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Murphy Ends Indoor Mask Mandate for People Who Are Fully Vaccinated; Raises Gathering Limits

May 24, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted indoor mask mandates for vaccinated individuals ahead of Memorial Day weekend. 

Effective May 28, New Jersey will lift the requirement for maintaining six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings and will lift the prohibitions on dance floors at bars and restaurants, along with the restriction on ordering and ...

NJ's New Incentives to Get Vaccinated Include Free Entrance to State Parks and Free Wine at Participating Wineries

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is now offering more incentives for unvaccinated people to get their shots, including free wine, free access to state beaches, and a chance to dine with the governor and first lady of the state.

During his press briefing held at Island Beach State Park, Gov. Phil Murphy today announced several new vaccination incentives as part of “Operation ...

Utility Shutoffs Resume June 30 in New Jersey. Customers With Unpaid Bills Should Seek Support From These Relief Programs

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey utility customers struggling to pay bills during the COVID-19 pandemic benefited from a temporary statewide law preventing essential utilities from being disconnected. But that moratorium on utility shutoffs ends June 30 when an executive order called by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in mid-October — and extended in March — expires, meaning those unpaid ...

Union County Vaccinations by Town: See How Roselle and Roselle Park Compare

June 14, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Friday, just over half of all Union County residents have been immunized with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but where you live plays a significant role in how well vaccinated your community is, state figures show.

While the rate of people partially or fully vaccinated stands at 55.1% countywide, COVID-19 immunization rates vary widely by town, with the ...

NJ Grant to Boost Union County Vaccination Efforts in Roselle Where Immunizations Lagging

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will use $450,000 in state funding to expand COVID-19 vaccine programs in Roselle, Plainfield and other areas with low vaccination rates, officials said this week.

The Union County Board of Commissioners on Thursday modified its 2021 budget to accept the state health department grants.

“The county needs to instill trust and raise vaccination rates ...

National Weather Service Issues Air Quality Alert Until 10 p.m. Sunday June 6

NEW JERSEY - The National Weather Service declared Sunday, June 6 an "Ozone Action Day." This air quality alert is for Northern New Jersey including Eastern Passaic County, Bergen County, Hudson County, Essex County and Union County.

Ozone levels are forecast to reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups. According to the Weather Service, the very young, the elderly, and ...

Pok and Washington Elementary School Students Enjoy Field Day

June 7, 2021

ROSELLE, NJ - Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School students enjoyed the school’s annual Health and Wellness Field Day virtually last week. Students had the opportunity to join in several outdoor activities such as jump rope, zumba, dance, etc. The American Heart Association also donated handouts and other giveaways as the school highlighted health issues that affect our ...

Harrison Elementary School Students Take a Mask Break to Enjoy Reading Outdoors

ROSELLE, NJ - Students and staff at Harrison Elementary School took advantage of the nice weather for a "mask break," where they enjoyed some time reading books provided by the school’s very own Book Fairy.

“Students not only enjoyed the time reading their books, but it also allowed them an opportunity to take the fun of learning outdoors,” said Principal Dr.

Roselle Park to Host MVC “Agency-on-Wheels” Events

June 9, 2021

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Roselle Park is bringing the MVC to its residents through two events at the Municipal Complex on Friday, June 25th and Friday, July 23rd. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., residents will be able to visit the MVC’s “Agency-on-Wheels” at the Municipal Complex located at 110 East Westfield Avenue, Roselle Park, NJ 07204.

The MVC “Agency-on-Wheels” events ...

Aging Water Main to be Replaced in Roselle Park Starting This Week

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - New Jersey American Water will replace over two miles of aging water main in Roselle Park starting this week. The project also includes replacing 17 fire hydrants and 201 utility-owned service lines along the pipeline route. The company will upgrade the aging 6- and 10-inch cast iron water lines that were installed in the 1920’s with new 8- and 12-inch ductile iron main ...

Independence Day Fireworks Coming Back to Roselle Park

June 11, 2021

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Roselle Park’s annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks show are coming back to the Borough on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Gates at Herm Shaw Field (214 West Colfax Avenue) will open to the general public at 5:00 p.m. The celebration will include food vendors, inflatables, activities, and live music by the Garden State Groove Band. The evening will conclude at dusk ...

Roselle Park to Host Summer Outdoor Movie Night Series

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Roselle Parks welcomes all residents to enjoy the free 2021 Outdoor Movie Night Series taking place at Herm Shaw Field every Wednesday in July. 

