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Bill to Give Research Animals a New "Leash" on Life Passes Senate

February 22, 2019

‘Home for Animals Heroes Act’ Creates Road to Adoption for Former Research Animals

TRENTON, NJ - New legislation, sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) giving research animals a chance to find their 'forever home' has passed the Senate.  The bill would require the State’s higher education institutions to offer laboratory cats and dogs to ...

Somerset County Revives Proposal for Amazon HQ2

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine plans to reopen talks with Amazon about locating the company’s second headquarters – HQ2 – in Somerset County.

He made the announcement Feb. 22 at a meeting of the Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee.

Somerset County put in a bid for HQ2 originally, he said, but “the state nixed our idea and went ...

Lenny Dykstra, Associates Defrauded Clark-based Nonprofit Lawsuit Says

CLARK, NJ – A fraudulent attempt to convert a private pool club and banquet hall into housing has been tied to embattled former professional baseball player Lenny Dykstra, court records show.

Barbara Schwartz, an attorney for Garry Ruane, owner of the Gran Centurions Banquet Hall, said her client has been ensnared in the scheme in which Linden-based real estate broker Thomas ...

Beloved Equestrian Competitor, Teacher, Dorothy Maxfield Passes Away

READINGTON TWP., N.J. — Dorothy Knocke Maxfield, who had a major influence in the equine industry in New Jersey and beyond, died Feb. 17, 2019 in Mobile, Ala.

She was born in 1943 in New York, N.Y. While growing up on the family farm, Hobby Horse Hill, in Readington Township, Maxfield and her sisters owned their first pony. This sparked a life-long passion and dedication in her as an ...

Vital Voices Revitalize 60s British Rock: 'My Very Own British Invasion' World Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn

February 19, 2019

MILLBURN, NJ — If you go see “My Very Own British Invasion” without even knowing what it’s about, here’s the thing: the core message literally broadcasts itself on the theater’s sound system as you take your seats in a mélange of hits from the 1960s British Invasion rock bands.

Iconic music transcends time and space.

Paper Mill Playhouse’s ...

Black History Month Celebration at Montclair Public Library Today

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The annual Black History Month celebration will take place on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the Montclair Public Library. 

Set to take place from 2-5pm, special invited guests include master tap dancer, Maurice Chestnut and other local talented artists such as Broadway star, Jacqueline Graham, Buzz Aldrin Middle Schooler and Chopped Junior runner-up, Megan Hackett, Hillside ...

When the Glass Breaks.... Movie Review: Glass

When the Glass Breaks…

Ambition is admirable, and effort should always be acknowledged, even when execution shatters to pieces.

Glass is the sequel to Unbreakable, the movie that arguably started the mainstream appreciation of comic books and launched the current era of comic films. M. Night Shyamalan has been trying to explore the art behind the graphic medium, showcasing the works ...

tip411: Bloomfield Police Winter Weather Event Feb. 20, 2019

February 20, 2019

 The weather forecast is calling for a Winter Weather Event on this date, 02/20/19.

The forecast is calling for an accumulation of snow and ice.

If you reside on a street that prohibits parking on snow covered streets, please move your vehicle once the street is snow covered.

The streets need to be clear so that the Department of Public Works can clean the roadways properly from ...

Statement from Bloomfield Fire Chief Louis Venezia on Fatal Watsessing Avenue Fire

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - A two alarm home fire Friday night on Watsessing Avenue in Bloomfield claimed the life of an elderly female. The fire is believed to have been accidental in nature.

The fire was reported to the Bloomfield Fire Department at approximately 5:45pm Friday night and first responders arrived within three minutes. Fire fighters entered the residence right away to conduct an ...

Bloomfield Police Department Updates Report of "Shots Fired" near Foley Field

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Detective Bureau of the Bloomfield Police Department is investigating an incident in which area residents reported three shots fired in the vicinity of Foley Field. 

Police officers responded to the area and discovered three blank gun/starter pistol casing rounds. The rounds were collected and turned over to the Detective Bueau.

A witness reported that a gray or ...

83 year old Bloomfield Resident Dies Following House Fire

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - An 83-year old Bloomfield resident died Friday night following a house fire on Watsessing Ave.

