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AAPI Month Kickoff Friday, May 7 in Maplewood Village

May 9, 2021

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — SOMA Cross Cultural Works (SOMA CCW), in partnership Maplewood Township, and South Orange Village were proud to organize and host the first Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month kickoff celebration.  SOMA CCW is a local nonprofit that supports and celebrates the cultural diversity of our towns. They are the organizers of cultural festivals like ...

South Orange and Maplewood Coronavirus Update: Daily Case Averages and More

SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — While COVID-19 has not disappeared, things are in a far better shape than just a few months ago. Many children are back in school, the Governor has further relaxed the restrictions on businesses and gatherings and the number of new cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations have dropped.

We received the following statement from Candice Davenport the ...

Springfield Avenue Open Air Market Gets Off to a Rainy Start

The weather wasn’t cooperating, but vendors still came out to kick off the Springfield Avenue Open Air Market on Saturday, May 8. The market is held at “Yale Corner,” which is located at 1866 Springfield Avenue in Maplewood.

Vendors from today included The Botanica Boutique, KANEA Candles, Bare Essentials, Kaefer’s Kloset, Montclair Made, The Apothecarium Dispensary, ...

Reports: Rutgers infectious disease expert, SOMA resident, Dies in India

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Media reports say a Rutgers professor and doctor with expertise in infectious diseases has died while helping family in India, which is being ravaged by Covid-19. According to social media and local records, Dr. Rajendra Kapila was a resident of South Orange.

New York’s ABC7, also citing information from The Associated Press, said Kapila died from Covid-19. Cases ...

South Orange Municipal Election Is Coming Soon

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Village Clerk Ojetti Davis reminds voters that the Municipal Election is this coming Tuesday, May 11, 2021.


For those voting in person, the polling sites will be open from 6 AM- 8 PM.

NOTE: Voting districts 1, 6 & 8 currently vote in the following locations.

District 1: Jubilee Hall at Seton Hall University (formerly the ...

Maplewood Bike Rodeo 2021 Set for May 22

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police Department is partnering with EZ Ride to present a bike safety presentation on Saturday, May 22, at the annual MPD Bike Rodeo. 

Please visit to sign up!



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This Year, Give Mom a Gift That Gives Back

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Moms will always say they love any Mother's Day present you give her — that's just what moms do! This year, don’t just give mom a boring gift — give her a gift that gives back as well. You'll see the difference in her “Oh my goodness, I love it!”

From jewelry made by women rescued from human trafficking to ...

River Day 2021: A Literal Ton of Success

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — River Day 2021 started out strong and just kept going. 

Yesterday was the annual cleanup of the South Orange section of the Rahway River sponsored by the South Orange Green Team. By annually collecting the accumulated garbage in the water, volunteers reduce the threats to the wildlife and water quality, and leave the aesthetics of the river better than they ...

Latest COVID-19 SOMA Statistics Show Slight Improvement

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The latest local COVID-19 statistics show that the rate of new cases is slowly decreasing. The South Orange seven-day average decreased during the past month. On April 1 it stood at 5.86 cases per day, while on April 30 it was 1.57 cases per day. 

The most recent Maplewood case load total is 1,499, reported on April 29. South ...

TAPinto SOMA Weekly Wrap Up, April 24-30

What happened in local news this past week?

Dr. Khadijah Costley White will be granted tenure at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information in July. She is the first Black woman to earn tenure in the School.

Mayor McGehee reminded everyone that in Maplewood Village, masking is still required.

There is a crash investigation under way ...


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Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

May 8, 2021

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Community Conversations: Vaccine Updates and Variant Testing

Approximately 4 million people in New Jersey have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine! On the next Community Conversation, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, and Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, discuss New Jersey’s new eligibility guidelines and Atlantic Health System’s vaccine program along with the ability to rapidly screen ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Candidate Statement - Karen Hilton - LINE B TICKET

May 8, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — I’m running for another four years as Village Trustee and I hope you’ll vote for me and for my running mates, Bill Haskins and Bobby Brown on May 11th.  

South Orange has been my home for 25 years, along with my husband Jim of 29 years, we’ve raised our 4 children here. I have a Masters in Public Administration, and aside from toiling over ...

