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SOMA Schools Asks Students, Staff to Consider Masking Amid Rising Covid-19 Cases

May 13, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The South Orange-Maplewood School District acknowledged a rise in Covid-19 cases but stopped short of reinstating a district-wide masking policy, instead urging students and staff to voluntarily choose to mask indoors and on buses.

Outbreaks at two elementary schools -- Clinton and South Mountain Big School -- have prompted the district to implement short-term masking, as ...

South Mountain Big School Re-Instates Mask Policy As Covid-19 Cases Rise

MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Students and staff at South Mountain Big School are again required to wear masks indoors and on the bus following an outbreak of Covid-19 in three classes.

The South Orange Department of Health is requiring the move, South Mountain Elementary Principal Kevin Mason wrote to families on Wednesday.

The mandate will be in effect through Wednesday May 18th, and then masks will ...

Parents Raise COVID, Antisemitism Concerns at Special SOMA School Board Meeting

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Parents took the opportunity to bring up two main concerns during the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education special meeting this week: A lack of communication and inconsistency in regard to COVID-19 and the removal of former second grade teacher Tamar Herman after she was accused of removing a second-grader’s hijab during class last fall.

Natalie Peretti, a South ...

Covid-19 Cases on the Rise According to Health Officer Candice Davenport

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Maplewood experienced nearly double the number of COVID-19 cases in April than in March, said township Health Officer Candice Davenport at this week’s meeting of the Maplewood Township Committee.

Davenport said there were 232 COVID-19 cases in March compared to 438 in April. However, she said Maplewood’s number of people with COVID-19 vaccinations is ...

Babyganics Bubble Bath Recalled Over Possible Bacterium Contaminaton

Babyganics is voluntarily recalling two lots of 20-ounce bottles of babyganics® 20oz chamomile verbena bubble bath, due to the presence of the bacterium Pluralibacter gergoviae, announced the company.

It was discovered, during internal testing, that two specific lot numbers of this product contained the bacterium.

Pluralibacter gergoviae does not usually cause healthy ...

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office to hold Community Day

Newark, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will hold a Community Day tomorrow, Thursday, April 28, at Lincoln Park in Newark to spread the word about Operation Helping Hand. Operation Helping Hand is a diversion program that connects individuals suffering from opioid and other forms of addiction ...

Opening Day for Recreational Weed Sales Goes Smoothly in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – People taking advantage of New Jersey’s first day for the legal sale of recreational cannabis got up early on Thursday; they were waiting in line at 6:45 a.m. outside the TerreAscend Apothecarium cannabis shop on Springfield Avenue.

The Maplewood shop is one of 13 statewide that have been selling medicinal cannabis but are now also approved to sell marijuana ...

WONDER and South Orange Planning and Economic Development Committee Meet

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There have been many comments both pro and con the operations of WONDER Trucks appearing on SOMA Lounge basically having started on Monday, April 18th. Due to these comments, South Orange Trustee Bob Zuckerman invited Stephanie Brown and the Community to attend the monthly meeting of the Planning and Economic Development Committee. Zuckerman also invited Stephanie Brown, and ...

South Orange Board of Trustees to Vote on Regulation of Leaf Blower Use in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - On Monday April 25, the South Orange Board of Trustees (BOT) will hold the second reading of a proposed ordinance to limit and regulate the use of leaf blowers.

A summary of the proposed ordinance can be found on the South Orange website and the full ordinance can be downloaded here. If approved, the ordinance will go into effect on May 1,  2022.

The public ...

Maplewood Township Committee Revisits TerrAscend's Application to Sell Recreational Use Cannabis

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Kimberley Mui Owies the Senior Director of Brand and Channel Marketing for TerrAscend attended Tuesday night’s meeting to discuss the four conditions set by the township, before approval consideration.

“Per April 5th’s township meeting we have remediated the four contingencies requested by the committee,” expressed Owies. She continued by ...


Studies of the Future: Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

May 18, 2022

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, in Livingston, has been at the forefront of the treatment of breast cancer for decades. One way the hospital maintains its reputation as one of the best in the tri-state area is by participating in clinical trials, which are research studies that help determine if a new drug would be effective in treating a specific condition. In partnership with Rutgers ...


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NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBarnabas Health Transaction with Saint Peter’s HealthCare System

New Brunswick, NJ – The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey ("SHCCNJ") threw its support behind the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and St. Peter's HealthCare System, which will lead to the creation of a premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) in New Brunswick. 

