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Lantern Festival: AAPI Heritage Month to be Celebrated in Montclair

May 12, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ — A lantern festival will be hosted in Edgemont park on Friday, May 20 from 7 to 9 PM, organizers state.

For the second year, in honor of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the Montclair area, Edgemont Park will be lit with thousands of lanterns.

Organizers stated that AAPI Montclair will illuminate the park with thousands of lanterns to ...

Montclair Micro-Businesses Can Benefit from New State Financing Program

May 20, 2022

TRENTON, NJ – In celebration of National Small Business Week, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has announced plans to open applications for its Micro Business Loan next month, which will make additional funding resources available through the Authority’s Main Street Recovery Program.

The NJEDA has already issued nearly $5.5 million ...

Montclair Council Seeking Seven Volunteers to Join Rent Control Board

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township officials are looking for volunteers to join the rent control board, according to a release.

On Tuesday, April 19, the Montclair Township Council unanimously passed a new rent control ordinance which took effect as of May 9, 2022.

The Council has expressed that they are now looking for seven individuals to serve on a volunteer board for rent ...

Essex County College Joins Medical School Pathway Partnership

May 14, 2022

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County College has entered into a partnership with Caldwell University and St. George’s University (SGU) designed to enable ECC students a pathway for admission into SGU’s School of Medicine. The program is dubbed the 2+1+4 Partnership.  

The partnership allows ECC students who earn an Associate degree in Biology, Pe-Medicine to transfer to ...

Melham Team Cruises to Victory in Belleville

May 12, 2022

BELLEVILLE, NJ – An unapologetic independent in fiercely Democratic Essex County won an easy re-election bid on Tuesday, as Mayor Michael Melham clinched his second, four-year term as mayor during a non-partisan race.

Melham took down his challenger, Second Ward Councilman Steve Rovell, who has been the mayor’s nemesis on the Township Council throughout his  first ...

Allergy Alert: Undeclared Cashew and Pistachio in Van Leeuwen Frozen Desserts

May 14, 2022

Over two thousand frozen pints on Van Leeuwen Oat Milk Brown Sugar Chunk has been recalled announced Van Leeuwen Ice Cream of Brooklyn, NY. The recall was initiated because the non-dairy frozen dessert may contain undeclared specific traces of tree nuts; cashews and pistachios.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to specific types of allergen (e.g., peanuts, tree nuts {chestnuts, ...

Heat Advisory Extended Thru Sunday for Montclair Area, Hypothermia Risk at Jersey Shore

May 21, 2022

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service (NWS) extended the weekend heat advisory through 6 p.m. Sun. May 22. Water in the states lakes and at the Jersey Shore is in the 50s and 60s, presenting a risk for hypothermia.

Local residents, and those in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union counties should expect high temperatures and high humidity. Heat index values across much of the ...

Heat Advisory Issued for Montclair and Surrounding Areas

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a heat advisory for Sat. May 21 from noon to 8 p.m.

Local residents, and those in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union counties should expect high temperatures and high humidity. Heat index values across much of the effected area are expected to approach 100.

Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to ...

Severe Storms May Bring Strong Winds, Hail to Montclair Monday Afternoon

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Batten down the hatches.

Some stormy springtime weather is headed our way Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, which indicated a tornado isn't out of the question in Northeast New Jersey.

“Thunderstorms ahead of an approaching cold front on Monday have the potential to produce damaging winds,” the service warns. “Large hail ...

Montclair Council Seeking Seven Volunteers to Join Rent Control Board

May 19, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township officials are looking for volunteers to join the rent control board, according to a release.

On Tuesday, April 19, the Montclair Township Council unanimously passed a new rent control ordinance which took effect as of May 9, 2022.

The Council has expressed that they are now looking for seven individuals to serve on a volunteer board for rent ...

Hawthorne 10-Year-Old Holds Epic Lemonade Sale to Raise $5,000 for Young Girl with Cancer

HAWTHORNE, NJ - When 10-year-old Peyton Cohen decided to host a lemonade fundraiser for Natalie Ferguson, a 4-year-old battling brain cancer, Peyton had no idea how it would catch on, or that she could raise thousands of dollars in a single day. But word of the lemonade fundraiser spread throughout the town and brought an epic response.

