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The Luminaries Illuminated the Duck pond and the Meadowland Park in a Special Way

January 18, 2023

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Monday evening, a small, but caring group of people gathered at the Skate House in Meadowland Park to see the lighting of the Luminaries around the duck pond and throughout the park.

A very energized group of volunteers had been busy most of the afternoon, along with some South Orange youngsters organizing the Luminaries around the duck pond and through the ...

SOMA Board of Education Has Annual Board Ethics Training From NJ School Boards Representative

January 30, 2023

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — During Thursday’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting, Charlene Peterson from the NJ School Boards Association presented the annual BOE ethics training.

She explained, “The state has put a body together that has oversight, so they are the enforcing body, but we are really a training and advocacy group.” She suggested that if a BOE member thinks something ...

SOMA BOE Members Discuss Appointing a Liaison to The Achieve Foundation

MAPLEWOOD NJ — The Board of Education (BOE), which had eliminated many liaison appointments because members were “stretching themselves to thin” by spending in many meetings, discussed appointing a liaison to the Achieve Foundation.

The conversation began during Public Speaks when Christine Houseworth, Board President of the Achieve Foundation https://achievefoundation.org/, ...

Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program Offers $10K Reward To Capture Temple Arson Supect

January 30, 2023

NEWARK, NJ – Essex County Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura announced that the Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for vandalizing Temple Ner Tamid.

On Sunday, January 29, 2023, at approximately 9:30 am, Bloomfield Police Officers responded to a report ...

SOMA Board of Education Has Annual Board Ethics Training From NJ School Boards Representative

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — During Thursday’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting, Charlene Peterson from the NJ School Boards Association presented the annual BOE ethics training.

She explained, “The state has put a body together that has oversight, so they are the enforcing body, but we are really a training and advocacy group.” She suggested that if a BOE member thinks something ...

South Orange Police Hold Free Winter Clothes Outlet

January 29, 2023

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Saturday morning and early afternoon, the “shop” was open at the Gazebo on Sloan Street in downtown South Orange.

The ## of Police officers who staffed the outlet, set up a table with assorted coats and other clothing items, and a hanging rack of items donated by a dry cleaner because the clothing had not been claimed or paid for in over 12 ...

South Orange and Maplewood Police Chiefs Advise of Increased Security for Jewish Houses of Worship

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ – As many are aware, about 3am this morning, there was an act of Antisemitism in Bloomfield. An unknown male, wearing a facemask went up to the front door of Temple Ner Tamid and lit a glass bottle that was filled with a flammable liquid and something coming out of the top. The person lit the wick and threw the bottle at the front door. Fortunately, no damage ...

Boys’ Basketball: Columbia Outlasts Newark Tech in 64-53 Tournament Victory

January 29, 2023

MAPLEWOOD/ SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Columbia Boys’ Basketball took on Newark Tech at home on Saturday. Coming into the game as the favorite did not affect the team’s gameplay as the Cougars handled the Terriers quite easily. Columbia improves to 14-3 on the year with this 64-53 Essex County Tournament win.

Columbia was led by Justin Myers who netted 19 points in the game. After being ...

Girls Basketball: Columbia’s 3rd Quarter Explosion Helps Seal Upset Victory Against Verona

MAPLEWOOD/ SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Columbia’s girls basketball team faced Verona in the first round of the Essex County Tournament at home Saturday morning.

Columbia was forecasted to be the underdog, but surely didn’t play like that was the case. A 24-point third quarter boosted the Cougars past the Hillbillies and the final score was 58-41.

The game began with a very even ...

NJ Commissioner of Labor Attends Ceremony for Certified Dementia Practitioners in Millburn

January 25, 2023

MILLBURN, NJ — On January 24, six Home Instead Senior Care home health aides became Certified Dementia Practitioners, after completing a course by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Rob Asaro-Angelo, Commissioner of the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and Nicole Field of the United States Labor Office of Apprenticeship attended and spoke at the ...

