St. Cloud students help bring black history to life

St. Cloud students help bring black history to life

WEST ORANGE, NJ — When Avery John gets to her classroom at St. Cloud Elementary School, kindergarten teacher Tiffany China hears the rest of the students asking, “Who is she wearing?” Avery isn’t walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards wearing a piece by an acclaimed fashion designer. She’s wearing a T-shirt with the […]

District holds public meeting to share integration plans for grammar schools

District holds public meeting to share integration plans for grammar schools

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange–Maplewood School District Superintendent Ronald Taylor and Business Administrator Paul Roth gave an update about the district’s planned elementary school integration at a Feb. 19 meeting at Jefferson Elementary School. According to Taylor’s presentation, the administration will recommend a plan to the Board of Education by June and will be ready […]

WO man medals at Special Olympics

WO man medals at Special Olympics

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Eleven years after he learned how to ski, Jordan Cohn took home two medals in the sport at the Special Olympics Winter Games at Mountain Creek ski resort. The 21-year-old West Orange native, who was classified as being on the autism spectrum when he was 3 years old, started training for […]

BHM art exhibit shows range and beauty

BHM art exhibit shows range and beauty

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Black History Month is being celebrated at the West Orange Public Library with an art exhibit of installations, quilts and collages, on display until Feb. 29. Curated by Mansa Mussa, the show is called “Fertile Soil: Ancestors and Icons” and also features Mussa’s own work. “You have people who have inspired […]

Board of Education selects Zubieta

Zubieta will fill 2nd year of Farfan’s second term, 3rd year will go to vote

Board of Education selects Zubieta

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education filled its vacant seat on Feb. 10 at a special meeting, swearing in Kamal Zubieta as the newest member of the BOE. Zubieta will serve the second year of the term Javier Farfan won; Farfan resigned in January. Zubieta will be able to […]

Neighborhood meeting shows plans for Irvington Ave. site

Neighborhood meeting shows plans for Irvington Ave. site

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange trustees Bob Zuckerman and Summer Jones, along with village President Sheena Collum, hosted a Feb. 5 neighborhood meeting at Congregation Beth El about the redevelopment project at 270 Irvington Ave., presenting the redevelopment process and possible design to area residents. Greer Patras, a planner with Topology in Newark, and […]

Parisi gives State of the Town

Community members, first responders, students honored at WOCC event

Parisi gives State of the Town

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s annual breakfast was held at the Wilshire Grand on Feb. 5, featuring Mayor Robert Parisi’s State of the Township address and the presentation of the Citizen of the Year and Employee of the Year awards. West Orange Fire Capt. William Holder and firefighter Matthew Keenan […]