he walked on the ice in the middle of a NJ Devil’s practice at Cody arena and ...

Missing Teen Dies in Shark River Diving Accident

AVON BY THE SEA, NJ — The body of a teenage boy found in an inlet in Avon by the Sea has been identified as Jeffrey Hoens, a 17-year-old Westfield resident and rising senior at St. Peters Preparatory where he played ice hockey, according to Avon by the Sea Police Chief Terence Mahon.

Friends who had been diving with Hoens alerted police Saturday afternoon that he was missing, Mahon ...

Get Ready Warren for Early Morning "Bombs" for Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Fair and Fireworks On Schedule

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It's feast day. Hearing early morning "bombs" and late night fireworks is a tradition of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel that has been carried on for generations by the members and families belonging to the Mount Carmel Society. Warren residents, especially on the east side of Warren, will be able to hear them.

Warren's Mount Bethel's ...

UCRHS Hurdler Sydney McLaughlin Qualifies to be Youngest Team USA Track Athlete at Rio Olympics

July 12, 2016

EUGENE, OR - Sydney McLaughlin a member of the Class of 2017 at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, set a high school and new world junior record in the women's 400 hurdles at the U.S. Olympic trials. McLaughlin ran the race in 54.15 to break the world junior record, which stood for a decade. 

The 16-year-old will be the youngest track athlete to compete ...

4 Years After Olympic Scandal, Local Judo Star Nick Delpopolo Ready to Prove Himself in Rio

WESTFIELD, NJ — Nick Delpopolo made his mark on the 2012 Olympics, but not the way he had hoped to. The judo fighter and Westfield native would have had a respectful seventh place finish in London in his 73kg class, but after a routine drug test after his final match, the International Olympic Committee said that Delpopolo tested positive for cannabis — a doping violation. He was ...

Warren Fans Cheer Portugal to European Championships

ST.-DENIS, FRANCE — Portugal upset France in the final of the European Championships on Sunday to claim its first major soccer tournament trophy and Warren's fans were glued to the game. Substitute Eder (Éderzito António Macedo Lopes) scored the goal in the second overtime period.

Cristiano Ronaldo tweeted the winning ...

Sketches of Armed Suspects from Chatham Borough Jewelry Store Robbery Released

July 30, 2016

CHATHAM, NJ - Detailed artist renderings of two of the three suspects from Thursday's armed robbery at Crescent Jewelers in Chatham were released by authorities on Friday.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chatham Borough Police Chief Philip J.Crosson, Jr. confirm that an armed robbery occurred Thursday morning at Crescent Jewelers, located at 251 Main Street in ...

Bridgewater Library to Reopen After Flood

July 27, 2016

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Township Library, on Vogt Drive, is expected to reopen Thursday after it had to close because of flooding following Monday's torrential rains.

According to library administrator Brian Auger, water spread throughout the adult area of the library.

"Water literally shot up through the floor clean-out access point with several inches of rain water ...

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An Introduction to TAPinto Travels

July 19, 2016

TAPinto Travels is pleased to join the TAPinto family of independent publishers. 

Our mission is simple.  We believe there is a world out there and we want you to see as much as you can.  We all work hard and we all deserve some time off to enjoy with our friends and family.  We will do our best to inform you of all the wonderful things you can do close to home and out in ...

An Introduction to TAPinto Travels

July 19, 2016

TAPinto Travels is pleased to join the TAPinto family of independent publishers. 

Our mission is simple.  We believe there is a world out there and we want you to see as much as you can.  We all work hard and we all deserve some time off to enjoy with our friends and family.  We will do our best to inform you of all the wonderful things you can do close to home and out in ...

Lost Dog Reunion: Grant Reunites with Family after Nine Days

July 30, 2016

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Grant has finally been reunited with the Clark family after a 9 day ordeal.  

"I started crying when the woman called me," said Paula Clark, the owner of Grant. 

Paula and Bill Clark had received many calls throughout the week with sightings in the Columbia Park vicinity. The more days that went by, the family was ...

Guest Column

Youth Baseball the way it should be

July 19, 2016

This past weekend, The New Providence Green and Gold League held their first ever All Star Game.  Games were held in Union, Westfield and Warren.

At first we (NPGL Board) thought it was an “Old Fashioned” idea and with youth baseball going the way of highly competitive tournaments -- we didn’t think there would be too much interest.  Teams would rather keep the ...

