CASA holds 2nd ‘Homeward Bound’ event in West Orange

CASA holds 2nd ‘Homeward Bound’ event in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Braving the elements in bright red T-shirts and even brighter smiles, a group of more than 100 volunteers gathered for the Homeward Bound Walk hosted by the CASA for Children of Essex County under the Clipper Pavilion of the South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange on Sunday, Oct. 15. Based […]

Eight remaining BOE candidates discuss issues at forum

Eight remaining BOE candidates discuss issues at forum

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Communication strategies, integration of elementary schools and adherence to Access and Equity policies were among the topics of discussion as South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education candidates debated at a community forum sponsored by South Orange Maplewood Cares about Schools at The Woodland in Maplewood on Sept. 27. This is […]

Coffeehouse draws support, reproach from community

Coffeehouse draws support, reproach from community

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race presented its coffeehouse discussion “RACISM: It’s in Our Backyard Too” on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at The Woodland in Maplewood and tackled community issues surrounding local law enforcement, public school district inequities and the role that recent events in Charlottesville, Va., play on […]

Local film club to explore work from female directors

Local film club to explore work from female directors

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — For both seasoned viewers of classic films and those who enjoy social commentary from unique sources, there is something for everyone in the newest film series focusing on female directors at “La Cinematheque Film Club,” hosted by South Orange filmmaker Gerard Amsellem at the South Orange Performing Arts Center and the […]

‘Black and Blue’ sheds light on stigmas for black males

Schafer uses her art to change perceptions in community

‘Black and Blue’ sheds light on stigmas for black males

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Addressing the stigmas surrounding black masculinity is a difficult task, but that is exactly what Maplewood resident and Columbia High School alumna Claudia Schafer hopes to do with her new exhibit “Black and Blue,” which examines the personal experiences with prejudice and racism of six young black men. The exhibit is on […]

SO cafe to screen film on race and crime

SO cafe to screen film on race and crime

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Addressing the sensitive but significant topics of how race and class contribute to the American criminal justice system may be difficult, but it is exactly what filmmakers Hafiz Farid and Shelley Grodner Seidenstein intend to do when the screen “The Presumption of Guilt: Race, Class, and Crime in America” at Inkosi […]

Teen interns gain real-world experience

Maplewood’s Office of Cultural Affairs teaches local students the ins and outs of running the dept.

Teen interns gain real-world experience

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — For three teenagers, this summer will consist of more than lounging by the local pool or sleeping in until the afternoon, thanks to a unique internship program developed between the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs and Columbia High School. The idea of the program is to combine the talents and interests of […]

Codey leaves legacy of compassion in WOSD

After 16 years at Gregory School, former first lady of NJ retires, will focus on mental health initiatives

Codey leaves legacy of compassion in WOSD

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After 16 years in the West Orange School District and a career in the field of education spanning more than 30 years, Gregory School teacher Mary Jo Codey is ending her career as an elementary school teacher. Codey, who served as a basic skills teacher at the Gregory School, is well-known […]

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