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CHS Graduate, Navy Veteran Turning 100 Years Old

January 18, 2022

FLEMINGTON, NJ - World War II Navy veteran, CHS Graduate and Flemington resident, Bill Watkinson will celebrate his 100th birthday Jan. 23 – and residents are invited to celebrate with him.

Watkinson was stationed on the USS Yorktown from 1942 to 1946. By 1943, he was a Navy test pilot, certifying aircraft and delivering them to the U.S. fleet abroad, and, in 1944, he was certified as a ...

White Or Wet Monday Day in SOMA?

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – All the models have confirmed what had been developing throughout the weekend. The impending storm will be a major event, but for all but the most northern and western portions of New Jersey and counties immediately north of New York City, it will be almost entirely a rain event.

The center of the storm is currently making its way up from the southeast, bringing ...

Maplewood OEM: Snow, Wind Expected Sunday and Monday

MAPLEWOOD, N.J-Maplewood could get one to three inches of snow beginning Sunday night according to a memo issued by the township’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The snow is expected to turn to freezing rain by Monday morning and wind gusts during the storm could reach 40 mph.

Staff from the Maplewood Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin salting the roads at 4 p.m. Sunday ...

Lawsuit in Hijab Case Coming, but Not Yet Filed

January 16, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – An associate of the parents of a South Orange elementary school student - who contend a teacher improperly removed the girl’s hijab – is disputing published reports alleging the parents have sued the school district.

The associate, James Davis III, who is chairman of Black Parents Workshop, said the parents are planning to sue the South Orange Maplewood School ...

SOMA Schools Revise Virtual Learning Guidelines Amid Rise in Cases

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Despite resuming in-person learning on Monday, the South Orange Maplewood School District announced an option for some students to continue virtual learning amid rising case numbers in the two towns due to the omicron variant of COVID-19. An option for virtual learning will continue through the month of January and may be extended depending on case numbers and ...

SOMA School Board Re-Elects Joshua as President, Welcomes Three New Members

MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education re-elected Thair Joshua to serve as its president for the 2022 year and welcomed three new members at its meeting on Wednesday night.

Board member Susan Bergin nominated Joshua to serve a second term as president at the board’s annual reorganization meeting, and Johanna Wright nominated Elissa Malespina for the ...

Girls Basketball: Columbia Wins Over West Orange, 57-43

January 18, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The Columbia girls basketball team broke it open in the third quarter and went on to post a 57-43 victory over West Orange on the road Tuesday.

Talia Baptiste connected for 17 points for the Cougars (4-3), who outscored West Orange, 22-12, in the third quarter to open a 48-31 lead.

Leah Connell scored 11 points for Columbia, which got 10 rebounds and nine points from ...

CHS Graduate, Navy Veteran Turning 100 Years Old

FLEMINGTON, NJ - World War II Navy veteran, CHS Graduate and Flemington resident, Bill Watkinson will celebrate his 100th birthday Jan. 23 – and residents are invited to celebrate with him.

Watkinson was stationed on the USS Yorktown from 1942 to 1946. By 1943, he was a Navy test pilot, certifying aircraft and delivering them to the U.S. fleet abroad, and, in 1944, he was certified as a ...

Local Police and Fire Departments Ready for Upcoming Storm

January 15, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, N.J-Local police and fire departments are monitoring weather forecasts in anticipation of a winter storm that is predicted to hit the area Sunday night and continue into Monday. Currently, an inch of snow and 30 mph wind gusts are predicted by the National Weather Service.

South Orange Fire Department captain Heston Anderson said the department is monitoring forecasts ...

South Orange Police Department Investigating Racial Profiling Accusations

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J-The South Orange Police Department has launched an investigation into alleged racial profiling by its officers. The investigation comes after officers accused their colleagues on the force of exhibiting bias and racial profiling in their tactics in a recent study conducted by professors from Seton Hall and New Jersey City Universities.

Girls Basketball: Columbia Wins Over West Orange, 57-43

January 18, 2022

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The Columbia girls basketball team broke it open in the third quarter and went on to post a 57-43 victory over West Orange on the road Tuesday.

Talia Baptiste connected for 17 points for the Cougars (4-3), who outscored West Orange, 22-12, in the third quarter to open a 48-31 lead.

Leah Connell scored 11 points for Columbia, which got 10 rebounds and nine points from ...

