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Juneteenth – Black Freedom Celebrated at the Durand-Hedden House & Garden

June 22, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A Juneteenth celebration took place at the Durand-Hedden House and Garden, an event that was packed full of varying performances and activities as well as exhibits, information, historical reenactors performing, musical performances, food for sale and vendors with various wares.

Many events were happening concurrently inside the house, near the river, in front of the ...

SOMA School Board Weighs Columbia Pool Renovation

July 3, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The South Orange-Maplewood School Board on Monday heard board member Qawi Telesford present an in-depth cost and space analysis related to renovating the Columbia High School (CHS) pool versus replacing it with a commons or lounge area.

“I want to echo my fellow board members that we have these very, very momentous decisions that are about the history of this ...

Jefferson Elementary School Renamed to Delia Bolden Elementary School

July 1, 2022 - The South Orange & Maplewood School District Board of Education (BOE) as per Resolution 4320 [bit.ly/3bD0SJq] approved the renaming of Jefferson Elementary School to the Delia Bolden Elementary School during its meeting on Wednesday, June 29.

Delia Bolden was the first African American woman to graduate from Columbia High School in 1912. Upon her graduation, Ms. Bolden wrote ...

Livingston Officials Dispute Comedian's Claims that Abortions Kept Her Off Alumni Hall of Fame

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Claims that comedian Chelsea Handler’s three abortions while attending Livingston High School (LHS) led to the New Jersey district’s refusal to induct her into its alumni Hall of Fame are being disputed by Livingston Public Schools (LPS) officials, who released the following statement after Handler called on fans to defend her during her appearance as a ...

SOMA will Celebrate Independence Day Without Fireworks This Year

July 3, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD - The actual facts regarding the celebration scheduled for our two towns are laid out in this flyer:

The one below is 17 YEARS OLD AND NOT FOR 2022:

 

SOMA School Board Weighs Columbia Pool Renovation

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The South Orange-Maplewood School Board on Monday heard board member Qawi Telesford present an in-depth cost and space analysis related to renovating the Columbia High School (CHS) pool versus replacing it with a commons or lounge area.

“I want to echo my fellow board members that we have these very, very momentous decisions that are about the history of this ...

$5K Reward Offered for Info on Illegal Trapping of Red Fox in Montclair

July 3, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ — A fox was euthanized after being injured following an illegal trapping in Montclair. As a result, the Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal trapping of a red fox on June 21 in Montclair, officials ...

Fireworks: Know What's Legal and What's Not

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - "According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year, with more than half of those fires caused by fireworks. Added to fires are injuries," says the Township of East Brunswick in a message on Friday.

To help ensure everyone has a safe and happy holiday, here is attached a ...

Three Columbia H.S. Baseball Players Named to SEC All-Division First Team

June 27, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Three members of the Columbia High School baseball team have been selected to the 2022 Super Essex Conference Liberty Division First Team.

Luke Nomura, Brandon Doubek and Zach Johnson of Columbia were named to the first team in a poll of the conference's coaches.

Nomura, a senior shortstop, led the Cougars (17-12) with a .500 batting average (45 for 90), 18 doubles and ...

Four Columbia H.S. Girls Lax Players Make All-Division First Team

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Four members of the Columbia High School girls lacrosse team have been named to the 2022 Super Essex Conference All-Liberty Division First Team.

Jamie Fardin, Olivia Fitzsimmons, Ada Stout and Julianne Hatton-Henigan of Columbia all were voted to the first team in a poll of the conference's coaches.

Fardin, a junior midfielder, led Columbia in faceoffs won with 56 and ...

FDA Says Parents Should Not Use Baby Neck Floats Due to Risk of Injury or Death

July 3, 2022

Parents, caregivers, and health care providers are being warned to not use neck floats with babies for water therapy interventions, especially with babies who have developmental delays or special needs, such as spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy, announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The use of these products can lead to ...

