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Murphy Cutting Back COVID-19 Press Briefings to 3 Days A Week

July 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s daily coronavirus press briefings, which began in March, will now be held three days a week, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday afternoon. 

“Unless you hear otherwise, and sadly given the world right now in the state of COVID in the country we may shift courses, but we're going to go to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule beginning ...

Recent COVID-19 Transmission Flare-Up Could Hit Pause on NJ's Reopening

TRENTON, NJ  — Newly-released COVID-19 figures that show New Jersey maybe heading in the wrong direction could mean the state will be forced to remain in Stage 2 of its recovery plan longer than expected.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Monday during the state’s coronavirus press briefing that the rate of ...

Gov. Murphy Calls on Feds to Mandate Face Coverings

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP,  NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy called upon the federal government to mandate face coverings at the spread of COVID-19 surge across the United States' Sunbelt.

Murphy said New Jersey is seeing a small spike in cases due to travelers coming into the Garden State from Florida and South Carolina during a Sunday morning interview on "Meet the ...

Summer Food Program is Back in Roselle

June 23, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has updated their policies for the Summer Food Services program this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is allowing schools to continue with their method of having meals picked up or delivered to homes. The N.J. Dept. of Agriculture will help facilitate the transition to these new methods of serving ...

Rutgers, Named for a Slave Owner, Will Keep its Name, Says University's First Black President

July 6, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Even in this era where statues of explorers are being dismantled, schools named after presidents are being rebranded and sports teams are replacing racially insensitive nicknames, don't expect Rutgers to change its name.

The subject was raised to new university president Jonathan Holloway at a news conference on Monday at Winants Hall - the very building Rutgers' ...

Roselle and Roselle Park Students Named to University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester

ROSELLE, NJ - The following students have been named to the University of Delaware Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester.

Imani Bell of Roselle Park 

Elvin Guerrero of Roselle Park 

Cristina Stamatis of Roselle Park 

Jordyn Stevens of Roselle 

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of ...

Jordy Moise of Roselle Receives Degree in Criminal Justice from American International College

ROSELLE, NJ - Jordy Moise, of Roselle, has been awarded a degree in Criminal Justice from American International College. Moise is among fellow scholars representing seven foreign countries, twelve states, and Washington, DC.

Founded in 1885, American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational, doctoral granting institution located in Springfield, Massachusetts, comprising ...

Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Roselle Park Celebrates Independence Day with a Parade

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Roselle Park celebrated Independence Day today with the first ever patriotic parade around town.

The Police Department and American Legion Post 60 drove in the parade and the Fire Department brought out 5 trucks. Borough Council members and their families were also invited to join in the festivities while Roselle Park residents watched from the sidewalks and their ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Roselle Fire Department Responds to House Fire on Galvin Avenue in Roselle

July 6, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ - Roselle firefighters responded to a house fire at 616 Galvin Avenue on Monday.  Galvin Avenue sits between Linden Road and Thompson Avenue.  No injuries have been reported at this time.

The fire took place at approximately 4:15 p.m. during the storm.  The Elizabeth Fire Department and Union County emergency services also responded.

More information will be ...

Remembering Past Independence Days in Roselle Park

July 4, 2020

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Independence Day in 2020 is unlike any in years past. This Fourth of July, fireworks celebrations were canceled across the country due to the pandemic. 

Instead, many towns, including Roselle Park, held Independence Day parades. Those feeling nostalgic can check out the Fourth of July Celebration from 2016.

The ceremony kicks off with the national anthem sung by ...

Roselle Park Outdoor Summer Movie Line-up Announced

ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Every Wednesday in July the Casano Community Center is going to be hosting free outdoor movie nights at Roselle Park High School’s Herm Shaw Field.

Due to Governor Murphy’s social distancing executive order there will be a 500 person limit on a first-come, first-serve basis. The movies featured this year are as follows:

July 8: “Toy Story ...

