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Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed during Holidays Due to COVID-19

November 23, 2020

TRENTOM, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

On Mon Nov 23, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus the fact that our ...

Update on Denville Public School’s Instructional Programs as of Nov 20

DENVILLE, NJ – Denville Public Schools Superintendent Steven Forte notified the community on Fri Nov 20 that Riverview Elementary, Lakeview Elementary and Valleyview Middle schools will teach in a fully virtual environment through at least Nov 25 with the earliest possible opening being Nov 30. He noted that the New Jersey Department of Health had moved Morris ...

Hung Up: Contact Tracing Calls Hit 60% Rejection Rate, Says Murphy

TRENTON, NJ - Contact tracers have been deployed across the state to determine who is impacted by COVID-19. Their job includes calling thousands of people to ask about their whereabouts.

It's not going over very well. Sixty percent reject the call.

With the national scorn spreading on the governor of California who dined in a swanky restaurant without wearing a ...

Public High Schools in Denville Set to Resume Hybrid Learning, Nov 30

DENVILLE, NJ – Morris Knolls High School and Morris County School of Technology will resume their hybrid learning environments on Nov 30 after going all-virtual on Nov 4 in the case of Morris Knolls High School, and Nov 9 in the case of Morris County School of Technology, due to COVID-19 concerns. Both schools have paused all athletic games and practices as well as extracurricular ...

COVID-19 Update for Mon Nov 16; 19 New Cases in Denville

DENVILLE, NJ -- There have been 19 new cases of COVID-19 in Denville since Fri Nov 13, announced officials. The total number of cases, is now 270. The numbers indicate total number of cases, not the total number of active cases.

As of Mon Nov 16, there are 2,232 new positive cases and 14 new deaths in the state, said state officials. 

"I know you think you’re ...

Emergency Kits Offered to Denville Seniors and Adults with Disabilities

November 13, 2020

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -- Emergency kits, containing four shelf-stable meals and a first aid kit will be available to Denville and other Morris County seniors and adults with disabilities. Five hundred free emergency supply kits will be available for distribution on Nov 23. 

The distribution will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mon Nov 23, at the Morris County Library, 30 ...

Denville Municipal Council Receives COVID-19 Update

DENVILLE, NJ -- During the Denville Township Council meeting on Tue Nov 10, Councilman Harry Fahrer provided and update on Valleyview Middle School's going virtual from Nov 9 through Nov 19 due to recent positive cases for COVID-19. 

"[The school district] sent a letter out to the parents that individuals at Valleyview were tested positive, which went to virtual classes ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Appointments to Cannabis Regulatory Commission

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Murphy announced his appointments of Dianna Houenou as chair of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission and Jeff Brown as executive director of the commission. The governor also will appoint Krista Nash as a member of the commission upon the recommendation of Senate President Steve Sweeney.

“Dianna has been a critical voice for social justice and ...

Morristown Medical Center Expands State-of-the-Art Infusion Center for Cancer Patients

November 13, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System has announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art Infusion Center at Morristown Medical Center last week as the hospital undergoes the first phase of expansion at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center.

The new Infusion Center provides intravenous (IV) chemotherapy, immunotherapy and biotherapy while providing cancer patients with access to ...

Arthur Sheppell's Denville Practice Merges with Fellowship Medical Group

DENVILLE, NJ – Dr. Arthur Sheppell’s medical practice in Denville and Fellowship Senior Living’s Medical Group have merged to develop one, specialized geriatrics program for older adults living at Fellowship Village and in communities within Morris and Somerset counties. For more than 30 years Dr. Sheppell, a board-certified geriatrician and internist, has ...

CCM CARES Grant and Other Funding to Pay for College

November 21, 2020

RANDOLPH, NJ – County College of Morris (CCM) has both federal and state grant funds for students to help them stay on track with their higher education.

Federal CARES dollars are available for students who are currently registered at CCM, to cover a wide range of expenses. Those dollars can be used by those impacted by the pandemic to cover such expenses as tuition, technology, ...

CCM Offers Students from Denville Options for Taking Spring Classes

RANDOLPH, NJ – County College of Morris (CCM) is providing students with a number of options for how they can take their courses this spring semester, so they can keep moving forward with their higher education.

The college currently is enrolling students for the spring and has built in a high level of flexibly to make it easier for them to pursue their goals. Students enrolling this ...

Increased COVID-19 Cases Cause Denville Public Schools to Go Virtual

DENVILLE, NJ – In a letter on Fri Nov 13, Denville Public Schools Superintendent Steven Forte informed families that the township had experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases over the last week and a half. Additionally, several individuals in the school district had tested positive for COVID-19, and several others were presumed positive or were exhibiting symptoms. Consequently, Forte ...

Morris Knolls Winter Sports Pushed to Jan; State Tournaments Canceled

November 19, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ – Winter is coming for high school sports, but student-athletes will have to wait until 2021 for action.

