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Murphy Signs Legislation to Strengthen NJ’s Long-Term Care Industry

September 17, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Saying that residents and staff of long-term care facilities in New Jersey have borne an outsized burden of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation on Wed., Sept. 16, to address systemic challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and strengthen preparedness for future outbreaks.

Of the more than 14,000 New Jersey ...

Murphy Calls Out YouTubers Who Drew Large Jersey Shore Crowd

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Wed., Sept. 16, said a trio of YouTubers — called The Nelk Boys — were willfully negligent in drawing thousands to the famous Jersey Shore house in Seaside Heights for a “Drop Day" earlier this week.

The stunt, by the Canadian YouTubers, who have more than 5.7 million subscribers, led to eight arrests as mask-less patrons gathered ...

Coronavirus Cases Expected in NJ Schools, Elsewhere As People Return Indoors

NEW JERSEY — For many New Jersey school districts, this week will mark the first day of class. 

While all have prepared — opting for in-person, remote or a hybrid of the two — new coronavirus cases are to be expected, state officials said Tue., Oct. 8. 

“We have all the public health protocols and procedures in place to safeguard our children, our ...

Return of Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters and More Set for Friday

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey’s much-anticipated wait for indoor dining looks to be over and just in time for Labor Day.

On Fri., Sept. 4, after nearly five months, restaurants will once again be able to serve indoors while following coronavirus limits, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Mon., Aug. 31, at his press briefing at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton. 

“I know ...

New Jersey Gyms to Re-Open on September 1 with Limited Capacity

TRENTON, NJ -- Governor Murphy has issued an Executive Order for New Jersey's gyms to re-open on Tue., Sept. 1, with a capacity level of 25 percent and a strong adherence to sanitary precautions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks must be worn at all times during workouts. New Jersey's gyms have been closed for six months, except for personal, individualized training and ...

Business Administrator Gives Financial Update at Council Meeting

September 21, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ -- Denville Township Business Administrator Steve Ward reported on the township's current budget and financial status during the Sept. 15 Denville Township Council meeting. Ward said that, despite the pandemic, the financial status of the municipality remains very strong, with the tax collection rate being almost identical to last year’s.

“There’s a ...

NJ 2020 Census Sets Record with 68.1 Percent Self-Response Rate

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey has reached a self-response rate of 68.1 percent for the 2020 Census, Secretary of State Tahesha Way, chair of the New Jersey Complete Count Commission, announced on Sept. 19, surpassing the last three censuses in self-response.The 1990 Census self-response rate was 65 percent, the 2000 Census self-response rate was 68 percent and the 2010 Census self-response rate ...

NJ's Revised FY'21 Budget to Include "Millionaire’s Tax"

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy, alongside statewide leaders, today announced that the revised Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021) budget will raise the state’s gross income tax rate on income between $1 million and $5 million per year. 

The rate will increase from the current 8.97% to 10.75% for every dollar earned between $1 million and $5 million annually, bringing it in line with the ...

New Jersey State Lawmaker Calling for Flu Vaccines for All Students

September 16, 2020

NEW JERSEY – With the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many health care experts are raising concerns about the impact of upcoming flu season. Since patients may experience the same symptoms for the common flu and the coronavirus, it can make it difficult to differentiate between the two.

State lawmaker Assemblyman Dr. Herb Conaway (D-Burlington) wants to ...

New Jersey Health Commissioner Warns of Possible "Twin-Demic"

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli, during the governor's COVID-19 press briefing on Mon., Sept. 14, warned of a possible “twin-demic” this year during flu season and urged New Jerseyans to get their flu shots.  

“As we enter the fall season, we are also moving into the flu season. This year we are preparing for the possibility of a ...

Denville Pharmacy Offers Free Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey will offer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone (commonly called Narcan) for free to residents at participating pharmacies throughout New Jersey from Sept. 24-26, announced the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

New Jerseyans can visit participating pharmacies and anonymously obtain naloxone for free with no prescription and no appointment, they ...

"CCM: All Access" Television Program Returns for Its Sixth Season

September 18, 2020

RANDOLPH, NJ – CCM: All Access, a weekly television show produced by County College of Morris (CCM) students, will launch the first episode of its sixth season on Mon., Sept. 21. The show is presented by CCM’s Alex DeCroce Media Center, which airs on Morris Educational Television (METV).

METV is viewable on Channel 40 Fios and Channel 77 Optimum. CCM: All Access airs thrice on ...

Three VoTech Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

DENVILLE, NJ -- Three Morris County School of Technolgy students have been named as semifinalists of the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship, officials announced.

Disha P. Patil, Rohan H. Savani and Devon K. Tom will compete for 7,600 National Merit scholarships, worth more than $30 million.

To qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program, more than 1.5 million juniors from ...

