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Transgender Flag Raised Outside of Maplewood Town Hall on Monday

October 22, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A small group of people gathered in front of Maplewood Town Hall on Monday at about 12:30 p.m. to join Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca and Maplewood Township Committee Member Dean Dafis to raise the transgender flag, and to stand in solidarity with transgender people everywhere.

The transgender flag raising in Maplewood was in conjunction with other rallies nationwide against ...

Man Reports Being Robbed While Entering Home in South Orange on Thursday Night; His Vehicle Also Stolen

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A Warwick Avenue resident reported that at about 11 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 18, he was bringing groceries into his house when "two men struck him in the face and knocked him down," according to the South Orange Police Blotter.

According to the police blotter, the victim described the assailants as "two, young black males," and reported that they stole his ...

Man Reports Being Robbed While Entering Home in South Orange on Thursday Night; His Vehicle Also Stolen

October 22, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A Warwick Avenue resident reported that at about 11 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 18, he was bringing groceries into his house when "two men struck him in the face and knocked him down," according to the South Orange Police Blotter.

According to the police blotter, the victim described the assailants as "two, young black males," and reported that they stole his ...

Man Arrested in Connection with Maplewood Home Invasion and Sexual Assault

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A suspect was arrested and taken into custody on Saturday in connection with the sexual assault and home invasion that occurred in Maplewood on Tuesday, Oct. 16, according to a statement from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul.

According to Stephens and DeVaul, "after an extensive investigation, ...

Flu Shots Available This Wednesday and Saturday in Maplewood

October 22, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Flu shots will be available to the community at Maplewood Town Hall (574 Valley St.) on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon and Saturday, Oct. 27, from noon to 2 p.m., according to a flyer from the Maplewood Health Department.

Flu shots are free for all seniors, 65 years and older, and for all residents over 18 years old who are on MEDICARE and MEDICAID. Please bring proof ...

Experts on Aging and Disability Come Together at JESPY House Symposium

SOUTH ORANGE,NJ - JESPY House, a non-profit organization in South Orange that works to advance independence among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), recently held a two-day symposium, “Aging in Place: Innovative Strategies to Support Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities," at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).

According to ...

Seton Hall University Reports Applications Have Increased 140 Percent in Last Five Years

October 15, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Applications are on the rise at Seton Hall University (SHU), according to a press release from the university that cited an MSN Money report ranking SHU at number six in the nation among educational institutions experiencing the largest five-year percentage increase in college applications.

The results come from a 24/7 Wall Street study analyzing National ...

Columbia High School Students Attend SPHINX Virtuosi Concert at Carnegie Hall

NEW YORK, NY - Columbia High School students attended the 11th Annual Sphinx Virtuosi concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The Sphinx Viruosi is one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latinx classical soloists, primarily alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition, these ...

Annual SouthNEXT Festival Returns to South Orange Nov. 10 and Nov. 11

October 20, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - SouthNEXT is back for its fourth annual collision of inspirational ideas the weekend of Nov. 10 and Nov. 11.

SouthNEXT, which is described by organizers as "New Jersey’s festival that explores our similarities by celebrating our differences," returns again to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on Nov. 10, and for the first time, ...

Annual 'Strut Your Mutt' Parade in South Mountain Dog Park this Saturday, Oct. 21

MAPLEWOOD AND MILLBURN, NJ -  This weekend, Strut Your Mutt, the annual Essex County Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest, will be held at three locations, including the South Mountain Dog Park.

The South Mountain Dog Park event will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., with registration at 1:15 p.m. 

“The Essex County Dog Parks have become popular ...

Maplewood Chamber of Commerce Hosts Opening Event with Speaker Brian Castell

October 10, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce opening meeting featured Brian Castell, CEO of Bizzo.co, a company that assists other businesses with their digital marketing.

The meeting was opened by Chamber President Diana Galer, who welcomed all and introduced the members of the Board of Trustees in attendance: Norm Woolley, Ellen Donker, VP, Rhonda Panken, Legal Counsel, ...

Transgender Flag Raised Outside of Maplewood Town Hall on Monday

October 22, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A small group of people gathered in front of Maplewood Town Hall on Monday at about 12:30 p.m. to join Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca and Maplewood Township Committee Member Dean Dafis to raise the transgender flag, and to stand in solidarity with transgender people everywhere.

