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President's Day in SOMA: Closures and Schedule Changes

February 18, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - President's Day is Monday, Feb. 19, and it's a day off for many, including local students.

Closures on President's Day

South Orange - Maplewood School District schools are closed on Monday (as well as on Friday, Feb. 16).
South Orange Public Library is closed.
Maplewood Memorial Library and Hilton Branch Library are ...

Maplewood Seniors Enjoy a Visit from Alfalfa the Alpaca on Valentine's Day

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - If you were at the Maplewood Senior Center on Wednesday - which happened to be Valentine's Day - you would have seen the somewhat unusual sight of an alpaca. Alfalfa the Alpaca to be precise.

 

The visit from Alfalfa was the first in the "creature comfort" series from the Maplewood Recreation Department.

 

Maplewood Recreation Director Melissa ...

South Orange - Maplewood School District Responds to Threatening Message Painted in Columbia H.S. Lot

February 14, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD) sent an email to Columbia High School (CHS) families at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday with information about the threatening message that was found painted in the CHS lot that morning. 

The large message was painted on the ground of the student parking lot on Parker Avenue, about a half-block from CHS, and stated, ...

Police Respond to Threatening Message Painted in Columbia High School Lot

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Police are investigating an apparent offensive message painted on the parking lot surface at Columbia High School (CHS) on Wednesday, which includes a threat to obtain a gun in response to alleged name-calling.

The large message was painted on the ground of the student parking lot on Parker Avenue, about a half-block from CHS and stated, “If they keep calling me a b**ch ...

Boys Basketball: Columbia Defeats Chatham

February 16, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Coming off an overtime loss against Millburn on Tuesday, the Chatham boys basketball team was looking to get back in the win column Thursday night, but a late push by Columbia saw the visitors hand Chatham their second straight setback at home.

"We just didn't make many shots," Chatham coach Todd Ervin said of the fourth quarter. "We had some good looks, ...

Wrestling: Watchung Hills Drops Columbia in NJSIAA Sections, 70-6

WARREN, NJ - The Warriors are on their way to the first sectional title in school history. The Watchung Hills grapplers defeated Columbia in the first round of the NJSIAA sectional tournament on Monday, 70-6. They will face Elizabeth at home on Wednesday night at 7 p.m in the semi-finals.

Results are:

138: Ed Williams (WHR) over Devin Rocha (COLU) (MD 9-0) 

145: Jacob Stasil (WHR) ...

Maplewood Seniors Enjoy a Visit from Alfalfa the Alpaca on Valentine's Day

February 18, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - If you were at the Maplewood Senior Center on Wednesday - which happened to be Valentine's Day - you would have seen the somewhat unusual sight of an alpaca. Alfalfa the Alpaca to be precise.

 

The visit from Alfalfa was the first in the "creature comfort" series from the Maplewood Recreation Department.

 

Maplewood Recreation Director Melissa ...

Preliminary Accreditation given to Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at On3

NUTLEY, NJ - Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Accreditation is an essential requirement in the complex process of establishing a new medical school. 

Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine is creating a rigorous academic curriculum that combines ...

President's Day in SOMA: Closures and Schedule Changes

February 18, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - President's Day is Monday, Feb. 19, and it's a day off for many, including local students.

Closures on President's Day

South Orange - Maplewood School District schools are closed on Monday (as well as on Friday, Feb. 16).
South Orange Public Library is closed.
Maplewood Memorial Library and Hilton Branch Library are ...

Preliminary Accreditation given to Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at On3

NUTLEY, NJ - Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Accreditation is an essential requirement in the complex process of establishing a new medical school. 

Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine is creating a rigorous academic curriculum that combines ...

Voting Ends Feb. 20 for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards: 4 Nominations for South Orange

February 17, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Three arts organizations based in South Orange have been nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards, and South Orange itself has been nominated for Favorite Downtown Arts District.

“We are thrilled that South Orange has been nominated as best Downtown Arts District for the first time," said Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director of the ...

New Retail and Restaurants Coming to South Orange, and Recent Closings

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - At the last two Development Committee meetings, Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director of the South Orange Village Alliance (SOVCA), provided updates about restaurant and store openings and closings, as well as potential new tenants coming to South Orange.

Here is a list of what places are coming soon, just opened, or closed:

Buy Rite liquor store on Valley Street held ...

New Retail and Restaurants Coming to South Orange, and Recent Closings

February 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - At the last two Development Committee meetings, Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director of the South Orange Village Alliance (SOVCA), provided updates about restaurant and store openings and closings, as well as potential new tenants coming to South Orange.

Here is a list of what places are coming soon, just opened, or closed:

Buy Rite liquor store on Valley Street held ...

President's Day in SOMA: Closures and Schedule Changes

February 18, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - President's Day is Monday, Feb. 19, and it's a day off for many, including local students.

Closures on President's Day

South Orange - Maplewood School District schools are closed on Monday (as well as on Friday, Feb. 16).
South Orange Public Library is closed.
Maplewood Memorial Library and Hilton Branch Library are ...

President's Day in SOMA: Closures and Schedule Changes

February 18, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - President's Day is Monday, Feb. 19, and it's a day off for many, including local students.

Closures on President's Day

South Orange - Maplewood School District schools are closed on Monday (as well as on Friday, Feb. 16).
South Orange Public Library is closed.
Maplewood Memorial Library and Hilton Branch Library are ...

SOMA Scout Coordinated Collection of 11 Tons of Food, Toys and Coats at Turtle Back Zoo

February 12, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition to the 97,459 people who visited the 11th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo in 2017, more than 11 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys were collected for those in need.

