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Experience Revolutionary War History at The Dey Mansion: George Washington’s Headquarters

July 3, 2020

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Independence Day, TAPintoTV is revisiting our piece from last year on the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

Red, White and Boom: Fireworks in Ocean County and South

Editor's note: For our readers down at the shore, there is still a chance to catch "rockets red glare" this Fourth of July.

NEW JERSEY – Many New Jersey shore communities have canceled their firework displays this year. However, those who can’t imagine an Independence Day without the “rockets red glare” can still find them at the shore.

There ...

Summit Arboretum's Executive Director Frank Juliano Retires June 30

SUMMIT, NJ - Frank Juliano, whose passion for all things Reeves-Reed Arboretum was both boundless and omnipresent, has announced that he will be retiring as the Arboretum's Executive Director on June 30. Juliano, who served eight years in the role, will be replaced by Jackie Kondrel, the Arboretum's current Director of Education.

In a letter posted to the Arboretum's ...

New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra presents Music Theory Classes

July 3, 2020

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra is proud to present a series of classes on Music Theory, at both the beginner and advanced levels. Presented by Liam Keller, this series of four classes will take place on Wednesday July 8, 15, 22, and 29, with the “Intro to Music Theory” class at 7:00 pm and ...

Class of 2020 Graduation Gala to be held July 7

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston and Magnet seniors residing in Berkeley Heights or Mountainside are invited to attend the Class of 2020 Graduation Gala to be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 7, 2020. (Underclassman guests who accompany a senior are limited to first 50 guests on a first come, first served basis.)  

The Gala will take place outdoors under tents ...

Murphy Announces New Stage 2 Guidance; Indoor Dining Allowed and Casinos Can Reopen with Limits on July 2

TRENTON, NJ - Coronavirus restrictions in place since mid-March in New Jersey continue to be peeled back amid Phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan, and the state's efforts to combat the disease are proving so successful that New Jersey is one of four states in line to contain it, Governor Phil Murphy announced yesterday.

On a day when personal care services, such as ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

June 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Local Tailor Makes 'Window Mask' to Assist People that Rely on Lip Reading

MILLBURN, NJ - Mountainside resident and owner of Denim & Tailor in Millburn, Mark Zacieracha, is a professional tailor who has found a way to assist children and adults that rely on facial ques and lip-reading to improve their understanding of spoken language during a time when face coverings are recommended.  

MaryKate Vaughn, an Audiologist and New Jersey ...

Chick-fil-A Opens on Route 22 and Terrill Road

WATCHUNG, NJ -- While anyone who had driven along Route 22 in the past few weeks could see the evidence of an imminent opening, the new Chick-fil-A opened on Thursday, June 24, at the intersection of Terrill Road, the longtime home of Sears -- just walking distance from chicken franchise rival Popeye's.

In accordance with social distancing measures, the restaurant is opened for ...

How to Reopen Schools, Finding Volunteers for Diversity Committees Top Berkeley Heights To Do List This Summer

June 30, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Don't look for Superintendent of Schools Melissa Varley at graduation on July 8, she won't be there. As much as she would like to attend her first graduation as superintendent, she said a trip to Florida last week leaves her “caught up in the newly announced quarantine.” She will also miss the senior picnic on July 7 -- unless it rains, in ...

NJCIE Honors Berkeley Heights Special Ed Director

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A Berkeley Heights Public Schools administrator was officially honored by the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) on June 29 for her outstanding leadership in inclusive education.

Michele Gardner, the district’s director of special education, was recognized by the organization for her leadership and continuous efforts to sustain an inclusive ...

Class of 2020 Graduation Gala to be held July 7

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston and Magnet seniors residing in Berkeley Heights or Mountainside are invited to attend the Class of 2020 Graduation Gala to be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 7, 2020. (Underclassman guests who accompany a senior are limited to first 50 guests on a first come, first served basis.)  

The Gala will take place outdoors under tents ...

Take It Outside: Summit Council Approves Sidewalk Dining Permits, Parklet Locations

July 3, 2020

Related article: Curb Your Appetite: Summit's Outdoor Downtown Dining Destinations Detailed

SUMMIT, NJ - “Balance” was the watchword during a special virtual meeting of the Summit Common Council on June 29. In less than an hour, the Council considered 11 resolutions allowing Summit restaurants to offer outdoor dining in this COVID-19 world. Another 18 applications had been ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Chick-fil-A Opens on Route 22 and Terrill Road

WATCHUNG, NJ -- While anyone who had driven along Route 22 in the past few weeks could see the evidence of an imminent opening, the new Chick-fil-A opened on Thursday, June 24, at the intersection of Terrill Road, the longtime home of Sears -- just walking distance from chicken franchise rival Popeye's.

In accordance with social distancing measures, the restaurant is opened for ...

