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West Orange Resident Embarks Trans-Atlantic Journey to Find a Cure for Brain Cancer; Oak Barrel Pub to Host Fundraiser

July 28, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In an effort to raise awareness and fund research for glioblastoma, West Orange resident Michael Mault will embark on a TransAtlantic adventure in September with the hope that each of his 5000 nautical miles sailed will bring the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) closer to a cure.

Dedicating the voyage to his mother, brother and friend, who all died from the ...

West Essex YMCA to Offer Free Memberships to Middle School Students

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Expanding on its successful free membership program for seventh graders, the West Essex YMCA is now offering free memberships to sixth and eighth graders beginning in September. 

“A Y membership fosters resiliency and a sense of belonging in middle schoolers, and encourages them to build their bodies and minds, developing healthy habits for a ...

It's Not Too Late to Participate in Downtown West Orange Alliance First Annual Downtown Discovery Club

The Downtown West Orange Alliance with help from local downtown businesses is kicking off its first annual Downtown Discovery Club this summer. A kick-off event was held at a recent Downtown Thursday event in Tory Corner.

Hosted in Schneider Hardware’s parking lot, the event featured music performances by students from the Vienna School of Music.

The Downtown Discovery ...

Roseland Resident and Former West Orange Township Councilman Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

PATERSON, NJ — Sentenced on July 26 to terms of incarceration by Superior Court Judge Marilyn Clark in Paterson, Kevin Keogh of Roseland, previously a resident and township councilman of West Orange, is permanently barred from public employment in New Jersey and will serve five years in state prison, according to Acting Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

Porrino announced this week ...

Girls on the Run Program Seeks Coaches for Fall Season in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Due to lack of volunteer coaches in Livingston, Girls on the Run (GOTR), a nation-wide initiative to inspire young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident by integrating running into an experience-based curriculum, was unable to offer a team in Livingston this spring.

According to Lori Kapferer, director of community relations for GOTR New Jersey East, there were many ...

Autism Speaks Walk Kick-Off Dinner to be Held at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Leading up to the Austism Speaks Walks in Morristown on Oct. 8 and in Cranford on Oct. 16, Autism Speaks will be hosting a kick-off dinner at the Turtle Back Zoo on Thursday, July 28 for anyone interested in learning more about the events.

According to Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, the kick-off on Thursday is a great ...

Gov. Christie's School Funding Plan Could Significantly Reduce Property Taxes in West Orange

July 25, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ – If every student in New Jersey received the same state aid per student, according to a plan put forth by Gov. Chris Christie to change the state-aid formula, West Orange taxpayers would see a property-tax reduction of about $2,228.

According to Christie’s plan, all New Jersey school districts would receive the same $6,599 per student in state aid.

Escriptus Honor Society Inductions Tap Top Language Arts Students

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Rising seniors at West Orange High School meeting the rigorous Escriptus Honor Society requirements joined the ranks of the prestigious honor society on June 8, while graduating seniors received their cords. 

To qualify for Escriptus students must receive a grade of “A” in all Language Arts classes for all four years of high school. Once becoming ...

Golda Och Academy’s RoboCup Team Wins Two Prestigious Awards at International Competition

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As Golda Och Academy’s CodeRunners Robotics team approached the Leipziger Messe (Leipzig, Germany’s large conference center), the flags of many nations—including the USA, Israel and Germany—were waving in the wind.

After hard work, planning and a nine-hour flight, the high school robotics team arrived on a unique journey to ...

Middle School Garden Flourishes at Golda Och Academy

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Middle School students at Golda Och Academy were able to test their green thumbs this spring as part of a new gardening club.

Upper School Judaics teacher Rabbi Shira Johnston created a vegetable and flower garden with Middle School students that not only builds on the sixth grade Teva experience, but is also integrated into the environmental unit of the sixth ...

West Orange Board of Education Reviews Plans for Fall 2016 Semester

WEST ORANGE, NJ – July is a time for students to enjoy summer activities and not think about school. For the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE), it is the height of the season to get everything ready for the fall semester.

