March/April 2013 edition of the South Orange Gaslight
The South OrangeGaslightLisa Hackett takes the helmat Village Center Alliance The Gaslight is published six Filling vacancies in Volunteers are talking times yearly fordowntown storefronts is a with merchants and resi- the residentstop priority of the South and business dents to identify favored community ofOrange Village Center business types and those South OrangeAlliance, which aims to fill that would best thrive in Village.those spots with a crowd- our community. Basedpleasing mix of retail, eateries on survey results, the March/Apriland services. Alliance will make Starting this year, each business 2013 So says Lisa Hackett who rental recommenda- and property owner in the improve-became executive director of tions to landlords and ment district will pay a portion of athe Alliance on Jan. 22. “The commercial realtors. quarterly assessment to cover ser-key objective is to recruit compli- “I’m excited to be here and vices such as district publicity, down-mentary businesses that are desir- extremely impressed with the level town cleanup, event marketing,able to South Orange’s cosmopolitan of volunteerism in South Orange,” façade and design services, and busi-and family-oriented clientele,” she said Hackett.“I would encourage ness recruitment.said. folks to reach out to me here at the The idea is that business owners Hackett brings to the job a office if they would like to share sug- investing in their own success willwealth of downtown management gestions in general or ideas for mer- get the most return on the investment. Insideknow-how garnered from her prior chants they’d like to see added to our The Alliance is a nonprofit organi-position as executive director of the Village Center.” zation governed by a 12-person board I SOPAC hiresDowntown Millburn Development The Alliance aims to drive busi- of trustees. South Orange is one of 75 Mark Packer asAlliance. ness to downtown merchants, partly improvement districts in New Jersey, executive director There, she created events like by offering promotional programs including Millburn, Maplewood and I New ladderGirls Night Out, which drew more formerly run by Main Street South Westfield. truck for Firethan 1,350 shoppers in its second Orange, such as the Farmers Market. To learn more about the Alliance, Dept.year. Earlier, she honed her market- Other Alliance functions include visit www.sovillagecenter.org. Ling, branding and event-planning downtown marketing, design, beauti- I Health Dept.abilities in positions with MTV offers free fication and fundraising. ongoing bloodNetworks International and NBC Main Street evolved into a special Petitions required pressure checksUniversal. improvement district as a way to for Village election Currently, Hackett is overseeing make the downtown development I Booked 10 anda survey conducted by the Alliance’s organization more economically sus- The South Orange municipal Young CuratorsBusiness Recruitment Committee. election will be held Tuesday, May featured at Pierro tainable. 14 for three Village Trustee positions I Clip and save — all four-year terms. The 2013 DPW spring/sum- Thanks SOVCA, for less litter downtown! Candidate Reference Guide and mer services nomination petitions are available at Every morning at 6 a.m., Carnell Williams heads out for the first of two litter removal the Village Clerk’s Office in Village I interACT loops around the downtown business district. It takes four hours to complete both circuits. Theater becomes Hall. The last date to file petitions the new resident At 10 a.m. Asher Hurtado joins in, concentrating on particular problem areas, like litter in the train trestles or in decorative landscaping areas. is March 11. For more information, troupe at Baird Williams and Hurtado were hired in early January as part-time maintenance workers for e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the South Orange Village Center Alliance. Along with clearing unsightly litter, they call on (973) 378-7715 x7726. L Public Works for pickup of bulk debris such as discarded chairs or mattresses. “We’ve gotten tremendous feedback from merchants,” said SOVCA Executive Director Lisa Hackett. “People should see noticeable change.” Village President Alex Torpey previews If you spot a mess the workers haven’t yet seen, call the Alliance at (973) 763-6899. L his March 18 State of the Village Address, page 4. 1.
