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Livingston Residents Express Ideas and Concerns at Riker Hill Art Park Open Forum

January 16, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston and Essex County officials were enthusiastic about the outcome of a productive public forum held on Thursday at Livingston Town Hall to gather residents’ input regarding the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP).

As mayor in 2016, current deputy mayor Al Anthony worked hard to receive a commitment from Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo ...

Ocean County Freeholders Firmly Against Drilling Off the New Jersey Coast

TOMS RIVER, NJ — The Ocean County Board of Freeholders is strongly opposed to a Trump administration plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to the waters of nearly every coastal state in the nation. The board plans to vote on an official resolution on Wednesday against the coastal drilling.  

The proposal by the Trump Administration includes 47 ...

Debut of Livingston's "Let's Sit Together" Campaign is a Success

LIVINGSTON, NJ — More Livingston parents are looking to get involved in the pro-inclusion campaign “Let’s Sit Together” after Wednesday’s debut of the campaign was a success.

More than 100 Livingston students and parents wore shirts with the slogan “Let’s Sit Together” during the school day on Wednesday to promote togetherness within the ...

Livingston Mayor Addresses Business Community at Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Newly instated Livingston Mayor Ed Meinhardt affirmed his commitment to the success of the township’s business community when he introduced himself to members of that community at the annual Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) Mayor’s Breakfast on Thursday at Nero’s Grille.

During his year as mayor, Meinhardt said he looks forward to ...

Debut of Livingston's "Let's Sit Together" Campaign is a Success

January 14, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — More Livingston parents are looking to get involved in the pro-inclusion campaign “Let’s Sit Together” after Wednesday’s debut of the campaign was a success.

More than 100 Livingston students and parents wore shirts with the slogan “Let’s Sit Together” during the school day on Wednesday to promote togetherness within the ...

Livingston Students to Participate in "Let's Sit Together" Pro-Inclusion Campaign

LIVINGSTON, NJ — More than one hundred Livingston students and parents will participate in a pro-inclusion campaign to support togetherness within the community by wearing t-shirts with the slogan “Let’s Sit Together” during the school day on Wednesday.

The campaign was born in 2017 out of one Livingston mother’s idea to create inclusion and togetherness ...

West Essex YMCA Expands Free English as a Second Language Class to Kids

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A free English as a Second Language (ESL) program at the West Essex YMCA that is aimed toward immigrants and English language learners is currently expanding to include children.

The conversational English class has been offered on Sundays since late 2016 and is now also offered on Tuesdays to any area residents from a variety of backgrounds, ages and ethnicities looking ...

Possible Pedestrian Struck in Livingston Friday Night

January 12, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A pedestrian was reported to be unconscious after a vehicle struck the individual in the area of South Livingston Avenue and Mt. Pleasant Avenue (Route 10) on Friday evening, according to the Breaking News Network (BNN).

BNN, which reports radio activity, stated that the victim was transported to UMDNJ trauma center.

This information has yet to be confirmed by police.

Livingston Fire Department Assists in Fire that Kills Dog in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Livingston, Maplewood and Irvington Fire Departments provided mutual aid at the scene of a structure fire at private dwelling on Hazel Avenue in West Orange on Tuesday. Crews attempted resuscitation on an unresponsive dog that was located and removed from the basement, but were unsuccessful.

According to officials, the fire started in the basement ...

Livingston Girls Basketball Hosts Clinic with Shining Stars Special Needs Program

January 13, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School (LHS) varsity and junior girls basketball teams invited members of the Shining Stars Special Needs sports program to participate in its third annual basketball clinic last weekend, kicking of the Shining Stars’ six-week winter basketball program.

During the clinic, the two teams played games and provided skills while cheering on the Shining ...

Girls Fencing: Livingston Defeats West Essex, 15-12

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The young West Essex girls fencing team is still learning its craft after a tough 15-12 loss to an experienced Livingston team drops the squad to 2-3 while Livingston’s record improves to 5-3.

“[Livingston] is a very good team, they are in a much higher league than us,” said West Essex head coach Mark Trudmos.

The Lancers showed why they are ...

Big "L" Club to Host Third Annual Casino Night

EAST HANOVER, NJ —In a collective effort to make a difference for the entire Livingston High School Athletics Program and all of its student athletes, the Big “L” Club is inviting the community to its third annual Big L Casino Night on Jan. 19 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Hanover Manor in East Hanover.

A $50 fee will buy participants that are 21 years and older ...

Debut of Livingston's "Let's Sit Together" Campaign is a Success

January 14, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — More Livingston parents are looking to get involved in the pro-inclusion campaign “Let’s Sit Together” after Wednesday’s debut of the campaign was a success.

More than 100 Livingston students and parents wore shirts with the slogan “Let’s Sit Together” during the school day on Wednesday to promote togetherness within the ...