Girls Basketball: Columbia Beats Ridge, 48-37

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Columbia opened a six-point halftime lead and pulled away for a 48-37 girls basketball victory over Ridge on Saturday.

Bella Galatt scored 15 points and made four steals for the Columbia (3-3), which outscored the Red Devils, 16-11, in the first quarter and led, 27-21, at halftime.

Talia Baptiste scored 11 points and Shana Desir totaled 10 points and six thefts for the ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Now 1.02, Latest Sign Surge is Slowing

January 17, 2022

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission stands at 1.02 on Monday, a dramatic drop since it was 1.92 on January 1.  Anything over 1.0 means COVID-19 is still spreading, but the lower the number means any infected person is spreading the virus to fewer people.

The State Department of Health confirmed 8,267 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the third-straight day under ...

South Orange Library Services Limited to Virtual and Pick Up Amid COVID-19 Spike

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J-The South Orange Public Library announced that it will limit its services to virtual and pick up to help stop the spread of COVID-19 as case counts rise exponentially due to the omicron variant. The first day of limited services was Jan. 8.

Library patrons can still check out books by placing a hold online and emailing a request for pickup at sopl.org. Patrons will be ...

James Mtume Prolific Jazz, RnB Legend and Social Activist Passed Away, Jan. 10

January 10, 2022

James MTume, a musician who recorded with jazz greats before leading the R&B group Mtume, has died. Born James Heath on Jan. 3, 1946, Mtume, son of jazz saxophone player Jimmy Heath, was raised by his stepfather, jazz pianist James Forman. Mtume was 75. Born in Philadelphia, Mtume had lived in South Orange since July 1981.

Over the years, as we all found out, if you knew anything ...

Oscar Winning-Actress Anne Hathaway Films New Movie in South Amboy

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- South Amboy or Southie?

Anne Hathaway stars in a film based on the 2015 novel, Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh, a New England-based fiction writer. Set in Massachusetts around Christmastime 1964, the story centers on a depressed 24-year-old woman who is trapped between two roles: taking care of her alcoholic father and working at a boys' prison. Eileen gets through her ...

Lawsuit in Hijab Case Coming, but Not Yet Filed

January 16, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – An associate of the parents of a South Orange elementary school student - who contend a teacher improperly removed the girl’s hijab – is disputing published reports alleging the parents have sued the school district.

The associate, James Davis III, who is chairman of Black Parents Workshop, said the parents are planning to sue the South Orange Maplewood School ...

New 42-Unit South Orange Housing Moves Forward

January 4, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A developer’s application for a 42-unit, residential development was declared complete at Monday’s South Orange Planning Board meeting, the board’s first meeting of 2022.

The proposal now faces further review and debate by the board. If approved, the project will add to a long line of new buildings in the township, including structures under construction on ...

Maplewood Code Committee Discusses Leaf Blowers, Tree Cutting and At-Home Workers

January 18, 2022

Maplewood Code Committee Discusses Leaf Blowers, Tree Cutting and At-Home Workers

Matt Collins

MAPLEWOOD, N.J - The Maplewood Code Committee met Tuesday morning and discussed a variety of issues, including the debate on gas-powered leaf blowers that was introduced at the Township Committee’s meeting on Jan. 4.

Maplewood Committeeman Frank McGehee, who along with deputy mayor Vic ...

National Weather Service Issues Sunday Morning Winter Weather Advisory including Icy Roads for South Orange and Maplewood andNorth Jersey

January 8, 2022

NEW YORK, NY - The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Weather Advisory for portions of Northern NJ from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sun. Jan. 9. Freezing rain is expected.

According to the NWS, the ice accumulation is expected to be a light glaze. Travelers should expect very slippery sidewalks, roads, and bridges.

The NWS advises motorists to slow down and use caution when traveling.

Elected Officials, Religious Leaders, Residents Gather to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

January 17, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, N.J - A diverse coalition of elected officials, religious leaders and residents gathered virtually on Martin Luther King, Jr Day (Jan. 17) to celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary civil rights leader. 

The ceremony was organized by the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, which promotes inclusion and equity in the two towns. 

Nancy ...

VIDEO: Promising COVID-19 News in New Jersey, Kids Helping Kids & Honoring a Hero

January 18, 2022

NEW JERSEY — There's new promising news that the COVID-19 surge in New Jersey is slowing. Plus, generous kids are using their hearts to help other kids. Also, one community prepares to honor a local hero, as he celebrates a milestone.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

Now in New Jersey ...

