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Brookdale Pet Center Delivers 1000 lbs of Pet Food to Human Needs Pantry

May 15, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Brookdale Pet Center has put their money where their mouth is, or in this case, local animals' mouths.  Back on May 5th we reported that the Broad Street pet shop was raising money to provide 1,000 pounds of pet food to the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair, ...

Don't Be a Knucklehead, Be a Bobblehead! Company Unveils Gov. Murphy Bobblehead

MILWAUKEE – The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced plans to make a bobblehead of NJ Gov. Phil Murphy. 

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will donate $5 from every Gov. Murphy Bobblehead sold to the Protect The Heroes fund in support of the 100 Million Mask Challenge, the same cause that the ...

Congress Replenishes CARES Act's PPP Funding for Small Businesses; Malinowski Praises The Measure

WASHINGTON, DC -- On Thursday evening, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan interim emergency funding package that secures additional critical funding for small businesses, hospitals and COVID-19 testing. President Trump indicated earlier in the week that he would sign the bill the legislation.

The initial interim package introduced by Senate Republicans was a one-sentence bill, ...

Nutley School of Music Launches Free Online Classes For Its Students

During this very difficult time so many daily activities for both kids and adults have been put on hold indefinitely. But not for students of Nutley School of Music. One month ago Nutley School of Music made the transition to virtual learning and took all of their students online for private lessons. In addition to that, now they've launched an online music program with free classes / ...

HUD Moves Quickly To Make Over $82 Million Of COVID-19 Relief Funding Available To Communities Across New Jersey








WASHINGTON - President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law last Friday, providing much needed assistance to the American people as the country works diligently to combat COVID-19. Thanks to the President’s leadership, families and communities across the country will immediately feel ...

The CARES Act and What It Means for NJ Small Businesses

The $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill is providing a lifeline for small businesses in New Jersey and across the country in states that have been hit hard by the epidemic.

The cornerstone of the legislation for business owners is a bold a $349 billion lending program for companies that are currently struggling to make payroll and pay other bills. It also provides increased ...

NJ Announces Mortgage Payment Relief, Financial Protections During COVID-19 Epidemic

TRENTON – Financial institutions will provide mortgage forbearance and financial protections for New Jerseyans facing economic hardship as a result COVID-19, according to an announcement by Gov. Phil Murphy today.

“Millions of hardworking New Jerseyans are suffering financial losses through no fault of their own as a result of the economic downturn brought on by ...

Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia Launches Task Force to Help Small Business Owners File for Federal Grants/Loans

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Mayor Michael Venezia has created a task force that will help small business owners in the township file for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans or federal grants. The task force will work with small businesses one on one via email and phone to assist them in receiving these emergency funds. If businesses are able to wait, federal grant money ...

5 More Retail Businesses Permitted to Operate; Says Governor Murphy

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan today announced an Administrative Order, permitting additional retail businesses to operate during their normal business hours. Effective immediately, the following businesses are considered essential in accordance with Executive Order No. 107:

Mobile Phone Retail and Repair Shops
Bicycle ...

Murphy: 'There's a Special Place in Hell' For Price-gougers, Racists During Pandemic

TRENTON, NJ – Incidents of price gouging and racism aimed at Asian-Americans in New Jersey since the COVID-19 crisis began prompted an irritated Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday to say, “There’s a special place in hell for the people who take advantage of this health crisis."

Murphy made the comment after Attorney General Gurbir Grewal reported there have been 1,400 ...

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Family Service League Announces Bloomfield Office Relocation

June 2, 2020

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — June 2, 2020 — Family Service League (FSL), a nationally recognized nonprofit that aims to help strengthen and support families in need, has announced that it will move to a new office space at 440 Franklin Street, Suite 200 in Bloomfield, N.J. The organization is currently located at the historic United Way building at 60 South Fullerton Avenue in ...

Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Announces Cancellation of Summer Concert Series And Fireworks

Essex County, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced on Monday, June 1st that the 2020 Essex County Summer Music Concert Series and Fireworks displays have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus.

“Our Summer Concert Series and Fireworks Spectaculars are much anticipated events that attract spectators from throughout Essex County and beyond.

Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Announces Cancellation of Summer Concert Series And Fireworks

June 1, 2020

Essex County, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced on Monday, June 1st that the 2020 Essex County Summer Music Concert Series and Fireworks displays have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus.

“Our Summer Concert Series and Fireworks Spectaculars are much anticipated events that attract spectators from throughout Essex County and beyond.

Essex County Emergency Food Distribution to be Held May 28

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — An Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be held on Thursday, May 28th at the Charles H. Bullock School in Montclair to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food. 

The event will be held as ...

Breaking News: Beaches Opening With Restrictions

May 14, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -  Governor Phil Murphy is in the process of his daily COVID-19 press conference. For beach communities along the New Jersey shore, beaches and boardwalks will be open with some restrictions as of Friday, May 22.

