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New Jerseyans Say ‘Cheese!’ (But Hold the Dairy) with Vegan Cheese

October 24, 2020

Is plant-based cheese really cheese? Well, sort of. But instead of dairy from cows, sheep or goats, vegan cheesemakers are making it with plant milk, nuts, tapioca and even rice.

There are many different methods to make vegan cheese nowadays. The easy way? Using a plant-based milk base (from foods like cashews or almonds) and adding a few thickening agents and seasonings.

Plant-based ...

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 ...

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 ...

Truck Cleared from Being Wedged Under South Orange Overpass

October 24, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A disposal truck was wedged under a South Orange overpass for more than an hour today. 

The truck, owned by South Orange Disposal Co. and labeled as Chatham Disposal Co., was on loan to another company located in Kenilworth. The driver was unfamiliar with the area and the height of the truck as it related to the overpass.

The signage on the opposite ...

Spooky Clothes and Masks Can be Part of Halloween Celebration in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In case you hadn’t heard, Halloween is next week and there’s an election around the corner after that.

To make it easy to celebrate while keeping socially distanced, South Orange is hosting events for families. If you want to dress up for them, Sadie’s on Valley Street is offering seasonal clothing and masks. The boutique specializes in ...

Elissa Malespina Puts Children First

October 15, 2020

Elissa Malespina knows what is needed in the school district because she taught here for nine years at Columbia HS and South Orange Middle School, where I was her colleague. She is a nationally recognized Librarian, Technology trainer and winner of the prestigious BAMMY Award, which is given to raise the profile and voices of many undervalued and unrecognized people who are making a ...

Zoom Captures City Director’s Disparaging Remarks

October 24, 2020

This article has been updated. 

NEWARK, NJ — Incendiary comments from a city director accidentally broadcast by Zoom flared tempers during Wednesday’s remote city council meeting, when the audio picked up the director saying, “I don’t give a F about no North Ward, this is what M&M said."

Councilmembers were quick to react to the fighting ...

Essex County Coronavirus Testing Sites, Oct. 23-30

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The upcoming schedule of coronavirus testing sites sponsored by Essex County has been released. The tests are being offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit or call 973-877-8456.

Upcoming testing locations are as follows:

Friday, October 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Essex County ...

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

October 23, 2020

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 ...

Stephen N. Adubato, Founder of North Ward Center and Robert Treat Academy, Dies

Stephen N. Adubato Sr., who rose to prominence as a North Ward leader in Newark in the 1960s and remained a towering figure in Newark civic life for the next five decades, has died at his home surrounded by family. He was 87.

Adubato founded The North Ward Center in 1970 and went on to found the highly successful Robert Treat Academy in 1997, one of the first charter schools in the ...

New Jersey Civil Service Commission's Employee Advisory Service to Host Virtual Mental Wellness Symposium for NJ State Employees

October 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Civil Service Commission’s Employee Advisory Service will host its second annual mental health symposium in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month. This virtual event entitled, “The Mental Wellness Symposium 2020: How To Cope with Change and Uncertainty” will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 ...

Tri-County Scholarship Fund to Honor Morristown Medical Center President Trish O'Keefe at Virtual Gala

MENDHAM, NJ – Tri-County Scholarship Fund (TCSF) will host its 39th Annual Awards Celebration on Monday, October 26, 2020, as a free, live-streaming event, honoring three New Jersey leaders, including Morristown Medical Center President, Trish O’Keefe. All of the honorees believe in and support the TCSF mission to provide partial scholarships for many of the state’s most ...

Adults Coming Together to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is participating in the Five Days of Action, Oct. 26-30, 2020. The Five Days of Action is a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse. 

The Y encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making the local community a safer place for ...