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Visit Holiday Festival of Trees Through December

December 14, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - One of the holiday season's most popular family events -- the 41st Annual Festival of Trees at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge -- will be open daily for public tours through most of December.

The Somerset County Park Commission's EEC each year presents the non-denominational display of holiday trees, designed and ...

Caroling Festival Set for Dec. 14

SOMERVILLE, NJ - “The Somerville Caroling Festival,” sponsored by the Somerville and Ridge High School Music Departments and featuring the choirs of several local high schools will take place on Friday, Dec, 14 at 4 p.m. in the 600-seat sanctuary of United Reformed Church,100 W Main St.

Choirs from Somerville High School, Mount Saint Mary Academy, Hunterdon Central High ...

Downed Tree Causes Bus Delays at Watchung Hills

December 18, 2018

 

LONG HILL, NJ - A downed tree is causing delays on Tuesday morning.

 

Watchung Hills sent out an alert that said,”Please be advised that Routes HS01 and HS03 covering Long Hill Twp may be affected due to a downed tree on Mountain Avenue between Morristown Road and Long Hill Road.”

 

Plan an alternate route and allow extra time.

 

Last Day to Mail Letters to Santa in Warren

 

WARREN, NJ - Ho. Ho. Ho. The Warren Township Recreation Commission has been approved by Santa to collect the mail from Warren's children, and the last day to drop off of letters to Santa is Friday. Mail will be accepted through 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11. 

 

The red mailbox is in front of the Warren Township municipal building. No stamp is needed, but make sure ...

Nokia Bell Labs Evaluating Future of its Murray Hill Campus

December 16, 2018

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Nokia has hired a consulting group to help evaluate whether Nokia should stay at its current location.

Mayor Robert Woodruff made that information public at a recent Township Council meeting. As a prelude to the announcement, he told the council he and Township John Bussiculo have been “paying attention to the Nokia Alcatel property,” in ...

Somerville Town Center Gets OK for 5-Story Luxury Apartment Building on Main Street

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Edgewood Properties, the developer of the Somerville Town Center luxury apartments on West Main Street, was given preliminary and final site plan approval by the borough Planning Board Wednesday night for a second five-story building with 153 luxury units and parking garage for 521 vehicles.

Ground breaking is expected mid- to late summer 2019, according to Colin Driver, the ...

Bob's Furniture Coming to Promenade, Speciality Grocery Store Too

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The former Babies 'R' Us in the Bridgewater Promenade is turning into a furniture store, though the time frame for opening is still unclear.

According to Bridgewater Township Economic Development Officer Howard Turbowitz, Bob's Furniture is coming to that location.

"We do not have any timeframe on the furniture store," he said.

In addition, ...

Warren Township Board of Education Bids Farewell to Three Board Members

December 13, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Dr. Matthew Mingle, Superintendent of Schools and the Warren Township Board of Education bid farewell to three Board Members during the Tuesday, Dec. 11, board meeting.  Board President David Brezee read each departing member their resolution of appreciation.  

 

“One of the most meaningful contributions that citizens can make to their community ...

College Board Names Watchung Hills Regional High School to 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  

To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, WHRHS had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of ...

NJ Recipe Guru Shares her Favorite Holiday Cookie: Double Chocolate Espresso

December 13, 2018

If you love to cook, there’s a fair chance you’ve got a recipe somewhere in your home by Gwynn Galvin, whose cooking blog “Swirls of Flavor” has been picking up steam.

“I have been told that I am ‘well-seasoned,’ having worked in the culinary field for more than 20 years now,” the grandmother of eight said from her home in Montvale, NJ.

In ...

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

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 ...

Millennials to Baby Boomers, Gifts that Grow are All the Rage

December 16, 2018

It’s a jungle in there. Every window, surface and brightly lit corner is filled with decorative or edible greenery.  There is no doubt what to gift this person for the holidays. More of the same.

A lack of outdoor growing space, limited growing seasons, and time constraints have many people filling their apartments and homes with fiddle leaf figs, palms, succulents, herbs and ...

Visit Holiday Festival of Trees Through December

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - One of the holiday season's most popular family events -- the 41st Annual Festival of Trees at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge -- will be open daily for public tours through most of December.

The Somerset County Park Commission's EEC each year presents the non-denominational display of holiday trees, designed and ...

Fairness Hearing on Warren Township Affordable Housing On for Dec. 4

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A fairness and preliminary compliance hearing for the Township of Warren, for the Township’s housing element and fair share compliance plan for the Affordable Housing period 1987-2025 is set for Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Somerville at 11 a.m. 

 

The Docket is  No. SOM-L-904-15 and the hearing will take place before  the Honorable Thomas C. Miller, ...