On Stage at SOPAC Fire Dept. trains SOPACnow.org • (973) 275-1114 its crews on new ladder truckNew executive • Mar, 1, 8 p.m. – Booker T. • April 5, 8 p.m. – American Jones, R&B, Soul, $30-$45. Repertory Ballet, “Viva Spring,” $20- march You don’t just acquire a aprildirector on board • Mar. 2, 11 a.m. – “Jack & Jill in $35. $735,000 ladder truck andat SOPAC the Forgotten Nursery,” families, $11- • April 6, 8 p.m. - Ben E. King, instantly drive it off to the lat- $16. R&B, Soul, $25-$50. est conflagration. No way! says The • Mar. 3, 7 p.m. – Michael Hill’s • April 7, 3 p.m. – Allant Trio, South Orange Fire Chief Jeff South Blues Mob, $15. chamber music, $15-$20. • Mar. 9, 8 p.m. – Harlem Gospel • April 9, 7:30 p.m. – Seton Hall Markey. Orange First, you train every crew, Choir, $20-$35. Faculty Jazz Ensemble Concert, $0-$5. Per- two hours a day, every day, for • Mar. 10, 3 p.m. – “The • April 12, 8 p.m. – Declan forming Spencers: Theatre of Illusion,” fami- O’Rourke, Irish folk singer, $15-$20. a month and a half. Arts lies, $25-$40. • April 13, 8 p.m. - Graham That’s what happened Center • Mar. 13 – “Time for Three,” Parker and the Rumour, punk/new when the department’s newest has a Youth Orchestras of Essex County. wave, $33-$60. fleet member arrived in mid- new Master class, 4:30 p.m.; concert, 7:30 • April 14, 7 p.m. – Marlene January. The new ladder truck execu- p.m. $15-$45. Verplaanck, popular music, $15 carries five firefighters and a tive • Mar. 16, 8 p.m. – Frank Wess • April 16, 7:30 p.m. – The captain and features the famil-director. Mark Packer, former Quartet, $20-$35. Horszowski Trio, classical (SHU Arts), iar white ladder on top, aexecutive director of Appel • Mar. 17, 7 p.m. – “7.5 $8-$25. Wondrous Acts of True Love,” Midtown • April 17 and 18, 17:30 p.m. – hydraulic device reaching 102Farms Arts & Music Center in feet at an angle of 70 degrees. Direct Rep, $15. Spring Concert, SHU Choir, free.Elmer, NJ, started at SOPAC on It also carries ground-level lad- • Mar. 19, 7:30 p.m. – The New • April 19, 8 p.m. – “AdventuresMarch 1. York Voices, jazz (SHU Arts), $8-$25. of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer,” ders and plenty of equipment In his prior post, Packer • Mar. 21, 7:30 p.m. – Salzburg families, $20-$25. for forced entries, search andexpanded the South Jersey Chamber Soloists, classical (SHU • April 20, 8 p.m. – Janis Ian, rescue, ventilation, gas andcenter to a year-round per- Arts), $8-$25. folk music, $20-$35. electrical shut-down and more.forming arts organization with • Mar. 23, 8 p.m. – Searson, • April 21, 7 p.m. – “The The new truck replaces adiverse in-house programming Celtic pop and Irish dancing, $20-$25. Cottage,” Midtown Direct Rep, $15. L 24-year-old ladder truck, wornand outreach events in schools • Mar. 24, 7:30 p.m. – Evan and torn and long obsolete.and other community centers. Sherman, Millburn High School stu- Most of the new truck’sHe has played a major role in dent, jazz, $15. cost was covered by a federalregional and statewide arts Assistance to Firefightersorganizations including the Grant, a particularly competi-South Jersey Cultural Alliance, Get a FREE blood pressure screening tive funding source, accordingArtPride in New Jersey, and to Markey. The grant totaledthe Arts & Business Partner- You may not know you have high blood pressure, and now $700,000 with the remainingship of Southern New Jersey. you can find out for free! The first and third Thursday of every $35,000 covered by the Village. Packer replaces Interim month, the South Orange Health Department offers free blood The ladder truck is one ofExecutive Director Linda pressure screenings for all residents. five fire department vehicles,Onorevole, who has returned • First Thursday, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Charles Bierman Home, including two front-lineto her position as director of 110 Vose Avenue, second floor activity room. engines, one spare engine anddevelopment. She temporarily • Third Thursday, 9-11 a.m. at The Baird, 5 Mead Street, first one heavy rescue vehicle. Thereplaced former Executive/ floor, large meeting room. old ladder truck is no longer inArtistic Director Michael Screenings and health counsel are provided by a registered service. LBollinger who resigned last nurse. For details, call (973) 378-7715, x7710. Lsummer. L Learn something! I know how to make Smart Moves! Great spring classes at the Adult School Maggie Calister The South Orange Maple- the site for details. Highlights in www.njrealestatemama.com wood Adult School’s spring the spring class line-up include: Direct: 973-913-8020 catalog is now available at • Basket Weaving 101 Cell: 973-271-6951 One step ahead www.somadultschool.org. • Be Your Own Film Critic for ALL your Register for classes online or • How to Read Music real estate needs call (973) 378-7620. • Joy of Singing The semester began in late • Violin for Adult Beginners February, but many classes • Who’s Afraid of Opera? Mid-Town Direct Realty have later start times. Check • Writing for the Web2. The South Orange Gaslight, March/April 2013
Dear Villagers, friends of the South Orange Public LibraryHelp support your local summer reading program, and digitization of importantlibrary by renewing your and popular entertainment local historic documents.membership or making a tax such as Big Jeff.deductible donation to The j Support for the rehabilita- Please fill out and returnFriends of the South Orange tion/renovation of the the form below to join orPublic Library. In this time of Connett Library building. donate, and begin support-severe budget cuts, the j Vocal advocacy for the ing your local library today!library needs your help more library to local and statethan ever. Your membership governments. Sincerely, The Friendsfunds go directly toward j Funding for the restorationevents and programs thatsupport the library’s educa-tional, information, andcultural missions. Join the Friends of the South Orange Public Library! Choose your membership level. Note: Pre-school, Student and Payment MethodCurrent and ongoing pro- Lifetime are one-time payments. All other membership levels aregrams and projects include: yearly dues payments. ___ Cash ___ Checkj Direct financial support for _____ Pre-school (to age 6) $3 _____ Family $25 Tax-deductible check _____ Student (age 7-16) $10 _____ Sustaining Member $60 payable to: Friends of thenew books and materials to _____ Senior $10 _____ Patron $100 South Orange Publickeep our library collections Library, P.O. Box 874,current. _____ Individual $15 _____ Lifetime Member $300 South Orange, NJ 07079j The Book Cage, our used _____ New member _____ Renewalbook store, housed in thelibrary to sell donated books. Name: _______________________________________________ Contact Us Email: email@example.com Purchases of toys, books, Address: _____________________________________________ Phone: 973-762-0230equipment, and other materi- Phone Number: ________________________________________als for the Children’s Room. Email: ________________________________________________ Thank you for supporting us!j Full sponsorship of the South Orange Library Events (973) 762-0230 • www.sopl.orgI Recurring Events I Special Programs • Mar. 14 - “Chasing the Blues I Children’s Room (March, • Book Review Group – Mar. 18, • Black Maria Film Festival, April Away,” with psychotherapist and April)“Brother I’m Dying,” by Edwidge 16, 7 p.m. Award-winning films from author Lewis Epstein. • LEGO Club - ages 5 and olderDanticat. April 22, “I Am Forbidden,” emerging filmmakers are presented by • Mar. 21 – “Tangerine Tango: Mar. 11, 25, April 8, 24, 3:45 p.m.by Anouk Markovits. Both sessions are Maria founder John Columbus. Women Writers Share Slices of Life,” • Toddler Storytime, ages 3 andat 7:30 p.m. • “Breathless,” part of the foreign with author and educator Lisa Winkler. older, every Tuesday, 11 a.m. • Creative Writing Workshop – film series will be screened March 19 • Mar. 28 – “ Pure Vermont: The • Baby Storytime, newborn to 2 ½March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17, at at 7 p.m., followed by a discussion Racial Politics of Belonging,” with with adult, every Wednesday, 10 a.m.1 p.m. Beginners welcome. with educator/filmmaker Gerard anthropology professor Mark Boglioli. • Book Bunch Book Group, Mar. • Knitting Workshop – Mar. 18 Amsellem. • April 4 – Political science pro- 13 and April 10, ages 9 and older.and April 15, at noon. Led by profes- • The library’s Spring Concert on fessor Douglas Simon offers a “World • Thursday Music: Good Tymessional knitter Nan Samons. April 14, from 2 to 3 p.m., will feature Political Update.” String Band, Mar. 14 and April 11; • Wednesday Movies, 1 p.m. – soprano Vanessa Parvin of South • April 11 – Speaker and Music with Friends, Mar. 28 and AprilMarch 13, “Argo.” March 27, “Flight.” Orange and guitarist John Brohpy of radio/TV personality Lee Leonard and 25. All at 11 a.m.April 10, “To Rome with Love.” April Maplewood, performing favorites from actress/dancer Kelly Bishop present • Seton Stories, every Friday24, “Silver Linings Playbook.” the American Songbook. “Here We Go Again!” (except Mar. 8) at 10:30 a.m. • The Service Corps of Retired • April 18 – “Lincoln and the • Drop-In Crafts, Mar. 8, 22, AprilExecutives, SCORE, will meet March 12 I Library Discussion Emancipation Proclamation,” with his- 12, 26, 3:30 p.m. All ages.at 7 pm. Topic: “Small Business Group tory professor Lillie Edwards.Opportunities.” SCORE provides small Thursdays, 1 p.m. • April 25 - New York Times Special Event: Happy Birthday Dr.business mentoring to entrepreneurs, • Mar. 7 – History professor reporter Andy Lehren, topic to be Seuss Day, Mar. 2, 2-4 p.m. Readas well as free business workshops. Eugene Lieber discusses China. announced. aloud, drop-in crafts. L The South Orange Gaslight, March/April 2013 3.
You’ve earned your stars, South Orange! As I begin preparing for this year’s State of Village President Alex Torpey previews the Village Address, I want to his State of the Village address with highlight some of South Orange’s notable 2012 accomplishments great accomplishments in 2012. These achievements are the result of • Several of these initiatives and Administrator Barry Lewis, considerable teamwork, not only were funded by an Office of our capable fiscal watchdogs. Emergency Management These changes will save the among Village staff, but the entire grant opportunity I found last Village millions of dollars over community, most notably during year, and we hope to uncover the coming years, resulting in more such opportunities to sustainable and responsible Hurricane Sandy. Here are some of continue the upgrades. budget-planning. (Now if only the highlights: I South Orange weathered Congress could do the same!) incredibly destructive Hurri- I A number of new hires I We had the second low- I Jonathan Rose was cane Sandy, which left more in vacant positions will helpest tax increase in more selected as a redeveloper of than 80% of our residents with- improve general managementthan a decade. (The first low- the Valley and Third Street out power, some for up to two in the Village. Trustee Deborahest was the 2011 budget.) Read project — more than 200 weeks. Although the Village Davis Ford has been particular-more about the budget and our rental apartments, retail oppor- responded swiftly and profes- ly supportive in that arena, andnew transparency tools that tunities, and a 600-to-700-car sionally, and took advantage of we’ll have a new Deputy Clerkbuild on last year’s precedent- parking garage where, now, resources like Twitter and the and new Deputy Administratorsetting release of the budget in only surface parking exists. CERT (Community Emergency shortly following this issue ofa downloadable spreadsheet. I The grant-funded installa- Response Team), we learned The Gaslight is out.(See it online at www.southor- tion of three electric vehicle there is much work to be done I We continue negotiatingange.org.) chargers in our downtown in advocating to the state for with New Jersey Transit I We created a downtown has been a great sustainable better preparedness from over train schedules and othermanagement corporation initiative. utility companies. issues not yet concluded in ourcalled the South Orange I We continue to inno- I Dozens of new busi- favor. Working with our stateVillage Center Alliance, a vate with the kinds of tech- nesses opened last year, Assembly members, Johnturbo-charged version of Main nology we implement: among them: Pandang (Asian McKeon and Mila Jasey, as wellStreet, with more access to • Our downtime-prone food), Love and Yogurt, as Senator Richard Codey andgrants and funding sources that e-mail system has moved to Indulgence Day Spa, Portu- County Executive Joewill help local merchants cloud-based Google Apps. guese BBQ, the nicknack store DiVincenzo, we have success-invest in our downtown, con- • We’ve switched to a pow- “Stuff,” and great eateries on fully kept pressure on NJtinue to grow it, and continue erful emergency notification Irvington Avenue such as Transit and hope for a resolu-to help make our Village an system (EverBridge), the first Lalibela and Blue Plate Special. tion in South Orange’s favor.attractive arts, culture and food step in the overhaul and South Orange’s downtown We also hope for further invest-destination in northern New redesign of the Village web- is expanding and if you want ment in the commuter experi-Jersey. site. The new site will be vastly to help drive that growth in a ence for South Orange (and I We approved plans to more user-friendly with a mul- strategic manner, contact the Livingston and West Orange)build on the former Beifus Site, titude of interactive tools. Village Center Alliance’s for vol- residents. Join me in thankingnow known as South Orange • We continue to invest in unteer opportunities, or just Trustee Mark Rosner for beingCommons. The site will backup power at critical pub- check out what they’re accom- extremely proactive on thisinclude 57 rental apartments, lic safety buildings, we’re near- plishing online, www.sovillage- initiative. The effort will con-premium retail space, and 100 ing completion of a Village- center.org. tinue with a resident/Villageparking spaces for residents wide fiber-optic network, and I The Board of Trustees is workgroup I recently createdand shoppers. It is a long- we’ve completed multiple steadily re-structuring the to focus our efforts together.awaited beautiful addition to upgrades to our public safety Village debt, thanks in particu- I For now at least, a billour downtown. communication systems. lar to Trustee Howard Levison has been stopped that4. The South Orange Gaslight, March/April 2013
Advisory committee on NJT issues needs members Post-Sandy survey results due now Welcome A Village advisory committee has been created to consider ways to improve Midtown Direct com- in Secaucus and Newark on the 6:19 p.m. train from NY Penn Station starting in March — for a travel sav- Hundreds of Villagers have BiZ to four new Village Center muter train service. ings of six minutes. participated in a survey and attended neighborhood meetings BUZZ businesses! In January, New Jersey Transit NJT also said 100 more multi- about Hurricane Sandy and how officials met twice with Village level train cars being delivered now leaders and residents to discuss through August will further ease best to improve the Township’s I Little Shop of Hip October train service changes that congestion. future response to such devastat- Hop, 111 South Orange raised ire among commuters on the The new Village advisory com- ing events. The survey was Avenue - Owner Ron Brown Midtown Direct line (the #6335 mittee will discuss still-unresolved undertaken by the Office of has combined his passions for train). The changes extended travel commuter issues and NJT has com- Emergency Management and hip hop and flea markets to time and increased congestion. mitted to hearing their thoughts. To results were expected by early offer hats, jewelry, T-shirts and Nearly 4,000 riders use South get involved, e-mail Village President March. Look for the report on custom shirts. Orange Station each weekday. Alex Torpey at atorpey@south- the Village website, www.south- NJT proposed eliminating stops orange.org. L orange.org. L I Pandang Asian Bistro, 8 Village Plaza, opened in October offering soups, salads,would have given private I The FBI’s Uniform Crime told. At this writing, I antici- appetizers and sushi, as well asuniversities exemption Report showed a marked pate delivering the 2013 State Thai entrees. Jenny Chen is thefrom local zoning laws. decrease in crime in South of the Village Address on manager.Working with the New Jersey Orange from 2010 to 2011, Monday, March 18. TheLeague of Municipalities and thanks to the dedicated men address anticipates goals and I TJ’s Shoes, 9 Villageofficials in other towns, I and women of the South Orange initiatives for 2013 and Plaza, is actually a partnershiphelped represent South Orange Police Department. Kudos to beyond. You’ll find out about of five businesses in one: TJ’sresidents’ interests and kept them for their vigilance in continued downtown growth, Shoes, owned by Bencillapressure on the legislature, keeping our streets safe. further long-term budget stabi- Powell; The Bag Man, ownedshowing them the negative I It is gratifying to report lization and more ways to get by Charlie Penn; Sharif’s Oils;consequences the proposed that a personal passion of residents involved in govern- An Extra Touch, owned bychanges would have had in our mine is gaining public affirma- ment and the community. Kakila Hunter; and Creationscommunities. Our advocacy tion: South Orange has con- If you’d like to read the full by Maryam. Together theyresulted in a powerful Star tinued to lead the way on text of the address or watch offer shoes, oils, handbags,Ledger editorial. open government issues, the video after March 18, it boots, dressy and casual hats, I I’m pleased to see that garnering praise from organiza- will be available on the Village jewelry and decorated pencils.more and more residents are tions like the NJ ACLU and the website, www.southorange.org. Many of their products arebecoming part of the gover- NJ Foundation for Open Please note, my office hours sold to corporations and hos-nance process. We’ve created Government. We caught their have changed: I am at Village pitals as well.a Historic Preservation Com- attention by increasing our use Hall every Monday from 5 to 7mission, re-established the of social media and video com- p.m. if you’d like to schedule a I Walia, a new EthiopianPublic Information and munication, by putting the time slot. Or feel free to drop restaurant at 11 Village Plaza, isMarketing Committee, and our budget online in a download- by! You can also e-mail me at owned by Kadra Zerihun ofCommunity Emergency able, editable spreadsheet, and firstname.lastname@example.org. South Orange. The cuisine isResponse Team continues to by adding a second public I wish every Villager a safe characterized by the ritual ofgrow. No doubt we will find comment period to our board and happy 2013 and hope to breaking injera (a spongymore ways for residents to be meetings. We’ve also be recog- meet many more of you as we bread) and sharing food fromactive in the year ahead. nized for proactively seeking work together for South a common plate. The food I The Village and the ways to respond readily to Orange’s future! features a uniquely delectableCitizens Public Safety Commit- Open Public Records Act mix of seasonings.tee (especially CPSC Chair requests, contract information Cordially,Sheena Collum) raised nearly and other government trans- I Wellness Interactive,$30,000 for the all-volunteer parency issues. South Orange 14 South Orange Avenue, helpsand donation-funded South has, and will continue, to lead people in organizations devel-Orange Rescue Squad. Their the way in “Transparent Govern- Alex Torpey, Village President op wellness as a lifestyle –hugely successful fundraiser/ ment 2.0” in New Jersey. from scripture yoga to reflex-golf outing was the most suc- P.S. Don’t forget to make sure ology, and stress managementcessful in the squad’s history. These outstanding accom- you and your family are signed to personal development. CEO(But don’t stop sending in plishments are the tip of the up for the Village emergency Desiree Watson says they alsothose important individual iceberg for ever-thriving South notification system. Find it at offer eco-friendly and naturaldonations!) Orange. There is more to be www.southorange.org/alerts. products. L The South Orange Gaslight, March/April 2013 5.
