Maplewood’s Olympic Champion Makes Barbie History

November 15, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - After becoming the first U.S. athlete to wear a hijab during the Olympics last year, Maplewood’s own Ibtihaj Muhammad made history again this week when she became the inspiration for the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll.

Mattel announced that Muhammad, who brought home a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio summer games, was the basis for the new Barbie that will hit ...

Montclair State University's African Drumming Ensemble Kicks-Off Music Institute at Seth Boyden School

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Montclair State University's African Drumming Ensemble performed at the Seth Boyden School last Wednesday, November 8. Led by John J. Cali School of Music’s Adjunct Faculty member Robert Levin, Graduate Music Education Coordinator Dr. Lisa De Lorenzo, and Undergraduate Music Education Coordinator Dr. Marissa Silverman, the African-Drum Ensemble performance event at ...

Bellevue Theatre in Montclair Closes its Doors Forever, Maybe

UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ - Residents were surprised to learn that the beloved Bellevue Theatre located at 268 Bellevue Avenue in Upper Montclair would be abruptly closing its doors after 95 years. The Bellevue Theatre opened on May 13, 1922.

The last movie was shown on Sunday at 7:45 p.m., as dozens of residents flocked to the theatre in a nostalgic display of ...

Halloween Traditions Old and New in Maplewood and South Orange

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Halloween in Maplewood and South Orange is always memorable, from incredibly decorated homes to amazing costumes. Some residents have annual traditions, from what costumes they wear to what kinds of candy they give out to trick-or-treaters (everyone knows which houses have the "good candy"), and both towns have annual community celebrations ...

Maplewood Celebrates Halloween with Annual Parade and Costume Contest

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood Village was full of music and people of all ages in costumes on Tuesday afternoon for the annual Halloween parade and costume contest.

Maplewood Avenue was closed to traffic, and kids were able to trick-or-treat at local merchants. One merchant, The Tenth Muse Gallery, was even giving out "Adult Treats," from a separate basket outside their ...

South Orange Celebrates Halloween in Spooky Spiotta Park

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Hundreds came out on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate Halloween in "Spooky" Spiotta Park in the heart of South Orange Village. 

Sponsored by the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA), there was a Costume Contest, a visit from Wanda the Giant Witch, not to mention plenty of jokes, dancing and games, as well as a the main event: the parade of ...

20 Homes with Amazing Halloween Decorations in SOMA {Updated}

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Halloween decorations are up at many SOMA houses, with yards covered in gravestones and giant spiders climbing up front porches. Below is a list of homes in South Orange and Maplewood with Halloween decorations you won't want to miss seeing.


The Giant Spider on Prospect (678 Prospect St., between Harvard St. and Tuscan ...

4 Spooktacular Ways to Celebrate Halloween in SOMA

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Halloween is Tuesday, Oct. 31, with trick-or-treating, parades and celebrations in downtown Maplewood and South Orange. 

Here are four ways to celebrate Halloween in SOMA:

1. Start the celebration on Halloween Eve. The First Annual Maplewood Halloween Special FX Makeup Bash is at The Woodland on Monday, Oct. 30, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is ...

Three from SOMA Win at 'Strut Your Mutt' Costume Parade at South Mountain Dog Park

MAPLEWOOD/MILLBURN, NJ - Pet owners brought their canine companions to the Essex County South Mountain Dog Park in the South Mountain Reservation for the annual Strut Your Mutt Canine Costume Parade and Contest on Saturday, October 21.

Dogs in costumes of all kinds and their human handlers, many in coordinated attire with their pets, participated in the parade, with judges naming winners ...

Where To Find The Great Pumpkin And More This Halloween In The Garden State

NEW JERSEY - If Halloween plans are still up in the air, take heart. There is plenty to do this final weekend before October 31 whether Garden State residents want their pants scared off or want some family-friendly fun.

Haunted River Walk in Milltown - October 27 and October 28 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for kids and $4 for seniors. Walk begins at the gazebo near ...

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Celebrate the Holidays with a Favorite Union County Tradition: the Annual Holiday Sound and Light Show

November 17, 2017

A favorite Union County tradition returns this year with the annual Holiday Sound and Light Show hosted by The Model Railroad Club.

The centerpiece of the festive extravaganza is the club’s sprawling, meticulously detailed HO scale model train layout at the A. Paul Mallery Model Railroad Center, conveniently located in a mixed-use area of Union County’s Lenape Park off Route 22 ...