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Ten Facts About Independence Day You May Not Know

July 3, 2022

UNITED STATES -- Many Americans will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with backyard BBQs, picnics or a trip to the beach. But did you know that Independence Day was not a paid federal holiday until 1938? (source: ACEI-Global). 

1. Thomas Jefferson was not the only author of The Declaration of Independence
While Thomas Jefferson is often called the “author” ...

FDA Says Parents Should Not Use Baby Neck Floats Due to Risk of Injury or Death

Parents, caregivers, and health care providers are being warned to not use neck floats with babies for water therapy interventions, especially with babies who have developmental delays or special needs, such as spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy, announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The use of these products can lead to ...

Hudson County Schools of Technology Hosts Industry Partner Breakfast

SECAUCUS, NJ – Hudson County Schools of Technology held its 2022 Industry Partner Breakfast on Tuesday at the Frank J. Gargiulo Campus to recognize the invaluable educational and professional contributions made by HCST’s many industry partners throughout the state. The event also provided an opportunity for partners to network with each other, as well as with teachers and staff who ...

Kennedy Dancers To Kick Off Free Summer Performances Around Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Kennedy Dancers, a Jersey City-based non-profit dance organization, are set to begin a series of free performances around the city this summer.

Under the direction of Diane Dragone, there will be four scheduled shows featuring original choreography and professional company performers Dree Dray, Abigail Dias, Kat Reese, Zackary Anderson, Danae Balladares, and Tallia ...

VIDEO: Patriotic Group Hangs Flags on Parkway, Baseball Field Ribbon Cutting, Residents Awarded for Art and Police Academy Graduation

NEW JERSEY - A group of patriotic residents hang flags on a Garden State Parkway overpass ahead of July 4th. Plus, a new baseball field ribbon cutting. Also, two residents are awarded for their art contributions. And, a police academy graduation.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

Roe No. Jersey City WomenWon't Back Down After Supreme Court Ruling, Protesters Say at City Hall Rally

June 24, 2022

JERSEY CITY, NJ - For the fourth time in a little over a month, bands of protestors made their way through the streets of Jersey City on Friday just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark case Roe vs. Wade, putting women’s reproductive health rights in the hands of lawmakers in state capitols across the nation. 

A series of rallies took place on the steps of City ...

Jersey City Council Approves $322 Contract for Auditor

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Jersey City Municipal Council voted to renew the contract of Donohue, Girona, Doria and Tomkins, LLC to perform auditing services for the city. The 7-1 approval of the $322220 contract came over the objection of Councilman James Solomon.

“First, the contractors have routinely been delinquent in turning around their audit of the city budget,” Soliman said in a ...

Amid Rising Gas Prices, More Turn To Cycling: Learn How To Ride Safely In Hudson County

June 23, 2022

This story was co-produced in collaboration with CivicStory and the NJ Sustainability Reporting project.

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ — With gas prices at a record high and no relief in sight, many are reconsidering their options for transportation as a way to keep a little more cash in their pockets.

And while cycling is one of the best means for urban travel – efficient, ...

Jersey City Crossing Guards Agree to Contract Through 2026

June 30, 2022

JERSEY CITY, NJ - After a five-year impasse, Jersey City school crossing guards have ratified a tentative contract.

The 102 crossing guards voted in favor of a contract that will give them an immediate $1 an hour raise, bringing their hourly salary up to $18. They will also receive retroactive raises going back to 2017

The contract will run until 2026 with a salary increase each year ...

WIth NJCU Facing Financial Emergency Sue Henderson Resigns as President of NJCU

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Susan Henderson resigned her position as president of New Jersey City University where she had served for ten years on Monday.

She made the announcement just after the trustees declared a state of financial emergency – although the two announcements may not be connected.

With both the financial difficulties and a 2021 vote of no confidence made against her in 2021 by ...

'Reach for the Stars' Dickinson Valedictorian Tells Fellow Graduates

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Under bright skies and potentially even brighter futures, the Dickinson High School Class of 2022 held their commencement ceremony on Tuesday.

