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SOMA Student News: College Graduations and Academic Honors

July 30, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  Many students from South Orange and Maplewood have recently graduated from colleges and universities nationwide, as well as been recognized with Dean's List and other academic honors. 

RECENT GRADUATES


Two South Orange residents graduated from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Malcolm Johnson received a ...

South Orange and Maplewood Award Contract for Fire Services Study

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Board of Trustees and the Maplewood Township Committee have both authorized a study to be conducted to determine the feasibility of merging, or sharing, the South Orange and Maplewood Municipal Fire Protection Services, according to a joint release from the Village of South Orange and the Township of Maplewood.

According to the release, on July 11, ...

Gov. Christie's School Funding Plan Could Significantly Reduce Property Taxes in Maplewood and South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ – If every student in New Jersey received the same state aid per student, according to a plan put forth by Gov. Chris Christie to change the state-aid formula, South Orange taxpayers would see a property-tax reduction of about $3,764, and Maplewood taxpayers would see a reduction of about $3,164.

According to the Christie’s plan, all ...

South Orange and Maplewood Award Contract for Fire Services Study

July 29, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Board of Trustees and the Maplewood Township Committee have both authorized a study to be conducted to determine the feasibility of merging, or sharing, the South Orange and Maplewood Municipal Fire Protection Services, according to a joint release from the Village of South Orange and the Township of Maplewood.

According to the release, on July 11, ...

National Night Out Celebrations in South Orange and Maplewood on Aug. 2

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ  - It's National Night Out in many communities and there will be celebrations in both South Orange and Maplewood on Tues., Aug. 2.

National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships, and provides public safety tips and information.

SOUTH ORANGE

South Orange will hold its Seventh Annual National Night Out, hosted by South ...

Eight SOMA Students to Perform in the Paper Mill Playhouse's 'New Voices' Concert this Friday and Saturday

July 27, 2016

MILLBURN, NJ - Eight SOMA students were selected for the Paper Mill Theater's Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory, and will be performing in New Voices of 2016: Everything Old Is New Again! this Friday, July 29. and Saturday, July 30.

Students from Maplewood are Alex Iozzio, Hunter Kovacs, Georgia Post-Lipnick, Charlotte Post-Lipnick, Milo Shields, ...

South Orange Summer Nights Has Two More Live Music Performances; Moonlight Movies to Follow

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - All summer long, crowds have come out to listen to live music on Flood's Hill on Wednesday nights thanks to the Taste the Music free concert series.

In addition to live music, these outdoor events include kids' art projects and a variety of food trucks, including Pizza Vita, Ms. Fu's Yummy Food Truck, Amanda Bananas, and Waffle de Lys. For ...

SOMA Student News: College Graduations and Academic Honors

July 30, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  Many students from South Orange and Maplewood have recently graduated from colleges and universities nationwide, as well as been recognized with Dean's List and other academic honors. 

RECENT GRADUATES


Two South Orange residents graduated from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Malcolm Johnson received a ...

Gov. Christie's School Funding Plan Could Significantly Reduce Property Taxes in Maplewood and South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ – If every student in New Jersey received the same state aid per student, according to a plan put forth by Gov. Chris Christie to change the state-aid formula, South Orange taxpayers would see a property-tax reduction of about $3,764, and Maplewood taxpayers would see a reduction of about $3,164.

According to the Christie’s plan, all ...

Community Meeting Discusses New Tennis and Basketball Courts in Maplecrest Park

July 22, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Thursday evening, July 21, a meeting was held at the Hilton Branch of the Maplewood Library to update community members about the ideas the Recreation Committee has regarding potential upgrades and re-uses to the current tennis courts.

Maplewood Township Committee Member Greg Lembrich, who is the Township Committee liaison to the Recreation ...

First U.S. Fistball Team Includes Two from Maplewood; Seeks Help Funding Historic Squad

ROXBURY, NJ- -The nation’s first U.S. U18 girls fistball team, a group of North Jersey girls bound for the world championships in Germany this month, is looking for donations to help smooth the path to Germany.

The team has set up a Generosity fundraising page, hoping to gather $2,500 in donations for the upcoming trip. All costs to send the girls to the tournament are ...

