Dear Neighbor,
After two years of bringing First Night back to Maplewood and South Orange, the time has come to pass the torch to new leaders. We have had incredibly successful events (attended by nearly 1,000 people each year) and received widespread positive feedback. However, in order to keep the event fresh, we need new blood to take on the leadership to plan and deliver the best New Years Eve Party in town.

We need people to take ownership of the event, including finding and hiring entertainers, coordinating the logistics for the location, working with food vendors, doing publicity, securing fundraising, etc. While the bulk of the work happens near the end of the year, there is planning work that needs to happen soon if First Night is to return again this year. Unfortunately, without new leaders, First Night will not be back this year.

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I am more than happy to share my knowledge and provide assistance to those who come forward, but we need volunteers who are committed to bringing a great event to the community. For more information or to discuss further, please contact me directly at


Michael Goldberg
President, First Night Maplewood South Orange