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Despite Challenges of Remote Learning Jersey City Schools Striving to Keep Standards High, Walker Says

January 19, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City school officials are stepping up their efforts to prepare local public school students for standardized testing currently scheduled to take place before the end of the current academic year. 

With remote learning already set to continue through this marking period, and probably until classes break for the summer, District officials, Superintendent Franklin ...

Hudson GOP Leader Faces Calls to Resign Over Sexual Conduct, Loses Party Support

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Joshua Sotomayor Einstein, a GOP Committee person from Hoboken, will not be allowed to run for reelection on the party line in June, after he admitted that he “emotionally abused” women.

State GOP party officials including Republican State Chairman Michael Lavery have condemned Einstein’s conduct and behavior, and many have asked him to step down from the ...

Sires to Trump on Potential Abuse of Pardon Power: Don't Do It

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump’s departure from office Wednesday won’t be the end of Representative Albio Sires’ efforts to “protect our democracy and address abuses of the pardon power,” the veteran legislator said Monday in a statement directed at the nation’s outgoing leader.

Responding to numerous media reports, including from Fox News, ...

To Protect and Serve on Inauguration Day: 550 NJ National Guard Deployed to D.C

WASHINGTON, DC -- To ensure the safety of the U.S. Capital on President-elect's Joe Biden's inauguration day, approximately 550 members of the New Jersey National Guard have been deployed to Washington D.C.. The deployed National Guard Air and Army guardsman hail from across the state. 

Lieutenant Colonel Barbara Brown, public affairs officer for the New Jersey National ...

Bomb Threat Under Investigation at Trump Plaza Residences in Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Law enforcement officials are investigating a bomb threat that began just after 3:00 p.m. Monday.

According to City spokesperson Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, the Jersey City Police Department responded to 88 Morgan Street. The building has not been evacuated, as per building management, and no device has been detected.

The building at 88 Morgan Street is listed as Trump ...

City Council Support Efforts to Impeach Trump, Calls on GOP Leaders that Challenged Election to Resign

January 14, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Jersey City City Council passed a resolution Wednesday supporting efforts to impeach President Donald Trump and to condemn those protestors that broke into the Capitol Building on Jan. 6.

The final vote was 8-0 with Councilman Richard Boggiano who, while saying he doesn’t like violence, suggested that the council doesn’t “have a right to ...

Fulop Calls for Competitive Salaries to Retain Top Talent in City Hall

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City is not competitive when it comes to paying its high-ranking officials, according to Mayor Steven Fulop who presented an ordinance to the city council this week that would increase the amount some department directors get in order to keep other cities from luring away top talent.

Fulop specifically pointed to the loss of former Business Administrator Brian ...

Up in Smoke? City Council Debates Uses of Anticipated Marijuana Revenue

JERSEY CITY, NJ - How should the city allocate tax revenues from marijuana sales?

As state lawmakers continue to discuss the fine points of cannabis legalization, and Jersey City officials have said they will follow state guidelines when it comes to the implementation of regulations to allow for the recreational use of marijuana, members of the City Council spent time at their recent caucus ...

Despite Challenges of Remote Learning Jersey City Schools Striving to Keep Standards High, Walker Says

January 19, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City school officials are stepping up their efforts to prepare local public school students for standardized testing currently scheduled to take place before the end of the current academic year. 

With remote learning already set to continue through this marking period, and probably until classes break for the summer, District officials, Superintendent Franklin ...

Jersey City’s Azalea Banks Wins Scholarship to Continue Studies at Centenary University

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ - Jersey City’s Azalea Banks has big dreams of seeing her fashions traverse red carpets. With her anticipated graduation from Centenary University less than 18 months away, Banks envisions a career designing the latest fashions.

“I’d like to work for a designer for big brands,” she said “Someday, maybe I’ll go solo and design for big ...

Chiaravalloti Lauds Passage of College Tuition Assistance Program Legislation

BAYONNE/JERSEY CITY, NJ - Legislation supported by Assembly Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne/Jersey City) to permanently establish the Community College Opportunity Program (CCOG) in the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority was passed by both chambers of the New Jersey Legislature Monday.

“CCOG is an important investment in our students and in our state's economic ...

Bomb Threat Under Investigation at Trump Plaza Residences in Jersey City

January 18, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Law enforcement officials are investigating a bomb threat that began just after 3:00 p.m. Monday.

