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WATCH: Celebrity Politicians Weigh in on Travel Preferences

February 21, 2018

TAPintoTravels - We frequent many events in the course of our travels. One of our favorite experiences is interviewing famous people about their travel preferences.  Here are a couple of our favorite interviews featuring politicians.

In this clip, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey speaks about his love of Jersey City and what it has to offer.

In this clip, ...

NBA Star Dennis Rodman Enjoys Life in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Former National Basketball Association (NBA) star Dennis Rodman’s friends say he is “living like a Livingston kid” while he is in town doing an outpatient program for Turning Point Rehab Center.

Livingston native Chris “Vo” Volo, an agent for Prince Marketing Group, has been representing Rodman for seven years and the two quickly became ...

Livingston Students Named National Merit Finalists; One Named to Top Young Scientists

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Six Livingston High School (LHS) students recently became finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program and will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018.

The finalists include Benjamin Litvin, Sarah Wang, Jerry Zhuang (shown in the back row above), Ruhi Sohal,  Eileen Deng (shown in the front) ...

Travels Spotlight: Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

TAPintoTravels is here to promote travel whether it is for work or pleasure. Most of our reporting is fun and helpful.  However, on rare occasions, we do have to report on heartbreaking stories.  

It is always hardest when it involves men with families that have been lost at sea. Please consider assisting this family in need and keep them in your thoughts or prayers.

The ...

Livingston Students Named National Merit Finalists; One Named to Top Young Scientists

February 20, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Six Livingston High School (LHS) students recently became finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program and will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018.

The finalists include Benjamin Litvin, Sarah Wang, Jerry Zhuang (shown in the back row above), Ruhi Sohal,  Eileen Deng (shown in the front) ...

A Cross-Cultural Experience: Chinese Exchange Students Visit Heritage Middle School

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As part of the American Education Exploration Program, Heritage Middle School (HMS) students recently had the opportunity to share their language, culture and school with nine exchange students from China.

The students visited from Zhuhai, which is located in China's Guangdong Province, and attended classes with HMS students and stayed with host families during their ...

Livingston Schools Completes Special Education Continuum

LIVINGSTON, NJ – As part of an ongoing series of budget discussions at the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) meetings this winter, Assistant Superintendent Lisa Capone-Steiger gave a presentation on Monday about some of the impactful changes recently made to special education programming within the Department of Student Services.

“One thing I feel very fortunate about is that ...

15 Accidents, One Arson Arrest and More From Livingston Police

February 8, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Wednesday's winter weather resulted in a total of 15 motor vehicle accidents in Livingston, including two separate accidents involving school busses with no passengers and one involving a private ambulance that was transporting a patient home, according to Livingston police. No injuries were reported.

In the past week, the Livingston Police ...

NBA Star Dennis Rodman Enjoys Life in Livingston

February 21, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Former National Basketball Association (NBA) star Dennis Rodman’s friends say he is “living like a Livingston kid” while he is in town doing an outpatient program for Turning Point Rehab Center.

Livingston native Chris “Vo” Volo, an agent for Prince Marketing Group, has been representing Rodman for seven years and the two quickly became ...

Girls Basketball: Livingston Seniors Leave Court With One Last Win

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston girls basketball team ended its season on a high note with a 45-31 victory over Roselle Park on Monday.

“The theme this year is move the program forward a little bit,” said Livingston head coach Buddy Wolfe. “We went from two wins last year to eight this year.”

Livingston showed a bright future, taking the opening quarter ...

Neighbors of Saint Barnabas Community Field Talk Flooding with Project Engineer

LIVINGSTON, NJ – After receiving complaints from residents that the Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) Community Field is causing major flooding and icing in the area, the Livingston Township Council hosted a meeting on Thursday to address this issue.

The project’s civil engineer, Kevin Haney, president & chief operational officer (COO) of Maser Consulting, was on hand to ...

Metro YMCA Ranked in Top 4 Percent of US Nonprofits for Seventh Year

February 14, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — For the seventh consecutive year, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges—which includes the West Essex YMCA and six other branches—has received the top rating from the largest charity evaluator in the U.S. for its strong financial health and commitment to transparency and accountability.

The Metro YMCA serves an estimated 30,000 people through its ...

Livingston Public Schools Rocks Cycle for Survival

SUMMIT, NJ — Several Livingston Public School (LPS) staff members and students spent time together on Feb. 3, at Equinox gym in Summit to join the battle against rare cancers. These dedicated spinners participated in Cycle for Survival, a high-energy indoor team cycling event founded by the late Jennifer Goodman Linn, a former Livingston resident, and her husband, Dave, to raise money to ...

Livingston Public Schools Names Lancers of the Month

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston Public Schools recently announced that the Lancers of the Month—students, faculty and staff who model for the entire Livingston High School (LHS) community the qualities and values that define LHS—include Desiree Joseph, Chloe Heller, Hunter Halpern, Rachel Kogut, Jenna Foley, Jacob Kling, Aaron Samuel and Zachary Zawila.

