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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Learn About Newark's Jewish History


Newark, New Jersey: The Newark Preservation & Landmarks Committee will host a tour of Newark this spring, focusing on the city's Jewish history.

The program will be held on Sunday, May 15th, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, and will begin at the Newark Museum on Washington Street. Attendees will visit Ahavas Sholom in the North Ward, one of Newark's two temples, the former B'nai Jeshuran, the former Oheb Shalom, and the Weequahic neighborhood.

The City of Newark had a large Jewish community until the middle of the 20th century, when thousands of residents left for suburban communities, particularly South Orange, Short Hills, Springfield, West Orange, and Livingston. Congregations also relocated west. Ahavath Zion moved to Maplewood, B'nai Jeshuran moved to Short Hills, Oheb Shalom moved to South Orange, B'nai Abraham moved to Livingston, and Ahawas Achim B’nai Jacob and David moved to West Orange.

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Photo of the Day 2/11/16


This photo shows the NJ Transit overpass across Third Street in South Orange.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Construction Begins on New Millburn Development



Millburn, New Jersey: Construction is underway on a new mixed use development in Downtown Millburn.

A residential and commercial building is being built next to the main Millburn Post Office at 296-298 Millburn Avenue, between Wittingham Terrace and Rawley Place. The building will contain apartments and first floor retail space. The property had been a vacant lot for several years, and although a development has been planned for the site for close to a decade, construction only recently began.

The Millburn Township Planning Board approved the project in 2013. 

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Clothing Boutique Opens in Montclair


Montclair, New Jersey: Montclair has a new clothing store.

envy by Melissa Gorga opened last month at 609 Bloomfield Avenue in the Montclair Center Business District, between Valley Road and Midland Avenue. Jules Cooper Color and Design previously occupied the space. The business is one of several new stores to open in the area recently. Gelotti, Mr. Tod's Pie Factory, and Oil & Vinegar all opened locations in Montclair Center within the past few months.

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Photo of the Day 2/10/16


This photo shows the South Orange Fire House.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Investors Bank Could Come to West Caldwell


West Caldwell, New Jersey: A regional bank could open another Essex County location. 

Investors Bank, which is based in Millburn Township, is planning to open a location at 820 Bloomfield Avenue, at the southwest corner of Passaic Avenue. The site is currently occupied by Lourenco Service Center, Inc., which operates a Shell gas station.

According to West Caldwell Planning Board records, the company is planning to tear down an existing gas station and construct a new bank building there. 

Another Shell station operates diagonally across the street from the Lourenco location. There are currently no Investors Bank branches in The Caldwells, though there are 12 banks in West Caldwell. The closest Investors Bank locations are in Livingston and Verona.

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Celebrate Presidents' Day in Montclair


Montclair, New Jersey: The Montclair Historical Society will hold a community program next week.

The society's Crane House and Historic YWCA will host a children's event on Presidents' Day, which will be celebrated this year on Monday, February 15th. There will be a variety of activities and crafts for participants between ages 6 and 10 regarding past presidents and their families. Tickets cost $10.

The Crane House is located at 110 Orange Road, at the corner of Union Street. Click here to learn more.

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Photo of the Day 2/9/16


This photo shows the Baird Center on Mead Street in South Orange.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Smashburger Plans to Open in West Caldwell


West Caldwell, New Jersey: Smashburger is planning to open another Essex County location. 

According to public records from the Township of West Caldwell, a franchise of the national fast casual burger chain is planned for the West Caldwell Plaza at 749 Bloomfield Avenue, between Fairfield Avenue and Passaic Avenue. 

The space, located next to Chipotle, was previously occupied by Saladworks and Hollywood Tans. 

This will be the second Smashburger location in Essex County. Another location operates in Glen Ridge, and a location used to operate at Newark Liberty International Airport before it closed last year. 

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Vietnamese Restaurant Planned for Downtown Millburn


Millburn, New Jersey: A new restaurant is proposed for Downtown Millburn.

According to Millburn Township Planning Board records, a Vietnamese restaurant will open at 286 Essex Street, between Main Street and Spring Street. The 685 square foot business will be owned by local resident Hoai Vo. The report states that Vo's restaurant will serve smoothies, noodles, soup, and other dishes. In addition, a bakery will take up part of the space. It will be the third Vietnamese restaurant in Essex County.

The storefront was previously occupied by Bella's Bakery, which closed in 2014. 

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