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Free 'Movies in the Park' on July 18 and August 23 in Maplewood

July 16, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Free "Movies in the Park" are planned for Wednesday, July 18, and Thursday, August 23, a program hosted by the Maplewood Police Department in conjunction with the Maplewood Recreation Department, the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs, SOMA Film Festival and SOMA Municipal Alliance.

The movie on July 18 will be The Incredibles, shown in Dehart Park, ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory Through 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 17

NEW YORK, NY, - The National Weather Service issued a 'Heat Advisory' this morning for Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union and Hudson Counties in New Jersey. The heat advisory will remain in effect from noon Monday July 16, until 6 p.m. Tuesday July 17.

Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at- risk population who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during ...

Free 'Movies in the Park' on July 18 and August 23 in Maplewood

July 16, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Free "Movies in the Park" are planned for Wednesday, July 18, and Thursday, August 23, a program hosted by the Maplewood Police Department in conjunction with the Maplewood Recreation Department, the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs, SOMA Film Festival and SOMA Municipal Alliance.

The movie on July 18 will be The Incredibles, shown in Dehart Park, ...

Bill by Pascrell and Menendez to Monitor Cancer in Firefighters Signed into Law

PATERSON, NJ – A law requiring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a national cancer registry for firefighters to monitor and study the relationship between career-long exposure to dangerous fumes and toxins and the incidence of cancer in firefighters so to develop better protective gear and prevention techniques has been signed into law by President Donald ...

South Orange Leukemia Patient Immediately Seeks Donor

July 9, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - In a recently-launched national campaign, South Orange resident Merlo Weiss seeks a stem cell or bone marrow donor. Doctors recently diagnosed the 45-year-old with an aggressive form of bone marrow cancer called acute myeloid leukemia (AML), according to updates on the Gift of Life website.

Chilean, Latino or Hispanic donors are encouraged, because a shared ancestry can ...

Springfield Avenue 7-Eleven in Maplewood Closed by Board of Health

Update: The 7-Eleven re-opened on Tuesday, July 10. Read more here.

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Health Department shut down the 7-Eleven at 1712 Springfield Ave. near Tuscan Road on Friday for an undisclosed violation of the Township Health Code.

The red “unsatisfactory” notice was placed at the entrance on July 6, stating only that the store received an ...

Two Students from Maplewood Graduate from Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit

July 10, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - On Sunday, June 10, the Class of 2018 graduated at the 90th Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child Commencement. Among the 63 graduates, who kept with school tradition and donned white gowns and gloves and carried pink roses, were two Maplewood graduates: Claire Galvin and Ryan Schlageter.

Galvin will attend University of Michigan and Schlageter will attend ...

Kent Place School Graduates Nine South Orange and Maplewood Residents at 124th Commencement

SUMMIT, NJ - On Sunday, June 3, the Class of 2018 graduated at the 124th Kent Place School Commencement. Among the 67 members of the Class of 2018 were eight from SOMA: South Orange residents Atinuke Lardner, Piper Eccles, and Emma Kelley, and Maplewood residents Isabelle Perry, Sophia Rich, Chloe Gonyea, Anjolie Charlot, Marina Rich, and Giana Earrusso.

During the ceremony, Chloe ...

Free 'Movies in the Park' on July 18 and August 23 in Maplewood

July 16, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Free "Movies in the Park" are planned for Wednesday, July 18, and Thursday, August 23, a program hosted by the Maplewood Police Department in conjunction with the Maplewood Recreation Department, the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs, SOMA Film Festival and SOMA Municipal Alliance.

The movie on July 18 will be The Incredibles, shown in Dehart Park, ...

Photos: 2018 Maplewoodstock Music & Art Festival

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewoodstock was back July 14 and July 15 for its 15th weekend of live music, food, kids activities and more in Maplewood's Memorial Park.

Maplewoodstock opened at noon on Saturday with local SOMA band Amish Internet, and ended the day with the Reggae band Third World.

On Sunday, the first performance of the day was from Maplewood native Autumn ...

New Restaurant in South Orange: 1 South Holds Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

July 12, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - 1 South - the new restaurant located (not surprisingly, given its name) at 1 South Orange Avenue - held their grand opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday, June 23.

1 South has a restaurant and bar, as well as private event spaces. According to their website, which explains the range of 1 South's spaces: "be it an intimate dinner for 2, a private corporate ...

Springfield Avenue 7-Eleven in Maplewood is Now Open

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The 7-Eleven at 1712 Springfield Ave., near Tuscan Road, which had been closed for an undisclosed violation of the Township Health Code since July 6, re-opened on Tuesday with a "conditionally satisfactory" certificate displayed in the window.

The re-opening was just in time for Free Slurpee Day on Wednesday, July 11 (i.e., 7-Eleven), at participating ...

New Restaurant in South Orange: 1 South Holds Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

July 12, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - 1 South - the new restaurant located (not surprisingly, given its name) at 1 South Orange Avenue - held their grand opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday, June 23.

1 South has a restaurant and bar, as well as private event spaces. According to their website, which explains the range of 1 South's spaces: "be it an intimate dinner for 2, a private corporate ...

Lieutenant Governor Speaks at Jewish Community Housing Corporation Dinner; Two of Their Senior Communities in South Orange

July 11, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) recently held its board of trustees annual dinner at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, where Sheila Oliver, lieutenant governor of New Jersey, spoke to about 130 guests, including staff, board members, sponsors and residents about how the West Orange-based nonprofit is “Building Bridges to a ...

Lieutenant Governor Speaks at Jewish Community Housing Corporation Dinner; Two of Their Senior Communities in South Orange

July 11, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) recently held its board of trustees annual dinner at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, where Sheila Oliver, lieutenant governor of New Jersey, spoke to about 130 guests, including staff, board members, sponsors and residents about how the West Orange-based nonprofit is “Building Bridges to a ...

