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All Elizabeth Public School Students Eligible for Free Breakfast and Lunch Program

September 22, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ -  The Federal Breakfast and Lunch Program, which is open to all Elizabeth Public School students, had their first of three pick-up dates on Monday.

Families can pick two breakfasts and two lunches on Wednesday and Friday this week at the designated schools from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The pick-up locations are schools 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, ...

COVID-19: Health Officials Preparing for Mass Vaccination Clinics

WESTFIELD, NJ — Officials are in the early stages of planning mass vaccination clinics for COVID-19, the director of the Westfield Regional Health Department said Monday.  Elizabeth is one of the towns covered by the Westfield Regional Health Department.

Director Megan Avallone, who serves as local health departments’ lead to the state Health Department’s COVID-19 ...

NJ Health Commissioner Warns of Possible ‘Twin-Demic’ at COVID Press Briefing

TRENTON, NJ -- NJ Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli today, during the governor's COVID-19 press briefing, warned of a possible “twin-demic” this year during flu season and urged New Jerseyans to get their flu shots.  

“As we enter the fall season, we are also moving into the flu season. This year we are preparing for the possibility of a twin-demic,” ...

Murphy Denounces Shooting at Cops' Home, Signs Environmental Law, Reports COVID Numbers at Briefing

September 18, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside.

The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck the home at least six times, according to Camden police. The couple were inside ...

$2.35 Million Grant for Lawyers and Counselors Who Help Tenants Facing Eviction

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), a non-profit organization created to address the health and economic crisis in New Jersey caused by the coronavirus pandemic, is providing $2.35 million for critically needed free legal and counseling services to thousands of people and families facing eviction.

The NJPRF’s Housing Stability Project grant will allow two leading ...

Mayor Bollwage Provides COVID Update Ahead of School, Gym and Restaurant Reopening

ELIZABETH, NJ - Mayor Bollwage updated the City on current numbers of COVID-19 cases ahead of restaurant, gym and school re-openings to begin this month.  

There are 35 open cases of COVID-19 currently in Elizabeth with the mayor reporting 7 new positive cases Wednesday. On their Instagram page, the City of Elizabeth has continued to highlight local restaurants that have ...

Elizabeth Library Moves Annual Fall Concert Series Online

September 9, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth Public Library will be hosting a virtual fall concert series featuring music from all over the world.

In the past the concerts have been held at the library; however, this year residents can watch on Zoom or Facebook Live and there will also be a telephone number for people without a computer. This will be the 14th year the Library has ...

Elizabeth Public Schools Evaluates Implementation of Amistad Mandate

September 18, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth Public Schools released a progress report on their implementation of the Amistad Mandate Friday.

The progress report was put together by Dr. Davida Lindsay-Harewood, a consultant hired by the district to evaluate the Amistad curriculum’s implementation across schools. In her initial evaluation, Dr. Lindsay-Harewood found that the 7th grade social studies ...

Elizabeth Public School Teachers to Teach from Home Starting Monday

ELIZABETH, NJ - Board President Diane Barbosa announced at this week's Elizabeth Board of Education meeting that beginning Monday, all Elizabeth public school teachers would begin teaching from home. Up until now teachers had been coming into their classrooms for live instruction. President Barbosa said the Board made this decision together with the Superintendent at the ...

Girl Scout Troop of ESL Students Goes Virtual this Fall

ELIZABETH, NJ - Tropa Exploradoras, a Girl Scout group for ESL students, will be transitioning to a fully virtual format this fall.

The Girls Scout Heart of New Jersey launched the Spanish language Girl Scout program in 2018 for all girls enrolled in a K-12 ESL program. Girls who participate will get the opportunity to participate in all of the traditional Girl Scout activities in Spanish, ...

Workers March in Elizabeth to Demand Safety Protections from Governor Murphy

September 9, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - A labor day march in Elizabeth organized by Protect NJ Workers Coalition called on Governor Murphy to sign an executive order that would protect the health and safety of New Jersey’s workforce regarding COVID-19.

“We have a very labor-friendly Governor who has the legal authority and precedent in Massachusetts, Washington, Virginia, Oregon and Illinois,” said ...

Trenton Man Charged with Sexual Assault Occurring in Elizabeth

September 14, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Trenton resident Sylvester Meyers has been arrested and charged in connection with a sexual assault that took place in Elizabeth last month, acting Union County Prosecutor Ruotolo and Elizabeth Police Department Chief Giacomo Sacca and Director Earl Graves jointly announced Monday.

Meyers, 37, is charged with second-degree sexual assault and third-degree aggravated assault by ...

Massive Ship Passes Under Bayonne Bridge, Marks New Era in Ocean Cargo Transport

September 18, 2020

BAYONNE, NJ - The 1,200-foot-long CMA CGM Brazil  passed under the Bayonne Bridge on Saturday heading to the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal. The huge vessel was the largest container ship ever to call on the bi-state port, or any other port on the U.S. East Coast.

Although the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey successfully raised the Bayonne Bridge in 2019 to ...

Three Candidates will Challenge Elizabeth Board of Education Incumbents this November

September 11, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Three women have declared themselves the progressive candidates for the Elizabeth Board of Education election this November. 

Danielle Fienberg, Janice Figueroa and Natalie Hernandez officially launched their candidacy with a virtual campaign party August 28 with the slogan ‘Justice for Elizabeth.’ 

