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South Orange Resident Honored as an Essex County Legend

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Ginsberg, 94, was honored as an Essex County legend as part of the county's Older Americans Month celebration. She is a resident of Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation, a senior living community in South Orange that is owned and managed by the Jewish Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey. Credits: JCHC
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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Older Americans Month is observed in Essex County, N.J. with a special ceremony to honor local seniors who have contributed to and improved their communities in various ways. Jeannie Ginsberg, a resident of Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation in South Orange, was among the honorees this year at the 8th Annual Essex County Older Americans Heritage Month Celebration. Awards were given out by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo at the event on May 14 in Newark, which was co-sponsored by the Essex County Division of Senior Services.

Ginsberg and her fellow honorees were chosen because they are positive role models for the younger generation, have worked tirelessly to assist fellow seniors and made tremendous contributions to improve the quality of life. She was nominated by Frances Bucien, coordinator of the JCC Essex County Kosher Nutrition lunch program at Village Apartments. Village Apartments is one of four senior living communities owned and managed by the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) in Essex and Morris counties.

A native of Newark, Ginsberg started her career in early childhood education as director of the Playhouse cooperative preschool in 1951, which was located in South Orange. She developed an inclusive environment through her personal ABCs: acceptance, brotherhood and compassion. Children were encouraged to engage in hands-on play, learn from nature and to respect each other. Parents were encouraged to participate as well which created enduring friendships among the Playhouse families through the years.

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Growth in enrollment led to a move to a larger facility in West Orange where it still stands, and where it was able to cater to a larger population of children from throughout Essex County. In recognition of Essex County’s diverse community, Ginsberg spearheaded what were considered innovations at the time—offering registration materials in Spanish and charged tuition on a sliding scale—along with fostering respect for different cultures and backgrounds among the youngsters, many who later sent their own children there. Playhouse continues Ginsberg’s tradition of open play, exploration, and learning to get along with others.

“I have spent my entire life doing what I love and helping little ones to do the same,” Ginsberg said of her fifty-year career. “When people ask me how to make the world a better place, I tell them to start with young people.”

Today, Ginsberg, age 94, leads a quiet life at Village Apartments, an independent living senior residence located at 110 Vose Avenue in the heart of South Orange. For more information about Village Apartments, visit www.jchcorp.org or contact Site Manager Cheryl Kasye at (973) 763-0999.

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SOMA

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

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

Spring Book Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

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Sat, April 21, 12:00 PM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Millburn Library Annual Book Sale

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Sat, April 21, 12:00 PM

Sadie's, South Orange

Half Birthday Bake Sale for Take The Cake

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Sun, April 22, 10:30 AM

Millburn

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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 ...

Atlantic Health Among Six Regional Health Systems Forming Clinical Research Consortium

April 18, 2018

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) ...

Summit's Central Church, Willis Mission Fund Award $20,000 Grant to Bridges Outreach

SUMMIT, NJ -- Bridges Outreach has been awarded a $20,000 grant to provide case management services to individuals in Newark who are experiencing homelessness by the The Lena Willis Mission Fund of Central Presbyterian Church of Summit.

The grant will provide seven individuals with access to job readiness, internships, employment and rental assistance and ultimately, independence. Each ...

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

April 20, 2018

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:          

Barbers 1833 Vintage Reserve $9.99lb (Cheese)
Mountaire Chicken Tenders $2.99lb (Meat)
Edy’s Ice Cream 2/$10
Mangos 3/$5
Housemade Premade Juice 12oz $3.99 (Bakery)
Grilled Asparagus $7.99lb (Prep Food)
Rana Pasta ...

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

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 ...