“It was amazing! We had cars going all the way ...

Montclair Council: Rent Control Complaints Continue; Flood Control Measures Voted On, Recreational Marijuana Approved

May 19, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Council had its first regular in-person meeting open to the public since 2020 on May 17, and Mayor Sean Spiller and the councilors, with the rent-control ordinance finally in place, might have thought that the issue was behind them at last.  Continued complaints from owners of small multiple-unit structures in public comment clearly destroyed any such ...

Residents Start Petition to Stream Montclair Township Council Meetings, Allow Remote Public Comment

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A group of Montclair residents have started a petition to push for live-streamed council meetings and the ability to comment remotely.

According to the petition, which has garnered several dozen signatures, organizers state, "...the council is requiring in person attendance for those who wish to fully participate and comment."

They continued, ...

Montclair Planning Board Approves Lot Subdivision

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Planning Board, in its first in-person meeting since March 9, 2020, dealt with only one application, which ended up taking a great deal of time to hear and vote on. 

Vice Chair Keith Brodock chaired the meeting in place of the absent Chairman John Wynn.

At issue was a plan by Jonathan and Melissa Goidel, the occupants of 264 Upper Mountain Avenue along ...

Skittles Gummies, Starburst Gummies and Life Savers Gummies Recalled Due to Presence of Metal

May 23, 2022

SKITTLES® Gummies, STARBURST® Gummies, and LIFE SAVERS® Gummies are being recalled due to the potential presence of a very thin metal strand embedded in the gummies or loose in the bag, announced Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC.

The recall was initiated after the company received reports from consumers. 

Products were manufactured by a third party and distributed in the ...

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Acquires Van to Serve Crime Victims

May 24, 2022

Newark, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has acquired a van to better serve the more than 9,000 crime victims that receive services each year from the ECPO.

“Serving victims is the top priority of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and essential to our mission. The purchase of this ...

Newark Vet Accused of 'Gross and Repeated Acts' Has License Temporarily Suspended, Authorities Say

NEWARK, NJ – A Newark veterinarian who allegedly provided inadequate treatment that resulted in the untimely death of several animals had his license temporarily suspended, authorities announced.

Ehren Seth Yablon, who owns the Newark Veterinary Hospital, was charged in April by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office with animal cruelty, offering a diseased animal for sale, and ...

Newark Resident, Former School Board Member Will Lead Essex County LGBTQ Affairs Office

NEWARK, NJ — A newly established Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs was announced Friday that will be led by Reginald Bledsoe, a Newark resident and former Newark Public Schools Board of Education member.

Bledsoe, who was appointed as the office's first director, will help support the LGBTQ community in Essex County and provide a platform to address issues, ...

FOUND: Missing Woman, Last Seen at JCC on Northfield Avenue in West Orange

May 21, 2022

UPDATE: MISSING PERSON HAS BEEN FOUND.

The police are requesting the public's assistance in locating a Missing Person.

Caren was last seen walking out of the JCC on Northfield Avenue in West Orange today (May 20) around 11 a.m. wearing a white shirt and purple pants (see the second photo). She does not drive.

Caren is approximately 5'4' tall and 120 pounds.

If anyone ...

Two Men Have Been Arrested in Connection with March Killing at Eagle Rock Reservation

WEST ORANGE/MONTCLAIR, NJ — Two men have been arrested in connection with killing of a New York City resident found with a gunshot wound at Eagle Rock Reservation on March 4, police officials state.

The body of Kelsey Steels, 31, of the Bronx, was discovered by hikers at Eagle Rock Reservation, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

Michael Verdel, 71, ...

Montclair Police Officers Participate in Annual Police Unity Ride to DC

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Several Montclair police officers joined hundreds of other officers around New Jersey for the 2022 police unity tour to DC on Monday, officials announced.

The Police Unity Tour was founded to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial.

The following ...

Weather Postpones AAPI Montclair Lantern Festival in Edgemont Park

May 20, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair AAPI Lantern Festival scheduled for Friday, May 20 is postponed due to the weather forecast. 

AAPI Montclair has not set up a new date, yet. 

When they do, join AAPI Montclair as Edgemont Park is illuminated with thousands of lanterns to remember those killed and harmed by violence and injustice, including anti-Asian hate. 

