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Clark Public School District Shares Virtual Parent University Session “Strategies for Communicating Effectively with Your Child”

January 15, 2021

CLARK, NJ – Clark School Counselor Sarah Badillo recently hosted a pre-recorded Parent University session designed to help parents and guardians communicate with their children.

“Strategies for Communicating Effectively with Your Child” shared helpful tips on how to engage children in meaningful conversations that foster positive self-esteem and helps to build relationships.

Clark Public Schools Extend Remote Learning Through Jan. 22

CLARK, NJ - Based on the increase number of COVID-19 cases in the community, the Clark Public Schools will remain in the four-hour full remote learning model through Friday, January 22 according to an announcement from Superintendent Ed Grande.   

In his message to parents, Grande said, "Given the rising number of cases that were seen this past week that just ended, it does not ...

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

January 12, 2021

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 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 prepared, ...

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 ...

Murphy Announces NJ Residents Over Age 65 Can Get COVID Vaccine Starting on Jan. 14

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, Jan. 14, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. The governor also announced ...

This Year Teachers, HS Seniors Will Not Be Evaluated the Same in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY — A new executive order will mean sweeping changes for the way teachers and students are evaluated for the 2020-2021 school year.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who has long said this isn’t a normal school year due to COVID-19, announced the changes during a Monday press conference on pandemic updates.

As part of the order, high school seniors won’t have to pass an exit ...

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

January 15, 2021

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, ...

Clark Residents Looking for Vaccine May Have to Wait a Little Longer

CLARK, NJ – Thursday morning brought with it a rush of phone calls, emails and messages to health care providers and public offices as people sought an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.   Governor Murphy’s announcement on Wednesday expanding the availability of vaccinations to anyone 65 and older and others considered high risk by the CDC, left many scrambling to get ...

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 ...

Edison Heating and Cooling Offers HVAC Tips to Reduce COVID-19 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging throughout New Jersey, HVAC professionals are constantly looking at ways to help reduce the spread of the virus indoors. 

According to Mike Iarrapino, founder and owner of Edison Heating and Cooling, boosting fresh air, regulating humidity, and improving air purification in a home and/or business can all play a ...

GoFundMe Page Raises Over a Half-Million Dollars for Family of South River Native Brian Sicknick

January 11, 2021

SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- A GoFundMe page set up for the family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick has raised more that $545,000 as of Sunday evening, Jan. 10, 2021. To contribute to the page, click here. 

Officer Brian D. Sicknick tragically lost his life on January 7th, 2021 following injuries sustained during the events at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6th.

NJ High School Sports Winter Season May Resume on Jan. 2: Murphy

January 1, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- In a highly anticipated announcement , Gov. Phil Murphy said in his recent COVID-19 press briefing that Indoor sports may resume on Saturday, January 2, 2021, with safety protocols in place. However, the regional suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions will continue through at least January 31.

NJSIAA, the governing body for high school sports in the state, ...

It's Pajama Time: Join the Clark Library for Story Time on Wednesday Evening

January 6, 2021

CLARK, NJ - What could be better than cozy pajamas and family story time on a cold winter's night?  The Clark Public Library invites the community to join them on Zoom on Wednesday, January, 6 for an evening of stories, songs and finger plays for children ages 2-5 years old.

To register for the event, visit   Registration is ...

Movin' Out: New Jersey Tops List of States with 70% Outbound Moves

NEW JERSEY – United Van Lines has released the company’s 44th Annual National Migration Study, revealing in 2020, Americans continued to move westbound and southbound – and the COVID-19 pandemic factored into and accelerated many of those decisions to move.

According to the study, which tracks the company’s exclusive data for customers’ 2020 ...

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 ...

Mocktails are the Key to Enjoying Dry January — Try Ginger ‘Mock-jito’ Recipe

NEW JERSEY — Every January for the past three years, Shivam Patel voluntarily trades in a beer for a bottled water at his favorite Jersey dive bar. Patel is one of many who participate in Drynuary, or Dry January, abstaining from alcohol for the entire month in an effort to be healthier.

Originating in the UK as an advocacy campaign, the wellness trend started with just 4,000 people ...

New Salad Dressing Recipes to Perk Up Your Healthy Meals

There’s nothing like a nice crispy salad to make eating well feel like fun, but the right dressing can mean the difference between so-so and spectacular.

Below, gather a few ingredients together and whip up some easy new dressings that will make your salads sing:

Zingy Lemon Vinaigrette: In a jar, combine one part lemon juice with two parts olive oil. Add a dab to a spoonful of ...

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Union County Opens COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Portal

January 13, 2021

Only those eligible to receive the vaccine are being permitted to register on the county site, officials said.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county opened its online registration system for the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, one day before the vaccines are being made available to residents 65 and older and certain people with chronic medical conditions.

Union County ...

COVID-19: Union County to Start Vaccinating Eligible Healthcare Workers Thursday

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will begin vaccinating healthcare workers Thursday, officials said.

Health care personnel eligible under the state’s guidelines to receive the vaccine must make their appointments through the county’s registration webpage starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, officials said in a press release.

“As more supplies become available, we will announce ...

Union County: Vaccines will be Distributed ‘As Soon as They Arrive’

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella on Sunday urged all adult residents in the county to get vaccinated for coronavirus and promised that the county is prepared to distribute COVID-19 vaccines “as soon as they arrive.”

In a prerecorded speech during the county’s annual reorganization ceremony, Mirabella said the county is finalizing ...

February at the Clark Public Library

The library is open by appointment only at this time for Clark Residents.  Call 732-388-5999 and press extension 2 to make an appointment for up to 30 minutes. Patrons will be able to browse and check the computers. Curbside pickup & mobile printing will be available for all cardholders at this time without appointment. Hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 9:30am-5pm

Tuesday ...

A'Liyah Thomas is Excelling in Two Sports at Union Catholic

January 15, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In Union Catholic's latest installment of Feature Friday, the spotlight shines on senior A'Liyah Thomas.

Thomas, who lives in Linden, is the top ranked long jumper in the state, an All-Conference volleyball player, and an Honor Roll student.

Here is our Q and A with Thomas -

You do such a great job representing UC! What do you love the most about ...

NJ Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Receives Positive Coronavirus Test Result

January 11, 2021

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) received a positive rapid antigen test result for COVID-19 on Monday, according to a press release from her office. She believes she was exposed during protective isolation in the U.S. Capitol building as a result of insurrectionist riots on Jan. 6. As reported by multiple news outlets, a number of members within the space ignored instructions to wear ...

Capitol Hill Police Officer Killed in Seige was Former NJ Resident

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy mourned the death of New Jersey native Brian Sicknick - a Capitol Hill police officer who was killed during Wednesday's attack on the US Capitol by a mob of protestors - during his visit to the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Friday where he swore in Somerset County Commissioners Paul Drake and Doug Singleterry at the annual Reorganization ...

Quick Response, CPR Skills of Summit P.D. Officers Help Save a Life

SUMMIT, NJ - Three City of Summit Police Department officers -- led by Officer Gerald McDermott, who was first to arrive on-scene -- recently responded to a call for service at the Salerno Duane Service and Parts center and found a 53-year-old man with no detectable vital signs or heart rate.

The quick response and CPR skills of Officer McDermott and fellow Officers Collin ...