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Protesters Demand City Council Eliminate Salon Licensing Fees

July 26, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - About 20 protesters came to City Hall last night to demand the repeal of a city ordinance that created new licensing fees for salon owners.

MORE: Read the full ordinance here

“This is our job and we provide jobs to all the people in the city,” Diana Maldonado said during the public comments section at the City Council meeting.  She later added, “All we ...

No Layoffs, Cuts to Departments in Union County Reorganization, Official Says

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Board of Chosen Freeholders on Thursday adopted an ordinance that re-organized several departments in the county which will not cause layoffs or cuts, a county spokesman said.

MORE: Read the full ordinance

“As per the reorganization, decisions were made to move different programs/functions into departments where we believed there would be a better fit ...

Freeholders Honor Elizabeth Police Officers Who Rescued Boy Struck By Train

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two city police officers who rescued a 13-year-old boy struck by a freight train were honored Thursday night by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Elizabeth Police Officers Eric Santiago Gora and Luciano Nicolas Porto responded to Franklin Street on May 11 to find the boy going into shock with an amputated leg.

“We have to also acknowledge that there are ...

Police Respond to Reports of Victim Shot in Leg Near Mattano Park

July 26, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - Police responded to reports of a person who was shot in the leg near Mattano Park this afternoon.  

Union County and Elizabeth police patrols were diverting traffic away from a bridge before the park near an intersection at Arnett and Summer streets around 4:45 p.m. today. The police tape also blocked an entrance to the park just after the bridge on Summer ...

Authorities Identify Car of Interest Possibly Involved in Elizabeth Homicide (VIDEO)

ELIZABETH, NJ - Authorities today released surveillance video showing a suspected vehicle possibly involved in the death of a 33-year-old man who was found shot in his driveway over a week ago.

Ricardo Nieto was found in the driveway of his home suffering from gunshot wounds after city police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Niles Street and 5th Avenue at 2:50 a.m. on July ...

'No Questions Asked' Gun Buyback Program to be Held July 28-29

UNION COUNTY, NJ - County officials are encouraging local residents to consider participating this week in a state-run gun buyback program in Newark, Camden and Trenton.

New Jersey residents can turn in up to three firearms -- no questions asked -- and receive cash payouts of up to $200 per firearm, the Union County Prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The event will run from ...

Helicopter Lands in Baseball Field to Airlift Person Injured in Motorcycle Accident

ELIZABETH, NJ - A medevac helicopter landed in a baseball field behind Mattano Park today to airlift a person injured in an accident reportedly involving a motorcycle today.

Elizabeth police cleared the baseball field on Clifton Street between Arnett and Atlantic streets, where multiple EMS, police patrols and fire engines were present around noon.

Police blocked off a portion of Cole Place ...

Freeholders Honor Elizabeth Police Officers Who Rescued Boy Struck By Train

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two city police officers who rescued a 13-year-old boy struck by a freight train were honored Thursday night by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Elizabeth Police Officers Eric Santiago Gora and Luciano Nicolas Porto responded to Franklin Street on May 11 to find the boy going into shock with an amputated leg.

“We have to also acknowledge that there are ...

Union County Sheriff's Office Earns Accreditation for 3rd Consecutive Time

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two Union County Sheriff’s officers were doing an eviction yesterday in Union Township, when they saw the house’s gas meter "spinning like a top" and candles left lit in the home, said Union County Sheriff Joseph Cyran.

“They do what they need to do, what we trained them to do, making sure emergency personnel responds quickly,” Cryan said ...

(Updated) Snapple Bowl All-Star Game Comes Down to Final Quarter with Union County Win 27-14

July 21, 2017

UNION, NJ – Union County rallied in the final minutes of the storm-interrupted game to beat Middlesex County 27-14 in the 24th annual Snapple Bowl played Thursday at Kean University’s Alumni Stadium. 

The first half of this game was pretty quiet with only one score.  Union County took a 7-0 lead on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Roselle quarterback Gerald ...

10th Annual Peterstown Festival Kicks Off Tonight With Gyros, Music, Rides and More

July 27, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - The 10th annual Peterstown Festival, which is also known as the Festa Di San Vito, will kick off this evening and feature four days of music, zeppoles, giveaways and rides.

The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Fourth Avenue and High Street until 11 p.m. 

“It started half a block long with a beer stand, umbrella and little banner and now ...

2nd Annual Food Truck Fest Comes to Port Newark Tomorrow

NEWARK, NJ - The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) will throw its second annual Food Truck Fest at Port Newark tomorrow to raise funds for the nonprofit organization.

The festivities kick off at the Port Newark International Seafarers Center and will run from 3 to 7 p.m. Five food trucks will participate in the event and will include Oink & Moo BBQ, Mexi Flip Taco Truck, ...

Veteran Chef Joseph Mattos Joins The Fanwood Grille

July 21, 2017

FANWOOD, NJ – Customers are welcomed to a mouthwatering aroma the moment they walk into the Fanwood Grille (34 South Martine Ave., downtown Fanwood). In the morning, bacon and eggs fill the air. Around noon, the smell of sizzling burgers attract hungry customers

The grille's menu features traditional breakfast foods, including omelets, pancakes, and the ever-popular ...

