Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CHS Teacher Nicole Dufault Released on Bail


Columbia High School Language Arts teacher Nicole Dufault, who was charged in September with multiple counts of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, has posted bail. 


NJ.com reports that Dufault was released from the Essex County Correctional Center in Newark on October 19. She was arrested on September 17.

Dufault, a 35 year old Caldwell resident, allegedly had sex with five students multiple times on school property and in her car during the 2013-14 school year and during the 2014 summer school. She pleaded not guilty. 


Her attorney, Timothy Smith, told Essex County Place that Dufault is "greatly relieved, particularly with regard to seeing her family", adding that she is "anxious to begin mounting her defense".


In an email to Essex County Place, Katherine Carter, the public information officer for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, said that Dufault "cannot have contact with the victims or the school".


Dufault remained on the list of CHS Language Arts faculty as of Wednesday.


This story will be updated.



Dufault's Caldwell condominium.


Police at Columbia High School on the day after the arrest.

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Parts of South Orange Avenue to Close on November 6, 7, and 11


The part of South Orange Avenue between Wyoming Avenue in South Orange and Cherry Lane/Brookside Drive in Millburn will be shut down from Thursday, November 6 at 7:00am to Friday, November 7 at 7:00pm and Tuesday, November 11 from 7:00am to 7:00pm. During this time, a pedestrian bridge will be installed near the Girl Scout camping area. The bridge will connect the Longwood Trail with trails in the southern end of South Mountain Reservation.

"We acknowledge that closing South Orange Avenue will be an inconvenience for motorists traveling to work or school or going about their daily business", said Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr, adding that "it must be done to maximize safety for drivers, pedestrians and construction crews".

The road closure will affect the Livingston Express Shuttle Service between the Livingston Mall and South Orange and the Coach USA Bus 31 service between the Livingston Mall and Newark Penn Station.  

Alan Karpas of the Livingston Express Shuttle Service told Essex County Place that Livingston Township is working to keep the same schedule and have two shuttle buses instead of one. According to Karpas, the schedule will be adjusted if this is not an option.

Only local traffic will be permitted to use South Orange Avenue west of Wyoming Avenue. All other westbound drivers will be directed to a 5.5 mile detour using North Wyoming Avenue, Gregory Avenue, Northfield Avenue, and Cherry Lane. 

Signs have been placed along South Orange Avenue to alert motorists. 




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Monday, October 27, 2014

Newark History Society to Host Program About 'Newark’s Unknown Abolitionist'


The Newark History Society will sponsor a free program about William Hayes Ward, "Newark’s Unknown Abolitionist', on Monday, November 10 at 6:00pm.


Tom Alrutz, a former director of the Newark Public Library, will speak about Ward, who was a writer and editor-in-chief of The Independent, an abolitionist newspaper. Ward also worked to establish black colleges and schools in the South, and was a speaker at the first National Negro Conference in 1909. 


Ward's house at 54 Abington Avenue in the Forest Hill neighborhood recently was designated a landmark by the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee.

The program will take place at the New Jersey Historical Society at 52 Park Place next to WBGO-FM. Refreshments will be served.


Those interested in attending shold RSVP to NewarkHistorySociety@verizon.net or 
973-376-8273 by November 6.

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Photo of the Day 10/27/14


This photo shows the Bramhall Terrace overlook at South Mountain Reservation.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Photo of the Day 10/26/14


This photo shows a trail at South Mountain Reservation in Millburn, near the old quarry.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Photo of the Day 10/25/14


This photo shows the view of Elizabeth and Staten Island from South Mountain Reservation.

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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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