Meet the muralists on Springfield Avenue

Meet the muralists on Springfield Avenue

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — SOMA Two Towns for All Ages, the Springfield Avenue Partnership and Maplewood Division of Arts and Culture invite residents to tour the murals on Springfield Avenue and meet several of the artists to discuss their work and inspiration on Saturday, Sept. 26. Artists will be on site from 11 […]

New campaign uses humor to support Downtown South Orange

New campaign uses humor to support Downtown South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Village Center Alliance unveiled Sept. 10 a “Back to Business” campaign designed to remind residents that downtown businesses are ready to serve the community and to reinforce the significance of supporting local businesses, now more than ever.  This isn’t the same “Shop Local” message people are accustomed to […]

Murphy signs legislation designating Juneteenth as a state and public holiday

Murphy signs legislation designating Juneteenth as a state and public holiday

TRENTON, NJ — On Sept. 10,  Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation S19, which designates the third Friday in June as a state and public holiday, known as Juneteenth Day. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved people of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and their freedom. […]

JESPY clinicians recognized with Behavioral Healthcare Hero awards

JESPY clinicians recognized with Behavioral Healthcare Hero awards

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — JESPY House has announced that two members of its Clinical Services Department were recently awarded the 2020 Behavioral Healthcare Hero award, presented by the Mental Health Association in New Jersey. The winners are Kinga Lewinski, lead clinician, and Christina Caporrino, clinician. JESPY House provides comprehensive services to adults with intellectual and […]

South Mountain YMCA partners with SOMSD, Achieve Foundation

South Mountain YMCA partners with SOMSD, Achieve Foundation

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Mountain YMCA, the Achieve Foundation, the Parenting Center and the South Orange–Maplewood School District have formed a partnership to ensure that equity and opportunity continue to be hallmarks of our community. The collaboration is focused on providing financial support for child care options that include educational support […]

Maplewood Village to be nominated as historic district

Maplewood Village to be nominated as historic district

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Historic Village District will be considered for nomination to both the New Jersey and National registers of historic places by the New Jersey State Review Board for Historic Sites on Oct. 2, presenting the possibility that downtown Maplewood could be deemed a historic property worthy of being preserved and recognized. […]

SOMA Action’s ‘Vanquish the Villains’ campaign empowers community

SOMA Action’s ‘Vanquish the Villains’ campaign empowers community

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — SOMA Action, the South Orange/Maplewood–based grassroots organization focused on driving progressive change, provides fun, easy and effective opportunities for community members to make a difference in the upcoming election. With fewer than 60 days until the election, many people want to make a difference, but don’t know how. SOMA […]

‘Essex Remembers’ the many lives lost on 9/11

‘Essex Remembers’ the many lives lost on 9/11

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County’s “Essex Remembers” ceremony couldn’t draw the crowd it normally draws to the Eagle Rock Reservation this Sept. 11 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but the county was still able to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. A livestream allowed those who normally […]

‘Keep on Believin’ in JESPY’

‘Keep on Believin’ in JESPY’

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — JESPY House will hold its first-ever virtual fundraising event, “Keep on Believin’ in JESPY,” on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. This event will honor past board President Ron Brandt and will feature JESPY clients.  As this is a fundraiser, JESPY is seeking support from the community; sponsorships of all levels […]

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