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New Jersey Lawmakers Propose 'Ban the Box' Bill on College Applications

May 25, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Some New Jersey lawmakers want a “Ban the Box” law for students applying to college. 

New Jersey's “Ban the Box” law took effect in 2015. It prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from requiring that a job applicant to complete any form during the initial application process that asks about their criminal record.

Gov. Murphy Announces Efforts to Improve Access to Student Loan Forgiveness Program For Public Service Workers

EWING, NJ — There is still time to apply to a college loan forgiveness program. 

Last October, the U.S. Department of Education announced a limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver opportunity, which temporarily waives certain program rules helping public service employees eliminate their college debt. 

Gov. Phil Murphy hosted a roundtable with U.S.

New Jersey Republicans Propose Bills to Immediately Reimburse Thousands of Dollars in Surplus Money to Taxpayers

NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate?

The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over collections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue ...

Assemblywomen Introduce Bill Package Tightening Punishment for Car Thieves

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to State Police. 

A similar incident occurred a few days later in Holmdel, ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Police Licensing Proposal Aiming to Build Community Trust

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training Commission (PTC) in order to be employed in the ...

Bill Aiming to Ban Large Boxes for Small Items Passes Assembly Committee with Strong Opposition

TRENTON, NJ — “This is a horrendous piece of legislation,” said Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R - District 25) during the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee meeting on Monday. 

His objection came prior to the committee clearing Assemblyman John McKeon’s (D - District 27) oversized box regulation. The new legislation would prohibit retailers ...

Federal Funding Grants Announced for Fire Departments

HACKENSACK, NJ — More protection is coming for New Jersey’s firefighters. 

In a news conference Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program, which will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning, and sanitization equipment.  

The Firefighter Grant ...

Assemblyman Kevin Rooney on Mental Health Help, Horse Riding Therapy and 'Chopped'

NEW JERSEY — “Did you know that the state animal is the horse?” asked Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R - District 40).

He knows a few things about horses. And about public service too. 

Rooney has over 20 years of public service. He served as Wyckoff Township committeeman from 2010 to 2016, as deputy mayor in 2010 and 2014 and mayor in 2011, 2015 and 2016. He also ...

New Jersey Senators Propose 'Parents Bill of Rights'

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey parents could have more of a say in what their children are learning in school and potentially opt students out of lessons.

Legislation aimed at improving clarity for parents and guardians and allowing comment on any curriculum necessary to implement the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education was cleared by the Senate ...

New Jersey Abortion Access Would Expand Under Gov. Murphy's Proposal, Republicans React to Plan

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Phil Murphy announced new legislation Wednesday that would renew abortion rights in the state and expand access to reproductive care. The proposal would mandate insurance plans in New Jersey to cover abortion procedures with no out-of-pocket costs. Murphy also announced his support to expand the pool of abortion providers to include ...

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Agent Spotlight: Teresa Maegerlein

Teresa Maegerlein, Broker-Associate in the Morristown office, is dedicated to getting her clients results! Her career in real estate began in 2004. Before getting into real estate, Teresa worked on Wall Street and her financial background has proven invaluable in her current work. As useful as her hard-earned savvy has been, she knows that the most important skill for a successful business is ...

Atlantic Health System Welcomes Chief Clinical Officer

May 23, 2022

Atlantic Health System is pleased to announce the arrival of Suja Mathew, MD, FACP, as the system’s new Executive Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer. With decades of experience in clinical leadership and physician development, Dr. Mathew will work collaboratively to deliver innovative and high-quality care for patients across the region.

Working directly with Atlantic Health ...

Four Atlantic Health System Medical Centers get ‘A’ Grade for Safety by Leapfrog for Spring 2022

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today announced that Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center all earned the highest possible safety rating of ‘A’ by The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2022 Hospital Safety Grades.

“Safety is the foundation of ...

Is a “Perfect Divorce” a Realistic Goal?

A “perfect divorce” unfolds in a manner that ends the marriage in a healthy and productive way and minimizes the damage for all involved. Be mindful that issues can not only impact finances and custody and parenting time but also may include struggles with depression, self-esteem, and feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Ensure That a Divorce Is What You Want

Be sure that you ...

Former Board Member's Wife Says Schools 'Headed in the Wrong Direction'

May 23, 2022

To the editor,

My husband, Mike Byrne, was the longest serving board member for three decades leading a team of respected capable volunteers to build the fine schools we have today and a well-rounded education for children.  
 
I write this letter as a passionate resident and grandmother with high concerns about the sexualization of curriculum reflecting a large and growing segment ...

Thomas Kang Becomes Owner/Publisher of 5 TAPinto Local News and Digital Marketing Platforms

MILLBURN, NJ — Thomas Kang is the new owner/publisher of TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, TAPinto Springfield, TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove, TAPinto West Essex and TAPinto West Orange. He took over the local news and digital marketing platforms on March 1, 2022.

Kang, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, moved to New Jersey about two years ago. He's also lived in ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

Acting Attorney General Calls for Increased Law Enforcement Presence at New Jersey Schools

May 25, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin has called for increased law enforcement presence at schools statewide, following the May 24, 2022 deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

"Nothing about this is normal," Platkin said in a statement. "We do not have to accept that we live in a country where children are shot just for going to school. My ...

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