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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 ...

Essex County Distributes 1,000 Boxes of Food at Newark's Saint James AME

In the era of COVID-19, Essex County's free food distributions have popped up nearly every week in various locations throughout the county.

On Thursday, Saint James AME Church on Martin Luther King Blvd. was ground zero for the distribution of more than 1,000 boxes of food.

Those seeking food assistance began lining up early in the morning and the line of cars stretched down Court ...

Bloomfield Receives $150k in Essex County Local Aid Program Grant for Park Improvement

Essex County, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Essex County awarded $3.15 million in Local Aid grants to 21 municipalities in Essex County. The funds came from the Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund and will be used to improve municipal playgrounds, recreation and athletic facilities, community swimming pools and parks infrastructure.

Charlotte Keany and Grace Bayne Named Captains for Glen Ridge Girls Tennis This Fall; Head Coach Lisbeth Crouse Begins 17th Season at Helm

GLEN RIDGE, NJ--The Glen Ridge High girls' tennis team will open its 2020 season on Sept. 14, with challenge matches and practice, in advance of the regular season opener in early October. 

But long before the team convenes, head coach Lisbeth Crouse has been busy with virtual communications and preparing for what should be a challenging season.

"We lost eight of our nine ...

NJ Comedian John Poveromo Stars in Duppet, a Short Film About Depression

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, recently spoke with Comedian and Writer John Poveromo, about his latest project, a short film he co-wrote and stars in called Duppet. 

Poveromo and Brodeur spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the ...

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 ...

Bloomfield Residents Win Honorable Mention Awards in 2020 Essex County Senior Citizen Legacies Writing Contest

Essex County, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced the four winners and four honorable mention recipients of the 2020 Essex County Senior Citizen Legacies Writing Contest. Normally announced in May during Older Americans Month, the awards were delayed because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Listening to our senior citizens read their stories during the ...

Charlotte Keany and Grace Bayne Named Captains for Glen Ridge Girls Tennis This Fall; Head Coach Lisbeth Crouse Begins 17th Season at Helm

August 14, 2020

GLEN RIDGE, NJ--The Glen Ridge High girls' tennis team will open its 2020 season on Sept. 14, with challenge matches and practice, in advance of the regular season opener in early October. 

But long before the team convenes, head coach Lisbeth Crouse has been busy with virtual communications and preparing for what should be a challenging season.

"We lost eight of our nine ...

BHS Girls Volleyball Preparing and Optimistic for Upcoming Season

BLOOMFIELD, NJ--As he begins a 16th season as head coach of the Bloomfield High girls' volleyball team, Louis Stevens knows the 2020 season will probably be different. But he's also thrilled with the way his team is approaching the campaign.

The Bengals began 'Phase 2' of the pre-season, with indoor practice that began on Aug. 10. The team spent the first few weeks in Phase 1, ...

Coach Aliaga Begins his Fifth Season at Bloomfield High with a Talented Group of Soccer Players, Including Team Captains Emily Baca and Jaelyn Oramas

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- As a new season approaches, the Bloomfield High girls' soccer team is starting to get in shape for the 2020 campaign.

Head coach Jon Aliaga begins his fifth season at the helm, and he's happy with the way his players are approaching the season.

"They're working hard," said Aliaga. "I like the intensity in practice sessions and the way the ...

Essex Prosecutor's Office Releases Statement on Bloomfield Homicide

August 13, 2020

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Bloomfield Public Safety Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force and the Bloomfield Police are investigating a fatal shooting.

Yesterday, Wednesday, Aug. 12 at approximately 8 p.m. Kevin Roberts, 47, of Newark was shot in the area of 12 ...

Bloomfield Shooting Leaves One Dead

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- At approximately 830 this evening Bloomfield Police responded to a report of gunshots on 1st Avenue between N 13th Street and N 15th Street. The BPD found an injured man who was unconscious as a result of numerous gunshot wounds. 
 

The police have established a crime scene and are currently investigating the shooting. This is an evolving story and TAPinto ...

