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Sunnier Days: Sesame Street Partners with Family Promise, Produces Digital Resources for Homeless Advocates and Caregivers

December 18, 2018

MORRISTOWN NJ - A collaboration with Morristown based national nonprofit Family Promise and a few other friends has resulted in Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC), a program of Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that produces Sesame Street, creating a suite of online resources to help Family Promise and other providers better serve children experiencing homelessness.

When ...

Boys Basketball: Columbia Wins Opener over East Orange

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- The Columbia boys basketball team opened its season with a 48-44 victory over East Orange Friday night.

Columbia broke out to an 18-8 lead, but East Orange rallied with a 12-2 run in the second quarter to forge a 20-20 halftime tie. The game was close the rest of the way, with the Cougars outscoring East Orange, 14-11, in the final quarter.

Nigel Garcia scored 12 points to ...

Maplewood Man Arrested, Charged with Burglary on Tuesday

December 11, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Samuel Skeete, age 21, of Maplewood was arrested and charged with burglary and eluding, along with numerous outstanding warrants from multiple jurisdictions, according to a press release from Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul.

Maplewood police responded to a call at about 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, that there was a burglary in progress at a home on Park Avenue, between ...

Suspect in Armed Robbery in Millburn-Union Whole Foods Parking Lot Still at Large

UNION, NJ – An armed robbery in the parking lot of the Millburn-Union Whole Foods has police and Union County Crime Stoppers asking the public for help.

Police say that on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at about 8 p.m., a woman reported that as she was loading her bags in the trunk of her car at the Whole Foods at 2245 Springfield Ave., a man approached her, displayed a handgun and demanded ...

Boys Basketball: Columbia Wins Opener over East Orange

December 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- The Columbia boys basketball team opened its season with a 48-44 victory over East Orange Friday night.

Columbia broke out to an 18-8 lead, but East Orange rallied with a 12-2 run in the second quarter to forge a 20-20 halftime tie. The game was close the rest of the way, with the Cougars outscoring East Orange, 14-11, in the final quarter.

Nigel Garcia scored 12 points to ...

Girls Basketball: Columbia Falls in Opener to Immaculate, 52-41

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- The Columbia girls basketball team rallied late, but couldn't overcome an early deficit in a 52-41 loss to Montclair Immaculate on opening night Friday on the road.

The Cougars fell behind, 34-20, at halftime before making a run in the second half. Gia Gillens scored 10 points for Columbia, which outscored Immaculate, 21-18, in the second half, and 10-4 in the final ...

Spread Cheer, Not Foodborne Illnesses This Holiday Season

December 13, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hosting a holiday gathering this holiday season? The United States Department of Agriculture wants to make sure you're not spreading bacteria that can cause harmful foodborne illnesses.

A study performed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service along with North Carolina State University found that 48% of spice containers, 11% of ...

Saint Barnabas is First to Offer Halcyon System for Image-Guided Cancer Treatments

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s (SBMC) Department of Radiation Oncology is the first in New Jersey to offer the Halcyon system for image-guided radiotherapy to deliver advanced high-quality cancer treatment. According to SBMC, this new technology can be used to treat a wide range of cancers including prostate, breast, head and neck and more.

According to Alison ...

Two Wins for Columbia H.S. at the 4th Annual Ramapo College High School Film Festival

December 17, 2018

MAHWAH, NJ -  Film and animation students from Columbia High School (CHS) won two awards at Ramapo College of New Jersey's 4th Annual High School Film Festival.

The festival took place on Dec. 8, and included 36 original films submitted by students. 

Students entered original films in a variety of genres and were awarded in several categories including editing, ...

Rutgers Report Views Online Classes As the Future

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Ten years ago, 1,234 were taking online college courses at Rutgers University.

Last year, in the fall semester of 2017, that number reached 23,042, according to university figures.

Nationwide over 6.4 million people are sitting in front of computers to take college courses, about one-third of all the students taking high education classes, Richard Novak, Rutgers ...

