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Widespread Testing Signals 'Enormous’ Progress for NJ’s Road Back

May 27, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — One month into New Jersey’s recovery period, trends in data are showing the state is well past COVID-19’s harrowing April peak. 

But according to officials, the decreases in new cases and hospitalizations aren’t a declaration of victory. Gov. Phil Murphy reminded citizens on Wednesday that while numbers continue to fall the state, they’re still ...

Rep. Sherrill Hosts Food Security Roundtable

Parsippany, NJ -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) convened a roundtable discussion last week with local food pantries and meal programs to discuss the issue of food security during the COVID-19 pandemic. As noted by the Star-Ledger Editorial Board, 23 percent of Americans are food insecure, and in homes with children under 12, that number increases to 40.9 percent.

“Food ...

Murphy: Graduation Ceremonies Are Back On, Professional Sports Teams Can Start Practicing

TRENTON, NJ - Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held beginning July 6.

"We want them to celebrate and be celebrated by their families, ...

Gov. Murphy References COVID-19 Toll on Veterans at Memorial Day Service; NJ Death Toll Continues to Drop

TRENTON, NJ -- On Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter that New Jersey had 965 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, pushing the state total to 155,092. Among those cases, 2,755 are in hospitals, 719 are in critical or intensive care, and 540 are on ventilators. He also reported 16 new deaths.

"Sadly, we’ve lost 16 more New Jerseyans," Murphy ...

May 25 COVID-19: Statistical Comparison with US War Casualties

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Efforts to control and push back against the COVID-19 pandemic have been described as a "battle" or "war" with health care workers and first responders likened to :"warriors" on the "front lines."

From governors and lawmakers to clergy and CEOs, health officials, first responders and others, the words associated with epic confrontations ...

Crippliing Effects of COVID-19: NJ Faces $10B Revenue Shortfall

TRENTON, NJ – The Department of the Treasury delivered a budget update to the Legislature Friday, providing a detailed revenue report that illustrates the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on New Jersey’s finances and laying out plans to close the looming gap for the remainder of the extended fiscal year through a series of deep cuts and spending deferrals.

A report on the ...

Murphy Works to Bring Federal Support to NJ; 'We Are NOT Asking Washington for a Bailout'

TRENTON, NJ -- Fearing an economic calamity, Gov. Phil Murphy says he is "burning up the phones" as he calls on members of congress for support of in securing "much-needed direct federal aid to states."

"It’s the only way to ensure that our first responders, health care workers, and educators stay on the job at a time when they are so desperately ...

NJ Gov. Murphy Raises Limits on Outdoor Gathering from 10 to 25 People

TRENTON, NJ - NJ Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he is signing an executive order lifting the limit on outdoor gathering from 10 to 25 individuals.

The EO all allows recreational campgrounds to reopen effective immediately. The order includes both public and private campgrounds. The capacity on charter and fishing boats will also be raised to 25 individuals.

Outdoor batting cages and ...

Gov. Murphy Addresses Calls to Reopen the State Economy; Businesses Asked to Fill Out Survey

TRENTON, NJ --  Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Labor Robert Asaro-Angelo reported that the state’s unemployment rate has hit 15.3%. 

Gov. Murphy, who is coming under increasing pressure from small business owners to reopen the state, said his administration is reaching out to literally thousands of businesses and nonprofit organizations to direct them to a ...

NJ's Unemployment Rate Soars to Highest On Record

TRENTON, NJ – The head of the state's Department of Labor said Thursday that the measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 have resulted in the state’s unemployment numbers soaring to their highest recorded levels.

Robert Asaro-Angelo said that the state’s unemployment rate has hit 15.3% - the highest level since the state first started recording the ...

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Just 10 Days Left to Take Advantage of TAPinto's Grand Re-Opening Marketing Specials

May 22, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ - There are just 10 days left to our grand re-opening marketing specials which provide local businesses with social media marketing, content marketing, and brand awareness, as well as the flexibility to market in neighboring towns. 

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2W53oxK

Having your content published on TAPinto will not only enable that content to be ...

