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Murphy to Allow Outdoor Dining, Hair Salon Appointments, In-Person Shopping

June 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to peel away social distancing measures.

Youth summer programs also will be permitted to start on July 6 during what Murphy calls Stage 2 of New ...

Murphy: Childcare Centers, Summer Camps and Youth Sports Can Reopen; Targets June 12 for Return of Worship Services

TRENTON, NJ -- The reopening process for the State of New Jersey continues as Gov. Phil Murphy on Fri., May 29, announced that he has lifted restrictions for daycare centers, summer camps and non-contact youth sports. The reopening dates are:

Childcare centers (June 15)
Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
Youth day camps, including municipal summer ...

NJ Medical Director on ‘Mask Droop Syndrome,’ COVID-19 Hospitalizations Slightly Up

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s medical director on Thur., May 28, set the record straight on the newly-arrived trend of donning a face mask as a means of COVID-19 protection but not including one’s nose — known as “mask droop syndrome.”

“We understand that it’s uncomfortable, that people have problems with glasses fogging up [and] that it is ...

Widespread Testing Signals "Enormous" Progress for NJ’s Road Back

TRENTON, NJ — One month into New Jersey’s recovery period, trends in data are showing the state is well past COVID-19’s harrowing April peak. 

But according to officials, the decreases in new cases and hospitalizations aren’t a declaration of victory. Gov. Phil Murphy reminded citizens on Wednesday that while numbers continue to fall in the state, they’re ...

Coronavirus: Latest New Jersey Numbers from Gov. Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Sun, May 24, via his Twitter account that New Jersey had 1,065 new confirmed positive cases of COVID19, bringing the state total to 154,154. Of those cases, 2,857 are in hospitals, 760 are in critical or intensive care, and 639 are on ventilators.The governor also announced 52 more new deaths, pushing New Jersey's total to ...

"Bridge Year" Bill Passes NJ State Senate

June 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- A bill that would give current high school sophomores and juniors an optional “bridge year” passed the New Jersey State Senate by a 39-0 vote and will go on to the New Jersey State Assembly for vote on June 15, where it is expected to pass. It also has the support of the Governor’s office and the New Jersey Department of ...

Murphy Fears George Floyd Protests Could Mean Coronavirus Spike in NJ 

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Fri., June 5, kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds.

“Yes, I’m concerned, but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton at his daily press ...

Murphy Says Restaurant, Retail Workers Will Be Required to Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thur., June 4, for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back patrons on June 15.

Although non-essential retail businesses will follow familiar rules that have been observed for months at supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential businesses, there could be a ...

COVID-19 Clinical Research Study Underway at Atlantic Health System, Including Immune Response Study

June 5, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- As June 4, there were more than 162,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey. Although there is no currently available vaccine against coronavirus, Atlantic Health System is calling on its expertise and national reputation for conducting cutting-edge clinical trials in oncology, neuroscience as well as cardiology, to look for effective treatments for ...

Stigma Free Morris County: "We Are in this Together"--Virtual Event 6/10

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ -- As the COVID-19 pandemic has taken lives and created economic chaos, it has created great stress on the mental health of many of our residents — an issue that will be part of the focus of the “Break the Stigma Virtual Music and Community Dinner” planned for all Morris County residents on Wed., June 10.

The virtual event will feature more than a dozen ...

Local Grocery Stores Issue Recall on Healthy Choice Power Bowls

SUSSEX, NJ – Supermarkets Stop and Shop and Weis Markets have issued recalls on Healthy Choice Power Bowl 9.5 ounce Chicken Feta and Farro. The United States Department of Agriculture have issued a warning that expands on a recall issued on April 10, 2020.

Conagra Brands, Inc. of Russellville, Arkansas and Marshall, Missouri recalled approximately 276,872 pounds of not ready-to-eat ...

