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Cool Off and Enjoy Your Fourth of July

You’ve heard of bar hopping, but pool hopping?
It’s revolutionary!

Two Towns Pool Parties, 10 am to 8 pm Free
South Orange and Maplewood Pools are open to all residents of either town. So make it a cool pool day and check out both pools, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Current pool members can still bring guests from outside of the towns, paying regular guest fees.
South Orange Pool will host inflatables, balloon animals, corn hole gams & more. Free red, white & blue bomb pops for the first 500 visitors!

Oceans of Possibilities 2022 Summer Reading


Adult Maplewood resident cardholders can register for our Summer Reading Program for a chance to get take-home crafts and win a weekly prize or an end-of-summer grand prize. Get more info here.

South Orange Public Library adult cardholders can register in person at the library or by contacting a librarian at 973-762-0230



Music, Music, Music!


Saturdays, July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
Sunset Saturdays Live Music, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Free
Maplewood Village (map)

Bring a chair or blanket, order some take out, and enjoy music on the street in Maplewood Village! For information on the performers, go toCalendar — Maplewood Village Alliance (maplewoodvillagenj.com).


Saturdays, July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
Downtown After Sundown Live Music, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Free

South Orange Spiotta Park
It's a fun, casual environment to sit back, relax and enjoy the sweet sounds of South Orange Downtown in the warm weather with fellow friends and neighbors. For information on the performers, go to Events — South Orange Downtown.


Friday Nights

The 2022 Concert Series Returns at the Springfield Avenue Gazebo, 7 pm Free
1688 Springfield Avenue
Enjoy music performed at the gazebo. Bring a low chair or blanket and plenty of snacks. For more information, go toSummer Concerts at the Gazebo — Springfield Avenue Maplewood



More July Events

Saturday July 2nd

Downtown After Sundown with The Accelerators, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Free

South Orange Downtown (southorangedowntown) Spiotta Park
The Accelerators are a Central Jersey based punk band whose brand of fast and loud "power pop" music has made them local club favorites since the 1980s.

Tuesday, July 5th

Mehndi Designs, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Free
South Orange Public Library
Learn about and experience Mehndi art.

Mail Art with Georgette Sullivan Bauman, 6:30 pm Free
Maplewood Library Hilton Branch
Rediscover the joy of snail mail and learn how to embellish your envelopes.

Wednesday, July 6th

Summer Nights Concert on Flood’s Hill, 7:30 pm Free
Meadowland Park Conservancy
Music takes center stage, complete with free concerts, food trucks, arts activities and games for the kids. For more information go to2022 Summer Nights Concert on Flood’s Hill - Meadowland Park Conservancy - South Orange, NJ.

Friday, July 8th

An Evening with Blue Sphere Jazz in the Village, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Free
Maplewood Village (map)
Bring a chair or blanket, order some take-out, and enjoy the Maplewood Village Summer Streets with Blue Sphere Jazz!


Saturday, July 9th

3 Loops Hike w/ Sharon Salmon, ~7.5 miles.8:00 am - 12:00 pm Free
Registration is required and closes at 5 pm on the Friday before the hike, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3-loops-w-sharon-salmon-75-miles-tickets-375398927297

Yarn & Fiber Arts Group, 10 am-noon Free
Maplewood Library Hilton Branch
An in-person gathering for people who do creative things with yarn or fabric.


Sunday, July 10th

Trail Work Crew Volunteer Work Day, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Free
Mayapple Hill West Orange, NJ
Trail Work is very satisfying but strenuous as we use hand tools to construct hiking trails. This month, we will start building the Lenape Bypass near Mayapple Hill. Meet at the Mayapple Hill parking lot. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants and bring water. We supply the tools and snacks. Questions: traiwork@somocon.org

Monday, July 11th

Computer Classes Free
South Orange Public Library

Go to the library website for more information, Upcoming Events – South Orange Public Library (sopl.org)

Sustainable Living: It’s Easier Than You Think! 7 pm (virtual) Free
Maplewood Library
Learn about ways to reduce your carbon footprint and lessen your impact on the environment.

Tuesday, July 12th

Mapso Sweet Trifle Demo & Tasting, 6:30 pm Free
Maplewood Library Hilton Branch
Learn how to make one for your next picnic or barbecue! Presented by Karen Nicholas of Mapso Sweet.

Wednesday, July 13th

Creative Writing: outdoors (weather permitting), 1 pm Free
South Orange Public Library
Enjoy an hour of creative writing.

Thursday, July 14th

Books Now and Then Book Group, 6:45 pm, in person and virtual Free
Maplewood Library Hilton Branch and on Zoom
Our July title is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
To attend via Zoom, register here.


Friday, July 15th

An Evening with Blue Sphere Jazz in the Village, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Free
Maplewood Village (map)
Bring a chair or blanket, order some take-out, and enjoy the Maplewood Village Summer Streets with Blue Sphere Jazz!

Saturday, July 16th

Second annual South Orange Cornhole Classic! 4 pm – 9 pm
Meadowland Park Conservancy, Skate House, South Orange
Come challenge your friends and neighbors as 32 teams compete for prizes and everyone gets to enjoy delicious SOMA Brewing Company brews (at least everyone 21 and over). Or come, enjoy beer, and watch the competitors go for the gold. To play, register today at https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/south-orange-village-township-nj/catalog?filter=c2VhcmNoPTIxMDc4NzA=.

Sunday, July 17th

Forest Regeneration Volunteer Work Day, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Free
South Mountain Conservancy
Forest Regeneration activities focus on the areas in and around the fenced 14-acre Forest and Wildflower Preserve located near the Dog Park in the Reservation. This work day we will focus on removing invasive plants like knotweed and mugwort.
Please dress appropriately! Wear long pants, closed toe shoes or rain boots, bug spray, and layer as needed. We supply gloves and water. Meet at the dog statue at 11 Bear Lane, Maplewood NJ.
For information, contact Program Coordinator Christy Zolty at forestregen@[somocon.org](https://somocon.org/)


Monday, July 18th

Special Conversations, 5 pm, in person/hybrid Free
South Orange Public Library
Amelia Kahaney, YA Novelist. "All the Best Liars: Female Friendships, the Haves and Have-Nots, and Mother-Daughter Relationships"
Go to the website for the zoom codes, Special Conversations with Amelia Kahaney - South Orange Public Library (sopl.org)

Tuesday, July 19th

Meditative Painting, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Free
South Orange Public Library
Come and relax as you paint.

