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About 1 in 6 NJ Residents Say They Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine: Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

June 4, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — While 73% of New Jerseyans say they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and another 10% say they will likely get a shot, there are still 16% who remain unwilling to take the vaccine, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

The large number of Garden State residents getting vaccinated is a drastic change from the widespread ...

Township COVID Cases Drop Nearly 80 Percent in One Month As Maplewood Vaccinations Soar

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Township saw only 32 cases of COVID-19 in May, down from 144 cases in April. 

“I do believe that this is in part because of the increased vaccination rates that we have in our town, as well as around the state,” said Health Officer Candice Davenport in her Board of Health report at the Township Committee meeting June 1. 

But ...

Nearly All Seniors in South Orange, Maplewood Fully Vaccinated

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Vaccinations in the two towns are continuing to climb.

The New Jersey COVID-19 portal updates its vaccination numbers every Friday, and yesterday reported that 57% of all South Orange residents — and 97% of those aged 65 and over — are fully vaccinated.

The numbers in Maplewood look nearly as good. Fifty-three percent of residents of all ages ...

South Orange Going Unmasked and Close Up Outdoors May 28, Masks Stay On in Public Buildings

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Village has lifted required masking in outdoor public spaces as of Friday, May 28. 

"These changes are in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 242, issued May 25," said an email sent to the community Thursday evening.

Currently, South Orange has a population that is 54 percent vaccinated. For those 65 and up, the ...

Vigil for Moussa Fofana Today at 7:30

June 12, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — There will be a candlelight service to honor and celebrate the life of Moussa Fofana today, June 12, on Ritzer Field at Columbia High School.

The 7:30 p.m. vigil will remember Moussa, the 18-year-old Maplewood resident killed by gunfire almost a week ago, on June 6, in an incident that also wounded another teen; both were students at Columbia High ...

Nikhil's Way Dedicated at South Orange Corner

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The corner of Wyoming Avenue and Lenox is now Nikhil’s Way.

This afternoon's dedication of the intersection is in memory of Nikhil Badlani, who was 11 when he died in an automobile crash at that corner; the other driver was distracted and hit the car Nikhil was in with his father.

In the 10 years since then, Nikhil’s parents have been doing ...

Two COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics to Aid Maplewood Businesses, June 15

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Township of Maplewood, Maplewood Department of Health, and Essex County Department of Health are offering two COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. These clinics are being held to aid Maplewood businesses and their employees that may still need to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

The morning session ...

South Orange-Maplewood School District Says It’s Working on Reopening Plans, Expects to Publish Them June 24

June 14, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The South Orange-Maplewood School district said it is working through many questions as it finalizes its Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services plan,

Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor said at the Board of Education on Monday that the district expects to publish the plan on its website on June 24, the same date the plan is due to the state. He also ...

Arizona State Dean Named Next President of Montclair State University

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Jonathan G.S. Koppell has been selected as Montclair State University’s 9th president, the Board of Trustees announced this week. A nationally regarded scholar of policy, organization and management who transformed the public affairs college at Arizona State University into one of the largest, best and most innovative in the nation, will start on August 2.

Board of ...

South Orange Maplewood Board of Education to Fill Vacancy on July 12

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange Maplewood Board of Education, currently down one seat after Kamal Zubieta's sudden departure on May 31, will choose a new board member on July 12.

“The BOE thanks Ms. Zubieta for her service to the community and wishes her the best in her future endeavors,” BOE President Thair Joshua told TAPinto SOMA after she resigned. 

The new ...

According to Diversity Expert, the Wayne Valley Mascot Does Not Need to be Changed ‘At This Time’

June 14, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — The results of the Wayne Valley Mascot ThoughtExchange survey showed more support for keeping the Indians mascot then it did for changing it, according to Tamika Reese, a diversity consultant hired by the school district. The results of this survey seemed to be the deciding factor in keeping the controversial mascot, at least for the time being.

Reese stated the findings ...

South Orange-Maplewood School District Says It’s Working on Reopening Plans, Expects to Publish Them June 24

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The South Orange-Maplewood School district said it is working through many questions as it finalizes its Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services plan,

Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor said at the Board of Education on Monday that the district expects to publish the plan on its website on June 24, the same date the plan is due to the state. He also ...

Vigil for Moussa Fofana Today at 7:30

June 12, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — There will be a candlelight service to honor and celebrate the life of Moussa Fofana today, June 12, on Ritzer Field at Columbia High School.

The 7:30 p.m. vigil will remember Moussa, the 18-year-old Maplewood resident killed by gunfire almost a week ago, on June 6, in an incident that also wounded another teen; both were students at Columbia High ...

