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Death of Missing Montclair Woman Ruled Homicide

December 2, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The death of Sarah Butler, whose body was located in the area of Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange on Thursday after being missing for more than a week, was determined to be a homicide by the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti.

Essex County ...

Irvington Man Charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child After Attempting to Steal Student's Backpack

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  This morning, a Seth Boyden School student reported that a man attempted to take his backpack while he was walking to school, according to a statement from Maplewood police.

The student was walking to school on Jacoby St. at about 8:15 a.m. when the attempted backpack theft occurred, stated police.

Maplewood police were contacted and responded, with officers able to ...

Irvington Man Charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child After Attempting to Steal Student's Backpack

December 2, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  This morning, a Seth Boyden School student reported that a man attempted to take his backpack while he was walking to school, according to a statement from Maplewood police.

The student was walking to school on Jacoby St. at about 8:15 a.m. when the attempted backpack theft occurred, stated police.

Maplewood police were contacted and responded, with officers able to ...

Union Police Arrest Five with $25,000 in Stolen Goods; Many Items from Vauxhall Best Buy

UNION, NJ – Five individuals from New York were arrested by Union police Sunday night upon a call of suspicious activity near the Best Buy store in Vauxhall.

At about 7:30 p.m., a Union police detective, working off-duty security in the parking lot of Whole Foods at 2245 Springfield Avenue, observed two cars parked next to each other and individuals transferring backpacks and locking ...

Seth Boyden's Two Towns Turkey Trot Fundraiser Draws Record Crowd

November 30, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Saturday, Nov. 19, it was sunshine and nearly 60-degree temperatures for the more than 250 runners in the Two Towns Turkey Trot 5K and Kids’ Fun Run fundraiser for Seth Boyden School.

Race founder and 2016 sponsor Susie Adamson of Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty, who is also a Seth Boyden alumni parent, described the Turkey Trot as “wonderful and ...

St. Joseph CYO 6th Grade Team Wins at St. Peter's Prep Invitational

The following is from St. Joseph CYO

The St. Joseph CYO 6th grade Green Team kicked off their season with a 50-45 victory over St. Patrick's of Chatham at the 8th Annual St. Peter's Prep CYO invitational in Jersey City.

Leading by 1 at the end of the 1st quarter, the Celtics broke the game open in the 2nd quarter building a 23-9 halftime lead. In the second half, the Celtics turned ...

South Orange Health & Fitness Challenge is Back with SOFit17

December 1, 2016

From Kate Schmidt, South Orange Recreation Department

The Village of South Orange is once again leading the charge for a healthier year ahead with SOFit17, the 3rd annual South Orange Health and Fitness Challenge. 

The theme of SOFit17 is the “Hundred Day Challenge” beginning January 20 and ending April 29. As in the past 2 years, community residents are invited ...

#AskHer Sparks First-Ever Mammograms

SUMMIT, NJ - Atlantic Health System has launched the #AskHer Campaign to encourage women to have a mammogram and has established a dedicated phone number and website in conjunction with a campaign to remind women to make breast health a priority.

Atlantic Health System established a dedicated phone number, 1-844-343-3540 and web site atlantichealth.org/askher, and added 1,200 ...

South Orange Middle School Principal Responds to Swastika Drawn in Bathroom Stall

December 2, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The following email was sent from South Orange Middle School Principal Lynn Irby on Thursday, Dec. 1, after a drawing of a swastika was found in one of the school bathrooms.

To Our South Orange Middle School Community:

We are committed to ensuring that our school is a safe environment for each and every student and staff member, and to valuing and honoring our ...

TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger Talks Local Travel Security at Seton Hall University

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger discussed the future of Newark International Airport and local travel security as a guest lecturer at Seton Hall on Tuesday night.

Neffenger spoke about his career as head of the TSA, as well as the success of the administration’s Instagram account @TSA, which has over 500,000 followers. He cited rehabilitating the public ...

Columbia High School Robotics Team Hosts Robo-CATastrophe 6 on Sun., Dec. 4

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This Sunday, Dec. 4, the Columbia High School (CHS) Robotics Team will host Robo-CATastrophe 6, the largest robotics tournament in New Jersey. The event begins at 10 a.m. with opening ceremonies, and matches run until 5 p.m.  Held in Columbia High School's Main Gym, 36 teams from across New Jersey (see the full list here) will compete on three playing ...

Camuso Holiday Display in Livingston has Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 3

December 1, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Camuso Holiday Display at the Livingston Memorial Oval, where residents have likely already seen reindeer and other familiar holiday creatures, is back and ready for a special 2016 holiday celebration at the Oval on Saturday at 7 p.m.   

For the first time this year, the committee invites residents to “purchase a penguin” for $20 each ...

Holiday Events at Maplewood's Dickens Village Begin Saturday, Dec. 3

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The "little houses" are back in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village, with lots of Dickens Village activities planned for the next three Saturdays, December 3, December 10, and December 11, and a menorah lighting on Tuesday, December 27.

Breakfast with Santa is on December 10 at St. James's Gate and Village Trattoria, with limited seating. Tickets ...

