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Warren Township Police Host Community Blood Drive to Save Lives

May 14, 2021

WARREN, NJ  — At least 40 people will potentially be saved thanks to the Warren Township Police Department's second annual community blood drive, with RWJ University Hospital – Somerset, at police headquarters on Thursday.  The blood drive took place noon to 5 p.m. and was completely booked with donors. 

“Each donation has the potential ...

Truck Fire Ties Up I-78 in Warren

WARREN, NJ - A tractor-trailer fire on I-78 has impacted traffic in the area during the evening commute. 

 

The right shoulder is closed eastbound just west of exit 40 in Warren. Traffic is slow in both directions and local roads are impacted with increased traffic.

 

No additional information is known at this time.

Medevac Transports 8-Yr-Old Burn Victim

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Helicopters were heard in the area Wednesday after Plainfield Police and Fire units responded around 2:12 p.m. on Wednesday to the 900 block of West Sixth Street for a burn victim, according to a release by Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess.

The 8-year-old victim was severely burned by a candle, and was transported via State Police Medevac from Plainfield High ...

Police Investigating Report of Attempted Sexual Assault on Glenside Avenue

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit reports that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unknown actor posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania.

The driver, described as a white male with a beard, reportedly exited Rt. 78, stopping on Glenside Avenue. The victim was able to escape from the vehicle ...

Missing Baby Found Unharmed After NJ Police Issue Statewide Amber Alert

NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber Alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police. 

Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused of assaulting the child's mother in Newark before leaving ...

Coyle Trail House Uninhabitable Following Mother's Day Structure Fire

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A single family house on Coyle Trail is uninhabitable after a fire ripped through the second floor and attic Sunday afternoon.

Bill Rose, of the Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department, said the call came in around 12:09 p.m. Sunday, and, when firefighters arrived, it was already a well-involved structure fire in the second floor and attic.

"The fire was well-seeded, ...

5 Vehicles Burglarized In Warren

WARREN, NJ — Five unlocked vehicles were burglarized on Sunday.

A Claire Drive resident reported around 7 a.m. that someone entered his unlocked car, used a garage door opener to access the garage, and a video recording showed three people were at the burglary, Warren police advised. Nothing appears to have been taken from the car or garage. 

And at 1:45 p.m., a ...

Five-Year-Old Battling Cancer is "Police Chief" for a Day

MONTVILLE, NJ – Five-year-old Gracie Ferluge was named honorary police chief and had a proclamation named in her honor recently, Police Chief Andrew Caggiano said.

A parade of police cars in the fall delighted the young girl, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, Caggiano said. Caggiano’s mother sewed a special Gracie-sized police chief uniform, and the chief asked Gracie if ...

Dunellen Man Fatally Shot Sunday, Piscataway Man Critical but Stable

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A shooting that left one person dead and a second seriously injured in Plainfield on Sunday afternoon is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess jointly announced Monday.  

The deceased victim has been identified as Michael Price Jr., 29, of Dunellen.

Members of the Plainfield Police ...

Power Outage Hits Warren’s East Side, Again

WARREN. NJ - One week after the last one, another power outage hit the east side of Warren on Sunday. Most of the east side of Warren is experiencing a power outage around 3 p.m. The traffic light is out at Hillcrest Road.

A  transformer blew and a wire is down on Mountain Avenue near Edmund Drive. Power restoration is expected around 4:30 p.m. 

 

 

 

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Somerset County Colonial Park Paddle Boats and Putting Course Now Open

May 14, 2021

Awarded ‘Best of the Best Outdoor Amusement’

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – Members of the public can now peacefully putt and paddle in nature at Colonial Park, located at 156 Mettlers Road, Franklin Township.  Foot-powered paddle boats are now available for use on the serene Powder Mill Pond, and the park’s award-winning putting course for golfers is open and ready for ...

Summit Medical Group Foundation announces Next Generation Scholarship for 2021

Summit Medical Group Foundation (SMGF) wants health care to be accessible to everyone in the communities they serve. Easing the financial burden for tomorrow’s health care professionals can help make that happen, which is why SMGF is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Next Generation Scholarship program. To learn more, visit ...

New Jersey Eastern Star Home Achieves Deficiency-Free,  Health Inspection

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The New Jersey Eastern Star Home (NJESH) is proud to announce a Deficiency Free Annual Health Inspection. 

The week-long inspection was held from April 19 through April 23. The annual recertification inspection examines every aspect of resident care provided by the home. During the course of the inspection, a team of surveyors from the NJ Department ...

Somerset County Expands Appointment-Free COVID Vaccinations to Include Rutgers Plaza Drive-Thru Clinic

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Department of Health has opened up the Rutgers Plaza drive-thru clinic to any resident 18 years or older who arrives by car from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today through Friday, May 7. The clinic will be providing the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) one-shot vaccine, allowing residents to quickly become fully vaccinated to take advantage of the opening of our ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

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

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

More Breweries Join NJ’s ‘Shot and a Beer’ Program to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

NEW JERSEY — Need another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccine? Now you can get free beer at more than 30 New Jersey breweries just for getting your shot during the month of May.

