Business & Finance

April 22, 2021

UNION, NJ – Union’s mayor took home the 2021 Mayor of the Year Award today, presented at the 31st Annual Mayor’s Celebration event hosted by the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Michele Delisfort was nominated for Mayor of the Year along with three other area mayors:  Garwood’s Sara ...

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UNION, NJ - A family-owned new business in town held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday. H & H Laundromat, located at 1331A Magie Avenue, is owned and operated by Union resident David Hill.  Hill said he and his family moved to Union eight years ago.  They also own a laundromat in East ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day power New Jersey. "She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, ...

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UNION, NJ - Whether you are a business owner, job seeker, or entrepreneur, the Union Public Library has great online resources free with your library card.  You can access contacts and other insider information for 61 million businesses by location and industries through Data Axle ...

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UNION, NJ – A Union business was ordered closed last week for multiple unanswered safety violations, according to court documents. The business, known as Enterprise Realty Associates at 601 Lehigh Avenue, was shuttered on March 30 when the township sought a court decree to enforce the closing ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy today signed into law S-3523, which provides $25 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for small businesses throughout New Jersey. The bill provides a lifeline to microbusinesses with five or fewer employees. The bill is part of a five-bill, $100 million relief effort ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey was ranked as the seventh highest state with the overall tax burden with a 9.98% overall state tax according to personal finance website WalletHub’s  2021 Tax Burden by State report. Nearby New York was the highest taxed state in the nation. What accounts for New Jersey's ...

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UNION, NJ – Approval for a daycare center on Vauxhall Road received approval at a recent Board of Adjustment meeting. The property, at 2936 Vauxhall Road, is across from the Millburn Village Shopping Center, between Valley Street and Millburn Avenue.  The development of a Primrose Schools ...

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UNION, NJ - One of Union's newest businesses, EVLV, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday with owners Melissa and Bryan Goncalves, Township Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo, and township officials. Brother and sister Melissa and Bryan, both Union High School graduates, opened the fitness and ...

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UNION, NJ – Union residents and visitors are welcomed to experience the "Luck of the Irish" next week during a special St. Patrick's Day promotion in Union Center.  Union’s Special Improvement District (SID) is sponsoring the St. Patrick’s Day “Luck of the Irish” promotion with participating ...

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UNION, NJ – Plans for a luxury automobile dealership at the old Hy-Way Bowl site on Route 22 moved another step closer to realization after the proposed redevelopment plan was approved by the Planning Board Thursday night. Mayor Michele Delisfort, in this year’s New Year’s Day Reorganization ...

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RARITAN VALLEY, NJ -- The Raritan Valley Line Mayors’ Alliance is cheering the news from Washington about the long-delayed Gateway Hudson River tunnel project. The Biden Administration has reversed a policy by former President Trump that did not allow either New York or New Jersey to use loans ...

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UNION, NJ – A hearing on whether to permit Sticky’s Finger Joint to add drive-thru service to its existing business in the Route 22 center island was adjourned by the Planning Board last week until a later meeting. Sticky’s CEO John Sherman told Board members that he founded the restaurant chain ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that loans received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will not be subject to state taxes and that all expenses paid through PPP funds will be tax-deductible. "This is another layer of protection our business owners need to help ...

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UNION, NJ – An application for an 8-unit apartment building, Shalom Gates, on Stuyvesant Avenue came before the Board of Adjustment last week. According to attorney Stephen Hehl, representing the applicant, the site for consideration is known as the old CC Muggs bar/restaurant, which has been ...

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NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey was rated the worst state to retire, according to personal finance website WalletHub's annual ranking of 2021’s Best States to Retire. What's the biggest reason for New Jersey's last place ranking? "The biggest reason New Jersey finished last is affordability. It has ...

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UNION, NJ – Union Mayor Michele Delisfort addressed members of the township’s Chamber of Commerce via a Zoom call on Thursday at the organization’s annual ‘Meet the Mayor’ event. “This is one of our most popular events,” said Chamber Executive Director James Masterson.  “We welcome ...

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NEW JERSEY -- The newly issued guidelines on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending overseen by the SBA and the U.S. Treasury Department will better target New Jersey's small businesses, especially those owned by minorities or located in low income areas. The Economic Aid Act makes it ...

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HAMILTON, NJ --  Governor Phil Murphy signed the landmark New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 into law on Thursday at Hamilton's Carella's Chocolate's and Gifts, a local family business for more than 80 years. The law provides economic support for small businesses, while propelling New ...

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UNION, NJ - The Union Special Improvement District has relocated their offices into the Unity Bank on Stuyvesant Avenue. The new location, at 952 Stuyvesant Avenue, is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Special ...

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NEW JERSEY – United Van Lines has released the company’s 44th Annual National Migration Study, revealing in 2020, Americans continued to move westbound and southbound – and the COVID-19 pandemic factored into and accelerated many of those decisions to move. According to the study, which tracks ...

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TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey’s minimum hourly wage rose by $1 to $12 per hour, for most employees, on January 1, 2021, per the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Increases are less if you are a small employer or operate a seasonal business, which makes $11.10, while employees who ...

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Rick Thigpen has been with PSEG since 2007, rising through the ranks to his present position of senior vice president and head of Corporate Citizenship in 2018. In a conversation with TAPinto, Thigpen notes how his professional and personal background in politics as district director for the late ...

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KENILWORTH, NJ - A building permit to demolish the Blackthorn Restaurant and Irish Pub located at 651 North Michigan Avenue was issued on December 20, 2020. The demolition was approved by the Building Department and the Plumbing Inspection. TAPinto Kenilworth will update this story when ...

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, chaired by Marco Rubio (R-FL), held a hearing on Thursday on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). A renewal of the program, which helped save millions of businesses across New Jersey and nationwide, would throw a lifeline ...

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UNION, NJ – Township officials, family, friends and employees joined Sensory Kids & Social Minds, an interdisciplinary pediatric therapy clinic, at their grand opening on Sunday at their new Morris Avenue location. “We’re so proud to be opening our second location here in Union,” said Clinic ...

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NEW JERSEY– Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Wednesday a commitment of at least $60 million in additional CARES Act funding to fulfill grants under Phase 3 of the NJ Economic Development Authority’s (NJEDA’s) Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. This funding is in addition to $70 ...

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UNION, NJ – The Chick-Fil-A on Route 22 in Union has been ordered to close its drive-through until further notice. In a lawsuit brought against the Chick-Fil-A by its neighbor Pita Shack, LLC, a temporary restraining order has been put into place against the fast food restaurant, which “may be ...

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UNION, NJ – Demolition is complete and long-awaited construction is progressing on the infamous Garden State Motel site, future home to a hotel, gas station, convenience store and self-storage facility. “Through the years we’ve been trying to close the motel down, and finally in 2018, we were ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever.  "I'm ...

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