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Synagogue Hosts Prospective Member Jazz Event at Montclair Brewery June 27th

June 13, 2021

Looking for a vibrant synagogue with an innovative religious school? Stop by the outdoor stage at Montclair Brewery Sunday June 27th at 6:30p.m. for conversation with Bnai Keshet members and live jazz performed by musicians who are members. Learn about High Holy Day observances, including youth and family services, and the community’s religious school. Stop by the synagogue’s ...

Montclair Coffee Culture: Local Coffee Shop Stayed Open Through the Pandemic, Continues Community Vision

MONTCLAIR, NJ - These home-grown coffee shops stay true to their roots amidst tough competition. Here’s what owners of Local Coffee, Paper Plane Coffee Co. and Trend Coffee & Tea House have to say about what it’s taken to keep Montclair caffeinated, and what coffee culture means to them. 

 

Robert Genovese, Local

Local Coffee, located in Watchung Plaza, pays ...

Montclair Coffee Culture: “We’re social beings,” and at Trend, Warm Vibes Take Us Home

MONTCLAIR, NJ - These home-grown coffee shops stay true to their roots amidst tough competition. In a three-part series, here’s what owners of Local Coffee, Paper Plane Coffee Co. and Trend Coffee & Tea House have to say about what it’s taken to keep Montclair caffeinated, and what coffee culture means to them. 

Dimitry Banjanski, Trend

At Trend, on a sunny day, light ...

18-Year-Old Business Owner Opens a Beauty Garden in East Orange

June 3, 2021

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The odds and the hurdles of entrepreneurship were no match for 18- year-old Maylani Brown. WIth the love and support of her mother, Fatima Woods, an interior designer, Mayloni became the City's youngest storefront owners. On Monday, she cut a ribbon launching Maylani's Beauty Garden located at 396 North Walnut Street. With Mayor Ted R. Green declaring his support, ...

Bernice Ndegwa Recognized by Montclair State for 'Excellence' in Broadcast Journalism 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – When Bernice Ndegwa of South Plainfield was considering her future, journalism was probably the furthest thing from her mind. In fact, Ndegwa, a member of the high school's Class of 2019, had long planned a career in medicine and even thought maybe she'd go on to become a lawyer. 

"I was so headstrong on being an oncologist; it is something I ...

Arizona State Dean Named Next President of Montclair State University

June 11, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Jonathan G.S. Koppell has been selected as Montclair State University’s 9th president, the Board of Trustees announced today. A nationally regarded scholar of policy, organization and management who transformed the public affairs college at Arizona State University into one of the largest, best and most innovative in the nation, will start on August 2.

Board of Trustees ...

Shooting Update: CHS Student Injured Confirmed as Charles Obiagwu, 18, MPD Chief Asks for Information

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On a steady stream of Instagram photos, local teens have been tagging Charles Obiagwu and sending the message to “get well soon.” 

A police official confirmed that is the name of the Columbia High School student shot in the leg in last night's incident at Underhill Field alongside Moussa Fofana, who died at the ...

Columbia High School Student Dies in Shooting at Underhill Field, South Orange-Maplewood School District Says

A Columbia High School student has died following a shooting on Sunday night at Underhill Field, the South Orange-Maplewood School District has announced. Another student was wounded, according to an email sent to the district by Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor.

Names of the students involved have not been released.

"This inconceivable calamity is undoubtedly a devastating blow to our ...

ELECTION ROUNDUP: Learn Local Election Results Throughout New Jersey

June 11, 2021

Amid statewide primary election contests, New Jersey also hosted dozens of local races Tuesday. Here is a roundup of various New Jersey local election results as reported by TAPinto franchises across the state:

Cranford Election: Kate Rappa Defeats Incumbent Tom Hannen, Jr. in Democrat Primary

Newcomer defeats an incumbent in this township committee primary election, advancing to face a GOP ...

