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Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

August 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...

A Growing Tribute of Condolences to State Senator Ron Rice on the Passing of His Wife of 35 Years

(NEW JERSEY) - Elected officials and political leaders from all over the state are sending in words of condolences to State Senator and Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Ronald L. Rice (Newark) on the sudden passing of his beloved wife of 35 years, Shirley Rice. Mrs. Rice passed away unexpectedly on the morning of August 4, 2020. Shirley Rice, a long time champion for collegiate ...

Mountainside Storm Update: 1,200 Houses Without Power

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The Borough reported approximately 1,200 houses in Mountainside without power, according to a post on the Mountainside Borough Facebook page.

"PSE&G advises that all homes should be restored by 11:00 p.m., August 6th. Some houses may be restored sooner," the post stated.

The post update said, "The Police Department and Borough Hall are without power.

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias has taken out power to 78 percent of Union County, JCP&L reported 53 percent outage in Mountainside -- thousands have been left with no refrigeration. 

FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.

According to ...

Young Elizabeth Salsa Dancers Performing in America's Got Talent Quarterfinals

August 4, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Two young salsa dancers from Elizabeth have made it to the live quarter-final round of America’s Got Talent.

Twelve-year-old Simon Ruiz and ten-year-old Maria Lopez have been dancing together for three years. They met at the Quimbara Dance Studio in Elizabeth and instantly became friends and dance partners.

Simon and Maria have competed at dance ...

Auction Features 19th-Century Tall Case Clock Crafted & Built in NJ

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Central Jersey auctioneer Joe Bodnar received an email last month reading “The Barnes family clock needs to find a new home.”

Nearly 200 years old, built and crafted in New Jersey by a respected colonial-era clockmaker, the tall case clock will be sold by Bodnar as part of a two-day, 500 lot online auction Aug. 5 & 6,

Dated ca. 1825, the clock has been ...

Show Goes On Thanks To Wagner Farm Arboretum

GILLETTE, NJ - The dancers from Starstruck Dance Studio learned lessons in improvisation on July 18 when they performed in their annual end-of- year recital. Like most traditions and milestone events in our country right now, things ran quite differently than in years past.  Normally, the dancers’ backdrop is infused with colorful lights highlighting their leaps and turns.  ...

Lord & Taylor Bankruptcy Comes as Westfield Sets up for Site Redevelopment

August 4, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — The parent company for Lord & Taylor has filed for bankruptcy protection — the latest indicator of financial distress for the owner of an expansive department store on North Avenue.

The online fashion brand Le Tote — which purchased the chain of Lord & Taylor stores in 2019 — filed for bankruptcy in federal court Sunday, indicating that it has ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Berkeley Heights School District Lays Out Official Plan for Reopening Schools in the Fall

August 2, 2020

Editor's note: Aidan English is a rising junior at Gov. Livingston High School participating in the TAPinto Berkeley Heights internship program. To learn more about writing for TAPinto Berkeley Heights, contact bpeer@tapinto.net.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - On Thursday, the Berkeley Heights Board of Education set forth their plan for reopening schools within the Berkeley Heights School District ...

Berkeley Heights School Board Chooses Plan A for Fall Opening

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- The NJ Department Of Education has directed, “Absent a shift in public health data, school buildings will open in some capacity for in-person instruction and operations in the Fall.”

Thursday night, with 400 plus Zoomers attending the Berkeley Heights Board of Education meeting, members unanimously approved the recommendation by the Superintendent of ...

School Board to Unveil Re-Entry Plans Tonight at Zoom Meeting

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- The Board of Education will hold a virtual meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, July 30, to unveil its Re-Entry/Back-to-School plan with the public. The meeting was not on the board calendar.

Board of Education President Doug Reinstein said, “We felt it was important to proactively share our plan with the community.”

Members of the public will ...

Morgan Toriello Joins Imagine Board of Trustees

July 29, 2020

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss today announced that Morgan Toriello of Westfield has joined the Board of Trustees of the Mountainside-based organization, where she has served on the Development committee for years and has been a Circle of Hope member since 2019.

Morgan is an Executive Recruiter at Windham Management Group, a boutique ...

A Growing Tribute of Condolences to State Senator Ron Rice on the Passing of His Wife of 35 Years

August 5, 2020

(NEW JERSEY) - Elected officials and political leaders from all over the state are sending in words of condolences to State Senator and Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Ronald L. Rice (Newark) on the sudden passing of his beloved wife of 35 years, Shirley Rice. Mrs. Rice passed away unexpectedly on the morning of August 4, 2020. Shirley Rice, a long time champion for collegiate ...

Despite Zero Deaths Yesterday and Low Positivity Rankings, Murphy Warns 'We Are Not Past COVID-19'

TRENTON, NJ – Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. last night for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, July 31.

