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West Essex Week in Review: Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education Considers School Facility Expansion Referendum & More

August 27, 2016

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

 

Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education Considers School Facility Expansion Referendum

 

James Caldwell and West Essex High Schools Ranked in Top 100 Public High Schools by NJ Monthly

 

Groom Arrested at Fairfield Hotel for ...

James Caldwell and West Essex High Schools Ranked in Top 100 Public High Schools by NJ Monthly

WEST ESSEX REGION, NJ – After being ranked at No. 52 in 2014, up from No. 46 in 2012, James Caldwell High School jumped to No. 34 when “New Jersey Monthly” magazine published its bi-annual “Top 100 Public High Schools” ranking this week. On the other hand, West Essex High School, ranked at No. 25 in 2014 and No. 16 in 2012, fell to No. 55 in 2016.

The online ...

Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education Considers School Facility Expansion Referendum

WEST CALDWELL, NJ—Caldwell-West Caldwell Superintendent of Schools James Heinegg outlined the parameters for a referendum on possible expansion of school facilities in the regional district at a board of education meeting on Tuesday.

Heinegg noted that one of the district’s proposed goals for 2016-2017 is to develop a proposal to submit a plan for new facilities in ...

Following More Than 70 Reported Incidents, McDonald's Recalls "Happy Meal" Toy

OAKBROOK, ILL. ‚ McDonald’s is recalling the Step-iT activity wristband, a child’s toy that was part a recent Happy Meal promotion at the restaurants between Aug. 9 and Aug. 17, according to a notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

McDonald’s has received more than 70 reports of incidents, including seven reports of blisters, after wearing the ...

Groom Arrested at Fairfield Hotel for Criminal Mischief on Wedding Night

August 23, 2016

FAIRFIELD, NJ — Upon returning to Fairfield's Crowne Plaza Hotel after his own wedding, Eric Rebisz, 25 of Hopatcong, created a disturbance that ultimately caused the Fairfield Police Department to arrest him for criminal mischief on Aug. 21.

At approximately 12:45 a.m. on that date, the police department was contacted by hotel management, who reported a disturbance on the third ...

Fairfield Mayor Officially Presents Police with Battle of the Badges Trophy

FAIRFIELD, NJ — The reigning 2016 champions of the “Battle of the Badges” charity softball game between members of the Fairfield police and fire departments officially received their trophy at the Aug. 15 township council meeting. 

Pictured above, Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini presented the Fairfield Police Department with the mayor’s trophy.

The ...

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown Begins Locally as Part of National Campaign

WEST ESSEX REGION, NJ — New Jersey’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown is here. Beginning Aug. 19 and running through Sept. 5, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Law enforcement officers from across Essex County will be participating in ...

TAP Visits Essex County Airport to Celebrate National Aviation Day

August 22, 2016

FAIRFIELD, NJ – In honor of National Aviation Day, TAP into West Essex office staff took a field trip on Friday to the local runway at Essex County Airport, located at 27 Wright Way in Fairfield.

Upon arrival, Jessica Parkes, co-owner of TAPintoWestEssex.net, and Conor McCloskey, TAP marketing consultant, were greeted by Tom Gomez, manager of the airport’s governing body, the Essex ...

Beyond the Business Card; Swap the Biz Hosts Social Speed Networking in Millburn

MILLBURN, NJ – Swap the Biz has taken business networking to a new level, primarily focused on building social relationships combined with attractive events.  Going beyond the precepts of traditional networking, the NYC based company recently sponsored a speed-networking event at the Moonshine Supper Club in Millburn. 

The invite only event introduced its members and newcomers ...

Livingston Owner of ImageDesign Consulting Named President of Association of Image Consulting International New York Tri-state Chapter

LIVINGSTON, NJ — ImageDesign Consulting, LLC owner Sharon Kornstein of Livingston, a wardrobe, style and image consultant for business people, was recently named president of the industry-wide organization Association of Image Consulting International (AICI) New York Tri-state Chapter.

Prior to her induction on July 1, the Livingston-based image consultant was the treasurer at AICI for ...

Appointment of Five Auxiliary Firefighters Approved by West Caldwell Township Council at August Meeting

August 18, 2016

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — On a night when lightning storms increased fire risks throughout suburban Essex County, the West Caldwell Township Council and Mayor Joseph Tempesta, Jr. approved the appointment of five new auxiliary firefighters during the Township Council meeting held on Aug. 16 at Town Hall.

