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Livingston High School Senior Erin Zhu Nominated for Emerging Artists Award

January 15, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School (LHS) senior Erin Zhu has been nominated for the Art Administrators of New Jersey (AANJ) Emerging Artists Award for her painting, “Tibetan Boys,” which can be seen above.

AANJ's mission is to advance visual arts education in the New Jersey public schools through communications, professional development, political advocacy and ...

New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Discuss Hope for the Future at TAPinto Virtual Event

NEW JERSEY — Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held through TAPinto.net on Thursday evening.

The first-ever TAPinto signature virtual event on Jan. 14 featured ...

Livingston Mayor Helps Inoculate Community Members, Urges Others to Consider Vaccination

January 12, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise within the Livingston community—with 28 new cases reported over the weekend for a total of 97 in the first 11 days of January—so does the number of residents becoming eligible to receive the vaccination.

Ahead of a virtual COVID-19 vaccine information forum that the township is sponsoring alongside panelists ...

Edison Heating and Cooling Offers HVAC Tips to Reduce COVID-19 Risk

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging throughout New Jersey, HVAC professionals are constantly looking at ways to help reduce the spread of the virus indoors. 

According to Mike Iarrapino, founder and owner of Edison Heating and Cooling, boosting fresh air, regulating humidity, and improving air purification in a home and/or business can all play a ...

New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Discuss Hope for the Future at TAPinto Virtual Event

January 15, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held through TAPinto.net on Thursday evening.

The first-ever TAPinto signature virtual event on Jan. 14 featured ...

Livingston Leads County in Vaccinations as Next Group Becomes Eligible

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although the Livingston Health Department (LHD) has recorded a total of 123 new COVID-19 since Jan. 1 and is currently averaging approximately 15 new cases per day as of Jan. 13, Livingston officials commended the community for leading the county in the number of residents who have been vaccinated.

Now that police officers and fire professionals, both paid and ...

Heritage Middle School Student Council and Builders Club Host Winter Break Toy Drive

January 10, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Heritage Middle School’s Student Council and Builders Club organized a toy drive before the winter break, during which the toys they collected were donated to GreenDrop, a charitable organization that works the Red Cross, Purple Heart Association, Federation of the Blind and St. Vincent de Paul.

Pictured above in the back row are Sarah Kiarelden, Daniel ...

Livingston BOE Relies on Community Input to Prepare for New Hybrid Schedules

January 15, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As Livingston Public Schools (LPS) prepares to bring students back for in-person learning after being all remote since Jan. 4, the administration shared a draft of its reopening plans earlier this week based on feedback from stakeholders—including students, parents and educators—on the district’s hybrid learning model.

Prior to Superintendent Dr.

Livingston Board of Education Votes to Split Vice Presidency in 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — At the recommendation of newly elected Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) President Samantha Messer, the LBOE unanimously approved temporary suspension of a bylaw for the year of 2021 in order to divide the vice presidency into two six-months terms.

As of Jan. 4, longtime LBOE member Pamela Chirls has been named vice president trough June 30, at which time Seth ...

Heritage Middle School Student Council and Builders Club Host Winter Break Toy Drive

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Heritage Middle School’s Student Council and Builders Club organized a toy drive before the winter break, during which the toys they collected were donated to GreenDrop, a charitable organization that works the Red Cross, Purple Heart Association, Federation of the Blind and St. Vincent de Paul.

Pictured above in the back row are Sarah Kiarelden, Daniel ...

Livingston Student Describes Gandhi's Influence on MLK’s Non-Violent Activism

January 13, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Ahead of Martin Luther King (MLK) Day on Jan. 18, when the Livingston community will be invited to participate in the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion’s (LCDI) annual “Day of Service,” Livingston High School junior Krishna Bhatt is sharing his recent discovery of how King’s activism was influenced by the teachings of Mahatma ...

Livingston Township and District Officials Respond to Storming of U.S. Capitol

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following the storming of the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 that was held in an attempt to overturn President Donald Trump’s defeat in the November 2020 presidential election, local officials from the Livingston Township Council and Livingston Public Schools (LPS) responded to the nature of this riot from various perspectives.

In a joint statement, members ...

Livingston Police Officers and Families Blessed During Third Annual Blue Mass

January 15, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston Police/PBA Local #263 Chaplain Father Francisco Mendonca recently returned to Livingston’s St. Philomena Church to celebrate our third annual "Blue Mass" in support of local police officers.

