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VIDEO: The Largest Container Ship to Ever Reach the East Coast Docks in Elizabeth

May 21, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - The largest container ship to ever reach a U.S. East Coast port has docked at the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal.

The CMA CGM Marco Polo can carry 16,022 20-foot equivalent units, or TEUs in industry terms. The ship is reported to be carrying 5,000 TEUs that include clothing, pharmaceuticals, furniture, appliances, holiday decorations, building materials, home ...

NJBPU and DCA Announce “Utility Assistance Week”

Trenton, N.J.—May 18, 2021—The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) and the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) today announced that May 17-21 is “Utility Assistance Week,” dedicated to increasing residents’ awareness of the various programs available to support those who have fallen behind on their utility bills and may be newly eligible for financial ...

Advocacy Group Applauds Murphy, Legislators for Effort to Fight Organ Donor Insurance Discrimination

NEW JERSEY, NJ  – Science in Donation, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting, educating, and advocating on behalf of the interests or members of the donation and transplant communities, is celebrating Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of a new law that prohibits insurance discrimination against living organ donors.

Since its launch, the group has been advocating against ...

Somerville Starlit Cinema Returns to Division Street Thursday Nights

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The popular Thursday night Starlit Cinema series will return to Division Street this summer, one year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut off the projector and darkened the big screen.

The Downtown Somerville Alliance sponsors the free weekly event, beginning July 1 through Aug. 24. All shows begin at 8:30 p.m.

COVID-19 rules and regulations, crowd safety, and more details ...

Tighter Restrictions: Al Fresco Dining in Downtown Somerville Resumes

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Spring has sprung, with crocus and daffodils popping up through the ground, soon to be joined by umbrellas and tables popping up in front of restaurants throughout the downtown dining and shopping district.

All sidewalk cafe licenses issued last year have lapsed; restaurant owners will receive 2021 applications beginning Monday, with several notable changes, ...

Parking Deck Begins to Take Shape Alongside Somerville Train Station

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A parking deck for commuters and future residents of the NJ TRANSIT village under construction alongside the Raritan Valley line has begun to take shape adjacent to the Somerville train station.

The five-story deck will include more than 400 spaces; the structure will be hidden from view, surrounded by apartment buildings that will be built on the site.

Progress continues ...

ADL, NJ NAACP Agree to Unite to Fight Against Extremism, White Supremacy, Antisemitism

NEW JERSEY - The local region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NJ NAACP) have signed an agreement to expand efforts to collectively combat discrimination, bigotry, bullying and hate crimes in the Garden State.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the ADL and NAACP commences the second phase of a ...

Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder of His 2-Year-Old Daughter

NORTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. – A 27-year-old father has been charged with attempted murder and child endangerment after surveillance video showed him carrying his two-year-old daughter in a plastic bag in the hallway of a hotel where he was living, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The child was transported to a nearby trauma hospital for emergency treatment in ...

COVID-19 Forces Cancellation of 2021 Somerville St. Patrick's Parade

SOMERVILLE, NJ - For the second year in a row, the St. Patrick's Day Parade down Main Street has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement released by the Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee reads:

"It is with disappointment and an overabundance of caution that the Somerville Saint Patrick’s Parade Committee will be postponing this year’s 2021 ...

Somerville Resolutions Rebuke White Supremacy, Invasion of US Capitol

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Borough Council approved a pair of resolutions at Tuesday night's virtual meeting condemning:

"White Nationalism, White Supremacy, Neo-Nazism and any Other Groups and Individuals Who Seek to Divide Our Community and Incite Hatred," and 

"Acts of Sedition and Treason that Occurred in the Washington DC Terrorist Attack on Jan.

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The Jaffe Briefing - June 14, 2021

STATEWIDE – The obvious concern of any parent is how the pandemic has affected student learning, after all those months of remote learning, frenzy and other disruptions. NJ Spotlight reports there’s plenty of work to do, as the state conducted an initial assessment of learning loss. The result? At least a third of New Jersey students are “below-grade level” in language ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 10, 2021

TRENTON – And yet more money is flowing into state coffers. Taxpayers are throwing more and more money at the State House, as piles of cash are now being used as doorstops and disposable towels in the restrooms. Yesterday, NJ.com reported that the state had an extra $4 billion sitting around. By this morning, that number has jumped to $5.2 billion more in tax revenue in the current and ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 8, 2021

ROSELLE PARK – Free speech or just downright offensive? A municipal court judge is set to hear arguments Thursday at 9 a.m., when a Willow Avenue homeowner is set to plead her case. There are political flags flying, one that blares “Fuck Biden,” while another shows former President Trump raising middle fingers. As classy as this all seems, the town has an issue with the display, ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 7, 2021

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL – Tomorrow is primary day, and there’s a contested race among Republicans in the race for governor. One would assume this would be a cake walk for Jack Ciattarelli, the sane front runner with the strong backing of all 21 county organizations. But there are still those chilling ripples of Trump, and Ciattarelli has been forced to spend millions of dollars to ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

President Holloway Meets with Rutgers Jewish Leaders

June 10, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The president at Rutgers said today’s meeting with some university Jewish leaders was part of an ongoing attempt to “help foster an environment where every member feels welcomed, supported, heard and appreciated.”

Jonathan Holloway and his chief of staff, Andrea Conklin Bueschel, met with Rabbi Yosef Carlebach, the executive director of Chabad House, ...

Bear Spotted in New Brunswick Apparently Different Than The One Seen Tuesday

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A bear has been spotted near the city’s border with East Brunswick for the second time in as many days.

However, the bear that was seen Wednesday between Lipman Drive and Ryders Lane/Cobb Road in New Brunswick is apparently a different bear than the one spotted on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the city told TAPinto New Brunswick that the bear seen on Tuesday ...

Rutgers Set to Resume Basketball Rivalry with Seton Hall on Dec. 12

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The annual men’s basketball matchup between Rutgers and Seton Hall returns for the 2021-22 season as the two teams face off in the Garden State Hardwood Classic.

The game is slated for Sunday, Dec. 12 at the Prudential Center in Newark. 

Rutgers defeated then-No. 22 ranked Seton Hall, 68-48 in front of a sold-out crowd at the RAC on Dec. 14, 2019 in the ...

NJ Turnpike Authority Forces Sayreville Veterans to Remove Military Branch Flags from Parkway Overpass

June 11, 2021

SAYREVILLE, NJ – Robert Bouthillette, Sayreville veteran, and his good friend Fred Block, sought to honor those currently serving and those who past served for Memorial Day, by placing the military branch flags above the Garden State Parkway.

Related: Sayreville Residents Honor Veterans With Flags

Block then received a call from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) that the ...

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Take Our 2021 Reader Survey: We Want to Hear From You

June 10, 2021

Local news is more important than ever.  To fulfill our mission of providing our readers with objective, daily, local news, we’re conducting a survey on what our readers think about TAPinto and how they engage with the news.  We invite you to take our 2021 Reader Survey.   

Your feedback is important to us and helps us improve the quality of your reader ...

Fire Union President: COVID Couldn't Stop Us From Doing Our Job

June 9, 2021

New Jersey is opening back up and the firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers of the NJFMBA could not be happier. While protecting our communities is our job, building the community is our passion, and that has been difficult over the past 15 months.

Like everyone, we were struck by the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to the municipalities we serve. This was an uncertainty that extended across ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...