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New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Discuss COVID-19 and Hope for the Future at TAPinto Virtual Event

January 15, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening.

The first-ever TAPinto signature virtual event on Jan. 14 featured five health care experts, ...

Gov. Livingston Hockey Captain Drew Skatorczak Sets Sights on Kelly Cup

BERKELEY HEIGHTS - When the opportunity arose on the ice three years ago Drew Skotarczak seized on it immediately.

Then a freshman, Skotarczak was thrust into a big-minute role for the Gov. Livingston/New Providence hockey team after a senior defenseman suffered a season-ending injury in the beginning of the 2017-2018 campaign. 

The Highlanders have been the beneficiary of that turn of ...

Top Entertainment of 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Just like 2020 was a difficult year for many people, that is also true for the entertainment industry. Many projects, music, television shows, and movies scheduled for release last year were delayed due the pandemic. Although those projects got pushed to later in the year and into this year, there were still many works that the public did get to enjoy. 

Early in the ...

Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

Local Author Sherrel Campbell Launches 'The Murphy Bear' Series

January 4, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Sherrel Campbell, a fifteen-year resident of New Providence [originally from the island of Jamaica], founded The Murphy Bear LLC, a company that specializes in children's books and merchandise. 

With the pandemic, Campbell believes that children relate more to characters and books and was inspired to create The Murphy Bear, the star in her books ...

Murphy Signs Economic Recovery Act into Law. Package Includes Support for Small Business, Long Term Economic Recovery

January 9, 2021

HAMILTON, NJ --  Governor Phil Murphy signed the landmark New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 into law on Thursday at Hamilton's Carella's Chocolate's and Gifts, a local family business for more than 80 years. The law provides economic support for small businesses, while propelling New Jersey’s economic recovery and growth for much of the next ...

The Tile Lady Designs by Christine Opens in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Things can fall into place -- and you can start living your dream -- just ask Christine Kohl, who recently opened The Tile Lady Designs by Christine located behind Berkeley Car Wash at 620 Springfield Ave. in Berkeley Heights.

Christine Kohl -- known as "Christine the Tile Lady” among anyone who has had the pleasure of working with her. Christine is the one to ...

New Berkeley Heights Board of Education Members Face Challenges in 2021

January 12, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — The new year sees the Board of Education grappling with challenges on multiple fronts.

Continued spikes of COVID-19 and the looming possibility of superspreader gatherings await the newly elected Berkeley Heights Board of Education members Joy Young, Robert Cianciulli and Mountainside representative, Jordan Hyman.

The 2020-2021 school year has shown that even ...

Student Representative Report: Board of Education Meeting January 7, 2021

The first Board of Education meeting of 2021, the Board first took time to welcome the three new members. New Board member Joy Young and returning Board member Robert Cianciulli took the place of Dr. Gerard Chrisonino and Bill Cassano. Jordan Hyman also joined as the Mountainside representative, taking the place of Dante Gioia.  

The Board then elected the President and Vice ...

Ciattarelli Opponent in GOP Gubernatorial Primary Race Drops Out

January 12, 2021

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Doug Steinhardt, chairman of the New Jersey Republican Party and candidate in the 2021 GOP Gubernatorial Primary, has dropped out of the race just one month after launching his campaign.

The abrupt announcement boosts the likelihood that Jack Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident and former state Assemblyman who kicked off his campaign one year ago, will win the GOP ...

Amy DeGise Joins Fulop Slate. 'All Part of Plan to Bring Everyone Together,' Mayor Says

JERSEY CITY, NJ - There appears to be peace in Jersey City, or at least a detente, when it comes to the politics at 280 Grove Street, as well as the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO).

Less than three years removed from an attempt he made to oust her father from Hudson County’s top spot, Mayor Steven Fulop and HCDO Chairwoman Amy DeGise announced Tuesday that they will run ...

Chatham Community Shows Up for Drive-Thru Bone Marrow Screening for 5-Year-Old; 1,100 Screened at CHS, 2,088 Register Overall

January 10, 2021

CHATHAM, NJ - While most are still trying to assist others against the coronavirus, in the Chathams, district residents are teaming together to help another face a different enemy.

For the morning and afternoon, Saturday at Chatham High School, a drive-through bone marrow screening has held for a special little girl. Her name is Jackie Erb, the five-year-old daughter of Chatham ...

Drive-Through Bone Marrow Testing Jan. 9 to Find Life-Saving Donor for 5-year-old Leukemia Patient

CHATHAM, NJ - The School District of the Chathams and the Chatham Education Association PRIDE committee have joined forces to find a bone-marrow stem cell donor match for 5-year-old leukemia patient, Jackie Erb.

The screening event will be held at Chatham High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Jackie Erb is the daughter of CHS Special Education teacher Brian Erb and his ...

Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

January 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

Murphy Announces NJ Residents Over Age 65 Can Get COVID Vaccine Starting on Jan. 14

TRENTON, NJ -- Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, Jan. 14, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. The governor also announced ...

NJ Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Receives Positive Coronavirus Test Result

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) received a positive rapid antigen test result for COVID-19 on Monday, according to a press release from her office. She believes she was exposed during protective isolation in the U.S. Capitol building as a result of insurrectionist riots on Jan. 6. As reported by multiple news outlets, a number of members within the space ignored instructions to wear ...

