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Newark to Downtown Businesses: Have Your Employees Work from Home Monday Because of Gridlock

August 21, 2019

Businesses located downtown are being asked to consider early dismissals or even allowing employees to work from home Monday because of gridlock expected as a result of the Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center.

“We’d like the downtown businesses treat this like a major blizzard – except we know it’s coming a few days in advance,” said Public Safety Director ...

The MFEE Amazing FundRACER to Take Place September 15

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A new date has been set for the MFEE Amazing FundRACER. On Sunday, September 15, the event, which is a mini-version of the competition show The Amazing Race - minus the $1 million prize and the worldwide travel, will take place in Montclair to benefit all 6,000 Montclair Public School students.

50 teams of two from different walks of life, will come together to ...

Governor Murphy Arrives in Montclair to Announce Greater NJ Transit Transparency

August 20, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Governor Murphy was at the Bay Street Station in Montclair on Monday to sign an executive order improving transparency at NJ Transit by requiring NJ Transit rail performance metrics to be shared with the public on a monthly basis.  

"In just a few minutes, I will sign an executive order requiring greater public transparency into the actual number of ...

Jason Gleason Takes Over as Montclair Center BID Director

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Jason Gleason, the former general manager of Pig & Prince Restaurant, has been named the Acting Director of the Montclair Center BID, Montclair Center BID Board of Directors have announced.

Gleason, who is the former Board chair, has stepped down from his volunteer position to accept the temporary staff position. The BID has convened a search committee ...

Montclair's Just Jersey Owners Win $100K in Small Business Assets

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The owners of a local Montclair business, just received a small business award for their Morristown location of their store, Just Jersey. Located at 163 South Street in Morristown, Just Jersey was recently named by The New York Jets and M&T Bank as the winner of the second annual Small Business Showcase. 

Just Jersey was created by co-owners Paul Miller and Tina ...

Interim Superintendent Nathan Parker Takes the Helm in Montclair

August 21, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Just over a month after the abrupt resignation of much maligned Montclair Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kendra Johnson, new interim super Dr. Nathan Parker began his first official day on the job Monday.

Johnson’s resignation request was formally accepted by the Montclair Board of Education during a public meeting on Monday, July 15. She submitted her ...

Montclair Public Library Given $1K Donation for Mobile Library

MONTCLAIR, NJ-- The Montclair Public Library will be purchasing enough books to fill two of the twelves shelves of the electric bookmobile, made possible by a $1000 donation from the Montclair Rotary.

“We appreciate the generosity of the Montclair Rotary Club and its charitable foundation,” said Peter Coyl.  “As a civic group that has been concerned with increasing ...

Dr. Nathan Parker Named Interim Superintendent of Montclair Public Schools; Johnson's Last BOE Meeting

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Board of Education has announced the appointment of new interim superintendent, Dr. Nathan Parker.

The announcement took place during a special Board meeting held on Thursday night at the George Inness Annex.

Parker, who had retired in 2015, will be coming out of retirement to take the interim position.

He had served as superintendent of ...

Bloomfield BOE Votes to Move School Board Election from November to April

August 9, 2019

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Amid controversy among several parents, educators, and some board members, the Bloomfield Board of Education voted 4-1 to pass a resolution to move the school board election from November to April.

The vote was held during a special, last-minute, public meeting held Friday evening, August 9 at the School Administration Building.  The change is effective for the ...

Warming Waters Could Cause One Whale of a Problem for New Jersey, Says Rutgers Researcher

August 14, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The number of humpback whale sightings in New York City and northern New Jersey has increased dramatically in recent years, by more than 500%, as a result of warmer and cleaner waters, raising the risk of dangerous interactions between the huge marine mammals and humans, according to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick researcher.

The increase in sightings near one of the ...

Edgemont Park Improvements Continue, Montclair Officials Announce

August 16, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ – In the past three years, Edgemont Park, located on Valley Rd in Montclair, has gotten significant upgrades. 

Last week, Montclair officials, local senior citizens and municipal employees gathered at the Edgemont Park House to mark the many improvements currently underway.

“Over the years we’ve had people voice their concerns and complaints ...

