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NJ Governor Signs Executive Order to Fly Flags at Half-Staff to Recognize Parkland Florida Victims

February 20, 2018

NEW JERSEY - New Jersey Governor Phillip D. Murphy signed Executive Order No.1 on Monday ordering the flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of New Jersey to be flown at half-staff to recognize and mourn the passing of the victims in Parkland, Florida. 

The order is for all state offices, agencies and instrumentalities including schools for Tuesday, February ...

President's Day in SOMA: Closures and Schedule Changes

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - President's Day is Monday, Feb. 19, and it's a day off for many, including local students.

Closures on President's Day

South Orange - Maplewood School District schools are closed on Monday (as well as on Friday, Feb. 16).
South Orange Public Library is closed.
Maplewood Memorial Library and Hilton Branch Library are ...

Maplewood Pool Fee Increases Proposed; Membership Expands To Some Non-Residents

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood Pool fees are expected to increase by as much as 10 percent this year in an effort to close a continued operating deficit, plan for needed major repairs and help create a capital fund, the Maplewood Township Committee (TC) revealed at their meeting on Tuesday.

The proposed fee increases, which would boost the membership rate for a family of three-to-seven members ...

Maplewood Resident One of Six Protesters Arrested at "Clean Dream" Sit-In at Congressman's Office

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six protesters, including Kristin Peck of Maplewood, were arrested on Monday for Defiant Trespass after refusing to leave the Westfield office of Congressman Leonard Lance after it closed, according to Westfield police. The sit-in was in support of “Dreamers."

In addition to Peck, who is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, the others ...

Britnee Timberlake Joins New Jersey General Assembly, Replacing Sheila Oliver

EAST ORANGE, NJ - East Orange resident and former Freeholder President, Britnee Timberlake was sworn in Monday to fill the seat vacated by Sheila Oliver, another East Orange resident, who became the first black woman to assume statewide office in Garden State history when she became Lieutenant Governor earlier this month.

Timberlake will represent the 34th ...

South Orange Administrator Leaving for Position in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After six years in South Orange, Village Administrator Barry Lewis is leaving for a new job as Livingston Township Manager. Lewis replaced interim South Orange Administrator Reagan Burkholder in January, 2012. Burkholder was appointed in September, 2011, after then-Administrator John Gross accepted a position in West Orange.

The Livingston Township ...

Maplewood Considers Pedestrian Texting Ban

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Maplewood Township Committee member Nancy Adams raised the public safety issue of pedestrians texting while walking in a crosswalk at the last Township Committee (TC) meeting on Jan. 16.

Adams has proposed fining residents who use hand-held electronic devices while seeking to cross or walk in a crosswalk, citing a similar law approved in 2017 by the city of ...

Maplewood to Receive Part of $14M NJTPA Grant for Safety Improvements

NEWARK, NJ - Maplewood is one of nine Essex County municipalities that will benefit from a North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) grant, which will provide funding to improve safety at 31 intersections, stated Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. on Wednesday.

The $14.8 million in federal grants will be used to make safety improvements at intersections in Maplewood, as ...

Hundreds from SOMA Join Women's Marches in Morristown and New York City

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Hundreds assembled at the train stations in South Orange and Maplewood on Saturday morning, waiting for trains to both the Women's March on NJ in Morristown, and to the Women's March on NYC in Manhattan.

In South Orange local organizers and activists Sally Unsworth, Nureed Saeed, Ahadi Bugg-Levine, Ritu Panchioly, and Stephanie ...

TAPinto SOMA Named an Official Electronic News Source in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - TAPinto SOMA and Village Green were designed as official electronic news sources to which notices and other matters are to be provided under the Open Public Meetings Act, after the unanimous passage of Resolution 17-18 at the Maplewood Township Committee Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The resolution included that the designation of the official electronic news sources ...

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Rep. Payne, Jr. Issues Statement on Parkland, Florida, School Shooting

February 14, 2018

Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) released the following statement:

“To the families who lost loved ones during a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, today, know that your country’s compassion and thoughts go out to you. Our hearts break with yours.

“To those injured, know that the American people are praying your recovery.

“To the first responders who put their ...