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Rutgers President Stands By Virtual Graduation Decision, Doesn't Want a 'Super-Spreader Event'

February 25, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway acknowledged that his decision to forgo in-person commencement ceremonies this spring was an unpopular one among the many who sent him letters over the past week.

And, he is doubling down on his decision to hold them virtually and not run the risk of turning Rutgers commencement into a super-spreader event.

“I want ...

Murphy Commits $29.5 Million to Support College and University Students Statewide

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New Jersey’s institutions of higher education amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to support the goals of the State Plan for Higher Education through a competitive challenge grant and address student food insecurities ...

Hoboken Seeks Student Submissions for Innovation Portal

HOBOKEN, NJ - Birthplace of the Zipper, Baseball, and American Brewing, Hoboken has long been known for its spirit of innovation. Efforts are underway to keep that spirit alive, as the Stevens Venture Center—in step with the City of Hoboken's recently completed Innovation Center Feasibility Study—is joining Mission 50 in a call for future engineers, designers, programmers, and ...

Hudson County Legislator Annette Chaparro Seeks to Take Confusion out of Light Rail Travel

TRENTON, NJ – Legislation seeking to take confusion out of the ticket validation process when riding NJ light rail was approved by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee on Monday.

“There’s no reason for someone who rightfully bought a light rail ticket but failed to validate it to be penalized equally to a person who did not buy a ticket,” ...

Shop Local & Share the Love—Hoboken Business Alliance Gift Card Program

February 11, 2021

HOBOKEN, NJ - The Hoboken Business Alliance (HBA) announced its Share the Love Gift Card Program that allows residents and visitors to purchase $25-value gift cards for $15 from many local businesses. Discounted gift cards will be available for purchase starting this Sunday, February 14 through February 24, 2021, while supplies last (limit of two per customer at each participating business). As ...

New Jersey Will Not Tax PPP Loans to Small Businesses

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday that loans received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will not be subject to state taxes and that all expenses paid through PPP funds will be tax-deductible.

"This is another layer of protection our business owners need to help them get through this pandemic," Murphy said during his press briefing via ...

Can You Help Bring Leska Home?

February 24, 2021

HOBOKEN, NJ - A $200 reward is being offered to anyone who helps get Leska, missing since Tuesday night, home.

Leska, a nine-month-old brown and white collie, and her owner were near the Hudson Bergen Light Rail Station at 2nd Street and Jackson Street at approximately 7:00 p.m. Leska, frightened by a train horn, escaped from her owner’s grip and ran up the tracks in a ...

Roadwork to Continue in Northwest Hoboken & Uptown Washington Street

HOBOKEN, NJ - After weeks of digging out from snowstorms, officials are now advising residents of a number of construction efforts underway in northern parts of Hoboken.

The City is continuing to move forward with the Northwest Resiliency Park. Being built on 5-acres of former industrial land, the park will have above and below ground infrastructure to withhold up to two million gallons ...

Slots Remain for Hoboken Blood Drive - Friday, February 12

HOBOKEN, NJ - Appointments are still available for a blood drive at Hoboken's Multi-Service Center (124 Grand Street) on Friday, February 12.

Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Appointments are ...

Now Serving: Hoboken American Legion Post 107 Bar Now Open

February 19, 2021

HOBOKEN, NJ - It's been one hell of a campaign... but after years and years of aspiring to restore a home base for Hudson County's service veterans, the Bar at Post 107 is now officially open.

After being heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy, American Legion Post 107 got to work on developing a new building that now operates as a flood-resilient community center—while also serving ...

Hudson County Legislator Annette Chaparro Seeks to Take Confusion out of Light Rail Travel

February 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – Legislation seeking to take confusion out of the ticket validation process when riding NJ light rail was approved by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee on Monday.

“There’s no reason for someone who rightfully bought a light rail ticket but failed to validate it to be penalized equally to a person who did not buy a ticket,” ...

Hoboken Touts Preparation Amid Storm of Criticism Over Previous Snow Clearing Efforts

HOBOKEN, NJ - As anywhere between 4-8 inches of snow begins to fall across the region, officials from the City of Hoboken claim their ready for it this time.

"After brining streets last night, 8 plows are currently salting streets to prevent snow accumulation and are in position to clear snow from roadways throughout the storm," said a social media statement from the City Thursday ...

Hoboken Continues Street Clearing Efforts, With More Snow in the Forecast

HOBOKEN, NJ - Over a week after its last significant snowfall, the City of Hoboken is still working to clear hard-packed, icy mounds from the streets.

"Street cleaning is in effect on Tuesday to continue with the clearing of snow from identified parking lanes, to create more parking availability," according to a statement from the City. "The removal of large mounds of snow to ...

Heroin Dealer Arrested Near Hoboken Housing Authority

February 23, 2021

HOBOKEN, NJ - Police picked up a 52-year-old man near the Hoboken Housing Authority on narcotics charges Sunday evening.

