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Certified Nursing Assistant Charged With Killing Waterview Nursing Home Patient

August 16, 2019

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Monique Beaucejour, 46, of Bloomfield has been charged with reckless manslaughter for causing the death of 85-year-old Fannie McClain.

McClain, who previously lived in Bloomfield, was a resident at the Waterview Nursing Home located at 536 Ridge Road in Cedar ...

Businesses Closed After Fire in Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove police and fire departments responded to a report of a fire at 1:50 p.m. Thursday inside New Kitchen Restaurant on Bowden Road. Upon arrival, officers found fire coming from the roof and evacuated the building.

According to reports, firefighters were able to contain the fire, which began to spread next door into Lucy's Dry Cleaners.

Fire at New Kitchen Restaurant in Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove, Verona, Caldwell and West Caldwell Fire Departments responded to a fire at New Kitchen Restaurant at 8 Bowden Road on Thursday afternoon. 

Roads were closed in the area while firefighters battled the fire.  This story is developing, TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove will update as more information becomes available.  

Essex County Freeholders Honor Verona Superintendent

August 20, 2019

VERONA, NJ - Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders named Verona Superintendent Dr. Rui Dionisio the 2019-2020 Superintendent of the Year for Essex County. 

Dr. Dionisio, who is also a resident of Verona, has served as the Verona Superintendent of Schools since 2014.  He is known for being a highly effective, collaborative leader who maintains a caring approach ...

Friends of the Verona Public Library $5-A-Bag Book Sale Takes Place on August 26-27

VERONA, NJ - For more than 35 years, the Friends of the Verona Library have been running book sales to support the library’s programs for children, teens and adults.  Over the last two years, the $5-A-Bag book sale has taken place at the end of the summer, and this year’s event will be on August 26-27 on the lower level of the library from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  All book ...

Cedar Grove Schools Embrace Technology with 1:1 Chromebook Initiative

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove Board of Education is launching a one-to-one Chromebook laptop initiative which will provide a Chromebook to every student in grades 5 through 12.  

On July 23 the board approved two motions to further this initiative.  The first approved quotes received from CDI Technologies for $112,492.25 for the purchase Chromebooks, warranty coverage, ...

Rutgers Planning Re-enactment of First Collegiate Football Game

August 17, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The first collegiate football game was played in New Brunswick and Rutgers is planning to celebrate the 150th anniversary of that historic game.

The Scarlet Knights' 6-4 victory on Nov. 6, 1869, will be re-enacted on Friday, Aug. 30 at 6:15 p.m.

Fans who arrive early for the Rutgers football team's season-opening kick off against the University of Massachusetts ...

Cedar Grove High School Baseball Field to be Named in Honor of Charles 'Chuck' Linfante

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Chuck Linfante, who passed away in May, was a permanent substitute teacher for 16 years at Cedar Grove High School -- serving as beloved mentor and becoming a fixture at all CGHS sporting and extracurricular events.  On July 23, the Board of Education approved a resolution to name the high school baseball field "Linfante Field" in honor of Linfante's ...

Food Pantry Donations Needed in Verona

August 12, 2019

VERONA, NJ - The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit's food pantry is asking the community to consider donating the following items, which are in high demand and short supply: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, coffee, breakfast/snack bars, and mayonnaise.  Donations can be dropped off in the 24-hour bin located just outside the parking lot door of the Church building, 36 ...

Cedar Grove Residents Participate in NICU STRONG Walk

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove residents Joe and Giselle Mongiello are asking for support for the second annual NICU STRONG Walk on September 15 at Van Saun Park in Paramus.  Founded by the Mongiellos, money raised through the walk will be donated for the vital equipment and patient and family needs of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Hackensack Meridian Health Joseph M.

Friends of the Verona Public Library $5-A-Bag Book Sale Takes Place on August 26-27

August 20, 2019

VERONA, NJ - For more than 35 years, the Friends of the Verona Library have been running book sales to support the library’s programs for children, teens and adults.  Over the last two years, the $5-A-Bag book sale has taken place at the end of the summer, and this year’s event will be on August 26-27 on the lower level of the library from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  All book ...

Verona's Fair in the Square Vendor Applications Available Now

VERONA, NJ - Verona's 23rd Annual Fair in the Square is now accepting applicants.  The Fair takes place on Saturday, December 7 from 12:00 through 5:00 p.m. at the Verona Civic Center in front of Town Hall at H.B. Whitehorne Middle School. 

