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Joe Coletta, Lou Venezia and John Lee Franchise TAPinto Bloomfield

January 18, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ, - TAPinto.net is pleased to announce the launch of TAPinto Bloomfield, under the leadership of franchisees Joe Coletta, Lou Venezia and John Lee. The site covers original local news in Bloomfield, NJ in Essex County. 

Joe Coletta is a Fire Captain in Bloomfield and has strong family ties to the community. He enjoys coaching or cheering on his three ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App this week for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application. With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications ...

Township of West Caldwell Appoints Steven Backfisch as Municipal Court Judge

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Steven Backfisch, an attorney and longtime volunteer on the West Caldwell Planning Board, was officially appointed to the position of Municipal Court Judge for the Township of West Caldwell during the township council meeting on Tuesday.

Stating that Backfisch is a “very dear friend” and someone who has served the West Caldwell community for many years, ...

Fairfield Police Investigate Attempted Burglary to Residence

January 14, 2017

FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Fairfield Police Department continues to actively investigate an attempted burglary that occurred at a Horseneck Road residence last week.

Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., police said some unknown actor(s) broke glass panes on both the front and rear doors in an attempt to gain entry.

Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged ...

West Essex Area Police Blotter: Three Fires, Domestic Violence Incident & More in January

WEST ESSEX REGION, NJ — Thursday was a busy day in the West Essex area, with West and North Caldwell Fire Departments and the West Essex First Aid Squad being called to assist in a Fairfield garage fire at approximately 2 a.m. as well as an attic fire in Caldwell later that afternoon.

According to the Breaking News Network (BNN), which monitors emergency radio activity, the two ...

Montclair Woman Strikes Fairfield Police Vehicle While Intoxicated

FAIRFIELD, NJ — A 24-year-old Montclair woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Saturday after police said she struck Fairfield Officer Frank Tracey’s police vehicle with her 2016 Ford.

Desiree Christian was identified as the loan occupant and operator of the Ford that struck Tracey’s vehicle as he was slowing to a stop at the red traffic signal at the ...

RWJBarnabas and Seton Hall Athletics Host Write on Sports Workshop

January 17, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – A group of Write on Sports (WoS) students from West Orange, East Orange, Hawthorne, Clifton and Newark put their journalism skills into practice during a recent workshop at Prudential Center with the Seton Hall University men’s basketball team. 

WoS, headquartered in West Orange, is a not-for-profit organization that receives funding from individuals, foundations ...

Rutgers Human Ecology Professor Presents Research Findings at James Caldwell High School

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Speaking of her work in Ghana researching the effects of environmental, agricultural and political changes on people’s health and livelihood, geographer Dr. Heidi Hausermann, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University, recently gave a presentation to students at James Caldwell High School.

Hausermann uses an ...

Caldwell/West Caldwell Board of Education Discusses Goals for 2017

CALDWELL, NJ — Following an annual report from the Caldwell/West Caldwell school district's auditor, who reported at the board of education meeting Monday that the finances of the school are “very balanced,” Superintendent Dr. James Heinegg reiterated many of the plans that the district has for this year.

According to Heinegg, the district will continue to implement ...

Boys Basketball: Belleville Nips Caldwell, 43-42

January 17, 2017

BELLEVILLE, NJ - After falling behind by 12 points in the first quarter, the Caldwell boys basketball team rallied and just fell short in a 43-42 loss to Belleville Tuesday night.

Brian Finnegan finished with nine points for Caldwell, which recovered from its slow start with a 15-6 spurt in the second quarter. Caldwell had lost by 15 points when the Chiefs played Belleville last month.

Boys Basketball: Millburn Outlasts West Essex in Triple OT, 42-40

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - After trailing by 13 points at halftime, the Millburn boys basketball team rallied and then prevailed after three overtimes, 42-40, over West Essex on Tuesday night.

Millburn (10-1), held to just eight points in the first half, closed to within 25-21 after three quarters before tying the game, 29-29, at the end of four quarters.

Ross Gang scored 21 points for ...

RWJBarnabas and Seton Hall Athletics Host Write on Sports Workshop

NEWARK, NJ – A group of Write on Sports (WoS) students from West Orange, East Orange, Hawthorne, Clifton and Newark put their journalism skills into practice during a recent workshop at Prudential Center with the Seton Hall University men’s basketball team. 

WoS, headquartered in West Orange, is a not-for-profit organization that receives funding from individuals, foundations ...

Borough of Caldwell Announces Snow Buddies Program for Veterans, Seniors and Disabled

January 12, 2017

CALDWELL, NJ — The Borough of Caldwell recently created a Snow Buddies Program to match young volunteers with veterans, seniors and disabled residents who may need help with shoveling this winter.

Mayor Ann Dassing announced this week that the borough is seeking volunteers who are looking to do community service in their own neighborhoods by helping an elderly, disabled or veteran ...

Caldwell Mayor Thanks Carlyle Residents and Area Businesses for Generosity Over Holidays

CALDWELL, NJ — The Human Services Department of Caldwell/West Caldwell had one of its most successful holiday seasons ever, according to Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing, who said this was in part due to partnerships that Director of Human Services Maria Burak has developed over the years.

Joanne Zascone of Carlyle Towers in Caldwell, which is in its third year of partnering with the township, ...

Daughters of Israel Hosts Intergenerational Program with High School Students

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Daughters of Israel Retirement Home, located at 1155 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange, is once again hosting the West Orange High School Intergenerational Program for the 2016-2017 school year.

Students in Doug Drabik’s Ninth Grade Honors World History met their senior citizen partners in late October and quickly established relationship with each ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

January 18, 2017

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App this week for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application. With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications ...

