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New Jersey Lawmakers Propose 'Ban the Box' Bill on College Applications

May 25, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Some New Jersey lawmakers want a “Ban the Box” law for students applying to college. 

New Jersey's “Ban the Box” law took effect in 2015. It prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from requiring that a job applicant to complete any form during the initial application process that asks about their criminal record.

Southern Girls Lacrosse Defeats Washington Township 13-6 in NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV Quarterfinals

STAFFORD - The Southern Regional Girls Lacrosse team advanced with a 13-6 victory over Washington Township on Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the South Jersey, Group 4 tournament.

Delaney Falk scored a career high five goals for Southern. 

Southern (16-3) advances to its first-ever sectional semifinal in program history, going on the road to face second-seeded Cherokee on ...

Acting Attorney General Calls for Increased Law Enforcement Presence at New Jersey Schools

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin has called for increased law enforcement presence at schools statewide, following the May 24, 2022 deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

"Nothing about this is normal," Platkin said in a statement. "We do not have to accept that we live in a country where children are shot just for going to school. My ...

Local Realtor Marion Romano Honored by Family Promise of Southern Ocean County During Giving Day 2022

MANAHAWKIN, NJ - In Early May, local realtor, Marion Romano was honored for her generous personal donation to Family Promise of Southern Ocean County. 

When Family Promise Giving Day 2022 came to a close, the organization thanked all their donors, supports and volunteers who help them make a difference.

Family Promise shared, "During the week, Family Promise SOC Executive ...

Southern Regional Welcomes Newest Hall of Fame Athletics Class

May 23, 2022

STAFFORD - The Southern Regional School District Athletic Department honored its newly elected Class of 2021 Hall of Fame members.  The event took place on Saturday, May 21 in the High School Auditorium. 

PIctured are the new recipients:

Dylan Jinks, Jackson Fiel, Matt Valeriani, Jake Logue, Gary Jones (not present, his father Steve Jones accepted his award). Matt Wilhelm (not ...

Two Southern Regional High School Athletes Win 2021-2022 Shore Conference Sportsmanship Awards

STAFFORD - Southern Regional Athletic Director Chuck Donohue Jr. announced today that two Southern athletes recently received honors.

Southern Regional Senior Class Student Athletes Nate Bischoff (Wrestling) and Abigail Gallacher (Girls Soccer, Indoor and Outdoor Track) were awarded the 2021-2022 Shore Conference Sportsmanship Awards. The two were honored by the Shore Sports Network on ...

Stafford Schools Superintendent Responds to NJ Curriculum in Email to Parents on May 10

MANAHAWKIN, NJ - The newly released NJ schools curriculum has caused much controversy over the last few weeks. Parents are concerned what their young children will be taught in health classes. 

George Chidiac, Stafford School Superintendent sent out an email to the parents/guardians and staff in the district on Tuesday, May 10 explaining the plan for Stafford ...

Southern Girls Lacrosse Defeats Washington Township 13-6 in NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV Quarterfinals

May 25, 2022

STAFFORD - The Southern Regional Girls Lacrosse team advanced with a 13-6 victory over Washington Township on Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the South Jersey, Group 4 tournament.

Delaney Falk scored a career high five goals for Southern. 

Southern (16-3) advances to its first-ever sectional semifinal in program history, going on the road to face second-seeded Cherokee on ...

Southern Regional Welcomes Newest Hall of Fame Athletics Class

STAFFORD - The Southern Regional School District Athletic Department honored its newly elected Class of 2021 Hall of Fame members.  The event took place on Saturday, May 21 in the High School Auditorium. 

PIctured are the new recipients:

Dylan Jinks, Jackson Fiel, Matt Valeriani, Jake Logue, Gary Jones (not present, his father Steve Jones accepted his award). Matt Wilhelm (not ...

Southern Softball Shocks Lenape 2-1 in NJSIAA Tournament Contest

MEDFORD - Sarah Lally hit a two-run homer in the top of the first and that is all Southern would need to upset third-seeded Lenape on Friday afternoon. The Rams won 2-1 in the quarterfinal round contest.

Lally's blast would be sufficient as Elizabeth Gosse allowed  one earned run off three hits while striking out five in a complete-game effort to lift Southern to the semifinal round ...

'Bridging the Gap for Artists and Community,' Breaker Zine Sweet 16 Issue Available Now

May 24, 2022

LBI REGION - Breaker Zine was born in 2016, when co-creators, Dawn Simon and Peter Sullivan (also graphic designers and co-owners of Swing Graphics, LLC) felt inspired to make and share art in a new, unique way for our community. 

