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Newark Symphony Hall to Join Leading Arts Organizations in Support of Artists of Color

May 14, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – The Newark Symphony Hall will be joining New Jersey’s leading arts organizations to support New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color, a network of professional arts administrators of color dedicated to advancing efforts related to equity, diversity and inclusion within the state’s arts community.

Founded in 2019 as a ...

Newark Symphony Hall Gives First Look Into $50M Renovation Project

NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Symphony Hall this week unveiled designs for its new exterior renovation, a project which began last year. 

The project is part of a three-phase, $50 million effort set to wrap on the venue’s 100th birthday in 2025. The design, from Trenton-based architectural firm Clarke Caton Hintz, includes a new marquee and streetscape.

West Ward Art Gallery Owner Optimistic for More Business Coming Out of Pandemic 

NEWARK, NJ — Community support has given Akwaaba Gallery owner Laura Bonas-Palmer an injection of hope after the COVID-19 pandemic nearly shuttered her business just three months ago. 

When the pandemic forced Bonas-Palmer to close the doors of her West Ward art gallery in March 2020, a cancelation of shows, inability to rent gallery space and produce outdoor events severely ...

5 Artists Submit Designs for Harriet Tubman Monument. What do you think?

NEWARK, NJ — Newark officials are calling on residents to submit their feedback on proposed designs for a Harriet Tubman monument to be constructed in Washington Park. 

After five local, critically acclaimed artists were selected by city officials earlier this year to propose preliminary designs for the monument which will honor the heroic abolitionist, a website has now been ...

Local Documentary Filmmakers Tackle Poverty in Newark for a National Audience

NEWARK, NJ — When the documentary filmmaker duo Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno trained their lens on poverty in Newark, they did it not just to spotlight a serious socio-economic issue.

The husband and wife team want to use their camera as a tool to take down a plague that has blighted the city for decades.

“We put all our frustrations into our films. You have to get the ...

Newark Artists Bring Vision to Massive 'Black Lives Matter' Mural in East Orange

NEWARK, NJ – More than 30 local artists came together this week to work on a one-of-a-kind “Black Lives Matter” mural which encompassed a year’s worth of planning and preparation. 

After the killing of George Floyd sparked protests and rallies around the country in 2020, it served as a catalyst for local artists to come together and commence a project that would ...

New Jersey Author Robert Constant's 'Hello Grandma!' Wins Literary Award for Children's Books

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!"

Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life. 

Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book recently was named the Bronze/Third Place winner in the 2021 Feathered ...

Newark Artist’s Latest Piece Aims to Inspire Voter Participation in Upcoming School Board Election

NEWARK, NJ — Longtime Newark resident and artist, Suliman Onque, may have been commissioned to create various community-inspired works over the years, but his most recent piece holds a weighted significance with just one week remaining until election day for the Newark School Board of Education. 

Inspired by Newark students’ journey to normalcy in uncertain times as ...


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Thousands of Masks, Bottles of Hand Sanitizer Donated to Township Employees

May 14, 2021

BELLEVILLE, NJ –A generous donation of personal protection equipment from a Belleville business owner will go a long way toward continuing to keep township personnel safe.

A shipment of 30 boxes of surgical masks – 60,000 total – and 72 boxes of hand sanitizer – 1,440, 16-ounce bottles – has been donated to Belleville workers.

The donation was made by Richard ...

6 Tasty Ideas for Your Next Backyard Party

May 16, 2021

As the weather turns warmer and more people become comfortable getting together, it’s a great time to plan an outdoor party.

Here are six ideas for your next gathering, with tasty suggestions for what to serve:

Movie Night: Set up the projector, place out some comfy seating and have individual boxes of movie candy ready. For something fancy, put out bowls of truffled popcorn: ...

New Marijuana, Alcohol Laws Handcuff Police Officers

April 22, 2021

By John Zebrowski, First Vice President, New Jersey State Association of Chief of Police

Now that state lawmakers have passed measures to create a marketplace for recreational marijuana in New Jersey – as well as basically eliminated sanctions for underage possession and use of marijuana and alcohol – the big challenge for local police departments is how to enforce these new ...

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 ...