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Gov. Murphy Drops NJ’s COVID-10 Travel Advisory, Still Advises Travelers to Self-Quarantine if Going Beyond Neighboring States

November 25, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — The surge of coronavirus cases across the country has prompted Gov. Phil Murphy not to release this week’s coronavirus travel advisory based on its current criteria.

However, he strongly advised individuals to refrain from nonessential interstate travel and to still self-quarantine for 14 days after traveling to any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region ...

SOMA Coronavirus Leaders at Town Hall: New Cases are From Gatherings at Homes, 'Not Worth It to Have a Party'

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Experts and municipal officials in charge of running South Orange and Maplewood’s pandemic response gathered for a Zoom town hall Sunday night to educate residents on best practices and misconceptions as COVID-19 continues its spike.

Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee warned that cases are skyrocketing as we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday ...

As South Orange COVID Cases Rise, Village Closes Recycling Facility to Public

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Village has closed the Recycling Facility at 300 Walton Avenue to the public as of end of business yesterday.

This is in response to the rising COVID-19 numbers locally and across the state; South Orange has 269 reported COVID-19 positive test cases as of 1 p.m. today. In addition, South Orange saw the re-closing of all local ...

Vaccines Coming, But NJ Worries Trump May Upset Distribution Plan

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.

NJ SPOTLIGHT -- New Jersey is set to receive the first batch of 130,000 COVID-19 vaccines within the next four weeks — assuming it receives emergency approval as ...

NJ Scout Saddened But Undeterred After Park Project Vandalized With Swastika

November 25, 2020

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 ...

Gov. Murphy Drops NJ’s COVID-10 Travel Advisory, Still Advises Travelers to Self-Quarantine if Going Beyond Neighboring States

TRENTON, NJ — The surge of coronavirus cases across the country has prompted Gov. Phil Murphy not to release this week’s coronavirus travel advisory based on its current criteria.

However, he strongly advised individuals to refrain from nonessential interstate travel and to still self-quarantine for 14 days after traveling to any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region ...

Police Chase Leads to Arrests in Connection to Burglary String in South Orange, West Orange and Millburn

November 24, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Three men from Newark were apprehended in Livingston and charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and possession of stolen property on Sunday in connection to a string of vehicle burglaries in West Orange, South Orange and Millburn, according to Livingston police.

After investigating a report of people attempting to enter cars on Silver Spring Road in Millburn, ...

2020 Totowa / West Paterson Fire Dept. Holiday Lights Parade Canceled due to COVID-19

TOTOWA, NJ - Due to the sharp increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Totowa and West Paterson Fire Departments made the decision to cancel the 2020 Holiday Lights Parade for the safety of the community and the first responders who organize and participate in the event. 

Organizers of the parade considered multiple options as a substitute for the parade, but could not find a ...

Seton Hall’s Powell Signs With Knicks

November 21, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Myles Powell, former Seton Hall University Pirates shooting guard and one of the more highly regarded players to ever come out of South Orange has signed a free agent contract with the New York Knicks. 

In 2020 Powell earned All-American honors and a Big East Player of The Year title. His name was surprisingly not called in Wednesday’s NBA draft, but he was ...

Columbia Football Dominates Belleville In 2020 Finale

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Columbia High School Cougars (4-3) defeated the Belleville Buccaneers (2-4) by a score of 42-7 to bring their 2020 season to a close, capping off one of the more successful seasons in recent years.

Columbia’s defense overpowered the Buccaneers from the beginning of the night, forcing Belleville to go three and out on their first drive. On the Cougars first drive ...

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: About Four in 10 New Jerseyans Say They Won’t Get COVID-19 Vaccine

November 18, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Between 36% and 47% of New Jerseyans say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against COVID-19, with response rates varying depending on how the question is asked, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Among individuals reluctant to get vaccinated, 80% cite a concern about side effects, and 82% cite the need for more ...

Morristown Medical Center Expands State-of-the-Art Infusion Center for Cancer Patients

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System has announced the groundbreaking opening of a new state-of-the-art Infusion Center at Morristown Medical Center last week as the state’s top ranked hospital undergoes the first phase of expansion at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center.

The new Infusion Center provides intravenous (IV) chemotherapy, immunotherapy and biotherapy while ...

Links to Attend the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education Meetings Nov. 30, Dec. 14

November 25, 2020

ADEQUATE PUBLIC NOTICE

November 25, 2020

Corrected YouTube link – November 30, 2020

The Board of Education will meet in Public Session at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 30, 2020 to conduct Hearing of Individuals and Delegations and will then move to go into Executive Session to discuss mid-year review of the Superintendent. No action will be ...

CHS Fall Drama Opens on Zoom

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Parnassian Society had their opening night performance of this year’s fall drama Thursday Night.

The play, “Duplicity” was written by longtime Parnassian Fall Play director Stephen Stubelt. The play takes place in the aftermath of the death of Robert “Bob” Chambers as his friends and family members uncover the truth about the man they ...

