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Some South Jersey Farmers Won’t Let Seasonal Workers Be Tested for COVID-19

July 3, 2020

Refusals come just as migrant-worker population starts to rise steeply, with as many as 10,000 laborers per week arriving from states where COVID-19 cases are increasing

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.

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Will Summer Crowds at the Jersey Shore Unleash a New Wave of COVID-19?

Beachgoers seek normalcy after long lockdown, but not without misgivings about pandemic

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.

On a warm afternoon at Seaside Heights, Nick Amoresano allowed himself a trip to the beach for the ...

New Jersey, New York and Connecticut Announce Joint Incoming Travel Advisory

NEW JERSEY - A joint incoming travel advisory has been announced by New Jersey Governor Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. 

The joint incoming travel advisory states that individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19, must quarantine for a 14 day period, the governor's announced in a joint statement.

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 ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

After Passing a Stopgap Budget, Gov. Phil Murphy and Lawmakers Must Find Billions by October

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After signing a stopgap budget into law Tuesday to keep the state open for another three months, Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers must now find funding for several big-ticket items they ...

Plainfield: Motorcycle Accident Victim Transported by Medevac to Local Hospital (Video)

June 29, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A motorcycle accident in Plainfield occurred Monday evening at the intersection of East Second Street and Garfield Avenue, near Sanhoma Liquor. The male victim, whose condition is unknown at this point, was brought by ambulance to Milt Campbell Field.

At the field, firefighters said they were awaiting both the ambulance to arrive with the victim, and North Star, the NJ ...

Union County Prosecutor’s Office to Disclose Names of Investigative Employees who Commit Major Disciplinary Infractions

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Prosecutor’s Office implemented a new standard operating procedure on Monday that requires the Prosecutor’s Office to publicly disclose the name and rank of any of its investigative employees who commit major disciplinary violations, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Tuesday. 

The procedure also requires the ...

Congratulations Class of 2020 from Plainfield Rescue Squad

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Members of the Plainfield Rescue Squad wished participants of the Explorer, Cadet and EMR programs congratulations on graduation. Put your hands together for these amazing young adults.

Everyone please join Plainfield Rescue Squad in wishing our Explorers, Cadets, and EMRs on their graduation 🎓 We are soooooo excited for this time and even though they could not graduate ...

Murphy Announces New Stage 2 Guidance; Indoor Dining Allowed and Casinos Can Reopen with Limits on July 2

June 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Coronavirus restrictions in place since mid-March in New Jersey continue to be peeled back amid Phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan, and the state's efforts to combat the disease are proving so successful that New Jersey is one of four states in line to contain it, Governor Phil Murphy announced yesterday.

On a day when personal care services, such as ...

Plainfield Board of Ed to Hold Special Meeting Monday, July 6

July 4, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Notice has been provided that the Plainfield Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 6 at 5 p.m. Action will be taken at the meeting. 

Access the Zoom meeting HERE. The meeting ID is 919 0014 7630, and password is 277330.

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What Happened at Plainfield's Board of Ed Special HR Meeting?
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What Happened at Plainfield's Board of Ed Special HR Meeting?

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Despite an 8 p.m. start time, Plainfield's Board of Education had participants wait for two hours before they ended a Zoom meeting that never began. Similar to last week, a new link was published, and residents had to scramble to both find the link and hope they could access it.

Download the agenda

Superintendent Dr. Diana Mitchell’s comments noted a ...

Two from Plainfield Named to University of Delaware's Dean's Liist

NEWARK, DE — Two Plainfield residents who are students at the University of Delaware have been named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester. Congratulations to both Amelia Paladino and Daniel Ricigliano.

Students in nearby towns join Amelia and Daniel, including Kaitlyn Carreras, Lisa Cecchini, Zachary Conroy, and Gabrielle Dilone of North Plainfield, and Alexandria Mancini, ...

Scotch Plains Resident's Online Petition to Remove Columbus Monument Gets 1,300+ Signatures

July 2, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The national Christopher Columbus statue debate has arrived in Scotch Plains.

Across the U.S., monuments to the Italian explorer have become the targets for protesters. Last week, the Columbus statue in Newark was removed, as was a statue in New Haven, Connecticut, which was shifted from a city park to the national headquarters of the Knights of Columbus ...

NJSIAA Announces Guidelines For Phase I of Return to High School Sports

June 20, 2020

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The NJSIAA took one step closer to fall sports in 2020, with the release of the Phase I regulations by the NJSIAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Taskforce. 

The task force is chaired by former NJSIAA Executive Committee president Mary Liz Ivins.  She is joined Dr. Jack Kripsak, chair of the NJSIAA Medical Advisory Committee; Dr. Damion Martins, the Jets team ...

Some South Jersey Farmers Won’t Let Seasonal Workers Be Tested for COVID-19

July 3, 2020

Refusals come just as migrant-worker population starts to rise steeply, with as many as 10,000 laborers per week arriving from states where COVID-19 cases are increasing

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.

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Gas Prices Up 14 Cents Per Gallon in Last Month

WAYNE, NJ - While not close to approaching costs of one year ago, gas prices in New Jersey are up four cents in the last week and fourteen cents overall -- or seven percent -- from just a month ago, according to AAA Northeast.

New Jersey’s average gas price rose four cents from last week to today’s average of $2.16, which is 63 cents cheaper than June 29, 2019 ($2.79).