Gates will open promptly at 8 p.m. on July 7, 14, 21 and 28, and each film will begin at dusk. 

The movies being presented include: 

The Croods (PG) - July 7th 

Trolls World Tour (PG) - July ...

Grace Wilday Junior High School Students Inducted into Tri-M Music Honor Society

ROSELLE, NJ - Twenty-five Grace Wilday Junior High School students were inducted into the prestigious Tri-M Music Honor Society during a special outdoor ceremony held on the school’s front lawn on May 27.

These music students have been selected on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership and service to join the school’s chapter, No. 7887. Students were joined by the ...

NJ TRANSIT Announces Partnership with GPS App WAZE to Increase Safety at Train Crossings

June 9, 2021

 

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT is joining with the National Safety Council in recognizing National Safety Month during the month of June and is using this time of heightened awareness to promote a lifesaving partnership with Waze, which identifies the location of grade crossings on their mobile app throughout the state. This collaboration is paramount to the effort of effectively ...

Union County to Honor Small Business Champions

UNION COUNTY - The Union County Board of Commissioners recently announced that nominations are now open for the Union County Small Business Community Champion recognition program. Businesses that are nominated for the program will receive a certificate of achievement and will be featured on the Union County Means Business website, ucnj.org/union-county-means-business.

“Small businesses ...

Gov. Murphy: Employers Can Allow Vaccinated Staff to Go Maskless, Bring Back Remote Workers

TRENTON, NJ — Office employees will be allowed to return to work without the need to wear masks or social distance, as long as they have proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order.

The order, which takes effect on June 4, also lifts minimum staffing levels in the workplace and allows employers to call back employees who have ...

Who Will be the New Union County Prosecutor? Gov’s Pick Heads to NJ Senate

June 12, 2021

Updated on June 12

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The governor’s nomination of a Superior Court judge to be the next Union County prosecutor heads to the state senate for approval.

Gov. Phil Murphy has nominated Judge William A. Daniel to fill the role to be left vacant when Lyndsay V. Ruotolo leaves the post next month to head up the state Division of Criminal Justice.

If approved, ...

Mail Carrier from Roselle Park Charged with Making False Statements to Obtain Federal Workers' Compensation Benefits

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - A Union County, New Jersey, U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail carrier made her initial court appearance on Wednesday on charges of making false statements to obtain federal workers’ compensation benefits, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Aida Perez, 42, of Roselle Park, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of knowingly and willfully ...

ELECTION ROUNDUP: Learn Local Election Results Throughout New Jersey

June 9, 2021

Amid statewide primary election contests, New Jersey also hosted dozens of local races Tuesday. Here is a roundup of various New Jersey local election results as reported by TAPinto franchises across the state:

Cranford Election: Kate Rappa Defeats Incumbent Tom Hannen, Jr. in Democrat Primary

Newcomer defeats an incumbent in this township committee primary election, advancing to face a GOP ...

Critical Blood Shortage Alert Issued on World Blood Donor Day

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY - On this World Blood Donor Day, Vitalant—which supplies donated blood to more than 900 hospitals across the U.S, including 21 in the New Jersey/New York area—announced that it has a critical blood shortage. The nonprofit organization is urging all eligible donors to make an appointment now to give at any ...

Register Now for the Community Access Unlimited Walkathon, June 21-26

ROSELLE, NJ - Registration is now open for the Community Access Unlimited virtual Ira Geller Walkathon.  

The Community Access Unlimited virtual Ira Geller Walkathon runs the week of June 21-June 26. On June 26, individuals living near Warinanco Park in Roselle are invited to walk, run or roll in the park. Registration details are available ...

Roselle Park Saves 390 Lives with Blood Donations

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Since the start of the pandemic, the Borough of Roselle Park, in partnership with the American Red Cross, has collected 130 pints of blood, resulting in 390 lives saved. 

For the last year, the Casano Community Center has hosted multiple blood drives to provide blood during the community’s time of need. 

“I’m so proud to see how many Roselle ...

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Community Conversations: Living with Scoliosis

Does your child have scoliosis? Do you know what the signs are? Find out on the next Community Conversation where Jason Lowenstein, MD, medical director of Atlantic Health System’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, shares how it’s diagnosed and explains why early identification is key to treating spinal deformity.

