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Essex County Enacts Code Blue Due to Cold and Snowy Weather Forecast

January 17, 2019

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated through Tuesday, Jan. 22, due to extreme cold weather and cold in the forecast, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced on Thursday.

When a Code Blue is declared, a network of warming stations operated by the county and its municipalities as well ...

Girls Basketball: Newark Academy Tops Columbia, 56-48

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Newark Academy overcame a three-point halftime deficit for a 56-48 girls basketball victory over Columbia on Thursday.

Ashley Phillip scored 16 points to lead Columbia (4-8), which led, 27-24, at halftime. Maia Little finished with 15 points for the Cougars.

Sam Keller paced Newark Academy in the first half, scoring 14 of her 20 points, Ivy Bethea complimented the scoring ...

Four Promotions and Two New Hires at the South Orange Fire Department

January 17, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Four members of the South Orange Fire Department were promoted and two new firefighters were sworn-in by South Orange Village President Sheena Collum, at Monday night's meeting of the South Orange Board of Trustees.

Giovanni Grasso and Michael Pascuite were both promoted from firefighter to fire captain, and Michael Commins and John Denvir were promoted from fire ...

Girls Basketball: Newark Academy Tops Columbia, 56-48

January 17, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Newark Academy overcame a three-point halftime deficit for a 56-48 girls basketball victory over Columbia on Thursday.

Ashley Phillip scored 16 points to lead Columbia (4-8), which led, 27-24, at halftime. Maia Little finished with 15 points for the Cougars.

Sam Keller paced Newark Academy in the first half, scoring 14 of her 20 points, Ivy Bethea complimented the scoring ...

Boys Basketball: Columbia Tops Bloomfield, 53-48

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- In a game that was close throughout, the Columbia boys basketball team made the big plays down the stretch and came away with a 53-48 victory over Bloomfield on the road Tuesday night.

Senio guard Dylan Jones scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out three assists for Columbia (6-3), which led, 25-21, at the half after a 17-12 showing in the second ...

NJ Law Banning Smoking at Public Beaches and Parks starts Jan. 16

January 16, 2019

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation signed last summer prohibiting smoking at public beaches and parks in New Jersey goes into effect on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The bill, S-2534, updates the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006.”

According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of ...

Essex County Enacts Code Blue Due to Cold Weather Forecast

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated through Monday, Jan. 14, due to extreme cold weather in the forecast, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced on Thursday.

When a Code Blue is declared, a network of warming stations operated by the county and its municipalities as well as ...

Three SOMA Arts Organizations and Downtown South Orange Nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards

January 16, 2019

BURLINGTON, NJ – Three SOMA arts organizations have been nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards, and South Orange also has a nomination in the category "Favorite Downtown Arts District."

In addition to South Orange's nomination for Downtown Arts District, the other nominees are:

SOMA Film Festival for Favorite Film Festival
South Orange ...

Summer's Coming: 3rd Annual SOMA Summer Camp Fair is Feb. 23 at The Woodland

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Can you believe it’s already time to think about summer? You can learn about multiple day and sleep away camps all at the same time at the 3rd Annual SOMA Summer Camp Fair, sponsored by Adamson Ramsey Homes.

The SOMA Summer Camp Fair will be held on Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Woodland, and in addition to participating camps ...

Three SOMA Arts Organizations and Downtown South Orange Nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards

January 16, 2019

BURLINGTON, NJ – Three SOMA arts organizations have been nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards, and South Orange also has a nomination in the category "Favorite Downtown Arts District."

In addition to South Orange's nomination for Downtown Arts District, the other nominees are:

SOMA Film Festival for Favorite Film Festival
South Orange ...

SOMA Film Festival is Back for Its Fourth Year this March

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The fourth annual SOMA Film Festival will take place March 20 to March 24, at The Woodland in downtown Maplewood, with a free special partnership screening at Seton Hall on March 19. 

The main festival will begin Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at The Woodland and will launch with an evening of feature films from local filmmakers Michael Wechsler, Rachel ...