The new auxiliary firefighters include William Aiello, Thomas Garguilo, Brendon ...

These are the Chosen Candidates for the West Essex Area General Election

WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ — Essex County residents recently chose the following as candidates to run in November's general election:

 

West Caldwell Township Council candidates for two three-year terms:

Joseph Cecere

Stephen Wolsky

 

North Caldwell Borough Council candidates for two three-year terms:

Joshua Raymond 

Arthur ...

Maplewood's Ibtihaj Muhammad and Team USA Women's Fencing Win Bronze Medal at Rio Olympics

August 15, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ibtihaj Muhammad of Maplewood will be bringing home a bronze medal from the Rio Olympics as a member of the USA Women's Saber team. 

Muhammad and the other members of the USA Women's Saber team defeated Italy by a wide margin, with a final score of 45-30 to win the bronze medal.

In addition to Muhammad, the USA Women's Saber team ...

Men of Essex to Host 56th Annual Golf Classic at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston

EAST ORANGE, NJ - The Men of Essex will host its 56th-annual Golf Classic at the Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016.

Long ago, Men of Essex made a grand reputation of making a difference in the lives of young athletes in Essex County for more than five decades. The Men of Essex has the distinction of being one of New Jersey's ...

Eight Mount Saint Dominic Academy Students Land All-SEC Softball Honors

CALDWELL, NJ — Although the softball team from Mount Saint Dominic Academy was not able to accomplish all its stated goals this past season, the Lady Lions were able to knot crosstown competitor West Essex Regional for the Super Essex Conference/American Division crown at 10-2 in the league loop, while going 26-4 overall.

As a result, eight members of the Mount diamond team have reaped ...

Art Show in Caldwell to Feature Artistic Creations by Adults with Developmental Disabilities

August 16, 2016

CALDWELL, NJ — A free event hosted by more than 20 individuals from the Center for Family Support (CFS) invites area residents to an Art Opening at The Caldwell Public Library from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 8.

The CFS, founded in 1954, is a registered 501-c-3 charity committed to providing support and assistance to individuals with developmental and related disabilities and to the family ...

James Caldwell High School Student Completes Prestigious Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theater Conservatory

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — During the final week of July, James Caldwell High School rising senior Mollie DeFilippo starred in the Paper Mill Playhouse performance “New Voices of 2016: Everything Old is New Again!” as the finale to the prestigious summer musical theater conservatory she was entered into earlier this year. 

DeFilippo was nominated for the 2016 “Paper Mill ...

Pokémon GO Reaches Turtle Back Zoo with Pokémon GO Zoo Nights in August

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Wednesday and Thursdays in August are now known as Pokémon GO Zoo Nights at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on both nights throught the month, Pokémon GO players can enjoy catching unique creatures throughout the zoo.

The Turtle Back Zoo currently inhabits 17 PokéStops and one “Gym” that are only ...

James Caldwell and West Essex High Schools Ranked in Top 100 Public High Schools by NJ Monthly

August 26, 2016

WEST ESSEX REGION, NJ – After being ranked at No. 52 in 2014, up from No. 46 in 2012, James Caldwell High School jumped to No. 34 when “New Jersey Monthly” magazine published its bi-annual “Top 100 Public High Schools” ranking this week. On the other hand, West Essex High School, ranked at No. 25 in 2014 and No. 16 in 2012, fell to No. 55 in 2016.

The online ...

Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education Considers School Facility Expansion Referendum

WEST CALDWELL, NJ—Caldwell-West Caldwell Superintendent of Schools James Heinegg outlined the parameters for a referendum on possible expansion of school facilities in the regional district at a board of education meeting on Tuesday.

Heinegg noted that one of the district’s proposed goals for 2016-2017 is to develop a proposal to submit a plan for new facilities in ...

Men of Essex to Host 56th Annual Golf Classic at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston

EAST ORANGE, NJ - The Men of Essex will host its 56th-annual Golf Classic at the Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016.

Long ago, Men of Essex made a grand reputation of making a difference in the lives of young athletes in Essex County for more than five decades. The Men of Essex has the distinction of being one of New Jersey's ...

Roseland's Arc of Essex County Seeks Volunteers for Stepping Stones School

August 23, 2016

ROSELAND, NJ — The Arc of Essex County’s Stepping Stones School, a school for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities located in Roseland, is seeking volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year.

