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CDC Recommends Vaccinated Elizabeth Residents to Mask Up Indoors

July 30, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - On Tuesday, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated their COVID-19 guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals. This update comes following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19 cases across the country. 

The CDC said to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask indoors in public is ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

New Jersey Surpasses 10 Million COVID Vaccinations; 'We Only Have a Pandemic Among the Unvaccinated', Murphy Says

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his regular COVID press briefing on Monday, July 19, that over 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in New Jersey and that more than 5 million individuals who live, work, or study in the state are now fully vaccinated.

Among the 4,432,769 fully vaccinated individuals (as of June 28), only a small fraction of ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation

July 30, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation ...

Advocates Recognize Disability Pride Month and the Anniversary of the ADA

ROSELLE, NJ - July 26 marks the 31st anniversary of The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, a landmark piece of legislation that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations and access to government programs. July is also celebrated as Disability Pride Month.

Advocates at Community Access ...

New Lead Poisoning Prevention Laws to Require Inspections in Rental Properties, Replacement of Service Lines

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy signed a package of laws on Thursday to address the state's lead exposure and its harmful effects on public health and child development by signing a package of bills aimed protecting New Jersey’s families from lead poisoning. The legislation, which will require regular inspections for, and the remediation of, lead-based ...

City of Elizabeth to Get a Taste of the Shore with Playa Bowls on Broad Street

July 28, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — New Jersey’s original acai superfruit bowl shop, Playa Bowls, will be coming to Elizabeth with a grand opening at 505 N. Broad Street July 31 at 10 a.m. The first 50 people to arrive will receive free smoothie bowls and giveaways will take place throughout the day. 

Lizzette Pagan and Lamar McCloud have been eying Elizabeth as the next location to open a Playa ...

Turnpike Authority to Rename GSP Service Area after Judy Blume of Scotch Plains

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that the state will rename nine Garden State Parkway service areas after iconic New Jerseyans, including Judy Blume, who grew up in Elizabeth and lived in Scotch Plains on Winding Brook Way from 1960 to 1972. 

Judy Blume (née Sussman) is one of America's best-selling writers of books for children and young adults. She ...

City of Elizabeth to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with One Dollar Hot Dogs

ELIZABETH, NJ — The City of Elizabeth and Elizabeth Avenue Partnership will be teaming up to host “Dollar Hot Dog Day” on July 22, from 12 to 5 p.m. after canceling last year’s event due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The event will take place on Second Avenue, between Elizabeth Avenue and South Street. 

The event will feature Elizabeth’s long-standing Hot Dog ...

Three Board of Education Members Seeking Re-Election This November

July 27, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — Three members of the Elizabeth Public Schools Board of Education are going to be on your election ballots in November. Charlene Bathelus, Iliana Chevres and Stephanie Gonçalves whose terms end in January 2022, are running for re-election. 

Charlene Bathelus was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey and has been serving on the Board of Education since 2012.

New Jersey Is 2021's 3rd Best School System in America: WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was ranked as the country's third best school system in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list States with the Best and Worst School Systems. Only two states Massachusetts (No.1) and Connecticut (No. 2)  ranked higher New Jersey. New York (No. 14) and Pennsylvania (No. 24) finished in the top half of ranking ...

New Jersey Surpasses 10 Million COVID Vaccinations; 'We Only Have a Pandemic Among the Unvaccinated', Murphy Says

July 20, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his regular COVID press briefing on Monday, July 19, that over 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in New Jersey and that more than 5 million individuals who live, work, or study in the state are now fully vaccinated.

Among the 4,432,769 fully vaccinated individuals (as of June 28), only a small fraction of ...

Fatal Accident Early Thursday Morning in Elizabeth

July 29, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - A driver was killed around 1 a.m. on Thursday morning following an accident on Fulton Street, a spokeswoman for the City of Elizabeth confirmed. 

The spokeswoman stated that two vehicles collided at an intersection, damaging two parked cars in the area. Both drivers have not been identified at the time of publishing. 

The Elizabeth Police Department is actively ...

UPDATE: Missing Man with Dementia Has Been Found

ELIZABETH, NJ - A spokeswoman with the City of Elizabeth has confirmed that Joao Branco has been found. He was located on Sunday night around 5 p.m. near an area hospital. 

