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Randolph Families Gather to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Their Own Special Way

January 21, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ- Considering all the negativity, division, and racial tension that has often been the tone around the country as of late, a group of Randolph families decided to gather together "In unity and love as a community” as a way of honoring Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 18.

“The intention behind the ceremony was to honor the work and legacy of a great man and ...

Unidentified Man Falls From Morristown Parking Deck

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  An unidentified man reportedly fell from the fourth level of the Morristown Parking Deck at the Headquarters Plaza this morning,Thursday, Jan. 21.  Initial reports indicate that the man may have jumped.

Police have requested the Crime Scene Investigative Unit, according to BNN.

No additional information has been released at this time.

TAPinto will update ...

RATE ALERT – Mortgage Rates Fluctuate

After seeing mortgage rates move higher last week, there was some positive, albeit slight, movement this week. Political and economic factors have created some turbulence in the treasury market which is causing mortgage rates to fluctuate. Freddie Mac however, is forecasting that mortgage rates will remain low this year as the Federal Reserve focuses on an economic rebound.

U.S. Weekly ...

Roxbury Hockey Parents Question Logic of 'No Spectators' Rule

ROXBURY, NJ – Some Roxbury High School ice hockey player parents don’t understand the logic behind Gov. Phil Murphy’s refusal to allow them to watch their kids' games.

Murphy's COVID-19 executive order essentially allows only players and coaches inside ice rinks for high school hockey games. The parents contend the rinks are spacious enough to allow for ...

Morris County School of Technology Hosts Virtual Hackathon for Middle and High School Students

January 19, 2021

Denville, NJ  – Morris County School of Technology’s Academy for Computer & Information Sciences will be hosting their Annual Hackathon on Saturday, January 30th from 9:00am to 9:00pm. The hackathon will be a virtual event hosted via Zoom.

This will be a 12-hour virtual Hackathon and will be open to students in grades 7 - 12.

Hackathon is an event where students ...

Yong Wang Fills Seat on Randolph Township Board of Education

RANDOLPH, NJ- Yong Wang was sworn in as a new member of the Board of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Mr. Wang received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from East China University of Chemical Technology and his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Principal Process Engineer for Gilead Sciences.

Mr. Wang has been a ...

Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi Perform During Biden Inaugural Show

January 21, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Rock legends and New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi represented their home state at the Inauguration Day festivities for President Joe Biden on Wednesday, Jan. 20. 

The Boss kicked off the show with an acoustic version of "Land of Hope and Dreams." (Video link below)

Sayreville native Jon Bon Jovi and the Kings of ...

Bon Jovi, Springsteen to Perform on President Joe Biden's Inauguration TV Special

SAYREVILLE, NJ -- New Jerseyan rockers Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi is among numerous stars from the entertainment world who will perform during Joe Biden's Inauguration TV Special that will take place instead of a traditional Inaugural Ball.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer members are among the confirmed musicians set to perform during Celebrating America, a live ...

Randolph Students Named "Music Student of the Month"

MORRISTOWN, NJ  - Randolph High School Student Katrina Lanese and Randolph Middle School Student  Priyasha Pal were among the students honored as the Mayo Performing Arts Center Music Students of the month of January 2021. Students were from Morristown, Parsippany, Boonton, Randolph, Mendham and Kinnelon.

Lanesa, grade 10  and Pal, grade 8,  were ...

Lightbridge Academy in Randolph Announces New Measures for Health and Security Safeguards

January 13, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ- Lightbridge Academy® of Randolph, NJ is a leading early educational childcare provider, and offers their families the Lightbridge Promise as the Gold Standard in the childcare industry for cleanliness, security, and peace of mind. For parents returning to work, in the home or at an office, they need to know their children are well cared for and educated in a safe ...

Roxbury Hockey Parents Question Logic of 'No Spectators' Rule

January 21, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ – Some Roxbury High School ice hockey player parents don’t understand the logic behind Gov. Phil Murphy’s refusal to allow them to watch their kids' games.

Murphy's COVID-19 executive order essentially allows only players and coaches inside ice rinks for high school hockey games. The parents contend the rinks are spacious enough to allow for ...

Challenges and New Faces Are Everywhere For Randolph Boys Ice Hockey in 2021 Season

RANDOLPH, NJ- The 2019-20 season saw arguably the deepest and most balanced team that Randolph boys ice hockey has put on the ice in recent memory; regularly going four lines deep without missing a beat en route to a 21-3-4 record and the Public B State Championship.

The 2021 season will see a whole new roster for the Rams, as 13 seniors graduated and three other important contributors on ...

Randolph High School Winter Sports Put On Hold After Latest In-Person Shutdown

RANDOLPH, NJ- After numerous delays to the start of the NJSIAA Winter Sports Season 2 through the month of December, Randolph High School athletes finally were able to get things rolling in the beginning of January.

