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Jadyn Brown Recalls Her Rescue During Tropical Storm Ida

September 18, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Stuck in a terrifying situation during Tropical Storm Ida, Jadyn Brown confronted the thought that there was no hope.

She stood on a crest of a footbridge in the middle of the Maplewood Country Club’s golf course with rain sheeting down and swirling floodwater rising above her feet. She knew first responders were trying to reach her, but she couldn’t ...

Maplewood and South Orange Remember 9/11 With Separate Ceremonies

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE — Officials from Maplewood and South Orange took time on Saturday to remember and honor those lost 20 years ago in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Maplewood observed the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a somber ceremony at the memorial in front of the Hilton Branch Library. Mayor Frank McGehee welcomed all and turned the ceremony over to Acting Fire Chief ...

Seton Hall Says Remains of Student, Friend Found After Tropical Storm Ida

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ __ The body of a Seton Hall University student and her friend were recovered and identified this week after going missing during Tropical Storm Ida, the university said.

Nidhi Rana was a first-year commuter student and was last seen with her friend, Ayush Rana, in her hometown of Passaic, an area hit hard by flood, Seton Hall said.

On Friday, officials announced the ...

Village School Adjusts Plans for SOMA’s First Progressive Elementary

September 17, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ __ Samantha Grab has always thought a community like SOMA needed a progressive school with hands-on learning and social justice woven through the curriculum.

This fall, she’s serving as the director of Weekday school, which is now home to progressive elementary for students through fourth grade.

Grab said she attended a school with these values growing up in upstate ...

Ten Columbia High School Students Named Semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Ten students from Columbia High School have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, the nonprofit program announced Wednesday.

Nationwide, the program named 16,000 semifinalists who will go on to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth some $30 million that will be offered in the spring. The program is in its 67th year and is ...

SOMSD Board of Education Meeting Notice

BOARD OF EDUCATION

School District of South Orange and Maplewood

525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ  07040

Eric Burnside 973-762-5600 X 1800

Board Secretary

FAX: 973-378-9464

ADEQUATE PUBLIC NOTICE

Regular Public Meeting

September 20,2021

The Board of Education will meet in Closed Session on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6:30 pm in the Superintendent’s ...

South Orange Accepts Donation of Italian Culture Club Building

September 19, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Father Vincent Monella Center of Italian Culture at 133 Fairview Ave. will become property of the township soon.

The Village Board of Trustees recently voted to accept the donation of the property, with Village President Sheena Collum noting the real estate asset is valued just above $2 million and is a tax-exempt property.

The gift is from the board of trustees ...

Taking Charge of Pancreatic Cysts with Saint Barnabas Surveillance Program

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The new Pancreatic Cyst Surveillance Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), a high-volume pancreatic cancer center in Livingston, is using top-notch technology—and a multidisciplinary team of doctors—to evaluate a pancreatic cyst before it becomes cancerous.

According to experts at SBMC, approximately 15% of Americans are believed to have ...

Jadyn Brown Recalls Her Rescue During Tropical Storm Ida

September 18, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Stuck in a terrifying situation during Tropical Storm Ida, Jadyn Brown confronted the thought that there was no hope.

She stood on a crest of a footbridge in the middle of the Maplewood Country Club’s golf course with rain sheeting down and swirling floodwater rising above her feet. She knew first responders were trying to reach her, but she couldn’t ...

Reward for info About 2017 Newark Slaying of Maplewood Woman

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Deborah Burton, a 62-year-old grandmother from Maplewood, who was fatally shot 4 years ago.

Burton ...

Girls Volleyball: Columbia Tops Irvington, 2-0

September 15, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Columbia girls volleyball team remained undefeated with a 25-9, 25-16 victory over Irvington on Wednesday.

Allie Harris finished with three kills and six service points, and Danielle Ilunga and Julianne Hatton-Henigan came up with two kills apiece for the Cougars (4-0).

Jamie Fardin led Columbia with three digs, and led the Cougars with 14 service points, seven ...

Field Hockey: Columbia Beats Verona, 3-1

VERONA, NJ — The Columbia field hockey team scored two goals in the fourth quarter to rally for a 3-1 victory over Verona on Tuesday.

Sawyer Dahlen scored two goals and assisted on the other for the Cougars (3-0), who led, 1-0, after three quarters. Neither team scored in the first half. Kat Turi scored the other Columbia goal.

Marykate Doughety scored with an assist by Amanda Cavallo ...

Taking Charge of Pancreatic Cysts with Saint Barnabas Surveillance Program

September 19, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The new Pancreatic Cyst Surveillance Program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), a high-volume pancreatic cancer center in Livingston, is using top-notch technology—and a multidisciplinary team of doctors—to evaluate a pancreatic cyst before it becomes cancerous.

According to experts at SBMC, approximately 15% of Americans are believed to have ...

