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COVID-19 Update for Wed, Oct 28; Denville Adds 6 Cases Overnight

October 28, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Denville increased to 196, reported officials, an increase of six overnight.

As of Oct. 28, there were 1,682 new positive cases in New Jersey. Morris County reported two new confirmed COVID-19 deaths overnight.

The State of New Jersey reported 232,997 confirmed cases statewide and 9,091 positive test results in ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Mon., Oct. 26, during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not yet been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more ...

Gov. Murphy, First Lady Cancel Events, Enter Coronavirus Self-Quarantine

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, First Lady Tammy Murphy, entered a voluntary self-quarantine Wed., Oct. 21, after a senior staff member, with whom Gov. Murphy was in close proximity on Saturday, tested positive for coronavirus. 

Murphy unexpectedly left a press briefing Wednesday at midday in Camden County, after learning of his exposure to the ...

Morris County COVID-19 Rate Rises with Indoor Activity, Say Government Officials

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -- There has been a moderate increase in the rate of COVID-19 cases in Morris County, said government officials. The increase is consistent with the uptick in state numbers.

Morris County authorities cite an increase of indoor gatherings with increased numbers.

“New Jersey is seeing moderate increases in community spread of COVID-19 and the New Jersey Department of ...

Bars, Restaurants Given Expansion on Liquor Permits as COVID Climb Continues

NEW JERSEY — Bar and restaurant owners across New Jersey will be able to toast this week to the latest expansion on liquor license permits - initially triggered to help businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic while serving outdoors. 

“For many of our residents having the ability to serve liquor to their customers beyond their normal premises has been meaningful. In ...

Murphy Will Continue Virtual Briefings Despite 4 Negative COVID Tests

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said on Mon., Oct. 26, he has not been symptomatic and has tested negative four times since last Monday.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a voluntary self-quarantine with the governor last week, has tested negative three times.

Denville Council Discusses 2020 Best Practices Inventory

DENVILLE, NJ -- The Denville Township Council discussed the 2020 Best Practice Inventory during its meeting on Oct. 20. Best Practices is a state program, established in 2010, that allows a local municipality to receive the full amount of state aid if it earns a good score on the applicable questionnaire. The questionnaire covers general management, finance and audit, procurement, ...

$14M in New Covid-Relief Funds to Help NJ Residents Get Back to Work Available

BLACKWOOD, NJ — More than 1.6 million people in New Jersey have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic began to ravage the state.

Looking to help individuals who are out of work, as well as employers unable to hire more people due to the financial impact of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy announced $14 million of new workforce development funds ...

Arthur Sheppell's Denville Practice Merges with Fellowship Medical Group

October 28, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ – Dr. Arthur Sheppell’s medical practice in Denville and Fellowship Senior Living’s Medical Group have merged to develop one, specialized geriatrics program for older adults living at Fellowship Village and in communities within Morris and Somerset counties. For more than 30 years Dr. Sheppell, a board-certified geriatrician and internist, has ... Ranks VoTech 3rd Best Public High School in Morris County

October 15, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ — The school search platform on Tue., Oct. 14, published its 2021 ranking of best public high schools, placing Morris County School of Technology 34 out of 416 public high schools ranked in New Jersey and one of the top three in Morris County. Morris Knolls received a ranking of 105 statewide and 16 countywide. gave Morris County School of ...

Presidents of CCM and Kean University Sign Dual Admission Agreement

RANDOLPH, N.J. — The presidents of Kean University and County College of Morris (CCM) on Thursday, October 1, signed an agreement bringing CCM into the Pathway to Kean dual admission program, providing students with access to an affordable path for earning both an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree.

Pathway to Kean, launched this fall, offers students who don’t ...

Riverview Elementary School Earns America’s Top Educational Honor

DENVILLE, NJ -- The nation’s scholastic spotlight shined on Denville Township on Sept. 24 as the U.S. Department of Education selected Riverview Elementary School as a recipient of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. Riverview was recognized as an “Exemplary High Performing School.”

“I was so thrilled when the news arrived,” said Riverview Principal Tina ...

Girls Tennis: Morris Knolls Defeats Morris Hills, 4-1

October 28, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ – The Golden Eagles girls varsity tennis team faced neighboring rival Morris Hills at home and won four of five matches on Tue., Oct. 27, as follows:

1st Singles: Emily Egan defeated Arunima Gupta 6-0, 6-1

2nd Singles: Nofar (Lily) Katzav defeated Hannah Graham 6-0, 6-0

3rd Singles: Shaine Galon defeated Kaitlyn Koo 6-3, 6-1

1st Doubles: Shreya Joshi and Gabrielle ...

