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'No One Who Has Received the J&J Vaccine Should Panic or Worry': Murphy

April 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Despite the side effects reported impacting some young women who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, Gov. Phil Murphy said that "no one who has received the J&J vaccine should panic or worry."  The governor tried to quell fears as the CDC and FDA called for a pause in the distribution of J&J vaccine "out of an abundance of ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

NEW JERSEY - While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

Formation of Youth Leadership Program

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Future Business Leaders of America is taking steps to establish a Toastmasters International Youth Leadership Program (YLP) at Governor Livingston High School.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization that aims to educate people about communication, and provide them with public speaking and leadership skills that will help them gain more ...

New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

New Jersey Author Robert Constant's 'Hello Grandma!' Wins Literary Award for Children's Books

April 12, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!"

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner in the 2021 Feathered ...

Tri-M’s Virtual Music Grams

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tri-M Music Honor Society at Governor Livingston High School has not let the challenges of performing during the pandemic stop them from delivering their annual music grams. 

In recent years, the band and choir collaborated on serenading the student body during the Valentine’s Day season. In 2020 they had planned to do it in March, but their plans were ...

A Look Inside the New Berkeley Heights Public Library

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Get a sneak peek of the Berkeley Heights Public Library's new space at 29 Park Avenue.

"While finishing touches are still being completed, we wanted to share a preview of the new BHPL," said the Berkeley Heights Public Library Board. The photos show sections of the Children's Room, Young Adult space, and the main library areas ...

Elizabeth Native Powers Up PSEG Nuclear Plants for Newark, All New Jersey

April 12, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day power New Jersey.

"She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Her reaction was 'You should try for ...

New Jersey Is 2021’s State with the 7th Highest Tax Burden: Study

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the seventh highest state with the overall tax burden with a 9.98% overall state tax according to personal finance website WalletHub’s  2021 Tax Burden by State report. Nearby New York was the highest taxed state in the nation.

What accounts for New Jersey's top 10 ranking? Property taxes.

"New Jersey has the third highest ...

Tri-M’s Virtual Music Grams

April 11, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Tri-M Music Honor Society at Governor Livingston High School has not let the challenges of performing during the pandemic stop them from delivering their annual music grams. 

In recent years, the band and choir collaborated on serenading the student body during the Valentine’s Day season. In 2020 they had planned to do it in March, but their plans were ...

Union County Commissioners Announce Vaccination Day For Educators, School Staff

The Union County Board of Commissioners today announced the County will hold a mobile clinic to vaccinate educators and school personnel on Tuesday, April 6th from 1-8 p.m. at Warinanco Park in Roselle.

Any educator or school personnel wishing to receive a vaccination must pre-register now at www.ucnjvaccine.org.

Teachers, all staff and school administration officials ...

Vaccination Event for Educators Tues, April 6

Mobile Vaccine Operation At Warinanco Park in Roselle Will Run From 1-8 p.m.

UNION COUNTY, NJ----The Union County Board of Commissioners today announced the County will hold a mobile clinic to vaccinate educators and school personnel on Tuesday, April 6th from 1-8 p.m. at Warinanco Park in Roselle.

Any educator or school personnel wishing to receive a vaccination must ...

Two Mountainside Council Incumbents File for GOP Primary

April 7, 2021

 

MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. — Two Republican incumbents, Rachel K. Pater and Robert W. Messler filed papers to run in the June 8 Primary Election. They are each running for a three-year term on the council.

No Democrats filed. 

A complete list of important dates and times related to the primary election, including filing and requesting absentee ballots, may be found on the Union ...

Union County Commissioners Set to Host Three COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions for April

April 7, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners are set to hold three emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in April to aid those affected by COVID-19.

The food distributions are open to all Union County residents.

Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required.

The events will take place ...

Parklets, Open Setup for Quimby Street Poised to Return to Downtown Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — About five angled parking spaces on Prospect Street have been blocked off by cement barricades covered in navy blue cloth.

On Friday, bright orange cones placed in-between the barricades alerted drivers to the cordoned off spots, which will soon become space for outdoor dining for 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro and Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar.

The popular ...

Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste Recycling April 10

April 5, 2021

The Union County Board of Commissioners reminds residents that the next free Household Hazardous Waste recycling event will be held on Saturday, April 10, at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools Campus, located at 1776 Raritan Road in Scotch Plains, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Any Union County resident may participate, regardless of their hometown.

“The Household Hazardous ...

'No One Who Has Received the J&J Vaccine Should Panic or Worry': Murphy

April 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Despite the side effects reported impacting some young women who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, Gov. Phil Murphy said that "no one who has received the J&J vaccine should panic or worry."  The governor tried to quell fears as the CDC and FDA called for a pause in the distribution of J&J vaccine "out of an abundance of ...

Summit Council Approves Pilot Program Banning Use of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers for Three Months

SUMMIT, NJ - Nearly sixty years ago, Bob Dylan wrote and sang that, "The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind" but, in Summit, for at least three months this summer, that answer -- or anything else for that matter -- won't be propelled by gas-powered leaf blowers. That's because the Summit Common Council, at its April 6 meeting that ran for just under four hours, ...

A Look Inside the New Berkeley Heights Public Library

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Get a sneak peek of the Berkeley Heights Public Library's new space at 29 Park Avenue.

"While finishing touches are still being completed, we wanted to share a preview of the new BHPL," said the Berkeley Heights Public Library Board. The photos show sections of the Children's Room, Young Adult space, and the main library areas ...

Crews Contain Overnight Fire That Tore Through Fanwood Home

April 11, 2021

FANWOOD, NJ — Firefighters from at least three departments responded to a blaze at 244 North Martine Ave. just before midnight Tuesday, a spokesman for the borough said.

With the assistance of the Scotch Plains and Westfield Fire Departments, Fanwood firefighters knocked down the main body of the blaze within 45 minutes and declared the fire under control shortly after 1 a.m., ...

Union County Commissioners Set to Host Three COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions for April

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Board of County Commissioners are set to hold three emergency food distribution events for Union County residents in April to aid those affected by COVID-19.

The food distributions are open to all Union County residents.

Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and no registration is required.

The events will take place ...

New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

April 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

Medical Professionals From NJ's Asian American Communities Address Vaccine Fears in DOH Virtual Town Hall

NEW JERSEY — As part of its streaming series on the COVID-19 vaccine, the New Jersey Department of Health is hosting a free public town hall discussion led by medical professionals from NJ’s Asian American communities; the April 20, 7 p.m. event will address facts, fears, and myths concerning the vaccine.

“Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, ...

Wallace Chapel AME Zion Church Parishioner Recipient of 25,000th COVID-19 Vaccination Administered at Summit Community Center

SUMMIT, NJ - Plus she got a sticker and a cupcake, to boot.

Lela Ingram, 65, a Woodbridge resident and parishioner at Summit's Wallace Chapel AME Zion Church, received the milestone 25,000th COVID-19 vaccination administered at the Summit Community Center (SCC). In partnership with the City of Summit, Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center launched the COVID-19 ...

East Brunswick's Chris Quaglin is Arrested for Assault for January 6 Insurrection at US Capitol

April 7, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Christopher Joseph Quaglin of East Brunswick, NJ  has been arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Quaglin faces charges that include Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers or Employees; Civil Disorder; and Obstruction of an ...

Crews Contain Overnight Fire That Tore Through Fanwood Home

April 11, 2021

FANWOOD, NJ — Firefighters from at least three departments responded to a blaze at 244 North Martine Ave. just before midnight Tuesday, a spokesman for the borough said.

With the assistance of the Scotch Plains and Westfield Fire Departments, Fanwood firefighters knocked down the main body of the blaze within 45 minutes and declared the fire under control shortly after 1 a.m., ...

Victims Identified: Double Murder in Hillside Linked to Suicide in Union

UNION, NJ – The deaths of two women in Hillside are believed to be connected to a death in Union, said acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo on Wednesday.

As reported by TAPinto Union early Wednesday morning, the case began at about 2:30 Monday morning when Union police officers discovered a suspicious car parked in the lot behind Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 1755 Morris ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

April 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY - While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

Gov. Livingston All-Around Athlete Jayson Schmidt Signs to Play Football with TCNJ

April 11, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — Jayson Schmidt has always relished causing havoc for opposing defenses and making things happen for the Gov. Livingston football team the past three years.

Next fall, The College of New Jersey and head coach Casey Goff will be the beneficiaries of the sturdy Schmidt’s athleticism and leadership.

Schmidt signed his national letter of intent to attend the ...

Gov. Livingston Volleyball: Sensational Seniors Help Sink Summit, 2-0, in Volleyball Victory

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — The focused foursome of seniors came through again in a big way for the Gov. Livingston girls’ volleyball team on Saturday.

Ashley Parker, Leah Dooley, Isabella An and Olivia Teska all contributed their customary stellar play to help send the Lady Highlanders to a 2-0 (25-21,25-19) victory over Summit on Senior Day.

Parker finished with three kills, one dig ...

Volleyball: Impressive Comeback Not Enough: Gov. Livingston Falls to Kent Place, 2-1, in UCT Quarterfinal

SUMMIT, NJ — Abby Periera finished with 10 kills, Olivia Teska had 15 assists and five service points and Leah Dooley contributed seven kills, seven digs and eight service points, but it was not enough when seventh-seed Gov. Livingston girls’ volleyball team suffered a 2-1 setback against second-seed Kent Place on Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the Union County ...

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TAPinto TV Wins Twice at Garden State Film Festival

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto TV, a medium-based franchise owned by East Main Media’s Brian Brodeur, won two Garden State Film Festival Awards.

The franchise’s “HomeGrown” series won awards for Best Television Show and Best Original Score from a Television Show.

“HomeGrown” is a series produced by East Main Media that follows host Stephanie Willoughby as ...

Post-Pandemic Marketing

Small business owners have a lot to think about, but navigating a global pandemic was likely not chief among their worries. Now that we are close to the end of one, local businesses are facing a host of challenges. Communicating effectively with customers and clients has never been more important. 

What changed in the pandemic?

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily ...

New Jersey Date Night: The Best Brunch Spots

April 11, 2021

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

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time ...

Caring for the Caregiver with Respite Care Options

More than 54 million people provide unpaid care to a loved one who is aged or disabled. For primary caregivers — who are often either a spouse or child — this kind of intense caregiving can take an untold toll on their mental, physical and emotional strength over time, often resulting in fatigue, depression and burnout. For those caring for aging loved ones ...

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Sat, May 15, 9:00 AM

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Greta's Run

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Crews Contain Overnight Fire That Tore Through Fanwood Home

April 11, 2021

FANWOOD, NJ — Firefighters from at least three departments responded to a blaze at 244 North Martine Ave. just before midnight Tuesday, a spokesman for the borough said.

With the assistance of the Scotch Plains and Westfield Fire Departments, Fanwood firefighters knocked down the main body of the blaze within 45 minutes and declared the fire under control shortly after 1 a.m., ...

Union County Commissioners to Cut Ribbon on New Playground Facilities at Nomahegan in Cranford on Sunday, April 18th at 11 a.m.

April 14, 2021

COVID-19 safety rules apply.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners will cut the ribbon on new playground facilities at Nomahegan Park in Carnford this Sunday, April 18th at 11:00 a.m. Nomahegan Park is located at 995 Springfield Avenue.

“As the weather gets warmer, families look to our local parks to safely have fun while staying active,” said County Commissioner ...

SAT and ACT Function in the College Admissions Process - Disparity in the Numbers

April 14, 2021

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - What is the real function of the SAT and ACT as it relates to the college admission process? TAPinto talks with Eva Addae and David Blobaum, co-founders of Summit Prep, in a series of articles to further the conversation regarding this topic. 

Addae and Blobaum set up the conversation around the "cacophony of arguments about the tests" to ...

Westfield Health Board on Virus Variants, Vaccinations, Nat’l Public Health Week & More | Letter

April 9, 2021

To the Editor:

The Westfield Board of Health met on April 5. Covid-19, its effects on Westfield and the programs to keep residents informed and to vaccinate them were the principal areas of discussion.

Currently, Covid-19 activity appears to be increasing in New Jersey, probably due to the variants. It would probably be worse if residents were not being vaccinated and continuing to adhere ...