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South Orange and Maplewood Could Approve Plastic Bag Ban in Early April

March 26, 2019

South Orange and Maplewood could be the next towns to create local laws banning plastic bags from local stores.

Municipalities throughout New Jersey are implementing these bans to be more environmentally-savvy and to minimize the amount of plastic that's used and thrown away, which environmental advocates say can end up in the ocean, on the sidewalks, and other places where it ...

Essex County hosts gun buyback program

Want to turn in your old guns?

Then give them to the county.

The Essex County Bar Association and the Essex County Bar Foundation are sponsoring a gun buyback program this Saturday.

The program is one of the first initiatives in New Jersey involving law enforcement and a private organization. Funds for the program were raised by the Bar Foundation through the support of law firms ...

Essex County hosts gun buyback program

March 26, 2019

Want to turn in your old guns?

Then give them to the county.

The Essex County Bar Association and the Essex County Bar Foundation are sponsoring a gun buyback program this Saturday.

The program is one of the first initiatives in New Jersey involving law enforcement and a private organization. Funds for the program were raised by the Bar Foundation through the support of law firms ...

Become a Maplewood Firefighter/EMT!

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Township of Maplewood has announced an opening for an additional Firefighter/EMT and has put out the following call for applicants to take the first step toward qualifying for the position by applying for and takining the written exam. 

The written exam is scheduled to be held on April 27, 2019 and Applications for the exam will become avialable on ...

Wofford Terriers defeat Seton Hall Pirates in competitive first round game

March 22, 2019

Myles Powell went on a scoring streak in the second half but it wasn't enough for the Seton Hall Pirates to pull off a win against the Wofford Terriers in the first round of the March Madness Tournament.

Powell, a junior guard, scored 27 points in the game which included 23 in the second half. The scoring drive helped to bring the Pirates within a one-point deficit of the ...

Columbia Boys Basketball Team Affected by Super Essex Conference Realignment

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The Columbia boys basketball team will be moving up a division next winter.

Columbia, which competed in the Liberty Division of the Super Essex Conference this season, will be shifted by the Super Essex Conference into the American Division next winter. The American Division is considered the most competitive of the SEC's five brackets.

Columbia, which posted ...

Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party: Survivors Serve up Hope

March 24, 2019

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The co-anchor for ABC News’ 20/20 had recently turned 40 when she was asked to take a mammogram for a television segment.

Amy Robach had every intention of turning down the story, but five years later Robach is thankful she did take the cancer screening.

Speaking to about 400 people at the Susan G. Komen North Jersey affiliate’s Pink Tie Party on Friday, ...

Baby Cough Syrup Recalled Due to Possible Health Risk

The DG/health Natruals baby Cough Syrup + Mucus has been recalled due to bacterial contamination and production of the product has been suspended while the Food and Drug Administration investigates the matter.

Bottles of the syrup that were distributed to Dollar General retail stores throughout the United States contained the bacteria Bacillus cereus/Bacillus circulans, the FDA announced ...

Columbia High School Hosted the FTC State Robotic Championship Tournament March 10.

March 16, 2019

With terrific support from various members of the CHS community, and borrowed equipment from some other towns, it all came together to host 48 teams in the competition, three of which were our own CHS teams. Following the Singing of The Star-Spangled Banner by CHS’s Unaccompanied Minors, and few words of welcome from Dr. Morgan, Principal of CHS, Mayor Victor DeLuca, Deputy Mayor Frank ...

SOMA Film Festival Holds Welcome Party

March 23, 2019

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A congenial group gathered before the screening of two films to socialize, and partake in some beverages and light snacks.

Following this, two films were screened. The first, named The Passage, is a story about brothers, fathers and sons, and the wild places that define us. Filmed along the Inland Passage that runs from Seattle to Alaska, the scenery is spectacular. The story touches upon ...

Watch Film Favorites, and Films by High-Schoolers at SOMA Film Festival

If you're unable to attend the welcome party and screening at The Woodland last night or want to enjoy more events at the SOMA Film Festival, here are a couple of programs that are on tap for this weekend.

Festival Favorites Program

The Woodland

Saturday, March 23, @ noon

Enjoy some of the most popular films on Saturday afternoon during the Festival Favorites Program. Films ...

