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NJ Launches $100M Short-Term Rental Assistance Program

May 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver joined the governor and other officials at yesterday’s daily COVID-19 press conference. Donning her hat as the head of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs, Oliver introduced the implementation of a temporary rental assistance program.

According to Governor Phil Murphy, the state plans to apply at least $100M to begin the ...

Clifton's Team Realty Serves Community for Keller Williams Red Day

CLIFTON, NJ - For Clifton’s Team Realty, supporting the community they work in is as important as selling homes there. On Thursday, they showed this to be the case when their team members, with social distancing in mind, gathered in assembly line fashion to package food essentials for nearly 150 local families.

The “awesome” effort, as Director of Communications Grace ...

Paterson Planning Board Set to Consider 90 Unit Building in Great Falls Historic District

PATERSON, NJ - Despite social distancing guidelines and stay at home orders, Paterson’s Planning Board and Board of Adjustment continue to meet, and carry heavy workloads. On Wednesday, the Planning Board is set to meet virtually at 6:30 p.m. and consider four projects.

Among them is the redevelopment of a surface parking lot and adjacent three story building in the city’s Great ...

Gov. Murphy Sign Executive Order Allowing Municipalities to Extend Tax Grace Period to June 1

TRENTON, NJ -  Governor Murphy today signed an Executive Order on Tuesday to allow municipalities to extend the grace period for property tax payments that are due on May 1.  The Order takes effect immediately and extend the due date to June 1 without incurring any interest costs or penalties.

"Allowing municipalities the option of extending the grace period for ...

COVID-19 and Its Impact On Local Real Estate in Woodland Park with George Tsemberlis and Keith Kazmark

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - As plans to re-open after the COVID-19 lock downs, Woodland Park mayor Keith Kazmark will host a series of online discussions about small business, investments, and interest rates.

Wednesday join Kazmark and mortgage planner George Tsemberlis for a discussion about the current real estate market. 

The discussion will take place live on Facebook and Instagram at 8 ...

Tenants to Have Ability to Tap Into Deposit to Pay Rent, Murphy Orders

TRENTON, NJ - Even as he celebrated again that the “curve is still flat” in efforts to beat back COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy announced the signing of a new Executive Order that allows tenants in residential properties to use their security deposit to help cover rent.

Previous to the Order, Chief Counsel Matt Platkin explained, there had been a statutory bar on ...

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N. Arlington Water Main Break

PVWC crew is onsite making repairs to a water main break in North Arlington on Beech St between Belleville Turnpike and Exton Ave. Customers in the area may experience poor pressure and/or discolored water while repairs are made.

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 ...

Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing For Passaic County Residents

May 30, 2020

WAYNE, NJ – All Passaic County residents can now sign up to receive a free COVID-19 saliva test kit that can be self-administered at home.  This is the first at-home testing model being conducted by any local or county government in the State of New Jersey.

The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders are partnering with Vault Medical Services of New Jersey and the Rutgers ...

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 ...

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 ...

How Can We Do Better?

There are both too many things to say and nothing to say. I am horrified and yet unsurprised, I am heartbroken for my friends who fear for their children, who have to have “the talk” with their young sons. I am longing for a leader who will work to weave the country back together rather than rip us apart.

I am heartbroken by the violence that has erupted and by the predatory ...

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 ...

TAPinto Camden Editor Talks about Peaceful Protest for George Floyd that brought City into National Spotlight

June 4, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ -- Steven Rodas, Editor of TAPinto Camden, spoke with Stephanie Willoughby about the recent protest held here in solidarity with George Floyd that has put the city in the national spotlight for both its peaceful nature and police participation. 

Hundreds gathered in downtown Camden on Saturday, May 30, but what made this protest stand out from the thousands of other ...

Clinton NJ Vegan Café Pays it Forward by Preparing Meals for the Community & Essential Workers

CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic. 

Stone described Grounded for Life as a plant-based restaurant “borne from a need to bring healthy and compassionate food, ...

I photographed a George Floyd protest in Newark. This is what I Witnessed.

June 2, 2020

Daniel Han is a freelance journalist, Westfield High School Graduate of 2019 and freshman studying journalism at Rutgers University.

I entered Newark, N.J. on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the George Floyd protests, but was also nervous. Footage of Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia ...

OPINION: A Pandemic Doesn’t Stop the Dedication to Newark

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 ...

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Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

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 ...

Passaic Valley Water Commissioner Notice of Flushing of Water Mains in Lakeview Section of Paterson

June 5, 2020

The reduced use of office buildings and closing of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic have decreased the use of water and in some cases, water has been sitting in mains. Over the past month, some of you may have noticed discolored water from time to time. To ensure our customers receive the highest water quality and continued supply of clean fresh water, it is necessary to flush the hydrants ...

Wayne’s First Public Event Since the Shutdown

WAYNE, NJ – This Saturday, under new social-distancing guidelines, Wayne’s first public event will be held since the shut-down began back in Mid-March.  The Wayne Farmer’s Market will invite the public out to shop local vendors for fresh meats, produce and goodies.

If you visited the Farmer’s Market last year, you will see some of the same vendors including: ...

Swedish Company To Lease Old Toys’R’Us Headquarters in Wayne

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 ...

New Jersey State Assembly Votes to Borrow $5 Billion Dollars

June 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - Although second quarter revenues aren't due until July 19th, the NJ State Assembly voted today to borrow at least $5 billion dollars to fund operational expenses for the state in anticipation of a projected and significant revenue shortfall. 

Speaker Craig Coughlin whipped 100% of the votes of the Democratic Assembly into voting yes on bill A-4175. It now heads ...

Esha Rao - Graduates Rutgers, Becomes an Officer in the United States Navy

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NJ - Rutgers University held a graduation ceremony for its 2020 class using virtual commencement videos on May 31, 2020. Current graduates were unable to attend an in-person graduation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current social distancing measures in place, so an alternative ceremony was held online. In addition to the videos, which included statements from students 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 ...

Like A Fine Wine, We Get Better with Age! Five Tips to Stay Young at Heart

This week I turn 57 years old. 57 YEARS OLD! Like most other 50-something-year-old individuals, I’m not sure how this happened – it feels like a blink of an eye. One day I’m a college girl, the next a young mother, and now more than one half a century old. How can I be over 50? Most days I feel, think and act like a 25-year-old, so I know it’s only a number. But when that ...

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 ...

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 ...

Little Falls Resident Makes Volunteering His Passion

June 4, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Bob Dombrowski has been a very busy man this spring. The lifelong Township resident spends most of his time volunteering at the St. Agnes Food Pantry to try to help those in need. Lately it's become non-stop since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Dombrowski has always had a passion for helping others and for as long as he can remember has been involved with some ...

Interior Design Grad Uses Vision To Help Woodland Park Library Plan For The Future

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Reem Beck, who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Berkeley College last month, is sharing her creative vision to help shape a local public library into an even more dynamic destination for the community. 

Beck, a resident of Woodland Park,  said she has always found comfort and enjoyment at the Borough’s Alfred H. Baumann ...