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NJ Transit Conductor Assaulted After She Asked Man to Wear a Mask

October 21, 2021

GLEN ROCK, NJ — A Bronx man threatened an NJ Transit Train conductor with a knife Wednesday morning after she asked him to wear a mask, police said.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., a woman came into police headquarters reporting there was a disturbance on a New Jersey Transit train at the Bergen Line Train Station across from Borough Hall, police said. 

When police ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Murder of 21-Year-Old

ELIZABETH, NJ - A man was arrested Friday morning for a fatal stabbing that took place on October 10, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl Graves and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca jointly announced. 

Alexis Mondesi, 48, is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and third-degree ...

EPS Respond to Assaults After School Following a Student Being Stabbed Friday

ELIZABETH, NJ — Superintendent of Elizabeth Public Schools Olga Hugelmeyer sent a letter to families in the district addressing the attacks of students, following a stabbing that took place Friday afternoon. 

“During the past week, there were two incidents of violence involving Elizabeth students. While the incidents did NOT take place in school, on school property, or during ...

Elizabeth High School Boys’ Soccer Stunned Against Scotch Plains-Fanwood In UCT Semifinals

October 24, 2021

Elizabeth, NJ- The No. 10 ranked Elizabeth High School boys’ soccer team came up short late Saturday afternoon, after being defeated 1-0 against No. 12 ranked Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in the semifinals match up of the Union County Tournament. Elizabeth was the favorite to win the tournament, being the No. 1 seed. 

Elizabeth was given a tough obstacle to overcome within ...

Elizabeth High Schools’ Football Team Falls to Bridgewater-Raritan Friday Night

Elizabeth, NJ- The Elizabeth High School football team was defeated Friday night 31-14, against a tough Bridgewater-Raritan team. 

The Minutemen started the game off extremely slow, having the Bridgewater-Raritan march down the field on the first drive, putting in seven. The following kick off, Elizabeth fumbled inside their 20-yard line and Bridgewater-Raritan was in the red zone and ...

Elizabeth High School Girls’ Soccer Team Rolls over Roselle Park

ELIZABETH, NJ- The Elizabeth High School girls’ soccer team rolled over Roselle Park in a 4-1 senior night victory Thursday. 

Junior Vielka Fernandez guided the Lady Minutemen to victory, as she lasered one in the back of the net and added two assists, finishing with a team high of three points. Fernandez is currently leading Elizabeth in points with a total of 22, through 15 ...

Union County Has Low Community Transmission Rates of COVID-19, According to CDC

October 21, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Data Tracker, Union County is the only county in the Northeast to have a low community transmission rate of the virus.

The CDC’s COVID data tracker is currently displaying information surveyed from Wednesday, October 13 through Tuesday, October 19 for case rate and Monday, October 11 through Sunday, October 17 ...

EPS Respond to Assaults After School Following a Student Being Stabbed Friday

October 13, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — Superintendent of Elizabeth Public Schools Olga Hugelmeyer sent a letter to families in the district addressing the attacks of students, following a stabbing that took place Friday afternoon. 

“During the past week, there were two incidents of violence involving Elizabeth students. While the incidents did NOT take place in school, on school property, or during ...

Resources Now Available to Help K-12 Schools Teach Climate Change in the Classroom

TRENTON — Online resources have been made available to school districts and educators that can be used to incorporate climate change education across K-12 classrooms beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, announced the New Jersey Department of Education.

New Jersey became the first state in the nation to incorporate climate change across its revised state K-12 learning ...

Free Meditation and Group Therapy Program for Union County Teens at Fanwood Meditation Center

October 13, 2021

FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As mental health issues like anxiety and depression continue to rise among adolescents in Union County, The Dhammakaya International Meditation Center (257 Midway Ave., Fanwood), in collaboration with licensed psychotherapist Sean Foley, have created a free mental health program designed to increase the wellbeing of teenagers.

Beginning November 6, a ...

Unforgettable Fire Wins First Episode of Clash of the Cover Bands

October 14, 2021

FANWOOD, NJ -- Unforgettable Fire, a band that pays tribute to U2's Bono (Anthony Russo), The Edge (Mick Normoyle), Adam Clayton (Fanwood's own Craig Kiell), and Larry Mullen Jr. (George Levesanos) emerged victorious in the first episode of E!'s new competition show, Clash of the Cover Bands, on Wednesday evening.

The theme of the evening was "Stadium Rockers" ...

Crossroads of the American Revolution Sign to be Unveiled at Caldwell Parsonage

A new interpretive sign will be unveiled on the lawn of the Caldwell Parsonage, 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union, at 12 noon on Saturday, October 16.  The placement of the historic marker is a preparation for the celebration of the 250th anniversary of American independence in 2026.

