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NJ Department of Education Announces Return of Troops to Teachers Program

November 18, 2018

Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) announced the return of the “Troops to Teachers” program to support the transition of veterans and members of the Armed Forces to careers in teaching. Over the next five years, the NJDOE will receive nearly $1 million to support and promote the program.

Troops to Teachers is a national program designed to ...

This is Why Traffic in Newark Was So Bad During The Snowstorm

NEWARK, NJ - Why were the roads so bad lThursdy night when an autumn storm dropped anywhere from two to four inches of snow in Newark? The city was helping the state clear highways, a city spokesman said.

“The crux of the problem was that virtually all of the entry and exit points to Newark - which are all state and federal highways - were shut down,” city spokesman ...

Montclair Police Investigate Possible Shooting on Bloomfield Ave.

BREAKING NEWS...

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police are investigating a possible shooting that occurred at Finest Cuts Unisex located at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Mission Street on Saturday evening.

TAPinto was at the scene and noticed that police officials had the area sectioned off with crime tape, from the Wood Pit on Bloomfield Avenue to Bright Hope Baptist Church on ...

New Jerseyans Victorious On First Day Of Mid-Atlantic Equestrian Festival

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — The Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival, presented by County Saddlery, remained unfazed by the northern winter storm and opened the Indoor ring to competitors early Friday morning at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro Md., for the first classes of MAEF 2018.

The seventh year of the event is scheduled to run through Sunday, Nov. 18, and will feature ...

Sparta German Christmas Market Expands Again for December 2018

November 6, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – The very popular German Christmas Market will be held on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2.  This is the 17 year of the event that raised money for several local charities.

Having exhausted all possible space on the Lake Mohawk Country Club Boardwalk and inside the Country Club, the market is expanding to the Sparta PAL building.  There will be 40 vendors ...

Halloween Around Montclair in Pictures

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Each year, children dress up in costume and go house-to-house to meet neighbors and gather goodies. 

The Montclair Police Department hosted their second annual 'Trunk-or-Treat' event at the Montclair Police Headquarters, Eureka Lodge hosted a Halloween party and then, of course, there's the 'book lady' on Montclair Avenue. The Scholastic Books ...

Sneak Peek at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day 2018 Parade Balloons

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Holiday season anticipation was in the air – literally – as balloons and robotic floats to be used in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were being tested Saturday morning in a parking lot behind Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford.

Christmas magic was made as the balloons came to life in front of an informal gathering of more than 1,000 ...

Snow Closes Major Highways in Newark

November 16, 2018

UPDATE: Delayed Opening Announced for Newark Public Schools

NEWARK, NJ - Major highways in Newark have been closed tonight due to icy conditions and collisions, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said. 

Routes 280, 78, 21 and 22 are closed after snow, rain and sleet caused "numerous" collisions and "massive" gridlock throughout Newark, authorities ...

Multi-Town Firefighters Battle Montclair Blaze in the Snow

MONTCLAIR, NJ - As snow is falling in Montclair, firefighters are fighting a blaze at the corner of Walnut St. and Valley on Thursday evening, according to reliable sources.

Located in the 200 block of Walnut St., the entire 2.5 story home was engulfed in flames. There are no known injuries at this time.

Details have not yet been released by the Montclair Fire Department. 

Story ...

West Orange Students Stranded on Buses, in Schools Due to Storm

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Many West Orange students remained stranded on their buses and some at their schools hours after the final bell rang Thursday, due to a powerful Nor’easter that slammed into tri-state just as schools were being let out.

Robo-calls were sent to parents Thursday afternoon warning that buses were traveling slowly and students would be delayed getting home. The Board ...

Bloomfield Police, Fire, EMS Upgrade to State of the Art Radio and Communications Systems

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The entire Bloomfield Police and Fire Departments, and emergency medical services are now equipped with state of the art radios and a system interface that can hold up in the event of an unexpected radio blackout.