How to Survive Political Discussions at Your Next Family Holiday Gathering

November 24, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Clinical psychologist Dr. Meryl Dorf sat down with TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to provide strategies on how to negotiate potentially difficult political discussions at family holiday gatherings.

Dr. Dorf joined Brodeur at East Main Media Studios’ studio facility earlier in 2020, after being featured several times on TAPintoTV via Zoom. East ...

Joe Apfelbaum Tells Ellen Volpe How to Go From Frustration to MOJOvation on Opportunity Calls

LONG ISLAND, NY -- Ellen Volpe, President of American Business Associates, spoke with Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union, on a recent episode of Opportunity Calls with Ellen Volpe.

Apfelbaum’s position as CEO of an internet-based marketing company is only one of his many roles. “Joe is a business mentor, leader, direct marketing guru, extraordinary networker, educator, ...

Visit the Home of One of America's Most Celebrated Poets: The Robert Frost Stone House Museum

SHAFTSBURY, VT -- Erin McKenny, Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the museum and the lasting legacy of one of America's most celebrated poets.

We know whose woods these were—Robert Frost lived in the home for nine years starting in 1920. The home is located in Shaftsbury, Vermont, and is operated by Bennington College.

2020 Totowa / West Paterson Fire Dept. Holiday Lights Parade Canceled due to COVID-19

November 22, 2020

TOTOWA, NJ - Due to the sharp increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Totowa and West Paterson Fire Departments made the decision to cancel the 2020 Holiday Lights Parade for the safety of the community and the first responders who organize and participate in the event. 

Organizers of the parade considered multiple options as a substitute for the parade, but could not find a ...

CHS Fall Drama Opens on Zoom

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Parnassian Society had their opening night performance of this year’s fall drama Thursday Night.

The play, “Duplicity” was written by longtime Parnassian Fall Play director Stephen Stubelt. The play takes place in the aftermath of the death of Robert “Bob” Chambers as his friends and family members uncover the truth about the man they ...

TAPinto This Classic Thanksgiving Recipe: Rum Spiked Cranberry Jelly

November 24, 2020

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Jenn Stilwell's cranberry jelly recipe remains the worst kept secret in the township. First published in 2016 when TAPinto Bloomfield was only a few months old, this recipe will probably be published just before Thanksgiving every year. 

Stilwell's jelly was the subject of a great deal of chatter in town back in 2016. At ...

Move Over Martha, Raiders' Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Sauce Is Thanksgiving's Best Bet from Nutley NJ

NUTLEY, NJ - The "media" may have many around the country believing that Nutley's greatest gift to Thanksgiving is Martha Stewart, but locals know its "Nutley Raiders Ginger-Spiced Cranberry Sauce." First created by students in the culinary program at Nutley High School in 2017, this dish has become a local favorite, given the reach of TAPinto, its popularity may soon ...

Murphy Signs Law Protecting Judges, Named in Honor of Daniel Anderl, Late Son of Judge Esther Salas

November 22, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation (A1649) on Friday protecting the home addresses and phone numbers of judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers from public disclosure.

The bill, known as “Daniel’s Law,” is named in memory of Dan Anderl, the late son of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas. The St. Joseph High School (Metuchen) ...

Maplewood Business Openings Boom

November 24, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In this pandemic, the American entrepreneurial spirit is challenged but certainly not gone. Eight months into coronavirus restrictions, three businesses in Maplewood — all on Springfield Avenue — had ribbon cuttings this past weekend. 

New openings mean "business is strong in Maplewood, even in a pandemic," said Mayor Frank McGehee, who attended ...

Gov. Murphy Addresses Verbal Confrontation During Family Outing in Red Bank

November 23, 2020

NEW JERSEY — A video has heavily circulated showing Gov. Phil Murphy being loudly confronted Saturday night at a Red Bank restaurant while he was outdoors dining with his wife and the rest of his family. 

At least two women reportedly approached the governor’s table during the encounter. Murphy was out eating with his wife, three sons and daughter.

One woman in the video, ...

Malespina, Bergin, Winkfield, and Zubieta Win Seats on Maplewood South Orange BOE

November 20, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — With the election results due to be certified imminently by the Essex County Clerk's Office, the Maplewood South Orange Board of Education race has been decided by a narrow margin. 

Susan Lewis Bergin and Courtney Winkfield, who ran as a team, garnered the most votes in their bid for three year terms at 11,321 and 11,085 votes respectively. Elissa Malespina, with ...

VolunTEENS are the November 2020 South Orange Villagers of the Month

November 24, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The VolunTEEN Program of the South Orange Public Library was named the November 2020 Villager of the Month at last night's South Orange Board of Trustees meeting.

"This is a great program, and it's going to be better and better as the years go on," said Trustee Karen Hilton. The program is now in its eleventh year.

"It's a testament ...

