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South Orange Maplewood School District Superintendent Responds to Bias Incidents

March 22, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - John J. Ramos, Superintendent of the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD), sent the following email to the school community in response to multiple incidents of racial bias and anti-Semitism that have occurred recently at district schools.

Dear South Orange Maplewood School District,

A recent series of incidents in our schools and in ...

Essex Fells Doctor Killed in Pedestrian-Vehicle Accident

ESSEX FELLS, NJ - Dr. Jan Huston was struck and killed by a vehicle while on the sidewalk near her home in Essex Fells on Tuesday morning, officials announced.

The beloved 66-year-old medical director of the Breast Center at HackensackUMC Mountainside in Glen Ridge, was rushed to the same hospital following the accident, where she died a short time later.

Huston was struck in the 200 ...

Fatality at East Orange Train Station on Tuesday

March 21, 2017

EAST ORANGE, NJ - There was a fatal accident at the East Orange train station on Tuesday, March 21. According to firefighters and other emergency personnel on the scene, witnesses who they spoke to reported that a young man was spotted siting on the tracks and was struck by an eastbound train. Any additional information, including the name of the victim, has not yet been ...

Brief Evacuation at South Mountain School on Thursday; Everyone Safe

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There was a brief evacuation at South Mountain School on Thursday, according to an email that was sent from the South Orange Maplewood School District to South Mountain families at about 12:50 p.m. 

The email is below:

Just before noon today, South Mountain Big School staff noticed a gas-like odor, and students and staff were briefly evacuated as a ...

Flagrant Foul Dooms Seton Hall in NCAA Tournament

March 18, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Even with support up and down the east coast, the Seton Hall men’s basketball team failed to beat the Arkansas Razorbacks during their game on Friday, March 17.

The final score of 71 to 77 eliminated Seton Hall from the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in the first round. A penalty call late in the game put Seton Hall at a disadvantage without a ...

Seton Hall Basketball Coach Kevin Willard Has Team Ready for NCAA Tournament

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ  — The Seton Hall basketball team showed their typical tough-minded, never-quit attitude on the court in an early February game at the Prudential Center defeating Providence in overtime 74-72. That night the Pirates also delivered that same message in real life first-hand to 13-year-old Chatham boy Will Cody, who was diagnosed with acute leukemia back in the ...

Essex County Enacts Code Blue Through March 16; Essex County Parks System Closed Tuesday

March 14, 2017

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Essex County’s “Code Blue” procedures are being activated from Monday at 5 p.m. to Thursday, March 16, at 8 a.m. due to extreme cold weather and snow in the forecast.

In addition, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena, the Environmental Center and Senior Centers within the Essex County Parks System will be closed on ...

Winter Storm Watch in Effect, 12 to 18 Inches of Snow Predicted for SOMA

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The first day of spring is just a week away, but winter is not going out quietly.  

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch beginning 12 a.m. Tuesday through 12 a.m. Wednesday. There is potential for snowfall of 12 to 18 inches or higher in Central and Northern New Jersey.  

Snow is expected to arrive in South Orange and ...

South Orange Maplewood School District Superintendent Responds to Bias Incidents

March 22, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - John J. Ramos, Superintendent of the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD), sent the following email to the school community in response to multiple incidents of racial bias and anti-Semitism that have occurred recently at district schools.

Dear South Orange Maplewood School District,

A recent series of incidents in our schools and in ...

Brief Evacuation at South Mountain School on Thursday; Everyone Safe

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There was a brief evacuation at South Mountain School on Thursday, according to an email that was sent from the South Orange Maplewood School District to South Mountain families at about 12:50 p.m. 

The email is below:

Just before noon today, South Mountain Big School staff noticed a gas-like odor, and students and staff were briefly evacuated as a ...

SOMA Film Festival Returns for Second Successful Year

March 21, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The second annual SOMA Film Festival was held at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) from Thursday, March 9, through Sunday, March 12.

The SOMA Film Festival, which was first created in 2016, continued in its second year to “showcase new, entertaining and innovative films from local, student, domestic and international filmmakers” and to ...

The 2017 Maplewood Ideas Festival Features Multiple Speakers and Activities

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The 2017 Maplewood Ideas Festival begins on March 18, and continues through April 1. According to the Maplewood Memorial Library’s official press release, all programs are free and open to the public. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate “the talent and creativity” in the community, the release stated.

The Ideas Festival begins on Saturday, March 18, at ...

St. James's Gate in Maplewood Top Ten Finalist for 'NJ's Best Irish Pub'

March 17, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - St. James's Gate had made it past another round of voting, and is now one of ten finalists vying to be named "NJ's Best Irish Pub" by New Jersey Monthly.

