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 […]

Communities respond to anti-Semitism

Religious and government leaders take a firm stand following hateful graffiti, JCC bomb threat

Communities respond to anti-Semitism

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE / WEST ORANGE, NJ — Things have certainly been tense in America in the last few months, with organizations like the ACLU showing a marked increase in anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and racist incidents. Unfortunately, Essex County has also experienced some of this hatred. Residents and officials in Essex County were disheartened during […]

East Orange man sentenced to 10 years in state prison

TRENTON, NJ — Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Jan. 27 that an Essex County man was sentenced to state prison in connection with a major international carjacking and stolen car trafficking ring that stole high-end cars in New Jersey and New York and shipped them to West Africa. The man was indicted last year […]

Two towns unite to remember Dr. King

Community members from Maplewood and South Orange honor King’s legacy at annual CCR event

Two towns unite to remember Dr. King

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race united the two towns to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of love, equality and acceptance Jan. 16, with its 16th annual MLK Observance and Volunteer Fair. The event, previously held at religious institutions, was hosted by Columbia High School for the […]

Police encounter workshop

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Attend a police encounter workshop on Saturday, Jan. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of South Orange, 103 Valley St. in South Orange. Participate in this communitywide event where you will learn your rights and obligations when stopped by the police, things you can do to prevent […]

Newark man convicted of impersonating police officer in South Orange

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced Nov. 17 that Davon Gordon, 35, of Newark was convicted by an Essex County jury of impersonating a police officer following a two-day trial before Superior Court Judge Alfonse Cifelli. According to Assistant Prosecutor Alaina Caliendo, who tried the case, on or about Feb. […]

Orange man arrested in string of motor vehicle break-ins

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A man faces charges in connection to a string of car burglaries committed over the past month, according to a recent release from West Orange Township South Orange police arrested Gregory Brown, 36, of Orange, in connection to car burglaries in that township. He is also charged with 22 car break-ins […]

A 21st-century bake sale

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange resident Andre Preoteasa will be hosting a bake sale on Friday, Sept. 2, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Vose and Raymond avenues in South Orange with proceeds to be donated to the South Orange Police Department’s new technology fund. According to Preoteasa, this bake sale […]

South Orange to conduct impaired driving enforcement crackdown

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — New Jersey’s largest annual drunken driving crackdown will be here soon, according to an Aug. 15 release from the South Orange Police Department. Law enforcement officers from the South Orange Police Department will be participating in the 2016 Labor Day statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Beginning Aug. 19 […]

Security takes center stage in Baird seminar

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange resident Andre Preoteasa held a security seminar at the Baird on July 28, at which attendees had a conversation about how to approach home video security. The conversation was led by a panel, including Sgt. Adrian Acevedo of the South Orange Police Department, Lonnie Scher of Accutronic Systems Inc. […]