"In 2016, we decided to put out the beta issue of Breaker, as a way to get a little more creative with our design work," Dawn said.

Summer Savings on LBI is a Click Away

LBI Region, NJ - In time for summer and in response to concerns on rising prices this year, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has worked with stakeholders to introduce a free, mobile-exclusive savings passport to for residents and visitors.

This pass shows the importance that small business has in the community with the hopes to introduce their offerings customers and ...

Could the Baby Formula Shortage End Soon? The FDA Believes it Will

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY – New parents have been struggling to find formula to feed their babies ever since one of the largest manufacturers of several popular powdered baby formula products in the nation was shut down in February of this year. Shelves in Wayne grocery stores and pharmacies have been mostly bare, but action from the FDA is providing some hope that the shortage could end within ...

Acting Attorney General Calls for Increased Law Enforcement Presence at New Jersey Schools

May 25, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin has called for increased law enforcement presence at schools statewide, following the May 24, 2022 deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

"Nothing about this is normal," Platkin said in a statement. "We do not have to accept that we live in a country where children are shot just for going to school. My ...

Stafford Police Participate in 31st Ocean County Law Enforcement Memorial Service

LAKEWOOD - On Friday, May 20 Stafford Police sent a contingent to represent the department at the 31st Ocean County Law Enforcement Memorial Service, held at the Ocean County Police Academy. 

Stafford was led by Chief Thomas Dellane and the Stafford representation included the Stafford Township Honor Guard, Motorcycle Unit, and members of the Stafford Township Police ...

Police: 15-year-old Arrested for Possession of Loaded Handgun at Ocean Acres Park Wednesday Evening

MANAHAWKIN, NJ - The Stafford Township Police Department has announced that at approximately 7:14 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, Stafford Police was notified of a male subject wearing all black clothing and white shoes at the Ocean Acres Park, displaying a handgun.

According to the press release, when officers arrived they quickly located a male subject matching that description.

The "on ...

Local Realtor Marion Romano Honored by Family Promise of Southern Ocean County During Giving Day 2022

May 25, 2022

MANAHAWKIN, NJ - In Early May, local realtor, Marion Romano was honored for her generous personal donation to Family Promise of Southern Ocean County. 

When Family Promise Giving Day 2022 came to a close, the organization thanked all their donors, supports and volunteers who help them make a difference.

Family Promise shared, "During the week, Family Promise SOC Executive ...

Classic Rock Bandfest Saturday Night in Manahawkin to Benefit Southern Ocean Rotary

STAFFORD - Come on out on a projected warm Saturday evening into the air-conditioned confines of St. Mary's Parish Center and enjoy a night of live bands playing classic rock music. 

This classic Bandfest includes area bands Black Zeppelin, Junkyard Dawgs, and Modern Rewind.

The event benefits the many charitable causes of the Rotary Club of Southern Ocean County.

The event is ...

Spring Fling at Beach Haven Moose Lodge to Benefit Nonprofit 'Hearts of Mercy' This Saturday

MANAHAWKIN, NJ - This Saturday, May 21 from 12-4 p.m. head on over to the Beach Haven Moose Lodge, located at 120 Rt. 72 in Manahawkin, for a Spring Fling event to benefit local nonprofit, Hearts of Mercy. 

There is no admission fee to attend. There will be BBQ, live music, drinks, games, raffles, 50/50 and a silent auction.

Live music throughout the event will be played by Denise ...

Classic Rock Bandfest Saturday Night in Manahawkin to Benefit Southern Ocean Rotary

May 20, 2022

STAFFORD - Come on out on a projected warm Saturday evening into the air-conditioned confines of St. Mary's Parish Center and enjoy a night of live bands playing classic rock music. 

This classic Bandfest includes area bands Black Zeppelin, Junkyard Dawgs, and Modern Rewind.

The event benefits the many charitable causes of the Rotary Club of Southern Ocean County.

The event is ...

Spring Fling at Beach Haven Moose Lodge to Benefit Nonprofit 'Hearts of Mercy' This Saturday

MANAHAWKIN, NJ - This Saturday, May 21 from 12-4 p.m. head on over to the Beach Haven Moose Lodge, located at 120 Rt. 72 in Manahawkin, for a Spring Fling event to benefit local nonprofit, Hearts of Mercy. 

There is no admission fee to attend. There will be BBQ, live music, drinks, games, raffles, 50/50 and a silent auction.

Live music throughout the event will be played by Denise ...

