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West Caldwell Council Views Municipal Budget with $64 Tax Increase on Average Home

February 23, 2017

WEST CALDWELL, NJ—Owners of the average West Caldwell Township property, assessed at $437,900, would see a property-tax increase of $64 if the proposed 2017 municipal budget is adopted as written, according township administrator Adam Brewer.

At Tuesday’s West Caldwell Township Council meeting, Brewer also said that three areas of the budget—health insurance, debt service and ...

Caldwell Borough Council Requests Traffic Study for Area of Forest Avenue and Hatfield Street

CALDWELL, NJ — A handful of Caldwell residents attended the mayor and council meeting Monday to discuss ongoing safety issues on Forest Avenue with the borough.

Over the past two years, according to the residents, there have been many serious car accidents, including three flipped cars, which they said were mostly due to reckless driving. Many residents feel this could be prevented ...

Girls Basketball: West Essex Rolls Past Science Park, 50-10

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - Lilly James scored 15 points and the West Essex girls basketball team coasted to a 50-10 victory over Science Park on Tuesday.

Nicole Realbuto grabbed 10 rebounds to go with four points in the victory. West Essex (18-4) started fast, outscoring Science Park, 17-4, in the first quarter.

Danica DeFrank scored eight points, made seven steals and handed out two assists.

Caldwell Borough Council Requests Traffic Study for Area of Forest Avenue and Hatfield Street

February 22, 2017

CALDWELL, NJ — A handful of Caldwell residents attended the mayor and council meeting Monday to discuss ongoing safety issues on Forest Avenue with the borough.

Over the past two years, according to the residents, there have been many serious car accidents, including three flipped cars, which they said were mostly due to reckless driving. Many residents feel this could be prevented ...

Charges Against Lieutenant Disputed Amidst Ongoing Lawsuit with Borough of Caldwell

CALDWELL, NJ — A public hearing recently held in Caldwell was the newest development in an ongoing legal battle between the Borough of Caldwell and Lt. Michael Geary, in which Chief of Police James Bongiorno and Detective Sgt. Brad Palatucci testified that Lt. Geary was insubordinate to a direct order related to an incident that occurred in August.

Lt. Geary, who previously filed a ...

Fairfield Resident Assists in Apprehension of Escaped Shoplifting Suspect

FAIRFIELD, NJ — A Fairfield resident who was alerted by the local police notification service Nixle about the ongoing search of a shoplifting suspect that fled the scene at the Target located on Route 46 East while still in his handcuffs assisted in his eventual arrest on Sunday night.

Keenan Jenkins, 28, of Teaneck was arrested on two counts of shoplifting, escape, hindering ...

Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education Updates Parents on Full-Day Kindergarten Discussion

February 17, 2017

CALDWELL, NJ — For more than a year, parents of the Caldwell-West Caldwell school district have been attending board of education meetings to address the need for a full-day kindergarten program in town. On Monday, Superintendent of Schools James Heinegg updated the public on the progress of the full day kindergarten referendum.

In a recent survey sent out to district parents in ...

Our Lady of the Lake One of 50 Private Schools to be Nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

Verona, NJ - Our Lady of the Lake School (OLL), a 2011 Blue Ribbon School, received its second-consecutive nomination for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE). 

OLL is one of 50 private schools throughout the nation to have its application submitted to the U.S. Department of Education for further review. The list of ...

James Caldwell High School Announces Second Marking Period ShopRite Stars

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — ShopRite of West Caldwell announced this week that its second marking period ShopRite Stars for James Caldwell High School (WEHS), who were nominated in five categories, include Roxanne Wilcox for Academics, Christian Dalla Riva for Athletics, Haley Askling for Arts, Diana Abraham for Community Service and Lydia Wielgus for Leadership. 

The ...

Girls Basketball: West Essex Rolls Past Science Park, 50-10

February 21, 2017

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - Lilly James scored 15 points and the West Essex girls basketball team coasted to a 50-10 victory over Science Park on Tuesday.

Nicole Realbuto grabbed 10 rebounds to go with four points in the victory. West Essex (18-4) started fast, outscoring Science Park, 17-4, in the first quarter.

Danica DeFrank scored eight points, made seven steals and handed out two assists.

Wrestling: West Essex Wrestlers Head to Region 2 Tournament Wednesday

FLANDERS, NJ — Joining the West Essex High School wrestlers in the preliminary round of the Region 2 tournament at Mount Olive High School on Wednesday are Morris Knolls, Passaic Valley, Cedar Grove, Montville, Roxbury and Paterson.

The following is a list of West Essex wrestlers who advanced to this round based on their performance in last weekend’s district tournament and ...

Wrestling: James Caldwell Wrestlers Head to West Orange for Region 3 Tournament

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Alongside West Orange and James Caldwell, wrestling teams participating in the preliminary round of the Region 3 tournament at West Orange High School on Wednesday include Livingston, Nutley, Bloomfield, Chatham, Columbia, Delbarton, East Side (Paterson), Hanover Park, Madison, Montclair, Morristown, Randolph, Verona.

