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New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Essex County Returns to Only Dispensing Moderna

April 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

Essex County Officials Partner With Latino Clergy Members to Step Up Vaccine Rollout

NEWARK, NJ — Latino clergy members in Newark this week were joined by Essex County officials to commence a partnership aimed to promote COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts in minority communities. 

The partnership follows suit with recent efforts Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo has undertaken to ensure the vaccine’s safety in Black and brown communities that ...

Murphy Announces Latest COVID Figures and Vaccination Totals

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wednesday. He said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.

"We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June 30th," ...

Medical Professionals From NJ's Asian American Communities Address Vaccine Fears in DOH Virtual Town Hall

NEW JERSEY — As part of its streaming series on the COVID-19 vaccine, the New Jersey Department of Health is hosting a free public town hall discussion led by medical professionals from NJ’s Asian American communities; the April 20, 7 p.m. event will address facts, fears, and myths concerning the vaccine.

“Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, ...

South Orange Construction Street Closures April 15-20

April 14, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Two construction projects are detouring traffic this week in South Orange.

Due to construction, Valley Street between 4th Street and Massel Terrace will be closed today, Wednesday, April 14.  All traffic will be detoured up to Academy Street (except for large trucks and buses).

Due to construction at the Vose and Taylor multiuse building, Vose Avenue ...

Baird Center Renovations To Be Delayed by Remediation After Asbestos Discovery

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A remediation plan for asbestos found in the Baird community center during its renovations was approved last night at the Board of Trustees meeting. 

Although the project is some 80 percent finished with its demolition, layers of asbestos have been found under the flooring and construction cannot continue without its removal, said Arne Aakre, representative ...

Weekly Round-Up, April 3-10

This week in education, a music foundation said SOMA  is the best for music education, the reopening schedule for the schools was announced, and CHS alumnae are among eight women Ivy League editors.

The Maplewood Township Committee Condemned Voter Suppression  and Marked Holocaust Day. Also, the Township Committee Candidates were ...

Construction Bids are Out for South Orange Maplewood Elementary Schools

April 14, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Bid proposals are in the works for four South Orange Maplewood School District elementary schools, said Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor in an emailed update to the community today.

The email was largely about the Intentional Integration Initiative plan, but also included an update on the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) and how its progress does and ...

Taylor Issues Update on Integration Plan for South Orange Maplewood School District

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor sent an email this afternoon to the South Orange Maplewood School District Community outlining the next steps of the District’s Intentional Integration Initiative (III).

“The District’s Intentional Integration plan was Board approved in June 2020 and addressed the usage of an algorithm to be applied to the ...

Naomi Joseph makes Dean's Commendation List at Gettysburg College for Fall 2020

GETTYSBURG, PA — Students with a quality point average in the range of 3.300 to 3.599 for a semester's work are placed on the College's Dean's Commendation List.

Naomi Joseph of South Orange has been placed on the Dean's Commendation List for outstanding academic achievement in the Fall 2020 semester.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is ...

Newark Police Talk Suicidal Man Down from Attempt to Jump Overpass

April 14, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Three Newark police officers rescued a distraught man from jumping off the Route 78 overpass at West Runyon Street and Irvine Turner Boulevard Monday.

At around 10 a.m., 5th Precinct officers Darrell Fields, Abdul Aziz Yasin and Miguel Silva responded to a call of attempted suicide of a man who had positioned himself to jump off the overpass, Newark ...

Construction Bids are Out for South Orange Maplewood Elementary Schools

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Bid proposals are in the works for four South Orange Maplewood School District elementary schools, said Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor in an emailed update to the community today.

The email was largely about the Intentional Integration Initiative plan, but also included an update on the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) and how its progress does and ...

Victims Identified: Double Murder in Hillside Linked to Suicide in Union

April 8, 2021

UNION, NJ — The deaths of two women in Hillside are believed to be connected to a death in Union, said acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo on Wednesday.

As reported by TAPinto Union early Wednesday morning, the case began at about 2:30 Monday morning when Union police officers discovered a suspicious car parked in the lot behind Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 1755 Morris ...

State Kicks Off 'Take Control of Your Destiny' Distracted Driving Campaign

TRENTON, NJ — As distracted driving continues to claim more lives on New Jersey roadways than any other risky driving behavior, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Highway Traffic Safety (“HTS”) announced the launch of a statewide public awareness campaign aimed at providing motorists with good reasons to give the road their undivided attention.

The ...

Trout Season Now Open in New Jersey

April 11, 2021

NEW JERSEY — This is opening weekend of Trout Season and to celebrate, state waters have been stocked with a half million rainbow trout. For a full list of locations, click HERE

“Thanks to DEP’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, which has been hard at work with advanced trout stocking, New Jersey residents and visitors can enjoy trout fishing while avoiding crowds ...

