SOVCA awarded $21.5K grant from Main Street New Jersey

SOVCA awarded $21.5K grant from Main Street New Jersey

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Village Center Alliance has been awarded a $21,500 Transformation Grant from Main Street New Jersey and will use the funds to continue its downtown beautification efforts. The grant money, combined with money raised from the recent Under Cover Music Fest and last year’s PlayDay, will be used to […]

Bring your own shopping bag to South Orange

Bring your own shopping bag to South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Monday, July 8, the South Orange Board of Trustees passed ordinance No. 2019-15, encouraging shoppers to bring reusable carryout bags, eliminating single-use plastic carryout bags, and putting a 5-cent fee on paper carryout bags. “Our goal is to incentivize shoppers to make the most sustainable shopping choice and start bringing […]

South Orange Rescue Squad continues to answer the call

SORS volunteers give their everything to help village

South Orange Rescue Squad continues to answer the call

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Melanie Troncone had just been laid off from her job researching 401(k) retirement accounts when she saw a sign from the South Orange Rescue Squad that read: “The South Orange Rescue Squad wants you!” — an effort to bring more volunteers to the village’s ambulance company. “I said, ‘Huh, maybe they […]

Essex County receives many grants for the arts

Essex County receives many grants for the arts

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey State Council on the Arts recently awarded more than $15.7 million in grant funding to support 700 arts organizations, projects and artists throughout the state. “It is an honor to lead a department that invests in the people of New Jersey in such diverse and meaningful ways,” Secretary of […]

Gov., AG to lead SALT lawsuit

Collum discusses taxes, then introduces Murphy at South Orange firehouse

Gov., AG to lead SALT lawsuit

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and Attorney Gen. Gurbir S. Grewal announced at a July 17 press conference at the South Orange Fire Department that New Jersey has filed a federal lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury Department, in an attempt to protect state taxpayers from what the Murphy […]

Fontoura outlines plan to make joint K-9 task force in county

Fontoura outlines plan to make joint K-9 task force in county

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On July 17, Sheriff Armando Fontoura today outlined a new initiative in law enforcement and public safety. The initiative, which is expected to be implemented Jan. 1, will create a shared services K-9 task force between Essex County and its municipal police departments. Fontoura said the proposed K-9 task force would […]

Calling all athletes for the NJ Senior Olympics

Calling all athletes for the NJ Senior Olympics

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — SOMA Two Towns for All Ages reminds area seniors that the New Jersey Senior Olympics are fast approaching. Woodbridge Township will be hosting the games on Sept. 6, 7 and 8. The games include competitions in 23 sports by age divisions, starting at age 50.  Games include: archery, three-on-three […]

TSTI welcomes new executive director

TSTI welcomes new executive director

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When Beth Blackman walked into Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange for her job interview to become the new executive director, she knew she’d found the right fit. “Everyone on the search committee was so welcoming and just walking into the building made my heart sing,” said Blackman, who is the […]

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