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Hamm to Keynote MLK Day Interfaith Celebration in Montclair, Jan. 16

January 16, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - On Sunday, January 16, members of Union Baptist Church of Montclair will join with other Christians, Jews, Muslims and other persons of faith to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an Interfaith Worship Service beginning at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. This worship experience prepares us for our 8th Annual Interfaith and ...

AAPI Montclair and Montclair Art Museum Partner To Celebrate Lunar New Year, Feb. 12

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Lunar New Year will be celebrated at the Montclair Art Museum on Saturday, February 12, organizers have announced.

For the first time, AAPI Montclair and the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) will collaborate to host AAPI Montclair’s first Lunar New Year Celebration. The celebration will take place outdoors at the Montclair Art Museum located at 3 South Mountain Avenue in ...

James Mtume Prolific Jazz, R&B Legend and Social Activist Passed Away, Jan. 10

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - James MTume, a musician who recorded with jazz greats before leading the R&B group Mtume, has died. Born James Heath on Jan. 3, 1946, Mtume, son of jazz saxophone player Jimmy Heath, was raised by his stepfather, jazz pianist James Forman. Mtume was 75. Born in Philadelphia, Mtume had lived in South Orange since July 1981.

Over the years, as we all found out, if you ...

Guerriero Gelato Closing Montclair Location “Indefinitely

January 6, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Guerriero Gelato will be closing its Montclair location “indefinitely,” owners have announced.

Owner Mike Guerriero posted to Facebook on Monday, January 3, that a shortage in staffing and record orders, have hurt the business. 

“December was pure chaos, pulling the plug on Christmas with record orders for the holiday really ...

Chelsea Senior Living to Expand into Fair Lawn

FAIR LAWN, NJ -- Trammell Crow Company (TCC), one of the nations' largest developers and investors in commercial real estate, and its joint venture partner Chelsea Senior Living, a leader in senior housing and care, announced plans for a three-story, 93-unit senior living facility in Northern New Jersey known as The Chelsea at Fair Lawn. Construction began earlier in November and is expected ...

Meet Mfreke (Monk) Inyang, the Newest Member of the Montclair Board of Education

January 14, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A new member of the Montclair Board of Education has been chosen to fill the seat once held by the late Dr. Alfred Davis, Jr.

Following public interviews conducted during a January 12 virtual special meeting of the board, the decision was announced that Mfreke (Monk) Inyang was chosen from the pool of three other candidates - Aminah ...

Montclair BOE Candidates to Square-off in League of Women Voters Forum, Feb. 17

UPDATE:  Following public interviews on January 12, Mfreke (Monk) Inyang was selected to fill Davis' seat on the Montclair Board of Education.

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The League of Women Voters (LWV) of the Montclair Area will be hosting a virtual BOE Candidates Forum on Thursday, February 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, LWV officials announced.  This will be the first time ...

NJIT Spring Semester Will Start Remotely. What Students, Staff Need to Know

NEWARK, NJ — When New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) students begin their spring semester next week, they will start off remotely due to precautions being taken by the university amid a surge in new coronavirus cases and the emergence of the omicron variant. 

NJIT’s spring semester is planned to begin Jan. 18, with classes, studios, and labs transitioning from in-person ...

Four Montclair Residents Vy for Seat on Board of Education

January 9, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Four Montclair residents vying to fill a seat for the remainder of the open term on the Montclair Board of Education, once held by the late Dr. Alfred Davis, Jr.

The four candidates are Aminah Toler, Brian Fleischer, Mfreke (Monk) Inyang, and Richard Reynics.

Public interviews will be conducted during a January 12 virtual special meeting of the board and ...

She's Jammin' - Montclair Farmers Market Chef Wins Gold Award for Peach/Ginger Jam

January 16, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Jams by Kim has earned fans during the summer months at the Montclair Farmers Market and throughout New Jersey for its creative artisanal jams and has now been recognized with a national award for its Peach and Ginger jam by the Good Food Foundation. 

Kim Osterhoudt, founder/owner of Jams by Kim said her jam won first prize in the Preserves ...

Montclair Eligible for Part of $240M Grant to Address Food Desert

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Parts of Montclair are among those that may be eligible for funds to eradicate the food desert.

After the closing of Pathmark shopping center, located at Lackawanna Plaza, residents have expressed concerns about the lack of healthy food options and the significant loss of a supermarket. Though there have been promises made to address the concern and replace the ...

Parkway McDonalds in Bloomfield Closes, to be Replaced with Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and More

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- You may have noticed that the McDonald's located on the Garden State Parkway South in Bloomfield is no longer open. Many have speculated online about what new eatery will occupy the space. 

