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Maplewood Township Committee Candidates Summersgill and McGehee Debate Budget Spending

September 25, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- About 50 local voters gathered at the DeHart Community Center on Thursday night, Sept. 22, to hear a Candidate’s Forum between the two contenders seeking election to the Maplewood Township Committee.

The Candidates Forum was hosted by the Hilton Neighborhood Association,and moderated by Carol Buchanan, the association’s president. Maplewood Township ...

Savor the Fall with a New Jersey Winery Tour

Cancel the trip to Tuscany. New Jersey is receiving a great deal of acclaim for their vineyards with award-winning wines being produced every day. Americans are enjoying fine wine like never before and the Garden State has become a destination for winery tours and tastings. Many wineries also offer delightful dining on their scenic premises. We have suggestions from all around the ...

Essex County Bomb Squad Alerted of Suspicious Backpack; Area of South Orange Evacuated

September 24, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - At about 4:40 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 24, the South Orange Police Department (SOPD) received a report of an unattended backpack being left on Sloan St., according to an update at about 6 p.m. to South Orange Village President Sheena Collum's Facebook page.

The Facebook update from Collum continued, "SOPD responded immediately, observed the backpack and ...

Teenager Struck by Vehicle in Maplewood Near Columbia High School

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Wed., September 21, at about 12:10 p.m., Maplewood police responded to a report that a pedestrian was struck at the 7-Eleven at 590 Valley St. (corner of Parker Ave., near Columbia High School) according to a release from Maplewood police.

According to Maplewood police, "upon the officer’s arrival, they discovered that a 15 ...

West Orange High School Football Defeats Columbia

September 25, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange High School football team logged their first win of the season in dramatic fashion, routing Columbia 36-7 in a game that saw the Mountaineers score three touchdowns in the first quarter.

Sebastian Rawls (four carries, 52 yards) scored minutes into the first quarter with a 22-yard rush, followed by CJ Wilson (three carries, 76 yards) with a 51-yard ...

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln and Operation Rebound: Working Together to Help Veterans and First Responders

UNION, NJ – Operation Rebound and Maplecrest Ford Lincoln have partnered together before, but the recent bike relay ride to Walter Reed Medical Center was special. 

Operation Rebound NJ Racing Team is a premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with physical challenges. It provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue ...

Essex County Senior Wellness Day; Free Health Screenings, Food, Entertainment

September 23, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The 11th annual Essex County Senior Wellness Day is on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Codey Arena (560 Northfield Ave.) in West Orange. The free event is sponsored by Aetna, AAA and ShopRite,

“We are planning a fun-filled day of activities and will be providing a great deal of valuable information that will benefit ...

Winchester Gardens Retirement Community Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Healthcare Center

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Winchester Gardens, a continuing care retirement community, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tues, Sept. 13, to celebrate the beginning of work on an expanded and redesigned healthcare center. The healthcare building and renovation project is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

The construction project will include renovation of Winchester Garden's ...

South Orange Public Library Celebrates 150th Birthday, Looks to the Future

September 18, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The community came out to celebrate the South Orange Public Library's 150th birthday on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17. Library and local officials spoke to the crowd, and plenty of music created a festive mood for the celebration that took place both inside the library and outside in the parking lot.

There were lots of activities for party-goers young and old, ...

All-Gender Restrooms Promote LGBTQ Inclusion at Golda Och Academy

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Golda Och Academy is determined to develop and maintain a welcoming environment that is accepting and inclusive of all, regardless of a student, teacher, staff member or parent's sexual orientation and/or gender identity. As a result, the school has recently taken a number of steps to ensure that its policies and buildings reflect this message—including ...

Matinee Idols: Summit Moms Movie Club Offers Screenings in Millburn and Four Other Locations

September 23, 2016

SUMMIT, NJ - Helene Hulse and Catherine Lyness, neighbors and friends in Summit, had a dilemma. They wanted to go to a movie during the day when their kids were at school, but the local movie theater did not open until the evening and the "big theaters" along routes 10 and 22 opened too late to catch the flick and make it back for school pick-up.

 

They spoke to the ...

SOMA Weekend Happenings: Sept. 23-25

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It's another weekend full of events in the two towns.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Third Annual Seton Hall Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Details here.

