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574 Valley St. Maplewood, NJ 07040

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Maplewood, NJ 07040

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‘Freshening’: One Tip for Making a Creative, Small Passover Seder

April 6, 2020

This story first ran on TAPinto East Brunswick.

How does a family have a Passover seder, usually a big event with a sumptuous table, games for kids, shared readings and lots of sweet wine, when practicing social distancing? Most of us are at home now, in small family groups, by ourselves or alone during this festival. Even the profit Elijah may be hesitant to come to the door, no ...

Welcome to Mommy Mayor

Six years ago I started this journey that I called Mommy Mayor. I was embarking on my third year on council, my first term as Mayor and I did so with a toddler and infant in hand.

I started Mommy Mayor as an opportunity to highlight all that woman can do, to bring awareness to the successes and obstacles that come with being a working mom and a mom in public service. To be honest I also did it ...

A Letter from Brendan Gill to Essex County

April 2, 2020

Greetings fellow residents of Essex County.

When addressing the Essex County community at large, I usually do so as President of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. On this occasion, under these unprecedented circumstances, I am expressing my thoughts as a father, a son, a husband, and concerned neighbor who loves his community.

The spread of the COVID-19 virus has affected so many of us in my ...

South Orange Police Blotter, April 8

April 8, 2020

Burglary to Auto-Arrest

On April 1, 2020 at approximately 2:30 a.m., a resident on College Place was alerted by his Ring camera system that someone was on his property. When he looked out his window he observed an individual attempting to enter several parked cars on College Place, so he immediately called 9-1-1. South Orange units arrived and located Marvin Mixson, a 37-year-old ...

South Orange Police Blotter, March 25-29

Burglary to Auto — An Arnold Terrace resident reported someone gained entry into their vehicle, while it was parked in their driveway, during the overnight hours on March 25th thru March 26th.  The only item taken was a car charger.  

Shoplifting — On March 26, 2020 at approximately 7:30 p.m. an employee observed a customer conceal two bottles of vodka ...

South Orange Maplewood Board of Education to Meet Remotely April 20, Public May Log In to View

April 7, 2020



April 7, 2020

SOMSD Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education will meet in Executive Session at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020, utilizing an online video conference platform to discuss personnel (including the Superintendent’s mid-year evaluation) and legal issues, negotiations and other matters to be ...

Educational Fund Established for Maplewood COVID-19 Victim's Daughter

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Go Fund Me charitable drive has been established for the benefit of Frenchesca Gerard, the daughter of Athalante Debrosse, the first Maplewoodian to die of COVID-19. The fund is named SOMA Supports Frenchesca's Education.

The fund's description says "this Go Fund Me was established with the permission of the Debrosse family and that all donations go ...

Montclair’s Adam Schlesinger Remembered: Award-winning Musician/songwriter and Founding Member of Fountains of Wayne

April 4, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ — An outpouring of condolences flooded social media this week to remember Montclair’s own Adam Schlesinger, an award-winning musician and songwriter, and founding member of the Fountains of Wayne.

Schlesingr, 51, who has won Emmys and Grammys as a musician and songwriter, has passed on Wednesday from complications of COVID-19. He is known for his work ...

Cherry Blossom Festival in Branch Brook Park Canceled

NEWARK, NJ — The 44th annual Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival has been canceled. Branch Brook Park, home to the blossoming cherry trees, is closed to pedestrians; those coming to the park are urged to remain in their vehicles to promote social — physical — distancing. The following is the announcement issued from the Office of the Essex County ...

Nutley Rescue Squad Does Drive-By During Nightly #ClapBecauseWeCare Event, Grace Miller Cheers Them On

April 5, 2020

NUTLEY, NJ — After learning that Nutley second grader Grace Miller stands on her porch every night at 7 p.m. to clap and cheer for the Essential Personnel combating COVID-19 coronavirus, the men and women of the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad (NVERS) thanked her with a drive-by Friday night. 

As the clock struck 7, Grace, and her parents, Michele Traina and Craig ...

South Brunswick Italian Restaurants: Fake Orders, Real Racism

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Multiple pizzeria and Italian restaurants in the South Brunswick area have received fraudulent orders of pizza for the Police Department that are never picked up or paid for. The South Brunswick Police Department was able to confirm at least four restaurants have received these fraudulent orders

The phone calls are made with a different phone number every time. The caller ...

CARES Act Offers Help for Investors, Small Businesses

April 6, 2020

CARES Act Offers Help for Investors, Small Businesses


As we go through the coronavirus crisis, we are all, first and foremost, concerned about the health of our loved ones and communities. But the economic implications of the virus have also weighed heavily on our minds. However, if you’re an investor or a business owner, you just got some help from Washington – and it ...

Virtual Programming Allows JESPY House Clients to Receive Vital Services

During these unprecedented times, many non-profits that service individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are using unique and alternative ways to provide educational, wellness, fitness, and arts-related programming to the clients they serve.

   JESPY House, a nonprofit organization in South Orange that provides whole-life services to adults ages 18-73 with ...

Juilliard Pianist to Perform Canceled SOPAC Concert Live on YouTube

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — With a can-do spirit that defies the isolation of “social distancing” Americans are currently experiencing, Juilliard post-graduate student Mackenzie Melemed will give a YouTube Live concert on Sunday, April 5 at 3 p.m. It can be viewed at

The acclaimed young pianist was scheduled to give a live concert on March 15 at the ...