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Bill to Raise Awareness of Synthetic Opioids Advances

July 26, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved H.R. 2364, the Synthetic Opioid Danger Awareness Act, a bill introduced by Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) that would help raise awareness of the dangers of synthetic opioids. The bill, which will next go to the House Floor for a final vote, comes in the wake of a CDC report that more than ...

NJ Congressmen Pushing 'Passport Emergency Extension Act' to Tackle Backlog of Travel Docs

WASHINGTON, DC – New Jersey Congressmen Chris Smith (NJ-4) and Albio Sires (NJ-8) have partnered up to tackle the enormous and growing backlog for renewed passports faced by Americans eager to travel.  If enacted, the Passport Emergency Extension Act of 2021 (H.R. 4615) will ensure American citizens are able to travel while the State Department addresses serious ...

Owner of Plainfield's Former YWCA Site Seeks Approval for Upgrades, Use Variance

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The owners of the building on the site of the former YWCA will come before Plainfield’s Historic Preservation Commission Tuesday. Applicant Al-Minhal Academy USA, LLC, is seeking a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove vinyl windows, and approval for signage.

The Applicant plans to replace 14 vinyl windows with Marvin wood windows. Supporting documentation ...

Twin City Pharmacy to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines at 2021 National Night Out 

July 30, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield's National Night Out 2021 is less than a week away and, during the three-hour event, residents will have the opportunity to receive a COVID vaccine, courtesy of Twin City Pharmacy and Surgical. 

"National Night Out presents an opportunity for Twin City Pharmacy to promote health awareness to all age groups in our ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation 

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

TRENTON, NJ — Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to ...

Plainfield Resident Dies in Route 287 Tractor-Trailer Crash (updated)

July 26, 2021

EDISON, NJ — A Plainfield resident riding a motorcycle died Monday after a collision with a tractor-trailer around 5:30 a.m. on Monday near Interstate 287 and Route 440.

The person was identified as Terrance R. Erwin, a 61-year-old woman who was riding southbound toward Route 440.

Erwin was thrown from the bike, and suffered fatal injuries.

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous ...

Plainfield Public Library – Call for Old Plainfield High School Yearbooks

July 23, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Public Library’s Local History, Genealogy & Special Collections Department is seeking help to fill in the gaps in its collection of Plainfield High School Yearbooks. The collection runs from 1906 to 2021.

PHS began printing the yearbooks in 1903 as the June Commencement issue of “The Oracle,” which was the official high school ...

Unity in the Community with Queen City Mentoring Academy

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Join the Queen City Mentoring Academy in a safe space to enjoy food, music, games and more, for Unity in the Community, with five events to be held across Plainfield. These events are free for all Plainfield youth to attend.

July 15 — Hannah Atkins
July 22 — Bryant Playground
July 29 — Mathewson Park
August 5 — Rushmore Park
August 12 ...

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes to Perform in Clark

CLARK, NJ — Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will play a free concert at Oak Ridge Park in Clark on Saturday, July 24, beginning at 6 p.m.

Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes are among the creators of the legendary Jersey Shore Sound. The talented band has recorded more than 30 albums and toured all over the world during the past five decades while playing a classic ...

Plainfield Resident Makes Dean’s List at University of Hartford

July 30, 2021

WEST HARTFORD, CT -- Plainfiield's Julian Spivey has been named to The University of Hartford Dean's List for Spring 2021.

Spread across seven dynamic schools and colleges, the University of Hartford has been guiding the purpose and passion of students for over six decades.

Six File to Run for Three Seats on Plainfield School Board

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Six candidates are running for three seats on Plainfield's Board of Education, according to the Union County Clerk’s Office. The seats are currently held by Richard Wyatt, Emily Morgan and John Campbell. The deadline for candidates to file petitions with the Union County Board of Elections was Monday.

Sarah Virgo, Hanae Wyatt and Victor Webb are running ...

New Jersey Is 2021's 3rd Best School System in America: WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the country's third best school system in the country, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list States with the Best and Worst School Systems. Only two states, Massachusetts (No.1) and Connecticut (No. 2), ranked higher than New Jersey. New York (No. 14) and Pennsylvania (No. 24) finished in the top half of ...

