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Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

January 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

Denville Residents Over Age 65 Can Get COVID Vaccine Starting Jan 14

TRENTON, NJ -- Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thurs Jan 14, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wed Jan 13. The governor also announced ...

New Jersey Has Administered Over 219,000 Doses of COVID Vaccine as of Tues Jan 12

NEW JERSEY - New Jersey is now reporting vaccination numbers. As of Tues Jan 12, the dashboard is reporting 219,126 first doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered and 24,532 doses of the second dose.

In Morris County, the dashboard is showing that as of Jan 12, 17,861 doses of vaccines have been administered.

The phases of vaccination are as follows:

Phase 1A ...

COVID-19 Update for Jan 12; Denville Reports 9 New Cases

DENVILLE, NJ - There were nine new cases of COVID-19 reported overnight in Denville, announced officials. The total number of cases is 667.  The numbers indicate total number of cases, not the total number of active cases.

As of Jan 12, there are 4,219 new positive PCR cases and 108 new deaths in the state, said state officials.

"The promise of the new, post-COVID day is ...

NJ Using Honor System at Coronavirus Vaccine Sites Meant to Prioritize Frontline Workers

NEW JERSEY — Roughly 300 locations, including as many as six mega-sites, will rely on the honesty and goodwill of residents in its mission to vaccinate the 1A priority group: frontline healthcare workers, law enforcement and firefighters.

“We are trusting the integrity of all of you to do the right thing in this regard and not `jump the line,’” said ...

Congresswoman Calls for Arlington Cemetery Burial for Officer Brian Sicknick

January 12, 2021

SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- Congresswoman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, has contacted senior military leaders to request that U.S. Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The 42-year-old South River, New Jersey, native was killed during the siege on the Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump ...

Denville Council Reorganizes for 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- On Jan 5, the Denville Township Council reorganized for the new year. Special guests Senator Anthony Bucco Jr., Congressman, Assemblyman Brian Bergen, freeholder Doug Cabana attended the meeting.

Following salutes and prayer, Councilman John Murphy was reelected as council president. Fred Semrau, Esq., was then sworn in as the municipal attorney.

“I like to thank ...

Property Tax Freeze Deadline for NJ Senior Citizens Extended to Feb 1

TRENTON, NJ -- Local seniors still have time to apply for the Senior Freeze Program. The deadline for the Senior Freeze property tax relief program has been extended to Feb 1 2021.

The Senior Freeze Program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled persons for property tax increases on their principal residences. To qualify, applicants must meet all eligibility ...

HOPE ONE Van Will Be at the Morris Plains Train Station, Jan 11

January 10, 2021

MORRIS PLAINS, NJ -- The HOPE ONE van will be stationed at the Morris Plains Train Station on Jan 11 form 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The train station is located at Speedwell Avenue and US 202 in Morris Plains.

The HOPE ONE vehicle, previously used in police tactical operations, is now a mobile recovery access vehicle. It has trained staff on site and provides individuals ...

We Are Not Sleeping Well During the Pandemic According to Rutgers Sleep Lab Professor

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — It’s probably safe to say that Dr. Andrea Spaeth has lost sleep over how others are sleeping. Call it an occupational hazard that comes with being the director of the Rutgers Sleep Lab.

When a study revealing that people haven’t been getting their Zzzs during the COVID-19 pandemic comes across your desk, however, it’s a bit of a wake-up ...

Morristown Medical Center Welcomes First Baby of 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, welcomed its first baby of 2021 at 12:36am.

The baby girl, named Blake Noelle Sabino, weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces and is 20.5 inches long. Blake joins parents Nicole Barbour and Jason Sabino of Hackettstown.

For more information about maternity services at Atlantic Health System, ...

This Year Teachers, HS Seniors Will Not Be Evaluated the Same in NJ

January 12, 2021

NEW JERSEY — A new executive order will mean sweeping changes for the way teachers and students are evaluated for the 2020-2021 school year.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who has long said this is not a normal school year due to COVID-19, announced the changes during a Monday press conference on pandemic updates.

As part of the order, high school seniors will not have to pass an exit test to ...