Fontoura Winner in Democratic Primary for Essex County Sheriff

NEWARK, NJ — Armando Fontoura is the apparent winner in the Democratic primary race for Essex County Sheriff with more than 75% of the districts reporting.

The incumbent holds a commanding lead with 415 of 548 districts reporting, according to unofficial results reported on the Essex County Board of Elections website, Fontoura leads the Democratic candidates with 20,879 ...

A Quiet State, County, and City-wide Election

EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ — Tuesday, June 8th is the Primary Election here in Montclair. Democrats and Republicans will vote to see who will represent each party in the November 9th General. Although Tuesday is a Gubernatorial state-wide election, if it were not for the sea of lawn signs sprouted about, residents might easily forget. Below are the candidates seeking your vote on ...

Bloomfield Center Alliance To Lead A Food Tour of Bloomfield Center in Late June

June 11, 2021

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Township of Bloomfield is fast becoming on of the top culinary destinations in the Garden State. 

Come see what the buzz is about on June 26th by taking part of a Food Tour organized by the Bloomfield Center Alliance. The tour runs from 2-4:30 p.m.

Tickets for this event are $30 and will give the purchaser access to a fun, food-filled guided tour of Bloomfield ...

National Weather Service Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook for Region for June 7

June 7, 2021

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Northern NJ and Southeast NY. The primary threats are gusty winds and lightning strikes for Monday, June 7 into tonight. 

Temperature Monday will approach 90. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are not expected until some time after 11 a.m. The chance of scattered rain and thunderstorms continues ...

Fundraising for Fofana Family Blows Past its Goal, Reaches Over $100K

June 11, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The community is rallying around the Fofana family in a big way this week. 

Less than two days after Moussa Fofana was shot and killed at Underhill Field Sunday night, Fredrik Hoffmann was looking for a way to help. Although he had been a senior at Columbia High School when Moussa was a freshman, Hoffmann remembered him fondly. They had practiced soccer ...

Amtrak Through Roxbury? Lackawanna Cutoff Restoration Proposed for Passenger Trains

June 5, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Passenger trains between New York and Pennsylvania might return to the Lackawanna Cutoff, a historic rail right-of-way connecting Roxbury and the Delaware Water Gap.

The government-subsidized, quasi-public corporation is including a revival of the long-dormant Cutoff as part of a plan to restore long-distance passenger rail service between New York City and Scranton, ...

In Honor of Pride Month, Montclair Council Approves Public Unisex Bathrooms, Fair Hiring Practices

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Despite the lifting of some COVID restrictions by Governor Phil Murphy, the Montclair Township Council met online as usual for its June 1 conference meeting.  The meeting coincided with the start of Pride Month, honoring non-heterosexual Americans, and fittingly, two items up for discussion at the end of the meeting involved expanding rights for non-heterosexuals in ...

Montclair Holds Memorial Day Ceremony; Mayor Spiller Honors Sacrifice of Local Residents

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Township of Montclair held its annual Memorial Day ceremony on May 31 under relatively more favorable circumstances than in 2020, when the COVID-19 virus(SARS CoV-2) was still raging with a vaccine months away and outdoor face-covering rules were in effect in municipal and county parks.  This previous ceremony was held virtually.   This year, the ...

Essex County Coronavirus Testing, June 15-19

June 11, 2021

For Appointments, Visit www.EssexCOVID.org or Call 973-877-8456

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced COVID-19 testing will be conducted every Tuesday and Saturday in Newark and West Orange. The tests are being offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit www.EssexCovid.org or call ...

National Weather Service Issues Air Quality Alert Until 10 p.m. Sunday June 6

SILVER SPRING, MD - The National Weather Service declared Sunday, June 6 an "Ozone Action Day." This air quality alert is for Northern NJ including Eastern Passaic County, Bergen County, Hudson County, Essex County and Union County.

Ozone levels are forecast to reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups. According to the Weather Service, the very young, the elderly, and persons ...

