District discusses big changes coming to special ed. dept.

District discusses big changes coming to special ed. dept.

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District’s Department of Special Services held a community forum on Monday, July 30, at Columbia High School to address growing concerns about the new direction the department is taking. In addition to a new interim director, Laura Morana, the leadership of the Special Services team […]

Residents angry over Aaron’s reassignment

Board of Ed meeting overflows with frustrated community members questioning personnel changes

Residents angry over Aaron’s reassignment

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Frustration and anger abounded as concerned community members demanded answers on the reassignment of key administrative positions within the school district, specifically Columbia High School Principal Elizabeth Aaron, at the July 16 Board of Education meeting. In a June 30 letter, interim Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra announced that the South Orange-Maplewood […]

Shakespeare, sharks and showing the ocean who’s boss

Eismann goes ‘to unpathed waters, undreamed shores’

Shakespeare, sharks and showing the ocean who’s boss

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Though sharks and Shakespeare don’t often get paired together, Maplewood actress Sarah Eismann’s impressive feat of swimming around the island of Bermuda to raise awareness about nonprofit Shakespeare Behind Bars may have made that combination a little more popular. Shakespeare Behind Bars offers theatrical encounters with personal and social issues to incarcerated […]

Achieve Foundation celebrates 20 years of excellence

Tutors and students see gains from Achieve Foundation

Achieve Foundation celebrates 20 years of excellence

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Achieve Foundation hosted a nostalgic celebration highlighting 20 years of resounding success with the Achieve Volunteer Tutor Program and also the retirement of founding Executive Director Deborah Prinz at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange on June 5. The event, “Wine Tasting and Conversation,” featuring Hank Zona of The […]

‘Small Town Story’ at SOPAC for just one more weekend

Understanding through theater, SOPAC premieres musical

‘Small Town Story’ at SOPAC for just one more weekend

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Opening minds and hearts through song is the overarching goal of the show as the South Orange Performing Arts Center hosts American Theater Group’s latest world premiere musical, “Small Town Story,” running through Sunday, June 10. The musical’s storyline, inspired by real events, tells the story of a small southern town […]

Performers will be ‘At Home on Stage’ at The Woodland

Performers will be ‘At Home on Stage’ at The Woodland

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Some of Broadway’s brightest stars will return to the place where everybody knows their names for Interfaith Hospitality Network’s “At Home on Stage,” the cabaret and comedy fundraising event on Monday, June 4, at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood. Doors open at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour, and opportunity […]

Maplewood code enforcer visits HNA

Maplewood code enforcer visits HNA

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Members of the Hilton Neighborhood Association received firsthand knowledge about the current zoning codes being enforced in Maplewood thanks to a visit from Maplewood code enforcement supervisor John Singleton at their monthly meeting on May 17 at the DeHart Center on Burnett Avenue in Maplewood. Coding enforcement is handled through the Maplewood […]

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