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Police Investigate Possible “Creepy Clown” Sighting Near Hanover Park High School

September 29, 2016

EAST HANOVER, NJ - Police were called earlier today, Sept. 29, with reports of a possible “creepy clown” near the grounds of Hanover Park High School. The school did not initiate a lockdown, but police cruisers scoured the campus and surrounding areas all afternoon.

According to police sources, the individual they are looking for was wearing just a clown mask ...

Hoboken Train Crash Update: Gov. Christie: ‘Train Came In Too Fast,’ 108 Injured, 1 Dead

HOBOKEN, NJ – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the NJ Transit commuter train that crashed into the Hoboken terminal, killing a person on the platform and injuring another 108, “came in too fast.”

The commuter train on the Pascak Valley Line from Spring Valley, New York, entered the Hoboken Terminal at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, crashing through a concrete stop, sending at least ...

South Orange Rescue Squad Among First Responders for Hoboken Terminal Train Crash

September 29, 2016

Article updated at 1 p.m., Sept. 29

Additional update here.

HOBOKEN, NJ – A NJ Transit train crashed into the platform at Hoboken Terminal during the morning commute, killing at least one person, injuring up to 100, and causing structural damage to the station, according to various media outlets.

Gov. Chris Christie stated that there was one confirmed death ...

Three Maplewood Homes Burglarized on Sept. 19, Police Report

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- The most recent police blotter from Maplewood police reported that three burglaries occurred during the day on Monday, Sept. 19.

According to Maplewood police, at about 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 19, officers responded to an alarm activation at a home on Harvard Ave. When officers arrived, "they found that the home had been forcibly entered and jewelry was reportedly ...

SOMA Weekend Happenings: Oct. 1 - Oct. 2

September 29, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This weekend is a four-day one for many, with the South Orange-Maplewood School District schools closed on Monday, Oct. 3, and Tuesday, Oct. 4 for the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

Here's what's happening in the two towns this weekend:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

South Orange Train Station Centennial Celebration - It's a roaring twenties party from ...

Maplewood in Motion 5K and Kids Fun Run Oct. 16 to Benefit America's VetDogs and Bob Miller Oysterfest

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Sunday, Oct. 16, the Maplewood Lions Club sponsors its 16th annual Maplewood in Motion 5K & Kids Fun Run.

The run is open to all, and organizers invite participants to "bring your family and friends to run, jog, and even walk through the beautiful, tree-lined certified 5K course throughout Maplewood. Strollers are welcome."

The Maplewood in Motion 5K ...

Essex County Senior Wellness Day; Free Health Screenings, Food, Entertainment

September 23, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The 11th annual Essex County Senior Wellness Day is on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Codey Arena (560 Northfield Ave.) in West Orange. The free event is sponsored by Aetna, AAA and ShopRite,

“We are planning a fun-filled day of activities and will be providing a great deal of valuable information that will benefit ...

Winchester Gardens Retirement Community Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Healthcare Center

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Winchester Gardens, a continuing care retirement community, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tues, Sept. 13, to celebrate the beginning of work on an expanded and redesigned healthcare center. The healthcare building and renovation project is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

The construction project will include renovation of Winchester Garden's ...

Three Columbia High School Students Graduate from 'Girls Who Code' Program at NJIT

September 27, 2016

NEWARK, NJ - Columbia High School seniors Asma Makhdoom and Halle Bryant of South Orange, and Ellie Cohen of Maplewood, recently graduated from the seven-week "Girls Who Code" summer Immersion program offered at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Makhdoom, Bryant, and Cohen were among 40 young women from throughout New ...

South Orange Public Library Celebrates 150th Birthday, Looks to the Future

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The community came out to celebrate the South Orange Public Library's 150th birthday on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17. Library and local officials spoke to the crowd, and plenty of music created a festive mood for the celebration that took place both inside the library and outside in the parking lot.

