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Maplewood Clergy React to Discover of Swastika at Union County High School

December 2, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At a celebration marking the fifth night of Hanukkah in Maplewood, local clergy members are reacting to news that a swastika was found in the bathroom at Westfield High School.

As TAPinto Westfield reported, it was discovered late yesterday.

You can read their story here.  

“This is a fight for love and acceptance,” Rabbi Jesse Olitzky ...

South Orange Menorah Lighting

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Spiotta Park was brightened Tuesday evening as community members gathered to light the menorah for the third night of Hanukkah.

Village President Sheena Collum welcomed those present. She then introduced two of the Village Trustees who were also in attendance, Trustees Karen Hilton and Bob Zuckerman. She then said “for those of you who don’t know the ...

Volunteers ProvideThanksgiving Meals in South Orange and Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The parking lot of the South Orange/Maplewood School Districf (SOMSD) was a very busy place on the morning of Nov. 20, as a wide assortment of people brought Thanksgiving donations for less fortunate families.

Cartons and bags of food were assembled for the distribution of the basics and fixings for Thanksgiving dinners to families helped by the Cougar ...

Maplewood Clergy React to Discover of Swastika at Union County High School

December 2, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At a celebration marking the fifth night of Hanukkah in Maplewood, local clergy members are reacting to news that a swastika was found in the bathroom at Westfield High School.

As TAPinto Westfield reported, it was discovered late yesterday.

You can read their story here.  

“This is a fight for love and acceptance,” Rabbi Jesse Olitzky ...

Paper Mill Playhouse Accepting Video Auditions from Students for Summer Training

MILLBURN, NJ -- Paper Mill Playhouse is accepting audition videos from students interested in its 2022 Summer Training Programs.

The training programs include the Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theater Conservatory or Musical Theater Intensive, it noted. Audition videos from students 10-18 years old are being accepted.

Now in its 27th year, the 2022 Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical ...

Other NJ News: Train Strike Claims Life of NJ Teen Battling Depression

December 8, 2021

RED BANK, NJ — As more details emerge about a train strike that took the life of a young man near the Red Bank train station on Saturday, the victim has been identified as Michael DeOliveira, 15, of Middletown. 

In his obituary, DeOliveira's parents shared that although their son "lost his battle with depression," his "personality was one ...

For Peace of Mind, Get Health Insurance, says Maplewood Health Officer

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Maplewood Health Officer Candice Davenport is urging residents without health insurance to sign up for coverage.

“Health insurance coverage for 2022 is still open until Dec. 31,” Davenport said in a statement. “Health may not be on the forefront of people’s minds as we go into the holiday season, but if people are hoping for `a little peace of ...

Maplewood Clergy React to Discover of Swastika at Union County High School

December 2, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At a celebration marking the fifth night of Hanukkah in Maplewood, local clergy members are reacting to news that a swastika was found in the bathroom at Westfield High School.

As TAPinto Westfield reported, it was discovered late yesterday.

You can read their story here.  

“This is a fight for love and acceptance,” Rabbi Jesse Olitzky ...

Maplewood Community Board on Police Likes "Strategies for Youth" Program

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A program called Strategies for Youth, designed to improve police communication with young people, might work well in Maplewood, said members the Maplewood Community Board on Police on Wednesday.

The topic was discussed in a virtual meeting of the board, a committee reviewing police activity in Maplewood that will make recommendations to the Maplewood Township ...

Nutley-Columbia-Bloomfield Tri-Op Certainly Got its 2021-22 Season Underway in Style

November 29, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Nutley-Columbia-Bloomfield tri-op certainly got its 2021-22 season underway in style.

Led by two goals from Paul Poplawski and a goal and two assists from Alex Benkert the Maroon Raiders posted a 5-0 victory over Millburn on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Codey Arena in West Orange.

Nutley-Columbia-Bloomfield (1-0) finished 4-8-1 a year ago in a truncated season caused by ...

For Peace of Mind, Get Health Insurance, says Maplewood Health Officer

December 7, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Maplewood Health Officer Candice Davenport is urging residents without health insurance to sign up for coverage.

