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Maplewood Will Follow State Advice on Public Masking For Now

May 14, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood is not yet lifting its masking guidelines. Mayor Frank Mc Gehee issued an email to residents this evening saying that while "We are encouraged regarding the recent statement provided by the CDC," the current directives for the township and "regulations related to Covid will continue as the state strongly urged unvaccinated people to wear a ...

South Orange, Maplewood Vaccination Data and Updated CDC Guidelines for the Fully Vaccinated

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced yesterday via Twitter that for the first time in over six months, the state's number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has fallen below 1,000.

“With our numbers trending in the right direction, we can continue fighting back against this virus if we all get vaccinated,” Murphy tweeted.

Murphy said that 7,804,653 total ...

New Jersey Now Reports Vaccination Data by Town; Murphy Gives Latest COVID Numbers, Says NFL Games Could Have Greater Capacity in the Fall

NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing today said that he anticipates that the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15. Murphy added that the New Jersey Dept. of Health is currently ...

South Orange and Maplewood Coronavirus Update: Daily Case Averages and More

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — While COVID-19 has not disappeared, things are in a far better shape than just a few months ago. Many children are back in school, the Governor has further relaxed the restrictions on businesses and gatherings and the number of new cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations have dropped.

We received the following statement from Candice Davenport the ...

South Orange Trustees Honor Two Villagers During Board Meeting

May 11, 2021

The South Orange Board of Trustees met for its regular board meeting Monday night to recognize several groups, name Villager of the Month, to honor Nikhil Badlani, and to consider various ordinances and resolutions. 

Village President, Sheena Collum, stressed the importance of the community to continue to follow all COVID-19 protocols and mandates, including social distancing, avoiding ...

AAPI Month Kickoff Friday, May 7 in Maplewood Village

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — SOMA Cross Cultural Works (SOMA CCW), in partnership Maplewood Township, and South Orange Village were proud to organize and host the first Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month kickoff celebration.  SOMA CCW is a local nonprofit that supports and celebrates the cultural diversity of our towns. They are the organizers of cultural festivals like ...

South Orange and Maplewood Coronavirus Update: Daily Case Averages and More

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — While COVID-19 has not disappeared, things are in a far better shape than just a few months ago. Many children are back in school, the Governor has further relaxed the restrictions on businesses and gatherings and the number of new cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations have dropped.

We received the following statement from Candice Davenport the ...

Seton Hall Requiring Vaccines for Fall Semester

May 14, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is requiring all students and employees to be vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester. 

The school sent an email this week to the school community communicating the University's Executive Cabinet decision. 

“We know that reaching a high vaccination level in our University population is an important factor in achieving the ...

Maplewood, South Orange Students Win $2,500 National Merit Scholarships

EVANSTON, IL — Two local high school seniors have won National Merit® $2500 Scholarships.

Kenneth Y. Huang of Maplewood, a senior at Seton Hall Preparatory School, West Orange, and Julia A. Vitale of South Orange, a senior at Columbia High School, Maplewood are part of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chosen from a talent pool of some 16,000 outstanding finalists in ...

Parents urge South Orange-Maplewood School Board to offer full-time, in-person instruction before year ends

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Citing urgency as the school year winds down, over 20 parents of students in South Orange-Maplewood schools asked the school board to make schools full time and in-person for all grades before the school year ends.

In comments at the South Orange-Maplewood School Board on Monday night, parents cited declining infection rates, rising vaccine rates and decisions by ...

Maplewood Will Follow State Advice on Public Masking For Now

May 14, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood is not yet lifting its masking guidelines. Mayor Frank Mc Gehee issued an email to residents this evening saying that while "We are encouraged regarding the recent statement provided by the CDC," the current directives for the township and "regulations related to Covid will continue as the state strongly urged unvaccinated people to wear a ...

Seton Hall Requiring Vaccines for Fall Semester

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is requiring all students and employees to be vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester. 

The school sent an email this week to the school community communicating the University's Executive Cabinet decision. 

