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Newark Tech Unveils Sweeping $32 Million Makeover

February 3, 2023

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County’s Newark Tech has officially reopened after a $31.7 million makeover, including a new three-story addition to accommodate its growing enrollment.

Gov. Phil Murphy joined county Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., school officials and students for the Wednesday, Feb. 1st ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Newark Tech, at 91 West Market St., is the third ...

SOMSD Board of Education Issues Statement Concerning Decision to Approve Transportation Suit Settlement

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Earlier this morning, this statement from the Board of Education was received addressing their decision to approve the transportation settlement at the meeting last evening.

Their statement follows:

“The Board’s decision to settle was the first step in providing transportation for all of our students. This is a process that has many steps, not ...

SOMSD Board of Ed Approves Transportation Suit Settlement

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange Maplewood School District Board of Education narrowly carried a motion approving a negotiated settlement of legal action taken by district parents. The parents had sued for bussing on behalf of their 44 students who were among hundreds affected by lack of transportation for the 2022-23 school year for those deemed to be less than two miles from their ...

Columbia Boys’ Basketball Advances to Semifinals with 52-47 Victory Against Caldwell 

February 4, 2023

WEST CALDWELL, NJ - There is an old adage in sports that reads, “it’s hard to beat a team three times.” Although the saying usually applies to football teams, it held true and benefited Columbia in the quarterfinals of the Essex County Basketball Tournament. The Cougars took down Caldwell in a memorable game.  

The two sides have already faced off twice this ...

Boys Basketball: Columbia Beats Caldwell. 52-49, in Essex County Tournament Quarterfinals

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- If the boys' basketball teams from Columbia and Caldwell high schools played each other 10 times this season, there's a pretty good chance they'd each win five games.

After losing two close regular-season games to Caldwell this winter, Columbia turned the tables with a 52-49 victory over the Chiefs on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Essex County ...

Clifton Man Arrested for Attempt to Firebomb Bloomfield's Temple Ner Tamid Synagogue

February 1, 2023

NEWARK, NJ — A Clifton man is facing federal charges, accused of attempting to firebomb a Bloomfield synagogue.

Nicholas Malindretos was arrested Wednesday. The 26-year-old is charged with one count of attempted use of fire to damage and destroy a building used in interstate commerce. He’s scheduled to have his initial appearance in Newark federal court on Thursday.

Malindretos ...

Temple Ner Tamid Firebombing Suspect in FBI Custody According to Mayor Venezia

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- In a Facebook post this afternoon, Mayor Michael posted that there was a break in the Temple Ner Tamid case.

"I’m proud to announce that the suspect in the Temple Ner Tamid firebombing is in the custody of the FBI and Bloomfield Police Department. More information to follow."

On January 29th a man threw a Molotov cocktail at the front door of the ...

Columbia Boys’ Basketball Advances to Semifinals with 52-47 Victory Against Caldwell 

February 4, 2023

WEST CALDWELL, NJ - There is an old adage in sports that reads, “it’s hard to beat a team three times.” Although the saying usually applies to football teams, it held true and benefited Columbia in the quarterfinals of the Essex County Basketball Tournament. The Cougars took down Caldwell in a memorable game.  

The two sides have already faced off twice this ...

Boys Basketball: Columbia Beats Caldwell. 52-49, in Essex County Tournament Quarterfinals

WEST CALDWELL, NJ -- If the boys' basketball teams from Columbia and Caldwell high schools played each other 10 times this season, there's a pretty good chance they'd each win five games.

After losing two close regular-season games to Caldwell this winter, Columbia turned the tables with a 52-49 victory over the Chiefs on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Essex County ...

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 ...

The SOMA Luna Fest Celebration Was Sunday, January 29th at the Woodland.

February 2, 2023

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Sunday, January 29 the Luna Fest celebrating the Year of the Rabbit, was held at the Woodland. There were activities for all ages of attendees, and food vendors, serving Asian cuisine in the parking lot, as well as a backdrop for those wishing to take photos. It was attended by hundreds.

The main-stage entertainment ranged from dancing, singing, comedy to ...

Executive Director of SOPAC Presents Update to Board of Trustees

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 ...

Clifton Man Arrested for Attempt to Firebomb Bloomfield's Temple Ner Tamid Synagogue

February 1, 2023

NEWARK, NJ — A Clifton man is facing federal charges, accused of attempting to firebomb a Bloomfield synagogue.

Nicholas Malindretos was arrested Wednesday. The 26-year-old is charged with one count of attempted use of fire to damage and destroy a building used in interstate commerce. He’s scheduled to have his initial appearance in Newark federal court on Thursday.

Malindretos ...

Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, Shares Insight on Gift Taxes

February 4, 2023

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Michael Karu, CPA/CFF, senior member of the Livingston-based accounting and consulting firm Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, recently shared his expertise on the necessary actions to be taken when filing taxes for gifts.

