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Middlesex County Offering Assistance To Small Businesses Through Grant Program

June 3, 2020

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – In order to assist local small businesses negatively impacted during the coronavirus pandemic, Middlesex County is offering a Small Business Grant program to help local businesses throughout the county. The grants utilize funding from the federal Community Development Block Grant that was created through the CARES Act. The CARES Act was designed as a response to ...

Outdoor Dining In NJ Can Return June 15, With Rules For Establishments To Expand Footprint

TRENTON, NJ — Garden State eateries continuing to hurt because of COVID-19 will get further relief June 15 when the state will begin allowing for in-person outdoor dining.

Governor Phil Murphy, in announcing the executive order Wednesday, said he himself has a reservation for June 15 although he didn’t say where.

“I hope folks with some confidence feel they can ...

Haircuts, Dining Out, In-Store Shopping As NJ Nears Stage II Recovery

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Starting June 15, New Jerseyans can make themselves presentable again by getting a haircut before dining out at their favorite restaurant and after indulging off the menu, work out at the local gym the next day.

They'll also be able to go inside and shop at their favorite retails establishments.

Governor Phil Murphy delivered some good news to New Jersey residents at ...

Murphy to Allow Outdoor Dining, Hair Salon Appointments, In-Person Shopping

TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to peel away social distancing measures.

Youth summer programs will also be permitted to start on July 6 during what Murphy calls Stage 2 of New ...

Restaurant Owners Fed Up With What They've Been Served By Trenton

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy is expected to announce eased restrictions on serving customers at restaurants and bars at his June 1 press briefing, but owners are concerned the guidance he provides will be little more than an appetizer.

Murphy's guidance is that no one is to be allowed indoors, outdoor dining and drinks only, according to several sources, at 25 percent ...

Spotswood And Monroe High School Students Help Design New Logo For Central New Jersey Regional Chamber Of Commerce

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Previously the Central Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce was known as the Jamesburg-Monroe Regional Chamber of Commerce. Back in the fall, the non-profit organization that supports businesses in southern Middlesex County, western Monmouth County and northern Mercer County decided to rename the chamber of commerce in order to incorporate other area member towns such as Spotswood ...

Murphy: Childcare Centers, Summer Camps And Youth Sports Can Reopen; Targets June 12 For Return Of Worship Services

TRENTON, NJ -- The reopening process for the State of New Jersey continues as Governor Phil Murphy on Frday announced that he has lifted restrictions for daycare centers, summer camps and non-contact youth sports. The reopening dates are:

Child care centers (June 15)
Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July ...

Murphy Gives OK For Auto Dealers, Bike Shops To Re-Open

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions imposed on New Jersey businesses, announcing at Tuesday's press briefing that auto dealerships, motorcycle and bicycle shops can re-open their showrooms and shops for on-site sales activities beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The timing couldn't be better, as the Memorial Day weekend has traditionally been a major ...

Brunswick Square Mall Opens For Curbside Service On Monday

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Are you ready to get your retail shopping on? Keeping in mind the ongoing need for social distancing, yet also considering the predicament of local businesses located inside the mall, Brunswick Square is launching curbside pickup service for retailers and restaurants this Monday. 

Curbside pickup will begin on May 18 and continue during the hours of ...

Don't Be A Knucklehead, Be A Bobblehead! Company Unveils Governor Murphy Bobblehead

MILWAUKEE, WI – The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced plans to make a bobblehead of NJ Governor Phil Murphy. 

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will donate $5 from every Governor Murphy Bobblehead sold to the Protect The Heroes fund in support of the 100 Million Mask Challenge, the same cause that ...

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PSE&G Resuming Work While Continuing COVID-19 Safety Protocols

May 31, 2020

NEWARK, NJ -  As a result of Governor Murphy’s recent executive order and with approval by the Board of Public Utilities, Public Service Electric & Gas Co. will be resuming work as safely and quickly as possible. Our employees and contractors will follow protocols guided by the CDC and New Jersey State Department of Health, as well as all directives from state and local ...

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Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

Esha Rao Graduates Rutgers And Becomes Officer In United States Navy

June 3, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University held a graduation ceremony for its 2020 class using virtual commencement videos on May 31. Current graduates were unable to attend an in-person graduation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current social distancing measures in place, so an alternative ceremony was held online. In addition to the videos, which included statements from students and famous ...

Somerville Cub Scout Pack 80 Creates Signs Of Hope To Help Others

June 3, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Cub Scouts from Pack 80 have been selling custom-designed lawn signs, which they call “Signs of Hope”, to raise money for local food banks.

The Scouts have sold and delivered 100 signs and raised $1,227.39 to benefit SHIP, the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program based in the borough.

The signs were designed to show the Scouts’ support and gratitude to those ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

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Thu, June 4, 12:00 PM

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The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State In The ...

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PSE&G Resuming Work While Continuing COVID-19 Safety Protocols

May 31, 2020

NEWARK, NJ -  As a result of Governor Murphy’s recent executive order and with approval by the Board of Public Utilities, Public Service Electric & Gas Co. will be resuming work as safely and quickly as possible. Our employees and contractors will follow protocols guided by the CDC and New Jersey State Department of Health, as well as all directives from state and local ...

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer With New Way To Get Needed Information

May 27, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

Clinton NJ Vegan Café Pays it Forward by Preparing Meals for the Community & Essential Workers

June 3, 2020

CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic. 

Stone described Grounded for Life as a plant-based restaurant “borne from a need to bring healthy and compassionate food, ...