Turnpike Authority to Rename GSP Service Area after Judy Blume of Scotch Plains

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that the state will rename nine Garden State Parkway service areas after iconic New Jerseyans, including Judy Blume, who grew up in Elizabeth and lived in Scotch Plains on Winding Brook Way from 1960 to 1972.

Judy Blume (née Sussman) is one of America's best-selling writers of books for children and young adults. She has published ...

NJ Native Athlete Banned from Olympic Village Due to Sexual Misconduct Allegations

July 27, 2021

Alen Hadzic, a 29-year-old West Orange native who graduated from Montclair High School, was temporarily suspended in June by the US Center for SafeSport when three women reported him for sexual misconduct between 2013 and 2015. Hadzic denies the allegations.

He’s an alternate on the Olympic Fencing team but is prohibited from staying in the Olympic Village with the rest of ...

How COVID Almost Crushed Fran Russo’s Olympic Dreams

WAYNE, NJ — Wayne Valley High School’s outstanding fencer, Francesca Russo is in Tokyo right now, settled into the Olympic village and prepping for competition. Her road to Tokyo, though took a turn during the pandemic and COVID came very close to derailing her dream.

Russo’s story is one of perseverance through outer difficulties and inner doubts.

She moved to Wayne with ...

Sam Mattis, 'the Greatest Discus Thrower in New Jersey History,' to Compete in Olympics on Thursday

TOKYO, JAPAN — NJ native Sam Mattis will be throwing Discus at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Mattis will be competing on Thursday, July 29th at 8:45 P.M on NBC.

Mattis is ranked #17 in the world by worldathetics.org, and he is ranked #1 in the United States.  His personal bests and statistics can be found here.

The full schedule for men's discus events can ...

Twin City Pharmacy to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines at 2021 National Night Out 

July 30, 2021

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield's National Night Out 2021 is less than a week away and, during the three-hour event, residents will have the opportunity to receive a COVID vaccine, courtesy of Twin City Pharmacy and Surgical. 

"National Night Out presents an opportunity for Twin City Pharmacy to promote health awareness to all age groups in our ...

New Jersey Is 2021's Worst State to Start a Business: WalletHub Study

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the worst state to start a business, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual list of the Best and Worst States to Start a Business.

Nearby Connecticut (No. 49) and Pennsylvania (No. 43) also ranked in the bottom ten, while neighboring New York came in at No. 22. Texas placed as the best state to start a ...

Murphy Signs Legislation to Provide $135 Million in Small Business Relief

Brings EDA Total to More than $700 Million in Direct Small Business Relief Since the Start of the Pandemic

TENAFLY, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation (S-3982) Wednesday that provides additional aid to small businesses as New Jersey continues to recover from the pandemic. The bill provides $135 million to small businesses throughout the state and will be administered by the ...

McCormick Italian Seasoning and Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

July 29, 2021

McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning have been recalled due to possible contamination with Salmonella, announced McCormick & Company, Inc. The company was alerted by the FDA after routing testing. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The four products ...

Recall Alert: Give and Go Muffins Recalled Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

A voluntary nationwide recall of Give and Go Muffin products has been announced due to potential for the products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, said the company. Muffins baked by Give and Go are sold under several brand names including many in our area. 

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in ...

Support Autism Awareness Night at Red Bull Arena, August 28

July 27, 2021

Tickets to Red Bulls pro soccer match offered to Union County residents at $30.00 per person; ticket price includes a $10.00 food voucher to be used at the venue.

Special needs residents and their families are invited to “A Night Out with the NY Red Bulls,” a New Jersey-based soccer team, in support of Autism Awareness Night at Red Bull Arena at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August ...

South Carolina Man Guilty of Murder, Kidnapping of NJ Student in Ride-Share Tragedy

July 28, 2021

COLUMBIA, SC — It only took a few hours on Tuesday for a jury to return a verdict in the trial of the South Carolina man charged with killing Robbinsville Township’s Samantha Josephson after he allegedly posed as an Uber driver in 2019.

Nathaniel Rowland, 27, of New Zion, SC, was found guilty on all three charges: murder, kidnapping and possession of a weapon ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Attracts 1,000+ Participants, Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...

What You Need to Know About The Mystery Deaths Among New Jersey Songbirds

July 30, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Local wildlife organizations need county residents’ help to solve the mystery of an unknown illness killing young songbirds in the state, and to stop its spread.

