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TAPinto National New Jersey Day 2020

July 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY - July 27th is National New Jersey Day. Today we're going to find out what's unique about the Garden State, and maybe settle some serious issues.

New Jersey was the third state to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America, the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. New Jersey's central location amidst the thirteen colonies during the colonial era made it ...

New Outdoor Dinner and Music Series Comes to Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- NiCori Studios & Productions in association with Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center and Frungillo Catering will be producing: MUSIC AT THE MANSION: "PORCH PERFORMANCES” beginning on July 25th.

Join NiCori Studios & Productions for an evening of dinner and entertainment hosted by Music at the Mansion host, Corinna Sowers Adler that will be safe, ...

DeCamp Bus Service Suspends All Service Due to Coronavirus

August 5, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Due  to the sustained effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, DeCamp bus lines is suspending all service effective midnight Aug. 7, 2020. DeCamp Bus officials notified the public in an announcement on Wednesday Aug. 5, that the bus service would be brought to a halt. 

DeCamp Bus Lines, located in Montclair, first began operating in 1870 as a ...

Murphy Push to Borrow Up to $9.9 Billion Gets Its Day in Court

Supreme Court set to hear case that could decide if taxes must rise or programs get cut

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration will soon have its chance to convince New Jersey’s ...

Most People Are Filling Out the Census, Just Not Those NJ Says Most Need To Be Counted

Low response rates in areas with more Blacks, Hispanics, immigrants could mean loss of federal funds

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Two weeks before census takers begin fanning out across New Jersey trying to count ...

Remote Learning Gets Mixed Marks in State Survey of Families

August 5, 2020

Parents split on online instruction as prospects for fall opening shaky

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

New Jersey’s seismic shift last spring to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have ...

Montclair Schools: Temperature Checks, Mandatory Masks, Parent University, Possible Outdoor Classes

MONTCLAIR, NJ - As Montclair Public Schools' staff prepare to re-open school, District officials have informed parents that students will be required to have daily temperature checks, there will be a parent university to assist parents with understanding remote learning, and masks will be mandatory. They are also exploring ventilation systems and the possibility of outdoor classes.

The ...

Fine Print: Virtual Back-to-School Checklist

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Title: “Clarifying Expectations Regarding Fulltime Remote Learning Options for Families in 2020-2021”

Author: New Jersey Department of Education, sent to all public ...

Montclair Residents Raising Money for Legal Fees for Uncounted Election Ballots, Challenge to Mayoral Election

July 26, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Nearly 1100 ballots remain uncounted in Montclair's Municipal election that took place in May of 2020.  With less than 200 votes separating this decision establishing the next Montclair mayor, the winner's opponent has legally challenged that determination. 

A GoFundMe page has been created to help offset the costs of legal fees for former 4th Ward ...

Strange Seeds in Your Mailbox? Report, Don’t Plant Them, NJDA Says

July 30, 2020

NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture offered advice Wednesday after it got reports of individuals receiving unsolicited seeds through the mail from China.

“Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock,” the NJDA said in a press release. “Sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the ...

Comet NEOWISE to Make Closest Approach on Thursday

July 23, 2020

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Not since Hale-Bopp in 1997 has a comet been so visible to Northern Hemisphere viewers. Comet NEOWISE, discovered by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, was found only last March as it began to enter the inner solar system. The icy interloper swung around the sun back in early July, and it is now making a swift exit towards the outer solar system, ...

This Week's Essex County Food Distribution Event Will Be in Orange

August 3, 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This week's Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be Thursday, August 6, at St. Matthew AME Church in Orange to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who are not able to afford food. 

It will be held as follows:

Date: ...

Montclair Police Honor a Seven-Year-Old Girl for Heroic Rescue

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A seven-year-old girl has been recognized by the Montclair Police Department after jumping into the pool and dragging her sister to safety.

Last week, Chief Conforti, accompanied by Deputy Mayor Hurlock and the men and women of his department, honored Ruby at her home.

Ruby realized her younger sister was in distress while swimming, and unable to get above water. She jumped ...

