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Seton Village Gingerbread House Making Party

December 7, 2022

Seton Village, South Orange — Over 200 people attended the Seton Village Gingerbread House Making Party this past Sunday, December 4th. “We were thrilled that this popular event was so well attended and could be held indoors at the Vincent Monella Community Center in the middle of Seton Village,” says Sally Unsworth, NPP Coordinator, “I think I may have experienced ...

Seton Hall Accused of ‘Environmental Racism’ by Residents Fearing Flooding from Proposed Addition

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – People concerned about off-site flooding due to a proposed addition to Seton Hall University (SHU) want the South Orange Planning Board to investigate the potential problem more extensively, suggesting a failure to do so would be a form of environmental racism.

SHU has asked the board to approve a final site plan for a 12,862-square-foot addition to 400 South Orange ...

Santa Visits Dickens Village in Ricalton Square

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Santa was not deterred by the rain Saturday afternoon, and as is the Maplewood tradition, he arrived by Fire Engine. However, this year the South Essex Fire Department provided the transportation.

Although the rain was falling there were a fair number of parents and excited children waiting for Santa's arrival, and he didn't disappoint them. As I've seen Santa over ...

Teachers Who Made Tenure, New Classrooms Are Complete and More at SOMA BOE Meeting

November 18, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The names of South Orange-Maplewood School District teachers

who make tenure will be announced at SOMA school board meetings in the spring and

fall, said district Superintendent Ronald Taylor this week.

Speaking at the Thursday night board meeting, following a moment of silence in honor

of former Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul, Taylor explained the new ...

Maplewood Police Respond to Two Incidents in Town December 7th. Fire at One Extinguished by South Essex Fire Department

December 7, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Two unrelated events occurred in Maplewood in the early morning, today, December 7, 2022. Both events required responses from the Maplewood Police Department. The first call that came into 911 also required a response from the South Essex Fire Department (SEFD).

The first incident was triggered by a phone report of smoke coming from a house at 60 Maplewood Avenue, ...

Seton Village Gingerbread House Making Party

Seton Village, South Orange — Over 200 people attended the Seton Village Gingerbread House Making Party this past Sunday, December 4th. “We were thrilled that this popular event was so well attended and could be held indoors at the Vincent Monella Community Center in the middle of Seton Village,” says Sally Unsworth, NPP Coordinator, “I think I may have experienced ...

Maplewood Police Respond to Two Incidents in Town December 7th. Fire at One Extinguished by South Essex Fire Department

December 7, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Two unrelated events occurred in Maplewood in the early morning, today, December 7, 2022. Both events required responses from the Maplewood Police Department. The first call that came into 911 also required a response from the South Essex Fire Department (SEFD).

The first incident was triggered by a phone report of smoke coming from a house at 60 Maplewood Avenue, ...

Avenel Liquor Store ‘Holdup Man’ Pleads Guilty

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — A Union County man has pleaded guilty to his role in gunpoint robberies at over a dozen liquor stores, including the 2018 holdup at the Wine Chateau in Avenel.

Jaime Fontanez, 45, of Elizabeth, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court last week to a slew of conspiracy and robbery charges, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Among the liquor stores hit was Wine ...

Garrett Dyson of Columbia H.S. Gets Post-Season Soccer Honor

November 28, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Garrett Dyson, a senior on the Columbia High School boys soccer team, has been named to the Super Essex Conference All-American Division First Team for 2022.

Dyson led Columbia (12-8) with 10 goals and 10 assists this past season. Dyson was elected to the team in a vote of the conference's coaches.

Malachy Meyer and Jaiden Wright of Columbia both were named to the ...

South Orange Health Officer’s November Report Spoke About Respiratory Disease & Vaccines

November 30, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Health Officer Candice Davenport presented a slideshow illustrating that it is high season for respiratory diseases and suggesting ways to stay healthy.

Davenport urged, “Protect yourself and others by getting a flu shot, which are available at your local health care provider or your local pharmacy.” She added, “That would really help a ...

Updates About Animal Control Situation

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Health Officer Candice Davenport provided an update on the process of choosing a new Animal Control service for the village. She explained that the Health Department is in the final process of looking at multiple venues and waiting for final proposals to review.

Davenport shared, “Our intent is to have animal control coverage as we close out with St.

Seton Village Gingerbread House Making Party

December 7, 2022

Seton Village, South Orange — Over 200 people attended the Seton Village Gingerbread House Making Party this past Sunday, December 4th. “We were thrilled that this popular event was so well attended and could be held indoors at the Vincent Monella Community Center in the middle of Seton Village,” says Sally Unsworth, NPP Coordinator, “I think I may have experienced ...

Sound of Music

The Sound of Music
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by The Trapp Family Singers 
by Maria Augusta Trapp
Music Directed by Meg Zervoulis
Choreographed by Kenny Ingram
Directed by Mark S. Hoebee

Opening Sunday night, December 4 at Paper Mill ...

Staying Healthy During the Holidays – Tips from RWJBarnabas Health Experts

December 7, 2022

NEW JERSEY – With the holidays quickly approaching, residents throughout the state are gearing up for travel, the return of indoor gatherings, and long-overdue celebrations that may have been put on hold for two years due to the pandemic.

The timing of the holidays, however, combined with the current uptick in both the flu and RSV cases along with emerging variants of COVID-19, ...