The NJSIAA, New Jersey’s governing body for interscholastic sports, announced the pushback of all winter sports and the cancellation of all formal winter sports tournaments early Thursday morning following the recommendation of the organization’s Sports ...

Murphy and Other Governors Call for Suspension of Interstate Youth Hockey

NEW JERSEY -- In response to recent coronavirus outbreaks associated with the conduct of interstate youth hockey activities, Gov. Phil Murphy joined fellow governors, Janet Mills (Maine), Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island), Chris Sununu (New Hampshire), Phil Scott (Vermont), Ned Lamont (Connecticut) and Charlie Baker (Massachusetts) in calling for suspension of interstate hockey ...

Statement from NJSIAA on Murphy's Announcement about Interstate Competition

NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy made an announcement on Mon Nov 9 forbidding all interstate games and tournament for indoor youth sports. Following his announcement, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) released a statement.

"We welcome Governor Murphy's announcement [Nov 9] prohibiting interstate competition for all indoor sports below the college ...

Morristown Medical Center Updates Hospital Visiting Hours

November 14, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Atlantic Health System hospitals have established visitor restrictions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their patients, visitors, support persons and health care professionals. Atlantic Health hospitals include Chilton, Hackettstown, Newton, Overlook and Morristown Medical Center, as well as Goryeb Children’s Hospital.

The policy includes hospital ...

Morristown Medical Emergency Parking Lot under Construction thru Dec

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Starting the week of Nov 9, Morristown Medical Center’s Sameth Emergency Department parking lot and adjoining driveway on Franklin Street will be closed through the end of December.

The closure is due to the installation of a new HVAC system on the roof of its Kahn building, said hospital officials. The area will provide a staging area for equipment ...

Free Thanksgiving Food Distribution at CCM for Denville Residents

November 17, 2020

RANDOLPH, NJ – Residents of Denville and other Morris County municipalities can avail themselves of the upcoming Thanksgiving food distribution organized by Table of Hope, local officials, businesses, agencies and volunteers on Sat Nov 21, 10:30 a.m. through 12 p.m., in Parking Lot 1 of County College of Morris (CCM). The event will include traditional Thanksgiving fare such as ...

Fine Arts and Design Students Portfolio Exhibit at CCM

November 16, 2020

RANDOLPH, NJ – The Department of Art and Design at County College of Morris (CCM) will hold an exhibit of the creative works of its Portfolio and Presentation students in CCM’s Art and Design Gallery, Thur Dec 3 through Thur Dec 17. The exhibit includes the work of both fine arts and design students at the college.

A reception for the fine arts students will take place Thur Dec 3, ...

CCM Presents “The Laramie Project”--Free Tickets for Denville Residents

RANDOLPH, NJ – The Music, Performing Arts and Music Technologies Department at County College of Morris (CCM) will present the drama, “The Laramie Project,” written by Moises Kaufman, on Thur Nov 19, and Fri Nov 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dragonetti auditorium. Tickets are free with limited seating and can be ordered by ...

Denville Students Invited to Enter 2021 Morris County Clerk Cover Contest

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi has opened the 2021 Annual Morris County Clerk Cover Contest to all Morris County high school students. Prizes for this year's contest are $500 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

Due to the large volume of entries, submissions that do not strictly follow the requirements listed below ...

Murphy Signs Law Banning Styrofoam, Single-Use Paper, Plastic Bags in NJ

November 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy today signed what is believed to be the nation's toughest law prohibiting the use of single-use plastic and paper bags in all stores and food service businesses statewide. Starting May 2022, both plastic and paper single-use bags, as well as disposable food containers and cups made out of polystyrene foam, will be ...

Weather Service: Prepare for Strong Winds in Denville Monday

DENVILLE, NJ — You might want to bring in those Halloween decorations.

Strong winds predicted for Monday could blow around unsecured objects and knock down tree limbs, the National Weather Service said.

The weather advisory in effect 4:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m. Mon., Nov. 2, predicts northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with the possibility of gusts of 45 to 50 mph.

“Use extra ...

NJ Restaurants Look to ‘Bubbles’ to Stay Afloat This Winter

November 22, 2020

In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles.

Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an essential part of their business plan, as indoor dining is currently capped at 12 ...

How to Make the Most of Your Downsized Thanksgiving Dinner (Recipe Included)

With the coronavirus pandemic surging forward, threatening to stomp all over our traditional get-together with relatives, Thanksgiving for many of us is going to be a lot quieter this year.

The CDC recommends that people avoid large gatherings and instead celebrate the holiday with the members of their household. As a result, a shorter guest list could require a few changes to the ...

Denville Police to be Assessed by NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police

November 6, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ – A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will examine all aspects of the Denville Township Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services on Mon., Nov. 16, Chief Frank Perna announced in a statement on Nov. 4.

“Verification by the team that the Denville Township Police ...

