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Mayor Venezia’s 3nd Annual Turkey Drive Will Be Held This Sunday from 10:30 to 1:00

November 12, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Mayor Michael Venezia’s 3rd annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway will be held this Sunday, November 18 10:30am to 1:00pm. Eligible Bloomfield families will receive a turkey, pie, sweet potatoes, string beans, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Bloomfield families who are interested in attending should call Bloomfield Human Services at 973-680-4017 for criteria and to register ...

TAPinto Reminds Everyone to Turn Your Clocks Back 1- Hour this Weekend

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - It’s time to fall back as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end this weekend. 

TAPinto reminds readers to turn their clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

This adjustment typically takes place automatically on smartphones, computers, and tablets. Those with non-automated devices will have to manually change the time.

With the end of Daylight ...

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 ...

Candidate Statement: Dick Wolfe for Bloomfield Board of Education

October 31, 2018

My name is Dick Wolfe and I am running for the Bloomfield Board of Education, position #7 on the ballot. This statement is not about me, my platform, what I hope to accomplish if I’m fortunate enough to be elected or the things about our schools I’d like to see improved. This one is about you. I want to impress on you as firmly as I can the need for you to not only vote, but to cast ...

Montclair Township Veteran's Day Ceremony: WWII Veteran Gerry Sorell Honored with Bronze Star

November 13, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Gerry Sorell was a soldier in the 99th Infantry Division of 394th Regiment, where he successfully crossed Ludendorff (Railroad) Bridge over the river Rhine, as part of the historic Battle of Remagen during the closing weeks of World War II. PFC Sorell had fought during the Battle of the Bulge, under heavy artillery fire, according to ...

Families and PTA Renovate Girls Bathroom at Jefferson Elementary School in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With recent attention on possible unsanitary conditions at the bathrooms at local South Orange and Maplewood schools, there is one school where the bathrooms have received notice for how good they look: the girls bathroom at Jefferson Elementary School.

As the school year began, Jackie Spoerel and her family, with the support of the PTA, worked Labor Day ...

Ice Rink Slides Into Westfield With Much Fanfare Sunday

November 11, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ – An 8.3-acre park on the town’s border with Garwood is home to a regulation size ice hockey rink, at least for the next three months.

Several hundred people gathered for the formal opening of the Westfield Rink on Sunday, a temporary ice rink housed in a tent at Gumbert Park. The rink started hosting hockey practices earlier in the week and held its public skate ...

Cranford Named Best Downtown in NJ

CRANFORD - After weeks of voting, Cranford has won the NJ.com Best Downtown in NJ. 

Cranford was named a top 5 finalist along with Westfield, Cape May, Morristown, and Somerville before winning the final round with 30% of the vote. 

NJ.com saluted Cranford's eateries such as Breadsmith, Vanilla Bean Creamery, River and Rail Cantina, Cranford Hotel, Urban Burger, and ...

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 13, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS - You love Bowcraft? Like, really, really so? Wow, now is your golden chance to grab the ideal souvenir, as Bowcraft is closing is doors after seven decades of thrills and chills. A Somerville company is selling all the rides, as the 13-acre site is bulldozed and turned into another mega-apartment complex. You can take home a full roller coaster for $499,000 or a family swing ...

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 ...

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Anchor Books, 2013)

 

Crazy Rich _________________. Fill in the blank with almost any ethnicity on the face of the earth, and the story will probably be similar from culture to culture. At the economic apex of every society one can expect to have the wealthiest, most self-indulgent, controlling people. When taken from that point of view, even though ...

Gradfest, To Benefit Project Graduation 2019, Rocks Tierney’s this Thursday, Nov. 15t

November 12, 2018

Gradfest, a rocking parents-night-out fundraiser for Montclair High School’s Project Graduation 2019, is set for Tierney’s this Thursday, November 15th. The show features three great bands, including two with MHS parent musicians, as well as comedy from another MHS mom. There will also be a raffle and wonderful baskets being auctioned off to raise funds for graduating ...

Partners for Health Foundation Funds Local Solutions to Combat Hunger and Homelessness with Matching GrantsProgram; Annual campaign will award up to $275,000 to community health partners

MONTCLAIR, November, 2018 — Partners for Health Foundation has launched its 5th Annual Holiday Matching Grants campaign to benefit local soup kitchens, food pantries and organizations working to address and prevent both hunger and homelessness.  The Foundation will award up to $275,000 in matching funds for donations that are made by December 31, 2018.

Contributions ...

Create New Holiday Memories with Sound, Light, Model Trains and Family Fun

A favorite Union County tradition returns this year with the annual Holiday Sound and Light Show hosted by The Model Railroad Club.

The centerpiece of this festive extravaganza is the club’s sprawling, meticulously detailed HO scale layout at the A. Paul Mallery Model Railroad Center, located in a mixed-use area of Union County’s Lenape Park off Route 22 East in Union ...

Strollers’ 2018–2019 Season Opens With Ken Ludwig’s Comedy/Mystery The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays

The Strollers community theater will open its 87th season with a presentation of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot; or Holmes for the Holidays. Directed by Alan H. Foster, this holiday-centric comedy-meets-mystery will be performed for two weekends in November at the Burgdorff Center for Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ.

Set in 1936, the play’s events center around Broadway star ...

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 ...