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May 16, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Teachers in the South Orange-Maplewood School District are again operating under a contract after the Board of Education ratified an agreement the two sides reached after months of negotiations. The Board of Education approved the measure at its meeting on Monday ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Township Clerk has issued this reminder for those who wish to vote in the Primary Election on June 7, 2022. P U B L I C   N O T I C E                                                                    May 13, 2022                PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The 4th Annual South Orange Invitational, a fundraiser for CinemaEd, is returning May 23. “We still have room for more golfers, so sign up soon,” said the organizers. “If you don't golf, come for dinner!” You can register by clicking here. The tournament will take place ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Hellah Sidibe, the first African-American to run across the United States, will visit the area next week to tell his historic story and join others with a “fun run.” Last year, Sidibe ran 3,061-miles, from Los Angeles to New York, in only 84 days. That’s about 36 miles per ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A newly established Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs was announced Friday that will be led by Reginald Bledsoe, a Newark resident and former Newark Public Schools Board of Education member. Bledsoe, who was appointed as the office's first director, will help support the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Jamie Fardin scored five goals to lead Columbia to a 19-7 girls lacrosse victory over West Orange on Friday. Susanna Knutsen had three goals and three assists, and Evie Campbell had three goals and two assists for the Cougars (9-5), who led, 12-4, at halftime. Sophia ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The South Orange-Maplewood School District acknowledged a rise in Covid-19 cases but stopped short of reinstating a district-wide masking policy, instead urging students and staff to voluntarily choose to mask indoors and on buses. Outbreaks at two elementary schools -- Clinton ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A member of the Columbia High School Band, who received the Governor’s Award in Music, will be honored at a ceremony on May 26, according to Columbia High School Director of Bands Peter Bauer. The student, Seth Peiris, is a senior member of the band, according to Bauer, who wrote ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - When 10-year-old Peyton Cohen decided to host a lemonade fundraiser for Natalie Ferguson, a 4-year-old battling brain cancer, Peyton had no idea how it would catch on, or that she could raise thousands of dollars in a single day. But word of the lemonade fundraiser spread ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Luca Simoniello and Jalen Hardy combined on a five-inning three-hitter to lead Columbia to a 10-0 baseball victory over Whippany Park on Thursday. Brandon Doubek went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBI for the Cougars (13-7), who led, 5-0, after two innings. Aidan Pierre ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Students and staff at South Mountain Big School are again required to wear masks indoors and on the bus following an outbreak of Covid-19 in three classes. The South Orange Department of Health is requiring the move, South Mountain Elementary Principal Kevin Mason wrote to ...

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CARTERET, NJ – Jack McGreevey, a battle-hardened Marine drill sergeant turned dogged advocate for his fellow veterans, who passed his passion for service to his son, former Gov. Jim McGreevey, died May 12. He was 93. Mr. McGreevey, of Carteret, was a constant presence throughout the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Three men face disorderly persons charges related to an early-morning Thursday altercation in the Valley Street area that involved the firing of a gun, police said. They said they went to the area at 1:26 a.m. in response to a “report of a disturbance with shots ...

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Over two thousand frozen pints on Van Leeuwen Oat Milk Brown Sugar Chunk has been recalled announced Van Leeuwen Ice Cream of Brooklyn, NY. The recall was initiated because the non-dairy frozen dessert may contain undeclared specific traces of tree nuts; cashews and pistachios. People who have ...

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MILLBURN, NJ -- Millburn left fielder Alex Wilson went over the fence to rob Columbia batter Brandon Doubek of a potential game-tying home run for the last out of Millburn's 5-4 baseball victory over Columbia in the quarterfinal round of the Greater Newark Tournament on Wednesday. Millburn ...

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ELIZABETH, NJ - A Fifth-Alarm Fire at the Waste Management facility on Julia Street Tuesday sent thick smoke throughout North Jersey and could even be viewed in New York City.  The City of Elizabeth reports receiving a phone call about the fire at approximately 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. The fire is ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Parents took the opportunity to bring up two main concerns during the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education special meeting this week: A lack of communication and inconsistency in regard to COVID-19 and the removal of former second grade teacher Tamar Herman after she was ...

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Multiple varieties of Grandma's Cuisine, Bernat's and Golden Eagle frozen cheese-filled pierogis are being recalled because they may contain undeclared milk allergen, announced the FDA. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The township has a new-and-improved website that took almost a year to design, according to officials. The redesigned site goes beyond a visual rebranding, said the township, asserting the redesign brings a better user experience and transparency “through more intuitive ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The man who was sentenced to life in a New Brunswick courtroom for the 1973 murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster in one of the highest-profile trials in the city’s history will soon be released from prison. The New Jersey Supreme Court has ordered parole for Sundiata Acoli ...

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Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here’s What Experts Say Many people are wondering: will home prices fall this year? Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, the answer to this question matters for you. Let’s break down what’s happening with home prices, where experts say they’re ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A police chase has resulted in a fatal car crash in Glen Ridge on Tuesday, law enforcement officials confirmed. To quell the amount of car thefts in New Jersey, the Attorney General has stated that police officers can resume police pursuits, after years of halting to the ...

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COLUMBIA, NJ -- Dylan Sullivan pitched a five-inning two-hitter and Columbia defeated Verona, 10-0, in the first round of the Greater Newark Tournament on Monday. Sullivan struck out six batters and walked one for the Cougars (12-6), who took command early with three runs in the first inning and ...

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St. Mark's Episcopal Church in West Orange opened in 1828 and remained as an active congregation until it closed in 2004. After the church closed it saw only occasional use as a rental property for small fellowships. Over the years however financial resources were lacking to maintain the church, ...

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Maplewood/South Orange, NJ - Saturday, April 30, was a fun and educational day in SOMA, as Make Madness, sponsored by a number of local businesses and The Achieve Foundation of South Orange & Maplewood kicked off in two separate parts of Maplewood. Located at Columbia High School, in the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Maplewood experienced nearly double the number of COVID-19 cases in April than in March, said township Health Officer Candice Davenport at this week’s meeting of the Maplewood Township Committee. Davenport said there were 232 COVID-19 cases in March compared to 438 in April.

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Cole Abel scored four goals to lead Columbia to a 12-6 boys lacrosse victory over Montclair-Kimberley Academy on Friday. Shane Knezovic and Aidan Kemp each scored two goals for the Cougars (10-4). Max Gigante had a goal and an assist, and won 13 of 21 faceoffs. Jonah Wolpov ...

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The TJX Companies, Inc., which includes TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Sierra and Homesense is recalling certain vegan chocolate products, announced the company. The products are being recalled because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of serious or ...

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Meet the Candidates                      Deborah Engel                Kurt Kiley                                              MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Maplewood Democrats will choose next month their nominee for a seat on the Maplewood Township Committee. Vying for the post in the upcoming ...

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NEWARK, NJ — During the past three years Newark resident Deborah Smith-Gregory has been bombarded with daily phone calls urging her to sell her home. “It’s been calling at all times of the day and night - both cellphone and landline. They say, ‘Are you interested in selling your property? We’ve ...

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