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Hillsborough School Officials Respond to Students' "Horrific" Online Posts

May 31, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Dr. Lisa M. Antunes, superintendent of schools, and Karen A. Bingert, principal of Hillsborough High School,circulated a letter to members of the school community yesterday in response to complaints about "racist, homophobic and profane" online posts from several Hillsborough High School students.

An investigation is underway.

May 30, 2020

Dear HTPS ...

State: Schools Should Consider Screening Graduation Guests For Fevers

TRENTON, NJ – Schools should consider screening visitors with non-contact thermometers and excluding anyone with a fever exceeding 100.4, according to graduation ceremony guidelines released late Wednesday night by the State Department of Education.

The guidance outlines three options for K-12 school commencement ceremonies: virtual, drive-through/drive-in and modified in-person, outdoor ...

Fine Print: NJ School Boards’ Report Starts Conversation on Reopening

Special to TAPintoSPF. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Title: “Searching for a ‘New Normal’ in New Jersey’s Public Schools”

Author: The New Jersey School Boards ...

Murphy Says Outdoor Graduations a Go: Effective July 6 (UPDATE)

NEW JERSEY - UPDATE: Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be permitted to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said in the announcement posted to social media, will be permitted to begin July 6 as long as they comply with social ...

Franklin High School Schedules Hybrid Virtual Reality Graduation for 2020 (UPDATE)

UPDATE: This morning Dr. John Ravally met with members of his administration to discuss this year's graduation ceremonies in light of the new directive from Governor Murphy and guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education, according to school officials. 

In addition to Franklin High School's class of 2020 virtual celebration, the district will also hold ...

Murphy Offers Ray of Hope for Those Wanting In-Person School Commencement Ceremonies

TRENTON, NJ - After New Jersey state officials recently told residents that in-person commencement ceremonies were not in the cards due to the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy offered a ray of hope to those hoping that actual in-person graduation events could happen at some point in the coming summer months.

Near the conclusion of his daily New Jersey ...

Franklin Township Public Schools Will Hold Virtual Graduations – Last Day of School Now June 23 (UPDATE)

Update: Franklin Township Public Schools issued the following new details regarding Franklin High School graduation 2020.

The Franklin High School Graduation Committee has been brainstorming for several weeks to develop a special graduation ceremony for our Warrior Class of 2020.  Due to restrictions placed on gatherings, a large emphasis will be placed on the virtual ...

Local Resident Named New President of Kean University

UNION, NJ – Kean University named a new president on Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Board of Trustees to fill the spot being vacated by outgoing president Dawood Farahi, who is stepping down at the end of this academic year.

Current New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet a Franklin Township resident has been named the 18th leader of the ...

Graduation Ceremonies and Parades That Gather Crowds Are Out, Franklin Township Public Schools Working on Alternatives

TRENTON, NJ -- During his daily COVID-19 press conference on Monday, May 11, Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ State Police Col. Patrick Callahan attempted to clarify some confusion following publication of a letter Callahan sent to school administrators concerning high school graduations ceremonies and car caravans.

Over the weekend, the head of the state police advised school districts ...

NJ State Police, Dept. of Education Advise School Boards That HS Graduation Ceremonies, Violate 'State at Home' Orders (UPDATE)

Editor's note: The word parade was removed from the article headline to avoid confusion over EO order. 

NEW JERSEY -- While school districts across the state have been planning alternatives to traditional high school graduation ceremonies, any plans that school districts had in the works appear to violate Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No.107, which directs New Jersey ...

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Cedar Hill Prep School Preschoolers Add Fun to Morning Routine

June 1, 2020

SOMERSET, NJ - Preschoolers continued having so much fun in their virtual classrooms. Each day the children had to dress in a different theme. Monday was pajama day, Tuesday the children wore silly mismatched socks, Wednesday they wore their superhero shirts, Thursday they wore their favorite sports activity on a shirt and the best was on Friday when it was crazy hair day!!!! Everyone enjoyed ...

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I photographed George Floyd protest in Newark. This is what I Witnessed.

June 2, 2020

Daniel Han is a freelance journalist, Westfield High School Graduate of 2019 and freshman studying journalism at Rutgers University.

I entered Newark, N.J. on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the George Floyd protests, but was also nervous. Footage of Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia ...

Newarkers Protected City from Outsiders Intent on Destruction at Saturday's George Floyd Protest

June 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — By Monday morning, after a weekend of nationwide protests against police brutality that turned to spasms of violence and chaos in many cities, Newark emerged with the distinction of having led a peaceful demonstration of thousands with minimal destruction. 