To enthusiastic cheers of family and friends, the 408 graduates took their seats in the school gymnasium where they became the focus of attention, as teachers and others sang their success stories.

Principal Gekson Casillas ...

Jersey City Officials Recognize Hudson County Urban League for 50 Years of Service to Community

June 26, 2022

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - The Hudson County Urban League has been a mainstay in Jersey City for a half century, a place where many low-income people of all ethnicities and races have come for help, seeking the jobs, training or day care that the non-profit organization provides, a resolution honoring the organization by the Jersey City Municipal Council said. 

Since 1972, their offices ...

829 Garfield Offers New Housing Opportunities in Redeveloping Bergen Lafayette

June 24, 2022

JERSEY CITY, NJ - For years, the property at 829 Garfield Avenue in Jersey City was largely a vacant lot that kids used to sneak onto the play.

Ward F Councilman Frank Gilmore said he grew up in the neighborhood and was one of those kids.

This week, the long-blighted property officially became an icon for the redevelopment of the area as Mayor Steven Fulop joined other dignitaries to cut ...

JCFD Adds Two New Companies to Deal with High Rise Incidents, Rapid Intervention

June 30, 2022

JERSEY CITY, NJ - In some ways, the Jersey City Fire Department went back in time on Thursday, restoring fire company number one, which was first established in 1829, but was done away with during budget cuts in 1991.

This is part of a new fire department expansion that established two new fire companies and officially launched a newly created specialized response team, the JCFD High-rise ...

Jersey City Fire Department Welcomes 23 New Members

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Jersey City Fire Department added 23 new members to their ranks on Tuesday.

The swearing in ceremony presided over by Mayor Steven M. Fulop brought the JCFD to a historic total of over 700 firefighters and superiors, further increasing public safety throughout the community, officials said.

“We hold our firefighters in high regard for their bravery, running ...

Jersey City Track Athlete Traore Becomes 3-Time All-American at Ramapo College

June 19, 2022

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Cheickna Traore, a Jersey City native who recently completed his junior year at Ramapo College, recently became a three-time NCAA All-American when he finished second in two performances at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Mount Union.

Traore crossed the finish line in 46.54 seconds in the 400-meter dash to win the silver medal ...

World Cup 2026 Coming to New Jersey

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The biggest tournament in the world’s most popular sport is coming to New Jersey in a big way.

On Thursday officials from FIFA, soccer’s governing body, announced that MetLife Stadium will be one of just 15 locations across North America and 11 in the U.S. to play host to the 2026 World Cup tournament.

While the number of matches and in what rounds of the ...

Hoboken Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sexually Assaulting Two 17-Year-Old Girls

July 1, 2022

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ — A 45-year-old Hoboken man pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two 17-year-old girls while working as a teacher in Jersey City and Union City, according to authorities.

On Thursday, Francisco Realpe pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and forfeited his right to current and future public employment, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez ...

Newark Man Charged In Jersey City Triple Shooting

JERSEY CITY, NJ – A 31-year-old Newark man is facing charges in connection with a February 2021 shooting that killed one woman and injured two men in Jersey City, according to authorities.

On Tuesday, members of the United States Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Task Force arrested Jimmy Colclough and charged him with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, two ...

Video Footage, 911 Call Released In Fatal Police Shooting of Jersey City Man

JERSEY CITY, NJ — A 59-year-old Jersey City man had just grabbed a woman and held her at gunpoint when he was fatally shot by a Jersey City Police Officer last month, according to video footage of the incident released Monday by the state Attorney General’s Office.

Alongside the footage and recording of a 911 call, Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin provided new details ...

Ten Facts About Independence Day You May Not Know

July 3, 2022

UNITED STATES -- Many Americans will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with backyard BBQs, picnics or a trip to the beach. But did you know that Independence Day was not a paid federal holiday until 1938? (source: ACEI-Global). 

1. Thomas Jefferson was not the only author of The Declaration of Independence
While Thomas Jefferson is often called the “author” ...

Kennedy Dancers To Kick Off Free Summer Performances Around Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Kennedy Dancers, a Jersey City-based non-profit dance organization, are set to begin a series of free performances around the city this summer.

