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Enrolling Students into District, Charter, and Renaissance Camden Schools Kicks Off

January 14, 2021

CAMDEN, NJ — This week, non-profit Camden Enrollment announced that applications for the 2021-22 school year can now be submitted across the city’s district, charter, and renaissance schools.

The non-profit, which allows families to submit a list of preferred schools based on programs and other offerings, said that 85% of families matched to their first ranked school last ...

Robotics Engineer and College Professor Teaching Camden Prep Students About Robotics

Dr. Cortney Bolden, a robotics engineer and chief scientist at MIA Solutions, also teaches mechatronics at Rowan College of South Jersey.  

For three days a week for 50 minutes, she also offers an elective class in robotics to ninth graders at Uncommon Schools Camden Prep’s new high school.

The class is part of Camden Prep High School’s efforts to pique students’ ...

$3.5M Gift Helps Rutgers-Camden Law School Draw Students With Public Service in Mind

CAMDEN, NJ — An anonymously-donated $3.5 million gift has established a new Rutgers-Camden program meant to draw law students who prioritize public service.

The school said it is the largest donation in Rutgers-Camden's history. It will create the Rayman L. Solomon Scholars program in honor of the school’s former dean.

“Rutgers is a real engine of social ...

Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

January 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

Mark Your Calendars for Camden's 2021 City Council, School Board Meetings

CAMDEN, NJ — Another year, another 24 opportunities for Camden residents to perform a civic duty in attending local City Council and Board of Education meetings.

While ordinarily held on the second floor of the City Hall chamber, the council has been hosting their meetings via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agendas are released ahead of time and residents can participate by tuning ...

NJ Residents Over Age 65 Can Now Get Coronavirus Vaccines

TRENTON, NJ -- Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, also announced that so far New Jersey has ...

Small Businesses Can Benefit from SBA's Changes to the PPP Lending Program

January 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- The newly issued guidelines on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending overseen by the SBA and the U.S. Treasury Department will better target New Jersey's small businesses, especially those owned by minorities or located in low income areas.

The Economic Aid Act makes it possible for hard-hit businesses to get second loans from the PPP lending ...

Murphy Signs Economic Recovery Act into Law. Package Includes Support for Small Business, Long Term Economic Recovery

HAMILTON, NJ --  Governor Phil Murphy signed the landmark New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 into law on Thursday at Hamilton's Carella's Chocolate's and Gifts, a local family business for more than 80 years. The law provides economic support for small businesses, while propelling New Jersey’s economic recovery and growth for much of the next ...

TAPinto Camden Surpasses 1 Million Page Views in 2020

CAMDEN, NJ —  TAPinto Camden has surpassed more than 1 million page views last year, the first time reaching that milestone since the hyperlocal news organization was launched in May 2018.

The news site saw its biggest audiences in March and April during the height of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic as Camden residents were desperately searching for ...

Amy DeGise Joins Fulop Slate. 'All Part of Plan to Bring Everyone Together,' Mayor Says

January 6, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - There appears to be peace in Jersey City, or at least a detente, when it comes to the politics at 280 Grove Street, as well as the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO).

Less than three years removed from an attempt he made to oust her father from Hudson County’s top spot, Mayor Steven Fulop and HCDO Chairwoman Amy DeGise announced Tuesday that they will run ...

In 2020 Camden Crime Dropped Overall, Aggravated Assaults Were Up 15%

January 13, 2021

CAMDEN, NJ — The Camden County Police Department (CCPD) saw mostly a decrease in crime in Camden throughout 2020 compared to the previous year, according to Uniform Crime Reports data.

The department responded to 2,797 total crimes, 15% less compared to 2019 (3,298) and below 3,000 for the first time in 50 years.

“We saw solid progress made in 2020 and I’m looking forward ...

Medical Examiner Determines Death of Camden County Couple was Murder-Suicide

AUDUBON, NJ — A medical examiner said Tuesday night that the death of a Camden County couple resulted from a murder-suicide. 

