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Roselle Park Continues Daily Free Exercise Classes for 2022

January 16, 2022

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Borough of Roselle Park will continue to offer its free exercise classes every day throughout 2022. These classes take place at the Casano Community Center (314 Chestnut Street).

Monday through Friday starting at 11 a.m., exercise programs for seniors 55 and older are available. Activities include Healthy Bones, Chair Yoga, and Chair Aerobics. Free curb-to-curb ...

Harrison Elementary School Students Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2022

ROSELLE, NJ - In preparation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Harrison Elementary School third-graders virtually completed a drawing of Dr. King Jr. and included their favorite inspirational quote. Once the students return to the classroom, the drawings will be displayed.

“Students were excited to complete this project and are eager to share their work with their friends when ...

Roselle Superintendent of Schools Joins Panel to Support Powerful Learning

ROSELLE, NJ — Roselle Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nathan L. Fisher joined other education leaders for a panel discussion on January 11 called Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR).

The discussion, called "Advancing Digital Equity to Support Powerful Learning" talked about how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped the future of education and the digital learning ...

Roselle Board of Education Welcomes Three New Members

ROSELLE, NJ — The Roselle Board of Education has sworn in three new members at the annual Roselle Public Schools Reorganization Meeting, which was held virtually on January 5.

Gisselle Bond, Yessica Chavez and France D. Cortez, who were elected in November, were sworn in remotely for three-year terms.  They join Dr. Courtney Washington, Anglea Alvey-Wimbush, Rupert Pond, Dr.

Roselle to Receive $1.2 Million for Park Renovations

January 13, 2022

ROSELLE, NJ — The Borough of Roselle will receive $1.2 million to help pay for improvements at Home Terrace Park.  The money is part of state legislation passed on Monday, January 10 called Preserve New Jersey Green Acres Fund.

“This project is critical to revitalizing our community; it’s important to have a safe place for our families and children to visit,” Mayor ...

Former Roselle Mayor Reginald Atkins Sworn in to State Assembly

TRENTON, NJ — Former Roselle Mayor Reginald Atkins was sworn in to the General Assembly on Tuesday.  He represents the 20th Legislative District, serving neighbors in Roselle, Elizabeth, Hillside and Union Township.

“In every one of my endeavors – as a pastor, as a businessman, and as a government representative – I have always worked to meet the needs of the ...

Roselle Park Mayor Thanks Community Food Pantry for Serving Neighbors in 2021

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Roselle Park Mayor Joe Signorello is congratulating the Community Food Pantry for serving neighbors in 2021.

The center provided food for more than 150 residents last year, including baskets during Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hurricane Ida.  The Community Food Pantry has provided meals for more than 300 neighbors during the pandemic

“I am ...

Roselle Boys Basketball Defeats Rahway

January 17, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — The Rahway boys varsity basketball team lost to Roselle on Saturday at home, 64-43.

Though trailing throughout the game, for a time it looked as though Rahway was shifting the momentum and working its way back. Down by eight at the half, the team cut that to six by the end of the 3rd quarter before the Roselle team dominated Rahway in the 4th.

Rahway's top ...

No. 8 Elizabeth High School Boys’ Basketball Falls to No. 2 Roselle Catholic in Tuesday Night Thriller

ELIZABETH, NJ- Tuesday night was a matchup between two Top-10 High School basketball teams in the state of New Jersey, as the No. 8 ranked Elizabeth High School boys’ basketball team hosted No. 2 ranked Roselle Catholic. The Minutemen took the Lions, the No. 13 High School basketball team in the nation, down to the final minute Tuesday night, but eventually ended up falling ...

Governor Phil Murphy Sworn In For Second Term

January 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “Were all the votes counted?” joked Josh Murphy, as he and his siblings introduced their father during his inauguration for second term as 56th Governor of New Jersey. 

After the small roast from his four children and a speech from his wife and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Phil Murphy took the podium following Chief Justice Stuart Rabner ...

Governor Murphy Allocates Funding For School Security Systems in Dozens of Districts

NEW JERSEY — Dozens of New Jersey school districts will receive more money to help upgrade their security systems. 

Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that appropriates a total of $5,150,531 from the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” to provide grants for school security projects in 60 New ...

Former Senator Loretta Weinberg Looks Back on 30 Years in Public Service

TEANECK, NJ — “It’s great to see you, even though you look a little bit like Nanook of the North," said now former Senator Loretta Weinberg to First Lady Tammy Murphy with a smile and sparkle in her eye. “I’m really glad to see you out and about.”