In a letter to the Federal Trade ...

African American Chamber of Commerce Supports RWJBH Transaction with St. Peters

New Brunswick, NJ – Access to quality medical care in New Jersey is vital to underserved populations. That's why the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (“AACCNJ”) announced its support for the proposed transaction between RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick, which will lead to the creation of New ...

RWJBarnabas Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Vision to Create NJ’s First Premier Academic Medical Center Gets State Approval

New Brunswick, NJ – RWJBarnabas Health (“RWJBH”) and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System (“Saint Peter’s”) announced that the State of New Jersey has approved their transaction to create New Jersey’s first premier academic medical center (“premier AMC”) located in New Brunswick.

“This is a tremendous milestone in a years-long ...

The facts are clear about prostate cancer – and what you can do about it

Prostate cancer is dangerous – right? The disease remains the number one solid organ cancer diagnosis among men in the United States, with more than 248,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Yet while there can be great differences in how prostate cancer affects each patient, there’s little debate that it is important to monitor for the disease.

Urologist Naeem Rahman, MD, part of ...

‘Calendar Girls’ Captivates at Chatham Playhouse

CHATHAM, NJ — This delightful play, set in Yorkshire, England, lends a risque air to the Women’s Institutes at a local church parish.

The play and film were based on a true story of middle-aged women who were seeking a fundraising idea for Leukemia Research.

They’re desperate to find a way to support their charities and somehow come up with the idea of ...

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Deborah Engel: A Thoughtful Leader Who Gets Things Done

May 18, 2022

I’m writing in support of Deborah Engel, my former employer and now business partner and dear friend, for Maplewood Town Council. I worked for Deborah for a year at Work and Play, the coworking space with onsite childcare that she founded (one of the first of its kind in the world), and together we founded General Store Cooperative, a co-retail and incubator space in Maplewood.  ...

Newark Resident, Former School Board Member Will Lead Essex County LGBTQ Affairs Office

May 15, 2022

NEWARK, NJ — A newly established Essex County Office of LGBTQ Affairs was announced Friday that will be led by Reginald Bledsoe, a Newark resident and former Newark Public Schools Board of Education member.

Bledsoe, who was appointed as the office's first director, will help support the LGBTQ community in Essex County and provide a platform to address issues, ...

Current Owners Find Pastor’s Remains in Church Basement After 186 Years 

St. Mark's Episcopal Church in West Orange opened in 1828 and remained as an active congregation until it closed in 2004. After the church closed it saw only occasional use as a rental property for small fellowships. Over the years however financial resources were lacking to maintain the church, and it fell into a state of further disrepair and neglect. By spring 2015 diocesan trustees had ...

New Jersey Warns of Price Gouging During Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage

May 19, 2022

NEWARK, NJ —New Jersey's Acting Attorney General and the Division of Community Affairs (DCA) are warning customers and merchants statewide about price gouging and any fraud dealing with the sale of baby formula in New Jersey.

“The current baby formula shortage may have scammers and unscrupulous vendors coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of parents at a vulnerable ...

Summit F.D.: One Reported Fatality in Route 24 Crash That Involved Tractor Trailer, Five Vehicles

SUMMIT, NJ - One person has died, and another victim was flown by Medevac helicopter to an area trauma center after a mid-afternoon crash on Eastbound Route 24 near Milemarker 9, according to the City of Summit Fire Department (SFD).

The SFD, at approximately 2 p.m. today, responded to a report of a multiple vehicle accident on Route 24 East near Milemarker 9.

JESPY Partners with Paper Mill Playhouse for Performance Showcasing JESPY Clients

May 19, 2022

SOUTH ORANGE – With the musical talents of JESPY clients in the spotlight, JESPY has partnered with Millburn’s Paper Mill Playhouse to present a showcase of Broadway songs to be performed by the clients on June 18 at 4pm.

The performance, which is open to the public, is tentatively titled A New Beginning. Set to take place at JESPY, the play will feature client talents, alternating ...

Studies of the Future: Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, in Livingston, has been at the forefront of the treatment of breast cancer for decades. One way the hospital maintains its reputation as one of the best in the tri-state area is by participating in clinical trials, which are research studies that help determine if a new drug would be effective in treating a specific condition. In partnership with Rutgers ...

Come Enjoy St. Rose of Lima Academy's Summer Camp Program! 

I cannot believe it is that time of year again! Welcome to St. Rose Lima Academy's (SRLA) ...