There were lots of activities for party-goers young and old, ...

SOMA Weekend Happenings: Oct. 1 - Oct. 2

September 29, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This weekend is a four-day one for many, with the South Orange-Maplewood School District schools closed on Monday, Oct. 3, and Tuesday, Oct. 4 for the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

Here's what's happening in the two towns this weekend:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

South Orange Train Station Centennial Celebration - It's a roaring twenties party from ...

Community Comes Out for Third Annual PlayDay South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- South Orange held its annual PlayDay event on Sunday, Sept. 25, which featured inflatable rides, games, a rock wall, food, and a plethora of free giveaways. By closing down the section of South Orange Ave. between Valley St. and Church St., the village allowed residents to mingle and enjoy the day as a community. PlayDay is South ...

SOMA Weekend Happenings: Oct. 1 - Oct. 2

September 29, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This weekend is a four-day one for many, with the South Orange-Maplewood School District schools closed on Monday, Oct. 3, and Tuesday, Oct. 4 for the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

Here's what's happening in the two towns this weekend:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

South Orange Train Station Centennial Celebration - It's a roaring twenties party from ...

Community Comes Out for Third Annual PlayDay South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- South Orange held its annual PlayDay event on Sunday, Sept. 25, which featured inflatable rides, games, a rock wall, food, and a plethora of free giveaways. By closing down the section of South Orange Ave. between Valley St. and Church St., the village allowed residents to mingle and enjoy the day as a community. PlayDay is South ...

Bombing Suspect Attended Columbia High School for Freshman Year, According to Yearbook

September 19, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The 2004 Columbia High School yearbook, the Mirror, includes a photo of Ahmad Rahami, an Elizabeth man suspected of planting bombs in the region.

Rahami's photo appears in the 2004 yearbook under the heading "Freshmen." His photo is not found in the 2005 Columbia High School yearbook.

Elizabeth Councilman Carlos Torres said authorities believe ...

South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race Hosts Coffee House Discussion

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Community Coalition on Race (CCR) held a Coffee House Discussion, providing a forum for local community members to discuss concerns and race-related issues on Wed., August 31. The event, which was held in a private room at the restaurant Chez Dubois, had about 70 participants at 15 tables, each featuring a member of the CCR who acted ...

PowerNet BizExpo Networking Benefits CHOW Food Pantry

September 27, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A PowerNet BizExpo event benefitting the CHOW food bank for the second-consecutive year enabled dozens of small local retailers, businesses and service providers to mingle with consumers from the Essex County area as they enjoyed food, drink and live music at 316 Eisenhower Parkway in Livingston on Sept. 22.

Participants met at the SWS Architects two-story atrium office ...

Pet Wants South Orange Cuts the Leash at Grand Opening Celebration

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Saturday, Sept. 10, was a celebratory day for Pet Wants South Orange, located at 67 South Orange Avenue. Friends, customers and neighbors attended the grand opening, as well as community officials which included South Orange Village President Sheena Collum, several Village Trustees, and South Village Center Alliance board ...

Maplewood Township Committee Candidates Summersgill and McGehee Debate Budget Spending

September 25, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- About 50 local voters gathered at the DeHart Community Center on Thursday night, Sept. 22, to hear a Candidate’s Forum between the two contenders seeking election to the Maplewood Township Committee.

The Candidates Forum was hosted by the Hilton Neighborhood Association,and moderated by Carol Buchanan, the association’s president. Maplewood Township ...

Essex County Senior Wellness Day; Free Health Screenings, Food, Entertainment

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The 11th annual Essex County Senior Wellness Day is on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Codey Arena (560 Northfield Ave.) in West Orange. The free event is sponsored by Aetna, AAA and ShopRite,

“We are planning a fun-filled day of activities and will be providing a great deal of valuable information that will benefit ...

