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Murphy: 'No One Who Has Received the J&J Vaccine Should Panic or Worry'

April 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Despite the side effects reported impacting some young women who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, Gov. Phil Murphy said that "no one who has received the J&J vaccine should panic or worry."  The governor tried to quell fears as the CDC and FDA called for a pause in the distribution of J&J vaccine "out of an abundance of ...

County Vaccination for Educators Smooth and Efficient

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Following Governor Phil Murphy's announcement that New Jersey educators and school staff were eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, the less than subtle distinction between eligibility and accessibility was raised. Now permitted to be vaccinated, would teachers and those working in schools have the means to secure appointments? Would adequate numbers of ...

How to Battle Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts During the Pandemic

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted just about every aspect of life: shutting down businesses, closing schools, instituting remote learning, limiting social interactions, and preventing activities, such as sports, from taking place. While government leaders and the CDC report on the physical toll the pandemic is having, COVID is having a serious impact on mental ...

Twitter Bots Can Help You Find COVID Vaccine Shots in Union County & NJ

April 2, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — With supplies limited, the COVID-19 vaccine is often tough to come by.

Twitter bots, which are automated Twitter accounts, track when certain COVID-19 sites post new batches of vaccine appointments online.

Click the bell icon on the Twitter page to have the bots that you want to notify you when new appointments are posted.

The following accounts are among the ...

Murphy: Don't Expect More Easing of Restrictions with COVID Variants on the Rise

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing on Monday that he doesn't expect to loosen any more COVID-19 restrictions because of the recent rise in variant strains of the disease.

On March 19, the state of New Jersey expanded capacity at indoor businesses, such as restaurants and gyms, but the governor said that is unlikely to allow any further increases in ...

Teachers and Students at Community Access Unlimited Strive for Success During Autism Acceptance Month

April 12, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - Michael Adamowsky says he didn’t plan it, but he has found his purpose in life through teaching.

After completing his master’s degree in accounting and starting a career at Community Access Unlimited, Adamowsky found that the accounting position didn’t suit him, and he didn’t like sitting at a computer all day. He decided to become more directly ...

Union County’s Peregrine Falcon Cam in Elizabeth Features Frida and Mango

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Commissioners invites residents of all ages to take a look at the County’s Falcon Cam, which provides a live stream of the action in and around the peregrine falcon nest located on the roof of the County Courthouse in Elizabeth.

“Peregrine falcons are listed as an endangered species and Union County is very proud to assist in ensuring the ...

Elizabeth Mourns Passing of Battalion Chief Dale Arthur; Arrangements Announced

April 6, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - The City of Elizabeth is mourning the loss of Elizabeth Battalion Chief Dale Arthur, who passed away at home on Sunday.

In a Facebook post, Elizabeth NJ Fire Officers IAFF Local 2040 said, "Our prayers are with our brother and his family as we all cope with this difficult and unexpected loss.  Battalion Chief Arthur was one of the most knowledgeable, aggressive and ...

Elizabeth Native Powers Up PSEG Nuclear Plants for Newark, All New Jersey

April 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day empower New Jersey.

"She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Her reaction was 'You should try for ...

New State Data Reveals Number of Police Use-Of-Force Incidents in Elizabeth

April 7, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Elizabeth, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday.

The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of a “beta” test dashboard created by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. The data ...

Elizabeth Resident and Groundwork Elizabeth Volunteer Sarah Sosa Offered Summer Internship at Harvard Forest

April 8, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - Sarah Sosa, Elizabeth resident and Co-Youth Coordinator for Groundwork Elizabeth’s Green Team, recently learned that she was accepted in a prestigious Summer internship at Harvard Forest, which is Harvard University’s 4000 acre and classroom.  The program will run from Monday, May 24 to Friday, August 6, 2021.

Groundwork Elizabeth’s Green Team ...

HUD, City of Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Highlight City Partners During COVID-19

April 9, 2021

ELIZABETH, Nj - City of Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New Jersey Field Office Director, Justin Scheid; and U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New Jersey Office of Community Planning and Development Director, Annemarie Uebbing came together with the City of Elizabeth Planning & Community ...

