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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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SOMA

Village Coffee Sign Tweaks Starbucks, Clarus Twitter Trails, and School Shuffles

When Starbucks coffee opened in the new Clarus development complex at the former Maplewod Village post office site, some wondered what effect it might have on Village Coffee, the longtime java spot just down the street.

Village Coffee owner Ketan Patel sees no big impact as of yet and a visit to the shop finds the same customer traffic as usual.

One addition, however, is a sign posted at ...

South Orange Maplewood School District Board of Education Update - October 16 Meeting

October 21, 2017

Highlights from the October 16, 2017, meeting of the Board of Education.

Overview

Before the meeting began, Columbia High School students Josie Sandor and Mary Arevallo were sworn in as the new Student Representative and Alternate Student Representative to the Board of Education.

The meeting began with a celebration that Seth Boyden Elementary, South Mountain Elementary, and Tuscan ...

Marshall School Recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month

It is Hispanic Heritage Month and at Marshall Elementary School Mr. Martínez’s 2nd grade class honored the histories, cultures and contributions of famous individuals whose ancestors or they themselves came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed in the United States from September 15th through October 15th. These ...

South Orange - Maplewood Board of Education Election: Felicia George and Avery Julien Candidate Statement

October 19, 2017

Putting Students First!

South Orange-Maplewood School Board candidates Felicia George (CHS ’12) and Avery Julien (CHS ’17) have unveiled their campaign platform focused on Putting Students First! The two first-time candidates and recent Columbia High School graduates are trading upon their on-the-ground experience as students in the school district ...

Supporting Diverse Learners: Statement from School Board Candidate Donna Smith

Supporting Diverse Learners

Our School District faces many challenges in serving diverse learners appropriately, but the Board has a duty to make sure it happens.

I believe there are three key ways that the Board can use its oversight to ensure that the needs of our diverse learners are met:

1. Implement Rigorous Monitoring of Special Education and Gifted & Talented Policies and ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Four Bicycle Thefts from Train Stations

October 19, 2017

South Orange Police Blotter as of October 19

Theft of Bicycle - An Orange resident reported that sometime between 3:30 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, actor(s) unknown stole his black and yellow Mongoose brand bicycle that was locked and secured to a bike rack at the South Orange Train Station.

Theft of Bicycle - A South Orange resident reported that ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - 7 Thefts from Autos and 2 Vehicle Thefts Reported

October 10 - Shoplifting; At approximately 3:30 p.m. Wawa reported that a male left the building with several items without paying. Responding officers were able to locate the male a short distance away. The male, 51 year old Gregory Singleton of Union was arrested for shoplifting as well as an outstanding warrant.

October 10 - Malicious Damage; Sometime during the ...

SOMA Two Towns for All Ages to Host 'Repair Cafe' on Saturday, Oct. 21

October 19, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There are over 1,000 Repair Cafés worldwide and the first one in New Jersey in coming to SOMA this Saturday, October 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Morrow Memorial Church (600 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood).

The Repair Cafe was suggested by South Orange resident Lorraine Graves, who brought the concept to Cathy Rowe, the coordinator of SOMA: Two Towns for ...

'Strut Your Mutt' Parade in South Mountain Dog Park on Saturday, Oct. 21

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  This Saturday, October 21, is Strut Your Mutt, the annual Essex County Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest.

Two parades are planned, one at 2 p.m. in the afternoon (with registration at 1:15 p.m.) at the Essex County South Mountain Dog Park on Crest Drive in Maplewood/Millburn, and one at 10 a.m. in the morning (with registration at 9:15 a.m.) at ...

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Sun, October 22, 11:00 AM

The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, Maplewood

Families for Ethical Education Initiative

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Sun, October 22, 12:30 PM

Words Bookstore, Maplewood

Local Author Howard Schwartz Reading at Words ...

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Sun, October 22, 12:30 PM

The Woodland, Maplewood

Diwali Fest NJ 2017

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Donna Smith for BOE - one of hardest working members of our Board

October 16, 2017

I’m pleased to endorse Donna Smith for a second term of the Board of Education.

