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Outdoor Dining in NJ Can Return June 15, With Rules For Establishments to Expand Footprint

June 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Garden State eateries continuing to hurt because of COVID-19 will get further relief June 15 when the state will begin allowing for in-person outdoor dining.

Gov. Phil Murphy, in announcing the executive order Wednesday, said he himself has a reservation for June 15 although he didn’t say where.

“I hope folks with some confidence feel they can get ...

Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department Releases Contact Tracing Steps for COVID-19

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department has outlined step by step what the contact tracing process entails for residents that test positive for COVID-19. The purpose of contact tracing, is to retrace a person's steps leading up to the positive diagnosis and to reach out to all people that may have been exposed to them. 

“Making sure that we quickly ...

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 ...

Murphy Announces Opening Dates for Youth Sports, Daycare Centers, and Summer Camps

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his daily COVID-19 press conference today announced reopening dates for 

Child care centers (June 15)
Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July 6) 

These activities are allowed to resume over the next several weeks, if they follow health and safety safeguards, the ...

NJ Graduations Can Start July 6. Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing.

NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as ...

Coronavirus: Latest New Jersey Numbers from Gov. Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Sunday, May 24, via his Twitter account that New Jersey had 1,065 new confirmed positive cases of COVID19, bringing the state total to 154,154. Of those cases, 2,857 are in hospitals, 760 are in critical or intensive care, and 639 are on ventilators.The governor also announced 52 more new deaths, pushing New Jersey's total ...

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 ...

NJ Gov. Murphy Raises Limits on Outdoor Gathering from 10 to 25 People

TRENTON, NJ - NJ Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he is signing an executive order lifting the limit on outdoor gathering from 10 to 25 individuals.

The EO all allows recreational campgrounds to reopen effective immediately. The order includes both public and private campgrounds. The capacity on charter and fishing boats will also be raised to 25 individuals.

Outdoor batting cages and ...

Nutley, NJ Resident Shares Her Experience and Concerns After Battling COVID-19

NUTLEY, NJ - Jennifer McCusker, Nutley resident and a single mother, tells of her battle with COVID-19. McCusker was sick in early March and hospitalized at Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center. She believes she was the fifth person admitted at a time when the virus was just hitting the area. It has been a rough road and a long recovery for McCusker as she has multiple ...

Murphy Signs Order Allowing Some Outdoor Businesses to Open, Reports Latest COVID-19 Totals at Press Conference

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy today signed an Executive Order allowing some additional outdoor recreational areas and businesses to restart their operations effective Friday, May 22. These businesses include: batting cages, golf ranges, archery ranges, horseback riding, private tennis clubs, and community gardens, he announced during his daily COVID-19 press ...

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Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department Releases Contact Tracing Steps for COVID-19

June 3, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Health and Human Services Department has outlined step by step what the contact tracing process entails for residents that test positive for COVID-19. The purpose of contact tracing, is to retrace a person's steps leading up to the positive diagnosis and to reach out to all people that may have been exposed to them. 

“Making sure that we quickly ...

Family Service League Announces Bloomfield Office Relocation

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

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 ...

Clinton NJ Vegan Café Pays it Forward by Preparing Meals for the Community & Essential Workers

June 3, 2020

CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic. 

Stone described Grounded for Life as a plant-based restaurant “borne from a need to bring healthy and compassionate food, ...

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

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 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 4, 2020

TRENTON – $14 billion. Boy, that sounds like a lot of money. And that is the number the state Assembly is kicking around today, as part of Gov. Phil Murphy’s borrowing plan to desperately shore up the state. Politico reports the state is seeking an immediate $5 billion, with the rest of the cash coming from federal stimulus loans. For Murphy to be asking for $14 billion – ...

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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Clinton NJ Vegan Café Pays it Forward by Preparing Meals for the Community & Essential Workers

June 3, 2020

CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic. 

Stone described Grounded for Life as a plant-based restaurant “borne from a need to bring healthy and compassionate food, ...