The 23nd annual festival for Verona and its surrounding communities celebrates the upcoming holiday season with crafters, ...

Verona Warns Residents of Recent PSE&G Scams in New Jersey

August 17, 2019

VERONA, NJ — The Township of Verona wants residents to be aware of a warning issued by Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) company regarding a scam that could potentially affect them as customers.

The township shared a statement issued by PSE&G on Wednesday notifying New Jersey municipalities that scammers recently spoofed one of the company’s phone ...

Businesses Closed After Fire in Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove police and fire departments responded to a report of a fire at 1:50 p.m. Thursday inside New Kitchen Restaurant on Bowden Road. Upon arrival, officers found fire coming from the roof and evacuated the building.

According to reports, firefighters were able to contain the fire, which began to spread next door into Lucy's Dry Cleaners.

Former Pig & Prince Owner Takes Over as Montclair Center BID Director

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Jason Gleason, the former general manager of Pig & Prince Restaurant, has been named the Acting Director of the Montclair Center BID, Monclair Center BID Board of Directors have announced.

Gleason, who is the former Board chair, has stepped down from his volunteer position to accept the temporary staff position. The BID has convened a search committee ...

Warming Waters Could Cause One Whale of a Problem for New Jersey, Says Rutgers Researcher

August 15, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The number of humpback whale sightings in New York City and northern New Jersey has increased dramatically in recent years, by more than 500%, as a result of warmer and cleaner waters, raising the risk of dangerous interactions between the huge marine mammals and humans, according to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick researcher.

The increase in sightings near one of the ...

Governor Signs Legislation Requiring Lactation Rooms in Public Buildings

August 19, 2019

Legislation requiring public facilities and offices to provide on-site lactation rooms was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy Thursday.

The legislation requires the New Jersey Department of Health to provide information about lactation room availability and the New Jersey Department of Education to provide information on lactation policies in schools.

Primary sponsors of the legislation ...

Cedar Grove Residents Participate in NICU STRONG Walk

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove residents Joe and Giselle Mongiello are asking for support for the second annual NICU STRONG Walk on September 15 at Van Saun Park in Paramus.  Founded by the Mongiellos, money raised through the walk will be donated for the vital equipment and patient and family needs of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Hackensack Meridian Health Joseph M.

Strategies for Growing Edibles Later into the Season

August 16, 2019

Don’t let fall or potentially frosty temperatures stop you from enjoying garden-fresh produce. Extend the nutritional value and homegrown flavor into your fall and early winter meals with the help of short season crops and season extending strategies.

Lettuce, spinach, radishes, turnips, and beets are quick to mature from seed to harvest.  Plus, the cooler temperatures enhance their ...

Food Pantry Donations Needed in Verona

August 12, 2019

VERONA, NJ - The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit's food pantry is asking the community to consider donating the following items, which are in high demand and short supply: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, coffee, breakfast/snack bars, and mayonnaise.  Donations can be dropped off in the 24-hour bin located just outside the parking lot door of the Church building, 36 ...

Evening Bat Walks at Jockey Hollow in Morristown in September

August 21, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ –  Dusk is when the bats come out! Nine species of bats call New Jersey home, and many can be seen flying around your neighborhood at dusk. To help you identify which species of bat you’re looking at, Morristown National Historical Park is offering two free evening Bat Walk programs.

The next Bat Walk will be offered 7:30-9:30 pm ...

Warm Weather Means Hot Fishing: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - It is hard to believe, but summer is quickly coming to an end. I checked the weather report for the upcoming week, and it looks like it will be a hot one. That should keep the water temperatures high and our fishing action also hot.

This warm water will provide us with the appearance of those fish from the south that are often not found in our area waters. I am ...

Kingfish and Fluke Are Great Targets on the LBI Surf: LBI Fishing Report by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - I got an update from Bob Severi of Beach Haven on his recent fishing activity. He has fished Little Egg Inlet a couple of times and found fluke, but no keepers. He got into some birds working near Mordecai Island and picked off a small bluefish. He reports seeing plenty of bunker in the inlet as well as inside in the channel.

Gina Lawrenson from the head boat ...

