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Twitter Bots Can Help You Find COVID Vaccine Shots in Union County & NJ

April 2, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — With supplies limited, the COVID-19 vaccine is often tough to come by.

Twitter bots, which are automated Twitter accounts, track when certain COVID-19 sites post new batches of vaccine appointments online.

Click the bell icon on the Twitter page to have the bots that you want to notify you when new appointments are posted.

The following accounts are among the ...

Murphy Reports on Virus Numbers and School Guidelines During COVID-19 Briefing

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday announced that the NJ Dept. of Health has revised its guidance for local health departments on K-12 in-class operations. 

The governor said that if masking and frequent hand-washing can be maintained by students and educators and support staff in a classroom, then full-time in-person instruction can begin with the distance between ...

Murphy: Don't Expect More Easing of Restrictions with COVID Variants on the Rise

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing on Monday that he doesn't expect to loosen any more COVID-19 restrictions because of the recent rise in variant strains of the disease.

On March 19, the state of New Jersey expanded capacity at indoor businesses, such as restaurants and gyms, but the governor said that is unlikely to allow any further increases in ...

Murphy: 'No One Who Has Received the J&J Vaccine Should Panic or Worry'

April 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Despite the side effects reported impacting some young women who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, Gov. Phil Murphy said that "no one who has received the J&J vaccine should panic or worry."  The governor tried to quell fears as the CDC and FDA called for a pause in the distribution of J&J vaccine "out of an abundance of ...

Borough of Roselle Offering Free Lung Cancer Screening and Tobacco Cessation Webinar

ROSELLE, NJ - Are you looking to quit smoking or interested in learning more information about the dire effects of long-term use? 

Join the North Jersey Health Collaborative for a free webinar, entitled “Tobacco Free for a Healthy NJ: Lung Cancer and Tobacco Cessation,” on Thursday, April 15 at 1 p.m. to learn more.

Participants will not be seen on camera but questions will ...

County Vaccination for Educators Smooth and Efficient

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Following Governor Phil Murphy's announcement that New Jersey educators and school staff were eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, the less than subtle distinction between eligibility and accessibility was raised. Now permitted to be vaccinated, would teachers and those working in schools have the means to secure appointments? Would adequate numbers of ...

Teachers and Students at Community Access Unlimited Strive for Success During Autism Acceptance Month

April 12, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - Michael Adamowsky says he didn’t plan it, but he has found his purpose in life through teaching.

After completing his master’s degree in accounting and starting a career at Community Access Unlimited, Adamowsky found that the accounting position didn’t suit him, and he didn’t like sitting at a computer all day. He decided to become more directly ...

Kindergarten Success Academy Kicks Off Anti-Bullying Initiative

ROSELLE, NJ - Kindergarten Success Academy staff kicked-off its Run, Walk, Roll Against Bullying initiative last week by sporting orange and walking around the ACHS track as they began logging miles as the school unites against bullying for the month of April. The initiative is through Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center. Students and families were also asked to join virtually as ...

2,000 Masks Donated to Grace Wilday Junior High School

ROSELLE, NJ - Last week, Grace Wilday Junior High School received a generous donation of 2,000 disposable masks from Adriana Rozo-Angulo, Director of Operations at Hispanic Star NJ, just in time for the school’s reopening.

“In light of this generous donation to our school, we feel that it is important to pay it forward, therefore, we will be dividing up the masks and sharing ...

Roselle/Roselle Park Police Used Force in 10 Incidents Since October, Based on New Jersey AG Data

April 6, 2021

ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Roselle and Roselle Park, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday.

The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of a “beta” test dashboard created by state Attorney General Gurbir ...

Trinitas Health Foundation’s “Here Comes the Sun” Gala Set for May 6

April 6, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Trinitas Health Foundation will host its Annual Gala on Thursday, May 6 recognizing Fedway Associates, Inc. and Infineum USA L.P. This year, Fedway will be honored with the Celebrating Philanthropy Award and Infineum will be honored with the Humanitarian Award. Both companies have been very generous supporters of Trinitas for many years and did not let the pandemic dampen ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

April 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY - While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

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Atlantic Health System Marks 13th Consecutive Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

In a year like no other, Atlantic Health System has overcome unprecedented challenges to deliver innovative, high-quality care while maintaining an award-winning workplace. For the 13th consecutive year, the integrated care delivery system has once again been named to Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number ...

Union County Commissioners to Cut Ribbon on New Playground Facilities at Nomahegan in Cranford on Sunday, April 18th at 11 a.m.

April 15, 2021

COVID-19 safety rules apply.

