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New Dashboard Will Track NJ's Contact Tracing Efforts

August 7, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — There are now 10 contact tracers per every 100,000 New Jersey residents - looking to limit the spread of COVID-19 by informing all potentially infected parties of steps they should be taking. 

A new dashboard, announced by Gov. Phil Murphy during a press conference Friday afternoon, will look to further detail steps taking place on the ground.

Murphy said ...

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

CAMDEN, NJ — With New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) nearly doubling in a month - from 0.87 in early July to 1.48 today — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday 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 seeing across the ...

Despite Zero Deaths Yesterday and 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. last night 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 Friday, July 31.

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

Down Trees and Fires Reported Overnight

July 31, 2020

EDISON, NJ — The overnight Friday Thunderstorm left a trail of down trees and down wires throughout South Edison. One large tree fell on the roof of a home on McArthur Drive; no reports of injuries were issued at the time of this article. Another home on Jefferson experienced a fire due to High violated power lines that landed next to the house. The Edison Fire department responded ...

Old Stage Roadword Scheduled For Next Week

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Drivers may want to plan an alternate route next week if they travel along Old Stage Road through the East Brunswick and Spotswood area. The Middlesex County Department of Transportation will be completing a milling, resurfacing and striping project August 3 through August 7 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weather permitting. The impacted areas along Old Stage Road will be between ...

Middlesex County Prosecutor, Middlesex County Association of Police Chiefs, the NAACP, NOBLE, and NCLO Host a Virtual Community Listening Session on the Use of Force.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone in partnership with the Middlesex County Association of Police Chiefs, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), NOBLE (the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement), and NCLO (the National Coalition of Latino Officers) invites you to join in a virtual Community Listening Session on the Use of ...

Potentially Lethal Sanitizer Recalled from the Shelves of Walmart Stores

July 27, 2020

SAN ANTONIO, TX-- 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 ...

Rutgers Athletics Announces 2020 Hall of Fame Class

August 4, 2020

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The Rutgers University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the members of the 2020 Hall of Fame class including Eric LeGrand (football), Essence Carson (women's basketball), Jonelle Filigno-Hopkins (women's soccer), Alexis Gunzelman (women's gymnastics) and James Ford (men's lacrosse).

"We are honored to induct another ...

Union Catholic Track Legend Stars in Gatorade TV Sports Shown on ESPN, Elsewhere

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- If you thought you saw a familiar local face in Gatorade TV ads during the Red Sox-Yankees game on ESPN last name, you were right. Former Union Catholic track star and 2016 Olympic hurdler Sydney McLaughlin is featured in a current series of Gatorade ads entitled, "Ready to Play Anything," that celebrate the return of sports.

In the last few months, ...

Tee Up Your Summer

EDISON, NJ — During these times of isolation and shut down due to the coronavirus, many not just in Edison, New Jersey, but across the country are actively looking for safe and fun alternatives to their regular daily routine. With many options for entertainment unavailable, a means to get out of the house has become scarce. Thankfully the TAPinto Edison team had the pleasure of connecting ...

Is Vaping hurting your Teens? Three Edison Students speak out Against Tobacco Use

August 5, 2020

EDISON, NJ - Three Edison teens are part of the 14 students from New Jersey and 133 students from across the nation who are being recognized for their leadership in the fight against big tobacco. 

Incoming high school seniors, Keith Furtado, Laiba Mughal and Sophia Patel have been named as Youth and Young Adult Ambassadors by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) for their work to end ...

Several Union Catholic Students Earned AP Scholars Awards

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Twenty-three recent graduates of Union Catholic and 14 rising seniors at the school have earned AP Scholars Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams during this past school year.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement program recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams. 

Andrew ...

Saint Joseph High School Hosts Live, In-Person Graduation

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) hosted its 2020 live, in-person graduation ceremony on Monday, July 27.

Restrictions on the size of public gatherings derailed the timeline for the event but not the joy in finally celebrating the graduating class.   Families were distanced across the school's athletic field for the event which started when students began ...

NJ Veterans Chamber of Commerce to Speaker Coughlin: Support Is Needed to Help Veterans Community

August 4, 2020

EDISON, NJ — The New Jersey State Veterans Chamber of Commerce (NJSVCC) last week met with Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-19th L.D) to discuss some key issues of concern.

