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Summit's Beacon UU Hosts 'Blessing of the Animals' Service Feb. 18

February 15, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - Community members and their household pets are invited to Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Beacon UU) for a 'Blessing of the Animals' service on February 18, beginning at 11:15 a.m.

“All beloved creatures are welcome—from the pet snail to the family dog,” said Reverend Robin Tanner, minister of worship and outreach.

SOMA Scout Coordinated Collection of 11 Tons of Food, Toys and Coats at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In addition to the 97,459 people who visited the 11th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo in 2017, more than 11 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys were collected for those in need.

In all, the collection yielded 187 bags of new toys, 334 bags of winter coats and clothing, and 22,543 pounds of non-perishable food ...

Maplewood Resident One of Six Protesters Arrested at "Clean Dream" Sit-In at Congressman's Office

WESTFIELD, NJ — Six protesters, including Kristin Peck of Maplewood, were arrested on Monday for Defiant Trespass after refusing to leave the Westfield office of Congressman Leonard Lance after it closed, according to Westfield police. The sit-in was in support of “Dreamers."

In addition to Peck, who is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, the others ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance in SOMA; Luminary Photos

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race held their 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance, with an interfaith service at 2 p.m., followed by a volunteer fair at 3:30 p.m. at Columbia High School, and an evening MLK Luminary Lighting Ceremony at Maplewood Town Hall and in Spiotta Park in South Orange.

In addition, ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Closures and Events on Monday, Jan. 15

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on Monday, Jan. 15, and there are many closures for the holiday in South Orange and Maplewood. 

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY CLOSURES

Municipal offices in Maplewood and South Orange are closed.
South Orange Public Library is closed.
Maplewood Memorial Library and Hilton Branch are ...

Christmas Tree Collection Underway in Maplewood and South Orange

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - It's Christmas tree collection time in the two towns. Here's what you need to know before putting items out for collection:

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The Department of Public Works has begun the annual collection of Christmas trees, according to an update on the Maplewood website. "Residents need only place their Christmas trees curbside and they will be picked ...

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