Seton Hall Accused of ‘Environmental Racism’ by Residents Fearing Flooding from Proposed Addition

December 6, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – People concerned about off-site flooding due to a proposed addition to Seton Hall University (SHU) want the South Orange Planning Board to investigate the potential problem more extensively, suggesting a failure to do so would be a form of environmental racism.

SHU has asked the board to approve a final site plan for a 12,862-square-foot addition to 400 South Orange ...

SOMA Chamber of Commerce Adds Provisions to the Springfield Avenue Food Pantry`

November 27, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The SOMA Chamber of Commerce has expanded its range of activities and things to do for the community. The photos with this article sort of tell the story, but there is ore to it.

Thursday evening November 17th the SOMA Chamber for its monthly activity, held a networking event, hosted by Claudine Baptiste at the BCB South Orange Branch. The Chamber asked all wh attended to bring ...

JESPY Partners with Shade Tree Group to Plant Local Trees

December 2, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE – To contribute to enhancing, beautifying, and protecting the environment, JESPY joined the South Orange Environmental Commission’s Shade Tree Group and the Department of Public Works on November 28, 2022 to plant three shade trees in the area of Meadowbrook Place.

In attendance were several JESPY clients and staff; Barbara Bour, an active Shade Tree Group ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Begins Following Court's Ruling

December 6, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt began Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling by the Appellate Division of the state Superior Court.

After lasting for three hours on Tuesday, the hunt will be open from 12 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 through Saturday, December 10.

The hunt was reinstated last month and was then stopped last week following a court ...

New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Halted Following Judge's Ruling

TRENTON, NJ — Just days before it was set to begin, a judge has stopped New Jersey's black bear hunt.

Three animal rights groups, including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, claimed a loophole was used to reinstate the hunt and went to court.

State Appellate Division Judge Lisa Rose announced the decision Wednesday. In her ruling, bear hunt opponents have until Friday ...

New State Law Requires Schools to Submit Digital Maps to Law Enforcement

TRENTON, NJ — Starting in the 2023-24 school year, all schools in New Jersey will have to submit digital maps of their campuses to law enforcement.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed S-2426 into law Wednesday. It requires the information to be submitted next year and updated regularly with copies given to designated law enforcement.

"We have seen, time and time again, public mass shootings ...

A Hotter New Jersey and Heated Politics to Look Forward to?

UNION, NJ — The moderator for a round table about New Jersey’s future issues jokingly put it in perspective when he said the conversation was going to be “a panel of formers talking about the future.”  

But the conference at Kean University sponsored by the state’s largest utility -- Public Service Electric & Gas -- had a lot of “formers” ...

Hospital, Arts Organization and Community Gather to Share Life and Cultural Experiences

There was a stuffed bear named Pinky, won at a boardwalk game as a child, and a small handmade bowl - both filled with memories of loved ones more than anything else.

There were items of celebration and tragedy – a bandhej saree that a breast cancer survivor has used to tie her memories to one another; and a wooden panel from the door of a synagogue in Slovakia, that now sits on a home ...

South Orange Police Department

December 8, 2022

South Orange, NJ - South Orange Police Department Blotter, December 8, 2022

We have received the following information from the South Orange Police Department: 

Package Thefts

Please be vigilant and report to the South Orange Police any suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood.  This time of year, we always experience a large number of package thefts.   ...

Upcoming Events

Education

Fri, December 09
All day

Teach for America, Newark

Imagine Facilitator Training-3 day ...

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Fri, December 09
08:00 PM — 08:00 PM

Nutley , NJ

Opening Night: God of Carnage at Nutley ...

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Fri, December 09
12:00 AM — 05:00 PM

Durand-Hedden Gingerbread House Contest

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Wed, December 14
06:30 PM — 08:00 PM

Berkeley College Legal and Justice ...

Two Luxury Cars Worth $750K Stolen From Montclair Home

December 7, 2022

MONTCLAIR, NJ - A Montclair resident has reported to police that two expensive cars, costing a total of $750,000, were taken from a Montclair residence on Monday.

The front gate of a Club Way resident's home was reportedly destroyed when he got up, according to the Montclair Police Department. He quickly discovered that two high-end automobiles from the garage were missing: a 2018 ...

WNTR HOLIDAY SHOP & MAKERS MARKET RETURNS  TO YALE CORNER ON SPRINGFIELD AVE

December 8, 2022

Maplewood, NJ – Holiday cheer and local shopping return to Yale Corner (1866 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood) as Springfield Avenue Partnership announces the return of WNTR Holiday Shop & Makers Market on Saturday December 10, Sunday December 11, Saturday December 17 and Sunday December 18 from 11:30am - 3:30pm. A rotating mix of makers, businesses and entertainers will be at the market, ...

Hospitals in Critical Need of Blood Donations Amid Nationwide Type O Blood and Platelet Shortage

 

West Orange, NJ, December 7, 2022– RWJBarnabas Health is urgently appealing for blood and platelet donations, especially Type O blood, in response to a severe blood and platelet shortage among hospitals throughout the state heading into the winter holidays and season. Due to an acute nationwide shortage and critically low reserve of Type O Blood, the universal blood type, ...

South Oange Police Toy Drive

                            SOUTH ORANGE VILLAGE              

                             POLICE DEPARTMENT

ERNESTO MORILLO, CHIEF OF POLICE

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