Thursday, September 11, 2014

Maplewood USPS Letter Carriers to Move to Union


The letter carrier division of the main Maplewood Post Office will relocate this month to the main post office in Union Township on Chestnut Street.

"The carriers will be repositioned but there is no impact to local customers", said Maureen P. Marion of the United States Postal Service, mentioning that oversized or signature-required mail that cannot be delivered will be available at the main Maplewood Post Office on Maplewood Avenue.

"No one should see a change", added Marion.

The post office building is expected to be demolished next year in order to make way for a new commercial and residential building. Maplewood's other postal station is located on Springfield Avenue.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Photo of the Day 9/10/14


This photo was taken at South Mountain Reservation in Maplewood.

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City of Newark News Roundup: Characters Walk, Exhibition, NCC Parade


A new exhibition will open this week at at Newark art gallery. According to Paul Robeson Gallery website, 'From Here to There' focuses "on the work of artists who explore all aspects of the migrant and immigrant experience". Artists whose work is used in the exhibition include Aileen Bassis, Sasha Bromberg, Maki Hajikano, Muriel Hasbun, Fidencio Martinez, Jenny Polak, Viviane Rombaldi Seppey, Leona Strassberg Steiner, Raul Villarreal, and Mina Zarfsaz. The opening reception will take place between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday, September 11. The exhibition will be on display until December 24. The Paul Robeson Gallery is located on the campus of Rutgers-Newark at 350 Dr Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard between Warren and Bleeker Streets.

On Saturday, October 25 from 10am to 1pm, the Rutgers Undergraduate Women in Business (RUWIB) will host the second annual Characters Walk at Washington Park. The walk will raise money for the Newark Public Library (NPL), so that the library can acquire new books. The first 100 people to pre-register will receive a free t-shirt. The suggested donation is $10 for adult walkers and $5 for students. According to the event page, the "Characters Walk will consist of fun-filled activities including music, a reading corner, face painting, various games, theatrical performances, and special appearances by children’s storybook characters". Donations can be made here.

The New Community Corporation will host the 31st annual Advocacy Parade on Saturday, September 27. The parade will start at 12pm at the corner of South Orange and Littleton Avenues, near Big Deal Food Market. In addition, a free family festival will take place between 1pm and 5pm on Hayes and Bedford Streets between 14th and 15th Avenues. Scheduled activities include pony rides and rock climbing. There will be live entertainment, and a beer garden will be open to those 21 and older. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Photo of the Day 9/9/14



This photo shows Hemlock Falls in Maplewood.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Photo of the Day 9/8/14


This photo shows the Lenape Trail near Viscaya in West Orange.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Photo of the Day 9/7/14


This photo shows the Passaic River at West Essex Park in Livingston. The bridge connects Columbia Turnpike in Florham Park (on the left) with South Orange Avenue in Livingston (on the right).

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Photo of the Day 9/6/14


This photo shows Campbell's Pond off of Brookside Drive in Millburn. 

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Friday, September 5, 2014

West Orange Roundup: New Officers, Old Timer's Day, Zoo


Nine new West Orange Police officers will be sworn in today at 5:30pm. According to the township, Officers Matthew Reiss, Giovanni Rodriguez, Derrick Morrison, Vincent Manzella, Christopher Davis, Gregory Willis, Christopher Polizzano, Michael DelPlato, and Andrew Ayre have completed Police Academy training, and are "ready to begin serving our community". The ceremony is open to the public, and will take place at the Wilshire Grand Hotel at 350 Pleasant Valley Way.

The 38th annual West Orange Old Timer's Day will take place on Saturday at 12pm. The event will be held at Colgate Park. Kenny Bogert, John Crown, Guy Cummings, Larry Doby, Jr., Andrew Vittoria, Jimmy Healy, Sharon Murphy Longo, Gary Coughlin, Brian Luing, and Hughie Curry will be honored during the event. Colgate Park is located at the corner of Cherry Street and Franklin Avenue.

More than 500,000 people have visited the Turtle Back Zoo so far this year. According to a press release from the County of Essex, the milestone was reached on August 29. “Thank you to the families, school groups and organizations that choose to make our Zoo their destination", said Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. "It is amazing to watch the excitement on children’s faces as they see animals up close and humbling to see so many people become fans of Turtle Back". The zoo is located at the South Mountain Recreation Complex on Northfield Avenue.

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Photo of the Day 9/5/14


This photo shows the view from South Mountain Reservation one year ago.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Verona/Cedar Grove News Roundup: Public Works, Kips Castle Tours, Library Open House


The new Essex County Public Works Building in Cedar Grove opened on Tuesday. The new 40,000 square foot building is located off of West Bradford Avenue, and replaces buildings which are over 100 years old.

"The employees of the DPW are committed to serving the public with professionalism and respect, and our new headquarters will help us work more efficiently", said Essex County Public Works Director and County Engineer Sanjeev Varghese. "“This is a great investment that will serve our department well into the future".

