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NJ Couple Sentenced For a $4.5 Million Food Stamps Scheme

May 8, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig announced the sentencing of a New Jersey couple who were involved in a “food stamps fraud scheme.”

The statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office announcing the sentencing provided the following information.

Over the course of four years between 2014 and 2018, Ibrahim Zughbi (67) and his wife Miriam Zughbi ...

Body Found Wrapped in Tarp Near Bayonne Park Identified

BAYONNE, NJ - As reported previously in TAPinto Bayonne, the body of a man found in a tarp near Rutkowski Park in Bayonne was that of a missing New York City man, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez confirmed Wednesday.

According to a statement, the man, found lifeless by members of the Bayonne Police Department at approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 27, has been identified as Jose ...

Clifton Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Paterson Police Chief

PATERSON, NJ - A Clifton man faces up to 10 years in jail when he is sentenced on May 28 after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of Terroristic Threats, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced Monday.

Stefan Keco, 29, used text messages on two separate occasions on February 26, 2020, to threaten Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” Baycora.

The threats came just ...

Murphy Appoints First Woman to Serve as State's Adjutant General

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday his nomination of Colonel Dr. Lisa Hou to serve as Adjutant General and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA). Hou would be the first woman and first Asian-American to serve in the Adjutant General position in the state's history.

"Colonel Hou took the ...

Five-Year-Old is Montville's "Police Chief" for a Day

MONTVILLE, NJ – Five-year-old Gracie Ferluge was named honorary police chief and had a proclamation named in her honor recently, Police Chief Andrew Caggiano said.

A parade of police cars in the fall delighted the young girl, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, Caggiano said. Caggiano’s mother sewed a special Gracie-sized police chief uniform, and the chief asked Gracie if ...

Sparta Twins Born in Different Months

POMPTON PLAINS, NJ — A Sparta family is going to have some interesting birthday celebrations in the future following the unusual birth of their twins.  Rebekah Faith was born at 11:46 p.m. March 31 and her sister Charlotte Grace was born 12:06 a.m. April 1.  Not only were they born on different days but in different months as well.

“Rebekah is named for the biblical ...

22 Face Federal Drug Charges Following Massive Sweep

NEWARK, NJ — Federal law enforcement officials have announced charges against 22 people based in and around Paterson who are believed to be involved in the distribution of drugs including heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base.

In separate statements, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig described that 12 of the suspects are members and associates of “Harlem World/12th ...

Do Not Approach Murder Suspect, Prosecutor Warns

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office is still seeking the public’s help in locating the whereabouts of the suspect wanted in connection with the death of a 29-year-old Bayonne man who was fatally stabbed on March 2.  

As previously reported Elvis Santana, age 30, of Bayonne, has been charged with Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful ...

Prosecutor: Somerville Driving School Instructor Assaulted Students

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A 59-year-old driving school instructor and resident of the borough faces charges of inappropriate sexual encounters with two students.

Steven Collucci, of North Clark Street, is charged with two counts of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Contact involving two 16-year-old students on two separate occasions while working for Dill's Driving School, according to Somerset ...

Suspended Stafford School Nurse Has a Passion to "Unmask the Children"

STAFFORD — A local, Stafford Township School District nurse found it extremely hard to witness children wearing masks all day long in school. Her conviction became too strong to continue to keep quiet on the matter. 

When she decided to do something about it, she got suspended from her job in the Stafford School district. 

Nurse Erin Pein has been ...

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NJ Couple Sentenced For a $4.5 Million Food Stamps Scheme

May 8, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig announced the sentencing of a New Jersey couple who were involved in a “food stamps fraud scheme.”

The statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office announcing the sentencing provided the following information.

Over the course of four years between 2014 and 2018, Ibrahim Zughbi (67) and his wife Miriam Zughbi ...

Body Found Wrapped in Tarp Near Bayonne Park Identified

BAYONNE, NJ - As reported previously in TAPinto Bayonne, the body of a man found in a tarp near Rutkowski Park in Bayonne was that of a missing New York City man, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez confirmed Wednesday.

According to a statement, the man, found lifeless by members of the Bayonne Police Department at approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 27, has been identified as Jose ...

Clifton Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Paterson Police Chief

PATERSON, NJ - A Clifton man faces up to 10 years in jail when he is sentenced on May 28 after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of Terroristic Threats, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced Monday.

Stefan Keco, 29, used text messages on two separate occasions on February 26, 2020, to threaten Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” Baycora.

The threats came just ...

Murphy Appoints First Woman to Serve as State's Adjutant General

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday his nomination of Colonel Dr. Lisa Hou to serve as Adjutant General and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA). Hou would be the first woman and first Asian-American to serve in the Adjutant General position in the state's history.

"Colonel Hou took the ...

