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Essex County Gas Prices Soar to 7-Year High

May 13, 2021

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.06 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.03 per gallon nationally. 

In Essex County, the price at the pump hit $3.11 as of Thursday, part of a national trend in high gas ...

Supply Outstrips Demand for COVID-19 Vaccine in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — The lack of lines tells the story.

At the end of March, hundreds of people lined up at the New Jersey Institute of Technology COVID-19 vaccination site in Newark after it launched. More than 6,200 doses were administered that first day. Now, a little over a month later, only a trickle of people show up every day to get vaccinated.

According to Essex County statistics, the ...

Construction at Northfield Center in Livingston Begins with Demolition of Baptist Church

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Demolition has officially begun at the former Northfield Baptist Church at the corner of South Livingston Avenue and East Northfield Road, where the township recently approved an application by Livingston Builders, LLC, to create a mixed-use residential and retail development at the location, dubbed “Northfield Center.”

The proposal, which was given ...

Next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event on April 29 in West Orange

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., the Essex County Board of County Commissioners, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi and the Township Council and St. Barnabas Medical Center will present an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, April 29 at Colgate Park to help families negatively impacted by the pandemic. The 1,000 boxes of food that will ...

Essex County Sheriff Faces Challenge in Democratic Primary

NEWARK, NJ — For the first time in nine years, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura is being challenged in the Democratic primary.

John Arnold, who served as Newark’s deputy police director from 2014 to 2016, announced on Tuesday that he is challenging the 10-term incumbent for the Democratic nomination on June 8. A general election win would make Arnold the first African American ...

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 to be Virtual

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The 2021 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival in Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark will be held virtually because of the ongoing conditions created by the pandemic. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the premiere sponsor of the virtual festival.

“The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of our lives, but it has not stopped our ...

Roseland Police Officer from West Caldwell Faces Sexual Assault Charges

ROSELAND, NJ — A Roseland police officer who resides in West Caldwell is facing numerous charges, including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, West Caldwell Police Chief Dennis Capriglione Jr. and Roseland Police Captain Richard Costello announced Wednesday that Richard Haffner, 43, of West Caldwell, a Roseland ...

State’s Largest Vaccination Site Opens in Newark: 6,000 Vaccines Administered on First Day

NEWARK, NJ – When Gov. Phil Murphy announced last week the launch of the New Jersey Institute of Technology vaccination site in Newark, it was originally planned to deploy 6,000 doses per day.

On opening day, the site surpassed that mark with nearly 6,200 doses administered. 

“They will be pounding [doses] away,” Murphy said during a press conference outside the ...

Essex County Executive Calls for More Vaccines In Letter to Legislators

NEWARK, NJ — Although Essex County stands among the leading regions in the state for COVID-19 vaccines administered, Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. on Tuesday issued a letter to federal legislators and Gov. Phil Murphy, calling for more doses. 

As one of the first counties to set up vaccination sites when doses became available in December 2020, Essex ...

Essex County Men Among Three Pleading Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud Banks of More Than $250,000 Using Stolen Credit Cards and Blank Checks

NEWARK, NJ — Three Essex County men admitted conspiring to defraud two banks of $250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

Alexander Varice, 22, and Dashawn Duncan, 27, both of South Orange, and Nasheed Jackson, 24, of Newark pleaded guilty this week by video conference before U.S. District Judge Susan D.

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Mountainside Medical Center's Dr. Shulik's Holistic Approach to Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

May 13, 2021

About 1 million people in the United States suffer from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowl disease that causes inflammation and sores in the digestive tract. Gastroenterologist Dr. Oleg Shulik recently worked with a patient to develop a holistic approach to treatment that allowed her to stop taking medications for the management of her symptoms.

In late September 2020, Lisa A., 31, ...

Essex County Gas Prices Soar to 7-Year High

May 13, 2021

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A cyberattack against a “vital” U.S. oil pipeline has contributed to a spike in already high gasoline prices. New Jersey gas prices now average $3.06 per gallon, according to AAA, compared to roughly $3.03 per gallon nationally. 

In Essex County, the price at the pump hit $3.11 as of Thursday, part of a national trend in high gas ...

Missing Baby Found Unharmed After NJ Police Issue Statewide Amber Alert

May 10, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police. 

Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused of assaulting the child's mother in Newark before leaving ...

Support for Jack McEvoy

May 9, 2021

As retired Verona School System teachers and importantly, as seniors, we are often left out of the discussion and forgotten even though we remain an active and vocal part of the community.  Seniors participate as volunteers, attend fundraisers for VFEE, among others, attend Rescue Squad and Fire Department pancake breakfasts and take an active role at various meetings.  Even though ...

Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...