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Somerset County supports Curbing Hunger Month in June

June 21, 2021

Residents Can Donate with Their Recycling

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Curbing Hunger is held every year in June to help alleviate food supply shortages that often occur during the summer months when school lunch programs are closed and there are fewer holiday food drives. This year food supplies are even lower due to the pandemic, but residents can help replenish the shortage by donating ...

Food Truck Fridays Continue in Watchung

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS CONTINUES ITS RUN THIS SUMMER AT BAYBERRY SCHOOL IN WATCHUNG, NJ

 

WHAT: Weekly family-friendly food event is a summer 2021 fixture in Watchung on Fridays. Food Truck Fridays, a creative fundraiser, and community engagement effort created by the Watchung, NJ, Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, continues through the summer! ...

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority members fill a Uhaul with donations for Moms Helping Moms!

The ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Eta Omicron Zeta Chapter, Plainfield recently unloaded a U-haul filled with 30 plus car seats, 2,648 diapers, 7,976 baby wipes, 1386 feminine hygiene products and 8 personal hygiene products to the nonprofit Moms Helping Moms Foundation in Warren. Members of the chapter raised funds to purchase the car seats and other items which were ...

Somerset County to hold first Juneteenth event at county courthouse green

All Residents Are Welcome to the Historic Event

SOMERVILLE, NJ – For the first time ever, the  Somerset County Board of Commissioners will commemorate Juneteenth at a festive event on June 17, from 6 to 7 p.m., on the county’s historic courthouse green located at 20 North Bridge St., Somerville. Attending this celebration, will be honored guest Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, elected ...

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Greetings from the Lorax of Warren

June 9, 2021

Greetings from the Lorax of Warren

I am the Lorax, and I speak for the trees, which the town seems to be chopping down as they please!

You can find me on Mountain Avenue down by the farm, for you may be wondering what my coordinates are! 

They're about 40°38'44.2" to the north 74°30'48.4 to the west! If you go to that place, you'll find me, do your ...

New Jersey Date Night: Enjoy the Fireworks

June 21, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There's nothing better than sharing a blanket with your love as you gaze at the New Jersey sky. With Independence Day upon us, this year we get the value added bonus of taking in the fireworks. Celebrating our country’s birthday combined with a little romance leads us to a fireworks display ...

Behind the Tradition: All About the Jersey Shore’s Famous Salt Water Taffy

NEW JERSEY — When you think of the Jersey Shore, what comes to mind? Boardwalks? Beaches? How about salt water taffy?

The bite-sized candy has a history that stretches as long as the Atlantic City boardwalk itself.

Salt water taffy was introduced on the AC Boardwalk in the 1880s and became known as the first Atlantic City souvenir, according to AtlanticCityNJ.com. Having been ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

Sadness in Dads: It’s a Bigger Problem Than You Think

Did you know that approximately 1 in 7 mothers suffers from a postpartum mental illness, such as postpartum depression (PPD)?

Did you know that approximately 1 in 10 dads suffers the same thing?

And did you know that, if mom is suffering from PPD, 50% of their partners likely will as well?

The Monday after Father’s Day has, for the last few years, been christened International ...

Community Conversations: Living with Scoliosis

Does your child have scoliosis? Do you know what the signs are? Find out on the next Community Conversation where Jason Lowenstein, MD, medical director of Atlantic Health System’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, shares how it’s diagnosed and explains why early identification is key to treating spinal deformity.

 

CLEAR and Atlantic Health System Partner to Empower Patients With Digital Proof of Vaccination

Atlantic Health Patients Now Able to Link Vaccination to CLEAR’s Health Pass

CLEAR and Atlantic Health System have partnered to empower patients with the ability to access and share their proof of COVID-19 vaccination through CLEAR’s digital vaccine card and Health Pass. Using the free CLEAR app, vaccinated patients now have the option to create a digital version of their paper ...

This Weekend's Entertainment Lineup at the Black, Old Causeway and Bird and Betty's

June 18, 2021

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The Tide Table Group has a lot of entertainment action this weekend.