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at St. James Gate Public House

March 16, 2019

 

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - St. James Gate has a FULL, FUN Packed day planned for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

The festivities start at 8am and finish late into the evening! First up from 8am until 12 Noon, everyone is invited to St. James Gate Publick House for a traditional Irish Breakfast, along with Pipers, Irish Coffee and Irish Trinkets. Then from 12 Noon until 6pm, all are invited ...

Newark Man Convicted of Vehicular Homicide

March 22, 2019

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Garrett Carter, 52, of Newark was convicted by an Essex County jury of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of Steven Dawkins, 39, of Orange.

 

Following a trial before the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court, the jury convicted Carter of ...

Using Their Noodles

March 24, 2019

Summit Mayor Nora Radest once again unveils her super-sized ceremonial shears to herald the opening of Ani Ramen House.

Radest was joined by Ani Ramen Partner Israel Jiles, Ani Ramen Chef & Partner Julian Valencia, Ani Ramen Partner Luck Sarabhayavanija, Summit Council Member Stephen Bowman; Summit Downtown, Inc. Executive Director Nancy J. Adams; Summit Common Council ...

South Orange and Maplewood Could Approve Plastic Bag Ban in Early April

March 26, 2019

South Orange and Maplewood could be the next towns to create local laws banning plastic bags from local stores.

Municipalities throughout New Jersey are implementing these bans to be more environmentally-savvy and to minimize the amount of plastic that's used and thrown away, which environmental advocates say can end up in the ocean, on the sidewalks, and other places where it ...

Drawing Decides Election Candidate Ballot Placement

March 15, 2019

The local non-partisan municipal election in South Orange is just under two months away.

 

Who's on the ballot?

Village Municipal Clerk Kevin Harris administered a drawing on Friday that determined the candidates' name placement on the ballot. The drawing was done to give the candidates an equal and fair chance of getting their names placed on the top line of the ballot.

Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party: Survivors Serve up Hope

March 24, 2019

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The co-anchor for ABC News’ 20/20 had recently turned 40 when she was asked to take a mammogram for a television segment.

Amy Robach had every intention of turning down the story, but five years later Robach is thankful she did take the cancer screening.

Speaking to about 400 people at the Susan G. Komen North Jersey affiliate’s Pink Tie Party on Friday, ...

South Orange and Maplewood Could Approve Plastic Bag Ban in Early April

March 26, 2019

South Orange and Maplewood could be the next towns to create local laws banning plastic bags from local stores.

Municipalities throughout New Jersey are implementing these bans to be more environmentally-savvy and to minimize the amount of plastic that's used and thrown away, which environmental advocates say can end up in the ocean, on the sidewalks, and other places where it ...

From Garden to Bouquet – Growing Your Own Cut Flowers

March 16, 2019

Keep your flower vases filled all summer long with beautiful blossoms picked right from your own garden and containers. Growing seeds, plants and tender bulbs that can double as cut flowers makes it easy to create casual, fresh-cut bouquets for your dinner table, guest room or to share with family and friends.

For early spring flowers, look to spring-blooming bulbs like tulips and daffodils, ...

Chipotle and Panera Headed for New Vermella Development in Union

March 15, 2019

UNION, NJ –Two restaurants, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread, have signed leases at Vermella Union, the mixed-use development under construction on Morris Avenue, across from Kean University.

According to Russo Development, the restaurants make up a portion of the 35,000-square foot retail center scheduled to open in July 2019 to coincide with the first phase availability of 415 ...

Local Leaders Remember New Zealand Shooting Victims at Maplewood Vigil

March 19, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – They stood on the corner of Maplewood Avenue and Baker Street with candles on Monday night.

Their message was to stop hate.

About 50 people came out that evening for a vigil to honor those who were killed in the New Zealand massacre last Friday. Religious leaders, members of the governing bodies in Maplewood and South Orange, and New Jersey politicians ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Tropical Getaways, No Passports Necessary

March 25, 2019

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Warm weather is only weeks away, but residents of New Jersey know that it’s really a few weeks too many.  A lot can still happen before spring kicks in; big snowstorms, heavy winds and temperatures that make you think your new next-door neighbors will be a family of penguins. If we haven’t ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 25

On this week’s AtlantiCast, Fortune Magazine names Atlantic Health System a Best Place to Work, find the newest locations to access care through Atlantic Health, Morristown and Overlook medical centers earn national recognition for quality and the lowdown on whether or not fitness wearables are a fashion statement or a must-have for your next workout.

