Residents grow increasingly frustrated with spotty USPS

Residents grow increasingly frustrated with spotty USPS

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — No post on Sundays … or most other days, according to many frustrated U.S. Postal Service customers. Many residents from towns throughout Essex and Union counties have reached out to the newspaper in the past few weeks to complain that their mail is arriving late — if at all. A woman […]

SOMSD, Black Parents Workshop reach settlement agreement

SOMSD, Black Parents Workshop reach settlement agreement

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In February 2018, the Black Parents Workshop filed a federal lawsuit against the South Orange–Maplewood School District, drawing attention to the marginalization of black students in the district and the segregation seen in the district’s elementary schools. On July 13, the South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education approved a settlement […]

Stellar novel from WO author tackles timely issue

Stellar novel from WO author tackles timely issue

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Marchers at Black Lives Matter protests across the nation have been chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot!” After reading West Orange author Stephen Clark’s new book, some may say, “‘Hands Up,’ must read!” Clark’s second novel, “Hands Up,” explores a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen in Philadelphia, Pa., through […]

Orange officials take oaths of office

Orange officials take oaths of office

ORANGE, NJ — Oaths of office are usually administered at City Hall, but on July 1 City Hall came to living rooms across Orange as officials elected on May 12 were sworn in. Mayor Dwayne Warren was sworn in for his third term, Councilwoman Adrienne Wooten was sworn in for her second term, and Councilmen […]

Class of 2020 graduates from Nutley High School

Class of 2020 graduates from Nutley High School

NUTLEY, NJ — Although Nutley High School seniors couldn’t cross the stage or turn their tassels together, there was still an impressive showing of community for the Class of 2020’s commencement ceremony, which was broadcast on June 24. The prerecorded ceremony went live at 6 p.m., with nearly 500 viewers all watching together though apart […]

Man brings his Nutley values to the Navy

Man brings his Nutley values to the Navy

NUTLEY, NJ — Military service requires dedication, resilience, patriotism and strong foundations, all things that Jason Castellanos has in spades. The Nutley native was June’s “Sailor in the Spotlight,” an online feature put together by the U.S. Navy’s Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14. Castellanos, who graduated from Nutley High School in 2015, has been in […]

Pogany removed from SOVCA board

Pogany removed from SOVCA board

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Leslie Pogany, owner of Bunny’s Sports Bar in South Orange, was removed from the South Orange Village Center Alliance’s board of directors on June 12 following a vote via Zoom meeting. The vote was 10-2 — the nay votes were from Maurice Blackwell, who represents residents on the board, and Pogany […]

West Orange legend Jordan Baris dies

West Orange legend Jordan Baris dies

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Jordan Baris, a fixture in West Orange, died June 1 at age 93. Baris, a real estate agent who founded Jordan Baris Inc. in 1952, was a longtime member and former president of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. “My father was active over the decades in many organizations and for […]

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