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Summit Police Chief Robert Weck Tests Positive for Coronavirus

April 2, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - City of Summit Chief of Police Robert K. Weck has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Accordiing to the City, Weck began to experience flu-like symptoms approximately 10 days ago. He immediately sought medical attention and began to self-quarantine. A test for COVID-19 was administered on March 24.

Contact tracing was completed, no other Summit police ...

Scotch Plains's Garry Pastore Wins Second “Best Supporting Actor" Award for 'Shooting Heroin' at Garden State Film Festival

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains native Garry Pastore won his second “Best Supporting Actor" award for his role as a beleaguered small town sheriff overwhelmed by the opioid epidemic when he was honored this week for his role in Shooting Heroin at the Garden State Film Festival this weekend.

Pastore won his first award for “Best supporting Actor” ...

Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Site Established in Kean University Parking Lot

UNION, NJ – A Union County-run COVID-19 drive-through testing facility has been set up in the parking lot of Kean University in Union, set to begin testing on Monday, March 23.

Testing at the facility, established by the county freeholders with governmental, educational and healthcare partners, will be available by appointment only.  The test will be offered to Union County ...

Spring Holidays no Time to Ignore Coronavirus Physical Distancing Orders, NJ Officials Say

April 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — With religious holidays approaching and changing guidelines for the use of masks, state officials on Friday urged the public to continue to observe a statewide ban on social gatherings as a means to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

The reminders to observe social distancing came during Gov. Phil Murphy’s daily press briefing during which officials reported an ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Over 3.6K More COVID-19 Cases, 91 Deaths in NJ

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey reported an additional 3,649 positive cases of COVID-19 and at least 91 more deaths linked to the virus on Wednesday afternoon, maintaining the second-most cases in the country.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his daily press conference that the state now has at least 22,255 cases and at least 355 deaths.

Three deaths, and whether the novel coronavirus was ...

South Plainfield’s Katie Stilo Launches Quarantine Collection of Virtual Cooking Classes

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – After just a few days of being home and unable to report to her job at the Today Show, South Plainfield resident Katie Stilo took to social media, launching an Instagram page designed to bring culinary professionals – and amateur cooks – together, virtually. 

A culinary producer and food stylist for the NBC morning show, Stilo, along ...

AAngelsNJ 9th Annual Scholarship & Community Honors Pink Gala Postponed

April 4, 2020

AAngelsNJ announces that it must postpone its previously scheduled 9th Annual High School Scholarship and Community honors Pink Gala "Glow Up: Rise in Triumph" 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is a very hard time for all of us.  AAngelsNJ will still award scholarships to Essex & Union County 2020 graduating seniors and honor those community members that ...

Union County COVID-19 Test Center to Surpass 3,000 Tests Since Opening

Test Center at Kean University became first county-run facility to open on March 23rd

 

The Union County COVID-19 Center will surpass its 3,000th test today since opening approximately two weeks ago on March 23.

 

The facility is located at Kean University in Union and is managed through Union County, and is staffed by medical personnel, volunteers, first responders and ...

Union County Events Canceled as Precaution against COVID-19

As part of statewide efforts to reduce social contacts and stop the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey, certain previously scheduled public recreation and cultural events sponsored by Union County in April and May have been canceled.

The canceled events are:

April 26, Wild Earth Fest
May 3, Sensory Friendly Theatre “Bubble Trouble”
May 3, Shakespeare in the Park
May 17, ...

Second Telemedicine Line Added to Contact Union County Drive-Through COVID-19 Test Center

COVID-19 tests for Union County residents and first responders/front line health workers who are experiencing symptoms.

 

The Union County Drive-Through COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University has added a second phone line for Union County residents only in order to handle a heavy volume of calls from members of the public seeking to be tested.

 

The Test Center is available ...

Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Economic Impact Payments

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts. 

“Social Security recipients who ...

TAPinto Triples Site Traffic in March 2020, Breaking All-Time Readership Record; Facebook Journalism Project Awards Grants to Two TAPinto Franchisees for Coronavirus Coverage

Local news coverage, now perhaps more than ever, is an essential service to keep readers informed.  TAPinto’s network of over 80 local news sites in New Jersey, New York and Florida broke all readership records in March with 9,628,289 pageviews and 3,412,844 readers, an increase of 300% from February 2020.  Meanwhile, last week, two TAPinto owner/publishers, ...

Welcome to Mommy Mayor

Six years ago I started this journey that I called Mommy Mayor. I was embarking on my third year on council, my first term as Mayor and I did so with a toddler and infant in hand.

I started Mommy Mayor as an opportunity to highlight all that woman can do, to bring awareness to the successes and obstacles that come with being a working mom and a mom in public service. To be honest I also did it ...

The CARES Act and What It Means for NJ Small Businesses

March 28, 2020

The $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill is providing a lifeline for small businesses in New Jersey and across the country in states that have been hit hard by the epidemic.

The cornerstone of the legislation for business owners is a bold a $349 billion lending program for companies that are currently struggling to make payroll and pay other bills. It also provides increased ...

10 Perks to Offer Healthcare Teams During COVID-19 Crisis...

It shouldn’t take a healthcare crisis to find ways for health care leaders to show front line healthcare team members how important they are and how much you care, but it is an especially important time to be extra considerate and thoughtful. Be prepared to go above and beyond for your employees so they go above and beyond for the patients in your care.

Below are 10 immediate perks you ...