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Owners of Westfield’s ‘Watcher House’ Still Hope to Knock it Down, Build Two New Homes

March 28, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Maria and Derrick Broaddus, owners of Westfield’s now-infamous “Watcher” house at 657 Boulevard, are appealing the Westfield Planning Board’s decision in January not to let them subdivide the lot so that the existing home can be torn down and replaced with two new homes.

According to the complaint, filed recently, the board’s decision was ...

Pictures Surface of Fetty Wap's Chain Confirming Robbery Claims in Sunday Paterson Shooting

PATERSON, N.J. - Pictures have surfaced Sunday and Monday on social media, of people posing for pictures wearing Fetty Wap's signature "1738" chain confirming reports that the rapper was robbed as part of an altercation which left one member of the rapper's entourage with assault charges.

Monday morning police announced charges against Raheem Morris for ...

Minor Building Fire in Maplewood Could Have Been Much Worse, Says Fire Department

March 25, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a minor fire at the Bee & Thistle Antiques store at 89 Baker Street in Maplewood on Thursday, March 23. This fire did not become more significant due to the "quick response and detailed investigation by Maplewood firefighters," stated a release from the Maplewood Fire Department.

At about 4:52 p.m., the Maplewood Fire Department responded ...

Fatality at East Orange Train Station on Tuesday

EAST ORANGE, NJ - There was a fatal accident at the East Orange train station on Tuesday, March 21. According to firefighters and other emergency personnel on the scene, witnesses who they spoke to reported that a young man was spotted siting on the tracks and was struck by an eastbound train. Any additional information, including the name of the victim, has not yet been ...

Friendly Competition at the Grand Opening of Greens Indoor Golf & Cafe in Maplewood

March 27, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Greens Indoor Golf & Cafe held its grand opening on Saturday afternoon, and with the celebration came a little friendly competition between officials from the two towns as well.

Greens, which is located at 97 Baker Street in Maplewood, offers indoor, virtual golf as well as a juice bar, and vegan restaurant, Consciousfork.

John Profaci, who owns Greens with his ...

Flagrant Foul Dooms Seton Hall in NCAA Tournament

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Even with support up and down the east coast, the Seton Hall men’s basketball team failed to beat the Arkansas Razorbacks during their game on Friday, March 17.

The final score of 71 to 77 eliminated Seton Hall from the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in the first round. A penalty call late in the game put Seton Hall at a disadvantage without a ...

Friendly Competition at the Grand Opening of Greens Indoor Golf & Cafe in Maplewood

March 27, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Greens Indoor Golf & Cafe held its grand opening on Saturday afternoon, and with the celebration came a little friendly competition between officials from the two towns as well.

Greens, which is located at 97 Baker Street in Maplewood, offers indoor, virtual golf as well as a juice bar, and vegan restaurant, Consciousfork.

John Profaci, who owns Greens with his ...

Studio 509 Kids Spring Session Begins April 17 - Registration Open Now

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Spring classes at Studio 509 Kids begin Monday, April 17. Fitness and dance classes are offered for ages pre-k to high school, and include Ballet Fusion at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays for 1st and 2nd graders, Dance Fusion for high-school boys only at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, and Total Fitness at 4 p.m. on Thursdays for 6th to 9th graders.

The mission at Studio ...

Studio 509 Kids Spring Session Begins April 17 - Registration Open Now

March 27, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Spring classes at Studio 509 Kids begin Monday, April 17. Fitness and dance classes are offered for ages pre-k to high school, and include Ballet Fusion at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays for 1st and 2nd graders, Dance Fusion for high-school boys only at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, and Total Fitness at 4 p.m. on Thursdays for 6th to 9th graders.

The mission at Studio ...

Columbia High School Senior Robotics Team in World Championships

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The US FIRST Robotics organization has invited the Columbia High School (CHS) senior robotics team, Team 4102, to the World Championships in St. Louis in April.

This is exciting news for Team 4102, since they had previously been on a "waitlist," stated Allan Tumolillo, CHS Robotics Club Adviser. According to Tumolillo, based on Team 4102's excellent ...

Studio 509 Kids Spring Session Begins April 17 - Registration Open Now

March 27, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Spring classes at Studio 509 Kids begin Monday, April 17. Fitness and dance classes are offered for ages pre-k to high school, and include Ballet Fusion at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays for 1st and 2nd graders, Dance Fusion for high-school boys only at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, and Total Fitness at 4 p.m. on Thursdays for 6th to 9th graders.

The mission at Studio ...

Second Annual SOMA Film Festival Announces Winners

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It’s a wrap. The SOMA Film Festival finished its second year with film programming that saw an Academy Award nominee, films from a dozen countries, and programs focusing on filmmakers from the local area and Seton Hall, as well as youth filmmakers in Cinema Ed, and a film series just for kids.

Maplewood resident and festival attendee Donna ...

Top Ice Cream and Fried Chicken Brings Japanese Rolled Ice Cream to Maplewood

March 24, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Top Ice Cream and Fried Chicken had their grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting on Saturday, March 16.