The Bloomfield Fire Department was dispatched at around 5:40 p.m. to 160 Watsessing Ave. DC Motzer called a working structure fire and upgraded it to a second alarm, bringing Montclair and Belleville units to the scene. Crews made an aggressive interior ...

3 Kids Cereal Recalled Due to Undeclared Gluten

February 21, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ - EnviroKidz Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch and Jungle Munch cereals have been recalled for  containing undeclared gluten (wheat and barley), announced Nature's Path Foods.

“Making healthy, nutritious, organic food is our passion,” says Arjan Stephens, Executive VP of Sales & Marketing at Nature’s Path. “This failure to meet ...

Rutgers Tapping into Beer, Wine Sales to Fund Athletic Scholarships

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For all the fans that sat through Rutgers University home football game during the recent 1-11 season, the university has struck on a plan that will allow those loyal followers to drown their frustrations a bit more while also helping the team.

The university athletic program today announced that it will expand beer and wine sales at the venues it manages and use the ...

Meatless Monday Recipe: Preppy Cookbook Zucchini Pie

Since its release in 2013, the Preppy Cookbook has become a favorite around here. After swooning over every morsel at Picnic in Ridgewood, as well as the other restaurants at which Christine Nunn was the chef, and knowing her CIA background I was expecting some fairly complicated recipes involving techniques that could best be explained with copious amounts of illustrations. What we got ...

Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

New NJSIAA Policy Will Require Student Athletes, Parents to Watch Opioid Education Video

February 21, 2019

TRENTON – Acting to address the increased risk of opioid abuse among high school athletes, the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (“NJ CARES”) and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (“NJSIAA”)  announced on Tuesday Feb. 19, a new partnership to educate student athletes on addiction risks ...

Bloomfield Girls Fall to Columbia 33-30; Kearny Awaits in State Tourney Monday

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – With the State Tournament on the horizon, the Bloomfield Girls Varsity Basketball squad dropped a 33-30 decision to division foe Columbia High School on Tuesday night in Maplewood.
 
This game was originally set to be played last Tuesday, February 12, but was postponed due to inclement weather.
 
This was the first time Bloomfield took the court in eight days ...

Robinson Powers Bloomfield Past Nutley 74-46 on ‘Seniors Night’ at BHS

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – On a night when the seniors were honored during one of their final regular season home games, senior forward Will Robinson was the star of the show as the Bengals thrashed cross-town rival Nutley 74-46 in boys varsity basketball on Tuesday night at Bloomfield High School.
 
Robinson, also a standout on the Bengals football squad, has played the bulk of season with ...

New Jersey Teen Honors Dad’s Memory with Annual Toy Drive for Kids Fighting Cancer

February 18, 2019

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway student, Mikey Wojcik, 13 is continuing his mission to bring smiles to children fighting cancer as they are treated for the disease at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ).

Mikey, who lost his father, Michael to pancreatic cancer in 2015 kicked-off the start of his now 3rd annual fundraising campaign on Feb. 2, his dad’s birthday.

He is ...

Former New Jersey Scoutmaster Gets Kidney from Roxbury Mom

ROXBURY, NJ – When she made a Facebook plea on behalf of her husband for a kidney donor, Succasunna resident Kathleen Whalen Williams stressed that time wasn’t on Bob’s side.

That might have been true, but Williams came to learn that something else was: The kind heart of Kim Lagitch Roumes, a fellow Roxbury resident.

On Tuesday, (Feb. 12) Roumes donated one her ...

New Jersey Man Bike Rides Across Country for Cancer Research

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta resident and cofounder and manager of the Sparta Farmers Market Mitch Morrison is about to embark on a cross country trip on his bicycle.  Morrison is riding solo from Portland, Oregon to Sparta beginning on April 10 arriving in late May.

“As part of my adventure, I am raising money for cancer research for Cycle for Survival,” Morrison ...

Bloomfield School District Receives Sandy Hook Promise National Award

February 22, 2019

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – One of the most prestigious awards ever bestowed on the township was presented Friday morning as Bloomfield Public School District was named Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 Sandy Hook Promise Start with Hello Week National Award during a ceremony at Bloomfield High School Auditorium.

Imagine being 10 years old and eating alone at a lunch table, surrounded by laughing ...

