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Caravan for Breast Cancer Awareness will Drive Through Elizabeth Friday

October 23, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Friday morning a caravan of cars decorated in pink will be driving through Elizabeth beginning by the waterfront in celebration of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The caravan was organized by the Mayor’s office, the City of Elizabeth and the Department of Health and Human Services. At 10 a.m. the caravan will begin at Veterans Memorial Park.

The ...

Free Testing for Elizabeth Residents and Union County School Employees, Tuesday, October 20

ELIZABETH, NJ — St Joseph Service Center on Division Street will be offering free saliva COVID-19 tests on Tuesday, October 20, from 9-11:30 a.m.

The Union County Freeholder Board has announced multiple new free testing sites as the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise in Union County and across New Jersey.

“We encourage residents to get tested if they have any ...

Union County COVID Drive-up Test Center First in NJ to Also Test for Flu

October 28, 2020

The new test will also offer faster results.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s drive-up COVID-19 testing center at Kean University will be the first in New Jersey to also test for the influenza, officials said.

Starting Monday, Nov. 2, the drive-through testing center at Kean University will offer three-panel swab test that produces results for the COVID-19 virus, Influenza A and ...

Governor Fears Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Are Just the Start

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

New Mural Coming to Elizabeth Train Station This Year

October 24, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — A new mural is coming to Elizabeth due to a collaboration with the City and The Elizabeth Renaissance Foundation.  The plan is for the mural to be completed by December.

The site of the mural will be on the arch below the train overpass at the intersection of Morris Avenue and Julian Place. A review committee is currently accepting proposals from artists who would ...

Union County OKs $1.1M in Open Space Grants. Find Out What Elizabeth Got

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will distribute about $1.1 million in open space grants to municipalities for planting trees and funding resources for children’s recreation, including fields, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts.

Grants will total $1,036,786.04 for the Kids Recreation Trust and $102,250 for the Greening Union County program, officials said. Funding ...

Financial Aid Guidance for Elizabeth Public School Students from Halsey Academy's Student Success Center

October 28, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Make the Road New Jersey is helping out students who are applying for financial aid programs.

Make the Road’s Student Success Center at Halsey Academy will be guiding students on how to apply for federal and state aid. The application help is open to all Elizabeth Public Schools students and will be done over Zoom by appointment on October 30 from 3-6 p.m.

Book Giveaway at Elizabethport Community Center for Families

ELIZABETH, NJ — Families can pick out free books at the Elizabethport Community Center on November 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Elizabethport Community Center parking lot.

The free book event is being held by Prevention Links and Amerigroup on Sunday, which is National Family Literacy Day and the first day of National Family Literacy Month. 

While the book giveaway is being held in ...

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences for All Grades Thursday, October 22

ELIZABETH, NJ — Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday afternoon into the evening for parents of Elizabeth Public School students.

The first block of conferences will be from 1:41-2:14 p.m for students in grades 9-12. From 2-3 p.m. will be the conferences for grades PreK-8 and from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“Please take a moment to thank your student’s teachers-they ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with Additional Counts of Coercing and Enticing Victims for Purpose of Prostitution

October 28, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted an Elizabeth, New Jersey, man for allegedly persuading, inducing and enticing numerous female victims, usually commercial sex workers, 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, 43, ...

Newark Police Arrest Three from Elizabeth for Graffiti Vandalism

NEWARK, NJ - Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announces the arrest of Paige N. Gonzalez, 28, Ramon A. Arroyo, 27, and Anthony Rolon, 25, all from Elizabeth, for an incident of graffiti that occurred Thursday night.

At approximately 11 p.m., police patrolling the area of Chester Avenue East and Riverside Avenue observed the three individuals exit a white BMW. One of the ...

Bars, Restaurants Given Expansion on Liquor Permits as COVID Climb Continues

October 19, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Bar and restaurant owners across New Jersey will be able to toast this week to the latest expansion on liquor license permits - initially triggered to help businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic while serving outdoors. 

“For many of our residents having the ability to serve liquor to their customers beyond their normal premises has been meaningful. In ...

Voting in Elizabeth Virtual Event Wednesday, October 21

October 21, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — A voter information session to address any issues or misunderstandings Elizabeth residents may have about the upcoming election will be held over Zoom Wednesday evening, October 21, from 6-7 p.m.

The event is a collaboration with the League of Women Voters, the Elizabeth Public Library, The Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless and Union County. The two speakers ...

Elizabeth Athletics Gets the Ball Rolling on Winter Sports

October 17, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Elizabeth Athletics have begun moving forward with planning for winter sports this year.

Beginning Monday at John E. Dwyer Technology Academy, pre-physicals will be conducted from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Students who wish to participate will have to get a physical from a doctor.  Appointments to see the doctor will be made at the pre-physical appointment.

Students will ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Falls to Minutemen 1-0, Start Season 0-2

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- 2020 hasn’t been particularly friendly to the Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys varsity soccer team. 

A day after their first scrimmage in September, the team could not hold any activities for two weeks due to a positive case of COVID-19. Their first game back from the dead period was a 2-0 loss on the road against a formidable Union squad (3-1-1) on ...

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Wildlife Wednesdays Programs For 2020

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the popular, free “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will conclude its 2020 programming over the next 2 Wednesdays.

October 21st’s program “Reptiles and Gators” will feature an alligator and lizards, including a blue tongue skink and bearded dragon.  The October 28th’s Halloween-themed Insects and ...

Update: Union County Wildlife Wednesdays Program Moved to 6 PM

The Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes to remind residents that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time of 6:00 PM.

“Union County is striving to bring educational programs directly to our children that may not be accessible to everyone during these challenging times, and Wildlife ...

Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's in Scotch Plains

October 28, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever. 

"I'm calling on behalf of my company and eight board members to confirm that ...

Cuban Pete's Owner Locked Out After Repeated Executive Order Violations

October 27, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After scoffing at the Governor's Executive Orders and repeatedly allowing patrons to continue to dine inside, the owner of Cuban Pete's is now locked out of his business.

On Monday morning, Montclair Police changed the locks on the doors of Cuban Pete’s restaurant, locking out the owner and workers. This was after three violations of the Executive ...

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October 28, 2020

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Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Supports New Jersey Tenants During COVID-19 Housing Crisis

October 28, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund's Housing Stability Project Grant.

Keenan described the work of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), which was established after the COVID-19 pandemic, and which has raised over $37 million from over ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

Black Lives Matter, So Let’s Take Action on School Choice and Legalization

October 15, 2020

Dear Editor:

Black Lives Matter So Let’s Take Action on School Choice and Legalization

This November voters are facing what many experts call the most important election of their lifetime, and I agree. On the ballot we have candidates and constitutional questions which can ultimately make a huge difference in Union County’s diverse minority communities.

Support candidates ...

Shakespeare Theatre Takes on Shaw in Three Scintillating One-acts

Florham Park, NJ - There’s nothing like the theatrical commentary of George Bernard Shaw to explore love, lust and over-the-top intrigue to make for a stimulating evening.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey offers another romp at its outdoor location at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park.The three one-act plays were broken up into five segments. “Village ...

Moving Beyond the Partisan Bubble

There is so much to say and yet so many times a day I find myself dumbfounded to speechlessness.  My children ask logical questions for which I can find no polite or productive answer. There is no good answer for why hate seems to have seeped into so much of our dialogue every day.

There is no good reason that suspicion has replaced curiosity. That accusations have replaced queries. It is ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

October 23, 2020

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...