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A Toute Heure in Cranford has Permanently Closed

August 14, 2020

CRANFORD - A Toute Heure, a mainstay restaurant of Cranford since 2007, announced Friday evening that it has permanently closed.

A thank you and farewell email was sent to its email subscribers, which read, "We have been blessed and honored to serve our loyal customers and the community of Cranford. It is with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye... We are in deep gratitude ...

Union County Paints "Black Lives Matter" Street Mural on Chestnut Street in Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ - A "Black Lives Matter" street mural, sponsored by the Union County Freeholder Board, has been painted in yellow eight-foot letters on Chestnut Street in front of Borough Hall in Roselle on Wednesday evening.  Freeholders Andrea Staten, Angela Garretson and Rebecca Williams were instrumental in having the project come to fruition. 

“Black Lives Matter is ...

Westfield Declares Rialto, Lord & Taylor Properties ‘In Need of Redevelopment’

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two sites emblematic of Westfield are being eyed for redevelopment.

The town council on Tuesday declared the now vacant Rialto Theatre, the Lord & Taylor property and two nearby parking lots as “areas in need of redevelopment.”

“It enables you to do more planning on these properties to potentially work with the private parties that own them and ...

Long-Term Care Facilities to Get $155 Million to Boost Coronavirus Response

August 11, 2020

Pay increases, testing for staff part of aid package as NJ sets new rules for care

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

New Jersey plans to invest $155 million to help beleaguered long-term care facilities strengthen their ...

New August Hours at Two Ton Brewing Kenilworth

August 7, 2020

KENILWORTH, NJ - Two Ton Brewing located at 730 Federal Avenue has new August Hours. Please see the message below.

Our hours are changing! In response to customer requests, we are changing our hours starting this week. Our beer garden will now be OPEN four days a week: Thursday - Sunday.

Thurs:  5:00 - 8:00  Friday: 5:00 - 9:00  Sat: 1:00 - 9:00  Sun: 1:00 - ...

Kenilworth Resident Makes it to Second Round in Inspiring Teens Competition

August 11, 2020

KENILWORTH, NJ - Inspiring Teens is a magazine that focuses on students who are leaders and making a difference in their communities. Every year there is a competition for one teenager to compete to be on the front cover and receive a scholarship. Teens from all across the country are nominated, and this includes Kenilworth resident Kristina Camacho. “I was nominated for this ...

Message from the Borough of Kenilworth Department of Public Works

KENILWORTH, NJ - Please see the latest message from the Kenilworth DPW. 

The DPW will collect curbside RECYCLING as follows:

North: August 4th & 18th South: August 11th & 25th

The DPW yard will be open on the first Saturday of every month for recycling drop off. NO pizza boxes and NO plastic except #1 & #2 are recyclable.

All Vegetative Waste continues to be collected ...

Kenilworth Communitywide Garage Sale Date Set

KENILWORTH, NJ -  The annual Communitywide Garage Sale date has been set for Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11. This major annual event, sponsored by the Kenilworth Historical Society, will take place, rain or shine, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. There are usually nearly 200 participating residences. Please see the message from the Historical ...

Kenilworth 2020 Graduate Receives AJ DeVito Memorial Fund “Live like AJ” Scholarship

August 4, 2020

KENILWORTH, NJ - Joseph Gasper, a recent David Brearley High School Graduate, and Eagle Scout, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the “Live like AJ” Scholarship in memory of firefighter AJ DeVito. The annual scholarship is awarded to a student who exhibits selflessness, kindness, optimism, integrity, devotion to the community, and helping others, all qualities ...

Thousands of New Jerseyans Refusing to Cooperate with Contact Tracers

August 14, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – About 1 in 5 New Jersey residents don’t take the call when contacted by one of the state’s COVID-19 contact tracers.

And about half of those who do answer refuse to cooperate.

That was the disturbing news delivered by an obviously chafed Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID-19 briefing Friday.

Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli have continually ...

Gov. Murphy Says Schools Can Opt to Remain Closed This Fall

TRENTON, NJ — After insisting for most of the summer on the importance of giving public school students in New Jersey the opportunity to get back to in-school learning, Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced that school districts could have the option of staying closed to students in the fall because of the threat the COVID-19 virus poses.

Under intense pressure from public ...

Murphy: New Jersey Schools Can Reopen for In-Person Learning in the Fall

Schools must certify to the DOE that they are able to meet health and safety standards

"We know the first day of school is not going to be like any other." -- Gov. Phil Murphy

TRENTON -- At his COVID press briefing today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he would sign an Executive Order officially clearing both our public and nonpublic pre-K through 12 schools and our ...

NJDA Asks Public to Help Kill Spotted Lanternfly, an Invasive Pest

August 14, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Please kill this bug.

That’s the message from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, which on Wednesday sent out instructions for how members of the public can help slow the spread of the spotted lanternfly, an exotic invasive insect.

While the spotted lanternfly is no threat to humans or animals, it is known to feed on 70 different types of plants and trees, the ...

