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NJ Lifts Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500 People in Time for Holiday Weekend

July 3, 2020

NEW JERSEY — If you’re celebrating the Fourth of July, you are now permitted do so with up to 500 people together — as long as they are outdoors and practicing social distancing, the governor announced.

Gov. Phil Murphy has raised the limit on crowd size for outdoor gatherings to 500 people. The new limit took effect 6 a.m. Friday.

“Increasing the ...

Search Party Ends in Treasure Recovery at Barnegat Bay Beach

BARNEGAT, NJ – A Barnegat man using a metal detector came to the rescue of a distraught township resident -who lost her rings at the Barnegat Bay Beach.  Alicia Bivens says she offered Tom Panik a reward for recovering her treasured keepsakes, but he refused to take it.

“He told me just to pay it forward,” said Alicia. “He had the biggest smile after he saw how ...

A Dispute Among Montclair Neighbors Sparks a Neighborhood Protest of 'Permit Karen'

MONTCLAIR, NJ- Montclair Police are calling recent acts in a neighborhood, in which a neighbor called the police following a disagreement over permits, a "dispute between neighbors."

The interaction, which took place on Marion Rd. on Monday, was partially recorded, drew local police to the scene on Monday and sparked a brief protest the next day. Officers arrived at 12:23 ...

New Brunswick School Board Makes Juneteenth a Holiday, State May Follow Suit

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city's Board of Education has made Juneteenth a school holiday.

Lawmakers, seeking to make it a public holiday across the state, may soon be following suit.

The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Monday that would designate June 19 an official holiday.

If approved by the state Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy, New Jersey would become the ...

NJ Attorney General Grewal 'Chalks It Up To Love' With Nutley Pride

NUTLEY, NJ - NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal made a surprise appearance at Nutley Pride's 'Chalk It Up To Love' event in Memorial Park Friday, June 26. 'Chalk It Up To Love' was a continuation of the ongoing chalking events in the township's municipal parks sharing messages of hope, encouragement, love, and pride as a part of Pride Month. 

The Township ...

West Orange Town Council Address Concerns Surrounding Christopher Columbus Monument

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As a result of the movement started by the West Orange Youth Caucus’ Black Lives Matter protest on June 6 in response to the murder of George Floyd, the wheels were finally set in motion to force the township to begin to have difficult conversations about racism and racial injustice.

Last Thursday, town council member Cindy Matute-Brown responded to the need for ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission Stalls Reopening of Agencies for Another Week

TRENTON, NJ — N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission has delayed its June 29 reopening of agencies for in-person transactions for another week. However, road testing will resume at licensing centers, and inspections stations will be fully operational this upcoming Monday.

MVC Chief Administrator Sue Fulton blamed the delay until July 7 on the need to perform final testing of its new text ...

Students Brighten up Downtown Westfield With Rainbow Crosswalk

WESTFIELD, NJ — It was dark when they started at 4 a.m. at the intersection of Quimby and Elm Streets Friday, but by the time they completed the project the sun reflected off the streetscape brighter than it ever has before.

Students from Westfield High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance and the school’s literary arts magazine, Folio, painted a rainbow crosswalk at the ...

Newark Ousts Christopher Columbus From Washington Park In Dark of Night

NEWARK, NJ — The clamor of djembe drums and laughter danced in the air as a small group gathered in Washington Park late Thursday night. Above them, the source of their joy swung from a crane - Christopher Columbus. 

After years of contention, the statue of the 15th-century explorer, which was dedicated in 1927 as a gift from the Italian-American community, was ...

Three Family Members Drown in Family Pool

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Drowning was named the cause of death for three East Brunswick residents who perished in their home's above-ground swimming pool yesterday.

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief Frank LoSacco of the East Brunswick Police Department announced today that Bharat Patel, 62, his 33-year-old daughter-in-law Nisha Patel, and her ...

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NJ Lifts Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500 People in Time for Holiday Weekend

July 3, 2020

NEW JERSEY — If you’re celebrating the Fourth of July, you are now permitted do so with up to 500 people together — as long as they are outdoors and practicing social distancing, the governor announced.

Gov. Phil Murphy has raised the limit on crowd size for outdoor gatherings to 500 people. The new limit took effect 6 a.m. Friday.

“Increasing the ...

Search Party Ends in Treasure Recovery at Barnegat Bay Beach

BARNEGAT, NJ – A Barnegat man using a metal detector came to the rescue of a distraught township resident -who lost her rings at the Barnegat Bay Beach.  Alicia Bivens says she offered Tom Panik a reward for recovering her treasured keepsakes, but he refused to take it.

“He told me just to pay it forward,” said Alicia. “He had the biggest smile after he saw how ...

A Dispute Among Montclair Neighbors Sparks a Neighborhood Protest of 'Permit Karen'

MONTCLAIR, NJ- Montclair Police are calling recent acts in a neighborhood, in which a neighbor called the police following a disagreement over permits, a "dispute between neighbors."

