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Village Coffee Sign Tweaks Starbucks, Clarus Twitter Trails, and School Shuffles

When Starbucks coffee opened in the new Clarus development complex at the former Maplewod Village post office site, some wondered what effect it might have on Village Coffee, the longtime java spot just down the street.

Village Coffee owner Ketan Patel sees no big impact as of yet and a visit to the shop finds the same customer traffic as usual.

One addition, however, is a sign posted at ...

Know Your Neighbor

October 6, 2017

For Desi, Cam, and Lily 

I am Puerto Rican. 

But, I have light skin and two blonde boys. I grew up in Upstate New York and now live in New Jersey, and have a very fortunate life. I am not the Puerto Rican portrait you might imagine.

During a college interview I was asked about my heritage and experiences with adversity.  I said then and can say to this day, ...

Supporting Diverse Learners: Statement from School Board Candidate Donna Smith

October 8, 2017

Supporting Diverse Learners

Our School District faces many challenges in serving diverse learners appropriately, but the Board has a duty to make sure it happens.

I believe there are three key ways that the Board can use its oversight to ensure that the needs of our diverse learners are met:

1. Implement Rigorous Monitoring of Special Education and Gifted & Talented Policies and ...

Statement on Common Sense Gun Laws by Vic DeLuca, Candidate for Re-Election to the Maplewood Township Committee.

After the Orlando nightclub massacre in June 2016, hundreds of SOMA people rallied in South Orange saying enough is enough and that we need Congressional action for common sense gun laws. What we got from Washington was cowardice.

Since that deadly June day, some 480 days ago, we've had 521 mass shootings in this country. And our elected leaders are telling us now is not the time to talk ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - 7 Thefts from Autos and 2 Vehicle Thefts Reported

October 16, 2017

October 10 - Shoplifting; At approximately 3:30 p.m. Wawa reported that a male left the building with several items without paying. Responding officers were able to locate the male a short distance away. The male, 51 year old Gregory Singleton of Union was arrested for shoplifting as well as an outstanding warrant.

October 10 - Malicious Damage; Sometime during the ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Seven Arrests Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of October 6

Adult Arrest - Shoplifting - Henry Vance, a 31 year old Dover resident was arrested on Monday, September 25, at approximately 1:51 p.m. for shoplifting. Security officials at the Stop & Shop on Valley St. observed a subject place several items into a backpack and then leave the store without paying for them.  Security officials ...

SOMA Action Helps JESPY House Clients Register to Vote

October 9, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - JESPY House and SOMA Action co-sponsored two voter registration drives on Tuesday, October 3, to increase the number of JESPY clients who can vote in New Jersey’s upcoming elections.

JESPY House, which is based in South Orange, is a nonprofit organization which helps adults with learning and developmental disabilities to lead independent ...

Music, Food and Fun at the Third Annual Health & Harvest Fest in Maplewood {Photos}

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Third Annual Health & Harvest Fest was held on Saturday, October 7, hosted by the Springfield Avenue Partnership and the Maplewood Loves Wellness committee.

The outdoor event took place on the Gazebo grounds of the Hilton Library on Springfield Avenue, with a variety of activities for kids from pony rides to a petting zoo and bounce house. There was also a patch with ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, October 17, 10:30 AM

Seton Hall University, South Orange

Ryan Roa - It's Complicated

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, October 17, 6:00 PM

South Orange Elks, South Orange

Change a Child's Life: Free Community Information ...

Giving Back

Tue, October 17, 7:00 PM

Columbia High School Room D16, Maplewood

Janet Mandel: Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Studio of ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, October 18, 10:30 AM

Seton Hall University, South Orange

Ryan Roa - It's Complicated

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Donna Smith for BOE - one of hardest working members of our Board

October 16, 2017

I’m pleased to endorse Donna Smith for a second term of the Board of Education.

Donna has been involved with our public schools since 1998, first as a PTA mom and as a BOE member since 2015. Throughout her years of service, Donna has been an advocate for all children to have options and choices over their academic careers, in terms of subject matter and finding the course environment ...