Just after 6:00 p.m. on February 21, the Hoboken Police Department Street Crime Unit—led by Detective Sergeant William Collins, with Detective Mark Mullins, Detective Fabian Quinones, and Detective Connor Milne—arrested Stephen White of Hoboken in the area ...

Hoboken PD Nab Two DWIs Within Two Minutes of Each Other on Opposite Ends of Town

HOBOKEN, NJ - Just after 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Hoboken Police encountered two separate motorists who probably should have gone home a lot earlier.

At 3:14 a.m. on February 21, Officer James Barbro located a vehicle with rear bumper damage near 158 1st Street that was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run in Kearny.

Officer Barbro encountered Eric Sanchez, 42, Hoboken, as he was sleeping ...

Can't Stay Away? Hoboken Man Arrested by Bayonne Police for Third Time

BAYONNE, NJ - A Hoboken man found himself on the wrong side of the law again Sunday when he entered The Rock Tavern despite a court order preventing him from being on the premises.

Qiuwen Zhenge, 59, was taken into custody at approximately 6:44 p.m.and placed under arrest for violating the no contact order. Zheng was also processed on an arrest warrant issued out of Bayonne Municipal Court on ...

Hudson County Corrections Officer Charged in Newark Double Homicide

February 18, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — A Hudson County corrections officer has been charged in connection to a double homicide that left two women dead, one of whom is believed to be the suspect's lover, authorities said. 

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced that John Menendez, a 24-year-old Hudson County Corrections ...

Could Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez Get Nod for US Attorney?

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez might be the next US Attorney for the State of New Jersey, according to reports.

If appointed by President Joe Biden, Suarez, as she did when she was sworn in to her current position in 2015, would break ground by becoming the first Hispanic to hold the coveted position. 

Popular among Hudson County’s mayors, including ...

FBI Provides Tips for Avoiding Romance Scams

NEWARK, NJ -- Valentine’s Day is here, and the FBI's Newark Field Office wants to make the public aware of possible romance scams.

Romance scams occur when a criminal uses a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust.

These scammers are present on most dating and social media sites. They look to establish a relationship as quickly as possible ...

Hudson County Luxury Rental Market Reports Leasing Uptick Since New Year

February 17, 2021

Long drawn to Hudson County, NJ for its affordable luxury, added space and proximity to Manhattan, urban renters are finding even more reasons to set their sights on Hudson River residential hotspots in the wake of the COVID pandemic. While many news reports have focused on an exodus to suburbia in New Jersey, Long Island or Westchester County, there is still a large pool of renters not ...

Over 100 Leases Signed at 100 House in Jersey City

One of Hudson County’s most newsworthy rental programs is taking place at 100 House in Jersey City where more than 100 leases have been signed at the 137-home luxury community.  The notable milestone was achieved in large part due to high velocity since the start of 2021, with over 50 leases signed in the past few weeks alone.

The robust activity has pushed the upscale building ...

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HCCC Foundation Invites Business Leaders and Area Residents to Enjoy the Spring 2021 Subscription Dining Series

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Foundation Subscription Dining Series begins its eleventh year of providing affordable, world-class dining experiences for Hudson County’s business leaders and residents this month. Proceeds provide deserving HCCC students with financial assistance.

Businesspeople and area residents are invited to subscribe to the Series, and ...

Hudson County Community College Student Pedro Moranchel, Jr. Selected as one of just Eight ATD National DREAM Scholars

JERSEY CITY, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) student Pedro Moranchel, Jr., has been chosen as one of just eight students in the United States to participate in the Achieving the Dream (ATD) 2021 DREAM Scholars Program.

ATD is a national educational reform network whose work has had a transformational impact on partnering colleges. The ATD mission focuses on helping ...

Hudson County Officials Launch Vaccine Awareness Campaign

February 16, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Brenda (not her real name) says she doesn’t know if she will get the COVID-19 vaccine. She is a bit nervous about it, and figures she’ll skip it unless mandated by her employer as a requirement to go back to work.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic put her out of work, she was employed in a job that put her in contact with a lot of people.

While she is concerned to ...

Hoboken Jolted By Tuesday Transformer Explosion, Second in 12 Hours

HOBOKEN, NJ - For the second time in 12 hours, a dramatic electrical burnout has occurred in uptown Hoboken, leaving parts of the city without power.

"A transformer outage has occurred uptown in the area of Park and 14th-15th Streets. Various road closures are in effect," reads an alert from the City of Hoboken. "Residents are asked to avoid the area as live wires may currently ...

Power Restored Following Spectacular Transformer Explosion in Hoboken

HOBOKEN, NJ - A long, sustained show of sparks ended with a bang on Monday night, leaving upwards of 5,000 Hoboken residents in the dark after a transformer exploded near the corner of 11th & Hudson Streets.

Video shows what happened following an initial blast at 7:45 p.m., with nearly a minute of footage capped off by another loud explosion. Crews from PSEG were on the scene soon after, ...

Felician University Holds Pinning Ceremony for New Nurses

Felician University marked its 55th year of nursing education Thursday, January 21 with a virtual winter pinning and recognition ceremony for 80 new nurses.

