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Abril Cocina in Maplewood Announces It's Closing on Feb. 24

February 15, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Mexican restaurant Abril Cocina, located on Maplewood Avenue, announced on their Facebook page on Friday that they are closing on Sunday, Feb. 24.

The full Facebook post from Abril Cocina is below:

After four years of starting on this journey we have decided it is time to close Abril Cocina.

We will be closing our doors 10 days (Sunday 2/24). We want to deeply ...

Girls Basketball: Columbia Rallies Past Newark Academy, 47-42

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- The Columbia girls basketball team rallied from a seven-point deficit after three quarters for a 47-42 victory over Newark Academy on Thursday.

Ashley Phillip scored 18 points for Columbia (8-11), which trailed, 36-29, before finishing the game with an 18-6 showing on the road.

Gia Gillens finished with 10 points for the Cougars. Samantha Keller had 18 points and seven ...

Teenager Attacked, Robbed in Maplewood's DeHart Park; According to Police

February 14, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A teenager was attacked and robbed in DeHart Park on Monday, Feb. 4, according to the latest Maplewood police blotter.

Police stated that a 16-year-old boy was leaving DeHart Park at about 5:45 p.m. on Monday, when he was assaulted and robbed.

"At least three males attacked him and took his phone, headphones and backpack before fleeing," stated ...

Armed Robbery of Maplewood Restaurant on Sunday Night, Say Police

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was an armed robbery of a restaurant in Maplewood on Sunday night, according to a statement from Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul.

The armed robbery occurred at about 9:30 p.m. at the Panda Kitchen (300 Parker Ave.), stated DeVaul.

"Three black males entered the store, all wearing masks. They all produced handguns. The suspects ordered ...

Girls Basketball: Columbia Rallies Past Newark Academy, 47-42

February 15, 2019

LIVINGSTON, NJ -- The Columbia girls basketball team rallied from a seven-point deficit after three quarters for a 47-42 victory over Newark Academy on Thursday.

Ashley Phillip scored 18 points for Columbia (8-11), which trailed, 36-29, before finishing the game with an 18-6 showing on the road.

Gia Gillens finished with 10 points for the Cougars. Samantha Keller had 18 points and seven ...

Boys Basketball: Columbia Edges Orange, 54-52

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- The Columbia boys basketball team avenged a January loss to Orange with a 54-52 victory at home Thursday night.

Jun Harrington scored 19 points and cleared 10 rebounds for the Cougars (12-8), who had lost to the Tornadoes by the same margin, 35-33, a month ago.

Dylan Jones and Marcus Cosemus each finished with 10 points for Columbia, and Luke Hayes added seven points in the ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For' List for 11th Year Running

February 15, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System -- parent company of Summit's Overlook Medical Center -- once again has been named to Fortune’s '100 Best Companies to Work For', the 11th consecutive year Atlantic Health System has earned a spot on the prestigious annual list. The Morristown-based company, a leading provider of healthcare in New Jersey, was slotted in the 87th ...

Overlook Medical Center Earns 'America's 100 Best Hospitals Award' for Third Consecutive Year

SUMMIT, NJ - Earning an accolade that places it in top two percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical performance, Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center has been selected as the only hospital in New Jersey to achieve the Healthgrades 2019 America’s America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™.

More than 4,500 hospitals nationwide were assessed across ...

Delayed Opening on Wednesday, Feb. 13, for South Orange and Maplewood Public Schools

February 12, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - All South Orange Maplewood School District schools will have a delayed opening on Wednesday, Feb. 13, according to to an email from the school district at about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Schools were closed on Tuesday.

Elementary and middle schools start two hours later than their usually scheduled start times (see schedule below).

All ...

South Orange Maplewood School District Closed on Tuesday, Feb. 12

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange Maplewood School District is closed on Tuesday, Feb. 12, due to the forecast for snow, ice and hazardous travel conditions, stated an email from the school district at about 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 11.

The full email is below:

Dear SOMSD Families and Staff,

South Orange Maplewood School District and all of its schools will be closed tomorrow, ...

What Did Turtle Back Zoo's Essex Ed See Saturday Morning?

February 3, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex Ed, the resident groundhog at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, made his annual weather forecast on Saturday.

Ed did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, meaning that warmer spring weather will arrive on time.

