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'Slowly But Surely, The Needle Is Moving in The Right Direction': Gov. Murphy Gives Latest NJ Update

February 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud that New Jersey has been able to distribute vaccine more equitably than other ...

South Orange Sees One New COVID-19 Death This Week Even As Weekly Average Declines

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The coronavirus transmission rate is down for both towns, but South Orange has lost another resident to the virus.

During yesterday's Board of Health meeting within the Board of Trustees meeting, John Festa, health officer for South Orange, said he confirmed a COVID-19 death on Sunday, bringing the total number of residents lost to ...

NJ Easing Restrictions for Religious Gatherings, Live Sports, Entertainment Venues

NEW JERSEY — “Good trends,” as Gov. Phil Murphy put it Monday, will allow New Jersey to expand its COVID-19 gathering limits.

The changes go into effect immediately. Religious services at churches, mosques and other houses of worship will be allowed to run at 50% capacity.

Also in effect, two parents/guardians will be allowed to attend indoor and outdoor college ...

Murphy Assures New Jersey: 'Everyone Who Wants to Be Vaccinated Will Be Vaccinated'

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday reported that four of the state's six vaccine mega-sites were closed Thursday due to the winter storm, resulting in a slowdown in vaccinations.

"Our vaccine numbers didn’t grow by as much as they otherwise would have," Gov. Murphy said. "As of midmorning, we are reporting a total of 1,559,569 vaccinations having been ...

Coffee House Discussion: COVID-19 Vaccine and the Black Community, Feb. 28

February 25, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Community Coalition on Race and the Village of South Orange will host a conversation by community health experts, physicians, and those who have received vaccinations in order to build COVID-19 vaccine confidence among vaccine-hesitant people in South Orange and Maplewood. 

The Sunday, Feb. 28 event features a panel of Black medical professionals ...

Plan to Save the South Orange Squier Farmhouse To Be Heard at Board of Trustees Meeting Tonight

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Local architect Bill MacIntosh will present a plan for preserving the pre-Revolutionary era Squier House from demolition at the South Orange Board of Trustee meeting. The public portion of the meeting will begin with Macintosh’s presentation at 7:15 p.m. The public is welcome to access the streaming meeting.

Property owner Issac Lefkowitz has planning board ...

Mother Nature's Last Winter Punch?

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for New Jersey, starting from 4 a.m. on Thursday morning until 10 a.m. on Friday. The anticipated coastal low is in the process of forming and will likely position itself slightly farther out to sea than models indicated yesterday.  This will likely allow a slightly larger area to see a changeover ...

Jasey: School Reopenings Depend on Availability of Vaccinations for Teachers

February 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex, Morris) has released a statement which says she feels one size fits all plans for returning to classrooms isn't equitable, and vaccinations are needed for teachers for widespread return to school buildings as New Jersey rebuilds during a time of lowered infections and increased vaccines.

Jasey has the bona fides in her resume: ...

Murphy Announces $29.5 Million to Support College and University Students Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Gov. Announces Two Initiatives: Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge Grants ($28.5 Million) and Hunger-Free Campus Grant Program ($1 Million)

TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges announced that $29.5 million in federal funding will be available to New Jersey’s institutions of higher education amid the ongoing COVID-19 ...

Local Bucknell Students Named to Dean's List

LEWISBURG, PA— Three area students have achieved dean's list status at Bucknell University for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2020-21 academic year. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean's list recognition. 

Adam Budzyn, class of 2022, from Maplewood, NJ

Peter Stokes, class ...

Murphy Unveils $44.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

February 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient.

The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, which makes a full pension payment for the first time in more than a quarter of a ...

Jasey: School Reopenings Depend on Availability of Vaccinations for Teachers

TRENTON, NJ — Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex, Morris) has released a statement which says she feels one size fits all plans for returning to classrooms isn't equitable, and vaccinations are needed for teachers for widespread return to school buildings as New Jersey rebuilds during a time of lowered infections and increased vaccines.

Jasey has the bona fides in her resume: ...

Hudson Corrections Officer Charged in Newark Double Homicide

February 18, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — A Hudson County corrections officer has been charged in connection to a double homicide that left two women dead, one of whom is believed to be the suspect's lover, authorities said. 

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced that John Menendez, a 24-year-old Hudson County Corrections ...

Boys Basketball: Columbia Turns Back Seton Hall Prep, 55-41

February 23, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Columbia boys basketball team established a seven-point lead in the first quarter and went on to post a 55-41 victory over Seton Hall Prep on Tuesday night.

