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O'Reilly's Bar & Grill in Maplewood Has Closed; New Owners Plan to Renovate, Re-Open in January

November 20, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For many, it was the end of an era when longtime Maplewood pub O'Reilly's closed after last call on Monday night, Nov. 19. 

The new owners are planning to update the space, and anticipate re-opening in about six weeks, with a new name.

One of O'Reilly's regulars who was there on Monday afternoon said a reason he liked the pub so ...

Union High School Principal Files Lawsuit Claiming Racially Motivated Discrimination

UNION, NJ – A second lawsuit in as many weeks involving Union schools has been filed by an employee of the school district.

Corey Lowery, currently on administrative leave as principal of Union High School, has filed a lawsuit against Vito Nufrio in his capacity as the Board of Education President, the Union Township Board of Education, and other unnamed individuals, ...

Maplewood Fire Department Dedicates New Engine and Holds First Annual Community Open House

November 18, 2018

 MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Fire Department held their first annual open house and dedicated their new engine on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The open house was a chance to welcome the community, exhibit equipment, and demonstrate life-saving equipment, including how the "Jaws of Life" can be used to rescue an entrapped person from a vehicle.

Maplewood Fire Chief Michael ...

South Orange Fire Department Provides Mutual Aid While West Orange Firefighters Battle Blaze on Harrison Avenue in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A structure fire in the Lourdes neighborhood near downtown West Orange caused a stretch of Harrison Avenue to be shut down on Saturday evening.

The West Orange Fire Department battled the blaze near the corner of Harrison Avenue near Elm Street. Officials said a vehicle fire ignited a nearby two-car garage and an attic apartment at 51 Harrison ...

The Nutley-Columbia Hockey Team Gets Ready to Hit The Ice for the 2018-2019 Season

November 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Nutley High School - Columbia High School Hockey Team is ready to hit the ice. 

The schedule of home ice (Codey Arena, West Orange) and away events follows: 

Wed 11/21 - 5:45pm - scrimmage vs. Montville - Mennen Sports Arena, Morristown

Fri 11/23 - 2:00pm - scrimmage vs. Bernards - Richard J. Codey Arena

Sun 11/25 - 6:00pm - vs. Dayton - ...

More Than $160,000 Raised at RWJBarnabas Running with the Devils 5K

WEST ORANGE, NJ — More than $160,000 was raised at RWJBarnabas Health’s (RWJBH) second annual Running with the Devils 5K Run and Walk in support of RWJBH and the New Jersey Devils’ collective effort to build stronger communities by promoting healthy, active lifestyles and world-class healthcare.

Proceeds from the race, held at Essex County’s ...

Health Officer Completes Inspection of South Orange School Bathrooms

November 19, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Health Officer John Festa has finished his inspection of the South Orange school bathrooms, according to an update on the South Orange website.

The South Orange website states, "in response to recent events surrounding the school district's bathroom conditions, Health Officer John Festa inspected the bathrooms of the South Orange ...

RWJBarnabas Health Receives Highest Patient Safety Scores to Date

WEST ORANGE, NJ — ­For the 14th consecutive time, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) has received an “A” Hospital Safety Score rating by the Leapfrog Group—making SBMC the only hospital in the state and one of only 42 in the country to earn an “A” in each report since the Leapfrog surveys began.

SBMC was also one of eight RWJBarnabas Health ...

NJ Department of Education Announces Return of Troops to Teachers Program

November 20, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) announced the return of the “Troops to Teachers” program to support the transition of veterans and members of the Armed Forces to careers in teaching. Over the next five years, the NJDOE will receive nearly $1 million to support and promote the program.

Troops to Teachers is a national program designed to promote ...

Health Officer Completes Inspection of South Orange School Bathrooms

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Health Officer John Festa has finished his inspection of the South Orange school bathrooms, according to an update on the South Orange website.

