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Murphy: Childcare Centers, Summer Camps and Youth Sports Can Reopen; Targets June 12 for Return of Worship Services

May 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- The reopening process for the State of New Jersey continues as Gov. Phil Murphy on Frday announced that he has lifted restrictions for daycare centers, summer camps, and non-contact youth sports. The reopening dates are:

Child care centers (June 15)
Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July ...

Small Businesses in Newark Prepare for Reopening

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 ...

Senate Republicans Call Gov. Murphy’s Reopening Plan ‘Arbitrary and Inconsistent’

TRENTON, NJ — Labeling Gov. Phil Murphy’s strategy to reopen New Jersey “arbitrary and inconsistent,” the Senate Republican caucus is calling for immediate action that provides more clarity and relief for residents and businesses.

“As the threat of COVID-19 continues to recede quickly for the general public, it is imperative that we make smart and fair decisions ...

Swedish Company To Lease Old Toys’R’Us Headquarters in Wayne

WAYNE, NJ – Swedish medical device company Getinge has agreed to a lease at the old Toys’R’Us world headquarters in Wayne.  

Many have speculated what would happen to the huge property on the edge of the Point View Reservoir in northern Wayne.  It was mentioned as a possible site for a multi-unit housing development to help fulfil the Township’s affordable ...

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 ...

Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Verona?

VERONA, NJ - The Verona Town Council opened the floor for community input during Thursday evening’s virtual council meeting to gauge public opinion on a current proposal to open a medical marijuana dispensary in town at 30 Pompton Avenue. 

This proposal comes from Green Thumb Industries, a company working to expand legal ways to access cannabis products, who provided a preliminary ...

NJ Gov. Murphy Raises Limits on Outdoor Gathering from 10 to 25 People

TRENTON, NJ - NJ Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he is signing an executive order lifting the limit on outdoor gathering from 10 to 25 individuals.

The EO all allows recreational campgrounds to reopen effective immediately. The order includes both public and private campgrounds. The capacity on charter and fishing boats will also be raised to 25 individuals.

Outdoor batting cages and ...

Gov. Murphy Addresses Calls to Reopen the State Economy

TRENTON, NJ -- During the daily COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Labor Robert Asaro-Angelo reported that the state’s unemployment rate has hit 15.3%. 

Gov. Murphy, who is coming under increasing pressure from small business owners to reopen the state, said his administration is reaching out to literally thousands of ...

NJ Online Retailer Jet.com Grounded by Walmart

HOBOKEN — Jet.com, the online retailer once looking to go toe-to-toe with Amazon after setting up its corporate headquarters on the Hoboken Waterfront, will reportedly be "discontinued" by Walmart.

"Due to continued strength of the Walmart.com brand, the company will discontinue Jet.com," according to an earnings release from Walmart. "The acquisition of Jet.com ...

Little Falls To Hold First-Ever Farmers Market Every Sunday Through October

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Township of Little Falls will be running their first-ever Farmers Market this year. It will be held every Sunday beginning May 31 through Oct. 18 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. The market is being coordinated by Councilwoman Tanya Seber, along with Christine Habllitz, event coordinator for the Township. 

According to Seber, the market will be held in the parking lot of the ...

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Economic Impact Payments being sent by prepaid debit cards, arrive in plain envelope; IRS.gov answers frequently asked questions

May 28, 2020

As Economic Impact Payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that some payments are being sent by prepaid debit card. The debit cards arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.” 

Nearly 4 million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check.

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Valley Road Clifton Water Main Replacement

CLIFTON, NJ -  As part of the Routes 3 and 46 project, an NJDOT contractor will be performing a 12-inch main replacement on Valley Road between Robin Hood Road and St. Philips Drive.

This work is scheduled to start today, May 28, 2020 and will take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. There will be no road closures during this period.

Customers should note that there may ...

PVWC Repairing Clifton Water Leak

Clifton- Passaic Valley Water Commission is on site on Grove Street near Route 3 entrance repairing a water leak. Customers in the area may experience discolored water, poor water pressure, or possibly no water during repairs.

For more information about Passaic Valley Water Commission and Covid-19, please visit www.PVWC.com. For information about lead in water, please visit ...

Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing For Passaic County Residents

May 30, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – All Passaic County residents can now sign up to receive a free COVID-19 saliva test kit that can be self-administered at home.  This is the first at-home testing model being conducted by any local or county government in the State of New Jersey.

The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders are partnering with Vault Medical Services of New Jersey and the Rutgers ...

Online Grocery Shopping Opens to SNAP Recipients This Week

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey residents receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be able to order groceries online, starting this week.

Online shopping using these benefits will be available through Amazon beginning Wednesday, May 27 and from participating Walmart, ShopRite and The Fresh Grocer stores effective Thursday, May ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

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 ...

Rules of Engagement

The unofficial start to summer has begun and people are emerging gingerly from their Covid-free lairs like bears from hibernation. And after months living in quarantine without pants or haircuts, the question on all of our minds as we contemplate going out in public is, how is this supposed to work?

Here are some useful etiquette tips to help you open up this summer.

There seems to be so ...

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 ...

Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

May 29, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...

Hoboken Gift Shop Turns to Technology to Continue Serving Customers During the Pandemic

HOBOKEN, NJ -- As part of our small business spotlight series, HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Meghan Lavelle, Owner of Washington General, to see how the store is faring during the pandemic. Washington General was featured in Part One of our HomeGrown: Hoboken episode, which aired on TAPintoTV last June. 

