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NJ Launches $100M Short-Term Rental Assistance Program

May 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver joined the governor and other officials at Friday’s daily COVID-19 press conference. Donning her hat as the head of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs, Oliver introduced the implementation of a temporary rental assistance program.

According to Governor Phil Murphy, the state plans to apply at least $100M to begin the ...

Westfield Council Moves on 5-year Tax Incentive Law for Downtown District

WESTFIELD, NJ — Under a proposed local law intended to incentive development, property owners in the downtown who substantially improve their infrastructure would not immediately see the resulting property tax increases that typically come with higher property values.

The town council on Tuesday introduced the law that would allow for tax abatements of up to five years on the value of ...

Westfield COVID-19 Reopening Task Force to Decide Next Steps

WESTFIELD, NJ — Decisions for reopening the town will rest in the hands of a 16-member task force comprised of municipal officials and business leaders.

Mayor Shelley Brindle on Wednesday announced the formation of the commission to determine best steps in support of public health and meeting the needs of the business community as the town is allowed to gradually reopen.

“I am ...

Westfield Honors Market Workers at Stop & Shop, Trader Joe’s

WESTFIELD, NJ — These days they’re behind plexiglass windows, scanning shoppers’ grocery purchases, stocking shelves and delivering news about toilet paper supplies.

Town officials in Westfield recently honored the front-line employees at Stop & Shop and Trader Joe’s for their work during the pandemic.

The stores, Mayor Shelley Brindle wrote in a proclamation ...

Downtown Westfield Tax Incentives: Council Poised to Move on Measure

WESTFIELD, NJ — Property owners could soon have another reason to improve their properties in Downtown Westfield.

The town council is poised to vote on a measure Tuesday that, if approved, would designate Westfield’s special improvement district an “area in need of rehabilitation” and therefore provide tax incentives for owners within that area to improve their ...

What Does Lord & Taylor’s Anticipated Liquidation Mean for Westfield?

WESTFIELD, NJ — The pandemic may be accelerating the demise of an expansive department store on North Avenue.

Mayor Shelley Brindle said she has long prepared for the closure of Lord & Taylor’s store on North Avenue so when Reuters broke the news Tuesday that the retailer plans to liquidate merchandise at its 38 stores nationwide in anticipation of closing the locations, ...

Photographer’s ‘Open for Business’ Series Features Westfield Shops Enduring Pandemic

WESTFIELD, NJ — When the coronavirus pandemic slowed business for photographer Ken Cavanagh, he didn’t take it lying down. Instead, he got to work helping other small businesses in town, creating a photographic series of places in Westfield that are still operating, though mostly at a limited capacity.

Several of the photos from this series are featured above.

“Most ...

Rep. Malinowski Disappointed by Failure of the CARES Act to Help Small Businesses

NEW JERSEY (7th District) — The CARES Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on March 27, created the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) designed to help small businesses pay their workers and keep their operations running. Less than two weeks later, the funding pool was depleted.

It came to light over the weekend that the money ran out not only because a ...

Balloon Artist Filling Westfield With Positive Messages During Pandemic

WESTFIELD, NJ — Let’s face reality: America’s collective balloon has popped. Yet, in this suburb, the endless void of newfound nothingness is being momentarily filled, as air rushes into colorful tubes of all shapes and sizes.

Dante Longhi, owner of Kenilworth-based Dream Factory Balloons, had been feeling particularly deflated several weeks ago. The coronavirus ...

Westfield Moves Toward Tax Incentives for Downtown Development

WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated at 9:56 p.m.) The plot on which Lord & Taylor rests, the Rialto Theatre and municipal parking lots are among the properties that could be considered for potential tax breaks under a measure the Town Council has passed to the Planning Board for consideration.

The Town Council earlier this week referred to the Planning Board a measure that if approved ...


VIDEO: Point View's Dietze Discusses Evolving Investment Landscape as More of the County Reopens

June 3, 2020

Point View’s David Dietze and FOX Business’ Charles Payne discuss how the stock market can be soaring despite the COVID-19 damage done to the economy, plus highlight a top stock pick:

Point View Wealth Management is an SEC-registered investment adviser and part of Peapack Private Wealth Management. For over 25 years, Point View Wealth ...


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Hundreds Join Student-Led Protest Against Police Brutality and Racial Injustice in Linden

June 5, 2020

LINDEN, NJ - Hundreds gathered in Linden to peacefully take the streets following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died at the hands of four Minnesota police officers on May 25.

Organized and led by Linden High School senior Andrea Dominguez and the Linden Class of 2020, the protest was filled with the chanting of "no justice, no peace”, encouraging ...

