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20-Year-Old Orange Man Arrested for Murder of Missing Montclair Woman

December 7, 2016

NEWARK, NJ - Authorities announced Tuesday that they have arrested Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, of Orange, who is suspected of the murder of Sarah Butler, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti.

Butler, a 20-year-old Montclair resident reported missing on Nov. 23, was found dead on Dec. 1 in Eagle ...

Partner of Roseland-Based Brach Eichler Authors “The Domino Theory”

ROSELAND, NJ — A local litigation and personal-injury attorney recently authored a book written primarily for trial lawyers called “The Domino Theory,” which provides a step-by-step framework for how to demonstrate any case to a jury, from discovery through closing arguments.

Although Edward Capozzi, a partner at Brach Eichler LLC of Roseland, wrote the book ...

Ice Hockey: West Essex Loses to Summit, 2-1

ROSELLE, NJ - The West Essex High School ice hockey team was held scoreless for the first two periods and endured its first loss of the season, 2-1, to Summit on Tuesday night at Warinanco Rink.

With West Essex (2-1) trailing, 2-0, Frank Ferrante broke through with a power play goal with 7:18 remaining in the third period. He got assists from Aidan Pero and Connor Barnette on the ...

Montclair Man Arrested for Murder of Irvington Man, Police Say

December 5, 2016

NEWARK, NJ - Brandon Williams, 22, of Montclair has been charged and arrested with the murder of 22-year-old James Goff of Irvington, police officials announced on Sunday.

Williams is a 2012 graduate of Montclair High School and former player on the MHS football team. 

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose stated that ...

Reward Offered, Funds Raised After Murder of Montclair 20-Year-Old

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The family and friends of Sarah Butler, 20, who was found dead at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange on Thursday and her death ruled a homicide by the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office Friday, gathered outside of her father's home in Montclair Friday to offer condolences. Her family has set up a GoFundMe Page that has raised nearly ...

Fairfield Police Department's New Route 80 Initiative Procures Heroin Arrest

FAIRFIELD, NJ — After being pulled over for making an unsafe lane change in Fairfield, Parsippany resident Brian Halpin, 34, was arrested and charged with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia on Monday.

In addition to the criminal charges, the Fairfield Police Department announced that Halpin was also summonsed for having a suspended license, being an unlicensed driver, ...

Golda Och Academy to Host Programs for Families Interested in Transitioning from Public to Private School

December 5, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Recognizing that families looking to switch their children from public school to private Jewish day school often have several questions about the transition process, Golda Och Academy is hosting two upcoming Coffee & Conversation meetings at the Wilf Lower School Campus in West Orange on Dec. 15 and Jan. 18.

Although students from a variety of Jewish ...

Vocational Technical High School West Caldwell Campus Students Explore Educational and Career Options at Disability Mentoring Day

EAST HANOVER, NJ — A handful of students with disabilities from the West Caldwell Campus of Essex County Vocational Technical High School were among more than 100 students from 11 schools that recently visited Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) for National Disability Mentoring Day—a day of career exploration for students with special needs.

The annual ...

Trinity Academy of Caldwell to Host Sixth Annual 5K Reindeer Run/Walk and Jingle Jam

CALDWELL, NJ — Trinity Academy, a Catholic School for children Pre-K- eighth grade, is hosting its sixth annual “5K Reindeer Run/Walk” on Saturday, followed by the “Jingle Jam” holiday festivities for the whole family.

Over the past five years, Trinity has its participation each year with more than 1,000 runners in 2015. The before and after celebrations on ...

Ice Hockey: West Essex Loses to Summit, 2-1

December 7, 2016

ROSELLE, NJ - The West Essex High School ice hockey team was held scoreless for the first two periods and endured its first loss of the season, 2-1, to Summit on Tuesday night at Warinanco Rink.

With West Essex (2-1) trailing, 2-0, Frank Ferrante broke through with a power play goal with 7:18 remaining in the third period. He got assists from Aidan Pero and Connor Barnette on the ...

