Arts & Entertainment

June 21, 2021

NEWARK, NJ —  The winning design for a monument honoring the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman that will be placed in Washington Park in Newark has been chosen. Newark city officials held a contest earlier this year for five artists to submit their proposed designs for the project. Artist Nina ...

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WOODLAND PARK - The Alfred Baumann Library saluted the winners of its annual poetry contest at a reading event on June 16 at Dowling Gardens. The staff sends its thanks to all those that submitted poems. Winners in attendance at the event read their poems. All winning poems will be published and ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Hundreds of individuals, couples and families spread out across Memorial Park last Sunday to celebrate Pride Month together. It was sponsored by North Jersey Pride, whose mission is “promote equality, celebrate family and support LGBTQ youth through fun and educational ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A mural of Black, transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson will be getting repainted just in time for Pride Month following a defacing in April.  The People’s Committee of Elizabeth, an organization created by young adult Elizabeth residents, sponsored the mural that stands on the ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - New Jersey’s largest fireworks display will return to the Jersey City waterfront this Fourth of July with Fireworks by Grucci, Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced. Following recent years of historic crowds with A-list celebrities, the annual Independence Day celebrations were canceled ...

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Borough of Woodland Park hosted its annual fishing derby at Henderson Pond at Zaccaria Park on June 5. This year for the first time, the event was open to residents of Woodland Park, Little Falls and Totowa - with over 60 families taking part.  Antonio “Go Go” Gomez and ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hoping to capitalize on its strength as a cultural destination, Jersey City will become the first North American location of the Paris based Centre Pompidou. Mayor Steven Fulop, joined by Serge Lasvignes, president of Pompidou Center, Governor Phil Murphy, and Hudson County ...

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Mayor Mohamed, a film by longtime Montclair resident and Seton Hall University Professor Jeffrey Togman, will have its world premiere at the 2021 Brooklyn Film Festival. “It’s just a great film,” said Brandon Harrison, the Feature Documentary Programmer at the festival. “Certain films just stick ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Last September, Anna Samanamu, a West Orange High School paraprofessional educator, submitted a video about her parents and brother immigrating from Peru to the United States to the PBS American Portrait television show. The program is a national storytelling project that asks ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – For the second year in a row, Montclair's annual 4th of July celebration has been canceled. All planned public activities related to the holiday are part of the cancellation, including the parade and the community picnic at Edgemont Memorial Park.  With restrictions on large ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - After canceling what would have been the festival’s decennial year due to COVID-19, the Town of Morristown has announced the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival is on for 2021! “I can’t wait,” said Mayor Dougherty. “The past twelve months were filled with so many cancellations ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - The first annual Jersey City Mural Festival will help kickoff summer in the city with a celebration of vibrant public art that will foster community and benefit local small businesses affected by the pandemic, Mayor Steven Fulop announced. The citywide festival, scheduled for June ...

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Organizers of the decades old "State Fair Meadowlands" are getting ready for this year's event. After canceling the 2020 state fair because of the global pandemic, organizers decided to come back bigger for 2021. This year's event will be a week longer - running from June 18 ...

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CAMDEN NJ — This city will be the spotlight as comedic actor Adam Sandler films scenes here for “Hustle,” an upcoming movie that he and NBA great LeBron James are producing for Netflix. Production crews for “Hustle” have already filmed across the river in Philadelphia, but the N.J. Motion ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Bellevue Theatre, located in Upper Montclair, is slated to reopen in the fall or early 2022, officials announced this week. During an intimate ceremony held Thursday at the movie venue located at 260 Bellevue Avenue, the Bellevue Theatre President Doreen Sayegh, on behalf ...

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NEWARK, NJ – The Newark Symphony Hall will be joining New Jersey’s leading arts organizations to support New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color, a network of professional arts administrators of color dedicated to advancing efforts related to equity, diversity and inclusion within the ...

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ - In 2016, the Woodland Park Borough suffered five tragic suicides in town. In response, it came together and formed the Woodland Park Stigma Free Task Force to bring awareness to mental health, which is all too often ignored. On Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at ...

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CAMDEN NJ – This city will be the spotlight as comedic actor Adam Sandler films scenes here for “Hustle,” an upcoming movie that he and NBA great LeBron James are producing for Netflix. Production crews for “Hustle” have already filmed across the river in Philadelphia, but the N.J. Motion ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD – South Plainfield’s own Cory Singer recently released the video for his single, “Someone,” a song he wrote about wanting to fall in love with someone who truly understands you. Singer is a singer-songwriter, musician, theater performer, and autism advocate. Diagnosed with autism ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Public Library will present Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Barry Meier in conversation with Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent at Yahoo News about Meier’s new book, “Spooked,” covering the rise of the private spying industry. This program, ...

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TRENTON, NJ-- With cases declining throughout the state and the percentage of NJ residents who have been vaccinated rising every week, Governor Murphy announced additional easing of restrictions in the coming weeks. The changes will take place in two phases. The first phase, starting on ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When the documentary filmmaker duo Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno trained their lens on poverty in Newark, they did it not just to spotlight a serious socio-economic issue. The husband and wife team want to use their camera as a tool to take down a plague that has blighted the city ...

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TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy announced the Your Voice, Your Shot video contest that urges New Jersey residents to share why they and others are getting vaccinated. The contest calls for compelling, creative, and captivating videos, and a number of finalists will be chosen. The public will then ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID press briefing Wednesday announced that he would sign an Executive Order allowing for summer camps – both day camps and sleep away camps – to open for the upcoming season. The governor says that he is pleased with the way COVID numbers are trending ...

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TOTOWA, NJ - Crack open the Turtle Wax and start polishing your sweetest ride, the second annual Totowa Car Show takes place Sunday, May 2.  Response to the 2020 event, despite the restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was a tremendous success. This year, the event is expected to be ...

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TOTOWA, NJ - With rain in the forecast for Sunday, organizers of Sunday's 2nd Annual Car Show made the tough decision to postpone the April 25 event. In the spirit of "The Show Must Go On," the car show will now take place on Sunday, May 2, 2021.    

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EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ — In January, TAP reported on the Essex County student and teacher winners of New Jersey Association of Gifted Children awards. Now, we are diving deeper into the story of Avien Abney, the winner of the Grades 3-5 NJAGC Distinguished Student Award for 2021. Avien Abney, ...

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Legislation is Part of a $100 Million Relief Package for New Jersey Small Businesses LONG BRANCH, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law S-3521, which provides $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for arts and cultural venues throughout New Jersey. The bill – sponsored by Senators Joseph ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!" Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life.  Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book ...

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TOTOWA, NJ - Totowa’s second annual Car Show will take place on Sunday, April 25 at the Wells Fargo Parking lot between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. To register a car, can pay $20 on the day of the event. Spectators can attend for free. The event is open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles of all years and ...

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