Maplewood officially opens senior center on Burnett

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Senior Center officially opened its doors Saturday, March 17. Maplewood’s senior citizens gathered at the Burnett Avenue building, formerly the Maplewood Baptist Church, to celebrate grand opening of the space, which hosts activities for seniors. While the senior center has been operating for almost a year, renovations to the building […]

Community mourns death of beloved teacher

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District is mourning the loss of Washington Elementary School first-grade teacher Patricia Villarosa, who died March 9 from injuries she sustained after being struck by a car Feb. 26 on Pleasant Valley Way while on her way to a board of education meeting. Both a teacher and […]

Oheb Shalom fetes Lippitz, 30 years of women cantors

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — International Women’s Day occurred March 8, but the celebration continued into the weekend when South Orange’s Oheb Shalom Congregation honored its own Cantor Erica Lippitz, who is celebrating 30 years of serving in the cantorate. “From Bima to Broadway” featured Lippitz and cantors Magda Fishman, Alisa Pomerantz-Boro and Elizabeth Shammash, who […]

Resident sues township over Essex Green designation

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Resident Kevin Malanga filed a lawsuit against the township of West Orange, the Township Council and the Planning Board on Feb. 14 in Essex County Superior Court, saying that the decision to designate the Essex Green and Executive Drive properties as an “area in need of redevelopment” was “unreasonable, arbitrary and […]

Landscapers’ lawsuit over leaf blower ban drags on

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood’s controversial ordinance that blocked landscapers from using gas-powered leaf blowers is still the subject of a lawsuit filed by the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association, which has hopes to change the town’s position on using the landscaping tool. The ordinance passed last April when residents complained that a less restrictive rule […]

Quinn buries SOMA in snow, fallen trees

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Winter Storm Quinn tore through the northeast on March 7, dropping anywhere from a few inches to a couple feet of snow in some places and knocking down numerous trees and powerlines. South Orange and Maplewood were not exceptions, as the storm left many residents without power while they […]

Laurino addresses spate of school threats in Essex

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino addressed recent threats made to schools in Essex County on Feb. 27, in the wake of the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. He also spoke about the spike in threats that come after an incident like the one in Florida. According […]

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