Caldwell Wrestling Club Participates in Cleanup of Grover Cleveland Park

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — With help from the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex, more than 40 members of the Caldwell Wrestling program—including coaches, wrestlers and parents from the James Caldwell High School, recreation, travel and elementary wrestling teams—recently participated in a cleanup of Grover Cleveland Park. 

After hours spent deep in the woods, the group was ...

Boys Ice Hockey: West Essex Edges Verona, 2-1; Routs Scotch Plains, 10-0

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The West Essex varsity ice hockey team opened its season with a pair of victories this weekend.

Alex Antonian scored three goals and had one assist to lead West Essex to a 10-0 shutout of Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Saturday night at Codey Arena in West Orange. West Essex scored four goals in the second period to open a 6-0 lead.

Connor McCarthy and Connor Barnette scored ...

Caldwell Wrestling Club Participates in Cleanup of Grover Cleveland Park

December 5, 2016

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — With help from the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex, more than 40 members of the Caldwell Wrestling program—including coaches, wrestlers and parents from the James Caldwell High School, recreation, travel and elementary wrestling teams—recently participated in a cleanup of Grover Cleveland Park. 

After hours spent deep in the woods, the group was ...

Trinity Academy of Caldwell to Host Sixth Annual 5K Reindeer Run/Walk and Jingle Jam

CALDWELL, NJ — Trinity Academy, a Catholic School for children Pre-K- eighth grade, is hosting its sixth annual “5K Reindeer Run/Walk” on Saturday, followed by the “Jingle Jam” holiday festivities for the whole family.

Over the past five years, Trinity has its participation each year with more than 1,000 runners in 2015. The before and after celebrations on ...

Thatcher McGhee’s Raises $1500 Benefiting Families Devastated by Caldwell Fire

FAIRFIELD, NJ­ – In support of the families affected by the Orchard Square fire in Caldwell earlier this month, residents of Fairfield and surrounding towns gathered at Thatcher McGhee’s Irish Pub on Nov. 22.

The effort raised a total of $1500, which will go directly to the families to help replace the items they lost in the fire, such as clothing and ...

Partner of Roseland-Based Brach Eichler Authors “The Domino Theory”

December 7, 2016

ROSELAND, NJ — A local litigation and personal-injury attorney recently authored a book written primarily for trial lawyers called “The Domino Theory,” which provides a step-by-step framework for how to demonstrate any case to a jury, from discovery through closing arguments.

Although Edward Capozzi, a partner at Brach Eichler LLC of Roseland, wrote the book ...

North Essex Chamber of Commerce Invites Area Residents to Holiday Celebration Tuesday

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Different from many North Essex Chamber of Commerce (NECC) events, Tuesday’s holiday celebration at The Manor in West Orange will not have a formal program and instead encourages both members and non-members to come shop, eat and be merry together.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Manor’s new “Garden Room,” located at 111 Prospect Ave., will be decorated ...

North Essex Chamber of Commerce to Host Annual Holiday Celebration in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — An international buffet, holiday shopping and music are only some of the highlights featured at the North Essex Chamber of Commerce (NECC) 2016 Holiday Celebration at The Manor’s new “Garden Room,” located at 111 Prospect Ave. in West Orange.

Guests are encouraged to bring co-workers, clients and friends on Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 ...

Fairfield's First Winter Wonderland Event Exceeds Township's Expectations

December 7, 2016

FAIRFIELD, NJ — Featuring ice-skating, horse-and-carriage rides, an interactive snow globe for family photos, hot refreshments, a surprise appearance from Olaf of Disney’s “Frozen” and more, the Township of Fairfield’s first Winter Wonderland event Sunday, held in conjunction with the annual tree lighting, attracted nearly triple the expected number of ...

Kiwanis Club of Caldwell/West Essex to Host Annual Christmas Walk Sunday

CALDWELL, NJ — Initiated by the Women's Club of Caldwell more than 40 years ago, the annual Christmas Walk, now hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell/West Essex, will be held on Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. throughout the West Essex area.

