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Gov. Murphy Commends How NJ Continues to Peacefully Protest for George Floyd

June 4, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Eight days after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer saw at least 21 protests across New Jersey on Tuesday. 

Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference Wednesday said these have been peaceful demonstrations, despite the crowds at some — with Mayor Michael Soriano estimating as many as 4,000 people marching in ...

Murphy Emphasizes Collaboration and Trust-Building

TRENTON, NJ - In the wake of days of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state farther along its path toward restarting its stalled economy in the wake of COVID-19.

Murphy used ...

Murphy on George Floyd Killing: 'We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility'

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

"George Floyd should be alive today – not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of human ...

Springfield Seniors Get Their Chance to Shine With Graduation Banner Display Outside High School

June 5, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — As the COVID-19 pandemic has dragged on, the Jonathan Dayton High School class of 2020 has seen one major end-of-year milestone after another swept away.

In an effort to recognize the members of the senior class for all their hard work, the school surprised them with a display of personalized banners on the fence outside the high school, each one bearing the name and ...

With Dayton In-Person Graduation Potentially Back On, Springfield Seniors Speak About Path Forward

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — With yesterday's announcement that in-person graduation ceremonies will be allowed starting in July, the path is now clear for Jonathan Dayton High School to potentially hold a ceremony, even if it will look wildly different from any other held in recent memory.

While nothing has been confirmed yet, and meetings are still ongoing, TAPinto Springfield spoke with ...

Springfield Superintendent Discusses Virtual Graduation Plans in Open Letter

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Yesterday evening, Superintendent Michael Davino released an open letter on the Springfield Public Schools Website.

In the letter, Davino went over the timeline for graduation, along with the new end date for the school year and other information. The full text of the letter is below:

Dear members of the Springfield Public Schools community,

First and ...

After Four Decades On the Job, Springfield Postman Clocks Final Shift

June 2, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — This past week, as he had done for the past 40 years, Michael Graziano punched out for the day from his job at the Springfield Post Office.

But this was no ordinary end of day for Graziano, who has spent decades in the United States Postal Service and was finally retiring after a lengthy and varied career with the organization. A small celebration ensued, with ...

Springfield Weekly Recap; Memorial Day, In-Person Graduation and More

Springfield, NJ — Another full week of coverage brings another weekly recap. Keep reading for the best local coverage from the past week in ...

Adhering to Rules, Springfield Holds Socially Distant Memorial Day Service

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Yesterday morning, with face masks affixed to their heads, the Township of Springfield held a Memorial Day Service unlike any in recent memory.

Gone were the parade, hot dogs and large crowds gathered under a sweltering sun at Veterans Park, Mountain Avenue and Jonathan Dayton High School. Instead, a smaller and socially distant crowd took part in the honoring of ...

Understanding, Love and Compassion Create Change: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Football Coach's Inspiring Letter

June 4, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Austin Holman is the coach of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team. He sent this letters to his players, coaches, parents and supporters. With Coach Holman's permission, TAPintoSPF has reprinted his thoughtful and moving letter.

Dear Raider Family:

I write this to you as the leader of the football community in the district of Scotch ...

Powerful and Peaceful: Crowd of 1,500-Plus Gathers in Summit to Protest for Racial Equality, Justice

SUMMIT, NJ - More than 1,500 peaceful, concerned citizens from Hilltop City and surrounding towns gathered Tuesday afternoon at Summit's Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS) to show their support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement and, in the process, set a high bar for respectful, organized ...

In Westfield, Displays of Solidarity Amid National Outrage Over George Floyd's Death (VIDEO)

WESTFIELD, NJ — Contrasting larger and often jarring protests across the state and nation, demonstrators in Mindowaskin Park Sunday spoke of cooperation between law enforcement and the local community as they condemned police violence elsewhere.

“Stop Police Brutality,” “Justice for George Floyd” and “Racism is not Welcome in Westfield” were ...