A New Season of Fun on the Jersey Shore with The Mainland Adventure Park

MANAHAWKIN - The Mainland Adventure Park has officially opened for the 2022 season, with new renovations and additions to the park and onsite Holiday Inn. The Holiday Inn lobby and restaurant were both renovated this past winter to incorporate the Mainland Market with convenient snacks and local gifts. The Kitchen and Pub welcomed high-definition, flat-screen TVs to their indoor bar for guests to ...

$12,000 Raised by the Live Love Lovas Disc Golf Tournament in Loving Memory of Cecily Lovas

May 1, 2022

STAFFORD - David's Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation was the recipient of support from the Live Love Lovas Disc Golf tournament. 126 players and friends of the Lovas family gathered together at the Doc Cramer Disc Golf Course. 

Cecily Lovas was a beloved member of David's Dream and Believe family. She was also loved by so many in the Southern Ocean community. 

Cecily, ...

NJ Resource Project Hosts Network Event on Offshore Winds

May 20, 2022

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – As the prospect of offshore wind energy becomes more of a reality in the region, several groups throughout the state have expressed an interest in the project.

At a networking meeting held earlier this week on Long Beach Island, the New Jersey Resource Project partnered with the New Jersey Energy Foundation to host a networking event that brought together a ...

Businesses and Event Organizers to Join Top Officials at Hometown Security Seminar on June 8

May 18, 2022

LBI REGIION - The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with event host Ship Bottom Fire Volunteer Fire Company, welcomes businesses and volunteer organizations to attend the June 8 free event that brings local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies directly to our region to discuss threats, vulnerability and safety measures for welcoming crowds and ...

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Blood Donation Urged during April, National Donate Life Month

Every day, organ and blood marrow transplant patients require blood transfusions; a single liver transplant patient can need 20 or more units of blood. Nonprofit blood services provider Vitalant urges all who are eligible to give blood to make an appointment now to give in April, National Donate Life Month. For a limited time, Vitalant donors can also find out their COVID-19 antibody status ...

'Bridging the Gap for Artists and Community,' Breaker Zine Sweet 16 Issue Available Now

May 24, 2022

LBI REGION - Breaker Zine was born in 2016, when co-creators, Dawn Simon and Peter Sullivan (also graphic designers and co-owners of Swing Graphics, LLC) felt inspired to make and share art in a new, unique way for our community. 

"In 2016, we decided to put out the beta issue of Breaker, as a way to get a little more creative with our design work," Dawn said.

Classic Rock Bandfest Saturday Night in Manahawkin to Benefit Southern Ocean Rotary

STAFFORD - Come on out on a projected warm Saturday evening into the air-conditioned confines of St. Mary's Parish Center and enjoy a night of live bands playing classic rock music. 

This classic Bandfest includes area bands Black Zeppelin, Junkyard Dawgs, and Modern Rewind.

The event benefits the many charitable causes of the Rotary Club of Southern Ocean County.

The event is ...

Spring Fling at Beach Haven Moose Lodge to Benefit Nonprofit 'Hearts of Mercy' This Saturday

MANAHAWKIN, NJ - This Saturday, May 21 from 12-4 p.m. head on over to the Beach Haven Moose Lodge, located at 120 Rt. 72 in Manahawkin, for a Spring Fling event to benefit local nonprofit, Hearts of Mercy. 

There is no admission fee to attend. There will be BBQ, live music, drinks, games, raffles, 50/50 and a silent auction.

Live music throughout the event will be played by Denise ...

Severe Storms May Bring Strong Winds, Hail Monday Afternoon

May 16, 2022

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY : Some stormy springtime weather is headed our way Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, which indicated a tornado isn't out of the question in Northeast New Jersey.

Any outdoor furniture should be secured.

“Thunderstorms ahead of an approaching cold front on Monday have the potential to produce damaging winds,” the service warns.

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Could the Baby Formula Shortage End Soon? The FDA Believes it Will

May 17, 2022

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY – New parents have been struggling to find formula to feed their babies ever since one of the largest manufacturers of several popular powdered baby formula products in the nation was shut down in February of this year. Shelves in Wayne grocery stores and pharmacies have been mostly bare, but action from the FDA is providing some hope that the shortage could end within ...

Governor Murphy Visits Hackensack, Announces American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program at HFD

HACKENSACK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy visited the Hackensack Fire Department Monday morning to announce the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program. The grant will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning and sanitation equipment, according to a news release from the Governor's office. 

“Confronted by new ...

Jack McGreevey, a No-Nonsense Supporter of Veterans, Dead at 93

CARTERET, NJ – Jack McGreevey, a battle-hardened Marine drill sergeant turned dogged advocate for his fellow veterans, who passed his passion for service to his son, former Gov. Jim McGreevey, died May 12.

