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Friends of the South Orange Public Library Make Major Donation

In February, Tonia Moore, President of The Friends of the South Orange Publi Library (SOPL), announced a major donation to the library.

"Because of the generous participation of the community in our fund raising events throughout the year, The Friends of the SOPL are able to donate $10,000 to the adult and children’s book collections. This represents lots of hard work on the part of our volunteers and members. We are very happy to be able to do this,” she explained.

The Friends work to fund library programs and increase collections, and in addition increase awareness of the educational, informational and cultural activities of the library. Their goal is to help to strengthen the library’s relationship with this very diverse community and its schools and business community and to spread literacy throughout the world. They also fund the Children’s and Teen’s Summer Programs.

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The Book Cage is a used bookstore on the mezzanine level of the library that is stocked with donated books sold at extremely reasonable prices, from $.50 to $2.00, that are tax deductible (just ask for a receipt).  A Holiday Boutique in December and a book sale in June add funds to provide for purchase of books and museum passes available at the library permitting free visits for up to 4 people each. 

Donations of adult and children's books enable the volunteers to stock four Little Free Libraries scattered around the Village and the Cage. The Friends have partnered with Better World Books earning a percentage of their profits from worldwide sales of donated encyclopedias, user's manuals, textbooks, children's books and fiction which can be placed in the Big Green Box behind the Library at any time.

The Friends sponsor a foreign film series with five specially selected films during the year.  Film maker/educator Gerard Ansellem is moderator. He provides background and insights as well as cinematographic techniques. Part 4 of the series will be "A Special Day" (1977) staring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni on Thursday, March 30, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. pm at the library community meeting room on the lower level. 

If all this inspires you to get involved, a wide variety of memberships are available from student and senior at $10 to lifetime at $300. For more information please call the library at 973-762-0230, email: friends@sopl.org, or consult www.friends of sopl.org or their Facebook page.

"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in."  Author Unknown.

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Climate and Culture – One of the Key Issues I Will Focus on if Re-Elected to the Board of Ed

September 19, 2017

Addressing climate and culture in our school community - and broader community - is something that is a key focus for me for in my campaign.  Students, teachers, and parents have all expressed deep concerns with the climate and culture in our schools. We must work together to establish meaningful dialogue that allows all parties involved to feel trust and build understanding of all points of ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Home Burglaries Reported

September 19, 2017

South Orange Police Blotter as of September 19

Burglary - A Vose Ave resident reported that sometime before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, an unknown actor entered her residence through a rear door, ransacked the master bedroom and stole jewelry and a silver coin collection. The Detective Bureau is investigating.

Burglary - A Wyoming Ave resident reported that sometime ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Four Adult Arrests Reported, One for Assault

South Orange Police Blotter as of September 14

Adult Arrest - David Boone, a 20 year old Newark resident was arrested on Saturday, September 2, at approximately 6:47 p.m. for assault and an active arrest warrant out of South Orange. Officers responded to Valley St and South Orange Ave for a reported assault that had just occurred and quickly located a subject (Boone) who ...

6th Annual Art Walk & Music Fest in Maplewood on Sunday, September 24

September 20, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Village Alliance (MVA) will host its 6th Annual Art Walk & Music Fest on Sunday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Maplewood Village.

According to organizers,this year's event will feature over 40 artists, many new to the event, displaying and selling their original work, plus live music by local bands all day long.

Children attending the ...

South Orange Chamber of Commerce Holds Networking Event and Makes Donation to South Orange Lions Club

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ The South Orange Chamber of Commerce celebrated the start of the fall season with a Social and Business Networking event hosted by Bunny’s Sports Bar. In addition to enjoying time to network over food and drinks, the South Orange Chamber also made a donation of $1000 to the South Orange Lions Club. This donation was made specifically towards the South Orange Lions Club ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, September 21, 8:30 AM

Kol Rina, South Orange

High Holy Days at Kol Rina

Religions And Spirituality

Thu, September 21, 12:00 PM

Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange

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Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Summit

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Arts & Entertainment

Fri, September 22, 8:30 AM

Kol Rina, South Orange

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Jessica Israel, MD, Named Corporate Chair of Geriatrics for RWJBarnabas Health

September 21, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Jessica Israel, MD, a resident of Matawan who has been a practicing geriatrician with RWJBarnabas Health since 2002, was recently appointed as Corporate Chair of Geriatrics for RWJBarnabas Health. 

In this new role, Dr. Israel will be working alongside geriatricians and interdisciplinary teams from across the system to develop innovative, cohesive programs with a ...

West Orange Chamber of Commerce Hosts Multi-Chamber Event at Thomas Edison Museum

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange, Livingston, North Essex, Maplewood, Millburn/Short Hills and South Orange Chambers of Commerce mingled amongst each other at a multi-chamber networking event on Sept. 13, hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) at the Thomas Edison Museum.

Michael Daniels, president of the WOCC, said the event was extremely successful ...

Hillsborough: Children's Singer/Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

September 20, 2017

NEWARK, NJ – Eric. S. Komar a Hillsborough resident, music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.

Komar, 46, was arrested by special ...

Holmdel High School Student Dies After Collapsing During Lacrosse Game

HOLMDEL, NJ — A GoFundMe page has been launched to support the family of Jack Dowd, the 16-year-old who died after collapsing at a lacrosse game at Rutgers University.

The Holmdel High School junior and varsity lacrosse player collapsed on Sept. 17 on the field during a scrimmage at the New Brunswick-based university. According to a Rutgers spokesperson, emergency services ...

AAA Reports Gas Prices Rise One Cent Over Last Week

September 12, 2017

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AAA's weekly survey found that the average price for a gallon of gasoline in New Jersey is up one cent over last week.

On September 11, the average to be $2.78, up one cent from $2.77 last week. Today’s average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is 36 cents higher than a month ago ($2.42) and 80 cents higher than one year ago ($1.98).

Nationally, the ...

Third Annual SouthNEXT Festival in South Orange: October 6 to October 8

September 21, 2017

SouthNEXT Festival Returns to South Orange October 6-8 Third Annual Collision of Arts, Ideas and Music is “Under the Big Top” in 2017

SouthNEXT, New Jersey’s fast-growing festival that explores our similarities by celebrating our differences returns to South Orange Village Center this October with another spectacular lineup of talent and an exciting new outdoor venue ...

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Offers Domestic Violence Training

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will again offer a domestic violence training program this fall. Called “Sanctuary,’’ the program is a 100-hour training program designed to equip community residents to provide crisis intervention and outreach services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child ...

Rent Party Welcomes The Blasters

Rent Party kicks off their ninth season Friday night, September 22, with a show featuring the legendary LA band The Blasters.

From early days growing up in the southeast Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California under the tutelage of T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner to their emergence as central figures in the eclectic LA punk/rock scene of the early ‘80s to their current status as ...