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Elizabeth Celebrates Grand Opening of Miller Playground

July 3, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Mayor Chris Bollwage celebrated the grand opening of Miller Playground in the 5th Ward.

The playground has two large jungle gyms with slides, a splash park, a basketball court and outdoor exercise equipment. Miller also has the City’s first city-wide outdoor volleyball court.

“Probably the largest new playground we’ve done in our ...

Free COVID Testing Continues in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ — The City of Elizabeth successfully completed the 2nd day of free COVID-19 and antibody testing at the Mickey Walker Center.

Testing takes place from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is open to all.  Photo ID is requested from all persons wishing to get tested. Residents are asked to pre-register online or call 908-897-0000. The website provided for online registration is not ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

State Officials See Contact Tracers as Key Component in Fight Against COVID-19

NEW JERSEY – The state is hiring more than 200 contact tracers as part of its ongoing fight against COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy announced at press conference Wednesday afternoon.

“There are more than 230 tracers being on-boarded,” Murphy said. This is in addition to the 900 tracers already working throughout the state.

Murphy said they are trained to not only find ...

Murphy Lifts Limits on Indoor/Outdoor Gatherings, Pools, Houses of Worship, Political Protests

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy today lifted his executive order requiring New Jersey residents to stay at home, and has lifted a limit on outdoor gatherings and indoor gatherings aimed primarily at accommodating the state's faith-based communities and houses of worship.

The lifting of "these orders put us more firmly on our road back," Murphy said. "Social ...

Virtual Concert Series to Benefit People with Disabilities and Youth at Risk in New Jersey

June 27, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - The sounds of different genres of music are as loud as ever this summer, even as most listen to music at home instead of a concert hall. Everyone with an internet connection is invited to listen in together for a week-long virtual concert benefiting Community Access Unlimited from July 6-11.

“It will be a week of nights of music that we hope everyone will get ...

Amusement Parks, Playgrounds Will Reopen at 50% Limits in Time for July 4 Weekend

TRENTON, NJ— Amusement park rides, water parks and playgrounds will re-open in time for July 4th weekend, with 50% capacity and other COVID-19 protocols.

“It's just a coincidence that it's a scorcher outside today, but today we are announcing that outdoor amusement parks and water parks will be able to reopen next Thursday, July 2…this includes the rides on our ...

Murphy Announces New Stage 2 Guidance; Indoor Dining Allowed and Casinos Can Reopen with Limits on July 2

TRENTON, NJ - Coronavirus restrictions in place since mid-March in New Jersey continue to be peeled back amid Phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan, and the state's efforts to combat the disease are proving so successful that New Jersey is one of four states in line to contain it, Governor Phil Murphy announced yesterday.

On a day when personal care services, such as ...

Juan Rodriguez of Elizabeth Named to University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester

July 1, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Juan Rodriguez of Elizabeth has been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester.

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

Jalah Oates of Elizabeth Receives Degree in Liberal Studies from American International College

ELIZABETH, NJ - Jalah Oates, of Elizabeth, has been awarded a degree in Liberal Studies from American International College. Oates is among fellow scholars representing seven foreign countries, twelve states, and Washington, DC. 

Founded in 1885, American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational, doctoral granting institution located in Springfield, Massachusetts, ...

St. Genevieve School Goodbye Celebration, Sunday

ELIZABETH, NJ - This Sunday will see a fitting sendoff to an institution that has been a cornerstone in the Elmora section of Elizabeth for 94 years.  St Genevieve School was closed in the latest closings of schools by the Archdiocese of Newark. Founded in 1926 as a parish school to the newest religious addition in Elmora, St Genevieve Church (1921), the school has educated thousands since ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Thousands Sign Petition to Replace Columbus Statue with One of Elizabeth Native Marsha P. Johnson

ELIZABETH, NJ - Over 85,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the City of Elizabeth to replace the Christopher Columbus statue with one of gay rights activist and icon Marsha P. Johnson.

The petition’s goal is to reach 150,000 signatures to try to force the removal of the statue. Petition organizers argue that Columbus’s violence towards the native people he ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Homicide Investigation Underway in Elizabeth

June 30, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Authorities in Elizabeth are actively investigating the homicide of 32-year-old Newark woman Nohora Cely Agudelo, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Elizabeth Police Department Deputy Chief Giacomo Sacca and Director Earl Graves jointly announced Tuesday.

Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responding to the area of East Broad Street and North Broad ...

Elizabeth Launches Police Taskforce to Deal with Illegal Fireworks

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth Police Department has launched a Citywide Fireworks Taskforce to address the ongoing issue of fireworks that have been going off nightly for the past two weeks. 

The taskforce is made up of uniform officers and detectives who will investigate all complaints of illegal fireworks. Residents with complaints or tips may call EPD at 908-558-2111 or 2112. EPD has ...

Barreto, 28-Year Veteran of Elizabeth Fire Department, Promoted to Captain

ELIZABETH, NJ - Salvador Barreto Jr. was promoted to Captain in the Elizabeth Fire Department after 28 years of service. He became a fireman on August 12, 1991, four days before the birth of his first child.

Barreto joined EFD a few years after moving to Elizabeth in the late 1980s. After hearing from a friend about a flyer on a telephone pole advertising that the Elizabeth Fire Department was ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

July 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

The Mills at Jersey Gardens Announces Reopening Plan

ELIZABETH, NJ - This Monday the Mills at Jersey Gardens opened its doors for the first time since March 19. 