Trader Joe’s in Westfield Celebrates Grand Re-Opening Dec. 2

December 2, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Amid cheers from employees and customers, the Downtown Westfield’s newly re-built Trader Joe’s opened Friday morning at 8 a.m.

The previous building was demolished in February after its roof collapsed during January’s blizzard.

“It’s so great to be home,” store manager Casey Latsko said as he greeted people at ...

Lorena's in Maplewood Makes OpenTable's 100 Best Restaurants in America

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Lorena's Restaurant in Maplewood was chosen as one of the 100 best restaurants in the country, according to OpenTable.com. Lorena's was also named a Top 100 restaurant by OpenTable in 2014 and 2015, as well as one of their 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America for 2016, a list released this past September.

"These awards reflect the ...

Grand Jury Returns Indictment in Homicide of Maplewood Man

November 23, 2016

UNION, NJ – A murder indictment against Union resident Yves Marcellus was returned from the Union County Grand Jury. Marcellus, 25, is charged with being responsible for the fatal beating of a Maplewood man this past summer.

Marcellus is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 25-year-old Matthew Murrell, according to a press release from the Union ...

Millburn/Short Hills Chamber to Host Business Cocktail Networking Event in Downtown Millburn

November 30, 2016

MILLBURN, NJ – The Millburn/Short Hills Chamber of Commerce will be hosting  a multi-chamber event in downtown Millburn on Dec. 1. The after-work event will feature light fare and wine, providing attendees a relaxed environment to network with one another.

The event will be held at the Millburn Courtyard Building at 343 Millburn Ave. in Millburn at 5:30 p.m. Discounts are ...

Observer PolitickerNJ to Hold Forum on Obama's NJ Impact

November 28, 2016

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The first installment in the Top Minds Series presented by Observer PolitickerNJ and partially sponsored by TAPinto.net will feature academics from all over New Jersey and their assessment of  “The Legacy of President Barack Obama in New Jersey.”  

How have Obama's two terms impacted the Garden State? The event slated ...

Camuso Holiday Display in Livingston has Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 3

December 1, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Camuso Holiday Display at the Livingston Memorial Oval, where residents have likely already seen reindeer and other familiar holiday creatures, is back and ready for a special 2016 holiday celebration at the Oval on Saturday at 7 p.m.   

For the first time this year, the committee invites residents to “purchase a penguin” for $20 each ...

Four Groups to Present at the 298 Walton Ave. Public Forum on Dec. 1

November 29, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A public forum will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, to discuss the "next step in the Village's RFP process for the 298 Walton Avenue property," according to an update on the South Orange Village website.

The public forum will begin with an introduction, followed by each of the entities interested in the Walton Ave. space giving a 5 to 10 minute ...

Seton Village Kicks off the Holiday Season with 'Light Up the Holidays in Seton Village!' on Dec. 3

November 22, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - For the third year, the Seton Village Committee is holding a tree lighting and community celebration “Light Up the Holidays in Seton Village!" This year's event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in and around the pocket park at Irvington Ave. and West Fairview Ave. in South Orange's Seton Village neighborhood.

The ...

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December 1: Maplewood's 'Coffee with a Cop'

From Maplewood's "Coffee with a Cop" event in October, Auxiliary police officers, and mother-and-daughter, Reserve. Sgt. Kimberly Tortoriello, and Daniele Tortoriello.

South Orange Police Blotter - Burglary to Garage Reported on Irving Ave.

November 30, 2016

South Orange Police Blotter as of November 30

Burglary to Garage - An Irving Ave. resident reported that between 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, unknown actor(s) entered her garage and stole a white & blue, 24 speed Trek bicycle. No other property appears to be missing from the garage. At approximately 10:52 a.m., the bicycle was found by a Centre Street ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Burglary and Arrest Reported

November 26 - At approximately 8:30 p.m., officers responded to a home on Essex Ave. on a reported burglary.  Five juveniles were located in the area, were identified as the burglars, and were taken into custody.  Two females age 17 from Newark, 15 and 17 year old males from Newark, and a 17 year old male from Irvington were all arrested and charged with the burglary.

November ...

South Orange Health & Fitness Challenge is Back with SOFit17

December 1, 2016

From Kate Schmidt, South Orange Recreation Department

The Village of South Orange is once again leading the charge for a healthier year ahead with SOFit17, the 3rd annual South Orange Health and Fitness Challenge. 

The theme of SOFit17 is the “Hundred Day Challenge” beginning January 20 and ending April 29. As in the past 2 years, community residents are invited ...

Maplewood Glee Club to Perform Winter Concert on Saturday, Dec. 3

The following is from the Maplewood Glee Club Facebook page

Featuring local a Cappella sensation SOULFEGE (Millburn High School) and audience favorites The BACKLOGS (MIT alumni quartet).

If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off the holiday season, the Maplewood Glee Club may have just the ticket. The group, currently celebrating its 70th year of singing, will perform its annual ...

