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Bengals Boys' Soccer Team Cracks the Win Column With a Pair of Shutouts; Girls Soccer Plays Well Against West Orange and Glen Ridge

September 25, 2022

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- The Bloomfield High boys' soccer team has found the win column twice recently, defeating strong teams in Caldwell and Glen Ridge, each by 2-0 counts.

Head coach Michael Aiello's team was 2-5 heading into a game against Belleville, at Watsessing Park, on Sept. 26, starting at 4 p.m. On Sept. 28, the Bengals visit Montclair Kimberley, at 4 p.m. and on Sept. 30, ...

Bengals Girls' Volleyball Battling, but Just Coming up Short

BLOOMFIELD, NJ--The record might not reflect it, but the Bloomfield High girls' volleyball team has played well, against a tough schedule, in the early going of the 2022 season.

Head coach Louis Stevens' team was scheduled to host St. Benedict's, on Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. and will visit Montclair, on Sept. 28, also at 4. On Sept. 29, the team visits East Orange Campus and on Sept. 30, ...

Logan Kudla and Kaitlyn Adams Pace Bengals X-C team; Bhat Having a Tremendous Season for BHS Girls Tennis

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- The Bloomfield High cross-country team took part in a second round of Super Essex Conference (SEC) races at Branch Brook Park, in Newark, on Sept. 20, and also ran at the Garret Invitational, in Woodland Park, on Sept. 24.

The Bengals return to SEC action on Sept. 28, at Branch Brook Park and will head south to the Shore Coaches Invitational, at historic Holmdel Park, on ...

O'Neil, Pavan, Kelly, Horans Lead GR Football to its First Win; Ridgers Girls Soccer Coming Around; Adelaide Fuller and Alexandra Law Gain Personal Best Times for GR X-C; Field Hockey Notches First Win

GLEN RIDGE, NJ-- The fall sports season at Glen Ridge High School is well underway, and the Ridgers are putting together a good season in a number of varsity sports. Here's the latest updates.

FOOTBALL: A strong rushing game led the Ridgers to its first victory of the 2022 season, on Sept. 23, in a 28-14 victory over Tenalfy, in Tenafly.

Head coach Manj Singh's team will ...

After Strong First Half, Featuring 2 TD Passes From Trevor Frantantoni to Nathaniel Brown, Bloomfield Defeated by Surging East Orange; Mekhi Field Injured in the First Quarter

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- For the game's first 24 minutes, Bloomfield High's football team had shown the ability to move the ball and play effective defense, against a solid opponent.

The result was first-half leads of 6-0 and 12-6, before East Orange Campus would tie it before halftime.

After that, it was a different story, as the Jaguars scored 40 unanswered points in the final 24 ...

Rich Adams is the New BHS Softball Coach, Succeeding the Legendary Bob Mayer, Who Will Stay on as an Assistant Coach

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Rich Adams has been named the new varsity softball coach at Bloomfield High. And while the BHS graduate is looking forward to the new challenge, he's also honoring the program's history. 

Adams, a 2007 graduate of Bloomfield High, where he played baseball for the Bengals, succeeds the legendary Bob Mayer, who retired following the 2022 season. Mayer won 561 ...

Aliaga wins 50th Career Game for BHS Girls Soccer; House Doing a Good Job in Goal for Boys Soccer

The Bloomfield High girls and boys soccer teams are showing positive signs out of the gate, in 2022.

The girls, coached by Jon Aliaga, were 1-2 through games of Sept. 16, with a win against Newark East Side and close defeats versus Cedar Grove and Mount St. Dominic. The Bengals were home for games against West Orange and Glen Ridge, on Sept. 19 and 21, respectively, at Brookdale ...

Glen Ridge Fall Sports Update

GLEN RIDGE, NJ-- The Glen Ridge High cross country team will have a new head coach this fall, but a familiar face in Stephanie Fego.

An experienced coach at GR in cross country, winter and spring track, Fego takes over the reins from long-time coach Ira Ford. However, Ford is not going away. Fego and Ford have, in essence, switched roles for the 2022 season.

The Ridgers opened the ...

Jones, Frantantoni, Francois Power Bloomfield Football to its First Win of the Season, as Bengals Rally Past Livingston, 33-26

Joey Jones stood at the middle of Foley Field following his team's hard-fought victory over Livingston, on Sept. 16. He was noticeably sore and limping a little after leg cramps, but the smile said it all.

"Everything hurts right now, but this is what you play for," said Jones a senior captain and 2-way player for Bloomfield High football. "This is why I've played this ...

Bloomfield Girls' Tennis Team Prepares for Essex County Tournament, as Anika Bhat Leads the Way; BHS Girls' Volleyball Squad to Host the Bengal Invitational on Sept. 19

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-The Bloomfield High girls' tennis team and girls' volleyball squads have opened their respective seasons, with good results.

