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Allergy Alert: Stop & Shop Brand Caramel Rice Cakes Recalled Due to Allergy Concerns

May 9, 2021

Shop & Shop and Kroeger Brand's of Caramel Rice Cakes have been recalled because they may contain undeclared milk, announced parent company Basic Grain Products, Inc. The undeclared milk was discovered by internal control systems, they said.

The product comes in a 6.5-ounce bag. The Best if Used By or Best Before date (also the Lot Code) is located on the plastic Kwik Lok tag at the ...

Allergy Alert: Hershey Recalls Chocolate Shell Topping Due to Undeclared Allergen

UNITED STATES -- Hershey’s Chocolate Shell Topping has been voluntarily recalled due to undeclared almonds, announced the Hershey company in a press release.

Approximately 1,700 bottles were incorrectly filled with Heath Shell Topping, which is made with almonds, they said.

The product being recalled was shipped nationwide between April 15 and May 3, 2021, and have a ...

New Jersey's "Shot and a Beer" Program Expands to 34 Breweries

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's"Shot and a Beer" program which encourages eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated has expanded.  Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose can take their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer. The program will end on May 31, 2021.

The following restaurants and brewing companies ...

Ban on Buffets and Bar Side Seating Lifted May 7; Restaurant Capacities Lifted May 19

TRENTON, NJ - In an announcement today, Governor Murphy announced when bans on buffets and limits to restaurants will be lifted. 

Effective May 7, the ban on buffets and other self service foods at restaurants will be lifted, Governor Murphy said. Also on this date, the pan on indoor bar side seating will be removed. Proper social distancing will still be required.

And then on May 19, ...

New Jersey Residents Can Now Get a "Shot and a Beer"

NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey is launching a "Shot and a Beer" program, encouraging eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated.

Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer. The following are restaurants and brewing companies are ...

Jersey City Girl Scouts Stand Up for Human Rights, Say no to Cookies

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Lending their voices to a fight against the use of child labor, Jersey City Girl Scout Troop 12026 won’t be selling those famous cookies this year.

The troop has joined a boycott started by a girl scout in Tennessee after an investigative report by the Associated Press uncovered the exploitative use of adult and child labor in obtaining palm oil, one of the ingredients ...

Kenilworth Mayor Proposes Resolution to Waive Sidewalk Permit for Residents

KENILWORTH, NJ – Mayor Linda Karlovitch announced on Thursday, April 1, that she has asked Borough Clerk Laura Reinertsen to draft a resolution to waive the sidewalk café permit fee.

The mayor stated it is common practice for municipalities to charge a sidewalk café permit. Due to the pandemic, the fee was waived by the mayor and council last year.

“Being a ...

Allergen Alert: Panera At Home Lobster Bisque Recalled Due to Undeclared Allergen

Panera at Home Lobster Bisque has been voluntarily recalled due to an undeclared egg allergen, announced Blount Fine Foods. This item is only sold in refrigerated cases in the deli department of grocery-retail stores; it is not sold at any Panera bakery-cafe, they stated.

The recall is limited to the one product with a UPC Code of 077958690300. Lot Number 030821-11K and a Use By Date ...

Who's Who in Kenilworth: Maria Costeria Manager of Bella Palermo

KENILWORTH, NJ – Get to know Maria Costeria. Manager of Bella Palermo Pastry Shop.

Originally from Newark, Maria Costeria grew up in the business world. She came to Kenilworth in 2006 and started working at Bella Palermo soon after. “I immediately fell in love with Kenilworth” Costeria said. It will be 15 years in September that Costeria has served as the manager.

One of ...

Allergy Alert Issued For Trader Joe's Restaurant Style White Corn Tortilla Chips

Trader Joe's Restaurant Style White Corn Tortilla Chips have been voluntarily recalled due to a potential undeclared milk allergen, announced parent company, Snak King Corporation.

The recall includes the 9 ounce package with a sell by date of 8/09/21 and 08/10/21. The recalled products were sold Trader Joe’s retail stores in the following states;  AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, ...


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Dream Factory Balloons Photo of the Week: Mrs. Miller's Kindergarten Class

May 12, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ - TAPinto Kenilworth loves photos. Here is the latest Photo of the Week!

Teacher Appreciation Week was celebrated in Kenilworth schools from May 3 through May 7. Submitted by Ksenia Okhlopkova, here is Mrs. Miller's kindergarten class showing their recognition and gratitude. 

Thanks for sharing!

Submit your fantastic Kenilworth photos of kids, school, ...

Free Drive-Up Movie “Black Panther” for Union County Residents

COVID-19 safety rules apply at this event.

Union County’s seasonal series of drive-up movies continues on Friday, May 28 with a screening of The Black Panther at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools campus at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. This event is free and open to Union County residents only. Pre-registration is required in order to reserve a spot.

To register ...

Abducted Two-Week-Old Has Been Found

May 10, 2021

NEW JERSEY - The East Brunswick Police Department has confirmed a report from the New Jersey State Police that Chinna Payne has been located and found safe.  Damion Payne, who was sought in the abduction of the two-week-old, has also been found.

Earlier today, the State Police issued an Amber Alert regarding the missing child.  The alert also warned that Damion Payne was in ...

AMBER ALERT: State Police Seek Missing Infant Last Seen in White Nissan

EAST ORANGE, NJ — An Amber Alert for a missing infant went out this afternoon.

The baby's name is Chinna Payne. Her abductee is Damion Payne, a 27-year-old Black Male.

He was last seen on Oraton Parkway in East Orange, NJ driving a 2016 Nissan white Altima with Virginia plates: VPF6043. The suspect is armed with a handgun.

