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"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 ...

Murphy Commends How NJ Continues Peaceful Protests for George Floyd

NEW JERSEY — Eight days after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer saw at least 21 protests across New Jersey on Tue., May 2. 

Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference Wednesday said these have been peaceful demonstrations, despite the crowds at some — with Mayor Michael Soriano estimating as many as 4,000 people marching in ...

Murphy Emphasizes Collaboration and Trust-Building

TRENTON, NJ -- In the wake of days of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state farther along its path toward restarting its stalled economy in the wake of COVID-19.

Murphy used ...

Denville Announces Further Reopening of Its Public Parks

DENVILLE, NJ -- The Township of Denville issued the following announcement on Tue., June 2, regarding the further reopening of its public parks.

"The Township of Denville will have a further reopening of its public parks beginning on Monday, June 22, 2020. This order will serve to supplement the order from May 2, 2020, which opened Denville parks for the following passive recreational ...

'Census Bureau Survey' Texts are Real - and They Present Sobering Statistics

MONTVILLE, NJ – Even though residents have been warned about the scams that texters are using to make money off of the COVID-19 crisis, if you receive a text or email that says the Census Bureau wants your opinion – it’s most likely real.

The U.S. Census Bureau has launched two new surveys to measure social and economic trends in the nation’s small businesses and ...

Health, Safety Grants Available for Child Care Centers from NJ Human Services

$5k and $2k Grants Available; Emergency Child Care Assistance Program to Continue through June 30th

TRENTON – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced Sun., May 31, the immediate availability of up to $20 million in grants to assist child care centers and youth camps in meeting health and safety guidelines in response to COVID-19.

Child care ...

New Jersey Launches $100M Short-Term Rental Assistance Program

TRENTON, NJ -- Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver joined the governor and other officials at the daily COVID-19 press conference on Fri., May 29. Donning her hat as the head of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs, Oliver introduced the implementation of a temporary rental assistance program.

According to Gov. Phil Murphy, the state plans to apply at least $100M to begin the ...

Outdoor Graduations OK; Professional Sports Teams Can Start Practicing

TRENTON, NJ -- Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Tue., May 26, that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held beginning July 6.

"We want them to celebrate and be celebrated by ...

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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 ...