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Morris County Regional Vaccination Center Plans to Phase Down, Say County Officials

June 11, 2021

ROCKAWAY, NJ -- Morris County and Atlantic Health System (AHS) will be phasing down operations at the Morris County Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall over the next month as New Jersey closes in on its goal of vaccinating 70 percent of adults in response to the pandemic, announced county officials.

The Morris County vaccination center will remain ...

COVID Numbers Continue to Drop According to Gov. Murphy

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported on Sunday that the state of New Jersey has now administered 8,885,212 total doses of the approved COVID-19 vaccines and that 4,355,540 New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated.

COVID numbers remain low in the state. On Sunday, Murphy reported 180 new positive PCR tests, raising the total to 888,927 total positive PCR tests since the ...

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: About One in Six New Jerseyans Say They Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — While 73% of New Jerseyans say they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and another 10% say they will likely get a shot, there are still 16% who remain unwilling to take the vaccine, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

The large number of Garden State residents getting vaccinated is a drastic change from the widespread vaccine ...

Gov. Murphy Lifts NJ’s Public Health Emergency, But Keeps Certain Powers to End of Year

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has ended the state’s COVID-19 public health emergency after 15 months, but he will continue to keep his executive powers under 14 orders that will continue through the end of the year.

“Today’s lifting of the COVID-19 public health emergency is a clear and decisive step on the path toward normalcy,” Murphy said in a June 4 ...

Gov Murphy Issues Statement on Ending COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

NEW JERSEY -- Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin pass legislation that enables the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. 

"New Jerseyans have proven their resilience over the past 15 months as our state has fought the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, we take a substantial step toward restoring normalcy to our state and to the lives of ...

NJ TRANSIT to Partner with Waze to Help Keep Denville and Statewide Rail Crossings Safe

June 8, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT is joining with the National Safety Council in recognizing National Safety Month during the month of June and is using this time of heightened awareness to promote a lifesaving partnership with Waze, which identifies the location of grade crossings on their mobile app throughout the state. This collaboration is paramount to the effort of effectively promoting ...

Denville Council Introduces Two Ordinances to Combat Drugs in Community

DENVILLE, NJ -- The Denville Township Council unanimously introduced two ordinances at its June 1 meeting that relate to cannabis and smoking restrictions.

The first ordinance concerns the prohibition of any cannabis business operations within township boundaries.

“As you are likely aware, the State of New Jersey legalized recreational cannabis,” said Business Administrator ...

Gov. Murphy: Employers Can Allow Vaccinated Staff to Go Maskless, Bring Back Remote Workers

TRENTON, NJ — Office employees will be allowed to return to work without the need to wear masks or social distance, as long as they have proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order.

The order, which takes effect on June 4, also lifts minimum staffing levels in the workplace and allows employers to call back employees who have ...

Arizona State Dean Named Next President of Montclair State University

June 13, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- Jonathan G.S. Koppell has been selected as Montclair State University’s ninth president, the Board of Trustees announced last week. A nationally regarded scholar of policy, organization and management who transformed the public affairs college at Arizona State University (ASU) into one of the largest, best and most innovative in the nation, Koppell will start on August ...

Vo-Tech PE Teacher Brings New 'Challenges’ to Her Students

DENVILLE, NJ -- In the wake of the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, at the Morris County School of Technology (Vo-Tech), much effort has been put into keeping physical education alive and running.

“As a teacher whose main objective is to get students to move and find activities that they enjoy and can sustain for a lifetime to come, the thought of teaching PE [physical ...

Therapy Dogs Visit Students at Riverview Elementary in Denville

DENVILLE, NJ -- COVID-19 restrictions have limited visitors to public schools. Students of Riverview Elementary School in Denville welcomed special guests notwithstanding the restrictions. Therapy dogs from Creature Comfort Pet Therapy (CCPT) stopped by to provide the students a little tender loving care. CCPT is a nonprofit organization based in Madison, New Jersey, whose mission is to ...

Softball: Morris Knolls Falls to Livingston in Sectional Semifinals

June 11, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After three consecutive attempts at fitting in six and a half innings, fourth-seed Morris Knolls varsity softball went scoreless against top-seed Livingston, 6-0, in the semifinal round of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Section 1, Group 4, tournament on Thu June 10 in Livingston.

Golden Eagle Haley Gibbons robbed Livingston pitcher, Sophia ...

Softball: Morris Knolls Dominates Ridgewood in State Quarterfinals

DENVILLE, NJ – The fourth-seed Morris Knolls softball team defeated 12th-seed Ridgewood, 7-0, in the quarterfinal round of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 tournament in Denville on Sat June 5.

In her return to the mound, Morris Knolls’s Maggie Chinnadurai pitched a six-inning one-hitter with nine strikeouts and no walks.

