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Governor Murphy Issues Statement on Ending the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

June 3, 2021

Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin pass legislation enabling the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. 

"New Jerseyans have proven their resilience over the past 15 months as our state has fought the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, we take a substantial step toward restoring normalcy to our state and to the lives of those who call New Jersey ...

Gov. Murphy: Employers Can Allow Vaccinated Staff to Go Maskless, Bring Back Remote Workers

TRENTON, NJ — Office employees will be allowed to return to work without the need to wear masks or social distance, as long as they have proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order.

The order, which takes effect on June 4, also lifts minimum staffing levels in the workplace and allows employers to call back employees who have ...

Murphy Ends Indoor Mask Mandate for People Who Are Fully Vaccinated; Raises Gathering Limits

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted indoor mask mandates for vaccinated individuals ahead of Memorial Day weekend. 

Effective May 28, New Jersey will lift the requirement for maintaining six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings and will lift the prohibitions on dance floors at bars and restaurants, along with the restriction on ordering and ...

Twin City Pharmacy Dedicated to Ensuring Patrons, Homebound, and High Risk Individuals Get Vaccinated

June 14, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — As social distancing regulations are relaxed and travel resumes, the experts at Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical of South Plainfield tell TAPinto that is more important than ever for people to get a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. 

According to Twin City's Pharmacist Linda Chiu, Pharm.D., evidence shows that the vaccines are effective in preventing ...

NJ Grant to Boost Union County Vaccination Efforts Where Immunizations Lagging

Scroll below for a town-by-town listing of vaccination rates.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will use $450,000 in state funding to expand COVID-19 vaccine programs in Roselle, Plainfield and other areas with low vaccination rates, officials said this week.

The Union County Board of Commissioners on Thursday modified its 2021 budget to accept the state health department ...

National Weather Service Issues Air Quality Alert Until 10 p.m. Sunday June 6

SILVER SPRING, MD — The National Weather Service declared Sunday, June 6 an "Ozone Action Day." This air quality alert is for Northern NJ including Eastern Passaic County, Bergen County, Hudson County, Essex County and Union County.

Ozone levels are forecast to reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups. According to the Weather Service, the very young, the elderly, and ...

Plainfield Police Report Hillcrest Ave Aggravated Assault

June 13, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Police units responded to the 100 block of Hillcrest Avenue around 12:58 a.m. Sunday on a ShotSpotter alert.

After searching the area, officers were unable to locate a victim; however, a 29-year-old male called a few hours later to report that he had been shot on Hillcrest Avenue. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening ...

Do You Know This Person?

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance to identify a burglary suspect.  In the early morning of June 1st, 2021, a burglary was committed in the area of Maple Avenue.  The suspect was seen on video walking down Maple Ave with proceeds from the burglary.  He is described as a white male, approximately 25-30 years of ...

Plainfield Police Investigating Incident with Shots Fired at Watchung and Franklin

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Police were on site at Watchung Avenue and Franklin Place Monday evening due to shots fired. Units could be seen marking shell casings in the area.

TAPinto Plainfield reached out to Police Director Lisa Burgess for comment, who said, "On Monday, June 7, 2021, at 8:40 p.m., Plainfield Police units responded to the area of Watchung Avenue and Franklin ...

Got a Child Who Likes Trains? Renowned Model Train Display Reopens

June 11, 2021

UNION COUNTY, -- The Union County Commissioners is reopening of The Model Railroad Club, Inc. on Saturday, June 12. The exhibit will be open to the public every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the A. Paul Mallery Model Railroad Center, located at 295 Jefferson Ave. in Union Township. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of an enormous HO ...

A Juneteenth Celebration at duCret School of Art

A Juneteenth event sponsored by Tri-Fold Ministries will be held at duCret School of Art on Saturday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 45 states.

Enjoy arts, dance, poetry, jazz music, and more. There will also be vendors. There is no entrance fee.

For more information, call, 908-349-0851, or email ...

Bobby Miller as the King of Pop to Perform in Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Union County residents and visitors are invited to the next drive-in concert that will feature Bobby Miller as the King of Pop. Neo-soul group, Flavuh band will be opening the event. The drive-in concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield.

The event is free, but registration is required online in advance to reserve a spot.