Unfortunately, after completing tryouts and getting the first few practices under their belt, the school went on a 14-day “All Virtual” mandate, which also calls for ...

Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

January 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

Murphy :Individuals ages 65 years and older and 16-64 with Medical conditions Approved for Next Phase

TRENTON, NJ -- Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, Jan. 14, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. The governor also announced ...

Randolph Township 2021 Reorganization Meeting: New Mayor Announced in Virtual Ceremony

RANDOLPH, NJ- Virtual video conferences and meetings are everywhere these days due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the Randolph Township Council Reorganization meeting for 2021 was no different.  Held on Thursday Jan. 7, many topics were covered, including the appointing of the new Mayor Mark Forstenhausler and Deputy Mayor Marie Potter.

Outgoing Mayor Christine Carey opened the meeting, ...

Jersey Shore’s First Ever Pedal-Powered Party Boat Coming to LBI 2021

January 20, 2021

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Long Beach Island natives, Rob and Jane Romanowski are proud to announce the launch of Queen City Cycle Boat, making its debut for the 2021 season.

The Queen City Cycle Boat will be Jersey Shore's first and original pedal powered party boat, the Beach Haven couple told us. 

With their many years of experience in the marina and hospitality industries ...

Recall Initiated: Weis Markets Finds Foreign Matter in Ice Cream Products

Weis Markets, with stores in Randolph, Flanders and Hillsborough, have issued a recall for their Cookies and Cream Ice Cream and Klein's Vanilla Dairy Ice Cream. Both products may be contaminated with metal filling equipment parts, announced the FDA in a press release. 

The contamination was reported after a customer discovered an intact piece of metal equipment in the ...

Information from Morris County Regarding the COVID-19 Vaccination

January 16, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ- As of January 14, 2021, the following groups are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and can start making vaccination appointments:

Paid or unpaid persons working or volunteering in a healthcare setting
Residents of long-term care facilities and other congregate settings
Frontline first responders
Persons aged 65 and older
Persons aged 16 to 64 years old who have at ...

New Jersey Healthcare Leaders Discuss COVID-19 and Hope for the Future at TAPinto Virtual Event

NEW JERSEY - Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening.

The first-ever TAPinto signature virtual event on Jan. 14 featured five health care experts, ...

New Jersey Has Administered Over 219,000 Doses of the Covid Vaccine as of Tuesday, Jan. 12

MORRISTOWN, NJ - New Jersey is now reporting vaccination numbers. As of Tuesday, January 12, the dashboard is reporting 219,126 first doses of the covid vaccine have been administered as well as 24,532 doses of the second dose.

In Morris County, the dashboard is showing that as of today, 17,861 dosesvaccines have been administered.

The phases of vaccination are as ...

Mount Olive Longhorn Steakhouse Destroyed by Fire

January 19, 2021

MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - The Longhorn Steakhouse restaurant in Mount Olive was destroyed this morning by a major fire.

Roxbury firefighters assisted those from Mount Olive and elsewhere in battling the 3-alarm blaze at the 50 International Drive establishment, according to police and fire broadcasts. They said the fire was being fed by the restaurant's natural gas supply which was eventually shut ...

Prosecutor’s Office to Host Forum on Bias Crimes & Reporting Procedures

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office invites the public to attend a live webinar community forum on January 25, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The forum, Bias Crimes and Reporting Procedures, will include information on what a bias crime is and the proper reporting.

Featured panelists include Morris County Acting Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Middlesex County ...

Murphy Orders U.S. and NJ Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff on Jan 11 in Honor of Officer Brian Sicknick

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11, 2021, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan. 6.

In a statement, Murphy said: 

“United States Capitol Police Officer ...

RATE ALERT – Mortgage Rates Fluctuate

January 21, 2021

After seeing mortgage rates move higher last week, there was some positive, albeit slight, movement this week. Political and economic factors have created some turbulence in the treasury market which is causing mortgage rates to fluctuate. Freddie Mac however, is forecasting that mortgage rates will remain low this year as the Federal Reserve focuses on an economic rebound.

U.S. Weekly ...

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Motor Vehicle Center in Randolph Closes Due to COVID; Will Reopen Feb. 1

January 20, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ - The Randolph Motor Vehicle Licensing Center closed on Tuesday, January 19 after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The licensing center will reopen February 1, 2021, stated the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. 

Road test operations and the inspection stations remain open as they are separate from the MVC Centers. If you need to reschedule an appointment, ...

Randolph Families Gather to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Their Own Special Way

January 21, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ- Considering all the negativity, division, and racial tension that has often been the tone around the country as of late, a group of Randolph families decided to gather together "In unity and love as a community” as a way of honoring Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 18.

“The intention behind the ceremony was to honor the work and legacy of a great man and ...

