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One Million Dollar Settlement for Rahway Senior Attacked by Neighbor's Dog

August 15, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — It was just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the state and the nation, on February 28, 2020, that 72-year-old Rahway resident Jane Martin's life was forever changed for a much different reason. On that day, Martin was attacked by her neighbor’s dog, King, a large rottweiler, which had escaped the neighbor's yard after part ...

Linden PD Says Investigation into Hit-and-Run Death of Rahway Resident 'Not Closed By Any Means'

RAHWAY, NJ — On Thursday, Captain Christopher Guenther, Public Information Officer for the Linden Police Department, told TAPinto Rahway that the investigation into the hit-and-run accident that took the life of Rahway High School student Rayan Bien-Aima, has not been closed.

On August 10, TAPinto Rahway reported that Edward Capozzi, the lead counsel for the Bien-Aima family, ...

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

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 ...

Winfield Park Man Found Guilty of Slashing Man's Throat Outside of Rahway Bar

RAHWAY, NJ — A Union County jury has returned a guilty verdict against a man who slashed the throat of a Rahway man last year, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor James O. Tansey announced today.  

Michael G. Johnston, 45, of Winfield Park, was found guilty on Thursday on one count each of second-degree aggravated assault, third-degree aggravated assault with ...

Family of Westfield Teen Struck, Killed by Off-Duty Trooper to Receive $1.1 Million

WESTFIELD, NJ — The family of a 14-year-old girl who was struck and killed by an off-duty state police trooper while he was driving to work is due to receive $1.1 million to settle a civil lawsuit stemming from the 2017 crash.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority on Tuesday approved $1 million for the family of the late Westfield High School freshman Terry DiFalco, who Trooper ...


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Local Residents Enjoy Annual Book Expo at Linden Public Library

August 13, 2022

LINDEN, NJ — The Independent Author's Book Experience (IABX) held its Ninth Annual Book Expo on Saturday, August 6 The event was in collaboration with Mayor Derek Armstead and the Linden Free Public Library, which is where the event was held.

The purpose of the event was to promote independently published books thereby focusing on independent authors, editors, and ...

Hoboken Council Opposes $4.7B Plan To Widen Turnpike Extension

HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken City Council has come out against a $4.7 billion plan to widen and repair the 8-mile-long extension that connects Exit 14 on the New Jersey Turnpike to the Holland Tunnel.

During its meeting on Wednesday night, the city council adopted a resolution urging Gov. Phil Murphy to direct the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) “to halt any further work” on ...

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

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 ...

Union Catholic Art Teacher Attends AP Summer Institute for AP Art History

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Rebecca Schroppe, Union Catholic’s art teacher, had a great experience recently when she attended the Silver State AP Summer Institute for AP Art History at Liberty High School in Clark County, Nevada. 

The AP Summer Institutes offers the most thorough professional learning available for AP educators. Attendees engaged in 30 or more hours of content-rich ...

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 ...

The Legacy of Number 6

August 14, 2022

With the recent passing of NBA pioneer Bill Russell, it has been solidified that in the incoming 2022-23 season, Russell’s number six will be retired by all 32 teams across the league. The Boston Celtics legend will be the first player ever to have his number retired by every single team in the NBA.

Russell, who won 11 rings with five MVP awards, paved the way for African American ...

The Captain’s Insight

The ESPN series “The Captain,” a show that delineated the storied career of New York Yankee great Derek Jeter, showcased its finale this week.

Through seven episodes, we got to see both the ups and downs of Jeter as both a baseball player and as a human being. This balance through a Hall of Famer’s journey to being great allows us as an audience to understand his ...

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 ...

Nurses at Cornerstone Hospital in Union County Seek Better Pay, Benefits

August 12, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Nurses working at Cornerstone Behavioral Health Hospital in Berkeley Heights came to Thursday's commissioner board meeting dressed in the protective gear they wear while caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic to seek help in securing fair wages and benefits in their next union contract.

Those who spoke are employed by the county and perform their ...

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 ...

COVID-19 Test Mandate Ends for Unvaccinated Teachers, Child Care Workers & State Workers in New Jersey

August 15, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday lifting requirements that school employees, child care workers, and state employees who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 must undergo regular testing.

Executive Order 302 applies to school districts and child care settings immediately and to state contractors as of September 1, 2022.

The decision follows ...

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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