Livingston Girls Basketball Hosts Clinic with Shining Stars Special Needs Program

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School (LHS) varsity and junior girls basketball teams invited members of the Shining Stars Special Needs sports program to participate in its third annual basketball clinic last weekend, kicking of the Shining Stars’ six-week winter basketball program.

During the clinic, the two teams played games and provided skills while cheering on the Shining ...

Livingston Fifth Graders to Collect Items for Domestic Violence Victims on MLK Day

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In preparation for their service project of collecting items for The Safe House during Monday’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at the Livingston Senior and Community Center, Harrison Elementary School’s fifth-grade girl scouts Troop 20290, in conjunction with the 4th grade girl scouts Troop 20484, recently hosted an outreach ...

Livingston Mayor Addresses Business Community at Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

January 14, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Newly instated Livingston Mayor Ed Meinhardt affirmed his commitment to the success of the township’s business community when he introduced himself to members of that community at the annual Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) Mayor’s Breakfast on Thursday at Nero’s Grille.

During his year as mayor, Meinhardt said he looks forward to ...

TAPinto Franchised Local News Network Breaks 7M Readers, 23.7 M Pageviews

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto.net, a network of more than 70 online hyperlocal news sites in New Jersey and New York, broke 7 million readers and 23.7 million pageviews during the last year. 

From Jan. 8, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018, TAPinto registered 7,025,372 readers and 23,792,903 pageviews, up from 5,352,395 readers and 18,496,885 pageviews during the same period a year ago.  During the ...

Sobel & Co. Accounting Firm Names New Partner in 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The regional Certified Public Accounting firm Sobel & Co. officially welcomed Adam Lipkin as its newest partner of its leadership group on Jan. 1.

Managing Partner Alan Sobel made the announcement at the annual employee appreciation celebration in December, stating that Lipkin clearly demonstrated his leadership skills when he was in the role of Senior Manager ...

Livingston Residents Express Ideas and Concerns at Riker Hill Art Park Open Forum

January 16, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston and Essex County officials were enthusiastic about the outcome of a productive public forum held on Thursday at Livingston Town Hall to gather residents’ input regarding the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP).

As mayor in 2016, current deputy mayor Al Anthony worked hard to receive a commitment from Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo ...

Space is Still Available for Book Chat with Harlan Coben

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Nearly 500 people, including current and past Livingston residents of all ages, have already signed up for the Livingston Education Foundation’s (LEF) first town-wide book club, featuring Livingston High School (LHS) Class of 1980 alumnus Harlan Coben to discuss his newest mystery novel, “Don’t Let Go.”

On behalf of the LEF, Collins ...

Livingston Teen Heads to Top 10 on "Kids Baking Championship"

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After falling to the bottom three on Monday’s episode of Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship,” Livingston seventh-grader Soleil Thomas will continue on to the Top 10 on Season 4. 

For their second challenge of the season, the 11 remaining contestants were tasked with creating “dessert pizzas” with a mid-challenge twist ...

Livingston Residents Express Ideas and Concerns at Riker Hill Art Park Open Forum

January 16, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston and Essex County officials were enthusiastic about the outcome of a productive public forum held on Thursday at Livingston Town Hall to gather residents’ input regarding the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP).

As mayor in 2016, current deputy mayor Al Anthony worked hard to receive a commitment from Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo ...

Livingston Mayor Addresses Business Community at Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Newly instated Livingston Mayor Ed Meinhardt affirmed his commitment to the success of the township’s business community when he introduced himself to members of that community at the annual Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) Mayor’s Breakfast on Thursday at Nero’s Grille.

During his year as mayor, Meinhardt said he looks forward to ...

Livingston Council Hears From Third Energy Aggregation Consultant

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Gabel Associates, an energy advisor out of Highland Park, NJ, was the third company to present a case to the Livingston Township Council as to why Livingston should authorize it as the township’s consultant for establishing an energy aggregation program.

An ordinance was adopted in September to authorize the establishment of a Livingston Energy Aggregation ...

Joiner Fee to be Waived at West Essex YMCA Until Jan. 15

January 4, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to inviting residents to explore the West Essex YMCA in Livingston at its open house on Saturday, the Y is also waiving the joiner fee for everyone who signs up by Jan. 15.

The free, family-friendly event from 2 to 8 p.m. will showcase the YMCA’s expansive offerings that promote healthy living, youth development and social responsibility.

Livingston Seventh Grader Advances on “Kids Baking Championship”

January 3, 2018

NEW YORK, NY — Livingston seventh grader Soleil Thomas, the 12-year-old baker being featured on Season 4 of Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship,” will advance to the Top 11 after making it through her first challenge on Monday’s season premiere.

Twelve of America’s best young bakers are proving that “age is just a number” by competing ...

West Essex YMCA Hosts Second Annual International Holiday Luncheon

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Members and non-members of the West Essex YMCA learned about the individual holidays of many different cultures during the second annual International Holiday Luncheon held at the Y on Friday.

Through the YMCA’s Togetherhood Committee, Millburn High School senior Anshul Nayar and Cheryl Francione, who recently stepped down as the Y’s associate executive ...