 

Maplewood Police Blotter - Thefts, Shoplifting Reported

March 15, 2019

March 9, 2019; Theft from Auto; At approximately 1:30 AM, a resident of Hillcrest Rd had their unsecured vehicle entered and gift cards stolen.

March 9, 2019; Package Theft; At approximately 3 PM a male was observed stealing a package off of the porch of a home on Brown St.  Officers located the subject near 44th St in possession of the stolen item.  The male ...

South Orange resident wins medal at Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi

March 20, 2019

There's a local hero at the JESPY House.

Longtime JESPY client and South Orange resident Jane Ellyn Clark is a 2019 Special Olympics World Games medal winner.

Clark performed well locally and at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Wash., as a bowler in recent years.

But Clark recently won several medals during the Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which were ...

Local Leaders Remember New Zealand Shooting Victims at Maplewood Vigil

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – They stood on the corner of Maplewood Avenue and Baker Street with candles on Monday night.

Their message was to stop hate.

About 50 people came out that evening for a vigil to honor those who were killed in the New Zealand massacre last Friday. Religious leaders, members of the governing bodies in Maplewood and South Orange, and New Jersey politicians ...

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Tue, March 26, 2:00 PM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

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Winchester Gardens, Maplewood

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Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

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Essex County hosts gun buyback program

March 26, 2019

Want to turn in your old guns?

Then give them to the county.

The Essex County Bar Association and the Essex County Bar Foundation are sponsoring a gun buyback program this Saturday.

The program is one of the first initiatives in New Jersey involving law enforcement and a private organization. Funds for the program were raised by the Bar Foundation through the support of law firms ...

South Orange Man and West Orange Man Arrested for Illegal Dumping

Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reports the arrest of Charles N. Ikejiaku, 54, of South Orange, and Brian D. Ellis, 34, of West Orange, in connection with an incident of Illegal Dumping today.

 

At approximately 1:15 p.m., members of the Illegal Dumping Task Force, observed two men discarding broken wood, ...

Successful Brain Surgery for New Jersey High School Dance Program Director

March 24, 2019

ROXBURY, NJ –  Michele (Silk) Adriano was told by one doctor after another that her symptoms were just from stress. The former Roxbury resident was sure it was more than that.

Indeed it was. Adriano's persistence finally resulted in an MRI, a test that showed a large tumor pressing against her brain. Before doctors removed the tumor recently, they told Adriano that the ...

Chipotle and Panera Headed for New Vermella Development in Union

UNION, NJ –Two restaurants, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread, have signed leases at Vermella Union, the mixed-use development under construction on Morris Avenue, across from Kean University.

According to Russo Development, the restaurants make up a portion of the 35,000-square foot retail center scheduled to open in July 2019 to coincide with the first phase availability of 415 ...

IRS offers free March 28 webinar: Understanding how to do a ‘Paycheck Checkup'

March 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service will provide a free online, web-based information session in two languages on Thursday, March 28, to help people understand how to do a ‘Paycheck Checkup.’

Doing a Paycheck Checkup means checking tax withholding using the IRS Withholding Calculator and making any necessary adjustments to avoid having too little or too much tax ...

Atlantic Health System’s Dr. Linda Gillam Recognized with Second Top Honor from American College of Cardiology

Dr. Gillam presented with Master of the ACC Award at ACC's 68th Annual Scientific Session; was recognized in 2018 as Gifted Educator of the Year

Morristown, NJ – The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Linda D. Gillam, MD, MPH, FACC, the Dorothy and Lloyd Huck Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at Morristown Medical Center/Atlantic Health System, with the 2019 Master of ...

South Mountain YMCA’s Quest to Raise $182,500 Off To Strong Start

In just six weeks, the South Mountain YMCA raised nearly 72 percent of its 2019 goal of $182,500 in the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges’ Treasure Quest, a campaign to make communities stronger, more inclusive, healthier, and safer. As a whole, the association and its seven branches raised $710,100 of a $1.14 million target for the year. 

“We know the real challenges our ...