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Newark Symphony Hall Gives First Look Into $50M Renovation Project

May 10, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Symphony Hall this week unveiled designs for its new exterior renovation, a project which began last year. 

The project is part of a three-phase, $50 million effort set to wrap on the venue’s 100th birthday in 2025. The design, from Trenton-based architectural firm Clarke Caton Hintz, includes a new marquee and streetscape.

MPL: Barry Meier in Conversation with Michael Isikoff “Spooked: The Trump Dossier, Black Cube, and the Rise of Private Spies”

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Public Library will present Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Barry Meier in conversation with Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent at Yahoo News about Meier’s new book, “Spooked,” covering the rise of the private spying industry.

This program, to take place on Thursday, May 20, at 7 ...

NJ Author Robert Constant's 'Hello Grandma!' Wins Literary Award for Children's Books

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!"

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner in the 2021 Feathered ...

Upper Montclair's Bellevue Theatre Slated to Reopen After Renovations

May 14, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Bellevue Theatre, located in Upper Montclair, is slated to reopen in the fall or early 2022, officials announced this week.

During an intimate ceremony held Thursday at the movie venue located at 260 Bellevue Avenue, the Bellevue Theatre President Doreen Sayegh, on behalf of owner Jesse Sayegh, announced plans to reopen following renovations to the historic ...

Ray’s Luncheonette in Montclair Awarded a $40K Grant from American Express

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair business Ray’s Luncheonette has been awarded a $40,000 grant from American Express, officials announced on Wednesday.

Ray's was among 25 historic and culturally significant restaurants in the U.S. that were selected by American Express, in partnership with the National Trust. The decision was to select restaurants owned by underrepresented groups ...

Montclair Center BID Announces Grant Competition for New Businesses to Open in Downtown Montclair

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Center BID is pleased to announce Springboard Montclair, a small business start-up grant competition that will help fund two businesses to lease space in downtown Montclair.  Applications will open on Monday, May 10 at montclaircenter.com.  All applications must be completed by midnight on Tuesday, June 1.  Winners will be announced by July ...

Montclair Board of Ed: Investigation into Discrimination Allegations Pending, Special Ed Audit Recommends Systemic Changes

May 7, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Members of the community demanded the Board of Education (BOE) conduct a thorough investigation into mistreatment allegations described in a letter from Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds Robert Kelley in Wednesday’s BOE meeting. 

The letter refers to a “years-long pattern of ‘employee discrimination and criminal sabotage’,” some of which ...

Bloomfield Civil Rights Commission Tips For Voter Registration

May 8, 2021

BLOOMFIELD, NJ – With the June 8 primary election just one month away, the Bloomfield Civil Rights Commission hosted their third informative voter registration information session on Wednesday virtually over Zoom.

“Every year, the Bloomfield Civil Rights Commission holds a number of information sessions for residents to ensure that they have all the information necessary so that ...

Allergy Alert: Whey Protein Powder Sold By Whole Foods Recalled

May 14, 2021

Containers of 365 Everyday Value Whey Protein Powder  Natural Vanilla Flavor due to the potential of an undeclared soy allergen, announced Arizona Nutritional Supplements. 

The containers of the protein powder were mistakenly packaged with Soy Protein Powder, the company stated. 

The product can be identified by the UPC 9948228764, a Best By of 03/04/2023 and Lot 0073984. The ...

Food Distribution at Glenfield Park Today

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Essex County will distribute food in Glen Field Park on Thursday, May 13 Starting at 9 AM.

500 boxes of food will be giving on a first come, first served basis. Recipients are required to wear masks. In addition, cars will be required to line up along Maple Avenue to receive a box of food.

 

New Jersey's "Shot and a Beer" Program Expands to 34 Breweries including Montclair Brewery

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's"Shot and a Beer" program which encourages eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated has expanded.  Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose can take their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer. The program will end on May 31, 2021.

The following restaurants and brewing companies ...

New Jersey’s Ban on Certain Single-Use Plastic Products Takes Effect in One Year

May 7, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette are encouraging Garden State business owners to prepare for the launch of New Jersey’s ban on single-use carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service products in stores and food service businesses.

On November 4, ...

Montclair Planning Board: Orange Road Deck Extension Approved, Affordable Housing Discussion, Master Plan Review

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Planning Board finally resolved the issue of the Orange Road parking deck at its May 3 meeting. The final approval for Montclair Acquisition Partners (MAP) to extend the floors on the parking deck in place of a lift-and-slide system was passed after negotiations on a deal between board attorney Arthur Neiss and MAP attorney Tom Trautner had failed to produce an ...

