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National Night Out is Being Celebrated Today in Both South Orange & Maplewood

August 2, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Both Police Departments are sponsoring National Night Out Today!

South Orange hosts NNO from 4pm to 8 pm at Floods Hill.

Maplewood hosts NNO at DeHart Park from 6pm to 9pm.

Come enjoy the fun and meet the first responders from both towns, and the Village President and Mayor of both towns and other officials.


National Night Out Is This Tuesday, August 2nd - Don't Miss the Fun

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ - National Night Out is Tomorrow, August 2nd. It is Sponsored and Organized by the Police Departments in Both Towns.

In Maplewood the fun is at De Hart Field, and in South Orange it's at Floods Hill.

What time is the Event?  South Orange is 4 to 8pm. Maplewood is 6 to 9pm! 

Both will also have other First Responders present - the ...

South Orange Police Chief Meets the South Orange Public Library Ice Cream Community

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Tuesdays, at the South Orange Public Library, the Ice Cream Community Meets, according to Jill Faherty, Director, Chief Administrative Officer of the library.

Faherty said “it’s part of the Summer Reading Program and we meet informally. We have a meet and greet with a South Orange community leader and enjoy ice cream while the supplies ...

E-Sports Arena in Warren? MUJC Cuts the Ribbon at Warren’s Developmental Learning Center

August 8, 2022

WARREN, NJ — What started with a generous donation, an idea, and an immediate response of,” let’s do it!,” turned into a state of the art E-Sports arena at the Morris Union Jointure Commission’s (MUJC) Developmental Learning Center(DLC) in Warren. 

And on Wednesday, the ribbon was officially cut to open the arena.

The donation came from Robert “ ...

Additional Busing Unavailable, says SOMA School Board

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The South Orange-Maplewood School District cannot provide additional busing for students this year, according to SOMA School Board President Thair Joshua.

At the board meeting Monday, Joshua said the district’s transportation company was asked to provide an analysis of the upcoming school year to determine whether the extra capability exists.

“After ...

South Orange-Maplewood School Board Almost Demotes a Member

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Kaitlin Wittleder on Monday was almost stripped by her colleagues of her rule as the board’s second vice president.

The move began with a motion by board member Erin Siders, who accused Wittleder of “dereliction of duty based on her failure to communicate with the board before taking public action and failure to ...

Car Jacking at WAWA in Maplewood, Morning of August 11, 2022

August 11, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Police Chief Jim DeVaul has advised the community about a robbery (that in reality was a carjacking) they were advised of on a 911 call at about 4:30 am. The incident occurred in the WAWA Parking Lot located at 1511 Springfield Avenue.

The caller was the male victim (who is 72 years old) and he reported that upon exiting the WAWA store and walking to his vehicle, and ...

Maplewood Planning Board Takes Position on Parker Avenue Redevelopment Plan

Maplewood Planning Board Takes Position Parker Avenue Redevelopment Plan

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Tuesday evening the Planning Board had but a single item on its agenda. That item was to evaluate whether the Redevelopment Plan for Parker Avenue is in compliance with the current Maplewood Master Plan, as stated by Karen Pisciotta, planning Board Chair.

The Township Committee members of this ...

Morris Township Fire Victims Identified: Fire Remains Under Investigation

August 6, 2022

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The extensive fire that destroyed a home on Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township has claimed the lives of two people. 

Authorities have confirmed the victims of the fire are Robert Ricciardi (age 87) and Gemma Ricciardi (age 85).

Robert Ricciardi, together with his Brother Walter Ricciardi in 1970, founded Ricciardi Brothers Paint Stores in ...

Attempted Robbery in Maplewood, August 5, 2022

 MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Maplewood Chief of Police Jim DeVaul informed the community that earlier this afternoon, Friday, August 5th, around 3:15 pm, there was an attempted robbery that occurred in the vicinity of 83 to 89 Jacoby Street.

Maplewood detectives are on the scene investigating the incident. He further advised that there were three suspects involved (1 Hispanic and 2 Black ...

Forever A Legend: Bill Russell Passes Away at 88

July 31, 2022

It is with great sadness that in the afternoon of July 31, 2022, NBA legend Bill Russell had passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 88.

It would be easy to talk about all the accomplishments that Russell achieved during his basketball career. The 11 championship rings, five MVP awards, and the 12 All Star nominations is something you cannot ignore. Russell was also one of the reasons ...