Telling the story of the death of Hannah Caldwell during the Battle of Connecticut Farms, the sign is part of ...

New Law Stops E-Z Pass from Overcharging Customers

October 21, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – A new law championed by Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Mercer/Middlsex) to make sure that the thousands of commuters who use E-ZPass toll booths daily are quickly notified of an overcharge or toll fee on their account has been signed into law by Governor Murphy.

“An E-ZPass customer should know immediately if their account is being charged,” said Benson, ...

Changes Coming for Landlines in 856 and 908 Area Codes

TRENTON, NJ - Starting on October 24, New Jersey landlines within the 856 and 908 area codes must dial 10 or 11 digits for all their calls.  After October 24, local landline calls dialed with only seven digits may not go through, and the caller will receive a recording saying their call cannot be completed as dialed.

The reason? The FCC is implementing 988 as a new three-digit number ...

The Ribbon Has Been Cut, Elizabeth’s MVC Licensing Center is Officially Open

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth Licensing Center officially opened to the public on Wednesday following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage was joined by New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) Chief Administrator Sue Fulton, State Senator Joe Cryan, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Assemblyman Jamel Holley and other officials for the grand opening ...

Bramnick Bill Would Stop Storage Units from Disposing Personal Property without Consent

October 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – Flooded by calls from Scotch Plains self-storage customers from Westfield and other towns in his district who have been denied access to their personal belongings following Hurricane Ida, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is planning to introduce legislation to protect their property.

The issue has risen to the forefront of consciousness due to the ongoing ...

Latino-Owned Businesses Revenues Outpaced Non-Latino-Owned Firms in 2020-21, According to Biz2Credit’s Annual Study

NATIONAL/NEW JERSEY – Average annual revenue for Latino-owned businesses ($258,251) in 2020-21 was $82,535 lower than their revenues the previous year ($340,787), a 24.2% decline, according to the annual Biz2Credit Latino-Owned Business Study. The analysis also found that average annual revenue for Latino-owned businesses was $45,435 greater than for non-Latino-owned companies ...

Bramnick Bill Would Stop Storage Units from Disposing Personal Property without Consent

October 22, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – Flooded by calls from Scotch Plains self-storage customers from Westfield and other towns in his district who have been denied access to their personal belongings following Hurricane Ida, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is planning to introduce legislation to protect their property.

The issue has risen to the forefront of consciousness due to the ongoing ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Murder of 21-Year-Old

ELIZABETH, NJ - A man was arrested Friday morning for a fatal stabbing that took place on October 10, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl Graves and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca jointly announced. 

Alexis Mondesi, 48, is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and third-degree ...

Two-Time Super Bowl Champ Carl Banks Among Scotch Plains Public Storage Customers Seeking Return of Possessions

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Among those frustrated by his inability to visit his unit at Public Storage on Route 22 in Scotch Plains is two-time Super Bowl champion and Giants legend Carl Banks, who stored mementos of his stellar NFL career at the storage facility. 

Items in the storage unit include Banks's Pro Bowl jersey and items belonging to his son, CJ, that include a signed ...

Parent's Choice Rice Baby Cereal Sold At Walmart Recalled

October 13, 2021

Parent's Choice Rice Baby Cereal, which is manufactured for Walmart has been recalled after the FDA found a sample from three production lots tested above the guidance for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic, announced the company.

The specific Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal 8 oz lots being recalled were sold after April 5, 2021, and include:

Lot 21083 with ...

Chocolate and the Chip LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Certain Bakery Products

Chocolate and the Chip is recalling various flavors including chocolate chip cookies, cookie bundt cakes and rice crispy treats because they may contain undeclared wheat, milk, soy, and tree nuts, announced the company.

Cookies, bundt cakes and rice crispy treats were distributed in the Los Angeles area as well as CA, MA, TX, ID, NY, AL, AZ, AR, WA, UT, NJ, FL, OH, CO, GA, ...

Allergy Alert; Simple Mills Issues Recall on Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers

Simple Mills has initiated a voluntary recall on Fine Ground Sea Salt Almond Flour Cracker boxes after a select number were erroneously packed with bags of Farmhouse Cheddar Almond Flour Crackers, announced the company.

Due to the error, the packaging does not list the presence of milk, a possible allergen. According to the FDA, some people who have an extreme allergy or severe sensitivity to ...

New Jersey Poll Workers Needed; More than 13,500 Have Signed Up Already, More Needed

October 18, 2021

NEW JERSEY — More than 13,500 new poll workers have signed up ahead of Election Day.

Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 266, which increases the pay for New Jersey’s poll workers from $200 to $300 for Election Day, and increase pay during the early voting period by a commensurate hourly rate.

