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Fill the Local News Void and Create a Profitable Business: Start TAPinto in Your Town

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Many newspapers are regionalizing their coverage or being acquired by media conglomerates and laying off journalists, creating a void in local news coverage, not only in New Jersey but throughout the country.
 
As a result, there is less and less local coverage of your local government and board of education, high school sports, charitable events and other newsworthy local happenings, says TAPinto CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro.
 
"At TAPinto we are filling the void being created in local news caused by the regionalization and downsizing of hardcopy newspapers," Shapiro said. "We provide a turn-key solution and enable people, ranging from entrepreneurial journalists and public relations professionals, to business development and marketing executives, to realtors and others who start TAPinto as a side business, to nonprofits and universities and even hardcopy newspaper publishers, to start a profitable online local newspaper business in their town."
 
TAPinto franchises local news sites to local owner/publishers and now has more than 65 local news sites covering more than 100 municipalities in New Jersey and New York, with more than 6 million readers during the last year.
 
 
Jonathan Jaffe, a veteran journalist and former Star-Ledger reporter who owns the public relations firm Jaffe Communications, saw an opportunity to start a quality online news site in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He hired Jack Murtha, a firecracker reporter with a graduate degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, to oversee coverage of day-to-day news in New Brunswick and at Rutgers University, while Jaffe manages the site, coordinates other staff and serves as city publisher.
 
"New Brunswick and the Rutgers community have other online publications but they are more activist in nature," Jaffe said. "I wanted to develop a high-quality objective online news site that would serve all of the residents of New Brunswick and the Rutgers community. TAPinto provides the technology, backend, training, and support so we could focus on quality journalism -- breaking great stories and developing long-term investigative series, while coordinating local advertising. TAPinto handles the rest."
 
Jaffe noted that TAPinto continues to grow in Middlesex County, allowing for more robust news as sites freely share content across the platform.
 
"With my reporters teamed with TAPinto writers covering other aspects of the county, we now have a superior news organization that is second-to-none in terms of comprehensive coverage of Middlesex County," Jaffe said.

 
Ravenell Williams, CEO of the Plainfield YMCA, saw the lack of local news coverage in Plainfield as a detriment to the community.
 
"Pretty much the only time Plainfield is in the news is when there is a major disaster," Williams said. "However, the vast majority of what is going on in Plainfield is good news -- with so many Plainfielders giving back to the community and doing wonderful things.  I wanted to also tell those stories and at the same time, saw an opportunity for the Plainfield YMCA to develop additional marketing opportunities. TAPinto enables a nonprofit like ours to give back to the community, better inform our residents, and create additional donated funds so that the Plainfield YMCA can do even more great things for our community."
 
For business entrepreneur Darlene Cullen, starting TAPinto in South Plainfield, NJ was an obvious business opportunity.
 
"The only news coverage in South Plainfield was a weekly print publication," Cullen said. "There is little value in old news. TAPinto creates the opportunity to provide up-to-the-minute news in my town. So I started TAPinto South Plainfield three years ago and it has already become the go-to-place for local news and information. On the business side, TAP South Plainfield is surging. TAPinto's unique model enables us to sell marketing and advertising opportunities to businesses in South Plainfield and into all of the TAPinto sites in New Jersey, which has created a significant revenue stream for my thriving business."
 
Jackie Lieberman, a veteran journalist, saw an opportunity in Westfield, NJ where her local hardcopy newspaper's idea of going online was to have a pdf of its newspaper available.
 
"People don't want to wait a week to find out what is going on in their town," Lieberman said. "Most people get their news online and in particular, on their phone and I saw that that trend would only grow. Thanks to TAPinto's system that enables us to share content within the network of TAPinto sites, I'm also able to provide important stories throughout Union County and the State of New Jersey to our readers with no work on my part because my fellow TAPinto franchisees are covering those stories in their towns."
 
Anyone who may have interest in helping to fill the local news void in their town can visit www.starttap.net for more information.
 
