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Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

January 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

South Orange Passes 500 Cases as Vaccine Becomes Available for Those Over 65 and With Risk Factors Including Smoking

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Today South Orange passed a marker it did not want to see — seven new cases of COVID-19 identified in residents since yesterday put the Village at 503 cases total during the pandemic. 

Maplewood’s cumulative case load stands at 830 as of yesterday, Jan. 13. Essex County today reported a total of 543,974 cases and 18,070 deaths.

These ...

Murphy: Seniors Can Start Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine on January 14

TRENTON, NJ — Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, Jan. 14, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. The governor also ...

New Jersey Has Administered Over 243,000 Doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine

UNION, NJ — Along with COVID-19 cases and trends, New Jersey is now reporting vaccination numbers. As of Tuesday evening, 219,126 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 24,532 doses of the second vaccine.

In Essex County, the dashboard reports that 20,041 doses of the vaccine have been administered.

The phases of vaccination administration ...

Maplewood Fire Department Checks Smoke Condition at Winchester Gardens

January 15, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Strong smoke prompted a call to the Maplewood Fire Department earlier today from Winchester Gardens. 

“Thankfully, there was no actual fire at Winchester Gardens,” Deputy Chief Christopher Ariemma told TAPinto SOMA. Winchester Gardens is home to older adults in independent living, assisted living, and long-term care situations. “It ended ...

Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

Maplewood Fire Department Checks Smoke Condition at Winchester Gardens

January 15, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Strong smoke prompted a call to the Maplewood Fire Department earlier today from Winchester Gardens. 

“Thankfully, there was no actual fire at Winchester Gardens,” Deputy Chief Christopher Ariemma told TAPinto SOMA. Winchester Gardens is home to older adults in independent living, assisted living, and long-term care situations. “It ended ...

Gov. Murphy Says Trenton is Prepared Following Threat of State Capitol Protests

NEW JERSEY — The threat of Trenton protests on Jan. 17 looms, following a massive insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. last week.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Colonel Pat Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said Monday that NJ authorities are prepared and on high alert.

“We need to bat 1,000 every day. To the governor's point [we] will be ...

Macri Takes Reigns As Nutley-Columbia Hockey Prepares to Take The Ice

January 14, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — When the Nutley-Columbia High co-op ice hockey team finally takes the ice for the 2021 season, it will do so with a new head coach at the helm.

Dave Macri, a youth hockey coach for more than 20 years, including the last eight for Nutley and Clifton, was approved for the job in November. He replaces Andrew Surowiec, who was the skipper for the last four ...

Indoor Sports Back in Action, Clearing Way for Start of High School Winter Season

TRENTON, NJ — After a forced time-out of nearly one month, indoor sports in New Jersey returned this weekend, clearing the way for the start of the high school sports winter season.

Since Gov. Phil Murphy did not extend his December 5 ban placed on organized indoor sports — practices and competitions for youths and adults — these activities resumed on January 2 but with ...

COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance from Maplewood Township

January 12, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Township of Maplewood emailed its residents the following vaccination update today. The update applies to all Essex County residents:

 

New Jersey Vaccination Update 

Please take note of the following updated information regarding NJ's Covid-19 vaccination effort.

Is the State still vaccinating 'health care workers' as defined in Group ...

NJ Doctors Give Their Expert Opinions on the COVID Vaccines

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has begun its program for administering the COVID-19 vaccine in a two-phase approach. Stage 1A provides vaccine access to healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. The overall goal is to have the vaccine reach a majority of the population by the spring, according to the NJ Office of Emergency Medical Services. However, some people have ...

Teachers Rally To Demand Delay in Reopening Until Vaccine is Available to Them

January 13, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On their first day back to school since the start of the pandemic last March, teachers across the South Orange Maplewood School District walked out during their lunch period.

The protest was a coordinated action by the South Orange Maplewood Education Association (SOMEA) in response to the mandatory return to school buildings that began today.

David Mastrodonato, chair ...

New Board of Education President Thair Joshua Settles in to His New Role

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education elected Thair Joshua president of the board after serving just the first year of his first three-year term.

“Though it’s only my second year on the board there are only three people who have been on the Board of Education longer than me,” said Joshua. “There’s been a lot of change in the last ...

