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Despite Zero Deaths Yesterday and Low Positivity Rankings, Murphy Warns 'We Are Not Past COVID-19'

July 31, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. last night for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, July 31.

"The spot positivity rate for tests from July ...

Roselle COVID-19 Cases Surged in April, Have Declined Since

ROSELLE, NJ - The Borough of Roselle Health Department has released a report of the Borough's positive COVID-19 cases from March 21 through July 22, 2020.

The report shows April as having the largest amount of cases with 463 positive cases, increasing from March with 68 cases.

"We saw a significant drop in May with 63 positive cases moving down to 10%," said Health ...

Governor Murphy to New Jersey Youth: Stop Partying Secretly Indoors

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy on Monday pleaded with New Jersey’s youth and their parents to protect public health by not holding secret indoor parties and other large indoor gatherings.

“We have many examples of people congregating indoors without face coverings, without social distancing and in close proximity.  There is no good that will come from this,” ...

Roselle COVID-19 Cases Surged in April, Have Declined Since

July 29, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ - The Borough of Roselle Health Department has released a report of the Borough's positive COVID-19 cases from March 21 through July 22, 2020.

The report shows April as having the largest amount of cases with 463 positive cases, increasing from March with 68 cases.

"We saw a significant drop in May with 63 positive cases moving down to 10%," said Health ...

Thirty Years Later, the Americans with Disabilities Act Has a Long Way to Go, Advocates Say

ELIZABETH, NJ - The civil rights movement for people with disabilities reached a landmark on July 26, 1990 with the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On its 30th anniversary, people with disabilities are celebrating hard-earned victories and are speaking up about the work still to be done and recognizing the historic law intended to prohibit discrimination against individuals with ...

Newark Archdiocese Shutters Some Catholic Schools, Merge Others In Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

August 5, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Following a decrease in enrollment and financial hardship in the wake of COVID-19, the Newark Archdiocese will shutter a handful of elementary schools, including two located in Newark. 

The Archdiocese said funding has been critically reduced since the onset of the pandemic and paid registrations for the 2020-2021 school year are also dramatically ...

Roselle Schools Superintendent and Asst. Superintendent Present "Return to Learn" Updates

ROSELLE, NJ — Superintendent Fisher and Assistant Superintendent Gonzalez-Perez went live on Facebook Tuesday to further explain the Return to Learn Plan. Dr. Fisher described the plan in English and Dr. Gonzalez-Perez followed by describing the plan in Spanish.

“We are mindful that the COVD-19 closure has caused, and in some instances, increased learning gaps,” said Dr.

Roselle Schools Offers Training Sessions for Parents on New Online Learning System

ROSELLE, NJ — THe Roselle Public Schools will be conducting a series of online training sessions for parents to get acclimated to Schoology before the coming school year.

Schoology is the learning management system that Roselle Public Schools will be using in the coming year to facilitate the hybrid learning model. The new system will keep students and teachers connected for classwork, ...

Mayor Atkins Deals with the First Big Storm of His Term

August 5, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ — Mayor Atkins addressed Roselle residents in a video update on how the borough is recovering after tropical storm Isaias.

Over 1700 PSEG customers in Roselle are currently without power according to their outage map, 18.25% of the borough. Mayor Atkins told residents that he too is without power and is working hard to get the lights back on for all of Roselle.

“I ...

Rev. Reginald Atkins Named Mayor of Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ - Roselle Democratic Commitee Chairman Rev. Reginald Atkins is the new Mayor of Roselle.  He was chosen by the Roselle Borough Council to succeed Mayor Christine Dansereau at Thursday night's Council meeting.  Dansereau resigned in July because of health reasons.

On Facebook, Atkins thanked the Council for selecting him and the community for its ...

Special Roselle Council Meeting to Fill Vacant Mayoral Seat, July 30

ROSELLE, NJ — The Roselle Borough Council will hold a special meeting to pass a resolution providing for the appointment of a new Mayor. The meeting will be held Thursday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Residents can join by using the meeting ID: 832 5474 4173 or by following the link on the borough website.

The Mayoral seat became vacant when former Mayor Dansereau resigned at the end of ...

Two Roselle Police Officers Promoted

July 29, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ - Two officers from the Roselle Police Department were promoted in a special ceremony on July 22, in Roselle Borough Hall Council Chambers.

Practicing social distancing, the officers and their families witnessed Acting Mayor Denise Wilkerson administer the oath to promote Sgt. Victor Conti to Lieutenant, and Officer Na' Zeek Hurling to Sergeant.

"This is an ...

Roselle Police Department Promotes Two Officers

ROSELLE, NJ — Roselle Mayor Denise Wilkerson administered the oath to promote two Roselle police officers Wednesday. The small promotion ceremony was administered in Roselle Council Chambers with all in attendance practicing social distancing and wearing masks.

