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May 17, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Trustees annual organization meeting will install William Haskins and Braynard “Bobby” Brown as new trustees and Karen Hartshorn Hilton as a reelected trustee this evening at 7 p.m. The meeting will be virtual and can be viewed via Webex. Other ...

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This week in Maplewood and South Orange: Vaccination data is now available by town. Mayor Frank said masks stay on in public spaces. A new mixed used building was approved to replace the Verjus building on Springfield Avenue. At SHU, being vaccined will be required for the university ...

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The South Orange Board of Trustees met for its regular board meeting Monday night to recognize several groups, name Villager of the Month, to honor Nikhil Badlani, and to consider various ordinances and resolutions.  Village President, Sheena Collum, stressed the importance of the community to ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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

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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 www.maplewoodpd.org/events to sign up!   IN LOCAL NEWS:  New S.O. Independent School SOMSD Budget ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Part of downtown Maplewood Avenue is shut to traffic today and the first outdoor market of the spring is being held; it began at 11 a.m. and runs till 5 p.m. Many market vendors are downtown Village shops, but there are also booths selling crafts and items from other businesses.

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Strong winds felled a mature tree in the Newstead neighborhood this morning, landing on and damaging a landscaper's pickup truck.  The wind's force caused the top of the Crest Drive tree to pull away from the trunk, leaving the trunk standing; the limbs took power lines down ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Khadijah Costley White is thinking a lot about where she’s been — and who helped her along the way — as she looks to the future. The Maplewood resident will become the first Black woman to receive tenure as a professor at the Rutgers University School of Communication and ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is now involved in the investigation of an April 24 single car crash near Seton Hall University.  TAPinto SOMA spoke with Sgt. Richard Lombardi of the South Orange Police Department about the situation. He confirmed that there were four ...

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The South Orange Board Of Trustees Candidates' Forum allowed voters to meet those running in the May 11 election. What will the district do with the CHS Student Sexual Harrassment Allegations South Orange and Maplewood came together for Honoring the Conviction, Looking to Justice after the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Shortly before 7:30 a.m. this morning, April 24, a single vehicle accident occurred just west of Center Street on South Orange Avenue. South Orange Police and Fire Department, as well as the South Orange Rescue Squad, responded to the scene. The initial report indicated ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Elected and religious leaders spoke on the steps of the Maplewood Municipal Building yesterday evening, reflecting on the conviction of George Floyd's murderer and outlining steps for a just future.  “To be honest, it's hard to be here,” said Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee. “I ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Holocaust survivors, family and friends told stories of survival, losing relatives and finding some decades later during yesterday's Remember and Tell SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service.  It was started in 1977 and is the longest-running such service in New Jersey.

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Recent recycling changes for the Village were shared at the opening meeting of the Community Board Advisory Committee. Trustee Bob Zuckerman said the number 5 recyclables, which were not being collected previously, are allowable for the time being. “That's because the facility ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Two construction projects are detouring traffic this week in South Orange. Due to construction, Valley Street between 4th Street and Massel Terrace will be closed today, Wednesday, April 14.  All traffic will be detoured up to Academy Street (except for large trucks and ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A remediation plan for asbestos found in the Baird community center during its renovations was approved last night at the Board of Trustees meeting.  Although the project is some 80 percent finished with its demolition, layers of asbestos have been found under the flooring and ...

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This week in education, a music foundation said SOMA  is the best for music education, the reopening schedule for the schools was announced, and CHS alumnae are among eight women Ivy League editors. The Maplewood Township Committee Condemned Voter Suppression  and Marked Holocaust Day. Also, ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Every year homeowners look forward to purging during spring cleaning. This year, South Orange Container Day is Saturday, April 10. A second Container Day will be May 8.  South Orange residents may drop off large bulk household items during this event at Public Works, 300 ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On this International Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV), Maplewood Township joins South Orange Village and the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education in celebrating our transgender & non-binary community here and around the globe — we see you, we support you, we ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Barbara Van Doren has been a fixture in South Orange. For 96 years, her whole life, she has lived in this town. She was even the first in her family to be born in a hospital. Now, she's embarking on a new adventure: a move to Virginia “This woman is amazing,” said Village ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Keep those flashlights handy. After a storm blew through town Sunday evening, a wind advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service announced. Winds blowing 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are expected, and a few gusts up to 60 ...

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People tend to reveal their true selves during a crisis. That truth is evident in the astounding number of South Orange and Maplewood volunteers and charitable organizations to form and respond to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robin Peacock, executive director of MEND Hunger ...

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