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New Jersey Date Night: Butter Them Up with Lobster

September 27, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

We’re trading our flip flops for boots and our shorts for sweatshirts. Picnic dates on the shore might be coming to an end but one seaside dish that never goes out of season is lobster. 

Baked, broiled or served chilled, the ever-popular crustacean makes for a great meal on your ...

Jets and Atlantic Health System to Fight Pediatric Cancer as Part of the “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” Campaign


The New York Jets and Atlantic Health System are continuing their fight against pediatric cancer as part of the NFL and American Cancer Society's “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign. Prior to kickoff at 8:20 p.m. for our game on October 1, four children who are undergoing or have completed treatment at the Valerie Center at Goryeb ...

Atlantic Health System Hospitals Honored for Commitment to Equality and Inclusivity in Health Care

Dedicated to providing a caring environment where everyone is treated with respect, kindness and empathy, Atlantic Health System announced that each of its six hospitals earned the coveted “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation and a top score of 100 on the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). This is the third consecutive year all of Atlantic ...

Kamal Zubieta, For All Children: South Orange Maplewood Board of Education 2020

September 25, 2020


Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end apartheid in South Africa, was released on February 11, 1990.  Five months later, he spoke to the students of Madison Park High School in Boston: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” A few days after that, he spoke at Tiger Stadium in Detroit.  I was in the crowd ...

Why we should not be picking and choosing which subjects are "important" during a pandemic

Removing Music, Art, PE, and Library from the K-2 schedule and making it so that “families will have the flexibility to complete courses at their own pace” is not an appropriate response to the concerns parents expressed about screen time for our youngest learners. My role if elected to the BOE is to make sure that students are receiving a “thorough and efficient ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, Sept. 14-17

September 27, 2020

September 14, 2020; Bicycle Theft; During the daytime hours, a bicycle were stolen from the Dunnell Rd side of the train station.


September 16, 2020; Theft from Motor Vehicle; At approximately, 1030 pm a tool chest in the rear of a pickup truck was entered at the Country Club.  Several tools were stolen.


September 17, 2020; Theft from Motor Vehicle; At ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, Sept. 9-14

September 9, 2020; Bicycle Thefts; During the daytime hours, two bicycles were stolen from the Dunnell Rd side of the train station.

September 11, 2020; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 7:15 p.m. an unsecured vehicle with the keys left in it was stolen from the driveway of a home on Sommer Ave.  It was later located in Newark.

September 14, 2020; At approximately 1:15 a.m., ...

Voter Registration Open Until Oct. 13, Town Clerks Open Late on Last Day

September 30, 2020

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Every presidential election is historic. But 2020 has the potential to change the course of our country. Exercising your right to vote has never been so important, or so easy. If you are not registered, or you know someone who is not, here's how to register and vote in New Jersey's vote by mail election:

Confirm your voter registration ...

Maplewood to Host Essex County Food Distribution This Week

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Maplewood Community Pool will be the next site for the Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, October 1 to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been impacted by the pandemic and are facing food insecurity. Residents will receive ...

An Advocate for All Children

October 1, 2020

Dear Editor,

It is with great enthusiasm that I support Kamal Zubieta’s candidacy to serve out her remaining term as a member of the SOMSD BOE.

I have known Kamal for over a decade, and we share many experiences as members of our wonderful community, including having similar aged children in our school district. Throughout our friendship, I have known Kamal to be steadfastly committed ...

Newark’s $100M FAM Fund Wants to Turn the Tide for Black, Latinx Business Owners

September 29, 2020

NEWARK, NJ —  Following the Civil War, freed Black slaves in the United States were denied the “40 acres and a mule” promised to them under the Special Field Orders No. 15, a barrier to capital that set the tone for today’s economic disparities. 

Newark is now repurposing the proclamation as a rallying cry for a $100 million investment fund that ...

Thomas Edison National Historical Park Increases Access to Glenmont Grounds

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following federal guidelines and those of state and local public health authorities, Thomas Edison National Historical Park (NHP) has expanded access at the park. 
The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a ...

Landlords’ troubles deepen as state evictions ban protects nonpaying tenants

September 29, 2020

Some renters are forced out anyway by owners desperate for income in pandemic.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit

In New Jersey’s pandemic-driven apartment housing crisis, there are no winners.

Tenants, unable to ...

Massive Ship Passes Under Bayonne Bridge, Marks New Era in Ocean Cargo Transport

BAYONNE, NJ - The 1,200-foot-long CMA CGM Brazil  passed under the Bayonne Bridge on Saturday heading to the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal. The huge vessel was the largest container ship ever to call on the bi-state port, or any other port on the U.S. East Coast.

Although the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey successfully raised the Bayonne Bridge in 2019 to ...

$42.4 Million More in Additional SNAP Food Assistance Available

October 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ —  Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in October to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An additional estimated $42.4 million will be provided to about 243,000 New Jersey households for October.

SNAP ...

Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force Public Hearing Set for October 3

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Essex County Correctional Facility Civilian Task Force will host its first public hearing on Saturday, October 3rd. The focus of this public hearing will be on the Essex County Correctional Facility’s medical and health administrative practices and policies.

An in-person meeting where social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks required will ...