The number of breweries participating in New Jersey's “Shot and a Beer” program, which began this month in partnership with the Brewer's Guild of New Jersey, the Governor's ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

The 8th Annual Joseph Calello Melanoma Scholar, Dr. Charles Balch, to Present “The Surgical Management of Melanoma,” a Virtual Lecture, May 6

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, in partnership with OncLive, invites health care professionals and others interested in the surgical management of melanoma to a virtual lecture by internationally known melanoma expert Charles M. Balch, MD, FACS, FASCO.  Dr. Balch is this year’s Joseph Calello Melanoma Scholar.  The free lecture and Q & A will be held on May 6, 11 a.m.

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...

On Mother's Day: A Short Tale of a Neurotic Mother

May 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate.

This is a story about a mother.   And, it might just sound a little more than auto-biographical.  Because it is.

I ...

Building Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Programming in Schools

In March, my home state of New Jersey signed into law the Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Verrelli Bill requiring schools to include diversity and inclusion (DNI) instruction into their curriculums. When I read that news I was first ecstatic.  I love social justice!  I live and breathe diversity and inclusion.  Preparing students to become leaders who can live and effect change in ...

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“It's over Bill. I don’t do Windows.”

And so, with a simple Ctl+Alt+Del over Twitter, the marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates has powered down.

The wealthy, philanthropic tech couple sadly announced their union was “irretrievably broken.” I took this to mean they received a critical error message followed by the blue screen of death because their marital ...

We Need to Talk

I am told I need to participate in the national conversation.

I am not exactly sure what that means, but It seems like everytime I turn on the news some authoritative figure addressing the most recent topic of the day decries the need to “have a conversation” or “add to the conversation” or “join in the conversation”.

Who exactly am I supposed to be ...

Out of Touch

I like turning knobs and pushing buttons.

I enjoy the tactile resistance when depressing a raised button which impacts some sort of change under my control. I relish pinching a perfectly sized serrated knob and hearing the music get just the right amount of louder or softer as guided by the exacting twist of my fingertips. I appreciate the flip of simple light switches that snap up or down ...

A Slow Boat to Normal

You remind me a lot of my dead wife.

For obvious reasons, most notably that my beautiful wife is very much alive and well, this is not how I would choose to start a conversation with the person seated next to me. But it was enough to encourage the flight attendants to physically remove an intoxicated man from the airplane.

That and the fact that he refused to wear a mask. The airlines ...

Obituaries

- Oct 9, 2020
Warren Township - Paul P. Pompa Jr., 62, passed away suddenly on Friday, October 9, 2020 at ...
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WHRHS Baseball Shuts Out North Bergen, Remains Unbeaten

May 1, 2021

WARREN, NJ - Thomas Barca threw for five innings, allowing no runs and striking out six on Saturday to lead Watchung Hills over North Bergen, 10-0. Watchung Hills remains unbeaten at 6-0.

“Continue to do the little things well and get contributions from everyone on the team!,” said WHRHS head coach Joe Tremarco.

Lorenzo Meola went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, Justin Helbing ...

Latest Vaccination Figures and Updated CDC Guidelines for the Fully Vaccinated

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today via Twitter that for the first time in over six months, the state's number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has fallen below 1,000.

 

"With our numbers trending in the right direction, we can continue fighting back against this virus if we all get vaccinated," Murphy tweeted.

 

Murphy said that ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

Medevac Transports 8-Yr-Old Burn Victim

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Helicopters were heard in the area Wednesday after Plainfield Police and Fire units responded around 2:12 p.m. on Wednesday to the 900 block of West Sixth Street for a burn victim, according to a release by Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess.

The 8-year-old victim was severely burned by a candle, and was transported via State Police Medevac from Plainfield High ...

Police Investigating Report of Attempted Sexual Assault on Glenside Avenue

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit reports that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unknown actor posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania.

The driver, described as a white male with a beard, reportedly exited Rt. 78, stopping on Glenside Avenue. The victim was able to escape from the vehicle ...

Body of Missing 21 Year Old Drew University Student Found

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The body of missing Madison student Ajay Sah has been found, announced Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll. Sah was a foreign exchange student from Nepal and was attending Drew University. He was reported missing on January 22, 2021.

Sah was last seen on the campus of Drew University on January 19, according to police. Reports indicate that he traveled by NJ ...

Five-Year-Old Battling Cancer is "Police Chief" for a Day

MONTVILLE, NJ – Five-year-old Gracie Ferluge was named honorary police chief and had a proclamation named in her honor recently, Police Chief Andrew Caggiano said.

A parade of police cars in the fall delighted the young girl, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, Caggiano said. Caggiano’s mother sewed a special Gracie-sized police chief uniform, and the chief asked Gracie if ...

Berkeley Heights BOE OKs Full Day Kindergarten and Redistricting in 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. — Superintendent of Schools Melissa Varley recommended the Board of Education approve Scenario 4 during Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Education. At the time she made her recommendation there were more than 200 people on the call. 

Later in the evening the Board of Education voted 4-2 to approve Universal Full Day Kindergarten (FDK), which only ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Is Your A/C Summer-Ready? 12 Things to Check Before the First Heat Wave

Soaking in the summer sun is part of the fun of the season. But if you don’t have a cool home to retreat to, that heat can start to feel overbearing. Make sure your A/C (or swamp cooler!) can handle any heat wave this summer with these 12 tips, plus guidance on how to know when to call in the pros.

 

Before beginning preparation steps for either an air conditioner or swamp ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...