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Murphy Announces $29.5 Million to Support College and University Students Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

February 25, 2021

Gov. Announces Two Initiatives: Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge Grants ($28.5 Million) and Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program ($1 Million)

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New Jersey’s institutions of higher education amid the ongoing COVID-19 ...

'Slowly But Surely, The Needle Is Moving in The Right Direction': Gov. Murphy Gives Latest NJ Update

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID press briefing on Wednesday some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud that New Jersey has been able to distribute vaccine more equitably than other ...

Murphy Unveils $44.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient.

The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, which makes a full pension payment for the first time in more than a quarter of a ...

'Slowly But Surely, The Needle Is Moving in The Right Direction': Gov. Murphy Gives Latest NJ Update

February 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID press briefing on Wednesday some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud that New Jersey has been able to distribute vaccine more equitably than other ...

Family Doctors — Untapped Resources in NJ’s Battle Against COVID-19

Special to TAPinto. 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.

NJ SPOTLIGHT-- Family doctors are a trusted gateway to the health care system for scores of New Jersey residents — including many with underlying ...

Plainfield Public Schools Virtual Town Hall on Feb. 24: K-12 Student Needs during COVID-19

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A great amount of time was spent on the topic of getting Plainfield students back into classrooms at the Feb. 16 Board of Education meeting. After attendance campaign and cleaning procedure videos were shown, a presentation on student scores compared to those in other Union County schools was given, and an extended public comment session, a suggestion was made by a board ...

Plainfield Fire on Wednesday Displaces 11 People

February 17, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A fire in a residential structure on the 800 block of West 4th Street broke out around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. According to Plainfield Fire Director Kenneth Childress, the fire started on the rear porch and spread throughout the structure.

The fire was extinguished with the help of mutual aid companies from surrounding towns.

Director Childress told TAPinto Plainfield ...

Plainfield Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Thursday and Friday

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Police Department issued a weather advisory for Thursday, February 18, and Friday, February 19. According to the National Weather Service, a winter weather advisory is in effect for the area from Thursday at 4 a.m. to Friday at 7 p.m. Light to moderate snowfall is likely early Thursday morning into the afternoon, with sleet and / or freezing rain possible ...

Scotch Plains Man Charged with Animal Cruelty Had Dumped Dog in Plainfield

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A 19-year-old Scotch Plains man has been criminally charged with multiple animal cruelty offenses after three pets suffered severe neglect while in his care, including two that died. The joint announcement was made Tuesday by acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, Plainfield Police Department Director Lisa Burgess, and Scotch Plains Police Department Chief ...

Plainfield Frontiers Club to Hold "The Oldest Black Service Club" Program

February 13, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Frontiers International will feature a virtual program called "The Oldest Black Service Club, featuring Dr. Leonard Bethel, Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University.

The program, supported in part by funding from the Plainfiled Cultural and Heritage Commission, will be available for viewing on Facebook and YouTube on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For more ...

Milltown Mel To Quarantine For Groundhog Day 2021

MILLTOWN, NJ — Say it isn't snow, Mel! Milltown Mel announced via a social media post he would be doing what the rest of New Jersey residents have been doing for the past 10 plus months; quarantining. Yes, that means there will not be the usual Groundhog Day celebration in Milltown on Tuesday, February 2 thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the snowstorm expected to blanket ...

It's a Valentine's Day-Themed Cooking Class for Plainfield Kids

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Library will have young hearts aflutter during a Valentine’s Day-themed cooking class via Zoom.

Children in 3rd grade through 6th grade will make heart-shaped pizza, and dip strawberries in chocolate.

Free ingredient kits will be provided, and can be picked up at the library, 800 Park Ave., starting at noon on Feb. 9. Contact the ...

Murphy Announces $29.5 Million to Support College and University Students Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

February 25, 2021

Gov. Announces Two Initiatives: Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge Grants ($28.5 Million) and Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program ($1 Million)

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New Jersey’s institutions of higher education amid the ongoing COVID-19 ...

Plainfield Public Schools Virtual Town Hall on Feb. 24: K-12 Student Needs during COVID-19

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A great amount of time was spent on the topic of getting Plainfield students back into classrooms at the Feb. 16 Board of Education meeting. After attendance campaign and cleaning procedure videos were shown, a presentation on student scores compared to those in other Union County schools was given, and an extended public comment session, a suggestion was made by a board ...

