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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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South Orange Police Blotter as of April 24

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Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Robberies Reported

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Water Utility Valve Exercising Program in South Orange: April 24 through May 12

April 24, 2017

From the South Orange website:

The South Orange Village Water Utility will be starting its annual water valve exercising program the week of April 24, 2017. Valve exercising will occur from Monday, April 24, 2017 through Friday, May 12, 2017. Valve exercising will normally take place between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

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Maplewood Celebrates Earth Day with River Cleanup and Tree Planting on Saturday

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Despite the dreary weather on Saturday, volunteers of all ages came out to help clean the Rahway River, share a community picnic, and to plant an elm tree in Maplewood Memorial Park.

Robert Roe, Maplewood Health Officer, was managing many aspects of the day, from providing volunteers with large plastic garbage bags and plastic gloves for the river cleanup, to ...

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True North - Letter from the South Orange Maplewood School District Superintendent

April 25, 2017

The following was sent via email to the South Orange Maplewood School District community

Dear South Orange Maplewood School District,

It is easy to lose sight of the goal.

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Newark City Hall Computers Hacked with Ransomware

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Construction Update on Millburn's 'Complete Streets' Project

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Summit 'Girls Night Out' Set for May 4; Event Registration Ongoing

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East Hanover Introduces New Ordinance to Ensure Just Pups Problems Stay in the Past

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NJ State Bicycle Championships Event Returns to Plainfield

April 23, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey State Bicycle Championships will return to Plainfield's Queen City for a second year, with races on Sunday, May 7, that leave from City Hall.

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Fun for the Whole Family at Greater Newark Conservancy's Spring Block Party on May 6

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