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Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: About One in Six NJ Residents Say They Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine

June 4, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Between 36% and 47% of New Jerseyans say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against COVID-19, with response rates varying depending on how the question is asked, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Among individuals reluctant to get vaccinated, 80% cite a concern about side effects, and 82% cite the need for more ...

Gov. Murphy: Employers Can Allow Vaccinated Staff to Go Maskless, Bring Back Remote Workers

TRENTON, NJ — Office employees will be allowed to return to work without the need to wear masks or social distance, as long as they have proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order.

The order, which takes effect on June 4, also lifts minimum staffing levels in the workplace and allows employers to call back employees who have ...

Even with the Ease of Indoor Mask Restrictions, Businesses in Elizabeth Have Other Issues to Worry About

ELIZABETH, NJ - On May 24, Governor Phil Murphy announced that the indoor mask mandates set in place during the COVID-19 pandemic will be lifted starting Friday, May 28. 

Reactions on the Governor’s social media have been mixed. Some commenters were concerned about how businesses will be able to tell between vaccinated and unvaccinated patrons. Others were happy to see normal ...

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: About One in Six NJ Residents Say They Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine

June 4, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Between 36% and 47% of New Jerseyans say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against COVID-19, with response rates varying depending on how the question is asked, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Among individuals reluctant to get vaccinated, 80% cite a concern about side effects, and 82% cite the need for more ...

Bobby Miller as the King of Pop to Perform in Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park

June 9, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Union County residents and visitors are invited to the next drive-in concert that will feature Bobby Miller as the King of Pop. Neo-soul group, Flavuh band will be opening the event. The drive-in concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The event is free, but registration is required online in advance to reserve a spot.

High School Graduations Have Been Moved Inside. Here’s What We Know About The New Ceremonies.

June 11, 2021

Elizabeth, NJ — Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer announced at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting that high school graduations have now been moved inside the Dunn Sports Center and the dates of the ceremony have changed. The ceremonies will be taking place from June 25 to June 29. Rain dates are no longer needed since the ceremony will be held indoors. Below is a list of ...

Community of Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy Mourns the Loss of One of its Students

ELIZABETH, NJ — On May 25, students and families of Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy were made aware of the death of a fellow student through a letter sent by Principal Michael Ojeda. 

Kevin Issac Goldsmith passed away the day prior at the Children Hospital of Philadelphia after complications with his Leukemia treatment. Kevin was a junior at the high school, known for being a student ...

Immigrant Activists Call for More Funding to Excluded New Jerseyans Fund as Governor Murphy Announces Surplus in Budget

June 7, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — On June 3, immigrant, faith, and labor groups rallied on the steps of the Statehouse calling on the State Legislature to fully fund the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund announced last month. With the state currently forecasting more than $6.3 billion in unexpected revenue receiving an additional $6.4 billion in federal stimulus funds, the activism groups are calling for $989 ...

City Looking to Euthanize Dogs Involved with Three-Year-Old Boy’s Death

June 14, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - The City of Elizabeth has announced on Friday that they will be taking steps to euthanize the two dogs that attacked a three year old boy after he fell out of a window. 

On June 9, the child, whose name has not been disclosed, fell from a rear window of his family’s home and landed in the backyard. The two dogs, who were in the backyard at the time of the incident, ...

Firefighters From all Over Coming to East Orange to Compete in the "Battle of the Bravest"

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Calling all firefighters to participate in the "Battle of the Bravest", a firefighter muster and skill competition.

The Battle will be interactive for the public, in addition for the firefighters to enjoy. Hosted by NJ First Responders, FirstNet, and the Firefighters Wear Pink Campaign, the event will occur at Soverel Park in East Orange on Saturday, August ...

BREAKING: Three Year Old Child Dies After Falling Out a Window, Mauled by Dogs

ELIZABETH, NJ — A three-year-old boy fell from a window of his home and was mauled to death by the family’s dogs on Wednesday night, Acting Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca and Police Director Earl Graves jointly announced.

According to a press release from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the child had fallen 15 feet from a rearview ...

Elizabeth Man Admits Offering Bribes to Postal Services Employees

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth resident has admitted to offering bribes to a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee to steal checkbooks and credit cards from the mail, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced in a press release.

Jabre Beauvoir, 22, pleaded guilty by video conference before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to one count of bribery.

According to a press release from the ...

Elizabeth Police Sergeants and Officers Presented with Union County 200 Club Valor Awards

ELIZABETH, NJ — On June 4, two sergeants and seven police officers were presented with Union County 200 Club Valor Awards. Police Chief Giacomo Sacca nominated the officers following their heroic actions of CPR and evacuating victims during a fatal fire at 865 Elizabeth Ave on October 5, 2020.

“I would like to commend the officers for their valorous actions,” said Elizabeth ...

Elizabeth Welcomes Twelve New Firefighters After Swearing In On Thursday

ELIZABETH, NJ — On June 3, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova, Jr., Councilman Kevin Kiniery and City Council President William Gallman, Jr. along with City and Fire officials swore in twelve new firefighters at Frank J. Cicarell Academy Auditorium. 

“There is nothing more important than the safety of ...

Parents Take Note : Beech-Nut Recalls Single Grain Rice Cereal

June 10, 2021

Beech-Nut Nutrition has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal, announced the company. The recall resulted from a routine sampling program from the production lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal which tested above the guidance level for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.

The product being recalled was distributed nationally, ...