New Jersey Seeks Federal Waiver of Standardized Testing for School Year

Officials Also Unveil $1.2 Billion Plan to Address Educational, Mental Health Needs of Students

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey education officials are asking the federal government to waive standardize testing for this school year, maintaining that it is more important to focus on instructional time amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

But whether the waiver will be granted remains the ...

Union County COVID Test Center Changes Hours. 2 Cases of Variant in County

February 21, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county announced Sunday that its COVID-19 drive-through test center at Kean University is modifying its hours this week.

The test center will be open Monday, 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. It will also be open Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. — noon. Persons who cannot make the new hours must reschedule, officials said. They can do so at this link.

Anyone who has an ...

Rutgers Will Increase Spectator Capacity at Athletic Venues

February 23, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers plans to increase spectator capacity at its athletic venues effective immediately.

In accordance with Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order No. 225, which was announced Monday morning, the university plans to permit two parents or guardians of each Rutgers student-athlete to attend sporting events held on campus, while the total number of spectators are not ...

Girls Basketball: Gov. Livingston Tops Plainfield 53-25 in Saturday Defeat

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The Plainfield Cardinals fell to Governor Livingston on Saturday in a 53-25 loss.

Maziyah Richards had 7 points for the Cardinals, and Abria Durham scored 5 points.

Gianna Ciccimarra (18) and Dani Kang (13) were the high scorers for the host team. Kang also had 3 assists and 3 steals.

Somerset Patriots Officially Become Yankees Minor League Affiliate

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots officially signed Major League Baseball’s Professional Development License (PDL), formally accepting an invitation from the New York Yankees to become the team’s new Double-A affiliate. The PDL represents a 10-year agreement that guarantees Somerset will operate as the Yankees’ official Double-A affiliate through the 2030 ...

Raritan Valley Line Mayors’ Alliance Applauds Changes for Gateway Hudson River Tunnel Project Funding

February 18, 2021

RARITAN VALLEY, NJ -- The Raritan Valley Line Mayors’ Alliance is cheering the news from Washington about the long-delayed Gateway Hudson River tunnel project. The Biden Administration has reversed a policy by former President Trump that did not allow either New York or New Jersey to use loans borrowed from the federal government as part of each state’s funding commitment to the ...

NJ Resident in Dire Need of a Kidney

February 22, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ -- Motherhood was one of the greatest joys for Debra Kaufman. Her pregnancy resulted in having a son, Bryan, now in his 30s. However, the pregnancy at the time also resulted in preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system. In many cases, it negatively impacts the liver and kidneys. Preeclampsia ...

UPDATE: COVID-19 Emergency Food Distribution Moved from VoTech in Scotch Plains to Kean U on Sat, Feb. 20

UNION, NJ -- The Union County Board of Commissioners will hold a food distribution event for Union County residents to aid those affected by COVID-19 on Saturday, February 20. A drive-up distribution will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Kean University’s parking lot in Union (1000 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083).

The food distribution is open to all Union ...

Seeking a Kidney to Save A Wayne Resident's Life

WAYNE, NJ – Long-time Wayne resident, Harry Stricker is searching for a good Samaritan to help save his life. After a battle with kidney cancer fifteen years ago, Stricker had one kidney removed. In March of 2020, his remaining kidney began to fail and now a living kidney donation may be his only chance. 

According to the kidneyfund.org, “Nearly 100,000 people are on the ...

NJ Top Court Orders New Detention Hearings for Defendants with Jury Trials Postponed by COVID-19

February 15, 2021

Special to TAPintoSPF. 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.

Chief justice rules that with courtrooms closed by pandemic for 11 months, ‘confinement may become punitive’

 

Potentially thousands ...

Tips for Seed Starting Success

February 20, 2021

You created your wish list, ordered some or all of the seeds you will need, and they are beginning to arrive.  Make the most of your investment with a bit of planning.

Starting seeds at the proper time, indoors or directly in the garden, ensures a good start to the growing season. Check the back of the seed packet for planting times and directions. Consult your local Extension ...

Over $130M Dedicated to Clean Transportation in NJ's Fight Against Climate Change

February 16, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Months after signing expansive environmental justice legislative, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday vowed New Jersey would put its money where its mouth is - investing over $130 million in clean transportation projects.

Murphy, who spoke about more green initiatives during a press conference this morning, also signed an executive order creating a climate action office and the New ...