These system upgrades, to what is known as a 7/800 mhz digital trunking system, cost approximately $2.8 million dollars, which was paid for with the Township of ...

Making Original Quaker Oats Oatmeal Cookies Is The Perfect Family Snow Day Activity

November 16, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Snow days are the perfect time for a family to do something together. Why not gather the troops and make a batch, or two, of classic oatmeal cookies. 

The Original Quaker Oats Oatmeal Cookie Recipe is a classic that is meant to be shared as much as a batch of these cookies are shared. Almost everyone will find what they need in their pantry, if not, prepare for the ...

Safe Cooking Tips from State Farm Agent Mary Comito Just in Time for Thanksgiving

FLORHAM PARK, N.J.-According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires.  “One out of three home fires begins in the kitchen – more than any other place in the home,” says Madison State Farm agent Mary Comito.  “The number one cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking and data shows ...

Thanksgiving Fun Facts & Trivia

Turkey or ham? Perhaps a turducken? Whichever traditional centerpiece you go with this Thanksgiving, there’s a chance it wasn’t served during the first holiday dinner in 1621.

Historians believe the Plymouth Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe shared lobster, rabbit, nuts, carrots, eggs, and dried fruits during the original three-day celebration.

For 154 years, Thanksgiving would ...

Slow Food Northern New Jersey to Hold Special 'Terra Madre Day' Indoor Farmers Market in Maplewood on Dec. 9

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Sunday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Slow Food Northern New Jersey will be hosting a special indoor farmers market at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd.) in Maplewood in honor of "Terra Madre Day."

According to Slow Food Northern New Jersey's website, this newly added market is to recognize Terra Madre Day, which is officially Dec. 10, and ...

Rutgers Tailgate to Be All Wet

November 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - It is an understatement to say the Rutgers football season has been "disappointing."

But the one benefit for wary Rutgers fans has been the traditional tailgates, a great place to meet up with old friends, commiserate about the current football situation and say "Hi" to Big 10 fans from other schools who seem to be the main fan base at our home games as ...

Ashnault stays dominant as Rutgers suffers surprising loss in tri-meet

TROY, N.Y-- This weekends' Journeymen Duals didn't exactly go as planned for the Rutgers University wrestling team, but the day was far from a complete wash. While the Scarlet Knights (4-1) finished the day with a surprising 1-1 split for their first loss of the season, the team's two stars, Anthony Ashnault and Nick Suriano, both ranked second in the nation in their ...

Bloomfield High School Football Wins Season Finale 37-28 Against J.P. Stevens

EDISON, NJ – After last Friday’s lopsided loss to the East Orange Jaguars, the Bloomfield Bengals Varsity Football team ended the season on a high note with a gutsy, come-from-behind victory over J.P. Stevens High School 37-28 on Thursday night, November 1 in Edison, NJ.

After trailing 21-7 in the second quarter, Bloomfield chopped into the J.P. Stevens lead and rallied with a late ...

Bloomfield Kids "Sleep Out" For Charity

November 17, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- While sleepovers with friends are a normal part of growing up, Demarest School third graders Julia Gargiulo, Penelope Kaufman and Leyla Bradley had an overnighter of their own last evening. While the girls enjoyed each other's company, the sleepover had a much deeper meaning. The setting was the Gargiulo's backyard.  With snow on the ground ...

Mayor Venezia’s 3nd Annual Turkey Drive Will Be Held This Sunday from 10:30 to 1:00

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Mayor Michael Venezia’s 3rd annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway will be held this Sunday, November 18 10:30am to 1:00pm. Eligible Bloomfield families will receive a turkey, pie, sweet potatoes, string beans, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Bloomfield families who are interested in attending should call Bloomfield Human Services at 973-680-4017 for criteria and to register ...

Taking Care of the Caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month

DENVILLE, NJ -- More than 41 million people in the U.S. serve as unpaid caregivers to seniors, and that number is expected to grow as the population ages. In New Jersey, the number of people age 65 and up is projected to increase 48 percent, accounting for 20 percent of the Garden State’s residents by 2034 compared to less than 15 percent in 2014, according to the state Department of Labor ...

