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Assemblywomen Introduce Bill Package Tightening Punishment for Car Thieves

May 20, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to State Police. 

A similar incident occurred a few days later in Holmdel, ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Police Licensing Proposal Aiming to Build Community Trust

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training Commission (PTC) in order to be employed in the ...

Bill Aiming to Ban Large Boxes for Small Items Passes Assembly Committee with Strong Opposition

TRENTON, NJ — “This is a horrendous piece of legislation,” said Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R - District 25) during the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee meeting on Monday. 

His objection came prior to the committee clearing Assemblyman John McKeon’s (D - District 27) oversized box regulation. The new legislation would prohibit retailers ...

Federal Funding Grants Announced for Fire Departments

HACKENSACK, NJ — More protection is coming for New Jersey’s firefighters. 

In a news conference Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program, which will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning, and sanitization equipment.  

The Firefighter Grant ...

Assemblyman Kevin Rooney on Mental Health Help, Horse Riding Therapy and 'Chopped'

NEW JERSEY — “Did you know that the state animal is the horse?” asked Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R - District 40).

He knows a few things about horses. And about public service too. 

Rooney has over 20 years of public service. He served as Wyckoff Township committeeman from 2010 to 2016, as deputy mayor in 2010 and 2014 and mayor in 2011, 2015 and 2016. He also ...

New Jersey Senators Propose 'Parents Bill of Rights'

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey parents could have more of a say in what their children are learning in school and potentially opt students out of lessons.

Legislation aimed at improving clarity for parents and guardians and allowing comment on any curriculum necessary to implement the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education was cleared by the Senate ...

New Jersey Abortion Access Would Expand Under Gov. Murphy's Proposal, Republicans React to Plan

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Phil Murphy announced new legislation Wednesday that would renew abortion rights in the state and expand access to reproductive care. The proposal would mandate insurance plans in New Jersey to cover abortion procedures with no out-of-pocket costs. Murphy also announced his support to expand the pool of abortion providers to include ...

New Jersey Plastic Bag Ban, One Week Later

NEW JERSEY — One week after the plastic bag ban went into effect, many New Jerseyans seem to be getting into a routine of bringing reusable bags with them to grocery stores. 

As of May 4, 2022, large chains and stores 2,500 square feet or larger, are no longer allowed to give out single-use plastic or paper bags. There are some exceptions to the new rule, including ...

Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson Spotted Filming in NJ During TV and Movie Industry Boom

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey is seeing a lot of action! The state has become one of the biggest places for movie and tv productions, and the demand is increasing to historic levels, according to the NJ Motion Picture & Television Commission. 

"New Jersey's film production industry is experiencing a renaissance, due to the Film and Digital Media Tax credit ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Small Business Loans, State-Backed Certification Program for LGBTQ+ Businesses

NEW JERSEY — More financial help is being offered for small business owners.

Gov. Phil Murphy, along with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)  announced plans to open applications for its Micro Business Loan next month, which will make additional funding resources available through the Main Street Recovery Program. Nearly $5.5 million in grants ...

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Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

The facts are clear about prostate cancer – and what you can do about it

Prostate cancer is dangerous – right? The disease remains the number one solid organ cancer diagnosis among men in the United States, with more than 248,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Yet while there can be great differences in how prostate cancer affects each patient, there’s little debate that it is important to monitor for the disease.

Urologist Naeem Rahman, MD, part of ...

Union County’s Rhythm & Blues by the Brook Outdoor Music Festival Returns to Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield

May 23, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Rhythm & Blues by the Brook, a full afternoon of free music and activities at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, returns on Saturday, June 4 from noon to 6:00 p.m. to kick off summer.

“We are delighted to bring Rhythm & Blues by the Brook back to Union County this year,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “Cedar Brook Park is ...

Kenilworth Public Library to Host Fun Friday Craft

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Kenilworth Public Library will be hosting a "Fun" craft this Friday, May 20. This interactive event is for children ages four to nine years old from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Registration is required for each individual craft. Kenilworth residents may begin to register one week prior to each event. Out of town residents may begin to register two days prior to ...

New Update from Kenilworth Public Schools Superintendent Regarding Bond Referendum

May 21, 2022

KENILWORTH, NJ - Please see the latest message from Superintendent Kyle C. Arlington.

Dear School Community:

As I’ve previously shared, you’ll be hearing a lot about the bond referendum that will be the next big leap in our vision for advancing student instruction and achievement. We’re planning for a fall vote.

