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Congressman Sires Votes in Support of Additional Housing Assistance

July 1, 2020

WASHINGTON, NJ - Federal legislation that would extend the eviction moratorium for those impacted by COVID-19 to March 27, 2021, as well as expand it to cover all renters, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 232-180, with the support of Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ-08).

The bill, H.R. 7301, also provides $100 billion for emergency rental assistance that can be used to cover rent ...

Bayonne to Seek 500K for Renovation of Golding Park

BAYONNE, NJ - Plans to upgrade a park at the northeastern most portion of Bayonne got a boost recently from the city council in the form of an approval to apply for $500,000 from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund. If awarded, the funding will more than half of the anticipated nearly $900,000 total cost of the project.

City officials have been seeking funds from the county and other ...

Calls for Alonso's Resignation Continue

June 30, 2020

BAYONNE, NJ - Protesters continued to call for the resignation of Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Michael Alonso for his posting of what some claim were racist remarks on his personal Facebook page.

In June, Alonso took to the social media platform to ask: “Where will the Bayonne Riot Start? Walmart- QuickChek- Shoprite?” in reference, he said, to seeing stores boarding up their ...

'Moments of Apartness do not Define the Worth of our Achievements,' Top Students Tells Fellow Bayonne Grads

BAYONNE, NJ - Had this been any other year, graduation ceremonies would have followed the usual pattern, each grammar school celebrating the rite of passage for its students to the high school, and seniors at Bayonne High School preparing to embark on a journey to college or some other way of life.

But the classes of 2020, reaching these academic milestones in the middle of a global health ...

City of Bayonne Shows Its Pride

July 2, 2020

BAYONNE, NJ - Unable to hold the LGBTQ flag raising due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bayonne city officials, with the help of the Urban Enterprise Zone and workers from the Department of Public Works, have decorated a portion of Broadway with rainbow flags.

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March in New York City, a year after the Stonewall Inn ...

NJ Lottery: Beware of Fraudulent Promises of Winnings

TRENTON, NJ  – New Jersey Lottery officials issued an alert Monday after recent reports of alleged lottery scams cropping up over the past weeks in social media posts. The agency cautioned players to beware of any social media postings, emails or telephone calls from anyone promising lottery winnings, asking for money or offering to share money from lottery prizes ...

State Health Officials Rule Against Bayonne Hospital Transaction

July 2, 2020

BAYONNE, NJ - In what could be a major blow to the hopes for the purchase of Bayonne Medical Center operations by BMC Hospital LLC, the New Jersey Department of Health denied a request to expedite the sale.

While this means BMC Hospital LLC and CarePoint Health, will have to go through a much lengthier process of approval for their proposed transaction, the buyer said the decision was strictly ...

CarePoint Staff Rally to Save Bayonne Medical Center

BAYONNE, NJ - More than a hundred members of the Bayonne Medical staff, nursing staff, union delegates and local public officials gathered on the front lawn of Bayonne Medical Center Wednesday to show their support for BMC LLC – which has offered to take over the operations from CarePoint Health.

The rally was prompted by a letter dated June 19, and reviewed by TAPinto ...

FeedNJ Receives $5,000 each from National and New Jersey-Based Companies to Combat Food Insecurity

July 1, 2020

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ - FeedNJ, an initiative by SoupKitchen411, announced the receipt of several large grants from local and national companies to help combat food insecurity while supporting local restaurants. AT&T, New Jersey Manufacturers, New Jersey Bankers Association, O’Toole Scrivo LLC, and Federal Business Centers each donated $5,000 to SoupKitchen411’s FeedNJ initiative to ...

Hoboken, Jersey City Hospitals Benefit from Generosity of IBEW Local 164

HOBOKEN, NJ - Hoboken University Medical Center was one of 17 hospitals through Hudson, Bergen, and Essex County to benefit from the generosity of IBEW Local 164, the Paramus based union that represents more than 3,000 electrical workers.

In total the union donated more than $50,000 worth of PPE, including KN95 masks, gowns, hand sanitizer, and food to the hospitals, also including Jersey City ...

