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New Jersey Resident Brings Mental Health Care to the Masses Through Innovative App

October 7, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic caused workers, businesses and consumers to change many of their everyday activities. Many companies added or increased door-to-door deliveries, customers were able to pick up their items curbside and employees kept connected with the office and other colleagues through video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meet.

A new app is ...

Back to School Triggers Mental Health Challenges for Some Students

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Maria Sikoutris Di Iorio said she's hearing kids say things now that they never said before.

"Nobody would ever talk about therapy in the past," Sikoutris Di Iorio told TAPinto. "Now we've got 10-year-olds saying 'I have to go see my therapist.'"

Sikoutris Di Iorio is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and ...

Gov. Livingston Highlander Marching Band Opens Competition Season with First Place Finish

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Marching Band Competition season has officially begun! This year the Highlander Marching Band presents their 2022 field show entitled “Rach and Roll.” The show includes music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Linkin Park, Jeff Chambers, and Sy Hovik; percussion parts are written by Jeff Chambers and Eric Parchen.

“Rach and Roll” is a combination of inspiring ...

Gov. Livingston Highlander Marching Band Opens Competition Season with First Place Finish

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Marching Band Competition season has officially begun! This year the Highlander Marching Band presents their 2022 field show entitled “Rach and Roll.” The show includes music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Linkin Park, Jeff Chambers, and Sy Hovik; percussion parts are written by Jeff Chambers and Eric Parchen.

“Rach and Roll” is a combination of inspiring ...

Gov. Livingston Highlander Marching Band Opens Competition Season with First Place Finish

October 5, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Marching Band Competition season has officially begun! This year the Highlander Marching Band presents their 2022 field show entitled “Rach and Roll.” The show includes music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Linkin Park, Jeff Chambers, and Sy Hovik; percussion parts are written by Jeff Chambers and Eric Parchen.

“Rach and Roll” is a combination of inspiring ...

Gov. Livingston Highlander Marching Band Opens Competition Season with First Place Finish

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Marching Band Competition season has officially begun! This year the Highlander Marching Band presents their 2022 field show entitled “Rach and Roll.” The show includes music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Linkin Park, Jeff Chambers, and Sy Hovik; percussion parts are written by Jeff Chambers and Eric Parchen.

“Rach and Roll” is a combination of inspiring ...

Hundreds Attend POAC Event at Mt. Carmel Fair Grounds in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mount Carmel Society is no stranger to hosting large recreation events, and when approached to host a state-wide festival for families associated with POAC Autism Services -- the answer was a resounding "yes, and how can we help?"

POAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization making life better for children and adults with autism in New Jersey. POAC does ...

Gov. Livingston Highlander Marching Band Opens Competition Season with First Place Finish

October 5, 2022

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Marching Band Competition season has officially begun! This year the Highlander Marching Band presents their 2022 field show entitled “Rach and Roll.” The show includes music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Linkin Park, Jeff Chambers, and Sy Hovik; percussion parts are written by Jeff Chambers and Eric Parchen.

“Rach and Roll” is a combination of inspiring ...

Gov. Livingston Highlander Marching Band Opens Competition Season with First Place Finish

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Marching Band Competition season has officially begun! This year the Highlander Marching Band presents their 2022 field show entitled “Rach and Roll.” The show includes music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Linkin Park, Jeff Chambers, and Sy Hovik; percussion parts are written by Jeff Chambers and Eric Parchen.

“Rach and Roll” is a combination of inspiring ...

Berkeley Heights School District Goals Presentation: Board Discussion Follows

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - With a packed agenda, the September Board of Education meeting started with a presentation on the district goals for the 2022-2023 school year by Dr Melissa Varley, Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. David Greer and Marybeth Kopacz, Assistant Superintendents. 

“We present in September our Berkeley Heights district school goals. All of our goals align to our ...

Vote-by-Mail Ballots are Now Available at the Union County Clerk’s Westfield Office

October 4, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds residents that the County Clerk’s office in Westfield is now available to voters for “One-Stop” Vote-by-Mail service. Eligible voters can pick up an application for a Vote-by-Mail ballot, receive their ballot, and cast it in a secure drop-off box all in one visit.

