Giving Back

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

September 19, 2013 at 6:02 PM

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: or call Nancy at 973-477-7914.

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October 24: The Face House in Maplewood

The "Giant Face House" on Sommer Ave. in Maplewood is a Halloween favorite for many in SOMA.

For a full list of houses decorated for Halloween, click here.

TAPinto SOMA's Photo of the Day highlights people, places, and events in and around South Orange and Maplewood. To be featured as a Photo of the Day, please send photos to Anna Sandler ...

WWII Vet in Need Unable to Keep Township Committee’s Attention

October 19, 2016

At the Maplewood Township Committee (TC) meeting on October 4th, a 91-year-old WWII Veteran implored the TC to take action to clean the “Durand Gully” behind his home. A resident of 50 years, he cited numerous calls to Town Hall and visits from various officials which offered promises but no action. Mayor De Luca assured the resident that the town would investigate and get back ...

Maplewood Police Blotter: Update on Carjacking on Oct. 16

October 24, 2016

Update to previously reported carjacking on October 16:
The Maplewood Police Department and its detectives have been working diligently to solve the carjacking from last week (more information here). Through their efforts, they have been able to develop probable cause as well as get complaint approval from the Prosecutor’s Office in order to charge a 13 year old. The same 13 ...

South Orange Police Blotter - October 19

South Orange Police Blotter as of October 19

Theft/arrest - George Brown, a 36 year old Orange resident was arrested on October 10 at 9 p.m. after an officer on routine patrol observed the subject walking on Ward Pl. and determined that he fit the description of an actor that had been burglarizing vehicles in town.

The officer had previously viewed home surveillance video of the ...

South Orange - Maplewood Board of Education Candidates Forums and Events

October 24, 2016

There are five candidates for three open positions on the South Orange - Maplewood School Board: Susie Adamson, James Davis & Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, Tony Mazzocchi and Johanna Wright.

The following Board of Education Candidates Forums and Events are scheduled:

Candidates' Open Houses - Four Sundays, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 25, and Nov. 30, from 2 p.m.

New Assistant Township Administrator in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ -  Sonia Alves-Viveiros was appointed Assistant Township Administrator on Sept. 26, according to the fall edition of the Maplewood Leaflet. 

Alves-Viveiros has six years of prior experience working in the City of Summit and in Bernards Township, both in administration and in the Clerk’s office, according to the Maplewood ...

SOMA Happenings: Oct. 21 - Oct. 23

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- Here's what's happening in the two towns this weekend:


Rent Party on the Road - Big Train's Reunion Tour will be landing at the South Orange Elks (220 Prospect St., South Orange) from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. to help support BackPack Pals. 


Prescription Drug Take Back Day - From 10 a.m. to 2 ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, October 24, 7:30 PM

Columbia High School Black Box Theatre, Maplewood

Choice 2016: The Rise of Trump

Arts & Entertainment Education Government


Tue, October 25, 7:00 PM

Bane Haunted House , Livingston

Buy Your Tickets Now for Bane Haunted House

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Tue, October 25, 7:30 PM

Bloomfield Civic Center, Bloomfield

Historical Society of Bloomfield Presents 'Native ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Wed, October 26, 1:00 PM

SAGE Eldercare, Summit

Brown Bag Medication Review

Health & Wellness

Obituary: Lorraine F. Ashley, Age 91, of Maplewood

October 24, 2016

Born in Irvington, NJ on Oct. 14, 1925
Departed on Oct. 20, 2016 and resided in Maplewood, NJ.

Lorraine F. Ashley (nee Tingley), 91, of Maplewood, N.J., died peacefully on Oct. 20, 2016, at Inglemoor Care Center in Livingston, N.J. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at Morrow Memorial Church, 600 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood, on ...

Obituary: Margaret K. Brutofsky of Maplewood

Born in Bronx, NY on Jun. 9, 1932
Departed on Oct. 12, 2016 and resided in Maplewood, NJ

Margaret K. Brutofsky, 84, of Maplewood, N.J., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral at the Preston Funeral Home, 153 South Orange Ave., South Orange, N.J., on ...

McGehee will 'Pair Responsible Decisions and Innovations'

October 23, 2016

It is with great enthusiasm and thoughtfulness that I submit my endorsement for Frank McGehee for the Maplewood Township Committee (TC) this November.  

Looking at what Frank is campaigning for, there are many things that I agree with, he is looking to think outside of the box and try and pair responsible decisions and innovations while trying to make sure that the TC can find solutions ...

Endorsement of Frank McGehee for Maplewood Township Committee

Over the past year and a half I have had the pleasure of getting to know Frank McGehee as the result of our work for the community through the Community Coalition on Race. I have been impressed by Frank's vision, intellect, drive and willingness to take on a leadership role on key organizational policy issues notwithstanding the fact that he is a relatively new trustee. When I learned that ...