Noodlefan Restaurant in South Orange Has Closed Permanently

January 14, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange location of the Thai and Asian cuisine restaurant Noodlefan has closed permanently, according to an update from Bob Zuckerman of the South Orange Village Center Alliance.

Noodlefan South Orange had been perviously closed in the summer of 2018, but had re-opened in the fall.

Noodlefan, which opened at 14 Academy St. in South Orange in ...

1 South Restaurant in South Orange Announces It's Closed

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - As 2018 drew to an end, 1 South Restaurant (located at 1 South Orange Ave.) announced it was closed.

On Dec. 31, 1 South posted on their Facebook page that the restaurant was not open and that there would not be a New Year's Eve event as planned.

An update to the 1 South Facebook page on Jan. 1 read, "Thank You to our Patrons, Staff, and Management! 1 South will ...

Livingston CPA Discusses Rush to Divorce Following Change in Tax Law

January 6, 2019

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, a member of the Livingston-based accounting firm Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, was recently featured on “CBS News” during a segment about the recent change in the alimony tax law.

Under the new federal law as of Jan. 1, alimony is no longer tax-deductible and the tax burden shifts ...

Noodlefan Restaurant in South Orange Has Closed Permanently

January 14, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange location of the Thai and Asian cuisine restaurant Noodlefan has closed permanently, according to an update from Bob Zuckerman of the South Orange Village Center Alliance.

Noodlefan South Orange had been perviously closed in the summer of 2018, but had re-opened in the fall.

Noodlefan, which opened at 14 Academy St. in South Orange in ...

February SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early

January 11, 2019

TRENTON, NJ — SNAP recipients in New Jersey will be receiving their February benefits early because of the continued federal government shutdown.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services announced on Friday that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who received a SNAP benefit in January and were scheduled to receive the benefit again in February will receive ...

Seton Hall Employee Donates Kidney to First Responder in Need

January 8, 2019

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After hearing through NJ 101.5 evening radio host Steve Trevelise that his “oldest and dearest friend” Robbo Pisani, a fire captain with the North Hudson Fire Department, was struggling with kidney failure, West Orange resident Melissa Kohlman was so moved that she volunteered her own kidney for a living transplant.

In the weeks following the ...

South Orange: Christmas Tree Collection Through Feb. 22

January 10, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Department of Public Works will "circle the Township" to pick up Christmas trees from Jan. 7 to Feb. 22, according to an update on the South Orange website.

In order to be eligible for collection, trees must be free of ornaments, lighting, and stands. The Department of Public Works also advised residents to be sure to remove trees from plastic ...

South Orange: Christmas Tree Collection Through Feb. 22

January 10, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Department of Public Works will "circle the Township" to pick up Christmas trees from Jan. 7 to Feb. 22, according to an update on the South Orange website.

In order to be eligible for collection, trees must be free of ornaments, lighting, and stands. The Department of Public Works also advised residents to be sure to remove trees from plastic ...

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Forget Pita: Falafel is in Everything

January 14, 2019

Falafel, that tasty vegetarian Mediterranean street food made from chickpeas, isn’t just for pitas anymore. It’s showing up in sub sandwiches, salads, chips, pizzas – even soup.

Why is it so popular?

“It’s vegetarian and a hearty add on,” said David Delinko, owner of The Salad House of Somerville, where customers can get warm pieces of ...

Millburn Police Blotter: Motor Vehicle Theft Reported at The Short Hills Mall

January 17, 2019

On January 8, 2019 Millburn Police Officer Lanni responded to a Myrtle Ave residence on a theft report. The resident reports the theft of a package valued at $150.00 containing a jacket. The incident is under investigation by the Millburn Police Detective Bureau.