Adult Painting with Express Yourself Studios, 6:30 pm Free
Maplewood Library Hilton Branch
Put your own touch on a flower-themed acrylic painting with Simone of Express Yourself Studio. Register here.

Saturday, July 23rd

Reading at the Gazebo, 10 am Free
Maplewood Library Hilton Branch at the Springfield Avenue Gazebo
Too busy to read for a Book Club? No pre-reading required. Short readings will be provided that day, then read and discussed.

Monday, July 25th

Computer Classes Free
South Orange Public Library
Go to the library website for more information, Upcoming Events – South Orange Public Library (sopl.org)


Monday, July 25th

Seasonal Salads: Beautiful and Delicious Ways to Enjoy the Harvest, 7 pm (virtual) Free
Maplewood Library
Learn new methods of preparation, ingredient combinations, and homemade dressings for colorful, tasty salads to satisfy you all season long. With Vanessa Young of Thirsty Radish. Register here.


Tuesday, July 26th

Book Discussion Group, 7 pm Free
"Nemesis," by Philip Roth
Books are available at the library. Contact Nancy Janow with questions.

Wednesday, July 27th

Creative Writing: outdoors (weather permitting), 1 pm Free
South Orange Public Library
Take an hour out to explore your creative side.

Thursday, July 28th

Special Conversations, 6 pm, in person/hybrid Free
South Orange Public Library
Nicole Rudick, Author of What is Now Known Was Once Only Imagined. "Writing Innovative Biography: The Life and Art of Niki de Saint Phalle"
Click hereto join virtually.

Coming Soon!

Adult-Use Cannabis Guide

Essex County has partnered with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) to create an adult-use cannabis guide with essential info and resources. The guide should be available sometime this month. Go to the Maplewood Township website banner for more information, Maplewood, NJ | Home (maplewoodnj.gov)



Saturday Oct 15

Repair Cafe 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Free!
Morrow Church
600 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood
McDonald hall
Bring your beloved items in need of repair. Our volunteer experts will lend their talents to sharpen knives and fix lamps, jewelry, bikes, small electronics and more!
Please contact Tonia Moore at 973-763-6391 to let us know what you need fixed and when you plan to arrive.

    Maplewood Drive-Thru Flu Clinic 9:00 am- 1:00 pm
    Maplewood Township will be hosting its annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic. The event will take place from 9:00am-1:00pm in the rear parking lot of Maplewood Town Hall (574 Valley Street, entrance off Park Road). Shots will be just $20 for Maplewood residents age 18+ (exact cash or check only) and FREE for all residents age 65+ (note: this is not the senior flu vaccine). Walk-ups are welcome. For additional information, please see the Drive-ThruHola! Fest 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Irvington Ave between Riggs place and Ward Place
    Food Trucks, Music, Beer Garden
    This event merges the popular Seton Village Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival with Hola Fest, a cultural event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. The event now includes over a dozen local food trucks, local restaurant offerings and specials, a beer garden sponsored by Gaslight Brewery, and a full array of music and performances on the main stage, sponsored by Natalie Farrell, and located at the corner of Fairview Avenue and Irvington Avenue. Youth programming will occur from 3 - 5 PM at the Vincent Monella Community Center front lawn at 133 Fairview Avenue. Additionally, there will be free face painting and a local business scavenger hunt along Irvington Avenue.

    Tuesday October 18

    2022 Annual Essex County Senior Wellness Day,10 am to 2 pm

    Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Board of County Commissioners invite all Essex County senior citizens to attend the Annual Essex County Senior Wellness Day on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 in the Essex County Richard J. Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event will provide health screenings, valuable information, musical entertainment, farmers market (bagged produce), and Free Admission to Turtle Back Zoo for all seniors plus more.
    For Transportation in South Orange call (973) 378-7715 ext. 2035
    In Maplewood there will be a bus leaving from the Senior Center. Call 973.762.8120


    On Tuesday, Bloomberg Government produced a bombshell report that points to the massive economic consequences a Republican House would bring for Americans.

    If Republicans gain a majority following next month’s elections, the outlet reported, they plan to use a future increase or suspension of the debt ceiling as leverage to force through “top priorities” like seismic cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and other social safety net spending. Failure to act on the debt ceiling would result in an economic catastrophe, experts say.

    There has been shockingly little coverage of this development given its significance. It earned a scattering of mentions in publications including New York magazine. And Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes detailed the stakes on his show Wednesday night.

    https://www.mediamatters.org/bloomberg/have-you-heard-about-gop-plan-either-gut-social-safety-net-or-destroy-economy


    Saturday Nov 26th
    Small Business Saturday
    South Orange Downtown is hosting their 1st Small Business Saturday Street Fair to celebrate small businesses and local vendors on November 26 in the heart of downtown from 10 am - 2 pm. For additional information and a list of participating vendors, please visit the event page.

    Sunday Nov 27th
    Thanksgiving Leftovers Hike
    10 AM to 12 PM
    2-3 miles
    Gobble, gobble! Come work off that Turkey (and all those leftovers!) with our annual Thanksgiving hike with Lou!
    Our hikes are always free, but registration is required.
    https://www.somocon.org/event/oakdale-loop-2-3-miles-w-lou-nocito/

    COMING UP!

    Saturday Dec 3rd


    COVID-19 MODERNA Booster Clinic
    Maplewood Town Hall
    Friday, November 4th, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Saturday, December 3rd, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Get your booster right before the holidays! Previous boosters need to be 2 months ago or longer.

    FLU SHOTS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE! Get a shot in each arm!

    Clinic is OPEN TO ALL 18+. Registration is required.
    If you have any questions please contact the nurse at: amarkarova@maplewoodnj.gov or call 973-762-8120 x4300

    Ongoing events
    FREE FIREWOOD

    Until December 29th the Department of Public Works invites South Orange residents to pick up free firewood at 300 Walton Avenue, please refer to the facility hours for access.This is on a first come first served basis, firewood will not be held. No appointments necessary.
    Sign up for South Orange Active Older Adult Programs
    Classes are held at SOPAC starting in January and run for 10 weeks
    Chair Yoga with Tonia Moore, Art Class with Donna Drew-Pack, Zumba with Jackie Collier-Thomas, Tai Chi with Judith Rew
    Register on line at https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/south-orange-village-township-nj/catalog
    or call 973-378-7754 x2
    SOMA COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS - Free
    Fridays at 12 noon
    Supporting ourselves and our friends
    Managing Self-Care
    Staying Active & Engaged
    led by South Orange Maplewood Case Manager Michelle Fiederer, MS
    Register
    email: sosocialworker@southorange.org
    Phone (973) 986-4321
    this meeting is currently by Zoom

    Grieving and Loss Support Group
    Monthly Meeting
    Nov 21, Dec 19 11:00 AM
    To see if this group would be good for you
    Contact South Orange Maplewood Case Manager Michelle Fiederer, MS
    Phone (973) 986-4321

    Hikes with South Mountain Conservancy GroupCheck out the website http://www.somocon.org/
    Sign up for hikes on Meet Up


    Transportation
    In South Orange Call 973-378-7715 x 2035
    In Maplewood call (973) 763-0750
    Please let us know how transportation works out for you if you try it out!


    Welcome to the Two Towns for All Ages Weekly Digest!

    All the information you need to stay connected to your community, right here at your fingertips. Below you'll find updates about all the important and fun events happening this week in Maplewood and South Orange.

    Wednesday November 30

    Trip to Jersey Shore Premium Outlets!

    Bus Departs 10 AM from 120 Burnett AVE, 4 PM Return

    FREE! except for all of your purchases!

    To register call 973-763-0750

    Saturday December 3rd

    Free Moderna Omicron Booster Clinic

    A Free Moderna Omicron Booster Clinic will be open for South Orange and Maplewood staff and residents 18 years and older on Saturday, December 3 from 11 AM-2 PM. Reservations are required. Flu vaccines may also be provided upon advanced request.

    Make a reservation

    Questions can be directed to 973-762-8120 x4300

    Maplewood DICKENS VILLAGE

    11:00 AM 5:00 PM

    Ricalton Square (map)

    The houses are open for viewing and Santa is in Dickens Village for visits and photos.

    DJ JImmy provides music and Santa arrives in the Village by firetruck.

    At 2pm, enjoy Swing Town’s holiday performance at the Burgdorff Center for Performing Arts.

    Tree lighting is at 4:30pm. Maplewood Village Alliance President, Amy Howett, opens the day, and Maplewood Mayor Dean Dafis speaks and celebrates Dickens Village.

    Sunday December 4th

    Gingerbread House Making Party

    Come join in the sweet, festive fun creating Gingerbread Houses at the new Vincent Monella Community Center at 133 Fairview Avenue on Sunday, December 4, 1-3 PM.

    This free, family-friendly event is sponsored by Jacqueline Hunter of SOMA Hearth Realty Group.

    EMERGENCE: ACRYLIC CLASS OF 1978

    Saturday and Sun, Dec 3 & 4, 2 PM to 5:00 PM

    1978 Arts Center (map)

    Maplewood Arts & Culture Presents Emergence,

    works by the students in the Acrylics Class at the 1978 Maplewood Arts Center

    Last weekend to see this inspiring Art Show!

    WINTER CONCERT FROM THE GAY MEN'S CHORUS

    4:00 PM 5:30 PM

    St. George's Episcopal Church (map)

    You’ll be Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree with all kinds of seasonal music,

    ranging from Tallis to Tchaikovsky to A Holiday Tango! It's going to be a Merry Everything performance.

    Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students in advance.

    All tickets are $25 at the door. for tickets https://www.njgmc.org/events

    ATTEND A South Orange VILLAGE MEETING

    Want to get more involved in your community? Attend a meeting. You will get a first-hand look at all the ins and outs of our town, and it is a great way to participate and make a difference. Please note that meetings are subject to change with short notice. Refer to our events calendar (select ALL calendars) for up-to-date information.

    Board of Trustees Meeting on Monday, November 28 at 7 PM

    SO Development Committee Meeting on Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 PM

    Public Works & Utilities Committee Meeting on Thursday, December 1 at 8 AM

    Rec, Arts & Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting on Thursday, December 1 at 8:30 AM

    Finance & Capital Projects Committee Meeting on Thursday, December 1 at 10 AM

    Grove Park Planning Meeting on Thursday, December 1 at 7 PM at 133 Fairvie

    Ongoing Events

    Start the New Year off right by signing up for classes at Soma Adult School,

    South Orange Recreation and Maplewood Recreation!

    Sign up for South Orange Active Older Adult Programs

    Classes are held at SOPAC starting in January and run for 10 weeks

    Chair Yoga with Tonia Moore, Art Class with Donna Drew-Pack, Zumba with Jackie Collier-Thomas, Tai Chi with Judith Rew

    Register on line at https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/south-orange-village-township-nj/catalog

    or call 973-378-7754 x2

    SOMA COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS - Free

    Fridays at 12 noon

    Supporting ourselves and our friends

    Managing Self-Care

    Staying Active & Engaged

    led by South Orange Maplewood Case Manager Michelle Fiederer, MS

    Register

    email: sosocialworker@southorange.org

    Phone (973) 986-4321

    this meeting is currently on Zoom

    Grieving and Loss Support Group

    Monthly Meeting

    Nov 21, Dec 19 11:00 AM

    To see if this group would be good for you

    Contact South Orange Maplewood Case Manager Michelle Fiederer, MS

    Phone (973) 986-4321

    Hikes with South Mountain Conservancy Group

    Check out the website http://www.somocon.org/

    Sign up for hikes on Meet Up

    Transportation

    In South Orange Call 973-378-7715 x 2035

    In Maplewood call (973) 763-0750

    Please let us know how transportation works out for you if you try it out!


    Important changes to the recycling schedule for Maplewood residents.  The town has now been divided into three pick up days recycling.  Residents in zones 1 and 2 will keep Monday as their recycling day.  Residents in zones 3 and 4 will have recycling pick-up on Tuesdays.  Residents in zones 5 and 6 will have pick up on Wednesdays. "Zone" refers to the zones used on the leaf collection map.  Recycling has been divided into two separate pick-ups, one each on alternating weeks.  Week 1 will be for paper and cardboard.  Week 2 will be for plastic, glass, and metal containers.  For additional information on what may be recycled under the new program, go to https://www.maplewoodnj.gov/government/public-works/recycling-and-waste-disposal


    Welcome to the Two Towns for All Ages Weekly Digest!


    The Holidays are jam packed with activities! Keep an eye on the calendar so you don't miss out on anything!
    Here are updates about all the important and fun events happening this week in Maplewood and South Orange.

    Thursday Dec. 15th


    LIVE MUSIC WITH GOOD TYME STRING BAND

    • Thursday, December 15, 2022
    • 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
    • South Orange Public Library


    Live banjo music in the meeting room. All ages welcome.

    HOLIDAY BELLES IN SOUTH ORANGE

    • Thursday, December 15, 2022
    • 4:30 PM 6:30 PM
    • Sloan Street Parking Lot (map)


    Holiday Belles will be caroling your seasonal favorites, courtesy of Downtown South Orange during the Holiday Market in the Sloan Street lot.
    MAPLEWOOD CONCERT BAND PRESENTS SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

    • Thursday, December 15, 2022
    • 7:30 PM 9:00 PM
    • The Woodland


    Sounds of the Season Concert
    All performances are free and open to the public!
    Sponsored by Maplewood Arts & Culture

    Saturday December 17


    Collage Companions
    2 PM to 3 PM , This is a collage group for all ages! South Orange Public Library, Lower level Bring magazines, lace, and other items to collage. Some materials provided.
    Free!



    Maplewood DICKENS VILLAGE11:00 AM 5:00 PM Ricalton Square (map)Hear the sleigh bells ring as you take a ride around our Village wonderland in the horse and wagon.
    Say hello to some festive farm animals at the petting zoo.
    Santa is in Dickens Village for visits and DJ Jimmy provides music.

    Sunday December 18th

    South Orange Downtown

    Menorah Lighting- Hanukkah begins Sunday, December 18 and runs through Monday, December 26. Join us for the annual lighting of the Menorah on December 18 at 5 PM in Spiotta Park.
    Refreshments and treats will be served. Hanukkah themed crafts will be available for kids. All are welcome!

    Cinama labs Theaters at SOPAC presents
    IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE 75TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTED SUN Dec 18 and Wednesday Dec 213:30 pm and 7 pm.

    Remember Movies are $6 all day on Tuesdays!


    Directed by Frank Capra | Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry TraversFathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Paramount Pictures are bringing It’s A Wonderful Life to select cinemas on December 18 & 21including exclusive insights from TCM.https://sopac.cinemalab.com/.../its-a-wonderful-life-75th...


    Ongoing Events Start the New Year off right by signing up for classes at
    1) South Orange Maplewood Adult School
    2) South Orange Recreation and 3) Maplewood Recreation!

    Sign up for South Orange Active Older Adult Programs
    Classes are held at SOPAC starting in January and run for 10 weeks
    Chair Yoga with Tonia Moore, Art Class with Donna Drew-Pack, Zumba with Jackie Collier-Thomas, Tai Chi with Judith Rew
    Register on line at https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/south-orange-village-township-nj/catalog
    or call 973-378-7754 x2
    SOMA Social Work SOMA Case Manager, Michelle MS
    This service is available to older adults (65+) who reside in South Orange or Maplewood.
    The SOMA Case Manager and older adults will identify current needs and discuss resources available that can provide support and assistance. The SOMA Case Manager will help facilitate the connection between older adults and community resources.

    Support Groups
    Bereavement/Grief Support Group (in person)
    Monthly
    South Orange Library 11:00am-12:00pm
    This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+)
    All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register

    Connections (zoom)
    Weekly
    This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+)
    All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register

    Contact Information Michelle Fiederer, MS
    SOMA Case Manager Townships of South Orange Village and Maplewood Jewish Family Service of MetroWest Case Manager 973-986-4321
    sosocialworker@southorange.org
    Office Hours: Mondays 9am-5pm, Wednesdays 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-4pm
    Hikes with South Mountain Conservancy Group Check out the website http://www.somocon.org/
    Sign up for hikes on Meet Up


    Transportation
    In South Orange Call 973-378-7715 x 2035
    In Maplewood call (973) 763-0750
    Please let us know how transportation works out for you if you try it out!


    Remember Reval?  It is back for 2023.  The contractor this time around, Professional Property Appraisers, will be conducting an information program especially for persons 55+ at the DeHart Community Center on January 10, 2023. Free event. Registration required due to space limitations.  To register, go to the Recdesk section of the Maplewood town website.  No Internet access?  Call 973-558-0863.  Program is open to both Maplewood and SO seniors since the Reval is being conducted in both towns by the same company. This session is for seniors only.  There will be additional session(s) for the general public.


    Welcome to the Two Towns for All Ages Weekly Digest!


    BIG NEWS! WINTER edition of the SOMA TWO TOWNS FOR ALL AGES Newsletter is now available online!

    https://www.somatwotownsforallages.org/publications

    We will also be mailing one out soon. If you would like to be added to our mailing list and have a paper copy mailed to you please email us with your address to: SOMA2Towns.gmail.com

    Recycling is changing for Maplewood and South Orange on JANUARY 1st 2023. Please check the town websites for specifics and to find what day you have pick up and for what. It will all start to make sense after a couple of weeks!
    Here are updates about all the important and fun events happening this week in Maplewood and South Orange.

    Wednesday, December 28th
    Wednesday at the Movies,
    South Orange Public Library
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    “Downton Abbey: A New Era”


    FRIDAY Dec. 30th


    OLD YEAR'S EVE
    • Friday, December 30, 2022
    • 8:00 PM 11:59 PM
    • South Orange Elks (map)

    Old Year's Eve is back! Ring in 2023 a day early.
    $10 cover. Doors open at 8 pm, ball drop at 10 pm.
    Specialty cocktails and photo booth.


    Maplewood DICKENS VILLAGE11:00 AM 5:00 PM Ricalton Square (map)Hear the sleigh bells ring as you take a ride around our Village wonderland in the horse and wagon.
    Say hello to some festive farm animals at the petting zoo.
    Santa is in Dickens Village for visits and DJ JImmy provides music.


    Tuesday JANUARY 10th
    Lunch and Learn
    12 to 2 PM
    Lunch included
    Program Topic: What is REVALUATION?

    These along with other questions will be addressed at this information session.
    An understanding of why a revaluation is undertaken
    How it will be accomplished
    What does an increase in assessments mean?
    Many misconceptions associated with a revaluation can be dispelled if taxpayers are properly informed. Sound assessment administration depends on the understanding and support of a revaluation program.
    Presented by Professional Property Appraisers, Inc (PPA). PPA is a licensed
    revaluation company that has been committed to serving municipalities throughout

    Free Event. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
    https://maplewood.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=2819


    Ongoing Events Start the New Year off right by signing up for classes at
    1) South Orange Maplewood Adult School
    2) South Orange Recreation and
    3) Maplewood Recreation!

