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New Jersey Date Night: Hey, Pumpkin!

October 31, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Remember that moment during a cooler-than-usual morning in late August when you began to anticipate it, so much so that your nose and taste buds craved its arrival? Before you knew it, you finally got to taste it in your coffee, smell it candles and maybe even try it in your macaroni and cheese.

Pumpkin ...

Donors Sought for 24th Annual Toy Drive

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Pointing to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic Jersey City officials have said that they are expanding their calls for donations for what will be Jersey City’s 24th annual toy drive.

“We’re hopeful that those who can give will help us bring holiday cheer to the children of Jersey City,” City Spokesperson Kimberly Wallace Scalcione said ...

Ghost of Uncle Joe's Continues Halloween Weekend

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Ghost of Uncle Joe’s Show—an annual fundraiser for the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery—continues this weekend, after a successful launch last week.

For the past 12 years, the show has raised over $100,000 for the cemetery, which is a historical site in the heart of Jersey City that is now maintained by a volunteer Board of Trustees, a ...

Delays, Minor Injuries When Car Collides with Light Rail

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A driver with a suspended license was injured and portions of an eastbound train on the Hudson Bergen Light Rail line derailed following a Thursday crash, NJ Transit officials announced. The accident also caused significant damage to the platform.

According to a statement the driver, Jabron Johnson, who sustained non-life threatening injuries, struck the train at the Martin ...

Don't Believe Everything You Read, High Schools Sports Body Says

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - Once again the NJSIAA has issued guidance on an upcoming sport and its championship, in direct conflict from published reports and an announcement from a sport’s coaches association.

The NJSIAA contradicted an article in northjersey.com which quoted New Jersey Wrestling Coaches Association tournament director Howie O’Neil.

According to the article, ...

As Others Move for Tighter Restrictions Fulop Says Follow Current Rules to Stay Healthy

HOBOKEN / JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hoboken's vibrant and vital hospitality industry is facing yet another setback, following a controversial executive order by Mayor Ravi Bhalla that pushes up closing time to midnight in the Mile Square City.

The move comes as Hoboken sees a steady uptick in COVID-19 cases. Seventeen new cases reported on Thursday represent the city's highest one-day total ...

Jersey City Awarded National Grant to Address Virus Impact

October 29, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A $295,263 grant by the Kresge Foundation, one of just 25 awarded across the county, will allow the Jersey City Health Department to continue efforts to address the impact of COVID-19 while addressing racial injustice and inequity.

“It’s been a very tough year and of course we all would likely change some aspects of our response in hindsight, but we are lucky in ...

Business Administrator Brian Platt Set to Take Position in Kansas City

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Brian Platt, business administrator in Jersey City since 2018, will be moving on to take up a similar position in Kansas City.

While the move comes as something of a surprise to many, Mayor Steven Fulop confirmed the move saying that “I’m very happy for Brian Platt being as he has been a key part of my team but am sad to see him go also- he was a key part of my ...

Gov. Murphy, First Lady to Quarantine After Exposure to Coronavirus

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy abruptly left a press briefing Wednesday after learning that an individual with whom he was in close proximity on Saturday has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Murphy, 63, was hosting an outdoor press briefing at the student center of Camden County College (CCC) to announce $14 million in funding for ...

Jersey City 7th Grader Named as Reporter for Scholastic Kids Press

October 17, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - It's often said that chasing news is a young person's game. That's good news for 12-year-old Mujtaba Raja, a 7th Grader from Jersey City, who is one of nearly four-dozen newly named reporters working with Scholastic Kids Press.

The award-winning Scholastic Kids Press program has Kid Reporters aged 10–14, covering “news for kids, by kids.” ...

Jersey City Man Arrested for DWI and PCP Possession After Driving Around Hoboken With No Lights

October 29, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ - A man driving around Hoboken just before 1:00 a.m. without headlights was taken off the streets by police without incident.

