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

May 13, 2021

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 ...

Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center Acquires North Jersey Immedicenter Locations

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Mountainside Medical Center has announced today its acquisition of Immedicenter offices in Bloomfield and Clifton. The offices will be renamed Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Immedicenter.

Serving the community for over 35 years, Immedicenter provides patients with immediate care for injuries and acute illness. The center also offers primary care and chronic care ...

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 ...

Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center Announces New Chief Operating Officer

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Alec Grabowski has been named chief operating officer (COO) for Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center.  He replaces Tim O’Brien, who was promoted to chief executive officer in August 2020.

Grabowski comes to Mountainside Medical Center with over a decade of healthcare leadership experience in a variety of hospital settings including; United Health ...

Elizabeth Native Powers Up PSEG Nuclear Plants for Newark, All New Jersey

NEWARK, NJ — When Judy Rodriguez was a sophomore at Elizabeth High School, her history teacher gave her a key piece of information that would empower her, then one day power New Jersey.

"She gave us an aptitude test, and the result for me was that I would be good at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Her reaction was 'You should try for ...

Local Middle School Entrepreneurs Launch New Candle Business

VERONA, NJ — Three Essex County middle school students have turned a passion project into a business, launching JAÉ Candles and Co. Jada Bednar and Ellie Ghingo (seventh-graders at H.B.Whitehorne Middle School in Verona) and Ava Tsettos, (a West Caldwell seventh-grader at Grover Cleveland Middle School) are the founders of JAÉ Candles and Co. 

In quarantine, ...

Construction at Northfield Center in Livingston Begins with Demolition of Baptist Church

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Demolition has officially begun at the former Northfield Baptist Church at the corner of South Livingston Avenue and East Northfield Road, where the township recently approved an application by Livingston Builders, LLC, to create a mixed-use residential and retail development at the location, dubbed “Northfield Center.”

The proposal, which was given ...

Senator Menendez and Congresswoman Sherrill Gather to Discuss American Rescue Plan

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Congresswomen Mikie Sherrill on Monday joined Mayor Venezia, Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, Councilman Nick Joanow, Councilman Rich Rockwell, Councilman Ted Gamble, Assemblyman Tom Giblin and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. on Essex Avenue in Bloomfield to announce that the Township will be using funds from the American Rescue Plan to ...

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

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.

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At its Montclair Branch, Community Focus is Central to Everything Kearny Bank Does

May 4, 2021

To truly be a community bank, a local branch must immerse itself in the day-to-day activities of its hometown. For Kearny Bank, this certainly is the case in Montclair.

A recent Kearny Bank audit of community, charitable, and volunteer activities identified a range of initiatives in which the Montclair branch is directly involved, despite several pandemic-related pauses. These ...

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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 ...

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

May 13, 2021

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 ...

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 ...

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.

 

NJ Tourism Stumbles During 2020 Coronavirus Crisis, But Industry Ready for Strong Rebound

TRENTON, NJ — Struggling under coronavirus restrictions and travel limitations, New Jersey’s tourism industry took a major hit last year, with the number of people visiting the state — and the amount of money they spent — registering dramatic declines, according to the state’s 2020 tourism report.

While the number of visitors declined to 84.6 million — a 27% ...

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

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

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 ...