NUTLEY, NJ - The Township of Nutley was a hot spot for news during the month of May 2020. Outside the daily COVID-19 updates from the State of New Jersey, County of Essex, Towship of Nutley Office of Emergency Management, there was so much going on in town, with some stories grabbing statewide and even national attention. 

The most read TAPinto Nutley story of the month was one of triumph over COVID-19. Reporter Deborah Ann Tripoldi caught up with Jennifer McCusker to learn about her experience with COVID-19, the challenges she's still facing, and her concerns for the future. Nutley Resident Shares Her Experience and Concerns After Battling COVID-19

While technically an April story, a theft from Pretty Handy in the late afternoon of April 30 captured everyone's attention well into May. Lobby Camera Comes In Pretty Handy To Capture Mask Thief in Nutley The stolen masks were eventually returned, and the "publicity jolt" brought even more attention to the mask fundraiser project. To date, sales of masks have generated over $10,000 in donations for the Nutley Volunteer and Emergency Rescue Squad. 

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The Township of Nutley was featured prominently in the May 2020 Issue of New Jersey Monthly' The article "Jersey’s Steps to Create a No-Hate State"  "That Video" from a New Year's Eve party, featuring racially charged language played heavily in the monthly magazine's article. TAPinto Nutley broke the story about social media video on New Year's Day, with multiple stories including response from the Nutley Public Schools district, the Township of Nutley Board of Commissioners, NHS Alumni, and current students. Reporter Maggie Redstone interviewed several current NHS students for her report Nutley High School Students Discuss New Years Video, Cancel Culture, and Racism in the Township

A bias intimidation incident on Franklin Ave. that TAPinto Nutley first reported on April 24, made headlines around the nation in May. According to the Nutley Police Department, the incident began in a local business and moved outside. That's where the 55-year-old township resident is reported to have rammed his vehicle into the victim's vehicle two times, and attempted to ram it a third time. Nutley Man Charged With Bias Intimidation, Aggravated Assault Following Motor Vehicle Incident 

Shortly after TAPinto Nutley's article CAIR-NJ Welcomes Charges for Nutley Man Accused of Ramming Vehicle of Muslim Woman, Shouting ‘You’re a Terrorist’ was published, legacy media in the state took notice of the incident. Shortly thereafter, the story was picked up by news outlets across the country. 

The Township of Nutley Board of Commissioners election race was a hot story, actually man hot stories. Readers swarmed TAPinto Nutley for details about the candidates, preliminary results, and the long process of waiting for the formal results. In the end, the community's top job will be shared. Mauro Tucci will serve as mayor for two years, and Joseph. P. Scarpelli will serve the following two years. The board also welcomed a new commissioner, John V. Kelly III. Miss that election coverage? Hold on to your Penne Ala Vodka, the July 7 primary is for the U.S. House of Representatives, United States Congress, and President of the United States. In November, besides those big races, there is the Nutley Board of Education election with three seats coming into play.

There is no parking meter enforcement at this time, but as the state and township begin to open up again, visitors to Nutley Center will discover new parking meters that accept credit cards as well as coins. New credit card enabled parking meters for Nutley

This month two dogs that had gone missing were reunited with their owners. We encourage who have a lost (or found) dog or cat to reach out to us at In addition to the news article, these events will be shared with "breaking news alerts" will everyone who subscribes to our e-news list. To read more about Cats and Dogs, check out our Cats and Dogs section.  

This month we also published the news about the 34th death due to COVID-19. County of Essex Reports 34th COVID-19 Coronavirus Death in Township of Nutley 

Residents are reminded to fly the American Flag at half-staff to honor the memory of everyone lost to the coronavirus pandemic. 


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