Duck Race Canceled - Free Healthy Kids Day Event Still on Sunday, September 12




MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Kate Cestar, Director of Marketing & Community Engagement has issued the following statement regarding the Duck Race that had been scheduled for this coming Sunday, September 12:

"After discussing the impact of last week's Tropical Storm Ida with Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee, the South Mountain YMCA is sad to announce that we will be ...

Community Organizations Launch Free Tutoring for Newark NJ Students This Week

September 13, 2021

NEWARK, NJ---TAPintoTV spoke with Jared Taillefer, the Executive Director of Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Rev David Jefferson of Metropolitan Baptist Church, and Destiny McFarlane, the Tutorial Manager of the Newark Unites Program, about the Newark Unites Tutoring Program which launches this week.

The Newark Unites Tutoring Center provides free, high dosage tutoring and academic support ...

True Crime Maplewood: New Book Looks at Unsolved Murder From 1960s

September 14, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Ever since his first days in Maplewood, Joe Strupp has been fascinated by an unsolved murder dating back decades before he moved to town.

Three months after he and his family moved to Yale Street in late 2000, a murder happened six blocks away. The murder of Christine Burns, a mother of two, went unsolved for several years. News coverage always mentioned another unsolved case ...

SOMA Film Festival is a Go For This Weekend

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Despite recent weather-related challenges, the SOMA Film Festival will happen this weekend, but some COVID-19 measures will be in place.

All those attending the festival will be asked to wear masks, even people who are vaccinated. Ticket sales are being limited to avoid overcrowding. All food and beverages will be self-serve.

"It's been a crazy week ...

Two Chambers of Commerce Become One

September 10, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Two local organizations have made history. The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce and the South Orange Chamber of Commerce have unanimously agreed to merge into one entity.

The new name will be the Maplewood/South Orange Chamber of Commerce, dba SOMA Chamber of Commerce.

“We are excited to function as one group to better meet the needs of the Maplewood and South ...

South Orange Accepts Donation of Italian Culture Club Building

September 19, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Father Vincent Monella Center of Italian Culture at 133 Fairview Ave. will become property of the township soon.

The Village Board of Trustees recently voted to accept the donation of the property, with Village President Sheena Collum noting the real estate asset is valued just above $2 million and is a tax-exempt property.

The gift is from the board of trustees ...

Swap time! SOMA Families Meetup Group Hosts Popular Clothing, Toy Swap

September 16, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Out with the old. In with the...used! This Saturday brings a popular clothing and toy swap to South Orange-Maplewood, an event put on by SOMA Families Meetup.

The event is one of the most popular for the nonprofit group, which was created by parents in 2016 to connect families in SOMA and bordering towns including East Orange, Hillside, Irvington, Livingston, Millburn, and ...

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What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

New Jersey Date Night: Make the Grape Escape to Garden State Wineries

September 18, 2021

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

Thoughts of wine typically take your mind straight to Italy, France or Napa Valley. It’s understandable, but if you want to experience a mind-blowing date filled with beauty and flavor you should start thinking about New Jersey vineyards. 

Our state has many wineries from which to choose and most ...

Morristown Medical Center Surgeons 1st in U.S. to Use Minimally Invasive Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) With Advanced Imaging for Flexible Scoliosis Correction

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center fellowship-trained scoliosis surgeon Jason E. Lowenstein, MD, leads the only surgical team in New Jersey to use a new, FDA-approved tethering system for minimally invasive scoliosis surgery that provides for flexible spinal deformity correction and faster healing. The team is also the first in the nation to use a new type of portable CT ...

Start Thinking About Your Retirement Income Plan

If you’re getting close to retirement, you’re probably thinking about the ways your life will soon be changing. And one key transition involves your income — instead of being able to count on a regular paycheck, as you’ve done for decades, you’ll now need to put together an income stream on your own. How can you get started?

It’s helpful that you begin ...

'Year One' Captures Tensions of a Changing Society

UNION, NJ - After two years of closure, Premiere Stages on the campus of Kean University has re-opened with a stirring production of Erik Gernand’s play, “Year One.”

The time is 1933, the place, a city in Germany.  As Germany rebuilds after the devastation of World War I, a close-knit family is caught up in the possibilities of new life under the Weimar Republic. The ...

Easy, Crowd-Pleasing, and Seasonal: 5 Side Dish Recipes for Fall

September brings with it a host of fresh produce: grapes, apples, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, and so much more! There are tons of delicious, in-season fruits and veggies ripe for whipping up mouth-watering side dishes. If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate seasonal produce into your fall meals, here are a few of the best recipes for your ...

Say Goodbye to Summer With a Blowout Bash

As summer wraps up, it’s tempting to transition to cozy fall gatherings right away, but don’t move too quickly! Having a “goodbye summer” party is a great way to celebrate the last fresh, vibrant colors, sounds, and flavors of summer with your friends and family. So pull out the last of your summer décor and try these tips for making the most of your final summer ...

How to Ensure Your Furnace Is Ready for Winter’s Cold Nights

The cooler nights of September are the perfect reminder to get your furnace ready for the long winter ahead. Any work on HVAC can be intimidating, and professionals should handle most tasks, but there are steps you can take to keep the heat on this winter.

