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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 ...

Community Conversations: The Road to Recovery

For some individuals who have COVID-19, recovering from the virus can take weeks or months of battling various symptoms. On this Community Conversation, Dr. Steven Sheris, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, shares how the Atlantic COVID Recovery Center helps patients on their journey to recovery.


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 ...

Maplewood Deputy Mayor Dean Dafis 2020 Election Candidate Statement

October 30, 2020

Amidst the turmoil and anxiety surrounding our national election, here at home I'm thrilled and excited about running for a second term on the town council — the Maplewood Township Committee. That's because the pandemic and lack of national leadership have underscored the importance of solid, steadfast, and empathic leadership at the local level. I'm proud to say ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, Oct. 19-25

October 30, 2020

October 19, 2020; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 10:30 p.m. an unsecured moped was stolen from behind an apartment on Millburn Ave.

October 21, 2020; Theft; At approximately 4:45 p.m. a male stole a bracelet from a jewelry store on Maplewood Ave.

October 25, 2020; Motor Vehicle Theft; An unsecured vehicle parked in the driveway of a Courter Ave. home with the keys in it was ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, Oct. 10-15

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 ...

South Orange's Gary Paul Wright Makes Top 10 of Top 100 NJ LGBT Leaders

October 30, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Gary Paul Wright of South Orange is number 10 on the list of 100 most politically influential LGBTQ New Jerseyans. In writing a story acknowledging two Maplewood residents on the InsiderNJ Out 100 Power List, TAPinto SOMA was unaware that a third SOMA resident was on the list.

In a tribute by Christian Fuscarino, executive director of Garden State Equality ...

Wet/Cold Weather Alert for Today and Tomorrow

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Due to the past few days of heavy rain and expected cold air coming into the region, the National Weather Service has issued the following alerts for Essex County, New Jersey:


A Coastal Flood Advisory which includes eastern Essex County. It ends at 11 a.m. today, but the advisory for other counties in the shore area are ongoing.

A Freeze Warning ...

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 ...

Masked Transit: PATH and Bus Riders Without Facemasks Face $50 Fine

October 29, 2020

NEW YORK, NY — The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has announced that people utilizing its mass transit hubs will face a fine for not wearing a facemask.

"Anyone using Port Authority facilities — including airport terminals, PATH stations and trains, AirTrain stations and trains, and bus terminals — must wear face coverings to help protect fellow passengers ...

Hoboken to Implement Fines for Indoor House Parties Over 25 People

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 ...

Here’s what taxpayers need to know about filing an amended tax return

October 29, 2020

If taxpayers discover a mistake on their tax return, this is not necessarily cause for concern. Most errors can be fixed by filing a Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

Here are some common reasons people may need to file an amended return:

Entering income incorrectly
Not claiming credits for which they’re eligible
Claiming deductions incorrectly

The ...

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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

Highlights of changes for 2021

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