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NJ Medical Director On ‘Mask Droop Syndrome,’ COVID-19 Hospitalizations Slightly Up for 2nd Day

May 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ  — New Jersey’s medical director on Thursday set the record straight on the newly-arrived trend of donning a face mask as means of COVID-19 protection but not including one’s nose — known as “mask droop syndrome.”

“We understand that it’s uncomfortable, that people have problems with glasses fogging up [and] that it is difficult ...

State: Schools Should Consider Screening Graduation Guests For Fevers

TRENTON, NJ — Schools should consider screening visitors with non-contact thermometers and excluding anyone with a fever exceeding 100.4, according to graduation ceremony guidelines released late Wednesday night by the State Department of Education.

The guidance outlines three options for K-12 school commencement ceremonies: virtual, drive-through/drive-in and modified in-person, outdoor ...

Widespread Testing Signals 'Enormous’ Progress for NJ’s Road Back

TRENTON, NJ — One month into New Jersey’s recovery period, trends in data are showing the state is well past COVID-19’s harrowing April peak. 

But according to officials, the decreases in new cases and hospitalizations aren’t a declaration of victory. Gov. Phil Murphy reminded citizens on Wednesday that while numbers continue to fall the state, they’re still ...

Murphy Announces Opening Dates for Daycare Centers, Youth Sports, and Summer Camps

May 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his daily COVID-19 press conference today announced reopening dates for 

Child care centers (June 15)
Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22)
Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July 6) 

These activities are allowed to resume over the next several weeks, if they follow health and safety safeguards, the ...

Congressman Malinowski (D, NJ-7) Calls for Direct Federal Aid to State and Local Governments

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Representative Tom Malinowski (D, NJ-7), who represents part of Union, today spoke on the House Floor to call on Congress to provide direct federal aid to state and local governments in order to help them cover costs for the salaries of police officers, firefighters, and teachers, among other government employees.

"The HEROES Act would provide $75 billion ...

2020 4th of July Fireworks at All Union County Parks Canceled

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites:

Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July 2. 
Plainfield fireworks ...

Face Mask Giveaway Behind Union Town Hall, Beginning Monday

May 29, 2020

UNION, NJ – The Township of Union will be giving away free face masks starting Monday, June 1, until Friday, June 5.

The drive-through giveaway for Union residents will run from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. each day, while supplies last.  Face masks can be obtained by driving to the back parking lot at Town Hall, 1976 Morris Avenue.

Once in the parking lot, remain in your ...

Trinitas Regional Medical Center Reopens Elective Surgery

ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center CEO Gary S. Horan, FACHE, announced today the resumption of a number of elective procedures at its Elizabeth facility. “Today we take a big step toward normalcy with the reopening of elective surgery, endoscopy, cardiac catheterization, interventional radiology and other procedures,” he said, adding, “Each day the number of ...

Don't Forget: Proper Hand Washing is Important in Fight Against COVID-19

UNION, NJ – COVID-19-related cases in Union have reached 1,711, with 67 deaths, as reported on Tuesday.  That’s an increase of 12 positive cases since Friday, with no additional deaths reports.  In New Jersey there are 155,764 positive cases with 11,191 deaths.  In Union County, there are at least 15,293 confirmed cases and 1,030 deaths.

In addition to wearing face ...

Union Fire Department Responds and Adapts to Change While Keeping Residents Safe

May 20, 2020

UNION, NJ – The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, of every age, and in every walk of life.  And people have had to invent new ways of doing business and staying safe. That goes for frontline workers more than many.  Union firefighters are among those who have adapted to these changes while keeping the community they serve safe.

Firefighters have ...

Union Firefighters Respond to Warehouse Fire Early Tuesday Morning

UNION, NJ – Union firefighters responded to a fire at a large manufacturing warehouse early Tuesday morning.

A fire alarm at 3:22 a.m. alerted firefighters to the incident at 2 Milltown Court, said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio.  Upon arrival, firefighters found fire showing from a first floor window.  He said the fire was extinguished and the building was searched, although the ...

