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Mayfest Street Fair Blossoms Once Again In Maplewood 

May 17, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Llamas, dancers, cellists and face painters on Sunday made camp along Springfield Avenue for the annual MayFest Street Fair.

The festival was cancelled last year due to COVID-19. 

On Sunday, camera-shy sisters Meredith and Maureen Whelan, residents of the Hilton section of Maplewood for nearly eight decades, were at the fair to encourage new residents to join the Hilton ...

Columbia High School Model UN Hosts Middle Schoolers

May 22, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Today, Saturday, May 21, the award-winning Columbia High School Model UN club hosted its first ever Maplewood-South Orange Model United Nations Conference (MAPSOMUNC) for students from Maplewood Middle School and South Orange Middle School (SOMS).

The topic of the conference’s committee was the Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis, which attendees debated and discussed from the ...

House Built By High School Students is Placed on Lot for Essex County Couple

ROXBURY, NJ – A 2-piece, modular home, built as affordable housing by Roxbury High School students for Morris Habitat for Humanity, was successfully moved today from the high school in Succasunna to a lot in Landing where it will soon be occupied by an Essex County couple.

The move went flawlessly and faster than many expected. The two halves of the house matched up ...

SOMA Schools’ Moratorium Improves Suspensions, But Racial Disparities Still Heightened

MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The South Orange-Maplewood School District’s pause on student suspensions helped reduce the risk of suspensions for students across races, Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor told the Board of Education on Monday night, but disparities still remain.

“Our current data strongly suggests that the board's moratorium had a direct impact on a greater reduction than ...

South Orange Village Health Officer John M. Festa to Retire

May 23, 2022

South Orange, NJ (May 23, 2022) – South Orange Village announced Tuesday the retirement of Health Officer, John M. Festa, effective June 3, 2022.

“Congratulations to Health Officer John Festa on his retirement,” offered Village President, Sheena Collum. “John has served our community as an exemplary public servant and led us through some of the most challenging ...

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Acquires Van to Serve Crime Victims

Newark, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has acquired a van to better serve the more than 9,000 crime victims that receive services each year from the ECPO.

“Serving victims is the top priority of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and essential to our mission. The purchase of ...

South Orange Police Department Has Openings for Crossing Guards

May 23, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Police Department is looking for dependable adults to fill part-time and per diem School Crossing Guard positions. Your duty would be to ensure the safety of children and other pedestrians as they cross the street before and after school. While wearing your safety vest, you will check for oncoming traffic, step into the road, and direct vehicles to come to ...

Structure Fire in Maplewood Quickly Knocked Down

                     

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - About 10:45 Sunday morning, May 22, 2022, the Maplewood Fire Department responded to an alarm that there was an active fire in a residence at 75 Park Avenue.

They responded and upon arrival found the house full of thick black smoke. The Command on ...

Softball: Columbia Upsets Livingston, 12-6

May 19, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Columbia took command with five runs in the fourth inning and went on to post a 12-6 softball victory over Livingston on Wednesday.

Tess Schram went 4-for-5 and scored four runs for the Cougars (10-12), who led, 8-1, after the fourth inning.

Maisie Pietruski knocked in three runs with two hits and scored three times, Emma Buettner went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Liza Erickson ...

Baseball: Columbia Pulls Away from Verona, 13-3

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Zach Johnson drove in four runs to lead Columbia to a 13-3 baseball victory over Verona on Wednesday.

Johnson and Luke Nomura each went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Nomura also hit a home run for Columbia (14-8), which scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Matt Montiwala went 2-for-4 with three RBI for the Cougars, who used six pitchers in the game. Jake ...

SOMA Schools Asks Students, Staff to Consider Masking Amid Rising Covid-19 Cases

May 13, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The South Orange-Maplewood School District acknowledged a rise in Covid-19 cases but stopped short of reinstating a district-wide masking policy, instead urging students and staff to voluntarily choose to mask indoors and on buses.

Outbreaks at two elementary schools -- Clinton and South Mountain Big School -- have prompted the district to implement short-term masking, as ...

South Mountain Big School Re-Instates Mask Policy As Covid-19 Cases Rise

MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Students and staff at South Mountain Big School are again required to wear masks indoors and on the bus following an outbreak of Covid-19 in three classes.

The South Orange Department of Health is requiring the move, South Mountain Elementary Principal Kevin Mason wrote to families on Wednesday.

The mandate will be in effect through Wednesday May 18th, and then masks will ...

Kathryne Hall Selected as Artist for Community Mural Project in Seton Village on Ward Place

May 23, 2022

  

 

Kathryne Hall Selected as Artist for Community Mural Project in Seton Village on Ward Place

Mural will be installed on June 4, 2022 as part of ArtBender.