The Extra Rich in Class Dinner Show With E.R.I.C. - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Above Restaurant & Bar. More information here.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Seton Hall ...

SOMA Weekend Happenings: Sept. 23-25

September 22, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It's another weekend full of events in the two towns.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Third Annual Seton Hall Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Details here.

The Extra Rich in Class Dinner Show With E.R.I.C. - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Above Restaurant & Bar. More information here.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Seton Hall ...

Bob Miller Oysterfest: A Second Successful Year

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- The second annual Bob Miller Oysterfest was held on Saturday, September 17, at The Woodland in Maplewood. The parking lot was converted into festival grounds that featured food, beer, free skin screenings, games for children, and live music. The event ran from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and drew large crowds throughout the entire day.

Originally started in 2015 by Grace ...

Bombing Suspect Attended Columbia High School for Freshman Year, According to Yearbook

September 19, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The 2004 Columbia High School yearbook, the Mirror, includes a photo of Ahmad Rahami, an Elizabeth man suspected of planting bombs in the region.

Rahami's photo appears in the 2004 yearbook under the heading "Freshmen." His photo is not found in the 2005 Columbia High School yearbook.

Elizabeth Councilman Carlos Torres said authorities believe ...

South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race Hosts Coffee House Discussion

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Community Coalition on Race (CCR) held a Coffee House Discussion, providing a forum for local community members to discuss concerns and race-related issues on Wed., August 31. The event, which was held in a private room at the restaurant Chez Dubois, had about 70 participants at 15 tables, each featuring a member of the CCR who acted ...

Pet Wants South Orange Cuts the Leash at Grand Opening Celebration

September 18, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Saturday, Sept. 10, was a celebratory day for Pet Wants South Orange, located at 67 South Orange Avenue. Friends, customers and neighbors attended the grand opening, as well as community officials which included South Orange Village President Sheena Collum, several Village Trustees, and South Village Center Alliance board ...

Pet Wants South Orange to Hold Leash-Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening on Sat., Sept. 10

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Pet Wants South Orange will have its official grand opening from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and all are invited to attend the event, which includes a ceremonial "leash cutting" in place of the more traditional ribbon cutting, according to the event organizers.

South Orange Village President Sheena Collum and members of the South Orange Board of Trustees ...

Maplewood Township Committee Candidates Summersgill and McGehee Debate Budget Spending

September 25, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- About 50 local voters gathered at the DeHart Community Center on Thursday night, Sept. 22, to hear a Candidate’s Forum between the two contenders seeking election to the Maplewood Township Committee.

The Candidates Forum was hosted by the Hilton Neighborhood Association,and moderated by Carol Buchanan, the association’s president. Maplewood Township ...

Essex County Senior Wellness Day; Free Health Screenings, Food, Entertainment

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The 11th annual Essex County Senior Wellness Day is on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Codey Arena (560 Northfield Ave.) in West Orange. The free event is sponsored by Aetna, AAA and ShopRite,

“We are planning a fun-filled day of activities and will be providing a great deal of valuable information that will benefit ...

Maplewood Township Committee Candidates Summersgill and McGehee Debate Budget Spending

September 25, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- About 50 local voters gathered at the DeHart Community Center on Thursday night, Sept. 22, to hear a Candidate’s Forum between the two contenders seeking election to the Maplewood Township Committee.

The Candidates Forum was hosted by the Hilton Neighborhood Association,and moderated by Carol Buchanan, the association’s president. Maplewood Township ...

SOMA Weekend Happenings: Sept. 23-25

September 22, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It's another weekend full of events in the two towns.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Third Annual Seton Hall Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Details here.

The Extra Rich in Class Dinner Show With E.R.I.C. - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Above Restaurant & Bar. More information here.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Seton Hall ...

Maplecrest Ford Lincoln and Operation Rebound: Working Together to Help Veterans and First Responders

UNION, NJ – Operation Rebound and Maplecrest Ford Lincoln have partnered together before, but the recent bike relay ride to Walter Reed Medical Center was special. 

Operation Rebound NJ Racing Team is a premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with physical challenges. It provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue ...

Winchester Gardens Retirement Community Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Healthcare Center

September 20, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Winchester Gardens, a continuing care retirement community, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tues, Sept. 13, to celebrate the beginning of work on an expanded and redesigned healthcare center. The healthcare building and renovation project is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

The construction project will include renovation of Winchester Garden's ...