Cooperman Barnabas to Host Blood Drive to Combat Statewide Shortage

August 10, 2022

LIVINGSTON, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health is making an urgent appeal for blood and platelet donations as it responds to a serious blood shortage at hospitals throughout the state. Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston is one several RJWBarnabas Health facilities that have scheduled local blood drives in the coming weeks to help combat this issue.

The CBMC event will be held on ...

NJ Dept. of Health Reports 243 Monkeypox Cases, 50 in Essex County

TRENTON, NJ - The NJ Dept. of Health (NJDOH) reports 243 Monkeypox cases in the Garden State. The report, published Aug. 8, 2022, shows an increase of 29 cases since the last report on Fri. Aug. 5. In Essex County, there are 50 cases as of Monday morning. 

County by county, there are 73 cases in Hudson County, 50 cases in Essex County, 25 cases in Bergen County, 24 in Union County, ...

Dee Billia Has Recently Left Her Executive Director Position At South Orange Performing Center Says Dou

July 28, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - [July 28, 2022] The South Orange Performing Arts Center’s Board Chair, Douglas Newman, announced that SOPAC’s Executive Director, Dee Billia, recently left her position after years of senior leadership.

Billia joined SOPAC nine years ago as Director of External Relations and led its marketing and communications efforts. Her many achievements included building ...

Couto DeFranco, P.A., local CPA firm Celebrates 30 Years in Business

August 8, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Couto DeFranco is celebrating three decades of serving the community’s accounting, tax, and financial needs.

“It has been a great run for these past 30 years. It is hard to believe it has been that long”, said co-founder Anthony DeFranco.

The company traces its roots back to 1992 when it started offering basic accounting and tax services. In 1996 the ...

Maplewood Planning Board Takes Position on Parker Avenue Redevelopment Plan

August 10, 2022

Maplewood Planning Board Takes Position Parker Avenue Redevelopment Plan

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Tuesday evening the Planning Board had but a single item on its agenda. That item was to evaluate whether the Redevelopment Plan for Parker Avenue is in compliance with the current Maplewood Master Plan, as stated by Karen Pisciotta, planning Board Chair.

The Township Committee members of this ...

South Orange Police and Community Blood Drive

August 7, 2022

South Orange, NJ - South Orange Police Department in conjunction with RWJ Barnabas Health & SOPAC is hosting a blood drive on August 30th between 12:00-6:00 p.m. We encourage all community members who can donate to please consider attending this drive. , Remember, "Your droplets of blood may create an ocean of happiness". All donors will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card. Are you the ...

Rutgers Scientists Ask South Orange and Maplewood Residents and Visitors to Send in Their Ticks

August 7, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Center for Vector Biology (CVB), part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, recently launched ‘New Jersey Ticks 4 Science!’, a citizen-led science project supported by the state that asks New Jerseyans to submit tick specimens they find to help track tick populations and help prevent tick-borne ...

Sen. Joseph Lagana Discusses School Safety Legislation, Says Students Must Be Protected

August 10, 2022

PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school.

"I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three kids."

When he takes his daughters — who are headed into ...

New Jersey's Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs Receive $10 Million in Funding

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are getting a big financial boost.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Monday the programs, which help and support victims of violence, will receive $10 million in federal American Recovery Plan (ARP) funds.

“The Paterson Healing Collective is pleased to ...

State Parole Board Chairman Talks About New Grant to Help Offenders with Substance Use Disorder

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's State Parole Board is teaming up with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care to help offenders struggling with substance use disorder, both before and after their release.

"We're confident that this is something that could be life-changing to a lot of people," State Parole Board Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. told TAPinto.

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TAPinto Reader Mail Bag: Not Shy About Speaking Up!

NEW JERSEY — TAPinto's News Around New Jersey readers had a lot to say recently about our recent stories focusing on guns, red-light-running and the money perks for those running the most powerful union in New Jersey.

The biggest response was about a foundation report on what the top officials of the New Jersey Education Association were earning in salaries and from a separate ...

New Jersey’s Disabled Community Feels Inflation the Most

Whether we push a shopping cart down the supermarket aisle or order through a delivery app, all New Jerseyans are noticing that grocery prices are on the rise. 

The cost of buying food has increased by 9.1% over the past year, according to government data released last month. Combined with fluctuating gas prices, rising rents as well as interest rates, inflation is forcing many of us to ...