This became apparent at the board’s July 11 meeting at West Orange High School (WOHS), where the public was updated on plans to improve services and ...

West Orange High School Alumnus Signs with Arizona Diamondbacks

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School (WOHS) alumnus Alex Gouin has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will be heading to Hillsboro, Oregon, to begin work with the Hillsboro Hops, the Diamondback's minor league team.

Gouin moved with his family from Cuba to West Orange and attended Roosevelt Middle School, playing baseball for the Rough Riders. He said that his ...

Man Charged with First-Degree Murder in Double Homicide Stabbing in Springfield

June 29, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - A man has been charged with fatally stabbing his mother and grandfather in a Springfield home they shared, according to details released Tuesday by acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Springfield Police Chief John Cook.

James Brown, 27, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three related weapons offenses in connection with the ...

Roseland Resident and Former West Orange Township Councilman Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

July 28, 2016

PATERSON, NJ — Sentenced on July 26 to terms of incarceration by Superior Court Judge Marilyn Clark in Paterson, Kevin Keogh of Roseland, previously a resident and township councilman of West Orange, is permanently barred from public employment in New Jersey and will serve five years in state prison, according to Acting Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

Porrino announced this week ...

West Orange Police Report More Than 20 Theft and Burglary Cases Involving Motor Vehicles

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Both thefts and burglaries to motor vehicles in West Orange have been a common theme in the area, according to police.

Police arrested Jonathan Joseph of Orange on July 13 after a brief foot pursuit for the multitude of burglaries in the immediate area, including:

Black Jeep Commander​, Westminster Terrace; burglary; Stolen items included $3 in change ...

West Essex Area Police Receive Support in Light of National Tragedies

CALDWELL, NJ — In light of recent tragedies involving police on a national level, local police departments, including Caldwell, North Caldwell, Fairfield and surrounding areas have received an outpouring of support from residents, houses of worship and other organizations.

Mike Guerriero, owner of Gelotti Ice cream in Caldwell and Vice President of the Caldwell Merchants, is organizing a ...

Vehicle Takes Fire in West Orange Complex Garage

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A gray Audi A5 parked in a garage on Sichel Ct. in West Orange caught fire on July 20, but investigators did not notice anything suspicious at the time and no injuries were reported.

Patrol units were dispatched from the West Orange Police Department on Wednesday after receiving calls of a structure fire. Responding officers observed heavy smoke emanating from the ...

Find My iPhone App Tracks Down Stolen Vehicle in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The “Find My iPhone” application was instrumental in tracking down a stolen vehicle in West Orange on July 9, according to the West Orange Police Department.

Police received a report from an Asian male at approximately 4:15 p.m. stating that he was making a food delivery for No. 1 Chinese Restaurant at Wilfred St. when he observed a black male ...

Orange Man Arrested in Connection to String of Vehicle Break-ins

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A 22-year-old man from Orange was recently arrested in West Orange in connection to several car break-ins on the western end of town, police said.

Officers of the West Orange Police Department detained the suspect when a Rutgers St. resident reported a man going through yards and breaking into vehicles just before 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

According to police, ...

A Week That Shapes the Future: West Orange High School Students Attend American Legion Jersey Boys State

July 22, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Father’s Day of 2016 marked the start of the 71st session of American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS). High schools from across New Jersey sent their top juniors to Rider University to participate in this unique program.

This year was the largest session of ALJBS, with 986 total delegates. WOHS had five students represent West Orange at Boys State: ...

Green Hill Senior Living Hosts West Orange Chamber Evening Event

July 19, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Legacy building auditorium in West Orange was filled with more than two-dozen professionals from the area on July 13 when Green Hill Senior Living hosted the West Orange Chamber of Commerce evening networking event.

Professionals in attendance represented the local banking, real estate, architecture, financial, health and retail industries.

Judy Wittler, ...

Levine, Jacobs & Company’s Roy Levine, CPA/CGMA, Discusses the Impact of Exit Taxes on New Jerseyans

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Roy I. Levine, CPA/CGMA, Member, Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, in Livingston recently spoke with TAPinto Livingston, West Essex and West Orange about the “exit tax” and the impact it may have on New Jerseyans.

