Borough Council Special Workshop Meeting

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Sat, February 29
8:00 am — 12:00 am
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(http://watchungnj.gov/BC-agendas/2020/BC-agenda-022920.pdf) Click here for notice and agenda

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Forget Vodka, for Now. NJ Distillery Helps Make Hand Sanitizer for Pandemic

April 2, 2020

CAPE MAY, NJ — With hand sanitizer in demand during the coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, the makers of spirits are stepping up.

To do its part, Nauti Spirits Distillery in Cape May teamed up with Partners Pharmacy, which has a facility in Springfield, to make FDA-approved hand sanitizer instead of its usual vodka, rum and gin.

“We would like nothing better than to go back to ...

Get Inspired by this Quarantine Collection of Virtual Classes

This story first ran on TAPinto South Plainfield.

After just a few days of being home and unable to report to her job at the Today Show, South Plainfield resident Katie Stilo took to social media, launching an Instagram page designed to bring culinary professionals — and amateur cooks — together, virtually. 

A culinary producer and food stylist for the NBC morning ...

New Jersey Date Night: Cuddle Up with Dinner & a Movie

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Hunkering down home-side is the rule of the day. And while chez living room is getting a little repetitive, jazzing up a stay-at-home rendez vous is definitely possible; it just takes a little creativity and a little help from the resources at hand.  Luckily, many New Jersey restaurants and shops are ...

Perspective on the Pandemic from TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills Editor

April 2, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Matt Kass, Editor of TAPinto Millburn & Short Hills, spoke with TAPintoTV about how the communities he covers are dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“It’s too quiet outside, it’s too calm,” Kass said, about the current atmosphere in the community. “A lot of people are quietly on edge, there’s not a lot of ...

Berks Jazz Festival Moves Online Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- When the 30th Annual Berks Jazz Fest, originally scheduled to take place this week in Reading, PA, was forced to postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic, they decided to take the festival online instead. 

“We were getting so much feedback from fans, saying they’re missing the festival,” said John Ernesto, General Manager of the Berks Jazz Fest, ...

TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Publisher Reflects on the Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- As part our ongoing coronavirus coverage in New Jersey, Cheryl Brown, the Publisher of TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove, spoke with Brian Brodeur of TAPintoTV about the effects of the pandemic on daily life in her community. 

Both Verona and Cedar Grove are located in Essex County, New Jersey, which currently has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the state.

On the Ground in Nutley, New Jersey: the Community Impact of Coronavirus Outbreak

LITTLE FALLS & NUTLEY, NJ -- John Lee, Publisher of TAPinto Nutley, spoke with Brian Brodeur of TAPintoTV to report on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the town of Nutley, New Jersey. On March 21, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued orders to close non-essential businesses and dictated strong social distancing guidelines statewide. This piece was recorded on March 24, 2020 and ...

TAPinto Provides Platform for Local Businesses to Communicate to Customers and Community During Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Michael Shapiro, CEO & Publisher of TAPinto.net, spoke with Brian Brodeur of East Main Media, about ways local businesses can continue to communicate with both customers and the community during the coronavirus crisis. 

In this segment taken from TAPintoTV’s weekly Sunday morning show on News 12+, Shapiro spoke with Brodeur via video conference from his home ...

TAPinto CEO Speaks About the Impact of Local News During Coronavirus Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Michael Shapiro, CEO & Publisher of TAPinto.net, spoke with Brian Brodeur of East Main Media this week to share how TAPinto has been an invaluable source of information for readers seeking local news to learn how the coronavirus pandemic has affected their own communities. 

Shapiro, who lives in Broward County, Florida, reports that his county is one of the ...

Breaking News: Fire at Fantasy Island Amusement Park

March 29, 2020

BEACH HAVEN, NJ  — A large fire has been reported at the Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Beach Haven.  

Reports from a source is that at the fire took place in the ice cream shop and the fire is now under control  (9:40 p.m.)

TAPinto will keep the public updated. 

 

Asbury Park, Seaside Heights Close Beaches and Boardwalks

ASBURY PARK/SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - John Moor, the Mayor of Asbury Park has closed the boardwalk due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 infection.  There will still be several points of open access to the beach, but the boardwalk will not be open for walking or congregating.  Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Vaz, the Mayor of Seaside Heights, closed the ocean and bay beaches ...

The CARES Act and What It Means for NJ Small Businesses

March 31, 2020

The $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill is providing a lifeline for small businesses in New Jersey and across the country in states that have been hit hard by the epidemic.

The cornerstone of the legislation for business owners is a bold a $349 billion lending program for companies that are currently struggling to make payroll and pay other bills. It also provides increased ...

The COVID-19 Virtual Learning Crisis. Nine Tips for Staying Sane

​After speaking with many friends today and seeing the panic across the faces across many parents across America, I realized that we're experiencing a secondary reaction to COVID-19: we are in the midst of a virtual learning epidemic. It's running its course across many of our communities and the results are good, bad, and everywhere in between.

Having had a short stint with ...

