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Juneteenth – Black Freedom Celebrated at the Durand-Hedden House & Garden

June 22, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A Juneteenth celebration took place at the Durand-Hedden House and Garden, an event that was packed full of varying performances and activities as well as exhibits, information, historical reenactors performing, musical performances, food for sale and vendors with various wares.

Many events were happening concurrently inside the house, near the river, in front of the ...

Maplewood Celebrates Juneteenth

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Saturday, June 18, 2022, late afternoon well into the evening a large group gathered on Maplewood Memorial Park to hear the Spoken Word from several Poets, Music, and Song.

Mayor Dean Dafis greeted everyone and turned the mike over to Committeeman Frank McGehee who delivered the following remarks:

"Thank you for coming out - We appreciate ...

Juneteenth Celebrations in SOMA June 17 - 19, 2022.

Juneteenth is the celebration of when Freedom truly came to some Black Slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. Although the President had declared all free in 1863, this area of the country had not given the freedom to the people in questioned until the Union Army showed up and ordered them to do so.

It’s now been declared a federal holiday, and celebrated in many areas but not ...

SOMA School Board Leans Toward Renaming Jefferson School after Winnie Bolden

June 28, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Most members of the South Orange/Maplewood School Board said Monday they favored renaming Jefferson School in honor of Winnie Delia Bolden, the first Black woman to graduate from Columbia High School.

That opinion was revealed during a non-binding, informal straw vote by the board which is continuing to discuss what name to give the elementary school. The board has ...

Wonder Announces its First Ever Student of the Year Awards

Wonder, a new home dining experience serving 22 towns in New Jersey, has announced its first ever Student of the Year awards. The company is currently accepting nominations for 2022 high school graduates that exemplify Wonder’s core values of mastery, compassion, and courage.

"These communities have been so welcoming to us,” Wonder Senior Director of Marketing, Raina ...

Out-of-District Special Needs Student Makes History at Senior Prom

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Thanks to a Livingston mom’s determination to bring awareness to a clause in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 stating that all school districts have a responsibility to include all students in extracurricular activities, Livingston teen Benjamin Tepper recently became the first out-of-district special needs student to attend the Livingston High School (LHS) senior prom ...

VIDEO: Teen Police Chief, First Aid Squad Finishes Training, Balloons for a Cause and Biking for a Birthday

June 28, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A teen becomes a police chief for a day. Plus, a first aid squad finishes extrication training. And, a ballon professional gets a special task. Also, a Councilman puts the pedal to the metal for his birthday. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up NJ. 

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SOMA School Board Leans Toward Renaming Jefferson School after Winnie Bolden

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Most members of the South Orange/Maplewood School Board said Monday they favored renaming Jefferson School in honor of Winnie Delia Bolden, the first Black woman to graduate from Columbia High School.

That opinion was revealed during a non-binding, informal straw vote by the board which is continuing to discuss what name to give the elementary school. The board has ...

Livingston Police Solve Nearly All Vehicle Thefts Despite Steady Increase in Cases

June 26, 2022

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following the recent uptick in vehicle thefts throughout the state, including a total of 19 vehicles stolen from Livingston to date in 2022, Livingston Chief of Police Gary Marshuetz attended Monday’s township council meeting to publicly addressed crucial data related to these local investigations.

In addition to warning residents about the need to remove key ...

Authorities Search for Suspect Who Threw Kitten From Moving Vehicle

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township Animal Shelter officials are seeking the public's help in locating the individual who ejected a kitten from a car window on Friday, they announced.

According to published reports, Montclair animal control officers say that an unidentified person who threw the kitten out the passenger window of a moving car on Glenridge Avenue sometime around 12:15PM ...

Three Columbia H.S. Baseball Players Named to SEC All-Division First Team

June 27, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Three members of the Columbia High School baseball team have been selected to the 2022 Super Essex Conference Liberty Division First Team.

Luke Nomura, Brandon Doubek and Zach Johnson of Columbia were named to the first team in a poll of the conference's coaches.

Nomura, a senior shortstop, led the Cougars (17-12) with a .500 batting average (45 for 90), 18 doubles and ...

Four Columbia H.S. Girls Lax Players Make All-Division First Team

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Four members of the Columbia High School girls lacrosse team have been named to the 2022 Super Essex Conference All-Liberty Division First Team.

Jamie Fardin, Olivia Fitzsimmons, Ada Stout and Julianne Hatton-Henigan of Columbia all were voted to the first team in a poll of the conference's coaches.

Fardin, a junior midfielder, led Columbia in faceoffs won with 56 and ...

Authorities Search for Suspect Who Threw Kitten From Moving Vehicle

June 26, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township Animal Shelter officials are seeking the public's help in locating the individual who ejected a kitten from a car window on Friday, they announced.

