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Union County COVID Drive-up Test Center First in NJ to Also Test for Flu

October 28, 2020

The new test will also offer faster results.

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s drive-up COVID-19 testing center at Kean University will be the first in New Jersey to also test for the influenza, officials said.

Starting Monday, Nov. 2, the drive-through testing center at Kean University will offer three-panel swab test that produces results for the COVID-19 virus, Influenza A and ...

Governor Fears Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Are Just the Start

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

Flu Shot Drive in Roselle, Thursday, October 22

October 21, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ - Free flu shots for Union County residents only, by appointment only will be provided at Abraham Clark High School in Roselle on Thursday, October 22.

The Freeholder Board announced updated dates and locations for upcoming flu shot drives throughout Union County in October and November. The County is offering a series of free flu shot drives in local communities to help ensure ...

Union County Free COVID Testing in Roselle Park - Tuesday, October 20

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to notify residents regarding their free COVID-19 walk-up test site in Roselle Park on Tuesday, October 20 provided by the Union County COVID-19 Mobile Test Unit. Masks required. No appointment required https://ucnj.org/walkup

Details:  Roselle Park - Tuesday, October 20, 2020; Saliva test; 3 p.m. to ...

Free COVID Testing Returns as Numbers Continue to Rise

ROSELLE, NJ — As COVID-19 numbers rise across the state, Roselle has not been immune to the trend.

Since the pandemic began Roselle has seen a total of 727 cases and 20 deaths. Mayor Reginald Atkins addressed the recent uptick during his latest "Mayor’s Connection" video.

“I’m urging all the residents of Roselle, please practice social distancing and please ...

470 Roselle Students Choose In-Person Learning So Far

October 28, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ — Preliminary numbers from the Genesis surveys showed that 470 students would choose to return for hybrid in-person learning when it becomes an option.

In contrast, 749 students have said they would continue to do only virtual learning. These numbers are not final results and the survey can be filled out until November 2. While this indicates that some families do want an ...

Roselle Expects to Bring All Teachers Back November 9

ROSELLE, NJ — Roselle Public Schools is planning to have all teachers return to school buildings on November 9.

Superintendent Nathan Fisher suggested that the board move forward with the plan to have students in grades PreK-4 begin learning in a hybrid in-person model on November 16. Aside from HVAC and ventilation updates, Dr. Fisher spoke about the increased cleaning plans ...

Roselle Park School District to Host a Talk on Social and Emotional Support for Students

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — The Roselle Park School District will be holding a virtual event for parents/guardians to learn about ways to support their children during this pandemic.

The event, to be held November 10, is called "Addressing the Social and Emotional Needs of Our Children" and will be hosted by George Scott, LMFT. Scott will be talking about the different ways stress ...

Mayors Atkins and Dansereau Present Keys to the Borough of Roselle to Four Residents

October 23, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ — Mayor Reginald Atkins and former Mayor Christine Dansereau presented keys to the Borough of Roselle to four distinguished members of the community.

The “Keys to the Borough” program was conceived by Mayor Dansereau and is coming to fruition under Mayor Atkins after the pandemic put things on hold. 

The first honoree, William (Bill) Frolich, was presented ...

Union County OKs $1.1M in Open Space Grants. Find Out What Roselle and Roselle Park

October 17, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will distribute about $1.1 million in open space grants to municipalities for planting trees and funding resources for children’s recreation, including fields, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts.

Grants will total $1,036,786.04 for the Kids Recreation Trust and $102,250 for the Greening Union County program, officials said. Funding ...

Roselle Plans for A Festive but Socially Distant Halloween

ROSELLE, NJ — Mayor Reginald Atkins and Roselle Borough Council will be holding a costume parade for children and adults this Halloween.

This Autumn Fest will take place the day of Halloween from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in front of Borough Hall. To make sure that everyone is following proper social distancing guidelines space will be limited. Those wishing to reserve a spot should contact ...

Spotswood Girls Tennis Falls To Roselle Park In First Round Of States

October 28, 2020

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Spotswood High School girls varsity tennis team was eliminated from the NJSIAA Central Jersey East Group One Tennis Tournament in the first round by eighth seeded Roselle Park High School on Tuesday. Roselle Park defeated ninth seeded Spotswood 3-2. The Chargers Cyanne Chan and Kate Acheampong lost hard-fought three set singles matches. Spotswood's Axelle Lemiere and ...

Boys Soccer: Touma and Sebastian Spark Union Catholic to Victory Over Roselle

ROSELLE, NJ -  Brian Touma scored and goalie Joe Sebastian earned his third shutout of the season to lead the Union Catholic boys soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Roselle on Thursday at Sylvester Land Memorial Field in Roselle.

With the victory, the Vikings stretched their unbeaten streak to four straight games and improved to 3-2-1 on the season.

After a scoreless first ...

HS Football: Roselle Park Edges Wood-Ridge, 27-19

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - The Roselle Park Panthers defeated the Wood-Ridge Blue Devils on Friday night by a score of 27–19 on the road at Donna Ricker Memorial Field. 

