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November 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Thursday's snowstorm caused massive traffic jams and cars at a standstill for hours, with stranded students waiting for parents at schools and on buses, and also, among all this, there were many accounts of strangers helping to move cars stuck in the snow, of ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Closures and delays continue on Friday, after a snowstorm dropped more than six inches of snow and a wintry mix on Thursday afternoon causing massive traffic, multiple accidents, and major delays on school bus routes as drivers tried to navigate the treacherous ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - 'Café Q', a non-denominational meeting place for LGBTQ teens, debuted on October 21 with 16 young people in attendance. Based on the enthusiastic reception to the concept, the cafe will continue its planned schedule of being open the third Sunday of each month. As such, 'Café Q' will ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange Maplewood School District and schools are closed on Friday, Nov. 16, due to hazardous conditions, stated an email from the district at 6:30 a.m.  The full email is below: Dear SOMSD families and staff, South Orange Maplewood School District ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race (CCR) is requesting the community's participation in a research project, with responses being collected through Nov. 17.   The survey is being conducted by Market Research Students at Seton Hall ...

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Update at 6:30 a.m.: South Orange Maplewood School District and schools are closed on Friday, Nov. 16. More info. here. SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School District schools will have a delayed opening on Friday, Nov. 16, according to an email from the school district ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A snowstorm on Thursday caused cancellations, closures, major traffic problems, and impassable streets that prevented school buses from completing their routes. Here are the latest updates: From Maplewood Police at 4:20 p.m.: All Jitney routes are ...

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SHORT HILLS, NJ - Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge will have a special prix fixe Thanksgiving Menu, as well as their regular menu, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. Thanksgiving menu highlights at Par 440 include Butternut Squash soup to start, a roast turkey entree with all the traditional ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - All after-school activities, including on-site after care through the YMCA, are cancelled Thursday, Nov. 15, due to the forecast for snow and the potential for hazardous travel conditions, stated an email from the school district at about 10:15 a.m. The full ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Columbia High School (CHS) Administrative Team sent an email to CHS families at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, informing them that a student had shown school administration an "inappropriate picture of a weapon on another student's Instagram account." School administrators worked ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Health Department has completed its inspection of the Columbia High School (CHS) bathrooms, and while they found overall they are "well-maintained," there are multiple repairs that need to be made, with the report citing 21 specific issues. The report also ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - More than 1,500 households in South Orange were without power at about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the PSE&G power outage map, which also showed that power restoration was estimated for between 6:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. that night. The number of households without power ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - An extensive roadway construction project is underway in Maplewood Village, with repairs and improvements being made to sidewalks and roads.  According to an update from the Township of Maplewood, the milling stage has been completed, and Maplewood Avenue will be closed to ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With recent attention on possible unsanitary conditions at the bathrooms at local South Orange and Maplewood schools, there is one school where the bathrooms have received notice for how good they look: the girls bathroom at Jefferson Elementary School. As the school year began, ...

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An earlier version of this article was updated on Nov. 12. MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - At the monthly meeting of the Maplewood Board of Health on Wednesday night, Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee, who is Chair of the Board of Health, asked Health Officer Robert Roe to inspect the bathrooms at the ...

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MAPLWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood PBA (Local #44) with the help of the Maplewood Police Department's Community Service Bureau, hosted a 5k "Pets For Vets" 5K run, which was a fundraiser for Troopers Assisting Troopers, a NJ State Police organization that raises money to purchase service dogs for ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Veterans Day was observed and celebrated in the Maplewood Municipal Building on Sunday, November 11. Music was provided for the observance by the Maplewood Concert Band under the direction of Steve Kimmons, Former Commander of the Eighth Air Force Band. After the first musical ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and as the holiday falls on Sunday this year, there are some closures in SOMA on Monday, Nov. 12, which is a federal holiday. The municipal offices in South Orange are closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. The South ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Village is conducting a coat and toy drive now through Dec. 7. The drive is collecting unwrapped, new toys and gently worn coats at three drop off locations throughout South Orange:  South Orange Village Clerks Office, 76 South Orange Avenue, Third Floor, ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Fall foliage has been at its peak the last few weeks in South Orange and Maplewood, and TAPinto SOMA is sharing some of the best local places enjoy the autumn foliage. To have your photos added to the gallery here or to share your favorite spots to find fall ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Sunday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Slow Food Northern New Jersey will be hosting a special indoor farmers market at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd.) in Maplewood in honor of "Terra Madre Day." According to Slow Food Northern New Jersey's website, this newly added market is to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - At the same time that hundreds of other "Nobody is Above the Law" rallies were taking place across the country, more than 100 people came together in solidarity at the gazebo in South Orange in protest of Donald Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and removal of Rod ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - SouthNEXT is back for its fourth annual collision of inspirational ideas this weekend, Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. SouthNEXT, which is described by organizers as "New Jersey’s festival that explores our similarities by celebrating our differences," returns again to the South Orange ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - SOMA Action, a local group of activists with more than 900 members, is holding a "Nobody is Above the Law" rally on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. at the gazebo across from the South Orange firehouse, by the South Orange train station. An email from Lilian Hawkins, President of ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Paul Aronsohn, the newly-appointed New Jersey Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families, was the guest speaker at the JESPY House Family Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 28, according to a press release from JESPY House, a non-profit ...

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This article was updated at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday to reflect updated vote totals from the Essex County Clerk's office. SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There were eleven candidates on the ballot vying for three positions on the South Orange - Maplewood Board of Education (SOMBOE): Narda ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Residents of SOMA, and Essex County, overwhelmingly voted in favor of the "Line A" Democratic candidates. Incumbent Robert Menendez won his U.S. Senate race with more than 75% of the Essex County vote, and incumbent Donald Payne, Jr., for District 10 House of ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Three candidates ran for two seats on the Maplewood Township Committee (TC), with the Democratic ticket of incumbents Greg Lembrich and Nancy Adams easily wining with 46% and 48% of the vote, respectively, according to unofficial results from the Essex County Clerk with 20 of 21 ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - It's Election Day this Tuesday, November 6. Here's everything you need to know about the ballot before you go to the polls to vote: STATE ELECTIONS UNITED STATES SENATOR New Jersey will elect a new senator (six-year term) when they go to the polls on ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - After more than a week of protests, the Concerned 44 and Seton Hall University (SHU) administrators have yet to reach agreement on all issues, but some progress towards resolution has been made, according to statements from university officials and student organizers. The ...

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