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Trinitas and the Elizabeth Library Co-host COVID-19 Informational Event

July 28, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth Public Library and Trinitas Regional Medical Center co-hosted a virtual event titled ‘COVID-19: Where are we now?’

In a discussion between community members and other medical professionals, Dr. John D’Angelo, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Trinitas, alleviated some of the confusion about how to move forward. He pointed out that the ...

Thirty Years Later, the Americans with Disabilities Act Has a Long Way to Go, Advocates Say

ELIZABETH, NJ - The civil rights movement for people with disabilities reached a landmark on July 26, 1990 with the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On its 30th anniversary, people with disabilities are celebrating hard-earned victories and are speaking up about the work still to be done and recognizing the historic law intended to prohibit discrimination against individuals with ...

Despite Zero Deaths Yesterday and Low Positivity Rankings, Murphy Warns 'We Are Not Past COVID-19'

July 31, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. last night for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, July 31.

"The spot positivity rate for tests from July ...

During COVID Briefing, Murphy Defends MVC Performance, Updates Travel Advisory, and Discusses Return of Sports

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy reported the daily COVID-19 figures, slammed people who attended overcrowded house parties, defended the performance of the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC), and discussed the updates to the state’s travel advisory regulations at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

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New Jersey’s travel advisory was ...

Governor Murphy to New Jersey Youth: Stop Partying Secretly Indoors

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy on Monday pleaded with New Jersey’s youth and their parents to protect public health by not holding secret indoor parties and other large indoor gatherings.

“We have many examples of people congregating indoors without face coverings, without social distancing and in close proximity.  There is no good that will come from this,” ...

Young Elizabeth Salsa Dancers Performing in America's Got Talent Quarterfinals

August 4, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Two young salsa dancers from Elizabeth have made it to the live quarter-final round of America’s Got Talent.

Twelve-year-old Simon Ruiz and ten-year-old Maria Lopez have been dancing together for three years. They met at the Quimbara Dance Studio in Elizabeth and instantly became friends and dance partners.

Simon and Maria have competed at dance ...

Elizabeth Waterfront Movie Night to Feature "Grease" on August 28

ELIZABETH, NJ — First Ward Councilman Carlos Torres and the City of Elizabeth have announced an outdoor movie night on the Waterfront on August 28.

“One of my main focuses is to bring more attractions to our waterfront,” said Torres, who has also been a part of bringing a playground and soccer field to the area.

Torres began the outdoor movie nights three years ago with ...

Murphy: 'Providing Educational Flexibility to the Kids, That’s What It Is About'

July 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Education was a main focus of Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Friday afternoon.

Earlier,  he announced that parents who want their children to do online learning only would not be required to send their kids to school.

“This is not going to be a normal school year. It is going to be hard. It will be a challenge to ...

Isaias Brings Down Fourteen Power Lines in Elizabeth

August 5, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — In the aftermath of tropical storm Isaias the City of Elizabeth received hundreds of requests for removal of fallen tree limbs.

The City has identified fourteen locations around Elizabeth where a tree has fallen on a power line. In a statement Mayor Bollwage wrote about the process for getting a tree removed, “PSE&G needs to visit the area and ensure it is ...

The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless Holds a Panel on the 2020 Census

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (ECHH) hosted a virtual live panel discussion to discuss the impact that the Census has on immigrant communities.

Moderator Renaee Smith, Director of Development at ECHH, was joined by four guests: Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova, DACA recipient and Make the Road N.J. advocate Valeria Gomez, Executive Director at the ...

Elizabeth Seniors Can Now Receive Farmer's Market Vouchers By Mail

ELIZABETH, NJ — Elizabeth senior citizens can now apply to receive farmer’s market vouchers from the county by mail.

The vouchers can be used at the farmer’s market in Union Square between Elizabeth Avenue and High Street, which is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m until November. This market also accepts WIC and SNAP as payment.

To receive an application by ...

Elizabeth Fire Department Gets First African American Chief

August 3, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Donald Peterson was sworn in as the Elizabeth Fire Department’s first African American Fire Chief. 

Mayor Bollwage swore in Chief Peterson in Winfield Scott Plaza just outside City Hall. Dozens of Elizabeth Firemen and members of Chief Peterson’s family attended the event. 

“If we work together there is no mountain we can’t climb, no ...

Elizabeth Police Department Gets a New Chief

ELIZABETH, NJ — Giacomo Sacca was sworn in to his new position as Chief of the Elizabeth Police Department on Monday morning.

The swearing in ceremony took place in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Many officers from the Department and city officials were in attendance at the event following proper social distancing and masking protocol.

