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Union Catholic Graduate Fabiana Pierre-Louis Nominated To Become First Black Woman To Serve on NJ Supreme Court

June 5, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Fabiana Pierre-Louis, a member of Union Catholic’s Class of 1998, made history on Friday when N.J. Governor Phil Murphy said he will nominate her to become New Jersey’s first black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Murphy made the landmark announcement during a new conference from Trenton.

“Today I will submit Fabiana’s name to ...

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

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.

Murphy Fears George Floyd Protests Could Mean Coronavirus Spike in NJ 

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds.

“Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton at his daily press ...

Understanding, Love and Compassion Create Change: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Football Coach's Inspiring Letter

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Austin Holman is the coach of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team. He sent this letters to his players, coaches, parents and supporters. With Coach Holman's permission, TAPintoSPF has reprinted his thoughtful and moving letter.

Dear Raider Family:

I write this to you as the leader of the football community in the district of Scotch ...

Mountainside Salutes Graduates, Saturday, June 6

June 4, 2020

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Let's help salute Mountainside Class of 2020 and celebrate our 8th grade, high school and college (including graduate level) graduates.  This is not affiliated with any particular school and all Mountainside graduates in the above categories are invited to participate.

On Saturday, June 6th (rain date June 7th), Max Spivak, with the help of others, will ...

Murphy: Childcare Centers, Summer Camps and Youth Sports Can Reopen; Targets June 12 for Return of Worship Services

May 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- The reopening process for the State of New Jersey continues as Gov. 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 ...

Mountainside Salutes Graduates, Saturday, June 6

June 4, 2020

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Let's help salute Mountainside Class of 2020 and celebrate our 8th grade, high school and college (including graduate level) graduates.  This is not affiliated with any particular school and all Mountainside graduates in the above categories are invited to participate.

On Saturday, June 6th (rain date June 7th), Max Spivak, with the help of others, will ...

Gov. Livingston High School Athletics Banner Tribute to Senior Spring Athletes

A special tribute to the Governor Livingston Senior athletes who lost their spring sports seasons was pulled together with the help of the Highlander Booster Club and Ann Clifton, Athletic Director for the Berkeley Heights Public Schools. These banners feature each of the Spring Sport Senior Athletes and Spring Sport Senior Team Managers and are currently on display at Governor Livingston High ...

Gov. Livingston Class of 2020 Outdoor, In-person Graduation is a GO!

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced yesterday, outdoor graduations will be allowed after July 6, 2020.

"With the Governor’s announcement that outdoor graduations can now take place after July 6th, our GL administrative team is busy planning for an outdoor event that week," said Berkeley Heights BOE President Doug Reinstein. "We are excited that ...

88 Year Old Berkeley Heights Volunteer Donates CARES Act Check to Feed Seniors

May 26, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It's not surprising that 88 year old Natalie Cahoon, a 66 year resident of Berkeley Heights, took her stimulus check received from the CARES Act and donated 125 meals from Dimaios to feed the SAGE Meals on Wheels clients.

"Natalie is absolutely amazing and has been delivering and helping in our kitchen every single day since this COVID-19 ...

88 Year Old Berkeley Heights Volunteer Donates CARES Act Check to Feed Seniors

May 26, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It's not surprising that 88 year old Natalie Cahoon, a 66 year resident of Berkeley Heights, took her stimulus check received from the CARES Act and donated 125 meals from Dimaios to feed the SAGE Meals on Wheels clients.

"Natalie is absolutely amazing and has been delivering and helping in our kitchen every single day since this COVID-19 ...

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 ...

Murphy Fears George Floyd Protests Could Mean Coronavirus Spike in NJ 

June 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds.

“Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton at his daily press ...

Sarlo-Ruiz "Bridge Year" Bill Passes NJ State Senate

TRENTON, NJ - A bill that would give current high school sophomores and juniors an optional “bridge year” passed the New Jersey State Senate by a 39-0 vote and will go on to the New Jersey State Assembly for vote on June 15, where it is expected to pass. It also has the support of the Governor’s office and the New Jersey Department of Education.  

The ...

