The Rise of Asian American Literary Culture - ONLINE

Jafreen Uddin, lifelong Montclair resident and Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW), will lead an interactive discussion focused on the rise of creative ecosystems designed to develop and support writers and creators of the Asian American diaspora and to help publish and market their works in the literary marketplace.

Tuition - $20 (registration required)

Contact Information
  1. Adult School Dept of Montclair Public Library
  2. (973)744-0500 x2224
Tue, May 18
6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
Add to My Calendar 05/18/2021 6:30pm 05/18/2021 8:00pm America/New_York The Rise of Asian American Literary Culture - ONLINE

Jafreen Uddin, lifelong Montclair resident and Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW), will lead an interactive discussion focused on the rise of creative ecosystems designed to develop and support writers and creators of the Asian American diaspora and to help publish and market their works in the literary marketplace.

Tuition - $20 (registration required)

50 South Fullerton Ave Montclair, NJ 07042

Adult School Dept of Montclair Public Library

50 South Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042

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Autism Awareness Month in Nutley as Seen 'In The Eyes of Alex '

April is Autism Awareness Month. Supporters across the country illuminate blue bulbs to mark the occasion and raise awareness. The Township of Nutley takes it a step further by illuminating municipal buildings in blue light for the entire month of April. 

Autism Awareness is not just limited to Nutley. In Paterson, the renovation of Lou Costello Park includes features ...

Turtle Back Zoo to Hold Second Vaccination Event on June 26

June 21, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As an incentive to get vaccinated, COVID-19 vaccinations will be given at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo and anyone who gets their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine at the “I Got Vaccinated at Turtle Back Zoo!” will receive a voucher for one free admission to the zoo.

This will be the second time the promotion will be held; on June 5, a total of 73 ...

Nutley Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers Available at the Market

The Nutley Health Department will be accepting applications for the 2021 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers at the Nutley Farmers Market every Sunday beginning June 20th, between the hours of 9am and 1pm.  The Market is located in Municipal Lot #9 – 537 Franklin Avenue. 

As per the U.S. Department of Agriculture Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program guidelines, ...

Save The Date: July 6 Nutley Blood Drive in Honor of Anne Rotonda

NUTLEY – Commissioner John V. Kelly and the Nutley Department of Public Affairs are pleased to partner with Vitalant Blood Services of New Jersey to conduct a Nutley Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in honor of Nutley resident Anne Rotonda. 

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please click on the following ...

Official Notice: Nutley Board of Education In-Person Meetings Through Jan 2022

June 23, 2021

In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, P.L. 1975c. 231, this is to advise that the Nutley Board of Education will hold Public Meetings at 6:30 pm in the John H.
Walker Middle School auditorium.

The agenda to the extent known will be available prior to the meeting on the Board website at or may be requested from the Board Secretary ...

Official Notice: Nutley Board of Education In-Person Meetings

In accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, P.L. 1975c. 231, this is to advise that the Nutley Board of Education will hold Public Meetings at 6:30 pm in the John H. Walker Middle School auditorium.

The agenda to the extent known will be available prior to the meeting on the Board website at or may be requested from the Board Secretary at ...

George Floyd Statue at Newark City Hall Defaced One Week After Unveiling

June 24, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — A 700-pound bronze statue of George Floyd unveiled last week near the steps of Newark City Hall was defaced late Wednesday night, authorities said.

Before 6 a.m. Thursday, police reported that a sergeant in the area of City Hall noticed the statue of Floyd was defaced with graffiti. The face of the statue was also painted black, and in ...

Upcoming Essex County Coronavirus Testing Sites, June 22 and 26

For Appointments, Visit or call 973-877-8456

Essex County, NJ —COVID-19 testing will be conducted every Tuesday and Saturday in Newark and West Orange. The tests are being offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit or call 973-877-8456.

Free testing will be offered as follows:

Days ...

From New Brunswick to Trenton: Persichilli Will Have Building Named After Her

June 22, 2021

NEW JERSEY - The new Department of Health building scheduled to be built this year in downtown Trenton will be named after Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.

The Judith M. Persichilli Building will recognize what Gov. Phil Murphy called her “past and ongoing service to the people of New Jersey during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Persichilli, who was known as Judy Mella when she ...

In the Weeds: Jersey City Council Debates How to Spend Marijuana Tax Dollars

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Despite disagreements on how anticipated tax receipts from the sale of legal marijuana should be used, an ordinance on the matter is expected to go to second reading in July, clearing the way for the implementation of the tax.

The city has until Aug. 21 to enact ordinances on cannabis establishments, including how many will be allowed and where, a cutoff date set when Gov.

Registration Now Open for Nutley Public Library Summer Reading Program .

The Nutley Public Library invites Nutley children, teens and adults to once again participate in their Summer Reading Program with a special kick-off event on Saturday, June 26 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Children and teens who register for the Summer Reading Program can stop by the library grounds and pick up a sign-up goodie bag and an ice cream treat from the "Good Humor ...

