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Bayonne Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony to Air Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

April 7, 2021

BAYONNE, NJ - After being canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic, Bayonne’s Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, sponsored by the UJA Federation of Bayonne, the City of Bayonne, and the Bayonne Interfaith Clergy, will be held virtually.

The program will be broadcast on Thursday, April 8, at 8:00 p.m., on the Bayonne Educational Network (BEN-TV), which is on Channel 77 on ...

Black History Month: TAPInto Bayonne Recognizes Rev. Dorothy Patterson

BAYONNE, NJ - Since becoming the first woman pastor of the Wallace Temple A.M.E Zionist Church in 2010, the Rev. Dorothy Patterson has become a prominent voice against racism in Bayonne, questioning hiring practices in the school district, while supporting nationwide efforts to hold accountable those associated with the death of George Floyd last June.

A graduate of S.C. State University in ...

Sen. Cory Booker Eulogizes U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Hero Cop Murdered After He 'Faced Down Terrorists'

SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- Senator Cory Booker took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday to eulogize U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, calling him "the very definition of a hero" and "a Jersey guy through and through." 

Sicknick, a South River native, died from injuries he sustained on Jan. 6 while trying to protect the Capitol Building from an ...

Bayonne to Name Street After Legendary Rev. H. Gene Sykes

BAYONNE, NJ - The City of Bayonne will rename a portion of West Street, between Avenue C and Broadway, in honor of the late Rev. H. Gene Sykes, who served as pastor of the Friend Baptist Church for more than 25 years.

Rev. Sykes, whose career was defined by a strong belief that all people should have a roof over their head and a full stomach, died due to complications of COVID-19 in ...

Flags to be Flown at Half Staff in Honor U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. New Jersey Native Killed During Attack on Congress

NEW JERSEY — Governor Philip D. Murphy has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday, January 11, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River. 

Sicknick died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol from violent insurrectionists.

According to the statement from the Governor's Office, Sicknick was a ...

Bergen Point Tree Lighting Celebrates Holiday Spirit

BAYONNE, NJ - “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings,” George Bailey’s daughter tells the protagonist in the Christmas Classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” 

On Tuesday, as about 20 neighbors, friends, and residents gathered on the lawn outside of Trinity Parish in the Bergen Point section of Bayonne, Councilman Neil Carroll’s cell phone ...

Happy Hanukkah from TAPinto

NEW JERSEY - Although Hanukkah, "The Festival of Lights," is considered a “minor” Jewish holiday, it is a popular celebration among Jewish families across America. In 2020, Hanuhhah begins in the evening of Dec. 10 and continue through the evening of Dec. 18.

According to ReformJudaism.org, when the Maccabees entered the Temple in Jerusalem to reclaim it from ...

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Hudson County Community College Adds Nine Degree Programs That Are Fully Available at North Hudson Campus

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County Community College (HCCC) now offers 19 degree programs that can be completed from start to finish, on site, at the College’s North Hudson Campus in Union City.

“To better respond to the community’s needs and to offer more flexible options, the College has integrated Interactive Telepresence Video (ITV) into classrooms at our North Hudson ...

DeGise Calls for Patience Regarding ICE Detainees

May 3, 2021

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Some Hudson County officials hope to get out of the 10-year contract with federal Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) renewed last year to house federal immigration detainees at the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny.

The $120 in daily revenue the county receives for the service provided helps fund operations at the facility that has seen a decline in its ...

Hudson County Improvement Authority Hosts Earth Day Celebration

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Pre-teen siblings don’t usually agree on much. But on Saturday, as they enjoyed an Earth Day celebration hosted by the Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA) at Lincoln Park, the sister-brother duo of Jana and Youssef were on board with a shared commitment to help keep their community clean and green.

“I love nature,” Jana, 11, told TAPinto Jersey ...

When Should We Wear a Mask? CDC Offers News Guidelines

April 29, 2021

NEW JERSEY - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revised its masking guidance for fully vaccinated Americans on Tuesday, April 27. The new public health recommendations outlined instances in which fully vaccinated individuals can forgo wearing a mask. This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by the FDA: Pfizer-BioNTech, ...

Murphy Announces Loosened Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing Monday afternoon that effective May 10, indoor room capacities for private catered events -- including weddings and school proms, political events, funerals, memorial services, and performances -- will increase to 50% with a maximum of 250 individuals.

He also announced the easing of the following ...

Building Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Programming in Schools

April 22, 2021

In March, my home state of New Jersey signed into law the Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Verrelli Bill requiring schools to include diversity and inclusion (DNI) instruction into their curriculums. When I read that news I was first ecstatic.  I love social justice!  I live and breathe diversity and inclusion.  Preparing students to become leaders who can live and effect change in ...

NJ has America’s Best Pizza, Food & Wine Says. But You Already Knew That

May 2, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Food & Wine magazine made waves this week when it declared New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in America and proclaimed that New York is No. 3. In the No. 2 spot? Connecticut.

You can read the article, in which the author recommends “The Best Pizza in Every State,” here.

MORE: Pizza in High Demand During Pandemic, NJ Restaurant Owners Say

New Yorkers ...

New Jersey Date Night: Spice Things Up with Asian Cuisines

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

There comes a time in every relationship when a little something extra is needed. It’s not that the spark is gone nor is the relationship in any sort of trouble … it just needs a little spicing up. The same thing can be said for your date nights.

Ready to try something new? Flavorful, ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

When Facebook Groups Replace Credible News Outlets

Facebook already serves as a news source for more than half of all Americans. But some communities solely rely on Facebook and other social media platforms for local information because no nearby news outlet exists.

Local groups dominate the digital landscape, often accumulating thousands of active participants who populate public forums with well-meaning but unvetted information. Even ...