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COVID-19 Cases in Maplewood and South Orange Align with Statewide Trend Upward

October 27, 2020

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As the COVID-19 curve continues to go up in the nation and the state, the uptick is mirrored locally, as well. 

At last night’s South Orange Board of Trustees meeting, Health Officer John Festa gave his report about the Village’s numbers. He relayed that “we're sitting at 163 [positive] cases, [and] 4,505 negative cases” ...

Governor Fears Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Are Just the Start

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

Gov. Murphy, First Lady Cancel Events, Enter Coronavirus Self-Quarantine

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, First Lady Tammy Murphy, entered a voluntary self-quarantine Wednesday afternoon after a senior staff member - who the governor was in close proximity to Saturday - tested positive for coronavirus. 

Murphy unexpectedly left a press briefing Wednesday at midday in Camden County, after learning of his exposure to the individual - whose ...

Dashcam Video Shows DWI Arrest of Belleville Board of Education Trustee

October 28, 2020

BELLEVILLE, NJ — A NJ Board of Education Trustee will have to answer to multiple charges including Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and DWI within 1,000 ft. of a school after being found asleep in her vehicle just after midnight on Oct. 21, 2020. 

According to the Belleville Police Department Incident Report, police were dispatched to the street in front of Michael's ...

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Supports New Jersey Tenants During COVID-19 Housing Crisis

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund's Housing Stability Project Grant.

Keenan described the work of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), which was established after the COVID-19 pandemic, and which has raised over $37 million from over ...

Maplewood Township Committee Votes to Disarm Police Auxiliary

October 21, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police Auxiliary will no longer be able to carry firearms.

The decision by the Maplewood Township Committee came last night after 90-day review period suspended their volunteer activities; that decision was reached in July just after a contentious Public Safety Committee meeting discussing the topic. 

Yesterday’s vote was ...

De-arming the Maplewood Police Auxiliary Discussed at Public Safety Committee Meeting

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Members of the Township Committee, the Maplewood Police Department, and the public discussed the Maplewood Police Auxiliary and whether it needs to remain armed on Wednesday night’s Public Safety Committee’s streaming meeting. The more than two hours of discussion was the last item on the agenda; the entire meeting was over five hours long, ending ...

Boys Soccer: Columbia Beats East Orange, 5-2

October 27, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Columbia boys soccer team scored three goals in the second half to put the cap on a 5-2 victory over East Orange on Tuesday.

Juff Exilus scored one goal and had one assist, and Malachy Meyer doled out two assists for the Cougars (3-2), who led, 2-1, at the half.

Charlie Herley, Moussa Fofana, Robby Boyd and Zach Siskind all scored Columbia goals, and Mike ...

CHS Football’s Gary Mobley Named NJ Coach of The Week by New York Jets

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Columbia Cougars head football coach Gary Mobley has been named New Jersey’s High School Football Coach of the Week by the New York Jets.

The accolade comes after Mobley led the Cougars to an underdog victory against the rival Millburn Millers on October 10. Though Millburn was favored to win the game, Columbia steamrolled the Millers to a 28-13 ...

With Cases Rising, NJ Hospitals Prepare For What’s Ahead

October 21, 2020

Masks, gowns and other supplies are stockpiled, but some worry about staffing levels amid a national COVID-19 surge.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

No one anticipates the same surge of patients that flooded hospitals ...

Small Parties, Family Gatherings Driving Up COVID-19 Case Count

With daily diagnoses at levels not seen since early summer, administration says it has to count on honor system to ensure compliance in small groups.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Gov. Phil Murphy and state public ...

Schools Re-Opening Pushed to January after Classroom Filter Project Falsely Reported to be Completed

October 28, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District will not begin its hybrid in-person learning model until January 19, 2021.

Superintendent Ronald Taylor announced the new date in an email to families sent Tuesday afternoon. The initial plan to begin phase one of re-entry on November 12 was scrapped after the district discovered that the MERV filters had not been installed in ...

New Social and Emotional Support Programs are Serving SOMA Families

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — SOMA families have been taking advantage of the new social and emotional support programs South Orange Maplewood School District introduced this fall.

Twelve social workers and 36 social work interns work to support students, staff, and their families. The district hired a multicultural team with social workers who are fluent in English, Spanish, and Haitian ...

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Supports New Jersey Tenants During COVID-19 Housing Crisis

October 28, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund's Housing Stability Project Grant.

Keenan described the work of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), which was established after the COVID-19 pandemic, and which has raised over $37 million from over ...

NJ Video Production Company Senior Producer Recounts Journey from Intern to Leader

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - Senior Producer Kayla Steinmetz sat down with East Main Media Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to discuss the production company's evolution and her role in its success.