According to folklore, if it’s cloudy when the groundhog emerges from its burrow, winter-like weather will soon end. If it’s sunny and ...

Abril Cocina in Maplewood Announces It's Closing on Feb. 24

February 15, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Mexican restaurant Abril Cocina, located on Maplewood Avenue, announced on their Facebook page on Friday that they are closing on Sunday, Feb. 24.

The full Facebook post from Abril Cocina is below:

After four years of starting on this journey we have decided it is time to close Abril Cocina.

We will be closing our doors 10 days (Sunday 2/24). We want to deeply ...

Tickets Now on Sale for the Third Annual Maplewood Chili Cookoff on Feb. 24

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Chili Cookoff is back for the third year on Sunday, Feb. 24, and tickets are on sale now to attend, or to register to enter a chili in the cookoff.

The 2019 Chili Cookoff will offer prizes for 1st through 5th place in two categories: meat and vegetarian, and have also added this year a kids category and a chef's choice award. 

The top ...

Abril Cocina in Maplewood Announces It's Closing on Feb. 24

February 15, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Mexican restaurant Abril Cocina, located on Maplewood Avenue, announced on their Facebook page on Friday that they are closing on Sunday, Feb. 24.

The full Facebook post from Abril Cocina is below:

After four years of starting on this journey we have decided it is time to close Abril Cocina.

We will be closing our doors 10 days (Sunday 2/24). We want to deeply ...

South Orange to Host 3 Town-Wide Master Plan Listening Sessions - Tonight's Meeting Cancelled Due to Weather

February 12, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Village President Sheena Collum has announced that tonight’s scheduled community conversation has been canceled due to weather. This meeting will be re-scheduled.

The Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition Accepting Applications Through March 11

February 10, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The League of Municipalities has announced applications are now being accepted for The Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition for high school juniors and seniors, according to an udpate on the South Orange Village website.

This scholarship is named in honor of Louis Bay 2nd, Mayor Emeritus of Hawthorne. Louis Bay 2nd actively participated as a ...

South Orange Village Center Alliance Holds Annual Meeting, Discusses Possible Ban on Plastic Bags

February 6, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) held their annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31, at The Baird with topics discussed including the alliance's budget and events, plans for continued beautification, fundraising, marketing and communications, as well as business retention and recruitment.

Another topic of discussion was the ...

West Orange Mayor Addresses Purchase Price and Intentions for Rock Spring Club

February 8, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After announcing earlier this week that he intends to present the West Orange Township Council with a contact to purchase Rock Spring Golf Club, Mayor Robert Parisi released a public statement explaining why this purchase would be “a critical step in the township’s desire to maintain open space, build and operate recreational facilities for the future and plan ...

Seton Hall University Appoints 21st President

February 4, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Seton Hall University Board of Regents has voted to appoint Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., the 21st president of the University, according to a statement from Seton Hall.

Nyre, who will begin at Seton Hall in August, has been president of Iona College, a Roman Catholic institution in New Rochelle, NY, since 2011, and will finish the academic year there, ...

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‘Cooked & Uncorked’ Festival to Showcase NJ Firefighters’ Culinary Talents

February 11, 2019

These firefighters don’t just put out flames — they use them to make duck confit-stuffed ravioli with bacon and English pea puree. That’s how South Orange Local 24 won the gourmet category during last year’s Cooked & Uncorked food and wine festival, which is coming up for the 9th time this month on Feb. 25 in Edison, NJ.

Hosted by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 24

On this week’s AtlantiCast, meet the newest chairman of the American Hospital Association, learn about a breakthrough in heart surgery at Morristown Medical Center, celebrate a year of innovation at Atlantic Health System and see some tips to stay flu free.

 

Maplewood Police Blotter - 16-Year-Old Assaulted, Robbed in DeHart Park

February 15, 2019

February 4, 2019; Robbery; At approximately 5:45 PM, a 16 year old male was exiting Dehart Park when he was assault.  At least three males attacked him and took his phone, headphones and backpack before fleeing.  Officers responded to the area and located several individuals in the area.  Following the investigation on scene, two males, Daijon Williams age 19 of ...

South Orange Police Blotter

South Orange Police Blotter as of February 4

Burglary to Auto - An East Orange resident reported that sometime between 8:00 pm and 9:10 pm, Sunday Feb. 3, actor(s) unknown entered his vehicle, which was parked at a Prospect St. address and stole a floral suitcase with DJ equipment inside, a black LG Galaxy phone and his girlfriend's black purse which contained her ...

