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Gov. Murphy Announces Efforts to Improve Access to Student Loan Forgiveness Program For Public Service Workers

May 24, 2022

EWING, NJ — There is still time to apply to a college loan forgiveness program. 

Last October, the U.S. Department of Education announced a limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver opportunity, which temporarily waives certain program rules helping public service employees eliminate their college debt. 

Gov. Phil Murphy hosted a roundtable with U.S.

New Jersey Republicans Propose Bills to Immediately Reimburse Thousands of Dollars in Surplus Money to Taxpayers

NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate?

The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over collections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue ...

Assemblywomen Introduce Bill Package Tightening Punishment for Car Thieves

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to State Police. 

A similar incident occurred a few days later in Holmdel, ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Police Licensing Proposal Aiming to Build Community Trust

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training Commission (PTC) in order to be employed in the ...

Bill Aiming to Ban Large Boxes for Small Items Passes Assembly Committee with Strong Opposition

TRENTON, NJ — “This is a horrendous piece of legislation,” said Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R - District 25) during the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee meeting on Monday. 

His objection came prior to the committee clearing Assemblyman John McKeon’s (D - District 27) oversized box regulation. The new legislation would prohibit retailers ...

Federal Funding Grants Announced for Fire Departments

HACKENSACK, NJ — More protection is coming for New Jersey’s firefighters. 

In a news conference Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program, which will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning, and sanitization equipment.  

The Firefighter Grant ...

Assemblyman Kevin Rooney on Mental Health Help, Horse Riding Therapy and 'Chopped'

NEW JERSEY — “Did you know that the state animal is the horse?” asked Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R - District 40).

He knows a few things about horses. And about public service too. 

Rooney has over 20 years of public service. He served as Wyckoff Township committeeman from 2010 to 2016, as deputy mayor in 2010 and 2014 and mayor in 2011, 2015 and 2016. He also ...

New Jersey Senators Propose 'Parents Bill of Rights'

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey parents could have more of a say in what their children are learning in school and potentially opt students out of lessons.

Legislation aimed at improving clarity for parents and guardians and allowing comment on any curriculum necessary to implement the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education was cleared by the Senate ...

New Jersey Abortion Access Would Expand Under Gov. Murphy's Proposal, Republicans React to Plan

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Phil Murphy announced new legislation Wednesday that would renew abortion rights in the state and expand access to reproductive care. The proposal would mandate insurance plans in New Jersey to cover abortion procedures with no out-of-pocket costs. Murphy also announced his support to expand the pool of abortion providers to include ...

New Jersey Plastic Bag Ban, One Week Later

NEW JERSEY — One week after the plastic bag ban went into effect, many New Jerseyans seem to be getting into a routine of bringing reusable bags with them to grocery stores. 

As of May 4, 2022, large chains and stores 2,500 square feet or larger, are no longer allowed to give out single-use plastic or paper bags. There are some exceptions to the new rule, including ...

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New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Calls on FTC to Approve RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus has called upon the regulatory body to approve the transaction between Saint Peter’s Health Care System and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick.

“We ...

NJ Legislative Leaders Urge Approval of RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ –The leaders of New Jersey’s State Legislature, Senate President Nicholas Scutari and Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin, are backing the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier ...

Mercer County Expanding Outreach Location in Hamilton

May 8, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ -- Mercer County is expanding their community outreach center in Hamilton Township -- the Mercer County Connection -- in order to better serve residents, officials have announced.

Once complete, the County Connection office will be approximately 4,000 square feet. 

Located in the Hamilton Square Shopping Center on Route 33 and Paxson Avenue, the County Connection ...

More Than 100 Pounds of Unused, Expired Prescription Drugs Turned in Says Mercer County Sheriff Kemler

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- 105 pounds of unused or expired drugs were collected at the recent "Drug Take-Back Day" that urges residents to safely clean out their medicine cabinets, Sheriff Jack Kemler announced.

The disposed medications ranged from daily blood pressure medications to dangerous opiate painkillers and other addictive narcotics. 

"Our goal is to ...

Travel Alert: I-195 Ramp Connecting to I-295 to be Closed

May 24, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ -- Motorists who travel Route 1-195 southbound to connect with Route I-295 will face detours for two nights as an exit ramp is closed during electrical work according to Hamilton Township. 

The Township announced on Tuesday that the ramp to Route I-295 southbound at exit 60A on Route 195 will be close on Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May ...

Roadwork to Begin on Hamilton Avenue

HAMILTON, NJ -- Motorists should expect detours along Hamilton Avenue (County Road 606) as milling and resurfacing of the roadway is set to begin on Monday, May 23. 