Steinmetz talked about her experiences beginning in 2014 when she started as an intern, primarily being an assistant editor. Brodeur recalled how Steinmetz contributed to the company's success from ...

How To Survive Political Discussions During Divided Times

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Clinical psychologist Dr. Meryl Dorf spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to highlight strategies to help navigate potentially difficult political discussions with family and friends during hyper-partisan times. 

Dr. Dorf joined Brodeur at East Main Media Studios’ media production facility in Little Falls, NJ, after being featured ...

SOPAC: Craig Sumberg No Longer Executive Director Due to Budget Cuts

October 26, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Performing Arts Center has let go of its executive director less than a year after his hire. 

SOPAC, a non-profit arts organization, made the announcement in a press release that said it is due to "budgetary cutbacks brought on by Covid-19."

Paul Bartick, Chairman of the Board of Governors, "regretfully announces a ...

Paper Mill Playhouse to Collaborate with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for Three-Part Series

MILLBURN, NJ — While performance spaces remain closed, organizations such as Paper Mill Playhouse look for innovative ways to connect with their audiences until they can safely open. 

In a collaborative first, Paper Mill is co-producing a three-part series of virtual performances with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. 

The first performance will feature NJSO musicians and ...

Cuban Pete's Owner Locked Out After Repeated Executive Order Violations

October 27, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ — After scoffing at the Governor's Executive Orders and repeatedly allowing patrons to continue to dine inside, the owner of Cuban Pete's is now locked out of his business.

On Monday morning, Montclair Police changed the locks on the doors of Cuban Pete’s restaurant, locking out the owner and workers. This was after three violations of the Executive ...

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Welcomes Cori Wilf to Board of Trustees

October 26, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health recently announced that Short Hills resident Cori Wilf has been named as a member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston.

Board chair Bruce Schonbraun stated that Wilf will be joining the group “at a historic time” as SBMC continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic while also ...

Maplewood Opens Request for Quotes & Proposals: Executive Search Firms

October 26, 2020

Request for Quotes & Proposals: Executive Search Firms for Maplewood Township Business Administrator 

Proposal & Quotes due by November 6, 2020 by 10:00AM

Submission must be sent to:

Township Clerk

Maplewood Municipal Building

574 Valley Street

Maplewood, NJ 07040

Introduction and Background: The Township of Maplewood invites qualified search firms to ...

For The First Time, NJ Officials To Get An Early Start On Counting Ballots

October 27, 2020

Counties can begin counting general election votes on Saturday because of the expected flood of paper ballots — but they can’t reveal any results.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

While thousands of mail-in ...

NJ Family Pleads for Kidney Donor to Save Ailing 7-Year-Old

October 28, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ — A family is desperately searching for a donor to help save the life of a young boy with severe kidney disease.

"My seven-year-old son, Modak, is in need of a kidney donor," say Nirmesh Kumar. "His kidneys are functioning at 6.5%."

Modak, a 2nd Grader at Golden Door Charter School in Jersey City, was initially diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome in ...

Current Foliage Conditions Across the Garden State for Oct. 16 from the NJ DEP

October 16, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released the current fall foliage map for the Garden State and things are starting to look colorful.

Forests in the Northwest corner of the state, including the area near High Point State Park and Waywayanda State Park are at peak color. The southern portion of Sussex County is near peak. 

Northern NJ along ...

Guard Your Gourd: How To Keep Squirrels From Eating Your Pumpkins

October 26, 2020

GLEN ROCK, NJ — Is your perfectly-carved pumpkin being ravaged by local wildlife?

If you don’t remember this being a problem in the past, there’s a lot of speculation as to why squirrels are foraging for food more than usual.

Some suspect fewer acorns have left squirrels hungry, while another theory regards reduced traffic in restaurants and parks as a result of the ...

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Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

Moving Beyond the Partisan Bubble

There is so much to say and yet so many times a day I find myself dumbfounded to speechlessness.  My children ask logical questions for which I can find no polite or productive answer. There is no good answer for why hate seems to have seeped into so much of our dialogue every day.

There is no good reason that suspicion has replaced curiosity. That accusations have replaced queries. It is ...

Shakespeare Theatre Takes on Shaw in Three Scintillating One-acts

Florham Park, NJ - There’s nothing like the theatrical commentary of George Bernard Shaw to explore love, lust and over-the-top intrigue to make for a stimulating evening.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey offers another romp at its outdoor location at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park.The three one-act plays were broken up into five segments. “Village ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

October 24, 2020

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

How To Get Property Tax Relief in Maplewood and South Orange

Most of us want to continue to stay in our homes and communities, but property taxes are driving us away.  Taking advantage of New Jersey’s Property Tax Relief programs can stretch our dollars.  Who qualifies?  Are there special programs for seniors?