Veliz of Plainfield Makes Dean's List at Lehigh University

June 14, 2021

BETHLEHEM, PA — Ashley Veliz of Plainfield has been made the Dean's List at Lehigh University for the Spring 2021 semester. Dean's List status is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses.

For more than 150 years, Lehigh University (lehigh.edu) has combined outstanding academic and learning ...

Chief Academic Officer and Director of Queen City Academy Charter School is CharterFolk of the Year

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Danielle West-Augustin, Chief Academic Officer and Director of Queen City Academy Charter School, is the winner of the CharterFolk of the Year. The CharterFolk is a forum dedicated to the people who are the heart of the charter school movement, amplifying the extraordinary contributions that CharterFolk are making to impact the communities they serve.

“Without a ...

Randolph School Board Votes To Remove Names of All Holidays from Calendar

RANDOLPH, NJ — The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar, and plans to simply call everything "Day Off."  The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at ...

NJ Grant to Boost Union County Vaccination Efforts Where Immunizations Lagging

June 12, 2021

Scroll below for a town-by-town listing of vaccination rates.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will use $450,000 in state funding to expand COVID-19 vaccine programs in Roselle, Plainfield and other areas with low vaccination rates, officials said this week.

The Union County Board of Commissioners on Thursday modified its 2021 budget to accept the state health department ...

Plainfield, Play Tennis at the 2021 DVBTEF Community Day

June 13, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield, come out to play tennis.  Join the Donald Van Blake Tennis & Education Foundation for a community day that will include on court activities and drills.

The event will be held on Sunday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It is open to all ages, and there will be refreshments and giveaways, too.

You can register here for this free ...

Baseball: Plainfield Strikes Out in 10-6 Loss to Bayonne

BAYONNE, NJ — Plainfield's baseball team had a 3-0 lead over Bayonne in the second inning, and was ahead 6-4 in the fourth, but the Fighting Bees rallied for another 6 runs to beat the Cardinals 10-6 on Wednesday.

Cardinals Pitcher Cameron Smith allowed 7 runs, walked 7 and struck out 3 batters.

The team plays at Timothy Christian School Thursday at 4 ...

Twin City Pharmacy Dedicated to Ensuring Patrons, Homebound, and High Risk Individuals Get Vaccinated

June 14, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — As social distancing regulations are relaxed and travel resumes, the experts at Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical of South Plainfield tell TAPinto that is more important than ever for people to get a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. 

According to Twin City's Pharmacist Linda Chiu, Pharm.D., evidence shows that the vaccines are effective in preventing ...

DIY Marketing for Week of 6/7/21

Creating an engagement marketing strategy is how your business can stay at the forefront of your audience’s mind and generate business long-term.

See how TAPinto helps its marketing partners build a sustainable engagement program:

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NJ TRANSIT Announces Partnership with GPS App WAZE to Increase Safety at Train Crossings

New Initiative Improves Rail Crossing Safety for Drivers Using Waze

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT is joining with the National Safety Council in recognizing National Safety Month during the month of June and is using this time of heightened awareness to promote a lifesaving partnership with Waze, which identifies the location of grade crossings on their mobile app throughout the state.

Recall Alert: Beech-Nut Recalls Single Grain Rice Cereal

June 9, 2021

Beech-Nut Nutrition has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal, announced the company. The recall resulted from a routine sampling program from the production lot of Beech-Nut Stage 1, Single Grain Rice Cereal which tested above the guidance level for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.

The product being recalled was distributed nationally, ...

U.S. Senate Confirms Fanwood Native Zahid Quraishi to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

June 14, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Zahid Quraishi, a Fanwood native, to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey by a vote of 81-16. He is the first Muslim federal judge in our nation’s history.

“Another barrier has been broken, and it has been broken in New Jersey,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “I congratulate ...

Murphy Announces Plans to Close Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women Amid Investigation of Use of Excessive Force

CLINTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday his plan to close the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, the state's only women's correctional facility, following an investigation into a violent attack on prisoners in January.

Murphy's administration released an investigative report Monday that was prepared by former state comptroller Matt Boxer and law firm ...

Election Roundup: Learn Local Election Results Throughout New Jersey

June 9, 2021

Amid statewide primary election contests, New Jersey also hosted dozens of local races Tuesday. Here is a roundup of various New Jersey local election results as reported by TAPinto franchises across the state:

Cranford Election: Kate Rappa Defeats Incumbent Tom Hannen, Jr. in Democrat Primary

Newcomer defeats an incumbent in this township committee primary election, advancing to face a GOP ...

