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Meet the 2020 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal

February 12, 2020

UNION, NJ – Michael McNany has always been proud of his Irish heritage and the values of family, community, service and generosity that come with it.  On March 14, the 24th Annual Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off onto the streets of Union with McNany as Grand Marshal.

"It's quite an honor to have been selected as the Grand Marshal of the 2020 Union ...

Dwyer Technology Academy Earns College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award

February 9, 2020

Recognized for Closing the Gender Gap in AP Computer Science Principles

ELIZABETH, NJ – John E. Dwyer Technology Academy has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. 

Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 818 achieved this important result during the ...

Four Union County Schools Rank Highly Among Newsweek's Top STEM High Schools in America

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Four high schools in Union County rank among the Top 500 in Newsweek's 2020 List of Top STEM High Schools in America.

America is a nation of entrepreneurs and innovators, and our economic vitality and national security depend on our sustaining that vibrant culture. Science, technology, engineering, mathematics—these are the fields in which our children need ...

Winners of Grants for Nine Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs Across New Jersey has been Announced

February 2, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Trinitas Health Foundation is among the list of winners announced this past week by Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords for grant funding to establish nine hospital-based violence intervention programs across New Jersey.

The trio were joined by community leaders and grant recipients as they announced the awards at ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Reckless Manslaughter in Friday Night Fatal Stabbing

February 16, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth man has been criminally charged in connection with a fatal stabbing that took place earlier this weekend, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.

Authorities say Javier Ramirez-Jimenez, 48, is charged with reckless manslaughter, a second-degree crime, for being responsible for the death of 67-year-old Carlos Ariza, also of Elizabeth.

Adult and Juvenile Arrested in Connection with Fatal Shooting of 19-year-old Elizabeth Youth

ELIZABETH, NJ - An adult and a juvenile have been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal shooting that took place last month in Elizabeth.

According to acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, Newark resident George Thompson, 22, and a 17-year-old whose identity is being withheld due to his age are charged with murder and related weapons offenses in connection with the death ...

Adult and Juvenile Arrested in Connection with Fatal Shooting of 19-year-old Elizabeth Youth

February 2, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - An adult and a juvenile have been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal shooting that took place last month in Elizabeth.

According to acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, Newark resident George Thompson, 22, and a 17-year-old whose identity is being withheld due to his age are charged with murder and related weapons offenses in connection with the death ...

Fanwood Mayor Mahr Leads Celebration of 100 Years of Women's Suffrage

February 12, 2020

UNION, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and Elizabeth Councilwomen Patricia Perkins-Auguste co-hosted a breakfast attended by 200 women from across Union and Essex Counties to celebrate and acknowledge that women have only had the right to vote in America for 100 years on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Galloping Hill Golf Course.

The event attracted elected officials and their ...

Field of Dreams Plays on Dunn Center Court

February 12, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ – Everyone has a dream, and for eight-year-old Marlon, it is to be a professional basketball player, “like Kobe Bryant.”

Marlon was waiting with his fellow Boy Scouts from Bernice’s Place, a program of the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, to perform the flag ceremony, at the 26th Annual Hoops to End Homelessness, February 6. The games pitted ...

Wrestling: Piscataway Chiefs Pin Down Elizabeth in First Round Tournament Action, 40-33

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The fourth-seeded Piscataway High School wrestling team beat fifth-seeded Elizabeth, 40-33, in the first round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 state tournament on Monday night.

Elizabeth (18-7) led 27-25 with four matches to go, but Piscataway (12-7) took three of the four for the victory. The dual started at 138 pounds.

“Winning the coin toss helped us out ...

Elizabeth High School and Roselle Catholic Basketball Teams Face Off to Benefit Hoops to End Homeless February 6

ELIZABETH, NJ - It’ll be the Clash of the Basketball Ball Titans, Thursday, February 6, when two top-ranked Union County high school powerhouses face each other for a good cause at the annual 26th Annual Hoops to End Homelessness Charity Basketball Game.

The event, a fundraiser for the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, pits Elizabeth High School junior and varsity teams ...

Field of Dreams Plays on Dunn Center Court

February 12, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ – Everyone has a dream, and for eight-year-old Marlon, it is to be a professional basketball player, “like Kobe Bryant.”

Marlon was waiting with his fellow Boy Scouts from Bernice’s Place, a program of the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, to perform the flag ceremony, at the 26th Annual Hoops to End Homelessness, February 6. The games pitted ...

Elizabeth High School and Roselle Catholic Basketball Teams Face Off to Benefit Hoops to End Homeless February 6

ELIZABETH, NJ - It’ll be the Clash of the Basketball Ball Titans, Thursday, February 6, when two top-ranked Union County high school powerhouses face each other for a good cause at the annual 26th Annual Hoops to End Homelessness Charity Basketball Game.