The Senior Citizens Council has prepared a video presentation on the property tax relief options available for ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, Oct. 10-15

October 23, 2020

October 10, 2020; Theft from Auto; During the overnight hours an unsecured vehicle parked on Dunnell Rd was entered and an ID and credit cards stolen.

October 10, 2020; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 3 a.m. a vehicle left unsecured with the keys in it was stolen from Dunnell Rd.

October 12, 2020; Theft; At approximately 3 p.m., two tires that had been delivered to a ...

Arrest Made in Stolen Auto Case

On October 21, 2020 Detectives from South Orange Police Department located a stolen Volvo that was taken from a residence on Centre Street on October 20th. The vehicle was parked on Stratford Place in Newark.  

After a brief surveillance, Detectives observed an individual enter the driver's door. Before the subject was able to start the stolen Volvo, Jamari Hall, a 23-year-old ...

Cuttle and Dafis Represent SOMA on the InsiderNJ Top 100 List

October 28, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange Maplewood Board of Education Member Shannon Cuttle and Maplewood Township Committee Member Dean Dafis have been named to the InsiderNJ.com list, “Insider Out: 100 LGBT Power List,” a list of New Jerseyans whose influence in LGBTQ issues is felt in their communities and statewide.

Dafis is listed at number 23 for efforts that go far ...

Halloween Happenings in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Halloween festivities, like other holidays this year, will look very different than in years past. Some traditional local events have been canceled, while other new ways to celebrate have sprung up. 

In Maplewood, the Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade has been canceled. The Chamber, still wanting to offer fun and community to residents, has put three ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, October 29, 9:00 AM

Wyoming Presbyterian Church, Millburn

Annual Pumpkin Patch at Wyoming Church

Giving Back

Thu, October 29, 7:30 PM

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison

"The Laramie Project" (Virtual Production)

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, October 30, 9:00 AM

Wyoming Presbyterian Church, Millburn

Annual Pumpkin Patch at Wyoming Church

Giving Back

Sat, October 31, 9:00 AM

Wyoming Presbyterian Church, Millburn

Annual Pumpkin Patch at Wyoming Church

Giving Back

Freeholder President Brendan Gill Thanks Essex County Poll Workers

October 28, 2020

Greetings Fellow Residents of Essex County:

We are finally less than one week away from one of the most pivotal elections in the history of our nation. Without question, 2020 has been a year of unique and unprecedented circumstances. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the deaths of over 200,000 Americans - including over 1,900 Essex County residents. Those numbers, ...

Dashcam Video Shows DWI Arrest of Belleville Board of Education Trustee

October 28, 2020

BELLEVILLE, NJ — A NJ Board of Education Trustee will have to answer to multiple charges including Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and DWI within 1,000 ft. of a school after being found asleep in her vehicle just after midnight on Oct. 21, 2020. 

According to the Belleville Police Department Incident Report, police were dispatched to the street in front of Michael's ...

Newark Imposing Increased COVID-19 Restrictions Following Spike in Cases

NEWARK, NJ — In August, Newark, once the COVID-19 epicenter of New Jersey, was touting a remarkable feat in curbing its infection rates from 60-plus cases a day at its peak to fewer than 20 a day by June. 

It was a win in the battle against the virus, but not the war. Starting Tuesday, Newark is cracking down on restaurants and businesses after the city saw it’s the ...

Hoboken to Implement Fines for Indoor House Parties Over 25 People

October 25, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ - The City of Hoboken is prepared to fine residents who host indoor house parties with over 25 attendees, as rates of COVID transmission throughout New Jersey trend upwards.

"The Hoboken Police Department has responded to several house parties over the past few weekends, some of which were identified by the Health Department as contributing to clusters of ...

TAPinto Westfield Nationally Recognized as LION’s Solo Publisher of the Year

WESTFIELD, NJ — TAPinto Westfield won national recognition as the Local Independent Online News Publishers Solo Publisher of the Year at the annual LION awards ceremony held on Thursday, Oct. 22. 

The award recognizes one small publisher in the country who provides excellent coverage of their community over a prolonged period of time. This is the second ...

Webinar: Build a Successful Business — Own a TAPinto Local News Site

October 28, 2020

Are you a community leader?  Do you want to be your own boss?  Do you want to create financial independence while leaving a lasting legacy?  

If so, owning a TAPinto local news site may be a good fit for you.  It's an affordable business opportunity with a low entry cost and high ROI.

Join us for an informational webinar about this exciting business ...

Income ranges for determining IRA eligibility change for 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2021 in Notice 2020-79, posted today on IRS.gov.

Highlights of changes for 2021

The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements ...

Income Ranges for Determining IRA Eligibility Change for 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2021 in Notice 2020-79, posted today on IRS.gov.

Highlights of changes for 2021

The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements ...