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Tornado Confirmed in Verona Thursday Evening

July 30, 2021

VERONA, NJ — Thursday evening's thunderstorms touched off a tornado that was confirmed on the ground in Verona.

According to the National Weather Service, the twister was an EF-0 with maximum winds of 65 mph. EF stands for Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is used to rank a tornado’s wind speed and damage on a scale of zero to five.

The twister was on the ground for less than a ...

Outlining the Garden State by Lying Out in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — New Jerseyans rarely need a reason to celebrate, but National New Jersey Day on July 27 was a great excuse for families to come out to Meadowland Park, even in the heat, to honor the Garden State.

Gathering on Flood's Hill and getting dinner delivered personally by Town Hall Deli's owner, Matt Wonski, having the kids play games with staff from the ...

Tuesday is "National New Jersey Day" - Let's Take a Look at the Garden State

NEW JERSEY — July 27 is National New Jersey Day. While this is not an official holiday, the New Jersey State Instagram, which is possibly the snarkiest governmental social media account in the country, lent it some credibility when it posted Monday, "Tomorrow is #NationalNewJerseyDay. Prepare accordingly."

Hawthorne's Mayor Richard Goldberg told TAPinto Hawthorne, ...

Murphy Responds to Updated CDC Masking Guidelines

July 28, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Following the recent upsurge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 27 updated its guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. The CDC said that while individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wearing a ...

Health Officer Davenport: In a Huge Spike in COVID-19 Cases, Majority in Maplewood are 'Among the Unvaccinated'

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood is seeing a huge spike in COVID-19 cases in July, especially among those who can't or won't be vaccinated.

"Maplewood, as of Friday [July 23], is at 1,613 cases," Health Officer Candice Davenport told TAPinto SOMA. At the end of June, the township's caseload was 1,554, meaning there have been 54 cases in the first 23 days of July.

New Jersey Surpasses 10 Million COVID Vaccinations; 'We Only Have a Pandemic Among the Unvaccinated', Murphy Says

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his regular COVID press briefing on Monday, July 19, that over 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in New Jersey and that more than 5 million individuals who live, work, or study in the state are now fully vaccinated.

Among the 4,432,769 fully vaccinated individuals (as of June 28), only a small fraction ...

South Orange-Maplewood BOE Race 2021 — Five Candidates for Three Seats

July 27, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Five people have submitted applications to the Essex County Clerk's Office to run for the three open seats on the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education. Election Supervisor Jennifer Ferry released the names today after yesterday's 4 p.m. deadline to file, but said the names are still considered unofficial. 

The candidates are:

Shannon Cuttle of ...

Annemarie Maini's Re-election Decision

South Orange/Maplewood, NJ — Former South Orange/ Maplewood Board of Education (BOE) President, Annemarie Maini, has decided that she will not run for a third term. Maini has released the following statement, addressed to the community outlining her views on what we have gained from the Past and Current Leadership in the District. She speaks of what she has learned from these leaders and ...

South Orange Maplewood Board of Education Strategizes Ways to Optimize Their Synergy

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Helping members identify ways to work more efficiently together was the focus of the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education (BOE) board retreat Thursday evening; the retreat was led by Charlene Peterson and Ray Pinney from the New Jersey School Board Association. 

“The intent from my perspective is to have this be a conversational ...

Tornado Confirmed in Verona Thursday Evening

July 30, 2021

VERONA, NJ — Thursday evening's thunderstorms touched off a tornado that was confirmed on the ground in Verona.

According to the National Weather Service, the twister was an EF-0 with maximum winds of 65 mph. EF stands for Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is used to rank a tornado’s wind speed and damage on a scale of zero to five.

The twister was on the ground for less than a ...

Car Flips in South Orange, Incident Account Varies

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Moments after noon today a Nissan Maxima landed on its side on South Orange Avenue near the corner of Riggs Place.

The driver was able to extricate himself through the sunroof. The car had to be towed. 

The South Orange police and fire departments responded. Officials at the scene told TAPinto SOMA that the accounts of the crash ...

Car Flips in South Orange, Incident Account Varies

July 30, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Moments after noon today a Nissan Maxima landed on its side on South Orange Avenue near the corner of Riggs Place.

The driver was able to extricate himself through the sunroof. The car had to be towed. 

The South Orange police and fire departments responded. Officials at the scene told TAPinto SOMA that the accounts of the crash ...

Potential New Name for Joint South Orange, Maplewood Fire Department, As Well As Firefighters' Fears, Revealed in Joint Meeting

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — If a planned merger comes to fruition, South Orange and Maplewood will both be serviced by the South Mountain Regional Fire Department. 

The name was announced as the Maplewood Township Committee joined the South Orange Board of Trustees in a joint meeting on July 26 — the first in-person meeting for each of the governing bodies since early March 2020 ...

