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Turnpike Authority to Rename GSP Service Area after Judy Blume of Scotch Plains

July 30, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that the state will rename nine Garden State Parkway service areas after iconic New Jerseyans, including Judy Blume, who grew up in Elizabeth and lived in Scotch Plains on Winding Brook Way from 1960 to 1972. 

Judy Blume (née Sussman) is one of America's best-selling writers of books for children and young adults. She ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation 

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation ...

Ramya Kasthuri Appointed to Berkeley Heights BOE, 7 Candidates File to Run in November

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Once again the Board of Education is at full strength. During a special meeting on July 22, members of the board appointed Ramya Kasthuri to fill the seat left vacant last month after the death of longtime board member Helen Kirsch.

She will serve on the board through December 2021, at which time the seat will be filled by a candidate chosen by voters during the ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

Turnpike Authority to Rename GSP Service Area after Judy Blume of Scotch Plains

July 30, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that the state will rename nine Garden State Parkway service areas after iconic New Jerseyans, including Judy Blume, who grew up in Elizabeth and lived in Scotch Plains on Winding Brook Way from 1960 to 1972. 

Judy Blume (née Sussman) is one of America's best-selling writers of books for children and young adults. She ...

Belmar’s John Walsh Takes First Place in NJ’s ‘Your Voice, Your Shot’ Video Contest

TRENTON, NJ — Belmar resident John Walsh is the winner of New Jersey’s “Your Voice, Your Shot” video contest, which is part of the state’s public health campaign encouraging residents to get the coronavirus vaccine.

Walsh’s “Jersey Summer” video was selected as the public’s favorite during online voting — an announcement that was made ...

Ramya Kasthuri Appointed to Berkeley Heights BOE, 7 Candidates File to Run in November

July 29, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Once again the Board of Education is at full strength. During a special meeting on July 22, members of the board appointed Ramya Kasthuri to fill the seat left vacant last month after the death of longtime board member Helen Kirsch.

She will serve on the board through December 2021, at which time the seat will be filled by a candidate chosen by voters during the ...

New Jersey Is 2021's 3rd Best School System in America: WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was ranked as the country's third best school system in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list States with the Best and Worst School Systems. Only two states Massachusetts (No.1) and Connecticut (No. 2)  ranked higher New Jersey. New York (No. 14) and Pennsylvania (No. 24) finished in the top half of ranking ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

July 29, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation 

July 29, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation ...

Atlantic Medical Group Cardiologist Offers Heart Health Tips During Extreme Heat

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- As we start to hit the peak of summer heat, it is more important than ever to keep our hearts healthy. Individuals who have a preexisting heart condition need to be extra careful with these extreme weather circumstances. However, people with healthy hearts are likely to experience problems as well.

Michael Weinrauch, MD, Chairman of Cardiology at Overlook ...

Newark Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Statewide Armed Robbery Spree

July 25, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man on Wednesday was sentenced to 110 months in prison for participating in a string of statewide convenience store robberies, authorities announced. 

Meshach Whagar, 31, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty and was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, nine substantive counts of Hobbs Act ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Attracts 1,000+ Participants, Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...

Cops Chase Stolen Car Spotted Speeding Out of Westfield Country Club, Police Say

July 25, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — A stolen car occupied by two masked men wearing hooded sweatshirts sped out of a country club parking lot, prompting a police chase earlier this week, authorities said.

At 4:37 p.m. Tuesday, the 2019 Audi spotted in the parking lot of Echo Lake Country Club left the lot “at a high rate of speed,” police said in a report shared by the mayor Friday.

Officers ...

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TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Lifelong Journalist Finds Way To Keep News Passion Alive By Launching TAPinto Chatham

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - To reporters, news is more than a job, it’s a passion. For Ed Barmakian, news is his whole life. And when he saw his passion was in danger, he found a way to evolve to meet the times rather than lose what he loves. 

Barmakian launched TAPinto Chatham in July of 2013. He had recently retired from the Star Ledger after 33 as a sports journalist and editor. His ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

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Emergency Food Distribution Event for Union County Residents in Need, July 31

July 30, 2021

Drive-through event provides nutrition assistance for residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Union County’s ongoing series of emergency food distribution events continues on Saturday, July 31 with a drive-through event at the Kean University campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township. The event begins at 8:00 a.m.

The food distribution events are open to all Union County ...

Quitting Can Be Winning

July 30, 2021

I will begin by quoting a recent Instagram message by Justin Bieber.

“Nobody will ever understand the pressures you face! I know we don’t know each other but I’m so proud of the decision to withdraw.  It’s as simple as – what does it mean to gain the whole world but forfeit your soul. Sometimes our no’s are more powerful than our yes’s.  ...