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

June 21, 2021

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.

Juneteenth Will Be Celebrated as a State Holiday for the First Time Today

NEW JERSEY, NJ - Today, June 18, the state of New Jersey, for the first time, will celebrate Juneteenth as a state holiday. 

"On Juneteenth, we must commit to doing more to ensure equal access to all aspects of society – education, health care, housing, jobs, justice", said Governor Murphy.

In Madison, Mayor mayor Bob Conley proclaimed that the town will ...

Statue Commemorating George Floyd Unveiled at Newark City Hall 

NEWARK, NJ — Nearly one year ago, Newark residents and social justice advocates joined efforts nationwide to rally at the steps of City Hall and condemn the death of George Floyd after former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for a span of eight minutes. 

In the following months, Floyd’s death elevated the “Black Lives Matter” movement on an ...

NJ Turnpike Authority Forces Veterans to Remove Military Branch Flags from Parkway Overpass

SAYREVILLE, NJ – Robert Bouthillette, Sayreville veteran, and his good friend Fred Block, sought to honor those currently serving and those who past served for Memorial Day, by placing the military branch flags above the Garden State Parkway.

Related: Sayreville Residents Honor Veterans With Flags

Block then received a call from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) that the ...

Amtrak Through Roxbury? Lackawanna Cutoff Restoration Proposed for Passenger Trains

ROXBURY, NJ — Passenger trains between New York and Pennsylvania might return to the Lackawanna Cutoff, a historic rail right-of-way connecting Roxbury and the Delaware Water Gap.

The government-subsidized, quasi-public corporation is including a revival of the long-dormant Cutoff as part of a plan to restore long-distance passenger rail service between New York City and Scranton, ...

D’Jais Evacuation Triggered by Malfunction in Fire System Sprinkler Head, No Fire Found

BELMAR, NJ — D’Jais Bar & Grill was closed for more than 12 hours into this morning after its fire protection system was shut down to repair a malfunctioning sprinkler head in the kitchen, according to Belmar Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea.

At about 9:08 p.m. on June 5, the Belmar Fire Department was dispatched to a fire alarm at the Ocean Avenue establishment, where they found a ...

"Mayor Mohamed" - the Movie World Premiere

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 out. Mayor Mohamed was one of those films. It’s such an intimate ...

NJ Doctor Barred from Practice after Over-Prescribing Opioids

NEWARK, NJ  – As of Tuesday, Alexander Kulischenko, an internist with a practice in East Brunswick, is permanently barred from practicing medicine under a Consent Order filed by the Board this week. The Order also permanently revokes Kulischenko’s NJ CDS registration, which allowed him to prescribe controlled dangerous substances in New Jersey. 

Kulischenko is ...

New Hudson River Tunnel Inches Closer to Construction

New York, NY—It’s been ten years since Amtrak first announced the Gateway Program to modernize the Northeast Corridor between New York Penn Station and Newark Penn Station, and this week a major component of the program, a new Hudson River Tunnel, inches closer to construction with a long-awaited environmental approval.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad ...

Brian Sicknick's Mother Pleads with Senate to Investigate Capitol Rebellion

SOUTH RIVER, NJ - Gladys Sicknick of South River, NJ, mother of deceased Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, is pleading with members of the United States Senate to open an investigation into the riot that took place on January 6, 2021.  She has requested a meeting with Senators to encourage their support of an investigation into the events that she believed led to the death of her ...

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

June 21, 2021

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.

Juneteenth Will Be Celebrated as a State Holiday for the First Time Today

NEW JERSEY, NJ - Today, June 18, the state of New Jersey, for the first time, will celebrate Juneteenth as a state holiday. 

"On Juneteenth, we must commit to doing more to ensure equal access to all aspects of society – education, health care, housing, jobs, justice", said Governor Murphy.

In Madison, Mayor mayor Bob Conley proclaimed that the town will ...

Statue Commemorating George Floyd Unveiled at Newark City Hall 

NEWARK, NJ — Nearly one year ago, Newark residents and social justice advocates joined efforts nationwide to rally at the steps of City Hall and condemn the death of George Floyd after former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for a span of eight minutes. 

In the following months, Floyd’s death elevated the “Black Lives Matter” movement on an ...

NJ Turnpike Authority Forces Veterans to Remove Military Branch Flags from Parkway Overpass

SAYREVILLE, NJ – Robert Bouthillette, Sayreville veteran, and his good friend Fred Block, sought to honor those currently serving and those who past served for Memorial Day, by placing the military branch flags above the Garden State Parkway.

Related: Sayreville Residents Honor Veterans With Flags

Block then received a call from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) that the ...

Amtrak Through Roxbury? Lackawanna Cutoff Restoration Proposed for Passenger Trains

ROXBURY, NJ — Passenger trains between New York and Pennsylvania might return to the Lackawanna Cutoff, a historic rail right-of-way connecting Roxbury and the Delaware Water Gap.

The government-subsidized, quasi-public corporation is including a revival of the long-dormant Cutoff as part of a plan to restore long-distance passenger rail service between New York City and Scranton, ...

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Summer is the Perfect Time at PCCC, Classes Start June 14 and July 7

Summer is the perfect time and Passaic County Community College (PCCC) is the perfect place to get started, get ahead, or catch up on your college education.

Two summer semesters are coming up with a wide range of courses in high-demand career fields including math, biology, technology, business, healthcare and much more.  