At 12:50 a.m. on October 27, Officer Brandon Fitzgibbons and Officer Harold Milne responded to the area of 4th and Willow Avenue after being called about an intoxicated male sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked white van. Upon arrival, they met up ...

Hero Cops Save Life of Overdose Victim

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The quick actions of Jersey City police officers E. Rivera and C. Zapaleta are drawing the praise of their superior officers and union leadership after the two saved the life of a man who was near death following a suspected drug overdose.

According to reports, the two were called to the area of Central and Griffith on Tuesday where they observed a man on the sidewalk.

Blaze that Killed 80-Year-Old Jersey City Man Under Investigation

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force and the Jersey City Fire Department are investigating a three-alarm fire that killed an 80-year-old man in Jersey City Friday evening. 

According to reports members, on the day of the incident members of the Jersey City Fire Department responded to an alarm activation at 92 Danforth Avenue, a senior apartment building, just ...

Donors Sought for 24th Annual Toy Drive

October 31, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Pointing to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic Jersey City officials have said that they are expanding their calls for donations for what will be Jersey City’s 24th annual toy drive.

“We’re hopeful that those who can give will help us bring holiday cheer to the children of Jersey City,” City Spokesperson Kimberly Wallace Scalcione said ...

Defunding Would Reverse Progress Made by JCPD, Fulop Says

October 29, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Always in search of a middle ground Mayor Steven Fulop has said his continued intention is to restructure the Jersey City Police Department for greater performance, not defund it. 

“In Jersey City it’s been about concrete steps,” Fulop said in a tweet. “We looked for ways that we can structurally improve our police dept with meaningful changes.

Mail-in Ballots Stressing Out Front-Line Election Workers

October 29, 2020

Confusion, suspicion, voter hostility and computer glitches: it’s all in a day’s work for the folks staffing New Jersey’s election boards.

This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. This article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy.

For ...

Prinz-Arey Offers Endorsement to BOE Candidates from Education Matters Team

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Two of the three members of the Education Matters slate of candidates for Jersey City Board of Education now have the endorsement of Jersey City Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey.

In a statement issued by the campaign, the westside section representative to the City’s legislative body pointed to the need for “strong and compassionate leadership” and said ...

New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance to Host Presidential Debate

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Former New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak will square off with New Jersey State Senator Mike Testa in a Presidential debate hosted by the New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance Tuesday.

Both men, standing in for their Party's Presidential candidate, will be asked questions by both Steve Lenox, Publisher of several TAPinto hyperlocal new sites, and Ezra ...

Ghost of Uncle Joe's Continues Halloween Weekend

October 30, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Ghost of Uncle Joe’s Show—an annual fundraiser for the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery—continues this weekend, after a successful launch last week.

For the past 12 years, the show has raised over $100,000 for the cemetery, which is a historical site in the heart of Jersey City that is now maintained by a volunteer Board of Trustees, a ...

The Ghost of Uncle Joe's Ready to Rise from Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery with Six Shows Over Two Weekends

JERSEY CITY, NJ - This Friday, October 23 kicks off the Ghost of Uncle Joe’s Show—an annual fundraiser for the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery.

For the past 12 years, the show has raised over $100,000 for the cemetery, which is a historical site in the heart of Jersey City that is now maintained by a volunteer Board of Trustees, a hard-working group of volunteers, and ...

Jersey City's Art House Productions Announce Playwrights for INKubator Program

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Six playwrights will take part in the Art-House Production 2020-2021 INKubator Program, the Jersey City-based arts organization announced recently. 

Under the tutelage of program director Alex Tobey, playwrights Andrea Coleman, Izzi D’Esposito, Madeline Dennis-Yates, Nathaniel Foster, Aja Nisenson, and SMJ will take part in the year-long program which will include ...

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Felician University Holds Virtual Homecoming

Every year colleges and universities look forward to their annual Homecoming celebration as a chance to come together on campus for an athletic event, food, fun, and other activities. 

This year the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancelation or postponement of homecoming celebrations across the nation. Felician University also canceled its on-ground fall celebration, moving ahead instead ...