The South Orange website states, "in response to recent events surrounding the school district's bathroom conditions, Health Officer John Festa inspected the bathrooms of the South Orange ...

Thanksgiving Fun Facts & Trivia

November 18, 2018

Turkey or ham? Perhaps a turducken? Whichever traditional centerpiece you go with this Thanksgiving, there’s a chance it wasn’t served during the first holiday dinner in 1621.

Historians believe the Plymouth Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe shared lobster, rabbit, nuts, carrots, eggs, and dried fruits during the original three-day celebration.

For 154 years, Thanksgiving would ...

Photos: Best Places for Fall Foliage in SOMA and New Jersey

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Fall foliage has been at its peak the last few weeks in South Orange and Maplewood, and TAPinto SOMA is sharing some of the best local places enjoy the autumn foliage.

To have your photos added to the gallery here or to share your favorite spots to find fall foliage in and around SOMA, email asandler@tapinto.net.

Favorite Fall Foliage Places in ...

O'Reilly's Bar & Grill in Maplewood Has Closed; New Owners Plan to Renovate, Re-Open in January

November 20, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For many, it was the end of an era when longtime Maplewood pub O'Reilly's closed after last call on Monday night, Nov. 19. 

The new owners are planning to update the space, and anticipate re-opening in about six weeks, with a new name.

One of O'Reilly's regulars who was there on Monday afternoon said a reason he liked the pub so ...

BuyRite Liquors Open on Thanksgiving Day

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Buyrite Liquors, located at 400 Valley St., is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, which is this Thursday, Nov. 22.

Buyrite is stocked with wines from around the world, a vast variety of spirits, and traditional and craft beers. 

Buyrite has rare spirits like Black Maple Hill Straight Bourbon and Rye, both available in very limited ...

O'Reilly's Bar & Grill in Maplewood Has Closed; New Owners Plan to Renovate, Re-Open in January

November 20, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For many, it was the end of an era when longtime Maplewood pub O'Reilly's closed after last call on Monday night, Nov. 19. 

The new owners are planning to update the space, and anticipate re-opening in about six weeks, with a new name.

One of O'Reilly's regulars who was there on Monday afternoon said a reason he liked the pub so ...

Health Officer Completes Inspection of South Orange School Bathrooms

November 19, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Health Officer John Festa has finished his inspection of the South Orange school bathrooms, according to an update on the South Orange website.

The South Orange website states, "in response to recent events surrounding the school district's bathroom conditions, Health Officer John Festa inspected the bathrooms of the South Orange ...

South Orange - Maplewood Board of Education: Cuttle, Maini and Farfan Win Based on Unofficial Results

November 7, 2018

This article was updated at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday to reflect updated vote totals from the Essex County Clerk's office.

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There were eleven candidates on the ballot vying for three positions on the South Orange - Maplewood Board of Education (SOMBOE): Narda Chisholm-Greene, Michael Laskowski, Bruno Navarro, Shannon Cuttle, Felisha George, Avery Julien, Marian ...

Dedication Ceremony Held for New Pocket Park in Maplewood Village

November 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With three sets of hands on the scissors, the ribbon was cut on Saturday, dedicating the new pocket park on Baker Street in Maplewoood Village.

John James, President of the Maplewood Village Alliance (MVA), described the newly revitalized green space as “a pocket park," and stated that it is sponsored by the MVA, and funded by Allison Ziefert of Keller Williams ...

Dedication Ceremony Held for New Pocket Park in Maplewood Village

November 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With three sets of hands on the scissors, the ribbon was cut on Saturday, dedicating the new pocket park on Baker Street in Maplewoood Village.

John James, President of the Maplewood Village Alliance (MVA), described the newly revitalized green space as “a pocket park," and stated that it is sponsored by the MVA, and funded by Allison Ziefert of Keller Williams ...

South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race and Seton Hall Students Request Participation in Research Project

November 15, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race (CCR) is requesting the community's participation in a research project, with responses being collected through Nov. 17.