Deserted But Adopted: Volunteers Help 'Spruce Up' Watchung Reservation Village

July 11, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Student volunteers from the Mitzvah Mania youth community service program recently visited the Deserted Village of Feltville, not to search for ghosts but rather to plant spruce trees and pine trees as part of a Union County Adopt-a-Park project.

Mitzvah Mania is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Metro West NJ. It  provides students from age 12 to 16 ...

Lieutenant Governor Speaks at Jewish Community Housing Corporation Dinner; Two of Their Senior Communities in South Orange

July 11, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) recently held its board of trustees annual dinner at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, where Sheila Oliver, lieutenant governor of New Jersey, spoke to about 130 guests, including staff, board members, sponsors and residents about how the West Orange-based nonprofit is “Building Bridges to a ...

Lieutenant Governor Speaks at Jewish Community Housing Corporation Dinner; Two of Their Senior Communities in South Orange

July 11, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) recently held its board of trustees annual dinner at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, where Sheila Oliver, lieutenant governor of New Jersey, spoke to about 130 guests, including staff, board members, sponsors and residents about how the West Orange-based nonprofit is “Building Bridges to a ...

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Columbia High School Principal's Removal Raises More Questions Than It Answers

The last Twitter post from Columbia High School principal Elizabeth Aaron is very telling. 

The four-year CHS schools chief, who was recently, surprisingly, reassigned to a vague “Principal on Special Assignment” post by the school district, was a Twitter regular on her @CougarPrincipal account. There she would often promote the school’s successes and notable staff and ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Robberies Reported on July 5

July 15, 2018

July 2 - Motor Vehicle Theft; Sometime over the previous two days, a U-Haul truck was stolen from a business on Newark Way.

July 4 - Theft from Auto; During the overnight hours an unsecured vehicle parked on Elberta Rd was entered and keys were stolen from it.

July 5 - Robberies; At approximately 1:30 a.m., a male was assaulted by two males ridding bicycles while he was walking on ...

Free 'Movies in the Park' on July 18 and August 23 in Maplewood

July 16, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Free "Movies in the Park" are planned for Wednesday, July 18, and Thursday, August 23, a program hosted by the Maplewood Police Department in conjunction with the Maplewood Recreation Department, the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs, SOMA Film Festival and SOMA Municipal Alliance.

The movie on July 18 will be The Incredibles, shown in Dehart Park, ...

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory Through 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 17

NEW YORK, NY, - The National Weather Service issued a 'Heat Advisory' this morning for Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union and Hudson Counties in New Jersey. The heat advisory will remain in effect from noon Monday July 16, until 6 p.m. Tuesday July 17.

Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at- risk population who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, July 17, 5:00 PM

Caldwell University Alumni Theater, Caldwell

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use ...

Health & Wellness

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Wed, July 18, 10:00 AM

Paterson Board of Education , Paterson

Teacher Job Fair in Paterson

Education

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Fri, July 20, 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

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Fri, July 20, 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

Statement From Emergency Committee to Reinstate Principal Aaron

July 10, 2018

** TUESDAY RALLY IS CANCELLED **

We created a movement. We leveraged our collective 1,600 voices and forced the District leadership to sit with us today [Monday] and discuss the poorly communicated, weekend announcement that CHS Principal Elizabeth Aaron was being reassigned.

Our meeting was a first step in both accountability and transparency as Dr. Ficarra revealed Principal ...

Coalition on Race Responds to Changes in School District Administrators

The Board of Trustees of the Community Coalition on Race seeks racial equity, integration, and excellence in education for all students in our schools. While the pace of change has been frustratingly slow, we have seen some progress. Yet, candidly, there are too many students of color who are not well served in SOMA, who still experience segregated classrooms and who still suffer from racial ...

3rd Annual Newark International Film Festival Accepting Submissions

July 12, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Three days filled with celebrity guests and showcases from both local and international filmmakers are coming to the city in September.

The third annual Newark International Film Festival will return Sept. 6 and run through Sept. 9, 2018. The festival has grown each year since it was first created, with the city last year hosting 10,000 attendees seeing films across ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters here.

It’s one of two ordinances that were approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Downtown Scotch Plains May Eventually Look Like Princeton, According to Redevelopment Committee Feedback

July 15, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Residents who attended the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) meeting on Wednesday night got a peak into what the future of the township will look like… and it looks a lot like Princeton.

Tom Strowe, the Township’s Project Coordinator for Redevelopment, presented findings of the recent survey on architectural styles. More than 2,100 ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

New Plumber Joins the Woolley Home Solutions Team

July 16, 2018

We are excited to announce a new addition to the Woolley team! Our new plumber, Oscar Buonafina, is an expert plumber with nearly a decade of industry experience serving New Jersey homeowners. He is also a NJ Master Plumber Since 2007. As a military veteran, Oscar truly understands hard work and commitment, and we’re so happy to bring him on board!

"I believe in service to people ...

Maplewood Brings Local Youth to the Governing Table With the Youth Advisory Committee

The Maplewood Township Committee cordially invites diverse student residents of Maplewood who are enrolled in private or public school in grades 8 through 12 to apply to serve on its new Youth Advisory Committee.  In order to continue empowering local youth whose recent advocacy on - gun safety, safe schools, voting rights, immigration, greater institutional equity and inclusion, to name a ...

Repairs to Boyden Avenue Between Elmwood Avenue and Springfield Avenue

On Monday, July 16, road repairs to the south side of Boyden Avenue between Elmwood Avenue and Springfield Avenue will take place for approximately one week pending weather conditions. There will be access to the pool parking lot for pool members and NJ Transit employees. Signage and police officers will be present to direct traffic.