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Equine Sanctuary Owner To Appear In Court On Animal Cruelty Charges

July 17, 2018

WATERFORD, N.J. — A woman operating an equine sanctuary is scheduled to appear in Camden County Superior Court on July 24 to answer dozens of charges after allegedly neglecting the animals in her care.

Sarah Rabinowitz, 62, of Waterford, who operates Labrador Hill Equine Sanctuary, was charged with with 57 counts of fourth degree “Causing Bodily Injury to a Living Animal or ...

Lawmakers Denounce SCOTUS Nomination at Essex County Courthouse

NEWARK, NJ - State Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin said it was important to support local women’s health organizations at a state level should President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee be approved.

The assemblywoman joined state Sen. Teresa Ruiz, congressional leaders and women's rights groups yesterday at the steps of the Essex County Courthouse ...

‘Township of Bloomfield’ Facebook Page Launches as a Hub for Important Community Updates

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- In an effort to disseminate important information more easily through social media, the Township of Bloomfield has created a centralized Facebook page. The page, called “Township of Bloomfield” and accessible at Facebook.com/bloomfieldtwpnj will be updated almost daily, and will share important updates from township departments as well as original ...

USGA Junior Amateur: Vilips, Chinn Lead after First Round of Stroke Play

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Australian 16-year-old Karl Vilips and 15-year-old Kelly Chinn of Great Falls, Va., each fired the lowest scores of the day at 5-under-par 66 on Baltusrol’s Golf Club’s Upper Course after the first round of the 118th U.S. Amateur Championship in Springfield Monday.

Akshay Bhatia, of Wake Forest, N.C., who the AJGA Polo Junior Classic at nearby Echo Lake Country ...

Newark's Lincoln Park Sustainable Health & Wellness Initiative Celebrates 5 Years at Annual Music Festival

July 14, 2018

The 13th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival is expected to draw more than 50,000 attendees to Newark’s Lincoln Park for a three-day festival featuring jazz, gospel, house and hip-hop beginning July 27th.

But the festival is not just about the music.

For the fifth year in a row, the festival will feature a Sustainable Health and Wellness Village (SHWV) that will offer free health ...

Thousands Come Out for Billy Gilman Concert and Fireworks at Brookdale Park

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Thousands of people from all over the county came out to Essex County Brookdale Park on the Bloomfield / Montclair border for a concert featuring Billy Gilman from the NBC series 'The Voice.' Fireworks followed the concert. 

The evening began with performances by the Belle Tones, followed by headliner Billy Gilman. The fireworks for the evening were ...

3rd Annual Newark International Film Festival Accepting Submissions

NEWARK, NJ - Three days filled with celebrity guests and showcases from both local and international filmmakers are coming to the city in September.

The third annual Newark International Film Festival will return Sept. 6 and run through Sept. 9, 2018. The festival has grown each year since it was first created, with the city last year hosting 10,000 attendees seeing films across ...

West Caldwell Resident Sworn In as Bloomfield Fire Chief

July 17, 2018

WEST CALDWELL, NJ – Louis Venezia, a resident of West Caldwell since 2011, was sworn in as Bloomfield’s Fire Chief earlier this week, filling a vacancy left when Chief Joseph McCarthy retired earlier this year.

Venezia has been with the department for 19 years, the last five of which he served as its deputy fire chief. Filling that role now is Robert Barra, a Fairfield resident who ...

Bloomfield Woman Faces Drug Charges After Crashing BMW into Parked Car in Nutley

NUTLEY, NJ - A 28 year old Bloomfield woman is facing drug charges including being under the influence and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) following a car crash in Nutley last Sunday. 

A BMW crashed into a parked car on Franklin Ave around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The force of the impact caused the front end of the parked car into a utility pole near the parking lot of a ...

Bloomfield Fire Department Responds to Union City Blaze

UNION CITY, NJ-- As units from North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue battled a fatal five alarm fire in Union city, companies from Essex county were called in to provide mutual aid coverage into the area. As crews were arriving, a second fire was reported and multiple units including Bloomfield Engine 3 and Nutley Engine 1 responded directly to the fire, which was located at 1219 ...

Montclair Police Search for Stabbing Suspect

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a stabbing in the area of Miller Street on Monday at 10:49 p.m. The suspect is currently at large.

Officers arrived to find that a 48-year-old Montclair man had been stabbed and already transported to the hospital by relatives. He was suffering from multiple stab wounds to the abdomen.