Bloomfield Police Department Police Blotter: Aug 3 through Aug 9, 2020

Shoplifting: 

08/08/2020-Anthony Walker age 52 of Newark NJ-Officers responded to 135 Bloomfield Avenue (Staples Store) on a shoplifting incident. Patrol Officers arrested Mr. Walker for concealing numerous soap and deodorant inside of his black back pack and attempted to walk out of the store. The items were valued at $116.00 and were recovered by Staples. Mr. Walker was arrested and ...

Bloomfield Resident Carjacked, Proceeds to Jump on Hood While Car Drove Away

 BLOOMFIELD, NJ--On 08/04 Bloomfield Police Officers received a call of a stolen vehicle in progress from the Davey Street apartment complex. The victim/owner of the car observed someone in the process of stealing his vehicle which was running, had the keys in the ignition and the door open. As the thief entered the vehicle and attempted to drive away, the victim/owner of the car, ...

NJ Comedian John Poveromo Stars in Duppet, a Short Film About Depression

August 13, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, recently spoke with Comedian and Writer John Poveromo, about his latest project, a short film he co-wrote and stars in called Duppet. 

Poveromo and Brodeur spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the ...

To Mask or Not to Mask: NJ Psychologist on Why People Choose Sides During Stressful Times

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Clinical Psychologist Dr. Meryl Dorf joined TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to discuss why some people are not wearing masks, despite evidence showing that it is in the public good. 

Dr. Dorf joined Brodeur at East Main Media Studios’ facility in Little Falls, NJ, after being featured several times on TAPintoTV via Zoom. East Main’s ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make it a Breakfast Date, Al Fresco

August 11, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Some think it’s the most important meal of the day and others say it’s reserved for champions. When it comes to breakfast, it doesn’t take a titleholder to know it’s a tasty way to start your day, and your date! A little flirtation over a short stack and a little wink with a ...

NJ Home Bakers One Step Closer to Earning a Profit

New Jersey is the only state where you can’t have a home-baked foods business. But that may be about to change.

The state Senate recently passed a bill that would allow entrepreneurs in the Garden State to make and sell baked goods out of their homes that do not require refrigeration or additional cooking after they are baked.

Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16th), who sponsored the bill, said it ...

Essex County Distributes 1,000 Boxes of Food at Newark's Saint James AME

August 14, 2020

In the era of COVID-19, Essex County's free food distributions have popped up nearly every week in various locations throughout the county.

On Thursday, Saint James AME Church on Martin Luther King Blvd. was ground zero for the distribution of more than 1,000 boxes of food.

Those seeking food assistance began lining up early in the morning and the line of cars stretched down Court ...

A Closer Look at Matt Nichter, Livingston’s Fox-Fighting Hero

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A 20-year-old Livingston resident is becoming a recognized face throughout the tri-state area after he saved 8-year-old Dylan Dratch from an attacking fox that could have caused much worse damage had he not interfered.

While walking with a friend near a shed on Springbrook Road on July 29, Dratch was met with a fox that refused to detach from her shins and ...

Murphy: New Jersey Schools Can Reopen for In-Person Learning in the Fall

August 12, 2020

Schools must certify to the DOE that they are able to meet health and safety standards

"We know the first day of school is not going to be like any other." -- Gov. Phil Murphy

TRENTON -- At his COVID press briefing today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he would sign an Executive Order officially clearing both our public and nonpublic pre-K through 12 schools and our ...

Teachers, Principals, and Administrators Call for Statewide Remote Learning to Start the School Year

TRENTON, NJ -- The leaders of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), and the New Jersey Association of School Administrators are calling on Gov. Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to direct all public schools to open remotely this fall.

This united front now puts pressure on the governor ...

Bloomfield Sends out September Student Re-Entry Survey

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- The Bloomfield School District is looking to solidify its re-entry plan for September, and they have sent a survey out to be filled out for each child in the school system.  The surveys are being dispersed to the community today.  The district is looking for an answer as to how each student is committing to returning to school in September (hybrid or ...

Murphy: New Jersey Schools Can Reopen for In-Person Learning in the Fall

August 12, 2020

Schools must certify to the DOE that they are able to meet health and safety standards

"We know the first day of school is not going to be like any other." -- Gov. Phil Murphy

TRENTON -- At his COVID press briefing today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he would sign an Executive Order officially clearing both our public and nonpublic pre-K through 12 schools and our ...

