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'Luggage Factory' Could Be Hunterdon's First Pot Shop

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The former Luggage Factory store on Route 202-31 is now vacant. Credits: Curtis Leeds
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The former Luggage Factory store on Route 202-31. Credits: Curtis Leeds
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RARITAN TWP., NJ – A question about opening a marijuana dispensary on Route 202-31 has prompted officials here to consider whether they want such businesses in the township.

An informal inquiry was made to the township’s Planning and Zoning Department about locating such a business in the former Luggage Factory building, Mayor Mike Mangin said at Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting. The potential applicant has applied for a state license to distribute the drug, the mayor said, without identifying the entity.

The Luggage Factory, which is now closed, is next to the Golden Star Diner and across the state highway from Everitts Plaza.

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Township attorney Jeffrey Lehrer said there are now six medical dispensaries in the state, with a bill pending that would expand the disorders that could be treated with the drug.

“The governor ... would like to see this move forward,” Lehrer said of the bill. Bills that would allow recreational marijuana use are also pending in the state legislature.

Lehrer added that there is also pending federal legislation – with bipartisan support – that would prevent the federal government from interfering in states that have adopted laws allowing marijuana use.

In New Jersey, the state allows municipalities “the right to limit the ability to put medical marijuana (dispensaries) in your community,” Lehrer said. “Some towns have taken the position that ‘limit’ means ‘prohibit,’” he said, and have adopted ordinances to exclude its sale.

But, Lehrer said, “It’s an undecided question” whether “limit” means “prohibit,” and the answer is “not crystal clear.”

Regarding the Luggage Factory as a possible site for marijuana sales, “As far as zoning requirements, it could be a site they could use,” said Township Administrator Don Hutchins. “There would be nothing restricting them as far as zoning.”

Edward Purcell, who is also a township attorney, agreed that retail marijuana sales are, "arguably permitted under the existing code.”

And that’s the issue, Mangin said. To avoid lawsuits, any zoning rules that would limit marijuana sales in the township would have to be in place before any formal marijuana retail application is filed with the township.

“For the next meeting I’d like everybody to formulate an opinion of what they think,” Mangin asked of his fellow Committee members. “We need to hear people’s comments on a cannabis ordinance.”

“I want to state my position clearly and unequivocally,” said Committeeman Lou Reiner. “I oppose any marijuana usage in this township whatsoever, in any case. No exceptions.

“I would like to pass an ordinance to ban usage of marijuana totally without question. I’m not compromising on that ... I’m half-afraid our roads are going to be turned into killing fields,” Reiner said.

“I’ve seen the dark side of drug use and marijuana,” said Committeeman Gary Hazard. But he added that he’s also seen “where it’s been a Godsend,” such as with those suffering from cancer.

Hazard said that if he was asked whether he’d personally favor marijuana sales in the township, “The answer is no.” But, he added, he thinks it’s best to, “Listen to the people who elected you.”

Mangin, Deputy Mayor Karen Gilbert and Committeeman Craig O’Brien didn’t express any opinion on the issue.

The mayor directed that the matter be added to the agenda of the next regular Township Committee meeting for further discussion. That meeting will be held at 7 p.m. July 3 in the Municipal Building off Route 523.

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Essex County Senior Farmers Market Voucher Program comes to Nutley August 12

July 11, 2018

The Nutley Farmers Market is pleased to announce that the 2018 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers will be made available for ONE DAY ONLY at the Nutley Farmers Market on Sunday, August 12th, between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm. 

The Essex County Division of Senior Services will be on site to distribute $25.00 worth of vouchers (in $5.00 increments) to eligible seniors.

TAPinto Adult and Kids Events at the Nutley Public Library July 9 to 14, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Public hosts events every week for children and adults alike. This week, patrons will discover some regular events like the weekly Monday Bridge Group plus some special events for the kids. 

Some events do require registration before attending the event. 

Tuesday, 10 at 1:00 p.m. – Play Bridge. No registration ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, July 15, 9:00 AM

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JerseyFresh Nutley Farmers Market

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Sun, July 15, 11:00 AM

The Eclectic Chic Boutique, Montclair

Grand Opening of The Eclectic Chic Boutique

Business & Finance

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Sun, July 15, 2:00 PM

Kingsland Manor, Nutley

Kingsland Manor Ice Cream Social

Arts & Entertainment Education Food & Drink

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Mon, July 16, 1:00 PM

Whole Foods Market - West Orange, West Orange

West Orange Emergency Blood Drive - 1st 30 donors ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Tue, July 17, 2:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Rizzo’s Wildlife Discovery

Education Green

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Tue, July 17, 5:00 PM

Caldwell University Alumni Theater, Caldwell

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use ...

Health & Wellness

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Tue, July 17, 7:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

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Ralph Lauren Signs Lease at Prism's On3 Redevelopment of Roche Campus in Nutley

July 4, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - Eugene Diaz of Prism announced that Ralph Lauren signed the lease for a building at On3. The announcement was made at the July 3 Nutley Board of Commissioners Meeting. 