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TAPinto.net is a network of more than 65 all-online local newspaper franchises in New Jersey and New York with more than 6M readers.  The all-online hyperlocal news sites boast more than one hundred columnists, a full-service Community Calendar, Business Directory, local Real Estate Listings and more. The public can friend TAPinto.net on Facebook at Facebook.com/tapintolocal and can follow TAPinto.net on Twitter at Twitter.com/tapintolocal 

Download the TAPinto App!   Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS. 
 
In addition, TAPinto.net is currently offering franchise opportunities in CT, MA, FL, NJ, NY, PA and beyond. Anyone interested in starting an online newspaper in their town is invited to Click here  for more information. 

TAPinto.net currently covers hyperlocal daily news and information in: Basking Ridge, Bayonne, Bedminster, Belmar, Berkeley Heights, Bernardsville, Bloomfield, Bridgewater, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Chatham, Clark, Colts Neck, Cranbury, Cranford, Denville, East Brunswick, East Orange, East Hanover, Edison, Elizabeth, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Fair Lawn, Fanwood, Far Hills, Flemington, Florham Park, Franklin Township, Glen Rock, Green Brook, Hillsborough, Holmdel, Kenilworth, Lake Como, Long Beach Island, Little Falls, Livingston, Madison, Mahopac (NY), Manahawkin, Maplewood, Millburn/Short Hills, Milltown, Montville, Montclair, Morristown, Mountainside, Newark, New Brunswick, New Providence, Newton, North Caldwell, North Plainfield, North Salem (NY), Nutley, Olean (NY), Paterson, Peapack & Gladstone, Piscataway, Plainfield, Randolph, Raritan (Hunterdon), Raritan (Somerset), Roseland, Roselle, Roselle Park, Roxbury, Scotch Plains, Somerville, Somers (NY), South Brunswick, South Orange, South Plainfield, Sparta, Spotswood, Springfield, Stafford, Summit, Totowa, Union, Verona, Warren, Watchung, West Caldwell, Westfield, West Orange, Woodland Park and Yorktown (NY).  It also includes a franchised Travel section, TAPintoTravels covering domestic and international travel.

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Teen Volunteer Opportunities at the Union Public Library

May 17, 2018

UNION, NJ - Teens interested in volunteering at the Union Public Library this summer should sign up for an interview.

Volunteers must be 14 years or older.  Click here or email teens@uplnj.org with questions.

Those interested will be asked about previous volunteer experience, experience working with children, and summer availability and review the Summer Reading ...

Union Municipal Band Spring Concert on Monday, May 21

UNION, NJ - The Union Municipal Band, under the direction of Howard Toplansky will present a free concert on Monday evening, May 21, 2018. The concert will be held at Hannah Caldwell School Auditorium, 1120 Commerce Avenue, Union, NJ at 7:30 PM. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. This spring concert will feature music from Broadway, concert classics and traditional ...

Goethals Bridge to New Jersey to be Closed Friday Night through Sunday

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Goethals Bridge to New Jersey will be closed to all traffic beginning 9 p.m. Friday, May 18 until 9 p.m. Sunday, May 20. 

The Eastbound to NY will remain open. Officials said the closure is necessary to construct the entry and exit ramps for the new westbound span.

At 9 p.m. Sunday night, the westbound span is expected to open in its final configuration, three ...

Union High School's April Female Athlete of the Month: Chidumga Nkulume

May 15, 2018

UNION, NJ – Union High School sophomore Chidumga Nkulume, a member of the Girls Track and Field, has been named April’s Athlete of the Month.

What’s your favorite part of being a high school athlete?. 

My favorite part about being a high school athlete is the attention. Everywhere you go, people know your important. It’s a really good confidence booster and it ...

Union High School's April Male Athlete of the Month: Zach Fernandez

UNION, NJ – Union High School junior Zach Fernandez, a member of the school’s baseball team, has been selected April’s Male Athlete of the Month.

What’s your favorite part of being a high school athlete?. 

My favorite part of being a high school athlete is having the opportunity to continue to play alongside my friends that I have been playing baseball with ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, May 21, 4:15 PM

Union Public Library, Union

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Mon, May 21, 6:00 PM

Vauxhall Public Library, Vauxhall

Hilton Readers Book Discussion Group: "Glass ...