The poll started with 30 New Jersey Irish pubs, and after two weeks of voting, the list has been whittled down to 10 semi-finalists. After this week’s voting, the six bars with the fewest ...

Gerber Issues Allergy Alert for Cheese Ravioli Pasta Pick-ups

FLORHAM PARK, NJ- Gerber Products Company is initiating a voluntary recall of Cheese Ravioli Gerber Pasta Pick-ups due to a possible allergy alert. The company stated that the egg ingredient is missing from the full ingredient list on the package. Although the egg ingredient is listed in the "ingredient" section, it was left out of the "contains" section, the company ...

Union Residents Voice Concern Over Traffic/Parking for New Vauxhall Development

March 22, 2017

UNION, NJ – Over 50 Vauxhall residents attended a second community meeting Monday night to review development plans for the old Hawks Tavern site at 2140 Springfield Avenue in the Vauxhall section of Union.

“Some of our neighbors have requested that we hold another meeting because they have some things on their mind and have questions,” said meeting organizer Bertha ...

Ballot Positions Drawn for South Orange Village Board of Trustee Election

March 20, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The drawing for ballot positions for candidates running in the upcoming South Orange Village Board of Trustees election took place on Monday, March 13.

The drawing was conducted by Acting Township Clerk Shinell Smith, who was assisted by Joy White.

Nureed Saeed, running on the platform “Independent Thought. Innovation. Inclusion," will appear on Line A.

Ballot Positions Drawn for South Orange Village Board of Trustee Election

March 20, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The drawing for ballot positions for candidates running in the upcoming South Orange Village Board of Trustees election took place on Monday, March 13.

The drawing was conducted by Acting Township Clerk Shinell Smith, who was assisted by Joy White.

Nureed Saeed, running on the platform “Independent Thought. Innovation. Inclusion," will appear on Line A.

South Orange Board of Trustees Meeting: Memorial Park in South Orange Renamed; Crosswalks Discussed

March 19, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Board of Trustees met on Monday, March 13. Among the topics discussed at the meeting were voting on a new name for Memorial Park and new crosswalks by South Mountain School.

MEMORIAL PARK RENAMED FOUNDER'S PARK

Memorial Park on Valley St. was renamed by the South Orange Board of Trustees on Monday, March 13.

The park, which served as a ...

South Orange Board of Trustees Meeting: Memorial Park in South Orange Renamed; Crosswalks Discussed

March 19, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Board of Trustees met on Monday, March 13. Among the topics discussed at the meeting were voting on a new name for Memorial Park and new crosswalks by South Mountain School.

MEMORIAL PARK RENAMED FOUNDER'S PARK

Memorial Park on Valley St. was renamed by the South Orange Board of Trustees on Monday, March 13.

The park, which served as a ...

Union Residents Voice Concern Over Traffic/Parking for New Vauxhall Development

March 22, 2017

UNION, NJ – Over 50 Vauxhall residents attended a second community meeting Monday night to review development plans for the old Hawks Tavern site at 2140 Springfield Avenue in the Vauxhall section of Union.

“Some of our neighbors have requested that we hold another meeting because they have some things on their mind and have questions,” said meeting organizer Bertha ...

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Maplewood Police Blotter - Snowblower and Jewelry Stolen in Two Separate Incidents

March 22, 2017

March 14 - Theft; Between 3 p.m. and 3:20 p.m., a snowblower left in the front of a home on Jefferson Ave. was stolen.

March 15 - Shoplifting; At approximately 10:15 a.m., a female shoplifted several pieces of jewelry from a store on Maplewood Ave.

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Arrests

Warrant Arrest - James Hill, a 54 year old South Orange resident, was arrested on Wednesday, March 15, at approximately 7:30 p.m. for several, outstanding out-of-state arrest warrants. An off-duty South Orange Police Department officer, familiar with the BOLO for the subject, observed Hill get into his vehicle while it was parked in front of a store on Irvington Ave.  Police units ...

The 2017 Maplewood Ideas Festival Features Multiple Speakers and Activities

March 17, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The 2017 Maplewood Ideas Festival begins on March 18, and continues through April 1. According to the Maplewood Memorial Library’s official press release, all programs are free and open to the public. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate “the talent and creativity” in the community, the release stated.

The Ideas Festival begins on Saturday, March 18, at ...

Hundreds Attend SOMA Girls March on Sunday

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Despite strong winds and bitter cold on Sunday afternoon, March 10, a lively group of Girl Scouts and other supporters gathered in front of SOPAC  for the SOMA Girls March.