Thursday, 6 p.m. Black Whale, Chris Fritz

Thursday, 7 p.m. on the Deck, Bird and Betty's: DJ Danner

Friday, 8 p.m. on the Deck, Bird and Betty's: DJ Lowski

Friday, 9:30 p.m. in the Club: Stealing Savanna and DJ Meatball

Friday, 10 p.m. Old Causeway:  Sneak ...

Do you go to LBI? Compassion Café Opens in Beach Haven

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Do you go to LBI in the summer? Look for Compassion Café who kicked off their inaugural season with a huge grand opening celebration at their 2021 host location, Barry's Do Me A Flavor on Centre Street in Beach Haven on May 17. 

Compassion Café is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit recently founded by Erin Sharkey and Sue Sharkey with ...

TRAFFIC ALERT: Motor Vehicle Accident on Garden State Parkway, Holmdel

HOLMDEL, NJ:  At 9:58 a.m., TAPinto received a report of a motor vehicle accident near mile marker 115 on the Garden State Parkway, Holmdel. First responders on scene, two lanes of traffic are blocked. If possible avoid area at this time. There are no additional details at this time. 

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

Financial Focus: Financial tips for the self-employed

June 7, 2021

Being self-employed has some benefits: You get to choose your own hours, you don’t have to count “vacation days” and you’ll never worry about getting downsized. On the other hand, you’re truly on your own – there’s no employer-sponsored retirement plan and no benefits package. So, if you’ve recently started a business or become a “gig ...

And They're Off

The other day China fired three astronauts into space. This occurred just as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced that he too was shooting himself into outer space.

This got me thinking, how did we get here and where exactly are we going?

So today, as a public service, I give to you:

A Brief History of the Race in Space

October, 1957. The manmade satellite, Sputnik 1, sends the very ...

Home Wreckers

I woke the other morning in predawn light to a startling, ratatatat outside my bedroom window. It was a woodpecker wantonly jackhammering holes into the side of my house.

The house that we had just finished painting. The stoic house that after too many years of neglect, we had finally got around to repairing.

As with many families, the pandemic afforded us the opportunity and energy to ...

My Own Private Ice Cube

Now that the economy is picking up and throngs of people are once again milling about freely, I’ve been thinking about buying an island.

Nothing too exotic. Just some beautiful water-lapped property of my own somewhere south of here where I can escape. Someplace private with pristine waters and spectacular 360 degree views. Someplace without neighbors who complain every time I crank up ...

I Love a Parade

It’s Memorial Day. The weather is warm, social gathings are welcome, and masks are optional.

I want to march in a parade.

I want to hold my head high and wave royally to bystanders lining the street left and right as I march by. I want to witness the open smiles of maskless citizens standing in small-town clusters around lamp posts and parking meters and polished glass store fronts. I ...

Free Entrance to State Parks for Those Vaccinated by July 4

June 10, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is offering another incentive for unvaccinated people to get their shots. As part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” through July 4, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island Beach State Park – good through Dec 31 2021. Go ...

Obituaries

- Oct 9, 2020
Warren Township - Paul P. Pompa Jr., 62, passed away suddenly on Friday, October 9, 2020 at ...
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Watchung Hills Baseball Falls to Ridge in Sectional Semis

June 10, 2021

WARREN, NJ — The Ridge and Watchung Hills baseball teams endured two lightning delays Wednesday afternoon, even though there wasn't a drop of rain during either one of those interruptions.

There was, however, plenty of thunder, and a lot of that came during the game from the Ridge bats, which racked up 15 hits, almost half of those for extra bases, as the Red Devils slugged their way ...

Morristown National Historical Park Will Reopen With Limited Occupancy Levels on July 2

June 21, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — The Morristown National Historical Park will reopen with limited occupancy levels on July 2 at Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, Ford Mansion, and Washington's Headquarters Museum.

Effective July 2, visitors can enter the following visitor buildings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at its Jockey Hollow and Washington’s ...

Ol' Blue Eyes In Bronze: Sinatra Statue Planned for NJ Waterfront

HOBOKEN, NJ - "It's Sinatra's World, We Just Live In It..."

In New Jersey, Sinatra's legacy will loom even larger—as officials announce plans to install a Sinatra Statue, in the amphitheater at Sinatra Park, located on Sinatra Drive, along the city's scenic waterfront.

