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Rutgers Celebrates Class of 2021 Graduating During a Time of National Challenges

May 17, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two-time Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey told the Rutgers Class of 2021 graduating during a global pandemic and racial unrest that has gripped the nation over the past year that they can use the convergence of these two difficult moments in our history to build a more hopeful future.

“With you, the graduating class of 2021 who have been through so much, we have an ...

CDC Recommends Mask Usage in K-12 Schools for Remainder of 2020-2021 School Year

WASHINGTON, DC — K-12 schools in the United States should continue to use masks for the remainder of 2020-2021 academic year as all students will not be vaccinated yet, this according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance issued Sat. May 15. 

In the latest update, the CDC reported that "evidence suggests that many K-12 schools that have ...

Which NJ Colleges/Universities Are Now Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations?

WAYNE, NJ — Seton Hall University is the latest New Jersey college that now requires all students and employees to be vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester. The catholic university in South Orange joins a list of now fourteen major NJ institutions to require inoculation in some form before the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

The other thirteen NJ schools are: Drew University, ...

Seton Hall Requiring Vaccines for Fall Semester

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is requiring all students and employees to be vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester. 

The school sent an email this week to the school community communicating the University's Executive Cabinet decision. 

“We know that reaching a high vaccination level in our University population is an important factor in achieving the ...

Activists Call for Permanent Removal of Jersey City Teacher Caught in Racist Rant

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A group of local activists held a rally outside the offices of the Jersey City Board of Education Monday demanding the removal, whether by firing or resignation, of Howard Zlotkin, the Dickinson High School teacher recorded going into a tirade at four African American students during a Zoom discussion on racial tensions.

Zlotkin, who was suspended with pay pending an ...

Passaic Valley High School Will Introduce New Superintendent

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Passaic Valley Regional High School Board of Education announces that Mr. Bracken Healy will be appointed as Superintendent of Schools its Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 11 at 7p.m. All are welcome to join the Zoom meeting as the Board welcomes Healy to our Passaic Valley community.

The link to the Zoom meeting can be found here. The ...

Do You Want to Become a Psychiatrist? New Jersey May Pay for Your Residency

WAYNE, NJ — For the last fourteen months, New Jerseyans have been in the midst of the worst global pandemic in most of our lifetimes. The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in NJ has just recently reached the 1 million mark. This is one out of every nine people in the state. Just over 25,000 have died due to complications from COVID, while all of us have been suffering under forced ...

Updated: Parents to Launch South Orange-Maplewood’s First Independent Elementary School

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A school year like no other has prompted South Orange-Maplewood parents to launch the community's first independent elementary school.

The Village School of South Orange is accepting applications for students starting this fall in grades kindergarten through fifth.

Conversations about wanting to open an independent school started last year on the local ...

School Board In Woodland Park Adopts 2021-2022 Budget

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Woodland Park Board of Education recently held a public hearing for and adopted its 2021-2022 school district operating budget.

The total budget is $20,138,326. The local tax levy, the amount to be raised by taxation is $17,439,723, which is up 2% from the current year’s spending plan. The tax bill on a Borough average home, assessed at $346,136 will increase from ...

Rutgers University Opens Vaccination Sites on its Campuses

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jordan Clarida, a sophomore majoring in public health, traveled to Rutgers on Wednesday to become the first student vaccinated at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy because she wanted to be part of the movement that ends the pandemic and saves lives.

“Having the vaccine available here was the easiest way for me to receive it,” said the Bound Brook resident, a ...

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Modern LGBTQ Literature Before Stonewall - ONLINE

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Ramapo @ PCCC Virtual Information Sessions May 12 and May 13

Passaic County Community College (PCCC) is offering virtual information sessions about the Ramapo@PCCC program on Wednesday May 12 at 7:00 pm and May 13 at 12 noon.  

Ramapo@PCCC is a unique initiative between PCCC and Ramapo College of New Jersey that enables students to save on the cost of a bachelor’s degree. The program is currently open to individuals who already have ...

PVWC kicks off Drinking Water Week highlighting tap water being “There When You Need It”

(Clifton, N.J. – May 2, 2021) – Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) and partners throughout North America today kicked off Drinking Water Week, by highlighting the different ways consumers’ tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 2-8 this year. 

PVWC is observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap ...

START Pets of the Week: Meet Genie and Jack

May 14, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Genie and Jack are this week's START Pets of the Week. They are looking forward to finding their forever homes.

Genie was rescued from a local construction site while caring for her baby girl. She was a very protective mom and was certainly not trusting people. The construction crew was able to trap the pair after feeding them for a couple of weeks. Born ...

NJ Gov. Murphy Recognizes May as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy recognized May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in a statement issued May 1. 

Official recognition of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month has been a part of the American tradition for more than 40 years. The idea of recognizing Asian Pacific heritage can be traced back to period following the bicentennial ...

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Tue, May 18, 7:00 PM

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Beginner Mah Jongg - ONLINE

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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 ...

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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 ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...

