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DiGanci Named Interim Principal in Watchung, Meet and Greet Scheduled

May 23, 2018

 

WATCHUNG, NJ - Dr. Thomas DiGanci has taken over the helm of Bayberry School in Watchung and a meet and greet has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m. 

DiGanci is a former principal of both Valley View School and Watchung Hills Regional High School. He will serve as interim principal at Bayberry School through the end of the school year.

The next ...

New Jersey State Motor Vehicle Commission Returns to South Plainfield

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A new state Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) opened its doors in South Plainfield on Monday, just one week shy of a year since the borough’s former agency closed its doors. The office, located at 5000 Hadley Road, will provide in-person services to residents of the borough and the surrounding communities six days a week. 

“I would like ...

Watchung Hills Presents Annual Spring Jazz Concert

May 14, 2018

 

WARREN, NJ . – Parents, staff and fellow students filled the Performing Arts Center stage at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) to get “this close” to witnessing nearly 70 student musicians explore some 17 classic jazz compositions during the Annual Spring Jazz Concert on Thursday, April 26.

For the Jazz ...

Local Business Leaders Encouraged to Network at 'Chamber Night at the Ballpark'

May 21, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Business Partnership will join the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce and other central Jersey chambers Tuesday for “Chamber Night at the Ballpark.” 

Chamber members seeking new business contacts will enjoy a Ballpark BBQ and an exciting professional baseball game. Doors open at 5:35 P.M.

"This is the year to expand our ...

Warren Township Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Members with Events this Week

WARREN, NJ - The Warren community is invited to the next meeting of the Warren Township Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, May 24.
And, to a special event at Patriots Stadium on Tuesday, May 22.

At this month's meeting, Amy Shorter ...

Banning Books in Warren? Parents Question English Curriculum at Watchung Hills

May 23, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Two parents took the opportunity for public commentary at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Watchung Hills Board of Education to express concern about a book in the senior English curriculum.

The book at issue is Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, a 2006 graphic memoir by the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel. 

The book chronicles ...

Different is not Deficient, says Eighth Grader to Warren Township Board of Education

WARREN, NJ - Different is not synonymous with deficient and autism does not need to be cured, a Warren Middle School student told the Warren Township Board of Education at its meeting on Monday, May 21.

 

Johannes Wellerding, an eighth grade student at Warren Middle School, took the opportunity for public commentary at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting to ...

Food to Travel For - Two Jersey Shore Dining Hot Spots in National Limelight for Specialty Eats

May 12, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Two Belmar specialty eateries have made the national food-hopping map. Coney Waffle Ice Cream and Sweet Shop on Ocean Avenue and Hoagitos in Belmar Plaza are featured this month on television shows touting what makes them stand out from the rest.

The over-the-top ice cream creations of Coney Waffle are in the spotlight in Viceland’s “The Ice Cream Show” in ...

Farmers Market Opens 2018 Season on Sat, May 12

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The 2018 Scotch Plains Farmers' Marketplace season officially begins on Saturday, May 12, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The popular open-air market celebrates its 26th anniversary this summer and this year promises a wide range of "Best of the Best Vendors" with fresh, locally grown produce, delicious handmade baked goods, and ...

A.J. Perri Helping Veterans in Need - Again

May 21, 2018

TINTON FALLS, NJ – A.J. Perri is back helping veterans in need – this time launching a search for veterans and their families through a partnership with ABC-TV.

As part of the A.J. Perri Cares Program, a lucky New Jersey veteran and their family will receive air conditioning/heating relief this summer.

"They fought for our country, and their families sacrificed," said ...

A Mother's Day Story

HOLMDEL, NJ:   There's a saying we've all heard, 'you can choose your friends, but not your family members'.  Well for the Field family in Holmdel, they have a different tale to tell. It's a story about family, the selfless love of two mothers, and about dreams coming true. Holmdel's Darlene Field says, "While on vacation in the Caribbean Island of Sint ...

