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Murphy Fears George Floyd Protests Could Mean Coronavirus Spike in NJ 

June 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds.

“Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton at his daily press ...

Murphy Says Restaurant, Retail Workers Will Be Required To Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back patrons on June 15.

Although non-essential retail businesses will follow familiar rules that have been observed for months at supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential businesses, there could be a decided lack ...

Reports: Health Dept. Workers Say Deaths of NJ's Elderly Were Preventable in Letter to State Lawmakers

NEW JERSEY -- Claiming that Gov. Phil Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli could have done more to save the lives of the elderly, a group of Health Dept. workers wrote to state lawmakers to say they "have no idea what specific data points the governor uses to make decisions, because he rarely consults with them," according to reports by News 12 NJ and ...

Murphy Announces Motor Vehicles Reopening Schedule

June 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Some good news for teenagers who have been patiently (and not so patiently) waiting to get their drivers licenses.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Chief Administrator Sue Fulton of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) on Friday announced plans for a phased reopening of MVC facilities to the public following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reopening will proceed ...

Murphy Fears George Floyd Protests Could Mean Coronavirus Spike in NJ 

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds.

“Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton at his daily press ...

Murphy Says Restaurant, Retail Workers Will Be Required To Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back patrons on June 15.

Although non-essential retail businesses will follow familiar rules that have been observed for months at supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential businesses, there could be a decided lack ...

Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition Plans Peaceful March on Saturday

June 4, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Anti-Violence Coalition will hold a peaceful march and rally Saturday, June 6, starting at Library Park. The event is in response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, and racial injustice.

Norman Deen Muhammad, a member of the PAVC and one of the organizers of the march, told TAPinto Plainfield that "the horrendous killing ...

Use of Force Incident in Plainfield Referred to Union County Prosecutor’s Office

According to a statement by the Union County Prosecutor's Office, a use of force incident is under review.

In the evening hours of June 3, members of the Plainfield Police Division were making an arrest of an 18-year-old male in the area of the 300 block of Liberty Street in Plainfield. During the course of the arrest, the suspect sustained an injury to his arm that required immediate ...

Murphy on George Floyd Killing: 'We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility'

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

"George Floyd should be alive today – not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of human ...

Memorial Day Facts for Children and Adults

May 23, 2020

Memorial Day Facts For Kids:

Memorial Day is celebrated to honor and remember all the men and women who died fighting for our country.  These men and women dedicated their lives so we can be a free nation.Some people get Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day confused. Veteran’s Day is a day to honor all the men and women who have served in the US armed forces, Memorial ...

NJ Education Officials: Schools Should Consider Screening Graduation Guests for Fevers

May 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Schools should consider screening visitors with noncontact thermometers and excluding anyone with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees, according to graduation ceremony guidelines released by the state Department of Education (DOH).

The guidance, released on May 27, outlines three options for K-12 school commencement ceremonies: virtual, drive-thru/drive-in and ...

NJ Graduations Can Start July 6. Ceremonies May be Split for Social Distancing.

NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders.

The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said, will be permitted to begin July 6 as ...

Fine Print: NJ School Boards’ Report Starts Conversation on Reopening

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.

Title: “Searching for a ‘New Normal’ in New Jersey’s Public Schools”

Author: The New Jersey School Boards Association, representing more ...

Scotch Plains Man Struck, Killed Crossing South Ave. Friday

June 5, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — An 87-year old Scotch Plains man died Friday afternoon after he was struck while crossing West South Avenue at the intersection of North Scotch Plains Avenue, police said.

The victim’s name has not been released. No charges have been field against the driver at this time, police said.

Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro said in a press release that ...

NJSIAA Statement on Resumption of High School Sports in New Jersey

June 1, 2020

NJSIAA STATEMENT on Executive Order #149 - Return to Sports

The governor’s executive order (EO #149) regarding organized sports is a positive step.

Specifically related to high school athletics, this executive order makes it clear that interscholastic sports may resume in accordance with reopening protocols issued by the NJSIAA – which, in turn, will be based on ...

