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New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Halted Following Judge's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt.

Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court.

State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose announced the decision Wednesday. In her ruling, bear hunt opponents have until Friday ...

New State Law Requires Schools to Submit Digital Maps to Law Enforcement

TRENTON, NJ — Starting in the 2023-24 school year, all schools in New Jersey will have to submit digital maps of their campuses to law enforcement.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-2426 into law Wednesday. It requires the information to be submitted next year and updated regularly with copies given to designated law enforcement.

"We have seen, time and time again, public mass shootings ...

New Jersey to Begin Independent Review of COVID-19 Response

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has announced the start of an independent review into New Jersey's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the biggest challenges our State — and nation — has ever faced,” Murphy said in a news release.

More than 35,000 people in New Jersey died from COVID-19, according to state ...

New Jersey Residents Invited to Drumthwacket for Holiday Open Houses

PRINCETON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy are inviting New Jersey residents to visit Drumthwacket, the Governor's official residence in Princeton, during the holidays.

The Drumthwacket Foundation has teamed up with a number garden clubs from around the state, for "The Holidays at Drumthwacket." Guests will be able to see each public room in the first ...

New Jersey Reinstates Black Bear Hunt Following Increased Sightings

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted Tuesday to reinstate the state's black bear hunt.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who previously opposed the hunt, says the decision was needed due to a significant increase in bear sightings around the state.

From January to October 2022, compared to the same time last year, bear incidents are up 237% in the state, according to the ...


A Hotter New Jersey and Heated Politics to Look Forward to?

UNION, NJ — The moderator for a round table about New Jersey’s future issues jokingly put it in perspective when he said the conversation was going to be “a panel of formers talking about the future.”  

But the conference at Kean University sponsored by the state’s largest utility -- Public Service Electric & Gas -- had a lot of “formers” ...

Bloomfield Puts Proposed Taco Bell/Wendy’s Location On Ice…For Now

December 9, 2022

BLOOMFIELD, NJ--After months of back-and-forth and wrangling between the Township and developer, the combination Taco Bell/Wendy’s proposed for the old Friendly’s location on Broad Street was denied approval from the Bloomfield Planning Board. The meeting, held as a special session which went late into the night on Tuesday, brings to an end – for now – the contentious ...

State Funding Helps Bloomfield Center Alliance Make Various Enhancements to Downtown District

Thanks to a grant commitment received earlier this year from the State of New Jersey Main Street New Jersey Office, the Bloomfield Center Alliance has added a few things to the downtown’s streetscape to help beautify the commercial district.  Earlier this summer, it purchased and installed brackets and flowering plants on sixteen light poles located along the blocks of Broad Street, ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, December 09
All day

Teach for America, Newark

Imagine Facilitator Training-3 day ...


Fri, December 09
08:00 PM — 10:00 PM

bergenPAC, Englewood

Darlene Love – Love for the Holidays


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Berkeley College Legal and Justice ...


Wed, December 14
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Essex County Board of County ...


Thu, December 15
08:00 PM — 10:00 PM

bergenPAC, Englewood

Art Garfunkel at the bergenPAC

Montclair Township Animal Shelter To Hold First Annual Pets for Vets Adoption Event

November 8, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ – This Veterans Day, the Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) will be launching its first annual Pets for Vets program, which will charge a $5 adoption fee for any shelter pet older than a year.

This offer is open to active duty personnel and their immediate families, members of the reserves, people who have received an honorable discharge, veterans with ...

2 Newark Police Officers Shot From Building In South Ward

NEWARK, NJ —Two Newark police officers were shot by an unknown individual in the South Ward this afternoon. 

According to sources, the officers were serving a warrant when an alleged perpetrator opened fire from the roof of a building in the vicinity of Van Velsor Place and Chancellor Avenue. One source indicated the injuries to the officers were not ...

Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunities with TAPinto Can Help Your Business

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Why do businesses sponsor sporting events, township recreation events, and other initiatives?  Of course, they sponsor to show their public support. But there’s much more to it.  

Importantly, business owners want to align their business’s brand with the reputation and credibility of the event or initiative they are sponsoring. They ...

TAPinto CEO Michael Shapiro Participates in Downtown New Jersey Panel

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro recently took part in a panel discussion at Downtown New Jersey's annual conference, called "Destination Downtown." The panel focused on local news and public relations and how both impact local businesses.

Shapiro and other professionals discussed how to implement a public relations campaign to promote ...

Livid by Patricia Cornwell

Livid: A Scarpetta Novel  by Patricia Cornwell. (Grand Central, 2022).


It has been a long time since I thought about Aristotle’s Poetics and his idea that unity of time, place, and action make for the best theatrical drama. But Aristotle’s classic approach to writing superior works popped  into my brain when reading Livid, the 26th installment in the Kay ...

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan (Ballantine Books, 2022)


Mad Honey is a modern tale of star crossed lovers that has a twist that the reader doesn’t see coming. 

The boy is Asher McAfee, a sensitive, young man who has joined his mother in her escape from her abusive cardiothoracic surgeon husband, back to his Mom’s hometown, Adams, New ...

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray (Berkley, 2021).

It is rare that I get excited about a book these days. I find that so many novels are formulaic, predictable, and lack character development that I don’t invest in or remember the characters in the book. However, The Personal Librarian, written by the team of Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher ...

Four RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care

December 8, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ -  U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, has recognized four RWJBarnabas Health facilities among the 2022-2023 Best Hospitals for Maternity Care, which identifies hospitals that provide high-quality maternity care for uncomplicated pregnancies. Clara Maass Medical Center, Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical ...

A Christmas Carol at the bergenPAC

Virginia Rep on Tour presents “A Christmas Carol” at the bergenPAC December 18, 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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Perhaps the best loved holiday story of all time, our adaptation of Dickens’ classic is particularly suited to children. Watch Mr. Scrooge have a change of heart from stone to gold as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas. All the joy, ...

bergenPAC Presents The Village People, Blippi, and Boney James

Englewood, NJ - bergenPAC announces new shows that will take place in the newly renovated theater. The Village People bring their iconic disco hits to town on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Blippi returns with The Wonderful World Tour on Saturday, March 18. Jazz/R&B saxophonist Boney James grooves out on Friday, April 17.

Tickets go on-sale Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at 11 ...

New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker at bergenPAC

New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker at bergenPAC December 3 and 4, 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
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New Jersey Ballet has thrilled audiences for more than half a century with its spectacular performances. Audiences of all ages will feel the holiday magic when these iconic toys come alive in beautiful fashion and dance to the beloved music of this timeless tale.

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