Upcoming Events

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Duke Island Park, Bridgewater

20th Annual Bayou Fest

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, August 2, 8:30 AM

Affinity Federal Credit Union, Warren

Workshop - Grow & Protect Your Business

Business & Finance

Sun, August 21, 9:00 AM

Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge

County Caper - Somerset County's Amazing Race

Other

Warren Says Goodbye to Nastus, Welcomes Mingle as Warren Township Schools Superintendent After Challenging Year

July 5, 2016

WARREN, NJ - Beginning with the shooting death of Heidi Errickson and continuing with tackling declining enrollment and food policies, the 2015-2016 school year was challenging. July 1 marked the changing of the guard as Warren Township Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Nastus said goodbye and new Superintendent Dr. Matthew Mingle said hello on ...

WHRHS Names Paul McCullen Director of Bands and Orchestra

July 29, 2016

WARREN, NJ – Paul McCullen, a member of South Plainfield High School’s Class of 1997 and current resident of Highland Park, was recently named Director of Bands and Orchestra at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS).

After graduating high school, McCullen went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Performance from William Paterson University and, in 2015, received his Master ...

Warren Readies for Teen Fest Wednesday

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Recreation Commission‘s second annual Teen Fest is set from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 at the Municipal Field on Mountain Boulevard.

With games, music, food, the event is open to Watchung Hills Regionalsending district middle and high school students.

Warren Teen Fest will feature live local bands, a rock climbing wall, ...

Welcome Class of 2020: WHRHS Releases Freshman Orientation Information

WARREN, NJ - Incoming freshman  will have an opportunity to find their classrooms and meet their teachers on Friday, September 2, from 7:30 – 10:30 am. Bus transportation will be provided. 

They will follow an abbreviated eight-period schedule and peer leaders and teachers will be in the hallways to assist with directions.

The Watchung ...

Youth Baseball The Way It Should Be

July 20, 2016

Dear Editor:

This past weekend, The New Providence Green and Gold League held their first ever All Star Game. Games were held in Union, Westfield, and Warren.

At first we (NPGL Board) thought it was an “Old Fashioned” idea and with youth baseball going the way of highly competitive tournaments -- we didn’t think there would be too much interest. Teams would ...

Obituary: Jeffrey Hoens

July 19, 2016

Today my family and I must face the reality that our son Jeffrey Peter Hoens’s physical presence will no longer be with us. He had a “quirky” personality. He was our most creative child. He would go up to people and ask them “do you want to be friends?” When he was 2 years old he walked on the ice in the middle of a NJ Devil’s practice at Cody arena and ...

Missing Teen Dies in Shark River Diving Accident

July 17, 2016

AVON BY THE SEA, NJ — The body of a teenage boy found in an inlet in Avon by the Sea has been identified as Jeffrey Hoens, a 17-year-old Westfield resident and rising senior at St. Peters Preparatory where he played ice hockey, according to Avon by the Sea Police Chief Terence Mahon.

Friends who had been diving with Hoens alerted police Saturday afternoon that he was missing, Mahon ...

Burial at Sea

As I plugged my phone into the outlet next to a shelf in the hotel bathroom, I had a fleeting thought that it was sort of an odd place for an outlet.  That was actually the last thought I had before my phone slipped out of my hands and fell directly below the shelf…

Into the toilet.

The good news was, the water in the toilet was clean.

The bad news was, it was still water.

Grief Starts at the Moment of Diagnosis: A Program for Children and Families Coping with Illness

When I ask people how they heard about the bereavement program at Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss, their response will often be very simple: “Everyone!”

That response fills me with hope. It tells me our community recognizes the emotional needs of grieving children. The culture of grief support for children has changed dramatically in the past thirty years since The Dougy ...

Motive by Jonathan Kellerman

Motive by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine Books, 2015)

Motive, the 29th book in Jonathan Kellerman's popular Alex Delaware series, has long time pals, L.A. Detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware, teaming up to solve several baffling cases involving the murders of four women, none of whom appear to have a thing in common. Usually when looking to solve a heinous and violent ...

Pokémon Politics Go!

As a rule I stay away from popular fads.  Politics included.

 

I find my views on the latest crazy trends that are sweeping the nation are usually wrong and completely out of touch with reality.  

 

For example, for years I have been predicting the imminent demise of cell phones and the internet.

 

Which is why it seems only appropriate that I expound on ...