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Finding the Sweeter Side of Unprecedented Times

In March of 2020, life decided to hand lemons to students across the country and beyond, leaving millions of us in a scramble; we searched far and wide for ingredients needed to make lemonade out of an unforeseen scenario. For most of us, whether we were in the second grade, secondary school, or beyond, the remedy to our anxieties was simple: distraction. Perhaps the first few weeks of quarantine ...

How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

Why Are Stinging Insects So Aggressive in the Fall?

During the early summer months, hornets and yellow jackets rarely come out and sting people. So why do they become so aggressive during the late summer and fall? The reason has to do with how they spend their time in the summer versus what they’re doing in the fall!

The Life of A Stinging Insect

Most stinging insects are social, meaning they start and build a new colony every year ...

After Being Evacuated From Flooded Apartment, St. Hubert's Reunites Woman and Her Dogs

September 9, 2021

MADISON, NJ - As the remnants of Hurricane Ida swept through New Jersey, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center came to the aid of people and pets in need throughout the state.

St. Hubert’s received a panicked call on September 2, from a woman named Indy who was being evacuated from her flooded apartment in South Bound Brook. Floodwater outside her apartment complex had risen so high, ...

Fundraiser for Plainfield Area Humane Society Recovering from Hurricane Ida

PLAINFIELD, NJ — By now you've heard the news that the Plainfield Area Humane Society suffered devastating losses due to Hurricane Ida, which barreled its way from Louisiana, and up through the northeast less than a week ago. The water rose to eight feet in the basement at PAHS; the non-profit lost its cooling and heating system, a hot water heater, two vans, and all of its supplies.

Plainfield Area Humane Society Seeks Help After Losses to Hurricane Ida

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Hurricane Ida unleashed both her bark and her bite this week, flooding the basement at the Plainfield Area Humane Society and destroying necessary supplies. Two vans and the heating and cooling system were also lost. Thankfully, there was help from a contractor, members of the Plainfield Public Works division, and residents with pumps, and all the pets have been accounted ...

Somerset County to host virtual public meeting for Roadway Safety Study on Sept. 29: residents are invited to learn about safety recommendations for five county roadways

September 16, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Residents are invited to join the second virtual public meeting presented by the Somerset County Planning Division to learn more about the draft Roadway Safety Study’s recommendations and to provide input about the recommendations. The goal of the study is to identify safety issues for vehicle and pedestrian roadway crossings, bicycle paths, and green ...

'Smooth Sailing' During Freshmen Orientation at Mount Saint Mary Academy

WATCHUNG, NJ - Sixty-eight members of the Mount Saint Mary Academy Class of 2025 enjoyed an exciting assortment of activities on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 8, during Freshmen Orientation.

They met in Mother Mary Patrick Gymnasium to receive their special t-shirts with the theme "Smooth Sailing" and signed a life preserver. Next, they engaged in ice breaker activities while ...

Mount Saint Mary Academy Opens Its Doors for 113th Academic Year

On Wednesday, September 8, Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung ushered in its 113th academic year with a Clap In for freshmen and sophomores at the beginning of the day. Students also attended Convocation in Immaculate Conception Chapel as well as sessions on security and technology.  

During her remarks to the students, faculty and staff, S. Lisa D. Gambacorto, RSM, Ed.S.

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

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

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

It’s Apple Picking Season in NJ! How to Pick the Best Apples

NEW JERSEY — September is here, which means it’s apple picking season in the Garden State.

If you’re visiting one of New Jersey’s many pick-your-own farms for apples this season, use these tips to come home with the very best fruit:

First, get to know the varieties you’re picking. The color of a ripe apple will depend on that variety, so find out from the farm ...

Police Seek Help Identifying Man Found Dead in Ocean

September 6, 2021

SEA BRIGHT, NJ -- The New Jersey State Police Homicide South Unit and Missing Person’s Unit are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a deceased male in Monmouth County. The deceased man has a unique tattoo that can aid in identifying him. 

On Sunday, Aug. 29, at approximately 11:29 a.m., the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau responded to the ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

September 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ---TAPintoTV spoke with Jared Taillefer, the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Rev David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Destiny McFarlane, the Tutorial Manager of the Newark Unites Program, about the Newark Unites Tutoring Program which launches this week.

The Newark Unites Tutoring Center provides free, high dosage tutoring and academic support ...

Remembering 9/11: a Warren resident reflects on 20th Anniversary

September 10, 2021

Twenty years. The day that changed my life and our country. And it seems different this year. 

I remember a few years ago my son asked me what I remembered about that day for an assignment he was doing for social studies. And for the first time, I told him some details.  I was there, guessing I was pregnant with our first child, the son who asked the question, and through a dumb move ...

Dropping Off Kids at College – Learning How To Adjust

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents.  There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child. Feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression are normal and expected responses. 

It is a new phase in life for ...

