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Outdoor Dining in NJ Can Return June 15, With Rules For Establishments to Expand Footprint

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 Wednesday, said he himself has a reservation for June 15 although he didn’t say where.

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

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

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

NJ Launches $100M Short-Term Rental Assistance Program

TRENTON, NJ - Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver joined the governor and other officials at yesterday’s daily COVID-19 press conference. 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 Governor Phil Murphy, the state plans to apply at least $100M to begin the ...

Murphy Order Puts Some Non-Essential Businesses Back to Work

TRENTON, NJ – Amid the pandemic, New Jersey’s shut down of non-essential businesses resulted in over a million unemployment claims. Today, Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement will put some of the claimants back to work as non-essential construction resumes. Non-essential retail stores may also begin offering curbside pickup.

Murphy’s order becomes effective Monday, May ...

Murphy: Federal Funding Needed To Prevent 'Second Great Depression'

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy spent a large part of his daily press briefing on Monday lobbying federal officials to help fund states hit hardest by Covid-19

Joined by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D – NJ), Murphy publically asked for President Donald Trump and federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to help fund state shortfalls and “prevent this public health emergency ...

Celebrating a Working Mom of 6 During COVID-19

EDISON, NJ - Being a working mom is hard. Being a working mom to six kids is harder. And being a working mom to six kids during a global pandemic seems impossible. But this is Dallas Austin’s life.

Austin, a native of Linden, is a Seasonal Learning Trainer at Amazon’s Edison Fulfillment Center and a mom to six kids (ages 20, 17, 16, 8, 6, and 2). At 4:30 a.m., the alarm clock rings ...

NJ Officials Detail Unemployment ‘Crisis.’ Murphy Says State to Reopen Slowly.

NEW JERSEY — One day before the federal government’s scheduled release of April unemployment figures, state officials detailed their own analysis of unemployment during the pandemic.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday said the state’s Labor Department had received over a million claims in two months and sent out $1.9 billion in unemployment assistance.

“This is an ...

Edison Heating and Cooling Steps Up Safety Measures

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Edison Heating and Cooling prides itself on providing state-of-the-art service and safety precautions throughout the year and, with the coronavirus crisis currently sweeping through New Jersey, the company has stepped up its safety protocols – for both customers and employees – even more. 

“As a declared essential service, we are ...

New Jersey Extends State Income Tax Filing Deadline until July 15th

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey will extend the filing deadline for personal and business taxes until July 15th and has extended the completion of the state's fiscal year until Sept. 30th.

The federal government had announced March 20th that it would extend the deadline for filing federal income taxes from April 15th to July 15th.

The extension will also allow lawmakers and state ...

NJ Announces Mortgage Payment Relief, Financial Protections During COVID-19 Epidemic

TRENTON – Financial institutions will provide mortgage forbearance and financial protections for New Jerseyans facing economic hardship as a result COVID-19, according to an announcement by Gov. Phil Murphy today.

“Millions of hardworking New Jerseyans are suffering financial losses through no fault of their own as a result of the economic downturn brought on by ...

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PSE&G Resuming Work While Continuing COVID-19 Safety Protocols

May 31, 2020

NEWARK, NJ -  As a result of Governor Murphy’s recent executive order and with approval by the Board of Public Utilities, Public Service Electric & Gas Co. will be resuming work as safely and quickly as possible. Our employees and contractors will follow protocols guided by the CDC and New Jersey State Department of Health, as well as all directives from state and local ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Third Graders Present Virtual Recorder Recital

EDISON, NJ -- Third grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison performed on their recorders with homemade videos to create a wonderful virtual recital. 

The students began learning the recorder at the beginning of the school year. They continued practicing and improving their skills during distance learning.  The repertoire includes songs learned early in the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Celebrates Athletes, Teams at Virtual Rams Recognition Night

EDISON, NJ -- The department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held a virtual Rams Recognition Night to celebrate the accomplishments of its Upper School athletes and teams on May 27.

