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Summit Resident Stabbed Multiple Times During Sunday Night Altercation; Suspect Arrested After Brief Chase on Foot

August 10, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ - A 26-year-old Summit man is currently listed in critical condition after suffering multiple stab wounds during an altercation Sunday night, according to the Summit Police Department. The suspect was later captured and arrested after a brief foot chase.

The Summit Police Department, responding at 11:20 p.m. Sunday night (Aug. 7) to a report of a fight in ...

All Elizabeth Law Enforcement Officers to Be Licensed Under New Law

NEW JERSEY — All New Jersey law enforcement officers will now be required to hold valid, active licenses in order to be an active duty officer under a new law signed by Governor Phil Murphy on Thursday. 

New Jersey will become the 47th state to establish a police licensing program.

"This police licensing program will, formally and finally, recognize all who ...

Masks Recommended Indoors as Union County Moves to ‘High’ COVID Level

July 18, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county has moved to a “high” level of COVID-19 transmission and so people should wear masks indoors, according to state and federal data.

Union and 10 other counties in New Jersey have shifted from a “medium” level of COVID-19 to a “high” level of COVID-19 activity since last week, according to the state Health ...

Elizabeth Student Off to College After Time with Kaplan Leadership Program

August 10, 2022

ELIZABETH, NJ - An Elizabeth resident is heading off to college after being a member of the 15th cohort of scholars in the Kaplan Leadership Program from the Kaplan Educational Foundation (KEF.) 

Belicia Kensah will be attending Rutgers University-New Brunswick this coming fall. 

Established in 2006, the Kaplan Leadership Program helps high-potential, low-income and ...

New Jersey Reentry Corporation Gives Elizabeth Residents Tools for Successful Recovery

August 11, 2022

ELIZABETH, NJ - In an effort to make improvements to the lives of New Jersey residents, the New Jersey Reentry Commission (NJRC) is giving Elizabeth residents the opportunity to live a fulfilling life. 

With programs designed for immigrants, those who struggle with addiction and the previously incarcerated, the NJRC provides those with mental health treatments, job training and assistance ...

NJ Dept. of Health Reports 243 Monkeypox Cases, 24 in Union County

TRENTON, NJ - The NJ Dept. of Health (NJDOH) reports 243 Monkeypox cases in the Garden State. The report, published Aug. 8, 2022, shows an increase of 29 cases since the last report on Fri. Aug. 5. In Union County, there are 24 cases as of Monday morning. 

County by county, there are 73 cases in Hudson County, 50 cases in Essex County, 25 cases in Bergen County, 24 in Union ...

NJ DEP Issues Air Quality Alert for Elizabeth for Thursday Through 11 p.m.

NEW YORK, NY - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued an Air Quality Alert for our area from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday Aug. 4. This is in addition to the National Weather Service (NWS) Heat Advisory for our area from 11 a.m. Thursday Aug. 4 to 8 p.m. Friday Aug. 5.

The Air Quality Alet, also called an "Air Quality Action Day" means that ...

Groundwork Elizabeth to Install Four New Micro-Forests in the City of Elizabeth Thanks to Grant from Bezos Foundation

August 2, 2022

ELIZABETH, NJ - The City of Elizabeth will be getting a bit greener thanks to Groundwork Elizabeth’s plan to add four new micro-forest. 

At a press conference at the micro-forest behind the Elmora Branch of Elizabeth Public Library, Executive Director of Groundwork Elizabeth Jonathan Phillips announced that the organization received a $367,000 grant from the Bezos Foundation to help ...

Sen. Joseph Lagana Discusses School Safety Legislation, Says Students Must Be Protected

August 10, 2022

PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school.

"I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three kids."

When he takes his daughters — who are headed into ...

New Jersey's Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs Receive $10 Million in Funding

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are getting a big financial boost.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Monday the programs, which help and support victims of violence, will receive $10 million in federal American Recovery Plan (ARP) funds.

“The Paterson Healing Collective is pleased to ...

State Parole Board Chairman Talks About New Grant to Help Offenders with Substance Use Disorder

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's State Parole Board is teaming up with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care to help offenders struggling with substance use disorder, both before and after their release.

"We're confident that this is something that could be life-changing to a lot of people," State Parole Board Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. told TAPinto.

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New Jersey’s Disabled Community Feels Inflation the Most

Whether we push a shopping cart down the supermarket aisle or order through a delivery app, all New Jerseyans are noticing that grocery prices are on the rise. 

The cost of buying food has increased by 9.1% over the past year, according to government data released last month. Combined with fluctuating gas prices, rising rents as well as interest rates, inflation is forcing many of us to ...

Lawsuit Claims Union County Police ‘Old Boys Club’ Members Get Pass on Misconduct

August 8, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Police Department contains an “Old Boys Club” whose white, male members police Chief J. Chris Debbie allows to violate laws, a lawsuit brought by Sgt. Homero Almanzar against the department claims.

Almanzar, a retired U.S. Army disabled combat veteran described as Hispanic/Latino, is experiencing “a significant disparity” in ...

Millburn High School Rising Senior Films Documentary of the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis in Poland

August 8, 2022

While the rest of us watched our televisions in horror as Russian troops invaded Ukraine, 17-year-old Millburn High School student Peter Ren booked an airplane flight to Poland to document Ukrainian refugees as they entered Poland. His film, The Cost of War, is an eyewitness account of Ukrainians at the Przemyśl train station, where 10,000 to 20,000 Ukrainians arrived ...

Businesses Can’t Afford to Miss the Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities

August 2, 2022

ELIZABETH, NJ — Workers with disabilities were disproportionately affected by the pandemic, losing thousands of jobs in the vulnerable service, production and transportation industries.

From March to April 2020, the number of employed working-age people with disabilities fell by 20% (950,000 people), while the number of employed working-age people without disabilities decreased ...

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TAPinto South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen Named Grand Marshal of Labor Day Parade

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — When Darlene Tedesco-Cullen received a call from South Plainfield Councilwoman Christine Faustini to talk about the borough's annual Labor Day parade, Tedesco-Cullen thought she knew what it was about.

"Usually I help judge the floats, so I figured she was going to ask me if I was going to be around Labor Day to judge again," Tedesco-Cullen, the ...

'Jersey Voices' Explores Mesmerizing Relationships

CHATHAM NJ - The annual selection of intriguing and original short plays is now on view at the Chatham Playhouse through August 7.

There’s something for everyone in the seven selections from several playwrights, with various themes.  “The Elusive Pursuit of Maximum Bliss” by Ken Preuss starts off the evening. Amanda Marino has directed Peter Despres as Max and Alyssa Fox ...