According to ...

Is Tax Reform Affecting Home Values? Local Experts Weigh In

February 19, 2018

Local officials and experts react to new federal tax reform plan that has caused unease among Essex County homeowners and businesses.

WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ — In response to the apprehension and confusion surrounding the recently passed federal tax bill as it relates to Essex County, local professionals and political leaders are weighing in on the subject to help homeowners, ...

TAPinto.net Named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  TAPinto.net has been named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons, a network of more than 230 news organizations across New Jersey.  The award goes to a journalist or news organization that showed overall excellence in their work for 2017.    

Joe Amditis, Associate Director of the Center for Cooperative Media, said TAPinto won the award ...

Tempur-Pedic Opens First New Jersey Store in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Tempur-Pedic, a national manufacturer of mattresses and pillows, celebrated the opening of its first flagship store in New Jersey on Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new location at the Livingston’s Container Store Shopping Center, 280 Eisenhower Pkwy suite 103.

Members of the Livingston Township Council and the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce ...

How to Register for a Night of Jazz at the Lancer Lounge

February 14, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School’s (LHS) Band Boosters will host its annual Jazz Band Dinner Dance on March 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the LHS cafeteria, which will be transformed into a nightclub for a night of music and a buffet dinner, catered by Il Giacalone’s.  

The Livingston Lancer and Lab Jazz Bands will be performing a full repertoire of songs, ...

Livingston Forensic Speech and Debate Team Wins Nine Awards and a Team Sweepstakes Trophy

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Twenty members of the Livingston High School speech and debate team took home individual awards, and the team as a whole earned a team sweepstakes trophy, at the Newark CFL tournament last week.

The team, coached by Dr. Michael Sunga and Alex Lamon, competed in the Newark CFL tournament at Ridge High School. The Lancers came away with nine awards, including the ...

Heritage Students Win at Essex County Forensics Interpretive Reading Tournament

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Heritage Middle School’s (HMS) Alex Simon brought home the first-place trophy, Anna Weiner earned third place and the Livingston team as a whole took second when the Livingston GT/Schoolwide Enrichment department recently hosted the Essex County tournament for Forensics Interpretive Reading.

Helping the HMS team win the second-place team trophy were Sydney ...

Neighbors of Saint Barnabas Community Field Talk Flooding with Project Engineer

February 17, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ – After receiving complaints from residents that the Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) Community Field is causing major flooding and icing in the area, the Livingston Township Council hosted a meeting on Thursday to address this issue.

The project’s civil engineer, Kevin Haney, president & chief operational officer (COO) of Maser Consulting, was on hand to ...

Municipal Budget Conversation for 2018 Begins in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In preparation of Livingston Township’s annual municipal budget, Chief Financial Officer Kim Kientz and Acting Township Manager Russ Jones initiated this year’s budget conversation at Monday’s council meeting with a summary of the capital requests and/or recommendations for each of the township’s departments.

According to Jones, all ...

Livingston Rabbi One of Six Arrested at "Clean Dream" Sit-In at Congressman's Office

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six protesters, including Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz of B’nai Abraham in Livingston and three of her fellow clergy members, were arrested on Monday after holding a sit-in at Congressman Leonard Lance’s office in Westfield to support “Dreamers,” according to Westfield police.

Dantowitz was charged with defiant trespass alongside Rev. Ann Ralosky and ...

Livingston Public Schools Rocks Cycle for Survival

February 12, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ — Several Livingston Public School (LPS) staff members and students spent time together on Feb. 3, at Equinox gym in Summit to join the battle against rare cancers. These dedicated spinners participated in Cycle for Survival, a high-energy indoor team cycling event founded by the late Jennifer Goodman Linn, a former Livingston resident, and her husband, Dave, to raise money to ...

Livingston Leaders and Parents Collaborate on How to Build a Healthier Community

LIVINGSTON, NJ – In a show of community solidarity to address mental health and substance abuse issues in Livingston, especially as they affect the township’s teenagers, more than 40 community leaders came together with more than 100 parents, students and concerned citizens on Thursday to discuss ways they can work together to build a healthier community.

Forum moderator Eric ...

Six Local Restaurants to Book for Valentine's Day

February 7, 2018

WEST ESSEX, NJ - Valentine’s Day is only a week away. In addition to sorting through the very best chocolates, flowers and romantic gifts, finding the best place to take your date can be equally overwhelming.

Here are six local eateries offering a romantic atmosphere and delicious eats for Valentine’s Day:

Marble & Moxie - Livingston NEW!  This ...

Game Day Specials On and Off Premise at Calabria Restaurant & Pizzeria

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Watch the Big Game at Calabria Restaurant this Sunday or order out from the pizzeria with the TAPinto promo code.

Owners Joe and Dino are putting out a game day buffet at the bar FREE with an open-bar tab. Enjoy the big game on the flat screen while munching on super bowl favorites.

Partying at home? Enjoy 10 percent off all catered out food this ...