South Orange to Host 3 Town-Wide Master Plan Listening Sessions - Tonight's Meeting Cancelled Due to Weather

February 12, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Village President Sheena Collum has announced that tonight’s scheduled community conversation has been canceled due to weather. This meeting will be re-scheduled.

Tickets Now on Sale for the Third Annual Maplewood Chili Cookoff on Feb. 24

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Chili Cookoff is back for the third year on Sunday, Feb. 24, and tickets are on sale now to attend, or to register to enter a chili in the cookoff.

The 2019 Chili Cookoff will offer prizes for 1st through 5th place in two categories: meat and vegetarian, and have also added this year a kids category and a chef's choice award. 

The top ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, February 21, 6:00 PM

West Orange Public Library, West Orange

West Orange Preschool Fair

Education

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Fri, February 22, 8:00 PM

Burgdorff Cultural Center, Maplewood

'Intimate Apparel' by Lynn Nottage

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, February 23, 3:00 PM

United Presbyterian Church, West Orange

Ever After - The Musical

Arts & Entertainment

Baraka Says Newark 'Well Poised' For Amazon After HQ2 Leaves New York

February 14, 2019

NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka said on Thursday that Newark is “well poised” to have Amazon’s second headquarters following the retail giant’s announcement to pull out of New York.

Amazon in November selected Long Island City, Queens and Arlington, Va. over Newark for its second headquarters, with a promise to create thousands of high paying jobs. But the company faced ...

Lidl Supermarket Chain to Replace Pathmark at Montclair's New Lackawanna Plaza

MONTCLAIR, NJ — A new supermarket chain will be coming to Lackawanna Plaza, but not without controversy.

By a 5-2 vote, During Montclair's planning board meeting on Monday, officials approved the application to redevelop Lackawanna Plaza as a mixed-use project. It was also revealed that German supermarket chain, Lidl, will bring a new store to the location.

The two objecting ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For' List for 11th Year Running

February 15, 2019

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System -- parent company of Summit's Overlook Medical Center -- once again has been named to Fortune’s '100 Best Companies to Work For', the 11th consecutive year Atlantic Health System has earned a spot on the prestigious annual list. The Morristown-based company, a leading provider of healthcare in New Jersey, was slotted in the 87th ...

Springfield Historical Society Set to Display Letter Signed by George Washington

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – This Sunday, the Springfield Historical Society will display a letter that was signed by George Washington from his Springfield headquarters during the period between the Battle of Connecticut Farms and the Battle of Springfield. The two battles took place between June 8 and June 23, 1780.

The letter from Washington was to New York Governor George ...

A Winter Walk Through Central Park

February 2, 2019

NEW YORK, NY - The iconic Central Park has the familiar Great Lawn, Sheep Meadow, Strawberry Fields, and a zoo, too.  Yet on a brisk Sunday in late December, a Meetup group met for a tour of some lesser known points of interest at the north end of the green space in the center of Manhattan.

Central Park, comprised of approximately 750 acres, was designed by agriculturalist Frederick Law ...

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Only Hospital in New Jersey to Achieve America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™ from Healthgrades

February 14, 2019

Award Places Hospitals in Top One and Two Percent of Hospitals in Nation for Clinical Performance

Atlantic Health System announced that Morristown Medical Center was the only hospital in New Jersey to achieve the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award.™

Morristown Medical Center was the only hospital in the state to be recognized as one of ‘America’s 50 ...

2019 SOMA Film Festival Announces Schedule

Now in its 4th season, SOMA Film Festival has expanded the festivities to 5 days and nights from March 20-24.  

This year's festival will include a Hollywood legend, a Welcome Party and screening, four Locals Only! programs, their popular Kids and Teens programs, US Premieres, an Oscar nominee, amazing independent films from near and far, filmmaker Q & A's rich ...

South Orange to Host 3 Town-Wide Master Plan Listening Sessions

 

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – After four months of digital and in-person outreach to stakeholder groups and neighborhoods, the Master Plan Management Committee will be concluding the Visioning Phase of the South Orange Master Plan by hosting three town-wide listening sessions which will occur in the Loft at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on Tuesday February 12, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 ...