You Still Have Time to Enroll for Fall Courses at CCM

RANDOLPH, NJ – There is still time to enroll for the fall semester at County College of Morris (CCM). CCM also has a number of financial aid programs to help students.

The fall semester begins on Sept. 9. In addition to the traditional length semester, CCM also offers a 13-week semester that begins on Sept. 23 and a late-start 7-week semester that starts Nov. 4.

Students enrolling for ...

Rutgers Football Season is Back on as Big Ten Reverses Field

September 16, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Coach Greg Schiano’s on-again, off-again return to the Rutgers sidelines is on again after the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted Wed., Sept. 16, to resume the Big Ten football season on Oct. 23.

The team’s return to play an eight-game schedule will come with several new health protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ...

NJSIAA and NFL to Host Diversity Workshops for High School Officials

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), the governing body for high school sports in New Jersey, has announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with the National Football League (NFL). The organization will host a two-day, virtual diversity, bias and cultural competence workshop for football game officials, Sept. 22–23. The ...

Tyvan Hill Mansion Set for ‘Splendor in September’ Fundraising Tours

September 6, 2020

NEW VERNON, NJ - Aside from music concerts and your favorite restaurants, there are other reasons to escape the confines of your home during a pandemic, while still respecting social distancing standards. Community members are invited to attend the house tour of Tyvan Hill Mansion, located at 579 Ban Beuren Road. 

Splendor in September, which was renamed from Mansion in May due ...

Morristown Festival of Books Hopes to Plan Virtual Author Events

September 3, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Back in June, organizers of the Morristown Festival of Books announced that due to COVID-19 concerns, this year's event would be canceled.

Organizers did announce the dates for the 2021 event would be Oct. 8 and Oct. 9. But, that is a long time from now. So, the organizers are planning to host a series of virtual author events and would like the input from ...

West Coast Wildfires Bring Smoke to Denville and Northeast Skies

September 17, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ -- The prevailing haziness of the past few months is proving to be more than just mental today. That's because smoke from the massive wildfires impacting numerous locations along the West Coast of the United States has worked its way into the jetstream, creating a faint pall over Denville and East Coast skylines.

According to New York Metro Weather, "Visible satellite ...

Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event for Denville Residents, Sept. 12

MORRISTOWN, NJ – A hazardous waste drop-off event will be held for Morris County residents on Sat., Sept. 12, at the Public Safety Training Academy, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Public Safety Training Academy is located at 500 West Hanover Ave. in Morristown, across from Morris View Drive.

SPECIAL COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants dropping off ...

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

September 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...

New Jersey Date Night: San Gennaro Festival, DIY Style

As each New Jersey summer comes to a close, one sure thing that takes away the sting from saying goodbye to hot, sunshine-filled days is attending a San Gennaro Festival. This celebration, lasting 11 days in Manhattan and with smaller-scaled celebrations in our state, is a food-fest of Italian flavor. Peppers and sausage and zeppolis reign supreme with their tempting aromas in the ...

Flags Flown at Half Staff to Honor Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg

September 19, 2020

NUTLEY, NJ -- All U.S and New Jersey flags will be flown at half-staff in recognition and mourning of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Gov. Murphy signed an executive order directing all flags to be flown at half staff until the day of her internment. 

“Justice Ginsburg was a woman whose career became an inspiration to countless young women and girls across ...

Two Men Sentenced in 2019 Motor Vehicle Chase in Denville

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Wayna McHenry (19) and Alakir Wardlaw (20) have been sentenced in connection with a motor vehicle chase that occurred on June 13, 2019 in Denville, announced Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Denville Township Police Chief Frank Perna.

According to officials, McHenry, with a last known ...

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp Announces Retirement

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp has announced he is retiring from his current position effective Nove. 1, 2020. His last day will be October 13, announced the Morris County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO).

Prosecutor Knapp has held the position since 2012 after being appointed by then Governor Chris Christie.

In his letter to Governor Phil Murphy, Prosecutor ...

Murphy Denounces Shooting at Cops' Home, Signs Environmental Law

September 18, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began his Fri., Sept. 18, COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside.

The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck the home at least six times, according to Camden police. The couple ...

Dover Man Arrested for Manslaughter, Morris County Prosecutor Announces

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Jose Elizondo-Mena, 51, of Dover, New Jersey, has been arrested in the homicide of a male identified as C.R.R, announced Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, and Deputy Chief Jonathan Delaney of the Dover Police Department.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, on June 4, ...

5 Drop Boxes in Morris County; 10 More Expected Before Election Day

September 15, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ --  The November election is less than 50 days away. All registered voters will be sent a mail-in ballot. Voters can either mail back the ballot, drop it off at a polling location or deposit it in one of the drop boxes.

Currently there are five vote-by-mail drop boxes in Morris County: 

Morris County Administration and Records Building, 10 Court Street, ...

