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Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca and Township Committee Issue Statement on Winter Storm Avery

November 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The following statement was issued on Saturday, November 17, from Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca and the Maplewood Township Committee regarding Thursday's winter storm.

The full statement is below: 

To the Maplewood Community:
 
Maplewood’s Emergency Management Team reviewed the Township’s response to Thursday’s snow storm and will be ...

No Jitney Service in Maplewood and South Orange on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There is no jitney service in Maplewood and South Orange on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22, or the following day, Friday, Nov. 23, according to the Jitney service schedule.

The full list of holidays with no Jitney service in Maplewood are: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, ...

Thursday's Snowstorm in SOMA Causes Cancellations, Closures, Gridlock, Impassable Streets, Major School Bus Delays

November 15, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A snowstorm on Thursday caused cancellations, closures, major traffic problems, and impassable streets that prevented school buses from completing their routes.

Here are the latest updates:

From Maplewood Police at 4:20 p.m.:

All Jitney routes are cancelled due to emergency weather (snow) conditions.
Roads are currently unsafe for travel.

From ...

Police Say No Credible Threat From 'Inappropriate Picture of a Weapon' on Columbia H.S. Student's Social Media Account

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Columbia High School (CHS) Administrative Team sent an email to CHS families at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, informing them that a student had shown school administration an "inappropriate picture of a weapon on another student's Instagram account."

School administrators worked with the Maplewood Police Department, and "determined there is no ...

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

November 14, 2018

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 ...

Maplewood Health Dept. Completes Inspection of Columbia H.S. Bathrooms: Finds Them 'Overall Well Maintained;' Cites 21 Repairs Needed

November 14, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Health Department has completed its inspection of the Columbia High School (CHS) bathrooms, and while they found overall they are "well-maintained," there are multiple repairs that need to be made, with the report citing 21 specific issues.

The report also highlights some other areas of concern, including vandalism and that "students ...

Families and PTA Renovate Girls Bathroom at Jefferson Elementary School in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With recent attention on possible unsanitary conditions at the bathrooms at local South Orange and Maplewood schools, there is one school where the bathrooms have received notice for how good they look: the girls bathroom at Jefferson Elementary School.

As the school year began, Jackie Spoerel and her family, with the support of the PTA, worked Labor Day ...

November Snowstorm in SOMA Caused Epic Traffic and Stranded Students, but also, Lots of Acts of Kindness

November 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Thursday's snowstorm caused massive traffic jams and cars at a standstill for hours, with stranded students waiting for parents at schools and on buses, and also, among all this, there were many accounts of strangers helping to move cars stuck in the snow, of friends and neighbors offering assistance to care for children until their parents could get ...

Snowstorm Aftermath: Closures and Delays on Friday, Nov. 16

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Closures and delays continue on Friday, after a snowstorm dropped more than six inches of snow and a wintry mix on Thursday afternoon causing massive traffic, multiple accidents, and major delays on school bus routes as drivers tried to navigate the treacherous roadways.

Here are the latest updates on closures and delays for Friday, Nov. 16:

South ...

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

November 10, 2018

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 ...

Annual SouthNEXT Festival This Weekend

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - SouthNEXT is back for its fourth annual collision of inspirational ideas this weekend, Nov. 10 and Nov. 11.

SouthNEXT, which is described by organizers as "New Jersey’s festival that explores our similarities by celebrating our differences," returns again to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on Nov. 10, and for the first time, ...

Enjoy Thanksgiving at Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge in Short Hills

November 15, 2018

SHORT HILLS, NJ - Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge will have a special prix fixe Thanksgiving Menu, as well as their regular menu, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22.

Thanksgiving menu highlights at Par 440 include Butternut Squash soup to start, a roast turkey entree with all the traditional fixings, and dessert choices like Dutch Apple Pie and Bread Pudding with Wild ...

Slow Food Northern New Jersey to Hold Special 'Terra Madre Day' Indoor Farmers Market in Maplewood on Dec. 9

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Sunday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Slow Food Northern New Jersey will be hosting a special indoor farmers market at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd.) in Maplewood in honor of "Terra Madre Day."

According to Slow Food Northern New Jersey's website, this newly added market is to recognize Terra Madre Day, which is officially Dec. 10, and ...

Construction Continues in Maplewood Village Through Friday; Parts of Maplewood Avenue to be Closed to Vehicles on Wednesday

November 13, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - An extensive roadway construction project is underway in Maplewood Village, with repairs and improvements being made to sidewalks and roads. 

According to an update from the Township of Maplewood, the milling stage has been completed, and Maplewood Avenue will be closed to vehicles for paving and striping on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The paving is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., ...

Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca and Township Committee Issue Statement on Winter Storm Avery

November 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The following statement was issued on Saturday, November 17, from Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca and the Maplewood Township Committee regarding Thursday's winter storm.

The full statement is below: 

To the Maplewood Community:
 
Maplewood’s Emergency Management Team reviewed the Township’s response to Thursday’s snow storm and will be ...

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 ...

November Snowstorm in SOMA Caused Epic Traffic and Stranded Students, but also, Lots of Acts of Kindness

November 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Thursday's snowstorm caused massive traffic jams and cars at a standstill for hours, with stranded students waiting for parents at schools and on buses, and also, among all this, there were many accounts of strangers helping to move cars stuck in the snow, of friends and neighbors offering assistance to care for children until their parents could get ...

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

November 10, 2018

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 ...

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 ...

