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Exhibit Opening: From Farm to Suburb: The Birth of College Hill Presented by Durand-Hedden House & Garden, Sunday, February 21

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If you live in the College Hill section of Maplewood or the surrounding area, you may have wondered how this neighborhood came to be. It wasn’t always a suburban community and didn’t always feature streets named for famous colleges: Amherst, Bowdoin, Colgate, Harvard, Oberlin, Rutgers, Wellesley and Yale. In fact, the moniker “College Hill” is only as old as the College Hill Neighborhood Association, formed in the 1990s.

The birth of College Hill is part of the story of late 19th and early 20th century America. Society was changing, with many seeking to leave crowded, industrialized cities for the country. Maplewood, with its open farmland and easy access to roads and railroads, was an appealing choice for developers and for home buyers.

At Durand-Hedden’s exhibit, From Farm to Suburb: the Birth of College Hill, you’ll see maps and images of what College Hill looked like when the Trimpi brothers, successful businessmen from Newark and New York, purchased 80 acres of Courter and Arcularius grazing land between the Newark-Springfield Turnpike and Tuscan Road in the 1890s. Follow the story of how these developers transformed the land into the suburban Trimpi Tract, which they named Valley View. See historic drawings of the original seven Valley View houses models, designed by architect W. Frank Bower in the Queen Anne and Four Square styles and an exploration of other architectural styles built over time. The extensively researched exhibit continues the story to the neighborhood we know today.

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Country Shopping

Check out our Country Store’s historic-themed treasures: early American games, books, and toys; facsimile documents; quill pens and ink; historic cookbooks; cookie molds; tin lanterns; and reproductive decorative items and ceramics. You’ll also discover the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park 1887-1965, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 Map of Maplewood. The Country Store is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

About Durand-Hedden House and Garden

Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the history of the development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood. For more information or to arrange group tours call 973-763-7712. You can also visit our website at durandhedden.org and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Exhibit open February 21, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Maplewood Police Blotter - Three Thefts Reported, Including a Motor Vehicle

April 24, 2018

April 16 - Shoplifting; At approximately 3:15 p.m., officers responded to the 7-11 on Irvington Avenue on a reported shoplifter.  An employee reported that prior to officer’s arrival, a male entered the store, picked up several pieces of candy and then left without paying.

April 16 - Theft from Auto; At approximately 6:15 p.m. an unsecured vehicle parked on Van ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Man Arrested for Package Thefts

April 5 - Shoplifting; At approximately 3:15 p.m. officers responded to the Extra Supermarket on Irvington Ave on a reported shoplifter. Jean Legerme, age 21 of Newark was detained by security for attempting to leave the store without paying for several items. He was arrested, taken into custody and later released after being charged on a summons.

April 5 - Shoplifting; At ...

Sunny Skies for the South Mountain YMCA Healthy Kids Day Celebration

April 24, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Mountain YMCA celebrated Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, with lots of sun, activities, and healthy snacks, which were provided by the Stop and Shop of South Orange and Trader Joe's of Millburn,

The afternoon of fun included a climbing wall, an obstacle course, laser tag, bounce houses, and slides.

There was also an opportunity for kids to visit to the ...

41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance Held on Sunday

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The 41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance was held on Sunday, April 15. The march assembled in Spiotta Park on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood, and was called to order with the blowing of the shofar.

Local elected officials who attended included Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, Maplewood Township Committee member Dean Dafis, and ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, April 26, 7:00 PM

Columbia High School Black Box Theatre, Maplewood

Janet Mandel: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Thu, April 26, 7:00 PM

Columbia High School Black Box Theatre, Maplewood

Janet Mandel: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Fri, April 27, 9:00 AM

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The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

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Academy Heights Residents: No More Valley Street Development Until Master Plan Approved

April 22, 2018

This past Thursday, April 19th, the South Orange Development Committee considered a presentation from developers regarding the All Star Motors site on Valley Street between 3rd and 4th. The proposal is for a 61 unit dormitory/boarding house for college students, with 175 beds and limited parking on a lot that is partially zoned for two-family residential. About 20 Academy Heights neighbors ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Proposed NJTransit Funding Increase

April 25, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday spread a message of hope regarding future improvements to NJTransit services and infrastructure due to a proposed $242 million increase in funding for NJTransit for the 2019 fiscal year. 

At a press conference held at NJTransit’s Central Maintenance Facility on Doremus Avenue in Newark, Murphy, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and other ...

Women Need Better Treatment Behind Bars, Lawmakers Say

NEWARK, NJ - Middlesex County Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) held a roundtable discussion Monday with criminal justice reform advocates and formally incarcerated women to discuss legislation Lopez and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle are introducing, modeled after legislation Booker introduced in the Senate, to reform the way women are treated behind ...

Cranford's Kurt Steiner, a Holocaust Survivor, tells Life Story as 106th Birthday Draws Near

April 25, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ – In a quaint white house near the border of Cranford and Garwood, 105-year-old Kurt Steiner sat at his dining room table, surrounded by cabinets that held his collection of Viennese glass and antique Limoge plates. At his table, he had his carefully taped together passport and exit papers from Vienna, Austria, stamped with a large “J” and “Jude,” the ...

Amazon Works to End Stigma of “Free and Reduced” Meals at School

FLORENCE, NJ – There is a widely unknown problem in schools all over America: a stigma among many children who are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Rather than face the peer pressure of receiving breakfast or lunch through this federal program, many choose to remain hungry.

To help eliminate the practice, Amazon has partnered with Share our Strength’s “No Kid ...

Master Class by Columbia High School Special Dance Company on May 5

April 26, 2018

A Master Class for children in grades K-8 will be held on May 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The class will be with the Columbia High School Special Dance Company in the CHS Auditorium.

There are limited spaces available, and pre-registration is required at SpecialDanceCompany.com.

$25 per student, which includes dance class, healthy snacks, student performance and a sneak preview ...

Scenes from Annie and Free Salsa Dancing in the Heart of South Orange

Located in the heart of South Orange, NJ, First Presbyterian and Trinity Church will be hosting a food- and fun-filled Free Family Open House on Saturday, April 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Home to a diverse, inclusive, and socially active congregation, First Presbyterian and Trinity is also home to the buzzed-about Rueda Salsa Club and many South Mountain YMCA programs: Gymnastics, After ...

About Your House: Tips on Its History and Care

About Your House: Tips on Its History and Care

Saturday May 5, 2018

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Members of the Maplewood Historic Preservation Commission will be at the Local History Center located in the Maplewood Hilton Library,1688 Springfield Avenue, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

Maplewood residents are encouraged to stop by and learn about the history and architecture ...