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Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Supports New Jersey Tenants During COVID-19 Housing Crisis

October 28, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund's Housing Stability Project Grant.

Keenan described the work of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), which was established after the COVID-19 pandemic, and which has raised over $37 million from over ...

Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's in Scotch Plains

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever. 

"I'm calling on behalf of my company and eight board members to confirm that ...

Girls Soccer: Gov. Livingston Battles to 3-0 Loss to Cranford

Click here for photo gallery by John Haddad

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — The Gov. Livingston girls’ soccer team there would be no days off in its division this fall.

The Lady Highlanders met division rival Cranford and battled through a scoreless first half before eventually suffering a 3-0 setback on Tuesday.

“We beat them 4-0 on their Senior Night two weeks ago,” said ...

NJ Video Production Company Senior Producer Recounts Journey from Intern to Leader

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - Senior Producer Kayla Steinmetz sat down with East Main Media Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to discuss the production company's evolution and her role in its success.

Steinmetz talked about her experiences beginning in 2014 when she started as an intern, primarily being an assistant editor. Brodeur recalled how Steinmetz contributed to the company's success from ...

New Jersey Youth Symphony Presents Free Outdoor Community Concert, October 25

October 21, 2020

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), a program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, presents a free outdoor community concert on Sunday, October 25 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will take place at the New Providence Centennial Park located on Academy Street in New Providence. Performances by the NJYS Youth Symphony Brass and Percussion, Youth Orchestra Brass, Youth ...

Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's in Scotch Plains

October 28, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever. 

"I'm calling on behalf of my company and eight board members to confirm that ...

Scotch Plains' Iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Wedding Hall Abruptly Closes, Leaves Brides in the Lurch, Owes Township $380,000+, Yet Owner Denies Business Has Closed

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Colonia native Kelli Capurso, 23, was, like any bride, looking forward to her wedding reception. She married her husband, Anthony, in August 2019, but postponed her reception until 2020 until after he returned from his deployment with the Marines. COVID put a wrench into their plans, and the couple had to cancel their celebration at one catering hall and booked instead ...

‘Trump Truck Parade’ set to Start in Moutainside Saturday, Traffic Expected

October 24, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents might want to allow for some extra drive-time on Saturday morning, as a political truck parade anticipated to draw “high attendance” plans to roll through the town.

Organizers of the “Trump Truck Parade” announced on their website that they will leave from the AMC Mountainside 10 on Route 22 in Mountainside at 10 a.m., before meeting up ...

Attention Union County Residents: Return Your Ballot to a Secure Ballot Drop Box

Union County Residents: Return your ballot to a Secure Ballot Drop Box. There are 22 ballot drop boxes located throughout the county. Ballot drop boxes are ADA compliant, under camera surveillance 24/7 and all ballots are picked up by a bi-partisan team of UCBOE employees every day. The deadline to return your ballot to a secure ballot drop box is 8:00pm on Election Day.

Secure Ballot Drop Box ...

Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's in Scotch Plains

October 28, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever. 

"I'm calling on behalf of my company and eight board members to confirm that ...

Prestige Diner Wins Best Diner in 37th Annual Jersey Choice Restaurant Poll

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s 37th Annual Restaurant Poll revealed their list of the best restaurants in New Jersey as decided by readers and critics alike.

Fresh off the press, Prestige Diner in New Providence received the best diner for the North region. The voting took place throughout the month of February when restaurants were operating normally. The ...

Lupa Ristorante Opens in Berkeley Heights

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Lupa Ristorante opens in Berkeley Heights on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Executive Chef Adalfo Marisi comes full circle as the executive chef of Lupa Ristorante, formerly Giovanni’s Bistro, Bar and Catering in Berkeley Heights. With the re-opening of Nadine and Bob Tokash’s restaurant, Marisi has the opportunity to share his culinary experience he ...

Your Unwanted Vehicles Can Help Save History

October 26, 2020

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Mountainside Restoration Committee, Inc. has partnered with CARS, Inc. to raise funds by collecting unwanted vehicles. Anyone with unwanted cars, trucks, RVs, motorbikes, trailers, heavy equipment, etc. should consider donating to help the Mountainside Restoration Committee. The vehicle doesn’t have to be in working order and will be picked up from wherever it ...

