Montclair: About Us

Natalie Heard Hackett was born and raised in Montclair.  She moved to South Orange in her late teens and has maintained her Montclair roots throughout her journey in surrounding communities.  She has since come to realization that her lifelong connections and rich childhood memories will always draw her back to Montclair.

Natalie’s family has lived in Montclair for approximately 100 years and continues to be a vibrant part of the Montclair community.  Although no one in the family seems to remember the exact date that the Hamilton family moved into Montclair, Natalie’s grandfather, John Hamilton, Sr. was born in 1918 at Mountainside Hospital and her great-grandfather, Clarence Hamilton owned one of the first Livery businesses in town.

Natalie is the daughter of NY Times best-selling author, Nathan C. Heard (of Howard Street) and retired bank Vice-President JoAnne Eason-Dandridge (nee Hamilton).  She has been an educator for almost two decades.  Much like her father, Natalie has always had a love of writing and is excited to be able to fulfill that love through her ownership of TAP into Montclair. is a network of more than 70 franchised online local and subject matter newspapers in New Jersey, New York and Florida, with more than 7,000,000 readers during the past year.  Each site is franchised to a local owner/publisher and provides original objective daily local news reporting.  Current franchisees include business executives, public relations professionals, journalists, hardcopy newspapers, nonprofits and universities.  was founded in October, 2008 by Michael and Lauryn Shapiro, who sought to provide their town’s residents with an all-online, objective, independent, daily local newspaper.  Today, TAPinto covers more than 100 towns in New Jersey, New York, and Florida, and is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association.  

TAPinto is proud to support charitable causes.  During the past year, TAPinto has donated over $250,000 in marketing and advertising to charitable organizations including Susan G. Komen North Jersey, Relay for Life, March of Dimes, Family Promise, and the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, among others. TAPinto's employees and franchisees are also members of dozens of community organizations including Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce.  

TAPinto offers content marketing, native advertising, social media marketing, exclusive sponsorships, branded content opportunities, email marketing, and traditional online advertising.


TAPinto is available on desktop, mobile, and tablet, and also has a TAPinto App for Android and iPhone.

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