Murphy Announces Recommendations from Review of NJ’s Long-Term Care Facilities

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Wednesday that the state needs to "directly and aggressively confront the challenge" of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.

“The sad fact is that eldercare is a national problem and, too often, a national failure. During this crisis we have seen that in state after state, seniors and those who work ...

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

June 4, 2020

Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for tens of thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back diners at 6 a.m. on June 15.

When your favorite steakhouse or burger joint opens for outdoor dining next week, limited seating, spread out tables and hand sanitizing stations – not to mention the house specialty – will be ...

Westfield Health Officials on Possibility of a Second COVID-19 Wave

WESTFIELD, NJ — Don’t assume the recent downward trend in coronavirus cases will continue.

The Westfield Regional Health Department is preparing for a potential fall spike in COVID-19 cases and the department’s health officer wants the public to act in kind.

“We’re anticipating a second wave in the fall,” said Megan Avallone, director of the Westfield ...

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 ...

Union Catholic Graduate Fabiana Pierre-Louis Nominated To Become First Black Woman To Serve on NJ Supreme Court

June 5, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Fabiana Pierre-Louis, a member of Union Catholic’s Class of 1998, made history on Friday when N.J. Governor Phil Murphy said he will nominate her to become New Jersey’s first black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Murphy made the landmark announcement during a new conference from Trenton.

“Today I will submit Fabiana’s name to ...

Powerful and Peaceful: Crowd of 1,500-Plus Gathers in Summit to Protest for Racial Equality, Justice

June 2, 2020

SUMMIT, NJ - More than 1,500 peaceful, concerned citizens from Hilltop City and surrounding towns gathered Tuesday afternoon at Summit's Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS) to show their support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement and, in the process, set a high bar for respectful, organized ...

Murphy on George Floyd Killing: 'We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility'

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

"George Floyd should be alive today – not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of human ...

Understanding, Love and Compassion Create Change: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Football Coach's Inspiring Letter

June 4, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Austin Holman is the coach of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team. He sent this letters to his players, coaches, parents and supporters. With Coach Holman's permission, TAPintoSPF has reprinted his thoughtful and moving letter.

Dear Raider Family:

I write this to you as the leader of the football community in the district of Scotch ...

Gov. Livingston Senior Spotlight Features Highlander Baseball Infielder Vinny Mellusi

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  This would have been the second season on the varsity team for Gov. Livingston senior infielder Vinny Mellusi. "Vinny would have been an important piece to the puzzle for this year's team," said Gov. Livingston head baseball coach Chris Roof.

"Vinny isn't afraid of the big moment in games, he embraces them," Roof said. "Vinny ...

Gov. Livingston High School Athletics Banner Tribute to Senior Spring Athletes

A special tribute to the Governor Livingston Senior athletes who lost their spring sports seasons was pulled together with the help of the Highlander Booster Club and Ann Clifton, Athletic Director for the Berkeley Heights Public Schools. These banners feature each of the Spring Sport Senior Athletes and Spring Sport Senior Team Managers and are currently on display at Governor Livingston High ...

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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.

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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 ...

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 ...

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Cheers to the Sisterhood! 'Booze Fairies' Make Their Way Through South Plainfield

June 4, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – There’s been a whole lot of ‘ding, dong, ditch’ going on throughout the community the past two weeks but, unlike the game typically played by youngsters and teens, the South Plainfield version is open only to women age 21 and older. 

As members of the Facebook group ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Booze - SoPo edition,’ female ...

Union County Board of Elections Advises Voters on Polling Places for July 7 Primary

June 5, 2020

Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado reminds voters that the upcoming Primary Election on July 7 will be conducted primarily by Vote-by-Mail, by order of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. A limited number of in person polling locations will be available on Election D

“The COVID-19 precautions are still in force, and ...

It's Time, Governor Murphy

May 27, 2020

It's Time Governor Murphy

Governor, it's time. It's time to step up and out of the box. It's time to be bold but more importantly it's time to be empathetic, sensitive and reasonable. There has been much talk about listening to the data and science and about letting the data and science guide us through this public health crisis. Well, it's time to really listen.

If ...