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Could the Baby Formula Shortage End Soon? The FDA Believes it Will

May 17, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ – New parents have been struggling to find formula to feed their babies ever since one of the largest manufacturers of several popular powdered baby formula products in the nation was shut down in February of this year. Shelves in Wayne grocery stores and pharmacies have been mostly bare, but action from the FDA is providing some hope that the shortage could end within ...

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Enabling State Certification of Businesses as LGBTQ+-Owned

LAMBERTVILLE, NJ–Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 295 which instructs the New Jersey Department of the Treasury to establish a state-backed certification program for LGBTQ+ owned businesses. Murphy signed the executive order today at Union Coffee in Lambertville, an LGBTQ+ owned coffee shop.

Certification, which will be free of charge, would expand access to public and ...

Luxury Cigar Lounge Comes to Short Hills, A Welcome Sight for Local Cigar Aficionados

SHORT HILLS, NJ - Tonino Cigars opened its doors on Millburn Ave. with a soft opening sponsored by Explore Millburn/Short Hills in February and a ribbon-cutting in March sponsored by the Millburn/Short Hills Chamber of Commerce. In the few months since establishing the lounge, local aficionados have flocked to this boutique of fine cigars and accessories.

The popular lounge has already sold ...

West Orange Micro-Businesses Can Benefit from New State Financing Program

TRENTON, NJ – In celebration of National Small Business Week, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has announced plans to open applications for its Micro Business Loan next month, which will make additional funding resources available through the Authority’s Main Street Recovery Program.

The NJEDA has already issued nearly $5.5 million ...

Virtual NJ 'Cannabis Town Hall' Tonight, Thursday, March 31

A virtual NJ "Cannabis Town Hall" will be held tonight (March 31) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. West Orange resident Corey Dishmen, co-owner of The Library, which is applying for a cannabis retail marijuana dispensary license--also known as a micro-license--in town is one of the hosts. Participants will discuss social equity in the cannabis industry.

Other speakers ...

Levine, Jacobs Senior Member Offers Insight on 401(k) Income and New Jersey Tax

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, Senior Member of Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, in Livingston recently explained 401(k) income and pension exclusion rules as it applies to New Jersey taxes.

In response to a retired reader of who inquired about whether someone is eligible for the pension exclusion if his or her only income is from a ...

Livingston Accountant Offers Advice on Business Loans and Taxes

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Michael Karu, CPA/CFF, senior member of Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, in Livingston recently shared insight on the process of taxes and business loans.

Karu shared his expertise in response to a reader of who is starting a new business in New Jersey who inquired about how to avoid being taxed on a loan of $250,000 for the ...

Levine, Jacobs & Company Senior Member Offers Insight on Taxes and Federal Pensions

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, senior member the Livingston-based accounting firm Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, recently shed light on how federal pensions are taxed in New Jersey, explaining to taxpayers that the rules can be quite confusing.

In an article titled, “How will N.J. tax my federal pension?” Karu stated that a pension is taxable a soon ...

MBS Production Studios Wants to Build Studios in West Orange

Mayor Robert Parisi joined this week’s Town Council meeting to update the council and attendees on Phase Two of the downtown redevelopment project. He began by speaking briefly about the controversy surrounding the PILOT program and then announced, “[Edison Loft] is 95% occupied. If you factor, given the 330 or so units, maybe a 4% vacancy ratio for people relocating and moving in and ...


Ascendia Bank, Formerly Glen Rock Savings Bank, to Hold Rebranding Celebration at All Branches in Glen Rock, Hawthorne & West Orange - May 14th

May 4, 2022

HAWTHORNE, NJ -- Ascendia Bank, formerly Glen Rock Saving Bank, will celebrate its new name and refreshed identity with a Rebranding Celebration on Saturday, May 14th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at all four branch locations: 

175 Rock Road, Glen Rock

250 Lincoln Avenue, Hawthorne

474 Prospect Avenue, West Orange

83 Northfield Avenue, West Orange 

The ...

