The following is from the South Orange Symphony: South Orange Symphony, the town’s own resident community orchestra, kicks off its concert season with an Open Rehearsal and Orchestra Social on Tuesday, September 5th at 7:30 p.m. at SOMS. Interested musicians from around the area are welcome to play along with orchestra members as they sight-read selections for their upcoming November concert. The rehearsal will take place on the main stage of South Orange Middle School at 70 North Ridgewood Road, South Orange. Susan Haig of Summit, a professional conductor with impressive credentials here and abroad, leads the orchestra with weekly rehearsal each Tuesday night, culminating in three free concerts for the public each season. The Orchestra is comprised of local and regional talent who share the love of classical music, a mix ranging from high schoolers to retirees–doctors, lawyers, teachers, and more. One does not have to be a resident of South Orange to join the orchestra! On this particular Tuesday night, it will be a level playing field–none of the players have seen the music for these pieces before! String players are always welcome, even ones who are a bit rusty! There are more limited openings in the wind […]
One of the hottest dining scenes in New Jersey is Summit, with a charming National Historic Register-designated downtown tucked in a corner atop Union County and easily accessible by route 78 and 24. This year, Summit House joined the fray, opening in April with Executive Chef Martin Kester at the helm. Kester’s approach to preparing food is specific – seasonal cooking isn’t a trend; it’s a way of life. According to his publicity: Inspired as a child by the Garden State’s many farm stands and later by experiencing the earthbound cuisines of Europe while backpacking, Chef Martin has devoted his education to perfecting a straightforward yet refined cooking style: sourcing local ingredients to create simple, authentic and sensory-inspired cuisine. In joining the Summit House team, Chef Martin is skillfully creating the restaurant’s menu by sourcing the finest ingredients at their peak of freshness from neighboring farms, fishermen, and purveyors. As the seasons change, so will the innovative menu. Chef Martin is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and for the past six years has been honing his craft as Chef de Cuisine at Ninety Acres in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey. In preparing for the opening of Summit House, Chef […]
A South Orange, NJ no-frills bagel mainstay for almost 50 years is about to get a makeover by one of its most devoted customers. Jason Miller, who has been a resident of South Orange for 17 years, purchased Sonny’s Bagels at 123 South Orange Avenue this past summer. While he plans to revamp the place, don’t expect Sonny’s to lose its old-school charm. “I’ve been a customer since I moved here,” said Miller, who is quick to tout the enduring history of Sonny’s which can be traced back to Watson’s Bagels in Newark during the 1940s. Sonny’s opened in 1971 and was named after the bagel-maker Sonny Amster, who worked his way up to partnership at Watson’s. Sonny’s family later brought the hand-rolled tradition to South Orange. Miller plans to spend the summer refurbishing the store and will announce a grand re-opening at the end of the summer. He’s excited that Sonny’s will be making bagels with seeds on both sides. “And we’ll start selling lox in the store,” he added. The new owner said that he reached out for feedback from long-time fans. “The oven has been here since 1971, and people come in from all over,” said Miller. […]
Selling a home involves a multitude of logistical elements. Lawyers prepare paperwork. Inspectors inspect. A life-changing fiscal transaction takes place. On a personal level, the exchange can be rather emotional. After all, a seller says goodbye and a new owner says hello. The role of the home stager has become increasingly indispensable during the process of preparing a home to put on the market. “Everything is a lot more visual today than it used to be,” said Robert Northfield, a realtor who has worked in the Maplewood and South Orange markets for over 20 years. “Ten years ago, we would put five pictures online. Before that, the buyer wouldn’t get much more than a picture of the outside.” In order to prepare for those stunning photographs, though, significant changes to many elements of a home may be necessary. And it’s not always easy for the seller to hear that. “We can get set in our ways. We’re human,” said Northfield. “When you bring in a realtor, they see a wall that needs to be painted, or wallpaper that has to go. And sometimes people can look at you like you have two heads because they are attached to that special […]
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