According to City spokesperson Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, the Jersey City Police Department responded to 88 Morgan Street. The building has not been evacuated, as per building management, and no device has been detected.

The building at 88 Morgan Street is listed as Trump ...

Candidates for Next Chief of JCPD Emerge

JERSEY CITY, NJ - With last week’s announcement that Police Chief Michael Kelly is retiring after 33 years of service to the Jersey City Police Department, several community groups are beginning to weigh in on possible replacements. 

Topping several lists – including presumably Councilman Daniel Rivera’s who backed him when the position was last open – is Deputy ...

After Three Decades of Service, Jersey City Police Chief Mike Kelly to Retire

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Two years after he was appointed police chief, Mike Kelly announced his retirement.

“After 33 plus years serving the JCPD, our Chief of Police, Mike Kelly, informed me yesterday that he will be retiring next month,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “I’m really thankful for his partnership over the years as he has led the JCPD amidst some of the ...

Uber Joins with Jersey City to Provide Rides to Vaccination Sites

January 13, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - In an effort to alleviate concerns over exposure, costs, and safety to those that might otherwise rely on public transportation, local officials are offering round trip rides to Jersey City senior citizens and frontline workers in order to make certain they can get vaccinated.

Mayor Steven M. Fulop said the city is joining forces with Uber in a new agreement that will ...

Sires to Trump on Potential Abuse of Pardon Power: Don't Do It

January 19, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump’s departure from office Wednesday won’t be the end of Representative Albio Sires’ efforts to “protect our democracy and address abuses of the pardon power,” the veteran legislator said Monday in a statement directed at the nation’s outgoing leader.

Responding to numerous media reports, including from Fox News, ...

Jersey City Teen to Spend 18 Years State Prison

JERSEY CITY, NJ - An 18-year-old Jersey City man will spend at least 15 years and three months in New Jersey state prison following his sentencing in connection with his role in the December 26, 2018 death of Judane Holmes, 16

On the day of the incident the Jersey City teen was gunned down at approximately 3:25 p.m. in the area of 209 Bidwell Avenue. Members of the Jersey City Police ...

Former Union Official Faces Five Years in Prison Following Guilty Plea

NEWARK, NJ - Linda Rogers, 71, a Jersey City resident and former secretary treasurer of Local 2254 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME), admitted embezzling $40,455 from the union’s checking and savings accounts, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig.

Rogers pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Stanley R.

Hudson GOP Leader Faces Calls to Resign Over Sexual Conduct, Loses Party Support

January 19, 2021

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Joshua Sotomayor Einstein, a GOP Committee person from Hoboken, will not be allowed to run for reelection on the party line in June, after he admitted that he “emotionally abused” women.

State GOP party officials including Republican State Chairman Michael Lavery have condemned Einstein’s conduct and behavior, and many have asked him to step down from the ...

Jersey City MLK Oratory Contest Going Virtual for 2021

January 18, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City’s 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Contest is going virtual for 2021. 

Hosted by the City of Jersey City, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Municipal Council, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, the three-day contest which offers students the opportunity to compete by giving their best oration of one of King’s memorable writings or ...

TAP'ed Into Hudson Episode 9: Jersey City Board of Education Gets New Leader

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Steve Lenox, Publisher of TAPinto Bayonne, TAPinto Hoboken, and TAPinto Jersey City recently welcomed Jersey City Board of Education President Mussab Ali to TAP'ed Into Hudson.

Ali was first elected to the BOE at 20 years old and earlier this month became the youngest member to head the body that helps oversee the education of more than 30,000 public school ...

Montclair Film Emerging Student Filmmaker Competition Open Now

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Middle and high school students are being encouraged to submit short films for consideration in the Montclair Film Emerging Filmmaker Competition (EFC). 

Submissions are now open for the competition open to students from around the world interested in submitting short films in the Narrative, Comedy, Documentary, and Experimental film categories.

This year’s ...

Flags to be Flown at Half Staff in Honor U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. New Jersey Native Killed During Attack on Congress

January 10, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Governor Philip D. Murphy has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Monday, January 11, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River. 

Sicknick died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol from violent insurrectionists.

According to the statement from the Governor's Office, Sicknick was a ...

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The Price of Your Wedding: Could It Cost You A Divorce?

Many New Jersey couples no longer rely on the bride’s parents to host their weddings. Instead, they’re taking out loans to finance gala affairs. Big is not necessarily always better.

Some experts claim that the more you spend on your wedding, the more likely you will divorce.

First, let me offer you some firsthand anecdotal information. As a New Jersey family law attorney, I ...

Professor Joseph A. Lizza Giving 30 Years of Accounting Experience to Felician University Students

RUTHERFORD, NJ - With Professor Joseph A. Lizza, MBA, CPA, CGMA at the head of the classroom, students at Felician University aren’t just learning how to balance books and prepare tax forms. Benefiting from his more than 30 years of experience in the industry, students in Lizza’s advanced accounting and business courses in the School of Business have also, since 2009, been getting ...

Dr. Katharine Croce Joins Felician University’s School of Education

“I’m just so blessed to have been given a chance to come here,” Dr. Katharine Croce, Felician University’s newest addition to the School of Education, said. “It felt like home, like where I was meant to be,” the new Assistant Professor added.

Dr. Croce comes to Felician after having served as the Director of the ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources ...

Hudson County Officials Tout Vaccination Efforts to Date

January 15, 2021

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - The Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center began administering COVID- 19 vaccinations to seniors and residents with underlying health conditions Friday, according to Hudson County officials. 

Since opening last month the Center, overseen by County Executive Tom DeGise’s Vaccine Task Force, and operated by the Hudson Regional Health Commission, has now ...

Hudson County Sheriff's Office Promotes Six

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - In an event that did not get its due attention last week, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department’s promoted six people to supervisor positions.

Although the department frequently holds public promotion ceremonies for new recruits and operations officers, promotional ceremonies for those in the Department's Security Department are rare, even when ...

Remembering Hudson County Political Power Player Bernard Hartnett, Jr.

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - During his career, Bernard Hartnett, Jr. was often in the middle of the biggest political battles in Hudson County.

And, while if you believe the old adage that powerful people like him don’t die, they just fade away, his death at 91 last week marks the end of a turbulent political era -- a symbol of the modern, sophisticated politics we see in the ...

To Protect and Serve on Inauguration Day: 550 NJ National Guard Deployed to D.C

January 19, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC -- To ensure the safety of the U.S. Capital on President-elect's Joe Biden's inauguration day, approximately 550 members of the New Jersey National Guard have been deployed to Washington D.C.. The deployed National Guard Air and Army guardsman hail from across the state. 

Lieutenant Colonel Barbara Brown, public affairs officer for the New Jersey National ...

Eye of the Needle: Mukherji Proposes Legislation Allowing Optometrists to Administer COVID Vaccine

JERSEY CITY, NJ - With sights set on rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, one local legislator has a visionary plan to deliver doses to New Jersey residents.

Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) has sponsored a bill that would permit optometrists to administer vaccines. With the state calling on qualified health care professionals to assist in its effort to vaccinate New ...

Movin' Out: New Jersey Tops List of States with 70% Outbound Moves

NEW JERSEY – United Van Lines has released the company’s 44th Annual National Migration Study, revealing in 2020, Americans continued to move westbound and southbound – and the COVID-19 pandemic factored into and accelerated many of those decisions to move.

According to the study, which tracks the company’s exclusive data for customers’ 2020 ...

Hoboken’s Luxury Rental 7 Seventy House Ended 2020 on a High Note

January 9, 2021

Hoboken’s 7 Seventy House ended 2020 on a high note, drawing near the notable mark of 90% leased, according to developer Bijou Properties and partner Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation.

The 14-story ultra-luxe building proved itself resilient to the unique challenges of 2020 by offering the exact kind of upscale apartments, world-class amenities and abundance of outdoor spaces that ...

TAPinto.net Readership Jumps More Than 70%, Advertising Revenue Increased Nearly 17% in 2020

TAPinto.net, a network of more than 85 franchised hyperlocal online news sites, today announced spectacular growth in readership, up by more than 70% in 2020 over the previous year, and an advertising revenue increase of nearly 17% at a time when other media struggled. TAPinto.net added a dozen online news sites during the year and is on target to reach its 100th franchise in ...

Evaluating COVID's Impact on Home Sales in Hoboken & Jersey City

January 15, 2021

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - We have all heard the stories of how everyone has fled urban areas to settle in the burbs, how there are lines down the street to enter open houses and how every property is going for over asking.

Yes, we have lost a number of residents to other areas—our urban environment lends itself to a certain amount of transition. A lot of people tend to have a 3- to 5-year plan ...