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Union County Says It’s Ready if Johnson & Johnson Shots Unavailable in Long-Term

April 15, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county’s COVID-19 vaccination team is discussing what changes will be necessary to continue its mobile vaccination program now that use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been paused statewide.

On Tuesday, the state Health Department directed all vaccination sites in the New Jersey to cancel or delay appointments for the Johnson ...

'No One Who Has Received the J&J Vaccine Should Panic or Worry': Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- Despite the side effects reported impacting some young women who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, Gov. Phil Murphy said that "no one who has received the J&J vaccine should panic or worry."  The governor tried to quell fears as the CDC and FDA called for a pause in the distribution of J&J vaccine "out of an abundance of ...

Union's Latest COVID-19 Numbers

UNION, NJ - The COVID-19 numbers for Union as reported on Thursday include an additional 67 new cases since Wednesday for a total of 6,636 confirmed positive cases.  Eighty-nine people from Union have passed away from the virus.

Statewide:

Another 3,758 new positive cases have been reported, bringing the cumulative statewide total positive results to at least ...

Murphy Announces Latest COVID Figures and Vaccination Totals

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wednesday. He said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.

"We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June 30th," ...

Murphy Announces All Individuals Ages 16+ Will be Eligible for Vaccination on April 19, Reports Latest COVID Figures

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his COVID press briefing on Monday, April 5, that all individuals ages 16+ in New Jersey will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination on April 19 – two weeks ahead of the state’s initial target of May 1.

The state’s phased vaccination roll out has successfully administered 4.7 million doses of ...

Union Sees 7 COVID Deaths in March as Total Cases Rise

UNION NJ — The township reported seven coronavirus deaths in March, as total confirmed positive cases rose to 6,311 people, according to the mayor.  Through March 31, there have been a total of 89 Union residents who have died from the virus.

In her last daily update on Friday, Delisfort said 57 new cases have been reported for the first two days of April, bringing the new confirmed ...

Twitter Bots Can Help You Find COVID Vaccine Shots in Union County & NJ

UNION COUNTY, NJ — With supplies limited, the COVID-19 vaccine is often tough to come by.

Twitter bots, which are automated Twitter accounts, track when certain COVID-19 sites post new batches of vaccine appointments online.

Click the bell icon on the Twitter page to have the bots that you want to notify you when new appointments are posted.

The following accounts are among the ...

See Which Vaccine Sites in New Jersey Are Taking Appointments

NEW JERSEY — A group of volunteers working with Planet Princeton have created a crowd sourced spreadsheet to show you which vaccine sites in New Jersey are taking appointments.

While vaccine supplies are limited, this volunteer and crowd sourced list can tell you which vaccination sites are available and how to access the sites.

Click here to view the list in a new window on ...

Union County Vaccine Guide: What You Need to Know (UPDATED)

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As of Thursday, 4.3 million COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered in New Jersey and 1.6 million people have been fully vaccinated, according to the state health department.

The doses are being administered statewide through hospitals, pharmacies, community health centers, government-run clinics and state run “mega-sites,” New Jersey’s ...

Murphy Reports 4 Million Vaccines Administered, Expandes Eligibility, Rolls Back Restrictions on Group Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy proudly announced that 4,030,061 vaccinations have been administered throughout the state and that 1,473,409 New Jerseyans are fully vaccinated during press briefing today where he also reported a list of updates to citizens about the State’s evolving COVID-19 measures as well as other relevant statewide news and happenings.

The governor opened ...

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Union Public Library's Tip of the Week: Mobile App -- Does this work?

April 14, 2021

UNION, NJ - The Union Public Library has a new  UPL-NJ Mobile App that enables patrons to check out library materials using their phones or tablets.

Cardholders can scan an item’s barcode with their phone and instantly check it out to their library account.You can also search the catalog, reserve items, and manage your Union Public Library account.  As an added bonus, ...

Three COVID-19 Emergency Food Distributions for April

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Three emergency food distribution events for Union County residents will be held in April to aid those affected by COVID-19.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth - Walk-up only
Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 8:00 a.m. – Union County Vocational Technical School in Scotch Plains - Drive-up only
Tuesday, April ...

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Union National Guard Soldier Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities

April 13, 2021

LATHAM, NY - Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Kirk Moon from Union and assigned to the 222nd Military Police Company received a promotion to the rank of staff sergeant on March 3, 2021.

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Prescilia Isedeh Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE, LA - Prescilia Isedeh of Union was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Isedeh was initiated at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Isedeh is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.

USciences Students from Union Named To Fall 2020 Dean's List

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Two students from Union have been named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at University of the Sciences. Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a "C" and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the Fall of 2020.

Muskan Singh 

Nicole Tababa 

University of the ...

Three Young Artists from Union Receive Awards from NJ PTA Reflections Program

April 17, 2021

UNION, NJ – Award-winning entries of three Union students were recognized from among 200 submissions at the 2020-2021 New Jersey PTA Reflections program.

