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$4M Grant Awarded to Rutgers to Bolster Mental Health Services in Newark

October 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A $4 million federal grant will allow Rutgers’ University Behavioral Health Care’s (UBHC) outpatient program in Newark to offer more services to those with mental illness or substance abuse disorders.

The grant was received from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It will fund the UBHC’s behavioral health outpatient ...

One Suspect Nabbed, One on the Loose After Home Depot Robbery in Union

UNION, NJ – A shoplifting incident at the Home Depot on Route 22 turned into a wild foot pursuit and search for an armed suspect through the swamp and woods near Kawameeh Middle School Tuesday evening. The search required the assistance of a Union County K-9 unit, the County Police and a State Police helicopter team.

Union police report that at just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, two ...

Home Invasion and Sexual Assault Under Investigation in Maplewood; Suspect At Large

October 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Essex County Prosector's Office Special Victims Unit and the Maplewood Police Department are investigating the home invasion and sexual assault of a woman on Tuesday in Maplewood, according to a press release on Wednesday from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Maplewood Police Chief Police Chief Jim DeVaul.

The woman, age 24,  first ...

Updated: 'Active Criminal Investigation' Underway in Maplewood, Says Police Chief

Update at 11 a.m. on Oct. 17: Katherine Carter of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office stated that the incident "was not a homicide" and that more information will be provided on Wednesday. Carter said no other details of the criminal investigation were available at this time, including the specifics of the crime and how many people were involved. 

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - An ...

Girls Soccer: Columbia Edges Millburn, 3-2

October 8, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Columbia scored two goals in the second half to come away with a 3-2 girls soccer victory over Millburn on Thursday.

Naomi Joseph assisted on all three goals for Columbia (6-4-1), by Lia Holstein, Grace Bratter and Calliope Reeves.

Chloe Zegas scored both goals for Millburn (5-5), which trailed, 1-0, at halftime. Millburn won its two previous games, taking a 3-2 verdict from ...

RWJBarnabas and Lakewood BlueClaws Bring Baseball Back to Puerto Rican Community

LOIZA, PUERTO RICO — RWJBarnabas Health and the Lakewood BlueClaws minor league baseball team recently brought baseball back to young athletes in Puerto Rico by hosting an equipment drive at First Energy Park after collecting dozens of baseball bats, balls, gloves, helmets, hats and clothing.

Over a span of several weeks, the equipment was brought to the small ...

Passenger Who Flew to Newark Could Have Exposed Others to Measles: Health Officials

October 4, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health said any person who was in Newark Liberty International Airport on Sept. 28, 2018, between 5:30 and 10:30 a.m. may have been exposed to measles.

Someone flying from Tel Aviv in Israel had the highly contagious infection and arrived in Terminal B at the airport, the department said. The person, whose name was not released, may have traveled ...

Atlantic Health System Partners with TGen, Origin to Improve Access to Innovative Cancer Therapies

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Cancer is a disease that touches virtually everyone in some sort of way throughout their lifetime with more than 1.5 million new cases diagnosed in the United States every year, according to the Center for Disease Control. Those who have endured the fight against the disease that claims the lives of half a million Americans every year know how much of a strain physically, ...

Seton Hall University Reports Applications Have Increased 140 Percent in Last Five Years

October 15, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Applications are on the rise at Seton Hall University (SHU), according to a press release from the university that cited an MSN Money report ranking SHU at number six in the nation among educational institutions experiencing the largest five-year percentage increase in college applications.

The results come from a 24/7 Wall Street study analyzing National ...

Columbia High School Students Attend SPHINX Virtuosi Concert at Carnegie Hall

NEW YORK, NY - Columbia High School students attended the 11th Annual Sphinx Virtuosi concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The Sphinx Viruosi is one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latinx classical soloists, primarily alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition, these ...

Annual 'Strut Your Mutt' Parade in South Mountain Dog Park this Saturday, Oct. 21

October 16, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND MILLBURN, NJ -  This weekend, Strut Your Mutt, the annual Essex County Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest, will be held at three locations, including the South Mountain Dog Park.

The South Mountain Dog Park event will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., with registration at 1:15 p.m. 

“The Essex County Dog Parks have become popular ...

