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Save the Date: New York Auto Show Scheduled for 2018

February 23, 2018

TAPintoTravels - The New York International Auto Show is only a month away. This has been a New York tradition, since 1900.  

Visitors come from all around world to enjoy the premier auto event.  For the TAPinto community, it is just a local trip across the rivers.

TAPintoTravels was there last year and we will provide coverage this year. Visit here for the ...

Is Tax Reform Affecting Home Values? Local Experts Weigh In

Local officials and experts react to new federal tax reform plan that has caused unease among Essex County homeowners and businesses.

WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ — In response to the apprehension and confusion surrounding the recently passed federal tax bill as it relates to Essex County, local professionals and political leaders are weighing in on the subject to help homeowners, ...

Boys Basketball: Knights Seniors Take Final Bow, Focus On Future

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — A 66-40 loss to Wayne Valley culminating the 2018 campaign on Thursday did not put a damper on the effort that the West Essex boys basketball team has put into this past season.

“They gave us everything they could give us and they worked hard, they are a good group of kids,” said Knights head coach Bill Humes.

West Essex put forth a valiant ...

Caldwell Mayor and Police Department to Host Coffee With a Cop

February 20, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ — Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing and members of the Caldwell Police Department invite the public to attend Coffee With a Cop at Rock “N” Joe Coffee Bar, located at 339 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Coffee with a Cop initiative brings local police officers and members of the community together in a low-stress ...

Fairfield Sergeant Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Award

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Sgt. Christopher Niemiec of the Fairfield Police Department was recently presented with the "Timothy Larney Memorial Traffic Safety Education and Enforcement Award" during a luncheon in Livingston, hosted by the Essex County Traffic Officers Association.

Essex County Police Academy Community Traffic Safety Coordinator Arnold Anderson presented Niemiec with ...

Stolen Temp Tag Leads to Arrest in Livingston

FAIRFIELD, NJ — A 34-year-old man from Kearny was recently arrested in Fairfield for receiving stolen property after police discovered that the vehicle he was driving had been reported stolen.

According to police, Fairfield Officer David Lagan pulled Fernando Vargas-Mendoza over on Route 46 after observing that the vehicle had an inoperable taillight and that the vehicle’s ...

Fifth Graders Host Recyclable Carnival at Winston Churchill School

February 21, 2018

FAIRFIELD, NJ — The fifth graders at Winston Churchill School hosted the elementary school’s annual Recyclable Carnival on Thursday for all Churchill School students. For this event, fifth-grade students used all recycled materials to create and develop quality, fun and innovative games that the entire school had the opportunity to enjoy.

In the gym, ...

$1000 Grant Awarded to Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation (CWCEF) was recently awarded a $1,000 grant by Wells Fargo to support the organization’s mission of funding district wide projects and programs that foster and promote basic and innovative approaches for excellence in education.

Mary Ann Campion, President of the CWCEF, said the organization was “truly ...

James Caldwell High School Announces Shop Rite Stars for Marking Period Two

WEST CALDWELL, NJ – James Caldwell High School has announced that its ShopRite Stars for the second marking period of the 2017-2018 school year include Juan Riestra (service), Kyle Schaffer (sports), Kelly Chang (leadership), Alyssa Krisinski (academics) and Sophia Ricci (arts).

Senior students are nominated every marking period in the areas of academics, arts, athletics, leadership and ...

Boys Basketball: Knights Seniors Take Final Bow, Focus On Future

February 22, 2018

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — A 66-40 loss to Wayne Valley culminating the 2018 campaign on Thursday did not put a damper on the effort that the West Essex boys basketball team has put into this past season.

“They gave us everything they could give us and they worked hard, they are a good group of kids,” said Knights head coach Bill Humes.

West Essex put forth a valiant ...

Boys Basketball: West Essex Beats West Caldwell Tech, 61-46

WEST CALDWELL, NJ - A big first quarter propelled West Essex to a 61-46 boys basketball victory over West Caldwell Tech on Tuesday.

Heath Kalk scored 14 points to lead five players in double figures for West Essex, which bolted to a 24-8 lead after a quarter.

Scott Barlow scored 12 points and Pat Sansone and Ian McLaughlin tossed in 11 points apiece for the Knights.

Girls Basketball: Caldwell Beats Pequannock, 36-33

WEST CALDWELL, NJ - A 20-rebound effort by Brielle Guarente helped push Caldwell to a 36-33 girls basketball victory over Pequannock Thursday night.

Taylor Stafford scored 20 points for Caldwell (12-11), which erased a 26-22 deficit at the end of three quarters, closing with a 14-7 spurt down the stretch.

Maggoe Betros and Ashleigh Bryant each finished with eight points and Hope Casale ...

Caldwell Police Seek Donations for Special Olympics Charity Fundraiser

February 19, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — After raising $6,750 from local businesses, family and friends in the 2017 Special Olympics NJ Charity Football Game, members of the Caldwell Police Department will once again participate in the annual event on March 9 at Metlife Stadium.

Last year, the department was also honored with the Touchdown Trophy from the Special Olympics New Jersey Committee for being one ...

Eat, Drink and Fight Cancer at Fundraiser Dinner at Cloverleaf Tavern

CALDWELL, NJ — Local couple Carolynn and Jesus Navarro invite the public to a special event dinner on Tuesday at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell to support their efforts to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and to help patients who are battling blood cancers.