Those were Weinberg’s opening remarks at the bill signing for The Freedom of Reproductive Choice ...

VIDEO: Promising COVID-19 News in New Jersey, Kids Helping Kids & Honoring a Hero

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — There's new promising news that the COVID-19 surge in New Jersey is slowing. Plus, generous kids are using their hearts to help other kids. Also, one community prepares to honor a local hero, as he celebrates a milestone.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

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VIDEO: Weeks After Giving Birth, Mom Dies of COVID-19; Teen Helps Girls & The Environment

NEW JERSEY — A community is remembering a New Jersey mother of four who died of COVID-19, just weeks after giving birth.  Plus, a high school freshman is going green and helping other girls at the same time.  Also, a little bit of luck changes 'lost' to 'found.'

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to ...

VIDEO: Remembering Teenage COVID-19 Victim, City's Milestone and Restoring History

NEW JERSEY — As one New Jersey community mourns a COVID-19 victim, another is recognizing a new milestone.  Plus, a legendary figure in Trenton reflects on decades of service.  And a community spends months restoring history.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

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Atlantic Health System and Vouched Partner to Improve Digital Access to Health Care

January 18, 2022



Increased access and cybersecurity have never been more important to the delivery of care than in today’s health care environment. To help improve the patient experience while offering enhanced online safety, Atlantic Health System, a nationally recognized leader in innovative and high-quality health care, has partnered with Vouched, a leading developer of artificial ...

Veterans Benefits Information Session and Membership Drive to be Held at Rahway's American Legion Post 5

January 17, 2022

RAHWAY, NJ — As part of a community outreach initiative and in an effort to expand services to the approximately 15,000 military veterans in the county, the Union County American Legion will be conducting a membership drive and information session this week in town.

Those representing the American Legion at both the state and county levels will be available during the ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Falls Below 1.0

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The COVID-19 Rate of Transmission, the measurement of how much the virus is spreading, fell below 1.0 on Tuesday to 0.96.  A number below 1.0 means the outbreak is on the decline, with every infected person spreading COVID-19 to fewer than one additional person, on average.

The State Health Department confirmed 9,073 additional new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

TAPinto Recognizes Local Sites in Annual Awards

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto is recognizing three of its local news sites for excellence in 2021.

"TAPinto's 2021 award winners best exemplify the characteristics that are key to success here at TAPinto:  a commitment to providing high-quality objective local news, a passion for entrepreneurship, and a dedication to teamwork," Michael Shapiro, Founder and CEO of ...

TAPinto Recognizes Local News Sites With One Million Plus Pageviews in 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro is congratulating eight TAPinto local news sites with more than one million pageviews in 2021.

"The site traffic of these TAPinto sites is tremendous and a testament to the high-quality, original local news stories each of them produces every day," Shapiro said.  "It demonstrates once again that ...

TAPinto Announces State News Section: 'News Around New Jersey'

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto has launched a new section for statewide news in New Jersey.  News Around New Jersey has stories that impact residents all over the state - from decisions made by state and local leaders to pending legislation in Trenton to business newsmakers in New Jersey.

Veteran journalist and New Jersey native Kristina Behr reports on original content ...

TAPinto Ridgewood Publisher Jason DeAlessi Talks About His Passion for the Community & Its Future

RIDGEWOOD, NJ — If there's one thing you need to know about TAPinto Ridgewood publisher Jason DeAlessi, know this:

He loves Ridgewood.  And it's been that way for a long time.

"As a kid, we used to go down to the county park in Ridgewood and then eat at the old Country Pancake House, and my dad would take me bike riding," DeAlessi said.

DeAlessi, ...

The Sailor's Bookshelf: 50 Books to know the Sea by Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

The Sailor’s Bookshelf: Fifty Books to Know the Sea by Admiral James Stavridis, USN (RET.) (Naval Institute Press, 2021).


The first review that I published with the tapinto franchise was entitled 50 Books That Went to War. That volume recounted the books that were popular with the men and women who served our country during World War II. The fascinating list of works, which ...

Autopsy by Patricia Cornwell

Autopsy by Patricia Cornwell. (William Morrow, 2021)


Harry Bosch. Tempe Brennan. Peter Decker. Lincoln Rhyme. Alex Cross. These are the fictional crime fighters that have captured my imagination for decades. Without a doubt, however, my favorite character in hard core detective literature is Dr. Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner, created by Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta is a hard ...