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Annual CubMobile Derby Attracts Record Number of Local Scouts

August 29, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — More than 100 local scouts participating, more than twice the number from previous years, volunteers from packs in West Orange, Livingston, West Caldwell, Verona, East Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, Short Hills, Millburn and Newark recently collaborated on the annual CubMobile Derby in Maplewood.

In the CubMobile Derby, Scouts use gravity to race down the hill at Memorial ...

Daughters of Israel to Host Casino Night, Complete Rigorous Training, Host Summer Olympics and More

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Daughters of Israel Casino Night at Crystal Plaza in Livingston on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., underwritten by Valley National Bank.

General admission to Casino Night is $100 per person, which includes $50 in casino chips and admission to the dinner buffet and open bar.

The evening will also feature ...

Marina's Mission: Local EMT Heading to Louisiana to Aid Flood Victims

STAFFORD, NJ - In the wake of the Louisiana flood that occured only two weeks ago, a local EMT wants to make it "her mission" to aid those victims in this sudden crisis.

Southern Regional Class of 2013 graduate, Marina Milia, is the local EMT traveling to the Golf Coast and leading a convoy to help her hand out the donations to the families ...

Livingston Young Families Club Hosts "Fitness Night with Kung Fu Panda"

LIVINGSTON, NJ — An interactive children’s event called “Fitness Night with Kung Fu Panda” at the Livingston Library this month focused on educating local youth on physical fitness in an engaging way, according to co-director Silvy Zhou. Hosted by the Livingston Young Families Club, the one-hour even included six activities with “Kung Fu Panda” and “The ...

Livingston High School Football, Cheerleading and Marching Band Trade Places for "Lancers Mixer" on the Turf

August 26, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Lancers football team, cheerleaders, and marching band took to the Livingston High School turf on Thursday, Aug. 25 to learn how to mix and match their halftime cheers with field-goal kicks and syncopated steps of the band.

According to Livingston Public Schools, the idea was to bring a sense of community spirit to the field when the cheerleaders and ...

Mountain Top League to Host first-annual "Over the Hill" Soccer Tournament/Fundraiser in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There is still time to register for the first-annual "Over the Hill" Soccer Tournament/Fundraiser on Aug. 28, hosted by the Mountain Top League (MTL) at O'Conner Park in West Orange. The event is open to anyone over the age of 25 and is intended as a fundraiser for MTL in order to make the growing program more affordable for participating children.

This ...

Maplewood's Ibtihaj Muhammad and Team USA Women's Fencing Win Bronze Medal at Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ibtihaj Muhammad of Maplewood will be bringing home a bronze medal from the Rio Olympics as a member of the USA Women's Saber team. 

Muhammad and the other members of the USA Women's Saber team defeated Italy by a wide margin, with a final score of 45-30 to win the bronze medal.

In addition to Muhammad, the USA Women's Saber team ...

Essex County Completes Intersection Upgrade on Northfield Avenue

August 26, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The intersection of Northfield Ave. and Pleasant Valley Way/Cherry Lane was upgraded ont Thursday, Aug. 25 with new traffic signal equipment and a new design to enhance motor vehicle and pedestrian safety on Thursday.

The work is part of the Executive Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.'s ongoing initiative to ensure infrastructure ...

Livingston Mayor and Council to Discuss Proposed Hotel and Restaurant Development in Livingston Mall Parking Lot

LIVINGSTON, NJ — When the Livingston Township Council meets for its public meeting on Aug. 8, the mayor and council will discuss and potentially vote on a proposal to permit a Marriott Residence Inn and restaurant to be developed in the parking lot of the Livingston Mall—a proposal that many residents have openly opposed at recent council meetings.

Currently, the hotel is not ...

Livingston Mayor Attends 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — When the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia hosted the 2016 Democratic National Convention last month, Livingston Mayor Al Anthony was among crowd on Wednesday, July 27 who witnessed speeches by President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden.

“It was phenomenal—seeing the sitting president give a speech may be a once-in-a-life-time experience,” said ...

