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Teacher of the Year Award Winners Announced by Bloomfield Board of Education

May 19, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ –  Annual ‘Teacher of the Year’ award winners were announced for the 2019-20 school year at the Bloomfield Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday evening.

In what normally would be a public celebration was instead a video package featuring school principals announcing the winners, followed by a short speech from each award recipient.

“I am ...

Bloomfield Superintendent Goncalves Releases Statement on Graduation

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- With much uncertainty surrounding end of year school festivities around the country, Bloomfield Schools Superintendent Salvatore Goncalves has released a statement in regards to the 2020 BHS Graduation ceremony.  

"I understand and appreciate everyone's concerns regarding this year's high school graduation ceremony.  Below you will find the ...

$119M Budget Introduced by Bloomfield Board of Ed for 2020-21 School Year

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The final adoption of the $119 million budget for the 2020-21 school year was approved by the Bloomfield Board of Education at Tuesday’s meeting.

Bloomfield Schools Superintendent Sal Goncalves made the presentation with the budget broken down by funds that includes $113,911,166 in the general fund, $3,201,810 in the special revenue fund, and $2,577,350 in the debt ...

Kudos Given to Bengal School Community by Bloomfield Board of Education

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Despite challenges that face thousands of school districts nationwide due to the pandemic, Bloomfield administrators gave praise to board members, teachers, staff, and students for rising to the occasion during this difficult time.

“I hope all of your families are healthy and I hope you are all working together at social distancing to make sure we all get through ...

BHS Prom Tentatively Rescheduled to July 15th

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- End of year festivities is a problem plaguing schools across the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A youth group hit harder than most are high school seniors.  This is the time of year that they are usually solidifying plans for their senior prom or graduation night activities.  Unfortunately, most plans have already been canceled or postponed ...

Gov. Murphy Orders Child Care Centers to Close Unless Solely Serving Essential Workers

NEW JERSEY, NJ - On Wednesday, March 25, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order requiring child care centers to close by April 1. Child care centers can stay open if they are "solely serving children of essential workers, the order read.

"While essential workers commit themselves to our New Jersey family, we will commit ourselves to protecting their families", Murphy said in ...

Bloomfield BOE Praises Students, Staff for Virtual Learning Success

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Thousands of school districts around the nation were forced to move to virtual learning in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that haulted the nation.

On Tuesday, members of the Bloomfield Board of Education thanked students and staff for their efforts in making the virtual learning program in the district a success during their public meeting in the ...

$119M Budget Proposed by Bloomfield Board of Education for 2020-21

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Hours after the township declared a State of Emergency due to a Coronavirus outbreak within the community, the Bloomfield Board of Education hosted their special Budget Meeting late Wednesday afternoon in an empty Bloomfield High School Library Media Center.

But that didn’t stop the board, as the proposed $119,690,326 budget was unanimously adopted.

It was ...

Bloomfield Students (and Parents) Tackle Virtual Learning

BLOOMFIELD, NJ--  Virtual learning. Remote learning. Kitchen table school. Whatever name you call it, it's become the reality for over one million New Jersey students this week after Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 104, requiring all public, private and parochial schools shall be closed to students beginning March 18, 2020, although many districts began their ...

Berkeley Students Preview Disney Musical at Bloomfield Board of Education Meeting

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Later this month, students from Berkeley Elementary School will host two performances of ‘The Lion King.’  This is the second consecutive year the school has the honor of performing a Disney musical.

During the Bloomfield Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, the Berkeley students and staff were provided the spotlight and red-carpet treatment much to ...


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

May 27, 2020

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 ...

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 ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...

NJ Business Leader Discusses the Importance of Community and Client Engagement During the Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently spoke with Marcella Gencarelli, Entrepreneur and Business Leader, about her experience heading up several professional organizations in New Jersey. She shared her perspective on what small businesses are looking for as they learn to navigate a new way of working during the pandemic.  

Currently, Gencarelli is the Vice President and Manager of ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 28, 2020

TRENTON – Calling out “knuckleheads” and telling them to “cut the crap” is racking up lots of brownie points for Gov. Phil Murphy. Perhaps that’s why a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows Murphy’s job-approval rating has “catapulted” to 77 percent since last May. The chief pollster says these numbers make Murphy one of our ...

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, ...


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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NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...