South Orange, NJ – Seton Village Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) and South Orange Village are pleased to announce that artist Kathryne Hall has been selected to design and lead a public art ...

Jazz Funk Soul Comes to The Woodland in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - After six Grammy Nominations Jeff Lorber scored his first Grammy win in 2018, for best Contemporary instrumental album for his recording of “Prototype”.

Saturday, June 4, Smooth Jazz NJ and Maplewood Division of Arts & Culture bring Keyboard extraordinaire Jeff Lorber, Grammy Nominee Everette Harp (saxophone) with Grammy Nominee Paul Jackson Jr. that form the ...

And the Ribbon is Cut at Kitchen Table    

May 21, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Kitchen Table is one of the newest businesses on Springfield Avenue. The name may sound like another restaurant has opened; however, this is a unique cooking school.

Lila Lea, who is known to many as Chef Lila, ran a cooking program at the South Mountain YMCA. She is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan; then worked as a private chef and in ...

Allergy Alert: Undeclared Cashew and Pistachio in Van Leeuwen Frozen Desserts

Over two thousand frozen pints on Van Leeuwen Oat Milk Brown Sugar Chunk has been recalled announced Van Leeuwen Ice Cream of Brooklyn, NY. The recall was initiated because the non-dairy frozen dessert may contain undeclared specific traces of tree nuts; cashews and pistachios.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to specific types of allergen (e.g., peanuts, tree nuts {chestnuts, ...

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Acquires Van to Serve Crime Victims

May 23, 2022

Newark, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has acquired a van to better serve the more than 9,000 crime victims that receive services each year from the ECPO.

“Serving victims is the top priority of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and essential to our mission. The purchase of ...

Maplewood Greenlights  3 Cannabis Applications 

May 19, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Three new applications to operate cannabis businesses in Maplewood were approved by the Maplewood Township Committee.

 OGeez! Brands, Noire Dispensary and Docanna may now seek licensing approval from the state.

An application from Bespoke Cannabis, owner of Turning Leaf Centers, LLC of Northhampton, Massachusetts, was denied due to lack of parking and potential to ...

South Orange Village Health Officer John M. Festa to Retire

May 23, 2022

South Orange, NJ (May 23, 2022) – South Orange Village announced Tuesday the retirement of Health Officer, John M. Festa, effective June 3, 2022.

“Congratulations to Health Officer John Festa on his retirement,” offered Village President, Sheena Collum. “John has served our community as an exemplary public servant and led us through some of the most challenging ...

Candidate Forum Serves Questions to Democrats Seeking Nomination for Maplewood Committee

May 20, 2022

                            

                      Deborah Engel                          Kurt Kiley

 

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Deborah Engel and Kurt Kiley, the two Democratic candidates ...

South Orange Invitational Returns

May 16, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The 4th Annual South Orange Invitational, a fundraiser for CinemaEd, is returning May 23.

“We still have room for more golfers, so sign up soon,” said the organizers. “If you don't golf, come for dinner!”

You can register by clicking here.

The tournament will take place at the East Orange Golf Course at 440 Parsonage Hill Road in Short ...

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued for South Orange and Maplewood

May 22, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The National Weather Service has just issued an alert warning of the possibility of severe thunderstorms for South Orange and Maplewood until 8:45 pm tonight.

Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here’s What Experts Say

May 10, 2022

Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here’s What Experts Say

Many people are wondering: will home prices fall this year? Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, the answer to this question matters for you. Let’s break down what’s happening with home prices, where experts say they’re headed, and how this impacts your ...

SOMA Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

May 18, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Family members and supporters of Holocaust survivors purposefully strode up South Orange Avenue on May 15 for a “Remember & Tell" SOMA Holocaust Service.

They held handwritten messages, stapled atop tall wooden sticks, that included “Never Again,” “Love Thy Neighbor” and “Acceptance, Inclusivity, Kindness, Non-Violence.” The ...

VIDEO: Active Shooter Simulation in Jersey City, Bordentown City Plant Could Grow into Marijuana Business, 'Greta's Run' in Westfield Returns and Montville Softball Wins County Title

May 23, 2022

NEW JERSEY - First responders in Jersey City hold an active shooter drill. Plus, the former Ocean Spray plant in Bordentown City could become home to a mariujana business. And, the Montville softball team wins its first county title. Also "'Greta's Run" memorial 5k returns to Westfield, which helps raise money for local charities. 

TAPinto's ...

VIDEO: Hasbrouck Heights Scouts Clean the Community, Scholarships Awarded in South Plainfield, Rahway Educator Honored and Westfield Boy Scout Proposes Life-Saving Station

NEW JERSEY - The Girl and Boy Scouts of Hasbrouck Heights join together to clean their community. Plus, several Girl Scouts in South Plainfield receive scholarships. Also, a Rahway superintendent is honored. And a Westfield Boy Scout proposes a life-saving station near a local pond.