The increase aims to incentivize poll worker participation ...

The Many Ways to Vote in Union County. And You Don't Have to Wait Until Election Day

Pay for poll workers has increased.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Early in-person voting, electronic poll books and increased pay for poll workers are among the changes county residents can expect in the Nov. 2 election, for which voter registration closes on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

“At a time when other states are rolling back voters rights and limiting access to ballot boxes, New Jersey ...

Resources Now Available to Help K-12 Schools Teach Climate Change in the Classroom

October 12, 2021

TRENTON — Online resources have been made available to school districts and educators that can be used to incorporate climate change education across K-12 classrooms beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, announced the New Jersey Department of Education.

New Jersey became the first state in the nation to incorporate climate change across its revised state K-12 learning ...

Free Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event for Union County Residents, October 23

Residents can safely dispose of common household chemicals and other special wastes at this event.

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union County Board of Commissioners reminds residents that the next free Household Hazardous Waste event of 2021 will be held on Saturday, October 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Union County Vo-Tech Schools campus, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains.

Save Seeds of Favorite Vegetable and Flower Plants from Your Elizabeth Garden

October 15, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — Experimentation is part of the fun of gardening. Saving seeds from your favorite vegetable or flower for next year’s garden or even the next generation is something you might like to try.

Keep in mind that all flowers and vegetables will not come true from seed. Hybrids and those pollinated by the wind or insects may produce offspring unlike the parent plant. The ...

Governor Murphy Orders Flags to Fly at Half Staff on Tuesday, Oct 19

October 19, 2021

NEW JERSEY — All flags will be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, October 19, announced Governor Murphy during Monday's press conference.  All U.S. and New Jersey flags will be flown at half staff at all state buildings and facilities on Monday in honor of the late four-star US Army General Ray Odierno, stated Gov.Murphy.

Odierno, a Rockaway native, passed away ...

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Union County Has Low Community Transmission Rates of COVID-19, According to CDC

October 21, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Data Tracker, Union County is the only county in the Northeast to have a low community transmission rate of the virus.

The CDC’s COVID data tracker is currently displaying information surveyed from Wednesday, October 13 through Tuesday, October 19 for case rate and Monday, October 11 through Sunday, October 17 ...

Buggin' Halloween Photo Contest

Viking's 3rd Annual Buggin' Halloween Photo Contest Starts Friday, October 1, 2021!  Submit a photo of you, your pet, or a loved one dressed as a creepy-crawly bug, insect, or another pest for your chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card and other awesome prizes! Click here to learn more and enter the contest!

How to Recycle Right in Union County

Recycling has been subject to statewide rules in New Jersey since 1987, but questions continually arise about recycling. The Union County Bureau of Recycling and Planning wants to help residents learn the rules and “Recycle Right.” Here are answers to four of the most frequently asked questions we receive about recycling in Union County:

Q: What is ACCPTABLE in my curbside ...

NJ Transit Conductor Assaulted After She Asked Man to Wear a Mask

October 21, 2021

GLEN ROCK, NJ — A Bronx man threatened an NJ Transit Train conductor with a knife Wednesday morning after she asked him to wear a mask, police said.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., a woman came into police headquarters reporting there was a disturbance on a New Jersey Transit train at the Bergen Line Train Station across from Borough Hall, police said. 

When police ...

Let’s All Step Up to Spare Children from Gun Violence

October 22, 2021

Bring unwanted guns to Union County’s buy-back event, October 23.

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Alexander Mirabella, Chairman, Union County Board of County Commissioners

October 2021

Our nation has come a long way since the days when gun violence was associated almost entirely with known criminals and gang-related street violence. School shootings have become so commonplace that they rarely make ...

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How Exercise Can Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Though preventing breast cancer entirely is not possible, there are many steps you can take to reduce your risk of development. Perhaps the biggest thing you can do that studies show correlates to preventing breast cancer is exercise. And thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to get moving and live an active lifestyle.

Regular physical activity regulates hormones including estrogen ...

How to Support Your Mental Health as the Seasons Change

As the days get shorter and colder and we welcome the festivities of fall, many older adults notice that they experience a change in energy levels and mood that feels like depression. If you’ve noticed a decline in your mental health when the seasons change, you’re not alone. Here’s a basic guide to understanding seasonal depression, its symptoms, and most importantly, how to ...

Rich Colors and Natural Textures: 7 Fall Centerpiece Ideas

As you begin to decorate your home for fall, try a simple DIY centerpiece for your table this year. By focusing on the colors and textures of the season, you can easily incorporate natural items and décor that you already have to achieve a stunning look for less!

Here are seven easy ideas to inspire your creations.