This Week's Emergency Food Distribution to be Held in Independence Park

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This week's Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be on Thursday, July 30, in  Independence Park in Newark. The 1,000 boxes of food to be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work due to the pandemic and are facing food insecurity. 

It will be held as follows:

Date: ...

Murphy Push to Borrow Up to $9.9 Billion Gets Its Day in Court

August 5, 2020

Supreme Court set to hear case that could decide if taxes must rise or programs get cut

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration will soon have its chance to convince New Jersey’s ...

With $600-a-Week Benefit Gone, Millions Face Financial Peril

As Congress wrangles over possible extension, many jobless people face a fresh struggle to pay rent, buy food

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Shaquaza Williams made ends meet with a lot of help from $600 a week in ...

Montclair Planning Board Discusses Minutes, Postpones Application, Reschedules Future Meetings

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Planning Board meeting for July 27, again held remotely, was unexpectedly short.  A perfunctory discussion on approving the minutes of the previous Planning Board meeting, which normally would be a minor concern, turned out to be the main issue of the meeting when it turned out that the major item on the evening’s agenda – an application for an ...

Food Safety After Isaias' Power Losses: What to Keep, What to Toss

August 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Since Tropical Storm (or Hurricane, depending on the news outlet) Isaias has taken out power to 20 percent of Essex County, thousands have been left with no refrigeration. 

FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.

According to the site, "Your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours ...

Montclair Schools: Temperature Checks, Mandatory Masks, Parent University, Possible Outdoor Classes

MONTCLAIR, NJ - As Montclair Public Schools' staff prepare to re-open school, District officials have informed parents that students will be required to have daily temperature checks, there will be a parent university to assist parents with understanding remote learning, and masks will be mandatory. They are also exploring ventilation systems and the possibility of outdoor classes.

The ...

Plans in the Works to Increase Capacity of NJ’s Contact-Tracing Corps

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

With nearly 90 new COVID-19 cases linked to young people who attended house parties at several Jersey Shore communities — and the potential exposure of hundreds more — state ...

Roundtable: What Health and Policy Experts Saw as COVID Exposed Structural Racism

August 5, 2020

Racial, economic disparities are driving calls for health care to be made more equitable

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

NJ Spotlight and NJTV News hosted a virtual roundtable last week focused on the impact of ...

A Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that Federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

"She was Failing to See My Struggle, My Oppression, My History...My Beauty': Students Discuss Racism During Juneteenth Celebration in Montclair

(ESSEX COUNTY, NJ) - Hundreds of people gathered outside of Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) on Friday to celebrate Juneteenth. This student-led demonstration was led by students from Montclair High School, MKA, Newark Academy and other Essex County High Schools

Juneteenth is a celebration that signifies the official end of slavery in the United States when black enslaved ...

Montclair Police Honor a Seven-Year-Old Girl for Heroic Rescue

August 3, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A seven-year-old girl has been recognized by the Montclair Police Department after jumping into the pool and dragging her sister to safety.

Last week, Chief Conforti, accompanied by Deputy Mayor Hurlock and the men and women of his department, honored Ruby at her home.

Ruby realized her younger sister was in distress while swimming, and unable to get above water. She jumped ...

In ‘A Loss for the Community,’ The New Jersey Jewish News Ceases Publication

July 29, 2020

 

NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes in Montclair, and across New Jersey, have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest about the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday services at different synagogues and who is memorialized in the obituaries — to local, ...

Baseball Is Back: Scotch Plains Native Lipshitz Plays in NYC Metro Area's First Pro Game of 2020

July 26, 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Somerset Patriots hosted the New York metropolitan area's first professional baseball game of 2020 when they took on the New Jersey Blasters on Friday, July 17, at TD Bank Ballpark. 

The newly created Blasters are composed mostly of New Jersey residents, including players former Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS star Zach Lipshitz at shortstop, pitchers Alex Vargas ...

Murphy Provides Clarifications on Sports Activities

TRENTON, NJ – During his COVID press briefing on Tuesday, July 22, Gov. Phil Murphy took the time to clarify Monday’s Exec Order on the resumption of contact drills and practices for high-risk sports and activities.