Large Percentage of Stolen Cars Have Keys in Them in Morris County

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – With 640 vehicles stolen in Morris County from 2018-2020 – and the vast majority of them with the keys in the car – law enforcement is once again asking residents to lock their cars and remove the key fobs from their vehicles.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Intelligence Unit, Morris County Auto Theft Task Force, and Morris County ...

Delay with Election Night Results in Morris County; County Clerk Explains

November 5, 2020

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -  There have been delays in the reporting of election results, said Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi. In a statement on Facebook, Grossi sought to explain the delays.

"Many residents and interested parties are under the false impression that the Morris County Clerk's Office is responsible for counting paper ballots and that complete results would be posted on the ...

Up in Smoke: New Jersey Ballot Issues Results

NEW JERSEY -- In addition to the Presidential, Senatorial, and Congressional races, voters in the state of New Jersey had to decide on three ballot questions, including the legalization of marijuana. 

The Associated Press is reporting today that the results of the New Jersey Ballot questions were decisive.
Question 1: A measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for ...

Cappello and Kim Re-elected to Denville Township Board of Education

DENVILLE, NJ – Residents of Denville Township re-elected Steve Kovacs to the Morris Hills Board of Education, and Dino F. Cappello and James Kim to the Denville Board of Education on Tue., Nov. 3. The unofficial tallies had Kovacs with 1,878, while Cappello and Kim garnered 1,708 and 1,603, respectively.

The numbers came from an election results website operated by the Morris County ...

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Denville Residents Can Experience 2020 Gingerbread Wonderland Virtually

November 16, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The annual Gingerbread Wonderland will be going virtual for 2020. Individuals, families and groups can design and build their creation and then submit photos online.

The online show will run from Dec 5 until Dec 31. All gingerbread creations will be viewed on the Frelinghuysen Arboretum website. 

"In order to vote for your favorites, however, we must ask you ...

All U.S. Pet Valu's Closing, Including 3 Morris County Locations

PARSIPPANY, NJ — Pet Valu, a specialty pet food and supplies retailer, has announced it will shutter all 358 of its U.S. stores, including a location in Parsippany, Madison and Mendham.

Jamie Gould, Pet Valu’s recently appointed chief restructuring officer, said in a news release that the company’s stores “have been significantly impacted by the protracted ...

New Jersey's Travel Advisory List Grows to 46 States and Territories

November 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey added Maine and New Hampshire to its travel advisory list on Tue Nov 17. Now, travelers from these 46 states and territories are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, GU, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Although ...

Morris Knolls Presents Virtual Fall Play

November 18, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ -- The Morris Knolls High School Fall Play, "10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine," will be VIRTUAL this year! The show will stream on YouTube on our original show dates and times: 

November 19, 20, & 21 at 7 p.m.

The show will only stream at those times, so the audience will need to tune in then to see the show. 

Instead of selling tickets, the ...

Morris County Correctional Facility Receives Full Compliance Rating

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The Morris County Correctional Facility was determined to be in full compliance with state standards following a surprise, yet mandatory annual inspection by the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC). The five-day inspection, launched when state inspectors visited the Morris Township-based facility from Oct 26 through Oct 30, 2020, included an audit of 270 ...

Healthgrades Recognizes Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center for Hallmark Specialties

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center were again recognized in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for the clinical specialties for which they are nationally and regionally recognized  in the Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation, released Mon Nov 16.

The report uses Medicare and other data to analyze ...

JCP&L Conducting Inspections and Maintenance

Preparing Equipment for Colder Weather Helps Enhance System Reliability

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), is preparing for the winter season by conducting inspections and equipment maintenance on weather-sensitive equipment across its service area. These efforts are expected to enhance system resiliency and ...

Joe Apfelbaum Tells Ellen Volpe How to Go From Frustration to MOJOvation on Opportunity Calls

November 23, 2020

LONG ISLAND, NY -- Ellen Volpe, President of American Business Associates, spoke with Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union, on a recent episode of Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Apfelbaum’s position as CEO of an internet-based marketing company is only one of his many roles. “Joe is a business mentor, leader, direct marketing guru, extraordinary networker, educator, ...

Visit the Home of One of America's Most Celebrated Poets: The Robert Frost Stone House Museum

SHAFTSBURY, VT -- Erin McKenny, Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the museum and the lasting legacy of one of America's most celebrated poets.

We know whose woods these were—Robert Frost lived in the home for nine years starting in 1920. The home is located in Shaftsbury, Vermont, and is operated by Bennington College.

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Jeanne Wall of TAPinto Holmdel/Colts Neck and TAPinto Middletown

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of November 2020 is Jeanne Wall, who owns and operates TAPinto Holmdel/Colts Neck and TAPinto Middletown.   Jeanne, a former executive at Time Warner Cable, has built a profitable online local news business while providing thorough and consistent local news for the residents of Holmdel, Colts Neck and Middletown, New ...