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Needle Moving in the Right Direction; Gov. Murphy Gives Latest NJ Update

February 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID press briefing on Wed Feb 24 some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud that New Jersey has been able to distribute vaccine more equitably than other ...

Morris County Administered 123,000+ Doses of COVID Vaccine as of Feb 23

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -- New Jersey is now reporting vaccination numbers. As of Feb 23, the dashboard is reporting 1,713,580 total vaccinations (1,170,200 first doses and 543,358 second doses). In Morris County, the dashboard shows that as of Feb 23, 126,924 doses of vaccines have been administered. 

Presently, the vaccine supply is extremely limited ...

New Jersey Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings and More

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Mon Feb 22, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor ...

Extreme Winter Weather Delays Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to NJ

TRENTON, NJ — Severe winter weather across the country this week has delayed the delivery of six million doses of the coronavirus vaccine nationwide, including 230,000 shots on their way to New Jersey.

“Because planes at major hubs for both FedEx and UPS have been grounded due to the weather, this week’s delivery has not made it to us on time,” Gov. Murphy said at his ...

COVID-19 Update for Feb 19; 4 New Cases in Denville

DENVILLE, NJ - There were four new cases of COVID-19 reported overnight in Denville, announced officials. The total number of cases is 890. The numbers indicate the total number of cases, not the total number of active cases.

As of Feb 19, there were 2,679 new positive PCR tests and 64 new deaths in the state, said state officials.

"We can’t let up with our ...

Murphy Unveils $44.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

February 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tue Feb 24 by outlining a fiscal year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer and more resilient.

The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, which makes a full pension payment for the first time in more than a ...

Murphy Signs Bills to Legalize Marijuana in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY — On Mon Feb 22, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months.

The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and mean relief for anyone previously subject to arrest for petty marijuana possession.

“As of this moment, New ...

Denville Mayor Andes Gives Update on Medical Marijuana Farm

DENVILLE, NJ -- Denville Town Council members and Mayor Thomas Andes discussed during the council's Feb 16 meeting the issue of odor emanating from TerrAscend, a facility that cultivates medical marijuana in neighboring Boonton Township. Denville residents have been complaining about a foul smell since the facility's establishment in the summer of 2020.

“With the ...

How to Shovel Snow: Tips from the National Safety Council

February 1, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- With big snow storms comes a risk of death by shoveling. Nationwide, snow shoveling is responsible for thousands of injuries and as many as 100 deaths each year, according to the National Safety Council, America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate focused on eliminating the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.

The American Heart ...

Car Seat Inspections at Denville Fire Department/St. Clare's Hospital

DENVILLE, NJ -- The Northern New Jersey Kids Safe Community is offering free car seat inspections at six sites throughout Morris, Essex and Warren counties. According to the organization, four out of five car seats are misused. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable, they stated. Safe Kids Northern ...

Murphy Announces $29.5 Million to Support College and University Students amid COVID-19 Pandemic

February 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New Jersey’s institutions of higher education amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to support the goals of the State Plan for Higher Education through a competitive challenge grant and address student food insecurities ...

Superintendent Forte Reports on Snowy Conditions and Upcoming COVID-19 Presentations

DENVILLE, NJ -- During the virtual meeting of the Denville Township Board of Education on February 22, Superintendent Steven Forte reported on the snowy weather that hit the schools and township that same day.

“Things are going pretty well, and we’re hanging in there,” said Forte.

“Today was a little challenge with the snow. It hit at a pretty bad time. The ...

NJ Will Provide $1.2 Billion for Schools to Address COVID-19 Impacts

TRENTON, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) Acting Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan on Friday announced “The Road Forward,” a series of coordinated policy initiatives that dramatically expand the Administration’s efforts to identify and address the academic and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on New Jersey students and ...

Ice Hockey: Morris Knolls Defeats Madison, 4-3

February 21, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ – The Morris Knolls ice hockey team defeated Madison, 4-3, on Sun Feb 21 at Mennen Sports Arena.

The victory snapped an eight-game win streak for the Dodgers, now 9-2 on the season.

Morris Knolls scored two shorthanded goals and one on the power play. Luke Dickerson and Gehrig Eckoff put in two goals apiece with Eckoff earning the tying and winning goals in ...

Girls Basketball: Morris Knolls Defeats West Morris, 44-37

DENVILLE, NJ – The Morris Knolls girls basketball team defeated West Morris, 44-37, on its homecourt in Denville on Sat Feb 20.

