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World Trekker Talks about Life off the Beaten Path at Summit Old Guard Meeting

Life has always been an adventure for Meg Peterson of Maplewood and she will talk about her worldwide adventures at the January 15th meeting of the Summit Old Guard.  She has been an author, world trekker, playwright and an essayist.  She wrote “Madam, Have You Ever Been Really Happy?“ about her adventures when she  was worldwide trekking in Nepal, Egypt, Kenya and Sweden.   Her presentation at the New Providence Municipal Center will feature slides of the many places that she visited. All of this started after a divorce from 33 years of marriage.  She has made two around-the-world solo backpacking trips.  Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and New York Newsday.

All area 50-plus active men are invited to attend meetings of the Summit Area Old Guard on Tuesday mornings at the New Providence Municipal Center at 360 Elkwood Avenue.  A coffee hour starts at 9:15 that is followed by a 10 AM short business meeting. Old Guard members participate in sports, bridge, hikes, trips, plays, concerts and cultural events. Call Ralph Ortega at 908-244-4384 for more information or log on to the website:  www.summitoldguard.homestead.com.

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Maplewood Police Blotter - Three Thefts Reported, Including a Motor Vehicle

April 24, 2018

April 16 - Shoplifting; At approximately 3:15 p.m., officers responded to the 7-11 on Irvington Avenue on a reported shoplifter.  An employee reported that prior to officer’s arrival, a male entered the store, picked up several pieces of candy and then left without paying.

April 16 - Theft from Auto; At approximately 6:15 p.m. an unsecured vehicle parked on Van ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Man Arrested for Package Thefts

April 5 - Shoplifting; At approximately 3:15 p.m. officers responded to the Extra Supermarket on Irvington Ave on a reported shoplifter. Jean Legerme, age 21 of Newark was detained by security for attempting to leave the store without paying for several items. He was arrested, taken into custody and later released after being charged on a summons.

April 5 - Shoplifting; At ...

South Orange Celebrates Retirement of Longtime Train Station Employee, Joe Kelly

April 26, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - If you are one of the many who travel from the South Orange train station, you will no longer see the familiar face of Joe Kelly at the ticket window, as he retired on Monday, April 23, after 42 years with NJ Transit, and 24 years in South Orange.

The South Orange Board of Trustees (BOT) recognized Kelly with a proclamation at the Monday night BOT meeting, with many ...

Sunny Skies for the South Mountain YMCA Healthy Kids Day Celebration

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Mountain YMCA celebrated Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, with lots of sun, activities, and healthy snacks, which were provided by the Stop and Shop of South Orange and Trader Joe's of Millburn,

The afternoon of fun included a climbing wall, an obstacle course, laser tag, bounce houses, and slides.

There was also an opportunity for kids to visit to the ...

Robotics and Turkey Sandwiches

April 26, 2018

April 22, 2018

Below is the thank you letter written to all of the groups involved in a wonderful service project in support of Bridges Outreach, a Summit based organization that has been aiding local homeless friends for 30 years.

Dear Central Presbyterian Kindergartners, Stanley Family and friends, Fear the Gear, Columbia High School robotics and Washington Avenue School artists:

Thank ...

Academy Heights Residents: No More Valley Street Development Until Master Plan Approved

This past Thursday, April 19th, the South Orange Development Committee considered a presentation from developers regarding the All Star Motors site on Valley Street between 3rd and 4th. The proposal is for a 61 unit dormitory/boarding house for college students, with 175 beds and limited parking on a lot that is partially zoned for two-family residential. About 20 Academy Heights neighbors ...

Millburn Township Votes to Look at Flexible Parking Changes

April 26, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Township Committee unanimously approved a resolution to authorize the advertisement of bids for the removal of downtown flexible parking.

The heightened sidewalk parking was implemented in the first phase of the Complete Streets Initiative, which passed unanimously in 2015. In recent years, members of the public has expressed their disapproval of multiple ...

Last Chance to See the New Musical 'The Sting' at The Paper Mill Playhouse

MILLBURN, NJ - Currently at the Paper Mill Playhouse is a musical stage adaptation of the original 1973 Academy Award-winning film, The Sting, which starred Robert Redford and Paul Newman. The same two parts are played on stage by Harry Connick, Jr and J. Harrison Ghee. Connick and Ghee, along with the other principal players and the ensemble, sing and dance and Connick plays the piano all ...

Cranford's Kurt Steiner, a Holocaust Survivor, tells Life Story as 106th Birthday Draws Near

April 25, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – In a quaint white house near the border of Cranford and Garwood, 105-year-old Kurt Steiner sat at his dining room table, surrounded by cabinets that held his collection of Viennese glass and antique Limoge plates. At his table, he had his carefully taped together passport and exit papers from Vienna, Austria, stamped with a large “J” and “Jude,” the ...

Amazon Works to End Stigma of “Free and Reduced” Meals at School

FLORENCE, NJ – There is a widely unknown problem in schools all over America: a stigma among many children who are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Rather than face the peer pressure of receiving breakfast or lunch through this federal program, many choose to remain hungry.

To help eliminate the practice, Amazon has partnered with Share our Strength’s “No Kid ...

Achieve's 4th Maker Madness this Saturday at Columbia High School

April 26, 2018

Achieve's 4th Annual Maker Madness on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Columbia High School

Maker Madness is a free, hands-on event for students and families offering activity stations such as animation, 3-D printing, electronics demolition, kinetic sculpture, catapults, coding, and more! Over 1,400 students and adults participate every ...

Seth Boyden Helps Kids 'Grow on Trees'

Members of the public are invited to the opening ceremony of the Seth Boyden Children's Arboretum on Arbor Day, April 27, at 9 a.m. Visitors should gather outside at the rear of the building, 274 Boyden Avenue, Maplewood.

Seth Boyden Demonstration School has long been a hothouse for growing kids’ connection to nature with unique and sustainable green initiatives. There’s ...

Brazilian Colors - Jazz at Millburn Library

The Millburn Free Public Library is pleased to welcome Claudio Roditi and Abelita Mateus to perform their jazz program Brazilian Colors on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 2:00pm.

Brazilian Colors is a unique concert highlighting beautiful Brazilian bossa novas and sambas played by two exceptional musicians. Both have left their native Brazil to pursue their dream of combining jazz with Brazilian ...