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Bank Makes $13M Deal to End Newark ‘Redlining’ Case

October 5, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Lakeland Bank has made a $13 million deal with federal authorities to avoid prosecution for alleged discrimination against people of color who tried to get mortgages, loans and credit in Newark and minority areas in three New Jersey three counties.

This settlement coincides with news that Provident Bank, based in Woodbridge, would acquire all Lakeland Bancorp’s ...

Dr. Laurie W. Newell selected as the 2023 Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region I

Trenton, New Jersey -- Essex Regional Educational Services Commission Superintendent, Dr. Laurie W. Newell, has been selected by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) as the 2023 Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region I; she is one of three Regional Superintendents of the Year for 2023. This distinction honors leadership in school administration whose commitment to ...

Plane Veers Off Runway at Essex County Airport Friday

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- A propeller plan piloted by an elderly male from Queens, N.Y. ran off the runway at Essex County Airport late Friday morning.

Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna reported that at approximately at 11:32 a.m., the Fairfield Police Department was notified of an airplane crash at the Essex County Airport. Police, fire and EMS were immediately dispatched to the ...

In Newark, Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Establishing Black Heritage Trail In N.J.

NEWARK, NJ — Institutions in New Jersey that highlight Black history, heritage and culture will get better representation through a newly signed bill by Gov. Phil Murphy that would require a series of historical markers and a trail-like path to be established across the state.

Seated inside the historic Newark Public Library’s Centennial Hall on Washington Street, Murphy ...

9/11 Flag Installation Tradition to Continue in Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE, NJ -- After some question about whether the tradition would continue this year, the Cedar Grove Police Department has announced that the tradition of placing the flags at Cedar Grove High School to honor the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks in 2001 will continue.

The Cedar Grove Fire Department will host the 9/11 ceremony and continue the flag installation tradition on ...

Barringer H.S. Students Graduate from NJ Carpenters Union Pre-Apprenticeship Program Via 311 Fellowship Initiative

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY--Seven Barringer High School students recently graduated from an eight-week pre-apprenticeship program in carpentry under the direction of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (EASRCC). 

The program introduces students to a carpentry career through job placement with union contractors and a favorable entry ...

Montclair Dispensary to Sell Weed to Public

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Recreational cannabis sales to the public began in Montclair on Friday at Ascend Wellness medical marijuana dispensary, officials announced.

According to published reports, last week, officials at Ascend Wellness stated that it was set to begin selling adult-use cannabis at its Montclair store on Aug. 19, pending approval from Montclair Township officials.

On May ...

Essex County Executive Proposes To Name Athletic Complex After Resigning Sen. Rice

NEWARK, NJ — A new athletic complex currently under construction in Newark’s Vailsburg Park is proposed to be named in recognition of Sen. Ron Rice, a former West Ward councilman and New Jersey’s longest-serving Black legislator, who is retiring from the State Senate later this month.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced an initiative to name the athletic ...

Police Investigating Stabbing Deaths Elderly NJ Couple

FAIRFIELD, NJ --  The death of two married elderly residents at the Woodcrest at Fairfield complex on Friday is under investigation, according to reports.

According Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna, Frank Forte, 84, and Catherine Forte, 83, were found dead in their Fairfield apartment on Greenbrook Road ...

Kearny Man Charged In Death of Newark Fire Captain

NEWARK, NJ – A Kearny man was charged this week in connection to the drug-induced death of a Newark fire captain, authorities announced.

Eliasel Baez, 42, of Kearny, was arrested for causing the drug-induced death of Newark Fire Captain Carlos Rivera, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens.

Baez was charged with strict liability drug-induced death ...

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NJEDA to Create Offshore Wind Workforce and Skills Development Grant Challenge

TRENTON, NJ - Opportunities to develop job skills for careers in New Jersey’s growing offshore wind industry are coming to residents across the state, particularly those in New Jersey.s Overburdened Communities,

Approved earlier this month by the NJEDA’s Board, the $3.725 million Offshore Wind Workforce and Skills Development Grant Challenge (Grant Challenge) will offer grants to ...

NJEDA To Open Food Security Planning Grant Program Application September 27

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it will open applications for its $1.5 million Food Security Planning Grant Program on Tuesday, September 27. This competitive program offers grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000 to municipal governments, county governments, and redevelopment agencies to develop plans to improve food ...

Will New Jersey's Federally-vaccinated Economy Have a Relapse?

NEW JERSEY — There’s no doubt that the federal COVID-19 and Biden Administration infrastructure aid fortified New Jersey’s economy along with that of most other states.

When the Legislature passed New Jersey’s record $50 billion state budget last June, it was as if the state had just simply rolled up its sleeve to get multiple COVID-19- like budget ...

Mayor Venezia Issues Update on Bloomfield Water Condition

October 6, 2022

Bloomfield, NJ-- After announcing on Wednesday that emergency work was being performed on water supply lines in the City of Newark, Mayor Mike Venezia has issued an update to residents.

The repairs started at 10 p.m. on Wednesday evening and was expected to be completed within 8-10 hours. 

In a social media post today, Venezia added the following;

"Here is the latest ...

Job Haines Home Honored at Bloomfield Township Council Meeting

BLOOMFIELD, NJ--Mayor Michael Venezia and the Bloomfield Township Council celebrated 125 years of the Job Haines Home at their latest meeting Monday night with a proclamation honoring its anniversary. 

The Job Haines Home was initially opened in 1894 in Newark, after Job’s son, Frank Haines, donated a plot of land in his father’s memory to the Sixth Presbyterian Church of ...