According to Karu, gift taxes are the obligation of the donor depending on his or her state, as each state has its own set of ...

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 ...

Essex Edwina Predicts Six More Weeks of Cold Weather and the Eagles Winning the Super Bowl

February 2, 2023

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Essex Edwina, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s resident groundhog, saw her shadow and is predicting another six weeks of colder weather. Essex Edwina made her prediction during Turtle Back’s annual Groundhog Day Celebration.

With the County Executive at the announcement are Turtle ...

Testing Leftover Seeds for Viability For Your 2023 SOMA Garden

February 3, 2023

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The beginning of a new year finds many gardeners preparing for the growing season ahead. Clearing space to start seeds indoors, inventorying seeds and supplies, and ordering seeds, plants, and more are usually part of the process.

While organizing, you may uncover seeds from past seasons. Do not discard these just yet. When seeds are stored properly, many can last ...

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 ...

Not Your Grandmother's Cheerleading

MONTVILLE, NJ — Cheerleading has its place I suppose. On the early sidelines of life. Maybe.

I was the oldest of five boys growing up, and we all played sports hoping to be cheered, not to do the cheering.

Then, with my own brood of three sports boys, the same.

My daughter, the youngest, played parochial school basketball, but she also expected to be cheered for, and ...

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, ...

Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange Receives 2023 Best of Home Care®

Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange Receives 2023 Best of Home Care® – Leader in Experience Award

South Orange – Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange is pleased to announce that it received the distinguished 2023 Best of Home Care–Leader in Experience Award from HCP, the leading firm in experience management for home care. The Leader in Experience Award is the highest ...

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FINANCIAL FOCUS

 

Smart moves for investors after a down 2022

 

Many investors were glad to see the end of 2022. But what’s ahead this year? And what

moves can you make in response to last year’s results?

 

To begin with, here’s what happened: 2022 was the worst year for the financial markets

since 2008, with the Dow Jones Industrial ...

South Orange Police Blotter

February 3, 2023

Police Blotter

Posted on: February 3, 2023
Arrest - Possession of a Handgun

On January 27, 2023, at approximately 9:15am Officer Travis Cooper was on routine patrol in the area of South Orange Avenue and Vose Avenue.  Officer Cooper saw an individual reaching into his parked car on South Orange Avenue and noticed the butt-end of a gun tucked into his lower back waistband.

Maplewood Police Blotter - January 26 through February 1, 2023

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -Police Blotter covering the period January 26th – February 2nd, 2023

January 27, 2023: Larceny/ Theft:  A walk in Citizen Report reporting a past tense package theft that was delivered to the front steps in the 700 block of Irvington Avenue.  Victim reported that the package was delivered on Friday, January 25th at 3:37 pm. 

January 30, 2023:  ...

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NJ's Interfaith Leaders, Elected Officials, and Community Advocates Join Together With Temple Ner Tamid For A Rally Against Hate

February 1, 2023

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Temple Ner Tamid announced that on Thursday, February 2, its Congregation would join together with elected, civic and interfaith leaders from across New Jersey, along with local community advocates for an evening of prayer, healing, unity. As revealed from surveillance video and reported locally and nationwide, early Sunday morning, before dawn, a masked man ...

Suspect in Theft of Livingston School Bus Charged with Interstate Transportation of Stolen Vehicle

NEWARK, NJ — The 22-year-old Saudi Arabian man who was arrested in Pennsylvania last week in connection to the theft of a Livingston Board of Education vehicle has been charged with transporting a stolen school bus across state lines, according to United States Attorney Philip Sellinger.

Sellinger announced on Monday that Bader Alzahrani, of Saudi Arabia, is charged by complaint with one ...

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, ...

Maplewood Library Announces 2023 Maplewood Literary Award Recipient

February 3, 2023

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood Library is happy to announce that Eliza Minot will be the recipient of the 2023 Maplewood Literary Award. The award will be a highlight of the Library’s 9th Annual Ideas Festival.

Eliza Minot is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Tiny One and The Brambles, published by Knopf/Vintage. Knopf will publish her third novel, In The Orchard, in ...

Healthcare Industry Professionals Lewis and Grabowski Join JESPY Board of Trustees

SOUTH ORANGE – JESPY House is excited to announce the addition of healthcare industry professionals Alison Lewis and Alec Grabowski, MBA, MHA, to the JESPY Board of Trustees.

Having spent 20 years in the healthcare industry working in the areas of training, sales, and marketing, Alison Lewis’ career has been involved in bringing quality of life and life-extending medicines to ...

RWJBarnabas Health Urges Blood Donations During American Heart Month

WEST ORANGE, NJ - RWJBarnabas Health continues its urgent appeal for blood and platelet donations, especially Type O blood, the universal blood type, this February during American Heart Month in response to a severe blood and platelet shortage statewide. The surge in respiratory illnesses this winter has exacerbated the already acute nationwide shortage, and blood suppliers are in critical ...