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Lazy Summer Days? Not in SOMA: Check out the Week's Highlights


MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Here are the highlights of the very busy upcoming week:

Monday, July 14

10 a.m. – noon – Maplewood Free Adult Health Clinic at Town Hall, 574 Valley Street.

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2-7 p.m. - Maplewood Farmer’s Market at the Indiana Street Parking Lot at the intersection of Indiana Street and Springfield Avenue.

7:30 p.m. – South Orange Board of Trustees meeting at SOPAC.

Tuesday, July 15

6:30 p.m. – South Orange Senior Citizens Advisory Committee meeting at 76 South Orange Ave. 3rd Floor.

7:15 p.m. – South Orange Parking Authority Meeting at 76 South Orange Ave. 3rd floor, Suite 302.

7:30 p.m. - Maplewood Township Committee Meeting at the Police and Courts Building

7:30 p.m. – South Orange Historic Preservation Meeting at SOPAC.

Wednesday, July 16

2-7 p.m. – South Orange Farmer’s Market at the Sloan Street Lot

3:30 – 5 p.m. – Maplewood Free Adult Health Clinic at the Hilton Branch Library, 1688 Springfield Avenue.

7:30 p.m. – Free Concert in the Park at Flood’s Hill in South Orange featuring “The Wisenheimers” playing a mix of pop and rock.

Thursday, July 17

6 p.m. – SOJAX art exhibit at South Orange Jewelry and Art Exchange, 67 South Orange Avenue

8 a.m.Maplewood Historic Preservation Meeting at 574 Valley Street.

9 a.m. – South Orange Public Works and Infrastructure meeting at 76 South Orange Ave. 3rd Floor.

7:30 p.m. South Orange Board of Health meeting at 76 South Orange Ave. 3rd Floor.

7:30 p.m. -  South Orange Environmental Commission meeting at 76 South Orange Ave. 3rd Floor.

Friday, July 18

7:30 p.m. – South Orange Downtown After Sundown concerts: T Bone Ben Williams on Sloan St. and funky jazzy rock with the Dave Easton Band in Spiotta Park.

Saturday, July 19

9 a.m. – noon - Talk to the Maplewood Township Committee at Walgreens, 1633 Springfield Avenue.

7:30 p.m. - South Orange Downtown After Sundown concerts: jazz, blues and bossa nova with The Stephanie Jones Ensemble on Sloan Street and 80's power rock with The Accelerators in Spiotta Park.

Sunday, July 20

6 p.m. - Maplewood Community Music presents its annual outdoor summer concert featuring the Maplewood Community Concert Band under the direction of Tom McGee.

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Of Dull Elections, Pool Waivers and Vandalism

After a historic Township Committee election in 2017 that brought us the first openly gay member of the TC, and then a split vote for mayor in which Vic DeLuca retained his post in a last-minute surprise, 2018 could prove to be the dullest campaign in years.

That’s because incumbents Nancy Adams and Greg Lembrich are running unopposed in the upcoming Democratic primary, and no one is ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Man Arrested for Package Thefts

April 20, 2018

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 ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Theft and Burglary Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of April 19

Theft - An East Orange resident reported that on Tuesday, April 17, at approximately 9:20 a.m., actor(s) unknown stole some tools from a construction site on Valley Street. The stolen tools, valued at over $500.00 were a Makita brand drill set and electrical saw.

Burglary to Auto - An Irvington resident reported that on Thursday, April ...

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

April 19, 2018

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 ...

Water Main Break on Baker Street in Maplewood Wednesday Morning

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Shortly after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Maplewood police reported receiving a call from a commuter on his way to work who noticed a small geyser of water in front of 34 Baker St., next to the driveway to the Maplewood Country Club. 

According to Maplewood police, they requested assistance from New Jersey American Water to shut off the water, but as of 7:10 a.m., ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, April 20, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

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

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Fri, April 20, 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

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

Spring Book Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

Education Giving Back Other


Sat, April 21, 12:00 PM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Millburn Library Annual Book Sale

Essex County Announces Partnership with Nine Local Charitable Organizations

April 20, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Essex County will participating in nine special partnerships to increase awareness about and help raise funds for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the Arc of Essex County, the New Jersey Children Alliance, Stop for Nikhil, The Valerie Fund, the Arthritis Foundation, the Saint Barnabas Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and ...

Kiburi Tucker Sentenced to 38 Months in Federal Prison

NEWARK, NJ - Kiburi Tucker, a longtime friend of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and the business partner of a Newark woman who admitted to tax evasion last year, was sentenced today to more than three years in prison for wire fraud and tax evasion, federal authorities announced. 

Kiburi D. Tucker, 43, of Newark, pleaded guilty in November before Chief U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares after ...

Endangered Bog Turtle Plods Through Senate Towards Official Designation as State Reptile

April 20, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - The endangered bog turtle is one step closer to being designated New Jersey's official state reptile, following State Senate approval of legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) and inspired by students from Princeton.

Riverside Elementary School Students Kyle Grzmala and Hayah Mian, and their teacher Mark Eastburn, joined ...

Atlantic Health Among Six Regional Health Systems Forming Clinical Research Consortium

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Seeking to bring clinical trials and innovations in medicine even closer to home, Atlantic Health System, parent company of Summit's Overlook Medical Center, is now part of a group of six regional health systems that are founding members of a nonprofit clinical research consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research (PIER Consortium) ...

New Jersey-Area Diaper Bank Selected as Recipient of National Funds For Change Grant

April 20, 2018

Moms Helping Moms Foundation, the community-based not-for-profit organization that distributes diapers to babies living in low-wage families in the New Jersey area, has been selected as one of 23 national recipients of a 2018 Funds for Change grant awarded by the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN).

“NDBN’s Funds for Change grants help diaper banks reach more families by investing ...

Two South Orange Residents to Be Honored by Temple B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills

South Orange residents Charles Oransky and Fredric Smith will be honored by Temple B'nai Jeshurun, Short Hills, at a gala celebration commemorating the synagogue’s 170th anniversary, May 10. The evening's theme, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, pays tribute to the temple's past presidents, the Interfaith Hospitality Network’s founding organizers and the ...

South Mountain YMCA Honors Eighth Grader Who Organized Massive Food and Clothes Drive

A trip to Manhattan with the South Mountain YMCA shaped Daniel Goldsmith’s life. “As we headed toward Bryant Park, I saw a homeless man lying under some scaffolding, and I remember he had a sign saying `Please give me money … I am starving.’ ”

The experience moved Goldsmith to action: For his Eagle Scout project, the South Orange Middle School eighth grader ...