Donna Smith - a fierce, consistent, commitment to improving the educational experience of all of our students.

Donna Smith stands out in the crowded field of BOE candidates. She has a long and continuous history of service to SOMA schools. She knows our past and has a vision for our future. Donna is level-headed, reasonable, practical, thoughtful, and hard-working. Most importantly, Donna has demonstrated a fierce, consistent, commitment to improving the educational experience of all of our ...

Family Health

Second Opinion on Breast Cancer Program Offers Peace of Mind

A breast cancer diagnosis can change a person’s life. And during such devastating news, the sheer amount of information regarding treatment and follow-up care can quickly become overwhelming. However, patients are not alone in this fight. Atlantic Health System’s Breast Cancer Second Opinion Program at Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Overlook Medical Center, is helping provide peace of ...

Christie, Booker, and Baraka Show Strong Support for Newark to be Next Amazon HQ

October 17, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - A bipartisan trinity of New Jersey politico firepower assembled in downtown Newark to shoot the first salvo needed to score a major economic triumph for New Jersey's largest city: the construction in Newark of the new corporate headquarters for Amazon, the world's largest online retailer.  

All three of the prime politicians in place inside Rutgers Business ...

Former President Obama to Visit Newark to Campaign for Murphy

NEWARK, NJ - Former U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to roll into downtown Newark on Thursday to campaign for the Democratic New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy as the battle to run New Jersey heats up in the race's final weeks. 

Obama's appearance in New Jersey's largest city less than three weeks before the Nov. 7 election on behalf of ...

Breast Cancer Survivor's Story of Determination Shared Through 'Fight Like a Girl' Presentation at Overlook Oct. 20

October 17, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - Laura Newton, a martial artist and breast cancer survivor from Texas, will share how her determination led her not only to beat her disease, but to also realize her love of Muay Thai boxing, at “Fight Like a Girl,” a special presentation at Overlook Medical Center on October 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The free event, sponsored by Overlook’s community health ...

Cops Arrest 4 After Stolen Car Crashes Through Fence in Westfield

WESTFIELD, NJ - Around 7 a.m. Sunday morning, a stolen car left the roadway and crashed on the 1200 block of Central Avenue, according to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman. Four males excited the vehicle and fled on foot, he said.

Photos taken by the home's owner show that the car crashed through a fence and into the bushes.

The car was not being pursued by police at the time, ...

Mahopac’s Frank Lloyd Wright House Back on the Market

October 12, 2017

MAHOPAC, NY — If you have about $15 million to spare, you can own the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home, which comes with its own island, on Lake Mahopac.

The iconic home, once rumored to have been purchased by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (those rumors were false), is back on the market with a selling price of $14,920,000.

The sale is being handled by high-end real estate brokers ...

Maplewood Garden Club Presents “From Flowers to Fragrances”

October 17, 2017

Get an insider’s look at the perfume industry on Monday, November 6, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood, when the Maplewood Garden Club presents “From Flowers to Fragrance.”

Speaker Bruno Leyssene was born into the fragrance business and has worked in the USA for almost twenty years as a senior perfumer for ...

'A Republic if You Can Keep it': How to Fight for American Values in the Age of Trump

South Orange-Maplewood Action (SOMA Action) and Blue Wave NJ to Co-Host Town Hall Discussion with Civil Rights Activist and Attorney Norman Siegel

Representatives from Local NJ Activist Groups Join SOMA Action and Blue Wave NJ to Share Ideas and Strategize about How to Defend the Rule of Law in the Trump Era

On October 18, SOMA Action and Blue Wave, NJ will host a town hall meeting with ...

Adria Gross to Present "Curing Your Medical Insurance Problems" at Millburn Library

Do you need help navigating insurance after a major medical issue? Insurance is complicated, and there's not a roadmap. It can be overwhelming, frustrating, and exhausting, particularly if you don't know how to maneuver through the difficult insurance market.

Solved! Curing Your Medical Insurance Problems is a guide to support people when they are facing denied, out-of-network, ...