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NJ's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Now 1.02, Latest Sign Surge is Slowing

January 17, 2022

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's COVID-19 rate of transmission stood at 1.02 on Monday, a dramatic drop since it was 1.92 on Jan. 1. Anything over 1.0 means COVID-19 is still spreading, but the lower the number means any infected person is spreading the virus to fewer people.

The State Department of Health confirmed 8,267 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the third-straight day under 20,000.

NJ's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Drops Again, State Reports Fewer Than 15,000 Cases for Second Straight Day

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's Department of Health reported 14,048 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the second straight day the number of new statewide cases was under 15,000.

The rate of transmission, which measures how much the virus is spreading, is at 1.09. On New Year's Day, it was 1.92. Anything over 1.0 means the virus is spreading. A lower number means an infected person is ...

Fewer Than 15,000 New COVID-19 Cases Statewide, Rate of Transmission Holds Steady

NEW JERSEY — The State Department of Health reported 14,692 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. It is the third time in 2022 there have been fewer than 20,000 new cases in a day. The state reported 121 new deaths from COVID-19.

There are 5,671 people in New Jersey's hospitals with COVID-19, a number that is down roughly 200 from Thursday.

The rate of transmission, which is a ...

COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Rate of Transmission Trend Down Again

NEW JERSEY – New Jersey's Department of Health reported Friday that the COVID-19 rate of transmission has fallen again. That is the number that measures how much the COVID-19 virus is spreading. On Friday, it sat at 1.21. Here's how the number has been trending lower over the past four days.


20K+ New COVID-19 Cases in NJ; Rate of Transmission Continues to Fall

NEW JERSEY — The State Department of Health confirmed 20,338 new positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday. New Jersey was under the 20,000 mark the past two days.  On Thursday, 117 new deaths were confirmed.

The state's rate of transmission continues to fall, which means every person who tests positive is spreading it to fewer people. On Thursday, the rate of transmission sat at ...

Passport Fees Increased by $20, According to Morris County Clerk

January 16, 2022

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- The U.S. Department of State raised fees for passport books by $20, effective as of December 27, stated the Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi.

The fee for a first-time adult passport book, for ages 16 and up, increased from $110 to $130.

The fee for a child passport book, for ages 15 and younger, increased from $80 to $100.

For more details ...

VIDEO: Governor Murphy on Omicron Update

NEW JERSEY - Watch Governor Murphy's update. In it, he quickly states that he is not lifting school mandates.

"Among other things, keeping our schools open is critically important. Our kids learn better when they're in their regular classrooms, our educators are more effective when they are before a classroom - virtual learning is no replacement for in-person education. I ...

Gov. Murphy to Deliver 2022 State of the State Address, Tues, Jan. 11

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2022 State of the State address will stream online and via social media on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at 5 p.m. Murphy is expected to discuss his commitment to leading New Jersey through the COVID-19 public health crisis, improving the lives of middle-class families, and building a stronger and more resilient post-pandemic ...

Morristown Medical Center and Other Local Hospitals Update Visitor Policies

December 29, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Atlantic Health System has updated its visitor policy so that no visitors are permitted for confirmed COVID-19 patients or persons under investigation for COVID-19, except in cases approved by the care team. The policy is in effect for Chilton, Hackettstown, Newton, Overlook and Morristown medical centers and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. 

All restrictions ...

Ice Hockey: Morris Knolls-Hills Defeats Madison in Second Encounter

January 14, 2022

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Morris Knolls-Hills scored a pair of first-period goals and went on to post a 4-2 ice hockey victory over Madison at Mennen Arena on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Goals by Jake McCloud and Kyle Thornton, the second one on a power play, gave Morris Knolls a 2-0 lead after one period. Madison had a power play late in the period but was unable to score during that stretch.

The ...

Girls Basketball: Morris Knolls Defeats Mount Olive

DENVILLE, NJ – Morris Knolls defeated Mount Olive, 49-24, in Denville on Monday, Jan. 10.

