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New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

April 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

Murphy Announces Latest COVID Figures and Vaccination Totals

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wed Apr 7. He said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.

"We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June 30," ...

Murphy: All Individuals Ages 16+ Will be Eligible for Vaccination April 19

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his COVID press briefing on Mon Apr 5 that all individuals ages 16+ in New Jersey will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination on April 19 – two weeks ahead of the state’s initial target of May 1.

The state’s phased vaccination rollout has successfully administered 4.7 million doses of ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Revised COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health today issued new COVID-19 travel guidance, which follow updated travel recommendations released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month.

“While the pandemic is not over, our vaccination program and updated CDC guidance have made it possible for vaccinated individuals to resume travel ...

See Which Vaccine Sites in New Jersey Are Taking Appointments

NEW JERSEY — A group of volunteers working with Planet Princeton have created a crowd sourced spreadsheet to show you which vaccine sites in New Jersey are taking appointments.

While vaccine supplies are limited, this volunteer and crowd sourced list can tell you which vaccination sites are available and how to access the sites.

Click here to view a sortable list in a new ...

Denville Council Unanimously Adopts 2021 Municipal Budget

April 10, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- The Denville Township Council unanimously adopted the 2021 municipal budget during its April 6 meeting.

This year, the total budget amount is $23,374,812.64, with a municipal tax rate of $0.4455. The total budget amount in 2020 was $23,114,429.82, with a municipal tax rate of $0.4413.

The average township home in Denville is now assessed at $408,000, with a homeowner ...

Proclamations at Council Meeting Declares Weeks for 'National Public Health Week' and 'National Library Week'

DENVILLE, NJ -- During the April 6 meeting of the Denville Township council, two proclamations were presented. These were the first two proclamation to be read at a governing body meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

The first proclamation declares the week of April 5-11 as National Public Health Week 2021, sponsored by the American Public Health Association, which since 1995 ...

Morris County Commissioners Unanimously Approve 2021 Budget

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -- The Morris County Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted the county government’s 2021 Budget. Commissioners stated that the 2021 budget "holds the line on county taxes while maintaining spending on critical infrastructure projects, the continuing COVID-19 response, human services and public safety".

The budget is $320 million which ...

Wellness Kits Available to Seniors, Residents with Disabilities, April 12

April 11, 2021

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -- Seniors and adults with disabilities who live in Morris County are invited to pick up a wellness kit on April 12 during a county-sponsored COVID-19 wellness event.

The wellness kit, available to seniors age 60 and older and people with disabilities, contains a reusable face mask, touchless tool and hand sanitizer. During the event, those attending can speak ...

Atlantic Health System to Offer a 4-Part Parent Series

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- This month, Atlantic Health will be offering a four-part series titled "Behavioral Health Parenting Series." The series will be dedicated to providing parents with the tools and language to have meaningful, but difficult, conversations about life, and support their children through difficult emotions to help them build coping skills, resilience and ...

Morris County Outreach to Give Wellness Kits to Seniors and Residents with Disabilities

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -- Seniors and adults with disabilities who live in Morris County are invited to pick up a wellness kit on April 12 during a county-sponsored COVID-19 wellness event.

The wellness kit, available to seniors aged 60 and older and people with disabilities, contains a reusable face mask, touchless tool and hand sanitizer. During the event, those attending can speak ...

Superintendent Forte: All-virtual Learning Possible after Spring Break

March 29, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- Superintendent Steven Forte gave his latest report on the COVID-19 status during the March 22 meeting of the Denville Township Board of Education. With all three public schools still remaining open for hybrid virtual and in-person instruction, there have been 10 current cases that tested positive with 83 people being quarantined district-wide.

“We have to get a ...

What's in NJ Dept. of Health's Updated COVID-19 School Recommendations?

NEW JERSEY -- The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has released updated COVID-19 K-12 operational guidance for local health departments (LHDs). The updated guidance, which reflects recent changes to K-12 recommendations from the CDC, is aligned with the goal of opening schools for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

“Though outbreaks ...

Denville Resident Jenna Curran Named National Coca-Cola Academic Scholar

DENVILLE, NJ -- Denville resident, Jenna Curran, president of the Student Government Association at the County College of Morris (CCM) has been named to the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) national Coca-Cola Academic Team at the Gold award level. CCM administrators nominated Curran based on her academic achievement, leadership and engagement in college and community service.

According to a ...

Volleyball: Morris Knolls Defeats Montville in N1G3 Quarterfinals

April 15, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ – Three-seed Morris Knolls defeated 11-seed Montville in the quarterfinals of the North 1, Group 3, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament in Denville, April 14. The Golden Eagles took the first set 25-19 while Montville won the second 25-16. Morris Knolls outperformed Montville in the final set 25-13 to clinch the match.

Reagan Smith earned 12 ...

Volleyball: Morris Knolls Back to its Winning Ways

DENVILLE, NJ – The Morris Knolls girls volleyball team defeated Montville in two straight sets, 25-13 and 27-25, at home on Tue Apr 6.

