SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Village President Sheena Collum released the following update on May 13:

As of 4:00 p.m. today, 334 South Orange residents have received access to COVID-19 testing and of that number, 91 tests have returned positive and 243 have returned negative. To date, four members of our community have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Please continue to keep their families in your prayers.

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Local Reminders

  • The South Orange municipal budget has been introduced and can be found here.
  • The grace period for 2nd quarter taxes has been extended to June 1
  • The public works yard and recycling center remains closed.  A June 27th Container Day will occur for residents by appointment only. More information can be found here.
  • South Orange parks have remained open for passive and no-contact recreation such as walking, jogging, or doing some exercise by yourself or with your family. Please note that our police department is regularly monitoring our parks, and any appearance of a gathering or overcrowding due to high demand will be dispersed. Playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, and fields remain closed.
  • You must properly dispose of your gloves/masks in the trash, not our streets. Do not flush “disposable wipes.”


South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race
Beloved Community in Solidarity, Remembrance and Hope
Sunday, May 17, 7:45 – 8:15pm

On Sunday, May 17 at 7:45 pm join your friends and neighbors in South Orange and Maplewood in a moment of shared recognition of the impact that COVID-19 has had on our community, including those who have lost loved ones and others who are suffering the economic impact, as well as those first responders and essential workers who have given so much.

SOMA neighbors are invited to step out onto their stoops, porches and balconies to wave lights in a community-wide moment of solidarity. Our youth are asked to create posters and artwork that they will share from a safe distance and then display on the windows of their homes throughout the week.

At 8pm, local bells will toll as we lift our lights together, in remembrance and in hope.

South Mountain Y Duck Race 2020

The South Mountain YMCA’s Annual Duck Race is a tradition not to be missed, and this year the Y is keeping it going, albeit with some changes.

This year, join the Y for a virtual Duck Race at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday May 25. Join the interactive “DuckCenter” via the South Mountain Y FacebookMetro You Tube or South Mountain’s Instagram to cheer, waddle at home, and celebrate this race.

Anyone can buy a duck at the level that’s right for them, with funds supporting the local economy in addition to the Y. To buy ducks go to:

It’s all for fun as always, and the first three ducks across the finish line will get a socially distant duck visit after the race and a virtual duck trophy for local bragging rights!

“Local businesses in Maplewood and South Orange have supported the Duck Race with sponsorships and race prizes for over 20 years, and now it’s our turn to give back to them. This year the Y will commit 25 percent of Duck Race proceeds from our event to support SOMA small businesses,” said James Goodger, District Executive Director of the South Mountain YMCA. “Our small businesses are a critical piece of our community’s fabric, and we are committed to doing something to help them bounce back from this.”

The Y is collaborating with Special Improvement Districts of Maplewood Village Alliance, Springfield Avenue Alliance, and the South Orange Village Center Alliance to garner the most impact.


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