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Single Mom Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Maplewood, Prosecutor Says Single Mom Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Maplewood, Prosecutor Says
Single Mom Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Maplewood, Prosecutor Says A 28-year-old Irvington resident was killed after she was struck by a vehicle in Maplewood on Monday, May 13, authorities said. At 9:10 a.m., Maria Ganzhi Zhao was struck by a vehicle on the 1400 block of Springfield Avenue and pronounced dead at the scene, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.  Zhao, a native of Ecuador, was a single mother who is survived by her two daughters, Noemi, 7 and Genesis, 9 months, according to a fundraiser set up to support the family.  A viewing will be held on Saturday, May 18 at Mt. Alvarez Funeral Home in Newark from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., a…
Paul Auster, Acclaimed Author From South Orange, Dead At 77 Paul Auster, Acclaimed Author From South Orange, Dead At 77
Paul Auster Obituary Paul Auster, who won numerous literary awards and published "The New York Trilogy" died on Tuesday, April 30, at the age of 77, his literary representatives announced. Born in Newark, Auster was raised in South Orange before graduating from Columbia High School in Maplewood. He initially garnered attention after publishing his memoir "The Invention of Solitude," which discussed his father's death. Auster's most acclaimed work came next: "The New York Trilogy," a series of three novels including "City of Glass," "Ghosts" and "The Locked Room," mixing post modernism with detective fiction. Th…
Best Public High Schools In Essex County Revealed In New Rankings Best Public High Schools In Essex County Revealed In New Rankings
Best Public High Schools In Essex County Revealed In New Rankings Essex County is rife with top-rated schools. US News & World Report released its list of best high schools in the nation this week — and many of them are in Essex County. ALSO SEE: Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings The rankings were determined by performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. Glen Ridge High School came in at No. 11 in all of New Jersey, and No. 1 for Essex County. According to US News & World Report, here are the top-rated schools in the county: No. 10: James Caldwell …
'Not Pretty, Can't Act:' Sydney Sweeney Slams Maplewood Producer Who Publicly Insulted Her 'Not Pretty, Can't Act:' Sydney Sweeney Slams Maplewood Producer Who Publicly Insulted Her
Sydney Sweeney Carol Baum A film producer from New Jersey is under fire after saying Sydney Sweeney can't act and isn't pretty. Carol Baum, who graduated Columbia High School in Maplewood, disparaged the "Euphoria" star during a Q-n-A at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY, on Thursday, April, 11.  Baum, who has produced movies like "Father of the Bride" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," was on hand to discuss her experiences producing the 1988 David Cronenberg film "Dead Calm," which came out nine years before Sweeney was born. "I don't get Sydney Sweeney," Baum reportedly said. "I was watching on …
Student Hospitalized After Assault At Essex County High School: Police Student Hospitalized After Assault At Essex County High School: Police
Student Hospitalized After Assault At Essex County High School: Police A student was hospitalized after being assaulted at a high school in Essex County on Tuesday, April 9, authorities said. Maplewood police said a student at Columbia High School was assaulted by a student from a different school. The victim was treated by and transported with their parent to an area hospital by South Essex Fire Department, Maplewood police said in a release. There was no direct threat to the school or any other students, police said. The student was later released from the hospital with minor injuries, police said. The Maplewood Police Youth Aid Bureau is working along Colum…
Man Arrested After Firing Gun In Maplewood Domestic Dispute: Cops Man Arrested After Firing Gun In Maplewood Domestic Dispute: Cops
Man Arrested After Firing Gun In Maplewood Domestic Dispute: Cops A 38-year-old Maplewood man was arrested and charged after he fired a gunshot during a domestic disturbance on Sunday, April 7, police said. Officers initially responded to the scene for the domestic incident and after an on-scene investigation arrested Kevin Lafferty, Maplewood police said in a release.  Lafferty was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and possession of hollow point ammunition during the commission of a crime, police said. Lafferty was transported to county jail, police said. There was no direct threat to the public, police s…