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

Power Up Your Content Marketing on TAPinto

TAPinto is rolling out a new content marketing feature as a part of our participation in The Branded Content Project -- a partnership between the Facebook Journalism Project, the Local Media Association and the Local Media Consortium. The new feature will enable businesses, nonprofits and others who purchase guaranteed publication of a press release, real estate listing, event listing, milestone, ...

May 27 COVID-19 Update; There are 133 Cases in Madison

May 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY - The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Madison are 133, announced officials. Sadly there have been 15 residents who have lost their lives as a result of COVID-19, they said.  

"Today’s reporting includes revised data which removes some cases previously reported as associated with Madison" said borough officials. "Cases may be removed for ...

May 26 COVID-19 Update; No New Cases in Madison

NEW JERSEY - As of Tuesday, May 26, the State of New Jersey is reporting 155,764 confirmed cases in New Jersey with 6,279 in Morris County. There have been 11,191 deaths in the state, with 595 from Morris County.   Here are the cumulative COVID-19 cases as of 3:14pm on May ...

Coronavirus: Latest New Jersey Numbers from Gov. Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Sunday, May 24, via his Twitter account that New Jersey had 1,065 new confirmed positive cases of COVID19, bringing the state total to 154,154. Of those cases, 2,857 are in hospitals, 760 are in critical or intensive care, and 639 are on ventilators.The governor also announced 52 more new deaths, pushing New Jersey's total ...

6 Strategies to Create a Good Habit

6 Strategies to Create a Good Habit 

Has staying in led you to create poor habits? 

Do you want to change them or maybe start a new, healthier one? 

Have you ever wondered when some people say “I am going to….” start exercising, read more, learn an instrument,… you know they are going to make it happen. But when you try to go after a goal, ...

Can You Feel Gratitude in Tough Times?

It can be so very challenging to feel gratitude in the face of struggle, heartache, anxiety and fear of what life is going to be like in the near future.  Finding gratitude is your own personal weapon against these dark thoughts and will help you feel better.  Consider forming your own personal journey to create the healthiest version of yourself and finding hope in these uncertain ...

Milestones

Darcy Schulz

May 7, 2020

Which Bridgewater-Raritan schools (public or private) did your child attend, prior to Bridgewater-Raritan High School? 
Milltown, Eisenhower, BRMS, BRHS
 
What sports of after school programs is your child involved with at Bridgewater-Raritan High School? 
cross country, winter and spring track. 
What are your child’s plans after graduation? (Answer ...

See This Week's Schedule: Livestream Group Exercise Classes With the Madison Area YMCA

May 26, 2020

MADISON, NJ - The Madison Area YMCA is offering free live stream group exercise classes. Due to the facility closures, the YMCA has added virtual classes each week.

"We are excited to offer live Group Exercise classes virtually", said Y staff. " These are free for members and our non-members. No equipment needed, just your computer or cell phone to livestream with ...

Diaper Drive at Madison Area YMCA; Friday May 22

MADISON, NJ -  Moms Helping Moms, a local baby supply and diaper bank will be hosting a collection on Friday May 15, from 10am - 2pm at the Madison Area YMCA.

The organization provides low income mothers and families with critical essentials for their children.  Items needed include:

Diapers of all sizes (biggest need are sizes 4, 5,6)

Wipes
Baby Shampoo
Body ...

Church Leader University Event on Zoom; Saturday May 30

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Community members interested in Church Leader University will be able to participate via Zoom on May 30 from 9am - 11:30am, announced the Church of the Redeemer Morristown.

The event will have workshops related to current times. 

There is no cost to participate but registration is required. Registration deadline is Wednesday May 27 at 5pm. CLICK HERE to ...

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts Begins No Commitment Registration for Summer Camps

May 23, 2020

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) is offering no commitment camp registration at www.metc.org, with payment due at a later time. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, METC is exploring a range of options for summer camp this year. Parents and guardians will be able to indicate their interest and comfort level during registration. METC will make the final decision regarding summer camp ...

Unity Charter School Announces Interactive Virtual Summer Camp-Open to NJ Children

Will your children be home, with potentially nothing to do over the next few months? Keep them engaged and learning all from the comfort of their own home with Unity Charter School’s Virtual Camps!  Rising 3rd-8th graders will have the opportunity to explore STEM concepts, Arts & Crafts, Art Integration, Under the Sea and Outer Space exploration activities designed to stimulate ...

