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Dr. Fauci to NJ: "All in This Together; We Will End it Together"

September 24, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Governor Phil Murphy was joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Thursday morning for a live virtual conversation on COVID-19 (coronavirus) in New Jersey. The national expert in infectious disease said that he often points to New Jersey, which was among the first states to be “hit badly as ...

You May Not Know if You Were Exposed To COVID-19, But App Could Tell You

TRENTON, NJ — The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, Stockton University and Passaic County Community College have been testing the app.

“You ...

Gov. Murphy: COVID-19 Update, Travel Advisory, and Voter Registration

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy was in Union City Tuesday with Mayor Brian Stack to rally folks to fill out the 2020 Census. There are only eight days left to complete it — it's quick, easy and safe, and can be done online.

COVID-19

Gov. Murphy reported New Jersey has 457 new positive cases, for a cumulative total of 200,580. There are also seven new confirmed COVID-19 ...

NJIT detects COVID-19 in sewage, quarantines entire dormitory

An entire dorm at the New Jersey Institute of Technology remains in lockdown after the engineering school detected high levels of the COVID-19 virus in its sewage.

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Seven SOMA Seniors Receive Awards in Essex County Juried Art Show

September 25, 2020

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. congratulated 33 Essex County artists who received awards in the 2020 Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show. Seven were from Maplewood or South Orange. This year’s contest was conducted virtually because of coronavirus. All the winning entries can be viewed by ...

Legislature passes $32.7B budget. Murphy expected to sign it next week

GOP lawmaker slams ‘shameful’ add-ons. Democrats brush off criticism

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A $32.7 billion budget sustained by increased taxes and new borrowing is headed to Gov. Phil ...

Main Street Fire in West Orange Hospitalizes One, Claims Life of One Pet

September 23, 2020

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A fire located in a second-floor apartment on Main Street afflicted two occupants with smoke inhalation, hospitalized another and claimed the life of a pet cat Tuesday evening.

According to the West Orange Fire Department, the blaze, which broke out shortly after 6 p.m, was doused “pretty quickly,” but a large amount of smoke throughout the building caused ...

Two Suspects Arrested After Montclair Police Officer Struck with Vehicle

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A Montclair Police Officer was struck by a vehicle on Tuesday at the Crescent, officials confirm.

Following the strike, other officers responded quickly and pursued the vehicles. The suspects were apprehended and arrests were made.

According to Montclair Police officials, the officer "...is being treated at an area hospital."   

The Essex ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: Fall fishing Update

September 21, 2020

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The New Jersey summer flounder season ended September 19, and with northeast winds gusting to 30-knots and seas of 5-6-feet, few, if any, boats fished on the final day.

Now that the fluke season is over, it is time to look to the fall and begin seeing what other fish are available. Many anglers are already getting their gear ready for the fall run. But ...

Rutgers Football Season is Back On as Big Ten Reverses Field

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Coach Greg Schiano’s on-again, off-again return to the Rutgers sidelines is on again after the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted Wednesday to resume the Big Ten football season on Oct. 23.

The team’s return to play an eight-game schedule will come with several new health protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Big Ten will ...

Dr. Fauci to NJ: "All in This Together; We Will End it Together"

September 24, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Governor Phil Murphy was joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Thursday morning for a live virtual conversation on COVID-19 (coronavirus) in New Jersey. The national expert in infectious disease said that he often points to New Jersey, which was among the first states to be “hit badly as ...

Vaccine opponents fear ‘twindemic’ of COVID and flu will prompt mandates

Some NJ legislators want a law requiring flu vaccines for students. Activists say COVID precautions are enough

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Concern about a potential autumn “twindemic” of COVID-19 and ...

Dr. Taylor Presents 2021 Goals to Board of Education

September 24, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Superintendent Ronald Taylor gave a presentation at Monday’s South Orange Maplewood Board of Education meeting on the status of SOMSD’s goals from the past year and how that will affect the goals for this year. 

