SOMA News

January 22, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - Corey N. Blanton, 26, of Maplewood, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Jan. 22, to third-degree charges of impersonation/theft of identity and theft by deception before Superior Court Judge Robert A. Kirsch in Union County according to a statement from NJ Attorney General Gurbir S.

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Sen. Robert Menendez held a press conference at Montclair Bread Company, located on Label Street, on Friday. The purpose was to hear the challenges faced by those affected by the ongoing Federal Government shutdown. The small group of unpaid federal workers shared their ...

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NEW JERSEY, NJ -- With almost 25 percent of all American adults having no retirement savings or pension, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on “Best States to Retire” list for 2019. To the surprise of few people, New Jersey ranked among the most worst, landing at No. 46 ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- The Columbia-Nutley hockey co-op turned in a decisive 8-1 victory over Newark East Side on Monday. Eli Verdun, Chase Nicolette and Rocco Albanese scored two goals apiece for Columbia-Nutley (10-2-3), which broke the game wide open with five unanswered goals in the second period for ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Thursday evening, Jan. 17, current South Orange Trustee Deborah Davis Ford took center stage at Bunny’s following an introduction from her daughter, Rachel Ford. The room was filled with supporters, locals, family and elected officials from the state level. “I’m running now, ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — British Swim School of The Oranges recently invited the students from Freedom Christian Academy in Orange to participate in an exclusive hour-long "Splashapalooza" event at its Livingston location at 39 W. Northfield Road. This "Splashapalooza" event was held at the request of ...

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UNION, NJ – Union police are investigating a “grandchild in distress” scam and seeking help. According to Union police, a senior citizen from out of state received a phone call from a person claiming to be a lawyer.  The individual told the victim his grandson was in a car accident and had been ...

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SHORT HILLS, NJ - Singapore-born American conductor, George Mathew, founder and Artistic Director of Music for Life International, has emerged as one of the leading forces in the classical music world bringing symphonic music to focus on global humanitarian issues and crises at the beginning of the ...

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NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through Sunday afternoon. Rain, heavy at times, will continue to about noon on Sunday. In the afternoon, temperatures will drop to around 25 and remain below freezing for the rest of the day and into Monday. These ...

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MILLBURN, NJ - According to the Millburn Police department, an assault occured at Oscar's Deli in downtown Millburn on Thursday. Lt. Blazinski of the Millburn Police Department confirmed to TAPinto Millburn Thhursday afternoon that the specific incident happened and that it took place at the ...

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QUINCY, MA – Stop & Shop has announced a recall by Perdue Foods, LLC of approximately 68,244 pounds of ready to eat chicken nugget products.  The action comes after three people filed complaints of finding wood in the food according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The nuggets ...

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NEW JERSEY - Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. In fact, about 46 percent of all crashes involving bad weather take place in the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs will present a “Young People’s” classical music concert on Sunday, Jan. 20, according to a press release from Andrew Fishman of the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs. The concert will be performed by the Maplewood ...

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Attention chocoholics: The Chocolate Expo is coming to the Garden State Plaza in Paramaus, NJ, on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Now in its 11th year, organizers claim that it’s America’s largest chocolate festival. Local, regional and international vendors at the expo will offer ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The National Weather Service (NWS) has upgraded the Winter Storm Watch for this weekend to a Winter Storm Warning, which is in effect from noon on Saturday to 6 p.m on Sunday. The 6 p.m. update from the NWS on Friday predicted "total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ  – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura are asking that residents do not park on county roads from Saturday, Jan. 19, to Sunday, Jan. 20. Keeping the roads open will make it easier to remove snow and enable public works crews to ...

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UNION, NJ - You're probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pet’s health? The Westfield Veterinary Group has some tips to keep your pet safe during the cold New Jersey ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A solitary note from a piano rang through 276 Delavan Ave. when a potential buyer mistakenly pressed down on one key. The instrument sat among broken lamps and damp books in a corner of the dark living room. It was one of many remnants leftover from the previous owner that was ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - All South Orange Maplewood School District schools will have a delayed opening on Friday, Jan. 18, according to an email from the school district early Friday morning. For delayed opening, Montrose, elementary and middle schools start two hours later than their ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated through Tuesday, Jan. 22, due to extreme cold weather and cold in the forecast, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced on Thursday. When a Code Blue is declared, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Newark Academy overcame a three-point halftime deficit for a 56-48 girls basketball victory over Columbia on Thursday. Ashley Phillip scored 16 points to lead Columbia (4-8), which led, 27-24, at halftime. Maia Little finished with 15 points for the Cougars. Sam Keller paced ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Four members of the South Orange Fire Department were promoted and two new firefighters were sworn-in by South Orange Village President Sheena Collum, at Monday night's meeting of the South Orange Board of Trustees. Giovanni Grasso and Michael Pascuite were both promoted from ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy pledged to work with federal lawmakers to solve Newark’s lead issue as Mayor Ras Baraka demanded President Donald Trump fix the nation’s failing water infrastructure instead of funding a border wall. Murphy's promise came yesterday in his State of the State address.

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NEWARK, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating an apparent suicide that occurred in the Bloomfield Police Department overnight. The preliminary investigation indicates that retired Newark Police Lt. Patrick Montella shot himself in the Bloomfield Headquarters while being ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Legislation signed last summer prohibiting smoking at public beaches and parks in New Jersey goes into effect on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The bill, S-2534, updates the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006.” According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die from ...

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UNION, NJ — A Union man has been arrested and charged with being responsible for the alcohol-related motor vehicle collision that took the life of his passenger, an off-duty Hillside police officer, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly ...

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BURLINGTON, NJ – Three SOMA arts organizations have been nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards, and South Orange also has a nomination in the category "Favorite Downtown Arts District." In addition to South Orange's nomination for Downtown Arts District, the other nominees ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- In a game that was close throughout, the Columbia boys basketball team made the big plays down the stretch and came away with a 53-48 victory over Bloomfield on the road Tuesday night. Senio guard Dylan Jones scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out three assists ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A developer who has renovated several properties in Newark announced new plans for an adaptive reuse project in the city’s Downtown. Paramount Assets purchased two properties at 30-32 and 36-40 Clinton Street that will add to the city’s “Billion Dollar Triangle,” an area that is ...

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NEWARK, NJ - One of the Wilmington 10 who fought to desegregate schools in North Carolina will be the keynote speaker on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Essex County College’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial.   Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., who was falsely accused and convicted in connection with a ...

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