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NJ Law Banning Smoking at Public Beaches and Parks starts Jan. 16

January 16, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation signed last summer prohibiting smoking at public beaches and parks in New Jersey goes into effect on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The bill, S-2534, updates the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006.”

According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of ...

Union Man Charged in Connection with Alcohol-Fueled Linden Wreck that Took Hillside Officer’s Life

UNION, NJ — A Union man has been arrested and charged with being responsible for the alcohol-related motor vehicle collision that took the life of his passenger, an off-duty Hillside police officer, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced Tuesday.

Ricardo Dos-Santos, 29, is charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and ...

Boys Basketball: Columbia Tops Bloomfield, 53-48

January 15, 2019

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- In a game that was close throughout, the Columbia boys basketball team made the big plays down the stretch and came away with a 53-48 victory over Bloomfield on the road Tuesday night.

Senio guard Dylan Jones scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out three assists for Columbia (6-3), which led, 25-21, at the half after a 17-12 showing in the second ...

Boys Basketball: Columbia Second-Half Rally Stuns Linden, 64-54

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- There were at least three junctures during the course of Saturday's game when it looked like the Columbia boys basketball team might be about to get run out of its own gym by Linden.

Linden took a 10-point lead in the first quarter, but Columbia battled back. Linden again took a 10-point lead in the second quarter, and again the Cougars clawed their way back. Very often, ...

NJ Law Banning Smoking at Public Beaches and Parks starts Jan. 16

January 16, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation signed last summer prohibiting smoking at public beaches and parks in New Jersey goes into effect on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The bill, S-2534, updates the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006.”

According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of ...

Essex County Enacts Code Blue Due to Cold Weather Forecast

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated through Monday, Jan. 14, due to extreme cold weather in the forecast, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced on Thursday.

When a Code Blue is declared, a network of warming stations operated by the county and its municipalities as well as ...

Three SOMA Arts Organizations and Downtown South Orange Nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards

January 16, 2019

BURLINGTON, NJ – Three SOMA arts organizations have been nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards, and South Orange also has a nomination in the category "Favorite Downtown Arts District."

In addition to South Orange's nomination for Downtown Arts District, the other nominees are:

SOMA Film Festival for Favorite Film Festival
South Orange ...

Summer's Coming: 3rd Annual SOMA Summer Camp Fair is Feb. 23 at The Woodland

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Can you believe it’s already time to think about summer? You can learn about multiple day and sleep away camps all at the same time at the 3rd Annual SOMA Summer Camp Fair, sponsored by Adamson Ramsey Homes.

The SOMA Summer Camp Fair will be held on Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Woodland, and in addition to participating camps ...

Three SOMA Arts Organizations and Downtown South Orange Nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards

January 16, 2019

BURLINGTON, NJ – Three SOMA arts organizations have been nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards, and South Orange also has a nomination in the category "Favorite Downtown Arts District."

In addition to South Orange's nomination for Downtown Arts District, the other nominees are:

SOMA Film Festival for Favorite Film Festival
South Orange ...

SOMA Film Festival is Back for Its Fourth Year this March

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The fourth annual SOMA Film Festival will take place March 20 to March 24, at The Woodland in downtown Maplewood, with a free special partnership screening at Seton Hall on March 19. 

The main festival will begin Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at The Woodland and will launch with an evening of feature films from local filmmakers Michael Wechsler, Rachel ...

Noodlefan Restaurant in South Orange Has Closed Permanently

January 14, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange location of the Thai and Asian cuisine restaurant Noodlefan has closed permanently, according to an update from Bob Zuckerman of the South Orange Village Center Alliance.

Noodlefan South Orange had been perviously closed in the summer of 2018, but had re-opened in the fall.

Noodlefan, which opened at 14 Academy St. in South Orange in ...

1 South Restaurant in South Orange Announces It's Closed

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - As 2018 drew to an end, 1 South Restaurant (located at 1 South Orange Ave.) announced it was closed.

On Dec. 31, 1 South posted on their Facebook page that the restaurant was not open and that there would not be a New Year's Eve event as planned.

An update to the 1 South Facebook page on Jan. 1 read, "Thank You to our Patrons, Staff, and Management! 1 South will ...

Livingston CPA Discusses Rush to Divorce Following Change in Tax Law

January 6, 2019

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, a member of the Livingston-based accounting firm Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, was recently featured on “CBS News” during a segment about the recent change in the alimony tax law.

Under the new federal law as of Jan. 1, alimony is no longer tax-deductible and the tax burden shifts ...

Noodlefan Restaurant in South Orange Has Closed Permanently

January 14, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange location of the Thai and Asian cuisine restaurant Noodlefan has closed permanently, according to an update from Bob Zuckerman of the South Orange Village Center Alliance.

Noodlefan South Orange had been perviously closed in the summer of 2018, but had re-opened in the fall.

Noodlefan, which opened at 14 Academy St. in South Orange in ...

February SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early

January 11, 2019

TRENTON, NJ — SNAP recipients in New Jersey will be receiving their February benefits early because of the continued federal government shutdown.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services announced on Friday that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who received a SNAP benefit in January and were scheduled to receive the benefit again in February will receive ...

Seton Hall Employee Donates Kidney to First Responder in Need

January 8, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After hearing through NJ 101.5 evening radio host Steve Trevelise that his “oldest and dearest friend” Robbo Pisani, a fire captain with the North Hudson Fire Department, was struggling with kidney failure, West Orange resident Melissa Kohlman was so moved that she volunteered her own kidney for a living transplant.

