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Twin City Pharmacy to Celebrate 'National Customer Appreciation Day,' May 20 

May 18, 2022

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – May 20 is National Customers Appreciation Day and Twin City Pharmacy and Surgical is looking to pay it forward. Throughout the day Friday, the Park Avenue family-owned and run pharmacy will be distributing free goodie bags to its customers as a way of thanking them for all their support over the past 50-plus years. 

"Our customers are the best, and ...

New Jersey Gas Prices Jump Again; Average Cost Up 6 Cents This Week Alone

WAYNE, NJ — New Jersey’s average gas price rose six cents this week to $4.10 ($4.04). Today’s average price is down 11 cents from a month ago ($4.21), but is still $1.19 higher than April 25, 2021. New Jersey’s average price is two cents cheaper than the National average. Gas costs less in the Garden State compared to New York, at $4.23, and Pennsylvania, at ...

NJ Transit Project to Create Train Yard in New Brunswick Picking Up Steam

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A project that could one day make the morning commute to the office or the weekend jaunt to New York safer for travelers who use the Northeast Corridor — the nation’s busiest passenger line — is starting to pick up steam.

The NJ Transit Board of Directors this week approved the first construction contract for early action work on the Delco Lead ...

NJ American Water: Plainfield Customers Among Those May Experience Reduced Pressure, Discolored Water

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Areas in Plainfield received a notification Thursday from New Jersey American Water about routine flushing of its water distribution system starting next week. The action will run from Monday, April 18 through Friday, May 27, for what the utility says will provide customers with high-quality water service. Flushing, the authority notes in the advisory, will occur between ...

Recreational Marijuana Sales in New Jersey to Begin on April 21

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy says adults at least 21 years old will be able to purchase recreational marijuana and marijuana products without a medical card in New Jersey starting on April 21, 2022.

"This is a historic step in our work to create a new cannabis industry," Murphy said on Twitter.

“This is an exciting time for New ...

New Jersey Is Best State to Work From Home: Study

NEW JERSEY, NJ — New Jersey was ranked No. 1 in the country in WalletHub's Best States for Working from Home study. Nearby Delaware(3), Connecticut (4), Maryland (9), and New York (10) also ranked in the top 10.

While more and more businesses are embracing work-from-home positions, people who are allowed to work from home may not always have the best environment for doing so. The ...

Need Help Rebuilding from The Pandemic? NJ Launches NJ FinLit- a Free Financial Wellness Platform for Residents

TRENTON— The New Jersey Department of the Treasury has launched NJ FinLit, a free financial wellness platform for all adult state residents, announced Governor Murphy.

The NJ FinLit financial wellness platform features  tools and courses, as well as a personalized and interactive learning experience, including the Your Money PersonalityTM financial behavior assessment, which ...

New Jersey's Credit Rating Upgraded for Second Time in Less Than a Month

TRENTON, NJ -  S&P Global Ratings raised its rating on New Jersey's General Obligation (GO) Bonds to "A- up from a BBB+ with a stable outlook". This is the first upgrade for New Jersey from S&P since 2005, stated the governor's office. 

S&P also raised its long-term and underlying ratings to 'BBB+' from 'BBB' on various other bonds ...

New Jersey Average Gas Price Down Five Cents: AAA

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey’s average gas price dropped five cents this week to $4.16 from $4.21. Today’s average price is down 21 cents from the high of $4.37 on March 10, but it’s still 27 cents higher than a month ago ($3.89) and $1.25 higher than a year ago ($2.91). New Jersey’s average price is two cents less than the national ...

New Jersey's Average Gas Price Holds Steady: AAA

WAYNE, NJ — New Jersey’s average gas price held steady this week, averaging $4.21. While today’s average price is 16 cents lower than the peak of $4.37 on March 10, it’s still 56 cents higher than a month ago ($3.65) and $1.28 more than one year ago ($2.93).

The national average price for a gallon of gas is down one cent this week to $4.24, ...

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Union County to Host IKEA Job Fair, May 17

May 10, 2022

Job seekers in Union County can find the perfect match at the next job fair sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, May 17th, at the Warinanco Sports Center in Union County’s Warinanco Park, located at 1 Park Drive in Roselle. The job fair will begin at 10:00 a.m. and pre-registration is required.

“Union County residents and businesses within our ...

Spencer Savings Bank Honored With “Company Of The Year” Award By Gateway Chamber

Spencer Savings Bank was recently honored with the “Company Of The Year” award, by the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce, at its 110th annual awards dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Newark, NJ. The bank was honored for its support given to the business community facing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We are very honored to receive the ...

