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Murphy Bill Would Upgrade Criminal Charges for Hazing

May 10, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – To discourage the use of hazing as part of organizations' initiation ceremonies on college campuses, a bill sponsored by Assemblymembers Carol Murphy, Louis Greenwald and Roy Freiman seeks to preempt the return of hazing to New Jersey schools by upgrading the charges for this dangerous behavior. The measure was advanced by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee ...

Union County to Close Jail Despite Opposition from Local Leaders

ELIZABETH, NJ — County officials confirmed the prior suspicions of community leaders at Thursday’s Board of Commissioners meeting: the Union County jail in Elizabeth will close and inmates will be transferred to the Essex County Correctional facility in Newark.

The county is entering into a five-year memorandum with Essex County, which has an option for renewal. This merger will ...

Union County Commissioner Board Statement on Derek Chauvin Verdict

On behalf of the Union County Board of County Commissioners, Chairman Alexander Mirabella issued the following statement today:

"A jury of Derek Chauvin’s peers heard the testimony and rendered him guilty of murdering George Floyd. Those jurors, from diverse backgrounds and walks of life, represent the America we believe in, one in which justice prevails over the abuse of power, and ...

NJ Licenses Now Offer a Gender "X" Option

TRENTON – Motorists are now have a new option for their drivers license and non-driver identification cards. A Gender "X" option is now available announced the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

Gender “X” will indicate a gender is unspecified, and it will be offered alongside the existing “M” (male) and “F” (female) gender options on ...

Seventh Annual Union County C.A.R.E.S. Domestic Violence Symposium Being Presented this Week

UNION COUNTY, NJ-- The Seventh Annual Union County C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Action, Response, Education, Safety) Domestic Violence Symposium is scheduled to take place later this week, and those working in fields dedicated to serving victims are being encouraged to register and learn from a host of subject-matter expert speakers.

A joint presentation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office ...

Murphy Unveils Sweeping Gun Safety Package; Plan Includes $10 Million Proposal for Community-Based Violence Intervention

Package Includes Proposals to Require Firearms Safety Training, Mandate Safe Storage of Firearms, Raise the Minimum Age to Purchase Long Guns to 21, and Establish Electronic Ammunition Sales Recordkeeping

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday unveiled a sweeping series of reforms aimed at reducing the epidemic of gun violence. The proposals, when paired with previous steps that he ...

Now Law: Parental Notification Required for Juvenile Marijuana, Alcohol Offenses

TRENTON, NJ — Parents will now notified the first time their underage child is caught using or possessing marijuana or alcohol under a measure signed into law on Friday by Governor Phil Murphy. The law, sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Mercer/Middlesex) and Assemblyman Dr. Herb Conaway (D-Burlington), revises the recently enacted adult-use cannabis law.

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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 ...