According to the Kiwanis Club, the Christmas Walk house tour has become an event that the community looks forward to each year. This ...

North Essex Chamber of Commerce to Host Annual Holiday Celebration in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — An international buffet, holiday shopping and music are only some of the highlights featured at the North Essex Chamber of Commerce (NECC) 2016 Holiday Celebration at The Manor’s new “Garden Room,” located at 111 Prospect Ave. in West Orange.

Guests are encouraged to bring co-workers, clients and friends on Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 ...

West Caldwell's Cpl. Michael Orr Promoted to Sergeant

November 30, 2016

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Cpl. Michael B. Orr was officially appointed to Sergeant in the West Caldwell Police Department at a township council meeting last week.

Having served his country twice in Iraq as part of the Marine Reserves, the township council stated that this appointment was well deserved.

“[Orr] is another officer in a long line of great police officers for WC,” ...

North Caldwell Council Takes Final Step in Acquisition of Walker’s Pond Site

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The end of an odyssey that has lasted about 20 years for the Borough of North Caldwell took another step closer to reality on Tuesday night as the North Caldwell Borough Council voted to amend its contract of sale with Walker BN Etals for the purchase of the 17-acre parcel of land at 400 Mountain Avenue that served as the home of Elwood “Woody” Walker, who ...

North Caldwell Man Arrested by FBI for Wire Fraud

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — A North Caldwell man was released on bail after being arrested by FBI agents for fraudulently using funds that he solicited for bulk medical supply and consumer goods transactions, according to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

Michael Esposito, 45, was charged by complaint with one count of wire fraud and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal ...

RWJBarnabas CEO Shapes National Strategies for Ensuring Health Access in Vulnerable Communities

December 3, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barry Ostrowsky, recently participated in developing a report that outlines a menu options for communities, hospitals and policymakers to ensure that vulnerable rural and urban communities have access to essential healthcare services

Ostrowsky, a member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Task Force ...

Sideout Sports of Fairfield and The Joint Chiropractic of West Caldwell Promote Wellness Program

FAIRFIELD, NJ — Sideout Sports (SOS) and The Joint Chiropractic of West Caldwell hosted a “Best Performance Volleyball and Kinesiotaping Workshop” for their members on Sunday, at the SOS gym located in Fairfield.

According to The Joint, more than 50 young athletes gathered at the SOS facility to learn how health-and-wellness care can improve their game and ultimately ...

West Caldwell Township Council Illuminates Track at Memorial Park

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — From now until Dec. 16, the West Caldwell Township Council will illuminate the track at West Caldwell's Memorial Park for joggers, runners and walkers.

According to the council, the park will be lit from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night so that residents of West Caldwell and neighboring towns can get out and exercise.

The park can be accessed from Dodd Road or ...

Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Warns of the Dangers of Deep Fried Turkey

November 25, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although many find it a delicious tradition, deep-frying a turkey can be dangerous, according to the staff at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Burn Center.  

According to the National Fire Protection Association, deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes and more than $15-million in property damage each ...

Caldwell Resident's Sandwich Wins "Creative Classics" Category in Arnold “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest

HORSHAM, PA — Earning the title of “category winner” for her original, nutritious “Cherry Almond Chicken Salad” sandwich recipe, Caldwell native Kim Van Dunk took home a $5000 in this year’s Arnold “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest. Van Dunk was chosen from two other recipes in the “Creative Classics” category by America and ...

Thatcher McGhee’s Irish Pub Announces Fundraiser to Benefit Victims Affected by Caldwell Fire

FAIRFIELD, NJ ­­­– Thatcher McGhee’s has announced that it will be holding a fundraiser to benefit the victims of the recent devastating house fires that took place on Nov. 4 in Caldwell. The fundraiser will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the restaurant’s Fairfield location. A donation of $20 at the door will directly benefit the families who ...