Saturday Night Car Fire on Route 78 in Union

UNION, NJ – A car engulfed in flames sent Union firefighters to Route 78 at about 6:00 Saturday evening.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the vehicle on the shoulder of the highway with an engine compartment fire extending to the interior of the car.  The fire was extinguished by firefighters and the scene was turned over to New Jersey State Police and the Department of ...

Whoopi Goldberg to Speak to Kean University's Class of 2020 at Virtual Commencement

May 26, 2020

UNION, NJ – Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29. 

More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will be celebrated at the event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and speeches from Martin Luther King III, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, student leaders and ...

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 ...

Union 2020-2021 School Calendar Released; First Day - Sept. 3

UNION, NJ – The 2020 - 2021 Township of Union School calendar has been released. 

According to the calendar posted to the township schools’ social media pages, school is set to begin Thursday, September 3.  School will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor Day.  The last day of school and high school graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, 2021. 

There ...

Fourth of July Fireworks at Union County Parks Canceled

May 29, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Union County Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in county parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19. 

The following displays are canceled:

Plainfield fireworks scheduled to take place in Cedar Brook Park on July 4.
Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July ...

Union Catholic's Class of 2020 Graduated on Thursday

May 29, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- School spirit shined, Viking pride exuded, horns honked, and confetti flew when Union Catholic’s Class of 2020 passed through the parking lots during a very emotional and energetic drive-thru diploma pick-up ceremony that capped off a memorable Graduation Day at the school on Thursday.

Union Catholic’s 55th annual Commencement festivities, which were moving and ...

A "New" Ambulance for Union Emergency Medical Unit Thanks to Union Collision

Kenny Barbera made this Memorial Day Weekend special with Cruising for a Cause and donation to Union EMU

UNION TOWNSHIP, NJ  – The Union Emergency Medical Unit answers over 5,600 emergency calls a year in the Township of Union and surrounding communities making it one of the busiest EMS agencies in the county. This is an increase of over 500 calls a year over the past five ...

Connecticut Farms Church Nursery of Union

Connecticut Farms Church Nursery of Union is now enrolling the 2020-21 school year.  We offer full or part-time classes for children who are 3, 4, and 5 years old.   For more information call 908-964-8544 or email: cburger@ctfarms.org  for more information.   

Union Catholic Hosts 24th Annual Grammar School Forensics Tournament

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Union Catholic High School Forensics team hosted their 24th Annual Grammar School Forensics Tournament virtually via Zoom on May 18.

''We are incredibly grateful to the students and coaches who participated in this year's tournament,’’ stated Edward Sagendorf, Head Coach of the Union Catholic Forensics team.  “We had an incredible ...

Memorial Day Weekend: Cruising for a Cause

May 19, 2020

UNION, NJ – The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of Union’s annual Veteran’s Alliance Memorial Day parade, but a parade of classic cars will be held on Saturday.

The township is hosting a volunteer-based Memorial Day Weekend Cruising for a Cause car parade on May 23 beginning at  11:00 a.m.  The car parade, including classic, muscle and high-end ...

Alternate Channels: Being Queer on 20th Century TV

UNION, NJ - Believe it or not, there was a time when TV would not show gay, bisexual or transgender people much less tell their stories.

Steven Capsuto, author of Alternate Channels: Queer Images on 20th Century TV, will explore the fight for lesbian and gay visibility on 20th-century American television, as gay activists faced off with powerful, often vicious "traditional ...

Reminder for Union County Voters: Voter Registration Deadline is Tuesday, June 16

May 28, 2020

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Residents are reminded that the voter registration deadline is Tuesday, June 16, to participate in the July 7 Primary Election.

“If you are eligible to vote in Union County but not yet registered, please take a few minutes to apply before the deadline,” said Union County Board of Elections Administrator Nicole DiRado. “The application forms are available ...

New Jersey July 7 Primary Election Will Be Mostly Vote by Mail

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the July 7 election will be mostly vote-by-mail (VBM). This is a primary election for the US House of Representatives, US Senate, and the Presidency, which was originally scheduled for June and moved because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the governor, every registered Democrat and Republican in the state will receive ...