With $600-a-Week Benefit Gone, Millions Face Financial Peril

As Congress wrangles over possible extension, many jobless people face a fresh struggle to pay rent, buy food

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.

Shaquaza Williams made ends meet with a lot of help from $600 a week in ...

Governor Murphy Issues Statewide State of Emergency for Hurricane Isaias

NEW JERSEY - Effective 5am on Tuesday, August 4, a Statewide State of Emergency has been declared by Governor Murphy for Hurricane Isaias.

Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary, said Governor Murphy. All State offices will be closed on Tuesday and only essential employees should report to work.

"If you must drive, take it slow, use caution and leave extra time to ...

COVID-19 Pop-Up Shop Opens in Short Hills Mall, Selling Pandemic Supplies

August 11, 2020

SHORT HILLS, NJ — In the lower level of the Short Hills Mall, a new pop up store is selling masks, hand sanitizer and other essential sanitary gear in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But as store owner Eric Markowitz said, he hopes that his store will not have to be around for much longer, as his closure would mean that the pandemic is finally under control. In the meantime, ...

Cuban Pete's Comes Under Fire: Slapped with Fine for Indoor Dining

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A popular Montclair restaurant has been slapped with a violation for allegedly serving customers indoors last weekend, according to the New Jersey State Police officials.

During a daily COVID-19 press conference held by Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday, Col. Pat Callahan of the NJ State Police said that Cuban Pete's, located on Bloomfield Avenue, had been among ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

2020 State Fair Meadowlands Canceled, Organizers Look Forward to 2021

July 14, 2020

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Organizers of the decades old "State Fair Meadowlands" announced that the 2020 event will not take place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

State Fair Meadowlands started as a modest six-day event in 1986 in the old Giants Stadium parking lot encompassing 10 acres and offering only a dozen rides and games. 34 years later, the 2019 ...

Bloomfield Playgrounds to Reopen Saturday

July 30, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Eight township playgrounds will reopen on Saturday after being closed as a precaution against COVID-19. The playground equipment will be disinfected every morning though, social distancing and facemasks will still be required. 

“Ensuring that our families are safe and limiting their exposure to COVID-19 is our number one priority, which is why our playgrounds have ...

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

August 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias has taken out power to 20 percent of Essex County, thousands have been left with no refrigeration. 

FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.

According to the site, "Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours ...

NJ Hospitals Say Insurance Companies Have Denied More than 1,000 Claims for COVID-19 Care

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.

Hospitals in New Jersey say they are not always being properly paid by health insurance companies for caring for coronavirus patients, despite state and federal requirements that health ...

Gov. Murphy 'Nervous' N.J. Could Be Affected By COVID-19 Surges In Other States

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy says he is "nervous" that spikes in COVID-19 hotspots such as Florida could trigger an uptick, if not a surge, of cases in New Jersey.

For now, Murphy said he is relying on people arriving from the Sunshine State or any of the other 18 states on the travel advisory list to self-quarantine upon arrival, although he hinted that State Health ...

Ideas to Build Equity in Education Discussed During Bloomfield Community Conversation

August 13, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Building equity in education was the topic during the third ‘Community Conversation’ installment regarding race hosted by the Township of Bloomfield on Wednesday, August 12.

Following a string of previously successful conversations on race this summer, this discussion featured guest speakers Dr. Maureen Gillette, Dean, College of Education, Seton Hall ...

Acting Prosecutor Ted Stephens Promises All Essex County Police Departments will Have Body and Dash Cameras by July 2021 at a History Making Use of Force Town Hall Held by the Prosecutors Office

(ESSEX COUNTY, NJ) - In response to police brutality and systematic racism, the United States has erupted with protesters declaring BLACK LIVES MATTER. Arguably, the most pleasantly surprising group to join the cry for justice is law enforcement themselves. Through the direction of Acting-Essex County Prosecutor, Theodore “Ted” Stephens II, the latest to join the movement is ...

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Bloomfield Receives $150k in Essex County Local Aid Program Grant for Park Improvement

August 14, 2020

Essex County, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Essex County awarded $3.15 million in Local Aid grants to 21 municipalities in Essex County. The funds came from the Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund and will be used to improve municipal playgrounds, recreation and athletic facilities, community swimming pools and parks infrastructure.