Jamie's Journey: Through Montclair on Day Five of the MS Run

ROCKAWAY, NJ -- "Today was another great day!"

The words from Hasbrouck Heights resident Jamie Woyce on day five of seven in her 188+ mile from in the MS Run the US ultra relay. The weather was overcast throughout the day so she logged 30 miles from her starting point in Washington, Warren County, stopping for the evening in Rockaway, NJ. 

Thursday's planned route ...

SOFIA: 9th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence Registration Open

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Support of SOFIA, the Montclair-based domestic violence prevention non-profit, will host their 9th annual walk against domestic violence on Saturday, September 7, 2019 ~ 9 am - 1 pm.

To be held at Glenfield Park, the theme this year is "Bringing Awareness, Prevention and Healing to your Community."

All participamt are asked to wear purple to ...

Murphy Calls on Feds to Step Up Amid Newark Water Crisis

August 14, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday focused on the federal government's responsibility to lead the country to a "water infrastructure renaissance" amid a lead crisis in Newark that resulted in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week urging city residents to drink bottled water to avoid contamination. 

In doing so, Murphy avoided laying blame on fellow ...

Essex County Freeholder President Brendan W. Gill Awarded 2019 Freeholder of the Year

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders President Brendan Gill has recently been recognized by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors (NJCM).

The Montclair native accepted the award of 2019 Freeholder of the Year from the NJCM during a special presentation held at Livingston Town Hall on Wednesday July 25.

Presenting the award, was the Chair of the ...

Bloomfield Residents Pack Civic Center for Lead Discussion Forum

August 21, 2019

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – In the ongoing, year-long effort to educate residents about the possible buildup of lead in older homes and methods to reduce exposure, Bloomfield Township Council hosted a Community Public Forum on Monday evening, August 19 at the Civic Center on Broad Street prior to the Regular Council Meeting.

Hundreds of residents from Bloomfield and Newark, and several major media ...

Information Sought For Pair of Dogs Found in Bloomfield's Watsessing Park

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Animal Shelter is seeking information about a pair of dogs found in the Watsessing Park Dog Park.

According to the shelter, the dogs, two female bully mixes, were found about noon on Sunday at the Conger St. dog park. The individual who found the dogs reported that they were together without a human companion for about an hour.

The shelter reports that the ...

New Jerseyans Moving Beyond Most, But Not All, Gender Stereotypes, New Poll Shows

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – New Jersey residents perceive women as being more emotional and men as more aggressive, but other views on gender have evolved, according to the latest results from a new joint Rutgers-Eagleton/Fairleigh Dickinson University poll. 

The survey asked respondents whether various personal traits apply more to women or men, or whether there is ...

Judge Rules Maplewood Double Murder Suspect is a Flight Risk and Says He Must Stay in Jail

August 15, 2019

NEWARK, NJ – Dressed in a button-down shirt with four Essex County Sheriff’s Officers standing alongside him, Joseph D. Porter appeared in Essex County Superior Court on Wednesday for the first time since the deaths of Karen Bermudez-Rodriguez and David Kimowitz.

Porter, 27, of Elizabeth, pleaded not guilty to the murders of Bermudez-Rodriguez, an au pair and Kimowitz, a New ...

Certified Nursing Assistant Charged With Killing Nursing Home Patient in Cedar Grove

August 17, 2019

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Certified Nursing
Assistant (CNA) Monique Beaucejour, 46, of Bloomfield has been charged with reckless manslaughter for
causing the death of 85-year-old Fannie McClain.

McClain, who previously lived in Bloomfield, was a resident at the Waterview Nursing Home located at 536
Ridge Road in Cedar ...

Montclair Fire Officials: Warren Pl. Fire Caused by Lightning Strike; Second Fire by Lightning in Nearly a Week

MONTCLAIR, NJ - TAPinto was the first to report on a fire that occurred at a Warren Place home on Friday, August 9. At the time, the cause was not yet known. According to Montclair fire officials in a recent release, the cause of the fire was a lightning strike, making this the second Montclair house fire caused by lightning in nearly a week.

