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Passaic County Community College Holds Virtual Open House November 19

Passaic County Community College (PCCC) invites all future, returning, and visiting students to the PCCC
Snapshot: A Virtual Open House on Thursday November 19 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm on Zoom. Come and enjoy an overview of all that PCCC can offer: Academic excellence, affordable tuition, over 70 degree and certificate programs, and convenient online and in-person classes.

Attendees can ...

Hosting Thanksgiving Safely

As we prepare to celebrate another holiday amid a global pandemic, many families are struggling with the idea of not seeing their loved ones in person this Thanksgiving. But, as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in our area and across the country, healthcare workers are urging people to say home. 

As testing becomes readily available, it is becoming more and more apparent that a large ...

Little Falls Business Owners “Light Up The Town” for the Holiday Shopping Season

November 28, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ – As a difficult year draws to a close, the business community in Little Falls is determined to shine brightly.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on many businesses and will make the upcoming holiday shopping season more important this year than in the past. In hopes of drawing shoppers into the business district – and raise the spirits of local ...

Little Falls Puts On A Purple Glow For Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - The Municipal Building is lit with a warm purple glow to spotlight World Pancreatic Awareness Month.

The lighting will be displayed throughout the month of November. The month culminates with World Pancreatic Cancer Day on Nov. 19, with a goal to increase awareness of pancreatic cancer. It aims to bring attention to the warning signs of the disease, including ...

You Are Seen | The Untold Stories

The greatest gift we can give someone is the chance to see themselves through somebody else’s story.

In this new podcast, audience members will be able to explore the stories and experiences of a variety of people. Through the events of these past few months, we have read, heard, and seen countless stories told from people of various walks of life.

This season, our host Nicholas ...

A New (Old) Kind of Holiday

Everyone is worried about the holidays and while I’m sad I can’t see my extended family I am also looking forward to this year because it is like the holidays of my childhood.

Having moved 3 hours away from all of our family when I was entering first grade and my parents quickly realized that the stress of holiday travel stole all its magic we spent every holiday with my immediate ...

The New Normal Rockwell

Dear diary,

I love Thanksgiving. Even though I don’t get any presents, it is my favoritest holiday of the whole year.

On Thanksgiving Day our family gets together at our house. My aunts and uncles and cousins and grandmas and grandpas. Sometimes even some awkward girlfriends and boyfriends who we never see again after that. We light a fire in the fireplace and fill up the house with ...

The Answer Man

Watching Jeopardy! always makes me feel like an idiot. I am not very good with random knowledge. Or mental processes in general.

I rationalize this major shortcoming as an impetus for learning, as if knowledge is somehow a finite reservoir. The way I look at it, the more I know, the less there is to learn. It would be pretty boring if I knew everything.

And I no doubt would be more ...

From Behind the Camera to Interview Guest: East Main Media Director of Photography Andrew Lepley

November 29, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ – Brian Brodeur is joined by Andrew Lepley, the longtime Director of Photography at East Main Media. The two spoke about Lepley’s longtime collaboration with Brodeur and his work with the team at East Main Media. 
 
Typically working behind the camera, Lepley joked about being a guest on TAPintoTV. “This is an odd place for me and also makes me very ...

Documentary Filmmakers on the Untold Story of How Indigenous Women Influenced the Suffragette Movement

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur talked with Director Katsitsionni Fox and Editorial Consultant Corinna Sager about the new documentary film Without a Whisper, the untold story of how indigenous women influenced the early suffragette movement in the United States. 

The film “uncovers that hidden history,” said Fox. Women in the Haudenosaunee ...

Still Much to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving, Despite Coronavirus

November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving is a special day of the year when we pause to give thanks for the blessings that we have. This year, the holiday has to be different - it will be smaller and more somber, virtual and outdoors or indoors with few people and the windows open.

That’s how we can safely, still show appreciation and give thanks.

As we celebrate this day, I would like to take a moment to ...

Hot Toddy Recipes: 6 Variations on the Classic Holiday Cocktail

November 27, 2020

These days, enjoying a cocktail with friends can mean meeting outdoors. Want something that will warm everyone up as the evenings turn colder? Hot toddies to the rescue!