“We encourage all voters to vote early by ...

Union County Government: Who is Running for Public Office in 2022?

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Three incumbent Democrats face three Republican challengers in the race for the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

The candidates are as follows:

(D) Sergio Granados *
(D) Bette Jane Kowalski *
(D) Rebecca L. Williams *
(R) Carmen Bucco
(R) Vincent Rettino
(R) Carlos Santos
*Denotes incumbent

Vote for three, for three-year terms

If a ...

Kirshenbaum Baking Co. Brings ‘Fresh Baked Smiles’ to Westfield

September 28, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — The aroma of fresh baked goods wafted through the newly opened bakery on Elm Street Wednesday morning as community members gathered for a formal ribbon cutting.

Owned and operated by Westfield residents Uyen Kirshenbaum and her husband, Jeff, a Fanwood native, Kirshenbaum Baking Co. is open for business in downtown Westfield.

“It’s very surreal to see that ...

Local Teens Putting a Sustainable Spin on Tennis

September 23, 2022

Putting a sustainable spin on the sport of tennis, two NPHS Girls Tennis players are creating a responsible way for locals to recycle used tennis balls in hopes that less will end up in landfills.   

Sophomore Lily Liu and Freshman Maggie Liu, who are on the Girls Varsity Tennis Team at NPHS, founded a non-profit organization called Net Love that strives to recycle and repurpose ...

Morris Habitat for Humanity Celebrates Groundbreaking of Summit Property

September 30, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ - Morris Habitat for Humanity celebrated the groundbreaking of their latest project at 146 Morris Ave. in Summit last Sunday. 

Habitat for Humanity provides a hand up to affordable homeownership. "Our own stories of perseverance and determination start with seeing the tremendous need for affordable housing in a state with a deficit of over 200,000 affordable ...

Summit Park Line Pedestrian Bridge Over Morris Ave. Under Construction

October 5, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ - The project to construct a pedestrian bridge spanning Morris Avenue that will connect both sides of the Summit Park Line has begun, with the bridge expected to be placed in late October, weather permitting.

Phase 1 of the project -- the area from Broad Street to Morris Avenue -- is complete, with ongoing beautification and maintenance work. Phase 1A encompasses the ...

Hundreds Attend POAC Event at Mt. Carmel Fair Grounds in Berkeley Heights

September 29, 2022

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mount Carmel Society is no stranger to hosting large recreation events, and when approached to host a state-wide festival for families associated with POAC Autism Services -- the answer was a resounding "yes, and how can we help?"

POAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization making life better for children and adults with autism in New Jersey. POAC does ...

Bank Makes $13M Deal to End Newark ‘Redlining’ Case

October 4, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Lakeland Bank has made a $13 million deal with federal authorities to avoid prosecution for alleged discrimination against people of color who tried to get mortgages, loans and credit in Newark and minority areas in three New Jersey three counties.

This settlement coincides with news that Provident Bank, based in Woodbridge, would acquire all Lakeland Bancorp’s ...

Now is That Time: Summit Police Issue Public Call to Find Life-Saving Donor

September 28, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit Police Department, Summit Fire Department, Summit PBA Local #55, Summit FMBA #54, Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad and City of Summit officials have partnered to raise awareness about the immediate need for a living donor kidney transplant for Summit Police Officer Karen Stenstrom Sauers. 

At age 24, Sauers was diagnosed with polycystic ...

Morris Habitat for Humanity Celebrates Groundbreaking of Summit Property

September 30, 2022

SUMMIT, NJ - Morris Habitat for Humanity celebrated the groundbreaking of their latest project at 146 Morris Ave. in Summit last Sunday. 

Habitat for Humanity provides a hand up to affordable homeownership. "Our own stories of perseverance and determination start with seeing the tremendous need for affordable housing in a state with a deficit of over 200,000 affordable ...

Gov. Livingston Cross Country: Shore Coaches Invitational Meet Results

October 2, 2022

HOLMDEL PARK, NJ - Facing the rainy and cold weather from Ian, the Governor Livingston High School Cross Country team still suited up to face the challenging course at Holmdel Park and it’s classic “bowl” on Saturday, October 1st at the Shore Coaches Invitational.  