"Parent Elves" Celebrate 'Bloomfield Start with Hello' ahead of Sandy Hook Award Ceremony

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - "Parent Elves,' some under cover of darkness, all working with sidewalk chalk, offered congratulatory messages and words of kindness to Bloomfield Pulbic Schools students ahead of Friday's Sandy Hook awards ceremony. 

The Bloomfield Public School District was named the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 Sandy Hook Promise Award.  The announcement was made ...

Rutgers Tapping into Beer, Wine Sales to Fund Athletic Scholarships

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For all the fans that sat through Rutgers University home football game during the recent 1-11 season, the university has struck on a plan that will allow those loyal followers to drown their frustrations a bit more while also helping the team.

The university athletic program today announced that it will expand beer and wine sales at the venues it manages and use the ...

NJ Lawmakers Move to Ban Asbestos

February 22, 2019

TRENTON, NJ – Asbestos is a real and oft-forgotten danger in the United States, taking the lives of as many as 15,000 Americans every year.

Assembly members Lisa Swain, Robert Karabinchak and Britnee Timberlake, however, are taking action to protect the health of New Jerseyans through their bill prohibiting the sale and distribution of products containing asbestos, which was advanced by ...

What is a State of Emergency and What Does It Mean to New Jersey Residents

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Today's State of Emergency Declaration has people questioning the action, its meaning, and what they are permitted to do. 

In a nutsell, the governor of New Jersey can declare a State of Emergency when a situation has occurred, or is expected to take place, that may warrant the State to provide resources to help local governments. According to the NJ Office of ...

NJ Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency for Wed. Feb. 20

TRENTON – Today, Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency beginning Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 5:00 a.m. ahead of the anticipated winter storm. The storm is expected to start tomorrow and continue throughout the day. Executive Order No. 57 declares a state of emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed ...

Somerset County Revives Proposal for Amazon HQ2

February 22, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine plans to reopen talks with Amazon about locating the company’s second headquarters – HQ2 – in Somerset County.

He made the announcement Feb. 22 at a meeting of the Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee.

Somerset County put in a bid for HQ2 originally, he said, but “the state nixed our idea and went ...

Mark Di Ionno Joins TAPinto as Featured Columnist

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro has announced that Mark Di Ionno will be joining TAPinto as a columnist with his first piece published today. Di Ionno, who wrote for the Star Ledger, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary and author of five acclaimed books including his latest novel, “Gods of Wood and Stone”.

“We’re excited to welcome a writer of ...

Baraka Says Newark 'Well Poised' For Amazon After HQ2 Leaves New York

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka today said that Newark is “well poised” to have Amazon’s second headquarters following the retail giant’s announcement to pull out of New York.

Amazon in November selected Long Island City, Queens and Arlington, Va. over Newark for its second headquarters, with a promise to create thousands of high paying jobs. But the company faced ...

Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Newark, Removed from Ministry by Pope Francis

February 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ -- The Vatican announced on Saturday that Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, has been defrocked. It is believed to be the first time an American archbishop has been removed from the ministry following accusations of sexual abuse. 

According to the Catholic Standard, The Vatican announced that the 88-year-old ...

doorjam, the house band of the Franklin Reformed Church, hosts a CD release party

For Immediate Release:  doorjam, the house band of the Franklin Reformed Church, hosts a CD release party

What:  A Pilgrim’s Psalm – a Contemporary Oratorio for Lent; excerpts performed by doorjam.

Where:  Franklin Reformed Church, 45 Hillside Crescent, Nutley, NJ 07110     

When:  Sunday, February 24th @ 3 PM (doors ...

6th Annual Interfaith Music Festival in Montclair, Feb. 10

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The 6th annual Interfaith Music Festival will take place on February 10, 2019 at 4pm.

Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair, the event will be located at 67 Church Street. The annual event will feature musical selections from several local congregations.

Suggested donation is $5.00.

Beloved Equestrian Competitor, Teacher, Dorothy Maxfield Passes Away

February 22, 2019

READINGTON TWP., N.J. — Dorothy Knocke Maxfield, who had a major influence in the equine industry in New Jersey and beyond, died Feb. 17, 2019 in Mobile, Ala.