The interaction, which took place on Marion Rd. on Monday, was partially recorded, drew local police to the scene on Monday and sparked a brief protest the next day. Officers arrived at 12:23 ...

New Brunswick School Board Makes Juneteenth a Holiday, State May Follow Suit

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city's Board of Education has made Juneteenth a school holiday.

Lawmakers, seeking to make it a public holiday across the state, may soon be following suit.

The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Monday that would designate June 19 an official holiday.

If approved by the state Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy, New Jersey would become the ...

NJ Attorney General Grewal 'Chalks It Up To Love' With Nutley Pride

NUTLEY, NJ - NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal made a surprise appearance at Nutley Pride's 'Chalk It Up To Love' event in Memorial Park Friday, June 26. 'Chalk It Up To Love' was a continuation of the ongoing chalking events in the township's municipal parks sharing messages of hope, encouragement, love, and pride as a part of Pride Month. 

The Township ...

West Orange Town Council Address Concerns Surrounding Christopher Columbus Monument

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As a result of the movement started by the West Orange Youth Caucus’ Black Lives Matter protest on June 6 in response to the murder of George Floyd, the wheels were finally set in motion to force the township to begin to have difficult conversations about racism and racial injustice.

Last Thursday, town council member Cindy Matute-Brown responded to the need for ...

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Clifton Notch Road Area Water Service Interruption

Passaic Valley Water Commission shut down water service in Clifton on Notch Road between Grove Street and Donnalin Place after NJDOT contractor hit service while digging.

Customers on Notch Rd. between Grove St. and Donnalin Pl will have no water.

Connect with us at www.PVWC.com, follow PVWC on Twitter (@PVWC), Instagram (@passaic_valley_water) and connect with us on Facebook ...

In Honor of July 4, Flags Return to Full Staff

July 3, 2020

NEW JERSEY -  Flags in New Jersey will return to full-staff, announced Governor Murphy. The governor has issued Executive Order Number 160 to direct that all flags across the state be flown high beginning Friday July, 3. 

The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall fly at full staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and ...

PSEG Announces Gas Line Replacement on Rose Pl., Highview Dr., Weasledrift Rd. Woodland Park

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - PSE&G has announced that over the next two weeks work crews will be replacing gas services on Rose Place, Highview Drive, and Weaseldrift Road.

This work, which requires limited digging up of roads because of its proximity to homeowners’ property lines, is part of the utility’s town-wide project to make gas delivery to local homes and businesses safer, ...

Don’t Delay Your Care

As communities throughout New Jersey return to a “new normal”, it is more important than ever that patients know Atlantic Health System has resumed care for planned surgeries, treatments and check-ups, and that they can depend on us to keep them safe.

Learn more from Atlantic Health System caregivers in this television commercial, appearing here as well as select ...

Chilton Medical Center Achieves Prestigious ANCC Magnet Recognition ®

 

Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center today announced it has been designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® honors health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

With this credential, Chilton Medical ...

Celebrating the Communities We Build

So, you may have noticed I missed a week, which is odd because I had something written, not this but something. My excuse is this – COVID has warped my sense of time, I go to make my Thursday call on Tuesday then on Friday I wonder how I missed Thursday. Holidays have the potential to go unnoticed too – I’m horrible with dates so forgetting my own birthday is fairly easy even in ...

Carved In Stone

A Monumental History Lesson

On July 4, 1863, Union soldiers began the arduous and grizzly task of burying over 7,000 dead bodies in trenches and shallow graves. Later, as rains had washed away the ground cover re-exposing the stench of blackened and gnarled limbs, the town of Gettysburg took on the task of exhuming the bodies and consecrating them in the newly created Soldiers National ...

Life During War Time

I thought the shortage of toilet paper in March was bad. But now I find that soon we may not be able to secure illegal fireworks. What next, a run on citronella candles?

I am stocking up on rolls of Charmin again, which I plan to ignite and launch into the sky from my backyard on the 4th of July.

It is still June, and it seems everywhere fireworks are exploding without explanation.

Experience Revolutionary War History at The Dey Mansion: George Washington’s Headquarters

July 3, 2020

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Independence Day, TAPintoTV is revisiting our piece from last year on the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen ...

NJ Salon Owner Discusses Reopening Protocols Designed to Keep Staff and Customers Safe

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Stephanie Willoughby caught up with Susan Barbaglia, Owner of Skin Deep Salon and Spa, to see how she has been faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Barbaglia had previously appeared on TAPintoTV, when she was celebrating Skin Deep’s 25 years of being in business. 

When the pandemic began to take hold in New Jersey, the days leading up to the salon’s ...

Hurricane Season and the Pandemic: A Potential Disaster?

June 22, 2020

Editor's Note: Sarah Lipuma is a Master of Environmental Management graduate student at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. She researches climate change risk mitigation strategies for coastal communities. She was raised in Lacey and is a graduate of the Ocean County high school Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) in Manahawkin.