Randolph Police Blotter December 2020

January 13, 2021

On December 8, 2020 - Following a motor vehicle stop, Ptl. Ian Green arrested Juan A. Guajardo, age 42 of Randolph, NJ on an ATS contempt warrant out of Ridgefield Park, NJ.  Mr. Guajardo was processed, posted bail in full cash, then released. 

On December 8, 2020 – Following a motor vehicle stop, Ptl. Bryan Blauvelt arrested Ryan C. Ford, age 40 of Dover, NJ on an ATS contempt ...

Unidentified Man Falls From Morristown Parking Deck

January 21, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  An unidentified man reportedly fell from the fourth level of the Morristown Parking Deck at the Headquarters Plaza this morning,Thursday, Jan. 21.  Initial reports indicate that the man may have jumped.

Police have requested the Crime Scene Investigative Unit, according to BNN.

No additional information has been released at this time.

TAPinto will update ...

Kelly Reid Awarded Randolph Middle School Teacher of the Year

January 14, 2021

RANDOLPH, NJ- Science Teacher Kelly Reid was selected as this year’s Teacher of the Year at Randolph Middle School. Ms. Reid began teaching at the middle school in September of 2002. Over the course of her time with the district, she has taught 6th and 7th grade science utilizing inquiry-based instruction in her classroom. Ms. Reid received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Elementary ...

Capitol Hill Riot Through the Eyes and Lens of Independent Photojournalist Julian Leshay

January 11, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Julian Leshay, an independent photojournalist, spoke with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his experiences taking photos at the recent Capitol Hill riot on January 6. Leshay gives viewers his insight into the scenes he witnessed and the images he captured on that fateful day. 

Leshay arrived in Washington, D.C. the day before, “to get the environment, to ...

Murphy Expects Incoming Biden Administration to Speed up Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout

January 19, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday he expects the progress made so far in the state’s vaccine rollout to be given a much-needed push forward by the Joe Biden administration once the President-elect is sworn in on Wednesday.

So far, the state has had to reckon with delays in the arrival of doses from the federal government and thus large segments of the population ...

Here We Go Again!

January 8, 2021

Last night's Township Council meeting highlighted the stark contrast between the wonderful job the Republican Council members gushingly congratulated themselves and each other on, and the harsh daily realities faced by many of the people they are supposed to serve.

They still don't quite seem to get it. They kept touting the resolution they passed last June after George Floyd's ...

Atlantic Health System receives NJ Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

January 19, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ – JANUARY 2021 – Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, recently received the New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, and was named among the organizations and individuals that have moved the state forward on significant issues, including climate change, recycling, clean drinking water, and environmental ...

Saint Clare’s Health New COVID Online Series, Let’s Talk Health, Presents The Silent Pandemic: COVID and Mental Health

On Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m., Saint Clare’s Health online series, “Let’s Talk Health” hosted by Brian Finestein, Chief Executive Officer of Saint Clare’s Health, will feature Dr. S. Singh, Director of Behavioral Health discussing the mental health impact of the COVID pandemic on both children and adults.

According to Dr. Singh, “Understandably, during ...

Small Businesses Can Benefit from SBA's Changes to the PPP Lending Program

NEW JERSEY -- The newly issued guidelines on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending overseen by the SBA and the U.S. Treasury Department will better target New Jersey's small businesses, especially those owned by minorities or located in low income areas.

The Economic Aid Act makes it possible for hard-hit businesses to get second loans from the PPP lending ...

Last Chance to Register for Free Virtual Panel Discussion Featuring Distinguished COVID-19 Experts

TAPinto will host a panel discussion featuring distinguished COVID-19 experts on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. This virtual gathering is free for attendees, but registration is required. 

The panel, presented by Atlantic Health System and moderated by Communications Consultant Bruno Tedeschi, will feature Dr. Michelle Cholankeril, ...

Enroll at CCM and Take Advantage of Money to Pay for College More than $500,000 Is Available to Help Students Realize Their Dreams

RANDOLPH, NJ – Are you dreaming of college and a better future but struggling to find ways to pay for a higher education? Not only does County College of Morris (CCM) provide an affordable option for people to realize their dreams, the college also has more than $500,000 to help students so they can enroll for the 2021 Spring Semester.

Money for College

For those who have lost their ...

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Local Doctors Give Their Expert Opinions on the COVID Vaccines

January 11, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey has begun its program for administering the COVID-19 vaccine in a two-phase approach. Stage 1A provides vaccine access to healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. The overall goal is to have the vaccine reach a majority of the population by the spring, according to the NJ Office of Emergency Medical Services. However, some people have expressed ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Jennifer Dericks of TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The TAPinto Featured Franchisee of the Month for January 2021 is Jennifer Dericks from TAPinto Sparta and TAPinto Newton.

Dericks launched her two franchises back in 2012 after completing her term on the Sparta Board of Education and she’s been with TAPinto ever since.

“It would be more accurate to say TAPinto found me,” Dericks said. “I was ...