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Little Falls Public Library Closed Monday for Presidents Day

February 16, 2019

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Little Falls Public Library will be closed on Monday Feb. 18 in observance of Presidents Day.

The library will open for regular houses on Tuesday, Feb. 19 

Governor Murphy Declares State of Emergency

TRENTON, NJ -  Today, Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey will enter a state of emergency beginning tonight at midnight ahead of the winter storm, which is expected to start tonight and continue throughout the day tomorrow. Executive Order No. 55 declares a state of emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during the ...

Cricket House Renovation Complete at Paterson’s Eastside Park

February 20, 2019

PATERSON, NJ - Growing up in St, John, Antigua, Keith Henry was a wicket keeper for Faith and Hope High School. Now 61, the acclaimed cricketer once played before a crowd of over 5,000 people at the Antigua Recreation Ground, the national stadium of Antigua and Barbuda.

The now Paterson resident, and still passionate cricket lover, was one of over 50 people, led by Mayor Andre Sayegh and Third ...

Pascrell Accepts Legislator of the Year Award From Major County Sheriffs Association

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.’s support for law enforcement was recognized Wednesday as he was awarded the 2019 Legislator of the Year Award from the Major County Sheriffs’ Association,  a professional law enforcement association of elected sheriffs representing counties or parishes with populations of 500,000 or more.

Pascrell, who serves as ...

Sayegh to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award from DePaul Catholic

WAYNE, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh has been chosen as a distinguished alumnus from DePaul Catholic High School. Sayegh will be formally recongized at the school’s Spring Gala to be held at The Venetian in Garfield on Thursday, March 21.

Proceeds from the Gala will be dedicated to DePaul’s mission to foster the spiritual, intellectual, physical and social growth of its ...

Narcan Administered to School Bus Driver Who Allegedly Crashed into Tree, Police Say

February 20, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - City officials say Narcan was administered to the driver of a school bus that allegedly crashed into a tree today at 14th Avenue and Jones Street.  

Lisa Byrd, 57, was driving 12 children from 14th Avenue School when it crashed around 1:10 p.m., authorities said. Byrd, of Newark, is a driver from F & A Transport in East Orange, according to ...

Cops: Sussex County Bomber's Other Skill - Magic Mushrooms

ROXBURY, NJ – When police searched the Port Morris home of a man accused earlier this month of detonating a homemade bomb in Sussex County they discovered a hallucinogenic mushroom growing operation protected by cameras and filled with strategically placed weapons, according to court records.

Details of the findings are included in a Feb. 7 affidavit filed by Roxbury Police Detective Tom ...

Local News: Real Stories About Us

For a dozen years I was a news columnist at the state’s largest newspaper and in the decade prior to that, I was its editor in charge of all local news.

I semi-retired from that company in December and wrote a farewell column expressing gratitude for being able to make a living doing something I loved for more than 40 years.

In that continued spirit, here is my inaugural column for ...

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher

Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher. (Hanover Square Press, 2018)

 

The point of view from which a novel is told influences the reader’s perception of events, until we decide whether or not to trust the narrator. I wouldn’t classify Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to ...

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. (Harper, 2018)

 

Twelve million civilians died in the death camps in Europe during World War II. Six million victims were of the Jewish faith; the other six millions were comprised of political prisoners, gypsies, homosexuals, Catholics, and the mentally and physically handicapped. For each of those 12 million people, extraordinary stories ...

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner. (Atria, 2014).

Jennifer Weiner has captured the angst and humiliation of a young mother who is trapped in a situation that many professionals in their 30s, 40s and 50s face. While balancing a demanding career with raising children and caring for aging parents, people develop a variety of coping mechanisms to help them deal with daily stress. The wiser and ...

Why H.R. 8 is Useless!

February 7, 2019

Why H.R. 8 is useless!

As a New Jersey small business owner I’m painfully familiar with government red tape. As a New Jersey gun owner I’m painfully familiar with the government’s distrust and overregulation of a constitutionally protected right. Now the 119th Congress is aspiring to pour more salt in that wound in the name of H.R. 8, The Bipartisan Background Checks Act ...

It's Time for New Jersey to Allow Beer & Wine Sales at Supermarkets

For far too long, we’ve groused about the antiquated laws that stymie business growth in New Jersey.

With a new governor sworn in more than a year ago, following an administration that controlled Trenton for eight years, there’s been high hopes that state lawmakers would finally clean up the anti-business laws that have sat on dusty books for decades.

Because of these onerous ...

Mark Di Ionno Joins TAPinto as Featured Columnist

February 19, 2019

TAPinto.net CEO and Publisher Michael Shapiro has announced that Mark Di Ionno will be joining TAPinto as a columnist with his first piece published today. Di Ionno, who wrote for the Star Ledger, is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary and author of five acclaimed books including his latest novel, “Gods of Wood and Stone”.

“We’re excited to welcome a writer of ...

City Green Accepting Grant Applications For Passaic County Dig-In Program

City Green is accepting grant applications for the Passaic County Dig-In! program which provides local community members with the necessary tools and funding for community garden projects. In addition to the traditional community vegetable garden grants, City Green will award grants for existing community gardens as well as for pollinator/habitat gardens.

The Dig In! program is funded by the ...