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COVID-19’s Effect on Newly Opened Small Businesses in Montclair

April 10, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The COVID-19 pandemic has amassed great destruction to businesses in the United States. According to Yelp’s Local Economic Impact Report from September 2020, over 97,966 businesses have permanently closed their doors on a nationwide scale. However, during this incredibly difficult period of adjustment, many new businesses have recently opened.

In another statistic ...

Montclair to Host Financial Literacy Workshop, Apr. 22

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township will be hosting a Housing Series virtual workshop on Thursday, April 22, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., which will cover financial literacy.

The workshop is offered as part of a six-class series covering topics that address obtaining and sustaining housing goals.

Registration is required to attend. Register ...

Montclair Micro-Businesses Can Benefit from New $25 Million Relief Package to Help Firms of 5 or Fewer Employees

MEDFORD, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy today signed into law S-3523, which provides $25 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for small businesses throughout New Jersey. The bill provides a lifeline to microbusinesses with five or fewer employees. The bill is part of a five-bill, $100 million relief effort aimed at helping the state’s economy recover from the year-long ...

Montclair BOE Meeting: Students and Parents Demand the District Toughen Up on Micro-aggressive Behavior

April 11, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ - As schools gear up for hybrid learning, members of the community urge administrators to turn a critical eye toward cultural insensitivity in the district. 

The Superintendent’s Statement of Solidarity, released Friday, states, “the District and all of its staff stand in solidarity with our Asian, Pacific Islander and Asian American ...

NJ Gets Cleared to Hold Off on School Testing

Students will still face a version of the mandatory exam in the fall. But questions on the details linger.

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In a bit of a surprise, the Murphy administration ...

Montclair BOE Eases Up Staff Cuts, Debate Over Safety of Air Quality Technology in Schools

 

 

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The number of potential staff reductions has gone from 53 to 28 positions in the 2021-22 school year budget, as of last night’s meeting between the Board of Education (BOE) and Board of School Estimate (BoSE). 

 

In addition, there were approximately 30 other open positions that had placeholders in the budget. Just 17 of these positions ...

Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Providing $35 Million in Aid to Restaurants

April 10, 2021

ATLANTIC CITY – Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A-5444, which provides $35 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for restaurants throughout New Jersey.

The bill – sponsored by Senators Vin Gopal and Joseph Lagana and Assembly Members Vincent Mazzeo, Pedro Mejia, Christopher Tully, and Louis Greenwald – provides aid to a particularly hard hit sector of New ...

Montclair Planning Board: Orange Road Deck Hearing Drags On; Conversions Approved for Lorraine Ave Building

April 14, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Planning Board looked to resolve once and for all the application for allowing Montclair Acquisition Partners (MAP) to add floor plates on the Orange Road parking deck for the Western Gateway redevelopment area in place of an aborted lift-and-slide system.  Another meeting will be needed to finalize the application.

 

Attorney Tom Trautner, ...

Montclair Township Council Begins Review of 2021 Budget

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Township Council dove into the 2021 municipal budget in a virtual meeting on April 6.  Chief Financial Officer Padmaja Rao and financial consultant Bob Benecke presented to Mayor Sean Spiller and the councilors a spending plan that took the COVID pandemic into account, while leaders of different departments explained the programs and initiatives of their ...

Murphy Announces Latest COVID Figures and Vaccination Totals

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wednesday. He said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.

"We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June 30th," ...

New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

April 13, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

Mountainside Medical Group: Dealing With Earwax

Earwax often gets a bad rap as people believe the gooey, yellow substance is synonymous with bad hygiene, but Mountainside Medical Group’s otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon Mina Le, M.D., explains why earwax is actually healthy and debunks other common misconceptions around it.

“Your ear canals are designed to be ‘self-cleaning,’” Dr. Le said. “Your ...

How to Battle Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts During the Pandemic

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted just about every aspect of life: shutting down businesses, closing schools, instituting remote learning, limiting social interactions, and preventing activities, such as sports, from taking place. While government leaders and the CDC report on the physical toll the pandemic is having, COVID is having a serious impact on mental ...

Re-envisioning Community: Exploring Restorative Justice

April 13, 2021

 Join the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair for a series of conversations with New Jersey Advocates for Restorative Justice starting April 29 for six Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 8:45 via Zoom. 

Restorative justice is a set of principles and practices based on the values of respect and accountability. These practices, with roots in Indigenous societies, are used to ...

Roseland Police Officer Arrested on 21 Charges

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, West Caldwell Police Chief and Roseland Police Captain Richard Costello announced today that a Roseland police officer has been arrested on twenty-one (21) charges including Aggravated Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Witness Tampering. 

Richard Haffner, 43, of West Caldwell, N.J., was taken into ...

