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Landlords’ troubles deepen as state evictions ban protects nonpaying tenants

September 28, 2020

Some renters are forced out anyway by owners desperate for income in pandemic.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

In New Jersey’s pandemic-driven apartment housing crisis, there are no winners.

Tenants, unable to ...

Police: Multiple Reports of Theft from Vehicles Overnight in Surf City

SURF CITY, NJ — Wednesday morning, the Surf City Police Department received multiple reports of thefts from vehicles that occurred during the overnight hours.

"All vehicles that were targeted were left unlocked," police said, "we are asking residents and visitors who were in town overnight to please check their vehicles and report any thefts to us at ...

Westfield Bands Together to Rescue Cat Stuck in Tree for Six Days

WESTFIELD, NJ — Sometimes, it “takes a village.”

For six days, several Westfield families were keeping a watchful eye on a cat that appeared to be stuck in a tree. There were two unsuccessful attempts by the Westfield Fire Department to get her down, with the theory that the noise of the truck frightened her, and she retreated further.

An EMT came by and tried to lure her ...

Lawsuit Claims Bullying, Sex Assaults Led to NJ Student’s Suicide

WESTFIELD, NJ — The parents of a Westfield High School sophomore who died in 2018 have filed a lawsuit claiming the school district allowed their son to be subjected to repeated bullying, including sexual assaults and racially explicit slurs, that eventually led to his suicide.

The parents of Carthoris “Carter” Uziel filed the suit in Superior Court in Elizabeth last week.

State Officials Tout Effort to Expand Contact Tracing Capability

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy today laid out details about one his administration's key efforts to prepare and respond to the second wave of the virus that most public health professionals, and policymakers, have said will come.

“It’s not a question of ‘if’ the virus will come back,” Murphy said. “It’s when.”

While social distancing ...

'Chaos' in Proposed Hospital Deals Brings Call for State Assistance

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - State, county, and local officials have called on New Jersey State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli to assist in efforts to preserve acute care services at Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital, and Hoboken University Center. 

In a letter dated June 5, and reviewed by TAPinto, the signers, led by Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, specifically asked the ...

City Officials Announce Phase 1 of Bayfront Development

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Beginning what could become the second Gold Coast in Jersey City, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA), and the Department of Housing, Economic Development and Commerce (HEDC) announced an agreement for construction of the first phase of Bayfront, the largest mixed-income development site in the region. 

The city acquired the 100-acre ...

Understanding, Love and Compassion Create Change: A NJ Football Coach's Inspiring Letter

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Austin Holman is the coach of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team. He sent this letters to his players, coaches, parents and supporters. With Coach Holman's permission, TAPinto has reprinted his thoughtful and moving letter.

Dear Raider Family:

I write this to you as the leader of the football community in the district of Scotch ...

Good News: NJ Woman and A&S Sanitation Rescue Engagement Ring From Garbage Truck

WESTFIELD, NJ — Sherry Cronin knew finding her engagement ring and an accompanying earring that found their way in the garbage would be a challenge, but she tried anyway — and her trip to the incinerator paid off.

Cronin, who has been married to her husband, John, for 25 years determined that the ring had gone out with the garbage Friday morning and so over the weekend called ...

This Newark Couple is Transforming a Vacant Lot into a Community Garden

NEWARK, NJ — For the past 15 years, Lot 50 on Grafton Avenue in the city’s North Ward has been a wasteland of syringes and garbage, bringing down the community’s morale. 

Those days are coming to an end, according to Bilal and Breonna Walker, two educators who are transforming the lot into a community project unlike any other in Newark. Dubbed Jannah on ...

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Landlords’ troubles deepen as state evictions ban protects nonpaying tenants

September 28, 2020

Some renters are forced out anyway by owners desperate for income in pandemic.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

In New Jersey’s pandemic-driven apartment housing crisis, there are no winners.

Tenants, unable to ...

Police: Multiple Reports of Theft from Vehicles Overnight in Surf City

SURF CITY, NJ — Wednesday morning, the Surf City Police Department received multiple reports of thefts from vehicles that occurred during the overnight hours.

"All vehicles that were targeted were left unlocked," police said, "we are asking residents and visitors who were in town overnight to please check their vehicles and report any thefts to us at ...

