Years of the Maplewood NJ Senior (Older Adult)

The Maplewood Health Department recently published their updated Community Resource Guide for 2023. This guide includes information on local services such as:

  • general assistance;
  • food assistance;
  • utilities assistance;
  • housing assistance;
  • family assistance;
  • mental health resources;
  • substance abuse resources;
  • medical resources;
  • legal resources;
  • employment resources; and
  • transportation resources.

If you or someone you know is in need of services, please take a look through our digital guide. You can also bookmark our Community Resources web page for future reference. For a hard copy of the Guide, please visit the Health Department in Maplewood Town Hall (574 Valley Street Maplewood, NJ 07040).

To sign up for the Maplewood Health Department's Community Resources Newsletter, click here.

Flier from the Maplewood Health Department making residents aware of a new in the home urgent care program.  Please share any additional such programs serving our area.

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January 29th 2023

Welcome to the Two Towns for All Ages Weekly Digest!

February is Black History Month

Upcoming Events

Luna Stage is able to add a special matinee of Torn Asunder, for older adults, on Thursday, February 16th at 1 PM. Cost is $15 per person. “the play is written and directed by 2 female African-American actresses/playwrights and is especially poignant during Black History Month and as we struggle to come together as a country.”

Register by calling 973-558-0863

Let us know if you need transportation.

Deadline to register is Feb 9th

Valentine's Day Luncheon

Thursday, February 9th 12 pm

at the Woodland

Live Acapella/ Barber Shop Harmony with The Morris Music Men. Great Meal. Bring your Gal-en-tine or Sweetheart or just yourself!

Register by calling 973-763-0750

or at

Thursday February 2nd

Free Moderna Omicron (Bivalent) Booster Clinic

4 to 6 pm

Open to all ages 19+ regardless of residency

South Orange Skate House, next to the duck pond on Mead St

Please bring proof of COVID Vaccinations

Register at

or call 973-762-8120 x4300

New Store Opening!

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome Clay by Indigo Road Studio to South Orange Downtown.

2-3 pm

Clay is a ceramics studio located in the heart of South Orange at 10 Vose Ave. Founder, Lindsey Shevkun of Indigo Road Studio will host classes for adults and children in the space.

Sunday February 5th

African American Genealogy: The Joy of Discovery, with Barbara VelazquezFree EventSunday, February 5 at 2:00 PMDurand-Hedden House & Garden523 Ridgewood Rd, Maplewood, NJJoin Barbara Velazquez as she shares her journey of ancestral discovery, including hacks she has learned, how she opened new doors through DNA connections, and the fun of contacting and meeting new family members.Registration is re uired by Friday, February 3 at 2PMRegister Here

Art Opening

"A Family Affair" featuring artist Timothy J. Simmons

Opening reception 2 to 5 pm

1978 Art Gallery

Ongoing Events

AARP Tax Preparation




Each taxpayer will be required to have two appointments. At the first

appointment an interview and review of tax documents will be done, and the

documents will be scanned. You will then leave, and your tax return will be

prepared remotely. If any questions arise during the preparation or review,

you will be contacted by telephone. When the tax return is completed, we

will schedule a second appointment with you to come back and receive a

printout of your completed return, review it with you, answer any questions

you may have, and have you sign the final documents, so we can

electronically file the return. Remember, if your filing status is Married Filing

Jointly, both parties must come to sign.

To contact us, you can either send an email to:,or leave a voice message or text at: 551-

258-3319. The telephone number is to an automated service so please tell

us when a good time to reach you by phone would be, and we will call back

with this number.

We can then explain in detail what the new process entails and set up an

appointment for you to do your taxes.

Free AARP Tax-Aide Program returns in February

Free tax return preparation will be offered again at the Woodlands (60 Woodland Rd,

Maplewood – SECOND floor) every week starting on February 6th and continuing

through April 12 th , 2023 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

The service is available to all but is intended primarily for middle and low-income

taxpayers with special attention to those aged 60 and older. Volunteers trained in

cooperation with the IRS will assist in filing returns, either electronically or on paper.

Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

To make an appointment, please visit

and search for Maplewood, NJ.

OR call 1-888-687-2277 to receive assistance with scheduling tax preparation

appointments. When you call that number, ask for "Tax Aid" and someone will

help you schedule an appointment. You will get a confirmation email later if you

provide an email address.

Please remember to bring all your tax documents, property tax card if applicable, and

last year’s return.

Due to current COVID conditions, masks are strongly recommended. We will be

practicing social distancing as much as possible. You will also need to abide by

the AARP Foundation Covid-19 notice which will be supplied to you prior to your appointment.

SOMA Social WorkSOMA Case Manager, Michelle MS
This service is available to older adults (65+) who reside in South Orange or Maplewood.
The SOMA Case Manager and older adults will identify current needs and discuss resources available that can provide support and assistance. The SOMA Case Manager will help facilitate the connection between older adults and community resources.

Support Groups
Bereavement/Grief Support Group (in person)
South Orange Library 11:00am-12:00pm
This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+)
All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register

Connections (zoom)
This group is open to residents of South Orange and Maplewood (65+)
All members must reach out to SOMA Case Manager prior to attending to register

Contact Information Michelle Fiederer, MS
SOMA Case ManagerTownships of South Orange Village and MaplewoodJewish Family Service of MetroWest Case Manager 973-986-4321
Office Hours: Mondays 9am-5pm, Wednesdays 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-4pm
In South Orange Call 973-378-7715 x 2035
In Maplewood call (973) 763-0750
Please let us know how transportation works out for you if you try it out!

WINTER edition of the SOMA TWO TOWNS FOR ALL AGES Newsletter is being mailed out! We will be leaving copies at different locations for pick up as well.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list and have a paper copy mailed to you please email us with your address to:

Kristen Tyler and Amy Stuart
Coordinators for SOMA Two Towns for All Ages
Call: 973-558-0863

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