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'Old Stone House,' South Orange landmark, named to 'Most Endangered Historic Places' list by Preservation NJ

May 14, 2020


South Orange Historical and Preservation Society


CONTACT    Joel Levin   CELL 973-568-6000    

FOR RELEASE 14 May 2020 at 11 a.m.

Six Reasons This is Not a Housing Crisis

There are real concerns about the economy overall and unemployment levels, but this is not a housing crisis like 2008 for many reasons. Key factors that lead up to the housing market crash are not the same issues we are experiencing today. Unlike the years leading up to the crash:

1. We do not have nearly the same level of home appreciation as we saw in the early 2000’s. 


Seton Hall University Gets Renovation Extension from South Orange Planning Board 

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University was granted an extension of the approval for an addition and renovation to the University Center; the action was taken at the May 4 South Orange Planning Board meeting. Seton Hall’s extension was granted for one year, and their attorney stated that it would be the final extension requested. The original approval was given on July 6, ...

Newark Downtown District: A Proud Pioneer of the City’s Redevelopment

NEWARK, NJ  – Years before there was a Prudential Center, or a second Prudential tower, or luxury high-rise residences dotting the City’s downtown, there was the Newark Downtown District (NDD).

It was 1998, and the City of Newark had a strong vision for a vibrant, sustainable downtown. Looking at thriving metropolises across the nation, City officials recognized that the only ...

Tenants to Have Ability to Tap Into Deposit to Pay Rent, Murphy Orders

TRENTON, NJ - Even as he celebrated again that the “curve is still flat” in efforts to beat back COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy announced the signing of a new Executive Order that allows tenants in residential properties to use their security deposit to help cover rent.

Previous to the Order, Chief Counsel Matt Platkin explained, there had been a statutory bar on ...


Pandemic Real Estate 101: What You Need to Know

May 5, 2020

Providing exceptional real estate service has always been my top priority. Now, more than ever, the health and safety of my clients, family, friends, and our community as a whole is of utmost importance.

I have been inundated with questions about the market from friends, clients, and potential clients, and wanted to share my thoughts on SOMA/ MAPSO real estate at this time.

The past few ...


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New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

May 28, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

Skills I Thought I’d Never Need Again (Or Ever)

Skills I thought I’d never need again (or ever)

Or how I put my skills to work in this new world


Every post-apocalypse movie has this weird combination of technology and pioneer sensibilities. I’ve always thought that odd – if there were droids watching over them, why were they cooking over an open hearth, if you have flying cars why aren’t your stores ...

Coronavirus Pandemic Adds to the Admiration as Hospital Honors Local EMS Members

Overlook Medical Center celebrated the work of the dedicated EMS first responders throughout the communities it serves with awards, gifts and other recognition as part of the national EMS Week, May 18–22.

“The first responders throughout our region have been our steadfast partners through the height of the pandemic, and their collaboration in caring for our patients during this ...

Atlantic Health System Leads Phase 1 Study on CPI-613® (Devimistat), First-in-Class Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer to be Presented at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care’s Angela Alistar, MD, medical director of GI medical oncology at Morristown Medical Center and medical director of the Phase 1 Breakthrough Treatment Center, is lead author of a phase 1 study of CPI-613® (devimistat), a unique first-in-class treatment for locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer, in combination with two chemotherapy drugs.

Community Conversations: Is It Safe To Have Surgery?

James C. Wittig, MD, chairman, Orthopedic Surgery, Morristown Medical Center, medical director of Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Oncology and Sarcoma Surgery for Atlantic Health System, joined host Luke Margolis for the latest edition of our Facebook Live event series, Community Conversations. Dr. Wittig shared what our patients need to know before having an important surgery that’s been ...

Surprising Benefits of the Virtual Visit

When Atlantic Health System put telehealth into effect to help control the spread of COVID-19, I thought, I’m going to hate it. I felt strongly that there’s no substitute for in-person visits, and expected that trying to communicate using video apps would be cumbersome. So I was surprised to find that there are some real benefits to virtual medicine.

I noticed, for example, a ...

Protect Your Health: Do Not Put Off Important Medical Care

The safety of patients and team members is Atlantic Health System’s top priority. To make sure emergency departments across Atlantic Health’s hospitals remain safe for every patient who enters, reconfigured processes and facilities are in place to optimize safety and improve the patient experience.

All care is delivered with strict rules around social distancing, universal mask ...

Atlantic Health System Earns New Level of Recognition for Environmental Sustainability, its Overlook Campus Again Taking Top Honors

Atlantic Health System achieved a new level of recognition for its accomplishments in environmental sustainability, receiving the System for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Its Overlook Medical Center once again earned Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor, the Top 25 Environmental ...


Talia Ramer, Tulane Class of 2020

May 21, 2020

Talia Ramer, daughter of Alia Covel of South Orange and Daniel Ramer of West Orange, graduated cum laude from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, on May 16. 

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a minor in business management. She was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority and held internships working in television production at Wonderama in New York City ...

