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Governor Fears Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Are Just the Start

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Gov. Murphy Tests Negative for Coronavirus 4 Times But Will Continue Virtual Briefings 

NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said this afternoon he has not been symptomatic and tested negative four times since last Monday.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a voluntary self-quarantine with the governor last week, has tested negative three times.  

Still, ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

Linden Elementary Schools Welcome Students for In-Person Learning

October 14, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - While most Linden Public School students remain learning virtually, Linden Elementary students returned to in-person instruction Tuesday morning.

As previously reported by TAPinto Linden, the Linden Board of Education decided on September 4 that students will learn virtually due to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Superintendent Marnie Hazelton announced ...

UPDATE: Investigation Underway After Man Fatally Shot in Linden Monday Afternoon

October 26, 2020

UPDATE: The victim has succumbed to his injuries. Union County Homicide Task Force is on the scene.

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Police are currently on the scene on the 1500 block of E. St. Georges Avenue after reports of a shooting, Monday afternoon.

According to preliminary reports, gunfire erupted at about 3:30 p.m. and police arrived to find a male suffering with a gunshot wound. The ...

Linden Mayor and Police Chief Releases Joint Statement Addressing Rise in Crime in the City

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Mayor Derek Armstead and Police Chief David Hart addressed residents via Facebook on the recent increase in crime throughout the city in recent weeks.

Here is the full joint statement from Mayor Armstead and Police Chief Hart:

The violent crimes that have plagued our community over recent weeks have, understandably, caused feelings of fear and anxiety ...

UPDATE: Stiles Street Open Northbound, Southbound Traffic Remains Closed

UPDATE: Stiles Street is now reopened northbound from Route 1 but southbound traffic remains closed at Linden Avenue.

LINDEN, NJ - According to a Nixle alert sent by Linden Police Department, Stiles Street is closed between Linden Avenue & Route 1 due to a gas leak.

Linden Police and Fire Departments are on the scene. Please avoid the area.

Are you a business ...

Governor Fears Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Are Just the Start

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Gov. Murphy Tests Negative for Coronavirus 4 Times But Will Continue Virtual Briefings 

NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said this afternoon he has not been symptomatic and tested negative four times since last Monday.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a voluntary self-quarantine with the governor last week, has tested negative three times.  

Still, ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

Union County Announces COVID-19 Emergency Drive-Up Food Distribution, October 17

October 16, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County will hold an emergency drive-up food distribution to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, October 17 at 9:00 a.m.

The food distribution is open to all Union County residents and will be held at Union County Vocational Technical High School, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains. The event is being coordinated by the County of Union ...

Union County Offers Free Virtual Workshop about Social Media Marketing for Non-Profits

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Non-profit organizations in Union County are invited to attend a free online workshop, “Social Media Marketing for Non-Profits,” on Tuesday, October 27 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

The Zoom workshop will be facilitated by Jessica Maarek, owner of the social media marketing agency Red Root Marketing.

“Union County is pleased to be offering this ...

Governor Fears Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Are Just the Start

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Gov. Murphy Tests Negative for Coronavirus 4 Times But Will Continue Virtual Briefings 

NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said this afternoon he has not been symptomatic and tested negative four times since last Monday.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a voluntary self-quarantine with the governor last week, has tested negative three times.  

Still, ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

Small Parties, Family Gatherings Driving Up COVID-19 Case Count

With daily diagnoses at levels not seen since early summer, administration says it has to count on honor system to ensure compliance in small groups.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Gov. Phil Murphy and state public ...

COVID-19 Update in Linden: 45 New Cases Confirmed this Week

LINDEN, NJ - COVID-19 numbers are continuously increasing across the state, and things are no different in the City of Linden.

According to the city's COVID-19 Confirmed Case Data, there has been a total of 45 news cases in the city this week.  This brings the total of confirmed cases to 1,607 since the beginning of the pandemic.  There are no additional deaths reported ...

Linden Municipal Night Court Canceled Until Further Notice

October 27, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - Effective as of October 23, all night court sessions for the Linden Municipal Court are canceled until further notice. All morning virtual court sessions will remain the same.

If questions about court sessions or seeking further directions, please contact the municipal court via email or by calling (908) 474-8423 

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Inmate from Linden Charged In Fort Dix Prison Drone Scheme

NEWARK, NJ – A Union County, New Jersey man has been charged with conspiring to use drones to smuggle contraband, including tobacco, cell phone chargers, and a cell phone, into the federal correctional facility at Fort Dix.

Johansel Moronta, 27, of Linden, New Jersey, an inmate at Fort Dix from April 2018 to March 2019, was charged with one count of conspiring to smuggle ...

UPDATE: Investigation Underway After Man Fatally Shot in Linden Monday Afternoon

October 26, 2020

UPDATE: The victim has succumbed to his injuries. Union County Homicide Task Force is on the scene.

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Police are currently on the scene on the 1500 block of E. St. Georges Avenue after reports of a shooting, Monday afternoon.

According to preliminary reports, gunfire erupted at about 3:30 p.m. and police arrived to find a male suffering with a gunshot wound. The ...

Linden Mayor and Police Chief Releases Joint Statement Addressing Rise in Crime in the City

LINDEN, NJ - Linden Mayor Derek Armstead and Police Chief David Hart addressed residents via Facebook on the recent increase in crime throughout the city in recent weeks.