Mapp, Briggs-Jones Projected Winners in Plainfield Primary

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Unofficial results are in for Plainfield's primary election, with residents selecting Mayor Adrian O. Mapp — garnering 46.3% of the votes — to lead the city for a third term. The incumbent defeated Richard Wyatt, at 40.2%, by just 294 votes, despite significantly higher contributions, according to New Jersey Elec Reports. Sean McKenna came in third (11.7%), ...

New Jersey Primary Elections will be Taking Place Tuesday, June 8. Here’s What You Need to Know About this Year’s Primaries.

ELIZABETH, NJ — The 2021 election season is in full swing, with the New Jersey Primary Elections taking place on Tuesday, June 8.  

The New Jersey Division of Elections has an online tool to check if you are registered to vote. The tool will tell you what your registration status, the city and county you are registered to vote in, as well as your voter ID number. 

By ...

Formal Utility Moratorium Ends July 1st; Grace Period Will Run Through Dec. 31

June 14, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1. However, a grace period will run through December 31 which will protect customers facing shutoffs, he said on Monday.

"This grace period is for customers to enroll in payment assistance plans, and this is something that we’re taking very seriously", stated ...

Manage Mosquitoes to Better Enjoy Your Outdoor Space

Dine, play, and enjoy your outdoor spaces more than ever this year by managing annoying and disease-spreading mosquitoes. Use a multifaceted approach to boost your enjoyment and help keep mosquitoes away.

Plan your outdoor activities when mosquitoes are less active. Females are the ones looking for a blood meal and are most active at dusk and dawn when looking for warmth and ...

$820,000 NJ DOT Grant Will Make Area Around Paterson's Great Falls More Walkable

June 13, 2021

PATERSON, NJ — An $820,000 award from the NJ Department of Transportation will make the area around the Great Falls more walkable, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced this past week. It will also add to the aesthetic appeal of the area officials hope will continue to attract visitors as a means of spurring the much heralded renaissance of Paterson. 

“This is where Paterson was ...

Tour Historic WWII Aircraft at Trenton-Mercer County Airport this Weekend

EWING, NJ -- Several World War II aircraft will be flying into Trenton-Mercer Airport this week for tourists to view. The CAF AirPower History Tour featuring historic World War II aircraft will provide cockpit tours, flight demonstrations, and rides.  

The event features the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, the most advanced bomber of World War II; the T-6 Texan, legendary ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Earn Instrumental Accolades

EDISON, NJ -- Shourya Chhabra of Roselle Park and Luke Tan of Edison, students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, recently performed with the Region Jazz Band Dizzy Gillespie Virtual Ensemble. Students who participated in this performance were accepted through a stringent audition process in the spring. Both Shourya and Luke were featured as soloists.

As a result of receiving the top ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Third Graders Share United States Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- States from all over our great nation were on display at last week’s Third Grade States Presentations, held outdoors under the AP Room Tent at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison. Faculty, staff and students visited the displays and learned about many states and their customs and traditions from expert guides who were dressed to represent their state.

The assignment ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Inducted into Cum Laude Society

EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison inducted 14 new members into the Cum Laude Society in a ceremony held Friday, June 4 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Andy Webster, Head of School, Dr. Bob Bowman, Upper School Head, Dr. Corinna Crafton, Middle School Head, Christine Cerminaro, Dean of Students, and Upper School faculty members Nicole Nolan, Don Kluizenaar, Liz Rooney and ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Enjoy Live Return of Field Day

EDISON, NJ -- Students in Grades PreK-5 at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed an afternoon filled with fun, games, laughs and friendly competition as the beloved tradition of Field Day returned as a live event on the rear athletic fields. Lee Nicholls, Physical Education Department Chair, orchestrated the event with help from a dedicated group of faculty and student ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Entertain at Cookin' Cabaret

EDISON, NJ -- There’s nothing like live entertainment and Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided plenty of it at last Thursday’s 12th annual Cookin’ Cabaret. A limited audience of students, parents, faculty and staff enjoyed 90 minutes of performances including poetry, vocals, instrumentals and dance. 

