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Ciatarelli Selects Dianne Allen to Run on Republican Ticket for Lt. Governor

August 5, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli announced on Wednesday that his running mate would be Dianne Allen.

A Moorestown native, Allen started her career as a statehouse reporter in the 1970s for New Jersey Network. She later worked as a news anchor for several stations in Philadelphia. Everything changed in 1994, when she won a lawsuit ...

NJ Will Require Vaccinations for Workers in Health Care Facilities and High-Risk Congregate Settings by Sept. 7

Vaccinations or Regular Testing Will be Required to Curb the Risk of COVID-19

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that all workers in certain state and private health care facilities, and high-risk congregate settings will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subject to testing weekly (at minimum one to two times per week). This requirement ...

Gov. Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

TRENTON, NJ -- Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a mask ...

Springfield Resident Makes University of Rhode Island Dean's List

August 1, 2021

KINGSTON, R.I. — Kayla Winicoff, a resident of Springfield, N.J., was named to the Spring 2021 Dean's List at the University of Rhode Island.

To be included on the Dean's List, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades which are GPA applicable during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average.

Part-time students ...

Springfield Residents Graduate from JMU

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Two students from Springfield, N.J. were among the graduates at James Madison University's May commencement exercises.

Karly Fitzpatrick graduated with a degree in Health Sciences.

Grace Miskewitz graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies.

Springfield Parents Voice Opposition to Mandated Masks in Schools

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Halsey Hall Auditorium was filled with parents at Monday night’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting, many of whom voiced their concerns about Springfield Schools’ proposed mask policy. 

Prior to the meeting, the BOE posted a proposed plan for returning to school in September on the Springfield Schools’ website. 

The main concern ...

Sydney McLaughlin, Union Catholic Grad, Wins Olympic Gold in 400 Hurdles

August 4, 2021

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ -- Few events have occurred with greater anticipation than Tuesday night's women's 400 meter hurdles finals, which featured a showdown between the reigning Olympic champion, Dalilah Muhammad, and world record-holder Sydney McLaughlin.

The race did not disappoint as McLaughlin and Muhammad finished 1-2, which delighted the crowd that gathered at the Union Catholic ...

Six Different Dayton H.S. Athletes Get All-Conference First Team Girls Track Honors

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Six members of the Dayton H.S. girls track and field team recently were selected to the Union County Conference All-Valley Division First Team for 2021.

Representing the Bulldogs on first team were Eliana McNamee, Abbey Hochreiner, Claudia Reines, Mirielle Joseph, Sophia Mirto and Laila Davis.

McNamee is the division's first-teamer in both the 800-meter run and ...

Dayton H.S. Boys Track Team Dominates All-Conference Valley Division Team

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Six members of the Dayton High School boys track team were cited on the first team of the Valley Division when the Union County Conference released its all-league teams recently.

One member of the Bulldogs' boys track team was first team in the Valley Division in two different events. Allan Jean-Baptiste was first team in both the 3200-meter run and the 400 ...

Springfield's National Night Out Set for Tuesday, Aug. 3

August 2, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 3 starting at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Jonathan Dayton High School.

This event, which is free to attend, promotes police, fire and EMS partnerships to help make neighborhoods safer.

A variety of food trucks will be selling everything from hot dogs to pizza to tacos to soups.

There also will be a 40-foot mega ...

Springfield Township Committee Recognizes Longtime Resident’s 100th Birthday

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Although he may not look like it, longtime Springfield resident William “Bill” Levidow recently celebrated his 100th birthday. In conjunction with the Springfield Senior Citizens Club, the Township Committee recognized his achievements on July 13. 

Levidow was born on July 10, 1921 on Long Island before moving to Brooklyn in 1937. He enlisted during ...

Court Halts Progress on $145M Union County Government Building Plans

July 25, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state court judge last week ordered progress on a $145 million government complex planned for Elizabeth be stopped amid a Wayne-based construction company’s lawsuit claiming the county skirted New Jersey’s public bidding laws.

While an attorney for Wayne-based Dobco Inc. welcomed the order, a lawyer for the Union County Improvement Authority ...

Union County Sticks to Virtual Public Meetings as Others Restart In Person

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county Board of Commissioners is not planning to hold in-person public meetings any time soon.

While many local governments in Union County--including Springfield's Township Committee--have returned holding their public meetings in-person, the county commissioners are sticking with Zoom meetings, which they also stream live on the county's Facebook page. A ...

