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September COVID-19 Updates in Elizabeth: Free Testing and Vaccine Locations

September 12, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — Following the flooding the City of Elizabeth faced from Tropical Storm Ida, many residents have resided in shelters as they are finding a place to relocate. Shelter spaces have become densely populated and the city's COVID-19 numbers have been on the rise. On Thursday, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage reported that there were 54 open cases in the city, with nine cases being ...

City of Elizabeth’s Latest Coronavirus News

ELIZABETH, NJ — The last few days have been full of COVID-19 news. Here is the latest news surrounding COVID-19 and the City of Elizabeth. 

 

Pre-K to Grade 12 School Staff Have to Get Vaccinated, Along with State Staff:

Governor Murphy announced on Monday that all preschool to grade 12 faculty and state entities will have until October 18, 2021, to get vaccinated or ...

Trinitas Offers App to Update Patient Families During Surgery

September 19, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — Trinitas Regional Medical Center has officially announced deployment of the Vocera Ease application. This application will be used to provide a secure platform for family members and caregivers to receive updates during surgery or other medical procedures.

The application is set to be customizable for the accessibility of healthcare professionals to be able to easily send ...

'Go Gold' for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month; The Brooke Healey Foundation Making a Difference

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. "Childhood Cancer is the number one disease killer in children, yet is consistently underfunded," said Steve Healey, co-founder of The Brooke Healey Foundation. Less than four percent of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to pediatric cancer. "Awareness leads to action and will ...

Where Elizabeth Residents Can Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 14, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history and countless contributions that Latinos have made to the nation over the years. The City of Elizabeth’s goal is to celebrate the diverse and inclusive environment that we have in our neighborhoods. The city will be hosting various events, such as Hispanic Flag raising ceremonies, throughout the month to honor its Hispanic ...

Newark Museum of Art Will Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Special Event

NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Museum of Art this month is hosting a one-of-a-kind event to celebrate Hispanic heritage with performances, activities, classes and more.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, the Newark Museum of Art will host its next community day, honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month. Fiesta Latina will feature live music, dance, and various hands-on outdoor ...

Elizabeth Board of Education Passes Resolution to Purchase Benedictine Academy

September 9, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — In an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the Elizabeth Public School District Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to purchase the former Catholic school property of Benedictine Academy for $5.5 million. 

The 4.3 acre property located at 840 North Broad Street currently houses eight classrooms, which Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer plans to have the ...

FEMA Has Opened a Disaster Relief Center in Elizabeth. Everything You Need to Know About FEMA Aid.

September 16, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officially opened a Disaster Relief Center (DRC) in Elizabeth on Thursday, September 16. The DRC is located at the O’Donnell Dempsey Senior Center on 618 Salem Avenue. The building is a Quonset hut, adjacent to one of the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth’s buildings: the O’Donnell-Dempsey ...

Union County Residents Can Now Get FEMA Aid for Ida Damage

WESTFIELD, NJ — Union County was added Friday to a disaster declaration that enables the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide individual assistance* to people impacted by Tropical Storm Ida.

Though across Union County Ida left five people dead and numerous others displaced by unprecedented flood waters, an initial declaration only included six counties, ...

Union County isn’t in President Biden’s Disaster Declaration. What does that mean?

ELIZABETH, NJ — On September 6, President Biden approved Governor Murphy’s disaster declaration and approved federal funding to be used in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset counties. Noticeably, many counties that suffered from Tropical Storm Ida, including Union County, are not currently on the list. What does that mean? 

According to a ...

Elizabeth Police Department Seeking Public Comment for New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Accreditation

September 17, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will examine all aspects of the Elizabeth Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services on September 29, Police Director Earl J Graves and Chief of Police Giacomo Sacca announced Thursday.

“Verification by the team that the Elizabeth ...

Shooting at ShopRite Leaves One Injured in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ — A person was shot in the leg Tuesday evening in the parking lot of ShopRite on West Grand Street, according to a spokeswoman for the City of Elizabeth.  

The victim, a 58-year-old Elizabeth resident, was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. 

Authorities believe the suspect was driving a dark sedan at the time of the incident. Anyone with ...