The first score of the game came around halfway through the opening quarter for the Blue Devils, as quarterback Branden Negro connected with Leonardo Ramirez for a 33-yard score. Following the extra point by Klejdi Elezaj, ...

Bars, Restaurants Given Expansion on Liquor Permits as COVID Climb Continues

October 19, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Bar and restaurant owners across New Jersey will be able to toast this week to the latest expansion on liquor license permits - initially triggered to help businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic while serving outdoors. 

“For many of our residents having the ability to serve liquor to their customers beyond their normal premises has been meaningful. In ...

Roselle Park Clerk Speaks to What Residents Can Expect this Election Day

October 16, 2020

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Borough Clerk Andrew Casais reminded Roselle Park voters that they should have already received their ballots in the mail from the county, during Thursday’s meeting of the Borough Council.

Casais said his office was available to field questions from Roselle Park residents who may be confused about the voting process this year and when to expect the final results.

Kevin Charles and Kathy Davis Become Foster Youth Advocates for CASA of Union County

October 15, 2020

ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County has added five new child advocates to its roster, including Roselle’s Kevin Charles and Roselle Park’s Kathy Davis. The newly trained volunteers were sworn in by Judge Marc R. Brown via Zoom and Judge James Hely logged in to offer congratulations and thanks.

Davis said “I became a CASA ...

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Wildlife Wednesdays Programs For 2020

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the popular, free “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will conclude its 2020 programming over the next 2 Wednesdays.

October 21st’s program “Reptiles and Gators” will feature an alligator and lizards, including a blue tongue skink and bearded dragon.  The October 28th’s Halloween-themed Insects and ...

Update: Union County Wildlife Wednesdays Program Moved to 6 PM

The Board of Chosen Freeholders wishes to remind residents that the popular “Wildlife Wednesdays” program will continue to run each Wednesday through the end of October, with a new starting time of 6:00 PM.

“Union County is striving to bring educational programs directly to our children that may not be accessible to everyone during these challenging times, and Wildlife ...

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October 28, 2020

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Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's in Scotch Plains

October 28, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever. 

"I'm calling on behalf of my company and eight board members to confirm that ...

Cuban Pete's Owner Locked Out After Repeated Executive Order Violations

October 27, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After scoffing at the Governor's Executive Orders and repeatedly allowing patrons to continue to dine inside, the owner of Cuban Pete's is now locked out of his business.

On Monday morning, Montclair Police changed the locks on the doors of Cuban Pete’s restaurant, locking out the owner and workers. This was after three violations of the Executive ...

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Supports New Jersey Tenants During COVID-19 Housing Crisis

October 28, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund's Housing Stability Project Grant.

Keenan described the work of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), which was established after the COVID-19 pandemic, and which has raised over $37 million from over ...

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

Roselle Park Police Blotter: Juvenile with Sword Arrested in Park

October 14, 2020

On 10/8/2020 at 3:05 pm, in the area of Chestnut and Grant Ave (Gazebo Park), Captain Dominick Frino, observed a group of individuals inside the park. One individual was observed to have a sword in his possession.

Captain Frino, Sergeant John Deegan, Corporal Michael Smith, Officer Daniel Erazo and Officer Joshua Valente, than converged on the area. Through an investigation, it was determined ...

Candidate Endorsements in Roselle

October 20, 2020

When deciding to endorse or vote for a candidate for any office, I make an assessment of their demonstrated values, the positions that they have actively taken over time, and their accomplishments.  I tend to go on what is a known quantity based on a candidate’s engagement, knowledge, substance, consistency, and effectiveness. Donald Shaw is just that candidate for Mayor and Column 3 ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

October 23, 2020

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

The Guardian by John Grisham

The Guardians by John Grisham. (Dell, 2020)

“Duke Russell is not guilty of the unspeakable crimes for which he was convicted; nonetheless, he is scheduled to be executed for them in one hour and forty-five minutes.”

Are you hooked? I am.

When I taught Creative Writing, one of the first lessons on writing prose was, “You have to capture the reader in the first paragraph ...

Shakespeare Theatre Takes on Shaw in Three Scintillating One-acts

Florham Park, NJ - There’s nothing like the theatrical commentary of George Bernard Shaw to explore love, lust and over-the-top intrigue to make for a stimulating evening.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey offers another romp at its outdoor location at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park.The three one-act plays were broken up into five segments. “Village ...

Indecision 2020

At long last, it is finally upon us.

In a matter of days, Americans all over the country will venture forth to proudly exercise their individuality on the most anticipated day of this election year.

I am, of course, referring to Halloween.

This year the annual frightfest celebrating candy shakedowns and macabre costumes will be tempered significantly by the pandemic threat. On ...

Moving Beyond the Partisan Bubble

There is so much to say and yet so many times a day I find myself dumbfounded to speechlessness.  My children ask logical questions for which I can find no polite or productive answer. There is no good answer for why hate seems to have seeped into so much of our dialogue every day.

There is no good reason that suspicion has replaced curiosity. That accusations have replaced queries. It is ...