TAPinto Reader Mail Bag: Not Shy About Speaking Up!

NEW JERSEY — TAPinto's News Around New Jersey readers had a lot to say recently about our recent stories focusing on guns, red-light-running and the money perks for those running the most powerful union in New Jersey.

The biggest response was about a foundation report on what the top officials of the New Jersey Education Association were earning in salaries and from a separate ...

New Jersey’s Disabled Community Feels Inflation the Most

Whether we push a shopping cart down the supermarket aisle or order through a delivery app, all New Jerseyans are noticing that grocery prices are on the rise. 

The cost of buying food has increased by 9.1% over the past year, according to government data released last month. Combined with fluctuating gas prices, rising rents as well as interest rates, inflation is forcing many of us to ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, August 15, 7:00 PM

Fire House #2, Union

Informational Session for Those Interested in ...


Tue, August 16, 10:00 AM

Central Office - 1st Floor Cafe, Paterson

Paterson Public Schools Teacher Job Fair On ...

Union Student Receives Degree from New York Institute of Technology

August 13, 2022

OLD WESTBURY, NY - Francis Alieu from Union was one of more than 900 students who received degrees from New York Institute of Technology as spring graduates of the Class of 2022. Alieu studied Management and received a Master of Business Admin degree.

About New York Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology's six schools and colleges offer undergraduate, graduate, ...

Union College Student Named to New York Tech Dean's List

OLD WESTBURY, NY - Caitlyn Dy from Union was named to the spring 2022 Dean's List at New York Institute of Technology. Dy was one of nearly 400 students recognized. To qualify for this academic honor, a student must earn a GPA of at least 3.5 and complete 12 or more credit hours without any incomplete grades.

About New York Institute of Technology

New York ...

Fairleigh Dickinson University Graduates, Deans List and Honors Students from Union

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Among the students at Fairleigh Dickenson University, many Union residents recently received honors or graduated from the school

Fairleigh Dickinson University Dean’s List and Honors accomplishments:

Fiifi Paintsil of Union was named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2022 semester at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus in ...

It May Feel as Hot as 104 Degrees in Union Thursday, Weather Service Says

August 3, 2022

UNION, NJ — With heat index values projected between 95 and 104 degrees Thursday, the National Weather Service has issued both a heat advisory and an air quality alert for the region.

The heat advisory remains in effect from 11 a.m. Thursday to 8 p.m. Friday, and the air quality alert remains in effect from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, according to the Weather Service. The combination of ...

Summit Resident Stabbed Multiple Times During Sunday Night Altercation; Suspect Arrested After Brief Chase on Foot

August 8, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ - A 26-year-old Summit man is currently listed in critical condition after suffering multiple stab wounds during an altercation Sunday night, according to the Summit Police Department. The suspect was later captured and arrested after a brief foot chase.

The Summit Police Department, responding at 11:20 p.m. Sunday night (Aug. 7) to a report of a fight in ...

Springfield Police Warn of Bear Sighting on Saturday

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Springfield police are alerting residents that a bear has been sighted on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Springfield Police Department, they have received multiple reports of a bear walking around in the area of Troy Drive and Woodcrest Circle.

The Department of Environmental Protection is recommending that residents in this area stay inside when they are home.

Man who drowned in Keyport's Raritan Bay Sunday Identified: Carlos Melendez 64 of Irvington

KEYPORT — It was a sad day at the Bayshore on Sunday, as reports were confirmed that a 64-year-old man was found drowned in Raritan Bay.

Keyport police confirmed that they received a 911 call about two people who were in distress in the water at around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. First responders arrived to find one person on shore who confirmed that Carlos Melendez was still in the ...

Education Degree Helps Kean University Graduate in the Classroom — and Out at Sea

August 12, 2022

Christopher “CJ” Titmas ’14 loves helping people check an item off their bucket lists.

He gets that satisfaction every summer when he harnesses his customers to a parasail that lifts them 250 to 300 feet above the water, making his boat look like a toy and the people on the nearby beach like ants.

“I’m providing a service that people really enjoy,” said ...

Bridgeway CEO Celebrates 45 Years as Champion for Mental Health Services

UNION, N.J., August 11, 2022 – In 1985 when Bridgeway House became Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, now CEO Cory Storch was there. Last year, he led the transition to Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services. Through the changes, Storch has remained committed to Bridgeway’s whole-person, evidence-based services. Today, Bridgeway is celebrating his 45 years with the organization, best ...

Time to Love your Postpartum Body!

All throughout your pregnancy you have dealt with ever-present changes to your physical self. Your body has expanded, shifted and swelled in areas you did not  know existed. Most notably, your stomach, breasts, and thighs have taken on entirely new shapes, sizes and dimensions. Now that you have left the care of the hospital maternity ward and are entering postpartum ...

Kean University’s T. Itunu Balogun Named to 2022 Emerging Education Leaders Program

Kean University Deputy Chief of Staff T. Itunu Balogun has been named an Emerging Leader by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and will be participating in the organization’s Emerging Leaders Program.

Balogun, who works in the office of Kean President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D., is one of 36 mid-career academic and administrative leaders from across the ...


Avoid Heat Exhaustion this Summer

Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death. 

Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health System sports ...

Cats in the Navy by Scot Christenson

Cats in the Navy by Scot Christenson. (Naval Institute Press, 2022)


Cats in the Navy is one of those unusual little gems  that has appeal for several types of people. If you are a cat lover, check! This book is for you! If you enjoy historical photographs, check! You might want a copy of this volume. If someone in your family is in the Navy or has a nautical background, check! ...

The Hotel Nantucket

 The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand. (Little, Brown, 2022)


Ladies,  the latest Elin Hilderbrand novel to tuck into your beach bag has arrived. It is The Hotel Nantucket.  Although this is Hilderbrand’s 27th book about her beloved island, this charming novel has a more whimsical tone than many of the others and will provide a few hours of pleasant romance and ...

'Jersey Voices' Explores Mesmerizing Relationships

CHATHAM NJ - The annual selection of intriguing and original short plays is now on view at the Chatham Playhouse through August 7.

There’s something for everyone in the seven selections from several playwrights, with various themes.  “The Elusive Pursuit of Maximum Bliss” by Ken Preuss starts off the evening. Amanda Marino has directed Peter Despres as Max and Alyssa Fox ...

TAPinto South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen Named Grand Marshal of Labor Day Parade

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — When Darlene Tedesco-Cullen received a call from South Plainfield Councilwoman Christine Faustini to talk about the borough's annual Labor Day parade, Tedesco-Cullen thought she knew what it was about.

"Usually I help judge the floats, so I figured she was going to ask me if I was going to be around Labor Day to judge again," Tedesco-Cullen, the ...