There’s Still Time to Earn Some Credit this Summer at CCM

June 5, 2020

RANDOLPH, NJ – With two summer sessions starting later this month, County College of Morris (CCM) offers college students and recent high school graduates the opportunity to keep moving forward with their education.

A Five-Week session begins on June 29 and runs through August 1. A Seven-Week session begins on June 30 and runs through August 15.     

A Better ...

Standardized Admissions Tests Optional for 2021 Rutgers Applicants

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – To address the i­ncreasing concerns of students and families about the availability of standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers University-New Brunswick will make these tests optional for students applying for admission for the spring or fall 2021 semesters.

The temporary policy is driven by nationwide cancellations of the SAT ...

NJ Graduations Can Start July 6. Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing.

NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as ...

Free Fishing in Morris County; Saturday, June 6

June 5, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Fishing enthusiasts are invited to a day of free fishing on Sat., June 6. Free Fishing Days are held annually in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week. Anglers are welcome to fish in New Jersey’s public waterways on June 6 without a license or trout stamp, but all other regulations, including size and daily catch limits will remain in effect. A second ...

Somerset Patriots Take the Field for First Practice of 2020 Season

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – One dozen local Somerset Patriots players and a few who'd like to join the team gathered at TD Bank Ballpark on a hot and humid Thursday for the first workout of 2020, an opportunity provided by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order on May 26th allowing professional sports franchises to resume practices,

“Right now it is all about doing it the ...

NJSIAA Issues Guidance on Coaches' Contacts with Student-Athletes

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) released the following statement on May 8 pertaining to permissible contact between high school athletes and coaches. Since the NJSIAA officially canceled the 2020 spring athletic season, the organization is allowing coaches from not only the fall, but the winter and spring seasons, to contact their ...

Outdoor Dining in Denville Can Return June 15 with Restrictions

June 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Garden State eateries continuing to hurt because of COVID-19 will get further relief June 15 when the state will begin allowing for in-person outdoor dining.

Gov. Phil Murphy, in announcing the executive order Wed., June 3, said he himself has a reservation for June 15 although he did not say where.

“I hope folks with some confidence feel they can get out ...

Morris County Business Owners, Legislators Launch 'Unlock New Jersey'

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- “Unlock New Jersey” was launched Mon., May 18, by an expanding group of business owners, civic leaders, elected officials and concerned citizens who presented Governor Phil Murphy with a proposal to responsibly and decisively unlock his COVID19 shut-down of Garden State businesses. The plan was the result of a town hall meeting of more than 30 small business ...

Denville Police Department Warns of Coyotes Spotted in Town

May 9, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ -- The Denville Police Department has issued an advisory alerting residents of coyote sightings in town. The advisory states that while "[t]here is no cause for alarm[,]...[residents should] be mindful of any small domestic pets that are let outside. It is good practice to always have your pet on a leash."

A fact sheet attached to the advisory listed the following ...

CCM's First-aid Training Allows Student to Serve as a Good Samaritan

May 29, 2020

RANDOLPH, NJ – An Exercise Science student at County College of Morris (CCM), Alayna Kreilis, of Millington, recently put the first aid training she learned in class to good use when she was driving and noticed a woman on the ground who had been out bike riding with her husband.

“I pulled over and asked if she was okay,” recalls Kreilis. “Her arm was clearly broken, and ...

Drive in Concert in Morris County

June 1, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- The Mayo Performing Arts Center will be taking their music outdoors. The event will be featuring John Ginty and Friends for an evening of blues and rock on Thur., June 25. The concert will take place at Fosterfields Farm located at 73 Kahdena Road in Morristown.

Tickets go on sale June 3 at 12 p.m. at www.mayorarts.org.

Music lovers can enjoy the evening from the ...

Morris County's Largest Book Festival Canceled for 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Thousands of readers took to the streets in Morristown last year for the Annual Morristown Festival of Books. Those readers will have to read from home this year, as organizers sadly announced the cancelation of this year's event.

"With great regret, we announce that due to COVID-19, the 7th Annual Morristown Festival of Books planned for October 9 and 10, 2020 will ...