OCEAN ...

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Little Falls Farmers Market

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Tue, July 7, 6:30 PM

Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library, Woodland Park, NJ

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Little Falls Farmers Market

Food & Drink

Tue, July 14, 6:30 PM

Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library, Woodland Park, NJ

Weigh to Go!

Health & Wellness

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

July 3, 2020

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

New Jersey Date Night: Restaurants with Great Outdoor Dining

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

“Come out, come out wherever you are!” were Glinda’s famous words 81 years ago, and they’ve never been more applicable to New Jersey now. People have lots of reasons to come out in June; not only is it Pride Month but also we now can enjoy a date night in an actual restaurant, ...

Great Falls Bring Great Expectations for Redevelopment

June 30, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - When Alexander Hamilton founded Paterson in 1791, he realized energy could be harnessed from the Great Falls to transform it into the country’s first planned industrial city, a hub for manufacturing silk, textile and steel.

Following World War II, most of the mills and factories shut their doors and Paterson, like many other urban areas, fell into a steep decline, ...

PVWC Crews repairing two Paterson main breaks

PATERSON, NJ :  Passaic Valley Water Commission is Crew on site repairing two main breaks.

The first is a 12” water main break in front of 448 Main Street in Paterson between Green and Slater streets During repairs, customers in the surrounding area may experience discolored water or poor pressure. During repairs, ONE lane will be open on Main St between Green St & ...

Paterson Joins on 'Hallowed Ground' to Commemorate Juneteenth, Renew Calls for Equality

PATERSON, NJ - More than 100 guests attended a special wreath laying ceremony at Paterson’s Underground Railroad monument in honor of Juneteenth on Friday.

Juneteenth marks the ending of slavery by the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment following the Civil War. Originating in 1865, in Galveston, Texas, June 19th the day is now observed as the African American ...

NJ Lifts Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500 People in Time for Holiday Weekend

July 3, 2020

NEW JERSEY — If you’re celebrating the Fourth of July, you are now permitted do so with up to 500 people together — as long as they are outdoors and practicing social distancing, the governor announced.

Gov. Phil Murphy has raised the limit on crowd size for outdoor gatherings to 500 people. The new limit took effect 6 a.m. Friday.

“Increasing the ...

Search Party Ends in Treasure Recovery at Barnegat Bay Beach

BARNEGAT, NJ – A Barnegat man using a metal detector came to the rescue of a distraught township resident -who lost her rings at the Barnegat Bay Beach.  Alicia Bivens says she offered Tom Panik a reward for recovering her treasured keepsakes, but he refused to take it.

“He told me just to pay it forward,” said Alicia. “He had the biggest smile after he saw how ...

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni (William Morris/Harper Collins, 2020)

In writing a contemporary novel in the Gothic tradition, it is impossible not to compare aspects of great Gothic novels that have come before. The excellent, new book, The Ancestor, by Danielle Trussoni fits the description of a Neo-Gothic. However, drawing comparisons between previously written novels is half the fun ...

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 ...

Do You Know When You’re Happy?

“If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands, if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands, if you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.”

Thinking about this song brings back joyous memories of dancing around my family room singing it with my children and perhaps, even having it sung ...

Tell Them While You Can

This story was recently shared with me. It is a beautiful example of the power of positive reinforcement.

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the class. She told them to think of the nicest things they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. The students completed the assignment, handed in their papers, and left the room. The ...

A Step In The Right Direction

June 2, 2020

Blue Lives Matter was never about protecting police officers’ lives.

It started as a reaction to Black Lives Matter where it was wrongly perceived as an ‘anti-police’ movement rather than a movement critical of institutionalized racism.

In my area and on social media following the events in Ferguson, I’ve seen more symbolism and posts supporting law enforcement than ...

New Jersey Prosecutors Issue Statement on George Floyd Death

Message from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

The images of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis are deeply disturbing.  Mr. Floyd’s death is being investigated not only by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis, but by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division, as it should be.

As ...

IRS unclaimed refunds of $1.5 billion waiting for tax year 2016; taxpayers face July 15 deadline

July 3, 2020

WASHINGTON – Unclaimed income tax refunds worth more than $1.5 billion await an estimated 1.4 million individual taxpayers who did not file a 2016 federal income tax return, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

“The IRS wants to help taxpayers who are owed refunds but haven’t filed their 2016 tax returns yet,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Time is ...

Taxpayers should file by July 15 tax deadline; automatic extension to Oct. 15 available

WASHINGTON ― The Department of the Treasury and IRS announced the tax filing and payment deadline of July 15 will not be postponed. Individual taxpayers unable to meet the July 15 due date can request an automatic extension of time to file until Oct. 15.

Due to COVID-19, the original filing deadline and tax payment due date for 2019 was postponed from April 15 to July 15.

The IRS ...