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Tenure Decisions, College Picks, and New Tap Room Lead Month's Top Stories

Here are a few of the stories that caught readers' attention this month on South Orange Patch.

Second Teacher Learns Board of Ed Decision

South Orange Middle School teacher learned that he will not return to the district in September. He was notified that the Board of Education chose to uphold the that was made in May by Principal Joseph Uglialoro.

Columbia HS College Picks by the Numbers

The Columbia High School Class of 2012 is headed to college! The school district released a list of where students plan to pursue their education in the fall.

Op-Ed: A Dangerous Law for South Orange

The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill and the Assembly is considering the bill to exempt private universities, such as Seton Hall, from complying with municipal zoning.

Locals Hope that Popular Restaurant Will Reopen

After being closed for almost a year and then vowing to open in April or May, , a Mexican restaurant with branches in Montclair and Westfield  reopened.

Whole Foods Opens Local Tap Room

opened a nearby tap room, right down the street from South Orange and Maplewood. "Corner Table" offers some 20 beers on tap, including a gluten-free option, a dozen wines, and a menu that includes smaller options, classic sandwiches, and a kids' menu.

S. Orange Man Auditions 'Live! with Kelly'

Dr. Joe Taravella, a psychologist, was listed on the Live! website as one of 25 finalists in the running for the spot. In his one-minute audition video, Dr. Joe explains that he's a dad living in New Jersey and that it's always been his dream to co-host with Kelly.

South Orange Men Sentenced for Wire Fraud, Money Laundering

Abiatu Umah, 53, and Emmanuel Awa, 51, both of South Orange, N.J., were sentenced on Wednesday to prison, after pleading guilty to wire fraud and money laundering. The two men participated in a a scam that used phony identification documents to set up various checking accounts to launder and steal more than $1 million.

South Orange Musician Will Appear on Television, Open Maplewood Festivities on Weds.

Leslie Goldman appeared on television via video, performing in the latest Support Our Troops video.

Op-Ed: A Fellow Teacher Supports Steven Cohen

South Orange Middle School teacher Steven Cohen had a Donaldson hearing scheduled for Wednesday, July 18th. In anticipation of that hearing, numerous colleagues, parents and former students spoke out at the Board of Education meeting. Colleague Sara Griffiths shared her letter.

Area Restauranteur Has a Gordon Ramsey Kitchen Nightmare

The co-owner of  The Spanish Pavillion said that despite what reality TV show producers might lead you to believe, pigeons are not regular visitors to his kitchen. And he strongly suspects that the production crew planted the dead lobster found in the restaurant’s tank.

For every South Orange resident who has dreamed of owning a restaurant, or owns one now, Fernandez's experience will be required viewing.

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