Forward Josiah Lawful dominated the inside for the Cougars with 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots to go with 12 points. 

Nigel Garcia scored 14 points for Columbia (7-4), which pulled away with a 14-7 ...

Rutgers Will Increase Spectator Capacity at Athletic Venues

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers plans to increase spectator capacity at its athletic venues effective immediately.

In accordance with Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order No. 225, which was announced Monday morning, the university plans to permit two parents or guardians of each Rutgers student-athlete to attend sporting events held on campus, while the total number of spectators are not ...

Coffee House Discussion: COVID-19 Vaccine and the Black Community, Feb. 28

February 25, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Community Coalition on Race and the Village of South Orange will host a conversation by community health experts, physicians, and those who have received vaccinations in order to build COVID-19 vaccine confidence among vaccine-hesitant people in South Orange and Maplewood. 

The Sunday, Feb. 28 event features a panel of Black medical professionals ...

Essex County Cancels All COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments for Monday Feb. 22

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The County of Essex canceled all  OVID-19 vaccination appointments for Monday Feb. 22 due to lack of vaccines. 

Residents with appointments for Feb. 22, will have those appointments rescheduled for some time next week. Appointments for Sat. Feb. 20 and Sun. Feb 21 were canceled earlier this week due to non-receipt of ...

Railroad History Comes Alive at Steamtown Historic National Site in Scranton PA

February 24, 2021

SCRANTON, PA -- Located in the heart of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site offers visitors an exciting look into one of the first rail lines built in the northeast. The park is built on the former site of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, one of the earliest and most important rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Steamtown features a large collection of ...

Governor Murphy Signs Cannabis Legalization: NJ CannaBusiness Association President on Economic Impact

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with NJ CannaBusiness Association President, Edmund Deveaux, in a wide-ranging conversation in December 2020. Today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to formally legalize marijuana in the state.

The NJ CannaBusiness Association was started by Deveaux and his colleagues at Burton Trent Public Affairs based in ...

Caggiano Orthodontics State-of-the-Art Facility Provides Patients with Exceptional Care

PARSIPPANY, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently visited the brand-new facility of Caggiano Orthodontics and spoke with founder Dr. David Caggiano, who took us on a tour of their new center, highlighting the many improvements to enhance their patients’ safety and comfort. 

“I had a vision of what I wanted to build and what I wanted my patients to experience,” Caggiano said. Upon ...

Township Committee Passes Funding for Maplewood Library Construction Project

February 22, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Township Committee has passed the ordinance to issue $12 million in bonds for its library reconstruction project.

The Maplewood Library will also be fundraising to supplement the bond money and the $8.3 million being granted by the state. The project will be a total reconstruction of the library building. The new building will be two stories and ...

Maplewoodstock Postponed Until October

MAPLEWOOD, NJ —The Maplewoodstock Volunteer Committee announced yesterday that “it is with some sadness, but also some optimism, that we have decided to postpone Maplewoodstock 2021 until the weekend of October 2-3.” The annual two-day music and arts festival, which draws tens of thousands of people from across the state and beyond, was postponed and then canceled ...

Avrut Denied Bail in the Case of His Mother's Homicide

February 22, 2021

ESSEX COUNTY — Benjamin Avrut, who has been held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark since his arrest for the Jan. 4 homicide of his mother, Gwen Avrut, has been denied bail. The decision came at his Feb. 9 detention hearing.

The Maplewood resident, 35, will remain in the facility until his trial; a start date has not been confirmed by TAPinto ...

Murphy Unveils $44.8 Billion Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

February 25, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient.

The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, which makes a full pension payment for the first time in more than a quarter of a ...

Candidate Packets Available for Those Running for South Orange Board of Trustees

February 11, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE — An announcement was made at Monday night's Board of Trustees meeting that the 2021 Municipal Election Candidate Packets are available to anyone who would like to run. There are three seats open on the board in the Tuesday, May 11 municipal election. 

“South Orange residents interested in running for the Board of Trustees in the May 11, 2021 ...

Denville Resident in Dire Need of a Kidney

February 18, 2021

DENVILLE, NJ — Motherhood was one of the greatest joys for Debra Kaufman. Her pregnancy resulted in having a son, Bryan, now in his 30s. However, the pregnancy at the time also resulted in preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system. In many cases, it negatively impacts the liver and kidneys.

Public Information Session About Municipal Energy Aggregation Feb. 18 For South Orange Residents

February 17, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange has once again joined together with several other towns including Maplewood as the Sustainable Essex Alliance (SEA) to put their collective purchasing power to work to provide greener electricity to residents at competitive, if not lower, prices.

