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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 ...

SOMA Teachers Union Urges District to Raise Wages: “Shame on You.”

MAPLEWOOD, NJ _ Members of the South Orange-Maplewood Schools’ teachers union urged the Board of Education to improve district pay, saying many educators work multiple jobs and suggesting they were being treated like "second-class citizens."

About a dozen teachers speaking en masse during public comment at Monday night's board meeting talked of struggling as they earn low ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Columbia H.S. Lands Three Players on All-Conference Girls Volleyball First Team

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Three members of the Columbia girls volleyball team have been named to the 2021 Super Essex Conference All-Colonial Division First Team.

Avery Anderson, Jillian Canning and Jaelen Clyburn of Columbia (14-9) all were selected to the first team in a poll of the conference's coaches.

Anderson, a senior, led the Cougars in digs (129) and service points (142). Canning, a ...

First Omicron Variant Case Confirmed in New Jersey

December 3, 2021

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 ...

Recall Alert: Old Spice and Secret Aerosol Spray Antiperspirants Recalled Due to Benzene

All lots of specific Old Spice and Secret aerosol spray antiperspirants and Old Spice Below Deck aerosol spray products, with an expiration date through September 2023, have been recalled, announced The Proctor & Gamble Company. The products were recalled due to the presence of Benzene.

Benzene, according to the FDA, is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can ...

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 ...

Paper Mill Playhouse Accepting Video Auditions from Students for Summer Training

November 29, 2021

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 ...

Celebrate the Holidays Outdoors in SOMA

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Outdoor festivities to celebrate the holiday season are about to begin in South Orange and Maplewood including Dickens Village, the Maplewood Winter Market, the WNTR Holiday Village and Makers Market and the second annual South Orange Downtown Open-Air Holiday Market.

Dickens Village, a Maplewood community tradition, brings to life various ...

Full Criminal Report Against Jamie Moore, Mother of 14-Year-Old JaShyah Moore

November 23, 2021

EAST ORANGE, NJ - We're learning more about the accusations against an East Orange mother, charged with two counts of child endangerment, following the disappearance of her teenage daughter.  14-year-old JaShyah Moore was found two weeks after she was reported missing in Harlem, after running away from her East Orange home.  Prosecutors later charged her mother, 40-year-old ...

Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, Senior Member Offers Insight on Tax Implications of Selling Vs. Gifting Property

December 3, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, senior member of the award-winning Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, accounting firm in Livingston, recently shared his insight on the tax implications of selling versus gifting a motor vehicle to a family member.

When a reader of NJMoneyHelp.com asked whether it is better to sell a car for $1 or gift it when ...

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 ...

South Orange Menorah Lighting

December 1, 2021

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 ...

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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’s Renaissance Plans Focus on a Decade of Enhancements

NEW JERSEY – The state’s most extensive transit system recently laid out plans for a massive transformation intended to make it tops as far as reliability and efficiency.

According to NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin Corbett, President, the company intends to make up for lost time and has already begun the process. Strategic plans made through 2030 bring a promise of increased ...

New Jersey Date Night: Celebrate Hanukkah With Some of NJ’s Best Doughnuts

November 27, 2021

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

Whether you personally celebrate Hanukkah or have friends who do, there are a lot of takeaways from this well-known yet not major Jewish holiday. Much like an action film of today, Hanukkah features conflict between the Maccabees and the Seleucids, a sacred temple as a backdrop and of course a supply chain ...

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 ...

Home Health Aide Appreciation Week

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- November has been named “National Home Health Care Month”, and the week of November 8th is “Home Care Aide Week”.  We at Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange celebrate our home health aides who make a difference in the lives of our clients and their families, every day.  It has become clearer than ever during this past year and a half with ...

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 ...

'Social Shark Tank' at Seton Hall Awards $5,000 for Best Project

December 3, 2021




SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - “Meet Her at the Gate,” a reentry program for women returning from incarceration to Essex County, won first prize in the Shark Tank-style competition for social services held at Seton Hall University.

The competition was part of an eight-week Social Justice Certificate program which was a collaboration between the Center for Community ...

Atlantic Health System Names Stephanie Schwartz as President of Overlook Medical Center

Move follows transformative presidency at Chilton Medical Center

SUMMIT, NJ – DECEMBER 2, 2021 – Atlantic Health System today announced that Stephanie Schwartz, MHSA, FACHE, has been named president of Overlook Medical Center, following a successful tenure as president at Chilton Medical Center that saw numerous achievements and enhancements in care.

Schwartz has been serving as ...

SOMA Chamber of Commerce Hosts Networking Holiday Party

It’s time to network and mingle at the SOMA Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party. Join us as we celebrate the holidays and the merger of the Maplewood and South Orange Chambers of Commerce at the Fox & Falcon. The merriment takes place on Wednesday, December 15 from 4:30 – 7:30. Tickets cost $25 and include hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks along with a cash bar.