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Congregation B’nai Jeshurun Honors the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Rev. Charles F. Boyer
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Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills has a long-standing tradition of remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Erev Shabbat Service celebrated on the weekend designated with a national holiday.  In the spirit of his Civil Rights work to bring the diverse groups of our nation together, a speaker of another faith is invited to TBJ to address the congregation.

On Friday, January 12th at 5:30 pm, this year’s speaker is Rev. Charles F. Boyer.  Rev. Boyer will discuss racial injustices in our state, focusing on the fact that there are a disproportionate number of young black men in our penal institutions and our role to help advocate for change in this system and our society.

The Reverend Charles Franklin Boyer is a third-generation African Methodist Episcopal pastor and holds a Master’s of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary and an MBA from Franklin University.  He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Ministry with a focus on Liberation Theology and Prisoner Medical Rights Advocacy.

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Rev. Boyer is the founder of Salvation and Social Justice, a New Jersey based coalition of clergy and civil rights organizations which seek to fight structural and institutional racism through policy, advocacy, education and reform.  Their mission statement:  We work to bring accountability, reform and transformation to institutional bias that harms the most vulnerable.  From this vantage point, we have come to recognize the need for fundamental change to many of New Jersey’s institutions.  We coordinate with various religious and civil rights organizations in New Jersey to make it a more just and fair state for all!

Rev. Boyer is currently leading a campaign in New Jersey to require racial impact statement legislation to counter racial disparities in New Jersey criminal justice laws and practices.

Members of the community are invited to hear this dynamic speaker on Friday, January 12 at 5:30 pm.

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Women's March Wear at Sadie's

Many are gathering this weekend and heading into New York City or over to Morristown to show their support for the Women's March 2018.

Sadie's is offering a few tee shirt options to show your support while marching as well as with your purchase.

The "Nasty Woman" shirt donates to Planned Parenthood and the "I Believe in Science" donates to the Sierra Club." ...

School Freeze Is Not New, And Not Acceptable

Another cold snap and apparently another string of cold classrooms.

Last week, many classes at Columbia High School -- and other schools -- saw frigid temperatures when the cold outside dropped to single digits on several days.

The snow helped a bit by closing schools last Thursday and Friday, although the Friday closing was originally a delayed opening and later switched ...

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AtlantiCast: Episode 010

On this week’s AtlantiCast, we take you to the groundbreaking for an expansion to Morristown Medical Center, introduce you to the newest babies of 2018 at Atlantic Health System and share some must-see winter weather tips!

 

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Arrests Reported

January 13, 2018

South Orange Police Blotter as of January 13

Adult Arrest CDS - Benjamin Orgera, an 18 year old South Orange resident was arrested on Sunday, Jan. 7, at approximately 10:20 p.m. for possession of CDS (marijuana). Officers stopped an auto for a motor vehicle violation near the intersection of Ridgewood Rd & Redmond Rd. During the traffic stop, officers determined that the driver ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Auto Thefts Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of January 8

Auto Theft - A West End Rd resident reported that sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 28, actor(s) unknown stole his vehicle (2013 Honda), which was parked in his driveway at the time.

Auto Theft - A Montclair resident and South Orange business owner reported that on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at approximately 6:20 ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance in SOMA; Luminary Photos

January 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race held their 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance, with an interfaith service at 2 p.m., followed by a volunteer fair at 3:30 p.m. at Columbia High School, and an evening MLK Luminary Lighting Ceremony at Maplewood Town Hall and in Spiotta Park in South Orange.

In addition, ...

Harlem Wizards Play Maplewood Teachers and Town Officials at 'Family Night' on Jan. 29

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Recreation Department is hosting a night of trick hoops and alley oops on Monday, Jan. 29, at Maplewood Middle School.

Two members of the Harlem Wizards will be playing with Maplewood teachers and other town officials at Maplewood “Family Night,"according to an email from Maplewood Recreation.

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Sun, January 21, 2:00 PM

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Livingston Symphony: "The Composer's Toolbox"

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Wed, January 24, 12:00 PM

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The Purposes and Rhythms of Jewish Living

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Wed, January 24, 2:00 PM

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Beginning Mindfulness Meditation Series at ...

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Newark Makes the Short List for Amazon's next HQ2

January 19, 2018

NEWARK, NJ--Newark has been named as one of 20 finalists to host Amazon’s next headquarters in North America.

Amazon announced the short-listed cities on Thursday.

Other cities that made the cut include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County, ...

Millburn Teen Gives Laptops New Life for Charity

MILLBURN, NJ — A junior at Millburn High School is using his skills with computers to help young women half a world away have a chance at higher education. Alexander McBride, the founder of Laptops4Africa.org, has already sent 21 laptops to deserving female students by teaming with a family friend who hand delivers donations to a girls leadership training school in Tanzania ...

Rutgers Historians Collecting 2018 Women's March Signs

January 21, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Believe it or not, we’re living through history right now. That’s why the Rutgers University Libraries want to collect artifacts and memorabilia from the present day.

People who took part in Saturday's women's march in Morristown, or one of the "sister" marches across the state can consider donating their signs and protest memorabilia to ...

Director of Gallery U Boutique Says They Will Leave Westfield Over Parking Issues

WESTFIELD, NJ — Gallery U Boutique, an art space and boutique on South Avenue in Downtown Westfield, will relocate at the end of the summer due to ongoing parking issues, Executive Director Robert Greco said.

Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries. Clients from UI work in the gallery and live in the ...

Above Restaurant and Bar in South Orange Closing for Renovations and Revamping from Jan. 22 to Feb. 12

January 21, 2018

Above Restaurant and Bar, located at 1 South Orange Avenue in South Orange, will be closing for renovations and revamping from Jan. 22 to Feb. 12.

Above Restaurant and Bar in South Orange will re-open with new management, a new menu, and an updated dining and event space.

For information, please call 973-762-2683.

30 Columbia High School Students Recognized in the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Program announced the names of 30 academically talented Columbia High School (CHS) students who have been honored as part of the 64th annual Merit Scholarship competition:

CHS Senior Sarah Braka was selected as a National Merit Semifinalist. Semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National ...

Men of Bronze, Harlem’s Rattlers Featured in Union County Black History Month Celebration

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to welcome all residents and visitors to the 2018 Union County Black History Month Celebration event, featuring a screening of Men of Bronze, a rare 1977 documentary about the 369th Regiment in World War I.

Keynote speaker Dr. Jeffery Sammons, Professor of History at New York University, will provide commentary on the film and present his ...