Plainfield Breaks Ground at 1000 North Avenue (Video)

February 25, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A groundbreaking ceremony for a vacant warehouse project in Plainfield that was dubbed "1000 North Avenue", a redevelopment project next to the Netherwood train station and across the street from Seidler Field, took place Wednesday.

The project, finally becoming realized, came before the Planning Board way back in July 2017. Plans called for a new, five-story ...

HPC Applauds Applicant's Work on Updated Plainfield YMCA Plans

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Historic Preservation Commission held an informational meeting Tuesday with the 835 PL Plainfield Urban Renewal applicant whose goal is to adaptively reuse the YMCA building on Watchung Avenue, converting it to 154 apartments and commercial space on the ground floor.

Architect Stephen Wilder of Think Wilder had presented plans at the November 24, 2020, HPC meeting ...

Plainfield Planning Board Moves 1222 South Ave Project at Site of Former Fig Tree Forward

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Applicant Centurion Plainfield 1222 South Avenue, LLC was back before the Planning Board Thursday to follow up on loose ends left dangling at its appearance on Jan. 21. The continuation included a report by Attorney Lawrence A. Calli, who said a TRC, or technical review, was undertaken on Feb. 4 with city officials.

The mixed-use project at the site of the former Fig ...

Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday Look Different in a Pandemic

February 16, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Today is Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday in French, a holiday celebrated across the globe, especially in places with large Roman Catholic populations. It's a day of celebration before the religious fasting season of Lent that begins this week on Ash Wednesday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mardi Gras celebrations will be different this year — even ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Celebrate Lunar New Year

EDISON, NJ-- This year’s Lunar New Year festivities at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison took on a different look but retained the festive atmosphere of the annual school tradition. The event took place Friday, Feb. 12 in the Berry Performing Arts Center in front of a small socially distanced audience but was viewed by others at school on a livestream.

Juniors and seniors entered ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Second Graders Provide Valentine’s Cheer to Seniors

EDISON, NJ-- The students in Miss Ellen Colandrea’s second grade class wanted to share some love with the residents of the Complete Care Woodlands senior facility in Plainfield for Valentine’s Day. Following guidelines outlined by Ms. Terry Miller, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, the children created Valentine bear bags and filled them with candy and positive messages written ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Boys Off To Fast Start in Gold Division

EDISON, NJ-- The boys’ varsity basketball team at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison has opened the 2021 season with five consecutive victories and is off to a 6-1 start overall, including 6-0 in the GMC Gold Division. Last week’s 60-57 triumph over Timothy Christian was the closest margin for the Rams, who lost at Pennington before bouncing back with a 63-31 rout of East ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Model UN Team Excels at Bergen County Conference

EDISON, NJ-- The W+H Model UN Team had a successful showing at last week’s AMUN XXII Conference hosted by Bergen County Academies. A coalition of 31 W+H students represented individuals and countries from around the world. Club advisor Cristian Fernandez saluted his students for their preparation and called the event “a wonderful success.”

Delegates participated in debates ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Report Weather in Spanish

EDISON, NJ-- Lower School Spanish students in the second, fourth and fifth grade classes were assigned to report the local weather as an opportunity to use their Spanish in a real life situation and for them to review what they had studied in previous years. 

The young weather reporters embraced this new opportunity to provide information including the day, season, temperature and weather ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge First Graders Zoom with Meteorologists

EDISON, NJ-- First-grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison culminated their recent study unit on weather with a virtual field trip and Zoom session with meteorologists Stephen Shiveley and Trent Davis from the National Weather Service Tampa office. 

The professional meteorologists shared a presentation about extreme weather. They talked about hurricanes, blizzards and ...

Put “Choose to Reuse” on your 2021 To-Do List

Union County residents who are seeking ways to help the environment this year can start by bringing reusable grocery bags to the supermarket, and skipping single-use bags.

“Switching to reusable grocery bags is a simple but effective way for everyone to help cut down on waste and litter pollution, and start getting into the ‘Choose to Reuse’ habit,” said Union County ...

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Thu, February 25, 10:00 AM

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Thu, February 25, 6:30 PM

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Vaccine Safety Tele-Town Hall

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Fri, February 26, 7:00 PM

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NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

February 21, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

Cheers! Celebrate National Drink Wine Day New Jersey Style

NEW JERSEY — Raise a glass! Thursday, Feb. 18, is National Drink Wine Day.

New Jersey oenophiles have plenty to celebrate, including more than 60 wineries right here in the Garden State.

