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First Omicron Variant Case Confirmed in New Jersey

December 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced the State Department of Health has confirmed a case of the Omicron variant in a traveler to the state.  The person has been identified by the state as an adult female, who is a fully-vaccinated resident from Georgia, and had recently traveled to South Africa.

She tested positive on November 28 ...

Borough of Roselle Park Teaming up with Red Cross for Blood Drive

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — The Borough of Roselle Park and The American Red Cross are teaming up for a blood drive on Monday, December 13.  The event will be held at the Casano Community Center, located at 314 Chestnut Street, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

“Donating blood not only helps save the lives of those within our community, but lives all across America,” Roselle Park Mayor ...

Union County Offers Additional Sites for Free COVID-19 Vaccines and Booster Shots this Week

ROSELLE, NJ - The Union County Board of County Commissioners continues to encourage all Union County residents to protect themselves against the COVID-19 virus, by visiting a free Union County vaccination clinic soon. The clinics will be operating in Elizabeth, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Summit, and Union Township this coming week.

Any Union County resident can use any of these clinics, ...

Roselle Board of Education Highlights Student Achievement at November Meeting

November 23, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ — The Roselle Board of Education's meeting Monday night celebrated student achievement.

The Board named November's student of the month award recipients.  They included Kindergartener Sophonie Sertil (Kindergarten Success Academy), 2nd grader Xochitl Ramos (Harrison Elementary School), 2nd grader Zoe Del Angel Navarro (Dr. Charles C. Polk ...

Washington Elementary School Food Drive Breaks Records

ROSELLE, NJ - Washington Elementary School hosted its annual holiday Food Drive, which exceeded all expectations and broken all previous school food drive records. Students, staff and the community have donated to those in need and provided gift cards, non-perishable food items and turkeys.

“Our students eloquently expressed their concerns and empathy for families in need, and the ...

Roselle Renames Street After Borough's First African American Council Member

December 3, 2021

ROSELLE NJ — A block in the Borough of Roselle now bears the name of a lifelong resident and legendary figure in the community and around the state.

East 9th Avenue between Chestnut and Walnut Streets is now named "George 'G.G.' Woody Way."

At a street naming ceremony on November 27, Woody, who's 95 years old, was joined by his family, Mayor Donald Shaw and other ...

Elf the Musical Jr. Returns; Proceeds Support People with Disabilities

November 21, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — Following months of virtual rehearsals and preparation, Elf the Musical Jr. is returning to the stage in December.

The shows, on December 10, 11 and 12, will stream virtually at 7 p.m.

The Musical stars performers from the CAU Community Players, an inclusive group of talented people with and without disabilities.  Community Access Unlimited (CAU) is a Union ...

Elf the Musical Jr. Begins December 10; Proceeds Support Community Access Unlimited

December 1, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — Following months of virtual rehearsals and preparation, Elf the Musical Jr. is returning to the stage in December.

The shows, on December 10, 11 and 12, will stream virtually at 7 p.m.

The Musical stars performers from the CAU Community Players, an inclusive group of talented people with and without disabilities.  Community Access Unlimited (CAU) is a Union ...

Knights of Columbus Christmas Day Dinner 2021, December 25

ROSELLE, NJ - The Knights of Columbus will be holding a Christmas Day Dinner on December 25, 2021, in the St. Joseph's Cafeteria, at 1 p.m.  The dinner is free but registration by 12/20/21 is mandatory.  To register, please call 732-688-5045 and leave your name, how many are attending, the ages of any children attending, and a phone number where you can be reached.

Community Access Unlimited Helping Members During the Holidays, Preparing for #GivingTuesday

ELIZABETH, NJ — In a time of year when many people are giving thanks, Community Access Unlimited (CAU) says its members are doing the same, following a challenging time.

The challenges of the pandemic for people with disabilities have sometimes been more complicated: dealing with changes to important services and navigating the state-mandated safety rules of service providers. People ...