Trinitas Health Foundation’s “Here Comes the Sun” Gala Set for May 6

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Trinitas Health Foundation will host its Annual Gala on Thursday, May 6 recognizing Fedway Associates, Inc. and Infineum USA L.P. This year, Fedway will be honored with the Celebrating Philanthropy Award and Infineum will be honored with the Humanitarian Award. Both companies have been very generous supporters of Trinitas for many years and did not let the pandemic dampen ...

Elizabeth Youth Wins 2021 Youth of the Year

ELIZABETH, NJ - Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County recently announced the 2021 Youth of the Year winner, Joy S from the Elizabeth Club. Joy was chosen from three finalists from the Union, Elizabeth, and Plainfield Clubs. Joy is a 17-year-old junior at Union County Vocational Technical High School and plans to attend Kean University to be a preschool teacher.  She has been a member of the ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

April 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY - While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

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Rahway Housing Authority Receives 200K+ Federal Ross Grant

April 15, 2021

RAHWAY, NJ — On April 6, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that the Housing Authority of the City of Rahway had been awarded a Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinator grant totaling $239,250. Rahway was one of six housing authorities or non-profits in New Jersey to receive such a grant. This year, HUD ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Revised COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

April 6, 2021

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health today issued new COVID-19 travel guidance, which follow updated travel recommendations released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month.

“While the pandemic is not over, our vaccination program and updated CDC guidance have made it possible for vaccinated individuals to resume travel ...

Union County Commissioners to Cut Ribbon on New Playground Facilities at Nomahegan in Cranford on Sunday, April 18 at 11 a.m.

April 15, 2021

COVID-19 safety rules apply.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners will cut the ribbon on new playground facilities at Nomahegan Park in Carnford this Sunday, April 18th at 11:00 a.m. Nomahegan Park is located at 995 Springfield Avenue.

“As the weather gets warmer, families look to our local parks to safely have fun while staying active,” said County Commissioner ...

International Barbershop Quartet Day: Music Director Deke Sharon and New Jersey's Gimme Four

April 11, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- In honor of International Barbershop Quartet Day, TAPintoTV looks back at our conversations with Will Downey, member of New Jersey's #1 barbershop quartet, Gimme Four, and award-winning Musical Director and Producer, Deke Sharon.

Gimme Four is an International Semifinalist barbershop quartet based in Caldwell, New Jersey. Group members Paul Franek, Dave Ammirata, Will ...

New Jersey Date Night: The Best Brunch Spots

April 11, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time ...

TAPinto TV Wins Twice at Garden State Film Festival

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto TV, a medium-based franchise owned by East Main Media’s Brian Brodeur, won two Garden State Film Festival Awards.

The franchise’s “HomeGrown” series won awards for Best Television Show and Best Original Score from a Television Show.

“HomeGrown” is a series produced by East Main Media that follows host Stephanie Willoughby as ...

Post-Pandemic Marketing

Small business owners have a lot to think about, but navigating a global pandemic was likely not chief among their worries. Now that we are close to the end of one, local businesses are facing a host of challenges. Communicating effectively with customers and clients has never been more important. 

What changed in the pandemic?

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily ...

TAPinto to Host Panel Discussion on Current State of Real Estate in New Jersey

Are you looking for insights into the current real estate boom happening in New Jersey? 

Are you interested in buying a new home or property in the near future but don’t know what to expect?

Are you looking for a mortgage or interested in learning about the refinancing process?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, The Current State of the New Jersey ...

TAPinto Franchise Case Study: Bobbie Peer, TAPinto Berkeley Heights, Mountainside and New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Bobbie Peer has established herself as a power house marketer for local businesses in western Union County. 

The Berkeley Heights resident, who started with TAPinto back in 2013 as part of the company’s expansion efforts, has morphed into a three-site franchise owner with hopes of continued growth in the future.

“I was looking for a career that involved ...