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Sat, January 25, 10:00 AM


Bag-of-Books Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

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Add to My Calendar 01/25/2020 10:00am 01/26/2020 5:00pm America/New_York Bag-of-Books Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

Bag-of-Books Sale, Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26, 2020, from 10 to 5, Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood, sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Library. Entry to Sunday’s sale will be from the parking lot only. Fill a bag (supplied by Friends) with hardbacks, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs. Items can also be bought individually. Call 973-762-4136 for information.


51 Baker Street Maplewood, NJ 07040

Mon, January 27, 4:00 PM

South Orange Public Library, South Orange

South Orange Library Host6s Minecraft Fun

Arts & Entertainment Education

Add to My Calendar 01/27/2020 4:00pm 01/27/2020 5:00pm America/New_York South Orange Library Host6s Minecraft Fun

South Orange Library welcomes you and your friends (ages 7+) for a bi-weekly event of Minecraft. It is the best selling video game of all time

In Minecraft, players explore an intentionally blocky, pixelated, procedurally-generated 3D world,

We'd love to have you come create with us!

65 Scotland Road South Orange, NJ 07079

Wed, January 29, 1:00 PM

South Orange Public Library, South Orange

Creative Writing Workshop @ The South Orange ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Add to My Calendar 01/29/2020 1:00pm 01/29/2020 2:00pm America/New_York Creative Writing Workshop @ The South Orange Library

Love to Write? Need a prompt or some community input?. Come to our bi-weekly (held except when the Library is closed) Creative Writing Workshop where group Leader Phyllis Kalb will provide some writing suggestions, provide some gentle criticism with other attendees if requested and generally host a fun, rewarding one hour writing workshop. Bring your pen, pad and some good ideas!

65 Scotland Road South Orange, NJ 07079

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New Jersey Date Night: 4 Fun Cooking Schools

February 25, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Sometimes even the most adventurous Garden State couple just wants to keep it super laid back, cozy and at home. The choice for date night simplicity can lead to a most fear-instilling question … What’s for dinner?

Not all of us are good in the kitchen. Learning a few cooking skills and ...

Community Members, Family Foundation Mark American Heart Month with $2.5 Million Donation to Gagnon Cardiovascular Center Expansion

As individuals and organizations across the nation gather to raise awareness of heart disease during American Heart Month, Thomas P. and Sally Mac Mahon and Ken and Claudia Silverman have marked the occasion by giving $1.5 and $1 million, respectively, to further expand the largest cardiovascular program in the state — Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. The ...

Atlantic Health System and CentraState Healthcare System Announce Clinical Affiliation

Partnership Enhances Community Health Care Quality and Access

Atlantic Health System and CentraState Healthcare System today announced a clinical affiliation that will provide enhanced access to high-quality specialty health care services to the communities of central Jersey. The affiliation will accelerate the growth of CentraState’s oncology and neuroscience programs through linkages ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 12th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies To Work For®’ List

Atlantic Health System is leading the way in delivering innovative, high-quality health care in an award-winning workplace that cares for patients and caregivers alike.  For the 12th consecutive year, Atlantic Health System was once again named to Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number #89 on the prestigious list.

“Our 17,000 talented team ...

'Unmasked' Takes High Energy Look at Andrew Lloyd Webber

No doubt Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most prolific composers in recent years. We’ve all heard the music of “Cats” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Evita” and a host of others. Paper Mill Playhouse honors him in this moving tribute

The show is  quite a pistache of well known, and not so well known, creations. It’s fascinating to see clips of ...

Heart Health Planning: A Year-Round Responsibility

When it comes to matters of the heart in February, most people immediately start making Valentine’s Day plans. However, heart health planning should be a year-round activity. We know that the heart is a vital organ that pumps blood throughout the body via the circulatory system supplying oxygen and nutrients to tissues while removing carbon dioxide and other wastes. However, it is the ...

Cardio Expert at Saint Barnabas Reveals Innovations in Heart Valve Repair

The days of open-heart surgery are medical history. Arash Salemi, MD, clinical chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at RWJBarnabas Health— Northern Region, calls a new procedure to replace failing aortic valves nothing less than “a game-changer.” The procedure, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), offers a minimally invasive option for surgeons to replace an old, ...

