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NJ Re-tightens Restrictions on Indoor Gatherings As Transmission Rate Trends Up

August 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — With New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) nearly doubling in a month - from 0.87 in early July to 1.48 on Mon., Aug. 3, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Mon., Aug. 3, that he will again tighten caps on indoor gatherings.

“We believe that some of this increase is attributable to the number of indoor house parties and other events which we have been ...

Scam Alert: Cyber Criminals Exploiting COVID-19 Data with Scare Tactics

DENVILLE, NJ – Don’t click the “Urgent” and “New” COVID-19 data link!

With many new cases of coronavirus being recorded daily, the bad guys know that many people are afraid — and they plan to exploit that fear, warns the Morris County Office of Information Technology.

They are sending phishing emails claiming to have official “new” or ...

Murphy to Partiers: ‘This Is No Time to Be Vying for Induction into the Knucklehead Hall of Fame’

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy again condemned crowded house parties, which he says are causing the number of new COVID-19 cases to rise in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing on Wed., July 29, in Trenton.

He said that over the past four months, New Jersey residents have “crushed the curve,” but was disappointed that over the past four days, there have been roughly 2,000 ...

Murphy Defends MVC Performance, Updates Travel Advisory, Discusses Return of Sports

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy reported the daily COVID-19 figures, slammed people who attended overcrowded house parties, defended the performance of the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), and discussed the updates to the state’s travel advisory regulations at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wed., July 29.

Travel-Quarantine Update

New Jersey’s travel advisory was updated ...

Governor Murphy to New Jersey Youth: Stop Partying Secretly Indoors

Trenton, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy on Monday pleaded with New Jersey’s youth and their parents to protect public health by not holding secret indoor parties and other large indoor gatherings.

“We have many examples of people congregating indoors without face coverings, without social distancing and in close proximity. There is no good that will come from this,” Murphy said, ...

Rep. Sherrill, NJ Delegation Press Postmaster General on Delivery Delays

August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Members of the New Jersey congressional delegation have written a letter calling on U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to provide answers to why New Jerseyans have had mail delivery, including the delivery of critical medicines, delayed for multiple days.

The letter is signed by Congressman Kim (NJ-03), Congressman Norcross (NJ-01), Congressman Gottheimer ...

Despite Low Positivity Rankings, Murphy Warns 'We Are Not Past COVID-19'

TRENTON, NJ – Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. on July 30 for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Fri., July 31.

"The spot positivity rate for tests from July 27 is ...

Driver "Written" Tests Will Begin August 3, Said MVC

TRENTON, NJ -- The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) announced that written driver tests, including drivers of commercial vehicles, will resume on August 3. The tests will be given by appointment in all licensing centers except Oakland and Flemington, they said.

The demand is high, stated MVC officials. So, drivers are encouraged to make an appointment. Appointments can ...

Potentially Lethal Sanitizer Recalled from Shelves of Walmart Stores

July 27, 2020

ROCKAWAY, NJ -- If you recently purchased hand sanitizer from any of the Walmart stores in New Jersey, you should immediately check the brand as it may be part of a nationwide recall for a potentially lethal ingredient.  

The 4e Brands North America recently announced a voluntary recall of 10 bottle sizes of Blumen hand sanitizer due to the potential presence ...

Morristown Bartenders and Wait Staff Invited to Free Narcan Training Event

DENVILLE, NJ - The Morris County Sheriff's Office Hope One Team will be hosting a free Narcan training event for area bartenders and wait staff. The training will take place on Aug. 3, from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Boonton Avenue Firehouse, next door to Johnnies Tavern, 301 Boonton Avenue in Boonton.

"All people who work as bartenders or wait staff for restaurants and eateries ...

Rutgers Researchers: Asthma Not Likely to Increase Severity of COVID-19

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Asthma does not appear to increase the risk for a person contracting COVID-19 or influence its severity, according to a team of Rutgers researchers.

“Older age and conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and obesity are reported risk factors for the development and progression of COVID-19,” said ...

Gov. Murphy Gives Parents Full-time Remote Learning Option for the Fall

July 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Education was a main focus of Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Fri., July 24.

Earlier, he announced that parents who want their children to do online learning only would not be required to send their kids to school.

“This is not going to be a normal school year. It is going to be hard. It will be a challenge to everyone,” ...

New Jersey to Spend $115M to Give Every Student a Computer, WiFi

IRVINGTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy moved Thur., July 16, to put a computer in every student’s hands and internet connectivity in their homes.

The initiative to bridge the so-called digital divide in New Jersey will cost $115 million and will be paid for mostly with federal grants. The rest will come from the Coronavirus Relief Fund ($44 million) and state-directed CARES Act money ...

