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New Jersey Residents Invited to Drumthwacket for Holiday Open Houses

November 23, 2022

PRINCETON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy are inviting New Jersey residents to visit Drumthwacket, the Governor's official residence in Princeton, during the holidays.

The Drumthwacket Foundation has teamed up with a number garden clubs from around the state, for "The Holidays at Drumthwacket." Guests will be able to see each public room in the first ...

New Jersey Reinstates Black Bear Hunt Following Increased Sightings

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted Tuesday to reinstate the state's black bear hunt.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who previously opposed the hunt, says the decision was needed due to a significant increase in bear sightings around the state.

From January to October 2022, compared to the same time last year, bear incidents are up 237% in the state, according to the ...

New Jersey Clean Communities Council Executive Director Says Plastic Bag Ban's Impact on Litter Has Been 'Astounding'

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's single-use bag ban has been in place for more than six months and JoAnn Gemenden says what's happened since May is "astronomical."

Gemenden, the Executive Director at New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC), said an estimated 1 billion single-use plastic bags have been removed from grocery stores around the state. She ...


Fanwood's Famous Christmas House Returns for 2022

November 17, 2022

FANWOOD, NJ — Fanwood's Famous Christmas House will officially make its return this year on Friday, Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving, to raise money for the NJ Institute of Disabilities. The house, located at 83 Paterson Road in Fanwood, will be lit up for the holiday season and included many decorations and a visit from Santa Claus on Dec. 3.

TAPinto spoke ...

Letter: PILOT Payments, Westfield Taxes and the Edison Project

November 21, 2022

Editor's Note: This letter was unpublished Friday, Nov. 4, at the request of the writer and replaced with this article.

Upcoming Events


Sat, November 26
09:00 AM — 01:00 PM

Tamaques Park, Westfield

Westfield Turkey Trot


Sat, November 26
11:00 AM — 05:00 PM

The Curious Heart Apothecary & Spiritual Center, Westfield

The Curious Heart 1st Anniversary ...


Sun, November 27
05:00 PM — 06:00 PM

North Avenue Train Station lot, Westfield

Westfield Christmas Tree Lighting

DOE-Funded Project at Kean University Instills Restorative Justice in Schools

November 26, 2022

One school starts each day with a “morning message of kindness.” Other schools are creating “restorative spaces” where students can go to “reset” and avoid conflicts. Still others are forming parent groups, similar to PTAs, to help implement “restorative justice practices.” 

Fourteen schools across New Jersey are introducing new models of ...

Faculty Spotlight: Meet Union Catholic's John Becht

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - In our latest installment of Faculty Spotlight, we shine the spotlight on Union Catholic's John Becht. Becht is a teacher, Campus Minister, and a moderator for several clubs, including Peer Ministry. Here is our Q and Q with Becht - 

Faculty Member:
John Becht  

Years of service at Union Catholic and positions: 
16th year
Campus ...

29 Homes Sold Nov. 12 - 19 in Westfield Area

Information provided to you by Susan Massa Broker Associate Keller Williams Premier Properties 908-400-0778.

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Try 4 New Ways to Trim Holiday Waste This Year

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of trash generated by American households can jump an average of 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Union County residents can help reduce excess waste at home by exploring new opportunities to conserve resources.

“Cutting down on waste at the source is important, and we also want to make sure that ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School Students Compete in Olympic Games

The Middle School at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held its first House Olympics last week in Laidlaw Gym. The 90-minute event allowed students in all three houses to engage in friendly competition with more points on the line toward their weekly and cumulative totals.

Lee Nicholls, Physical Education Department Chair, ran the competition with a superb slate of events: Team Photo, ...

Agent Spotlight: Susan Riesebeck

Susan Riesebeck, Sales Associate in the Morristown office, is committed to exceeding your expectations. A Texas transplant, she has spent most of her life in Morris County and over three decades in Roxbury Township. Susan has extensive customer service experience, and her goal is to operate at the highest level in all aspects of your Real Estate transaction. Whether it’s using the latest ...

Rivero CPA Shares Update on 401(k) Plans

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the amount individuals can contribute to their 401(k) plans in 2023 has increased to $22,500, up from $20,500 for 2022. 

The limit on annual contributions to an IRA increased to $6,500, up from $6,000. The IRA catch‑up contribution limit for individuals aged 50 and over is not subject to an annual cost‑of‑living adjustment and remains ...

Community Conversations: RSV – What to Know and When to Call Your Pediatrician

On the latest Community Conversation, Christina Gagliardo, MD, a physician with the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital sit downs to discuss RSV, its symptoms, and when to bring your child to the doctor.


The Importance of Self-Care During The Holiday Season

As you were growing up you may not have learned how to take good care of yourself. In fact, much of your attention may have been in taking care of others or on just getting by. People Pleasing is a term that refers to taking care of others’ needs rather than taking care of ourselves.

People often confuse “people pleasing” with being unselfish and make comments such as ...

TAPinto Greater Olean Journalists to Benefit from New St. Bonaventure University Fundraising Campaign

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — St. Bonaventure University has launched the largest fundraising campaign in its history. The University is seeking to raise $125 million by May 2025 to improve facilities around the campus.

That includes the Jandoli School of Communication's John J. Murphy Professional Building. Money raised during the campaign will benefit students, improve ...

Become a Westfield Area YMCA Lifeguard and Keep Your Community Safe Around Water

The Westfield Area YMCA is providing teens and adults ages 16+ the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to become a lifeguard and professional rescuer. The course also includes the Health and Safety Institute Basic Life Support, First Aid and Emergency Oxygen Administration certifications. 


The course is Dec. 28, 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. - 6 ...

New Jersey’s 'Sign Language' Not Understood by Feds

NEW JERSEY — The U.S. Department of Transportation has proven there is no room for humor in a federal bureaucracy, moving to stamp out the inspired levity that New Jersey has been putting on its road signs to make drivers notice them.

Humorous messages had been appearing on New Jersey’s highway signs like “Get Your Head Out of Your Apps,”  “Hocus ...

Two Men in Two Days Arrested with Guns at Newark Airport

November 21, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — An Illinois man is the second person arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport last week with a handgun found in his luggage on Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said.

A day earlier, TSA agents detained an Indiana man with a disassembled 9mm handgun, a dozen bullets and a 9-inch hunting knife in his suitcases. Agents confiscated both ...