Junior League of Morristown Scholarships Available for Denville Residents

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- The Junior League of Morristown (JLM) is accepting scholarship applications from individuals who live in Morris or Somerset counties.

The $2,500 High School Volunteerism Scholarship is available to applicants who are judged primarily on their demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and community service. All applicants must be planning to attend an accredited ...

CCM to Hold Virtual Open Houses on Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeships

RANDOLPH, NJ – County College of Morris (CCM) is offering individuals an opportunity to embark on a well-paying career path in advanced manufacturing by taking part in on-the-job training through its CareerAdvance USA apprenticeship program.

The first step to becoming an apprentice in the CareerAdvance USA program is to take part in a boot camp to learn the basic skills needed for ...

NJ High School Sports Winter Season May Resume Jan 2, says Gov. Murphy

December 31, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ -- In a highly anticipated announcement, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wed Dec 30 at his COVID-19 press briefing that indoor sports may resume on Sat Jan 2, with safety protocols in place. However, the regional suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions will continue through at least Jan 31.

New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), the governing ...

When Will Spring Sports Begin at Morris Knolls HS? Dates Now Set

DENVILLE, NJ — The spring sports season in high schools around the state will be delayed somewhat, but the timeline issued by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) on Fri Dec 11 also pushes the end of the season back further into June.

The NJSIAA’s Sports Advisory Task Force – the statewide group of athletic administrators tasked with ...

Minimum Wage to Rise to $12/Hour for Most NJ Employees on Jan 1

December 31, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey’s minimum hourly wage will go up by $1 to $12 per hour, for most employees, on Jan 1, per the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Increases are less if you are a small employer or operate a seasonal business, which increases to $11.10, while employees who work on a farm for an hourly or piece-rate wage will see their minimum hourly ...

Denville to Honor Vets on National Wreaths Across America Day, Dec 19

December 19, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ -- The Denville Cemetery (9 Savage Road) will join more than 2,400 other cemeteries nationwide to honor America's veterans on National Wreaths Across America Day, Sat Dec 19. The ceremony will begin at noon.

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization that grew into a nationwide tradition after Morrill Worcester's wreath company in Harrington, ...

Winter Care for Houseplants

December 27, 2020

Holidays are filled with new plants and decorations that often find our houseplants relegated to any out-of-the-way available space. Be sure to keep your houseplants looking their best with proper winter care. 

Make sure houseplants receive sufficient light now and throughout the winter. The shorter, often gray days of winter mean less light reaches plants. Start by moving plants to the ...

Denville Town Council Awards $600K+ Contract to Upgrade Cook's Pond Dam

DENVILLE, NJ – During its regular meeting on Tue Dec 15, the Denville Township Municipal Council awarded CMS Construction, Inc., of Plainfield, a $628,540 contract to reconstruct the primary spillway for Cook’s Pond Dam. CMS Construction was one of six contractors to bid on the project.

Work on the dam will begin in the spring of 2021, according to Denville Business Administrator ...

New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

January 14, 2021

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

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

Mocktails are the Key to Enjoying Dry January — Try Ginger ‘Mock-jito’ Recipe

NEW JERSEY — Every January for the past three years, Shivam Patel voluntarily trades in a beer for a bottled water at his favorite Jersey dive bar. Patel is one of many who participate in Drynuary, or Dry January, abstaining from alcohol for the entire month in an effort to be healthier.

Originating in the UK as an advocacy campaign, the wellness trend started with just 4,000 people ...

Gov. Murphy Says Trenton is Prepared Following Threats of State Capitol Protests

January 12, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that New Jersey authorities are prepared and on high alert.

“We need to bat 1,000 every day. To the governor's point [we] ...

Capitol Hill Police Officer Killed in Siege was Former NJ Resident

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy mourned the death of New Jersey native Brian Sicknick - a Capitol Hill police officer who was killed during Wednesday's attack on the US Capitol - during his visit to the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Friday where he swore in Somerset County Commissioners Paul Drake and Doug Singleterry at the annual reorganization meeting.

Murphy also took ...