South Orange Village President Issues Statement About Traffic Stop of School Board Member

May 20, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Village President Sheena Collum issued a statement on Thursday, addressing a video in which South Orange Maplewood School Board member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad appeared to suggest that she would contact South Orange Village President Sheena Collum in regards to a traffic stop by police.

Lawson-Muhammad is heard on the video asking if the officer is from ...

Update on Affordable Housing: How a Mercer County Affordable Housing Ruling Impacts Warren Township

WARREN, NJ - Warren Township has provided the following update on affordale housing:

 

Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson's recent ruling in a Mercer County case involving Princeton and West Windsor is of particular importance and is expected to influence Fair Share Housing negotiations in Warren and across the state.

Judge Jacobson clarified the various factors (including, ...

Weather Alert: Flash Flood Watch Issued by National Weather Service, Threatens Evening Commute

May 15, 2018

 



SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - A line of intense thunderstorms is expected to move into the region from the northwest late Tuesday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service. There are indications that storms may repeatedly move over the same areas, especially during the evening hours, they said. Localized rainfall of one to three inches is ...

Hillsborough Man Sentenced for Bribing Doctors in $100M Test Referral Scheme

May 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – Five individuals including a Hillsborough resident  were sentenced Friday for bribing doctors in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, its president and numerous associates, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Doug Hurley, 38, of Hillsborough and Kevin ...

Do You Know This Man? North Plainfield Police Seek Help Identifying Cadillac Theft Suspect

May 23, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The North Plainfield Police Department is requesting  assistance from the public in the identification of an auto theft suspect from North Plainfield Nissan.

 The theft of a 2016 Cadillac Escalade occurred on May 20, at 3:30am. police said. The suspect entered the Nissan dealership hours earlier to test drive the vehicle and video shows the suspect arriving in ...

Power Outage on Warren’s East Side, Expect Hillcrest Closure

WARREN, NJ - A power outage has affected the east side of Warren including Watchung Hills Regional High School on Wednesday morning.

The Fire Department and power company  are on the scene near  30 Hillcrest Rd| with an arcing transformer with a power outage in the area. 

Expect Hillcrest Road to be shut down. 

 

Update: Watchung Hills sent the following ...

Fuel Spill Closes Warrenville Road

 

GREEN BROOK, NJ - The south bound lane of Warrenville Road through Route 22 is closed until further notice due to a fuel spill, police advised on Thursday morning.

 

 

Update on Affordable Housing: How a Mercer County Affordable Housing Ruling Impacts Warren Township

May 17, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Warren Township has provided the following update on affordale housing:

 

Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson's recent ruling in a Mercer County case involving Princeton and West Windsor is of particular importance and is expected to influence Fair Share Housing negotiations in Warren and across the state.

Judge Jacobson clarified the various factors (including, ...

Community Rallies Around Family of FHS Student Who Passed Away 

May 10, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - The Facebook fundraising page that has been established for the 14-year-old student who died Tuesday morning surpassed its goal to collect $15,000 to cover the cost of the funeral and memorial services within hours of being posted.

At the time of publication of this article more than $18,000 has been collected. Donations are still being accepted, TAP here to donate and ...

WHRHS Boys Lacrosse: Watchung Hills Wallups Westfield in NJSIAA North Jersey, Group 4 Semis, Advances to Finals

May 23, 2018

WARREN, NJ - The Warriors have made it to the finals for the first time in school history. The Watchung Hills boys lacrosse team defeated Westfield on Wednesday in the semifinal round of the NJSIAA North Jersey Group 4 Tournament, 17-8. 

The Warriors will face Hunterdon Central in the finals, one of the only two teams they lost to all year. Hunterdon Central defeated Ridgewood and ...

WHRHS Softball: Watchung Hills Tops Bridgewater, Advances to NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 Semis

WARREN, NJ - Erin Bean hit a game winning RBI double to score Meri Hurley in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Watchung Hills softball team over Bridgewater- Raritan in the quarterfinal round of the North Jersey Section 2, Group 4 Tournament on Wednesday, 2-1.