 

The survey is being conducted by Market Research Students at Seton Hall University, who are working closely with the CCR, according to the introduction to the ...

Maplewood Fire Department Dedicates New Engine and Holds First Annual Community Open House

November 18, 2018

 MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Fire Department held their first annual open house and dedicated their new engine on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The open house was a chance to welcome the community, exhibit equipment, and demonstrate life-saving equipment, including how the "Jaws of Life" can be used to rescue an entrapped person from a vehicle.

Maplewood Fire Chief Michael ...

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Seasonal Recipe: Bourbon Yam Soufflé with Pecan and Bacon Streusel Topping

November 19, 2018

Jenni Preziotti-Gamble, one of the founders of the Watsessing Park Conservancy in Essex County, shared her recipe for a Bourbon Yam Soufflé with TAPinto Bloomfield a couple of years ago, and TAPinto.net editors can’t stop talking about it.

This recipe tied for “Best Side” in the People of Bloomfield’s Best Thanksgiving Competition in 2016. Preziotti-Gamble said ...

Warm and Fuzzy

Thanksgiving is a little over a week away and if you are anything like us you may be stressing over what to wear on the big day. Whether you are cooking for your whole family, friends or letting someone else do all the work we have just what you need to help you look and feel warm and fuzzy.

Men you would look swagger in one of our retro cashmere sweaters and ladies we have new flannel ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 22

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn how Atlantic Health System is accelerating the pace of medical breakthroughs in the fight against cancer, AHS and the New York Jets make a crucial catch, meet New Jersey’s only cardiac “Shock Team,” find out some key warning signs to know if you have Thyroid Cancer and much more!

 

Post-Election Statement from Ileana A. Castillo, Independent Candidate for Maplewood Township Committee

November 14, 2018

Hello Maplewood, 

First of all, I want to extend a big Thank you to all the 1,175 voters who trusted me and put their faith in my candidacy. I will always be forever grateful that you believed in me and I wish I could hug and thank you all in person. 

As you know, I lost the election but I don’t consider this to be a failure. I see this as a wonderful experience where ...

Thank You from Board of Education Candidate Bruno Navarro

When I sat in the hallway outside the Essex County Clerk’s Office in July, trying to think of a three-word slogan for my Board of Education run, the words “Transparency, Accountability, Dignity” quickly came to mind.

Over the course of the next few months, I sat in living rooms, coffee shops and schoolyards across South Orange and Maplewood — and even a ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Multiple Burglaries to Autos Reported

November 19, 2018

The South Orange Police Blotter as of Nov. 19

Burglary to Auto - A Cottage Street resident reported on Wednesday, 11-14-18 at approximately 1:30 am, he observed an unknown actor rummaging through the interior of his vehicle, which was parked in the rear of his residence. The actor, described by the resident as a young, black male, about 5'-11", medium build, in his early ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Apartment Burglary and Stolen Van Reported

November 6, 2018; Motor Vehicle Theft; During the overnight hours a commercial van was stolen from a business on Newark Way.

November 7, 2018; Theft; At approximately 5:15 PM a male reported that while playing basketball at Memorial Park, several items were removed from his backpack that was placed on the side of the court.

November 8, 2018; Burglary; During the evening hours, an ...

Dedication Ceremony Held for New Pocket Park in Maplewood Village

November 19, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With three sets of hands on the scissors, the ribbon was cut on Saturday, dedicating the new pocket park on Baker Street in Maplewoood Village.

John James, President of the Maplewood Village Alliance (MVA), described the newly revitalized green space as “a pocket park," and stated that it is sponsored by the MVA, and funded by Allison Ziefert of Keller Williams ...

Maplewood Fire Department Dedicates New Engine and Holds First Annual Community Open House

 MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Fire Department held their first annual open house and dedicated their new engine on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The open house was a chance to welcome the community, exhibit equipment, and demonstrate life-saving equipment, including how the "Jaws of Life" can be used to rescue an entrapped person from a vehicle.