Improvements Underway at Essex County Riker Hill Art Park

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following a second public meeting held in Livingston last week to discuss the current plans for how to spend the $1 million currently allotted toward the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP) in Livingston, some of the priorities, such as improving the safety and accessibility of the entrance at the intersection of Beaufort Avenue and Homestead Drive, are ...

Photos from the SAM Craft Beer Tasting Fundraiser on Thursday

October 5, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the second year, the Springfield Avenue Public Art Initiative held a Craft Beer Tasting fundraising event to raise funds for murals on Springfield Avenue, with all proceeds from the event being used to bring more murals to Springfield Avenue in Maplewood (SAM).

The event was held Thursday night outdoors in the parking lot of the Wine Barrel.

“The ...

Maplewood Chamber of Commerce Hosts Opening Event with Speaker Brian Castell

October 10, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce opening meeting featured Brian Castell, CEO of Bizzo.co, a company that assists other businesses with their digital marketing.

The meeting was opened by Chamber President Diana Galer, who welcomed all and introduced the members of the Board of Trustees in attendance: Norm Woolley, Ellen Donker, VP, Rhonda Panken, Legal Counsel, ...

Still Need to Register to Vote? Here's How to in South Orange and Maplewood

October 13, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Here's everything you need to know to register to vote in the two towns. Registration closes on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

SOUTH ORANGE

Information from the South Orange Village website

Register to Vote: The Village Clerk’s Office will be having a Late Night Voter Registration Drive on 
Oct. 16 from 4:30 ...

Still Need to Register to Vote? Here's How to in South Orange and Maplewood

October 13, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Here's everything you need to know to register to vote in the two towns. Registration closes on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

SOUTH ORANGE

Information from the South Orange Village website

Register to Vote: The Village Clerk’s Office will be having a Late Night Voter Registration Drive on 
Oct. 16 from 4:30 ...

RWJBarnabas and Lakewood BlueClaws Bring Baseball Back to Puerto Rican Community

October 7, 2018

LOIZA, PUERTO RICO — RWJBarnabas Health and the Lakewood BlueClaws minor league baseball team recently brought baseball back to young athletes in Puerto Rico by hosting an equipment drive at First Energy Park after collecting dozens of baseball bats, balls, gloves, helmets, hats and clothing.

Over a span of several weeks, the equipment was brought to the small ...

Annual 'Strut Your Mutt' Parade in South Mountain Dog Park this Saturday, Oct. 21

October 16, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND MILLBURN, NJ -  This weekend, Strut Your Mutt, the annual Essex County Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest, will be held at three locations, including the South Mountain Dog Park.

The South Mountain Dog Park event will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., with registration at 1:15 p.m. 

“The Essex County Dog Parks have become popular ...

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Challenges and Opportunities in the Current SOMSD Superintendent Search

October 11, 2018

At the second of two updates on the superintendent search for the South Orange-Maplewood School District, Dr. William Librera highlighted some of the critical characteristics the community needs in its next educational leader.

“When you have a community with a growing population — and it’s got going to stop — and you have a community where there is a very active ...

Cuttle for BOE Campaign Announces Upcoming Campaign Events and Candidate Office Hours

In addition to participating in upcoming debates, BOE candidate Shannon Cuttle is encouraging unmediated dialogue with all members of the SOMA community. Cuttle's campaign has two campaign events open to the public coming up: an Open House at Cedar Ridge Cafe on Thursday, October 11, 6 pm - 8 pm, and a Spooktacular Playdate at Grove Park in South Orange on Sunday, October 14, 11 am - 1 ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Stolen Liquor from O'Reilly's Bar and Cash Theft at Maplewood M.S. Event Reported

October 17, 2018

September 24, 2018; Theft from Auto; During the overnight hours an unsecured vehicle parked on Richmond Ave was entered and a wallet was stolen.

September 24, 2018; Motor vehicle Theft; During the overnight hours an unsecured vehicle parked on Rutgers St was stolen.  The vehicle was later recovered in Newark.

September 25, 2018; Motor vehicle Theft; Sometime over the previous ...