Union County to Host Pepsi Job Fair, May 24

Union County informs job-seeking residents that on Tuesday, May 24, a PepsiCo job fair sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners on will take place at the Warinanco Sports Center in Union County’s Warinanco Park, located at 1 Park Drive in Roselle. The job fair will begin at 10:00 a.m. and pre-registration is required.

PepsiCo will be hiring for 4 main ...

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Don’t Forget to B.Y.O. Bag Starting Wednesday, May 4

On Wednesday, May 4, a new state law called the “Bag Ban” goes into effect. When it does, supermarkets will not hand out any free, single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Customers will have to bring their own shopping bags, or purchase them at the supermarket.

Other retail stores and restaurants can continue to provide free paper shopping bags, but they will not be allowed to ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Announces Class Officers for 2022-2023

EDISON, NJ -- Annie Gu of Edison, a junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison, will lead the student body as senior class president in the 2022-2023 school year after winning the Student Council election. Annie, who took over the leadership from outgoing president Shiv Tickoo of Scotch Plains earlier this month, will be joined by Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway and Adam Eisdorfer of ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Shine at Middle School Spring Concert

EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison provided more than 90 minutes of musical entertainment at last week’s Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Nine ensembles performed under the direction of Choir Director Sharon Byrne, Performing Arts Department Chair, and Band Director Rick Fontaine.

Highlights of the show included the ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Girls Repeat as State Golf Champs

EDISON, NJ -- Consistency, depth and determination propelled the girls’ golf team at The Wardalw+Hartridge School in Edison to its second straight state team championship at Raritan Valley Country Club on May 16. After falling behind by a few strokes early, the Rams remained steady and did not panic as weather conditions began to deteriorate with a storm coming. Fueled by a balanced ...

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Saint Joe's Salutatorian DaSilva: Campus 'Felt Like Home'

METUCHEN, NJ - The second that Matthew DaSilva stepped foot on the campus of Saint Joseph High School five years ago he immediately felt something special. From his first campus tour to his time as “Freshman for a Day,” DaSilva knew the choice was easy. He was going to spend the most formative years of his life at Saint Joe’s.

Sure there were other private schools in ...

Bring your Household Hazardous Waste to a Free Recycling Event for Union County Residents, June 4

May 20, 2022

Union County residents can safely dispose their unwanted household chemicals, old fire extinguishers, propane tanks and other potentially hazardous items at Union County’s next free Household Hazardous Waste event on Saturday, June 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kean Hall parking lot at Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township. Any Union County resident may ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Reach Another Record High

May 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Gas prices in New Jersey have reached another all-time high.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded reached $4.72 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. That's up seven cents from the day before, 23 cents from last week and nearly 70 cents from last month. Those figures are according to AAA.

The Newark and Trenton areas are paying the most statewide, according ...

Plainfield Kindergarten Registration for 2022-2023 School Year / Matriculas de Kindergarden

May 9, 2022

PLAINFIELD, NJ — It’s that time of year again, when all current Plainfield pre-kindergarten students must be registered for kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year. A mass registration day will be held Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Administration Building, 1200 Myrtle Avenue. Parents, it is important to register your child early so he or she will have a placement ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

TAPinto Publisher Bobbie Peer Receives Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to Women Award

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Bobbie Peer is a business owner, a networker, a marketer and a survivor.

"I am a single mother and I made it," Peer said. "I work hard, I'm passionate about what I do and I form relationships. I am a success."

Peer, the publisher of five TAPinto sites, recently received a Boy Scouts of America Patriots' Path Council Tribute to ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

Unmasked: My Life Solving Cold Cases by Paul Holes

Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)

 

Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator ...

Longbourne by Jo Baker

Longbourne by Jo Baker. (Vintage, 2013)

 

Fancy that. Longbourne’s publishing date is exactly 200 years after that of its “predecessor,” Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen, author of six novels including Pride and Prejudice, was born in Hampshire, England in 1775; yet the themes and characters of her works remain as contemporary as if they were written today. In fact, ...

Funny Farm: Mu Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals by Laurie Zaleski

Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals by Laurie Zaleski. 

St. Martin’s Press, 2021.

 

Pandemic. Russia invades the Ukraine. Gas going up to $6.00 a gallon. Everywhere we turn, we are bombarded with bad news. However, if you are seeking a little recreational reading to provide a respite from the stress of daily life, pick up a copy of the remarkable book, ...

Two Truths and a Lie by Ellen McGarrahan

Two Truths and a Lie: A Murder, A Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice.  Ellen McGarrahan. Random House, 2021.

 

“The electric chair faced the witnesses, and as we watched Jesse, Jesse was watching us. Beneath his shaved scalp his dark eyes burned. He was starting to look at the witness in the front row, one by one, I realized. He was going to stare right into ...