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New Jersey Date Night: Autumn Apple Picking

September 14, 2019

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

When you date someone not from New Jersey they might ask why we’re known as the Garden State. Typically the answer can be found with one visit to a local farmer’s market, but if doubt persists all you have to do is take them to a New Jersey orchard. 

A beautiful fall afternoon becomes ...

NJ TRANSIT Graduating Seven Locomotive Engineer Classes in Two Years – Same Number Graduated in Last Five Years Combined

With the recent June 2019 graduating class and six more classes of locomotive engineering trainees graduating through December 2020, NJ TRANSIT will have graduated seven classes in two years (2019 – 2020). That’s the same number of classes that graduated in the previous five years combined (2014 – 2018.)

Agency officials attribute the significant increase in engineer training ...

Building Goodwill with Gratitude on NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT’s Customer Advocate and Chief Experience Officer Stewart Mader regularly rides buses, light rail, and trains to engage with customers and identify ways to streamline the  customer experience. 

This week, he rode with customers on the Montclair-Boonton Line to thank them for adjusting their schedules during Amtrak infrastructure work at New York Penn Station. That ...

Thank You, Montclair-Boonton, North Jersey Coast Line & Morris & Essex Line Riders

This spring we announced that Amtrak would need to take two tracks out of service at Penn Station New York this summer to accommodate critical infrastructure repair work. As a result, on weekdays only, four peak-period Midtown Direct trains in each direction on the Montclair-Boonton Line, one peak-period train in each direction on the North Jersey Coast Line and select reverse-peak trains on the ...

Brain Surgery Breakthrough and Other News from Atlantic Health System

On this AtlantiCast, see how Atlantic Health System is breaking new ground when it comes to brain surgery, learn about a new clinical trial into the treatment of melanoma, find out how Overlook Medical Center is turning trash into treasure and making health care more environmentally friendly and much more!


70 Years Ago, Camden Man Became Nation's First Mass Murderer

His name, like the names of his victims, is nearly forgotten. 

But what Howard Unruh did 70 years ago today in Camden, N.J. foreshadowed the insanity of mass shootings we live with today.

Insanity is the operative word here. From lockdown drills in nursery schools to bullet resistant backpacks, random mass shootings have become part of the “uniquely American” cultural ...

Is it Time for New Jersey to 'Get in the Game', and Permanently Move Up Our Presidential Primary?

Each week former New Jersey State Assemblymen and former gubernatorial candidates John Wisniewski (Democrat) & Jack Ciattarelli (Republican) will tackle New Jersey's most pressing issues. This week: New Jersey's late Presidential Primary

On the Democratic side, there more than 20 candidates running for President -- there might be some very crowded state primaries. On ...

Gun Safety Legislation

Each week former New Jersey State Assemblymen and former gubernatorial candidates John Wisniewski (Democrat) & Jack Ciattarelli (Republican) will tackle New Jersey's most pressing issues. This week:

Gun Safety Legislation

This week, Senator Bob Menendez called on upon Senate Majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on gun safety measures. At a ...


Milestone Birthday Celebration

August 25, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ = Last Thursday, after the storm, friends and family gathered to celebrate Susan Schwart’s milestone birthday. The Nyack Boat Club was the perfect setting for the party Sue’s children, Dana Leslie and Ron, organized. Husband Howard helped Sue blow out the candles on the cake, and delivered a loving tribute 

Cohens of Maplewood are a Dog Family Again

Thanks to OSCAR (One Save Closer Animal Rescue) of Sparta, NJ, the Cohen family of Maplewood welcomed Archie, a Corgi-Shepherd mix, to his new forever home on August 18, 2019. After a long journey from West Virginia, Archie got a clean bill of health from South Orange Animal Hospital and looks forward to meeting new friends and experiencing his first winter.


Legendary Mets Pitcher to Speak at The Woodland in Maplewood

September 19, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Former New York Mets star Ron Darling recently wrote a book and he'll be coming to town this fall to talk about it.

The Maplewood South Orange Book Festival is presenting a book talk and signing with Darling, the legendary Mets pitcher and announcer, on Saturday, Nov. 16, at noon, at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road.

Darling will discuss and sign copies of his ...

South Orange Fire Department Receives New State of the Art Fire Engine

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Tuesday, September 17 is a special day for the South Orange Fire Department. The new Fire Engine that has been custom built for the Village to fit into the Fire House with its narrow doors and low clearance was delivered about 11 am.

The Fire engine was ordered from Cambell Supply who sells and services fire equipment of all types. Robert Cowan, a retired fire fighter, and ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, September 21, 9:00 AM

West Orange Farmers Market, West Orange

Knife Sharpening While You Wait

Food & Drink Other


Mon, September 23, 2:00 PM


Maplewood Farmers Market

Food & Drink


Wed, September 25, 2:00 PM

Sloan Street Parking Lot 9, South Orange

South Orange Farmers Market

Thu, September 26, 4:00 PM

The GenWealth Group, Maplewood

Community Shred Day

Giving Back Green Home & Garden

Deputy Director of Essex County Parks Makes Presentation Regarding Expansion of Turtle Back Zoo

September 10, 2019

At the September 9th Board of Trustees meeting Kate Hartwyk, deputy director of the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, gave a presentation – without slides or plans – of the Turtle Back Zoo expansion into South Mountain Reservation.  Noting that the zoo had almost been shut down twenty years earlier, Hartwyk talked about how the county had vastly ...

Criminal Probe Launched in Restaurateur's Fatal ATV Crash, Hunterdon Prosecutor Says

September 7, 2019

FLEMINGTON, NJ – The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office has launched a criminal probe into a fatal ATV crash in Clinton Township.

The crash occurred on Kiceniuk Road around 9:20 p.m. July 28, police said. Driving the Polaris ATV was Christopher T. Rafano,  40, of Readington, who has already been charged with 12 offenses by Clinton Township Police Patrol Officer Jenn ...

MAPSO Students Join Global Climate Strike On September 20th

September 18, 2019

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On September 20, Columbia High School students and community members will strike to get the world’s leaders at the United Nations Summit on Climate Change to listen to the next generation’s concerns about the climate. In over 150 countries, people of all ages are planning and organizing protests and events September 20th through 27th, the Week of ...

Prediabetes-Your Wake-up Call

NJ 2-1-1 is a free, statewide information and referral service that connects people in need with existing programs and services that can help. It’s focus is on health and human services, which means that if you are struggling to feed your family; pay the utility bill; find childcare/healthcare/eldercare; locate affordable housing; find substance abuse services, get assistance with mental ...