Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Sending Stray Animals to AHS Shelter is "Shameful"


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To the Editor:

I lived in Maplewood for 35 years and have been a volunteer and Trustee of the Jersey Animal Coalition (JAC) for over 25 years. 

The firing of Maplewood ACO Debbie Hadu has reminded the public that our communities are now without a shelter, and that even if she were allowed to stay on, she would have no place to bring Maplewood strays other than the high-kill facility with which South Orange and Maplewood have contracted.

I would like to point out that for the past ten years, Maplewood and South Orange have had the benefit of services of Jersey Animal Coalition's no-kill shelter at no cost to them and the taxpayers. 

During these ten years, JAC accepted and lovingly cared for all South Orange and Maplewood stray animals without compensation from either town. No animal was turned away. Medical treatment was provided when needed. Lost pets were reunited with owners during and after the 7 day state mandated holding period. No animal was euthanized. All were adopted into caring homes. 

These communities benefited from an outstanding Humane Education program both in our shelter and beyond, including visits to public and religious schools, providing countless opportunities for Community Service, Boy and Girl Scout participation in attaining badges, a teaching facility for Veterinary Technician students, and much more. Above all, JAC strove to make these communities outstanding examples of compassion, not only for their two legged citizens, but their four legged residents as well. 

Needless to say, the closing of the JAC Shelter is not only a loss to local communities, it is an even greater loss to the animals for whom we would have cared and saved - most of whom are now being killed in Newark and are beyond our saving. This is a shameful situation, and I would hope the people of Maplewood and South Orange are outraged by what is happening to these helpless pets.

Lila Wasserman 
Jersey Animal Coalition Trustee

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Photos of the Day 1/27/15


These photos show the South Mountain Elementary School in South Orange.


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Together North Jersey: Changes Should be Made to Irvington Avenue


A plan released by Together North Jersey, a project of the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, calls for changes to be made to the 1.5 mile long Irvington/Clinton Avenue corridor in South Orange, Newark, Maplewood, and Irvington. 

One proposal in the plan, which is titled 'Irvington Avenue: Creating a Complete Corridor', calls for branding of the portion of Irvington Avenue that is in Maplewood as 'Maplewood Corners'. Under this proposal, a pocket park would be developed at the corner of Hillcrest Place next to Diamond Gym, where a gate blocking vehicular traffic is currently in place. Plus, new trees would be installed as part of the revitalization effort. In addition, improvements would be made for pedestrians and bicyclists and new signage would be installed. The area is served by New Jersey Transit buses 107 and 37. Bus 107 connects the South Orange Train Station with the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, and Bus 37 connects the Ivy Hill Loop in Newark with the terminals at Newark Liberty International Airport.

“Enhancing pedestrian safety, improving public spaces, and making roads accessible for all modes of transportation, will both attract new opportunities for development and support ongoing revitalization efforts", said Maplewood prosecutor Annette DePalma.

The report also stated that the Rose Hill Shopping Plaza in Newark, which contains a City Supermarket and several stores, is undergoing changes to improve appearance and pedestrian access. The plaza is located next to the Ivy Hill Park Apartments, New Jersey's largest private apartment complex.

Recently, Irvington Avenue's business district in South Orange was branded by the Irvington Avenue Corridor Advisory Committee as 'Seton Village' due to its proximity to Seton Hall University.

Above: Irvington Avenue in Maplewood

Above: Ivy Hill Plaza in Newark

Above: The border of Maplewood and Irvington, where Irvington Avenue becomes Clinton Avenue. Businesses in this area include the Clinton Deli, a business serving Polish foods, Town and Country Pharmacy, and Extra Supermarket.

Above: The Irvington Avenue Business District in South Orange.

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Photo of the Day 1/26/15


This photo shows people sledding at South Orange's Flood's Hill.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Photos of the Day 1/25/15


These photos show Washington Rock at South Mountain Reservation.


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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Photo of the Day 1/24/15


This photo shows Water Tower Hill in Kenilworth as seen from South Mountain Reservation.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Newark Public Library to Celebrate Black History Month


The main branch of the Newark Public Library will hold a variety of events throughout February to celebrate Black History Month. The festivities will begin on Thursday, February 5 at 5:30pm with an opening reception in Centennial Hall. A panel discussion called “Examining Black Images in African American Literature" will take place between 6:30pm and 8:00pm, and will be moderated by Dr. Adunni Anderson. Panelists and speakers will include Cheryl Willis-Hudson of Just Us Books, Marva Allen of the Hue-Man Bookstore, and Dr. Brenda Greene of the Center for Black Literature at CUNY Medgar Evers College. In addition, the new exhibition “My Soul Runs Deep: An Appreciation of African American Literature” will be open in the second floor gallery. Visitors to the exhibit will learn more about African American authors and their work.

"For many decades the Library has prided itself on its extensive collections of materials focusing on African American authors and their works. We are excited to offer the new exhibit and calendar of programs featuring this rich body of literature", said library director Wilma Grey in a media release.

Other scheduled events include 'Pen, Pitch, Publish, Profit: a Self-Publishing Intensive for Aspiring Authors' on Saturday, February 7 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and 'At Black on Paper', a forum on publishing books and plays, on Saturday, February 14, from 2:00pm to 5:00 p.m. Plus, on Thursday, February 19 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, library program 'Uncommon Genres in Black Literature' will feature authors Donna Hill and Valerie Wilson Wesley.

The main library is located at 5 Washington Street, across from Washington Park. The programs will be funded by the PNC Foundation.