Candidate Statement - Bobby Brown - LINE B TICKET


SOUTH ORANGE, NJ —  As a 13-year resident of South Orange, I am once again running for South Orange Trustee because I am committed to serving this community.

You may remember that I ran in the 2019 election along with eight other passionate candidates for three seats.  I did not find defeat a deterrent to working for this community.  I ...

Maplewood Police Blotter: Several Thefts of Unsecured Items

May 8, 2021

This blotter covers the period from April 18 – May 4, 2021.

April 22, 2021; Package Theft; At approximately 7:45 pm a vehicle left running and unsecured on the 1700 block of Springfield Ave was stolen.

April 25, 2021; Package Theft; Between 2-6 pm a package was stolen from the front of a home on Midland Blvd

April 27, 2021; Theft; At approximately 11:55 pm an ...

South Orange Police Blotter: Vehicle Stolen While Parked in Owners Driveway

May 3, 2021; Auto Theft; A University Court resident reports their Dodge Avenger, which was parked in their driveway, was stolen during the early morning hours.  Video surveillance from a camera on South Orange Avenue shows a couple of individuals walking back and forth in the area of South Orange Avenue and University Court.  The camera is too far to get any ...

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Brown, Haskins and Hilton for Board of Trustees

May 4, 2021

Dear Editor, 

I am voting for Bobby Brown, Bill Haskins and Karen Hilton because it is a vote for good governance: openness, transparency, priority and goal setting, accountability.  

The Board of Trustees sets the priorities of our government, aligns our staff and budget against those priorities, and ensures that our professionals deliver on these priorities. The draft ...

Walk-In Vaccination Appointments Now Available at Two Essex County Sites

May 4, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Two Essex County Vaccination Centers, including Kmart at 235 Prospect Avenue in West Orange and Essex County College at 177 West Market Street in Newark, are now open for walk-in appointments from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday to anyone who resides, works or attends school in Essex County.

As of this week, the county vaccination centers at Sears in ...

New Artistic Director for Essex County Wildflower Sculpture Park at South Mountain Reservation

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Lisa Sanders, an artist with two permanent pieces in the Wildflower Sculpture Park in South Mountain Reservation, has been appointed as Artistic Director/Curator of the park.

She replaces Tricia Zimic who served in the position for ten years.

Sanders holds an MFA from The New York Studio School and has exhibited in New Jersey, Brooklyn, New ...

From Shelter Pup to Crimefighter: NJ Shelter Rescue Finds Home with PD

May 8, 2021

WESTAMPTON, NJ — The Burlington County Animal Shelter has a record of success in finding forever homes for the animals they love and care for, but it is not every day that one of their rescues also lands a job as a bona fide crime-fighter.

Then again Arrow is not your typical rescue dog.

The young Belgian Malinois, who was surrendered to the Burlington County Animal Shelter in ...

Route 24 & Columbia Turnpike Project in Florham Park is Indefinitely Delayed

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — It appears that the long awaited project to improve traffic patterns at the intersection of Rt 24 and Columbia Turnpike is on hold due to the lack of paper work submission from Morris Township.  

In a statement released from the Morris County Board of Commissioners, they stated the following:

“We want to thank the Borough of Florham Park, ...

Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Mercer Street Friends, and Norwescap Confer Grant Awards to 292 Community Partners Across 18 Counties

May 8, 2021

HILLSIDE, NJ—May 7, 2021 

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), Mercer Street Friends, and NORWESCAP today announced the selection of 292 partner food pantries, soup kitchens, and other local food assistance charities to receive grants through a $3.5 million investment in network capacity. Awards ranging ...

Maplewood Garden Club's Plant Sale Is ON!

MGC will return to its grand-scale plant sale, albeit with some modifications.

It will be outdoors at the Maplewood Community Pool parking lot, 187 Boyden Ave., Maplewood, once again. Keeping in mind that COVID-19 is still a concern, MGC will take all necessary precautions during the sale, and plant sale hours have been extended to accommodate the changes in procedure.

The plant sale will ...

Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange Hits Major Vaccination Milestone

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — “We are proud to announce that we now have 100+ caregivers that have been vaccinated along with 100% of our clinical and internal support staff”, exclaimed Larry Aronson, Owner of Homewatch Caregivers of South Orange. At Homewatch, they know that many people in the community have postponed necessary home care for their family members due to ...