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Joe Coletta, Lou Venezia and John Lee Franchise TAPinto Bloomfield


NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ, - is pleased to announce the launch of TAPinto Bloomfield, under the leadership of franchisees Joe Coletta, Lou Venezia and John Lee. The site covers original local news in Bloomfield, NJ in Essex County. 

Joe Coletta is a Fire Captain in Bloomfield and has strong family ties to the community. He enjoys coaching or cheering on his three children in a variety of youth sports and can often be found attending local events.

Lou Venezia is a Deputy Chief with the Bloomfield Fire Department. He was born and raised in Bloomfield, graduating Bloomfield High in 1996. Lou also served a term on the Board of Education. He is currently serving as a member of the Essex County Planning Board.

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John Lee owes his passion for sharing stories to growing up with a Navy Dad who encouraged him to find the new and interesting stories that no one else is telling. No stranger to news, Lee worked for the Washington Post Company before riding the dot-com wave in San Diego. He also volunteers his time with non-profit organizations to help them raise much needed funds while simultaneously reducing expenses. 

"I'm very excited to provide the fast changing Bloomfield community, a community I grew up in and continue to work in, with up-to-date objective news and information," Coletta said.   

With more than 60 online local news sites in New Jersey and New York and over 5,200,000 readers, TAPinto provides a robust web and mobile platform to provide stories that are important to the community in real time.   As stories break, TAPinto Bloomfield will inform residents with accurate and relevant information.  

Follow TAPinto Bloomfield on Facebook Here.  

Sign up to receive TAPinto Bloomfield news via email for FREE Here. was founded by New Providence, New Jersey residents Michael and Lauryn Shapiro, is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association and currently has more than 5.2M readers.  The all-online hyperlocal news site boasts more than one hundred columnists, a full-service Community Calendar, Business Directory, and local Real Estate Listings. The public can friend on Facebook at and can follow on Twitter at  

Download the TAPinto App!   Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS. 

In addition, is currently offering franchise opportunities in CT, MA, FL, NJ, NY, PA and beyond. Anyone interested in starting an online newspaper in their town is invited to Click here for more information. currently covers hyperlocal daily news and information in: Basking Ridge, Bayonne, Bedminster, Berkeley Heights, Bernardsville, Bloomfield, Bridgewater/Raritan, Cedar Grove, Chatham, Clark, Cranbury, Cranford, Denville, East Brunswick, East Orange, East Hanover, Edison, Elizabeth, Far Hills, Flemington, Florham Park, Franklin Township, Green Brook, Hillsborough, Kenilworth, Long Beach Island, Little Falls, Livingston, Madison, Mahopac (NY), Maplewood, Millburn/Short Hills, Milltown/Spotswood, Montville, Montclair, Morristown, Mountainside, New Providence, Newton, North Plainfield, North Salem (NY), Olean (NY), Nutley, Paterson, Peapack & Gladstone, Piscataway, Plainfield, Randolph, Raritan, Roselle/Roselle Park, Roxbury, Scotch Plains/Fanwood, Somerville, Somers (NY), South Brunswick, South Orange, South Plainfield, Sparta, Springfield, Stafford, Summit, Totowa, Union, Verona, Warren, Watchung, West Essex, Westfield, West Orange, Woodland Park and Yorktown (NY). 

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March 20, 2018

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove police announced that the investigation into a "concerning" comment made by a Memorial Middle School via social media in late February has concluded and no charges have been filed.

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