He was 93.

Mr. McGreevey, of Carteret, was a constant presence throughout the 19th legislative district, serving in the legislative office since 1998. He proudly wore his ...

Ending the War in Ukraine and US Involvement

May 15, 2022

Ending The War in Ukraine…and US Involvement

By Karla Schultz, NJ School Nurse and Veteran of Army National Guard

I was filling up my car with gas recently and used it as an opportunity to talk with my  daughter about inflation and how it means that we need to cut back on some of our spending now, due to rising prices.

Since I had her attention, which I am often competing ...

Thomas Kang Becomes Owner/Publisher of 5 TAPinto Local News and Digital Marketing Platforms

MILLBURN, NJ — Thomas Kang is the new owner/publisher of TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, TAPinto Springfield, TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove, TAPinto West Essex and TAPinto West Orange. He took over the local news and digital marketing platforms on March 1, 2022.

Kang, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, moved to New Jersey about two years ago. He's also lived in ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Discusses Local Marketing in a Digital World

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro was a recent guest on Sergeant Marketing's Milestone Mindset Live speaking about Local Marketing in a Digital World. The series helps viewers attract and retain clients and donors.

Shapiro and host Nancy Sergeant talked about a number of topics, including the value of local marketing in the post-pandemic economy, how ...

NJ Resource Project Hosts Network Event on Offshore Winds

May 20, 2022

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – As the prospect of offshore wind energy becomes more of a reality in the region, several groups throughout the state have expressed an interest in the project.

At a networking meeting held earlier this week on Long Beach Island, the New Jersey Resource Project partnered with the New Jersey Energy Foundation to host a networking event that brought together a ...

Spring Real Estate Update with Marion Romano

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY - Get the boats in the water and the grill's fired up, Memorial Day weekend is around the corner. Crazy to think 2022 is flying right by. The Summer season will be here before we know it! 

Not only are temperatures rising, but the Stafford Township Real Estate market remains HOT! Buyer's demand is still high while inventory remains low, what a great time ...

VIDEO: Cranford Students Help Community with Lemonade Stand, Glen Rock Police Discover Stolen Prescriptions, Camden Receives 'Brownfield' Grant and Somerville Pastor Makes 'Red Nose' Request

May 24, 2022

NEW JERSEY - Cranford fourth graders raise money for charity through a lemonade stand. Plus, Glen Rock police discover 150 stolen prescription bottles in a man's car. And, Camden receives an EPA grant to clean up 'Brownfields.' Also, a Somerville pastor makes a request for residents to participate in 'Red Nose Day.'

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has ...

VIDEO: Active Shooter Simulation in Jersey City, Bordentown City Plant Could Grow into Marijuana Business, 'Greta's Run' in Westfield Returns and Montville Softball Wins County Title

NEW JERSEY - First responders in Jersey City hold an active shooter drill. Plus, the former Ocean Spray plant in Bordentown City could become home to a mariujana business. And, the Montville softball team wins its first county title. Also "'Greta's Run" memorial 5k returns to Westfield, which helps raise money for local charities. 

TAPinto's ...

VIDEO: Hasbrouck Heights Scouts Clean the Community, Scholarships Awarded in South Plainfield, Rahway Educator Honored and Westfield Boy Scout Proposes Life-Saving Station

NEW JERSEY - The Girl and Boy Scouts of Hasbrouck Heights join together to clean their community. Plus, several Girl Scouts in South Plainfield receive scholarships. Also, a Rahway superintendent is honored. And a Westfield Boy Scout proposes a life-saving station near a local pond.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you ...

New Jersey Lawmakers Propose 'Ban the Box' Bill on College Applications

May 25, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Some New Jersey lawmakers want a “Ban the Box” law for students applying to college. 

New Jersey's “Ban the Box” law took effect in 2015. It prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from requiring that a job applicant to complete any form during the initial application process that asks about their criminal record.

Gov. Murphy Announces Efforts to Improve Access to Student Loan Forgiveness Program For Public Service Workers

EWING, NJ — There is still time to apply to a college loan forgiveness program. 

Last October, the U.S. Department of Education announced a limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver opportunity, which temporarily waives certain program rules helping public service employees eliminate their college debt. 

Gov. Phil Murphy hosted a roundtable with U.S.

New Jersey Republicans Propose Bills to Immediately Reimburse Thousands of Dollars in Surplus Money to Taxpayers

NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate?

The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over collections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue ...