Surprise winter storm cripples North Jersey
Nov29

Surprise winter storm cripples North Jersey

North Jersey found itself paralyzed on Nov. 15 following a winter storm that hit the Northeast region much harder than officials had initially predicted. The storm dropped between six to eight inches of snow across northern New Jersey, according to NJ.com. The winter weather resulted in severe traffic along major and local roads during rush-hour and ignited a backlash against state and local officials for their lack of preparation for...

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Police arrest man in Maplewood rape case
Nov01

Police arrest man in Maplewood rape case

On Oct. 16, a 24-year old woman was followed into her Maplewood home and sexually assaulted around 11:30 a.m. The man forced his way inside her house and assaulted her according to CBS New York’s website. Muhammed Sharif, a 40-year-old from Irvington, was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and burglary, according to CBS New York. The woman was treated and released from an area hospital. The township of...

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Public Safety warns students about South Orange house
Oct25

Public Safety warns students about South Orange house

Last week, Public Safety issued a warning to Seton Hall students advising them to avoid 366 Wilden Place, a house in the town of South Orange. The warning comes in light of repeated reports and complaints about the location that “have included potential violations of law, University policy, and risks to personal safety,” according to Public Safety. This home is traditionally known to house members of the Sigma Pi fraternity, whose...

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SHU initiative looks to integrate University with SO community using technology
Mar21

SHU initiative looks to integrate University with SO community using technology

The Seton Hall Digital Humanities Committee partnered with Seton Hall, the Village of South Orange, the Pierro Gallery and the South Orange Public Library in a mission to integrate technology into the South Orange community. Throughout March, April and May, the initiative, called “South Orange/Seton Hall Connected,” will feature events meant to help South Orange citizens incorporate technology into their daily lives. Dr. Mary Balkun,...

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South Orange Village Hall Restaurant and Beer Garden Approved
Aug10

South Orange Village Hall Restaurant and Beer Garden Approved

The former Village Hall in downtown South Orange is going to finally be put to use. On August 8, the South Orange Planning Board approved Landmark Hospitality’s bid to turn the historic building into a restaurant and beer garden. Landmark Hospitality is a New Jersey restaurant company that specializes in fine dining, weddings, corporate events, and catering, according to its website.   The restaurant is expected to open to the public...

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NJ Transit reroute causes delays for S.O. residents
Jun19

NJ Transit reroute causes delays for S.O. residents

Summertime, often a time for rest and relaxation, will be quite the opposite for New Jersey Transit commuters in South Orange and Maplewood this summer. The Morris and Essex train lines are awaiting construction which will take place from July 10 to Sept. 1, according to an update from NJ Transit. The railroad overhaul will reroute Midtown Direct trains headed to Penn Station to Hoboken, which will cause delays for NJ transit...

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1 dead, 5 injured in Newark shooting Ι South Orange Ave closed
Apr27

1 dead, 5 injured in Newark shooting Ι South Orange Ave closed

One person was fatally shot as three others were injured in a Newark shooting on Thursday night.

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South Orange declared a sanctuary city
Feb22

South Orange declared a sanctuary city

With concern growing over President Donald J. Trump’s aggressive immigration policies. South Orange has joined neighboring towns in becoming a sanctuary city. The town now joins municipalities like Princeton, Maplewood and Newark in putting forth a resolution outlining how they will protect immigrants. The Village President, Sheena Collum, said the resolution already reflected much of what South Orange believed and practiced; it was...

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S.O. not clowning around for Halloween
Oct26

S.O. not clowning around for Halloween

With Halloween approaching, officials in South Orange maintain that they are not concerned with clown-related trouble. Sightings throughout the country could have been pulled from a page out of a Stephen King novel. However, this fear is not affecting the authorities, especially with Halloween approaching. “Honestly, we don’t subscribe to this national fear of someone in a clown costume,” said South Orange Police Sgt. Adrian Acevedo....

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Dozens protest police brutality in South Orange, Maplewood
Jul07

Dozens protest police brutality in South Orange, Maplewood

Protesters spoke out against police brutality in South Orange and Maplewood on Thursday.

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SHU alum struck by train leaves behind son, girlfriend
Jul01

SHU alum struck by train leaves behind son, girlfriend

Thomas Ryan of Seton Hall University’s Class of 2011 was fatally struck by an NJ transit train at 7 a.m. on June 9, 2016, leaving behind his girlfriend, Janae, and his 5-year-old son, Jack. A GoFundMe page, “Tommy Ryan Memorial Fund”, was created by Mark Scattene on June 12 to raise money to support Jack. “Tommy was a beloved friend to dozens, a dependable brother, a cherished son, and an outstanding father to Jack,” Scattene wrote on...

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Local film festival provides opportunity for film students
Jun29

Local film festival provides opportunity for film students

  The SOPAC Theater Loft filled with members of the South Orange and Maplewood (SOMA) communities on June 18, as they were brought together for the My Story screening of two-minute videos during the South Next Festival. The three-day South Next festival included a film contest, art programs for children of various ages and musical performances from local artists. My Story was organized by the Community Coalition on Race, a non-profit...

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