NJ Native Athlete Banned from Olympic Village Due to Sexual Misconduct Allegations

July 27, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Alen Hadzic, a 29-year-old West Orange native who graduated from Montclair High School, was temporarily suspended in June by the US Center for SafeSport when three women reported him for sexual misconduct between 2013 and 2015. Hadzic denies the allegations.

He’s an alternate on the Olympic Fencing team but is prohibited from staying in the ...

How COVID Almost Crushed NJ Fencer’s Olympic Dreams

WAYNE, NJ — Wayne Valley High School’s outstanding fencer, Francesca Russo, is in Tokyo right now, settled into the Olympic village and prepping for competition. Her road to Tokyo, though took a turn during the pandemic and COVID came very close to derailing her dream.

Russo’s story is one of perseverance through outer difficulties and inner doubts.

She moved to Wayne with ...

West Orange Police to Sponsor Blood and Platelet Drive in Response to Urgent Need

July 29, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing that was required to slow the spread of infections, there has been a significant drop in blood donations. As a result, the nation’s hospitals and blood centers are experiencing a severe blood shortage.

Area hospitals rely on the support of individuals to provide much of the blood used to provide ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Landmark Universal Maternal and Infant Care Legislation 

NEWARK, NJ – In a state faced with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy aims to tackle those numbers with the establishment of a universal home nurse visitation program for newborns.

Murphy signed a landmark bill (S690) on Thursday at the Leaguers, Inc. building in Newark, giving New Jersey one of the most comprehensive and robust home visitation ...

New Jersey Dentist Provides Painless Non-Invasive Laser Treatment for Sleep Apnea

July 26, 2021

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Dr. Joseph DalBon of the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry spoke with TAPintoTV to discuss a new painless laser oral treatment created to alleviate sleep apnea.

“Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient is waking up during the night and unable to breathe that can cause a number of serious health issues,” he said. Some of these health issues ...

What Are The Three Types of Electric Vehicles? Hybrid, PHEV and BEV

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the three kinds of electric vehicles in the automotive marketplace; Hybrid, PHEV, and BEV. 

Hybrid vehicles have gas and electric engines but no plug-in charging functionality. “The system charges itself through regenerative braking,” Spina explained. “It harnesses the kinetic ...

McCormick Italian Seasoning and Frank's RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning Recalled Due to Salmonella Risk

July 29, 2021

McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning have been recalled due to possible contamination with Salmonella, announced McCormick & Company, Inc. The company was alerted by the FDA after routing testing. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The four products ...

Recall Alert: Give and Go Muffins Recalled Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

A voluntary nationwide recall of Give and Go Muffin products has been announced due to potential for the products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, said the company. Muffins baked by Give and Go are sold under several brand names including many in our area. 

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in ...

Two South Orange Men Await Sentencing as One Newark Man was Sentenced Today

July 22, 2021

NEWARK, N.J. – An Essex County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for his role in conspiring to defraud two banks of $250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks, as two men from South Orange await sentencing, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

The two men from South Orange, Alexander Varice, 22, and Dashawn Duncan, 27, as did Nasheed ...

$135 Million in Relief Funds Coming to NJ Small Businesses

July 22, 2021

TENAFLY, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed legislation (S-3982) providing additional aid to small businesses as they recover from the pandemic. The bill provides $135 million to small businesses throughout the state and will be administered by the Economic Development Authority as part of its Phase IV Emergency Grant Program and NJ Community Stage Relief Grant ...

Survey — Rethinking Recycling and Waste in Maplewood and South Orange

July 30, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood and South Orange are working with Zero Waste Associates, a team of consultants, on an ambitious goal of creating a Zero Waste Strategic Plan and Procurement Strategy.

The Procurement Strategy will help set up a new collection system bid to divert more recyclable and compostable materials from the incinerator in Newark, where the towns’ ...

Outlining the Garden State by Lying Out in South Orange

July 29, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — New Jerseyans rarely need a reason to celebrate, but National New Jersey Day on July 27 was a great excuse for families to come out to Meadowland Park, even in the heat, to honor the Garden State.

Gathering on Flood's Hill and getting dinner delivered personally by Town Hall Deli's owner, Matt Wonski, having the kids play games with staff from the ...

Survey — Rethinking Recycling and Waste in Maplewood and South Orange

July 30, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood and South Orange are working with Zero Waste Associates, a team of consultants, on an ambitious goal of creating a Zero Waste Strategic Plan and Procurement Strategy.

The Procurement Strategy will help set up a new collection system bid to divert more recyclable and compostable materials from the incinerator in Newark, where the towns’ ...

Still Time to Plant Vegetables

July 25, 2021

Now is the time to plan and plant vegetables for a bountiful fall harvest. Planting now extends the harvest season for greater yield without expanding the garden.