The Mercer County Department of Transportation officials said that during construction Hamilton Avenue between South Olden Avenue and Newkirk Avenue will be closed to through traffic between 9:00a.m. and ...

Iconic Coach Stringer Retires; Rutgers to Name Court in Her Honor

May 1, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – C. Vivian Stringer, a Rutgers icon, a trailblazer in women’s basketball and the first Black coach (man or woman) to reach 1,000 wins in Division I competition, has announced her retirement.

Stringer, who also coached at Cheyney State and Iowa during her Hall of Fame career, will officially retire Sept. 1.

In 50 years as a college coach, she amassed 1,055 ...

Former Ocean Spray Plant Could Grow into Cannabis Business

May 23, 2022

BORDENTOWN CITY, NJ — The Bordentown City Commissioners on Monday night approved resolutions in support of possible cannabis operations at the former Ocean Spray site on Park Street, a first step in what will be a multi-faceted process to bring recreational marijuana businesses to the property.

Originally slated for a mixed-use development named “Cranberry Park” which ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Reach Another Record High

NEW JERSEY — Gas prices in New Jersey have reached another all-time high.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded reached $4.72 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. That's up seven cents from the day before, 23 cents from last week and nearly 70 cents from last month. Those figures are according to AAA.

In the Hamilton-Robbinsville area, prices range between $4.69 per ...

Robbinsville’s Budding Filmmaker Javier Cortez Recognized in Festival

May 22, 2022

WESTAMPTON, NJ  – Robbinsville Township's Javier Cortez's passion about movies is palpable, and recently earned his film All in You the runner-up Outstanding Film Award in Burlington County’s first Juried Short Film Festival.

Cortez's All in You movie, which was judged in the Narrative Film Category, was one of only 11 films ...

Mercer County Parks Summer Series is Back with Nine Concerts

MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Music will be in the air once again this summer with the Mercer County Park Commission's Friday Night Concert Series that includes a range of musical genres and a special performance by the legendary Morris Day. 

The Friday Night Concerts will begin on open on July 8 between 6:00p.m and 9:30p.m. on R&B night with the Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Band at ...

Summer is here and ready for a Memorable 2022 in the LBI Region

May 18, 2022

LBI Region, NJ - After a soggy Spring, everyone is looking to heat things up for Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of summer along the Jersey Coast.

The weather is just one of many reasons to take a quick trip to 18 miles of beautiful beaches, scenic bays, and of course legendary Pinelands. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, which operates a year-round visitor center ...

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Receives Approval to Perform Non-Emergent Angioplasties

HAMILTON, NJ - As part of a system-wide initiative to increase access to a comprehensive range of essential cardiac care for residents throughout New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has secured approval from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) to perform elective, or non-emergent, angioplasty procedures.

This approval ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Efforts to Improve Access to Student Loan Forgiveness Program For Public Service Workers

May 24, 2022

EWING, NJ — There is still time to apply to a college loan forgiveness program. 

Last October, the U.S. Department of Education announced a limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver opportunity, which temporarily waives certain program rules helping public service employees eliminate their college debt. 

Gov. Phil Murphy hosted a roundtable with U.S.

VIDEO: Cranford Students Help Community with Lemonade Stand, Glen Rock Police Discover Stolen Prescriptions, Camden Receives 'Brownfield' Grant and Somerville Pastor Makes 'Red Nose' Request

May 24, 2022

NEW JERSEY - Cranford fourth graders raise money for charity through a lemonade stand. Plus, Glen Rock police discover 150 stolen prescription bottles in a man's car. And, Camden receives an EPA grant to clean up 'Brownfields.' Also, a Somerville pastor makes a request for residents to participate in 'Red Nose Day.'

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has ...

Loving Laughter: Good for You, Good for Your Relationships

Recently, I was in a workshop on Humor and Coaching, and I haven’t stopped thinking or talking about it all month!

Of course, laughing feels good.

When my husband Gus or son Theo, good naturedly tease me, I laugh and feel more alive in the moment. But I never thought of laughter as a beneficial habit. Who thinks of laughter as being valuable to our well-being like meditating, ...

Rep. Chris Smith Speaks Out on Leaked SCOTUS Opinion

May 4, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC -- The day after a draft opinion written by United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case regarding abortion rights was made public, Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4) called the leak "an egregious abuse of process and trust."

"That said, the U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to take a powerful step ...

Thomas Kang Becomes Owner/Publisher of 5 TAPinto Local News and Digital Marketing Platforms

MILLBURN, NJ — Thomas Kang is the new owner/publisher of TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, TAPinto Springfield, TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove, TAPinto West Essex and TAPinto West Orange. He took over the local news and digital marketing platforms on March 1, 2022.

Kang, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, moved to New Jersey about two years ago. He's also lived in ...