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Gov. Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency, Faces Local Criticism for Keeping Mask Mandate for Fully Vaccinated

May 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ—For the 15th consecutive time, Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey’s public health emergency for another month, but acknowledges that it may be the last time the executive order is needed.

As state coronavirus metrics continue to trend in the right direction, Murphy said his administration is working with lawmakers on legislation that will end the COVID-19 ...

Gov. Murphy Says Only 16 School Districts Are Still All Remote, Reports on COVID and Vaccination Numbers

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Murphy reported during his COVID briefing on Wednesday that effective May 19, the state will lift the prohibition on interstate indoor youth competitions. Additionally, he said that only 16 school districts are still all remote. 

"We continue to work to see every school return to in-person instruction. At the beginning of March, 142 districts were ...

NJ TRANSIT Launches Partnership to Offer Free Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

NEWARK, NJ - NJ TRANSIT has announced a new partnership in a statement on May 4 to help get more New Jersey residents vaccinated. The partnership called VAXRide should help approximately 11,000 residents get free rides to both public and private vaccination destinations. 

Novartis, a NJ based healthcare company, is the program’s lead sponsor with a commitment of $120,000 for the ...

Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority to Hold E-Waste Collection Event

NEWTON, NJ – Town of Newton announced there will be a SCUME E-Waste collection event on Saturday, May 22 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their facility at 34 State Route 94 in Lafayette.

The electronic wasted they will accept includes:

Hard drives,
DVD players,
CD players,
Fax ...

Citing Downward Trending Numbers, Murphy Eases More Restrictions on Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the outdoor ...

COVID's Downward Trend Continues: Summer Camps to Open, Murphy Hints at More Easing of Restrictions

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID press briefing Wednesday announced that he would sign an Executive Order allowing for summer camps – both day camps and sleep away camps – to open for the upcoming season. The governor says that he is pleased with the way COVID numbers are trending downwards, which enables things to open up as the summer ...

Sussex County Board of Election Questioned About Poll Workers, Funding

NEWTON, NJ — The Sussex County Board of Elections had an unusual meeting on Tuesday during which public comment on the topic of “election integrity” took nearly two hours.

Several members of the public attended, requiring the meeting to be moved to the conference room in Sussex County Clerk Jeff Parrott’s office.

That still was not enough room as social distancing ...

Newton Fire Hydrant Flushing to Begin This Weekend

NEWTON, NJ – Town of Newton officials have announced the hydrant flushing program will begin on Saturday, April 24 running through Friday, April 30 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Water customers in Sparta and Andover will have their hydrants flushed on Saturday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Water customers in Newton will have hydrants flushed from Sunday, April 25 through Friday, ...

Murphy Signs Legislation to Provide $10 Million to Support Food Banks in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed bill A5405, which will direct $10 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund established under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

This funding will be distributed to seven New Jersey food banks in order to continue providing families with food assistance during the ...

What Do You Think of the New Jersey Bear Hunt?

Governor Murphy has declared that the bear hunt is over. Sparta’s representatives in the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly disagree with his position.  Where does the public stand on the issue?

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - In 2014 Pedals the black bear became famous for sauntering upright through suburbs in northwest New Jersey.  Occasionally seen dipping down to rest or ducking into ...


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Missing Baby Found Unharmed After NJ Police Issue Statewide Amber Alert

May 10, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police. 

Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused of assaulting the child's mother in Newark before leaving ...

Women’s Mental Health Hit Hardest during COVID Pandemic

We have all been adjusting to the reality that COVID is an infectious disease, but we now know that it is also a profound chronic stressor with serious implications for mental health. These stressors are impacting mental health for all of us, but women, and especially women of color, have been hit the hardest.

Recent studies have shown that one in ten women have had to quit a job due to a ...

Newton VFW Continues to Offer $10 Friday Night Dinners

May 17, 2021

NEWTON, NJ – The Newton VFW will be offering chicken Parmesan and pasta with salad, garlic bread and dessert on Friday, May 21 for  $10.  The meal can be eaten in or taken home.

The Newton VFW has been offering $10 Friday night dinners since March. 

Sparta Volleyball Player MacKenzie Wiggins Named Gatorade’s New Jersey Player of the Year

May 15, 2021

SPARTA, NJ - Sparta, fresh off of winning their first sectional title in the history of the girls' volleyball program, has another accolade to be proud of. Senior outside-hitter MacKenzie Wiggins was named the 2020-2021 New Jersey Volleyball Player of the Year.

