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Jovina Johnson Elected President of Journal Square Community Association

February 25, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The board of the Journal Square Community Association has elected Jovina Johnson as the group’s new president. She replaces Kevin Bing, who stepped down after leading the association for the past two years. Johnson, a human resources professional, was first elected to the group’s board of trustees in February 2020.

JSQCA, founded in 2016, has approximately 80 ...

Hudson County Duo Arrested in $93K Fraud of Elderly Westfield Woman, Police Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two Hudson County men accused of defrauding an elderly Westfield woman of $93,000 were arrested Tuesday as they attempted to scam her out of an additional $40,000 in cash, police said.

Police arrested Brandon Reyes, 27, of Union City, and Walter Rosario, 28, of Jersey City, in Westfield at 11:16 a.m., Chief Christopher Battiloro said in a statement Wednesday. Authorities ...

Black History Month: TAPinto Jersey City Recognizes Jill Jones

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A lifelong Jersey City resident and Rutgers University graduate, Jill Jones is an activist and Founder of White Can't Exist without Black Project.

The initiative was established to challenge society to view people in a different way, and to bring about unity among all races.

She has been inspired by the peaceful protests generated through the Black Lives Matter ...

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

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 ...

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,” ...

Black History Month: TAPinto Jersey City Recognizes Commissioner Jerry Walker

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Head of the Team Walker program, a non-profit organization that provides kids with various opportunities out of the “Team Walker Learning Center,” Jerry Walker, who also serves as a County Commissioner, is one of the most influential people in the southern portion of Jersey City.

Located at the corner of Communipaw Avenue and Halladay Street in the Bergen ...

Ridley and Solomon to Sponsor Civilian Review Board Ordinance

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Council Members Denise Ridley and James Solomon will jointly introduce an ordinance forming a Civilian Complaint Review Board that will provide community oversight of the Jersey City Police Department.

The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) would be one of the nation’s strongest, with substantial investigatory power paired with political independence. If passed by ...

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

February 25, 2021

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 ...

Carlos Lejnieks Set to Bring Expertise, Nationally Recognized Leadership Skills to NJCU Board of Trustees

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Carlos Lejnieks, the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, has been announced as the newest member of the New Jersey City University Board of Trustees. Lejnieks, a statement from the university announced, will serve on the Finance & Audit Committee and Mission Committee.

Saying they are happy he joined the board, ...

Murphy's 'The Road Forward' Initiative Addresses Top Concerns, New Jersey Public Charter Schools Head Says

HAMILTON, NJ - While New Jersey's public charter schools "have found remarkable ways to meet the needs of our students and families during this public health crisis," New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association President and CEO Harry Lee said Friday, they continue to need State guidance and resources to navigate the educational roadblocks caused by the pandemic. 

Lee ...

Jersey City Man Critical After Hit and Run

February 14, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A 39-year-old Jersey City man is said to be in critical but stable condition after being struck and seriously injured while walking on the Lincoln Highway Bridge northbound lane in Jersey City late Saturday night.

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is investigating the hit and run incident in which the driver fled the scene shortly after striking the ...

Investigation Continues Into Blaze that Killed Two Children

JERSEY CITY, NJ - With windows broken, building debris scattered in the bushes, the inside first floor incinerated, and the banister leading upstairs splintered, local fire officials, along with representatives from the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office and the Office of Emergency Management, made their way into the dark interior of the Martin Luther King Drive home carrying flashlights, ...

Jersey City Woman Dead, Two Men Injured in Wednesday Shooting

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A Jersey City woman is dead, and two men are critically injured, after being shot late Wednesday, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

In a statement Suarez reported that members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to the area of Old Bergen Road and Neptune Avenue just before 10:00 p.m. on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival officers found the ...

Black History Month: TAPinto Jersey City Recognizes Jill Jones

February 25, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A lifelong Jersey City resident and Rutgers University graduate, Jill Jones is an activist and Founder of White Can't Exist without Black Project.

The initiative was established to challenge society to view people in a different way, and to bring about unity among all races.

She has been inspired by the peaceful protests generated through the Black Lives Matter ...

Hudson County Duo Arrested in $93K Fraud of Elderly Westfield Woman, Police Say

February 25, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two Hudson County men accused of defrauding an elderly Westfield woman of $93,000 were arrested Tuesday as they attempted to scam her out of an additional $40,000 in cash, police said.

Police arrested Brandon Reyes, 27, of Union City, and Walter Rosario, 28, of Jersey City, in Westfield at 11:16 a.m., Chief Christopher Battiloro said in a statement Wednesday. Authorities ...

