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Local Coronavirus Cases Continue to Climb

October 31, 2020

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Both Maplewood and South Orange case numbers have risen in the past week, according to today’s coronavirus numbers report from Essex County. Maplewood is up to 408, up six from Oct. 27; South Orange is up two cases to 165 total cases over the same four-day period. 

Although today’s coronavirus numbers have not been vetted by their ...

COVID-19 Cases in Maplewood and South Orange Align with Statewide Trend Upward

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As the COVID-19 curve continues to go up in the nation and the state, the uptick is mirrored locally, as well. 

At last night’s South Orange Board of Trustees meeting, Health Officer John Festa gave his report about the Village’s numbers. He relayed that “we're sitting at 163 [positive] cases, [and] 4,505 negative cases” ...

Governor Fears Newark’s COVID-19 Rollbacks Are Just the Start

NEW JERSEY — Cutting off indoor dining and mandating that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 8 p.m. are part of the measures that will begin in Newark on Tuesday, after the largest city in New Jersey confirmed more cases Sunday (101 total) than all other Essex County towns combined.

Since June 30, the city has reported at least 2,207 coronavirus cases and 42 ...

Murphy Says NJ Will Be Prepared Once A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Available

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

Frank Zappa Halloween Box Set Celebrates Iconic 1981 New York City Concerts

October 31, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Joe Travers, archivist of the works of Frank Zappa, spoke to TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about the Zappa Trust's latest box set entitled "Halloween 81"

"This is the third box set that we've done," Travers said. "Celebrating Halloween runs that Frank did in New York." Halloween was Frank Zappa's favorite holiday and it ...

New Jersey Date Night: Hey, Pumpkin!

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

Remember that moment during a cooler-than-usual morning in late August when you began to anticipate it, so much so that your nose and taste buds craved its arrival? Before you knew it, you finally got to taste it in your coffee, smell it candles and maybe even try it in your macaroni and cheese.

Pumpkin ...

Maplewood Township Committee Votes to Disarm Police Auxiliary

October 21, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police Auxiliary will no longer be able to carry firearms.

The decision by the Maplewood Township Committee came last night after 90-day review period suspended their volunteer activities; that decision was reached in July just after a contentious Public Safety Committee meeting discussing the topic. 

Yesterday’s vote was ...

De-arming the Maplewood Police Auxiliary Discussed at Public Safety Committee Meeting

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Members of the Township Committee, the Maplewood Police Department, and the public discussed the Maplewood Police Auxiliary and whether it needs to remain armed on Wednesday night’s Public Safety Committee’s streaming meeting. The more than two hours of discussion was the last item on the agenda; the entire meeting was over five hours long, ending ...

NJSIAA Contradicts Report Stating No State Wrestling Tournament

October 30, 2020

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ — Once again the NJSIAA has issued guidance on an upcoming sport and its championship, in direct conflict from published reports and an announcement from a sport’s coaches association.

The NJSIAA contradicted an article in northjersey.com which quoted New Jersey Wrestling Coaches Association tournament director Howie O’Neil.

According to the article, ...

Boys Soccer: Columbia Beats East Orange, 5-2

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Columbia boys soccer team scored three goals in the second half to put the cap on a 5-2 victory over East Orange on Tuesday.

Juff Exilus scored one goal and had one assist, and Malachy Meyer doled out two assists for the Cougars (3-2), who led, 2-1, at the half.

Charlie Herley, Moussa Fofana, Robby Boyd and Zach Siskind all scored Columbia goals, and Mike ...

With Cases Rising, NJ Hospitals Prepare For What’s Ahead

October 21, 2020

Masks, gowns and other supplies are stockpiled, but some worry about staffing levels amid a national COVID-19 surge.

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.

No one anticipates the same surge of patients that flooded hospitals ...

Small Parties, Family Gatherings Driving Up COVID-19 Case Count

With daily diagnoses at levels not seen since early summer, administration says it has to count on honor system to ensure compliance in small groups.

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.

Gov. Phil Murphy and state public ...

Schools Re-Opening Pushed to January after Classroom Filter Project Falsely Reported to be Completed

October 28, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District will not begin its hybrid in-person learning model until January 19, 2021.

Superintendent Ronald Taylor announced the new date in an email to families sent Tuesday afternoon. The initial plan to begin phase one of re-entry on November 12 was scrapped after the district discovered that the MERV filters had not been installed in ...

New Social and Emotional Support Programs are Serving SOMA Families

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — SOMA families have been taking advantage of the new social and emotional support programs South Orange Maplewood School District introduced this fall.

Twelve social workers and 36 social work interns work to support students, staff, and their families. The district hired a multicultural team with social workers who are fluent in English, Spanish, and Haitian ...

Frank Zappa Halloween Box Set Celebrates Iconic 1981 New York City Concerts

October 31, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Joe Travers, archivist of the works of Frank Zappa, spoke to TAPintoTV Executive Producer Brian Brodeur about the Zappa Trust's latest box set entitled "Halloween 81"

"This is the third box set that we've done," Travers said. "Celebrating Halloween runs that Frank did in New York." Halloween was Frank Zappa's favorite holiday and it ...