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Upcoming Event: Newark Archives Project


The Newark History Society will host a program about the Newark Archives Project’s work to “Uncovering More Hidden Treasures” related to Newark’s history on Monday, February 2nd at 6:00pm. Gail Malmgreen, the project director, will speak about how she and her colleagues have described more than 2,000 archival collections on this website. The Newark Archives Project was started by the Newark History Society in partnership with Rutgers-Newark several years ago, with the "goal of identifying and describing archives with material related to Newark". The event will take place at the New Jersey Historical Society at 52 Park Place, next to WBGO-FM. The program is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should email newarkhistorysociety@verizon.net. Refreshments will be served.

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Photo of the Day 1/23/15


This photo shows Beth Israel Hospital in Newark as seen from South Mountain Reservation.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rotary to Present 'Taste of Montclair' and Montclair Restaurant Week in March


Dozens of businesses in the Montclair area will take part in the Montclair Rotary Club's fourth annual 'Taste of Montclair' event on Monday, March 9 at Montclair State University. The event will kick off Montclair Restaurant Week, a yearly celebration of cuisine from across the township. Restaurants in Montclair will offer specials to diners from March 9 until Sunday, March 15 as part of Restaurant Week.

"Restaurant Week is the ideal time for everyone to visit their favorite restaurants again or make a new dining discovery”, said Rotary member Alicia Robinson in a news release.


Participating businesses at the 'Taste of Montclair' event will offer special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus to attendees, in addition to breakfast specials.


“The special prix-fixe, multi-course options offered by each participating restaurant encourages diners to try several different eateries during the March promotional week", said Rotary member Joe Solano.


The following businesses are slated to participate in 'Taste of Montclair':


-A Gardener’s Kitchen 

-Ah Pizz 
-Anderson’s 1949 
-Anthony’s Cheesecake 
-Aroy-D 
-Asalt and Buttery 
-Beyond Pita 
-Blue J Syrups 
-Brick Lane 
-CARS Delivery 
-DeNovo 
-Egan and Sons 
-Escape 
-Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen 
-Fricassee
-Gina’s Bakery 
-Greek Taverna 
-Halcyon 
-Jams By Kim 
-Java Love 
-Jersey Artisan Rum 
-Jersey Barnfire 
-Le Salbuen Cafe Market 
-Mac Attack 
-MEAL
-Mesob 
-Montclair Bread Company 
-Next Door 
-Old Canal Inn 
-Olive That And More 
-Pig and Prince
-Red Eye Café
-Salugo
-Salute Bistro 
-Spice Thai 
-Stefans 
-Stuffed 
-Tassot Apiaries 
-Terre A Terre 
-The Chocolate Path 
-The Manor 
-The Office Beer Bar and Grill
-Tiny Elephant 
-Toast Montclair
-Valley Shepherd Creamery
-Yalo and Me 
-Yogic Chai

John Sauchelli, the co-owner of participating business Jersey Barnfire Hot Sauce told PlaceNJ.com that "Montclair has always been a fantastic destination for food in New Jersey", and that he would like his business "to gain further exposure in this market". 

The event will take place at the MSU Conference Center at University Hall from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. A free shuttle will operate between the Red Hawk Parking Garage and University Hall. Event expenses, such as the shuttle, will be paid for by sponsors such as BMW of Bloomfield, Whole Foods Montclair, Investors Savings Bank, Haven Savings Bank, Montclair Acura, Tracey Diamond Design, and WH Linens. General tickets cost $75, however a limited number of $50 Early Bird tickets are available for those who register by January 31. To purchase tickets, or to donate, click here.


All tickets sales will benefit the charities supported by the Montclair Rotary Club, including Toni's Kitchen, the Human Needs Food Pantry and the Salvation Army. In addition, all proceeds from the special cocktail and a portion of bar proceeds will be donated to the Rotary.


"Guests can sample the best the area has to offer and know that they will be helping those in need and at risk in our community", said Rotary member John Lee.



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Photo of the Day 1/22/15


This photo shows the view of Columbia High School in Maplewood from South Mountain Reservation.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

South Mountain and Hilltop Reservations to Close for Deer Hunt


The Essex County Deer Management Program hunt is coming to two Essex County parks in the next several weeks. The hunt will start at South Mountain Reservation in Millburn, Maplewood, and West Orange on Tuesday, January 27 and February 3 and Thursdays, January 29 and February 5. The hunt will continue at Hilltop Reservation and the former Essex County Hospital Center in Verona and Cedar Grove on Tuesdays, February 17 and 24 and Thursdays, February 19 and 26. All hunts will only take place in the afternoon hours. 

“Emotionally I am against culling deer", said Freeholder Patricia Sebold, "but intellectually I know it’s the right thing to do if we want to save our reservations".

All hunters are volunteers who are state licensed and have completed an orientation program. During the hunts, marksmen will station themselves in trees at least 20 feet above the ground. Both parks will be closed to the public for the entire day of each hunt. During the Hilltop Reservation hunt, part of Fairview Avenue will be closed to traffic. During the South Mountain Reservation hunt, all major county roads will remain open, as will the Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena, Park-N-Ride, and McCloone's Boathouse.

According to Essex County, all killed deer will be inspected at a check station before being transported to Hillside's Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Mills and Eagle Rock Reservations will not be included in the hunt.

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Photo of the Day 1/21/15


This photo show the view of Newark and New York from South Mountain Reservation in Maplewood.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Photos of the Day 1/20/15


These photos show the location of the underground East Orange Water Commission Reservoir on the South Orange/Maplewood border.



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Monday, January 19, 2015

Photo of the Day 1/19/15


This photo was taken near the Essex Fells Post Office.

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