AAPI Montclair ...

First Black to Run Across America Coming to Essex Area for Chat/Fun Run

May 16, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Hellah Sidibe, the first African-American to run across the United States, will visit the area next week to tell his historic story and join others with a “fun run.”

Last year, Sidibe ran 3,061-miles, from Los Angeles to New York, in only 84 days. That’s about 36 miles per day.

“I wanted to help break the cycle of poverty through shoes,” he told ...

No Mo Poison Ivy After No Mow May

May 24, 2022

NUTLEY, NJ - 'No Mow May' is a grassroots environmental effort that has taken the world by storm. In a nutshell, homeowners are encouraged to not mow their lawn for the entire month of may in order to protect habitat for emerging pollinators. 

All those butterflies and bees grow up somewhere, and habitat destruction is a major contributor to the decline of butterfly and bee ...

Montclair Council: Rent Control Complaints Continue; Flood Control Measures Voted On, Recreational Marijuana Approved

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Council had its first regular in-person meeting open to the public since 2020 on May 17, and Mayor Sean Spiller and the councilors, with the rent-control ordinance finally in place, might have thought that the issue was behind them at last.  Continued complaints from owners of small multiple-unit structures in public comment clearly destroyed any such ...

Montclair Planning Board Approves Lot Subdivision

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Planning Board, in its first in-person meeting since March 9, 2020, dealt with only one application, which ended up taking a great deal of time to hear and vote on. 

Vice Chair Keith Brodock chaired the meeting in place of the absent Chairman John Wynn.

At issue was a plan by Jonathan and Melissa Goidel, the occupants of 264 Upper Mountain Avenue along ...

VIDEO: Cranford Students Help Community with Lemonade Stand, Glen Rock Police Discover Stolen Prescriptions, Camden Receives 'Brownfield' Grant and Somerville Pastor Makes 'Red Nose' Request

May 24, 2022

NEW JERSEY - Cranford fourth graders raise money for charity through a lemonade stand. Plus, Glen Rock police discover 150 stolen prescription bottles in a man's car. And, Camden receives an EPA grant to clean up 'Brownfields.' Also, a Somerville pastor makes a request for residents to participate in 'Red Nose Day.'

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has ...

VIDEO: Active Shooter Simulation in Jersey City, Bordentown City Plant Could Grow into Marijuana Business, 'Greta's Run' in Westfield Returns and Montville Softball Wins County Title

NEW JERSEY - First responders in Jersey City hold an active shooter drill. Plus, the former Ocean Spray plant in Bordentown City could become home to a mariujana business. And, the Montville softball team wins its first county title. Also "'Greta's Run" memorial 5k returns to Westfield, which helps raise money for local charities. 

TAPinto's ...

VIDEO: Hasbrouck Heights Scouts Clean the Community, Scholarships Awarded in South Plainfield, Rahway Educator Honored and Westfield Boy Scout Proposes Life-Saving Station

NEW JERSEY - The Girl and Boy Scouts of Hasbrouck Heights join together to clean their community. Plus, several Girl Scouts in South Plainfield receive scholarships. Also, a Rahway superintendent is honored. And a Westfield Boy Scout proposes a life-saving station near a local pond.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Efforts to Improve Access to Student Loan Forgiveness Program For Public Service Workers

May 24, 2022

EWING, NJ — There is still time to apply to a college loan forgiveness program. 

Last October, the U.S. Department of Education announced a limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver opportunity, which temporarily waives certain program rules helping public service employees eliminate their college debt. 

Gov. Phil Murphy hosted a roundtable with U.S.

New Jersey Republicans Propose Bills to Immediately Reimburse Thousands of Dollars in Surplus Money to Taxpayers

NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate?

The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over collections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue ...

Assemblywomen Introduce Bill Package Tightening Punishment for Car Thieves

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to State Police. 

A similar incident occurred a few days later in Holmdel, ...

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Homewatch CareGivers in the Community May 2022

“How Mindfulness Makes You Happier” was the subject of a group discussion at the Senior Center of the Chathams on May 3rd.  The discussion centered around understanding the concept of mindfulness and the session ended with a guided meditation led by Karen Frank, Director of Education/Nurse Supervisor at Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange.  Karen is celebrating 10 years of ...

