West Orange honors veterans

West Orange honors veterans

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents gathered at War Memorial Park in front of Town Hall on Nov. 11 for the town’s annual Veterans Day ceremony, honoring locals who have served in the military. Hosted by resident and Vietnam War veteran Joseph Brennan, the ceremony also featured the members of the West Orange High School Junior […]

Board approves changes to lockdown drill policy

Board approves changes to lockdown drill policy

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education unanimously approved on first reading changes to its Emergency and Crisis Situations policy at its Oct. 28 meeting, after having heard students and parents describe at a prior meeting the long-term effects lockdown drills have on students. The district will not hold more […]

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society honors local man

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society honors local man

CRANFORD, NJ — The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society recently honored John Kellenyi by naming a conference room at its New Jersey Chapter headquarters in Cranford after the volunteer, who raised $19 million for the organization.  The longtime Maplewood resident, who died of cancer two years ago, volunteered with the national organization for decades, serving as […]

Education commissioner denies SLM appeal, affirms her fears, reduces penalty to 30 days

Education commissioner denies SLM appeal, affirms her fears, reduces penalty to 30 days

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Board of Education member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad’s appeal of an ethics complaint against her was denied Thursday, Oct. 31, though the original six-month suspension was lessened to 30 days by New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet. The complaint was filed in May 2018 by Black Parents Workshop Chairman […]

7 vie for 3 Board of Ed seats

Two incumbents, five challengers discuss the issues facing SOMA schools

7 vie for 3 Board of Ed seats

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Seven people are running for three open seats on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education in the Nov. 5 election; two are incumbents and five are challengers. On the ballot for the third time will be Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad and Johanna Wright, and the challengers are Sharon Tanenbaum Kraus, Carey […]

Three vie for two open seats on the WOBOE

Three vie for two open seats on the WOBOE

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Three candidates are running for the two open seats on the West Orange Board of Education in a quiet local election season for West Orange. All challengers, Jennifer Tunnicliffe, Jeremias Salinas and Gary Rothstein discussed what they would do to make the district better, if elected, in a debate hosted by […]

Two towns move ahead with fire dept. merger

Two towns move ahead with fire dept. merger

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The merging of the South Orange and Maplewood fire departments took another step forward as both towns’ governing bodies passed resolutions approving a joint meeting structure, setting the table for the target completion date of Jan. 1, 2020. The South Orange Board of Trustees unanimously approved the resolution at […]

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