"The health, safety and well-being of the community we serve will always be our highest priority, and we have developed a thorough and detailed set of protocols highlighting the exceptional measures we’ve implemented for shoppers, retailers and employees as we ...

Elizabeth Avenue Partnership Preparing for Phase III with Power Washing and Re-Opening Initiatives

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) is going all out in preparation for Phase III of New Jersey’s Re-opening plan as downtowns recover from the COVID-19 business closings.

Extra street cleaning and sanitizing initiatives, a district-wide power washing program, colorful flower planters, a farmer’s market, outdoor dining and a daily sidewalk sale initiative are all ...

Experience Authentic Cultural Dining Close to Home in Elizabeth, NJ

July 1, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Entering into the second phase of Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders, Elizabeth, New Jersey is adapting and is welcoming back patrons to experience its eateries and their new outdoor dining scene.  Tables and chairs are found six-feet apart, staff members are health trained, wearing masks and executing strict CDC, state, and municipal ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Israel Santana, Student Athlete From Elizabeth, Recognized for Academic Excellence

June 25, 2020

RANDOLPH, NJ – It was another banner year for the student-athletes at County College of Morris (CCM) with more than 30 receiving All-Region XIX and All-Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) or National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Honors for their performance on and off the field during Academic Year 2019-20.

Receiving 2nd Team All-NJCAA Academic Honors for a minimum GPA ...

NJSIAA Announces Guidelines For Phase I of Return to High School Sports

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The NJSIAA took one step closer to fall sports in 2020, with the release of the Phase I regulations by the NJSIAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Taskforce. 

The task force is chaired by former NJSIAA Executive Committee president Mary Liz Ivins.  She is joined Dr. Jack Kripsak, chair of the NJSIAA Medical Advisory Committee; Dr. Damion Martins, the Jets team ...

300,000 Free Meals Served to Elizabeth Residents in the Last 3 Months

July 2, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Over 300,000 free meals have been distributed to Elizabeth residents in need since April. 

“For the past three months, we worked together to provide food to residents as they continued to face hardships caused by the ongoing health pandemic,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage.

The free food program was a joint effort of the City of Elizabeth, Union ...

Elizabeth Native Marsha Johnson Honored with Google Doodle

ELIZABETH, NJ - Google honored Elizabeth native Marsha P. Johnson with her own doodle on its Tuesday homepage for the last day of Pride month.

“The milestones achieved in the LGBTQ rights and equality movement were made possible by trailblazers who first stood up for their rights - people like early transgender, gay rights and AIDS activist, Marsha P. Johnson,” said Freeholder ...

St. Genevieve School Goodbye Celebration, Sunday

June 27, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - This Sunday will see a fitting sendoff to an institution that has been a cornerstone in the Elmora section of Elizabeth for 94 years.  St Genevieve School was closed in the latest closings of schools by the Archdiocese of Newark. Founded in 1926 as a parish school to the newest religious addition in Elmora, St Genevieve Church (1921), the school has educated thousands since ...

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Trinitas Kills Germs with Surfacide Ultraviolet Disinfection System

In this time of COVID-19, preventing the spread and reducing the risk of contact with resistant organisms including MRSA, VRE, CRE, and Acinetobacter is perhaps more important than ever.

At Trinitas, our commitment to cleanliness involves a sterilizing process with the Surfacide Disinfection UV-C system. This evidence-based, automated disinfection system uses UV-C rays to disinfect all ...

Union County Residents: Make One Change

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking county residents to join a global initiative to reduce their plastic waste during the month of July, and hopefully long after.  Plastic Free July is a world-wide movement that encourages people to become part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful litter-free ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

“Union County ...

Union County Residents Can Get Financial Help and More During the Coronavirus Through Virtual Workshop Presented by Union Public Library

June 30, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Residents  in need of food, financial assistance, or other support can learn how to get help at a virtual presentation sponsored by Union Public Library on Tuesday, July 7, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  

Juanita Ayala Vargas, VP of United Way of Greater Union County, and a representative from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey will present with plenty ...

Murphy, DOE Issue School Guidance for School Reopenings in September

June 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, June 25. 

"Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As we conclude ...

Five Big Tax Mistakes

July 3, 2020

Don't let them happen to you!

Every year taxpayers are hit with tax surprises that could be avoided if they just knew the rules. Here are five big ones that are easy to avoid with some simple planning.

Mistake #1. Withholding too little. This results in a tax surprise when filing your income tax return. Don’t be too hard on yourself if this happens to you. Social Security ...

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Experience Revolutionary War History at The Dey Mansion: George Washington’s Headquarters

July 3, 2020

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Independence Day, TAPintoTV is revisiting our piece from last year on the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

July 3, 2020

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Kathy Cryan of TAPinto Union

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of July 2020 is Kathy Cryan, who owns and operates TAPinto Union.  With a background in business, Cryan has amassed a very large readership, routinely breaking 150,000 pageviews per month with more than 3,500 residents subscribed to the free daily newsletter and almost 5,000 followers on Facebook, while building a profitable online ...

Celebrating the Communities We Build

So, you may have noticed I missed a week, which is odd because I had something written, not this but something. My excuse is this – COVID has warped my sense of time, I go to make my Thursday call on Tuesday then on Friday I wonder how I missed Thursday. Holidays have the potential to go unnoticed too – I’m horrible with dates so forgetting my own birthday is fairly easy even in ...