How COVID-19 Almost Crushed Fran Russo’s Olympic Dreams

July 27, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — Wayne Valley High School’s standout fencer, Francesca Russo, is in Tokyo right now, settled into the Olympic Village and prepping for competition. Her road to Tokyo, though, took a turn during the pandemic and COVID-19 came very close to derailing her dream.

Russo’s story is one of perseverance through outer difficulties and inner doubts.

She moved to Wayne ...

Sam Mattis, 'Greatest Discus Thrower in NJ History,' to Compete in Olympics on July 29

TOKYO — East Brunswick native Sam Mattis will compete in the 2020 Olympics Games discus throw on Thursday, July 29 at 8:45 p.m. on NBC.

The 27-year-old is ranked No.17 in the world — and No.1 in the United States — by Mattis was recently characterized as "the greatest discus thrower in NJ history" by Jim Lambert of ...

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Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 29, 2021

TRENTON – So, yeah, masks are now “strongly recommended” indoors where there are crowds, says Gov. Phil Murphy, following the latest federal guidance. While this is a sensible request, as the COVID numbers rise in the state, not everyone is on board. Just ask super-conservative Sen. Michael Doherty, who dashed off a press release saying: “The Murphy administration ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...