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Jersey City Officials Seek Additional Contracts with Minority, Woman, Disabled, Veteran and LGBTQ Owned Businesses

May 25, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City hopes to steer as much as $35 million to minority, women, veteran, disabled or LGBT owned businesses per year.  

The introduced ordinance, as part of a new diversity plan that would dedicate about 35 percent of the $100 million the city bids out for services annually, would require various departments to look for qualified minority-owned businesses when ...

New Law Protects Small Businesses Who Received PPP Loans

TRENTON, NJ – In an effort to protect small businesses from additional taxes on their federal PPP loans, Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a new law to ensure forgiven loans are not subject to the New Jersey gross income tax. 

The new law, formerly S3234, will ensure that forgiven Payment Protection Program loans are not subject to the state's income tax and ...

Krispy Kreme New Jersey Announces $15 Minimum Wage for Employees

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Looking to add an enticing glaze for both current and prospective employees, Krispy Kreme New Jersey announced it will raise its average wage to $15 an hour as a minimum effective on June 1, 2021 for all workers at locations in the Garden State.

Krispy Kreme New Jersey is an independent franchise, with factory locations currently in Jersey City, Springfield, Paramus and East ...

Gas Prices are Up. Find out how Hudson County Prices Compare to the Rest of New Jersey

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Hudson County, the price at the pump has also hit $3.04 as of Wednesday, part of a national trend in high gas prices ...

Online Workshop for Local Business Owners Seeking to Do Business with Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Continuing efforts to help local minority and women owned business through the local public procurement process, the City of Jersey City’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion will hold an online workshop on May 12 at 10:00 a.m. 

The City of Jersey City spends approximately $100 million annually on goods and services to provide the highest level of public ...

Journal Square Clean Team and Public Safety Ambassadors Making a Difference, Business Owners Say

Jersey City, NJ - As Jersey City’s business districts prepare for post pandemic recovery, it’s become more important than ever before to focus on the most critical issues that impact small businesses and property owners in our commercial centers, advocates say. For Journal Square, those important quality-of-life issues are addressed head-on by the men and women that serve as Clean ...

Mayor Fulop, Business Owners Kick Off Construction for Expanded Newark Ave. Pedestrian Plaza

JERSEY CITY, NJ - When city officials first proposed to close down a portion of Newark Avenue near Grove Street in 2015 to construct a pedestrian mall, many people had serious doubts.

But the mall became more than just a place for people to relax as they ate at the array of local eateries, evolving also into a cultural center featuring a number of public events, including the annual Pride ...

Historic Downtown Jersey City Summer Farmer's Market Kicks Off Monday

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmer’s Market kicks off its summer schedule Monday. More than two dozen vendors offering fresh produce, plants and flowers, homemade soaps and lotions, desserts, and so much more will be on hand at the Grove Street PATH Pedestrian Plaza every Monday and Thursday, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. all summer long. 

“Our vendors have done an ...

Jersey City Couple Brings Healing Power of Hemp to Downtown

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Running New Jersey‘s second largest city, especially during the most impactful global pandemic in over a century, would cause anyone stress. One might say it would even lead to the person in that unenviable position to lose sleep.

And while he always appears calm, cool, and collected, even Mayor Steven Fulop can use a little bit of help to unwind at the end of what ...

Meet the 'Soap Girl' at Downtown Jersey City Farmer's Market

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Anyone that ventured down to the Grove Street PATH Plaza on Thursdays over the last few months might have noticed a big blue school bus with the name “Soap Bus” written on the front, and the name “Mother Nature’s Beauty” on either side.

The mother daughter duo of Beth and Phoebe sell a unique selection of soaps, made with skin-nourishing ...


Take Our 2021 Reader Survey: We Want to Hear From You

June 10, 2021

Local news is more important than ever.  To fulfill our mission of providing our readers with objective, daily, local news, we’re conducting a survey on what our readers think about TAPinto and how they engage with the news.  We invite you to take our 2021 Reader Survey.   

Your feedback is important to us and helps us improve the quality of your reader ...


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Want a Greener Hudson County? Let's Get Growing

Summer is here, and for those with a green thumb, gardens are ready to start blooming! For those of us that haven't quite gotten started, it's not too late to get growing! 

Why Plant a Garden?

Why not? Planting a garden can enhance your home by increasing the green space and makes for a rewarding experience. With some effort, some water and the right weather, you can enjoy such ...

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Felician University Nurse Brings COVID-19 Vaccines to the Homebound

RUTHERFORD, NJ - Christina Dunham’s previous participation in one of Felician University’s Campus Ministry’s Midnight Runs into Newark to bring supplies to the homeless helped prepare her for her work delivering COVID-19 vaccines to senior citizens and other homebound individuals in Lakewood and Newark, she said.