Message from the Borough of Kenilworth Department of Public Works

KENILWORTH, NJ - Please see the latest message from the Kenilworth DPW. 

The DPW will collect curbside RECYCLING as follows:

North: August 4th & 18th South: August 11th & 25th

The DPW yard will be open on the first Saturday of every month for recycling drop off. NO pizza boxes and NO plastic except #1 & #2 are recyclable.

All Vegetative Waste continues to be collected ...

Strange Seeds from China Arrive in Kenilworth

KENILWORTH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Agriculture received reports last week of individuals receiving unsolicited seeds through the mail from China. According to the NJDA sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the contents are jewelry.

There have been reports that Wednesday, August 5, that households in Kenilworth received this package. 

Here's what to ...

Karate World Back to School Special

August 10, 2020

Come and try out Karate World for your child! Our back to school special is four weeks for $99 and includes a free black uniform. Our students are winners in life. Our children are required to keep their room and body clean, do well in school, and be respectful to their parents and others around them. Get your child on the path to self-discovery.

Grandmaster Jeff Dunn is an ...

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

NEW JERSEY — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias has taken out power and thousands have been left with no refrigeration. 

FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.

According to the site, "Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. Keep the ...

Surprising Ways Newarkers Fought Against Nazism During WWII

August 13, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The new ordinance outlawing white supremacist activity in Newark, signed into law in June, may be the product of contemporary events, but it’s hardly the first time the city has postured itself as an arbiter of justice. 

According to Warren Glover, author of “Nazis in Newark,” Nazi sympathizers in New Jersey’s largest city were an invasive ...

Supreme Court Arguments over NJ’s New $9.9B Borrowing Law Focus on What’s a Real Emergency

Republican challenge also questions limits on what state can pay back

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Arguments before the New Jersey Supreme Court Wednesday over Gov. Phil Murphy’s $9.9 billion borrowing ...

A Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that Federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

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Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays for Children in Union County

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a new virtual education initiative aimed at teaching children about animals and the important role they play in the environment. 

Wildlife Wednesdays kicks off on Wednesday, July 22nd with a program entitled “Frogs, Toads and Turtles” which will explain the difference between frogs and toads and turtles and ...

Pre-Inspection Tips For Buying A Home

August 14, 2020

You found your dream home, but after paying for an inspection, you discover that the house requires a lot more improvements than you thought it did. Before you completely fall in love with the home and make your offer, there are some things you can check out about the house on your own, so you do not spend the time and money on a property full of expensive surprises.

Here are a few things you ...

What To Put Away Before Showing Your Home

When you sell your home, there are some things that you may want to put away before you have any showings or hold an open house. Some things should be put away because they are personal or off-putting to prospective buyers, while others should be put away to protect your belongings. Here are some things you should not leave out during a showing or open house.

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Factors That Influence Your Home's Resale Value

When you decide to sell your home, one of the first things you may wonder is how much your home is worth. The real estate market is always in a state of flux, so there are several factors that go into how much your home is worth at the time you decide to put it on the market. Here are some of the factors that go into how much your home is worth.

Location

The location of your home will ...

Smart Mailboxes Protect Packages

Having your packages stolen off your porch is a horrible experience that can leave you feeling incredibly violated. Even if there was just something small and silly in it that you ordered on a whim, someone still came to your house and took it.

Recent data shows that approximately 40 percent of people have been victims of package theft. Most adults in the United States do at least ...

Kenilworth's First Annual Duck Hunt is a Success

August 13, 2020

KENILWORTH, NJ - Numerous families came out to participate in the first annual Duck Hunt searching for rubber ducks all around town, and the event was a success. Not everyone who went on the hunt turned in their sheets, but out of the 50 who did, there were 25 winners. The winners were chosen randomly on a spinning wheel that was announced on Facebook.

Organizer Stacie Holzinger ...

Here Comes The General: Christopher Jackson Performs for Paper Mill Playhouse and You

In the run up to Saturday night’s Christopher Jackson: Live from the West Side, Jackson held a livestreaming press conference from his Westchester County home yesterday with journalists from the markets which hold the 17 regional theaters and community centers benefiting from this upcoming performance.

As a performer and songwriter, Jackson is halfway to EGOT status: he won a Grammy as ...

Kenilworth Resident Makes it to Second Round in Inspiring Teens Competition

KENILWORTH, NJ - Inspiring Teens is a magazine that focuses on students who are leaders and making a difference in their communities. Every year there is a competition for one teenager to compete to be on the front cover and receive a scholarship. Teens from all across the country are nominated, and this includes Kenilworth resident Kristina Camacho. “I was nominated for this ...

Westfield Police Officer Injured, 4 Arrested in Chase Thursday, Chief Says

August 14, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield police officer has been released from the hospital, and four men face a slew of charges following a chase through four towns, police said Friday.

Responding to a report of shoplifting at the Walgreens at 260 North Avenue East in Westfield at about 8:34 p.m. Thursday, Officer Eric Carrero chased the suspect vehicle into Garwood, Cranford and eventually ...