Summit Arboretum's Executive Director Frank Juliano Retires June 30

July 3, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - Frank Juliano, whose passion for all things Reeves-Reed Arboretum was both boundless and omnipresent, has announced that he will be retiring as the Arboretum's Executive Director on June 30. Juliano, who served eight years in the role, will be replaced by Jackie Kondrel, the Arboretum's current Director of Education.

In a letter posted to the Arboretum's ...

Governor Livingston High School Announces the Opening of the Highlander Arboretum

Becomes First High School in the State to be Recognized as National Arboretum 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights has been awarded official Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ...

Union County Residents Can Get Financial Help and More During the Coronavirus Through Virtual Workshop Presented by Union Public Library

July 3, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Residents  in need of food, financial assistance, or other support can learn how to get help at a virtual presentation sponsored by Union Public Library on Tuesday, July 7, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  

Juanita Ayala Vargas, VP of United Way of Greater Union County, and a representative from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey will present with plenty ...

Elizabeth Native Marsha Johnson Honored with Google Doodle

ELIZABETH, NJ - Google honored Elizabeth native Marsha P. Johnson with her own doodle on its Tuesday homepage for the last day of Pride month.

“The milestones achieved in the LGBTQ rights and equality movement were made possible by trailblazers who first stood up for their rights - people like early transgender, gay rights and AIDS activist, Marsha P. Johnson,” said Freeholder ...

The Summit Foundation donates $15,000 to Crisis Listening Line Caring Contact

WESTFIELD, NJ – Julie Keenan, President of the Board of Trustees of the Summit Foundation, presented a $15,000 grant to Caring Contact on June 11, 2020. For nearly 50 years, the Summit Foundation has served the Summit community by growing and granting philanthropic resources to address local needs. During the last 10 years they have invested $8.6 million through grants, scholarships, and ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

FDA Warns Against Certain Hand-Sanitizer Products from Mexico

June 23, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – The FDA has published an advisory to the public not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA deCV in Mexico due to the potential presence of methanol. “Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects,” read the advisory.

An increased awareness for hand hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Mosquito Control Important in New Jersey After Mild Winter

June 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — As the phased reopening of New Jersey continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warming weather, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said.

With public health in the spotlight as a result of the pandemic, residents doing ...

Union County Prosecutor’s Office to Disclose Names of Investigative Employees who Commit Major Disciplinary Infractions

June 24, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Prosecutor’s Office implemented a new standard operating procedure on Monday that requires the Prosecutor’s Office to publicly disclose the name and rank of any of its investigative employees who commit major disciplinary violations, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Tuesday. 

The procedure also requires the ...

Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains Installs New Officers and Board of Trustees

June 29, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains held an installation ceremony on Friday, June 12, to welcome its new Officers and Board of Trustees and to thank its outgoing leaders. The ceremony was held virtually during its Friday evening Shabbat services, which were broadcast live through the synagogue’s Facebook page.

Aaron J. Kessler of Scotch Plains was installed as ...

Gov. Livingston's Victoria Vanriele Named Gatorade New Jersey Track & Field Player of the Year

June 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - For the third consecutive year, Victoria Vanriele has been named as the 2019-2020 Gatorade New Jersey Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. 

In a statement issued by Gatorade, they stated, the award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off ...

'Last Dance' Baseball Tournament Would Give Berkeley Heights and Mountainside Players Chance to Get Back on Diamond

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Members of the Gov. Livingston High School baseball program who were deprived of a chance to play the 2020 spring season due to the statewide coronavirus shutdown of schools should finally get their chance to play as a team in July.

The Last Dance Baseball Tournament, which will involve well over 200 teams--including a team representing Berkeley Heights and ...

Gov. Livingston Senior Spotlight Features Highlander Softball Center Fielder Evan Pallitta

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Senior Captain Evan Pallitta was returning for her third year on the Gov. Livingston varsity softball team as the starting center fielder. 

"Evan has a true vision for the game, anticipating each play and getting herself into the proper position depending on the batter that is up," said Highlander head softball coach Erin Lanigan. "At the plate ...

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Union County Residents: Make One Change

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking county residents to join a global initiative to reduce their plastic waste during the month of July, and hopefully long after.  Plastic Free July is a world-wide movement that encourages people to become part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful litter-free ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

“Union County ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

July 3, 2020

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

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Red, White and Boom: Fireworks in Ocean County and South

July 3, 2020

Editor's note: For our readers down at the shore, there is still a chance to catch "rockets red glare" this Fourth of July.

NEW JERSEY – Many New Jersey shore communities have canceled their firework displays this year. However, those who can’t imagine an Independence Day without the “rockets red glare” can still find them at the shore.

There ...

JFSCNJ presents Coping With the Loss of a Loved One During Covid-19

July 3, 2020

“Coping With The Loss of A Loved One During Covid-19”

A Six-Session Support Group Starting

July 8th – 7:30 PM- Via Zoom

 

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ (JFSCNJ) will present a six session support group titled ”Coping with the Loss of a Loved One During Covid-19”, Wednesday evenings starting July 8th, 2020, 7:30-8:30 PM Via ZOOM. The ...