UPDATE: Joao Branco Has Been Found

UPDATE: Joao Branco was found near an area hospital Sunday night. See more here. 

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth Police Department is seeking help in locating a missing person with dementia. 

Joao Branco, 67, was last seen at approximately 11:00 a.m. on July 23, 2021, wearing blue plaid boxer shorts, a gray tank top shirt, a gold ring and watch, and was either barefoot ...

The City of Elizabeth Welcomes 12 Police Recruits

ELIZABETH, NJ — On Thursday morning, the City of Elizabeth increased the ranks of the Elizabeth Police Department at a ceremony in City Hall Council Chambers. The 12 new recruits were welcomed by Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Police Director Earl Graves, Council President Patricia Perkins-Perkins, Councilman-At-Large Manny Grova, Jr., Councilman Kevin Kiniery, Councilman William Gallman and ...

Elizabeth Resident Arrested in Jersey City with One Kilogram of Heroin/Fentanyl in His Backpack

ELIZABETH, NJ — An Elizabeth resident was charged by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office following a search warrant being executed on July 13. 

Elizabeth resident Juan Gomez, 37, has been charged with second degree possession of CDS with intent to distribute (Fentanyl) and second degree possession of CDS with intent to distribute (Fentanyl) Within 500 Feet of a Public Park.

Elizabeth Man Indicted By Grand Jury For Murder of Stranger

July 26, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - A Union County grand jury has returned a three-count indictment against an Elizabeth resident for beating a stranger with a blunt object in 2020, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced. 

Oliver I. Tzarax-Lopez, 21, is charged with first-degree murder and two related second-degree weapons offenses in connection with the death of 37-year-old Newark resident ...

Newark Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Statewide Armed Robbery Spree

NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man on Wednesday was sentenced to 110 months in prison for participating in a string of statewide convenience store robberies, authorities announced. 

Meshach Whagar, 31, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty and was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, nine substantive counts of Hobbs Act ...

Rios to Make First Court Appearance Today at 1:30 p.m.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Tyler Rios, 27, charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder in connection with the abduction of his two-year-old-son Sebastian Rios and the death of the boy's mother, 24-year-old Yasemin Uyar, is due to appear in court for the first time today, according to the Union County Prosecutor's Office.

This is a rescheduling of what was ...

McCormick Italian Seasoning and Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

July 30, 2021

McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning have been recalled due to possible contamination with Salmonella, announced McCormick & Company, Inc. The company was alerted by the FDA after routing testing. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The four products ...

Recall Alert: Give and Go Muffins Recalled Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

A voluntary nationwide recall of Give and Go Muffin products has been announced due to potential for the products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, said the company. Muffins baked by Give and Go are sold under several brand names including many in our area. 

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in ...

Three Board of Education Members Seeking Re-Election This November

July 27, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — Three members of the Elizabeth Public Schools Board of Education are going to be on your election ballots in November. Charlene Bathelus, Iliana Chevres and Stephanie Gonçalves whose terms end in January 2022, are running for re-election. 

Charlene Bathelus was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey and has been serving on the Board of Education since 2012.

What You Need to Know About The Mystery Deaths Among New Jersey Songbirds

July 30, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Local wildlife organizations need county residents’ help to solve the mystery of an unknown illness killing young songbirds in the state, and to stop its spread.

What’s happening to songbirds? Dr. Nicole Lewis, a wildlife veterinarian with the state Division of Fish and Wildlife, told TAPinto on Tuesday the condition has affected birds in the nestling and ...

Family Promise Publishes Annual Impact Report; Nonprofit Served More Than 177,000 Family Members in 2020

July 26, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - 2020 was a transformative year for Summit-based Family Promise.

In light of the many challenges presented by an unprecedented global pandemic, Family Promise Affiliates across the country adapted to the new landscape and continued to engage volunteers and served more families and children in 2020 than ever before.

The Annual Impact ...

Still Time to Plant Vegetables in Your Elizabeth Garden

July 21, 2021

Now is the time to plan and plant vegetables for a bountiful fall harvest. Planting now extends the harvest season for greater yield without expanding the garden.

