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May 18, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — Plans are in place to transform the former Seth Boyden Court Housing Complex into a state-of-the-art film and television facility, a project officials are dubbing an “anchor” piece of a larger effort to revitalize the Dayton Street neighborhood in Newark’s South Ward. Newark ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Llamas, dancers, cellists and face painters on Sunday made camp along Springfield Avenue for the annual MayFest Street Fair. The festival was cancelled last year due to COVID-19.  On Sunday, camera-shy sisters Meredith and Maureen Whelan, residents of the Hilton section of ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A member of the Columbia High School Band, who received the Governor’s Award in Music, will be honored at a ceremony on May 26, according to Columbia High School Director of Bands Peter Bauer. The student, Seth Peiris, is a senior member of the band, according to Bauer, who wrote ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Saturday, April 23rd the vibe in the air was nothing less than very exciting for Rich Engel’s next Smooth Jazz NJ event as all of us were expecting an event that was at least as great as prior Smooth Jazz performances. Well, this production of Smooth Vocals Funk and Jazz was ...

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CLIFTON, NJ - The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) will be playing at the Upper Montclair Country Club in the LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup tournament from May 9-15.  Organizers state that participants will vy for a $3 million dollar purse, which is the largest of any LPGA Tour event ...

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New York, NY - Legendary Broadway casting director, Jay Binder, passed away Friday, April 15, 2022 at the age of 71. Binder died peacefully at home. Over the course of his four decade career, Jay Binder cast nearly 100 Broadway productions, including the Tony Award-winning productions of The ...

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Nutley Little Theatre presents PERFECT ARRANGEMENT by Topher Payne, directed by George Seylaz. It’s 1950 and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two US State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There’s just one ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Natalia Hazlitt,10-year-old fourth grader at Mountain Park Elementary School, co-wrote a children's book Charlie's First Haircut during the pandemic with her father Chaz Hazlitt.  Chaz Hazlitt is a celebrity barber to numerous music artists, actors and athletes, and owns ...

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The World Premiere of The New Musical   Written by Charles Messina Directed by Kenneth Ferrone Choreographed by Sarah O’Gleby Music Directed, Orchestrated and Arranged by Sonny Paladino   The show will play through April 24, 2022. Opening Night is set for Sunday, April 3.  Signature ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Following a phenomenal run staged, produced and performed at Columbia High School over two weekends, starring many students the live production was filmed to make NEWSIES available for everyone. The film will be broadcast over the weekend of April 1st, 2nd and 3rd, following the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The plans for the new Maplewood Memorial Library show a building that is ready for the rest of the 21st century. Architect Jennifer Sage of Sage & Coombe Architects presented the overview of the final design plans for the Main Library, which had not been updated since 1969, ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – With heightened interest in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion started on Feb. 25, the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers-New Brunswick has extended an exhibition that focuses on Ukraine’s history of self-determination and resilience. “Painting in Excess: Kyiv’s Art Revival, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – St. James’s Gate Publick House opened at 8 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, enabling the festivities to begin with Irish Breakfast and Irish Coffee (or whatever beverage pleased the visitor). It’s the busiest day of the year, said owner John Meade. arriving at 9 a.m. found every seat ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Study up on these fun facts, then head out to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at a local bar or restaurant.    According to a new survey by WalletHub, more than 52% of Americans plan some type of celebration of St. Patrick's Day, and more than 82% of celebrants will wear ...

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The 69th Annual West Orange St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 12:15 p.m., beginning at the corners of Mt. Pleasant Avenue and Main Street. Back in 2020, the Parade Committee selected Mellen Dangler as the 2020 Grand Marshal. She will finally lead the parade tomorrow.

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NEWARK, NJ — The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newark this Friday will provide ample opportunity to celebrate Irish-American culture and pride, but it will also celebrate some notable New Jersey residents. As a lead-up to the annual parade, which was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the ...

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NEW JERSEY -- When the COVID spread across America in early March 2020, it wreaked havoc on the “St. Patrick’s Season” for both 2020 and 2021. Not only did the pandemic put the kibosh New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the largest in the world on March 17, but it also led to the cancellation ...

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Maplewood, NJ - Photographs taken by Columbia High School students in Jonathan Fisher’s Traditional Photography class are on display at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge. The photographs are part of the 26th annual Pingry Student Photography Exhibition. The exhibition features over one hundred ...

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MAPLEWOOD, N.J. - Spectators in attendance at The Woodland Tuesday night were treated to performances by classical music ensembles made up of students from local schools including Columbia High School.   The students performed tunes from Black composers as part of the township’s celebration of ...

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The Long, Winding Journey of South Orange Artist Bernard Jackson By Matt Collins  SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Bernard Jackson compares himself to a bird. While you won’t see him flying through the streets of South Orange; he said creating art comes to him as naturally as flying does for a robin or a ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Area filmmakers are invited by the Newark Museum of Art to submit their cinematic works for the 2022 Newark Black Film Festival and Paul Robeson Awards. The festival has historically featured the Paul Robeson Awards, a biennial competition that allowed filmmakers to submit and ...

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MAPLEWOOD, N.J. - The Columbia High School (CHS) auditorium on Feb. 9 was filled with the sound of show tunes performed by students hoping to raise money for their upcoming musical. More than 300 people attended the “cabaret night” event, which raised funds for the CHS theatre department’s ...

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MILLBURN, NJ – Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director; Michael Stotts- Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced casting for the world premiere of The Wanderer, the new Broadway-bound musical based on the life and music of Rock ...

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MAPLEWOOD, N.J. - While it is still winter in Maplewood, The Woodland was transformed Friday night into a sandy beach in the tropics as  concertgoers were treated to a performance from a reggae band. The band, The Verdict, got people up and dancing to shake away the winter blues.  The concert ...

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MILLBURN, NJ – Immediately following the opening performance of Clue on January 30, Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee and Managing Director Michael Stotts made a surprise announcement from the stage that Paper Mill Playhouse has received a significant contribution to upgrade stage ...

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The Columbia High School auditorium was once again filled with song when the CHS choir performed their winter concert Jan 27. The concert was the first one in-person for the choir since December 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After having concerts canceled or moved to a virtual format in ...

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James MTume, a musician who recorded with jazz greats before leading the R&B group Mtume, has died. Born James Heath on Jan. 3, 1946, Mtume, son of jazz saxophone player Jimmy Heath, was raised by his stepfather, jazz pianist James Forman. Mtume was 75. Born in Philadelphia, Mtume had lived in ...

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SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- South Amboy or Southie? Anne Hathaway stars in a film based on the 2015 novel, Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh, a New England-based fiction writer. Set in Massachusetts around Christmastime 1964, the story centers on a depressed 24-year-old woman who is trapped between two roles: ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Smooth jazz history was made again recently in Maplewood when local musicians gathered Dec. 17 to perform a “Holidays at the Woodland” show at historic Woodland Mansion. The show was the brainchild of Rich Engel, a local resident, producer and promoter - who for decades produced ...

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MILLBURN, NJ — Opening weekend for Paper Mill Playhouse’s A Jolly Holiday: Celebrating Disney’s Broadway Hits was jolly indeed. The show is a revue of past, current and future Disney Broadway productions, arranged around the themes of the holiday season. Each of the five performers knows their ...

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