Megan Brill, Executive Director of Downtown West Orange, Receives Individual of Excellence-Downtown Professional Award

Megan Brill is the recipient of Downtown New Jersey’s Award for Individual of Excellence-Downtown Profession

Megan Brill has been the Executive Director of the Downtown West Orange Alliance (DWOA) since 2013. The DWOA follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach™, a volunteer-driven, historic preservation-based, economic development program.

Megan Brill and her team engage ...

West Orange Chamber of Commerce's First In-Person Event of the Year

West Orange Chamber Hosts First In-Person Event of 2022 

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Chamber of Commerce will hold its first in-person networking event of the year on Thursday, June 2, 2022. Mayor Robert Parisi will be honored by the chamber for his leadership during the last two years of the pandemic. The event will be held at The Wilshire Grand Hotel located at 350 Pleasant ...


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NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

African American Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBH Transaction with St. Peters

New Brunswick, NJ – Access to quality medical care in New Jersey is vital to underserved populations. That's why the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (“AACCNJ”) announced its support for the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, which will lead to the creation of New ...

RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

JESPY Partners with Paper Mill Playhouse for Performance Showcasing JESPY Clients

May 19, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE – With the musical talents of JESPY clients in the spotlight, JESPY has partnered with Millburn’s Paper Mill Playhouse to present a showcase of Broadway songs to be performed by the clients on June 18 at 4 p.m.

The performance, which is open to the public, is tentatively titled A New Beginning. Set to take place at JESPY, the play will feature client talents, ...

Studies of the Future: Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, in Livingston, has been at the forefront of the treatment of breast cancer for decades. One way the hospital maintains its reputation as one of the best in the tri-state area is by participating in clinical trials, which are research studies that help determine if a new drug would be effective in treating a specific condition. In partnership with Rutgers ...

West Essex YMCA Celebrates National Senior Health & Fitness Day®

LIVINGSTON, NJ— The West Essex YMCA will join an estimated 1,000 local groups to celebrate the 29th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. As an official host site, the West Essex Y will hold a free community event this day, from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., with a variety of activities and wellness resources for older adults.

The Y will join with an ...

‘Lights. Camera. Action!’ $125M Film, TV Complex Proposed in Newark

May 18, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Plans are in place to transform the former Seth Boyden Court Housing Complex into a state-of-the-art film and television facility, a project officials are dubbing an “anchor” piece of a larger effort to revitalize the Dayton Street neighborhood in Newark’s South Ward.

Newark officials were joined Tuesday by Gov. Phil Murphy, New Jersey Performing Arts ...

Ending the War in Ukraine and US Involvement

May 15, 2022

Ending The War in Ukraine…and US Involvement

By Karla Schultz, NJ School Nurse and Veteran of Army National Guard

I was filling up my car with gas recently and used it as an opportunity to talk with my daughter about inflation and how it means that we need to cut back on some of our spending now, due to rising prices.

Since I had her attention, which I am often competing ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 19, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Reach Another Record High

NEW JERSEY — Gas prices in New Jersey have reached another all-time high.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded reached $4.72 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. That's up seven cents from the day before, 23 cents from last week and nearly 70 cents from last month. Those figures are according to AAA.

The Newark and Trenton areas are paying the most statewide, according ...

The facts are clear about prostate cancer – and what you can do about it

Prostate cancer is dangerous – right? The disease remains the number one solid organ cancer diagnosis among men in the United States, with more than 248,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Yet while there can be great differences in how prostate cancer affects each patient, there’s little debate that it is important to monitor for the disease.

Urologist Naeem Rahman, MD, part of ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, May 20, 7:00 AM

Paper Mill Playhouse and Paper Mill Studios, Millburn

Registration Open for Summer Musical Theater ...

Arts & Entertainment Education


Sat, May 21, 12:00 AM

West Orange TNVR Garage Sale, Montclair

West Orange TNVR Annual Garage Sale

Giving Back


Sat, May 21, 7:30 AM

Thomas Edison Middle School, West Orange

Love+Unity Scholarship Bike Ride

Arts & Entertainment Education Giving Back


Sat, May 21, 7:30 AM

Thomas Edison Middle School, West Orange

Love+Unity Scholarship Bike Ride

Arts & Entertainment Education Giving Back