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NJ Farmers Markets Adjust to New Way of Shopping During Pandemic

July 10, 2020

NEW JERSEY — As New Jersey moves into new phases of reopening after the COVID-19 lockdown, farmers markets are adapting to our new socially distanced “normal.”  

In towns across the state, market managers have implemented new business practices to keep both vendors and customers safe. Designated as essential businesses early in the pandemic, some expanded their footprint ...

Celebrating the Communities We Build

So, you may have noticed I missed a week, which is odd because I had something written, not this but something. My excuse is this – COVID has warped my sense of time, I go to make my Thursday call on Tuesday then on Friday I wonder how I missed Thursday. Holidays have the potential to go unnoticed too – I’m horrible with dates so forgetting my own birthday is fairly easy even in ...

Community Conversation: What We Now Know About Coronavirus

Every day more and more crucial information about COVID-19 surfaces. So what’s the most important guidance for you and your family? Join Jason Kessler, MD, on our Community Conversation, as he separates fact from fiction when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Atlantic Health System Safe Care: “Laura’s Story”

When Laura and her husband were ready to have their second child, they were relieved to see the team at Atlantic Health System was prepared to deliver calm, exceptional care, even during the pandemic. Learn more at


Community Conversations: How to Stay Safe this Summer

Is your family ready to enjoy summer – safely? On this Community Conversation, Atlantic Health System’s Christopher Zipp, DO, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Morristown Medical Center, and a physician with Atlantic Medical Group shares some important tips on summer safety, and why, as we coexist with COVID-19 – if you don’t have a family doctor – you ...

Armed Robbery Arrest in South Orange Part of Police Blotter, June 20-30

July 2, 2020

Shoplifting Arrest

On June 20, Sergio Garvin, a 39-year-old Camden resident, was arrested for shoplifting at 7-Eleven on Valley Street.  Garvin was placed under arrest and a search revealed a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Garvin was charged with Shoplifting, Possession of CDS and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and released on a Summons.  

Armed ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, June 15-22

June 15, 2020; Rummaging: An unsecured vehicle parked on Midland Blvd. was rummaged through during the overnight hours. At the time of the report, nothing was believed to be missing.

June 16, 2020; Vehicle Recovery: A vehicle stolen out of Newark was located parked on Hillcrest Rd.

June 18, 2020; Bicycle Thefts: During the afternoon hours two bicycles were ...

SOMA Weekly Round-Up — The Articles You Meant to Read But Didn't Yet

July 11, 2020

What you might have missed this week in South Orange and Maplewood:


Essex County will have its next food distribution event on July 16.


Summer Saturdays in South Orange will include sidewalk sales and outdoor dining.


The South Orange Maplewood Board of Education will have streaming board retreats on July 13 and July 15.


The New Columbia HS ...

New CHS Principal Frank Sanchez: It’s Important for Students to Feel Heard

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Columbia High School’s new principal Frank Sanchez originally planned to become a historian — specifically, an expert in 19th-century American culture and literature. He switched gears toward teaching due in part to the values his parents instilled in him. They had come to New Jersey as refugees from Cuba in the late 1960s and settled in ...

It's Time to Change Columbia High School's Name

July 13, 2020

To the editor,

I hope with all the restudying of our nation's history in light of the Black Lives Matters movement we are becoming much more enlightened and honest in how we teach our children. 

Not only was the enormous wealth of this country accumulated in its first centuries through the labor of millions of Africans slaves, but on land stolen from the indigenous native ...

Essex County Adds Satellite Coronavirus Testing Sites in Addition to Weequahic Park

July 11, 2020

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Essex County is expanding its COVID-19 testing initiative to include satellite testing sites throughout the County in addition to continuing to operate its drive through testing center in Weequahic Park. The tests are by ...

Next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution July 16 in Weequahic Park

Essex County, NJ — The next Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event  will be on Thursday, July 16 in Essex County Weequahic Park in Newark to help families negatively impacted by the coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been forced out of work and are not able to afford food. 

It will be held as ...

New Jersey Clean Communities to Honor Those Who Fight COVID-19 Litter

July 13, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — When the COVID-19 crisis hit New Jersey in mid-March, the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC) had an immediate challenge: People were littering masks, wipes and gloves.

Many were discarding personal protection equipment in shopping carts or carelessly throwing them on the ground in parking lots, creating an unnecessary risk for store employees, municipal workers ...

COVID-19 Tried to Kill Him. What Rutgers' Chief Operating Officer Learned From His Ordeal

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It was taking all of Antonio Calcado’s considerable strength and stamina to safeguard Rutgers as it faced an unprecedented emergency. This was March, COVID-19 was emerging as a deadly threat and how to mitigate its spread had consumed nearly every moment of his work week. He left the office on Friday looking forward to some relaxation.

Less than 48 hours later, ...

Bidding Wars Intensify as Mortgage Rates Hit New Low

July 10, 2020

Just when you thought the real estate market couldn't get any more competitive, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.03 percent, the lowest rate since Freddie Mac began tracking the statistic in 1971, making this market even hotter!

​My new listing in Maplewood last week sold in multiple offers, and I have two new listings this week in South Orange and West ...

Taxpayers need to resume payments by July 15

WASHINGTON – The IRS today reminds taxpayers who took advantage of the People First Initiative tax relief and did not make previously owed tax payments between March 25 to July 15 that they need to restart their payments.

As the IRS continues to reopen its operations across the country, taxpayers who were in payment agreements and skipped any payments from March 25 and July 15 should ...

Tax breaks for members of the U. S. Armed Forces, July 15 tax deadline approaches

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged members of the military and their families to learn more about the special tax benefits available to them as the July 15 tax filing season deadline approaches.

Most military bases offer free tax preparation and filing assistance during the tax filing season. Some also offer free tax help after the July tax filing deadline. Some ...