Annual 'Strut Your Mutt' Parade in South Mountain Dog Park this Saturday, Oct. 21

October 16, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND MILLBURN, NJ -  This weekend, Strut Your Mutt, the annual Essex County Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest, will be held at three locations, including the South Mountain Dog Park.

The South Mountain Dog Park event will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., with registration at 1:15 p.m. 

“The Essex County Dog Parks have become popular ...

One River School of Art + Design Holds Opening Reception for Theodore Sefcik

MILLBURN, NJ - Brooklyn artist Theodore Sefcik's exhibit Reason Given is currently on display at the One River School of Art + Design.

Originally from Millburn and a graduate of Millburn High School, Sefcik is an artist as well as a graphic designer.

Sefcik is known for his enigmatic animations, which combine the aesthetics of primitive computer graphics with early color ...

Upcoming Events

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Fri, October 19, 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

Fri, October 19, 7:30 PM

The Baird Theatre on Three, South Orange

Dracula at The Baird

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, October 20, 7:30 PM

The Baird Theatre on Three, South Orange

Dracula at The Baird

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, October 20, 7:30 PM

Par440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

Solid Gold with Bobby Valli

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Elect Annemarie Maini and Javier Farfan to SOMA Board of Education on November 6

October 13, 2018

To the Editor:

We write in support of the Board of Education candidacy of incumbent Annemarie Maini and first-time candidate Javier Farfan. As two of only three educators in the race, they appear to us as the most qualified to provide governance and oversight of our school district.

We are educators ourselves, and we value educational experience on the Board. While we don’t expect ...

Vote for Annemarie Maini on November 6 for SOMA Board of Education

To the Editor:

We write to enthusiastically endorse Annemarie Maini for reelection to the Board of Education in Maplewood and South Orange. This year, our older son is entering Kindergarten at Clinton Elementary, so we are beginning the exciting journey in our school system. Over the past year, as Kindergarten was approaching, we have become more aware of the challenges that our school system ...

$4M Grant Awarded to Rutgers to Bolster Mental Health Services in Newark

October 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A $4 million federal grant will allow Rutgers’ University Behavioral Health Care’s (UBHC) outpatient program in Newark to offer more services to those with mental illness or substance abuse disorders.

The grant was received from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It will fund the UBHC’s behavioral health outpatient ...

Improvements Underway at Essex County Riker Hill Art Park

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following a second public meeting held in Livingston last week to discuss the current plans for how to spend the $1 million currently allotted toward the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP) in Livingston, some of the priorities, such as improving the safety and accessibility of the entrance at the intersection of Beaufort Avenue and Homestead Drive, are ...

One Suspect Nabbed, One on the Loose After Home Depot Robbery in Union

October 17, 2018

UNION, NJ – A shoplifting incident at the Home Depot on Route 22 turned into a wild foot pursuit and search for an armed suspect through the swamp and woods near Kawameeh Middle School Tuesday evening. The search required the assistance of a Union County K-9 unit, the County Police and a State Police helicopter team.

Union police report that at just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, two ...

Helicopter Assists in Search for Carjacking Suspect in Union

UNION, NJ – Union police searched for a suspect in a shoplifting and subsequent carjacking incident Tuesday evening in the wetlands area near Kawameeh Middle School.

Although information is preliminary, according to a township official, a carjacking occurred after a shoplifting incident at a local retail store. One individual was apprehended by police, but a second ...

Westfield Announces New AddamsFest, Celebrating The Addams Family Roots in Town

October 17, 2018

Something for everyone at weekend-long festivities; offerings include family activities, art exhibit, films, beer garden, trunk-or-treat, masquerade ball and more.

Mark your calendars … if you dare. On Oct. 26-28, Westfield, NJ will be transformed by a uniquely exciting and all-together enlightening experience: AddamsFest. This town-wide celebration, honoring Westfield native ...

Maplewood Garden Club Presents “The Chanticleer Gravel Garden”

Join the Maplewood Garden Club on Monday, November 5, at 7:30 pm at Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood, when Lisa Roper presents “The Chanticleer Gravel Garden.”

Lisa is the Gravel Garden and Ruin horticulturist at Chanticleer, a contemporary garden within an historic setting in Wayne, PA. She has worked and photographed Chanticleer for the past 26 years, and ...