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Congresswoman Calls for Arlington Cemetery Burial for Officer Brian Sicknick

January 10, 2021

SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- Congresswoman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, has contacted senior military leaders to request that U.S. Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The 42-year-old South River, NJ, native was killed during the siege on the Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob ...

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

January 14, 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 Announces NJ Residents Over Age 65 Can Get COVID Vaccine Starting Jan. 14

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 ...

Immediate Care Launches Mobile Van Service to Expand COVID Testing

Companies, Organizations, Government Can Now Schedule On-Site Testing, Anywhere in New Jersey

EDISON, NJ – As the demand for COVID testing in New Jersey grows – with hospitalizations reaching all-time highs – Immediate Care is now taking its service on the road.

The Red Bank-based company, which has been erecting mobile testing centers in parking lots to test ...

Focus on Medical and Biomedical Fields: 2nd Entrance Exam to be Held Jan. 30 for MCVTS Woodbridge Academy

January 13, 2021

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Eighth-graders will get a second opportunity to apply to the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge.

Applications are being accepted for a second entrance exam, to be held online on Jan. 30. The deadline for applications is Jan. 23.

“Due to COVID-19 limitations, we want to make sure every student in the county who wants ...

Newly Rebranded Middlesex College Will Unveil New Logo, Mascot in the Spring

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The newly renamed Middlesex College will publicly unveil its new logo in May, according to a statement from a school spokesperson.

Known as Middlesex County College since its opening in 1964, the Edison-based school with centers in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy is following in the rebranding footsteps of other two-year colleges that are dropping the words ...

High School Seniors and Their Teachers Will Be Evaluated Differently in New Jersey This Year

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy today signed an Executive Order that 1) waives the graduation assessment test requirement for any current high school senior who has satisfied all other statutory graduation requirements, 2) removes student growth objectives as a component of formal educator evaluations for the 2020-21 school year, and 3) extends the time in which certified teachers, or those ...

South Brunswick Middle School Teacher and Sister Win over $900K on NBC's 'The Wall'

January 13, 2021

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Last night, Crossroads South Middle School Physical Education teacher CJ Hendricks appeared on the NBC game show The Wall along with his sister, Brittany. The siblings enthusiastically answered a wide array of questions, ranging from pop culture to science, to win a sum total of $910,266.

During the program, Hendrick’s work in the South Brunswick community was ...

Residents, Staff Members at Parker’s Elder Care Communities Begin Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ – Doris Clark sat down, rolled up her sleeve and waited for the pinch.

She was one of several residents and staff members at Parker at Stonegate, an assisted living community on River Road, to receive her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday afternoon.

“I’m taking the vaccine because it’s going to help to keep me healthy and we ...

Immediate Care Launches Mobile Van Service to Expand COVID Testing

Companies, Organizations, Government Can Now Schedule On-Site Testing, Anywhere in New Jersey

EDISON, NJ – As the demand for COVID testing in New Jersey grows – with hospitalizations reaching all-time highs – Immediate Care is now taking its service on the road.

The Red Bank-based company, which has been erecting mobile testing centers in parking lots to test ...

South Brunswick Middle School Teacher and Sister Win over $900K on NBC's 'The Wall'

January 13, 2021

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Last night, Crossroads South Middle School Physical Education teacher CJ Hendricks appeared on the NBC game show The Wall along with his sister, Brittany. The siblings enthusiastically answered a wide array of questions, ranging from pop culture to science, to win a sum total of $910,266.

During the program, Hendrick’s work in the South Brunswick community was ...

Happy New Year from TAPinto Raritan Bay

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In what may be the most highly anticipated New Year's Eve in recent history, the Times Square ball dropped at midnight, bringing 2020 to a close and ushering in 2021.

The first New Year’s Eve Ball lowering celebration atop One Times Square took place in 1907. This proud tradition is now a universal symbol of the New Year. The New Year’s ...

Zoom Wine Dinners Help Catherine Lombardi/Stage Left Owners Stay Connected With Customers

January 7, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The vineyard owner on the screen had obviously been drinking his own stock and could no longer converse in his native Italian nor his limited English, but was fluent in the international language of drunk.

