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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 ...

'NJ Is Performing Better Than Most States,' Labor Dept. Commissioner Reports; But Some Area Residents Say They Can't Get Through

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- NJ Labor Department today announced that 800,000 unemployed and underemployed workers are now receiving state and federal benefits. ("That’s more people than the number of people who live in 5 US states," the Labor Dept. boasted on it Twitter page).

Recognizing that many people have been unable to claim their benefits, the agency also ...

Lord & Taylor is Reportedly Preparing to Liquidate its Stores

WESTFIELD, NJ — The pandemic may be accelerating the demise of an expansive department store on North Avenue.

Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle said she has long prepared for the closure of Lord & Taylor’s store on North Avenue so when Reuters broke the news Tuesday that the retailer plans to liquidate merchandise at its 38 stores nationwide in anticipation of closing the ...

Congress Replenishes CARES Act's PPP Funding for Small Businesses; Malinowski Praises The Measure

WASHINGTON, DC -- On Thursday eventing, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan interim emergency funding package that secures additional critical funding for small businesses, hospitals and COVID-19 testing. President Trump indicated earlier in the week that he would sign the bill the legislation.

The initial interim package introduced by Senate Republicans was a one-sentence bill, ...

Unemployment Benefits Coming Soon, NJ Labor Department Head Says

TRENTON, NJ — The commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development offered what he could in the way of reassurance during the state’s daily press briefing on Saturday, addressing the staggering 362,000 people who have applied for unemployment as a result of the nation’s public health crisis. 

New Jersey now has 34,124 known cases of the ...

Millburn Township to Hold Info Session for Small Businesses

MILLBURN, NJ — Do you have questions about The Cares Act and the Payroll Protection Program?

All businesses – including nonprofits, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors – with 500 or fewer employees can apply.

Get answers on both the State and Federal economic programs available to small businesses as a result of COVID-19.

Friday, ...

Bramnick, Cryan Discuss Assistance for Businesses, Workers Amid COVID-19 (Video)

If you are a business or employee impacted by COVID-19 there are a number of government programs that can benefit you.

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Westfield, and Sen. Joe Cryan, D-Union, discuss these in this short video:

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SBA Names NJ a 'Declared Disaster State', Opens Door for Businesses to Receive Disaster Relief Funding

WASHINGTON, DC – The Small Business Administration (SBA) has named New Jersey a declared disaster state in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. This declaration will allow New Jersey small business owners impacted by COVID-19 to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) that provide financial assistance to help support their businesses. 

EIDLs are working ...

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Power Up Your Content Marketing on TAPinto

May 26, 2020

TAPinto is rolling out a new content marketing feature as a part of our participation in The Branded Content Project -- a partnership between the Facebook Journalism Project, the Local Media Association and the Local Media Consortium. The new feature will enable businesses, nonprofits and others who purchase guaranteed publication of a press release, real estate listing, event listing, milestone, ...

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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.

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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 ...

Union County Freeholders Offer Free Mobile App to Connect Residents with Recycling Information

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders urges residents to download Recycle Coach to get reminded of their curbside recycling schedule, learn about upcoming county recycling events, get advised of any changes or interruptions to service and learn the best ways to recycle.  The free app is designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to County residents and ...

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 Clerk Reminds Residents on Vote-By-Mail Ballots

June 2, 2020

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, ...

Union County Clerk to Resume Limited In-Person Services, by Appointment Only

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that beginning on Tuesday, June 2, the County Clerk’s offices will begin in-person appointments to swear in notaries and assist persons seeking to register trade names, tax waivers and clerk’s certificates.

Everyone seeking these services in person is required to make an appointment in advance and wear a face mask at all times, in order ...

Scholastic Summer 'Read-A-Palooza' Virtual Book Fair at the Berkeley Heights YMCA

Summer is almost here, and we cannot help but ask how can we as educators, caretakers and parents keep our kids academically engaged to ensure success this coming fall?

Unlike previous years, this year presents the unique and unprecedented obstacle of being in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. This may mean libraries will not run their usual summer reading challenge, books may be harder to ...

Essex County Brings Testing to Ironbound in Effort to Reach Newark’s Immigrant Population

June 4, 2020

NEWARK. NJ — Recognizing its status as one of the areas most affected by the coronavirus. Essex County expanded its testing to some of Newark’s more hard-to-serve populations this week, including the Ironbound’s immigrant community. 

Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark), who was part of the team that set up a pop-up site in the parking lot of the Seabra Foods ...

Unable to Remove Him, Bayonne Board of Education Members Call on Alonso to Resign Following 'Insensitve' Facebook Posts

BAYONNE, NJ - Seven of the nine members of the Bayonne Board of Education gathered for an emergency session Tuesday. Trustee Michael Alonso, whose Facebook comments on Sunday have drawn strong rebuke, as well as calls for his resignation, did not attend the meeting.

“Where will the Bayonne Riot Start? Walmart-QuikChek-ShopRite?’ Alonso asked in the Sunday post, referring to unrest ...

This Newark Couple is Transforming a Vacant Lot into a Community Garden

NEWARK, NJ — For the past 15 years, Lot 50 on Grafton Avenue in the city’s North Ward has been a wasteland of syringes and garbage, bringing down the community’s morale. 

Those days are coming to an end, according to Bilal and Breonna Walker, two educators who are transforming the lot into a community project unlike any other in Newark. Dubbed Jannah on ...

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.

Community Conversations: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe this Summer

Join Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Medical Director for Children's Health for Atlantic Health System, for a Facebook Live where he will answer your questions about what parents need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.