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Lake Hopatcong Algal Bloom Reports to Be More Nuanced, says State

May 25, 2020

ROXBURY, NJ – As area residents and businesses wait to see if Lake Hopatcong will be impacted by a harmful algal bloom (HAB) for the second consecutive summer, the state today announced a change in the way it will provide that information.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it will be using a new color-coded health alert index this year “to provide the ...

Red Bank: What’s Up with all the Dead Fish Along our Shorelines?

RED BANK, NJ: The parks are open and you’re finally able to get outside for some fresh air and exercise, so you walk to Riverside Gardens or Marine Park.

It’s a beautiful view; the mansions of Middletown, power and sailboats cruising by and the abundance of wildlife that calls the water their home.

And then it hits your olfactory senses like a Mack truck – that dead fish ...

Bear 832 Visits Short Hills: A Story in Photos

MILLBURN, NJ — Bear 832 strolled around Short Hills on Monday, climbing a tree and hanging out for the day before socially distancing himself from humans. He checked out the bear trap set by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife but decided not to check in.

The black bear was photographed enjoying his day in the suburbs by Millburn resident ...

Bear in The Neighborhood Becomes Big Story in Millburn, Makes Its Return Tuesday Morning

MILLBURN, NJ — A four-legged visitor caused quite the stir yesterday in Millburn, as a bear made its way around Millburn Township, and up a tree, before finally coming down and running off into the woods at the day's end. It was also just spotted again this morning.

The bear was first spotted yesterday morning, in the area of Woodland Road. After being seen by neighbors in the area, ...

Hoboken Fawning Over Deer Spotted on Garden Street

HOBOKEN, NJ - A pair of White-tailed Deer took a gamble on a gambol through Hoboken early Sunday morning, as they were spotted heading southbound near 10th & Garden Streets.

Resident James Aibel snapped a pic of the duo as they hoofed it around Hoboken. The City had made the move to open up nearby Adams Street to bicycles and pedestrians, but these two decided to stick with the bike lane a ...

Killer Hornet Nowhere to be Seen in New Jersey or Neighboring States

 

Dorsal view of a pinned Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia. This species commonly reaches close to 2 inches in length. Photo: Quinlyn Baine, Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Although media reports have triggered panic over the Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia), there are no reports this pest is present anywhere else in North America besides the Pacific ...

VIDEO: NJ Elementary’s Fourth-Graders Watch Live as ‘Their’ Tree is Planted to Celebrate Arbor Day

BELMAR, NJ — For 12 years, it’s been an annual tradition at Belmar Elementary School. The fourth-grade class assists the borough’s Shade Tree Commission in planting the Arbor Day tree on the school grounds.

But during these days of home instruction and social distancing, the 13th annual event proceeded a bit differently on April 28. Instead of taking their turns ...

Belmar Tosses Plastic Foam Containers, Limits Plastic Straws Starting November 2021

BELMAR, NJ — Food and drink establishments in Belmar will need to ditch plastic foam containers and limit the use of plastic straws under an ordinance approved by the borough council.

The governing body on April 22 unanimously adopted a measure that prohibits the use of plastic foam products entirely, but allows for plastic straws upon customer request at businesses that sell food and ...

Are COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Regulations Responsible for NJ’s Cleaner Air?

Special to TAPinto. 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.

Two dangerous pollutants are clocking in 20% to 30% lower than a year ago, but experts say it’s too early to make a direct link between lower numbers and rules ...

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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 ...

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 ...

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...

NJ Business Leader Discusses the Importance of Community and Client Engagement During the Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently spoke with Marcella Gencarelli, Entrepreneur and Business Leader, about her experience heading up several professional organizations in New Jersey. She shared her perspective on what small businesses are looking for as they learn to navigate a new way of working during the pandemic.  

Currently, Gencarelli is the Vice President and Manager of ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Frontline Workers Are Spreading Coronavirus to their Families, Says NJ Disease Expert 

May 26, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — A third of known coronavirus cases in Camden County — which stands at 6,375 as of Tuesday — belong to first responders including healthcare workers, employees of “essential” businesses and frontline emergency personnel. 

Caryelle Lasher, Communicable Disease Unit Supervisor, on Tuesday stressed the importance of these ...

Charged with Armed Robbery, NJ Man Spits At, Threatens Police with Coronavirus Spread

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A 51-year-old Jersey City man arrested on May 15 in connection with three armed robberies was further charged with making terroristic threats and aggravated assault on a police officer after he allegedly indicated that he might be infected with coronavirus and  spit in an officer’s face.

“We’re cracking down on those who jeopardize public health and ...

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 ...

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 ...

She’s A Demanding Bitch!?

A few months 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 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 ...

Representatives Sherrill, Panetta, and King Introduce Bill to Ensure Benefits for National Guard Members Deployed During COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Parsippany, NJ – Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) joined Representative Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Representative Peter King (NY-02), and 36 of their colleagues to introduce the bipartisan National Guard COVID-19 Earned Benefits Guarantee Act.

According to recent reporting, the Administration is considering cutting off most National Guard COVID-19 activations one day short of the ...

Miracle Kitten Finds Loving Home After Being Found Stowed Underneath Vehicle

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Maria Pena never expected to hear what she heard when she arrived back home from food shopping on May 14. As she pulled into her driveway and got out of her car, the faint cries of what sounded to her like a kitten's meows stopped her in her tracks. As she turned around to look, she could not see the animal anywhere but the cries continued and were getting ...