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On Heroin and Homeless in New Brunswick

February 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Chelline and Rick were robbed at knifepoint around 8:30 a.m. on a weekday morning.

The robbery occurred two weeks ago on Joyce Kilmer Avenue, near New Street. Chelline was punched three times, breaking her nose, before she ran to get help from officers in the nearby family courthouse. Rick, now with staples in his stomach, took a beating that landed him in the ...

SOMA Players to Participate in First Ron Epp 8th Grade All-Star Basketball Game

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove will host the 1st Annual Ron Epp All-Star Game for eighth grade Suburban players at Cedar Grove High School on March 11 -- girls begin at 1:30 p.m. and the boys will play at 3:30 p.m. The event is dedicated and named for Cedar Grove's long-time recreation director Ron Epp, who passed away in 2014.

Players will be selected by their coaches and will ...

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 ...

SOMA Players to Participate in First Ron Epp 8th Grade All-Star Basketball Game

February 24, 2017

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove will host the 1st Annual Ron Epp All-Star Game for eighth grade Suburban players at Cedar Grove High School on March 11 -- girls begin at 1:30 p.m. and the boys will play at 3:30 p.m. The event is dedicated and named for Cedar Grove's long-time recreation director Ron Epp, who passed away in 2014.

Players will be selected by their coaches and will ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Town Hall Deli Celebrates 90th Anniversary with $19.27 Sloppy Joes

February 23, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Town Hall Delicatessen turns 90 this month, and to celebrate their anniversary, all Sloppy Joes are $19.27 through the end of February. The birthplace of the original Sloppy Joe, Town Hall Deli opened in 1927, though the Sloppy Joe didn't come along until 1935. 

Town Hall Deli's name comes from when it was located on South Orange Avenue just a few ...

South Orange Village Center Alliance Holds Annual Meeting

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 ...

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, ...

Town Hall Deli Celebrates 90th Anniversary with $19.27 Sloppy Joes

February 23, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Town Hall Delicatessen turns 90 this month, and to celebrate their anniversary, all Sloppy Joes are $19.27 through the end of February. The birthplace of the original Sloppy Joe, Town Hall Deli opened in 1927, though the Sloppy Joe didn't come along until 1935. 

Town Hall Deli's name comes from when it was located on South Orange Avenue just a few ...

Rep. Payne Addresses Local and National Issues at Town Hall Meeting in Maplewood

February 24, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr., the representative for District 10 in New Jersey, held a “Constituent Conversation” Town Hall meeting in Maplewood on Thursday evening to a standing room only audience of about 300 people.

Outside the Maplewood Municipal building there was an overflow crowd of about 100 people, who Payne addressed before heading inside for ...

Livingston's ARC of Essex County and National Council of Jewish Women Receive Nearly $40,000 Toward Government-Sponsored Projects

February 23, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston-based non-profit organizations ARC of Essex County and the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) were among 36 non-profit community organizations and 13 Essex County municipalities that received part of a total of approximately $5 million from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program this ...

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 ...

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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 ...

Rep. Payne Addresses Local and National Issues at Town Hall Meeting in Maplewood

February 24, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr., the representative for District 10 in New Jersey, held a “Constituent Conversation” Town Hall meeting in Maplewood on Thursday evening to a standing room only audience of about 300 people.

Outside the Maplewood Municipal building there was an overflow crowd of about 100 people, who Payne addressed before heading inside for ...

South Orange Village Center Alliance Holds Annual Meeting

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 ...

Upcoming Events

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Fri, February 24, 8:00 AM

Town Hall Deli, South Orange

Town Hall Deli Celebrates 90 Years with Special ...

Fri, February 24, 10:30 AM

Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange

Learning to Fly

Arts & Entertainment

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Fri, February 24, 8:00 PM

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Five Everyday Objects That Could Set Your House on Fire

The most cost effective approach to managing risk is to be proactive about reducing hazards and preventing accidents. When it comes to home fires, the most common causes of loss might not be what you expect. Less obvious dangers like the five detailed below actually cause more losses than major events, both because small risks may go unnoticed and because they occur frequently.  

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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 ...

Livingston's ARC of Essex County and National Council of Jewish Women Receive Nearly $40,000 Toward Government-Sponsored Projects

February 23, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston-based non-profit organizations ARC of Essex County and the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) were among 36 non-profit community organizations and 13 Essex County municipalities that received part of a total of approximately $5 million from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program this ...

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

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.

On Heroin and Homeless in New Brunswick

February 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Chelline and Rick were robbed at knifepoint around 8:30 a.m. on a weekday morning.

The robbery occurred two weeks ago on Joyce Kilmer Avenue, near New Street. Chelline was punched three times, breaking her nose, before she ran to get help from officers in the nearby family courthouse. Rick, now with staples in his stomach, took a beating that landed him in the ...

Sneak Preview: Hilton Garden Inn Springfield to Open on Friday, Feb. 24

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield at 304 Rt. 22 West is expected to open at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.  Here are four pictures to give you a sneak preview of what to expect. 

There are over 686 Hilton Garden Inns worldwide. The website says it is “…the upscale, yet affordable hotel brand."  There are 21 new locations and 22 ...

Sneak Preview: Hilton Garden Inn Springfield to Open on Friday, Feb. 24

February 24, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield at 304 Rt. 22 West is expected to open at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.  Here are four pictures to give you a sneak preview of what to expect. 

There are over 686 Hilton Garden Inns worldwide. The website says it is “…the upscale, yet affordable hotel brand."  There are 21 new locations and 22 ...

Registration Underway for The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School Children's Summer Program

February 24, 2017

The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School Children’s Summer Program will run from June 26 through July 21. There are more than 100 classes offered in creative arts, music, science and sports. Students get to choose their own classes (there are five periods in a day) and the day can be as long or short as you like. This summer the program will be located at South Orange Middle School. Students ...

Blues in the Loft: Mike Griot and Friends at SOPAC April 30

Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $20  
Box Office: (973) 313-2787

“Blacks & Blues”  A Living History

Join music impresario Mike Griot, Bluesmen Bill Sims Jr., Tomas Doncker, and author/musician Debra Devi as they explore the history, music and cultural significance of the African-American in the Blues, “America’s Classical ...

Homewatch Caregivers Receives Best of Home Care—Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse

Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange announced that for the third consecutive year they are a recipient of the distinguished Best of Home Care—Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse. Homewatch CareGivers is the ONLY agency in northern New Jersey to earn this recognition.

Home Care Pulse is the home care industry’s leading firm in performance benchmarking and quality ...