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New Timeline for South Orange Village Hall Renovations

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – An updated timeline for Village Hall renovation puts the completion date at December 2015.

Below are some of the significant dates, provided by project manager Mitchell Fritz at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting:

March 5, 2014 – Contractors submit “pre-qualification” packages

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April 25, 2014 – complete asbestos abatement

April 29, 2014 – architect walk-through

June 24, 2014 – project sent out to bid

Aug. 25, 2014 – Board of Trustees review recommendation for contractor

Sept. 3, 2014 – Issue “notice to proceed” with construction

Oct. 8, 2015 – Completion of construction work

December 2015 – Offices open in Village Hall

For more information about the project, see the story here.

 

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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 ...

Maplewood Presents Municipal Budget, Discusses Traffic Changes

March 23, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Township Committee met to discuss the municipal budget for 2017, as well as to vote on altering a “No Turn on Red” regulation on Valley St.

MUNICIPAL BUDGET

Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca started the meeting by addressing increases to the annual budget, and he explained that extenuating factors have contributed to the current figures.

“One ...

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.

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Upcoming Events

Sun, March 26, 11:00 AM

The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, Maplewood

Amy Blake: Family Education Program on Becoming ...

Education

Sun, March 26, 3:00 PM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Classical Guitar Duo Performs Music by Maria ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Sun, March 26, 7:30 PM

South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange

10,000 Maniacs at SOPAC

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, March 27, 7:30 PM

Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown

Film: The People vs. Fritz Bauer

Arts & Entertainment Education

An Open Letter to Superintendent Ramos and Principals in the South Orange-Maplewood School District

March 25, 2017

The defining characteristics of South Orange and Maplewood (SOMA) are diversity, inclusion and equity. At least that is the ideal we strive for and what draws the majority of people to choose our two towns as a place to call home.

We pride ourselves in our shared values and deliberately reinforce those values as a community: we are host to an annual Pride Festival, we have an active community ...

Police and Firefighters Must Manage their Own Pension Systems

The people of New Jersey need to hear the facts as to why Police and Fire labor leaders in New Jersey are pursuing a separation of the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) from State control.

With all due respect to the current administration, and their predecessors, there has been much said that does not fit the facts and, unfortunately, little acceptance of responsibility for the current ...

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.

The Difference Between Renovated, Remodeled & Upgraded

When looking at homes for sale, you'll see lots of descriptions about kitchens and bathrooms. At first glance, words like "renovated," "remodeled," and "upgraded" may appear to mean the same thing. However, they do have distinct meanings.

"Renovated" means that the owner has not changed the structure of the room. Fixtures such as faucets, light ...

Bloomfield Police are Taking Foot Patrols to a New Level

March 24, 2017

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -  Have you noticed the additional method of police patrol in the Township of Bloomfield; it’s the Sentinel Police Mobility Vehicle (PMV) which is being utilized by the Bloomfield Police Department.

The three-wheel vehicle is an environmentally-safe, electrically powered law enforcement vehicle according to Lt. Gary Peters of the Bloomfield Police.

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Second Fetus Found in Three Weeks at Passaic Valley Sewer in Newark

PATERSON, NJ - The Essex County Prosecutor's Office was on the scene on Wednesday in Newark at the Passaic Valley Sewer (PVS) investigating a second fetus found in just the last three weeks.

Earlier this month, on March 2, the office launched an investigation after a fetus was found in one of the grates. That investigation is still ongoing.

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Westfield’s Lederman Family to Appear on ‘George to the Rescue’ Saturday

March 23, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Saturday’s episode of NBC’s home improvement show “George to the Rescue” will feature the Lederman family of Westfield. Darren Lederman died after a battle with Leukemia last March, leaving behind his wife, Stacey, and children Emma and Noah.

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Springfield Downtown Development Expected to Start by July 2017

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – At Tuesday’s Springfield BID (Business Improvement District) meeting, members learned the proposed redevelopment of the lots known as the Century 21 office will likely commence by July 2017 as will the redevelopment of the Church Mall.  The larger project involving the Gomes Property will take longer because of the need to first get permission to do “bump ...

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 ...

SOMADEMS to Host 2nd Meet the Governor Candidates Forum with Lesniak, Zinna, and McCormick on March 30

March 26, 2017

SOMADEMS, a progressive Democratic group serving South Orange and Maplewood, will host its 2nd Meet the Governor Candidates Forum on Thursday, March 30, featuring New Jersey state Sen. Ray Lesniak, Tenafly Councilman Mark Zinna and small business owner Lisa McCormick.

“Part of SOMADEMS’ mission is to inform the people who live here about the important elections and issues ...

THE Networking Event of the Year- Maplewood Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange-Monday, March 27

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Business Card Exchange on Monday, March 27, from 6 pm to 8 pm at The Woodland (former Woman’s Club) 60 Woodland Rd, Maplewood.

Admission is $25 for Chamber members, $35 for future members in advance, $30 and $40 respectively at the door. 

Don't miss our largest, networking event of the year. Meet Chamber members and local ...

Oranges & Maplewood NAACP to Host 104th Annual Freedom Fund Gala

The Oranges & Maplewood Unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host its 104th Annual Freedom Fund Gala on Sunday, April 30, noon to 5 p.m. at the Atrium Country Club, 609 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, N.J. 

This year’s theme - “We Will be Successful in our Pursuits Because our Ancestors Endured” speaks to the ...