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TAPinto Red Bank Editor Shares Story of Virtual Art Auction to Benefit Neighbors in Need

June 5, 2020

RED BANK, NJ -- Scott Wingerter, Editor of TAPinto Red Bank, joined Host Stephanie Willoughby to share a story from his community about a local nonprofit organization who held an online art auction to raise money to feed the needy.  

Lunch Break is a Red Bank organization founded in 1983 to help underemployed people make ends meet, said Wingerter, but it has evolved into much more.

TAPinto Camden Editor Talks about Peaceful Protest for George Floyd that brought City into National Spotlight

CAMDEN, NJ -- Steven Rodas, Editor of TAPinto Camden, spoke with Stephanie Willoughby about the recent protest held here in solidarity with George Floyd that has put the city in the national spotlight for both its peaceful nature and police participation. 

Hundreds gathered in downtown Camden on Saturday, May 30, but what made this protest stand out from the thousands of other ...

Clinton NJ Vegan Café Pays it Forward by Preparing Meals for the Community & Essential Workers

CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic. 

Stone described Grounded for Life as a plant-based restaurant “borne from a need to bring healthy and compassionate food, ...

Rutherford, NJ Bakery Brings Smiles and Support to their Community During the Pandemic

RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Renee Faris, Chef & Owner of Erie Coffee Shop & Bakery, about her small business in town and how life and work has changed for her during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the coronavirus outbreak began to take hold in New Jersey, at first Faris set limits as to how many people could be in the bakery, but eventually wound up closing altogether ...

Berkeley Heights Restaurant Creates Mobile Market to Serve their Community During the Pandemic

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Host Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Ralph Acquaviva, Owner of Delicious Heights, a restaurant/bar/takeout establishment, to see how he has managed his business during the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about the initiatives he has established to continue meeting his customers’ needs.

“My dream was always to open up a restaurant,” said Acquaviva.

Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...

Hoboken Gift Shop Turns to Technology to Continue Serving Customers During the Pandemic

HOBOKEN, NJ -- As part of our small business spotlight series, HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Meghan Lavelle, Owner of Washington General, to see how the store is faring during the pandemic. Washington General was featured in Part One of our HomeGrown: Hoboken episode, which aired on TAPintoTV last June. 

“It’s been a whirlwind for sure,” said Lavelle.

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...

NJ Business Leader Discusses the Importance of Community and Client Engagement During the Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently spoke with Marcella Gencarelli, Entrepreneur and Business Leader, about her experience heading up several professional organizations in New Jersey. She shared her perspective on what small businesses are looking for as they learn to navigate a new way of working during the pandemic.  

Currently, Gencarelli is the Vice President and Manager of ...

The History of Memorial Day and How it Became the Start of Summer

Memorial Day, as the name implies, was established to create a day of remembrance to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Civil War. Our culture today, however, associates the holiday with the start of summer activities, like barbecues and going to the beach. How did this once somber holiday become the signal of summer? 

After the Civil War ended in the spring of ...

NJ Psychologist Shares Mental Health Resources to Cope with the Coronavirus Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with one of our favorite experts, Clinical Psychologist Meryl Dorf, to help those having difficulty handling the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we called on Dorf to provide guidance for navigating the uncertainty a crisis like this can bring. 

“It’s an ingredient of a stressful situation and ...

EMRG Connects Student Entrepreneurs to Top Tech Investors in the New York Startup Community

NEW YORK, NY -- We take a look back to a year ago last May, when TechDay New York was held at the Javits Center in Manhattan. TAPintoTV caught up with organizers, presenters and attendees at the annual technology conference, which is the largest event for tech startups in the country. 

Greg Kaye and Patryk Fusiarz are both founding partners at EMRG, which bridges the gap between ...

Port Authority Chairman Kevin O'Toole Discusses Leadership During a Crisis on State of Affairs

NEW JERSEY -- Steve Adubato was joined by Kevin O'Toole, Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey & Managing Partner, O’Toole Scrivo, to discuss the importance of leadership in a time of crisis. 

“Leaders have to understand when a crisis like this comes upon them, they have to seize the moment,” said O’Toole. “They ...

