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New Jersey Date Night: Flavors of South America

November 30, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Now that we have Thanksgiving under (or perhaps a little over) our belts, New Jerseyans have had their fill of turkey, dressing and pie. Sure it was delicious, but when the hunger pangs return for both a dinner and a date night, we want a flavorful experience that’s a bit different. 

It was great ...

Community Conversations: How To Win By Quitting Smoking

On the latest Community Conversation from Atlantic Health System, Dr. Stanley Fiel, Regional Chairman of Medicine, Atlantic Health System, explains why this year’s smoking cessation efforts are more important than ever.


Community Conversations: Healthy Holiday Decisions

The seasons of gratitude and giving can also come with some real dietary challenges. On this Community Conversation, Dr. Elkin Nunez, director of endocrinology at Atlantic Health System's Morristown Medical Center, will share some important tips to help those with diabetes make healthy holiday decisions.


Still Much to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving, Despite Coronavirus

November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving is a special day of the year when we pause to give thanks for the blessings that we have. This year, the holiday has to be different - it will be smaller and more somber, virtual and outdoors or indoors with few people and the windows open.

That’s how we can safely, still show appreciation and give thanks.

As we celebrate this day, I would like to take a moment to ...

Maplewood Policer Blotter, Oct. 29 to Nov. 15

November 21, 2020

October 29, 2020; Damage to Home; At approximately 10:45 a.m., officers responded to a home on Field Rd. on a report of a possible bullet hole in the house. Officers spoke with the resident who located a bullet fragment on her bathroom floor and an entry hole from the bullet. It is believed that the round entered the home sometime during the early morning hours and it is not believed ...

Maplewood Community Board on Police Discusses Uses of Force in 2020

December 5, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The discussion at this week's Maplewood Community Board on Police meeting looked at how this year's data and initial goals will inform next year’s objectives.

Deputy Chief of Police Albert Sally and Erin Scherzer, chair of the Community Board on Police, shared the final 2020 report on the incidents where Maplewood police officers used force. There have ...

How to Watch Both of SOMA's Tree Lightings this Saturday

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The annual tree lighting ceremonies will be held this Saturday in South Orange at 76 South Orange Avenue at 5 p.m. and in Maplewood at Ricalton Square at 4:30 p.m.

Due to Governor Phil Murphy’s recent order to limit outdoor gatherings to fewer than 25 people members of the public have been asked not to gather for the ceremony as they normally ...

Protestors at Jasey's Office Were Not 'Pro-Life'

December 3, 2020

Dear Editor:

I read with great interest the wonderfully informative story about the protest at Assemblywoman Jasey's office:

First of all, thank you for covering the story. I had not known about the Senate Bill 3030. It was good to hear about what's happening ...

Next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Dec. 10 in Cedar Grove

December 5, 2020

Event is Thursday, December 10th at the Essex County Department of Public Works in Cedar Grove

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present its next ...

Essex County Coronavirus Testing, Dec. 4-12

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County is offering coronavirus testing sites for Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit or call 973-877-8456.

Upcoming testing locations are as follows:
*Friday, December 4, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Essex County Weequahic Park, Meeker Avenue entrance, Newark
*Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m. to 12 ...

Murphy Orders Flags at Half Staff in NJ Thursday for Air Force Cpt. Kelliann Leli

December 2, 2020

TRENTION, NJ — NJ Gov. Phil Murphy ordered all U.S. and New Jersey flags to fly at half-staff on Thursday, December 3, 2020 in honor of US Air Force Captain Kelliann Leli of Parlin.

Leili passed away in a non-combat related vehicle incident while on active duty at Al Dhafra Air Base.

Rest in Peace.


Protest at Jasey's Maplewood ...

NJ Scout Saddened But Undeterred After Park Project Vandalized With Swastika

WESTFIELD, NJ — A Boy Scout Troop is setting things right in a local park after a vandal or vandals defaced an Eagle Scout project with graffiti, including a swastika.

Dhillon Patel, 16, who is working with Boy Scout Troop 72, learned last week that trail markers he had put up in Tamaques Park were defaced. A photo provided to TAPinto Westfield shows a black swastika drawn on ...

National Tax Security Awareness Week opens with warnings to all taxpayers and tax professionals as holidays, 2021 tax season approach

December 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today issued warnings to all taxpayers and tax professionals to beware of scams and identity theft schemes by criminals taking advantage of the combination of holiday shopping, the approaching tax season and coronavirus concerns.

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry opened the National Tax Security ...

Be Your Own Boss: Start a TAPinto Franchise Today (WEBINAR)

Do you want to be your own boss?  Do you want to create financial independence while leaving a lasting legacy?  Are you a community leader?  

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 ...

South Orange Village Center Alliance Awarded $75,000 COVID-19 Relief Grant from Main Street New Jersey Program

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) is pleased to announce that the organization has been awarded a $75,000 COVID-19 Relief Grant from the Main Street New Jersey (MSNJ) Program, one of only 11 New Jersey communities awarded this grant. SOVCA will use a portion of the funds to help seed a grant program of their own, focused on digital marketing. The ...