Results of South Orange Ave. Corridor Study Revealed to Livingston Township Council

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The outcome of an South Orange Avenue Corridor Study performed by the RBA Group traffic engineer Gordon Meth determined that the intersection of South Orange and Passaic avenues has many issues, but that the intersection of South Orange Avenue and Eisenhower Parkway at CIT Drive successfully manages its traffic.

However, the entrances to the Livingston Mall off of both ...

Livingston Community Players Find a New Home in Time to Begin Auditions for Fall Cabaret

August 28, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Since spreading the word about its need for a new rehearsal venue, Livingston Community Players (LCP) President Phyllis Meranus and Producer Lois Dyer received a message from Pastor Susan Gillespie of Trinity Covenant Church in Livingston: that the church had a small stage in its Fellowship Hall and that they would welcome LCP. 

Around the same time, LCP was ...

Pokémon GO Reaches Turtle Back Zoo with Pokémon GO Zoo Nights in August

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Wednesday and Thursdays in August are now known as Pokémon GO Zoo Nights at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on both nights throught the month, Pokémon GO players can enjoy catching unique creatures throughout the zoo.

The Turtle Back Zoo currently inhabits 17 PokéStops and one “Gym” that are only ...

Regal Bank Hosts Summer Concert Series in Livingston; Contest Winners Announced

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Fans of “The Boss” danced in the dark on July 31 when the B-Street Band, the original Bruce Springsteen tribute band, played a free concert at Livingston High School to conclude the annual Livingston Summer Concert Series hosted by Regal Bank over the past five Sundays.

Liliana Branquinho, Senior & Adult Enrichment and Special Events Supervisor for the ...

Annual CubMobile Derby Attracts Record Number of Local Scouts

August 29, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — More than 100 local scouts participating, more than twice the number from previous years, volunteers from packs in West Orange, Livingston, West Caldwell, Verona, East Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, Short Hills, Millburn and Newark recently collaborated on the annual CubMobile Derby in Maplewood.

In the CubMobile Derby, Scouts use gravity to race down the hill at Memorial ...

Livingston High School Jumps from No. 16 to No. 6 on NJ Monthly's Top 100 Public High Schools in 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ – After being ranked at No. 16 in 2014 and No. 24 in 2012, Livingston High School jumped to No. 6 when “New Jersey Monthly” magazine published its bi-annual “Top 100 Public High Schools” ranking this week.

The online version of the magazine will be published on Sept. 1. The printed version is available on newsstands now.

This year, Livingston ...

Livingston School Technology Officials Report 1:1 Initiative Preparation Running Smoothly

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Despite some concern by incoming seniors at Livingston High School at the July 22 school board meeting about the devices that will be used for the township district’s 1:1 computer initiative, signups for the devices seems to be on track, district technology director Thomas Douglas told the board of education at its meeting on Wednesday.

Beginning this month, the ...

Marina's Mission: Local EMT Heading to Louisiana to Aid Flood Victims

August 28, 2016

STAFFORD, NJ - In the wake of the Louisiana flood that occured only two weeks ago, a local EMT wants to make it "her mission" to aid those victims in this sudden crisis.

Southern Regional Class of 2013 graduate, Marina Milia, is the local EMT traveling to the Golf Coast and leading a convoy to help her hand out the donations to the families ...

TAP Visits Essex County Airport to Celebrate National Aviation Day

FAIRFIELD, NJ – In honor of National Aviation Day, TAP into West Essex office staff took a field trip on Friday to the local runway at Essex County Airport, located at 27 Wright Way in Fairfield.

Upon arrival, Jessica Parkes, co-owner of TAPintoWestEssex.net, and Conor McCloskey, TAP marketing consultant, were greeted by Tom Gomez, manager of the airport’s governing body, the Essex ...

KEANSBURG on the Bayshore of New Jersey for a Delightful Day Trip

KEANSBURG, NJ.  Summer fun is ready and waiting for you at Keansburg Amusement Park, located in the heart of the New Jersey bayshore.

