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Academy of Our Lady Of Peace Is Saved and Will Remain Open

May 23, 2020

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - After the school petitioned The Archdiocese of Newark to keep their school open, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New Providence will remain open. 

In a press release issued by the Archdiocese of Newark on May 7, 2020, they announced the consolidation and closure of 10 Catholic Schools in the region, including The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New ...

Archdiocese of Newark Will Close 10 Catholic Schools

Difficult Decision Will Strengthen Schools, Safeguard Future of Catholic Education; At-Home Learning Continues Through End of School Year 

The Archdiocese of Newark has announced the consolidation of its school community and the closure of nine archdiocesan-operated elementary schools at the end of this school year, the result of archdiocesan strategic planning efforts to ...

Flags at Half Staff for Debby Kean, Late Wife of Thomas Kean Sr.

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered flags be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities Friday in recognition of the death of former New Jersey First Lady Deborah “Debby” Bye Kean.

Flags are also being flown at half-staff indefinitely in honor of the victims of COVID-19, the news release from the governor’s office said.

“Debby Kean used her ...

Sacred Heart Church and Holy Savior Academy to Live Stream First Friday Mass

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Church of the Sacred Heart will celebrate its May First Friday of the Month Mass live tomorrow, May 1, with assistance from students from Holy Savior Academy. The 9 a.m. service will mark the first time the South Plainfield-based church and school will come together for a live stream service.

“This is the first time and it should be wonderful,” ...

Matt Axelrod, Cantor of CBI in Scotch Plains, Appears in HBO Series 'The Plot Against America'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Singing Jewish hymns is part of his very being, but Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains had never done it in a TV miniseries before.

Axelrod lent his talents and authenticity to the successful HBO production of The Plot Against America, which is based on the best-selling novel by Philip Roth. It presents an alternate ...

Retired Fire Captain Paul Imbimbo Receives a Brothers Salute; Dies at Age 84

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Fire Department had to say goodby to one of their own on Tuesday. Retired Fire Captain Paul Imbimbo passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020 at Morristown Memorial Hospital after complications due to heart surgery. He was 84. 

Members of the Berkeley Heights Fire Department, along with brothers ...

Garden State Fireworks Pays Tribute to One of Their Own with a Firework Salute, Beloved Francine Desmelyk (nee Santore) Dies at age 80

GILLETTE, NJ - Francine Desmelyk (nee Santore) passed away at her Gillette home on April 10, 2020 at the age of 80.  According to her obituary, (https://www.ippolitofuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Frances-Marie-Desmelyk?obId=12676027#/obituaryInfo)  Frances was raised in Berkeley Heights, and spent time as a resident of Summit, Berkeley Heights and Gillette in her adult life.  Frances ...

2,100 Easter Lilies & Tulips Brighten Day for Hospital Staff

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Beneath their masks, they were smiling, touched by the generosity of a stranger who wanted to do his part and say 'thank you.'

Flowers have a way of doing that, especially when they are unexpected.

At 7:54 a.m. Friday, a few minutes early, Tim Hionis arrived at the front of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset driving a 24-foot box truck. Packed inside ...

FLAG of Somerset to deliver an Easter Dinner to St. Peter’s Frontline

SOMERSET, NJ - In under two weeks, a group of four local women has mobilized more than 1,200 Somerset community members to fund and deliver fresh meals for our healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic while supporting local restaurants who have been negatively impacted by the crisis.

Front Line Appreciation Group (FLAG) of Somerset was founded by Kathleen (McGrath) Foley, a local nurse ...

North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano’s Easter/Passover Message

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano provided the following  Easter/Passover message to the Borough on Thursday:

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in North Plainfield a Happy Easter/Passover holiday.  In these unusual times may everyone be comforted by the traditions and memories these holidays bring to mind and be filled with hope ...

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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, ...

NJ Bars Still Closed, but Now You Can Get That Cocktail to Go

NEW JERSEY — Bars and restaurants with liquor licenses in the Garden State have been able to sell alcohol in its original containers during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy before the weekend, they can sell mixed drinks for pick up and delivery, too.

Craft distilleries, which operate under a different kind of license, can also sell ...

