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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