New Jersey Film Industry Professionals Feed Front Line Workers During the Pandemic

NEW JERSEY -- TAPintoTV recently spoke with Paul Brozen, organizer of Film Industry Feeds the Front Line, a group that has sprung up in response to the coronavirus pandemic in the New York Metro area. As its name implies, film industry professionals, who have mostly been sidelined due to social distancing orders, have banded together to volunteer to produce and deliver meals to health care ...

Reading, PA Hotel with Unique Mission Prepares for Reopening After Pandemic Restrictions Lift

READING, PA -- Craig Poole, General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Reading, PA, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur about how the hotel is adapting due to the limitations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Brodeur and Poole spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which was reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due ...

Peruvian Restaurant in Jersey City Adjusts to New Business Model During the COVID-19 Pandemic

JERSEY CITY, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby recently caught up with Lizeth Morales, Owner of El Gordo Restaurant in Jersey City, to learn about her experiences navigating the pandemic as a small business owner. Morales and El Gordo participated in an upcoming episode of HomeGrown, filmed just before the COVID-19 outbreak. 

El Gordo, which serves Peruvian cuisine, is currently open for online ...

TAPinto Franklin/Somerset Reports on Community Coming Together to Thank Front Line Workers & Support Local Restaurants

SOMERSET, NJ -- Ashley Jankowski, Guest Writer for TAPinto Franklin/Somerset, appeared on TAPintoTV’s weekly Sunday television show on News 12+ to tell an inspiring story of a local group supporting New Jersey health care workers. 

FLAG, which stands for Front Line Appreciation Group, is dedicated to helping feed front line health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic, while ...

How to Make Sure Your Relationship Survives the Pandemic: Tips for Couples Under Lockdown

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Clinical psychologist Meryl Dorf returns to TAPintoTV to discuss how couples can manage the challenges of both living and working together during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With many working remotely at home, couples are forced to be in confined spaces together for long periods of time. Many are also already dealing with anxieties about the pandemic and the uncertainty ...

TAPinto East Brunswick Editor Shares Home Gardening Tips from Popular New Jersey Farm

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Maureen Berzok, Editor of TAPinto East Brunswick, appeared on TAPintoTV’s weekly Sunday television show on News 12+ to share ideas and tips about starting your own victory garden during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Berzok told host Stephanie Willoughby that she spoke with local farmer Jim Giamarese, of Giamarese Farm in East Brunswick, to get his ideas on starting a ...

The History of Mother's Day: One Woman's Crusade to Create a National Holiday

Commemorations to honor mothers and motherhood have been happening for centuries and can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans who paid homage to their mother goddesses. Today, tributes to mothers occur all around the world at different times of the year, but the American version of Mother's Day was started in May of 1908 by a woman named Anna Jarvis. 

After her own mother ...

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Rutherford, NJ Bakery Brings Smiles and Support to their Community During the Pandemic

June 2, 2020

RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Renee Faris, Chef & Owner of Erie Coffee Shop & Bakery, about her small business in town and how life and work has changed for her during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the coronavirus outbreak began to take hold in New Jersey, at first Faris set limits as to how many people could be in the bakery, but eventually wound up closing altogether ...

Berkeley Heights Restaurant Creates Mobile Market to Serve their Community During the Pandemic

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Host Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Ralph Acquaviva, Owner of Delicious Heights, a restaurant/bar/takeout establishment, to see how he has managed his business during the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about the initiatives he has established to continue meeting his customers’ needs.

“My dream was always to open up a restaurant,” said Acquaviva.

Hoboken Gift Shop Turns to Technology to Continue Serving Customers During the Pandemic

HOBOKEN, NJ -- As part of our small business spotlight series, HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Meghan Lavelle, Owner of Washington General, to see how the store is faring during the pandemic. Washington General was featured in Part One of our HomeGrown: Hoboken episode, which aired on TAPintoTV last June. 

“It’s been a whirlwind for sure,” said Lavelle.

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...

NJ Business Leader Discusses the Importance of Community and Client Engagement During the Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently spoke with Marcella Gencarelli, Entrepreneur and Business Leader, about her experience heading up several professional organizations in New Jersey. She shared her perspective on what small businesses are looking for as they learn to navigate a new way of working during the pandemic.  

Currently, Gencarelli is the Vice President and Manager of ...