Changes Coming to Route 22 ShopRite / Best Buy Shopping Center

May 29, 2020

UNION, NJ - The Union Planning Board heard testimony at Thursday night’s virtual public meeting of plans to modify existing structures and construct new buildings at the ShopRite/Best Buy shopping Center on Route 22 west.

Representatives for the Robbins Agency presented proposed plans for the site in several parts, including the vacant, standalone Pizza Hut and gas ...

Union Township Chamber Elects Officers

UNION, NJ - The Board of Directors of the Union Township Chamber of Commerce elected its slate of officers for 2020-2021.  “Members of the Board are a group of dedicated volunteers, representing a cross-section of local industries, who help the Chamber in its mission of serving as the voice of Union Township’s business community,” said Chamber CEO James ...

Portuguese American Civic Association to Hold Food Donation Event on Saturday

May 29, 2020

UNION, NJ - A food donation event, sponsored and hosted by the Portuguese American Civic Association of Union (PACA) will be held Saturday, May 30, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m

According to PACA, over the last few weeks, they have donated 100 bags of food, containing a week's worth of groceries.  Saturday's event will be held at the Knights of Columbus, 1034 Jeanette ...

Take What You Need; Donate What You Can: Union Resident Starts a Community Table

UNION, NJ – A pop-up Community Table on Stuyvesant Avenue has been the scene of much activity since the pandemic hit this area as residents from Union and surrounding neighborhoods stop by to drop off or pick up much-needed pantry items.

Holly Schneider said the Community Table began as a ‘Clappy Hour’, where she stood outside and encouraged drivers to honk their horns as ...

570 Boxes of Food Given Away at Saturday's Drive-Thru Food Pantry in Vauxhall

UNION, NJ – About 50 volunteers were on hand Saturday morning to help distribute about 570 boxes of fruits, vegetables, breads, salads, wraps and desserts – enough food for a family of four for a week -- via a drive-thru pantry at Jefferson School.

The food items were purchased from monetary donations received through collection efforts by MTN Organization, Inc.  MTN, founded ...

Protect Your Skin When Gardening

May 27, 2020

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and a busy time for gardening and other outdoor activities. Gardening provides many benefits but like any outdoor activity it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays.

More than 5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year and most are associated with exposure to the ultraviolet rays from the sun. And even ...

Design and Build a Garden Anywhere with Free Online Help from the Experts

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Gardening enthusiasts can now reap the many benefits of growing their own plants with the help of a new home, lawn, and garden resource website from Rutgers University, through the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES).

The new NJAES website features themes such as what to plant, garden design, gardening with youth, nutrition and wellness, and ...

Cardinal Tobin Announces Three Phase Reopening Plan of Catholic Churches

May 18, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R, Archbishop of Newark, has announced a three-phase gradual reopening process for churches throughout the Archdiocese to ensure the health and well-being of clergy and faithful. 

Phase One allows for the reopening of churches in the Archdiocese for private prayer only on Sunday, and, following all public health guidelines, once ...

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

May 27, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

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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 ...

Commissioner of Education to Attend Union's Weekly Facebook Live Q&A

May 27, 2020

UNION, NJ - Union's weekly Facebook Live Q&A with Senator Joseph Cryan, Mayor Delisfort, Health Officer, Marconi Gapas, and Special Guest New Jersey's Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet will take place Friday at 3:00 p.m.

Residents can tune in by following the Township on Facebook @twpunionnj and click on the live stream. Viewers may log in and ask us ...

Memorial Day in Union: Honoring Fallen Heroes and Re-Dedicating Veterans Memorial Honor Roll Park

UNION, NJ – An abbreviated Memorial Day program to honor fallen heroes, and a ceremony to re-dedicate the refurbished Veterans Memorial Honor Roll Park, took place Monday morning at the park, located on Stuyvesant and Wewanna Avenues.

“In light of the current pandemic, this year’s parade, honoring the men and women of our armed forces who fought and died ...

