Seton Village to ‘Light Up the Holidays’

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — With the onset of the holiday season, South Orange’s Seton Village Committee is delighted to “Light Up the Holidays in Seton Village” for the fourth consecutive year. This year’s community tree lighting will take place on Friday, Dec. 8. “We’re thrilled that the tree lighting has become a holiday staple that […]

Rainbows Program gives hope to children

LIVINGSTON, NJ — “Recovering from a loss is never easy, especially if you are 10 years old,” said Melissa Taylor, now 25, recalling her experience with the Rainbows Program after her father’s death. “I was in fifth grade and will never forget how difficult it was for me to process such a horrific experience. The […]

Seniors make wreaths at Maplewood Senior Center

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the evergreens were flying at the Maplewood Senior Center for its first-ever wreath-making class. It was a perfect day to deck the halls as seniors got a step-by-step tutorial on creating a beautiful wreath for their own homes or for gifting. Holly berries, pine cones and greenery were […]

Expungement seminar for Essex residents

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The Essex Vicinage of the Superior Court of New Jersey presents an expungement seminar on Monday, Dec. 11, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the East Orange Public Library, 21 South Arlington Ave., East Orange. The seminar will be conducted by representatives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Essex-Newark Legal Services, […]

South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation housing marks 25th anniversary

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey will commemorate the silver anniversary of the South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House, a 65-unit senior living community in South Orange on Monday, Dec. 11. The special event, open to the public, will take place during the South Orange Board of Trustees […]

Christmas with First Presbyterian & Trinity

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — All are welcome to celebrate the Christmas season at First Presbyterian & Trinity Church in South Orange on all Sundays of Advent, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve with services at 111 South Orange Ave., South Orange. On Sunday, Dec. 10, the second Sunday of Advent, there will be an adult […]

Holiday celebration at The Woodland

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Kick off this festive season on Saturday, Dec. 9, at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood, with a child-friendly holiday celebration. The event will feature the Holiday Jam for children ages 8 and younger. Fast becoming a SOMA tradition, the 11 a.m. show will feature antics from a magic elf, fresh […]

Muhammad becomes ‘Barbie Shero’ with look-alike doll

Barbie gives Muhammad a ‘perfect hijab moment’

Muhammad becomes ‘Barbie Shero’ with look-alike doll

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mattel recently honored Maplewood native Ibtihaj Muhammad, the Columbia High School graduate and Olympian, with a Barbie doll modeled after her. In addition to looking like the world-renowned and top-ranked fencer, this new Barbie doll is the first to wear a hijab. Muhammad made headlines in 2016 when, in addition to her […]