According to a press release from the county, the new building will house several divisions of the Essex County Public Works Departent, including fleet maintenance, roads and bridges, and mosquito control. In addition, the Essex County Sign Shop will move to the new facility from the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark. The building also contains office space. 

“I have a great appreciation for the job performed by the Department of Public Works. You are the unsung heroes and sometimes we what you do for granted,” Assemblyman Thomas Giblin said at the grand opening. 

The buildings which formerly housed the Public Works divisions will be torn down in the near future.

Have you ever been to Kip's Castle County Park on the Verona/Montclair border? The 9,000 square foot mansion will be open for tours this weekend. According to a press release, the tours will highlight to history of the Tiffany stained glass windows inside the castle. There is an excellent view of New Jersey and New York from the castle grounds. Tours will take place both this Saturday and Saturday, October 4 at 10am and 11am. Tickets for the tour cost $5, and must be purchased in advance. To register, call the Essex County Office of Cultural and Historic Affairs at 973-239-2465. The castle is located at 22 Crestmont Road in Verona, off of Route 23. 

The Verona Public Library will hold an open house on Saturday, September 13. According to the library website, at 9:30am, there will be a breakfast for members of the Friends of the Library, followed by a Friends meeting at 10am. Coffee and bagels will be served at the breakfast. At 11am, the art truck from the Montclair Art Museum will visit the library. Free art activities will be offered to visitors. More events will follow in the afternoon, including cake and coffee with the mayor, library staff, and library trustees at 1pm. Lastly, a free showing of the movie The Camerman will take place at 2:30pm.The library is located at 17 Gould Street next to Whitehorne Middle School.

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Photo of the Day 9/4/14


This photo was taken on South Ridgewood Road in South Orange.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SOPAC News: 2014-15 Schedule, New Director of Development


The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) has announced that Vivian C.R. James will become the new Director of Development.

"Now, more than ever, it is important for us to have a skilled fundraiser who knows how to negotiate the challenges of today’s economy", said SOPAC Executive Director Mark Packer in a statement. "We feel confident that Ms. James will take us to the next level in our development efforts".

According to the statement, James, of Glen Ridge, was previously the Executive Director of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Morris County.

"There is no question that she will be an outstanding addition to the staff and the entire Board looks forward to working with her to achieve our goals", said Anthony J. Leitner, chairman of the SOPAC Board of Governors.

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In addition, SOPAC has announced part of the 2014-15 show schedule. The schedule can be found at the bottom of this article. Those interested in purchasing tickets should call 973-313-2787 or click here.

SOPAC is located at 1 SOPAC Way next to the South Orange Train Station.

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FRI 9/13 at 8PM – RAMSEY LEWIS: IN PERFORMANCE & CONVERSATION
Tickets: $43-$88

SUN, 9/14 at 7:30PM – JOHN HIATT
Tickets: $50-$70

SAT 9/20 at 8PM – EagleMania
Tickets: $20-$35

SUN 9/21 at 2PM & 6:30PM – MICH√ČAL CASTALDO – A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF THE ITALIAN SPIRIT-Presented by Investors Bank and Majestic Castle Music
Tickets: $32-$57
FRI 9/26 at 8:00PM – THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER: LIVING ROOM SESSIONS
Tickets: $43-$98
SAT 10/04 at 8:00PM – BOBBY COLLINS
Tickets: $25-$40
WED 10/08 at 7:30PM – THE WAILERS “LEGEND” 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Tickets: $30-$45
FRI 10/10 at 8PM- NEW JERSEY STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS CHOREOGRAPHY FELLOWSHIP SHOWCASE
Tickets: $15-$20
SAT 10/11 at 2PM – TOM CHAPIN’S FAMILY CONCERT
Tickets: $15-$20 Adults 
SAT 10/11 AT 8PM – CHRISTINE EBERSOLE WITH THE AARON WEINSTEIN TRIO IN “STRINGS ATTACHED”
Tickets: $33-$58

SAT 11/1 AT 8PM- STORM LARGE, PINK MARTINI’S VOCALIST
Tickets: $20-$30
TUE 11/04 at 7:30PM – ARLO GUTHRIE “THE SOLO REUNION TOUR…TOGETHER AT LAST”
Tickets: $40-$78

THU 11/06 at 7:30PM – JEFFERSON STARSHIP
Tickets: $34-$65

FRI 11/07 at 8PM – RALPHIE MAY                           
Tickets: $24-$49        
SAT 11/08 at 8PM – DAVID BROMBERG BIG BAND                                                   
Tickets: $43-$70                                                     
SUN 11/09 at 7:30PM – ANA MOURA
Tickets: $30-$50

THU 11/13 at 7:30PM – CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCE COMPANY: THE LEGACY PROJECT A Dance of Hope

Dance
Tickets: $20-$30

FRI 11/14 at 8PM – GET THE LED OUT “THE AMERICAN LED ZEPPELIN”
Tickets: $30-$50

SAT 11/15 at 8PM – NEIL BERG’S 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY
Tickets: $30-$55
SUN 11/16 AT 7:30PM- RACHELLE FERRELL
Tickets: $54-$75