At The Baird SPORTS & ACTIVITIES Spring registration begins March 1Pierro Gallery Details, registration at www.thebaird.org (“View Activities”)(973) 378-7754, ext 1 • www.pierrogallery.org I Tae Kwon Do – Learn Seven 1-hour sessions will beBooked 10 (March 6 - 30) practical self defense while held on Wednesdays begin- The 10th annual Book Arts Roundtable exhibition, a celebra- gaining discipline, body con- ning April 17 at 3:30 p.m.tion of the love of books and paper arts, will take place March 6 ditioning, self-confidence and Details and registration atto 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except Sundays. The opening reduced stress. Many classes www.USSportsInstitute.com.reception will be Saturday, March 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. for children and adults, all I Jaguar Track, Ages 7- skill levels. 16 – In-person registration atMAM Young Curator (April 11 – May 11) I Tae Kwon Do for The Baird takes place Mar. 13, High school juniors and seniors will function as curators in Special Needs - Parents of 7:30 to 9 p.m. and Mar. 16,this special exhibition. The students will choose and organize children with autism learn to from 10 a.m. to noon. Detailsworks by professional artists. The students are part of the Young exercise more effectively at www.thebaird.org.Curators Program at Montclair Art Museum where they’re learning with their children. Saturday I Spring Break Multi-the business of curating. classes for ages 6 to 10, from Sports Camp - Children ages 1 to 2 p.m.; ages 11 and 5 to 12 learn 15 sports in one older, 2 to 3 p.m. week in US Sports Institute’s Calling all local artists! I Tennis Lessons - US Multi Sports Camps. Half-day Sports Institute teaches peo- and full-day options are Artists who live or have studios in South Orange or ple of all ages and skill levels offered April 8 to 12. Details Maplewood are invited to apply as exhibitors in the 10th at Meadowland Park begin- and registration at www.USS- annual South Orange/Maplewood Artists Studio Tour on ning the week of April 15. portsInstitute.com. Sunday, June 2. Applications are available at www.studiotour- Details and registration at I Spring Break Science soma.org. Enrollment ends April 15 and artists are encouraged www.USsportsInstitute.com. Camps – Two-day “Sciensa- to apply early. For details, e-mail email@example.com I Sports Squirts - The tional Workshops for Kids” will and write “studio tour” in the subject line. US Sports Institute Sports be offered during spring break Squirts program for 3-to-5- week for children ages 6 to 11. year-olds will be held at • Make It & Take It Home, Spring Cultural Arts Classes Meadowland Park. Children April 8-9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. will learn multiple sports in a • Model Airplanes and More, start March 23 safe, structured environment. April 10-11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (973) 378-7754, ext 1 • www.thebaird.org I Young Singers Lab (New!) - Vocal coach and profes- sional singer Holly Pappas offers classes for all ages. Details at Renew your ID badge now! www.thebaird.org Take advantage of lower fees and avoid long lines. Buy your I Check Out All the Spring Classes, including Art Recreation and Cultural Affairs ID badge now! Fees are: Studio I, Music Preludes, Yoga in the Spring and much more. • $30 per person, through May 15. Maximum family fee, $120. Details online. Registration begins March 1, either in person at • $35 per person, starting May 16. Maximum family fee, $140. The Baird or online. Badge holders get pool entry plus discounts on many depart- ment-sponsored classes and programs. Badges are issued at The Baird with two proofs of residency. Details at www.thebaird.org. La Cinémathèque Film Club Sign up for Playground Program (973) 378-7754, ext 1 • www.pierrogallery.org Planned activities and supervised free time await children in the South Orange Summer Playground Program. Applicants must The Baird’s popular film club is back with four films from be South Orange residents, ages 4 years through 8th grade (cur- Spain. Sunday screenings at 2 p.m. are followed by discussions rent photo ID badge required). Children grouped by age and with educator, artist and filmmaker Gérard Amsellem. Member- grade meet at the Meadowland Park/Cameron Field complex. The ship is $45. Pre-register at www.thebaird.org, or call (973) 378- seven-week, half-day program runs July 1 through Aug. 16. 7754, or stop by The Baird. Registration begins March 1 at The Baird. • March 10: “The Exterminating Angel,” 1962, Luis Bunuel • April 7: “Cria Cuervos,” 1975, Carlos Saura Register for Preschool at The Baird • May 5: “All About My Mother,” 1999, Pedro Almodovar A few open spots remain for The Baird Preschool 2013-2014. • June 9: “The Sea Inside,” 2004, Alejandro Amenabar The licensed learning center serves South Orange residents ages 2 ½ through 4 ½. Children get a balance of educational and recre- ational activities. Details and registration at www.thebaird.org.6. The South Orange Gaslight, March/April 2013
