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Congressman Payne, Jr. to Host 'Constituent Conversation' in Maplewood on Thursday

February 22, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr., the representative for District 10 in New Jersey, will hold a “Constituent Conversation" at Maplewood Town Hall (574 Valley St.) on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m.  

At the town hall meeting, Payne will take questions from constituents and share his views on issues important to Maplewood residents ...

Columbia High School Wrestler to Participate in Region 3 Tournament

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Devin Rocha will be representing Columbia High School in the preliminary round of the Region 3 tournament at West Orange High School on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Other high schools at the tournament include West Orange, Livingston, Caldwell, Nutley, Bloomfield, Chatham, Delbarton, East Side (Paterson), Hanover Park, Madison, Montclair, Morristown, Randolph, and ...

South Orange Police Assist in Newark Vehicle Chase; Three Suspects Arrested

February 20, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - The South Orange Police Department joined New Jersey State Police (NJSP), the Essex County Sheriff's Office, and Newark Police on Feb. 18 in a pursuit which resulted in the arrest of Richard D. Williams (age 39), Terrell Norris (age 28) and a 16-year-old girl all of Newark, and an unidentified woman from East Orange, reported Newark Public Safety Director Anthony ...

Modernization of South Orange Police Department Includes New Dispatch System and Other Upcoming Changes

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Police Department (SOPD) has been modernized with the addition of a new dispatch command center in 2014, and more new upgrades are on the way according to South Orange Village Trustee Howard Levison.

The renovations to the dispatch center, which took place just over two years ago, added two multi-monitor command centers to the precinct. Complete with ...

Columbia High School Wrestler to Participate in Region 3 Tournament

February 22, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Devin Rocha will be representing Columbia High School in the preliminary round of the Region 3 tournament at West Orange High School on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Other high schools at the tournament include West Orange, Livingston, Caldwell, Nutley, Bloomfield, Chatham, Delbarton, East Side (Paterson), Hanover Park, Madison, Montclair, Morristown, Randolph, and ...

St. Joseph’s CYO Teams Victorious

The following is from St. Joseph's CYO

The St. Joseph’s Celtics' CYO JV 5 blue boys basketball Meola team defeated the other JV blue boys Thompson team, 26-23, on Sunday afternoon. John Pirone led the scorers with 15, with Henry Aaron contributing 5, Kieran Dawkins getting 4 and Conor Cavanaugh getting his first bucket of the season.

Dawkins was borrowed from the fourth grade ...

Overlook Medical Center in Summit Named Among 'America's 100 Best Hospitals' by Healthgrades

February 22, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ -- Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, has been recognized as one of ‘America’s 100 Best Hospitals’ for clinical excellence by consumer rankings group Healthgrades. The designation places Overlook in the top 2 percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical performance.

“As health care becomes ever more focused on value, the national ...

Essex County Enacts Code Blue to Provide Shelter During Winter Weather

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Essex County’s “Code Blue” procedures are being activated from 4 p.m. on Wednesday to 9 a.m. on Friday due to extreme cold weather and snow in the forecast.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said providing the homeless residents with a warm place to stay during extreme weather conditions ...

Seton Hall Changes Location for Commencement Ceremony

February 16, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - For the first time in several years, Seton Hall University's Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony will not take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, but will take place instead on the Seton Hall University campus in three separate installments on May 15.

This decision was not made by choice, but was the result of the Prudential Center not being available this ...

Columbia High School Cougars Robotics Team Wins Northeast NJ League Championship

ORADELL, NJ - The Columbia High School (CHS) Robotics teams competed in the Northeast New Jersey League Championship against 24 other teams from Northeast New Jersey on Sunday, Feb. 12, at River Dell High School in Oradell, with Robotics Team 4102 being part of the winning alliance.

The CHS Cougars Team 4102 earned the PTC Design Award in addition to being chosen ...

'Outdoor Movies Indoors' Begins this Sunday at The Woodland in Maplewood

February 17, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Sunday, Feb. 19, the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the SOMA Film Festival will show the movie “Moonrise Kingdom” at 7 p.m. at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd.) in Maplewood.

This event, which is a part of Maplewood’s “Outdoor Movies Indoors," is free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, ...

Winner of SOPAC’s 'Blues In The Loft' Competition is Montclair Music Teacher

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Vin Mott, who teaches drums and vocals at School of Rock Montclair, was recently named the winner of the “Blues In The Loft” Competition, a presentation of the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), the New Jersey Blues Alliance, and Hat City Kitchen. 

