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7 Ways to Enjoy Fresh Mint This Summer

July 3, 2020

Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed.

If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days:

Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel spread.

Toss it in your pitcher for mint water. You can combine it with fruit, such ...

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 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 ...

Community Conversations: Important Guidelines for Returning to Sports and Activities

After the last few months it’s understandable we’re itching to restart our old fitness routines or get back to the sports activity we love. But there are some important guidelines to know before hitting the gym or the playing field. During this Community Conversation, Matthew Martinez, MD, Director, Atlantic Health System Sports Cardiology Program, Morristown Medical Center and Damion ...

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 ...

Student Enrollment Goes Online for South Orange Maplewood School District

July 3, 2020

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As the physical offices of the South Orange Maplewood School District remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic, the district has announced that parents and guardians who wish to enroll a child for the 2020-2021 school year must complete their application process online. "In-person appointments are not available at this time due to COVID-19 health and ...

'Black Lives Matter' Comes to Life on Both Sides of Valley Street

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The two towns of SOMA have joined cities across the country in support of communities of color by painting 'Black Lives Matter' down Valley Street today. South Orange's phrase is in front of Blink fitness center and Maplewood's lettering begins at the field behind Columbia High School. The identical twin phrases are on opposite sides of ...

State Restores Total Local Control to Newark Public Schools After 25 Years

July 2, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — In a unanimous decision, the New Jersey Board of Education gave back complete control of Newark Public Schools to the state’s largest district on Wednesday, more than two decades after seizing it in a historical takeover. 

The move toward total local control first started in 2016, when the NJDOE returned control of personnel decisions to Newark and ...

A Dispute Among Montclair Neighbors Sparks a Neighborhood Protest of 'Permit Karen'

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Montclair Police are calling recent acts in a neighborhood, in which a neighbor called the police following a disagreement over permits, a "dispute between neighbors."

The interaction, which took place on Marion Rd. on Monday, was partially recorded, drew local police to the scene on Monday, and sparked a brief protest the next day. Officers arrived at ...

NJ Attorney General Grewal 'Chalks It Up To Love' With Nutley Pride

June 29, 2020

NUTLEY, NJ — NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal made a surprise appearance at Nutley Pride's 'Chalk It Up To Love' event in Memorial Park Friday, June 26. 'Chalk It Up To Love' was a continuation of the ongoing chalking events in the township's municipal parks sharing messages of hope, encouragement, love, and pride as a part of Pride Month. 

The Township ...

Students Brighten up Downtown Westfield With Rainbow Crosswalk

WESTFIELD, NJ — It was dark when they started at 4 a.m. at the intersection of Quimby and Elm Streets Friday, but by the time they completed the project the sun reflected off the streetscape brighter than it ever has before.

Students from Westfield High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance and the school’s literary arts magazine, Folio, painted a rainbow crosswalk at the ...

YMCA Offers Virtual Camp and Youth Programs to Fill Summer Schedules

July 3, 2020

LIVINGSTON, NJ - As families shift their summer plans amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges offers virtual program options to keep kids active and engaged all summer long. 

“As the pandemic continues, we understand that some families may prefer to explore virtual options for the summer as opposed to in-person programs,” said Richard K. Gorab, ...

YMCA and SOMA Middle Schools Raising Money for the Community Coalition on Race with ‘Concert of Hope’

(MAPLEWOOD, NJ) - South Orange and Maplewood Middle Schools are collaborating with the South Mountain YMCA to inspire students to share their voice while raising money for the Community Coalition on Race.

Students of both schools have been engaged in expressing themselves by writing poems for the Concert of Hope and to be published in an anthology. These poems embrace the thoughts and feelings ...

MAPSO Youth Coalition to Host 'Independence from Independence Day'

South Orange, NJ - Members of Maplewood and South Orange’s Youth Coalition are organizing a march and series of rallies to protest the celebration of the Fourth of July in their community. The event will begin at 5:30 PM at Flood’s Hill in South Orange, NJ. The students will then lead the group to Columbia High School in Maplewood, stopping at Farrell Field, Ricalton Square, and ...