Frank often spoke of growing up in Hoboken, standing on the Hudson River's western ...

This Weekend's Entertainment Lineup at the Black, Old Causeway and Bird and Betty's

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The Tide Table Group has a lot of entertainment action this weekend.

Thursday, 6 p.m. Black Whale, Chris Fritz

Thursday, 7 p.m. on the Deck, Bird and Betty's: DJ Danner

Friday, 8 p.m. on the Deck, Bird and Betty's: DJ Lowski

Friday, 9:30 p.m. in the Club: Stealing Savanna and DJ Meatball

Friday, 10 p.m. Old Causeway:  Sneak ...

Tour Historic WWII Aircraft at Trenton-Mercer County Airport this Weekend

EWING, NJ — Several World War II aircraft will be flying into Trenton-Mercer Airport this week for tourists to view. The CAF AirPower History Tour featuring historic World War II aircraft will provide cockpit tours, flight demonstrations, and rides.  

The event features the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, the most advanced bomber of World War II; the T-6 Texan, ...

Free Entrance to State Parks for Those Vaccinated by July 4

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is offering another incentive for unvaccinated people to get their shots. As part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” through July 4, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island Beach State Park – good through Dec 31 2021. Go ...

Morristown National Historical Park Will Reopen With Limited Occupancy Levels on July 2

June 21, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — The Morristown National Historical Park will reopen with limited occupancy levels on July 2 at Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, Ford Mansion, and Washington's Headquarters Museum.

Effective July 2, visitors can enter the following visitor buildings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at its Jockey Hollow and Washington’s ...

Former Summit Middle School Drama Teacher, Theater Director Charged with Sexual Contact with a Student

ELIZABETH, NJ - Ronald Wells, 69, who was employed by the Summit Public School District for nearly 25 years as a theater teacher at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School prior to retiring on June 30, 2018, has been arrested and charged with committing criminal offenses of a sexual nature against a student while on school grounds several years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor ...

Ol' Blue Eyes In Bronze: Sinatra Statue Planned for NJ Waterfront

HOBOKEN, NJ - "It's Sinatra's World, We Just Live In It..."

In New Jersey, Sinatra's legacy will loom even larger—as officials announce plans to install a Sinatra Statue, in the amphitheater at Sinatra Park, located on Sinatra Drive, along the city's scenic waterfront.

Frank often spoke of growing up in Hoboken, standing on the Hudson River's western ...

'So Many New Faces' at the North Jersey Pride Picnic

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Hundreds of individuals, couples and families spread out across Memorial Park last Sunday to celebrate Pride Month together. It was sponsored by North Jersey Pride, whose mission is “promote equality, celebrate family and support LGBTQ youth through fun and educational events.”

C.J. Prince, executive director as well as a South Orange resident, and a team ...

Do you go to LBI? Compassion Café Opens in Beach Haven

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Do you go to LBI in the summer? Look for Compassion Café who kicked off their inaugural season with a huge grand opening celebration at their 2021 host location, Barry's Do Me A Flavor on Centre Street in Beach Haven on May 17. 

Compassion Café is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit recently founded by Erin Sharkey and Sue Sharkey with ...

Murphy Nominates Superior Court Judge to Fill Pending County Prosecutor Vacancy

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy has nominated Judge William A. Daniel to fill the role of Acting Union County Prosector, a vacancy that will be created when Lyndsay V. Ruotolo leaves the post next month to head up the state Division of Criminal Justice. The governor’s nomination of the Superior Court judge now heads to the state senate for ...

Citrus, Coral, and Florals: Summer from the Inside Out

As summer swings into high gear outside, bring some of the color and brightness indoors with your home décor. Perfect for setting the mood every day and during special events, summer décor that includes florals, citrus, and coral tones is a great way to transition from the more muted spring hues to the bold colors of the brightest season. Here are five ways to incorporate these ...

Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

Crawfish ...

From Ponds to Waterfalls: Outdoor Water Features You Can DIY

If you’re daydreaming about the burble of a stream over rocks or the spray of a waterfall right in your backyard, we’ve put together a selection of outdoor water feature ideas to help you make your dream come true!

While water features may sound expensive or out of reach, there are tons of great do-it-yourself options for everything from flower pot fountains to ponds and ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...