DS: How would you best describe the “exit tax?”

RL: “What an exit tax really is, is a misunderstood rule—when a person ...

Downtown Discovery Club for Kids Kick off July 14

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Downtown West Orange Alliance will kick off its first annual summer Discovery Club adventure on July 14 at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Schneider Hardware at 276 Main Street in West Orange.  The hunt is an opportunity for kids ages 4 to 12 to get out and discover all that the downtown area of West Orange has to offer.

Parents and children are welcome to ...

Take the 2016 TAPinto Reader Survey

ESSEX COUNTY REGION, NJ — What news is of most interest to you? Would you like to see TAPinto have an app? 

These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2016 TAPinto Reader Survey. We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better report on the news and issues of most importance to ...

Levine, Jacobs & Company and New Jersey Law Journal Co-host Networking Forum for Young Professionals

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Young professionals from Livingston, West Orange, Maplewood, the Caldwells and surrounding areas recently attended a networking forum at the Essex County Country Club in West Orange, co-hosted by Livingston accounting firm Levine, Jacobs & Company and New Jersey Law Journal. 

Geared toward the younger generation of business men and women, the free ...

It's Not Too Late to Participate in Downtown West Orange Alliance First Annual Downtown Discovery Club

July 28, 2016

The Downtown West Orange Alliance with help from local downtown businesses is kicking off its first annual Downtown Discovery Club this summer. A kick-off event was held at a recent Downtown Thursday event in Tory Corner.

Hosted in Schneider Hardware’s parking lot, the event featured music performances by students from the Vienna School of Music.

The Downtown Discovery ...

Downtown Thursdays in West Orange Begins with Kid Scavanger Hunt

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Downtown West Orange Alliance kicked off its first-annual summer Discovery Club adventure on July 14 at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Schneider Hardware at 276 Main Street in West Orange. The hunt was an opportunity for kids ages 4 to 12 to get out and discover all that the downtown area of West Orange has to offer.

Nearly two-dozen children and ...

Artist Adam Handler to Showcase Work at Walter Bauman Jewelers in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Walter Bauman Jewelers, located at 653 Eagle Rock Avenue in West Orange, is hostting a free cocktail reception on July 28, open to the public from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., to showcase the artwork of contemporary artist Adam Handler.

Handler, 30, works in a variety of mixed-media formats, including paint and charcoal, and also works on ...

West Orange Township Council Focuses on Importance of Community Volunteerism

July 18, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Giving back to the community through volunteerism was the underlying theme of the West Orange Town Council Meeting on July 12 at West Orange City Hall.

Among the “giving back” initiatives that were discussed at the meeting were helping the police reduce the impact that drug addiction has as a major source of crime by volunteering for Operation HOPE; ...

Governor Christie's Roadwork Shutdown to Affect Livingston, West Orange and Other Essex County Municipalities

WEST ESSEX REGION, NJ — Beginning Friday, July 15, Governor Chris Christie will shut down any road and train projects in the state that are funded by the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). The shutdown will affect several Essex County municipalities, including the Caldwells, Roseland and Fairfield among others, and it is unclear exactly how long the shutdown will last.

Christie ...

U.S. Navy Veteran of West Orange Dies at 74; Funeral for Michael Fabiano to be Held in Livingston

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Michael Fabiano, Sr., 74, of West Orange, died on Monday, July 11 at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

Born and raised in Newark and a longtime resident of West Orange, Fabiano was the Chairman of the West Orange Democratic Committee, a member of the West Orange Planning Board, the past president of the Sons of Italy, a member of UNICO, former Deputy Mayor for ...

West Essex YMCA to Offer Free Memberships to Middle School Students

July 28, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Expanding on its successful free membership program for seventh graders, the West Essex YMCA is now offering free memberships to sixth and eighth graders beginning in September. 

“A Y membership fosters resiliency and a sense of belonging in middle schoolers, and encourages them to build their bodies and minds, developing healthy habits for a ...

