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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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South Orange Police Blotter - Three Adults Arrested for Marijuana Possession

March 26, 2017

Adult Arrest - CDS - Traige Hayles, a 19 year old Newark resident was arrested on Wednesday, 3-22-17 at approximately 12:06 am for possession of CDS (marijuana). Officers stopped to investigate an illegally parked & occupied vehicle (2007 Nissan) on Meadowbrook Lane. During the on-scene investigation, officers determined that the passenger of the vehicle, Traige Hayles was in possession of ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Snowblower and Jewelry Stolen in Two Separate Incidents

March 14 - Theft; Between 3 p.m. and 3:20 p.m., a snowblower left in the front of a home on Jefferson Ave. was stolen.

March 15 - Shoplifting; At approximately 10:15 a.m., a female shoplifted several pieces of jewelry from a store on Maplewood Ave.

Maplewood Presents Municipal Budget, Discusses Traffic Changes

March 23, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Township Committee met to discuss the municipal budget for 2017, as well as to vote on altering a “No Turn on Red” regulation on Valley St.

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Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca started the meeting by addressing increases to the annual budget, and he explained that extenuating factors have contributed to the current figures.

“One ...

The 2017 Maplewood Ideas Festival Features Multiple Speakers and Activities

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The 2017 Maplewood Ideas Festival begins on March 18, and continues through April 1. According to the Maplewood Memorial Library’s official press release, all programs are free and open to the public. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate “the talent and creativity” in the community, the release stated.

The Ideas Festival begins on Saturday, March 18, at ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, March 29, 10:00 AM

Millburn Public Library, Millburn

CASA Volunteer Information Session

Giving Back Law & Justice

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Wed, March 29, 7:00 PM

Columbia High School, Maplewood

SOMSD Town Hall on Equity and Inclusion 

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Wed, March 29, 8:00 PM

Ricalton's, South Orange

Roll Call Comedy Lab

Arts & Entertainment

An Open Letter to Superintendent Ramos and Principals in the South Orange-Maplewood School District

March 25, 2017

The defining characteristics of South Orange and Maplewood (SOMA) are diversity, inclusion and equity. At least that is the ideal we strive for and what draws the majority of people to choose our two towns as a place to call home.

We pride ourselves in our shared values and deliberately reinforce those values as a community: we are host to an annual Pride Festival, we have an active community ...

Police and Firefighters Must Manage their Own Pension Systems

The people of New Jersey need to hear the facts as to why Police and Fire labor leaders in New Jersey are pursuing a separation of the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) from State control.

With all due respect to the current administration, and their predecessors, there has been much said that does not fit the facts and, unfortunately, little acceptance of responsibility for the current ...

In Your Community

Atlantic Health System Joins American Cancer Society in Fight Against Colorectal Cancer

Atlantic Health System (AHS), a leading health care delivery network, announced today the organization’s commitment to increase colorectal cancer screening in New Jersey by joining "80 percent by 2018" - a national effort of the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease. 

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women.

The Difference Between Renovated, Remodeled & Upgraded

When looking at homes for sale, you'll see lots of descriptions about kitchens and bathrooms. At first glance, words like "renovated," "remodeled," and "upgraded" may appear to mean the same thing. However, they do have distinct meanings.

"Renovated" means that the owner has not changed the structure of the room. Fixtures such as faucets, light ...

Pictures Surface of Fetty Wap's Chain Confirming Robbery Claims in Sunday Paterson Shooting

March 27, 2017

PATERSON, N.J. - Pictures have surfaced Sunday and Monday on social media, of people posing for pictures wearing Fetty Wap's signature "1738" chain confirming reports that the rapper was robbed as part of an altercation which left one member of the rapper's entourage with assault charges.

Monday morning police announced charges against Raheem Morris for ...

Millburn Residents Speak Out on Sanctuary City Status at Township Committee Meeting

MILLBURN, NJ - Emotions ran high Tuesday evening as the public discussion portion of the Township Committee meeting focused on a polarizing topic; Sanctuary or "Freedom" City status for Millburn.

Susannah Leisher and Liz Lacher stepped to the podium to address the Township Committee and present their three-point plan to get the conversation started with the committee and the ...

Owners of Westfield’s ‘Watcher House’ Still Hope to Knock it Down, Build Two New Homes

March 28, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — Maria and Derrick Broaddus, owners of Westfield’s now-infamous “Watcher” house at 657 Boulevard, are appealing the Westfield Planning Board’s decision in January not to let them subdivide the lot so that the existing home can be torn down and replaced with two new homes.

According to the complaint, filed recently, the board’s decision was ...

Westfield’s Lederman Family to Appear on ‘George to the Rescue’ Saturday

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Saturday’s episode of NBC’s home improvement show “George to the Rescue” will feature the Lederman family of Westfield. Darren Lederman died after a battle with Leukemia last March, leaving behind his wife, Stacey, and children Emma and Noah.

“George to the Rescue,” starring George Oliphant, provides house renovation ...

Sightseeing in Seattle

March 15, 2017

SEATTLE, WA - In the summer of 2016, my husband and I traveled to Peru with five of our friends. We hiked the Inca trail, with the end goal of basking in the beauty of Machu Picchu. The REI tour we took and the guides we had left a lasting impression.  So when we heard that Edwin, our lead guide was going to receive an award as one of the best guides of 2016, some of my traveling ...

Seton Hall Student First Responders Commitment Celebrated By Aspiring Kindness Foundation

March 28, 2017

A charity in honor of the victims of the Seton Hall residence hall fire donated $22,500 to enable scholarships for Seton Hall students who are devoting their lives to careers as first responders. The donation was presented by Jason Tarantino, Mike Merizio and Jim Merizio to Tracy Gottlieb, Vice President of Student Services.

“We are so grateful to the Aspiring Kindness Foundation for ...

It’s Spring Egg Hunt Time!

It’s time to kick off the Spring season with our annual egg hunt!

Please mark your calendars and join us this Saturday, April 1, from noon to 2 p.m. in Memorial Park (580 Valley St.) for music, snacks, and some great prizes.

Bring your baskets, your friends and neighbors, and hop on down to enjoy some free family fun.

If you have any questions, feel ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace & Cafe - March 27 to April 2

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:

Lobster Tails  $9.99ea (Freeman’s Fish)
Chairman’s Reserve Top London Broil $7.98lb (Meat)
Domestic Swiss Cheese $5.99lb (Deli)
Traditional Medicinals Teas $4.99
Bosc Pears $1.69lb

See all specials here.

Ashley Marketplace and Cafe is open 7 days a week ...