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Montclair Social Club Closes Its Doors, COVID to Blame

November 23, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Not only has COVID-19 claimed the lives of those near and dear to us, but it is also claiming many jobs and businesses. This week, the Montclair Social Club announced that it will no longer stay open.

Owner Jason Miller posted to social media that the Montclair Social Club "...has served its last smiling face."

Miller, who left his law profession to open the ...

Terminated Hillsong Church Pastor Sells Montclair Home for $1.5M

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Famed pastor to celebrities such as Justin Bieber and countless others, has been terminated from his position as pastor of Hillsong Church, located in Montclair.

Former Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz had confirmed his departure on his Instagram page. According to People Magazine, Lentz reportedly sold his New Jersey home shortly before he was terminated for "moral ...

Tony Winner Laura Benanti: Paper Mill Playhouse is the Reason I Have a Career

LAURA BENANTI is a Tony Award Winner who has also charmed America playing Melania Trump on Late Night with Stephen Colbert for the past four years. Speaking to reporters from across the country about her upcoming streaming concert to benefit a consortium of regional theaters, including Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, she said how much she’s looking forward to being back on a ...

Free Holiday Parking in Montclair, Says Officials

November 20, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township officials have announced a free holiday parking initiative.

Township officials stated that the free parking is in an effort to promote Small Business Saturday and encourage shoppers to support our local merchants. As a result, the Mayor and Council passed resolution R-20-172 to suspend meter collection and allow for two hours of free parking at ...

East Orange Student Makes it to the Final Round of Seton Hall's Version of "Shark Tank"

EAST ORANGE, NJ - $50,000 in scholarships and prizes are on the line. Out of 180 applicants worldwide, East Orange STEM Academy High School sophomore, Nyla Cheeseboro is one step closer to winning it all. Nyla has been chosen as one of 10 students to compete in the final round of the Seton Hall's High School Pirates' Pitch business contest.

Nyla successfully ...

State Passage of a 'Vet is a Vet' Tax Deduction for All who Served

NEW JERSEY -- During last week's General Election, New Jersey voters approved the ballot question to extend the existing $250 property tax deduction to be granted to all honorably discharged veterans, rather than just those with active wartime service or involvement in certain peacekeeping operations.

Previously, New Jersey would only veterans ...

East Orange STEM Students Go to Space

November 21, 2020

EAST ORANGE, NJ – This week, East Orange STEM students launched into space, through the eyes of Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. that is.

Dr. Harris, Jr. is a former NASA astronaut. On February 9, 1995, during the second of his two space shuttle flights, Harris became the first African American to perform a spacewalk. This year marks his 25th anniversary of becoming the ...

East Orange Student Makes it to the Final Round of Seton Hall's Version of "Shark Tank"

EAST ORANGE, NJ - $50,000 in scholarships and prizes are on the line. Out of 180 applicants worldwide, East Orange STEM Academy High School sophomore, Nyla Cheeseboro is one step closer to winning it all. Nyla has been chosen as one of 10 students to compete in the final round of the Seton Hall's High School Pirates' Pitch business contest.

Nyla successfully ...

Poll Finds Mixed Views on Remote Learning in New Jersey

A new statewide poll found that New Jersey families want a better remote education experience for their children who have been forced to forego in-person learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group on behalf of JerseyCAN and the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, also identified stark racial and income disparities in access to the ...

Kean Concedes 7th Congressional District Election to Malinowski

November 20, 2020

State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. has conceded the 7th Congressional District election to Democratic incumbent Tom Malinowski, who will be sworn to a second term in the House of Representatives in January, 2021.

Down by more than 11 percent on Election Night, Kean and his supporters held out hope as the margin narrowed over the past two weeks as the paper ballots were counted by election officials in ...

Move Over Martha, Raiders' Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Sauce Is Thanksgiving's Best Bet

November 23, 2020

NUTLEY, NJ - The "media" may have many around the country believing that Nutley's greatest gift to Thanksgiving is Martha Stewart, but locals know its "Nutley Raiders Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Sauce." First created by students in the culinary program at Nutley High School in 2017, this dish has become a local favorite, given the reach of TAPinto, its popularity may soon ...

Toni's Kitchen Hosts Food Drive for the Holidays

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Toni's Kitchen held the first town-wide food drive, in which, they asked residents to leave food items on their doorstep for pick up.

Volunteers then traveled throughout the community picking up the items from residents who had registered online.

Organizers stated that the next food drive is being scheduled for the end of November and mid-December. They wrote, "We ...

NJ Author Releases Two New Books That Are Literally For The Birds

November 20, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Bloomfield resident Rick Wright has recently written two books that, literally, are for the birds. 

While that connotation is usually negative, in this instance it's a perfect description of the local author's latest work. Wright's Custom Bird Guides series introduces birdwatchers to the best local birding sites and a wide selection of the most common, ...

A Successful Season for Bloomfield's Watsessing Park Butterfly Garden

BLOOMFIELD, NJ--Walking through Watsessing Park on a hot day in mid-July a warm breeze carries a fluttering monarch across your path. As you follow its vibrant orange wings with black spots it leads you through the trees and past the newly renovated Essex County Lawn Bowling facility where you will find the Friends of Watsessing Park Conservancy’s Butterfly Garden.