NJSIAA Releases Guidelines for 2020 High School Cross-Country Season

August 1, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ -- The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) has released updated guidelines for the upcoming 2020 cross-country season. There will be no group championships or New Jersey Meet of Champions in 2020, driven by the NJSIAA’s desire to limit travel and mixing of athletes from around the state.

However, there will be sectional championships ...

Murphy Provides Clarifications on Sports Activities

TRENTON, NJ – During his COVID-19 press briefing on Wed., July 22, Gov. Phil Murphy took the time to clarify Monday’s Executive Order on the resumption of contact drills and practices for high-risk sports and activities.

“All contact activities can only be conducted outside,” the governor said.

Yoga and pilates studios, which are not licensed health clubs, fall under ...

Murphy Talks Options for Schools, "High Risk" Sports

TRENTON, NJ -- The resumption of contact sports practices and new state guidance for all-remote learning were announced by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy during his COVID-19 briefing Mon., July 20.

Murphy said he signed an executive order today allowing for sports practices that require contact drills and competitions for "high risk" sports at outdoor venues only. Murphy announced ...

New Jersey Jewish News Ceases Publication

July 30, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes across New Jersey have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations and receiving news of interest about the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News (NJJN): from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday services at different synagogues and who is memorialized in the obituaries — to local, national, Israeli, ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Denville Ranks among Safest Communities in the Nation, Says Report

July 28, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ -- Denville is among seven Morris County towns ranked as one of the top 100 safest communities in the United States, according to Safewise.

The SafeWise annual national security survey listed Mount Olive (#12), Washington Township (#24), Jefferson Township (#28), Randolph (#33), Roxbury (#40), Denville (#46) and Morris Township (#69) as towns that are the safest place to live ...

Denville's Ayres Farm Garage Recommended for Historic Preservation Grant

DENVILLE, NJ -- The Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board has recommended $4.4 million in county grants to help preserve, restore or protect 28 historic sites in 18 towns across Morris County. The grant money would come from the voter-approved Morris County Open Space, Farmland, Floodplain Protection and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. The grants ranged from the ...

Volunteers Grocery Shop for Seniors, Disabled Morris County Residents

July 9, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- A program, through the Morris County Office on Aging, Disabilities and Community Program along with Jersey Cares, will now provide volunteers to grocery shop for older or disabled residents in Morris County. 

"The program will keep persons most vulnerable to COVID-19 out of harms way in supermarkets and other food markets," said officials.

Beneficiaries ...

Some NJ Residents Likely to Be Without Power through the Weekend

August 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – State officials say some New Jersey residents might not get their power restored until the end of the weekend as utility companies scrambled to restore outages on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy.

Tropical Storm Isaias careened across the state Tuesday with soaking rains and wind gusts nearing 75 mph. It toppled trees, knocked down poles, snapped lines and affected ...

5,000+ in Denville Without Power from Hurricane Isaias

DENVILLE, NJ -- As if issues stemming from the COVID-19 crisis were not enough, a new adversity is making things even more challenging in Morris County in the form of Hurricane Isaias.

The weather phenomenon hit Denville Township and surrounding areas in the early morning of August 4. Although it subsided by the late afternoon, it created much havoc nonetheless.

“All of ...

Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

New Jersey Date Night: Life’s a Beach in Avalon

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

A little seaside road trip makes for a perfect date and Avalon provides an unforgettable backdrop. You can enjoy everything from shopping to surfing and, of course, outdoor dining in this affluent shore town on Seven Mile Island.

Besides checking out the exquisite real estate, you and your date can ...

Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas after Son's Murder

August 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ -- U.S. District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

Morris Jail Inmates to Connect with Families via Wireless Technology

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- The Morris County Correctional Facility suspended in-person inmate visits on March 16 to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Since then, inmates have been separated from their families and friends and have only been able to speak to them by phone.

Soon the inmates will be able to connect virtually with their family and friends, said jail officials. The ...

Chief Frank Perna and Denville Police Persevere through Trying Times

August 2, 2020

DENVILLE, NJ -- Maintaining law and order in Denville Township sounds tough for some, but for Police Chief Frank Perna, such a duty has been enjoyable since being sworn in on Feb. 1, 2019.

“I am very fortunate and blessed to be the eighth police chief of the Denville Township Police Department,” said Chief Perna.

“The members of the department and the great community we ...

Prosecutor’s Office Hosts Use of Force by Police Officers Virtual Forum

DENVILLE, NJ -- The Morris County Prosecutor's Office and the New Jersey Attorney General's Office invites the Denville community to participate in a virtual community forum on the Use of Force by Police Officers. The forum will take place on Fri., July 24, from 3-5 p.m. According to officials, the goal of the program is to strengthen relationships between law enforcement officers ...

