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Essex County Freeholders Pass Legislation to Support Minority-Owned, Women-Owned and Veteran-Owned Businesses

July 22, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – New legislation has been enacted by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders designed to increase economic opportunity for women-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned businesses, county officials announced.

During the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Wednesday, the board unanimously passed an ordinance that they hope will redefine ...

Maplewood Man Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Nearly $300,000 from Customers

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Germaine Theodore of Maplewood, who stole about $298,000 from customers of his two debt relief businesses in Maplewood and Jersey City, was sentenced to prison on July 19, according to a release from Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino.

Germaine Theodore promised customers of TGC Movement in Maplewood and Save My Future in Jersey City big reductions in their monthly ...

Road Closures Expected in Maplewood on Friday, July 14 and Monday, July 17

July 13, 2017

Updated at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 14

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There are planned road closures on Valley Street at Tuscan Road and on Valley Street at Oakview Avenue "on or about" Friday, July 14, and Monday, July 17, according to an update from the Maplewood Police Department.

A further update from Maplewood police on Friday morning stated, "construction on Valley St has been ...

Maplewood Resident Notch Holes-in-One at 'The Muni' in Summit

July 20, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - Hilltop City residents Tina Boyer and Mike Sinunu were two of three individuals to recently find the cup from the tee box at The Summit Municipal Golf Course, thus joining the 'Hole-in-One Club.'

Joining the pair of Summit 'aces' was Jake Laskowski of Maplewood, who took out 'The Big Dog' -- his driver -- to achieve golfing nirvana on the 122-yard fourth ...

Grand Opening of Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge Celebrated at East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills

EAST ORANGE, NJ - The fruition of East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor’s multi-year vision of making the East Orange Golf Course at Short Hills playable, popular, and profitable came into full view last Friday night with a grand opening celebration at the newly opened, Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge.

Taylor thanked Mario LaVecchia, who also owns Above Restaurant & Bar in South Orange, ...

Update on Lead Testing in Schools from Superintendent Ramos

July 20, 2017

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The following letter was sent via email to the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) community on Thursday, July 20, from John J. Ramos, Sr., SOMSD Superintendent.

Dear SOMSD Community,

As you may be aware, an initial report indicated elevated levels of lead in nine of 223 of the district’s water sources. Upon receipt of the results, each of ...

Overlook Medical Center, Other Atlantic Health System Hospitals Seek Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial Participants

SUMMIT, NJ - When treated in its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is over 90 percent. Unfortunately, only 15 percent of cases are found at this early stage due to ovarian cancer's non-specific symptoms and lack of available early detection tests.

When discovered at a more advanced stage, the ovarian cancer survival rate can be as low as 18 ...

Update on Lead Testing in Schools from Superintendent Ramos

July 20, 2017

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The following letter was sent via email to the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) community on Thursday, July 20, from John J. Ramos, Sr., SOMSD Superintendent.

Dear SOMSD Community,

As you may be aware, an initial report indicated elevated levels of lead in nine of 223 of the district’s water sources. Upon receipt of the results, each of ...

Activities at the South Orange Public Library: July 20 to July 27

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There are lots of activities this week at the South Orange Public Library. Here's what's happening for kids and adults:

 

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES

 

THURSDAY, JULY 20

 

7 p.m. - SOMA Kids Film Festival and Teddy Bear Sleepover

 

FRIDAY, JULY 21

 

1:30 p.m. - Friday Features - Pete's Dragon - Rated ...

South Orange Summer Nights Feature Community Art, Music, and Movies

July 19, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Summer Nights are in full swing, with Art in the Park taking place since June, and Concerts in the Park since July 5. In August, there will be a Moonlight Movies series.

All events take place on Floods Hill in Meadowland Park. Event organizers encourage concert-goers to arrive early to order from the food trucks and to pick out a spot on the ...

SOMA Film Festival: Free Kids Screenings at South Orange and Maplewood Libraries

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The SOMA Film Festival, in partnership with the South Orange and Maplewood public libraries, is offering free screenings on July 20 and July 24 of its successful “Kids Program."

