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When the Economy Opens Back-Up. How will You Tell your Come Back Story?

May 23, 2020

CLARK, NJ - The return to the new normal will happen faster than you think, and businesses who get out in front of the people in their community will have a significant advantage. 

How will you tell people you are open? How will you tell people you are compliant with new government regulations? Furthermore, how will you let everyone know what type of special promotions your ...

Gov. Murphy Addresses Calls to Reopen the State Economy

TRENTON, NJ -- During the daily COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Labor Robert Asaro-Angelo reported that the state’s unemployment rate has hit 15.3%. 

Gov. Murphy, who is coming under increasing pressure from small business owners to reopen the state, said his administration is reaching out to literally thousands of ...

NJ to Allow In-Person Sales at Car, Motorcycle, and Boat Dealerships, and Bike Shops

TRENTON — Gov. Phil Murphy and State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan announced on Tuesday an Administrative Order authorizing in-person sales to resume at car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships, boat dealerships, and bike shops, by appointment only and with social distancing measures in place. The Order will take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May ...

What Does Lord & Taylor’s Anticipated Liquidation Mean for Westfield?

WESTFIELD, NJ — The pandemic may be accelerating the demise of an expansive department store on North Avenue.

Mayor Shelley Brindle said she has long prepared for the closure of Lord & Taylor’s store on North Avenue so when Reuters broke the news Tuesday that the retailer plans to liquidate merchandise at its 38 stores nationwide in anticipation of closing the locations, ...

Congress Replenishes CARES Act's PPP Funding for Small Businesses; Malinowski Praises The Measure

WASHINGTON, DC -- On Thursday eventing, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan interim emergency funding package that secures additional critical funding for small businesses, hospitals and COVID-19 testing. President Trump indicated earlier in the week that he would sign the bill the legislation.

The initial interim package introduced by Senate Republicans was a one-sentence bill, ...

Edison Heating and Cooling Steps Up Safety Measures

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Edison Heating and Cooling prides itself on providing state-of-the-art service and safety precautions throughout the year and, with the coronavirus crisis currently sweeping through New Jersey, the company has stepped up its safety protocols – for both customers and employees – even more. 

“As a declared essential service, we are ...

Exclusive: Rep. Tom Malinowski Disappointed by the Failure of the CARES Act to Help Small Businesses

NEW JERSEY (7th District) -- The CARES Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on March 27, created the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) designed to help small businesses pay their workers and keep their operations running. Less than two weeks later, the funding pool was depleted.

It came to light over the weekend that the money ran out not only because a huge ...

Nearby Bar Owner Sean Flannery Beat Coronavirus, Now He Must Overcome Ailing Economy

FANWOOD, NJ -- COVID-19 isn't necessarily a death sentence, but it could have been. Just ask bar owner Sean Flannery of Sheelen's Crossing Pub & Bistro on South Ave. in Fanwood. 

Coronavirus has taken a horrible toll at facilities for retired veterans homes and at nursing homes across the state, and many of the sickest patients are age 65 and over. Flannery, who recently ...

Samsel Now Accepting Applications for 2nd Annual 'Not For College Scholarships"

CLARK, NJ - Local Broker and Owner of Samsel and Associates Real Estate Services, John Samsel is looking to give away free money again to students that are not planning to go to college.

Samsel is searching for high school seniors planning to go to a trade school, technical school or become a business entrepreneur. This year the scholarship value has been raised to $2500, up ...

Amazon Hires More Than 3,000 Employees in NJ

NEWARK - Amazon recently announced it has hired more than 80,000 employees across the U.S. to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public. This includes more than 3,000 new employees in New Jersey. 

The news comes as an update from the company’s March 16 ...

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Power Up Your Content Marketing on TAPinto

May 13, 2020

TAPinto is rolling out a new content marketing feature as a part of our participation in The Branded Content Project -- a partnership between the Facebook Journalism Project, the Local Media Association and the Local Media Consortium. The new feature will enable businesses, nonprofits and others who purchase guaranteed publication of a press release, real estate listing, event listing, milestone, ...

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Freeholders Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, May 27, 6:00 PM

Colleen Fraser (County Clerk) Building, Westfield

CASA of Union County Information Session

Giving Back

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Thu, June 4, 1:30 PM

Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad, Clark

Clark Blood Drive - Urgent Need! Appointment ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

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Thu, June 4, 7:30 PM

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Planning Board Regular Meeting

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Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Union County Freeholders Announce Countywide Distribution of 100,000 Surgical Masks 

May 26, 2020

The Union County Freeholder Board will distribute 100,000 face masks to its 21 municipalities as part of “Mask Up UC,” a Countywide public safety campaign to encourage all County residents to wear face masks and safeguard themselves and others from potential exposure to COVID-19.

“These masks are being provided free of charge to local agencies, who are working with County ...

Union Freeholders’ 2020 Budget Won't Increase County Taxes, Impact Varies by Town

May 23, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The freeholder board approved a budget that will not increase county taxes — the first time in nearly 20 years — to ease financial pain for residents and business owners caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 2020 budget, which was unanimously passed Thursday night, promised to avoid layoffs and maintain essential county services, while having an ...

Shop Owner's Facebook Live Stream Shut Down by Bernardsville Police for Violating Executive Order

May 20, 2020

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ  — The owner of a gift shop in downtown Bernardsville had her live-streamed Facebook sales demonstration from inside her store interrupted early on Tuesday evening by a borough police officer.

Katherine Hermes, owner of Country Home in Olcott Square, was displaying her merchandise in her store to a live Facebook audience when she received a knock on her door ...

Wood-Ridge Crafters Crochet Ear Savers to Help Healthcare Heroes

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -  Crafty residents in Wood-Ridge have been spending their days hand making one of the newest in-demand products in the healthcare industry: ear savers. As of May 10, the group has crafted and donated over 3,000 ear savers to hospitals, rehab centers, and nursing homes in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California.

Ear savers work by holding the ...

NJ Education Commissioner Named New President of Kean University

UNION, NJ – Kean University named a new president on Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Board of Trustees to fill the spot being vacated by outgoing president Dawood Farahi, who is stepping down at the end of this academic year.

Current New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet has been named the 18th leader of the University.  Repollet was ...

How We Return to High School Sports in New Jersey

May 24, 2020

Dear Editor:

In my decades as an educator and school administrator, I’m hard pressed to find a situation as challenging as what we face related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been painful on many levels, from the heartbreaking loss of life to the millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss. It’s been a harrowing time for everyone.

For our students, ...

How To Approach Market Volatility If You Are In Retirement or Close To It

Retirement is an important milestone that often comes after years (or decades) of careful planning. But even the most seasoned planners couldn’t have foreseen the severe market selloff that happened in March in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. The abrupt end to the 10-year bull market surprised investors of all ages who are now wondering how long it will take for their portfolios to ...

Obituaries

Apr 10, 1934 - Oct 23, 2019
Emily Bielen (nee Mazur), 85, of Clark, NJ passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.
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