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Protesters Unable to Save Suspended Stafford School Nurse’s Job

May 11, 2021

STAFFORD, NJ - Authorities estimate that a group of between 300-350 people gathered yesterday in support of Erin Pein, a suspended Stafford Township school nurse. Pein acknowledged she was one of three individuals whose contract was not renewed when the Board of Education came back from closed session last night.

“I am still suspended without pay,” shared Pein. “I am a member ...

Stafford Schools Superintendent Issues Directives for BOE Protest

STAFFORD, NJ — Stafford Superintendent of Schools George Chiadiac has issued directives for those who plan to protest before the district’s Board of Education meeting today.

Protesters are expected to gather at 4:30 p.m. at the Stafford Township Performing Arts Center in support of Erin Pein, a school nurse who was suspended after she refused to wear a mask. Her supporters applaud ...

Do You Want to Become a Psychiatrist? New Jersey May Pay for Your Residency

NEW JERSEY — For the last fourteen months, New Jerseyans have been in the midst of the worst global pandemic in most of our lifetimes. The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in NJ has just recently reached the 1 million mark. This is one out of every nine people in the state. Just over 25,000 have died due to complications from COVID, while all of us have been suffering under forced ...

Gov. Murphy Says Only 16 School Districts Are Still All Remote, Reports on COVID and Vaccination Numbers

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Murphy reported during his COVID briefing on Wednesday that effective May 19, the state will lift the prohibition on interstate indoor youth competitions. Additionally, he said that only 16 school districts are still all remote. 

"We continue to work to see every school return to in-person instruction. At the beginning of March, 142 districts were ...

How Ocean County High Schools Ranked in U.S. News 2021 Report

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – A 2021 list released by U.S. News & World Report last week ranks high schools both nationally and statewide. The study considered 424 public high schools throughout New Jersey and used data from the 2018-2019 school year.

Most of Ocean County’s high schools appeared in the report, with a couple notably absent. Neither the Marine Academy for the Environment ...

Suspended Stafford School Nurse Has a Passion to "Unmask the Children"

STAFFORD — A local, Stafford Township School District nurse found it extremely hard to witness children wearing masks all day long in school. Her conviction became too strong to continue to keep quiet on the matter. 

When she decided to do something about it, she got suspended from her job in the Stafford School district. 

Nurse Erin Pein has been ...

Learn How Much Southern, Stafford, LBI & Beach Haven School Superintendents Earned in 2020-21

NEW JERSEY — In the year of coronavirus, school district superintendent salaries increased 2.9% statewide to a median cost of $174,689, up from $169,689 the year before, recently released state Education Department data show.

Southern Regional Superintendent Craig Henry makes $226,977 in 2020-21, statewide records indicate. His contract expires 6/30/2024.

Stafford ...

Southern Regional High School Sweethearts Graduate Together Again-This Time From Police Academy

CHARLOTTE, NC — Evan and Miranda Henken (formerly Dougherty) first met and began dating during high school. The couple both attended and graduated from Southern Regional in 2016. Evan and Miranda have been together for 5 years and tied the knot in October 2020. 

After high school they both moved to Virginia and attended Ferrum College. Evan graduated with a Bachelor's ...

On Hold for Now, Statewide Tests Coming in Fall

Schools get details of plan to postpone standardized tests and word on what to expect in the new school year.

 This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

The Murphy administration has wrapped up its plans to postpone ...

NJ Elementary School Teacher Raising Funds to Build Courtyard with Autistic Students

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Joseph Postiglione, who teaches non-verbal autistic students in third to fifth grade at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, wants to help his pupils build an outdoor courtyard that will be “their own comfortable place” and he will teach them “valuable life and social skills along the way.”

Postiglione ...

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Honor Moms, Get Thanked When Giving Blood this May with Vitalant

Nonprofit blood services provider Vitalant urges all eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma this May in support of mothers and all patients relying on lifesaving blood transfusions. As a token of thanks, all those who come to give May 1 through May 25 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* or, for the period from May 26 through June 1, a Vitalant ball ...

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Herman “ Bubie” C. Harrison III, age 56 of Manahawkin NJ, passed way Tuesday April 20th ...
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6 Tasty Ideas for Your Next Backyard Party

May 16, 2021

As the weather turns warmer and more people become comfortable getting together, it’s a great time to plan an outdoor party.

Here are six ideas for your next gathering, with tasty suggestions for what to serve:

Movie Night: Set up the projector, place out some comfy seating and have individual boxes of movie candy ready. For something fancy, put out bowls of truffled popcorn: ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...

On Mother's Day: A Short Tale of a Neurotic Mother

May 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate.

This is a story about a mother.   And, it might just sound a little more than auto-biographical.  Because it is.

I ...

Are you using the Right Realtor to Accomplish Your Real Estate Goals?

May 13, 2021

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ — There are many things to consider when choosing a Realtor in today's market.

A FULL time Realtor who is passionate about Real Estate is very important. This ensures they are on the job immediately should anything come up throughout the buying/selling process and readily available to answer all calls/texts/emails. It's not the years in the business; ...