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

May 29, 2020

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 ...

Perspective on the Pandemic from TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills Editor

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Matt Kass, Editor of TAPinto Millburn & Short Hills, spoke with TAPintoTV about how the communities he covers are dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“It’s too quiet outside, it’s too calm,” Kass said, about the current atmosphere in the community. “A lot of people are quietly on edge, there’s not a lot of ...

TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Publisher Reflects on the Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- As part our ongoing coronavirus coverage in New Jersey, Cheryl Brown, the Publisher of TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove, spoke with Brian Brodeur of TAPintoTV about the effects of the pandemic on daily life in her community. 

Both Verona and Cedar Grove are located in Essex County, New Jersey, which currently has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the state.

On the Ground in Nutley, New Jersey: the Community Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak

LITTLE FALLS & NUTLEY, NJ -- John Lee, Publisher of TAPinto Nutley, spoke with Brian Brodeur of TAPintoTV to report on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the town of Nutley, New Jersey. On March 21, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued orders to close non-essential businesses and dictated strong social distancing guidelines statewide. This piece was recorded on March 24, 2020 and ...

TAPinto CEO Speaks About the Impact of Local News During Coronavirus Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Michael Shapiro, CEO & Publisher of TAPinto.net, spoke with Brian Brodeur of East Main Media this week to share how TAPinto has been an invaluable source of information for readers seeking local news to learn how the coronavirus pandemic has affected their own communities. 

Shapiro, who lives in Broward County, Florida, reports that his county is one of the ...

Coronavirus Test Under Development at Center for Discovery and Innovation in New Jersey

NUTLEY, NJ -- Researchers at the Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) are currently developing rapid response diagnostic tests for the coronavirus, known as COVID-19. Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator from New Jersey, toured the CDI lab and called for a stronger federal response to this growing crisis. TAPintoTV spoke with CDI officials as well as their Chief ...

The Ancient History of Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...

Cedar Grove Ambulance & Rescue Squad: Great Way to Volunteer and Help the Community

CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- The Cedar Grove Ambulance & Rescue Squad is seeking new volunteers to become members of their team, especially young people and students. 

“I can’t think of anything that’s more important than what we do,” said Alan Chadrjian, an EMT and Driver with the Rescue Squad. “This is a place where you can meet people, and learn things that will ...

Millennial Councilwoman Encourages Younger Generations to Get Involved in Local Government

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with Crystal Pruitt, Councilwoman of Franklin Township, at the 2019 New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference. Pruitt is currently the youngest person on the Franklin Township Council, and we spoke with her about her background, goals, and advice for millennials who want to get more politically active. 

Pruitt, who is also Chief of Staff for ...

Meadowlands Environmentalist Hackensack Riverkeeper Transforms Polluted NJ Industrial Sites

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- At this year’s New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference, TAPintoTV spoke with Captain Bill Sheehan of Hackensack Riverkeeper, about his organization and their efforts to revitalize the Hackensack River Watershed. 

Among its missions, Hackensack Riverkeeper collaborates with planners to ensure that land use decisions reflect science and adhere to all ...

PSE&G Talks Infrastructure & Clean Energy at New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV caught up with Everton Scott, Senior Public Affairs Manager at PSE&G, at the 2019 League of Municipalities Conference. Scott spoke about PSE&G’s presence at this year’s conference as well as the utility’s latest programs and priorities.  

One of the most high-profile statewide initiatives for PSE&G is the company’s ...

Fort Lee Mayor Moderates Media Panel at NJ League of Municipalities Conference

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- At this year’s annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference, Mark Sokolich, Mayor of Fort Lee, NJ, moderated the panel, “Media Strategies: Tips & Tools for the 21st Century.” Presenters at the panel were Michael Shapiro, the CEO & Publisher of TAPinto.net; Robin Dente, Assistant Business Administrator & Community Affairs Coordinator of ...

New Denville NJ Recycling Program Benefits Both the Environment and the Economy

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently attended the New Jersey League of Municipalities’ Annual Conference and caught up with Steven Ward, Business Administrator of Denville, NJ. Ward discussed some of the township’s latest initiatives, including a new recycling program that helps both the local economy and the environment. 

The recent collapse of the international recycling ...

Franklin Township's Franklin Day Festival 2019

Highlights of the sixth annual Franklin Township Franklin Day Festival - 2019, presented by Joel Republic

Joel Republic is a story (video and media) production company developing entertainment products and services for businesses and enterprises. Our passion is telling compelling stories of the lesser-known businesses, individuals, cultures, and experiences in New Jersey especially ...