Vehicle in Maplewood Village Stolen by an Armed Suspect

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police issued the following information on June 11, 2021 regarding a serious incident that occurred on May 22, 2021. The release reads as follows:

“On 05/22/21 at approximately 11pm, the Maplewood Police responded to Ricalton Square (Parking Lot #2) near the intersection of Maplewood Avenue & Dunnell Road on a report of a vehicle stolen by an armed ...

Baseball: Columbia Edges Belleville, 3-2, in Nine Innings

June 12, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Derek Chibbaro and Aiden Lefferts combined for nine strong innings on the mound before Columbia pulled out an extra-inning 3-2 baseball victory over Belleville on Saturday.

Lefferts pitched four shutout innings of two-hit ball with two walks and one strikeout for the Cougars (7-13), who tied the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh and won it in the ...

Jacob Messeri Recognized as Columbia High's 'Best Teammate' by Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center and the Super Essex Conference

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — Jacob Messeri, who played varsity baseball for Columbia High School, has earned the 2021 Investors Bank Best Teammate Award for the school.

The award was part of an evening where the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center honored student athletes from member schools of the Super Essex Conference (SEC) in a celebration of the qualities that ...

COVID Numbers Continue to Drop: Murphy

June 7, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy reported on Sunday that the state of New Jersey has now administered 8,885,212 total doses of the approved COVID-19 vaccines and that 4,355,540 New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated.

COVID numbers remain low in the state. On Sunday, Murphy reported 180 new positive PCR tests, raising the total to 888,927 total positive PCR tests since ...

National Weather Service Issues Air Quality Alert Until 10 p.m. Sunday June 6

SILVER SPRING, MD — The National Weather Service declared Sunday, June 6 an “Ozone Action Day.” This air quality alert is for Northern NJ including Eastern Passaic County, Bergen County, Hudson County, Essex County and Union County.

Ozone levels are forecast to reach the unhealthy for sensitive groups. According to the Weather Service, the very young, the elderly, and ...

Passaic Valley High School Celebrates 80 Years of Excellence with Mayors Panel

June 9, 2021

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Executive Producer of East Main Media and TAPintoTV, Brian Brodeur, hosted a panel discussion to celebrate Passaic Valley Regional High School’s 80 Years of Excellence.

The panel was moderated by Alexandra Paese, Passaic Valley Class of 2021, and consisted of Totowa Mayor, John Coiro, Passaic Valley Class of 1977, Little Falls Mayor James Damiano, Passaic Valley Class ...

NJ Dentist Uses Dental Lasers to Painlessly Treat Patients

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Joseph DalBon, DMD, spoke with TAPintoTV about the laser technology he uses at his practice, New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, and the many benefits this technology offers to his patients, notably the absence of pain for many dental procedures. “It’s probably the best technology that you could use in dentistry,” DalBon said. 

DalBon ...

Special Series: Economic Issues in New Jersey - High Property Taxes

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- The average New Jersey resident pays $931,698 in taxes over his or her lifetime, ranking New Jersey number one in the nation for highest state property taxes, according to a recent article from the Wall Street Journal.

So what should residents expect to get for paying such high property taxes? Why do people stay in New Jersey? TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian ...

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces Winners of the 2021 Rising Star Awards

June 7, 2021

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES 

2021 RISING STAR AWARD WINNERS

Presented by the Investors Foundation

 

(Millburn, NJ) June 7, 2021 —The 2021 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards Presented by the Investors Foundation took place on Monday, June 7, featuring performances from schools representing all corners of the state of New ...

Partnership with Paris Based Centre Pompidou Puts Jersey City on Global Arts Map

JERSEY CITY, NJ — Hoping to capitalize on its strength as a cultural destination, Jersey City will become the first North American location of the Paris based Centre Pompidou.

Mayor Steven Fulop, joined by Serge Lasvignes, president of Pompidou Center, Governor Phil Murphy, and Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, led the announcement of the anticipated 2024 opening of the Centre Pompidou ...

Summer Grilling Recipe: Grilled Blackened Pork Chop with Peach-Mango Salsa

May 31, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ -ShopRite’s registered dietitian, Shelbi Thurau, has shared a simple recipe as Memorial Day quickly approaches. Today's recipe Grilled Blackened Pork Chop with Peach-Mango Salsa.

Ingredients

4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1 1/2 Tbs avocado oil
1 1/2 Tbs Cajun seasoning
4 boneless center-cut pork chops (about ...

Murphy Announces Plans to Close Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women Amid Investigation of Use of Excessive Force

June 7, 2021

CLINTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday his plan to close the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, the state's only women's correctional facility, following an investigation into a violent attack on prisoners in January.

Murphy's administration released an investigative report Monday that was prepared by former state comptroller Matt Boxer and law firm ...

Two COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics to Aid Maplewood Businesses, June 15

June 10, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Township of Maplewood, Maplewood Department of Health, and Essex County Department of Health are offering two COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. These clinics are being held to aid Maplewood businesses and their employees that may still need to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

The morning session ...

