Two towns celebrate Dr. King’s legacy

Community Coalition on Race sponsors interfaith service of diversity, equality, respect, integration

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Equality and integration is hard work, but luckily South Orange and Maplewood have the Community Coalition on Race to light the way. On Jan. 18, the CCR sponsored the 15th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his message of equality, tolerance and freedom. The event, held at Congregation Beth […]

Donaldson tapped to spread YMCA Togetherhood program

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When the YMCA of the USA launched “Togetherhood,” its social responsibility initiative, in 2014, longtime South Mountain YMCA employee Tommy Donaldson led the effort at the Maplewood-based branch. The South Mountain Y was one of only 50 out of more than 2,700 YMCAs nationwide chosen to pilot the program, according to […]

Baker unanimously chosen to be new BOE president

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education saw some big changes at its first meeting of 2016. Not only were new board members Annemarie Maini and Chris Sabin sworn in at the Jan. 4 meeting, but Elizabeth Baker was unanimously chosen as the board’s new president. Baker, who is in the second year […]

SHU student loses eyesight, gains sense of charity

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Like most teenage guys who are into cars, Joseph Sehwani hoped to one day drive his very own dream car — in his case, a Nissan GT-R. He longed to hear the purr of the vehicle’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, to see the sun glint off the hood’s sleek chrome as he […]

‘Portrait of Ray’ brought to SOMS this MLK weekend

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — This Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, South Orange Middle School in partnership with the Vanguard Theater Company will host a community event celebrating the life of pioneering musician Ray Charles with the musical production “A Portrait of Ray,” which will feature Broadway star and South Orange resident Dwayne Clark. Clark currently stars […]

CHS students display their art like pros

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The artistic endeavors of students from Columbia High School and five additional local high schools, are currently featured in an innovative display in 1978 Maplewood Arts Center’s eighth annual Advanced Placement studio art exhibit, “Fresh 8.0,” which runs through Jan. 10. In addition to the CHS students, the exhibit also features the […]

South Orange sisters bring joy to local women with nonprofit

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Two South Orange sisters are on a mission and eager to start the conversation about feminine hygiene as a public health issue through their nonprofit organization, Girls Helping Girls. Period. Run by Emma and Quinn Joy, the organization’s mission is to educate the community about the need for feminine hygiene products and […]

Former Cougar becomes walk-on Scarlet Knight

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The combination of persistence and passion for the game of basketball has led 2012 Columbia High School graduate Alana Ferrugiaro of Maplewood to a walk-on role with the Rutgers University women’s basketball team, where she plays for Hall of Fame coach Vivian Stringer. But Ferrugiaro’s recent success story started long before she […]

First Night wows residents with record number of activities

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ  — South Orange and Maplewood residents celebrate the New Year with various performers and vendors on Dec. 31 at the Woodland in Maplewood. The annual First Night funfest had returned for another successful year of uniting the community as the clock reaches midnight and a new year starts. — Photos Courtesy of Michael […]