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New Jersey Date Night: Butter Them Up with Lobster

September 27, 2020

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

We’re trading our flip flops for boots and our shorts for sweatshirts. Picnic dates on the shore might be coming to an end but one seaside dish that never goes out of season is lobster. 

Baked, broiled or served chilled, the ever-popular crustacean makes for a great meal on your ...

Atlantic Health System Hospitals Honored for Commitment to Equality and Inclusivity in Health Care

Dedicated to providing a caring environment where everyone is treated with respect, kindness and empathy, Atlantic Health System announced that each of its six hospitals earned the coveted “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation and a top score of 100 on the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). This is the third consecutive year all of Atlantic ...

Community Conversations: Take Charge of Your Health

September is National Preparedness Month, so now is the time to take charge of your health. On the next Atlantic Health System Community Conversation, Scott Lauter, MD, MBA, FACP, FHM, Chief Medical Officer, Atlantic Medical Group and Faith Goldman, MD, Atlantic Breast Associates - Branchburg share some crucial information and answer your questions about the screenings and examinations you should ...

Kamal Zubieta, For All Children: South Orange Maplewood Board of Education 2020

September 25, 2020


Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end apartheid in South Africa, was released on February 11, 1990.  Five months later, he spoke to the students of Madison Park High School in Boston: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” A few days after that, he spoke at Tiger Stadium in Detroit.  I was in the crowd ...

Why we should not be picking and choosing which subjects are "important" during a pandemic

Removing Music, Art, PE, and Library from the K-2 schedule and making it so that “families will have the flexibility to complete courses at their own pace” is not an appropriate response to the concerns parents expressed about screen time for our youngest learners. My role if elected to the BOE is to make sure that students are receiving a “thorough and efficient ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, Sept. 14-17

September 27, 2020

September 14, 2020; Bicycle Theft; During the daytime hours, a bicycle were stolen from the Dunnell Rd side of the train station.


September 16, 2020; Theft from Motor Vehicle; At approximately, 1030 pm a tool chest in the rear of a pickup truck was entered at the Country Club.  Several tools were stolen.


September 17, 2020; Theft from Motor Vehicle; At ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, Sept. 9-14

September 9, 2020; Bicycle Thefts; During the daytime hours, two bicycles were stolen from the Dunnell Rd side of the train station.

September 11, 2020; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 7:15 p.m. an unsecured vehicle with the keys left in it was stolen from the driveway of a home on Sommer Ave.  It was later located in Newark.

September 14, 2020; At approximately 1:15 a.m., ...

Maplewood to Host Essex County Food Distribution This Week

September 27, 2020

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Maplewood Community Pool will be the next site for the Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, October 1 to help families negatively impacted by coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food that will be distributed are meant to benefit families who have been impacted by the pandemic and are facing food insecurity. Residents will receive ...

South Orange Public Library Open for the First Sunday Since March

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ ー The South Orange Public Library announced that it would be further expanding their hours to Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m.

The physical library building reopened to the public in early July with very limited hours. This Sunday will be the first weekend since the start of the shutdown that SOPL has been open to the public. The building will still only be open for 25% ...

Elissa Malespina Is The Advocate We Need on The Board of Education

September 29, 2020

Dear SOMSD families,

I am writing to you on behalf of BOE candidate Elissa Malespina.  As an educator myself, and as a parent of two very academically driven children, I am quite passionate about the state of our district’s academics and accountability.

For years, my family and I have grappled with issues pertaining to our children’s encounters with SOMSD. For example, ...

Newark’s $100M FAM Fund Wants to Turn the Tide for Black, Latinx Business Owners

September 29, 2020

NEWARK, NJ —  Following the Civil War, freed Black slaves in the United States were denied the “40 acres and a mule” promised to them under the Special Field Orders No. 15, a barrier to capital that set the tone for today’s economic disparities. 

Newark is now repurposing the proclamation as a rallying cry for a $100 million investment fund that ...

Thomas Edison National Historical Park Increases Access to Glenmont Grounds

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following federal guidelines and those of state and local public health authorities, Thomas Edison National Historical Park (NHP) has expanded access at the park. 
The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a ...

Landlords’ troubles deepen as state evictions ban protects nonpaying tenants

September 29, 2020

Some renters are forced out anyway by owners desperate for income in pandemic.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit

In New Jersey’s pandemic-driven apartment housing crisis, there are no winners.

Tenants, unable to ...

Massive Ship Passes Under Bayonne Bridge, Marks New Era in Ocean Cargo Transport

BAYONNE, NJ - The 1,200-foot-long CMA CGM Brazil  passed under the Bayonne Bridge on Saturday heading to the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal. The huge vessel was the largest container ship ever to call on the bi-state port, or any other port on the U.S. East Coast.

Although the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey successfully raised the Bayonne Bridge in 2019 to ...

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces Reimagined 2020-21 Season

September 29, 2020

MILLBURN, NJ — Paper Mill Playhouse has  announced its reimagined 2020–2021 season. Paper Mill Playhouse will move forward with a mostly digital season, including several original productions to be captured on the Paper Mill stage and optimistically anticipating bringing smaller audiences back to the theater if that becomes possible by late spring or early summer ...

NJ Human Services Opens Grant Applications to Help Child Care Providers Meet Increased Costs Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Licensed Centers and Registered Family Child Care Providers Open by Oct. 1 Can Apply; Funding Can Be Used for COVID-related expenses such as PPE, Cleaning, Classroom Modifications & Staffing

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced licensed child care centers and registered family child care providers can begin applying for grants to ...

YMCA Supporting Families with Affordable Child Care During the School Year

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges strives to create opportunities for all. Providing affordable, quality programs is central to the Y’s mission of strengthening communities, by ensuring that each person, no matter their background and economic status, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

The Y for All Fund enables individuals and families to ...