“This recognition means so much to me,” Wiggins said, “It is such a rewarding feeling to be recognized and ...

NW Jersey Clean Waters and Healthy Ecosystems

May 11, 2021

It is gratifying to recently learn that the ecosystems and water quality of the Paulins Kill River Watershed are being improved though out Sussex and Warren Counties.  Headwaters of the Paulins Kill River, originate largely in Newton and in Sparta Township, to form the Paulins Kill River which travels 41+ miles through thirteen Sussex and Warren municipalities to its mouth on the shores of ...

New Jersey Democrats Plea for Mercy to Avoid Wrongful Death Scandal

Governor Phil Murphy mishandled the pandemic, allowing more than 8,000 residents of long term care facilities to die.  Their reaction to COVID put the Murphy Administration in a dark place in history.

Now, in an attempt to protect Murphy, the Sussex County Democrats have written a plea for mercy, and then weighted it with baseless accusations.  But it doesn’t change the ...

Utility Shutoffs Resume June 30 in New Jersey. Customers With Unpaid Bills Should Seek Support From These Relief Programs

May 17, 2021

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey utility customers struggling to pay bills during the COVID-19 pandemic benefited from a temporary statewide law preventing essential utilities from being disconnected. But that moratorium on utility shutoffs ends June 30 when an executive order called by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in mid-October — and extended in March — expires, meaning those unpaid ...

2021 Community Garage Sales Hosted By Team Nest Builder

Team Nest Builder is proud to be hosting 3 Garage Sale Events this year!

It’s FREE for you to participate, and we take care of ALL advertising in print and on-line, and we place driveway signs and street directional signs leading buyers to your home on the day of the sale.  We also provide shoppers with printed and digital maps with your address listed to ...

6 Tasty Ideas for Your Next Backyard Party

May 16, 2021

As the weather turns warmer and more people become comfortable getting together, it’s a great time to plan an outdoor party.

Here are six ideas for your next gathering, with tasty suggestions for what to serve:

Movie Night: Set up the projector, place out some comfy seating and have individual boxes of movie candy ready. For something fancy, put out bowls of truffled popcorn: ...

Oroho Bill Supporting ‘FIRST’ Robotics Programs in School Districts Advances

May 17, 2021

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho that would establish a pilot program in the Department of Education to support FIRST Robotics Programs in school districts was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Steven Oroho that would establish a pilot program in the Department of Education to support FIRST Robotics Programs in ...

Sussex County Commissioners May 12 Meeting Notes and Audio

NEWTON, NJ - Members of Sussex County’s Board of County Commissioners  unanimously voted on a resolution at their Wednesday night meeting, in opposition to the cuts in state aid for the majority of schools countywide, recently announced by Gov. Phil Murphy’s  administration.  

The resolution urges the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of School  ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Learn How To Cook From Anywhere With These Online Classes

Cooking can be fun at any age, and learning new skills exercises your mind, especially as you get older. Whether you’re just finding your way around the kitchen or you’re a seasoned home chef, online cooking classes are a wonderful way to spend your day! From free courses featuring various dishes to lessons led by celebrity chefs, there are vast opportunities to satisfy just about any ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

The Best Natural Deodorants for the Toughest Workouts

Chances are, your wellness journey includes some heavy-hitting workouts, and a good deodorant is key to feeling confident after every session. Mainstream products can contain harmful ingredients that may actually be blocking some of your body’s natural processes as well as potentially causing health problems down the road. If you’re ready to switch to a more natural product but are ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

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Is Your A/C Summer-Ready? 12 Things to Check Before the First Heat Wave

Soaking in the summer sun is part of the fun of the season. But if you don’t have a cool home to retreat to, that heat can start to feel overbearing. Make sure your A/C (or swamp cooler!) can handle any heat wave this summer with these 12 tips, plus guidance on how to know when to call in the pros.


Before beginning preparation steps for either an air conditioner or swamp ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Utility Shutoffs Resume June 30 in New Jersey. Customers With Unpaid Bills Should Seek Support From These Relief Programs

May 17, 2021

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey utility customers struggling to pay bills during the COVID-19 pandemic benefited from a temporary statewide law preventing essential utilities from being disconnected. But that moratorium on utility shutoffs ends June 30 when an executive order called by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in mid-October — and extended in March — expires, meaning those unpaid ...