In the High School Division, an Award of Excellence was won by Jared Suggs for his ‘Midnight Blur’ photo, and Michael Cross received an Award of Merit for his photo entitled ‘End of Season’.  Livingston ...

Jefferson Elementary School Vendor Fair

UNION, NJ - Jefferson Elementary School will be hosting a Vendor Fair on Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school parking lot at 155 Hilton Avenue, Vauxhall.

Vendors are still being sought.  Cost per space is $20 (bring your own table).  The cost to rent a table and two chairs is an additional $5.

To rent space, email martinez0512@msn.com.

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My name is Ivana Lorena Brito and I have the honor and privilege of being a member of the National Honors Society.

My whole life has revolved around school; I was the student who showed up an hour before homeroom to get extra help from teachers and leave school earliest 6 o’clock due to extracurricular activities.  Now that I am sanctioned to remote learning, my whole life has ...

Atlantic Health System Marks 13th Consecutive Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

In a year like no other, Atlantic Health System has overcome unprecedented challenges to deliver innovative, high-quality care while maintaining an award-winning workplace. For the 13th consecutive year, the integrated care delivery system has once again been named to Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number ...

The Persian Always Meows Twice

The Persian Always Meows Twice: A Cat Groomer Mystery by Eileen Watkins.        (available on Amazon).

 

        Cassie McGlone needs to start over, escape from an abusive ex-boyfriend, and establish a business of her own. An independent woman, Cassie moves to Chadwick, New Jersey (a fictional town somewhere near Morristown) ...

TAPinto TV Wins Twice at Garden State Film Festival

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto TV, a medium-based franchise owned by East Main Media’s Brian Brodeur, won two Garden State Film Festival Awards.

The franchise’s “HomeGrown” series won awards for Best Television Show and Best Original Score from a Television Show.

“HomeGrown” is a series produced by East Main Media that follows host Stephanie Willoughby as ...

Post-Pandemic Marketing

Small business owners have a lot to think about, but navigating a global pandemic was likely not chief among their worries. Now that we are close to the end of one, local businesses are facing a host of challenges. Communicating effectively with customers and clients has never been more important. 

What changed in the pandemic?

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

April 15, 2021

NEW JERSEY - While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

Port Authority Commences $84M Renovation Project at Newark Liberty Airport 

April 17, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey kicked off an $84.2 million capital project this week to renovate and upgrade one of Newark Liberty International Airport’s major runways. 

The project is planned to generate more than $144 million in economic activity for the region and create 783 total jobs. The revamped 4R-22L runway at Newark Liberty will feature ...

Local Family Seeking Help Getting Their Daughter with Genetic Disorder a Service Dog

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- The Breden family - parents Elizabeth and Lief and twin daughters, Kelly and Sabrina -- are asking the community for support, so that Kelly can maintain her independence’s currently challenged by an extremely rare genetic disorder.  As a family who would do anything for their loved one, they started a Go Fund Me campaign that they say will go ...

10 No-Fuss Cocktails to Make at Home with 3 Ingredients or Less

April 15, 2021

A tropical drink with three types of rum, two kinds of freshly squeezed juice and a garnish that resembles a fruit salad? That’s great if a bartender is making it for us.

When it comes to a cocktail in the comfort of our own home, sometimes we just want something simple. Something that doesn’t require washing out the blender when we’re done.

With that in mind, here are 10 ...

New Jersey Date Night: The Best Brunch Spots

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

Most couples are conditioned to think that romance only can be found after 7:30 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. But those in the know realize that intimate moments aren’t found in only one or two specific windows of time: there are no restrictions on when it can be found.

One Date Night time ...

Pet Adoption Weekend at the Union Animal Shelter, May 1 and 2

April 15, 2021

UNION, NJ - Help a dog, cat, puppy or kitten find their fur-ever home.

The Township of Union and the Union Animal Shelter will be hosting a pet adoption weekend on Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event will be held in the front parking lot of Town Hall.

Monetary donations as well as toys and unopened food are welcomed.  Dogs, cats, puppies and ...

Prancer: The Best Pet Adoption Request Ever?

MIDDLETOWN, NJ -  This a story about Prancer. He's a bit angry. However, he needs a little love, and maybe it's going to come from you. Regardless, Prancer is helping the great work at The Second Chance Pet Adoption League - they are a place to check out, so you can rescue a furry friend. You can find them right here on Facebook Groups.

This story and is sure to ...

International Barbershop Quartet Day: Music Director Deke Sharon and New Jersey's Gimme Four

April 11, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- In honor of International Barbershop Quartet Day, TAPintoTV looks back at our conversations with Will Downey, member of New Jersey's #1 barbershop quartet, Gimme Four, and award-winning Musical Director and Producer, Deke Sharon.

Gimme Four is an International Semifinalist barbershop quartet based in Caldwell, New Jersey. Group members Paul Franek, Dave Ammirata, Will ...