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NJ fights new flare-ups as CDC yanks COVID advisory

September 22, 2020

Health commissioner, others concerned about Lakewood

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

“It scares me.” Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles says, he feels scared because Ocean and Monmouth counties logged more than 730 ...

Murphy Denounces Shooting at Cops' Home, Signs Environmental Law, Reports COVID Numbers at Briefing

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside.

The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck the home at least six times, according to Camden police. The couple were inside ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Legislation Aiming to Strengthen New Jersey’s Long-Term Care Industry

TRENTON, NJ -- Saying that residents and staff of long-term care facilities in New Jersey have borne an outsized burden of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday to address systemic challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and strengthen preparedness for future outbreaks.

Of the more than 14,000 New Jersey residents killed by ...

Construction Accident on Bayview Avenue in Brant Beach: Two Workers Transported to Hospitals

September 24, 2020

BRANT BEACH — Reports came in on Thursday morning about a construction site accident on 61st Street and Bayview Avenue in Brant Beach.  A home was being renovated when an accident took place in upper floor addition. Two workers were injured. The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. 

The two workers were sent to area trauma centers as a precaution. The extent of the ...

Barnegat Police to Institute Precision Policing Model

BARNEGAT, NJ – The Barnegat Police Department once again made it to the top of the list as far as low crime rate last year in Ocean County. The local agency and Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain have every intention of keeping it that way.

Germain took to Facebook Live on Tuesday evening and announced that the department had decided to adopt a precision policing model. Those who missed ...

Breaking News: Injuries in Accident in Ship Bottom

SHIP BOTTOM — 11:40 a.m. Police cars and an ambulance are currently on eastbound Route 72 in Ship Bottom between Central Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard. The accident is near the WaWa. 

Police are diverting traffic north or south onto Barnegat Boulevard.

TAPinto will update as more information becomes available. 

 

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Human Services Opens Applications Monday for COVID-19 Child Care Tuition Assistance Program

September 21, 2020

Eligible Families Needing Child Care Assistance as Schools Open Remotely Can Apply Now at ChildCareNJ.Gov

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced that applications are now open for the new COVID-19 child care tuition assistance program the Murphy Administration has created to help families with child care costs as schools open ...

Three Southern Regional Senior Field Hockey Players Set to Compete in College

September 20, 2020

STAFFORD — Southern Regional Field Hockey coach Jen Lombardo-Adams has three seniors all set for college before their final high school season begins.

Southern Regional Director of Athletics Chuck Donohue Jr. recently released some info about three senior athletes setting to compete at the intercollegiate level in the Fall of 2021.

Kacey Kubarewicz on her commitment to continue ...

Manahawkin's Mike Gesicki Has Best Game of NFL Career in Tough Loss

MIAMI — Former Southern Regional and Penn State star football player Mike Gesicki had a great day on the field for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.

Gesicki had 8 catches for 130 yards and scored a touchdown in a tough 31-28 loss to AFC East Division opponent Buffalo Bills.  Gesicki averaged 16.1 yards per catch and one was an incredible one handed grab. 

This was ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: Fishing Update from Jim Hutchinson, Sr., September 19 Update

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The New Jersey summer flounder season ends today, September 19, and with northeast winds gusting to 30-knots and seas of 5-6-feet, few, if any, boats fished on the final day.

Now that the fluke season is over, it is time to look to the fall and begin seeing what other fish are available. Many anglers are already getting their gear ready for the fall run.

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Nancy (Venitucci) Manley, age 81, of Bourne, MA, formerly of Cedar Grove, NJ, passed away in her ...
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Psychologist Meryl Dorf PhD on Managing Anxiety During Times of Stress and Disruption

September 24, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV looks back to our conversation with clinical psychologist, Meryl Dorf, Ph.D. about how we can maintain our mental health and manage anxiety during times of stress and uncertainty. 

“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 ...

Amid the Pandemic: What Ocean County Pets Want You to Know

September 15, 2020

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – If animals could talk, they might offer a different viewpoint on their experiences amid the pandemic. Many would brag they enjoyed more encounters with their humans. A whole host of former occupants of Ocean County animal shelters would likely credit COVID-19 with connecting them with fur-ever homes and families.

 “The two Ocean County Animal Facilities ...