She was born in 1943 in New York, N.Y. While growing up on the family farm, Hobby Horse Hill, in Readington Township, Maxfield and her sisters owned their first pony. This sparked a life-long passion and dedication in her as an ...

SRU Study Shows Therapeutic Riding Reduces Stress Levels Of Adolescents With Autism

New Jersey Graduate Student On research Team

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Anyone who's been to the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center at Slippery Rock University can see the benefits horseback riding has for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Until recently, the evidence was based on the smiles on their faces, improved moods and other immeasurable indicators of reduced stress. But ...

N.J. Rider Helps Texas A&M Move Up In NCEA Rankings

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M Equestrian jumped two spots in the latest NCEA rankings with the help of a rider from New Jersey.

In victory over Sweet Briar on Feb. 15 in a Hunter Seat-only competition at the Rogers Riding Complex in Sweet Briar, Va., Adele McKenna of Rumson, N.J. scored a career high 90 to won her point in Equitation on the Flat.

The next day back at home at ...

Bill to Give Research Animals a New "Leash" on Life Passes Senate

February 22, 2019

‘Home for Animals Heroes Act’ Creates Road to Adoption for Former Research Animals

TRENTON, NJ - New legislation, sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) giving research animals a chance to find their 'forever home' has passed the Senate.  The bill would require the State’s higher education institutions to offer laboratory cats and dogs to ...

Authorities Seeking Information on Deaths of Two Cats in Asbury Park

FREEHOLD, NJ — The killing of two young cats found on a trash can in Asbury Park earlier this week is under investigation by law enforcement officials.

The public is being asked to help identify the individual responsible for the “cruel killing” of the black- and white-colored cats, whose bodies were found by authorities on February 18 on a garbage can near the 1200 block of ...

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

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 ...

Crabs Claw in Lavallette Annual Island Party Feb. 24

February 18, 2019

LAVALLETTE, N.J.- New Jersey residents have had it with winter as February rolls out and March rolls in. The Crabs Claw Inn invites all to step out of the winter doldrums and onto their own "island" at the ANNUAL Island Party!  Feel like you just got off the plane! And step into games, music, and give-a-ways and the drinks that define summer at the Jersey ...

NJFO Brings Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ to Life in Westfield Feb. 23, Madison Feb. 24

WESTFIELD, NJ — Everything seems ordinary for Floria Tosca until she becomes jealous of a blond-haired woman in a painting that her lover Mario Cavaradossi created.

Tosca questions Cavaradossi’s love for her. Although Cavaradossi says Tosca is the only one he loves, she isn’t quite convinced.

Then come more twists and turns in the couple’s lives, including a visit ...

Experience Colonial America at The Dey Mansion: George Washington Headquarters

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Presidents Day, TAPintoTV visited the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen County Militia during the Revolutionary War, ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: LBI Fishing Update

LONG BEACH ISLAND - Frigid temperatures, strong winds, snow, and freezing rain have put a damper on fishing activities in Southern Ocean County. With symptoms of “cabin fever” gripping area anglers, some are finding cures in various ways.

First, there are some local fishing flea markets along with fishing and boating shows that are only a short drive away. These ...

Driving Tips for the Afternoon Commute from AAA Northeast

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Today's State of Emergency may have gotten off to a slow start, but at the lunch hour, Northern NJ was already experiencing snow, sleet, freezing rain, or a combination of all three. Roads, as predicted, are slick.

AAA Northeast offers driving tips for those who find themselves out and about today, and face the evening communte later.  

Take the time ...

Spooky Night Out: Explore the Science of Ghost Hunting in Morristown

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The community is invited to a spooky night out at Fosterfields Living Historic Farm on Friday March 1 at 7:30pm. Visitors explore the ghost hunting phenomenon with a lecture by Frank Rigillo, founder of Specter Seekers Paranormal Society and 25 year paranormal investigator veteran.

The Spector Seekers Paranormal Society uses scientific and skeptical methods, and ...

Viking's Sixth Ocean Ship Embarked on Maiden Voyage between Athens and Rome this Weekend

February 17, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA- Viking® Cruises newest ocean ship, Jupiter, embarked on its maiden voyage, the Journey to Antiquities itinerary between Athens and Rome yesterday. The company took delivery of the ship earlier this month at at Fincantieri's shipyard in Ancona, Italy

The Journey to Antiquities route is a new itinerary for Viking. it ...

