South Orange sisters bring joy to local women with nonprofit

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Two South Orange sisters are on a mission and eager to start the conversation about feminine hygiene as a public health issue through their nonprofit organization, Girls Helping Girls. Period. Run by Emma and Quinn Joy, the organization’s mission is to educate the community about the need for feminine hygiene products and […]

Former Cougar becomes walk-on Scarlet Knight

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The combination of persistence and passion for the game of basketball has led 2012 Columbia High School graduate Alana Ferrugiaro of Maplewood to a walk-on role with the Rutgers University women’s basketball team, where she plays for Hall of Fame coach Vivian Stringer. But Ferrugiaro’s recent success story started long before she […]

Towns join forces to improve senior life

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A commitment to meeting the unique needs of their older residents resulted in South Orange and Maplewood being jointly awarded a $35,000 grant from the Grotta Fund for Senior Care to develop successfully aging communities. South Orange and Maplewood leaders Sheena Collum and Vic Deluca will be working together to create a […]

First Night is back!

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange and Maplewood residents looking for a good time on New Year’s Eve need go no further than the local high school, as First Night Maplewood South Orange hosts its annual New Year’s Eve celebration at Columbia High School on Parker Avenue in Maplewood on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 4 to […]

Three SOMA schools to receive Sustainable Jersey grants

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Creating a positive and long-lasting impact in both their schools and their community is the goal of three schools in the South Orange-Maplewood School District that will receive funding from Sustainable Jersey for Schools to host sustainability projects. Eleven $10,000 grants and 35 $2,000 grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association […]

Maplewood police collect toys to give to families in need

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In addition to their commitment to protect and serve, the Maplewood Police Department will also be spreading some holiday cheer this year as the PBA Local No. 44 and SOA No. 44 host a toy drive, which will run through Sunday, Dec. 20, to collect toys that will be distributed to families in […]

Bizarre Bazaar, Abominable Snowman return for 3rd year

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Forty of the most innovative local artists, craftsmen and collectors will be strutting their stuff this weekend as Maplewood’s popular Holiday Bizarre Bazaar, hosted by the honchos of Studio B, returns Sunday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Woodland, 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood. Started three years ago by […]

Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board meets for first time, gets right into the issues

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Information and legislation were the key themes at the newly formed West Orange Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board’s inaugural meeting Monday, Nov. 16, at the Turtle Back Zoo Education Center. The purpose of the board is to recommend safety measures to the Township Council for further review. The group of 12 attendees included […]

Let your creative juices flow at new Arts Center in W.O.

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Local artists in search of feedback and encouragement need look no further than the Creative Connections program offered by the West Orange Arts Council, now located in its new home, the West Orange Arts Center at 551 Valley Road in West Orange. The newly opened center has been in operation for about […]

DeLuca honored for service to township

Mayor is recognized for continued dedication to Maplewood by the N.J. State League of Municipalities

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca’s accomplishments were recently recognized at the state level when he was inducted into the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Mayors’ Hall of Fame on Nov. 18, as well as being named the New Jersey Municipal Management Association 2015 Elected Official of the Year. DeLuca was inducted into the […]