Top, which is located at the corner of Boyden Avenue and Springfield Avenue, serves Japanese fried chicken and Japanese rolled ice cream, which is made in front of the customers while they wait.

The ribbon cutting was attended by the owners of TOP, as well as ...

St. James's Gate in Maplewood Top Ten Finalist for 'NJ's Best Irish Pub'

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - St. James's Gate had made it past another round of voting, and is now one of ten finalists vying to be named "NJ's Best Irish Pub" by New Jersey Monthly.

The poll started with 30 New Jersey Irish pubs, and after two weeks of voting, the list has been whittled down to 10 semi-finalists. After this week’s voting, the six bars with the fewest ...

South Orange Man Charged with Armed Robbery of New Jersey Club

March 27, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. – Two men, from South Orange and Irvington, were indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged roles in a September 2015 armed robbery of a club in Passaic, New Jersey, announced acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick on Friday, March 24. Both will be arraigned at a date to be determined.

The two men, Keontrae Lawrence, a/k/a ...

Friendly Competition at the Grand Opening of Greens Indoor Golf & Cafe in Maplewood

March 27, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Greens Indoor Golf & Cafe held its grand opening on Saturday afternoon, and with the celebration came a little friendly competition between officials from the two towns as well.

Greens, which is located at 97 Baker Street in Maplewood, offers indoor, virtual golf as well as a juice bar, and vegan restaurant, Consciousfork.

John Profaci, who owns Greens with his ...

Maplewood Presents Municipal Budget, Discusses Traffic Changes

March 23, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Township Committee met to discuss the municipal budget for 2017, as well as to vote on altering a “No Turn on Red” regulation on Valley St.

MUNICIPAL BUDGET

Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca started the meeting by addressing increases to the annual budget, and he explained that extenuating factors have contributed to the current figures.

“One ...

Ballot Positions Drawn for South Orange Village Board of Trustee Election

March 20, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The drawing for ballot positions for candidates running in the upcoming South Orange Village Board of Trustees election took place on Monday, March 13.

The drawing was conducted by Acting Township Clerk Shinell Smith, who was assisted by Joy White.

Nureed Saeed, running on the platform “Independent Thought. Innovation. Inclusion," will appear on Line A.

Bridges Brown Bag Bash Set for March 25; Event Includes Online Auction Featuring One-of-a-Kind Items

March 24, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - Bridges Outreach's Brown Bag Bash -- a fundraiser that supports Bridges' programs to help neighbors in need in New York City, Newark and Irvington -- will be held March 25, from  7 p.m. - midnight, at Maritime Parc in Jersey City. The event includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing, along with an auction including many ...

South Orange Board of Trustees Meeting: Memorial Park in South Orange Renamed; Crosswalks Discussed

March 19, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Board of Trustees met on Monday, March 13. Among the topics discussed at the meeting were voting on a new name for Memorial Park and new crosswalks by South Mountain School.

MEMORIAL PARK RENAMED FOUNDER'S PARK

Memorial Park on Valley St. was renamed by the South Orange Board of Trustees on Monday, March 13.

The park, which served as a ...

Union Residents Voice Concern Over Traffic/Parking for New Vauxhall Development

March 22, 2017

UNION, NJ – Over 50 Vauxhall residents attended a second community meeting Monday night to review development plans for the old Hawks Tavern site at 2140 Springfield Avenue in the Vauxhall section of Union.

“Some of our neighbors have requested that we hold another meeting because they have some things on their mind and have questions,” said meeting organizer Bertha ...

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South Orange Police Blotter - Three Adults Arrested for Marijuana Possession

March 26, 2017

Adult Arrest - CDS - Traige Hayles, a 19 year old Newark resident was arrested on Wednesday, 3-22-17 at approximately 12:06 am for possession of CDS (marijuana). Officers stopped to investigate an illegally parked & occupied vehicle (2007 Nissan) on Meadowbrook Lane. During the on-scene investigation, officers determined that the passenger of the vehicle, Traige Hayles was in possession of ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Snowblower and Jewelry Stolen in Two Separate Incidents

March 14 - Theft; Between 3 p.m. and 3:20 p.m., a snowblower left in the front of a home on Jefferson Ave. was stolen.

March 15 - Shoplifting; At approximately 10:15 a.m., a female shoplifted several pieces of jewelry from a store on Maplewood Ave.

Maplewood Presents Municipal Budget, Discusses Traffic Changes

March 23, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Township Committee met to discuss the municipal budget for 2017, as well as to vote on altering a “No Turn on Red” regulation on Valley St.

MUNICIPAL BUDGET

Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca started the meeting by addressing increases to the annual budget, and he explained that extenuating factors have contributed to the current figures.

“One ...

The 2017 Maplewood Ideas Festival Features Multiple Speakers and Activities

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The 2017 Maplewood Ideas Festival begins on March 18, and continues through April 1. According to the Maplewood Memorial Library’s official press release, all programs are free and open to the public. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate “the talent and creativity” in the community, the release stated.