Nutley Public Library Events for June 2021

Kanopy - We are excited to announce that Nutley Public Library recently added Kanopy to our digital media collection! Kanopy is a video streaming platform that delivers a diverse collection of 30,000+ enriching films for all ages, available to stream anytime and anywhere. With Kanopy patrons have instant access to critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, educational videos, and ...

Recipe: How to Make No-Churn Vanilla Birthday Cake Ice Cream

June 24, 2021

It only takes four ingredients to make this festive frozen treat! The best part? You don’t even need special equipment.

The trick to getting the right texture without an ice cream maker is folding in fluffy whipped cream.

No-Churn Birthday Cake Ice Cream


1 tsp. vanilla extract
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
¼ cup ...

New Jersey Date Night: Enjoy the Fireworks

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There's nothing better than sharing a blanket with your love as you gaze at the New Jersey sky. With Independence Day upon us, this year we get the value added bonus of taking in the fireworks. Celebrating our country’s birthday combined with a little romance leads us to a fireworks display ...

Nutley Board of Education Offers Congratulations to NHS Class of 2021

June 22, 2021

Dear Students in the Class of 2021,

What a year! We must take a moment to recognize all you have accomplished amidst the most unique and challenging 15-month period. When you entered Nutley High School, four years ago, no one would have imagined what your  junior and senior years would have been like. 

Please know that you have impressed not only your principals, parents, teachers ...

And They're Off

The other day China fired three astronauts into space. This occurred just as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced that he too was shooting himself into outer space.

This got me thinking, how did we get here and where exactly are we going?

So today, as a public service, I give to you:

A Brief History of the Race in Space

October, 1957. The manmade satellite, Sputnik 1, sends the very ...

Juneteenth: Why It Should Be Celebrated By All Americans

June 16, 2021

Juneteenth – it is a term heard more and more in the last several years, yet many people have no idea what it is. It is viewed by Black Americans as their Freedom or Emancipation Day, their Jubilee Day, their Black Independence Day. So, how did Juneteenth become “. . . the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States?”*

The term is a ...

Accept The New Sex Education System in New Jersey (Opinion)

In 2020, the state of New Jersey adopted new standards for sex education to now include more information on identity, contraceptives, and expectations in relationships. This is a drastic change in the right direction for promoting healthier and safer behaviors surrounding sex. Over the years, New Jersey has constantly been criticized for having a failing sex education system and was even given a ...


NY Giants and Make-A-Wish Grant Penny's Wish to Tackle Kids Cancer at Hackensack Meridian's Children's Health

April 15, 2021

MONROE TWP., NJ - Make-A-Wish New Jersey posthumously honored the wish of 2 ½ year-old Penelope (Penny), who recently passed away after her courageous battle with neuroblastoma during a private ceremony on Tuesday. 

Penny’s wish was to provide a contribution to Tackle Kids Cancer, a philanthropic initiative of Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health Children’s ...

Why Mixed-Use is Good for Nutley

When last we addressed the Township, we spoke about Prism’s desire to make ON3 a “Mixed-Use” Development. Exactly what is Mixed-Use Development, and why is it good for Nutley and Clifton?

Traditionally, land use planning followed a silo approach meant to keep residences, shops, factories and offices separated. That means uses such as “Office” were ...

First Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Nutley

June 15, 2021

The Nutley Cultural Inclusion and Diversity Council invites all to their first annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 19th between 1pm and 4pm at the Nutley Amvets Post 30, 184 Park Avenue, Nutley NJ.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major ...

My Own Little Gay History in South Orange

In honor of Pride Month, TAPinto SOMA asked LGBTQ leader and SOMA resident Gary Paul Wright for his thoughts on living in South Orange:

When Peter and I were living in Jersey City, circa 1995, we received a flyer about musical instruments being sold by the Seton Hall Music Department at rock-bottom prices. Peter really wanted a piano in the house — even though neither of us were ...

Nutley Public Library Hosts Virtual Meet & Greet with Local Author Michael Perrota

June 22, 2021

Join the Friends of the Nutley Public Library

for a Virtual Meet & Greet with Local Author Michael Perrota 

Monday, July 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM via Zoom

To register, please visit:

Local Author Michael Perrota will be holding a virtual Meet & Greet and book talk to support the Friends of the Nutley Public ...

July 2021 Events and Activities at the Nutley Public Library

July 1-31 – Teen Sewing Workshops – Pick-up a sewing supply kit at the library and work a special project following a how-to video.  For all skill levels:  beginners to experts!  For teens entering grades 6-12 in Fall 2021.  Sign up at

July 1-August 14 – Collection to help local animals.  Donations ...