The Audubon couple were found dead Monday around 1 p.m. on the 100 block of Oakland Ave. in Audubon, Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer and Audubon Police Chief Thomas Tassi announced.

"A witness told officers they ...

Gov. Murphy Says Trenton is Prepared Following Threat of State Capitol Protests

NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that NJ authorities are prepared and on high alert.

“We need to bat 1,000 every day. To the governor's point [we] will be ...

Whether Virtual or In-Person Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Camden

January 15, 2021

CAMDEN, NJ — Give back to those in need, listen to a distinguished scholar or take in a virtual stage reading this Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Camden will give residents ample opportunities to recognize the life of the revered civil rights activist, who would have turned 92 on Friday. 

Check out a list of some local events here:

Have a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event that ...

Two Friends Since High School Are Making Their Artistic Mark on Camden

January 14, 2021

CAMDEN, NJ — Camden muralist Roberto Morales’ makeshift workspace doubles as a private tattoo studio.

Hints of artistic flair are evident from the moment you step in.

The TV - blasting music videos - is bordered by small white light bulbs. Mirrors have been framed in gold and the black walls are covered with graffiti tags and logos.

On the floor near the entrance: a pile of ...

Camden Residents Pen Beautiful Essays About the Ugly Issue of Illegal Dumping

CAMDEN, NJ — Three Camden residents have been named the winners of a local contest focused on illegal dumping, an issue that costs the city as much as $4 million to clean up each year.

The contest, announced in November, invited anyone from Camden aged 15 and up to submit an essay in English, Spanish or Vietnamese.

The winners (listed below) will receive $150 and have their ...

Neighbors Brainstorm a New Mural for Camden's Cramer Hill

CAMDEN, NJ — Murals already populate large swaths of Camden City.

There’s the colorful and flowery display at North Camden Pool created by The Super Poor Kids. A nautical dazzle to behold in Centerville, courtesy of the Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts and youth. As well as bright artwork propping up Campbell’s Soup on the side of the former Friends Café ...

New Jersey Has Administered Over 273,000 Doses of the Covid Vaccine as of Jan 15

January 15, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ - New Jersey is now reporting vaccination numbers. As of Friday, January 15, the dashboard is reporting 273,335 first doses of the covid vaccine have been administered as well as 37,079 doses of the second dose.

The phases of vaccination are as follows:

Phase 1A – Health care workers with direct or indirect exposure to infectious materials and ...

New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Discuss COVID-19 and Hope for the Future at TAPinto Virtual Event

NEW JERSEY - Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening.

The first-ever TAPinto signature virtual event on Jan. 14 featured five health care experts, ...

Rutgers President Holloway in Quarantine After Testing Positive For COVID-19

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that his symptoms are mild – similar to those of a cold.

He said he has been in self-quarantine since he learned he was exposed to someone who was COVID-19-positive last week.

"Despite my strictly following all appropriate health hygiene advice, it appears that ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

January 14, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

Sam Delgado of Perth Amboy Named to State's Cannabis Regulatory Commission

January 8, 2021

PERTH AMBOY - Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th Dist.) announced Friday that he has recommended Sam Delgado to the governor to serve on the newly-established Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC).

Delgado, of Perth Amboy, is a retired Vice President of External Affairs for Verizon New Jersey and a retired Marine Corps Reserve Combat Communications Officer with 20 years’ ...

Businesses have Feb. 1 deadline to provide Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC to recipients

January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON − The Internal Revenue Service today reminded businesses and other payors that the revised Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and the new Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, must be furnished to most recipients by Feb. 1, 2021.

Redesigned Form 1099-MISC

The IRS revised Form 1099-MISC for the 2020 tax year to accommodate the creation of a new Form 1099-NEC. The ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 15, 2021

STATEWIDE – We’re all happy, positive people here, so let’s just sum up the grim COVID news in one swoop. OK. Go: Hospitals statewide are preparing for a surge as early as next week and are worried about staffing. All 21 counties have “high” activity for the eighth straight week, there’s an unprecedented surge in gun permit applications, 10 MVC offices are now ...