Union County Takes Step Toward a Pedestrian/Bike Trail Between Cranford and Elizabeth

UNION COUNTY, NJ — By accepting a $100,000 grant to support a Rails-to-Trails Feasibility study, the county has taken a first step toward turning a 3.52-mile railroad track between Cranford and Elizabeth into a bike and pedestrian trail.

The state Department of Transportation awarded the grant, and the Union County Bureau of Transportation Planning designed the feasibility study, ...

Springfield Celebrates Return of National Night Out in 2021

August 5, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The township celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday at Jonathan Dayton High School after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event aims to promote and strengthen police, fire and EMS partnerships with the community to help create a safer place to live. The event featured food trucks, a blowup obstacle course, a bouncy castle, a showing of Toy Story ...

Springfield's National Night Out Set for Tuesday, Aug. 3

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 3 starting at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Jonathan Dayton High School.

This event, which is free to attend, promotes police, fire and EMS partnerships to help make neighborhoods safer.

A variety of food trucks will be selling everything from hot dogs to pizza to tacos to soups.

There also will be a 40-foot mega ...

Late Summer Sports Camps Offered in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Springfield Recreation Department and U.S. Sports Institute are offering three youth sports camps at the end of the summer.

Multi-Sports Camp from 8/23-8/27 @ 9 am-noon at Chisholm Park.
Soccer Camp from 8/30-9/3 @ 9 am-noon at Chisholm Park.
Tennis Camp from 8/30-9/3 @ 9 am-noon at Irwin Park.

Call U.S. Sports Institute at (866) ...

Springfield Celebrates Return of National Night Out in 2021

August 5, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The township celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday at Jonathan Dayton High School after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event aims to promote and strengthen police, fire and EMS partnerships with the community to help create a safer place to live. The event featured food trucks, a blowup obstacle course, a bouncy castle, a showing of Toy Story ...

Springfield Police Officer Assaulted After Shoplifting Incident

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A township police officer was assaulted in the aftermath of a shoplifting investigation last week.

Police report that on Tuesday, July 27, officers responded to a Morris Turnpike business on a report of a shoplifter who had fled the scene.  A vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle was located and stopped by responding officers on Morris ...

Shunpike Road Construction in Springfield to Begin Next Week

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Shunpike Road from Mountain Avenue to the Interstate-78 overpass will be under construction beginning Tuesday, Aug. 10.

It is anticipated that the work will take approximately four nights to complete, weather permitting.

Affected residents and businesses should be aware that there may be mobilization and prep work on the part of the contractor about a week or ...

Springfield B.I.D. to Sponsor 'Summer Celebration' This Wednesday

July 19, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Springfield B.I.D. (Business Improvement District) will be sponsoring their Summer Celebration this week.

The event will take place on the Town Hall lawn from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 21.

Live music will be provided by local band TreeOh!, and an ice cream truck will be supplying free refreshments to all comers. There will also be games, prizes and ...

New Jersey Dentist Provides Painless Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Sleep Apnea

July 26, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Dr. Joseph DalBon of the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry spoke with TAPintoTV to discuss a new painless laser oral treatment created to alleviate sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient is waking up during the night and unable to breathe that can cause a number of serious health issues,” he said. Some of these health issues ...

What Are The Three Types of Electric Vehicles? Hybrid, PHEV and BEV

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the three kinds of electric vehicles in the automotive marketplace; Hybrid, PHEV, and BEV. 

Hybrid vehicles have gas and electric engines but no plug-in charging functionality. “The system charges itself through regenerative braking,” Spina explained. “It harnesses the kinetic ...

Compass Gives Back to Chatham NJ Community with Neighborhood Appreciation Day Event

TAPintoTV spoke with Suzy Minken of Compass about a new home in Chatham, NJ and why she hosted an Appreciation Day event for the local neighborhood.

After nine months of construction, 94 Elmwood Avenue is completed and open on Appreciation Day. “I wanted people in the neighborhood and the community to come and see how gorgeous this house is,” Minken explained. “I wanted ...

Turnpike Authority to Rename GSP Service Area After Judy Blume of Union County

July 29, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey will rename nine Garden State Parkway service areas after iconic New Jerseyans, including Judy Blume, who grew up in Elizabeth and lived in Scotch Plains from 1960 to 1972. 

Judy Blume (née Sussman) is one of America's best-selling writers of books for children and young adults. She has published more than 29 novels, and her best known ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Attracts 1,000+ Participants, Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...

Fundraiser Established for Springfield Teen Injured Surfing

July 20, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Dexter Kennedy, a recent graduate of Jonathan Dayton High School, was seriously injured surfing earlier this month.

A GoFundMe page has been established to support Kennedy's rehabilitation and recovery.