This was a special evening indeed, ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns Prestigious RPI Medal

EDISON, NJ -- Aarush Dharayan of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, recently received the Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Medal, a merit scholarship awarded to exemplary high school students. The merit scholarship has a guaranteed value of $120,000 for each medalist who is accepted at RPI. Interest in attending RPI is not part of the selection criteria.

RPI ...

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Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

New Jersey Date Night: A Revolutionary Trip to Bordentown

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

Making a day of a date is a great way to create memories with your love, but when you choose to spend that time in Bordentown, it’s guaranteed to go down in relationship history. New Jersey has many historical towns and Bordentown, settled in 1682, is a true standout. Here you can visit the Clara ...

St. Joseph (Metuchen) Wins GMC County Tournament, 2-0, Thanks to Strong Pitching, and RBI Squeeze Play

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- St. Joseph (Metuchen) won the GMC Conference Championship over South Brunswick on Sunday, June 6, 2021 in East Brunswick. Andrew Goldan started and pitched 6 2/3 brilliant innings before being removed for reaching the 110 pitch limit. He gave up just two hits. Colin Leyner closed out the game with a strikeout for St. Joseph.

Jack Kern executed a squeeze ...

St. Joseph High School Hosts Signing Day for the Class of 2021; Celebrates 2020 Seniors Now Playing in College

METUCHEN, NJ -- Saint Joseph High School hosted its 2021 Signing Day ceremony in May, rather than on National Signing Day (Feb. 13) as COVID restrictions have eased in the state of New Jersey.

In addition to highlighting members of the Class of 2021, athletic director Mike Murray also highlighted 2020 graduates who are continuing their academic and athletic careers in college. Congratulations ...

Plainfield Symphony Orchestra June Pops Concert: Americana & More!

June 14, 2021

As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, we are thrilled to welcome back to the podium Maestro Charles Prince to conduct a concert of iconic American composers and other favorites. This concert will be livestreamed on June 26, 2021, at 7 p.m. performed by musicians of the Plainfield Symphony.  Featured on this hour-long program will be the following works:

The Overture to Der ...

Why I Support the Re-election of Mayor Mapp

June 5, 2021

Plainfield is at a pivotal time in our history; we can move forward to success or move backward and fail.

 Before I share with you why I support Mayor Adrian O Mapp on his re-election for Mayor of our great city I am going to briefly share a little about myself. I’m a hard-working homeowner that love and care about this city. I’m not a politician nor do I want to be one, and I ...

Randolph School Board Votes To Remove Names of All Holidays from Calendar

June 12, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ — The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar, and plans to simply call everything "Day Off."  The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at ...

Fire Union President: COVID Couldn't Stop Us From Doing Our Job

June 6, 2021

New Jersey is opening back up and the firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers of the NJFMBA could not be happier. While protecting our communities is our job, building the community is our passion, and that has been difficult over the past 15 months.

Like everyone, we were struck by the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to the municipalities we serve. This was an uncertainty that extended across ...

How To Increase Customer Engagement

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The main goal of any advertising campaign is to engage with customers as effectively and often as possible. You want them to see your business and remember the name while creating a positive relationship with them.  Creating an engagement marketing strategy is how your business can stay at the forefront of your audience’s mind and generate business from them ...

TAPinto's Featured Marketing Partner: Edison Heating and Cooling

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Local communities are TAPinto’s specialty, and when it comes to marketing your business to these small areas, few places are better to partner with.

That’s why Mike Iarrapino, CEO of Edison Heating and Cooling, chose to market with TAPinto and continues to do so nearly seven years later.

“I decided to partner with TAPinto because they reached Edison ...

Retro Review: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Retro Review

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

When does a civilization begin to rot from its core?  What are the key issues that cause that civilization to die? These are the overarching questions that “the Father of African Literature,” Chinua Achebe, explores in his 1959 classic, Things Fall Apart.

Set in a Nigerian village, we learn that Okonkwo was a leading ...

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker. Harper Perennial, 

2013.

 

I first learned about this “unsolved American mystery,” when 48 Hours did a comprehensive show on the horrific discovery of four bodies wrapped in burlap sacks in 2010. The deceased were discovered on Gilgo Beach, a desolate stretch of sand that did not host excited, Sunday sun ...

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) ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...