Lower Your Carbon Footprint with These Montclair Earth-Friendly Businesses

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ - These local, eco-friendly businesses help Montclair residents stay green in convenient and innovative ways. 

 

Java’s Compost - Feed the Earth without leaving your doorstep

 

Composting is easier said than done—while rewarding, it takes infinite patience. Thanks to Michelle and Java Bradley’s pickup process, busy residents can ...

Food Distribution at Glenfield Park Today

May 13, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Essex County will distribute food in Glen Field Park on Thursday, May 13 Starting at 9 AM.

500 boxes of food will be giving on a first come, first served basis. Recipients are required to wear masks. In addition, cars will be required to line up along Maple Avenue to receive a box of food.

 

Salvation Army Montclair Citadel Receives Grant Award to Fight Hunger

HILLSIDE, NJ — The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), Mercer Street Friends, and NORWESCAP announced that the Salvation Army Montclair Citadel was among the selection of 292 partner food pantries, soup kitchens, and other local food assistance charities to receive grants through a $3.5 million investment in network ...

Find Out Your Options If You an Essex County Homeowner At-Risk If the Eviction Moratorium is Lifted

NEWARK, NJ — Newark’s financially burdened homeowners who face a looming eviction moratorium expected to end this June can seek help and information during a virtual seminar hosted by nonprofit United Community Corporation this month.

The free virtual seminar’s goal will emphasize options available to residents in Newark and Essex County - ...

Citing Downward Trending Numbers, Murphy Eases More Restrictions on Gatherings

May 7, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the outdoor ...

Montclair Council Hears Heated Commentary About 2021 Budget: Library, Police, Transparency Issues

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Council's May 4 meeting was expected to be long, due to controversial decisions made for the 2021 municipal budget that would attract dozens of residents to the public comment part, and it was.  Concerns from councilors over items up for a vote made the meeting even longer.

Mayor Sean Spiller announced a few amendments to the 2021 budget, set at ...

Montclair Planning Board: Orange Road Deck Extension Approved, Affordable Housing Discussion, Master Plan Review

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Planning Board finally resolved the issue of the Orange Road parking deck at its May 3 meeting. The final approval for Montclair Acquisition Partners (MAP) to extend the floors on the parking deck in place of a lift-and-slide system was passed after negotiations on a deal between board attorney Arthur Neiss and MAP attorney Tom Trautner had failed to produce an ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ. What Montclair Parents Need to Know

May 14, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s recommendations, ...

Mountainside Medical Center's Dr. Shulik's Holistic Approach to Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

About 1 million people in the United States suffer from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowl disease that causes inflammation and sores in the digestive tract. Gastroenterologist Dr. Oleg Shulik recently worked with a patient to develop a holistic approach to treatment that allowed her to stop taking medications for the management of her symptoms.

In late September 2020, Lisa A., 31, ...

Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center to Start Post-COVID-19 Rehabilitation Program

Mountainside Medical Center will begin a new Post-COVID exercise program individually designed for those who have had COVID-19 to improve their strength, flexibility, endurance and activities of daily living.  The goal of the program is to improve quality of life and promote positive lifestyle changes through education and exercise.

This program is medically supervised by the Mountainside ...

In-Person Criminal Jury Trials, Grand Jury Proceedings to Resume in June

May 12, 2021

NEW JERSEY - Criminal jury trials will resume in person next month, under a Supreme Court order issued Tuesday that revises juror service based on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey.

The Court’s order directs the resumption of in-person criminal jury trials beginning June 15, with cases that involve detained defendants receiving the highest priority. 

Civil trials ...

NJ Assemblyman Seeks to Criminalize Falsifying COVID Vaccine Cards

BAYONNE, NJ - National disasters don’t always bring out the best in people. Often, unscrupulous characters seek to take advantage of people during tough times. As more people across the United States and the State of New Jersey are rolling up their sleeves to protect themselves against COVID-19, the risk of scammers selling fraudulent vaccination cards is now higher than ever, ...

Passaic County Couple Sentenced For a $4.5 Million Food Stamps Scheme

WAYNE, NJ — Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig announced the sentencing of a Wayne couple who were involved in a “food stamps fraud scheme.”

The statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office announcing the sentencing provided the following information.

Over the course of four years between 2014 and 2018, Ibrahim Zughbi (67) and his wife Miriam Zughbi (63), who ...