Columbia High School Principal Arrested For Assault, Group Says Incident Involved Student Columbia High School Principal Arrested For Assault, Group Says Incident Involved Student
Columbia High School Principal Frank Sanchez Arrested A New Jersey high school principal has been arrested for an alleged assault. Frank Sanchez, who was suspended from his job at Columbia High School in South Orange-Maplewood since January, has been charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault, according to Thomas Fennelley, Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. Sanchez surrendered to detectives Monday morning, March 11. Dr. Kevin F. Gilbert, Acting Superintendent of the South Orange-Maplewood School District, released the following statement to Daily Voice when aske…
Miriam Mychalczak, Formerly Of Short Hills, Maplewood, Dies At 52 Miriam Mychalczak, Formerly Of Short Hills, Maplewood, Dies At 52
Miriam Mychalczak, Formerly Of Short Hills, Maplewood, Dies At 52 Miriam "Miriasia" Mychalczak, a North Jersey native, died on Friday, Feb. 16 at the age of 56. according to her obituary. Mychalczak was born in Orange and grew up in Maplewood and Short Hills, later attending McGill University and getting her Masters degree at Columbia University, her obituary reads. She is being remembered for her persistence, optimism and grit in the wake of numerous health issues, according to her obituary.  She is survived by her children, Sofia and Nicolas, her mother Bohdanna, her sister Roma, and other family and friends, her obituary reads. Visitati…
Cereal Dreams Offers Childhood Nostalgia In South Orange: 'I Want People To Feel Happy' Cereal Dreams Offers Childhood Nostalgia In South Orange: 'I Want People To Feel Happy'
Cereal Dreams Offers Childhood Nostalgia In South Orange: 'I Want People To Feel Happy' Waking up on Saturday morning with a big bowl of cereal and turning on cartoons was a rite of passage for people of a certain age.  A South Orange eatery is aiming to bring that feeling of nostalgia back. Anne Mandell, of Maplewood, recently opened Cereal Dreams at the Co-Lab at 57 South Orange Ave. Cereal Dreams features 25 different cereals, with Mandell serving as the cerealtender, mixing different cereals to whatever anyone's heart desires, even for the weirdos who don't like milk in their cereal. Cereal Dreams also serves up cereal treats. View this post on In…
Maintenance Man Poses As Complex Owner, Scams Apartment Seekers Out Of $14,000: Garfield PD Maintenance Man Poses As Complex Owner, Scams Apartment Seekers Out Of $14,000: Garfield PD
Maintenance Man Poses As Complex Owner, Scams Apartment Seekers Out Of $14,000: Garfield PD A maintenance man at a Garfield garden apartment complex scammed hopeful renters out of $14,000 by posting bogus listings on Facebook, showing them empty units he claimed he owned and then collecting deposits from them, authorities charged. John K. DelValle, a 48-year-old bodybuilder from Hackensack, made it all appear genuine by having the victims sign worthless rental agreements, police said. Then he handed them the master keys that he'd been given for work. DelValle also conned another unwitting victim out of $7,000 -- and a car -- by "selling" him a Tesla that he was renting, Garfield …
Maplewood Home Invasion: Masked Robbers Sought, Police Say Maplewood Home Invasion: Masked Robbers Sought, Police Say
Maplewood Home Invasion: Masked Robbers Sought, Police Say Maplewood police said they are looking for two men who pushed their way into a home and robbed the owner at knifepoint on Friday, Dec. 15. At 10:20 p.m., a Hughes Street resident answered their door and found two men wearing ski masks with hoods over their heads brandishing a kitchen knife, police said. The men pushed their way in and stole cell phones, electronic devices, and two bags of clothing, police said. The suspects are a Black man, 25-35 years of age, 5'5" with a thin build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and gray pants and a Black man, 25-35-years of age, 6'" with a heavier buil…
Newark Teen, Maplewood Car Thief Captured After Linden Pursuit: Cops Newark Teen, Maplewood Car Thief Captured After Linden Pursuit: Cops