Two Morris County Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events Set for June

May 28, 2020

PARSIPPANY, NJ – Two hazardous waste drop-off events will be held in June at the Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany.

Due to the COVID-19-related cancelation of its May 16 household hazardous waste event, the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) has decided to add another drop-off event in June, with disposal days now set for June 13 and June 28, both to be held at ...

Reminder: Denville Trash and Recycling Pickup Modified this Week

DENVILLE, NJ -- Due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, this week's trash and recycling pickup schedule has been adjusted as follows:

-- Tuesday: Monday’s garbage pickup
-- Wednesday: Tuesday’s garbage pickup; no recycling
-- Thursday: recycling (commingled -- glass, cans and plastic)
-- Thursday/Friday: regular garbage pickup

Also, the recycling center is ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

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

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

Murphy on George Floyd Killing: 'We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility'

May 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Fri., May 29, with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

"George Floyd should be alive today – not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of human ...

Denville Residents Warned of Contact Tracing Scam

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris County officials are warning residents that criminals have been using the COVID-19 pandemic to carry out a new type of scam – posing as contact tracers to steal money or personal information.

Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for an infectious disease. Public health department ...

Primary Election is July 7; Register to Vote by June 16

May 27, 2020

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - The primary election is July 7, 2020.

The Morris County Board of Elections is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, so all voter registration applications and/or change of party affiliation forms should be mailed to the Morris County Clerk at 10 Court Street, Morristown, NJ 07960

Voter registration also must be mailed in. Faxed or emailed applications are not ...

New Jersey July 7 Primary Election Will Be Mostly Vote by Mail

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the July 7 election will be mostly vote-by-mail (VBM). This is a primary election for the US House of Representatives, US Senate, and the Presidency, which was originally scheduled for June and moved because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the governor, every registered Democrat and Republican in the state will receive ...

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County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Commended for Saving a Life While Off Duty

June 4, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris County Prosecutor’s Office officials honored a prosecutor’s office detective on June 3 for saving the life of a woman who appeared to be trying to take her own life.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) Detective Luis Goncalves was travelling on Route 3 in Lyndhurst on May 20, 2returning from an investigation, when he observed a female ...

May 30 Rally to "Save NJ Businesses" to be Held in Morris County

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Tennis Center will be the site of a “Re-Open Businesses and Restore Livelihoods” rally on Sat., May 30, to raise awareness of the harm that has come to small business as a result of Gov. Phil Murphy’s prolonged economic shutdown, according to Randolph Tennis Center owner, Jennifer Rogers. Local business leaders and residents will come together ...

Starting Fri, NJ Residents Can Get COVID-19 Swab Tests at 7 Walmart Stores

May 20, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today at his daily COVID-19 press conference that beginning Fri, May 22, New Jerseyans will be able to take a self-administered, self-swab COVID-19 test at seven Walmart locations across the state in Burlington, Flemington, Garfield, Howell, Kearney, Mount Laurel and North Bergen.

These drive-up locations will be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

New Jersey Karate Teacher Shares His Coronavirus Survival Story

WESTFIELD, NJ -- John Mirrione holds the world record for completing the most one-arm, one-leg pushups in 30 seconds: 42. The 55-year-old karate teacher from Westfield can now also list among his accomplishments that he has fully recovered from coronavirus.

During the last week of April, Mirrione, who is the founder/director of Harmony By Karate, began to suffer what he thought ...

On Memorial Day, Food Safety Remains a Priority

May 23, 2020

WASHINGTON D.C. – Every year, millions of Americans commemorate Memorial Day to honor the sacrifices so many have made to protect our country. This holiday weekend might not be like past years, so while we keep public health recommendations in mind, let’s not forget food safety practices to prevent food borne illnesses.

“Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer ...

