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Seasonal Recipe: Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

November 17, 2018

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

Ingredients:

12 oz. fresh cranberries, about 3 ½ cups

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup apple cider

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

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

DWI Sobriety Checkpoint in Effect Wednesday in Bloomfield

November 19, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Police Department will be conducting a DWI Sobriety Checkpoint on Bloomfield Ave on November 21, 2018 in response to statistics demonstrating a disproportionate number of impaired driving incidents in the area.

These operations are being conducted to raise awareness of impaired driving by educating motorists and arresting impaired drivers. The New Jersey ...

More Than Half of Human Needs Pantry Clients Are In Bloomfield and they Need Your Help for Thanksgiving

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Human Needs Food Pantry needs  your help to help make this Thanksgiving possible for neighbors in need.

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and the pantry is in desperate need of stuffing, instant mashed potatoes and turkeys!

PLEASE consider buying a few of these items and dropping them off to the pantry today (Sunday) or tomorrow (Monday).

The Human Needs Food ...

Bloomfield Police Department Blotter October 8 to 14, 2018

October 18, 2018

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

Shoplifting:

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

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

November 18, 2018

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

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

Montclair Police Investigate Possible Shooting on Bloomfield Ave.

BREAKING NEWS...

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

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

Ever Wanted to Own Your Own Amusement Park? Bowcraft Rides Are for Sale

November 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Ever wanted to own your own amusement park like Michael Jackson? Now you can, and your don't have to wait on line for tickets!

Bowcraft, the scene of countless local children's birthday parties and decades of summer fun in Union County, has closed forever, but thanks to an online liquidation sale, you can purchase rides such as the Galleon, the Scrambler or ...

Off-Duty Flemington Cop Saves Choking Man

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

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

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

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

As they were ...

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

November 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

At Ocean Avenue and 18th ...

Beware of Latest IRS Tax Scam

November 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 13, 2018

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

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

Treelicious Orchards Celebrates Fall at their Annual Apple Festival & Benefit

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

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

The Jaffe Briefing - November 19, 2018

STATEWIDE - As it will require a joint effort among state lawmakers to pass a weed bill, with a Nov. 26 public hearing as the next step, expect declining prices to be a burning issue. Green-eyed legislators calling for legalized pot in New Jersey point to the gobs of sales tax revenue that could be reaped with the sale of this popular cash crop. But, with declining cannabis prices ...

The Real Lolita: the Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman (Harper Collins, 2018)

Who would have thought that the “nymphet” of Humbert Humbert’s perverted fantasies in the famous Vladimir Nabokov novel, Lolita, published in the United States in 1958, was influenced greatly by an infamous kidnapping case that took place in Camden, ...

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine, 2013)

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

The Couple Next Door

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

 

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

The Liberators

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

 

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

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

November 16, 2018

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

Ray Negron to Appear at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

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

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

18 Label, the Perfect Venue for Your Upcoming Holiday Party

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

Obituaries

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

November 13, 2018

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

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