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Essex County Officials Dedicate Search and Rescue Dog Statue at Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial

August 24, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A four-foot-tall “Search and Rescue Dog” Statue has been added to the Essex County Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial in West Orange to commemorate the role that dogs had in the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center and Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. joined New Jersey Attorney General ...

South Orange Police Release Notice on Door-to-Door Solicitors

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Police Department posted a notice to their Facebook page regarding door-to-door solicitors on Aug. 23. According to South Orange police, two organizations were recently given permission to conduct solicitations at South Orange homes.

The two organizations are:

Power Home Remodeling, permit valid through Aug. 26. South Orange ...

South Orange Police Release Notice on Door-to-Door Solicitors

August 24, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Police Department posted a notice to their Facebook page regarding door-to-door solicitors on Aug. 23. According to South Orange police, two organizations were recently given permission to conduct solicitations at South Orange homes.

The two organizations are:

Power Home Remodeling, permit valid through Aug. 26. South Orange ...

Two Maplewood Fires on Saturday Under Investigation

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Sat., Aug. 20, two fires were reported in Maplewood within thirty minutes of each other -- one at the Dollar Tree store on Springfield Ave., and one at a residential home on Burnett Ave.

At about 7:10 p.m. on Saturday, the Maplewood Fire Dept. received a report of an "extinguished fire with a smoke condition" at the ...

Nyla Edwards of Maplewood is Crowned Miss New Jersey Pre-Teen

August 17, 2016

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Nyla Edwards of Maplewood was crowned Miss New Jersey in the Pre-Teen Division at the National American Miss Pageant at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick on Sun., Aug. 14.

This is Edwards second time participating in the pageant, and Edwards said she was ecstatic to have won her division this year.   

Edwards' parents,Trent and Anya ...

Maplewood Summer Concert Series Continues on Aug. 12 with Ricky Persaud Jr.

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Springfield Avenue Gazebo summer concert series began on Friday night, July 29, and continues for three more Fridays, with two concerts and a film viewing on the schedule.

This Friday, Aug. 12, Ricky Persaud, Jr. performs rock, reggae and R & B, beginning at 7 p.m.

Persaud, age 17, has been called a "musical phenome." His performance at Maplewoodstock ...

South Orange-Maplewood School District Board of Education Approves Appointment of Four New Administrators

August 23, 2016

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Four new administrators were approved at the South Orange-Maplewood School District Board of Education meeting on Mon., Aug. 22. 

According to a release from Suzanne Turner, Director of Strategic Communications for the South Orange-Maplewood School District, the four new administrators for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows:

Dara ...

Maplewood Youth Attend Junior Police Academy

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Last week, from Aug. 15 to Aug. 19, twenty-one Maplewood kids got an idea of what it would be like to be a police officer as "recruits" to the Maplewood Junior Police Academy.

A program of the Maplewood Police Department, the week-long Junior Police Academy gave middle-schoolers the opportunity to learn from Maplewood police about many aspects of a police ...

Maplewood Pool to Close Earlier for the Rest of the Summer

August 16, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - As the summer days get shorter, the Maplewood pool will begin closing earlier than the usual 8 p.m. closing time that has been in place so far all summer.

According to an email from the Maplewood Community Pool management, "the pool will be closing at 7:50 p.m. this evening [Aug. 16] and will gradually begin closing earlier to align with earlier ...

Ibtihaj Muhammad of Maplewood and the USA Women's Saber Team Win Bronze Medal at Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ibtihaj Muhammad of Maplewood will be bringing home a bronze medal from the Rio Olympics as a member of the USA Women's Saber team. 

Muhammad and the other members of the USA Women's Saber team defeated Italy by a wide margin, with a final score of 45-30 to win the bronze medal.

“This has been a long journey for us … We’ve ...

ShopRite Recalls Cookies

August 18, 2016

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – ShopRite supermarkets has announced a recall of cookies because they may contain small metal fragments. 

According to a release by the manufacture, “Country Home has initiated a voluntary recall of Gourmet Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel Cookies sold at ShopRite stores in its Fresh Bake department.”

Cookies included in the recall can be identified by ...

