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The Highlawn Pavilion Is Preparing to Reopen With a New Culinary Team and New Name

July 20, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Good news for those who miss dining at The Highlawn Pavilion: It will be opening as The Highlawn and is a few steps closer to welcoming patrons now that Culinary Director and Executive Chef Sam Hazen, Sous Chef Michael Aiello and General Manager Salvatore Feli have joined the establishment.

The Frungillos purchased the restaurant from the Knowles ...

$100,000 Donation From Pangaea Health Helps NJ Businesses Get Cannabis Business Training from CHT Accelerator

NEW JERSEY — Cognitive Harmony Technologies Accelerator (CHT Accelerator) has received a $100,000 donation from Pangaea Health and Wellness, LLC (Pangaea Health) for scholarships to put five social equity cannabis license applicants from New Jersey through the CHT Accelerator program.

CHT Accelerator is a joint venture by a team of cannabis business veterans who are software engineers ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Hydroponic Farm, Plant-Based Restaurant and Learning Center Set for Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ — Two town residents are planting the seeds for an indoor vertical hydroponic farm to provide locally grown foods, a teaching kitchen, a banquet hall and a large educational not-for-profit component. But before they can break ground, they’ll need some government approvals.

Michele Modestino and Greg Redington on Monday announced the new venture REDI-farms in advance ...

‘I Wish I Had Two More Arms:’ How Big Bear Brewing Company In Coral Springs FL Is Getting Through Labor Shortage

CORAL SPRINGS, FL – As the co-owner of Big Bear Brewing Company in Coral Springs, Greg Sherman typically spends his days hiring staff, checking on invoices, and glad-handling with customers.

On Saturday, he was serving food at tables, sweeping the kitchen floor, and making sure the bathrooms were clean.

It’s been this way for months as the popular eatery on University Drive has ...

David Burke of East Brunswick's Orchard Park Nominated "Entrepreneur of the Year"

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Celebrity Chef David Burke, of East Brunswick's trendy new restaurant Orchard Park, has been nominated as New Jersey's "Entrepreneur of the Year." 

 In addition to developing the upscale spot on Cranbury Road, Burke has opened five new restaurants in the Garden State during the pandemic, a tough time for most hospitality businesses.  ...

New Jersey Launches "NJ Pay it Forward Fund" to Support Post-Pandemic Career Seekers

TRENTON - The New Jersey Pay it Forward Program launched Monday to support post-pandemic career seekers, announced Governor Murphy and the New Jersey CEO Council which is made up of CEO's from  BD, Campbell Soup Company, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Prudential Financial, PSEG, RWJBarnabas Health, Verizon, and Zoetis.

The program will provide interest- and fee-free ...

NJ Economic Development Agency Opens Community Development Grants to Reinvigorate Abandoned Offices, Malls

NEW JERSEY — In an effort to encourage the revitalization of vacant properties statewide, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will award 15 grants worth up to $50,000 each to eligible towns, counties, and redevelopment agencies.

The NJEDA opened applications for its 21st Century Redevelopment Program on May 24, allowing interested parties 45 days to submit a proposal ...

Old Navy Returns to Garden State Plaza with a Flash Mob

PARAMUS, NJ - Old Navy opened a new 15,000-square-foot store last weekend at the Garden State Plaza, more than 10 years after closing its former space which now houses Uniqlo.

The grand opening was celebrated with a flash mob by Proyecto NYC Dance Project on Friday, June 11, which began in the mall and ended at the new store. Local South Bronx graffiti artist, VStheworldd, was also on-site ...

Hidden Gems: "Literary Emporium" Opens in New Brunswick with Music, Art, and Lots of Books

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It was a hot day in the Hub City in a neighborhood tucked in behind the Library, across from an historic cemetery, and down the block from the iconic George Street Co-Op. This past Sunday there was dancing in the street - New Brunswick's 55 Morris Street to be precise - and an exuberant atmosphere in the hearts of those in attendance at the grand opening of Hidden ...


TAPinto is Hiring!

July 15, 2021

TAPinto is currently hiring to support its growing network of more than 90 franchised online local news sites in New Jersey, New York, and Florida. 

Positions available include:  

Customer service specialists.  Click here for more information and to apply.

