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

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
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
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

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 Town Hall Newspaper Thief Sparks Warning

A thief has been victimizing Maplewood Town Hall.

No, not some burglar breaking in at night to steal tax payments, or an armed gunman ripping off town workers at gunpoint.

We’re talking about a newspaper poacher who’s been making a habit of walking off with the Township’s copy of The Star-Ledger.

Such illegal activity prompted a sign to be placed prominently in ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Arrests for Burglary

August 15, 2017

South Orange Police Blotter as of August 15

Burglary to Auto - A Clark St resident reported that between 7 p.m., Monday, August 14, and 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 15, actor(s) unknown entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked in her driveway and rummaged through the interior. Nothing appears to be missing at this time.

Burglary to Auto - A Milligan Pl resident reported that between ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Multiple Burglaries Reported

The South Orange Police Blotter as of August 9

Adult Arrest - Burglary - Joe Carr, a 22 year old Newark resident, was arrested on Sunday, July 30, at approximately 2:26 a.m. for burglary. Officers responded to a call from a Kingman Rd resident for a burglary in progress and upon arrival arrested Carr, who had been subdued by the homeowner, without further incident. Officers transported ...

Eclipse Viewing Party on August 21 at the South Orange Public Library

August 18, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There will be an eclipse viewing party on Monday, August 21, beginning at 1 p.m., at the South Orange Public Library (SOPL).

The eclipse on August 21 is the first total solar eclipse to occur in the United States in nearly 40 years, and it's the first time since 1776 that it's happening exclusively in the U.S., according to an update from the SOPL.

According to ...

Late Summer Fun at the Maplewood Pool: Float Night, Dive-In Movie Night and More

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Pool has several events planned for end of summer fun.

On Wednesday, August 16, there will be "Music by the Pool" featuring the David Easton Band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Friday, August 18, the pool will host it's first ever "Float Night" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and everyone is invited to bring their own floats for use in the main ...

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NJ Audubon Lauds Lawmaker on Efforts to Keep Open Parks and Beaches

August 4, 2017

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New Jersey Audubon appreciates the work of Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27th Dist), the sponsor of legislation that requires state parks, forests and other natural and historic areas to remain open to the public for seven days if state government is shut down in the future.

This legislation, A5128, which received strong bi-partisan support, provides a safeguard to ...

Turtle Back Zoo-vies to Show Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom Wednesday, August 16

August 14, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ -  Turtle Back Zoo's annual "Zoo-vies" continue this Wednesday, August 16 with 'Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.'

On Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of July and August, Turtle Back will have Family Nights with extended evening hours to 8:30 p.m., with the last admission to the Zoo at 8 p.m. 

On Wednesday ...

East Orange Mourns the Death of Rev. Dr. Leora Liggins, East Orange Resident, Founder and Pastor of Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Rev. Dr. Leora Liggins was the Founder and Pastor of Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church in East Orange and active member of the East Orange Clergy until her demise. 

Rev. Liggins ministerial career began in 1994 when she was licensed to preach and joined the staff at Imani Baptist Church in East Orange, and she was ordained in 2000 by the late Rev. Moses ...

Cinemark Theater and 2 Anchors Receive Approvals to Replace Route 22 Sears

August 18, 2017

WATCHUNG, NJ — Plans for a theater and two of the stores in the new shopping center that will replace Sears and Sears Auto Center on Route 22 and Terrill Road received approvals at Tuesday night's Watchung Planning Board Meeting. The next meeting, where final approval on the cinema is expected, is scheduled for Sept.19.

HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post are the ...

Before Trump Broke Up Biz Council, Johnson & Johnson CEO Resigned

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The head of Johnson & Johnson decided to step down from President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Council on Wednesday, prior to its disbandment, according to the company.

Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of the New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson, announced his exit in a statement, following reports published yesterday, Aug. 15., which said he planned to ...

Last Minute Ideas to Entertain the Family this Weekend

August 17, 2017

After last week’s dreary weekend, we are all looking forward to the nicer weather this coming Saturday and Sunday. Avoid the crowds at the shore and instead opt to attend one of the following family-friendly activities in the North Jersey area. Most of the events are free or inexpensive—ideal for those trying to save money after a jam-packed summer.

Canal Day Musical and Craft ...

New Jersey American Water Performing Work in the Academy Heights Neighborhood

August 16, 2017

Over the next few weeks, residents can expect to regularly see New Jersey American Water crews performing work in the Academy Heights neighborhood. In anticipation of the upcoming repaving and roadway improvement work planned by the Village on Academy Street between Massel Terrace and the Maplewood border, crews will be exercising, repairing and replacing water valves and replacing fire hydrants.

S&P, Moody's Give Atlantic Health System Highest Health System Rating in NJ

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System, a leading health care delivery system in New Jersey, is once again the highest-rated New Jersey based system rated by credit agencies Moody’s and S&P.

Moody’s raised its rating for the health care organization from A1 to Aa3, the highest rating among all health care systems in New Jersey, with an outlook of “stable.” The ...

Millburn Library Announces its Fall Lecture Series

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Library announced its first Fall Lecture Series starting Monday, September 11, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. This new lecture series is designed to encourage lifetime learning with lectures on the humanities, health and wellness, historical events, and much more.

September 11 – Brooklyn Dodgers with Bud Livingston, retired teacher and ...