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Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

Vaccine Help for Denville Residents Who Are Homebound

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -- Are you or someone you know homebound and in need of the COVID-19 vaccine? The Morris County Office of Aging COVID-19 Homebound Vaccination Program, in partnership with Atlantic Health, can help.

Residents can call the Morris County Homebound Program at 973-326-7828 or call the Morris County Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 973 285 6848 for information ...

New Jersey Surpasses 10 Million COVID-19 Vaccinations

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his regular COVID press briefing on Monday, July 19, that more than 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered in New Jersey and that more than five million individuals who live, work, or study in the state are now fully vaccinated.

Among the 4,432,769 fully vaccinated individuals (as of June 28), only a small ...

Gov. Murphy Announces ‘Your Voice, Your Shot’ Video Contest Winner

TRENTON, NJ — Belmar resident, John Walsh, is the winner of New Jersey’s “Your Voice, Your Shot” video contest, which is part of the state’s public health campaign encouraging residents to get the coronavirus vaccine.

Walsh’s “Jersey Summer” video was selected as the public’s favorite during online voting — an announcement that was ...

Morris County Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center Administers Last Vaccination Dose on Friday July 16

ROCKAWAY, NJ - Morris County and Atlantic Health System delivered the last inoculation on Friday, July 16 at the Morris County Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center.

 

State and county medical personnel and volunteers applauded as the last vaccination was given shortly after 12 p.m. on Friday. In total, the Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center had issued more than 340,000 ...

Beach Reopens at Hopatcong State Park

July 28, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — The swimming/beach area at Hopatcong State Park, closed over the weekend due to contamination, reopened Wednesday, according to the state.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) closed the area on July 24, citing only high bacteria counts in the lake water. It did not specify the source of the bacteria or the type, but past closures have been due to too much ...

Thomas Andes Reflects on His Time as Denville Mayor

DENVILLE, NJ -- Thomas Andes has been mayor of Denville Township for the past nine and a half years and has no regrets serving his home community.

“I enjoy being the mayor today as much as I did over nine years ago when I first took office,” said Andes.

“I get the opportunity to help someone every day and I enjoy setting and accomplishing goals to improve the town I love ...

Denville Chief Financial Officer Mike Guarino to Retire in September

DENVILLE, NJ -- During the July 13 Town Council Meeting, Business Administrator Steven Ward mentioned the impending retirement of Chief Financial Officer Michael Guarino on September 30, 2021. Mayor Thomas Andes and Ward have scheduled interviews for July 27 with five qualified candidates who have applied to take Guarino’s position.

Later during reports, Ward mentioned the 2021 road ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation

July 30, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation programs in the country.

The legislation ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Ranked Number One Hospital in New Jersey for the 4th Year in a Row by U.S. News & World Report

 MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System announced on Tuesday that Morristown Medical Center was ranked the number one hospital in New Jersey for the fourth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospital rankings. The medical center is one of the top acute care hospitals in New Jersey to be nationally ranked, and ...

Atlantic Medical Group Cardiologist Offers Heart Health Tips During Extreme Heat

SUMMIT, NJ -- As we start to hit the peak of summer heat, it is more important than ever to keep our hearts healthy. Individuals who have a preexisting heart condition need to be extra careful with these extreme weather circumstances. People with healthy hearts also are likely to experience problems.

Michael Weinrauch, MD, chairman of cardiology at Overlook Medical Hospital in ...

New Jersey Is 2021's 3rd Best School System in America: WalletHub Study

July 26, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was ranked as the country's third best school system in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list States with the Best and Worst School Systems. Only two states Massachusetts (No.1) and Connecticut (No. 2)  ranked higher than New Jersey. New York (No. 14) and Pennsylvania (No. 24) finished in the top half of the ...

Bill Requiring Civics Instruction for Middle Schoolers Signed into Law

TRENTON, NJ – In an effort to ensure students are receiving adequate civics and government education, legislation requiring civics instruction in middle school has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.

The new law directs the Department of Education to require at least one course specifically in civics or United States government as part of the social studies credit ...