Essex County Should Stop Turtleback Zoo Expansion

February 14, 2020

The jewel of Essex County is the two-thousand-acre South Mountain Reservation, which serves as an offset to the crowded urban and suburban towns in this region. Unfortunately, it seems that our own elected officials are leading an assault on that precious open space. Each year acres of wooded land are being replaced with concrete and pavement. This is a misuse of the Open Space Trust Fund as our ...

South Orange Police Blotter, Feb. 18-21

February 22, 2020

February 21, 2020

Warrant Arrest

Officers observed Justin Wilson, a 19 year old South Orange resident, walking into the Seven-11 on Valley Street.  Officers had prior knowledge that Mr. Wilson had an active warrant out of South Orange. Wilson was placed under arrest and transported to South Orange PD for processing.  Then transported to the Essex County ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, Feb. 2-15

February 2, 2020 Theft from Vehicle: At approximately 12:40 p.m., an unsecured vehicle on Essex Ave. was entered and a Mac Pro tablet was removed.  The suspect was last seen running towards Irvington Ave. with the tablet.

February 4, 2020 Package Theft: Between the hours of 12 and 3 p.m., a package was stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Garfield ...

High Winds Likely in Maplewood, South Orange Until 8 p.m. Thursday, Weather Service Says

February 27, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects, knock down tree limbs and take down power lines, the National Weather Service advised Thursday morning.

A wind advisory is in effect until 8 p.m., a Weather Service alert said. Forecasters said to anticipated winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts around 45 mph, the advisory stated.

“Use extra caution when driving, ...

Trip to the Tropics Opens in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Family, friends, and community members gathered together for a ribbon cutting on Saturday, Feb. 22, for the newest restaurant in South Orange: Trip to the Tropics. 

Billed as “sophisticated comfort food,” the restaurant is being opened by married duo Rafael and Ellais Xiante. The location is 61 Academy St. 

The menu is full of soups, ...

Two Maplewood Residents Arrested in Bomb Threat That Closed Down Short Hills Mall

February 24, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ — In a statement provided to TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills by the Millburn Police Department, a pair of arrests have been announced in connection with the false bomb threat that closed down the Short Hills Mall late last week.

Stephanie Abreu, 31, and William Baldwin, 30, both from Maplewood, NJ, were charged by police with making bomb threats, as well as conspiracy and ...

Fire Claims the Life of 89-Year-Old in Montclair

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Trapped inside a home located on Walnut Crescent, an 89-year-old victim succumbed to injuries caused by fire, according to officials.

According to Katherine Carter, spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, the victim, Delia V. West lived there alone. 
On February 21, at approximately 3 p.m., the Montclair Fire Department ...

Paul McCartney is Here, There and Everywhere - In New Jersey

February 24, 2020

METUCHEN, NJ — Strawberry Fields? Nope. Abbey Road? Wrong again. Penny Lane? Not even close.

The long and winding road inexplicably led Paul McCartney to this 2.8 square-mile borough that's home to about 14,000 people in the center of Middlesex County.

The residents who happened to be strolling down Main Street on Sunday afternoon were stunned at the sight of the former ...

Gov. Murphy Unveils Ethics Reforms During Visit to Rutgers

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy said he and his staff have been practically building a shrine around a fine bottle of bourbon he received as a gift.

Here's the sobering truth, though: Murphy and his fellow executive branch employees are exempt by state law from taking one drop, let alone accepting any gifts that are related to their public duties.

"We are in the process ...

BCB Bank Offers 1.00 Percent Checking

February 27, 2020

UNION, NJ - BCB Bank is offering 1.00% checking.

A checking interest rate of 1.00% / annual percentage yield of 1.02%, is being offered by BCB Bank with a $1,000 minimum balance on opening, with special rates on direct deposit and debit cards.

For more information, speak with a branch representative at these nearby branches: the Union Branch at 2000 Morris Avenue, the Maplewood Branch at ...

Essex Democrats to Host Presidential Candidate Forum

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Under the leadership of Essex County Democratic Chairman, LeRoy J. Jones, Jr., Essex Democrats will host a Presidential candidate forum on March 18, 2020, at a West Orange banquet hall.

Candidates for President or their representatives will be present.

Although the forum is not open to the public, it is open to elected officials, county committee members, and ...

Paper Mill Playhouse to Open New Education Studios in Downtown Millburn

Millburn, NJ (February 25, 2020) — Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stotts- Managing Director), recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, is proud to announce an expansion of the theater’s award-winning Theater School with the lease of a storefront building in Downtown Millburn. The new space, totaling 2,500 square feet, ...