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Somerset Patriots Owner Steve Kalafer, 71, Dies; Philanthropist, Businessman, Friend to All

April 22, 2021

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Steve Kalafer, who as a young man parlayed a one-car showroom into one of New Jersey’s largest automobile groups; was the founder and owner of the Somerset Patriots baseball team, a prolific filmmaker, real estate developer, community activist and philanthropist, has died from cancer at the age of 71.

A devout family man, he is survived by his wife, Suzanne; two sons ...

Gary Keller, Owner of Guitar Studio, Dies at 85

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gary Keller, owner of The Guitar Studio, a music school in Berkeley Heights, died on April 13, 2021 at the age of 85.

Keller, a long time resident of Berkeley Heights, has been giving private music lessons in NJ since 1973. He owned Keller Guitar Studios in Bloomfield and later opened The Guitar Studio in Berkeley Heights teaching electric and acoustic guitar, bass ...

Faith Lutheran Church Has New Deals for Old Wheels

 

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — On Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street in New Providence, will again be collecting second-bikes for use by adults and children in Third World countries. The collection is being conducted on behalf of Pedals for Progress, an organization which annually recycles 6,000 bicycles for persons in developing ...

Rutgers Fraternity Grateful For Support in Wake of Anti-Semitic Attack

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The members of Alpha Epsilon Pi say they are touched by the show of support in the wake of last week’s incident in which their house was vandalized as the fraternity marked Holocaust Remembrance Day.

A GoFundMe page started by the Rutgers fraternity had received almost $1,400 in contributions by Thursday afternoon – nearly three times the original ...

Easter is on its Way in Watchung

WATCHUNG, NJ - The Easter Bunny was back in the area on Saturday seeing area children and getting ready for the big day. 

Organized for the second year by Council members Daryl Eisenberg Knegten and Lindsay Goodloe, through their site WatchungVolunteers.org, the Easter Bunny, played once again by Council member Pete Martino, arrived to bring COVID-safe cheer. Following last ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

Rutgers Researcher Who Developed COVID-19 Saliva Test Dies at 51

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Rutgers researcher whose work to create the first COVID-19 saliva-based test produced a game-changing weapon in the battle against the coronavirus, has died.

Andrew Brooks, 51, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, according to the university.

Brooks, who grew up in Hazlet, recently had undergone surgery on his neck.

The longtime research professor in ...

Former Players and Soccer Community Remember Longtime Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Coach Breznitsky

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Former players, colleagues, and members of the community are sharing their memories of longtime Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS soccer coach Tom Breznitsky, who died on Thursday morning.

Coach Brez amassed an incredible record of 761-185-63 and built the Raiders into one of the top soccer programs in New Jersey. During his 45-year career, he captured seven state ...

John Elward, Former Berkeley Heights Mayor, Passes Away at age 85

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - John Patrick Elward, Jr, a long time Berkeley Heights resident and former mayor passed away on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 at the age of 85. He served on the planning board, board of adjustment, township committee, including a year as mayor of Berkeley Heights.

He was a member of the committee that designed and constructed the Berkeley Heights Veterans Memorial in 1987 and a ...

Brian Sicknick, New Jersey Native and Capitol Police Officer, Dies from Injuries Sustained in Riot

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Since he was a young man Brian Sicknick wanted to be a police officer.  After serving in the Air Force National Guard, Sicknick became a Capitol Police Officer in Washington, DC in 2008.  Yesterday, he lost his life after being attacked by rioters who invaded the Capitol on Tuesday.  He was struck with a fire extinguisher, and he was gassed, ultimately ...

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

May 5, 2021

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 ...

Four Atlantic Health System Medical Centers get ‘A’ Grade for Safety by Leapfrog for Spring 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ – April 29, 2021 – Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today announced that Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center all earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grades.

“After a year in ...

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

May 6, 2021

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 ...

NJ has America’s Best Pizza, Food & Wine Says. But You Already Knew That

NEW JERSEY — Food & Wine magazine made waves this week when it declared New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in America and proclaimed that New York is No. 3. In the No. 2 spot? Connecticut.