Formal Utility Moratorium Ends July 1st; Grace Period Will Run Through Dec. 31

June 14, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Governor Murphy today signed an Executive Order ending the moratorium on utility shutoffs as of July 1, 2021. However, a grace period will run through December 31 which will protect customers facing shutoffs, he said.

“This grace period is for customers to enroll in payment assistance plans, and this is something that we’re taking very ...

ELECTION ROUNDUP: Learn Local Election Results Throughout New Jersey

June 10, 2021

Amid statewide primary election contests, New Jersey also hosted dozens of local races Tuesday. Here is a roundup of various New Jersey local election results as reported by TAPinto franchises across the state:

Cranford Election: Kate Rappa Defeats Incumbent Tom Hannen, Jr. in Democrat Primary

Newcomer defeats an incumbent in this township committee primary election, advancing to face a GOP ...

National Weather Service Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook for Region for June 7

June 7, 2021

NEW YORK, NY — The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for Northern NJ and Southeast NY. The primary threats are gusty winds and lightning strikes for Monday, June 7 into tonight. 

Temperature Monday will approach 90. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are not expected until some time after 11 a.m. The chance of scattered rain and thunderstorms ...

Open House in South Orange, Sunday June 20

June 14, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — There is an amazing home in Newstead having an open house on Sunday, 2-4 p.m.:

9 Crest Circle, South Orange is the “forever home” you’ve been waiting for! This 6 BR, 3.2 bath stately colonial home on almost a half acre is tucked away in the Upper Wyoming neighborhood.

This home has so many special features, including a ...

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Restaurants Offer Entertainment, Outdoor Spaces to Bring Back Diners

June 14, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Indoor dining is back at full capacity in restaurants around the Garden State. But while some diners have been eager to get back inside, many have gotten out of the habit, and some still eye gathering maskless indoors with trepidation.

To woo diners back, some restaurants are turning to enhanced outdoor spaces, live entertainment and good old-fashioned fun.

Khris Raina, ...

Community Conversations: Living with Scoliosis

Does your child have scoliosis? Do you know what the signs are? Find out on the next Community Conversation where Jason Lowenstein, MD, medical director of Atlantic Health System’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, shares how it’s diagnosed and explains why early identification is key to treating spinal deformity.

 

CLEAR and Atlantic Health System Partner to Empower Patients With Digital Proof of Vaccination

Atlantic Health Patients Now Able to Link Vaccination to CLEAR’s Health Pass

CLEAR and Atlantic Health System have partnered to empower patients with the ability to access and share their proof of COVID-19 vaccination through CLEAR’s digital vaccine card and Health Pass. Using the free CLEAR app, vaccinated patients now have the option to create a digital version of their paper ...

The Heat is On. Your Sun Protection Should Be, Too

The temperatures are up, and I think it’s safe to say, summer’s back – at least in whatever form it exists in 2021.

Truth be told, summertime is not my favorite season. It’s the heat, but more importantly, the sunburns.  The biggest question I get in the office around this time is “what kind of sunscreen works best?”  There’s no ...

Atlantic Health System Welcomes New Trustees and Board Leaders

Atlantic Health is sharing exciting changes to the leadership and composition of its Board of Trustees. The integrated care delivery system, which serves 4.9 million people in 11 counties across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce its new chair, Robert E. McCracken and vice chair, Gita Rothschild, Esq.  The system also welcomes new trustees: Jeanine D. Liburd, Arthur ...

Celebrate Dad with These 4 Fun Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching and the possibility of gatherings and parties becoming more likely in many areas, the time is perfect for a celebration that highlights Dad’s favorites and creates a lasting memory for family and friends. If you’re eager to plan something special, here are four ways to celebrate Dad that your guests won’t soon forget!

Crawfish ...

Shop Your Home for Living Room Décor Updates

Planning to host an event includes prepping your spaces - cleaning, decorating, designing - if it’s not in the cards to overhaul your living room décor this year, you don’t have to give up on a new look entirely. Shop your home for items that need a new life in your living room; sometimes, a change of location is all that you need to highlight beloved treasures by pulling them ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Upgrade Your Patio for Under $100

As the weather warms up and we all head outside, you may be envisioning an updated patio space to gather with your friends and family. While some outdoor items can be pricey, many simple updates are budget-friendly while making a big impact. If you’re ready to transform your outdoor space without spending a fortune, here are five of the best ways to get started.

Solar Lights

Adding ...

Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...

Spa Day at Home: How to Choose the Best Face Mask for Your Skin

More than ever, home skincare routines are the best way to take advantage of spa-quality products to give you clear, glowing, refreshed skin. Face masks are a great addition to any skincare routine, and regular use (2-3 times per week), can make a noticeable impact on your skin’s health. For everything you need to know when choosing a face mask, read on!