Codey Arena in West Orange Open to Public as Cooling Center Week of July 25

WEST ORANGE, NJ – With temperatures forecasted to remain above 90, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced Monday that Essex County Codey Arena is available to the public as a cooling center until Thursday.

The arena, located at 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange, will be open to the public Monday, July 25 to Thursday, July 28 ...

Green Hill Senior Living Hosts West Orange Chamber Evening Event

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Legacy building auditorium in West Orange was filled with more than two-dozen professionals from the area on July 13 when Green Hill Senior Living hosted the West Orange Chamber of Commerce evening networking event.

Professionals in attendance represented the local banking, real estate, architecture, financial, health and retail industries.

Judy Wittler, ...

An Introduction to TAPinto Travels

July 19, 2016

TAPinto Travels is pleased to join the TAPinto family of independent publishers. 

Our mission is simple. We believe there is a world out there and we want you to see as much as you can. We all work hard and we all deserve some time off to enjoy with our friends and family. We will do our best to inform you of all the wonderful things you can do close to home and out in the greater ...

Essex County Residents Invited to Participate in Suicide Prevention and Intervention Skills Training

July 20, 2016

CALDWELL, NJ — Following an initial suicide prevention training class at Caldwell University on July 19, Caring Contact is offering a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) on Tuesday, July 26, and Wednesday, July 27 in an effort to leave participants with hands-on skills to intervene in the case of someone feeling suicidal or demonstrating suicidal warning ...

Caldwell Mayor Seeks Volunteers for Fundraising Event Benefitting Animals in Need of Safe Shelter

CALDWELL, NJ — Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing is seeking volunteers to help with a new fundraising event called “What About Me?” benefitting homeless animals and those trapped in domestic violence situations that are in need of safe shelter. 

“What About Me?” is a new initiative that Dassing said she is extremely excited to be spearheading alongside Mary Linn ...

Union Catholic Hurdler to be Youngest U.S. Track Athlete at Rio Olympics

July 12, 2016

EUGENE, OR — Sydney McLaughlin, a member of the Class of 2017 at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, set a high school and new world junior record in the women's 400 hurdles at the U.S. Olympic trials. McLaughlin ran the race in 54.15 to break the world junior record, which stood for a decade. 

The 16-year-old will be the youngest track athlete ...

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Severe Flash Flood Warning in Effect in Essex County Area

July 25, 2016

ESSEX COUNTY REGION, NJ — There is currently a severe flash flood warning this area until 8 p.m. All flood areas should be avoided until further notice. 

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Adopt-a-Pet Today at the Montclair Animal Shelter

July 23, 2016

MONTCLAIR, NJ – The Montclair Township Animal Shelter (MTAS) has teamed up with NBC 4 New York / WNBC and Telemundo 47 / WNJU to host Clear the Shelters – the second annual nationwide pet adoption drive today, Saturday, July 23.

In an effort to find new homes for homeless pets, MTAS will waive adoption fees on animals over six months old on ...

TAP into West Orange is Seeking High School Student Interns

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Writing for the town paper looks great on college transcripts and right now, TAP into West Orange is interviewing Student Interns. We are looking for bright, inquisitive, energetic and creative interns to fill multiple positions. Schedules and weekly hours are flexible. Student Interns will write on school sporting events and school events. They will also take photos. Students ...

Pokémon Politics Go!

As a rule I stay away from popular fads.  Politics included.

 

I find my views on the latest crazy trends that are sweeping the nation are usually wrong and completely out of touch with reality.  

 

For example, for years I have been predicting the imminent demise of cell phones and the internet.

 

Which is why it seems only appropriate that I expound on ...

Burial at Sea

As I plugged my phone into the outlet next to a shelf in the hotel bathroom, I had a fleeting thought that it was sort of an odd place for an outlet.  That was actually the last thought I had before my phone slipped out of my hands and fell directly below the shelf…

Into the toilet.

The good news was, the water in the toilet was clean.

The bad news was, it was still water.