Dayton Drama Crew Nabs Foxy Award, as Springfield's Schultz Honored For Stage Manager Role

May 20, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — After winning the first Foxy Award in program history at last year's ceremony, the members of the Jonathan Dayton High School drama program were back again, taking home one award out of six nominations at this year's virtual showcase of New Jersey High School theater.

This year's entry for Jonathan Dayton was "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the ...

Springfield Police Release Statement on Death of George Floyd

June 4, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of officers from the Minneapolis Police Department, Chief John Cook and the Springfield Police Department have released a statement addressing their shock and sadness over the incident, as well as pledge to uphold ethical and community-first policing methods.

The full text of the statement is below:

The members ...

Murphy on George Floyd Killing: 'We Need a Deeper Well of Accountability and Responsibility'

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

"George Floyd should be alive today – not just as a matter of principle or justice, but as a matter of human ...

Despite Store Closure, Stew Leonard's Looks to Remain in Springfield Area

June 1, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Even though the storefront in Echo Plaza is now closed to customers, Stew Leonard's Wines and Spirits made its mark in Springfield.

For Blake Leonard, a sommelier and owner of the storefront, the decision to leave was not one that the company made of its own volition. In response to questions from TAPinto Springfield, Leonard said that the decade the company spent ...

Murphy: Childcare Centers, Summer Camps and Youth Sports Can Reopen; Targets June 12 for Return of Worship Services

TRENTON, NJ -- The reopening process for the State of New Jersey continues as Gov. Phil Murphy on Frday announced that he has lifted restrictions for daycare centers, summer camps, and non-contact youth sports. The reopening dates are:

Child care centers (June 15)
Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July ...

NJ's Unemployment Rate Soars to Highest On Record

TRENTON, NJ – The head of the state's Department of Labor said Thursday that the measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 have resulted in the state’s unemployment numbers soaring to their highest recorded levels.

Robert Asaro-Angelo said that the state’s unemployment rate has hit 15.3% - the highest level since the state first started recording the ...

Murphy Announces Motor Vehicles Reopening Schedule

June 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Some good news for teenagers who have been patiently (and not so patiently) waiting to get their drivers licenses.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Chief Administrator Sue Fulton of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) on Friday announced plans for a phased reopening of MVC facilities to the public following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reopening will proceed ...

Murphy Fears George Floyd Protests Could Mean Coronavirus Spike in NJ 

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds.

“Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton at his daily press ...

Murphy Says Restaurant, Retail Workers Will Be Required To Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for tens of thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back diners at 6 a.m. on June 15.

When your favorite steakhouse or burger joint opens for outdoor dining next week, limited seating, spread out tables and hand sanitizing stations – not to mention the house specialty – will be ...

Springfield Group Works to Bring Care Packages to Nurses Staying Locally

May 12, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — For nurses on the front lines fighting COVID-19, nights spent in hospitals away from their friends and family have become the norm.

But at one hotel in Springfield, those nurses are the beneficiary of a project designed to provided them some comforts to make their home away from home just a little more homey.

TAPinto Springfield sat down with Hilton Area ...

COVID-19 Clinical Research Study Underway at Atlantic Health System, Including Immune Response Study

June 5, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ - As of today, June 4, there are more than 162,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey. Although there is no currently available vaccine against coronavirus, Atlantic Health System is calling on its expertise and national reputation for conducting cutting-edge clinical trials in oncology, neuroscience as well as cardiology, to look for effective treatments for ...

Murphy to Allow Outdoor Dining, Hair Salon Appointments, In-Person Shopping

TRENTON, NJ – Outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping will be allowed starting June 15, while personal care businesses such as barbershops and hair salons will be able to open a week later as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to peel away social distancing measures.

Youth summer programs will also be permitted to start on July 6 during what Murphy calls Stage 2 of New ...

Local Grocery Stores Issue Recall on Healthy Choice Power Bowls

SUSSEX, NJ – Supermarkets Stop and Shop and Weis Markets have issued recalls on Healthy Choice Power Bowl 9.5 ounce Chicken Feta and Farro.  The United States Department of Agriculture have issues a warning that expands on a recall issued on April 10, 2020.

