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Murphy Blasts Republicans’ ‘Blatant Power Grab’ in Rushing to Replace Ginsburg

September 22, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Republican lawmakers are displaying “rank hypocrisy” in looking to “ram a nominee” for the seat left vacant by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day 2020.

Three days after Ginsburg’s death, Murphy — a Democrat — called out U.S. Senate Republicans ...

Crime Statistics and Police Incidents Drop in Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio provided a Police Department Statistical Executive Summary for year-to-date 2020 during Monday night’s Regular Council Meeting at the Municipal Building.

“Crime in general in Bloomfield over past 5 years has seen steady decreases, with burglaries this year at 31 compared to 39 at this point last year,” said ...

Four Colleges in Essex County Make Niche Top 10 List of NJ Universities

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Real estate website Niche.com has announced its 2021 list of Best Colleges in New Jersey.

Not surprisingly, Ivy League school Princeton University, which ranked No. 6 nationally, according to Niche.com, topped the New Jersey list, followed by Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers, and The College of New Jersey. (See the top ten list below.)

Princeton ...

Bloomfield Supermarket Among NJ Stores Penalized for Price Gouging Related to COVID-19

NEWARK – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs today announced actions against a dozen merchants for consumer protection violations related to COVID-19, with penalties totaling tens of thousands of dollars. Among those subject to enforcement actions are two North Jersey businesses that allegedly made false or unsubstantiated claims in the sale of ...

HUD Awards Over $75 Million in CARES ACT Relief Funds Towards Eviction Relief to New Jersey Towns: Bloomfield Receives $389k

WASHINGTON - United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson today announced the allocation of the remaining $1.988 billion in CARES Act funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  The allocation focuses funds towards places with households facing higher risk of eviction. To date, HUD has provided nearly $5 ...

Here Comes The General: Christopher Jackson Performs for Paper Mill Playhouse and You

August 14, 2020

In the run up to Saturday night’s Christopher Jackson: Live from the West Side, Jackson held a livestreaming press conference from his Westchester County home yesterday with journalists from the markets which hold the 17 regional theaters and community centers benefiting from this upcoming performance.

As a performer and songwriter, Jackson is halfway to EGOT status: he won a Grammy as ...

Bloomfield Cruisers Continue ‘Hot Summer Nights’ Classic Car Showcase Wednesday’s in August

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Bloomfield Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department partners with the Bloomfield Cruisers and Universal Technical Institute to present a series of four Classic Car ‘Hot Summer Nights’ events Wednesday’s in August.

The weekly gatherings, held from 6 to 9 pm in Universal Technical Institute’s parking lot at 1515 Broad Street, saw the ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: Fishing Update from Jim Hutchinson, Sr., September 19 Update

September 20, 2020

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The New Jersey summer flounder season ends today, September 19, and with northeast winds gusting to 30-knots and seas of 5-6-feet, few, if any, boats fished on the final day.

Now that the fluke season is over, it is time to look to the fall and begin seeing what other fish are available. Many anglers are already getting their gear ready for the fall run.

Ridgers Field Hockey and Boys Soccer Teams Starting 2020 with New Head Coaches and Plenty of Enthusiasm

GLEN RIDGE, NJ--As a new season draws near, the Glen Ridge High field hockey team has outstanding numbers on its roster.

The Ridgers will open the season on Oct. 2, with a home game at George Washington Park, against Kent Place, beginning at 4 p.m. On Oct. 7, the team visits Montclair Kimberley, also at 4.

Glen Ridge will have a new coach this fall, as Christine Villaruz succeeds Christina ...

40 Years Later: Belleville High Football Concludes a Great Season, Finishing 9-2; Frank Fazzini Surpasses 1,000 Yard Rushing Mark for Season

BELLEVILLE, NJ--The Bucs were now 8-1, having won the program’s first-ever NJSIAA playoff game, on Nov. 22, 1980, at Giants Stadium, against Morris Knolls.

(It should be noted that Belleville’s two playoff games in 1980 were contested on two of the most infamous dates in our country’s history, Nov. 22 and the state final, on Dec. 7).

With West Essex upsetting the top seed ...

Crime Statistics and Police Incidents Drop in Bloomfield

September 22, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio provided a Police Department Statistical Executive Summary for year-to-date 2020 during Monday night’s Regular Council Meeting at the Municipal Building.

“Crime in general in Bloomfield over past 5 years has seen steady decreases, with burglaries this year at 31 compared to 39 at this point last year,” said ...

Bloomfield Police Department Police Blotter September 7, to September 13, 2020

Shoplifting: 

09/10/2020-Jose Carrasco age 47 of Newark NJ. Officers responded to 60 Orange Street (Home Depot) on report of a shoplifting. Mr. Carrasco attempted to exit the store without paying for 8 packs of Diablo saw blades valued at $119.00. Mr. Carrasco was issued a summons for shoplifting and released with a pending court date. 