Do not approach. Report any ...

Kenilworth Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

May 12, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ – To celebrate all the hard work and dedication of teachers and district's staff, Teacher Appreciation Week was held May 3 and ran through May 7 in the Kenilworth schools. 

To show gratitude and appreciation for all the devoted and busy employees events were held daily to shower the staff with surprises and goodies. 

The groups and members of the ...

Kenilworth Public Schools COVID-19 Weekly Dashboard May 3-7

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Board of Education posted the following data regarding the weekly coronavirus update in the public schools for the week of May 3 through May 7, 2021.

Harding Elementary School

Total enrollment 664 

Number of students officially on record as Remote Learning 196 

Total number of COVID cases reported to the school district this week* ...

David Brearley Class of 2021's Jack Balwierczak is Headed to the US Marines Corps

KENILWORTH, NJ - Jack Balwierczak is leaving for the United States Marine Corps in the fall to serve the country. 

TAPinto Kenilworth congratulates Jack and the entire Class of 2021. Wishing you all much success in your future endeavors.

If you would like to feature your future graduate send your submissions to Please include photo credit ...

Varsity Baseball: Brearley Takes Down Linden

May 12, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Bears had a fantastic and eventful game yesterday defeating the Tigers 6-0. The Bears current standing rank is now 3-7.

Highlights of the game include Mike Graham pitching six innings giving up just two hits. He was also 2-4 with a double and had two RBI’s. Matt Sims went 3-3 and Robbie Zack went 2-4. Tom Scanio and Quinn Lonergan each had an RBI ...

Varsity Softball: Undefeated Bears Stand 9-0

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Brearley varsity softball team is thriving as their current record stands 9-0 in the Sky Division Union County Conference.

The last two games have been a great success for the girls and head coach Amy Efchak could not be any prouder. 

On Thursday, May 6, the Brearley swept Oak Knoll 6-0. “We had a great defense to hold Oak ...

Protesters Unable to Save Suspended Stafford School Nurse’s Job

May 11, 2021

STAFFORD, NJ - Authorities estimate that a group of between 300-350 people gathered yesterday in support of Erin Pein, a suspended Stafford Township school nurse. Pein acknowledged she was one of three individuals whose contract was not renewed when the Board of Education came back from closed session last night.

“I am still suspended without pay,” shared Pein. “I am a member ...

Adam Sandler Comes to New Jersey to Film Upcoming Movie

CAMDEN NJ – This city will be the spotlight as comedic actor Adam Sandler films scenes here for “Hustle,” an upcoming movie that he and NBA great LeBron James are producing for Netflix.

Production crews for “Hustle” have already filmed across the river in Philadelphia, but the N.J. Motion Picture & Television Commission confirms more scenes are going to be ...

Reports: Rutgers Infectious Disease Expert, NJ Resident Dies in India

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Media reports say a Rutgers professor and doctor with expertise in infectious diseases has died while helping family in India, which is being ravaged by Covid-19. According to social media and local records, Dr. Rajendra Kapila was a resident of South Orange.

New York’s ABC7, also citing information from The Associated Press, said Kapila died from Covid-19. Cases ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Maximus

May 10, 2021

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

Here is our big, loving dog, Maximus. Born on November 13, 2018, Maximus is a two-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog. He loves to play, get belly rubs, and just be around others. Maximus is an overall sweet and goofy dog. A perfect fit for our family. Everyone loves to be around Maximus as he always brings ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Winston

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

Winston is an Irish Setter, King Charles Cavalier mix. Winston is a loving nine-month-old puppy. He loves chasing birds, playing fetch, and sunbathing on a gorgeous day. Winston is an active little guy who loves to play and be chased by other dogs. Winston has another side to him which ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Milo

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

Milo is a one-year-old Yorkie who loves his two girls Madison and Charlotte. Milo is not named after anyone in particular, Madison just really liked the name. His favorite food is anything that Charlotte drops, and he loves to listen to Frank Sinatra when he is relaxing at home. Milo loves to snuggle and ...

Who's Who in Kenilworth: Detective Ryan Kernan

May 8, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ – Get to know Detective Ryan Kernan.

Born and raised in Kenilworth, Kernan wanted to be a police officer since he was around seven years old. “For me being a police officer was what I was born into. I really believe God gave the gift or natural ability to serve.”

Kernan’s grandfather George Kernan Jr became a Kenilworth Police officer shortly after he ...

Who's Who in Kenilworth: Cindy Baker Southern Owner of Especially Yours Florist

KENILWORTH, NJ – Get to know Cindy Baker Southern, owner of Especially Yours Florist.

Originally from Union, Southern grew up in the crafting and creativity world. Her family for 35 years owned the crafting store The Golden Carousel right on the Boulevard in Kenilworth. In her 20’s, Ron Poles who owned Fiore’s and did flowers for Saint Theresa’s asked Southern if ...

Who's Who in Kenilworth: Pat and Kristin Boyle

KENILWORTH, NJ – Get to know Pat and Kristin Boyle!

When the name Kristin or Pat Boyle is mentioned in Kenilworth a good majority of the town knows exactly who they are and what they do. But for those who do not, Kristin is the Kenilworth Recreation Program Administrator and Pat is the Recreation Director and co-founder of the Kenilworth Fresh Market.

Pat was born and raised in ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

Summer Food Service Program to Nourish New Jersey Children in Need

May 12, 2021

HILLSIDE, NJ—May 12, 2021 

Food insecure children and their families are most vulnerable during the summer months, when they lose access to the free school meals that they rely on. This year, as schools remain closed due to COVID-19, putting food on the table has been an even more urgent challenge for households struggling to make ends ...