“I promise to the community I serve ...

Mayor Bollwage Announces New Elizabeth Police Chief

ELIZABETH, NJ — Giacomo Sacca will succeed John Brennan as Chief of the Elizabeth Police Department, Mayor Bollwage announced Thursday.

Sacca joined the Elizabeth Police Department in 1995. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2005, Lieutenant in 2009, Captain in 2013 and Deputy Chief in 2018.

“He is a genuine, transparent person of integrity and his respect for our constituents and ...

Elizabeth Among 64 Municipalities Where Business Rental Assistance Will Be Available

July 26, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Hoping to stop — or at least allay — some of the bleeding felt by small business corridors across New Jersey due to the global pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday announced rental assistance will soon be available to 64 municipalities, including Elizabeth.

In all, $6 million will be dispersed from the new Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance ...

Elizabeth Library Launches Job Search Assistance Program

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth Public Library has partnered with the Libraries to Businesses project to bring a job search assistance program to Elizabeth.

Libraries to Businesses is an organization that connects businesses, non-profit organizations, and NGOs with people in their communities. These relationships are meant to be mutually beneficial between the companies and the individuals.

Department of Justice Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owner of Rental Properties in Elizabeth

August 5, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it has filed a lawsuit alleging that the owner of rental properties in Elizabeth, New Jersey, violated the Fair Housing Act by subjecting tenants to sexual harassment, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

The complaint alleges that Joseph Centanni, who owns hundreds of rental units in and around Elizabeth, has ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Four Counts of Coercion and Enticement for Prostitution

ELIZABETH, NJ - A federal grand jury on Friday indicted an Elizabeth, New Jersey, man for persuading, inducing and enticing numerous female victims to travel in interstate or foreign commerce to engage in prostitution and other sexual acts, often by use of force, violence and threats, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Jose Torres, 42, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was charged in a ...

Mayor Bollwage Honors Former Negro League Players and EHS Graduates

July 23, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Mayor Bollwage and Director of Recreation Stanley Neron honored 3 Elizabeth High School graduates who played in the Negro Leagues on the 100th anniversary of the leagues founding. James “Bo” Wallace (1929-2000), Donald “Don” Newcombe (1936-2019), and Robert “Bob” Scott (b.1930) all played baseball for Thomas Jefferson High School as it was ...

Elizabeth Rotary’s Davis Fund Awards Record $38,000 in “American Dream” Scholarships to 34 Elizabeth Grads

July 23, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ – Thirty-four graduates from Elizabeth High School Class of 2020 shared a record $38,000 in scholarships from The Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth.  Since the Fund’s establishment in 1986, a total of $646,000 has helped further the education of 417 graduates.

These “American Dream” scholarships will ...

In ‘A Loss for the Community,’ The New Jersey Jewish News Ceases Publication

July 30, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes in South Orange and Maplewood, and across New Jersey, have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest about the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday services at different synagogues and who is memorialized in the obituaries — to local, ...

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Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays for Children in Union County

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a new virtual education initiative aimed at teaching children about animals and the important role they play in the environment. 

Wildlife Wednesdays kicks off on Wednesday, July 22nd with a program entitled “Frogs, Toads and Turtles” which will explain the difference between frogs and toads and turtles and ...

Union County Law Enforcement Leaders Discuss Use of Force Amid Calls for Reform

August 4, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Police use of force, deescalation training and law enforcement officers’ broader roles in communities they serve are part of a local dialogue that comes amid national calls for reform in policing.

At a virtual panel discussion on July 29, Union County law enforcement experts answered pre-submitted questions on use of force policies and discussed how to ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Advertising Campaign Targets 30-something's 'Risky Behaviors'

August 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state’s new advertising campaign to raise awareness for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing is targeting, among others, the 30-and-under population because of the “risky behaviors” they have exhibited.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the “For Each Other, For Us All” campaign is debuting this week in advertising across TV, radio, ...

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July 30, 2020

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Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

August 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...

Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Darlene Cullen of TAPinto South Plainfield

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of August 2020 is Darlene Cullen, who owns and operates TAPinto South Plainfield.  With a background in business development, Cullen has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of South Plainfield.   

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Shakespeare Theatre Scores with 'Crazy Love'

Florham Park, NJ - It’s such a treat to see a live performance in these difficult times. But leave iit to Shakespeare Theatre’s fearless director, Bonnie Monte, to deliver a delightful and provocative evening of Moliere and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The setting is the outside lawn at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park. Located on Vreeland Road, the landscape of ...