Understanding, Love, Compassion Create Change, Local Football Coach Writes

June 4, 2020

Austin Holman is the coach of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football team. He sent this letter to his players, coaches, parents and supporters. Published here with permission.

Dear Raider Family:

I write this to you as the leader of the football community in the district of Scotch Plains-Fanwood. However, today I’m writing to you as something more than that. I’m ...

Letter: Say the Names — Robert Villane

June 4, 2020

The recent death of George Floyd has hit our family in the regards to “I can’t breathe.” As you read forward I would like to be clear our family supports black lives matter and in no way is this to take from this movement we are pushing for better police training and to honor my brothers name. It’s been nearly 14 years since our tragic loss, and we haven’t ...

How to Return a Vote-by-Mail Ballot in Union County

June 4, 2020

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises voters that they have several options for returning their Vote-by-Mail ballots. Voters can return their ballots by U.S. Postal Service, bring them to the County Clerk’s offices or Board of Elections Office, or drop them off at specially designated ballot boxes.

Voters choosing to bring their ballots to the County Clerk’s offices can visit ...

House Passes Bill That Would Relax PPP Forgiveness Requirements

Recently the U.S. House approved legislation making it easier for small businesses and other recipients of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding to qualify for forgiveness of the loans.

What to know?

The bill extends to the recipients have to spend their funds which is 8-24 weeks.
The measure lowers to 60% from 75% the portion of PPP funds borrowers must pend on payroll costs ...

Westfield Rotary Donates Face Shields to Area Hospitals

Rotarian Phil Richardson has spearheaded a drive to raise funds through The Rotary Club of Westfield in order to donate two cases of face shields to two local hospitals: The Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ, and Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ.

Face shields are part of the “PPE” — Personal Protective Equipment — needed in health care ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

COVID-19: What Should I do if I Think my Workplace is Dangerous?

The State of New Jersey requires businesses which reopen to be in compliance with all guidelines and directives issued by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Center for Disease Control (“CDC) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) for maintaining a clean, safe and healthy work environment. OSHA guidelines require employers to ...

6 Homes Sold May 24 — May 31 in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Cranford

Six homes sold May 24 through May 31, 2020, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Mountainside, Cranford, Fanwood and Garwood, according to the Garden State MLS.*

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Community Conversation: Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe This Summer

Walter Rosenfeld, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children's Hospital and medical director of Children's Health at Atlantic Health System sat down recently for a Facebook Live where he shared some important information for parents about what they need to know to keep kids healthy and safe this summer.


The Dow Hits 25,000 While Covid-19 Deaths Surpass 100,000: Do You Say Buy or Bye to the Market Now?

The stock market has done the one thing nearly all the pundits said was impossible: making a V-shaped recovery.  The stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, has soared nearly 40% since the apparent bottom, March 23.  The market is now up on a year over year basis and is down only about 6% year to date.

Yet, the economic and medical prospects are, at best, dicey.  On the ...

No One Can Make You Feel Guilty

We often think that others are responsible for making us feel guilty. This is not true. 

Others may try to manipulate us by saying certain things to make us feel guilty and at times they are very effective in causing us self-doubt. However, the reason that manipulators are able to make us feel guilty is that a part of us agree with their message and the doubt already exists in ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Third Graders Present Virtual Recorder Recital

EDISON, NJ -- Third grade students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison performed on their recorders with homemade videos to create a wonderful virtual recital. 

The students began learning the recorder at the beginning of the school year. They continued practicing and improving their skills during distance learning.  The repertoire includes songs learned early in the ...

Union County Supports Free “Choose to Reuse” Composting Classes, June 15 and 17

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are interested in composting food waste in their own backyards can tune into two online classes, as part of the Freeholder Board’s year-long “Make One Change” initiative to help protect the environment. Both classes are sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. They will be held on June 15 and 17.

“Union County ...

Missing Jews

How many Jews are there in the world? 13 million? Perhaps 14 million, if you’re generous. How many Jews were there before World War II? Apparently the number was around the 19 million mark. So if we deduct the six million wiped out in the Holocaust, we are down to 13 million—which is exactly where we are today. So the colossal question is this: Where are all the missing Jews? Or, ...

Amid Outrage Over George Floyd Killing, Organizers Advocate for Newark’s Civilian Complaint Review Board

May 31, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Hundreds of demonstrators marched through downtown Newark on Saturday, part of a nationwide show of resistance against police brutality, in response to the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

Organizers used the display of solidarity with Minneapolis as an opportunity to call attention to Newark's own struggle for officer accountability, ...


Jun 18, 1944 - May 1, 2020
John La Forte, of Edison, NJ passed away early Friday morning May 1, 2020, due to ...
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