In all, the collection yielded 187 bags of new toys, 334 bags of winter coats and clothing, and 22,543 pounds of non-perishable food ...

President's Day in SOMA: Closures and Schedule Changes

February 18, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - President's Day is Monday, Feb. 19, and it's a day off for many, including local students.

Closures on President's Day

South Orange - Maplewood School District schools are closed on Monday (as well as on Friday, Feb. 16).
South Orange Public Library is closed.
Maplewood Memorial Library and Hilton Branch Library are ...

New Retail and Restaurants Coming to South Orange, and Recent Closings

February 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - At the last two Development Committee meetings, Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director of the South Orange Village Alliance (SOVCA), provided updates about restaurant and store openings and closings, as well as potential new tenants coming to South Orange.

Here is a list of what places are coming soon, just opened, or closed:

Buy Rite liquor store on Valley Street held ...

Summit's Beacon UU Hosts 'Blessing of the Animals' Service Feb. 18

February 15, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Community members and their household pets are invited to Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Beacon UU) for a 'Blessing of the Animals' service on February 18, beginning at 11:15 a.m.

“All beloved creatures are welcome—from the pet snail to the family dog,” said Reverend Robin Tanner, minister of worship and outreach.

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Love is in the air...

Come to Sadie's to buy your sweetie the perfect Valentine's Day gift. We have locally made jewelry, vegan perfume, unique valentine cards, scratch off maps for those who travel and other fun gifts - something for every honey. Of course if you are looking for something to wear on your romantic night out or a fun single's night we have that, too.

Saturday, Feb 10, from noon to 3 ...

A Tale of Two Very Different Town Administrator Searches

Both Maplewood and South Orange are looking for new town administrators at the same time, a rare occurrence.

And their approaches couldn’t be any more different.

Maplewood, whose long-time administrator Joseph Manning is retiring May 31, launched its search last month the old-fashioned way: hiring a recruiting firm and letting them do the heavy lifting (or more appropriately the ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!

 

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Arrested for Robbery in South Orange

February 11, 2018

Adult Arrest - Robbery - Shawn Ray Newsome, a 20 year old Newark resident and a 17 year old juvenile were arrested on Saturday, Feb. 3, at approximately 10:45 p.m. for robbery. Two male victims reported that as they were walking on South Orange Ave near the Newark border, they were approached by three actors (described as black males wearing dark clothing and black masks) who ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Home Burglary and Two Auto Thefts Reported

January 29 - Burglary; At approximately 3:10 p.m., officers responded to the area of Heller Pl and Orchard Rd on the report of an individual going into backyards. While checking the area, a juvenile approached an officer and notified her that her home on Orchard Rd had just been entered by an unknown male. Officers checked the home and surrounding area, but were unable to ...

Maplewood Seniors Enjoy a Visit from Alfalfa the Alpaca on Valentine's Day

February 18, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - If you were at the Maplewood Senior Center on Wednesday - which happened to be Valentine's Day - you would have seen the somewhat unusual sight of an alpaca. Alfalfa the Alpaca to be precise.

 

The visit from Alfalfa was the first in the "creature comfort" series from the Maplewood Recreation Department.

 

Maplewood Recreation Director Melissa ...

Voting Ends Feb. 20 for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards: 4 Nominations for South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Three arts organizations based in South Orange have been nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards, and South Orange itself has been nominated for Favorite Downtown Arts District.

“We are thrilled that South Orange has been nominated as best Downtown Arts District for the first time," said Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director of the ...

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Illegal South Ward Rooming House Closed for Life-Threatening Conditions, 12 Relocated

February 18, 2018

Newark, NJ—An illegal rooming house in Newark's South Ward has been shuttered and 12 people relocated after Newark fire inspectors discovered life-threatening conditions inside the property on Friday.

Newark Fire Inspectors responded after citizen complaints to a one-family house at 46-48 Van Ness Place and found “deplorable conditions” inside the ...

PARCC Debate in Newark Continues Amid Calls from Murphy for its Dismantling

NEWARK, NJ - Ever since New Jersey began using the PARCC exam in the 2014-15 school year, the state teacher's union and other groups have criticized the the standardized test and called for the state to stop using it to assess student performance.

During the campaign for governor last year, Phil Murphy, who was endorsed by the New Jersey Education Association, promised to ditch ...

After 47 Years of Operation, Jade Isle Set to Close Its Doors in Scotch Plains

February 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The iconic Jade Isle Restaurant located at the corner of Terrill Road and Second Street in Scotch Plains will close its doors forever after its last day on  Feb. 18. A phone call to the restaurant on Saturday confirmed that the Jade Isle's long history would come to an end Sunday.

Jade Isle has served a menu of traditional Chinese and Polynesian dishes and ...

Rabid Raccoon Reported in Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The Westfield Veterinary Group and Wellness Center today warned clients Friday and posted on their Facebook page that a raccoon in Mountainside has been confirmed to have rabies. 

“Please be very careful with your pets and be sure that they are up to date on their rabies vaccinations,” it said. “If you should ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List

February 18, 2018

Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” ranking number 74 in its 10th consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey based company on the ...

Man Charged with Crashing Truck into East Orange Planned Parenthood Clinic

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and East Orange Public Safety Director Sheliah Coley announced on Friday that Marckles Alcius, 31, with a last known address in Lowell, Massachusetts, has been charged with carrying out a truck attack on the Planned Parenthood East Orange Health Clinic on February 14, 2018, using a stolen bakery delivery truck.

Alcius has been charged with ...

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces the World Premiere of 'Unmasked'

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, announced today the world premiere of UNMASKED, which will feature some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most iconic work and the stories behind its creation, along with new music and memories from his extraordinary life and career, will open its ...