Watchung Hills will face J.P. Stevens in the semifinal round on Thursday.

“Congratulations to ...

WHRHS Boys Golf: Watchung Hills Wins NJSIAA Group 4 Championship, takes State Title as Top Public School

HOPEWELL, NJ - The Watchung Hills boys golf team won the  NJSIAA Group 4 Tournament of Champions with a 311 and came in second overall to Christian Brothers Academy, who won top spot for the second year in a row with a 297, on Monday at the Hopewell Valley Golf Club.

Watchung Hills took top public school honors sharing the overall second place with ...

Different is not Deficient, says Eighth Grader to Warren Township Board of Education

May 21, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Different is not synonymous with deficient and autism does not need to be cured, a Warren Middle School student told the Warren Township Board of Education at its meeting on Monday, May 21.

 

Johannes Wellerding, an eighth grade student at Warren Middle School, took the opportunity for public commentary at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting to ...

WHRHS Boys Lacrosse: Watchung Hills Wallups Westfield in NJSIAA North Jersey, Group 4 Semis, Advances to Finals

May 23, 2018

WARREN, NJ - The Warriors have made it to the finals for the first time in school history. The Watchung Hills boys lacrosse team defeated Westfield on Wednesday in the semifinal round of the NJSIAA North Jersey Group 4 Tournament, 17-8. 

The Warriors will face Hunterdon Central in the finals, one of the only two teams they lost to all year. Hunterdon Central defeated Ridgewood and ...

WHRHS Softball: Watchung Hills Tops Bridgewater, Advances to NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 Semis

WARREN, NJ - Erin Bean hit a game winning RBI double to score Meri Hurley in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Watchung Hills softball team over Bridgewater- Raritan in the quarterfinal round of the North Jersey Section 2, Group 4 Tournament on Wednesday, 2-1.

Watchung Hills will face J.P. Stevens in the semifinal round on Thursday.

“Congratulations to ...

Banning Books in Warren? Parents Question English Curriculum at Watchung Hills

WARREN, NJ - Two parents took the opportunity for public commentary at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Watchung Hills Board of Education to express concern about a book in the senior English curriculum.

The book at issue is Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, a 2006 graphic memoir by the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel. 

The book chronicles ...

New Jersey State Motor Vehicle Commission Returns to South Plainfield

May 21, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A new state Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) opened its doors in South Plainfield on Monday, just one week shy of a year since the borough’s former agency closed its doors. The office, located at 5000 Hadley Road, will provide in-person services to residents of the borough and the surrounding communities six days a week. 

“I would like ...

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Bee Day at Hanson Park!!

May 20, 2018

Please join the Hanson Park Conservancy on Saturday, June 23rd for Bee Day at Hanson Park!  At 2:00 PM Grant Stiles from Stiles Honey will be sharing his knowledge of bees with his presentation, “Fundamentals of Beekeeping and the Importance of Honey Bees in Our Society.”  Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the beautiful surroundings as Mr. Stiles answers all of your ...

Golf Outing On May 26 Benefits Retired Racehorses

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J. —May 29, will mark Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) 26th Annual Charity Golf Outing being held at the beautiful Battleground Country Club in Manalapan, N.J.

This much anticipated event is held in conjunction with SRF's online auction which will open for bidding beginning Friday, May 25 and end at 7 p.m. on  Thursday, June 7. The outing ...

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Belmar Mayor Grants ‘Larry the Lobster’ His Freedom to Kick Off New Jersey Seafood Festival

May 19, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern wasn’t going to let the rough ocean surf and high winds get in his way yesterday of pardoning “Larry the Lobster” to begin the New Jersey Seafood Festival.

Instead, Magovern moved the May 18 event from the Fifth Avenue beach to the quieter waters of the Shark River Inlet. Accompanied by a small group of borough officials and ...

Food to Travel For - Two Jersey Shore Dining Hot Spots in National Limelight for Specialty Eats

BELMAR, NJ — Two Belmar specialty eateries have made the national food-hopping map. Coney Waffle Ice Cream and Sweet Shop on Ocean Avenue and Hoagitos in Belmar Plaza are featured this month on television shows touting what makes them stand out from the rest.