Dean Mildred Mihlon Welcomed as Head of the Felician University School of Arts & Sciences

RUTHERFORD, NJ -Felician University officials have announced Dr. Mildred Mihlon as the new Dean of the university's School of Arts & Sciences. With a long career in higher education, Mihlon most recently served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, where she was responsible for program level assessment, retention and ...

Retired JCPD Captain to Serve as Chief of Staff at Hudson County Jail

October 28, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ- Retired Jersey City Police Capt. Ed Nestor has been appointed to serve as chief of staff to Hudson County Correctional Facility Director Ron Edwards.

Nestor served with the Jersey City Police Department from 1994 until last August, starting out as a beat cop in the West Side of Jersey City. He has worked in various capacities including the narcotics division, the street gangs ...

County Executive DeGise Warns Residents Against Falling Victim to Phone Scams

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County residents have been warned to remain extra vigilant against become the victims of scams that involved them giving confidential information, such as bank account numbers, over the telephone.

According to a statement by Hudson County Tom DeGise, The Division of Family Services received a complaint from a Hudson County resident and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...

'The County Remains Vigilant' Spokesman Says as Three Employees Test Positive for Virus

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County officials were taking all precautions after three parks workers, two in Lincoln Park and one in Mercer Park, tested positive for COVID-19, one requiring a short admittance into intensive care. 

County spokesman Jim Kennelly told TAPinto that 90 county personnel who may have interacted with the sick workers at Lincoln Park were sent to Hudson Regional ...

Second Wave is Coming, Murphy Declares

October 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy declared Thursday that he’s “back on the field” and ready to resume in-person events after a self-imposed quarantine.

The surge of COVID-19 cases, however, also appears to be back.

In his COVID-19 media briefing, Murphy all but declared that the long-anticipated second wave of coronavirus cases had arrived.

“(The numbers) ...

Montclair's Cuban Pete's Locked by Law Enforcement After Repeated COVID Violations

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After scoffing at the Governor's Executive Orders and repeatedly allowing patrons to continue to dine inside, the owner of Cuban Pete's is now locked out of his business.

On Monday morning, Montclair Police changed the locks on the doors of Cuban Pete’s restaurant, locking out the owner and workers. This was after three violations of the Executive ...

Are Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Just the Start?

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Art House Productions Welcomes Vanity Ray as New Virtual Drag Bingo Host

October 28, 2020

Art House Productions is proud to announce Vanity Ray as the new host for Virtual Drag Bingo. Starting October 16, Virtual Drag Bingo will be held every Friday night at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST. Drag Queen Vanity Ray will host 4 virtual rounds of BINGO using Zoom. Each round's winner gets a prize. Prizes include gift certificates to Jersey Social and the West Side Partnership, bingo boards, ...

Jersey City/Hoboken Residents Seeking Jersey Shore Lifestyle and Maintenance-Free Environment Turn to East Gate in Historic Fort Monmouth

Jersey City and Hoboken residents seeking an escape to all the delights of the famed Jersey Shore, but unwilling to sacrifice the ease and convenience of maintenance-free living have found the perfect answer in the singe-family family attached homes at East Gate, the luxury new home community created in century-old Officer’s Housing in Fort Monmouth.

A select few opportunities are all ...

Canopy by Hilton Debuts in New York Metropolitan Area

JERSEY CITY, NJ – Canopy by Hilton, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) lifestyle hotel brand, announced today the opening of Canopy by Hilton Jersey City Arts District, marking the brand’s first outpost in the New York City Metropolitan Area. The hotel’s arrival will support the robust culture of the Arts District with the area’s first truly elevated hospitality offering, ...

Closing the Pay Gap for Latina Women

October 29, 2020

Today is Latina Equal Pay Day and during this pandemic, this issue could not be more relevant. On average, Latina women are paid only 55% of what white men are paid, which means now, during a public health and economic crisis, they are particularly at risk. The date of October 29th is symbolic, representing on average how much longer it would take a Latina to earn the same amount that her white ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...