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New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Discuss COVID-19 and Hope for the Future at TAPinto Virtual Event

January 15, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening.

The first-ever TAPinto signature virtual event on Jan. 14 featured five health care experts, ...

Union County Opens COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Portal

Only those eligible to receive the vaccine are being permitted to register on the county site, officials said.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county opened its online registration system for the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, one day before the vaccines are being made available to residents 65 and older and certain people with chronic medical conditions.

Union County ...

NJ Using Honor System at Coronavirus Vaccine Sites Meant to Prioritize Frontline Workers

NEW JERSEY — Be sure to remember scout’s honor when seeking a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey.

Roughly 300 locations, including as many as six mega-sites, will rely on the honesty and goodwill of residents in its mission to vaccinate the 1A priority group: frontline healthcare workers, law enforcement and firefighters.

“We are trusting the integrity of all of ...

New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Discuss COVID-19 and Hope for the Future at TAPinto Virtual Event

January 15, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening.

The first-ever TAPinto signature virtual event on Jan. 14 featured five health care experts, ...

Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

Murphy Announces NJ Residents Over Age 65 Can Get COVID Vaccine Starting on January 14

TRENTON, NJ -- Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, Jan. 14, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. The governor also announced ...

This Year Teachers, HS Seniors Will Not Be Evaluated the Same in New Jersey

January 11, 2021

NEW JERSEY — A new executive order will mean sweeping changes for the way teachers and students are evaluated for the 2020-2021 school year.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who has long said this isn’t a normal school year due to COVID-19, announced the changes during a Monday press conference on pandemic updates.

As part of the order, high school seniors won’t have to pass an exit ...

Homicide in Elizabeth Under Investigation

January 6, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - A homicide that took place in Elizabeth earlier this week is under active investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Elizabeth Police Department Chief Giacomo Sacca and Director Earl Graves jointly announced Wednesday.

The victim has been identified as 22-year-old Shaquin Ingram.

At approximately 1 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, members of the ...

Murphy Signs Economic Recovery Act into Law. Package Includes Support for Small Business, Long Term Economic Recovery

January 8, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ --  Governor Phil Murphy signed the landmark New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 into law on Thursday at Hamilton's Carella's Chocolate's and Gifts, a local family business for more than 80 years. The law provides economic support for small businesses, while propelling New Jersey’s economic recovery and growth for much of the next ...

NJEDA Loan Program Seeks to Transform 'Dangerous Eyesores'

January 11, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is poised to launch its Brownfields Loan Program, an initiative that will make low-interest loans of up to $5 million available for projects that seek to remediate and redevelop sites that have sat vacant or underutilized for years.

Projects aiming to transform dangerous eyesores – such as abandoned commercial ...

The Summit Foundation Awards More Than $300,000 in Grants to Host of Local, Area Nonprofits

January 15, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Seventeen local and area nonprofit organizations will receive a total of more than $305,000 in grants from The Summit Foundation, support which will help provide food, shelter, education, arts, culture, and health programs and services.

In 2020, The Summit Foundation’s support of the nonprofit community totaled more than $1 million, including $100,000 in emergency ...

From Financial Literacy to Self-Help, Virtual Services Help People with Disabilities and Youth in NJ Thrive

ELIZABETH, NJ - Service providers for people with disabilities continue to raise the bar for remote learning and virtual programs to meet the needs of the people they serve.

Staff at Community Access Unlimited have been working hard since the start of the pandemic to make sure members don’t miss out on enrichment just because they are at home. CAU is an ...

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COVID-19: Union County to Start Vaccinating Eligible Healthcare Workers Thursday

January 4, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will begin vaccinating healthcare workers Thursday, officials said.

Health care personnel eligible under the state’s guidelines to receive the vaccine must make their appointments through the county’s registration webpage starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, officials said in a press release.

“As more supplies become available, we will announce ...

Gov. Murphy Says Trenton is Prepared Following Threat of State Capitol Protests

January 11, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that NJ authorities are prepared and on high alert.

“We need to bat 1,000 every day. To the governor's point [we] will be ...

Union County Offers Online Activities for Residents with Disabilities & Special Needs

January 15, 2021

Classes are available for children, teens and adults.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce a new schedule of online classes for Union County residents this winter, hosted by the Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs. The schedule currently includes yoga, karate, and arts-and-crafts.

“The virtual classes are a fun way to ...

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Capitol Hill Riot Through the Eyes and Lens of Independent Photojournalist Julian Leshay

January 10, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Julian Leshay, an independent photojournalist, spoke with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his experiences taking photos at the recent Capitol Hill riot on January 6. Leshay gives viewers his insight into the scenes he witnessed and the images he captured on that fateful day. 

Leshay arrived in Washington, D.C. the day before, “to get the environment, to ...

New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

January 14, 2021

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

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Jennifer Dericks of TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The TAPinto Featured Franchisee of the Month for January 2021 is Jennifer Dericks from TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton.

Dericks launched her two franchises back in 2012 after completing her term on the Sparta Board of Education and she’s been with TAPinto ever since.

“It would be more accurate to say TAPinto found me,” Dericks said. “I was ...

What Unity Really Means

Like so many of you I’ve watched the events of the last week in horror.

I have not watched them in shock, I have long thought that violence would erupt during this transfer of power. I have seen the signs – the increasing violence, the rise in the acceptance of hate, racism, antisemitism and sexism. The armed militias, the increasing desperate cries, the willingness to use lies to ...