FRI 11/21 at 8:00PM – THE WEIGHT “CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF LEVON HELM AND THE BAND”
Tickets: $22-$38

SAT 11/22 at 2PM – THE MONSTER WHO ATE MY PEAS
Tickets: $13-$18

SAT NOV 29 at 8PM- GIANTS OF JAZZ, HONORING MCCOY TYNER
Tickets: $40-$60
DEC 11/06 at 2PM &7PM – GRAHAM LUSTIG’S A JAZZY NUTCRACKER
Tickets: $10-$30

FRI 12/12 at 8PM – GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA IN THE CHRISTMAS MOOD
Tickets: $25-$45

FRI 12/19 AT 8PM- CHERISH THE LADIES CHRISTMAS
Tickets: $25- $40


SAT 12/27 AT 8PM- JAY AND THE AMERICANS
Tickets: $34- $54

THU 1/08 at 7:30PM- MADELINE PEYROUX
Tickets: $45-$75


SUN 1/11 AT 7:30PM- DAVE MASON’S TRAFFIC JAM
Tickets: $50-$75

SAT 1/24 AT 2PM- IVY+BEAN, THE MUSICAL
Tickets: $22-$27 Adults | $15-$20 kids 12 and under

THU 2/5 AT 7:30PM- LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO
Tickets: $33-$58

THU 2/12 AT 7:30PM- SPYRO GYRA
Tickets: $33-$50

FRI 2/20 AT 8PM- HUGH MASEKELA AND VUSI MAHLASELA
Tickets: $40-$65

SAT 2/21 AT 2PM- SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE
Tickets: $20-$25 Adults | $13-$18 kids 12 and under

SAT 2/21 AT 8PM- JOHN PIZZARELLI QUARTET 
Tickets: $44-$59

SUN 2/22 AT 7:30PM- LEO KOTTKE
Tickets: $27-$42

THU 2/26 AT 7:30PM- ARRIVAL FROM SWEDEN: THE MUSIC OF ABBA
Tickets: $34-$59

SAT 2/28 AT 8PM- LYDIA JOHNSON DANCE
Tickets: $20-$30


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Photo of the Day 9/3/14


This photo was taken at Bramhall Terrace in South Mountain Reservation.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Photo of the Day 9/2/14



This photo was taken near the lake at Verona Park.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

MAPSO News Roundup: SHU Weekend, Maplewood Chamber Dinner, Events on September 21


The 2014 Seton Hall Weekend will take place on October 3, 4, and 5 at the Seton Hall University campus in South Orange. According to the university website, "Seton Hall Weekend is a celebration of our community spirit and of the close ties enjoyed by alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community". Various free tours will be available on Saturday, October 4, including of the university campus, WSOU radio studio, and the Market Research Center. Other scheduled events include a parent welcome reception, a 5K run, a trampoline show, live music, an art exhibition. craft beer tasting, scavenger hunt, children's theater performance, and much more. 

On Sunday, September 21, several events will take place in South Orange. 

-According to the South Orange Gaslight, the annual Newcomers Day celebration will take place at 1:00pm at the South Orange Public Library on Scotland Road. New residents of the village, as well as long-time residents, are invited to come and meet village leaders and representatives of local organizations. The Gaslight reported that Village President Alex Torpey will speak at the beginning of the event. 

-In addition, a reception will take place at 3pm next to the Tony Smith TAU sculpture in Meadowland Park for upcoming outdoor exhibition 'IN-SITE: the Intersection of Art and Architecture'. The exhibition, which will be located along the Rahway River Walkway, will feature sculptures by 16 artists. Visitors to the reception can meet the artists. Cake will be served to commemorate the birthday of artist Tony Smith. The project is presented by the Lennie Pierro Memorial Art Foundation, the Township of South Orange Village, and the Pierro Gallery.

-PlayDay South Orange will also take place that day from 1pm until 5pm in Downtown South Orange. The event from the South Orange Village Center Alliance is scheduled to feature street games on South Orange Avenue, an inflatable zone along Village Plaza, mini-golf near the Gateway building, a sports court on Vose Avenue, and health and fitness in Spiotta Park. The Main Stage featuring live music, dance, and a variety of games will be located at the intersection of South Orange Avenue and Valley Street. The Town Hall Deli Sloppy Joe Eating Contest will take place at the conclusion of PlayDay at the Main Stage at 5pm. 

The annual Maplewood Chamber of Commerce Distingushed Service Award Dinner will take place on Friday, September 19 at 6pm at the Maplewood Country Club on Baker Street. According to the Chamber website, the owners of Words Bookstore in Maplewood Village, Jonah & Ellen Zimiles, will be honored at the event. 

Are you interested in taking a guided hike in South Mountain Reservation? The South Mountain Conservancy has announced the schedule of guided hikes this fall. All hikes are free. The schedule of hikes can be found here.

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