    Sign up for South Orange Active Older Adult Programs
    Classes are held at SOPAC starting in January and run for 10 weeks
    Chair Yoga with Tonia Moore, Art Class with Donna Drew-Pack, Zumba with Jackie Collier-Thomas, Tai Chi with Judith Rew
    Register on line at https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/south-orange-village-township-nj/catalog
    or call 973-378-7754 x2
    SOMA Social WorkSOMA Case Manager, Michelle MS
    This service is available to older adults (65+) who reside in South Orange or Maplewood.
    The SOMA Case Manager and older adults will identify current needs and discuss resources available that can provide support and assistance. The SOMA Case Manager will help facilitate the connection between older adults and community resources.

    Support Groups
    Bereavement/Grief Support Group (in person)
    Monthly
    South Orange Library 11:00am-12:00pm
    This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+)
    All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register

    Connections (zoom)
    Weekly
    This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+)
    All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register

    Contact Information Michelle Fiederer, MS
    SOMA Case ManagerTownships of South Orange Village and MaplewoodJewish Family Service of MetroWest Case Manager 973-986-4321
    sosocialworker@southorange.org
    Office Hours: Mondays 9am-5pm, Wednesdays 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-4pm
    Hikes with South Mountain Conservancy GroupCheck out the website http://www.somocon.org/
    Sign up for hikes on Meet Up


    Transportation
    In South Orange Call 973-378-7715 x 2035
    In Maplewood call (973) 763-0750
    Please let us know how transportation works out for you if you try it out!


    Kristen Tyler and Amy Stuart
    Coordinators for SOMA Two Towns for All Ages
    Call: 973-558-0863
    Email: soma2towns@gmail.com

    Facebook group: SOMA Two Towns for All Ages Group

    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/STTFAA




    Thank you, Joan, for all you do all year!

    To you, CeeCee, & your whole crew...

    -s.


    I know this discussion is usually for local events. 
    I thought I’d share a couple of recent exciting achievements by older Aussie women, that you might not have heard about. 
    The first is a 96-years-old distance racewalker who holds world records - not because she’s the only competitor, but because she’s so fit and so fast

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-01/96-year-old-race-walker-heather-lee-keeps-smashing/101820380

    The second item is about 2 ocean-racing sailors - a retired teacher and a retired nurse - who participated in the recent classic Sydney to Hobart yacht race. This starts on Boxing Day (26 Dec); they sailed for 5 days, coming in to Hobart just as the fireworks were starting for New Year. (They arrived 11:42pm-ish)  After 4 hours sleep, they were off again!

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-02/final-yacht-arrives-in-hobart-just-minute-before/101821412  video 

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-01/two-retirees-finish-sydney-to-hobart-yacht-race/101820258   Printed article


    Some health & fitness goals to think about, perhaps, for 2023? Certainly these ladies have shown you don’t have to be young or in the ‘ideal’ body to have a goal and then achieve it. cheese


    joan_crystal said:

    Remember Reval?  It is back for 2023.  The contractor this time around, Professional Property Appraisers, will be conducting an information program especially for persons 55+ at the DeHart Community Center on January 10, 2023. Free event. Registration required due to space limitations.  To register, go to the Recdesk section of the Maplewood town website.  No Internet access?  Call 973-558-0863.  Program is open to both Maplewood and SO seniors since the Reval is being conducted in both towns by the same company. This session is for seniors only.  There will be additional session(s) for the general public.

    Can you post a link to that section of the website?  I'm not finding it, but I'm sure it's there somewhere.

    ETA - NVM - I found it here: 

    https://www.maplewoodnj.gov/government/community-services/senior-citizen-programming 


    Recycling is changing for Maplewood and South Orange on JANUARY 1st 2023.

    For South Orange:New dual-stream recycling starts this week with a pick up for FIBERS (cardboard/paper) only. Details:
    SOUTHORANGE.ORGRecycling | South Orange Village, NJRecycling uses less energy, creating fewer toxins and reducing our carbon footprint. South Orange has curbside single-stream recycling pick up for residents as well as the option to bring various pre-sorted recyclables to the DPW Recycling Center at 300 Walton Avenue.

    Please check the town websites for specifics and to find what day you have pick up and for what. It will all start to make sense after a couple of weeks!

    Here are updates about all the important and fun events happening this week in Maplewood and South Orange.

    Tuesday January 3rd
    Maplewood Library: G(r)ay Matter Book Group
    Tuesday, January 3 at 7 pm (virtual)
    Our January title is High Risk Homosexual by Edgar Gomez
    https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrcOqoqz4uH90l_eV2MmHGhIDMtFYOTq5s

    Cinama labs Theaters at SOPAC Remember Movies are $6 all day on Tuesdays!

    South Orange Library Book Club
    When Tuesday, January 3, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Description Rescheduled from last week, 12/27.
    This month’s selection is “Circe” by Madeline Miller. Copies are available at the circulation desk. We will meet in person in the library meeting room.
    Any questions? Contact book group moderator Nancy Janow at njanow@sopl.org.

    Saturday January 7th

    Teens helping Seniors with Tech
    When
    Saturday, January 7, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Description Seniors can work one-on-one with a teen volunteer who will provide technology assistance. Please register with the reference librarian at 973-762-0230 or by emailing librarian@sopl.org.

    "JOY" MAPLEWOOD GLEE CLUB WINTER CONCERT

    • 2:00 PM 4:00 PM
    • St. Joseph's Church

    The Maplewood Glee Club’s Annual Holiday concert with this year’s theme “JOY”. It’s a family-friendly holiday concert all about joy and songs that bring joy.


    Sunday January 8th


    MLK LUMINARY DECORATING PARTY

    • 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
    • 133 West Fairview Avenue South Orange, NJ, 07079United States (map)


    An afternoon of art and fun at the 3rd annual Luminary Decorating Party. Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and decorate luminaries to place outside your home at sunset on MLK Day. Snacks will be provided.
    Luminaries will be available for a suggested donation of $10.I
    Tuesday JANUARY 10th
    SAVE THE DATE! Lunch and Learn
    12 to 2 PM
    Lunch included
    Program Topic: What is REVALUATION?

    These along with other questions will be addressed at this information session.
    ? An understanding of why a revaluation is undertaken
    ? How it will be accomplished
    ? What does an increase in assessments mean
    Many misconceptions associated with a revaluation can be dispelled if taxpayers are properly informed. Sound assessment administration depends on the understanding and support of a revaluation program.
    Presented by Professional Property Appraisers, Inc (PPA). PPA is a licensed
    revaluation company that has been committed to serving municipalities throughout

    Free Event. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
    https://maplewood.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=2819


    Ongoing Events Start the New Year off right by signing up for classes at

    1) South Orange Maplewood Adult School
    2) South Orange Recreation and 3) Maplewood Recreation!

    Sign up for South Orange Active Older Adult Programs
    Classes are held at SOPAC starting in January and run for 10 weeks
    Chair Yoga with Tonia Moore, Art Class with Donna Drew-Pack, Zumba with Jackie Collier-Thomas, Tai Chi with Judith Rew
    Register on line at https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/south-orange-village-township-nj/catalog
    or call 973-378-7754 x2

    SOMA Social Worker - SOMA Case Manager, Michelle Fiederer, MS
    This service is available to older adults (65+) who reside in South Orange or Maplewood.
    The SOMA Case Manager and older adults will identify current needs and discuss resources available that can provide support and assistance. The SOMA Case Manager will help facilitate the connection between older adults and community resources.

    Support Groups
    Bereavement/Grief Support Group (in person)
    Monthly
    South Orange Library 11:00am-12:00pm
    This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+)
    All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register

    Connections (zoom)
    Weekly
    This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+)
    All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register

    Contact Information Michelle Fiederer, MS
    SOMA Case Manager Townships of South Orange Village and Maplewood                     Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, Case Manager 973-986-4321
    sosocialworker@southorange.org
    Office Hours: Mondays 9am-5pm, Wednesdays 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-4pm

    Hikes with South Mountain Conservancy Group

    Check out the website http://www.somocon.org/
    Sign up for hikes on Meet Up

    Senior Transportation
    In South Orange Call 973-378-7715 x 2035
    In Maplewood call (973) 763-0750
    Please let us know how transportation works out for you if you try it out!


    Attention Senior Club members:  The January 10th Senior Club meeting has been canceled.  It has been replaced by the Revaluation Lunch and Learn which has been scheduled for January 10th.  Registration is required for the Lunch and Learn.  You can register on the Recdesk page of the Maplewood Township website of by calling the Senior Center at 973-763-0750.  This program will explain this year's revaluation of real property values in Maplewood and South Orange and is open to Maplewood and South Orange residents age 55+.


    Hi @joan_crystal -- we rescheduled the Maplewood Glee Club concert to Sunday 1/22 (versus 1/7 listed above).  Thanks!  https://www.facebook.com/events/459445282979931/


    bak said:

    Hi @joan_crystal -- we rescheduled the Maplewood Glee Club concert to Sunday 1/22 (versus 1/7 listed above).  Thanks!  https://www.facebook.com/events/459445282979931/

    Thank you.  My post is a cut and paste from the SOMA Two Towns For All Ages email blast I receive.  This blast goes out to a subscription list of over 2,000 local readers.  They need to be notified of the change so they can issue an update.


    joan_crystal said:

    Thank you.  My post is a cut and paste from the SOMA Two Towns For All Ages email blast I receive.  This blast goes out to a subscription list of over 2,000 local readers.  They need to be notified of the change so they can issue an update.

    SOMA Two Towns For All Ages Coordinators have been notified and will try to send out an update.  ETA:  Information has also been posted to three Facebook Groups, including a public group from which anyone can share.


    joan_crystal said:

    SOMA Two Towns For All Ages Coordinators have been notified and will try to send out an update.

    Here's a link to sign up for the Glee Club's Live Stream for any who would like to enjoy the concert from the comfort of home (free):  https://tinyurl.com/GleeJan22LiveStream


    Welcome to the Two Towns for All Ages Weekly Digest!

    Monday January 9th

    MAPLEWOOD GARDEN CLUB’S MONTHLY MEETING AND SPEAKER’S PROGRAM

    • Monday, January 9, 2023
    • 7:30 PM 8:30 PM
    • The Woodland (map)

    Maplewood Garden Club presents: “The Magic of a Winter Garden.” Speaker Jana Milbocker is the principal of landscape design firm Enchanted Gardens, a lecturer, and an author. She will share her conviction that the garden can be a magical place - even in winter! Her presentation will be hosted virtually. To attend, visit MGC’s website where a Zoom link will be posted.

    Tuesday January 10thLunch and Learn
    12 to 2 PM
    Lunch included
    Program Topic: What is REVALUATION?

    These along with other questions will be addressed at this information session.
    ? An understanding of why a revaluation is undertaken
    ? How it will be accomplished
    ? What does an increase in assessments mean
    Many misconceptions associated with a revaluation can be dispelled if taxpayers are properly informed. Sound assessment administration depends on the understanding and support of a revaluation program.
    Presented by Professional Property Appraisers, Inc (PPA). PPA is a licensed
    revaluation company that has been committed to serving municipalities throughout

    Free Event. Email Soma2towns@gmail.com if you didn't register yet.

    Maplewood Library: G(r)ay Matter Book Group
    Tuesday, January 3 at 7 pm (virtual)
    Our January title is High Risk Homosexual by Edgar Gomez
    https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrcOqoqz4uH90l_eV2MmHGhIDMtFYOTq5s

    Cinema labs Theaters at SOPAC Remember Movies are $6 all day on Tuesdays!

    Thursday January 12th

    Thursday, January 12 @ 6 pm: Angela McKinney, Addiction Recovery Expert and Author, "Untangle & Thrive: Making Small Changes into Big Possibilities" (South orange Library)

    Maplewood Library: Books Now and Then

    Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 pm

    In person at Hilton Branch AND virtual

    Our January title is The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

    Saturday January 14th

    Maplewood Library: Yarn &; Fiber Arts Group

    Saturday, January 14 10-noon at Hilton Branch

    An in-person gathering for people who knit, crochet, quilt, sew, embroider or do other

    creative things with yarn or fabric. Bring your projects.

