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Rahway STEM Summer Camp is Off to the Races!

August 9, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — I'll try to contain my excitement as I write this, but I have to say that it's basically insane how many educational and entertaining things are taking place at this summer's Rahway STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) camp over at Grover Cleveland Elementary School. When I headed over there last Friday, August 5, around noon or so, ...

Rahway BOE Meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. (LOCATION CHANGE)

RAHWAY, NJ — There is a Rahway Board of Education (BOE) Caucus meeting on Tuesday, August 9, at 7 p.m. The meeting location has changed. The new location is the Rahway High School auditorium.

A copy of the meeting agenda can be found here.

To attend the meeting virtually, click here.

For more information on the Rahway BOE, click here.

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Westfield Coffee Shop Owner Discusses What it’s Like to be on Reality TV

August 9, 2022

WESTFIELD, NJ — When he signed up for a dating app, he had no idea it would lead to a date with reality television.

But Ahhre Maros’ foray into online dating soon led to him being on Lifetime’s “Five Guys A Week,” a show where five men vie for the affection of one woman over one week.

“I got an email from a casting company saying we hear you’re ...

Unicorn Night at Rahway Public Library, Tonight at 6 p.m.

RAHWAY, NJ — It's Family Fun Night at the Rahway Public Library. Tonight's event is Unicorn Night.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. The activity is ideal for children ages three and up. No registration is required. 

The library is located at 2 City Hall Plaza.

For more information, go to the Rahway Public Library calendar here.

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Rahway BOE Candidates Disqualified Following Objections to Petitions

August 11, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — Six Rahway Board of Education (BOE) candidates, vying for three open seats in the November 8th election, have just been reduced to three. On August 2, the Office of the County Clerk for the County of Union invalidated the candidate petitions of Esmeralda Amaya, Paola Aquino, and Ravell Batchelor, running on the "Rahway's Children Education #1" (RCE#1) ...

Voting Reform Package to Strengthen New Jersey Elections Signed Into Law

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill to strengthen New Jersey elections. The signing builds on reforms to expand democracy enacted during the Murphy Administration, including automatic voter registration and in-person early voting.  

"Across the nation, we continue to see one of our nation’s core principles come under attack as states restrict access to ...

Rahway Summer Basketball Wins Final Three Games for Strong Finish, 6-4 Record

August 2, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — TAPinto Rahway has been singing the praises of Rahway's summer basketball team, and the league in general, for some time now. Under the leadership of Coach Erik Podell, these rising sophomores and juniors have put on a terrific display of hard work and athleticism over the month of July.  And we like to think that because they didn't want to disappoint us ...

Last Day to Register for Rahway Fall Soccer is August 1

RAHWAY, NJ — The Rahway Youth Soccer Association (RYSA) is reminding residents that Monday, August 1, is the last day to register for the fall season. The season runs from September 17 to November 5.

The cost is $85. However, those willing to serve as head coaches will have the registration fee for one child reimbursed.

To register for the fall soccer season, click ...

Legislators Announce Plan to Incentivize NY Companies to Open Jersey Satellite Offices

August 10, 2022

FAIR LAWN, NJ — Legislators proposed a state bill, "Stay in Jersey", to incentivize businesses in New York to open new offices in the Garden State for their Jersey-based employees.

Gottheimer was visibly upset and dismayed by the proposed congestion tax on New Jersey and working families, including those who commute to New York City for work or to visit family members on a ...

Barry Manilow Presents $20K Gift to East Side High Music Program in Newark

August 8, 2022

NEW ARK, NJ — Legendary performer Barry Manilow took the time before singing in front of a packed crowd at the Prudential Center to help students from Newark's East Side High School reach for the stars.

Manilow handed over a $20,000 check to East Side High School music teacher Thaddeus Exposé before his Friday night concert. The donation is part of the Manilow Music ...

Millburn High School Rising Senior Films Documentary of the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis in Poland

While the rest of us watched our televisions in horror as Russian troops invaded Ukraine, 17-year-old Millburn High School student Peter Ren booked an airplane flight to Poland to document Ukrainian refugees as they entered Poland. His film, The Cost of War, is an eyewitness account of Ukrainians at the Przemyśl train station, where 10,000 to 20,000 Ukrainians arrived ...

Rahway City Council and Special Improvement District Meeting Scheduled for August 8

August 7, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — There will be a Rahway City Council and Special Improvement District meeting on Monday, August 8, starting at 7 p.m.

The meeting is in-person and will take place at 1 City Hall Plaza, Council Chambers.

For a copy of the August 8th meeting agenda, click here.

For more information, click here.

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Rahway's Hometown Heroes Banner Installation to Begin This Week

RAHWAY, NJ — The city's Hometown Heroes Banner installation is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 1. The work is expected to take approximately two weeks.

Back in March 2021, the city of Rahway announced that it was reopening its Hometown Heroes program and accepting new submissions.

As TAPinto Rahway reported back then, "The original Hometown Heroes program was ...

Fair Lawn Police Promote Pilot Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention Program

August 11, 2022

FAIR LAWN, NJ — Catalytic converter theft is on the rise, but what is a catalytic converter, and why do thieves want them?

