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Activist, Advocate, Educator: Jersey City's Thyson T. Halley Gives Deaf Community a Voice

June 21, 2021

JERSEY CITY, NJ - With the introduction of masks as a necessity to in-class learning, Thyson T. Halley, a lifelong Jersey City resident and recognized advocate for those with hearing impairments, realized that deaf kids going back to school may face obstacles that other students wouldn’t.

While in remote learning, kids and instructors received additional help via captioning that became ...

Federal COVID Relief Prohibits Cuts to School Funding, Jersey City Board President Says

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Federal guidelines under President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan appear to prohibit the state from cutting aid to “high need” districts such as Jersey City. 

In a letter submitted to the New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations and Assembly Budget Committees, Jersey City Board of Education President Mussab Ali, along with Jersey City Together, ...

Student Exposed to 'Ignorant, Racist, Profanity-Laden Diatribes' Files Lawsuit Against Jersey City Schools

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A Dickinson High School senior identified in court documents as T.W. has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Jersey City Board of Education, school officials, and the teacher.

The lawsuit alleges that on April 28 and 29, 2021, teacher Howard Zlotkin spewed ignorant, racist, profanity-laden diatribes against his students and black people in general—all ...

Students from Jersey City Public High Schools and Hudson County High Tech High School to Receive College Degrees Thursday

JERSEY CITY, NJ - 31 Hudson County high school students will receive diplomas from Hudson County Community College during the in-person Grad Walk Thursday. The students each earned their associates degrees as part of the HCCC Early College program. 

“We are so proud of our Early College graduates, most of whom will be receiving their college diplomas a few weeks ahead of getting ...

Mussab Ali to Focus on Beating Cancer, Not Fulop

JERSEY CITY, NJ -Choosing to focus his attention on battling cancer, Jersey City School Board President has opted against running for mayor in November.

In March Ali announced that had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and faced months of intensive chemotherapy. He said he wants to make progress with his health before tackling the job as mayor.

“As this fight ...

BelovED Jersey City Students Win High Marks at National Math Competition

JERSEY CITY, NJ – After scoring above the 85th percentile nationally in the 2020 Mathcon national math competition, three students from BelovED Community Charter School in Jersey City made it all the way to the finals. 

Over 20,000 students nationally across 748 schools and ranging from grades 4-12 took part in MathCon, held virtually due to COVID-19. 

Vincent Munishi, a 6th ...

Jersey City Education Officials Respond to Murphy Directive on In-School Learning for 2021-22 School Year

JERSEY CITY, NJ  -- Gov. Phil Murphy today Monday that upon the conclusion of this school year, schools will be required to provide full-day, in-person instruction, as they were prior to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

“When schools across New Jersey first closed their doors in March of last year, little was known about COVID-19 and how it spread. But over a year ...

Students are BelovED at this Jersey City Charter School

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Bret Schundler walked around the new BelovED High School in Jersey City looking a little like a new father. Indeed, the former mayor of Jersey City and one-time Commissioner of the State Department of Education has often been credited as the father of charter schools in New Jersey. 

As well as serving as a consultant to the BelovED charter schools, he helped found ...

Hudson County Teacher Recognized for Excellence in Classroom

Mission Viejo, CA – Kamuran Soydam, an educator with Hudson Arts and Science Charter School of iLearn Schools, was honored by the Association of American Educators (AAE) as part of of National Charter Schools Week May 9 - 15, 2021.

AAE, a national, nonunion, professional association serving educators in all fifty states, invited charter school educators nationwide to nominate a ...


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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 ...

The Felician Way

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 ...

New Jersey Librarian of the Year Advocates for Teens, Librarians of Color

June 23, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When Keisha Miller looks around South Orange Public Library, she sees more than books.

Beyond the stacks and shelves, the chairs and tables, the town’s teen librarian and volunteer coordinator and the state’s 2021 Librarian of the Year sees community.

“Libraries are not just about books. It’s about community engagement, it's about ...

Heathcare Hero: Persichilli Will Have Building Named After Her

NEW JERSEY - The new Department of Health building scheduled to be built this year in downtown Trenton will be named after Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.

The Judith M. Persichilli Building will recognize what Gov. Phil Murphy called her “past and ongoing service to the people of New Jersey during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Persichilli, who was known as Judy Mella when she ...

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

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 ...

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 ...


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Managing Insects on Vegetables and Herbs in Your Garden

June 22, 2021

Homegrown fresh vegetables not only taste better; they are more nutritious. Plus, you can control what products are applied to the plants to control insect pests and disease.

The first steps to growing a productive vegetable garden and protecting your harvest begin with proper planning and care.

Select the most disease-resistant varieties available when planning your garden.
Then plant ...

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

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 ...

Festive Food: Red, White, and Blue for the Fourth

A Fourth of July gathering is the classic summer event – food, fun, and friends. This year, treat your guests to some festive new dishes highlighting the red, white, and blue we all associate with this special holiday.

Star Confetti Cookies

For a fun, easy dessert that you can pair with any main dish, try these cutout star cookies. The recipe has been tested to ensure that the cookies ...

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 ...

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 ...