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South Orange Featured on 'Today' Show in 'Half Prank, Half Good Deed' Segment

December 8, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - It was the one day everyone wanted to get a parking ticket. "Today" show host Hoda Kotb impersonated a meter maid in what she called, "half prank, half good deed," and ticketed cars with a different kind of ticket in and around South Orange Avenue in South Orange. 

After undergoing a transformation in her appearance with make-up and ...

28th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration at MPL, Dec. 11

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The 28th Annual Kwanzaa celebration will take place at Montclair Public Library on Sunday, December 11 from 2-4pm.

Located at 50 South Fullerton Avenue, this year's celebration will feature Mama Yaa, who is no stranger to the Montclair Kwanzaa event. She will kick off the ceremony with a lighting of the seven candles of Kwanzaa and a proclamation of the seven principles of ...

NJ’s Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”; Sings Mon. Dec 5

LOS ANGELES, CA- “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea” – Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in NJ, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph NJ’s Brendan Fletcher always believed ...

Professional Media Leaders Talk Election Aftermath at ACG New Jersey Breakfast

December 6, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Professional media leaders discussed the aftermath of the election and how it affects the State of New Jersey when the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) hosted a breakfast at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange on Wednesday.

Some topics of discussion included: Governor Chris Christie and his possible political future in federal government and whether he left to ...

Shop Small: Small Business Saturday Specials in Montclair Center, Nov. 26

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Shop Montclair Center for Small Business Saturday, Nov 26.  Kickoff for the day’s events will take place at the Clairidge Theater Lobby at 11 a.m.  Shoppers can stop by to pick up a Small Business Saturday passport to fill up with 9 signatures/stamps from various stores to enter raffles for abundant Montclair Center gift baskets.  

The many ...

Images from Montclair's Coffee with a Cop Breakfast at B London

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Dozens of Montclair residents flocked to South End eatery B London on Friday morning to have coffee and breakfast with Montclair's finest.

Among those present at B London, located at 307 Orange Rd., included Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti, Deputy Chiefs Tracy Frazzano and Wilhelm Young, Lt. Tyrone Williams, Fourth Ward Councilor Dr. Renee ...

Montclair Resident Becomes White House Intern

November 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - Montclair resident, Samuel Flood was selected along with several other New Jersey residents to participate in the White House Internship Program for the Fall 2016 session.

Flood currently attends Colgate University.

The mission of the program is to make the White House accessible to future leaders around the nation and to prepare those devoted to public service for future ...

Cookie-Palooza: Nanaimo Bars

December 9, 2016

NUTLEY, NJ - Bar cookies are great for the holidays and year-round. 

Nanaimo Bars:

Base of the bars:

½ cup butter

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup cocoa (unsweetened baker’s cocoa!)

1 tsp. natural vanilla extract

1 egg

1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs

¾ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)

½ cup finely chopped pecans (I pulse them in ...

Brenda's Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cranberries and Pecans

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Drop cookies are holiday favorites because they are so easy. 

Ingredients:

Measure all of your ingredients first, and have them assembled on your workspace. 

2 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 cups chocolate chips

Raw cranberries and pecans to ...

Holiday Cookies: Dairy Free Pfeffernüsse

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Pfeffernüsse are spice cookies that originated in Northern Europe. They are a traditional cookie in the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. 

Ingredients:
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup non-dairy margarine
2 eggs, well-beaten
4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 ...

Montclair Native Drives to Standing Rock to Bring Supplies, Electricity

December 6, 2016

FORT YATES, ND -Alan Smith wanted to do something to help protestors at the Dakota Access Pipeline and didn't waste any time connecting with friends to take a road trip to Standing Rock.

TAPinto Montclair caught up to Smith, of Montclair, who is also a musician and lead singer of the band The Porchistas. He said that he had raised nearly $5000 and gathered supplies to take with them ...

Volunteers Needed to Help Montclair PAL Gift Wrap

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Police Athletic League(PAL) and community partners are seeking volunteers to assist with their Holiday "Wrap Attack." 

The PAL has received hundreds of donated toys & gifts that will be given out to families in need this holiday, but now they need community volunteers to join in to wrap them. They will provide paper, tape, bows, ...

The 24th Annual Holiday Art & Craft Show, Dec. 3

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The 24th Annual Holiday Art and Craft Show will take place on Saturday, December 3rd at 13 Trinity Place, Montclair. 

Participating artists and crafts people will donate a percentage of their proceeds to HOMECorp of Montclair, a local organization providing affordable housing.

Show hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   There is covered on site parking as ...

Montclair Begins the Holiday Season with a Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Visit

December 3, 2016

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Santa came to town on Friday evening in Montclair at the commence of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

Hundreds of residents who had gathered on Church Street were entertained by singing and instrumental holiday performances, as well as a performer who used hula hoop tricks to engage the crowd.

After the countdown to light the tree, the crowd ...

Montclair Resident Becomes White House Intern

WASHINGTON, DC - Montclair resident, Samuel Flood was selected along with several other New Jersey residents to participate in the White House Internship Program for the Fall 2016 session.

Flood currently attends Colgate University.

The mission of the program is to make the White House accessible to future leaders around the nation and to prepare those devoted to public service for future ...

Observer PolitickerNJ to Hold Forum on Obama's NJ Impact on Dec. 9

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The first installment in the Top Minds Series presented by Observer PolitickerNJ and partially sponsored by TAPinto.net will feature  academics from all over New Jersey and their assessment of  “The Legacy of President Barack Obama in New Jersey.”  

How have Obama's two terms impacted the Garden State? The event slated ...

Buzz Aldrin Recovering After Hospitalization

December 6, 2016

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - Montclair native Buzz Aldrin has been posting updates to his website letting fans know that he is recovering, after having been transferred to a New Zealand hospital.