Pet of the Week: Meet Caroline

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Caroline is this week's Save The Animals Rescue Team (START) Pets of the Week. She is looking forward to finding her forever home.

Caroline likes staring out the window and dislikes the warlock’s curse that transformed her into a black cat! Caroline thinks that some superstitious people do not like black cats.

Her foster mom reassures her ...

Audio of 30 Calls Offers Chilling Sound of Hate Against Local Palestinian Community

June 5, 2021

CLIFTON, NJ - A dark, violent message this past Tuesday morning seemingly came out of the blue. A somewhat routine day at Clifton’s Palestinian American Community Center (PACC) was immediately transformed into a horrific experience of nightmare proportions.  

At approximately 11:50 a.m., PACC staff member Abrie Sabbagh answered what she assumed to be a routine phone call but ...

Montclair Beyond Policing Discusses Strategies and Reforms For Social Change

June 8, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Beyond Policing held an online town hall on June 6 to discuss not only the issue of cutting the police budget but also finding ways to help the community and make residents aware of alternatives to policing. The group did address the fundamentals of the police line item in Montclair’s 2021 budget toward the end of ...

Shooting Update: CHS Student Injured Confirmed as Charles Obiagwu, 18, MPD Chief Asks for Information

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On a steady stream of Instagram photos, local teens have been tagging Charles Obiagwu and sending the message to “get well soon.” 

A police official confirmed that is the name of the Columbia High School student shot in the leg in last night's incident at Underhill Field alongside Moussa Fofana, who died at the ...

Columbia High School Student Dies in Shooting at Underhill Field, South Orange-Maplewood School District Says

A Columbia High School student has died following a shooting on Sunday night at Underhill Field, the South Orange-Maplewood School District has announced. Another student was wounded, according to an email sent to the district by Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor.

Names of the students involved have not been released.

"This inconceivable calamity is undoubtedly a devastating blow to our ...

Brackets Revealed: Montclair Baseball Receives No. 1 Seed in State Tournament

June 2, 2021

NEW JERSEY, NJ -  It's officials: the Montclair High School baseball has qualified for the NJSIAA North 1, Group 4 state tournament. The Mounties received the No. 1 seed and will face No. 16 seed Kearny on Wednesday, June 2.

 

The seeds are as follows:

No 1 Montclair vs. No. 16 Kearny

No 2 Ridgewood vs No. 15 Memorial

No 3 Clifton vs No 14 North Bergen

No 4 ...

Three Athletes from Montclair Schools Honored by the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center

MONTCLAIR, NJ — For nine years, the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center has honored student athletes from Essex County. This year the honor took place virtually on May 25th. In the Super Essex Conference.

The honor is in the memory of Yankee player and manager, Yogi Berra who exemplified leadership qualities on and off the field. Berra was also a Montclair resident until ...

Montclair Officers to Participate in Sixth Annual Families Behind The Badge Tournament

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Montclair Police Officers are set to participate in an annual softball tournament that supports the families of fallen officers will take place on Saturday, June 12.

The Sixth Annual Families Behind the Badge softball tournament will start at 8:30 a.m. on Memorial Field in Woodland Park behind Memorial Middle School at McBride Avenue and Memorial Drive. This ...

Manage Mosquitoes to Better Enjoy Your Outdoor Space

June 5, 2021

Dine, play, and enjoy your outdoor spaces more than ever this year by managing annoying and disease-spreading mosquitoes. Use a multifaceted approach to boost your enjoyment and help keep mosquitoes away.

Plan your outdoor activities when mosquitoes are less active. Females are the ones looking for a blood meal and are most active at dusk and dawn when looking for warmth and ...

Tour Historic WWII Aircraft at Trenton-Mercer County Airport this Weekend

June 11, 2021

EWING, NJ -- Several World War II aircraft will be flying into Trenton-Mercer Airport this week for tourists to view. The CAF AirPower History Tour featuring historic World War II aircraft will provide cockpit tours, flight demonstrations, and rides.  