$5K Reward Offered for Info on Illegal Trapping of Red Fox in Montclair

MONTCLAIR, NJ — A fox was euthanized after being injured following an illegal trapping in Montclair. As a result, the Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal trapping of a red fox on June 21 in Montclair, officials ...

Photos from the Drag Queen Dance and Pre-Party

June 26, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Friday evening, June 24 was a busy night in Downtown Maplewood. It started at 7 pm with a Drag Queen PRE-PARTY as a warm-up to the dance party. This part of the evening was held at LUNA STELLA Restaurant at their Bar.

A visit was made to meet and have a drink with the participants very close to the opening hour. What would have been a great idea had been an hour or ...

Unveiling of the Paint and Sip Creation to Celebrate Juneteenth in South Orange

South Orange, NJ - Sunday afternoon on June 19th, the lobby of SOPAC was alive with many of the folk who had been in Spiotta Park on Friday evening where 25 members of the community painted 25 squares sized 12” y 12”. Each participant painted whatever they were inspired to paint, just knowing that their creation would connect with the other 24 squares to form a mural sized 5 feet by 5 ...

Inaugural Pride-Themed Dinner Under the Stars Draws Diners To Bloomfield Center

June 26, 2022

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Rainbow flags adorned Washington Street as Bloomfield residents celebrated LGBTQ+ culture at Friday's inaugural Pride-themed Dinner Under the Stars. The event serves as Bloomfield Pride’s first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in March 2020. 

“Celebrating PRIDE is important, as it inspires people to love others ...

Wonder Announces its First Ever Student of the Year Awards

Wonder, a new home dining experience serving 22 towns in New Jersey, has announced its first ever Student of the Year awards. The company is currently accepting nominations for 2022 high school graduates that exemplify Wonder’s core values of mastery, compassion, and courage.

"These communities have been so welcoming to us,” Wonder Senior Director of Marketing, Raina ...

Rally Against the Supreme Court Decision Killing Roe v Wade

June 25, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Friday evening hundreds gathered at Spiotta Park to hear from elected officials, volunteers and people who shared their personal experiences.

There were many signs, against the decision which takes away the protections that guaranteed women the right to choose an abortion for a medical reason or a personal choice. Now, each individual state can decide whether to allow legal ...

Gas Prices in New Jersey Drop Slightly Heading into Holiday Weekend

July 2, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The price of gas in New Jersey is heading down as the Fourth of July weekend gets closer.

The average price of a gallon of unleaded is $4.85, according to AAA. That's down 2 cents from yesterday and 9 cents from last week. Drivers are paying $1.71 more than this time last year.

AAA says the Energy Information Administration reported the demand for gas decreased ...

SOMA will Celebrate Independence Day Without Fireworks This Year

July 3, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD - The actual facts regarding the celebration scheduled for our two towns are laid out in this flyer:

The one below is 17 YEARS OLD AND NOT FOR 2022:

 

JESPY House Celebrated A Battle of the Chefs at Orange Lawn Tennis Club

June 27, 2022

JESPY House Celebrated A Battle of the Chefs at Orange Lawn Tennis Club

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Thursday evening, June 23 at Orange Lawn Tennis Club, JESPY House celebrated their supporters, client families at their biggest Fundraiser of the Year.

Prior to the festivities getting underway, the two Chefs, Ivan and Tony sat down with me and spoke of their relationship and how Ivan became a ...

VIDEO: Patriotic Group Hangs Flags on Parkway, Baseball Field Ribbon Cutting, Residents Awarded for Art and Police Academy Graduation

July 1, 2022

NEW JERSEY - A group of patriotic residents hang flags on a Garden State Parkway overpass ahead of July 4th. Plus, a new baseball field ribbon cutting. Also, two residents are awarded for their art contributions. And, a police academy graduation.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

VIDEO: Cornhole Champions, Firefighters Save Ducklings, Teachers Honored for Fellowship Graduation and Gearing Up for July 4th

NEW JERSEY - A town crowns cornhole champions. Plus, firefighters rescue stranded ducklings and reunite them with their mother. And, several teachers honored for their fellowship graduation. Also, one town gears up for a massive July 4th celebration. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland ...