After Encouraging Debut, 'Café Q' in Summit Continues with Next Opening Set for Nov. 18

November 16, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - 'Café Q', a non-denominational meeting place for LGBTQ teens, debuted on October 21 with 16 young people in attendance. Based on the enthusiastic reception to the concept, the cafe will continue its planned schedule of being open the third Sunday of each month. As such, 'Café Q' will next ...

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Kosher Food Isn't Boring

November 15, 2018

Just ask the more than 300 exhibitors at Kosherfest, the world's largest kosher-certified trade show held on Nov. 14 and 15 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.

Jackie Lieberman spoke with representatives from the leading innovators in the industry, including Manischewitz — a household name that's based right here in the Garden State. While ...

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 ...

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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 ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Apartment Burglary and Stolen Van Reported

November 16, 2018

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 ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Teenager Arrested, Charged with Theft

October 29, 2018; Motor Vehicle Theft; During the early morning hours a van was stolen from a residence on VanNess Ter.

October 30, 2018; Theft; At approximately 9:45 PM a male walking on Academy St was approached by an unknown male who stole his backpack. Officers responded to the area and were able to locate the male and backpack. The male, identified as 18 year old ...

Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca and Township Committee Issue Statement on Winter Storm Avery

November 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The following statement was issued on Saturday, November 17, from Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca and the Maplewood Township Committee regarding Thursday's winter storm.

The full statement is below: 

To the Maplewood Community:
 
Maplewood’s Emergency Management Team reviewed the Township’s response to Thursday’s snow storm and will be ...

No Jitney Service in Maplewood and South Orange on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There is no jitney service in Maplewood and South Orange on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22, or the following day, Friday, Nov. 23, according to the Jitney service schedule.

The full list of holidays with no Jitney service in Maplewood are: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, November 17, 10:00 AM

Maplewood Memorial LIbrary, Maplewood

Fall Book Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

Other

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Sat, November 17, 11:00 AM

Judi House, South Orange

JESPY House Holiday Craft Fair

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, November 17, 3:00 PM

Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

Art Reception and Music at the Maplewood Library

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, November 21, 8:30 PM

Par440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

Red Light Band at Par440

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Vote for Maini and Farfan for SOMSD Board of Education

November 5, 2018

Dear Editor,

I am writing to endorse Annemarie Maini and Javier Farfan for the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education.

For the past 10 months, I have had the pleasure of serving on the Board with Annemarie Maini, and in the last few months have had the opportunity to get to know Javier Farfan. I wholeheartedly and without reservation support both for seats on the SOMSD Board of ...

Vote for Maini and Farfan for SOMSD Board of Education

Dear Neighbors,

Three years ago, I endorsed Annemarie Maini for the Board of Education because—having worked with her for several years on Presidents’ Council—I knew that she was, even among a group of other smart, deeply committed, and engaged parent volunteers, unique: the one who always went the extra mile.

Annemarie proactively reached out to others to ...

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 ...

Governor Phil Murphy Thanks Chit Chat Diner for Sheltering West Orange Students in Storm

November 17, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy stopped by the West Orange diner that opened its doors and its kitchen to students stranded on school buses during Thursday’s storm.

The Chit Chat Diner, located on Eagle Rock Avenue near the Eagle Rock Reservation, welcomed 11 buses full of West Orange students who were stranded for hours during the storm.

“I’m glad ...

Snowstorm Results in Unexpected Slumber Party for West Orange Students

WEST ORANGE , NJ — They raided the kitchen, turned the auditorium into a movie theater and played games in the gym—that’s how West Orange educators helped students stranded at the schools to weather the storm that paralyzed the region on Thursday night.

Photos from around the district showed smiling students with ice cream, grinning staffers who prepared food for ...

Woman Identified in Fatal Train Accident in New Providence

November 16, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Susan Brown, 61 years old, of New Providence was killed Thursday after her 2015 Nissan Altima was struck by the #0432 NJ Transit Gladstone train at the Union Avenue crossing in New Providence Thursday evening during a snow storm. Brown was pronounced dead at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

The train originated from Gladstone and was running 30 ...

Woman Dies After Vehicle is Hit by NJ Transit Train in New Providence

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A vehicle traveling on Union Avenue was struck by the NJ Transit Gladstone Line train at the intersection of Union and Rose avenues in New Providence on Thursday evening around 6 p.m. after leaving the Murray Hill Station.

The female driver was brought to Morristown Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to reports by NJTPD.  The identity of ...

Join Durand-Hedden this Sunday, November 18, for "Maplewood and Durand-Hedden Remember the Great War"

November 16, 2018

Maplewood and Durand-Hedden Remember the Great War
At the Centennial of the WWI Armistice, Sunday, Nov. 18, 1pm to 4pm

One hundred and one years ago, the United States declared war on Germany, joining the First World War, and the impact was felt in the small town of Maplewood, NJ. Join Durand-Hedden on November 18 from 1pm to 4pm as we learn more about the Great War.
 
Over 100 ...

Maplewood Village Construction Update

As a result of the unforeseen recent state of emergency, construction in the Village relating to the first phase of the sidewalk improvement project will come to an end on Monday, November 19, 2018.  Crews will be out from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  Work will be contained to the NJ Transit lot island.  There will be no road closures during this time.  ...

Thanksgiving at Par 440

Take a break from the kitchen duties this year! Par 440 will be offering a special prix fixe Thanksgiving Menu alongside our regularly available ones on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. Looking for a place to watch the game? We got you covered! We'll have all 3 games playing barside on our HDTVs.

Feel free to download a copy of our Thanksgiving Day menu below!

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Make a ...