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Cranberry Farming Has a History in NJ (Thanksgiving Recipe Included)

November 24, 2020

What’s Thanksgiving without cranberries? Whether you whip up a batch of homemade chutney (see below) or open a can of jellied sauce, there’s a good chance that the famous red berry will make an appearance in some way, shape or form with your feast. Ocean Spray reports that six in 10 Americans say cranberry sauce has and always will be on their Thanksgiving table every ...

A New (Old) Kind of Holiday

Everyone is worried about the holidays and while I’m sad I can’t see my extended family I am also looking forward to this year because it is like the holidays of my childhood.

Having moved 3 hours away from all of our family when I was entering first grade and my parents quickly realized that the stress of holiday travel stole all its magic we spent every holiday with my immediate ...

9 Months In...What Mothering in the Time of COVID Means

Last week I had the perfect summary of life for a working mom during COVID. Last Wednesday, was a rarity – I had the day off while kids and husband had to work. In pre-COVID days this was the holy grail, a day that I could spend getting a massage, binging watching something amazingly stupid on Netflix, reading, go to a movie or even just cleaning without someone messing it back up in 5 ...

Community Conversations: Healthy Holiday Decisions

The seasons of gratitude and giving can also come with some real dietary challenges. On this Community Conversation, Dr. Elkin Nunez, director of endocrinology at Atlantic Health System's Morristown Medical Center, will share some important tips to help those with diabetes make healthy holiday decisions.


Worried about Memory Decline? Screening Can Ease Your Mind

Memory loss can be scary. People often ignore worrisome changes in thinking and behavior as they age, but it’s important to find out what is causing the changes. If you are among the 10% of seniors who develop Alzheimer’s disease, you can learn about treatments to slow its progression and manage symptoms.

As a cognitive neurologist who helped develop Atlantic Health ...

Maplewood Policer Blotter, Oct. 29 to Nov. 15

November 21, 2020

October 29, 2020; Damage to Home; At approximately 10:45 a.m., officers responded to a home on Field Rd. on a report of a possible bullet hole in the house. Officers spoke with the resident who located a bullet fragment on her bathroom floor and an entry hole from the bullet. It is believed that the round entered the home sometime during the early morning hours and it is not believed ...

SOMA Coronavirus Leaders at Town Hall: New Cases are From Gatherings at Homes, 'Not Worth It to Have a Party'

November 25, 2020

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Experts and municipal officials in charge of running South Orange and Maplewood’s pandemic response gathered for a Zoom town hall Sunday night to educate residents on best practices and misconceptions as COVID-19 continues its spike.

Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee warned that cases are skyrocketing as we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday ...

South Orange Residents Prepares for a Socially-Distant Thanksgiving, Leaning on the 'Thanks'

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As the country experiences record-breaking numbers of COVID-19 during what is normally one of the most traveled holiday weeks of the year, many are having to find different ways to make this Thanksgiving special. 

Chef, author and South Orange resident Shannon Sarna is having a small family Thanksgiving dinner and has been trying to give back as much as she can ...

Montclair Social Club Closes Its Doors, COVID to Blame

November 23, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Not only has COVID-19 claimed the lives of those near and dear to us, but it is also claiming many jobs and businesses. This week, the Montclair Social Club announced that it will no longer stay open.

Owner Jason Miller posted to social media that the Montclair Social Club "...has served its last smiling face."

Miller, who left his law profession to open the ...

Essex County Deer Management Program Canceled for 2021

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County will not conduct its annual Deer Management Program to reduce the number of deer in Essex County South Mountain Reservation and Essex County Hilltop Reservation in 2021.

Other county priorities during the pandemic were cited as the reason. “Our energy and manpower are being focused on offering our expanded COVID testing schedule and weekly ...

NJ Scout Saddened But Undeterred After Park Project Vandalized With Swastika

November 25, 2020

WESTFIELD, NJ — A Boy Scout Troop is setting things right in a local park after a vandal or vandals defaced an Eagle Scout project with graffiti, including a swastika.

Dhillon Patel, 16, who is working with Boy Scout Troop 72, learned last week that trail markers he had put up in Tamaques Park were defaced. A photo provided to TAPinto Westfield shows a black swastika drawn on ...

Late Westfield High School Principal’s Family Settles Malpractice Suit for $5.5M

WESTFIELD, NJ — Family of the Westfield High School principal, who died from complications following his bone marrow donation to a boy in France in 2019, have settled a medical malpractice lawsuit in the case for $5.5 million, court records show.

Sheronda Braker, fiancé of Principal Derrick Nelson, sued Hackensack University Medical Center, anesthesiologist Jerry M. Baratta, ...

Fifth Annual National Tax Security Awareness Week urges increased security measures as fraudsters exploit COVID-19 concerns

November 25, 2020

WASHINGTON − The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the nation's tax industry today announced that the 5th Annual National Tax Security Awareness Week will take place between Nov. 30 and Dec. 4.

This year, there’s a heightened need for security as fraudsters seek to use the COVID-19 to scam taxpayers and tax preparers. New protections being offered by Security ...

Meadowland Park Conservancy Officially Launches With Stakeholder Event at Skate House

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A group of South Orange’s leading volunteers and professional staff braved 32 degree weather to gather outside the iconic Skate House in South Orange’s Meadowland Park tonight to witness the birth of a new non-profit dedicated to re- envisioning the 30 acre jewel in the heart of South Orange: the Meadowland Park Conservancy (MPC). Amid a glowing fire pit ...

Here’s what taxpayers can do now to Get Ready to file taxes in 2021

There are steps people can take now to make sure their tax filing experience goes smoothly in 2021. First, visit the Get Ready page on

Here is a list to get organized:

Check withholding and make any adjustments soon

Since most taxpayers typically only have a few pay dates left this year, checking their withholding soon is especially important. It's even more important ...