Softball: Morris Knolls Blows Out Kearny in State Opener

DENVILLE, NJ – The fourth-seed Morris Knolls softball team defeated 13th-seed Kearny, 14-0, in the first round of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 tournament in Denville on Tue June 1.

Morris Knolls’s Maggie Chinnadurai pitched a four-inning one-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk. Leah Kleczkowski threw in the fifth ...

New Guidance on Mask Wearing for NJ Businesses Effective June 4

May 26, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Effective Fri June 4, an Executive Order signed by Gov. Murphy will give more guidance and flexibility to employers in an office setting.

According to the order, employers can allow employees who can verify they are vaccinated to forego masking and social distancing requirements. The order also will rescind the requirement to accommodate remote working arrangements and ...

Formal Utility Moratorium Ends July 1; Grace Period Will Run through Dec. 31

June 14, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Governor Murphy today signed an Executive Order ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1, 2021. However, a grace period will run through December 31 which will protect customers facing shutoffs, he said.

“This grace period is for customers to enroll in payment assistance plans, and this is something that we’re taking very ...

Black Bear Sightings: What Denville Residents Should Know

DENVILLE, NJ -- Black bear sightings have been reported throughout Denville. One stopped by the Forges on June 7, according to a post on a private Facebook page.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife offers the following bear safety tips on its website.

Black bears by nature tend to be wary of humans and avoid people. If, ...

Jazz and Blues Festival in Morris County is on for 2021

May 28, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- After canceling due to COVID-19 what would have been the festival’s decennial year, the Town of Morristown has announced the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival is on for 2021!

“I can’t wait,” said Mayor Dougherty. “The past 12 months were filled with so many cancellations and postponements that we all felt like the world was on pause. And ...

Mosquito Commission to Use Helicopters to Kill Larvae Monday

June 7, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ – Larval mosquito control operations are scheduled for Mon June 7 between approximately 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. via helicopter.

Morris County Mosquito Control will be applying granular larvicide to the Passaic, Rockaway, and Whippany River flood plains with a helicopter, with the aid of the state’s Mosquito Control Commission.

This operation will not be ...

Denville Council Holds Public Hearing on Morris County Open Space and Farmland Trust Fund

DENVILLE, NJ – The Denville Township Council held a discussion and public comment on the Morris County Open Space and Farmland Trust Fund during its May 18 meeting. The township seeks to obtain a grant from Morris County's open space program to purchase certain property for preservation purposes.

“We have not decided on the amount of the grant yet as we are still in ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Revolutionary Trip to Bordentown

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

Making a day of a date is a great way to create memories with your love, but when you choose to spend that time in Bordentown, it’s guaranteed to go down in relationship history. New Jersey has many historical towns and Bordentown, settled in 1682, is a true standout. Here you can visit the Clara ...

New Marijuana Laws Explained by Incoming President of NJ State Association of Police Chiefs

June 3, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Now that state lawmakers have passed measures to create a marketplace for recreational marijuana in New Jersey, the big challenge for local police departments is how to enforce these new regulations and educate people about the shift in thinking.

Sayreville Police Chief John Zebrowski addressed many of the issues and concerns during his presentation before the ...

Missing Person, Samantha Carhart, Safely Located

June 4, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- The Denville Police Department reported that Samantha R. Carhart, 28, of Denville, has been safely located.

Thank you to all who helped with the search.

 

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Missing Person: Samantha Carhart of Denville

DENVILLE, NJ -- Samantha R. Carhart, 28, of Denville, has been reported missing, the Denville Police Department announced.

Carhart is described as white with brown hair and blonde highlights. She is 5'5 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. Carhart was last seen wearing a black blouse, gray leggings and sandals.

Anyone with information as to her ...

Light Turnout in Denville Primary Elections

June 9, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ – About 1,500 of Denville's approximately 13,500 voters cast ballots in Tuesday's Primary Election, a light turnout likely due to the fact that none of the local candidates faced challengers.

Christina Kovacs (Ward 1) and Denville Councilmembers Christopher Golinski (Ward 2), Glenn Buie (Ward 3) and Gary Borowiec (Ward 4) secured nominations on the Republican side ...

NJ Primary Election is Tuesday. What Denville Voters Should Know

DENVILLE, NJ — The New Jersey primary election is tomorrow, June 8. Here’s what you need to know about voting.

Voter Registration. The New Jersey Division of Elections has an online tool to check if you are registered to vote. The tool will provide your registration status, the city and county you are registered to vote in, as well as your voter ID number.

Sample ...

Deadline for Mail-In Ballot Applications for NJ Primary is June 1

NEW JERSEY -- The primary election in New Jersey is June 8. The primary ballot includes races for governor, state assembly and state senate. 

While primary polls will be open for in-person voting across the state this year, for those registered voters wishing to cast their ballots by mail, the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is Tue June 1. The application for a ...