Are you a first-time college student? PCCC offers ...

Water Line Work May Cause Issues With Pressure or Discoloration

(CLIFTON, N.J. – May 28, 2021) – As part of the ongoing roadwork along Route 46, Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) will be working on a major water transmission line next week. The transmission main will be shut down for up to one week, beginning on Tuesday, June 1st

While the pipe is being relocated, PVWC will use alternate sources to supply water to customers.

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Tue, June 22, 8:00 PM

Online Event, Montclair

Book Talk: Salman Rushdie Live in Conversation ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, June 23, 7:00 PM

The Newark Museum of Art, Newark

Arts in the Garden: Price & Mendelssohn

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, June 26, 10:00 AM

The Newark Museum of Art, Newark

Arts in the Garden: All Around the World Family ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Sun, June 27, 9:00 AM

Town Hall Parking Lot , Little Falls

Little Falls Sunday Farmers Market

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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 ...

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 ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 10, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

NJ Dentist Uses Dental Lasers to Painlessly Treat Patients

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Joseph DalBon, DMD, spoke with TAPintoTV about the laser technology he uses at his practice, New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, and the many benefits this technology offers to his patients, notably the absence of pain for many dental procedures. “It’s probably the best technology that you could use in dentistry,” DalBon said. 

DalBon ...

Behind the Tradition: All About the Jersey Shore’s Famous Salt Water Taffy

June 17, 2021

NEW JERSEY — When you think of the Jersey Shore, what comes to mind? Boardwalks? Beaches? How about salt water taffy?

The bite-sized candy has a history that stretches as long as the Atlantic City boardwalk itself.

Salt water taffy was introduced on the AC Boardwalk in the 1880s and became known as the first Atlantic City souvenir, according to AtlanticCityNJ.com. Having been ...

Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

The 51 Best Photos of Paterson’s Juneteenth Peace March for Social Justice

June 21, 2021

PATERSON, NJ - Less than 24 hours after the City of Paterson recognized Juneteenth as an official holiday for the first time, both through a flag raising at City Hall and by hosting Governor Phil Murphy for the signing of legislation blocking landlords from discriminating against potential tenants based on past criminal history, hundreds of community members, activists, and others took part in a ...

Bloomberg Names Paterson 'Champion City' for Effort to Fight Opioids

PATERSON, NJ - A proposal to provide “proven, on-demand treatment to those struggling with opioid addiction,” has the City of Paterson in the running for one of 15 one million dollar prizes as well as “robust multi-year technical assistance to implement and scale their ideas.”

The announcement of Paterson as a “Champion City” came Tuesday from Bloomberg ...

According to Diversity Expert, the Wayne Valley Mascot Does Not Need to be Changed ‘At This Time’

WAYNE, NJ — The results of the Wayne Valley Mascot ThoughtExchange survey showed more support for keeping the Indians mascot then it did for changing it, according to Tamika Reese, a diversity consultant hired by the school district. The results of this survey seemed to be the deciding factor in keeping the controversial mascot, at least for the time being.

Reese stated the findings ...

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

June 21, 2021

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.

Juneteenth Will Be Celebrated as a State Holiday for the First Time Today

NEW JERSEY, NJ - Today, June 18, the state of New Jersey, for the first time, will celebrate Juneteenth as a state holiday. 

"On Juneteenth, we must commit to doing more to ensure equal access to all aspects of society – education, health care, housing, jobs, justice", said Governor Murphy.

In Madison, Mayor mayor Bob Conley proclaimed that the town will ...

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, 

2013.

 

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 ...

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 ...

Take Time To Get Lost In A Story: 5 Book Genres For You To Enjoy

Just as exercising is good for physical health, flexing your mental muscles is vital - especially as you age. Reading daily is a wonderful way to give your brain a workout. It stimulates your imagination, engages your concentration and memory, and allows you to learn something new.

Whether you prefer holding a book, using a tablet, or listening to audiobooks, diving into stories you enjoy is ...

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 ...

Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

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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 ...

If You Have Nothing Nice to Say

Last week I had lunch with a business colleague, Anna, who owns an interior design company. During our conversation we shared stories about things we experienced during the past year, and we discussed how we were able to keep our companies on track. One of her strategies during the pandemic was to develop a robust social media presence. To achieve her goal, Anna hired her friend’s daughter, ...

Make the Call

A few days ago, I was looking through photos from my childhood and I started reminiscing about family members who have passed or with whom I’ve lost contact. One memory was front and center because it jarred strong emotions within me.

My father’s cousin was a wonderful man who was a high level production executive for the ABC television network. He started as an elevator operator ...

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 ...

Non-profit Succeed2gether Launches 'Pathways Forward' Support Program

June 19, 2021

Essex County's Succeed2gether launches Pathways Forward, a new program offering wrap-around support for students and their families over the six-year journey from middle school through the first year of college or vocational training. The program is free for low and moderate-income families.

The first introductory session of Pathways Forward will take place on Wednesday June 30th at 6:00 ...

MVC Facilities, Except Inspection Stations, Will Be Closed Friday, June 18, in Observance of the Juneteenth Holiday

TRENTON — New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) customers are advised that the following MVC facilities will be closed Friday, June 18. This is in observance of the state’s inaugural Juneteenth holiday, which is designated the third Friday in June.

Closed Friday, June 18:

Licensing and Vehicle Centers
Regional Service Centers
Road testing sites

Open Friday, ...