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Cedar Grove Residents Express Outrage Over Pool Patron Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

August 24, 2019

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove residents are taking to social media to question why a man was permitted to attend the Cedar Grove Community Pool since being arrested on child pornography charges early in the summer.  After an article on TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove, Cedar Grove Resident Arrested on Child Pornography Charges, alerted them to the arrest of Jonathan E. Trumble, which occurred ...

Cedar Grove Resident Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - According to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, a Cedar Grove resident was arrested on child pornography charges in early July.

Katherine Carter, Public Information Officer for the Prosecutor's Office, confirmed to TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove that Jonathan Trumble, 37, was arrested on July 2.  

According to Carter, Trumble is charged with knowingly ...

Certified Nursing Assistant Charged With Killing Waterview Nursing Home Patient

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 ...

North Jersey High School Students Graduate from Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University MINDS Program

August 25, 2019

NUTLEY, NJ - 14 New Jersey high school students graduated from the Medical Internship Navigating Diversity & Science (MINDS) Program. at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University on Thursday Aug. 22. The 14 students were chosen from a pool of almost 300 applicants to the internship program, now in its second year.

Paola Tenezaca, a rising senior at Hackensack ...

Four Verona Residents Are Running for Two Board of Education Seats

VERONA, NJ - Verona Board of Education members Jim Day and Glenn Elliott are running for reelection in a contested race, and they are challenged by Sara Drappi and Lynn Halsey.  The election will take place on November 5.  TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove will run a series of articles leading up to the election, the first of which is a brief overview of each candidate (listed in alphabetical ...

Essex County Freeholders Honor Verona Superintendent

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 ...

Girls Soccer: Cedar Grove Aims to Make History in 2019

August 24, 2019

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Heading into the 2019 season the Cedar Grove girls soccer team is looking to make their own mark on the program’s history.

    “One of our goals is winning the first round of our State Tournament because it’s something that hasn’t been done and we’re looking to get over that hump,” said Head Coach Thomas ...

Girls Soccer: Verona Prepares for a Successful 2019 Season

VERONA, NJ - The Verona girls soccer team hopes a combination of youth and experience will result in a successful 2019 season.  

    “It’s a challenge, but it’s exciting when you get a handful of new girls coming in and you get to build something around them,” said Head Coach Kerrin Goosman. 

    In a year where several key ...

Verona's Third Annual Summer HoopFest Takes Place August 31

VERONA, NJ - Verona Youth Basketball has announced that the Third Annual Summer HoopFest will take place on August 31 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Verona High School parking lot.  Students from Verona in grades 1-8 are eligible to play, and the entrance fee is $30.

HoopFest is a 3 on 3 event with pool play and playoff rounds. There will be winners for ...

Still No Date Set for the Start of Pompton Avenue Paving Project in Cedar Grove

August 21, 2019

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Last week the Cedar Grove Town Council, along with representatives from surrounding towns, met with DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti to review the lack of paving progress on Pompton Avenue.

The township wants to clearly designate the downtown section of Pompton Avenue as one lane in both directions to improve safety and walkability in the area.

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.

Anti-Gun Violence Mural in Montclair Sparks Community Debate

August 25, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair parents are raising concerns about whether an anti-gun violence mural painted by recent Montclair High School graduates is appropriate for children to see.

The new mural entitled, "Never Again," located under the train trestle on Chestnut Street, has sparked debate among neighbors, who think the images may be too graphic for students to ...

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 ...

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, ...

Still No Date Set for the Start of Pompton Avenue Paving Project in Cedar Grove

August 21, 2019

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Last week the Cedar Grove Town Council, along with representatives from surrounding towns, met with DOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti to review the lack of paving progress on Pompton Avenue.

The township wants to clearly designate the downtown section of Pompton Avenue as one lane in both directions to improve safety and walkability in the area.

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

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.

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 ...

North Jersey High School Students Graduate from Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University MINDS Program

August 25, 2019

NUTLEY, NJ - 14 New Jersey high school students graduated from the Medical Internship Navigating Diversity & Science (MINDS) Program. at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University on Thursday Aug. 22. The 14 students were chosen from a pool of almost 300 applicants to the internship program, now in its second year.

Paola Tenezaca, a rising senior at Hackensack ...

Governor Signs Legislation Requiring Lactation Rooms in Public Buildings

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.

Flower Bed Maintenance Keeps Gardens Looking Their Best All Summer Long

August 24, 2019

A bit of grooming and care will keep your flower gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months and into fall.

