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New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Halted Following Judge's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt.

Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court.

State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose announced the decision Wednesday. In her ruling, bear hunt opponents have until Friday ...

New State Law Requires Schools to Submit Digital Maps to Law Enforcement

TRENTON, NJ — Starting in the 2023-24 school year, all schools in New Jersey will have to submit digital maps of their campuses to law enforcement.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-2426 into law Wednesday. It requires the information to be submitted next year and updated regularly with copies given to designated law enforcement.

"We have seen, time and time again, public mass shootings ...

New Jersey to Begin Independent Review of COVID-19 Response

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the start of an independent review into New Jersey's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the biggest challenges our State — and nation — has ever faced,” Murphy said in a news release.

More than 35,000 people in New Jersey died from COVID-19, according to state ...

New Jersey Residents Invited to Drumthwacket for Holiday Open Houses

PRINCETON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy are inviting New Jersey residents to visit Drumthwacket, the Governor's official residence in Princeton, during the holidays.

The Drumthwacket Foundation has teamed up with a number garden clubs from around the state, for "The Holidays at Drumthwacket." Guests will be able to see each public room in the first ...

New Jersey Reinstates Black Bear Hunt Following Increased Sightings

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted Tuesday to reinstate the state's black bear hunt.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who previously opposed the hunt, says the decision was needed due to a significant increase in bear sightings around the state.

From January to October 2022, compared to the same time last year, bear incidents are up 237% in the state, according to the ...


Miracle Maker: Annual Toy Drive Honors Legacy of JCFD Captain Mark V. Lee

December 6, 2022

JERSEY CITY, NJ - A Christmas miracle, actually nearly 6,000 of them, was underway Saturday as dozens of volunteers gathered in the basement of St. Joseph Church for the annual Captain Mark V. Lee toy drive. 

With Captain Lee’s family, including his widow Cheryl and children Mark Jr., Jennifer, and Christina overseeing the operation, six-foot tables were set up across the room, with ...

Dedicated New Brunswick Cook Receives Gift From Customers: An Electric Bike

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Ernesto was slicing a white onion and listening to the staticky broadcast of the Mexico-Saudi Arabia World Cup match on a pocket-sized radio during a rare break in orders at the River Road Tavern. 

He spends seven days a week inside this cramped kitchen where the heat from the grill stings like a slap in the face. 

He cooks up a steady stream of ...

New Jersey Is The 10th Best State for Jobs in 2022, Study Says

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the 10th best state for jobs in the year 2022, according to a new study by the personal finance website, WalletHub. The study compares all 50 states by 35 key indicators revolving around job-market strength, opportunity and economic vitality. 

Here is where New Jersey ranked in some of those key categories:

2nd in Economic ...

Union Catholic's Andrew Benvenuto and Aria Hicks Signed Their NLI's on Tuesday

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic's Andrew Benvenuto and Aria Hicks signed their National Letters of Intent during a special ceremony at the school on Tuesday.

Benvenuto, a lefty pitcher, signed with Moravian University, and Hicks, a soccer star, signed with George Mason University.   

Benvenuto is coming off a sensational junior season. 

Mixing a sharp breaking ...

Union Catholic Bowling Team Opens Season With Victory Over Roselle Catholic

LINDEN, NJ -- The Union Catholic bowling team, which received a career-high game from Nick Grippo and a team-high series from David Dudas, opened its season with a dominating victory over Roselle Catholic on Monday at Jersey Lanes.

The Vikings swept all three games and had the most total pins to earn a 7-0 victory.

Grippo, a sophomore, rolled a career high 174 in the third ...

A Hotter New Jersey and Heated Politics to Look Forward to?

UNION, NJ — The moderator for a round table about New Jersey’s future issues jokingly put it in perspective when he said the conversation was going to be “a panel of formers talking about the future.”  

But the conference at Kean University sponsored by the state’s largest utility -- Public Service Electric & Gas -- had a lot of “formers” ...

Raucous Crowd Sparks Rutgers Men's Basketball Team Past No. 10 Indiana

December 4, 2022

PISCATAWAY, NJ — The Rutgers men's basketball team used a 19-0 run in the second half on Saturday, sparked by freshman guard Derek Simpson, to take down Indiana, ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll, 63-48.

Rutgers (6-2, 1-0 Big Ten) rode the energy of the Jersey Mike's Arena crowd in the second half, as Simpson scored eight consecutive points during the deciding ...

Trailblazers: Rutgers Will Name Court After Legendary Coach Stringer Sunday

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers will celebrate C. Vivian Stringer Day on Sunday, Dec. 4 by naming the court at Jersey Mike’s Arena in her honor.

Rutgers will honor the legendary coach who guided the Scarlet Knights from 1995-2002 as they open their Big Ten schedule against Ohio State. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network, tipping off at noon.

"This is a historic ...

Hospitals in Critical Need of Blood Donations Amid Nationwide Type O Blood and Platelet Shortage

December 8, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health is urgently appealing for blood and platelet donations, especially Type O blood, in response to a severe blood and platelet shortage among hospitals throughout the state, heading into the winter holidays and season. Due to an acute nationwide shortage and critically low reserve of Type O Blood, the universal blood type, U.S. blood suppliers are ...

Chief Medical Officer Carol Ash Guest on Today Show

RAHWAY, NJ - Holiday parties, travel and family demands can play havoc with your sleep. Sleep specialist and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway Chief Medical Officer Carol Ash was a guest on the Today Show last week to discuss how to get good sleep during the holidays.

Dr. Ash offered a number of tips including keeping the same wakeup time, even on weekends and holidays. If you ...

Strong Possibility for Rain, Showers for Thanksgiving Weekend

November 24, 2022

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast for Thanksgiving Weekend includes clear skies for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but Black Friday is starting to look like a wash-out.

 According to the NWS, expect sunny skies with temperatures in the 50s for Thanksgiving Day. Light, variable winds are not expected to impact the balloons for Thursday's ...

The First Grade Strikes Back!: A Grateful Student Remembers a Beloved Teacher

November 15, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — Not long after publishing the announcement that first grade teacher Dorothy Foulks, who taught for over 40 years in Rahway's Roosevelt Elementary School, had died, I received a message from resident Edward Henderson. Ed told me that Mrs. Foulks had been his first grade teacher in the 1980-1981 school year and had been, in his words, "the very best teacher I ...

Pay Raises Proposed for Union County Department Heads, Elected Officials

December 2, 2022

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The County Board of Commissioners has proposed pay hikes for both its membership and top county administrators in a measure scheduled for a final vote at the next board meeting.

If the measure is approved, salaries will rise for the fourth consecutive year in January 2023. The proposed increases, however, are lower than last year.

The board introduced the ...

Try 4 New Ways to Trim Holiday Waste This Year

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of trash generated by American households can jump an average of 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Union County residents can help reduce excess waste at home by exploring new opportunities to conserve resources.

“Cutting down on waste at the source is important, and we also want to make sure that ...

Hospital, Arts Organization and Community Gather to Share Life and Cultural Experiences

There was a stuffed bear named Pinky, won at a boardwalk game as a child, and a small handmade bowl - both filled with memories of loved ones more than anything else.

There were items of celebration and tragedy – a bandhej saree that a breast cancer survivor has used to tie her memories to one another; and a wooden panel from the door of a synagogue in Slovakia, that now sits on a home ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunities with TAPinto Can Help Your Business

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Why do businesses sponsor sporting events, township recreation events, and other initiatives?  Of course, they sponsor to show their public support. But there’s much more to it.  

Importantly, business owners want to align their business’s brand with the reputation and credibility of the event or initiative they are sponsoring. They ...

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