Minor Building Fire in Maplewood Could Have Been Much Worse, Says Fire Department

March 25, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a minor fire at the Bee & Thistle Antiques store at 89 Baker Street in Maplewood on Thursday, March 23. This fire did not become more significant due to the "quick response and detailed investigation by Maplewood firefighters," stated a release from the Maplewood Fire Department.

At about 4:52 p.m., the Maplewood Fire Department responded ...

Fatality at East Orange Train Station on Tuesday

EAST ORANGE, NJ - There was a fatal accident at the East Orange train station on Tuesday, March 21. According to firefighters and other emergency personnel on the scene, witnesses who they spoke to reported that a young man was spotted siting on the tracks and was struck by an eastbound train. Any additional information, including the name of the victim, has not yet been ...

Brief Evacuation at South Mountain School on Thursday; Everyone Safe

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There was a brief evacuation at South Mountain School on Thursday, according to an email that was sent from the South Orange Maplewood School District to South Mountain families at about 12:50 p.m. 

The email is below:

Just before noon today, South Mountain Big School staff noticed a gas-like odor, and students and staff were briefly evacuated as a ...

Keep The Fire Hydrants Clear

When clearing away the snow, don't forget to clear snow at least three feet in every direction from your nearest fire hydrant.

Clear a path from the hydrant to the street as well. 

Clearing the snow now can save precious time should the fire department need to respond to a neighbor in need. 


Blizzard Headed to SOMA: Updates and Closures

Updated at 11 p.m. on March 13

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A major blizzard is predicted for the SOMA area, with the National Weather Service in Upton predicting snowfall of 18 to 24 inches.

The blizzard warning is in effect from midnight Monday night to midnight on Tuesday, with snow expected to arrive in South Orange and Maplewood early Tuesday morning, with snowfall rates of 2 ...

Racist Graffiti Found for Second Day in a Row at South Orange Middle School

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - For the second day in a row, racist graffiti was found in the bathroom of South Orange Middle School (SOMS), according to an email from SOMS Principal Lynn Irby which was sent to the school community.

The incident was reported to the South Orange Police Department (SOPD) as a bias crime, and is under full investigation, stated Irby.

The full email from Principal ...

Hate Crime Incident at South Orange Middle School on Tuesday

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Racist graffiti was found in a South Orange Middle School (SOMS) bathroom on Tuesday, according to an email from SOMS Principal Lynn Irby to the school community. 

"Today, it was brought to our attention that hate speech was written in one of the bathroom stalls. The words 'Naughty N***ers  Get Lynched' were found," stated the email from ...

Home Burglary and Assault Being Investigated in South Orange, Police Report

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -  Police are investigating an incident that occurred Wednesday, Feb. 22, when a woman was assaulted in her home during a burglary, according to a press release today from Chief Kyle M. Kroll of the South Orange Police Department.

According to police, at about 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 22, a Ward Place resident "stated that she was on the third floor of her ...

South Orange Board of Trustees Induct Four New Firefighters; Discuss Parking Regulations

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Four new firefighters took their oath of office at the South Orange Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Feb. 27.

South Orange Fire Chief Daniel Sullivan commended the new recruits, and also thanked their families for supporting the decision. Inductees included Alec DeSocio, Henry Callaghan, Alexander Gibson, and Brandon Infantes.

“Kids often follow parents into ...

Maplewood Fire Department Competes at Cooked and Uncorked Event

EDISON, NJ - 20 NJ fire departments, including Maplewood, showed up ready to compete and show off their cooking talents with the hopes of bringing home the first place trophy in the annual Cooked and Uncorked Food and Wine Festival at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ on Monday evening. 

Attendees got to sample culinary offerings from 20 fire departments and more than 30 of the ...

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