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South Orange to Welcome Newcomers at Event This Sunday at the Library

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – New and recent residents of South Orange are invited to this year’s newcomers event at the South Orange Public Library on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1 - 3:30 p.m.  

Co-sponsored by The South Orange Board of Trustees and The Community Relations Committee (the CRC), “Welcome to South Orange Day” helps introduce new residents to many aspects of life in the Village.  Learn how to interact with community leaders and various departments and have some fun at the same time.

There will be food, music and children’s activities. Get a handy resource guide, meet past Villagers of the Month, record your story for the Library’s South Orange Wikipedia project and meet reps from local volunteer organizations.

A townwide community scavenger hunt has been organized by the Village, local businesses, and Seton Hall University as a way for you and your family to get to know your new hometown. For more information email the CRC: crc@southorange.org or call Nancy at 973-477-7914.

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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.

The Ideas Festival begins on Saturday, March 18, at ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, March 25, 7:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

Film Screening & Discussion: "Zero Motivation"

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, March 25, 7:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

Screening/Discussion of Israeli Comedy Film, ...

Arts & Entertainment

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

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.

The Sentinel PMV ...

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.

Paterson is the biggest stakeholder in the ...

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.

“George to the Rescue,” starring George Oliphant, provides house renovation ...

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 ...

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

March 25, 2017

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 ...

'A Taste of NJ's Best' to Honor Ellen Davenport, Former Maplewood Mayor

FAMILYConnections’ “A Taste of NJ’s Best”, will take place on Tuesday, May 2, at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston. This popular evening of delicious food and fine wine will benefit over 4,000 area children, adults and families.

This year’s event honorees are:  James Laird, Award-Winning Chef of Chatham’s Restaurant Serenade, and Ellen M.

Award-Winning Children’s Book Illustrator and Painter Exhibits At Gallery 103 in Maplewood

Gallery 103 in Maplewood is hosting an art exhibit of oil paintings by award-winning children’s book illustrator and painter, Adam Gustavson. The show, titled SWIMMERS, will be open from April 1 – April 30, 2017 with a reception on April 6 from 7-9pm.

The exhibit features Gustavson’s oil paintings of swimmers underwater, viewed from above and outside. Although some works have ...