Livingston Teen to Compete on Kids Baking Championship

NEW YORK, NY — After a nationwide search for contenders for Season 4 of Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship,” Livingston seventh grader Soleil Thomas, 12, was selected to compete for $25,000, a feature in Food Network Magazine and the title of Kids Baking Champion. She will be one of eight kids and teens to put their baking skills to the test when the new season airs ...

2017 in Review: Top 10 Stories of the Year in Livingston

January 5, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Check out TAPinto Livingston’s Top 10 stories in 2017, based on pageviews.

1. Bomb Threats Made to Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston

2. Livingston Juveniles Transported to Local Hospitals Following Larger Party

3. Livingston’s Joseph Michael “Joey” Falcone Dies at 69

4. Hackensack Man Indicted in Livingston High School Threat Case

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Livingston Council Hears From Third Energy Aggregation Consultant

January 10, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Gabel Associates, an energy advisor out of Highland Park, NJ, was the third company to present a case to the Livingston Township Council as to why Livingston should authorize it as the township’s consultant for establishing an energy aggregation program.

An ordinance was adopted in September to authorize the establishment of a Livingston Energy Aggregation ...

Public Input Invited at Riker Hill Art Park Master Plan Open Forum

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In order to gather input from the community about what improvements they would like to see at the Essex County Riker Hill Art Park, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Township of Livingston is hosting a public meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Livingston Town Hall to discuss the master plan for the 42-acre artist colony.

Outgoing Livingston Mayor ...

Livingston Township to Collect and Recycle Christmas Trees in January

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Township of Livingston’s Christmas Tree Collection and Recycling program will begin on Jan. 2 and will end on Jan. 31.

Last year, the township, in conjunction with the Livingston Department of Public Works (DPW), collected and recycled more than 1,175 Christmas trees.

Once again, employees of the DPW will chip the trees into mulch, which is made available to ...

West Essex YMCA Hosts Second Annual International Holiday Luncheon

January 2, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Members and non-members of the West Essex YMCA learned about the individual holidays of many different cultures during the second annual International Holiday Luncheon held at the Y on Friday.

Through the YMCA’s Togetherhood Committee, Millburn High School senior Anshul Nayar and Cheryl Francione, who recently stepped down as the Y’s associate executive ...

Ocean County Freeholders Firmly Against Drilling Off the New Jersey Coast

January 15, 2018

TOMS RIVER, NJ — The Ocean County Board of Freeholders is strongly opposed to a Trump administration plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to the waters of nearly every coastal state in the nation. The board plans to vote on an official resolution on Wednesday against the coastal drilling.  

The proposal by the Trump Administration includes 47 ...

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Pedestrian Victim in Fatal Bus Accident Identified as 78-Year-Old Nutley Man

January 14, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and Nutley Police Chief Thomas J. Strumolo released details about the pedestrian victim of the fatal accident involving a NJ Transit bus on Thursday night in Nutley.

Umberto Lombardi, 78, was struck and killed by an articulated bus turning left from Bloomfield Avenue to Centre Street. Lombardi was crossing the ...

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Fri, January 19, 7:00 PM

The Hanover Manor, East Hanover

Big L Club Third Annual Casino Night

Giving Back Sports

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Sun, January 21, 2:00 PM

Livingston High School Auditorium, Livingston

Livingston Symphony Family Concert: The ...

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, January 21, 2:00 PM

Livingston High School Auditorium, Livingston

Livingston Symphony Family Concert: "The ...

Arts & Entertainment

NJSIAA: Bills Grant Super Powers to 20 Schools; Upcoming Vote Puts Kids at Risk

January 4, 2018

As a 100-year-old, independent, private, and voluntary non-profit association serving the needs of 435 public and non-public high schools and nearly 300,000 student athletes, we have an unwavering commitment to promoting and protecting education-based interscholastic athletics. At our core, we are committed to ensuring a safe and competitive environment, while also enhancing the educational ...

Livingston Symphony Family Concert: The Composer's Toolbox

January 16, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Visit “The Composer’s Toolbox,” this year’s Livingston Symphony Orchestra Family Concert on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Livingston High School Auditorium, 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston NJ.

Known for his easy rapport with audience members of all ages and joy in sharing the stories behind the music, Maestro Anthony LaGruth ...

Accepting Yourself

It is the beginning of January, which means college applications are due.

 

This is the time where high school seniors all across the country place their academic souls on the line and compete for spots in colleges and universities that reject more students than they accept.  

 

And so, as a public service to all of these smart and talented kids who spent their ...

You're A Mean One . . .

Seriously, Grinch?

 

I am standing in line at the checkout counter of our local grocery store.  An obviously perturbed woman and her young daughter are staring at my cart.  It contains twelve tubs of Edy’s Limited Edition Slow Churned Peppermint Ice Cream because I have just cleared out the entire freezer case.

 

“They don’t sell it in ...