Five-Year-Old is Montville's "Police Chief" for a Day

MONTVILLE, NJ – Five-year-old Gracie Ferluge was named honorary police chief and had a proclamation named in her honor recently, Police Chief Andrew Caggiano said.

A parade of police cars in the fall delighted the young girl, who has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, Caggiano said. Caggiano’s mother sewed a special Gracie-sized police chief uniform, and the chief asked Gracie if ...

Sparta Twins Born in Different Months

POMPTON PLAINS, NJ — A Sparta family is going to have some interesting birthday celebrations in the future following the unusual birth of their twins.  Rebekah Faith was born at 11:46 p.m. March 31 and her sister Charlotte Grace was born 12:06 a.m. April 1.  Not only were they born on different days but in different months as well.

“Rebekah is named for the biblical ...

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Union County Presents Free "Shadows of the 60's" Drive-In Concert

May 6, 2021

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is pleased to announce that the Motown tribute band Shadows of the 60’s will headline a free, live drive-in concert at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The event is free, but registration is required online in advance to reserve a spot. Reservations will be available on a first come, first serve basis ...

Dream Factory Balloons Photo of the Week: Teacher Appreciation Week

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

The Harding PTO is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week. Taken by Ice Cream Creations, this lovely collage shows Harding teachers and staff enjoying their well-deserved treats at school. 

Thanks for sharing!

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

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 ...

KPD Youth Police Academy to Take Place This Summer

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Kenilworth Police Department is looking forward to welcoming back the KPD Youth Police Academy this summer that will be held at David Brearley Middle High School.

The academy will take place June 28 through July 2, from 9 a.m to 2:30 p.m. If your child would like to participate, fill out and print the application above and return it in-person ...

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

May 8, 2021

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 tcuppari@tapinto.net. Please include photo credit ...

David Brearley Class of 2021's Katia Flosa is Headed to Ramapo College of New Jersey

KENILWORTH, NJ - Katia Flosa will be attending Ramapo College of New Jersey Honors Program School of Nursing with a minor in psychology.

TAPinto Kenilworth congratulates Katia 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 ...

David Brearley Class of 2021's Sara Pantano is Headed to Rowan University

KENILWORTH, NJ - Sara Pantano will be attending Rowan University. Determined and with clear ideas, she wants to devote herself to the study of psychology and law. 

TAPinto Kenilworth congratulates Sara 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 ...

Varsity Softball: Unbeatable Bears Win Again

May 6, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Brearley varsity softball team is going strong having not lost a game the entire season so far. Their current record stands 7-0 in the Sky Division Union County Conference.

At their last game on May 3, they had another fantastic triumph defeating the Rahway Indians 12-2. 

Head coach Amy Efchak is extremely proud of her team and commented that ...

Softball: Bears Remain Undefeated

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Brearley varsity softball team is having an incredible season. The team has not lost a game yet and their current record stands 6-0 in the Sky Division Union County Conference.

On Thursday, April 29, the Bears beat the Rams 14-2, and on Friday, April 30, they had another great triumph as they swept New Providence 17-0.

The Bears are next scheduled to ...

NJ Couple Sentenced For a $4.5 Million Food Stamps Scheme

May 8, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig announced the sentencing of a New Jersey couple who were involved in a “food stamps fraud scheme.”

The statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office announcing the sentencing provided the following information.

Over the course of four years between 2014 and 2018, Ibrahim Zughbi (67) and his wife Miriam Zughbi ...

Body Found Wrapped in Tarp Near Bayonne Park Identified

BAYONNE, NJ - As reported previously in TAPinto Bayonne, the body of a man found in a tarp near Rutkowski Park in Bayonne was that of a missing New York City man, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez confirmed Wednesday.

According to a statement, the man, found lifeless by members of the Bayonne Police Department at approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 27, has been identified as Jose ...

Clifton Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Paterson Police Chief

PATERSON, NJ - A Clifton man faces up to 10 years in jail when he is sentenced on May 28 after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of Terroristic Threats, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced Monday.

Stefan Keco, 29, used text messages on two separate occasions on February 26, 2020, to threaten Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” Baycora.

The threats came just ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Winston

May 3, 2021

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 ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Lucky

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

Here is our wonderful story about Lucky.  We were looking to adopt a dog and were searching online.  There was a shelter bringing in some dogs and puppies from a kill shelter down South.  We saw a few online and had our minds on one in particular. A black lab mother had given birth to 10 ...

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 ...

Register for Outdoor Summer Fun at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center, May 15

May 8, 2021

Trailside summer camp returns with all-outdoor schedule; COVID safety rules apply.

The Union County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce a new and exciting season of summer programs for children and families at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center, located in the Watchung Reservation at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.

Registration begins Saturday, May ...