Maddy Knaack earned the game-high with 14 points for Morris Knolls. She also grabbed 10 rebounds. Brianna Mennella was the only other Golden Eagle to score in double digits with 10 points. Molly Secallus added eight points. Charlee Perna scored seven. Kira Mennella had three.

Boys Basketball: Morris Knolls Defeats Fair Lawn

DENVILLE, NJ – Morris Knolls defeated Fair Lawn, 50-41, in Denville on Saturday, Jan. 8, improving its record to 5-3.

Morris Knolls garnered the victory without anyone reaching double digits. Chase Ingram and Sean Bienkowski scored nine points each. Christian MacNaugton and Sam Fallon had eight apiece. Mike Rustad added seven points and sank the team’s only three-pointer.

New Jersey Minimum Wage Rises

January 3, 2022

NEW JERSEY -- The statewide minimum wage has increased by $1 to $13 per hour for most employees, effective January 1, 2022.

The increase is part of legislation signed by Gov. Murphy in February 2019 that gradually raises the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024 for most employees. When the governor took office in 2018, the state’s minimum wage was $8.60 per hour; he and the ...

Recall Alert: Children’s Robes Recalled by HulovoX Due to Burn Hazard

January 15, 2022

Approximately 3,500 children's robes by HulovoX have been recalled due to a violation of federal flammability standards and burn hazard, announced the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The long-sleeved robes, made of 100% micro polyester, were sold online at from January 2021 through May 2021 for about $30.

The robes, available in sizes 3T to ...

Baby It's Cold Outside; Residents Reminded of Space Heater Safety Tips

DENVILLE, NJ – With temperatures forecasted to drop over the next few days, and in light of the recent fire-related tragedy in the Bronx, residents are being reminded about space heater safety.

“As the investigation unfolds into the Bronx fire, initial reports are that a space heater may have contributed to its cause,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio.

Free Food Distribution Thursday, Jan. 13, in Morristown; Friday in Parsippany

January 12, 2022

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- A free food distribution will take place in Morristown on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 1-2 p.m., at Bishop Nazery Way (59 Spring Street in Morristown).

On Friday, a food distribution will take place at 299 Webro Road in Parsippany from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and then in Dover, 211 North Sussex Street, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

This distribution will offer meat, produce, bread, ...

Morris County Resident Needs Your Help: Save the Date

MONTVILLE, NJ -- Montville resident, Andrea Demetriou Kalliaras, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia that can only be cured by a stem cell transplant. A match is determined by a simple cheek swab, and anyone between the ages of 18-55 can Swab to Save a Life.

A Cheek Swabbing Event for Kalliaras will take place on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Montville ...

Rehab 'Scholarship' Launched in Memory of Denville Stylist Who Died on New Year's Day

ROXBURY, NJ – The family of Anthony Accola, a 25-year-old Roxbury High School graduate who died on New Year’s Day, is collecting money that will fund enrollment into a substance abuse rehabilitation program.

Donations to the Anthony R. Accola Scholarship can be made with checks payable to Desert Cove Recovery, LLC and mailed to 58 Fox Chase Lane, Ledgewood, NJ 07852. Desert Cove ...

Winter Weather Advisory for Denville Sunday Night

January 16, 2022

DENVILLE, NJ – You’ll want to wear your long underwear and keep salt handy for Sunday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Denville area from January 16 at 6 p.m. until 3 a.m. January 17. The weather service is predicting snow before 11 p.m. on Sunday and then sleet between 11 p.m. and midnight and then rain after midnight. 

Winds will ...

Freezing Rain Could Make Denville Roads Treacherous Sunday Morning

DENVILLE, NJ — Keep the salt handy. Freezing rain is expected to create a light glaze of ice over surfaces Sunday morning, the National Weather Service said.

The service has issued a winter weather advisory for the area from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.

“Very slippery sidewalks, roads and bridges are possible,” the National Weather Service said. “Slow down and use ...

Legislation Inspired by Death of 12-Year-Old Rockaway Girl Now Law

January 17, 2022

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey’s anti-bullying statute, already among the nation’s most stringent, will be strengthened even further thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Inspired by Mallory Rose Grossman, a 12-year-old Rockaway student who committed suicide in 2017, the bipartisan legislation (S-1790), sponsored by Senators Joe Pennacchio ...

