Craig Andrew Heins

    Craig Andrew Heins passed away at the age of 60. He died quietly at home, in Clermont, Florida, on February 21, 2016, after battling pancreatic cancer.    Craig was the devoted husband to Emily, loving father to Christopher, and beloved brother to Charles and wife Barbara, Cheryl and husband John.  An Uncle to […]

Erickson’s poetry comes into full ‘bloom’ at Words

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Words Bookstore presents writer and cancer survivor Jay Erickson on Friday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. Erickson will be reading from his debut poetry collection, “Bloom.” When author Jay Erickson was diagnosed with advanced metastatic cancer in 2013, he used poetry as a means to make sense of the experience and communicate […]

West Orange native returns to Earth after year in space

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The down-to-earth Scott Kelly returned to Earth on March 2 after 340 days aboard the International Space Station. Astronaut Kelly, a West Orange native, was helping NASA to study the effects long-duration spaceflight can have on the human body. While Scott Kelly’s health was being monitored aboard the ISS, his twin […]

Judge refuses to dismiss charges in Dufault case

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Yet again, a Superior Court judge has rejected a bid from a former Maplewood teacher to dismiss charges that she sexually assaulted six male students. Superior Court Judge Michael L. Ravin on Feb. 29 denied a motion from Nicole Dufault to reconsider his Dec. 18, 2015, ruling that denied […]

Marley makes good

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Edison Middle School student Marley Dias, 11, is presented with a commendation at the Feb. 23 West Orange Township Council meeting for her #1000BlackGirlBooks project, created to collect and distribute books that represent young black females as main literary characters. Marley is pictured above with her parents, council President Victor Cirilo […]

‘Water Music, Revisited’ comes to Maplewood Middle School

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Society of Musical Arts Orchestra continues its concert season Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m. at Maplewood Middle School Auditorium, 7 Burnett St. in Maplewood. “Water Music, Revisited” will feature the music of Bernstein, Smetana, Elgar and Frazelle. The program will feature distinguished soprano soloist Katy Sumrow in Elgar’s “Sea Pictures.” […]