The venue includes a great waterpark, rides for all ages, games and tempting food choices.   With just a few weeks remaining in the summer season, Keansburg is a fantastic destination for families, couples and many more.  

Start your day at ...

Daughters of Israel to Host Casino Night, Complete Rigorous Training, Host Summer Olympics and More

August 29, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Daughters of Israel Casino Night at Crystal Plaza in Livingston on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., underwritten by Valley National Bank.

General admission to Casino Night is $100 per person, which includes $50 in casino chips and admission to the dinner buffet and open bar.

The evening will also feature ...

Comcast Newsmakers Interviews Mayor Al Anthony About Volunteerism in Livingston; Video Included

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Speaking about Livingston’s dedicated volunteers and their hard work on recent and upcoming events in town, Mayor Al Anthony was recently interviewed by Candace Kelley for "Comcast Newsmakers."

Anthony said the volunteer spirit is “infectious in Livingston."

One notable volunteer event coming up this fall is the Italian Festival, ...

Regal Bank Announces 8th Annual Dog Pawrade Benefitting Livingston Animal Shelter

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Dogs and their owners are gearing up for Regal Bank’s eighth-annual Livingston Dog Pawrade, a traditionally well-attended community event and fundraiser to be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 in the parking lot of Regal Bank, located at 570 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Livingston.

The Dog Pawrade is filled with family-oriented entertainment, contests, ...

Law Firm Partner and Longtime Livingston Resident Joins Metro YMCA Board of Directors

August 23, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Attorney Harry Atlas’ kids grew up at the West Essex YMCA. They learned to swim there. His daughter, Elana, celebrated a birthday there. His son, Noah, has for years played basketball there. 

“We’ve always been involved with the Y, and I’ve always appreciated what it has to offer,” said Atlas, one of three new members of the Metro ...

Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Cocktail Reception Announced

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce announced that its annual awards dinner will be held Sep. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston.

The LACC dinner is the organization’s main event of the year and is a chance for the community to recognize citizens for their service and leadership.

This year’s honorees include:

Livingston ...

TAP Visits Essex County Airport to Celebrate National Aviation Day

FAIRFIELD, NJ – In honor of National Aviation Day, TAP into West Essex office staff took a field trip on Friday to the local runway at Essex County Airport, located at 27 Wright Way in Fairfield.

Upon arrival, Jessica Parkes, co-owner of TAPintoWestEssex.net, and Conor McCloskey, TAP marketing consultant, were greeted by Tom Gomez, manager of the airport’s governing body, the Essex ...

Livingston Young Families Club Hosts "Fitness Night with Kung Fu Panda"

August 28, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — An interactive children’s event called “Fitness Night with Kung Fu Panda” at the Livingston Library this month focused on educating local youth on physical fitness in an engaging way, according to co-director Silvy Zhou. Hosted by the Livingston Young Families Club, the one-hour even included six activities with “Kung Fu Panda” and “The ...

Following More Than 70 Reported Incidents, McDonald's Recalls "Happy Meal" Toy

OAKBROOK, ILL. ‚ McDonald’s is recalling the Step-iT activity wristband, a child’s toy that was part a recent Happy Meal promotion at the restaurants between Aug. 9 and Aug. 17, according to a notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

McDonald’s has received more than 70 reports of incidents, including seven reports of blisters, after wearing the ...

Nike Provides Saint Barnabas Medical Center Babies with Shoes in Honor of West Orange Native Kyrie Irving

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Nike sent special infant shoes to babies born at Saint Barnabas Medical Center on Sunday, August 21, 2016, in honor of Kyrie Irving’s gold medal win in basketball at the Rio Olympics.

Irving grew up in neighboring town West Orange, NJ. The “My First Nike” box features a special pair of Nike Waffle 1 shoes, and an inspirational note.

Rockaway Man Charged with DWI in School Zone and East Orange Man Found in Possession of Multiple Drugs in Livingston

August 24, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Municipal Court recently reported that Jonathan Addison of Rockaway has been charged with a DWI (driving while intoxicated), reckless driving, no liability insurance on his motor vehicle, DWI in a school zone, leaving the scene of an accident, leaving with failure to report the accident, not wearing a seatbelt, improper driving on a sidewalk and improper ...

