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NJ's Unemployment Rate Soars to Highest On Record

May 22, 2020

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 ...

Maplewood Entrepreneur Wins Top 'Mompreneur' for NJ

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — New Jersey Family magazine has named Deanna Taylor-Heacock, owner of Good Bottle Refill Shop, its first Mompreneur of the Year.

"This is such an honor to me because it means people are embracing change in order to improve the environment and lower their waste,” Taylor-Heacock told TAPinto SOMA. Her shop is NJ’s first zero waste refill ...

'NJ Is Performing Better Than Most States,' Labor Dept. Commissioner Reports; But Scotch Some Area Residents Say They Can't Get Through

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- NJ Labor Department today announced that 800,000 unemployed and underemployed workers are now receiving state and federal benefits. ("That’s more people than the number of people who live in 5 US states," the Labor Dept. boasted on it Twitter page).

Recognizing that many people have been unable to claim their benefits, the agency also ...

Lord & Taylor is Reportedly Preparing to Liquidate its Stores

WESTFIELD, NJ — The pandemic may be accelerating the demise of an expansive department store on North Avenue.

Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle said she has long prepared for the closure of Lord & Taylor’s store on North Avenue so when Reuters broke the news Tuesday that the retailer plans to liquidate merchandise at its 38 stores nationwide in anticipation of closing the ...

Still Time to Pay Up: Property Tax Grace Period in Millburn is May 11

MILLBURN, NJ — Good news. If you haven't paid your property taxes yet, there's still time to pay without incurring interest.

As part of Executive order 130, issued by Governor Phil Murphy this past month townships were provided an option for towns to extend the grace period for taxes to be paid from May 11 to June 1. However, the Township of Millburn still has a number of ...

Lottery Sales Plummet; Bad Luck for State Worker Pensions

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There’s a new cause for concern about New Jersey’s chronically underfunded public-worker pension funds — sagging state Lottery ...

Congress Replenishes CARES Act's PPP Funding for Small Businesses; Malinowski Praises The Measure

WASHINGTON, DC -- On Thursday eventing, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan interim emergency funding package that secures additional critical funding for small businesses, hospitals and COVID-19 testing. President Trump indicated earlier in the week that he would sign the bill the legislation.

The initial interim package introduced by Senate Republicans was a one-sentence bill, ...

Edison Heating and Cooling Steps Up Safety Measures

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Edison Heating and Cooling prides itself on providing state-of-the-art service and safety precautions throughout the year and, with the coronavirus crisis currently sweeping through New Jersey, the company has stepped up its safety protocols – for both customers and employees – even more. 

“As a declared essential service, we are ...

Millburn Township Changes Sewer, Tax Payment Options as a Result of COVID-19 Pandemic

MILLBURN, NJ — As part of the township's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, cash payments will not be accepted for taxes and sewer going forward as a result of COVID-19, as announced on Millburn's website yesterday.

Rather than paying with cash, residents may instead pay taxes by:

Mailing a check
Leaving a check or money order in the drop box outside of Town ...

Unemployment Benefits Coming Soon, NJ Labor Department Head Says

TRENTON, NJ — The commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development offered what he could in the way of reassurance during the state’s daily press briefing on Saturday, addressing the staggering 362,000 people who have applied for unemployment as a result of the nation’s public health crisis. 

New Jersey now has 34,124 known cases of the ...


Power Up Your Content Marketing on TAPinto

May 26, 2020

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, ...


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What You Need To Know About Your Children’s Teachers

May 22, 2020

What You Need To Know About Your Children’s Teachers

The majority of your children’s teachers have children of their own. They are parents whose concerns, worries, and responsibilities are exactly like yours. In other words they get where you’re coming from, and they care.

Being parents, they’re balancing homeschooling their own children while simultaneously distance ...

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 27, 2020

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.  ...

Archdiocese of Newark Will Close 10 Catholic Schools

Difficult Decision Will Strengthen Schools, Safeguard Future of Catholic Education; At-Home Learning Continues Through End of School Year 

The Archdiocese of Newark has announced the consolidation of its school community and the closure of nine archdiocesan-operated elementary schools at the end of this school year, the result of archdiocesan strategic planning efforts to ...

Scholastic Summer 'Read-A-Palooza' Virtual Book Fair at the Berkeley Heights YMCA

Summer is almost here, and we cannot help but ask how can we as educators, caretakers and parents keep our kids academically engaged to ensure success this coming fall?

Unlike previous years, this year presents the unique and unprecedented obstacle of being in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. This may mean libraries will not run their usual summer reading challenge, books may be harder to ...

Community Church in Short Hills to Hold Outdoor Worship

SHORT HILLS, NJ - On Sunday, May 31, 2020, Community Congregational Church in Short Hills will be among the first houses of worship in the area to host worship outdoors. This is in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s phased reopening plan, announced May 23, allowing for gatherings of up to 25 people. The church will hold its usual 10:30am Sunday morning Worship outside with socially ...

Millburn Town Hall Closed for Memorial Day

May 25, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ — In observance of Memorial Day, the town hall is closed today. In addition to the closures, there will be no garbage or recycling collection today.  

Regular hours & virtual services will resume on Tuesday, May 26. Collections will resume with resident's next scheduled pick-up.

JCP&L to Begin Tree Trimming in Millburn Next Month

MILLBURN, NJ — According to an announcement from Millburn Township, JCP&L will be conducting tree trimming around Millburn beginning in or about June.

The township urges residents to be cautious when approaching work areas. The work being done will include the removal of limbs overhanging 3 phase electric lines.

Tree trimming and vegetation removal aids in reducing and ...

Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

Atlantic Health System Earns New Level of Recognition for Environmental Sustainability, its Overlook Campus Again Taking Top Honors

Atlantic Health System achieved a new level of recognition for its accomplishments in environmental sustainability, receiving the System for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Its Overlook Medical Center once again earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor, the Top 25 Environmental ...

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