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Work Still Hasn't Begun on Closed Short Hills Avenue Bridge: Mayor Weber Explains Why

September 24, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — More than two months ago, the Short Hills Avenue Bridge connecting Springfield to Millburn was closed for repairs.

Although peak-hour traffic has become since the July 16 closure, those repairs still have not begun. Springfield Mayor Chris Weber addressed the issue in a public post on the township's website on Friday.

"The Short Hills Avenue bridge has been ...

Springfield DPW Has Hauled Away 2,700 Yards of Debris from Curbs After Ida Flooding

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Due to the overwhelming amount of debris that residents still need to dispose of two weeks after the massive flooding from Tropical Storm Ida, the Springfield Department of Public Works has scheduled Saturday, Sept. 18 as another bulk pickup day.

Speaking before the Township Committee at its meeting Monday night, Supervisor of Public Works Robert Boettcher said, "I ...

Springfield Township Committee Schedules Special Meeting for Sept. 11

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The township is looking into the possibility of entering into a shared services agreement with the Springfield Board of Education for the temporary use of the Chisholm Community Center.

The Springfield Township Committee will be holding a special Zoom meeting on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. to consider and possibly take action on the proposal.

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Springfield Schools COVID Update: 2 Positive Results Reported

September 23, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Springfield Public Schools reported two positive COVID results in the district since in-person learning resumed for most students on Sept. 9. 

According to Superintendent Rachel Goldberg’s report presented at the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday, Sept. 20 and community update on the Springfield Schools’ website, one case was ...

Springfield Schools Find New Classroom Venues for Students After Flood Damage

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Almost three weeks after New Jersey was hit with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, most Edward W. Walton School students returned to in-person learning on a half-day schedule on Monday, Sept. 20 after damage was reported in sections of the building. 

Due to the water damage caused to Walton from the storm, the district delayed its in-person reopening and relocated ...

Springfield Ranks No. 6 Among School Districts in Union County: Niche Rankings

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Springfield School District ranks No. 73 among 243 school districts in the state of New Jersey, and No. 6 in Union County, according to the annual ranks released by Niche.com. 
 
The website this week released its 2022 Best Schools and Districts rankings. Now in its eighth year, the K-12 school rankings include updated data for 94,491 public schools ...

Football: Dayton Looks Forward to First Home Game

September 26, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Dayton football team is finally scheduled to play its first game at home next Friday night.

The Bulldogs (2-1) are coming off a three-game road trip to start the season. They defeated Dunellen, 47-14, on Friday night. Logan Solomine passed for four touchdowns and ran for another. Solomine has six TD passes on the season.

Dayton was supposed to have a home game on Sept.

Dayton Girls Volleyball Reels off Six Straight Victories

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Before losing Thursday afternoon against Scotch Plains-Fanwood, the Dayton girls volleyball team had run off six victories in a row.

The Bulldogs' most recent victory was a 25-14, 25-11 triumph over Roselle on Wednesday for their sixth straight win. 

In that matchup, Samantha Janker had five kills and three dig; Meghan Kreinberg totaled two kills, a block ...

Girls Volleyball: Dayton Defeats Plainfield, 2-0

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Dayton girls volleyball team came through with a 25-11, 25-12 victory over Plainfield on Monday.

Kate Sousa delivered three kills, 19 service points and nine aces, and Adriana Rivera collected five five digs, three service points and two aces for the Bulldogs (5-1).

Samantha Janker led Dayton with five kills and had four digs. Kennedy Kwinta totaled eight assists, one ...

Springfield Pool to Stay Closed for Season

September 4, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Springfield Community Pool will remain closed for the rest of summer as a result of the damage from Tropical Storm Ida.

Mayor Chris Weber confirmed that the extended exposure to flood waters that the pool pumps were subject to have rendered them unable to operate.

"The Summit Y and the Township have spent considerable time trying to get the pool restored to ...

Thieves Steal Catalytic Converters from Cars in Union County

September 17, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- There were multiple reports of thefts of catalytic converters from cars locally in the last week. 

On Saturday, Sept. 11, thefts of catalytic converters were reported on the 200 block of Willow Avenue and on Elm Court in Scotch Plains. On Sept. 13, a resident on Hunter Avenue, also reported the theft of a catalytic converter. All of these incidents ...

Work on $1.45M Union County Gov’t Complex To Continue as Lawsuit Stalls 2nd Phase (Updated)

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A state appellate court ruling is allowing the previously halted first phase of construction on a new $145 million government complex in Elizabeth to proceed, but the next phase is on pause amid a Wayne-based company’s lawsuit claiming the county skirted New Jersey’s public bidding laws.

An attorney for the Union County Improvement Authority said ...

Union County Residents Can Now Get FEMA Aid for Ida Damage (Updated)

WESTFIELD, NJ — Union County was added Friday to a disaster declaration that enables the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide individual assistance* to people impacted by Tropical Storm Ida.

PREVIOUSLY: Westfield Businesses, Homeowners Wait on Feds for Ida Aid

Though across Union County Ida left five people dead and numerous others displaced by ...

Toddler Spared Injury After Fall into Open Manhole in Union

September 25, 2021

UNION, NJ – A young child fell into an exposed manhole Thursday morning while playing with his mother in a county park in Union, police said.

At about 10:45 a.m., the 14-month-old child was playing with his mother in Kawameeh Park when he fell into a manhole, said Union Business Administrator Don Travisano.  The child fell approximately 7 feet into two feet of sewage water.  ...

