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Bloomfield Police Department Police Blotter 05/18/2020-05/24/2020

May 29, 2020


5/18/2020-An officer took a telephone report of a shoplifting incident that occurred at 77 Bloomfield Avenue (Walgreens). The night shift supervisor observed a Caucasian male enter the store at approximately 8:00 p.m. and leave with an unknown amount of Ensure milk. Approximately 10-15 minutes later the same suspect went back to the store and took an unknown amount of Muscle ...

BFD Battles Fourth Floor Fire

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- The Bloomfield Fire Department battled a second alarm fire today at an office building on Broadacres Drive. The call came in at approximately 1205 p.m. and the scene was clear by 130 p.m. 

A fire department official stated that the fire started on the fourth floor of the office building. Firefighters were seen carrying hose and tools into the building and ...

Bloomfield Fire Department Extinguishes Morning Fire

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- The Bloomfield Fire Department responded to a basement fire this morning on Garner Avenue. 

At approximately 945 a.m. a call came in for a basement fire at a residential home. The fire was declared a 2nd alarm before being placed under control in about 15 minutes. The fire was contained to the basement with no spread throughout the house. 

A ...

Bloomfield Police Department Police Blotter-May 11 thru May 17, 2020


5/14/2020-Derrick McKay age 51 of East Orange, NJ-Officers were dispatched to 296 Glenwood Avenue (Food Town) on report of a shoplifting incident that just occurred. The suspect described below, placed Febreze into a shopping cart and left the store without paying. An Officer located Mr. McKay in Watsessing Park along with the proceeds. McKay was arrested, transported to HQ, ...

Bloomfield Police Department Police Blotter- May 4 thru May 10, 2020


5/5/2020-Dion Montgomery age 31 of Newark, NJ- Officers responded to 296 Glenwood Avenue (Food Town) on report of a shoplifter. The store manager observed Mr. Montgomery try to walk out of the store without paying for items he took off the shelves. The items he attempted to take were cosmetic products valued at $156.77. Upon police arrival, Mr. Montgomery was arrested, ...

Glen Ridge Police Department Loses Police Officer to COVID-19

GLEN RIDGE, NJ-- The Glen Ridge Police Department announced the passing of Officer Charles Roberts, a Glen Ridge resident and 20-year veteran of the department.  This marks the first line of duty death in the 135-year history of the GRPD.

On Tuesday, April 21st, Officer Roberts  was revived by fellow police officers and members of the ambulance squad at his home after his ...

Bloomfield Police Department Police Blotter -04/27/2020-05/03/2020


5/2/2020-An officer responded to 296 Glenwood Ave (Jack's Super Food Town) on report of a shoplifting. The manager reported that an African American male placed four Tide laundry detergents in a white pillow case and left the establishment without paying for them. The detergent is valued at $76.00 and the suspect left the scene prior to police arrival. BPD units ...

Tractor Trailer Gets Stuck Beneath Parkway Bridge

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- At approximately 11 a.m. a tractor trailer became stuck under the parkway overpass on J.F.K. Drive by Franklin Street.  There were no injuries reported and Bloomfield Police Department is on scene.  Avoid the area until the scene can be cleared.

Bloomfield Police Department Police Blotter 04/20/2020-04/26/2020


4/25/2020- Dwayne Jackson age 36 of Jersey City, NJ- Officers responded to 122 Bloomfield Ave (7-Eleven) on report of a shoplifting in progress. Upon police arrival, employees stated that an African American male carrying a bag took several packs of food without paying. The suspect then ran south on Ampere Parkway. Officers observed a male matching the description running on ...

New Jersey Firefighter and Bloomfield Resident Creates a Wu-Tang Themed Song/Video That Sparks Covid-19 Awareness & Uplifts First Responders

Belleville, NJ- As the novel coronavirus continues to engulf the world in sickness, loss, and uncertainty, a twelve-year Belleville, New Jersey career firefighter/EMT, Michael Sarno, emerges from the front-lines of this global pandemic to spread hope, proper precautionary measures and overall awareness of Covid-19's severity.

Sarno, a 41-year-old lifetime Bloomfield, New ...


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Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia to Host Virtual Vigil Tonight at 5:00pm

May 30, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Following the tragic death of George Floyd, Mayor Michael Venezia has announced a virtual vigil for tonight at 5:00pm. 

The event will be open to the public and the Mayor will be joined by the Town Council as well as community faith leaders. Anyone that would like to attend the event can do so by going to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89522920337 and entering the ...

Free COVID-19 Testing Available to All Bloomfield Residents Beginning June 4

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Health Department is offering free COVID-19 tests to residents starting June 4. Testing will be done on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00am-2:00pm at varying locations. 

“As the state and our township slowly begin to reopen, it is imperative that our residents are able to be tested for COVID-19,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “We want to ...