Rep. Sherrill Announces 2021 Congressional App Challenge Launch

PARSIPPANY, NJ – Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) announced that her office is hosting its third annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for students in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District, and the registration portal is now open. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2021.

“Each year the participants in the Congressional App Challenge blow me away ...

New Jersey Is 2021's Worst State to Start a Business: WalletHub Study

July 25, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the worst state to start a business, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list of the Best and Worst States to Start a Business.

Nearby Connecticut (No. 49) and Pennsylvania (No. 43) also ranked in the bottom 10, while neighboring New York came in at No. 22. Texas placed as the best state to start a ...

$135 Million in Relief Funds Coming to NJ Small Businesses

TENAFLY, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed legislation (S-3982) providing additional aid to small businesses as they recover from the pandemic. The bill provides $135 million to small businesses throughout the state and will be administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) as part of its Phase IV Emergency Grant Program and NJ Community Stage Relief ...

New Lead Poisoning Prevention Laws to Require Inspections in Rental Properties, Replacement of Service Lines

July 24, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Governor Phil Murphy signed a package of laws on Thursday to address the state's lead exposure and its harmful effects on public health and child development by signing a package of bills aimed at protecting New Jersey’s families from lead poisoning. The legislation, which will require regular inspections for, and the remediation of, lead-based paint ...

Denville After Dark Is Today; Broadway & 1st Ave Closed 4-11 p.m.

July 30, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- The Downtown Denville Business Improvement District (BID) will host Denville After Dark today, 5:30-9 p.m. From approximately 4-11 p.m., Broadway and First Avenue will be closed to traffic to allow patrons to roam safely downtown as they visit the various retailers and grab a bite to eat at any of Denville’s restaurants, while listening to live music ...

NJ Parkway Service Areas Renamed After Icons Sinatra, Morrison, Bon Jovi & 6 Others

NEW JERSEY— Governor Phil Murphy announced that nine service areas along the Garden State Parkway will be renamed after New Jersey icons and Hall of Fame inductees. 

Nine service areas will be renamed as follows:  

Montvale: James Gandolfini Service Area
Brookdale North: Larry Doby Service Area
Brookdale South: Connie Chung Service ...

NJPAC Reveals $150M Development Project in Downtown Newark

NEWARK, NJ – A new phase of a $150 million development project headed by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is set to transform a portion of Downtown Newark, expanding the area's arts and education district. 

The project's next phase, which was announced on Monday by NJPAC officials, is set to break ground in 2022. The project is aimed to create a "vibrant ...

Murphy Signs Laws Giving Solar Power, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure a Jolt of Energy

July 11, 2021

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy signed a series of measures into law to advance New Jersey’s transition to a clean energy future to further the Administration’s goal of reaching 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The new laws will increase solar development and facilitate the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure throughout the state ...

JCP&L Crews Continue to Restore Service after Severe Thunderstorms

NEW JERSEY -- Electric service has been restored to more than 111,000 Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers who lost power last evening following damaging thunderstorms that swept through the northern and central parts of the state, according to a press release issued by JCP&L. The release stated that crews are working around the clock to assess damage and restore service to ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

The Secrets Behind the Deliciousness of NJ Summer Tomatoes

NEW JERSEY — For many who call the Garden State home, summer tastes like the first bite of a ripe, juicy Jersey tomato plucked fresh from a roadside farm stand or local farmers market.

But for every delicate tomato dripping with flavor we devour on the spot or place ever so carefully in our canvas bag to bring home from the market, we struggle to understand its secrets. What makes the ...

Newark Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Statewide Armed Robbery Spree

July 23, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man on Wednesday was sentenced to 110 months in prison for participating in a string of statewide convenience store robberies, authorities announced. 

Meshach Whagar, 31, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty and was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, nine substantive counts of Hobbs Act ...

Murder of Yasemin Uyar Prompts Gov. Murphy to Sign Legislation Elevating Strangulation Assault to a Second Degree Crime

TRENTON, NJ – Strangulation assault is now a crime of the second degree, punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $150,000 or both, announced Gov. Phil Murphy.