Start by looking for vacant spaces in the vegetable garden. Fill areas that were not planted this spring or replant rows of quick maturing vegetables like lettuce, spinach, radishes, and beets that have already been harvested. Expand ...

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Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

In Season: The Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

5 Cool Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illness

You’re finishing up your afternoon walk on a scorching 90-degree day when you feel a little dizzy. You check your pulse. It’s faster than normal. You’re sweating, and you feel a cramp in your left leg. Should you head indoors?

Yes, says Alexander Sarenac, MD, an emergency medicine physician with Atlantic AdvancED Urgent Care. “These are all signs of a health condition ...

Bring the Sunshine Indoors With These 4 Simple Décor Ideas

As summer approaches, everyone is eager to spend more time outside enjoying the sun. It’s also the perfect time to transition your home décor to reflect the added daylight and brightness outside. If you’re ready to bring more of the sunshine inside this season, here are four great ways to easily update your décor for a lighter and brighter feeling.

Clean and ...

How to Incorporate Chalk Paint Into Your Next Project

Chalk paint is all the rage for that cozy richness it gives to furniture, décor, and even walls. The matte finish adds a softness to bold colors and a thickness that covers even the most worn down surfaces.

 

Home decorating moguls love chalk paint, and now you can, too - here’s the lowdown on why, where, and how to use chalk paint for your next DIY decorating ...

5 Minute Intervals Or 30 Minutes At Once: Which Is Better?

Squeezing in time to exercise can be challenging, especially if you juggle a hectic schedule. But staying physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health as you age.

Given the increasing popularity of 5-minute interval workouts (or High-Intensity Interval Training – HIIT), swapping short bursts of moderately intense and vigorous aerobic exercise followed ...

8 Simple Activities To Enjoy With Your Grandkids

Spending quality time with your grandkids (and kids) adds joy and laughter to any given day. Just basking in a child’s boundless energy and carefree silliness can boost your mood and make you smile. But joining in the fun also keeps you physically and mentally active – and research shows that multigenerational interaction is good for older adults and kids.

 

If you’re ...

Millburn Eagle Scout's Project Raises Awareness of Township Historic Sites

July 26, 2021

Millburn Eagle Scout Peter Nascone was inspired to restore signs on Millburn's Veterans Memorial Path while working on another scout's Eagle Project at the Parsil Family Cemetery, where he noticed many faded signs.

Established by the township in 2004, The Veterans Memorial Path offers 17 points of interest which include plaques, monuments, signs and flags in memory of veterans from the ...

Gun Buy-Back Event Coming to Newark, East Orange

NEWARK, NJ — A gun buyback event will be held in Newark next month at the Prudential Center as part of comprehensive efforts to reduce gun violence, New Jersey Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck announced. 

In partnership with Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens, and Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill, Bruck ...

Elizabeth Police Department Seeking Assistance in Locating Missing Man With Dementia

July 25, 2021

ELIZABETH, NJ — The Elizabeth Police Department is seeking help in locating a missing person with dementia. 

Joao Branco, 67, was last seen at approximately 11:00 a.m. on July 23, 2021, wearing blue plaid boxer shorts, a gray tank top shirt, a gold ring and watch, and was either barefoot or had on sandals. Joao is 5’8”, approximately 160-180 pounds, brown eyes, gray ...

Fatal Shooting Thursday Night in Hillside is Under Investigation

HILLSIDE, NJ — A fatal shooting that took place in Hillside Thursday night is under active investigation, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced Friday.

The deceased victim has been identified as 31-year-old Steven Zimmerman of Hillside.

Members of the Hillside Police Department responded to the 1400 block of North Broad Street shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday and found ...

MAPSO Skill and Knowledge Share (MASKS) is Launching Next Week!

July 30, 2021

What? MASKS is an intergenerational community space for collective learning and this is its pilot launch. There will be a series of sessions, each centered around a different topic. If you are interested in learning about baking, basic tech knowledge, career coaching, bird watching, restorative justice, leadership skills, libratory politics, solving interpersonal conflict, activism, ...

Get Your Child Ready For Fall Sports - Tips and Upcoming Screenings at Saint Barnabas

Young athletes looking to get back into the game should start conditioning now.

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The easing of COVID-19 restrictions has meant that children can begin to play sports competitively again. However, young athletes should be sure they’re physically ready to jump back into team sports.

“Before the pandemic, regular activities like gym class, recreation leagues ...

End of July Specials at Sadie's

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Come find your summer savings at Sadie's. 

We are running a special at Sadie’s: Stop in and grab a scratch off ticket for a chance to win. Will you get 10 percent off a purchase, or $10 off a purchase? Maybe it will be $20 off a purchase of $50 or more, or a free beach kit or a Faceplant Dreams graphic tee.

You have the rest of July to scratch off ...