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Newark Principal Part of National Conversation About School Reopening

August 5, 2020

A Newark principal participated in a national discussion about what instruction will look like when schools reopen in the fall – the hottest topics facing educators today as they seek to balance the risk of live classroom instruction with the challenges on remote online learning.

Tameka Royal, a principal at Uncommon Schools North Star Academy’s Fairmount Elementary, was one of ...

Remote Learning Gets Mixed Marks in State Survey of Families

Parents split on online instruction as prospects for fall opening shaky

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New Jersey’s seismic shift last spring to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have ...

2 Newark Catholic Schools Closing For Good In Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

NEWARK, NJ — Following a decrease in enrollment and financial hardship in the wake of COVID-19, the Newark Archdiocese will shutter a handful of elementary schools, including two located in Newark. 

The Archdiocese said funding has been critically reduced since the onset of the pandemic and paid registrations for the 2020-2021 school year are also dramatically ...

Newark City Council to Send Letters Condemning Rutgers Medical School, RWJ Merger

August 5, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The city’s elected officials are holding nothing back this week as a deal to consolidate Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJUH) in New Brunswick moves forward. 

Following Mayor Ras Baraka’s scathing NJ.com op-ed on Tuesday, city council members motioned to send letters to every board member at NJMS and Robert ...

Governor Murphy Issues Statewide State of Emergency for Hurricane Isaias

NEW JERSEY - Effective 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, a Statewide State of Emergency has been declared by Governor Murphy for Hurricane Isaias.

Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary, said Governor Murphy. All state offices will be closed on Tuesday and only essential employees should report to work.

"If you must drive, take it slow, use caution and leave extra time ...

Restored Riverbank Park Community Center Reopens After 2018 Fire

NEWARK, NJ — Two years after a fire tore through the Field House at Riverbank Park in the Ironbound, Essex County officials and local nonprofits celebrated its reopening to the public as a community engagement and recreation center. 

SPARK, a local nonprofit that ran the cultural arts and learning program in the center prior to the fire, and the Ironbound Community Corporation ...

Newark City Council to Send Letters Condemning Rutgers Medical School, RWJ Merger

August 5, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The city’s elected officials are holding nothing back this week as a deal to consolidate Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJUH) in New Brunswick moves forward. 

Following Mayor Ras Baraka’s scathing NJ.com op-ed on Tuesday, city council members motioned to send letters to every board member at NJMS and Robert ...

Clara Maass Medical Center to Present a Virtual Conversation for Families on Pregnancy, Childbirth and COVID-19

BELLEVILLE, NJ – A panel of physicians experienced in Maternal and Child Health will lead a virtual community conversation entitled “Pregnancy, Childbirth and COVID-19: What to Expect During and After Your Delivery.”

The event will convene at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 and can be accessed by computer, smartphone, or telephone. 

The event ...

Health Department Pledges to Solve Several Long-Term Care Concerns by End of July

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New Jersey health inspectors have nearly cleared a massive, multiyear backlog of thousands of nursing home complaints in recent months, the state now says, and they have conducted infection ...

Advocates Point to COVID-19’s Impact on Community Programs as Violence Surges in Newark

August 4, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — A wave of shootings and violence this summer in major cities across the United States is washing over Newark, leaving city officials and community arbitrators wringing their hands as COVID-19’s social fallout looms large. 

At least 18 shootings and two stabbings occurred between July 20 to August 3, according to officials from Newark Police Department and Essex ...

Montclair Police Honor a Seven-Year-Old Girl for Heroic Rescue

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A seven-year-old girl has been recognized by the Montclair Police Department after jumping into the pool and dragging her sister to safety.

Last week, Chief Conforti, accompanied by Deputy Mayor Hurlock and the men and women of his department, honored Ruby at her home.

Ruby realized her younger sister was in distress while swimming, and unable to get above water. She jumped ...

Footwear Gurus Redesign Business Model to Kick Off Newark’s First Black-Owned Sneaker Consignment Shop and Incubator

July 31, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The oh-no moment came for T. Strong, CEO of Dirty Soles Footwear Group, when the factories in China that produce the shoes she manufactures stopped shipping her company’s product due to COVID-19 quarantine orders.

That was January, and by the time the virus began wreaking havoc on New Jersey and New York two months later, it no longer mattered that Dirty ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Newark Among 64 Municipalities Where Business Rental Assistance Will Be Available

NEWARK, NJ — Hoping to stop — or at least allay — some of the bleeding felt by small business corridors across New Jersey due to the global pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday announced rental assistance will soon be available to 64 municipalities, including Newark

In all, $6 million will be dispersed from the new Small Business Lease Emergency Assistance ...

Rutgers Fall Football Schedule Released Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

August 5, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – We now know that the Rutgers football team is scheduled to begin its season on Sept. 5, 2020, by hosting Nebraska. Whether the Scarlet Knights are able to play that game might be another question.

According to the schedule released by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday morning, Rutgers will then play at Ohio State and Maryland and then host Michigan and Penn State ...

Essex County Police Departments will Have Body and Dash Cameras by July 2021, Prosecutor Says

July 21, 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Answering the demand of activists across New Jersey and the United States at large, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office will mandate body-worn and dash cameras for all county police departments within a year, according to Acting Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II. 

The announcement came during July 15th's Use of Force Town Hall in Newark, where law ...

Shooting at Federal Judge's North Brunswick Home Leaves Son Dead, Husband Injured

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – A gunman apparently posing as a delivery man gained entrance to U.S. District Judge Esther Salas’ North Brunswick home and shot her husband and their son on Sunday night.

The shooting, confirmed to TAPinto New Brunswick by a spokesperson in the FBI’s Newark Office, left their son, Daniel, 20, dead.

Salas’ husband, Mark Anderl, a criminal ...

$10,000 Reward for Info Leading to an Arrest and Conviction of the Murderer of an East Orange Man

EAST ORANGE, NJ – A $10,000 award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of Laquan Nowlin, 32, of East Orange was announced by Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II. The award will be paid by the Essex County Crime Stoppers Program.

On July 3, 2020 Nowlin was sitting in his vehicle at the intersection ...

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Montclair Police Honor a Seven-Year-Old Girl for Heroic Rescue

August 3, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A seven-year-old girl has been recognized by the Montclair Police Department after jumping into the pool and dragging her sister to safety.

Last week, Chief Conforti, accompanied by Deputy Mayor Hurlock and the men and women of his department, honored Ruby at her home.

Ruby realized her younger sister was in distress while swimming, and unable to get above water. She jumped ...

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Libby’s Lunch: Foodies Flock From Near and Far for One Last Bite

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue.

Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last chance to say goodbye to Libby’s.

“The food is what makes ...

Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

August 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...