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SOMA Film Festival Offers Free Kids Screenings at South Orange and Maplewood Libraries

June 24, 2017

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The SOMA Film Festival, in partnership with the South Orange and Maplewood public libraries, is offering a free screening this July of its successful “Kids Program."

The inaugural “Kids Program” screened to a sold-out Maplewood Theater in March at this years’ festival. According to festival organizers, the program had all ...

West Orange to Host Only Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Viewing in New Jersey

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Township of West Orange will pay tribute to the veterans of the Vietnam War when the “Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall” arrives at West Orange High School from July 1 to July 4 in Suriano Stadium.

This will be the only appearance of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall in New Jersey this year, and viewing is free to the public

The opening ceremony ...

Maplewood Police Respond to Report of Student Fight at Columbia H. S. on Wednesday

June 21, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - At about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, Maplewood police officers responded to a report of a fight at Columbia High School (CHS), according to a release from the Maplewood Police Department.

Upon arrival officers did not observe any students actively fighting, however police stated that "there was a large group of students outside of the school." The group of ...

Victim of Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash in South Orange Identified

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The victim in Thursday's fatal pedestrian incident has been identified as William E. Owens, age 65, of South Orange, announced Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll in a statement released on Friday.

At about 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, South Orange police officers responded to the South Mountain train station ...

Short Hills Second-Grader Records Fastest Time at President’s Cup 5K Run

June 23, 2017

MILLBURN, NJ – Hartshorn School student Chace Redler of Short Hills recorded the fastest time for an 8-year-old at the 38th annual President’s Cup 5K Run held in Millburn. According to published records by CompuScore, Redler’s time of 20:15.28 represents the fastest time for his age in the history of the race. His impressive performance also marks the third fastest time of ...

Maplewood’s Patrick Ryan Secures Second Spot in U.S. Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifying Monday

HIGHTSTOWN, NJ - Just a mere 12 hours after Brooks Koepka was crowned U.S. Open Champion, Maplewood’s Patrick Ryan and South Orange’s Carter Nunez each took their own shot at advancing to a USGA Championship on Monday, June 19.

Among a field of 74 golfers, Ryan and Nunez participated in a U.S. Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifying tournament on Monday at the Peddie Golf Club in ...

Cancer Patient Says Tumor Shrunk with New TrueBeam at Morristown Medical Center

June 24, 2017

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The latest piece of high precision radiotherapy equipment to treat cancer at Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, the TrueBeam system, went into service on May 8. Ben Christener, who has small cell lung cancer, was one of the first two patients to be treated.

Christener’s cancer was discovered after a CT Scan showed a mass ...

Trader Joe's Recalls 'Grainless Granola' over Listeria Concern

Trader Joe's is issuing a recall for 'Trader Joe's Grainless Granola' over potential contamination Listeria monocytogenes.

The lot being recalled has 'Best By' dates from 032018 to 041018. The SKU on the product is SKU# 56307.

All potetially affected product has been removed from store shelves and has been destroyed. No illnesses have been reported to ...

Columbia High School Holds 130th Commencement Ceremony on Thursday

June 23, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - Columbia High School (CHS) Class of 2017, over 400 strong, was graduated in a Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 22, held at Essex Community College. The opening processional was led by Superintendent Dr. John Ramos, members of the South Orange Maplewood School District administration, members of the school board and staff, and followed by the graduating students dressed ...

Maplewood Police Respond to Report of Student Fight at Columbia H. S. on Wednesday

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - At about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, Maplewood police officers responded to a report of a fight at Columbia High School (CHS), according to a release from the Maplewood Police Department.

Upon arrival officers did not observe any students actively fighting, however police stated that "there was a large group of students outside of the school." The group of ...

SOMA Film Festival Offers Free Kids Screenings at South Orange and Maplewood Libraries

June 24, 2017

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The SOMA Film Festival, in partnership with the South Orange and Maplewood public libraries, is offering a free screening this July of its successful “Kids Program."

The inaugural “Kids Program” screened to a sold-out Maplewood Theater in March at this years’ festival. According to festival organizers, the program had all ...

XRootsFest Returns to South Orange on June 24 with a Day of Diverse Music, Culture, and Food

Update on June 23: Due to forecast for inclement weather, XRootsFest will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., instead of the originally scheduled noon to 5 p.m. Red Storm Drum & Dance troupe will be there starting at 1 p.m.

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – You don’t have to leave the neighborhood or book a flight to travel to four continents in one day. XRootsFest: A Day of Music, ...

