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Thank You, Teachers! Teachers Come Free to April 7 Performance of Exit Strategy, a Comedy About Chicago Teachers Fighting School Closure

Although teachers will receive discounts throughout the run of EXIT STRATEGY, they are being invited to attend the Friday, April 7 performance at no charge. Ike Holter’s edgy new comedy about the shutdown of a crumbling Chicago school uncovers all the humor in the teachers’ room gossip, conflicts and chaos in the staff’s efforts to save the school.

There will be a discussion and coffee & cake reception immediately after the THANK YOU, TEACHERS performance. Called "Fierce and funny!" by The Philadelphia Inquirer, EXIT STRATEGY is sure to spark strong reactions.  Executive producer Daaimah Talley says. “We would like people who care about these issues to see this play and have an opportunity to share their views.”

“The play was written in response to the sweeping 2009 school closures in Chicago,” says artistic director Mark Spina. “With all the current drama in Trenton and Washington about school funding, it might be a good idea to start talking about these issues NOW.”

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The free tickets are available with school or NJEA ID cards at the box office beginning 7 PM, Friday, April 7 on a first come, first served basis pending availability; free tix may be reserved in advance with a $2 service charge atwww.thetheaterproject.org.

About The Theater Project:

Founded in 1994, The Theater Project frequently chooses plays to shine light on social issues of community concern, and has stimulated New Jersey audiences with award-winning, thought provoking theater. Each year, the company offers 200 opportunities for actors, writers and directors while providing forums to express ideas that spark the imagination.

The Theater Project presents its main stage season at the Burgdorff Cultural Center in Maplewood, New Jersey. TTP also offers programs for children and showcases for new plays and playwrights in Cranford, Rahway and Union.

LISTING:

WHAT: THANK YOU, TEACHERS! Free tickets to EXIT STRATEGY, a comedy by Ike Holter

HOW:  First come, first served; may be reserved on the website with a $2 service charge.

WHO: The Theater Project / www.TheTheaterProject.org  

WHEN: Friday, April 7—Free tix for teachers with ID

                        To all other performances, regular teacher discounts apply:

($5 off regular price ($30) with school ID/ $7.50 off with NJEA ID)

April 6 -23, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM

                        No performance Sunday, April 16

Talk back with the actors after the Friday and Sunday performances.

WHERE: The Theater Project at the Burgdorff Center, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ

TIX: Free for teachers with ID on Friday, April 7.

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Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Robberies Reported

April 19, 2017

April 11 - Robbery; At approximately 10 a.m., a 15 year old Maplewood resident was walking on Irvington Ave. with a group of juveniles when he was assaulted and his money taken. South Orange and Maplewood Police responded and stopped several juveniles in the area. A 13 and 16 year old from Newark and a 14 year old from Irvington were taken into custody and charged with the ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Early Morning Robberies Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of April 17

Robbery - A Milton Place resident reported that at approximately 2:32 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, she was robbed by an unknown actor as she exited from the front passenger seat of her friend's vehicle, after they had pulled into and parked in the driveway of her residence. The victim and witnesses described the actor as a black male, ...

New Jersey American Water to Conduct Routine Flushing April 23 to April 28 in Maplewood

April 22, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - New Jersey American Water will conduct routine flushing of its water distribution from Sunday, April 23, through Friday, April 28, according to an email sent to Maplewood residents.

The flushing is to ensure that residents, "continue to receive high-quality water service," and also allows New Jersey American Water ...

Mountain Valley Emergency Communications Center Names Award Recipients; Communications Officer Anna Gruber Named 'Telecommunicator of the Year'

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- The Mountain Valley Emergency Communications Center (MVECC), which acts as a communications link between the citizens of Summit, New Providence and Millburn, who need an emergency service response, and those law enforcement, fire, and medical response agencies that provide such services, has named its 2016 award recipients.

Among those ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, April 23, 10:00 AM

The Secret Garden @ 377- Harrison Park Towers, East Orange

Garden Conservancy Open Days at The Secret Garden ...