What’s happening to songbirds? Dr. Nicole Lewis, a wildlife veterinarian with the state Division of Fish and Wildlife, told TAPinto on Tuesday the condition has affected birds in the nestling and ...

Beach Haven's New Jersey Maritime Museum to Commemorate 65th Anniversary of Andrea Doria Sinking

July 22, 2021

BEACH HAVEN, NJ — Survivors, divers, and historians will gather at the New Jersey Maritime Museum on Sunday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m. to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the S.S. Andrea Doria’s tragic sinking.

As part of the program, the Museum will unveil and blow the Andrea Doria’s foghorn, which was recently salvaged by the crew of New ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Student Earns National, Academic Lacrosse Recognition

Kevin Yan of Plainfield is a quick study whose relentless work ethic continues to pay dividends on the lacrosse field. 

The recent Wardlaw+Hartridge graduate first picked up a lacrosse stick in the spring of his sophomore year. Just over two years later, Kevin has been selected as an Academic All-American and also will be representing the Chinese U-19 national team at the World Lacrosse ...

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In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

The Secrets Behind the Deliciousness of NJ Summer Tomatoes

NEW JERSEY — For many who call the Garden State home, summer tastes like the first bite of a ripe, juicy Jersey tomato plucked fresh from a roadside farm stand or local farmers market.

But for every delicate tomato dripping with flavor we devour on the spot or place ever so carefully in our canvas bag to bring home from the market, we struggle to understand its secrets. What makes the ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Attracts 1,000+ Participants, Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...

Rental Assistance Available for Tenants in Union County Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 30, 2021

Tenants can apply for assistance beginning August 2; their landlords must also register.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners has launched a new grant program to provide financial relief for Union County residents unable to meet their rental obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new Emergency Rental Assistance Program, eligible tenants can receive up to 12 months of ...

Belmar’s John Walsh Takes First Place in NJ’s ‘Your Voice, Your Shot’ Video Contest

July 20, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Belmar resident John Walsh is the winner of New Jersey’s “Your Voice, Your Shot” video contest, which is part of the state’s public health campaign encouraging residents to get the coronavirus vaccine.

Walsh’s “Jersey Summer” video was selected as the public’s favorite during online voting — an announcement that was made ...

Quitting Can Be Winning

July 30, 2021

I will begin by quoting a recent Instagram message by Justin Bieber.

“Nobody will ever understand the pressures you face! I know we don’t know each other but I’m so proud of the decision to withdraw.  It’s as simple as – what does it mean to gain the whole world but forfeit your soul. Sometimes our no’s are more powerful than our yes’s.  ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...

Lifelong Journalist Finds Way To Keep News Passion Alive By Launching TAPinto Chatham

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - To reporters, news is more than a job, it’s a passion. For Ed Barmakian, news is his whole life. And when he saw his passion was in danger, he found a way to evolve to meet the times rather than lose what he loves. 

Barmakian launched TAPinto Chatham in July of 2013. He had recently retired from the Star Ledger after 33 as a sports journalist and editor. His ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Summer is back and so are customers! With the worst of COVID-19 hopefully behind us, people are more excited than ever to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. For your business, this could be a huge opportunity to draw in new customers and gain additional revenue you may have lost during last year’s lockdown. 

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Shapiro: The Foxes are Winning: Partisan Local News Sites are Getting the Upperhand

Back in October, I wrote about the launch of partisan local news sites and how they were filling the void in local news in towns across the country. Since then, the amount of such sites has grown from a few hundred to more than 1,000. While some high-quality objective local news sites have launched since then, they are being dwarfed in size and scale by the partisan sites.

One ...

To the Dickens with Dickens

With so much emphasis being placed on STEM today, Language Arts (formerly known as English) has become less significant in the school curriculum. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary are touched on, but not emphasized as they used to be. Even cursive writing has been dropped from many school districts.

When I started teaching in 1972 the basics were covered in the freshman and ...

Retro Review: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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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 ...

New Jersey Dentist Provides Painless Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Sleep Apnea

July 26, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Dr. Joseph DalBon of the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry spoke with TAPintoTV to discuss a new painless laser oral treatment created to alleviate sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient is waking up during the night and unable to breathe that can cause a number of serious health issues,” he said. Some of these health issues ...