09/13/2020-Officers responded to 8 Franklin ...

Chilling Video Shows Four Gunmen Unleashing Hail of Bullets in New Brunswick

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A chilling video shows four men emerging from a car with guns drawn and unleashing a hail of bullets that left two dead and six injured early Sunday morning.

In the video provided to TAPinto New Brunswick, the shooters can be seen emerging from the four-door sedan with hoods pulled down in front of their faces. They open fire in the direction of 32 Delafield Street, ...

​​​​​​​OSHA Safety and Health Officer from Bloomfield and His Brother Charged with Conspiring to Extort Contractor

NEWARK, N.J. – Two Essex County, New Jersey, men – a compliance safety and health officer (CSHO) with the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and his brother – are scheduled to appear today on charges that they conspired to extort $6,000 in cash from a general contractor, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Alvaro Idrovo, 44, of ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Storage Facility Aims to Create Community for Car Enthusiasts

September 20, 2020

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Allison Kulesza, General Manager of Car Lofts in Fairfield, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about the facility's unique offerings for car enthusiasts and how the business has managed and pivoted during the pandemic. 

Car Lofts is a vehicle storage facility with a private social club for car enthusiasts, along with rental venues ...

NJ Tai Chi Founder Harry Legg Demonstrates the Health Benefits of the Ancient Martial Art

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Harry Legg, Founder of New Jersey Tai Chi, joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios to discuss and demystify the practice of tai chi, while also demonstrating some of the martial art’s moves in the studio. 

“Most people may not realize tai chi is a deadly martial art,” said Legg, “but you might wonder how ...

Cuban Pete's in Montclair Slapped with Another COVID-19 Indoor Dining Violation in Less Than a Month

August 26, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After receiving a complaint of noise, Montclair Police were called to Cuban Pete's on Sunday, August 23, to investigate. Around 8PM, responding officers noticed that three indoor tables were occupied with nearly 15 guests and subsequently cited the owner for another Executive Order violation.

Cuban Pete’s has now been hit with a second executive order violation, in ...

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

September 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...

New Jersey Date Night: San Gennaro Festival, DIY Style

As each New Jersey summer comes to a close, one sure thing that takes away the sting from saying goodbye to hot, sunshine-filled days is attending a San Gennaro Festival. This celebration, lasting 11 days in Manhattan and with smaller-scaled celebrations in our state, is a food-fest of Italian flavor. Peppers and sausage and zeppolis reign supreme with their tempting aromas in the ...

St. Thomas School Holds Successful Shoe Drive Fundraiser

September 21, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ--St. Thomas the Apostle School in Bloomfield accomplished an amazing feat—collecting more than 2,500 pairs of shoes for its first-ever shoe drive fundraiser.

St. Thomas’ Home and School Association worked with the organization Funds2Orgs to collect gently worn, new or used shoes that will be donated to people in developing countries. The school also receives a ...

Livingston Sisters Honored for Heroic Actions in Near-Suicide Incident

LIVINGSTON, NJ — When Livingston sisters Victoria and Lauren Belcuore saw a young woman sitting at the edge of a bridge in Seaside at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, they did not hesitate to pull over—risking their own safety until they successfully convinced her not to jump.

In an essay written about the incident, Lauren, a senior at Livingston High School, ...

Four Colleges in Essex County Make Niche Top 10 List of NJ Universities

September 21, 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Real estate website Niche.com has announced its 2021 list of Best Colleges in New Jersey.

Not surprisingly, Ivy League school Princeton University, which ranked No. 6 nationally, according to Niche.com, topped the New Jersey list, followed by Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers, and The College of New Jersey. (See the top ten list below.)

Princeton ...

Bloomfield's Brittany Cadet Named to Montclair State University's Spring 2020 Dean's List

MONTCLAIR, NJ--Brittany Cadet of Bloomfield, NJ was named to Montclair State University's Spring 2020 Dean's List. Cadet is a/n Public Relations major.

Cadet excelled during an unprecedented semester--including a transition to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must earn a GPA of ...

Video: Montclair Middle School Principal Abruptly Replaced After Offensive Presentation to District Staff

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After displaying a video during the Montclair District staff convocation on Wednesday, Principal Joseph Putrino was immediately removed from his position as Principal of Renaissance Middle School.

Within hours of displaying the video earlier in the day, the same evening, the Board announced that Putrino was removed and would be replaced by Acting Principal Major Jennings.

Crime Statistics and Police Incidents Drop in Bloomfield

September 22, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio provided a Police Department Statistical Executive Summary for year-to-date 2020 during Monday night’s Regular Council Meeting at the Municipal Building.

