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Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: Two-Thirds of New Jerseyans Feel State Moving at Right Pace to Reopen

May 17, 2020

Majorities worry about getting virus, testing, future ramifications for jobs, finances, local businesses, hospitals


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — As Gov. Phil Murphy continues to navigate how, when, and at what speed New Jersey should reopen, 66 percent of residents feel the state is moving to lift restrictions and reopen businesses at just the right pace, according to the ...

VIDEO: Two River First-Responders Salute Riverview Medical Center Workers

RED BANK, NJ — In a show of unity, gratitude and empathy, the Two River community of police, firefighters and emergency services workers united outside the Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center on April 11 to salute its health care workers.

The enthusiastic crowd of more than 300 shook off a bone-chilling cold and bitter winds to line the entrance to the ...

UPDATE: Two Missing Waretown Girls Safe and Sound

 WARETOWN, NJ — Two Ocean Township girls missing since February 27 have been located — "found safe and sound in Stafford," said Police Chief Michal Rogalski.

Savannah Weschler and another teen did not return home after leaving Southern Regional Middle School at the end of the school day.

Reached briefly for comment, ...

Scotch Plains Chef Joe Murphy Wins Food Network's 'Chopped Sweets' Contest

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Not unexpectedly, Food Network "Chopped Sweets" winner Joe Murphy of Scotch Plains says his phone has been constantly ringing since the conclusion of the show, which aired on February 24. On the other end of the phone were friends calling to congratulate him and to ask about his experiences on the cooking reality show.

“The challenges were under the ...

Nixle Advisory Helps Bring Missing South Brunswick Boy Home

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — When a nonverbal, autistic 10-year-old boy went missing on Wednesday evening, a Nixle advisory helped to bring Ethan back home to his family. South Brunswick resident Fazil Syed found the child in the woods along Kingston Lane to help give this story a happy ending.

Syed headed out to join the search for the child after receiving a Nixle advisory from the South ...

Food Network TV Show Features Media-Savvy Hillsborough Girl Scout

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — Tune in to the Food Network channel on Monday, February 10 at 8 p.m. and you'll see Olivia Altidor, an eighth-grader at Hillsborough Middle School, in front of the camera with other Girl Scouts, as bakers whip up desserts made with Girl Scout cookies.

You'll see her working with the contestants, offering advice on how to create a dessert that will appeal ...

Milltown Mel Says It Will Be Early Spring for Garden State

MILLTOWN, NJ — The forecast is in. Milltown Mel predicts an early spring for his hometown and the Garden State on Groundhog Day. The borough's favorite furry forecaster celebrated his 12th Groundhog Day this morning in front of a large crowd of about 400 people outside of American Legion Post #25.

Mel was a bit shy about coming out to meet his public and a tad feisty, giving his ...

Milltown Mel Getting Ready For His Super Sunday

MILLTOWN, NJ — Much like the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, Milltown Mel gets two weeks to prep for the biggest day of his career. Groundhog Day falls on Super Bowl Sunday this year and Milltown's furriest celebrity already has his game face on.

Mel is cozy and chilling out under his heat lamp, while his chief wrangler, John McNamara, and the staff of Bronson & ...

What's Open and Closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

NEW JERSEY — Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorates the birthday of the civil rights leader. One of 10 federal holidays, it falls on the third Monday in January each year, although King's actual birthday is January 15. He would have been 91 years old this year. 

The year 2000 was the first time the holiday was marked in all 50 states. In 1994, former President ...

Prosecutor: Bound Brook Arson Suspect Caused $52M in Losses

SOMERVILLE, NJ — A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the arson suspect charged with burning down two five-story buildings in downtown Bound Brook Sunday night will remain in jail until a pre-indictment conference in March.

In his denial to release the suspect on bail, Superior Court Judge Kevin M. Shanahan referenced posts that appeared on Juan Hector Padilla's Facebook page in ...


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Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 27, 2020

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors. TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate. 

You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos. Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - June 3, 2020

STATEWIDE - You can soon drop your kid off at child care as you get a haircut, shop for new shoes, then meet a friend for a lovely outdoor lunch to chat about what summer camp your little cherubs might attend. Just don't dare lift any barbells or swing any tennis rackets, okay? That’s the message ...