Arts & Entertainment

Local World-Premiere Work Nominated for Pulitzer Prize

January 22, 2014 at 6:36 AM

The Society of Musical Arts based in Maplewood, NJ, prides itself on its innovative yet accessible musical programming.  The group’s October 2013 concert held at St. George’s Episcopal Church was no exception.  That concert had musicians and audience alike excited about hearing something very new—a world premiere, in fact.  Conductor Stephen Culbertson of West Orange, who also is president of Subito Music Publishing in Verona, has ties to many contemporary composers.  He asked composer Roberto Sierra to write something specifically tailored for a community orchestra—an orchestra where a scattering of professional musicians share sections with amateurs—lawyers, accountants, preschool teachers, among others.

Roberto Sierra then created “Montuno”, a spirited six-minute piece reminiscent of the rhythms and sounds of his native Puerto Rico.  On October 20, 2013, the world (represented by the packed crowd at St. George’s Episcopal Church on Ridgewood Road) heard this vibrant, lively work for the first time.  It was so well-received by the audience that the orchestra obliged by playing the entire piece a second time!

This work, “Montuno,” has now been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and the Society of Musical Arts Orchestra and its many local fans are rooting for Sierra and his new work.  Finalists and winners will be announced on April 14, 2014.

The Society of Musical Arts will not be idle while awaiting the news.  They are rehearsing for a January 26th concert in Maplewood which features another brilliant contemporary composer:  Paul Moravec.  Moravec will be in the audience, too, listening to the music created by conductor Culbertson and the local musicians that comprise the Society of Musical Arts Orchestra.  More information on the concert and the orchestra at www.soma.ar88.com.

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December 7: Santa and Mrs. Claus in Maplewood

Maplewood received a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 3, read more about it here.

There's another chance for a Santa sighting this Saturday, Dec. 10, at Maplewood's Annual Breakfast with Santa at St. James's Gate and Village Trattoria.

Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, and there is limited seating. Purchase tickets for the St.

Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Daytime Home Burglaries Reported

December 7, 2016

November 30 - Burglary; Between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. a home on Warren Rd. was forcibly entered.  Jewelry and electronics were reportedly removed from the home.

December 1 - Burglary Attempt; During the daytime hours, entry was attempted to a home on the 100 block of Parker Ave.

December 1 - Burglary; During the daytime hours a home on Melman Terr. was forcibly ...

South Orange Police Blotter - December 5

Burglary - Theft - A Grove Rd. resident reported that between 9 a.m. on Nov. 27 and 9 a.m. on Nov. 29 actor(s) unknown broke into her garage and stole a black, Cannondale "CAAD 12" bicycle. The Detective Bureau processed the scene and is currently investigating the incident.

Theft of auto - A Georgia resident reported that sometime between 11 p.m. on Friday, ...

South Orange Celebrates the Season with 'Hometown Holiday' on Dec. 10

December 8, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - This Saturday, Dec. 10, is the return of the Hometown Holiday celebration in South Orange featuring Santa Claus, an Elf Parade, and the annual tree lighting. There will also be live music, merchant specials, and free two hour parking in South Orange.

Santa Claus will be at the South Orange firehouse for visits and pictures with kids from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Maplewood Police Share Tips for Preventing Thefts from Vehicles

The following is from the fall edition of the Maplewood leaflet:

Each year there are thefts from motor vehicles in Maplewood and surrounding towns. The vast majority of these thefts are to unlocked vehicles and are preventable. In the very small percentage of burglaries to vehicles where force is used, it is usually because an item of value is left in plain view.

While investigating many of ...

South Orange Health & Fitness Challenge is Back with SOFit17

From Kate Schmidt, South Orange Recreation Department

The Village of South Orange is once again leading the charge for a healthier year ahead with SOFit17, the 3rd annual South Orange Health and Fitness Challenge. 

The theme of SOFit17 is the “Hundred Day Challenge” beginning January 20 and ending April 29. As in the past 2 years, community residents are invited ...