Donna has been involved with our public schools since 1998, first as a PTA mom and as a BOE member since 2015. Throughout her years of service, Donna has been an advocate for all children to have options and choices over their academic careers, in terms of subject matter and finding the course environment ...

Donna Smith - a fierce, consistent, commitment to improving the educational experience of all of our students.

Donna Smith stands out in the crowded field of BOE candidates. She has a long and continuous history of service to SOMA schools. She knows our past and has a vision for our future. Donna is level-headed, reasonable, practical, thoughtful, and hard-working. Most importantly, Donna has demonstrated a fierce, consistent, commitment to improving the educational experience of all of our ...

Family Health

Second Opinion on Breast Cancer Program Offers Peace of Mind

A breast cancer diagnosis can change a person’s life. And during such devastating news, the sheer amount of information regarding treatment and follow-up care can quickly become overwhelming. However, patients are not alone in this fight. Atlantic Health System’s Breast Cancer Second Opinion Program at Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Overlook Medical Center, is helping provide peace of ...

Christie, Booker, and Baraka Show Strong Support for Newark to be Next Amazon HQ

October 17, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - A bipartisan trinity of New Jersey politico firepower assembled in downtown Newark to shoot the first salvo needed to score a major economic triumph for New Jersey's largest city: the construction in Newark of the new corporate headquarters for Amazon, the world's largest online retailer.  

All three of the prime politicians in place inside Rutgers Business ...

Former President Obama to Visit Newark to Campaign for Murphy

NEWARK, NJ - Former U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to roll into downtown Newark on Thursday to campaign for the Democratic New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy as the battle to run New Jersey heats up in the race's final weeks. 

Obama's appearance in New Jersey's largest city less than three weeks before the Nov. 7 election on behalf of ...

Union Man Indicted in Stabbing Death of His Father

October 21, 2017

UNION, NJ – A five-count indictment has been returned against a Union man charged with fatally stabbing his father in May, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour announced Friday.

Jeffrey Adams, 21, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree aggravated arson, third-degree hindering apprehension, and two related weapons offenses in connection with the death of his ...

Owners of Westfield's ‘Watcher House’ Considering Appeal After Judge Dismisses Lawsuit

WESTFIELD, NJ — The current owners of the notorious “Watcher House” at 657 Boulevard are considering an appeal after Superior Court Judge Camille M. Kenny dismissed the civil lawsuit against the former owners on Wednesday, according to the family’s attorney, Lee Levitt.

In a statement provided by the Broaddus family to their attorney, they maintain that, in ...

Mahopac’s Frank Lloyd Wright House Back on the Market

October 12, 2017

MAHOPAC, NY — If you have about $15 million to spare, you can own the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home, which comes with its own island, on Lake Mahopac.

The iconic home, once rumored to have been purchased by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (those rumors were false), is back on the market with a selling price of $14,920,000.

The sale is being handled by high-end real estate brokers ...

Maplewood Catering Company Takes Top Prize for Best Digital Marketing Plan at NJ Small Business Development Centers' Fourth Annual Internet Marketing Week

October 21, 2017

The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers network through its Headquarters at Rutgers Business School wrapped up its fourth annual Internet Marketing Week (IMW), where 20 small business owners came together to receive four days of intensive counseling-training on developing a digital blueprint strategy for their companies.

The specialized sessions were presented at Rutgers Business ...

Advisory Message from Maplewood Police: Bicycle Theft Prevention-Locks

The Maplewood Police Department had several reported bicycle thefts reported last month. Some of these thefts were unsecured bicycles, but many were of bicycles that had been locked up by their owners. It appears that the majority of these locks that were defeated by the thieves were the cable lock style. Although the Maplewood Police Department does not endorse a specific style or brand, below ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace & Cafe - October 20 to October 26

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:

Tuna Steaks  $12.99lb (Ashley Fish Market)
Sweet Scoops Frozen Yogurt $4.99
Boar’s Head Hard Salami $8.99lb (Deli)
Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips  2/$6
Asparagus $2.49lb
Grilled London Broil $10.99lb (Prep Food)
Bottom Round Roast $4.98 (Meat)
Stonyfield ...