According to published reports, Montclair animal control officers say that an unidentified person who threw the kitten out the passenger window of a moving car on Glenridge Avenue sometime around 12:15PM ...

NJ Department Of Health Announces First Case Of Monkeypox in Jersey City Resident

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) announced on Monday the first possible case of monkeypox in the state. A PCR test conducted by the Department’s Public Health and Environmental Laboratories confirmed the presence of orthopoxvirus in a Jersey City individual on June 18. A confirmatory test for the monkeypox virus, one of the viruses associated with the ...

Photos from the Drag Queen Dance and Pre-Party

June 26, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Friday evening, June 24 was a busy night in Downtown Maplewood. It started at 7 pm with a Drag Queen PRE-PARTY as a warm-up to the dance party. This part of the evening was held at LUNA STELLA Restaurant at their Bar.

A visit was made to meet and have a drink with the participants very close to the opening hour. What would have been a great idea had been an hour or ...

Unveiling of the Paint and Sip Creation to Celebrate Juneteenth in South Orange

South Orange, NJ - Sunday afternoon on June 19th, the lobby of SOPAC was alive with many of the folk who had been in Spiotta Park on Friday evening where 25 members of the community painted 25 squares sized 12” y 12”. Each participant painted whatever they were inspired to paint, just knowing that their creation would connect with the other 24 squares to form a mural sized 5 feet by 5 ...

Inaugural Pride-Themed Dinner Under the Stars Draws Diners To Bloomfield Center

June 26, 2022

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Rainbow flags adorned Washington Street as Bloomfield residents celebrated LGBTQ+ culture at Friday's inaugural Pride-themed Dinner Under the Stars. The event serves as Bloomfield Pride’s first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in March 2020. 

“Celebrating PRIDE is important, as it inspires people to love others ...

Wonder Announces its First Ever Student of the Year Awards

Wonder, a new home dining experience serving 22 towns in New Jersey, has announced its first ever Student of the Year awards. The company is currently accepting nominations for 2022 high school graduates that exemplify Wonder’s core values of mastery, compassion, and courage.

"These communities have been so welcoming to us,” Wonder Senior Director of Marketing, Raina ...

Rally Against the Supreme Court Decision Killing Roe v Wade

June 25, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Friday evening hundreds gathered at Spiotta Park to hear from elected officials, volunteers and people who shared their personal experiences.

There were many signs, against the decision which takes away the protections that guaranteed women the right to choose an abortion for a medical reason or a personal choice. Now, each individual state can decide whether to allow legal ...

Murphy's Plan Sets $2 Billion in Direct Tax Relief for NJ Homeowners, Renters

June 15, 2022

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy wants New Jersey homeowners and renters to receive nearly $2 billion in direct tax relief this year and in the years moving forward.

At a gathering in South Brunswick's municipal complex, Murphy declared "promises kept" as he unfurled his plan to provide tax rebates to more than 2 million households in the Garden State.  ...

JESPY House Celebrated A Battle of the Chefs at Orange Lawn Tennis Club

June 27, 2022

JESPY House Celebrated A Battle of the Chefs at Orange Lawn Tennis Club

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Thursday evening, June 23 at Orange Lawn Tennis Club, JESPY House celebrated their supporters, client families at their biggest Fundraiser of the Year.

Prior to the festivities getting underway, the two Chefs, Ivan and Tony sat down with me and spoke of their relationship and how Ivan became a ...

Developer Patches Things Up with South Orange in Tree Removal Dispute

June 17, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Planning Board on Wednesday approved an application from the developer of 206 Ampere Parkway for relief from violations due to tree removal done without a permit or approval.

Attending the meeting were Nicole Magdziak, the applicant’s counsel, Isaac Lefkowitz, manager of the property, John Peel of PK Environmental, an expert witness for the applicant ...

Save Money by Planting Flower Seeds Directly in the Garden

June 15, 2022

Don’t worry if you have already spent most of your plant budget for the year.  Fill voids in your gardens and containers with heat tolerant annuals planted from seeds directly in the garden.

Zinnia and marigolds are traditional favorites often started from seeds planted directly in the garden. These germinate quickly and begin flowering in about eight weeks.

Zinnias are heat and ...

VIDEO: Teen Police Chief, First Aid Squad Finishes Training, Balloons for a Cause and Biking for a Birthday

June 28, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A teen becomes a police chief for a day. Plus, a first aid squad finishes extrication training. And, a ballon professional gets a special task. Also, a Councilman puts the pedal to the metal for his birthday. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up NJ. 

Now ...

VIDEO: Museum Gets Restoration Money, Town Staple Set to Close, Student Scholarships and Lemonade Stand for Charity

NEW JERSEY - A museum with ties to George Washington gets federal funding for restoration. Also, a town staple is set to close its doors after 10 years. Plus, a town awards scholarships to students and a 4-year-old runs a lemonade stand for charity.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland ...