XRootsFest Returns to South Orange on June 24 with a Day of Diverse Music, Culture, and Food

June 23, 2017

Update on June 23: Due to forecast for inclement weather, XRootsFest will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., instead of the originally scheduled noon to 5 p.m. Red Storm Drum & Dance troupe will be there starting at 1 p.m.

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – You don’t have to leave the neighborhood or book a flight to travel to four continents in one day. XRootsFest: A Day of Music, ...

Trader Joe's Recalls 'Grainless Granola' over Listeria Concern

Trader Joe's is issuing a recall for 'Trader Joe's Grainless Granola' over potential contamination Listeria monocytogenes.

The lot being recalled has 'Best By' dates from 032018 to 041018. The SKU on the product is SKU# 56307.

All potetially affected product has been removed from store shelves and has been destroyed. No illnesses have been reported to ...

Springfield Avenue Partnership Launches Clean and Safe Committee

June 18, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Springfield Avenue Partnership (SAP) has announced the launch of the Clean and Safe Committee, which will "work to identify areas of opportunity to beautify Springfield Avenue and improve its attractiveness to visitors, shoppers, diners, and business owners," according to an email from Julie Doran, SAP's District Manager.

Ivey Prusinowski, a local Maplewood ...

NJ Transit Update from Maplewood Township

June 19, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Township of Maplewood sent the following Transit Update via email on Monday morning, June 19:

Monthly Rail Passes – If you are purchasing a monthly rail pass for July, buy the reduced Hoboken monthly pass and not the NYC pass.
 
You will be able to use the Hoboken monthly pass on the NYC trains before July 10 and for the early morning trains to NYC ...

South Orange's The Art of Giving Project Holds Fundraiser to Help Children in Latvia

June 14, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Art of Giving Project, an annual fundraising event, was held on Saturday evening, June 10, at the Wellness Lounge in South Orange. The event was hosted by South Orange residents Anna Litvak and her husband, Enrique Biasotti. Litvak founded The Art of Giving Project in order to be able to raise money to give back to orphaned and disabled children in ...

Garden Party Celebration for the South Orange Elks Rent Party Garden on Saturday, June 10

June 13, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - On Saturday afternoon, June 10, volunteers and supporters of Rent Party and members of the South Orange Elks Club got together for a Garden Party, which had plenty of food and drink, face painting, garden tours, and of course, live music.

The Elks have a front yard garden, The South Orange Elks Rent Party Garden, where a wide variety of vegetables are grown and harvested, ...

South Orange Development Committee June 8 Meeting: Presentation on Seton Hall Housing Development and More

June 14, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - During the monthly meeting of the South Orange Development Committee on June 8 several development projects were discussed. In addition, a presentation was made by Stolar Capital and Vertical Realty Capital, the partners who are proposing to build Seton Hall student housing on Valley Street on the current site of All Star Motors (164-168 Valley Street), as well as the ...

Westfield Resident’s Sign Offers Drivers Daily Inspiration

June 21, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ – If you’ve ever driven down Lamberts Mill Road and waited in traffic to get on to West Broad Street, then you’ve probably noticed an inspirational quote written on a café sign. Teresa Gleason started the sign board to promote her group fitness classes at Happy Hour Fitness and positioned the sign in front of her home at 125 Lamberts Mill Road. But what ...

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Maplewood Police Blotter: Two Robberies Reported

June 20, 2017

June 13 - Robbery; At approximately 3 a.m., two males got into an argument at the 7-11 on Irvington Ave.  One male then attempted to take the others keys before fleeing when the police where called. Officers checked the area, but where unable to locate the male. The victim was not injured.

June 13 - Attempted Burglary; Sometime over the previous two weeks the screen to a ...

Maplewood Police Blotter and Traffic Enforcement Summary

June 5 - Theft; A Lyft driver reported that after dropping off four males in the area of Tuscan Rd. and Boyden Ave., he discovered money missing from his wallet.

June 6 - Burglary; At approximately 12:15 p.m., a home on Coolidge Rd. had it’s alarm activated. When the homeowner returned home, they discovered damage to a door. It did not appear that anything was ...

SOMA Film Festival Offers Free Kids Screenings at South Orange and Maplewood Libraries

June 24, 2017

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The SOMA Film Festival, in partnership with the South Orange and Maplewood public libraries, is offering a free screening this July of its successful “Kids Program."

The inaugural “Kids Program” screened to a sold-out Maplewood Theater in March at this years’ festival. According to festival organizers, the program had all ...