Dr. Taylor began with the district’s goal to take the necessary steps towards completing the elementary school construction ...

Learning Pods Create Classroom Feel for Remote Students

In place of a classroom, some families are forming small learning groups, providing the social support many kids are missing

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Like so many kids in New Jersey, Eliana Krieger is learning ...

Psychologist Meryl Dorf PhD on Managing Anxiety During Times of Stress and Disruption

September 24, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV looks back to our conversation with clinical psychologist, Meryl Dorf, Ph.D. about how we can maintain our mental health and manage anxiety during times of stress and uncertainty. 

“There’s a lot that we can’t control and spending our time thinking and worrying about that fuels the anxiety,” said Dorf, “but focusing on ...

NJ Apple Picking Farm Provides Husky Dogs a Better Life

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help rid the orchard of critters and provide a better life ...

NJ Motor Vehicle Storage Facility Aims to Create Community for Car Enthusiasts

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Allison Kulesza, General Manager of Car Lofts in Fairfield, spoke with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, Brian Brodeur about the facility's unique offerings for car enthusiasts and how the business has managed and pivoted during the pandemic. 

Car Lofts is a vehicle storage facility with a private social club for car enthusiasts, along with rental venues ...

Seven SOMA Seniors Receive Awards in Essex County Juried Art Show

September 25, 2020

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. congratulated 33 Essex County artists who received awards in the 2020 Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show. Seven were from Maplewood or South Orange. This year’s contest was conducted virtually because of coronavirus. All the winning entries can be viewed by ...

Springfield Avenue Events This Weekend

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This early fall weekend, lots of events will be happening on Springfield Avenue which are social distancing friendly:

On Friday, Sept. 25, Maplewood is celebrating a new business. The ribbon cutting for Joe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet will be at 1:45 p.m. at their location, 1830 Springfield Avenue.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ...

Garden State’s farmers struggle with impact of COVID-19 on agricultural industry

September 19, 2020

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

This Weekend, it's Halfway to St. Patty's Day at St. James's Gate

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — To add some Irish cheer to the week, St. James's Gate Publick House is having a special this weekend: Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day. 

Couldn’t get to The Gate in March? With both outdoor and limited indoor seating, come now and celebrate St. Patty’s being six months closer. From Thursday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 20, The Gate’s corn ...

Murphy Blasts Republicans’ ‘Blatant Power Grab’ in Rushing to Replace Ginsburg

September 22, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Republican lawmakers are displaying “rank hypocrisy” in looking to “ram a nominee” for the seat left vacant by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day 2020.

Three days after Ginsburg’s death, Murphy — a Democrat — called out U.S. Senate Republicans ...

RWJBarnabas Health Named on 2020 List of America’s Best-In-State Employers

September 23, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — With more than 34,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns, RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) has been recognized as an “America’s Best-In-State Employer 2020” by Forbes business magazine and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry-ranking provider.

RWJBH covers a service area of nine counties ...

Legislature passes $32.7B budget. Murphy expected to sign it next week

September 25, 2020

GOP lawmaker slams ‘shameful’ add-ons. Democrats brush off criticism

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

A $32.7 billion budget sustained by increased taxes and new borrowing is headed to Gov. Phil ...

Video: Mayor McGehee Talks Election 2020 with Essex County Clerk Durkin

September 24, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mayor Frank McGehee has updated the Township about the 2020 general election and the end of the 2020 Census. 

In an email to residents, he sent the following information, and a video conversation with Essex County Clerk Christopher Durkin, which can be viewed below. The New Jersey election will be conducted primarily through vote-by-mail ballots, and: 

All ...

September Villagers of the Month are COVID-19 Heroes

September 19, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Three groups of residents who came together during the pandemic to help others were called COVID-19 Heroes, and were honored as September Villagers of the Month at last week's Board of Trustees meeting. 

FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group) of South Orange and Maplewood, SOMA NJ 3D PRINTERS ALLIANCE, and SOMa Sewing Volunteers each received ...

