SOMA News

September 19, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Seton Hall University (SHU) will conduct a live test of its emergency siren and PirateAlert systems this Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 11:55 a.m., according to a statement from SHU. The siren is centrally located on the highest point on SHU campus, and will sound a wail tone that is ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - West Third Street between The Mews and Gaslight Commons flooded after heavy rain on Tuesday afternoon, causing South Orange police to secure the area. South Orange Village President Sheena Collum wrote on her Facebook page at about 2:30 p.m.,: “South Orange residents please be ...

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WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Exact change lanes on the Garden State Parkway’s major toll plazas are soon to be a memory. But they will remain at all but one of the toll road’s 23 entrance and exit ramps. The automatic coin machines at all 11 “mainland barrier” plazas, including Asbury Park in Monmouth ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A comic book artist from West Orange admitted in federal court on Monday to distributing thousands of images and videos of child sexual abuse, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito Timothy Yates, 31, who was previously arrested and charged by complaint on April 4, pleaded ...

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TRENTON, NJ— Lawmakers on a joint Senate-Assembly education committee expressed concerns and questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s rush to phase out a statewide standardized exam, calling for meetings to be held and more data to be provided. State education commissioner Lamont Repollet appeared before a ...

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PATERSON, NJ – Social media posts that contained “inappropriate and taunting language” and, as announced on Monday, also included racial slurs directed at JFK High School players, has drawn a demand for an investigation by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) from ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Those catching a glimpse of the noon baseball game on Cameron Field this past Saturday, might have felt like they were stepping back in time, since this game was played as it would have been played in the 1800s. The South Orange Department of Recreation presented the 19th ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ - SOMA artists Nila M. Pusin of Maplewood and Cindy Wolf of South Orange were among 20 senior citizens to receive recognition for their artistic talent at the Annual Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show. The artists were recognized during an awards ceremony on Thursday, ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The grim statistics on childhood obesity—with nearly one in five school-age children in the U.S. being considered obese—obscure a hopeful reality: obesity is a preventable and curable disease. The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, which has long been working to reduce obesity in ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Bloomfield Bengals, led by senior quarterback Kyle Tice, defeated the Columbia Cougars 42-21 in a Super Football Conference Liberty Blue game Friday night at Underhill Field. After a scoreless first quarter, Bloomfield scored on the first play of the second quarter with Tice ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new apartment building at 1701 Springfield Ave. was held on Saturday, Sept. 12. The 30-unit apartment building is located directly across the street from the Hilton branch of the Maplewood Library. Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca thanked ...

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MILLBURN, NJ — Millburn Police confirmed the arrest of four people involved in the armed robbery of the Associates in Primary Care P.A. offices that took place on August 23. According to The Millburn Police Department, Tommy Ware, 58, Terrell Keeling, 43, Terrence Worthy, 51, and Jessica Greene, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a house fire at 10 Nelson Pl. in the early morning hours of Sept. 11, with Maplewood firefighters responding to a report of smoke at the home at about 3:20 a.m., according to a statement from Maplewood Fire Department Chief Michael R. Dingelstedt. The first arriving ...

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TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Commissioner of Education on Wednesday withdrew a controversial proposal to cut back on standardized tests in certain grades and subjects, just minutes before the State Board of Education members were set to vote on the plan. The decision by Education Commissioner ...

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WEST NEW YORK, NJ - After losing the season opening game at home, the Columbia High School Cougars went on the road on Friday and defeated Memorial of West New York 28 to 20. In the first quarter, Memorial scored on a 67 yard run and took the lead 7-0 and with a successful point after ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Seton Hall University student who died from injuries sustained when he fell from the campus' parking deck on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Julian M. Mislavsky in a letter to the Seton Hall community from Interim President Mary J. Meehan. Mislavsky was a senior ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A Seton Hall University student has died after falling from the campus' parking deck on Tuesday, according to a letter to the school community from the University's Interim President, Mary J. Meehan Tuesday afternoon. South Orange Police Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call at ...

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MILLBURN, NJ - Before rehearsals begin for the 2018 Christmas Spectacular, the Radio City Rockettes will visit six local tri-state area libraries to engage with fans and families. One of their visits will be to the Millburn Free Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 3:30 p.m. The visits are free ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It was a little cool and cloudy for a day at the pool, but Maplewood's dogs did not seem to mind as they swam and ran around at the second annual Dog Days of Summer event at the Maplewood Community Pool on Saturday. One family who was there with their Golden Retriever, Piper, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The 4th Annual Bob Miller Oysterfest for Melanoma Awareness will be held this Saturday, September 15, at The Woodland (60 Woodland Road) from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event was designed to raise funds for cancer research and awareness, as well as provide financial support to families ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange's annual campout is back on Friday, September 14, when residents can pitch tents and brave the great outdoors locally in New Waterlands Park. The campout is free, but campsites must be reserved in advance and there must be at least one responsible adult (who is a ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Stony's Restaurant has new owners, and will soon become Miti Miti, according to an update from Bob Zuckerman of the South Orange Village Alliance. Stony's, which has been in operation for almost 10 years under the ownership of Laura and Stony Johnson, was recently sold to ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the second year, the Maplewood Recreation Department is ending the pool season with a free "Dog Days of Summer" event for the town's canine residents. This Saturday, Sept. 8, the dogs of Maplewood are invited to swim in the pool from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Event organizers ...

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CLARK, NJ – Thailand Restaurant fans might be surprised to hear their favorite restaurant is making a comeback of sorts. The restaurant is slotted to reopen soon under the new ownership of Sunti Pansa-Ad and Arunee Tsui.  Acquaintances of the former owners, the new duo plan to keep the name and ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - After a lengthy discussion at the Sept. 4 meeting of the Maplewood Township Committee, the members voted not to institute a fee of ten cents (three cents which would have gone to the store, and seven cents to the Township) for the use of disposable “checkout bags," which would have ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In 1915, Paul Leon Robeson enrolled at Rutgers University, the third African-American to enter the school. Four years later he graduated valedictorian and a celebrated college athlete and singer. He went on to become an world renowned performer and commentator on social ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  Smokehouse BBQ, owned by Maplewood resident Trevon Woolford, has opened at 1546 Springfield Avenue, at the intersection with Boyden Street, at the former site of T-OP Ice Cream and Fried Chicken. Smokehouse BBQ features smoked meats: brisket, pork, and chicken, as well as side ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Construction on the new Turtle Back Zoo entrance started September 4. The Education Center entrance will be the main entrance for the Zoo during construction. Temporary ticketing options may be available on select days. The new Turtle Back Zoo entrance is set to open Spring ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - At about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, a small SUV traveling south on Scotland Road, just before the intersection with Montrose Avenue, stopped short and a woman passenger banged her head, according to first responders at the scene. The passenger ended up on the ground ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — A Saint Barnabas Medical Center patient who is in renal failure and on dialysis three times a week is currently seeking a living kidney donor. Nick Sauter is a Little Falls resident who played football for Rutgers University from 1973 to 1977 and is a parishioner of the St.

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