Essex County Emergency Food Distribution to be Held May 28

May 26, 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — An Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be held on Thursday, May 28th at the Charles H. Bullock School in Montclair to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food. 

The event will be held as ...

Coronavirus Cases in Essex County as of May 23; Bloomfield Cases reach 1040

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Office of Information has issued the following charts delineating coronavirus cases in the county, updating through the morning of Saturday, May 23. This data will not match any other report since cases are continually entering the system and local health departments may reassign place of residence as appropriate during their ...

Breaking News: Beaches Opening With Restrictions

May 14, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -  Governor Phil Murphy is in the process of his daily COVID-19 press conference. For beach communities along the New Jersey shore, beaches and boardwalks will be open with some restrictions as of Friday, May 22.

Beaches will still be open to the public with limited capacity. This means restrictions on  beach badges and requirements as far as social distancing ...

NBA Great Shaquille O'Neal Gives Some Love to Somerville Hospital Staff

SOMERVILLE, NJ - NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, a New Jersey native and a mountain of a man whose accomplishments on and off the basketball court are legendary, took the time Tuesday night to call the Critical Care unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset to extend thanks and encouragement to the staff for their never-ending efforts to treat patients during the COVID-19 ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

May 28, 2020

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

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

May 29, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...

Hoboken Gift Shop Turns to Technology to Continue Serving Customers During the Pandemic

HOBOKEN, NJ -- As part of our small business spotlight series, HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Meghan Lavelle, Owner of Washington General, to see how the store is faring during the pandemic. Washington General was featured in Part One of our HomeGrown: Hoboken episode, which aired on TAPintoTV last June. 

“It’s been a whirlwind for sure,” said Lavelle.

The Jaffe Briefing - May 29, 2020

STAFFORD – Hard to imagine that anything you read on social media is untrue, but beware! The Stafford cops are trying to correct the raging rumor that they are banning a Beach Haven West resident from blasting “God Bless America” at 7:30 p.m. every night. No, the cops are saying, we are not against America. No, the cops are saying, we are ...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health is Greater than We Know 

May 28, 2020

While COVID-19 makes its horrific mark on New Jersey, we at Family Connections are continuing to serve thousands of people of all ages through our dynamic programming. In talking to these clients, we’re hearing increased symptoms among those who already had mental health issues and reports from clients now experiencing new feelings of depression, anxiety and social isolation. We are also ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Jon "Ferris" Meredith of TAPinto Wayne

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of May 2020 is Jon "Ferris" Meredith, who owns and operates TAPinto Wayne.  With a background in sales and an entrepreneurial passion, Meredith has made TAPinto Wayne a household name in just a matter of months registering over 224,000 pageviews in March 2020 alone!  

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

The Boy From the Woods

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central Publishing, 2020)


A feral child, a missing teenage girl, and a wise-cracking, sharp-tongued television criminal attorney, and her teenage grandson, Matthew, are the central characters of Harlan Coben’s newest best-seller, The Boy from the Woods. They, along with other characters in the novel, make for a fun and ...

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant (Inkubator Books, 2020)

 Recently I was at a doctor’s appointment and my physician asked if I had read anything good lately. Then she offered a tip to read The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant. 

The Good Neighbor starts off with an intriguing Prologue. In fact, the first line of the novel reads, “There was so much blood. It wasn’t ...

Food for Thought by Mark Vogel

Food for Thought: Food History & Science Cooking Techniques  by Mark Vogel.   ( 2020).

Are you suffering from cabin fever, having  been on “lockdown” for a week, facing a future of being housebound for who knows how long? I have a suggestion to help you pass the time in a productive and interesting way, learn fun facts about food, and sample new recipes. Purchase ...

Rep. Sherrill Hosts Food Security Roundtable

May 27, 2020

Parsippany, NJ -- Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) convened a roundtable discussion last week with local food pantries and meal programs to discuss the issue of food security during the COVID-19 pandemic. As noted by the Star-Ledger Editorial Board, 23 percent of Americans are food insecure, and in homes with children under 12, that number increases to 40.9 percent.

“Food ...

NJ Medicaid Takes Action to Ensure Nursing Home Residents Receive Their Federal Stimulus Checks

NJ Human Services Issues Guidance Making Clear Long-Term Care Facility Residents Are Entitled to Their Checks

May 21, 2020

(TRENTON) –  Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today released guidance making clear that individuals with Medicaid coverage who reside in long-term care facilities are entitled to receive their federal stimulus payments and the ...

Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors.  TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate.  You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos.  Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

Ensuring Underserved Communities Fully Benefit from Green Economy

April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Amid the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its extraordinary impact on the health, economic and social well-being of our state, Earth Day is a historic milestone deserving of celebration and sustained action. It also is an appropriate time to recognize New Jersey’s progress in meeting the challenge of climate change, ...


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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Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

May 29, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...