We’ll look at some ways to prep your furnace for winter and the situations that call for expert help. With some preventive ...

Prep Your Home for Winter With These Easy Fall Tasks

There’s nothing quite like the weather in autumn. With the heat of summer finally breaking, it’s time to start enjoying more time outdoors and keep the windows open. With favorable weather, it’s easy to forget the cold and dark nights of winter looming ahead.

Luckily, there are several steps you can take during the fall to help prepare your home for the harsh conditions of ...

7 Tips for Creating a Lasting Fitness Plan

Now that the bulk of the pandemic is behind us, many are looking for ways to get back in their old fitness routine or start a new one. Whether you’re back at the gym or in your home fitness center, here are seven tips for creating a new routine you’ll actually stick to!

Start Slow

When starting a fitness routine, many people make the mistake of taking on more than they are ...

5 Tasty, Healthy Food and Wine Pairings

Light salad or grilled salmon make for delicious dishes perfect for the warm evenings of summer. Plus, those long summer days leave even more time for designing the ideal dinner. The hardest part may not be collecting the recipes or the cooking—and definitely not the eating—but rather finding the perfect wine to drink along with it!

If you’re looking to wow a partner, family, ...

Movement, Meditation, and Nature: 5 Tips to Alleviate Stress

Stress has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. It can cause various physical ailments like headaches, stomachaches, tight muscles, fatigue, and even high blood pressure. Mentally, stress can make it difficult to concentrate or create memory problems.

But in our busy society run by the pressure of work, family, and the need to do more, how do we alleviate stress?

There are ...

Fall Flavors: Cooking With the Season’s Bounty

With spring and summer on their way out, it’s time to start looking ahead to fall, and one of the best parts of this time of year is cooking with all the great seasonal fruits and vegetables that thrive in these cooler months.

If you’re unsure what’s in season in September or don’t know what to do with the piles of produce-lining grocery store shelves, look no further.

From Terrorist Attacks to Floods, Firefighters Union President Reflects on 20 Years Since 9/11

September 11, 2021

September 11, 2001 was sunny with a bright blue sky. It was a Tuesday.  

I was a rookie Firefighter who reported to work that morning. We had just received delivery of our new Squad and all personnel were at Station 2 training on the new apparatus. Being the rookie I was sent to pick up bagels for my tour. While driving back the music on the radio was interrupted by a news flash that ...

Auto Thefts Reported in South Orange Police Blotter

September 17, 2021

Package Thefts

On Sept. 15 two victims reported packages stolen from their residence.  At approximately 3:15 pm, an individual entered a Prospect Street apartment building and stole packages in vestibule. At this time, the detective bureau is still waiting for video surveillance from the apartment building management.  The second incident occurred at a South Orange Avenue business ...

SOMA and Essex Officials Welcome Federal Disaster Aid - UPDATED

September 10, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Essex County is now eligible for disaster relief funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in response to the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Ida during the night of Sept. 1. 

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, along with state and federal elected leaders, said they worked since before daybreak on Sept. 2, to ...

Young Man Killed by NJ Transit Train in Millburn

September 7, 2021

MILLBURN, NJ — NJ Transit has updated information about the fatal train accident in Millburn. The male who was struck and fatally injured was a juvenile.

The latest press release states, "At approximately 5:15 a.m., Morris and Essex train 6602 which departed Dover at 4:16 a.m. and was set to arrive at Penn Station New York at 5:44 a.m. struck and fatally injured a juvenile male ...

Murphy Signs Law Creating “Amistad Commission Exemplary Award Program”

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation establishing the “Amistad Commission Exemplary Award Program” that will identify outstanding educators who have shown a commitment to furthering student knowledge on the African slave trade, slavery in America, the vestiges of slavery in this country and the contributions of African Americans to society.

Under the law, ...

Prime Healthcare's New Jersey Hospitals Announce Termination of Contract with UnitedHealthcare

September 19, 2021

Denville, New Jersey.

Prime Healthcare’s New Jersey hospitals announced its decision to terminate its contracts with UnitedHealthcare, citing that they are being significantly underpaid compared to the rates of neighboring facilities. The decision to terminate its contracts with United specifically impacts Saint Clare’s Health in Denville, Dover and Boonton, Saint Michael’s ...

Half-Way to St. Patty's Day as Octoberfest Arrives at St. James Gate Publick House in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Join us at St. James Gate Publick House for our Octoberfest celebration, starting Sept. 17 with our "Half-Way to St. Patty's Day" event!

On the 17th, you'll find corned beef and cabbage, bag pipe players, Irish beer and Irish coffee.

During Octoberfest Saturdays, we'll show Notre Dame games. We're also your place for Premier League games ...

​​​​​​​Paper Mill Playhouse Announces Cast and Creative Team for Songs for a New World

MILLBURN, NJ — Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director; Michael Stotts- Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced the cast and creative team for the opening production of the company’s 2021-2022 season, Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World, directed by Producing Artistic Director Mark S.