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Columbia High School Girls Win County Swim Tournament As Undefeated Season Continues.

January 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the second time in three years, the Columbia High School (CHS) girls’ swim team could go undefeated.

But no matter what happens, this year’s team has already done something the 2015-2016 squad that went 14-0 could not do – win the Super Essex Conference (SEC) tournament.

That victory came on Monday when the CHS girls took first ...

South Orange Student Sings National Anthem at Madison Square Garden with the Mayo Performing Arts Company

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Mayo Performing Arts Company, MPAC’s teen performing group, performed the National Anthem prior to the New York Knicks-New Orleans Pelicans game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, January 14.

Matthew Lintern of South Orange was one of the 29 singers, who come from 16 towns around New Jersey. Other singers were Victoria Fanning, Bailey McGuinn, Carigan ...

Suspicious Death Being Investigated in South Orange, Says Prosecutor

January 11, 2018

Updated on Jan. 16

 

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A suspicious death is being investigated on Hixon Place in South Orange, according to Thomas Fennelly, Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

 

"We can't really tell you anything official yet," said Fennelly to TAPinto SOMA at about 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, but he did ...

Union Police Report Details of Target Shoplifting Incident That Got Social Media Buzzing

UNION, NJ – A social media posting about Union police officers tackling a woman to the ground at the Target in Vauxhall caught the attention of many residents in Union and Maplewood on Tuesday.  However, police tell a different story.

The Facebook posting said in part “a woman of color with two small children was tackled to the ground at the front entrance by two white male ...

Columbia High School Girls Win County Swim Tournament As Undefeated Season Continues.

January 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the second time in three years, the Columbia High School (CHS) girls’ swim team could go undefeated.

But no matter what happens, this year’s team has already done something the 2015-2016 squad that went 14-0 could not do – win the Super Essex Conference (SEC) tournament.

That victory came on Monday when the CHS girls took first ...

Report: Gov. Christie Won’t Sign Cooperative High School Sports Bill Before Leaving Office

TRENTON, NJ – The proposed bill to allow school districts with multiple high schools to “co-op” in all sports based on participation or financial issues will not be signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie, according to a report by Greg Tufaro of MyCentralJersey.com.

Christie will “pocket veto” the bill, by placing it on an “action not taken ...

Reach Your 2018 Fitness Goals with Pinnacle Pilates

January 2, 2018

“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 - Is your New Year's resolution to exercise more? Be more healthy? Or to try to end chronic aches and pains? Or maybe your goal in the new year is to try something new? Whatever the reason, a perfect ...

Report: Gov. Christie Won’t Sign Cooperative High School Sports Bill Before Leaving Office

January 15, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – The proposed bill to allow school districts with multiple high schools to “co-op” in all sports based on participation or financial issues will not be signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie, according to a report by Greg Tufaro of MyCentralJersey.com.

Christie will “pocket veto” the bill, by placing it on an “action not taken ...

Harlem Wizards Play Maplewood Teachers and Town Officials at 'Family Night' on Jan. 29

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Recreation Department is hosting a night of trick hoops and alley oops on Monday, Jan. 29, at Maplewood Middle School.

Two members of the Harlem Wizards will be playing with Maplewood teachers and other town officials at Maplewood “Family Night,"according to an email from Maplewood Recreation.

You may go ...

South Orange Student Sings National Anthem at Madison Square Garden with the Mayo Performing Arts Company

January 17, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Mayo Performing Arts Company, MPAC’s teen performing group, performed the National Anthem prior to the New York Knicks-New Orleans Pelicans game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, January 14.

Matthew Lintern of South Orange was one of the 29 singers, who come from 16 towns around New Jersey. Other singers were Victoria Fanning, Bailey McGuinn, Carigan ...

New Community Arts Space Opening Soon in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A new community arts space is opening soon at the corner of Ridgewood Road and Cedar Lane, in the location which was most recently occupied by Lickt Gelato, which closed in October.

Felix Sockwell, an illustrator and artist who has lived in Maplewood for 15 years, knows he wants the space to be a place for artists and freelancers to work and collaborate, as well as to hold ...

Bite in Maplewood Announces Closing on Website

January 5, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Bite, an eatery located on Valley Street near Columbia High School, has closed, according to an update on their website that states, '"Bite is closed for business." 