The mass was extended to all police officers, including past, present and future police officers, as well as their families and friends, who serve as ...

Gov. Murphy Says Trenton is Prepared Following Threat of State Capitol Protests

NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that NJ authorities are prepared and on high alert.

“We need to bat 1,000 every day. To the governor's point [we] will be ...

Livingston Leads County in Vaccinations as Next Group Becomes Eligible

January 14, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although the Livingston Health Department (LHD) has recorded a total of 123 new COVID-19 since Jan. 1 and is currently averaging approximately 15 new cases per day as of Jan. 13, Livingston officials commended the community for leading the county in the number of residents who have been vaccinated.

Now that police officers and fire professionals, both paid and ...

Livingston Township and District Officials Respond to Storming of U.S. Capitol

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following the storming of the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 that was held in an attempt to overturn President Donald Trump’s defeat in the November 2020 presidential election, local officials from the Livingston Township Council and Livingston Public Schools (LPS) responded to the nature of this riot from various perspectives.

In a joint statement, members ...

Livingston Council Members Anthony and Vieira Sworn In Upon Re-election

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to nominating Shawn Klein as mayor and Ed Meinhardt as deputy mayor of Livingston for 2021 during the first Livingston Township Council meeting of the year, council members Al Anthony and Michael Vieira were also sworn into new four-year terms in their respective positions after running for re-election unopposed in November.

Anthony begins his third term on ...

Loventhal, Feldman of Livingston Named to All-Division Boys Soccer Team

January 9, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Two members of the Livingston High School boys soccer team, sophomore Zachary Feldman and senior Kyle Loventhal, were recently selected to the Super Essex Conference (SEC) All-American Division First Team.

Feldman and Loventhal each finished the fall 2020 season with three goals, but their value on defense was immeasurable, according to Livingston head coach ...

Livingston Lands Three Girls Soccer Players on All-American Division First Team

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Three members of the Livingston High School girls soccer team were named to the Super Essex Conference All-American Division First Team for 2020.

Lauren Belcuore, Alexis Scherago and Jadyn Liebman of Livingston all were named by conference coaches to the first team. 

Belcuore, a senior who will continue her career at Villanova University, scored 13 goals and had ...

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Board of Trustees Welcomes Rahul V. Pawar, MD

January 12, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Board of Trustees at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) recently elected Rahul V. Pawar, MD, Neuroradiologist, as its newest member.

According to Board Chairman Bruce Schonbraun, who has known Dr. Pawar for many years, Pawar’s “clinical expertise, active community involvement, passion and leadership will be an asset to [the] ...

Edison Heating and Cooling Offers HVAC Tips to Reduce COVID-19 Risk

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging throughout New Jersey, HVAC professionals are constantly looking at ways to help reduce the spread of the virus indoors. 

According to Mike Iarrapino, founder and owner of Edison Heating and Cooling, boosting fresh air, regulating humidity, and improving air purification in a home and/or business can all play a ...

Livingston High School Seeks Mentors for 2021 Senior Internship Program

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In preparation of Livingston High School's 2021 Senior Internship Program (SIP), which will offer in-person, hybrid or remote internship opportunities to seniors in the spring, virtual mentor information sessions are being held on Jan. 11 and Jan. 15 for any local businesses interested in taking on an intern for the SIP term of May 24 to June ...

Livingston High School Senior Erin Zhu Nominated for Emerging Artists Award

January 15, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School (LHS) senior Erin Zhu has been nominated for the Art Administrators of New Jersey (AANJ) Emerging Artists Award for her painting, “Tibetan Boys,” which can be seen above.

AANJ's mission is to advance visual arts education in the New Jersey public schools through communications, professional development, political advocacy and ...

Livingston Native Pens Impactful Song for 2020 Disney Holiday Campaign

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although the winter holidays are nearing their end for 2020, Livingston native Austin Zudeck, a 2013 graduate of Livingston High School, is already looking ahead to the 2021 holiday season after a song he co-wrote and produced for Disney’s 2020 holiday campaign prompted the company to hire him back for the composition and production of next year’s ...

Livingston Resident Jason Shapiro's Memoir Fights Stigma of Mental Illness

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As mental health becomes an increasingly prominent issue amid the pandemic, Livingston resident Jason Shapiro is currently donating 100 percent of the proceeds from his memoir, “The Magic of Mayfair,” to the SameHere Global Mental Health Movement, a mental health nonprofit that is close to his heart.