According to Deputy Chief Robert Duncan, ...

Millburn Fire Department Battles Fire in Downtown Area Friday

MILLBURN, NJ - Fire crews battled a blaze in town on Friday that broke out on Millburn Avenue.

According to Millburn Fire Department Battalion Cheif Tom Pizzano, the fire department was first alerted to the fire at approximately 12:15 p.m. Arriving on scene at Oxford Jewelers at 302 Millburn Ave., Pizzano said that it took 15 to 20 minutes to get the fire under control.

"They had the ...

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Donates Blankets to Cedar Grove Police

August 13, 2019

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Every police car in Cedar Grove is now equipped with a warm dry blanket thanks to the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation.  A part of Cedar Grove for more than 24 years, the foundation donated new eco-friendly blankets to the police department recently.

Officers use the blankets for victims at the scenes of emergencies, including house fires, medical calls and motor vehicle ...

Rutgers Planning Re-enactment of First Collegiate Football Game

August 17, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The first collegiate football game was played in New Brunswick and Rutgers is planning to celebrate the 150th anniversary of that historic game.

The Scarlet Knights' 6-4 victory on Nov. 6, 1869, will be re-enacted on Friday, Aug. 30 at 6:15 p.m.

Fans who arrive early for the Rutgers football team's season-opening kick off against the University of Massachusetts ...

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Newark to Downtown Businesses: Have Your Employees Work from Home Monday Because of Gridlock

August 21, 2019

Businesses located downtown are being asked to consider early dismissals or even allowing employees to work from home Monday because of gridlock expected as a result of the Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center.

“We’d like the downtown businesses treat this like a major blizzard – except we know it’s coming a few days in advance,” said Public Safety Director ...

Judge Faces Ethics Charges For Telling Woman to Sell Racy Photos of Herself

August 19, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A Middlesex County Superior Court judge has apologized for his conduct during a family court hearing in January in which he told a woman, who was seeking to have suggestive photos of herself returned, that she should sell photos of herself to Hugh Hefner.

Judge Alberto Rivas is facing charges of violating the judicial code by making the comments during a hearing on Jan.

Rolling Stones in the Meadowlands: NJ TRANSIT Got It Right – Again!

NJ TRANSIT got it right – Again – during both of the Rolling Stones concerts held in the Meadowlands this month. Kudos to the agency and to the Governor’s office for stepping up again to find solutions to a very difficult situation.

When the Agency gets it right – it’s expected, and no one applauds. Of course, when issues occur, the Agency is challenged and too ...

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Letter: Inspired by her dog, Girl Scout Teaches Others About Pet Adoption

August 14, 2019

Why not consider adoption when seeking a pet? I’ve always been surprised by how many people don’t see local shelters as an option, as I knew that there were many dogs in shelters who need a home, and breeders don't always treat their dogs humanely. When I question my friends, these are the most common reasons as to why they didn't adopt: “We really wanted a specific ...

Montclair Police Blotter: Money Stolen from Wallet, Cafe' Burglarized Thrice and More

August 14, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The following bltter was published by the Montclair Police Department on August 13, 2019:

Burglary / Theft
August 7, 2019 (South Fullerton Avenue): A visitor to the Montclair Public Library reported that $105.00
was removed from his wallet after temporarily leaving it unattended.
August 8, 2019 (Orange Road): An employee of Moso Café reported their business was ...

‘The Rainmaker’ Brings Mesmerizing Emotions to Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

MADISON, NJ - “The Rainmaker” is a play that speaks to the heart and done with such elegance and simplicity that it is unforgettable.

Written by N. Richard Nash, this play isn’t often performed.  Under the guidance of Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte, the story is beautifully rendered by a cast that works fluidly together. It speaks so specifically to our longings and ...

Paper Mill Playhouse 2019-2020 Season - All Tickets Available Now

August 21, 2019

Millburn, NJ - Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2019—2020 season with a highly anticipated new musical about one of the world’s most beloved entertainment icons. Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz (Sep 26–Oct 27) is the story of how five-year-old Frances Gumm became Judy Garland, chronicling her early career from vaudeville to her rise at MGM, where she wins the role of ...