Friday, October 24, 2014

Photo of the Day 10/24/14

This photo shows Meadowland Park in South Orange.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Durand-Hedden House to Celebrate the Maplewood Theater on Sunday

This Sunday, October 26, the Durand-Hedden House and Garden will host "Let's Go to the Pictures!", an event celebrating the history of the Maplewood's movie theater. According to the Durand-Hedden House website, the theater on Maplewood Avenue was built in 1927, and was once a theatrical stage.

Visitors to "Let's Go to the Pictures!" can learn about the theater in the temporary exhibit "The Maplewood Theater: Its Forgotten Saga", and watch short silent comedies from the 1920s. In addition, free popcorn will be available at the country store behind the house, which will also be selling classic candy, original posters for the theater, and more,

The Durand-Hedden House is located at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood across from Jefferson Elementary School. The house and country store will be open from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. 

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Photo of the Day 10/23/14

This photo shows the Passaic River at the Roseland/East Hanover border.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

South Orange Rescue Squad Asks for Donations

The South Orange Rescue Squad (SORS) is trying to raise approximately $100,000 for its new headquarters. Since being forced to leave its headquarters of 45 years on Third Street, the SORS has been housed in a converted apartment and garage on nearby Fourth Street. In March, the Village of South Orange sold the former headquarters and surrounding land in March to developer Jonathan Rose, who is building a residential and commercial development called Third and Valley at the site. The former headquarters was torn down in the beginning of April.

The new SORS headquarters will be located next to the South Orange Fire Department headquarters.

According to SORS Captain Dan Cohen, "the Village of South Orange is not contributing any money to this project".

In order to complete the project, SORS is asking the community for financial assistance. The Rescue Squad is using Crowdera to raise funds. In addition, residents and businesses can sponsor bricks and tiles that will become part of the entranceway to the new building. The bricks and tiles will be engraved with the text and logo specified by the donor. Larger donors can sponsor rooms, pieces of equipment, and ambulances.

So far, almost $3,000 has been raised from Crowdera, and approximately $4,000 has been raised from brick and tile sponsorships.

Click here to sponsor bricks and tiles, and here if you would like to contribute using Crowdera.

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Photo of the Day 10/22/14

This photo shows the Maplewood Municipal Building on Valley Street at night.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Newark YMCA to Hold 'Health O Ween'

The YMCA of Newark and Vicinity will hold a different kind of Halloween celebration. 'Health O Ween' will take place on Saturday, October 25 between 1:00pm and 4:00pm, and children are encouraged to come in costume. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, and there will be giveaways, special classes, a haunted house, and healthy treats for children. The event is free.

The Newark YMCA is located at 600 Broad Street at the corner of Rector Street. To learn more, click here.

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South Orange to Host Halloween Celebration

The annual South Orange Halloween Festival will take place between 4:00pm and 6:00pm on October 31. Spiotta Park will be the location of this year's event. Wanda the Giant Witch will host music and Halloween games, and a costume parade and contest is scheduled for 5:00pm. There will be refreshments and prizes for all who attend. The event is presented by the South Orange Village Center Alliance and sponsored by The Gateway, Sparkhouse Toys, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realtor Renee Spear.

Spiotta Park is located at the corner of South Orange Avenue and Village Plaza. Click here to learn more.

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Gardens Aglow Coming to Presby Iris Gardens

Gardens Aglow will return to the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair on Friday, October 24 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. According to Essex County, visitors can view "an elaborate display of carved botanic, floral and nature-themed pumpkins created by students and local artists". Admission to Gardens Aglow, which is sponsored by Dewberry, is free. The gardens are located at 474 Upper Mountain Avenue near the Mountain Avenue Train Station. 

In case of rain, Gardens Aglow will take place on Saturday, October 25.

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Photo of the Day 10/21/14

This photo shows the view of Western Essex and Eastern Morris Counties from Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Photo of the Day 10/20/14

This photo shows the view of New York and New Jersey from Undercliff Terrace in West Orange.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Photo of the Day 10/19/14

This photo shows Hemlock Falls at South Mountain Reservation.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Photo of the Day 10/18/14

This photo shows the South Orange Fire Department headquarters with South Mountain in the background.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Local History Symposium Coming to South Orange

The South Orange Historical and Preservation Society (SOHPS) will host a local history symposium on Saturday, November 1 from 1pm until 5pm in the South Orange Middle School Little Theater. 

Several local historians will discuss topics such as South Orange neighborhoods and transportation, diners, and the Lenni Lenape Native Americans. In addition, the winners of the SOHPS scholarship will speak at the event.

According to Seton Hall University Archivist Alan Delozier, there will be "a close bond of mutual learning between each speaker and the audience". Delozier added that organizers hope that events such as this can be conducted on a regular basis.

The event is sponsored by SOHPS and the South Orange Public Library. There is a suggested donation of $5.

South Orange Middle School is located at 70 North Ridgewood Road.

Full Schedule

Alex Torpey, South Orange Village President 
Karen Marlowe, President, SOHPS 

Speaker I 
Video Project – Student History 
Lee Brodie

Speaker II 
Montrose Park Historic District 
Amy Dahn and Naoma Welk

Speaker III 
Scholarship Winners
Abby Baker and Jared Loadholt 

Refreshments will be served 

Speaker IV 
Michael Gabrielle

Speaker V 
"How Newark made South Orange Happen"
Ulysses Dietz 

Speaker VI 
"South Orange Then and Now, and a Little of Then Again"
Joe Kika


Speaker VII 
"South Orange Train Station and the DL&W"
Dara Callender

Speaker VIII 
The Lenni Lenape 
John Kraft

Speaker IX 
John Overall - "South Orange history expert"

The program is subject to change.

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Photo of the Day 10/17/14

This photo was taken at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

West Essex News: Future Firefighter's Day, Discounts at Livingston Businesses, New Restaurants

The West Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department and the West Caldwell Volunteer Firemen's Association will sponsor "Future Firefighter's Day" this Saturday from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Firehouse 6. Children of all ages are invited. Visitors can explore the West Caldwell Fire Prevention Safety Trailer, try on firefighting gear, play games for prizes, spray the fire hose, and watch fire equipment and fire truck demonstrations. All activities are free, and refreshments will be available. Firehouse 6 is located on Fairfield Avenue, and parking is available in the West Caldwell Recreation lot. 

Businesses in Livingston will offer discounts to customers next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday as part of "Fall Fling". Discounts are available at more than 60 businesses, including Ain't We Sweet, Anthony Franco's Pizza, Livingston Pharmacy, Meyer's Hobbies, and Swede's Frozen Yogurt. A full list is available here. In order to receive a discount at any of the businesses, customers must mention "Fall Fling", show the list on their phone, or show a printed copy of the list. The promotion is presented by the Livingston Business Improvement District.

Two new businesses will open soon in the Caldwells. A franchise of HoneyBaked Ham will open in West Caldwell. The cafe will be located at 792 Bloomfield Avenue in the West Caldwell Plaza. In addition, Central Burger is scheduled to open on October 30 at the former site of Papa John's Pizza in Caldwell at the corner of Bloomfield and Central Avenues. 

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