Fienberg is an Elizabeth resident and parent who has ...

NJ Election 2020: Register to Vote, Track Mail-In Ballots With New Online Portal

NEW JERSEY — Less than two months from Election Day, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday said a new website will allow New Jersey residents to register to vote and track their mail-in ballot all while on the go or from the comfort of their home.

“This online form is safe and secure, and can be accessed anywhere – whether from a library computer or your smartphone,” Gov. Phil ...

Elizabeth Athletics Return this Fall

September 17, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Elizabeth high school fall sports began tryouts this week with the new safety regulations put in place by the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).

Football, girls tennis, boys and girls cross-country, boys and girls soccer and cheerleading were allowed to begin tryouts and practices September 14. The traditional three-season format (Fall, Winter, Spring) ...

Community Access Unlimited Holds Virtual Walkathon and Celebrates Supporting Each Other Through Pandemic

September 16, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ - Community Access Unlimited kept up an annual walkathon tradition on Saturday, albeit in a virtual format, to support services for people with special needs.

Donations are still being accepted for the Community Access Unlimited Ira Geller Walkathon and will support services as well as help cover expenses incurred due to COVID-19. CAU is a Union County-based, statewide ...

Girl Scout Troop of ESL Students Goes Virtual this Fall

ELIZABETH, NJ - Tropa Exploradoras, a Girl Scout group for ESL students, will be transitioning to a fully virtual format this fall.

The Girls Scout Heart of New Jersey launched the Spanish language Girl Scout program in 2018 for all girls enrolled in a K-12 ESL program. Girls who participate will get the opportunity to participate in all of the traditional Girl Scout activities in Spanish, ...

Remembering Malcolm Nettingham, Scotch Plains' Tuskegee Airman

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains is mourning local legend Malcolm E. Nettingham, a member of World War II's famed Tuskegee Airmen, who died on Monday evening just a few days before his 102nd birthday. He lived in town for almost a century and in 2014 was chosen to be the grand marshal of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade. 

Mr. Nettingham was born in New ...

Women Leaders Mourn Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, A Former Rutgers Law Professor

September 20, 2020

NEW JERSEY -- Female leaders from across the country, the state, and the local community are mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, Sept. 18. Justice Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993. She was the second woman appointed to the Court and served more than 27 years.

"The result of ...

Elizabeth Honors 9/11 Victims and First Responders

ELIZABETH, NJ - Mayor Bollwage along with Fire Director Byrnes and Fire Chief Peterson held a service Friday morning to honor the victims of 9/11 and the first responders who volunteered at the scene.

The Mayor honored the six Elizabeth victims who passed away on September 11: Arcelia Castillo, Carlos DaCosta, Colleen Fraser, Margaret Lewis, Frankie Serrano and Anthony Tempesta. The family ...

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Union County Launches Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays Program

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program is returning next Wednesday, September 23 with “NJ Natives” a program focusing on wildlife original to the garden state, such as the spotted turtle and garter snake.  New programs will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time ...

Union County: Helping You Recycle Right

Recycling has been mandatory in New Jersey since 1987 but questions continually arise about recycling.  The Union County Bureau of Recycling wants residents to Recycle Right so here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Q:  What is ACCEPTABLE in my curbside bin?

A: Recycle all empty plastic bottles coded #1 & # 2, aluminum & steel (tin) cans, glass ...

Union County Announces COVID-19 Emergency Drive-Up Food Distribution, September 26

September 22, 2020

UNION, NJ - An emergency drive-up food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be held on Saturday, September 26, beginning at 9 a.m. at Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue. The distribution will take place in the parking lot located at the intersection of North Ave. and Morris Ave.  The food distribution will be first-come, ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Legislation Aiming to Strengthen New Jersey’s Long-Term Care Industry

September 17, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Saying that residents and staff of long-term care facilities in New Jersey have borne an outsized burden of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday to address systemic challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and strengthen preparedness for future outbreaks.

Of the more than 14,000 New Jersey residents killed by ...

Free COVID-19 Tests Available at Convenient Locations in Union County

September 22, 2020

The Union County COVID-19 Mobile Test Unit visits local communities to provide free walk-up tests; no car required.

The Union County Mobile Test Unit is continuing to visit local communities to provide free COVID-19 tests for residents this fall. No car is required. All sites are available on a walk-up basis.

“We encourage all Union County residents to use this free, convenient ...

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YWCA Union County, Elizabeth

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Woodbridge Public Library, Woodbridge

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NJ Motor Vehicle Storage Facility Aims to Create Community for Car Enthusiasts

September 20, 2020

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Allison Kulesza, General Manager of Car Lofts in Fairfield, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about the facility's unique offerings for car enthusiasts and how the business has managed and pivoted during the pandemic. 

Car Lofts is a vehicle storage facility with a private social club for car enthusiasts, along with rental venues ...

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

September 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...

School-Based Youth Services Program in New Jersey Must be Refunded

September 9, 2020

Dear Editor:

I am proud of the fact that three school-based youth services programs have supported children in the 20th Legislative District – two at Elizabeth High School and one at Abraham Clark High School in Roselle.

These School-Based Youth Services Programs (SBYSP) have provided crucial services to children with complex emotional, behavioral and mental health needs, ...