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Cranberry Farming Has a History in NJ (Thanksgiving Recipe Included)

November 24, 2020

What’s Thanksgiving without cranberries? Whether you whip up a batch of homemade chutney (see below) or open a can of jellied sauce, there’s a good chance that the famous red berry will make an appearance in some way, shape or form with your feast. Ocean Spray reports that six in 10 Americans say cranberry sauce has and always will be on their Thanksgiving table every ...

A New (Old) Kind of Holiday

Everyone is worried about the holidays and while I’m sad I can’t see my extended family I am also looking forward to this year because it is like the holidays of my childhood.

Having moved 3 hours away from all of our family when I was entering first grade and my parents quickly realized that the stress of holiday travel stole all its magic we spent every holiday with my immediate ...

9 Months In...What Mothering in the Time of COVID Means

Last week I had the perfect summary of life for a working mom during COVID. Last Wednesday, was a rarity – I had the day off while kids and husband had to work. In pre-COVID days this was the holy grail, a day that I could spend getting a massage, binging watching something amazingly stupid on Netflix, reading, go to a movie or even just cleaning without someone messing it back up in 5 ...

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.

 

Worried about Memory Decline? Screening Can Ease Your Mind

Memory loss can be scary. People often ignore worrisome changes in thinking and behavior as they age, but it’s important to find out what is causing the changes. If you are among the 10% of seniors who develop Alzheimer’s disease, you can learn about treatments to slow its progression and manage symptoms.

As a cognitive neurologist who helped develop Atlantic Health ...

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 ...

SOMA Coronavirus Leaders at Town Hall: New Cases are From Gatherings at Homes, 'Not Worth It to Have a Party'

November 25, 2020

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Experts and municipal officials in charge of running South Orange and Maplewood’s pandemic response gathered for a Zoom town hall Sunday night to educate residents on best practices and misconceptions as COVID-19 continues its spike.

Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee warned that cases are skyrocketing as we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday ...

South Orange Residents Prepares for a Socially-Distant Thanksgiving, Leaning on the 'Thanks'

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As the country experiences record-breaking numbers of COVID-19 during what is normally one of the most traveled holiday weeks of the year, many are having to find different ways to make this Thanksgiving special. 

Chef, author and South Orange resident Shannon Sarna is having a small family Thanksgiving dinner and has been trying to give back as much as she can ...

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Thu, November 26, 8:30 AM

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Thanksgiving Day- Municipal Offices Closed

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Thu, November 26, 7:30 PM

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Environmental Commission Meeting

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Fri, November 27, 8:30 AM

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Day After Thanksgiving- Municipal Offices Closed

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Sat, November 28, 10:00 AM

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Township Drive Thru Flu Clinic

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Montclair Social Club Closes Its Doors, COVID to Blame

November 23, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Not only has COVID-19 claimed the lives of those near and dear to us, but it is also claiming many jobs and businesses. This week, the Montclair Social Club announced that it will no longer stay open.

Owner Jason Miller posted to social media that the Montclair Social Club "...has served its last smiling face."

Miller, who left his law profession to open the ...

Essex County Deer Management Program Canceled for 2021

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County will not conduct its annual Deer Management Program to reduce the number of deer in Essex County South Mountain Reservation and Essex County Hilltop Reservation in 2021.

Other county priorities during the pandemic were cited as the reason. “Our energy and manpower are being focused on offering our expanded COVID testing schedule and weekly ...

NJ Scout Saddened But Undeterred After Park Project Vandalized With Swastika

November 25, 2020

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 ...

Late Westfield High School Principal’s Family Settles Malpractice Suit for $5.5M

WESTFIELD, NJ — Family of the Westfield High School principal, who died from complications following his bone marrow donation to a boy in France in 2019, have settled a medical malpractice lawsuit in the case for $5.5 million, court records show.

Sheronda Braker, fiancé of Principal Derrick Nelson, sued Hackensack University Medical Center, anesthesiologist Jerry M. Baratta, ...

Fifth Annual National Tax Security Awareness Week urges increased security measures as fraudsters exploit COVID-19 concerns

November 25, 2020

WASHINGTON − The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the nation's tax industry today announced that the 5th Annual National Tax Security Awareness Week will take place between Nov. 30 and Dec. 4.

This year, there’s a heightened need for security as fraudsters seek to use the COVID-19 to scam taxpayers and tax preparers. New protections being offered by Security ...

Meadowland Park Conservancy Officially Launches With Stakeholder Event at Skate House

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A group of South Orange’s leading volunteers and professional staff braved 32 degree weather to gather outside the iconic Skate House in South Orange’s Meadowland Park tonight to witness the birth of a new non-profit dedicated to re- envisioning the 30 acre jewel in the heart of South Orange: the Meadowland Park Conservancy (MPC). Amid a glowing fire pit ...

Here’s what taxpayers can do now to Get Ready to file taxes in 2021

There are steps people can take now to make sure their tax filing experience goes smoothly in 2021. First, visit the Get Ready page on IRS.gov.

Here is a list to get organized:

Check withholding and make any adjustments soon

Since most taxpayers typically only have a few pay dates left this year, checking their withholding soon is especially important. It's even more important ...