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Port Authority Asks for $3 billion from Feds to Recoup COVID-19 Losses

May 20, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Standing before the unfinished Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal One redevelopment site, Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, detailed the drastic losses the government agency suffered as a result of the coronavirus. 

With a 97% drop in passenger volume at Newark airport alone (the difference between ...

Dates Set for Continued Coronavirus Screenings in Weequahic Park during May

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will continue in Essex County's Weequahic Park throughout the month of May. The additional dates for May are Mondays, May 11 & 18 (no testing on Memorial Day, May 25); Wednesdays, May 13, 20 & 27; and Fridays, May 15, 22, and 29. Screenings are for Essex County residents and are by appointment ...

Essex County to Host Food Distribution Event Each Thursday Starting May 14

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Emergency food distribution will begin on May 14 for Essex County residents, Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders announced.

The food distribution events for Essex County residents every Thursday for the next two months. The County will be distributing food to ANY County Resident who needs it.

The first emergency food ...

Sgt. Crook's "Fan Club" Salutes Triumph Over COVID-19

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Anxious to escort their brother to the next stop on his recovery from the coronavirus, police cruisers and vans from County Corrections Departments throughout New Jersey formed a line on Rehill Avenue outside Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset early Monday morning, hours before Sgt. Andrew Crooks was to be discharged.

Crooks, a North Plainfield resident and ...

Permanent Montclair Superintendent Announced: Meet Dr. Jonathan C. Ponds

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A new superintendent has been appointed to take the helm of the Montclair School District, officials announced Wednesday. He will officially begin on July 1 and has been awarded a 5-year contract.

By a unanimous decision of the full Montclair Board of Education members, Dr. Jonathan C. Ponds was appointed Superintendent of Schools at its regularly scheduled May 6, 2020 ...

COVID-19 Stories: Montclair Restaurant Owner Once Stranded in Cambodia, Now Struggles to Save His Business

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A notable Montclair restaurant owner became stranded in a foreign country amid the coronavirus pandemic. He has returned to a statewide lockdown and struggles to keep his business afloat.

Ilson Goncalves, owner of Samba Montclair, a local Brazilian Restaurant, set off on a culinary expedition in March. His plan was to take cooking classes and expand his repertoire. En route to ...

Belleville Mayor Tests Positive for Antibodies of COVID-19

BELLEVILLE - When Mayor Michael Melham visited his primary care physician Wednesday morning, he asked that the doctor test his blood for antibodies related to COVID-19.

“In my role as Mayor, I’m not only an advocate for the Township, but when I can, for men’s health.  I encourage all men to obtain yearly physicals and abide by age-related testing,” the Mayor ...

Long-Term Care Facility in Montclair Struggles to Get Food, Cleaning Supplies

MONTCLAIR, NJ - When news broke of the coronavirus spreading in New Jersey, staff at the Montclair Manor began living at the facility to ensure that the residents did not contract the virus from the workers. Now, more than a month later, the facility continues to have no cases of COVID-19, but they also have a new challenge, finding enough food and cleaning supplies.

The Montclair ...

Local First Responders Thank Mountainside Medical Center Staff

MONTCLAIR, NJ - In a grand display of gratitude, police, fire departments and EMTs from across Essex County recognized the staff of Hackensack Meridian Health - Mountainside Medical Center for their hard work and bravery. On Friday, the Montclair Police and Fire Departments, in conjunction with the Glen Ridge Police Department, led a procession of more than 50 police, fire and ...

Essex County Emergency Food Distribution On Tuesday

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Freeholder President Brendan Gill and Vice President Wayne Richardson are partnering with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to present an Emergency Food Distribution Event to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 2,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who ...

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Port Authority Asks for $3 billion from Feds to Recoup COVID-19 Losses

May 20, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Standing before the unfinished Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal One redevelopment site, Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, detailed the drastic losses the government agency suffered as a result of the coronavirus. 

With a 97% drop in passenger volume at Newark airport alone (the difference between ...

Personal Chef Reinvents Business with a Nonprofit Program for Food Equity in New Jersey

May 29, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Personal Chef Nicolle Walker recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning TV program on News 12 Plus, to update host Stephanie Willoughby on her evolving business operations, which had to be adapted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Walker’s prior business model included working in people’s homes, as she and her staff cooked meals for busy families or ...

Hoboken Gift Shop Turns to Technology to Continue Serving Customers During the Pandemic

HOBOKEN, NJ -- As part of our small business spotlight series, HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Meghan Lavelle, Owner of Washington General, to see how the store is faring during the pandemic. Washington General was featured in Part One of our HomeGrown: Hoboken episode, which aired on TAPintoTV last June. 

“It’s been a whirlwind for sure,” said Lavelle.

Opinion: Visiting a Re-Opened Mall in Georgia Gave Me a Glimpse of NJ’s Future

May 24, 2020

In the not-so-distant future, our corona-closed world will gradually re-open, allowing New Jersians the freedom to shop out, to dine in and to basically do anything that’s not based in our living rooms. 

To most the liberation may seem like the end of World War II and in many ways it is, but there are some catches to this re-opening; changes in protocols and attitudes that will make ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

May 28, 2020

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

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

NJ Bars Still Closed, but Now You Can Get That Cocktail to Go

NEW JERSEY — Bars and restaurants with liquor licenses in the Garden State have been able to sell alcohol in its original containers during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy before the weekend, they can sell mixed drinks for pick up and delivery, too.

Craft distilleries, which operate under a different kind of license, can also sell ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, May 30, 11:00 AM

Kyoto Sushi III, Cedar Grove

Open for Lunch and Dinner

Food & Drink

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Mon, June 1, 11:00 AM

Kyoto Sushi III, Cedar Grove

Open for Lunch and Dinner

Food & Drink

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Mon, June 1, 3:00 PM

Cedar Grove

Regular Council Meeting

Government

Sustainable Verona Receives $10,000 Grant for Community Garden Project

May 29, 2020

Township of Verona Awarded $10,000 Sustainability Grant

Verona, NJ – The Township of Verona was awarded a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey grant funded by the PSEG Foundation. Five $20,000 grants, six $10,000 grants and twenty $2,000 grants were distributed to municipalities in fourteen New Jersey counties.

The grant awards will fund a range of projects including green infrastructure, food ...