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Milling and Paving Will Cause Nightly Road Closures on South Orange Avenue

May 11, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Lt. Adrian Acevedo, of the South Orange Police Department, Special Operations Bureau issued the following information regarding milling and paving of certain sections of South Orange Avenue and North Ridgewood Road:

Starting on Wednesday, May 12th and running through Thursday, May 20th, (Sat & Sun excluded) sections of South Orange Avenue and North Ridgewood Road ...

Missing Baby Found Unharmed After NJ Police Issue Statewide Amber Alert

NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police. 

Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused of assaulting the child's mother in Newark before leaving ...

AMBER ALERT: State Police Seek Missing Infant

NEW JERSEY -- Chinna Payne is a Black female infant who is missing.

She is suspected to have been abducted by Damion Payne, a 27-year-old Black male.

Payne was driving a 2016 Nissan white Altima with Virginia plates - VPF6043.

He was seen in East Orange, NJ.

The suspect is armed with a handgun.

Report any information to the New Jersey State Police or local law ...

Maplewood Bike Rodeo 2021 Set for May 22

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police Department is partnering with EZ Ride to present a bike safety presentation on Saturday, May 22, at the annual MPD Bike Rodeo. 

Please visit www.maplewoodpd.org/events to sign up!

 

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Investigation of Single Car Crash in South Orange Goes to Prosecutor’s Office

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is now involved in the investigation of an April 24 single car crash near Seton Hall University. 

TAPinto SOMA spoke with Sgt. Richard Lombardi of the South Orange Police Department about the situation. He confirmed that there were four occupants in a minivan traveling west in the area of 525 South ...

One Car Accident on South Orange Avenue

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Shortly before 7:30 a.m. this morning, April 24, a single vehicle accident occurred just west of Center Street on South Orange Avenue.

South Orange Police and Fire Department, as well as the South Orange Rescue Squad, responded to the scene. The initial report indicated multiple injuries; a total of three ambulances responded in addition to two fire ...

Victims Identified: Double Murder in Hillside Linked to Suicide in Union

UNION, NJ — The deaths of two women in Hillside are believed to be connected to a death in Union, said acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo on Wednesday.

As reported by TAPinto Union early Wednesday morning, the case began at about 2:30 Monday morning when Union police officers discovered a suspicious car parked in the lot behind Enterprise Rent-A-Car at 1755 Morris ...

State Kicks Off 'Take Control of Your Destiny' Distracted Driving Campaign

TRENTON, NJ — As distracted driving continues to claim more lives on New Jersey roadways than any other risky driving behavior, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Highway Traffic Safety (“HTS”) announced the launch of a statewide public awareness campaign aimed at providing motorists with good reasons to give the road their undivided attention.

The ...

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Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

May 8, 2021

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Community Conversations: Vaccine Updates and Variant Testing

Approximately 4 million people in New Jersey have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine! On the next Community Conversation, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, and Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, discuss New Jersey’s new eligibility guidelines and Atlantic Health System’s vaccine program along with the ability to rapidly screen ...

Bringing Spring Inside: Adding Pops of Color in Every Room

As the weather warms up, spring colors are arriving in home décor trends. Whether you’re inviting guests over in person or continuing your distanced Zoom calls, you’ll want to incorporate pops of spring color into every room of your house. Fortunately, adding color doesn’t have to break the bank, and you can easily experiment with the best way to invigorate your spaces ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day: 4 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to tell the caregivers in your life how special they are. By highlighting Mom’s favorite things in your celebrations, you’ll be able to shine a light on everything unique about her. If you’re looking for interesting ways to host a Mother’s Day celebration for a group, big or small, here are four memorable events that will leave Mom ...

4 Unique and Meaningful Ways to Decorate for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think about decorations that will brighten up your home as well as show Mom that she’s a unique, valued person in your family. With a few simple touches, it’s easy to create meaningful decorations that highlight the things that she loves best. Here are four great ways to add some color and style to Mom’s favorite ...

Understanding SPF for Healthy Summer Skin

As we head outside to take advantage of the warmer weather, skincare and sun safety should be top priorities. While the sun’s rays provide countless benefits, the ultraviolet (or UV) components of sunlight are damaging to our skin. A sunburn from overexposure isn’t just temporarily painful - the UV rays that cause a burn are doing long-term damage to your skin cells that’s ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

Candidate Statement - Karen Hilton - LINE B TICKET

May 8, 2021

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — I’m running for another four years as Village Trustee and I hope you’ll vote for me and for my running mates, Bill Haskins and Bobby Brown on May 11th.  