"They’re an emissions control device on automobiles that are stolen for the precious metals contained inside," according to Fair Lawn Police Captain Joseph Dawicki.

Fair Lawn Police said "catalytic converter thefts are on the rise," ...

High End Vehicle Thefts, Burglaries Continue in Westfield, Police Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — The latest reminder for residents to secure their cars comes in the thefts of three high-end vehicles in the town, a car burglary and an attempted vehicle theft amid a trend of rising vehicle property crimes, according to police.

A BMW X7 valued at about $90,000 was reported stolen from a resident’s driveway at about 3:20 p.m. July 23, police said. The resident told ...

How to Make a Spotted Latternfly Trap

August 7, 2022

HAMILTON, NJ — Spotted Laternflies have returned for the season and are swarming tries in neighborhoods. To help beat the bugs, the Mercer County Park Commission's Tulpehaking Nature Center is providing tips on how to create traps to catch the adult flies before they lay eggs and destroy trees.

The Commission says that "now is the best time to set up circle traps on ...

Groundwork Elizabeth to Install Four New Micro-Forests in the City of Elizabeth Thanks to Grant from Bezos Foundation

ELIZABETH, NJ — The City of Elizabeth will be getting a bit greener thanks to Groundwork Elizabeth’s plan to add four new micro-forests. 

At a press conference at the micro-forest behind the Elmora Branch of Elizabeth Public Library, Executive Director of Groundwork Elizabeth Jonathan Phillips announced that the organization received a $367,000 grant from the Bezos Foundation ...

TAPinto Rahway Speaks with Lead Counsel for Rahway Family Seeking Justice in Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

August 10, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — TAPinto Rahway recently reported that the New Jersey law firm Brach Eichler is working with the family of Rayan Bien-Aima, the 18-year-old Rahway High School student who was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Route 1 in Linden back in April and succumbed to his injuries in July. The driver and vehicle have yet to be identified, and Brach Eichler recently increased the ...

NJ Law Firm Working with Family of Rahway Student Killed in Hit-and-Run; Increasing Reward to $25,000

RAHWAY, NJ — The New Jersey law firm Brach Eichler is now representing the family of Rayan Bien-Aima, the 18-year-old Rahway resident and Rahway High School (RHS) student, who was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Route 1 and Aviation Plaza North in Linden on April 25, 2022.

The driver fled the scene and has yet to be identified. Bien-Aima died of his ...

Hobby's Deli Reopens in Newark As A Beloved City Landmark Returns

August 6, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — In a moment that for many is both a miracle and a mitzvah, Hobby's Deli reopened in downtown Newark, fixing a hole in some hungry hearts and stomachs.

"It took a love of the business and a love of family to make it back," said Marc Brummer, sitting next to his brother and co-owner Michael amidst the happy cacophony of a busy deli back to work after ...

Review: Beat Summer Heat with Cool, Refreshing Gazpacho

CORAL SPRINGS, FL - It’s super-hot out. You don’t want to leave your house to go out to lunch or dinner, but you also don’t want to cook.

You could heat leftovers in the microwave. Perhaps you could make a sandwich with cold cuts. Or make a salad and possibly dump a can of tuna over it.

Boring? Right? It’s the same old thing. Why not try a cold soup, like ...

Monkeypox Cases Continue to Climb in Union County, in NJ, and Across the Country

August 11, 2022

NEW JERSEY— The NJ Dept. of Health (NJDOH) reports 293 Monkeypox cases in the Garden State. The report, published on August 11, shows an increase of 50 cases statewide since Monday Aug. 8. In Union County, there are 28 cases as of Thursday morning. 

The US Centers for Disease Control reports 10,392 cases across the nation. 

County by ...

Health Officer on Monkeypox: 214 Cases in NJ, 18 in Union County

NEW JERSEY — There are 214 monkeypox cases across New Jersey with the majority clustered in northern counties, according to the state Health Department’s communicable disease service, which one month ago put the number of cases known statewide at 11. As of Aug. 5, 2022, there are 18 cases in Union County. 

What Is It?

Monkeypox can affect anyone, ...

Keep Perennial Gardens Looking Their Best With a Little Midsummer Care

July 30, 2022

Keep your perennial gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months with a bit of midsummer grooming and care. Investing time midseason means you’ll be enjoying beautiful gardens now through the end of the growing season.

Start by deadheading, removing faded flowers, to improve the plants’ overall appearance. It won’t extend bloom time on all perennials, but will ...

City Hosting Two Home Buyer Seminars at Rahway Library in August

August 10, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — There will be two home buyer seminars held at the Rahway Public Library in August. The library is located at 2 City Hall Plaza.

The first, on Wednesday, August 17, will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The second, on Saturday, August 27, will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The seminars will include information on loan opportunities for first-time ...

