South Orange family pens books on popular video game

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Not many teenagers can say that their mastery of a video game led them to the opportunity to co-author a book about their hobby, but 15-year-old South Orange resident Jordon P. Hollow can. The teen recently co-authored two Minecraft books with his mother, Michele Hollow. Jordon, an avid Minecraft player, recently […]

Artist displays his pastel, ballpoint pen works at MML

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Memorial Library’s featured artist of the month, Ronald Freeman, is living proof that it’s never too late to pursue a true passion. Freeman’s art is on display through the month of February in the library. His repertoire includes a variety of techniques, including pastels, watercolors and even ballpoint pen. Freeman, a […]

1978 highlights Afro-Cuban art in Picasso show

African-Cuban artist Juan Antonio Picasso displays his culturally inspired work in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Afro-Cuban art and culture took center stage as Gallery 1978 hosted visiting artist-in-residence Juan Antonio Picasso from Cuba as part of its Black History Month programming, which included a conversation with the artist, local artist Ben Jones and curator Tricia Laughlin Bloom on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the gallery on Springfield Avenue in […]

WO unveils marker celebrating Anna Easter Brown’s legacy

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Public Library was awash in a sea of pink and green as members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority gathered to celebrate the unveiling of the historical marker dedicated to Anna Easter Brown, a West Orange native and one of the founding members of the organization, on Friday, Feb. 5, […]

ECLC families travel ’round the world at South Mountain Y

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Local families were able to take a trip around the globe without ever leaving New Jersey, thanks to the eighth annual World Festival at the South Mountain YMCA on Parker Avenue in Maplewood on Saturday, Jan. 30. The event, held in South Mountain’s Early Childhood Learning Center, is designed to celebrate the many […]

Indoor farmers market returns on Super Bowl Sunday

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Feb. 6 may be Super Bowl Sunday, but the real crowd-pleaser that day will be the Slow Food Northern Jersey and Maplewood Loves Wellness-sponsored winter farmers market, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Woodland on Woodland Road in Maplewood. With its wide variety of local products and contributions to community causes, the […]

Local girls keep Brownie promise with shoe project

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — One Maplewood Girl Scouts Brownie troop is gearing up for the finish line, but to reach their goal, instead of wearing sneakers they will be collecting them to send to the nonprofit MORE Foundation Group, which will either donate them to those in need in Ghana or sell the shoes to raise funds […]

Two towns’ girls learning to stand up and speak out

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — One local group of 7- to 10-year-old girls from Maplewood and South Orange proves the value of girl power each day through lessons learned from Stand Up Girls, an organization that empowers its young participants to stand up for both themselves and others. Entering its third season in February, Stand Up Girls, […]

‘Portrait of Ray’ brought to SOMS this MLK weekend

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — This Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, South Orange Middle School in partnership with the Vanguard Theater Company will host a community event celebrating the life of pioneering musician Ray Charles with the musical production “A Portrait of Ray,” which will feature Broadway star and South Orange resident Dwayne Clark. Clark currently stars […]

CHS students display their art like pros

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The artistic endeavors of students from Columbia High School and five additional local high schools, are currently featured in an innovative display in 1978 Maplewood Arts Center’s eighth annual Advanced Placement studio art exhibit, “Fresh 8.0,” which runs through Jan. 10. In addition to the CHS students, the exhibit also features the […]