Fire Safety Alert: Kidde Recalls Smoke Detectors for Failure to Sound Alarm in Fire

May 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The community is being alerted to a nationwide safety recall of certain Kidde smoke detectors for failing to sound off during smoke conditions or a fire.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 6 announced the recall of some 225,000 Kidde smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms — Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060 and 2070, which have a TruSense logo or ...

Amber Alert: Missing Baby Found Unharmed by Livingston Police

NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police. 

Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused of assaulting the child's mother in Newark before leaving ...

Reports: Rutgers Infectious Disease Expert, Essex County Resident Dies in India

May 7, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Media reports say a Rutgers professor and doctor with expertise in infectious diseases has died while helping family in India, which is being ravaged by Covid-19. According to social media and local records, Dr. Rajendra Kapila was a resident of South Orange.

New York’s ABC7, also citing information from The Associated Press, said Kapila died from Covid-19. Cases ...

Madison Girls Lacrosse Defeats Montclair Kimberley; 7-2; See the Photos

May 9, 2021

MADISON, NJ - Madison girls lacrosse improved to 7-2 following Saturday’s 10-3 victory over Montclair Kimberley.

The Dodgers had 15 shots on goals and 18 ground balls. Shea Baggett scored three goals, Bridget Hanley added two goals and three assists, Brooke Kleiven finished with two goals and an assist, Kate Christos and Charlotte Villano both scored goals and goalie Sophia Modi made six ...

Berger, Manitta, Decker Score in Fourth Quarter for Chatham Boys Lacrosse in Home Win vs. Montclair

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham boys lacrosse team may have shown a glimpse of the team it can be this season in the fourth quarter when it pulled away for its 6-2 win over Montclair on Saturday at Cougar Field.

Goals by Jack Berger, Ted Manitta and Cullen Decker keyed a 3-0 surge in the fourth quarter for Chatham (2-3) after neither team had scored in the third period. Chatham led at the half, ...

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Essex County Has Second-Highest Gas Prices in New Jersey Following U.S. Cyber Attack

May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.04 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.01 per gallon nationally. 

In Essex County, the price at the pump has hit $3.08 as of Wednesday, part of a national trend in high gas ...

Protesters Unable to Save Suspended Stafford School Nurse’s Job

May 12, 2021

STAFFORD, NJ - Authorities estimate that a group of between 300-350 people gathered yesterday in support of Erin Pein, a suspended Stafford Township school nurse. Pein acknowledged she was one of three individuals whose contract was not renewed when the Board of Education came back from closed session last night.

“I am still suspended without pay,” shared Pein. “I am a member ...

Summer Food Service Program to Nourish New Jersey Children in Need

May 13, 2021

HILLSIDE, NJ—May 12, 2021 

Food insecure children and their families are most vulnerable during the summer months, when they lose access to the free school meals that they rely on. This year, as schools remain closed due to COVID-19, putting food on the table has been an even more urgent challenge for households struggling to make ends ...

Fire Safety Alert: Kidde Recalls Smoke Detectors for Failure to Sound Alarm in Fire

May 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The community is being alerted to a nationwide safety recall of certain Kidde smoke detectors for failing to sound off during smoke conditions or a fire.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 6 announced the recall of some 225,000 Kidde smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms — Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060 and 2070, which have a TruSense logo or ...

Upper Montclair's Bellevue Theatre Slated to Reopen After Renovations

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Bellevue Theatre, located in Upper Montclair, is slated to reopen in the fall or early 2022, officials announced this week.

During an intimate ceremony held Thursday at the movie venue located at 260 Bellevue Avenue, the Bellevue Theatre President Doreen Sayegh, on behalf of owner Jesse Sayegh, announced plans to reopen following renovations to the historic ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ. What Montclair Parents Need to Know

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s recommendations, ...

Mountainside Medical Center's Dr. Shulik's Holistic Approach to Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

About 1 million people in the United States suffer from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowl disease that causes inflammation and sores in the digestive tract. Gastroenterologist Dr. Oleg Shulik recently worked with a patient to develop a holistic approach to treatment that allowed her to stop taking medications for the management of her symptoms.

In late September 2020, Lisa A., 31, ...

Allergy Alert: Whey Protein Powder Sold By Whole Foods Recalled

Containers of 365 Everyday Value Whey Protein Powder  Natural Vanilla Flavor due to the potential of an undeclared soy allergen, announced Arizona Nutritional Supplements. 

The containers of the protein powder were mistakenly packaged with Soy Protein Powder, the company stated. 

The product can be identified by the UPC 9948228764, a Best By of 03/04/2023 and Lot 0073984. The ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...