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Citing Downward Trending Numbers, Murphy Eases More Restrictions on Gatherings

May 4, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the outdoor ...

Springfield MVC Agency to Move to Route 22

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Motor Vehicle Commission's Springfield Agency is planning to move out of its present location on Center Street into a new space on Route 22.

Springfield Township Administrator John Bussiculo made the announcement during his report at this week's Township Committee meeting, revealing that Springfield had received a change of tenancy application to move ...

Walk-in Vaccinations Available to New Jerseyans Age 16+ at Six Vaccine Mega-Sites

NEW JERSEY -- Beginning today, walk-in vaccinations are open to all New Jerseyans age 16+ at all six vaccine mega-sites during select times, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who announced the news in a tweet on Thursday, April 29.

Walk-up vaccinations are now available at the Middlesex County Mega-site, located at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, ...

COVID's Downward Trend Continues: Summer Camps to Open, Murphy Hints at More Easing of Restrictions

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID press briefing Wednesday announced that he would sign an Executive Order allowing for summer camps – both day camps and sleep away camps – to open for the upcoming season. The governor says that he is pleased with the way COVID numbers are trending downwards, which enables things to open up as the summer ...

New Jersey Loosens Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing Monday afternoon that effective May 10, indoor room capacities for private catered events -- including weddings and school proms, political events, funerals, memorial services, and performances -- will increase to 50% with a maximum of 250 individuals.

He also announced the easing of the following ...

Murphy Signs Legislation to Provide $10 Million to Support Food Banks in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed bill A5405, which will direct $10 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund established under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

This funding will be distributed to seven New Jersey food banks in order to continue providing families with food assistance during the ...

NJ Licenses Now Offer a Gender "X" Option

TRENTON – Motorists are now have a new option for their drivers license and non-driver identification cards. A Gender "X" option is now available announced the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

Gender “X” will indicate a gender is unspecified, and it will be offered alongside the existing “M” (male) and “F” (female) gender options on ...

Murphy Signs Legislation Providing $15 Million in Aid to Arts and Cultural Venues

Legislation is Part of a $100 Million Relief Package for New Jersey Small Businesses

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law S-3521, which provides $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for arts and cultural venues throughout New Jersey. The bill – sponsored by Senators Joseph Lagana, Dawn Marie Addiego, and Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Linda Carter, Angela ...

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Providing $35 Million in Aid to Restaurants

ATLANTIC CITY – Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A-5444, which provides $35 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for restaurants throughout New Jersey.

The bill – sponsored by Senators Vin Gopal and Joseph Lagana and Assembly Members Vincent Mazzeo, Pedro Mejia, Christopher Tully, and Louis Greenwald – provides aid to a particularly hard hit sector of New ...

Congressman Tom Malinowski Visits Union's Fire Department, Thanking First Responders for Dedication During Pandemic

UNION, NJ – Making the rounds of his district, Congressman Tom Malinowski stopped in at Union fire headquarters on Tuesday to deliver a message of appreciation, thanks and optimism.

“I think America got a new appreciation for all of the jobs that can’t be Zoomed in,” said Malinowski to a group of Union firefighters gathered in front of the firehouse.  “You ...

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Happening This Weekend in Union

May 7, 2021

UNION, NJ - There's a lot going on in town this weekend.  Check it out:

Saturday, May 8

Connecticut Farms Elementary School Plant Sale

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mother's Day specials:  bedding, flats, annuals, vegetables, herbs
875 Stuyvesant Avenue

Concert to Benefit Union's Memorial Day Parade

Doors open at 2 p.m.; band begins at 3 p.m.
Tickets are ...

Free Scrap Metal Recycling on Thursday, May 6 and Saturday, May 15

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Union County’s free scrap metal recycling drop-off program continues in May. A wide variety of metal goods, from household appliances to gutters and sheds, will be accepted at two countywide collection sites in Cranford and Rahway every month from April to November.

Scrap metal drop-off will be accepted Thursday, May 6 and Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to ...

What's Going on in Union This Weekend

UNION, NJ - There’s a lot going on around town this weekend.  Check it out:

Saturday, May 1

Coffee, cake and a chat with a Union police officer

Cioffi’s Restaurant
929 Stuyvesant Avenue
9 to 11 a.m.
Details available HERE

Jefferson Elementary School Vendor Fair

Jefferson School playground

Over 20 vendors -- crafters, bow makers, jewelry, ...

