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West Essex Middle School June Students of the Month are Named

June 13, 2021

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex School District has named its honorees for the Middle School Students of the Month of June.

Receiving recognition were seventh-graders Matthew Kulesa, Louis Boin and Lila Hricko; and eighth-graders Avalon Warmington, Mia Russotto and Isabella Sun.

Grover Cleveland Middle School in Caldwell Names June Students of the Month

CALDWELL, NJ — Grover Cleveland Middle School has announced its Students of the Month for June:

Grade 6 - Quinton Guerrieri
Grade 7 - Mary Grace Cosgrove
Grade 8 - Jane Weinfeld

West Essex H.S. Student Gets National Merit Scholarship Award

FAIRFIELD, NJ — Julia Zhang, a student at West Essex Regional High School, has been awarded a college-sponsored scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2021.

Zhang, a resident of Fairfield, will be attending Rutgers University, where she intends to study Information Science.

These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of ...

Caldwell Borough Council Honors Rabbi Alan Silverstein

June 4, 2021

CALDWELL, NJ — After serving over 40 years leading Congregation Agudath Israel, Rabbi Silverstein has announced his retirement.  A proclamation was presented to the rabbi, who was accompanied by his wife, Rita during the borough council’s June 1 virtual meeting.  Mayor John Kelley read the proclamation which noted the growth of the congregation under his leadership from ...

Lackawanna Cutoff Restoration Proposed for Passenger Trains

ROXBURY, NJ — Passenger trains between New York and Pennsylvania might return to the Lackawanna Cutoff, a historic rail right-of-way connecting Roxbury and the Delaware Water Gap.

The government-subsidized, quasi-public corporation is including a revival of the long-dormant Cutoff as part of a plan to restore long-distance passenger rail service between New York City and Scranton, ...

Caldwell Mayor Kelley: No Demotions Forthcoming in Police Department

CALDWELL, NJ — During the June 1 borough council meeting, Mayor John Kelley responded to comments made recently by Mayor Joseph Tempesta of West Caldwell regarding past discussions between Caldwell and West Caldwell of a potential shared service agreement which would have merged both police departments or create a West Essex Regional Police Department. Kelley stated ...

Girls Lacrosse: West Essex' Big Season Ends in Summit

June 12, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ — The West Essex girls lacrosse team saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end Thursday with a 13-5 loss to Summit in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Group 2 championship game.

The Lady Knights finished their season with a 19-2 record, which included a championship in the Essex County Tournament. West Essex' only other loss was to Immaculate Heart by a 10-7 score on May ...

Girls Lacrosse: West Essex Beats Ramapo, 14-13, in OT in Semifinals

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex girls lacrosse team faced one of its sternest tests of the season, but came away with a 14-13 overtime victory over Ramapo in the semifinal round of the North Jersey, Group 2 tournament on Wednesday.

Gianna Puorro finished with seven goals, three assists and eight draw controls for West Essex (19-1). Gianna Macrino, who also won eight faceoffs, scored ...

Lattimer's Performance Highlights Caldwell's Showing in Sectional Boys Track

MIDDLETOWN, NJ — Sophomore Lucas Lattimer turned in two medal-winning performances at the NJSIAA Section 2, Group 2 boys track and field meet last weekend.

Lattimer came in second place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:02.58, and he placed third in the 1600M with a time of 4:36.94. 

 Jason Achampong of Caldwell was fifth in the 110 hurdles with a 16.27, and Derek Wang ...

Caldwell Fire Department Battles Reignited Blaze; Burn Permits Halted

June 14, 2021

CALDWELL, NJ — The Caldwell Fire Department responded to a structure fire Monday afternoon, a blaze that originated as a controlled burn.

The fire was believed to be extinguished, according to the Fire Department, but it reignited, an outlying building caught fire, and a nearby travel trailer also was threatened with the spread of the blaze.

"Even with the best precautions in ...

Truck Fire Shuts Down Portion of I-80 in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, NJ - A truck fire on Interstate-80 has forced all lanes of the highway to be shut down in Fairfield late Tuesday morning.

According to 511nj.org, a tractor trailer was fully involved in flames as of 11:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-80 west of Exit 52 (CR 613). All lanes in that area and the right shoulder have been closed to traffic.

According to Breaking News Network ...

Shooting Update: Columbia HS Student Injured ID'd

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On a steady stream of Instagram photos, local teens have been tagging Charles Obiagwu and sending the message to “get well soon.” 

A police official confirmed that is the name of the Columbia High School student shot in the leg in last night's incident at Underhill Field alongside Moussa Fofana, who died at the ...

NJ Employers Can Allow Vaccinated Staff to Go Maskless, Bring Back Remote Workers

May 31, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Office employees will be allowed to return to work without the need to wear masks or social distance, as long as they have proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order.

The order, which takes effect on June 4, also lifts minimum staffing levels in the workplace and allows employers to call back employees who have ...

Gov. Murphy: Employers Can Allow Vaccinated Staff to Go Maskless, Bring Back Remote Workers

TRENTON, NJ — Office employees will be allowed to return to work without the need to wear masks or social distance, as long as they have proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order.

The order, which takes effect on June 4, also lifts minimum staffing levels in the workplace and allows employers to call back employees who have ...

New Jersey Ends Indoor Mask Mandate for People Who Are Fully Vaccinated; Raises Gathering Limits

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted indoor mask mandates for vaccinated individuals ahead of Memorial Day weekend. 