Casey Heitmann earned 10 points, the most points for the Golden Eagles. Nicole Florey, Annie Nolan and Reagan Smith scored six each.

Morris Knolls (10-1) will host Morris Hills (4-2) on Thu Apr 8 at 10 a.m.



Volleyball: Morris Knolls's Winning Streak Ends

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Morris Knolls girls volleyball team loses its first game of the season in three sets against Morristown High School, 19-23, 25-11, 25-20, on Mon Apr 5 in Morristown. The Colonials notched its first victory of the season, earning revenge from a two-set defeat to Morris Knolls on March 24.

Stephanie Bloom scored the most points for the Golden Eagles with eight, ...

Study: New Jersey is 2021’s State with the 7th Highest Tax Burden

April 1, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey ranks as the state with the seventh highest overall tax burden with a 9.98% overall state tax, according to personal finance website WalletHub’s 2021 Tax Burden by State report. Nearby New York is the highest taxed state in the nation.

What accounts for New Jersey's top 10 ranking? Property taxes.

"New Jersey has the third highest ...

Community Donates $40.3 Million to Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Expansion, Renovation

April 8, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Community members have contributed more than $40.3 million toward the critical renovation and expansion of  Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and Goryeb Children’s Hospital, significantly exceeding the initial campaign goal of $38.5 million, announced the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center.

Jennifer L. Smith, ...

Denville Resident Reflects on Mask-sewing Project from Last Year

DENVILLE, NJ -- It has been more than one year since the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world. This March, many people  reflected on all the hardships they faced since the first lockdown and the strict regulations installed. Others, such as Denville Township resident Susan Banks, reflected on the things they did to help those most affected by the crisis and persevere.

"I feel ...

Think Spring Food Drive Saturday to Benefit Interfaith Food Pantry

MORRIS PLAINS, NJ -- A community-wide food drive, sponsored by the Presbyterian Church of Morris Plains will help local families in need this Sat Mar 27. The food drive will benefit the Interfaith Food Pantry and will take place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the church's parking lot.

Items needed include:

instant mashed potatoes
corn muffin mix
peanut ...

Morris Knolls Students Prepare for Virtual 'Godspell' Production

April 14, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- For the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't been a great time for the arts. With mostly cancellations or virtual versions, things like school musicals haven't been the same.

Yet, for the drama students of Morris Knolls High School, there will be a spring production of the Broadway classic "Godspell," with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and the ...

JCP&L 2021 Tree Trimming Program to Enhance Service Reliability

April 8, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), is conducting tree trimming work along more than 3,700 miles of power lines across its 13-county service territory as part of its annual vegetation management program. This work helps keep power flowing to customers around the clock by preventing tree-related outages.

So far ...

Tree Recovery Campaign Provides Free Seedlings to Denville Residents

DENVILLE, NJ -- Free tree seedlings will be available to Denville Township residents as part of the New Jersey Forest Service’s Tree Recovery Campaign. Residents from Denville can pick up tree seedlings Sat Apr 23, 9-11 a.m, at the upper pavilion of Gardner Field, 2 Savage Road. There will be signage with direction. Masks are required to be worn for pick-ups.

Seedlings are ...

New Jersey Date Night: The Best Brunch Spots

April 11, 2021

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

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time ...

NJ Restaurants to Customers: Don’t be a No-Show, Especially Now

NEW JERSEY — No-shows have always been an issue for restaurants, but with pandemic restrictions limiting seating, these days the effects can be devastating.

Restaurant owners have a plea for patrons who can’t make their reservations: Just call and cancel.

“In previous years, busy days for us were a logistics challenge,” said Chris Migton, executive chef at Chez ...

Saint Clare’s Health Denville Hospital Experiences Fire

April 12, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- Saint Clare’s Health Denville Hospital announced that it experienced a fire from an air handler on Mon Apr 12. The morning fire impacted one portion of one building, according to the statement.

"As required, some patients were transported to other areas of the hospital, and patients in the Emergency Department were transported by our EMS to the Dover ...

Denville Couple Rescues Skier while on Vacation in Montana

DENVILLE, NJ -- Many kinds of heroes have been praised and recognized in and around Denville Township. In March, married couple and Denville residents, Wharton Police Detective Richard Ornelas and Detective Sergeant Christina Kovacs of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, were on a vacation with family in Montana at the Big Sky Resort when an accident occurred, threatening a life.

On ...

Gov Murphy: June 8 Primary Election to be Conducted Primarily In-person

March 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- The Primary Election on June 8 2021 will be conducted primarily in-person, announced Governor Phil Murphy on March 22. Regularly operated polling places will be open for all voters who wish to cast their ballots on the voting machines.

Voters looking to change their party affiliation must do so by April 14 to participate in their new party’s Gubernatorial ...

Former Morris County Freeholder Candidate Gets Probation in Illegal Campaign Contribution Case

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Former Morris County Freeholder Candidate Mary Dougherty, wife of Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, was sentenced Thu Mar 18 for filing a false report with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) in connection with an illegal $10,000 campaign contribution, announced Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

After pleading guilty on Feb 19 to an accusation charging ...