Livingston Man Found in Possession of More Than 144 Grams of Marijuana and More From Livingston Municipal Court

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After being found in possession of 144 grams of marijuana, Jordan Zimmermann of Livingston was recently charged with wandering/prowling to obtain/sell CDS (controlled dangerous substance) after the initial charge was downgraded by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to Livingston Municipal Court, Zimmermann pled guilty and was charged with a $300 ...

ShopRite Recalls Cookies

August 18, 2016

ShopRite supermarkets has announced a recall of cookies because they may contain small metal fragments. 

According to a release by the manufacture, “Country Home has initiated a voluntary recall of Gourmet Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel Cookies sold at ShopRite stores in its Fresh Bake department.”

Cookies included in the recall can be identified by the following label ...

Livingston Business Improvement District Announces First Annual Restaurant Week

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Restaurant week is finally here in Livingston.  The Livingston Business Improvement District (BID) recently collaborated with local restaurants to put together a town wide discount on dining from Aug. 21 to 26.

The idea was born from the BID’s main goal, to promote and drive business to Livingston’s local businesses. “We try to do these promotions at ...

Porto by Antonio Brings Fresh, New Style of Pizza to Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — With a successful, two-year-old restaurant in North Bergen, Porto by Antonio owner Antonio Dinis and his partner Pedro Gomes, a Livingston resident, are introducing a brand new, refreshingly different style of pizza to the Township of Livingston with a second Porto by Antonio location at 471 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave.

According to Dinis, co-owner and chef, the North Bergen ...

Caldwell Restaurant Week 2016 to Kick Off Aug. 7 on Bloomfield Ave.

CALDWELL, NJ — Downtown Caldwell will be celebrating its third annual Restaurant Week from Aug. 7 through Aug. 14, featuring many local restaurants on the Bloomfield Avenue strip. As of today, restaurants are still calling in to participate in one of the Caldwell Merchants Association’s (CMA) most successful events of the year.

According to John Lee, Director of CMA and Community ...

Montclair Fire Official John Thomas Awarded for Saving Life of Choking Driver

August 28, 2016

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Fire Official John Thomas, of the Montclair Fire Department was awarded The Lifesaving Award of Merit by the American Red Cross on Wednesday, August 24 for his swift action that led to saving a life while off-duty. 

While driving home from work on July 5, Thomas observed the driver of the car behind him acting erratically and exit the vehicle. He got out of his car to ...

Essex County Completes Intersection Upgrade on Northfield Avenue

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The intersection of Northfield Ave. and Pleasant Valley Way/Cherry Lane was upgraded ont Thursday, Aug. 25 with new traffic signal equipment and a new design to enhance motor vehicle and pedestrian safety on Thursday.

The work is part of the Executive Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.'s ongoing initiative to ensure infrastructure ...

Caldwell Lieutenant Files Notice of Intent to Sue Borough of Caldwell and Police Chief

CALDWELL, NJ — Caldwell Police Lt. Michael Geary has filed an official notice of intent to sue both the Borough of Caldwell and Police Chief James Bongiorno.

Geary's attorney, Patrick Toscano of the Toscano Law Firm in Caldwell, said Geary would “not sit idly by and allow a superior officer to wrongfully and maliciously violate his constitutional rights.” Toscano ...

TAP Visits Essex County Airport to Celebrate National Aviation Day

FAIRFIELD, NJ – In honor of National Aviation Day, TAP into West Essex office staff took a field trip on Friday to the local runway at Essex County Airport, located at 27 Wright Way in Fairfield.

Upon arrival, Jessica Parkes, co-owner of TAPintoWestEssex.net, and Conor McCloskey, TAP marketing consultant, were greeted by Tom Gomez, manager of the airport’s governing body, the Essex ...

Men of Essex Golf Classic Gives Us Something We Don’t See Every Day

EAST ORANGE, NJ - The Men of Essex celebrated their 56th Annual Golf Classic August 8th at Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston with an enthusiastic and dedicated group of members, supporters and well-wishers.

