Fischetti and Becht sue district, BOE

Former CHS baseball coaches fire back after being let go

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The saga of alleged incidents of bullying on the baseball team at Columbia High School continues. Former CHS baseball coach Joe Fischetti and former assistant coach Matt Becht have filed a lawsuit against the school district for violating their civil rights, defamation, malicious prosecution and more, all stemming from […]

TC votes ‘no confidence’ in Chief Cimino

Maplewood Township Committee condemns police actions on July 5, 2016, asks Cimino to resign

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Tuesday, Aug. 1, was an up and down night for the Maplewood Police Department. The evening started with the department’s National Night Out celebration, meant to strengthen bonds between police officers and the community they serve. The evening ended with Police Chief Robert Cimino being placed on administrative leave and being asked […]

Town releases files from July 5 altercation

Concerned residents call for Chief Cimino’s dismissal due to alleged racial profiling incident in 2016

UPDATE: At its Aug. 1 meeting, the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously passed a vote of no confidence, requesting the resignation of Maplewood Police Chief Robert Cimino. Effective immediately from that meeting, Cimino was placed on administrative leave, with pay, for 60 days. During the vote, the room was packed, with many more concerned residents standing […]

Lead test results show large variances

Despite reassuring results in retest, school district will still replace all initially affected water sources

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District had announced June 12 the results of testing for lead in school buildings’ water, which showed that nine sources out of 223 had a higher lead action level than that established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in drinking water, news that upset parents […]

DREAMing of Essex without domestic violence

DREAMS works to change culture, outcomes in county

DREAMing of Essex without domestic violence

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Domestic violence has long-lasting repercussions beyond the immediate effects of pain, fear and injury. A family touched by domestic violence can struggle to regain its footing, plagued by physical and emotional reminders of its trauma. In Essex County, these families receive help from DREAMS, a program from FAMILYConnections that aims to […]

PAT provides family support services to prevent abuse, neglect

PAT provides family support services to prevent abuse, neglect

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — It is no easy feat to raise children in this day and age. There are many external stressors and unavoidable family issues that can make this even more difficult. Through its Parents As Teachers program, FAMILYConnections identifies at-risk families and provides one-on-one help to ensure everyone in a home remains safe. […]

Youth leaders ADAPT to a healthier way of life

Youth leaders ADAPT to a healthier way of life

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Heading into summer vacation, many parents and guardians become concerned with how their children will fill their time. Unstructured time can be dangerous, especially for teenagers who may have access to drugs or alcohol. Luckily, Essex County parents and guardians can count on ADAPT to help them steer their children in […]

Columbia graduates Class of 2017

District personnel says bon voyage to 433 CHS graduates at June 22 commencement ceremony

Columbia graduates Class of 2017

NEWARK, NJ — The air in the Essex County College Athletic Center in Newark on June 22 was filled with excitement, nervousness, joy, relief and more as Columbia High School graduated the Class of 2017. In many of the commencement speeches, the 433 graduates were encouraged to move forward and do great things, whether they […]

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