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SOMA Residents Join Women's Marches in Washington, DC and New York City {Photos}

January 21, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Many SOMA residents participated in the Women's March on Washington and the Women's March on New York on Saturday, Jan. 21. 

Organizers estimate that 34 buses with about 1,900 people left from South Orange and Maplewood this morning heading to the march in Washington, DC.

Hundreds more traveled from SOMA to the Women's March on New York ...

South Orange Middle School Student Organizes March on South Orange on Saturday

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - About 200 people gathered at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the gazebo near the South Orange train station for a march on South Orange Ave. to Spiotta Park. The 'March on South Orange: A Student March for Peace, Unity, and Equality' was organized by Hudson Pollock, a seventh-grader at South Orange Middle School (SOMS).

Pollock's mother, Vanessa Pollock, ...

Authorities Close Tremont Lounge in East Orange After Recent Shooting

January 15, 2017

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Two people were shot shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday morning outside of the Tremont Lounge, which is located at the intersection of Tremont Avenue and Halsey Street, reported Newark Public Safety Spokesman Captain Derek Glenn.

The two victims, a man and a woman, where both transported to UMDNJ and treated for non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Further ...

South Orange Village Trustees Induct New Police Officers and Honor Long-Time Volunteers

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Village Board of Trustees praised local rescue squad volunteers and inducted two officers to the police force at their meeting on Monday, Jan. 9.

The first new officer to be sworn into the South Orange Police Department was Frank Auriemma, who is an alum of Nutley High School and Montclair State College. He was followed by fellow newcomer Matthew ...

President Obama Names Ibtihaj Muhammad of Maplewood to Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

January 20, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ibtihaj Muhammad of Maplewood has been named by President Barack Obama as one of four Olympic medalists to join the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, according to a press release from USA Fencing. Muhammad was an Olympic bronze medalist in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

In addition to Muhammad's appointment on Jan. 17, ...

RWJBarnabas and Seton Hall Athletics Host 'Write on Sports' Workshop

NEWARK, NJ – A group of Write on Sports (WoS) students from West Orange, East Orange, Hawthorne, Clifton and Newark put their journalism skills into practice during a recent workshop at the Prudential Center with the Seton Hall University men’s basketball team. 

WoS, headquartered in West Orange, is a not-for-profit organization that receives funding from individuals, ...

Dean of New Seton Hall - Hackensack Medical School Meets with Nutley Commissioners

January 19, 2017

NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Commissioners (BOC) met with Dr. Bonita Stanton, founding dean of new Seton Hall - Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Tuesday evening, Jan. 17.

Stanton was delighted to be invited to the BOC meeting and shared the progress of the new medical school with the mayor and commissioners. She also expressed thoughts on how the new school could work with the ...

Parents React to Unexpected Closing of St. Barnabas KinderCare in Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston KinderCare Learning Center, located on the St. Barnabas Hospital Campus, unexpectedly closed its doors on Dec. 16, leaving many parents upset and confused as to why it closed its doors so abruptly, and scrambling to find alternative childcare.

Initially, according to parents, they were informed that this was because the center's lease had expired. However, ...

South Orange Middle School Students Walkout of School in Protest of Inauguration

January 20, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Middle School (SOMS) students walked out of school on Friday, Jan. 20, at about 12:30 p.m. in protest of the Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

According to reports, SOMS students began protesting inside the halls at about 12:15 p.m., with the walkout happening shortly afterwards. The protest, which was student-led and organized, was largely ...

Seton Hall Dorm Fire Victims Warn Roxbury Students

ROXBURY, NJ - Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, two students who suffered severe burns in the Seton Hall University fire 17 years ago, visited Roxbury High School on Thursday, Jan. 12 to share their inspirational story and to deliver a cautionary message to all prospective college students.

More than 300 Roxbury seniors and a handful of juniors listened to Simons and Llanos, whose ...

Turtle Back Zoo Breaks Attendance Record for 12th-Consecutive Year

January 14, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With a total of 795,558 visitors in 2016, the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo welcomed a new annual attendance record for the 12th-consecutive year and topped the 700,000 mark for the second time.