“We know that reaching a high vaccination level in our University population is an important factor in achieving the ...

Milling and Paving Will Cause Nightly Road Closures on South Orange Avenue

May 11, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Lt. Adrian Acevedo, of the South Orange Police Department, Special Operations Bureau issued the following information regarding milling and paving of certain sections of South Orange Avenue and North Ridgewood Road:

Starting on Wednesday, May 12th and running through Thursday, May 20th, (Sat & Sun excluded) sections of South Orange Avenue and North Ridgewood Road ...

Missing Baby Found Unharmed After NJ Police Issue Statewide Amber Alert

NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police. 

Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused of assaulting the child's mother in Newark before leaving ...

Girls Lacrosse: Columbia Falls to Verona, 16-7

May 13, 2021

VERONA, NJ — The Verona girls lacrosse team had a double dose of success on Thursday after a 16-7 victory gives the squad a win on ‘Senior Night’ while simultaneously advancing in the Essex County Tournament. 

“It’s hard to do the senior night and play a big game, there’s a lot of ebbs and flows and all those emotions coming into play, but ultimately ...

Columbia H.S. Alumnus Joetta Clark to be Inducted into NJSIAA Hall of Fame

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Joetta Clark, a 1980 graduate of Columbia High School, has been selected as part of the NJSIAA Gallagher/Bollinger Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. 

All inductees were selected by a statewide committee of journalists and both active and retired school administrators.

A four-time Olympian, Clark was named The Star-Ledger’s Female Track Athlete of the 20th ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ. What South Orange, Maplewood Parents Need to Know

May 13, 2021

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12-15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s recommendations, ...

AMBER ALERT: State Police Seek Missing Infant

NEW JERSEY -- Chinna Payne is a Black female infant who is missing.

She is suspected to have been abducted by Damion Payne, a 27-year-old Black male.

Payne was driving a 2016 Nissan white Altima with Virginia plates - VPF6043.

He was seen in East Orange, NJ.

The suspect is armed with a handgun.

Report any information to the New Jersey State Police or local law ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...

NJ Dentist and his Pit Bull Therapy Dog Give Back to Local Community

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- While Joseph DalBon, DMD, may be best known as a top-notch local dentist at the New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, he is also the proud owner of a therapy dog. Dr. DalBon spoke with TAPintoTV about his Pit Bull puppy, Olivia, the services she provides to others in the community, and how he came to recognize her unique talents.

DalBon realized Olivia was ...

New Jersey Films, Filmmakers and Writers Nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — On Sunday, April 25th 2021, the 93rd Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles, CA, and there’s a New Jersey connection to several nominated films and filmmakers this year. TAPintoTV's Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur, was joined by David W. Schoner Jr., the Associate Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, at East Main Media ...

Seniors Enjoy In-Person, Outdoor Entertainment Following Months on Zoom

May 12, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Seniors from JCC MetroWest, Bnai Shalom’s Adult Hazak Group and local clients of Homewatch CareGivers were engaged and entertained at an outdoor concert celebrating Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), held Friday, May 7. Having spent months indoors without in-person activities, the 110 seniors who came out for a fun afternoon were thrilled with the ...

AAPI Month Kickoff Friday, May 7 in Maplewood Village

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — SOMA Cross Cultural Works (SOMA CCW), in partnership Maplewood Township, and South Orange Village were proud to organize and host the first Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month kickoff celebration.  SOMA CCW is a local nonprofit that supports and celebrates the cultural diversity of our towns. They are the organizers of cultural festivals like ...

Allergy Alert: Whey Protein Powder Sold By Whole Foods Recalled

May 14, 2021

Containers of 365 Everyday Value Whey Protein Powder Natural Vanilla Flavor due to the potential of an undeclared soy allergen, announced Arizona Nutritional Supplements. 

The containers of the protein powder were mistakenly packaged with Soy Protein Powder, the company stated. 

The product can be identified by the UPC 9948228764, a Best By of 03/04/2023 and Lot 0073984. The ...