Ralph Lauren is expected to create 225 jobs in Nutley. The company will occupy 225,000 sq. feet of an existing building. 

In November of 2017, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority ...

World Economic Forum Declares Nutley's Modern Meadow 'Technology Pioneer'

NUTLEY, NJ - The World Economic Forum announced Nutley based Modern Meadow as one of the world's 61 most promising Technology Pioneers for 2018. Hundreds of companies were considered before the final list of 61 was announced.  Modern Meadow is a biofabrication company using collagen to create bioleather materials.

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers ...

Ironbound Residents Plea for Parking at Zoning Board Meeting

July 15, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The city zoning board of adjustment yesterday approved variances for one of three new residential Ironbound developments despite a group of residents voicing concerns over parking.

The board approved variances for YK Group Development Consulting, based in Newark and Lakewood, to build a four-story 28-residential unit development at 526-532 Mulberry St. with 16 on-site parking ...

West Orange Named New Jersey's "Nicest" Town by Reader's Digest

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On its latest list of “The Nicest Places in Places in Every State,” Reader’s Digest named the Township of West Orange as the nicest place in New Jersey for 2018.

According to the list, the nicest places in America embody kindness and cooperation. It states that in each of these towns, “locals help out neighbors and strangers alike—and ...

New Trolley System to Connect Downtown Paterson with Great Falls

July 15, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- Standing beside two diesel powered trolleys on the site that the Paterson Art Factory calls home on Tuesday, Mayor Andre Sayegh showed that he is wasting no time in moving ahead on efforts to make the Great Falls, and the area around it, the centerpiece of the city’s much anticipated resurgence.

Calling the Art Factory a “partner”, Sayegh offered his ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Belmar: Hub of Fun from Dawn to Dusk on July 18

July 15, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — From sandcastles to classic cars, Belmar will be hosting two marquee events on Wednesday, July 18.

While the 32nd Annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest will converge upon the beachfront during the day, Belmar Cruise Night will move onto Main Street in the evening. Here’s a look at each destination event.

Sandcastle Contest: Begins at 8 a.m. at 18th Avenue ...

Festival of the Sea at St. Francis in Brant Beach August 8-12

BRANT BEACH - Everyone enjoys the excitement of a summer carnival.  It brings out the child in all of us.  Since 1975, St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been hosting the Festival of the Sea Carnival, annually.   The Festival of the Sea begins Wednesday, August 8, and continues through Sunday, August 12. The carnival will be open nightly (weather permitting) from 6:00 to ...

Nutley High School's Maroon and Gray June Issue Published

June 28, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - The June issue of Nutley High School's 'Maroon and Gray' is now available for the entire Nutley community to read. 

2018 marks 100 years of journalism at NHS. Student journalism began in 1918 with the publication of The Attic, then the Gauntlet and finally a number of versions of the Maroon and Gray, that we have come to know today.

According to journalism ...

The 2017-2018 Nutley Public School's Academic Year Comes to a Close

Dear Nutley Parents, Staff and Community,

It is hard to believe that this school year comes to a close today. It has been quite a year: rewarding, exciting and challenging. Our students learned and developed throughout the year, guided by our dedicated and talented staff.

Nutley High School implemented the Rotating Drop Schedule this September, offering students more opportunities and a ...

Rock Painting for Adults Program at Nutley Public Library Aug 4

Have a fun and creative experience painting your own kindness rock and listening to rock music, in celebration of the 2018 Summer Reading Program,

 Libraries Rock! The Kindness Rock Project is a nationwide movement which encourages people to leave rocks painted with inspiring messages along the path of life.

Feel free to enjoy your rock at home, in your garden, or share it with ...

The Art Association of Rutherford Exhibits at the Nutley Public Library

Enjoy an exhibit of new works by members of The Art Association of Rutherford in the gallery of the Nutley Public Library during the months of July and August. Acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings as well photography, pastels and drawings by these talented artists will be featured. Meet the artists at a reception on Saturday, August 18th from       2 pm – ...

July 2018 Programs at Nutley Public Library

Tuesday, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 1:00 p.m. – Play Bridge. No registration required.

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, July 3, 5, 14, 21 at 11:00 a.m and July, 28 at 10:00 a.m. – Drop in Crafts – Stop by the children’s room to make a craft to take home.  For all ages.  While supplies last.  Lego Playtime ...

Nutley Police Department Blotter July 6 to 13, 2018

July 14, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - The Police Blotter is compiled each week by Det. Sgt. Anthony Montanari of the Crime Intelligence Public Information Division of the Nutley Police Department.

Please note:  All parties placed under arrest have been assigned a court date and remain innocent until proven guilty of those charges at their respective hearing

Anyone who has information regarding any crimes ...

The Deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain Remind Us Hopelessness Disregards Wealth and Fame

When Anthony Bourdain died by suicide three days after Kate Spade, I read social media grumblings by people insulted the rich and famous would choose to “leave it all behind,” and I was reminded we often confuse affording anything with having everything. Perhaps we believe money and fame overpowers loss and hopelessness, when in truth, hopelessness shrugs at fame, and spits in the ...