Unemployment Benefits for NJ Workers Extended for 13-Weeks

TRENTON, NJ --  The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) announced Tuesday that workers who have exhausted their state unemployment benefits may now be eligible for an extension. The Department has begun notifying some workers already receiving benefits of a 13-week extension they may be eligible for under the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment ...

Meet Hogan; The EHR Dog of the Month

May 27, 2020

Hogan is a super sweet boy and a favorite of our staff and volunteers!! He always seems to greet his human friends with a smile, and they can’t help but smile back when they see that happy face. Hogan is a black lab/retriever mix around 3 1/2-4 years old that weighs about 45 lbs.

Hogan’s very favorite thing to do is PLAY! Perhaps that’s because he came from a place where he ...

ShopRite of Chatham and Greater Morristown Trying to Reduce Crowding This Holiday Weekend

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Staying home this holiday weekend and grilling out with family? That's a great plan but ShopRite is asking that you shop alone.

With Memorial Day this coming Monday, the ShopRite of Greater Morristown is asking shoppers to limit shopping to one person per family.

"Just a reminder that there is a one-person per cart limit to ensure solo shopping. We want to make ...

Local Organization Offering Fresh Meat, Grains, Bread and Tropical Fruits to Those in Need

MORRISTOWN, NJ - For those families and individuals struggling during the pandemic, local organizations have banded together to offer fresh meat, grains, bread and tropical fruits to those in need. 

The Morris County Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce along with HelpMorrisNow, the Morristown Latino Supermarket, Table of Hope, Tropical Sourcing LLCand the Exp. Group LLC have ...

Fuel Spill on Rt. 287 Friday Evening Causes Environmental Mess

May 23, 2020

PARSIPPANY, NJ - An overturned auto with a person entrapped along with a truck with a fuel tank, caused an environmental and traffic mess on Rt. 287 this evening, May 22nd in Parsippany.

At mile marker 41 on Rt. 287 southbound, the fire department and County Hazmat were on the scene.  Over 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled and leaked into the storm drains.

The person that was ...

Lake Hopatcong Algal Bloom Reports to Be More Nuanced, says State

ROXBURY, NJ – As area residents and businesses wait to see if Lake Hopatcong will be impacted by a harmful algal bloom (HAB) for the second consecutive summer, the state today announced a change in the way it will provide that information.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it will be using a new color-coded health alert index this year “to provide the ...

Chatham Township Planning Board Votes, 5-4, to Recommend Rezoning 344 Hillside for Group Home; Inconsistent with Master Plan

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Planning Board voted, 5-4, to recommend that the Chatham Township Committee rezone 344 Hillside Avenue, allowing for an affordable housing Group Home to be built on one of five lots during its 3 1/2-hour virtual meeting held Monday night.

Last year, the planning board denied the request by the same developer Sterling-Sun Homes to rezone the two ...

Rutgers Makes Standardized Admissions Tests Optional for 2021 Applicants

May 27, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – To address the i­ncreasing concerns of students and families about the availability of standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers University-New Brunswick will make these tests optional for students applying for admission for the spring or fall 2021 semesters.

The temporary policy is driven by nationwide cancellations of the SAT ...

Port Authority Asks for $3 billion from Feds to Recoup COVID-19 Losses

NEWARK, NJ — Standing before the unfinished Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal One redevelopment site, Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, detailed the drastic losses the government agency suffered as a result of the coronavirus. 

With a 97% drop in passenger volume at Newark airport alone (the difference between ...

Bernardsville Shop Owner's Live Facebook Stream Shut Down by Local Police

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ  — The owner of a gift shop in downtown Bernardsville had her live streamed Facebook sales demonstration from inside her store interrupted early on Tuesday evening by a borough police officer.

Katherine Hermes, owner of Country Home in Olcott Square, was displaying her merchandise in her store to a live Facebook audience when she received  knock on her door ...

The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)

 

A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...

Virtual Hand Sewing Workshop Presented by the Madison Library

The Madison Public Library is hosting a virtual sewing workshop with Sew It! on May 19th at 3:30 PM. Miss Ellen will demonstrate several types of stitches that can be used to personalize or mend your wardrobe using supplies that are likely already in your home.