Murphy Calls for Speedy Replacement of Aging AirTrain at Newark Airport

NEWARK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy today urged the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to replace the aging AirTrain system that connects Northeast Corridor passengers to Newark Liberty International Airport. 

The AirTrain transports about 33,000 riders each day between Newark Liberty International Airport terminals, parking lots, rental car facilities and the Northeast Corridor Rail ...

Sandals Resorts Eliminates All Styrofoam Across Caribbean Resorts Starting Feb. 1 2019

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica - Sandals and Beaches resorts will eliminate all Styrofoam from their resorts in the Caribbean starting Feb. 1, 2019. Sandals operates 19 resorts on seven islands including the Bahamas, Grenada, and Turks & Caicos. 

"As we enter the New Year, it's incredibly important to our Sandals family that environmental sustainability remains a key ...

RAVE Reviews Publishes Ranking of 10 Best Ski Towns in America

EUGENE, OR - Ski season is upon us and RAVE, the lifestyle review site, recently published the list of the ten best ski towns in the United States. 

"Hitting the slopes is more than just a hobby for some, it's an outlet or an easy way to leave their worries behind. We want it to be easier for everyone to experience that," said Hillary Miller, Managing Editor for RAVE ...

Rutgers is Home to 1,600 Plants, Animals and Counting

February 19, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Across New Jersey, Rutgers University has more than 24 properties and campuses, and on those lands people have recorded more than 1,600 animals, insects, plants and other life forms.

“I don’t know of any other university that has a growing species list on such a large scale for all their campuses and properties, such as within an entire U.S. state,” said ...

Assembly Democratic Resolution Package Dedicated to Increase Recycling, Clean Up Plastic Pollution Clears Assembly Panel

TRENTON, NJ – Looking to protect New Jersey’s critically important environmental health, Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Carol Murphy and Jim Kennedy sponsored two resolutions aimed at combatting the negative impact plastics have on our environment. The resolutions cleared the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Thursday, of which ...

JerseyJam 2019 Will Attract 5,000 Scouts to Waterloo Village this October

CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ – Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council announced that it will host “Jersey Jam 2019,” a jam-packed weekend of activities, exhibits, demonstrations, competitions and special events that’s expected to attract 5,000 Scouts, Explorers, Venturers and Sea Scouts from New Jersey and neighboring states. Scheduled for October 4 – 6, 2019 at ...

NJ Lawmakers Move to Ban Asbestos

February 22, 2019

TRENTON, NJ – Asbestos is a real and oft-forgotten danger in the United States, taking the lives of as many as 15,000 Americans every year.

Assembly members Lisa Swain, Robert Karabinchak and Britnee Timberlake, however, are taking action to protect the health of New Jerseyans through their bill prohibiting the sale and distribution of products containing asbestos, which was advanced by ...

New NJSIAA Policy Will Require Student Athletes, Parents to Watch Opioid Education Video

TRENTON – Acting to address the increased risk of opioid abuse among high school athletes, the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (“NJ CARES”) and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (“NJSIAA”)  announced on Tuesday Feb. 19, a new partnership to educate student athletes on addiction risks ...

Governor Phil Murphy Invests $1.4 Million to Combat Opioid Epidemic and Boost Recovery Supports

TRENTON, NJ  – Governor Phil Murphy, through New Jersey Department of Human Services, has invested an additional $1.4 million into efforts to eradicate the opioid crisis that has plagued New Jersey.

According to a statement released on Tuesday, the funding comes in the way of grants for new addiction treatment programs focusing on peer recovery, intensive support for ...

Lenny Dykstra, Associates Defrauded Clark-based Nonprofit Lawsuit Says

February 22, 2019

CLARK, NJ – A fraudulent attempt to convert a private pool club and banquet hall into housing has been tied to embattled former professional baseball player Lenny Dykstra, court records show.

Barbara Schwartz, an attorney for Garry Ruane, owner of the Gran Centurions Banquet Hall, said her client has been ensnared in the scheme in which Linden-based real estate broker Thomas ...