After speeches outside of SOPAC, the group marched with chants of "Girl power!" to a rally on Flood's Hill which organizers described as a chance to "celebrate our ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, March 22, 12:15 PM

South Orange Chiropractic Center, South Orange

Workshop: Raising Healthy Kids in the 21st Century

Education Health & Wellness

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Wed, March 22, 12:15 PM

South Orange Chiropractic Center, South Orange

Raising Healthy Kids in the 21st Century

Health & Wellness

Wed, March 22, 7:30 PM

The Baird Center, Theatre on three, South Orange

interACT Theatre Productions Presents 'Pride & ...

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, March 23, 11:00 AM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Medicare Workshop with Senior Advisors at the ...

Education Government

Why All Parents Should Consider Refusing the PARCC—2017 Edition

March 19, 2017

Hi. My name is Jen Grana – I live in Sparta township and have 3 boys – 2 of which are in the public education system now – a middle schooler, a Kindergartner and a sweet oblivious 2 year old who will be there before I know it I am sure. We spend a lot of time talking about and thinking about public education in our house because we will be knee-deep in it for the next 20 years ...

In Your Community

Atlantic Health System Joins American Cancer Society in Fight Against Colorectal Cancer

Atlantic Health System (AHS), a leading health care delivery network, announced today the organization’s commitment to increase colorectal cancer screening in New Jersey by joining "80 percent by 2018" - a national effort of the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease. 

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women.

When Should I List My Home?

The Spring market has started in Maplewood and South Orange. This season is a popular time to list a home. If you are thinking of selling but not sure on the timing, here are a few things to consider. 

According to the Garden State Multiple Listing Service (GSMLS)*, the average number of days on market in February in Maplewood was 67. South Orange's average was 48.  You ...

Essex Fells Doctor Killed in Pedestrian-Vehicle Accident

March 22, 2017

ESSEX FELLS, NJ - Dr. Jan Huston was struck and killed by a vehicle while on the sidewalk near her home in Essex Fells on Tuesday morning, officials announced.

The beloved 66-year-old medical director of the Breast Center at HackensackUMC Mountainside in Glen Ridge, was rushed to the same hospital following the accident, where she died a short time later.

Huston was struck in the 200 ...

Fatality at East Orange Train Station on Tuesday

EAST ORANGE, NJ - There was a fatal accident at the East Orange train station on Tuesday, March 21. According to firefighters and other emergency personnel on the scene, witnesses who they spoke to reported that a young man was spotted siting on the tracks and was struck by an eastbound train. Any additional information, including the name of the victim, has not yet been ...

Union Residents Voice Concern Over Traffic/Parking for New Vauxhall Development

March 22, 2017

UNION, NJ – Over 50 Vauxhall residents attended a second community meeting Monday night to review development plans for the old Hawks Tavern site at 2140 Springfield Avenue in the Vauxhall section of Union.

“Some of our neighbors have requested that we hold another meeting because they have some things on their mind and have questions,” said meeting organizer Bertha ...

Chatham Resident says Moms Appearing on Fox News Made Chatham 'A Global Target'

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough resident Tracey Tango read a letter of thanks after the Borough of Chatham Council passed a "Welcoming" resolution on Monday night, but followed up with a counter-point to council member Peter Hoffman's statement, by asserting that two Chatham moms appearing on Fox News last month had made Chatham a "global target."

Chatham mothers ...

Sightseeing in Seattle

March 15, 2017

SEATTLE, WA - In the summer of 2016, my husband and I traveled to Peru with five of our friends. We hiked the Inca trail, with the end goal of basking in the beauty of Machu Picchu. The REI tour we took and the guides we had left a lasting impression.  So when we heard that Edwin, our lead guide was going to receive an award as one of the best guides of 2016, some of my traveling ...

Atlantic Health System Unites with the American Cancer Society in the Fight Against Colorectal Cancer

March 22, 2017

Atlantic Health System (AHS), a leading health care delivery network, announced today the organization’s commitment to increase colorectal cancer screening in New Jersey by joining ‘80% by 2018’ - a national effort of the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease. 

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. In ...

Getting Physical —Therapy, That Is: South Orange Rehabilitation and Wellness

South Orange Rehabilitation and Wellness Expands its Facilities to Better Serve the Community 

Acceptance of Physical Therapy Treatments has grown in recent years, due in part to the aging of the baby boomers, injuries from sports and activities, and the public’s interest in drug-free remedies. 

To meet this increased demand, South Orange Rehabilitation and Wellness has ...

The Second City Comedy Troupe Presents "We're All in This Room Together"

Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $30-$45 
Box Office: (973) 313-2787

“The troupe that gave us SCTV and inspired Saturday Night Live and Whose Line is it Anyway!” – Chicago Tribune 

Full of the live and in-your-face entertainment Netflix can’t provide, “We’re All In This Room Together” presented by The Second City features ...