The city of 280,000, where about half of residents are black, still bears the scars of the 1967 uprisings that ...

Highland Park: George Floyd Protest Set for Tuesday

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - The public is invited to join community leaders and public officials in a peaceful march to honor the memory of George Floyd on Tuesday, June 2 in Highland Park at 6:30 pm. 

“This anticipated peaceful demonstration is a show of solidarity demanding accountability taken for all officers involved in the death of George Floyd,” Assemblyman Jamel Holley ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!”

And hundreds responded, "No peace!"

Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd.

Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

300 March in New Brunswick to Protest George Floyd's Death

NEW BRUNSWICK. N.J. - Some 300 people gathered at location of the 2011 shooting of a black man by a New Brunswick police officer to protest the death of George Floyd.

Floyd died on May 25 after Minneapolis, Minnesota,  police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than 8 minutes. 

Floyd's death has set off protests and riots in Minneapolis and other cities.

It ...

South Brunswick Police Aid In Arrest Of Man Who Scammed Kendall Park Resident Of $20K

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ- Last week, a 70-year-old woman in Kendall Park was scammed out of $20,000 by a man pretending to be a lawyer. Thomas Osvaldo, 41, from the Bronx, New York, was arrested in North Jersey approximately one hour away from the resident’s home.

According to the South Brunswick Police, Osvaldo pretended to be a lawyer and told an elderly Kendall Park resident that her ...

Red, Yellow, Green: Here’s What the Signs You’ll See Around Newark Mean

NEWARK, NJ — As residents of New Jersey’s largest city prepare to emerge from their long quarantine, they’ll begin to notice something new in their city: a plethora of red, yellow and green signs everywhere they go. 

Officials rolled out a phased reopening and recovery plan on Thursday, explaining that a color-coding system will be part of the city’s effort to ...

Clinton NJ Vegan Café Pays it Forward by Preparing Meals for the Community & Essential Workers

June 3, 2020

CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic. 

Stone described Grounded for Life as a plant-based restaurant “borne from a need to bring healthy and compassionate food, ...

Newarkers Protected City from Outsiders Intent on Destruction at Saturday's George Floyd Protest

June 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — By Monday morning, after a weekend of nationwide protests against police brutality that turned to spasms of violence and chaos in many cities, Newark emerged with the distinction of having led a peaceful demonstration of thousands with minimal destruction. 

The city of 280,000, where about half of residents are black, still bears the scars of the 1967 uprisings that ...

Highland Park: George Floyd Protest Set for Tuesday

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ - The public is invited to join community leaders and public officials in a peaceful march to honor the memory of George Floyd on Tuesday, June 2 in Highland Park at 6:30 pm. 

“This anticipated peaceful demonstration is a show of solidarity demanding accountability taken for all officers involved in the death of George Floyd,” Assemblyman Jamel Holley ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!”

And hundreds responded, "No peace!"

Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd.

Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

88 Year Old Somerset County Woman Donates CARES Act Check to Feed Seniors

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It's not surprising that 88 year old Natalie Cahoon, a 66 year resident of Berkeley Heights, took her stimulus check received from the CARES Act and donated 125 meals from Dimaios to feed the SAGE Meals on Wheels clients.

"Natalie is absolutely amazing and has been delivering and helping in our kitchen every single day since this COVID-19 ...

Somerset County Collects, Distributes Over 1 Million PPEs

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has distributed over 1 million articles of personal protective equipment (PPE) to long-term care facilities (81%), municipal OEMs (14%) and first responders, according to Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public health and safety liaison.

The bulk of critically needed supplies was provided by the New ...

Somerset County Hospital Employees' Vehicles Treated to Deep Cleaning

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The medical staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset has found over the past three months that thanks comes in many forms from an extended community grateful for their extraordinary efforts fighting back against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A steady stream of free meals purchased by donors from area restaurants arrives daily, from pizzas to three-course meals, a ...

88 Year Old Somerset County Woman Donates CARES Act Check to Feed Seniors

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It's not surprising that 88 year old Natalie Cahoon, a 66 year resident of Berkeley Heights, took her stimulus check received from the CARES Act and donated 125 meals from Dimaios to feed the SAGE Meals on Wheels clients.

"Natalie is absolutely amazing and has been delivering and helping in our kitchen every single day since this COVID-19 ...

Somerset County Collects, Distributes Over 1 Million PPEs

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has distributed over 1 million articles of personal protective equipment (PPE) to long-term care facilities (81%), municipal OEMs (14%) and first responders, according to Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public health and safety liaison.

The bulk of critically needed supplies was provided by the New ...