VIDEO: Eagle Scout Accomplishment, Student Raises Awareness About Blood Donations, Welcoming New Firefighters and A Baseball Team Honored

NEW JERSEY - An Eagle Scout Project helps insect pollination at a Community Garden.  Plus, a student reminds the community about the importance of blood donation. Also, a baseball team is honored for its achievements this year.  And, new firefighters are welcomed. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to ...

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Says This Is 'As Big a Week as We've Had in a Long Time'

June 28, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — It's a big week for Tom Bracken and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

"This is a week that's been building since the beginning of COVID," Bracken, the organization's President and CEO said. "This is the week where we'll know what kind of resources will be allocated to really helping what's broken."

New Jersey's state budget ...

Veteran Journalist James McQueeny Joins TAPinto as News Around New Jersey Managing Editor and Columnist

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto is announcing veteran New Jersey journalist James McQueeny is joining TAPinto as News Around New Jersey Managing Editor and Columnist.

"We are thrilled to welcome veteran journalist and public policy analyst James McQueeny to the TAPinto family. Jim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to TAPinto," TAPinto Founder and CEO ...

New Jersey's Small Town Gas Stations: The Front Lines of the Global Price War

BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey has an economy about the size of Sweden’s though we consider ourselves a small state of smaller towns. 

In most of them, there's a few longtime gas stations that hired high school kids in summer to work the pumps, fixed kids’ bikes, sponsored community sports teams and tuned up your cars. 

I visited with the owner ...

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Can Lame Ducks Still Fly?

TRENTON, NJ — Things have never looked better for the Democrats who rule Trenton these days. Flush with federal cash. Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate. A Governor re-elected as a Democrat last November for the first time in four decades. 

It’s a real bubbly bonhomie in the state’s capital as they tie up the last loose strings of the state’s $50 ...

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are life-changing diagnoses for the individual, their family members and all the people who love and care for them. While there is no cure at this time, researchers are working on steps that can be taken to reduce or delay the impact of Alzheimer's.  There are also potential new treatments on the horizon.

Alzheimer’s is a type of ...

'Enchanted April' Delights at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ — It’s a welcome sign to see The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey opening for its 60th Anniversary Season. “Enchanted April” is a charming and moving choice with warmer weather coming on. The play also speaks to us on a number of levels, especially after our long hiatus during COVID-19.

The script by Matthew Barger, from a novel by Elizabet ...

A Story for Juneteenth: The “Six Triple Eight” was the Only All-Black Unit from the Women’s Army Corps to Serve Overseas During WW2

June 19, 2022

During the first World War Ralph Lindsey, my great-grandfather, kept a journal of his service on the front. He wrote about the front, his travels, his wounds, but the thing that came up most often – the mail. Fast-forward 100 years. Even in the digital age there is something uniquely personal about a written letter – it creates a connection that digital communications simply cannot ...

Why Juneteenth Should Be Celebrated by All Americans

June 18, 2022

UPDATE: Since this article was originally published one year ago, Juneteenth Independence Day was signed into law by President Biden as a federal holiday in 2021. Juneteenth Day has been celebrated on the third Friday of June as a state holiday in New Jersey since 2020.

WHY JUNETEENTH SHOULD BE CELEBRATED BY ALL AMERICANS

Juneteenth – it is a term heard more and more in the last ...

Empower The Village Celebrates Juneteenth, Black Artists and Economic Empowerment at 4th Annual ‘For The Love of Art’ Show

June 28, 2022

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The second annual Juneteenth federal holiday weekend was celebrated in spectacular fashion, as Empower The Village Inc, a New Jersey-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, showcased Black excellence in the arts and hosted over 200 attendees at their annual For The Love of Art: A Juneteenth Celebration of Justice & Joy, an art show and fundraiser at the ...

Meet the Lineup: July 6 Laughs in the Loft at SOPAC

Put your hands together for the July 6 Laughs in the Loft lineup! On the first Wednesday of every month, SOPAC’s Loft turns into a comedy club during this New York City-style stand-up showcase.

The next Laughs in the Loft performance is Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30PM. Tickets are $20. Watch our Laughs in the Loft promo reel!

 

Get to know the July 6 lineup:

Jason ...

Marc E. Berson Completes Successful Three-Year Term as Chair Of RWJBarnabas HEALTH Board of Trustees

West Orange, NJ, June 27, 2022– A stalwart of the New Jersey community, Marc E. Berson concludes his successful three-year term as Chair of the RWJBarnabas Health Board of Trustees at the end of this month. Mr. Berson’s tenure as Board Chair will forever be known as a transformational time of growth for the healthcare system.

A longstanding advocate for RWJBarnabas Health, Mr.