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Elizabeth Man Charged with Murder of 21-Year-Old

October 18, 2021

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 ...

21 Year Old Dead as a Result of Stab Wounds, According to UCPO

ELIZBETH, NJ — A homicide investigation is underway after a stabbing took place in Elizabeth on Sunday, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl Graves and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca jointly announced. 

The deceased victim has been identified as 21-year-old Yonatan Alexander Vasquez-Torres of Elizabeth.

According to a press release from ...

Elizabeth High School Boys’ Soccer Secures Another Watchung Conference Championship

October 20, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ- No. 13 ranked Elizabeth High School boys’ soccer team secured their third consecutive Watchung Conference Championship during a New Jersey soccer top-20 showdown, defeating No. 14 ranked Westfield High School Tuesday night.

Elizabeth junior Cleff Alexis had the match's only goal being assisted by junior classmate Andy Alvarez. Alexis has been a key contributor all ...

Elizabeth High School Girls’ Soccer Falls Short Against Johnson High School

ELIZABETH, NJ- The Elizabeth High School girls’ soccer team fell short 1-0 against Johnson High School in a defensive matchup Tuesday. The matchup was a competitive one from the time the first whistle was blown. 

Johnson sophomore Elisabeth Brighouse put one in the back of the net, scoring the match’s only goal. Brighouse came up when it counted most for Johnson, scoring her ...

The Elizabeth Minutemen Advance to the Union County Tournament Semifinals

Elizabeth NJ,- The top-seeded Elizabeth Minutemen blew out eighth-seeded Cranford High School in the quarterfinals of the Union County Tournament 6-0, not blinking an eye as soon as the whistle was blown. 

Senior Mathew Giraldo came to play Saturday afternoon, being all over the field as he is arguably one of the quickest players on the ball in the state of New Jersey. Girlado led the ...

COVID-19 Updates: Mayor Bollwage Exploring Options for City Employees to be Fully Vaccinated as Cases Rise

October 4, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - As the number of COVID-19 rises in the city, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage announced on social media that he is looking to have all city officials, including police and fire personnel, fully vaccinated. 

“The appellate division ruled that Newark can force vaccinations among police and fire departments. The City of Elizabeth is exploring that, and we plan to issue the ...

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 ...

Elizabeth Public School Parents Call for Change Following Viral Assault Video

ELIZABETH, NJ — Concerned parents are taking to the streets following a viral video being shared of a high school freshman being beaten up on the way home from school. 

On Friday morning, parents marched from Admiral William F. Halsey Jr. Health and Public Safety Academy to the Board of Education wearing orange, a color used to represent anti-bullying. The group of approximately 25 ...

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 ...

Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless Struggling to House Tropical Storm Ida Victims

ELIZABETH, NJ — On Tuesday, September 28, the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (Elizabeth Coalition) suspended their online application process for assistance. While people can still walk in and get referrals and advice, the agency cannot assist any more people, including sheltering Tropical Storm Ida victims in hotels.  

“We have 25 families in the hotels and at ...

Ellume COVID-19 Home Tests Recalled Due to Potential of False Positive Results

The FDA issued a safety communication alert on certain lots of Ellume COVID-19 Home Tests. According to the FDA, there is a potential for false positive results with certain lots of the Ellume COVID-19 Home Test due to a recently identified manufacturing issue. 

 A “false positive” is a test result that says a person has the virus ...

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 ...

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

October 14, 2021

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 ...

After a Decade Without, MVC Opening This Week in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ - Over a decade after a previous facility was closed, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) has announced that the grand opening of the new Elizabeth facility is set for Wednesday, October 13. The Elizabeth location will be a licensing center

“We are thrilled to return to Elizabeth and expand in-person services for customers in Union County and nearby ...

Union County Sending Prisoners to Hudson for Substance Abuse Treatment, Reentry

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county has entered into a five-year, $2.6 million contract to send prisoners to Hudson County for substance abuse treatment and reentry program services.