Maplewood Township Committee Candidates Summersgill and McGehee Debate Budget Spending

September 25, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- About 50 local voters gathered at the DeHart Community Center on Thursday night, Sept. 22, to hear a Candidate’s Forum between the two contenders seeking election to the Maplewood Township Committee.

The Candidates Forum was hosted by the Hilton Neighborhood Association,and moderated by Carol Buchanan, the association’s president. Maplewood Township ...

Maplewood in Motion 5K and Kids Fun Run Oct. 16 to Benefit America's VetDogs and Bob Miller Oysterfest

September 28, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Sunday, Oct. 16, the Maplewood Lions Club sponsors its 16th annual Maplewood in Motion 5K & Kids Fun Run.

The run is open to all, and organizers invite participants to "bring your family and friends to run, jog, and even walk through the beautiful, tree-lined certified 5K course throughout Maplewood. Strollers are welcome."

The Maplewood in Motion 5K ...

PowerNet BizExpo Networking Benefits CHOW Food Pantry

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A PowerNet BizExpo event benefitting the CHOW food bank for the second-consecutive year enabled dozens of small local retailers, businesses and service providers to mingle with consumers from the Essex County area as they enjoyed food, drink and live music at 316 Eisenhower Parkway in Livingston on Sept. 22.

Participants met at the SWS Architects two-story atrium office ...

Winchester Gardens Retirement Community Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Healthcare Center

September 20, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Winchester Gardens, a continuing care retirement community, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tues, Sept. 13, to celebrate the beginning of work on an expanded and redesigned healthcare center. The healthcare building and renovation project is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

The construction project will include renovation of Winchester Garden's ...

South Orange's Third & Valley Apartment Complex Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

September 21, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The new apartment complex at Third & Valley held its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Monday, Sept. 19, with representatives from the developer, Jonathan Rose Companies, South Orange officials, and members of the community joining the celebration.

The Third & Valley development, which began construction in 2014 and cost $64.4 million to ...

Five Fall Festivals to Entertain This Weekend

September 28, 2016

October is the prime time to attend fall festivals within the North Jersey area. The weather is still warm to enjoy the outdoors with your entire family. Throughout the first weekend of October, you can travel across the state to attend events that celebrate the harvest season.

Lenape Day

One of the more unique cultural experiences occurs every October when the Great Swamp Outdoor Education ...

Savor the Fall with a New Jersey Winery Tour

Cancel the trip to Tuscany. New Jersey is receiving a great deal of acclaim for their vineyards with award-winning wines being produced every day. Americans are enjoying fine wine like never before and the Garden State has become a destination for winery tours and tastings. Many wineries also offer delightful dining on their scenic premises. We have suggestions from all around the ...

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South Orange Village-Wide Water System Flushing Begins on Sunday, Oct. 2

September 29, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - In anticipation of and preparation for our January 1, 2016 transition to New Jersey American Water as the Village’s water supplier, and to cleanse the Village’s water system, a system wide “flushing” program will be undertaken this fall by the East Orange Water Commission (EOWC), the current operator of the system.

Flushing will be scheduled for ...

University Community Comes Together for Seton Hall Weekend

More than 3,500 people celebrated at Seton Hall Weekend, demonstrating the close ties shared between the University and surrounding community.

The 32nd Annual Faranella 5K Run kicked-off activities on September 24. The Overall Winners for men and women were Trevor West, from Arlington Heights, IL, with a time of 19:07 and Brianna Miller, from South Orange, with a time ...

First-Ever Komen Giving Day Set for Sept. 29

Susan G. Komen North Jersey, along with former New York Giant, Charles Way and his wife Tahesha Way, Miss New Jersey USA, Mrs. New Jersey America and Students for the Cure Jr. Chair, Mady are asking their supporters to join them to help kick off October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, by making a donation and committing to be More Than Pink.

So often, Breast Cancer Awareness ...