Allergy Alert: Hershey's Recalls Chocolate Shell Topping Due to Undeclared Allergen

Hershey’s Chocolate Shell Topping has been voluntarily recalled due to undeclared almonds, announced the Hershey company in a press release.

Approximately 1,700 bottles were incorrectly filled with Heath Shell Topping which is made with almonds, they said.

The product being recalled was shipped nationwide between April 15 and May 3, 2021 and have a product code of ...

Lawsuit: Prisoner Was Denied Medicine, Beaten by Staff at Union County Jail

May 14, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — A man incarcerated at the Union County Jail is suing the county with claims that the staff there denied him medication for a severely painful condition and then beat him mercilessly.

While in court papers the county denies the allegations, Michael David Ivancich claims in the federal lawsuit he was forced to go without necessary prescription ...

Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

Pfizer Vaccine Open to Kids 12-15 in NJ. What South Orange, Maplewood Parents Need to Know

May 13, 2021

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12-15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said.

The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be administered to those children.

“With today’s recommendations, ...

Hilton, Haskins and Brown Unofficially Win South Orange Board of Trustees Seats

May 11, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — With only unofficial results available, it is expected that Karen Hartshorn Hilton has won reelection to the Board of Trustees, bringing her slate mates along with her — Braynard “Bobby” Brown and William Haskins look to have earned their first term on the BOT. Their slate was named “Devoted, Dependable, and Diverse.”

With 12 of 13 ...

Impact100 Essex Announces Start of 2021 Grant Cycle for Local Nonprofits

May 9, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Impact100 Essex has announced the availability of a $100,000 Impact Grant and kicked off its 2021 grant cycle with an information session for Essex County nonprofits.

On April 20, more than 60 organizations attended to learn about the grant application process.

"We were pleased to see so many faces at our virtual information session--both familiar organizations ...

River Day 2021: A Literal Ton of Success

May 3, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — River Day 2021 started out strong and just kept going. 

Yesterday was the annual cleanup of the South Orange section of the Rahway River sponsored by the South Orange Green Team. By annually collecting the accumulated garbage in the water, volunteers reduce the threats to the wildlife and water quality, and leave the aesthetics of the river better than they ...

Dress Up Your Landscaping with Spring Flowering Shrubs

May 2, 2021

Add a burst of color to the start of the garden season with spring flowering shrubs. Small or large, these beauties add color, support pollinators, and help attract birds to the landscape.

Make room in mixed borders and gardens for these spring bloomers. Use varieties with slightly different bloom times to create continuous color throughout the spring. Complement these with spring ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

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

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

Is Your A/C Summer-Ready? 12 Things to Check Before the First Heat Wave

Soaking in the summer sun is part of the fun of the season. But if you don’t have a cool home to retreat to, that heat can start to feel overbearing. Make sure your A/C (or swamp cooler!) can handle any heat wave this summer with these 12 tips, plus guidance on how to know when to call in the pros.

 

Before beginning preparation steps for either an air conditioner or swamp ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

The Best Natural Deodorants for the Toughest Workouts

Chances are, your wellness journey includes some heavy-hitting workouts, and a good deodorant is key to feeling confident after every session. Mainstream products can contain harmful ingredients that may actually be blocking some of your body’s natural processes as well as potentially causing health problems down the road. If you’re ready to switch to a more natural product but are ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

Learn How To Cook From Anywhere With These Online Classes

Cooking can be fun at any age, and learning new skills exercises your mind, especially as you get older. Whether you’re just finding your way around the kitchen or you’re a seasoned home chef, online cooking classes are a wonderful way to spend your day! From free courses featuring various dishes to lessons led by celebrity chefs, there are vast opportunities to satisfy just about any ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Candidate Statement - Karen Hilton - LINE B TICKET

May 8, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — I’m running for another four years as Village Trustee and I hope you’ll vote for me and for my running mates, Bill Haskins and Bobby Brown on May 11th.  

South Orange has been my home for 25 years, along with my husband Jim of 29 years, we’ve raised our 4 children here. I have a Masters in Public Administration, and aside from toiling over ...