The Union County Board of County Commissioners will cut the ribbon on new playground facilities at Nomahegan Park in Carnford this Sunday, April 18th at 11:00 a.m. Nomahegan Park is located at 995 Springfield Avenue.

“As the weather gets warmer, families look to our local parks to safely have fun while staying active,” said County Commissioner ...

Scotch Plains Author Robert Constant's 'Hello Grandma!' Wins Literary Award for Children's Books

April 13, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!"

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner in the 2021 Feathered ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Revised COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

April 6, 2021

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health today issued new COVID-19 travel guidance, which follow updated travel recommendations released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month.

“While the pandemic is not over, our vaccination program and updated CDC guidance have made it possible for vaccinated individuals to resume travel ...

Joe Signorello Files Petitions for State Senate

April 9, 2021

This Monday, I officially filed my petitions with the Department of Elections in Trenton. I am running for State Senate because we have had enough excuses, now let’s get results. As the Mayor of Roselle Park, my constituents judge me on getting results, not attending press conferences, ribbon cuttings, or telling jokes.

I will be a Senator who takes head on the problems we face. Here in ...

International Barbershop Quartet Day: Music Director Deke Sharon and New Jersey's Gimme Four

April 11, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- In honor of International Barbershop Quartet Day, TAPintoTV looks back at our conversations with Will Downey, member of New Jersey's #1 barbershop quartet, Gimme Four, and award-winning Musical Director and Producer, Deke Sharon.

Gimme Four is an International Semifinalist barbershop quartet based in Caldwell, New Jersey. Group members Paul Franek, Dave Ammirata, Will ...

New Jersey Date Night: The Best Brunch Spots

April 11, 2021

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

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time ...

TAPinto TV Wins Twice at Garden State Film Festival

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto TV, a medium-based franchise owned by East Main Media’s Brian Brodeur, won two Garden State Film Festival Awards.

The franchise’s “HomeGrown” series won awards for Best Television Show and Best Original Score from a Television Show.

“HomeGrown” is a series produced by East Main Media that follows host Stephanie Willoughby as ...

Post-Pandemic Marketing

Small business owners have a lot to think about, but navigating a global pandemic was likely not chief among their worries. Now that we are close to the end of one, local businesses are facing a host of challenges. Communicating effectively with customers and clients has never been more important. 

What changed in the pandemic?

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily ...

TAPinto to Host Panel Discussion on Current State of Real Estate in New Jersey

Are you looking for insights into the current real estate boom happening in New Jersey? 

Are you interested in buying a new home or property in the near future but don’t know what to expect?

Are you looking for a mortgage or interested in learning about the refinancing process?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, The Current State of the New Jersey ...

TAPinto Franchise Case Study: Bobbie Peer, TAPinto Berkeley Heights, Mountainside and New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Bobbie Peer has established herself as a power house marketer for local businesses in western Union County. 

The Berkeley Heights resident, who started with TAPinto back in 2013 as part of the company’s expansion efforts, has morphed into a three-site franchise owner with hopes of continued growth in the future.

“I was looking for a career that involved ...

Man Arrested for DWI in Roselle Park

March 30, 2021

On 3/18/21 at 12:26 am, Officer William Hannon was on patrol in the area of East Westfield Ave. and Berwyn St. He observed a 2017 Toyota commit a moving violation. A motor vehicle stop was then conducted.

The driver identified as Hichem Messaoudi 42, of Irvington, was found to exhibit signs of being impaired. Officer Hannon then conducted a standardized field sobriety test on Messaoudi. Based ...

Westfield Health Board on Virus Variants, Vaccinations, Nat’l Public Health Week & More | Letter

April 10, 2021

To the Editor:

The Westfield Board of Health met on April 5. Covid-19, its effects on Westfield and the programs to keep residents informed and to vaccinate them were the principal areas of discussion.

Currently, Covid-19 activity appears to be increasing in New Jersey, probably due to the variants. It would probably be worse if residents were not being vaccinated and continuing to adhere ...

The Persian Always Meows Twice

The Persian Always Meows Twice: A Cat Groomer Mystery by Eileen Watkins.        (available on Amazon).

 

        Cassie McGlone needs to start over, escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend, and establish a business of her own. An independent woman, Cassie moves to Chadwick, New Jersey (a fictional town somewhere near Morristown) ...

A Rite of Passage

Hello?

Hi Sweetie. It’s me. Hey, I’m gonna be a little late. I’m stuck in traffic.

Oh no! When do you think you will be home?

Maybe a week.

A week?

Yeah, nothing is moving. Some idiot got stuck in the canal. The whole thing is blocked off.

What? How can that be?

Well the canal is 400 feet wide. He is driving a 1300 foot container ship. It’s kind of ...