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Maplewood Stollers Holding Auditions for 'Cole' Beginning Sept. 6

August 28, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Strollers are holding auditions for their fall musical, Cole, beginning on Sept. 6. Roles are open for all levels of singers, actors, and dancers, according to an email from The Strollers.

 

Cole is described by The Strollers as a musical, ensemble review with narration that celebrates the life and music of Cole Porter, "containing ...

Seton Hall Ph.D Student Earns 'Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching' Grant

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Daria Pizzuto is headed to Chile, where she will research native-written literature that can be used to develop a Spanish teaching program for American children.

The doctoral candidate at Seton Hall University and a resident of Plainfield, has been awarded the "Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching" grant in order to conduct ...

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 ...

Maplewood Stollers Holding Auditions for 'Cole' Beginning Sept. 6

August 28, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Strollers are holding auditions for their fall musical, Cole, beginning on Sept. 6. Roles are open for all levels of singers, actors, and dancers, according to an email from The Strollers.

 

Cole is described by The Strollers as a musical, ensemble review with narration that celebrates the life and music of Cole Porter, "containing ...

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

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 ...

Seton Hall Ph.D Student Earns 'Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching' Grant

August 27, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Daria Pizzuto is headed to Chile, where she will research native-written literature that can be used to develop a Spanish teaching program for American children.

The doctoral candidate at Seton Hall University and a resident of Plainfield, has been awarded the "Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching" grant in order to conduct ...

Maplewood Recreation Offers Fall Art Programs for Children Ages 2 to 5

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  ​The Maplewood Recreation Department is offering Fall 2016 Art Programs for children ages 2 to 5.  All art programs are held at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd., in Maplewood. 

Classes offered are:

Talented Tots: Mondays from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., for children 2 to 4 years old accompanied by an adult.  

Children will ...

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 ...

DiPietro Foods Closing; Hopes to Reopen

August 25, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - After more than 40 years, DiPietro Foods will be closing their store at 1701 Springfield Ave. in Maplewood on Sat., Sept. 10, according to an update to their Facebook page signed by Lucy, Alfonso, Josephine, and Jennifer.

The DiPietro Foods Facebook page update thanked their customers, stating "to those of you who we see on a daily or weekly basis, you are not just ...

ShopRite Recalls Cookies

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 ...

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 ...

DiPietro Foods Closing; Hopes to Reopen

August 25, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - After more than 40 years, DiPietro Foods will be closing their store at 1701 Springfield Ave. in Maplewood on Sat., Sept. 10, according to an update to their Facebook page signed by Lucy, Alfonso, Josephine, and Jennifer.

The DiPietro Foods Facebook page update thanked their customers, stating "to those of you who we see on a daily or weekly basis, you are not just ...

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 ...

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 Completes Intersection Upgrade on Northfield Avenue

August 27, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The intersection of Northfield Ave. and Pleasant Valley Way/Cherry Lane was upgraded onThursday, Aug. 25, with new traffic signal equipment and a new design to enhance motor vehicle and pedestrian safety on Thursday.

The work is part of the Executive Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.'s ongoing initiative to ensure infrastructure is ...

Metro YMCA Promotes Head of Award-Winning Marketing/Communications Department

August 26, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges recently promoted Greg Albers to vice president of marketing and communications of the largest association of YMCAs in New Jersey.

Albers was working in marketing for a Jewish Community Center in Toledo, Ohio, in 2003 when it became the first JCC in the country to merge with a YMCA.

Albers helped establish the YMCA ...

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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Wed, August 31, 2:00 PM

South Orange Nj Transit Train Station- Parking Lot, South Orange

25th Annual South Orange Farmers Market

Food & Drink Green Health & Wellness Home & Garden Other

Thu, September 1, 12:30 PM

Seton Hall University's St. Joseph's Chapel at Boland Hall , South Orange

Seton Hall University’s Monthly Spanish Mass

Religions And Spirituality

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Fri, September 2, 12:00 PM

Boccone South Restaurant, South Orange

Boccone South Lunch Special - Tues. to Sat.

Food & Drink

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 27

August 27, 2016

South Orange Police Blotter as of Aug. 27

Burglary to dwelling - A Holland Rd. resident stated that sometime between 8 a.m. and 7:40 p.m., an unknown actor(s) had entered his dwelling via a rear unlocked window and once inside the residence the actor(s) preceded to removed a gold watch from a bedroom. The actor had placed a garbage can upside down under the window to climb onto and then into ...

South Orange Police Blotter - August 24

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 ...

Update on South Orange-Maplewood School District Middle School Library Situation

August 27, 2016

After more than 6 months of fighting, over 1000 signatures and 2 petitions later, the Board of Education reversed their decision and directed the superintendent to hire a full time certified librarian for each middle school! 

Thank you to everyone who signed the petitions and shared them with family and friends. Your voices helped to bring back library services to the students and staff ...

The Argument in Favor of Restoring a Full Time Librarian

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 ...

Open Houses - Aug. 27 and Aug. 28

The West Orange Alternative

People pay a premium to live in South Orange and Maplewood to have an easy commute into the city. What some people considering this area may not realize is that you can live in West Orange and still have easy access to the trains.

 

Did you know that West Orange offers free Jitney service to the South Orange and Orange train stations? So if ...

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 Completes Intersection Upgrade on Northfield Avenue

August 27, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The intersection of Northfield Ave. and Pleasant Valley Way/Cherry Lane was upgraded onThursday, Aug. 25, with new traffic signal equipment and a new design to enhance motor vehicle and pedestrian safety on Thursday.

The work is part of the Executive Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr.'s ongoing initiative to ensure infrastructure is ...

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

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 ...

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 ...