Stepping Stones serves children from birth to ten years of age. A unique aspect of this program involves a one-on-one student to volunteer concept for many of ...

Essex County Officials Dedicate Search and Rescue Dog Statue at Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A four-foot-tall “Search and Rescue Dog” Statue has been added to the Essex County Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial in West Orange to commemorate the role that dogs had in the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center and Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. joined New Jersey Attorney General ...

West Caldwell Teen Hosts Band Night To Raise Funds for Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit

CALDWELL, NJ - West Caldwell teen Ben Mulick, 16, along with Shane Sullivan, 16 of Nutley are inviting the West Essex community to band night to benefit the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit.

On Saturday at 6 p.m., the First Presbyterian Church, located at 326 Bloomfield Ave. in Caldwell will host five local bands: Ghost Camp, Bible Gun, Heavy Sigh, Colin Phils, and ...

Thatcher McGhee's Restaurant Celebrates One Year With Community

August 19, 2016

FAIRFIELD, NJ – Thatcher McGhee’s hosted a one-year anniversary party this past Monday to celebrate 365 days of service to the Fairfield community. Restaurant owners Aidan Downey, Chris Tennant and Brendan Madden, along with their staff, honored patrons with a celebration filled with Irish pub fare and live music.

Guests were entertained by the Passaic County Police and ...

ShopRite Recalls Cookies

ShopRite supermarkets has announced a recall of cookies because they may contain small metal fragments. 

According to a release by the manufacture, “Country Home has initiated a voluntary recall of Gourmet Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel Cookies sold at ShopRite stores in its Fresh Bake department.”

Cookies included in the recall can be identified by the following label ...

Caldwell Restaurant Week Hits its Midpoint; Participating Restaurants and Special Menus Included

CALDWELL, NJ — One of the Caldwell Merchants Association’s (CMA) most successful events of the year, Caldwell Restaurant Week, is now in full swing and will continue through Aug. 14, featuring many local restaurants on the Bloomfield Avenue strip.

This is the current list of participating restaurants that will offer prix fixe menus and specials for residents and non-residents ...

TAP Visits Essex County Airport to Celebrate National Aviation Day

August 22, 2016

FAIRFIELD, NJ – In honor of National Aviation Day, TAP into West Essex office staff took a field trip on Friday to the local runway at Essex County Airport, located at 27 Wright Way in Fairfield.

Upon arrival, Jessica Parkes, co-owner of TAPintoWestEssex.net, and Conor McCloskey, TAP marketing consultant, were greeted by Tom Gomez, manager of the airport’s governing body, the Essex ...

Local Boy Scouts Run Rapids, Hike Canyons, See Shooting Stars and Burning Rockets in the Grand Canyon

August 23, 2016

GRAND CANYON, AZ - Boy Scouts from Berkeley Heights have just returned from the trip of a lifetime—running rapids on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Along the way a series of fortunate coincidences made the trip even more memorable.

The group of 16 Scouts aged 14 to 17 from Troop 368 of Berkeley Heights, along with five adult leaders, had been preparing ...

TAP Visits Essex County Airport to Celebrate National Aviation Day

FAIRFIELD, NJ – In honor of National Aviation Day, TAP into West Essex office staff took a field trip on Friday to the local runway at Essex County Airport, located at 27 Wright Way in Fairfield.

Upon arrival, Jessica Parkes, co-owner of TAPintoWestEssex.net, and Conor McCloskey, TAP marketing consultant, were greeted by Tom Gomez, manager of the airport’s governing body, the Essex ...

KEANSBURG on the Bayshore of New Jersey for a Delightful Day Trip

KEANSBURG, NJ.  Summer fun is ready and waiting for you at Keansburg Amusement Park, located in the heart of the New Jersey bayshore.

The venue includes a great waterpark, rides for all ages, games and tempting food choices.   With just a few weeks remaining in the summer season, Keansburg is a fantastic destination for families, couples and many more.  

Start your day at ...

West Essex YMCA Seeks Applicants Who Want to Make a Difference

August 24, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The YMCA achieves its mission one person at a time. The West Essex YMCA seeks staff to contribute to the advancement of the YMCA vision by meeting the needs of the people in our communities.

Current openings include positions in Early Child Care, School Age Child Care, Youth Sports, Personal Training, Group Exercise Instructors and Facility Maintenance to cover a ...