South Orange Summer Nights Has Two More Live Music Performances; Moonlight Movies to Follow

July 26, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - All summer long, crowds have come out to listen to live music on Flood's Hill on Wednesday nights thanks to the Taste the Music free concert series.

In addition to live music, these outdoor events include kids' art projects and a variety of food trucks, including Pizza Vita, Ms. Fu's Yummy Food Truck, Amanda Bananas, and Waffle de Lys. For ...

Crowds Come Out to XRootsFest in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Hundreds attended XRoots Fest on Floods Hills on Sat., July 16. A program of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, this is the third time this free, multicultural heritage festival was held. For the past two years, it was known as the Cultural Heritage Festival, and was held in Maplewood.

An all-day festival, XRootsFest ...

Jersey City Man Charged in Maplewood Bank Robbery

July 21, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Police Department has issued a statement about the robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank at 187 Maplewood Ave. on Wednesday, July 20.

At about 12:30 p.m., Maplewood Police Dispatch received a call of a male running from the Wells Fargo Bank on Maplewood Ave., and being chased "by a second male," according to the statement from Maplewood police. The ...

Attempted Robbery at Wells Fargo Bank in Downtown Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A suspect in the robbery of a Maplewood bank early Wednesday afternoon has been caught in Jersey City and taken into custody, according to a report by Breaking News Network.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, police report that a white male attempted to rob the Wells Fargo bank located at the corner of Baker Street and Maplewood Avenue in downtown Maplewood. The man ...

Downtown Millburn Prepares for Complete Streets Construction; Full Closure of Main St. Between Millburn Ave. and Essex St.

July 11, 2016

MILLBURN, NJ – Downtown Millburn is only days away from beginning the first phase of construction of the Complete Streets initiative. The enhancements to the thoroughfares are intended to improve pedestrian walkways, optimize traffic flow, increase safety, boost economic vitality and create a more attractive downtown.

According to the Township of Millburn website, construction is ...

Levine, Jacobs & Company and New Jersey Law Journal Co-host Networking Forum for Young Professionals

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Young professionals from Livingston, West Orange, Maplewood, the Caldwells and surrounding areas recently attended a networking forum at the Essex County Country Club in West Orange, co-hosted by Livingston accounting firm Levine, Jacobs & Company and New Jersey Law Journal. 

Geared toward the younger generation of business men and women, the free ...

National Night Out Celebrations in South Orange and Maplewood on Aug. 2

July 23, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ  - It's National Night Out in many communities and there will be celebrations in both South Orange and Maplewood on Tues., Aug. 2.

National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships, and provides public safety tips and information.

SOUTH ORANGE

South Orange will hold its Seventh Annual National Night Out, hosted by South ...

'Bar Night for Brendan Tevlin' Raises $2000 Toward Third Annual Lacrosse Festival

FAIRFIELD, NJ — A “Bar Night for Brendan” held at Thatcher McGhee’s Irish Pub in Fairfield on Wednesday, raised $2,000 toward the third annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival being held on July 30 in West Orange in honor of the Livingston resident who lost his life to a shooting in 2014.

On Monday and Tuesday, the restaurant hosted all-day “Dine and ...

Fairy Houses in South Mountain Reservation Featured in The New York Times

July 22, 2016

SHORT HILLS, NJ - The New York Times recently ran a story by Tara George about the fairy houses that appeared in the woods in South Mountain Reservation about five years ago, and continue to this day.

The Times article also highlights Millburn resident and Special Education teacher Therese Ojibway and her role in the creation and upkeep of the fairy homes and trail.

The print ...

Mayors Council Endorses Initial Rahway River Flood Mitigation Plan

CRANFORD, NJ - The Mayors' Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control voted at its recent meeting to endorse the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers strategy for initial flood mitigation in the upper Rahway River Basin.  

Known as Alternative 4a, the plan is a revision of one of the 10 alternatives that the US Army Corps and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection have ...

South Orange and Maplewood Award Contract for Fire Services Study

July 29, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Board of Trustees and the Maplewood Township Committee have both authorized a study to be conducted to determine the feasibility of merging, or sharing, the South Orange and Maplewood Municipal Fire Protection Services, according to a joint release from the Village of South Orange and the Township of Maplewood.

According to the release, on July 11, ...