Murphy, with primary sponsors Senators M. Teresa Ruiz, Joseph Cryan and Sandra Cunningham; and Assembly members Yvonne Lopez, Shanique Speight and Aura Dunn, signed legislation (S2503) ...

Robert J. Carroll Sworn in as Morris County Prosecutor

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Robert J. Carroll was officially sworn in as Morris County Prosecutor on Friday, July 9, 2021, announced the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. Carroll has been serving in an Acting Prosecutor capacity since October 2020.

The New Jersey Senate voted on June 30 to support Carroll’s nomination by Governor Phil Murphy. Carroll’s appointment is for the term ...

Denville Police Keep Crime at Bay

July 30, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ – The thin blue line in Denville Township has always been strong. Even as crime increases or decreases, the best efforts by local law enforcement are put forward for the community.

Police Captain Jeffrey Tucker spoke about recent crime statistics and what the department has been dealing with.

“The current crime statistics and corresponding arrest numbers have ...

Juvenile Struck and Killed by NJ Transit Train near Maplewood Station

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A juvenile female died today on the train tracks west of the Maplewood NJ Transit station. 

The non-revenue train X667 was traveling to Dover from Penn Station New York; no passengers were aboard. The girl was struck and fatally injured at 12:15 p.m., confirmed Mariluz Garcia-Diaz, NJ Transit senior public information officer. Maplewood ...

Who is Running for the Board of Education this Year?

July 26, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ — Three candidates have filed to run for two available seats on the Denville Township School District's Board of Education, and one candidate has filed to run for the only available seat on the Morris Hills Regional School District's Board of Education, according to the Morris County Clerk's Office.

According to the list posted on the website ...

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Morris Plains Stop & Shop will Provide Electric Vehicle Fueling Stations to Shoppers

July 27, 2021

MORRIS PLAINS, NJ – The Morris Plains Stop & Shop is now providing electric vehicle fueling stations for shoppers. Customers now will be able to charge their cars free of charge while shopping.

Stop & Shop has partnered with Volta Industries, Inc. (“Volta Charging”) to install electric vehicle charging stations at its stores across the Northeast. Stop ...

Bacteria in Water Closes Beach at Hopatcong State Park

ROXBURY, NJ — It’s a beautiful day for the beach, but not the one at Hopatcong State Park in Roxbury.

The state, which owns and manages the park in Landing, has closed the popular summer swimming site until further notice due to elevated levels of bacteria in the water.

A representative would not say whether the closure is due to Escherichia coli (E. coli) a harmful algal bloom ...

A Happy Ceremony as Roxbury Heralds Mall Metamorphosis

ROXBURY, NJ — After moving to Roxbury to become township manager about four years ago, John Shepherd brought his family to the former Ledgewood Mall. At festivities today celebrating the new shopping center that replaced the old mall, Shepherd recalled that day.

He said his 16-year-old daughter, upon entering the rundown Ledgewood Walmart — since replaced with a new ...

Berkshire Valley Road Reopens as Rail Span is Fixed

ROXBURY, NJ — Berkshire Valley Road in Roxbury, closed to through traffic Tuesday after a truck damaged a railroad trestle, is being reopened to traffic.

Only one lane of travel will be available at the section near the trestle, with automatic traffic lights controlling the alternating flow.

“The road is essential for commercial truck traffic, especially to keep the commercial ...

NJ HEROES TOO: A Successful Deployment of Publicly-Engaged Scholarship to Conduct COVID-19 Testing in Black and Latinx Communities

July 22, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- With the continual emergence of variants of the coronavirus, COVID-19 testing remains relevant, especially in Black and Latinx communities where the rate of vaccination is low. NJ HEROES TOO has devised an effective methodology of reaching members of communities that have been most adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NJ HEROES TOO, an acronym for New Jersey Healthcare ...

Moody's Investors Service Upgrades New Jersey's Status

TRENTON, NJ – Moody's Investors Service has upgraded New Jersey's status to positive from stable.

“The state has responded to a brightening revenue and liquidity picture with several actions reflecting a recent commitment to addressing more aggressively its liability burdens, demonstrating improved fiscal governance and management. These actions include debt reduction and ...