Capitol Hill Riot Through the Eyes and Lens of Independent Photojournalist Julian Leshay

January 10, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Julian Leshay, an independent photojournalist, spoke with Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about his experiences taking photos at the recent Capitol Hill riot on January 6. Leshay gives viewers his insight into the scenes he witnessed and the images he captured on that fateful day. 

Leshay arrived in Washington, D.C. the day before, “to get the environment, to ...

When Electoral History Passed Through Georgia: Follow Jimmy Carter's Path to the Presidency

ATLANTA, GA -- Jimmy Carter was the first and only president to be a born in Georgia, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum can be found in Freedom Park in the heart of Atlanta.

Though we know the story of the peanut farmer who rose to national heights, there’s much more to learn about the early life of James Earl Carter, Jr. here, including his early career in ...

Chuck Kovach on Keeping an Open Mind for Effective Corporate Collaboration and Distance Learning

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur spoke with Chuck Kovach about his new venture, Chuck Kovach’s Collaborate for Results

An intriguing question led to a new business venture for Chuck Kovach, a corporate education and distance learning consultant and associate professor at Seton Hall University, who spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about his ...

Newark Museum of Art is Auctioning Off its Educational Loan Collection

January 15, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — For those who find themselves wishing they could own the artifacts they see in museums, a special auction from the Newark Museum of Art is making that wish a reality. 

In partnership with Remember When Antiques and Estate Sales, LLC, NMoA has listed more than 700 items from its Educational Loan Collection for public auction. The proceeds from bidders will be reinvested ...

Detention Hearing for Benjamin Avrut Postponed

January 11, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — The detention hearing for Benjamin Avrut, arrested for killing his mother in her South Orange Avenue home, has been postponed. 

The hearing, originally set for today, is now scheduled for Jan. 19.

Katherine Carter, public information officer for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, told TAPinto SOMA that the Maplewood resident will remain at the Essex ...

Small Businesses Can Benefit from SBA's Changes to the PPP Lending Program

January 13, 2021

NEW JERSEY— The newly issued guidelines on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending overseen by the SBA and the U.S. Treasury Department will better target New Jersey's small businesses, especially those owned by minorities or located in low income areas.

The Economic Aid Act makes it possible for hard-hit businesses to get second loans from the PPP ...

Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

January 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

GoFundMe Page Raises Over a Half-Million Dollars for Family of South River Native Brian Sicknick

January 12, 2021

SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- A GoFundMe page set up for the family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick has raised more that $545,000 as of Sunday evening, Jan. 10, 2021. To contribute to the page, click here. 

Officer Brian D. Sicknick tragically lost his life on January 7th, 2021 following injuries sustained during the events at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6th.

Streaming Meeting to Explain Energy Aggregation Set for Jan. 21

January 2, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Both Maplewood and South Orange's governing bodies have approved participating in the next round of Sustainable Essex Alliance's energy aggregation. 

SEA awarded a contract for round two of the program to Energy Harbor, the low bidder, for an 18-month contract which will begin in March 2021. SEA consists of Glen Rock, Livingston, Glen ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Get Comfortable at These Good Old-Fashioned Diners

January 14, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

A new year is upon us and optimistically one may believe that the possibilities are endless. Granted we just came off a year so horrific that it makes Divorce Court look better than Disneyland, so it’s reasonable to be a little trepidatious. But then again, aiming for the positive is a mindset that ...

What Unity Really Means

Like so many of you I’ve watched the events of the last week in horror.

I have not watched them in shock, I have long thought that violence would erupt during this transfer of power. I have seen the signs – the increasing violence, the rise in the acceptance of hate, racism, antisemitism and sexism. The armed militias, the increasing desperate cries, the willingness to use lies to ...

Do You Know This Man? South Orange Police Seeking Package Thief

January 15, 2021

Residential Burglary: On Jan. 1, a Stirling Drive resident returned home and discovered their residence had been broken into. Suspect(s) entered the residence through a second floor window. Once inside, several drawers in the main bedroom were opened and jewelry and cash was taken. The South Orange Detective Bureau is currently investigating.  

Package ...

