Sunday, December 21, 2014

Photo of the Day 12/21/14


This photo shows the entrance to the former Newark City Hospital Convalescent Branch on Irvington Avenue.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Photo of the Day 12/20/14


This photo shows the Hanukkah menorah outside of the Charles Kimmel Building of the Maplewood Jewish Center on Parker Avenue.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Free Cooking Demonstrations Start Tomorrow in Newark


Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness will sponsor monthly demonstrations of healthy cooking for senior citizens and other interested members of the community. The first demonstration will take place tomorrow, December 20, at the Star Career Academy Culinary School between 10:00am and 12:00pm. According to a press release from the city, "attendees will learn how to prepare healthy food alternatives to traditional holiday dishes". In addition, attendees may participate in a nutrition workshop where they will receive complimentary foods and vegetables.  

The Star Career Academy Culinary School is located on the 18th floor of 550 Broad Street in Downtown Newark. 

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Local Domestic Violence Response Team Needs Volunteers


The West Essex Domestic Violence Response Team is looking for volunteer advocates who are willing to confidentially meet with domestic violence victims at police stations in Western Essex County.

According to a release from the Verona Police Department, volunteers must be at least 18 years old, live in Western Essex County, have a valid New Jersey drivers license, have transportation access, and be able to "serve on an on-call basis". Applicants with criminal histories will not be considered, and background investigations of applicants will be conducted. 

In order to become a volunteer, applicants must take a training course, which will be run by the Rachel Coalition Domestic Violence Division of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey. The course will consist of classes on Tuesday nights from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for 14 weeks. In order to be a part of the class, interested applicants should contact Sergeant John Belotta of the North Caldwell Borough Police Department by calling (973) 226-0900. Those interested must pick up an application and return it by January 31, 2015.

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Photo of the Day 12/19/14


This photo shows a horse at the Montclair Community Farm next to the Montclair Historical Society Crane House.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Roseland Model Train Display Starts on Saturday


The Holiday Model Train Exhibit will return this week to the Roseland Free Public Library (RFPL). Every year, Roseland resident Bill Cinque, also known as "Mr. Conductor", sets up a large display on the floor of the community room, which is free to view and is open to the public. The dates and times of the display are as follows:

Saturday, December 20: 
11:00am to 3:00pm 

Monday, December 22
7:00pm to 9:00pm 

Tuesday, December 23
4:00pm to 6:00pm 

Friday, December 26
3:00pm to 5:00pm 

Saturday, December 27
11:00am to 3:00pm 

Monday, December 29
7:00pm to 9:00pm 

Tuesday, December 30
2:00pm to 4:00pm 

Friday, January 2, 2015
3:00pm to 5:00pm 

Saturday, January 3
11:00am to 3:00pm

The library is located at 20 Roseland Avenue, and parking is available in the library parking lot off of Fells Road. The RFPL phone number is (973) 226-8636. 

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Photo of the Day 12/18/14


This photo shows the former South Orange Water Department pumping station.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

County Contracted for Livingston Express Shuttle Service


Starting on January 2, the County of Essex will be contracted to operate the Livingston Express Shuttle Service, which operates on weekdays between the Livingston Mall and the South Orange Train Station.  According to the Livingston Township website, the current fares and schedules will remain the same. However, riders will be required to pay the $2.00 one way fare with exact change, or purchase a monthly pass for $70.00. Shuttle drivers will not be permitted to handle cash, and the township will be responsible for emptying the fare box. Transdev, a private French transportation company, will operate the shuttle service for Essex County, replacing State Shuttle of Jefferson Township. 

The contract with Essex County was approved by the Livingston Township Council on Monday, and is scheduled to expire in three years. 


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Photo of the Day 12/17/14


This is one of several abandoned buildings surrounding the South Orange Department of Public Works.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Photo of the Day 12/16/14


This photo shows the former playground at Farrell Field in South Orange.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

New Business Opens on Springfield Avenue in Maplewood


A new place to eat opened on Saturday in Maplewood. Just Fish opened at 1546 Springfield Avenue at the corner of Boyden Parkway, across from the Maplewood Fire Department No. 2 Firehouse. The restaurant serves a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, ranging from shrimp with fresh grits to fish and chips. The space now occupied by Just Fish was previously The Grill Shack and Chris & Cathy's Coney Island Grill. Just Fish is open from 8:00am to 10:00pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays.

The Maplewood location is not affiliated with the Just Fish CafĂ© in Newark. 


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Photo of the Day 12/15/14


This photo shows the Village Diner in South Orange, formerly known as the Blue Moon Diner.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Photo of the Day 12/14/14


This photo was taken at Kip's Castle in Verona.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Photo of the Day 12/13/14


This photo shows the headquarters of the South Orange Fire Department. Free photos with Santa are available at the SOFD headquarters today from 2pm to 5pm as part of the South Orange Hometown Holiday. Visitors will receive a free elf hat. 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Photo of the Day 12/12/14


This photo shows the Administration Building for the South Orange Maplewood School District, which is housed in the former Fielding Elementary School.

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