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Morris County Maintains AAA Financial Rating

January 14, 2021

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Moody’s Investors Service again issued its top rating, AAA, of Morris County’s financial stability in its review of county guaranteed bonds offered through the Morris County Improvement Authority for various projects.

“The AAA rating reflects the county's substantial tax base, strong and diverse economy, healthy reserve levels, and modest debt ...

Murphy Orders U.S. and NJ Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff on Jan 11 in Honor of Officer Brian Sicknick

January 10, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Mon Jan 11 in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan 6.

In a statement, Murphy said: 

“United States Capitol Police Officer Brian ...

New Jersey National Guard Deploys 500 Troops to Washington, D.C.

TRENTON, NJ  - Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the deployment of 500 New Jersey Army National Guard Troops to Washington, D.C. to bolster a force of 6,200 National Guard troops called up to provide additional security for the next 30 days, including the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on Jan 20.

The deployment will take place over the next ...

Movin' Out: New Jersey Tops List of States with 70% Outbound Moves

NEW JERSEY – United Van Lines has released the company’s 44th Annual National Migration Study, revealing in 2020, Americans continued to move westbound and southbound – and the COVID-19 pandemic factored into and accelerated many of those decisions to move.

According to the study, which tracks the company’s exclusive data for customers’ 2020 ...

Baking with the Kids? Just Say No to Raw Dough

December 25, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- From now through New Year's Day, a lot of baking will take place in many households. Consequently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding everyone to "say no to raw dough". When you prepare homemade dough for cookies, cakes, and bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully baked. But steer clear of this ...

FirstEnergy Receives Industry Recognition for Outage Restoration Efforts

January 14, 2021

AKRON, OH – For the 15th consecutive year, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) has earned recognition for its emergency response efforts from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a leading electric industry organization. FirstEnergy earned both the "Emergency Recovery Award" for safely and efficiently restoring service to more than 800,000 of its New Jersey and Pennsylvania customers ...

Last Chance to Register for Free Virtual Panel Discussion Featuring Distinguished COVID-19 Experts

TAPinto will host a panel discussion featuring distinguished COVID-19 experts on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. This virtual gathering is free for attendees, but registration is required. 

The panel, presented by Atlantic Health System and moderated by Communications Consultant Bruno Tedeschi, will feature Dr. Michelle Cholankeril, ...

CCM Professor Stephen Longo Wins International Awards for Design

Capturing Awards of Excellence in Two Contests

RANDOLPH, NJ – A highly respected, award-winning designer who has created brands for such blue-chip clients as Haagen-Dazs, Ronzoni and Star Kist Tuna, Stephen H. Longo, professor of graphic design at County College of Morris (CCM), now has more awards to add to his list.

Longo recently won three awards in two international contests.

Enroll at CCM and Take Advantage of Money to Pay for College

More than $500,000 Is Available to Help Students Realize Their Dreams

RANDOLPH, NJ – Are you dreaming of college and a better future but struggling to find ways to pay for a higher education? Not only does County College of Morris (CCM) provide an affordable option for people to realize their dreams, the college also has more than $500,000 to help students so they can enroll for the ...

Capitol Hill Riot Through the Eyes and Lens of Independent Photojournalist Julian Leshay

January 10, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Julian Leshay, an independent photojournalist, spoke with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his experiences taking photos at the recent Capitol Hill riot on January 6. Leshay gives viewers his insight into the scenes he witnessed and the images he captured on that fateful day. 

Leshay arrived in Washington, D.C. the day before, “to get the environment, to ...

When Electoral History Passed through Georgia: Follow Jimmy Carter's Path to the Presidency

ATLANTA, GA -- Jimmy Carter was the first and only president to be a born in Georgia, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum can be found in Freedom Park in the heart of Atlanta.

Though we know the story of the peanut farmer who rose to national heights, there’s much more to learn about the early life of James Earl Carter, Jr. here, including his early career in ...

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TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Jennifer Dericks of TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The TAPinto Featured Franchisee of the Month for January 2021 is Jennifer Dericks from TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton.

Dericks launched her two franchises back in 2012 after completing her term on the Sparta Board of Education and she’s been with TAPinto ever since.

“It would be more accurate to say TAPinto found me,” Dericks said. “I was ...