EMRG Connects Student Entrepreneurs to Top Tech Investors in the New York Startup Community

NEW YORK, NY -- We take a look back to a year ago last May, when TechDay New York was held at the Javits Center in Manhattan. TAPintoTV caught up with organizers, presenters and attendees at the annual technology conference, which is the largest event for tech startups in the country. 

Greg Kaye and Patryk Fusiarz are both founding partners at EMRG, which bridges the gap between ...

Reading, PA Hotel with Unique Mission Prepares for Reopening After Pandemic Restrictions Lift

READING, PA -- Craig Poole, General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Reading, PA, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur about how the hotel is adapting due to the limitations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Brodeur and Poole spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which was reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due ...

Small Business Spotlight: Jersey City Boutique Finds New Path Forward During the Pandemic

JERSEY CITY, NJ -- As part of our small business spotlight series, HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby speaks with Kristen Scalia, Owner of Kanibal & Co., a lifestyle store in downtown Jersey City, who shares how she has successfully adapted business operations during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Kanibal & Co. began online and has been a brick and mortar store for just over 10 ...

Global Event Producer Frank Supovitz Discusses What to Do When Things Go Wrong

LITTLE FALLS, NJ --  Frank Supovitz, who has been at the helm of the most high-profile events in sports and entertainment over the past 30 years, shares his years of wisdom as featured in his new book, What to Do When Things Go Wrong, a publication that is more timely than ever. 

Supovitz, who has managed events such as the Indy 500, the Super Bowl and the Bicentennial of the U.S.

TAPinto Provides Platform for Local Businesses to Communicate to Customers and Community During Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Michael Shapiro, CEO & Publisher of TAPinto.net, spoke with Brian Brodeur of East Main Media, about ways local businesses can continue to communicate with both customers and the community during the coronavirus crisis. 

In this segment taken from TAPintoTV’s weekly Sunday morning show on News 12+, Shapiro spoke with Brodeur via video conference from his home ...

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TAPinto Red Bank Editor Shares Story of Virtual Art Auction to Benefit Neighbors in Need

June 5, 2020

RED BANK, NJ -- Scott Wingerter, Editor of TAPinto Red Bank, joined Host Stephanie Willoughby to share a story from his community about a local nonprofit organization who held an online art auction to raise money to feed the needy.  

Lunch Break is a Red Bank organization founded in 1983 to help underemployed people make ends meet, said Wingerter, but it has evolved into much more.

TAPinto Camden Editor Talks about Peaceful Protest for George Floyd that brought City into National Spotlight

CAMDEN, NJ -- Steven Rodas, Editor of TAPinto Camden, spoke with Stephanie Willoughby about the recent protest held here in solidarity with George Floyd that has put the city in the national spotlight for both its peaceful nature and police participation. 

Hundreds gathered in downtown Camden on Saturday, May 30, but what made this protest stand out from the thousands of other ...

Clinton NJ Vegan Café Pays it Forward by Preparing Meals for the Community & Essential Workers

CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic. 

Stone described Grounded for Life as a plant-based restaurant “borne from a need to bring healthy and compassionate food, ...

Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...

Peruvian Restaurant in Jersey City Adjusts to New Business Model During the COVID-19 Pandemic

JERSEY CITY, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby recently caught up with Lizeth Morales, Owner of El Gordo Restaurant in Jersey City, to learn about her experiences navigating the pandemic as a small business owner. Morales and El Gordo participated in an upcoming episode of HomeGrown, filmed just before the COVID-19 outbreak. 

El Gordo, which serves Peruvian cuisine, is currently open for online ...

TAPinto Franklin/Somerset Reports on Community Coming Together to Thank Front Line Workers & Support Local Restaurants

SOMERSET, NJ -- Ashley Jankowski, Guest Writer for TAPinto Franklin/Somerset, appeared on TAPintoTV’s weekly Sunday television show on News 12+ to tell an inspiring story of a local group supporting New Jersey health care workers. 

FLAG, which stands for Front Line Appreciation Group, is dedicated to helping feed front line health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic, while ...

TAPinto Fair Lawn/Glen Rock Editor Highlights Group Raising Money for New Jersey Health Care Workers

GLEN ROCK, NJ -- Becky Greene, Editor of TAPinto Fair Lawn & Glen Rock, appeared on TAPintoTV’s weekly Sunday television show on News 12+ to share a story about a local group who conducted a virtual poetry slam to raise money for New Jersey health care workers. 