Following More Than 70 Reported Incidents, McDonald's Recalls "Happy Meal" Toy

OAKBROOK, ILL. ‚ McDonald’s is recalling the Step-iT activity wristband, a child’s toy that was part a recent Happy Meal promotion at the restaurants between Aug. 9 and Aug. 17, according to a notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

McDonald’s has received more than 70 reports of incidents, including seven reports of blisters, after wearing the ...

Nike Provides Saint Barnabas Medical Center Babies with Shoes in Honor of West Orange Native Kyrie Irving

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Nike sent special infant shoes to babies born at Saint Barnabas Medical Center on Sunday, August 21, 2016, in honor of Kyrie Irving’s gold medal win in basketball at the Rio Olympics.

Irving grew up in neighboring town West Orange, NJ. The “My First Nike” box features a special pair of Nike Waffle 1 shoes, and an inspirational note.

West Essex Week in Review: Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education Considers School Facility Expansion Referendum & More

August 27, 2016

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

 

Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education Considers School Facility Expansion Referendum

 

James Caldwell and West Essex High Schools Ranked in Top 100 Public High Schools by NJ Monthly

 

Groom Arrested at Fairfield Hotel for ...

Environmental Protection Agency Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Demolish Fairfield Building

NEW YORK, NY — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging residents of Fairfield and surrounding areas to comment on its proposal to demolish a building and remove contaminated soil from the Unimatic Manufacturing Corporation Superfund site located at 25 Sherwood Ln. in Fairfield.

After taking public comments via e-mail, mail and phone, the EPA will also hold a ...

Drought Watch Issued for Essex County; Reduce Lawn Watering and Other Water-Related Activities

WEST ESSEX REGION, NJ — Residents throughout Essex County have been asked to conserve water and to reduce lawn watering following a Drought Watch issued by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

The Drought Watch for the state’s Northeast region includes Fairfield, Roseland, the Caldwells and all of Essex County.

According to a release, the Drought ...

Citing Discrimination and Ethnic Slurs, Caldwell Lieutenant Files Notice of Intent to Sue Borough of Caldwell and Police Chief

August 2, 2016

CALDWELL, NJ — Caldwell Police Lt. Michael Geary has filed an official notice of intent to sue both the Borough of Caldwell and Police Chief James Bongiorno.

Geary's attorney, Patrick Toscano of the Toscano Law Firm in Caldwell, said Geary would “not sit idly by and allow a superior officer to wrongfully and maliciously violate his constitutional rights.” Toscano ...

Dead Body Found Inside Stolen Vehicle in Bloomfield, Sources Say

August 4, 2016

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Bloomfield Police and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office are investigating a person found deceased inside of a stolen auto this evening, according to the Breaking News Network. Reports indicate that the body was found at 242 Lakewood Drive in Bloomfield and officers were on the scene investigating throughout the evening.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office ...

West Caldwell Teen Hosts Band Night To Raise Funds for Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit

August 18, 2016

CALDWELL, NJ - West Caldwell teen Ben Mulick, 16, along with Shane Sullivan, 16 of Nutley are inviting the West Essex community to band night to benefit the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit.

On Saturday at 6 p.m., the First Presbyterian Church, located at 326 Bloomfield Ave. in Caldwell will host five local bands: Ghost Camp, Bible Gun, Heavy Sigh, Colin Phils, and ...

Caldwell United Methodist Church Announces 12th Annual Benefit Golf Outing

CALDWELL, NJ - The Caldwell Methodist Church recently announced that its 12th annual golf outing to benefit Paterson Habitat for Humanity will take place this year on Oct. 11, 2016 at the Knoll Country Club West in Parsippany.

Some of the proceeds will go to Habitat and we have been working with them (for 12 years) to build houses in Paterson,” said Anthony Gazzillo, president of ...

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Some Like it Hot

“Oh boy!” exclaimed my husband. “There’s a hot sauce shop in town!”

We were away antiquing for the weekend in a quaint village populated by Bed and Breakfasts, art galleries, and apparently, a hot sauce shop. For my husband, this was like discovering that someone had bought you a lottery ticket and you won… if the lottery prize was a fireball that would ...

Going for Brass

I get all teary-eyed watching the Olympics on TV.  You  know, the human drama, the sacrifice, the dedication, the thrill of competition, the athletic lip sync murmur to the national anthem on the podium.  

 

This year I discovered that there are many other Olympic champions besides the usual cadre of spring-wound gymnastic pixies and ferociously wedged, hairless swimmers ...