Shapiro, who also recently published his first ...

Livingston Department of Public Works to Collect and Recycle Christmas Trees in January

December 24, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Township of Livingston’s Christmas Tree Collection and Recycling program will begin on Jan. 4, 2021, and will end on Jan. 29, 2021.

Christmas trees will be collected Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents can simply leave their undecorated live-cut trees at the curb, as they would for regular recycling.

The Christmas tree collection program ...

Livingston's Second Annual Religions of The World Spotlights Five Major Religions

January 5, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The second annual Religions of the World program—produced virtually by the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI) in conjunction with the Livingston Clergy Association and Livingston Vision 20/20—recently focused on “hope, resilience, patience and unity” as clergy members from local Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic and Jewish ...

Livingston Kwanzaa Celebration Explores Holiday Principles and Food Traditions

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Keith Hines, founder of The Livingston Committee for Diversity & Inclusion (LCDI), recently hosted a virtual Kwanzaa celebration for Livingston residents, during which he discussed the principles and symbolic foods of the holiday alongside committee members Vineeta Khanna, Dee Dee Pulver and special guest Kevin Chambers from Black Professionals of Langan ...

Livingston's Temple B'nai Abraham Donates Hundreds of "Christmas Bags of Cheer"

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Social Action Committee (SAC) at Temple B'nai Abraham (TBA) in Livingston, recently sponsored a collection of "Christmas Bags of Cheer," collecting more than 250 bags that have been donated to Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors (LNHN) to be distributed to St. Ann's, St. Michael's and St. John's Churches in Newark.

After ...

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Livingston High School Senior Erin Zhu Nominated for Emerging Artists Award

January 15, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School (LHS) senior Erin Zhu has been nominated for the Art Administrators of New Jersey (AANJ) Emerging Artists Award for her painting, “Tibetan Boys,” which can be seen above.

AANJ's mission is to advance visual arts education in the New Jersey public schools through communications, professional development, political advocacy and ...

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VIRTUAL Cancer Education Series: Cancer and ...

Health & Wellness

"Stressed Mom" — Free Advice by Christy Sanborn

Dear Christy,

I have been really stressed and struggling a lot emotionally since the pandemic started. I am a married woman with two young kids. My husband works a lot of hours, and I am with the kids from morning until bedtime most days. I feel like I’m snapping at the kids all day long. I wake up tired; and to be honest, most days I just feel like a repeat ...

A Simple (But Effective!) Way to Reduce Post-Holiday Stress

Just because the bulk of the holidays have already passed, this certainly doesn’t mean that the stress that goes along with them is also in the rearview. Most, if not all of us, still have some looming anxiety regarding getting back to work, making sure our arrangements are in order, and an overall concern if 2021 will be anything like 2020. However, we have a very simple solution that ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Jennifer Dericks of TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The TAPinto Featured Franchisee of the Month for January 2021 is Jennifer Dericks from TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton.

Dericks launched her two franchises back in 2012 after completing her term on the Sparta Board of Education and she’s been with TAPinto ever since.

“It would be more accurate to say TAPinto found me,” Dericks said. “I was ...

TAPinto.net Readership Jumps More Than 70%, Advertising Revenue Increased Nearly 17% in 2020

January 15, 2021

TAPinto.net, a network of more than 85 franchised hyperlocal online news sites, today announced spectacular growth in readership, up by more than 70% in 2020 over the previous year, and an advertising revenue increase of nearly 17% at a time when other media struggled. TAPinto.net added a dozen online news sites during the year and is on target to reach its 100th franchise in ...

Online Winter Class Registration Now Open at Paper Mill Playhouse

December 30, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ — Paper Mill Playhouse’s 10-week Theater School Winter Session will kick off on Jan. 4 with weekly classes online and worldwide.

Students ages six to 17 are invited to join the Paper Mill's award-winning faculty of theater artists to make creative playmaking a part of their week. Small group classes as well as private voice lessons or ...

Obituaries

Wallace (Wally) Sugarman, age 87, died Thursday, December 10, 2020, in Tampa, Florida. Born in ...
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New Year, Smart Goals: Resolutions That Actually Stick

New Year’s resolutions are so … last year. If you’re like most people, by the end of January, you'll have given up on the promises you made to yourself New Year’s Eve. But maybe that’s because the resolutions of the past were too vague and lacked a plan. If you want to try something new — with a much better chance of success — try SMART ...