G.R.I.N.S., which stands for “Glen Rock Is Never Surrendering,” was founded by three women to provide ...

TAPinto Wayne Editor Shares Story of New Jersey Family’s Quest to Solve Ventilator Shortage

WAYNE, NJ -- Jon “Ferris” Meredith, editor of TAPinto Wayne, appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12+ to share a story about an inventive family from Wayne who created a prototype for a medical grade ventilator. 

While social distancing at home, the Asaad family heard about the shortages of ventilators due to the coronavirus pandemic. “They decided ...

New Jersey Italian Market Adapts to Provide Community Support During the Pandemic

RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Doing business during the coronavirus pandemic has brought many new changes and lessons for Matera’s on Park, an Italian market and eatery on Park Avenue in Rutherford. HomeGrown’s Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Erica Russo, Director of Events and Communication for Matera’s, about the ways the small business has adapted to help both their customers and the ...

Clinical Psychologist Explains Why People Defy Social Distancing Orders

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- New Jersey, New York, and many states across the nation have had stay-at-home and social distancing orders in place since mid-March, and yet, there is still a significant subset of people not following those rules. 

Though the good news is that the curve seems to be flattening in New Jersey and the New York Metro Area because most of us are successfully ...

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The History of Memorial Day and How it Became the Start of Summer

May 24, 2020

Memorial Day, as the name implies, was established to create a day of remembrance to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Civil War. Our culture today, however, associates the holiday with the start of summer activities, like barbecues and going to the beach. How did this once somber holiday become the signal of summer? 

After the Civil War ended in the spring of ...

The History of Mother's Day: One Woman's Crusade to Create a National Holiday

Commemorations to honor mothers and motherhood have been happening for centuries and can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans who paid homage to their mother goddesses. Today, tributes to mothers occur all around the world at different times of the year, but the American version of Mother's Day was started in May of 1908 by a woman named Anna Jarvis. 

After her own mother ...

Morristown NJ Private School Fosters Executive Skills in Students From Pre-K through Eighth Grade

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- TAPintoTV visited the Red Oaks School in Morristown, NJ to learn about their Executive Skills Curriculum. Developed in-house by administrators and staff, the faculty shared with us some of the program’s unique features and its long-reaching benefits for students. 

Nelyda Miguel, the Associate Head of School at Red Oaks said, “Every good school will develop ...

Newark High School Principal Talks to Steve Adubato about his Mission to Improve Student Lives

NEW JERSEY--Newark Principal Akbar Cook was recently a guest on One-on-One with Steve Adubato, where he discussed the many innovative programs he has instituted at West Side High School in his mission to improve the lives of his students.

West Side High School is located in Newark’s troubled West Ward, one of the most statistically dangerous areas of the city. The school has suffered the ...

Read Across America with Little City Books, Host of Literary Happenings in Hoboken

HOBOKEN, NJ -- Donna Garban and Kate Jacobs, Co-Owners of Little City Books, an independent bookstore on Bloomfield Street in Hoboken, spoke with TAPintoTV about their support of Read Across America and upcoming events, such as the inaugural Hoboken Literary Weekend in April.

Read Across America, an annual celebration of reading for children created by the National Education Association, ...

Explore Black History Every Month of the Year at Montclair’s Crane House and Historic YWCA

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently visited the Montclair History Center and took a tour of the Crane House and Historic YWCA. The building dates from 1796, when Israel Crane built it as his family home, and in 1920, it was purchased by the local YWCA as a boarding house and cultural hub for African-American women.

Today, the Montclair History Center tells the stories of all the people who ...

New Jersey Governor Signs Bill Approving LGBT-Inclusive School Curriculum

NEW JERSEY - On January 31st, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that mandates all school districts in the state to include instruction and curriculum materials that will teach middle and high school students about the political, economic, and social contributions of LGBT people and individuals with disabilities.

This past November at the annual NJEA Convention, TAPintoTV spoke ...

The Mobile Food Lab Hits the Road to Bring Food Literacy to the Children of New Jersey

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Dr. Angela Cristini of The Mobile Food Lab at this year’s NJEA Convention. The Mobile Food Lab is a converted school bus repurposed to teach students about food literacy. Dr. Cristini is a Professor of Biology at Ramapo College, one of several partners who are the driving forces behind this project.

“It’s like no other ...

