Local Girl Scouts exemplify giving-back in service project

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Girl Scout Troop 20245 completed a monthlong service project, collecting more than 4,000 travel-size toiletries and assembling more than 230 kits for Bridges Outreach, a Summit-based nonprofit organization that provides food, clothing and basic necessities to thousands of homeless people in New York City, Newark and Irvington. The kits included items […]

‘Colorblindness’ is not the answer for adolescents

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Columbia High School graduate Joanna Lee Williams, a developmental psychologist and associate professor at the University of Virginia, returned to her alma mater Nov. 20 to discuss how ethnicity influences teenagers in forming friendships; Williams was the latest guest of the Hamingson Literary Showcase speaker series. In her speech “Finding a Place […]

Bizarre Bazaar, Abominable Snowman return for 3rd year

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Forty of the most innovative local artists, craftsmen and collectors will be strutting their stuff this weekend as Maplewood’s popular Holiday Bizarre Bazaar, hosted by the honchos of Studio B, returns Sunday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Woodland, 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood. Started three years ago by […]

Woman’s Club supports IHN

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Evening Membership Department of the Maplewood Woman’s Club presented Emma Justice, executive director of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County, with a check for $500 to aid in the network’s purchase of a new van. The IHN provides 20 to 25 homeless families each year with shelter and meals through a […]

Eagle Scout project provides families with holiday meals

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Because of the hard work of a Boy Scout with Troop 5 in Maplewood, 75 families were able to have a Thanksgiving meal with turkey and all the trimmings. As part of his Eagle Scout community service project, 17-year-old Tajeer Robinson conducted a food drive and an online fundraising campaign to purchase […]

With kindergarten enrollment up, schools may redistrict

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — It is never too early for budget discussions. At its Nov. 16 meeting, the Board of Education heard from business Administrator Cheryl Schneider, who delivered her annual baseline data budget report. Several variables — such as enrollment, caring for facilities, transportation, socioeconomic makeup, and salaries and benefits — factor into deciding a […]

DeLuca honored for service to township

Mayor is recognized for continued dedication to Maplewood by the N.J. State League of Municipalities

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca’s accomplishments were recently recognized at the state level when he was inducted into the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Mayors’ Hall of Fame on Nov. 18, as well as being named the New Jersey Municipal Management Association 2015 Elected Official of the Year. DeLuca was inducted into the […]

Eagle project enhances VA hospital entrance

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Officials at the VA hospital in East Orange unveiled a landscape beautification project the first week of November that was created as part of an Eagle Scout project, with the help of scouts from Troop 5 in Maplewood. Boy Scout Josh Heacock of Troop 5 recently organized and completed the work, […]

Maplewood couple is recognized

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood couple Joseph Britton and Rozalia Czaban will receive the Norman Tanzman Award at Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation’s 31st annual Harbor Lights Ball on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City. Czaban, the principal of Perth Amboy High School until her retirement in 2010, was graduated from William Paterson […]

Annual coat drive returns; donate to those in need

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The GenWealth Group of Maplewood is once again encouraging residents to drop off clean and gently used coats for men, women and children for donation to the 20th annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive, a program that will eventually distribute all donated coats to approximately 200 New Jersey-based nonprofits. Anyone interested in contributing coats […]