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Ghost Hawk is the First Craft Brewery in Passaic County

April 21, 2019

This story first ran on TAPinto Hasbrouck Heights/Woodridge/Terterboro.

The line began forming over an hour before the official ribbon cutting and grand opening. And by the time the doors officially opened Saturday afternoon, more 100 beer lovers were on line, around the corner and down the sidewalk for Passaic County's first craft brewery.

Ghost Hawk Brewing Company ...

South Orange Firefighters Ask: Why Didn't You Speak to Us?

April 18, 2019

Over the last few days there has been much internet chatter about the issue of the dissolution of the South Orange Fire Department and consolidation with the Maplewood Fire Department. Though we have no way of knowing whether or not those making comments or putting out falsehoods on the internet on this matter are even real people, we, as the men and women that are responding to fires, car ...

South Orange Forward Committed to Preserving Fire Department

April 13, 2019

What Sheena Collum has proposed is the elimination of the South Orange Fire Department, and that, we are certain, would be a disaster for our village.

An unreleased proposal sent from Maplewood to South Orange in 2018, that Collum has stood by yet has refused to make public, demonstrates why we need greater public transparency around this issue. 

The Shared Service Agreement ...

Thief Steals BMW And Porsche From South Orange Resident

April 23, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A North Woods Drive resident reported that a BMW and a Porsche were stolen from his garage around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, police said.

The BMW was located around 10:30 a.m. on South 17th Street in Newark. The Porsche is still active, police said.

The South Orange Detective Bureau is actively investigating the incident.

In other police news, a Blanchard Road resident ...

Police Blotter: Armed Robbery at Maplewood 7-11

April 14. Armed Robbery: At approximately 2:55 a.m., two males entered the 7-11 on Springfield Avenue, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The two males took money from the registers before fleeing to an awaiting vehicle. A witness observed the robbery and the vehicle flee and contacted the police. Officers responding to the area observed the suspect vehicle and pursued the vehicle ...

Electric Car Show Comes To Maplewood This Saturday

April 23, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Over 1.1 million electric vehicles have been sold in the U.S. and there are now approximately 50 models of electric vehicles available, many with longer ranges at lower prices than in previous years.

This Saturday, people can learn about electric cars and how they provide cleaner air, can save money, and how they operate.

The Electric Auto Show will be held on Saturday, ...

SOMA Boy Scout Troop 60 Holds Open House Meetings On Thursdays

Troop 60 South Orange and Maplewood has a Scouts BSA Troop Meetings and Open Houses on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Clinton School, 27 Berkshire Road, Maplewood.

Here is some general information about the troop.

Troop 60 is a year-round troop, for youth in grades 6 and up (ages 11 and up). Each youth in the Troop belongs to a patrol, which includes scouts of various ages and allows ...

Donna Coallier Is No Stranger To Public Service

April 24, 2019

It is with great enthusiasm that I support Donna Coallier and her running mates Bob Zuckerman and Summer Jones as they seek to serve on the South Orange Village Board of Trustees.

Coallier is a woman of integrity and vision with deep regard for fiscally responsible public policy. Her 30 plus years' experience in accounting, finance and strategy would be used in the public's best ...

Essex County Officials Investigate Police Shooting

April 22, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutor's Office is investigating a shooting involving a police officer, Essex County Prosector Theodore N. Stephens II said.

The preliminary investigation indicates that an off-duty state prison corrections officer shot a suspect during an attempted robbery overnight into Sunday, Stephens said in a press release on Monday.

The officer was not injured.

Driver in Death of Pregnant Verona Woman Sentenced to 10 Years

NEWARK, NJ - Anthony V. Casale Jr., 27, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for killing Megan Villanella, a pregnant mother from Verona. 

Casale struck Villanella and her brother, Derek Longo, with his car in March 2017 while he was under the influence of heroin.  Villanella and Longo were standing on the sidewalk on Lakeside Avenue and Pease ...

Enjoy A Taste Of The Netherlands Right Here In The Garden State

April 23, 2019

CREAM RIDGE, NJ - Tulip lovers don't have to book a trip to the Netherlands to enjoy the stunning sight of rows and rows of the colorful spring flower. A day trip to Holland Ridge Farms on Rues Road can do the trick. The 153-acre farm features row after row of majestic tulips to the delight of visitors. This year's tulips at Holland Ridge Farm are currently in full bloom and have taken ...

Vigil set as Westfield Mourns Late Principal, Dr. Derrick Nelson, 44

WESTFIELD, NJ — Community members are mourning the loss of a beloved high school principal who died over the weekend — a passing that follows his bone marrow donation.

Family members were still making the funeral arrangements for Dr. Derrick Nelson, said his 82-year-old father, Willie Nelson, speaking with TAPinto Westfield on Tuesday afternoon. Westfield community ...

Baptist And Jewish Congregations Join For Powerful Ritual

April 23, 2019

SUMMIT, NJ - The fourth iteration of the Congregation Beth Hatikvah/Fountain Baptist Church Liberation Seder, held April 10, featured two Seder plates: the traditional Jewish one with symbols of the Exodus of the Israelite slaves from Egypt and another displaying symbols of the African-American experience of enslavement, emancipation and struggle.

Over two hundred participants shared a meal of ...

TAPinto Reaffirms Strong Commitment to Objectivity and Transparency

TAPinto first launched as a single news site aimed to provide high quality, independent and objective local news coverage to New Providence, NJ.  In a short time, thanks to our readers, staff, and the strong desire for impactful local news, we have grown well beyond our initial goals and are now part of a community of over 8 million readers covering more than 100 local communities.  ...

Easter Worship at Community Church, Short Hills

Experience Holy Week at Community Congregational Church!

On Easter Sunday, April 21, we join with Christians around the world in the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Worship includes a multimedia experience of Bible-based messages and engaging music. While parents are in worship, kids of all ages will sing and dance in an Easter celebration during the Children’s Ministry ...