Glass Cloche

The best thing about using a glass cloche for a ...

How to Clean and Care for Your Gutters

Being a homeowner means weekends doing chores or finding reliable service companies to take on tasks for you. Gutters play an important role in protecting your home and should be added to your bi-annual home maintenance schedule.

Cleaning gutters yourself is typically not difficult, depending on the size of your home, your physical ability to climb ladders, and the current condition of your ...

Top Halloween Costumes for 2021

Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning costumes for the whole family! Whether you’re trying a DIY look for your crew, hosting a party for friends, or trying to win the office costume contest, knowing this year’s hottest looks will give you the edge. Here are some of the costumes sure to be popular for kids and adults this year.

Space Jam: A New ...

Add These Spooktacular Sides to Elevate Your Halloween Party

Fall brings yearnings for warm and cozy gatherings with friends and family. If hosting a Halloween party is on your agenda this year, you are in luck! From alarming appetizers and devilish dips to spooktacular salads, we have gathered some of the most delicious and fun recipes for creepy fun.

 

Appetizers

Set the mood for your party right from the start with Halloween-themed ...

Foundation Fundamentals: How to Choose Your Perfect Match

Foundation is, well, foundational to many women’s makeup routines. It provides a solid base layer to even out skin tone and imperfections while prepping your skin’s surface for additional products.

But with so many foundation options on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? Here are the most important considerations to keep in mind when shopping for this makeup ...

Steps to Minimize Your Chances of Developing Breast Cancer

Breast cancer has affected millions of women worldwide, and chances are you or someone you know has been impacted by this disease.

Though there is no known way to prevent or cure breast cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk, especially if you take action while you’re younger and healthier. Here is a list of things you can do and lifestyle changes that could reduce the ...

NJ Dentist Serves Residents in the Community and Gives Back to Local Organizations

October 5, 2021

 

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Joseph DalBon, DMD, owner of New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, spoke with TAPintoTV about his strong connection to the community and local organizations.

“I’m really proud to serve our community,” DalBon explained. “I grew up in Caldwell. I went to high school here.” DalBon attended the University of Pennsylvania ...

Tricks to Making the Best Sandwiches for School and Office Lunches

October 23, 2021

Brown bagging it doesn’t have to be boring. Turn homemade lunches into something special with these easy tricks and tips for building the best sandwiches:

Start with good bread. It’s first part of the sandwich you taste! Hearty breads, such as sub sandwich rolls or thick slices of sourdough, will hold ingredients better together than the soft stuff, too.

Love wraps? ...

Don't Make These Common Small Business Marketing Mistakes

Hope you're sitting down for this one.  A 2021 report from Top Design Firms says 28% of small businesses don't have a website.

Of the 72% who have a website, maintaining it can be a full-time job all by itself. Customers have elevated expectations and the website has to match that.  Small business owners often don't have that time.  Forbes has some suggestions ...

Behind the Headlines: How a Text Message Led a TAPinto Franchisee to Get Answers for His Community

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The text message was straight and to the point.

“Hey they have all of our (expletive) and we can’t get it out.”

That certainly got John Mooney’s attention.

Then the TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood franchisee saw a post on Facebook and started asking some questions.

“They said ‘hey this is going on — we’re going to ...

Email is Key to News Publishers Clawing Back Advertising Dollars from Social Media

Many news publishers are struggling to produce enough advertising dollars to be sustainable, with many now erecting paywalls or going the non-profit route to attempt to stay in business. However, publications would be wise to think about what advantages that they can bring to a potential advertiser that social media cannot offer. One such tool is email.

Any publisher who has stayed on top of ...

How a Change of Plan Led TAPinto's Newest Franchisee to Stay in Princeton

PRINCETON, NJ -- Richard Rein had a 4-month plan.  He was going to work with a Princeton University professor, who was teaching a class on expository writing.  After that, head north.

“My original plan was to move to New York City where the action was,” Rein said.

That was nearly 4 decades ago.  He never left.

Today, Rein is still in ...

How Are These Not Conflicts of Interest?

October 11, 2021

Dear Editor:

Over the past few years, I started taking a more active interest in the local government and its functioning that has led me to better understand the different roles and responsibilities of the town council members and the town administrators. As I continue to learn more, I think it is important to share what I learn with the community in order to keep everyone informed and allow ...

'Songs for a New World' Merges Rock, Ballads, Jazz

Millburn, NJ - Yes, Paper MIll Playhouse has now reopened with a dazzling production of “Songs for a New World.”  

There are plenty of precautions before entering the theatre, including masks for the audience, proof of vaccination and photo i.d. (probably a driver’s license.)  Still, it’s good to know all that going in, so there are no surprises ...