The contest’s preliminary rounds, which attracted participants from across New York and ...

South Orange Village Center Alliance Holds Annual Meeting

February 18, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) held its 2017 annual public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Boccone South in South Orange.

At this meeting, the SOVCA Board of Directors discussed the successful, and less successful, ventures of 2016, presented new event sponsorship opportunities for  2017, and opened the floor to residents and business ...

Popular Halal Guys Joins the Restaurant Scene on Halsey Street in Newark

NEWARK, NJ - The Halal Guys restaurant opened on Halsey Street in Newark less than three weeks ago, but it’s already proving to be an enormous success, with lunchtime lines that snake inside the eatery.

“Being so close to New York, a lot of people here are familiar with us,” said Nazmul Huda, owner of the Newark Franchise. “We’ve built a loyal customer base in ...

Two Men Charged in Maplewood Triple Homicide Now in Custody

February 11, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Two men are now in custody and have been charged with committing the triple homicide that occurred in Maplewood in January. Specifically, both men have been charged with three counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, felony murder, robbery and weapons charges, stated the Essex County Prosecutor's office in a release.

Early Saturday morning, Lavelle T. Davis, 33, ...

South Orange Village Center Alliance Holds Annual Meeting

February 18, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) held its 2017 annual public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Boccone South in South Orange.

At this meeting, the SOVCA Board of Directors discussed the successful, and less successful, ventures of 2016, presented new event sponsorship opportunities for  2017, and opened the floor to residents and business ...

Congressman Payne, Jr. to Host 'Constituent Conversation' in Maplewood on Thursday

February 22, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr., the representative for District 10 in New Jersey, will hold a “Constituent Conversation" at Maplewood Town Hall (574 Valley St.) on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m.  

At the town hall meeting, Payne will take questions from constituents and share his views on issues important to Maplewood residents ...

Bridges Outreach's Eighth Annual 'Teens Tackle Homelessness' Conference Held March 4

February 16, 2017

SUMMIT, NJ - An event that is created by and for high school students, Bridges Outreach, will hold its 8th Annual "Teens Tackle Homelessness" Conference on March 4 at Kent Place School in Summit.

Speakers will include teens from Covenant House and the Emergency Residency Program at the Newark YMCA who have experienced homelessness. In addition, interactive workshops ...

President's Day: SOMA Closures and Schedule Changes

February 19, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - President's Day is Monday, February 20, and it's a day off for many, including local students.

Closures on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 20

South Orange Maplewood School District schools are closed.
South Orange and Maplewood libraries are closed.
South Orange and Maplewood municipal offices are closed.
Maplewood Jitney is not ...

President's Day: SOMA Closures and Schedule Changes

February 19, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - President's Day is Monday, February 20, and it's a day off for many, including local students.

Closures on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 20

South Orange Maplewood School District schools are closed.
South Orange and Maplewood libraries are closed.
South Orange and Maplewood municipal offices are closed.
Maplewood Jitney is not ...

Winter Storm Headed to SOMA - Updates

This article was updated at 8:45 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 8

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A Winter Storm Warning for South Orange and Maplewood, effective from midnight on Wednesday through 6 p.m. on Thursday, has been issued by the National Weather Service. 

The storm warning predicts heavy snow, with accumulations of eight to 12 inches, an amount that was revised higher from ...

Rally Held in South Orange's Spiotta Park to Urge Sanctuary Status and to Stand with Immigrant and Muslim Communities

February 8, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A crowd of more than 200 people gathered in Spiotta Park at 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening, Feb. 6, to urge the Township of South Orange to pass a resolution that it a sanctuary city, and as organizers explained, "to stand with immigrant and Muslim communities." 

Kelly Quirk, one of the rally organizers, spoke to the crowd first, ...

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Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Incidents of Teen Assault on Saturday Night

February 22, 2017

February 18 - Simple Assault, At approximately 10 p.m., officers responded to a report of an individual on the train tracks. Upon their arrival, they discovered several groups of juveniles in the area of the train station and Memorial Park.  A 17 year old was taken into custody for assaulting another juvenile.

February 18 - Simple Assault, At approximately 10:45 ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Car Stolen from Parking Deck at 3rd and Valley; Arrest for 'Defiant Trespass' on Seton Hall Campus

Auto Theft - A Valley Street resident reported that between 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 and 3:21 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, actor(s) unknown stole his vehicle (2011 Toyota) while it was parked in the residential parking deck located at 3rd and Valley.