Under the direction of Diane Dragone, there will be four scheduled shows featuring original choreography and professional company performers Dree Dray, Abigail Dias, Kat Reese, Zackary Anderson, Danae Balladares, and Tallia ...

Jersey City 4th of July Celebration: What Time, How to Get There, What you Need to Know

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Those planning on attending Jersey City’s 4th of July featuring Flo Rida and fireworks conducted by Guinness World Record holder, Fireworks by Grucci, are being strongly encouraged to arrive by foot, bike, or public transportation to Exchange Place as parking will be extremely limited and road closures will be in effect.  

New Jersey’s July 4th ...

Our Lady Of Grace To Hold 5th Annual Pride Mass

June 23, 2022

HOBOKEN, NJ —  As part of an ongoing effort to welcome the LGBTQ community into the church, Our Lady of Grace Church will continue its tradition of hosting a special Mass to mark Pride Month.

This year’s service will be held Sunday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. and all LGBTQ individuals, along with their families, and LGBTQ allies.

Now in its 5th year, the Mass is not only a way ...

Whole Spectrum Autism Set To Host Fall Gala — Get Your Tickets Now!

June 10, 2022

JERSEY CITY, NJ — To help continue its efforts to raise awareness and promote acceptance of autism, Jersey City-based non-profit Whole Spectrum Autism is gearing up to host one of its flagship fundraising events.

Scheduled for Sept. 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Ashford, the 7th annual Autism Acceptance Gala will include food, drinks, dancing and raffles, as well as an awards ceremony to ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Signs Record $50+ Billion State Budget, Republicans Concerned About Increasing State Spending

June 30, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget on Thursday at Cranford High School.

"The priorities of this budget are the priorities of our families," Murphy said. "At the top that list is affordability."

Among the provisions in the budget:

$2 billion ANCHOR property tax credit for homeowners and a rebate for ...

New Jersey Business & Industry Association President Optimistic About the Future, Says Current Business Climate 'Frustrating'

TRENTON, NJ — When thinking of the future for businesses in New Jersey, Michele Siekerka is confident and hopeful.

"I’m always a glass half full person and very optimistic," Siekerka, the President and CEO of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) said. "I believe for every challenge there’s an opportunity.  It depends on how we ...

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Says This Is 'As Big a Week as We've Had in a Long Time'

TRENTON, NJ — It's a big week for Tom Bracken and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

"This is a week that's been building since the beginning of COVID," Bracken, the organization's President and CEO said. "This is the week where we'll know what kind of resources will be allocated to really helping what's broken."

New Jersey's state budget ...

VIDEO: Patriotic Group Hangs Flags on Parkway, Baseball Field Ribbon Cutting, Residents Awarded for Art and Police Academy Graduation

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A group of patriotic residents hang flags on a Garden State Parkway overpass ahead of July 4th. Plus, a new baseball field ribbon cutting. Also, two residents are awarded for their art contributions. And, a police academy graduation.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

VIDEO: Cornhole Champions, Firefighters Save Ducklings, Teachers Honored for Fellowship Graduation and Gearing Up for July 4th

NEW JERSEY - A town crowns cornhole champions. Plus, firefighters rescue stranded ducklings and reunite them with their mother. And, several teachers honored for their fellowship graduation. Also, one town gears up for a massive July 4th celebration. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland ...

VIDEO: Stevens Student Recognized by NASA, Police Department Celebrates 138 Years, Union County College Renamed and 6th Graders L.E.A.D.

NEW JERSEY - A Stevens Institute of Technology student is recognized by NASA. Plus, a police department celebrates 138 years. And, Union County College gets a new name. Also, 6th graders graduate from the L.E.A.D. program. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

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Hudson County Schools of Technology Hosts Industry Partner Breakfast

July 2, 2022

SECAUCUS, NJ – Hudson County Schools of Technology held its 2022 Industry Partner Breakfast on Tuesday at the Frank J. Gargiulo Campus to recognize the invaluable educational and professional contributions made by HCST’s many industry partners throughout the state. The event also provided an opportunity for partners to network with each other, as well as with teachers and staff who ...