“Crime in general in Bloomfield over past 5 years has seen steady decreases, with burglaries this year at 31 compared to 39 at this point last year,” said ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Legislation Aiming to Strengthen New Jersey’s Long-Term Care Industry

TRENTON, NJ -- Saying that residents and staff of long-term care facilities in New Jersey have borne an outsized burden of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday to address systemic challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and strengthen preparedness for future outbreaks.

Of the more than 14,000 New Jersey residents killed by ...

Prudential Center to Serve as ‘Super’ Polling Site for 2020 Presidential Election

NEWARK, NJ — As cities nationwide gear up for what might arguably be one of the most important presidential elections in United States history, Newark and its corporate partners are joining forces to ensure voting access. 

Mayor Ras Baraka said at a virtual press conference Monday that thanks to a partnership between Essex County, the New Jersey Devils, Prudential Center and the ...

Bloomfield Supermarket Among NJ Stores Penalized for Price Gouging Related to COVID-19

September 21, 2020

NEWARK – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs today announced actions against a dozen merchants for consumer protection violations related to COVID-19, with penalties totaling tens of thousands of dollars. Among those subject to enforcement actions are two North Jersey businesses that allegedly made false or unsubstantiated claims in the sale of ...

Up to 40,000 NJ unemployment claims still backlogged

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Rockaway resident Alfred Cararo waited weeks for New Jersey’s Department of Labor to pay his unemployment claim.

“Just to not hear anything, just to not get any relief, ...

Headquartered in NJ, Bed Bath & Beyond Set to Lay Off 2,800

UNION, NJ – Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., headquartered in Union, has announced a major organizational realignment, including a workforce reduction of approximately 2,800 employees, estimated to save $150 million.

In a statement from the corporation, the company said the workforce reduction will impact employees “across its corporate headquarters and retail banner stores, effective ...

Overdose deaths in NJ may hit record high

September 16, 2020

Through July, deaths are up 17% as stress from lockdown, COVID added to pressures addicts faced

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Experts warned that drug and alcohol addictions were likely to increase during the ...

Number of Young Adults, Teens With COVID-19 Increasing, State Officials Say

TRENTON, NJ – As end-of-summer parties give way to welcome-back-to-college keggers, the cases of COVID-19 among New Jersey’s youngest populations are on the rise.

Residents in the 19-24 age range now represent the highest percent positivity rate in the state, according to State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.

About 6% of those ages 19 to 24 are COVID-19-positive and those ...

Bloomfield, Belleville ShopRite To Offer Free Opioid-Overdose Antidote Naloxone

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey will offer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone (commonly called Narcan) for free to residents at participating pharmacies throughout New Jersey from Sept. 24-26, announced the NJ Department of Human Services.

New Jerseyans can visit participating pharmacies and anonymously obtain naloxone for free with no prescription and no appointment, they said.

Murphy Blasts Republicans’ ‘Blatant Power Grab’ in Rushing to Replace Ginsburg

September 22, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Republican lawmakers are displaying “rank hypocrisy” in looking to “ram a nominee” for the seat left vacant by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day 2020.

Three days after Ginsburg’s death, Murphy — a Democrat — called out U.S. Senate Republicans ...

Notorious RBG Got Her Start in Newark

NEWARK, NJ - Long before she became a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent nearly a decade in Newark as a professor at the School of Law–Newark, now Rutgers Law School.

Ginsburg, 87, who died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, worked at the law school from 1963 to 1972, a period when it was at the forefront of the social justice ...

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HUD Awards Over $75 Million in CARES ACT Relief Funds Towards Eviction Relief to New Jersey Towns: Bloomfield Receives $389k

September 21, 2020

WASHINGTON - United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson today announced the allocation of the remaining $1.988 billion in CARES Act funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  The allocation focuses funds towards places with households facing higher risk of eviction. To date, HUD has provided nearly $5 ...

St. Thomas School Holds Successful Shoe Drive Fundraiser

BLOOMFIELD, NJ--St. Thomas the Apostle School in Bloomfield accomplished an amazing feat—collecting more than 2,500 pairs of shoes for its first-ever shoe drive fundraiser.

St. Thomas’ Home and School Association worked with the organization Funds2Orgs to collect gently worn, new or used shoes that will be donated to people in developing countries. The school also receives a ...

Why the Flu Shot Is More Important Than Ever. Check it off your list.

Between social distancing and mask wearing, we have been taking the necessary precautions to safeguard our health. But there’s one more important item that should be on our to-do lists. It’s the annual flu vaccination, and this year, it’s more important than ever.

The flu and COVID-19 are both highly contagious respiratory illnesses. Although they’re caused by different ...

