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Morristown's Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen Offering Cooking and Wine Class Direct from Sicily

May 29, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown's Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen is bringing the community a virtual cooking and wine class this Sunday. The class is brought to the Morristown community by Melissa Muller Sireci of Feudo Montoni.

Melissa will be preparing Eggplant Caponata, Pasta aal Norma and Ricotta Doughnuts. Dishes will be paired with Cattaroato 2018, Rosato Adele 2019 and Nero d'Avola ...

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 ...

More Farmers' Markets Announced for Hoboken & Jersey City

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - As New Jersey's efforts to stem COVID-19 begin to bear fruit, more and more initiatives are cautiously poking their heads out of the ground and seeing daylight. After careful consideration regarding logistics and social distancing protocols, Hoboken and Jersey City both announced Thursday the return of two more farmer's markets.

Last week, Hoboken announced that ...

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 ...

Young NJ Chefs to Have Healthy Dish Served to Students Across New Jersey

FAIRFIELD, NJ - An elementary student at Edgemont Montessori School in Montclair won a second place prize in Pomptonian Food Service’s 2nd Annual Healthy School Lunch Challenge. Eliza Chiu competed against other New Jersey students as they rolled up their sleeves and brought their A-game.

In honor of National Nutrition Month, each March students are challenged to whip up ...

Peruvian Restaurant in Jersey City Adjusts to New Business Model During the COVID-19 Pandemic

JERSEY CITY, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby recently caught up with Lizeth Morales, Owner of El Gordo Restaurant in Jersey City, to learn about her experiences navigating the pandemic as a small business owner. Morales and El Gordo participated in an upcoming episode of HomeGrown, filmed just before the COVID-19 outbreak. 

El Gordo, which serves Peruvian cuisine, is currently open for online ...

No Impact on Food Delivery Service Order from Possible Takeover, Fulop Says

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A reported possible takeover of Grub Hub by Uber Eats will have no short-term impact on Jersey City, said Mayor Steven Fulop.

Last week Fulop signed an Executive Order imposing a ten percent cap on fees that delivery services can charge for delivering meals. A joint statement from those food delivery companies called the Order “misguided and potentially ...

Uber Angry: Fulop Lashes Out at Food Delivery Companies 'Exploiting Local Restaurants'

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Mayor Steven Fulop had strong words for food delivery companies that have attempted to circumvent his Executive Order capping charges imposed on restaurants for their service at 10 percent. 

“Whether it’s exploiting their Uber drivers or Uber exploiting local restaurants by squeezing their margins, Uber continues to show that as a multibillion-dollar company ...

Farmers Markets Set to Return to Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Even as local and public health officials continue to grapple with COVID-19, Jersey City will reopen its farmers markets – with new restrictions – in an effort to provide healthy, organic produce to residents in all parts of the city.

“Our farmers' markets are a vital source of nutritious food for many of our residents and is one of the safest ways for ...

COVID-19 Stories: Montclair Restaurant Owner Once Stranded in Cambodia, Now Struggles to Save His Business

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A notable Montclair restaurant owner became stranded in a foreign country amid the coronavirus pandemic. He has returned to a statewide lockdown and struggles to keep his business afloat and help others at the same time.

Ilson Goncalves, owner of Samba Montclair, a local Brazilian Restaurant, set off on a culinary expedition in March. His plan was to take cooking classes and ...

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

May 29, 2020

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 ...

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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 ...

Online Grocery Shopping Opens to SNAP Recipients This Week

May 25, 2020

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 ...

Memorial Day Facts for Children and Adults

Memorial Day Facts For Kids:

Memorial Day is celebrated to honor and remember all the men and women who died fighting for our country.  These men and women dedicated their lives so we can be a free nation.Some people get Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day confused. Veteran’s Day is a day to honor all the men and women who have served in the US armed forces, Memorial ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

May 29, 2020

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 ...

Hoboken Gives Local Gyms Flexibility to Use Outdoor Space

HOBOKEN - In an effort to inject some adrenaline into the local fitness industry, Hoboken is opening up outdoor space for area gyms to resume workouts.

Mayor Ravi Bhalla signed an executive order Wednesday, stating that owners or managers of fitness centers with a license to operate in the City of Hoboken can now apply to host outdoor classes of up to 15 people, with strict social distancing ...

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 ...

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

May 29, 2020

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 ...

Sherrill Advances Bill to Aid New Jersey Small Businesses

Washington, DC -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) supported a bipartisan measure in the House of Representatives Thursday afternoon that passed 417-1 to help New Jersey small businesses get needed relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act provides flexibility to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in order to make the program ...