New Jersey Date Night: Virtual Experiences Bring the World to You

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

If April showers bring May flowers, what does May bring? If you guessed more social distancing, you win!  Fortunately, there are some amazing people who use technology to bring all the fun of a night out to you. 

With live streaming and video conferencing, we can still feel a connection ...

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

May 24, 2020

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 ...

NJ Psychologist Shares Mental Health Resources to Cope with the Coronavirus Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with one of our favorite experts, Clinical Psychologist Meryl Dorf, to help those having difficulty handling the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we called on Dorf to provide guidance for navigating the uncertainty a crisis like this can bring. 

“It’s an ingredient of a stressful situation and ...

EMRG Connects Student Entrepreneurs to Top Tech Investors in the New York Startup Community

NEW YORK, NY -- We take a look back to a year ago last May, when TechDay New York was held at the Javits Center in Manhattan. TAPintoTV caught up with organizers, presenters and attendees at the annual technology conference, which is the largest event for tech startups in the country. 

Greg Kaye and Patryk Fusiarz are both founding partners at EMRG, which bridges the gap between ...

Port Authority Chairman Kevin O'Toole Discusses Leadership During a Crisis on State of Affairs

NEW JERSEY -- Steve Adubato was joined by Kevin O'Toole, Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey & Managing Partner, O’Toole Scrivo, to discuss the importance of leadership in a time of crisis. 

“Leaders have to understand when a crisis like this comes upon them, they have to seize the moment,” said O’Toole. “They ...

New Jersey Film Industry Professionals Feed Front Line Workers During the Pandemic

NEW JERSEY -- TAPintoTV recently spoke with Paul Brozen, organizer of Film Industry Feeds the Front Line, a group that has sprung up in response to the coronavirus pandemic in the New York Metro area. As its name implies, film industry professionals, who have mostly been sidelined due to social distancing orders, have banded together to volunteer to produce and deliver meals to health care ...

Reading, PA Hotel with Unique Mission Prepares for Reopening After Pandemic Restrictions Lift

READING, PA -- Craig Poole, General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Reading, PA, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur about how the hotel is adapting due to the limitations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Brodeur and Poole spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which was reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due ...

How We Return to High School Sports in New Jersey

May 23, 2020

Dear Editor:

In my decades as an educator and school administrator, I’m hard pressed to find a situation as challenging as what we face related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been painful on many levels, from the heartbreaking loss of life to the millions who have suffered emotional and economic loss. It’s been a harrowing time for everyone.

For our students, ...

Nashville Singer, Songwriter Rob Snyder Writes Song "Jersey" About His Time on LBI

May 16, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN — There's no doubt that Long Beach Island brings out a sense of nostalgia in so many. Rob Snyder, Singer and Songwriter, originally from West Chester, PA recalls his times on LBI in his new single "Jersey."

"My parents met on LBI and it is just home to me. Always has been and always will be," Snyder said. "It is where I first ...

Overwhelming Response for Belmar Beach Badge Sales

BELMAR, NJ — A swell of people, stretching blocks along Belmar's boardwalk, turned out to buy seasonal beach badges on the first day of sales at Taylor Pavilion.

Advance badge sales will continue daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days of week, as beaches will officially open on Memorial Day weekend — under capacity and social distancing restrictions that will be ...

NJ Beaches Will Be Open By Memorial Day Weekend, But Remember Social Distancing

NEW JERSEY — While referencing “Jersey Girl” — in which Bruce Springsteen ruminates over everything being alright at the shore — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday that all public and private beaches in the state will re-open in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Starting May 22, more than 120 miles of beaches in the state of 9 million, as well as lakefronts, ...

Quick Response to Stroke Symptoms Must Trump COVID-19 Anxiety; May is Stroke Awareness Month

May 16, 2020

As a vascular neurologist, I’m concerned that people’s fear of catching COVID-19 is stopping them from seeking health care, even those who may be gravely ill. Having a stroke is a major emergency that requires immediate medical intervention, yet people with symptoms erroneously believe the risk of coronavirus infection is a greater threat.

I assure you it is not.

Anyone who ...

Top Ten At-Home Fitness Must-Haves: Accessories and Equipment.