Three Elizabeth Men Charged in Multiple County Robbery Spree

NEWARK, N.J. – Three men from Elizabeth have been charged with robbing liquor multiple stores at gunpoint starting on November 2018, that spanned into three counties.

According to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, Paul Jimenez, 29, Jaime Fontanez, 41, and Vincent Chan-Guillen, 28, of Elizabeth, are all charged by complaint with one count of conspiring to commit robbery and one count of ...

West Orange Township Announces Intention to Purchase Rock Spring Country Club

February 6, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After 90 minutes of deliberating in closed session with members of the West Orange Township Council, Mayor Robert Parisi surprised the public at Tuesday night’s public meeting when he announced the township’s intention to purchase Rock Spring Country Club.

His proclamation comes less than a week after Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo announced ...

Bill Would Require Fire Suppression Systems in New Homes

TRENTON, NJ – In 2016, 53 people in New Jersey loss their lives in a fire and another 239 sustained injuries from deadly blazes. Legislation sponsored by state Assembly members Annette Quijano, Joe Danielsen and Annette Chaparro hopes to prevent such deaths and injuries as part of the “New Home Fire Safety Act.” 

The measure cleared the Assembly Housing and Community ...

Caldwell Residents Rally to Stop Demolition of Historic Home on Smull Avenue

CALDWELL, NJ — In response to the news that the owner of the residence located at 30 Smull Avenue in Caldwell has applied to have the structure torn down, many area residents as well as Preservation New Jersey (PNJ) have expressed disapproval, claiming it to be an important part of the borough’s history and architectural heritage.

Some residents have taken action to ...

Poll: Would You Cast a Vote For Booker as President in 2020?

February 5, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced his bid for president Friday morning, entering a crowded field of Democrats looking to get the party's nomination.

With the 2020 election 637 days away, the junior U.S. senator is wasting no time. The 49-year-old made his announcement on Twitter with a video touting his past in Newark.

"I am the only senator who goes home to a ...

Booker Addresses Lead in Newark, Beyond: 'We Should All Be Morally Outraged'

NEWARK, NJ - The former mayor of Newark who tossed his hat in the 2020 presidential election today said there should be fewer corporate tax breaks and more investment in infrastructure to address elevated lead levels in Newark and around the county. 

Booker, who was mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013, earlier this morning announced he would seek the presidency in 2020. He held a press ...

Former Newark Mayor Announces Presidential Bid

Former Newark Mayor and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced on Twitter this morning that he was running for president of the United States.

Booker's announcement on the first day of Black History Month comes as no surprise. The 49-year old senator's run was years in the making and he has recently stepped up his travel to early primary states, including in Iowa, New Hampshire and South ...

Planning a Deer Resistant Garden

February 18, 2019

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul. 

  - Luther Burbank

We were looking forward to growing some brightly colored flowers when we moved to our new house, however, we did not anticipate such an overwhelming presence and the never-ending appetite of the white-tailed deer. We hope to share some helpful ...

Start an Indoor Garden with Kitchen Scraps

The pantry is full of fall favorites like squash, onions and potatoes, but busy schedules may have you finding a few things growing in the back of your cupboard. With little effort and a pinch of creativity you can grow these into a very imaginative indoor garden.  

Kids and adults love to watch kitchen discards grow into new plants. According to KidsGardening.org, a national nonprofit, ...

Heart Shaped Plants to Give for Valentine’s Day

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Consider giving your valentine something different this year. Select an indoor plant with heart shaped leaves or flowers.

Anthuriums are an easy-to-grow, low maintenance, long-blooming indoor plant. The red, pink or white heart shaped flowers rise above glossy green leaves.

Pothos and philodendron with heart shaped leaves are easy-to-grow and long time favorites.

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Bloomfield to Host Lead Remediation Forum Feb. 25 in Town Hall

February 12, 2019

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Mayor Michael Venezia and the Township Council will hold a Community Public Forum to discuss the township's lead remediation program.

The forum is slated to start at 6:00 p.m pm Monday Feb 25 in Council Chamber in Bloomfield Town Hall. 

All residents are invited to attend and participate in the conversation.

 

tip411: Winter Weather Event Feb 12, 2019 in Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The weather forecast is calling for a weather event on this date, 02/12/19, with accumulating snow and ice.