The list of attendees read as a virtual ‘who’s who’ in and around the Essex County area; but among the dignitaries were two gentlemen with the unique ...

Fatal Accident Occurs in Newark as Two NJ Transit Buses Collide

NEWARK, NJ - Two NJ Transit buses collided at the intersection of Raymond Blvd and Broad Street this morning. The driver of one of the buses was killed.

Traffic in the downtown area has come to a halt as dozens of shocked by-standers watch rescue workers attend to the crash victims.

According to authorities, bus #59 was traveling northbound with no passengers on Broad Street, while the ...

Multiple Vehicles Reported Stolen in Livingston; One Recovered Prior to Being Shipped Overseas

August 24, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston Police announced on Tuesday, Aug. 23 that a vehicle stolen from Sykes Ave. on July 25 has been recovered by New Jersey State Police at the Elizabeth Seaport in a container, preparing to be shipped overseas.

Since Aug. 18, the Livingston Police Department has reported multiple stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Livingston and also recovered a vehicle ...

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown Begins Locally as Part of National Campaign

LIVINGSTON, NJ — New Jersey’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown is here. Beginning Aug. 19 and running through Sept. 5, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Law enforcement officers from Livingston and surrounding towns will be ...

Water Main Break on Rt. 10 May Cause Traffic Delays This Morning

LIVINGSTON, NJ - At approximately 9:30 p.m. last night, the township of Livingston sent out a mass automated phone message to Livingston residents to inform them of a significant water main break on Route 10 near Raceway gas station.

Residents' water service may be interrupted or residence may experience lowered water pressure or water discoloration. The Livingston DPW has been ...

Livingston Week in Review: Multiple Vehicles Reported Stolen, Livingston High School Jumps to No. 6 on Top Public Schools List & More

August 27, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Did you miss any of this week’s top news stories? Click on the headlines to catch up:

 

Multiple Vehicles Reported Stolen in Livingston; One Recovered Prior to Being Shipped Overseas

 

Livingston High School Jumps from No. 16 to No. 6 on NJ Monthly’s Top Public High Schools in 2016

 

Livingston High School Football, ...

Dead Body Found Inside Stolen Vehicle in Bloomfield, Sources Say

August 4, 2016

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Bloomfield Police and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office are investigating a person found deceased inside of a stolen auto this evening, according to the Breaking News Network. Reports indicate that the body was found at 242 Lakewood Drive in Bloomfield and officers were on the scene investigating throughout the evening.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office ...

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Modernization of Northfield Ave. and Pleasant Valley Way/Cherry Lane Intersection Announced

August 25, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, officially announced today that the intersection of Northfield Avenue and Pleasant Valley Way/Cherry Lane was upgraded with new traffic-signal equipment and a new design to enhance motor vehicle and pedestrian safety.

The work is part of the Executive’s ongoing initiative to ensure infrastructure is up-to-date and ...

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Do You Know Amanda? She’s got Children’s Learning Concierge Services Down Pat

If you have a little one at home, chances are, you have to make an obscene amount of decisions on a daily basis.  Little ones…big ones….little ones that seem like big ones…and everything in between.  You probably even reserve some time in your week by now to pull a few strands of hair out in frustration while facing all these decisions that will affect your little ...

The Dirty Dozen, Less One

I recently experienced something of a meltdown in the egg aisle at the supermarket over which kind of eggs to buy.  After much consideration, I finally settled on the eggs I wanted (organic, free-range, and cage-free), when I discovered another problem.

The next time I opened an egg carton at the store, there was an egg missing.

Having been the victim of covert cracked eggs in the ...

Going for Brass

I get all teary-eyed watching the Olympics on TV.  You  know, the human drama, the sacrifice, the dedication, the thrill of competition, the athletic lip sync murmur to the national anthem on the podium.  

 

This year I discovered that there are many other Olympic champions besides the usual cadre of spring-wound gymnastic pixies and ferociously wedged, hairless swimmers ...