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Union Catholic Students Set Guinness World Record for the Most People Simultaneously Watering Plants

April 24, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- More than 50 members of the Union Catholic Community helped set a World Record for the most people simultaneously watering plants on Friday. Union Catholic is now the home of two world record holders.

Last summer, Sydney McLaughlin (UC Class of 2017), broke the world record in the 400-meter hurdles when she won the gold medal in that event at the Olympic Games in ...

TAPinto Mourns the Loss of Former Publisher and Editor Kathy Lloyd

ELIZABETH, NJ - TAPinto Elizabeth is sad to announce the passing of former franchise owner, Kathy Lloyd. Kathy passed away on April 12 surrounded by those who loved her. 

"We mourn the passing of former TAPinto owner/publisher Kathy Lloyd,” said Michael Shapiro, the founder and CEO of TAPinto. “Kathy cared deeply about her community and about the importance of objective ...

Union County Sheriff’s Office Violated Whistleblower Act, Terminated Sergeant Claims

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A former sergeant at the Union County Sheriff’s Office claims the agency violated a state whistleblower law when it terminated her after she reported discriminatory behavior by other officers, including differential treatment toward an African American transgender woman.

Beverly Figueroa, of Westfield, was terminated from her position at the county ...

Examining Hate: Union County Sees 40% Rise in Bias Crimes in 2021

UNION COUNTY — A rise of hate crimes in the county and state last year has spurred advocates for racial, ethnic and religious groups into action as they support victims and explore ways to prevent and fight bias. 

Bias incidents increased by 40% in Union County between 2020 and 2021, preliminary reports from the New Jersey state police consisting of tallies from municipal ...

Union County Reopening Federal Rental Aid Program, OKs $97,859 to Advertise It

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Commissioners approved four contracts Thursday totaling $97,859 to advertise the county’s emergency rental assistance program now that the state’s moratorium on evictions has expired.

The program’s portal will reopen this Monday, March 7, at 9 a.m. for eligible residents “regardless of immigration ...

Lost in Warren: Macie is Still Missing, Have You Seen Macie?

WARREN, NJ — Have you seen Macie? 

Macie, a 10lb white Havapoo went missing on Wednesday Feb. 23 in Warren, NJ. She left the kennel she was staying at on Hillcrest Road and then was spotted on Upper Warren Way.

If you have any leads, sightings or ideas,  contact 917-568-1984 or 917-848-5813.

Update from Macie's family:

It’s Sunday morning, and we ...

NJ Appeals Court Stops Work on Union County Government Complex

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state appeals court ruling on Tuesday affirmed a lower court judge’s decision to stop work on Union County’s government complex planned for the site of its defunct motor vehicle services division in Elizabeth.

The approximately $145 million project at 61-99 West Grand St. had been planned since 2020 and was challenged in a lawsuit ...

IMC Receives Highest Arts Grant in New Jersey

ELIZABETH NJ— The Institute of Music for Children has been approved for a $45,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the Summer Arts Institute by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This is the highest arts grant in the state, and among the highest 20% in the nation.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from The ...

Maskless Attendee Causes Abrupt End to Cranford BOE Meeting

CRANFORD, NJ - Monday night's Cranford Board of Education meeting was canceled approximately a half hour after it began when an audience member refused to wear a mask.

The meeting began with opening remarks from Superintendent Scott Rubin, Ed.D. and student liaison updates from Hillside Avenue School, Orange Avenue School, and Cranford High School.

Immediately following the ...

Veterans Benefits Information Session and Membership Drive to be Held at Rahway's American Legion Post 5

RAHWAY, NJ — As part of a community outreach initiative and in an effort to expand services to the approximately 15,000 military veterans in the county, the Union County American Legion will be conducting a membership drive and information session this week in town.

Those representing the American Legion at both the state and county levels will be available during the ...


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The Berkeley Heights Public Schools French Controversy of 2022: A Written Record of Events

May 20, 2022

On Friday, April 8th, at 11:52 am (a few days before Spring Break), parents with children within the CMS French program received an email from their children's French Teacher.  The email informed parents that the trip planned for Quebec by CMS was in danger of being canceled and that the District was moving forward with ending French as a language option within the District.

"I ...

Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

New limits expand 401(k), IRA opportunities

You could spend two, or even three, decades in retirement. So, to pay for all those years, you’ll probably need to take full advantage of your retirement accounts. And in 2022, you may have expanded opportunities to deduct retirement plan contributions on your tax return.

Before looking at what’s changed this year, let’s review the key benefits of these ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Announces Class Officers for 2022-2023

EDISON, NJ -- Annie Gu of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, will lead the student body as senior class president in the 2022-2023 school year after winning the Student Council election. Annie, who took over the leadership from outgoing president Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains earlier this month, will be joined by Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway and Adam Eisdorfer of ...

Union County Clerk Offers Saturday Hours for Voters to Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot in Person

May 18, 2022

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that the County Clerk’s Elections Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield will be open for extended hours on Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for anyone seeking to obtain a Vote-By-Mail ballot for the 2022 Primary Election. The extended hours are offered on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed.

The Primary Election will be held on ...

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Union County Recognizes Community Action Month

The Union County Board of County Commissioners have determined that the County of Union will observe May 2022 as National Community Action Month.  Throughout the month of May, Union County will work in partnership with Community Action Agencies across the country to host events and activities.

“Community Action Agencies have enhanced the lives of hundreds of people in Union County ...

Enjoy your Spring & Summer BH from Varnerin, Brahimaj, Couto Campaign

During this year’s political election season, the Varnerin, Brahimaj & Couto campaign, will be focusing primarily on talking directly with our neighbors and friends.  This means, we won’t send flyers or place lawn signs around town until September.  This change in approach is meant to allow the town to enjoy the Spring and Summer free from the charged national political ...

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Church of the Little Flower, Berkeley Heights

Church of the Little Flower Hosts Loss of Child ...

Religions And Spirituality


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The Park , Berkeley Heights

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Fri, June 17, 8:00 PM

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Berkeley Heights

Wharton Community Players presents Defying ...

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, June 18, 8:00 PM

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Berkeley Heights

Wharton Community Players presents Defying ...

Arts & Entertainment

The facts are clear about prostate cancer – and what you can do about it

Prostate cancer is dangerous – right? The disease remains the number one solid organ cancer diagnosis among men in the United States, with more than 248,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Yet while there can be great differences in how prostate cancer affects each patient, there’s little debate that it is important to monitor for the disease.

Urologist Naeem Rahman, MD, part of ...

'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 ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 19, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...