The garden is bursting ...

Mayor Venezia’s 5th Annual Turkey Drive Feeds over 800 Families in Bloomfield

November 23, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Cars lined up this morning for Mayor Michael Venezia's 5th annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway. The event took place in the municipal parking lot behind the police station.

Over 800 turkeys were given away to preregistered Bloomfield families.  In addition to the turkeys, residents were also given stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, cookies, bread, rolls and pies. The ...

Gov. Murphy Addresses Verbal Confrontation During Family Outing in Red Bank

November 24, 2020

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

Montclair Township Council: Rent Control, Historic-Structure Demolition Standards, Contract Awards, Bill List Questions

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Council had a virtual meeting on November 16, and the light agenda and the dearth of public comment made it a quick meeting.  What public comment there was continued to concern the rent-control ordinance, still in limbo due to court challenges and efforts to put it to a referendum by the Montclair Property Owners Association (MPOA).  The ...

Free Holiday Parking in Montclair, Says Officials

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township officials have announced a free holiday parking initiative.

Township officials stated that the free parking is in an effort to promote Small Business Saturday and encourage shoppers to support our local merchants. As a result, the Mayor and Council passed resolution R-20-172 to suspend meter collection and allow for two hours of free parking at ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

November 24, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: About Four in 10 New Jerseyans Say They Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Between 36% and 47% of New Jerseyans say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against COVID-19, with response rates varying depending on how the question is asked, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Among individuals reluctant to get vaccinated, 80% cite a concern about side effects, and 82% cite the need for more ...

Montclair Mayor Spiller Announces the Formation of COVID-19 Recovery Task Force

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The first meeting of a task force created to study and provide insight into Montclair's response to COVID-19, will meet on Tuesday, Mayor Sean Spiller announced.

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic public health and economic crises, Township organizer's state that the Mayor’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force will be responsible for working alongside ...

Murphy Signs Law Protecting Judges, Named in Honor of Daniel Anderl, Late Son of Judge Esther Salas

November 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation (A1649) on Friday protecting the home addresses and phone numbers of judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers from public disclosure.

The bill, known as “Daniel’s Law,” is named in honor of Dan Anderl, the late son of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas. The St. Joseph High School (Metuchen) ...

Millburn Man Charged With Producing Child Pornography

NEWARK, N.J. — A Millburn resident appeared before a federal judge Tuesday on charges that he produced and possessed images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a press release.

Antonio Del Prado, 59, of Millburn, has been charged by complaint with one count of production of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography. He ...

Police Chase in Livingston Leads to Arrest of Three Men in Connection to Burglary String

November 24, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Three men from Newark were apprehended in Livingston and charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property on Sunday in connection to a string of vehicle burglaries in West Orange, South Orange and Millburn, according to Livingston police.

After investigating a report of people attempting to enter cars on Silver Spring Road in Millburn, ...

Assault with a Paintball Gun at the Willowbrook Mall – Police Seeks Help

WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Police Detective Captain Dan Daly is asking for the public’s help in solving an aggravated assault case that happened just outside the Willowbrook Mall on Sunday, November 8.

According to Daly, “four juvenile males were walking on the sidewalk in the area of the Willowbrook Mall food court when a passenger in a passing silver, or grey sedan fired multiple, ...

Arrest Made After 17-Year-Old Girl Beaten Unconscious During Montclair Home Invasion

MONTCLAIR, NJ - After a 17-year-old female was beaten unconscious during a home invasion, Montclair Police have announced an arrest.

On October 19, at 3:26 PM, the teen victim reported to Montclair Police that an unknown male entered her apartment through an unlocked window, demanding money. She was home alone during that time.

According to police officials, when the ...

Transgender Day of Remembrance Service Sponsored by Montclair Interfaith Clergy Association, Nov. 19

November 18, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The 2020 Transgender Day of Remembrance service sponsored by Montclair Interfaith Clergy Association will take place virtually Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The service is open to all.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The ...

The True Light Should be Within: What is the Meaning of Diwali?

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The time of Diwali is one of the most festive and beautiful times of the year. Diwali literally means "a row of lights." It is a time filled with light and love; a time when Indians all over the world rejoice. It is the darkest night of the darkest period, yet it is a celebration of light. Diwali is heralded as the triumph of good over evil.

The ...

Terminated Hillsong Church Pastor Sells Montclair Home for $1.5M

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Famed pastor to celebrities such as Justin Bieber and countless others, has been terminated from his position as pastor of Hillsong Church, located in Montclair.

Former Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz had confirmed his departure on his Instagram page. According to People Magazine, Lentz reportedly sold his New Jersey home shortly before he was terminated for "moral ...

Bloomfield's Joseph Tiseo Ramp Park Reopens After Renovations

November 21, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ --After 4 months of work the Joseph Tiseo Ramp Park, located at Memorial Park, is officially reopened to the public following a complete rebuild.  The park, originally opened in 2008, is named after Bloomfield native and groundbreaking BMX competitor Joe Tiseo, who died in 2001 as a result of a motorcycle accident 

The project was paid for through a Community ...