Conagra Brands, Inc. or Russellville, Arkansas and Marshall, Missouri recalled approximately 276,872 pounds of not ready to eat ...

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Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

“Union County ...

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 ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR; Springfield Township Committee Member Says "The Time To Come Together Is Now"

June 3, 2020

Dear Residents of Springfield,

Last year I had the honor of representing all of you as Mayor. With that role comes a heightened sense of responsibility and obligation to every member of our Township. Although this year my role has changed on the governing body, that sense of responsibility has not diminished.

Our community and our country are facing some of the most challenging times ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Congressman Malinowski Leads The Fight For Us All

To the Editor:

I am writing to ensure your readers know about the efforts of our Congressman, Tom Malinowski, to continue to work on our behalf, during these difficult times.

Congressman Malinowski has been working across the aisle to secure vital funds for all municipalities across our district (NJ-7).  He is one of four lead sponsors of H.R. 6467, a bipartisan bill with more than 140 ...

Union County Voters Can View Sample Ballots Online

June 6, 2020

Union County Clerk advises voters in Union County that sample ballots are now available online at the County Clerk’s elections website, unioncountyvotes.com.

The sample ballots are also posted on the County Clerk’s free app for mobile devices, Union County Votes.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has mandated that the July 7 election will be conducted ...

How to Return a Vote-by-Mail Ballot in Union County

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises voters that they have several options for returning their Vote-by-Mail ballots. Voters can return their ballots by U.S. Postal Service, bring them to the County Clerk’s offices or Board of Elections Office, or drop them off at specially designated ballot boxes.

Voters choosing to bring their ballots to the County Clerk’s offices can visit ...

Union County Clerk Reminds Residents on Vote-By-Mail Ballots

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi reminds residents that her office has begun mailing Vote-by-Mail ballots to all registered Democratic and Republican voters in Union County. Unaffiliated voters who have already applied for a Vote-by-Mail ballot will also receive their ballots in the coming weeks.

The ballots and applications are being sent in waves to help ensure that the high volume of mail ...

240th Anniversary of Death of Hannah Caldwell

Hannah Caldwell Day will be commemorated by the Union Township Historical Society at the Caldwell Parsonage, 909 Caldwell Avenue, Union, on Sunday, June 7, from 2 to 5 pm.  Rev. James Caldwell, portrayed by Doc Burkhardt, will greet visitors.  He'll recall the heroism of his wife during the American Revolution, following the Battle of Connecticut Farms on that fateful day--June 7, ...

Murphy Announces Motor Vehicles Reopening Schedule

June 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Some good news for teenagers who have been patiently (and not so patiently) waiting to get their drivers licenses.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Chief Administrator Sue Fulton of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) on Friday announced plans for a phased reopening of MVC facilities to the public following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reopening will proceed ...

Murphy Fears George Floyd Protests Could Mean Coronavirus Spike in NJ 

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds.

“Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton at his daily press ...

Murphy Says Restaurant, Retail Workers Will Be Required To Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for tens of thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back diners at 6 a.m. on June 15.

When your favorite steakhouse or burger joint opens for outdoor dining next week, limited seating, spread out tables and hand sanitizing stations – not to mention the house specialty – will be ...

Morristown, Overlook Chief Nursing Officers Named ‘CNOs to Know’ by Becker’s Healthcare

SUMMIT & MORRISTOWN, NJ – JUNE 2020 – The chief nursing officers of two Atlantic Health System hospitals were named to the 2020 list of “50 Hospital and Health System CNOs to Know,” by Becker’s Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading news sources covering the health care field.

Carol Jones, RN and chief nursing officer at Morristown Medical Center, ...

Community Conversation: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe This Summer

Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health at Atlantic Health System sat down recently for a Facebook Live where he shared some important information for parents about what they need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.

 

Community Conversations: Guiding Patients with Cancer

Join Eric Whitman, MD, medical director of Cancer Care for Atlantic Health System, for a Facebook Live where he will share guidance for patients with cancer as we coexist with COVID-19.