Avoid Heat Exhaustion this Summer

Increased activity in the summer could result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke, a cascading condition that can cause permanent disability or death. 

Older people, those struggling with health issues and young children are most susceptible to heat exhaustion as well as athletes who wear helmets and heavy uniforms during summer practices. But Atlantic Health System sports ...

Some Summer Suggestions From Homewatch CareGivers

Summer, a great time to Be Out and About and boost your health and wellbeing.  Being out in nature, natural sunlight is known to create positive energy in the body and for the spirit, when done safely and in moderation.

Experience Nature - In a research article by the Mental Health Foundation, UK, How Connection with Nature Benefits Our Mental Health, they found that “Our ...


If you’re a woman who owns a business, you may have some challenges not shared by your male peers – but you also have several opportunities to help improve your financial future.

You may already be taking some or all the right steps, but here are some ideas to be sure you’re considering and revisiting as your business grows:

• Refresh your network. Are you involved in ...

'Jersey Voices' Explores Mesmerizing Relationships

CHATHAM NJ - The annual selection of intriguing and original short plays is now on view at the Chatham Playhouse through August 7.

There’s something for everyone in the seven selections from several playwrights, with various themes.  “The Elusive Pursuit of Maximum Bliss” by Ken Preuss starts off the evening. Amanda Marino has directed Peter Despres as Max and Alyssa Fox ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, August 11, 8:00 AM


CEED Meeting


Thu, August 11, 6:30 PM

Paper Mill Playhouse Brookside, Millburn

Major Attaway at Brookside Cabaret


Fri, August 12, 6:30 PM


Major Attaway at Brookside Cabaret


Sat, August 13, 6:30 PM

Paper Mill Playhouse Brookside, Millburn

Major Attaway at Brookside Cabaret

Main Break Leaves Newark Residents In Several Wards With Water Service Issues

August 9, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Newark residents in several wards are experiencing issues with their water service after a water main broke in Belleville Township early Tuesday morning.

Belleville Mayor Michael Melham told TAPinto Newark the incident stemmed from a break in a 72-inch main in Branch Brook Park, near the Belleville/Newark border.

Newark Firefighters and ...

Kearny Man Charged In Death of Newark Fire Captain

NEWARK, NJ – A Kearny man was charged this week in connection to the drug-induced death of a Newark fire captain, authorities announced.

Eliasel Baez, 42, of Kearny, was arrested for causing the drug-induced death of Newark Fire Captain Carlos Rivera, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens.

Baez was charged with strict liability drug-induced death ...

State Urges Residents and Businesses to Conserve Water as New Jersey Enters Drought Watch

August 9, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Due to ongoing hot and dry conditions, New Jersey is under a drought watch as of Tuesday. The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking residents and businesses to conserve water.

New Jersey has a three-stage drought advisory system. A drought watch is the first step. DEP says it's to encourage voluntary conservation measures, and, if ...

New Jersey Extends Outdoor Dining Options Until November 2024

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law Wednesday that extends outdoor dining in New Jersey until November 2024.

"There are restaurants and bars and growing numbers of breweries that are still relying on the outdoor dining spaces they were allowed to create to get themselves back financially to where they were pre-pandemic," Murphy said. "We want to see ...

Young Athletes, Protect Your Joints

August 10, 2022

As the current team orthopedist for the New Jersey Devils and former director of orthopedic surgery for the Philadelphia Flyers and team physician for the Philadelphia Eagles, Peter DeLuca, MD, has helped hundreds of elite athletes obtain peak performance and recover from injury.

Now, as an orthopedic surgeon with Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and a member of ...


(Newark, NJ) – Essex County Commissioner President Wayne L. Richardson announced the upcoming formation of a new Anti-Gun Violence Committee dedicated to addressing gun violence in Essex County. Commissioner At-Large Brendan W. Gill will chair this new committee, which plans to meet with local anti-gun violence advocacy groups, legislators, and others in an effort to bring forth initiatives ...

Oleta Adams Next Up at The Woodland, Maplewood, NJ

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Smooth Jazz New Jersey and the Maplewood Department of Arts & Culture team up with Smooth Jazz New York to present 4-time Grammy Nominee Oleta Adams on September 24 at The Woodland. With Oleta behind the Baby Grand piano, she brings her dynamic voice, and the music that brought her international fame. This show is sure to be a blockbuster. With the last two performances ...