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NJ Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Over Newark’s Civilian Complaint Review Board

April 27, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — New Jersey’s highest court held remote proceedings on Monday for Newark Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No.12’s bid to limit the scope of the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, an oversight body created in response to a 2014 federal report showing that Newark Police Department had violated citizens’ rights. 

In June 2019, an appellate ...

ICE Orders Essex County to Stop Reporting Detainee Release Information, Test Results

NEWARK, NJ — Just two weeks after Essex County Correctional Facility became one of the first jails in the United States to test all ICE detainees for the coronavirus, U.S. Immigration and Customs officials are blocking Essex County Officials from reporting the results to the public. 

Essex County Chief of Staff Phil Alagia, who oversees the ICE detention program for the ...

Barhopping Newark Cops Charged with Falsifying Records

NEWARK, NJ — Four Newark police officers are accused of falsifying records to hide their drinking on the job, according to the acting Essex County Prosecutor, who said a lieutenant was included amongst those charged. 

Officers Michael Chirico, 55, Erik Blount, 33, Tashia Jones, 35, and Lt. Norberto Soares, 42 were all charged with tampering with public records, a third-degree crime.

Newark Issued 824 Summonses, Closed 44 Non-Essential Businesses Last Week

NEWARK, NJ — Another week, another 800-plus summonses issued in the City of Newark for violations of the state’s stay-at-home order to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to Newark Public Safety, which also closed 44 businesses operating outside the scope of the order. 

Newark remains the municipality with the most coronavirus cases in Essex County and the state, with ...


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This Newark Couple is Transforming a Vacant Lot into a Community Garden

May 22, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — For the past 15 years, Lot 50 on Grafton Avenue in the city’s North Ward has been a wasteland of syringes and garbage, bringing down the community’s morale. 

Those days are coming to an end, according to Bilal and Breonna Walker, two educators who are transforming the lot into a community project unlike any other in Newark. Dubbed Jannah on ...

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NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

Opinion: Want to reopen schools? Consult the village.

May 26, 2020

Schools are closed. Kids, families, and teachers are stressed. As I work tirelessly, as a veteran teacher and community organizer, with kids and families to adjust, the most common question I get is: “Mr. Luna, when can we go back to school?”

As a teacher, the answer is a quick “when it’s safe.” As an organizer with Newark for Educational Equity and Diversity ...

Long Beach Island Region Opens Summer with New Way to Get The Information You Need

May 28, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website.

In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local knowledge directly to travelers coming from near or far. The Southern Ocean County ...

May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month"

May 19, 2020

Dear Editor:

Members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) celebrate May as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” to promote awareness of the audiology and speech language-pathology professions and its impact on the lives of children and adults with hearing, communication and feeding/swallowing issues. 

This year, as we all know, is extremely ...

NJ Restaurant Creates Blueprint to Reopen Safely When Pandemic Regulations Relax

May 27, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of reopening. 

Grain & Cane focuses on homestyle cuisine with American influences. Now that the ...