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Interim Superintendent Sends Email to School Community About 'Insensitive Texting Incident' at Marshall School

January 19, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Thomas Ficarra, Interim Superintendent of the South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD), sent the following email on Friday after a community meeting which was held on Thursday with Ficarra and parents/guardians of students at Marshall School regarding an "insensitive texting" incident involving school staff in December.

Ficara's ...

TAPinto SOMA Named an Official Electronic News Source in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - TAPinto SOMA and Village Green were designed as official electronic news sources to which notices and other matters are to be provided under the Open Public Meetings Act, after the unanimous passage of Resolution 17-18 at the Maplewood Township Committee Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The resolution included that the designation of the official electronic news sources ...

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.

Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca announced the change in plans during Thursday night’s Hilton Neighborhood Association meeting where acting ...

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 ...

Interim Superintendent Sends Email to School Community About 'Insensitive Texting Incident' at Marshall School

January 19, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Thomas Ficarra, Interim Superintendent of the South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD), sent the following email on Friday after a community meeting which was held on Thursday with Ficarra and parents/guardians of students at Marshall School regarding an "insensitive texting" incident involving school staff in December.

Ficara's ...

Report: Gov. Christie Won’t Sign Cooperative High School Sports Bill Before Leaving Office

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

TAPinto SOMA Named an Official Electronic News Source in Maplewood

January 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - TAPinto SOMA and Village Green were designed as official electronic news sources to which notices and other matters are to be provided under the Open Public Meetings Act, after the unanimous passage of Resolution 17-18 at the Maplewood Township Committee Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The resolution included that the designation of the official electronic news sources ...

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." ...

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 ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 010

On this week’s AtlantiCast, we take you to the groundbreaking for an expansion to Morristown Medical Center, introduce you to the newest babies of 2018 at Atlantic Health System and share some must-see winter weather tips!

 

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

Newark Makes the Short List for Amazon's next HQ2

January 19, 2018

NEWARK, NJ--Newark has been named as one of 20 finalists to host Amazon’s next headquarters in North America.

Amazon announced the short-listed cities on Thursday.

Other cities that made the cut include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County, ...

Millburn Teen Gives Laptops New Life for Charity

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 ...

Director of Gallery U Boutique Says They Will Leave Westfield Over Parking Issues

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Gallery U Boutique, an art space and boutique on South Avenue in Downtown Westfield, will relocate at the end of the summer due to ongoing parking issues, Executive Director Robert Greco said.

Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries. Clients from UI work in the gallery and live in the ...

Crowds Pack Sussex County YMCA's Open House

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 ...

Public Notice: Maplewood Township Committee Regular Session on Sat., Jan. 27 and Sat., Feb. 3

January 19, 2018

P U B L I C   N O T I C E -  January 19, 2018

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Maplewood Township Committee will meet in Regular Session on Saturday, January 27, 2018 and Saturday, February 3, 2018, beginning at 9:00 A.M., for both dates, at the Maplewood Municipal Building, 574 Valley Street, Maplewood, New Jersey, for the purpose of 2018 Municipal Budget discussions. 

These ...

Business Administrator – Full Time – Maplewood Township (Essex)

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR – FULL TIME – MAPLEWOOD TOWNSHIP (ESSEX)

Position available prior to June 1, 2018.

The Township is seeking an experienced and qualified, high profile, proactive, facilitating leader, who is committed to working in partnership with the Township Committee to deliver excellent and cost effective public services to an engaged, culturally and racially diverse ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace & Cafe Jan. 19 to Jan. 25

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:

Potato Salad $3.99lb (Prep Food)
Monkfish  $9.99lb (Ashley Fish Market)
Siggi’s Yogurt  4/$5
Ground Turkey Thigh Dark Meat $4.19lb (Meat)
Ham Wraps $5.99(Deli)
Breyer’s Ice Cream $4.99lb
Blueberries 1 Pint $4.99
Beemster Graskaas Gouda $7.99lb ...