The agreement with the Hudson County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was approved at the Sept. 23 Board of County Commissioners meeting for an initial period of Oct. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

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

October 15, 2021

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 ...

Five Tips to Prevent Internet Theft and Other Cybercrimes During Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October 2021)

ELIZABETH, NJ — Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October 2021 #BeCyberSmart) raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across America, ensuring that everyone has the resources needed to be safer and more secure online.

In promoting Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Prove, the modern way for businesses to enable their customers to prove their identities with just a phone, ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Murder of 21-Year-Old

October 18, 2021

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 ...

Public Storage: Scotch Plains Customers 'Cannot Safely Access This Highly Contaminated Area'

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Two days after Public Storage of Scotch Plains was served with an injunction to stop tossing Scotch Plains resident Mary Jean Murphy's belongings, the company issued a second public statement about the situation. Through its outside p.r. firm, the storage company said its emphasis was on the safety of its customers.

“Keeping our customers safe from ...

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.

Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless Struggling to House Tropical Storm Ida Victims

October 9, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — On Tuesday, September 28, the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (Elizabeth Coalition) suspended their online application process for assistance. While people can still walk in and get referrals and advice, the agency cannot assist any more people, including sheltering Tropical Storm Ida victims in hotels.  

“We have 25 families in the hotels and at ...

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

October 13, 2021

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 ...

How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs

Have you ever been swarmed by a bug and noticed a strange and unpleasant smell?

You probably encountered a stink bug.

Chances are, if you have a stink bug infestation, your nose will let you know and you'll want to get rid of the problem as soon as possible. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to get rid of stink bugs. 

Understanding Stink Bugs

Whether you already ...

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 ...

Court Documents Reveal Daughter Accused of Murder Was Removed from Father's Will

October 7, 2021

SURF CITY — The daughter accused of murdering her father and his girlfriend at a Surf City home was recently excluded from his will, according to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by TAPinto Stafford-LBI.  

A neighbor who was friends with the couple told police that Sherry Lee Heffernan regularly had disagreements with her father and that she was not included in his ...

Shred and Recycle Your Personal Documents on October 30, Free of Charge

October 20, 2021

The last paper shredding event of 2021 is for Union County residents only.

Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to the last free paper shredding event of 2021, sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. The event will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, October 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Nokia corporate campus, located ...

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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 ...

Tips to Stretch Your Food Budget This Fall

When it comes to budgeting, living on a fixed income can be tricky—from monthly bills to healthcare to necessities (and leaving a little wiggle room for fun and social activities). Luckily, a few simple changes could make shopping for groceries less of a hassle each month.

Here are eight tips for stretching your food budget this fall.

 

How to Shop for Groceries on 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 ...

5 Benefits of Video Doorbells (and 5 Buzzworthy Brands!)

There’s arguably no better use of smart home technology than keeping your family and valuables safe, and a video doorbell offers a variety of home security benefits.

This small yet powerful surveillance equipment records video footage as visitors arrive—great for security whether you are home or away. Plus, the device’s sleek design hides its impressive functionality in an ...

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 ...

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 ...

It’s Pumpkin Season! 5 Healthy Fall Recipes You’ll Love

Hello, pumpkin season!

Pumpkin is not only tasty, it’s also a superfood because it is high in Vitamins C and A, which help with eye health, boosting immunity, heart health, and more! Below is a list of five creative and tasty recipes that include this delicious and nutritional fall produce.

Pumpkin Muffin

Who doesn’t love a muffin on a crisp fall morning? These muffins are ...

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 ...

New Jersey Date Night: Frighteningly Great Halloween Destinations

October 16, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

October brings us candy, trick-or-treaters and a great opportunity for our date to hold our hands a little tighter. Halloween is upon us and what better way to celebrate the spooky season than to visit one of New Jersey’s many Haunted Houses? From eerie hayrides to disturbing hallways, a haunted ...

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 ...