Spring/Summer 2013 RESIDENTIAL DPW Services 4 Electronic 4 Spring Clean-Up, Recycling Drop-Offs4 Saturday Container Day Drop-Offs Villagers can drop off usedApril 27, May 18, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 28 Branches & Leaves electronic items in South Orange or8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. (no arrivals after 1:30 p.m.) Curbside Placement Dates: Maplewood. Proof of residency is April 1 - May 13 (no overlap) required. Special disposal containers are provided on site. To enter, two proofs ofresidency are required. The program is not open to commercial or industrial Branches Saturday Drop-Offscompanies. Must be less than four inch- 8 a.m. to noon es in diameter. For those measur- • Mar. 9, South OrangePermitted ing two inches or less, tie in bun- • May 4, Maplewood Furniture, mattresses, appliances,* toys, small household items, tools, dles with cord or twine. Place on • June 15, South Orangestrollers, playpens, metal items.** grass next to curb, not on street • July 13, Maplewood or sidewalk. • Sept. 21, South Orange * Please drop off metals during regular DPW hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Not Permitted: roots, • Oct. 19, Maplewood 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon. stumps or branches larger than • Dec. 14, South Orange** Separate metals and appliances from other household items and remove doors four inches in diameter. on refrigerators and freezers. Drop-Off Locations Leaves, Yard Clippings, • South Orange RecyclingProhibited Garden Rakings Depot, 300 Walton Avenue, (973) Paint cans (empty or not), propane bottles, hazardous chemicals or Place in brown biodegrad- 378-7741.their containers, construction materials (such as tiles, plaster, sheetrock, able paper bags only, on grass by • Maplewood Public Workspaneling, wood with nails), roof shingles, grass clippings, household food curb, not on sidewalk or street. Department, 359 Boyden Avenue,items, car/truck parts, batteries of any size, stumps, root sections, branches Do not rake leaves into (973) 762-1175.measuring more than four inches in diameter, railroad ties, pressure-treated streets for spring cleanup. Looseor painted wood, doors/windows with glass or hardware, or any electronic leaves and material in plastic bags Permittedhardware. will not be picked up. Computer monitors, CPUs, key- No metal items or appliances allowed in containers. Ignoring the rules violates boards, printers, mainframes, fax Note: DPW staff reserves the right to prohibit other items as neces- the Municipal Housing Code. machines, scanners, telecommuni-sary. Call in advance to ask about a specific item. cations equipment, speakers, televi- Grass Clippings sions, VCRs, stereos, DVD players, South Orange Disposal picks toasters, irons and old cell phones. 4 Humus, Shredded Wood up grass clippings in plastic bags Limited quantities are available to residents for pickup at the DPW only, from April 1 to Nov. 1. Prohibited yard at no charge. Be prepared for self-service. A $50-per-order fee Limits: two bags per week, 30 • Commercial and large-quanti- applies, payable prior to delivery. Call with any questions. pounds per bag. Place curbside ty electronics users. • Humus - decomposed leaves, finely textured and dark colored, on the second garbage collection • Electronics pickup appoint- used as a soil supplement. day of the week. ments. • Shredded Wood - hardwood mulch used as top dressing for Alternatives to Saturday gardens, flowerbeds, and around trees. May contain bits of rock. Not treated. 4 Rigid Plastic Items Drop-Offs DPW now recycles rigid plastic If circumstances prevent your items including garden furniture, drop-off on a normal electronic Ordering/Delivery (973) 378-7741 toys, bins and buckets, crockery, recycling day, you may drop off the Starting Tuesday, Mar. 26, DPW will make appointments for deliv- food containers and gardening Thursday before in South Orange. ery of humus and shredded wood. Actual delivery starts in April. One equipment. Rigid plastics cannot be Call first at (973) 378-7741. In product per household per month. Products are delivered loose to the placed in toters. Go to www.south- Maplewood, drop off the Friday driveway entrance. Charge: $50 per delivery. orange.org and click “Single Stream before, between 2 and 4 p.m. Call Recycling.” (973) 762-1175. South Orange Department of Public Works • 300 Walton Avenue • (973) 378-7741 • www.southorange.org/dpw.asp