Springfield Police: Ida Flood Aftermath Brings Out Scammers

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The aftermath of the massive flooding from Tropical Storm Ida at the beginning of this month has created a black market for scammers looking to take advantage of local residents' cleanup needs, according to Springfield police.

"In recent weeks, we have observed an increase in solicitors without township permits approaching residents offering to provide services ...

Water Systems Now OK in Springfield After Ida's Flood Rains

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Less than 24 hours after massive rains flooded parts of the township and much of Union and Essex counties, water systems were again operating normally in Springfield.

Late Wednesday night, after more than 6 inches of rain fell in the span of just a few hours, Springfield Mayor Chris Weber had posted an advisory on social media warning residents to refrain from using ...

NJ Stand-Up Comedian Discusses Vaccine Mandate and COVID-19 Safety

September 24, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur spoke with comedian John Poveromo about vaccinations and their role in stand-up comedy venues. Vaccine mandates have been making headlines recently in the stand-up comedy world, with Saturday Night Live alumni Jim Breuer making a statement against vaccine mandates at performance spaces. But Poveromo takes the opposite ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

NEWARK, NJ---TAPintoTV spoke with Jared Taillefer, the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Rev David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Destiny McFarlane, the Tutorial Manager of the Newark Unites Program, about the Newark Unites Tutoring Program which launches this week.

The Newark Unites Tutoring Center provides free, high dosage tutoring and academic support ...

JESPY Begins Recovery from Damage Caused by Tropical Storm Ida

September 9, 2021

Like many of our neighbors, JESPY House was greatly impacted by Tropical Storm Ida. The heavy rain that took place the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 1, caused major flooding and extensive damage in the lower level of one of JESPY’s residences.

Several hours into the storm, it was evident that early the following morning, all JESPY properties would be surveyed by the Facilities ...

'Go Gold' for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month; The Brooke Healey Foundation Making a Difference

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. "Childhood Cancer is the number one disease killer in children, yet is consistently underfunded," said Steve Healey, co-founder of The Brooke Healey Foundation. Less than four percent of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to pediatric cancer. "Awareness leads to action and will ...

Table to Table to Honor Celebrity Chef David Burke and Essential Food Industry Workers from Inserra Supermarkets and HelloFresh at Virtual Chefs Gala

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ — New Jersey’s ‘Who’s Who’ can join Table to Table, New Jersey’s first and oldest food rescue program, at its 2021 Virtual Chefs Gala on Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. Honorees include internationally acclaimed celebrity Chef David Burke, a trustee and supporter of Table to Table since its inception more than 20 years ago. Also ...

'Go Gold' for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month; The Brooke Healey Foundation Making a Difference

September 5, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. "Childhood Cancer is the number one disease killer in children, yet is consistently underfunded," said Steve Healey, co-founder of The Brooke Healey Foundation. Less than four percent of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to pediatric cancer. "Awareness leads to action and will ...

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Are You Ready for the Great New Jersey Bag Ban?

On May 4, 2022, shoppers in Union County and throughout New Jersey will be in for a shock when they go to check out their groceries at the supermarket. Not a single-use paper or plastic shopping bag will be in sight.

It’s all part of a new state law aimed at cutting down on waste, litter and pollution. Plastic bags get most of the blame, but single-use paper bags are also notorious for ...

Shred and Recycle Your Personal Documents on October 2, Free of Charge

September 26, 2021

Free, secure paper shredding events for Union County residents only.

Union County residents can bring their personal documents and sensitive papers to the next free paper shredding event sponsored by the Union County Board of County Commissioners. The next event will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, October 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools ...

New Hire-on-the-Spot Job Fair in Westfield, September 29

New Job Fair is a partnership between the Union County Board of County Commissioners, Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Westfield Corporation and the Town of Westfield.

Job seekers in Union County have another opportunity to explore job opportunities with local businesses at the upcoming Job Fair on Wednesday, September 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Town of ...

JESPY House Receives Grant from The Healthcare Foundation of NJ for Accessible Van

SOUTH ORANGE – JESPY House is proud to be the recent recipient of a generous grant from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (HFNJ). The grant allowed the South Orange-based nonprofit to make accessibility upgrades to their main program site, The Judi House, and purchase a fully accessible Ford van.

Established in 1978, JESPY House supports 260 clients with Intellectual & ...

Sample Ballots for Union County Voters Are Now Available Online

Posted information also includes early voting locations, gubernatorial candidate statements, and more.

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that  sample ballots for the November 2 General Election can be viewed and downloaded on the County Clerk’s elections website unioncountyvotes.com, and through Union County Votes, a free app for all mobile devices.

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Governor Murphy Visits Downtown Millburn in Aftermath of Ida Flooding

September 3, 2021

MILLBURN, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy visited Millburn Friday morning and provided updates on New Jersey's response and intended support to local communities from Tropical Storm Ida. He toured downtown Millburn and spoke with business owners affected by the floods.  Ida caused major flooding and road closures in Millburn. 

“Millburn was crushed,” Murphy said.

Clean Up Efforts From Ida Continue in Millburn

MILLBURN, NJ - The aftermath from Tropical Storm Ida devastated downtown Millburn. Flood waters from the Rahway River that intersects Millburn Ave. brought waves of water and debris into storefronts and basements along the town's main business district.

There are no formal damage estimates yet, but it's evident from the salvaged inventory, furniture and equipment left on the streets ...

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Community Conversations: Back to School

Children have headed back into the classroom, so be sure to check out this Community Conversation with pediatrician Walter Rosenfeld, MD, chair of Pediatrics at Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, who shares what parents need to know as their kids return to in-person learning, how we’re helping make schools safer and the ...