Reminder to Pet Owners - NJ State Law Says Pets Must Have Proper Shelter in Freezing Temperatures

November 14, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Weather forecasters are calling for freezing temperatures to overnight tonight and into Thursday. Freezing temperatures can be very dangerous to pets.

NJ State Law says dogs cannot be outside if temperatures are below 34 degrees without proper shelter (insulated, elevated, heated). Keep your pets safe and avoid getting a fine by bringing your pets indoors any ...

Maplewood Police Officers Hold 'Pets For Vets' 5K Run Fundraiser on Veterans Day

MAPLWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood PBA (Local #44) with the help of the Maplewood Police Department's Community Service Bureau, hosted a 5k "Pets For Vets" 5K run, which was a fundraiser for Troopers Assisting Troopers, a NJ State Police organization that raises money to purchase service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD.

The Pets for Vets run was held in Maplewood ...

Fairfield Police Warn of Increase in Misuse of Catnip Cocktail

FAIRFIELD, NJ — After a recent encounter with a 40-year-old Kenilworth man who was found to be in possession eight bottles of “Catnip Cocktail,” the Fairfield Police Department is warning the community about an increase in the misuse of this product.

Police described Catnip Cocktail as a liquid that is should be strictly used to sedate cats and should not to be consumed by ...

Bloomfield Mayor Venezia Earns Prestigious Award From NJMMA at Statewide Conference

November 16, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ-- Mayor Michael Venezia was recognized Wednesday by the NJMMA, The New Jersey Municipal Management Association, during the NJ League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City.  Venezia earned the Elected Official Award.. The award is given annually to  an elected official or officials, or the governing body as a whole, who have consistently supported ...

Mayor Michael Venezia Addresses Response to November Storm in Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Mayor Michael Venezia issued the following statement Friday morning regarding the November 15 storm:

Yesterday's storm certainly left us all frustrated.

Traffic throughout our entire state was at a standstill for most of the afternoon/evening commute - it took my wife 5 hours to drive home from Rockleigh, NJ.

Snow totals were much higher than anticipated due to ...

Jane Fonda Visits Newark, Calls for $15 Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

NEWARK, NJ - Jane Fonda got higher wages for women through unscrupulous means in the 1980's comedy "9 to 5," but now she's advocating for a $15 minimum wage for tipped workers in more traditional ways.

The Academy Award-winning actor and activist  spoke at Rutgers University-Newark today with advocacy groups and a state lawmaker to support a $15 minimum wage, ...

Governor Phil Murphy thanks Chit Chat Diner for sheltering students in storm

November 17, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stopped by the West Orange diner that opened its doors and its kitchen to students stranded on school buses during Thursday’s storm.

The Chit Chat Diner, located on Eagle Rock Avenue near the Eagle Rock Reservation, welcomed 11 buses full of West Orange students who were stranded for hours during the storm.

“I’m glad ...

ProStaff Physical Therapy Wants You To Shovel Snow Properly

NUTLEY, NJ- With the surprise snowfall yesterday and overnight the task of digging out cars, clearing steps, and shoveling sidewalks is on the top of today's agenda. 

 We reached out to Dr. Samantha Sammaro, a physical therapist at Pro Staff Physical Therapy in Nutley for some tips on how to shovel without the risk of injury. She was able to provide us with the ...

Jane Fonda Visits Newark, Calls for $15 Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

NEWARK, NJ - Jane Fonda got higher wages for women through unscrupulous means in the 1980's comedy "9 to 5," but now she's advocating for a $15 minimum wage for tipped workers in more traditional ways.

The Academy Award-winning actor and activist  spoke at Rutgers University-Newark today with advocacy groups and a state lawmaker to support a $15 minimum wage, ...

