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

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Hundreds From SOMA are on the Road to the Women's March on Washington

Triple Homicide Under Investigation in Maplewood

FEBRUARY

Two Charged in Maplewood Triple Homicide; One in Custody, One at Large

Major Fire Early Saturday Morning at AvalonBay Apartments in Maplewood

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found at South Mountain Reservation; Community Responds

MARCH

Home Burglary and Assault Being Investigated in South Orange, Police Report

Union Residents Voice Concern Over Traffic/Parking for New Vauxhall Development at Old Hawks Tavern Site

APRIL

Crowds, Fights Lead to Heavy Police Presence in South Orange on Saturday Night - No Major Injuries Reported

MAY

South Orange Police Release Statement on Incidents Downtown on April 29 - Two Arrests Reported

Unofficial Results of the South Orange Board of Trustees Election

JUNE

Pedestrian Fatality in South Orange on Thursday

Police Investigate Homicide in Maplewood Early Wednesday Morning

Arrest Made in Death of Maplewood Man; Son Charged with Murder

JULY

Grand Opening of Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge Celebrated at East Orange Golf Course in Short Hills

6 Maplewood Police Officers Disciplined for July 5, 2016 Incidents

AUGUST

Maplewood Police Chief Firing and One Surreal Night (Maplewoodian column by Joe Strupp)

New Acting Chief and Acting Captain of Maplewood Police Department

Two Maplewood Restaurants Make List of 25 Best Restaurants in New Jersey

SEPTEMBER

Mice Infestation in Maplewood Schools Declared 'Health Hazard' by Maplewood Officials

Three Years Since Arrest, Accused Columbia HS Teacher Still Awaits Trial

OCTOBER

South Orange Dog Sitter Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty After Dog Dies in his Care

State Seizes Shenanigans Toys in Maplewood for Unpaid Taxes

NOVEMBER

Social Media Rumors of Violence at Columbia H.S. on Thursday Investigated: 'No Credible Threat' Found

Anti-Incumbent School Board Election Material Deemed “Ugly” and “Divisive”; And Does It Violate Federal Rules?

DECEMBER

Maplewood Singing Star SZA Blasts Local Starbucks in Pro-Village Coffee Twitter Screed

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