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Murphy Reports Latest COVID Figures, Announces Community-Based Vaccination Partnership for Underserved Communities

February 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that a total of 1,244,224 vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey as of mid-morning Friday. Of those vaccinations, 933,160 were first doses and 310,529 second doses.

"At the rate that we are going at the moment, roughly 30,000 first doses a day, we should anticipate exceeding 1 million first doses over the next couple of ...

NJ's COVID Death Figure Surpasses 20,000; Gov. Announces More Vaccine on the Way; CDC Updates Mask Guidance

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday during a press briefing via ZOOM that 1,138,757 vaccine doses have now been administered statewide: 875,424 first doses and 263,196 second doses and that he is expecting increasing deliveries of vaccines from the federal government for our mega-sites and other vaccination centers.

"As these deliveries increase, ...

State Passes 1 Million Vaccines, 224K of Which are Second Doses

NEW JERSEY — As of Monday, New Jersey has administered 1,037,657 vaccine doses - passing the 1 million mark with 24 days to go until the anniversary of the first reported coronavirus case in the state.

Thus far, 224,237 people have received second shots, numbers Gov. Phil Murphy and other government officials have said they want to see go up.

“This is a great barrier we ...

Puff, Puff, Passed! Murphy Signs Bills to Legalize Marijuana in NJ

February 23, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months.

The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and mean relief for anyone previously subject to arrest for petty marijuana possession.

“As of this moment, ...

COVID-19 Vaccine Guide: What Union County Residents Need to Know

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Sunday, 1.34 million COVID-19 vaccine shots had been administered in New Jersey through hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, government-run clinics and state run “mega-sites,” New Jersey's COVID-19 dashboard shows.

Those shots included 984,737 first doses and 355,862 second doses, according to the state data, which shows that in ...

Washington Elementary School in Roselle Awarded Union County STEM Scholar Grant Award

February 17, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ - Washington Elementary School has been awarded a Union County STEM Scholar Grant Award. The more than $600 grant will be used to support the school’s STEAM lab and its programs.

“At Washington Elementary, we pride ourselves on obtaining monetary resources through grants and other opportunities so that we can bring more cutting-edge programs to our school,” said ...

Roselle Park Councilman Pleads to NJDOT to Fix Traffic Issues on Westfield Avenue

February 24, 2021

ROSELLE PARK, NJ – Westfield Avenue in Roselle Park’s First Ward has been an area of concern for newly elected councilman Gregory Johnson.

Following multiple pedestrian deaths on the road, also known as NJ-28, Johnson has petitioned the New Jersey Department of Transportation to assist the borough in making the road safer.

“As a Council representative in my district within ...

Roselle Public Library Expansion Gets Boost from Partnership with Union County Improvement Authority

ROSELLE, NJ - The $11 million renovation and expansion of the Roselle public library has progressed through a recent partnership between the Borough of Roselle and the Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA).

In November 2020, Roselle was awarded a $5.5 million New Jersey Library Construction Bond Grant to transform the public library into a modern community resource center. The borough ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

February 23, 2021

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

Borough of Roselle Offering Five-Year Tax Abatement for Home Improvements

February 18, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ - Residents may be eligible for local tax breaks on home improvements through the Borough of Roselle’s five-year residential tax abatement program.

The borough’s program allows residents throughout the municipality to complete new construction or major improvements on their property without immediately facing the full tax increase once a project is ...

New Jersey Will Not Tax PPP Loans to Small Businesses

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that loans received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will not be subject to state taxes and that all expenses paid through PPP funds will be tax-deductible.

"This is another layer of protection our business owners need to help them get through this pandemic," Murphy said during his press briefing via ZOOM ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

February 23, 2021

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

Basketball: Roselle Park Panthers Fall to Scotch Plains/Fanwood Raiders


Accompanied by clapping and shouting, the phrase “and one” crescendoed throughout the gym as junior Damon Schumann converted his layup attempt and the referee signaled the bucket and the foul

“When I saw [an opening] because our coach drew up a play where he said if you have a big opening where you can drive ...

Over $130M Dedicated to Clean Transportation in NJ's Fight Against Climate Change

February 16, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Months after signing expansive environmental justice legislative, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday vowed New Jersey would put its money where its mouth is - investing over $130 million in clean transportation projects.

Murphy, who spoke about more green initiatives during a press conference this morning, also signed an executive order creating a climate action office and the New ...

Roselle Resident Featured in Breast Cancer Survivor Calendar

February 15, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ — Each year, AAngelsNJ, a cancer nonprofit in Essex County, releases a calendar featuring one breast cancer survivor for each month. This year, the 2021 features Roselle resident Kim Waked. Her story of survival is included in the calendar.

Kim is one of eleven other women from all over the state featured in the 2021 calendar:

Myriam Joseph, Marlton, NJ
Pam Hodge, ...

