Government

August 16, 2018

Like many New Jersey towns, South Orange and Maplewood are embroiled in a decades-long conflict over affordable housing obligations. Here’s what will happen next. SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ — “Why don’t we take a stroll down Valley Street?” asks Vision for Valley, a newly-hatched Facebook ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Newark received a $5.6 million settlement from East Orange, resolving a seven-year legal battle over wastewater that runs through pipes of the state’s largest municipality. The wastewater produced by East Orange residents has a natural, gravitational flow into Newark's Wastewater ...

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J.-A scheduled campaign speech by Vice President Mike Pence was supposed to be held at Baltusrol Golf Club on Friday, August 10, but was moved at the last minute to the Trump Bedminster course. The speech was in support of Jay Webber, who is running against Mikie Sherrill for the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Before an overflow crowd, two members of the police force who received promotions in Juy were administered the Oath of Office at Tuesday's Township Committee (TC) meeting. Captain Albert Frederick Sally was promoted to the newly created position of Deputy Chief of Police, and ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - After multiple days of NJ Transit delays and cancellations in July, the South Orange Board of Trustees and the Maplewood Township Committee are asking SOMA residents who use the train to take a NJ Transit survey to enable town leaders to better communicate issues to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ —  This Monday, South Orange Village President Sheena Collum encouraged the Board of Trustees to advance Hub Realty’s South Orange and Vose project. The development set for the former Blockbuster site would include 99 market rate units and 11 affordable housing units, Collum said, ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Freeholder, environmental lawyer and 25-year South Orange resident Janine Bauer sees the potential New Jersey Bag Tax as an assault on municipal lawmakers. Bill A3267 would impose a 5-cent fee on single-use bags in chains or any store with retail space exceeding ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Just as stricter recycling rules hit Maplewood and South Orange, the entire state could face a new tax on paper and plastic bags. A new bill passed in New Jersey Senate this June may have you opting for reusable bags at the supermarket and drug store. Bill A3267 would impose a ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -  Here's everything you need to know for celebrating the July 4th holiday in SOMA.   MAPLEWOOD JULY 4TH CELEBRATION    Maplewood 4th of July celebrations take place in Memorial Park, with a full day of festivities that includes live music on two concert ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This Monday, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez led a roundtable with local parents of children with autism at Maplewood’s Words Bookstore, the latest stop on his Jersey Jobs Tour. Menendez addressed parents’ concerns of treatment costs and overall legislative representation. He pointed ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange celebrated 25 new U.S. citizens on Wednesday, marking the first U.S. naturalization ceremony in village history. Despite a snow cancellation this March, the South Orange Community Relations Committee (CRC) and SOMA Action helped bring the event to the South Orange ...

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LATHAM, NY - Macmillan Ekedede of Maplewood was recently promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the New York Army National Guard, in recognition of his "capability for additional responsibility and leadership," according to a statement from Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General for the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Village will be selling a lot on Lindsley Avenue at auction this Wednesday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at the South Orange Municipal Offices (76 South Orange Ave., Suite 302), according to an update on the municipal website. The property -- Block 2111, Lot 18, commonly ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - South Orange Middle School (SOMS) students on a visit to Capitol Hill as part of the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C., had the chance to meet with and take a photo with Donald Payne, Jr. on Friday. Payne is the U.S. Representative for New Jersey District 10, which includes South ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Essex County Moms Demand Action sponsored a rally on Sunday at the gazebo on Sloan Street in South Orange to spread awareness about gun violence and to demand legislative change. This is the third year a "Wear Orange" rally was held in SOMA, part of a national recognition of ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - June is Pride Month, and in SOMA the kick-off was marked with The SOMA Equality March on June 3, which began at Ricalton Square and continued through downtown Maplewood, ending at Maplewood Town Hall. “This is important that we keep marching, no better place than Maplewood where ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Primary Election is Tuesday, June 5. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sample ballots were mailed last month by the Board of Election, and polling locations are listed on the ballot. Polling locations can also be found here. Here's who is on the ...

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Updated information on June 8 here. SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Community Pool, which the Recreation Department had previously stated would not be open Memorial Day weekend but would have a delayed opening on June 2, provided an additional update on Thursday that the "new date ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Essex County Moms Demand Action are hosting a "Wear Orange" rally for gun violence awareness on Sunday, June 3, in recognition of national Gun Violence Awareness Day. The event will feature music, speakers and information about how to get involved in the gun violence prevention ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There is a lot going on in the two towns this Memorial Day weekend, as well as some closures on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. SATURDAY, MAY 26 The Maplewood Community Pool opens at noon for the 2018 season. (The South Orange Community Pool is opening ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Community Pool will have a delayed season opening, and will not be open Memorial Day Weekend, according to an update from the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs. According to the Recreation Department, "weather issues, both the early spring snow and ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School District Board President Elizabeth Baker knew as early as May 8 about the altercation between school board member Stephanie-Lawson Muhammad and a South Orange police officer, in which she argued about a ticket and called the police chief a ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Village President Sheena Collum issued a statement on Thursday, addressing a video in which South Orange Maplewood School Board member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad appeared to suggest that she would contact South Orange Village President Sheena Collum in regards to a ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Avalon Maplewood held their official ribbon cutting and grand opening party at the apartment complex on Springfield Avenue on Wednesday, May 2. Ron Ladell, Avalon's Regional Vice President, gave an overview of the building which has 235 units, which he called "apartment homes," ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - At the Maplewood Township Committee Meeting on Tuesday, May 1, Sonia Alves-Viveiros was officially appointed the Maplewood Township Business Administrator, effective June 1. Alves-Viveiros is currently Maplewood's Assistant Business Administrator, a position she has held since ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Board of Trustees held a special meeting on Friday, during which two resolutions were discussed, and then approved. The first resolution discussed, and passed, was an amendment to the 2018 South Orange budget, which was needed due to a change at the state ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - If you are one of the many who travel from the South Orange train station, you will no longer see the familiar face of Joe Kelly at the ticket window, as he retired on Monday, April 23, after 42 years with NJ Transit, and 24 years in South Orange. The South Orange Board of ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Township Committee stated on Tuesday that Sonia Alves-Viveiros has been selected as the next Township Business Administrator, according to an email from Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca. Alves-Viveiros is currently Maplewood's Assistant Business Administrator, a position ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Development Committee heard a proposal from Stolar Capital to create a student housing development on Valley Street, between 3rd Street and 4th Street, the current site of All Star Motors. In addition to the Development Committee members, the meeting on ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - More than 200 students from Columbia High School (CHS) participated in a protest on Friday morning, one of many school walkouts planned nationwide to mark the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School school shooting, and to advocate for gun violence prevention ...

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