On December 1, he was transferred via evacuation flight on the American National Science Foundation flight from the South Pole to the hospital, after altitude sickness may have caused the ...

Community Speaks: Criminal Justice Reform, Dec. 14

December 3, 2016

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Students from Montclair High School will host a public panel discussion on December 14 on the Criminal Justice System. 

Organizers have stated that a conversation focused on mass-incarceration, police brutality, the role of private prison’s within our punitive system, and the role that class, race, and education play in incarceration. The discussion will touch ...

Essex Vicinage To Host Expungement Seminar

NEWARK, NJ - The Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex Vicinage, will hold an expungement seminar on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at J. Harry Smith Lecture Hall, Essex County College, 303 University Ave., Newark.

Topics will include the process for expunging criminal and juvenile records, the types of records that can be ...

Senator Booker Addresses Need for Criminal Justice Reform

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Community members of all faiths and nationalities joined U.S. Senator Corey Booker at a forum on criminal justice reform on Tuesday, where panelists from law enforcement agencies and departments of higher education spoke on the long-lasting effects of injustices handed down to nonviolent “drug” offenders and the need for reform.

“There are 40,000 ...

Court Date Set for Man Suspected of Killing Montclair College Student

December 8, 2016

NEWARK, NJ – Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, of Orange, is set to appear in court on Tuesday, December 13 on charges that he allegedly killed New Jersey City University Sophmore Sarah Butler, 20, of Montclair.

Wheeler-Weaver will appear before the Hon. Ronald Wigler, PJ Cr. at the Essex County Superior Court, officials announced. 

Butler was reported ...

Morning Bus Accident on Bloomfield Ave. Delays Traffic

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Traffic was delayed for a short time on Bloomfield Avenue Thursday after a New Jersey Transit Bus collided with a motor vehicle during the morning commute.

Sometime after 8 a.m., at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Church St., Montclair Police Officers responded to the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving an occupied NJ Transit ...

20-Year-Old Man from Orange Arrested for Murder of Sarah Butler

NEWARK, NJ - An arrest was made Tuesday in the murder of Sarah Butler, 20, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti have announced during a press conference in Newark on Wednesday.

Authorities announced that they have arrested Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, of Orange, who is suspected of the murder of Butler by strangulation.

Wheeler-Weaver ...

The 24th Annual Holiday Art & Craft Show, Dec. 3

November 28, 2016

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The 24th Annual Holiday Art and Craft Show will take place on Saturday, December 3rd at 13 Trinity Place, Montclair. 

Participating artists and crafts people will donate a percentage of their proceeds to HOMECorp of Montclair, a local organization providing affordable housing.

Show hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   There is covered on site parking as ...

Christ Church Bloomfield-Glen Ridge Advent and Christmas Calendar

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - Advent is a season of preparation at Christ Church Bloomfield-Glen Ridge. The church has shared their events and services from now until the start of the Christmas Season. 

Saturday, December 3

Greening of the Church (9am-12pm)

Sunday, December 11:

Giving Tree Begins!

Caroling at South End Gardens Senior Home (3pm)

Saturday, December 17:

 Christmas ...

NJ School Boards Association to Address Defective Turf at MKA

December 8, 2016

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey School Boards Association announced Wednesday that it will assist local boards of education in exploring possible legal action against a company that allegedly sold artificial turf fields to schools across the state with full knowledge that the product was defective.

After a recent article by nj.com, in which they conducted an investigation into the faulty turf ...

MHS Swimming defeats Glen Ridge and Falls to Millburn

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - MHS was eagerly anticipating its match-up with Glen Ridge on Friday, December 2nd in the Ridgers first season in the conference, but was stunned when MHS Varsity Coach Koenigsfest learned on the day of the meet that Glen Ridge would be swimming as a co-ed team and not as separate boys and girls teams. 

The effect of that unexpected development, which was the subject of ...

NJSIAA Clarifies Position on Tailgating: ‘No Partying in the Parking Lot’

NEW JERSEY — Confusion ensued Tuesday after NJ.com posted a story declaring that the NJSIAA had “backtracked” on its policy that tailgating at championship games, including Westfield’s upcoming football game against Bridgewater-Raritan, is “strictly prohibited.”

“To be clear, NJSIAA’s position that there is to be no alcohol or partying in the ...

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Broadway Stars Come To Bloomfield For The First Annual NiCori Winter Gala

December 7, 2016

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - NiCori Studios and Productions proudly announces their first annual Winter Gala on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 at 7pm at Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College

The Gala is presented by NiCori Studios and Productions and will feature Broadway and Television performers. The goal of the Gala is to help insure that no NiCori youth ...

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, December 9, 12:00 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holiday Decorations at the Stickley Museum

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, December 9, 5:30 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holidays in the Log House: The Candlelight Tour

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, December 9, 8:00 PM

South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange

Nutcracker

Arts & Entertainment

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales' Captures Old-Fashioned Nostalgia at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – It’s clear the Welsh love to sing as the evening moves on with relatives gathering for Christmas dinner at the Thomas home in Wales.

The play opens with three children and then a chorus singing “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,” a melancholy tune that conjures visions of Swansea, a village in Wales,  with “fallen snow on ...

Amanti Vino to Present Holiday Survival Class, Dec. 10

December 7, 2016

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Amanti Vino, Montclair’s boutique wine, spirits, and specialty microbrew shop, will host a Holiday Survival Class on Saturday, 12/10 at its flagship location on 30 Church Street.

The Holiday Survival Class, which will be held from 5 to 7pm, will feature servings of organic wines from around the world.  Also featured will be a presentation from ...