Making the Grade in STEM Education with Maker Depot

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- We continue our coverage of the annual NJEA Convention by speaking with Maker Depot, a makerspace facility in Totowa, NJ, where kids can create and build objects of their own design. Michael Franchino, Co-founder of Maker Depot, spoke with TAPintoTV about the maker movement and the skills this type of hands-on learning imparts to students.

“The maker movement really ...

Finding a Solution to Learning Math Skills without Subtracting Fun at Annual NJEA Convention

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- As part of our continuing coverage of the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City, we turn the spotlight onto Bedtime Math. We spoke to Bedtime Math about the playful math stories and problems they share to help kids love and understand math in real life.

“We’re all about making math a fun thing you do on purpose at home,” said Laura Overdeck, the Founder of ...

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Influential Musician Mike Keneally Discusses His Acclaimed Career and New MFTJ Project

April 29, 2020

SAN DIEGO, CA -- As part of our focus on The Arts, TAPintoTV spoke to respected guitarist and producer, Mike Keneally via video conference from California. Keneally spoke with Brian Brodeur about the notable artists he’s worked with throughout his career, as well as his newest collaboration, MFTJ. 

Keneally first rose to prominence as a member of Frank Zappa’s last touring ...

Celebrated Music Photographer Elliott Landy Reflects on the Beginnings of his Legendary Career

LITTLE FALLS, NJ & WOODSTOCK, NY -- Brian Brodeur of TAPintoTV spoke with celebrated photographer Elliott Landy via video conference from his home in Woodstock, New York. Landy, who was the official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock music festival, has a new project in the works, a book of photographs called Contacting The Band, a collection of portraits depicting the musicians, The ...

Berks Jazz Festival Moves Online Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- When the 30th Annual Berks Jazz Fest, originally scheduled to take place this week in Reading, PA, was forced to postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic, they decided to take the festival online instead. 

“We were getting so much feedback from fans, saying they’re missing the festival,” said John Ernesto, General Manager of the Berks Jazz Fest, ...

New Jersey Actor Alex Aldea Finds Success with Independent Film & Network Television

Alex Aldea joined Brian Brodeur at East Main Studios to discuss his experiences in the New York and New Jersey television production world, projects premiering at the upcoming Garden State Film Festival and his work as a Commissioner of the Paterson Film & Entertainment Commission. 

Aldea’s next role comes next week on CBS, where he will be on the show Bull. Michael Weatherly ...

Free Concert Showcases Award-Winning Vocalists at 2020 Jersey Harmony Explosion

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- On Saturday, February 8, world-class a cappella and barbershop singers will be performing at a free concert at the annual Jersey Harmony Explosion festival at James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell, NJ. 

Jersey Harmony Explosion brings student singers together with professional quartets for a day of community, collaboration and celebration. “It’s all ...

“Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival Screens 2020 Oscar Shorts in Montclair, NJ

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- On Saturday, February 8, all of the short films nominated for the Oscars this year will be shown at Buzz Aldrin Middle School in Montclair, NJ. The “Celebrate the Underdog” Film Festival, founded and co-produced by Jeanne Reilly and Corinna Sager, will showcase all 15 shorts nominated in the Live Action, Animated and Documentary categories just ahead of the Academy ...

ArtPride NJ Highlights Economic Impact of Investment in the Arts

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- At this year’s New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference, TAPintoTV spoke with Megan LoBue, Development Manager for ArtPride New Jersey, about the organization’s resources and latest arts initiatives. 

ArtPride NJ supports New Jersey’s creative community and is widely viewed as the go-to source for research, innovative programs and services, and ...

Franklin Township Principal Recalls Meeting Frank Sinatra

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ -- At the Franklin Food Truck Festival, recently held as a benefit for Franklin High School’s Project Graduation, William Grippo, Principal of the MacAfee Road School, shared two stories of his interactions with New Jersey’s own Frank Sinatra. 

Many years ago, when Grippo was in his 20s, he worked for a florist, who directed him to deliver flowers to the ...

The Incoherents Film, a Rock-and-Roll Comedy, To Be Screened at Soho Festival in New York City

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with filmmakers Jeff Auer and Alex Emanuel about their latest release, The Incoherents, which won “Best Home Grown Feature” at the 2019 Garden State Film Festival and will be shown this weekend at the Soho International Film Festival.