Bloomfield Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Completes Renovation of Pulaski Park Tot Lot Playground

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department recently completed a total renovation of the Pulaski Park Tot Lot Playground. This project was funded through a community development block grant in the amount $347,662.20 and the contractors were secured through Sourcewell, a national cooperative purchasing agreement.  

“The hard work of our ...

Shakespeare Theatre Scores with 'Crazy Love'

Florham Park, NJ - It’s such a treat to see a live performance in these difficult times. But leave iit to Shakespeare Theatre’s fearless director, Bonnie Monte, to deliver a delightful and provocative evening of Moliere and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The setting is the outside lawn at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park. Located on Vreeland Road, the landscape of ...

COVID-19 Pop-Up Shop Opens in Short Hills Mall, Selling Pandemic Supplies

August 11, 2020

SHORT HILLS, NJ — In the lower level of the Short Hills Mall, a new pop up store is selling masks, hand sanitizer and other essential sanitary gear in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But as store owner Eric Markowitz said, he hopes that his store will not have to be around for much longer, as his closure would mean that the pandemic is finally under control. In the meantime, ...

A Closer Look at Matt Nichter, Livingston’s Fox-Fighting Hero

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A 20-year-old Livingston resident is becoming a recognized face throughout the tri-state area after he saved 8-year-old Dylan Dratch from an attacking fox that could have caused much worse damage had he not interfered.

While walking with a friend near a shed on Springbrook Road on July 29, Dratch was met with a fox that refused to detach from her shins and ...

New Jersey Date Night: Make it a Breakfast Date, Al Fresco

August 11, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Some think it’s the most important meal of the day and others say it’s reserved for champions. When it comes to breakfast, it doesn’t take a titleholder to know it’s a tasty way to start your day, and your date! A little flirtation over a short stack and a little wink with a ...

NJ Comedian John Poveromo Stars in Duppet, a Short Film About Depression

August 13, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, recently spoke with Comedian and Writer John Poveromo, about his latest project, a short film he co-wrote and stars in called Duppet. 

Poveromo and Brodeur spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the ...

To Mask or Not to Mask: NJ Psychologist on Why People Choose Sides During Stressful Times

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Clinical Psychologist Dr. Meryl Dorf joined TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to discuss why some people are not wearing masks, despite evidence showing that it is in the public good. 

Dr. Dorf joined Brodeur at East Main Media Studios’ facility in Little Falls, NJ, after being featured several times on TAPintoTV via Zoom. East Main’s ...

The Jaffe Briefing - August 4, 2020

The Jaffe Briefing begins its summer hiatus today, returning right after Labor Day.  We are now accepting ads for the fall, in which you can reach nearly 30,000 business and government leaders in New Jersey each day. Click here to learn more or contact the office at 908-789-0700.

TRENTON - It is unclear the size of Gov. Phil Murphy's mansion; we haven't been invited over for ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Darlene Cullen of TAPinto South Plainfield

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of August 2020 is Darlene Cullen, who owns and operates TAPinto South Plainfield.  With a background in business development, Cullen has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of South Plainfield.   

Q. Why did you want to franchise a ...

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 ...

If It Bleeds by Stephen King

If It Bleeds by Stephen King (Scribner, 2019)

Stephen King’s fiction is alluring to his “Dear Readers” because King reveals much of his personal memories in his writing; childhood mischief, favorite comic books, and authors he considers worthwhile reading. King presents nightmares any author might encounter with a disturbed fan when he decides to off a favorite character ...

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni (William Morris/Harper Collins, 2020)

In writing a contemporary novel in the Gothic tradition, it is impossible not to compare aspects of great Gothic novels that have come before. The excellent, new book, The Ancestor, by Danielle Trussoni fits the description of a Neo-Gothic. However, drawing comparisons between previously written novels is half the fun ...

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 Comedian John Poveromo Stars in Duppet, a Short Film About Depression

August 13, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, recently spoke with Comedian and Writer John Poveromo, about his latest project, a short film he co-wrote and stars in called Duppet. 

Poveromo and Brodeur spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the ...