Girls Volleyball: Columbia Defeats Bloomfield, 2-1

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Undefeated Columbia won its ninth girls volleyball game in a row with a 25-13, 25-27, 25-17 victory over Bloomfield on Thursday.

Corteney Provilon-Louis finished with eight kills, five blocks and four digs; and Kaijhe Hall had eight kills and four blocks for Columbia.

Lily Alvarez had 13 digs and nine service points; Zauri Wimberly totaled six kills and four blocks; ...

More Virus Variants Likely on the Way, Health Officials Warn

April 13, 2021

With one in four cases linked to variants, NJ’s top medical official says ‘Keep doing what you’re doing and get vaccinated’

Special to TAPinto.net. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

At least ...

Push On to Rebuild Health System After COVID-19

Advocates detail widespread changes they want to correct faults exposed by pandemic.

Special to TAPinto.net. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Greater investment in New Jersey’s public health ...

International Barbershop Quartet Day: Music Director Deke Sharon and New Jersey's Gimme Four

April 11, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- In honor of International Barbershop Quartet Day, TAPintoTV looks back at our conversations with Will Downey, member of New Jersey's #1 barbershop quartet, Gimme Four, and award-winning Musical Director and Producer, Deke Sharon.

Gimme Four is an International Semifinalist barbershop quartet based in Caldwell, New Jersey. Group members Paul Franek, Dave Ammirata, Will ...

Pediatric Chiropractic Treatments Support Overall Children's Health and Wellness

CLIFTON, NJ -- Dr. Michael Magwood, family chiropractor and founder of Pure Balance Center, spoke with TAPintoTV about his work with babies and children. As part of his practice, Magwood works with people of all ages, including younger children and infants. 

Magwood often consults with new parents about trauma their child may have experienced at birth to determine a course of treatment.

NJ Actress and Co-Producer Premieres Thriller Set in 70s New York at the 2021 Garden State Film Festival

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Heather Brittain O’Scanlon spoke to TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, about her latest film, which premiered at this year’s Garden State Film Festival. O’Scanlon is the leading actress and co-producer of “Victim No. 6,” the latest production from SOS Productions.

In the film, a woman meets a random person at a New York bar, ...

NJ Author Robert Constant's 'Hello Grandma!' Wins Literary Award for Children's Books

April 12, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — “I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!”

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID-19, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner in the 2021 ...

Murphy Signs Legislation Providing $15 Million in Aid to Arts and Cultural Venues

Legislation is Part of a $100 Million Relief Package for New Jersey Small Businesses

LONG BRANCH, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law S-3521, which provides $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for arts and cultural venues throughout New Jersey. The bill — sponsored by Senators Joseph Lagana, Dawn Marie Addiego, and Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Linda Carter, Angela ...

East Brunswick's Chris Quaglin is Arrested for Assault for January 6 Insurrection at US Capitol

April 8, 2021

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — Christopher Joseph Quaglin of East Brunswick, NJ has been arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice for his involvement in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Quaglin faces charges that include Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers or Employees; Civil Disorder; and Obstruction of an ...

Elizabeth Native Powers Up PSEG Nuclear Plants for Newark, All New Jersey

April 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day power New Jersey.

“She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Her reaction was 'You should try for ...

Baird Center Renovations To Be Delayed by Remediation After Asbestos Discovery

April 13, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A remediation plan for asbestos found in the Baird community center during its renovations was approved last night at the Board of Trustees meeting. 

Although the project is some 80 percent finished with its demolition, layers of asbestos have been found under the flooring and construction cannot continue without its removal, said Arne Aakre, representative ...

Adams and Cripe to Run Unopposed for Maplewood Township Committee Seats

April 6, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Township Clerk Liz Fritzen has announced that Nancy J. Adams and Jamaine L. Cripe have filed to run for Maplewood's two open Township Committee seats; the deadline was yesterday, April 5, at 4 p.m.

Adams is in the last year of her second term on the Committee. Cripe is running for the first time. Incumbent Greg Lembrich announced in November that he would ...

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter Supports Food Banks and Shelters Amid COVID-19 Related Pet Food Shortage

April 12, 2021

The cat is out of the bag, and starting to run low on food. Much like toilet paper and cleaning supplies at the beginning of the pandemic, the US is now seeing a shortage of pet food. There are many reasons for the shortage, including overzealous shoppers, bad weather, COVID-19 delays, and a massive rise in pet ownership.

Pet food manufacturer Royal Canin recently released this statement ...

Free Trees for Arbor Day? New Jersey Says Come and Get 'Em

April 14, 2021

OXFORD, NJ — In celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Week, the Division is giving away native tree saplings to residents interested in supporting local flora and fauna in their yards. Pick up your saplings at the Route 46 parking lot at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center on Thursday and Friday, April 22 & April 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A ...

