Government

Hundreds From SOMA are on the Road to the Women's March on Washington

452e3b05c04cc5449ff7_da2322610acca18b322e_IMG_0812.JPG
c617ca8e024b49b3a321_march_4.jpg
Women's March on Washington participants in Maplewood at 4:15 a.m.
f32a759a59aa419fba42_march_1.jpg
Hildy Karp, who organized the buses leaving from South Orange.
ac1645111f17b3f8796b_166b013a1699ac323e65_IMG_0797.JPG
373a0d402b7a889d099d_IMG_0815.JPG
L to R: Caleb Heinze, Kelly Heinze, and Mason Stern.
e1929308714a75f203d6_IMG_0801.JPG
L to R: Alison Bradshaw of Maplewood and Darleen Troutman of Bloomfield
2702eb68e9cda865eeaa_IMG_0811.JPG
Deirdre and Gwyneth Brown
1d42a1e5461d683b3551_8f10e7e7825e9325a230_IMG_0799.JPG
b18c294177833ea4aee1_62b1242cdfa70eb055e6_IMG_0806.JPG
84c6d568c2839147a607_FullSizeRender.jpg
26388e9e77ddcee0b09b_54548ddba5302ad55625_IMG_0820.JPG
10904996bd87a7eab138_IMG_0821.JPG
a0b239a60b41e7dfceca_9526c3ee5f3ac9278e94_march_2.jpg
March participants boarding buses in Maplewood.
452e3b05c04cc5449ff7_da2322610acca18b322e_IMG_0812.JPG

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It was an early morning - a very early morning - for many in South Orange and Maplewood on Saturday, Jan. 21. Hundreds of people gathered before loading on to buses scheduled to leave from the Columbia High School parking lot in Maplewood at about 4:30 a.m., and from the NJ Transit lot by SOPAC in South Orange at about 5 a.m. 

Organizers estimate that 34 buses with about 1,900 people left from South Orange and Maplewood this morning, with the last bus leaving South Orange at about 6:30 a.m.

The crowd in South Orange was full of people holding signs with creative messages such as "Women are the Wall and Trump will Pay," and "You Can't Comb Over Misogny."

Sign Up for E-News

Many of the women were wearing "power pussy hats," part of the Pussyhat Project, which aims to "support women's rights in a creative and impactful way," according to their website.

Alison Bradshaw of Maplewood stated that she was marching because Trump "has not been called to task for anything, and now he's the president."

Darleen Troutman, who lives in Bloomfield but was taking a bus from South Orange to travel with Bradshaw, explained that she was marching "because Donald Trump is a psychopath. We need to start making an impact and stop having people's rights being taken away." Troutman continued, "Trump is dividing the country and taking away the rights of women, minorities, anyone who doesn't look like him."

Bradshaw and Troutman also both mentioned that it felt great to see so many women, as well as some men, gathered to take part in the march.

Caleb Heinze, who was attending the march with his mother Kelly Heinze and his friend Mason Stern, all of Maplewood, said he was marching to "join the struggle for women's rights." Stern added that he would be at the march because he "doesn't want the progress of the last forty years to be rolled back."

Pointing to a sign that Caleb was wearing that read, "The United States of Immigrants, Citizens, Veterans, Muslims, Christians, Atheists, Jews, Asians, Natives, Whites, Blacks, Latinos, Boomers, Gen-X, Millennials, LGBTQIA, the Disabled, the Poor, the 1%, the Middle Class," Kelly Heinze said, "we're marching for all of them."

In addition to the march participants, there were also volunteers to help with the loading of the buses and to ensure riders were able to find their buses. Organizers also noted their thanks to South Orange and the South Orange police for their assistance in making sure the bus boarding and departure went smoothly, and to everyone else who helped (read more here: Preparing for the Women's March on Washington is a SOMA Community Effort).

As one woman said, "this is a true community effort. Donald Trump doesn't realize it, but he is bringing people together in ways he never could have imagined."

Participating in one of the Women's Marches? We want to hear from you. Please send photos to Anna Sandler at asandler@tapinto.net.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

SOMA

Love is in the air...

Come to Sadie's to buy your sweetie the perfect Valentine's Day gift. We have locally made jewelry, vegan perfume, unique valentine cards, scratch off maps for those who travel and other fun gifts - something for every honey. Of course if you are looking for something to wear on your romantic night out or a fun single's night we have that, too.

Saturday, Feb 10, from noon to 3 ...