4th and Valley Public Forum on Nov. 30

The following is from the South Orange Village Center Alliance "Village Vibe" email on Nov. 23:

You may have already heard about a proposed new mixed use development at the corner of 4th and Valley Streets. This new proposed development would include 100 apartments, including some affordable units, as well as approximately 10,000 square feet of new retail space. The developer, ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, December 3, 10:00 AM

The Salvation Army, Montclair

The 24th Annual Holiday Art & Craft Show

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Home & Garden

Sat, December 3, 12:00 PM

Springfield Free Public Library, Springfield

The Raptor Trust presents All About Owls

Arts & Entertainment Education

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Sun, December 4, 10:00 AM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

American Red Cross Run for the Red in Millburn; ...

Obituary: Murray H. Ross

November 27, 2016

Murray H. Ross

Born in Glen Cove, NY on Jan. 17, 1926
Departed on Nov. 21, 2016 and resided in Maplewood, NJ

Murray H. Ross, 90 of Maplewood formerly of Carlisle, PA died at Winchester Gardens on Mon, Nov 21, 2016. 

Murray was born in Glen Cove, Long Island. He lived most of his life in Cranford, NJ before moving to Carlisle, PA. He moved to Maplewood 2 ...

Obituary: Jennifer Feinberg, Teacher at South Mountain School

Jennifer Feinberg

September 28, 1969 - November 7, 2016

 

Jennifer Stulberger Feinberg, a life-long resident of Livingston, NJ, died unexpectedly on November 7, 2016 at the age of 47. 

Jennifer, known as Jenn, was born on September 28, 1969 in Boston, MA to Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Audrey Stulberger. Jenn graduated from Livingston High School, Muhlenberg College and Bank Street ...

Search for Next Director of Special Services & Survey

November 28, 2016

The following was sent via email on Nov. 28 to the South Orange Maplewood School District Community 

Dear South Orange & Maplewood School Community,

Dr. Leroy Nunery of Atlantic Research Partners is the consultant selected to lead our search for the new Director of Special Education. The following timeline has been developed to lead us to a recommendation to the ...

South Orange Rescue Squad: We're There in Your Time of Need, But We Need Your Help

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

All of us at the South Orange Rescue Squad truly appreciate the generous support that we have received from residents in South Orange, Maplewood and the surrounding communities throughout the last few years.

Maplewood was formerly served by the Maplewood Volunteer First Aid Squad, which has disbanded after 41 years of honorable service. We are now the only ...

What to Look for in a Real Estate Lawyer

Although real estate law doesn't sound as exciting as criminal court cases, having the right real estate lawyer can make or break a deal. You should take the time to find a good one.

What qualities should you look for in a good attorney?

Do you personally know anyone who has used the attorney and has had a good experience? Does the lawyer have mostly positive online reviews? ...

Death of Missing Montclair Woman Ruled Homicide

December 2, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The death of Sarah Butler, whose body was located in the area of Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange on Thursday after being missing for more than a week, was determined to be a homicide by the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti.

Essex County ...

Trader Joe’s in Westfield Celebrates Grand Re-Opening Dec. 2

December 2, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ —  Amid cheers from employees and customers, the Downtown Westfield’s newly re-built Trader Joe’s opened Friday morning at 8 a.m.

The previous building was demolished in February after its roof collapsed during January’s blizzard.

“It’s so great to be home,” store manager Casey Latsko said as he greeted people at ...

TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger Talks Local Travel Security at Seton Hall University

December 1, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger discussed the future of Newark International Airport and local travel security as a guest lecturer at Seton Hall on Tuesday night.

Neffenger spoke about his career as head of the TSA, as well as the success of the administration’s Instagram account @TSA, which has over 500,000 followers. He cited rehabilitating the public ...

Nearly 1.25 Million New Jerseyans Expected to Travel Over Thanksgiving: AAA

NEW JERSEY -- AAA Travel forecasts 48.7 million Americans, including nearly 1.25 million in New Jersey, will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s one million more travelers than last year, representing a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving holiday travelers since 2007, when 50 million people traveled.

This year’s ...

It’s a Wonderful Life – The Radio Play “POPS UP” in Union Township, Hosted by Unity Bank.

December 2, 2016

POP UP THEATER – performances in unexpected places -- continues in Union’s Downtown Center when The Theater Project presents its annual holiday production IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: The Radio Play at Unity Bank.  The Theater Project will recreate the Lux Radio Theater circa 1947 as twelve actors, a musician and one extremely overworked sound technician prepare ...

Studio 509 of Maplewood Offers Free Dance Fusion Workshop at The Connection in Summit

The Connection is hosting a free Dance Fusion Workshop on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., led by Guada Bas and Bethany Pettigrew, co-owners of Studio 509 in Maplewood.

Dance Fusion is a mix of ballet, jazz and modern for the mover that enjoys challenging the mind and body! The class begins with a center floor warm up, continues with across ...

Studio 509 Hosts 2016 Sip and See Trunk Show on Dec. 2

Get a head start on your holiday shopping!  Studio 509 is hosting a “Sip and See Trunk Show” featuring several local entrepreneurs, wine, and nibbles, on Friday, December 2, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Studio 509 is a Maplewood fitness studio that prides itself on fostering a community that cares about health and fitness and each other. Last year, the trunk show was conceived as a ...