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Roselle 2-Year-Old Found Safe Following Auto Theft and Kidnapping

May 14, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ - A 2-year-old child is safe and has been reunited with his family after being briefly kidnapped in a vehicle that was stolen outside a Roselle home Thursday night, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Roselle Police Chief Brian Barnes jointly announced Friday.

“The diligent work of our Roselle Police Department, along with county police, not only ensured ...

Legal Pot Business Could Bring Union County's Westfield Tax Revenue, But Some Smell Trouble

WESTFIELD, NJ — If the majority public sentiment voiced by residents at Thursday’s listening session of the Westfield Cannabis Commission is any indicator of what the town council will decide, the possibility of Westfield-based marijuana businesses could be snuffed out or severely limited.

The cannabis commission heard from a bevy of residents opposed to allowing legal marijuana ...

Union County to Administer Pfizer Vaccine to Residents Ages 12 and Older

The Union County Board of Commissioners announces that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is has now been approved for 12 to 15 year olds in New Jersey. 

Union County residents ages 12 and older can now make an appointment to receive the Pfizer vaccine at two vaccine centers administered by the County, by visiting www.ucnj.org/vax or by calling the Union County COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at ...

Union County to Hold Annual Portuguese Flag Raising on June 10

The Board of County Commissioners invites residents to the annual Union County Portuguese Flag raising ceremony in commemoration of the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Communities. The event will take place on Thursday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Union County Court House, located at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth. The event is free for all to attend.

The event is being ...

Panic Buying Gasoline After Oil Pipeline Cyberattack Leads to Price Increases. See How Union County Compares to National Averages.

WASHINGTON, DC — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Union County, the price at the pump has hit $3.035 as of May 12. This is part of a national trend in high gas prices ...

Union County to Host Virtual Hiring Event with Amazon

Amazon is offering $15/hour and up; benefits available to full time employees

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that Union County’s American Job Center will be holding a virtual hiring event with Amazon on Tuesday, May 18, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Amazon is filling positions for hourly employment at its warehouse locations in Linden, ...

Military Appreciation Month in Union County

May is Military Appreciation and the Union County Board of Commissioners is committed to connecting our veterans and military families with helpful services.

Over the past year, we have expanded our outreach with several new programs.

We now have designated parking spaces at of our County facilities, for all Union County Veterans who display a Union County Veterans parking placard in their ...

Police Investigating Report of Attempted Sexual Assault in Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit reports that police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault perpetrated by an unknown actor posing as an Uber driver who was transporting the victim from New York City to Pennsylvania.

The driver, described as a white male with a beard, reportedly exited Rt. 78, stopping on Glenside Avenue. The victim was able to escape from the vehicle ...

Union County Announces Covid-19 Vaccination Outreach Plan to Boost Numbers

County plans to go door-to-door to reach unvaccinated residents, will set up mobile popup clinics and partner with community groups.

In an effort to ensure that as many county residents are vaccinated as possible, the Union County Board of Commissioners announced a door to door campaign aimed at reaching the unvaccinated that will begin at the end of May throughout the County. 

The ...

Scammer Swindles Scotch Plains Resident Out of $30K with Phony Story of Being Attacked in Egypt

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A Scotch Plains resident fell victim to a fraud scheme orchestrated by an "online acquaintance" who stated he had been beat up in Egypt and needed money for medical bills.

According to the Scotch Plains police blotter, the resident sent in excess of $30,000 to the fraudster before realizing it was a scam.

Scotch Plains police are in the process of ...


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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 ...

Fire Safety Alert: Kidde Recalls Smoke Detectors for Failure to Sound Alarm in Fire

May 16, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The community is being alerted to a nationwide safety recall of certain Kidde smoke detectors for failing to sound off during smoke conditions or a fire.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 6 announced the recall of some 225,000 Kidde smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms — Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060 and 2070, which have a TruSense logo or ...

Abducted Two-Week-Old Has Been Found

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 ...

Which NJ Colleges/Universities Are Now Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations?

May 16, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — Seton Hall University is the latest New Jersey college that now requires all students and employees to be vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester. The catholic university in South Orange joins a list of now fourteen major NJ institutions to require inoculation in some form before the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

The other thirteen NJ schools are: Drew University, ...

Kenilworth Public Schools COVID-19 Weekly Dashboard May 10 - 14

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Board of Education posted the following data regarding the weekly coronavirus update in the public schools for the week of May 10 through May 14, 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 Middle/High School Announces 3rd Marking Period 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 2020-21 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 other ...

Varsity Softball: Bears Continue Winning Streak

May 13, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Brearley varsity softball team had another amazing game on Tuesday defeating the Pioneers 7-0. Their current record now stands 10-0 in the Sky Division Union County Conference.

Highlights of the game include Francesca Licatta went two for three with two RBIs, Leah Sims went two for four with two RBIs and Kristina ...

Varsity Baseball: Brearley Takes Down Linden

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 ...

Newark Symphony Hall Gives First Look Into $50M Renovation Project

May 16, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Symphony Hall this week unveiled designs for its new exterior renovation, a project which began last year. 

The project is part of a three-phase, $50 million effort set to wrap on the venue’s 100th birthday in 2025. The design, from Trenton-based architectural firm Clarke Caton Hintz, includes a new marquee and streetscape.

Seton Hall Requiring Vaccines for Fall Semester

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is requiring all students and employees to be vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester. 

The school sent an email this week to the school community communicating the University's Executive Cabinet decision. 

“We know that reaching a high vaccination level in our University population is an important factor in achieving the ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

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: John and Janet Ondrey

May 15, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ – Get to know John and Janet Ondrey!

If you or your child like music or the outdoors and adventure, you probably know or have heard of the Ondrey’s. John is currently the Director of Bands at Harding Elementary School and his wife Janet is a Speech Language Pathologist at Salt Brook Elementary School in New Providence. The Ondrey’s both help run Cub Scout ...

Who's Who in Kenilworth: Detective Ryan Kernan

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 ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

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 ...

Union County to Host Free Webinar: Parenting in a Post-Pandemic World, May 19

May 15, 2021

The Union County Office on Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse, in partnership with Therapeutic Learning Connections presents “Parenting in a Post-Pandemic World.” This webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. Attendance is free but residents wishing to attend must pre-register.

“Both parents and their children have had to re-invent their relationships ...