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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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NEW JERSEY - A young Plainfield burn victim thanks first responders who saved her. Plus, Piscataway celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrierl. And, East Brunswick Boy Scouts spend a day with police. Also, the Green Village Fire Department in Chatham ...

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NEW JERSEY — “Did you know that the state animal is the horse?” asked Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R - District 40). He knows a few things about horses. And about public service too.  Rooney has over 20 years of public service. He served as Wyckoff Township committeeman from 2010 to 2016, as ...

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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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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - River Day in South Orange is held on the first Sunday in May every year, most years it's not been the best weather, however the sun shone down on us this year making it a very pleasant experience. In keeping with the efforts state-wide to eliminate as much use of disposable ...

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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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NEW JERSEY - Piscataway residents start a fund to help victims of a recent fire. Plus, Union educators rally over contract negotiations. And, Newark pledges $20 million towards building affordable housing units. Also, a Sparta resident celebrates her 105th birthday with the ...

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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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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey parents could have more of a say in what their children are learning in school and potentially opt students out of lessons. Legislation aimed at improving clarity for parents and guardians and allowing comment on any curriculum necessary to implement the New Jersey ...

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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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NEW JERSEY - The Cranford Highschool Baseball team rallies around a young boy with a rare disease is scheduled to have his 8th surgery. Plus, Piscataway will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier. And, Phillipsburg will hold Comic-Con this year ...

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                                                                  Kurt Kiley             Deborah Engel   MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Deborah Engel and Kurt Kiley, two candidates vying for Democrats’ votes in the June 7 primary election for one seat on the Maplewood Township Committee, debated May 11 ...

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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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TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Phil Murphy announced new legislation Wednesday that would renew abortion rights in the state and expand access to reproductive care. The proposal would mandate insurance plans in New Jersey to cover abortion procedures with no out-of-pocket costs. Murphy also announced his ...

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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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NEW JERSEY- The Compassion Cafe, a non-profit that employs teens and adults with disabilities, opens in Beach Haven. Plus, the New York Jets pay a visit to the Wayne Valley Girls flag football team. Also, Cranford residents send hundreds of aid boxes to Ukraine. And, Roxbury students thank ...

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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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NEW JERSEY — One week after the plastic bag ban went into effect, many New Jerseyans seem to be getting into a routine of bringing reusable bags with them to grocery stores.  As of May 4, 2022, large chains and stores 2,500 square feet or larger, are no longer allowed to give out single-use ...

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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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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Parents concerned about the lifting of the mask mandate in South Orange-Maplewood schools expressed their uneasiness Monday at the South Orange Village Township Council meeting. While mask optional schools are liberating for students, parents with high-risk family members in the ...

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