The following is a list of Caldwell wrestlers ...

West Caldwell Council Views Municipal Budget with $64 Tax Increase on Average Home

February 23, 2017

WEST CALDWELL, NJ—Owners of the average West Caldwell Township property, assessed at $437,900, would see a property-tax increase of $64 if the proposed 2017 municipal budget is adopted as written, according township administrator Adam Brewer.

At Tuesday’s West Caldwell Township Council meeting, Brewer also said that three areas of the budget—health insurance, debt service and ...

Township of Fairfield Receives Grant Money from County for Handicap Renovations

FAIRFIELD, NJ — The Township of Fairfield recently received more than $47,000 in grant money from the county, according to Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini and Township Administrator Joseph Catenaro, who said the money will be used for ADA-approved curb ramps (handicap renovations) to various locations.

Fairfield was among 13 Essex County municipalities and 36 non-profit ...

James Caldwell High School Announces Second Marking Period ShopRite Stars

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — ShopRite of West Caldwell announced this week that its second marking period ShopRite Stars for James Caldwell High School (WEHS), who were nominated in five categories, include Roxanne Wilcox for Academics, Christian Dalla Riva for Athletics, Haley Askling for Arts, Diana Abraham for Community Service and Lydia Wielgus for Leadership. 

The ...

West Caldwell Council Views Municipal Budget with $64 Tax Increase on Average Home

February 23, 2017

WEST CALDWELL, NJ—Owners of the average West Caldwell Township property, assessed at $437,900, would see a property-tax increase of $64 if the proposed 2017 municipal budget is adopted as written, according township administrator Adam Brewer.

At Tuesday’s West Caldwell Township Council meeting, Brewer also said that three areas of the budget—health insurance, debt service and ...

TAP into West Essex Announces After Work Networking this Wednesday

FAIRFIELD, NJ – TAP into West Essex is hosting an after work networking event Wednesday evening for all local business professionals.

“Whether you own a business, work for a local business, are looking to hire or are looking for a new job, we hope that you will stop by and hang out with us,” said Jessica Marrone Parkes, business manager for TAPintoWestEssex.net.

Center for Family Support Associate Director to Provide Remarks at Special Author Event in Caldwell

February 9, 2017

CALDWELL, NJ — Barbara Greenwald, Associate Executive Director of The Center for Family Support, (CFS) will provide opening remarks and will welcome Caren Zucker, author of “IN A DIFFERENT KEY: The Story of Autism,” for the special author event and book signing event on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Caldwell University’s Alumni Theater.

More than seven years in the making, ...

West Caldwell Council Views Municipal Budget with $64 Tax Increase on Average Home

February 23, 2017

WEST CALDWELL, NJ—Owners of the average West Caldwell Township property, assessed at $437,900, would see a property-tax increase of $64 if the proposed 2017 municipal budget is adopted as written, according township administrator Adam Brewer.

At Tuesday’s West Caldwell Township Council meeting, Brewer also said that three areas of the budget—health insurance, debt service and ...

Caldwell Borough Council Requests Traffic Study for Area of Forest Avenue and Hatfield Street

CALDWELL, NJ — A handful of Caldwell residents attended the mayor and council meeting Monday to discuss ongoing safety issues on Forest Avenue with the borough.

Over the past two years, according to the residents, there have been many serious car accidents, including three flipped cars, which they said were mostly due to reckless driving. Many residents feel this could be prevented ...

Charges Against Lieutenant Disputed Amidst Ongoing Lawsuit with Borough of Caldwell

CALDWELL, NJ — A public hearing recently held in Caldwell was the newest development in an ongoing legal battle between the Borough of Caldwell and Lt. Michael Geary, in which Chief of Police James Bongiorno and Detective Sgt. Brad Palatucci testified that Lt. Geary was insubordinate to a direct order related to an incident that occurred in August.

Lt. Geary, who previously filed a ...

Charges Against Lieutenant Disputed Amidst Ongoing Lawsuit with Borough of Caldwell

February 21, 2017

CALDWELL, NJ — A public hearing recently held in Caldwell was the newest development in an ongoing legal battle between the Borough of Caldwell and Lt. Michael Geary, in which Chief of Police James Bongiorno and Detective Sgt. Brad Palatucci testified that Lt. Geary was insubordinate to a direct order related to an incident that occurred in August.

Lt. Geary, who previously filed a ...

Caldwell Residents Enjoy Meet-and-Greet with Borough Council Over Weekend Coffee

February 20, 2017

CALDWELL, NJ — Caldwell Borough Council members hosted their first “Coffee with the Council” at the Caldwell Community Center on Saturday. Following a successful “Coffee with the Cops” event last year, council members decided to host an informal meeting for residents to stop by and discuss borough matters.

Council President John Cascarano explained that he ...

TAP into West Essex Announces After Work Networking this Wednesday

FAIRFIELD, NJ – TAP into West Essex is hosting an after work networking event Wednesday evening for all local business professionals.

