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Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)   Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator of some of America’s most infamous crimes, it reads like a compelling novel, and I raced to its satisfying finish in the darkest hours before ...

Creating NJ’s Premier Academic Medical Center

New Brunswick, NJ – New Jersey’s largest union representing firefighters and EMS workers is urging the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), to approve the transaction between Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) that will lead to the creation of New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center, located in New Brunswick. The New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (“NJFMBA”) underscored the critical community ...

Dress for Success Northern NJ Happenings

*NOTE VENUE CHANGE* DATE AND LOCATION:  Hennessy Hall (the Mansion) Fairleigh Dickinson University 1 Mansion Mall Madison, NJ 07940 Friday, June 3rd, 2022 from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm There will be fabulous designer purse bingo, tricky tray raffle, 50/50 raffle, dessert, AND door prizes!

Health Matters

This weekend marks the third Memorial Day holiday since the pandemic started, but we’re in a much different place than in previous years. On this Community Conversation, Jason Kessler, MD, section chief of Infectious Disease at Morristown Medical Center, will share the latest information on how to gather safely, provide an update on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, and tell you what you need to know about the latest virus making headlines – Monkeypox. To learn more, visit https://www.atlantichealth.org/  

Liz on Theatre

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish. The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research. They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of posing nude (not naked) for a calendar, incorporating their backgrounds of gardening, knitting, baking and music. Chris insists that ...

NJ TRANSIT: Working hard for you

NEW JERSEY - COVID-19 temporarily slowed transit ridership, but it did not slow NJ TRANSIT from continuing to improve service and the customer experience for its customers. According to NJ TRANSIT reports, the quest to make improvements to infrastructure and other projects has resulted in NJ TRANSIT advancing over $4 billion to enhance system performance and add new vehicles to the fleet since 2018. Major capital projects that will positively impact millions of riders each year are at the top of the list of planned improvements for NJ ...

Recycling 101 in Union County

Visitors to Union County parks this summer can give their outdoor gatherings a zero waste makeover by using washable or recyclable picnic gear including plates, cups, utensils and tablecloths. “Cutting down on single-use paper or plastic items in our parks is a simple way to help the environment while enjoying the outdoors with friends and family,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams. “Zero waste” generally refers to sturdy, reusable items that can be washed or recycled, instead of being ...

TAPinto Insider

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 Boston, where he went to college, and Los Angeles, in addition to South Korea and Vietnam. Over the years, he's done a little bit of everything.

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New Jersey First Responders Call on FTC to Approve RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s Healthcare System

New Brunswick, NJ – New Jersey’s largest union representing firefighters and EMS workers is urging the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), to approve the transaction between Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) that will lead to the creation of New Jersey’s first premier academic medical ...

Middlesex County Commissioner Director Rios Urges Approval of RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios expressed his support for the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick.

“I support the partnership of RWJBH and Saint Peter’s ...

New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Calls on FTC to Approve RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus has called upon the regulatory body to approve the transaction between Saint Peter’s Health Care System and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick.

“We ...

NJ Legislative Leaders Urge Approval of RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ –The leaders of New Jersey’s State Legislature, Senate President Nicholas Scutari and Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin, are backing the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier ...

New Brunswick Mayor Cahill Urges Approval of RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill has thrown his support behind the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick.

“Today, New Brunswick residents in need ...

NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

Enjoy Union County Parks, the Zero Waste Way

Visitors to Union County parks this summer can give their outdoor gatherings a zero waste makeover by using washable or recyclable picnic gear including plates, cups, utensils and tablecloths.

“Cutting down on single-use paper or plastic items in our parks is a simple way to help the environment while enjoying the outdoors with friends and family,” said Union County Commissioner ...

Upcoming Events

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NJ Cannabis Certified

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Union Garden Club Meeting

Nia Jasmine Brown of Union has been named to Clarkson University's Dean's List

May 27, 2022

POTSDAM, NY - Nia Jasmine Brown of Union, a senior majoring in biology, was named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2022 semester at Clarkson University.

Dean's List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic ...

SNHU Announces Three from Union Make Winter 2022 President's List

MANCHESTER, NH--  Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following students from Union on being named to the Winter 2022 President's List.

Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above are named to the President's List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits; undergraduate day students ...

Sydney Whitaker-Lake to Receive Associate of Art’s degree in Liberal Studies from UCC

UNION, NJ - Sydney Whitaker-Lake, a 2020 Union High School graduate, will receive her Associate of Art’s degree in Liberal Studies on May 25 from Union County College, Cranford Campus. 