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Thu, October 6, 7:00 PM

Wellmont Arts Plaza, Montclair

Boogie Night @ The Wellmont; A Silent Headphone ...

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Sat, October 8, 7:30 AM

Orange Reservoir, West Orange

Sea Turtle Recovery's 5K Cold Stun Run/Walk

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Sat, October 8, 12:00 PM

Van Riper House, Nutley

Van Riper House Fall Fun Fest - Rescheduled to ...

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Sun, October 9, 8:00 AM

Riverside County Park, Lyndhurst

Head of the Passaic Regatta

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Sun, October 9, 11:00 AM

Elmwood Park Financial Center (Parking Lot), Elwood Park

Pet Adoption Day

'The Caretaker' Builds to a Crescendo

MADISON, NJ - Leave it to Harold Pinter to provide us with a soul-searching, radically uncomfortable glimpse into human frailty, clashes and what could be our lives.

This all takes place in a run down house in West London, probably in the 1960s.  It’s a bitter cold winter as well. The flat is owned by Mick (Jon Barker) who provides a place to live for his younger brother Aston ...

'Scab' Deals with Race Relations and More

UNION, NJ - “Scab” takes a tough, emotional look at working class life in a factory town near the ‘Mexican border. Edward (John Anthony Torres) has been hired to be trained as a foreman for a factory that is moving its location to Mexico.  Gilda (Monica Wyche), the current foreman, is assigned to train him… and replace her, no doubt, for less ...

Bank Makes $13M Deal to End Newark ‘Redlining’ Case

October 5, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Lakeland Bank has made a $13 million deal with federal authorities to avoid prosecution for alleged discrimination against people of color who tried to get mortgages, loans and credit in Newark and minority areas in three New Jersey three counties.

This settlement coincides with news that Provident Bank, based in Woodbridge, would acquire all Lakeland Bancorp’s ...

Dr. Laurie W. Newell selected as the 2023 Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region I

Trenton, New Jersey -- Essex Regional Educational Services Commission Superintendent, Dr. Laurie W. Newell, has been selected by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) as the 2023 Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region I; she is one of three Regional Superintendents of the Year for 2023. This distinction honors leadership in school administration whose commitment to ...

Choose New Jersey Opens Office in Ireland

October 5, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Choose New Jersey, an organization that stimulates job creation and attracts business to the state, has opened an office in Ireland, making New Jersey the first state in the U.S. to have an economic development office in that nation.

“New Jersey’s longstanding connection to Ireland, which was fortified during our recent economic mission, will be further ...

Podcast Features TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro's Journey to Provide Hyperlocal News

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — The Nerdtoolz Podcast featured TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro on a recent episode.

Shapiro talked about the life-changing decision that caused him to create something his hometown of New Providence, New Jersey did not have back in 2008 — a platform providing original local news and information for the borough's residents.

"When I started ...

TAPinto Journalists Named Finalists in the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists Awards

NEWARK, NJ — TAPinto journalists and their original, hyperlocal stories are finalists in the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists 2022 Excellence in Journalism Awards Contest.

"TAPinto is honored to be recognized for the outstanding journalism produced by TAPinto owner/publishers," TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro said. "At TAPinto, it's about ...

The Garden State Parkway Murders by Christian Barth

The Garden State Parkway Murders by Christian Barth. (Wild Blue Press, 2020).

 

Memorial Day Weekend, 1969. Two college girls from Pennsylvania had spent a typical “down the shore” mini-vacation in Ocean City, NJ, a beach mecca for South Jerseyans and Philadelphians. Susan Davis and Elizabeth Perry enjoyed breakfast at the Somerset Point Diner at 5:00 a.m. before leaving ...

As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling by Anne Serling

As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling by Ane Serling (Commonwealth, 2021)

 

In her memoir, As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling, Anne Serling sets out to accomplish three goals. First, she needs to confront her grief regarding the early death of her beloved father. Second, she desires to learn more about the professional “dimension” of her father’s remarkable life as a ...

The Tracy Morgan No Disrespect Tour stops at the bergenPAC on October 21 at 8:00 p.m.

October 6, 2022

The Tracy Morgan No Disrespect Tour stops at the bergenPAC on October 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Tracy Morgan is one of the most well-respected comedians in his field, known for his roles across seven seasons of 30 Rock, where he received a Supporting Actor Emmy Nomination, and Saturday Night Live, which earned him an Emmy nod for Outstanding Guest Actor.

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He can most ...

The Price Is Right Live™ coming to the bergenPAC on October 12

The Price Is Right Live™ coming to the bergenPAC on October 12 at 8:00 p.m. 
Prices: $99-69-59-49-39-29

The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show of the #1 game show of all time! It gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and "Come On Down" to win.  Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new ...

Peppa Pig’s Adventure - Live Show Coming to the bergenPAC on October 15 with two shows 1:00 pm and 5:00pm

Peppa Pig’s Adventure - Live Show is coming to the bergenPAC on October 15 with two shows 1:00 pm and 5:00pm

Come join Peppa on an exciting camping trip in the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe.

With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of singing, ...

bergenPAC ANNOUNCES FREESTYLE FLASHBACK, WILLIAM SHATNER, GILBERTO SANTA ROSA, AND FOGHAT

Englewood, NJ -  bergenPAC continues its mission of diverse programming by adding an eclectic lineup in 2023 that starts with Freestyle Flashback on January 14 at 8:00 p.m., a special concert event that features some of the best pop-dance and Freestyle artists of the 80s and 90s like George LaMond, Judy Torres, Brenda K Starr, and more.

“Trekkies” can enjoy a screening of ...