Start by looking for vacant spaces in the vegetable garden. Fill areas that were not planted this spring or replant rows of quick maturing vegetables like lettuce, spinach, radishes, and beets that have already been harvested. Expand ...

New Lead Poisoning Prevention Laws to Require Inspections in Rental Properties, Replacement of Service Lines

July 26, 2021

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy signed a package of laws on Thursday to address the state's lead exposure and its harmful effects on public health and child development by signing a package of bills aimed protecting New Jersey’s families from lead poisoning. The legislation, which will require regular inspections for, and the remediation of, lead-based ...

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Councilwoman Andrea Hyatt Announces 2021 Run for Mayor of Hillside

July 29, 2021

HILLSIDE, NJ - Councilwoman Andrea Hyatt has announced her candidacy for Mayor of Hillside. 

In her announcement, the Councilwoman said, "I recognize that in order to achieve the vision that I have for a better Hillside, it will take careful planning and consideration; it will require building a team of individuals who are inspired, focused, and committed to the goal. We have all ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation

July 30, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation ...

Union County Brings Free COVID-19 Vaccines to Home Bound Residents

July 29, 2021

New toll-free number available to make appointments during business hours, and leave callback messages after hours.

Union County residents who are home bound or have difficulty leaving their home can use a new toll-free number to make an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at home. The number to call is 1-833-256-2478, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 ...

5 Minute Intervals Or 30 Minutes At Once: Which Is Better?

Squeezing in time to exercise can be challenging, especially if you juggle a hectic schedule. But staying physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health as you age.

Given the increasing popularity of 5-minute interval workouts (or High-Intensity Interval Training – HIIT), swapping short bursts of moderately intense and vigorous aerobic exercise followed ...

8 Simple Activities To Enjoy With Your Grandkids

Spending quality time with your grandkids (and kids) adds joy and laughter to any given day. Just basking in a child’s boundless energy and carefree silliness can boost your mood and make you smile. But joining in the fun also keeps you physically and mentally active – and research shows that multigenerational interaction is good for older adults and kids.

 

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Bring the Sunshine Indoors With These 4 Simple Décor Ideas

As summer approaches, everyone is eager to spend more time outside enjoying the sun. It’s also the perfect time to transition your home décor to reflect the added daylight and brightness outside. If you’re ready to bring more of the sunshine inside this season, here are four great ways to easily update your décor for a lighter and brighter feeling.

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How to Incorporate Chalk Paint Into Your Next Project

Chalk paint is all the rage for that cozy richness it gives to furniture, décor, and even walls. The matte finish adds a softness to bold colors and a thickness that covers even the most worn down surfaces.

 

Home decorating moguls love chalk paint, and now you can, too - here’s the lowdown on why, where, and how to use chalk paint for your next DIY decorating ...

New Jersey Dentist Provides Painless Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Sleep Apnea

July 26, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Dr. Joseph DalBon of the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry spoke with TAPintoTV to discuss a new painless laser oral treatment created to alleviate sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient is waking up during the night and unable to breathe that can cause a number of serious health issues,” he said. Some of these health issues ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Lifelong Journalist Finds Way To Keep News Passion Alive By Launching TAPinto Chatham

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - To reporters, news is more than a job, it’s a passion. For Ed Barmakian, news is his whole life. And when he saw his passion was in danger, he found a way to evolve to meet the times rather than lose what he loves. 

Barmakian launched TAPinto Chatham in July of 2013. He had recently retired from the Star Ledger after 33 as a sports journalist and editor. His ...

Summer Ad Trends That Help Your Business Beat The Heat And The Competition

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Summer is back and so are customers! With the worst of COVID-19 hopefully behind us, people are more excited than ever to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. For your business, this could be a huge opportunity to draw in new customers and gain additional revenue you may have lost during last year’s lockdown. 

With consumers looking to shop locally now more ...

Shapiro: The Foxes are Winning: Partisan Local News Sites are Getting the Upperhand

Back in October, I wrote about the launch of partisan local news sites and how they were filling the void in local news in towns across the country. Since then, the amount of such sites has grown from a few hundred to more than 1,000. While some high-quality objective local news sites have launched since then, they are being dwarfed in size and scale by the partisan sites.

One ...