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Here's How We Can All Stay Food Safe This July 4th

July 3, 2020

WASHINGTON– Many Americans will be celebrating the Fourth of July outdoors this year a little differently, with celebrations at home, including backyard barbecues and picnics perhaps with only your household. No matter how you’re celebrating the Fourth of July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) encourages you to make food ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Governor Murphy Signs Bill Limiting Excessive Third-Party Delivery Fees During a State of Emergency

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S2437) Friday which limits service fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery applications and websites during state of emergencies. The legislation provides relief to restaurants across New Jersey that have faced excessive fees while being limited to takeout and delivery service.

Both Jersey City and Hoboken ...

Plainfield: Election News Update

July 3, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Acting Business Administrator and Municipal Clerk, Abubakar Jalloh, is advising residents who have not yet received a Vote-by-Mail ballot for the July 7 Primary Election to visit Union County Clerk’s office at either the Elizabeth or Westfield locations to request a duplicate ballot.

Residents will be permitted to appear in person weekdays ...

Vote-By-Mail Ballot Drop Box Located at Plainfield City Hall

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Plainfield residents who wish to drop off their Vote-by Mail ballot can deposit it in a drop-off box at City Hall, 515 Watchung Avenue.

There are five official ballot drop-off boxes in Union County, installed and overseen by the Union County Board of Elections.  The drop-off boxes are available on a 24-7 basis. Voters may deposit their ballot in a drop-off box at ...

Mosquito Control Important in New Jersey After Mild Winter

June 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — As the phased reopening of New Jersey continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warming weather, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said.

With public health in the spotlight as a result of the pandemic, residents doing ...

Effort to Build Urban Pathway Advances, Trail Would Ultimately Run from Jersey City to Delaware River

July 2, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ — Efforts to construct a pathway along a former railroad will get a boost if Norfolk Southern’s application to the federal Surface Transportation Board to cease rail service along the old Boonton Line between Montclair and Croxton Yards in Jersey City is approved.

The rail company announced in early June that it is looking to sell the 8.6-mile right-of-way which ...

Plainfield's Planning Board Approves Mixed-Use Application

July 3, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Planning Board unanimously approved plans Thursday for a five-story mixed-use residential building at Park Avenue and West 6th Street, on the site of a former used car lot.

The building, designed by Taylor Architecture & Design of North Plainfield, will include retail space on the first floor, and 14 residential apartments above: eight 2BR/2BA units, ...

Day Trip: Walkway Over the Hudson

July 2, 2020

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Looking for a break from quarantine? Consider a trip to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park that includes a steel cantilever bridge 212 feet over the Hudson River. Those walking, running or biking the 1.28 miles — one way — can see the Catskills to the north, and the Hudson Highlands to the south. Those looking for a few more miles can continue on the ...

Gas Prices Up 14 Cents Per Gallon in Last Month

WAYNE, NJ - While not close to approaching costs of one year ago, gas prices in New Jersey are up four cents in the last week and fourteen cents overall -- or seven percent -- from just a month ago, according to AAA Northeast.

New Jersey’s average gas price rose four cents from last week to today’s average of $2.16, which is 63 cents cheaper than June 29, 2019 ($2.79).

New Jersey, New York and Connecticut Announce Joint Incoming Travel Advisory

NEW JERSEY - A joint incoming travel advisory has been announced by New Jersey Governor Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. 

The joint incoming travel advisory states that individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19, must quarantine for a 14 day period, the governor's announced in a joint statement.

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Union County Residents: Make One Change

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking county residents to join a global initiative to reduce their plastic waste during the month of July, and hopefully long after.  Plastic Free July is a world-wide movement that encourages people to become part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful litter-free ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

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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, ...

Plainfield Public Schools Listening Session on Return to School in Fall

July 2, 2020

The Plainfield Public School District will hold a Reopening of Schools Listening Session on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. for all parents and guardians of students returning to school for the 2020-2021 School Year.

The listening session is design to get parents input regarding parents’ challenges, needs and their concerns about sending their children to school in September. The ...

Endorse Robert Graham for City Council

July 3, 2020

Robert is dedicated, sincere and serious about helping others. I have known of Robert and have had the honor of serving with him on the Plainfield Zoning Board of Adjustment for many years. I have found his approach to serving the community and his duties on the Zoning Board as thoughtful and professional. He has consistently followed the spirit of both the law and its intent to server the ...

Search Party Ends in Treasure Recovery at Barnegat Bay Beach

July 2, 2020

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 ...

Principal's Message to Plainfield's Graduating Seniors / Mensaje del director a los graduados mayores de Plainfield

June 20, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield High School Principal Dion Roach sent a congratulatory message to graduating seniors. A virtual graduation is scheduled for Monday, June 22, with a P.A.A.A.S. ceremony streaming at 9 a.m., and Plainfield High School at 1 p.m.

To the Plainfield High school class of 2020, congratulations on your graduation from high school! As a student this is one of what I ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Kathy Cryan of TAPinto Union

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of July 2020 is Kathy Cryan, who owns and operates TAPinto Union.  With a background in business, Cryan has amassed a very large readership, routinely breaking 150,000 pageviews per month with more than 3,500 residents subscribed to the free daily newsletter and almost 5,000 followers on Facebook, while building a profitable online ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...