Medical Experts from RWJBarnabas Health Discuss Causes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

NEW JERSEY – Over the past few weeks, the news has been flooded with details and updates about Damar Hamlin, a 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety who, during a Jan. 2 game, collapsed on the field and went into sudden cardiac arrest. 

Cardiac arrest is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing, and consciousness; it can be caused by a heart attack but ...

Executive Director of SOPAC Presents Update to Board of Trustees

January 24, 2023

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – During South Orange’s Board of Trustee meeting, Stephen Beaudoin, Executive Director of South Orange Performing Art Center (SOPAC), provided an update to the South Orange Board of Trustees.

He began, “This report serves to demonstrate some of the impact of the village's investments in SOPAC. When a municipality or business or an individual makes an ...

Newark: Prudential Center’s 2022 Revenue Hits a High Note

NEWARK, NJ — The Prudential Center is now ranked among the world’s Top 10 highest-grossing entertainment venues, named on 2022 year-end lists by industry standard-setters, Billboard and Pollstar magazines.

Those independent rankings are Prudential Center’s highest since it opened in October 2007, made more significant after it fiercely rebounded from a lengthy Covid-19 ...

Grand Jury Declines to Indict in Fatal Shooting of South Orange Man

January 26, 2023

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Matthew J. Platkin, Attorney General of New Jersey issued the following statement regarding the fatal Newark Police involved shooting and death of a South Orange Man, Carl Dorsey III, on January 1, 2021. According to the information derived from their investigation and presentation to the Grand Jury comprised of other New Jersey Citizens, the gunshot that led to Dorsey's ...

South Orange & Maplewood Houses to be Reevaluated for Fair Tax Purposes

January 25, 2023

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Rich Buscemi, Project Manager with Professional Property Appraisers, reported to the South Orange Board of Trustees that he will be the manager of the South Orange and Maplewood tax reevaluation process.

 He stated, “A revaluation is a program undertaken by a municipality to appraise all real property at its fair market [sale] value.” The goal of a ...

South Orange Police Hold Free Winter Clothes Outlet

January 29, 2023

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Saturday morning and early afternoon, the “shop” was open at the Gazebo on Sloan Street in downtown South Orange.

The ## of Police officers who staffed the outlet, set up a table with assorted coats and other clothing items, and a hanging rack of items donated by a dry cleaner because the clothing had not been claimed or paid for in over 12 ...

Bill That Would Force Telemarketers to Explain Why They're Calling in 30 Seconds Advances in Trenton

January 27, 2023

TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would require telemarketers to identify themselves and what they're trying to sell in the first 30 seconds of the call has advanced in Trenton.

“New Jerseyans should know who they’re talking to on the phone and what’s being sold to them by telemarketers,” Sen. Jon Bramnick (R - District 21), one of the primary sponsors of the ...

Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs in New Jersey Receive $10 Million Federal Grant

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NJHVIPs) received a big boost on Friday, in the form of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds.

The programs launched three years ago using federal money with the mission of ending cycles of violence across the state by helping victims and their families.

“These innovative violence ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Delivers 2023 State of the State, Says New Jersey is Moving in the Right Direction

TRENTON, NJ — During Tuesday's State of the State Address at the Assembly Chambers in Trenton, Gov. Phil Murphy said he's confident with the direction in which the state is going.

"We are stronger and we are fairer," Murphy said. "We are moving confidently in the right direction — forward."

Republicans aren't so sure.

"Despite the ...

Know It Alls

The latest Monmouth University poll showing New Jersey residents don’t like their elected State House representatives ain’t exactly man-bites-dog news. But, it’s worth going deeper into that.

The core of the reaction is that those residents have little or no idea about whom or what they are talking about. If they did, they’d act out their anti-angst every ...

