TC elects DeLuca mayor for 13th time

Dafis becomes first openly gay Township Committee member, McGehee becomes deputy mayor

On Jan. 1, the Maplewood Township Committee held its first 2018 meeting, at which Mayor Vic DeLuca and Committeeman Dean Dafis were sworn in; the mayor delivered the State of the Township Address; and committee members were appointed to various boards. Dafis has the distinction of being Maplewood’s first openly gay committee member. At the […]

County clerk releases certified WOBOE election results

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The New Jersey gubernatorial election went as had been expected, but elections at the local level did offer some surprises in Essex County. A few weeks after the election, Essex County Clerk Christopher J. Durkin certified the results, making official the winners reported in the News-Record/West Orange Chronicle. In addition to […]

Muhammad becomes ‘Barbie Shero’ with look-alike doll

Barbie gives Muhammad a ‘perfect hijab moment’

Muhammad becomes ‘Barbie Shero’ with look-alike doll

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Mattel recently honored Maplewood native Ibtihaj Muhammad, the Columbia High School graduate and Olympian, with a Barbie doll modeled after her. In addition to looking like the world-renowned and top-ranked fencer, this new Barbie doll is the first to wear a hijab. Muhammad made headlines in 2016 when, in addition to her […]

How Essex County residents voted this past election

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This election season in Essex County was quite eventful, with a combined 55 elections and four public questions. There were a whopping 159 candidates listed on the various county ballots. All results remain unofficial until certified by Essex County Clerk Christopher J. Durkin. The biggest election was of course that for […]

E. Baker, Mazzocchi, R. Baker win seats

With eight candidates running for SOMA BOE, 1 of 2 incumbents wins, 2 of 6 challengers win

E. Baker, Mazzocchi, R. Baker win seats

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The people have spoken and they have elected incumbent Elizabeth Baker, and challengers Anthony Mazzocchi and Robin Johnson Baker to the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education. Elizabeth Baker, who was coming to the end of her first term on the board, has served as board president for the last […]

Democrats DeLuca and Dafis take 2 open TC seats

Democrats DeLuca and Dafis take 2 open TC seats

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — With 20 of 21 districts reporting in by 10 p.m. on election night, Maplewood voters have again made clear that they want an all-Democrat Township Committee. In a landslide election, Democratic incumbent Vic DeLuca and challenger Dean Dafis have been elected to the two open seats on the committee, beating out Republican […]

Alper wins sole open seat on Board of Ed

Though both Alper and Diaz have good showings in results, Alper pulls ahead to squeak out a win

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Despite a very close election with just two candidates, both of whom were challengers, as of midnight on election night, it appears that Ken Alper has obtained the sole open seat on the West Orange Board of Education. By midnight, only 34 of 37 districts had reported their results, yet Alper […]

OCR update shows persisting problems

School district continues to see racial achievement gaps, barriers to access, problematic culture

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A special report at the Oct. 16 Board of Education meeting showed that, despite some small gains, the South Orange-Maplewood School District is still failing to level the academic playing field for students regardless of race. In attempts to ensure that all students have the same opportunities, five years […]

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