Hundreds Join Candlelight Vigil in South Orange's Spiotta Park on Sunday

October 29, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Hundreds of residents came together in Spiotta Park on Sunday evening to stand together against hate and remember the victims of the Jewish Tree of Faith Synagogue and other victims of hate crimes.

The speakers at the rally, which included community leaders, clergy and elected officials, had a common message of solidarity, peace and the need to work together to end ...

Thousands Attend Livingston Vigil After Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack

LIVINGSTON, NJ – In response to the deadliest attack on Jews in United States history, more than 2,200 people from throughout northern and central New Jersey came together at Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston on Sunday to mourn the deaths of 11 people who were murdered at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh a day before during Shabbat services.

As of 5 p.m. on Sunday, two ...

East Orange Hall of Fame Inductee Rev. Dr. Obery Hendricks, Jr. guest preacher at Christian Education Ministry Sunday at Union Baptist Church of Montclair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Contact: Rev. Dr. Campbell B. Singleton, III, Senior Pastor
Email: cbsmaestro@hotmail.com.
Location: 14 Midland Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey 07042
 

Christian Education Ministry Sunday

On Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 11:00am, Union Baptist Church of Montclair invites the community to share in our Christian Education Ministry ...

AAA: More than 1.3 Million New Jerseyans Expected to Travel for the Thanksgiving Holiday

November 14, 2018

FLORHAM PARK, NJ -  “There’s a lot to be thankful for this holiday season – higher wages, more disposable income and rising levels of household wealth,” said Robert Sinclair Jr., Manager of Media Relations for AAA Northeast. “Because of this, more travelers are kicking off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway, building on a positive year for the travel ...

Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance at Fosterfields This Weekend

Experience Historic Holiday Traditions, and Honor the U.S. Armed Forces

MORRISTOWN, N.J. On Sunday, November 11, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., experience a historic farm-style Thanksgiving holiday and mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending World War I at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township.

Roll up your sleeves, and help prep dinner at the ...

Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh Leads Officials in Launching Next Phase of Great Falls National Park Development

PATERSON, NJ- In a Friday ceremony punctuated by moving song and poetry performances by four talented Paterson residents, Mayor Andre Sayegh led a cadre of national, state, and county officials in announcing the launch of the next phase of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park improvements, the Quarry Lawn.

“This project ensures that the Paterson Great Falls National Historical ...

"Landscape of New Jersey" Exhibit Opens in Morristown

MORRISTOWN, NJ - A comprehensive statewide nature photography exhibit will be on display through the end of November at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Photographer, Dave Blinder is a licensed real estate agent, real estate photographer, volunteer board-member of Protect Our Wetlands, Water and Woods as well as photography teacher at libraries and for youth organization. His 21 county ...

Forecasters Blew It, Rutgers Climatologist Says of The Storm

November 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Thursday's autumn snowstorm hit much harder than weather forecasts predicted, the worst of it when most people would be on the roads for the evening rush hour, said Rutgers University professor and state climatologist David Robinson.

"The weather forecast was incorrect. I'm not a forecaster and I don't like to throw darts, but it was a blown forecast," ...

National Weather Service Issues Hazardous Weather Travel Advisory for Northern New Jersey for Nov. 15

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service issued a 'Winter Weather Advisory' for Thurs. November 15 for Northern NJ.

Snow and sleet are expected to start falling around 1 p.m. and continue into the night. Te chance of precipitation is 100% with accumulations expected to be between 1 and 3 inches. 

Today's high temperature will be just above the freezing ...

Slow Food Northern New Jersey to Hold Special 'Terra Madre Day' Indoor Farmers Market in Maplewood on Dec. 9

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Sunday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Slow Food Northern New Jersey will be hosting a special indoor farmers market at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd.) in Maplewood in honor of "Terra Madre Day."

According to Slow Food Northern New Jersey's website, this newly added market is to recognize Terra Madre Day, which is officially Dec. 10, and ...

