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Montclair Board of Ed: Investigation into Discrimination Allegations Pending, Special Ed Audit Recommends Systemic Changes

May 7, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Members of the community demanded the Board of Education (BOE) conduct a thorough investigation into mistreatment allegations described in a letter from Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds Robert Kelley in Wednesday’s BOE meeting. 

The letter refers to a “years-long pattern of ‘employee discrimination and criminal sabotage’,” some of which ...

Aboushi to be Named as Principal of Bradford Elementary School

MONTCLAIR, NJ  – Frances Aboushi will be recommended as Principal of Bradford Elementary School at the May 5 Board of Education public meeting, officials announced. Aboushi, currently Assistant Principal at Glenfield Middle School, is expected to begin transitioning to her new role on May 6. An Interim Glenfield Assistant Principal will be announced in the upcoming week, according to a ...

Montclair Mayor Spiller Breaks His Silence as Residents Push for Elected Board of Education

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Following a groundswell of support for an elected Board of Education in Montclair, Mayor Sean Spiller broke his silence on Thursday.

He stated that he is in support of whichever method the residents decide is best. Spiller said, "I have the utmost confidence in the judgement of the residents of Montclair and would be fully supportive of moving to an elected Board of ...

Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller Responds to Outgoing BOE Member Criticisms

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Sean Spiller, a former President-elect of the NJEA and current Mayor of Montclair, has responded to accusations made by an outgoing Montclair Board of Education member who accused Spiller of being motivated by “money, perks and power.”

Sergio Gonzalez was appointed to the Montclair BOE in August 2019 by former Mayor Robert Jackson to fill an unexpired term. In ...

'Angry' Outgoing BOE Member Blasts Montclair Mayor: "Backwards and Wrong", Citing "Misgovernance"

MONTCLAIR, NJ - In the wake of Mayor Sean Spiller's three new appointments to the Montclair Board of Education, calls for an elected Board become amplified. Outgoing BOE member Sergio Gonzalez echoed this sentiment during Monday night's BOE meeting, in a lengthy statement, in which he questions Spiller's motives.

Gonzalez was appointed in August 2019 by former Mayor Robert Jackson ...

Montclair Mayor Spiller Appoints Three New Board of Education  Members

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Montclair Mayor Sean M. Spiller today announced the appointment of Crystal Hopkins, Eric Scherzer, and Kathryn Weller-Demming to the Montclair Board of Education. 

 

“I am proud to appoint three outstanding individuals to the Board of Education,” said Mayor Spiller. “Crystal, Eric, and Kathryn will bring a diversity of experience and ...

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

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.

Special to TAPinto.net. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

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 ...

Avien Abney, the Gifted 10 Year Old Author

EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ — In January, TAP reported on the Essex County student and teacher winners of New Jersey Association of Gifted Children awards. Now, we are diving deeper into the story of Avien Abney, the winner of the Grades 3-5 NJAGC Distinguished Student Award for 2021.

Avien Abney, age 10, is an honor student at Heywood Avenue Elementary School in the ...

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Summit Medical Group Foundation announces Next Generation Scholarship for 2021

May 5, 2021

Summit Medical Group Foundation (SMGF) wants health care to be accessible to everyone in the communities they serve. Easing the financial burden for tomorrow’s health care professionals can help make that happen, which is why SMGF is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Next Generation Scholarship program. To learn more, visit ...

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North Ward Center to Welcome First Residents Into its Supported Group Home

May 12, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Newark’s first-ever supported group home for adults with autism and intellectual disabilities will welcome its first four tenants this month after nearly two years of planning and preparation. 

Headed by The North Ward Center, a non-profit organization that educates, advocates and empowers residents throughout the greater Newark community, the new home dubbed ...

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 ...

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Newark Rotary Launches Major Free Book Initiative

May 11, 2021

The great thing about public libraries is that you can, choosing from the many services and programs offered, borrow books to read and return. The Rotary Club of Newark will soon be initializing Read 4 Life, a project designed to give books away - to put FREE books in the hands of organizations and individuals throughout North Jersey and beyond. Yes, books that are yours for the taking, and yours ...

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 ...

North Ward Center to Welcome First Residents Into its Supported Group Home

NEWARK, NJ — Newark’s first-ever supported group home for adults with autism and intellectual disabilities will welcome its first four tenants this month after nearly two years of planning and preparation. 

Headed by The North Ward Center, a non-profit organization that educates, advocates and empowers residents throughout the greater Newark community, the new home dubbed ...

In-Person Criminal Jury Trials, Grand Jury Proceedings to Resume in June

NEW JERSEY - Criminal jury trials will resume in person next month, under a Supreme Court order issued Tuesday that revises juror service based on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey.

The Court’s order directs the resumption of in-person criminal jury trials beginning June 15, with cases that involve detained defendants receiving the highest priority. 

Civil trials ...

Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center to Start Post-COVID-19 Rehabilitation Program

Mountainside Medical Center will begin a new Post-COVID exercise program individually designed for those who have had COVID-19 to improve their strength, flexibility, endurance and activities of daily living.  The goal of the program is to improve quality of life and promote positive lifestyle changes through education and exercise.

This program is medically supervised by the Mountainside ...

Amber Alert: Missing Baby Found Unharmed by Livingston Police

NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police. 

Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused of assaulting the child's mother in Newark before leaving ...

NJ Now Reports Vaccination Data by Town; Murphy Gives Latest COVID Numbers, Says NFL Games Could Have Greater Capacity in the Fall

NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing today said that he anticipates that the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15. Murphy added that the New Jersey Dept. of Health is currently ...