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Mon, May 21, 7:00 PM

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Union Municipal Band

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Tue, May 22, 11:00 AM

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Rae-Yanna Johnson Graduates from York College of Pennsylvania on May 12

May 19, 2018

YORK, PA (05/17/2018)-- Rae-Yanna Johnson of Union, NJ, 07083 graduated Cum Laude from York College of Pennsylvania on May 12. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

A private college located in southcentral Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,600 undergraduate students. The ...

Students from Union Initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE, LA - The following Union residents were recently initiated at Kean University into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Jenny Borges 

Kimmarah Casey

Daryll Adrian Henson 

Laura Vidarte 

These residents are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, ...

Two Students from Union Inducted into Phi Zeta Kappa and Phi Omega Epsilon Honor Societies at FDU

MADISON, NJ - Cesar Reyes and Abbas Qayyum are Fairleigh Dickinson University students from Union who have been inducted into FDU's Phi Zeta Kappa and Phi Omega Epsilon honor societies for the Fall 2017 semester.

Devoted to the preparation of world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson University is New Jersey's largest private university and features ...

Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Pedestrian in North Plainfield

May 16, 2018

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  A 58-year-old man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver early Tuesday morning on Watchung Ave.

The incident occurred at 1 a.m. as the victim, identified as Jose Humberto Burgos, a resident of Plainfield, was crossing the street, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Burgos was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University ...

An Evening of Career Explorations at Union High School

May 18, 2018

UNION, NJ - The Union High School PTA and Counseling Department will be hosting a 'Career Explorations' workshop on Monday, May 14.

Guest speakers will present a day in the life of their career and discuss training they have acquired.  A question and answer period will follow.

The event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Union High School Library.

Burnet Middle School Hosts Poetry Workshop for Eighth Grade Students

Union, NJ – Burnet Middle School students in Erik Gabriel’s classes recently immersed themselves in the art form of figurative language to foster mastery of the tools of poetic writing.

The students moved through the unit surveying classical poets; those poets students could identify with in the contemporary world.  Classical and new age hip-hop allowed the students to ...

Livingston School PTA to Host Makeup Night

UNION, NJ - The Livingston School PTA will be hosting a Makeup Night on Wednesday, May 16.

The event will include makeup tips and tricks for the summer.  Learn from professional makeup artists Erica Jubin from Laura Mercier, Karinna Cabangon from NARS and Livingston parent Nicole Famarin.

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.  The event is for adults only.  There will ...

Jefferson School: Meetings Set for Incoming 5th Grade Students

UNION, NJ - Meetings have been scheduled for incoming 5th grade students to Jefferson School.  

Parents and students are invited (no siblings).  The meetings are set for Tuesday, June 5, in the Jefferson School Auditorium.  Sessions are scheduled by elementary school:

6:00 - 6:45 - Battle Hill, Connecticut Farms, Hannah Caldwell

7:00 - 7:45 - Franklin, Livingston, ...

Shop Til You Drop at the Battle Hill PTA Vender Fair

UNION, NJ - Battle Hill's Vendor Night is set for Friday, June 1, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the Battle Hill auditorium, 2600 Killian Place.

Table rental is $25 and includes two chairs.  Vendors are asked to donate a product to be raffled off that night.  Tables must be paid for by Friday, May 25.  

The vendor fair will be going on inside while the free ice cream ...

Union High School Twirlers: Winning Championships and Building Confidence

UNION, NJ – There’s a lot more to Union High School’s baton twirling team than what most people see at football games.  There are 11 girls on the twirling team, but only five on the competition team. 

This past weekend that team won another state championship title at the United States Twirling Association’s event.  According to coach Nicole Placca, this ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

May 20, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

South Orange Village President Issues Statement About Traffic Stop of School Board Member

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Village President Sheena Collum issued a statement on Thursday, addressing a video in which South Orange Maplewood School Board member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad appeared to suggest that she would contact South Orange Village President Sheena Collum in regards to a traffic stop by police.

Lawson-Muhammad is heard on the video asking if the officer is from ...

News from South Orange: Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

Roselle Park Police and Firemen Pull Man Who Was Resisting From Burning Car

ROSELLE PARK, NJ – Emergency responders tussled with a man who refused to leave a parked car engulfed in flames in the early hours of May 5. 