Two Maplewood Restaurants Make List of 25 Best Restaurants in New Jersey

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - New Jersey Monthly's list of The 25 Best Restaurants of 2016 includes two in Maplewood: Verjus and Lorena's, both which feature French cuisine.

 

This annual list highlights the "absolute best restaurants" in New Jersey. In the listing for Verjus (1790 Springfield Ave.), the review states that "Chef/co-owner Charles ...

Attorney in Westfield 'Watcher' Case Believes Lawsuit Will Ultimately be Dismissed

August 15, 2016

ELIZABETH, NJ — A motion to dismiss the entirety of the lawsuit filed over Westfield’s “Watcher" house was rejected on Thursday by a Superior Court judge, as confirmed by former owners’ defense attorney, Richard Kaplow. However, several counts against them, and Caldwell Banker, were dismissed, he said.

“Based on the comments of the court, I ...

West Orange Man Sought in Chatham Jewelry Store Armed Robbery Now in Custody

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Raiys Grimes, 35, of West Orange, who had an arrest warrant issued for him in relation to the July 28 armed robbery of Crescent Jewelers in Chatham, turned himself in to authorities on Friday.

Morris County Superior Court Judge Ira Cohen set his bail at $200,000. Grimes and Michael Reed, 46, of Newark, have been charged with the armed robbery. A gun and some of the ...

TAP Visits Essex County Airport to Celebrate National Aviation Day

August 22, 2016

FAIRFIELD, NJ – In honor of National Aviation Day, the TAP into West Essex office staff took a field trip on Friday to the local runway at Essex County Airport, located at 27 Wright Way in Fairfield.

Upon arrival, Jessica Parkes, co-owner of TAPintoWestEssex.net, and Conor McCloskey, TAP marketing consultant, were greeted by Tom Gomez, manager of the airport’s governing body, the ...

Essex County Receives Bond Rating Upgrade to AA-Plus

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Fitch Ratings has increased Essex County’s long-term bond rating to AA-plus, which is a two-step improvement over the former rating of AA Stable that was assigned in 2013.

This is the second positive bond ratings increase that Essex County received this year; in March, Moody’s Investors Services, ...

Essex County Officials Dedicate Search and Rescue Dog Statue at Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial

August 24, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A four-foot-tall “Search and Rescue Dog” Statue has been added to the Essex County Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial in West Orange to commemorate the role that dogs had in the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center and Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. joined New Jersey Attorney General ...

South Orange Rotary Selling Tickets to Red Bulls Game to Help Support Polio Plus

The South Orange Rotary will be participating in Rotary Day at the Red Bull Arena on Sunday, August 28. The 2:30 p.m. soccer game is the New York Red Bulls vs. the New England Revolution.

Tickets are still available at NewYorkRedBulls/Rotary for $27; a portion of the proceeds will go towards Polio Plus, a Rotary organization working to eradicate polio globally.

For more ...

August Events at the Essex County Environmental Center

August 2, 2016

Essex County, NJ – A variety of programs are being offered at the Essex County Environmental Center during the month of August that will teach children and adults about nature and help them gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the environment. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites children and adults to visit the Environmental Center where they can ...

Essex County Receives Bond Rating Upgrade to AA-Plus

August 20, 2016

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Fitch Ratings has increased Essex County’s long-term bond rating to AA-plus, which is a two-step improvement over the former rating of AA Stable that was assigned in 2013.

This is the second positive bond ratings increase that Essex County received this year; in March, Moody’s Investors Services, ...

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Campaign Kicks Off

August 21, 2016

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - New Jersey’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown began on Friday, August 19, as law enforcement officers from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office began the 2016 Labor Day Statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. 

Beginning August 19, and running through September 5, local and state law enforcement officers ...

South Orange Police Release Notice on Door-to-Door Solicitors

August 24, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Police Department posted a notice to their Facebook page regarding door-to-door solicitors on Aug. 23. According to South Orange police, two organizations were recently given permission to conduct solicitations at South Orange homes.

The two organizations are:

Power Home Remodeling, permit valid through Aug. 26. South Orange ...

TAP Visits Essex County Airport to Celebrate National Aviation Day

August 22, 2016

FAIRFIELD, NJ – In honor of National Aviation Day, the TAP into West Essex office staff took a field trip on Friday to the local runway at Essex County Airport, located at 27 Wright Way in Fairfield.