The Incoherents is a dramatic-comedy feature film about a group of 40-something friends that decide to reunite ...

The Life of Television Legend & Native Son, Ernie Kovacs, is Celebrated in Trenton, New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Native Trentonian Ernie Kovacs was honored at the New Jersey State Museum, in the year when he would have been 100 years old. Through presentations, anecdotes and archival footage of his television work, the “Ernie Kovacs Centennial” honored Kovacs’ multiple contributions to television history, and the Mayor of Trenton, W. Reed Gusciora, proclaimed ...

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NJ Psychologist Shares Mental Health Resources to Cope with the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 22, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with one of our favorite experts, Clinical Psychologist Meryl Dorf, to help those having difficulty handling the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we called on Dorf to provide guidance for navigating the uncertainty a crisis like this can bring. 

“It’s an ingredient of a stressful situation and ...

How to Make Sure Your Relationship Survives the Pandemic: Tips for Couples Under Lockdown

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Clinical psychologist Meryl Dorf returns to TAPintoTV to discuss how couples can manage the challenges of both living and working together during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With many working remotely at home, couples are forced to be in confined spaces together for long periods of time. Many are also already dealing with anxieties about the pandemic and the uncertainty ...

TAPinto East Brunswick Editor Shares Home Gardening Tips from Popular New Jersey Farm

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Maureen Berzok, Editor of TAPinto East Brunswick, appeared on TAPintoTV’s weekly Sunday television show on News 12+ to share ideas and tips about starting your own victory garden during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Berzok told host Stephanie Willoughby that she spoke with local farmer Jim Giamarese, of Giamarese Farm in East Brunswick, to get his ideas on starting a ...

Expert Advice on Managing Anxiety and Stress During the Coronavirus Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently spoke with clinical psychologist, Meryl Dorf, Ph.D. about how we can maintain our mental health and manage our anxieties during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“There’s a lot that we can’t control and spending our time thinking and worrying about that fuels the anxiety,” said Dorf, “but focusing on the things that we can ...

Learn All About Bees & Beekeeping from the 2019 American Honey Princess

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV interviewed Nicole Medina, the 2019 American Honey Princess, who was representing the New Jersey Beekeepers Association at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference. Medina shared information about beekeeping and the many ways the honeybee is of great importance to New Jersey. 

The New Jersey Beekeepers Association is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer ...

NJ Governor Phil Murphy Joins Hackensack Meridian Health Team at Center for Discovery & Innovation Ribbon-Cutting

NUTLEY, NJ -- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy joined Hackensack Meridian Health executives and VIPs at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the state-of-the-art Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI). The CDI facility is part of the ON3 complex, which also houses the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall, on the former location of Hoffman La Roche corporate ...

“Fitness for Mind & Body Expo” at Totowa Public Library Shows Connection Between Good Mental and Physical Health

TOTOWA, NJ -- On Saturday, April 6, at the Totowa Public Library, The Anxiety & Depression Initiative presented the “Fitness for Mind and Body Expo,” to provide opportunities for the local community to discover ways to be physically active in order to support wellness of both the body and mind.

“The Anxiety & Depression Initiative’s mission is to promote ...

Woman Shares Story of Fight Against Breast Cancer at Komen Women's Wellness Expo

WAYNE, NJ - At this year’s Women’s Wellness Expo, TAPintoTV spoke with Lois Solomon, who has been fighting metastatic breast cancer. Solomon shared the story of her diagnosis and how she is managing this disease on a daily basis.

Solomon said the first symptom she noticed was a bad cough, and after visiting several doctors, she was diagnosed with pericarditis, which is fluid around ...

Komen Women’s Wellness Expo Shines Spotlight on Breast Cancer Survivor Journeys

WAYNE, NJ -- On Carrie Duane-Basham’s 40th birthday, she made an appointment for a mammogram. The results from that test were clear. Then the next year, a lump was felt, she went to the doctor, had a diagnostic mammogram and biopsy, and was found to have cancer.

“I went from a clean mammogram to four masses bilaterally, had a double-mastectomy six days later, and started 16 rounds ...