Sydney will continue your education at Kean University to pursue her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Cyber Forensics. While at UCC, Sydney made the Vice President’s list for academic ...

Springfield Student Approached by Stranger in Vehicle

May 24, 2022

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- The Springfield Police Department is investigating a suspicious act that occurred Tuesday morning.

A student reported that while walking to school in the area of Newbrook Lane, a white middle-aged male, driving a newer white sports sedan with a New Jersey license plate, stopped and asked them if they wanted a ride. The student refused, and the male drove ...

Woman Barricaded with Firearm in Meadowbrook Court Residence in Summit; SWAT Unit on Scene

SUMMIT, NJ - An "emotionally disturbed adult" has barricaded themselves in a residence on Meadowbrook Court in Summit. Sources have confirmed to TAPinto Summit that the individual is a female and is in possession of a firearm. Summit Police have ordered residents in the nearby area to shelter in place and a safety perimeter has been established.

A crisis response negotiator is ...

Literacy, a Book Fair, and Fun at Connecticut Farms School

May 22, 2022

UNION, NJ – A literacy event was combined with Connecticut Farms Elementary School’s book fair last week.

The theme of the event was camping, the first time the school paired a literacy event with the book fair. Connecticut Farms School teacher Carrie Santangelo said, “after the kids were finished buying or browsing they came over to the other side of the gym to ...

Union High School Crowns Mr. UHS

UNION, NJ – Union High School crowned a new Mr. UHS Friday night when eight seniors competed for the coveted title.

During the competition, the young men introduced their personality, played games, competed in a talent portion, modeled formal wear, and participated in a question and answer session, said Cheryl Fiske, Union High School math teacher and Senior Class ...

Law Student and UHS Grad Visits School to Encourage Students

UNION, NJ –- A 2017 Union High School graduate came back to “pay it forward”, encourage students to work hard and demonstrate that success is possible.

Mercedes Subhani visited her former junior AP Literature teacher, Sandra Mangarella, and talked with Mangarella’s honor and AP students to help them understand success is within reach.   Currently a second year ...

Union County Celebrates Pride Month 2022 with Art, Dancing, Theatre & More

May 28, 2022

The Union County Board of County Commissioners invites all residents and visitors to join in the celebration of Pride Month 2022, with community activities scheduled all throughout the month of June.

“This year our Pride Month calendar includes a mix of activities from just plain fun to cultural enrichment, education, networking and awareness-raising,” said Chair Rebecca Williams.

Enjoy Union County Parks, the Zero Waste Way

Visitors to Union County parks this summer can give their outdoor gatherings a zero waste makeover by using washable or recyclable picnic gear including plates, cups, utensils and tablecloths.

“Cutting down on single-use paper or plastic items in our parks is a simple way to help the environment while enjoying the outdoors with friends and family,” said Union County Commissioner ...

A Memorial Day Message

May 26, 2022

As Memorial Day approaches, our thoughts turn to those in our Union County community who made the ultimate sacrifice, and gave their lives in the service of our country.

Each year, the Commissioner Board honors their memory by distributing thousands of American flags to veterans’ groups and civic organizations. Together, we visit cemeteries across Union County to ensure ...

Come to the Free “Native Plant Swap and Shop,” June 9

Union County residents can come to the free “Native Plant Swap and Shop” event on Thursday evening, June 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and trade harmful, invasive plants from their yard for up to three colorful native varieties that attract butterflies and other pollinators, free of charge. More native plants will also be available for purchase at the event.

The Native Plant Swap ...

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Community Conversations: A Healthy Holiday Weekend

This weekend marks the third Memorial Day holiday since the pandemic started, but we’re in a much different place than in previous years. On this Community Conversation, Jason Kessler, MD, section chief of Infectious Disease at Morristown Medical Center, will share the latest information on how to gather safely, provide an update on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, and tell you what you ...

Unmasked: My Life Solving Cold Cases by Paul Holes

Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases  by Paul Holes with Robin Gaby Fisher. (Celadon, 2022)

 

Let’s start with this fact. I didn’t sleep for two nights while reading Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by retired detective Paul Holes and Robin Gaby Fisher. Although the book is an autobiography about Holes’ life as an investigator ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

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 ...

Union High School Grad Ray Liotta Dies at 67

May 26, 2022

Ray Liotta, the Union native who starred as Henry Hill in "Goodfellas," has died.

Liotta, who was born in Newark and grew up from Union Township, graduating from Union High School, was 67 years old.

Deadline reports he died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting the movie "Dangerous Waters."

Last year, he played two roles in the ...

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 ...