Candidate Statement - Bobby Brown - LINE B TICKET

BRAYNARD “BOBBY” BROWN

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ —  As a 13-year resident of South Orange, I am once again running for South Orange Trustee because I am committed to serving this community.

You may remember that I ran in the 2019 election along with eight other passionate candidates for three seats.  I did not find defeat a deterrent to working for this community.  I ...

Maplewood Police Blotter: Several Thefts of Unsecured Items

May 8, 2021

This blotter covers the period from April 18 – May 4, 2021.

April 22, 2021; Package Theft; At approximately 7:45 pm a vehicle left running and unsecured on the 1700 block of Springfield Ave was stolen.

April 25, 2021; Package Theft; Between 2-6 pm a package was stolen from the front of a home on Midland Blvd

April 27, 2021; Theft; At approximately 11:55 pm an ...

South Orange Police Blotter: Vehicle Stolen While Parked in Owners Driveway

May 3, 2021; Auto Theft; A University Court resident reports their Dodge Avenger, which was parked in their driveway, was stolen during the early morning hours.  Video surveillance from a camera on South Orange Avenue shows a couple of individuals walking back and forth in the area of South Orange Avenue and University Court.  The camera is too far to get any ...

Brown, Haskins and Hilton for Board of Trustees

May 4, 2021

Dear Editor, 

I am voting for Bobby Brown, Bill Haskins and Karen Hilton because it is a vote for good governance: openness, transparency, priority and goal setting, accountability.  

The Board of Trustees sets the priorities of our government, aligns our staff and budget against those priorities, and ensures that our professionals deliver on these priorities. The draft ...

Governor Murphy Taps Newark Councilmen for New Jersey Puerto Rico Commission

May 14, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. and Councilman-at-Large Luis Quintana were among 29 New Jersey residents named by Governor Phil Murphy to the New Jersey Puerto Rican Commission.

The commission, which was established under legislation signed into law by Governor Murphy in January 2020, will build upon the Murphy Administration’s efforts to promote ...

Newark Symphony Hall Gives First Look Into $50M Renovation Project

NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Symphony Hall this week unveiled designs for its new exterior renovation, a project which began last year. 

The project is part of a three-phase, $50 million effort set to wrap on the venue’s 100th birthday in 2025. The design, from Trenton-based architectural firm Clarke Caton Hintz, includes a new marquee and streetscape.

Colonial Pipeline Restarted Operation; Normal Delivery Rate Expected the Coming Days

May 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Colonial Pipeline Co. announced in a statement late Wednesday evening that the pipeline that was shutdown by a ransomware hack last week was going to restart and begin operating again. 

“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue ...

Do You Want to Become a Psychiatrist? New Jersey May Pay for Your Residency

WAYNE, NJ — For the last fourteen months, New Jerseyans have been in the midst of the worst global pandemic in most of our lifetimes. The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in NJ has just recently reached the 1 million mark. This is one out of every nine people in the state. Just over 25,000 have died due to complications from COVID, while all of us have been suffering under forced ...

Fire Safety Alert: Kidde Recalls Smoke Detectors for Failure to Sound Alarm in Fire

May 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — The community is being alerted to a nationwide safety recall of certain Kidde smoke detectors for failing to sound off during smoke conditions or a fire.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 6 announced the recall of some 225,000 Kidde smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms — Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060 and 2070, which have a TruSense logo or ...

Summer Food Service Program to Nourish New Jersey Children in Need

HILLSIDE, NJ—May 12, 2021 

Food insecure children and their families are most vulnerable during the summer months, when they lose access to the free school meals that they rely on. This year, as schools remain closed due to COVID-19, putting food on the table has been an even more urgent challenge for households struggling to make ends ...

Impact100 Essex Holds Membership Drive

May 10, 2021 - Impact100 Essex, a women’s giving collective that awards grants to nonprofits serving Essex County, is looking to expand its membership and is holding weekly virtual information sessions for prospective members. Now in its fifth year, the organization has awarded over $500,000 to local nonprofits focused on underserved communities in Essex County.

“Impact100 Essex ...