TC blames county for delay on pedestrian safety project

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee alleged at their June 6 meeting that Essex County has not upheld its promise of a joint-project with the town to redesign the intersections where Baker Street and Tuscan Road meet Valley Street, a county road. Committeewoman Nancy Adams expressed to Jeanette Paige-Hawkins, the county’s liaison to Maplewood, […]

District bids farewell to retiring teachers

Retiring teachers thanked for years of service to SOMA

District bids farewell to retiring teachers

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At the June 4 Board of Education meeting, the South Orange-Maplewood School District honored the school system personnel who are retiring at the end of the school year, after dedicating themselves to making the SOMSD a better place for all students. BOE President Elizabeth Baker welcomed the retirees, their families and community […]

Town celebrates Kwanzaa with WOAHO

Town celebrates Kwanzaa with WOAHO

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A mix of African music and American hits, and the aroma of traditional food filled the Washington Elementary School Gymnasium as vendors displayed colorful paintings, jewelry and apparel for the community, united to celebrate Kwanzaa. The West Orange African Heritage Organization hosted the 19th annual Kwanzaa celebration on Dec. 29, the […]

Coach works off the field to build players’ character

Coach works off the field to build players’ character

NUTLEY, NJ — While many coaches focus solely on the academic and athletic success of their athletes, JD Vick strives to build the character of his students with annual summer service trips. Vick, who coaches the freshman football, baseball and boys’ basketball teams at Nutley High School, took his students on an excursion to Gatlinburg, Tenn., […]

PSAB meets to examine roadway concerns

In emotional meeting, Badlanis, county officers discuss procedures for investigating traffic deaths

PSAB meets to examine roadway concerns

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board gathered Thursday, July 13, at the Turtle Back Zoo Education Center to discuss solutions for roadway issues in West Orange to make township roads safer for pedestrians. Most of the board members were in attendance, joined by township residents, as well as Lt. Robert […]

WO High School graduates Class of 2017

Class remembers Nikhil Badlani and Mackenzie Fitschen

WO High School graduates Class of 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The pleasant weather enhanced the excitement in the air, as the West Orange High School graduating Class of 2017 walked onto the field one last time. Expressing their individuality with decorated caps, which included the names of colleges students will attend, flags of ancestral countries and LGBT pride colors, the students […]

Towns cry ‘never again’ as united front

South Orange, Maplewood commemorate Holocaust victims, survivors at annual interfaith event

Towns cry ‘never again’ as united front

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The uplifting ambience was augmented by the pleasant weather on Sunday, April 23, as the South Orange-Maplewood community marched to remember Holocaust victims, honor survivors, and disseminate messages of unity and acceptance. While marches are a frequent occurrence across the country amid the current political climate, the South Orange-Maplewood Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance […]

Two towns unite to remember Dr. King

Community members from Maplewood and South Orange honor King’s legacy at annual CCR event

Two towns unite to remember Dr. King

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race united the two towns to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of love, equality and acceptance Jan. 16, with its 16th annual MLK Observance and Volunteer Fair. The event, previously held at religious institutions, was hosted by Columbia High School for the […]