Rosemary Becchi Opens Up Wayne Office for Congressional Campaign

July 28, 2020

WAYNE, NJ -- The Rosemary Becchi for Congress campaign opened up a new office in Wayne, New Jersey, right in the middle of a busy strip mall and shopping center. The Preakness Shopping Center in Wayne will provide a visible storefront for the 11th Congressional District Candidate and her staff for their daily operations.

"We chose to open a second campaign office here in Wayne, ...

Morris County's 2020 Primary Election Results Still Pending

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Although the deadline for mailing, dropping or delivering ballots passed two days ago, results still are not in for Morris County elections.  

Primarily a vote-by-mail primary election this year, it will take at least several more days for the Morris County Board of Elections to finish tallying the results. Once the vote-by-mail ballots have been counted, the ...

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Jersey Cash 5 Ticket Wins $536,474 Jackpot in East Hanover

July 30, 2020

EAST HANOVER, NJ -- One lucky winner, whose ticket was purchased in East Hanover, hit the $536,474 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Wed., July 29, drawing.

The winning numbers were: 11, 27, 32, 36, and 40 and the XTRA number was: 02.

East Hanover's Ridgedale Wine & Liquors, 480 Ridgedale Ave., will receive a $2,000 bonus check for ...

Tune In to The Todd Leonard Show about Overcoming Cancer

Click here to watch this past Sunday’s Show which aired on our Facebook live stream discussing overcoming cancer with guest Jim DeSimone. 

Jim’s remarkable courage and strength is truly inspirational!

Each week The Todd Leonard Show features incredible guests ...

Today is World Head and Neck Cancer Day: Overcome the Stigma of HPV and Throat Cancer.

With the world’s attention focused on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, we believe the time is also right to bring the public’s attention to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of expanding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine’s use to include women and men aged 27 through 45 years.  The first HPV vaccine was approved in ...

19th Amendment Essay Contest by Dress for Success Northern NJ-10 Counties

August 5, 2020

Dress for Success Northern NJ-10 Counties empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since its founding, the organization has served over 22,000 women and counting, many challenged by under employment or unemployment, financial instability, and currently, the fallout ...

FirstEnergy Utilities Preparing for Impact of Tropical Storm Isaias

Resources Being Deployed to JCP&L and Met-Ed Service Territories as Company Meteorologists Closely Monitor Developing Weather

Akron, Ohio – FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) utility personnel are prepared to respond quickly to restore power to customers should Tropical Storm Isaias impact the areas where the company provides electric service.

Company meteorologists are tracking the ...

Expanded, Modernized Valerie Fund Children’s Center Opens at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital

MORRISTOWN, NJ – To meet demand for the comprehensive medical care needed for children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders, Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital today announced the opening of its expanded Valerie Fund Children’s Center.

The new Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital includes eight ...

Rosemary Becchi Calls for Mikie Sherrill to Demand an Independent Investigation of Veterans Hospital Negligence

PARSIPPANY, NJ -- As a result of a series of meetings with veterans and VFW leadership in New Jersey, Rosemary Becchi, a candidate for the 11th Congressional District in New Jersey, is elevating a call from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of New Jersey, for an independent investigation of the coronavirus response in all veterans nursing homes in the state of New Jersey.

During ...

Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

August 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...

CFO Your Way Provides Crucial Financial Expertise for Local, Small Businesses

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cheryl Mucha, Founder and CEO of CFO Your Way, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about how her firm helps small business owners realize their financial goals. Brodeur and Mucha spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the COVID-19 ...

Shakespeare Theatre Scores with 'Crazy Love'

Florham Park, NJ - It’s such a treat to see a live performance in these difficult times. But leave iit to Shakespeare Theatre’s fearless director, Bonnie Monte, to deliver a delightful and provocative evening of Moliere and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The setting is the outside lawn at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park. Located on Vreeland Road, the landscape of ...

FirstEnergy Prepares JCP&L Customers for Summer Heat

As temperatures rise, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) customers can take steps to beat the heat while also managing their energy costs.  

Extreme temperatures can often lead to rising energy usage for customers as the need for air conditioning increases and HVAC systems strain to keep up with higher demand. While customers are unable to control the weather, there are several things they can ...

JCP&L Completes Inspections and Maintenance to Enhance Customer Service Reliability Through the Summer; Work Also Helps Prepare for an Active Hurricane Season

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) subsidiary, has completed inspections and conducted equipment maintenance projects across its 13-county service area to enhance customer service reliability as part of its annual summer preparedness plan.  The company is also ready to respond to power outages caused during the Atlantic hurricane ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Darlene Cullen of TAPinto South Plainfield

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of August 2020 is Darlene Cullen, who owns and operates TAPinto South Plainfield.  With a background in business development, Cullen has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of South Plainfield.   

Q. Why did you want to franchise a ...