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Be a Light in the Darkness This Weekend

May 30, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- At the close of tonight’s virtual vigil for peace and justice, which was attended by more than 2,000 viewers, Bloomfield’s mayor and council implored residents to join them in a show of solidarity against racism and injustice by leaving their porch lights on all weekend and hanging signs in their windows featuring an image of a candle and a quote by Dr. Martin ...

Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia to Host Virtual Vigil Tonight at 5:00pm

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Following the tragic death of George Floyd, Mayor Michael Venezia has announced a virtual vigil for tonight at 5:00pm. 

The event will be open to the public and the Mayor will be joined by the Town Council as well as community faith leaders. Anyone that would like to attend the event can do so by going to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89522920337 and entering the ...

Free COVID-19 Testing Available to All Bloomfield Residents Beginning June 4

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Health Department is offering free COVID-19 tests to residents starting June 4. Testing will be done on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00am-2:00pm at varying locations. 

“As the state and our township slowly begin to reopen, it is imperative that our residents are able to be tested for COVID-19,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “We want to ...

Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia and Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. to Host Virtual Town Hall this Thursday

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia and Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. will be hosting a virtual town hall on Thursday, May 28 at 6:00pm. 

The purpose of the event will be to inform residents of the steps that the federal government is taking to combat the effects of COVID-19 and how it impacts Bloomfield. Congressman Payne has virtually attended multiple Bloomfield ...

Bloomfield Scouts Honor Local Veterans with Flags at Grave Sites in Glendale Cemetery

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Although many Memorial Day traditions have been postponed or altered this year due to COVID-19, one tradition continued this morning at Glendale Cemetery.  Despite the gloomy weather, Scouts from around Bloomfield helped to place American flags on the graves of US military veterans.  

Members of Troop 22, Troop 2, an all female troop, and Cub Scout ...

Bloomfield Municipal Clerk's Office Releases Important Reminders for Pet Owners

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Municipal Clerk's Office has released crucial information for pet owners in the township to keep track of. Despite the COVID-19 crisis, the Clerk’s office has continued to prioritize the safety of township pets. 

“Over the next month there are a number of important dates to keep track of if you own a pet,” said Municipal Clerk Louise ...

Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services Offering a Variety of Services to Help Residents get through COVID-19 Crisis

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department is offering a number of critical services to residents to aid them in navigating the COVID-19 crisis. Residents requiring assistance may call the department at 973-680-4017 and leave a voicemail including their name and telephone number so that a social worker can call them back. 

The Bloomfield Health and Human ...

Bloomfield Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Announces Free Virtual Programming Series

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs is offering a free virtual programming series available to all residents beginning Friday, May 22. The series will allow residents to participate in a wide variety of classes for kids, adults and the whole family from the comfort of their own home. 

The classes that will be offered will include: Zumba ...

Bloomfield Makes Accommodations for Curbside Pickup at Non-Essential Retail Establishments Allowed to open Monday

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia has announced that starting Monday at 6:00am, non-essential retail businesses will be allowed to open and the Township will designate areas for curbside pickup in order to assist local businesses in reopening. Curbside pickup will be limited to 15 minutes and businesses that open for curbside pickup will have to abide by all social ...

Bloomfield Municipal Building to Reopen on Monday for Drop Off Only

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- As the state gradually starts the process of reopening, the Township of Bloomfield has begun making accommodations for businesses and residents to drop off documents at the municipal building beginning Monday, May, 18. Non-essential construction will also be permitted to resume on Monday at 6:00am as long as all COVID-19 safety procedures can be ...

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Be a Light in the Darkness This Weekend

May 30, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- At the close of tonight’s virtual vigil for peace and justice, which was attended by more than 2,000 viewers, Bloomfield’s mayor and council implored residents to join them in a show of solidarity against racism and injustice by leaving their porch lights on all weekend and hanging signs in their windows featuring an image of a candle and a quote by Dr. Martin ...

Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia to Host Virtual Vigil Tonight at 5:00pm

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Following the tragic death of George Floyd, Mayor Michael Venezia has announced a virtual vigil for tonight at 5:00pm. 

The event will be open to the public and the Mayor will be joined by the Town Council as well as community faith leaders. Anyone that would like to attend the event can do so by going to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89522920337 and entering the ...

Essex County Emergency Food Distribution to be Held May 28

May 26, 2020

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 ...

Coronavirus Cases in Essex County as of May 23; Bloomfield Cases reach 1040

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Office of Information has issued the following charts delineating coronavirus cases in the county, updating through the morning of Saturday, May 23. This data will not match any other report since cases are continually entering the system and local health departments may reassign place of residence as appropriate during their ...

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 ...

SpaceX Launches New Era of Manned Space Flight at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

May 31, 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA -- Today, SpaceX launched a manned flight into space from Kennedy Space Center. To commemorate the event, we take a look back at our post from last year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, which originated, like today's flight, from Kennedy Space Center. The center just reopened its doors to the public on May 28, 2020.  

In ...

Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 29, 2020

STAFFORD – Hard to imagine that anything you read on social media is untrue, but beware! The Stafford cops are trying to correct the raging rumor that they are banning a Beach Haven West resident from blasting “God Bless America” at 7:30 p.m. every night. No, the cops are saying, we are not against America. No, the cops are saying, we are ...

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: 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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SpaceX Launches New Era of Manned Space Flight at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

May 31, 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA -- Today, SpaceX launched a manned flight into space from Kennedy Space Center. To commemorate the event, we take a look back at our post from last year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, which originated, like today's flight, from Kennedy Space Center. The center just reopened its doors to the public on May 28, 2020.  

In ...