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Baseball: Columbia Beats Belleville, 10-3

May 11, 2021

BELLEVILLE, NJ - Sophomore right-hander Nick Williams pitched six strong innings and the Columbia baseball team defeated Belleville, 10-3, on Tuesday.

The only run Williams allowed was unearned, he struck out five batters, walked none and gave up five hits. Ryan Helfenstein, Luke Nomura and Akshay Heda each had one hit and two RBI for the Cougars (4-6), who broke it open with six runs in the ...

Softball: Columbia Edges West Essex, 5-4

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The Columbia softball team scored all its runs in the first inning and held on for a 5-4 victory over West Essex on Monday.

Sydney Waldon went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Amelia Sherman rapped a two-run single for the Cougars (5-4), who finished with seven hits.

Waldon pitched a two-hitter over seven innings with 11 strikeouts and two walks. Ellie Martin also had a ...

Baseball: Columbia Defeats Newark Academy, 9-5

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Columbia pounded out 11 hits en route to a 9-5 baseball victory over Newark Academy on Friday.

Aidan Pierre went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and one run scored, and Jack Maitlin singled in two runs for the Cougars (3-3), who scored three runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead.

Luke Nomura went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Jacob Messeri was 2-for-5 with an RBi in ...

Softball: Columbia Shuts Out Colonia, 5-0

COLONIA, NJ — Sydney Waldon pitched a one-hitter to send Columbia to a 5-0 softball victory over Colonia on Wednesday.

Waldon struck out 13 batters and walked three for Columbia (3-2), which scored two runs in the first inning and two in the fifth.

Lillie Austin doubled in a run, and Emma Buettner and Amelia Sherman each delivered run-scoring hits for the Cougars. 

Baseball: Columbia Wins 3-2 Duel Over Verona

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In a classic pitchers' duel, the Columbia baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally for a 3-2 victory over Verona on Monday.

It was the first loss for Verona (3-0), which got six no-hit innings from senior left-hander Pierce Coppola, who struck out 11, walked two and was touched for an unearned run in six innings. Coppola, who threw 101 ...

Maplewood, South Orange Rec Baseball in Full Swing

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The past two weekends marked the opening of the baseball season for the youngsters of South Orange and Maplewood. 

Getting the kids out there safely meant no opening ceremonies or parades this year. The baseball committee made that decision in late February, when planning for the season was under way. “It was easier just to say, 'you know, ...

Baseball: Columbia Beats Cedar Grove, 7-4

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Sophomore right-hander Nick Williams took a three-hitter into the seventh inning and was the winning pitcher in Columbia's 7-4 baseball victory over Cedar Grove on Saturday.

Jacob Messeri went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI and Charlie Herley and Zach Johnson each had one hit and two RBI for Columbia, which scored four runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-1 ...

Softball: Columbia Beats Kearny, 13-0

KEARNY, NJ — Sydney Waldon pitched a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts and two walks over five innings to lift Columbia to a 13-0 softball victory over Kearny on Thursday.

The Cougars scored in each of the game's five innings. Sam Stein hit two doubles and knocked in two runs and Emma Caruso went 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Waldon and Ameila Sherman each had two hits in the Columbia lineup, ...

Baseball: West Orange Tops Columbia, 4-1

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Owen Murphy pitched six innings of one-hit ball and the West Orange baseball team posted a 4-1 victory over Columbia High School on opening day Monday.

Murphy struck out eight, walked five batters and gave up one run before Matthew Bove came on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning for the save. Bove struck out one and allowed one hit.

Noah Stennett went 2-for-3 with a ...

Trout Season Now Open in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY — This is opening weekend of Trout Season and to celebrate, state waters have been stocked with a half million rainbow trout. For a full list of locations, click HERE

“Thanks to DEP’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, which has been hard at work with advanced trout stocking, New Jersey residents and visitors can enjoy trout fishing while avoiding crowds ...


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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 ...

Community Conversations: AFib, Heart Health and Stroke Prevention

People with atrial fibrillation (AFib) are five times more likely to have a stroke than the average person. In this Community Conversation, Atlantic Medical Group cardiologists Timothy Mahoney, MD, and Michael Katz, MD, answer your questions on managing AFib and reducing your risk of stroke. See all of Atlantic Health System's Community Conversations ...

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 ...

Learn How To Cook From Anywhere With These Online Classes

Cooking can be fun at any age, and learning new skills exercises your mind, especially as you get older. Whether you’re just finding your way around the kitchen or you’re a seasoned home chef, online cooking classes are a wonderful way to spend your day! From free courses featuring various dishes to lessons led by celebrity chefs, there are vast opportunities to satisfy just about any ...

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


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 ...

Summer Food Service Program to Nourish New Jersey Children in Need

May 12, 2021

HILLSIDE, NJ—May 12, 2021 

Food insecure children and their families are most vulnerable during the summer months, when they lose access to the free school meals that they rely on. This year, as schools remain closed due to COVID-19, putting food on the table has been an even more urgent challenge for households struggling to make ends ...

Impact100 Essex Holds Membership Drive

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 ...