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Mount Olive Longhorn Steakhouse Destroyed by Fire

January 19, 2021

MOUNT OLIVE, NJ -- The Longhorn Steakhouse restaurant in Mount Olive was destroyed by a major fire, Tue Jan 19.

Roxbury firefighters assisted those from Mount Olive and elsewhere in battling the three-alarm blaze at the 50 International Drive establishment, according to police and fire broadcasts. They said the fire was being fed by the restaurant's natural gas supply, which was eventually ...

Morris County Maintains AAA Financial Rating

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Moody’s Investors Service again issued its top rating, AAA, of Morris County’s financial stability in its review of county guaranteed bonds offered through the Morris County Improvement Authority for various projects.

“The AAA rating reflects the county's substantial tax base, strong and diverse economy, healthy reserve levels, and modest debt ...

Sen. Cory Booker Eulogizes U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

January 20, 2021

SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- Sen. Cory Booker eulogized U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick on Tue Jan 19 and called him "the very definition of a hero" and said that he was proud to say the officer "was a Jersey guy through and through" on the floor of the U.S. Senate, part of the building that the officer died trying to protect. 

“When a violent mob attacked this ...

Murphy Orders U.S. and NJ Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff on Jan 11 in Honor of Officer Brian Sicknick

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Mon Jan 11 in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan 6.

In a statement, Murphy said: 

“United States Capitol Police Officer Brian ...

New Jersey National Guard Deploys 500 Troops to Washington, D.C.

TRENTON, NJ  - Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the deployment of 500 New Jersey Army National Guard Troops to Washington, D.C. to bolster a force of 6,200 National Guard troops called up to provide additional security for the next 30 days, including the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on Jan 20.

The deployment will take place over the next ...

Movin' Out: New Jersey Tops List of States with 70% Outbound Moves

NEW JERSEY – United Van Lines has released the company’s 44th Annual National Migration Study, revealing in 2020, Americans continued to move westbound and southbound – and the COVID-19 pandemic factored into and accelerated many of those decisions to move.

According to the study, which tracks the company’s exclusive data for customers’ 2020 ...

Recalled: Glass and Hard Plastic Found in Nestle Pepperoni Hot Pockets

January 17, 2021

Approximately 752,615 pounds of not-ready-to-eat pepperoni hot pockets from Nestle have been recalled, announced the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). According to the release, the product may be "contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of glass and hard plastic."

The frozen product was produced from Nov 13 2020 through Nov 16 2020 and is ...

Atlantic Health System receives NJ Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

January 20, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, recently received the New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, and was named among the organizations and individuals that have moved the state forward on significant issues, including climate change, recycling, clean drinking water, and environmental justice.

“We are ...

FirstEnergy Receives Industry Recognition for Outage Restoration Efforts

AKRON, OH – For the 15th consecutive year, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) has earned recognition for its emergency response efforts from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a leading electric industry organization. FirstEnergy earned both the "Emergency Recovery Award" for safely and efficiently restoring service to more than 800,000 of its New Jersey and Pennsylvania customers ...

Last Chance to Register for Free Virtual Panel Discussion Featuring Distinguished COVID-19 Experts

TAPinto will host a panel discussion featuring distinguished COVID-19 experts on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. This virtual gathering is free for attendees, but registration is required. 

The panel, presented by Atlantic Health System and moderated by Communications Consultant Bruno Tedeschi, will feature Dr. Michelle Cholankeril, ...

CCM Professor Stephen Longo Wins International Awards for Design

Capturing Awards of Excellence in Two Contests

RANDOLPH, NJ – A highly respected, award-winning designer who has created brands for such blue-chip clients as Haagen-Dazs, Ronzoni and Star Kist Tuna, Stephen H. Longo, professor of graphic design at County College of Morris (CCM), now has more awards to add to his list.

Longo recently won three awards in two international contests.

Inauguration of President Joe Biden: Report from Washington D.C. with Photojournalist Julian Leshay

January 20, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer Brian Brodeur spoke with independent photojournalist Julian Leshay, live from Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day about his experiences in the nation’s capital as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris became the next president and vice president.

Leshay spoke to Brodeur via Zoom as he photographed images from the historic day at “one of the closest ...

Local Chefs Teach Online Cooking Classes to Fight Food Insecurity in Hudson Valley NY

HUDSON VALLEY, NY -- Janet Irizarry, the founder of Hudson Valley Eats, spoke with Brian Brodeur about her latest initiative, “Cooking For A Cause”. Irizarry started Hudson Valley Eats, whose main goal is to “make sure that everyone in the Hudson Valley eats, not just those who can afford it.” 

During the pandemic, it is hard for people to afford their basic ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Jennifer Dericks of TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The TAPinto Featured Franchisee of the Month for January 2021 is Jennifer Dericks from TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton.

Dericks launched her two franchises back in 2012 after completing her term on the Sparta Board of Education and she’s been with TAPinto ever since.

“It would be more accurate to say TAPinto found me,” Dericks said. “I was ...