Newark Teen, Maplewood Car Thief Captured After Linden Pursuit: Cops Two suspects were arrested in Linden while fleeing police on foot after crashing a stolen vehicle, authorities said. Marc Pierre, 22, of Maplewood is charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, eluding, trespassing and resisting arrest.  A 17-year-old male juvenile from Newark also was taken into custody. Shortly before 7 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, Linden police responded to the Aviation Plaza parking lot after receiving multiple calls about a red Porsche driving recklessly in the Aviation Plaza parking lot. Officers found the vehicle, which was reported stolen out of New Yo…
Brooklyn Man Busted After Maplewood Car Thefts: Police Brooklyn Man Busted After Maplewood Car Thefts: Police
Brooklyn Man Busted After Maplewood Car Thefts: Police A 29-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested in Maplewood on Sunday, Nov. 26 for stealing multiple vehicles, authorities said. Maplewood police initially responded to Springfield Avenue after a 2019 Subaru WRX was stolen, officers said. The vehicle was left unlocked with the keys still inside, police said. The vehicle was recovered and police issued a warrant for the arrest of Nika Khatiashvii. Later that day, police responded to Hillcrest Road and Peachtree Road on a report of a man checking residential door handles, officers said. Police spotted Khatiashvii sitting inside a silver 2016 Volkswa…
Two Businesses Burgled After Suspect Throws Object At Door: Maplewood PD Two Businesses Burgled After Suspect Throws Object At Door: Maplewood PD
Two Businesses Burgled After Suspect Throws Object At Door: Maplewood PD Maplewood police are investigating two morning burglaries this past weekend that involved a suspect throwing an object through the door, authorities said. On Saturday, Nov. 11 at 6:55 a.m., police responded to Newark Way and found a business with its front glass door shattered, officers said. The suspect removed the cash registers from the business and exited through the damaged door, police said. The damaged cash registers with the cash removed were recovered from a nearby business on the same street, police said. The suspect was wearing a heavy coat, white hooded sweatshirt covering his he…
South Orange-Maplewood Cancel Halloween Activities During School Hours South Orange-Maplewood Cancel Halloween Activities During School Hours
South Orange-Maplewood Cancel Halloween Activities During School Hours The Halloween Grinch has descended on the South Orange-Maplewood School District. In a letter sent to families, Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor said SOMSD will not have any Halloween events during school hours, and no costumes will be worn during school hours.  Elementary schools will be hosting fall/harvest festivals instead, Taylor said. Taylor said the district weighed whether school-sponsored Halloween activities create financial hardships on students and families, whether they violate the dignity of some students, either culturally or religiously and if Halloween activities caus…
Child Services Imposter Shows Up At Victim's Maplewood Home, Blasts Her With Pepper Spray: Cops Child Services Imposter Shows Up At Victim's Maplewood Home, Blasts Her With Pepper Spray: Cops
Child Services Imposter Shows Up At Victim's Maplewood Home, Blasts Her With Pepper Spray: Cops A 24-year-old New Jersey woman was arrested and charged on Tuesday, Oct. 10, after she blasted a woman with pepper spray while impersonating a child protection agent, authorities said police said. On Saturday, Sept. 30, Maplewood police responded to Brown Street where a woman had received a call from Widda Deneus claiming to be from the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Maplewood police said.  After the phone call, Deneus showed up at the woman's front door and asked to come inside, police said. The woman refused since Deneus did not present any identification and was not ac…
Irvington Shooting Victim Found Lying In Street: Maplewood Police Irvington Shooting Victim Found Lying In Street: Maplewood Police
Irvington Shooting Victim Found Lying In Street: Maplewood Police A person who was shot in Irvington was found lying in the street in Maplewood on Monday, Oct. 9, Maplewood police said. At 2:11 p.m., police in Maplewood responded to Evelyn Court and found the victim, Maplewood Police Chief Albert Sally said. They were taken to a nearby hospital, Sally said. An investigation by Maplewood police determined the shooting occurred in Irvington and the Irvington Police Detective Bureau will be handling the investigation, Sally said. Anyone with information is asked to call Irvington Police at 973-399-6600.
