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Women's Club of Maplewood Donates $300K to Maplewood Library Foundation Capital Campaign

February 23, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Library Foundation's Capital Campaign received $300,000 from the Women's Club of Maplewood on Thursday, the first major gift since the campaign began on Feb. 22, according to a release from the Maplewood Library.

The capital campaign is raising funds to renovate the main Maplewood Library "that will serve the community for generations to ...

Maplewood Will Oversee Merged Fire Departments with South Orange

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood will be in charge of overseeing the new merged fire department with South Orange, according to Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, who offered an update Tuesday on the coming marriage of the two departments expected to occur this year.

Speaking during the regular Maplewood Township Committee meeting, DeLuca said Maplewood would be the “lead agency” once the ...

Maplewood Will Oversee Merged Fire Departments with South Orange

February 23, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood will be in charge of overseeing the new merged fire department with South Orange, according to Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, who offered an update Tuesday on the coming marriage of the two departments expected to occur this year.

Speaking during the regular Maplewood Township Committee meeting, DeLuca said Maplewood would be the “lead agency” once the ...

Fatal Bus Crash in Maplewood on Tuesday Under Investigation

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - One fatality has been reported in the bus crash Tuesday afternoon on Springfield Avenue that also injured four other people, according to an updated press release from the Essex County Prosecutor's office.

The driver of the bus, identified as Larry Wiley, age 65, was transported to University Hospital in Newark where he was pronounced dead at 5:48 p.m., according to Chief ...

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, ...

Blood Drives in SOMA: Maplewood on Feb. 22 and South Orange on Feb. 26

February 19, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Due to winter storms and flu disrupting blood donations, the Red Cross is urging donors to donate and help maintain blood supply, according to a press release from the organization.

In January, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, ...

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 ...

Women's Club of Maplewood Donates $300K to Maplewood Library Foundation Capital Campaign

February 23, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Library Foundation's Capital Campaign received $300,000 from the Women's Club of Maplewood on Thursday, the first major gift since the campaign began on Feb. 22, according to a release from the Maplewood Library.

The capital campaign is raising funds to renovate the main Maplewood Library "that will serve the community for generations to ...

Seth Boyden Principal’s Suspension Ends, But Still Without Explanation

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Seth Boyden Elementary School principal Damion Frye has returned to duty as the school’s top administrator this week, but with no more explanation as to why he was removed in the first place.

A note to parents Wednesday evening indicated he had resumed his principal post this week after the nearly three-week absence and thanked acting principal Raquel Horn ...

Maplewood Middle School Musical Showcases Student Talent On Stage and Off

February 21, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - If you visit a rehearsal at Maplewood Middle School (MMS) for their spring musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, you'll find the usual bustle of students practicing scenes on stage, working on sets and props, and for those who have downtime, doing their homework in the auditorium seats.

While at first-glance this description may sound similar to that of ...

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 ...

Maplewood Chili Cookoff this Sunday Combines Food, Family Fun, and Fundraising for a Good Cause

February 23, 2018

Update on February 23: All Tasting Passes to the Maplewood Chili Cookoff are sold out. A few more spots are left to submit a chili, which can be done here.

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There's a new annual tradition in SOMA: The Maplewood Chili Cookoff. Back at The Woodland for its second year on Sunday, Feb. 25, the cookoff has local residents sharing their best chili ...

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 ...

Maplewood Resident One of Six Protesters to Plead ‘Not Guilty’ to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman’s Lance’s Office

February 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including Kristin Peck of Maplewood, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Peck, who is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in ...

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 Will Oversee Merged Fire Departments with South Orange

February 23, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood will be in charge of overseeing the new merged fire department with South Orange, according to Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, who offered an update Tuesday on the coming marriage of the two departments expected to occur this year.

Speaking during the regular Maplewood Township Committee meeting, DeLuca said Maplewood would be the “lead agency” once the ...

Women's Club of Maplewood Donates $300K to Maplewood Library Foundation Capital Campaign

February 23, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Library Foundation's Capital Campaign received $300,000 from the Women's Club of Maplewood on Thursday, the first major gift since the campaign began on Feb. 22, according to a release from the Maplewood Library.