Woman Shot in the Leg on Third Street Monday Night, Reports Claim

ELIZABETH, NJ — Several media outlets claim that there were shots fired early Monday night. Reports have claimed that police had discovered a 40-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her leg on the 100 block of Third Street prior to 10:40 p.m. The victim was rushed to the hospital but is expected to make a full recovery, according to reports. 

There has yet to have been an arrest ...

NJ State Police Seeking Public’s Assistance with Identifying Deceased Male With Unique Tattoo.  

SEA BRIGHT, NJ -- The New Jersey State Police Homicide South Unit and Missing Person’s Unit are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a deceased male in Monmouth County. The deceased man has a unique tattoo that can aid in identifying him. 

On Sunday, August 29, at approximately 11:29 a.m., the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau responded to ...

Four Elizabeth Small Businesses Selected as “Union County Small Business Champions”

September 18, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Union County Board of Commissioners is honoring small businesses for their efforts helping the community during the pandemic. Over 100 businesses from all of Union County are being honored by the commissioners for supporting and sustaining their municipalities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“On behalf of the Commissioner Board, I would like to thank all those ...

HS Football: Everything You Wanted to Know About the NJSIAA Playoffs...and Were Afraid to Ask

September 15, 2021

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - It is September 15, the NFL has finished its first weekend of football, the NCAA has already had its shocking upsets and near-misses, and everyone in the state should have played at least one high school game already. 

Which, in New Jersey, the state known for its laid back patience, means people are already speculating on the NJSIAA playoffs. So, before we start ...

WHRHS Football: Watchung Hills Falls to Elizabeth on Senior Night, 13-11 ( with video and pics)

WARREN, NJ - Watchung Hills fell to Elizabeth on Senior Night Friday, 13-11, after taking the early lead.

Senior quarterback Andrew Scopel connected with junior Riley McCann for the first TD and McCann kicked a field goal to lead the Warriors over the Minutemen of Elizabeth 9-0 midway through the 2nd quarter. After Elizabeth scored two TDs, the Warriors tackled Elizabeth in their own end zone ...

Rutgers Football Team to Wear Special Uniforms to Honor Those Lost on 9/11

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers football players will wear special uniforms to pay tribute to the 37 alumni and others lost in the Sept. 11 attacks, the school has announced.

Rutgers (1-0) will play Sept. 11 Syracuse on the 20th anniversary of the attacks.

The jersey will feature stripes in tribute to the first responders, and the helmet will be etched with the names of Rutgers alumni ...

Community Access Unlimited Golf Outing to Benefit Services for People with Disabilities and Youth at Risk, September 27

September 17, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - Golfers will tee up to boost services for people with disabilities and youth at risk in New Jersey at the Community Access Unlimited Annual Golf Classic on Monday, September 27.

CAU is thrilled to welcome supporters in person at Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston. The event starts at 8 a.m. Attendees will also enjoy a cocktail reception and silent ...

Golf Outing September 27 to Benefit Services for People with Disabilities, Youth at Risk

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Golfers will tee up to boost services for people with disabilities and youth at risk in New Jersey at the Community Access Unlimited Annual Golf Classic on Sept. 27.

CAU is thrilled to welcome supporters in person at Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston. The event starts at 8 a.m. Attendees will also enjoy a cocktail reception and silent auction with ...

'Go Gold' for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month; The Brooke Healey Foundation Making a Difference

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. "Childhood Cancer is the number one disease killer in children, yet is consistently underfunded," said Steve Healey, co-founder of The Brooke Healey Foundation. Less than four percent of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to pediatric cancer. "Awareness leads to action and will ...

Newark Museum of Art Will Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Special Event

September 7, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Museum of Art this month is hosting a one-of-a-kind event to celebrate Hispanic heritage with performances, activities, classes and more.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, the Newark Museum of Art will host its next community day, honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month. Fiesta Latina will feature live music, dance, and various hands-on outdoor ...

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How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

Thieves Steal Catalytic Converters from Cars in Scotch Plains

September 16, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains police department's most recent blotter was filled with multiple reports of thefts of catalytic converters from cars locally. 

On Saturday, Sept. 11, thefts of catalytic converters were reported on the 200 block of Willow Ave. and on Elm Court. On Sept. 13, a resident on Hunter Ave. also reported the theft of a catalytic converter. All of ...