Dexter sustained a very serious neck injury while swimming in the surf on the Jersey shore on July 4. He was air-lifted to a trauma center in Atlantic ...

How Many Springfield Residents Have Taken the Vaccine?

July 26, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — As of July 23, 66 percent of all Springfield residents of all ages had been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 

That figure rose 5 percent from the 61 percent who had been fully vaxxed four weeks earlier, according to data from the nj.gov COVID dashboard.

Among all adults 18 and over, 78 percent of Springfield residents had been fully vaccinated, and 83 percent of ...

Springfield Sees Haze Due to Canada Wildfires, Weather Service Says

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — If you noticed haze in the area Tuesday, you can blame Canada’s wildfires, according to the National Weather Service.

Levels of particulate matter are anticipated to rise to unhealthy levels for sensitive groups due to a “plume of smoke, associated with the Canadian wildfires” moving across the region, the Weather Service said.

The Weather ...

Atlantic Medical Group Cardiologist Offers Heart Health Tips During Extreme Heat

SUMMIT, NJ -- As we start to hit the peak of summer heat, it is more important than ever to keep our hearts healthy. Individuals who have a preexisting heart condition need to be extra careful with these extreme weather circumstances. However, people with healthy hearts are likely to experience problems as well.

Michael Weinrauch, M.D., Chairman of Cardiology at Overlook Medical ...

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What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

Everyone Can Help Turn the Recycling Tide in Union County

Recycling always sounds like a great idea until reality sets in. Plastic bags and other random items can easily clog up the whole recycling stream, leading to increased costs that eventually fall upon taxpayers.

Everyone can help their city, township, or borough keep costs down by learning the two basic rules of “recycle right.”

1. No plastic bags! This one is easy: never put ...

Atlantic Health System Launches Palliative Care Learning Collaborative

August 5, 2021

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Atlantic Health System this summer launched a Community Palliative Care Learning Collaborative (C-PCLC) developed with financial support from Marquis Health Consulting Services and led by a team of Atlantic Health palliative care and integrated care experts. The initiative aims to provide resources to educate and ...

Practice Greenhealth awards Atlantic Health System, all of its hospitals, for environmental sustainability

Atlantic Health System one of only eight systems recognized nationwide

MORRISTOWN, NJ – AUGUST 4, 2021 – Atlantic Health System and each of its medical centers were recognized by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care, highlighting the health system’s continued success in making its operations ...

CycleBar Millburn Opening Soon

Millburn, NJ -- CycleBar, a high-energy indoor, state-of-the-art cycling facility, will open on September 1, 2021, in Millburn.  “More than 54 million Americans are working out at boutique fitness studios, which makes it the fastest-growing sector of the fitness industry,” said Alex Zaltsman, a partner at CycleBar Millburn.

They are offering a limited pre-opening Founders ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Gets #1 Ranking from U.S. News & World Report

 MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System announced on Tuesday that Morristown Medical Center was ranked the number one hospital in New Jersey for the fourth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021-2022 Best Hospital rankings. The medical center is one of the top acute care hospitals in New Jersey to be nationally ranked, and ...

Turnpike Authority to Rename GSP Service Area After Judy Blume of Union County

July 29, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey will rename nine Garden State Parkway service areas after iconic New Jerseyans, including Judy Blume, who grew up in Elizabeth and lived in Scotch Plains from 1960 to 1972. 

Judy Blume (née Sussman) is one of America's best-selling writers of books for children and young adults. She has published more than 29 novels, and her best known ...

Daniel Anderl - Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk Attracts 1,000+ Participants, Raises $100K+ for Scholarships

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- The original goals of the Love Is Light 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, July 17, in honor of Daniel Anderl were 500 participants and $100,000 for scholarships at St. Joseph High School. However, organizers announced that the event had more than double the number of participants, who included Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy and Daniel's parents, Mark Anderl and ...

Juvenile Struck and Killed by NJ Transit Train Near Maplewood Station

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A juvenile female died Tuesday on the train tracks west of the Maplewood NJ Transit station. 

The non-revenue train X667 was en route to Dover from Penn Station in New York; no passengers were aboard. The girl was struck and killed at 12:15 p.m., confirmed Mariluz Garcia-Diaz, NJ Transit senior public information officer. Maplewood ...

Community Conversations: Preventing Skin Cancer

With a particularly hot summer, it’s especially important to protect yourself from melanoma and other skin cancers. On this next Community Conversation, Eric Whitman, MD, surgical oncologist, medical director of Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, and the director of the Atlantic Melanoma Center, discusses how to prevent skin cancer, symptoms you should be aware of and the exclusive ...