2017 Bloomfield Community Health Survey Results Announced

November 16, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services has announced the results of the 2017 Community Health Assessment — a comprehensive data-driven report on the behaviors, needs and concerns of the township’s 48,000 residents.

The assessment, which is a follow-up to research conducted in 2013, consisted of four focus groups, interviews, and resident responses ...

ProStaff Physical Therapy Wants You To Shovel Snow Properly

NUTLEY, NJ- With the surprise snowfall yesterday and overnight the task of digging out cars, clearing steps, and shoveling sidewalks is on the top of today's agenda. 

 We reached out to Dr. Samantha Sammaro, a physical therapist at Pro Staff Physical Therapy in Nutley for some tips on how to shovel without the risk of injury. She was able to provide us with the ...

On Great American Smokeout Day, New Jersey Department of Human Services Urges Smokers to Get Help Quitting

On Great American Smokeout Day, New Jersey Department of Human Services Urges Smokers to Get Help Quitting

Commissioner Johnson Notes New Medicaid Cessation Benefits Available Under the Murphy Administration

Department to Also Survey Mental Health Providers on Tobacco Cessation and Education Efforts

Nov. 15, 2018

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson ...

Police Search for Clues as Identity Released of 41-Year-Old Female Victim of Fatal Stabbing on Greenwood Ave

November 13, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced Tuesday, that the Montclair Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the fatal stabbing of a female victim identified as Tameeka Johnson, 41, of Montclair.

Montclair Police ...

Essex County Prosecutor: Maximum Penalty of Life Imprisonment Possible for Montclair Attorney James R. Ray III

NEWARK, NJ – The Essex County Prosecutors Office held a press conference Wednesday afternoon announcing that the Montclair attorney accused of killing his live-in girlfriend on October 23, has been captured in Cuba.  James R. Ray, III, 55, is charged with killing the mother of his child, 44-year-old, Angela Bledsoe.
 
“We have in custody James R. Ray, III, who is charged ...

NJ Department of Education Announces Return of Troops to Teachers Program

November 18, 2018

Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) announced the return of the “Troops to Teachers” program to support the transition of veterans and members of the Armed Forces to careers in teaching. Over the next five years, the NJDOE will receive nearly $1 million to support and promote the program.

Troops to Teachers is a national program designed to ...

Building Dedicated to Rutgers Alumnus Anchors Engineering School

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In yet another expansion of its facilities, Rutgers University this week dedicated a new four-story, 106,000-square foot Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering, named in honor of a 1950 university graduate who has made major donations to his school.

The building on the Busch campus now anchors Rutgers' School of Engineering complex, and is the most recent facility built as ...

Montclair Schools Switch Course and Abruptly Close Schools for Friday, Nov. 16

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After announcing on Thursday that Montclair Public Schools would have a 2-hour delayed opening, school district officials decided to close schools for the day.

District officials stated that staffing was te reason for the sudden change. The announcement came around 8:15 a.m. on Friday morning, through the following message:

"An unexpected change in weather conditions in ...

651 'Luxury' Homes, Ferry Service, Coming to MOTBY

October 20, 2018

BAYONNE, NJ- The former site of Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne (MOTBY) will soon be the site of a 651 luxury homes according an announcement from the developers earlier this week. A joint venture partnership between JMF Properties, RD Management, and Accurate Builders & Developers, the project is slated to break ground this fall.

Joseph Forgione, founder and principal of JMF ...

Heller, Walker, Berger, Morse Victorious in Bloomfield BOE Race

November 7, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Ten candidates were vying for four positions on the Bloomfield Board of Education.  When the dust settled late Tuesday evening, the tabulations saw Michael Heller, Ralph Walker, Shane Berger and Ben Morse emerge victorious in decisive fashion.

Eight candidates were jockeying for the three, 3-year term seats.  Heller was first at 4,821 votes, followed by Walker ...