“This is an exciting day for us here in Roselle,” said Wilkerson. “We get to bear witness to two of our best ...

Last Outdoor Movies for the Summer this Week in Roselle Park

July 29, 2020

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — The Outdoor Summer Movie Series put on by the Borough of Roselle Park and the Casano Community Center has its last two shows this week.

Wednesday night’s film was “The Secret Life of Pets 2."  The final film planned is “The Lion King” on Thursday night. 

“I'm so excited to see how well attended these continue to ...

Roselle Among 64 Municipalities Where Business Rental Assistance Will Be Available

July 26, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ — Hoping to stop — or at least allay — some of the bleeding felt by small business corridors across New Jersey due to the global pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday announced rental assistance will soon be available to 64 municipalities, including Roselle.

In all, $6 million will be dispersed from the new Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance ...

Roselle Park National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities

August 3, 2020

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announced the recent promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Omar Cruz from Roselle Park and assigned to the 1156th Engineer Company received a promotion to the rank of sergeant on April 20.

Army ...

Roselle Resident Reaches Final Round of Ms. Veteran America Pageant

ROSELLE, NJ — Janna Williams, Roselle resident and Air Force veteran, has reached the final round of the Ms. Veteran America pageant.

Only the top twenty-five contestants made it to the final round of the competition. Due to the pandemic the October 11 final, which was scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida, will be taking place virtually. Ms. Veteran America paid for the ...

Virtual Services Bring Structure to People with Developmental Disabilities This Summer

ELIZABETH, NJ - With nonessential face-to-face meetings largely on hold due to COVID-19, services for people with developmental disabilities are evolving with virtual options to help people meet their goals and find enrichment in a challenging time. 

Day habilitation and vocational and recreational services are among the programs that were forced to close due to the pandemic in March, ...

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Virtual Wildlife Wednesdays for Children in Union County

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a new virtual education initiative aimed at teaching children about animals and the important role they play in the environment. 

Wildlife Wednesdays kicks off on Wednesday, July 22nd with a program entitled “Frogs, Toads and Turtles” which will explain the difference between frogs and toads and turtles and ...

Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center Recognized for Environmental Sustainability by HealthTrust

August 5, 2020

Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center has again been recognized for its accomplishments in environmental sustainability with the 2020 Member Recognition Award from HealthTrust, a purchasing and performance improvement organization that serves hospitals, health systems and other health care provider locations.

Overlook received HealthTrust’s award for Social Stewardship, ...

Young Elizabeth Salsa Dancers Performing in America's Got Talent Quarterfinals

August 5, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ — Two young salsa dancers from Elizabeth have made it to the live quarter-final round of America’s Got Talent.

Twelve-year-old Simon Ruiz and ten-year-old Maria Lopez have been dancing together for three years. They met at the Quimbara Dance Studio in Elizabeth and instantly became friends and dance partners.

Simon and Maria have competed at dance ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Advertising Campaign Targets 30-something's 'Risky Behaviors'

August 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state’s new advertising campaign to raise awareness for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing is targeting, among others, the 30-and-under population because of the “risky behaviors” they have exhibited.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the “For Each Other, For Us All” campaign is debuting this week in advertising across TV, radio, ...

Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

August 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...

Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Darlene Cullen of TAPinto South Plainfield

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of August 2020 is Darlene Cullen, who owns and operates TAPinto South Plainfield.  With a background in business development, Cullen has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of South Plainfield.   

Q. Why did you want to franchise a ...

Roselle Park Resident Charged with Criminal Sexual Contact

July 24, 2020

On 7/12/20 at 12:15 pm, Patrolman Ryan Hokanson, Patrolman James Cantrell as well as Roselle Park Detectives, responded to the area of the 100 block of West Webster Ave. for a report of a female being assaulted. After speaking with witnesses, it was learned that a female was inappropriately touched by a person walking by.

A pedestrian stop was then conducted on a person matching the ...

The Source by James Michener

Retro Review

The Source by James Michener, 1965. 


It is nearly impossible to describe the scope of The Source, a remarkable historical novel by James Michener. Nearly 1000 pages long, the rich details about the evolution of humanity, from the days of the cave dwellings till the modern era, Michener regales us with details of the many civilizations that have dwelled in the ...

Shakespeare Theatre Scores with 'Crazy Love'

Florham Park, NJ - It’s such a treat to see a live performance in these difficult times. But leave iit to Shakespeare Theatre’s fearless director, Bonnie Monte, to deliver a delightful and provocative evening of Moliere and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The setting is the outside lawn at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park. Located on Vreeland Road, the landscape of ...

Open for Business

When everything “opened up” this summer I didn’t think it would include my mouth.

But I probably should have perceived that at some point during this pandemic I would have to visit the dentist.

Over the past six months I have gotten used to moving previously outsourced services in-house. For instance, while everyone was letting their Covid freak flag fly, I mastered the ...