The over-the-top ice cream creations of Coney Waffle are in the spotlight in Viceland’s “The Ice Cream Show” in ...

WHRHS Baseball: Roxbury Baseball Powers Past Watchung Hills

May 19, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury High School baseball team won its 14th game on Friday, rolling over Watchung Hills 9-1 at home.

Offensively, Roxbury did its damage early, scoring twice in the second inning and then five more times in the third to take an early 7-0 lead.

Roxbury’s Will Findlay had two hits and Donovan Brady, Andy Axelson and Brian Dachowski all had base hits. In ...

WHRHS Boys Lacrosse: Bridgewater Upsets Watchung Hills in OT for SCT Title

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - So close. The Watchung Hills boys lacrosse team fell to Bridgewater-Raritan, in overtime, as the Panthers won a fourth-straight Somerset County Tournament title on Saturday, 5-4, at the Torpey Athletic Complex.

Watchung Hills took an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter with goals from Gavin DeFuria, Connor James, and Joe Rica. 

The last game the ...

DiGanci Named Interim Principal in Watchung, Meet and Greet Scheduled

May 23, 2018

 

WATCHUNG, NJ - Dr. Thomas DiGanci has taken over the helm of Bayberry School in Watchung and a meet and greet has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m. 

DiGanci is a former principal of both Valley View School and Watchung Hills Regional High School. He will serve as interim principal at Bayberry School through the end of the school year.

The next ...

Hillsborough Man Sentenced for Bribing Doctors in $100M Test Referral Scheme

NEWARK, NJ – Five individuals including a Hillsborough resident  were sentenced Friday for bribing doctors in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, its president and numerous associates, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Doug Hurley, 38, of Hillsborough and Kevin ...

North Plainfield Middle School Hosts Holocaust and Genocide Open House

NORTH  PLAINFIELD, NJ - All are invited to the 2018 North Plainfield Middle School Holocaust/Genocide Open House on Thursday, May 17 at 6 p.m. Students and staff will be on hand to serve as docents for a unique exhibit.

It is a museum in a school, created by the school, constructed by the school and for everyone in the community. featuring  over 400 posters, memorabilia and artifacts ...

WHRHS Boys Lacrosse: Bridgewater Upsets Watchung Hills in OT for SCT Title

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - So close. The Watchung Hills boys lacrosse team fell to Bridgewater-Raritan, in overtime, as the Panthers won a fourth-straight Somerset County Tournament title on Saturday, 5-4, at the Torpey Athletic Complex.

Watchung Hills took an early 3-0 lead in the first quarter with goals from Gavin DeFuria, Connor James, and Joe Rica. 

The last game the ...

Podcast: The Royal Wedding Through the Eyes of a Brit

May 19, 2018

In our May 18 podcast, Giles Bootheway, a British citizen who teaches at St. Bonaventure University, shares his thoughts on the Royal Wedding with TAPinto Greater Olean Co-editor Richard Lee.

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Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Parkland Cares and the Jason Taylor Reading Room, May 17 -Travels Charity Spotlight -

PARKLAND, FL - Parkland Cares will hold a Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 17 at Parkland Golf & Country Club, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Jason Taylor Reading Room and Parkland Cares.  The event is presented by Steven Douglas and former NFL player and Hall of Famer Jason Taylor will be in attendance.

Howard Dvorkin, CPA, is chairman of Debt.com and a 30-year ...

Food to Travel For - Two Jersey Shore Dining Hot Spots in National Limelight for Specialty Eats

BELMAR, NJ — Two Belmar specialty eateries have made the national food-hopping map. Coney Waffle Ice Cream and Sweet Shop on Ocean Avenue and Hoagitos in Belmar Plaza are featured this month on television shows touting what makes them stand out from the rest.

The over-the-top ice cream creations of Coney Waffle are in the spotlight in Viceland’s “The Ice Cream Show” in ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...