Boys Soccer: Morris Knolls and Mount Olive Tie, 1-1

DENVILLE, NJ -- Morris Knolls and Mount Olive boys soccer teams entered their game against each other on Tue., Oct. 27, with three wins apiece. After two overtime periods, neither succeeded in notching a fourth victory in their 1-1 tie in Denville.

Assisted by Giovanni Zizza, Morris Knolls’s Bobby Egner put his team on the scoreboard first with a goal midway through the first ...

Morris Knolls Varsity Sports Weekend Recap, Oct 23-24

DENVILLE, NJ – The Morris Knolls field hockey team earned a victory at home over the weekend while football and boys soccer fell to their opponents. Girls soccer played to a draw.

Field hockey notched their third win of the season in a 3-0 outing against Pope John on Fri., Oct. 23. After going scoreless in the first quarter, the Lady Eagles scored a goal in each of the remaining three.

Annual Pink Witches Night Out Raises $10,000 for Cancer Hope Network

October 28, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ -- The Downtown Denville Business Improvement District (BID) held its eighth annual Pink Witches Night Out event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 22. Like many Downtown Denville BID events, Pink Witches Night Out showcased local businesses in and around the Broadway area. St. Clare's Hospital served as the event sponsor.

"We are very fortunate that ...

Denville Residents Receive God and Service, God and Life Awards

October 23, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ – Denville residents, Bruce Bauman and Jason Gabel, received the God and Service Award and the God and Life/Four Star Award, respectively, at the Denville Community United Methodist Church on Sun., Oct. 11.

Bauman and Gabel were recognized for seeking to learn more about their faith and using that knowledge in service to others. Bauman is the assistant advancement chair and ...

Environmental Art Award Presented to CCM Adjunct Professor and Artist

October 24, 2020

RANDOLPH, NJ – County College of Morris (CCM) adjunct professor and artist, Leah Tomaino, received the Bobbi Mastrangelo Environmental Art Award at the National Association of Women Artists 131st Annual Exhibition for her collage "Oh Morning Glories."  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition can be viewed online through Dec. 30 ...

The Musical “Big Fish” Makes a Big Splash at County College of Morris

RANDOLPH, NJ – The stage at County College of Morris (CCM) will present the musical “Big Fish,” with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by John August, on Thur., Oct. 22 through Sat., Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets are free but must be reserved. Seating is limited to 65 persons per show due to COVID-19 protocol. To obtain tickets, go ...

Art Classes with Mary Shadbolt, LLC, Celebrates Second Anniversary

DENVILLE, NJ -- The staff of Art Classes with Mary Shadbolt, LLC, located in downtown Denville, celebrated the art school's second anniversary on Sat., Oct. 10.

“The fact that my ‘little art school that could’ is celebrating two years, it’s amazing,” said Mary Kamphausen Shadbolt, owner of the studio.

“Seeing that anniversary milestone creep ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

New Jerseyans Say ‘Cheese!’ (But Hold the Dairy) with Vegan Cheese

Is plant-based cheese really cheese? Well, sort of. But instead of dairy from cows, sheep or goats, vegan cheesemakers are making it with plant milk, nuts, tapioca and even rice.

There are many different methods to make vegan cheese nowadays. The easy way? Using a plant-based milk base (from foods like cashews or almonds) and adding a few thickening agents and seasonings.

Plant-based ...

Robert J. Carroll of Roseland Appointed Acting Morris County Prosecutor

October 15, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Retired New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice James R. Zazzali swore in Robert J. Carroll to serve as acting Morris County Prosecutor on Thur., Oct. 15. Carroll, a Roseland attorney, has been serving as director of the Law Department at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

“The only thing left to do is to get to work, and I hope we can all make a difference and maybe ...

Selen and Amaro Face Off in Virtual Morris County Freeholders Forum

October 13, 2020

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Republican incumbent, Tayfun Selen, and Democratic challenger, Cary Amaro, participated in a virtual forum on Mon., Oct. 12, for candidates seeking election to the position of Morris County Freeholder. The League of Women Voters (LWV) Morristown Area; Warren and West Morris Counties; and Mountain Lakes partnered with the Morris County branch of the NAACP and livestreamed ...

Virtual Morris County Commissioner Candidates' Forum, Oct. 12

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – With the goal to promote informed voting, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and the Morris County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are hosting a virtual candidates’ forum of Morris County Commissioners on Mon., Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Tayfun Selen (R), the incumbent, and Cary Amaro (D) are running ...

All Mail-in Ballots Have Been Mailed Says Morris County Clerk; Did You Receive Yours?

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- All of Morris County’s general election mail-in ballots were delivered to the US Postal Service by the state-mandated deadline of Mon., Oct. 5, said Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi.

