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Livingston Manufacturer Franklin Miller Celebrates Expansion with Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting

July 27, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion of the Livingston headquarters of Franklin Miller, Inc. on July 13.

Located at 60 Okner Parkway, this new addition to Livingston, which doubles the size of its wastewater systems equipment manufacturing facility, will provide additional jobs to local residents.

Autism Speaks Walk Kick-Off Dinner to be Held at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Leading up to the Austism Speaks Walks in Morristown on Oct. 8 and in Cranford on Oct. 16, Autism Speaks will be hosting a kick-off dinner at the Turtle Back Zoo on Thursday, July 28 for anyone interested in learning more about the events.

According to Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, the kick-off on Thursday is a great ...

Gov. Christie's School Funding Plan Could Significantly Reduce Property Taxes in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ – If every student in New Jersey received the same state aid per pupil, according to a plan put forth by Gov. Chris Christie to change the state aid formula, Livingston taxpayers would see a property tax reduction of about $3,000—making it the sixth-highest savings in the county.

According to the Christie’s plan, all New Jersey school ...

Essex County Freeholders Honor West Essex Girls Softball at Livingston Town Hall

July 12, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After winning the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 Tournament, the Super Essex Conference Championship and the Essex County Tournament Championship, the West Essex High School Girls’ Softball team was honored for its outstanding 2016 season at the July 7 meeting of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders held at Livingston Town Hall.

The ...

Pickleball and Swede's Ice Cream Eating Contest Added to July 4th Celebration; Council to Paint Pickleball Lines on New Courts

LIVINGSTON, NJ — For the first time on July 4, Pickleball exhibitions, demonstrations and clinics will part of the 80th annual daylong Livingston Celebration 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Memorial Park Tennis Courts.

Complements of Livingston Pickleball and its partners High Country Ski & Tennis, A+ Physical Therapy and Alden Business Graphics, participants of all ages can watch ...

County Engineer Commits to Left Turn into Proposed Assisted Living Community in Livingston

July 20, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After what Livingston Mayor Al Anthony described as “much wrangling” over the proposed Sunrise Assisted Living facility potentially coming to Livingston, Anthony announced Monday that Essex County Engineer Sanjeev Varghese agreed to developing a “left-turn-only” lane into the new facility from S. Orange Ave. heading west.

Although many residents ...

Governor Christie's Roadwork Shutdown to Affect Livingston, West Orange and Other Essex County Municipalities

WEST ESSEX REGION, NJ — Beginning Friday, July 15, Governor Chris Christie will shut down any road and train projects in the state that are funded by the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). The shutdown will affect several Essex County municipalities, including the Caldwells, Roseland and Fairfield among others, and it is unclear exactly how long the shutdown will last.

Christie ...

Residents Oppose Already-Passed Ordinance to Build New Assisted Living Facility in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Uproar has broken out at recent Livingston Township Council meetings over the proposed Sunrise Senior Living facility on South Orange Avenue, which could potentially affect the traffic in the areas of Coventry, South Orange Avenue and Passaic Avenue in Livingston.

Although dozens of residents have resisted this in recent weeks, the ordinance was signed and passed in 2015 ...

U.S. Navy Veteran of West Orange Dies at 74; Funeral for Michael Fabiano to be Held in Livingston

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Michael Fabiano, Sr., 74, of West Orange, died on Monday, July 11 at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

Born and raised in Newark and a longtime resident of West Orange, Fabiano was the Chairman of the West Orange Democratic Committee, a member of the West Orange Planning Board, the past president of the Sons of Italy, a member of UNICO, former Deputy Mayor for ...

A Special Screening of "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" to Show at JCC Metrowest

July 16, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Dubbed "the best food film of 2016" and voted "Ford Best of the Fest" by this year's New Jersey Jewish Film Festival attendees, "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. As a special summer treat, JCC Metrowest in West Orange is re-screening "In Search of Israeli ...

Essex County Executive Participates in Public Weighing and Measuring of Reticulated Python at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In celebration of World Snake Day on Saturday, July 16, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. helped animal keepers from Essex County Turtle Back Zoo measure and weigh the reticulated python this week. The 16-year-old python, named Angie, weighed 132 pounds and was 17 feet 2¾ inches long.

Reticulated pythons are among the longest in the world, with the ...