Essex County Commissioner Board Adopts Resolution of Support for State Legislation Prohibiting Detention Facilities from Entering Into Contracts to Detain Undocumented Residents

Resolution introduced by Commissioner Brendan Gill affirms Board’s support of State legislation banning government and private facilities in NJ from entering into contracts with Federal Immigration Authorities to detain noncitizens

(Newark, NJ) – On June 9, 2021, the Essex County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution of support for New Jersey State Senate and Assembly ...

Retro Review: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Retro Review

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

When does a civilization begin to rot from its core?  What are the key issues that cause that civilization to die? These are the overarching questions that “the Father of African Literature,” Chinua Achebe, explores in his 1959 classic, Things Fall Apart.

Set in a Nigerian village, we learn that Okonkwo was a leading ...

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker. Harper Perennial, 



I first learned about this “unsolved American mystery,” when 48 Hours did a comprehensive show on the horrific discovery of four bodies wrapped in burlap sacks in 2010. The deceased were discovered on Gilgo Beach, a desolate stretch of sand that did not host excited, Sunday sun ...

Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininty, and Power

Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler. (Yale 

Univ. Press, 2016).

Stephen Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell. (Yale Univ. Press, 2017)


My family complains each year at holiday time that I am impossible to buy gifts for. This is true because, usually, if I want something, I purchase it myself. They ask me for lists, but even ...


Sep 1, 1948 - Jun 6, 2021
James J. Cozzarelli, Jr., a funeral director and long-time resident of Belleville, N.J., entered ...
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Oct 30, 1999 - Mar 8, 2021
Victor A. Melillo, 21 of Nutley, passed away on Monday March 8, 2021. Victor was born in ...
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The Jaffe Briefing - June 23, 2021

TRENTON – In what’s probably the least contentious state budget in years, the state Legislature is poised to zip through a $46.4 billion spending plan this week, with votes before the Senate and Assembly tomorrow, then heading to Gov. Phil Murphy for his signature. There doesn’t appear to be any of the classic 11th-hour drama, as the clock ticks toward the ...

Feeling Nutty? Here’s Why You Should Add Nuts To Your Diet

Enjoying a wide variety of nuts has multiple health benefits. The crunchy, delicious snacks are a great source of protein, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. Nuts are naturally cholesterol-free and pack disease-fighting antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin E and magnesium.

A 2019 study published by the U.S. National Library of ...

No Garden Yet? No Worries: Here’s What You Can Still Plant In June

Getting outside to work in the garden is a wonderful way to be physically active and soak up some natural vitamin D from the sun. If you haven’t planted anything yet or you’re aiming to increase your harvest, don’t worry. There are lots of nutrient-rich vegetables, herbs, and gorgeous flowers you can still plant in June. Here’s a list to help you get ...

From Ponds to Waterfalls: Outdoor Water Features You Can DIY

If you’re daydreaming about the burble of a stream over rocks or the spray of a waterfall right in your backyard, we’ve put together a selection of outdoor water feature ideas to help you make your dream come true!

While water features may sound expensive or out of reach, there are tons of great do-it-yourself options for everything from flower pot fountains to ponds and ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Eat the Rainbow: Why Fruits of Every Color Belong on Your Plate

In general, the bold colors found in fruits indicate a large concentration of antioxidants. These vitamins and compounds perform many different functions within the body, but all antioxidants help reduce “free radicals,” or potentially harmful atoms that interfere with normal cell functioning in our bodies. Eating a variety of colors through fruits will help ensure that you’re ...

Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...

Festive Food: Red, White, and Blue for the Fourth

A Fourth of July gathering is the classic summer event – food, fun, and friends. This year, treat your guests to some festive new dishes highlighting the red, white, and blue we all associate with this special holiday.

Star Confetti Cookies

For a fun, easy dessert that you can pair with any main dish, try these cutout star cookies. The recipe has been tested to ensure that the cookies ...

Citrus, Coral, and Florals: Summer from the Inside Out

As summer swings into high gear outside, bring some of the color and brightness indoors with your home décor. Perfect for setting the mood every day and during special events, summer décor that includes florals, citrus, and coral tones is a great way to transition from the more muted spring hues to the bold colors of the brightest season. Here are five ways to incorporate these ...

Longtime Friends Spreading the News in Bordentown

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When longtime friends Elizabeth Meyers and Kristin Antonello saw that the greater Bordentown area was in need of a hyperlocal news outlet, they jumped at the opportunity to bring TAPinto into the community.

The two recognized Bordentown as a community that would benefit from a TAPinto site because there was no publication devoted only to local news.

“There was a ...

Shapiro: "Amid Spike in Local News Initiatives, Franchise Model Remains Only Proven Method to Scale Local News"

Cautionary tales have emerged in recent weeks about the inherent risks of entering the local news industry. Poynter recently called out a few of the pain points that new publishers endure, and Columbia Journalism Review suggested there isn’t enough budget to combat increasing political polarization at the local level.

All these potential pitfalls haven’t stopped ...