According to police, the initial call about the vehicle parked on the 100 Block of West Lincoln Avenue reported a strange noise coming from a vehicle causing a smoke condition, the caller also said that reported the car was possibly ...

Police Traffic Stop in Roselle Park, Ends with Crash in Westfield

ROSELLE PARK/WESTFIELD, NJ - When Roselle Park police attempted to stop a vehicle for an equipment violation, police say the driver pulled away from the officer at a high rate of speed that initiated a chase that ended with it crashing in Westfield. 

According to Roselle Park police, on Saturday, May 5 at approximately 1:12 a.m., Officer Ryan Hokanson attempted to stop a 2007 gray Mazda ...

Union County Honors Residents During Military Appreciation Month

May 19, 2018

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and Freeholder Alexander Mirabella present resolutions to local residents honoring those who served in the military and those who provide services to military veterans while expressing gratitude during Military Appreciation Month.

Those honored are: Joe O’Neil who is the President of Benner’s Auto Body in Cranford, ...

Sample Ballots Now Available on Union County Clerk Elections Website and App

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi announces that sample ballots for the June 5 Primary Election are now available on the Union County Votes mobile app for Apple and Android devices, and on the County Clerk’s election website at unioncountyvotes.com.

“The mobile app and website enable voters to see their sample ballots quickly and conveniently on their computers, laptops and other ...

Union Catholic's Yearbook Club Hands Out Yearbooks to Class of 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Five students with separately unique talents joined together in September to begin working on the 2017-18 Union Catholic Yearbook.

Eight months later, after countless hours collaborating, designing and laying out the yearbook, UC's Yearbook Club, consisting of seniors Yitang (Brianna) Zhang, Lauren Messercola, Diantae Allen-Closs, Gabrielle Welle and Crystal ...

Columns

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press, 2018)

            What is the “final frontier” on the Earth's surface? Many people would say Alaska, the 49th state, which was added to the United States fifty years ago. Once one has traveled to that remote land, it is impossible to forget the magnificence of the terrain and beasts. Floating by ship in Glacier Bay, surrounded by ...

The Man in Room 306 at the Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ

            The Luna Stage, a Jersey theater gem, chose to revive its 1995 world premiere drama, The Man in Room 306, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Starring Jamil A.C. Mangan as Dr. King, this 90 minute production portrays Dr. King in the last hours of his life as he struggles to write a speech for the Poor ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

'The Sting' with Harry Connick Jr. Slithers and Shakes at Paper Mill

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and Chicago.  Scott Joplin’s music is intertwined with the show, especially “The ...

What Union is Reading: April 2018

May 9, 2018

What Union is Reading: Month ending April 2018

Some great new books have topped the list last month; how many have you read? The top circulating print books in six categories for the Union Public Library in April 2018 follows. The top circulated digital books from RBdigital make up the seventh category, download the app today and start borrowing books from home!

Coming soon: the library ...

Tour of Somerville Weekend: Quarter-Mile Sprints Add High-Speed Dynamic

May 20, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - The grand daddy of ‘em  all, the 75-year-old Tour of Somerville 50-mile bicycle race, anchors a weekend of world class cycling in Bound Brook and downtown Somerville May 24-28, with a new event added Sunday night to draw more spectators downtown.

Spectators this year will see an additional day of racing beginning with the Bound Brook Criterium on ...

Neighbor Tells Grandma of Roxbury Kid With Cancer to Clean Her Yard, Town Responds in Force

ROXBURY, NJ — The dark side of humanity presented itself last Friday to Landing resident Elise Ryan. It came in the form of anonymous letter, stuck in her mailbox, telling her to "show some pride" and clean up her property.

The bright side of humanity showed up today. Dozens of Roxbury residents - including many young people - converged to tidy up the ...

Letters to the Editor

Peter Jacob, Clear Choice for CD7

May 9, 2018

To the editor,

In the fall of 2016, I was driving down Main Street in Flanders. As I always do before an election, I was conferring with my sister about the available choices for voting on my way to the polls. The last thing I said before I hung up, “You are going to want to make sure you check out Peter Jacob.” He is a 30 year old social worker who works with the ...