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Essex County Opens New Sheriff's Patrol Headquarters in City's West Ward

December 17, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - It was a who’s who of state, county and local officials at the Essex County Sheriff’s Patrol Headquarters on Thursday, where the new, modern facility for county police patrol operations was officially opened in Newark’s West Ward.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura were joined by Newark ...

Cookie Palooza: Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies by Debbie Mikijanic

Ingredients

¾ c margarine, softened
​​​½ teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar​​​
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg
​​​​​½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup molasses​​​​½ ground ginger
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour​​
2 teaspoons baking soda
​​½ cup white sugar for rolling

In a medium bowl, mix ...

Police Blotter: Man Robbed in South Orange on Friday Night

December 13, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - On Friday, Dec. 8, a man was robbed by three or four people while he was sitting in a vehicle outside of a home on Seton Place, according to the South Orange police blotter.

The man, who is from South River and employed by a taxi service, reported that the the incident happened at about 9 p.m., and that the robbers "attempted to pull him out of his company's ...

Man Robbed in South Orange on Friday, Dec. 1, Report Police

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A South Orange resident reported that at about 5:35 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, an unknown man robbed him of his cash and cell phone while he was walking on South Orange Ave., near Rynda Rd, towards the South Orange Train Station, according to the South Orange police blotter.

The victim described the man as a 6 ft tall black male, who was wearing a hooded ...

Ice Hockey: Nutley-Columbia Falls to 0-4 in West Essex’s First Season Victory

December 13, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Nutley-Columbia Ice Hockey Coach Andrew Surowiec says his team needs to start playing as hard in their games as they do in their practices.

“At the practices, they’re working their butts off and there’s a lot of competition, but then we get to the games and it seems like something is missing,” the coach told TAPinto Nutley after his team recorded ...

Ice Hockey: Bernards Edges Nutley-Columbia, 2-1

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Bernards ice hockey team secured its first victory of the season Saturday night, 2-1, over Nutley-Columbia.

Jason Stitt scored in the second period with an assist from Nick Emmons to give the Mountaineers (1-1) a 2-1 lead. Emmons had also assisted on Bernards' first goal, a power play goal by Ryan McGriskin with 2:52 left in the first period.

Nutley tied the game ...

South Orange Village President Raises the Idea of Recreational Pot Shop In Town; Maplewood Mayor 'Open' To Discussion

December 11, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - If and when recreational marijuana is legalized in New Jersey, could Maplewood and South Orange become home to one of the legal pot shops?

South Orange Village President Sheena Collum stated that she was contacted by a “retail distributor,” and asked residents in a Facebook post Sunday what they would think of such a ...

Three RWJBarnabas Health Facilities Recognized as 2017 Top Hospitals

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, three RWJBarnabas Health facilities, were recently recognized as Top Teaching Hospitals in 2017 by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.

Among thousands of hospitals in the ...

Columbia H.S. Students Win Top Awards at 3rd Annual High School Film Festival

December 10, 2017

MAHWAH, NJ - Film and animation students from Columbia High School (CHS) had multiple wins at the 2017 Ramapo College of New Jersey's 3rd Annual High School Film Festival.

 

The festival, which took place on Dec. 2, featured a diverse group of films chosen by a jury of Ramapo College faculty, students, and industry professionals, according to the festival ...

Maplewood Singing Star SZA Blasts Local Starbucks in Pro-Village Coffee Twitter Screed

December 17, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Add Maplewood recording star SZA to the anti-Starbucks folks who outwardly oppose the recently opened mega-chain outlet in the new Clarus building in Maplewood Village.

Like a lot of Maplewood Village java fans here, SZA is pro-Village Coffee, and made that clear in several Twitter posts this weekend.

“They built a Starbucks next to my dad’s favorite coffee ...

Local Family-Friendly Events to Enjoy Over the Holidays in the Essex County Area

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Residents looking to fill their week with holiday cheer are in luck, as many local celebrations are in full swing.

From family-friendly events to kid-centric story times, and senior citizen dances to adults-only happy hours, there is something on the calendar for every member of the family from now until Dec. 25 and beyond.

Dec. 15

Mountain Creek ...

Cookie Palooza: Molasses Cookies

December 17, 2017

Molasses Cookies by Debbie Mikijanic

Ingredients

¾ c margarine, softened
​​​½ teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar​​​
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg
​​​​​½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup molasses​​​​½ ground ginger
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour​​
2 teaspoons baking soda
​​½ cup white sugar for rolling

In a medium bowl, mix ...

Holiday Shopping at St. James's Gate in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Sure, you think of St. James's Gate when you want a pint or a delicious meal by the cozy fireplace.