“All contact activities can only be conducted outside,” the governor said.

Yoga and pilates studios, which are not licensed health clubs, fall under the ...

Airbnb Removes Listings Throughout New Jersey

August 4, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Living up to its promise to crack down on abuses related to the use of short term rentals, Airbnb announced that its removing 35 listings for properties in Jersey City, Hoboken and other towns throughout New Jersey. The suspensions were communicated to the hosts beginning Friday.

“We stand with Governor Murphy, and we support his call to action to stop parties and ...

Newark Envisions 'Sustainable' Development for Massive Campus Set to Replace Old Pabst Blue Ribbon Site

NEWARK, NJ — Since beer titan Pabst Blue Ribbon left Newark in 1986, the land where the factory once stood, with the famous 60-foot-tall Pabst beer bottle, transformed into an abandoned illegal dumping site.

Now, the four-acre site on South Orange Avenue in the West Ward is ready to trade its life as a blight on the community for one as an expansive mixed-use development ...

Investors Bank Sponsors Turtle Back Zoo's Beloved Train Ride

July 30, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Turtle Back Junction is now more handicap accessible, and the miniature train ride at Turtle Back Zoo has a new corporate sponsor.

Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Jr. announced a long-term partnership agreement with Investors Bank to become the official sponsor of the miniature train ride at the zoo on Wednesday. Improvements also have been completed to make ...

Life Isn’t Always a Beach for Belmar Employees Dealing with ‘Abusive and Rowdy’ Visitors

Borough Steps Up Communication with Public on Real-Time Beach Updates

BELMAR, NJ — During this summer of COVID-19, a day at the beach isn’t what it used to be in Belmar.

Beach capacity limits and other coronavirus restrictions have put pressure on Belmar beachfront employees, lifeguards and police officers to ensure the rules are followed, especially now that hot and humid ...

Zimmerli's New eMuseum Helps it Stay Relevant and Vital During Pandemic

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Museums such as the Zimmerli find themselves at a critical crossroads as they search for ways to remain relevant even while their galleries have been forced to close by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the recent launch of its eMuseum, the staff at the Zimmerli is showing that even if you can’t come to the art museum on the College Avenue campus, maybe it can come to ...

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This Week's Essex County Food Distribution Event Will Be in Orange

August 3, 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This week's Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event will be Thursday, August 6, at St. Matthew AME Church in Orange to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who are not able to afford food. 

It will be held as follows:

Date: ...

Governor Murphy Issues Statewide State of Emergency for Hurricane Isaias

August 4, 2020

NEW JERSEY - Effective 5am on Tuesday, August 4, a Statewide State of Emergency has been declared by Governor Murphy for Hurricane Isaias.

Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary, said Governor Murphy. All State offices will be closed on Tuesday and only essential employees should report to work.

"If you must drive, take it slow, use caution and leave extra time to ...

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Thu, August 6, 1:00 PM

St. Agnes Episcopal Church, Little Falls

Little Falls Blood Drive - Urgent Need!

Giving Back Health & Wellness

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Thu, August 6, 6:00 PM

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At Home Wellness Expo

Arts & Entertainment Health & Wellness Other

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Thu, August 6, 6:00 PM

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At Home Wellness Expo

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Shakespeare Theatre Scores with 'Crazy Love'

Florham Park, NJ - It’s such a treat to see a live performance in these difficult times. But leave iit to Shakespeare Theatre’s fearless director, Bonnie Monte, to deliver a delightful and provocative evening of Moliere and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

The setting is the outside lawn at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park. Located on Vreeland Road, the landscape of ...

What taxpayers should do if they get a letter or notice from the IRS

August 5, 2020

Every year the IRS mails letters or notices to taxpayers for many different reasons.

Here are some do’s and don’ts for taxpayers who receive one:

Don’t ignore it. Most IRS letters and notices are about federal tax returns or tax accounts. Each notice deals with a specific issue and includes specific instructions on what to do.
Don’t panic. The IRS and its ...