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New Jersey Now Reports Vaccination Data by Town; Murphy Gives Latest COVID Numbers, Says NFL Games Could Have Greater Capacity in the Fall

May 10, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing today said that he anticipates that the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15. Murphy added that the New Jersey Dept. of Health is currently ...

NJ TRANSIT Launches Partnership to Offer Free Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

NEWARK, NJ - NJ TRANSIT has announced a new partnership in a statement on May 4 to help get more New Jersey residents vaccinated. The partnership called VAXRide should help approximately 11,000 residents get free rides to both public and private vaccination destinations. 

Novartis, a NJ based healthcare company, is the program’s lead sponsor with a commitment of $120,000 for the ...

Citing Downward Trending Numbers, Murphy Eases More Restrictions on Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the outdoor ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ. What Roselle/Roselle Park Parents Need to Know

May 13, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s recommendations, ...

Union County Announces Covid-19 Vaccination Outreach Plan to Boost Numbers

ELIZABETH, NJ - In an effort to ensure that as many county residents are vaccinated as possible, the Union County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday announced a door-to-door campaign aimed at reaching the unvaccinated that will begin at the end of May throughout the County. 

The announcement is part of a comprehensive outreach plan that involves a transition to a new pre-registration ...

Roselle Public Schools Students Accepted into Kean Scholar Academy

May 6, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ - Six Grace Wilday Junior High School students enjoyed a surprise visit from Kean University President Dr. Lamont Repollet on May 4 as part of their acceptance into the Kean Scholar Academy.

Kean University's innovative dual-enrollment program offers select students the chance to earn up to 24 college credits during their high school years, while providing mentoring and other ...

Grace Wilday Junior High School Students Decorate Little Free Library

ROSELLE, NJ - Grace Wilday Junior High School students had a great time last week painting and decorating the school’s Little Free Library, which was donated by members of the Borough Council. The Little Free Library is located in front of the school at 400 Brooklawn Avenue.

“We are excited that the community, local library, and teachers have already filled our Little ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ. What Roselle/Roselle Park Parents Need to Know

May 13, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s recommendations, ...

Meet the Borough of Roselle's New Business Administrator, Rick Smiley

ROSELLE, NJ - Rick Smiley brings more than 30 years of experience in local government to the Borough of Roselle as its new Business Administrator.

“Together with the Mayor and Council, we are working to create a better Roselle for our residents, both short and long term,” Smiley said. “I appreciate this opportunity to join this wonderful community and look forward to helping ...

Borough of Roselle Distributes 700 Boxes of Food to Residents

ROSELLE, NJ - Borough of Roselle officials and volunteers distributed 700 boxes of food to residents on Tuesday, May 4 as part of the Borough’s Emergency Food Distribution event.

The event was orchestrated by Council President Denise Wilkerson in partnership with Councilwoman Cindy Thomas, Nancy Bolden from Roselle First CDC, and 4My City, a non-profit organization committed to ...

Roselle 2-Year-Old Found Safe Following Auto Theft and Kidnapping

May 14, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ - A 2-year-old child is safe and has been reunited with his family after being briefly kidnapped in a vehicle that was stolen outside a Roselle home Thursday night, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Roselle Police Chief Brian Barnes jointly announced Friday.

“The diligent work of our Roselle Police Department, along with county police, not only ensured ...

Roselle Park Police Department Deploys Sensory Communication Kits

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Roselle Park Police Department is always looking for new and improved ways to better serve Roselle Park citizens. According to the CDC, one in 54 children have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In light of April being Autism Awareness Month, the need for tools and strategies to assist those with autism is clear. Although police are trained to handle ...

Washington Elementary School Students Win Women's History Month Poster and Essay Competition

May 3, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ - Washington Elementary School congratulates its winners of the district-wide Women’s History Month Poster and Essay Competition. Winners included Krystlenicolle Babagay, Ella Labat and Lisette Marin, who respectively took first, second and third place in the poster competition, as well as Mellany Sorto and Matthew Ceesay, who won second and third prize in the essay ...

Roselle Park Casano Center Reopening Monday

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Starting this Monday, May 3, the Casano Community Center will be reopening. The center will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Throughout the week, the Casano Center will be hosting recreational programs, including yoga and meditation, zumba, senior aerobics, BINGO, and trips to the mall. All programs are first-come, first-serve and subject to all ...

NJ Tourism Stumbles During 2020 Coronavirus Crisis, But Industry Ready for Strong Rebound

May 12, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Struggling under coronavirus restrictions and travel limitations, New Jersey’s tourism industry took a major hit last year, with the number of people visiting the state — and the amount of money they spent — registering dramatic declines, according to the state’s 2020 tourism report.

While the number of visitors declined to 84.6 million — a 27% ...

Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority Currently Looking for a Purchasing/Contract Manager 

LINDEN/ROSELLE, NJ — The Linden-Roselle Sewerage Authority is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Purchasing/Contract Manager for a Public Authority in Linden, NJ. 

Responsibilities include administrating the Authority's purchasing system in conformance with the public purchasing law, reviewing bid specifications, review the performance of vendors and ...

Baseball: Plainfield Rolls Over Roselle Park 21-2 on Tuesday

May 5, 2021

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Erick Rodriguez, Lucas Kidder and Nasir Powell had two hits each, scoring a combined 7 runs, to lead Plainfield to a crushing 21-2 win at home over Roselle Park on Tuesday.

Cameron Smith threw a strong 3 innings for the win, while striking out 6 batters. Bryan Williams and Powell, Coach Sean Radu said, ran wild on the bases, with 5 stolen bases each.

The pitching team ...

What You Need to Know About Voting in The Primary Election in Union County

May 9, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Voters will have a choice to vote by mail or in-person in the June 8 primary election, but drop boxes are here to stay, county officials said. Whichever way voters decide to cast their votes, the registration deadline is May 18.

Since Gov. Phil Murphy announced the primary election will be mostly in-person, Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado ...

Loren Harms Nominated As Grand Marshal for Annual Roselle Park Memorial Day Parade

May 15, 2021

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - American Legion Post 60 has nominated Loren Harms as Grand Marshal for the Borough of Roselle Park’s Annual Memorial Day Parade scheduled for Monday, May 31, 2021. 

Harms was raised in Kenilworth before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1968. He was later stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, N.C. where he was attached to the Fourth Combat ...

Residents Eileen Kelly and Michele Ford Named 2021 Winners of Union County SHero Award Winners

ROSELLE, NJ - The Union County Board of Commissioners recognized 55 women with the 2021 Union County SHero Award including Eileen Kelly of Roselle Park and Michele Ford of Roselle. The award is administered by the Union County Office on Women, and was created to help raise awareness about the contributions of women in Union County during the COVID-19 crisis.

“This award recognizes women ...

Donations Help to Bring More Little Free Libraries to Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ - More Little Free Libraries are popping up around the Borough in an effort to encourage good reading habits, thanks to generous donations and the support of Council members John Fortuna and Brandon Bernier.

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange where residents can donate magazines, newspapers and even school supplies.

As a part ...

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Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Take a Free, Convenient COVID-19 Self-Test at the Union County Test Center

May 15, 2021

The Test Center will shift from a drive-through service to a walk-up service as of Monday, May 17.

The Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University will be open to all Union County residents who would like to self-administer a free COVID-19 nasal swab test under the supervision of professional staff beginning on Monday, May 17.

The Test Center is located at the Kean campus in Union ...

In Marathon Meeting, Summit Planning Board Unanimously Denies Primrose Childcare Center Development Application

May 15, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - The hotly-contested Primrose School childcare center project, proposed for 480-490 Morris Avenue, was defeated at a Summit Planning Board "Special Meeting' on May 12. The Zoom meeting, which started at 7:33 p.m., ran into the first few minutes of the following day.

The Application had already stretched on since last summer. The Planning Board's ...

UPDATE: Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...

New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

Break-in at Roselle Park Middle School Leads to Arrest

May 6, 2021

On May 5, 2021 at 4:00 a.m. Roselle Park Police Officers responded to the Roselle Park Middle School on an activated burglar alarm. Arriving officers discovered a ground level window that was ajar.  Upon inspecting further officers determined that someone entered the school through this window.  Officers set up a perimeter around the building and a male was observed inside the school in ...

Military Appreciation Month in Union County

May 14, 2021

May is Military Appreciation and the Union County Board of Commissioners is committed to connecting our veterans and military families with helpful services.

Over the past year, we have expanded our outreach with several new programs.

We now have designated parking spaces at of our County facilities, for all Union County Veterans who display a Union County Veterans parking placard in their ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)


My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

Learn How To Cook From Anywhere With These Online Classes

Cooking can be fun at any age, and learning new skills exercises your mind, especially as you get older. Whether you’re just finding your way around the kitchen or you’re a seasoned home chef, online cooking classes are a wonderful way to spend your day! From free courses featuring various dishes to lessons led by celebrity chefs, there are vast opportunities to satisfy just about any ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Is Your A/C Summer-Ready? 12 Things to Check Before the First Heat Wave

Soaking in the summer sun is part of the fun of the season. But if you don’t have a cool home to retreat to, that heat can start to feel overbearing. Make sure your A/C (or swamp cooler!) can handle any heat wave this summer with these 12 tips, plus guidance on how to know when to call in the pros.


Before beginning preparation steps for either an air conditioner or swamp ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...