How To Have One of the Toughest Parenting Talks

For parents, the most difficult conversations to have with our children are those bred by necessity. Such is the case with regards to discussion about differences between Good Touch and Bad Touch. A parenting dilemma is created when we must choose between teaching our children about danger in the world and risking their exposure to peril if we keep them naïve to its presence. In either case, ...

Nutley Baseball Camp Continues Through July, 'Walk Up Registration" Welcome

Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci is pleased to announce the addition of Tom Gargiulo’s Summer Baseball Leadership Camp to the Parks and Recreation Department’s line up of summer activities.  The skills involved in baseball are shared through the extensive training of experienced ball players.

Lots of camps help young people to learn the basics of baseball like hitting, catching, ...

Nutley Baseball Camp offers Top Quality Experience for Children

The best baseball camps in New Jersey are considered by some young players and their parents to be the first step on the way to molding superior athletes.  Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci is pleased to announce the addition of Tom Gargiulo’s Summer Baseball Leadership Camp to the Parks and Recreation Department’s line up of summer activities.  The skills involved in baseball are ...

Fall Festival In The Park Slated For September 30

NUTLEY, NJ - Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci and the Nutley Department of Parks and Recreation will proudly host “Nutley’s Fall Festival In The Park” on September 30, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This festival will be filled with exciting retail vendors, food trucks, activities and events for the entire family.  This event will be held in Memorial Park I (the Mud Hole) ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 12, 2018

WAYNE - Honey! Cancel our Aug. 9th anniversary dinner! I've got other plans! That's the night you can join this bozo and scores of others at "Lace," a Wayne "gentleman's club" where America's favorite tramp - Stormy Daniels - will strip live and in person. Stop at the bank, trade in your wad of 20s for stacks of singles.

Bringing Affordable Housing to New Jersey

July 5, 2018

It is no secret that the cost of living in New Jersey is among the highest in the nation. Coupled with a severe shortage of affordable housing, many of our residents struggle every day to make ends meet. The state would have to provide at least 155,000 new units of affordable housing by 2025 to meet the need for more housing.

Municipalities have not received guidance on how to create and ...

America's Celebrated Evolving Journey

This Fourth of July, the United States of America will celebrate its 242nd birthday since the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Our Nation was conceived in liberty at its core. Together we the people, with ancestors from every part of the world, continue the struggle to live by its founding noble principles.  Namely that, “We hold these truths to be ...

The Power of Positive Engagement

To the Editor:

I wanted to share this letter from Laurie Beacham, Media Director for NJ 11th for Change, about the notable increase in voter turnout and citizens deciding to run in the recent primary election:

"The 11th Congressional District has a lot to be proud of. In the June 5th primaries, voter turnout climbed from almost 33,000 in 2014 to over 86,000. Democratic ...

A permanent New Jersey corporate tax hike would be a giant step backward

June 28, 2018

What Gov. Phil Murphy and the State Legislature call “investments” in our state’s future, New Jersey businesses see as runaway spending and a return to the tax-and-spend politics of the past that once made our economy one of the most non-productive in America.  

With the business community just starting to make real progress, the tax hikes they are proposing for the ...

“THE GARDEN PARTY” BENEFIT SET FOR SEPTEMBER 23

July 15, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ – The Mountsier-Hardie Garden will host The Garden Party on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. to benefit the Nutley Family Service Bureau. The party featuring: food from Corso 98, Pig & Prince, and other top chefs in the region, local wine tasting, and an eclectic mix of jazz, classical, and contemporary music set in New Jersey’s premier ...

3 Nutley Teens Earn Coveted Spots in Paper Mill Playhouse's Summer Musical Theater Conservatory

(Millburn, NJ) Paper Mill Playhouse, (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director) recipient of the 2016 Tony Award for Regional Theatre, has selected 115 students to be a part of the theater’s prestigious Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory for 2018. From Nutley, Valeria Flores, Wesley Gardner and Luke Surretsky have earned 3 of these coveted spots in Paper Mill Playhouse's ...

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How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

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The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

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Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)

 

If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...

The Anatomy of Escape by Mike Blue

The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure by Mike Blue (Available on Amazon)

 

Imagine that you could just say, “Chuck it,” and walk away from the bonds that keep you tied to what Mike Blue, author of The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure, defines as the restrictive Work-Consume-Die cycle. To most of us, becoming what Blue terms “a ...

The Death of Koko the Gorilla

Koko's Kitten, Koko's Story, The Eduction of Koko all by Dr. Francine Patterson

 

Last night when I heard about the death of Koko, the lowland gorilla who was educated to communicate through American Sign Language by Dr. Francine Patterson, I went numb with grief. I have followed the life of Koko, her two gorilla companions, Michael and Ndume, as well as Dr. Patterson for forty ...

Obituaries

Jun 10, 1983 - Jun 17, 2018
Ryan M. Lucas, 35 Proud Marine Veteran and Nutley Firefighter Ryan M. Lucas, a lifelong ...
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Sep 4, 1943 - Jun 10, 2018
William “Bill” Tangorra, 74, of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away Sunday June 10, ...
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