TAPinto.net  is pleased to announce that it has franchised its South Orange and Maplewood site to South Orange resident Fred Smith.  Maplewood resident Anna Sandler has been named Editor.

As Publisher of TAPinto SOMA (South Orange/Maplewood), Fred Smith brings a lifetime of business experience and community commitment to the digital world.  Fred spent the majority of his business life in the home decorating industry, having been the owner of Fred Smith Adhesives after running Roman Adhesives for many years.
After selling his company and with the growth of his wife's well known Millburn Women's Clothing Store, DEBORAH GILBERT SMITH, he joined the company as operations manager.  While working with DEBORAH GILBERT SMITH, he became actively involved in the development of the DMDA, known as Downtown Millburn, and the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce.  Fred served many years on the executive Committee of both organizations and is still active on the board of the Millburn Short Hills Chamber.  
In 1988 he moved to Maplewood where Deborah had grown up and raised her family.  Deborah and Fred currently live in South Orange with grandchildren attending schools in Millburn and Maplewood.

Fred is a graduate of University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  He holds an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Anna Sandler is a resident of Maplewood, where she lives with her husband and three children.  A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Simmons Graduate School of Management, Anna has been writing online since 1998 for a variety of publications including most recently The Huffington Post and New Jersey Family Magazine, where she was a contributing editor.

In addition to covering local news for TAPinto SOMA, Anna is a partner at Sandler & Wald Social Media, a consulting firm with a focus on helping small businesses navigate the online space, and a chronicler of modern motherhood and mayhem on her humor blog, RandomHandprints.com.

Anna is thrilled to be covering the local news in South Orange and Maplewood.  "I am looking forward to sharing the breaking stories that are important to residents as well as highlighting the many one-of-a-kind events, places and people that make living here so special." 

Smith added, "I'm excited to be the Publisher of TAPinto SOMA and work with Maplewood resident Anna Sandler to bring truly local news in a timely manner to our local community.  I'm especially proud that TAPinto SOMA is now independently owned and operated by local residents in both South Orange and Maplewood."  
TAPinto.net, formerly TheAlternativePress.com, was founded by New Providence, New Jersey residents Michael and Lauryn Shapiro, is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association and currently has over 3,900,000 readers.  The all-online hyperlocal news site boasts more than fifty columnists, a full-service Community Calendar, Business Directory, and local Real Estate Listings. The public can friend TAPinto.net on Facebook at Facebook.com/tapintolocal and can follow TAPinto.net on Twitter at Twitter.com/tapintolocal  
In addition, TAPinto.net is currently offering franchise opportunities in NJ, NY, PA and CT. Anyone interested in starting an online newspaper in their town is invited to click here for more information. 

TAPinto.net currently covers hyperlocal daily news and information in: Basking Ridge, Bedminster, Berkeley Heights, Bernardsville, Bridgewater/Raritan, Cedar Grove, Chatham, Clark, Cranbury, Cranford, Denville, East Brunswick, East Orange, Edison, Elizabeth, Far Hills, Green Brook, Kenilworth, Livingston, Madison, Maplewood, Millburn/Short Hills, Milltown/Spotswood, Montville, Montclair, Morristown, Mountainside, New Providence, Newton, North Plainfield, Paterson, Peapack & Gladstone, Piscataway, Plainfield, Randolph, Roselle/Roselle Park, Roxbury, Scotch Plains/Fanwood, South Brunswick, South Orange, South Plainfield, Sparta, Summit, Union, Verona, Warren, Watchung, West Essex, Westfield, and West Orange.