South Orange has been my home for 25 years, along with my husband Jim of 29 years, we’ve raised our 4 children here. I have a Masters in Public Administration, and aside from toiling over ...

Candidate Statement - Bobby Brown - LINE B TICKET

BRAYNARD “BOBBY” BROWN

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ —  As a 13-year resident of South Orange, I am once again running for South Orange Trustee because I am committed to serving this community.

You may remember that I ran in the 2019 election along with eight other passionate candidates for three seats.  I did not find defeat a deterrent to working for this community.  I ...

Maplewood Police Blotter: Several Thefts of Unsecured Items

May 8, 2021

This blotter covers the period from April 18 – May 4, 2021.

April 22, 2021; Package Theft; At approximately 7:45 pm a vehicle left running and unsecured on the 1700 block of Springfield Ave was stolen.

April 25, 2021; Package Theft; Between 2-6 pm a package was stolen from the front of a home on Midland Blvd

April 27, 2021; Theft; At approximately 11:55 pm an ...

South Orange Police Blotter: Vehicle Stolen While Parked in Owners Driveway

May 3, 2021; Auto Theft; A University Court resident reports their Dodge Avenger, which was parked in their driveway, was stolen during the early morning hours.  Video surveillance from a camera on South Orange Avenue shows a couple of individuals walking back and forth in the area of South Orange Avenue and University Court.  The camera is too far to get any ...

Brown, Haskins and Hilton for Board of Trustees

May 4, 2021

Dear Editor, 

I am voting for Bobby Brown, Bill Haskins and Karen Hilton because it is a vote for good governance: openness, transparency, priority and goal setting, accountability.  

The Board of Trustees sets the priorities of our government, aligns our staff and budget against those priorities, and ensures that our professionals deliver on these priorities. The draft ...

North Ward Center to Welcome First Residents Into its Supported Group Home

May 12, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Newark’s first-ever supported group home for adults with autism and intellectual disabilities will welcome its first four tenants this month after nearly two years of planning and preparation. 

Headed by The North Ward Center, a non-profit organization that educates, advocates and empowers residents throughout the greater Newark community, the new home dubbed ...

Newark Officials Launch a Guaranteed Income Pilot Program

NEWARK, NJ — A Guaranteed Income Pilot Program that is planned to help Newark residents stave off economic insecurity by putting money directly into their hands with no strings attached may soon come to fruition starting with a group of selected individuals. 

First broached by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka in 2019, the idea of an income pilot program was welcomed in the city where more ...

Do You Want to Become a Psychiatrist? New Jersey May Pay for Your Residency

May 12, 2021

WAYNE, NJ — For the last fourteen months, New Jerseyans have been in the midst of the worst global pandemic in most of our lifetimes. The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in NJ has just recently reached the 1 million mark. This is one out of every nine people in the state. Just over 25,000 have died due to complications from COVID, while all of us have been suffering under forced ...

Kenilworth Merck Headquarters up for Sale as Company Brings Together all New Jersey Activities to its Rahway Location

The Mayor of Kenilworth and Merck have announced the official sale of the Merck Kenilworth campus. The Kenilworth Mayor and Merck are joining efforts to find a new owner for this unique location.

This announcement follows Merck’s April 28, 2020 announcement of its intention to consolidate the New Jersey campuses into a single headquarters at its Rahway, NJ location. This will bring ...

Impact100 Essex Holds Membership Drive

May 11, 2021

May 10, 2021 - Impact100 Essex, a women’s giving collective that awards grants to nonprofits serving Essex County, is looking to expand its membership and is holding weekly virtual information sessions for prospective members. Now in its fifth year, the organization has awarded over $500,000 to local nonprofits focused on underserved communities in Essex County.

“Impact100 Essex ...

Maplewood Garden Club's Plant Sale Is ON!

MGC will return to its grand-scale plant sale, albeit with some modifications.

It will be outdoors at the Maplewood Community Pool parking lot, 187 Boyden Ave., Maplewood, once again. Keeping in mind that COVID-19 is still a concern, MGC will take all necessary precautions during the sale, and plant sale hours have been extended to accommodate the changes in procedure.

The plant sale will ...