A Tale of Two Very Different Town Administrator Searches

Both Maplewood and South Orange are looking for new town administrators at the same time, a rare occurrence.

And their approaches couldn’t be any more different.

Maplewood, whose long-time administrator Joseph Manning is retiring May 31, launched its search last month the old-fashioned way: hiring a recruiting firm and letting them do the heavy lifting (or more appropriately the ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!

 

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Arrested for Robbery in South Orange

February 11, 2018

Adult Arrest - Robbery - Shawn Ray Newsome, a 20 year old Newark resident and a 17 year old juvenile were arrested on Saturday, Feb. 3, at approximately 10:45 p.m. for robbery. Two male victims reported that as they were walking on South Orange Ave near the Newark border, they were approached by three actors (described as black males wearing dark clothing and black masks) who ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Home Burglary and Two Auto Thefts Reported

January 29 - Burglary; At approximately 3:10 p.m., officers responded to the area of Heller Pl and Orchard Rd on the report of an individual going into backyards. While checking the area, a juvenile approached an officer and notified her that her home on Orchard Rd had just been entered by an unknown male. Officers checked the home and surrounding area, but were unable to ...

Maplewood Seniors Enjoy a Visit from Alfalfa the Alpaca on Valentine's Day

February 18, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - If you were at the Maplewood Senior Center on Wednesday - which happened to be Valentine's Day - you would have seen the somewhat unusual sight of an alpaca. Alfalfa the Alpaca to be precise.

 

The visit from Alfalfa was the first in the "creature comfort" series from the Maplewood Recreation Department.

 

Maplewood Recreation Director Melissa ...

Voting Ends Feb. 20 for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards: 4 Nominations for South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Three arts organizations based in South Orange have been nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards, and South Orange itself has been nominated for Favorite Downtown Arts District.

“We are thrilled that South Orange has been nominated as best Downtown Arts District for the first time," said Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director of the ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, February 21, 12:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

The Purposes and Rhythms of Jewish Living

Education Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_982bc8344531b1a37c85_par_440

Wed, February 21, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

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

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

St. Andrew & Holy Communion Parish Hall, South Orange

Lenten Friday Fish Fry Dinners

Food & Drink

Carousel_image_982bc8344531b1a37c85_par_440

Fri, February 23, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

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

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Illegal South Ward Rooming House Closed for Life-Threatening Conditions, 12 Relocated

February 18, 2018

Newark, NJ—An illegal rooming house in Newark's South Ward has been shuttered and 12 people relocated after Newark fire inspectors discovered life-threatening conditions inside the property on Friday.

Newark Fire Inspectors responded after citizen complaints to a one-family house at 46-48 Van Ness Place and found “deplorable conditions” inside the ...

PARCC Debate in Newark Continues Amid Calls from Murphy for its Dismantling

NEWARK, NJ - Ever since New Jersey began using the PARCC exam in the 2014-15 school year, the state teacher's union and other groups have criticized the the standardized test and called for the state to stop using it to assess student performance.

During the campaign for governor last year, Phil Murphy, who was endorsed by the New Jersey Education Association, promised to ditch ...

After 47 Years of Operation, Jade Isle Set to Close Its Doors in Scotch Plains

February 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The iconic Jade Isle Restaurant located at the corner of Terrill Road and Second Street in Scotch Plains will close its doors forever after its last day on  Feb. 18. A phone call to the restaurant on Saturday confirmed that the Jade Isle's long history would come to an end Sunday.

Jade Isle has served a menu of traditional Chinese and Polynesian dishes and ...

Rabid Raccoon Reported in Mountainside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The Westfield Veterinary Group and Wellness Center today warned clients Friday and posted on their Facebook page that a raccoon in Mountainside has been confirmed to have rabies. 

“Please be very careful with your pets and be sure that they are up to date on their rabies vaccinations,” it said. “If you should ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List

February 18, 2018

Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” ranking number 74 in its 10th consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey based company on the ...

Man Charged with Crashing Truck into East Orange Planned Parenthood Clinic

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino and East Orange Public Safety Director Sheliah Coley announced on Friday that Marckles Alcius, 31, with a last known address in Lowell, Massachusetts, has been charged with carrying out a truck attack on the Planned Parenthood East Orange Health Clinic on February 14, 2018, using a stolen bakery delivery truck.

Alcius has been charged with ...

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces the World Premiere of 'Unmasked'

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, announced today the world premiere of UNMASKED, which will feature some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most iconic work and the stories behind its creation, along with new music and memories from his extraordinary life and career, will open its ...