Four athletes who compiled at least nine varsity letters received W+H blankets: Brianna Chambers of Somerset, Austin Miller of Linden, Sahil Mulji of Edison and Nadia Valcourt of South Plainfield.

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Share Genetics Research

EDISON, NJ -- Upper School science students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison addressed the fields of genetics and molecular biology in a series of informative virtual presentations in a webinar on May 20.

W+H offers honors research programs in genetics and molecular biology and technology. In genetics, students work on an independent genetic research project using drosophila ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Lower School Embraces Virtual Community Field Day

EDISON, NJ -- The first-ever virtual Field Day turned into an enormous success, with Lower School students and parents participating in a community oriented challenge event that incorporated many interesting aspects.

Students in from PreK-Grade 5 were divided into teams of Green and Gold during the daylong event, which triggered thousands of posts on SeeSaw. Students and their families ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Eighth Graders Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- Eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison addressed a variety of interesting topics during a series of well-executed virtual Capstone presentations last week. Nine students participated in this year’s program:

Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway – Water Shortages in sub-Saharan Africa; Tiger Huang of Edison – Impact of Artificial ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Thespians Win Theatre Night Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Mayah Nissim of Scotch Plains and Sahil Mulji of Edison, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, won the equivalent of an Oscar in their categories of distinction at the Montclair State University's Theatre Night Foxy Awards, which was held virtually on May 19. Mayah won for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Work of Innovation & ...

Peaceful Rally in Spring Lake Park Organized by South Plainfield High School Freshman Calls for Justice, Awareness and Unity

June 5, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – On the afternoon of June 4, over 50 people gathered at the gazebo at Spring Lake Park in South Plainfield to kneel in solidarity for George Floyd and all those who have lost their lives unjustly.  The event was organized by South Plainfield High School Freshman Olivia Payne, who initiated the demonstration on social media.  At 3:15p.m., the crowd ...

Sarlo-Ruiz "Bridge Year" Bill Passes NJ State Senate

June 4, 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 Education.  

The ...

MCC Students Receive Awards

June 4, 2020

Middlesex County College Students Awarded for Excellence in Psychosocial Rehab

Two Middlesex County College students, Maria M. Torres (Montclair) and Syed Ali Naqvi (Edison), received awards from the Rutgers University Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Treatment Program this spring. Ms. Torres received the Clinical Excellence Award for demonstrating superior clinical skills at her practicum ...

Morristown, Overlook Chief Nursing Officers Named ‘CNOs to Know’ by Becker’s Healthcare

SUMMIT & MORRISTOWN, NJ – JUNE 2020 – The chief nursing officers of two Atlantic Health System hospitals were named to the 2020 list of “50 Hospital and Health System CNOs to Know,” by Becker’s Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading news sources covering the health care field.

Carol Jones, RN and chief nursing officer at Morristown Medical Center, ...

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Fri, June 5, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State in the ...

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Sat, June 6, 12:00 PM

Parking lot of Menlo Park Mall, near Barnes & Noble and Cheesecake Factory, Edison

Drive By Food Drive for Middlesex County

Food & Drink Giving Back

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Sun, June 7, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

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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 ...

MCC Students Receive Awards

June 4, 2020

Middlesex County College Students Awarded for Excellence in Psychosocial Rehab

Two Middlesex County College students, Maria M. Torres (Montclair) and Syed Ali Naqvi (Edison), received awards from the Rutgers University Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Treatment Program this spring. Ms. Torres received the Clinical Excellence Award for demonstrating superior clinical skills at her practicum ...

How Can We Do Better?

There are both too many things to say and nothing to say. I am horrified and yet unsurprised, I am heartbroken for my friends who fear for their children, who have to have “the talk” with their young sons. I am longing for a leader who will work to weave the country back together rather than rip us apart.

I am heartbroken by the violence that has erupted and by the predatory ...