Rockwell Elected to Councilman-At-Large Seat in Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Richard Rockwell has officially been elected Councilman-At-Large as the polls came to a close on Election Day 2018.  Rockwell was originally appointed as a Council member at-Large in January after former Councilman Carlos Pomares was elected as a member of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Rockwell ran unopposed in this election.

A ...

Mikie Sherrill Votes in Montclair and Hits the Campaign Trail for Last Election Day Stops

MONTCLAIR, NJ - On Election Day, Mikie Sherrill casted her vote in the 2018 midterm election at Northeast Elementary School in Montclair. Around 10:00 a.m., she spoke to voters and the media about running in the New Jersey's 11th Congressional District.

Sherrill walked into Northeast with her husband and two of her four children. She was greeted by voters with all ...

Holiday Gifts that Keep on Giving

November 13, 2018

Make gift giving easy with unique green gifts that provide weeks and in some cases months and years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift that’s ideal for everyone, especially that person on your list who has everything.

Gardeners as well as practical family members and friends will enjoy the dual purpose the Christmas rose (Hellebore) provides. This ...

Readers Reminded to Change Clocks, Replace Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

PATERSON NJ - It’s time to fall back as Daylight Savings Time comes to an end this weekend. 

TAPinto reminds readers to turn their clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

This adjustment typically takes place automatically on smartphones, computers, and tablets. Those with non-automated devices will have to manually change the time.

With the end of Daylight ...

Five Steps this Fall to a More Beautiful Landscape

Don’t let a busy schedule stop you from creating a beautiful landscape. Incorporate a few of these changes into your fall landscape care. You’ll create beautiful results with a limited investment of time and effort.

Cut the grass, recycle fall leaves, and improve the soil with a pass of the lawn mower.   Shred leaves and leave them on the lawn as you mow this ...

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Seasonal Recipe: Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

November 17, 2018

Apple cider adds a bit of warm spice to this easy Thanksgiving side dish.

Ingredients:

12 oz. fresh cranberries, about 3 ½ cups

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup apple cider

Rinse berries and pick them over to remove any leaves or stems that might be mixed in.

Combine all ingredients in a small pot. Cook, stirring, over medium-high heat, until all of the berries ...

Forecasters Blew It, Rutgers Climatologist Says of The Storm

November 16, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Thursday's autumn snowstorm hit much harder than weather forecasts predicted, the worst of it when most people would be on the roads for the evening rush hour, said Rutgers University professor and state climatologist David Robinson.

"The weather forecast was incorrect. I'm not a forecaster and I don't like to throw darts, but it was a blown forecast," ...

Mayor Venezia’s 3nd Annual Turkey Drive Will Be Held This Sunday from 10:30 to 1:00

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Mayor Michael Venezia’s 3rd annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway will be held this Sunday, November 18 10:30am to 1:00pm. Eligible Bloomfield families will receive a turkey, pie, sweet potatoes, string beans, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Bloomfield families who are interested in attending should call Bloomfield Human Services at 973-680-4017 for criteria and to register ...

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Sun, November 18, 10:00 AM

The Commonwealth Club, Upper Montclair

Swedish Christmas Fair

Food & Drink

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Mon, November 19, 7:00 PM

Hospital Auditorium, Glen Ridge

Tour of the Birthing Center

Health & Wellness

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Fri, November 23, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library Auditorium, Montclair

Let's Listen to Jazz

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, November 24, 7:00 PM

Ravello, East Hanover

Livingston High School Class of '88 Reunion

Education Food & Drink

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Mon, November 26, 7:00 PM

Hospital Auditorium, Glen Ridge

Tour of the Birthing Center

Health & Wellness

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Wed, November 28, 7:00 PM

Hospital Conference Room 2 (Ground Floor), Glen Ridge

Becoming a Parent

Health & Wellness

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Thu, November 29, 4:30 PM

Montclair Public Library, `1st Floor Cafe, Montclair

Passport to Flavor: The Philippines

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Bloomfield Police Department Blotter October 8 to 14, 2018

October 18, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The following police blotter has been issued by Lt. Anthony Sisco of the Bloomfield Police Department.

