Bloomfield High students promote literacy by maintaining ‘libraries’

Bloomfield High students promote literacy by maintaining ‘libraries’

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The 13 Little Free Libraries scattered around Bloomfield haven’t been neglected during the past six months. They’ve been taken under the wing of Bloomfield High School’s National Honor Society members, who have been checking in on them periodically to organize, restock and refresh the books inside, as well as to maintain the […]

Phillips discusses social-emotional learning, character building in curriculum

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Glen Ridge Superintendent of Schools Dirk Phillips outlined the student development curriculum the schools are implementing in the district’s five schools at the April 5 Board of Education meeting, talking about how social-emotional learning and character education go hand in hand with academics. “We talk about academics, but it’s just as […]

SO budget presented at BOT meeting

SO budget presented at BOT meeting

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The 2021 municipal budget of $38,476,326.09 was presented at the South Orange Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, March 22. There will be a 3.6 percent tax increase this year, a 0.9 percent increase over last year’s tax levy. The South Orange Police Department is the biggest line item in the […]

The show must go on for Shakespeare competition

The show must go on for  Shakespeare competition

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — Glen Ridge High School’s Shakespeare competition looked different this year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that has kept students locked into hybrid learning since the beginning of the school year. Though performers weren’t able to stand on stage at GRHS to compete, the show still went on, and freshman Spencer Morvillo […]

WO Council reinstates Economic Development Commission

WO Council reinstates Economic Development Commission

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Economic Development Commission is being reinstated in West Orange after an absence, with the West Orange Township Council appointing its designated member at the council meeting on Tuesday, March 23. The commission is a volunteer advisory committee that will work with the council and Mayor Robert Parisi on “issues of […]

Maplewood-based company is ‘Making Scents of Autism’

Maplewood-based company is ‘Making Scents of Autism’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Neither Pat Miller nor Pam Kattouf has a background in business, but that didn’t stop them from starting their own. Their Maplewood-based company, Beloved Bath, sells handmade soaps, candles and bath salts; the idea came as the duo was looking for employment opportunities for their sons, who both have autism. “We make […]

Budget with 2-percent tax increase presented at Bloomfield BOE meeting

Budget with 2-percent tax increase presented at Bloomfield BOE meeting

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Bloomfield School District administration presented the 2021-2022 budget at the March 16 Board of Education meeting, beginning the process of putting the $129,013,219 budget in place. The tax levy will increase by 2 percent, bringing in an extra $1,504,683 and raising taxes by $26.79 per month for residents. “I know that’s […]