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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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Union

The Week Ahead in Union

February 19, 2018

UNION, NJ - Happenings in Union this week:

Monday, 2/19

President’s Day - Municipal Building Closed

•Union Township Active Retirees (Monday Club), 9:00 a.m., Senior Center

Tuesday, 2/20

•SID Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Town Hall

•Senior Citizens Tuesday Club, 10:00 a.m., Senior Center

•Pre-K Interactive Learning Time: “Puzzles, Coloring, Memory & ...

Reservations Now Available for Lunch with Peter Pan and Captain Hook

UNION, NJ – Captain Hook and Peter Pan will be hosting a luncheon in Neverland in anticipation of the Union High School Performing Art Center’s upcoming production of “Peter Pan”.

The event, scheduled for March 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Union High School, includes assorted sandwiches and baked goods, arts and crafts, a meet-and-greet with Peter Pan, Captain ...

Workshop for the Vauxhall Community 'Square Foot' Garden

UNION, NJ - The new Vauxhall Community Garden will be located at Eastside Ave and Springfield Ave (across from Whole Foods and Bank of America).  The planning phase is nearly complete.

Square Foot Gardening will be used at this site and will consist of above ground boxes.

On February 28, Golden Rule Lodge #24 and Golden Rule Chapter #50 will host a workshop facilitated ...

Union High School's January Female Athlete of the Month: Kiara Powell

February 13, 2018

UNION, NJ – Union High School senior Kiara Powell has been selected January’s Female Athlete of the Month, sponsored by Service Professionals.

Powell is a member of the co-ed bowling team.  She is the Union County Individual Girls Champion, achieving first place for Group 4 North 2 Sectional Tournament.  Powell rolled a 267, a high game in that tournament.

What’s ...

Union High School's January Male Athlete of the Month: Kai Legband

UNION, NJ – Union High School senior Kai Legband has been selected January’s Male Athlete of the Month, sponsored by Service Professionals.

Legband is on the boys swim team and is the Union County Champion in 50m and 100m Freestyle.

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

The acknowledgement, recognition, and respect I receive from everyone and ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, February 19

The Gateway Family YMCA, Union

YMCA Open House

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Health & Wellness

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Tue, February 20, 11:00 AM

Union Public Library, Union

Pre-K Interactive Learning Time: “Puzzles, ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Tue, February 20, 12:30 PM

Vauxhall Public Library, Vauxhall

Tai Chi - Free Exercise Program For Mature Adults

Health & Wellness

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Wed, February 21, 10:30 AM

Union Public Library, Union

Babies in the Library

Education

Twenty-Eight Union Students Named to Seton Hall Dean's List

February 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - News from Seton Hall University:  

The following Union students have been named to the Fall 2017 Dean's List at Seton Hall University:

Radjanie Antoine

Hamza Ashraf

Jonathan Barcelos

Christopher Arnold Blaza

Meaghan Caulfield

Lauren Colandro

Kevin Cordova

Kristine Demagajes

Lianne Joseph

Monique Krakowski

Austin ...

Kayla Douberley Inducted into the Iota Iota Iota National Honor Society

ELMIRA, NY - Kayla Douberley of Union was one of nine Elmira College students inducted into the Iota Iota Iota (or Triota) National Honor Society for Women's Studies during a ceremony recently held in Cowles Hall, Elmira College.

The induction ceremony recognized students who have excelled academically in gender and women's studies, and fostered feminist scholarship, promoted personal ...

Kristen Lian earns Dean's List Honors at Saint Joseph's University

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Kristen Lian, of Union earned Dean's List honors at Saint Joseph's University for the Fall 2017 semester. Lian studies Communication Studies in the University's College of Arts and Sciences. Students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above, a B or greater in all their classes, and complete at least 15 credits to earn Dean's List status for a ...

Rahway's Rayford Charged with Distributing Fentanyl-laced Crack Cocaine that Killed 3 Rahway Residents

February 10, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ - George Rayford, 38 of Rahway, has been arrested and charged with distributing crack cocaine that led to the death of three people and sent others to the hospital, it was announced Friday by Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

“Considering the high levels of purity found in illegal drugs being sold throughout Union County and New Jersey, as well as the potential ...