New Restaurant Buys ‘Pocketed’ Westfield Liquor License

July 12, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved the transfer of a liquor license to Westfield Hospitality LLC for its Westfield Fish & Brew Company during the council's meeting Tuesday night. The license had been bought from Jeffrey’s when it closed in 2014 and remained unused, or “pocketed,” by that owner until now.

Though the restaurant does not ...

Springfield Avenue 7-Eleven in Maplewood Closed by Board of Health

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Health Department shut down the 7-Eleven at 1712 Springfield Ave. near Tuscan Road on Friday for an undisclosed violation of the Township Health Code.

The red “unsatisfactory” notice was placed at the entrance on July 6, stating only that the store received an “unsatisfactory” sanitary inspection report from the health ...

Landmark Grain House Restaurant Celebrating 250th Anniversary in Basking Ridge

Editor's Note: The following article on the 250th anniversary of the history of the Grain House restaurant building was submitted by Brooks Betz, a trustee for The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills (THSSH, www.thssh.org). The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills includes Bernards Township, Bedminster, Bernardsville, Far Hills, and Peapack & Gladstone, and is ...

People Are Spreading Dangerous Bacteria Around the Kitchen and Don’t Even Realize It; says New Study by USDA

WASHINGTON – A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that when it comes to handwashing before meals, consumers are failing to properly clean their hands 97 percent of the time. Rushed handwashing can lead to cross-contamination of food and other surfaces, resulting in foodborne illness.

“As a mother of three young children, I am very familiar with the mad ...

USGA Junior Amateur: Vilips, Chinn Lead after First Round of Stroke Play

July 17, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Australian 16-year-old Karl Vilips and 15-year-old Kelly Chinn of Great Falls, Va., each fired the lowest scores of the day at 5-under-par 66 on Baltusrol’s Golf Club’s Upper Course after the first round of the 118th U.S. Amateur Championship in Springfield Monday.

Akshay Bhatia, of Wake Forest, N.C., who the AJGA Polo Junior Classic at nearby Echo Lake Country ...

Tee times, Pairings Announced for Start of Next Week’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol GC in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – The USGA U.S. Junior Amateur Championship starts Monday.  The pairings for the first two rounds of the 71st edition were recently announced.

Monday (July 16) and Tuesday (July 17) tee times will be played on the 7,280-yard, par-71 Upper Course and at the 7,313-yard, par-70 Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Monday, Tuesday tee times & pairings

The ...

Sports, Medicine, and the Opioid Crisis at Yogi Berra Museum July 21

LITTLE FALLS NJ - The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center will host an in-depth conversation about the national opioid crisis on July 21. The event will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Dr. Robert L. Johnson, Dean of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School will lead the conversation about opioids and sports with a question and answer period to follow. 

There will also be a presentation ...

Fundraiser Set Up for Family of Boy Killed in Crash Saturday on his First Birthday

July 10, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for the family of the 1-year-old boy killed when he, his mother and brother were hit by a car on Anderson Street in Raritan Saturday.

Matías Ortega was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit two cars and then his family as he was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, Domitila Rosales. Rosales is ...

Westfield GSP Raises over $17K to benefit Paramus Children's Health Foundation, East Brook Crash Victims

PARAMUS, NJ -- On June 20, 2018, Westfield Garden State Plaza’s retailers and restaurants participated in the mall-wide initiative Shop & Dine For A Cause by donating funds and a percentage of their sales for the day to support the victims and families of the East Brook school bus crash that claimed two lives and left dozens injured. The total amount raised ...

Circle of Friends Annual Golf Outing: Time to Sign Up to Tee Off for Worthwhile Cause

BELMAR, NJ — An afternoon on the links and an evening of enjoyment is on tap for the Circle of Friends-HYDAS annual golf outing on Tuesday, July 17 at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune.

Traditionally the largest fundraiser for the all-volunteer organization, the outing will feature a round of golf with a 1 p.m. shotgun start, as well as lunch and dinner served buffet-style at 6:30 ...

Missing Cat in Bloomfield: Have You Seen 'Garbage'

July 6, 2018

BLOOMFIELD. NJ - 'Garbage; has gone missing from her home on Berkeley Ave and needs your help.

Garbage, also known as 'Garbarb' was last scene on the morning of July 5. She is an indoor cat and is probably very frightened as she has never been outdoors. 

