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Top Stories of 2017 in South Orange and Maplewood

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South Orange Middle School students protest was one of the top stories of 2017.
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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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Women's March Wear at Sadie's

Many are gathering this weekend and heading into New York City or over to Morristown to show their support for the Women's March 2018.

Sadie's is offering a few tee shirt options to show your support while marching as well as with your purchase.

The "Nasty Woman" shirt donates to Planned Parenthood and the "I Believe in Science" donates to the Sierra Club." ...

School Freeze Is Not New, And Not Acceptable

Another cold snap and apparently another string of cold classrooms.

Last week, many classes at Columbia High School -- and other schools -- saw frigid temperatures when the cold outside dropped to single digits on several days.

The snow helped a bit by closing schools last Thursday and Friday, although the Friday closing was originally a delayed opening and later switched ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 010

On this week’s AtlantiCast, we take you to the groundbreaking for an expansion to Morristown Medical Center, introduce you to the newest babies of 2018 at Atlantic Health System and share some must-see winter weather tips!

 

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Arrests Reported

January 13, 2018

South Orange Police Blotter as of January 13

Adult Arrest CDS - Benjamin Orgera, an 18 year old South Orange resident was arrested on Sunday, Jan. 7, at approximately 10:20 p.m. for possession of CDS (marijuana). Officers stopped an auto for a motor vehicle violation near the intersection of Ridgewood Rd & Redmond Rd. During the traffic stop, officers determined that the driver ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Auto Thefts Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of January 8

Auto Theft - A West End Rd resident reported that sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 28, actor(s) unknown stole his vehicle (2013 Honda), which was parked in his driveway at the time.

Auto Theft - A Montclair resident and South Orange business owner reported that on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at approximately 6:20 ...

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 ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, January 20, 12:30 AM

Clark Public Library, Clark

North Jersey Aquarium Society Monthly Saturday ...

Home & Garden

Sun, January 21, 11:00 AM

The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, Maplewood

Amy Blake and Moki Kokoris: Family Ethical ...

Education

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Sun, January 21, 2:00 PM

Livingston High School, Livingston

Livingston Symphony: "The Composer's Toolbox"

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, January 24, 12:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

The Purposes and Rhythms of Jewish Living

Education Religions And Spirituality

Newark Makes the Short List for Amazon's next HQ2

January 19, 2018

NEWARK, NJ--Newark has been named as one of 20 finalists to host Amazon’s next headquarters in North America.

Amazon announced the short-listed cities on Thursday.

Other cities that made the cut include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County, ...

Millburn Teen Gives Laptops New Life for Charity

MILLBURN, NJ — A junior at Millburn High School is using his skills with computers to help young women half a world away have a chance at higher education. Alexander McBride, the founder of Laptops4Africa.org, has already sent 21 laptops to deserving female students by teaming with a family friend who hand delivers donations to a girls leadership training school in Tanzania ...

Director of Gallery U Boutique Says They Will Leave Westfield Over Parking Issues

January 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Gallery U Boutique, an art space and boutique on South Avenue in Downtown Westfield, will relocate at the end of the summer due to ongoing parking issues, Executive Director Robert Greco said.

Gallery U is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries. Clients from UI work in the gallery and live in the ...

Crowds Pack Sussex County YMCA's Open House

HARDYSTON, NJ – The Sussex County YMCA was packed on Saturday afternoon.  People from all over Sussex County came by to try out the new facilities and see the expansion and renovations.  Special guests spoke at the opening ceremony in the new gymnasium.

Jennifer Gardner, Executive Director announced special guests U. S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer, New Jersey Senator Steve ...

Public Notice: Maplewood Township Committee Regular Session on Sat., Jan. 27 and Sat., Feb. 3

January 19, 2018

P U B L I C   N O T I C E -  January 19, 2018

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Maplewood Township Committee will meet in Regular Session on Saturday, January 27, 2018 and Saturday, February 3, 2018, beginning at 9:00 A.M., for both dates, at the Maplewood Municipal Building, 574 Valley Street, Maplewood, New Jersey, for the purpose of 2018 Municipal Budget discussions. 

These ...

Business Administrator – Full Time – Maplewood Township (Essex)

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR – FULL TIME – MAPLEWOOD TOWNSHIP (ESSEX)

Position available prior to June 1, 2018.

The Township is seeking an experienced and qualified, high profile, proactive, facilitating leader, who is committed to working in partnership with the Township Committee to deliver excellent and cost effective public services to an engaged, culturally and racially diverse ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace & Cafe Jan. 19 to Jan. 25

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:

Potato Salad $3.99lb (Prep Food)
Monkfish  $9.99lb (Ashley Fish Market)
Siggi’s Yogurt  4/$5
Ground Turkey Thigh Dark Meat $4.19lb (Meat)
Ham Wraps $5.99(Deli)
Breyer’s Ice Cream $4.99lb
Blueberries 1 Pint $4.99
Beemster Graskaas Gouda $7.99lb ...