SOMA Real Estate Market Weekly Update

Hi neighbors! This week in Maplewood there are 10 single family homes on the market with 4 new listings, and in South Orange there are also 10 single family homes on the market with 2 new listings, and one of them is our Mid-Century modern ranch home at 635 Mountain Drive in Newstead for $999,000. Open houses this Saturday and Sunday 2-4pm.   Inventory in SOMA is down ...

Our Devotion to the Denim Jacket Endures

Over the span of the last century, many workwear styles have evolved from being
strictly utilitarian and functional to becoming fashionable mainstays in their own right.
When we contemplate this, what immediately comes to mind is the 5-pocket jean,
originally designed by Levi Strauss in 1873. Originally worn by farmers and other
laymen, this garment, as we well know, has transcended into a ...

Financial Insights by Gary T Jones

Many people plan to take an early retirement, so when that day arrives, they’re ready for it. But what if you were to face an unplanned retirement? Would you be prepared to deal with the financial issues?

It’s something worth thinking about, because any number of factors — illness, a spouse’s illness, downsizing, other issues — could lead to an abrupt ...

‘Hercules’ Hits All the High Notes at Paper Mill

MILLBURN, NJ — This mythical tale of gods and goddesses makes for smashing musical theatre in “Hercules”, now at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

The enthusiastic audience at a recent matinee caught all the nuances right away. From the hero Hercules (in a strong performance by Bradley Gibson) to the muses to the earthbound peasants, it all comes together with flair. We start ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - March 2 to March 8, 2023

March 9, 2023

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Police Blotter March 2nd – March 8th, 2023

March 3, 2023:  Larceny/Theft:  A contractor doing work at a home on Claremont Avenue reported, a black bookbag that was left in his unsecured/unlocked Ford truck was removed while he was doing work inside the residence.  The vehicle was entered by an unknown person between the hours of 8:00 am and 11:50 am on ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, March 27
04:00 PM — 04:00 PM


Nomination Petition Filing Deadline for ...


Wed, March 29
07:30 PM — 09:00 PM


Community Board on Police


Thu, March 30
06:00 PM — 08:00 PM

Berkeley College, Woodland Park

Interior Design Insights: An Evening ...

Oil Heat Cares Helps an Elderly Woman Get a New Boiler

March 18, 2023

MAPLEWOOD – This winter, Elaine Pickerel, 87, has been warm and safe in her home in Warren, where she has lived for 63 years with her late husband, Everett.

But that fact was in question last fall, when her faulty boiler was no longer working efficiently and needed to be replaced. The widow, on a fixed income, could not afford such an expense.

Pickerel is a long-time ...

New Eyes Helps People Live Productive Lives; Providing Corrective Eyewear for People in Need

March 20, 2023

SHORT HILLS, NJ - Did you know there is a national organization based in Short Hills that provides new prescription eyewear at no cost to children and adults in New Jersey, as well as to people all over the country, who have financial hardship?

For more than 90 years, New Eyes (formerly known as New Eyes for the Needy) has been helping individuals and families live more productive lives.

SOMA Chamber Host Networking Event at Coda

Please join us on Thursday, March 30 at 5:30 PM at CODA in Maplewood for a SOMACC Social!

Just a chance to connect with each other. It's also a chance to meet SOMACC's new Executive Director, Chris Dickson. It'll be a fun night, and we look forward to seeing you all and hearing your ideas for improving the Chamber. 

PS. If you bring someone who ends ...

Maplewood Library Announced Ideas Festival '23 Lineup

Maplewood Library’s Ideas Festival celebrates the talent and creativity of our community. Now celebrating its 9th year, the Festival will run from April 17 to 29, and all events will be in person. All programs are free and open to the public.

Filmmakers’ Panel   April 18, 7 pm at The Woodland
A talk with Matthew Galkin and Razelle Benally, the directors of Murder in Big ...