    Monday January 16th

    Martin Luther King Jr Day

    MLK Luminary season is here! Look for your luminaries at these local businesses: The Able BakerPet Wants SOMAWords Maplewood's BookstoreTrue Salvage Cafe Maplewood NJSparkhouseOhCanaryA Paper Hat Art + DesiD & I FitnessGeneral Store CooperativeAnd join us in lighting luminaries outside your home at sunset on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as a sign of peace and of your commitment to Dr. King's vision of the Beloved Community.

    Ongoing Events Start the New Year off right by signing up for classes at
    1) South Orange Maplewood Adult School
    2) South Orange Recreation and 3
    ) Maplewood Recreation!

    Sign up for South Orange Active Older Adult Programs
    Classes are held at SOPAC starting in January and run for 10 weeks
    Chair Yoga with Tonia Moore, Art Class with Donna Drew-Pack, Zumba with Jackie Collier-Thomas, Tai Chi with Judith Rew
    Register on line at https://secure.rec1.com/NJ/south-orange-village-township-nj/catalog
    or call 973-378-7754 x2

    SOMA Social WorkSOMA Case Manager, Michelle MS
    This service is available to older adults (65+) who reside in South Orange or Maplewood.
    The SOMA Case Manager and older adults will identify current needs and discuss resources available that can provide support and assistance. The SOMA Case Manager will help facilitate the connection between older adults and community resources.

    Support Groups
    Bereavement/Grief Support Group (in person)
    Monthly
    South Orange Library 11:00am-12:00pm
    This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+)
    All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register

    Connections (zoom)
    Weekly
    This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+)
    All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register

    Contact Information Michelle Fiederer, MS
    SOMA Case ManagerTownships of South Orange Village and MaplewoodJewish Family Service of MetroWest Case Manager 973-986-4321
    sosocialworker@southorange.org
    Office Hours: Mondays 9am-5pm, Wednesdays 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-4pm
    Hikes with South Mountain Conservancy GroupCheck out the website http://www.somocon.org/
    Sign up for hikes on Meet Up


    Transportation
    In South Orange Call 973-378-7715 x 2035
    In Maplewood call (973) 763-0750
    Please let us know how transportation works out for you if you try it out!

    WINTER edition of the SOMA TWO TOWNS FOR ALL AGES Newsletter is being mailed out! We will be leaving copies at different locations for pick up as well.

    https://www.somatwotownsforallages.org/publications

    If you would like to be added to our mailing list and have a paper copy mailed to you please email us with your address to: SOMA2Towns.gmail.com


    Joan,

    Addressing you as the de facto monitor of this thread.  I've read your suggestions above and the recently delivered circulars from SOMA and SOMA Adult School.  Meh.

    But here's something that caught my attention this morning.  NPR had a ditty about an Ann Arbor meeting that I recall was called the Ann Arbor Senior Happy Hour.  Held weekly on Friday evening and seemed to be a social get together and dancing party.  I would imagine that that there are cocktails and music involved.  It sounded more interesting to me than the previously mentioned sources.  Is there anything like that available locally?


    Mr. Maplewood: The South Orange Elks Club has gatherings like that on Friday evenings at the Elks Lodge on Prospect Street.  This is where Rent Party got its start.  They have a bar and live music.  Since they have a club license, non-members would most likely have to go as the guest of a member.

    Edited to add:  There are several reasons why town-sponsored organizations serving seniors would not be able to sponsor the type of program you describe under present circumstances:

    1. Many seniors no longer drive after dark.  Senior transportation only operates weekdays from mid morning to early/mid afternoon.  Getting seniors to/from the venue would be a problem.  This is why most of the town-sponsored senior gatherings are held in the morning or are luncheons starting at noon.

    2. Lack of liquor license.  The Elks Lodge is one of the few locations suitable for the kind of gathering you describe where alcohol-based cocktails can be served.  Town sponsored senior gatherings are held at the Senior Center or DeHart Community Center and feature coffee, tea, or sparling water for this reason.

    3. Inclusiveness.  Holding a town-sponsored event of the sort you describe on a Friday evening would exclude Shabbas observers who are likely to be attending worship services or family gatherings at that time.  

    This doesn't mean that we couldn't overcome these current restrictions if the above issues could be resolved.  However, before lobbying for such programming, it would be necessary to know that there was sufficient demand.  Any thoughts you might have on making this a reality would be appreciated.


    Joan,

    Thanks for your response.  I understand that the town can not sponsor a meeting featuring alcohol.  I'm not an Elk, nor can I think of a member who would invite me.  But perhaps some commercial entity might give it a try, possibly one without a liquor license.  And I also understand that Friday night could present some problems, so maybe another day fits better.  But it appears that Ann Arbor is working with Friday regardless of the day, and probably consideration for seniors with transportation problems.


    mrmaplewood said:

    Joan,

    Thanks for your response.  I understand that the town can not sponsor a meeting featuring alcohol.  I'm not an Elk, nor can I think of a member who would invite me.  But perhaps some commercial entity might give it a try, possibly one without a liquor license.  And I also understand that Friday night could present some problems, so maybe another day fits better.  But it appears that Ann Arbor is working with Friday regardless of the day, and probably consideration for seniors with transportation problems.

    please message  soma2towns@gmail.com 

    We want to hear ideas like this! 


    Thank you,  Joan for posting such good info here! 


    mrmaplewood said:

    Joan,

    Thanks for your response.  I understand that the town can not sponsor a meeting featuring alcohol.  I'm not an Elk, nor can I think of a member who would invite me.  But perhaps some commercial entity might give it a try, possibly one without a liquor license.  And I also understand that Friday night could present some problems, so maybe another day fits better.  But it appears that Ann Arbor is working with Friday regardless of the day, and probably consideration for seniors with transportation problems.

    You may be surprised to learn that there are members of the Elks who post on MOL.  You likely have off line friends and neighbors who belong too.  That said, they may have some events open to the public or you may be able to contact them and get an invite to see what the club does. It is worth a try.




    Crazy

    That's my idea.  Anybody else, please contribute.


    The Maplewood Seniors Advisory Committee has an opening for a member of any age who lives in Maplewood and would be interested in working to help older Americans age in place. To join, you would need to complete a volunteer application (available on line or at the Town Clerk's Office) and, if chosen, be appointed by the Maplewood Township Committee. Appointment is for a renewable three year term.  Anyone interested can send me a PM here on MOL or post questions to this thread.


    Welcome to the Two Towns for All Ages Weekly Digest!

