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Somerville Train Commuters Can Look Forward to Portal Bridge Upgrade

May 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that the Federal Railroad Administration has committed $91.5 million to help replace the century-old Portal Bridge across the Hackensack River, a vital span on the Northeast Corridor rail line shared by NJTRANSIT and Amtrak.

 "This is a huge win for our state, for our commuters and for the future of our economy, and quite frankly given ...

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

Bateman Criticizes Turnpike, GSP Toll Hikes While NJ Focused on COVID-19

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey motorists and interstate truck drivers will have to deposit more money in their EZ Pass accounts by September as the New Jersey Turnpike Authority on Wednesday voted unanimously in a virtual meeting to increase tolls by 27 percent on the Garden State Parkway and 36 percent on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The toll hikes go into effect Sept. 13.

Gov. Phil Murphy expressed ...

Somerset County Collects, Distributes Over 1 Million PPEs

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has distributed over 1 million articles of personal protective equipment (PPE) to long-term care facilities (81%), municipal OEMs (14%) and first responders, according to Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public health and safety liaison.

The bulk of critically needed supplies was provided by the New ...

Downtown Somerville Cancels Summer's Main Street Cruise Nights

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The venerable summer Cruise Nights, a Friday night tradition on Main Street for 30 years, has been canceled for 2020, a victim of social distancing and concerns over crowd control during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Tuesday's announcement by the Downtown Somerville Alliance comes just as Gov. Phil Murphy has begun to ease COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and social ...

Ocean County Beach Season: What You Need to Know

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – People north of the Driscoll Bridge look to Memorial Day to begin their trek “go down the shore.”  For Ocean County residents, a visit to the sand and surf is more commonly referred to as hitting the beach. With just two weeks away, it is important to know about beach badges and the like.

In Southern Ocean County, Long Beach Island offers an assortment ...

Virtual Indian Music Concert to Benefit Franklin Township Food Bank

The Franklin Township community continues to leverage its diversity to help their neighbors during the COVID-19 crisis.

On Saturday, May 9th at 7pm, the Township of Franklin and the Franklin Township Food Bank will offer a virtual Indian music concert to raise funds that will benefit the Food Bank.

 “Jwala 4 Jersey” will feature NJ-based band Jwala, the members of which ...

Somerville Hospital Celebrates Discharge of 500th COVID-19 Patient

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Her journey back from the brink of death was cause for celebration Monday as Ruth Ikan was discharged from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset with all the hoopla of a high school graduation party.

This was a special day not only for the South Amboy woman, but for the hard-working medical staff.who fought the battle with her for more than three weeks. Ikan is the ...

Murphy: It's Up to Residents to Limit 'Knucklehead Behavior' for NJ to Continue Road to Recovery

TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy used his Saturday press briefing to urge New Jersey residents to limit “knucklehead behavior” so that the state can continue on a road to recovery following the extended battle against COVID-19.

The plea came the same day state and county parks were reopened amid warnings that if visitors failed to comply with social distancing and other health ...

New Jersey Surpasses 100,000 Cases of Coronavirus

TRENTON, NJ - On the same day that Gov. Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey has surpassed 100,000 cases of COVID-19, he stressed, as he has in previous briefings, that the “curve is still flat.”

Several key statistics are also moving in the right direction, New Jersey Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli added, including a 17 percent decrease from the high watermark of ...

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Somerville Train Commuters Can Look Forward to Portal Bridge Upgrade

May 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that the Federal Railroad Administration has committed $91.5 million to help replace the century-old Portal Bridge across the Hackensack River, a vital span on the Northeast Corridor rail line shared by NJTRANSIT and Amtrak.

 "This is a huge win for our state, for our commuters and for the future of our economy, and quite frankly given ...

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

Bateman Criticizes Turnpike, GSP Toll Hikes While NJ Focused on COVID-19

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey motorists and interstate truck drivers will have to deposit more money in their EZ Pass accounts by September as the New Jersey Turnpike Authority on Wednesday voted unanimously in a virtual meeting to increase tolls by 27 percent on the Garden State Parkway and 36 percent on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The toll hikes go into effect Sept. 13.

Gov. Phil Murphy expressed ...

Somerset County Collects, Distributes Over 1 Million PPEs

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Somerset County Office of Emergency Management has distributed over 1 million articles of personal protective equipment (PPE) to long-term care facilities (81%), municipal OEMs (14%) and first responders, according to Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher, public health and safety liaison.

The bulk of critically needed supplies was provided by the New ...

Downtown Somerville Cancels Summer's Main Street Cruise Nights

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The venerable summer Cruise Nights, a Friday night tradition on Main Street for 30 years, has been canceled for 2020, a victim of social distancing and concerns over crowd control during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Tuesday's announcement by the Downtown Somerville Alliance comes just as Gov. Phil Murphy has begun to ease COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and social ...

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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 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 19, 2020

DEPTFORD – Under the slogan of “Hey! Better than nothing,” a South Jersey high school has figured a way to hold graduation. Deptford High School has formulated a Noah’s Ark approach to pomp and circumstance, with graduates going two by two. This will certainly be memorable: Over the course of five days, two graduates and two guests will take part in 15-minute, ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 18, 2020

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

DOWN THE SHORE – Ready for the New York invasion? Brace yourself, people, as suddenly New Jersey will be the place to go for all those Manhattanites and Brooklynites who are typically too good to spend time here. With NYC’s beaches closed for swimming during the Memorial Day ...

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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Sun, May 31, 12:00 PM

The Cornelius Low House Museum, Piscataway

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

Arts & Entertainment Education

Sun, May 31, 12:00 PM

Paper Mill Park, Newark

CANCELED - Diamond State Base Ball Club

Arts & Entertainment Sports

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Sun, May 31, 12:00 PM

Farmstead Arts Center, Basking Ridge

Farmstead Arts Center - Online Art Class ...

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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 ...

Three Companies Collaborate to Provide Donation to Frontline Workers

May 29, 2020

In a time of crisis, Nestle Waters, Novembal and Romark Logistics joined together to help first responders and healthcare professionals in Middlesex County. 

The three companies coordinated recently to donate more than 23 pallets of bottled water to first responders at the Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management & Preparedness and to the healthcare workers at the JFK Medical ...

Somerville Train Commuters Can Look Forward to Portal Bridge Upgrade

May 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that the Federal Railroad Administration has committed $91.5 million to help replace the century-old Portal Bridge across the Hackensack River, a vital span on the Northeast Corridor rail line shared by NJTRANSIT and Amtrak.

 "This is a huge win for our state, for our commuters and for the future of our economy, and quite frankly given ...

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 ...

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

May 31, 2020

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 ...

NJ Business Leader Discusses the Importance of Community and Client Engagement During the Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently spoke with Marcella Gencarelli, Entrepreneur and Business Leader, about her experience heading up several professional organizations in New Jersey. She shared her perspective on what small businesses are looking for as they learn to navigate a new way of working during the pandemic.  

Currently, Gencarelli is the Vice President and Manager of ...

The History of Memorial Day and How it Became the Start of Summer

Memorial Day, as the name implies, was established to create a day of remembrance to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Civil War. Our culture today, however, associates the holiday with the start of summer activities, like barbecues and going to the beach. How did this once somber holiday become the signal of summer? 

After the Civil War ended in the spring of ...