New Jersey Date Night: Restaurants with Great Outdoor Dining

June 28, 2020

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

“Come out, come out wherever you are!” were Glinda’s famous words 81 years ago, and they’ve never been more applicable to New Jersey now. People have lots of reasons to come out in June; not only is it Pride Month but also we now can enjoy a date night in an actual restaurant, ...

Celebrating the Communities We Build

So, you may have noticed I missed a week, which is odd because I had something written, not this but something. My excuse is this – COVID has warped my sense of time, I go to make my Thursday call on Tuesday then on Friday I wonder how I missed Thursday. Holidays have the potential to go unnoticed too – I’m horrible with dates so forgetting my own birthday is fairly easy even in ...

Community Conversations: How to Stay Safe this Summer

Is your family ready to enjoy summer – safely? On this Community Conversation, Atlantic Health System’s Christopher Zipp, DO, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Morristown Medical Center, and a physician with Atlantic Medical Group shares some important tips on summer safety, and why, as we coexist with COVID-19 – if you don’t have a family doctor – you ...

Community Conversations: Important Guidelines for Returning to Sports and Activities

After the last few months it’s understandable we’re itching to restart our old fitness routines or get back to the sports activity we love. But there are some important guidelines to know before hitting the gym or the playing field. During this Community Conversation, Matthew Martinez, MD, Director, Atlantic Health System Sports Cardiology Program, Morristown Medical Center and Damion ...

Returning to Care in the 'New Normal'

As communities throughout New Jersey return to a “new normal,” it is more important than ever that patients know Atlantic Health System has resumed care for planned surgeries, treatments and check-ups and that they can depend on us to keep them safe.

Learn more from Atlantic Health System caregivers in the television commercial linked below, appearing here as well as select ...

Community Conversations: Anxiety, Uncertainty, and Coexisting with COVID

Are you feeling afraid or anxious due to COVID-19 or social and economic uncertainty? There are some powerful tools to help you cope during this stressful time. Join Peter Bolo, MD, Chairman Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Overlook Medical Center, for a discussion about the importance of maintaining your mental and behavioral health as we coexist with COVID.


Maplewood Police Blotter, June 15-22

July 1, 2020

June 15, 2020; Rummaging: An unsecured vehicle parked on Midland Blvd. was rummaged through during the overnight hours. At the time of the report, nothing was believed to be missing.

June 16, 2020; Vehicle Recovery: A vehicle stolen out of Newark was located parked on Hillcrest Rd.

June 18, 2020; Bicycle Thefts: During the afternoon hours two bicycles were ...

SOMA Film Fest 5 Going Virtual

July 2, 2020

After postponing the original event from March to October, SOMA Film Festival will now screen 8 original programs from this year's' festival virtually for FREE from September 10-13 of this year!

These programs will include, The Locals Only! Shorts, Columbia High School Shorts, Women's Voices, American and International Shorts, Friday Night, Matinee Day, Bird's Eye View, ...

Residents Get Redevelopment Updates During South Orange Town Hall

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The exterior demolition of Ridge Tire on South Orange Avenue started today. The site will be rebuilt as Learning Experience, a child care and tutoring center, said South Orange Trustee Bob Zuckerman.

This site was one of the many redevelopment projects mentioned during last night’s streaming Town Hall, where elected officials and some municipal employees answered ...

State Restores Total Local Control to Newark Public Schools After 25 Years

July 2, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — In a unanimous decision, the New Jersey Board of Education gave back complete control of Newark Public Schools to the state’s largest district on Wednesday, more than two decades after seizing it in a historical takeover. 

The move toward total local control first started in 2016, when the NJDOE returned control of personnel decisions to Newark and ...

A Dispute Among Montclair Neighbors Sparks a Neighborhood Protest of 'Permit Karen'

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Montclair Police are calling recent acts in a neighborhood, in which a neighbor called the police following a disagreement over permits, a "dispute between neighbors."

The interaction, which took place on Marion Rd. on Monday, was partially recorded, drew local police to the scene on Monday, and sparked a brief protest the next day. Officers arrived at ...

NJ Attorney General Grewal 'Chalks It Up To Love' With Nutley Pride

June 29, 2020

NUTLEY, NJ — NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal made a surprise appearance at Nutley Pride's 'Chalk It Up To Love' event in Memorial Park Friday, June 26. 'Chalk It Up To Love' was a continuation of the ongoing chalking events in the township's municipal parks sharing messages of hope, encouragement, love, and pride as a part of Pride Month. 

The Township ...

Students Brighten up Downtown Westfield With Rainbow Crosswalk

WESTFIELD, NJ — It was dark when they started at 4 a.m. at the intersection of Quimby and Elm Streets Friday, but by the time they completed the project the sun reflected off the streetscape brighter than it ever has before.

Students from Westfield High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance and the school’s literary arts magazine, Folio, painted a rainbow crosswalk at the ...

IRS Unclaimed Refunds of $1.5 Billion Waiting for Tax Year 2016; Taxpayers Face July 15 Deadline

July 2, 2020

WASHINGTON – Unclaimed income tax refunds worth more than $1.5 billion await an estimated 1.4 million individual taxpayers who did not file a 2016 federal income tax return, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

“The IRS wants to help taxpayers who are owed refunds but haven’t filed their 2016 tax returns yet,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Time is ...

YMCA Plans Safe Reopening of Summer Day Camp

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Following Governor Murphy’s announcement that New Jersey could begin reopening summer camp on July 6, the South Mountain YMCA is set to safely welcome children back for the 2020 camp season.

For several weeks, the YMCA has been preparing to safely offer camp in light of COVID-19. Many new protocols and procedures have been implemented in accordance with the latest ...