2 NJ Sisters Indicted for Arranging Sham Marriages to Help Non-Citizens Stay in Country

NEWARK, NJ – Two Newark women last week were indicted in connection with a scheme that involved arranging sham marriages between U.S. citizens and non-citizens seeking to stay in the country unlawfully, authorities announced.

Sisters Andrea Torres, 55, and Regina Johnson, 57, of Newark, were both indicted on charges of conspiracy to encourage and induce non-citizens to remain ...

No More Morris County Park Police as Members Become Sheriff's Officers

January 1, 2022

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – The disbanding of the Morris County Park Police means the county's 24 county Park Police officers are now members of the county Sheriff's Office. They received their new badges this week.

The change was approved two months ago by the county commissioners and county Park Commission.

The move “will keep the 24 park officers on staff and enable ...

Police Seek Info about Route 80 Hit & Run That Killed Budd Lake Child

ROXBURY, NJ -- A six-year-old boy from Budd Lake died from injuries sustained Thursday evening in a multi-car crash on Route 80 in Roxbury, and police are seeking help finding the driver of a vehicle that left the scene.

The incident took place at about 7:45 p.m., according to New Jersey State Police. They said a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, heading east on the interstate, was struck by a vehicle ...

VIDEO: Promising COVID-19 News in New Jersey, Kids Helping Kids & Honoring a Hero

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — There's new promising news that the COVID-19 surge in New Jersey is slowing. Plus, generous kids are using their hearts to help other kids. Also, one community prepares to honor a local hero, as he celebrates a milestone.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

Now in New Jersey ...

VIDEO: Weeks After Giving Birth, Mom Dies of COVID-19; Teen Helps Girls & The Environment

NEW JERSEY — A community is remembering a New Jersey mother of four who died of COVID-19, just weeks after giving birth.  Plus, a high school freshman is going green and helping other girls at the same time.  Also, a little bit of luck changes 'lost' to 'found.'

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to ...

VIDEO: Remembering Teenage COVID-19 Victim, City's Milestone and Restoring History

NEW JERSEY — As one New Jersey community mourns a COVID-19 victim, another is recognizing a new milestone.  Plus, a legendary figure in Trenton reflects on decades of service.  And a community spends months restoring history.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

Now in New Jersey Powered ...

Governor Phil Murphy Sworn In For Second Term

January 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “Were all the votes counted?” joked Josh Murphy, as he and his siblings introduced their father during his inauguration for second term as 56th Governor of New Jersey. 

After the small roast from his four children and a speech from his wife and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Phil Murphy took the podium following Chief Justice Stuart Rabner ...

Governor Murphy Allocates Funding For School Security Systems in Dozens of Districts

NEW JERSEY — Dozens of New Jersey school districts will receive more money to help upgrade their security systems. 

Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that appropriates a total of $5,150,531 from the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” to provide grants for school security projects in 60 New ...

Former Senator Loretta Weinberg Looks Back on 30 Years in Public Service

TEANECK, NJ — “It’s great to see you, even though you look a little bit like Nanook of the North," said now former Senator Loretta Weinberg to First Lady Tammy Murphy with a smile and sparkle in her eye. “I’m really glad to see you out and about.”

Those were Weinberg’s opening remarks at the bill signing for The Freedom of Reproductive Choice ...

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Sexual Assault Incident on Christmas Eve in Parsippany Leads to Arrest

January 9, 2022

PARSIPPANY, NJ -- A 36-year-old Hamilton New Jersey man has been arrested with charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault that occurred in Parsippany.

It is alleged that on Dec. 24, 2021, the defendant sexually assaulted and robbed a 19-year-old victim while armed with a handgun at the Holiday Inn in Parsippany, according to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office and the Parsippany ...

First in Morris County: Roxbury Library Goes Fine-Free

ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury Public Library will no longer charge fines for overdue items and is waiving all pre-existing fines, it announced on Jan. 3.

