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Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of Daniela Genaro who attended Nicholas LaCorte - Peterstown School No. 3 after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials say, it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's ...

Elizabeth Child Diagnosed with Flu has Died, School Superintendent Says

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that one student has died from Influenza (Flu).

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,”  Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. The superintendent's letter is ...

Student Advocate from Elizabeth Receives Email from President Obama

ELIZABETH, NJ - Kason Little 18, and a “Student Advocate” at John E. Dwyer Technology Academy in Elizabeth received a surprise when he opened his email to find a response from President Obama.

According to Little, he emailed President Barack Obama in October to let him know how much he is missed and thanking him for his hardships and sacrifices he made for our ...

Elizabeth Resident Kim Nesbitt Good to Receive Union County’s Annual Chester Holmes Humanitarian Award

February 18, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - On Saturday, Feb. 10, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will recognize lifelong Elizabeth resident Kim Nesbitt Good with the annual Chester Holmes Humanitarian Award during a Black History Month celebration at the historic Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street in Rahway. The award was created by the Freeholder Board in honor of the late former ...

Mahr Calls for Voting Machines at Union County Democratic Committee Meeting on Feb. 21

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Acting Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC), Colleen Mahr, is calling for the use of voting machines at the February 21 county committee meeting that will determine the next Chair of the UCDC. 

The February 21 meeting will begin at 7:00 and take place at the Grand Centurion in Clark. Mahr is the Acting Chair of the County Committee and ...

Student Advocate from Elizabeth Receives Email from President Obama

ELIZABETH, NJ - Kason Little 18, and a “Student Advocate” at John E. Dwyer Technology Academy in Elizabeth received a surprise when he opened his email to find a response from President Obama.

According to Little, he emailed President Barack Obama in October to let him know how much he is missed and thanking him for his hardships and sacrifices he made for our ...

Prosecutor's Office Continues Investigation into Girl Found in County Park

February 21, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit continues their investigation into the missing child found in a Union County Park Tuesday evening.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, a family member reported the 10-year old girl missing shortly after 3:00 p.m.  The girl was found in Phil Rizzuto Park shortly after 5:00 and transported ...

Police are Investigating a Possible Sexual Attack on a Girl at Local County Park

ELIZABETH/UNION, NJ - Police are investigating a report of a possible sexual attack on a girl at a Union County park Tuesday evening. 

According to a law enforcement source, police were called to the Phil Rizzuto County Park at the intersection of North and Morris Avenues at approximately 5:30 p.m. for a report of a missing 10-year old female.

According to the source, during the ...

Elizabeth Man Charged in Flemington Overdose Death

FLEMINGTON, NJ -  An Elizabeth man has been arrested on drug charges after an overdose death that happened here on Jan. 27.

If found guilty, Richard Deo, 37, could face a 20-year prison sentence, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.

The prosecutor said in a press release that he “will continue to use all resources available to seek out and prosecute ...

Elizabeth Man Convicted of Fatal Stabbing in Night Club Parking Lot

ELIZABETH, NJ - A Union County jury has returned guilty verdicts on all charges against Rosendo Salomon Gomez-Serpas, 25, from Elizabeth for  stabbing a man to death in a nightclub parking lot in 2016, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan

Gomez-Serpas, was convicted of murder and two related weapons offenses following a three-week trial before Superior Court ...

Two Local Non-Profits Seek Support for People with Disabilities and Others Left Homeless by Fire

ELIZABETH/ROSELLE, NJ – Two local non-profit organizations are working together to find housing and other needs for many residents that were left homeless when a fire ripped through their apartment building on 3rd Avenue in Roselle. 

The fire broke out in the early morning hours of Feb. 3 on the third floor of the apartment complex and quickly spread throughout the building.

Boys Basketball: Union Catholic Freshmen Capture Title at N.J. Rising Stars Basketball Classic

February 21, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ -- The Union Catholic boys freshmen avenged an early season loss to Elizabeth by defeating the Minutemen, 46-43, to capture the title at the prestigious N.J. Rising Stars Basketball Classic on Tuesday night at the Dunn Center in Elizabeth.

UC, which also defeated Ridge on Saturday and avenged a loss last week to Roselle Catholic on Sunday, was clinging to a ...

