SOMA News

November 15, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race (CCR) is requesting the community's participation in a research project, with responses being collected through Nov. 17.   The survey is being conducted by Market Research Students at Seton Hall ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A vehicle traveling on Union Avenue was struck by the NJ Transit Gladstone Line train at the intersection of Union and Rose avenues in New Providence on Thursday evening around 6 p.m. after leaving the Murray Hill Station. The female driver was brought to Morristown Memorial ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — After being stranded on school buses for nearly five hours in a powerful snowstorm, students are reportedly being moved to safe locations, the West Orange mayor wrote in a Facebook post around 9 p.m. Thursday. “The township is currently moving all children off stranded school ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School District schools will have a delayed opening on Friday, Nov. 16, according to an email from the school district at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. The full email is below: Dear SOMSD Families and Staff, South Orange Maplewood ...

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Just ask the more than 300 exhibitors at Kosherfest, the world's largest kosher-certified trade show held on Nov. 14 and 15 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Jackie Lieberman spoke with representatives from the leading innovators in the industry, including Manischewitz — a ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A snowstorm on Thursday caused cancellations, closures, major traffic problems, and impassable streets that prevented school buses from completing their routes. Here are the latest updates: From Maplewood Police at 4:20 p.m.: All Jitney routes are ...

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SHORT HILLS, NJ - Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge will have a special prix fixe Thanksgiving Menu, as well as their regular menu, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. Thanksgiving menu highlights at Par 440 include Butternut Squash soup to start, a roast turkey entree with all the traditional ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - All after-school activities, including on-site after care through the YMCA, are cancelled Thursday, Nov. 15, due to the forecast for snow and the potential for hazardous travel conditions, stated an email from the school district at about 10:15 a.m. The full ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Columbia High School (CHS) Administrative Team sent an email to CHS families at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, informing them that a student had shown school administration an "inappropriate picture of a weapon on another student's Instagram account." School administrators worked ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Health Department has completed its inspection of the Columbia High School (CHS) bathrooms, and while they found overall they are "well-maintained," there are multiple repairs that need to be made, with the report citing 21 specific issues. The report also ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — More than $160,000 was raised at RWJBarnabas Health’s (RWJBH) second annual Running with the Devils 5K Run and Walk in support of RWJBH and the New Jersey Devils’ collective effort to build stronger communities by promoting healthy, active lifestyles and world-class ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti announced Tuesday, that the Montclair Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the fatal stabbing of a female ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Law enforcement officials have stated that Thomas Kolding, the missing 15-year-old teenager from Mountain Lakes, has been found. According to police, he is safe. Kolding has been missing since October 30. Law enforcement confirmed that he traveled by train from Denville to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - More than 1,500 households in South Orange were without power at about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the PSE&G power outage map, which also showed that power restoration was estimated for between 6:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. that night. The number of households without power ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A 28-year-old Montclair woman has been identified as the victim of a fatal accident in Montclair involving a NJ Transit train headed for New York Penn Station, Tuesday morning. Joan Juengling was identified as the victim, stated NJ Transit spokesperson, Lisa Torbic,  Juengling ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - An extensive roadway construction project is underway in Maplewood Village, with repairs and improvements being made to sidewalks and roads.  According to an update from the Township of Maplewood, the milling stage has been completed, and Maplewood Avenue will be closed to ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - NJ Transit officials suspended service on the Montclair-Boonton line in both directions for nearly an hour, early Tuesday morning. The cause was the fatal strike of a trespasser, officials confirm. The train was traveling to New York Penn Station from Montclair State University ...

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Story developing.... MONTCLAIR, NJ - Law enforcement officials have confirmed the fatal stabbing of a woman in Montclair on Monday. The exact location and details surrounding the homicide have not yet been released. However, eyewitnesses reported seeing police bring someone in a body bag out ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With recent attention on possible unsanitary conditions at the bathrooms at local South Orange and Maplewood schools, there is one school where the bathrooms have received notice for how good they look: the girls bathroom at Jefferson Elementary School. As the school year began, ...

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An earlier version of this article was updated on Nov. 12. MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - At the monthly meeting of the Maplewood Board of Health on Wednesday night, Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee, who is Chair of the Board of Health, asked Health Officer Robert Roe to inspect the bathrooms at the ...

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MAPLWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood PBA (Local #44) with the help of the Maplewood Police Department's Community Service Bureau, hosted a 5k "Pets For Vets" 5K run, which was a fundraiser for Troopers Assisting Troopers, a NJ State Police organization that raises money to purchase service dogs for ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Veterans Day was observed and celebrated in the Maplewood Municipal Building on Sunday, November 11. Music was provided for the observance by the Maplewood Concert Band under the direction of Steve Kimmons, Former Commander of the Eighth Air Force Band. After the first musical ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and as the holiday falls on Sunday this year, there are some closures in SOMA on Monday, Nov. 12, which is a federal holiday. The municipal offices in South Orange are closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. The South ...

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MOUNTAIN LAKES, NJ -- Law enforcement officials have stated that Thomas Kolding, the missing 15-year-old from Mountain Lakes, has been seen in Philadelphia, PA, on the corner of Race and 5th Streets, at approximately 3 p.m. the afternoon of November 3. Thomas Kolding, who lives with his parents ...

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ – Hundreds of middle school students and their parents flocked to the student fair hosted by the Essex County School of Technology’s West Caldwell Campus. Visitors got to interact with administrators, faculty and current students, and participate in live demonstrations. The ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Village is conducting a coat and toy drive now through Dec. 7. The drive is collecting unwrapped, new toys and gently worn coats at three drop off locations throughout South Orange:  South Orange Village Clerks Office, 76 South Orange Avenue, Third Floor, ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Law enforcement officials have stated that Thomas Kolding, the missing 15-year-old from Mountain Lakes, has been seen in Philadelphia, PA, on the corner of Race and 5th Streets, at about 3 p.m., the afternoon of November 3. Thomas Kolding, who lives with his parents in Mountain ...

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SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Fall foliage has been at its peak the last few weeks in South Orange and Maplewood, and TAPinto SOMA is sharing some of the best local places enjoy the autumn foliage. To have your photos added to the gallery here or to share your favorite spots to find fall ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Congresswoman-Elect Mikie Sherrill, a Navy veteran, made her first public appearance since winning the election in New Jersey’s 11th District at the ninth annual Essex County Veterans Day Observance on Wednesday at Essex County Veterans Memorial Park in Newark. During the ceremony, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Sunday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Slow Food Northern New Jersey will be hosting a special indoor farmers market at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd.) in Maplewood in honor of "Terra Madre Day." According to Slow Food Northern New Jersey's website, this newly added market is to ...

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