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Momma's Porch: Playhouse 22 Presents Online African-American Memoir Play This Thursday

June 1, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s Community Theater, along with the New Jersey Creative Arts Collaborative will present a reading of Momma’s Porch on Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. as part of the theater’s Facebook Live Play Reading Series.  

 

Momma’s Porch is about a young zealous reporter set out to document the history of a ...

Warren Trumpet Players Join Taps Across America on Memorial Day 2020

WARREN, NJ - Trumpet and bugle players from around the country were asked to step outside and play Taps in honor of our fallen veterans at 3 pm on Monday. Warren residents and Watchung Hills alumni Brandon Huang and Carl Peterson were among them.

See video here

The National Moment of Remembrance website says it is an annual event that asks Americans, wherever they are at 3:00 ...

'Plainfield During WW1 and the Influenza Pandemic' Exhibit at Drake House Museum

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Historical Society of Plainfield at the Drake House Museum has announced an online exhibit entitled, “Plainfield During WW1 and the Influenza Pandemic.”  The exhibit is dedicated to the memory of the 45 soldiers and their Gold Star Families from Plainfield and the surrounding area who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during WW1.  Some ...

Downtown Somerville Cancels Summer's Main Street Cruise Nights

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The venerable summer Cruise Nights, a Friday night tradition on Main Street for 30 years, has been canceled for 2020, a victim of social distancing and concerns over crowd control during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Tuesday's announcement by the Downtown Somerville Alliance comes just as Gov. Phil Murphy has begun to ease COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and social ...

Nashville Singer, Songwriter Rob Snyder Writes Song "Jersey" About His Time on LBI

NASHVILLE, TN — There's no doubt that Long Beach Island brings out a sense of nostalgia in so many. Rob Snyder, Singer and Songwriter, originally from West Chester, PA recalls his times on LBI in his new single "Jersey."

"My parents met on LBI and it is just home to me. Always has been and always will be," Snyder said. "It is where I first ...

Warren Township Schools Introduce Virtual After School Activities

WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township Board of Education approved a list of supplemental virtual after school activities that began in May, and as of May 12 over 200 students are enrolled and participating in one or more virtual supplemental after school activities.  

Warren Township Schools Superintendent Dr. Matthew Mingle stated, “I am pleased to announce 23 ...

Vote for Warren Middle School in Marching Scarlet Knights’ Battle of the Bands

WARREN, NJ - Warren Middle School (WMS) 7/8 band has been selected as a finalist in the 2020 Marching Scarlet Knights’ Battle of the Bands competition.  The band is led by Instrumental Music Teacher, Mrs. Diane McCloskey.

 

“We are very proud of our bands in Warren and especially this year, our 7th and 8th Grade bands, who together made the video that got them ...

Lean on Us: ‘Worldwide Day of Gratitude’ launched by Watchung Hills alum will Honor COVID-19 Heroes

WARREN, NJ – First responders and healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic will be honored on April 30 as part of “Worldwide Day of Gratitude,” a global coming together through the arts organized by the student-run organization, YOUnison, including Watchung Hills alumni Andrew ...

Warrenbrook Pool to Remain Closed for 2020 season

WARREN, NJ - Warrenbrook pool will remain closed through the 2020 season, the Somerset County Park Commission announced Monday.

The Somerset County Park Commission announced the cancellation of the great majority of its events, programs and activities for the remainder of 2020 because of the financial and health impacts of COVID-19.

According to a release, the welfare of employees and ...

Matt Axelrod, Cantor of CBI in Scotch Plains, Appears in HBO Series 'The Plot Against America'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Singing Jewish hymns is part of his very being, but Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains had never done it in a TV miniseries before.

Axelrod lent his talents and authenticity to the successful HBO production of The Plot Against America, which is based on the best-selling novel by Philip Roth. It presents an alternate ...

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Chen Launches Local ‘Porch Project’

May 24, 2020

Local resident and small business owner Linda Chen of The Primrose School of Warren and Paris Baguette Bridgewater has launched her contribution to the nationwide "Front Porch Project" movement. The Front Porch Project is a program where photographers donate their time for photo session during the pandemic in return for donations to various charities. The ...

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Skills I Thought I’d Never Need Again (Or Ever)

Skills I thought I’d never need again (or ever)

Or how I put my skills to work in this new world

 

Every post-apocalypse movie has this weird combination of technology and pioneer sensibilities. I’ve always thought that odd – if there were droids watching over them, why were they cooking over an open hearth, if you have flying cars why aren’t your stores ...