With Forecast for Hot Temperatures, Cooling Centers Open in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With temperatures forecasted to be in the 90s this week, Cooling Centers will be open in Maplewood.

According to the Township of Maplewood website, the following township facilities are air conditioned and will be open as Cooling Centers during these times:

Maplewood Memorial Library
Monday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 ...

With Forecast for Hot Temperatures, Cooling Centers Open in Maplewood

July 25, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With temperatures forecasted to be in the 90s this week, Cooling Centers will be open in Maplewood.

According to the Township of Maplewood website, the following township facilities are air conditioned and will be open as Cooling Centers during these times:

Maplewood Memorial Library
Monday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 ...

Lifeguard Certification Program at South Orange Pool

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course will be offered by the Maplewood Recreation Department at the South Orange Community Pool from Mon., Aug. 8 to Thurs., Aug. 11, from 7 a.m. to noon. The class is open to pool members who are 15 years or older.

This full certification course will include cover lifeguard safety and rescue skills, ...

Newark and Local Area Architects Converge on Kinnelon’s St. Hubert’s Chapel

July 15, 2016

EAST ORANGE, NJ -The Newark and Suburban sections of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently sponsored a boat trip to St. Hubert's Chapel on Lake Kinnelon to study, photograph and admire the structures and topography.

AIA Newark and Suburban Architects is a section of the American Institute of Architects, the largest and most influential professional association for ...

Congregation B'nai Jeshurun Thanks Millburn Police at Shabbat Service on Friday

July 17, 2016

MILLBURN, NJ - At its Shabbat service on Friday night, July 15, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun recognized both the Millburn police and their own security team for their contributions to the community. Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz, who lives in Maplewood, led the service. 

Gewirtz addressed Police Captain Michael Mulligan and said, "on behalf of the community at large and our ...

Westfield Girl’s Family Tells of ‘Pronounced Increase in Signs of Improvement’ Since Prayer Service

WESTFIELD, NJ — Through a friend, the family of Lind Fazio, the 6-year-old girl hospitalized after nearly drowning at Westfield Memorial Pool Saturday, thanked the community for the prayer service held Wednesday at St. Helen’s Church and said that Linda showed a “pronounced increase in signs of improvement” since then.

Jen Goldstein shared this statement from parents ...

An Introduction to TAPinto Travels

July 20, 2016

TAPinto Travels is pleased to join the TAPinto family of independent publishers. 

Our mission is simple. We believe there is a world out there and we want you to see as much as you can. We all work hard and we all deserve some time off to enjoy with our friends and family. We will do our best to inform you of all the wonderful things you can do close to home and out in the ...

Codey Arena in West Orange Open to Public as Cooling Center Week of July 25

July 25, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – With temperatures forecasted to remain above 90, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced Monday that Essex County Codey Arena is available to the public as a cooling center until Thursday.

The arena, located at 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange, will be open to the public Monday, July 25 to Thursday, July 28 ...

'Bar Night for Brendan Tevlin' Raises $2000 Toward Third Annual Lacrosse Festival

FAIRFIELD, NJ — A “Bar Night for Brendan” held at Thatcher McGhee’s Irish Pub in Fairfield on Wednesday, raised $2,000 toward the third annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival being held on July 30 in West Orange in honor of the Livingston resident who lost his life to a shooting in 2014.

On Monday and Tuesday, the restaurant hosted all-day “Dine and ...

A Special Screening of 'In Search of Israeli Cuisine' to Show at JCC Metrowest in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Dubbed "the best food film of 2016" and voted "Ford Best of the Fest" by this year's New Jersey Jewish Film Festival attendees, "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. As a special summer treat, JCC Metrowest in West Orange is re-screening "In Search of Israeli ...

Motorist Electrocuted by Downed Wires in Fanwood

July 19, 2016

FANWOOD, NJ — A Plainfield woman was electrocuted by wires that fell on top of her car as she drove east along Midway Avenue in Fanwood during severe thunderstorms that swept through the area shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

The driver was killed when she tried to exit the car on the passenger side during the rainstorm and was electricuted by the live ...