Beaches will still be open to the public with limited capacity. This means restrictions on  beach badges and requirements as far as social distancing ...

NBA Great Shaquille O'Neal Gives Some Love to Somerville Hospital Staff

SOMERVILLE, NJ - NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, a New Jersey native and a mountain of a man whose accomplishments on and off the basketball court are legendary, took the time Tuesday night to call the Critical Care unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset to extend thanks and encouragement to the staff for their never-ending efforts to treat patients during the COVID-19 ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

Rutherford, NJ Bakery Brings Smiles and Support to their Community During the Pandemic

June 2, 2020

RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Renee Faris, Chef & Owner of Erie Coffee Shop & Bakery, about her small business in town and how life and work has changed for her during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the coronavirus outbreak began to take hold in New Jersey, at first Faris set limits as to how many people could be in the bakery, but eventually wound up closing altogether ...

Berkeley Heights Restaurant Creates Mobile Market to Serve their Community During the Pandemic

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Host Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Ralph Acquaviva, Owner of Delicious Heights, a restaurant/bar/takeout establishment, to see how he has managed his business during the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about the initiatives he has established to continue meeting his customers’ needs.

“My dream was always to open up a restaurant,” said Acquaviva.

The Jaffe Briefing - June 2, 2020

STATEWIDE – One silver lining around this whole pandemic mess are evening walks. Breathe deeply, as you enjoy clean Jersey air and the stars popping brilliantly in our clear skies. Yes, our air quality has improved remarkably over the past two months, with our factories are shuttered. But the Record – always asking pesky questions ...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health is Greater than We Know 

May 28, 2020

While COVID-19 makes its horrific mark on New Jersey, we at Family Connections are continuing to serve thousands of people of all ages through our dynamic programming. In talking to these clients, we’re hearing increased symptoms among those who already had mental health issues and reports from clients now experiencing new feelings of depression, anxiety and social isolation. We are also ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Jon "Ferris" Meredith of TAPinto Wayne

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of May 2020 is Jon "Ferris" Meredith, who owns and operates TAPinto Wayne.  With a background in sales and an entrepreneurial passion, Meredith has made TAPinto Wayne a household name in just a matter of months registering over 224,000 pageviews in March 2020 alone!  

Q. Why did you want to franchise a TAPinto ...

The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)

 

A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant (Inkubator Books, 2020)

 Recently I was at a doctor’s appointment and my physician asked if I had read anything good lately. Then she offered a tip to read The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant. 

The Good Neighbor starts off with an intriguing Prologue. In fact, the first line of the novel reads, “There was so much blood. It wasn’t ...

Food for Thought by Mark Vogel

Food for Thought: Food History & Science Cooking Techniques  by Mark Vogel.   ( 2020).

Are you suffering from cabin fever, having  been on “lockdown” for a week, facing a future of being housebound for who knows how long? I have a suggestion to help you pass the time in a productive and interesting way, learn fun facts about food, and sample new recipes. Purchase ...

Rep. Sherrill Hosts Food Security Roundtable

May 27, 2020

Parsippany, NJ -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) convened a roundtable discussion last week with local food pantries and meal programs to discuss the issue of food security during the COVID-19 pandemic. As noted by the Star-Ledger Editorial Board, 23 percent of Americans are food insecure, and in homes with children under 12, that number increases to 40.9 percent.

“Food ...

NJ Medicaid Takes Action to Ensure Nursing Home Residents Receive Their Federal Stimulus Checks

NJ Human Services Issues Guidance Making Clear Long-Term Care Facility Residents Are Entitled to Their Checks

May 21, 2020

(TRENTON) –  Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today released guidance making clear that individuals with Medicaid coverage who reside in long-term care facilities are entitled to receive their federal stimulus payments and the ...

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

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.  ...

Ensuring Underserved Communities Fully Benefit from Green Economy

April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Amid the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its extraordinary impact on the health, economic and social well-being of our state, Earth Day is a historic milestone deserving of celebration and sustained action. It also is an appropriate time to recognize New Jersey’s progress in meeting the challenge of climate change, ...

Obituaries

Sep 29, 1974 - May 11, 2020
Charles Edward Roberts III (Rob,) 45, of Glen Ridge, NJ, entered into eternal rest on May 11, 2020 ...
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Sep 7, 1933 - Jan 14, 2020
Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather Michael A. Conca, 86 of Nutley, passed away on Tuesday, ...
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Rutherford, NJ Bakery Brings Smiles and Support to their Community During the Pandemic

June 2, 2020

RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Renee Faris, Chef & Owner of Erie Coffee Shop & Bakery, about her small business in town and how life and work has changed for her during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the coronavirus outbreak began to take hold in New Jersey, at first Faris set limits as to how many people could be in the bakery, but eventually wound up closing altogether ...