COVID-19: Union County to Start Vaccinating Eligible Healthcare Workers Thursday

January 4, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will begin vaccinating healthcare workers Thursday, officials said.

Health care personnel eligible under the state’s guidelines to receive the vaccine must make their appointments through the county’s registration webpage starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, officials said in a press release.

“As more supplies become available, we will announce ...

New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Discuss COVID-19 and Hope for the Future at TAPinto Virtual Event

January 15, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening.

The first-ever TAPinto signature virtual event on Jan. 14 featured five health care experts, ...

Gather for the Holidays in Mountainside? You May Not Yet Know if You Got COVID

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — People with COVID-19 can catch the virus and not show symptoms for up to two weeks, meaning that they may not yet know if they caught it at a New Year’s gathering, health officials said.

Westfield Regional Health Officer Megan Avallone told NJ Spotlight News that many people are unaware of coronavirus’ two-week incubation period and so may not know they ...

Chatham Community Shows Up for Drive-Thru Bone Marrow Screening for 5-Year-Old; 1,100 Screened at CHS, 2,088 Register Overall

CHATHAM, NJ - While most are still trying to assist others against the coronavirus, in the Chathams, district residents are teaming together to help another face a different enemy.

For the morning and afternoon, Saturday at Chatham High School, a drive-through bone marrow screening has held for a special little girl. Her name is Jackie Erb, the five-year-old daughter of Chatham ...

Movin' Out: New Jersey Tops List of States with 70% Outbound Moves

January 6, 2021

NEW JERSEY – United Van Lines has released the company’s 44th Annual National Migration Study, revealing in 2020, Americans continued to move westbound and southbound – and the COVID-19 pandemic factored into and accelerated many of those decisions to move.

According to the study, which tracks the company’s exclusive data for customers’ 2020 ...

The Tile Lady Designs by Christine Opens in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Things can fall into place -- and you can start living your dream -- just ask Christine Kohl, who recently opened The Tile Lady Designs by Christine located behind Berkeley Car Wash at 620 Springfield Ave. in Berkeley Heights.

Christine Kohl -- known as "Christine the Tile Lady” among anyone who has had the pleasure of working with her. Christine is the one to ...

Gov. Murphy Says Trenton is Prepared Following Threat of State Capitol Protests

January 11, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that NJ authorities are prepared and on high alert.

“We need to bat 1,000 every day. To the governor's point [we] will be ...

Murphy Orders U.S. and NJ Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff on Jan 11 in Honor of Officer Brian Sicknick

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11, 2021, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan. 6.

In a statement, Murphy said: 

“United States Capitol Police Officer ...

Gov. Livingston Hockey Captain Drew Skatorczak Sets Sights on Kelly Cup

January 15, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS - When the opportunity arose on the ice three years ago Drew Skotarczak seized on it immediately.

Then a freshman, Skotarczak was thrust into a big-minute role for the Gov. Livingston/New Providence hockey team after a senior defenseman suffered a season-ending injury in the beginning of the 2017-2018 campaign. 

The Highlanders have been the beneficiary of that turn of ...

Gov. Livingston 2021 Hockey Preview

BERKELEY HEIGHTS - Gov. Livingston hockey coach Michael Criscitello already has the proper mindset to keep his team balanced on the thin ice produced with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Everyone understands the situation,” said Criscitello, who enters his fifth season with a 23-24-6 record guiding the co-op with New Providence. “With everything that’s gone on and how unsettled ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

January 14, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

New Year, Smart Goals: Resolutions That Actually Stick

New Year’s resolutions are so … last year. If you’re like most people, by the end of January, you'll have given up on the promises you made to yourself New Year’s Eve. But maybe that’s because the resolutions of the past were too vague and lacked a plan. If you want to try something new — with a much better chance of success — try SMART goals ...

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COVID-19: Union County to Start Vaccinating Eligible Healthcare Workers Thursday

January 4, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will begin vaccinating healthcare workers Thursday, officials said.

Health care personnel eligible under the state’s guidelines to receive the vaccine must make their appointments through the county’s registration webpage starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, officials said in a press release.

“As more supplies become available, we will announce ...

Congresswoman Calls for Arlington Cemetery Burial for Officer Brian Sicknick

January 11, 2021

SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- Congresswoman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, has contacted senior military leaders to request that U.S. Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The 42-year-old South River, NJ, native was killed during the siege on the Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob ...

Last Chance to Register for Free Virtual Panel Discussion Featuring Distinguished COVID-19 Experts

January 13, 2021

TAPinto will host a panel discussion featuring distinguished COVID-19 experts on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. This virtual gathering is free for attendees, but registration is required. 

The panel, presented by Atlantic Health System and moderated by Communications Consultant Bruno Tedeschi, will feature Dr. Michelle Cholankeril, ...

8 Ways to Navigate The Emotional Toll of Coronavirus

January 9, 2021

Coronavirus has taken its toll on everyone. From fears to frustrations, people are physically and mentally exhausted. In yoga and counseling sessions, people express anxiety, fatigue, grief, anger, annoyance, helplessness and even hopelessness. Everyone feels something about our situation during quarantine. 

Then…our children’s schools went full remote spring of 2020. Now if ...