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The Omicron Variant – What We Know Today

An update on the Omicron variant of COVID-19 from Atlantic Health System experts Steven Sheris, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Physician Executive, Atlantic Health System, President, Atlantic Medical Group and Jason Kessler, MD, section chief, infectious disease, Morristown Medical Center. For more information ...

Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccines for Union County Residents, Dec. 7

December 4, 2021

The Covid-19 Virtual Town Hall will focus on misinformation and vaccines for children.

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Commissioners invites members of the public to attend a virtual, interactive Town Hall on COVID-19, on Zoom beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7, aimed at helping the Union County community understand the science behind COVID-19 vaccines, including ...

Amid Strident Objections, Union County Commissioners OK Raises for Top Administrators

December 4, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — County social service workers and concerned residents filled the County Board of Commissioners' first in-person meeting in over a year Thursday night to protest pay raises for top administrators, which they said are being given in a struggling economy and without fair consideration to other county employees.

The board approved the raises by a 7-0 ...

Dickens Village in Maplewood NJ Celebrates the 2021 Holiday Season Starting on December 4th

November 29, 2021

MAPLEWOOD,  NJ -- Dickens Village, an annual Maplewood NJ tradition, returns to Ricalton Square this week and will be open to the public from 1pm - 4pm on December 4th, 11th and 18th.

In celebration of the yearly event, TAPintoTV takes a look back at Stephanie Willoughby's visit to Dickens Village in 2019, and the community tradition of re-creating the village from ...

New Jersey Date Night: Celebrate Hanukkah With Some of NJ’s Best Doughnuts

November 27, 2021

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

Whether you personally celebrate Hanukkah or have friends who do, there are a lot of takeaways from this well-known yet not major Jewish holiday. Much like an action film of today, Hanukkah features conflict between the Maccabees and the Seleucids, a sacred temple as a backdrop and of course a supply chain ...

TAPinto Tips: Let TAPinto Be Part of your Marketing Plan

Do you have a Marketing Plan?  What are you doing now? Is it working? What's your budget? Do you want to reach our TAPinto viewers? Have you considered the TAPinto Do-it-Yourself (DIY) marketing platform? These are the questions I will ask you when inquiring about marketing with TAPinto.

The TAPinto network of 90 franchised sites in New Jersey ...

Issue Advocacy: How One TAPinto Franchisee Knew It Was Time to Engage the Reader Differently

Elizabeth Meyers knows how things work in Trenton.

She worked for a legislative member starting at the age of 20, then as a contract lobbyist, and then a stint at Capital Impact Group. Then Meyers went back to the legislature, where she worked as Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo's Chief of Staff for nine years.

Meyers is the Publisher/Editor for TAPinto Bordentown and Editor for ...

Success of TAPinto’s DIY Content Submission Process Highlighted at 2021 NJ Local News Summit

MONTCLAIR, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was featured as a virtual speaker at the 2021 NJ Local News Summit, presented by The Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University, on Thursday.  Shapiro talked about TAPinto’s Do-It-Yourself (DIY) content submission process and the impact on revenue.

The process, which was developed a few ...

Elizabeth Juvenile Assaults Crossing Guard and Police Officer

November 18, 2021

On November 17, 2021 at 7:30 a.m., Roselle Park Police responded to the 400 block of Chestnut St., on a report of a crossing guard that was assaulted. Responding officers found the crossing guard with a laceration to his head. While officers were rendering aid, a second crossing guard reported he was just pushed to the ground from behind on the 500 block of Chestnut St., and suffered a minor ...

Recognizing Veterans and Military Families Month

November 25, 2021

November 2021

Every November since 1996, Veterans and Military Families Month has been recognized as a time to honor those who have dedicated their lives in the service of our country, including their family members, care givers and survivors.

This year, I would like to draw attention to those serving in the National Guard, who have worked unstintingly in response to the COVID-19 ...

10 DIY Décor Ideas for Your Holiday Home

So much of the joy from the holiday season comes from entertaining. Whether you’re throwing a big bash for the neighborhood or hosting a more intimate gathering of close family and friends, filling your home with exciting and colorful decorations is a must.

Rather than buying everything pre-made, consider rounding out your décor collection with some DIY items that highlight your ...