But did you know you can also do your holiday shopping at St. James's Gate? In addition to having gift certificates, which are the perfect gift for just about anyone on your holiday list, St. James's also has limited edition baseball hats on sale this year.

Just ...

Man Arrested for Assault Outside of Maplewood Daycare Center on Wednesday (Updated)

December 6, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A man assaulted a woman Wednesday morning outside of a daycare center at 495 Valley St., according to a press release from Maplewood police. The police reported receiving calls at about 8:45 a.m., and upon arrival, the woman who was the victim told officers that the father of her children, Kareem Dawson, age 30, had assaulted her after she had dropped off her son at the ...

Holiday Shopping at St. James's Gate in Maplewood

December 15, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Sure, you think of St. James's Gate when you want a pint or a delicious meal by the cozy fireplace.

But did you know you can also do your holiday shopping at St. James's Gate? In addition to having gift certificates, which are the perfect gift for just about anyone on your holiday list, St. James's also has limited edition baseball hats on sale this year.

Just ...

South Orange Village President Raises the Idea of Recreational Pot Shop In Town; Maplewood Mayor 'Open' To Discussion

December 11, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - If and when recreational marijuana is legalized in New Jersey, could Maplewood and South Orange become home to one of the legal pot shops?

South Orange Village President Sheena Collum stated that she was contacted by a “retail distributor,” and asked residents in a Facebook post Sunday what they would think of such a ...

Essex County Executive Launches 2018 Re-Election Campaign

December 12, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — Amid a sea of supporters from Washington, D.C. to Trenton, from Newark City Hall to the outer reaches of West Essex, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo formally announced his re-election campaign in Newark on Monday morning at Essex County Veterans Memorial Park.

DiVincenzo, a Newark native who now lives in Roseland, is seeking his fifth ...

Israel Bonds New Jersey to Honor Local Health Professionals

December 8, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s (SBMC) Dr. Stuart Geffner of Livingston and Morristown Medical Center’s Dr. Renee Frankel of Short Hills will be honored at this year’s Health Professionals Dinner at Crystal Plaza on Monday, hosted by Israel Bonds New Jersey.

Geffner, the Director of Renal and Pancreas Transplant Surgery at SBMC since 1995, has ...

Maplewood Leaf Collection Extended from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22

December 11, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Department of Public Works (DPW) has extended the last day of leaf collection from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22, according to an update on their Facebook page. The extension is "due to seasonal conditions," wrote the DPW.

The DPW asks residents to "please make every attempt to have all leaves curbside by that date."

For more information about ...

Maplewood Leaf Collection Extended from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22

December 11, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Department of Public Works (DPW) has extended the last day of leaf collection from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22, according to an update on their Facebook page. The extension is "due to seasonal conditions," wrote the DPW.

The DPW asks residents to "please make every attempt to have all leaves curbside by that date."

For more information about ...

Dec. 16 is Final Saturday of Activities at Dickens Village in Maplewood

December 14, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This is the third, and final, Saturday when the "little houses" of Dickens Village are open for viewing in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village. While the houses remain throughout the holiday season, this Saturday is the last chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a horse & wagon ride, or visit the petting farm.

Here's the full schedule for this ...

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Time to Shine

This time of year it is time to shine!

We all know holiday parties are among us and we have just the right stuff to get you all dolled up. From sparkly skirts to beautiful locally made jewelry & vegan perfumes. Sequins not your look? We have pants and dresses to complete your look and make you stand out. I know I will be heading out in my white waffle knit sweater and black ...

SOMA and The New Menstruation Equity Campaign

Menstruation, which has long been an awkward topic for most men, and an embarrassing subject for many women, has lately been part of the conversation in SOMA.

Maplewood attorney and author Jennifer Weiss-Wolf's book Periods Gone Public: Taking A Stand For Menstrual Equity was just published.

The South Orange-based non-profit Girls Helping Girls. Period. focuses solely on ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 008

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll learn about a groundbreaking new clinical trial in the fight against pancreatic cancer, meet an award-winning child neurologist at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and hear about the new Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center at Atlantic Orthopedic Institute – plus stay tuned at the end to see our debut episode of the AtlantiCast Medical ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Home Burglaries Reported

December 14, 2017

December 5 - Burglary; Sometime during the afternoon hours, a home on Woodside Rd was entered and cash was removed.

December 6 - Theft from Auto; An unsecured auto on Bowdoin St was entered and headphones were removed.

December 5 - Bicycle Theft; During the daytime hours an unsecured bicycle was removed from a bicycle rack at Jefferson School.