NJSIAA: Winter Sports Pushed Back to January, State Tournaments Cancelled

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Winter is coming for high school sports, but student-athletes will have to wait until 2021 for action.

The NJSIAA, New Jersey’s governing body for interscholastic sports, announced the pushback of all winter sports and the cancellation of all formal winter sports tournaments early Thursday morning following the recommendation of the organization’s Sports ...

Saturday's Nutley - Montclair Football Game Canceled Due to Positive COVID-19 Test Results

NUTLEY, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Dr. Julie Glazer and Athletic Director Joe Piro announced that Nutley Raiders the football game scheduled for Sat. Nov. 14 against Montclair is canceled following a positive COVID-19 test of an individual associated with the Nutley team.

The letter to the Nutley community letter,"Contact tracing has begun, conducted in conjunction with the ...

NJ Author Releases Two New Books That Are Literally For The Birds

November 20, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Bloomfield resident Rick Wright has recently written two books that, literally, are for the birds. 

While that connotation is usually negative, in this instance it's a perfect description of the local author's latest work. Wright's Custom Bird Guides series introduces birdwatchers to the best local birding sites and a wide selection of the most common, ...

Essex County Cancels Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights Spectacular for 2020

November 15, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 2020 Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo has been canceled due to ongoing fear of COVID-19.

 “Because of the pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Holiday Lights Spectacular,” Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. said. “The lights show has become a ...

National Park Service Grants Lifetime Passes to Veterans and Military Families

WASHINGTON, DC - Beginning on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020 and going forward, Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans will receive lifetime passes  to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks, wildlife refuges and forests, the National Parks Service said.

"The free access program is a way to thank America’s veterans and Gold Star ...

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Police Chase in Livingston Leads to Arrest of Three Men in Connection to Burglary String

November 24, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Three men from Newark were apprehended in Livingston and charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property on Sunday in connection to a string of vehicle burglaries in West Orange, South Orange and Millburn, according to Livingston police.

After investigating a report of people attempting to enter cars on Silver Spring Road in Millburn, ...

2020 Totowa / West Paterson Fire Dept. Holiday Lights Parade Canceled due to COVID-19

November 23, 2020

TOTOWA, NJ - Due to the sharp increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Totowa and West Paterson Fire Departments made the decision to cancel the 2020 Holiday Lights Parade for the safety of the community and the first responders who organize and participate in the event. 

Organizers of the parade considered multiple options as a substitute for the parade, but could not find a ...

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Letter to the Editor: Support The Montclair Public Library

November 21, 2020

To the Editor:

 

We the undersigned urge the Montclair community to support robust funding for the safe use of the Montclair Public Library so that the library programming and resources remain available to all. The Library needs public support from Montclair Township and private support through donations to the Montclair Public Library Foundation.

 

The Bellevue ...

COVID Testing in Montclair

November 23, 2020

More COVID-19 Testing Coming to Montclair

 

Mayor Sean M. Spiller and the Township Council are pleased to announce six COVID-19 testing events to be held in Montclair from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., on November 23, 24 and 30, and December 1, 7 and 8, at the Essex County Glenfield Park Wally Choice Community Center, 49 Maple Avenue.

Insurance is requested but not required.
Participants ...

Murphy Announces Resources for People Overwhelmed During Holidays Due to COVID-19

November 24, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts and set to change the fabric of the holiday season to come. 

With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling overwhelmed.

“We recognize that with everything that we have already endured, plus ...

Gov. Murphy Addresses Verbal Confrontation During Family Outing in Red Bank

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

Police Chase in Livingston Leads to Arrest of Three Men in Connection to Burglary String

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Three men from Newark were apprehended in Livingston and charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property on Sunday in connection to a string of vehicle burglaries in West Orange, South Orange and Millburn, according to Livingston police.

After investigating a report of people attempting to enter cars on Silver Spring Road in Millburn, ...

Joe Apfelbaum Tells Ellen Volpe How to Go From Frustration to MOJOvation on Opportunity Calls

LONG ISLAND, NY -- Ellen Volpe, President of American Business Associates, spoke with Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union, on a recent episode of Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Apfelbaum’s position as CEO of an internet-based marketing company is only one of his many roles. “Joe is a business mentor, leader, direct marketing guru, extraordinary networker, educator, ...

Montclair Social Club Closes Its Doors, COVID to Blame

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Not only has COVID-19 claimed the lives of those near and dear to us, but it is also claiming many jobs and businesses. This week, the Montclair Social Club announced that it will no longer stay open.

Owner Jason Miller posted to social media that the Montclair Social Club "...has served its last smiling face."

Miller, who left his law profession to open the ...

Move Over Martha, Raiders' Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Sauce Is Thanksgiving's Best Bet

NUTLEY, NJ - The "media" may have many around the country believing that Nutley's greatest gift to Thanksgiving is Martha Stewart, but locals know its "Nutley Raiders Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Sauce." First created by students in the culinary program at Nutley High School in 2017, this dish has become a local favorite, given the reach of TAPinto, its popularity may soon ...