The transgender flag raising in Maplewood was in conjunction with other rallies nationwide against ...

Still Need to Register to Vote? Here's How to in South Orange and Maplewood

October 13, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Here's everything you need to know to register to vote in the two towns. Registration closes on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

SOUTH ORANGE

Information from the South Orange Village website

Register to Vote: The Village Clerk’s Office will be having a Late Night Voter Registration Drive on 
Oct. 16 from 4:30 ...

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Presents Medal of Honor to Maplewood Girl, Age 10

October 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Sonia Zenobi, age 10, was recently honored by the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) with the Medal of Honor for saving her mother’s life last year when Zenobi was just nine.

The Medal of Honor is a Lifesaving Award given by Girl Scouts of the United States of America to a Girl Scout who has saved or attempted to save a human life under circumstances that ...

Start Raking SOMA: Leaf Collection in South Orange and Maplewood Now Underway

October 22, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Time to start raking -- leaf collection is now underway in South Orange and Maplewood.

Here's what you need to know for leaf collection in the two towns, including on Essex County roads.

SOUTH ORANGE LEAF COLLECTION

From the South Orange Village website:

Leaf Season will commence on October 22, 2018 and continue through December 5, ...

Start Raking SOMA: Leaf Collection in South Orange and Maplewood Now Underway

October 22, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Time to start raking -- leaf collection is now underway in South Orange and Maplewood.

Here's what you need to know for leaf collection in the two towns, including on Essex County roads.

SOUTH ORANGE LEAF COLLECTION

From the South Orange Village website:

Leaf Season will commence on October 22, 2018 and continue through December 5, ...

Annual 'Strut Your Mutt' Parade in South Mountain Dog Park this Saturday, Oct. 21

October 16, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND MILLBURN, NJ -  This weekend, Strut Your Mutt, the annual Essex County Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest, will be held at three locations, including the South Mountain Dog Park.

The South Mountain Dog Park event will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., with registration at 1:15 p.m. 

“The Essex County Dog Parks have become popular ...

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AtlantiCast: Episode 21

On this week’s AtlantiCast, see who has the cleanest hands in health care, find out how Atlantic Health System is training the next generation of health care professionals, Overlook Medical Center joins the robot revolution and much more!

 

School Facilities: SOMA Students Deserve a Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

October 19, 2018

Our children deserve a safe and healthy learning environment. Of course, most people would say they agree. Yet for far too long, our district has neglected routine maintenance and repairs that have only gotten worse with time, and driven up the costs for current and future generations.

As a homeowner, I don’t wait to repair a leaky roof until the ceiling caves in. Yet that’s ...

Challenges and Opportunities in the Current SOMSD Superintendent Search

At the second of two updates on the superintendent search for the South Orange-Maplewood School District, Dr. William Librera highlighted some of the critical characteristics the community needs in its next educational leader.

“When you have a community with a growing population — and it’s got going to stop — and you have a community where there is a very active ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Stolen Liquor from O'Reilly's Bar and Cash Theft at Maplewood M.S. Event Reported

October 17, 2018

September 24, 2018; Theft from Auto; During the overnight hours an unsecured vehicle parked on Richmond Ave was entered and a wallet was stolen.

September 24, 2018; Motor vehicle Theft; During the overnight hours an unsecured vehicle parked on Rutgers St was stolen.  The vehicle was later recovered in Newark.

September 25, 2018; Motor vehicle Theft; Sometime over the previous ...

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Presents Medal of Honor to Maplewood Girl, Age 10

October 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Sonia Zenobi, age 10, was recently honored by the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) with the Medal of Honor for saving her mother’s life last year when Zenobi was just nine.

The Medal of Honor is a Lifesaving Award given by Girl Scouts of the United States of America to a Girl Scout who has saved or attempted to save a human life under circumstances that ...

Experts on Aging and Disability Come Together at JESPY House Symposium

SOUTH ORANGE,NJ - JESPY House, a non-profit organization in South Orange that works to advance independence among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), recently held a two-day symposium, “Aging in Place: Innovative Strategies to Support Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities," at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).

According to ...

