SOMA Top Stories

September 18, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - West Third Street between The Mews and Gaslight Commons flooded after heavy rain on Tuesday afternoon, causing South Orange police to secure the area. South Orange Village President Sheena Collum wrote on her Facebook page at about 2:30 p.m.,: “South Orange residents please be ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Those catching a glimpse of the noon baseball game on Cameron Field this past Saturday, might have felt like they were stepping back in time, since this game was played as it would have been played in the 1800s. The South Orange Department of Recreation presented the 19th ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ - SOMA artists Nila M. Pusin of Maplewood and Cindy Wolf of South Orange were among 20 senior citizens to receive recognition for their artistic talent at the Annual Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show. The artists were recognized during an awards ceremony on Thursday, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Bloomfield Bengals, led by senior quarterback Kyle Tice, defeated the Columbia Cougars 42-21 in a Super Football Conference Liberty Blue game Friday night at Underhill Field. After a scoreless first quarter, Bloomfield scored on the first play of the second quarter with Tice ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new apartment building at 1701 Springfield Ave. was held on Saturday, Sept. 12. The 30-unit apartment building is located directly across the street from the Hilton branch of the Maplewood Library. Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca thanked ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a house fire at 10 Nelson Pl. in the early morning hours of Sept. 11, with Maplewood firefighters responding to a report of smoke at the home at about 3:20 a.m., according to a statement from Maplewood Fire Department Chief Michael R. Dingelstedt. The first arriving ...

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WEST NEW YORK, NJ - After losing the season opening game at home, the Columbia High School Cougars went on the road on Friday and defeated Memorial of West New York 28 to 20. In the first quarter, Memorial scored on a 67 yard run and took the lead 7-0 and with a successful point after ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Seton Hall University student who died from injuries sustained when he fell from the campus' parking deck on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Julian M. Mislavsky in a letter to the Seton Hall community from Interim President Mary J. Meehan. Mislavsky was a senior ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A Seton Hall University student has died after falling from the campus' parking deck on Tuesday, according to a letter to the school community from the University's Interim President, Mary J. Meehan Tuesday afternoon. South Orange Police Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call at ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It was a little cool and cloudy for a day at the pool, but Maplewood's dogs did not seem to mind as they swam and ran around at the second annual Dog Days of Summer event at the Maplewood Community Pool on Saturday. One family who was there with their Golden Retriever, Piper, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The 4th Annual Bob Miller Oysterfest for Melanoma Awareness will be held this Saturday, September 15, at The Woodland (60 Woodland Road) from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event was designed to raise funds for cancer research and awareness, as well as provide financial support to families ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange's annual campout is back on Friday, September 14, when residents can pitch tents and brave the great outdoors locally in New Waterlands Park. The campout is free, but campsites must be reserved in advance and there must be at least one responsible adult (who is a ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Stony's Restaurant has new owners, and will soon become Miti Miti, according to an update from Bob Zuckerman of the South Orange Village Alliance. Stony's, which has been in operation for almost 10 years under the ownership of Laura and Stony Johnson, was recently sold to ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the second year, the Maplewood Recreation Department is ending the pool season with a free "Dog Days of Summer" event for the town's canine residents. This Saturday, Sept. 8, the dogs of Maplewood are invited to swim in the pool from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Event organizers ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - After a lengthy discussion at the Sept. 4 meeting of the Maplewood Township Committee, the members voted not to institute a fee of ten cents (three cents which would have gone to the store, and seven cents to the Township) for the use of disposable “checkout bags," which would have ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  Smokehouse BBQ, owned by Maplewood resident Trevon Woolford, has opened at 1546 Springfield Avenue, at the intersection with Boyden Street, at the former site of T-OP Ice Cream and Fried Chicken. Smokehouse BBQ features smoked meats: brisket, pork, and chicken, as well as side ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - At about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, a small SUV traveling south on Scotland Road, just before the intersection with Montrose Avenue, stopped short and a woman passenger banged her head, according to first responders at the scene. The passenger ended up on the ground ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  Sunday was filled with music in Maplewood, with the Hilton neighborhood's second annual Porchfest and a performance by the U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus in Memorial Park. More than 30 homes participated in Porchfest, with live performances taking place on porches and ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Columbia High School Cougars opening football game at home got off to a good start with Trey Harris Scoring on a 37-yard pass from quarterback Luke Hayes, and a successful point after the kick. The first quester ended with the Cougars holding a 7-0 lead. In the second ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Ani Ramen will open in Maplewood in 2019, stated a Facebook update from Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca on Friday. Ani Ramen currently has locations in Montclair (the original location, which opened in 2014) and Jersey City (2017), and plans to open a third location on Springfield Avenue ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Former Columbia High School (CHS) baseball coach Joe Fischetti, who was dismissed from his CHS coaching post in 2016 for alleged bullying of some players, has been removed as head baseball coach at Newark Academy, according to a letter to parents at that ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Criminal charges have been dropped against six people, including Maplewood resident Kristin Peck, who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6  at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, according to Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz of B’nai Abraham in ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Shannon Glander, a longtime teacher and administrator in the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD), has been appointed the new principal of Seth Boyden Elementary School, according to an update on the SOMSD website. Prior to her appointment as Seth Boyden's principal, ...

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ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Some Essex County chapters of Girls on the Run (GOTR), an afterschool program designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences, are currently seeking volunteer coaches to help their young participants ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange Maplewood Board of Education confirmed Monday that the recent suspension of Athletic Director Larry Busichio, along with other staffers, stems from “highly disturbing” actions related to the troubled Columbia High School (CHS) baseball ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - This Wednesday, August 29, is the last Moonlit Movie of the summer. The South Orange Summer Night season closes with a showing of Despicable Me 3 (rated PG) at 8 p.m. on Floods Hill in Meadowland Park. Programs will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.  

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Back-to-school for South Orange - Maplewood School District students is right around the corner. For those looking for the school supply lists before school starts, here they are for each of the elementary schools. CLINTON School supplies by grade: click ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Protesters from Maplewood and South Orange participated in a silent march on Sunday, one of many events across the country opposing the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. "Kavanaugh would rule against reproductive freedom, health care, the ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Columbia High School athletic director Larry Busichio has been suspended indefinitely along with four other staffers for as yet undisclosed reasons, according to district officials. The suspensions were approved at the last school board meeting on Monday as part ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - James Clark, age 47, was arrested on Aug. 20 in his home in Trenton, and charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, and credit card fraud, according to a statement from Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul. Clark's arrest resulted from detectives investigating multiple ...

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