Livingston's Teen Baker Struggles Through Week Four of "Kids Baking Championship"

NEW YORK, NY — After losing a male baker for three consecutive weeks on Food Network’s “Kid’s Baking Championship,” the streak was finally broken—but not by Livingston 12-year-old Soleil Thomas, who advanced to the top eight.

Although she made it to week five, Thomas struggled through Monday’s challenge to create an ice cream cone drip cake ...

January in Review: Top 10 Stories of the Month in Livingston

February 5, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Check out TAPinto Livingston’s Top Ten stories of January, based on pageviews:

1. Reports of Bomb Scare at Livingston High School Deemed False

2. Livingston Named Among Top 50 High Schools with Best SAT Scores

3. The Search is Over: Livingston Welcomes New Township Manager

4. 101 Years and Counting: Livingston’s Crystal Plaza Evolves in ...

Gable Associates Continues Dialogue on Energy Aggregation Program in Livingston

January 25, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Community energy aggregation consultants Robert Chilton and Jesse Castellanos of Highland Park-based Gabel Associates, Inc., led an interactive question-and-answer session with Livingston residents at Monday’s Livingston Township Council meeting in follow up to Gabel Associates’ initial presentation to the council on Jan. 10.

Gabel Associates was the third of ...

Livingston Rabbi One of Six Arrested at "Clean Dream" Sit-In at Congressman's Office

February 7, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six protesters, including Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz of B’nai Abraham in Livingston and three of her fellow clergy members, were arrested on Monday after holding a sit-in at Congressman Leonard Lance’s office in Westfield to support “Dreamers,” according to Westfield police.

Dantowitz was charged with defiant trespass alongside Rev. Ann Ralosky and ...

WATCH: Celebrity Politicians Weigh in on Travel Preferences

February 21, 2018

TAPintoTravels - We frequent many events in the course of our travels. One of our favorite experiences is interviewing famous people about their travel preferences.  Here are a couple of our favorite interviews featuring politicians.

In this clip, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey speaks about his love of Jersey City and what it has to offer.

In this clip, ...

Travels Spotlight: Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

TAPintoTravels is here to promote travel whether it is for work or pleasure. Most of our reporting is fun and helpful.  However, on rare occasions, we do have to report on heartbreaking stories.  

It is always hardest when it involves men with families that have been lost at sea. Please consider assisting this family in need and keep them in your thoughts or prayers.

The ...

Travel Spotlight: Another Holiday, Another Encounter with Marine Life along Jersey Shore

SPRING LAKE, NJ — A baby seal made its way onto the beach near the north end pavilion in Spring Lake early this afternoon.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski discovered the harbor seal pup near the jetty situated just south of the pavilion on Ocean Avenue at Ludlow Avenue.

The seal’s Presidents Day appearance on Monday comes one day after a whale was spotted off the Belmar ...

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Local Children Invited to Register for Essex County Summer Camps

February 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Children of all ages are invited to participate in spring and summer camp opportunities at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Essex County Codey Arena and the Essex County Environmental Center.

The zoo has several weeklong camp adventures that will introduce children to the extraordinary world of animals, nature and science. Campers and their parents/guardians are ...

How Do I Decide Which College to Attend?

Now that college acceptances are rolling in, how do I decide which to attend?

Your hard work in high school has paid off. You took your SAT/ACT exams, got the best grades you could, and filled out as many applications as you needed to. Acceptance letters are starting to come in and you need to make a decision on where you will go in the fall. It's hard to decide!! Here are some tips and ...

NJ Governor Signs Executive Order to Fly Flags at Half-Staff to Recognize Parkland Florida Victims

February 20, 2018

New Jersey Governor Phillip D. Murphy signed Executive Order No.1 on Monday ordering the flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of New Jersey to be flown at half-staff to recognize and mourn the passing of the victims in Parkland, FL.

The order is for all state offices, agencies and municipalities, including schools for Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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Wed, February 21, 10:00 AM

Estelle Finkel Center for Learning, Livingston

Estelle Finkel Center for Learning Presents ...

Education

Wed, February 21, 6:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Free CASA Essex Volunteer Information Session

Giving Back Law & Justice

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Sat, February 24, 4:00 PM

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Gun Violence Prevention & Congressional Candidates

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Livingston Public Library Prepares for NJ Makers Day

February 12, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Public Library will host its third annual Makers Day on Saturday, March 10. Last year, 350 people attended Livingston Library’s Makers Day and enjoyed a variety of interactive activities ranging from sewing and paper crafts to robotics and circuitry.

Makers Day is a statewide initiative designed to celebrate, promote and introduce ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

In the Driver's Seat

Honey, I am going to take the Roadster out for a quick spin around the sun. I’ll be back in a few million years.

 

That’s nice dear. While you are out, could you pick up a gallon of milk?

 

In what has to be the greatest road trip of all time and space, Elon Musk, the visionary inventor, engineer, and billionaire investor loaded his very own red Tesla ...