On behalf of the county, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. thanked the schools, organizations, families, children and others who choose Turtle Back as their ...

East Orange Child Actor Appears in 'Hidden Figures'

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Zani Jones Mbayise, a young actor from East Orange, is once again making news; this time on the "big screen." Mbayise stars in a new movie that was released last Friday, Hidden Figures, with Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Kevin Costner. 

Hidden Figures is about the three black women who helped NASA put John Glenn into space.

Preparing for the Women's March on Washington is a SOMA Community Effort

January 20, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With hundreds from South Orange and Maplewood planning to head to Washington, DC, for the Women's March on Washington, on Saturday, Jan. 21, organizing was a true community effort.

Many of the march participants will be traveling by chartered buses, with much of the planning for these buses taking place in Facebook groups, where contributions ...

Indoor Winter Farmers Market Coming to Maplewood on Sunday, Feb. 5

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Sunday, Feb. 5, from noon to 4 p.m. Slow Food Northern NJ and Maplewood Loves Wellness are sponsoring an indoor winter farmers market at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd.) in Maplewood. There is a snow date of Sunday, Feb. 12.

Visitors to the indoor market will be able to meet local farmers and food artisans, and "to stock up on the best of local, sustainably produced ...

Maplewood Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Nearly $300K from Customers

January 8, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – Germaine Theodore of Maplewood, who stole approximately $298,000 from customers of his two fraudulent debt relief businesses, pleaded guilty to one of the two scams, announced Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino on Jan. 6.

Theodore will face a recommended sentence of 7 years in state prison under plea agreement

According to Porrino, "Theodore promised ...

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January 17, 2017

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SOMA Residents Join Women's Marches in Washington, DC and New York City {Photos}

January 21, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Many SOMA residents participated in the Women's March on Washington and the Women's March on New York on Saturday, Jan. 21. 

Organizers estimate that 34 buses with about 1,900 people left from South Orange and Maplewood this morning heading to the march in Washington, DC.

Hundreds more traveled from SOMA to the Women's March on New York ...

SOMA Residents Join Women's Marches in Washington, DC and New York City {Photos}

January 21, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Many SOMA residents participated in the Women's March on Washington and the Women's March on New York on Saturday, Jan. 21. 

Organizers estimate that 34 buses with about 1,900 people left from South Orange and Maplewood this morning heading to the march in Washington, DC.

Hundreds more traveled from SOMA to the Women's March on New York ...

Deer Management Program in South Mountain Reservation Begins Jan. 17

January 14, 2017

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – The 2017 Essex County Deer Management Program, which includes South Mountain Reservation and Hilltop Reservation, will begin on January 17 according to Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.  This is the tenth year of the program, which is geared toward revitalizing the forest ecology by reducing the number of deer.

“Controlling the ...

Maplewood Planning Board's New Chair is Former Mayor Jerry Ryan

January 12, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Planning Board met on Tuesday, Jan. 10, to approve amendments to the Maplewood Avenue Post Office redevelopment plan.

The Planning Board unanimously elected previous Maplewood Mayor Jerry Ryan as chair of the board, and also appointed newcomer Edward Bolden to the role of vice chairman. 

“I nominate Ed Bolden for the vice chairman ...

South Orange Middle School Student Organizes March on South Orange on Saturday

January 21, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - About 200 people gathered at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the gazebo near the South Orange train station for a march on South Orange Ave. to Spiotta Park. The 'March on South Orange: A Student March for Peace, Unity, and Equality' was organized by Hudson Pollock, a seventh-grader at South Orange Middle School (SOMS).

Pollock's mother, Vanessa Pollock, ...

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Maplewood Police Blotter - Four Thefts Reported, Two at Wawa

January 19, 2017

January 11 - Theft; At approximately 2:30 p.m., a female customer had her wallet stolen from the QuickChek after leaving it on the counter.

January 11 - Theft; At approximately 4:45 p.m. a female shoplifted a purse from a store on Maplewood Ave.