The tennis team, coached by Mike DiMasi, was scheduled to play Millburn, on Sept. 20, at 11 a.m., in an Essex County Tournament match. On Sept. 21, the Bengals visit Nutley, at 4 p.m. On Sept. 23, the team is home to play Verona, at Pulaski Park, ...


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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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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 ...

NJEDA to Host Main Street Micro Business Loan Program Virtual Information Session

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is hosting a webinar for one of its new programs -- the Main Street Micro Business Loan -- to provide low-cost financing to New Jersey micro businesses in need of working capital to support future business operating expenses.

The Main Street Micro Business Loan will offer financing of up to $50,000 to eligible micro businesses in New ...

New Jersey's Reintroduction to Regional Rail

NEW JERSEY — Thousands of New Jerseyans every year take the regional Amtrak train, mostly from Newark, Metropark and Trenton.

The regional trains are a step below the faster, more expensive Acela, and a step above New Jersey Transit trains trundling locally along the same main line between New York City and Philadelphia (with SEPTA).

Over the decades, I had taken the regionals ...

Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia Hosts Donation Drive for Hurricane Fiona Relief

September 27, 2022

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Township of Bloomfield is holding a donation drive this Saturday, October 1, at Fire Headquarters to support residents of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic who have been impacted by the devastation caused by Hurricane Fiona. 

“Thank you to all the residents who have already donated to support this important cause,” said Mayor Michael Venezia.

North Caldwell Fire Department Celebrating 100th Anniversary on Saturday, 9/24

On Saturday, September 24th, the North Caldwell Fire Department will celebrate a century of service to the residents and Borough of North Caldwell. Formed on April 22, 1922, as the North Caldwell Engine Company No. 1, the fire department began serving the growing community of North Caldwell, following the destructive mill fire the previous year.

Saturday’s event will feature a private ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, September 30, 4:00 PM

St Thomas the Apostle School, Bloomfield

Bloomfield Food Truck & Music Festival


Sat, October 1, 10:00 AM

237 Lorraine Ave., Upper Montclair


Sat, October 1, 12:00 PM

Van Riper House, Nutley

Van Riper House Fall Fun Fest


Thu, October 6, 7:00 PM

Wellmont Arts Plaza, Montclair

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


Sat, October 8, 7:30 AM

Orange Reservoir, West Orange

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

'The Caretaker' Builds to a Crescendo

MADISON, NJ - Leave it to Harold Printer 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 ...

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

September 23, 2022

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 ...

Murphy: NJ is Repairing and Preparing One Year after Tropical Storm Ida

September 1, 2022

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Mayor Shawn Lipani welcomed Gov. Phil Murphy and other federal, state and local officials on the first anniversary of Tropical Storm Ida to assess progress made since the devastating storm crippled New Jersey, killing 30 people and causing an estimated $95 billion in damages to homes, businesses, schools and infrastructure.

Two people died in Hillsborough during the ...

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating two milestones — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022, and the third anniversary of his TAPinto franchise, which he launched on his birthday, September 9, 2019.

It’s the second time in three years  that the local news and digital marketing ...

Tips for Small Businesses to Get Media Exposure

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Small business owners have faced unprecedented challenges during the last two years. Many have had to rethink their whole business model altogether. Communicating with customers and clients is more important now than it’s ever been.

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily lives. Protecting public health meant changing how many businesses ...

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 ...

Cats in the Navy by Scot Christenson

Cats in the Navy by Scot Christenson. (Naval Institute Press, 2022)


Cats in the Navy is one of those unusual little gems  that has appeal for several types of people. If you are a cat lover, check! This book is for you! If you enjoy historical photographs, check! You might want a copy of this volume. If someone in your family is in the Navy or has a nautical background, check! ...

The Hotel Nantucket

 The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand. (Little, Brown, 2022)


Ladies,  the latest Elin Hilderbrand novel to tuck into your beach bag has arrived. It is The Hotel Nantucket.  Although this is Hilderbrand’s 27th book about her beloved island, this charming novel has a more whimsical tone than many of the others and will provide a few hours of pleasant romance and ...


September 28, 2022

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 ...

Masters of Illusion Live starring magicians Dan Sperry, Wayne, NJ’s own Michael Turco, and Naathan Phan

Masters of Illusion Live starring magicians Dan Sperry, Wayne, NJ’s own Michael Turco, and Naathan Phan is coming to the bergenPAC October 14 at 8:00 p.m.

Believe the impossible!  The hit television series on The CW, Masters of Illusion, breaks out of the box and into bergenPAC. Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person and this one serves up the time-honored art ...

Empower The Village Honored Successful Black Entrepreneurs with ‘North Star’ Awards and Hosted ‘Power Hitters’ at Inaugural Power Swing Classic Golf Event

A celebration of economic empowerment and entrepreneurship was in full swing last month when Empower The Village, Inc. (ETV), a New Jersey-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a 25-state footprint, hosted its inaugural Power Swing Classic & North Star Awards golf tournament and fundraiser at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, NJ.  Over 140 golfers and ...