ELECTION ROUNDUP: Learn Local Election Results Throughout New Jersey

June 10, 2021

Amid statewide primary election contests, New Jersey also hosted dozens of local races Tuesday. Here is a roundup of various New Jersey local election results as reported by TAPinto franchises across the state:

Cranford Election: Kate Rappa Defeats Incumbent Tom Hannen, Jr. in Democrat Primary

Newcomer defeats an incumbent in this township committee primary election, advancing to face a GOP ...

New Jersey Primary Elections will be Taking Place Tuesday, June 8. Here’s What You Need to Know About this Year’s Primaries.

ELIZABETH, NJ — The 2021 election season is in full swing, with the New Jersey Primary Elections taking place on Tuesday, June 8.  

The New Jersey Division of Elections has an online tool to check if you are registered to vote. The tool will tell you what your registration status, the city and county you are registered to vote in, as well as your voter ID number. 

By ...

Mural of Black Transgender Activist Marsha P. Johnson to be Repainted After Defacing

June 12, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - A mural of Black, transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson will be getting repainted just in time for Pride Month following a defacing in April. 

The People’s Committee of Elizabeth, an organization created by young adult Elizabeth residents, sponsored the mural that stands on the corner of 4th and Elizabeth Avenue. It was designed and illustrated by three New Jersey ...

Register Now for the Community Access Unlimited Walkathon, June 21-26

ROSELLE, NJ - Registration is now open for the Community Access Unlimited virtual Ira Geller Walkathon.  

The Community Access Unlimited virtual Ira Geller Walkathon runs the week of June 21-June 26. On June 26, individuals living near Warinanco Park in Roselle are invited to walk, run or roll in the park. Registration details are available ...

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Bobby Miller as the King of Pop to Perform in Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park

June 9, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Union County residents and visitors are invited to the next drive-in concert that will feature Bobby Miller as the King of Pop. Neo-soul group, Flavuh band will be opening the event. The drive-in concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The event is free, but registration is required online in advance to reserve a spot.

BREAKING: NJ State Police Seek Public Assistance Locating Missing 11-year-old Boy

June 7, 2021

FT. LEE, NJ - New Jersey State Police are asking for the public’s assistance with locating a missing 11-year-old boy.

The New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit and Fort Lee Police Department are seeking the public's assistance with locating Aiden Kim, 11, of Fort Lee, N.J.

Aiden was last seen leaving his residence in the area of First Street at approximately 9:30 p.m.

NJ Human Services Announces $15 Million in Grants for Summer Youth Camps

June 14, 2021

Funds Can Help Providers Meet COVID Health & Safety Requirements & Provide Financial Assistance to Families

 

(TRENTON) – Human Services Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman today announced $15 million in grants will be available for summer youth camps to help them meet health and safety protocols and provide financial assistance to eligible families.

“As ...

Take Time To Get Lost In A Story: 5 Book Genres For You To Enjoy

Just as exercising is good for physical health, flexing your mental muscles is vital - especially as you age. Reading daily is a wonderful way to give your brain a workout. It stimulates your imagination, engages your concentration and memory, and allows you to learn something new.

Whether you prefer holding a book, using a tablet, or listening to audiobooks, diving into stories you enjoy is ...

Recipe Swaps: 6 Healthier Versions of Classic Cakes

Incorporating healthier meal choices into our daily lives is a great way to stay committed to overall wellness. These healthy options aren’t only available for your main course - desserts like indulgent cakes can easily retain all of the flavors while focusing on healthy ingredients. If you’re eager to swap some traditional ingredients like refined sugar and flour, fats, and added ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Upgrade Your Patio for Under $100

As the weather warms up and we all head outside, you may be envisioning an updated patio space to gather with your friends and family. While some outdoor items can be pricey, many simple updates are budget-friendly while making a big impact. If you’re ready to transform your outdoor space without spending a fortune, here are five of the best ways to get started.

Solar Lights

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Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

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Shop Your Home for Living Room Décor Updates

Planning to host an event includes prepping your spaces - cleaning, decorating, designing - if it’s not in the cards to overhaul your living room décor this year, you don’t have to give up on a new look entirely. Shop your home for items that need a new life in your living room; sometimes, a change of location is all that you need to highlight beloved treasures by pulling them ...

Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...

Spa Day at Home: How to Choose the Best Face Mask for Your Skin

More than ever, home skincare routines are the best way to take advantage of spa-quality products to give you clear, glowing, refreshed skin. Face masks are a great addition to any skincare routine, and regular use (2-3 times per week), can make a noticeable impact on your skin’s health. For everything you need to know when choosing a face mask, read on!

Tubes and Creams Vs. Single-Use ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

How To Increase Customer Engagement

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The main goal of any advertising campaign is to engage with customers as effectively and often as possible. You want them to see your business and remember the name while creating a positive relationship with them.  Creating an engagement marketing strategy is how your business can stay at the forefront of your audience’s mind and generate business from them ...

TAPinto's Featured Marketing Partner: Edison Heating and Cooling

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Local communities are TAPinto’s specialty, and when it comes to marketing your business to these small areas, few places are better to partner with.

That’s why Mike Iarrapino, CEO of Edison Heating and Cooling, chose to market with TAPinto and continues to do so nearly seven years later.

“I decided to partner with TAPinto because they reached Edison ...

Fire Union President: COVID Couldn't Stop Us From Doing Our Job

June 6, 2021

New Jersey is opening back up and the firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers of the NJFMBA could not be happier. While protecting our communities is our job, building the community is our passion, and that has been difficult over the past 15 months.

Like everyone, we were struck by the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to the municipalities we serve. This was an uncertainty that extended across ...