Hazardous Household Materials Collection Extended to Three Days

September 22, 2020

Collection Day is Extended to Three Days – October 1, 2 & 3

 

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County residents may participate in the Essex County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, sponsored by the County of Essex and the Essex County Utilities Authority. The event was expanded to three days because of the Jewish holiday Sukkot and since it was canceled in the ...

NJ Asks You to Look Out for Drooling Deer

September 19, 2020

The Division's Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics is asking those who are out in the fields and woods of New Jersey at this time of year to be alert for deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and to report any suspected cases to the Division. 

Hemorrhagic Disease (HD) is a common viral disease in deer that is transmitted by biting ...

Input Sought for Irvington Ave. Redevelopment Plan Draft

September 22, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The most recent Redevelopment Plan Draft for the 270 & 299 Irvington Avenue Project has been posted on the South Orange website. Input is sought from the community on the draft of the plan.

"This draft as of 09/15/2020 incorporated comments that were submitted by the community via email, the online link, and at the ...

Mourners Gather in front of Maplewood Town Hall to Remember RBG

September 21, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — More than 150 people gathered on the steps of Maplewood Town Hall for a Shofar service to honor the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Members of the crowd brought out posters with phrases like “We Must Now Be Ruthless” and “Dissent is Patriotic” to celebrate Justice Ginsburg's life. The service was organized by SOMA Justice ...

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It’s Harvest Time! 5 Fun New Jersey Wineries to Visit this Autumn

September 24, 2020

Wine experts say that fall is prime time for visiting wineries in New Jersey because it is the harvest season, when grapes are ripe on the vine.  

Over the years, the Garden State has earned credibility as a quality wine-producing state, in great part due to its fertile soil.

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day this season, consider a trip to one of ...

Atlantic Health System Hospitals Honored for Commitment to Equality and Inclusivity in Health Care

Dedicated to providing a caring environment where everyone is treated with respect, kindness and empathy, Atlantic Health System announced that each of its six hospitals earned the coveted “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation and a top score of 100 on the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). This is the third consecutive year all of Atlantic ...

Community Conversations: Take Charge of Your Health

September is National Preparedness Month, so now is the time to take charge of your health. On the next Atlantic Health System Community Conversation, Scott Lauter, MD, MBA, FACP, FHM, Chief Medical Officer, Atlantic Medical Group and Faith Goldman, MD, Atlantic Breast Associates - Branchburg share some crucial information and answer your questions about the screenings and examinations you should ...

CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System Seek Expanded Partnership

Systems sign Letter of Intent to build upon successful clinical affiliation

Building on a history of successful collaboration to improve the health of residents across northern and central New Jersey, CentraState Healthcare System and Atlantic Health System have signed a Letter of Intent to create a unique model for health system co-ownership. Upon completion of this expanded ...

Kamal Zubieta, For All Children: South Orange Maplewood Board of Education 2020

September 25, 2020

 

Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end apartheid in South Africa, was released on February 11, 1990.  Five months later, he spoke to the students of Madison Park High School in Boston: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” A few days after that, he spoke at Tiger Stadium in Detroit.  I was in the crowd ...

Why we should not be picking and choosing which subjects are "important" during a pandemic

Removing Music, Art, PE, and Library from the K-2 schedule and making it so that “families will have the flexibility to complete courses at their own pace” is not an appropriate response to the concerns parents expressed about screen time for our youngest learners. My role if elected to the BOE is to make sure that students are receiving a “thorough and efficient ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, Sept. 9-14

September 21, 2020

September 9, 2020; Bicycle Thefts; During the daytime hours, two bicycles were stolen from the Dunnell Rd side of the train station.

September 11, 2020; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 7:15 p.m. an unsecured vehicle with the keys left in it was stolen from the driveway of a home on Sommer Ave.  It was later located in Newark.

September 14, 2020; At approximately 1:15 a.m., ...