Union County 4-H Welcomes Students to Explore Arts, Technology, Sports, Civics and More

September 17, 2021

The 4-H program encourages students in grades 1-12 to explore their interests and share their knowledge.

Union County 4-H Clubs are gearing up for a new season, and students in grades 1-12 are invited to join the fun. Students and their families are welcomed to attend the 4-H Club Open House on Saturday, September 25 to meet this year’s 4-H club leaders and learn more about the topics ...

Movement, Meditation, and Nature: 5 Tips to Alleviate Stress

Stress has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. It can cause various physical ailments like headaches, stomachaches, tight muscles, fatigue, and even high blood pressure. Mentally, stress can make it difficult to concentrate or create memory problems.

But in our busy society run by the pressure of work, family, and the need to do more, how do we alleviate stress?

There are ...

Fall Flavors: Cooking With the Season’s Bounty

With spring and summer on their way out, it’s time to start looking ahead to fall, and one of the best parts of this time of year is cooking with all the great seasonal fruits and vegetables that thrive in these cooler months.

If you’re unsure what’s in season in September or don’t know what to do with the piles of produce-lining grocery store shelves, look no further.

How to Ensure Your Furnace Is Ready for Winter’s Cold Nights

The cooler nights of September are the perfect reminder to get your furnace ready for the long winter ahead. Any work on HVAC can be intimidating, and professionals should handle most tasks, but there are steps you can take to keep the heat on this winter.

We’ll look at some ways to prep your furnace for winter and the situations that call for expert help. With some preventive ...

Prep Your Home for Winter With These Easy Fall Tasks

There’s nothing quite like the weather in autumn. With the heat of summer finally breaking, it’s time to start enjoying more time outdoors and keep the windows open. With favorable weather, it’s easy to forget the cold and dark nights of winter looming ahead.

Luckily, there are several steps you can take during the fall to help prepare your home for the harsh conditions of ...

Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

Say Goodbye to Summer With a Blowout Bash

As summer wraps up, it’s tempting to transition to cozy fall gatherings right away, but don’t move too quickly! Having a “goodbye summer” party is a great way to celebrate the last fresh, vibrant colors, sounds, and flavors of summer with your friends and family. So pull out the last of your summer décor and try these tips for making the most of your final summer ...

7 Tips for Creating a Lasting Fitness Plan

Now that the bulk of the pandemic is behind us, many are looking for ways to get back in their old fitness routine or start a new one. Whether you’re back at the gym or in your home fitness center, here are seven tips for creating a new routine you’ll actually stick to!

Start Slow

When starting a fitness routine, many people make the mistake of taking on more than they are ...

5 Tasty, Healthy Food and Wine Pairings

Light salad or grilled salmon make for delicious dishes perfect for the warm evenings of summer. Plus, those long summer days leave even more time for designing the ideal dinner. The hardest part may not be collecting the recipes or the cooking—and definitely not the eating—but rather finding the perfect wine to drink along with it!

If you’re looking to wow a partner, family, ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

September 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ---TAPintoTV spoke with Jared Taillefer, the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Rev David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Destiny McFarlane, the Tutorial Manager of the Newark Unites Program, about the Newark Unites Tutoring Program which launches this week.

The Newark Unites Tutoring Center provides free, high dosage tutoring and academic support ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

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

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

'Year One' Captures Tensions of a Changing Society

UNION, NJ - After two years of closure, Premiere Stages on the campus of Kean University has re-opened with a stirring production of Erik Gernand’s play, “Year One.”

The time is 1933, the place, a city in Germany.  As Germany rebuilds after the devastation of World War I, a close-knit family is caught up in the possibilities of new life under the Weimar Republic. The ...

From Terrorist Attacks to Floods, Firefighters Union President Reflects on 20 Years Since 9/11

September 13, 2021

September 11, 2001 was sunny with a bright blue sky. It was a Tuesday.  

I was a rookie Firefighter who reported to work that morning. We had just received delivery of our new Squad and all personnel were at Station 2 training on the new apparatus. Being the rookie I was sent to pick up bagels for my tour. While driving back the music on the radio was interrupted by a news flash that ...