All registered Morris County voters should receive their ballot before Oct. 15, 2020.

If you do not receive your ballot within 10 days of it being mailed out, call the Morris ...

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More Than 500 Pounds of Drugs Collected during 2020 Operation Take Back

October 28, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The 2020 Operation Take Back collected 502 pounds of drugs from three locations, announced the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.

Residents brought unused or expired drugs to ShopRite of Greater Morristown, Stop and Shop of Morris Plains and Acme of Randolph on Oct. 24.

The locations collected the following pounds:

ShopRite of Greater Morristown - 84 pounds

Stop ...

Boater Gets Jail for Death of Former Roxbury Student

ROXBURY, NJ – A man responsible for a 2019 boating accident that killed his friend, former Roxbury High School student Jason Gil, must spend almost a year behind bars and then face three years on probation, officials said today.

The man, Nicholas Zarantonello, 25, was sentenced Fri., Oct. 23, by state Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor, according to the Morris County ...

Governor Fears Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Are Just the Start

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tue., Oct. 27, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Recall: Back to Nature Organic Rosemary & Olive Oil Wheat Crackers

October 12, 2020

A limited number of six-ounce Back to Nature Organic Rosemary & Olive Oil Stoneground Wheat Crackers has been recalled for undeclared peanut, announced B&G Foods.

The crackers have been recalled after a limited number of cracker boxes were filled inadvertently with peanut butter cookies packaged in foil pouches, the company stated. B&G Foods discovered the issue when it received ...

How to Get Property Tax Relief?

October 15, 2020

Most of us want to continue to stay in our homes and communities, but property taxes are driving us away. Taking advantage of New Jersey’s Property Tax Relief programs can stretch our dollars. Who qualifies? Are there special programs for seniors?

The Senior Citizens Council has prepared a video presentation on the property tax relief options available for ...

Webinar: Build a Successful Business - - Own a TAPinto Local News Site

October 28, 2020

Are you a community leader?  Do you want to be your own boss?  Do you want to create financial independence while leaving a lasting legacy?  

If so, owning a TAPinto local news site may be a good fit for you.  It's an affordable business opportunity with a low entry cost and high ROI.

Join us for an informational webinar about this exciting business ...

JCP&L Supports Clean Ocean Action’s Annual Fall Beach Sweeps

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), supported the cleanup of New Jersey’s beaches on October 24 by participating in Clean Ocean Action’s (COA) fall 2020 Beach Sweeps, serving as site sponsor for cleanup work at Belmar’s 16th Avenue Beach in Monmouth County.

“This marks the ...

Tri-County Scholarship Fund to Honor Morristown Medical Center President Trish O'Keefe at Virtual Gala

MENDHAM, NJ – Tri-County Scholarship Fund (TCSF) will host its 39th Annual Awards Celebration on Monday, October 26, 2020, as a free, live-streaming event, honoring three New Jersey leaders, including Morristown Medical Center President, Trish O’Keefe. All of the honorees believe in and support the TCSF mission to provide partial scholarships for many of the state’s most ...

CCM Launches Paramedic Program to Meet Growing Demand

RANDOLPH, NJ – To meet a growing demand for paramedics to respond to healthcare emergencies on the scene, County College of Morris (CCM) will be offering a Paramedic Science Program to prepare individuals for state certification and national licensing.

The Paramedic Science Program will begin with the 2021 spring semester. The program aligns with the National EMS Education Standards and ...

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Supports New Jersey Tenants During COVID-19 Housing Crisis

October 28, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund's Housing Stability Project Grant.

Keenan described the work of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), which was established after the COVID-19 pandemic, and which has raised over $37 million from over ...

NJ Video Production Company Senior Producer Recounts Journey from Intern to Leader

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - Senior Producer Kayla Steinmetz sat down with East Main Media Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to discuss the production company's evolution and her role in its success.

Steinmetz talked about her experiences beginning in 2014 when she started as an intern, primarily being an assistant editor. Brodeur recalled how Steinmetz contributed to the company's success from ...

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Shakespeare Theatre Takes on Shaw in Three Scintillating One-acts

Florham Park, NJ - There’s nothing like the theatrical commentary of George Bernard Shaw to explore love, lust and over-the-top intrigue to make for a stimulating evening.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey offers another romp at its outdoor location at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park.The three one-act plays were broken up into five segments. “Village ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Wendi and Chris Manderioli of TAPinto Randolph

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of October 2020 is Wendi and Chris Manderioli, who own and operate TAPinto Randolph.  The wife/husband team have built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of Randolph, New Jersey.   

Q. Why did you want to franchise a TAPinto site? What caused you to choose ...