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South Orange Invites Everyone to Play in the Street on Sept. 21

PlayDay will retain popular elements of Celebrate South Orange. Credits: File photo

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The village is promoting an activity normally discouraged by parents everywhere—playing in the streets.

On Sept. 21, South Orange Avenue and Sloan Street will be closed to allow everyone to play safely.

The first PlayDay, produced by the South Orange Village Center Alliance in cooperation with The Village of South Orange, will feature an array of sports, games and old favorites from the Celebrate South Orange street fair, including the sloppy joe eating contest.

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“We don’t think that any other town is doing anything like this,” said Matt Glass, chairman of the SOVCA board.

He described the event as a “new generation” of the Celebrate South Orange street fair.

“We’re taking all of the things people loved about Celebrate South Orange and putting them into PlayDay,” Glass said.

The new event also will offer inflatable games, table games such as ping pong and foosball, a sport court for soccer and basketball, a batting cage, golf simulator, foursquare, jump rope and even Hula-Hoop.

A stage at the corner of Valley Street and South Orange Avenue will feature live music.

A health and fitness area will introduce the several gyms in South Orange. There will also be an area for a chalk drawing where kids and professional artists can collaborate to create a giant mural.

According to Glass, much of what can be done at the event depends on sponsorship and volunteers. Volunteers are needed for the day before and day of the event, as well as anyone willing to donate a ping pong or foosball table.

Those who are interested can contact Executive Director of SOVAC Bob Zuckerman at

The reporter is a student participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.


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