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Linden Schools Celebrate Ramadan; Gov. Murphy Praises District for Promoting Equity

May 11, 2021

LINDEN, NJ — Linden Public Schools is bringing awareness to its students and staff members by educating them about Ramadan — a month-long spiritual event that serves to bring those of the Islamic faith closer to God through fasting, prayer, and reflection. 

In a video posted on the district's YouTube channel, students who celebrate Ramadan share why they ...

Reports: Rutgers infectious disease expert, NJ resident dies in India

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Media reports say a Rutgers professor and doctor with expertise in infectious diseases has died while helping family in India, which is being ravaged by Covid-19. According to social media and local records, Dr. Rajendra Kapila was a resident of South Orange.

New York’s ABC7, also citing information from The Associated Press, said Kapila died from Covid-19. Cases ...

Newark Police Uniform Policy Will Now Allow Hijabs for Muslim Officers

NEWARK, NJ — Muslim officers in the Newark Police Department will be able to wear a hijab as part of their uniform in what Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara is calling a “slight change, but very impactful.” 

“This change, which allows our Muslim female officers to wear the hijab in uniform, is appropriate and timely,” O’Hara said during a ...

Newark Reverend Fuses Faith and Science to Fight COVID Pandemic

NEWARK, NJ — The Rev. Dr. Ronald Slaughter has delivered virtual sermons from his empty church in Newark since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

During that time, he has been trying to address not only his community's spiritual needs but also his flock's mental and physical health.

Slaughter said he knows that the belief behind soothing souls must work together with the logic of ...

Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer Dies at 71

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus, and chairman and CEO of Flemington Car & Truck Country, Steve Kalafer died of cancer Wednesday.

"I was absolutely shocked and saddened today to hear about the passing of Steve Kalafer," Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. "Steve has left an indelible mark on Bridgewater ...

Swastika at Temple Sholom Under Investigation in Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Police are investigating the source of a swastika painted on the rear door of Temple Sholom of West Essex.

According to Cedar Grove police, on April 8, Patrolman Nyron Watson responded to the Temple Sholom to take a report of bias intimidation. A staff member at the Temple discovered the swastika on a door above an electronic key reader. It was approximately 1 inch ...

Remember and Tell — Holocaust Remembrance Still Powerful Even Presented Virtually

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Holocaust survivors, family and friends told stories of survival, losing relatives and finding some decades later during yesterday's Remember and Tell SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service. 

It was started in 1977 and is the longest-running such service in New Jersey. This year's service was prerecorded at people's homes and houses of ...

Fair Lawn Honors Officer Mary Ann Collura in Saturday Evening Tribute

FAIR LAWN, NJ — The borough's police officers, retired and active duty, along with friends and family honored Mary Ann Collura who was killed in the line of duty on April 17, 2003.

At 8 p.m., people gathered at Van Riper Ellis Church on the corner of Morlot and River Road with glow sticks and an honor guard ceremony to talk about the officer who was shot and killed as she ...

Rutgers Fraternity Grateful For Support in Wake of Anti-Semitic Attack

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The members of Alpha Epsilon Pi say they are touched by the show of support in the wake of last week’s incident in which their house was vandalized as the fraternity marked Holocaust Remembrance Day.

A GoFundMe page started by the Rutgers fraternity had received almost $1,400 in contributions by Thursday afternoon – nearly three times the original ...

COVID Funeral Assistance Program Now Open

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program is now open and will continue through the foreseeable future.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan Act, FEMA will now provide assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 for someone who died of Covid-19 or coronavirus-related causes. The program is an opportunity for ...

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St. Joseph's Health Doctor to Serve on Key Gun Safety Commission

TRENTON, NJ – A prominent physician at St. Joseph’s Health has been appointed by Governor Phil Murphy to serve on the Personalized Handgun Authorization Commission. Murphy announced that Jennifer Chuang, currently the Section Chief for Adolescent Medicine at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, will serve on the body responsible for establishing performance standards for ...

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 ...

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

May 1, 2021

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 ...

The New CDC Guidance on Outdoor Mask Wearing

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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance Tuesday on outdoor mask wearing. It also identified what activities are safe or not for those who are vaccinated and ...

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“It's over Bill. I don’t do Windows.”

And so, with a simple Ctl+Alt+Del over Twitter, the marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates has powered down.

The wealthy, philanthropic tech couple sadly announced their union was “irretrievably broken.” I took this to mean they received a critical error message followed by the blue screen of death because their marital ...

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 ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

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 ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

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 ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

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” ...

Newark Officials Launch a Guaranteed Income Pilot Program

May 12, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — A Guaranteed Income Pilot Program that is planned to help Newark residents stave off economic insecurity by putting money directly into their hands with no strings attached may soon come to fruition starting with a group of selected individuals. 

First broached by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka in 2019, the idea of an income pilot program was welcomed in the city where more ...

Protesters Unable to Save Suspended Stafford School Nurse’s Job

STAFFORD, NJ - Authorities estimate that a group of between 300-350 people gathered yesterday in support of Erin Pein, a suspended Stafford Township school nurse. Pein acknowledged she was one of three individuals whose contract was not renewed when the Board of Education came back from closed session last night.

“I am still suspended without pay,” shared Pein. “I am a member ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

The Call to Unite

The past year has been an incredibly challenging time for many people. When going through difficult periods, it’s often easy to focus solely on the negative. But there was so much good that happened during the last year. While the story wasn’t always told, billions of people around the world came together and responded to the crisis with love, care, and compassion. Even though we were ...

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 ...

Summer Food Service Program to Nourish New Jersey Children in Need

May 13, 2021

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 ...

IRS offers overview of tax provisions in American Rescue Plan; retroactive tax benefits help many people now preparing 2020 returns Taxpayers with children should file returns soon for advance payments of Child Tax Credit

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service provides an overview of some of the key tax provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act.

Several provisions affect the 2020 tax return people are filling out this filing season, including one exempting up to $10,200 in unemployment compensation from tax and another benefiting many people who purchased subsidized health coverage through either ...