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Tom's Diner in Roxbury is Demolished

April 8, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — The iconic but long dormant Tom’s Diner on Route 46 in Ledgewood was demolished today while its former owner, town officials and the property’s new owners watched.

A wrecking crew tore into the dilapidated structure and, piece by piece, deposited twisted metal, wood and cinder block into dumpsters. The demolition marked the end of many years of effort by ...

Body Found in Stairway of Morristown Train Station; Police Investigating

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- A deceased male was found in the stairway of the Morristown Train Station, announced Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, New Jersey Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo and Morristown Police Department Acting Chief Darnell Richardson in ...

Watch FBI's Livestreamed Presentation on Keeping Children Safe Online

April 5, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ -- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Kevin Matthews and Victim Specialist Keyla Munoz, of the FBI's Newark Office, will present 'The Internet and Keeping your Children Safe' via livestream on April 8 at 9 a.m.

Intended for parents and guardians, the presentation will share tips on how to keep children safe online, offer guidance on ...

Report Finds Increase in Learning Loss throughout NJ during Pandemic

NEW JERSEY -- Area politicians and education advocates are now discussing ways to improve student proficiency in English language arts and math after a recent study of New Jersey schools found significant drops during the COVID-19 pandemic.

JerseyCAN, a nonprofit focused on advocating for high-quality schools for all New Jersey students, released the first statewide study, “A ...

Allergy Recall; Hostess SnoBalls Recalled due to Undeclared Allergen

April 13, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- Hostess Snoballs have been recalled due to an undeclared allergen, announced Hostess Brands, LLC. According to the company, certain Hostess SnoBalls were "inadvertently manufactured in the packaging for Hostess Chocolate CupCakes, and the packaging does not list coconut, an ingredient as an allergen.

The recall included SnoBalls manufactured on March 12, 2021 with a UPC of ...

CCM Award-Winning Student Literary and Arts Publication Available for Online Viewing 2020-21 Issue of Promethean Features Wide Ranging Talent

April 14, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ -- Fun and interesting artwork and graphics, thought-provoking poetry and essays, mesmerizing photography and book cover designs, and so much more are what you will find in the latest issue of The Promethean, the student-produced, award-winning literacy and arts publication at County College of Morris (CCM).

The 2020-21 edition of The Promethean can be viewed ...

JCP&L Awarded Certificate of Innovation in Sustainability by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

MORRISTOWN, NJ – For the second consecutive year, Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has been awarded the Certificate of Innovation in Sustainability by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). The award, which includes membership on the New Jersey Sustainable Business Registry, recognizes the company’s ...

Black-owned Business in Denville Thrives after Jets-VISA Grants Selection

DENVILLE, NJ -- Two Morris County Black-owned businesses are thriving after being selected for $10,000 grants awarded by the New York Jets and VISA. Mo’Pweeze Bakery in Denville and Sweetpea Technologies, LLC in Madison both have invested the grant money in equipment and marketing.

The Jets and VISA teamed up to reinforce their commitment to support Black-owned small businesses, amplify ...

Make Your Summer Count with Summer Sessions at CCM Classes in the Arts and Humanities, Business, Health, Science, Mathematics and More

RANDOLPH, NJ – Has the pandemic created confusion for your summer plans? Whether you decide to stay home or will be on the go, make your summer count and take County College of Morris (CCM) with you. By taking summer courses at CCM, you are another step closer to meeting your goals for graduation and a great future. CCM is an easy and convenient way to earn credits from a nationally ...

International Barbershop Quartet Day: Music Director Deke Sharon and New Jersey's Gimme Four

April 11, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- In honor of International Barbershop Quartet Day, TAPintoTV looks back at our conversations with Will Downey, member of New Jersey's #1 barbershop quartet, Gimme Four, and award-winning Musical Director and Producer, Deke Sharon.

Gimme Four is an International Semifinalist barbershop quartet based in Caldwell, New Jersey. Group members Paul Franek, Dave Ammirata, Will ...

Pediatric Chiropractic Treatments Support Overall Children's Health and Wellness

CLIFTON, NJ -- Dr. Michael Magwood, family chiropractor and founder of Pure Balance Center, spoke with TAPintoTV about his work with babies and children. As part of his practice, Magwood works with people of all ages, including younger children and infants. 

Magwood often consults with new parents about trauma their child may have experienced at birth to determine a course of treatment.

TAPinto TV Wins Twice at Garden State Film Festival

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto TV, a medium-based franchise owned by East Main Media’s Brian Brodeur, won two Garden State Film Festival Awards.

The franchise’s “HomeGrown” series won awards for Best Television Show and Best Original Score from a Television Show.

“HomeGrown” is a series produced by East Main Media that follows host Stephanie Willoughby as ...

Post-Pandemic Marketing

Small business owners have a lot to think about, but navigating a global pandemic was likely not chief among their worries. Now that we are close to the end of one, local businesses are facing a host of challenges. Communicating effectively with customers and clients has never been more important. 

What changed in the pandemic?

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily ...