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Who's Who in Kenilworth: Father Giovanni

July 24, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ – Get to know Father Giovanni!

For those of you who attend St. Teresa’s’ Church or maybe through passing you might have met Father Giovanni. A gracious and delightful man Father Giovanni is the Pastor of Saint Theresa’s Church.

Born in Catania in Sicily, Father Giovanni came to the US in 1993 and to Kenilworth in July 2017. Before coming to the US, ...

Who's Who in Kenilworth: Pastor Nova Villa Gutierrez Vitug-Thomas

KENILWORTH, NJ – Get to know Pastor Nova!

Officially Reverend Nova, but everyone calls her Pastor Nova, the vivacious resident has well established herself in the Kenilworth community. Originally from Bulakan, Philippines Nova became the Pastor of Ignite United Methodist Church in July of 2017 and moved to Kenilworth in 2018. In 2019 she became a member of the Rotary Club and says she ...

Who's Who in Kenilworth: Frankie Gravato AKA the Drone Guy

KENILWORTH, NJ – Get to know Frankie Gravato!

Fairly new to Kenilworth, Frank Gravato, or Frankie as most people call him, moved to Kenilworth with his family in 2019. A Newark native, Frankie and his wife Viviana spent five years looking for a home in Union County because they had spent a lot of time here and loved the area. Kenilworth was always on the radar he said. Frankie liked ...

Who's Who in Kenilworth: Angela Lueddeke Kenilworth Dispatcher

KENILWORTH, NJ – Get to know Angela Lueddeke!

Born and raised in Kenilworth some of you may Angela because she has a very important job in the town. She is a dispatcher and one of the first faces you will see when you walk into the police headquarters. For those of you who don’t know exactly what the obligations of a dispatcher entails Angela summarized her occupation in ...

Who's Who in Kenilworth: Chris Parkhill DBHS Groundskeeper

KENILWORTH, NJ – Get to know Chris Parkhill!

Born and raised in Garwood but a David Brearley graduate, many of you may know Chris Parkhill as the official Groundskeeper of David Brearley Highschool. He loves to be outside even if the working hours are not always the same. When there is a snowstorm Parkhill says he could be away from home for up to 36 hours. But he appreciates his ...

Who's Who in Kenilworth: Jemia Singleton

KENILWORTH, NJ – Get to know Jemia Singleton!

Originally a proud Georgia peach from Atlanta, Jemia Kinsey Singleton has grown to love New Jersey and especially Kenilworth. A graduate of Emory University, Singleton is the President and Chief Communications Officer of Kinsey Communications which she founded when she was just 24 years old. With more than 21 years in the public ...

Who's Who in Kenilworth: Stacie Holzinger

KENILWORTH, NJ – Get to know Stacie Holzinger!

If you know or have met Kenilworth resident Stacie Holzinger you know she is one of the busiest ladies around the town. Originially from Roselle Park, Holzinger is a mother of twins and has been a first-grade teacher in Long Hill for 22 years. She has been involved in many organizations in Kenilworth which include the FLAG ...

Who's Who in Kenilworth: Anthony and Rose DeLuca

KENILWORTH, NJ – Get to know Anthony and Rose DeLuca!

Born and raised in Kenilworth Anthony calls himself a true Kenilworthian. Rose who is originally from Newark moved to Maplewood for the younger years of her childhood before permanently moving to Kenilworth in 1986.

Their love story is a charming and delightful one. In 2001 they were set up on a date by clients of Rose and ...


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What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Kenilworth Recap: Pinkie's Cafe Reopens, Mayors Message, KPD Party & More

July 25, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ - Did you miss this past week's top stories? Catch up on what you missed in the links below.

Pinkie's Cupcake Cafe in Kenilworth to Reopen this Weekend

Kenilworth’s Last Iwo Jima Veteran Passes Away

New Message from the Mayor of Kenilworth

Kenilworth Little League Wins District Championship

Kenilworth Police Department to Host National Night ...

Traveling Petting Zoo Visits the Kenilworth Public Library

KENILWORTH, NJ - The Kenilworth Public Library recently hosted the Cloverland Petting Zoo for children ages four to twelve to meet and greet several farm animals.

Residents were able to say hello to Al the Alpaca who was joined by rabbits, chickens, ducks, goats and sheep. The outdoor event was a great success and all the children enjoyed petting and feeding the animals.

This ...

Updated: David Brearley Middle/High School Announces 4th Marking Period Honor Roll

July 27, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ - David Brearley Middle School and High School announced the students who have qualified for Honor Roll and High Honor Roll for the fourth 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 ...

New Jersey Is 2021's 3rd Best School System in America: WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was ranked as the country's third best school system in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list States with the Best and Worst School Systems. Only two states Massachusetts (No.1) and Connecticut (No. 2)  ranked higher New Jersey. New York (No. 14) and Pennsylvania (No. 24) finished in the top half of ranking ...

Kenilworth Students get ‘Back 2 Basics’ During Summer Enrichment Program

KENILWORTH, NJ – Brearley Middle School’s “Back 2 Basics” summer enrichment program can best be described as a scenario where summer camp meets school.

But the free program offered through Kenilworth Public Schools is much more than that: The fun educational activities are designed to address learning loss as well as students’ social and emotional needs. Back 2 ...

Kenilworth Fire Department & Rescue Squad Host First Teddy Bear Clinic

July 28, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ - Get excited for a teddy picnic! Organized by EMT Dani Mauro organizer and Lieutenant Lizz Toro. 

"We know that when we enter someone’s home for a medical emergency, it can be very scary for the family, but especially the children in the home. We come clomping in with boots and uniforms and tote around unfamiliar, loud, and strange-looking equipment into ...

Kenilworth Police Department to Host National Night Out

KENILWORTH, NJ – The Kenilworth Police Department would like to invite the community to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 3. 

National Night Out is a nationwide event intended to bring together members of the community and law enforcement to build upon their current relationships and also foster new ones.  The KPD will be blocking off South 23rd St and ...

Kenilworth Little League Wins District Championship

July 21, 2021

KENILWORTH, NJ – Hard work paid off for the Kenilworth Little League team for eight and ten-year-olds as they celebrated a huge accomplishment winning the District 10 Championship.

The team went 5 and 1 in pool play and earned the number one seed. They beat Clark in the championship game 8-2 behind “solid pitching by Liam Maytidu and Matteo Raimondi” Coach Dan Orlando said.

Kenilworth’s Colleen Hannon Makes Third Team Group One in the State

KENILWORTH, NJ – Colleen Hannon was recently selected out of 41 girls from Group 1 in the state and made the third team. The team is selected from all schools in New Jersey. Hannon is currently the pitcher for the varsity softball team at David Brearley High School. 

"It was really exciting to be picked out of many girls for this achievement." Hannon said. "I ...

NJ Gives Cheesequake Rest Area a Good Name- 'Jon Bon Jovi Rest Area'

July 29, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ —Jon Bon Jovi gives a rest area a good name.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is renaming the Cheesequake service area, at Exit 124, after the famous Sayreville rocker, as part of a statewide effort to name service areas on the Garden State Parkway after iconic New Jersey Hall of ...

Rutgers Alum Who Co-Starred With Orson Welles, Flew Missions Over Occupied Europe, Turns 100

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - He was on his way to England via Africa, a young man born in 1920 to Russian Jewish immigrants in New York City. As a newly minted Air Force navigator, his mission was to deliver a B-24 bomber and its 10-man crew to an airbase in Britain. It was nighttime in the Sahara. As he looked at the moon, he remembered how “terribly romantic and freezing cold” the night ...

New Jersey Woman Among Six Charged in Connection with Bergen County Kidnapping

HACKENSACK, NJ - A 21-year-old Paterson woman faces a number of serious charges including conspiracy to commit kidnapping, witness tampering, and bribery following an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.

According to a statement by Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella, Joumana M. Danoun was arrested on July 14 with additional charges being leveled on July ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Ruger

July 27, 2021

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

Ruger, the newest addition to our family is a 12-week-old Golden Retriever. He likes all different types of food, playing with his older brother and sister, and listening to KISS while riding in the car. Dislikes …. Nothing! Always has a smile on his face. What does he want to be when he is ...

Owner Seeks Help for Lost Cat in Kenilworth

KENILWORTH, NJ - Kenilworth residents are being asked to be on the lookout for a medium-hair black and white domestic cat named Thomas that has gone missing.

"He is a big cat with a big personality" his owner John Straub said. "Thomas loves people, however he does not like to be handled and is timid around dogs. Neighbors on North 20th, and the surrounding blocks, ...

Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Murray

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

Murray's start to life was a "ruff" one. Back in June 2020, he was rescued from a high-kill shelter (the day before he was to be put down) by a small dog rescue in Georgia and was placed in foster care. As luck would have it, he was placed with the same rescue / foster mom I got ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Lifelong Journalist Finds Way To Keep News Passion Alive By Launching TAPinto Chatham

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - To reporters, news is more than a job, it’s a passion. For Ed Barmakian, news is his whole life. And when he saw his passion was in danger, he found a way to evolve to meet the times rather than lose what he loves. 

Barmakian launched TAPinto Chatham in July of 2013. He had recently retired from the Star Ledger after 33 as a sports journalist and editor. His ...

Summer Ad Trends That Help Your Business Beat The Heat And The Competition

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Summer is back and so are customers! With the worst of COVID-19 hopefully behind us, people are more excited than ever to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. For your business, this could be a huge opportunity to draw in new customers and gain additional revenue you may have lost during last year’s lockdown. 

With consumers looking to shop locally now more ...

Shapiro: The Foxes are Winning: Partisan Local News Sites are Getting the Upperhand

Back in October, I wrote about the launch of partisan local news sites and how they were filling the void in local news in towns across the country. Since then, the amount of such sites has grown from a few hundred to more than 1,000. While some high-quality objective local news sites have launched since then, they are being dwarfed in size and scale by the partisan sites.

One ...

Union County Brings Free COVID-19 Vaccines to Home Bound Residents

July 29, 2021

New toll-free number available to make appointments during business hours, and leave callback messages after hours.

Union County residents who are home bound or have difficulty leaving their home can use a new toll-free number to make an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at home. The number to call is 1-833-256-2478, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 ...