XRootsFest Returns to South Orange on June 24 with a Day of Diverse Music, Culture, and Food

Update on June 23: Due to forecast for inclement weather, XRootsFest will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., instead of the originally scheduled noon to 5 p.m. Red Storm Drum & Dance troupe will be there starting at 1 p.m.

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – You don’t have to leave the neighborhood or book a flight to travel to four continents in one day. XRootsFest: A Day of Music, ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, June 29, 10:30 AM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Tai-Chi for Seniors Summer Class at Millburn ...

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Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Tai-Chi for Seniors Summer Class at Millburn ...

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Sat, July 8, 10:00 AM

Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

Bag-of-Books Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

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Thu, July 13, 10:30 AM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

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Health & Wellness

South Orange Rescue Squad Fund Needs New Ambulance

June 14, 2017

Dear Friend and Neighbor,

This past weekend, our cadet members took home the gold at the 4th Annual Bayshore EMS Cadet/Youth Competition. Our youth members are a reflection of the volunteers and services of the South Orange Rescue Squad. Our mantra is Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and we're thrilled to celebrate their victory, because their success is our success!

We at the South Orange ...

The Mommy’s Review - Nashville and Atlanta (Plus Chattanooga!) with Kids

My first and last visit to Nashville was about 15 or 16 years ago with my boyfriend (now husband), and I’ve been craving a return trip for a while, especially since I’m such a big fan of the Nashville TV show on ABC. Luckily, we were able to take the kids on a fun trip there recently, and we wound up flying into Nashville and turning our excursion into a mini-road trip with stops in ...

West Orange to Host Only Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Viewing in New Jersey

June 24, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Township of West Orange will pay tribute to the veterans of the Vietnam War when the “Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall” arrives at West Orange High School from July 1 to July 4 in Suriano Stadium.

This will be the only appearance of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall in New Jersey this year, and viewing is free to the public

The opening ceremony ...

Short Hills Second-Grader Records Fastest Time at President’s Cup 5K Run

MILLBURN, NJ – Hartshorn School student Chace Redler of Short Hills recorded the fastest time for an 8-year-old at the 38th annual President’s Cup 5K Run held in Millburn. According to published records by CompuScore, Redler’s time of 20:15.28 represents the fastest time for his age in the history of the race. His impressive performance also marks the third fastest time of ...

Cancer Patient Says Tumor Shrunk with New TrueBeam at Morristown Medical Center

June 24, 2017

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The latest piece of high precision radiotherapy equipment to treat cancer at Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, the TrueBeam system, went into service on May 8. Ben Christener, who has small cell lung cancer, was one of the first two patients to be treated.

Christener’s cancer was discovered after a CT Scan showed a mass ...

Vehicle Hits Smartie Building in Union

UNION, NJ – A vehicle struck the Ce De Candy Company building on Lousons Road Thursday afternoon, June 22, causing damage to the structure. The Ce De Candy Company manufacturers Smarties candy.

According to Fire Chief Michael Scanio, the vehicle hit the front of the building at 1091 Lousons Road, causing significant damage to the exterior and interior of the building.

The ...

Travel Ideas for Father's Day Weekend in New Jersey

June 15, 2017

TAPinto Travels

Father’s Day is Sunday and North Jersey is brimming with activities designed to honor all of the dads in our lives. Dad is guaranteed to love spending time with his family at any one of the area’s many festivals and fairs this coming weekend.

Tri-County Fair

Bring Dad to the fair this weekend and enjoy rides, carnival games, live music, and ...

Sweeney Todd at SOPAC for Six Performances in July

June 24, 2017

July 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8PM & July 16 and 23 2PM

Tickets: $35-$45 
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Box Office: (973) 313-2787

To close our 22nd season in the summer, Light Opera of New Jersey presents Stephen Sondheim’s dark-humored musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, directed by Jeffrey Fiorello with music direction by ...

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Two Towns Triathlon for Kids

The 4th annual Two Towns Triathlon for Kids was held in South Orange on Saturday, June 17. South Orange or Maplewood children between the ages of 7 and 14 swam laps in the South Orange Pool, biked through Meadowland Park and the West Montrose Neighborhood, finishing the race running around the duck pond in Meadowland Park. Gold and Silver medals were awarded for 1st and 2nd place for boys and ...

Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Witness History as Battle of Short Hills Unfolds at Oak Ridge Park in Clark

Union County residents and visitors can partake in a once-in-a-lifetime experience this Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25 at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, when hundreds of uniformed men, women and children stage a re-enactment to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the 1777 Battle of Short Hills.

The two-day event covers everything from dramatic clashes with British regulars to the everyday ...