Upon arrival, Jessica Parkes, co-owner of TAPintoWestEssex.net, and Conor McCloskey, TAP marketing consultant, were greeted by Tom Gomez, manager of the airport’s governing body, the ...

A New York State of Mind in Clark, New Jersey

CLARK, NJ – You may be right! I may be crazy! But “we didn’t start the fire.”  Swing by Oak Ridge Park on Wednesday night, Aug. 24, as Union County finishes off its 2016 Summer Arts Festival concert series with New York State of Mind, a Billy Joel tribute band.

“We wrap up another exciting summer of entertainment in our parks with a fabulous performance ...

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New Field Usage Fees in Maplewood

August 23, 2016

As some of you are well aware of by now, a new township ordinance has been passed stating that there will be a new "Field usage fee" for all activities taking place in DeHart, Maplecrest, Memorial, and Borden fields. 

These new fees will go to future repairs, renovations and maintenance to our parks and fields. For Maplewood and South Orange residents, in addition to any current ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace & Cafe - August 22 to August 28

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your every day needs!

This week's specials are:

Boar’s Head Salsalito Turkey $9.99 lb (Deli)
Ciuti Extra Virgin Olive Oil  $7.99
Total Fage Yogurts 35.3 oz. $6.29
Earthbound Farm Organic Salads 2/ $6.00
Pete & Gerry’s Organic Medium Eggs $2.99

See all specials here.

Ashley Marketplace and Cafe is open 7 ...

South Orange Launches Humane Program to Reduce Feral Cat Population

On June 27, 2016, the Board of Health in South Orange enacted an Ordinance to address the growing feral cat population in the Township.

For years, the Township and many other municipalities in NJ have tried unsuccessfully to combat feral cat overpopulation by trapping and removing cats. Village President Sheena Collum and the Board of Health have decided it’s time to try something ...

Upcoming Events

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Fri, August 26, 12:00 PM

Boccone South Restaurant, South Orange

Boccone South Lunch Special - Tues. to Sat.

Food & Drink

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Fri, August 26, 7:00 PM

Above Restaurant & Bar, South Orange

The Extra Rich in Class Dinner Show

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink Other

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Sat, August 27, 12:00 PM

Paper Mill Playhouse Lobby, millburn

Free Children's Book Reading Series Hosted by ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Obituary: Jeanette M. Estoye, Age 37, of Maplewood

August 17, 2016

Jeanette Manning Estoye, loving wife, mother, sister, and friend, 37, of Maplewood died suddenly on August 14, 2016. 

Born in Voorhees, Camden County on Jan. 14, 1979, and raised in Audubon, NJ, Jeanette lived in Maplewood for the past 7 years. She was a beautiful, independent woman with an adventurous spirit. She earned her BFA in Graphic Design from Winthrop University in South ...

Obituary: Jeremy Craig Mathews of South Orange

Jeremy Craig Mathews, 44, of South Orange, NJ died suddenly on Friday, August 12, 2016 in Rio De Janiero, Brazil. 

Born in Chester, PA, on Nov. 5, 1971, Jeremy had lived in metropolitan New York for 21 years with the last four being in South Orange, NJ. He graduated from Temple University in 1994 with a BA in Journalism. He was SVP, Group Partner, Integrated Investment for Universal ...

Obituary for Dave Curtin, Age 58, Former Columbia High School Coach and Athletic Director

The following was posted to the South Orange-Maplewood Education Association's Facebook page on Aug. 11:

It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Dave Curtin. He was a P.E. teacher and the former Athletic Director at Columbia High School. Dave recently turned 58 years old last week. Dave was a devoted husband, father of three and a grandfather of two. He also taught ...

South Orange Police Blotter - August 24

August 24, 2016

South Orange Police Blotter as of August 24

Burglary to dwelling - A Stanley Rd. resident stated that sometime between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday August 21, an unknown actor(s) had gained entry into his residence by prying open a side entrance door. Once entry was gained the actor(s) removed a purple Dell laptop computer and a Trinity tablet. The Detective Bureau is investigating the ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Credit Cards Stolen at South Orange Pool

South Orange Police Blotter as of August 22

Theft of credit cards - A South Orange resident stated that sometime between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on August 20, an unknown actor had removed credit cards from her purse while she was at the town pool. The actor(s) had used several of the stolen credit cards to make purchases. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

DWI/arrest - Nnamdi ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Several Thefts; Report of Suspicious Person/Vehicle

August 16 - Bicycle Theft; Between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. a bicyle left on the lawn of a North Terr. residence was stolen.

