New mountain bike club for youth is growing in Bloomfield

New mountain bike club for youth is growing in Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Kristine Contento-Angell, a Bloomfield resident and state champion in mountain biking, has helped organize a mountain biking team for local children. The team is called ESSEX Offroad and it is in the NJ Interscholastic Cycling League, which is part of National Interscholastic Cycling. The bikers are sixth- to 12-graders. Contento-Angell said since the […]

Although Chase was paid $37,673, he still wants W2 form

Although Chase was paid $37,673, he still wants W2 form

IRVINGTON, NJ — Former police Chief Michael Chase considers it good news that the township has agreed to pay him the $37,673 that the New Jersey state civil Service commission says it owes him, although he has still not received a W2 tax form from township government for this amount. This is the same amount […]

Redwood fifth-graders kick off Read Across America

Redwood fifth-graders kick off Read Across America

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Fifth-grade students in Jennifer Paull’s English language arts classes had the opportunity to kick-off Read Across America at Redwood Elementary on March 1, and the unique opportunity was enjoyed by all. Along with Paull, reading specialist Lesley Diglio worked with the fifth-grade students, who visited all kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms […]

Maplewood Green Team and SOSMD focus on overheating issues in classrooms

Maplewood Green Team and SOSMD focus on overheating issues in classrooms

MAPLEWOOD, NJ —  The South Orange-Maplewood School District and the Maplewood Green Team are working together on a multi-year action plan to address overheating issues in the schools. Because the school buildings are almost a century old, this project is a cost-effective way to achieve greater classroom comfort as well as energy savings. “If you […]

Animal-cruelty case ends in plea bargain

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Vincent Ascolese, the former animal-control officer at North Jersey Humane Society Shelter, in Bloomfield, pleaded guilty to three counts of disorderly person’s conduct in Bloomfield Municipal Court on Thursday, March 9. Ascolese, 50, faced multiple NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charges stemming from his euthanizing an injured fawn on […]

TC puts Alpert in charge of Selecto-Flash … for now

Alpert Group settles into WO with 2 projects planned

TC puts Alpert in charge of Selecto-Flash … for now

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved a resolution at its March 7 meeting designating The Alpert Group as the interim redeveloper of the Selecto-Flash site. The site consists of two properties in the Central Valley Redevelopment Area, of which the township has taken the titles through foreclosure proceedings. The resolution calls […]

Racism and insensitivity in our schools

Threats to lynch black people, swastikas, slave auction posters appear in SOMSD buildings

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — It has been a rough couple of weeks for the South Orange-Maplewood School District in regard to tolerance and cultural competency. Last week, South Orange Middle School reported two incidents of racist graffiti scrawled in bathrooms. The first incident, using the N-word, said that “Naughty (blacks) Get Lynched”; while […]

‘Music in Montclair’ to feature composition by Harberg

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Glen Ridge composer Amanda Harberg will have a work commissioned by the Dorian Wind Quintet played by the group at the upcoming program of the “Music in Montclair” series. The concert will be March 26, 5 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, in Montclair. Harberg originated “Music in Montclair” in 2015 to highlight […]

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