Sunday, May 19, 2013
Maplewood Police report SUV taken Sunday afternoon on Boyden Ave.
Two men allegedly stole a car Sunday afternoon after the car's owner had pulled over to check for a flat tire, said Lt. Dean Naddeo of the Maplewood Police Department. The owner, a Maplewood resident, had stopped his Porsche Cayenne SUV on Boyden Avenue near Orchard Road at around 2 p.m. Sunday to check if his tire was flat, said Naddeo, who said the man got out of the car and left the keys in the ignition. While the man was out of the car, two men jumped in and drove off toward Irvington, said Naddeo. There was no force used and no weapons were shown, Naddeo said. Police are investigating the incident.
A look at what's ahead.
Memorial Day Weekend Memorial Day is approaching. Maplewood has the 15th Annual Kiwanis Duck Race and the Memorial Day Parade to look forward to. Patch will have more information about the parade coming up this week. Maplewood Middle School and South Orange Middle School will each host School in Action night on Thursday, where visitors can get a look at all the wonderful things going on in the district's middle schools. Middle schoolers have a four-hour day and will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. Holiday School closings: some South Orange - Maplewood School District schools are closed on Friday and Tuesday as well as Monday. For complete information, see this Patch article. Patch will be at the Maplewood Memorial Library's Centennial Quiz …
Great food, great music - who could ask for anything more?
The Glenn Franke Big Band is back for its every-other-Monday gig at Highland Place/Crane on May 20. For more information about the band, which will have your toes tapping to the beat, visit the website. Also, check out the video attached to this article. While you're there, enjoy HP's May specials; see the menu here. Highland Place/Crane's, 5 Highland Place, Maplewood• 973-763-3083 • www.hpcranes.com.
Some South Orange - Maplewood students will have a long Memorial Day weekend -- others won't.
This article originally ran in April. There has been some confusion about which schools in the South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD) are closed for the days surrounding Memorial Day weekend. Here's the scoop, according to a district spokesperson: All district schools will be closed Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday. Any school that still has two emergency closing days available (that were not used because of inclement weather) as of May 23 will be closed Friday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 28, and any school that still has one emergency closing day available will be closed Friday, May 24 but open Tuesday, May 28. Schools with no emergency closing days available will be open on both May 24 and May 28. Still confused? …
South Orange - Maplewood Locals give and get via social media
Swap/Meet SOMa is the brainchild of Kristen Tyler of South Orange. Simply put, it's a Facebook group where locals can offer what they no longer need and ask for what they'd like. Tyler describes the page as a place to "Swap, Buy, Sell, Give away, post curb alerts and more for Maplewood/ South Orange Residents and neighbors. Local FreeBay!" The group is active and growing, so Patch asked about some favorite finds. InterACT Theatre Productions scored a toilet. Yes, for The Full Monty, the theatre company asked for and received a toilet. Look for it in the show. Another poster said the best benefit was "being able to give my extra tomato seedlings homes." And how about that Howard Finster work of art? Finster's creations "creations overlap …
Event rescheduled to May 26.
MayFest, Springfield Avenue's biggest celebration of the year, has been canceled today due to weather conditions, according to the Springfield Avenue Partnership. The event is rescheduled to Sunday, May 26.
3,000 iris varieties on display at Upper Montclair celebration attended by county executive, dignitaries.
More than 14,000 irises were on display Friday, May 10 at Upper Montclair’s Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens at a celebration of National Public Gardens Day attended by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and other dignitaries. The iris garden features approximately 3,000 varieties of the flower. More than 100,000 blooms are on display during the peak of the season, running from May 10 through June 5. Among the dignitaries joining DiVincenzo were Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens Executive Director Linda Sercus, Iris Gardens Citizens Committee President Nancy Skjeis-Lawes and Essex County Parks Director Daniel K. Salvante.
A look at the most read stories of the week.
Words Bookstore Wins Visit from 'Kite Runner' Author Maplewood store's creatively designed window display snags them a future visit from acclaimed author Khaled Hosseini. Sheriff Offers Reward in Shopkeeper Shooting Essex County Sheriff's Office offers $5,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of two men suspected in a string of armed robberies, one of whom is thought to be responsible for the shooting of a local store owner in April. CHS Welcomes New Asst. Principal Elizabeth Aaron will join Columbia High School team next school year. CNN Comes to Maplewood CNN Money spent a day in the Village, talking to some local merchants about the challenges of owning a small business. Thieves Snatch Cellphone, Headphones from Teens …
Other top stories this week include a Newark High School student shot and killed on his way home from school and a man busted on pot-growing charges after he called police to report his wife's death.
A homeless hitchhiker who gained internet fame earlier this year was arrested at a Philadelphia bus station and charged with the murder of a Clark lawyer last Sunday. Englewood police are stepping up their presence at a public senior housing complex after complaints led authorities to arrest two residents on drug and prostitution charges, authorities said. An 18-year-old Newark High School student was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon minutes after leaving school grounds, officials said. A Rockaway Township man was charged with maintaining a drug production facility Tuesday when he called police to his Sanders Road home after finding his wife dead inside, authorities said A Delaware man has been arrested and charged in connection with a…
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Special celebrations and outreach events planned; both townships to designate "OLS Week."
The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) is currently celebrating its 125th Anniversary year, which will culminate on Saturday, June 1 with a closing mass followed by a gala celebration at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, according to marketing chair Chuck Chambers. South Orange Village President Alex Torpey and Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca each will declare the week beginning Sunday, May 26 as "Our Lady of Sorrows Week" in their respective towns. The celebration of the anniversary year began last September with an opening Mass on the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows, and an anniversary planning board has sponsored events throughout the year including church tours, social gatherings, and community outreach projects, said Chambers. The Parish …