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Adhering to Rules, Springfield Holds Socially Distant Memorial Day Service

May 26, 2020

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 ...

Weekly Springfield Recap: Bea Slater Birthday, COVID-19 and More

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Another week means another slate of local coverage. Keep reading for the best local stories from the past week in town.

Springfield resident Bea Slater was honored by the town on Friday for her 93rd birthday.
This week, Springfield reported one new resident death and nine new cases of COVID-19
The town announced its plans to hold a socially distant Memorial Day ...

Springfield Resident Slater, 93 Years Young, Celebrates Her Birthday With Love and Joy

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Bea Slater has lived an unparalleled life during her many decades in Springfield. It only made sense that even in a pandemic, she would have an unparalleled celebration for her birthday.

With sirens blaring and shouts of happy birthday, members of the Springfield First Responders looped twice around the block on Warwick Circle yesterday afternoon to salute Slater, ...

Springfield to Hold Socially Distant Memorial Day Ceremony

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — While there will be no parade this year, the Township of Springfield will still hold a ceremony for Memorial Day.

According to Springfield mayor Chris Capodice, the Township will be having a short Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 25th at 10 am at Veterans Park.

Those wishing to attend are strongly encouraged by the town to wear masks and kindly adhere to ...

Springfield Family Shows Residents That Town "Rocks," One Painted Stone at a Time

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a pair of young Springfield residents are looking to brighten the days of their neighbors, one painted rock at a time.

For Gianna Czerniak, a local resident and mother of five-year-old Mackenzie and four-year-old Logan, the project began as a result of an earlier gesture the family did, in which the children decorated drawing to ...

Springfield Weekly Recap; National Merit Scholar, COVID-19 Cases and More

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The end of another week brings a full slate of stories. Check out the best local coverage from Springfield all in one place:

A group of residents worked to give nurses staying locally a car package they can use.

One Jonathan Dayton student was named as a National Merit Scholar.

Three residents died from COVID-19, as the overall case numbers in Springfield are ...

Springfield Weekly Recap; St. James, COVID-19 and More

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — It's been another week of news in Springfield. Catch up on all the most important stories right here:

The Archdiocese of Newark announced the closing of 10 schools, St. James the Apostle School among them.
Springfield surpassed one week without new COVID-19 cases, and would later get past the ten-day mark.

Springfield Weekly Recap; COVID-19, Alicea Commitment and More

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The end of another week brings another slate of stories. Keep reading for the best local coverage from the past week here in Springfield:

As of Friday, Springfield had two consecutive days with no new cases of COVID-19. That was extended to a third day on Saturday.
All-time Dayton Boys Basketball leading Scorer DJ Alicea announced his commitment to Georgian Court ...

Coronavirus: Gov. Murphy Unveils 6-Point Plan for Reopening NJ; No Timetable for Lifting Social Distancing Restrictions

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy during his daily press conference on Monday, April 27, announced his vision, “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,” to restart New Jersey and put the state on the road to recovery.

Gov. Murphy outlined six key principles and benchmarks to guide the process for restoring the state’s economic health ...

Springfield Weekly Recap; Police Work, Spring Sports and More

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Another week of stories has come and gone. Keep reading for the best local coverage from the past week in ...

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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: Congressman Malinowski Leads The Fight For Us All

May 14, 2020

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 to Resume Limited In-Person Services, by Appointment Only

May 27, 2020

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 ...

Union County Freeholders Honor Class of 2020 with Banners and #UCGraduate Social Media Campaign

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is honoring graduates throughout Union County with banners at selected County parks and County roads. In addition, students can use the #UCGraduate hash tag to share graduation photos, which will be collected in a collage and posted on the County website.

Placement of the banners began on Friday, May 22 and will continue into next ...

Power Up Your Content Marketing on TAPinto

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, ...

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

May 24, 2020

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 ...

Murphy Offers Ray of Hope for Those Wanting In-Person School Commencement Ceremonies

TRENTON, NJ - After New Jersey state officials recently told residents that in-person commencement ceremonies were not in the cards due to the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy offered a ray of hope to those hoping that actual in-person graduation events could happen at some point in the coming summer months.

Near the conclusion of his daily New Jersey ...

Here’s How Newark Muslims are Keeping Community Alive this Ramadan

NEWARK, NJ — In Islam, Ramadan is a month of celebration, gathering, hospitality, family and friends breaking fast over bountiful meals, often at Mosque with the entire community. 

Given the global pandemic, the collective aspects of Ramadan have been canceled this year. Though iftar may be a little lonelier under quarantine, Muslims in Newark are making the best of a difficult ...

Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

Atlantic Health System Earns New Level of Recognition for Environmental Sustainability, its Overlook Campus Again Taking Top Honors

Atlantic Health System achieved a new level of recognition for its accomplishments in environmental sustainability, receiving the System for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Its Overlook Medical Center once again earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor, the Top 25 Environmental ...