10 Perks to Offer Healthcare Teams During COVID-19 Crisis...

It shouldn’t take a healthcare crisis to find ways for health care leaders to show front line healthcare team members how important they are and how much you care, but it is an especially important time to be extra considerate and thoughtful. Be prepared to go above and beyond for your employees so they go above and beyond for the patients in your care.

Below are 10 immediate perks you ...

Anxiety Can Be Just as Contagious as The Coronavirus

When a family becomes stressed, everyone feels anxious. The anxiety moves easily from person to person in the family.  Anxiety that affects one, affects all. It can be contagious.

Our country and our community are in the midst of a great deal of panic and anxiety with the pandemic of the Coronavirus. We are bombarded daily with the updates on this illness and how it is ...

Lost Dog: Have you seen Ginko?

March 13, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Ginko has been missing since this Wednesday morning. Last seen by his home in Berkeley Square area near Plainfield Avenue and Sutton Drive. If you see him please call his owner at: 908.906.0776.

IRS issues warning about Coronavirus-related scams; watch out for schemes tied to Economic Impact Payments

April 3, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. These contacts can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.

"We urge people to take extra care during this period. The IRS isn't going to call you asking to verify or provide your financial information so you can get an ...

Staying Together- Apart

Staying Together- Apart 

These days, the school day may look a bit different to the students of St. Bartholomew Academy, but the spirit of the school and the warmth of the teachers is felt strongly over the internet.

St. Bartholomew Academy transitioned to online learning a few weeks ago when the New Jersey schools were closed to help “Flatten the Curve” of the Covid-19 ...

SCORE… Helping Small Business during this Coronavirus crisis

SCORE can provide guidance to all businesses to access the proper resources to obtain disaster relief.    

One of the primary resources is the U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) at:

https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

CORONAVIRUS information from the STATE of NEW JERSEY can be found ...

Watchung Borough Council Meeting Set to be Virtual

 

 

COUNCIL MEETING / INSTRUCTIONS FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION APRIL 2, 2020 - 7:30 P.M.

 

(THIS MEETING IS GOING TO BE A VIRTUAL MEETING- SEE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS BELOW ON HOW TO PARTICIPATE.)
 

To call into the meeting, dial 1 (872) 240-3412. It will prompt you for an access code. Type 592870653#. You do not need an audio pin, so just press #.

To ...

Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Economic Impact Payments

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts. 

“Social Security recipients who ...

Breaking News: Fire at Fantasy Island Amusement Park

March 29, 2020

BEACH HAVEN, NJ  — A large fire has been reported at the Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Beach Haven.  

Reports from a source is that at the fire took place in the ice cream shop and the fire is now under control  (9:40 p.m.)

TAPinto will keep the public updated. 

 

Asbury Park, Seaside Heights Close Beaches and Boardwalks

ASBURY PARK/SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - John Moor, the Mayor of Asbury Park has closed the boardwalk due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 infection.  There will still be several points of open access to the beach, but the boardwalk will not be open for walking or congregating.  Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Vaz, the Mayor of Seaside Heights, closed the ocean and bay beaches ...

Ship Bottom and Long Beach Township Leadership Asks People to Stay Away from Part Time Homes on Long Beach Island

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Dr. Joseph ...

State Theatre is Closing its Doors Until the End of March

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The likes of Gary Cooper, Bob Hope and Houdini have graced the stage at the State Theatre over its 99-year history.

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, however, has forced officials to close the theater temporarily.

State Theatre President and CEO Sarah Chaplin announced that all shows through the end of March have been canceled.

According to a ...

New Jersey’s Only Site for Study of Waldenstrӧm Macroglobulinemia (a Rare Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma) Open at Morristown Medical Center

Charles Farber, MD, PhD, hematologist/oncologist at Atlantic Hematology Oncology, located at Morristown Medical Center’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, and medical director of Oncology Research Network Development for Atlantic Health System, is leading a new study that will allow patients with a rare type of blood-cell cancer to get access to a new treatment now in use for another type of ...

Green Brook Health Officer Confirms First COVID-19 Related Death

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GREEN BROOK, NJ - Green Brook Health Officer, Kevin Sumner, has confirmed on Friday  the first fatality related to COVID-19 in Green Brook.

“Today I received the call that I had hoped I would never get. The call that someone from Green Brook, one of our own, had passed away due to COVID-19 associated complications,” said Mayor Patrick Boccio. “My condolences, ...

April 3 COVID-19 Somerset County Update: 23 Dead; 586 Cases

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health COVID-19 update for Wednesday shows a total of 23 deaths and 586 cases in the county.

The death toll overnight almost doubled, from 12 to 23; Somerset County reported 71 new cases overnight, according to the SCDOH.

The SCDOH has confirmed the deaths of six North Plainfield residents; 5 in Bridgewater and 5 in Franklin; and one ...

Somerset County COVID-10 Update: 12 Deaths, 515 Cases

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Tuesday update shows a total of 515 cases in Somerset County and 12 deaths caused by complications of COVID-19.

Somerset County reported 43 new cases overnight.