SAGE Eldercare Recipient of Valairco Cares $500 Giveaway: Nominate Your Favorite Charity by October 31

SUMMIT, NJ - Valairco Heating and Cooling presented SAGE Eldercare a $500 donation as part of their Valairco Cares program. Valairco President Kevin McHugh and founder Richard Valenti presented their 9th Valairco Cares giveaway to Marianne Kranz, Meals On Wheels Director and Amy Stuart, Community Program and Volunteer Coordinator.

SAGE Eldercare in Summit ...

Gov. Murphy Tests Negative for Coronavirus 4 Times But Will Continue Virtual Briefings 

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said this afternoon he has not been symptomatic and tested negative four times since last Monday.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a voluntary self-quarantine with the governor last week, has tested negative three times.  

Still, ...

Mountainside Celebrates 125th Anniversary Year with a Time Capsule Unveiling

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — It was back in June when Matt DeAnna discovered a bulky metallic tube in the basement of Borough Hall. The Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) had stumbled upon a time capsule with Mountainside mementos from 1995.

More than four months later, on Oct. 23, 2020, the capsule and its contents were on display in celebration of Mountainside’s 125th ...

$14M in New Covid-Relief Funds to Help NJ Residents Get Back to Work Available

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Over 1.6 million people in New Jersey have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic began to ravage the state.

Looking to help individuals out of work, as well as employers unable to hire more people due to the financial impact of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy announced $14 million of new workforce development funds ...

When Medicare Coverage is not Enough

October 21, 2020

While we were working and paying into the federal Medicare insurance program for decades, it was under the assumption that it would cover all our medical expenses in retirement. But now that we seniors have reached the age of our reward, it seems one of the most confusing and daunting tasks we face is understanding what Medicare pays for, and what it does ...

Girls Soccer: Gov. Livingston Battles to 3-0 Loss to Cranford

October 27, 2020

Click here for photo gallery by John Haddad

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — The Gov. Livingston girls’ soccer team there would be no days off in its division this fall.

The Lady Highlanders met division rival Cranford and battled through a scoreless first half before eventually suffering a 3-0 setback on Tuesday.

“We beat them 4-0 on their Senior Night two weeks ago,” said ...

Gov. Livingston Girls and Boys Cross Country Place in County Conference Championship

ROSELLE, NJ - The Gov. Livingston Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams competed in the Union County Conference Championships at Warinanko Park in Roselle.  The Girls team placed second behind New Providence. Scoring in the top 10 were senior Caroline Mondelli in 2nd, freshman Sam Richter in 4th, and sophomore Molly Burke in 8th.  The Boys team placed third with junior Chris ...

Riggi's Return Fuels Gov. Livingston in 27-7 Triumph Over Johnson

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Joe Riggi strapped on the shoulder pads for the first time in two weeks and returned to the backfield to bolster the Gov. Livingston ground game.

The junior running back, injured during the first half in the victory over Hillside, was back in action on Saturday and finished with a team-high 88 yards on six carries and accounted for two touchdowns while ...

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Wildlife Wednesdays Programs For 2020

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the popular, free “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will conclude its 2020 programming over the next 2 Wednesdays.

October 21st’s program “Reptiles and Gators” will feature an alligator and lizards, including a blue tongue skink and bearded dragon.  The October 28th’s Halloween-themed Insects and ...

Update: Union County Wildlife Wednesdays Program Moved to 6 PM

The Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes to remind residents that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time of 6:00 PM.

“Union County is striving to bring educational programs directly to our children that may not be accessible to everyone during these challenging times, and Wildlife ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

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Union County Board of Elections Announces Two Additional Ballot Drop-Off Box Locations

October 27, 2020

Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado announced the locations of two additional ballot drop-off boxes for the November 3 General Election, bringing the total number of drop-off boxes in Union County to 24.

The two new locations are Kean University, Wilkins Theater on Morris Avenue in Union and Union County College, Commons Courtyard near Parking Lot 2 on Springfield ...

When Life Gives You Lemons...

October 24, 2020

Everywhere I look, life has been turned upside down...and there’s really no end in sight (yet).  You know what they say, “When life gives you lemons...”.  Well, I’m not a big fan of lemons, but the saying does seem to fit.  Translation here of course is more like “when life gives you unexpected time at home with loved ones, make the most of every ...

Advocating for Alzheimers Association, Greater NJ Chapter

October 15, 2020

Dear Editor,

I am writing to you as a junior at Governor Livingston High School. In August, I joined the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, as a volunteer congressional advocate. I am very interested in public policy and have just spent one year on Rep. Tom Malinsowski’s Youth Advisory Council. When I saw the opportunity to continue working with his office, I knew ...