Bring your own bag when you shop in South Orange starting Jan. 1

Bring your own bag when you shop in South Orange starting Jan. 1

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The holiday shopping season is in full swing and South Orange shoppers are encouraged to “practice” for the official start of the village’s reusable bag law, which goes into effect Jan. 1. Back in July, the South Orange Board of Trustees passed ordinance No. 2019-15 encouraging shoppers to bring reusable carry-out […]

Two towns move ahead with fire dept. merger

Two towns move ahead with fire dept. merger

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The merging of the South Orange and Maplewood fire departments took another step forward as both towns’ governing bodies passed resolutions approving a joint meeting structure, setting the table for the target completion date of Jan. 1, 2020. The South Orange Board of Trustees unanimously approved the resolution at […]

SouthNEXT returns this weekend with two timely themes

SouthNEXT returns this weekend with two timely themes

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — This weekend the SouthNEXT festival returns to the SOMA community with its “Creative Collision of Inspirational Ideas, Arts and Music.” SouthNEXT, New Jersey’s festival that explores people’s similarities by celebrating their differences, returns to the South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way, on Saturday, Oct. 19, and to Seton Hall […]

Towns continue asking county for more zoo-expansion info

West Orange passes resolution similar to Maplewood’s, and South Orange trustees hear from deputy parks director on expansion

Towns continue asking county for more zoo-expansion info

WEST ORANGE / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The ongoing conflict between county residents and the administration of Essex County regarding a proposed amphitheater at the Turtle Back Zoo continued at two local council meetings last week. At the Sept. 10 West Orange Township Council meeting, a resolution was passed asking the county not to develop […]

Wave a South Orange safety flag when you cross the street

Wave a South Orange safety flag when you cross the street

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Walkability and pedestrian safety are key trends in municipal planning and for good reason. Students rushing to class, millennial parents pushing strollers, and baby boomers counting steps all desire safe, walkable streetscapes wherever they live, work and play. In response, South Orange is exploring new ways to enhance pedestrian safety for […]

Towns pass merger resolutions

Fire dept. personnel get fired up over current staffing plans for joint FD

Towns pass merger resolutions

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee approved at its Aug. 6 meeting a resolution that supports creating a joint meeting to merge the Maplewood and South Orange fire departments, allowing the towns to take another step forward in combining the two departments. The resolution passed unanimously; Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee was […]

Fire dept. merger moves ahead

Two towns plan to have combined fire department ready to serve by Jan. 1

Fire dept. merger moves ahead

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange Village President Sheena Collum shared an update about the planned merger for the South Orange and Maplewood fire departments at the July 22 Board of Trustees meeting, saying she hopes to have the merger completed by Jan. 1, 2020. According to Collum, the Maplewood Township Committee has […]

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 […]

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