VIDEO: Stevens Student Recognized by NASA, Police Department Celebrates 138 Years, Union County College Renamed and 6th Graders L.E.A.D.

NEW JERSEY - A Stevens Institute of Technology student is recognized by NASA. Plus, a police department celebrates 138 years. And, Union County College gets a new name. Also, 6th graders graduate from the L.E.A.D. program. 

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank and Bag Up ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Signs Record $50+ Billion State Budget, Republicans Concerned About Increasing State Spending

June 30, 2022

CRANFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed the $50.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget on Thursday at Cranford High School.

"The priorities of this budget are the priorities of our families," Murphy said. "At the top that list is affordability."

Among the provisions in the budget:

$2 billion ANCHOR property tax credit for homeowners and a rebate for ...

New Jersey Business & Industry Association President Optimistic About the Future, Says Current Business Climate 'Frustrating'

TRENTON, NJ — When thinking of the future for businesses in New Jersey, Michele Siekerka is confident and hopeful.

"I’m always a glass half full person and very optimistic," Siekerka, the President and CEO of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) said. "I believe for every challenge there’s an opportunity.  It depends on how we ...

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Says This Is 'As Big a Week as We've Had in a Long Time'

TRENTON, NJ — It's a big week for Tom Bracken and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

"This is a week that's been building since the beginning of COVID," Bracken, the organization's President and CEO said. "This is the week where we'll know what kind of resources will be allocated to really helping what's broken."

New Jersey's state budget ...

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Can Lame Ducks Still Fly?

TRENTON, NJ — Things have never looked better for the Democrats who rule Trenton these days. Flush with federal cash. Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate. A Governor re-elected as a Democrat last November for the first time in four decades. 

It’s a real bubbly bonhomie in the state’s capital as they tie up the last loose strings of the state’s $50 ...

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are life-changing diagnoses for the individual, their family members and all the people who love and care for them. While there is no cure at this time, researchers are working on steps that can be taken to reduce or delay the impact of Alzheimer's.  There are also potential new treatments on the horizon.

Alzheimer’s is a type of ...

'Enchanted April' Delights at Shakespeare Theatre

MADISON, NJ — It’s a welcome sign to see The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey opening for its 60th Anniversary Season. “Enchanted April” is a charming and moving choice with warmer weather coming on. The play also speaks to us on a number of levels, especially after our long hiatus during COVID-19.

The script by Matthew Barger, from a novel by Elizabet ...

Upcoming Events

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Mon, July 4, 10:00 AM

South Orange

MapSO/SOMA 4th of July Celebrations

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Mon, July 11, 3:00 PM

South Orange

South Essex Fire Department

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Mon, July 11, 7:30 PM

Maplewood

Board of Adjustment Meeting

RWJBarnabas Health Takes Pride in Serving Healthcare Needs of LGBTQ+ Community

July 1, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health recognizes Pride Month with a series of events to demonstrate its continued commitment to advancing the quality and equality of care for LGBTQ+ colleagues, patients, and neighbors. As the state’s largest academic healthcare system, RWJBarnabas Health’s goal is to cultivate an environment of constant learning and growth, to become a place that ...

Garden Savings FCU Partners with Local Radio Station to Support Habitat for Humanity

Garden Savings Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey with branches in Newark, Dover and South Orange, is helping to build homes for local communities in the surrounding areas. The credit union has partnered with WDHA FM (105.5 FM) to help support Habitat for Humanity and build homes for people in need.  “We love supporting Habitat for Humanity and the great work ...

Overlook Strong again: After two-year hiatus, Overlook Medical Center’s best and brightest celebrated at Excellence Awards

SUMMIT, NJ – JUNE 2022 – Enthusiastic applause filled the gala room as each name was called, and team members from departments spanning Overlook Medical Center strode proudly to the stage to accept their awards.

It had been three years since Overlook had celebrated its standout team members at its annual Excellence Awards. The event, like many in-person gatherings, went on hiatus ...