Register to Vote, Track Mail-In Ballots with New Online Portal

NEW JERSEY — Less than two months from Election Day, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tue., Sept. 8, said a new website will allow New Jersey residents to register to vote and track their mail-in ballot all while on the go or from the comfort of their homes.

“This online form is safe and secure, and can be accessed anywhere – whether from a library computer or your smartphone,” ...

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Morris County Resident Rallies Local Police Support; Next Stop, Denville

September 14, 2020

MONTVILLE, NJ -- In the Township of Montville, there are a lot of proud, active individuals trying to make a difference in the county communities. One of those proud individuals is Stephanie Gist Sharratt, chair of the Montville Township Republican County Committee.

Originally from Paterson, Sharratt has been a Montville resident since 1988, where she has lived with her husband, ...

Burlington to Battle Marshall's at New Roxbury Shopping Center

ROXBURY, NJ — The new Shops at Ledgewood Commons shopping center will be home to a Burlington store, the site developer confirmed on Wed., Sept. 9.

Based in New Jersey, Burlington Stores - formerly Burlington Coat Factory - operates 739 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico, according to its website. 

The Burlington store in The Shops at Ledgewood ...

Planning Board Gives Final OK to New Roxbury Walmart

ROXBURY, NJ – The new Walmart Supercenter under construction in Roxbury received final site-plan approval from the Roxbury Planning Board on Wed., Sept. 2, and should open to the public Oct. 7.

The board’s action means the applicant, Ledgewood Investors, LLC, “complied with all procedural requirements, rules and regulations … and that all required provisions of ...

Sussex County Board of Election Administrator to Retire after Box of Ballots Found Uncounted

September 18, 2020

NEWTON, NJ – The Sussex County Board of Elections has announced the retirement of Administrator Margaret McCabe as of October 1. The announcement comes in the wake of the discovery of a box of 1,666 uncounted primary election ballots late last week.

The Board of Elections has “not yet made a decision about filling the position,” according to Republican Commissioner Member ...

Dip Recipes Just in Time for Labor Day

September 6, 2020

With plenty of fresh-from-the farm fruits and vegetables around in the summer, dips are the way to go. Nutrition experts at Atlantic Health System offer two recipes below: one for veggies and the other for fruit. Grab a cooler or some ice, and you can take them both along to the pool or beach.

CREAM CHEESE MOUSSE GREEK DIP

The scallions and pepper might surprise you, but give this treat a ...

Atlantic Health System’s Four ACOs Saved Medicare More than $21 million, Improved Care for 75,000 Patients in 2019

September 21, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s four accountable care organizations saved Medicare a total of more than $21 million through efforts to improve quality and reduce health care costs in 2019, according to recently released performance data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The four ACOs - Atlantic ACO, HealthCare Quality Partners ACO, Care Better ...

CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System Seek Expanded Partnership

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Building on a history of successful collaboration to improve the health of residents across northern and central New Jersey, CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System have signed a Letter of Intent to create a unique model for health system co-ownership. Upon completion of this expanded partnership, Atlantic Health will become the majority corporate ...

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Double Your Deposit Sweepstakes Announced by Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bank is kicking off a Double Your Deposit Sweepstakes on Tuesday. September 1, 2020. Customers who use the Bank’s Mobile Banking app to deposit a check into their personal checking or saving account will be automatically entered into the Sweepstakes every time they make a qualified deposit. Five weekly winners will be randomly selected for a chance to win up to ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Storage Facility Aims to Create Community for Car Enthusiasts

September 20, 2020

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Allison Kulesza, General Manager of Car Lofts in Fairfield, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about the facility's unique offerings for car enthusiasts and how the business has managed and pivoted during the pandemic. 

Car Lofts is a vehicle storage facility with a private social club for car enthusiasts, along with rental venues ...

NJ Tai Chi Founder Harry Legg Demonstrates the Health Benefits of the Ancient Martial Art

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Harry Legg, Founder of New Jersey Tai Chi, joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios to discuss and demystify the practice of tai chi, while also demonstrating some of the martial art’s moves in the studio. 

“Most people may not realize tai chi is a deadly martial art,” said Legg, “but you might wonder how ...

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TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Becky Greene of TAPinto Fair Lawn/Glen Rock

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of September 2020 is Rebecca "Becky" Greene, who owns and operates TAPinto Fair Lawn/Glen Rock.  As a veteran journalist, Greene has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of Fair Lawn and Glen Rock, New Jersey.   

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Why the Flu Shot Is More Important Than Ever. Check it off your list.

Between social distancing and mask wearing, we have been taking the necessary precautions to safeguard our health. But there’s one more important item that should be on our to-do lists. It’s the annual flu vaccination, and this year, it’s more important than ever.

The flu and COVID-19 are both highly contagious respiratory illnesses. Although they’re caused by different ...