Two Wins for Columbia H.S. at the 4th Annual Ramapo College High School Film Festival

December 17, 2018

MAHWAH, NJ -  Film and animation students from Columbia High School (CHS) won two awards at Ramapo College of New Jersey's 4th Annual High School Film Festival.

The festival took place on Dec. 8, and included 36 original films submitted by students. 

Students entered original films in a variety of genres and were awarded in several categories including editing, ...

Dec. 15 is Final Saturday of Activities at Dickens Village in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This Saturday, Dec. 15, is the third and final day when the "little houses" of Dickens Village are open for viewing in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village. While the houses remain throughout the holiday season, this Saturday is the last chance to visit with Santa, take a horse & wagon ride, or visit the petting farm.

Here's the full ...

Cookie-Palooza: Hello Dolly Cookie Bars

December 17, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ - Bar cookies like Hello Dollies are a great activity for families with younger children, the kids simply layer the assembled and measured ingredients. Aside from chopping nuts and removing hot cookie sheets from the oven, the children can most certainly declare "I did it myself!"

This recipe for Hello Dolly Cookie Bars comes to us from the editors at TAPinto ...

Indoor Farmers Market in Maplewood on Sunday for 'Terra Madre Day'

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 ...

Corrections Officer Charged with Sexual Assault of Inmate at Northern State Prison

December 15, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - A corrections officer has been charged with sexual assault after having a relationship with an inmate at an Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark. 

Avril D. Richardson, 45, of Elizabeth has been charged with second-degree sexual assault for engaging in sexual conduct with an inmate at Northern State Prison, where she was employed as a senior correctional police ...

South Orange's Acting Postmaster Meets with Elected Officials to Address Service Issues

December 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The United States Postal Service (USPS) is working towards improving service to residents and businesses in South Orange, as customer service and deliveries are "below expectation," stated an update on the South Orange website.

According to the update, Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., Freeholder Janine G. Bauer and South Orange Trustee Deborah Davis-Ford met with ...

Indoor Farmers Market in Maplewood on Sunday for 'Terra Madre Day'

December 8, 2018

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 ...

Indoor Farmers Market in Maplewood on Sunday for 'Terra Madre Day'

December 8, 2018

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 ...

Dec. 15 is Final Saturday of Activities at Dickens Village in Maplewood

December 14, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This Saturday, Dec. 15, is the third and final day when the "little houses" of Dickens Village are open for viewing in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village. While the houses remain throughout the holiday season, this Saturday is the last chance to visit with Santa, take a horse & wagon ride, or visit the petting farm.

Here's the full ...

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NJ Shops Take Doughnuts to the Next Level

December 15, 2018

We found some of the best places to get doughnuts in New Jersey.

While one of the most recognizable global brands, Dunkin’, is dropping the “Donuts” from its  name, smaller doughnut shops in New Jersey are seeing rise in demand for the tasty treats.

Jessica Dreyer, a fourth generation farmer at Dreyer Farms in Cranford, NJ, said that doughnuts have ...

Keep Holiday Plants Looking Their Best

December 15, 2018

The holiday season has arrived.  That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other holiday plant.  Extend the beauty and longevity of these holiday beauties with proper care.

And that starts the minute you leave the florist or garden center.  Always protect your gift plants from the harsh outdoors.  ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Motorcycle Stolen When Man Does Not Return After Taking it on 'Test Drive'

December 15, 2018

South Orange Police Blotter as of Dec. 14

Theft of Motorcycle - A So. Stanley Road resident reported that on Saturday, Dec. 1, at approximately 3:25 pm, he met with a subject who was interested in buying a blue and white, Yamaha YZ 125 dirt bike type motorcycle he was selling. The subject took the dirt bike for a test drive down the street and was last seen heading east on South ...

South Orange Police Blotter: Apartment Burglary; Donations Stolen from Collection Bins at Our Lady of Sorrows

South Orange Police Blotter as of Dec. 4

Adult Arrest - Justin Armstrong, a 27 year old Newark resident was arrested on Friday, Nov. 30, at approximately 9:00 pm for receiving stolen property and active arrest warrants. An SOPD detective observed a subject riding a bicycle that matched the description of a bicycle (blue Schwinn) that had been reported stolen on Nov. 28 ...

