Former Gov. Brendan Byrne dead at 93

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Former Gov. Brendan Byrne, a West Orange native, died Thursday, Jan. 4, at the age of 93. The Democrat was a two-term governor of New Jersey, from 1974 to 1982. While in office, Byrne enacted the state’s first income tax, legalized casino gambling and led to the development of the Meadowlands […]

SOCO honors Smilow and Abramson, remembers MLK

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Residents of South Orange and Maplewood gathered at South Orange Middle School on Jan. 7 for the South Orange Civic Organization’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and to give the Beloved Community Awards to two deserving residents. Featuring music, poetry and several speakers, the school’s theater was full despite […]

Baker takes BOE presidency for 3rd year

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education met for the first time in 2018 on Jan. 3, swearing in new board members Robin Johnson Baker and Anthony Mazzocchi and swearing in Elizabeth Baker for her second term. The reorganization meeting also resulted in the election of the year’s officers and […]

AP students design and execute art exhibit at 1978 gallery

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — For the next month, the 1978 Maplewood Arts Center will be home to “Fresh 10.0,” the 10th annual Advanced Placement Art Students Exhibit, featuring work by students from six different high schools in Essex and Union counties, including Columbia High School. The CHS artwork will hang in the gallery on Springfield Avenue […]

WOHS to require SAT prep class

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education approved a plan to make an SAT prep class mandatory for all West Orange High School students at its Dec. 18 meeting. The class will be equivalent to 68 hours of SAT prep work and will replace the SAT Bootcamp program currently offered at WOHS. […]

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