South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA)Meeting
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Wed, March 18
8:30 am — 10:00 am
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5 Mead Street South Orange, NJ 07079

5 Mead Street
South Orange, NJ 07079

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Forget Vodka, for Now. NJ Distillery Helps Make Hand Sanitizer for Pandemic

April 2, 2020

CAPE MAY, NJ — With hand sanitizer in demand during the coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, the makers of spirits are stepping up.

To do its part, Nauti Spirits Distillery in Cape May teamed up with Partners Pharmacy, which has a facility in Springfield, to make FDA-approved hand sanitizer instead of its usual vodka, rum and gin.

“We would like nothing better than to go back to ...

Welcome to Mommy Mayor

Six years ago I started this journey that I called Mommy Mayor. I was embarking on my third year on council, my first term as Mayor and I did so with a toddler and infant in hand.

I started Mommy Mayor as an opportunity to highlight all that woman can do, to bring awareness to the successes and obstacles that come with being a working mom and a mom in public service. To be honest I also did it ...

A Letter from Brendan Gill to Essex County

April 2, 2020

Greetings fellow residents of Essex County.

When addressing the Essex County community at large, I usually do so as President of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. On this occasion, under these unprecedented circumstances, I am expressing my thoughts as a father, a son, a husband, and concerned neighbor who loves his community.

The spread of the COVID-19 virus has affected so many of us in my ...

10 Perks to Offer Healthcare Teams During COVID-19 Crisis...

It shouldn’t take a healthcare crisis to find ways for health care leaders to show front line healthcare team members how important they are and how much you care, but it is an especially important time to be extra considerate and thoughtful. Be prepared to go above and beyond for your employees so they go above and beyond for the patients in your care.

Below are 10 immediate perks you ...

South Orange Police Blotter, March 25-29

March 31, 2020

Burglary to Auto — An Arnold Terrace resident reported someone gained entry into their vehicle, while it was parked in their driveway, during the overnight hours on March 25th thru March 26th.  The only item taken was a car charger.  

Shoplifting — On March 26, 2020 at approximately 7:30 p.m. an employee observed a customer conceal two bottles of vodka ...

South Orange Policer Blotter, March 2-17

On March 2, 2020 detectives responded to a report of several offices that were entered and ransacked in Jubilee Hall and the Rec Center at Seton Hall University. After reviewing surveillance video from those two locations a suspect was developed. Taken from one of the offices was a wallet which contained several credit cards and one of the credit cards was used at Best Buy in Union. Video ...

Maplewood's Township Clerk Speaks about Springfield First Aid Squad and COVID-19's Impact on its Work

March 31, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — With more cases of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, popping up at the local, county, state and nationwide levels, the lives and plans of multiple township residents, business and organizations has changed drastically.

The Springfield First Aid Squad (SFAS) is no different. TAPinto Springfield spoke with President Elizabeth Fritzen and EMS Chief Apu ...

Small Business Conference Calls Tuesday and Wednesday

MAPLEWOOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Two conference calls have been arranged to discuss state and federal assistance for small businesses.

A Tuesday, March 31 call at 10:30 a.m. is sponsored by Maplewood Township, Maplewood Village Alliance, Springfield Avenue Partnership and the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce. Participants may call in to 515-604-9930 and use access code 340286.

On Wednesday, ...

Cherry Blossom Festival in Branch Brook Park Canceled

April 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The 44th annual Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival has been canceled. Branch Brook Park, home to the blossoming cherry trees, is closed to pedestrians; those coming to the park are urged to remain in their vehicles to promote social — physical — distancing. The following is the announcement issued from the Office of the Essex County ...

Essex County Sheriff Tests Positive for Coronavirus

EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, the first in the state to suspend foreclosures and evictions during this pandemic, has tested positive for COVID-19. 

After noticing he was running a slight fever, he opted to get tested at the Essex County drive through site in his command; the Sheriff is also the county’s emergency ...

Impact of COVID-19 on NJ Non-Profits Is Severe and Likely to Worsen

March 30, 2020

Mercerville, NJ — New Jersey’s non-profit community is suffering already significant negative effects as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to a new survey report released by the Center for Non-Profits.

From March 13 to 17, 2020, the Center, in partnership with the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, conducted a survey to gauge the ...

Breaking News: Fire at Fantasy Island Amusement Park

BEACH HAVEN, NJ  — A large fire has been reported at the Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Beach Haven.  

Reports from a source is that the fire took place in the ice cream shop and the fire is now under control  (9:40 p.m.)

TAPinto will keep the public updated. 

Metro YMCAs Address Blood Shortage, Other Community Needs During Pandemic

April 2, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As coronavirus cases continue to grow and impact more communities, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is stepping up to address the ongoing need for blood donations, child care for essential workers, and other community needs during this pandemic.

“The YMCA has been called upon in many crises, conflicts and emergencies throughout our history, and this time is no ...

IRS issues warning about Coronavirus-related Scams Tied to Economic Impact Payments

The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. These contacts can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.

"We urge people to take extra care during this period. The IRS isn't going to call you asking to verify or provide your financial information so you can get an ...

Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Economic Impact Payments

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts. 

“Social Security recipients who ...