“It was a humbling experience to see people that are less ...

Felician's Mike Martinez Signs Contract to Continue Baseball Career with Sussex County Miners

RUTHERFORD, NJ - Former Felician University baseball student-athlete Mike Martinez from Union City, has signed a professional playing contract with the Sussex County Miners of the independent Frontier League, the Miners recently announced. 

Martinez, a 5-foot-9, 195-pound outfielder, was a Second-Team All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference selection for Felician in 2021. In 26 games, ...

Hudson County Community College Tuition Freeze Will Remain

June 14, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County Community College’s (HCCC) Trustees tuition freeze will remain in place for a second consecutive year, HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber has announced. The Board of Trustees voted to maintain the current level of tuition and fees with no increases continuing throughout the 2021-22 academic year including this year’s Summer II and Fall semester ...

Dem Chair Leads Pride Flag Raisings Across Hudson County

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - June has long been recognized as LGBTQ Pride Month, partly in honor of the Stonewall riots which took place in Greenwich Village in June 1969.

The protest not only began a major change in policing policies regarding the gay community, but began a national movement that eventually led to establishing of gay rights backed up monumental rulings from the U.S. Supreme ...

New Jersey Reaches Its 50% Vaccination Goal Two Weeks ahead of Schedule

June 20, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Just 185 days after the first COVID-19 vaccine was administered in New Jersey, the state has reached its ambitious goal of 4.7 million fully vaccinated individuals who live, work or study in New Jersey, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. 

“Before the arrival of vaccines in mid-December, our Administration set one of the most aggressive vaccination goals in ...

Formal Utility Moratorium Ends July 1st; Grace Period Will Run Through Dec. 31

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1, 2021. However, a grace period will run through December 31 which will protect customers facing shutoffs, he said on Monday.

"This grace period is for customers to enroll in payment assistance plans, and this is something that we’re taking very ...

Bah Humbug... How One School District Just Stole Christmas, Other Holidays from Calendar

RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar, and plans to simply call everything "Day Off".  The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at one ...

List Church Services, Activities and Other Non-Profit Events on the TAPinto Community Calendar

June 20, 2021

TAPinto invites local civic, non-profit, and school groups to list their upcoming events on the TAPinto Community Calendar.

 You can submit content through our website by clicking on the “Submit Content” button located in the upper right side of the front page, where you will be brought to a menu where you will find the "Calendar Events" ...

Final Rental Building in Initial Offering at The Atwater in Bergen County Released to Public

Leasing velocity continues at a feverish pace at The Atwater where renters have absorbed nearly 200 residences in its first two buildings, according to PCD Development, developer of the collection of upscale waterfront apartments with modern, outsized amenities in Bergen County’s Bogota.

With demand rising at an impressive rate, a new offering of 107 homes has been released to the public ...

Art House Productions Announces New Board Leadership

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Art House Productions, Jersey City’s home for the performing and visual arts for the past 20 years, has announced a transition of the leadership of its board of trustees. David Gibson, current board president, will be stepping down on June 13th, 2021 after ten years on the board and seven years as President. The board has unanimously appointed Robinson Holloway to succeed ...


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Opinion: The Pompidou Center is a High Price that our Residents can not Afford

June 13, 2021

The council members of Jersey City need to understand the responsibility they have on their shoulders when it comes to expanding the monies and resources of our residents. I strongly believe arts is the language of culture and diversity, which define the essence of our great city. However, the project of the Pompidou Center in Jersey City is a high price that our residents can not afford, ...

From Ponds to Waterfalls: Outdoor Water Features You Can DIY

If you’re daydreaming about the burble of a stream over rocks or the spray of a waterfall right in your backyard, we’ve put together a selection of outdoor water feature ideas to help you make your dream come true!

While water features may sound expensive or out of reach, there are tons of great do-it-yourself options for everything from flower pot fountains to ponds and ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Citrus, Coral, and Florals: Summer from the Inside Out

As summer swings into high gear outside, bring some of the color and brightness indoors with your home décor. Perfect for setting the mood every day and during special events, summer décor that includes florals, citrus, and coral tones is a great way to transition from the more muted spring hues to the bold colors of the brightest season. Here are five ways to incorporate these ...

Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

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Eat the Rainbow: Why Fruits of Every Color Belong on Your Plate

In general, the bold colors found in fruits indicate a large concentration of antioxidants. These vitamins and compounds perform many different functions within the body, but all antioxidants help reduce “free radicals,” or potentially harmful atoms that interfere with normal cell functioning in our bodies. Eating a variety of colors through fruits will help ensure that you’re ...

Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...