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Restaurant Owners Fed Up with What They've Been Served by Trenton

June 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce eased restrictions on serving customers at restaurants and bars at his June 1 press briefing, but owners are concerned the guidance he provides will be little more than an appetizer.

Murphy's guidance is that no one is to be allowed indoors - outdoor dining and drinks only, according to several sources, - at 25 percent capacity.

Not ...

Murphy Gives OK for Auto Dealers, Bike Shops to Re-Open

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions imposed on New Jersey businesses, announcing at Tuesday's press briefing that auto dealerships, motorcycle and bicycle shops can re-open their showrooms and shops for on-site sales activities beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The timing couldn't be better, as the Memorial Day weekend has traditionally been a major ...

Brunswick Square Mall Opens for Curbside Service on May 18, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Are you ready to get your retail shopping on? Keeping in mind the ongoing need for social distancing, yet also considering the predicament of local businesses located inside the mall, Brunswick Square is launching curbside pickup service for retailers and restaurants this Monday. 

Curbside pickup will begin on May 18 and continue during the hours of 10 ...

EB Township Council to Consider Increased Outside Restaurant Seating

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - At Monday's Township council meeting, the East Brunswick Administration will discuss two initiatives to help businesses in East Brunswick affected by the COVID-19 shutdown.

In an interview with TAPinto East Brunswick today, Mayor Brad Cohen said that the Township Council will vote on a resolution to allow area restaurants to apply to extension of permits to allow ...

From Legos to Medical Ventilators. A NJ Family’s Quarantine Achievement

WAYNE, NJ – We are all stuck at home, spending upward of 90% of our time in our comfortable prisons with our familiar inmates, passing the time.  Of those who are lucky not to have any family members in serious risk due to the virus, many are catching up on their shows, on reading, on housework and home improvement.  Some are wallowing in the pleasure of not having to go to work ...

Financial Survival Tips for Jersey Shore Businesses

NEW JERSEY -- Seasonal businesses (landscaping, ice cream shops, sports training facilities, and shore-related enterprises) are accustomed to thriving during the warmer months and struggling when the leaves turn brown. Any seasonal company that has been around for several years, understands the need to conserve cash from the peak periods and save it for the off-season.

The big ...

Rutgers Workforce Export: Apply For Benefits, Look For Training

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The COVID-19 global pandemic has left a record-number 22 million people – including over 700,000 within New Jersey – without jobs, wondering what the new normal will be when it comes to the economy and job-seeking in the future.

Carl Van Horn, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and the founding director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce ...

Local Essential Workers: Fear, Exhaustion and "Sweet Victories"

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - They are frustrated, sad, exhausted. But most of all, they’re afraid. They put on the masks, slip on the gloves. They know that it might not be enough. Yet as COVID-19 cases steadily rise, essential workers continue to put themselves on the front line, just as they have always done. The world is beginning to see just how essential they are now. 

Corinne ...

Amazon Hires Nearly 6,000 Employees in NJ

NEWARK - Amazon recently announced it has hired more than 80,000 employees across the U.S. to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public. This includes nearly 6,000 new employees in New Jersey. 

The news comes as an update from the company’s March ...

TAPinto New Brunswick Sees a 259% Spike in Readership in March

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – TAPinto New Brunswick, the only independent, non-biased news operation dedicated solely to covering New Brunswick and Rutgers University, set a single-month record for readership in March.

The 259% increase in readership is directly attributed to the news site’s COVID-19 coverage, as Managing Editor Steve Liebman and City Editor Chuck O’Donnell ...

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Power Up Your Content Marketing on TAPinto

May 13, 2020

TAPinto is rolling out a new content marketing feature as a part of our participation in The Branded Content Project -- a partnership between the Facebook Journalism Project, the Local Media Association and the Local Media Consortium. The new feature will enable businesses, nonprofits and others who purchase guaranteed publication of a press release, real estate listing, event listing, milestone, ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - June 2, 2020

STATEWIDE – One silver lining around this whole pandemic mess are evening walks. Breathe deeply, as you enjoy clean Jersey air and the stars popping brilliantly in our clear skies. Yes, our air quality has improved remarkably over the past two months, with our factories are shuttered. But the Record – always asking pesky questions ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 1, 2020

STATEWIDE – There’s now a big pile of paper stacked in your kitchen. Somewhere near the bottom, clinging to the backside of the February circulars about sweater sales, is the Census form. Of course, since March 15 or so, the task of filling out the Census form seemed about as low priority as filling out your NCAA tourney brackets. But as life slowly – and thankfully – ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 29, 2020

STAFFORD – Hard to imagine that anything you read on social media is untrue, but beware! The Stafford cops are trying to correct the raging rumor that they are banning a Beach Haven West resident from blasting “God Bless America” at 7:30 p.m. every night. No, the cops are saying, we are not against America. No, the cops are saying, we are ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 28, 2020

TRENTON – Calling out “knuckleheads” and telling them to “cut the crap” is racking up lots of brownie points for Gov. Phil Murphy. Perhaps that’s why a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows Murphy’s job-approval rating has “catapulted” to 77 percent since last May. The chief pollster says these numbers make Murphy one of our ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 27, 2020