Local Senior Citizens Invited to Enter Essex County Art Show in August

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Senior citizens in the Essex County area have been invited to participate in the 2016 Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show and Exhibition. 

Professional and amateur artists can submit their artwork on Tuesday, August 2 to the Essex County Hospital Center, located at 204 Grove Avenue in Cedar Grove, from 10 a.m. to noon. The art exhibit will ...

Get Ready for The ACT/SAT With Academic Journeys Summer Boot Camp

July 26, 2016

Academic Journeys is offering a new way to prepare for college entrance exams, the ACT/SAT Summer Bootcamp.   Bootcamps start August 1 in Madison and Millburn. 

Taking a summer SAT prep class is a rite of passage for students about to enter their junior year of high school.  Using the limited academic demands of summer to introduce the curriculum for college admissions tests, ...

Gov. Christie's School Funding Plan Could Significantly Reduce Property Taxes in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ – If every student in New Jersey received the same state aid per pupil, according to a plan put forth by Gov. Chris Christie to change the state aid formula, Livingston taxpayers would see a property tax reduction of about $3,000—making it the sixth-highest savings in the county.

According to the Christie’s plan, all New Jersey school ...

Livingston Board of Education President Announces Leave from the Board

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Ronnie Spring, Livingston Board of Education President, announced on Wednesday that he will not be running for the Livingston Board of Education in November.

Spring said he looks forward to working with the board members and district administrators over the next couple of months and wished all of the candidates in the fall election good luck.

“It’s a ...

An Introduction to TAPinto Travels

July 19, 2016

TAPinto Travels is pleased to join the TAPinto family of independent publishers. 

Our mission is simple. We believe there is a world out there and we want you to see as much as you can. We all work hard and we all deserve some time off to enjoy with our friends and family. We will do our best to inform you of all the wonderful things you can do close to home and out in the greater ...

Autism Speaks Walk Kick-Off Dinner to be Held at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange

July 27, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Leading up to the Austism Speaks Walks in Morristown on Oct. 8 and in Cranford on Oct. 16, Autism Speaks will be hosting a kick-off dinner at the Turtle Back Zoo on Thursday, July 28 for anyone interested in learning more about the events.

According to Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, the kick-off on Thursday is a great ...

Livingston’s Recycling and Reclamation Committee Earns Excellence in Education Award

LIVINGSTON, NJ — New Jersey Clean Community, a comprehensive, statewide litter-abatement program that has served New Jersey residents for more than 30 years, recently presented Livingston’s Recycling and Reclamation Committee, also known as R&R, with the “Excellence in Education” Award at the Clean Communities Council’s annual award ceremony.

On behalf of ...

"Bar Night for Brendan Tevlin" Raises $2000 Toward Third Annual Lacrosse Festival

FAIRFIELD, NJ — A “Bar Night for Brendan” held at Thatcher McGhee’s Irish Pub in Fairfield on Wednesday raised $2,000 toward the third annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival being held on July 30 in West Orange in honor of the Livingston resident who lost his life to a shooting in 2014.

On Monday and Tuesday, the restaurant hosted all-day “Dine and ...

Livingston Manufacturer Franklin Miller Celebrates Expansion with Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting

July 27, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion of the Livingston headquarters of Franklin Miller, Inc. on July 13.

Located at 60 Okner Parkway, this new addition to Livingston, which doubles the size of its wastewater systems equipment manufacturing facility, will provide additional jobs to local residents.

Levine, Jacobs & Company’s Roy Levine, CPA/CGMA, Discusses the Impact of Exit Taxes on New Jerseyans

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Roy I. Levine, CPA/CGMA, Member, Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, in Livingston recently spoke with TAPinto Livingston, West Essex and West Orange about the “exit tax” and the impact it may have on New Jerseyans.

DS: How would you best describe the “exit tax?”

RL: “What an exit tax really is, is a misunderstood rule—when a person ...

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Codey Arena in West Orange Open to Public as Cooling Center Week of July 25

July 25, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – With temperatures forecasted to remain above 90, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced Monday that Essex County Codey Arena is available to the public as a cooling center until Thursday.

The arena, located at 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange, will be open to the public Monday, July 25 to Thursday, July 28 ...