Murphy: New Jersey Schools Can Reopen for In-Person Learning in the Fall

August 12, 2020

Schools must certify to the DOE that they are able to meet health and safety standards

"We know the first day of school is not going to be like any other." -- Gov. Phil Murphy

TRENTON -- At his COVID press briefing today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he would sign an Executive Order officially clearing both our public and nonpublic pre-K through 12 schools and our ...

New COVID-19 Front Line? Educators, Health Experts Say It Will Be Schools

Special to TAPintoSPF. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

New Jersey lacks adequate guidance for reopening schools in the fall, say those charged with making it happen

 

While families, policy experts ...

Teachers, Principals, and Administrators Call for Statewide Remote Learning to Start the School Year

TRENTON, NJ -- The leaders of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), and the New Jersey Association of School Administrators are calling on Gov. Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to direct all public schools to open remotely this fall.

This united front now puts pressure on the governor ...

Kenilworth Bears Win New Providence League Championships

August 14, 2020

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Bears New Providence Green League 8U and 12U recently won the Championships held in Kenilworth. 

The Bears 8U team (gold division) not only beat Cranford 9-5 but also had an undefeated season. Highlights of the game included big hits from James Beronio and Nick Squillaro. Carmine Orlando had great pitching and Luke McGill with Mason Roman going 4 for 4 ...

Kenilworth Student Wins Two National Wrestling Titles

KENILWORTH, NJ – Nicky Pallito, 13, who will be going into eighth grade at David Brearley Middle School recently won two national titles for wrestling at the Southeast Summer Championships in South Carolina. It was a three-day event held in Myrtle Beach and Pallito won the individual titles in 12 u and 15 u. Going 6-0 with 6 pins in duals in 12 u and 5-1 in 15 u duals. 

His ...

NJSIAA Releases Guidelines for 2020 High School Cross-Country Season

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) has released updated guidelines for the upcoming 2020 cross-country season. There will be no group championships or New Jersey Meet of Champions in 2020, driven by the NJSIAA’s desire to limit travel and mixing of athletes from around the state.

However, there will be sectional ...

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As People Look to Fill Their Time During COVID, Audiobooks Boom, Says Author

August 13, 2020

FANWOOD, NJ -- When was the last time someone read you a story?

If it hasn't been since kindergarten, it might be time to rediscover this simple pleasure being enjoyed by people around the world in growing numbers. Having someone read to you is totally acceptable for adults... and its happening more and more frequently. 

"Audiobooks require only that you listen ...

NJ Supreme Court Upholds Murphy's $10 Billion Borrowing Plan

TRENTON, NJ -- The New Jersey Supreme Court rendered a unanimous decision on Wednesday in favor of Gov. Murphy’s plan to borrow nearly $10 billion to cover anticipated revenue shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision allows the state to take on about $9.9 billion in new debt through next June, if borrowing requests are approved by a four-person panel of ...

Newark Airport Workers, Vulnerable to COVID-19, Lack Health Coverage. This Bill Would Pay for Their Care.

NEWARK, NJ — Downtown Newark’s Military Park swelled with cries of “health care, now!” on Thursday as a group Newark Liberty International Airport workers rallied for the Healthy Terminals Act (A2487), a bill that would bring 10,000 employees much-needed health coverage.

With passengers from all over the United States moving through Newark Liberty International Airport ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Rico

August 10, 2020

KENILWORTH, NJ – Meet Rico Kenilworth's TAPinto Pet of the Week!

Rico was born on April 13, 2013. Rico was adopted by the Maté family in May 2013 and quickly made himself a member of the family. He is a Chihuahua Poodle Mix (Chi-Poo), who weighs two pounds. He is a kind, gentle dog that has a love for all, but most importantly his mother. His favorite ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Waylan

KENILWORTH, NJ – Meet Waylan Kenilworth's TAPinto Pet of the Week!

Waylan is a German Shepard/Husky mix. He is only 18 months years old but 100 lbs. He loves car rides and playing tug of war. He has three kitty sisters who he's super gentle and loving with, and his best friend is a Corgi.

Submitted By: Jessica Liptak

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Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Grace Kelly

KENILWORTH, NJ – Meet Grace Kelly Kenilworth's TAPinto Pet of the Week!

Grace Kelly is a three-year-old Labrador Retriever. She loves her morning neighborhood walks. However, her favorite time is cuddling at night with the family and her favorite cat, Mellow. Grace will not turn down any treat and loves everything. She is very sweet, lovable, energetic, and also a ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Darlene Cullen of TAPinto South Plainfield

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of August 2020 is Darlene Cullen, who owns and operates TAPinto South Plainfield.  With a background in business development, Cullen has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of South Plainfield.   

Q. Why did you want to franchise a ...

JOURNEY TOWARD WHOLENESS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

August 14, 2020

Tools for Navigating Through Grief

Cranford, New Jersey (August 12, 2020) – If you have been feeling exhausted, confused, frustrated and anxious lately. If you have been wondering what happened to the world as you knew it, when this pandemic would be over and what it would take to awaken from the nightmare we collectively share. If you have experienced intense emotional reactions ...