Tubes and Creams Vs. Single-Use ...

Take Time To Get Lost In A Story: 5 Book Genres For You To Enjoy

Just as exercising is good for physical health, flexing your mental muscles is vital - especially as you age. Reading daily is a wonderful way to give your brain a workout. It stimulates your imagination, engages your concentration and memory, and allows you to learn something new.

Whether you prefer holding a book, using a tablet, or listening to audiobooks, diving into stories you enjoy is ...

Recipe Swaps: 6 Healthier Versions of Classic Cakes

Incorporating healthier meal choices into our daily lives is a great way to stay committed to overall wellness. These healthy options aren’t only available for your main course - desserts like indulgent cakes can easily retain all of the flavors while focusing on healthy ingredients. If you’re eager to swap some traditional ingredients like refined sugar and flour, fats, and added ...

My Own Little Gay History in South Orange

June 14, 2021

In honor of Pride Month, TAPinto SOMA asked LGBTQ leader and SOMA resident Gary Paul Wright for his thoughts on living in South Orange:

 

When Peter and I were living in Jersey City, circa 1995, we received a flyer about musical instruments being sold by the Seton Hall Music Department at rock-bottom prices. Peter really wanted a piano in the house — even though neither of ...

Fire Union President: COVID Couldn't Stop Us From Doing Our Job

New Jersey is opening back up and the firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers of the NJFMBA could not be happier. While protecting our communities is our job, building the community is our passion, and that has been difficult over the past 15 months.

Like everyone, we were struck by the uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to the municipalities we serve. This was an uncertainty that extended across ...

Maplewood Police Blotter: A Rash of Bicycle Thefts May 23 to June 4

June 11, 2021

May 23, 2021; Bicycle Thefts; During the daytime hours a bicycle was stolen from Sommer Avenue and three bicycles were stolen from Richmond Avenue

May 24, 2021; Bicycle Theft; At approximately 3:30 p.m. a bicycle left unsecured in the rear of Clinton School was stolen.

May 25, 2021; Bicycle Theft; At approximately 8:30 p.m. a bicycle was stolen from in front of the Burger King on ...

Former Newark City Attorney To Receive $300K As Part of Federal Lawsuit Settlement Filed Against Mayor, Brother

June 14, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — The City of Newark will pay the former city attorney $300,000 to settle the federal lawsuit he filed claiming he was retaliated against because he objected to a multimillion-dollar development deal, according to documents and his attorney.

The tentative settlement with Willie Parker, who served as the city's corporation counsel under Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, still needs ...

New Essex County DPW Facility Planned for Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Essex County plans to build a 40,000-square-foot facility for the county's Department of Public Works and Sheriff’s Department on Grove Avenue in Cedar Grove, county executive Joe DiVincenzo, Jr. announced this week.

The building will be used to house vehicles, store equipment and supplies and to provide up-to-date workspace for the DPW Traffic Division and ...

According to Diversity Expert, the Wayne Valley Mascot Does Not Need to be Changed ‘At This Time’

June 14, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — The results of the Wayne Valley Mascot ThoughtExchange survey showed more support for keeping the Indians mascot then it did for changing it, according to Tamika Reese, a diversity consultant hired by the school district. The results of this survey seemed to be the deciding factor in keeping the controversial mascot, at least for the time being.

Reese stated the findings ...

Randolph BOE Votes To Remove Names of All Holidays on School Calendar; Everything to be Called “Day Off”

RANDOLPH, NJ — The Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove the names of all holidays from the school calendar, and plans to simply call everything “Day Off.” The decision shocked those who were left in attendance, after many others had walked out or been asked to leave by security from a raucous public audience that had reached 125 people at ...

10 Reasons to Become a Client of the  Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women 

June 14, 2021

10 Reasons to Become a Client of the Linda and Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women 


You’re ready to begin the next chapter of your life and would like some support to make this happen. Click here to find out how to get started now. 


At the Center for Women, ...

East Orange Animal Alliance Father's Day Fundraiser with SOMA Baked

SOMA BAKED is partnering with the East Orange Animal Alliance to bring you a delicious Father’s Day weekend special offer! Buy a 12 pack of chocolate chip cookies for $25 and SOMA BAKED will donate 50% to the EOAA. Cookies are nut free.
Purchase now for pick up or delivery on Friday June 18th (SOMA delivery only, or pickup in SOMA locations).
Proceeds will support our mission to provide ...

Where to Watch the Euro Cup with Friends? At St. James Gate

St. James' Gate Publick House knows you love European soccer and want to watch live. 

So The Gate will be open whenever there's a Euro Cup 2021 match on, and games will be televised at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m.

For your comfort and fun, each game will not only be on in the pub, but also on a screen in the outdoor tent.

Come join us from June 11 to the final on July 11 ...