RWJBarnabas Health President and CEO Named Alongside Bruce Springstein, Bon Jovi and Others on List of "25 Most Influential People in New Jersey"

WEST ORANGE, NJ – In an annual ranking recognizing exceptional individuals in New Jersey, known amongst the community to have an innate ability to affect change, Barry Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for RWJBarnabas Health, was named one of “The 25 Most Influential People in New Jersey” by NJ Advance Media. 

The leader of the state’s largest ...

Saint Barnabas Medical Center is Among Eight RWJBarnabas Health Hospitals to be Named 2016 Most Wired

LIVINGSTON, NJ — When the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum recently released its 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, eight out of eleven RWJBarnabas Health hospitals were named to the 2016 Most Wired list, including Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston.

In addition to Livingston's SBMC, the list also included: Clara Maass ...

Man Charged with First-Degree Murder in Double Homicide Stabbing in Springfield

June 29, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - A man has been charged with fatally stabbing his mother and grandfather in a Springfield home they shared, according to details released Tuesday by acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Springfield Police Chief John Cook.

James Brown, 27, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three related weapons offenses in connection with the ...

McAlister's Deli to Host First Free Tea Day in Livingston; Specialty Menu Available for Limited Time

July 17, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — McAlister’s Deli, famous for its freshly brewed sweet tea, is hosting a Free Tea Day at its Livingston location on Eisenhower Parkway, which held its official grand opening in June. Free T-shirts will be handed out to the first 25 customers who attend Free Tea Day on July 21.

Freshly brewed multiple times daily, McAlister’s sweet tea is said to be made with a ...

Livingston’s July 4th Celebration Will Feature Food, Live Music, Rides, Car Show, Fireworks, and More; Schedule Included

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Township of Livingston has scheduled a full day of family events on July 4, leading up to the fireworks at night. All events will take place at or near the Memorial Oval on Robert Harp Drive.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Livingston’s Independence Day celebration and continues both old favorites and newer traditions.

The rock band "The ...

Livingston and Surrounding Police Departments Receive Support in Light of National Tragedies

July 21, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — In light of recent tragedies involving police on a national level, local police departments, including Livingston, West Orange and surrounding areas have received an outpouring of support from residents, houses of worship and other organizations.

Livingston Police Chief Craig Handschuch said that recent incidents have unfortunately driven a wedge between law enforcement ...

Livingston's Eighth Annual National Night Out to be Held Aug. 2

LIVINGSTON, NJ — For the eighth-consecutive year, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) has made a donation to support Livingston’s National Night Out, to be held on Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Memorial Oval this summer.

The national event is designed to strengthen neighborhoods though police-community partnerships. The goal is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, to ...

Police Investigate Man Potentially Connected to String of Vehicle Break-ins in Essex County

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A 22-year-old man from Orange was recently arrested in West Orange in connection to several car break-ins on the western end of town, police said.

Police are continuing to investigate and are working with surrounding towns to determine if the suspect is connected to several break-ins in other West Essex towns, including Livingston, Roseland, Caldwell and East ...

Union Catholic Hurdler to be Youngest U.S. Track Athlete at Rio Olympics

July 12, 2016

EUGENE, OR — Sydney McLaughlin, a member of the Class of 2017 at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, set a high school and new world junior record in the women's 400 hurdles at the U.S. Olympic trials. McLaughlin ran the race in 54.15 to break the world junior record, which stood for a decade. 

The 16-year-old will be the youngest track athlete ...

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Severe Flash Flood Warning in Effect in Essex County Area

July 25, 2016

ESSEX COUNTY REGION, NJ — There is currently a severe flash flood warning this area until 8 p.m. All flood areas should be avoided until further notice. 

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Burial at Sea

As I plugged my phone into the outlet next to a shelf in the hotel bathroom, I had a fleeting thought that it was sort of an odd place for an outlet.  That was actually the last thought I had before my phone slipped out of my hands and fell directly below the shelf…

Into the toilet.

The good news was, the water in the toilet was clean.

The bad news was, it was still water.

Pokémon Politics Go!

As a rule I stay away from popular fads.  Politics included.

 

I find my views on the latest crazy trends that are sweeping the nation are usually wrong and completely out of touch with reality.  

 

For example, for years I have been predicting the imminent demise of cell phones and the internet.

 

Which is why it seems only appropriate that I expound on ...