Mothering in the Age of Corona

Here’s a snapshot of my own mothering in the age of corona:

Today I’ve got a webinar pulled up on my laptop,  my phone is dinging as answers to my questions about property tax grace periods roll in, there’s at least one call of “I’m hungry” from the next room and I’m cutting up construction paper so my kids can make  yoda project when this ...

Just in: our BizFest lineup is here!

June 2, 2020

BizFest

Thursday, June 18

BizFest has grown to become Somerset County’s largest small business networking event. This year, we’re taking it to a virtual environment.

Check out the lineup we have for this year's event! We have lots of educational seminars, webinars, and casual networking opportunities for the community to enjoy, and it's all free of ...

IRS reminder: June 15 tax deadline postponed to July 15 for taxpayers who live and work abroad

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today reminded people who live and work abroad that they have until Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to file their 2019 federal income tax return and pay any tax due. The usual deadline is June 15.

The additional time was included in a wide range of Coronavirus-related relief announced in early April. The postponement generally applies to all taxpayers ...

Warren Township Offices Phase into Reopening

The Warren Township offices have been closed to the public since March 18, 2020 due to COVID-19. The Township staff has continued to serve the needs of the residents since that date, although at times at reduced staffing levels. The Town Hall staff has now returned to normal staffing levels as we continue with incremental steps to return to normal.

The next phase in our plan is to open ...

Economic Impact Payments being sent by prepaid debit cards, arrive in plain envelope; IRS.gov answers frequently asked questions

As Economic Impact Payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that some payments are being sent by prepaid debit card. The debit cards arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.” 

Nearly 4 million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check.

Chen Launches Local ‘Porch Project’

Local resident and small business owner Linda Chen of The Primrose School of Warren and Paris Baguette Bridgewater has launched her contribution to the nationwide "Front Porch Project" movement. The Front Porch Project is a program where photographers donate their time for photo session during the pandemic in return for donations to various charities. The ...

Warren Joins Mayors for “Main Street” Alliance

 

 

Mayor Mick Marion is pleased to join in the “Mayors on Main Street” initiative representing the following Mayors and communities:

 

• Mayor Zachery Bray, Raritan Borough, Somerset County

• Mayor Richard Onderko, Manville Borough, Somerset County

• Mayor Doug Tomson, Hillsborough Township, ...

Community Conversation: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe This Summer

Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health at Atlantic Health System sat down recently for a Facebook Live where he shared some important information for parents about what they need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

 

Community Conversations: Guiding Patients with Cancer

Join Eric Whitman, MD, medical director of Cancer Care for Atlantic Health System, for a Facebook Live where he will share guidance for patients with cancer as we coexist with COVID-19.

Community Conversations: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe this Summer

Join Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Medical Director for Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, for a Facebook Live where he will answer your questions about what parents need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

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

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs. Dr.

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

May 27, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

Clinton NJ Vegan Café Pays it Forward by Preparing Meals for the Community & Essential Workers

June 3, 2020

CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic. 

Stone described Grounded for Life as a plant-based restaurant “borne from a need to bring healthy and compassionate food, ...

Rutherford, NJ Bakery Brings Smiles and Support to their Community During the Pandemic

RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Renee Faris, Chef & Owner of Erie Coffee Shop & Bakery, about her small business in town and how life and work has changed for her during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the coronavirus outbreak began to take hold in New Jersey, at first Faris set limits as to how many people could be in the bakery, but eventually wound up closing altogether ...

Berkeley Heights Restaurant Creates Mobile Market to Serve their Community During the Pandemic

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Host Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Ralph Acquaviva, Owner of Delicious Heights, a restaurant/bar/takeout establishment, to see how he has managed his business during the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about the initiatives he has established to continue meeting his customers’ needs.

“My dream was always to open up a restaurant,” said Acquaviva.

I photographed a George Floyd protest in Newark. This is what I Witnessed.

June 2, 2020

Daniel Han is a freelance journalist, Westfield High School Graduate of 2019 and freshman studying journalism at Rutgers University.

I entered Newark, N.J. on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the George Floyd protests, but was also nervous. Footage of Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia ...

Are Introverts more Suited to Remote Work?

A recent poll on Twitter found that 44% of respondents would take a 10% pay cut in order to work from home permanently. That is interesting, but as interesting, is the fact that 56% said they would not. These statistics line up nicely with the suggested introvert/extrovert divide.

Are introverts really more suited to remote work? With my small Instagram following, I asked that very question.

Quick Response to Stroke Symptoms Must Trump COVID-19 Anxiety; May is Stroke Awareness Month

As a vascular neurologist, I’m concerned that people’s fear of catching COVID-19 is stopping them from seeking health care, even those who may be gravely ill. Having a stroke is a major emergency that requires immediate medical intervention, yet people with symptoms erroneously believe the risk of coronavirus infection is a greater threat.