Dec. 15 is Final Saturday of Activities at Dickens Village in Maplewood

December 14, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This Saturday, Dec. 15, is the third and final day when the "little houses" of Dickens Village are open for viewing in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village. While the houses remain throughout the holiday season, this Saturday is the last chance to visit with Santa, take a horse & wagon ride, or visit the petting farm.

Here's the full ...

A Very Merry Saturday in Maplewood: Photos from Breakfast with Santa and Springfield Avenue's Annual Holiday Celebration

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Saturday was a day of holiday festivities in Maplewood, beginning with Breakfast with Santa at three local restaurants: Cedar Ridge Cafe, Village Trattoria, and St. James's Gate.

Saturday afternoon was Springfield Avenue's 6th Annual Holiday Celebration, which included live music by BRUNO LEE’S YAHSquad, the Seth Boyden School chorus, storytelling for ...

Upcoming Events

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Tue, December 18, 6:00 PM

Suzy Que's BBQ & Bar, West Orange

OPERATION AKA Holiday Mixer

Giving Back

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Wed, December 19, 8:00 AM

St. James's Gate, Maplewood

Maplewood Chamber of Commerce December Networking ...

Business & Finance Giving Back

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Thu, December 20, 8:00 PM

Par440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

Latin Night at Par440

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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Fri, December 21, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Murphy's Monitor Appointed to Temporarily Head University Hospital in Newark

December 14, 2018

NEWARK, NJ -  The woman who was appointed by Gov. Phil Murphy to oversee University Hospital will be the new acting president of the embattled agency after its former leader resigned.

University Hospital’s Board of Directors passed a resolution on Thursday appointing Judith Persichilli to the position. John Kastanis, the former president, announced his resignation on Dec.

Downtown Millburn Development Alliance (DMDA) Board Vote to Dissolve Itself

MILLBURN, NJ – The majority of the board members of the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance (DMDA) voted Wednesday night to dissolve the organization during a regularly scheduled board meeting. The unexpected announcement comes only a month after the Millburn Township Committee approved the organization’s 2019 budget and just weeks before the election of new board ...

Sunnier Days: Sesame Street Partners with Family Promise, Produces Digital Resources for Homeless Advocates and Caregivers

December 18, 2018

MORRISTOWN NJ - A collaboration with Morristown based national nonprofit Family Promise and a few other friends has resulted in Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC), a program of Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that produces Sesame Street, creating a suite of online resources to help Family Promise and other providers better serve children experiencing homelessness.

When ...

Bob Woodward: Trump White House Now A 'National Emergency'

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Legendary journalist Bob Woodward sees President Donald Trump becoming more and more isolated, unwilling to listen to advisers and making impulsive decisions based on false information and assumptions.

"I think it's a national emergency in the White House," Woodward said when he appeared Monday night at the State Theatre in New Brunswick.

In a ...

SOMA Commuters to Receive Added Bus Service Beginning January 2

December 18, 2018

NJ Transit provides updates to local officials, commits to better communication

On Friday, December 14, South Orange and Maplewood officials joined Senator Richard Codey, Assemblyman John McKeon and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey in meeting with NJ Transit officials to discuss service improvements, timetables, communications, capacity and infrastructure.

This meeting follows correspondence from ...

New Study Reveals Half of NJ residents Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease Do Not Receive Referrals to Support Services

A recent survey conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind on behalf of Alzheimer’s New Jersey® found that an overwhelming majority of New Jersey residents with memory loss concerns (89%) visited a doctor to seek diagnosis. However, only about half (54%) of the physicians seen suggested support programs to assist those with the disease and their caregivers.

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Rabies Clinic Coming to South Orange in January

The Township of South Orange Village will be holding the annual free Rabies Vaccination Clinic for Dogs & Cats on January 12, 2019 at the South Orange Rescue Squad, located at 62 Sloan St. The clinic will run from 9 am to 11 am.

Your dog or cat must have their rabies vaccination updated if it expires prior to November 1, 2019. Check the application renewal form to see the rabies expiration ...