Millburn's Paper Mill Playhouse Announces Open Auditions for Its Award-Winning Broadway Show Choir

MILLBURN, NJ - Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is proud to announce open auditions for the award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir. The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir is a tuition-free, audition-based performance show choir that stems from ...

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Thu, September 29, 2:30 PM

Winchester Gardens Auditorium, Maplewood

FREE Presentation, "Cholesterol: The Highs and ...

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Thu, September 29, 8:00 PM

Burgdorff Center, Maplewood

A Play with Hat -Titude: Theater Project Opens ...

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South Orange Police Chief: A Message Regarding Recent Terrorist Activities

September 21, 2016

The following was posted on the South Orange Police Department's Facebook page.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHIEF REGARDING RECENT TERRORIST ACTIVITIES:

In light of recent incidents and the arrest of a subject believed to be responsible for bombings in NY & NJ, South Orange Police Department would like residents to know that the men and woman who serve our community each and every day will ...

4th & Valley Design Unveiling on Mon., Sept. 19

On Monday, September 19th, at 8 p.m., at the Baird Center (5 Mead St), Meridia Development will unveil their vision for a 100+ apartment structure to be built at 4th Street and Valley in South Orange.

The Academy Heights Neighborhood Association encourages residents who are concerned with development as it impacts residents, transit, architectural style, and general ...

South Orange Police Blotter - September 28

September 28, 2016

South Orange Police Blotter as of September 28

Lewdness - A female victim stated that on Sept. 24 at approximately 10:10 p.m. she was in front of a residence on Ward Pl. in the area of Village Rd. with her female friend when an actor approached them on foot and exposed himself while touching his genitalia.

The victim screamed at the actor who then fled the scene on foot ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Three Burglaries on Sept. 19

September 19 - Burglary; At approximately 1:30 p.m., officers responded to an alarm activation of a home on Harvard Ave.  Upon their arrival, they found that the home had been forcibly entered and jewelry was reportedly stolen.

September 19 - Burglary; Between 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. a home on Oberlin St. was entered. At the time of the report it was ...

Fall Double Header for Maplecrest Ford Lincoln of Union

What an awesome day for a double header. We began in our Ford Mustang, the official pace car of the Union Township Chamber of Commerce Mayor's Cup 5K Race, and ended in a Lincoln MKC at the South Orange Village PlayDay.

Why You Should Join A South Orange Neighborhood Association

Moving to a new area can be stressful, especially when you don't know anyone. Last weekend, South Orange reached out to new neighbors by hosting their annual Newcomer's Day. If you missed it, don't dismay. One of the first steps that new home owners can take to get involved is to join their local neighborhood association. 

Each neighborhood association is run by a president or ...

Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans.  I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell.  Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn't the jeans – maybe it was ...

‘Bathing in Moonlight’ Recalls 1950s Cuba

PRINCETON, NJ – Although this  play by Nilo Cruz is set in 2015, reflecting both Cuba and Miami, the theme is closer to struggles at least 30 years earlier. 

A priest who falls in love would more likely become an Episcopalian or even a Unitarian. So this dichotomy makes the whole premise less than believable. It’s really “The Thornbirds” revisited.
Raul ...

Livingston's Bane Haunted House Opens for the Halloween Season

September 25, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Halloween is just around the corner, and for those who get a thrill from being scared, Bane Haunted House has opened its doors, and will remain open through Halloween. According to Jennifer Condron, who owns the attraction with her husband John, Bane is one of the first such attractions in NJ to open this early.

Bane, which is ADA accessible, will be open on Sept.

Police Investigate Possible “Creepy Clown” Sighting Near Hanover Park High School

September 29, 2016

EAST HANOVER, NJ - Police were called earlier today, Sept. 29, with reports of a possible “creepy clown” near the grounds of Hanover Park High School. The school did not initiate a lockdown, but police cruisers scoured the campus and surrounding areas all afternoon.

According to police sources, the individual they are looking for was wearing just a clown mask ...