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Garden State’s farmers struggle with impact of COVID-19 on agricultural industry

September 19, 2020

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

Up to 40,000 NJ unemployment claims still backlogged

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Rockaway resident Alfred Cararo waited weeks for New Jersey’s Department of Labor to pay his unemployment claim.

“Just to not hear anything, just to not get any relief, ...

New East Brunswick Care One Reaches Out to First Responders on 9/11

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The sparkling new Care One residence on Cranbury Road in East Brunswick commemorated the 19th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by reaching out to the township's first responders, sharing community spirit and common effort.  Care One staff shared some lunch at the location's open courtyard grill with members of the East Brunswick Police Department, Fire Department, ...

Municipalities and Counties May Issue COVID19 Relief Bonds

TRENTON – Governor Murphy signed legislation on August 31 which authorizes municipalities and counties to borrow funds to cover revenue shortfalls and expenditures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, by issuing bonds and notes. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis has left no corner of our state untouched,” said Governor Murphy.

Double Your Deposit Sweepstakes Announced by Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bank is kicking off a Double Your Deposit Sweepstakes on Tuesday. September 1, 2020. Customers who use the Bank’s Mobile Banking app to deposit a check into their personal checking or saving account will be automatically entered into the Sweepstakes every time they make a qualified deposit. Five weekly winners will be randomly selected for a chance to win up to ...

Headquartered in NJ, Bed Bath & Beyond Set to Lay Off 2,800

UNION, NJ – Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., headquartered in Union, has announced a major organizational realignment, including a workforce reduction of approximately 2,800 employees, estimated to save $150 million.

In a statement from the corporation, the company said the workforce reduction will impact employees “across its corporate headquarters and retail banner stores, effective ...

TAPinto Journalists Recognized with Garden State Journalism Association Awards

NEW JERSEY – Each year, the Garden State Journalists Association (GSJA) honors the best in print, online and broadcast journalism and, for 2020, TAPinto was recognized for excellence in reporting with six Memorial Journalism Awards.

For 2020, Victoria Caruso of TAPinto South Plainfield earned two awards. She placed second in the 'print feature' ...

Could Murphy Be Getting Ready to Re-Open Gyms, Fitness Centers?

TRENTON, NJ - There could be renewed hope for the 1,100 or so gyms and health clubs across New Jersey, whose rowing machines, treadmills and elliptical machines have been powered down since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Phil Murphy revealed that while he was conducting Friday's COVID-19 briefing, members of his administration were meeting behind the scenes with ...

Newark Airport’s Terminal One Will Open in 2021 as Air Travel Moves Toward Uncertain Future

NEWARK, NJ — As an embattled travel and transportation industry confronts steep revenue fallout due to COVID-19, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is approaching a major construction milestone.

The $2.7 billion state-of-the-art Terminal One project at Newark Liberty International Airport will reach 60% completion this fall and open to travelers in late 2021, according to ...

New Care One Residence Set to Open in August

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - "A lavish lifestyle." That's what Senior Administrator Chris Slavicek promises for residents at the new Care One on Cranbury Road.  Indeed, care one is located right next to the luxurious Park Chateau and the new hotel that is going up beside it.  On a recent tour of the almost-finished residence, it was easy to see the ground plan of a lovely care ...


Atlantic Health System’s four ACOs saved Medicare more than $21 million, improved care for 75,000 patients in 2019

September 21, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – SEPTEMBER 2020 – Atlantic Health System’s four accountable care organizations saved Medicare a total of more than $21 million through efforts to improve quality and reduce health care costs in 2019, according to recently released performance data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The four ACOs - Atlantic ACO, HealthCare Quality Partners ...


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WEA Donates Desk Shields to Help Keep Students and Teachers Safe

As the school year gets underway, concern for the health and safety of the students and staff of the Wayne Public Schools continues to grow.  The Wayne Education Association (WEA) shares those concerns and has taken a step to help to ease one of them.

With the limited number of PPE being supplied by the administration, the WEA wanted to step up and provide additional protections. To ...