Murphy Says Restaurant, Retail Workers Will Be Required To Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

June 4, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back patrons on June 15.

Although non-essential retail businesses will follow familiar rules that have been observed for months at supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential businesses, there could be a decided lack ...

Outdoor Dining in NJ Can Return June 15, With Rules For Establishments to Expand Footprint

TRENTON, NJ — Garden State eateries continuing to hurt because of COVID-19 will get further relief June 15 when the state will begin allowing for in-person outdoor dining.

Gov. Phil Murphy, in announcing the executive order Wednesday, said he himself has a reservation for June 15 although he didn’t say where.

“I hope folks with some confidence feel they can get ...

Plainfield: Restaurants Can Open Outdoors on June 15, Haircutters, Salons on June 22, Gyms TBD - Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- Make your restaurant reservations and hair appointments now.

Gov. Phil Murphy today announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference that effective June 15, outdoor dining at restaurants can commence, and non-essential in-person retail can begin.

A week later, on June 22, salons and barber shops can open. However, the opening date for gyms and health clubs is still ...

Online Grocery Shopping Opens to SNAP Recipients This Week

May 25, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey residents receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be able to order groceries online, starting this week.

Online shopping using these benefits will be available through Amazon beginning Wednesday, May 27 and from participating Walmart, ShopRite and The Fresh Grocer stores effective Thursday, May ...

JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook Takes Part in #Seniors4Seniors2020 Social Media Campaign 

June 2, 2020

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In a show of support for the Class of 2020, residents and staff at JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook, a division of Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH), recently took part in the #Seniors4Seniors2020 social media campaign sponsored by the New Jersey Hospital Association. 

The #Seniors4Seniors2020 initiative, according to a press release from the association, was ...

Local Organization Rescues Daycare Center Items for Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A fully operational Branchburg daycare center recently closed down, and all of its contents were left behind.  Members of Jerusalem Lodge #26, located in Plainfield, joined together with Plainfield PBA #19 for a community service project to save the items.

A large truck was loaded up on Friday by the lodge brothers, and it was driven to Access Self Storage on South ...

Union Catholic Graduate Fabiana Pierre-Louis Nominated To Become First Black Woman To Serve on NJ Supreme Court

June 5, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Fabiana Pierre-Louis, a member of Union Catholic’s Class of 1998, made history on Friday when N.J. Governor Phil Murphy said he will nominate her to become New Jersey’s first black woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Murphy made the landmark announcement during a new conference from Trenton.

“Today I will submit Fabiana’s name to ...

Gov. Murphy, Countless Others Observe Moment of Silence for George Floyd

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy joined countless others across the country in a moment of silence that lasted 8 minutes, 46 seconds - the exact amount of time a white police office in Minneapolis, Minn., pinned George Floyd to the ground on May 25.

Floyd died after Derek Chauvin used knee to hold Floyd down while he was handcuffed, inspiring protests in the streets of cities across the country.

Manage Mosquitoes for a Safer and More Enjoyable Summer

May 31, 2020

Don’t let the buzz of mosquitoes keep you indoors. Most mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing rashes and itching but some species can transmit diseases that can make you sick.  Understanding how they breed and spread disease can help you gain the upper hand in the battle against these pesky insects.

Mosquitoes serve as a carrier (vector) in the spread of certain diseases. It starts ...

Plainfield's PMUA to Transition back to Regular Schedule

June 6, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority is reverting to schedule changes that were in place prior to the coronavirus epidemic.

Effective Monday, June 8: Standard waste separation rules for garbage and recycling will be reinstated. Paper must be separated from commingled plastics, glass and aluminum recyclables; Garbage may not be mixed with any recyclable ...

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Wardlaw+Hartridge Third Graders Present Virtual Recorder Recital

EDISON, NJ -- Third grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison performed on their recorders with homemade videos to create a wonderful virtual recital. 