If you reside on a street that prohibits parking on snow covered streets, please do not park your vehicle on that street once it becomes snow covered.

The streets need to be cleared of parked vehicles so that DPW can plow effectively from curb to curb.

If your ...

Local News: Real Stories About Us

For a dozen years I was a news columnist at the state’s largest newspaper and in the decade prior to that, I was its editor in charge of all local news.

I semi-retired from that company in December and wrote a farewell column expressing gratitude for being able to make a living doing something I loved for more than 40 years.

In that continued spirit, here is my inaugural column for ...

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Bloomfiled Police Department Blotter Feb 4 to Feb 10, 2019

February 15, 2019

Shoplifting:

2/5/19- Desmond Persaud Age 28 of Bloomfield, NJ- Officers responded to 8 Franklin Street (Stop & Shop) on report of a shoplifter in custody. Mr. Persaud was observed placing multiple items in a cart and exited the store without paying. The suspect was stopped and brought back into the store with all merchandise. The merchandise was multiple chocolate bars, garbage bags, and ...

School Budget of $129.9M Introduced at Montclair BOE Meeting

February 22, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ – A preliminary budget of $129,999,204 for the 2019-2020 school year was introduced during the public meeting hosted by Montclair Board of Education on Tuesday evening at the George Inness Annex Atrium on Park Street.

Presiding over the meeting were Superintendent Kendra Johnson, Board President Laura Hertzog, Vice President Joseph Kavesh, Business Administrator and Board ...

Former Coach Admits Sexually Assaulting 12-year old Nutley Girl

NEWARK, NJ - A 30 year old Belleville man admitted to sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Nutley.

According to the Essex County Prosecutors Office, the accused worked as a youth basketball coach with Amateur Athletics Union (AAU), a youth basketball league which held practices at the Abundant Life Academy in Nutley and Our Lady of Sorrows in South ...

Somerset County Revives Proposal for Amazon HQ2

February 22, 2019

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine plans to reopen talks with Amazon about locating the company’s second headquarters – HQ2 – in Somerset County.

He made the announcement Feb. 22 at a meeting of the Somerset County Employers Legislative Committee.

Somerset County put in a bid for HQ2 originally, he said, but “the state nixed our idea and went ...

Cops: Sussex County Bomber's Other Skill - Magic Mushrooms

ROXBURY, NJ – When police searched the Port Morris home of a man accused earlier this month of detonating a homemade bomb in Sussex County they discovered a hallucinogenic mushroom growing operation protected by cameras and filled with strategically placed weapons, according to court records.

Details of the findings are included in a Feb. 7 affidavit filed by Roxbury Police Detective Tom ...

Sick Baby Seal Found Ashore in Belmar Now Recovering at Marine Mammal Stranding Center

February 17, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Seal spottings on Belmar’s beaches and in its marina during the early spring usually attract much attention — except apparently for the malnourished seal that was discovered ashore in the borough on February 6.

The baby gray seal was rescued by volunteers of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC), where it is now rehabilitating, according to the ...

Star of ‘Cara’s Cucina’ to Host Groundwork Elizabeth Gala Feb. 27

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel.

A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban agriculture initiatives, youth programing and more.

“So ...

Gun Violence Protection

January 30, 2019

The top priority of the 116th Congress must be to pass H.R.8, a bipartisan bill that would require background checks on all gun sales, including those from unlicensed dealers, gun shows, and online vendors.

The average American is 25 times more likely to be shot and killed by a firearm than in any other developed nation! This is simply unacceptable and absolutely ...

Bloomfield Bengals Athletic Update Feb. 4, 2019

Saif Younas stunned the opposition at the Sectional Track Championship running a career best 6.70 to win the 55-meter dash. Rendell Amilcar posted a 53.16 good enough for 4th place in the 400-meter. Saif and Rendell teamed up with Colyer Samper and Jordan Mosley to place 5th in the 4x400 in a time of 3.37.

Wrestling hosted the annual Gray Cup- held in honor of Bengal great Dan Gray- ...

Michael Torpey Discusses the Student Debt Crisis on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

February 20, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- A new game show on truTV called “Paid Off with Michael Torpey” offers relief from student debt to its winners. Actor and Host, Michael Torpey, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss the very real problem of outstanding college loan debt and how his show attempts to tackle this issue.

