New Jersey: A Guide to Its Present and Past

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The Oranges and Maplewood
Railroad Stations: East Orange -- Lackawanna Stations, N. Grove St., N. Arlington Ave., Brick Church Plaza and Ampere Plaza, for Lackawanna R.R.; Erie Stations, Prospect St. and Brighton Ave., for Erie R.R.; Orange -- Lackawanna Stations, Lackawanna Plaza and Highland Ave., ror Lackawanna R.R.; Erie Station, Washington St., for Erie R.R.; South Orange -- Lackawanna Stations, Sloane St. and Montrose Ave., for Lackawanna R.R.; West Orange -- Erie Stations, Main St., Tory Cor., and Llewellyn Ave., for Erie R.R.; Maplewood -- Lackawanna Station, Oakview Ave., for Lackawanna R.R.
Bus Station: Orange -- Main and N. Essex Sts. for De Camp Lines.
Taxis: Rates vary from 35¢ to 50¢ per ride.
Traffic Regulations: Turns at intersections controlled by traffic lights. Watch signs and curb markings for parking restrictions.
Accommodations: Five hotels in East Orange, several smaller hotels and tourists' homes in East Orange, Orange and West Orange.
Information Service: East Orange -- Chamber of Commerce and Civics, 19 S. Harrison St.; City Hall, Main St.
Motion Picture Houses: East Orange 4, Orange 4, South Orange 1, West Orange 2, Maplewood 1.
Golf: West Orange Public Golf Course, Prospect Ave. bet. Eagle Rock and Mt. Pleasant Aves., 18 holes, greens fees 50¢; Sat., Sun., holidays $1.50.
Annual Events: Orange -- Founders' Day, February 9. West Orange -- Horse Show, October. East Orange -- Art Exhibition, spring and fall. South Orange -- Dog Show, May; Orange Lawn Tennis Club Tournament, May; Horse Show, October.

MAPLEWOOD and the four ORANGES ( Orange, East Orange, West Orange, and South Orange) are not governmentally a unified city, but all together they constitute a homogeneous community. Rising gradually from the lowlands around Newark upward along the slopes of the Watchungs to the west, the five municipalities pride themselves upon a mountain-plain relationship with the nearby metropolis. The large percentage of wellto-do residents among the 162,000 population gives this relationship a sociological as well as a geographical reality.

These municipalities do not resent their title of "typical American suburbs." It is grounded in civic independence, a high proportion of one- and two-family homes, and a paucity of grimy manufacturing plants. Residents, however, refine this distinction yet another stage by referring officially to the Oranges and Maplewood as "New York's most beautiful suburbs."

The justice of these two designations helps to define the Oranges and Maplewood. The typical achievements are the efforts largely of the older citizens, Jerseymen for several generations. This stock has combined with that of the 15,000 commuters of more recent origin to create a cultural atmosphere that has produced the Art Center of the Oranges, the South Orange-Maplewood Adult Education Center, homes which are show-places

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