The beat comes to SOMA with new drumming class

The beat comes to SOMA with new drumming class

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange and Maplewood residents looking to experience the big band jazz of New Orleans or the intricate tempos of traditional Brazilian music need look no further than the Burgdorff Cultural Center in Maplewood, where master musician Scott Kettner holds SOMA Beat classes on Tuesday nights now through early summer. SOMA Beat […]

Community unites to sing of peace, hope

ECS brings community together in musical unity event

Community unites to sing of peace, hope

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Lifting their voices in songs of hope and solidarity, residents of Maplewood and South Orange joined together as part of the “United We Sing” event hosted Saturday, Feb. 18, by the Social Action Committee of the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County on Prospect Street in Maplewood. The event featured a community […]

Villager brings her lifetime love of dance to new business

Villager brings her lifetime love of dance to new business

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Turning challenges into opportunities has been the modus operandi for South Orange resident Claudia Aarts-Schreiber for as long as she can remember. Now this former professional dancer is looking to provide health and fitness opportunities for others with the opening of her Pilates and dance-based fitness studio ChaiseFitness Madison, located in […]

Maplewood native shows artwork at Memorial Library

Ellis returns to his Maplewood roots to display his art

Maplewood native shows artwork at Memorial Library

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — It’s entirely possibly that anyone taking a close look at Stephen B. Ellis’ art will hear the rich sounds of an alto saxophone or the smooth undertones of a bass guitar playing in the background. Ellis’ musically influenced work is on display this month at the Maplewood Memorial Library as part of […]

Village’s Smith sisters delve into their art in SHU exhibit

Smith sisters bring their brands of art back home to village

Village’s Smith sisters delve into their art in SHU exhibit

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Examining one’s sense of place and the many different ways a person can connect to their surroundings was the theme of the recent exhibition, “A Sense of Place: Kiki and Seton Smith,” in Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery. The titular artists, who are South Orange natives, discussed their work in a […]

Oheb Shalom concert sheds light on immigration issues

Synagogue continues legacy of supporting immigrants

Oheb Shalom concert sheds light on immigration issues

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange celebrated its 25-year anniversary of helping more than 40 emigres from the former Soviet Union resettle in the area with a free musical performance by professional cellist and former emigre Andrey Tchekmazov on Nov. 19. Tchekmazov, one of the children originally settled through Oheb Shalom’s […]

Town gets cooking for WOHS Principal’s Scholarship Fund

Things heat up as community raises scholarship money

Town gets cooking for WOHS Principal’s Scholarship Fund

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The heat was on in the West Orange High School Cafeteria on Friday, Nov. 18, as the West Orange High School Principal’s Scholarship Fund hosted its MasterChef Competition, with all proceeds going toward scholarships for graduating seniors. The five-judge panel for the competition included WOHS culinary teacher Derrick Gagner, professional chef […]

CCR report shows shifting demographics

Community Coalition on Race examines two towns’ racial diversity and factors that affect it

CCR report shows shifting demographics

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A community forum to discuss the changing demographics of South Orange and Maplewood and the trends that affect these changes was presented by the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race on Nov. 9 at the Maplewood Memorial Library. The report had been presented before both the Maplewood Township Committee and the South […]

Memorial Park wins Great Places award

APA-NJ recognizes Maplewood Memorial Park for ‘exemplary character, quality and planning’

Memorial Park wins Great Places award

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A favorite among local and regional visitors alike, Maplewood Memorial Park was designated as one of New Jersey’s Great Spaces by the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association, in an award presentation that took place at the Maplewood Civic House on Oct. 15. Great Places in New Jersey, the flagship program […]

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