Adult Arrest - Defiant Trespass - James Wise, a 19 year old South Orange resident was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at ...

South Orange Village Center Alliance Holds Annual Meeting

February 18, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) held its 2017 annual public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Boccone South in South Orange.

At this meeting, the SOVCA Board of Directors discussed the successful, and less successful, ventures of 2016, presented new event sponsorship opportunities for  2017, and opened the floor to residents and business ...

'Outdoor Movies Indoors' Begins this Sunday at The Woodland in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Sunday, Feb. 19, the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the SOMA Film Festival will show the movie “Moonrise Kingdom” at 7 p.m. at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd.) in Maplewood.

This event, which is a part of Maplewood’s “Outdoor Movies Indoors," is free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, February 22, 8:00 AM

Town Hall Deli, South Orange

Town Hall Deli Celebrates 90 Years with Special ...

Wed, February 22, 10:30 AM

Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange

Learning to Fly

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, February 22, 8:00 PM

Ricalton's Village Tavern, South Orange

Roll Call Comedy Lab at Ricalton's Village Tavern

Arts & Entertainment

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Thu, February 23, 8:00 AM

Town Hall Deli, South Orange

Town Hall Deli Celebrates 90 Years with Special ...

Make Your Bathroom Sparkle

Make Your Bathroom Sparkle

When preparing to sell your home, it's important to make your home look as clean and new as possible. Shining up the bathroom is a must! Here are a few pointers to help your bathroom sparkle.

Replace the caulk. A simple and inexpensive fix to moldy, dis-colored caulk is to scrape it off and re-apply. Keep in mind that old silicone caulk will prevent new ...

Montclair Drifters Women’s Organization Leave Coats on Parking Meters for Those in Need

February 21, 2017

EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ - Anyone in need of a warm winter coat was in luck in East Orange and Orange this past weekend, thanks to the generosity of a few thoughtful women.

East Orange First Lady Bibi Taylor, Orange First Lady Dr. Karma B. Warren and members of the Montclair Chapter of Drifters, Inc. sponsored a unique coat giveaway program modeled after a program originated in Nova Scotia.

Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. Reads Letter from Syrian Refugee in Bloomfield on House Floor

WASHINGTON D.C. - Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this week against President Donald Trump’s effort to bar Muslims and refugees.

As he address the House, he read a letter from Muhammad, a Syrian refugee who, along with his family, settled in Bloomfield in January prior to the signing of President Trump’s executive ...

Westfield Homeowner Says Official Warned Her ‘Wall of Love’ Must Go

February 21, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A sign reading “love trumps hate” posted by homeowners Valerie Latona and David Contract on their fence on Rahway Avenue have been ripped down, spray-painted, slashed and shot with what appears to be an Airsoft gun. Now it's in its third iteration since November after damaged signs were replaced, it's accompanied by a “wall ...

Chatham Middle School Moms Appear on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' to Talk About Emphasis of Islam in Class

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham moms Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer made their case about the Chatham Middle School's 7th Grade "World Cultures and Geography" class on national television's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" show, which aired on the Fox News Channel 9 p.m. Monday night.

The Chatham residents told how they questioned the emphasis on Islam in the class at the ...

SOMA Film Festival Announces Schedule for Inaugural Kids Program

February 22, 2017

This year the SOMA Film Festival is excited to present the inaugural “Kids Program” at Maplewood Theater on Sunday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Kids Program will show short animated and narrative films, including some local talent for children ages 4 to 10 and their parents. 

"As a member of the community, and a father of an 8 year old daughter I wanted to bring ...

St. Stephen’s Church in Millburn to hold Pancake Supper

St. Stephen’s Church to hold Pancake Supper

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 119 Main Street, Millburn, is holding a Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 PM in the Church Parish Hall. Serving will continue until 7:30 PM. Members of the community are cordially invited. Suggested donations at the door; adults $6.00; children $4.00, $15.00 ...

Blues in the Loft: Eliza Neals and Regina Bonelli

Sunday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $20

Box Office: (973) 313-2787

Get your groove on at our Sunday evening Jazz & Blues in the Loft concert series! Hear world-class musicians and vocalists from the region in the cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft. Cash bar available. 

Eliza Neals is an award-winning sultry and powerful Blues Rock soul vocalist, recording ...