Religions and Spirituality

November 11, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Veterans Day was observed and celebrated in the Maplewood Municipal Building on Sunday, November 11. Music was provided for the observance by the Maplewood Concert Band under the direction of Steve Kimmons, Former Commander of the Eighth Air Force Band. After the first musical ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Happy Halloween from TAPinto SOMA! Please send photos of yourself, your children, your pets, and your home dressed up for Halloween to asandler@tapinto.net and we’ll share them in this photo gallery. Does your family or neighborhood have Halloween traditions ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - SOMA houses decorated for Halloween never disappoint, and this year is no exception with giant spiders, inflatable cats, and ghosts and goblins of all kinds to be found creeping from porches and haunting front yards. Below is a list of more than 20 of the spookiest ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Here are three ways to celebrate Halloween in SOMA this Wednesday, Oct. 31. SOUTH ORANGE VILLAGE CENTER South Orange celebrates Halloween with their annual Halloween Festival from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday in "Spooky Spiotta Park," featuring an appearance ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Hundreds of residents came together in Spiotta Park on Sunday evening to stand together against hate and remember the victims of the Jewish Tree of Faith Synagogue and other victims of hate crimes. The speakers at the rally, which included community leaders, clergy and elected ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Essex County Sheriff's Office has responded to Saturday morning's mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue by implementing stronger security measures and urging more vigilance at local temples and other places of worship. "Sheriff Armando ordered that the officers of his ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - An interfaith gathering to stand together against hate and remember the victims of the Jewish Tree of Faith Synagogue will be held on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in Spiotta Park, according to an update on Twitter from Rabbi Jesse Olitzky of Congregation Beth El. Olitzky tweeted, "On ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND MILLBURN, NJ -  This weekend, Strut Your Mutt, the annual Essex County Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest, will be held at three locations, including the South Mountain Dog Park. The South Mountain Dog Park event will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., with registration ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The local Jewish community celebrated the opening of the new Chabad at Short Hills Center for Jewish Life, located at 650 South Orange Avenue, located right on the border of Livingston and Short Hills. The grand opening event and ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by both ...

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MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Short Hills Desi Club is preparing to welcome the community to their Indian Independence Day celebration on August 15. This year marks the 71st anniversary of Indian Independence from Britain becoming a free democratic nation. The Desi Club is excited to welcome not ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) recently held its board of trustees annual dinner at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, where Sheila Oliver, lieutenant governor of New Jersey, spoke to about 130 guests, including staff, board members, sponsors ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Congregation Beth Hatikvah (CBH) will celebrate 'LGBTQ Pride Month' with a visit from Abby Stein, who will share her unusual and inspirational story of transition from Hasidic rabbi to transgender activist during a wine and cheese reception held June 10 at 4:30 p.m. Stein, a direct ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The 41st Annual SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Service and March of Remembrance was held on Sunday, April 15. The march assembled in Spiotta Park on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood, and was called to order with the blowing of the shofar. Local elected officials who ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - 12 choirs, 100 ringers, and 1,300 bells can mean just one thing -- the St. John’s Lutheran Church's Handbell Festival is set to take place in the Hiltop City. The third annual edition will take place Sunday afternoon, April 29 at 4:30 p.m. The choirs will gather and separate into ...

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Updated at 10 p.m. on March 23 MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Despite the recent snow, Maplewood's Spring Egg Hunt is on as scheduled this Sunday, March 25, from noon to 2 p.m. in Memorial Park. "Bring your rain boots [it’s pretty mushy out there] and a basket or bag," stated an email from the Maplewood ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The St. Patrick's Day celebrations begin at 8 a.m. this Saturday, March 17, at St. James's Gate and continue until last call late that night. A special St. Patrick's Day menu will be served, which has traditional Irish dishes like shepherds pie, Irish stew and fish and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Six people who were arrested at a sit-in to support “dreamers” Feb. 6 at Congressman Leonard Lance’s Westfield office, including Kristin Peck of Maplewood, pleaded “not guilty” to defiant trespassing Tuesday morning at Westfield Municipal Court. Peck, who is a member of the ...

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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,” ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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: MAPLEWOOD The Department of Public Works has begun the annual collection of Christmas trees, according to an update on the Maplewood ...

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MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Wondering where to go for a meal, a bottle of wine, or batteries for that new Christmas gift? While many stores and restaurants are closed on Christmas Day -- Monday, December 25 -- here are some places that are open for business in and around Maplewood and South ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This is the third, and final, Saturday when the "little houses" of Dickens Village are open for viewing in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village. While the houses remain throughout the holiday season, this Saturday is the last chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a horse ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - South Orange and Maplewood have been celebrating the holidays with tree lightings, Santa visits, and more. Here's a recap of last week's SOMA holiday happenings. POP 'N SHOP GRAND OPENING At noon on Thursday, Dec. 7, there was a ribbon cutting and opening of ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The "little houses" are back in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village, with a tree lighting and visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus occurring last Saturday, Dec. 2,  and additional Dickens Village activities planned for this Saturday, Dec. 9, and next Saturday, Dec. 16. There will be ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Tree lightings, parades, and special shopping events are all part of the holiday celebrations in South Orange. Here's what's coming up: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 - Christmas at the Hall Seton Hall University is holding "Christmas at the Hall," their annual tree lighting ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The 5th Annual Holiday Celebration at the Springfield Avenue Gazebo (1688 Springfield Ave.) is this Sunday, Dec. 10, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A program of the Maplewood Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Springfield Avenue Partnership, the event will feature live ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Rudolph was off-duty, so Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at Dickens Village in Ricalton Square by Maplewood fire engine at about 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. After being greeted by admirers both young and old, they got settled in their "little house," and then greeted each child ...

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