Girls UCT Basketball Quarterfinals: The Patrick School beats Dayton 60-36

RAHWAY, NJ – The Patrick School is the number one seed in the Union County Girls Basketball Tournament and 20th in New Jersey.  They played up to their billing Friday in a quarterfinal game against the Bulldogs and came away with a convincing 60-36 win.

Patrick School started strong with a 23-5 first quarter.  The added to their lead with a 12-9 second quarter went into the ...

Wrestling: Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Canon and Wustefeld Crowned District Champions

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood wrestlers finished fourth overall in the team competition, while Jack Canon (152 lbs.) and Sam Wustefeld (195 lbs.) were crowned champions of their respective weight classes at the District 13 tournament hosted at SPFHS on Saturday, Feb. 18, 

It took Wustefeld, who started the day with a record of 34-1, just 10 seconds to ...

Elizabeth Resident Kim Nesbitt Good to Receive Union County’s Annual Chester Holmes Humanitarian Award

February 18, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - On Saturday, Feb. 10, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will recognize lifelong Elizabeth resident Kim Nesbitt Good with the annual Chester Holmes Humanitarian Award during a Black History Month celebration at the historic Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street in Rahway. The award was created by the Freeholder Board in honor of the late former ...

Smithereens Bandmates Reunite and Play Show Honoring Scotch Plains Music Legend Pat DiNizio

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two of the founding members of the Smithereens reunited at New Brunswick's Court Tavern on Saturday, Feb. 3, to pay tribute to the late Pat DiNizio, the band’s lead singer, who died in December.

The concert, titled “Blood & Roses: The Court Tavern Memorial Tribute to Pat DiNizio,” featured 15 of the alternative band’s hits from over the ...

Third Annual Long Beach Island Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 31

February 14, 2018

SURF CITY, NJ - Need a job this summer? Look no further. Shore Fire Grille again has teamed up with local businesses in the area for a special summer 2018 Job Fair event. 

The Third Annual LBI Job Fair will take place Saturday, March 31.  pril 15.  Employers will be looking to hire help for the summer season on busy Long Beach Island.  The event will be held at the ...

Soup Sales Soar at The Fanwood Grille

February 11, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ -- Since being recognized for having the "Best Soup in NJ" by foodie website The Daily Meal, sales the Fanwood Grille's various soup offerings have jumped. 

"We've had people drive down from Bergen County just to try our soups," said Paul Watterson, who gets into Fanwood Grille as early as 4:30 a.m. to start making soup. "People call ...

“Hidden in Plain Sight” - A Presentation Centered Around a Teen’s Bedroom 

February 12, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - Elizabeth Parents, grandparents, caregivers, when it comes to your children and drugs, do you know where to look? Do you know what you are looking for? You may be surprised at what is "Hidden in Plain Sight."

The Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition and Prevention Links invite all parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and other adults from the city of ...

Elizabeth Man Convicted of Fatal Stabbing in Night Club Parking Lot

ELIZABETH, NJ - A Union County jury has returned guilty verdicts on all charges against Rosendo Salomon Gomez-Serpas, 25, from Elizabeth for  stabbing a man to death in a nightclub parking lot in 2016, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan

Gomez-Serpas, was convicted of murder and two related weapons offenses following a three-week trial before Superior Court ...

Mahr Calls for Voting Machines at Union County Democratic Committee Meeting on Feb. 21

February 12, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Acting Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee (UCDC), Colleen Mahr, is calling for the use of voting machines at the February 21 county committee meeting that will determine the next Chair of the UCDC. 

The February 21 meeting will begin at 7:00 and take place at the Grand Centurion in Clark. Mahr is the Acting Chair of the County Committee and ...

We Hear You Now - Phillips 66 Donates Five New Emergency Radios to Trinitas Regional Medical Center

February 21, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - A recent grant from the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery has allowed Trinitas Regional Medical Center to purchase five new Motorola APX 6000 portable radios for its Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU), 

“Lives will surely be saved,” said Hospital Officials. The radios will be used to communicate with the Union County Police Dispatch Center, which dispatches MICUs and ...

Student Advocate from Elizabeth Receives Email from President Obama

ELIZABETH, NJ - Kason Little 18, and a “Student Advocate” at John E. Dwyer Technology Academy in Elizabeth received a surprise when he opened his email to find a response from President Obama.