The event, a fundraiser for the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, pits Elizabeth High School junior and varsity teams ...

Trinitas Honored for Mandating Influenza Vaccination for All Healthcare Personnel

February 12, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center has been recognized for the second consecutive year by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) for instituting a mandate that all healthcare personnel receives the influenza vaccination every year. 

Trinitas has recently been accepted onto IAC’s Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll ...

Winners of Grants for Nine Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs Across New Jersey has been Announced

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Trinitas Health Foundation is among the list of winners announced this past week by Governor Phil Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords for grant funding to establish nine hospital-based violence intervention programs across New Jersey.

The trio were joined by community leaders and grant recipients as they announced the awards at ...

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Academy of Continuing Education for Adults with Disabilities Enrolling for March-April Classes

February 8, 2020

CRANFORD, NJ - The Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) in Cranford is accepting applications for its March 2 – April 24 semesters. ACE offers adults with developmental or physical disabilities the opportunity to pursue continuing education as an alternative to traditional day programs.

"Adults with disabilities who have graduated from the public school system or specialized ...

Senior Citizens Alerted to Social Security Phone Scams

UNION County, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents to be aware of phone scammers posing as employees of the Social Security Administration. A new report from the United States Senate Committee on Aging finds that Social Security impersonation calls are now the nation’s most-reported phone scam.

"All residents should be aware of how to protect ...

The Ancient History of Valentine's Day

February 14, 2020

Valentine’s Day is widely known as the day of the year when love is celebrated, and indeed, February has been a month of romance for centuries. The St. Valentine’s Day we observe today evolved both from ancient Roman and early Christian history.

There are many legends about who St. Valentine was. One story dates from the third century A.D. Apparently, Emperor Claudius II of Rome ...

Cedar Grove Ambulance & Rescue Squad: Great Way to Volunteer and Help the Community

CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- The Cedar Grove Ambulance & Rescue Squad is seeking new volunteers to become members of their team, especially young people and students. 

“I can’t think of anything that’s more important than what we do,” said Alan Chadrjian, an EMT and Driver with the Rescue Squad. “This is a place where you can meet people, and learn things that will ...

Small Business Spotlight: Maplewood, NJ’s Oldest Business Shares the Lessons of their Longevity

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Maplewood’s oldest business, Woolley Home Solutions, spoke with TAPintoTV about their long history in town and how they've been able to maintain their success for 95 years. 

“It’s a lot to live up to,” said Norman E. Woolley. “It’s important to support the town that’s allowed you to thrive and be able to be successful for that ...

NJ Chefs to Take the Challenge at Girl Scout Cookie Cook-Off

February 14, 2020

Can’t get enough Girl Scout Cookies? Then head to the third annual Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Great Cookie Cook-off next month in Scotch Plains, where New Jersey chefs will compete to see who can best incorporate the perennial treats into dishes both sweet and savory.

The fundraiser will be held at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains on Thursday, March 12. Jackie ...

In the Aftermath of a Montclair Community Divided, Many Faiths Gather for Healing and Discussion

February 14, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - More than a month has passed since Montclair Rabbis challenged comments made by James Harris during a December 31 community meeting. Since then, an interfaith group of leaders have continued the conversation among themselves and their respective congregations.

Pastor Campbell Singleton of Union Baptist Church of Montclair hosted a gathering on Wednesday with nearly 70 people in ...

'Lost in Yonkers' Confronts Generational Angst

CHATHAM, NJ - The setting is a two-bedroom apartment in Yonkers, NY. The time is 1942. We learn that two young boys, Jay and Artie, are about to move in with their cold,domineering grandmother.

There’s a lot going on in this taut, smartly written play by Neil Simon. Braden Mellina as Jay, the older brother, and Arty (Logan Guvenel) are doing their best to accept this fearful fate. Janet ...

Should I Tap into my Retirement Funds?

February 15, 2020

Often if you are in dire need for money the most tempting area to look is your IRA, 401(k), and other qualified retirement accounts. These funds, set aside for your retirement, may seem to be the answer to your financial woes.

Should I take an early withdrawal?

Is it a good idea to tap into retirement account funds prior to reaching age 59½? Here are some things to ...

Elizabeth School to Be Renamed After Long-Time Community Activist

February 13, 2020

City and school leaders are eager to honor a lifelong Elizabeth resident, Chessie Dentley Roberts, 93, a typing and business education teacher in the school district for 30 years who retired in 1991.

On February 26, at 6:30 p.m., friends and family will gather on Pennsylvania Avenue, when the former Ronald Reagan Academy will be officially renamed Chessie Dently Roberts Academy 30, ...