Phil Murphy Taps Newark Native Sheila Oliver as Running Mate

July 27, 2017

On the day she was officially named the Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial candidate, Assemblyman Sheila Oliver's mind went back to Bock Avenue, the one-block street in Newark's South Ward where she grew up and where her political awakening began. 

"It was a very multicultural and multiethnic neighborhood when I grew up there," said Oliver, 65, a 13-year state ...

Groundwork Elizabeth Receives $200K Grant for New Youth Health Initiative

July 21, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - A non-profit organization that supports healthy and environmentally-friendly projects in the city was one of 10 groups in the state to receive a $200,000 grant.

Groundwork Elizabeth plans to use the grant to select 20 city residents from the ages of 14 to 21 over a period of about 3 years to brainstorm, train and develop a community event addressing a health challenge in the ...

(Updated) Snapple Bowl All-Star Game Comes Down to Final Quarter with Union County Win 27-14

July 21, 2017

UNION, NJ – Union County rallied in the final minutes of the storm-interrupted game to beat Middlesex County 27-14 in the 24th annual Snapple Bowl played Thursday at Kean University’s Alumni Stadium. 

The first half of this game was pretty quiet with only one score.  Union County took a 7-0 lead on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Roselle quarterback Gerald ...

Retired Firefighter Shares Journey of Building Playgrounds in the Wake of Tragedy

ELIZABETH, NJ - A retired Elizabeth firefighter who experienced kindness from school children in Mississippi paid it forward in a big way: by building 26 playgrounds dedicated to Sandy Hook shooting victims.

Bill Lavin, former Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association president, spoke at the Elizabeth Main Branch Library last Wednesday to tell the story of his non-profit ...

Elizabeth Firefighters Jump In to Fix Kids' Bicycles

ELIZABETH, NJ - The city’s fire department responded to a little different call of duty earlier this week.

When a group of kids stopped by Ladder 1 Engine 7 at 411 Irvington Ave. looking for assistance with their bikes, members of the fire department jumped in to help.

“That particular event happened [three] days ago, but it usually happens quite often,” Fireman's ...

Five Local People with Disabilities Achieve CPR Certification

July 21, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - When Lyman Thompson worked for Roselle Park, he saw a lot of people needing help. Then one day, he was one of those people.

"I had a heart attack five years ago," Thompson said. "I flat lined and one of my coworkers brought me back with CPR. That inspired me to take the training myself."

Thompson, a person with developmental disabilities and member of ...

Groundwork Elizabeth Receives $200K Grant for New Youth Health Initiative

ELIZABETH, NJ - A non-profit organization that supports healthy and environmentally-friendly projects in the city was one of 10 groups in the state to receive a $200,000 grant.

Groundwork Elizabeth plans to use the grant to select 20 city residents from the ages of 14 to 21 over a period of about 3 years to brainstorm, train and develop a community event addressing a health challenge in the ...

TAPinto Travels Weekend Suggestions

July 27, 2017

Summer is flying by as we enter the final weekend of July. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend quality time with your entire family before work and school obligations pop back on the schedule. If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, you can attend any of these free or low-cost events around the North Jersey area.

Christmas in July

South Plainfield is hosting ...

TAPinto Travels Weekend Event Suggestions

With very little rain in the forecast, Northern New Jersey’s weather will be perfect for the many outdoor events taking place this weekend. All of the events featured this week are family friendly with low to no cost admission prices.

Food Truck Festival at the Hermitage

If you have yet to visit Bergen County’s famed Gothic revival museum, you must make it a point to tour the ...

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Freeholders Honor Elizabeth Police Officers Who Rescued Boy Struck By Train

July 22, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two city police officers who rescued a 13-year-old boy struck by a freight train were honored Thursday night by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Elizabeth Police Officers Eric Santiago Gora and Luciano Nicolas Porto responded to Franklin Street on May 11 to find the boy going into shock with an amputated leg.

“We have to also acknowledge that there are ...

Union County College Foundation to Raise Funds for “Close the Gap” Campaign

July 16, 2017

CRANFORD, NJ -- The Union County College Foundation will host its 2nd Annual “Close the Gap” Cocktail Reception on July 19 in the Victor M. Richel Student Commons on the Cranford campus. The campaign supports the UCC's strategic initiative to help shrink the growing achievement gap that exists for African American students and will also provide financial assistance to ...

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books, 2013)

Each summer I search for books that are great reads for the beach. These are the novels that tell good stories and provide “recreational reading,” while not necessarily promoting too much thinking. Mary Alice Monroe's The Summer Girls, the first of a trilogy about the Muir family of Sullivan's Island in South ...

'Spider's Web' Weaves Spell

PRINCETON, NJ – You know you’re in for a treat with super sleuth Agatha Christie at the helm. Princeton Summer Theatre put on an entertaining production of the play through July 23.

Although it’s too late to see this show, upcoming offerings include “The Crucible, July 27-Aug. 6th and “Appropriate,” Aug. 10 - 20th.

Here we have the drawing room of an ...