January 13 - Theft; At approximately 10:00 p.m., an employee of Wawa had their cell phone that was left on the counter ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Home Burglary and Attempted Burglary on Same Day Reported

South Orange Police Blotter as of January 14

Burglary - A Duffield Dr. resident reported that sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, actor(s) unknown entered her residence and removed several items, including silver candle stick holders. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Attempted Burglary - A Harding Dr. resident reported that sometime ...

SOMA Residents Join Women's Marches in Washington, DC and New York City {Photos}

January 21, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Many SOMA residents participated in the Women's March on Washington and the Women's March on New York on Saturday, Jan. 21. 

Organizers estimate that 34 buses with about 1,900 people left from South Orange and Maplewood this morning heading to the march in Washington, DC.

Hundreds more traveled from SOMA to the Women's March on New York ...

South Orange Middle School Student Organizes March on South Orange on Saturday

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - About 200 people gathered at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the gazebo near the South Orange train station for a march on South Orange Ave. to Spiotta Park. The 'March on South Orange: A Student March for Peace, Unity, and Equality' was organized by Hudson Pollock, a seventh-grader at South Orange Middle School (SOMS).

Pollock's mother, Vanessa Pollock, ...

Hundreds From SOMA are on the Road to the Women's March on Washington

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It was an early morning - a very early morning - for many in South Orange and Maplewood on Saturday, Jan. 21. Hundreds of people gathered before loading on to buses scheduled to leave from the Columbia High School parking lot in Maplewood at about 4:30 a.m., and from the NJ Transit lot by SOPAC in South Orange at about 5 a.m. 

Organizers ...

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Women's March on Washington: Why, and Why Now

January 11, 2017

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a number of groups are planning various events and rallies – perhaps most notably, the Women’s March on Washington. I have read a number of opinion pieces and spoken to many people about the March, and several questions and criticisms seem to consistently arise. I would like to address two of the major themes.

(Q) The election is ...

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'March on West Orange' to be Held on Saturday

January 19, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents of West Orange and surrounding areas will gather in front of Town Hall at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday for a “March on West Orange” in order to publicly demonstrate that “no matter what the federal government says, our town welcomes and hopes to create greater equity for people of all genders, races, religions, sexualities, cultures and ...

Women’s March in Westfield Attracts Thousands

January 21, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — People of every age, gender and ethnic background from around New Jersey gathered in Westfield Saturday for a “sister” march of the Women’s March on Washington.

Organizer Lydia Kaplan estimated that thousands of people participated.

“It was over and above my expectations,” said Kaplan, who earlier in the week had expected 100 to 200 ...

With Hundreds Expected, Women’s March in Westfield to Start at New Location

WESTFIELD, NJ — A march in Westfield Saturday in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. is garnering far more interest than its organizer had imagined. More than 650 people have registered in the past few days, and many of them said they would bring others with them.

Originally planned to begin at Lord & Taylor, the march will now begin at the south side of the ...

I-280 Eastbound Traffic Shift Necessary for Bridge Replacement Project in Essex County

January 20, 2017

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced on Jan. 19 a long-term traffic shift on I-280 eastbound starting this weekend to allow for bridge replacement work, as the I-280 and Route 21 Interchange Improvements Project advances in Essex County.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, January 20, until 5 a.m. Monday, January 23, NJDOT’s contractor, ...

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. to Boycott President-Elect Trump’s Inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) issued the following statement today (Jan. 17) announcing his decision to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration:

“I have the deepest respect for the office of the presidency, something that cannot be said for President-elect Trump. His actions and statements have consistently been below ...

South Mountain YMCA Camps Host ‘Beach’ Parties on Jan. 21; Other Fun-Filled Reunions on Jan. 28

South Mountain YMCA Camps Host Jan. 21 ‘Beach’ Parties; other fun-filled reunions showcasing summer 2017 opportunities to be held Jan. 28

Take a break from the short days and frigid temperatures of winter and head to a beach party! On Jan. 21, the South Mountain YMCA camps are hosting free summer-themed celebrations so campers can reconnect and introduce other friends to the ...