Hot toddies are traditionally made with whiskey or brandy, lemon, honey and hot water or tea. You can add different garnishes that will affect the flavor, such as apple slices, lemon wheels, star anise, cloves, a couple ...

Cranberry Farming Has a History in NJ (Thanksgiving Recipe Included)

What’s Thanksgiving without cranberries? Whether you whip up a batch of homemade chutney (see below) or open a can of jellied sauce, there’s a good chance that the famous red berry will make an appearance in some way, shape or form with your feast. Ocean Spray reports that six in 10 Americans say cranberry sauce has and always will be on their Thanksgiving table every ...

Khalique Completes Return to Paterson Council with Swearing in

November 26, 2020

PATERSON, NJ - Fireworks filled the sky over the Second Ward Tuesday night as dozens of local residents joined together to celebrate the swearing in of Councilman Shahin Khalique. Khalique was returned to the city’s legislative body after a do-over election was ordered by a judge when May’s contest ended in a tie.

After weeks of counting it was verified earlier this week that ...

NJ Board of Education Trustee Resigns Days After Using the Toilet on ZOOM Conference

November 27, 2020

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Following her accidental broadcast of herself in her bathroom during the school board’s Zoom meeting Monday night and the board’s subsequent rejection of a resolution to move the school board election date from the third Tuesday in April to November 2021, thereby extending her term another seven months, beleaguered board member Frances Cogelja has ...

NJ Scout Saddened But Undeterred After Park Project Vandalized With Swastika

WESTFIELD, NJ — A Boy Scout Troop is setting things right in a local park after a vandal or vandals defaced an Eagle Scout project with graffiti, including a swastika.

Dhillon Patel, 16, who is working with Boy Scout Troop 72, learned last week that trail markers he had put up in Tamaques Park were defaced. A photo provided to TAPinto Westfield shows a black swastika drawn on ...

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic Stone. (Ember, 2017)

“Last night changed me. I don’t wanna walk around all pissed off, and looking for problems, but I know I can’t continue to pretend nothing’s wrong, Yeah, there are no more ‘colored’  water fountains, and it’s supposed to be illegal to discriminate, but if I can be forced to sit on the concrete in too-tight ...

A Season of Blessings

The year 2020 has been one that most will never forget. We have had to navigate health issues, financial concerns, isolation, employment obstacles, political unrest, and a host of other matters, that quite frankly, we all will be happy to see end.

When I was contemplating what I wanted this week’s message to be, the only word that kept coming to mind was gratitude. I guess that is ...

Intentions versus Actions

Editor's Note: This column first ran on Nov. 22, 2019.

For the past few weeks, I have been the recipient of repeated hurtful actions and when I communicated my feelings with each perpetrator, the same response was offered, “It wasn’t my intention.” The frequency and flippancy of this explanation has gotten me to thinking about accountability, and whether intentions or ...

Textbook Affordability

November 25, 2020

To the Editor, 

We constantly hear the prospects of “free college” in this political age, but the inflation of college and textbooks costs have skyrocketed throughout the years. According to the survey done by U.S.PIRG, students spend $3 billion a year of financial aid on textbooks. Textbook prices have risen three times faster than inflation, leaving the average student now ...

Magic Mushrooms, Gov. Murphy and a Coward

To the Editor:

The ancient Greek storyteller Aesop famously said that "appearances can often be deceiving" and the administration of Gov. Murphy has deceived the citizens of New Jersey again.  The citizens of New Jersey voted to legalize recreational marijuana at his urging because he said it would be the "right thing to do." However, what Gov. Murphy actually did was ...

IRS Criminal Investigation releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report; Identifies $2.3 billion in tax fraud

November 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service released the Criminal Investigation Division's annual report, highlighting the agency’s successes and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2020 during International Fraud Awareness Week. The majority of these activities occurred during COVID-19. A key achievement was the identification of over $10 billion in tax fraud and ...

Special $300 tax deduction helps most people give to charity this year – even if they don’t itemize

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers of a special new provision that will allow more people to easily deduct up to $300 in donations to qualifying charities this year.

Following special tax law changes made earlier this year, cash donations of up to $300 made before Dec. 31, 2020, are now deductible when people file their taxes in 2021.

“Our nation’s ...