The website message also states, "We would like to thank you all for a wonderful year. It has been fun and rewarding to serve you. Love to you all, and a happy and healthy 2018 and ...

Top Stories of 2017 in South Orange and Maplewood

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Here are the SOMA stories that generated the largest number of readers and the most discussion in 2017:

JANUARY

South Orange Middle School Students Walkout of School in Protest of Inauguration

Hundreds From SOMA are on the Road to the Women's March on Washington

Triple Homicide Under Investigation in Maplewood

FEBRUARY

Two Charged in ...

Students File Three Lawsuits Related to Alleged Sexual Misconduct By Former Columbia H. S. Teacher

January 6, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Three lawsuits have been filed against the South Orange Maplewood School District -- the most recent just two month ago -- by students of a former Columbia High School teacher accused of sexual misconduct with up to six under-aged boys.

Nicole Dufault, who was arrested in September 2014, and is still awaiting trial on related criminal charges, is ...

Facebook Changes Its News Feed; How You Can Get Your Local SOMA News

January 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Facebook recently announced it is changing its news feed and algorithms so that news from legitimate publishers and posts from businesses will seldom appear. 

This will be frustrating for people who use Facebook to find news and information relevant to them, said TAPinto Founder and CEO Michael Shapiro. 

“Relegating legitimate news publishers and ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Closures and Events on Monday, Jan. 15

January 13, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on Monday, Jan. 15, and there are many closures for the holiday in South Orange and Maplewood. 

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY CLOSURES

Municipal offices in Maplewood and South Orange are closed.
South Orange Public Library is closed.
Maplewood Memorial Library and Hilton Branch are ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance in Maplewood and South Orange {Photos}

January 16, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race held their 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance, with an interfaith service at 2 p.m., followed by a volunteer fair at 3:30 p.m. at Columbia High School, and an evening MLK Luminary Lighting Ceremony at Maplewood Town Hall and in Spiotta Park in South Orange.

In addition, ...

Christmas Tree Collection Underway in Maplewood and South Orange

January 8, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - It's Christmas tree collection time in the two towns. Here's what you need to know before putting items out for collection:

MAPLEWOOD

The Department of Public Works has begun the annual collection of Christmas trees, according to an update on the Maplewood website. "Residents need only place their Christmas trees curbside and they will be picked ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Closures and Events on Monday, Jan. 15

January 13, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on Monday, Jan. 15, and there are many closures for the holiday in South Orange and Maplewood. 

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY CLOSURES

Municipal offices in Maplewood and South Orange are closed.
South Orange Public Library is closed.
Maplewood Memorial Library and Hilton Branch are ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance in Maplewood and South Orange {Photos}

January 16, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race held their 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance, with an interfaith service at 2 p.m., followed by a volunteer fair at 3:30 p.m. at Columbia High School, and an evening MLK Luminary Lighting Ceremony at Maplewood Town Hall and in Spiotta Park in South Orange.

In addition, ...

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New Year New You

Take on 2018 with a new look! Stop by Sadie's and try on a sweater whose company will take a pound of trash out of the ocean with every purchase. Maybe accompany that sweater with a bracelet that helps feed children. It is a new year, get a new philanthropic look to help your resolutions go from being a goal to being an achievement.

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School Freeze Is Not New, And Not Acceptable

Another cold snap and apparently another string of cold classrooms.

Last week, many classes at Columbia High School -- and other schools -- saw frigid temperatures when the cold outside dropped to single digits on several days.

The snow helped a bit by closing schools last Thursday and Friday, although the Friday closing was originally a delayed opening and later switched ...

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AtlantiCast Medical Minute – Winter Weather Edition

On this episode of AtlantiCast Medical Minute, learn how to take the fight to Old Man Winter, while staying safe! Learn some winter health tips with Anthony Brutico, MD, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Newton Medical Center.

 

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Arrests Reported

January 13, 2018

South Orange Police Blotter as of January 13

Adult Arrest CDS - Benjamin Orgera, an 18 year old South Orange resident was arrested on Sunday, Jan. 7, at approximately 10:20 p.m. for possession of CDS (marijuana). Officers stopped an auto for a motor vehicle violation near the intersection of Ridgewood Rd & Redmond Rd. During the traffic stop, officers determined that the driver ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Auto Thefts Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of January 8

Auto Theft - A West End Rd resident reported that sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 28, actor(s) unknown stole his vehicle (2013 Honda), which was parked in his driveway at the time.