December 17, 2018

WARREN, NJ - The Autism Think Tank, NJ is hosting its 7th Annual Toy Drive and Holiday Party for children with special needs and their families. Consider donating a toy to make the holidays brighter for our local families. To sign up for the toy drive and see drop off locations or to register to attend the event, use the links below.  

Toy ...

Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County Holding Information Sessions

The Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County is holding information sessions to learn more about becoming a volunteer adult literacy tutor.

The sessions will be held Jan. 7 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Franklin Township Library; Jan. 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bridgewater Township Library; and Jan. 9 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hillsborough Township Library.

Literacy Volunteers is ...

New Rules Limit What Local Police May Ask; Cooperation with ICE Also Curtailed

December 17, 2018

NEW JERSEY — Police officers across the state are now restricted from asking you certain questions because of a directive issued by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

Grewal’s policy — which applies to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies — also limits the types of voluntary assistance that police may provide to federal civil immigration ...

Bill Would Deny NJ Tuition Aid to Students Convicted of Hazing

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey college students who are convicted of hazing would no longer be eligible to receive State financial aid, under new legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean.

The bill was advanced today by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

More than 200 students have died from hazing-related accidents in the United States since 1838, and 40 students have died ...

‘Vaping: Clear the Air’ Presentation Warns Watchung Hills Parents of Dangers of Addiction

December 5, 2018

 

WARREN, NJ- Contrary to the popular notion that “Vaping” might be the safer alternative to smoking tobacco, guest speaker Melissa Tasse warned Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) parents that in fact e-cigarettes often deliver multiple-times more concentrated dosages of the highly addictive drug, nicotine, than their tobacco alternatives.

Tasse ...

New Rules Limit What Local Police May Ask; Cooperation with ICE Also Curtailed

December 17, 2018

NEW JERSEY — Police officers across the state are now restricted from asking you certain questions because of a directive issued by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

Grewal’s policy — which applies to all state, county and local law enforcement agencies — also limits the types of voluntary assistance that police may provide to federal civil immigration ...

Warren Businessman Sentenced to Seven Years in State Prison for Conspiring With Doctor to Supply Opioids to Drug Ring

TRENTON, NJ  –  A Warren businessman who operated a hearing aid company was sentenced to state prison today for conspiring with a doctor to supply a drug ring with tens of thousands of high-dose pills of the highly addictive opioid painkiller oxycodone, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced on Friday.

Andrew Stoveken, 68, of Edison, N.J., was sentenced to seven years ...

Somerset Street has Reopened in Both Directions

December 16, 2018

UPDATE at 12:14 a.m. Sunday

Somerset Street has reopened in both directions.

UPDATE at 9:30 p.m.

Somerset Street Northbound is now open.  Southbound from the circle is still closed to traffic. 

WATCHUNG, NJ - Somerset Street will be closed to North and South bound traffic from Johnston Drive to the Circle until further notice, police advised on Saturday. Plan Alternate ...

Crash on Morning Glory Road in Warren

 

WARREN, NJ -  First responders are on the scene of a motor vehicle crash near 18 Morning Glory Road in Warren involving a U.S. Postal Service vehicle on Saturday evening. Avoid the area.

Police Seek Help Locating Woman Missing Since Dec. 6

WATCHUNG, NJ - Police are seeking help from the public locating a township woman missing since Dec. 6.

A missing person investigation is underway into the disappearance of Helen Kim, 47 of Route 22 West, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Watchung Borough Chief of Police Joseph Cina.

Kim walked away from her residence ...

Nokia Bell Labs Evaluating Future of its Murray Hill Campus

December 16, 2018

 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Nokia has hired a consulting group to help evaluate whether Nokia should stay at its current location.

Mayor Robert Woodruff made that information public at a recent Township Council meeting. As a prelude to the announcement, he told the council he and Township John Bussiculo have been “paying attention to the Nokia Alcatel property,” in ...

Somerville Town Center Gets OK for 5-Story Luxury Apartment Building on Main Street

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Edgewood Properties, the developer of the Somerville Town Center luxury apartments on West Main Street, was given preliminary and final site plan approval by the borough Planning Board Wednesday night for a second five-story building with 153 luxury units and parking garage for 521 vehicles.

Ground breaking is expected mid- to late summer 2019, according to Colin Driver, the ...

Bob's Furniture Coming to Promenade, Speciality Grocery Store Too

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The former Babies 'R' Us in the Bridgewater Promenade is turning into a furniture store, though the time frame for opening is still unclear.

According to Bridgewater Township Economic Development Officer Howard Turbowitz, Bob's Furniture is coming to that location.

"We do not have any timeframe on the furniture store," he said.

In addition, ...

