XRootsFest Returns to South Orange on June 24 with a Day of Diverse Music, Culture, and Food

June 22, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – You don’t have to leave the neighborhood or book a flight to travel to four continents in one day. XrootsFest: A Day of Music, Culture and Food will feature music, dance and food from throughout the world this Saturday, June 24, on Flood’s Hill between noon and 5 p.m.

Presented by the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, XRootsFest ...

SouthNext and South Orange Village Center Alliance Launch 'Everybody Belongs Here' Photography Project

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - On Saturday, June 17, the storefront windows of the former Blockbuster store on South Orange Avenue were filled with photos, displaying portraits of the residents of South Orange. This photography project, "Everybody Belongs Here," is a co-production between the SouthNext Festival and the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA).

As South Orange ...

Springfield Avenue Partnership Launches Clean and Safe Committee

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Springfield Avenue Partnership (SAP) has announced the launch of the Clean and Safe Committee, which will "work to identify areas of opportunity to beautify Springfield Avenue and improve its attractiveness to visitors, shoppers, diners, and business owners," according to an email from Julie Doran, SAP's District Manager.

Ivey Prusinowski, a local Maplewood ...

Valet Parking Pilot Program in South Orange Begins Friday, June 16

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Starting this Friday, June 16, drivers in downtown South Orange will have a new parking option with the launch of a Valet Parking Pilot Program from the South Orange Parking Authority. The pilot program is scheduled to last six months.

According to the South Orange Parking Authority, the valet service will be run by AEValet, and motorists will be able to drop off their ...

Rent Party Wraps Up Season With Trilogy of Eclectic Bands

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - "Boys and Girls! Boys and Girls!" That's what the ebullient Rent Party co-founder Chris Dickson called out each time he introduced the bands during the show on Friday, June 9, at The Woodland in Maplewood. The evening capped off the eighth season of the not-for-profit's live music series and fundraiser.

Dickson, along with co-founder David Wagner, ...

South Orange Rescue Squad Cadets Win Big at Bayshore State Cadet Competition

KEYPORT, NJ - The South Orange Rescue Squad (SORS) participated in the 5th Annual Bayshore EMS Cadet Competition in Keyport, New Jersey on Sunday, June 11, winning big despite it being their first time entering the competition, which is hosted by the Keyport First Aid Squad.

Competing against 35 other cadet teams, the SORS team won both first place in the “Advanced ...

Over 1,000 Attend the First Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival began on Friday night, June 9, with "An Evening with Mary Roach," the best-selling science writer, and closed on Saturday, June 10, with a keynote from 2017 Caldecott Medal Winner Javaka Steptoe.

All together, the festival had more than 80 authors participating, representing poetry, children's and ...

Teens Can Participate in VolunTeens Program at the South Orange Public Library this Summer

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Teens in grades 6 to 12 who are interested in volunteering this summer can sign up to be VolunTeens at the South Orange Public Library.

According to program organizers, in order to participate teens should plan to "devote at least 12 hours to community service projects from Monday through Thursday in July and August." Participants ...

The Equality March: SOMA Planned for Sunday, June 11

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A coalition of community members and organizations are organizing The Equality March: SOMA on Sunday, June 11. According to organizers, this march is taking place in conjunction with The National Equality March for Unity and Pride planned in Washington, DC, and several other local planned marches across the country,

SOMA Action, one of the march organizers, stated in a ...

Maplewood Police Advise of Roadwork on Millburn Ave. and Valley St.

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Road work is planned at two locations according to updates by email from Maplewood police. Police advise motorists to expect delays and detours.


Milling/paving is scheduled to start on Millburn Ave. from Cypress St. on Wednesday, June 7, to Friday, June 9. Milling is planned from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and paving from 9 p.m. to  6 a.m.


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