 

CLEAR and Atlantic Health System Partner to Empower Patients With Digital Proof of Vaccination

Atlantic Health Patients Now Able to Link Vaccination to CLEAR’s Health Pass

CLEAR and Atlantic Health System have partnered to empower patients with the ability to access and share their proof of COVID-19 vaccination through CLEAR’s digital vaccine card and Health Pass. Using the free CLEAR app, vaccinated patients now have the option to create a digital version of their paper ...

Caring Contact Announces New Executive Director

June 14, 2021

Caring Contact, the Westfield-based crisis hotline and listening community, has named Mary Claire Givelber as Executive Director, taking over from Janet Sarkos.  Ms. Givelber had been Caring Contact’s Director of Community Engagement since 2017 and a trained listener on the crisis line for the past 3 years.  Her previous professional experience includes work as a project manager ...

Public Provides Input as Union County Looks to Ramp Up Access For Disabled

June 12, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — In a series of meetings this week, residents offered feedback about making county facilities — from parks to offices and stables — more accessible to people with disabilities. 

Individuals with accessibility concerns, parents of children with disabilities and staff members from various organizations attended Union County’s virtual public forums ...

Firefighters From all Over Coming to East Orange to Compete in the "Battle of the Bravest"

June 11, 2021

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Calling all firefighters to participate in the "Battle of the Bravest", a firefighter muster and skill competition.

The Battle will be interactive for the public, in addition for the firefighters to enjoy. Hosted by NJ First Responders, FirstNet, and the Firefighters Wear Pink Campaign, the event will occur at Soverel Park in East Orange on Saturday, August ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

How To Increase Customer Engagement

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The main goal of any advertising campaign is to engage with customers as effectively and often as possible. You want them to see your business and remember the name while creating a positive relationship with them.  Creating an engagement marketing strategy is how your business can stay at the forefront of your audience’s mind and generate business from them ...

TAPinto's Featured Marketing Partner: Edison Heating and Cooling

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Local communities are TAPinto’s specialty, and when it comes to marketing your business to these small areas, few places are better to partner with.

That’s why Mike Iarrapino, CEO of Edison Heating and Cooling, chose to market with TAPinto and continues to do so nearly seven years later.

“I decided to partner with TAPinto because they reached Edison ...

Roselle Park Police Make Arrests for Narcotics Activity

May 27, 2021

On May 27, 2021, the Roselle Park Police Detective Bureau concluded a month-long investigation of narcotics activity in the area of Camden St. During the investigation, a motor vehicle stop was conducted on a 2008 Lexus. Through the Detectives investigation the following individuals were charged with narcotics violations;

Danielle Jordan 42, of Roselle Park was found to be in possession of ...

Union County Celebrates PRIDE Month 2021

June 9, 2021

June is PRIDE month, and Union County is presenting a series of inclusive events that help build awareness, alliances, and action on LGBTQ+ equality in our community, and beyond.

We kicked off the month with the raising of the PRIDE flag on June 1, at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth. The flag-raising ceremony program included a Pride Month Proclamation and an inspiring original ...

Take Time To Get Lost In A Story: 5 Book Genres For You To Enjoy

Just as exercising is good for physical health, flexing your mental muscles is vital - especially as you age. Reading daily is a wonderful way to give your brain a workout. It stimulates your imagination, engages your concentration and memory, and allows you to learn something new.

Whether you prefer holding a book, using a tablet, or listening to audiobooks, diving into stories you enjoy is ...

Recipe Swaps: 6 Healthier Versions of Classic Cakes

Incorporating healthier meal choices into our daily lives is a great way to stay committed to overall wellness. These healthy options aren’t only available for your main course - desserts like indulgent cakes can easily retain all of the flavors while focusing on healthy ingredients. If you’re eager to swap some traditional ingredients like refined sugar and flour, fats, and added ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Upgrade Your Patio for Under $100

As the weather warms up and we all head outside, you may be envisioning an updated patio space to gather with your friends and family. While some outdoor items can be pricey, many simple updates are budget-friendly while making a big impact. If you’re ready to transform your outdoor space without spending a fortune, here are five of the best ways to get started.

Solar Lights

Adding ...

Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

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Shop Your Home for Living Room Décor Updates

Planning to host an event includes prepping your spaces - cleaning, decorating, designing - if it’s not in the cards to overhaul your living room décor this year, you don’t have to give up on a new look entirely. Shop your home for items that need a new life in your living room; sometimes, a change of location is all that you need to highlight beloved treasures by pulling them ...