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New Community Arts Space Opening Soon in Maplewood

January 10, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A new community arts space is opening soon at the corner of Ridgewood Road and Cedar Lane, in the location which was most recently occupied by Lickt Gelato, which closed in October.

Felix Sockwell, an illustrator and artist who has lived in Maplewood for 15 years, knows he wants the space to be a place for artists and freelancers to work and collaborate, as well as to hold ...

Four South Orange Nominations in Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Three arts organizations based in South Orange have been nominated for Discover Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards, and South Orange itself has been nominated for Favorite Downtown Arts District.

“We are thrilled that South Orange has been nominated as best Downtown Arts District for the first time," said Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director of the ...

Top Stories of 2017 in South Orange and Maplewood

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Here are the SOMA stories that generated the largest number of readers and the most discussion in 2017:

JANUARY

South Orange Middle School Students Walkout of School in Protest of Inauguration

Hundreds From SOMA are on the Road to the Women's March on Washington

Triple Homicide Under Investigation in Maplewood

FEBRUARY

Two Charged in ...

Millburn 'Winter Walk' Continues to Illuminate the Night

MILLBURN, NJ - The holidays may be over, but there is still time to enjoy the "Winter Walk" through Millburn's Taylor Park. The twinkling lights, illuminated bridge tunnel, and 8-foot polar bear, who is always photo ready, will continue to brighten the park until Wednesday, Jan. 17. 

Thousands of visitors have already enjoyed the park, since the “Winter ...

Maplewood Singing Star SZA Blasts Local Starbucks in Pro-Village Coffee Twitter Screed

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Add Maplewood recording star SZA to the anti-Starbucks folks who outwardly oppose the recently opened mega-chain outlet in the new Clarus building in Maplewood Village.

Like a lot of Maplewood Village java fans here, SZA is pro-Village Coffee, and made that clear in several Twitter posts this weekend.

“They built a Starbucks next to my dad’s favorite coffee ...

Local Family-Friendly Events to Enjoy Over the Holidays in the Essex County Area

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Residents looking to fill their week with holiday cheer are in luck, as many local celebrations are in full swing.

From family-friendly events to kid-centric story times, and senior citizen dances to adults-only happy hours, there is something on the calendar for every member of the family from now until Dec. 25 and beyond.

Dec. 15

Mountain Creek ...

Millburn's Paper Mill Playhouse Announces Cast of 'The Outsider'

MILLBURN, NJ – The precocious red-head Annie is still wowing theatergoers every night at Millburn's Paper Mill Playhouse, but Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee is already whetting the audience's appetite for the next showstopper coming to town. 

The cast and creative team for the East Coast premiere of the new play The Outsider by Paul Slade Smith, directed by David ...

Dec. 16 is Final Saturday of Activities at Dickens Village in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This is the third, and final, Saturday when the "little houses" of Dickens Village are open for viewing in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village. While the houses remain throughout the holiday season, this Saturday is the last chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a horse & wagon ride, or visit the petting farm.

Here's the full schedule for this ...

New South Orange Store Sadie's Hosted Holiday Pop Up Shop on Sunday, Dec. 10

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Sadie's, a new store in South Orange located at 65 Valley Street, hosted a holiday pop-up shop on Sunday, Dec. 19. Visitors to the pop-up shop enjoyed live music, shopping items from a variety of visiting artisans and vendors, and light refreshments.

Some of the unique items for sale included hand made African goods, super soft kids toys, and wooden toys being ...

Holiday Celebrations in South Orange and Maplewood

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - South Orange and Maplewood have been celebrating the holidays with tree lightings, Santa visits, and more. Here's a recap of last week's SOMA holiday happenings.

POP 'N SHOP GRAND OPENING

At noon on Thursday, Dec. 7, there was a ribbon cutting and opening of the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) Pop 'n Shop, which is located ...

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Upcoming Events

Wed, January 17, 6:30 PM

Caldwell Public Library, Caldwell

Essex Photo Club Exhibit and Lecture at Caldwell ...

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Wed, January 17, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

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Fri, January 19, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

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Livingston Symphony Family Concert: The Composer's Toolbox on Jan. 21

January 15, 2018

Visit “The Composer’s Toolbox,” this year’s Livingston Symphony Orchestra Family Concert on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Livingston High School Auditorium, 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston NJ.

Known for his easy rapport with audience members of all ages and joy in sharing the stories behind the music, Maestro Anthony LaGruth will lead the Livingston ...