Remove the flower stems of salvias, veronicas and similar flowers as the blooms begin to fade. Use a pruner or sharp garden scissors and cut just above the first set of leaves or above the side shoots where new flower buds are forming.

Cut back flopping perennials like ...

Strategies for Growing Edibles Later into the Season

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 ...

Cedar Grove Residents Express Outrage Over Pool Patron Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

August 24, 2019

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove residents are taking to social media to question why a man was permitted to attend the Cedar Grove Community Pool since being arrested on child pornography charges early in the summer.  After an article on TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove, Cedar Grove Resident Arrested on Child Pornography Charges, alerted them to the arrest of Jonathan E. Trumble, which occurred ...

Cedar Grove Resident Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - According to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, a Cedar Grove resident was arrested on child pornography charges in early July.

Katherine Carter, Public Information Officer for the Prosecutor's Office, confirmed to TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove that Jonathan Trumble, 37, was arrested on July 2.  

According to Carter, Trumble is charged with knowingly ...

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 ...

Head to Cape May for a Unique Jersey Shore Getaway

August 23, 2019

CAPE MAY, NJ — Nestled at the tip of New Jersey's peninsula, Cape May offers a little something for every vacationer — from history buffs and beach lovers to foodies and outdoor enthusiasts.

Cape May has a long history dating back to its original inhabitants, the Kechemeche tribe. As early as the 18th century, Cape May began its reputation as a top seashore resort. Today, it ...

Evening Bat Walks at Jockey Hollow in Morristown in September

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 ...

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Anti-Gun Violence Mural in Montclair Sparks Community Debate

August 25, 2019

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair parents are raising concerns about whether an anti-gun violence mural painted by recent Montclair High School graduates is appropriate for children to see.

The new mural entitled, "Never Again," located under the train trestle on Chestnut Street, has sparked debate among neighbors, who think the images may be too graphic for students to ...

HomeGrown: Asbury Park Visits Watermark, a Venue Rooted in Community and Connection

August 23, 2019

ASBURY PARK, NJ -- This week, HomeGrown: Asbury Park visits Watermark, the go-to gathering spot located on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Host Stephanie Willoughby sat down with Watermark’s Owner & Creator, Russell Lewis, to discuss both the history and vibe of Watermark and the larger community of Asbury Park. 

Watermark is located on Ocean Avenue, steps away from local landmarks ...

Steve Adubato & Former ESPN Host, Bob Ley, Discuss Compensation for College Athletes

NEW JERSEY -- Bob Ley, former host of “Outside the Lines,” on ESPN, appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato recently and came out in support of student athletes receiving pay for their participation on college teams. 

Ley, a multiple Emmy Award-winner, had been the longest tenured on-air employee of the sports network. He joined ESPN just three days after their launch in ...

New Jersey Date Night: Cookies Aren’t Just for Kids

August 25, 2019

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

As summer comes to a close and school doors open, the kids will return to their structured lives while parents breathe a sigh of relief as everyone goes back to their normal routine. 

If they’re lucky, kids will occasionally return home from their eventful day to share their adventures over a ...

Meet Best-Selling ‘Kosher by Design’ Cookbook Author Susie Fishbein

Just in time for the Jewish New Year, Susie Fishbein, author of the international best-selling cookbook series “Kosher By Design,” will teach a week’s worth of kosher-based cooking classes beginning on Sept. 8 at The Kitchen at Bed Bath & Beyond, a new interactive cooking and activity learning space in East Hanover.

We asked the Livingston resident about Jewish ...

Sprinkle this on Your Watermelon: Chile Lime Salt

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 ...

Hundreds Displaced by Fire in Paterson

August 25, 2019

PATERSON, NJ — Smoke billowing from Straight and Narrow’s building on Straight Street could be seen in surrounding communities for much of Saturday afternoon, drawing a response from fire departments from as wide a geographic area.

According to Mayor Andre Sayegh the five-alarm blaze, one he referred to as “unlike anything (he’d) ever seen in Paterson,” began ...

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 ...

New Jersey’s First National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Awarded to Atlantic Health Cancer Consortium

August 22, 2019

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has designated Atlantic Health System as a National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) site of the Atlantic Health Cancer Consortium (AHCC).  As the first and only New Jersey-based NCORP, AHCC will help develop and implement NCI cancer prevention, screening, care delivery, and treatment studies with leading healthcare systems across the ...

‘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 ...