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May 25, 2020

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — To promote social distancing, South Orange Village marked Memorial Day this year on Facebook Live.  Rabbi Jesse Olitsky of Congregation Beth El gave the invocation. Village President Sheena Collum spoke to families who have lost relatives in the Armed Services: "This day ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mayor Frank McGehee, Deputy Mayor Dean Dafis, and Committee Members Greg Lembrich, Nancy Adams, and Victor DeLuca honored Memorial Day today at Ricalton Square. In his remarks, McGehee paid tribute to "the women and men who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our Constitution, ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Village has issued a notification that the Scotland Road Water Main Replacement to begin Tuesday, May 26. Scotland Road will be closed from south of Montrose Ave. to Ralston Ave. starting at 8 a.m. through 4 p.m.   Read More: South Orange Memorial Day Read ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, which is usually held near the duck pond will be a virtual event this year. It will be broadcast live on the South Orange Village Facebook page. As we all know, Memorial Day honors those who have given their lives serving our country. Be sure to ...

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It has been a busy news week full of local coverage. Check out all the most important local stories from the past week here in Maplewood and South Orange:   A Video was Released of the January SOPD Use of Force Incident To be safe, Masks are now Required in Maplewood Parks As the curve ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Village President Sheena Collum has issued a statement that updates the community on the current status of COVID-19 in town. She also gives news concerning where and how to get tested, the rules concerning the opening of the tennis courts in our two towns and a reminder of the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — When Gary Jones bought his daughter a sewing machine five years ago, he never expected he’d be the one to use it more. But as coronavirus gripped the U.S., he wanted to do something to help others and got stitching making face masks.  “I was very slow, but by the end of the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mayor Frank McGehee's latest coronavirus update included the news of another resident succumbing to COVID-19.  "It saddens me to share that our community has lost another member," McGehee wrote. "She was 59. Please keep the family and the 23 other families who have lost loved ...

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  SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A pedestrian has died after being struck by a Coach USA bus, operated under contract to NJ Transit, in downtown South Orange. The incident happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. today, at the corner of South Orange Avenue and Valley Street. The bus involved in the incident ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mayor Frank McGehee announced during last night's Township Committee meeting that the tennis courts in Maplewood and South Orange will reopen as of May 22. The two towns are making the move after Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order allowing the reopening of private tennis ...

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MILLBURN, NJ — Bear 832 strolled around Short Hills on Monday, climbing a tree and hanging out for the day before socially distancing himself from humans. He checked out the bear trap set by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife but decided not to check in. The black bear was photographed ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The distance learning plan passed on May 18 by the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education to guide the rest of the school year is vexing local parents. The “NJDOE 2020 School Health-Related Closure Plan” included no requirement for direct instruction by teachers by audio or ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Township has issued guidance for its Tuesday, May 19 Township Committee Meeting: The agenda for the meeting is posted on Maplewood's website. The agenda includes a final vote on establishing a cap bank for the township budget, introduction of an ordinance "requiring the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Seven new cases of COVID-19 were seen in Maplewood, Mayor Frank McGehee reported as he released the Maplewood Public Health Division numbers for the week of May 9-15: Total Cases: 273 (+7) Probable Cases: 4 Total Deaths: 23  Total recovered cases: 170 NJ Statewide ...

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4th Annual 24 Hours of Music Jamboree Launches New Approach to Address Our Social Distancing World. Continuing its commitment to the live music community, the Annual 24 Hours of Music Jamboree will open on Noon Sat May 30 with the final performance ending Noon Sunday, May 31. This year’s event is ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Although full Police Week ceremonies are among the numerous events canceled by coronavirus quarantine, the South Orange Police Department participated in a moment of silence today for New Jersey police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and were added to the Police ...

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May 14, 2020 - The following information was received from Howard Levison, Administrator of the South Orange Village Water Utility. It details the improvements to the water main as well as lighting, beautification and safety commencing this month and continuing over the summer months. Long ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — New Jersey Family magazine has named Deanna Taylor-Heacock, owner of Good Bottle Refill Shop, its first Mompreneur of the Year. "This is such an honor to me because it means people are embracing change in order to improve the environment and lower their waste,” Taylor-Heacock ...

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NEWS RELEASE South Orange Historical and Preservation Society    CONTACT    Joel Levin      MediaJoel@gmail.com   CELL 973-568-6000     FOR RELEASE 14 May 2020 at 11 a.m. EDT                               info@sohps.org South Orange, NJ - 'Old Stone House,' South Orange ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A "skeleton" 2020 South Orange budget passed on first read at the May 11 Board of Trustees meeting. Village President Sheena Collum gave kudos to the finance committee and the whole governing body for turning around the budget in six weeks from its original numbers as the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) gave South Orange residents an update of what he is doing in Congress for COVID-19 relief, both public-health-wise and economically.  Payne has been speaking with all the municipalities he represents, and spoke at the online South Orange Village ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Together with Mayor Frank McGehee's updated COVID-19 information, Mayor McGehee provided a variety of useful information covering Shop Small Business Saturday and a variety of other topics, including Health, Government, and several additional topics. The information follows ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Jake Ezzo, choir director for South Orange Middle School, was lauded today by Gov. Phil Murphy in his daily press briefing. Murphy held up Ezzo as an example of a New Jerseyan making a difference for others during the coronavirus pandemic. Ezzo is a coordinator of the group NJ ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The following an update on the state of coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Village, by Village President Sheena Collum. As the confirmed positive number was at 85 on May 1, there are only two new confirmed cased in the last six days, which bodes well for a flattening ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — One of the most challenging, heartbreaking and unexpected roles for me is reaching out to South Orange families who have lost loved ones. The Agba family is dealing with grief right now and has asked for financial assistance in returning Paul Agba, an 8-year resident in the Seton ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The website may be flat but the plants are still in 3-D! Due to the current health crisis and restrictions on gatherings, this year's Maplewood Garden Club Plant Sale has transitioned: instead of going to its usual location at the pool parking lot, go online to shop. The purchased ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange Maplewood Board of Education passed its 2020-21 budget last night. The unanimous vote happened despite possible changes in state aid as coronavirus continues to affect New Jersey's health and economy. “The governor is going to give an update on that I believe ...

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MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Today is Giving Tuesday. Created in 2012, it is described on its website as "a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Dist. 10) will join tomorrow evening’s 7:30 p.m. Township Committee meeting to provide an update to Maplewood residents regarding initiatives in Washington D.C. to support residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19.  The congressman will speak ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced the I-78 express lanes will be closed this week near the Garden State Parkway through approximately Exit 58/New Jersey Turnpike in Union and Essex Counties as a pavement preservation project continues. This work was ...

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