Free Trees for Arbor Day? New Jersey Says Come and Get 'Em

April 14, 2021

OXFORD, NJ — In celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Week, the Division is giving away native tree saplings to residents interested in supporting local flora and fauna in their yards. Pick up your saplings at the Route 46 parking lot at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center on Thursday and Friday, April 22 & April 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

April 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

All US Flags Will Be Flown at Half Staff Through Tuesday April 6 to Honor Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police

April 4, 2021

MADISON, NJ — All US flags will be flown at half-staff through Tuesday, April 6, as per the Presidential Proclamation, honoring the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday.

“Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police, and ...

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New Jersey Date Night: The Best Brunch Spots

April 11, 2021

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

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time ...

Atlantic Health System Marks 13th Consecutive Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

In a year like no other, Atlantic Health System has overcome unprecedented challenges to deliver innovative, high-quality care while maintaining an award-winning workplace. For the 13th consecutive year, the integrated care delivery system has once again been named to Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number ...

Celebrating Donate Life Month

April 8, 2021

Springtime has now brought us a renewed spirit and hope as we look forward to the months ahead when we will begin to see each other again in person for community events and activities. Throughout the month of April, we are celebrating National Donate Life Month! This is our time to encourage family, friends and neighbors to register as organ and tissue donors and to honor those who have given the ...

Arrests are Made for Thefts in South Orange

April 13, 2021

Update, Theft Arrest: On October 18, 2020, a Seton Hall Student reported his cell phone and wallet stolen from his apartment. Prince Nesbitt-Hall was identified as the suspect and was apprehended on March 18, 2021. Nesbitt-Hall, an 18-year-old Newark resident, was also charged with possession of a stolen auto stemming from an incident on October 23, 2020 where he was observed ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, March 30 Through April 7

April 4, 2021; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 9:45 p.m. an unsecured vehicle left running at 7-11 on Irvington Avenue was stolen.

April 6, 2021; Recovered Stolen Vehicle; At approximately 2 a.m. a vehicle stolen out of Elizabeth was located by patrols on Wellesley Road.

April 7, 2021; Recovered Stolen Motorcycle; During the afternoon, a stolen motorcycle equipped with Lojack was ...

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Newark Police Talk Suicidal Man Down from Attempt to Jump Overpass

April 14, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Three Newark police officers rescued a distraught man from jumping off the Route 78 overpass at West Runyon Street and Irvine Turner Boulevard Monday.

At around 10 a.m., 5th Precinct officers Darrell Fields, Abdul Aziz Yasin and Miguel Silva responded to a call of attempted suicide of a man who had positioned himself to jump off the overpass, Newark ...

Essex County Sheriff Faces Challenge in Democratic Primary

NEWARK, NJ — For the first time in nine years, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura is being challenged in the Democratic primary.

John Arnold, who served as Newark’s deputy police director from 2014 to 2016, announced on Tuesday that he is challenging the 10-term incumbent for the Democratic nomination on June 8. A general election win would make Arnold the first African American ...

Family Looking for Answers in Barnegat Boy’s Death

April 11, 2021

BARNEGAT, NJ — The sudden passing of six-year-old Corey Micciolo, a Collin School first-grader, has his family looking for answers.

Corey’s parents, Breana Micciolo of Englishtown and Christopher Gregor of Barnegat, shared custody of the young child.

According to Corey’s obituary, he died Friday, April 2 at Southern Ocean County Medical Center.

The Barnegat Police ...

Light at End of the Tunnel? Biden Plan Provides Funding for New Rail Hudson River Rail Link

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - After more than a decade of haggling, previously canceled potential projects and a consistent lack of funding, President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan could finally see the development of another rail tunnel connecting Hudson County with Manhattan.

The new tunnel would be part of the Gateway Program along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

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Financial Focus — Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning

April 9, 2021

We recently experienced the vernal equinox — one of the two times in the year when the sun is exactly above the equator. Apart from this astronomical anomaly, though, the equinox is mostly known as the beginning of spring — a fresh beginning and the time to spruce things up. This year, as you tidy up your home and surroundings, why not also consider some financial spring ...

Homewatch CareGivers in South Orange Has Immediate Positions Available

South Orange, NJ — Homewatch established new ways to make more money, including creating special caregiver roles within the organization. Homewatch consistently has work available, with overtime opportunities.  Homewatch is continuously improving benefits for its staff as well as support from the office and nurses, to help do the job well.  Homewatch CareGivers is a place ...

Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange Has Immediate Positions Available

South Orange, NJ — Homewatch established new ways to make more money, including creating special caregiver roles within the organization. Homewatch consistently has work available, with overtime opportunities.  Homewatch is continuously improving benefits for its staff as well as support from the office and nurses, to help do the job well.  Homewatch CareGivers is a place ...