According to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the Connie Chung rest stop restaurants will include Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Starbucks, and a convenience store.

Vending ...

Newark Environmental Activists, Officials Laud Murphy’s Decision to ‘Pause’ Vote on Controversial Power Plant

January 15, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Environmental advocates and officials in Newark voiced their praises on Thursday for Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to postpone a vote to build a new $180 million power plant at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) wastewater treatment facility in the Ironbound section of the city.

The decision from Murphy came as the PVSC was planning to vote on ...

After a Near Miss on Friday, Will We Be White Or Wet On Monday?

MONTCLAIR, NJ – All of New Jersey gets to breathe a sigh of relief after a near-miss storm passes out to sea south of us on Friday.  The question is, will we dodge a second bullet, or are we about to get walloped on Monday?

All the meteorologists we use for analysis agree that the period between the 17th and the 25th is ripe for a string of storms roaring across the Pacific, to ...

Maplewood Residents Call for Ban on Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

MAPLEWOOD, N.J.- It is a picturesque day in Maplewood. Kids play in parks and backyards under a cloudless autumn sky. And then it starts: The monotonous drone of a gas-powered leaf blower.

To some, it’s a sound evocative of the Devil himself; pure dissonance and a displeasure to all that hear it.

“Every time I hear those blowers start, I can feel my blood pressure rise, I can ...

S.T.A.R.T. Pet of the Week: Meet Cargo Who Is Looking for His Forever Homes

January 8, 2022

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Born on August 21, 2021, Packer and his brother, Cargo, are both adorable orange tabbies. Once they were old enough to eat, mom was spayed, and she is now being cared for by the wonderful family who found her and her babies.

The little ones have had human contact from a very young age. The boys are very active and playful and enjoy the company of their other foster ...

Rehab 'Scholarship' Launched in Memory of Montclair Hair Stylist Who Died on New Year's Day

MONTCLAIR, NJ – The family of Anthony Accola, a 25-year-old Montclair hair stylist who died on New Year’s Day, is collecting money that will fund enrollment into a substance abuse rehabilitation program.

Donations to the Anthony R. Accola Scholarship can be made with checks payable to Desert Cove Recovery, LLC and mailed to 58 Fox Chase Lane, Ledgewood, NJ 07852. Desert Cove ...

Montclair-Based Nonprofit: AAngelsNJ Holiday Giving

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Every year since its formation in December 2011, AAngelsNJ gives back not only to community members and families affected by breast cancer but to those who just happen to be down on their luck. 

Each year over the past few years, AAngelsNJ alternates their support between the Isaiah House, Sierra House in East Orange, and the Covenant House in Newark.

Montclair Mayor Spiller to Deliver State of the Town Address, Jan. 18

January 18, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller will deliver the 2022 State of the Township address at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 18 during the regularly scheduled Township Council meeting.

The State of the Township address will be broadcast live on TV 34 and simulcast on the Montclair, NJ YouTube channel. 

Montclair African-American Clergy Blast Mayor Spiller, Demand Answers Over Lack of Response to Attorney's 'Racist' Remarks

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A collective group of Montclair African-American Clergy are demanding answers from Mayor Sean Spiller and Township Council members over the racist, inflammatory remarks made by former township attorney Ira Karasick.

After reports surfaced revealing that Karasick had called an African-American community leader "three-fifths of a human," Spiller and council ...

Montclair Planning Board: Hearing on 10 Elm Street Apartment Building Drags On

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Planning Board held a very long meeting on January 10 almost exclusively devoted to the application for the apartment building at 10 Elm Street.  Board members showed great skepticism as to how the planned building, designed by architect Paul Sionas and planned by site engineer Paul Anderson, who both testified at this continued hearing, would work.

Sionas ...

‘Give Kids a Smile’ Program to Provide Free Dental Care at Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center

January 17, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center will participate in the American Dental Association’s “Give Kids a Smile” program on Friday, February 4, to provide free dental care for children 12 years old and younger.

“Nearly one in four children under the age of five already has cavities,” said Aneta Wojcik, D.D.S., director of Mountainside ...

Test Taker Beware: NJ Attorney General Issues Warnings Over Price Gouging of At-Home COVID Tests

NEWARK, NJ – New Jersey Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck is cracking down on businesses who are raising prices as the demand for COVID-19 tests have skyrocketed due to the Omicron variant.

Bruck announced on Friday that the Division of Consumer Affairs has sent more than 50 warning letters to businesses whose prices for COVID-19 test kits have ...