Motor Vehicle Commission Refers Text Message Phishing Scam for Investigation

NEW JERSEY — Authorities are warning the public to beware of a phishing scam in which the fraudster poses as a state agency seeking to “validate” your driver’s license.

The Westfield Police Department on Tuesday posted a screenshot of the text message in which the fraudster first identifies as the New Jersey Department of Transportation and requests personal ...

‘Her Life Will Be Celebrated’: Remains of Rahway Woman, 24, Found in Tennessee

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The mother of a Rahway child, who was the subject of an Amber Alert Friday, has been found dead in Tennessee, and charges are pending for the father who is suspected of abducting the mother and son, authorities said Sunday.

The father, Tyler Rios, 27, of Highland Park, is charged with first-degree kidnapping in connection with the alleged abduction of 2-year-old ...

Recall Alert: Give and Go Muffins Recalled Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

July 25, 2021

A voluntary nationwide recall of Give and Go Muffin products has been announced because some products might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, said the company representatives. Muffins baked by Give and Go are sold under several brand names including many in Morris County. 

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal ...

Morristown Medical Center Receives Reverification from the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Trauma Center

July 22, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has been reverified as a Level I Trauma Center through 2024 by the Verification Review Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes Morristown Medical Center’s dedication to providing superior care for the most seriously injured patients. This marks ...

Local Artist Exhibits “Urania’s Mirror” at County College of Morris

RANDOLPH, NJ -- Joseph Losavio, a contemporary, visionary painter, is exhibiting, ‘Urania’s Mirror’ at the County College of Morris (CCM) Art & Design Gallery.

The collection of 32 astronomical star chart cards incorporate illustrations based on Alexander Jamiesons’s “A Celestial Atlas,” also known as “a view of the Heavens.” ...

CCM Builds upon its Mission as the Community’s College

RANDOLPH, NJ -- Coming through the other side of the pandemic, County College of Morris (CCM) is poised to continue changing lives and strengthening communities with more momentum than ever. As the community’s college, CCM’s strong student success rates and innovative career-focused programs provide pathways for anyone aspiring to secure a better future and be part of something ...

Dr. Ih-Ping Huang Unravels the Mysteries of Gall Bladders and Hernias on Saint Clare's Health Online Series, "Let's Talk Health"

Watch "Unraveling the Mysteries of Gall Bladders and Hernias" featuring Dr. Ih-Ping Huang, president, medical staff and general surgeon, Saint Clare’s Health, as he discusses diagnoses, treatments and surgeries.

This video from the Saint Clare’s Health online series, "Let’s Talk Health," hosted by Brian Finestein, chief executive officer of Saint ...

New Jersey Dentist Provides Painless Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Sleep Apnea

July 26, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Dr. Joseph DalBon of the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry spoke with TAPintoTV to discuss a new painless laser oral treatment created to alleviate sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient is waking up during the night and unable to breathe that can cause a number of serious health issues,” he said. Some of these health issues ...

What Are The Three Types of Electric Vehicles? Hybrid, PHEV and BEV

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the three kinds of electric vehicles in the automotive marketplace; Hybrid, PHEV, and BEV. 

Hybrid vehicles have gas and electric engines but no plug-in charging functionality. “The system charges itself through regenerative braking,” Spina explained. “It harnesses the kinetic ...

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TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Lifelong Journalist Finds Way To Keep News Passion Alive By Launching TAPinto Chatham

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - To reporters, news is more than a job, it’s a passion. For Ed Barmakian, news is his whole life. And when he saw his passion was in danger, he found a way to evolve to meet the times rather than lose what he loves. 

Barmakian launched TAPinto Chatham in July of 2013. He had recently retired from the Star Ledger after 33 as a sports journalist and editor. His ...

Immunotherapy Provides More Options in Treatment of Advanced Melanoma

A decade ago, a diagnosis of metastatic melanoma was often tantamount to a death sentence: the five-year survival rate was below 5%. Advances in treatment have vastly altered that narrative. As director of Atlantic Health System’s Atlantic Melanoma Center, I have witnessed the long-term survival rate improve tenfold, and effective treatments continue to be developed.

The Atlantic ...