“Whether you own a business, work for a local business, are looking to hire or are looking for a new job, we hope that you will stop by and hang out with us,” said Jessica Marrone Parkes, business manager for TAPintoWestEssex.net.

Local Businesses Join in the Transformation of Morristown's 'The Abbey' for 2017 Mansion in May

February 3, 2017

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Local designers have begun transforming Alnwick Hall-The Abbey for this year's "Mansion in May" Designer Showroom. Among some of the nearby designers are Judi Schwarz Interiors of Mediterranean Tile of Fairfield; Livingston; Karla Trincanello Interior Decisions Inc. and Plumberry Designs of Florham Park; and Samuel Robert Signature Spaces of ...

January in Review: James Caldwell to Name Scott Illiano Varsity Baseball Coach & More

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

North Caldwell Arrest Three in Face of Armed Burglary to Residence

One Victim Injured in Small Aircraft Crash in Fairfield

Fairfield Police Find More Than Engine Under Vehicle’s ...

Prospective Camp Families Are Invited to Two Meadowbrook Country Day Camp Open House Events

February 6, 2017

LONG VALLEY, NJ – Meadowbrook Country Day Camp is inviting all prospective camp families to attend one of an upcoming Open House event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 5.

Attendees will meet the on-site owners/directors George Stein and Dan Millman as well as the camp’s leadership team members. They will also learn about the camp’s programs, be able to ask questions and ...

Essex County Deer Management Program is Underway

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The Essex County Deer Management Program, designed to help control the deer population in order to preserve and restore some of the plant population in the area, is underway in Essex Country for the 10th-consecutive season.

North Caldwell Borough Mayor Joseph Alessi announced on Tuesday that that despite inclement weather, the program was able to be conducted ...

St. Thomas More Hosts Two-Part Ministry Fair in Fairfield

February 7, 2017

FAIRFIELD, NJ — St. Thomas More (STM) Parish in Fairfield hosted the second half of its ministry fair on Sunday, which Deacon Aidan King said was “well received” by guests and Father Juan Pablo Esteban was “very effective in its presentations.”

Last week, 15 ministries were represented, and this week the other 15 had displays, presentations and ...

West Essex Parishes Represented in Ministry Fair at St. Thomas More Parish of Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield’s St. Thomas More (STM) Parish held part one of its two-part ministry fair on Saturday and Sunday, with part two to be held next weekend.

Parishioners young and old came to see the 15 table displays of the parish’s 30 ministries. O’Connor Hall was humming with people interested in seeing what was happening in the parish.

In addition to ...

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West Essex Football's Brian O'Neill Signs Letter of Intent to Play at University of Pennsylvania

February 9, 2017

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — After years of excellence in the middle of a stout West Essex Knights defense, Brian O’Neill, a linebacker from Roseland, has decided to take his career to the next level, committing to play college football for the University of Pennsylvania.

O’Neill has been named an All-Conference player for the past three seasons, and has been an All-Essex County ...

Verona High School Junior Facilitates Protest Amid Secretary of Education Vote

February 18, 2017

VERONA, N.J.- Verona High School junior Izzy Williams recently organized a protest at Verona Park against the nomination of Betsy Devos, President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education nominee.

From 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., about 200 people gathered to the protest with signs saying, “No to Devos,” “Dump Devos,” and “K-12 Not for Sale” to ...

Five Everyday Objects That Could Set Your House on Fire

The most cost effective approach to managing risk is to be proactive about reducing hazards and preventing accidents. When it comes to home fires, the most common causes of loss might not be what you expect. Less obvious dangers like the five detailed below actually cause more losses than major events, both because small risks may go unnoticed and because they occur frequently.  

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Mon, February 27, 5:00 PM

Laboratorio Kitchen, Montclair

Member Social & Wine Tasting with North Essex ...

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Sun, March 5, 11:00 AM

Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Long Valley

Meadowbrook Country Day Camp Open House March ...

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Thu, March 9, 6:30 PM

The Meadowlands, East Rutherford

A Night at The Races! ACG New Jersey's Networking ...

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Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen

February 15, 2017

To the Editor:

There has been much discussion recently about representatives in our government who pretend to represent their constituents, but who have been corrupted by special interest groups or blind self-interest. Unfortunately, in the 11th District, we have one such politician who, by his actions, is a significant part of the problem that we have in the federal government.

Route 10 Lane Closures Required for Resurfacing and Signal Improvement Project

February 16, 2017

LIVINGSTON & WEST ORANGE, NJ — New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced the start of a resurfacing project on Route 10 that will require single-lane closures between Livingston and West Orange in Essex County as the project advances beginning Friday, Feb. 17.

From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on weekdays and continuing for several weeks, NJDOT contractor Schifano ...

A Heartbreak Kid

It hurts.

 

She was sobbing pretty hard when she said it, so it came out more as a halting stutter.  It hu . . . hu . . . hu . . . rts. 

 

My arms were wrapped around her and her head was buried in my shoulder as she cried.  She was just a little girl the last time I comforted her like this.  Now she is a young woman.  

 

With a broken ...