Shoplifting:

10/10/18-Justin Hill Age 30 of Bloomfield, NJ- Officers responded to 8 Franklin Street (Stop & Shop) on a report of a shoplifter in custody. Mr. Hill was observed placing 2 four packs of Red Bull valued at $17.00 in a yellow plastic bag. He then ...

This is Why Traffic in Newark Was So Bad During The Snowstorm

November 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Why were the roads so bad lThursdy night when an autumn storm dropped anywhere from two to four inches of snow in Newark? The city was helping the state clear highways, a city spokesman said.

“The crux of the problem was that virtually all of the entry and exit points to Newark - which are all state and federal highways - were shut down,” city spokesman ...

Montclair Police Investigate Possible Shooting on Bloomfield Ave.

BREAKING NEWS...

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police are investigating a possible shooting that occurred at Finest Cuts Unisex located at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Mission Street on Saturday evening.

TAPinto was at the scene and noticed that police officials had the area sectioned off with crime tape, from the Wood Pit on Bloomfield Avenue to Bright Hope Baptist Church on ...

Off-Duty Flemington Cop Saves Choking Man

November 15, 2018

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – It happened when he was off-duty, and he only told a few people.

But there were witnesses in the restaurant, and one of them called TAPinto.

“I wasn’t looking for praise,” said Greg Zytko, a Flemington police officer.

What the officer was looking for was lunch with his family at Chick-fil-A in Phillipsburg around 1 p.m. Nov. 6.

As they were ...

Ice Rink Slides Into Westfield With Much Fanfare Sunday

WESTFIELD, NJ – An 8.3-acre park on the town’s border with Garwood is home to a regulation size ice hockey rink, at least for the next three months.

Several hundred people gathered for the formal opening of the Westfield Rink on Sunday, a temporary ice rink housed in a tent at Gumbert Park. The rink started hosting hockey practices earlier in the week and held its public skate ...

IN THE SNAP-LIGHT: Great Blue Heron Graces Lake Como on Gray Saturday Morning

November 5, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — As Lake Como’s landscape slowly turns into hues of browns, golds and oranges, a great blue heron was easily recognizable Saturday among the resident swans and ducks that call the lake home.

New Jersey’s largest wading bird is commonly seen along shorelines, river banks, and the edges of marshes, estuaries and ponds, according to the Conserve Wildlife ...

Belmar Takes Pounding from Nor’easter Packing Strong Winds, Heavy Rains

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Belmar felt the brunt of today’s nor’easter, as strong winds took down tree limbs, power lines and one utility pole, and flooding closed Route 35 at L Street for a time.

In addition, a handful of Belmar residents were still without power as of 5:30 p.m. today, October 27 — down from nearly 1,000 earlier in the day.

At Ocean Avenue and 18th ...

Beware of Latest IRS Tax Scam

November 7, 2018

I was able to prevent a person becoming a victim of the IRS scam, before he submitted the demanded payment. It seems the scam has been updated and continues beyond tax season.

In the latest version, a person pretending to be a legitimate IRS employee warned of imminent arrest for non-payment of an outstanding tax liability. A short time later the intended victim received a call from someone ...

Residents Express Support for Board of Education Candidate Jody Polidoro in Bloomfield

Dear Editor,
This letter is to encourage your readers to not only vote, but to vote for Jody Polidoro for Bloomfield Board of Education on Election Day.

We have known Jody and her family for about ten years. We first met Jody when our children began their school careers at Brookdale Elementary in their Kindergarten year,

Jody jumped right in and was an integral part of the ...

NeedQuest Hosts Thera-Palooza Special Needs Event for Families and Providers

November 13, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Thera-Palooza, a special needs therapy fair, was held here recently at the Hilton Garden Inn. 