His inarticulate antics provided hours of laughs for the customers who had tuned in from the comfort and safety of their homes. They were having such a fun time ...

Elijah's Promise Chef Curtis McNair Honored by East Brunswick Indian Cultural Society

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - These days, anywhere from 300 to 350 meals are made daily at Elijah’s Promise, a community kitchen and saving grace to the Greater New Brunswick area in the year 2020. Like many food banks across the nation, keeping communities and families from falling apart has been a challenge for volunteers and staff working to combat food insecurity exacerbated by the ...

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

January 14, 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 Announces NJ Residents Over Age 65 Can Get COVID Vaccine Starting Jan. 14

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 ...

Health Commissioner Asks for 'Honor System' at Coronavirus Vaccine Sites Meant to Prioritize Frontline Workers

NEW JERSEY — Be sure to remember Scout’s honor when seeking a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey.

Roughly 300 locations, including as many as six mega-sites, will rely on the honesty and goodwill of residents in its mission to vaccinate the 1A priority group: frontline healthcare workers, law enforcement and firefighters.

“We are trusting the integrity of all of ...

East Brunswick's "The Clothing Center" Receives Support from the Barstool Fund

January 12, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A local business that describes itself as "running at 20% less than normal" due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has received funds from the Barstool Fund to aid this famous East Brunswick business as it endeavors to push through current economics.  The Clothing Center on Route 18 South, which has been a family-owned business operating in East Brunswick since 1978, ...

Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center: MCVTS Teacher Finds Educating County Inmates Fulfilling

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - There is one teacher employed by the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools who doesn’t work on one of the five campuses. She teaches at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick.

“Of all the jobs I’ve had, this one fulfills me best,” said Lisa DiLeo, who has been teaching at the county jail since ...

Elijah's Promise Chef Curtis McNair Honored by East Brunswick Indian Cultural Society

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - These days, anywhere from 300 to 350 meals are made daily at Elijah’s Promise, a community kitchen and saving grace to the Greater New Brunswick area in the year 2020. Like many food banks across the nation, keeping communities and families from falling apart has been a challenge for volunteers and staff working to combat food insecurity exacerbated by the ...

New Brunswick Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide in Death of Co-Worker

January 10, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Michael J. Biennas of the Monroe Township Police Department announced that a New Brunswick man has been arrested and charged with the killing of another man who he fatally struck with a vehicle Friday afternoon.

Leovigildo Comisario-Salazar, 32, of New Brunswick was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and ...

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 ...

NJ High School Sports Winter Season May Resume on Jan. 2: Murphy

January 1, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- In a highly anticipated announcement , Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday at his COVID-19 press briefing that Indoor sports may resume on Saturday, January 2, 2021, with safety protocols in place. However, the regional suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions will continue through at least January 31.

NJSIAA, the governing body for high school sports in the state, ...

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Register Now for Free Virtual Panel Discussion Featuring Distinguished COVID-19 Experts, January 14

January 12, 2021

TAPinto will host a panel discussion featuring distinguished COVID-19 experts on 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, Division Chief of ...

TAPinto.net Readership Jumps More Than 70%, Advertising Revenue Increased Nearly 17% in 2020

TAPinto.net, a network of more than 85 franchised hyperlocal online news sites, today announced spectacular growth in readership, up by more than 70% in 2020 over the previous year, and an advertising revenue increase of nearly 17% at a time when other media struggled. TAPinto.net added a dozen online news sites during the year and is on target to reach its 100th franchise in ...

TAPinto.net Readership Jumps More Than 70%, Advertising Revenue Increased Nearly 17% in 2020

TAPinto.net, a network of more than 85 franchised hyperlocal online news sites, today announced spectacular growth in readership, up by more than 70% in 2020 over the previous year, and an advertising revenue increase of nearly 17% at a time when other media struggled. TAPinto.net added a dozen online news sites during the year and is on target to reach its 100th franchise in ...