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Fatal Shooting in Maplewood; Columbia High School Junior Killed

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Maplewood Police Chief Jim Duval announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is investigating a fatal shooting that...

Baristanet Profile: Jeffrey Butler

Name: Jeffrey Butler Where do you live? Lewellyn Park, West Orange When did you move there? 2013 Where did you grow up? Egg Harbor City , NJ How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I am a Chef...

SOMA To Celebrate LGBTQI+ Youth With A Lavender Graduation

As part of annual June Pride Month Celebrations across SOMA and Essex County, the Township of Maplewood and South Orange are again partnering with SOMSD and community partners to present SOMA Lavender Graduation 2021...

Turtle Back Zoo Loses Dyson, Beloved Sea Lion

West Orange, NJ - Turtle Back Zoo is mourning the loss of a nine-year-old sea lion. “We are saddened about the passing of Dyson, one of our beloved sea lions at Turtle Back Zoo," said...

Coalition on Race Hosts 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Event

The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is hosting its 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance and Luminary Project on January 18, 2021 at 2:00 PM. This year’s event will...

Maplewood Man Arrested, Charged With Mother’s Murder

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is investigating a homicide. On Monday January 4, 2021...

Former West Orange KMart Will Be Vaccination Center

One of four vaccination centers in Essex County will be located in West Orange, at the former Kmart site, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi announced today. Parisi thanked Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr....

‘SOMA For Safe Return to School’ Plans Rally to Open Schools in South Orange...

A group of parents in South Orange and Maplewood, frustrated that their public schools have been closed since March due to COVID-19, while surrounding districts including Millburn, Summit and Livingston are open, are planning...
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South Orange Reports Increase In Teen COVID-19 Cases, Offers Halloween Guidance

South Orange reported that in the period from October 1 to October 19, the village recorded 21 new positive COVID-19 tests. "Even more concerning is that last week, we recorded 5 teenagers who tested...

Newark Museum Acquires Major Work by Contemporary Black Artist Bisa Butler

The Newark Museum of Art has acquired a large-scale artwork by Essex County resident Bisa Butler, a rising star among contemporary Black artists in the United States, known for her quilted portraits celebrating Black...

Baristanet Profile: Dawn Fitch

Name: Dawn Fitch Where do you live? West Orange When did you move there? 2019 Where did you grow up? Bayonne How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? I am the founder of Pooka Pure and...

Two West Orange Whole Foods Employees Test Positive For Coronavirus

West Orange Whole Foods remains open, but two employees who tested positive for the coronavirus are in quarantine, a company spokesperson says according to NJ.com. “Out of an abundance of caution, the store performed an...
Happiness Is A Baby Amur Leopard at Essex County's Turtle Back Zoo

Happiness Is A Baby Amur Leopard at Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo

West Orange, NJ – It's just what we need right now -- cute baby photos of a female Amur leopard cub born at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. The cub, named...

Local Efforts to Make Masks, Donate Masks to Protect Healthcare Workers Against COVID-19

Montclair Design Week has organized a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donation Drive for local hospitals. If you have a surplus supply of PPE, click here to donate or volunteer or call 973-744-2544 for more...

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