August 18- Bicycle Theft; During the overnight hours a bicycle was stolen from an unsecured garage on Hudson Ave.

August 17 - Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 4 a.m., a Chevy pickup truck was stolen from a business on Springfield ...

The Argument in Favor of Restoring a Full Time Librarian

August 18, 2016

The argument in favor of restoring a full time librarian to South Orange Middle School (SOMS) can be made convincingly with facts. There is very real data showing the positive impact of a full time librarian. The financial resources that would go towards a dance teacher could easily be redirected to a librarian. 

And while these logical arguments are important, the experiences of ...

Middle School Librarians Should Be Restored for the 2016-17 School Year

It has come to our attention that yesterday the district was interviewing for a middle school dance teacher, a position that has not been in the middle schools for at least ten years. How can the school district be stating to us and others that they can not reverse the decision to cut the middle school librarian position due to a "difficult budget cycle," while at the same time ...

SOMA Open Houses on Sunday, August 21

Featured Listing, 9 Lowell Place, West Orange

Come tour this beautifully renovated five bedroom home in the Upper Gregory neighborhood of West Orange. There's nothing to do but move in! As you enter the home, the living room beckons with a working wood-burning fireplace and built-in shelves. An updated gourmet kitchen with a stainless steel SubZero fridge, ...

Some Like it Hot

“Oh boy!” exclaimed my husband. “There’s a hot sauce shop in town!”

We were away antiquing for the weekend in a quaint village populated by Bed and Breakfasts, art galleries, and apparently, a hot sauce shop. For my husband, this was like discovering that someone had bought you a lottery ticket and you won… if the lottery prize was a fireball that would ...

Going for Brass

I get all teary-eyed watching the Olympics on TV.  You  know, the human drama, the sacrifice, the dedication, the thrill of competition, the athletic lip sync murmur to the national anthem on the podium.  

 

This year I discovered that there are many other Olympic champions besides the usual cadre of spring-wound gymnastic pixies and ferociously wedged, hairless swimmers ...

Ionesco’s ‘Exit the King’ Makes for Powerful Drama at New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ – There’s dying and then there’s dying in long, drawn-out agony. Well, if you’ve been king for 400 years, you won’t disappear quietly. No doubt King Berenger thinks he’s immortal and, like many of us today, lingers long after he’s of any use to himself or others.

The king on "Exit The King" is ravenously alive early on, still ...

Essex County Officials Dedicate Search and Rescue Dog Statue at Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial

August 24, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – A four-foot-tall “Search and Rescue Dog” Statue has been added to the Essex County Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial in West Orange to commemorate the role that dogs had in the search and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center and Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. joined New Jersey Attorney General ...

TAP Visits Essex County Airport to Celebrate National Aviation Day

FAIRFIELD, NJ – In honor of National Aviation Day, the TAP into West Essex office staff took a field trip on Friday to the local runway at Essex County Airport, located at 27 Wright Way in Fairfield.

Upon arrival, Jessica Parkes, co-owner of TAPintoWestEssex.net, and Conor McCloskey, TAP marketing consultant, were greeted by Tom Gomez, manager of the airport’s governing body, the ...

A New York State of Mind in Clark, New Jersey

August 21, 2016

CLARK, NJ – You may be right! I may be crazy! But “we didn’t start the fire.”  Swing by Oak Ridge Park on Wednesday night, Aug. 24, as Union County finishes off its 2016 Summer Arts Festival concert series with New York State of Mind, a Billy Joel tribute band.

“We wrap up another exciting summer of entertainment in our parks with a fabulous performance ...

Union Resdent Killed in Newark Bus Crash

UNION, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced today that the Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating a fatal bus crash that resulted in the death of a NJ TRANSIT bus driver and one passenger. 

Shortly after 6 a.m. today, Aug. 19, a NJ TRANSIT bus -- the 59 ...