The Varsity Boys placed third overall. Taking home individual medals were sophomore Sean Jaqua in ...

Football: Governor Livingston Loses Division Title to South Plainfield, 47-22

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The South Plainfield Tigers defeated the Governor Livingston Highlanders on Saturday afternoon, the score 47-22, at Governor Livingston High School. The Highlanders gave up big plays early to the Tigers which resulted in their division title.

The Tigers wasted no time, scoring in one play on their first two drives. A 66-yard rushing touchdown by senior running back ...

Boys Soccer: Gov. Livingston Blank Oratory Prep, 5-0, on Friday

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — Derek Cubero finished with a goal and an assist and Gabriel Sokolnicki and Colin Goldbeck combined to make eight saves when the Gov. Livingston boys’ soccer team blanked Oratory Prep, 5-0, on Friday.

Daniel Schwartz, Kyle Haramoto and Damien Scis each contributed a goal for the Highlanders, who improved to 8-1-1 and extended their winning streak over Oratory to ...

New Jersey Resident Brings Mental Health Care to the Masses Through Innovative App

October 7, 2022

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic caused workers, businesses and consumers to change many of their everyday activities. Many companies added or increased door-to-door deliveries, customers were able to pick up their items curbside and employees kept connected with the office and other colleagues through video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meet.

A new app is ...

Back to School Triggers Mental Health Challenges for Some Students

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Maria Sikoutris Di Iorio said she's hearing kids say things now that they never said before.

"Nobody would ever talk about therapy in the past," Sikoutris Di Iorio told TAPinto. "Now we've got 10-year-olds saying 'I have to go see my therapist.'"

Sikoutris Di Iorio is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and ...

How Parents Can Support Their Child's Mental Health

SUMMIT, NJ — In her 30-plus year professional career, Dr. Alison Johnson has never seen anything like the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of kids.

"It felt like a tsunami," Johnson told TAPinto. "It was so traumatic and the impact on people was seriously traumatic."

At times, Johnson said, there was no end in sight.

"This was trauma ...

Safe, Free Disposal for Hazardous Materials Commonly Found in Homes and Yards

Union County residents can safely dispose of their unwanted household chemicals, pool supplies, used motor oil, old fire extinguishers, propane tanks and many other potentially hazardous items at Union County’s next free Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Union County Vocational-Technical ...

Podcast Features TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro's Journey to Provide Hyperlocal News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The Nerdtoolz Podcast featured TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro on a recent episode.

Shapiro talked about the life-changing decision that caused him to create something his hometown of New Providence, New Jersey did not have back in 2008 — a platform providing original local news and information for the borough's residents.

"When I started ...

TAPinto Journalists Named Finalists in the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists Awards

NEWARK, NJ — TAPinto journalists and their original, hyperlocal stories are finalists in the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists 2022 Excellence in Journalism Awards Contest.

"TAPinto is honored to be recognized for the outstanding journalism produced by TAPinto owner/publishers," TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro said. "At TAPinto, it's about ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, October 8, 7:00 PM

Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center, Fanwood

Live Music in Fanwood

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Sun, October 9, 11:00 AM

Elmwood Park Financial Center (Parking Lot), Elwood Park

Pet Adoption Day

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Fri, October 14, 4:00 PM

Smart Start Preschool, Mountainside

Smart Start Preschool Open House - Mountainside

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Wed, November 2, 6:30 PM

The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset

Gala for Imagine

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Sun, November 13, 3:00 PM

St Teresa of Avila Church, Summit

Veterans Day Memorial Concert

Choose New Jersey Opens Office in Ireland

October 2, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Choose New Jersey, an organization that stimulates job creation and attracts business to the state, has opened an office in Ireland, making New Jersey the first state in the U.S. to have an economic development office in that nation.

“New Jersey’s longstanding connection to Ireland, which was fortified during our recent economic mission, will be further ...

Market Your Business with TAPinto and Reach Engaged Local Readers (VIDEO)

October 6, 2022

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — With well more than 20 million local, engaged readers in the past year and a network of nearly 100 online local news and digital marketing platforms in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania, TAPinto can help your business reach the right audience. More than 240,000 people receive TAPinto's daily local newsletter and more than 315,000 people ...