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Murphy to Allow Outdoor Dining, Hair Salon Appointments, In-Person Shopping

June 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to peel away social distancing measures.

Youth summer programs will also be permitted to start on July 6 during what Murphy calls Stage 2 of New ...

NJ Launches $100M Short-Term Rental Assistance Program

TRENTON, NJ - Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver joined the governor and other officials at yesterday’s daily COVID-19 press conference. Donning her hat as the head of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs, Oliver introduced the implementation of a temporary rental assistance program.

According to Governor Phil Murphy, the state plans to apply at least $100M to begin the ...

Murphy Order Puts Some Non-Essential Businesses Back to Work

TRENTON, NJ – Amid the pandemic, New Jersey’s shut down of non-essential businesses resulted in over a million unemployment claims. Today, Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement will put some of the claimants back to work as non-essential construction resumes. Non-essential retail stores may also begin offering curbside pickup.

Murphy’s order becomes effective Monday, May ...

Murphy: Federal Funding Needed To Prevent 'Second Great Depression'

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy spent a large part of his daily press briefing on Monday lobbying federal officials to help fund states hit hardest by Covid-19

Joined by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D – NJ), Murphy publically asked for President Donald Trump and federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to help fund state shortfalls and “prevent this public health emergency ...

NJ Officials Detail Unemployment ‘Crisis.’ Murphy Says State to Reopen Slowly.

NEW JERSEY — One day before the federal government’s scheduled release of April unemployment figures, state officials detailed their own analysis of unemployment during the pandemic.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday said the state’s Labor Department had received over a million claims in two months and sent out $1.9 billion in unemployment assistance.

“This is an ...

Rutgers University Wants to Know How Much Residents Know About Area Ports

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University is reaching out to communities near New Jersey's shipping ports to conduct a voluntary and confidential online survey to collect their opinions on and determine their knowledge of the port industry.

The survey considers the impact of major port facilities in Elizabeth, Newark, Jersey ...

Bramnick, Cryan Discuss Assistance for Businesses, Workers Amid COVID-19 (Video)

If you are a business or employee impacted by COVID-19 there are a number of government programs that can benefit you.

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Westfield, and Sen. Joe Cryan, D-Union, discuss these in this short video:

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NJ Announces Mortgage Payment Relief, Financial Protections During COVID-19 Epidemic

TRENTON – Financial institutions will provide mortgage forbearance and financial protections for New Jerseyans facing economic hardship as a result COVID-19, according to an announcement by Gov. Phil Murphy today.

“Millions of hardworking New Jerseyans are suffering financial losses through no fault of their own as a result of the economic downturn brought on by ...

Gov. Murphy's Lockdown Order Shuts Businesses, Bans Social Gatherings

NEWARK, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy has moved to shut down most businesses, ban social gatherings and require the majority of the state’s 9 million residents to work from home in what amounts to a statewide lockdown.

Under Executive Order No. 107 – his so-called “Stay At Home Order” – all gatherings of people such as parties, celebrations or other social events ...

SBA Names NJ a 'Declared Disaster State', Opens Door for Businesses to Receive Disaster Relief Funding

WASHINGTON, DC – The Small Business Administration (SBA) has named New Jersey a declared disaster state in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. This declaration will allow New Jersey small business owners impacted by COVID-19 to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) that provide financial assistance to help support their businesses. 

EIDLs are working ...

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New Online Platform Helps Job Seekers in Union County 

June 2, 2020

Union County is first in New Jersey to offer new “Virtual One-Stop” employment service

As of Monday, June 1, job seekers in Union County can use the new “Union County Works” website at ucajc.org to find job openings, job training and education opportunities, help creating resumes, and more. It is the first county-based “virtual one-stop” ...

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Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Freeholders Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

2020 4th of July Fireworks at Nomahegan Park and all Other Union County Parks Canceled

May 28, 2020

CRANFORD - The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites:

Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July 2. 
Plainfield fireworks ...

Murphy to Allow Outdoor Dining, Hair Salon Appointments, In-Person Shopping

June 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to peel away social distancing measures.

Youth summer programs will also be permitted to start on July 6 during what Murphy calls Stage 2 of New ...

New Online Platform Helps Job Seekers in Union County 

June 2, 2020

Union County is first in New Jersey to offer new “Virtual One-Stop” employment service

As of Monday, June 1, job seekers in Union County can use the new “Union County Works” website at ucajc.org to find job openings, job training and education opportunities, help creating resumes, and more. It is the first county-based “virtual one-stop” ...

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Berkeley Heights Restaurant Creates Mobile Market to Serve their Community During the Pandemic

June 1, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Host Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Ralph Acquaviva, Owner of Delicious Heights, a restaurant/bar/takeout establishment, to see how he has managed his business during the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about the initiatives he has established to continue meeting his customers’ needs.

“My dream was always to open up a restaurant,” said Acquaviva.

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

New Online Platform Helps Job Seekers in Union County 

June 2, 2020

Union County is first in New Jersey to offer new “Virtual One-Stop” employment service

As of Monday, June 1, job seekers in Union County can use the new “Union County Works” website at ucajc.org to find job openings, job training and education opportunities, help creating resumes, and more. It is the first county-based “virtual one-stop” ...

Skills I Thought I’d Never Need Again (Or Ever)

Skills I thought I’d never need again (or ever)

Or how I put my skills to work in this new world

 

Every post-apocalypse movie has this weird combination of technology and pioneer sensibilities. I’ve always thought that odd – if there were droids watching over them, why were they cooking over an open hearth, if you have flying cars why aren’t your stores ...