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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance in SOMA; Luminary Photos

January 17, 2018

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race held their 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance, with an interfaith service at 2 p.m., followed by a volunteer fair at 3:30 p.m. at Columbia High School, and an evening MLK Luminary Lighting Ceremony at Maplewood Town Hall and in Spiotta Park in South Orange.

In addition, ...

Harlem Wizards Play Maplewood Teachers and Town Officials at 'Family Night' on Jan. 29

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Recreation Department is hosting a night of trick hoops and alley oops on Monday, Jan. 29, at Maplewood Middle School.

Two members of the Harlem Wizards will be playing with Maplewood teachers and other town officials at Maplewood “Family Night,"according to an email from Maplewood Recreation.

You may go ...

The Community Coalition on Race Presents its 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Observance on Monday, Jan. 15

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Community Coalition on Race (CCR) is holding its 17th annual observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a full day of free events open to all.

Here are scheduled events for Monday, Jan. 15:

Interfaith Observance at 2 p.m. at the Columbia High School auditorium (17 Parker Ave., Maplewood) Hundreds of SOMA residents and ...

New Community Arts Space Opening Soon in Maplewood

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 ...

South Orange Student Named 'Emerald Princess' at 13th Biennial Emerald & Ivory Debutante Cotillion

WHIPPANY, NJ - Kathryn Alease Jones of South Orange was named the Emerald Princess at the 13th Biennial Emerald & Ivory Debutante Cotillion, hosted by the Essex County (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, according to a release about the event. There were over 400 guests at the cotillion, which was held at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany.

The Cotillion is the ...

Jan. 4 Snow Storm: Latest Updates and Closures

Updated at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on January 4

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A winter storm on Thursday has left over 5 inches of snow in the SOMA area, with a state of emergency declared in Essex County. An advisory from Maplewood police stated that due to the state of emergency all county, municipal, and state roads must be clear of all vehicles, including disabled ...

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 ...

DeLuca Again Appointed Maplewood Mayor In Unanimous Vote; Dafis Sworn In As First Gay Committee Member

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca was officially appointed to the top post for another year at the annual Township Committee (TC) reorganization meeting on Monday, where he also was sworn in to another three-year term on the governing body.

At the same meeting, newly-elected TC member Dean Dafis was sworn in, marking the first time an openly gay member will sit on the ...

Seasonal Ice Rink Installed in Meadowland Park in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There is a newly installed seasonal ice rink in Meadowland Park, located on the basketball court area adjacent to the Baird, according to an update on the South Orange website.

The rink is open to South Orange residents who have a current Recreation Department Membership I.D. and their guests. The guest fee is $5 per person per day. The rink will be staffed by ...

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