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Gov. Murphy Calls on Feds to Mandate Face Coverings

July 6, 2020

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP,  NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy called upon the federal government to mandate face coverings at the spread of COVID-19 surge across the United States' Sunbelt.

Murphy said New Jersey is seeing a small spike in cases due to travelers coming into the Garden State from Florida and South Carolina during a Sunday morning interview on "Meet the ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

East Brunswick Drowning Update

June 24, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Things were somber on East Brunswick's Clearview Road today as mourning for the loss of three lives in a single family began. Gone were the news helicopters and cameras, police cars and emergency responders.  What remained was grief.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department ...

RWJUH's Health Care Heroes Honored For Dedication During COVID-19 Crisis

July 2, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – There was food, music and sunshine everywhere on Somerset Street on Tuesday as Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital thanked its health care heroes for treating 1,147 COVID-19 patents since the first one passed through the doors in March.

Although the hospital is still caring for a handful of COVID-19 patients, the surge has subsided to allow the administration a ...

RWJUH Lifts COVID-19 Ban, Will Permit Patient Visitation

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - RWJBarnabas Health has announced that it will begin permitting patient visitation effective immediately in response to the steady decline in the number of COVID-19 cases across New Jersey.

Visitation for patients with confirmed COVID-19 will still be restricted to extenuating circumstances only such as hospice or end of life. Under the guidance of the New Jersey Department ...

Upcoming Blood Drive To Address Urgent Need

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood VFW Post 4589 will host a blood drive on Monday, July 6 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. to help address an urgent call for blood donations.

"Now that things are opening up in our area, delayed surgeries have resumed and the typical activities that result in emergency room visits, like car accidents and other serious injuries and has created an urgent need for blood ...

Essay by MCVTS Student Chosen in New York Times Contest

June 30, 2020

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Sixteen-year-old Erin Tan of North Brunswick, who will be a senior at the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison in the fall, likes the changes in admission policies being made by colleges and universities because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her essay on the topic was one of nine high school winners out of more than ...

Murphy, DOE Issue School Guidance for School Reopenings in September

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, June 25. 

"Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As we conclude ...

MCVTS schedules outdoor graduations at three sites

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The five campuses of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools will hold outdoor graduations for the 474 members of the Class of 2020 at three locations on July 8 and 9.

The ceremonies for the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge and the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies ...

NJ Restaurant Association CEO Predicts More Closures if Indoor Dining Doesn't Return Soon

July 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy surprised restaurant owners who had been preparing for the return of indoor dining on Thursday, July 2, by announcing just four days before that indoor seating would be delayed indefinitely. 

Having spent money ordering food, retraining workers, and purchasing PPE and cleaning supplies, restaurant owners were justifiably upset when he postponed the ...

What's Open at Brunswick Square?

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - There was a bit of an eye to the future and somewhat of a nod to the past as the Brunswick Square Mall re-opened today.  Anchor stores - J.C. Penney and Macy's - have had a strong showing over the past two weeks, with JCP East Brunswick location being one of the most popular in the region, says Mall Manager Ron Lichtenberger.  Smaller stores opened today for the ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Ciccone Sworn In as New Middlesex County Prosecutor

July 2, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Yolanda Ciccone, a graduate of Douglass College at Rutgers University, was sworn in Tuesday as prosecutor of Middlesex County during a brief ceremony officiated by retired judge and former prosecutor Alan Rockoff.

The Metuchen resident and former Assignment Judge of Somerset County was nominated in June by Gov. Phil Murphy to be county prosecutor.

She was confirmed by ...

Ciccone Sworn in as Middlesex County Prosecutor

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Yolanda Ciccone, of Metuchen, the former Assignment Judge of Somerset County, was sworn in today as Prosecutor of Middlesex County during a brief ceremony officiated by retired Judge and former Prosecutor Alan A. Rockoff.

 In June 2020, Governor Phil Murphy nominated Yolanda Ciccone to be the Prosecutor of Middlesex County. She was confirmed by the Senate on ...

Middlesex County taking measures to ensure Primary Election maintains health and safety of voters and poll workers

July 6, 2020

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of the New Jersey State Primary Election, with Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 144 declaring that the election be held mainly via Vote By Mail. Despite the pandemic, Middlesex County is ensuring voters still have a safe and secure way to exercise their right to vote in this year’s primary, beginning with the ...

Invasive Plants At the Root of Growing Problem, Says Rutgers Expert

June 25, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ –Japanese knotweed and Chinese silver grass may look lovely as accents to your well-coifed yard, but these invasive plants are at the root of a growing problem.

These and other types of foreign plants spread from your garden and end up anywhere and seemingly everywhere - along the Raritan River, for instance – where they disrupt natural communities and wreak havoc ...

Invasive Plants At the Root of Growing Problem, Says Rutgers Expert

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ –Japanese knotweed and Chinese silver grass may look lovely as accents to your well-coifed yard, but these invasive plants are at the root of a growing problem.

These and other types of foreign plants spread from your garden and end up anywhere and seemingly everywhere - along the Raritan River, for instance – where they disrupt natural communities and wreak havoc ...

Mosquito Control Important in New Jersey After Mild Winter

TRENTON, NJ — As the phased reopening of New Jersey continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warming weather, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said.

With public health in the spotlight as a result of the pandemic, residents doing ...

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Perth Amboy Schools Superintendent Named Vice President of ESCNJ’s Board of Directors

July 2, 2020

Dr. David A. Roman, who has served as the superintendent of the Perth Amboy Public Schools for five years, has been selected by his peers to serve as Vice President of the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey’s Board of Directors.

In his new role, Dr. Roman will be working closely with ESCNJ’s long-time board president, Dr. Dale Caldwell, as well as the administrative ...

NJ Human Services to Deliver Special Food Assistance Benefits to Children Starting Next Week

June 30, 2020

Benefits to be Delivered Starting July 8;

Many SNAP Recipients to Also Receive July Benefits Boost

(TRENTON) –  The New Jersey Department of Human Services today announced that special food assistance benefits will be delivered starting next week to children who normally would have received free or reduced-price school meals if not for COVID-19 school closures.

The ...

Community Conversations: How to Stay Safe this Summer

Is your family ready to enjoy summer – safely? On this Community Conversation, Atlantic Health System’s Christopher Zipp, DO, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Morristown Medical Center, and a physician with Atlantic Medical Group shares some important tips on summer safety, and why, as we coexist with COVID-19 – if you don’t have a family doctor – you ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Kathy Cryan of TAPinto Union

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of July 2020 is Kathy Cryan, who owns and operates TAPinto Union.  With a background in business, Cryan has amassed a very large readership, routinely breaking 150,000 pageviews per month with more than 3,500 residents subscribed to the free daily newsletter and almost 5,000 followers on Facebook, while building a profitable online ...

Pride Month Reveals the Progressive Leadership We Deserve

June 24, 2020

Pride Month 2020 Reveals the Progressive Leadership We Deserve

Russ Cirincione

 

This Pride month has been unlike any other.

Extraordinary protests against racial and social injustices have sprung up across the country, stemming from the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others lost to systemic racism all compounded by the current global ...

Celebrating the Communities We Build

So, you may have noticed I missed a week, which is odd because I had something written, not this but something. My excuse is this – COVID has warped my sense of time, I go to make my Thursday call on Tuesday then on Friday I wonder how I missed Thursday. Holidays have the potential to go unnoticed too – I’m horrible with dates so forgetting my own birthday is fairly easy even in ...