According to Little, he emailed President Barack Obama in October to let him know how much he is missed and thanking him for his hardships and sacrifices he made for our ...

Two Local Non-Profits Seek Support for People with Disabilities and Others Left Homeless by Fire

ELIZABETH/ROSELLE, NJ – Two local non-profit organizations are working together to find housing and other needs for many residents that were left homeless when a fire ripped through their apartment building on 3rd Avenue in Roselle. 

The fire broke out in the early morning hours of Feb. 3 on the third floor of the apartment complex and quickly spread throughout the building.

We Hear You Now - Phillips 66 Donates Five New Emergency Radios to Trinitas Regional Medical Center

February 21, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - A recent grant from the Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery has allowed Trinitas Regional Medical Center to purchase five new Motorola APX 6000 portable radios for its Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU), 

“Lives will surely be saved,” said Hospital Officials. The radios will be used to communicate with the Union County Police Dispatch Center, which dispatches MICUs and ...

Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of Daniela Genaro who attended Nicholas LaCorte - Peterstown School No. 3 after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials say, it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's ...

Elizabeth Child Diagnosed with Flu has Died, School Superintendent Says

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that one student has died from Influenza (Flu).

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,”  Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. The superintendent's letter is ...

Travels Report from the NYC Toy Fair - Here are Two More Winning Products for Your Children

February 21, 2018

TAPintoTravels - The International Toy Fair may have ended yesterday, but we are not done sharing with you our picks from the show.  

These are the products that we feel are the most innovative and your family will really enjoy.  We shall dub them the TAPintoTravels Toy of the Year Awards or T30TY’s for short. That seems appropriate since it sounds like ...

Travels Spotlight - Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

TAPintoTravels is here to promote travel whether it is for work or pleasure.  Most of our reporting is fun and helpful.  However on rare occasions, we do have to report on heart breaking stories.  It is always hardest when it involves men with families that have been lost at sea.  Please consider assisting this family in need and keep them in your thoughts or ...

Save the Date - the New York Auto Show - MAR 30 – APR 8

TAPintoTravels - The New York International Auto Show is only a month away.  This has been a New York tradition, since 1900.  

Visitors come from all around world to enjoy the premier auto event.  For the TAPinto community, it is just a local trip across the rivers.

TAPintoTravels was there last year and we will provide coverage this year. Visit here for the ...

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Union County Freeholders Partner in Two Upcoming Hiring Events

February 17, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders have announced two hiring event opportunities coming up with Griswold Home Care of Union County and the United Airlines “Summer Assist” youth program.

The first event is with Griswold Home Care of Union County. They are a privately owned, non-medical home care company and are looking for Certified Home Health Aides ...

“Hidden in Plain Sight” - A Presentation Centered Around a Teen’s Bedroom 

ROSELLE, NJ - Elizabeth Parents, grandparents, caregivers, when it comes to your children and drugs, do you know where to look? Do you know what you are looking for? You may be surprised at what is "Hidden in Plain Sight."

The Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition and Prevention Links invite all parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and other adults from the city of ...

At Westfield High School, Student Says ‘It’s Almost Normal to Juul Here’

February 16, 2018

Editor’s note: This story about the rise in teen e-cigarette use, written by Westfield High School student Greta Frontero, originally ran in the Jan. 8 edition of WHS student newspaper Hi’s Eye.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 12th-grade Westfield High School female said she doesn’t bring her Juul to school, but will use someone else’s if the opportunity ...

Indictment Handed Down in Millburn Carjacking

February 21, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – An indictment was handed down in the November carjacking in Millburn where a 13-year old girl was allegedly grabbed by the neck and the suspect threatened to kill her. 

The 11-count state grand jury indictment charges Ahmed Anthony, 30, of Newark with conspiracy, carjacking, robbery and making terroristic threats among other charges. The conspiracy in the first-degree ...

Democratic Party Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Not Recognizing Colleen Mahr's Talents

February 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations, Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

Mintz & Geftic Secures Class Certification for Drivers in Wage and Hour Case

February 16, 2018

Is your employer failing to pay you time and a half for working more than 40 hours/week?

Is your employer misclassifying you as an independent contractor rather than an employee to avoid paying overtime premium pay?

These are some of the allegations being made by the plaintiffs and their attorney Bryan Mintz, of Mintz & Geftic LLC, against Big City Automotive and its ...