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What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

A Graduate with 20/Plenty Vision

One day, Cori Noble settled down to take a nap and had a nightmare. But the nightmare occurred when he awakened and discovered that his vision was so blurry, he could not see.  

That was 10 years ago. Many hospital visits later, the lifelong Paterson resident was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica, a rare condition that affects eyesight and can cause paralysis.  Paralyzed for ...

Clothing Drive Will Raise Funds for Woodland Park Elementary School

July 21, 2021

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Cleaning out your closets this summer? The Beatrice Gilmore School Home & School Association is holding a fundraising clothing, shoes and household items collection on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the WP Boys & Girls Club parking lot, 8 Memorial Dr., Woodland Park. Place your gently used/unwanted items in tightly tied bags.

Accepted items include: ...

West Paterson Boys & Girls Club Fall Soccer, Cheerleading Now Registering

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The West Paterson Boys & Girls Club announces that registration is open for fall soccer and cheerleading. 

Fall soccer registration will be held at the WP Boys & Girls Club on July 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. and July 24 from 12 to 1 p.m. You can also register online here. Registration is open to all Woodland Park boys and girls in Pre-K to eighth grade. There is ...

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I took some time off recently to work on my beach body.

I was shamed into taking this drastic action after learning that a dead whale had washed ashore just north of San Francisco. The maritime behemoth, a 40-foot, 8-ton gray whale, died of blunt force trauma after being struck by a ship.

I don’t know, this seems to me a bit like wandering into your backyard and being run over by a ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Lifelong Journalist Finds Way To Keep News Passion Alive By Launching TAPinto Chatham

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - To reporters, news is more than a job, it’s a passion. For Ed Barmakian, news is his whole life. And when he saw his passion was in danger, he found a way to evolve to meet the times rather than lose what he loves. 

Barmakian launched TAPinto Chatham in July of 2013. He had recently retired from the Star Ledger after 33 as a sports journalist and editor. His ...

New Jersey Dentist Provides Painless Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Sleep Apnea

July 26, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Dr. Joseph DalBon of the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry spoke with TAPintoTV to discuss a new painless laser oral treatment created to alleviate sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient is waking up during the night and unable to breathe that can cause a number of serious health issues,” he said. Some of these health issues ...

What Are The Three Types of Electric Vehicles? Hybrid, PHEV and BEV

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the three kinds of electric vehicles in the automotive marketplace; Hybrid, PHEV, and BEV. 

Hybrid vehicles have gas and electric engines but no plug-in charging functionality. “The system charges itself through regenerative braking,” Spina explained. “It harnesses the kinetic ...

The Blue Suit and the Story of January 6th

July 6, 2021

Six months ago today I wore this blue suit as I cleaned the Capitol after the insurrection, now I just donated it to the Smithsonian. January 6th must never be forgotten. While some try to erase history, I will fight to tell the story so it never happens again.

Let me share with you my story.

When the Smithsonian asked me to donate the blue suit, I thought about how the suit itself is ...

The Secrets Behind the Deliciousness of NJ Summer Tomatoes

July 24, 2021

NEW JERSEY — For many who call the Garden State home, summer tastes like the first bite of a ripe, juicy Jersey tomato plucked fresh from a roadside farm stand or local farmers market.

But for every delicate tomato dripping with flavor we devour on the spot or place ever so carefully in our canvas bag to bring home from the market, we struggle to understand its secrets. What makes the ...

NJ to Allow Profit From Home Baking as Entrepreneurs Learn New Rule’s Nooks, Crannies

NEW JERSEY — Bakers in the Garden State who have been longing to make cookies, cakes and other baked treats from home and legally sell them for a profit are another step closer to achieving their goal.

The New Jersey Public Health Council recently approved the state Department of Health’s rule change to allow for the sale of home-baked goods and ...

Swastika Painted on Sidewalk in Wayne

July 20, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — The Wayne Police Department released a statement regarding a swastika that was painted on a sidewalk in Wayne and discovered early Monday.

The Nazi symbol was spray-painted sloppily in blue, approximately six or seven inches across on “the pavement of Audubon Parkway,” according to Detective Captain Dan Daly, the Wayne PD Public Information Officer.

“A ...