Can’t make the live session? Register and you will have access to the instructional video after the class has been held. You ...

Madison Students Can Study and Prepare for Exams with Help from the Madison Library

Research and Reading

Everything may be shut down but standardized exams can still be studied for. Mometrix can help you study and prepare for your next examination. Mometrix offers study guides, flashcards, and practice exams for some of the most popular exams. The resource offers the world’s largest collection of study materials to help users pass their standardized exams. With over ...

Walt Disney World Announces Phased In Reopening of Florida Theme Parks

May 27, 2020

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - Walt Disney World Resort theme parks announced plans for a phased in reopening of the Florida theme parks today.

The reopening, pending approval from local and state authorities, is slated for July. 

Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are planned to reopen on July 11, 2020, followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15, ...

Paddle Boats Reopen at South Mountain Recreation Complex

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Paddle boating at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex reopen this weekend with new procedures for sanitation and to promote social distancing.  

“With the weather getting warmer and people looking for things to do outside, we are pleased to be able to reopen paddle boating for the Memorial Day weekend,” County Executive ...

NJ Beaches Will Be Open By Memorial Day Weekend, But Remember Social Distancing

NEW JERSEY — While referencing “Jersey Girl” — in which Bruce Springsteen ruminates over everything being alright at the shore — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday that all public and private beaches in the state will re-open in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Starting May 22, more than 120 miles of beaches in the state of 9 million, as well as lakefronts, ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...

Opinion: Visiting a Re-Opened Mall in Georgia Gave Me a Glimpse of NJ’s Future

May 23, 2020

In the not-so-distant future, our corona-closed world will gradually re-open, allowing New Jersians the freedom to shop out, to dine in and to basically do anything that’s not based in our living rooms. 

To most the liberation may seem like the end of World War II and in many ways it is, but there are some catches to this re-opening; changes in protocols and attitudes that will make ...

Nutley Resident Shares Her Experience and Concerns After Battling COVID-19

NUTLEY, NJ - Jennifer McCusker, Nutley resident and a single mother, tells of her battle with COVID-19. McCusker was sick in early March and hospitalized at Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center. She believes she was the fifth person admitted at a time when the virus was just hitting the area. It has been a rough road and a long recovery for McCusker as she has multiple ...

A Proposal for Multi-Day Graduations from Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce

May 22, 2020

Dear Residents,

I am proposing having multi-day graduation celebrations - spreading out the graduating classes within each school over the course of one week.

I do not need to tell you about the disappointment our state's graduates are feeling as the COVID-19 pandemic takes away one of their most anticipated life milestones.

Here is a copy of the Letter I sent to the Governor on May ...

Statewide Virtual NJ Race for Recovery because our Mental Health matters

May 27, 2020

NJ Race for Recovery

 

Shore House Statewide Virtual “NJ Race for Recovery” Announced

 

We hear again and again that mental health matters. It does. For all of us. The mental health effects of the pandemic could linger long after the crisis has passed. Moving forward, we will all need to heal, recover, rebuild, de-stress and come back stronger physically and ...

IRS adds phone operators to answer Economic Impact Payment questions

WASHINGTON – Today, the Internal Revenue Service is starting to add 3,500 telephone representatives to answer some of the most common questions about Economic Impact Payments.

IRS telephone assistance and other services will remain limited, and answers for most of the common questions related to Economic Impact Payments are available on IRS.gov. The IRS anticipates bringing back ...

Treasury is Delivering Millions of Economic Impact Payments by Prepaid Debit Card

WASHINGTON— This week, Treasury and the IRS are starting to send nearly 4 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) by prepaid debit card, instead of by paper check. EIP Card recipients can make purchases, get cash from in-network ATMs, and transfer funds to their personal bank account without incurring any fees. They can also check their card balance online, by mobile app, or by phone ...

IRS adds phone operators to answer Economic Impact Payment questions

WASHINGTON – Today, the Internal Revenue Service is starting to add 3,500 telephone representatives to answer some of the most common questions about Economic Impact Payments.

IRS telephone assistance and other services will remain limited, and answers for most of the common questions related to Economic Impact Payments are available on IRS.gov. The IRS anticipates bringing back ...