South Orange's Third & Valley Apartment Complex Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

September 21, 2016

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The new apartment complex at Third & Valley held its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Monday, Sept. 19, with representatives from the developer, Jonathan Rose Companies, South Orange officials, and members of the community joining the celebration.

The Third & Valley development, which began construction in 2014 and cost $64.4 million to ...

Maplewood Holds Homecoming Parade for Olympic Medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad

September 11, 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  Hundreds gathered in various locations around Maplewood on Sat., Sept. 10, to honor Maplewood native and Columbia High School graduate Ibtihaj Muhammad and celebrate her bronze medal win as a member of the USA Women's Saber Team at the Rio Olympics in August. The event was a testament to the support of the local community for their hometown ...

Savor the Fall with a New Jersey Winery Tour

September 25, 2016

Cancel the trip to Tuscany. New Jersey is receiving a great deal of acclaim for their vineyards with award-winning wines being produced every day. Americans are enjoying fine wine like never before and the Garden State has become a destination for winery tours and tastings. Many wineries also offer delightful dining on their scenic premises. We have suggestions from all around the ...

Visit the Statue of Liberty this Autumn

TAPinto Travels recommends a trip to the Statue of Liberty this autumn.  

Getting to and from Ellis Island is extremely different than what our ancestor’s experienced when they came from faraway lands. Even though the island is no longer used as an entry port for new immigrants, two ferries make it easy for anyone to see both Liberty Island and Ellis Island, with one ...

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NCJW/Essex Lunch and Learn in South Orange to Feature a Conversation about Gun Violence with Nation’s Leading Advocates for Gun Safety

September 25, 2016

NCJW/Essex is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn – #ENOUGH: A Conversation About Gun Violence – featuring Mark Barden, Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and Kim Russell, Regional Organizing Manager for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The program will take place on Thursday, October 20, from noon to 2 p.m.

“As mass shootings, ...

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel Invites Public to Celebrate the Jewish New Year at Two Unique Services

Reform Synagogue will Hold an Informal Outdoor Service at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 2; Intergenerational Services on Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Afternoons for Young Children, Parents and Caregivers

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel (TSTI) the Reform synagogue in South Orange, invites those who wish to experience a more casual setting to start the Jewish New Year at its early erev Rosh Hashanah service on ...

Seton Hall University Invites the Public to Join in a Celebration at Seton Hall Weekend, Sept. 23-25

The public is invited to attend Seton Hall Weekend,Sept. 23 – 25, 2016.

“Seton Hall Weekend is a University tradition that celebrates our close ties enjoyed by students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and he surrounding community,” said Events Director, Jennifer O’Sheal, who organizes the weekend.

Activities include: music and theater performances, ...

Former NY Giant Charles Way, Wife Tahesha join Komen North Jersey to Fight Breast Cancer; Way Joins 2017 'Pink Tie Guys' Class

Susan G. Komen North Jersey recently announced that former New York Giants player Charles Way has committed to being a 2017 Pink Tie Guy. The Susan G. Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Guys are partners in the Komen promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. This exclusive group of gentleman are advocates of Komen North Jersey by helping to raise funds and spread the message about the ...

Upcoming Events

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Wed, September 28, 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

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Wed, September 28, 7:00 PM

Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit

Nocturnal Neighbors at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Arts & Entertainment Education

Thu, September 29, 2:30 PM

Winchester Gardens Auditorium, Maplewood

FREE Presentation, "Cholesterol: The Highs and ...

Health & Wellness

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Fri, September 30, 11:30 AM

SAGE Eldercare, Summit

Fun-to-be-Fit Exercise

Health & Wellness

Obituary: John T. Theroux of South Orange

September 11, 2016

John T. Theroux

Born in Clarksburg, WVA on May 14, 1921
Departed on Sep. 8, 2016 and resided in South Orange, NJ

John T. Theroux, 95, of South Orange, died peacefully on September 8, 2016, at Cape Cod Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was spending time at his summer home in Dennis.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of the Resurrection at ...

Obituary: Elsie M. DeCroce of Maplewood

Elsie M. DeCroce

 

Born in Newark on Feb. 17, 1924
Departed on Aug. 26, 2016 and resided in Maplewood, NJ

Elsie M. DeCroce, 92, of Maplewood died at her son's home in Warren surrounded by her family on Friday, August 26, 2016. 