The Ideas Festival begins on Saturday, March 18, at ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, March 29, 10:00 AM

Millburn Public Library, Millburn

CASA Volunteer Information Session

Giving Back Law & Justice

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Wed, March 29, 7:00 PM

Columbia High School, Maplewood

SOMSD Town Hall on Equity and Inclusion 

Education

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Wed, March 29, 8:00 PM

Ricalton's, South Orange

Roll Call Comedy Lab

Arts & Entertainment

An Open Letter to Superintendent Ramos and Principals in the South Orange-Maplewood School District

March 25, 2017

The defining characteristics of South Orange and Maplewood (SOMA) are diversity, inclusion and equity. At least that is the ideal we strive for and what draws the majority of people to choose our two towns as a place to call home.

We pride ourselves in our shared values and deliberately reinforce those values as a community: we are host to an annual Pride Festival, we have an active community ...

Police and Firefighters Must Manage their Own Pension Systems

The people of New Jersey need to hear the facts as to why Police and Fire labor leaders in New Jersey are pursuing a separation of the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) from State control.

With all due respect to the current administration, and their predecessors, there has been much said that does not fit the facts and, unfortunately, little acceptance of responsibility for the current ...

In Your Community

Atlantic Health System Joins American Cancer Society in Fight Against Colorectal Cancer

Atlantic Health System (AHS), a leading health care delivery network, announced today the organization’s commitment to increase colorectal cancer screening in New Jersey by joining "80 percent by 2018" - a national effort of the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease. 

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women.

The Difference Between Renovated, Remodeled & Upgraded

When looking at homes for sale, you'll see lots of descriptions about kitchens and bathrooms. At first glance, words like "renovated," "remodeled," and "upgraded" may appear to mean the same thing. However, they do have distinct meanings.

"Renovated" means that the owner has not changed the structure of the room. Fixtures such as faucets, light ...

Pictures Surface of Fetty Wap's Chain Confirming Robbery Claims in Sunday Paterson Shooting

March 27, 2017

PATERSON, N.J. - Pictures have surfaced Sunday and Monday on social media, of people posing for pictures wearing Fetty Wap's signature "1738" chain confirming reports that the rapper was robbed as part of an altercation which left one member of the rapper's entourage with assault charges.

Monday morning police announced charges against Raheem Morris for ...

Millburn Residents Speak Out on Sanctuary City Status at Township Committee Meeting

MILLBURN, NJ - Emotions ran high Tuesday evening as the public discussion portion of the Township Committee meeting focused on a polarizing topic; Sanctuary or "Freedom" City status for Millburn.

Susannah Leisher and Liz Lacher stepped to the podium to address the Township Committee and present their three-point plan to get the conversation started with the committee and the ...

Owners of Westfield’s ‘Watcher House’ Still Hope to Knock it Down, Build Two New Homes

March 28, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Maria and Derrick Broaddus, owners of Westfield’s now-infamous “Watcher” house at 657 Boulevard, are appealing the Westfield Planning Board’s decision in January not to let them subdivide the lot so that the existing home can be torn down and replaced with two new homes.

According to the complaint, filed recently, the board’s decision was ...

Westfield’s Lederman Family to Appear on ‘George to the Rescue’ Saturday

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Saturday’s episode of NBC’s home improvement show “George to the Rescue” will feature the Lederman family of Westfield. Darren Lederman died after a battle with Leukemia last March, leaving behind his wife, Stacey, and children Emma and Noah.

“George to the Rescue,” starring George Oliphant, provides house renovation ...

Sightseeing in Seattle

March 15, 2017

SEATTLE, WA - In the summer of 2016, my husband and I traveled to Peru with five of our friends. We hiked the Inca trail, with the end goal of basking in the beauty of Machu Picchu. The REI tour we took and the guides we had left a lasting impression.  So when we heard that Edwin, our lead guide was going to receive an award as one of the best guides of 2016, some of my traveling ...

Seton Hall Student First Responders Commitment Celebrated By Aspiring Kindness Foundation

March 28, 2017

A charity in honor of the victims of the Seton Hall residence hall fire donated $22,500 to enable scholarships for Seton Hall students who are devoting their lives to careers as first responders. The donation was presented by Jason Tarantino, Mike Merizio and Jim Merizio to Tracy Gottlieb, Vice President of Student Services.

“We are so grateful to the Aspiring Kindness Foundation for ...

It’s Spring Egg Hunt Time!

It’s time to kick off the Spring season with our annual egg hunt!

Please mark your calendars and join us this Saturday, April 1, from noon to 2 p.m. in Memorial Park (580 Valley St.) for music, snacks, and some great prizes.

Bring your baskets, your friends and neighbors, and hop on down to enjoy some free family fun.

If you have any questions, feel ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace & Cafe - March 27 to April 2

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:

Lobster Tails  $9.99ea (Freeman’s Fish)
Chairman’s Reserve Top London Broil $7.98lb (Meat)
Domestic Swiss Cheese $5.99lb (Deli)
Traditional Medicinals Teas $4.99
Bosc Pears $1.69lb

See all specials here.

Ashley Marketplace and Cafe is open 7 days a week ...