Anyone with information or sightings is asked to call 646-236-7505 or 917-881-9754.

Dog Park Opens at Hilltop Reservation

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The new Off-Leash Dog Park in the Essex County Hilltop Reservation in North Caldwell opened on Friday, becoming the fourth dog park in Essex County parks.  

"We are happy that residents are now able to take advantage of this dog park. It's another example of the great recreation facilities that are provide by our County Executive," Verona Mayor Kevin ...

Montclair Township Animal Shelter Reopens

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After a fire swept through the dog run of the Montclair Township Animal Shelter nearly two years ago, Montclair officials commemorated a reopening of the facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

On Wednesday, the Township of Montclair, Friends of the Township of Montclair Animal Shelter and employees, welcomed the public to the ribbon cutting ceremony. The re-opening ...

Lawmakers Denounce SCOTUS Nomination at Essex County Courthouse

July 17, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - State Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin said it was important to support local women’s health organizations at a state level should President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee be approved.

The assemblywoman joined state Sen. Teresa Ruiz, congressional leaders and women's rights groups yesterday at the steps of the Essex County Courthouse ...

‘Township of Bloomfield’ Facebook Page Launches as a Hub for Important Community Updates

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- In an effort to disseminate important information more easily through social media, the Township of Bloomfield has created a centralized Facebook page. The page, called “Township of Bloomfield” and accessible at Facebook.com/bloomfieldtwpnj will be updated almost daily, and will share important updates from township departments as well as original ...

Pharma Company Being Sued by Newark Gets $40M In State Tax Credits

NEWARK, NJ - A pharmaceutical company being sued by Newark for its alleged role in the overprescription of opioids just received a major tax break from the state of New Jersey.

The city in 2017 sued several opioid manufacturers, including Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, for alleged “deceptive” marketing strategies that led to the overprescription of opioids. In late ...

Safety in Numbers: Computer Scientist Races to Develop Unhackable Code to Protect Everyone’s Data

July 15, 2018

Newark boasts a large – and growing – tech force. Brainwalk, an occasional series, will introduce you to some of its rising stars.

You’ve seen the ominous headlines. Armies of hackers working at the behest of hostile nation-states 24/7 to steal intelligence from our defense agencies. Apolitical hacker-thieves breaking into companies to cop trade secrets and our credit ...

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Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters here.

It’s one of two ordinances that were approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Festival of the Sea at St. Francis in Brant Beach August 8-12

July 15, 2018

BRANT BEACH - Everyone enjoys the excitement of a summer carnival.  It brings out the child in all of us.  Since 1975, St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been hosting the Festival of the Sea Carnival, annually.   The Festival of the Sea begins Wednesday, August 8, and continues through Sunday, August 12. The carnival will be open nightly (weather permitting) from 6:00 to ...

Presbyterian Church Steeple, a Roxbury Landmark, Gets Overdue Attention

ROXBURY, NJ - The long-sought restoration of the iconic, but decaying steeple atop the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna is underway.

Using a massive hydraulic boom lift, workers from Main Street Custom Homes and Remodeling of Succasunna, got a close-up look today at the 165-year-old structure. The company, headquartered a few doors away, is volunteering the project management ...

Interfaith Vigil of Solidarity, Justice, Compassion, and Equity in Bloomfield Sunday

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The clergy and congregations of several Bloomfield houses of worship will be gathering on Sunday June 24 at 6 p.m. in a prayer vigil against separation of children from parents at the U.S. - Mexico border. 

The event "Defending the Sanctuary of The Family, An Interfaith Vigil of Solidarity, Justice, Compassion, and Equity with Immigrant ...

Festival of the Sea at St. Francis in Brant Beach August 8-12

July 15, 2018

BRANT BEACH - Everyone enjoys the excitement of a summer carnival.  It brings out the child in all of us.  Since 1975, St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been hosting the Festival of the Sea Carnival, annually.   The Festival of the Sea begins Wednesday, August 8, and continues through Sunday, August 12. The carnival will be open nightly (weather permitting) from 6:00 to ...

Westfield to Hold 3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ Celebrating Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

Zip Line Adventure Park Coming to Morris County

ROXBURY, NJ - Two parcels of land totaling 48 acres have been approved for a zip line adventure park which will be located at Mount Arlington Road and Rt. 46 in the Ledgewood section of Roxbury township.  Flagstaff Extreme LLC is the buyer and the owner of an extreme adventure course located in Flagstaff, AZ.  The company has similar parks throughout the mid-west and has been ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...

