SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Village President Sheena Collum read the following announcements at tonight’s Board of Trustees meeting, updating residents on a variety of topics: 

Census 2020 - Please Be Sure to Complete Your Survey - Time is running out for those who have not already done so to complete their 2020 Census surveyseither online or through the mail. Details can be found on the Village's website at Beginning August 1, 2020; census takers have begun making in person visits to homes who have not responded in one of the ways mentioned above. 

Importance of continuing to follow the COVID-19 Emergency Precautions - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause us all health concerns and inconvenience; it is critical that we continue to follow the emergency mandates put in place at the various levels of government, mainly to continue social distancing: staying home and only going outdoors if absolutely necessary. Remember when going outdoors to wear protective face masks and gloves and to maintain 6 feet of separation between other residents and yourself. Please continue to monitor the Village's website at for continuing information and updates. 

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Scotland Road Improvement Project is in Full Swing – work on Scotland Roadactively continues with replacement of the water main and installation of new gas lamp look-alikes. Transfer of residences water connections are being switched to a temporary main pending installation of the new main. Daily closing of Scotland Road from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or later and work on Saturday's still in effect. For more information on traffic rerouting or water utility updates; please continue to monitor the Village's website at 

ParkMobile Contactless Parking Payments - ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the United States has partnered with the South Orange Parking Authority to provide contactless payments in the area. ParkMobile will replace the MobileNOW! appwhich shut down in May. The ParkMobile app offers all the same features and functionality as MobileNOW! but is available in many more locations in New Jersey and across the country. Other differences include ParkMobile’s 24/7/365 customer service and additional payment options like PayPal and ApplePay. The app will be available at over 1,100 on-street and off-street parking spaces throughout South Orange. During the current COVID-19 health crisis, we encourage drivers to use the app to pay for parking instead of touching the meter. For more information, please visit ParkMobile's website at parking/, or email Neva Rodriguez at the South Orange Parking Authority at 

Reopening to the Public of the South Orange Public Library Main Building - The South Orange Public LibraryMain Building is now open to the public with limited hours, including hours reserved for seniors. Hours of operation for this week may be found on the Library's website at: The Library staff is ready to answer any questions, have conversations, and to provide in-person, as well as online, services. For the health and safety of all, and compliance with all state and local guidelines, there are new parameters. Face coverings and social distancing are required outdoors and in the building. For building entry temperature check is required: taken by kiosks at each entrance. The building is open at 25% capacity. That translates to a maximum of 8 people in the Children’s Room and a maximum 25 people on the Main floor at any one time. Materials pick-up will continue at designated times. All materials should be returned to book drops. For more information, please visit the Library's website at:, email the Library staff at, or telephone at (973) 762-0230. 

Coffee Talk — On Fridays at 10:30 a.m. join Senior Adult Social Worker Carol Berman and other SOMA seniors for a change to chat, share and get a little support over a cup of coffee. Just join using each week at or by phone (301) 715-8592, Meeting ID:817 0673 7060; Password: 786358 


In other news: 

Remote/Hybrid Instruction Preference Form for Parents Now Online

NJ's Contact Tracers Aren't Reaching Everyone

The Scotland Road detour will continue

How will the district keep kids healthy? Here's the plan

SOMDS Releases Fall Plan

Seton Hall Goes Test Optional for fall applicants

In our school district,  SOMEA Joins the Call for Remote Only Learning This Fall

Whether in school or at home this fall, SOMDS announced a new learning management system for teachers, students, and parents


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