NJ Transit Will Conduct Redesign Of Hudson County Bus Network

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ — NJ Transit will soon begin examining COVID-19’s impact on local bus networks in Hudson County and what changes can be made to improve those services, the statewide transit agency recently announced.

The project — which is being funded through a $514,045 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration — ...

Hudson County to Begin Distributing COVID Vaccines to Children 6 Months and Older

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and the Hudson County Vaccine Task Force have announced that that they will begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines to children ages six months and up on Wednesday. 

Parents can register for an appointment by clicking here. Walk in vaccines will also be available.

“The CDC’s approval of vaccines for children six months and ...

South Jersey Man Admits Selling Fake COVID Cleansers

June 22, 2022

CAMDEN, NJ — A South Jersey businessman pleaded guilty to selling pesticide-laced disinfectant wipes and liquid sanitizers to federal agencies, municipalities and others, falsely promising they would kill the coronavirus.

Maple Shade businessman Paul Andrecola, 63, admitted his role in a year-long scheme before U.S. District Court Judge Robert B. Kugler on Thursday in a Camden federal ...

Hudson County Community College to Co-host Free Educational Event on the Cannabis Culture of New Jersey

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County Community College (HCCC) and Cannademix will co-host a daylong special event, “The Cannabis Culture of New Jersey: A Community Cannabis Conversation.” The FREE event will take place Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the HCCC Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street, Jersey City – just two blocks from the Journal Square ...

How to Start Working Out: A Guide for Fitness Beginners

So you’re ready to start working out. Congrats! You’ve officially taken the first step to creating a happier and healthier life for yourself. If you’re wondering where to go from here, we’ve listed five of the most frequently asked fitness questions (and their answers) to help you get started.

Do I Need to Work Out Every Day?

If your goal is to lose weight and get ...

4 Undeniably Delicious and Healthy Single-Serving Recipes

Whether you’re late for work and rushing out the door, packing a lunch for the day to come, or making dinner after a long day at work, you don’t likely want to spend your time cooking a large, complicated meal for just one person. 

But it can be challenging to find recipes that meet your desired cooking time and sound appealing. Thankfully, there are recipes that will nourish ...

Former Felician Baseball Players Signed Professionally

RUTHERFORD, NJ - The contingent of former Felician University baseball players in the professional ranks grew by two during Memorial Day weekend. Pitchers Michael Gutierrez, a right-hander, and lefty Darwin Matos signed independent pro contracts and made their professional debuts shortly thereafter. Gutierrez and Matos were both members of the 2022 Golden Falcons and are 2022 graduates of ...

Can Lame Ducks Still Fly?

TRENTON, NJ — Things have never looked better for the Democrats who rule Trenton these days. Flush with federal cash. Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate. A Governor re-elected as a Democrat last November for the first time in four decades. 

It’s a real bubbly bonhomie in the state’s capital as they tie up the last loose strings of the state’s $50 ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, July 9, 11:00 AM

Liberty State Park, Jersey City

JCPD Memorial Walk

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Tue, July 12, 7:00 PM

Hoboken

Party With Purpose Annual 5k and After Party

Garden Savings FCU Partners with Local Radio Station to Support Habitat for Humanity

July 1, 2022

Garden Savings Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey with branches in Newark, Dover and South Orange, is helping to build homes for local communities in the surrounding areas. The credit union has partnered with WDHA FM (105.5 FM) to help support Habitat for Humanity and build homes for people in need.  

“We love supporting Habitat for Humanity and the great ...

Empower The Village Celebrates Juneteenth, Black Artists and Economic Empowerment at 4th Annual ‘For The Love of Art’ Show

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The second annual Juneteenth federal holiday weekend was celebrated in spectacular fashion, as Empower The Village Inc, a New Jersey-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, showcased Black excellence in the arts and hosted over 200 attendees at their annual For The Love of Art: A Juneteenth Celebration of Justice & Joy, an art show and fundraiser at the ...