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Roselle Giving Away Free PPE to Residents

July 3, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ - Free Coronavirus PPE will be handed out at Borough Hall for Roselle residents on Monday, July 6. The program will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The packets will contain multiple safety items including masks donated by the Union County Freeholders.

This program comes just as New Jersey begins to reopen. So far the curve has remained flat through the first two phases of ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

State Officials See Contact Tracers as Key Component in Fight Against COVID-19

NEW JERSEY – The state is hiring more than 200 contact tracers as part of its ongoing fight against COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy announced at press conference Wednesday afternoon.

“There are more than 230 tracers being on-boarded,” Murphy said. This is in addition to the 900 tracers already working throughout the state.

Murphy said they are trained to not only find ...

Summer Food Program is Back in Roselle

June 23, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has updated their policies for the Summer Food Services program this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is allowing schools to continue with their method of having meals picked up or delivered to homes. The N.J. Dept. of Agriculture will help facilitate the transition to these new methods of serving ...

Roselle and Roselle Park Students Named to University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester

July 1, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ - The following students have been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester.

Imani Bell of Roselle Park 

Elvin Guerrero of Roselle Park 

Cristina Stamatis of Roselle Park 

Jordyn Stevens of Roselle 

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of ...

Jordy Moise of Roselle Receives Degree in Criminal Justice from American International College

ROSELLE, NJ - Jordy Moise, of Roselle, has been awarded a degree in Criminal Justice from American International College. Moise is among fellow scholars representing seven foreign countries, twelve states, and Washington, DC.

Founded in 1885, American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational, doctoral granting institution located in Springfield, Massachusetts, comprising ...

Murphy, DOE Issue School Guidance for School Reopenings in September

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, June 25. 

"Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As we conclude ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Roselle Park Celebrates Independence Day with a Parade

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Roselle Park celebrated Independence Day today with the first ever patriotic parade around town.

The Police Department and American Legion Post 60 drove in the parade and the Fire Department brought out 5 trucks. Borough Council members and their families were also invited to join in the festivities while Roselle Park residents watched from the sidewalks and their ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Roselle Park Outdoor Summer Movie Line-up Announced

June 29, 2020

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Every Wednesday in July the Casano Community Center is going to be hosting free outdoor movie nights at Roselle Park High School’s Herm Shaw Field.

Due to Governor Murphy’s social distancing executive order there will be a 500 person limit on a first-come, first-serve basis. The movies featured this year are as follows:

July 8: “Toy Story ...

Virtual Concert Series to Benefit People with Disabilities and Youth at Risk in New Jersey

ELIZABETH, NJ - The sounds of different genres of music are as loud as ever this summer, even as most listen to music at home instead of a concert hall. Everyone with an internet connection is invited to listen in together for a week-long virtual concert benefiting Community Access Unlimited from July 6-11.

“It will be a week of nights of music that we hope everyone will get ...

Amusement Parks, Playgrounds Will Reopen at 50% Limits in Time for July 4 Weekend

TRENTON, NJ— Amusement park rides, water parks and playgrounds will re-open in time for July 4th weekend, with 50% capacity and other COVID-19 protocols.

“It's just a coincidence that it's a scorcher outside today, but today we are announcing that outdoor amusement parks and water parks will be able to reopen next Thursday, July 2…this includes the rides on our ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

July 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Trinitas’ Gary Horan Re-Elected to NJ Chamber Board

ELIZABETH, NJ - Gary S. Horan, FACHE, of Sea Girt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the NJ Chamber of Commerce for a three-year term. Horan has served on the Chamber’s Board since 2006.

Horan is currently in his 19th year as the chief executive of Trinitas, a 554-bed full service teaching ...

Roselle Park Native Named Head Coach of Boy's Basketball

June 22, 2020

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Matt Talbot, 27, has been named the new varsity basketball coach for the Roselle Park Panthers. Talbot has coached the junior varsity team for the past five years.

“I might change the way we practice and some of the plays we run,” Talbot said. However, he does not plan to shake everything up. 

He underscored his appreciation for former Head Coach Jon ...

NJSIAA Announces Guidelines For Phase I of Return to High School Sports

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The NJSIAA took one step closer to fall sports in 2020, with the release of the Phase I regulations by the NJSIAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Taskforce. 

The task force is chaired by former NJSIAA Executive Committee president Mary Liz Ivins.  She is joined Dr. Jack Kripsak, chair of the NJSIAA Medical Advisory Committee; Dr. Damion Martins, the Jets team ...

Michael Mauri Park Hosts the First Roselle Park Farmer's Market of 2020

July 1, 2020

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Roselle Park held its first Wednesday farmer's market of the year at Michael Mauri Park. The market hosts a variety of vendors including those selling fresh produce, homemade baked goods and a Latin food truck.