On January 8, 2019 Millburn Police Officer O’Neill responded to Bloomingdales on a fraud report. Bloomingdales personnel ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Over 10 Burglaries to Autos Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of Jan. 8

Burglary - The superintendent of an apartment building on Irvington Ave reported that at 6:00 pm, Saturday, Dec. 19, he noticed the side basement door was wide open and an interior door to a storage room had been forcibly pried open. The super stated that several tools were stolen and believes the thefts may have been committed by some independent ...

Classic Maplewood Presents a Concert for Young People on Sunday, Jan. 20 at The Woodland

January 9, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs will present a “Young People’s” classical music concert on Sunday, Jan. 20, according to a press release from Andrew Fishman of the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs.

The concert will be performed by the Maplewood Camerata, a 15-member ensemble of local musicians, and will includes two ...

Summer's Coming: 3rd Annual SOMA Summer Camp Fair is Feb. 23 at The Woodland

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Can you believe it’s already time to think about summer? You can learn about multiple day and sleep away camps all at the same time at the 3rd Annual SOMA Summer Camp Fair, sponsored by Adamson Ramsey Homes.

The SOMA Summer Camp Fair will be held on Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Woodland, and in addition to participating camps ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, January 20, 3:00 PM

Congregation Beth Hatikvah, Summit

Cafe Q

Other

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Fri, January 25, 6:00 PM

Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange

Strange Attractors, Art Exhibition Opening ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, January 26, 10:00 AM

Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

Bag-of-Books Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

Education Giving Back

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Sat, January 26, 11:00 AM

NJPAC Center for Arts Education, Newark

Open House! Saturday & Summer Programs at NJPAC

Arts & Entertainment Education

Essex County Enacts Code Blue Due to Cold and Snowy Weather Forecast

January 17, 2019

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated through Tuesday, Jan. 22, due to extreme cold weather and cold in the forecast, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced on Thursday.

When a Code Blue is declared, a network of warming stations operated by the county and its municipalities as well ...

Baraka, Murphy Call on Federal Government to Address Newark's Lead Issue

NEWARK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy pledged to work with federal lawmakers to solve Newark’s lead issue as Mayor Ras Baraka demanded President Donald Trump fix the nation’s failing water infrastructure instead of funding a border wall.

Murphy's promise came yesterday in his State of the State address. The governor's speech and a statement put out by Baraka applauded each ...

Union Man Charged in Connection with Alcohol-Fueled Linden Wreck that Took Hillside Officer’s Life

January 16, 2019

UNION, NJ — A Union man has been arrested and charged with being responsible for the alcohol-related motor vehicle collision that took the life of his passenger, an off-duty Hillside police officer, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced Tuesday.

Ricardo Dos-Santos, 29, is charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and ...

February SNAP Benefits to be Issued Early

TRENTON, NJ — SNAP recipients in New Jersey will be receiving their February benefits early because of the continued federal government shutdown.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services announced on Friday that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who received a SNAP benefit in January and were scheduled to receive the benefit again in February will receive ...

Back to Back Winter Storms Predicted: Announcement from PSE&G

January 17, 2019

PSE&G is making preparations for the forecasted weather that could bring heavy rain and snow to our service territory during two storm systems – one beginning tonight and another arriving over the weekend. Bitter cold temperatures on Monday could cause refreeze conditions.

PSE&G will have extra crews and storm support personnel on duty throughout ...

Registration Now Open for Maplewood Kid's Camp

Where else can kids be a meteorologist for a day, swim twice a week and learn about nature while getting exercise, having fun and making friends? Maplewood Kid's Camp!

Maplewood Kid’s Camp is open for registration, and planning an unforgettable summer for kids in kindergarten through 4th grade!

Maplewood's Kid's Camp will focus on nature, learning, fun and teamwork, with ...

10 Unique and Local Valentines Day Gifts at Kitchen a la Mode

Is your love sick of the same roses and candy for Valentine’s Day? Kitchen a la Mode wants to help you spice up your gift this year. Here are 10 unique ideas that are sure to get your valentine sweet on you.

1) Cut open your love with a new Chef's Knife. Beautiful design paired with functionality is the recipe for the perfect gift.

2) What’s more romantic then making ...