Service Suspended After Train Disabled In Maplewood Service Suspended After Train Disabled In Maplewood
Service Suspended After Train Disabled In Maplewood Service has been suspended on parts of the Morris and Essex line after a train disabled in Maplewood on Friday, July 7, NJ Transit officials said. The train disabled due to overhead wire issues, transit officials said. The 36 passengers were taken off the train and put on a bus, transit officials said. Morris and Essex Line rail service is suspended in both directions between Broad Street and Dover and customers should seek alternate transportation, transit officials said.  NJ Transit rail tickets and passes are being cross-honored by NJ Transit bus and private carriers, transit offic…
Bergen Drug Detectives Nab Albany Driver Near GWB After Stolen Car Chase Bergen Drug Detectives Nab Albany Driver Near GWB After Stolen Car Chase
Bergen Drug Detectives Nab Albany Driver Near GWB After Stolen Car Chase A driver from Albany tried to outrun detectives in a stolen car but was seized near the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, authorities said. Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said his Narcotic Task Force detectives got wind on Tuesday, March 7 that a BMW 550 that had just been stolen during a burglary in Maplewood was headed their way. They tried stopping the driver, John Leroy Johnson, 38, in Englewood, the prosecutor said, but he kept going, apparently bound for the bridge. He “eventually pulled over and surrendered in Fort Lee,” Musella said. Johnson remained held Wednesday in t…
Restaurant Named Among America's Hottest Fast-Casual Startups Expanding To Montclair Restaurant Named Among America's Hottest Fast-Casual Startups Expanding To Montclair
Restaurant Named Among America's Hottest Fast-Casual Startups Expanding To Montclair A restaurant named among America's hottest fast-casual startups appears to be planning a third New Jersey location. Cornbread Farm to Table, or simply with locations in Newark and Maplewood, has its sights set on Montclair, its Instagram bio reads. The restaurant has another location in Brooklyn, NY. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cornbread (@cornbreadsoul) According to NJ Advance Media, Cornbread will open in the space at 372 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair sometime in the summer. Reps for the restaurant did not immediately retur…
Best Doughnut Spots In North Jersey Best Doughnut Spots In North Jersey
Best Doughnut Spots In North Jersey It’s a new year, which means we’re back again with a new list of North Jersey’s best spots for everyone’s favorite dessert disguised as breakfast — the deliciously decadent doughnut. The spots you see on this list were top-rated on several user-generated review sites, featured in local publications, and recommended by Daily Voice readers. Some are longtime favorites while others have only recently opened their doors. All of these bakeries, however, are dishing out creamy, frosted, and jelly-filled doughnuts we think you'll love — some might even have a line out the door before dawn when th…
Victim Pistol Whipped, Robbed At Gunpoint In His Own Maplewood Driveway: Police Victim Pistol Whipped, Robbed At Gunpoint In His Own Maplewood Driveway: Police
Victim Pistol Whipped, Robbed At Gunpoint In His Own Maplewood Driveway: Police A Maplewood resident was robbed and pistol-whipped by two men in his own driveway, authorities said. The 49-year-old Jacoby Street resident was getting out of his car around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, when two black men approached him, local police said. One man flashed a handgun and the other demanded his keys and wallet, police said. When he refused, one of the men struck him with the handgun as the other took his wallet from his car, and then fled on foot, authorities said. One of the men was wearing a colored hoodie and black mask, and the other was in a dark hoodie and black mask. …
'Clueless' Maplewood Carjacker Needed Surgery After Trying To Steal DEA Agent's Jeep: Report 'Clueless' Maplewood Carjacker Needed Surgery After Trying To Steal DEA Agent's Jeep: Report
'Clueless' Maplewood Carjacker Needed Surgery After Trying To Steal DEA Agent's Jeep: Report A "clueless" carjacker from New Jersey is facing federal charges after he tried to steal an undercover DEA agent’s government-issued Jeep in Manhattan, reports the New York Post. The agent was stopped at a red light at 14th Street and Ninth Avenue shortly after midnight on Friday, Dec. 9 when Zachary Bell, of Maplewood, demanded he get out of the vehicle, the outlet said citing court paperwork. Bell, 32, reached toward his waist band as if he had a gun — prompting the 7-year DEA vet to turn on his police lights and pull out his own gun before tackling Bell and handcuffing him, court papers …
Details Released In Maplewood Stabbing, Arson Details Released In Maplewood Stabbing, Arson
Details Released In Maplewood Stabbing, Arson A woman recently released from some type of institution is believed to have stabbed herself and set multiple fires in her Maplewood home the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 7, sources with direct knowledge of the incident tell Daily Voice. Responders at the scene on Maplewood Avenue noted some type of hoarding situation, sources said. A spokesperson with the prosecutors office said only that detectives with the major crimes unit were responding and that the incident was not a homicide. 
