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May 30, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The following letter to the community has been issued by Police Chief Kyle Kroll, with a request that it be made available to the community at the earliest possible time:     May 30, 2020   To Our South Orange Community: Far too often, law enforcement ...

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MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Saturday, June 6th, from noon to 4 p.m., the SOMA community will join in a different kind of parade to raise money to provide food and other essential materials to over 500 SOMA families in need. To take part, create and display a “message of hope” artwork on your ...

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(EAST ORANGE/ORANGE) - The women of the NJ General Assembly Black Women's Caucus are hosting a candlelight vigil and conversation with the community on Facebook Live, Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 6:00 PM. The virtual event is titled, "Lifting Our Kings & Queens." The live stream is in direct ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver joined the governor and other officials at yesterday’s daily COVID-19 press conference. Donning her hat as the head of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs, Oliver introduced the implementation of a temporary rental assistance ...

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In case you missed anything, here were some of the local news stories of the week: South Orange got to five days without a new COVID-19 positive test. Mayor Frank McGehee gave an update of what’s going on in Maplewood.  S.O. BOT Shows United Front to state police and firefighter unions at ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Saturday morning, May 30, May Frank McGehee sent the community and update on various developments in town as well as those happening on a County and State level that have effect upon the town and many of our residents, including an opportunity to register after 2 pm today for ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Board of Trustees have issued a formal statement responding to the letter released by the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association and the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association:   Village President                                    ...

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$5k and $2k Grants Available; Emergency Child Care Assistance Program to Continue through June 30th TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced the immediate availability of up to $20 million in grants to assist child care centers and youth camps in ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Walker’s prior business model included ...

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Essex County, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced his support of Governor Phil Murphy's proposal to borrow $9 billion from the U.S. Federal Reserve to balance the State Budget. On Friday, May 29th, DiVincenzo sent a letter of support to the Governor; the letter was also ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy at his daily COVID-19 press conference today announced reopening dates for:  Child care centers (June 15) Non-contact organized sports activities (June 22) Youth day camps, including municipal summer rec programs (July 6)  These activities are allowed ...

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UNION, NJ - The Union Planning Board heard testimony at Thursday night’s virtual public meeting of plans to modify existing structures and construct new buildings at the ShopRite/Best Buy shopping Center on Route 22 west. Representatives for the Robbins Agency presented proposed plans for the ...

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TRENTON, NJ  — New Jersey’s medical director on Thursday set the record straight on the newly-arrived trend of donning a face mask as means of COVID-19 protection but not including one’s nose — known as “mask droop syndrome.” “We understand that it’s uncomfortable, that people have problems with ...

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HOBOKEN, NJ -- As part of our small business spotlight series, HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Meghan Lavelle, Owner of Washington General, to see how the store is faring during the pandemic. Washington General was featured in Part One of our HomeGrown: Hoboken episode, which aired ...

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BOARD OF EDUCATION School District of South Orange and Maplewood 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ  07040 Paul Roth                                                                                                                                  973-762-5600 X 1801 Board ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Trustees clapped back at the state police and fire unions last night during the BOT online meeting. The New Jersey Policeman’s Benevolent Association and the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association sent an open letter to the trustees on ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Labeling Gov. Phil Murphy’s strategy to reopen New Jersey “arbitrary and inconsistent,” the Senate Republican caucus is calling for immediate action that provides more clarity and relief for residents and businesses. “As the threat of COVID-19 continues to recede quickly for the ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Schools should consider screening visitors with noncontact thermometers and excluding anyone with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees, according to graduation ceremony guidelines released by the state Department of Education (DOH). The guidance, released on May 27, outlines three ...

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SPRINGFIELD — The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19. The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites: Cranford fireworks ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Rocco Petriello, General Manager of the Grain & Cane Restaurant, to learn how they have adapted to serve their customers during the pandemic and their developing plans for returning to business once New Jersey enters into a new phase of ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — South Orange has not had a new positive COVID-19 patient since May 22, according to today's daily numbers of positive-tested Essex County coronavirus cases. Maplewood Public Health listed their caseload at 279 on May 22, and is listed at 284 by the county today.  Locally, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Jerry Ryan, 59 (May 21, 1961- May 27, 2020), has died at home in Maplewood after a three-year battle with cancer.  Ryan served a total of 19 non-contiguous years on the Township Committee, including three years as mayor from 1998- 2000; he was the youngest person to serve on the ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — A third of known coronavirus cases in Camden County — which stands at 6,375 as of Tuesday — belong to first responders including healthcare workers, employees of “essential” businesses and frontline emergency personnel.  Caryelle Lasher, Communicable Disease Unit Supervisor, on ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony. Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held ...

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently spoke with Marcella Gencarelli, Entrepreneur and Business Leader, about her experience heading up several professional organizations in New Jersey. She shared her perspective on what small businesses are looking for as they learn to navigate a new way of ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The state associations representing South Orange police officers and fire fighters have issued a joint statement today denouncing the intention of the South Orange Board of Trustees — and Village President Sheena Collum in specific — to freeze their pay for the next two budget ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ — Former East Orange Mayor, Thomas H. Cooke, Jr. passed away the morning of May 18, 2020 at the age of 90. Mayor Cooke was a trailblazer and the city's second African American-elected Mayor from 1978 to 1986. Mayor Cooke was honored posthumously at the 2020 East Orange Memorial ...

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NEW JERSEY — (Updated 11:48 a.m.) Amid increasing pressure from students and their families, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be allowed to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing ...

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NEWARK, NJ — For the past 15 years, Lot 50 on Grafton Avenue in the city’s North Ward has been a wasteland of syringes and garbage, bringing down the community’s morale.  Those days are coming to an end, according to Bilal and Breonna Walker, two educators who are transforming the lot into a ...

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