History of Mother's Day: One Woman's Crusade to Create a National Holiday Celebrating Mothers

Commemorations to honor mothers and motherhood have been happening for centuries and can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans who paid homage to their mother goddesses. Today, tributes to mothers occur all around the world at different times of the year, but the American version of Mother's Day was started in May of 1908 by a woman named Anna Jarvis. 

After her own mother ...

On Mother's Day: A Short Tale of a Neurotic Mother

May 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate.

This is a story about a mother.   And, it might just sound a little more than auto-biographical.  Because it is.

I ...

Ridding Nation of Stench of Racial Prejudice

Like millions of Americans across the nation, my colleagues and I at NJCDC have watched the trial of Derek Chauvin with great interest—and great horror—over the last several weeks. It has, at times, been a heart-wrenching experience as witness after witness recounted the abject brutality of what the former police officer did to George Floyd. When it was announced that the ...

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: ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

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

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Should it Stay or Should it Go Now? Wayne School District Wants Feedback on Wayne Valley Mascot

May 10, 2021

WAYNE, NJ – Last summer, after George Floyd was murdered in Minnesota, the Black Lives Matter movement picked up steam and became a fixture in American culture. In Wayne, the movement’s biggest changes happened in the school system. Current and former public high school students urged the district to teach more ethnically diverse subjects, to be more aware of racism in the schools and ...

Passaic County Couple Sentenced For a $4.5 Million Food Stamps Scheme

WAYNE, NJ — Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig announced the sentencing of a Wayne couple who were involved in a “food stamps fraud scheme.”

The statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office announcing the sentencing provided the following information.

Over the course of four years between 2014 and 2018, Ibrahim Zughbi (67) and his wife Miriam Zughbi (63), who ...

Clifton Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Paterson Police Chief

PATERSON, NJ - A Clifton man faces up to 10 years in jail when he is sentenced on May 28 after pleading guilty Monday to two counts of Terroristic Threats, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced Monday.

As previously reported, Stefan Keco, 29, used text messages on two separate occasions on February 26, 2020, to threaten Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” ...

Car Collides With Morris / Essex Line Train Overnight; Service Suspended in Both Directions

May 16, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ - During the overnight hours a car collided with a train near the Convent Train Station, according to authorities. The Morris and Essex Line Rail is suspended in both directions between Dover and Madison.

No additional information was given on the collision. Injuries are unknown, said authorities.

As of 4:16am the train service is still ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker. Harper Perennial, 

2013.

 

I first learned about this “unsolved American mystery,” when 48 Hours did a comprehensive show on the horrific discovery of four bodies wrapped in burlap sacks in 2010. The deceased were discovered on Gilgo Beach, a desolate stretch of sand that did not host excited, Sunday sun ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)

 

My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

The Persian Always Meows Twice

The Persian Always Meows Twice: A Cat Groomer Mystery by Eileen Watkins.        (available on Amazon).

 

        Cassie McGlone needs to start over, escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend, and establish a business of her own. An independent woman, Cassie moves to Chadwick, New Jersey (a fictional town somewhere near Morristown) ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Are You Teaching Others How to Treat You?

A few weeks ago I was having dinner with a group of women when one of the ladies remarked, “My ex-husband’s new girlfriend is a demanding bitch, and he’s jumping through hoops for her.”

I joined in with the group’s resounding “halleluja … amen sister!,” but when the evening ended, and after I returned home, I began to ruminate about what my ...

The Art of Stopping: A Conversation with David Kundtz

Most of us live every day overwhelmed and exhausted. We are always on the go trying to balance work, family, friends, and everything in between. Often it feels like our usual methods of coping no longer work.

I recently spoke with David Kundtz, author of The Art of Stopping: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going. David says that it’s time for something new – stopping.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Biden Steps Up on Gun Violence Prevention, Now Senators Must Act

April 18, 2021

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, there has been an unprecedented surge in both firearm sales and gun violence. 

Recent economic stress combined with social isolation has intensified the crisis and further highlighted weaknesses in our existing gun safety laws. 

However, gun violence survivors and activists now have reason to be hopeful.

On Thursday, April 8, President Biden ...

LTE: State Must Also Begin Reopening for People with Autism

Dear Editor:

I am pleased to see the steady evolution of “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month,” as what really needs to be celebrated are the enormous contributions of people with autism to our society.

We proudly operate a “post 21” program known as Adult Community Services, in which we teach young adults with autism and other ...

Representative Sherrill Votes to Increase Equity for Pregnant Workers

May 15, 2021

Washington, DC –– Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) voted Saturday for H.R. 1065, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which protects pregnant employees from discrimination in the workplace. She is a proud cosponsor of this bill.

“Like many people across the country, I worked during my four pregnancies. It often has its challenges but for many employed soon-to-be ...

Summer Food Service Program to Nourish New Jersey Children in Need

HILLSIDE, NJ—Food insecure children and their families are most vulnerable during the summer months, when they lose access to the free school meals that they rely on. This year, as schools remain closed due to COVID-19, putting food on the table has been an even more urgent challenge for households struggling to make ends meet.  

During ...