 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at The Jacob A. Holle Funeral Home, 2122 ...

South Orange Police Chief: A Message Regarding Recent Terrorist Activities

September 21, 2016

The following was posted on the South Orange Police Department's Facebook page.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHIEF REGARDING RECENT TERRORIST ACTIVITIES:

In light of recent incidents and the arrest of a subject believed to be responsible for bombings in NY & NJ, South Orange Police Department would like residents to know that the men and woman who serve our community each and every day will ...

4th & Valley Design Unveiling on Mon., Sept. 19

On Monday, September 19th, at 8 p.m., at the Baird Center (5 Mead St), Meridia Development will unveil their vision for a 100+ apartment structure to be built at 4th Street and Valley in South Orange.

The Academy Heights Neighborhood Association encourages residents who are concerned with development as it impacts residents, transit, architectural style, and general ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Arrest for Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer

September 24, 2016

South Orange Police Blotter as of September 24

Aggravated assault/weapons/arrest - Gabriel Hidalgo, a 37 year old East Orange resident, was arrested on September 16 at approximately 11:20 p.m. after officers were called to a South Orange Ave. residence regarding a subject armed with a knife that was attempting to gain entry into a private party. An attendee of the ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Attempted Robbery on Prospect. St.

South Orange Police Blotter as of September 22

Attempted Robbery - A 19 year old resident of South Orange stated that he was walking into his apartment complex on Prospect St. on Tuesday, September 20, at approximately 11 p.m. when two actors followed him inside the premises and demanded he turn over his wallet. The victim stated that one of the actors brandished a ...

It Is What It Is … Top Tips for Buying “As Is” Used Cars

Knock Knock …

A customer buys a pre-owned car in New Jersey “As Is,” and drives off the lot happy as a clam that she got a nice car for a great deal. Two weeks later, the “tire pressure” light comes on and the customer finds out she needs a new tire, caused by the dreaded “tire rot.” The customer returns to the dealership and cries foul, demanding ...

Why You Should Join A South Orange Neighborhood Association

Moving to a new area can be stressful, especially when you don't know anyone. Last weekend, South Orange reached out to new neighbors by hosting their annual Newcomer's Day. If you missed it, don't dismay. One of the first steps that new home owners can take to get involved is to join their local neighborhood association. 

Each neighborhood association is run by a president or ...

Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans.  I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell.  Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn't the jeans – maybe it was ...

‘Bathing in Moonlight’ Recalls 1950s Cuba

PRINCETON, NJ – Although this  play by Nilo Cruz is set in 2015, reflecting both Cuba and Miami, the theme is closer to struggles at least 30 years earlier. 

A priest who falls in love would more likely become an Episcopalian or even a Unitarian. So this dichotomy makes the whole premise less than believable. It’s really “The Thornbirds” revisited.
Raul ...

In Your Community

Teen And Dad Join Team Atlantic Health System at Bike MS

Ryan Amalfitano, who turns 15 this weekend, plans to ride his bicycle 100 miles in two days.  He won't be alone ‑ he and his father, Chris Amalfitano, chair of the emergency department at Overlook Medical Center, are part of Team Atlantic Health System which is taking part in Bike MS, a nationwide fund-raising effort on Sept.17 and 18.

Their team and at least another 52 teams of ...

Livingston's Bane Haunted House Opens for the Halloween Season

September 25, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Halloween is just around the corner, and for those who get a thrill from being scared, Bane Haunted House has opened its doors, and will remain open through Halloween. According to Jennifer Condron, who owns the attraction with her husband John, Bane is one of the first such attractions in NJ to open this early.

Bane, which is ADA accessible, will be open on Sept.

Owner of Westfield ‘Watcher’ House Seeks to Tear it Down, Build Two New Homes, Neighbor Says

September 25, 2016

WESTFIELD, NJ — The owners of Westfield’s infamous “Watcher” house, 657 Boulevard, have filed a zoning application with the Westfield Planning Board to have the Dutch colonial torn down and replaced with two new homes, according to a Westfield resident who said she and other neighbors were advised of the plans in an official letter Saturday.

Neighbors were told ...