West Essex November in Review: Local Business Owner Arrested; Parents Start Caldwell Little League Campaign & More

December 3, 2016

WEST ESSEX, NJ — Did you miss any of this month’s top stories? Click on the headlines to catch up:

 

Heavy Fire Tears Through Four Caldwell Homes; Two Structures Collapse

 

Local Business Owner Arrested after Officers Discover Teen Party & More from Fairfield Police Department

 

Caldwell Mayor and Council Encourage Residents to ...

Learn About Birds, Gardening, Hiking, Yoga, Cooking, Stress Management & More at Essex County Environmental Center

November 28, 2016

ROSELAND, NJ – A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of December that will teach children and adults about nature and help them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the environment.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. invites children and adults to visit the Environmental Center in Roseland, where they can ...

West Caldwell Township Council Illuminates Track at Memorial Park

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — From now until Dec. 16, the West Caldwell Township Council will illuminate the track at West Caldwell's Memorial Park for joggers, runners and walkers.

According to the council, the park will be lit from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night so that residents of West Caldwell and neighboring towns can get out and exercise.

The park can be accessed from Dodd Road or ...

North Caldwell Council Takes Final Step in Acquisition of Walker’s Pond Site

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The end of an odyssey that has lasted about 20 years for the Borough of North Caldwell took another step closer to reality on Tuesday night as the North Caldwell Borough Council voted to amend its contract of sale with Walker BN Etals for the purchase of the 17-acre parcel of land at 400 Mountain Avenue that served as the home of Elwood “Woody” Walker, who ...

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West Essex Field Hockey's Ellie Decker Overcomes Injury to be Named Athlete of the Week

December 2, 2016

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Twenty-four hours before the biggest game of her already impressive career, West Essex field hockey sophomore Ellie Decker was ready. The Knights had prepared for this moment for years, with a strong team that had finally reached the Tournament of Champions final—the ultimate goal for any New Jersey team.

Only two hours later, Decker’s season ...

20-Year-Old Orange Man Arrested for Murder of Missing Montclair Woman

December 7, 2016

NEWARK, NJ - Authorities announced Tuesday that they have arrested Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, of Orange, who is suspected of the murder of Sarah Butler, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti.

Butler, a 20-year-old Montclair resident reported missing on Nov. 23, was found dead on Dec. 1 in Eagle ...

Randolph's Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”

December 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea,” Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in New Jersey, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph’s Brendan Fletcher always ...

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Don't Sacrifice the Environment to Fund the State Treasury

November 23, 2016

Dear Editor:

New Jersey’s Natural Resource Damages (NRD) program is an incredibly important and necessary program rising from the state’s history of incremental spills and discharges, as well as historic industrialization. 

NRD requires polluters to go beyond the mandated cleanup and to pay damages for restoration and compensation for the public loss of use of natural ...

Essex County College's West Essex Campus Open House Set for Saturday

December 6, 2016

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex campus of Essex County College will conduct an open house for prospective students Saturday, December 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The campus is at 730 Bloomfield Avenue in West Caldwell.

Prospective students who attend the open house will have their application fee waived. If qualified, they will receive an on-the-spot admission decision.

Trinity Academy's Builders Club Creates 25 Baskets of Complete Thanksgiving Dinners for Families in Need

CALDWELL, NJ - Right before Thanksgiving, the students in the Trinity Academy Builders Club created 25 baskets of complete Thanksgiving dinners for families in need.

First, they collected donations from members of the school community and then spent a night creating the Thanksgiving baskets. To create the baskets, the Trinity Academy students filled laundry baskets full of all ...

Q/A With Owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on TApinto.net.

WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD CAMP, WHAT VISUAL COMES TO MIND?

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Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

Getting a Handle on Thanksgiving

This year, on our National Day of Thanks, I would like to express my gratitude for having hands.

We typically don’t thank our body parts because they seldom leave us.  Most of us have not experienced unfortunate accidents or suffered the horrible consequences of war; tragic events  which might cause us to lose a limb.  

Most of us take our fingers and hands and elbows ...