The students began learning the recorder at the beginning of the school year. They continued practicing and improving their skills during distance learning.  The repertoire includes songs learned early in the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Celebrates Athletes, Teams at Virtual Rams Recognition Night

EDISON, NJ -- The department at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison held a virtual Rams Recognition Night to celebrate the accomplishments of its Upper School athletes and teams on May 27.

Four athletes who compiled at least nine varsity letters received W+H blankets: Brianna Chambers of Somerset, Austin Miller of Linden, Sahil Mulji of Edison and Nadia Valcourt of South Plainfield.

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Share Genetics Research

EDISON, NJ -- Upper School science students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison addressed the fields of genetics and molecular biology in a series of informative virtual presentations in a webinar on May 20.

W+H offers honors research programs in genetics and molecular biology and technology. In genetics, students work on an independent genetic research project using drosophila ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Lower School Embraces Virtual Community Field Day

EDISON, NJ -- The first-ever virtual Field Day turned into an enormous success, with Lower School students and parents participating in a community oriented challenge event that incorporated many interesting aspects.

Students in from PreK-Grade 5 were divided into teams of Green and Gold during the daylong event, which triggered thousands of posts on SeeSaw. Students and their families ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Eighth Graders Deliver Capstone Presentations

EDISON, NJ -- Eighth grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison addressed a variety of interesting topics during a series of well-executed virtual Capstone presentations last week. Nine students participated in this year’s program:

Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway – Water Shortages in sub-Saharan Africa; Tiger Huang of Edison – Impact of Artificial ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Thespians Win Theatre Night Awards

EDISON, NJ -- Mayah Nissim of Scotch Plains and Sahil Mulji of Edison, seniors at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, won the equivalent of an Oscar in their categories of distinction at the Montclair State University's Theatre Night Foxy Awards, which was held virtually on May 19. Mayah won for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Work of Innovation & ...

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.

“Union County ...

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 ...

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Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

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

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

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

June 5, 2020

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.

“Union County remains committed to ...

Plainfield PBA Local #19 Statement on Use of Force Incident

June 5, 2020

The Plainfield Policemen’s Benevolent Association is aware that these are tense times within our Country and in our City. Recently, a video surfaced on social media depicting the arrest of a city resident. As required, the matter was forwarded to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office for a complete and thorough investigation.  We ask the public to hold their judgement while the ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

May 31, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!”

And hundreds responded, "No peace!"

Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd.

Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

Plainfield Residents Won’t See a Tax Increase in 2020 / Los residentes no verán un aumento de impuestos en 2020

May 29, 2020

PLAINFIELD, NJ — A joint statement from Plainfield city officials announced the 2020 budget has been reduced by almost $2.3 million, with over 100 budget line items impacted. There will also be a zero percent tax increase this year.

Read the full statement:

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp announced that the City of Plainfield, NJ, will have a zero percent tax increase for the budget year ...

I photographed a George Floyd protest in Newark. This is what I Witnessed.

June 2, 2020

Daniel Han is a freelance journalist, Westfield High School Graduate of 2019 and freshman studying journalism at Rutgers University.

I entered Newark, N.J. on Saturday with shatter-proof goggles, a helmet and camera. As a freelance photographer, I wanted to capture the historic moment of the George Floyd protests, but was also nervous. Footage of Minneapolis, New York and Philadelphia ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

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 ...

Food for Thought by Mark Vogel

Food for Thought: Food History & Science Cooking Techniques  by Mark Vogel.   ( 2020).

Are you suffering from cabin fever, having  been on “lockdown” for a week, facing a future of being housebound for who knows how long? I have a suggestion to help you pass the time in a productive and interesting way, learn fun facts about food, and sample new recipes. Purchase ...

TAPinto Red Bank Editor Shares Story of Virtual Art Auction to Benefit Neighbors in Need

June 5, 2020

RED BANK, NJ -- Scott Wingerter, Editor of TAPinto Red Bank, joined Host Stephanie Willoughby to share a story from his community about a local nonprofit organization who held an online art auction to raise money to feed the needy.  

Lunch Break is a Red Bank organization founded in 1983 to help underemployed people make ends meet, said Wingerter, but it has evolved into much more.