Agent Spotlight: Teresa Maegerlein

Teresa Maegerlein, Broker-Associate in the Morristown office, is dedicated to getting her clients results! Her career in real estate began in 2004. Before getting into real estate, Teresa worked on Wall Street and her financial background has proven invaluable in her current work. As useful as her hard-earned savvy has been, she knows that the most important skill for a successful business is ...

21 Montclair High School Seniors Attain New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy from NJDOE

May 22, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Twenty-one seniors at Montclair High School recently earned a New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy across four languages, school district officials announced.

According to a release, this was the Montclair School District's third year participating in the program. A total of seals were earned in Spanish, five in French, one in German, one in Hebrew and one in ...

New Jersey Drivers Are Paying More than $4.75 a Gallon to Fill Up, on Average

May 24, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in New Jersey didn't go up in the past 24 hours.

But the price didn't go down, either.

AAA says the average price of a gallon of unleaded in New Jersey is $4.77 on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The price is 12 cents higher than last week, 67 cents higher than last month and $1.71 higher than this time last ...

Ending the War in Ukraine and US Involvement

May 16, 2022

Ending The War in Ukraine…and US Involvement

By Karla Schultz, NJ School Nurse and Veteran of Army National Guard

I was filling up my car with gas recently and used it as an opportunity to talk with my  daughter about inflation and how it means that we need to cut back on some of our spending now, due to rising prices.

Since I had her attention, which I am often competing ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

New Jersey State Parks Announce Memorial Day Beach and Lifeguard Hours

May 24, 2022

Memorial Day Weekend Lifeguard Schedule Island Beach State Park will be staffed with lifeguards from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend. Swimming is only permitted in designated swim areas when lifeguards on are duty.

Additional Swim Areas Opening in June 

The following lakefront swim areas are anticipated to open for swimming in ...

VIDEO: Cranford Students Help Community with Lemonade Stand, Glen Rock Police Discover Stolen Prescriptions, Camden Receives 'Brownfield' Grant and Somerville Pastor Makes 'Red Nose' Request

May 24, 2022

NEW JERSEY - Cranford fourth graders raise money for charity through a lemonade stand. Plus, Glen Rock police discover 150 stolen prescription bottles in a man's car. And, Camden receives an EPA grant to clean up 'Brownfields.' Also, a Somerville pastor makes a request for residents to participate in 'Red Nose Day.'

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has ...

No Mo Poison Ivy After No Mow May

NUTLEY, NJ - 'No Mow May' is a grassroots environmental effort that has taken the world by storm. In a nutshell, homeowners are encouraged to not mow their lawn for the entire month of may in order to protect habitat for emerging pollinators. 

All those butterflies and bees grow up somewhere, and habitat destruction is a major contributor to the decline of butterfly and bee ...

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Acquires Van to Serve Crime Victims

Newark, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has acquired a van to better serve the more than 9,000 crime victims that receive services each year from the ECPO.

“Serving victims is the top priority of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and essential to our mission. The purchase of this ...

New Jersey Drivers Are Paying More than $4.75 a Gallon to Fill Up, on Average

NEW JERSEY — The average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in New Jersey didn't go up in the past 24 hours.

But the price didn't go down, either.

AAA says the average price of a gallon of unleaded in New Jersey is $4.77 on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The price is 12 cents higher than last week, 67 cents higher than last month and $1.71 higher than this time last ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Efforts to Improve Access to Student Loan Forgiveness Program For Public Service Workers

EWING, NJ — There is still time to apply to a college loan forgiveness program. 

Last October, the U.S. Department of Education announced a limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver opportunity, which temporarily waives certain program rules helping public service employees eliminate their college debt. 

Gov. Phil Murphy hosted a roundtable with U.S.

VIDEO: Active Shooter Simulation in Jersey City, Bordentown City Plant Could Grow into Marijuana Business, 'Greta's Run' in Westfield Returns and Montville Softball Wins County Title

NEW JERSEY - First responders in Jersey City hold an active shooter drill. Plus, the former Ocean Spray plant in Bordentown City could become home to a mariujana business. And, the Montville softball team wins its first county title. Also "'Greta's Run" memorial 5k returns to Westfield, which helps raise money for local charities. 

TAPinto's ...