“Health insurance coverage for 2022 is still open until Dec. 31,” Davenport said in a statement. “Health may not be on the forefront of people’s minds as we go into the holiday season, but if people are hoping for `a little peace of ...

First Omicron Variant Case Confirmed in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced the State Department of Health has confirmed a case of the Omicron variant in a traveler to the state.  The person has been identified by the state as an adult female, who is a fully-vaccinated resident from Georgia, and had recently traveled to South Africa.

She tested positive on November 28 ...

Dickens Village in Maplewood NJ Celebrates the 2021 Holiday Season Starting on December 4th

November 29, 2021

MAPLEWOOD,  NJ -- Dickens Village, an annual Maplewood NJ tradition, returns to Ricalton Square this week and will be open to the public from 1pm - 4pm on December 4th, 11th and 18th.

In celebration of the yearly event, TAPintoTV takes a look back at Stephanie Willoughby's visit to Dickens Village in 2019, and the community tradition of re-creating the village from ...

A Jolly Holiday Marks A Broadway Revue Collaboration Between Disney and Paper Mill Playhouse

December 7, 2021

MILLBURN, NJ — Opening weekend for Paper Mill Playhouse’s A Jolly Holiday: Celebrating Disney’s Broadway Hits was jolly indeed.

The show is a revue of past, current and future Disney Broadway productions, arranged around the themes of the holiday season. Each of the five performers knows their way around a Disney Broadway stage and their voices blend to create smiles and ...

Set Aside an Hour for a Free Livestreamed Maplewood Glee Club Holiday Show

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The guys in the Maplewood Glee Club are offering a free way to get festive next week without leaving the comfort of your home.

On Dec. 12, the all-male singing club - founded 75 years ago - will perform a holiday concert that will be streamed live on its YouTube channel. The hour-long show, titled Together Again!, is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

Those wishing to enjoy ...

Livingston Resident Named Chief Human Resources Officer at Saint Barnabas

December 7, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As the newly appointed Human Resources (HR) Officer at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), Ruth K. Bash will be responsible for overseeing all HR functions and promoting a culture of employee engagement by attracting and retaining an innovative, inclusive and high-performing staff.

Bash, who resides in Livingston with her family, is a “seasoned HR ...

Maplewood Community Board on Police Likes "Strategies for Youth" Program

December 2, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A program called Strategies for Youth, designed to improve police communication with young people, might work well in Maplewood, said members the Maplewood Community Board on Police on Wednesday.

The topic was discussed in a virtual meeting of the board, a committee reviewing police activity in Maplewood that will make recommendations to the Maplewood Township ...

Neighbors Show Holiday Act of Kindness to JESPY Clients

December 4, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE - The neighbors of JESPY House clients who reside in The Michael Och House, A Center for Aging at JESPY, recently showed a wonderful gift of giving and kindness.

On an annual basis, the neighbors have held an informal Turkey Trot for family and friends on Thanksgiving Day. This year, they encouraged a donation to JESPY House and the Och clients instead of their traditional ...

Maplewood Jewish Center Dedicates $1.5 Million Expansion

December 7, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Jewish Center hung new mezuzot (prayer scrolls) on its doorways to celebrate the dedication of its facilities' expansion on Sunday, Dec. 5. 

The center opened in 2008 and broke ground on expanding its Parker Avenue location in 2017; it would become a $1.5 million investment and a seven-year construction project. 

"It's ...

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Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Turkey Roulade with Sausage Stuffing

Serves 6-8

A turkey roulade is an attractive alternative to roasting a whole turkey for the holidays (or any time!). Still sized for a crowd, this recipe requires a fraction of the time to roast, and is filled with savory deliciousness! Assembling the roulade takes a bit of patience, but it is easier than one might think. Get ready to dazzle your ...

NJ TRANSIT Advances Billions In Major Capital Projects

NEW JERSEY - COVID-19 temporarily slowed transit ridership, but it did not slow NJ TRANSIT from continuing to improve service and the customer experience for its customers.

According to NJ TRANSIT reports, the quest to make improvements to infrastructure and other projects has resulted in NJ TRANSIT advancing over $4 billion to enhance system performance and add new vehicles to the fleet since ...

