West Essex: About Us

Jessica Marrone Parkes is excited to be the new owner of TAP into West Essex (formerly West Essex TAP) and bring professional, objective, original reporting back to residents of the West Essex area.  Before franchising TAP into West Essex, she successfully franchised and continue to own and operate TAP into Livingston, and partner with Cynthia Cumming to own and operate TAP into West Orange.  Both sites have won awards for journalism and service to the community and have become the go-to place for news and information for Livingston and West Orange residents.

Jessica is no stranger to West Essex.

Jessica Marrone-Parkes graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in International Studies and Communication Studies.  After school Jessica started her professional career as a B2B Sales Manager for an International News Monitoring Organization based in Miami and Washington DC. She then went on to manage an employment agency in North Dakota and returned home to Livingston New Jersey to be close to family and friends. Jessica has written professionally and photographed events for various local establishments. Jessica currently sits on the Board as acting Secretary of the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and is also an active member of the North Essex Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband Cary live locally and serve as welcome hosts for The Crossing Church of Livingston.

Marrone-Parkes is also no stranger to the West Essex community--where many locals know her and her father and mother, Mary and Johnny Marrone, of Johnny's on The Green.

TAPinto.net 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.

TAPinto.net  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.

For more information on marketing on TAPinto, click here.

For more information on franchising a TAPinto site in your area, please visit www.starttap.net

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