NJ Studio Owner Reflects on the Evolution of East Main Media Entering its 20th Year

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Today marks the 19th anniversary of the founding of East Main Media, which was incorporated on 10/30/01. Owner and Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with TAPintoTV host Stephanie Willoughby about founding East Main Media, lessons learned, and the evolution of the production studio as it enters its 20th year in business. 

Brodeur founded East Main less ...

Roth IRA Conversion: It's All About The Tax Rates

Path to Prosperity with Walter Pardo: Roth Conversions - Why the opportunity cost argument is invalid. 

Some people believe that there is an opportunity cost by doing a Roth conversion, that the funds used to pay the conversion tax could have been otherwise invested, and that investment return opportunity is lost.

FALSE! It’s all about the tax rates. 

There is no ...

SOPAC: Craig Sumberg No Longer Executive Director Due to Budget Cuts

October 26, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Performing Arts Center has let go of its executive director less than a year after his hire. 

SOPAC, a non-profit arts organization, made the announcement in a press release that said it is due to "budgetary cutbacks brought on by Covid-19."

Paul Bartick, Chairman of the Board of Governors, "regretfully announces a ...

Paper Mill Playhouse to Collaborate with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for Three-Part Series

MILLBURN, NJ — While performance spaces remain closed, organizations such as Paper Mill Playhouse look for innovative ways to connect with their audiences until they can safely open. 

In a collaborative first, Paper Mill is co-producing a three-part series of virtual performances with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. 

The first performance will feature NJSO musicians and ...

Cuban Pete's Owner Locked Out After Repeated Executive Order Violations

October 27, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ — After scoffing at the Governor's Executive Orders and repeatedly allowing patrons to continue to dine inside, the owner of Cuban Pete's is now locked out of his business.

On Monday morning, Montclair Police changed the locks on the doors of Cuban Pete’s restaurant, locking out the owner and workers. This was after three violations of the Executive ...

Local Accountant Offers Advice on Protection of Assets

October 30, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, senior member at the Livingston-based accounting firm Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, was recently asked to offer advice on the best way for New Jerseyans to protect their assets.

In a segment on NJMoneyHelp.com, a reader with three rental properties in his or her name inquired about the pros and cons of creating an LLC or ...

From Rebates to PPE to Broadband Access, Lawmakers Offer COVID-19 Help

October 30, 2020

Assembly clears a 10-bill package sponsors say would offer relief to residents and businesses alike

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 package of COVID-19 recovery bills aimed at helping New Jersey’s residents and ...

Mail-in Ballots Stressing Out Front-Line Election Workers

October 31, 2020

Confusion, suspicion, voter hostility and computer glitches: it’s all in a day’s work for the folks staffing New Jersey’s election boards.

This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. This article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy.

For ...

NJ Family Pleads for Kidney Donor to Save Ailing 7-Year-Old

October 28, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ — A family is desperately searching for a donor to help save the life of a young boy with severe kidney disease.

"My seven-year-old son, Modak, is in need of a kidney donor," say Nirmesh Kumar. "His kidneys are functioning at 6.5%."

Modak, a 2nd Grader at Golden Door Charter School in Jersey City, was initially diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome in ...

Guard Your Gourd: How To Keep Squirrels From Eating Your Pumpkins

October 26, 2020

GLEN ROCK, NJ — Is your perfectly-carved pumpkin being ravaged by local wildlife?

If you don’t remember this being a problem in the past, there’s a lot of speculation as to why squirrels are foraging for food more than usual.

Some suspect fewer acorns have left squirrels hungry, while another theory regards reduced traffic in restaurants and parks as a result of the ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Hey, Pumpkin!

October 31, 2020

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

Remember that moment during a cooler-than-usual morning in late August when you began to anticipate it, so much so that your nose and taste buds craved its arrival? Before you knew it, you finally got to taste it in your coffee, smell it candles and maybe even try it in your macaroni and cheese.

Pumpkin ...

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, ...

Essex County to Hold Paper Shredding Day Nov. 7

October 31, 2020

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The autumn Essex County Paper Shredding Day will be held as follows:

Date:               Saturday, November 7, 2020

Time:              9 a.m. to 1 ...

Dashcam Video Shows DWI Arrest of Belleville Board of Education Trustee

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 ...

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 ...

IRS Provides Tax Inflation Adjustments For Tax Year 2021

October 31, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service announced that for tax year 2021 annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2020-45 provides details about these annual adjustments.

Highlights of changes in Revenue Procedure 2020-45: The Consolidated Appropriation Act for 2020 increased the amount of the minimum addition ...

Overlook Medical Center achieves Magnet designation, the gold standard in nursing excellence

Virtual survey amid COVID-19 pandemic marks Overlook nurses’ final stretch of decade-long journey to recognition

SUMMIT, NJ – OCTOBER 2020 – Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center achieved Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the highest national honor for nursing excellence, as a reflection of Overlook’s nursing ...

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

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 ...