The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health is Greater than We Know 

May 27, 2020

While COVID-19 makes its horrific mark on New Jersey, we at Family Connections are continuing to serve thousands of people of all ages through our dynamic programming. In talking to these clients, we’re hearing increased symptoms among those who already had mental health issues and reports from clients now experiencing new feelings of depression, anxiety and social isolation. We are also ...

OPINION: A Pandemic Doesn’t Stop the Dedication to Newark

When I was a child, growing up on Quitman Street in Newark meant any adult could tell any child to straighten up and fly right, should they observe that child in need of such advice. The neighborhood was like an extended family, and people were thankful to have extra sets of eyes and ears to look out for one another as their days got busier and the world around them became more ...

Maplewood Police Blotter, May 1-13

May 26, 2020

May 1, 2020; Possession of Stolen vehicle Arrests; At approximately 11:30 p.m., officers responded to the 66 Gas Station. With the assistance of Union PD, a vehicle stolen out of Irvington was recovered and three individuals were arrested for being in possession of it.  Nineteen-year-old Anaia Staton of Montclair, eighteen-year-old Kamryn Coates of Maplewood and a sixteen-year-old ...

South Orange Police Blotter, May 18-22

Burglary to Auto — A West Montrose Avenue resident reports between May 15th and 16th during the overnight hours unknown suspect(s) entered his vehicle, which was parked in his driveway, and ransacked the inside.  Detective Bureau is investigating the incident. 

Shoplifting — On May 16, 2020 the manager at Ashley Market notified South Orange Police of a ...

Assembly Leaders Address the Killings of Arbery and Floyd by Hosting a Community Conversation and Candlelight Vigil

May 30, 2020

(EAST ORANGE/ORANGE) - The women of the NJ General Assembly Black Women's Caucus are hosting a candlelight vigil and conversation with the community on Facebook Live, Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 6:00 PM. The virtual event is titled, "Lifting Our Kings & Queens." The live stream is in direct response to recent and past unwarranted excessive use of force, resulting in the death of ...

Weekly recap for Maplewood and South Orange, May 30

In case you missed anything, here were some of the local news stories of the week:

South Orange got to five days without a new COVID-19 positive test.

Mayor Frank McGehee gave an update of what’s going on in Maplewood.

 S.O. BOT Shows United Front to state police and firefighter unions at their Board of Trustees meeting, and then issued a formal statement in ...

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Community Board on Police Meeting


Both SOMA Mayors and the Essex County Executive Support Governor's Borrowing Plan

May 29, 2020

Essex County, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced his support of Governor Phil Murphy's proposal to borrow $9 billion from the U.S. Federal Reserve to balance the State Budget. On Friday, May 29th, DiVincenzo sent a letter of support to the Governor; the letter was also signed by 17 of the Mayors in Essex County, including Sheena Collum of South Orange and ...

Former and Late East Orange Mayor Thomas H. Cooke Jr.: A Legacy Remembered

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Former East Orange Mayor, Thomas H. Cooke, Jr. passed away the morning of May 18, 2020 at the age of 90. Mayor Cooke was a trailblazer and the city's second African American-elected Mayor from 1978 to 1986.

Mayor Cooke was honored posthumously at the 2020 East Orange Memorial Day Celebration. In 2019, he was awarded the Lifetime Citizens Award.

A ...

Changes Coming to Route 22 ShopRite / Best Buy Shopping Center

May 29, 2020

UNION, NJ - The Union Planning Board heard testimony at Thursday night’s virtual public meeting of plans to modify existing structures and construct new buildings at the ShopRite/Best Buy shopping Center on Route 22 west.

Representatives for the Robbins Agency presented proposed plans for the site in several parts, including the vacant, standalone Pizza Hut and gas ...

2020 4th of July Fireworks at all Union County Parks Canceled

SPRINGFIELD — The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that Independence Day fireworks scheduled to take place in Union County Parks have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

The announcement includes fireworks at the following sites:

Cranford fireworks scheduled to take place in Nomahegan Park on July 2. 
Plainfield fireworks ...

Correcting a Tax Return Will Soon be Easier

May 29, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service  announced today that later this summer taxpayers will for the first time be able to file their Form 1040-X, Amended U.S Individual Income Tax Return, electronically using available tax software products.

Making the 1040-X an electronically filed form has been a goal of the IRS for a number of years. It’s also been an ongoing request from the ...

Economic Impact Payments Sent via Prepaid Debit Cards in Plain Envelope; answers FAQ's

As Economic Impact Payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that some payments are being sent by prepaid debit card. The debit cards arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.” 

Nearly 4 million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check.

Van Vleck Gardens 2020 Online Bulb Sale

Plant it forward!

Our horticulturalist at Van Vleck Gardens has curated a collection of hard to find and exquisite plants to plant this fall and enjoy next spring. The order form will be live at 9AM on Monday, June 1st and be active through June 14th at 9PM. Check out the photos of unique flowers that will make your garden even more beautiful next ...