The show features recent college grads with student loan debt who ...

11th Annual Mustard Seed Dinner Dance Gala to Benefit Disabled Children Will Take Place March 9th

PATERSON, NJ -- The Mustard Seed Children’s 11th Annual Dinner Dance Gala will be held on March 9th at the Valley Regency in Clifton, beginning at 7pm. The event is a fundraiser for the Mustard Seed Community in the Dominican Republic, which supports orphan children with both physical and mental disabilities.

Mustard Seed Communities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 22, 2019

AT THE POLLS - Jump in your time machine to Nov. 3, 2020. You are at the polls, ready to vote for President. You pass through that red curtain and scan the screen. Wait! Donald Trump is not listed as a candidate for President? Could that be??  Possibly, yes, if some New Jersey Democrats have their way. They are reviving the futile effort to get Trump to release his tax returns, or be ...

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher

Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher. (Hanover Square Press, 2018)

 

The point of view from which a novel is told influences the reader’s perception of events, until we decide whether or not to trust the narrator. I wouldn’t classify Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to ...

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. (Harper, 2018)

 

Twelve million civilians died in the death camps in Europe during World War II. Six million victims were of the Jewish faith; the other six millions were comprised of political prisoners, gypsies, homosexuals, Catholics, and the mentally and physically handicapped. For each of those 12 million people, extraordinary stories ...

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner. (Atria, 2014).

Jennifer Weiner has captured the angst and humiliation of a young mother who is trapped in a situation that many professionals in their 30s, 40s and 50s face. While balancing a demanding career with raising children and caring for aging parents, people develop a variety of coping mechanisms to help them deal with daily stress. The wiser and ...

Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Tony’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (Harper and Collins, 2018)

When I was a teenager, dancing in my room to “Dancin’ Machine” by the Jackson Five or “Jungle Boogie” by Kool and the Gang, my father would, on occasion, poke his head into my room and query, “What are you listening to?” I knew that I was in for “the lecture,” how young people ...

Mark Di Ionno Joins TAPinto as Featured Columnist

February 19, 2019

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro has announced that Mark Di Ionno will be joining TAPinto as a columnist with his first piece published today. Di Ionno, who wrote for the Star Ledger, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary and author of five acclaimed books including his latest novel, “Gods of Wood and Stone”.

“We’re excited to welcome a writer of ...

Tragedy Leads New Jersey Man to Find Great Purpose

Dan Sarnowski and Betsy Niles met on an online dating website in 2001. Although never married, the couple shared a great life and many wonderful memories together.

“Betsy and I were together for 10 years,” said Sarnowski. “In March of 2011, she was struck by a man driving a van which led to massive brain damage. Shortly after the accident, she was declared brain dead and ...

Assembly Democratic Resolution Package Dedicated to Increase Recycling, Clean Up Plastic Pollution Clears Assembly Panel

TRENTON, NJ – Looking to protect New Jersey’s critically important environmental health, Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Carol Murphy and Jim Kennedy sponsored two resolutions aimed at combatting the negative impact plastics have on our environment. The resolutions cleared the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Thursday, of which ...

Saint Cassian 4th Annual 5K and Kids Fun Run at Brookdale Park, Apr. 13

Mark your calendars for the Fourth Annual Saint Cassian 5K & Kids Fun Run on Saturday - April 13, 2019 at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield, New Jersey.  The Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9:00 a.m.

All Fun Run participants receive a ribbon.  In the 5K, medals will be presented to the overall male and female winners, along with age category winners (male and female).

Obituaries

- Feb 8, 2018
Pao-Chin Bailey, of Bloomfield, was called home to be with her beloved husband Richard, on Friday ...
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Apr 30, 1941 - Feb 4, 2019
A musician who loved being outdoors and solving puzzles Daniel T. Meola. 77 of Nutley passed ...
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Michael Torpey Discusses the Student Debt Crisis on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

February 20, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- A new game show on truTV called “Paid Off with Michael Torpey” offers relief from student debt to its winners. Actor and Host, Michael Torpey, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss the very real problem of outstanding college loan debt and how his show attempts to tackle this issue.

The show features recent college grads with student loan debt who ...