The capital campaign is raising funds to renovate the main Maplewood Library "that will serve the community for generations to ...

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 ...

Maplewood Resident One of Six Protesters to Plead ‘Not Guilty’ to Defiant Trespassing at Congressman’s Lance’s Office

February 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including Kristin Peck of Maplewood, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court.

Peck, who is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in ...

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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: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Teens Arrested for Theft from Auto

February 20, 2018

February 12 - Theft; A resident from Burroughs Way reported that sometime over the past day, a snow blower was stolen from an open garage.

February 17- Theft from Auto; At approximately 5:15 p.m., two males were observed going through vehicles on Hillcrest Rd.  Officers responded to the area and were able to locate two males fitting the description. The males, 18 year ...

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

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 ...

Women's Club of Maplewood Donates $300K to Maplewood Library Foundation Capital Campaign

February 23, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Library Foundation's Capital Campaign received $300,000 from the Women's Club of Maplewood on Thursday, the first major gift since the campaign began on Feb. 22, according to a release from the Maplewood Library.

The capital campaign is raising funds to renovate the main Maplewood Library "that will serve the community for generations to ...

Maplewood Chili Cookoff this Sunday Combines Food, Family Fun, and Fundraising for a Good Cause

Update on February 23: All Tasting Passes to the Maplewood Chili Cookoff are sold out. A few more spots are left to submit a chili, which can be done here.

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There's a new annual tradition in SOMA: The Maplewood Chili Cookoff. Back at The Woodland for its second year on Sunday, Feb. 25, the cookoff has local residents sharing their best chili ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

St. Andrew & Holy Communion Parish Hall, South Orange

Lenten Friday Fish Fry Dinners

Food & Drink

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Fri, February 23, 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, February 23, 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, February 23, 7:30 PM

Maplewood Middle School Auditorium, Maplewood

Maplewood Middle School Presents Rogers & ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

School Walkout Efforts Reach West Orange High School

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hundreds of West Orange High School (WOHS) students participated in a peaceful walkout Wednesday afternoon in support of their fellow classmates in South Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people last week.

“They want to see change [in gun control],” said WOHS Principal Hayden Moore, who was present during the impromptu student-organized walkout.

Indictment Handed Down in Millburn Carjacking

TRENTON, NJ – An indictment was handed down in the November carjacking in Millburn where a 13-year old girl was allegedly grabbed by the neck and the suspect threatened to kill her. 

The 11-count state grand jury indictment charges Ahmed Anthony, 30, of Newark with conspiracy, carjacking, robbery and making terroristic threats among other charges. The conspiracy in the first-degree ...

Protesters Gather in Westfield to Demand Gun Control After Parkland Shooting

February 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Protesters gathered outside of Rep. Leonard Lance’s Westfield office Wednesday to rally for gun law reform and to hold a vigil after the recent Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

The Westfield Activist group Westfield 20/20 organizes weekly protests outside of Congressman Lance’s office but, to many, this protest felt different. Attendees included ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace & Cafe - Feb. 23 to March 1

February 23, 2018

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:

Alaskan Cod Fillet $9.99lb (Ashley Fish Market)
Chuck for Stew/Stroganoff $6.99lb (Meat)
Thumann’s Deluxe Ham $8.98lb (Deli)
Midnight Moon $18.99lb (Cheese)
Red Globe Grapes $3.49lb
Cavendish Hash Browns 2/$5
Beef Meatloaf $6.99lb (Prep Food)
Polly O Ricotta $5.99 ...

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac problems is provided to ...

Parkland Moms Club Seeks Cards for Teachers and First Responders

In less then 24 hours, the Parkland Moms Club put a card making event together at the park next to the amphitheater which has turned into a massive memorial. Kids from infants to 5th graders helped create cards for teachers, first responders, and hospital workers. Paulina Splechta donated her amazing photography skills and sent us tons and tons of pictures. No matter your age, there is a way ...