In the weeks following the ...

South Orange: Christmas Tree Collection Through Feb. 22

January 10, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Department of Public Works will "circle the Township" to pick up Christmas trees from Jan. 7 to Feb. 22, according to an update on the South Orange website.

In order to be eligible for collection, trees must be free of ornaments, lighting, and stands. The Department of Public Works also advised residents to be sure to remove trees from plastic ...

South Orange: Christmas Tree Collection Through Feb. 22

January 10, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Department of Public Works will "circle the Township" to pick up Christmas trees from Jan. 7 to Feb. 22, according to an update on the South Orange website.

In order to be eligible for collection, trees must be free of ornaments, lighting, and stands. The Department of Public Works also advised residents to be sure to remove trees from plastic ...

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Forget Pita: Falafel is in Everything

January 14, 2019

Falafel, that tasty vegetarian Mediterranean street food made from chickpeas, isn’t just for pitas anymore. It’s showing up in sub sandwiches, salads, chips, pizzas – even soup.

Why is it so popular?

“It’s vegetarian and a hearty add on,” said David Delinko, owner of The Salad House of Somerville, where customers can get warm pieces of ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Over 10 Burglaries to Autos Reported

January 8, 2019

South Orange Police Blotter as of Jan. 8

Burglary - The superintendent of an apartment building on Irvington Ave reported that at 6:00 pm, Saturday, Dec. 19, he noticed the side basement door was wide open and an interior door to a storage room had been forcibly pried open. The super stated that several tools were stolen and believes the thefts may have been committed by some independent ...

Maplewood Police Blotter: Armed Robbery and Four Motor Vehicle Thefts Reported

December 28, 2018; Armed Robbery; At approximately 11:30 PM, officers responded to the area of Plymouth Ave and Oakland Rd on a reported armed robbery. A 20 year old male was walking in the area when he was approached by a male wearing a ski mask that brandished a handgun and demanded the victims belongings.  The male took the victim’s jacket a phone before fleeing on foot.  ...

Classic Maplewood Presents a Concert for Young People on Sunday, Jan. 20 at The Woodland

January 9, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs will present a “Young People’s” classical music concert on Sunday, Jan. 20, according to a press release from Andrew Fishman of the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs.

The concert will be performed by the Maplewood Camerata, a 15-member ensemble of local musicians, and will includes two ...

Summer's Coming: 3rd Annual SOMA Summer Camp Fair is Feb. 23 at The Woodland

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Can you believe it’s already time to think about summer? You can learn about multiple day and sleep away camps all at the same time at the 3rd Annual SOMA Summer Camp Fair, sponsored by Adamson Ramsey Homes.

The SOMA Summer Camp Fair will be held on Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Woodland, and in addition to participating camps ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, January 20, 3:00 PM

Congregation Beth Hatikvah, Summit

Cafe Q

Other

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Fri, January 25, 6:00 PM

Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange

Strange Attractors, Art Exhibition Opening ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, January 26, 10:00 AM

Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

Bag-of-Books Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

Education Giving Back

Century-old Properties in Newark's 'Billion Dollar Triangle' to Get Face Lift

January 15, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - A developer who has renovated several properties in Newark announced new plans for an adaptive reuse project in the city’s Downtown.

Paramount Assets purchased two properties at 30-32 and 36-40 Clinton Street that will add to the city’s “Billion Dollar Triangle,” an area that is surrounded by Newark Penn Station, the Prudential Center and the New Jersey ...

Wilmington 10 Civil Rights Activist to Speak at Essex County College

NEWARK, NJ - One of the Wilmington 10 who fought to desegregate schools in North Carolina will be the keynote speaker on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Essex County College’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial.  

Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., who was falsely accused and convicted in connection with a 1970s firebombing of a grocery store in Wilmington N.C., will be speaking at 11:30 ...

Union Man Charged in Connection with Alcohol-Fueled Linden Wreck that Took Hillside Officer’s Life

January 16, 2019

UNION, NJ — A Union man has been arrested and charged with being responsible for the alcohol-related motor vehicle collision that took the life of his passenger, an off-duty Hillside police officer, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced Tuesday.

Ricardo Dos-Santos, 29, is charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and ...

February SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early

TRENTON, NJ — SNAP recipients in New Jersey will be receiving their February benefits early because of the continued federal government shutdown.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services announced on Friday that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who received a SNAP benefit in January and were scheduled to receive the benefit again in February will receive ...

10 Unique and Local Valentines Day Gifts at Kitchen a la Mode

January 15, 2019

Is your love sick of the same roses and candy for Valentine’s Day? Kitchen a la Mode wants to help you spice up your gift this year. Here are 10 unique ideas that are sure to get your valentine sweet on you.

1) Cut open your love with a new Chef's Knife. Beautiful design paired with functionality is the recipe for the perfect gift.

2) What’s more romantic then making ...

Seton Hall's Walsh Gallery Presents "Strange Attractors" Art Exhibit, a Dialogue with Science

The Walsh Gallery is honored to present "Strange Attractors,” a group exhibition conceived as an extension of a symposium hosted at New York City's CUE Art Foundation in November 2017. The exhibition is on view from Jan. 14 to March 8, 2019, with an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at Seton Hall University, 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, New ...

Millburn Hit and Run Under Investigation

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Millburn Police Chief Brian Gilfedder announced on Monday that the Millburn Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating a fatal hit and run incident in Millburn that resulted in the death of 76-year-old Lynne Crow.

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, Crow’s body was discovered in the roadway near Chatham ...