“Thera-Palooza is an experiential event for families with loved ones with special needs,” said Leslie Crowe, the founder of NeedQuest, a local directory of special needs resources, and the organizer of Thera-Palooza. “At this event, we are bringing ...

Treelicious Orchards Celebrates Fall at their Annual Apple Festival & Benefit

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- A good time was had by all at the Apple Festival hosted by Treelicious Orchards this October. An annual event, the festival is a benefit for The Ben Samuels Children's Center for Inclusive Early Care and Education at Montclair State University.

Visitors picked their own apples at the peak of perfection, with six different varieties to choose from. The event also ...

The Jaffe Briefing - November 16, 2018

STUCK - It's as if the entire state forgot how to deal with snow at the exact same time. The autumn storm created havoc during yesterday's commute, with cops responding to hundreds of crashes. Hours of traffic. Roads closed. Speed restrictions on major highways. Cars piled all over the place, or running out of gas or breaking down. The Port Authority just gave up on its bus service ...

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine, 2013)

Jodi Picoult is the Law and Order author of our times. She uses stories “ripped from the headlines” as seeds for her plotlines and, thus, presents readers with a framework in which to discuss important societal issues, such as school shootings, teen suicides, and organ transplants. Picoult’s writing is compelling, and many of ...

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (Penguin, 2016)

 

For those readers who love thrillers, Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door, has the elements of a fine one. After all, stories about baby kidnappings are gripping as aficionados of the genre know. If the cops don’t get the stolen baby back within the first few hours of the kidnapping, chances are, the baby is dead ...

The Liberators

The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsh (Bantom Books, 2010)

 

“It was bad. It was very, very bad,” said Jay Dakelman, a medic with the 3rd Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He was describing to me the first moment that he stepped into a concentration camp, somewhere in Germany, during the final months of World War II. Jay ...

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Anchor Books, 2013)

 

Crazy Rich _________________. Fill in the blank with almost any ethnicity on the face of the earth, and the story will probably be similar from culture to culture. At the economic apex of every society one can expect to have the wealthiest, most self-indulgent, controlling people. When taken from that point of view, even though ...

NJAWBO Annual Holiday Dinner & Expo for Women Business Owners November 29 at The Bethwood in Totowa

November 16, 2018

The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) Annual Statewide Holiday Dinner and Expo will take place on November 29 at The Bethwood, 38 Lackawanna Ave, Totowa, New Jersey 07512, from 5:30 to 8:00pm.This festive holiday networking event provides an opportunity for women business owners (and those who would like to do business with them) to celebrate the season; networkwith ...

Ray Negron to Appear at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Ray Negron, NY Times best-selling author and New York Yankees executive, will be making an appearance at the Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Negron will be the “In The Sulky” guest on the pre-game show with Bob “Hollywood” Heyden.  They will discuss Negron’s relationship with George Steinbrenner, his ...

18 Label, the Perfect Venue for Your Upcoming Holiday Party

With the holiday season around the corner, booking your company party will be top of mind. You don’t need to look too far to find the perfect venue. 18 Label is currently taking center stage in the heart of Montclair. Just twelve miles outside New York City, 18 Label Studios is now open for business. This full-service, 11,000 square-foot, film and photography studio, and event space rivals ...

Obituaries

Mar 9, 1978 - Jul 13, 2018
Christopher J. Barra, Sr., lifelong resident of Bloomfield, passed away on July 13, 2018 at the age ...
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Jun 10, 1983 - Jun 17, 2018
Ryan M. Lucas, 35 Proud Marine Veteran and Nutley Firefighter Ryan M. Lucas, a lifelong ...
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NeedQuest Hosts Thera-Palooza Special Needs Event for Families and Providers

November 13, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ -- Thera-Palooza, a special needs therapy fair, was held here recently at the Hilton Garden Inn. 

“Thera-Palooza is an experiential event for families with loved ones with special needs,” said Leslie Crowe, the founder of NeedQuest, a local directory of special needs resources, and the organizer of Thera-Palooza. “At this event, we are bringing ...