After a Near Miss on Friday, Will We Be White Or Wet On Monday?

MONTCLAIR, NJ – All of New Jersey gets to breathe a sigh of relief after a near-miss storm passes out to sea south of us on Friday.  The question is, will we dodge a second bullet, or are we about to get walloped on Monday?

All the meteorologists we use for analysis agree that the period between the 17th and the 25th is ripe for a string of storms roaring across the Pacific, to ...

State Parole Board Accepting Applications for New Officers

January 17, 2022

TRENTON, NJ —The New Jersey State Parole Board is now accepting applications for individuals seeking a new career working with former offenders to successfully re-assimilate into the community. 

In December, the Board welcomed 15 parole officer recruits to their ranks. 

Applicants for the positions of Parole Officer Recruit and ...

Test Taker Beware: NJ Attorney General Issues Warnings Over Price Gouging of At-Home COVID Tests

NEWARK, NJ – New Jersey Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck is cracking down on businesses who are raising prices as the demand for COVID-19 tests have skyrocketed due to the Omicron variant.

Bruck announced on Friday that the Division of Consumer Affairs has sent more than 50 warning letters to businesses whose prices for COVID-19 test kits have ...

Montclair African-American Clergy Blast Mayor Spiller, Demand Answers Over Lack of Response to Attorney's 'Racist' Remarks

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A collective group of Montclair African-American Clergy are demanding answers from Mayor Sean Spiller and Township Council members over the racist, inflammatory remarks made by former township attorney Ira Karasick.

After reports surfaced revealing that Karasick had called an African-American community leader "three-fifths of a human," Spiller and council ...

Newark Fire Captain Dead After Being Found Unresponsive Inside Firehouse Over Weekend

January 17, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — A Newark fire captain is dead while a retired city firefighter was hospitalized after their bodies were found unresponsive this weekend inside a Park Avenue firehouse. 

Both individuals were found inside the firehouse, located at 269-271 Park Ave., Saturday morning, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens and ...

Stanley, Benson & Timberlake Legislation Requiring Cancer Screening Coverage for Firefighters Enrolled in State Health Benefits Program Heads to Governor

TRENTON, NJ – With firefighters at greater risk of cancer than the general population due to their exposure to carcinogens on the job, a measure sponsored by Assembly Democrats Sterley Stanley (LD-18), Daniel Benson, and Britnee N. Timberlake would require certain health insurers to provide coverage for cancer screenings on behalf of firefighters. The legislation ...

Montclair Residents Encouraged to Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow and Ice

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township officials are asking residents to be sure to clear the snow from around fire hydrants.

According to township officials, if there’s a fire hydrant near a resident's house, it is the resident's responsibility to help keep it accessible this winter, so that firefighters can access them.

Montclair officials. state the following:

Remove ...

Hamm to Keynote MLK Day Interfaith Celebration in Montclair, Jan. 16

January 16, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - On Sunday, January 16, members of Union Baptist Church of Montclair will join with other Christians, Jews, Muslims and other persons of faith to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an Interfaith Worship Service beginning at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. This worship experience prepares us for our 8th Annual Interfaith and ...

NJ Speed Skater Kimi Goetz: "I’m going to the OLYMPICS!"

January 10, 2022

FLEMINGTON, NJ - Speed Skater Kimi Goetz made the very exciting announcement on her Facebook page after her first day of try-outs for the United States Olympics Team: "I’m going to the OLYMPICS!" 

Goetz is competing in the Olympic trials in Milwaukee, and her dream of qualifying for a spot on the US Team for long track speed skating has come true.

Parkway McDonalds in Bloomfield Closes, to be Replaced with Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and More

January 9, 2022

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- You may have noticed that the McDonald's located on the Garden State Parkway South in Bloomfield is no longer open. Many have speculated online about what new eatery will occupy the space. 

According to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the Connie Chung rest stop restaurants will include Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Starbucks, and a convenience store.

Vending ...

VIDEO: Promising COVID-19 News in New Jersey, Kids Helping Kids & Honoring a Hero

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — There's new promising news that the COVID-19 surge in New Jersey is slowing. Plus, generous kids are using their hearts to help other kids. Also, one community prepares to honor a local hero, as he celebrates a milestone.

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

Now in New Jersey ...

VIDEO: Weeks After Giving Birth, Mom Dies of COVID-19; Teen Helps Girls & The Environment

NEW JERSEY — A community is remembering a New Jersey mother of four who died of COVID-19, just weeks after giving birth.  Plus, a high school freshman is going green and helping other girls at the same time.  Also, a little bit of luck changes 'lost' to 'found.'

