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St. James the Apostle School in Springfield Among Ten Being Consolidated by Newark Archdiocese

May 7, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a press release this afternoon, the Archdiocese of Newark announced the consolidation and closure of 10 Catholic Schools in the region, including St. James the Apostle School in Springfield.

Opened in 1952, St. James has served grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade for decades. In addition, the school also has pre-k programs that run as well.

In an open ...

Springfield Congregation Experiences Anti-Semitic "Zoom-Bombing" During Virtual Shabbat Service

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A regular digital Shabbat Service for members of congregation Sha'arey Shalom in Springfield was interrupted yesterday evening with racist and anti-semitic pictures and remarks, in a type of attack commonly known as "Zoom-Bombing."

Since COVID-19 necessitated the move to a digital communication world, "Zoom-Bombing" has seen an increase in ...

Saint James the Apostle Church in Springfield to Live Stream Holy Week Services

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Due to social distancing, Saint James the Apostle Church in Springfield will be live-streaming Holy Week services and masses. "There is no question that these are different and difficult times. In spite of all of these problems, we must remain vigilant in our care for ourselves, our families, and our concern for each other," said the church's pastor, ...

Temple Sha'arey Shalom of Springfield Considers Potential Merger With Summit Congregation

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – In a recent letter to congregants, the co-presidents of Temple Sha’arey Shalom announced that the 60-plus-year-old congregation would be considering a possible merger with Congregation Ohr Shalom, also known as the JCC of Summit.

The move comes after the Board of Trustees of Sha’arey Shalom heard the report of the Investigating New Entities Committee (INE) ...

Springfield Set to Hold Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Vigil

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Next Monday, the township will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Vigil on the second floor of town hall.

The Springfield Interfaith Clergy Council will hold the community event “Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Vigil for Peace” at Noon in the town hall, second floor chambers.

Mayor Christopher Capodice and other township officials will ...

Merry Christmas From TAPinto Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Merry Christmas to all our readers celebrating today. Enjoy the holiday, and the time you get to spend with friends and family.

It's been a fantastic year at TAPinto Springfield, and we wanted to take this time to thank you all for being a major part of it.

Springfield Celebrates First Night of Chanukah with Mega Hanukkiah Lighting

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – In the cool and pleasant winter evening, the Jewish community of Springfield gathered on the first night of Chanukah for the seventh Annual Menorah Lighting at Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of Morris Avenue and Shunpike Road.

Rabbi Mendy Blesofsky of the Chabad Jewish Center of Springfield led the ceremony and was joined by Springfield ...

Springfield Jewish Community Comes Together for Hanukkah Celebration

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — For the second year in a row, members of the Springfield Jewish Community came together for an annual Hanukkah party.

Last year's celebration was held at Temple Sha'arey Shalom, with this year's celebration being hosted at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael. In attendance were members of all three congregations in town, a crowd that included members of Beth Ahm, ...

Springfield Congregations Join Together for Annual Interfaith Service

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - With Thanksgiving just days away, the Springfield Interfaith Clergy Association hosted their annual interdenominational service. According to assorted members of the clergy in Springfield, it has taken place for almost 30 years around Thanksgiving each year.

This year, the service was held at St. James the Apostle, a Catholic Church next door to Florence M.

Springfield Interfaith Clergy Association Plans Thanksgiving Service

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Springfield Interfaith Clergy Association will hold its annual Thanksgiving Service on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at 7:00 PM at Saint James the Apostle Church, 45 South Springfield Avenue, Springfield, NJ.  


Cash donations to benefit Springfield First Aid and Rescue Squad and non-perishable donations for the NJ Food Bank are ...


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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 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 ...

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 ...

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 Health & 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.

Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...