Westfield Teen Dies in Diving Accident in Avon by the Sea

AVON BY THE SEA, NJ — The body of a teenage boy found in an inlet in Avon by the Sea has been identified as Jeffrey Hoens, a 17-year-old Westfield resident and rising senior at St. Peters Preparatory where he played ice hockey, according to Avon by the Sea Police Chief Terence Mahon.

Friends who had been diving with Hoens alerted police Saturday afternoon that he was missing, Mahon ...

Westfield Girl Hospitalized After Pool Accident Goes Home, Site Says

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Linda Fazio, the 6-year-old girl who was found unresponsive and revived at Westfield Memorial Pool June 25, is home from the hospital, according to an update posted on the “Support Linda Fazio’s Recovery" GoFundMe site.

“We are so happy to announce that Linda has come home! She arrived to a mountain of gifts and get well cards which ...

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#NotInOurTwoTowns: A Statement from the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race

July 13, 2016

After a truly inspiring night at the #NotInOurTwoTowns open-mic event with hundreds of South Orange and Maplewood residents, the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race applauds the work that is being done by our community. The recent race-based killings and a retaliation against police in other parts of the nation are tragedies that cannot be ignored. Our mission, as it has ...

Anti-Cop Rhetoric and the Dallas Police Assassinations

The assassination of five Dallas law enforcement officers should shock and disgust us all. No society can be safe, no rights can be assured and no justice can be found in any place where police officers are intentionally targeted for murder.  

Sadly, this vicious attack comes on the heels of yet another viral video of a police shooting. Despite that fact that they have no ...

Essex County CASA to Hold Information Session in South Orange

July 30, 2016

 

ESSEX CASA WILL HOST INFO SESSION AT SOUTH ORANGE PUBLIC LIBRARY 

(Court Appointed Special Advocates) CASA for Children of Essex County will host an information session at the South Orange Public Library, 65 Scotland Road, on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 6:30 p.m. for citizens interested in learning more about advocating for children in foster care.  CASA volunteer advocates ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace & Cafe - July 30 to August 5

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your every day needs!

This week's specials are:

Grilled London Broil $8.99 lb (Prepared Foods)
Pete & Gerry’s Organic Brown Eggs $2.99
Salmon Burgers $2.49 ea (Freeman’s)
Apple & Eve Juice Drinks 16floz  3/$5.00
Red Delicious Apples $1.49 lb

See all specials here.

Ashley Marketplace & Cafe is ...

South Mountain YMCA Offers Free Memberships to Middle Schoolers

Expanding on its successful free membership program for seventh graders, the South Mountain YMCA will offer free memberships to sixth and eighth graders too starting in September.

“A Y membership fosters resiliency and a sense of belonging in middle schoolers, and encourages them to build their bodies and minds, developing healthy habits for a lifetime,’’ South Mountain YMCA ...

Maplewood National Night Out is Quickly Approaching

On Tuesday August 2, at Dehart Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Maplewood Police Department will be hosting its annual National Night Out event. If there are any residents or business owners that would like to take part in the event or make a contribution to the evening, your participation will help make the night a success.

Please contact Detective Sergeant Michael ...

Weekly Specials at Ashley Marketplace & Cafe - July 23 to July 29

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your every day needs!

This week's specials are:

Gorgonzola Piccante $9.99 lb (Cheese)
Wild Caught Whole Sardines $9.99 lb  (Freeman's)
Chicken Parmigiana $5.99 lb (Deli)
Earthbound Farm Organic Frozen Vegetables $2.99
Fuji Apples $1.49 lb

See all specials here.

Ashley Marketplace and Cafe is open 7 days a week from ...

South Orange Summer Nights Continues on Wed., July 20 with Nine Deeez Nite

Flood’s Hill in South Orange is the place to be each Wednesday evening all summer long. Taste the Music takes center stage beginning on June 28, complete with free concerts, food trucks, arts activities and games for the kids.

In August comes the popular Moonlit Movies; bring your blanket and your honey and enjoy the show! All in all, its three full months of free arts ...

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Wed, August 3, 2:00 PM

South Orange Nj Transit Train Station- Parking Lot, South Orange

25th Annual South Orange Farmers Market

Food & Drink Green Health & Wellness Home & Garden Other

Thu, August 4, 7:00 PM

New Jersey Youth Symphony Music Center, New Providence

NJIO Summer Music Programs Begin June 9th

Arts & Entertainment

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Fri, August 5, 12:00 PM

Boccone South Restaurant, South Orange

Boccone South Lunch Special - Tues. to Sat.