Boys Basketball: Watchung Hills Tops North Plainfield, 68-40

December 15, 2018

 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Michael Bressler sunk 19 points to lead Watchung Hills over North Plainfield on Saturday, 68-40.

 

Sean Taylor led North Plainfield with 15 points and Jared Gardner sunk 13 points for the Canucks.

 

The Warriors took a 29-13 lead into the half.

 

“We are happy with today’s result and it’s always nice when we have ...

WHRHS Basketball: Watchung Hills Boys and Girls Sweep Opening Night

WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills boys and girls basketball teams both defeated Bridgewater-Raritan on opening night Friday.

The girls played at home and won in overtime, 59-52. 

Junior Jayden Baltuch led the Warriors with 17 points and five assists and senior McKenna Frey added 11 points and five rebounds as Watchung Hills outlasted the Panthers in overtime in Warren.  Junior ...

WHRHS Girls Swimming: Watchung Hills Defeats Pingry, 95-75

WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills girls swim team defeated Pingry on Thursday, 95-75. 

Melanie Nunn (100 Fly and 500 freestyle), Vivan Zhang (200 IM) and Anna Baitel (100 Breaststroke) all finished first in their events for Watchung Hills and the Warriors never trailed.

The 200 relay started things off for the Warriors with a first place by Olivia Lontai, Claudia O'Reilly, Madaline ...

Warren Township Board of Education Bids Farewell to Three Board Members

December 13, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Dr. Matthew Mingle, Superintendent of Schools and the Warren Township Board of Education bid farewell to three Board Members during the Tuesday, Dec. 11, board meeting.  Board President David Brezee read each departing member their resolution of appreciation.  

 

“One of the most meaningful contributions that citizens can make to their community ...

Warren Township Schools Step Up to Weather Nor’easter

 

WARREN, NJ - The notorious nor'easter that swept through NJ on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 created some transportation obstacles for Warren Township Schools.  Many Warren Township Schools staff members stepped up to provide assistance in ways large and small to ensure that every student was transported home safely that afternoon.  

 

As schools were dismissed ...

Boys Basketball: Watchung Hills Tops North Plainfield, 68-40

December 15, 2018

 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Michael Bressler sunk 19 points to lead Watchung Hills over North Plainfield on Saturday, 68-40.

 

Sean Taylor led North Plainfield with 15 points and Jared Gardner sunk 13 points for the Canucks.

 

The Warriors took a 29-13 lead into the half.

 

“We are happy with today’s result and it’s always nice when we have ...

WHRHS Basketball: Watchung Hills Boys and Girls Sweep Opening Night

WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills boys and girls basketball teams both defeated Bridgewater-Raritan on opening night Friday.

The girls played at home and won in overtime, 59-52. 

Junior Jayden Baltuch led the Warriors with 17 points and five assists and senior McKenna Frey added 11 points and five rebounds as Watchung Hills outlasted the Panthers in overtime in Warren.  Junior ...

College Board Names Watchung Hills Regional High School to 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  

To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, WHRHS had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of ...

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NJ Shops Take Doughnuts to the Next Level

December 15, 2018

We found some of the best places to get doughnuts in New Jersey.

While one of the most recognizable global brands, Dunkin’, is dropping the “Donuts” from its  name, smaller doughnut shops in New Jersey are seeing rise in demand for the tasty treats.

Jessica Dreyer, a fourth generation farmer at Dreyer Farms in Cranford, NJ, said that doughnuts have ...

New Goddard School in Long Hill Set to Open Soon

December 17, 2018

Local Couple Fulfilling Dream of Opening a Preschool 

LONG HILL, NJ  – Sumara and Imran Ahmad, owners of the newest The Goddard School in Long Hill, NJ, are one step closer to fulfilling their dream of opening a preschool.

After spending more than 10 years working on Wall Street in banking and finance, having children and watching them excel at The Goddard School, they ...

Bernards Township Committee Recognizes Former Longtime Resident Donald Rica For His Service To Community

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)

Tom Grady, Corresponding Secretary
Bernards Township Republican Municipal Committee
Email: BTRMC.correspondance@usa.com

Bernards, NJ – The Bernards Township Committee, on December 11, 2018, voted on Resolution No. #2018-0482 which recognizes former longtime Township resident and member of the Bernards Township Republican Municipal (BTRMC) Committee, Donald ...

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 ...

First Day Trail Ride Planned In Sussex County On Jan. 1

December 15, 2018

HAMPTON TWP., N.J. — A First Day Trail Ride will be held in Sussex County on Jan. 1 to kick off the new year.

The ride is the only equestrian event that is part of the New Jersey State Parks First Day hikes being held throughout the state.

Horse trailer parking will be at Halsey Farm at the corner of Route 519 and Halsey Road

The ride will start at 1 p.m. and equestrians will then ...

