Saturday, November 24, 2012
The first-ever South Orange turkey trot drew a crowd
Delon Nelson of D & I Fitness hosted an informal Thursday morning run at Floods Hill in South Orange. It was such a success that Nelson plans to make the run annual event. The Turkey Trot drew nearly 50 runners and walkers, eager to loop Floods Hill and the Duck Pond area three times. Runners from South Orange, West Orange, Maplewood and Union attended the event. Nelson greeted the early-morning crowd with fruit, water and a healthy dose of holiday motivation. "My objective is to get folks moving before we start eating," he said. Nelson said "D & I is a small fitness studio based in South Orange. Our members were interested in doing a run before classes on Thanksgiving morning." Nelson decided to "put it out there for anyone to take part …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Ready, get set, go shopping! The bargain hunting starts early this year, so Patch has compiled the best big box discounts to give you a head start.
Friday, November 23, 2012
If you want the best Black Friday deals, you'll barely have enough time to gobble down your turkey; forget about your pumpkin pie. Stores are opening earlier than ever on Thanksgiving to grab Black Friday shoppers. Toys 'R Us, Walmart, Kmart and Sears open their doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Target opens at 9 p.m. Many others open at midnight or very early Friday morning. Several stores are offering waves of doorbusters. Many also are advertising online deals, which include free shipping, and Black Friday prices all day Thanksgiving. The early start to Black Friday has even prompted some opponents to start petitions against the practice. Don't forget Saturday is Small Business Saturday! If you are a local small business owner, please …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in South Orange. This week saw the rebranding and official launch of South Orange Village Center Alliance, which supports downtown efforts, including retail. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by …
South Orange Village Center Alliance kicks off with Monday's SOPAC event.
South Orange Village Center Alliance , a group dedicated to improving downtown South Orange for both merchants and shoppers, has been given a facelift, with a new look, a fresh website, a Facebook page and new opportunities. The group debuted the new logo Monday night, at a gathering of local business owners, town officials, South Orange Police Chief Jim Chelel, South Orange Fire Chief Jeff Markey, and active community volunteers at SOPAC. Food was provided by Pandang, the newest restaurant in South Orange. South Orange Village Center Alliance Board Chair Matt Glass introduced the new branding, all of which was paid for through a grant. The new logo, he noted, incorporates the gaslight, the town's initials, and a historic palette of colors…
D & I is holding an informal, no-cost Turkey Trot in South Orange
Get those turkeys trotting! In anticipation of the big meal to follow later, Delon Nelson of D & I Fitness is hosting an informal Thursday morning run at Floods Hill. The Turkey Trot will take place on Thursday, Nov. 22, from approximately 7:30 a.m. until about 8:15. Nelson explains, "D & I is a small fitness studio based in South Orange. Our members were interested in doing a run before classes on Thanksgiving morning." Nelson decided to "put it out there for anyone to take part in. So feel free to join us and run at your own leisure. My objective is to get folks moving before we start eating." The run itself will be between three and four miles, a "do what you can type of thing," says Nelson. "If a fun time is had by all, we'll really …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Ben Salmon is the only retailer in New Jersey who stocks these popular towels
Virginia is on the way. Pennsylvania and West Virginia are en route. They'll join several other state towels at Kitchen a la Mode in South Orange, where the vintage-inspired dish towels are selling like hot cakes. Ben Salmon, owner, poses here with the Garden State dish towel, which is a popular Thanksgiving host and hostess gift, he says. The towels, explains Salmon, are modelled on European souvenir towels, and represent 40 states so far. Kitchen a la Mode 19 South Orange Avenue South Orange, NJ 07079
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It used to be $400. But because of Hurricane Sandy, all you have to do is spend $300 by November 22, and you can get a free turkey for your holiday table.
It's all to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy. ShopRite has lowered the amount shoppers must spend in order to qualify for a free Thanksgiving turkey, according to Supermarket News. The traditional ShopRite turkeyfest happens once a year. During that time, shoppers who spend a certain amount of money can pick up a free turkey for their Thanksgiving table. This year, the supermarket recognizes that people who were affected by the recent hurricane probably didn't have food shopping on their minds - especially with areas of central New Jersey not having electricity, in some cases, for more than a week. The free turkey threshold was $400. ShopRite has changed that to $300, Supermarket News reports. The promotion, which runs from October…
Creative commutes change our routes; this appears between South Orange - Maplewood and Newark
As Sandy's aftermath has made commuters creative, some are discovering interesting alternate routes. This building is located between South Orange - Maplewood and Newark; a commuter suggested we ask folks who has noticed it this week. If you know where it is, please comment below!
Monday, November 12, 2012
Gas rationing will end, but stores remain crowded and the commute is difficult
The second full week post-Sandy brought some good news to the area: gas rationing ends Tuesday; power is back in most parts of town; NJ Transit has begun running Midtown Direct trains. However, life is far from normal days after the superstorm knocked out power for thousands in Essex County. Many residents note long lines for commuter buses and trains, and, surprisingly, in food stores. "Every store I've seen has been packed," said Julia Stern of South Orange. "I think we all need to restock refrigerators and freezers. Add to that the disruption of all the travel; the food couldn't travel either." And with many residents getting power back over the weekend, local grocery stores have been crowded. "Not to mention," says shopper Amanda …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Governor's new gas plan and restrictions imposed by station owners results in slightly shorter waits in some places, same story in others.
At noon Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie's even-odd gas rationing mandate went into effect for 12 New Jersey counties, including Bergen, Essex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren. The result, in some cases, was modestly shorter gas lines than have been seen in the days since Sandy hit. Of course, other stations featured the same long lines and interminable waits that have dotted North Jersey in recent days.