In Happenings Township of South Orange Village Presorted StandardTouch South Orange, NJ 07079 U.S. Postage Paid Newark, NJwith Baird’s new residentVillage Permit No. 7081 theater company stagesGovernment two comedies Postal Customer Local 07079General Info. Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” and “The(973) 378-7715 Full Monty,” originally a hit British film, areEmergency, 911 on tap this spring as the premiere stageClerk’s Office, x1 Village Web Site: www.southorange.org productions of interACT Theatre Produc-Administrator, x2Construction, x3 tions, the new resident theater group at TheTax Collector, x4 Baird. InterACT, now in its fourth season, At Seton Hall Towns diversity through a multi-facetedAssessor, x5 moved to The Baird in November after stag- I Pulitzer Prize recipient, C.K. project of artistic book-making, haikuFinance, x6Engineer, x7 ing a series of performances in host the- Williams, author of eleven books of poetry poetry and collage. Professional artistsParking Auth., x8 aters. The Baird is their first dedicated including “The Singing” (2003 National will guide adults and high school studentsHealth Officer home. Book Award) and “Repair” (2000 Pulitzer through a six-week art journey onx7710 Baird Theater is located on the third Prize) will appear at Jubilee Hall on March Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., from April 11Animal Control 13 at 7 p.m. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org through May 16 at Maplewood 1978 Art floor of the Village community center (ele-x7711 or call (973) 761-9388. Center. Completed books will be displayedFire Dept. vator available). It formerly housed Dream- catcher Repertory Theater, which moved to I The 19th annual SHU Women’s in the annual Artists Studio Tour in June378-7751 Summit last year. Conference takes place Friday, March 22. and at public venues throughout SouthLibrary762-0230 Interact will stage Plaza Suite on April This year’s theme, “Women Inspiring Orange and Maplewood. Workshops arePolice Dept. 12, 14, 19 and 21, with evening perfor- Innovation through Imagination,” focuses free; registration is required by April 5.378-7775 mances at 7:30 and matinees at 2 p.m. on women in the STEM fields: science, I Sign up for a Cultural CompetencyPublic Works Tickets will be $15 for adults and $12 for technology, engineering, and math. The con- Workshop and explore how to work378-7741 students. ference includes breakfast, a panel discus- through cultural differences and build rela-Recreation & sion and two workshops. Hours are 9 a.m. tionships. The one-night session will be The Full Monty will be performed MayCultural Affairs to 2 p.m. in the university’s main lounge. held the third week of April at 7:30 p.m.378-7754 10, 12, 17 and 19. Look for more details in the next Gaslight, or visit www.interactpro- E-mail email@example.com or Call for updated details. (ProfessionalRescue Squad762-3410 ductions.org, or e-mail info@interactpro- call (973) 275-2137. development credits will be available forRecycling Info. & ductions.org. teachers.)Street Dept. Community Coalition378-7741 www.twotowns.org • (973) 761-6116 ‘A Standing Ovation’Water Service Tim Gunn to appear at I As part of its Integration through the for Fred Profeta266-8869 Columbia High Arts Program, the Community Coalition on The Achieve Foundation will honor Tim Gunn of “Project Runway” comes Race presents “Gertrude McFuzz,” by Dr. Maplewood’s Fred Profeta with “A Standing To submit to CHS on Sunday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. Seuss, a musical version featuring songs Ovation” on Saturday, April 20 at the Club information for Villager Budd Mishkin of NY1-TV’s “One on and an orchestral score with dance. The at Orange Lawn. With cocktails, dinner and The South 1 with Budd Mishkin,” will conduct a lively show will be paired with a dramatic reading entertainment, the event will be a celebra- Orange interview. The event is part of the Seth and musical performance of “Stand Tall tion of Fred’s lifetime achievement and ser- Gaslight, send Boyden Series created to raise funds for a to Editor Robin Molly Lou Melon” at SOPAC on March 16 at vice to the community and Columbia High Patric, rpatric@ new playground and outdoor learning cen- 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Reservations are School. Proceeds will support the Take a comcast.net, ter at Seth Boyden Demonstration School. required; $5-per-person donation recom- Seat campaign to restore the school’s his- or call (908) Tickets are $35 to $50. Purchase online at mended. Reserve at www.twotowns.org/ toric auditorium. For details, or to request 823-9001 www.brownpapertickets.com/event/317681. donate. an invitation, contact takeaseat@achieve- Details at (973) 327-3016. 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