“The goal of the organization is to provide economic opportunities for veterans and their spouses,” said Colonel Jeff Cantor, founder, and CEO of NJSVCC. “The need for this meeting ...

NJ Supreme Court Will Hear Ciattarelli Argument Against Murphy Borrowing Plan Aug. 5

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear arguments on Aug. 5th from declared GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli and his legal team against Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to borrow $9.9 billion to balance the state budget,

Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident and former state assemblyman and Somerset County freeholder, insists what Murphy is attempting is not only ...

Lidl Opens New Store on Milltown Road, North Brunswick

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Are you ready for some pain au chocolat, stuffed escargot, stepladders, organic veggies, and Brooklyn-baked goods? Salsa music rocked the shoppers waiting on line at the opening of the new Lidl grocery store on Milltown Road in North Brunswick yesterday, as a new business brought life to an old building in a once-vital shopping center in the township.  Masks, ...

New Jersey Hall of Fame to Induct Fanwood's Gerry Cooney, and with Eli Manning, Charles Addams, Cissy Houston, Others

August 7, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) has announced who the inductees are for the incoming Class of 2019-2020 – a "Who's Who" of some of the Garden State’s best and brightest. Among them are Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, two-time Super Bowl Champion Eli Manning, cartoonist Charles Addams ("The Addams Family"), actors John Amos and ...

Auction Features 19th-Century Tall Case Clock Crafted & Built in NJ

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Central Jersey auctioneer Joe Bodnar received an email last month reading “The Barnes family clock needs to find a new home.”

Nearly 200 years old, built and crafted in New Jersey by a respected colonial-era clockmaker, the tall case clock will be sold by Bodnar as part of a two-day, 500 lot online auction Aug. 5 & 6,

Dated ca. 1825, the clock has been ...

Tee Up Your Summer

EDISON, NJ — During these times of isolation and shut down due to the coronavirus, many not just in Edison, New Jersey, but across the country are actively looking for safe and fun alternatives to their regular daily routine. With many options for entertainment unavailable, a means to get out of the house has become scarce. Thankfully the TAPinto Edison team had the pleasure of connecting ...

A Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

August 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - US 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 ...

Local Food Pantry Now Helps with Cooking Fresh Foods, Too

August 4, 2020

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – In this time of increased food insecurity, Middlesex County is proud to introduce the Share Your Foodways program: a way to create delicious, culturally distinct dishes from ingredients available at your local food pantry. All the dishes featured in the program are easy to create and enjoy as a family and provide insight to the many communities that ...

NJ Supreme Court Will Hear Ciattarelli Argument Against Murphy Borrowing Plan Aug. 5

July 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear arguments on Aug. 5th from declared GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli and his legal team against Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to borrow $9.9 billion to balance the state budget,

Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident and former state assemblyman and Somerset County freeholder, insists what Murphy is attempting is not only ...

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A HERO IN THE MAKING: The Mild-Mannered Man with Autism Behind One of PBS’s Newest Superheroes

August 7, 2020

PBS premiered a new multiplatform animated PBS KIDS series, co-produced by Twin Cities PBS and Portfolio Entertainment, titled “Hero Elementary” on June 1, 2020.  The school’s students are a diverse cadre who are super – literally.  Because they’re still kids, however, their powers and other aspects of growing up are still a ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Successfully Isolates Gene

EDISON, NJ -- Laura Chen of Fords, a rising junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, recently reached a milestone in her scientific studies. Laura successfully isolated a gene in the Molecular Science course offered by the Waksman Institute at Rutgers University and her findings were accepted for publication in the NCBI database of the National Institute of Health. She and the other ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Studies at Governor’s School

EDISON, NJ -- Ariana Di Landro of Carteret, a rising junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, recently completed an exciting and enlightening month of study at The New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology (GSET) at Rutgers University.

The Governor's School of Engineering & Technology (GSET) is a unique and intensive residential summer program ...

Community Conversation: Immunizations, Physicals and Other Back to School Safety Tips

Whether it’s in-person or virtually, children will be going back to school in the fall. So how can parents keep their kids safe, healthy and ready to learn? On Atlantic Health System’s latest Community Conversation, join Tyree Winters, DO, a pediatrician with Atlantic Medical Group, for some important tips that will help make this school year an A+!

 

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 ...

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 ...