Couples with Disabilities Appreciate Their Valentines Through Pandemic Challenges

ELIZABETH, NJ - This week, Harold Harris chose an engagement ring and picked up a red dress shirt for a celebration on Valentine’s Day. He said he can’t wait to officially propose to his girlfriend, Jennifer Brown. 

Both Harris and Brown are members at Community Access Unlimited (CAU), a Union County-based, statewide nonprofit that strives to integrate people with ...

Roselle Park 24/7 Announces First Baby Born in Roselle Park for 2021

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Roselle Park 24/7 recently announced that Ava is the first baby born in Roselle Park for 2021. 

Ava, born on January 12, is the daughter of proud parents Brianah Bryant and Paul Joseph.  Roselle Park’s newest resident for 2021 will be presented a welcome basket of donated items from residents and small businesses. 

Ava’s mom, Brianah, ...

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Put “Choose to Reuse” on your 2021 To-Do List

Union County residents who are seeking ways to help the environment this year can start by bringing reusable grocery bags to the supermarket, and skipping single-use bags.

“Switching to reusable grocery bags is a simple but effective way for everyone to help cut down on waste and litter pollution, and start getting into the ‘Choose to Reuse’ habit,” said Union County ...

With Options for In-person PT Limited by the Pandemic, this New Jersey Rehabilitation Provider Used an App to Help Patients Find What They Needed

As the COVID-19 virus began to arise in communities throughout New Jersey, Atlantic Health System worked quickly to adapt and implement new methods in order to continue to deliver safe, exceptional care to patients.

While the health system was able to deploy telemedicine alternatives for many situations, there were many settings that still relied on in-person care – rehabilitation ...

Community Conversations: COVID-19 and Communities of Color

Every community has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but none more so than communities of color. On the latest Community Conversation from Atlantic Health System, Dr. Christina Johnson, a family medicine physician with Atlantic Medical Group and community health advocate, shared some of the ways communities of color have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 and what viewers need ...

Free Guided Nature Walks for Seniors at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center

February 25, 2021

Popular series returns to Watchung Reservation in March; masks and social distance required for COVID-19 prevention.

Weather permitting, Union County’s free series of guided nature walks for seniors age 55 and up will resume beginning at 11:00 on Wednesday, March 3, at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in the Watchung Reservation, located at 452 New Providence Road in ...

History Made for Springfield Fire Department, as First Female Firefighter Sworn In

February 24, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a swearing-in ceremony held at town hall on Wednesday morning, Stephanie Bagniewski made history, becoming the first female firefighter that the Springfield Fire Department has ever had.

Bagniewski was appointed as a probationary firefighter by resolution 2021-70 at the Springfield Township Committee meeting on Tuesday. With her history-making ...

Murphy Unveils $44.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

February 24, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient.

The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, which makes a full pension payment for the first time in more than a quarter of a ...

Railroad History Comes Alive at Steamtown Historic National Site in Scranton PA

February 24, 2021

SCRANTON, PA -- Located in the heart of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site offers visitors an exciting look into one of the first rail lines built in the northeast. The park is built on the former site of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, one of the earliest and most important rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Steamtown features a large collection of ...

NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

February 21, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

‘All News Is Local’ is More Applicable than Ever Before

There’s a famous saying that “All politics Is local.” As politics has become nationalized and even local candidates are now being forced to follow or defend the pronouncements of the national political parties, the adage is seemingly less accurate.  Meanwhile, COVID-19 has caused the news industry to be turned on its head as all news is becoming local.

For instance, when ...

What Is Content Marketing, And How Can It Benefit Your Business?

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Having an online presence is a crucial aspect of boosting your business, but a website alone is often not enough to drive engagement and convert leads to customers. In order to effectively market your business, a business needs to invest in content marketing. 

Content marketing is creating and distributing meaningful content, including text, photos and video, that ...

Jeanne Wall Expands Her TAPinto Network With TAPinto Hazlet/Keyport

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - From Fortune 500 communications professional to owning her own local news business, TAPinto franchise owner Jeanne Wall has seen it all. 

Now, after experiencing success in her first two TAPinto franchise locations in Holmdel/Colts Neck and Middletown, Wall is moving forward again, launching TAPinto Hazlet/Keyport, her third TAPinto Franchise in Monmouth County, ...

The Lost Boys by Faye Kellerman

The Lost Boys by Faye Kellerman. (Harper Collins, 2021)


Faye Kellerman began the Peter Decker- Rina Lazarus series in 1986. In the first novel, police officer, Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD, is called in to investigate the rape of a woman, who was going home after taking a mikvah, the cleansing bath, that Orthodox Jewish women take once a month. This is an unthinkable crime, ...

Home Is Where the Printer IS

I want to print a small house in the woods.

I have long dreamed of a simpler life, far removed from the day-to-day stress of work pressures and financial pressures and social pressures and family pressures and the unrelenting demand for new passwords that must be at least 12 characters in length.

If I was smarter, these daydreams would place me in a villa on my own sun-drenched Pacific ...