I assure you it is not.

Anyone who ...

Rules of Engagement

The unofficial start to summer has begun and people are emerging gingerly from their Covid-free lairs like bears from hibernation. And after months living in quarantine without pants or haircuts, the question on all of our minds as we contemplate going out in public is, how is this supposed to work?

Here are some useful etiquette tips to help you open up this summer.

There seems to be so ...

Terms of Graduation

Greetings graduating class of 2020! Woohoo! You did it!

I am honored and proud to offer these unsolicited congratulatory remarks on your incredible achievement, and to provide some inspirational words of encouragement as you move on to do all of the great and momentous things you truly are meant to do.

This was not a good year to be Seniors. As you know, people over 65 are at much higher ...

Testing, Testing One Two Three

Covid Chaos Episode #9

I took a test the other day.

I took a test even though I have no symptoms. Even though I have been adequately protected. Even though I have been cautious. Even though, as a volunteer EMS responder, my direct contact with this nasty virus remains sporadic.

Here is the problem. I hate tests. They scare me. I don’t like failing.

I am still relieved that I ...

A Growing Victory

I have recently become intrigued with the idea of starting a garden. Becoming self-sufficient. Living off the land. Wearing overalls and holding a pitchfork. Getting up before dawn to tend to the chores.

Except for the getting up before dawn part, it sounds kind of appealing. doesn’t it?

It is a romantic notion, tending a garden.

Inspired by noteable farmers before me, I imagine ...

Statement from Morris Township Police Chief Regarding Last Night Procession and Vigil

June 1, 2020

Community members,

Last night, there was a vehicle procession and vigil organized by Black Lives Matter Morristown and Wind of Spirits in regards to the horrific death of George Floyd. The event began in Morristown and continued at the Morris Township Municipal Building and Police Department. I am extremely impressed by the leadership of the event coordinators. The event was meaningful, ...

New Jersey Prosecutors Issue Statement on George Floyd Death

Message from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

The images of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis are deeply disturbing.  Mr. Floyd’s death is being investigated not only by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis, but by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division, as it should be.

As ...

How We Return to High School Sports in New Jersey

Dear Editor:

In my decades as an educator and school administrator, I’m hard pressed to find a situation as challenging as what we face related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been painful on many levels, from the heartbreaking loss of life to the millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss. It’s been a harrowing time for everyone.

For our students, ...

Obituaries

Linda B. Auman, 74, of Warren, NJ passed away at JFK Medical Center on Thursday, April 16, 2020 as ...
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Murphy: Graduation Ceremonies Are Back On, Professional Sports Teams Can Start Practicing

May 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held beginning July 6.

"We want them to celebrate and be celebrated by their families, ...

NJ Graduations Can Start July 6. Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing.

NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as ...

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

May 27, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

Understanding, Love and Compassion Create Change: Local Football Coach's Inspiring Letter

June 3, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Austin Holman is the coach of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team. He sent this letters to his players, coaches, parents and supporters. With Coach Holman's permission, TAPintoSPF has reprinted his thoughtful and moving letter.

Dear Raider Family:

I write this to you as the leader of the football community in the district of Scotch ...

Powerful and Peaceful: Crowd of 1,500-Plus Gathers in Summit to Protest for Racial Equality, Justice

SUMMIT, NJ - More than 1,500 peaceful, concerned citizens from Hilltop City and surrounding towns gathered Tuesday afternoon at Summit's Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS) to show their support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement and, in the process, set a high bar for respectful, organized ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!”

And hundreds responded, "No peace!"

Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd.

Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

Farmers Against Hunger: More Heroes in the Pandemic

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Farmers are a demographic that many may not have thought of as being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But New Jersey-centered organization Farmers Against Hunger has been helping local farmers as well as people in need during this difficult time. Since the pandemic started ten weeks ago, Farmers Against Hunger has donated 300,000 pounds of fruit, vegetables, dairy, and ...

Port Authority Asks for $3 billion from Feds to Recoup COVID-19 Losses

NEWARK, NJ — Standing before the unfinished Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal One redevelopment site, Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, detailed the drastic losses the government agency suffered as a result of the coronavirus. 

With a 97% drop in passenger volume at Newark airport alone (the difference between ...

Saturday Night Car Fire on Route 78

UNION, NJ – A car engulfed in flames sent Union firefighters to Route 78 at about 6:00 Saturday evening.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the vehicle on the shoulder of the highway with an engine compartment fire extending to the interior of the car.  The fire was extinguished by firefighters and the scene was turned over to New Jersey State Police and the Department of ...