24th Annual Hoops to End Homelessness Basketball Classic Raises Much Needed Funds for Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless

ELIZABETH, NJ – The 24th Annual Hoops to End Homelessness was another night of exciting basketball when six local teams paired off to compete to benefit the Elizabeth Coalition’s programs, in particular, its Operation Warm Heart Program, a winter shelter program for the chronically homeless.

The event took place Feb. 3 at the Dunn Sports Center on Pearl Street. Two teams of Union ...

Suspect in Newark Homicide Apparently Shoots Self After Vehicle Chase Ends in Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - A suspect in a shooting that claimed the life of a Newark woman apparently shot himself after a police pursuit ended in the vicinity of Overlook Medical Center in Summit.

According to abc7ny,com, the woman -- 28-year-old Tiffany Wilson -- was discovered deceased in a vehicle in Newark, and a dark-colored Sport Utility Vehicle was seen speeding away from the scene.

Mike Zuko at Salem Roadhouse Cafe

February 18, 2018

Raised on a diet of The Beatles, Buddy Holly and The Doors, Michael Zuko was exposed first hand to the thrilling music of the legendary 70s NYC club scene. Zuko and the band show a skilled singer-songwriter who is backed by solid musical talent, bringing original, fresh and intelligent lyrics to the stage. A true entertainer, Mike engages the audience fully and leaves them wanting more. Mike and ...

2018 Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade Honorees

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, Vice Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholder Alexander Mirabella presented resolutions to the 2018 Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal John McPartlan, General Chairwoman Kathleen M. Holmes and Parade Adjutant Pam Joyce congratulating them on the 22nd annual parade.

The 2018 Union County St.

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number 74 in its tenth consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

 

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey based ...

Union County Partners in Upcoming Hiring Events

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce two hiring event opportunities coming up with Griswold Home Care of Union County and the United Airlines Summer Assist youth program.

“We always want to make sure our residents are aware of new opportunities for employment, and I would like to thank Griswold Home Care and United Airlines for ...

Columns

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!

 

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Bantom,2017)

How does a writer of a beloved series like Harry Potter or Temperance Brennan break out of their readers' expectations and try something new? For J.K. Rowlings it was the novels penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith; books about a maimed and very flawed private detective with the unlikely name of Cormoran Strike. For Kathy Reichs, it is the ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

'American Hero' explores with powerful performances

‘American Hero’ pulses with tension, clashing emotions at George Street

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNWICK – The issue of social injustice makes its way into “American Hero,” the second play in a trilogy by Christopher Demo-Brown.

Armand Schultz as Rob is to receive a medal of honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq war. Although he lost the use of his legs, he ...

What Union is Reading: January 2018

February 13, 2018

It is said that you can tell a lot about a person by what they read but can you tell as much about a community by what they read? Take a look and see what you think.

The top five circulated fiction and non-fiction books at the Union Public Library for January 2018 were:

Adult Fiction

1.     Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben 

2.     End Game ...

Let's Talk Teeth

Let’s TALK about TEETH!

Since February is Children’s dental health month we thought we’d share a few tips on how to make sure your little ones keep their teeth healthy and strong!

The Basics – Brushing two times a day for two minutes is one of the most important ways to keep teeth free of plaque. Brushing after breakfast is recommended because most children’s ...

Millburn Volleyball Coach Arrested on Charges of Sexual Contact with a Minor

February 13, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, N.J. — Peter Nguyen, Millburn High School's head volleyball coach and a bookkeeper for the Millburn Township Board of Education, was arrested today and charged with one count of sexual contact with a 14-year old female who was a member of the Impact Volleyball Club. Nguyen also faces two second degree counts of endangering the welfare of a ...

Smithereens Bandmates Reunite and Play Show Honoring Scotch Plains Music Legend Pat DiNizio

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two of the founding members of the Smithereens reunited at New Brunswick's Court Tavern on Saturday, Feb. 3, to pay tribute to the late Pat DiNizio, the band’s lead singer, who died in December.

The concert, titled “Blood & Roses: The Court Tavern Memorial Tribute to Pat DiNizio,” featured 15 of the alternative band’s hits from over the ...

Letters to the Editor

ICUC Dr. Wail Rasheed Reacting to Florida Shooting

February 15, 2018

If we were to count the number of lives lost to violence, crime, mass shootings or terror attacks in the US this past year alone, clearly the sacredness of life has no value to the ruthless perpetrators, for all of them are doing the same thing; taking away a God given right from people, the right to exist.

The diverse religious communities in the US must stand strong in denouncing ...