Brianna Mennella earned the game-high with 19 points for Morris Knolls, followed by 11 points from her sister, Kira Mennella.

Grace Soltes scored 13 points for West Morris. Mackenzie Selvaggi was the team’s next highest scorer with eight ...

Ice Hockey: Morristown-Beard Outperforms Morris Knolls, 8-3

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Despite getting on the scoreboard first, Morris Knolls ice hockey fell to Morristown-Beard, 8-3, on Sat Feb 20 at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown.

Luke Dickerson netted a powerplay goal for Morris Knolls in the first period, assisted by Andrew Ryan and Timmy Kepler. Gehrig Eckoff scored in the second period, assisted by Ryan and Jason Kwestel. Nearly nine ...

Murphy: PPP Loans to be Tax-Exempt at State Level, Expenses Tax Deductible

February 9, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – To aid small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy and State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio announced on Tue Feb 9 that New Jersey will follow the federal government’s lead in allowing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to be tax-exempt at the state level and enable recipients to deduct business expenses that were paid with the ...

NJ Raises Gym, Restaurant Capacity Limit from 25% to 35%; Ends 10 p.m. Curfew

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order No. 219, increasing indoor capacity limits from 25% to 35% for food and beverage establishments, and entertainment and recreational businesses, effective Fri Feb 5 at 8 a.m. The governor also lifted the 10 p.m. curfew for in-person indoor restaurant service. The executive order impacts the ...

Reminder: NJ State Law Says Pets Must Have Proper Shelter in Freezing Temp

February 15, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ - Weather forecasters are calling for freezing temperatures overnight, which can be very dangerous for pets.

New Jersey law says dogs cannot be outside without proper shelter (e.g., insulated, elevated, heated) if temperatures fall below 34 degrees. Keep your pets safe and avoid getting a fine by bringing your pets indoors any time the ...

How to Make Your Valentine’s Day Flowers Last Longer: Tips from NJ Florist

DENVILLE, NJ - Keep your flowers fresh and healthy past the Valentine's Day holiday. With proper care, you can maximize the life of your beautifully cut flowers with these simple tips from Cindy Baker Southern, owner of Especially Yours Florist in Kenilworth, New Jersey.

Avoid extreme temperatures. Flowers don’t want to be too hot or too cold. Customers shouldn’t ...

Denville Resident in Dire Need of a Kidney

February 18, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- Motherhood was one of the greatest joys for Debra Kaufman. Her pregnancy resulted in having a son, Bryan, now in his 30s. However, the pregnancy at the time also resulted in preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system. In many cases, it negatively impacts the liver and kidneys. Preeclampsia ...

Gen. George Washington Turned 47 in Central NJ Living the Good Life

February 22, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While there is no evidence of a birthday celebration for George Washington in 1779, the General did attend a few parties in central New Jersey around the time of his 47th birthday on Feb 22 that year.

Details are provided in a video posted on YouTube, as part of a virtual President's Day celebration hosted by Valley Forge National Historical Park, narrated ...

Morris Knolls HS Student Named a February "Music Student of the Month"

DENVILLE, NJ -- Morris Knolls High School student Alexandria Stevenson (grade 12) was among the students honored as the February Mayo Performing Arts Center Music Students of the month for Outstanding Pianists. The other awardees attend high school in Morristown, Parsippany, Chester, Mendham and Randolph.

Stevenson's music teacher, Michael ...

Mother Nature's Last Winter Punch?

February 17, 2021

NEW JERSEY – The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for New Jersey, starting from 4 a.m. on Thursday morning until 10 a.m. on Friday. The anticipated coastal low is in the process of forming and will likely position itself slightly farther out to sea than models indicated on Tuesday. This will likely allow a slightly larger area to see a changeover to ...

A Reminder That Winter Is Not Done Yet

DENVILLE, NJ – What a difference a day makes. Or two.  After the mix of sleet, ice, and a lot of rain from the Monday night storm, we got to enjoy a beautiful day on Tuesday to allow a lot of the existing snow to melt away. This was a wonderful hint of warmer early spring days ahead. Not so fast!

As noted in Monday’s weather update, another coastal storm is brewing ...

NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

February 21, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

Cheers! Celebrate National Drink Wine Day New Jersey Style

NEW JERSEY — Raise a glass! Thur Feb 18 is National Drink Wine Day.