Virtual Concert Series to Benefit People with Disabilities and Youth at Risk in New Jersey

ELIZABETH, NJ - The sounds of different genres of music are as loud as ever this summer, even as most listen to music at home instead of a concert hall. Everyone with an internet connection is invited to listen in together for a week-long virtual concert benefiting Community Access Unlimited from July 6-11.

“It will be a week of nights of music that we hope everyone will get ...

NJ Restaurant Association CEO Predicts More Closures if Indoor Dining Doesn't Return Soon

July 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy surprised restaurant owners who had been preparing for the return of indoor dining on Thursday, July 2, by announcing just four days before that indoor seating would be delayed indefinitely. 

Having spent money ordering food, retraining workers, and purchasing PPE and cleaning supplies, restaurant owners were justifiably upset when he postponed the ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

NJ Restaurant Association CEO Predicts More Closures if Indoor Dining Doesn't Return Soon

July 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy surprised restaurant owners who had been preparing for the return of indoor dining on Thursday, July 2, by announcing just four days before that indoor seating would be delayed indefinitely. 

Having spent money ordering food, retraining workers, and purchasing PPE and cleaning supplies, restaurant owners were justifiably upset when he postponed the ...

Michael Mauri Park Hosts the First Roselle Park Farmer's Market of 2020

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Roselle Park held its first Wednesday farmer's market of the year at Michael Mauri Park. The market hosts a variety of vendors including those selling fresh produce, homemade baked goods and a Latin food truck.

All of the produce sold at the farmer's market is grown in New Jersey. “We bring the farm into our community,” said Market Manager ...

Murphy Explains Indoor Dining Pause; Signs Extended Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized ...

Voting in Roselle is Will be Different This Year

July 6, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ — Tuesday is the last day to mail in ballots for the primary election. There are only two primary races being contested in Roselle this year, 1st Ward Council member and 3rd Ward Council member.

In the First Ward the incumbent councilmember Isabel Sousa is running on Line A. Richard Villeda is running on Line B. In the Third Ward incumbent councilmember Cynthia Johnson is ...

Janna Williams of Roselle Advances to Ms. Veteran America Semifinal Round

June 23, 2020

ROSELLE, NJ - Janna Williams of Roselle, a military veteran and community advocate, has advanced to the semifinal round of the Ms. Veteran America competition. Williams will be joining more than 40 female active military and veterans as semi-finalists in the competition. 

“I am beyond excited about making it to the semifinals,” said Williams. “I consider myself ...

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Union County Residents: Make One Change

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking county residents to join a global initiative to reduce their plastic waste during the month of July, and hopefully long after.  Plastic Free July is a world-wide movement that encourages people to become part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can all have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful litter-free ...

Union County Residents Can “Recycle Right” without Plastic Bags

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders would like to remind residents that plastic bags and other unacceptable items should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

“Union County residents have a good recycling rate, but we want to improve on this record and set a high bar,” said Freeholder Chairman Al Mirabella. “Every household can pitch in by following some simple ...

Community Conversations: How to Stay Safe this Summer

Is your family ready to enjoy summer – safely? On this Community Conversation, Atlantic Health System’s Christopher Zipp, DO, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Morristown Medical Center, and a physician with Atlantic Medical Group shares some important tips on summer safety, and why, as we coexist with COVID-19 – if you don’t have a family doctor – you ...

Community Conversations: Important Guidelines for Returning to Sports and Activities

After the last few months it’s understandable we’re itching to restart our old fitness routines or get back to the sports activity we love. But there are some important guidelines to know before hitting the gym or the playing field. During this Community Conversation, Matthew Martinez, MD, Director, Atlantic Health System Sports Cardiology Program, Morristown Medical Center and Damion ...

Five Big Tax Mistakes

July 4, 2020

Don't let them happen to you!

Every year taxpayers are hit with tax surprises that could be avoided if they just knew the rules. Here are five big ones that are easy to avoid with some simple planning.