Maplewood Fire Chief Michael ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, November 21, 8:30 PM

Par440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

Red Light Band at Par440

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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Thu, November 22

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

Thanksgiving at Par 440

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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Wed, November 28, 12:00 PM

Winchester Gardens, Maplewood

Business Boot Camp with the Maplewood Chamber of ...

Business & Finance Education Food & Drink

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Wed, November 28, 7:00 PM

Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation, South Orange

Broadway Cabaret Nights at Village Apartments

Arts & Entertainment

Atlantic View

Morristown Medical Center Becomes First Hospital to Implement BEACON Advanced Energy Laser System

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has become the first hospital to implement the BEACON Advanced Energy Laser System, a unique tissue-sparing, CO2 laser-driven system which enables physicians to conduct complex surgeries in space-restricted areas of the body with greater accuracy and precision than ever before.

While flexible fiber-based CO2 surgery has long ...

This is Why Traffic in Newark Was So Bad During The Snowstorm

November 18, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Why were the roads so bad Thursday night when an autumn storm dropped anywhere from two to four inches of snow in Newark? The city was helping the state clear highways, a city spokesman said.

“The crux of the problem was that virtually all of the entry and exit points to Newark - which are all state and federal highways - were shut down,” city spokesman ...

Jane Fonda Visits Newark, Calls for $15 Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

NEWARK, NJ - Jane Fonda got higher wages for women through unscrupulous means in the 1980's comedy "9 to 5," but now she's advocating for a $15 minimum wage for tipped workers in more traditional ways.

The Academy Award-winning actor and activist  spoke at Rutgers University-Newark today with advocacy groups and a state lawmaker to support a $15 minimum wage, ...

Union High School Principal Files Lawsuit Claiming Racially Motivated Discrimination

November 20, 2018

UNION, NJ – A second lawsuit in as many weeks involving Union schools has been filed by an employee of the school district.

Corey Lowery, currently on administrative leave as principal of Union High School, has filed a lawsuit against Vito Nufrio in his capacity as the Board of Education President, the Union Township Board of Education, and other unnamed individuals, ...

NPR: Magazine Paints Sympathetic Picture of Westfield ‘Watcher House’ Owners

WESTFIELD, NJ – A family that has sought to avoid the public eye after receiving threatening letters just days after purchasing a home on Boulevard is once again the subject of national media attention following an in-depth interview with New York Magazine.

Reporter Reeves Wiedeman, who interviewed Derek and Maria Broaddus for the Nov. 12 story, told National Public Radio on Monday that ...

Atlantic Health System Receives the 2018 Sustainable Business Leadership Award

November 19, 2018

Sustainable Jersey presented Atlantic Health System with the Sustainable Business Leadership Award which recognizes companies in New Jersey that support the Sustainable Jersey mission and demonstrate a significant commitment to sustainability. 

Representatives of Atlantic Health System accepted the award at Sustainable Jersey’s Annual Awards event on November 13, 2018 which took ...

South Orange Recycling Collection Thanksgiving Week

The typical Thursday collection will be altered for the week of Thanksgiving.  During this week the recycling will be collected by Giordano on Saturday, November 24th.

To prevent missed collections please have your recycling Toters curbside the evening before the pickup, after 5pm. 

 For missed collections or questions you may contact Giordano at 800-216-2250 ext.

Community Meeting Nov. 19: Redevelopment Plan for Toomey's Automotive Site at 104 Baker Street

The Township of Maplewood will hold a community meeting to discuss the draft Redevelopment Plan for the Toomey's Automotive Site at 104 Baker Street. The meeting will be on Monday, November 19th at 7:30pm in the Parlor at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood.

In July 2018 the Maplewood Township Committee determined the former Toomey's automobile site at 104 Baker ...