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Newark Archdiocese Will Begin Gradual Reopening on Sunday

May 16, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Churches under the Archdiocese of Newark will begin allowing private prayer this weekend, the Archbishop announced Friday, as the first step of a cautious reopening plan. 

The initial phase, which will be minored by parish staff to ensure social distancing, also allows Sacrament of Reconciliation to be celebrated if social distancing can be maintained and masks are ...

Plainfield: Coronavirus Cases, and Uplifting Spiritual Messages

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's Mayor Adrian O. Mapp held another virtual session Thursday for residents, with this week's online meeting featuring inspirational words from local spiritual leaders. The Mayor opened the talk with the news that the total number of residents who have been lost to COVID-19 stands at 62.

Recent losses include a 73-year-old female, a 59-year-old female, ...

Archdiocese of Newark Will Close 10 Catholic Schools

Difficult Decision Will Strengthen Schools, Safeguard Future of Catholic Education; At-Home Learning Continues Through End of School Year 

The Archdiocese of Newark has announced the consolidation of its school community and the closure of nine archdiocesan-operated elementary schools at the end of this school year, the result of archdiocesan strategic planning efforts to ...

May Message from Bishop Checchio; Livestream Mass

METUCHEN, NJ — As the nation continues to battle the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop James F. Checchio, the spiritual leader of the Diocese of Metuchen, will turn to Mary, Mother of the Church in prayer on May 1, joining the U.S. and Canadian bishops all seeking her protection and help.

“I was so grateful to learn through the United States Conference of Catholic ...

Plainfield Houses of Worship Offer Online Spiritual Comfort, Social Distancing

PLAINFIELD, NJ — As local churchgoers seek spiritual comfort and guidance during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many are turning to online services. Local churches are using the latest technology to reach their members to offer a bit of comfort to celebrate the upcoming religious holidays. Sunday, April 5 marks the beginning of Holy Week, and Passover starts Wednesday night.

Over ...

Keeping the Faith During the Coronavirus 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.

One of the many lessons of the coronavirus pandemic may well be: Faith will find a way

Easter and Passover come in early April this year. Both holidays typically mean ...

Pope Francis Calls For United Prayer for Wednesday, Announces Urbi et Orbi Blessing for Friday

Pope Francis is inviting Christians around the world to come together in spirit, to pray the Our Father, this Wednesday, March 25th, at noon (Rome time). That will be 7:00 a.m. ET.  Italy's COVID-19 deaths are staggering, with today's number of deaths at 6077. 

With most of the world practicing social distancing, individual prayer, when timed together with ...

It's Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras, the day before Ash Wednesday when fasting begins for Catholics

Today is Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday" in French), a holiday celebrated across the globe, mainly in places with large Roman Catholic populations. It's a day of celebration before the religious season of Lent , a time of fasting, begins this week, on Ash Wednesday. 

According to History.com, when Christianity arrived in Rome, religious leaders decided to ...

Boxes of Food Worth $53,000 Sorted, Packed and Donated to NPCSA and StarFish Pantry

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- On Saturday, Nov. 23, more than 100 members of Faith Lutheran Church and the New Providence community gathered at Faith to sort and pack into boxes more than $53,000 of canned and packaged food, designated for the needy. The food had been collected by Boy and Cub Scout troops of New Providence.

The volunteers prepared 150 boxes of food for ...

Plainfield Celebrates its Houses of Worship

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield “went to church” at the Tree unveiling ceremony at the newly renovated Plainfield Performing Arts Center, or PPAC. The unveiling of the tree marks the culmination of the work of a team of volunteers led by Rev. Paul Dean of Visions Of God Family Worship Church, starting with a vision in 2018, to honor Plainfield’s many houses of worship during ...

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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.

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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 ...

844-ReachNJ Available 24 hours a Day to Help New Jersey Residents with Substance Use Disorders

June 4, 2020

Trained Counselors Connect Callers to Treatment 

June 4, 2020

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson reminded residents struggling with substance use that they can call 1-844-ReachNJ to speak with live trained counselors ready to offer assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“We want to remind people struggling with ...

Plainfield's PBA Local #19: We are Speaking out Against the Actions that Took Place in Minneapolis

May 30, 2020

As the President of the Plainfield’s Benevolent Association, Local #19, and on behalf of our members we are speaking out against the actions that took place in Minneapolis which resulted in the death of George Floyd. We strongly condemn those actions, and there is no place in Law Enforcement for these types of unlawful criminal acts, and inhumane treatment of any person. As members of this ...

'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 Camden Editor Talks about Peaceful Protest for George Floyd that brought City into National Spotlight

June 4, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ -- Steven Rodas, Editor of TAPinto Camden, spoke with Stephanie Willoughby about the recent protest held here in solidarity with George Floyd that has put the city in the national spotlight for both its peaceful nature and police participation. 

Hundreds gathered in downtown Camden on Saturday, May 30, but what made this protest stand out from the thousands of other ...