Breast Cancer “Forever Fighters” Share Hope and Inspiration at Komen North Jersey’s Women’s Wellness Expo

WAYNE, NJ -- Susan G. Komen North Jersey, the Passaic County Department of Health, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders partnered to present the Women’s Wellness Expo, held at Passaic County Technical Institute. At the Expo, volunteers and speakers who have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer shared their personal stories, hope and inspiration with others fighting the ...

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Port Authority Chairman Kevin O'Toole Discusses Leadership During a Crisis on State of Affairs

May 20, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- Steve Adubato was joined by Kevin O'Toole, Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey & Managing Partner, O’Toole Scrivo, to discuss the importance of leadership in a time of crisis. 

“Leaders have to understand when a crisis like this comes upon them, they have to seize the moment,” said O’Toole. “They ...

Senator Steve Sweeney Talks with Steve Adubato About Helping Small Businesses During the COVID-19 Outbreak

NEW JERSEY -- Steve Adubato was joined by State Senator Steve Sweeney on State of Affairs  to discuss how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect small businesses in New Jersey, and how the state government can do their part to help them survive.

Adubato and Sweeney spoke on March 20, just as the coronavirus outbreak was emerging, via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in ...

Steve Adubato Discusses the Long Term Economic Impact of COVID-19 with Assemblyman Jon Bramnick

NEW JERSEY -- On a recent episode of State of Affairs, Steve Adubato was joined by New Jersey Assemblyman Jon Bramnick to discuss the long term economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on New Jersey. 

“State government has to make sure that we do our best to make people as whole as possible,” Bramnick said. “We also have to give them the confidence that we’re going ...

State of Affairs Examines the Federal Government's Role in the COVID-19 Outbreak with Senator Sweeney

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney recently appeared on a special edition of State of Affairs where he discussed the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic with host Steve Adubato. 

“I think we missed a window of opportunity to maybe lessen the curve,” said Sweeney. “I could blame the president, or I could thank him for helping ...

Steve Adubato Examines Ways to Prepare Students for the Business Element of E-Sports

NEW JERSEY -- Neil Malvone, Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Caldwell University, recently appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato, where he spoke about the booming e-sport gaming industry and the university’s new program to prepare students for careers in that growing field. 

“The studies are telling us that e-sports will be a billion dollar industry by the end of ...

ABC Anchor Bill Ritter Reacts to Journalists Being Labeled as “Fake News” on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

NEW JERSEY -- Bill Ritter, Anchor of Eyewitness News on WABC-TV in the New York Metro Area, recently appeared on One-On-One with Steve Adubato. Adubato asked Ritter his thoughts about the president referring to journalists and members of the media as “fake news” and the “enemy of the people.” 

“Our goal is to report facts and seek the truth wherever they fall ...

Remembering James Lipton: A Look Back at his Appearance on One-On-One with Steve Adubato

NEW JERSEY -- James Lipton, Dean of the Actors Studio and Host of the Bravo TV show, Inside the Actors Studio, died today at the age of 93. Today, we take a look back at his appearance on One-on-One with Steve Adubato. 

James Lipton was born in Detroit in 1926. He was first known for his role as Dan Reid, nephew of the Lone Ranger, and later starred for over ten years on the soap opera, ...

Legendary Band Leader Paul Shaffer Tells Steve Adubato How He was Inspired by Comedy Icons Early in his Career

NEW JERSEY -- Paul Shaffer is widely known as the former Musical Director of both Late Night with David Letterman and The Late Show with David Letterman, during which he was often involved in skits and the general hijinx of the production. However, as Shaffer tells Steve Adubato, he wasn’t always comfortable being gregarious and, in fact, grew up being an introverted kid until a 1972 ...

New York Times Film Critic A.O. Scott Shares Top Film Picks with Steve Adubato

NEW JERSEY -- The New York Times’ Chief Film Critic, A.O. Scott, appeared recently on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to share some of his picks for top films of the past decade as well as the past year. 

Fellow New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis and Scott compiled their list of the “Most Influential Films of the Decade” at the end of last year based upon ...

School Lockdown Drills Can Traumatize Children NJ Therapist Tells Steve Adubato

NEW JERSEY -- On Thanksgiving Eve, an emergency lockdown was conducted at Montclair High School due to reports of a student with a gun. Officials determined that there was no credible threat and no weapon was found. This excerpt from One-on-One with Steve Adubato addresses school lockdown drills, their social and emotional impact on students, and what parents need to know about these increasingly ...

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