The inaugural “Kids Program” screened to a sold-out Maplewood Theater in March at this years’ festival. According to festival organizers, the ...

South Orange Summer Nights Feature Community Art, Music, and Movies

July 19, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Summer Nights are in full swing, with Art in the Park taking place since June, and Concerts in the Park since July 5. In August, there will be a Moonlight Movies series.

All events take place on Floods Hill in Meadowland Park. Event organizers encourage concert-goers to arrive early to order from the food trucks and to pick out a spot on the ...

Stepping Up to the Plate, Summit Readies to Host Ninth Annual Restaurant Week July 20-30

SUMMIT, NJ - It's so big that it is a week that will last 10 days.

Summit’s Ninth Annual Restaurant Week will begin Thursday, July 20 and run through Sunday, July 30, and feature more than 30 restaurants and food shops offering prix fixe menus and specials. Restaurant Week will begin with a 'Kick-Off Night' July 20, which will include live music throughout downtown from 6 ...

Maplewood Man Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Nearly $300,000 from Customers

July 21, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Germaine Theodore of Maplewood, who stole about $298,000 from customers of his two debt relief businesses in Maplewood and Jersey City, was sentenced to prison on July 19, according to a release from Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino.

Germaine Theodore promised customers of TGC Movement in Maplewood and Save My Future in Jersey City big reductions in their monthly ...

Artistry Salon by Ampy Celebrates Grand Opening in South Orange

July 21, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -  The official opening of Artistry Salon by Ampy was held last week, with the ribbon cutting ceremony held indoors due to inclement weather.

Surrounded by family, clients, well-wishers, and members of the South Orange Village government, South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA), and the Academy Heights Neighborhood Association, everyone gathered behind ...

'Summer of Hell' Began on Monday, July 10, for SOMA Commuters

July 10, 2017

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Monday morning, July 10, was the first day of what has been called the "Summer of Hell" for NJTransit commuters, when service on NJTransit is greatly reduced while Amtrak rail work is being completed. Both Maplewood and South Orange had refreshments and local officials on hand to send-off commuters on the first day of the new schedule.

Early on ...

Rotary Club of South Orange Hosts 'Happy Hour for Charity'

July 16, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Rotary Club of South Orange hosted "Happy Hour for Charity" at the Reservoir Restaurant in South Orange the evening of June 15. The event honored CEMFNJ - Children's Emergency Medical Fund of New Jersey, an organization which provides advocacy and medical services, as well as supplies and support to families.

Stacey Borden, President and ...

Jersey Fresh Farmers Markets are Right Here in Essex County

July 14, 2017

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - You don't have to drive far to discover all the Jersey Fresh goodness of the Garden State

Many of the state's best farmers market are right here in Essex County, offering produce from farms across the Garden State.

Nutley Farmers Market

Municipal Lot No. 1, at the corner of Franklin Ave. & William St., Nutley, NJ 07110

June 18th - Oct. 29th, ...

A Visit with Cosmo Mellusi of Cardinal Lawn and Garden Center in Springfield

July 12, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - This charming local Garden Center has been run by Cosmo Mellusi, his brother and sister since 1971. Prior to that, the Cardinal family ran a garden center beginning in 1950.

The Cardinal family chicken farm was on this site long before any houses were built in the area. Cosmo says his business has been built by word of mouth with many customers coming from surrounding towns ...

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Maplewood's 4th of July Fireworks - Should the Fences Come Down?

I wrote last month that those who do not pay for the Maplewood fireworks but sit and watch them anyway were akin to thieves. This brought a great mixed reaction, some agreeing with me while others claiming such a viewpoint was unfair to those who cannot afford it.

Then there were some who called it racist since many of those who do not or cannot pay are people of color. One person ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Auto Theft Reported

July 18, 2017

July 13 - Theft; Sometime during the overnight hours, three lawn mowers left unsecured in a rear yard on Concord Ave were stolen.

July 14 - Attempted Auto Theft; An unsecured vehicle parked on Parker Ave was entered overnight and damage was caused to the vehicles ignition consistent with an attempted theft.

July 16 - Auto Theft; Sometime over the previous five days ad unsecured vehicle that ...