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Sun, April 23, 11:00 AM

Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, Maplewood

Sheena Collum: The Ethics of Affordable Housing

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SOMA Real Estate Update: Inventory Remains Low

SOMA Real Estate Update

Inventory remains low. According to the Garden State MLS (GSML)*, as of Sunday, April 9, there are 60 homes for sale in South Orange with 7 of them in attorney review. Prices range from $139,000 for a condo off of Irvington Avenue to over $1.3 million for a Tudor on North Ridgewood Road. If you are looking for a 4 bedroom home in South Orange; there are 10 homes ...

Montclair Kimberley Academy Celebrates Earth Day with Opening of New Green Roof

April 21, 2017

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) is abuzz with activities this spring involving their Kindergarten through 12th grade students and their new Green Roof that boasts spectacular views of the New York City skyline. The Green Roof officially opened on Tuesday, April 18, in time to celebrate Earth Day at their Upper School campus on Lloyd Road.

"MKA is ...

Former Short Hills Postal Worker Charged with Distribution of Cocaine; Millburn Police Commended by Essex County Prosecutor

SHORT HILLS, NJ – Former U.S. Postal worker Amanda Cruz, 22, of Newark was arrested and charged on Thursday, April 20, with first-degree narcotics violations. She was working as a mail carrier at the Short Hills Post Office across from the train station on Chatham Road.

According to a press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s office Thursday morning, it alleges that Cruz ...

East Hanover Introduces New Ordinance to Ensure Just Pups Problems Stay in the Past

April 21, 2017

EAST HANOVER, NJ- The Just Pups pet store saga left East Hanover and animal lovers throughout the state enraged and aghast at the mistreatment of puppies in the store’s many locations throughout New Jersey. In response to this public outcry, the East Hanover Town Council has taken steps to beef up their rules and regulations regarding animals and animal establishments throughout the ...

Environmental Group Awards Overlook Medical Center for Practice Excellence, Achievements

SUMMIT, NJ - Overlook Medical Center in Summit, part of Atlantic Health System, has been recognized for environmental excellence with two awards from Practice Greenhealth, a national organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.

Practice Greenhealth is a Reston, VA-based non-profit founded on the principles of positive environmental stewardship and ...

Weekend Ideas for April 22 and April 23

April 20, 2017

One of the most notable dates coming up this weekend is globally celebrated Earth Day. Many communities will be putting together celebrations on Saturday to recognize the importance of taking care of our planet. Many of the festivals are free of charge and open to the general public.

In Maplewood, there is a River Cleanup and Picnic on Saturday, details here.

Here are other weekend events ...

Nine Charged in Takedown of Newark Drug Trafficking Ring

April 21, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey State Police have arrested seven suspects and seized weapons, heroin, crack cocaine, prescription drugs and more than $31,000 as a result of "Operation Dead End."

After a six-month investigation by the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression North Unit, detectives were able to identify nine suspects accused of operating a drug trafficking ring in Newark.

SOMADEMS to Host Murphy, Brennan at Candidates Forum on April 25

SOMADEMS will host Democratic gubernatorial candidates Phil Murphy and Bill Brennan at the group’s third Meet the Governor Candidates Forum on Tuesday, April 25 at The Woodland (60 Woodland Ave.) in Maplewood from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“We are pleased to welcome New Jersey’s Democratic candidates to the Maplewood and South Orange communities,” said SOMADEMS’ ...

Livingston League of Women Voters to Host Talk on Preservation of Eagle Island Camp

LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Livingston League of Women Voters presents Paula Michelsen McGovern, Executive Director of the Friends of Eagle Island, Inc. (FEI), who will speak about her organization's efforts to preserve Eagle Island, a National Historic Landmark Adirondack Great Camp located on Upper Saranac Lake, New York, at the Senior Community Center on April 19 a 8 p.m.

Originally ...