Wine has been made in New Jersey since before the American Revolution, but thanks to changes in state laws that made winemaking more feasible as a business here, it’s during the last two decades ...

Union County Celebrates Read Across America With A Sensory Friendly Bedtime Story

February 24, 2021

The Union County Board of Commissioners invites families to join Sensory Friendly Bedtime Story, a special online celebration of this year’s Read Across America event hosted by the Office for Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs.

“Read Across America is a wonderful program that engages children all over the country, and with this special online program we hope to ensure ...

Gen. George Washington Turned 47 in Central NJ Living the Good Life

February 21, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While there is no evidence of a birthday celebration for George Washington in 1779, the General did attend a few parties in central New Jersey around the time of his 47th birthday on Feb. 22 that year.

Details are provided in a video posted on YouTube, as part of a virtual President's Day celebration hosted by Valley Forge National Historical Park, narrated by ...

Changing Your Self Image Can Change Your Life

February 20, 2021

What slows down our personal and professional growth? What holds us back from reaching out, making connections, having conversations, and building relationships? Most importantly, what keeps us back from Standing Out? What makes it difficult for us to reach out and talk to people?

I know for myself it was always the hidden self-image that I had. This poor self-image held me back from being the ...

‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

There’s a famous saying that “All politics Is local.” As politics has become nationalized and even local candidates are now being forced to follow or defend the pronouncements of the national political parties, the adage is seemingly less accurate.  Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused the news industry to be turned on its head as all news is becoming local.

For instance, when ...

What Is Content Marketing, And How Can It Benefit Your Business?

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Having an online presence is a crucial aspect of boosting your business, but a website alone is often not enough to drive engagement and convert leads to customers. In order to effectively market your business, a business needs to invest in content marketing. 

Content marketing is creating and distributing meaningful content, including text, photos and video, that ...

Jeanne Wall Expands Her TAPinto Network With TAPinto Hazlet/Keyport

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - From Fortune 500 communications professional to owning her own local news business, TAPinto franchise owner Jeanne Wall has seen it all. 

Now, after experiencing success in her first two TAPinto franchise locations in Holmdel/Colts Neck and Middletown, Wall is moving forward again, launching TAPinto Hazlet/Keyport, her third TAPinto Franchise in Monmouth County, ...

The Lost Boys by Faye Kellerman

The Lost Boys by Faye Kellerman. (Harper Collins, 2021)

 

Faye Kellerman began the Peter Decker- Rina Lazarus series in 1986. In the first novel, police officer, Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD, is called in to investigate the rape of a woman, who was going home after taking a mikvah, the cleansing bath, that Orthodox Jewish women take once a month. This is an unthinkable crime, ...

One Night in Miami

One Night in Miami      Film on Netflix

It was February 25, 1965, Convention Hall in Miami, Florida. The hungry for glory, young Cassius Clay has whipped Sonny Liston to win the title of  Heavyweight Champion of the World. Looking for a way to celebrate his triumph, Clay joins three of his friends, Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.), Jim Brown (Aldie Hodge), and Malcolm X ...

A Time for Mercy by John Grisham

A Time For Mercy by John Grisham (Doubleday, 2020)

 

New York Times best selling author, John Grisham has set three novels in the fictional town of Clanton, Mississippi. Of the town, Grisham reflects, “A lot has been written about Clanton and many of its characters: Jake and Carla, Harry Rex, Lucien, Judge Noose, Judge Atlee, Sheriff Ozzie Walls, Carl Lee and so on. Indeed,  ...

The Girls by Lori Lansens

The Girls by Lori Lansens.  ( Back Bay Books, 2005)

 

I enjoy watching The Learning Channel’s hit show, Thousand Pound Sisters. Every time my husband, Tom, catches me watching it, he shakes his head and mutters, “I don’t know why you watch this show. . .” (To be fair, I don’t get The Mandalorian, but each to his own). 

So, why do I watch ...

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult. (Random House, 2020)

 

Death has never been more a part of my consciousness than in the year 2020. We are getting daily death totals just like we used to get on the nightly news during the Vietnam War. But, death is not a subject that humans like to dwell on. Most of us put thoughts of our mortality on the back burner so that we are able to ...

Railroad History Comes Alive at Steamtown Historic National Site in Scranton PA

February 24, 2021

SCRANTON, PA -- Located in the heart of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site offers visitors an exciting look into one of the first rail lines built in the northeast. The park is built on the former site of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, one of the earliest and most important rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Steamtown features a large collection of ...