You can read the article, in which the author recommends “The Best Pizza in Every State,” here.

MORE: Pizza in High Demand During Pandemic, NJ Restaurant Owners Say

New Yorkers ...

New Jersey Date Night: Spice Things Up with Asian Cuisines

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

There comes a time in every relationship when a little something extra is needed. It’s not that the spark is gone nor is the relationship in any sort of trouble … it just needs a little spicing up. The same thing can be said for your date nights.

Ready to try something new? Flavorful, ...

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 ...

Community Conversations: Vaccine Updates and Variant Testing

Approximately 4 million people in New Jersey have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine! On the next Community Conversation, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, and Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, discuss New Jersey’s new eligibility guidelines and Atlantic Health System’s vaccine program along with the ability to rapidly screen ...

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.

NJ Dentist and his Pit Bull Therapy Dog Give Back to Local Community

April 28, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- While Joseph DalBon, DMD, may be best known as a top-notch local dentist at the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, he is also the proud owner of a therapy dog. Dr. DalBon spoke with TAPintoTV about his Pit Bull puppy, Olivia, the services she provides to others in the community, and how he came to recognize her unique talents.

DalBon realized Olivia was ...

New Jersey Films, Filmmakers and Writers Nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — On Sunday, April 25th 2021, the 93rd Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles, CA, and there’s a New Jersey connection to several nominated films and filmmakers this year. TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, was joined by David W. Schoner Jr., the Associate Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, at East Main Media ...

Building Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Programming in Schools

April 25, 2021

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 ...

What Autism Awareness Month Means To Me 

April is National Autism Awareness Month which means it is the right time to talk about Autism, the Autism Spectrum, and what it actually means. As of 2016, 1 out of every 54 children in the United States has been diagnosed as having an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).  

This matters to me because I am one of those on the spectrum. Specifically, I have what is informally described as ...

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 ...

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- 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 ...

WHRHS Boys Lacrosse: Watchung Hills Celebrates Seniors, Falls to Phillipsburg

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills boys lacrosse fell to Phillipsburg on Senior Day Wednesday, 10-6.

Prior to the game, the Watchung Hills Seniors and their parents were recognized.( see photo gallery above)

Following a 2-2 first quarter, Phillipsburg (3-0) pulled ahead of Watchung Hills (1-2) in the second to go up by three at the half.

WHRHS Baseball: Watchung Hills Celebrates Senior Day 2021

 

WARREN, NJ -- Watchung Hills varsity baseball slammed East Brunswick on Saturday with an 11 run third inning to put a W on Senior Day 2021, 14-4. Prior to the game against the Bears, the Watchung Hills Hustlin’ Warriors recognized one senior statistician, six senior players and their parents. And it was also Jubilee and Future Warrior day when the Hustlin’ Warriors ...

Body of Missing 21 Year Old Drew University Student Found

May 3, 2021

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 ...

$93 Million Dollar Healthcare Fraud Scheme Charges 5 for Crimes Spanning From NJ to FL

NEW JERSEY AND PARKLAND, FL - Parkland FL, resident Pat Truglia has been charged in New Jersey for his role in a $93 million healthcare fraud scheme. 

Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced Thursday that Truglia from Parkland, Florida was one of five charged for their roles in massive durable medical equipment and genetic cancer screening kickback fraud ...

NJ Teacher, Wrestling Coach at Public, Catholic Schools Indicted for Sex Crimes

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  A local wrestling coach and Special Education teacher has been charged with numerous counts of multiple sex crimes and avoidance of arrest and prosecution.

John DeNuto coached at 15 public and Catholic high schools and township youth programs in Central New Jersey, including CJA Wrestling of East Brunswick, South Brunswick High School, Sayreville Middle ...

Union County to Close Jail Despite Opposition from Local Leaders

ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark.

The county is entering into a five-year memorandum with Essex County, which has an option for renewal. This merger will ...

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 ...

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 ...