Maplewood chooses new BA

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The township announced last week that current Assistant Business Administrator Sonia Alves-Viveiros will be taking over as the township’s next business administrator. Appointed May 1, Alves-Viveiros will officially begin as business administrator June 1. She has been working in Maplewood for the last two years, and will be taking over for Joseph […]

Special Needs Symposium highlights WOPD programming

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Police Department hosted a Special Needs Symposium at Liberty Middle School on April 27, offering residents the opportunity to learn more about caring for someone with special needs. Officer Chris Jacksic told residents about the department’s Take Me Home program, which allows residents to register a family member […]

Students speak out at BOE meeting

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A group of middle and high school students from South Orange and Maplewood spoke at the April 23 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meeting about school safety and students’ ability to organize protests in response to gun violence. The students told BOE members and district administrators that they have […]

Volunteers nurture trees for Earth Day

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Residents ventured to Mount Pleasant Avenue on Sunday, April 22, to check on the status of trees planted last year at the “Rock,” open land that is maintained by the township and residents. To celebrate Earth Day, members of the Open Space and Recreation Commission invited anyone with gardening tools to […]

Kelly library blasts off with space theme

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Administrators of Kelly Elementary School and Soyka Smith Design Studios presented a design plan for renovations to the school’s library media center at the April 16  meeting of the West Orange Board of Education. The renovations will transform the current library into a space-themed learning center during the course of the […]

CCR Coffee House tackles difficulties of internet dialogue

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race continued its Coffee House discussion series on Wednesday, April 18, at the Baird Community Center in South Orange, with residents and community leaders coming together to talk about how to discuss racial issues online. Broken up into groups, residents of all ages talked about […]

WO Chamber bids goodbye to Chiles, welcomes Parkes

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce has welcomed a new executive director, following the exit of director Brittany Chiles, who led the WOCC for two and a half years. Taking over the position is Jessica Marrone Parkes, a co-owner of, as well as and Chiles is moving on […]

SOPAC receives hefty grant to partner with school district

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Performing Arts Center received a $75,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundations to advance its arts education program. The funds will be used both at the center and in the South Orange and Maplewood communities. The William Randolph Hearst Foundations are two nonprofits that work together to […]

Residents voice concerns about senior survey results

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Several senior citizens expressed concern at the April 10 West Orange Township Council meeting, after seeing the results from the Montclair State University senior survey at the March 27 meeting. The survey, paid for by a grant, was conducted and compiled by the Center for Research and Evaluation on Education and […]

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