Take a few minutes to review a webpage that explains the ...

Kenilworth Schools College Decision Day

KENILWORTH, NJ - Please see the following message regarding college from Superintendent of Schools Kyle C. Arlington.

Dear School Community,

May 2nd was all about U. As in Rutgers U., Rowan U., and all the other great colleges and universities near and far that our seniors will attend in the fall.

May 1 is National College Decision Day. We marked the occasion in our buildings as ...

David Brearley Middle/High School Announces 3rd Marking Period Honor Roll & High Honor Roll

KENILWORTH, NJ - David Brearley Middle School and High School announced the students who have qualified for Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the third marking period of the 2021-22 academic year.

DBMHS recognizes student achievement every marking period at the two levels.

To be named to the honor roll, the minimum requirements are two course grades of (80-84) if all ...

Kenilworth Fire Department and Rescue Squad is Recruiting

May 14, 2022

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Kenilworth Fire Department and Rescue Squad is currently recruiting new volunteers. No experience is necessary and all certifications and training will be provided by the Kenilworth Fire Department.

If you are interested please email info@kenilworthfire.org for more information. 

Varsity Softball: Bears Continue Winning Streak

May 19, 2022

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Brearley Varsity Softball Team had another lively game on Wednesday defeating Dayton's Bulldogs 5-4. This was the game resumed from April 14, in the seventh inning with one out and runners on first and third for Brearley.

The Bears were down 4-3 with Leah Sims at the plate. Sims drove in a run to tie the game 4-4. Next up was Isabella Casolaro ...

Varsity Softball: Massive Win for Brearley

KENILWORTH, NJ -The Bears had a thrilling game yesterday as they beat the Roselle Park Panthers at home in the State Tournament 11-1. The team will now move on to the second round on Friday, May 20, when they play the County Seaters at Belvidere High School at 4 p.m.

Highlights of the game include:

Valentina Capra was two for two with a triple and three RBIs to open up the scoring in the ...

Missing Woman, Last Seen at JCC on Northfield Avenue in West Orange

May 21, 2022

MISSING PERSON 

The police are requesting the public's assistance in locating a Missing Person.

Caren was last seen walking out of the JCC on Northfield Avenue in West Orange today (May 20) around 11 a.m. wearing a white shirt and purple pants (see the second photo). She does not drive.

Caren is approximately 5'4' tall and 120 pounds.

If anyone has any ...

EBPD: Two Township Girls Missing




EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Police Department is seeking the public's assistance with locating Jessica Wright-Schober, 15,of East Brunswick, N.J and Allia Blackstone, 15, of East Brunswick, NJ

Jessica Wright-Schober is described as a black female, 15 years old, 5'5", 115lbs, long black braided hair, unknown clothing description.

Allia ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Rosie

May 16, 2022

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

Introducing Rosie, a nine-year-old American Pitbull Terrier with an amazing story. Before she was adopted by her forever family, she spent over a year in different foster homes. Rosie is deaf, and had a difficult time finding a home because of this. However, what nobody knew was that Rosie was as intelligent as ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Ella Fitzgerald

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

Introducing Ella Fitzgerald, an adorable and grumpy Shih Tzu. At about 15 years old, Ella’s favorite activities include sleeping, eating, and cuddling! Ella doesn’t enjoy pictures, and always has to be bribed with food in order to get the perfect shot. Her favorite toy is a squeaky bunny ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Brody

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

Introducing Brody! Brody is a friendly and loving Pitbull Vista, and is a little over 11 years old. Brody was born in Ohio, and was rescued by his family when he was six years old. Looks can be deceiving, and this is especially seen in Brody’s case. While he may look intimidating, all he ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

TAPinto Publisher Bobbie Peer Receives Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to Women Award

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Bobbie Peer is a business owner, a networker, a marketer and a survivor.

"I am a single mother and I made it," Peer said. "I work hard, I'm passionate about what I do and I form relationships. I am a success."

Peer, the publisher of five TAPinto sites, recently received a Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to ...

Union County Clerk Offers Saturday Hours for Voters to Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot in Person

May 18, 2022

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that the County Clerk’s Elections Offices in Elizabeth and Westfield will be open for extended hours on Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for anyone seeking to obtain a Vote-By-Mail ballot for the 2022 Primary Election. The extended hours are offered on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed.

The Primary Election will be held on ...