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State Law Blocks Planned Nationwide Search For New Maplewood Police Chief

January 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD,NJ - Maplewood will not conduct a nationwide search for a new police chief despite promising such a move last year after complaints led to the ouster of veteran chief Robert Cimino, instead planning now to promote someone from within.

Mayor Vic Deluca announced the change in plans during Thursday night’s Hilton Neighborhood Association meeting where acting chief Jimmy ...

Three Sentenced in Short Hills Carjacking Murder; Defendant from South Orange Already Sentenced

NEWARK, NJ — The final three defendants in the shooting death of Dustin Friedland, 30, in 2013 at The Mall at Short Hills faced a judge on Thursday, Jan. 18, to learn their sentences. The Honorable Michael L. Ravin handed down lengthy terms for shooter Hanif Thompson and co-defendants Karif Ford and Kevin Roberts, according to a release from the Essex ...

State Law Blocks Planned Nationwide Search For New Maplewood Police Chief

January 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD,NJ - Maplewood will not conduct a nationwide search for a new police chief despite promising such a move last year after complaints led to the ouster of veteran chief Robert Cimino, instead planning now to promote someone from within.

Mayor Vic Deluca announced the change in plans during Thursday night’s Hilton Neighborhood Association meeting where acting chief Jimmy ...

Suspicious Death Being Investigated in South Orange, Says Prosecutor

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 ...

In-Person Registration for South Orange/Maplewood Baseball and Softball This Weekend at The Baird

January 18, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - In-person registration for the 2018 spring baseball and softball seasons will take place this weekend at The Baird in South Orange from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20. and Sunday, Jan. 21.

Any child who did not play in the South Orange Maplewood baseball or softball program in Spring 2017 must register in person and bring a copy of their birth ...

Columbia H. S. Girls Win County Swim Tournament As Undefeated Season Continues

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 Mountain YMCA Superheroes Kick off Campaign to Raise $175K for Stronger Community, Wellness for All

January 18, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - South Mountain YMCA supporters, members, and staff will kickoff “Calling All Superheroes,” on Jan. 22. Organizers hope this year’s campaign will raise $175,000 to address pressing community concerns and open access to services for those who cannot afford them.

“You don’t need to wear a cape to be a superhero. It requires only a ...

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 ...

Three Sentenced in Short Hills Carjacking Murder; Defendant from South Orange Already Sentenced

January 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ — The final three defendants in the shooting death of Dustin Friedland, 30, in 2013 at The Mall at Short Hills faced a judge on Thursday, Jan. 18, to learn their sentences. The Honorable Michael L. Ravin handed down lengthy terms for shooter Hanif Thompson and co-defendants Karif Ford and Kevin Roberts, according to a release from the Essex ...

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 ...

South Mountain YMCA Superheroes Kick off Campaign to Raise $175K for Stronger Community, Wellness for All

January 18, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - South Mountain YMCA supporters, members, and staff will kickoff “Calling All Superheroes,” on Jan. 22. Organizers hope this year’s campaign will raise $175,000 to address pressing community concerns and open access to services for those who cannot afford them.

“You don’t need to wear a cape to be a superhero. It requires only a ...

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:

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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 Observance in SOMA; Luminary Photos

January 17, 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, ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance in SOMA; Luminary Photos

January 17, 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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Women's March Wear at Sadie's

Many are gathering this weekend and heading into New York City or over to Morristown to show their support for the Women's March 2018.

Sadie's is offering a few tee shirt options to show your support while marching as well as with your purchase.

The "Nasty Woman" shirt donates to Planned Parenthood and the "I Believe in Science" donates to the Sierra Club." ...

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.

Horoscope: As Capricorn enters your ozone, listen ...

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 SOMA; Luminary Photos

January 17, 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

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Fri, January 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

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Fri, January 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

Sat, January 20, 12:30 AM

Clark Public Library, Clark

North Jersey Aquarium Society Monthly Saturday ...

Home & Garden

Sun, January 21, 11:00 AM

The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, Maplewood

Amy Blake and Moki Kokoris: Family Ethical ...

Education

Millburn Teen Gives Laptops New Life for Charity

January 17, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ — A junior at Millburn High School is using his skills with computers to help young women half a world away have a chance at higher education. Alexander McBride, the founder of Laptops4Africa.org, has already sent 21 laptops to deserving female students by teaming with a family friend who hand delivers donations to a girls leadership training school in Tanzania ...

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

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 ...

Crowds Pack Sussex County YMCA's Open House

January 17, 2018

HARDYSTON, NJ – The Sussex County YMCA was packed on Saturday afternoon.  People from all over Sussex County came by to try out the new facilities and see the expansion and renovations.  Special guests spoke at the opening ceremony in the new gymnasium.

Jennifer Gardner, Executive Director announced special guests U. S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer, New Jersey Senator Steve ...

Fanwood Resident Struck and Killed by NJ Transit Train in Elizabeth

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 ...

Seton Hall University to Test Emergency Siren and Pirate Alert System on Jan. 23

January 18, 2018

On Tuesday, January 23, at 11:55 a.m., Seton Hall University will conduct a live test of its emergency siren and PirateAlert systems. If needed, a retest of the systems will take place on Thursday, January 25, at 11:55 a.m. 

The systems are designed to alert the campus community of an emergency situation that requires them to seek shelter indoors for their safety. The siren is centrally ...

High School Juniors Invited to Apply for Summer Internship at the Essex County Prosecutor's Office

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced that high school juniors, interested in law enforcement, are urged to apply for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office annual summer internship program.

This five-week program is designed to expose high school students to careers in law, law enforcement and government. The summer internship program will run from July 5, 2018 ...

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

“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 ...