The library said it is the first public library in Morris County to take this route although others in the state have done so.

In announcing the new policy, the library said its board of trustees “is dedicated to creating a library ...

Statement from Morris County Attorney Who Admitted Role in Reverse Mortgage Fraud Scheme

TRENTON, NJ - Morristown attorney, Martin Eagan, admitted his role in a reverse mortgage fraud scheme that exploited several elderly homeowners, according to U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger.

On Dec. 17, Eagan pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, which carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million ...

New Jersey Ranked No. 10 in New 'Best & Worst States to Raise a Family' Study

January 12, 2022

NEW JERSEY -- The reasons people choose to move include career transitions, better schools, financial challenges or just a change in setting. Wants and needs don’t always align in a particular state, though. For instance, a state might offer a low income-tax rate but have a subpar education system. Conversely, New Jersey is a higher taxed state known for its good schools.

When ...

Snow Likely for Thursday Night and Friday

DENVILLE, NJ – After Monday’s southern storm, and then the Wednesday morning icing issues all over state highways, attention now shifts to a focus on a likely statewide snowstorm during the overnight and daytime period between Thursday night and Friday.

In what has become the classic winter scenario over much of the past couple of winters, this storm began its journey in Alaska and ...

It's a Girl! Morristown Medical Center Welcomes First Baby Born in 2022

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Morristown Medical Center welcomed the first baby of the new year. Baby Mia was born at 12:21 a.m. on Jan. 1. She weighed in at four pounds, 10 ounces.

Baby Mia and her parents are doing well and resting comfortably.

A baby boy was the first baby born at Overlook Hospital for 2022. Rudra was born at 12:02 a.m. on Jan. 1. He weighed in at six pounds, 10 ...

CCM to Hold Auditions for Spring Musical “Guys and Dolls”

January 15, 2022

RANDOLPH, NJ -- The County College of Morris (CCM) Department of Music, Performing Arts & Music Technologies will be holding auditions this month for its spring musical hitting the stage in April.

The classic romantic comedy “Guys and Dolls,” set in depression-era New York City, tells the story of the notorious Nathan Detroit, who needs a new place to run his high-rolling ...

Saint Clare's Health Addresses "Screening for Your Wellness" on Let's Talk Health

Watch “Screening for YOUR Wellness” featuring: Dr. Neil Freeman, Chair of Radiology, Saint Clare's Health.

This video from Saint Clare’s Health online series, ‘Let’s Talk Health’, hosted by Brian Finestein, chief executive officer of Saint Clare’s Health, originally aired on January 13, 2022.

Stay tuned for future Let’s Talk Health ...

CCM Partners on $5 Million Grant for Students to Pursue STEM Careers

Scholarships and Other Support to Earn a Bachelors from East Stroudsburg University

RANDOLPH, NJ — With its strong and highly recognized degree programs for students interested in studying for a STEM career, County College of Morris (CCM) now is making it even easier – and more affordable – for students to reach for their dreams.

As a partner on a $5 million National ...

Future Educators at Morris County School of Technology Participate in Community Service Projects

DENVILLE, NJ – Participating in community service projects is one of Jennifer Skomial's favorite parts of working with future educators at Morris County School of Technology. She shared, "Not only do I get to help students explore the many nontraditional professions that involve working with children and their families, we also get to make a positive impact on our ...

TAPinto Recognizes Local Sites in Annual Awards

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto is recognizing three of its local news sites for excellence in 2021.

"TAPinto's 2021 award winners best exemplify the characteristics that are key to success here at TAPinto:  a commitment to providing high-quality objective local news, a passion for entrepreneurship, and a dedication to teamwork," Michael Shapiro, Founder and CEO of ...

TAPinto Recognizes Local News Sites With One Million Plus Pageviews in 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro is congratulating eight TAPinto local news sites with more than one million pageviews in 2021.

"The site traffic of these TAPinto sites is tremendous and a testament to the high-quality, original local news stories each of them produces every day," Shapiro said.  "It demonstrates once again that ...