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Murphy Says Restaurant, Retail Workers Will Be Required To Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

June 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back patrons on June 15.

Although non-essential retail businesses will follow familiar rules that have been observed for months at supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential businesses, there could be a decided ...

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 ...

Free Outdoor Zumba Class On Tap For Saturday

HELMETTA, NJ - Want to do a workout that is not virtual? Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek is sponsoring a free outdoor zumba class on Saturday, June 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Maple Street Pavilion. The class will be hosted by certified zumba instructor Tracy Slavensen. Saturday's class will be held rain or shine. Participants should bring a towel and water.

Middlesex County Opens Piscataway Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Clinic

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Middlesex County health officials began COVID-19 testing in Piscataway on Thursday with its new drive-through clinic at the former Ericksson property along Hoes Lane.

Through windows opened about an inch, county medical personnel coached patients on how to take the new saliva-based test that was developed by researchers at Rutgers University.

“Unlike the nasal swab, ...

Community-Wide Blood Drive To Address Urgent Need For Donors

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The New York Blood Center will be resuming blood drives in the area in June to address the urgent need for donors.

The NY Blood Center has been collecting plasma for Co-Vid patients," explained Ny Blood Center Account Manager Lynne Ross. "Our collection has helped over 10,000 patients with the virus. Over the same period of time we were only collecting blood in our ...

Antibody Testing Update

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ -  The MyInstaDoc facility in Monroe Township has been providing antibody testing for first responders and healthcare workers in Middlesex County since last month. Residents do not have to be symptomatic to take the test, all patients must be free from all COVID-19 symptoms for no less than 14 days. All appointments will be done in office and by appointment only.

Governor’s Daily Briefing: The Numbers Are Dropping

TRENTON, NJ – The graphs shown on NJ Governor Phil Murphy’s May 11 COVID-19 press briefing are all pointing in the right direction.  As he usually does, Murphy went through several points of data, adding his own commentary.  We will summarize them for you here.

Murphy did not hold briefings over the weekend, so the information he shared were numbers reported today with ...

NJ Four-Year-Old Who Died From COVID-19 Did Not Have Kawasaki, Officials Say

NEW JERSEY — State officials on Saturday said the 4-year-old reported dead from the coronavirus this week did not also have the inflammatory syndrome Kawasaki disease.

While the underlying condition was not Kawasaki disease — a syndrome being discovered in children with COVID-19 — the child’s undisclosed condition was a contributing factor, state Health Commissioner ...

Two COVID-19 FEMA Sites In NJ Will Begin Testing Asymptomatic Patients

TRENTON, NJ — Two New Jersey FEMA sites will begin testing anyone for COVID-19 whether you're displaying symptoms or not, Governor Phil Murphy announced Friday during the state’s daily press briefing.

The testing centers at Bergen Community College in Paramus and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, will start administering the additional screenings starting Sunday and Monday ...

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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 ...

Princeton Woman Killed In Hit-And-Run Near North Brunswick Dunkin Donuts

June 5, 2020

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Alysa Kristjanson, a  22-year-old Princeton woman, was killed Thursday in a hit-and-run accident on Route 130 in North Brunswick in the early hours of the morning. Kristjanson was a pedestrian.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Director Kenneth P. McCormick of the North Brunswick Police Department said police are investigating ...

FLAG Of Somerville Delivers Last Meals To RWJ Hospital Workers

June 5, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Frontline Appreciation Group of Somerville has made its final delivery of food to the medical staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset after three months of supporting not only the hospital workers, but area restaurants whose businesses have been impacted by closure orders from Gov. Phil Murphy, which are being partially lifted on June 15.

Shawn Temple, a ...

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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Fri, June 5, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

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

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Sat, June 6, 12:00 PM

Parking lot of Menlo Park Mall, near Barnes & Noble and Cheesecake Factory, Edison

Drive By Food Drive for Middlesex County

Food & Drink Giving Back

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Sun, June 7, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

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

Arts & Entertainment Education

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 ...

TAPinto Red Bank Editor Shares Story of Virtual Art Auction to Benefit Neighbors in Need

June 5, 2020

RED BANK, NJ -- Scott Wingerter, Editor of TAPinto Red Bank, joined Host Stephanie Willoughby to share a story from his community about a local nonprofit organization who held an online art auction to raise money to feed the needy.  

Lunch Break is a Red Bank organization founded in 1983 to help underemployed people make ends meet, said Wingerter, but it has evolved into much more.