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April 8, 2022

CORAL SPRINGS, FL – For years, a family enjoyed their wooden deck and pergola built behind their house in the Kensington Commons neighborhood in Coral Springs. But a complaint to the city in 2019 started a process that may require Charles and Julie Hughes to remove the deck and pergola in the ...

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WARREN, NJ —- The Watchung Hills community is mourning the passing of Dr. Thomas DiGanci this week. Of Dr. D, as he was affectionately called by many, Watchung Hills Superintendent  Elizabeth C. Jewett, Ph.D. wrote: “There are no words to convey the sadness and the depths of the loss to the ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Mayor Andre Sayegh and DPW Director William Rodriguez announced on Friday that the City of Paterson is cracking down on illegal dumping with support from the Corporation Counsel’s Office. The City has deployed motion-sensor cameras in select areas, aggressively pursued complaints ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD – South Plainfield High School Players will perform “Mamma Mia!” Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th at 7p.m., and Sunday, April 10th at 2p.m. The strum of the band’s electric guitar opens the show, setting the tone for the iconic hit musical featuring the songs of ABBA. The ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Owen Abeles, a Livingston High School (LHS) senior who spent every Saturday over the span of several months volunteering at vaccination centers throughout Essex County, has been named an Essex County School Boards Association (ECSBA) "Unsung Hero" for 2022. Each year, the ECSBA ...

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SPARTA, NJ – Town hall was bulging at the seams on Wednesday night for the planning board meeting as the public clamored to hear and be heard about the 880,000 square foot warehouse complex proposed for site of what is now Sparta Redi-Mix. At the end of the three-hour meeting the final question ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Happy Empanada Day! In honor of the tasty holiday that’s celebrated annually on April 8th, here’s a little history from Amigo Foods about the baked or fried pastry with Spanish origins. An empanada is a pastry or turnover that’s filled with savory or sweet ingredients. The ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Public Schools earlier this week sent “reduction in force” notices to staff members district wide, prompting community objections and calls to action from parents and students. While the school district’s administration declined to say how many staff members are ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Coral Springs this week sued the deceased owners, the state, and four squatters of an unkept home in a community just north of Shadow Wood Boulevard, seeking more than $180,000 in payments for unpaid code enforcement violations. The action taken in Circuit Court of Broward ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A new portal bridge that would expand rail travel between Newark and New York City is moving one step closer to becoming a reality. Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Transit officials announced Thursday that the new Portal North Bridge project is set to begin with the issuance of a “Notice to ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley High boys lacrosse team couldn't have picked a better day - or night - to earn its first victory of the season. Led by a game-high 11 goals from senior attack Matt Pergola, including the 100th of his career, the Maroon Raiders christened the first game under the ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Natalia Hazlitt, 10-year-old fourth grader at Mountain Park Elementary School, co-wrote a children's book, Charlie's First Haircut, during the pandemic with her father Chaz Hazlitt. The father-daughter bond will be something they will cherish forever.  Chaz Hazlitt is a ...

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WARREN, NJ — Theatre Night Awards recognizes excellence in the production of high school and middle school straight plays throughout New Jersey, and Watchung Hills Regional High School has been nominated for nine of them, including the Jo Anne Fox Award- Newcomer. Mahwah High School theatre ...

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WAYNE, NJ – The Board of Education called for a special meeting last Thursday night to discuss a needed change to the schools’ employee health benefits plan. At stake was a surprising $8.5 million increase in premiums for the upcoming year.  “Last year was a historically bad year regarding the ...

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NEW YORK – Lawrence Ray, a.k.a. “Lawrence Grecco” of Piscataway was convicted on Wednesday in a New York federal court after jurors found him guilty on charges brought against him for sex trafficking college students at Sarah Lawrence College in the state over a 10-year period. U.S. Attorney ...

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CRANFORD, NJ - Laura Sassi has been writing for as long as she can remember. "I love wrestling with words and playing with them to get it just right," she told TAPinto Cranford.  Her latest book, Bunny Finds Easter, was released by Zonderkidz Books in February of this year, and it is exclusively ...

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HAMILTON, NJ – A long-vacant, often-groused property in the center of Hamilton Township will soon have a nes life as the home of a joint complex that will house offices for both the Hamilton Township municipal government and Hamilton Township School District under a conceptual plan announced on ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Two students from Newark Tech High School and Donald M. Payne Sr. School Of Technology are showcasing their singing skills to raise their voice against substance abuse and prevention as part of the 2022 “Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drugs New Jersey” music competition.  Now, ...

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CORAL SPRINGS, FL – With a high demand for rental units across the region, developers of two downtown Coral Springs complexes are considering building more than 1,000 apartments. Last week, the development team of the new Cornerstone complex going up on the southwest corner of University Drive ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – Reacting to reports of bullying and fights among students, Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic this week blamed the COVID-19 pandemic, asserting that “children are a little less mature” due to state-imposed school closures. Speaking at the April 4 meeting of the Roxbury ...

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WAYNE, NJ – In a lawsuit filed on March 24, 2022 in Passaic County Superior Court, Pam Macek – a former substitute teacher in the Wayne School District – alleges that she was fired for being outspoken during school board meetings regarding masks and sex education policy. The suit mentions the Wayne ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ – Kidpreneurs will be the featured vendors at this year’s township street fair, a community-wide event that makes a return to Piscataway after COVID-19 restrictions put an end to large-crowd gatherings for the past few years. Piscataway’s 29th Annual Street Fair will be held ...

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(Editor's Note: Due to the inclement weather, the Tiger Farms outdoor market planned for today, Wednesday, April 6, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 8. Hours of operation will remain the same.)  SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield School District's Tiger Farms outdoor market is ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, who had killed three women in Essex County in 2016, including a college student from Montclair, has been charged with a fourth murder, according to prosecutors. Wheeler-Weaver, who has been incarcerated since his arrest in December 2016, has been accused of ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — A 40-unit building with three floors of housing on top of 80 parking spaces is slated for a 1.62-acre site on North Avenue following the Westfield Planning Board’s approval Monday. The board approved the application for 34 market rate units and six affordable units at 526 North ...

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CLARK, NJ - Mayor Bonaccorso released a video early Tuesday evening to the public apologizing for racist and sexist comments made in secretly taped conversations several years ago.  The statement comes after reports published last week included audio files alleged to include the voices of ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick will become the sister city of Rivne, a city of about 240,000 on the western border of Ukraine next to Poland.  Rivne has become a "transportation center" for refugees fleeing the Russian onslaught that has been bombarding the country for a month.  "It is my ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury High School softball team on Monday shut-out Sparta 3-0 in its home-opener, a game that saw sophomore pitcher Hailey Errichiello strike out 17, walk none and come just one bunt away from pitching a perfect game. The move by Sparta that dashed Errichiello’s perfection ...

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SPARTA, NJ – In an effort to halt the warehouse project proposed for Demarest Road, two attorneys, Neill Clark and Anand Dash have filed an application with the Sparta Zoning Board “seeking an interpretation of whether the use proposed by Diamond Chip Realty LLC is a warehouse or a truck ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A former township man – who has now identified 84 Colonia High School alumni and former staffers with rare brain tumors – says he is on “a personal mission” to persuade state and federal heath and environmental authorities to fully investigate why former classmates are getting ...

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