Butterfly Tent Safari Coming to Essex County Environmental Center

July 9, 2018

ROSELAND, NJ – The public can experience the “Butterfly Tent Safari” at the Essex County Environmental Center. The Butterfly Tent Safari is an interactive display where visitors can observe hundreds of butterflies while walking through a tent. It will be held as ...

Randolph Girl Scout Raises Awareness of Chewing Gum Litter Dangers

RANDOLPH, NJ -  This summer, 8th grade Girl Scout Juliana Puttre plans to raise awareness for chewing gum litter -- which endangers animals, the environment and local property -- through added signage at Freedom and Brundage Parks.

For her Girl Scout Silver Award project, Puttre needed to find a problem to solve that helped the community in the process. Over the past few months, she ...

Why it’s Getting Harder to Get Garbage and Recycling Picked Up in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ – Changes in the recycling industry have trickled down to Westfield. 

In June, the town announced that household recyclables will be subjected to stricter guidelines to qualify for curbside — no more shredded paper or plastic bags. 

“Our vendor, Giordano Company, is also moving toward the elimination of plastic types #3-#7 as recyclable items, but ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

July 16, 2018

(TRENTON) – The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory Through 6 p.m. Tuesday July 17

NEW YORK, NY, - The National Weather Service issued a 'Heat Advisory' this morning for Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union and Hudson Counties in New Jersey. The heat advisory will remain in effect from noon Monday July 16 until 6 p.m. Tuesday July 17.

Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at- risk population who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during ...

Newark's Lincoln Park Sustainable Health & Wellness Initiative Celebrates 5 Years at Annual Music Festival

The 13th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival is expected to draw more than 50,000 attendees to Newark’s Lincoln Park for a three-day festival featuring jazz, gospel, house and hip-hop beginning July 27th.

But the festival is not just about the music.

For the fifth year in a row, the festival will feature a Sustainable Health and Wellness Village (SHWV) that will offer free health ...

Grand Jury Indicts Owner, Wife & Associates of Smiles II Go-Go Bar in Roxbury

July 14, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ - Two years after they were arrested, the owners of the Smiles II go-go bar in Ledgewood, and seven associates, were indicted this week by a state grand jury, officials said today.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal today said the grand jury asserted Kevin Lipka, 63, of Livingston, the owner of the closed establishment, his wife, Shelly, 62, and the ...

Women's Prison Guard Guilty on Sex Charges

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Another state corrections officer has pled guilty to charges related to sexual behavior at Edna Mahan women’s prison.

The prison, located in Union Township, is the state’s only women’s prison.

Ahnwar Dixon, who worked as a Senior Corrections Officer at the prison, pled guilty to three counts of second-degree official misconduct related to his job at ...

Watchung Booksellers: Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip, July 11

July 8, 2018

Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip, Wed, July 11th, 4:30pm-6:30.pm

https://www.watchungbooksellers.com/event/scholastic-summer-reading-road-trip

Join Scholastic on the ultimate reading road trip, as they tour the country with some amazing authors, illustrators  and characters!

The tour bus will be stopping by Watchung Booksellers on Wednesday, July 11th, at 4:30pm with ...

Declaration of Independence – What is it?

The definition of a free country is where the government does not control what people say or do for political reasons and where people can express their opinions without punishment. The transition from a totalitarian state to a free country will be long and slow.

In a 2017 report Freedom House said that of the 195 countries assessed, 87 (45%) were rated Free, 59 (30%) Partly Free, ...

Beloved West Orange Science Teacher Dies at 54; Colleagues Establish Scholarships

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Beloved Liberty Middle School science teacher Susan Zaccaro, 54, died following an illness on June 30. 

Zaccaro was born in Edison and lived in Nutley. She taught science at Edison Middle School from 1990-2005 and moved to Liberty Middle School when it opened its doors in 2005, teaching until the time of her death. She was known not only as a mentor for teachers, ...

Two Apartment Buildings Planned Opposite Brookside Park in Bloomfield

July 10, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The old Marty’s Shoes building on Broad Street in Bloomfield could be torn down and replaced with three dozen apartments.

For several years, new residential and mixed-use developments in Bloomfield have largely been clustered in the blocks surrounding Bloomfield Avenue, with complexes such as Avalon Bloomfield Station and The Green at Bloomfield rising in the ...