Maplewood Policer Blotter, Dec. 30 to Jan. 8

December 30, 2020; Theft from Vehicle; During the afternoon hours a watch, cash and a check book were stolen from an unsecured vehicle on Revere Avenue.

December 30, 2020; Theft from Vehicle; At approximately 2 p.m., a resident of Concord Avenue observed two males going through their unsecured vehicle. The males fled prior to police arrival and took a container of change from ...

First Two Master Plan Streaming Meetings Cover Land Use and Mobility in South Orange's Future

January 14, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The first two presentations of the new South Orange Master Plan have over 3,000 total views on the village's Facebook page.

This is the first time in 40 years South Orange is creating a Master Plan that will set the village’s agenda for the next 10 years.

“The difference between 1978 versus 2021 is quite different, and we want to make sure that we ...

Seton Village Irvington Avenue Project May Take Next Step by Month's End

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Board of Trustees is expecting to be able to move forward with Seton Village Irvington Avenue Project when the developer’s agreement is completed and presented to the board at the end of this month or the first week of February. The redevelopment plan may be seen on the South Orange website.

The land to be redeveloped is just over 95,000 square feet on ...

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The Youth of Maplewood Will Never Stand By During Violence in America

January 12, 2021

The members of the Youth Advisory Committee would like to state that we are extremely disgusted and horrified by the acts of domestic terrorism that occurred at our nation’s capitol on January 6th. We are teens of the great township of Maplewood, and refuse to ignore the hate, bigotry, and violence in our nation. No matter political affiliation, we will never stand by during violence in ...

Newark Will Build First City Shelter, Container Units for Homeless

January 15, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Across New Jersey, more than 9,600 people experiencing homelessness were counted in 2020, according to Monarch Housing Associates, a 9% increase from the year prior. 

Newark accounts for 1,859 of those individuals with about 350 living unsheltered. With services like warming centers, soup kitchens and libraries are unavailable during the cold winter months due to ...

Irvington Women Hosted Large Parties, Soccer Games at Speakeasy in Newark, Police Say

NEWARK, NJ — In yet another sweep of an illegal speakeasy, police in Newark arrested two women over the weekend for hosting parties and selling alcohol without a license. 
 
On Sunday at 11:45 p.m., police responded to reports of COVID-19 violations at 223 Verona Ave. They found a gathering of people, many not wearing masks, enjoying alcohol and a full soccer game with uniformed ...

Rutgers President Holloway in Quarantine After Testing Positive For COVID-19

January 12, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that his symptoms are mild – similar to those of a cold.

He said he has been in self-quarantine since he learned he was exposed to someone who was COVID-19-positive last week.

“Despite my strictly following all appropriate health hygiene advice, it appears ...

Capitol Hill Police Officer Killed in Seige was Former NJ Resident

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy mourned the death of New Jersey native Brian Sicknick — a Capitol Hill police officer who was killed during Wednesday's attack on the US Capitol by a mob of Donald Trump supporters — during his visit to the Historic Somerset County Courthouse Friday where he swore in Somerset County Commissioners Paul Drake and Doug Singleterry at the ...

Businesses have Feb. 1 deadline to provide Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC to recipients

January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON − The Internal Revenue Service today reminded businesses and other payors that the revised Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and the new Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, must be furnished to most recipients by Feb. 1, 2021.

Redesigned Form 1099-MISC

The IRS revised Form 1099-MISC for the 2020 tax year to accommodate the creation of a new Form 1099-NEC. The ...

IRS ready for the upcoming tax season; last-minute changes to tax laws included in IRS forms and instructions

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service assures taxpayers and tax professionals that updates to key federal tax forms and instructions are complete and will be available when Americans begin filing their tax returns.

Most individual taxpayers file IRS Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR once they receive Forms W-2 and other earnings information from their employers and payers. IRS has ...

"Navigating the Library's Digital Future," a free Zoom conversation on Wednesday, 1/27/21, 8-9 PM. Registration required below

The Maplewood Library Foundation presents the second in its "E PLURIBUS UNUM" series  

NAVIGATING THE LIBRARY’S DIGITAL FUTURE

Join us for a virtual Zoom conversation with John Palfrey, President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Times, to explore the ...