Honoring Fallen Veterans on Memorial Day with National Anthem

UNION, NJ – A small gathering of veterans, fire responders and township officials came together on Memorial Day at Veteran’s Honor Role and Memorial Park to honor fallen veterans.  Around the state this morning at 10:00, people socially distanced and sang the national anthem in tribute to fallen veterans.

“We’re here today to honor fallen soldiers,” said ...

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Mickeala Bland Receives CashCourse Scholarship

May 28, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Mickeala Bland of Union has been chosen to receive a $500 CashCourse Scholarship. Bland is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Montclair State University.

The CashCourse scholarship, open to all students, required students to complete a series of modules about financial literacy. Bland was one of three students chosen at random who were awarded the $500 ...

Joseph Skinner Graduates From College of the Holy Cross

WORCESTER, MA - Joseph Skinner, of Union, received a bachelor of arts degree Magna Cum Laude from College of the Holy Cross on May 22, 2020.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, Holy Cross hosted a virtual celebration for its Class of 2020, featuring a special message from Holy Cross alumnus Dr. Anthony Fauci '62, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious ...

Meha Patel Graduates from Lincoln Memorial University

HARROGATE, TN - Meha Patel, of Union, graduated from Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) at the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Patel earned a(n) Master of Science in Anatomical Sciences degree. LMU's Spring 2020 semester was completed online and graduation ceremonies were canceled due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community ...

Mountain Avenue in Springfield Set for Closures During County Repaving Process

May 18, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — As part of a roadwork project, Union County will be performing milling and paving on Mountain Avenue from Briar Hill Circle to Caldwell Place, resulting in road closures for the next several days.

The responsibility of paving Mountain Avenue falls to the county, because the street is a county roadway. County officials are anticipating that the work ...

Union Celebrates its Senior Athletes

May 23, 2020

UNION, NJ – As students and their families sat in and around their cars in the parking lot, Union High School’s Athletic Department celebrated senior athletes Wednesday night with a firework display on the field.

“I know this is not the way we planned it, but as strong athletes we deal the cards we’re dealt,” said Union Athletic Director Linda Ionta.  ...

Hannah Caldwell School Teacher Sings for her Students

UNION, NJ – A third-grade Hannah Caldwell Elementary School teacher wanted to write a song for her students, letting them know “we are all trying our best to navigate through these strange times. In all of this madness, one thing remains the same – we care.”

Angela Saavedra, who co-teachers a third grade class with Linda Regal, said the song was inspired after many ...

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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 ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs.

The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)

 

A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...

Overwhelming Response for Belmar Beach Badge Sales

May 16, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — A swell of people, stretching blocks along Belmar's boardwalk, turned out to buy seasonal beach badges on the first day of sales at Taylor Pavilion.

Advance badge sales will continue daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days of week, as beaches will officially open on Memorial Day weekend — under capacity and social distancing restrictions that will be ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

May 28, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

NJ Bars Still Closed, but Now You Can Get That Cocktail to Go

NEW JERSEY — Bars and restaurants with liquor licenses in the Garden State have been able to sell alcohol in its original containers during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy before the weekend, they can sell mixed drinks for pick up and delivery, too.

Craft distilleries, which operate under a different kind of license, can also sell ...

Memorial Day: A Time to Honor Those Who Have Served and Those Presently Serving to Protect Our Lives

May 24, 2020

Monday is Memorial Day. A time we have the opportunity and the responsibility to remember the sacrifices of the many men and women, throughout the decades who served and serve in any capacity through the various branches of the United States military.

This year it is equally important that we honor those who served and presently serve valiantly to protect our lives during this pandemic. Many ...

Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

May 29, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...

Hoboken Gift Shop Turns to Technology to Continue Serving Customers During the Pandemic

HOBOKEN, NJ -- As part of our small business spotlight series, HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Meghan Lavelle, Owner of Washington General, to see how the store is faring during the pandemic. Washington General was featured in Part One of our HomeGrown: Hoboken episode, which aired on TAPintoTV last June. 

“It’s been a whirlwind for sure,” said Lavelle.

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...