STATEWIDE – The time-honored graduation ceremony – a time to sit in uncomfortable gowns in the summer heat, listen to an unmemorable speech by some unknown guy and wait endlessly for all names to be called – has somehow been elevated to the panacea of the high school experience. And, so, following all the petition drives, social media campaigns and news articles, Gov. Phil ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 20, 2020

The Jaffe Briefing will not publish from Thursday, May 21 to Tuesday, May 26. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

EDISON – Buying a pair of shoes at the mall is a whole new experience, as Gov. Phil Murphy announced that shopping meccas around the state can now offer curbside service at non-essential stores. Expect this: “Yes, I would like to try these heels in a size 6, please,” as ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

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Wed, June 3, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

Midcentury New Jersey: The Garden State in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Wed, June 3, 12:00 PM

Farmstead Arts Center, Basking Ridge

Farmstead Arts Center - Online Art Class ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, June 3, 2:30 PM

Sport Club Portugues, Newark

Newark Blood Drive - Urgent Need! Appointment ...

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Rutgers Student's Parent Files Suit Seeking to Recoup Tuition, Other Costs

May 21, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The parent of a Rutgers student has filed a class-action lawsuit against the university seeking repayment for tuition and other costs Rutgers is withholding in violation of state law, the suit alleges.

The parent, who is represented by the Seattle-based firm of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, is not identified in the lawsuit that was filed Wednesday in Middlesex ...

Lester Holt's Speech to Rutgers Class of 2020 to Focus on 'New Normal'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Considering their commencement ceremonies will be held  via teleconferencing technology in the name of social distancing, it should be no surprise to the members of Rutgers’ Class of 2020 that NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt plans to center his upcoming commencement speech around the COVID-19 pandemic.

“My speech is going to largely center on the fact ...

Roadwork Continuing Along Route 522 And Georges Road

June 1, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Roadwork in the area of Route 522 and Georges Road resumed last week and will continue through Friday, June 5. If the weather permits, work begins at 9 a.m. and continues through 4 p.m. during the upcoming work week. Residents should expect partial and full road closures. The South Brunswick Police Department is recommending drivers plan alternate routes and avoid the area ...

Farmers Against Hunger: More Heroes in the Pandemic

June 1, 2020

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Farmers are a demographic that many may not have thought of as being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But New Jersey-centered organization Farmers Against Hunger has been helping local farmers as well as people in need during this difficult time. Since the pandemic started ten weeks ago, Farmers Against Hunger has donated 300,000 pounds of fruit, vegetables, dairy, and ...

OPINION

May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month"

May 19, 2020

Dear Editor:

Members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) celebrate May as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” to promote awareness of the audiology and speech language-pathology professions and its impact on the lives of children and adults with hearing, communication and feeding/swallowing issues. 

This year, as we all know, is extremely ...

Farmstead Arts Center to Offer Virtual Art Classes - Registration Open!

May 24, 2020

Farmstead Arts to Offer Virtual Art Classes for Kids, Teens and Adults

Farmstead Arts Center is offering fun and interactive virtual art classes for all ages. Online classes, taught by the Farmstead’s talented teaching artists, will be held via Zoom. Students can take advantage of online painting classes, including watercolor, oil, and acrylics; drawing classes including figure, ...

A self-reflection tool for the pandemic

May 12, 2020

As a professor, associate certified coach and the executive director of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, I have provided guidance and support to a wide variety of people who have been struggling emotionally and financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. I have counseled college students who are having difficulty making the transition to ...

Rutherford, NJ Bakery Brings Smiles and Support to their Community During the Pandemic

June 2, 2020

RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Renee Faris, Chef & Owner of Erie Coffee Shop & Bakery, about her small business in town and how life and work has changed for her during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the coronavirus outbreak began to take hold in New Jersey, at first Faris set limits as to how many people could be in the bakery, but eventually wound up closing altogether ...

Berkeley Heights Restaurant Creates Mobile Market to Serve their Community During the Pandemic

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Host Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Ralph Acquaviva, Owner of Delicious Heights, a restaurant/bar/takeout establishment, to see how he has managed his business during the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about the initiatives he has established to continue meeting his customers’ needs.

“My dream was always to open up a restaurant,” said Acquaviva.

SpaceX Launches New Era of Manned Space Flight at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA -- Today, SpaceX launched a manned flight into space from Kennedy Space Center. To commemorate the event, we take a look back at our post from last year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, which originated, like today's flight, from Kennedy Space Center. The center just reopened its doors to the public on May 28, 2020.  

In ...

Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...

Hoboken Gift Shop Turns to Technology to Continue Serving Customers During the Pandemic

HOBOKEN, NJ -- As part of our small business spotlight series, HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Meghan Lavelle, Owner of Washington General, to see how the store is faring during the pandemic. Washington General was featured in Part One of our HomeGrown: Hoboken episode, which aired on TAPintoTV last June. 

“It’s been a whirlwind for sure,” said Lavelle.

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...