Prudential Center to Serve as ‘Super’ Polling Site for 2020 Presidential Election

September 15, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — As cities nationwide gear up for what might arguably be one of the most important presidential elections in United States history, Newark and its corporate partners are joining forces to ensure voting access. 

Mayor Ras Baraka said at a virtual press conference Monday that thanks to a partnership between Essex County, the New Jersey Devils, Prudential Center and the ...

Essex County Freeholders in Full Support of Official Name Change to “County Commissioners”

(Trenton, NJ) – History was made on August 21, 2020 when Governor Phil Murphy signed into law legislative bill S855, which will require the title of “chosen freeholder” to be changed to “county commissioner”. The new law will require all “boards of chosen freeholders to be known as “boards of county commissioners” and all individual ...

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

September 17, 2020

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Storage Facility Aims to Create Community for Car Enthusiasts

September 20, 2020

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Allison Kulesza, General Manager of Car Lofts in Fairfield, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about the facility's unique offerings for car enthusiasts and how the business has managed and pivoted during the pandemic. 

Car Lofts is a vehicle storage facility with a private social club for car enthusiasts, along with rental venues ...

NJ Tai Chi Founder Harry Legg Demonstrates the Health Benefits of the Ancient Martial Art

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Harry Legg, Founder of New Jersey Tai Chi, joined Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV Executive Producer, at East Main Media Studios to discuss and demystify the practice of tai chi, while also demonstrating some of the martial art’s moves in the studio. 

“Most people may not realize tai chi is a deadly martial art,” said Legg, “but you might wonder how ...

The Jaffe Briefing - September 21, 2020

Editor’s Note: It is a momentous moment! The Jaffe Briefing has surpassed 35,000 subscribers, growing from just 450 readers in 2011. Thank you to all in New Jersey who support our growing morning newsletter.

STATEWIDE – Seniors read. Seniors talk to each other. Seniors vote. So why are seniors not entitled to the proposed $500 tax rebates that state legislative leaders are ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Becky Greene of TAPinto Fair Lawn/Glen Rock

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of September 2020 is Rebecca "Becky" Greene, who owns and operates TAPinto Fair Lawn/Glen Rock.  As a veteran journalist, Greene has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of Fair Lawn and Glen Rock, New Jersey.   

Q. Why did you want to ...

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland (Simon & Schuster, 2020)

 

Month and Year: August 1926

Event: At the age of 21, the tenacious Trudy Ederly, a 1924 Olympic gold medalist in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay,  became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Ederly, a Jersey girl, made it from the shores of France to the British Coast in 14 hours and ...

Too Much and Not Enough by Mary Trump

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D. (Simon & Schuster, 2020)

 

I admit it. I couldn’t wait to get my copy of Too Much and Never Enough by President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump. Mary, whose father, Fred, was Donald’s  older brother, was shunned by her grandfather and cut out of the ...

The Source by James Michener

Retro Review

The Source by James Michener, 1965. 

 

It is nearly impossible to describe the scope of The Source, a remarkable historical novel by James Michener. Nearly 1000 pages long, the rich details about the evolution of humanity, from the days of the cave dwellings till the modern era, Michener regales us with details of the many civilizations that have dwelled in the ...

New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Endorses  Mikie Sherrill for Congress

September 21, 2020

West Caldwell, NJ -- The New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (NJ FMBA) has endorsed Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) for a second term in Congress. The NJ FMBA advocates on behalf of firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers across the state of New Jersey.

“I am proud to have the support of the NJ FMBA. Throughout the pandemic, our first responders have shown unparalleled ...

Montclair/East Orange based Grassroots Nonprofit, AAngelsNJ, Needs Your Support Now!

CAN WE COUNT ON YOU? This year has been an unexpectedly difficult year.  The global covid 19 pandemic has affected all of us in one way or another and normalcy as we knew it has changed to the unknown.  This year has been extremely challenging for our nonprofit AAngelsNJ to say the least and even more so for those individuals that we assist who are diagnosed with breast cancer ...

Obituaries

Sep 29, 1974 - May 11, 2020
Charles Edward Roberts III (Rob,) 45, of Glen Ridge, NJ, entered into eternal rest on May 11, 2020 ...
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Sep 7, 1933 - Jan 14, 2020
Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather Michael A. Conca, 86 of Nutley, passed away on Tuesday, ...
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NJ Motor Vehicle Storage Facility Aims to Create Community for Car Enthusiasts

September 20, 2020

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Allison Kulesza, General Manager of Car Lofts in Fairfield, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about the facility's unique offerings for car enthusiasts and how the business has managed and pivoted during the pandemic. 

Car Lofts is a vehicle storage facility with a private social club for car enthusiasts, along with rental venues ...