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Bah Humbug... How One School District Just Stole Christmas, Other Holidays from Calendar

June 13, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ -- The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar and plans to simply call everything "Day Off."  The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at one ...

17 Years for Drunk Driver Who Killed Former Roxbury Student

MORRISTOWN, NJ — A Dumont man whose drunken driving on Route 80 caused a crash that killed three people, including a former Roxbury High School student, was sentenced this week to 17 years in prison, said authorities.

The man, Miguel Botero, 30, pleaded guilty last November to charges related to the Oct. 18, 2019 triple-fatality. Authorities said Botero, while intoxicated, drove a Jeep ...

Pride Events in Morris County

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -- June is Pride Month, and here are just a few upcoming Pride events and activities scheduled for Morris County.

Boonton Rainbow Pride will launch its inaugural Boonton Rainbow Pride Day on Sat June 12 at Boonton's town hall (100 Washington Street) and Grace Lord Park (West Main Street and Essex Avenue). Boonton Mayor Richard J.

Amtrak Through Roxbury? Lackawanna Cutoff Restoration Proposed for Passenger Trains

ROXBURY, NJ — Passenger trains between New York and Pennsylvania might return to the Lackawanna Cutoff, a historic rail right-of-way connecting Roxbury and the Delaware Water Gap.

The government-subsidized, quasi-public corporation is including a revival of the long-dormant Cutoff as part of a plan to restore long-distance passenger rail service between New York City and Scranton, ...

ELECTION ROUNDUP: Learn Local Election Results throughout New Jersey

June 10, 2021

Amid statewide primary election contests, New Jersey also hosted dozens of local races Tuesday. Here is a roundup of various New Jersey local election results as reported by TAPinto franchises across the state:

Cranford Election: Kate Rappa Defeats Incumbent Tom Hannen, Jr. in Democrat Primary

Newcomer defeats an incumbent in this township committee primary election, advancing to face a GOP ...

Murphy Announces Plans to Close Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women Amid Investigation of Use of Excessive Force

CLINTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday his plan to close the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, the state's only women's correctional facility, following an investigation into a violent attack on prisoners in January.

Murphy's administration released an investigative report Monday that was prepared by former state comptroller Matt Boxer and law firm Lowenstein ...

Recall Alert: Beech-Nut Recalls Single Grain Rice Cereal

June 10, 2021

Beech-Nut Nutrition has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal, announced the company. The recall resulted from a routine sampling program from the production lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal, which tested above the guidance level for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.

The product being recalled was distributed nationally, ...

Join CCM’s Pharmacy Tech Apprenticeship Program and Pursue a Rewarding Career

June 11, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ -- Opportunities to become a healthcare professional have never been better and County College of Morris (CCM) is here to prepare anyone aspiring to join this exciting field. Along with its acclaimed nursing, radiography and respiratory therapy programs, the college now is offering a new Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship Program that provides paid on-the-job training in ...

CCM Student Summer Fine Art Exhibit

RANDOLPH, NJ -- Looking for something interesting and inspiring? Take some time to visit the Fine Art Summer Portfolio Class Exhibition at County College of Morris (CCM) and enjoy stepping into the creative world of talented aspiring artists. Featured are the best creative works of students who have completed their Portfolio Class during the first semester of Summer Sessions at the ...

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Local news is more important than ever.  To fulfill our mission of providing our readers with objective, daily, local news, we’re conducting a survey on what our readers think about TAPinto and how they engage with the news.  We invite you to take our 2021 Reader Survey.   

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FirstEnergy Receives Industry Recognition for Outage Restoration Efforts

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), parent company of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), has once again earned recognition for its emergency response efforts from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a leading electric industry organization. FirstEnergy earned the "Emergency Recovery Award" for safely and efficiently restoring service to more than 371,000 of its customers ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

Do You Know the History of Memorial Day and Wonder How it Became the Start of Summer?

Memorial Day, as the name implies, was established to create a day of remembrance to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Civil War. Our culture today, however, associates the holiday with the start of summer activities, like barbecues and going to the beach. How did this once somber holiday become the signal of summer? 

After the Civil War ended in the spring of ...

How To Increase Customer Engagement

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The main goal of any advertising campaign is to engage with customers as effectively and often as possible. You want them to see your business and remember the name while creating a positive relationship with them.  Creating an engagement marketing strategy is how your business can stay at the forefront of your audience’s mind and generate business from them ...

TAPinto's Featured Marketing Partner: Edison Heating and Cooling

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Local communities are TAPinto’s specialty, and when it comes to marketing your business to these small areas, few places are better to partner with.

That’s why Mike Iarrapino, CEO of Edison Heating and Cooling, chose to market with TAPinto and continues to do so nearly seven years later.

“I decided to partner with TAPinto because they reached Edison ...