The Art of (Interrupting) Conversation

A person with bad manners is one who tries to interrupt when you’re talking or talk when you are interrupting.
- Cartoon in Esquire Magazine

I recently received a random text message from an acquaintance of mine. I was in the middle of an important conversation with my wife when my phone started buzzing in my pocket, disrupting my train of thought which, if I could remember any of it, ...

Off the Grid

4. The first name in Sudoku

4. The last name in Sudoku

Answer on page 96. Maki Kaji.

I learned last week that the godfather of Sudoku, Maki Kaji, passed away. He was 69. Which is appropriate, because if he was 66 he would have failed his own puzzle.

Sudoku is the wildly popular puzzle game in which all digits from 1 to 9 are placed in a subdivided nine-by-nine grid such ...

Plainfield Area Humane Society Seeks Help After Losses to Hurricane Ida

September 5, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Hurricane Ida unleashed both her bark and her bite this week, flooding the basement at the Plainfield Area Humane Society and destroying necessary supplies. Two vans and the heating and cooling system were also lost. Thankfully, there was help from a contractor, members of the Plainfield Public Works division, and residents with pumps, and all the pets have been accounted ...


- Oct 9, 2020
Warren Township - Paul P. Pompa Jr., 62, passed away suddenly on Friday, October 9, 2020 at ...
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''We Can Feel The Love, The Prayers, and The Good Vibes': Mother of Boy Struck by Car in Scotch Plains

September 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- An update on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School student who was hit by a car on Westfield Ave. on Monday: Karina Hathcock, the boy's mom, posted on Facebook to let concerned members of the community know the status of her son.

Our boy is super strong and was able to manage pain like a champ. It was a very long night, but he is in really good hands at Cornell ...

New Jersey Transit Cop Reunites Lost Child with Worried Parents

JERSEY CITY, NJ - An 11-year-old boy from Houston, Texas, who got separated from his parents by accidentally boarding a Tonnelle Avenue bound train at Exchange Place over the weekend was reunited with his family after a NJ Transit K9 Officer and local citizens found him.

K-9 Officer Michael Brown, who took part in a system-wide search for the boy once the parents alerted NJ Transit, ...

'Let's Roll' - New Jersey Resident Todd Beamer Helped to Retake United Flight 93 on September 11th, 2001

CRANBURY, NJ -  On September 11th, 2001 a Cranbury resident was one of the many brave passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 who tried to take control of the hijacked plane and crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Todd Beamer had lived in Cranbury for a year with his wife and two children before being killed in the crash.

 Beamer was born in Flint, Michigan in 1968. He ...

Scenes from the St. Bart's Festival Saturday

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Saturday schedule at the St. Bart's Italian Festival in Scotch Plains included Italian Mass at 5:00 p.m., the annual procession, Mike Aromando and the Metropolitan Italian Strolling Band, and Four Seasons tribute band The Jersey Four. That's in addition to rides, games, plenty of great food, and lots of fun.

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Update Sunday After Ida: Long Hill Remains Flooded, see Drone Footage from Watchung Hills Student

LONG HILL, NJ - Long Hill Police have provided an update on road closures, and a Watchung Hills student shared drone footage of the devastation.

SEE DRONE video from Aaron Binstock HERE

Binstock, a senior at Watchung Hills Regional High School, is a drone enthusiast and on Friday shot footage of the devastating flood on Main Street and Valley Road in Stirling. “The water was ...

President Biden Approves NJ's Emergency Declaration, Will Tour Areas Hit Hard by Tropical Storm Ida on Tues

NEW JERSEY -- President Biden has approved New Jersey's Emergency Declaration and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local response efforts due to the conditions resulting from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. 
According to a White House press release, this action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, to coordinate all ...

'Year One' Captures Tensions of a Changing Society

UNION, NJ - After two years of closure, Premiere Stages on the campus of Kean University has re-opened with a stirring production of Erik Gernand’s play, “Year One.”

The time is 1933, the place, a city in Germany.  As Germany rebuilds after the devastation of World War I, a close-knit family is caught up in the possibilities of new life under the Weimar Republic. The ...

Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

Say Goodbye to Summer With a Blowout Bash

As summer wraps up, it’s tempting to transition to cozy fall gatherings right away, but don’t move too quickly! Having a “goodbye summer” party is a great way to celebrate the last fresh, vibrant colors, sounds, and flavors of summer with your friends and family. So pull out the last of your summer décor and try these tips for making the most of your final summer ...

How to Ensure Your Furnace Is Ready for Winter’s Cold Nights

The cooler nights of September are the perfect reminder to get your furnace ready for the long winter ahead. Any work on HVAC can be intimidating, and professionals should handle most tasks, but there are steps you can take to keep the heat on this winter.

We’ll look at some ways to prep your furnace for winter and the situations that call for expert help. With some preventive ...

Prep Your Home for Winter With These Easy Fall Tasks

There’s nothing quite like the weather in autumn. With the heat of summer finally breaking, it’s time to start enjoying more time outdoors and keep the windows open. With favorable weather, it’s easy to forget the cold and dark nights of winter looming ahead.

Luckily, there are several steps you can take during the fall to help prepare your home for the harsh conditions of ...