The event features the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, the most advanced bomber of World War II; the T-6 Texan, legendary ...

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Otter Exhibit at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo

West Orange, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. officially dedicated the new Otter Exhibit at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo last week. According to a press release, “The exhibit was completely overhauled with modern infrastructure, improved viewing areas for the public and water features for the otters. The project is part of the County ...

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New Essex County DPW Facility Planned for Cedar Grove

June 13, 2021

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Essex County plans to build a 40,000-square-foot facility for the county's Department of Public Works and Sheriff’s Department on Grove Avenue in Cedar Grove, county executive Joe DiVincenzo, Jr. announced this week.

The building will be used to house vehicles, store equipment and supplies and to provide up-to-date workspace for the DPW Traffic Division and ...

Tour Historic WWII Aircraft at Trenton-Mercer County Airport this Weekend

June 11, 2021

EWING, NJ -- Several World War II aircraft will be flying into Trenton-Mercer Airport this week for tourists to view. The CAF AirPower History Tour featuring historic World War II aircraft will provide cockpit tours, flight demonstrations, and rides.  

The event features the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, the most advanced bomber of World War II; the T-6 Texan, legendary ...

What Was Your First Concert After the Pandemic?

June 11, 2021

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A trivia question of the future, but for most attending The Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Latin Experience, this trivia question will be answered. Both the audience and the entire musical ensemble of eight will create the energy, missing for a ...

Synagogue Hosts Prospective Member Jazz Event at Montclair Brewery June 27th

June 13, 2021

Looking for a vibrant synagogue with an innovative religious school? Stop by the outdoor stage at Montclair Brewery Sunday June 27th at 6:30p.m. for conversation with Bnai Keshet members and live jazz performed by musicians who are members. Learn about High Holy Day observances, including youth and family services, and the community’s religious school. Stop by the synagogue’s ...

New Essex County DPW Facility Planned for Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Essex County plans to build a 40,000-square-foot facility for the county's Department of Public Works and Sheriff’s Department on Grove Avenue in Cedar Grove, county executive Joe DiVincenzo, Jr. announced this week.

The building will be used to house vehicles, store equipment and supplies and to provide up-to-date workspace for the DPW Traffic Division and ...

Montclair Resident's Inspirational Success Story: Khalid Branch is Flying High to Reach His Goal

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — When the name and photo of Khalid Branch was displayed during Essex County College’s 2021 Virtual Commencement on June 4, it brought a flood of joyful tears from his mother, Kyisha. “Khalid worked so hard for this. It’s such an inspirational moment,” she said.

To get to this point in his young life, Khalid has had to overcome a series ...

Arizona State Dean Named Next President of Montclair State University

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Jonathan G.S. Koppell has been selected as Montclair State University’s 9th president, the Board of Trustees announced today. A nationally regarded scholar of policy, organization and management who transformed the public affairs college at Arizona State University into one of the largest, best and most innovative in the nation, will start on August 2.

Board of Trustees ...

Tour Historic WWII Aircraft at Trenton-Mercer County Airport this Weekend

EWING, NJ -- Several World War II aircraft will be flying into Trenton-Mercer Airport this week for tourists to view. The CAF AirPower History Tour featuring historic World War II aircraft will provide cockpit tours, flight demonstrations, and rides.  

The event features the B-29 Superfortress FIFI, the most advanced bomber of World War II; the T-6 Texan, legendary ...

Montclair Coffee Culture: Local Coffee Shop Stayed Open Through the Pandemic, Continues Community Vision

MONTCLAIR, NJ - These home-grown coffee shops stay true to their roots amidst tough competition. Here’s what owners of Local Coffee, Paper Plane Coffee Co. and Trend Coffee & Tea House have to say about what it’s taken to keep Montclair caffeinated, and what coffee culture means to them. 

 

Robert Genovese, Local

Local Coffee, located in Watchung Plaza, pays ...