Tune In to The Todd Leonard Radio Show Featuring Linda Graziano, Canvas of Hope

Click here https://toddleonardshow.com/2020/06/02/the-todd-leonard-show-featuring-linda-graziano-canvas-of-hope/ to watch this past Sunday’s Radio Show on WMTR 1250AM, which featured Linda Graziano, who founded Canvas of Hope to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which provides vitally important research, advocacy and support to those facing blood ...

Tune In to The Todd Leonard Radio Show Featuring NY JETS Legend Marty Lyons

Click here https://toddleonardshow.com/2020/05/28/the-todd-leonard-show-featuring-ny-jets-legend-marty-lyons/ to watch this past Sunday’s Radio Show on WMTR 1250AM, which featured NY JETS Legend, Marty Lyons.

He not only had a stellar college and NFL career, but in 1982 he created the Marty Lyons Foundation which has granted almost 8,000 wishes to very sick kids.

His ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs. Dr.

Deirdre's House Asks for Help from the Community to Continue to Help Child Victims of Abuse and/or Neglect during COVID-19 Crisis

June 4, 2020

During this unprecedented time of social distancing and family stress due to Covid19, Deirdre’s House, the Center for Morris County’s child victims of abuse and/or neglect and for children that have witnessed violence, is continuing to provide services to child victims and their non-offending caregivers. Immediately after the governor’s shelter in place order, Deirdre’s ...

NJ Medicaid Takes Action to Ensure Nursing Home Residents Receive Federal Stimulus Checks

NJ Human Services Issues Guidance Making Clear Long-Term Care Facility Residents Are Entitled to Their Checks

TRENTON, NJ – Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today released guidance making clear that individuals with Medicaid coverage who reside in long-term care facilities are entitled to receive their federal stimulus payments, and the payments cannot be ...

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors. TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos. Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there ...

COVID-19: NJ Human Services Gets $2.8M for Mental Health Supports, Services

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Human Services has received more than $2.8 million in federal funding to support behavioral health services during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) funding will be used to expand access to counseling and other supports during the ...

TAPinto Red Bank Editor Shares Story of Virtual Art Auction to Benefit Neighbors in Need

June 5, 2020

RED BANK, NJ -- Scott Wingerter, Editor of TAPinto Red Bank, joined Host Stephanie Willoughby to share a story from his community about a local nonprofit organization who held an online art auction to raise money to feed the needy.  

Lunch Break is a Red Bank organization founded in 1983 to help underemployed people make ends meet, said Wingerter, but it has evolved into much more.

TAPinto Camden Editor Talks about Peaceful Protest for George Floyd that brought City into National Spotlight

CAMDEN, NJ -- Steven Rodas, Editor of TAPinto Camden, spoke with Stephanie Willoughby about the recent protest held here in solidarity with George Floyd that has put the city in the national spotlight for both its peaceful nature and police participation. 

Hundreds gathered in downtown Camden on Saturday, May 30, but what made this protest stand out from the thousands of other ...

FirstEnergy Deploys Internal Avian App to Streamline Bird Protection Efforts

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) has deployed an app that allows utility personnel to report avian issues in real time, streamlining the process to protect nesting birds and enhance electric service reliability. The app arms field workers with the ability to submit photos and answer key questions using a drop-down menu to report the locations of bird nests or other bird-related issues along the ...

Lake Hopatcong Algal Bloom Reports to be More Nuanced, says State

May 21, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – As area residents and businesses wait to see if Lake Hopatcong will be impacted by a harmful algal bloom (HAB) for the second consecutive summer, the state today announced a change in the way it will provide that information.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it will be using a new color-coded health alert index this year “to provide the ...

Assumption College for Sisters Holds Surprise Car Parade for 2020 Grads

May 11, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ -- About 40 cars, including vehicles of the Denville police and fire departments, lined the driveway to Morris Catholic High School for a surprise car parade to recognize this year’s 2020 graduates from the neighboring Assumption College for Sisters on May 9.

“I am excited to be able to do something nice for this group since their graduation will be unlike any ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...