Entrepreneurs Continue Bloomfield's Centuries' Old Pioneering Tradition

To the Editor:

The initial patent for the land that would become Bloomfield Township was granted to the English Puritan colonists of Newark, and the area assigned to Essex County in 1675, and Newark Township in 1693. From the 1690s to about the 1720s, much of the northern and eastern land was sold to descendants of New Netherland colonists who had settled Acquackanonk, and the remainder mostly ...

Bringing Affordable Housing to New Jersey

It is no secret that the cost of living in New Jersey is among the highest in the nation. Coupled with a severe shortage of affordable housing, many of our residents struggle every day to make ends meet. The state would have to provide at least 155,000 new units of affordable housing by 2025 to meet the need for more housing.

Municipalities have not received guidance on how to create and ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

July 16, 2018

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...

Summer Care for Perennial Gardens

Keep your perennial gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months with a bit of midsummer grooming and care. Investing time midseason means you’ll be enjoying beautiful gardens now through the end of the growing season.

Start by deadheading, removing faded flowers, to improve the plants’ overall appearance. It won’t extend bloom time on all perennials, but will ...

Harvesting, Storing and Preserving Herbs from the Garden

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Enjoy herbs all year round. Harvest herbs now for garden-fresh meals and preserve a few for the winter ahead.

Snip a few leaves or leaf-covered stems as needed. For the same intensity of flavor, you generally need two to three times more fresh herbs than dried except for Rosemary which has an equally strong flavor fresh or dried. Continue harvesting herbs as needed ...

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‘Township of Bloomfield’ Facebook Page Launches as a Hub for Important Community Updates

July 17, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- In an effort to disseminate important information more easily through social media, the Township of Bloomfield has created a centralized Facebook page. The page, called “Township of Bloomfield” and accessible at Facebook.com/bloomfieldtwpnj will be updated almost daily, and will share important updates from township departments as well as original ...

Bloomfield Police vs. Firefighters at Annual National Night Out Softball Game Aug 7

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - It will be Bloomfield's Finest' against 'Bloomfield's Bravest' at the annual matchup of police versus firefighters at the National Night Out softball game Tuesday August 7 in Memorial Park.  

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our ...

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Wed, July 18, 10:00 AM

Cancer Center Resource Room, Belleville

Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease Support ...

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Paterson Board of Education , Paterson

Teacher Job Fair

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Hospital Conference Room 2 (Ground Floor), Glen Ridge

Becoming a Parent

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Verona Summer Concert Series!

Arts & Entertainment Business & Finance Food & Drink Government

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Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sing Four to Feature Brahms

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Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, Little Falls

Sports, Medicine, and the Opioid Crisis

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Bloomfield Police Department Blotter June 25 to July 1, 2018

July 6, 2018

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

Shoplifting:

6/26/18- Robert Jimenez Age 37 of Paulsboro, NJ-Officers were dispatched to 60 Orange Street (Home Depot) on report of a shoplifter in custody. Mr. Jiminez was observed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise valued at $417.00. He was ...

Newark May Get a Boost From Investors with New Federal Program

July 17, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Newark could soon see a boost in long-term investments due to federal legislation that created certain tax exemptions for private investors.

In April, the federal treasury department approved low-income Opportunity Zones in 75 municipalities throughout New Jersey that were nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy. Thirteen of those zones are designated in Newark.

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Ironbound Residents Plea for Parking at Zoning Board Meeting

NEWARK, NJ - The city zoning board of adjustment yesterday approved variances for one of three new residential Ironbound developments despite a group of residents voicing concerns over parking.

The board approved variances for YK Group Development Consulting, based in Newark and Lakewood, to build a four-story 28-residential unit development at 526-532 Mulberry St. with 16 on-site parking ...

Got Mint? Bayonne Police Charge Man with Stealing $1,000 in Toothpaste

July 16, 2018

BAYONNE, NJ – The case of a near lifetime supply of toothpaste that was taken from a Bayonne pharmacy has been solved.

Marcos Baez, 40, of Isabella Avenue, was charged with four counts of shoplifting after police identified him as the person responsible for stealing more than $1,000 worth of toothpaste, according to a police release.

Police were called to the Rite Aid at 12-16 North ...

NFL's Malcolm Jenkins Films TV Pilot Scenes in Piscataway Park with Neighborhood Children

PISCATAWAY, NJ -- Lights. Camera. Action.