State Kicks Off 'Take Control of Your Destiny' Distracted Driving Campaign

TRENTON, NJ  – As distracted driving continues to claim more lives on New Jersey roadways than any other risky driving behavior, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Highway Traffic Safety (“HTS”) announced the launch of a statewide public awareness campaign aimed at providing motorists with good reasons to give the road their undivided ...

Essex County Sheriff Faces Challenge in Democratic Primary

April 14, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — For the first time in nine years, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura is being challenged in the Democratic primary.

John Arnold, who served as Newark’s deputy police director from 2014 to 2016, announced on Tuesday that he is challenging the 10-term incumbent for the Democratic nomination on June 8. A general election win would make Arnold the first African American ...

New State Data Reveals Number of Police Use-Of-Force Incidents in Montclair

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Montclair, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday.

The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of a “beta” test dashboard created by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. The data ...

All US Flags Will Be Flown at Half Staff Through Tuesday April 6 to Honor Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police

April 3, 2021

MADISON, NJ —  All US flags will be flown at half-staff through Tuesday, April 6, as per the Presidential Proclamation, honoring the victims of the attack at the United States Capitol on Friday.

"Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol ...

Montclair Area Houses of Worship Talk About Their Challenges One-Year Into the Pandemic

The world as we knew it changed on March 14, 2020. Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency and everything shut down. We could no longer congregate in groups –first only 25 then 10. For the first time since the Spanish Flu, our houses of worship closed their doors, at the most vulnerable of times. A new world emerged – a virtual one.

A space known for social networking became ...

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 to be Virtual

April 3, 2021

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The 2021 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival in Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark will be held virtually because of the ongoing conditions created by the pandemic. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the premiere sponsor of the virtual festival.

“The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of our lives, but it has not stopped our ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

April 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY - While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

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Essex County Sheriff Faces Challenge in Democratic Primary

April 14, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — For the first time in nine years, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura is being challenged in the Democratic primary.

John Arnold, who served as Newark’s deputy police director from 2014 to 2016, announced on Tuesday that he is challenging the 10-term incumbent for the Democratic nomination on June 8. A general election win would make Arnold the first African American ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

April 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY - While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

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Montclair Public Library Needs Your Support: Celebrate National Library Week

April 11, 2021

WELCOME TO THE MONTCLAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY 

The week of April 4-10 is National Library Week. This year’s theme, “Welcome to Your Library,” invites us to discover, explore and experience library programs, resources and services that reach far beyond the walls of buildings. 

The Montclair Public Library celebrates diversity, preserves history, enhances literacy, and ...

Drederick Irving Foundation Provides $15,000 to Support Homeless Youth at Visions & Pathways

April 13, 2021

Bridgewater, New Jersey. 28 January 2021 – The Drederick Irving Foundation, a foundation that supports vulnerable youth and technology, is giving back to the community with a donation of $15,000 to Visions & Pathways. This donation will help Visions & Pathways manage through the COVID-19 Pandemic and help support its new Technology ...

Essex County Sheriff Faces Challenge in Democratic Primary

April 14, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — For the first time in nine years, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura is being challenged in the Democratic primary.

John Arnold, who served as Newark’s deputy police director from 2014 to 2016, announced on Tuesday that he is challenging the 10-term incumbent for the Democratic nomination on June 8. A general election win would make Arnold the first African American ...

New Jersey Residential Real Estate Experts: This Market Won’t Slow Down Anytime Soon

NEW JERSEY - While the rest of the state economy slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels, the New Jersey real estate market reportedly experienced “a year we’ve not seen before” with no immediate signs of slowing.

Two state real estate experts with national credentials participated in a TAPinto panel discussion Tuesday about the “Current State of the New Jersey Real ...

Montclair Planning Board: Orange Road Deck Hearing Drags On; Conversions Approved for Lorraine Ave Building

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Planning Board looked to resolve once and for all the application for allowing Montclair Acquisition Partners (MAP) to add floor plates on the Orange Road parking deck for the Western Gateway redevelopment area in place of an aborted lift-and-slide system.  Another meeting will be needed to finalize the application.

 

Attorney Tom Trautner, ...

Re-envisioning Community: Exploring Restorative Justice

 Join the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair for a series of conversations with New Jersey Advocates for Restorative Justice starting April 29 for six Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 8:45 via Zoom. 

Restorative justice is a set of principles and practices based on the values of respect and accountability. These practices, with roots in Indigenous societies, are used to ...

New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

Essex County Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day on May 1

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County will host its annual Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on May 1. The event is sponsored by the County of Essex and the Essex County Utilities Authority.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. Essex County residents may drop off their items that day at the Essex County Public Works ...