First Lady Tammy Murphy Visits Little Boho Bookshop

July 2, 2020

BAYONNE, NJ - When searching for a name for her new bookstore in the Bergen Point section of the city in 2017, Sandra Dear asked around as to what people called that part of the city. People she talked to told her they called it “BoHo,” a kind of hip Bayonne version of SoHo in New York City.

“So, I decided to call the store The Little Boho Bookshop,” Dear told TAPinto ...

Overnight Stabbing Sends One Man to Jail, Victim to Hospital with Wounds to Face

June 30, 2020

BAYONNE, NJ - A 53-year-old Bayonne man was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday after he allegedly stabbed another male in the face with a kitchen knife.

According to Captain Eric Amato, members of the Bayonne Police Department responded to a home at 31 Street and Broadway where they found a man, later identified as Joseph Matusaitis, seated on a bench outside.

Other officers entered the ...

Bayonne Joins Hoboken, Jersey City in Efforts to Crackdown on Illegal Fireworks

BAYONNE, NJ - The latest crisis in the area isn’t a virus. 

In the absence of officially sanctioned fireworks due to the COVID-19 virus, residents of Bayonne as well as other cities appear to be setting off their own displays in the sky.

Officials in Bayonne, similar to in Jersey City and Hoboken, are dealing with an influx  of illegal fireworks being set off in the streets ...

Failure to Pay More than $550K in Taxes Lands Bayonne Man in Prison

June 24, 2020

NEWARK, NJ – A Bayonne man’s failure to file a tax return on more than $1.3 million in income has landed him an 18-month prison sentence, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Wednesday.

According to court documents Patrick Franconeri, 57, was the owner and operator of several construction businesses that performed work for a major insurance company in New Jersey. His guilty plea ...

Three Arrests Made in Thefts from Bayonne, Jersey City Factories

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A Bayonne man who served as shop steward with the United Production Workers (UPW) Union Local 17-18 out of Brooklyn was among three people charged with the theft of more than $50,000 from the pension funds of two different Hudson County factories, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced Monday.

According to Suarez, Elkin Garcia, 55, was charged with Theft ...

Emergency State Rental Assistance Available

June 21, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program offered through the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will provide temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or became unemployed due the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Applicants may be eligible for a maximum of up to six months of ...

Murphy Announces Plan to Restart Youth Sports Monday

June 16, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Low-risk competitive youth sports such as golf and tennis can resume as early as Monday as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to steer the state down the road to re-opening.

Other youth sports that are considered medium or high risks of transmission of COVID-19 will be allowed to start up in the coming weeks, Murphy announced Monday at his daily news conference.

The State ...

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Progress Seen As Guarini Justice Complex Project Moves Forward

June 22, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - County officials said phase one of a four phase Guarini Justice Complex project is nearly complete.

After decades of delays, the $345 million project began in earnest in 2018 after the county finalized agreements with the city of Jersey City and a number of private owners.

Demolition of a number of buildings along the northside of Newark Avenue allowed the county and ...

Search Party Finds Buried Treasure at Barnegat Bay Beach

July 3, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ – A Barnegat man using a metal detector came to the rescue of a distraught township resident -who lost her rings at the Barnegat Bay Beach.  Alicia Bivens says she offered Tom Panik a reward for recovering her treasured keepsakes, but he refused to take it.

“He told me just to pay it forward,” said Alicia. “He had the biggest smile after he saw how ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. 

The extension of the public health emergency means he’ll have the authority to remain ...

New Jersey Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists Recognizes TAPinto Journalists with Three Signature Awards

June 24, 2020

The New Jersey Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists has recognized three TAPinto publishers for their reporting as a part of their annual NJ-SPJ Signature Awards.    

"I am proud that NJ-SPJ has recognized our publishers for providing objective, independent, truly local news reporting," said TAPinto Publisher and CEO Michael Shapiro.  "As ...

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7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

July 3, 2020

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

New Jersey Date Night: Restaurants with Great Outdoor Dining

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

“Come out, come out wherever you are!” were Glinda’s famous words 81 years ago, and they’ve never been more applicable to New Jersey now. People have lots of reasons to come out in June; not only is it Pride Month but also we now can enjoy a date night in an actual restaurant, ...