New Book Combines Classic Cocktails and True Crime Stories

December 5, 2021

If you’re throwing a themed party or looking to curl up with some scintillating stories and a nightcap, “Mixology and Murder” by Kierra Sondereker (Ulysses Press; October 2021) has what you’re looking for.

“‘Mixology and Murder’ is a combination of two things I really enjoy — cocktails and true crime stories,” said author Kierra Sondereker, ...

The Omicron Variant – What We Know Today

An update on the Omicron variant of COVID-19 from Atlantic Health System experts Steven Sheris, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Physician Executive, Atlantic Health System, President, Atlantic Medical Group and Jason Kessler, MD, section chief, infectious disease, Morristown Medical Center. For more information ...

Creative Stocking Stuffers That Won’t Break the Bank

The stocking hung by the fireplace stuffed to the brim with goodies is an iconic symbol of Christmas. They sit there just waiting to be dumped out all over the floor. And, be honest: Who wants a pair of white socks or a bag of candy coal?

These stocking stuffers are sure to bring out a “ho ho ho!” from young and old alike! From tech to coffee to fun and games for kids of all ages, ...

10 DIY Décor Ideas for Your Holiday Home

So much of the joy from the holiday season comes from entertaining. Whether you’re throwing a big bash for the neighborhood or hosting a more intimate gathering of close family and friends, filling your home with exciting and colorful decorations is a must.

Rather than buying everything pre-made, consider rounding out your décor collection with some DIY items that highlight your ...

Practical Skincare Gifts She’s Sure to Love

When it comes to gifting, we often think along the lines of gift cards, flowers, candies, and chocolates. While those items are classic crowd-pleasers, skincare can also make a great gift.

Here are practical gifts for every skincare fanatic on your list, from mask lovers to eye cream connoisseurs.

Facial Cleanser

One of the most essential needs for a woman’s skincare routine is a ...

Teens 'Joyriding' in Stolen Vehicle Strike, Injure Newark Police Detective, Authorities Say

November 30, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — A Newark police detective on Sunday was injured in a vehicle collision by a juvenile driver operating a stolen automobile, according to authorities. 

The officer, who was unidentified in a report released by the Newark Department of Public Safety Director Brian O'Hara, was injured by a 17-year-old male driver in a stolen vehicle.

“I’m ...

Woman Gives Thanks for 5-Year Anniversary of Life-Saving Heart Transplant

MONTCAIR, NJ – This Thanksgiving was a special time for Jill Szalony, 51, of Montclair. Jill, her husband Alex Samuelson, and their three children, Benjamin, 22, Grace, 20, and Jesse, 18, are celebrating the 5-year anniversary of Jill’s life-saving heart transplant.

As the family joyfully counts its many blessings, Jill is also reflecting on the gift of life and the miracle of ...

Other NJ News: Train Strike Claims Life of NJ Teen Battling Depression

December 8, 2021

RED BANK, NJ — As more details emerge about a train strike that took the life of a young man near the Red Bank train station on Saturday, the victim has been identified as Michael DeOliveira, 15, of Middletown. 

In his obituary, DeOliveira's parents shared that although their son "lost his battle with depression," his "personality was one ...

All Atlantic Health System Maternity Centers Recognized as High Performing by U.S. News & World Report for the Best Hospitals for Maternity

December 7, 2021

For their work in delivering extraordinary care for moms, Atlantic Health System’s Morristown, Overlook, Chilton and Newton Medical Centers have been recognized as High Performing in Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report. This is the first time U.S. News has published a list of Best Hospitals for Maternity.

These four Atlantic Health System hospitals ...

New Jersey Survivor Places Wreath on the 80th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

COLLEGE STATION, TX — Wreaths Across America and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will mark the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and entry of the United States into World War II. "We will remember fallen Americans from the “day that will live in infamy.” We will honor the service and sacrifice of all World War II veterans ...

JESPY Clients to Provide Items of Warmth for the Needy

SOUTH ORANGE - The JESPY House Social Action Committee is excited to launch their 2021 Warmth Project. Now marking its sixth year, the project involves clients anonymously distributing warmth items throughout the South Orange community.

The Warmth Project provides new gloves, hats, mittens, and scarves for those who are in need of the items during the winter months.

During early December, ...