South Orange Summer Nights Feature Community Art, Music, and Movies

July 19, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Summer Nights are in full swing, with Art in the Park taking place since June, and Concerts in the Park since July 5. In August, there will be a Moonlight Movies series.

All events take place on Floods Hill in Meadowland Park. Event organizers encourage concert-goers to arrive early to order from the food trucks and to pick out a spot on the ...

SOMA Film Festival: Free Kids Screenings at South Orange and Maplewood Libraries

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The SOMA Film Festival, in partnership with the South Orange and Maplewood public libraries, is offering free screenings on July 20 and July 24 of its successful “Kids Program."

The inaugural “Kids Program” screened to a sold-out Maplewood Theater in March at this years’ festival. According to festival organizers, the ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, August 6, 3:00 PM

Livingston High School, Livingston

Free Concert "Italian Vacation" Essex County ...

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, August 18, 9:30 AM

Good Grief, Morristown

Good Grief Volunteer Facilitator Training

Giving Back Other

Sat, August 19, 9:30 AM

Good Grief, Morristown

Good Grief Volunteer Facilitator Training

Giving Back Other

Sun, August 20, 9:30 AM

Good Grief, Morristown

Good Grief Volunteer Facilitator Training

Giving Back Other

Essex County Freeholders Pass Legislation to Support Minority-Owned, Women-Owned and Veteran-Owned Businesses

July 22, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – New legislation has been enacted by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders designed to increase economic opportunity for women-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned businesses, county officials announced.

During the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Wednesday, the board unanimously passed an ordinance that they hope will redefine ...

22-Year-Old Montclair Man Charged Following Road Rage Incident Involving Dog

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Charges have been filed against a 22-year-old Montclair man by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) Humane Police on Tuesday after a video surfaced of the man tossing a dog during a road rage incident.

Humane Police filed animal cruelty charges against Marc Dione, of Upper Montclair, authorities announced.  He was charged with two ...

Lance: Bedminster Receives Secret Service Designation

July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As it became clear that Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster was one of President Trump's favorite destinations, it also became clear to local officials in Somerset County and in the Somerset Hills that providing security and traffic control could break the bank.  Those worries sould now be in the rear view mirror.

Congressman Leonard Lance today announced his ...

Stepping Up to the Plate, Summit Readies to Host Ninth Annual Restaurant Week July 20-30

SUMMIT, NJ - It's so big that it is a week that will last 10 days.

Summit’s Ninth Annual Restaurant Week will begin Thursday, July 20 and run through Sunday, July 30, and feature more than 30 restaurants and food shops offering prix fixe menus and specials. Restaurant Week will begin with a 'Kick-Off Night' July 20, which will include live music throughout downtown from 6 ...

TAPinto Travels Weekend Event Suggestions

July 20, 2017

With very little rain in the forecast, Northern New Jersey’s weather should be perfect for the many outdoor events taking place this weekend. All of the events featured this week are family friendly with low to no cost admission prices.

Food Truck Festival at the Hermitage

If you have yet to visit Bergen County’s famed Gothic revival museum, you must make it a point to tour the ...

Essex County Splash Park Now Open at Watsessing Park

July 21, 2017

BLOOMFIELD/EAST ORANGE, NJ – On Thursday, July 20, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that the expansion to two playgrounds in Essex County Watsessing Park has been completed. Water spray equipment to cool off youngsters when the temperature rises were installed near Dodd Street and a cargo net climber and other new equipment have been installed at the ...

Atlantic Health System Named a Best Workplace in New York Region

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, announced it was named to the Great Place to Work® and Fortune’s inaugural list of Best Workplaces in New York.

Atlantic Health System ranked 6th on the list, and was the only New Jersey-based health care system to be highlighted in the New York Metropolitan region.

The new recognition ...

Ellen Marzano Weds Benjamin Chisvette Jr.

Ellen Marzano of Maplewood and Benjamin Chisvette Jr. of Newark were married on July 17, 2017.

The bride is a graduate of Union County College and studied at Rutgers University. She is currently employed as an office manager in Madison, NJ.

The groom is a graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange and is employed as a cost accountant in Lodi, NJ.

The couple ...