Paterson's Fetty Wap Talks Cannabis Legalization, Cryptocurrency, Mobile Gaming

PATERSON, NJ — Though cannabis and cryptocurrency have dominated the news cycle throughout 2021, they would appear, to the common eye, to lack a natural intersection. But diamond-certified rapper, Paterson native, and marijuana enthusiast Fetty Wap is looking to merge two of the year’s biggest trends through his partnership with a new mobile game.

In an interview with TAPinto ...

On National New Jersey Day, Survey Says "NJ Is America's Best State to Live In"

July 27, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- A new study by WalletHub ranks New Jersey as the Best State to Live In.

The annual listing gave the Garden State high ranks for safety, education and healthcare, and quality of life. It ranked 49th in affordability, however.

New Jersey edged Massachusetts for the top spot, while neighboring New York came in third. New Mexico was rated the worst state. 

“You ...

How Can a National Historic Building Be Demolished Without Approval?

PRINCETON, NJ - Princeton University’s proposed 666,000 square foot Environmental Studies and School of Engineering and Applied Science (ES+SEAS) complex is on a somewhat unexpected summer vacation, due in large part of a torrent of criticism toward the project unleashed by a succession of residents at two consecutive meetings of the Planning Board. When the July 8 meeting reached 11 p.m.

To the Dickens with Dickens

With so much emphasis being placed on STEM today, Language Arts (formerly known as English) has become less significant in the school curriculum. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary are touched on, but not emphasized as they used to be. Even cursive writing has been dropped from many school districts.

When I started teaching in 1972 the basics were covered in the freshman and ...

8 Simple Activities To Enjoy With Your Grandkids

Spending quality time with your grandkids (and kids) adds joy and laughter to any given day. Just basking in a child’s boundless energy and carefree silliness can boost your mood and make you smile. But joining in the fun also keeps you physically and mentally active – and research shows that multigenerational interaction is good for older adults and kids.


If you’re ...

Easy Recipes To Make With Home Garden Ingredients

Many foodies will attest there’s nothing more delicious than homegrown vegetables and fruits straight from your garden. Enjoying your bountiful backyard harvest will boost your vitamin and mineral intake and help you maintain a well-balanced, nutritious diet – which is especially important for gut health as you age. If you’re looking for new ways to serve your fresh produce, try ...

Raise Your Happiness Set Point

Just about everyone wants to be happy. Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” If happiness is something we strive so hard to attain, and if it is truly the end all and be all of life, then why does it elude so many?

There is a pervasive myth that we can be happy when we achieve (fill in the blank).

Wisdom Lost and Found Growing Up Overweight

We live in a world where beauty is everything. We’re led to believe that if we look a certain way and are skinny enough, we will be enough, and we will have value. Most of us know that these messages are wrong, but knowing something and believing it don’t always go together.

Ilene Leshinsky knows this all too well. Growing up a "fat girl" in the 1950s, she was reminded ...

Letter to the Editor from NJDA Secretary Fisher concerning Spotted Lanternfly

July 7, 2021

New Jersey residents continue to be extremely concerned about the invasive Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), leading the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to field many phone calls, emails, and other messages asking what residents can do when they find SLF in their communities.

SLF, Lycorma delicatula, is a relatively new pest to the United States, initially discovered in Berks ...

Juneteenth: Why It Should Be Celebrated By All Americans

Juneteenth – it is a term heard more and more in the last several years, yet many people have no idea what it is. It is viewed by Black Americans as their Freedom or Emancipation Day, their Jubilee Day, their Black Independence Day. So, how did Juneteenth become “. . . the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States?”*

The term is a ...

Little Falls Presents Outdoor Movie Nights at the Sports and Recreation Complex

July 27, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - Little Falls Township is running its Outdoor Movie Night program this summer with five nights of popular movies. The movie nights will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning on July 28 through Aug. 25. The films begin at dusk.

According to Councilman Al Kahwaty, the movies will be shown at the newly installed turf field at the Little Falls Sports and Recreation ...

RWJBarnabas Health Mandates COVID Vaccination for All Team Members

West Orange, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health, the largest academic health care system in New Jersey, is extending its COVID-19 vaccine mandate to all RWJBarnabas Health staff including all employees, new employees and medical staff. The deadline for full vaccination and completion of the second dose is October 15, 2021. 

RWJBarnabas Health recently mandated vaccination ...