Maplewood Native, Influential Washington Post Editor Neema Roshania Patel Dies, 35 Maplewood Native, Influential Washington Post Editor Neema Roshania Patel Dies, 35
Maplewood Native, Influential Washington Post Editor Neema Roshania Patel Dies, 35 A New Jersey native, Rutgers alumnus, and influential Washington Post editor died Monday, Oct 24 after a battle with gastric cancer, the newspaper wrote in her obituary. Neema Roshania Patel was 35, and most recently worked as the Post's editor for next-generation audience development, according to her LinkedIn profile. Born in Maplewood, Patel worked on her high school newspaper before graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in economics and journalism in 2009, her former colleagues wrote. She joined the Post in 2016, first as a digital editor before being named d…
Israeli Street Food Joint Expands With 2nd North Jersey Location Israeli Street Food Joint Expands With 2nd North Jersey Location
Israeli Street Food Joint Expands With 2nd North Jersey Location A local chef is giving North Jersey a taste of Israeli street food with the expansion of his restaurant, Chutzpah Kitchen. Sagi Ohayon, who was born and raised in Israel, opened his flagship location in Maplewood in 2020. He held a soft opening for the Westfield location this month. Five minutes until our soft opening! We want to say thank you for everyone who has helped. We are super excited to be... Posted by Chutzpah Kitchen on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 Chutzpah is a Yiddish word that translates to audacity or boldness. The chutzpah of the flavors will transport patrons to the st…
Elderly Driver Carjacked In Maplewood Wawa Parking Lot: Police Elderly Driver Carjacked In Maplewood Wawa Parking Lot: Police
Elderly Driver Carjacked In Maplewood Wawa Parking Lot: Police An elderly driver was carjacked in the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store, authorities say. A 72-year-old man was walking to his car after leaving the location on Springfield Avenue in Maplewood when he was approached by a man who demanded his keys around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, police said. The elderly man was then shoved by the carjacker, who once again demanded keys before reaching in and taking them out of his pockets, investigators said. The man quickly entered and stole the victim’s vehicle, heading eastbound on Springfield Avenue into Irvington. The victim was uninju…
Girl Ejected From Minivan On Garden State Parkway, Driver ID'd Girl Ejected From Minivan On Garden State Parkway, Driver ID'd
Girl Ejected From Minivan On Garden State Parkway, Driver ID'd A 14-year-old girl was ejected from a minivan on the Garden State Parkway this weekend, authorities said. Melande Alexis-Joseph, 51, of Maplewood was heading south in a Toyota Sienna when the van struck a guardrail on the right, ejecting the girl around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 in Kenilworth, New Jersey Sate Police Trooper Charles Marchan said. Alexis-Joseph struck a concrete overpass and a nearby guardrail, then crossed the highway to the left and hit a median barrier, police said. The girl was seriously injured. It was not clear if the driver was injured. No further details were relea…
Owner Of Pizzeria Ranked Best In NJ Skipped College Graduation To Fly To Italy Owner Of Pizzeria Ranked Best In NJ Skipped College Graduation To Fly To Italy
Owner Of Pizzeria Ranked Best In NJ Skipped College Graduation To Fly To Italy A popular eatery open for about a decade has the best pizza in New Jersey, according to a new ranking from 24/7 Wall St. Razza Pizza Artigianale in Jersey City was ranked the best pizzeria in the Garden State. The rankings were created based on a variety of ratings, reviews, and lists. "Razza opened in 2012, but its reputation exploded in 2017 after New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells wrote provocatively that this New Jersey pizzeria served the best pizza in New York City," 24/7 Wall St writes.  "The pies are a little larger than standard Neapolitan pizzas, but they …
Thieves Crash Stolen BMW Into Home After Pursuit Through Essex, Union Counties: Police Thieves Crash Stolen BMW Into Home After Pursuit Through Essex, Union Counties: Police
Thieves Crash Stolen BMW Into Home After Pursuit Through Essex, Union Counties: Police A trio from Irvington crashed a stolen BMW into a Maplewood home after a police pursuit through several towns, authorities said. Union police were called to a car burglary on Portland Road around 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 18.  The suspect vehicle, a white BMW X5 stolen out of New York City the  day before, was spotted on Springfield Avenue near Millburn Avenue in Millburn a short time later. When the officers attempted to stop the BMW, the driver sped off and initiated a pursuit. The pursuit continued for a short while until the BMW crashed in the 700 block of Prospect Street in Ma…
$17.3M Lottery Ticket Winner Sold At New Jersey 7-Eleven On 7/11 $17.3M Lottery Ticket Winner Sold At New Jersey 7-Eleven On 7/11
$17.3M Lottery Ticket Winner Sold At New Jersey 7-Eleven On 7/11 The New Jersey Lottery has made yet another multi-millionaire. The winning Pick-6 ticket good for $17.3 million was sold at a North Jersey 7-Eleven on Monday, July 11 (7/11). The ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven at 490 Valley St., in Maplewood and claims the annuity jackpot. The lucky retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers for the Monday, July 11, drawing were: 06, 07, 12, 14, 34 and 45. The jackpot will reset to $2 million for the next drawing that will be held on Thursday, July 14. Pick-6 was updated in April 2022 to offer better o…