Auto Theft - A Montclair resident and South Orange business owner reported that on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at approximately 6:20 ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance in Maplewood and South Orange {Photos}

January 16, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race held their 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance, with an interfaith service at 2 p.m., followed by a volunteer fair at 3:30 p.m. at Columbia High School, and an evening MLK Luminary Lighting Ceremony at Maplewood Town Hall and in Spiotta Park in South Orange.

In addition, ...

Harlem Wizards Play Maplewood Teachers and Town Officials at 'Family Night' on Jan. 29

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Recreation Department is hosting a night of trick hoops and alley oops on Monday, Jan. 29, at Maplewood Middle School.

Two members of the Harlem Wizards will be playing with Maplewood teachers and other town officials at Maplewood “Family Night,"according to an email from Maplewood Recreation.

You may go ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, January 17, 12:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

The Purposes and Rhythms of Jewish Living

Education Religions And Spirituality

Wed, January 17, 2:00 PM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Beginning Mindfulness Meditation Series at ...

Health & Wellness

Wed, January 17, 6:30 PM

Caldwell Public Library, Caldwell

Essex Photo Club Exhibit and Lecture at Caldwell ...

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Wed, January 17, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Livingston Residents Share Ideas and Concerns at Riker Hill Art Park Open Forum

January 16, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston and Essex County officials were enthusiastic about the outcome of a productive public forum held on Thursday at Livingston Town Hall to gather residents’ input regarding the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP).

As mayor in 2016, current deputy mayor Al Anthony worked to receive a commitment from Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo to ...

Christie Signs Bipartisan Bill to Draw Amazon’s HQ2 to Newark

NEWARK, NJ – Governor Chris Christie signed bipartisan legislation Thursday authorizing billions of dollars in state tax incentives to draw Amazon’s second headquarters to Newark.

Amazon's move to Newark could bring up to 50,000 new jobs to the region.

The city was selected by Christie in October as the state’s endorsed ...

Fanwood Resident Struck and Killed by NJ Transit Train in Elizabeth

January 16, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ -- The man fatally struck by a New Jersey Transit train in Elizabeth near the Broad Street station late Saturday night has been identified as 24-year-old Emmanuel Laboy from Fanwood, according to a report by NJ.com.

Laboy earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Affairs from Columbia University in 2017 and a BA degree in political science a ...

Two People Injured in Ceiling Collapse at Galloping Hill Caterers in Union

UNION, NJ - Two people were injured after the ceiling collapsed at the Galloping Hill Caterers at 5-Points on Saturday night. 

Union Fire Dept. was dispatched to the scene at approximately 11:30 p.m. On arrival, firemen discovered a 10 x 20 foot suspended ceiling had collapsed.

Fire personnel removed two people from the building. They were treated for basic injuries and transported by ...

Advice on Divorcing: Free Seminar on Feb. 7 in Millburn

January 16, 2018

“Advice on Divorcing: A Comprehensive Seminar on Divorce” is the brainchild of Mark Slade and Allison Ziefert, colleagues from Keller Williams MidTown Direct Realty in Maplewood. Both Mark and Allison have successfully navigated their own divorces. Their collaborative approach to real estate is uniquely effective in divorce situations and they have closed many ...

Essex County Deer Management Program Begins on Jan. 16

Essex County will kick off its annual deer management program in South Mountain and Hilltop Reservations this month.  In its eleventh year, the program's goal is to revitalize the forest ecology by reducing the number of deer. 

“Controlling the population by removing deer from South Mountain and Hilltop has proven to be very successful in helping to preserve the forest ...

Livingston Symphony Family Concert: The Composer's Toolbox on Jan. 21

Visit “The Composer’s Toolbox,” this year’s Livingston Symphony Orchestra Family Concert on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Livingston High School Auditorium, 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston NJ.

Known for his easy rapport with audience members of all ages and joy in sharing the stories behind the music, Maestro Anthony LaGruth will lead the Livingston ...