Effective May 28, New Jersey will lift the requirement for maintaining six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings and will lift the prohibitions on dance floors at bars and restaurants, along with the restriction on ordering and ...

Caldwell Business Owner Gives Back by Reducing Caregiver Stress on The Longest Day

June 8, 2021

CALDWELL, NJ — The Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter (AAGNJ), the leading volunteer-driven voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, advocacy and research, is spotlighting people who are making a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia.

With more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease or other ...

Short Hills 7th Grader Gives Back to Honor Grandmother Living with Alzheimer's

SHORT HILLS, NJ — The Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter (AAGNJ), the leading volunteer-driven voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, advocacy and research, is spotlighting people who are making a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia.

With more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease ...

Fairfield VFW Cuts Ribbon on Freedom Walk

FAIRFIELD, NJ — Freedom Walk was officially opened to the public on Monday at the Fairfield’s VFW’s ribbon-cutting ceremony to honor all those who gave their lives as the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, to veterans and to Fairfield families. 

Veteran Warren Schlapfer, who fought in the Pacific in World War II, had the honor of cutting the ribbon for Freedom Walk, along ...

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Names Eric Handler as Chairman of Emergency Services

June 2, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Eric Handler, DO, FACEP, a Livingston resident who joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) as an attending physician in the SBMC Emergency Department in 2005, has recently been appointed as Chairman of Emergency Services.

Dr. Handler, who is board certified in Emergency Medicine, has previously held positions as Medical Director of the Rapid Diagnostic Unit, ...

NJ Employers Can Allow Vaccinated Staff to Go Maskless, Bring Back Remote Workers

TRENTON, NJ — Office employees will be allowed to return to work without the need to wear masks or social distance, as long as they have proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order.

The order, which takes effect on June 4, also lifts minimum staffing levels in the workplace and allows employers to call back employees who have ...

Young West Essex Winners Claim Prizes in Fishing Derby

June 14, 2021

CALDWELL/ESSEX FELLS, NJ — The annual Essex County Fishing Derby produced several local winners.

Benjamin Lindeblad from West Caldwell caught the most fish in the Boys' Ages 11 to 15 Category at the Essex County Fishing Derby in Essex County Grover Cleveland Park in Caldwell/Essex Fells on Saturday, June 12. He caught two fish.

Giovanna Getz from North Caldwell caught the most ...

Caldwell Borough Council Honors Rabbi Alan Silverstein

June 4, 2021

CALDWELL, NJ — After serving over 40 years leading Congregation Agudath Israel, Rabbi Silverstein has announced his retirement.  A proclamation was presented to the rabbi, who was accompanied by his wife, Rita during the borough council’s June 1 virtual meeting.  Mayor John Kelley read the proclamation which noted the growth of the congregation under his leadership from ...

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YMCA Membership Provides Enhanced Value to Families

June 12, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ – As communities reopen after a difficult year of social distancing, the West Essex YMCA is providing families affordable opportunities to get active and healthy, and create new and memorable experiences.

The Y is open and families who join can enjoy benefits including:


Access to indoor pool and expanded Family Swim sessions 


On-Demand and livestream ...

Cedar Grove Man Gets 30-Month Prison Sentence for Aggravated Assault

June 10, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — A Cedar Grove resident who is a member of the Lucchese Crime Family was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison for planning and carrying out an aggravated assault on the husband of one of the former stars of the TV series “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” 

Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced the sentencing of 44-year-old John Perna, ...

Fundraising for Fofana Family Blows Past its Goal, Reaches Over $100K

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The community is rallying around the Fofana family in a big way this week. 

Less than two days after Moussa Fofana was shot and killed at Underhill Field Sunday night, Fredrik Hoffmann was looking for a way to help. Although he had been a senior at Columbia High School when Moussa was a freshman, Hoffmann remembered him fondly. They had practiced soccer ...

Shooting Update: Columbia HS Student Injured ID'd

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On a steady stream of Instagram photos, local teens have been tagging Charles Obiagwu and sending the message to “get well soon.” 

A police official confirmed that is the name of the Columbia High School student shot in the leg in last night's incident at Underhill Field alongside Moussa Fofana, who died at the ...

Lackawanna Cutoff Restoration Proposed for Passenger Trains

June 4, 2021

ROXBURY, NJ — Passenger trains between New York and Pennsylvania might return to the Lackawanna Cutoff, a historic rail right-of-way connecting Roxbury and the Delaware Water Gap.

The government-subsidized, quasi-public corporation is including a revival of the long-dormant Cutoff as part of a plan to restore long-distance passenger rail service between New York City and Scranton, ...

NJ Dentist Uses Dental Lasers to Painlessly Treat Patients

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- Joseph DalBon, DMD, spoke with TAPintoTV about the laser technology he uses at his practice, New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, and the many benefits this technology offers to his patients, notably the absence of pain for many dental procedures. “It’s probably the best technology that you could use in dentistry,” DalBon said. 

DalBon ...

Murphy Announces In-Person Instruction for All NJ Students During the 2021-22 Academic Year

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy today announced that upon the conclusion of this school year, schools will be required to provide full-day, in-person instruction, as they were prior to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

“When schools across New Jersey first closed their doors in March of last year, little was known about COVID-19 and how it spread. But over a year has passed, and we ...

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