"The spot positivity rate for tests from July ...

During COVID Briefing, Murphy Defends MVC Performance, Updates Travel Advisory, and Discusses Return of Sports

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy reported the daily COVID-19 figures, slammed people who attended overcrowded house parties, defended the performance of the Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC), and discussed the updates to the state’s travel advisory regulations at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Travel-Quarantine Update

New Jersey’s travel advisory was ...

Union County Prosecutor’s Office Assumes Control of Clark Police Department

July 23, 2020

TRENTON – The Clark Police Department is now under the control of the Union County  Prosecutor's Office as they perform an investigation into "credible allegations of misconduct," according to a joint statement from Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.

The UCPO will assume control of all law enforcement and internal ...

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

August 5, 2020

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias has taken out power to 78 percent of Union County, JCP&L reported 53 percent outage in Mountainside -- thousands have been left with no refrigeration. 

FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.

According to ...

JCC Director Is Optimistic Despite Fiscal Woes Caused by COVID; 'I'm a Glass Half-Full Kind of Guy'

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Jewish Community Center (JCC)’s Camp Yachad has been a staple for the kids and families it served, as well as the most important revenue producer for the organization. For several months, it looked as if the camp might be canceled, but as JCC director Mike Goldstein said, after an “involved and thoughtful process,” the JCC found out that the ...

A Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

August 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that Federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

Mountainside Storm Update: 1,200 Houses Without Power

August 5, 2020

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The Borough reported approximately 1,200 houses in Mountainside without power, according to a post on the Mountainside Borough Facebook page.

"PSE&G advises that all homes should be restored by 11:00 p.m., August 6th. Some houses may be restored sooner," the post stated.

The post update said, "The Police Department and Borough Hall are without power.

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias has taken out power to 78 percent of Union County, JCP&L reported 53 percent outage in Mountainside -- thousands have been left with no refrigeration. 

FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.

According to ...

Tropical Storm Headed to NJ. Prepare for Strong Winds, Rain.

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for the region. The warning issued at 5:20 a.m. Monday says that winds could reach 58 to 73 mph on Tuesday.

Impacts could include damage to roofing and siding along with porches, awning and carports, according to the Weather Service. Trees may be snapped or uprooted, and some roads may become ...

In ‘A Loss for the Community,’ The New Jersey Jewish News Ceases Publication

July 30, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes in South Orange and Maplewood, and across New Jersey, have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest about the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday services at different synagogues and who is memorialized in the obituaries — to local, ...

Union Catholic Track Legend Stars in Gatorade TV Sports Shown on ESPN, Elsewhere

August 3, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- If you thought you saw a familiar local face in Gatorade TV ads during the Red Sox-Yankees game on ESPN last name, you were right. Former Union Catholic track star and 2016 Olympic hurdler Sydney McLaughlin is featured in a current series of Gatorade ads entitled, "Ready to Play Anything," that celebrate the return of sports.

In the last few months, ...

Mountainside/Berkeley Heights “Green Machine” 10U Win Districts Championship

In their first year of merging their baseball programs, Mountainside/Berkeley Heights, otherwise known as MBH, defeated Summit 9 to 3 in the districts finals. This is the third consecutive year dating back to 2018 that Mountainside, now MBH, won the districts tournament.  They haven’t lost a district game in three years and have been a perfect 17-0 during this stretch.

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Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays for Children in Union County

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a new virtual education initiative aimed at teaching children about animals and the important role they play in the environment. 

Wildlife Wednesdays kicks off on Wednesday, July 22nd with a program entitled “Frogs, Toads and Turtles” which will explain the difference between frogs and toads and turtles and ...

Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

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Union County Prosecutor’s Office Assumes Control of Clark Police Department

July 23, 2020

TRENTON – The Clark Police Department is now under the control of the Union County  Prosecutor's Office as they perform an investigation into "credible allegations of misconduct," according to a joint statement from Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo.

The UCPO will assume control of all law enforcement and internal ...

Local Chorus Offers Free Singing via Zoom

August 3, 2020

Making the most of the Zoom world, The Hickory Tree Chorus chapter of Sweet Adelines International has lined up an international faculty of top coaches for their free Summer Sing series of workshops. Guests are welcome to join this free presentation.

This Wednesday, July 29, 7:15 to 9 pm, Anna-Lisa Glad will be visiting all the way from Utah to share her positive energy and teaching talents.

 Re-Entry to a New Normal

July 30, 2020

 

As we prepare to re-open schools during these unprecedented times, we know that "change" (against a backdrop of unknowns) is the only constant.  As Board President, I can assure you that we are planning for any and all the different scenarios that might occur… and that in of itself requires all of us to be ready, nimble and flexible to carry out whichever plan ...