    Message from Victor De Luca:

    PROPERTY TAXES AND RENT
    Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR)
    A new state program, the Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR), provides up to $1,500 in relief for eligible homeowners and up to $450 in relief for eligible renters.
    This program provides property tax relief to New Jersey residents who owned or rented their principal residence (main home) on October 1, 2019, and met these income requirements:
    A household income of under $150,000 will receive a $1,500 property tax benefit
    A household income between $150,000 and $250,000 will receive a $1,000 property tax benefit.
    Renters with incomes up to $150,000 will receive $450 to help offset rent increases caused by increasing property taxes.
    ANCHOR replaces the Homestead Benefit program and will be distributed as a direct deposit or check instead of a credit. All payments will be going out in late spring.
    There is no age limit to apply. The application deadline has been extended. The application deadline is now February 28, 2023.

    https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/anchor/home.shtml

    Monday January 23rd

    MAPLEWOOD GLEE CLUB OPEN SING (OPEN HOUSE) NIGHTS

    • Monday, January 23, 2023
    • 7:45 PM 9:15 PM
    • Dehart Community Center (map)

    Are you a man who sings and loves to sing? Come check out The Maplewood Glee Club any Monday in January, and see if we're a good fit. Just guys who love to sing.

    Tuesday January 24th

    Lunch and Learn!
    11 a.m. - 1 pm.
    Pizza will be served
    Program Topic: Prescription Medication Disposal
    Learn how & where to dispose of any unused or expired prescription medication safely. This event includes information on resources in Essex Country
    Register Now!
    HTTPS://Maplewood.recdesk.com
    973-763-0750

    Wednesday January 25th

    Movie at South Orange Public Library

    1:00 to 3:00 pm

    "The Power of the Dog" (R)

    Thursday January 26th

    Good Tyme String Band

    South Orange Library

    11 am

    Join us for live banjo music in the meeting room; all ages welcome.


    Nancy Solomon

    6 :00 pm.

    Join us for this discussion, held in person at the South Orange Library.!

    Guest Speaker: Nancy Solomon, WNYC reporter

    Topic: Reporting New Jersey: Politics, a Double Murder, and a Dead End

    Friday January 27th


    Seton Stories!

    11:00 am

    Join Seton Hall Students in person for an all-ages storytime!

    South Orange Public Library

    THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH

    • Fri, Jan 27, 20237:00 PM Sun, Feb 5, 20233:30 PM
    • The Burgdorff Center for Performing Arts (map)

    The Strollers proudly presents, "The Phantom Tollbooth," by Susan Nanus, based on the beloved book by Norton Juster.

    Tickets

    Sunday January 29th

    FREE FAMILY FUN CONCERT

    • Sunday, January 29, 2023
    • 3:00 PM 5:00 PM

    • South Orange Middle
      Join South Orange Symphony for a family-friendly orchestral concert, Susan Haig of South Orange conducting. Free Admission.
    • LUNAR FEST 2023 - THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT

      • Sunday, January 29, 2023
      • 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
      • The Woodland (map)

      Get ready for the Year of the Rabbit in 2023!

      Celebrate Lunar New Year on January 29 at The Woodland.

    Ongoing Events


    SOMA Social Work

    SOMA Case Manager, Michelle MS
    This service is available to older adults (65+) who reside in South Orange or Maplewood.
    The SOMA Case Manager and older adults will identify current needs and discuss resources available that can provide support and assistance. The SOMA Case Manager will help facilitate the connection between older adults and community resources.

    Support Groups
    Bereavement/Grief Support Group (in person)
    Monthly
    South Orange Library 11:00am-12:00pm
    This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+)
    All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register

    Connections (zoom)
    Weekly
    This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+)
    All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register

    Contact Information Michelle Fiederer, MS
    SOMA Case ManagerTownships of South Orange Village and MaplewoodJewish Family Service of MetroWest Case Manager 973-986-4321
    sosocialworker@southorange.org
    Office Hours: Mondays 9am-5pm, Wednesdays 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-4pm
    Transportation
    In South Orange Call 973-378-7715 x 2035
    In Maplewood call (973) 763-0750
    Please let us know how transportation works out for you if you try it out!

    WINTER edition of the SOMA TWO TOWNS FOR ALL AGES Newsletter is being mailed out! We will be leaving copies at different locations for pick up as well.

    https://www.somatwotownsforallages.org/publications

    If you would like to be added to our mailing list and have a paper copy mailed to you please email us with your address to: SOMA2Towns.gmail.com


    Kristen Tyler and Amy Stuart
    Coordinators for SOMA Two Towns for All Ages
    Call: 973-558-0863
    Email: soma2towns@gmail.com


    The Maplewood Tax Assessor and revaluation firm Professional Property Appraisers invite all residents to attend their upcoming webinar on the Township's revaluation process. The webinar will be held Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00pm via Zoom, and will also be livestreamed through the Township's YouTube channel. Following the webinar, a recording of the event will remain on YouTube for future reference.

    Please see below for Zoom information. For more, information see the event flyer.

    Please click the link below to join the webinar:
    https://twp-maplewood-nj-us.zoom.us/j/83408479898

    Or One tap mobile :
    US: +16469313860,,83408479898# or +19292056099,,83408479898#

    Webinar ID: 834 0847 9898

    We hope to see you there!


    The 2023 Maplewood Township Budget Hearings will take place via Zoom at 6:00 pm on Monday, January 30 and Tuesday, January 31. Please note that a third Budget Hearing addressing Open Space Trust Fund projects will take place in February, date and time TBD.

    The agendas for both hearings can be accessed through the Township's Agendas & Minutes page. Anyone experiencing technical difficulties may contact bbarnett@maplewoodnj.gov for assistance. The Zoom information, which will be the same for both meetings, can be found below:

    When: This is a recurring webinar
    Topic: 2023 Budget Hearing

    Please click the link below to join the webinar:
    https://twp-maplewood-nj-us.zoom.us/j/81486780913

    Or One tap mobile :
    US: +19292056099,,81486780913# or +13017158592,,81486780913#

    Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 305 224 1968 or +1 309 205 3325 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 931 3860 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 360 209 5623 or +1 386 347 5053 or +1 507 473 4847 or +1 564 217 2000 or +1 669 444 9171 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 689 278 1000 or +1 719 359 4580 or +1 253 205 0468

    Webinar ID: 814 8678 0913

    International numbers available: https://twp-maplewood-nj-us.zoom.us/u/kd65Yjd0On


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