The new Municipal Energy Aggregation contract offers 40% or 100% renewable electricity. The default option is ...

NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

February 22, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

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NJ Cookbook Author Shares Her Favorite Hamantaschen Cookie Recipe for Purim

February 22, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish festival of Purim is almost here, which means it’s time for hamantaschen! 

The traditional triangle-shaped cookies have a reputation of being a little dry, but Shannon Sarna, cookbook author and editor of The Nosher, swears by the recipe below.

The South Orange mom of three said her children love getting creative while helping ...

With Options for In-person PT Limited by the Pandemic, this New Jersey Rehabilitation Provider Used an App to Help Patients Find What They Needed

As the COVID-19 virus began to arise in communities throughout New Jersey, Atlantic Health System worked quickly to adapt and implement new methods in order to continue to deliver safe, exceptional care to patients.

While the health system was able to deploy telemedicine alternatives for many situations, there were many settings that still relied on in-person care – rehabilitation ...

Community Conversations: COVID-19 and Communities of Color

Every community has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but none more so than communities of color. On the latest Community Conversation from Atlantic Health System, Dr. Christina Johnson, a family medicine physician with Atlantic Medical Group and community health advocate, shared some of the ways communities of color have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 and what viewers need ...

Changing Your Self Image Can Change Your Life

February 22, 2021

What slows down our personal and professional growth? What holds us back from reaching out, making connections, having conversations, and building relationships? Most importantly, what keeps us back from Standing Out? What makes it difficult for us to reach out and talk to people?

I know for myself it was always the hidden self-image that I had. This poor self-image held me back from being the ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, Feb. 1-15

February 20, 2021

February 5, 2021: Recovered Stolen Vehicle; A vehicle stolen out of Elizabeth was recovered by officers on Irvington Avenue.

February 12, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; At 3 p.m. a vehicle left running in the driveway of a Boyden Parkway South residence was entered and stolen by two males.

February 12, 2021; Package Theft; During the afternoon hours packages were stolen from a ...

Evaluation Reports Newark Community Street Team's Efforts are Effective in Crime Reduction

February 23, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — A three-year study on the  Newark Community Street Team 's (NCST) efforts to minimize crime in Newark shows the organization effectively decreased crime while increasing community trust as well as public safety from March 2017 to January 2020.

“Communication and relationships between NCST and partner organizations as well as law enforcement and city ...

Essex Vicinage of NJ Court System to Hold Virtual Seminars on Child Support and Domestic Violence

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex Vicinage of the New Jersey Courts will host virtual seminars on child support and domestic violence, presented via Zoom webinar. The virtual child support seminar will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24 beginning at 2 p.m. The virtual domestic violence seminar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25 beginning at 1 p.m.

Each program will include a brief ...

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Former Saks Site on Millburn Avenue

February 23, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In an effort decades in the making, groundbreaking finally moved forward at the site of the former Saks Fifth Avenue store Tuesday afternoon, as township officials were on hand to commemorate the occasion with a brief ceremony.

A small crowd, consisting of township officials, business leaders and officials from Garden Homes, the builder of the incoming complex, were ...

Gen. George Washington Turned 47 in Central NJ Living the Good Life

SOMERVILLE, NJ - While there is no evidence of a birthday celebration for George Washington in 1779, the General did attend a few parties in central New Jersey around the time of his 47th birthday on Feb. 22 that year.

Details are provided in a video posted on YouTube, as part of a virtual President's Day celebration hosted by Valley Forge National Historical Park, narrated by ...

Recommendations for Healthy Living During the Pandemic, in Mind and Body

February 24, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — February is often considered a difficult month as it is mostly too cold to spend a lot of time outdoors, there is less sunshine, and we are generally stuck at home more than the rest of the year. Following lots of snow, snow days from school, many are just waiting for warmer weather and a change in our present situation. 

First, acknowledge how you are ...

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Growing your business with TAPinto is easy, affordable and effective.  Businesses can tap into our highly engaged local audience with a variety of marketing options, including content marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, sponsorships, banner advertising and more. 

TAPinto provides a trusted place for businesses and organizations to advertise their products and ...

Valley Arts Welcomes First Black Female Executive Director

On the heels of Women’s month, Valley Arts NJ makes a bold statement in welcoming June Smith on board as the first woman of color to hold the Executive Director title for the culturally and economically diverse organization. Tasked with overseeing day-to-day activities, improving performance, developing organizational culture, reporting on revenue, and directing organizational ...