Malcolm Jenkins was back in Piscataway on Thursday as he was filming for a brand-new home renovation television show. The show, which currently doesn’t have a name, will air on CBS Sports this fall. It involves sports stars and a segment takes the players back to places in their hometown.

One of the areas Jenkins stopped by was Hazelwood Park, ...

Belmar: Hub of Fun from Dawn to Dusk on July 18

July 15, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — From sandcastles to classic cars, Belmar will be hosting two marquee events on Wednesday, July 18.

While the 32nd Annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest will converge upon the beachfront during the day, Belmar Cruise Night will move onto Main Street in the evening. Here’s a look at each destination event.

Sandcastle Contest: Begins at 8 a.m. at 18th Avenue ...

Festival of the Sea at St. Francis in Brant Beach August 8-12

BRANT BEACH - Everyone enjoys the excitement of a summer carnival.  It brings out the child in all of us.  Since 1975, St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been hosting the Festival of the Sea Carnival, annually.   The Festival of the Sea begins Wednesday, August 8, and continues through Sunday, August 12. The carnival will be open nightly (weather permitting) from 6:00 to ...

Entrepreneurs Continue Bloomfield's Centuries' Old Pioneering Tradition

July 5, 2018

To the Editor:

The initial patent for the land that would become Bloomfield Township was granted to the English Puritan colonists of Newark, and the area assigned to Essex County in 1675, and Newark Township in 1693. From the 1690s to about the 1720s, much of the northern and eastern land was sold to descendants of New Netherland colonists who had settled Acquackanonk, and the remainder mostly ...

Bringing Affordable Housing to New Jersey

It is no secret that the cost of living in New Jersey is among the highest in the nation. Coupled with a severe shortage of affordable housing, many of our residents struggle every day to make ends meet. The state would have to provide at least 155,000 new units of affordable housing by 2025 to meet the need for more housing.

Municipalities have not received guidance on how to create and ...

Thursday Movies Continue to the end of July at the Bloomfield Public Library

July 19, 2018 - BLACK PANTHER This American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name is a financial and critical blockbuster! After the death of his father, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's resilience as king - and as ...

Monday Movies Continue Through The End of July

July 16, 2018 - SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME

Successful businessman Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear) and his wife, Deborah (Renee Zellweger), discover a renewed sense of purpose when they begin to volunteer at a local mission in Fort Worth, Texas. Their lives change forever when they develop an unlikely friendship with Denver Moore (Djimon Hounson), a homeless man who inspires them to save their ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 17, 2018

CAPE MAY - Call it a slow news day, nationwide, as the story of a lost dog somehow hit all the news wires. The pug named "Bean" escaped its owner's rental house over the weekend and wandered around backyards before police scooped it up on New Jersey Avenue. Cape May cops, likely not overrun with rampant crime from the bed-and-breakfast set, had plenty of time to post the ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

July 16, 2018

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...

Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)

 

If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...

The Anatomy of Escape by Mike Blue

The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure by Mike Blue (Available on Amazon)

 

Imagine that you could just say, “Chuck it,” and walk away from the bonds that keep you tied to what Mike Blue, author of The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure, defines as the restrictive Work-Consume-Die cycle. To most of us, becoming what Blue terms “a ...

The Death of Koko the Gorilla

Koko's Kitten, Koko's Story, The Eduction of Koko all by Dr. Francine Patterson

 

Last night when I heard about the death of Koko, the lowland gorilla who was educated to communicate through American Sign Language by Dr. Francine Patterson, I went numb with grief. I have followed the life of Koko, her two gorilla companions, Michael and Ndume, as well as Dr. Patterson for forty ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

July 16, 2018

(TRENTON) – The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death ...

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Starting and Managing Your own Small Business in New Jersey

UNION, NJ - Learn about what it takes to start a business in New Jersey - and what it takes to succeed at SCORE's seminar on July 19.  

The seminar takes place Thursday July 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Unity Bank 952 Stuyvesant Ave Union NJ 07083 

Space is limited, attendees are asked to register by July 16. 

This seminar is $35, which includes a copy of our ...

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Mar 9, 1978 - Jul 13, 2018
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The End of Jets Mini-Camp

After a week of crystal clear cerulean skies over 1 Jets Drive, the New York Jets just wrapped up their mandatory full squad mini-camp.

New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles held press conferences after practices last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Jets fans have lots of questions at this time of year on what to expect from their team this fall. The press questions covered a wide ...