VIDEO: Weeks After Giving Birth, Mom Dies of COVID-19; Teen Helps Girls & The Environment

NEW JERSEY — A community is remembering a New Jersey mother of four who died of COVID-19, just weeks after giving birth.  Plus, a high school freshman is going green and helping other girls at the same time.  Also, a little bit of luck changes 'lost' to 'found.'

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to ...

VIDEO: Remembering Teenage COVID-19 Victim, City's Milestone and Restoring History

NEW JERSEY — As one New Jersey community mourns a COVID-19 victim, another is recognizing a new milestone.  Plus, a legendary figure in Trenton reflects on decades of service.  And a community spends months restoring history.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you by Lakeland Bank.

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Governor Phil Murphy Sworn In For Second Term

January 18, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — “Were all the votes counted?” joked Josh Murphy, as he and his siblings introduced their father during his inauguration for second term as 56th Governor of New Jersey. 

After the small roast from his four children and a speech from his wife and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Governor Phil Murphy took the podium following Chief Justice Stuart Rabner ...

Governor Murphy Allocates Funding For School Security Systems in Dozens of Districts

NEW JERSEY — Dozens of New Jersey school districts will receive more money to help upgrade their security systems. 

Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that appropriates a total of $5,150,531 from the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” to provide grants for school security projects in 60 New ...

Former Senator Loretta Weinberg Looks Back on 30 Years in Public Service

TEANECK, NJ — “It’s great to see you, even though you look a little bit like Nanook of the North," said now former Senator Loretta Weinberg to First Lady Tammy Murphy with a smile and sparkle in her eye. “I’m really glad to see you out and about.”

Those were Weinberg’s opening remarks at the bill signing for The Freedom of Reproductive Choice ...

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To Sir Sidney Poitier, With Love

January 9, 2022

A person who uses their talents to make a meaningful positive impact on society is to be celebrated.

Sidney Poitier's career was beautiful art, not just because he was successful, but because he was successful challenging racism in Hollywood and the United States as a whole.

He used his talent and profession to be a change maker.

He was a barrier breaker, an effective active ...

CHS Graduate, Navy Veteran Turning 100 Years Old

January 18, 2022

FLEMINGTON, NJ - World War II Navy veteran, CHS Graduate and Flemington resident, Bill Watkinson will celebrate his 100th birthday Jan. 23 – and residents are invited to celebrate with him.

Watkinson was stationed on the USS Yorktown from 1942 to 1946. By 1943, he was a Navy test pilot, certifying aircraft and delivering them to the U.S. fleet abroad, and, in 1944, he was certified as a ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Rate of Transmission Falls Below 1.0

NEW JERSEY — The COVID-19 Rate of Transmission, the measurement of how much the virus is spreading, fell below 1.0 on Tuesday to 0.96.  A number below 1.0 means the outbreak is on the decline, with every infected person spreading COVID-19 to fewer than one additional person, on average.

The State Health Department confirmed 9,073 additional new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

Atlantic Health System and Vouched Partner to Improve Digital Access to Health Care

January 18, 2022

Collaboration part of Atlantic Health System’s Venture Studio

 

MORRISTOWN, NJ – JANUARY 18, 2021 – Increased access and cybersecurity have never been more important to the delivery of care than in today’s health care environment. To help improve the patient experience while offering enhanced online safety, Atlantic Health System, a nationally recognized leader ...

SOPAC to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The South Orange Performing Arts Center has been approved for a $10,000 Challenge America award to support SOPAC’s music residency program.

SOPAC’s music residency program is among 168 projects across America totaling $1,680,000 that were selected to receive fiscal year 2022 funding in the Challenge America grant category. SOPAC is 1 of 20 New Jersey institutions to receive funding ...

Paper Mill Announces Cast and Creative Team And Show Dates for CLUE

Paper Mill Playhouse announces 
cast and creative team for

Based on the Screenplay by
Jonathan Lynn

Written by
Sandy Rustin

Additional Material by
Hunter Foster & Eric Price

Based on the Paramount Motion Picture
Based on the Hasbro Board Game Clue

Original Music by
Michael Holland

Directed by
Casey Hushion

January 26 - February 20, 2022

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