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Resident of South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House is Honored during Essex County Celebration of Older Americans Month

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The resident of South Orange B'nai B'rith Federation House was recognized for her lifetime of service, including as founding member of the advocacy group, South Orange Seniors. Credits: JCHC
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Essex County Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver and Deborah Collins, Director of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action of Essex County with honoree, Nan Samons. Credits: JCHC
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South Orange Seniors members Tonia Moore and Peg Cinmberg were on hand to congratulate Nan Samons at the Legends event, held in honor of Older Americans Month. Credits: JCHC
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Nan Samons Receives Essex County Legend Award in Recognition as Founding Member of South Orange Seniors, Lifetime of Community Service

Nan Samons has spent a lifetime giving back to others and serving the community. On May 11, it was the county’s turn to give to her, when Samons was honored as a 2016 Essex County Legend. The award, which is given by the Essex County Division of Senior Services, is bestowed upon older adults in recognition of their service. It was given as part of the 10th Annual Essex County Older Americans Heritage Month celebration, held at The Priory restaurant in Newark.

Samons’ Legend award was presented by Deborah Collins, Director of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action of Essex County. County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver also attended and spoke at the ceremony. Samons was recognized as a founding member of South Orange Seniors (SOS), a group dedicated to improving the lives of older adults in South Orange, as well her other community service. East Orange resident, Inez Elliott, also received an award.

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Samons, formerly of West Orange, was nominated as a Legend by Frances Bucien, the coordinator of the JCC MetroWest’s kosher congregate lunch program in South Orange, where she met the honoree. Samons now lives at South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House, a senior living community owned and managed by the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC); the non-profit organization participates in the congregate lunch program.

“Nan and her SOS colleagues have come to the lunch program to promote volunteerism, computer literacy, joint initiatives with the students of Seton Hall University, and the South Orange senior discount card,” said Bucien. “This is a well- deserved honor.”

Samons, who was characteristically humble about the recognition, said that, “I really feel that I’ve learned so much and gained so much from being a long-time volunteer in the community. It surely has enriched my life. One of the biggest rewards has been my work with SOS.” The organization was instrumental in getting the senior discount card initiated with area merchants and it works with town officials to advocate for the needs and interests of seniors in town.

She previously served on the boards of both Jewish Family Service Association and Jewish Child Care, which eventually merged to become Jewish Family Service; she was a fundraiser and speaker for the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), and served many local organizations and initiatives throughout the years.

Sixty years ago, Samons co-founded Playhouse Nursery School in West Orange, a cooperative preschool that she said “made a major dent in the community.” After she retired at age 82, she decided to volunteer at Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s same-day surgery center, serving as a liaison between patients and their families and physicians. She also teaches knitting at the public library and walks three to four miles a day.

“I mentioned to an SOS colleague that I should really cut back a little but she replied that I’d find something else to do instead. I’m truly very lucky,” she said.

About the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey Founded in 1983, the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) owns and manages more than 470 apartments in four buildings for older adults in Morris and Essex counties in northern New Jersey. The non-profit organization offers seniors a range of options in terms of services, amenities, location, and cost, all within a traditional Jewish environment. The JCHC provides housing, programs, and services for the independent elderly as well as those who need assisted living. For more information, go to www.jchcorp.org.

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Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Motor Vehicle Thefts Reported, One Recovered

May 16, 2018

May 7 - Burglary; Sometime during the prior two days, entry was forced to a business on Newark Way.  The keys to a GMC van were then taken from inside the business and the van was stolen.

 

May 7 - Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 9:30 p.m., a Jeep left unattended and running in the parking lot of 7-11 on Irvington Ave was stolen. The vehicle was later recovered in ...

South Orange Police Blotter - More Than 10 Vehicle Burglaries Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of May 14

Auto Theft - A Roland Ave resident reported that sometime between 10:30 pm, Thursday 5-10-18 & 7:30 am, Friday 5-11-18 actor(s) unknown stole his vehicle (2016 Mitsubishi), which was parked in his driveway of his residence at the time.