Kitchen a la Mode Across the Ages

     At South Orange’s one-of-a-kind cooking store, Kitchen a la Mode, the staff members view one another as family, and just like most families, their crew brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the selling floor.

     Remarkably, the staff at the store represents individuals in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - January 19th – January 25th, 2023

January 26, 2023

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The following listing from the Maplewood Police Department is the Police Blotter covering the period January 19th through January 25th, 2023

January 20, 2023: Motor Vehicle Theft:  A unsecured/ unlocked Toyota Highlander with the keys left inside was stolen from a driveway on Courter Avenue sometime between 7p.m and 8:10pm on Friday, January 20th.  Vehicle was ...

South Orange Police arrest

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The south Orange Police Department posted the following information regarding an arrest made.

Posted on: January 18, 2023

Warrant Arrest

On January 12, 2023, Officer Darrell Terry conducted a motor vehicle stop after observing the driver talking on his cell phone.  During the stop, it was confirmed through dispatch that the driver, Roderick Jackson, ...

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Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program Offers $10K Reward To Capture Temple Arson Supect

January 30, 2023

NEWARK, NJ – Essex County Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura announced that the Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for vandalizing Temple Ner Tamid.

On Sunday, January 29, 2023, at approximately 9:30 am, Bloomfield Police Officers responded to a report ...

Rep. Sherrill and NJ Attorney General Platkin Release Statements on Bias Attack on Bloomfield’s Temple Ner Tamid

Bloomfield, NJ – Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) released the following statement after an unknown individual attempted to attack Temple Ner Tamid, a Jewish Synagogue in Bloomfield. 

"At roughly 3:00 this morning, an unknown man attempted to vandalize Temple Ner Tamid with a Molotov cocktail. Fortunately, the fire did not ignite, and his attempt was unsuccessful.

State Parole Board Welcomes 23 Officer Recruits

January 22, 2023

TRENTON, NJ -- The New Jersey State Parole Board recently welcomed 23 Parole Officer Recruits to their ranks who will serve around the state after being sworn-in at the agency’s Central Office in Trenton.

Parole officer recruits will serve throughout the state and be based of out regional offices located in eight of the 21 counties -- Essex, Mercer, Passaic, Monmouth, ...

Man Accused of Taking ‘Upskirting’ Videos at Wine Shop in Westfield and Around NJ

WESTFIELD, NJ — A Red Bank man is accused of taking “upskirting” videos at a wine and liquor store in Westfield and other locations around the state, authorities announced Tuesday.

Christopher W. Cox, 33, is accused of surreptitiously filming women and girls from below using a cell phone placed in a grocery basket, duffel bag or other means of conveyance, Monmouth County ...

ESSEX COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS STATEMENT ON THE MURDER OF TYRE NICHOLS AND THE FIRING OF POLICE RESPONSIBLE

January 30, 2023

Newark, NJ – On behalf of the entire Essex County Board of County Commissioners, Commissioner President Wayne L. Richardson issued the following statement today on the recent release of video footage documenting the January 7th beating of Tyre Nichols:

Again.  The heart-wrenching video of a grown Black man using his last ounce of strength to call out in desperation to his ...

The Board of Education will meet in a Special Public Session on Tuesday, January 31, 2023

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Board of Education will meet in a Special Public Session on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at 

6:45pm in person at the District Meeting Room, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood NJ and using an online 

video conference platform. Immediately following the opening of the Public Session, the board will 

move into a Closed Session in the Superintendent’s ...

The Maplewood Foundation, a New Philanthropic Investment Fund, Launches With More Than $600,000 Donated to Support Local Nonprofits

The Maplewood Foundation, a New Philanthropic Investment Fund, Launches With More Than $600,000 Donated to Support Local Nonprofits

Organization will gift approximately 5% of its assets annually as grants in support of established organizations and aspiring charitable causes

MAPLEWOOD, N.J., Jan 25, 2023 – The Maplewood Foundation, a philanthropic community foundation dedicated to ...