Bill That Would Give $20 Million Annually to Horse Racing Clears Senate Committee

TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would appropriate $20 million to boost horse racing in New Jersey has been voted out of committee in the state Senate.

Sponsored by Sen. Vin Gopal of District 11 in Monmouth County, home to Monmouth Park and Freehold Raceway, and Sen. Paul A. Sarlo, District 36, which includes, Bergen County, home of the Meadowlands, sponsored the bill, S2992.

The bill was ...

Despite Battling Brain Tumor, Race Caller Is Back In The Booth

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Despite battling a brain tumor, Larry Lederman was on the microphone at the Meadowlands on Dec. 6 as the track kicked off its “Borrow Ken’s Binoculars” Thursdays as guest announcer.

It was a great night for Lederman – and for the fans who love his style – given the fact that he has been battling a brain tumor for some time now. He had ...

Team Velvet's Mini Movie Wins A 'Winnie Award' At Equus Film Festival

RARITAN TWP., N.J. — Little Annie is a miniature horse who helps children suffering from trauma. She also stars in Little Horse Big Medicine, which won a Winnie Award at the 2018 Equus Film Festival held in Brooklyn, N.Y.  from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. The story is told from Annie’s point of view as she is the film’s narrator.

Filmmakers came to the festival from near and ...

Take A Wish Is New Jersey Sires Stakes Horse Of The Year

TRENTON, N.J. — Take A Wish has been named the New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the Year for 2018.

The award, which is voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS-sponsored races and other major stakes for New Jersey-sired or bred horses.

Take A Wish, is a daughter of Wishing Stone, ...

NJRC Seek Comments On Proposed Sports Wagering Rules

TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Racing Commission is accepting comments on proposed rules regarding sports wagering at racetracks and former racetracks in New Jersey.

On June 11, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 4111, allowing sports betting at New Jersey casinos and racetracks for certain professional and collegiate sports or athletic events. On June 13, The New Jersey Racing ...

DIY Dryer

As part of my continuing education series on things I know nothing about but will explain anyway, I think it is time to tackle dryer repair.

As we all know, a dryer is a big heavy metal thing with buttons and knobs that dries clothes.  This is not to be confused with a washing machine which is also a big heavy metal thing with buttons and knobs that washes clothes.  It is easy to ...

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Jul 28, 1955 - Feb 8, 2018
Owner/Chef of Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes  Beloved Husband, Father, Brother and ...
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Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County Holding Information Sessions

December 17, 2018

The Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County is holding information sessions to learn more about becoming a volunteer adult literacy tutor.

The sessions will be held Jan. 7 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Franklin Township Library; Jan. 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bridgewater Township Library; and Jan. 9 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hillsborough Township Library.

Literacy Volunteers is ...

Somerville Town Center Gets OK for 5-Story Luxury Apartment Building on Main Street

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Edgewood Properties, the developer of the Somerville Town Center luxury apartments on West Main Street, was given preliminary and final site plan approval by the borough Planning Board Wednesday night for a second five-story building with 153 luxury units and parking garage for 521 vehicles.

Ground breaking is expected mid- to late summer 2019, according to Colin Driver, the ...

Ryan Licht Succeeds Tom Mott as Lacrosse Coach at Immaculata HS

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Ryan Licht of Branchburg has been named Immaculata High School’s new Boys Lacrosse Coach, replacing Coach Tom Mott who established the program in 1997 and retired from the position after a 22-year stint. 

Licht brings an outstanding portfolio of professional lacrosse playing experience, as well coaching nearly 10 years on the high school level.  A star ...

Somerset County: Freeholder Board Plans to Expand Use of Video in 2019

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ -In the spring of 2019 freeholder meetings will start to be streamed online according to local resident, Freeholder Deputy Director Brian D. Levine.

According to a release, Somerset County will continue developing videos about county services and amenities in 2019, including livestreaming public meetings.

“Because of the popularity of video and the fact ...

Visit Holiday Festival of Trees Through December

December 14, 2018

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - One of the holiday season's most popular family events -- the 41st Annual Festival of Trees at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge -- will be open daily for public tours through most of December.

The Somerset County Park Commission's EEC each year presents the non-denominational display of holiday trees, designed and ...

Volunteers Assemble 1,000 Gift Packages for US Troops

December 16, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Several hundred volunteers gathered at the Hillsborough YMCA Saturday to help the Rotary Club of Hillsborough and Operation Shoebox New Jersey assemble 1,000 personal care packages that will be shipped to US troops deployed overseas.

Several veteran organizations participated, including the Hillsborough VFW, Post #8371, the central New Jersey Chapter #27 of the Military ...

‘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 King Polixenes of Bohemia, circles ...