SOMA Top Stories

January 18, 2019

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The National Weather Service (NWS) has upgraded the Winter Storm Watch for this weekend to a Winter Storm Warning, which is in effect from noon on Saturday to 6 p.m on Sunday. The 6 p.m. update from the NWS on Friday predicted "total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ  – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura are asking that residents do not park on county roads from Saturday, Jan. 19, to Sunday, Jan. 20. Keeping the roads open will make it easier to remove snow and enable public works crews to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - All South Orange Maplewood School District schools will have a delayed opening on Friday, Jan. 18, according to an email from the school district early Friday morning. For delayed opening, Montrose, elementary and middle schools start two hours later than their ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated through Tuesday, Jan. 22, due to extreme cold weather and cold in the forecast, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced on Thursday. When a Code Blue is declared, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Newark Academy overcame a three-point halftime deficit for a 56-48 girls basketball victory over Columbia on Thursday. Ashley Phillip scored 16 points to lead Columbia (4-8), which led, 27-24, at halftime. Maia Little finished with 15 points for the Cougars. Sam Keller paced ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Four members of the South Orange Fire Department were promoted and two new firefighters were sworn-in by South Orange Village President Sheena Collum, at Monday night's meeting of the South Orange Board of Trustees. Giovanni Grasso and Michael Pascuite were both promoted from ...

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BURLINGTON, NJ – Three SOMA arts organizations have been nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards, and South Orange also has a nomination in the category "Favorite Downtown Arts District." In addition to South Orange's nomination for Downtown Arts District, the other nominees ...

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- In a game that was close throughout, the Columbia boys basketball team made the big plays down the stretch and came away with a 53-48 victory over Bloomfield on the road Tuesday night. Senio guard Dylan Jones scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out three assists ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange location of the Thai and Asian cuisine restaurant Noodlefan has closed permanently, according to an update from Bob Zuckerman of the South Orange Village Center Alliance. Noodlefan South Orange had been perviously closed in the summer of 2018, but had ...

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MAPLEWOOD, MILLBURN, AND WEST ORANGE, NJ — In an effort to revitalize the forest ecology in Essex County’s forest areas, the county’s Deer Management Program will begin on Jan. 15 and continue through March. This year, the program has been modified so that culling will occur on Tuesdays in South ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- There were at least three junctures during the course of Saturday's game when it looked like the Columbia boys basketball team might be about to get run out of its own gym by Linden. Linden took a 10-point lead in the first quarter, but Columbia battled back. Linden again took a ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ -- Montclair pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 66-53 boys basketball victory over Columbia Thursday night. Charles Murphy poured in 35 points for the Mounties (6-3), who finished the game with a 22-11 showing to extend a two-point lead. Dylan Jones scored 15 points for ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Four players scored in double figures as Columbia raced to a 63-37 girls basketball victory over Montclair Thursday night. Maia Little scored 15 points for Columbia (4-5), which outscored the Mounties, 20-11, in the second quarter to open a 30-17 lead. Sage Cleghorn scored 13 ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- The Columbia High School girls and boys swim teams each won their dual meets against West Orange this week. In the Columbia girls' 102-68 win, Addie Weiner of Columbia won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:06.46. Other winners for the Cougars included Maya Glenn in the 100 fly ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The fourth annual SOMA Film Festival will take place March 20 to March 24, at The Woodland in downtown Maplewood, with a free special partnership screening at Seton Hall on March 19.  The main festival will begin Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. at The Woodland and will launch with ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Department of Public Works will "circle the Township" to pick up Christmas trees from Jan. 7 to Feb. 22, according to an update on the South Orange website. In order to be eligible for collection, trees must be free of ornaments, lighting, and stands. The ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Christmas tree collection is underway in Maplewood, according to an update from the Department of Public Works. Christmas tree collection began on Monday, Jan. 7, and will continue through the end of January, with the final day of collection depending on zone as ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs will present a “Young People’s” classical music concert on Sunday, Jan. 20, according to a press release from Andrew Fishman of the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs. The concert will be performed by the Maplewood ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- The Columbia girls basketball team broke away from a tie game at halftime to defeat Newark Collegiate, 48-38, on Tuesday. Ashley Phillip scored a game-high 19 points for Columbia (3-5), which outscored Collegiate, 17-10, in the third quarter after the game was deadlocked, 21-21, at ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — After hearing through NJ 101.5 evening radio host Steve Trevelise that his “oldest and dearest friend” Robbo Pisani, a fire captain with the North Hudson Fire Department, was struggling with kidney failure, West Orange resident Melissa Kohlman was so moved that she volunteered her ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Although more than 700 sea turtles have been stranded this winter in the Northeast region of the United States, hundreds of which did not survive, 13 sea turtles are currently recuperating from the cold at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s Sea Turtle Recovery, New Jersey’s only ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Can you believe it’s already time to think about summer? You can learn about multiple day and sleep away camps all at the same time at the 3rd Annual SOMA Summer Camp Fair, sponsored by Adamson Ramsey Homes. The SOMA Summer Camp Fair will be held on Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 ...

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NEW JERSEY -- More residents moved out of New Jersey than any other state in 2018, with 66.8% of New Jersey moves being outbound, according to United Van Lines’ 42nd annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year. The Garden State moved ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ – Michael H. Karu, CPA/CFF, a member of the Livingston-based accounting firm Levine, Jacobs & Company, LLC, was recently featured on “CBS News” during a segment about the recent change in the alimony tax law. Under the new federal law as of Jan. 1, alimony is no longer ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Paul Roth, South Orange Maplewood School District Business Administrator, called the Board of Education's annual reorganization meeting to order on Thursday, Jan. 3, and then swore in each of the three people elected to the Board for three-year terms ending December 2021. Shannon ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- One of Essex County's toughest teams broke away in a big second quarter as Newark West Side went on to a 71-52 boys basketball victory over Columbia Friday night. After a tightly contested first quarter, West Side (7-3) outscored the Cougars, 25-12, in the second quarter to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - As 2018 drew to an end, 1 South Restaurant (located at 1 South Orange Ave.) announced it was closed. On Dec. 31, 1 South posted on their Facebook page that the restaurant was not open and that there would not be a New Year's Eve event as planned. An update to the 1 South ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- The Columbia girls swim team outscored Millburn, 95-75, in Wednesday's meet. Annabelle Jin-Hendel of Columbia won the 200 intermediate event with a time of 2:24.92. Maya Glenn was the winner in the 100 fly in 1:06.06. Columbia's Katharina Dowlin took the 100 freestyle with a ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Township Committee (TC) held it's annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Jan 1. (Read more about the meeting here). Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, who begins his 20th year in office and 11th consecutive year as mayor, said that it will be his last year as mayor, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Township Committee (TC) held its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Current TC members Nancy Adams and Greg Lembrich, who were re-elected in November, were sworn in for a new three-year-term, with the Oath of Office administered by Township Clerk Liz ...

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