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Tue, October 23, 2:00 PM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Normal Aging and the Brain Program at Millburn ...

Health & Wellness

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Tue, October 23, 6:00 PM

Best in Class Education Center: Suite 200, South Orange

Progress Reports are Out! Open House

Education

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Thu, October 25, 7:00 PM

Seton Hall University, South Orange

Rabbi Dr. David Fox Sandmel Lecture

Education Religions And Spirituality

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Par440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

Latin Night at Par440

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I'm Proud to Support Narda Chisholm-Greene and Mike Laskowski, Advocates for All

October 22, 2018

I am proud to endorse Narda Chisholm-Greene and her running mate Mike Laskowski for the Board of Education of the Maplewood and South Orange School District.  I believe the Board needs new members who will vote independently and make sound decisions that will lead our district to excel in all areas. Their slogan, Advocates for All, is meant to share their belief that every child in ...

Elect Annemarie Maini and Javier Farfan to SOMA Board of Education on November 6

To the Editor:

We write in support of the Board of Education candidacy of incumbent Annemarie Maini and first-time candidate Javier Farfan. As two of only three educators in the race, they appear to us as the most qualified to provide governance and oversight of our school district.

We are educators ourselves, and we value educational experience on the Board. While we don’t expect ...

No Tricks Here! Free, Online Halloween Treats for Kids

I love Halloween! It’s one of my favorite holidays, especially since there is so much to do, and it’s so much fun for the kids. I also love that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Sure, you could go to the store and buy brand-new costumes and decorate your house like crazy, but it’s also a holiday you can do on a budget. Secondhand costumes purchased from Facebook ...

$4M Grant Awarded to Rutgers to Bolster Mental Health Services in Newark

October 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A $4 million federal grant will allow Rutgers’ University Behavioral Health Care’s (UBHC) outpatient program in Newark to offer more services to those with mental illness or substance abuse disorders.

The grant was received from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It will fund the UBHC’s behavioral health outpatient ...

Improvements Underway at Essex County Riker Hill Art Park

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following a second public meeting held in Livingston last week to discuss the current plans for how to spend the $1 million currently allotted toward the revitalization of Riker Hill Art Park (RHAP) in Livingston, some of the priorities, such as improving the safety and accessibility of the entrance at the intersection of Beaufort Avenue and Homestead Drive, are ...

Reporter Killed by Car in Randolph Exited Ride Before Reaching Home, say Police

October 20, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ – A local news reporter who died Oct. 14 after being struck by a car in Randolph got out of an Uber or other rideshare vehicle before reaching her Randolph residence, police said today.

The woman, Lindsay Ireland, 26, had been at a Hopatcong restaurant with family members earlier in the evening, according to Randolph police. They said she and her relatives called the car ...

One Suspect Nabbed, One on the Loose After Home Depot Robbery in Union

UNION, NJ – A shoplifting incident at the Home Depot on Route 22 turned into a wild foot pursuit and search for an armed suspect through the swamp and woods near Kawameeh Middle School Tuesday evening. The search required the assistance of a Union County K-9 unit, the County Police and a State Police helicopter team.

Union police report that at just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, two ...

The #METOO Movement: One Year Later

October 20, 2018

THE #METOO MOVEMENT: ONE YEAR LATER
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7:30pm, SOMS, Little Theater

More than just a hashtag, the #MeToo Movement has become a global phenomenon. What has happened in the months since this powerful movement took the world by storm? JOANNE LIPMAN, author of That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together, will be in ...

Statewide Conference will Convene over 550 Leaders from Non-Profits, Business and Philanthropy

The Center for Non-Profits, New Jersey’s umbrella organization for the charitable community will convene over 550 attendees for the largest annual gathering of non-profit leaders and allies, at its 2018 New Jersey Non-Profit Conference, Raising the Voices of Our Communities, Wednesday, December 5 at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, New Jersey.

This ...

LGBTQ Youth Invited to Café Q at Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit

Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit has announced the opening of Café Q, a non-denominational meeting place for LGBTQ teens, on Sunday, October 21.

LGBTQ teens from Summit and surrounding towns are invited to drop in to meet, listen to music, enjoy some snacks, and just hang out in a safe and comfortable environment. The brainchild of Beth Hatikvah president Cindy Wetter, Café Q ...