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Puff, Puff, Passed! Murphy Signs Bills to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

February 23, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months.

The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and mean relief for anyone previously subject to arrest for petty marijuana possession.

“As of this moment, ...

COVID-19 Vaccine Guide: What Union County Residents Need to Know

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Sunday, 1.34 million COVID-19 vaccine shots had been administered in New Jersey through hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, government-run clinics and state run “mega-sites,” New Jersey's COVID-19 dashboard shows.

Those shots included 984,737 first doses and 355,862 second doses, according to the state data, which shows that in ...

Murphy Reports Latest COVID Figures, Announces Community-Based Vaccination Partnership for Underserved Communities

February 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that a total of 1,244,224 vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey as of mid-morning Friday. Of those vaccinations, 933,160 were first doses and 310,529 second doses.

"At the rate that we are going at the moment, roughly 30,000 first doses a day, we should anticipate exceeding 1 million first doses over the next couple of ...

NJ's COVID Death Figure Surpasses 20,000; Gov. Announces More Vaccine on the Way; CDC Updates Mask Guidance

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday during a press briefing via ZOOM that 1,138,757 vaccine doses have now been administered statewide: 875,424 first doses and 263,196 second doses and that he is expecting increasing deliveries of vaccines from the federal government for our mega-sites and other vaccination centers.

"As these deliveries increase, ...

State Passes 1 Million Vaccines, 224K of Which are Second Doses

NEW JERSEY — As of Monday, New Jersey has administered 1,037,657 vaccine doses - passing the 1 million mark with 24 days to go until the anniversary of the first reported coronavirus case in the state.

Thus far, 224,237 people have received second shots, numbers Gov. Phil Murphy and other government officials have said they want to see go up.

“This is a great barrier we ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

February 23, 2021

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

One Jersey Cash 5 Ticket Wins $100,000 Jackpot in Elizabeth

February 22, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - One ticket matched all five numbers drawn winning the $100,000 Jersey Cash 5 jackpot from the Saturday, February 20, drawing. The winning numbers were: 15, 19, 32, 39, and 40 and the XTRA number was: 05.

The retailer will receive a bonus check for $2,000 for the winning ticket sold. That ticket was sold at Shoppers Express News & ...

New Jersey Will Not Tax PPP Loans to Small Businesses

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that loans received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will not be subject to state taxes and that all expenses paid through PPP funds will be tax-deductible.

"This is another layer of protection our business owners need to help them get through this pandemic," Murphy said during his press briefing via ZOOM ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

February 23, 2021

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

New Jersey to Reopen High School Sports to Spectators; Parents Will Get to Watch Their Children Compete

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy today announced that he has eased some restrictions on the number of spectators that can attend high school and other youth sporting events both indoors and outdoors.

"I want to start with an announcement that I know many athletes and many moms and dads have been waiting for. I'm signing an Executive Order today, effective immediately by the way, to ...

Over $130M Dedicated to Clean Transportation in NJ's Fight Against Climate Change

February 16, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Months after signing expansive environmental justice legislative, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday vowed New Jersey would put its money where its mouth is - investing over $130 million in clean transportation projects.

Murphy, who spoke about more green initiatives during a press conference this morning, also signed an executive order creating a climate action office and the New ...

Couples with Disabilities Appreciate Their Valentines Through Pandemic Challenges

February 12, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - This week, Harold Harris chose an engagement ring and picked up a red dress shirt for a celebration on Valentine’s Day. He said he can’t wait to officially propose to his girlfriend, Jennifer Brown. 

Both Harris and Brown are members at Community Access Unlimited (CAU), a Union County-based, statewide nonprofit that strives to integrate people with ...

Elizabeth’s Imperial House Apartments Sells for $21.3M

February 17, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - In the City of Elizabeth, New Jersey’s fourth most-populous city, Gebroe-Hammer Associates has orchestrated the $21.3M sale of Imperial House Apartments, a 109-unit, 13-story high-rise at 750 N. Broad St. Executive Vice Presidents Stephen Tragash and David Jarvis exclusively represented the seller, Landmark Companies based in Keasbey, N.J., and procured the buyer, ...

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Put “Choose to Reuse” on your 2021 To-Do List

Union County residents who are seeking ways to help the environment this year can start by bringing reusable grocery bags to the supermarket, and skipping single-use bags.

“Switching to reusable grocery bags is a simple but effective way for everyone to help cut down on waste and litter pollution, and start getting into the ‘Choose to Reuse’ habit,” said Union County ...

History Made for Springfield Fire Department, as First Female Firefighter Sworn In

February 24, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had.

Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at the Springfield Township Committee meeting on Tuesday. With her history-making ...

Murphy Unveils $44.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

February 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient.

The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, which makes a full pension payment for the first time in more than a quarter of a ...

Free Guided Nature Walks for Seniors at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center

February 25, 2021

Popular series returns to Watchung Reservation in March; masks and social distance required for COVID-19 prevention.

Weather permitting, Union County’s free series of guided nature walks for seniors age 55 and up will resume beginning at 11:00 on Wednesday, March 3, at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in the Watchung Reservation, located at 452 New Providence Road in ...

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Railroad History Comes Alive at Steamtown Historic National Site in Scranton PA

February 24, 2021

SCRANTON, PA -- Located in the heart of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site offers visitors an exciting look into one of the first rail lines built in the northeast. The park is built on the former site of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, one of the earliest and most important rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Steamtown features a large collection of ...

NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

February 21, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

There’s a famous saying that “All politics Is local.” As politics has become nationalized and even local candidates are now being forced to follow or defend the pronouncements of the national political parties, the adage is seemingly less accurate.  Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused the news industry to be turned on its head as all news is becoming local.

For instance, when ...

What Is Content Marketing, And How Can It Benefit Your Business?

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Having an online presence is a crucial aspect of boosting your business, but a website alone is often not enough to drive engagement and convert leads to customers. In order to effectively market your business, a business needs to invest in content marketing. 

Content marketing is creating and distributing meaningful content, including text, photos and video, that ...

Jeanne Wall Expands Her TAPinto Network With TAPinto Hazlet/Keyport

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - From Fortune 500 communications professional to owning her own local news business, TAPinto franchise owner Jeanne Wall has seen it all. 

Now, after experiencing success in her first two TAPinto franchise locations in Holmdel/Colts Neck and Middletown, Wall is moving forward again, launching TAPinto Hazlet/Keyport, her third TAPinto Franchise in Monmouth County, ...