Hanna Yoselevich Named to Elmira College Dean's List for Winter 2021 Term

April 29, 2021

ELMIRA, NY - Hanna Yoselevich of Union has been named to the Elmira College Dean's List for the Winter 2021 Term. Full-time undergraduate students registered for at least 12 computable credit hours and earning a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher at the end of Term I or Term II are placed on the Dean's List at the College.

Founded in 1855, Elmira College is a private, ...

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Inducts New Members from Union

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

Madison Leigh and Martina Marrocchini, both at Kean University

They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each ...

Taking on Delicate Job, Woman Looks to Care for Ailing ‘Mama Fox’ in Westfield

May 8, 2021

WESTFIELD, NJ — An ailing mother fox spotted in Westfield’s First Ward is in for a treat along with some treatment for its mange, a resident of Stanley Oval said Friday.

Susana MacLean told TAPinto Westfield she found the red fox on the grounds of her home and noticed its severe mange. Sarcoptic mange is a contagious skin condition that causes severe itching from mites.

“I ...

Elizabeth School Nurse Wins Union County School Nurse of the Year

ELIZABETH, NJ - The first person from Elizabeth has been awarded the School Nurse of the year by Union County School Nurses Association (UCSNA). 

Marie Verdon Noonan has worked as a registered nurse with the Elizabeth Board of Education for the last 18 years, but her job has not been easy with the COVID-19 Pandemic. She stepped up and volunteered as a contact tracer for the City of ...

Essex County Ends Contract with ICE, ‘Zero’ Detainees Will be Left by August

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County is ending its contract to house federal immigration detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials announced.

The move to eliminate ICE detainees from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark came after it entered into a Memorandum of Agreement last week with Union County to house inmates from Union. Starting Aug. 23, there will ...

Tickets Now Available for Kawameeh Middle School PTA's "Spring Fling"

May 5, 2021

UNION, NJ – Kawameeh Middle School PTA will be hosting a “Spring Fling” Facebook Live Tricky Tray on Saturday, May 22.

Tickets are now on sale.  Ticket drop will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (during assigned time).  Winner pick-up will be between 8 and 10 p.m.

Admission is $15 and includes entrance and 1 Level One Sheet.  Drawing begins at 7 p.m. and ...

Hannah Caldwell School Hallways Filled With Kindness

UNION, NJ – “Kindness” is the mood all around Hannah Caldwell Elementary School, and its hallways are filled with artwork depicting it.

Hannah Caldwell’s student council representatives recently worked on filling the school’s hallways with creative, colorful posters filled with positivity. 

Under the direction of Principal Kathryn DiGiovanni and student ...

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Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)

 

My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

Building Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Programming in Schools

May 2, 2021

In March, my home state of New Jersey signed into law the Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Verrelli Bill requiring schools to include diversity and inclusion (DNI) instruction into their curriculums. When I read that news I was first ecstatic.  I love social justice!  I live and breathe diversity and inclusion.  Preparing students to become leaders who can live and effect change in ...

Suspended Stafford School Nurse Has a Passion to "Unmask the Children"

April 29, 2021

STAFFORD — A local, Stafford Township School District nurse found it extremely hard to witness children wearing masks all day long in school. Her conviction became too strong to continue to keep quiet on the matter. 

When she decided to do something about it, she got suspended from her job in the Stafford School district. 

Nurse Erin Pein has been ...

Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

May 8, 2021

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

More Breweries Join NJ’s ‘Shot and a Beer’ Program to Encourage COVID Vaccinations

NEW JERSEY — Need another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccine? Now you can get free beer at more than 30 New Jersey breweries just for getting your shot during the month of May.

The number of breweries participating in New Jersey's “Shot and a Beer” program, which began this month in partnership with the Brewer's Guild of New Jersey, the Governor's ...

NJ Dentist and his Pit Bull Therapy Dog Give Back to Local Community

April 28, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- While Joseph DalBon, DMD, may be best known as a top-notch local dentist at the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, he is also the proud owner of a therapy dog. Dr. DalBon spoke with TAPintoTV about his Pit Bull puppy, Olivia, the services she provides to others in the community, and how he came to recognize her unique talents.

DalBon realized Olivia was ...