Dean of the School of Nursing, Christine Mihal, Ed.D., R.N. acknowledged that the graduates will be beginning their nursing careers during what she hopes will be the worst healthcare crisis they will ever experience, and reminded them that ...

Mile Square Theatre Hosts Panel Discussion on Black History Month - Tuesday, February 23

February 22, 2021

HOBOKEN, NJ - As part of its Community Resilience program, Mile Square Theatre commemorates Black History Month with a panel discussion about race and theatre this Tuesday, February 23 from 7:30-8:30pm.

Actors Nathaniel Stampley, Blaire Brooks, and Erich McMillan-McCall will join a program moderated by actor/writer/singer Joi Danielle Price to discuss Black History Month—an observance ...

TAP'ed Into Hudson Episode 13: Hudson Vaccinates, Libraries Build Communities

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Steve Lenox, Publisher of TAPinto Bayonne, TAPinto Hoboken, and TAPinto Jersey City, recently welcomed Carrie Nawrocki, Director of the Hudson Regional Health Commission, and David Drumeler, Deputy Business Administrator for Hudson County. 

Nawrocki and Drumeler, under the direction of Hudson County Executive Tom Degise have been heading up the county's vaccination ...

TAP'ed Into Hudson Episode 12: The Impact of Distracted Driving

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Steve Lenox, Publisher of TAPinto Bayonne, TAPinto Hoboken, and TAPinto Jersey City, recently welcomed Pam and Ali O'Donnell to TAP'ed into Hudson. Making her on screen debut, Ali, 11, spoke about the hugs her father, Tim O'Donnell, gave her, and they way her little sister, Bridget, always stood up for her.

Tim and Bridget O'Donnell were killed on February ...

Vaccinating As a Family, Keeping Us All Healthy

February 11, 2021

Minority communities historically have had mixed feelings about vaccinations, due to events in history such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

In this "study", which took place in the 1930s, 600 African American men were studied on the effect of untreated Syphilis. They were divided into two groups-- 399 without the disease and 201 with the disease. During this time, they were ...

Rutgers President Stands By Virtual Graduation Decision, Doesn't Want a 'Super-Spreader Event'

February 25, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway acknowledged that his decision to forgo in-person commencement ceremonies this spring was an unpopular one among the many who sent him letters over the past week.

And, he is doubling down on his decision to hold them virtually and not run the risk of turning Rutgers commencement into a super-spreader event.

“I want ...

Puff, Puff, Passed! Murphy Signs Bills to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months.

The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and means relief for anyone previously subject to arrest for petty marijuana possession.

“As of this moment, ...

‘I Never Knew This Was Possible’ New Jersey's Joe DiMeo Says of Face and Hand Transplant

CLARK, NJ - In his free time, 22-year-old Clark native Joe DiMeo likes to work out, play with his dog, hang with some of his lifelong friends from town and play pool.  All of these things might seem pretty average for a man of his age, but DiMeo can be described as anything but ordinary these days.  

Recently DiMeo has earned the title miracle of silence after a successful ...

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Grow Your Business with TAPinto, a Trusted Marketing Partner for Businesses and Organizations

February 24, 2021

Growing your business with TAPinto is easy, affordable and effective. Businesses can tap into our highly engaged local audience with a variety of marketing options, including content marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, sponsorships, banner advertising and more. 

TAPinto provides a trusted place for businesses and organizations to advertise their products and ...

TAPinto: Ensuring Local News Coverage is Objective and Transparent

TAPinto takes its responsibility to provide fair, accurate and objective coverage of local elections solemnly and seriously.  Given the eroding trust in media, that we live in a highly polarized nation, and that as the old saying goes, “all politics is local,” when it comes to local news coverage regarding government and elections, it is critically important that our readers are ...

Hudson County Luxury Rental Market Reports Leasing Uptick Since New Year

Long drawn to Hudson County, NJ for its affordable luxury, added space and proximity to Manhattan, urban renters are finding even more reasons to set their sights on Hudson River residential hotspots in the wake of the COVID pandemic. While many news reports have focused on an exodus to suburbia in New Jersey, Long Island or Westchester County, there is still a large pool of renters not ...

Over 100 Leases Signed at 100 House in Jersey City

One of Hudson County’s most newsworthy rental programs is taking place at 100 House in Jersey City where more than 100 leases have been signed at the 137-home luxury community.  The notable milestone was achieved in large part due to high velocity since the start of 2021, with over 50 leases signed in the past few weeks alone.

The robust activity has pushed the upscale building ...

HOPES Community Action Partnership, Incorporated Shares Our Commitment to Nurture NJ

NEW JERSEY — HOPES Community Action Partnership, Incorporated (HOPES CAP, Inc.) is committed to being a Nurture NJ partner and ensuring that New Jersey is the safest and most equitable state in the nation to deliver and raise a baby. 

Lara DeSoto, Manager of Infant-Toddler Education, on behalf of the HOPES Early Childhood Programs Management Team shares “HOPES CAP, Inc.