SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The historic blizzard that dropped over two feet of snow in some parts of the area has ended (unofficial totals nearby are 28.1 inches at Newark Airport, and 23.5 inches in Millburn), but the two towns still need to dig out from under all that snow. Roads continue to be cleared by Department of Public Works plows, and residents are reminded they should not plow or blow snow back into the street. Also, residents are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks by their residences, as well as for clearing the area around nearby fire hydrants.

Parking restrictions are still in place that prohibit all on street parking.

Confirmed closures, event delays, cancellations and postponements for Sun., Jan. 24, are as follows:

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  • Open Hearth Demonstration at the Durand-Hedden house has been rescheduled for Sun., March 6. Details here.
  • All South Orange recreation basketball and indoor soccer games are cancelled.
  • Baseball and softball registration is cancelled this weekend. In person registration will now take place at The Baird in South Orange on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Feb. 6 and Feb. 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • All South Orange Maplewood School District buildings are closed.
  • Senior Buildings located in the Essex County Parks System will be closed until Monday, Jan. 25. 

  • Studio 509 in Maplewood will have a delayed opening.
  • Seton Hall University's South Orange campus will be closed. All classes and events are canceled. 
  • Tito's Burritos in South Orange is opening at 1 p.m.
  • No Sunday hours at the Hilton branch of the Maplewood Library.
  • InterACT's production of Treasure Island at The Baird is postponed. Rescheduled date will be announced soon.
  • Alchemy Hour in Maplewood is closed.
What's Open in South Orange Village
The South Orange Village Alliance has confirmed the following are open:
  • Above - will open in the afternoon
  • Ashley Market
  • Bunny's - offering pizza & brew for $18.95 & hot chocolate w/ SHU colored marshmallows 
  • Cait and Abby's
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Garden State News
  • Gaslight Brewery
  • Gridiron Waffle Shop
  • Hot Bagels Abroad
  • Kitchen a la Mode
  • Reservoir - hoping to open later; please call before to make sure they are open
  • 7-11
  • Starbucks
  • Stony's - opening this afternoon
  • Tito's Burritos - opening at 1 p.m.
  • Town Hall Deli

What's Open in Maplewood

Confirmed by the Maplewood Village Alliance and TAP into SOMA, the following are open:

  • Parkwood Diner 
  • Mapleleaf Diner
  • The Roman Gourmet
  • Able Baker
  • Perch Home is open until 4 p.m.
  • Village Trattoria
  • Nargiz Deli & Cafe
  • Wine Barrel
Transportation and Travel Updates
  • NJ Transit service has resumed, but on a limited schedule. Details available here. NJ Transit Access Link will resume on Monday, Jan. 25. 
  • NJ Transit is cross-honoring tickets and passes on bus, rail, light rail and private bus carrier services.
  • Midtown Direct trains will operate into New York following the regular weekend schedule.
  • Amtrak is operating on a modified schedule, and has cancelled some routes. Passengers should call or check the Amtrak website for details.
  • New York City travel ban lifted at 7 a.m. on Sun., Jan. 24.
  • New Jersey highways are open, but reduced speed limits.
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management announced at approx. 8 a.m. on Sun., Jan. 24, that the State of Emergency is still in effect with no established end date at this time. There is no travel ban, but motorists are urged to stay off the roads as road crews can continue plowing and salting operations. NJSP alone has assisted in over 1,000 Motor Vehicle Aids and over 200 accidents. Only drive if absolutely necessary.
 
Please send any notifications of event changes and closures to Anna Sandler at asandler@tapinto.net.
 
TAP into SOMA will continue to update this article and the TAP Into SOMA Facebook page here as cancellations and other storm information becomes available.