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Small Businesses in Newark Prepare for Reopening

May 28, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — When the pandemic touched down in March, Tonnie Rozier, owner of Tonnie’s Minis boutique bakery on Halsey Street, just about emptied his personal accounts making sure every customer who needed a refund, received one. 

“I wasn’t going to tell someone that I can’t give them back their money, especially once hearing, ‘I can’t afford ...

COVID-19 Stories: Montclair Restaurant Owner Once Stranded in Cambodia, Now Struggles to Save His Business

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A notable Montclair restaurant owner became stranded in a foreign country amid the coronavirus pandemic. He has returned to a statewide lockdown and struggles to keep his business afloat.

Ilson Goncalves, owner of Samba Montclair, a local Brazilian Restaurant, set off on a culinary expedition in March. His plan was to take cooking classes and expand his repertoire. En route to ...

Gov. Murphy Appoints Commission to Advise on Restart of NJ Economy

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday appointed a commission to advise advising the administration on the timing and preparation for New Jersey’s recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown.

The Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission includes 21 members, all with a vast wealth of experience in health care, business, finance, academics, and economics and will be chaired by ...

Lottery Sales Plummet; Bad Luck for State Worker Pensions

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There’s a new cause for concern about New Jersey’s chronically underfunded public-worker pension funds — sagging state Lottery ...

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 ...

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 16 ...

Audible Seeds $1M Local Food Relief Initiative

NEWARK, NJ — Just two weeks before New Jersey entered lockdown to stifle the spread of the coronavirus, Audible celebrate its 30,000 “Lunch Out” Wednesday visit, a program that has supported local restaurants in downtown Newark. 

Now, as the pandemic ravages the business sector and leaves thousands jobless in the city, Audible is continuing to pay it forward by ...

TAPinto Triples Site Traffic in March 2020, Breaking All-Time Readership Record; Facebook Journalism Project Awards Grants to Two TAPinto Franchisees for Coronavirus Coverage

Local news coverage, now perhaps more than ever, is an essential service to keep readers informed.  TAPinto’s network of over 80 local news sites in New Jersey, New York and Florida broke all readership records in March with 9,628,289 pageviews and 3,412,844 readers, an increase of 300% from February 2020.  Meanwhile, last week, two TAPinto owner/publishers, ...

Ironbound Shirtmaker Converts Business to Mask Manufacturing

NEWARK, NJ — If there’s one skill the family behind Mel Gambert Custom Shirtmakers has become expert at since opening their first shop on Springfield Avenue in 1933, it wouldn’t necessarily be drafting patterns — it’s perseverance.

Joe Gambert, the family patriarch, became Newark’s custom shirt guy during the Great Depression with a $1,000 loan from his ...

A Newark Salon’s Last Day Open Before Being Closed by Coronavirus Measures

NEWARK, NJ — Kleen Kutz on Bergen Street is a business divided into two hemispheres: On one side, the sound of clippers collides with raucous male debate, and next door, women exchange banter while they receive any number of hair services. 

Usually, there is laughter handy regardless of which side one chooses. But that ended on Thursday when owner Keer Oliphant was forced to ...


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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This Newark Couple is Transforming a Vacant Lot into a Community Garden

May 22, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — For the past 15 years, Lot 50 on Grafton Avenue in the city’s North Ward has been a wasteland of syringes and garbage, bringing down the community’s morale. 

Those days are coming to an end, according to Bilal and Breonna Walker, two educators who are transforming the lot into a community project unlike any other in Newark. Dubbed Jannah on ...

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NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

Opinion: Want to reopen schools? Consult the village.

May 26, 2020

Schools are closed. Kids, families, and teachers are stressed. As I work tirelessly, as a veteran teacher and community organizer, with kids and families to adjust, the most common question I get is: “Mr. Luna, when can we go back to school?”

As a teacher, the answer is a quick “when it’s safe.” As an organizer with Newark for Educational Equity and Diversity ...

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

May 28, 2020

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 ...

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 ...

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

May 27, 2020

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 ...