Mistake #1. Withholding too little. This results in a tax surprise when filing your income tax return. Don’t be too hard on yourself if this happens to you. Social Security ...

Elizabeth Native Marsha Johnson Honored with Google Doodle

July 1, 2020

ELIZABETH, NJ - Google honored Elizabeth native Marsha P. Johnson with her own doodle on its Tuesday homepage for the last day of Pride month.

“The milestones achieved in the LGBTQ rights and equality movement were made possible by trailblazers who first stood up for their rights - people like early transgender, gay rights and AIDS activist, Marsha P. Johnson,” said Freeholder ...

Rutgers Will Use Remote Instruction For Majority of Classes, Says President Holloway

July 6, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It took Jonathan Holloway less than a week in his position as Rutgers president to make his first major move, announcing at a news conference that the university will be employing remote instruction for the vast majority of its students in the fall.

Students pursuing disciplines that require the use of university facilities – engineering, performing arts, ...

NJ Guitarist & Composer Discusses Scoring for Music Libraries, TV and Film

July 6, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur spoke with New Jersey composer and sound designer Louis Gentile about his career creating scores for digital music libraries, television and film productions. Brodeur and Gentile spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which was reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gentile has ...

Lawmaker Says NJ Should Pick up Restaurants’ Tab for Indoor Dining Stoppage

July 6, 2020

NEW JERSEY — The owner of Sweet Waters Steakhouse in Westfield stocked up for the restart of indoor dining in advance of the July Fourth weekend restart. That was before Gov. Phil Murphy announced the cancelation of inside dining two days before its anticipated comeback originally slated for July 2.

Frank DeLillo purchased meat and fish, among other foods, for ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Kathy Cryan of TAPinto Union

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of July 2020 is Kathy Cryan, who owns and operates TAPinto Union.  With a background in business, Cryan has amassed a very large readership, routinely breaking 150,000 pageviews per month with more than 3,500 residents subscribed to the free daily newsletter and almost 5,000 followers on Facebook, while building a profitable online ...

Roselle Park Police Blotter: Identity Theft Suspect Arrested

July 2, 2020

On 12/23/19, Officer Mitchell White took a report of identity theft. The complainant reported that an unknown subject used a deceased family member’s information, in an attempt to fraudulently obtain two loans for $2,500 each.

A follow up investigation was conducted by Detective Angelo Marino, Where Dominique Green, 18, of Newark, was arrested on 6/26/20 for the Fraud.

Green was ...

The Voice of a Poet: To Those Leaving Elementary School in June 2020

July 5, 2020

I imagine that, for some of you, being graduated by your elementary school doesn’t feel like much at all—just another day in your house, trying to stay out of your parents’ way while they dutifully work from their makeshift home offices.

But you’d be wrong to think that this isn’t much at all. This is a momentous occasion. You have done what no generation of ...

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni (William Morris/Harper Collins, 2020)

In writing a contemporary novel in the Gothic tradition, it is impossible not to compare aspects of great Gothic novels that have come before. The excellent, new book, The Ancestor, by Danielle Trussoni fits the description of a Neo-Gothic. However, drawing comparisons between previously written novels is half the fun ...

Carved In Stone

A Monumental History Lesson

On July 4, 1863, Union soldiers began the arduous and grizzly task of burying over 7,000 dead bodies in trenches and shallow graves. Later, as rains had washed away the ground cover re-exposing the stench of blackened and gnarled limbs, the town of Gettysburg took on the task of exhuming the bodies and consecrating them in the newly created Soldiers National ...

Celebrating the Communities We Build

So, you may have noticed I missed a week, which is odd because I had something written, not this but something. My excuse is this – COVID has warped my sense of time, I go to make my Thursday call on Tuesday then on Friday I wonder how I missed Thursday. Holidays have the potential to go unnoticed too – I’m horrible with dates so forgetting my own birthday is fairly easy even in ...