SOMA News

August 15, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Newark received a $5.6 million settlement from East Orange, resolving a seven-year legal battle over wastewater that runs through pipes of the state’s largest municipality. The wastewater produced by East Orange residents has a natural, gravitational flow into Newark's Wastewater ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Police Department is currently investigating a number of overnight burglaries that occurred near Maplewood Middle School, in the neighborhood known "Golf Island," according to a press release from Maplewood police. According to a press release, during one of the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A car overturned on Boyden Avenue just north of Midland Boulevard at around 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday night, with Maplewood fire and police personnel reporting to the scene. The car was traveling on Boyden Avenue when it hit two parked cars, and then flipped over. There were four ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the Maplewood Makos swim team, which is made-up of 140 Maplewood Pool members between the ages of 5 and 18, this summer was about swimming, but also about sportsmanship and fun, as well as giving back to the community. The Maplewood Makos compete in the North Jersey ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Essex County officials announced on Monday that they are pushing for Governor Murphy to enact a salary cap for police and firefighters. This initiative is touted as a means to control the rise in property taxes. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. sent a letter on ...

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MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Short Hills Desi Club is preparing to welcome the community to their Indian Independence Day celebration on August 15. This year marks the 71st anniversary of Indian Independence from Britain becoming a free democratic nation. The Desi Club is excited to welcome not ...

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“In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a new body." - Joseph Pilates MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With summer in full-swing and back-to-school right around the corner, now is a great time to start individualized sessions at ...

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Mayor Brad Cohen has issued the following statement with regard to the fatal accident that occurred at Crystal Springs Family Aquatic Center in East Brunswick on Monday, July 30, 2018: "It is with the deepest regret that I must report the passing of the young boy who was ...

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J.-A scheduled campaign speech by Vice President Mike Pence was supposed to be held at Baltusrol Golf Club on Friday, August 10, but was moved at the last minute to the Trump Bedminster course. The speech was in support of Jay Webber, who is running against Mikie Sherrill for the ...

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BRANSON, MO — Live shows, water sports, Silver Dollar City amusement park — Branson, Missouri, in the Ozarks has it all. Here’s what to know before you go: Table Rock Lake This man-made lake is the area’s biggest attraction, with 800 miles of shoreline. Its cold, clear water is perfect for ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - K Kakes Cakery, which has been closed since July, has closed its doors permanently, stated Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director of the South Orange Village Center Alliance. While Zuckerman said he has not be in contact with the owners, and did not have information about why the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Before an overflow crowd, two members of the police force who received promotions in Juy were administered the Oath of Office at Tuesday's Township Committee (TC) meeting. Captain Albert Frederick Sally was promoted to the newly created position of Deputy Chief of Police, and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Ashley Redding was just making a quick run to CVS the night of Jan. 28, 2018. She said told her husband, Quinton Redding, and their three young children that she’d be right back. Instead, she ended up at the hospital. Redding was driving on Central Avenue when another car, driven ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston-area residents are mourning the loss of Isabella Brodsky, 17, and Matthew Poole, 18, two rising Livingston High School seniors who unexpectedly died on Tuesday night after swimming in Ramapo Lake in Oakland with their friends. “On behalf of the town council, the town ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Essex County will no longer hold money in Wells Fargo accounts after clergy from Newark raised concerns about the bank’s aggressive foreclosure practices. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. gave a directive to transfer accounts to other banks in June, and announced ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Last Wednesday's South Orange Summer Nights Concert, which was postponed due to inclement weather that night, is on for Wednesday night, August 8.   The concert is on Flood's Hill from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and features Stuff Bros and Marry the Sea.   The Moonlit ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Residents came to DeHart Park for National Night Out in Maplewood on Tuesday night until about 7 p.m., when rain and thunderstorms caused the rest of the event to be cancelled. South Orange's National Night Out event on Flood's Hill was canceled as well due to the inclement ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Shaquille O'Neal’s second residential tower passed another milestone yesterday when the city planning board approved site plans for the project. The 33-story building with 370 studio, one and two-bedroom units will be located steps away from Newark Penn Station at 769-781 ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - About 500 customers in Maplewood were without power as of 8 p.m. on Monday, according to the PSE&G outage map. About 1,000 customers were without power throughout Essex County on Monday, as well as close to 6,000 in Union, according to the outage map at about 8 p.m. All ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – Two kilograms of heroin were seized from an Indianapolis man traveling through Union County last week on Route 22 in Union, according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. Noel Ramiro Hernandez is charged with first-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute ...

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MILLBURN, NJ - There is a bright new fixture in Taylor Park for the entire community to share.  he Friends of the Millburn Library (FML) installed a Little Free Library (LFL) to spread a love of reading and books. The library contains a wide range of books: adult fiction, non-fiction, Young adults, ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ  - It's National Night Out in many communities and there are events planned in both South Orange and Maplewood for Tuesday, August 7. National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships, and provides public safety tips and information, according to their ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - After multiple days of NJ Transit delays and cancellations in July, the South Orange Board of Trustees and the Maplewood Township Committee are asking SOMA residents who use the train to take a NJ Transit survey to enable town leaders to better communicate issues to ...

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CHATHAM, NJ - New meaning was given to door-to-door delivery on Sunday afternoon when a U.S. Postal Service delivery truck rolled down the front lawn and made contact with a home on Fairmount Avenue. Chatham Township Police and the Chatham Township Fire Department responded to the call. No ...

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NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Northern New Jersey through 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7. A Heat Advisory is issued when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is 95 to 99 degrees for two or more consecutive days, or 100 to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Sadie's, the women's and men's clothing store located at 65 Valley St. in South Orange, is joining the "no plastic straw" movement and giving out a free reusable metal straw with each purchase over $50 while supplies last. BACK TO SCHOOL SALES August also brings several ...

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UNION, NJ – A Dingman’s Ferry, PA, man was arrested last week for invasion of privacy for taking photos under the dress of a woman at the Target store on Route 22. On Friday morning, Union police were alerted by a Target loss prevention worker who observed a man acting strangely.  According to ...

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MILLBURN, NJ - The first thing you notice when you walk into Lightbridge Academy of Millburn is all the smiling faces -  not just from the kids, but from everyone who works with them, from the front office to the classroom. The smiles all around are by design, said Lightbridge Academy's ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Eleven people are running for three seats on the South Orange - Maplewood School District Board of Education (BOE) this November: Marian Cutler Shannon Cuttle Javier Farfan Felisha George Narda Chisholm Greene Avery Julien Michael ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The new interim principal of Columbia High School (CHS), Kalisha Morgan, sent an email to families on Wednesday stating that she is excited about the new position and that her "main priority is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy, and safe as well as ...

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