At-home fitness equipment is extremely important right now, especially because we are so sedentary; and even more so now because of COVID-19. The number of products out there can make your head spin. Here's my top ten list that can help you stay fit; focusing on cardio, strength, toning, and flexibility.

Check out these affordable recommendations that will ensure that ...

WHRHS Project Graduation Celebrates Class of 2020.

May 21, 2020

 

Despite the cancellation of school events and the uncertainty as to the type of graduation proceedings the WHRHS Class of 2020 will have, WHRHS Project Graduation is still working hard to give the senior class memorable experiences leading up to their special day.

The Project Graduation Board has put together a special surprise for our seniors called “Operation ...

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

Treasury is Delivering Millions of Economic Impact Payments by Prepaid Debit Card

WASHINGTON— This week, Treasury and the IRS are starting to send nearly 4 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) by prepaid debit card, instead of by paper check. EIP Card recipients can make purchases, get cash from in-network ATMs, and transfer funds to their personal bank account without incurring any fees. They can also check their card balance online, by mobile app, or by phone ...

Coming Soon: BizFest Goes Virtual in 2020 Somerset County’s Hyper-Local Trade Show

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) has announced that the 2020 “BizFest,” for Somerset County small businesses and residents will be held virtually on Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

This will be the company’s first major virtual event in its history.

To continue the tradition of Somerset County's largest ...

Rutgers Expert Explains How to Care For Your Pets During the Pandemic

May 17, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The COVID-19 pandemic shifted many veterinary clinics from routine to emergency-only appointments – leaving pet owners to address minor injuries and basic grooming issues normally resolved by professionals.

Veronica Jones, D.V.M., an emergency medicine veterinarian at NorthStar VETS in Robbinsvile and a 2009 graduate of the School of Environmental and Biological ...

Overwhelming Response for Belmar Beach Badge Sales

May 16, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — A swell of people, stretching blocks along Belmar's boardwalk, turned out to buy seasonal beach badges on the first day of sales at Taylor Pavilion.

Advance badge sales will continue daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days of week, as beaches will officially open on Memorial Day weekend — under capacity and social distancing restrictions that will be ...

NJ Beaches Will Be Open By Memorial Day Weekend, But Remember Social Distancing

NEW JERSEY — While referencing “Jersey Girl” — in which Bruce Springsteen ruminates over everything being alright at the shore — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday that all public and private beaches in the state will re-open in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Starting May 22, more than 120 miles of beaches in the state of 9 million, as well as lakefronts, ...

Breaking News: Beaches Opening With Restrictions, no news on Pools, yet

TRENTON, NJ -  Governor Phil Murphy is in the process of his daily COVID-19 press conference. For beach communities along the New Jersey shore, beaches and boardwalks will be open with some restrictions as of Friday, May 22.

Beaches will still be open to the public with limited capacity. This means restrictions on  beach badges and requirements as far as social distancing ...

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 ...

Open Parks, Closed Restrooms Make for a Messy Situation

TRENTON, NJ - Nature calls, but you might want to be careful how you answer it...

In this afternoon's daily COVID-19 briefing, Col. Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police commented about the, "inordinate" amount of human waste generated at parks statewide following the reopening of public spaces across the Garden State.

While parks have been given the greenlight ...

Jersey Shore Towns Begin to Open Up — Cautiously: How Ready Are They?

Special to TAPintoSPF. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Sustained by tourism, many Shore communities have seen off past crises. What’s in store for them in a summer season overshadowed by the pandemic? And, what are ...

Bridgewater Juvenile Fatally Struck by Train

May 26, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater juvenile has been identified as the man fatally struck by a NJ Transit train Monday at around 4:20 p.m. just west of the Bridgewater station, according to Lisa Torbic, of NJ Transit.

Torbic said the eastbound Raritan Valley Line train 5526, which left from Raritan at 4:16 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Newark Penn Station at 5:15 p.m. struck the juvenile ...

Somerset County Collects, Distributes Over 1 Million PPEs

SOMERSET COUNTY, 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 ...

May 25 COVID-19: Statistical Comparison with US War Casualties

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Efforts to control and push back against the COVID-19 pandemic have been described as a "battle" or "war" with health care workers and first responders likened to :"warriors" on the "front lines."