The Somerset County Department of Health has confirmed the deaths of four residents of Bridgewater; four North Plainfield residents, two Franklin residents; a Hillsborough ...

Somerset County COVID-19 Update- April 1

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health Tuesday update shows a total of 472 cases in Somerset County, and 12 deaths caused by complications of COVID-19.

Somerset County reported 67 new cases overnight and one death in North Plainfield from complications of COVID-19.

The Somerset County Department of Health has confirmed the deaths of four residents of Bridgewater; four ...

March 31 Somerset County COVID-19 Update 18 in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health update shows a total of 405 cases in Somerset County, and 11 deaths caused by complications of COVID-19.

Somerset County reported 74 new cases overnight, with Far Hills reporting its first case; the borough had been the only Somerset County municipality without a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

The Somerset County Department of ...

Real ID extension, NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Office to Remain Closed

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sue Fulton announced that the closure of all New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies, road testing, and inspections facilities will be extended through April 12 to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Fulton also noted that the federal REAL ID requirement has been extended for another year, until ...

Picking Up the Pieces

I read that with all of this family time spent indoors, jigsaw puzzles are in high demand.

Ironically, I find this puzzling because I myself am not a big puzzle person. Nor is my family.

I have puzzled a few times with ill effects. After about 30 minutes my eyes begin to cross, my fingers grow numb, and I start to drool, with very little to show for my efforts. In contrast, I can experience ...

Objects in the Mirror

Not having many friends, I know a thing or two about social distancing. When you are short on personality like me, it is actually quite easy to keep people at a safe distance for long periods of time. But for everyone else, I understand it can be quite a challenge. So in the spirit of really annoying magazine articles, I offer you . . .

Seven Tips to Maintain Your Distance and Your Sanity with ...

Welcome to Mommy Mayor

Six years ago I started this journey that I called Mommy Mayor. I was embarking on my third year on council, my first term as Mayor and I did so with a toddler and infant in hand.

I started Mommy Mayor as an opportunity to highlight all that woman can do, to bring awareness to the successes and obstacles that come with being a working mom and a mom in public service. To be honest I also did it ...

BH School Board Votes to Cancel Spring Break

April 3, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Spring Break, which was supposed to begin on Monday, is canceled. 

Berkeley Heights board members voted unanimously Thursday to continue to hold school Monday, April 6, through Thursday, April 9. 

School will not be in session on Friday, April 10, or for the next six Fridays, April 17, 24, May 1. 8, 15 and 22.  

Check back ...

Missing Rutgers Honor Student from East Orange. Can You Help Police with Information?

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Authorities and family are searching for Yasir Williams, 21, a missing Rutgers New Brunswick honor student who was last seen at his home in East Orange over the weekend.

According to reports, on Sunday, March 29, at approximately 11:30 PM, Yasir left home on Edgar Street without his phone. This was the last time his family saw or heard from ...

Bramnick, Cryan Discuss Assistance for Businesses, Workers Amid COVID-19 (Video)

If you are a business or employee impacted by COVID-19 there are a number of government programs that can benefit you.

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Westfield, and Sen. Joe Cryan, D-Union, discuss these in this short video:

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ShopRite Confirms Sixth Employee in New Jersey with COVID-19

TOMS RIVER, NJ - ShopRite Supermarkets on Wednesday confirmed that an employee at the ShopRite of Fischer Bay in Toms River store has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, joining five others previously diagnosed at other ShopRite stores in Essex, Union, Morris, Mercer and Middlesex counties.

The other locations where employees tested positive are in Newark, Morristown, Garwood, Old Bridge ...

Mayor Mapp Notes 73 Cases on Monday, Says Muhlenberg Site Won't be Utilized

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The latest update from the administration notes there are now 73 positive cases of COVID-19 in Plainfield, including five City of Plainfield employees.  On Saturday, there were 44 confirmed cases in town, with 72 quarantined.

According to Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, "We are now operating on a very modified schedule at City Hall while doing all we can to continue to provide ...

Ewing Man Cited for Hosting 47 People at "Corona Party"

EWING, NJ -- A 54-year-old Ewing Township man faces multiples citations after hosting a "Corona Party" Friday evening in violation of the State's temporary ban on gatherings during the on-going COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic announced Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri.    He and Ewing Police Chief John P. Stemler III reported the man was issued two ...

Obituaries

Mark G. “ALJ” Aljian, 50, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 18, 2019, while ...
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Picking Up the Pieces

I read that with all of this family time spent indoors, jigsaw puzzles are in high demand.

Ironically, I find this puzzling because I myself am not a big puzzle person. Nor is my family.

I have puzzled a few times with ill effects. After about 30 minutes my eyes begin to cross, my fingers grow numb, and I start to drool, with very little to show for my efforts. In contrast, I can experience ...

Objects in the Mirror

Not having many friends, I know a thing or two about social distancing. When you are short on personality like me, it is actually quite easy to keep people at a safe distance for long periods of time. But for everyone else, I understand it can be quite a challenge. So in the spirit of really annoying magazine articles, I offer you . . .

Seven Tips to Maintain Your Distance and Your Sanity with ...