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Obituary for Angelo A. Iantosca, Lifelong Resident of South Orange

July 20, 2016

Angelo A. Iantosca, 83, a lifelong resident of South Orange, N.J., died at home on Sunday, July 17, 2016. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Our Lady Of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect St., South Orange, on Wednesday, July 20, at 9:30 a.m. Interment is in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, N.J. Visitation will be held at Preston Funeral Home, 153 South Orange Ave., ...

Obituary: Jeffrey Hoens of Westfield

Today my family and I must face the reality that our son Jeffrey Peter Hoens’s physical presence will no longer be with us. He had a “quirky” personality. He was our most creative child. He would go up to people and ask them “do you want to be friends?” When he was 2 years old he walked on the ice in the middle of a NJ Devil’s practice at Cody arena and ...

Obituary for Norman A. Ubhaus, 96, of Maplewood

Norman A. Ubhaus, 96, of Maplewood, N.J., passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016, at his daughter's home in Union, N.J. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at The Jacob Holle Funeral Home, 2122 Millburn Ave, Maplewood on Monday, July 18, at 11 a.m. Interment is in Hollywood Memorial Park, Union. Visiting hours are Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Robbery in Maplecrest Park Reported

July 27, 2016

July 21 - Robbery; At approximately, 3:20 p.m., a woman delivering Chinese food on Parker Ave. was assaulted and a man attempted to steal the food. Through investigation, Haqium Hope, age 19, of Maplewood was charged and arrested for the robbery. The victim sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention.

July 22 - Robbery; At approximately 10:30 ...

South Orange Police Blotter - July 26

South Orange Police Blotter as of July 26   

Trespassing; A 17 year old East Orange resident was taken into custody on July 22, at approximately 6:15 p.m., after he was observed to be on private property of a housing complex located on South Orange Ave. The juvenile was found to be in the rear of the property in the immediate area of the tenant's bicycle rack where ...

South Orange Police Blotter - July 23

South Orange Police Blotter as of July 23

Theft from vehicle; A So. Centre St. resident stated that sometime during the evening or overnight hours of July 20, an unknown actor(s) forced open the driver's side door of his vehicle (2012 Infinity) and removed loose change from the center console.

Criminal mischief; A Franklin Ter. resident stated that sometime between July ...

SOMA Open Houses on Sunday, July 31

Market Update & Open Houses

 

As of Thursday, July 28, there are 59 homes for sale in South Orange and 68 in Maplewood. The absorption rate is less than 1.4 months in both towns. Any town that has a rate lower than 5 indicates a seller's market.

 

Check out these open houses this Sunday, July 31. This list was pulled from the Garden State MLS* ...

Burial at Sea

As I plugged my phone into the outlet next to a shelf in the hotel bathroom, I had a fleeting thought that it was sort of an odd place for an outlet.  That was actually the last thought I had before my phone slipped out of my hands and fell directly below the shelf…

Into the toilet.

The good news was, the water in the toilet was clean.

The bad news was, it was still water.

Pokémon Politics Go!

As a rule I stay away from popular fads.  Politics included.

 

I find my views on the latest crazy trends that are sweeping the nation are usually wrong and completely out of touch with reality.  

 

For example, for years I have been predicting the imminent demise of cell phones and the internet.

 

Which is why it seems only appropriate that I expound on ...

#NotInOurTwoTowns: A Statement from the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race

July 13, 2016

After a truly inspiring night at the #NotInOurTwoTowns open-mic event with hundreds of South Orange and Maplewood residents, the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race applauds the work that is being done by our community. The recent race-based killings and a retaliation against police in other parts of the nation are tragedies that cannot be ignored. Our mission, as it has ...

#NotInOurTwoTowns: A Statement from the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race

July 13, 2016

After a truly inspiring night at the #NotInOurTwoTowns open-mic event with hundreds of South Orange and Maplewood residents, the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race applauds the work that is being done by our community. The recent race-based killings and a retaliation against police in other parts of the nation are tragedies that cannot be ignored. Our mission, as it has ...