All of the produce sold at the farmer's market is grown in New Jersey. “We bring the farm into our community,” said Market Manager ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Janna Williams of Roselle Advances to Ms. Veteran America Semifinal Round

June 23, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ - Janna Williams of Roselle, a military veteran and community advocate, has advanced to the semifinal round of the Ms. Veteran America competition. Williams will be joining more than 40 female active military and veterans as semi-finalists in the competition. 

“I am beyond excited about making it to the semifinals,” said Williams. “I consider myself ...

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Union County Residents: Make One Change

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking county residents to join a global initiative to reduce their plastic waste during the month of July, and hopefully long after.  Plastic Free July is a world-wide movement that encourages people to become part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful litter-free ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Community Conversations: How to Stay Safe this Summer

Is your family ready to enjoy summer – safely? On this Community Conversation, Atlantic Health System’s Christopher Zipp, DO, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Morristown Medical Center, and a physician with Atlantic Medical Group shares some important tips on summer safety, and why, as we coexist with COVID-19 – if you don’t have a family doctor – you ...

Community Conversations: Important Guidelines for Returning to Sports and Activities

After the last few months it’s understandable we’re itching to restart our old fitness routines or get back to the sports activity we love. But there are some important guidelines to know before hitting the gym or the playing field. During this Community Conversation, Matthew Martinez, MD, Director, Atlantic Health System Sports Cardiology Program, Morristown Medical Center and Damion ...

Community Access Unlimited Receives $2,000 in Covid-19 Support

July 2, 2020

The Irish Business Association (IBA) of New Jersey has donated $6,000 to four local organizations to support their Covid-19 efforts. The association donated $2,000 to the nonprofits Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services and Community Access Unlimited and $1,000 each to the Trinitas Health Foundation and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Community Access Unlimited is an Elizabeth-based statewide ...

Elizabeth Native Marsha Johnson Honored with Google Doodle

July 1, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Google honored Elizabeth native Marsha P. Johnson with her own doodle on its Tuesday homepage for the last day of Pride month.

“The milestones achieved in the LGBTQ rights and equality movement were made possible by trailblazers who first stood up for their rights - people like early transgender, gay rights and AIDS activist, Marsha P. Johnson,” said Freeholder ...

Gov. Murphy Says NJ's Travel Rules Not Retaliation Against Florida, Other States

June 25, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy defended the state’s new travel advisory amid questions of whether it lacks teeth and suggestions of whether it constitutes retaliation against states that had once imposed restrictions on northeastern states.

The advisory, which was announced Wednesday in lockstep with neighboring New York and Connecticut, merely suggests people traveling to New ...

Experience Revolutionary War History at The Dey Mansion: George Washington’s Headquarters

July 3, 2020

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Independence Day, TAPintoTV is revisiting our piece from last year on the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen ...

7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

July 3, 2020

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Kathy Cryan of TAPinto Union

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of July 2020 is Kathy Cryan, who owns and operates TAPinto Union.  With a background in business, Cryan has amassed a very large readership, routinely breaking 150,000 pageviews per month with more than 3,500 residents subscribed to the free daily newsletter and almost 5,000 followers on Facebook, while building a profitable online ...

Roselle Park Police Blotter: Identity Theft Suspect Arrested

July 2, 2020

On 12/23/19, Officer Mitchell White took a report of identity theft. The complainant reported that an unknown subject used a deceased family member’s information, in an attempt to fraudulently obtain two loans for $2,500 each.

A follow up investigation was conducted by Detective Angelo Marino, Where Dominique Green, 18, of Newark, was arrested on 6/26/20 for the Fraud.

Green was ...

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni (William Morris/Harper Collins, 2020)

In writing a contemporary novel in the Gothic tradition, it is impossible not to compare aspects of great Gothic novels that have come before. The excellent, new book, The Ancestor, by Danielle Trussoni fits the description of a Neo-Gothic. However, drawing comparisons between previously written novels is half the fun ...

Carved In Stone

A Monumental History Lesson

On July 4, 1863, Union soldiers began the arduous and grizzly task of burying over 7,000 dead bodies in trenches and shallow graves. Later, as rains had washed away the ground cover re-exposing the stench of blackened and gnarled limbs, the town of Gettysburg took on the task of exhuming the bodies and consecrating them in the newly created Soldiers National ...

Celebrating the Communities We Build

So, you may have noticed I missed a week, which is odd because I had something written, not this but something. My excuse is this – COVID has warped my sense of time, I go to make my Thursday call on Tuesday then on Friday I wonder how I missed Thursday. Holidays have the potential to go unnoticed too – I’m horrible with dates so forgetting my own birthday is fairly easy even in ...