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Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit

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Thu, December 8, 11:00 AM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Winter Holidays Food Lecture with food historian ...

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Thu, December 8, 7:00 PM

Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, Short Hills

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Obituary: Murray H. Ross

November 27, 2016

Murray H. Ross

Born in Glen Cove, NY on Jan. 17, 1926
Departed on Nov. 21, 2016 and resided in Maplewood, NJ

Murray H. Ross, 90 of Maplewood formerly of Carlisle, PA died at Winchester Gardens on Mon, Nov 21, 2016. 

Murray was born in Glen Cove, Long Island. He lived most of his life in Cranford, NJ before moving to Carlisle, PA. He moved to Maplewood 2 ...

Search for Next Director of Special Services & Survey

November 28, 2016

The following was sent via email on Nov. 28 to the South Orange Maplewood School District Community 

Dear South Orange & Maplewood School Community,

Dr. Leroy Nunery of Atlantic Research Partners is the consultant selected to lead our search for the new Director of Special Education. The following timeline has been developed to lead us to a recommendation to the ...

What to Look for in a Real Estate Lawyer

Although real estate law doesn't sound as exciting as criminal court cases, having the right real estate lawyer can make or break a deal. You should take the time to find a good one.

What qualities should you look for in a good attorney?

Do you personally know anyone who has used the attorney and has had a good experience? Does the lawyer have mostly positive online reviews? ...

20-Year-Old Man from Orange Arrested for Murder of Sarah Butler

December 7, 2016

NEWARK, NJ - An arrest was made on Tuesday in the murder of Sarah Butler, age 20, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced during a press conference in Newark on Wednesday.

Authorities announced that they arrested Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, of Orange, who is suspected of the murder of Butler by ...

Springfield Planning Board Approves Chipotle Restaurant; West 22 Diner to Close

December 8, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Springfield Parcel LLc/Brixmore, the owner of the property at 697 Morris Turnpike, came back to the Planning Board with a revised site plan for the Chipotle Restaurant. The application was first heard on October 5.

On the question of whether Chipotle was fast food; it was decided it was not. A Chipotle was approved in 2009 in Springfield and operates on Rt. 22. Fast food ...

TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger Talks Local Travel Security at Seton Hall University

December 1, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger discussed the future of Newark International Airport and local travel security as a guest lecturer at Seton Hall on Tuesday night.

Neffenger spoke about his career as head of the TSA, as well as the success of the administration’s Instagram account @TSA, which has over 500,000 followers. He cited rehabilitating the public ...

Nearly 1.25 Million New Jerseyans Expected to Travel Over Thanksgiving: AAA

NEW JERSEY -- AAA Travel forecasts 48.7 million Americans, including nearly 1.25 million in New Jersey, will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s one million more travelers than last year, representing a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving holiday travelers since 2007, when 50 million people traveled.

This year’s ...

Short Hills Mall Welcomes Santa's Flight Academy Interactive Experience

December 8, 2016

SHORT HILLS, NJ - Waiting in line to see Santa has never been more fun as children and adults alike can immerse themselves in the interactive Flight Academy experience at The Mall at Short Hills. After creating personalized crew badges, children are greeted by name throughout their journey to become a member of Santa's flight crew.

Partnering with one of three of Santa's ...

Lisa Miller to Speak at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Millburn on Dec. 8

We are so excited and honored to host Lisa Miller at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, this Thursday, December 8, at 7 p m.  

Dr. Miller is an outstanding speaker who is extremely inspiring. She has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and Weekday Today as a leading psychologist and an expert in her field. In her presentation, Lisa Miller’s words are thought provoking and profound ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace & Cafe - December 5 to 11

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:

Boar’s Head Beef Pastrami $10.99 lb (Deli)
Provolone Piccante  $9.99 lb (Cheese)
Spectrum Essentials Chia Seeds $7.99
Kii Naturals Organic Artisan Crisps  $5.49
Chocolove Chocolate Bar  2/$5.00
Avocado 3/$5.00

See all specials here.

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