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

VIDEO: Film and TV Studio Proposed for Newark, Paterson Resident Leads Community Clean-up, Affordable Housing Opens in Elizabeth and Roxbury Student Habitat Home Transferred

NEW JERSEY - A $125 million dollar film and TV complex proposed in Newark. Plus, a Paterson native leads effort to clean up hometown. And, a house built by Roxbury students is transferred to a new lot while an affordable housing complex opens in Elizabeth. 

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

New Jersey Republicans Propose Bills to Immediately Reimburse Thousands of Dollars in Surplus Money to Taxpayers

May 23, 2022

NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate?

The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over collections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue ...

Assemblywomen Introduce Bill Package Tightening Punishment for Car Thieves

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to State Police. 

A similar incident occurred a few days later in Holmdel, ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Police Licensing Proposal Aiming to Build Community Trust

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training Commission (PTC) in order to be employed in the ...

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NJ Legislative Leaders Urge Approval of RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ –The leaders of New Jersey’s State Legislature, Senate President Nicholas Scutari and Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin, are backing the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier ...

New Brunswick Mayor Cahill Urges Approval of RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill has thrown his support behind the transaction between Saint Peter’s HealthCare System (“Saint Peter’s”) and RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”), which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick.

“Today, New Brunswick residents in need ...

NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

African American Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBH Transaction with St. Peters

New Brunswick, NJ – Access to quality medical care in New Jersey is vital to underserved populations. That's why the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (“AACCNJ”) announced its support for the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, which will lead to the creation of New ...

RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

Community Conversations: Stepping into Summer!

Warmer weather is here, and for many people that means exercising outside, playing sports and enjoying family time. But if your winter was a quiet one, returning to activity too quickly can lead to injuries. So how can you tell the difference between a sprained ankle and something that requires a trip to a specialist? In this Community Conversation, James C. Wittig, MD, Chairman of the Department ...

Homewatch CareGivers in the Community May 2022

“How Mindfulness Makes You Happier” was the subject of a group discussion at the Senior Center of the Chathams on May 3rd.  The discussion centered around understanding the concept of mindfulness and the session ended with a guided meditation led by Karen Frank, Director of Education/Nurse Supervisor at Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange.  Karen is celebrating 10 years of ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

Deborah Engel: A Thoughtful Leader Who Gets Things Done

May 18, 2022

I’m writing in support of Deborah Engel, my former employer and now business partner and dear friend, for Maplewood Town Council. I worked for Deborah for a year at Work and Play, the coworking space with onsite childcare that she founded (one of the first of its kind in the world), and together we founded General Store Cooperative, a co-retail and incubator space in Maplewood.  ...

Newark Resident, Former School Board Member Will Lead Essex County LGBTQ Affairs Office

May 15, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — A newly established Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs was announced Friday that will be led by Reginald Bledsoe, a Newark resident and former Newark Public Schools Board of Education member.

Bledsoe, who was appointed as the office's first director, will help support the LGBTQ community in Essex County and provide a platform to address issues, ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 19, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...

Summit F.D.: One Reported Fatality in Route 24 Crash That Involved Tractor Trailer, Five Vehicles

SUMMIT, NJ - One person has died, and another victim was flown by Medevac helicopter to an area trauma center after a mid-afternoon crash on Eastbound Route 24 near Milemarker 9, according to the City of Summit Fire Department (SFD).

The SFD, at approximately 2 p.m. today, responded to a report of a multiple vehicle accident on Route 24 East near Milemarker 9.

Atlantic Health System Welcomes Chief Clinical Officer

May 23, 2022

Atlantic Health System is pleased to announce the arrival of Suja Mathew, MD, FACP, as the system’s new Executive Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer. With decades of experience in clinical leadership and physician development, Dr. Mathew will work collaboratively to deliver innovative and high-quality care for patients across the region.

Working directly with Atlantic Health ...

JESPY Partners with Paper Mill Playhouse for Performance Showcasing JESPY Clients

SOUTH ORANGE – With the musical talents of JESPY clients in the spotlight, JESPY has partnered with Millburn’s Paper Mill Playhouse to present a showcase of Broadway songs to be performed by the clients on June 18 at 4pm.

The performance, which is open to the public, is tentatively titled A New Beginning. Set to take place at JESPY, the play will feature client talents, alternating ...

Studies of the Future: Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, in Livingston, has been at the forefront of the treatment of breast cancer for decades. One way the hospital maintains its reputation as one of the best in the tri-state area is by participating in clinical trials, which are research studies that help determine if a new drug would be effective in treating a specific condition. In partnership with Rutgers ...