Grandparents: Consider These Financial Moves 

Each year, on the first Sunday after Labor Day, we observe National Grandparents Day. Although it’s not as widely recognized as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, if you’re a grandparent, you probably want to do whatever you can to help your grandchildren on their journeys through life. So, you might want to consider the following moves:

• Contribute to their education.

Simple Exercises Seniors Can Do Indoors

With COVID-19 still spreading in many areas throughout the United States, gyms and fitness centers are just beginning to open - but with several restrictions. Just because you may feel wary about going to the gym does not mean that you cannot stay fit and active. There are many easy exercises that anyone can do at home without any assistance or equipment.

If you are a senior, some ...

What colors do I use to paint a Black Bear?

The only thing more divisive than Democrats and Republicans is the artistic debate of whether to make black by mixing it or by squeezing it out of the tube!

Think I'm kidding?  According to Google, there are 567 million results when you ask that question. Fortunately, if you're reading this, I will share the correct answer and save you a few million hours!

If you don't know ...

PCCC Update

12-Week Semester at PCCC Starts September 30

There’s still time to go forward this Fall and register for classes at Passaic County Community College (PCCC). Whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult student just starting or returning to college, there’s never been a more critical time or better place than PCCC to prepare for your future.

PCCC offers academic excellence, close-to-home convenience, and ...

A Tried and True Way of Showing Homes

Home Inspections. Here’s where the trouble can start, unless you've done the work up front. I taught a course on showing homes once a month for 15 years at Weichert University.  The home inspection process actually starts at the time of showing a house.   Show the good, the bad and the ugly.  If the good out ways out the bad, the buyer will accept it. But if the ...

Night Walk: In Memory of 9/11

Night Walk: In memory of 9/11


A cool night, finally. A soft breeze.


Walking, walking, no distractions other than an occasional car passing by.

Crickets and katydids surround me with their chirping song.


No real sense of distance in the darkened streets.

Houses make themselves known by lights peeking through window ...

Why the Flu Shot Is More Important Than Ever. Check it off your list.

Between social distancing and mask wearing, we have been taking the necessary precautions to safeguard our health. But there’s one more important item that should be on our to-do lists. It’s the annual flu vaccination, and this year, it’s more important than ever.

The flu and COVID-19 are both highly contagious respiratory illnesses. Although they’re caused by different ...

Hawthorne Restaurant Primo Amore Joins Other Restaurants in Filing a Class Action Lawsuit Against Governor Murphy

September 26, 2020

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Owners Linda and Michael Passaro have been running local eatery Primo Amore on Diamond Bridge Avenue for the last three and a half years. Having both come from families in the hospitality and restaurant industry, their dream of opening up their own family restaurant was realized once they took over Primo Amore. For the Passaros, it has been nothing short of fulfilling to be able ...

No public testimony. Court-sanctioned deficit spending. NJ budget like no other

September 28, 2020

COVID-19 forced the governor and lawmakers to rewrite the budget playbook. Here’s what they did

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Gov. Phil Murphy is getting ready to sign a $32.7 billion spending plan into law ...

YMCA Supporting Families with Affordable Child Care During the School Year

September 28, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges strives to create opportunities for all. Providing affordable, quality programs is central to the Y’s mission of strengthening communities, by ensuring that each person, no matter their background and economic status, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

The Y for All Fund enables individuals and families to participate in ...

Passaic County Announces October Mobile Testing Dates

(Passaic County, New Jersey) – The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders continues to offer free mobile testing to all Passaic County residents. Today, the County announced their October mobile testing dates.

In addition to Passaic County’s mobile testing program, the County also continues to offer free at-home testing to all county residents. Both the mobile and at-home ...

Chilton Medical Center Achieves Patient Safety Excellence Award

Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center has announced it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places Chilton Medical Center among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health ...


Nov 17, 1934 - Sep 22, 2020
Alan Robin, age 85 of Wayne passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 22. 2020 surrounded by his ...
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Oct 7, 1940 - Aug 13, 2020
MARLBOROUGH, MA– Carol Ann Heath Olsen, 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 13, ...
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