Here is the full joint statement from Mayor Armstead and Police Chief Hart:

The violent crimes that have plagued our community over recent weeks have, understandably, caused feelings of fear and anxiety ...

UPDATE: Stiles Street Open Northbound, Southbound Traffic Remains Closed

UPDATE: Stiles Street is now reopened northbound from Route 1 but southbound traffic remains closed at Linden Avenue.

LINDEN, NJ - According to a Nixle alert sent by Linden Police Department, Stiles Street is closed between Linden Avenue & Route 1 due to a gas leak.

Linden Police and Fire Departments are on the scene. Please avoid the area.

Are you a business ...

Indoor Sports Can Resume Practice, Games With Covid Capacities 

October 14, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Practice that involves contact and indoor sports scrimmages will once again be possible despite the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday as he signed a new executive order.

No. 187 allows for sports to resume activities inside defined as “medium risk” and “high risk” by the New Jersey Department of Health’s ...

Union County Providing Seniors with Nutritious “Grab & Go” Meals at Senior Centers

October 26, 2020

UNION COUNTY , NJ - The Union County Office on Aging and Disability Services is providing nutritious, box-lunch meals to Congregate Nutrition Program participants through the “Grab and Go Lunch Program” as an alternative to congregate dining.

This program will be available at 13 sites throughout the county every Tuesday and Thursday beginning on October 27th.

The “Grab and ...

Scotch Plains' Iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Wedding Hall Abruptly Closes, Leaves Brides in the Lurch, Owes Township $380,000+, Yet Owner Denies Business Has Closed

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Colonia native Kelli Capurso, 23, was, like any bride, looking forward to her wedding reception. She married her husband, Anthony, in August 2019, but postponed her reception until 2020 until after he returned from his deployment with the Marines. COVID put a wrench into their plans, and the couple had to cancel their celebration at one catering hall and booked instead ...

COVID-19 Emergency Drive-Up Food Distribution, October 24

UNION COUNTY, The County will hold an emergency drive-up food distribution for Union County residents to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, October 24, beginning at 9 a.m. at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue, in Union. The distribution will take place in the parking lot located at the intersection of North Ave. and Morris Ave.  The food distribution will ...

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Wildlife Wednesdays Programs For 2020

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the popular, free “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will conclude its 2020 programming over the next 2 Wednesdays.

October 21st’s program “Reptiles and Gators” will feature an alligator and lizards, including a blue tongue skink and bearded dragon.  The October 28th’s Halloween-themed Insects and ...

Update: Union County Wildlife Wednesdays Program Moved to 6 PM

The Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes to remind residents that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time of 6:00 PM.

“Union County is striving to bring educational programs directly to our children that may not be accessible to everyone during these challenging times, and Wildlife ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

October 26, 2020

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

Union County Clerk Provides Extra Weekend Office Hours for Voters

October 27, 2020

Masks and social distance are required for office visits.

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises voters that the County Clerk’s Elections Office at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth and the Annex Office in the Union County Complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield will be open on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day.

“Many voters are ...

The Guardian by John Grisham

The Guardians by John Grisham. (Dell, 2020)

“Duke Russell is not guilty of the unspeakable crimes for which he was convicted; nonetheless, he is scheduled to be executed for them in one hour and forty-five minutes.”

Are you hooked? I am.

When I taught Creative Writing, one of the first lessons on writing prose was, “You have to capture the reader in the first paragraph ...

Black Lives Matter, So Let’s Take Action on School Choice and Legalization

October 15, 2020

Dear Editor:

Black Lives Matter So Let’s Take Action on School Choice and Legalization

This November voters are facing what many experts call the most important election of their lifetime, and I agree. On the ballot we have candidates and constitutional questions which can ultimately make a huge difference in Union County’s diverse minority communities.

Support candidates ...

Linden Municipal Night Court Canceled Until Further Notice

October 27, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - Effective as of October 23, all night court sessions for the Linden Municipal Court are canceled until further notice. All morning virtual court sessions will remain the same.

If questions about court sessions or seeking further directions, please contact the municipal court via email or by calling (908) 474-8423 

Are you a business interested in reaching ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

Cuban Pete's Owner Locked Out After Repeated Executive Order Violations

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After scoffing at the Governor's Executive Orders and repeatedly allowing patrons to continue to dine inside, the owner of Cuban Pete's is now locked out of his business.

On Monday morning, Montclair Police changed the locks on the doors of Cuban Pete’s restaurant, locking out the owner and workers. This was after three violations of the Executive ...

Governor Fears Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Are Just the Start

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Union County Providing Seniors with Nutritious “Grab & Go” Meals at Senior Centers

UNION COUNTY , NJ - The Union County Office on Aging and Disability Services is providing nutritious, box-lunch meals to Congregate Nutrition Program participants through the “Grab and Go Lunch Program” as an alternative to congregate dining.

This program will be available at 13 sites throughout the county every Tuesday and Thursday beginning on October 27th.

The “Grab and ...

Gov. Murphy Tests Negative for Coronavirus 4 Times But Will Continue Virtual Briefings 

NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said this afternoon he has not been symptomatic and tested negative four times since last Monday.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a voluntary self-quarantine with the governor last week, has tested negative three times.  

Still, ...