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Goods Donated in Hawthorne Delivered to Village in War-Torn Ukraine

August 11, 2022

MOVCHANIVKA, UKRAINE — Nearly three dozen large parcels of clothing, military-grade supplies, non-perishable food, and more successfully crossed the Atlantic and Europe to finally arrive in the village of Movchanivka in Ukraine.  The donations were the product of the generosity of Hawthornites and those of neighboring towns who responded to Donna Grofsick's call for aid back in ...

Massive Redevelopment Plan for Jersey Avenue in New Brunswick Includes 660 Residential Units

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A sprawling plan to redevelop a large swath of Jersey Avenue – one that has had a $170 million price tag attached to it – took another step closer to becoming a reality Monday night.

The city’s Planning Board voted to memorialize Jersey Ave NB Urban Renewal LLC’s application after it voted to approve it at a special meeting on July 14.

The ...

Woodbridge Plan for Empty School to Benefit People with Disabilities

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A deal to buy and renovate a small, long-vacant grammar school may soon provide new learning and recreational opportunities for local adults with developmentally disabilities.

The Township is putting finishing touches on an agreement with the Diocese of Metuchen to acquire an unused six-classroom school next to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on East Smith Street, Mayor ...

TAPinto Reader Mail Bag: Not Shy About Speaking Up!

NEW JERSEY — TAPinto's News Around New Jersey readers had a lot to say recently about our recent stories focusing on guns, red-light-running and the money perks for those running the most powerful union in New Jersey.

The biggest response was about a foundation report on what the top officials of the New Jersey Education Association were earning in salaries and from a separate ...

New Jersey’s Disabled Community Feels Inflation the Most

Whether we push a shopping cart down the supermarket aisle or order through a delivery app, all New Jerseyans are noticing that grocery prices are on the rise. 

The cost of buying food has increased by 9.1% over the past year, according to government data released last month. Combined with fluctuating gas prices, rising rents as well as interest rates, inflation is forcing many of us to ...

Wayne Junior Tennis Star Has "Pinky Promise" Fulfilled by Roger Federer

August 10, 2022

WAYNE, NJ — Twelve-year-old Izyan “Zizou” Ahmad is one of the top-ranked singles and doubles 12-and-under tennis players in the US - at one point recently he was ranked number one in both. He’s also a Wayne resident.

Five years ago, in a televised press conference at the US Open, Zizou boldly asked Roger Federer, the number one tennis player in the world, if he would ...

Former Randolph Lacrosse Star inducted into the NJ Lacrosse Hall of Fame

RANDOLPH, NJ —  At a recent July 18th ceremony and dinner of the NJ Lacrosse Foundation and Hall of Fame, former Randolph HS lacrosse star John Lade joined five other lacrosse luminaries being inducted into the NJ Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Lade graduated from Randolph HS in 2007 as a multi-sport captain earning County and State honors in Football and Lacrosse.  In Lacrosse, ...

Three Atlantic Health System Hospitals Receive Five-Star Rating by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Updated Hospital Quality Star Rating

August 3, 2022

Atlantic Health System announced today that three of its hospitals recently earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the highest ranking offered by the federal agency. Collectively, Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Newton Medical Center account for three of New Jersey’s only four hospitals to achieve this ...

Businesses Can’t Afford to Miss the Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities

ELIZABETH, NJ — Workers with disabilities were disproportionately affected by the pandemic, losing thousands of jobs in the vulnerable service, production and transportation industries.

From March to April 2020, the number of employed working-age people with disabilities fell by 20% (950,000 people), while the number of employed working-age people without disabilities decreased ...

Rahway Rec Center Open as Cooling Station

August 8, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — Following up on our earlier weather report, indicating that temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-90s today and tomorrow, the city of Rahway continues to offer the Rahway Recreation Center, located at 275 E. Milton Ave., as a cooling station.

The hours for Monday and Tuesday are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Merchants and Drovers Keeps Historical Flame Alive as It Catalogs and Preserves the Past

August 3, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — Following a recent article about the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum (MDTM) securing a New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) grant, I thought it was about time I headed over there and found out exactly what was happening at the museum. So I reached out to Rick Zdan, the president of the MDTM, who is also a sociology professor at Rider ...

Lawsuit Claims Union County Police ‘Old Boys Club’ Members Get Pass on Misconduct

August 6, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Union County Police Department contains an “Old Boys Club” whose white, male members police Chief J. Chris Debbie allows to violate laws, a lawsuit brought by Sgt. Homero Almanzar against the department claims.

Almanzar, a retired U.S. Army disabled combat veteran described as Hispanic/Latino, is experiencing “a significant disparity” in ...

Avoid Heat Exhaustion this Summer

Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death. 

Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health System sports ...

Sen. Joseph Lagana Discusses School Safety Legislation, Says Students Must Be Protected

August 10, 2022

PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school.

"I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three kids."

When he takes his daughters — who are headed into ...

TAPinto South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen Named Grand Marshal of Labor Day Parade

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — When Darlene Tedesco-Cullen received a call from South Plainfield Councilwoman Christine Faustini to talk about the borough's annual Labor Day parade, Tedesco-Cullen thought she knew what it was about.

"Usually I help judge the floats, so I figured she was going to ask me if I was going to be around Labor Day to judge again," Tedesco-Cullen, the ...

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