“It’s been a whirlwind for sure,” said Lavelle.

OPINION: A Pandemic Doesn’t Stop the Dedication to Newark

May 21, 2020

When I was a child, growing up on Quitman Street in Newark meant any adult could tell any child to straighten up and fly right, should they observe that child in need of such advice. The neighborhood was like an extended family, and people were thankful to have extra sets of eyes and ears to look out for one another as their days got busier and the world around them became more ...

Opinion: Visiting a Re-Opened Mall in Georgia Gave Me a Glimpse of NJ’s Future

In the not-so-distant future, our corona-closed world will gradually re-open, allowing New Jersians the freedom to shop out, to dine in and to basically do anything that’s not based in our living rooms. 

To most the liberation may seem like the end of World War II and in many ways it is, but there are some catches to this re-opening; changes in protocols and attitudes that will make ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

May 28, 2020

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

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

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

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, ...

Swedish Company To Lease Old Toys’R’Us Headquarters in Wayne

May 27, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – Swedish medical device company Getinge has agreed to a lease at the old Toys’R’Us world headquarters in Wayne.  

Many have speculated what would happen to the huge property on the edge of the Point View Reservoir in northern Wayne.  It was mentioned as a possible site for a multi-unit housing development to help fulfil the Township’s affordable ...

With New Cases Plummeting, Sayegh Shares Hope for Knocking Out Coronavirus

PATERSON, NJ - While declaring that when it comes to defeating COVID-19 “we are only in the middle rounds,” Mayor Andre Sayegh is pointing to the six new cases of coronavirus, the lowest daily total since March 6, confirmed on Saturday, as evidence that “the rigorous restrictions we’ve put in place are working.”

In total more than 6,000 residents, including Sayegh ...

Reopening of Eastside Park, Great Falls National Park Not 'A License to Run Wild'

PATERSON, NJ- Citing falling hospitalization rates, a deceased rate of infection from the COVID-19 virus, and increased testing, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced Thursday that Eastside Park and the Paterson Great Falls National Park will reopen at 6:00 a.m. Friday.

Eastside Park will be open to pedestrians only and those visiting can only engage in “passive” recreation. Basketball ...

300 March in New Brunswick to Protest George Floyd's Death

May 30, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK. N.J. - Some 300 people gathered at location of the 2011 shooting of a black man by a New Brunswick police officer to protest the death of George Floyd.

Floyd died on May 25 after Minneapolis, Minnesota,  police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than 8 minutes. 

Floyd's death has set off protests and riots in Minneapolis and other cities.

It ...

May 30 Rally to "Save NJ Businesses" to be Held at Randolph Tennis Center

RANDOLPH, NJ- On Saturday, May 30, the Randolph Tennis Center will be the site of a “Re-Open Businesses and Restore Livelihoods” rally to raise awareness of the harm that’s come to small business as a result of Gov. Phil Murphy’s prolonged economic shutdown.  Local business leaders and residents will come together from 12:00 to 2:00 to voice their feelings on urging ...

The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)

 

A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant (Inkubator Books, 2020)

 Recently I was at a doctor’s appointment and my physician asked if I had read anything good lately. Then she offered a tip to read The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant. 

The Good Neighbor starts off with an intriguing Prologue. In fact, the first line of the novel reads, “There was so much blood. It wasn’t ...

I Bought the Pool

Memorial Day weekend, for many, signifies the unofficial start to summer. Last weekend as I was sitting in my backyard looking at my swimming pool, I began to think about how I felt two years ago when I was able to make a dream a reality.

Two years ago, friends and family had to listen to me ramble on about the pool I just added to my backyard. Hearing me, one would have thought that I had the ...

Tips to Help You Gain a New Perspective on Adversity

Do you ever feel like there is no end to the problems that you face? Do your challenges seem too great to overcome? Do you ever ask yourself, “What’s the point?” Do you allow your circumstances to govern your life to the point of making you sad, lonely, and depressed?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, welcome to the majority! Most people, at one ...

The Assisted Living Industry Has Become a Whipping Boy for Governmental Agencies

May 8, 2020

Dear Editor:

Chelsea Senior Living operates 21 assisted living residences in New Jersey and New York. During the horrific COVID-19 pandemic, our senior population has been the most vulnerable to sickness and possible death because of pre-existing medical conditions, diminished immune systems, the natural processes of aging and the fast spread of this particular virus. COVID-19 is also ten ...

The Silver Lining of the Coronavirus Deficits: America Is Willing and Able to Spend

You already know that the Coronavirus is causing a deep recession and record budget deficits. 

How bad is it? 

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. is likely to have a deficit of $3.7 trillion in 2020. At the start of this year the deficit was expected to be $1.0 trillion, but because of COVID-19 the U.S. will spend an extra $2.5 trillion, according to JP Morgan ...

NJ Human Services Announces $37 Million in Additional Food Assistance

May 30, 2020

Many NJ SNAP Recipients Will Receive Enhanced Benefits;

June Payments Will Bring Supplemental Food Assistance Payments to $143M Since March

(TRENTON) – Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in June to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 ...

Eating in with Lidia -- Two New PBS Specials with Chef Lidia Bastianich

Join Lidia Bastianich in her home kitchen as she gives viewers an intimate look into her life at home as she shelters in place due to the COVID-19 epidemic in Eating in with Lidia, two new half-hour PBS specials produced by WGBH Boston and Tavola Productions.

The renowned chef, author and food ambassador shares stories, tips, recipes, and strategies on how to approach food and meal ...