Burglary to Auto - A Vose Ave resident reported that sometime between 10:45 pm, Wednesday 5-2-18 & 8:00 ...

Food, Fun, Music and Murals at MayFest in Maplewood on Sunday {Photos}

May 22, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Crowds came out to enjoy MayFest on Springfield Avenue on Sunday, with plenty of food, live music and performances, and a chance to see the new murals and meet the artists who created them, as well as local residents Michael and Viktorija painting their mural “I Am Maplewood." 

Thank you to Carl Patterson of CP Photo Op Photography for use of ...

South Orange Community Pool Will Not Be Open Memorial Day Weekend; Opening Day Planned for June 2

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Community Pool will have a delayed season opening, and will not be open Memorial Day Weekend, according to an update from the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

According to the Recreation Department, "weather issues, both the early spring snow and the ongoing spring rain, have caused delays in the construction project underway to ...

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Wed, May 23, 12:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

The Purposes and Rhythms of Jewish Living

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

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

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Fri, May 25, 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

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Fri, May 25, 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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SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

Uniacke Named Bridges Outreach Executive Director as Bhatt, Tulloch Announce Retirement

May 18, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Bridges Outreach, Inc. Executive Director Lois Bhatt and Deputy Executive Director Bethany Tulloch have announced their retirement and, effective May 29, Richard J. Uniacke will begin his tenure as the Summit-based nonprofit's new Executive Director.

Uniacke, who will become just the organization's third executive director in three decades, was ...

Bus Accident in Livingston Kills One Wednesday

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston police are investigating a fatal bus accident in the township Wednesday afternoon.

The police department has confirmed a death in the accident, which occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of Latham Court and South Orange Avenue.

As of 4:30 p.m., detectives were still on the scene investigating the crash. A full report has not yet been released ...

DAWN of a New Day: New Treatment Insights Shared at Atlantic Health's 18th Annual 'Stroke Symposium'

May 21, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Time is of the essence when it comes to identifying and treating symptoms of stroke and it’s widely accepted that the sooner treatment is provided the better the outcome will be, however new research suggests that all hope isn’t lost for certain types of stroke victims whose symptoms aren’t treated until later in time after last being seen as ...

Former Saks Building Discussed at Special Springfield Planning Board Meeting

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The regularly held monthly Planning Board meeting included a special discussion on the Saks Fifth Avenue property along Millburn Avenue bordering Millburn.

A nearly two-decade long lawsuit has been dropped on this nine-acre property.  Experts believe this property has the potential to generate sizable revenue for Springfield and increase home ...

Career Change for Working Moms Presentation at Millburn Library

May 21, 2018

The Millburn Free Public Library is pleased to offer a program on changing careers for working moms, presented by local career coach Tracey Gutierrez. This program will be held on Thursday, June 14 at 7:00pm.

Are you looking for a career change that better fits the lifestyle you want? Do you leave your children every day to slog away at a job you don't enjoy? You CAN escape from an unhappy ...

Third Annual South Orange Food Stroll & Pub Crawl is Sunday, May 20

The South Orange Food Stroll & Pub Crawl is back!

On Sunday, May 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the South Orange Village Center Alliance hosts its third annual South Orange Food Stroll & Pub Crawl, a tasting event that showcases the diverse restaurants and unique retailers in our Village Center.

With the purchase of a wristband, you'll stroll and sample delectable bites and ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace - May 18 to May 24

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:          

Strawberry Banana Smoothie  $4.25 (Bakery)
Chicken Cutlet $7.99lb (Prep Food)
Turkey Hero $5.99 (Deli)
Juicy Juice 8pk  2/$5*
Friendly’s Ice Cream $3.99
Notre Dame Brie $6.99lb (Cheese)
Monkfish $9.99 ...