Fairfield Firm Honored with Small Business Administration Tibbetts Award for Driving Innovation

FAIRFIELD, NJ — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently honored Mitrajit Mukerjee, president and founder of Fairfield-based Exelus, Inc., with a Tibbetts Award for the role his technology company plays in research and development as well as for successfully driving innovation and creating new jobs with the help of SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) ...

Caldwell Mayor Thanks Carlyle Residents and Area Businesses for Generosity Over Holidays

CALDWELL, NJ — The Human Services Department of Caldwell/West Caldwell had one of its most successful holiday seasons ever, according to Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing, who said this was in part due to partnerships that Director of Human Services Maria Burak has developed over the years.

Joanne Zascone of Carlyle Towers in Caldwell, which is in its third year of partnering with the township, ...

West Essex Area Individuals, Families and Businesses Place at Essex County Gingerbread Contest

January 5, 2017

ROSELAND, NJ — Out of 37 entries in the 12th Annual Sustainable Homes and Habitats Gingerbread Contest in December, Aleah Colon-Alfonso of Caldwell; Patricia and Dylan Saraciniello of Fairfield; ShopRite of West Caldwell; the Gaudiosi Family of Roseland; and a group of Essex County West Caldwell Campus culinary arts students placed in the top three of their individual ...

Township of West Caldwell Appoints Steven Backfisch as Municipal Court Judge

January 18, 2017

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Steven Backfisch, an attorney and longtime volunteer on the West Caldwell Planning Board, was officially appointed to the position of Municipal Court Judge for the Township of West Caldwell during the township council meeting on Tuesday.

Stating that Backfisch is a “very dear friend” and someone who has served the West Caldwell community for many years, ...

West Caldwell Mayor and Council Reorganize for 2017

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — West Caldwell Mayor Joseph Tempesta, Jr. addressed the community and welcomed various community members to different committees during the West Caldwell Township Council Reorganization Meeting on Saturday.

Returning council members Josep Cecere and Stephen Wolsky, both joined by their families, were the first to take their oaths of office to serve three-year ...

Richard Leonard and David Jacobs Sworn in to Roseland Borough Council

ROSELAND, NJ — Roseland Borough Council members Richard Leonard and David Jacobs officially began their new terms as councilmen on Tuesday as they were unanimously re-elected by the mayor and council and sworn in accompanied by members of their family.

Jacobs will be serving his fourth-consecutive term on the council.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, council members nominated ...

Rutgers Human Ecology Professor Presents Research Findings at James Caldwell High School

January 11, 2017

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Speaking of her work in Ghana researching the effects of environmental, agricultural and political changes on people’s health and livelihood, geographer Dr. Heidi Hausermann, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University, recently gave a presentation to students at James Caldwell High School.

Hausermann uses an ...

Parents React to Unexpected Closing of Livingston's KinderCare Learning Center

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston KinderCare Learning Center, located on the St. Barnabas Hospital Campus, unexpectedly closed its doors on Dec. 16, leaving many parents upset and confused as to why it would close its doors so abruptly.

Initially, according to parents, they were informed that this was because the center's lease had expired. However, when asked for further information, ...

Township of West Caldwell Appoints Steven Backfisch as Municipal Court Judge

January 18, 2017

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Steven Backfisch, an attorney and longtime volunteer on the West Caldwell Planning Board, was officially appointed to the position of Municipal Court Judge for the Township of West Caldwell during the township council meeting on Tuesday.

Stating that Backfisch is a “very dear friend” and someone who has served the West Caldwell community for many years, ...

2016 in Review: Top 10 Stories of the Year in West Essex

January 8, 2017

WEST ESSEX, NJ — As the year comes to a close, TAPinto West Essex takes a look at the Top 10 local stories in 2016, based on pageviews. Click on the headlines to refresh:

 

1. West Caldwell Resident Dies Suddenly; Family Seeks Forever Home for Two Dogs Left Behind

 

2. Heavy Fire Tears Through Four Caldwell Homes; Two Structures Collapse

 

3. West ...

Togetherhood Committee Hosts International Holiday Luncheon at West Essex YMCA

January 4, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — More than 50 members of the community attended the West Essex YMCA’s International Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 27, where they celebrated the season by sharing international foods and holiday traditions.

Sponsored by the West Essex YMCA’s TOGETHERHOODä Service Committee, this gathering was Y member and Millburn High School junior Anshul Nayar’s ...

Life Source Church Relocates from Caldwell to West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Life Source Church, a contemporary Christian church that opened its doors in the fall of 2009 in Caldwell as a church plant of the Assemblies of God, recently relocated to West Orange.

Life Source held services in the Caldwells and Montclair over the church’s first seven years. After the search for a home, Life Source ...

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Joe Coletta, Lou Venezia and John Lee Franchise TAPinto Bloomfield

January 18, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ, - TAPinto.net is pleased to announce the launch of TAPinto Bloomfield, under the leadership of franchisees Joe Coletta, Lou Venezia and John Lee. The site covers original local news in Bloomfield, NJ in Essex County. 

Joe Coletta is a Fire Captain in Bloomfield and has strong family ties to the community. He enjoys coaching or cheering on his three ...

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Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Offers Summer Internships for High School Juniors

January 10, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray announced this week that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office (ECPO) is seeking high school juniors to participate in the ECPO’s annual summer internship program.

The five-week program is designed to expose high school students to careers in law, law enforcement and government. The summer internship program will ...

Man vs. Waze

A lot of strange cars are traveling through my quiet neighborhood these days.  They are not driven by my neighbors.  Some mornings I even have trouble getting out of my driveway.  

Waze.

Ever since bridge repair closed a major thoroughfare near my house, the traffic on my sleepy street has increased dramatically.  And it is not by accident that commuters have figured out ...