December 7 - Burglary; Sometime during the ...

Dec. 16 is Final Saturday of Activities at Dickens Village in Maplewood

December 14, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This is the third, and final, Saturday when the "little houses" of Dickens Village are open for viewing in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village. While the houses remain throughout the holiday season, this Saturday is the last chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a horse & wagon ride, or visit the petting farm.

Here's the full schedule for this ...

Holiday Celebrations in South Orange and Maplewood

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - South Orange and Maplewood have been celebrating the holidays with tree lightings, Santa visits, and more. Here's a recap of last week's SOMA holiday happenings.

POP 'N SHOP GRAND OPENING

At noon on Thursday, Dec. 7, there was a ribbon cutting and opening of the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) Pop 'n Shop, which is located ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, December 20, 12:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

The Purposes and Rhythms of Jewish Living

Education Religions And Spirituality

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Fri, December 22, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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Fri, December 22, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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Sun, December 24, 11:30 AM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

Breakfast with Santa at Par 440

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Family Health

When a Stroke is Possible, Experience Makes the Difference

When it comes to accurately diagnosing whether someone has suffered a stroke, “one can never be too smart,” says Dr. Gary Belt.

Belt, a stroke neurologist at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Overlook Medical Center, has more than three decades of experience in making those tricky diagnoses. He knows that superficial signs that seem to indicate a stroke can’t always be ...

The Mommy's Review - Coco

Corre, no camines (that’s “run, don’t walk!”) to see Coco, the newest animated feature film from Pixar Animation Studios/Disney. This beautiful movie is something that families will cherish seeing together. Like Moana last year, I took my family (ages 7 to 70+) to see Coco over Thanksgiving weekend, and everyone was delighted by the splendor of this wonderful cinematic ...

Essex County Opens New Sheriff's Patrol Headquarters in City's West Ward

December 17, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - It was a who’s who of state, county and local officials at the Essex County Sheriff’s Patrol Headquarters on Thursday, where the new, modern facility for county police patrol operations was officially opened in Newark’s West Ward.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura were joined by Newark ...

Local Family-Friendly Events to Enjoy Over the Holidays in the Essex County Area

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Residents looking to fill their week with holiday cheer are in luck, as many local celebrations are in full swing.

From family-friendly events to kid-centric story times, and senior citizen dances to adults-only happy hours, there is something on the calendar for every member of the family from now until Dec. 25 and beyond.

Dec. 15

Mountain Creek ...

Judge Rules that Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now

December 15, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

Union Police Department Auctioning Off Rolex Watches

UNION, NJ – Looking for a Rolex? 

The Union Police Department is auctioning off three Rolex watches seized during a narcotics arrest.  According to Union Police Lt. Robert Perez, the watches were part of the contraband awarded by the court.

The watches being auctioned are a Rolex 18K Gold and Stainless Steel Submariner Watch Model #116613, a Rolex Stainless Steel Yachtmaster ...

New Technology Available to Enhance Visits to NJ State Parks

December 16, 2017

TRENTON - The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry on Thursday, November 16 officially launched a new smart device tool to enhance visits to state parks by helping users plan visits around the state park system's vast network of trails.

The Trail Tracker application, demonstrated by the Park Service during a news conference today at Allaire State Park in Monmouth County, may be ...

Essex County (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Plans to Share A Hug, Share A Scarf

December 17, 2017

The Essex County (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated are planning their first Share A Hug, Share A Scarf initiative; taking on a concept that is quickly spreading across the country. The Hugging Trees trend that began in Seymour, Indiana, has people from all across the nation, taking old, new and handmade scarves, and tying them around trees in parks and neighborhoods, with messages of ...

Weekly Specials for Ashley Marketplace & Cafe - Dec. 15 to Dec. 21

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:

Live Lobster $12.99lb (Ashley Fish Market)
Driscoll’s Strawberries  $3.99
Vegetarian Sandwich $5.99 (Deli)
Sabra Hummus 17oz $3.99
Black Angus Boneless Beef Steak $9.88lb (Meat)
Locatelli Romano $9.99lb (Cheese)
Martinelli Sparkling Cider 25.4floz $3.99

See all ...

Bee Hive Rescued in Short Hills

SHORT HILLS, NJ - A beehive 50 feet above Oakview Terrace was saved last Wednesday through a coordinated effort of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum staff, Millburn Township Shade Tree workers, and beekeeper Joe Lelinho of Hilltop Honey. Thousands of regional honey bees built the exposed hive, but with temperatures plummeting the bees could have died.

Community member Amy Sherman Gotsch first ...