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Millburn Environmental Commission Proposes Preliminary Plastic Bag Resolution in Township Meeting

August 20, 2019

MILLBURN, NJ - At Tuesday night's township committee meeting, members of the public had their first opportunity to hear about a new plan being proposed by the Millburn Environmental Commission in regards to single-use plastic bags and other plastic implements, such as straws.

The measure follows efforts in other neighboring towns, including Maplewood and South Orange. As part of the ...

Popular Asbury Park Donut Shop Gains Both Neighborhood and National Success

August 16, 2019

ASBURY PARK, NJ – In our newest episode, HomeGrown visits Purple Glaze Donuts, an award-winning bakery on Summerfield Avenue. Open for four years in Asbury Park, the donuts are made by a mother and son team, and have already become a celebrated part of the community.

The shop opened in 2015 and began having success shortly thereafter. “We’ve slowly gotten the word out,” ...

Mustard Seed DR Holding Diaper & Supply Drive in Paterson to Benefit Orphaned & Disabled Children

NEW JERSEY -- Mustard Seed Children is holding a Diaper & Supply Drive event on Saturday, August 17 from 10am to 8pm at East Side High School in Paterson, New Jersey. East Side High School is located at 150 Park Avenue in Paterson. 

Mustard Seed Communities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable populations throughout the developing ...

Sprinkle this on Your Watermelon: Chile Lime Salt

August 18, 2019

Give the sweet summer watermelon a whole new flavor profile with chile lime salt.

Marty Silverman, manager of Savory Spice Shop in Westfield, said the shop’s Peruvian Chile Lime Seasoning is a big seller.

The lime adds brightness and the chile gives the fruit it a savory kick. But don't underestimate the importance of salt in the combo.

“Growing up, my dad, brother and I ...

New Jersey Date Night: Going Vegan in the Garden State

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

No animals were harmed in the making of this date.

Oftentimes in the dating world we encounter online profiles that include a potential date’s dietary preferences. From carnivores to pescatarians, there’s a gamut of eaters out there, but where exactly do you take them for a meal? Same goes for ...

Hot Dog Nation Tour of New Jersey Coming Soon; Here’s Where They'll Stop

This story first ran on TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood.

The 16th annual Hot Dog Nation Tour of New Jersey is planning to stop at six locations that serve some of  the best hot dogs in the state Aug. 24.

More than 100 connoisseurs have signed up to ride on two motor coaches and sample hot dogs presented in various styles and cooked and topped in different ways.

“Many people ...

Filming in Paterson, Spielberg Production of 'West Side Story' Approved for Tax Credits

August 17, 2019

TRENTON, NJ – Iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of “West Side Story,” currently under production in Paterson, was approved Tuesday for tax credits through the State’s new Film Tax Credit program. Warner Brothers Studios-produced “JOKER” filming in Newark, was also approved for the program.

“These two major productions are bringing ...

An Open Letter to our Representative Mikie Sherrill, NJ-11

August 17, 2019

A lot of my friends, as well as myself, listen to the New York Times “The Daily” podcast and I was thrilled to post on Facebook Monday morning that our member of congress was the featured interview this week. It’s nice to see that you’re getting noticed and that can only help to gain attention for the things you want to accomplish for the district.

While I had some ...

Little Falls ShopRite Wins Environmental Leadership Award

August 16, 2019

LITLLE FALLS, NJ - Litlle Falls ShopRite and the entire ShopRite family are  proud to be the recipient of EarthShare New Jersey’s 2019 Environmental Leadership Award, just in time for Earth Day.

EarthShare New Jersey, a 25-year-old organization that works with 400 environmental groups across the state and country, recently recognized ShopRite for its commitment to ...

‘The Rainmaker’ Brings Mesmerizing Emotions to Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

MADISON, NJ - “The Rainmaker” is a play that speaks to the heart and done with such elegance and simplicity that it is unforgettable.

Written by N. Richard Nash, this play isn’t often performed.  Under the guidance of Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte, the story is beautifully rendered by a cast that works fluidly together. It speaks so specifically to our longings and ...

Glimmerglass Opera Tackles Racial, Class Issues

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Glimmerglass Opera Festival has an outstanding reputation for first-rate singers, strong orchestras and glittering productions.

This year, the company also takes on a number of issues that are relevant to our time. “Blue” stands out as an innovative study of racial bias, family and loss. With music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics, as well as direction, by ...