From governors and lawmakers to clergy and CEOs, health officials, first responders and others, the words associated with epic confrontations ...

Warren Remembers the Fallen on Memorial Day 2020

WARREN, NJ - Memorial Day 2020 is unlike any in the recent past. Due to the pandemic, parades were canceled, streets were empty, and no bands played.

But some things remain the same. Socially distanced outdoor gatherings of 25 are now permitted and Warren Township held a ceremony on Memorial Day at 10 am to present a wreath at the Veterans Memorial in the municipal courtyard to honor ...

Bernardsville Borough and Police Department Remove Facebook Pages After Harassment

BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- The borough of Bernardsville and the police department both have temporarily disabled access to their respective Facebook pages.

The moves came in response to a litany of incendiary comments on both pages in response to the citation of the owner of the Country Home crafts and gift shop in Olcott Square.

"We were receiving harassing comments following the incident ...

COVID-19 Fading, Routine Returns to Hospital; Delayed Surgeries Scheduled

SOMERVILLE, NJ - A sense of normalcy has begun to return to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset, with the number of COVID-19 patients dropping considerably over the past few weeks as mirrored at hospitals throughout the state - enough so that Gov. Phil Murphy has given the go-ahead for hospitals to resume elective surgeries and invasive procedures beginning May 26.

"We're ...

Terms of Graduation

Greetings graduating class of 2020! Woohoo! You did it!

I am honored and proud to offer these unsolicited congratulatory remarks on your incredible achievement, and to provide some inspirational words of encouragement as you move on to do all of the great and momentous things you truly are meant to do.

This was not a good year to be Seniors. As you know, people over 65 are at much higher ...

Testing, Testing One Two Three

Covid Chaos Episode #9

I took a test the other day.

I took a test even though I have no symptoms. Even though I have been adequately protected. Even though I have been cautious. Even though, as a volunteer EMS responder, my direct contact with this nasty virus remains sporadic.

Here is the problem. I hate tests. They scare me. I don’t like failing.

I am still relieved that I ...

Skills I Thought I’d Never Need Again (Or Ever)

Skills I thought I’d never need again (or ever)

Or how I put my skills to work in this new world

 

Every post-apocalypse movie has this weird combination of technology and pioneer sensibilities. I’ve always thought that odd – if there were droids watching over them, why were they cooking over an open hearth, if you have flying cars why aren’t your stores ...

Port Authority Asks for $3 billion from Feds to Recoup COVID-19 Losses

May 23, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Standing before the unfinished Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal One redevelopment site, Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, detailed the drastic losses the government agency suffered as a result of the coronavirus. 

With a 97% drop in passenger volume at Newark airport alone (the difference between ...

Saturday Night Car Fire on Route 78

UNION, NJ – A car engulfed in flames sent Union firefighters to Route 78 at about 6:00 Saturday evening.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the vehicle on the shoulder of the highway with an engine compartment fire extending to the interior of the car.  The fire was extinguished by firefighters and the scene was turned over to New Jersey State Police and the Department of ...

Nashville Singer, Songwriter Rob Snyder Writes Song "Jersey" About His Time on LBI

NASHVILLE, TN — There's no doubt that Long Beach Island brings out a sense of nostalgia in so many. Rob Snyder, Singer and Songwriter, originally from West Chester, PA recalls his times on LBI in his new single "Jersey."

"My parents met on LBI and it is just home to me. Always has been and always will be," Snyder said. "It is where I first ...

Obituaries

Piscataway – Rose Marie Saparito, 86, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at St. Luke’s ...
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Terms of Graduation

Greetings graduating class of 2020! Woohoo! You did it!

I am honored and proud to offer these unsolicited congratulatory remarks on your incredible achievement, and to provide some inspirational words of encouragement as you move on to do all of the great and momentous things you truly are meant to do.

This was not a good year to be Seniors. As you know, people over 65 are at much higher ...

Testing, Testing One Two Three

Covid Chaos Episode #9

I took a test the other day.

I took a test even though I have no symptoms. Even though I have been adequately protected. Even though I have been cautious. Even though, as a volunteer EMS responder, my direct contact with this nasty virus remains sporadic.

Here is the problem. I hate tests. They scare me. I don’t like failing.

I am still relieved that I ...