In Your Community

Community Discussion on "Being Mortal"

Together, Kent Place School and Overlook Medical Center invite the community to a free film screening of the PBS Frontline film, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” on Tuesday, October 25 from 7:00 to 9:00pm.  The screening will be followed by a discussion with Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, a professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public ...

Is There a Conspiracy to Stick Nails in Tires?

Here’s the Sitch …

A customer recently brings her tire to a dealership for repair after finding a nail lodged into the rubber. She gets that it’s her fault and the Service Tech Dude fixes the tire. Three weeks later, the customer returns, this time waiving her hands wildly, wondering why the “check tire pressure light” had come on, forcing her to return to the ...

Staging for the Holidays

If you're thinking of selling your home during the holidays, now is the time to consider the proper amount of decorating to compliment your staging.


First, consider all of the senses. Take advantage of the fall scents to make your home feel inviting from the moment a buyer steps inside. Some ideas for infusing fall scents are heating some apple cider in a small crock ...

Free Holiday Season Parking in Downtown Millburn Begins Oct. 29

October 23, 2016

MILLBURN, NJ - Millburn Mayor Ted Bourke announced Wednesday evening at the Millburn Township Committee meeting that free parking in downtown Millburn and lots around town will begin next Saturday, October 29, and last through the holiday season. The suspension of parking fees in downtown have traditionally started on Black Friday, but shoppers will get an extra month in response to the ...

Community Meeting Held to Discuss Development of Old Hawk’s Tavern Site in Vauxhall

October 22, 2016

UNION, NJ – About fifty local residents attended a community meeting Thursday night, Oct. 20, to get information on the proposed development of the old Hawk’s Tavern site at 2140 Springfield Avenue in the Vauxhall section of Union.

Located at the corner of Springfield and Crestview Avenues, the proposed development includes a Spanish-themed restaurant on the ground floor ...

Five Halloween Hacks Every Parent Needs to Know

I’ve been celebrating Halloween with my kids for over a decade now, and as a result, I’ve got a few Halloween hacks for parents to share.

1. Go to the pumpkin patch early. Some might take this advice a step further and skip heading out to the over-crowded pumpkin-slash-apple-slash-pony-ride-slash-corn-maze extravaganza entirely, but not me. Those fall pumpkin ...

Pass me a Flagel with Cream Cheese, Please

“Ummm, this is good,” said my husband with a mouthful of food. “What is it?”

I looked up from the kitchen sink where I was doing dishes.  “It’s a cronut.”

“A what?”

“A cronut.  It’s part croissant part doughnut.”

He looked at me like I had two heads.

“I was actually going to get some duffins, ...

‘Mama’s Boy’ Explores the Life of Lee Harvey Oswald

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Despite the Warren Commission, an Oliver Stone movie and various speculations, in the long run it seems that Lee Harvey Oswald acted on his own in assassinating President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. But Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby before his motives could be explored.

Rob Urbinati’s play, now at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, delves into the ...

Four Day Trip Ideas for this Weekend

October 11, 2016

There are only a few short weeks left until the fall weather turns brisker and festival season comes to an end. Don’t miss out on all the family-friendly fun available throughout the North Jersey area this coming weekend.

Annual Harvest Celebration

In Downtown Chester, the city is celebrating the season with a weekend-long fall festival taking place October 15 and 16. Highlights ...

Weekend Events in New Jersey to Entertain the Family

As Halloween quickly approaches, there are only a few weeks left to enjoy the festival season in North Jersey. If you are looking for something for the entire family to do this upcoming weekend, there’s plenty of food and fun to be found in the Garden State.

Brick Fest Live

It is no secret that children and adults alike love LEGOS. Brick Fest Live is a one-of-a-kind fan experience ...

South Orange-Maplewood Adult School Presents 'Choice 2016: The Rise of Trump'

October 21, 2016

The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School presents the Fall 2016 Redpath Lecture on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture costs $10 and will be held at Columbia High School’s Black Box Theatre.

How We Got Here and How the Corporate News Media Missed It

For years, the corporate news media reported we were recovering from the Great Recession ...

The Gallery at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center New Exhibition: Pure Photography from Film to Digital

The Gallery at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center invites you to our new exhibition, Pure Photography from Film to Digital.

This exhibit will be an exploration and grand retrospective look into photographic art in its natural, purest form – from the days of film to the more recent digital process.  Acclaimed photographer, Barry Gray curates works from five renowned ...

Studio 509 Seeks Vendors for their 2017 Sip and See Trunk Show

Studio 509 is seeking vendors for their 2017 Sip and See Trunk Show on Friday, December 2.

If interested in being an exhibitor, email Studio 509 at

Studio 509 is located at 509 Valley Street in Maplewood. To learn more, visit