The Navarros are training to participate in the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon/NJ Long ...

$1000 Grant Awarded to Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation (CWCEF) was recently awarded a $1,000 grant by Wells Fargo to support the organization’s mission of funding district wide projects and programs that foster and promote basic and innovative approaches for excellence in education.

Mary Ann Campion, President of the CWCEF, said the organization was “truly ...

Is Tax Reform Affecting Home Values? Local Experts Weigh In

February 22, 2018

Local officials and experts react to new federal tax reform plan that has caused unease among Essex County homeowners and businesses.

WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ — In response to the apprehension and confusion surrounding the recently passed federal tax bill as it relates to Essex County, local professionals and political leaders are weighing in on the subject to help homeowners, ...

TAPinto.net Named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -  TAPinto.net has been named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons, a network of more than 230 news organizations across New Jersey.  The award goes to a journalist or news organization that showed overall excellence in their work for 2017.    

Joe Amditis, Associate Director of the Center for Cooperative Media, said TAPinto won the award ...

Caldwell Council Votes on Resolution Regarding Weapon Sales and Possession

February 21, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ — In reaction to the recent high school shooting in Parkland, FL, members of the Caldwell Borough Council voted 4-1 in favor of a resolution supporting a proposed assembly bill to prohibit the sale and possession of any ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, exempting law enforcement at .22-caliber rifles.

Resident Christine Schmidt commended ...

Fairfield Police Department to Hire Two New Officers

FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Township Council authorized the hiring of two new police officers at Police Chief Anthony Manna’s request at Monday’s mayor and council meeting.

According to Manna, Officer Christopher Nicholas is on terminal leave and is scheduled to be off the books by March 1. Because Sgt. Joseph Keegan and Sgt. Christopher Morgan will both be retiring, ...

Fairfield Mayor Updates Township on Route 46 Flooding Issues

FAIRFIELD, NJ — In response to requests to remedy the flooding problems on Route 46 near Willowbrook during major storms, Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini said at Monday’s council meeting that the township will “keep pushing.”

He explained that after Hurricane Irene in 2011, Route 46 flooded, halting traffic near Willowbrook in both directions. As part of ...

Six Local Restaurants to Book for Valentine's Day

February 7, 2018

WEST ESSEX, NJ - Valentine’s Day is only a week away. In addition to sorting through the very best chocolates, flowers and romantic gifts, finding the best place to take your date can be equally overwhelming.

Here are six local eateries offering a romantic atmosphere and delicious eats for Valentine’s Day:

Marble & Moxie - Livingston NEW!  This ...

January in Review: Top 10 Stories of the month in West Essex

February 5, 2018

WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ — Check out TAPinto West Essex’s Top Ten stories of November, based on pageviews:

1. Fairfield Author Releases Latest Addition to Mystery Series

2. Vehicle Pins Pedestrian into Building in Fairfield

3. West Essex High School Senior Runs Fastest Mile in Essex County

4. Fairfield Council Appoints Prosecutor, Public Defender and More for 2018

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Fifth Graders Host Recyclable Carnival at Winston Churchill School

February 21, 2018

FAIRFIELD, NJ — The fifth graders at Winston Churchill School hosted the elementary school’s annual Recyclable Carnival on Thursday for all Churchill School students. For this event, fifth-grade students used all recycled materials to create and develop quality, fun and innovative games that the entire school had the opportunity to enjoy.

In the gym, ...

Save the Date: New York Auto Show Scheduled for 2018

February 23, 2018

TAPintoTravels - The New York International Auto Show is only a month away. This has been a New York tradition, since 1900.  

Visitors come from all around world to enjoy the premier auto event.  For the TAPinto community, it is just a local trip across the rivers.

TAPintoTravels was there last year and we will provide coverage this year. Visit here for the ...

WATCH: Celebrity Politicians Weigh in on Travel Preferences

TAPintoTravels - We frequent many events in the course of our travels. One of our favorite experiences is interviewing famous people about their travel preferences.  Here are a couple of our favorite interviews featuring politicians.

In this clip, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey speaks about his love of Jersey City and what it has to offer.

In this clip, ...

Travels Spotlight: Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

TAPintoTravels is here to promote travel whether it is for work or pleasure. Most of our reporting is fun and helpful.  However, on rare occasions, we do have to report on heartbreaking stories.  

It is always hardest when it involves men with families that have been lost at sea. Please consider assisting this family in need and keep them in your thoughts or prayers.

The ...

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Essex County Freeholders Celebrate African-American History Month

February 22, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – At its 2018 African-American History Month Celebration on Wednesday at the Hall of Records in Newark, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders commemorated the heritage, culture, resilience, and spirit of the African-American community.

Brendan Gill, board president and Freeholder At-Large, first acknowledged African-American contributions, both past and present, in ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs During "Black Panther" Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

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Sat, February 24, 10:00 AM

Rock “N” Joe Coffee Bar, Caldwell

Caldwell Coffee With a Cop

Police & Fire

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Sun, February 25, 2:00 PM

West Caldwell Public Library, West Caldwell

Concert with Stephen Fuller Quartet

Arts & Entertainment

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...