Seven SOMA Seniors Receive Awards in Essex County Juried Art Show

September 25, 2020

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. congratulated 33 Essex County artists who received awards in the 2020 Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show. Seven were from Maplewood or South Orange. This year’s contest was conducted virtually because of coronavirus. All the winning entries can be viewed by ...

Springfield Avenue Events This Weekend

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This early fall weekend, lots of events will be happening on Springfield Avenue which are social distancing friendly:

On Friday, Sept. 25, Maplewood is celebrating a new business. The ribbon cutting for Joe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet will be at 1:45 p.m. at their location, 1830 Springfield Avenue.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, September 26, 8:00 AM

South Orange

Container Day- BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Government

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Sat, September 26, 9:00 AM

New Providence Presbyterian Church, New Providence

Drive Thru Diaper Donation Collection Event

Giving Back

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Tue, September 29, 7:15 PM

South Orange

The Board of Trustees Meeting- Executive Session

Government

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Tue, September 29, 8:00 PM

South Orange

The Regular Meeting of The Board of Trustees- ...

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Zubieta for BOE 2020

September 24, 2020

Leslie Waller

September 23, 2020

TAPinto.net

To Whom It May Concern:

It is with deep sincerity that I support Kamal Zubieta for a one-year unexpired term on the Board of Education.

I have known Kamal and her family for over 15 years.  She has extensive knowledge of what she is willing to volunteer her time undertaking because she has spent her life championing her three ...

Newark’s Own Etsy Platform Uplifts Local Entrepreneurs With Built-in Business Support

September 24, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — In the days before everyone’s established way of life came to a crashing halt, Newark resident Monifa Kincaid was just getting into her groove as a working artist, “pumping it up” to hit upcoming pop-up events and make more connections. 

But as the story goes, the dream-crusher COVID-19 came, and Kincaid, a former choreographer and dance teacher who ...

Public School Enrollment Continues to Climb in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — After years of decreasing enrollment and a general lack of trust in its public schools, state data shows that Newark’s public schools have posted their fifth consecutive year of enrollment growth. 

Newark’s district and charter schools combined to serve nearly 54,000 students in the 2019-20 school year—an increase of over 1,800 students since the prior ...

Massive Ship Passes Under Bayonne Bridge, Marks New Era in Ocean Cargo Transport

September 19, 2020

BAYONNE, NJ - The 1,200-foot-long CMA CGM Brazil  passed under the Bayonne Bridge on Saturday heading to the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal. The huge vessel was the largest container ship ever to call on the bi-state port, or any other port on the U.S. East Coast.

Although the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey successfully raised the Bayonne Bridge in 2019 to ...

NJ Asks You to Look Out for Drooling Deer

The Division's Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics is asking those who are out in the fields and woods of New Jersey at this time of year to be alert for deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and to report any suspected cases to the Division. 

Hemorrhagic Disease (HD) is a common viral disease in deer that is transmitted by biting ...

Employment Inclusion is Essential for JESPY House Clients

September 25, 2020

JESPY’s Work Readiness & Employment Engagement (WREE) program is an important service for clients who are searching for or maintaining employment. JESPY provides a wide variety of services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping them to become increasingly independent.

While some clients work full or part-time jobs, the department also helps clients ...

IRS highlights employer credits for businesses during Small Business Week

WASHINGTON —During Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service reminds business owners and self-employed individuals of the employer credits available to them during COVID-19.  

These credits were specially created to help small business owners during this unprecedented time. During Small Business Week, the IRS wants to ensure all eligible people know about the relief ...

Freeholder Board Supports State Senate Bill Providing Criminal And Social Justice Reform On Marijuana Related Offenses

NEWARK, NJ — The Essex County Freeholder Board passed a resolution this week in support of New Jersey State Senate Bill 2535 ("S2535"), which would provide criminal and social justice reform on certain marijuana and hashish offenses. Upon passage, the bill will decriminalize possession and distribution of less than one pound of marijuana. The bill will also raise awareness ...