Liberty Middle School holds simulated climate summit

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following the international Conference of Parties Climate Summit in Katowice, Poland, from Dec. 3 through 14, students at Liberty Middle School held a simulated summit of their own on Dec. 17. The summit, which grew out of the Paris Climate Agreement, is organized by the United Nations. The results of this […]

SOMSD staff attends summer arts conference

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This summer, South Orange-Maplewood School District supervisor of fine arts James Manno and Marshall School Principal Bonita Samuels, along with a team of Marshall teachers, visual art teacher Jessica Fong and kindergarten teachers Laura Wood, Deborah Kalpus and Julie Matthew, participated in the Educational Leaders as Scholars three-day conference […]

Linson honored by DEP’s Urban and Community Forestry Program

Linson honored by DEP’s Urban and Community Forestry Program

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is honoring three 2019 Green Communities Achievement Award winners for outstanding contributions to urban and community forestry, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced recently. The township of West Windsor in Mercer County; consulting forester John D. Linson, a New Jersey licensed tree expert and West Orange’s […]

West Orange science teacher Susan Zaccaro dead at 54

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Beloved Liberty Middle School science teacher Susan Zaccaro, 54, died June 30 following an illness. Zaccaro was born in Edison and lived in Nutley. She taught science at Edison Middle School from 1990 through 2005 and moved to Liberty Middle School when it opened its doors in 2005, teaching until the […]

BPW to file lawsuit against school district over racial disparities

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The SOMA Black Parents Workshop announced its intention to file a lawsuit against the South Orange-Maplewood School District during a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 14, after data released by the district showed continued racial disparities and little improvement to the achievement gap in the district, especially at Columbia High […]

Two candidates vie for single BOE seat

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In a quiet local election season for West Orange, there are two candidates running for the one open seat on the West Orange Board of Education in the Nov. 7 election. Challengers Chris Diaz and Ken Alper shared their platforms with the public at a debate on Oct. 26, as well […]

Two Seton Hall University members honored as National Role Models

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University alumnus Brandon Larmore, director of the Academic Resource Center, and Yvonne Pruitt, a junior theater major and peer adviser, have been recognized as National Role Models at Minority Access’ 17th annual Conference in Washington, D.C., which took place Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. “To be a recipient of […]