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

VIDEO: Remembering Teenage COVID-19 Victim, City's Milestone and Restoring History

NEW JERSEY — As one New Jersey community mourns a COVID-19 victim, another is recognizing a new milestone.  Plus, a legendary figure in Trenton reflects on decades of service.  And a community spends months restoring history.

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

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Governor Phil Murphy Sworn In For Second Term

January 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “Were all the votes counted?” joked Josh Murphy, as he and his siblings introduced their father during his inauguration for second term as 56th Governor of New Jersey. 

After the small roast from his four children and a speech from his wife and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Phil Murphy took the podium following Chief Justice Stuart Rabner ...

Governor Murphy Allocates Funding For School Security Systems in Dozens of Districts

NEW JERSEY — Dozens of New Jersey school districts will receive more money to help upgrade their security systems. 

Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that appropriates a total of $5,150,531 from the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” to provide grants for school security projects in 60 New ...

Former Senator Loretta Weinberg Looks Back on 30 Years in Public Service

TEANECK, NJ — “It’s great to see you, even though you look a little bit like Nanook of the North," said now former Senator Loretta Weinberg to First Lady Tammy Murphy with a smile and sparkle in her eye. “I’m really glad to see you out and about.”

Those were Weinberg’s opening remarks at the bill signing for The Freedom of Reproductive Choice ...

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Newark Fire Captain Dead After Being Found Unresponsive Inside Firehouse Over Weekend

January 17, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — A Newark fire captain is dead while a retired city firefighter was hospitalized after their bodies were found unresponsive this weekend inside a Park Avenue firehouse. 

Both individuals were found inside the firehouse, located at 269-271 Park Ave., Saturday morning, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens and ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Now 1.02, Latest Sign Surge is Slowing

January 17, 2022

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission stands at 1.02 on Monday, a dramatic drop since it was 1.92 on January 1.  Anything over 1.0 means COVID-19 is still spreading, but the lower the number means any infected person is spreading the virus to fewer people.

The State Department of Health confirmed 8,267 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the third-straight day under ...

NJ Legislature Passes Critical Bill to Help Survivors of Human Trafficking

January 10, 2022

NJ Legislature Passes Critical Bill to Help Survivors of Human Trafficking

TRENTON: It is a particularly poignant time of year for the NJ Senate to vote to pass a vital bill that survivors of human trafficking have been waiting for – the eve of Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The bill A5322 which just passed unanimously will allow survivors to vacate criminal convictions that resulted ...

VIDEO: Promising COVID-19 News in New Jersey, Kids Helping Kids & Honoring a Hero

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — There's new promising news that the COVID-19 surge in New Jersey is slowing. Plus, generous kids are using their hearts to help other kids. Also, one community prepares to honor a local hero, as he celebrates a milestone.

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

Now in New Jersey ...

Governor Phil Murphy Sworn In For Second Term

TRENTON, NJ — “Were all the votes counted?” joked Josh Murphy, as he and his siblings introduced their father during his inauguration for second term as 56th Governor of New Jersey. 

After the small roast from his four children and a speech from his wife and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Phil Murphy took the podium following Chief Justice Stuart Rabner ...

Montclair Mayor Spiller to Deliver State of the Town Address, Jan. 18

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller will deliver the 2022 State of the Township address at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 18 during the regularly scheduled Township Council meeting.

The State of the Township address will be broadcast live on TV 34 and simulcast on the Montclair, NJ YouTube channel. 

Newark Fire Captain Dead After Being Found Unresponsive Inside Firehouse Over Weekend

NEWARK, NJ — A Newark fire captain is dead while a retired city firefighter was hospitalized after their bodies were found unresponsive this weekend inside a Park Avenue firehouse. 

Both individuals were found inside the firehouse, located at 269-271 Park Ave., Saturday morning, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens and ...

State Parole Board Accepting Applications for New Officers

TRENTON, NJ —The New Jersey State Parole Board is now accepting applications for individuals seeking a new career working with former offenders to successfully re-assimilate into the community. 

In December, the Board welcomed 15 parole officer recruits to their ranks. 

Applicants for the positions of Parole Officer Recruit and ...

VIDEO: Weeks After Giving Birth, Mom Dies of COVID-19; Teen Helps Girls & The Environment

NEW JERSEY — A community is remembering a New Jersey mother of four who died of COVID-19, just weeks after giving birth.  Plus, a high school freshman is going green and helping other girls at the same time.  Also, a little bit of luck changes 'lost' to 'found.'

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