New Jersey oenophiles have plenty to celebrate, including more than 60 wineries right here in the Garden State.

Wine has been made in New Jersey since before the American Revolution, but thanks to changes in state laws that made winemaking more feasible as a business here, it’s during the last two ...

FBI Provides Tips for Avoiding Romance Scams

February 14, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and the FBI wants to make the public aware of possible romance scams.

Romance scams occur when a criminal uses a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust.

These scammers are present on most dating and social media sites. They look to establish a relationship as quickly as possible and ...

Police Identify Mom and Child Who Were Found Submerged in Boonton Pond

February 24, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Police have identified the two bodies found in Boonton Pond. According to Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, and Town of Boonton Captain Stephen Jones, the individuals are Warda Syed, age 25, and her son, Uzair Ahmed, age 11.

Syed's ...

Bodies of Mother and Child Found in Boonton Lake; 6-Year-Old Found Unharmed

BOONTON, NJ -- An investigation is underway following the discovery of two bodies submerged in a pond on Feb 23, announced Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, and Town of Boonton Captain Stephen Jones.

According to law enforcement, police were dispatched ...

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Hudson Corrections Officer Charged in Homicides Involving Randolph Resident

February 18, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — A Hudson County corrections officer has been charged in connection to a double homicide that left two women dead, one of whom is believed to be the suspect's lover, authorities said. 

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced that John Menendez, a 24-year-old Hudson County Corrections ...

Morris County Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center and Testing Center Will Be Closed Thursday Due to Snow

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -  The Morris County Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center in Rockaway Township and the Morris County COVID-19 Testing Center at the County College of Morris will both be closed Thur Feb 18 due to inclement weather, said government officials.

Anyone will a vaccination appointment for Thur Feb 18 will be rescheduled to Sat Feb 20. Those vaccinations ...

Bergen County Authorities Uncover International Human Trafficking and Prostitution Ring

February 4, 2021

HACKENSACK, NJ - Bergen County authorities announced the arrest and charging of 22 individuals in an international human trafficking and prostitution organization in and around Bergen County it was announced by Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella in a Thursday afternoon virtual press conference. 

The arrests are the result of a four-month investigation conducted by the Bergen ...

Grow Your Business with TAPinto, a Trusted Marketing Partner for Businesses and Organizations

February 24, 2021

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CCM is #1 in the State for Best Associate Degrees

Ranked #19 on Top 50 Best Colleges in New Jersey

RANDOLPH, NJ – Adding to its growing list of distinctions, County College of Morris (CCM) has been named #1 for “Best for Associate Degrees” in the 2021 “The Best Colleges in New Jersey” ranking conducted by Intelligent. CCM also earned the #19 position on the list of Top 50 Best Colleges in New ...

Faith Alcantara Joins the Board of Directors of the Florham Park Education Foundation

FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- Faith Alcantara is the new Grants Committee Chair of the Florham Park Education Foundation.

Faith is an 11-year resident of Florham Park and has town children that are graduates of the Florham Park School district. She is also an elementary school principal in Orange, New Jersey.


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Railroad History Comes Alive at Steamtown Historic National Site in Scranton PA

February 24, 2021

SCRANTON, PA -- Located in the heart of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site offers visitors an exciting look into one of the first rail lines built in the northeast. The park is built on the former site of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, one of the earliest and most important rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Steamtown features a large collection of ...

Governor Murphy Signs Cannabis Legalization: NJ CannaBusiness Association President on Economic Impact

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with NJ CannaBusiness Association President, Edmund Deveaux, in a wide-ranging conversation in December 2020. Today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to formally legalize marijuana in the state.

The NJ CannaBusiness Association was started by Deveaux and his colleagues at Burton Trent Public Affairs based in ...

‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

There’s a famous saying that “All politics Is local.” As politics has become nationalized and even local candidates are now being forced to follow or defend the pronouncements of the national political parties, the adage is seemingly less accurate.  Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused the news industry to be turned on its head as all news is becoming local.

For instance, when ...

What Is Content Marketing, And How Can It Benefit Your Business?

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Having an online presence is a crucial aspect of boosting your business, but a website alone is often not enough to drive engagement and convert leads to customers. In order to effectively market your business, a business needs to invest in content marketing. 

Content marketing is creating and distributing meaningful content, including text, photos and video, that ...