Newport Centre Mall Shoot Pleads Guilty

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A 26-year-old Jersey City man pleaded guilty to charges related to his involvement in the 2019 shooting inside the Newport Centre Mall that left two people injured.

Ahmad Broadway was originally arrested on January 19, 2019, eight days after he opened fire on the third floor of the mall sending hundreds of shoppers into hiding and law enforcement officers from several ...

Contractor Involved with Jersey City Library Refurbishment Failed to Pay Workers, Investigation Finds

TRENTON, NJ – A contractor that participated in the restoration of a rood structure at the Jersey City Main Public Library has been assessed approximately $2.75 million in back wages, penalties, and fees following a New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) investigation into the contractor’s failure to pay its employees the state prevailing wage at six job ...

Jake Hudnut Joins Fulop Ticket in Ward E Race Against Solomon

February 18, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - In a race where the boxing gloves are likely to come off, the Ward E election will feature, at least in part, a rematch of the 2017 contest as Jake Hudnut has announced that he is weighing in as the Fulop Team’s candidate.

This time on the other side of the ring, Hudnut, who has served in the Fulop Administration as the chief municipal prosecutor, ran in 2017 on a ...

Partnership with Owners of Prudential Center will Bring $72 Million Restoration of Loew's Theatre to Life, Fulop Announces

February 22, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - In what appears to be the next big step in restoring the Loew’s Theater and turning it into a performing arts center, Mayor Steven Fulop announced a new partnership with Devils Arena Entertainment (DAE), the largest purveyor of entertainment in New Jersey and operator of Prudential Center, one of North America’s top 10 most booked arenas to move forward on a ...

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 ...

Birth of a Nation: Jersey City's Apple Tree House Hosts President's Day Commemoration

JERSEY CITY, NJ - While not quite as cold as Valley Forge was the winter when Gen. George Washington camped out there during the American Revolution, a chilly Presidents' Day paired with COVID-19 pandemic to keep the number of participants at Jersey City’s annual commemoration Monday.

Local legend has long claimed that George Washington, while general of the Colonial Army, met with ...

Black History Month: TAPinto Jersey City Recognizes Pastors Shyrone and Rebecca Richardson

February 23, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ -Shyrone and Rebecca Richardson are the founders of and pastors at the World Outreach Christian Church (WOCC) in Jersey City.

Rev. Shyrone has more than 25 years in ministry, serving a number of key communities including at the RCCW; Raleigh Correctional Center for Women, Persons County Jail System, P.S. 15 Parent Council, and the Hamilton Park Nursing Home. 

He helped ...

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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 ...

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 ...

Construction of New Hudson County Justice Complex Reroutes Traffic

February 16, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Hoboken Avenue between Central Avenue and Oakland Avenue will be permanently rerouted starting Thursday as part of the construction of the new County Justice Complex. 

Those traveling this route can detour northbound or southbound via Central Avenue.

Parking restrictions will be enforced as posted on Hoboken Avenue as part of this ...

Hudson County Officials Launch Vaccine Awareness Campaign

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 ...

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 ...

Obituaries

Oct 23, 1950 - Jan 30, 2021
Robert “Bob” W.  Betz of New Providence, NJ passed away in the early hours on ...
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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 ...

Concerned Persons For Adoption (CPFA) to Host 38th Annual "Let's Talk Adoption" Conference – To Be Held Virtually – Friday, March 12 & Saturday, March 13 from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

The "Let's Talk Adoption" Conference is a dynamic and educational event coordinated entirely by CPFA volunteers and co-sponsored by the Rutgers University School of Social Work and the Adoption Agency Council of New Jersey. The goal is to educate and support those involved in the adoption constellation. This non-profit conference has received accolades throughout its 38-year ...

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 ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, February 25, 4:00 PM

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Historic Downtown Farmers Market

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Fri, February 26, 10:00 AM

Virtual Go To Meeting, Jersey City

Coping with COVID

Dear Governor Murphy, Change Your Mind & Vaccinate Educators

February 23, 2021

Governor Murphy, I am a big fan of your work. As a fellow progressive, I have celebrated as we passed the path to $15 minimum hourly wage and expanded paid sick leave. I also appreciate your strong stance during the pandemic with mask mandates alongside restaurant and retail shutdowns. These laws resulted in NJ being one of the safest states in the country over the summer. However, NJ has become ...

Vaccinating As a Family, Keeping Us All Healthy

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 ...