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 […]

Three pedestrians hit by vehicles in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Pedestrian and vehicular safety remains a tense issue in South Orange and neighboring communities. Last week, South Orange saw two pedestrian vs. vehicle incidents in which pedestrians were hit by cars. According to the South Orange Police Department, at at approximately 12:09 p.m. on Oct. 14, two 13-year-old girls from Maplewood […]

Maplewood community celebrates Hindu Festival of Lights

Maplewood community celebrates Hindu Festival of Lights

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In honor of South Asia’s cultural and artistic diversity, the township of Maplewood and three local volunteer organizations — SOMA Masala, SOMAsian and SOMA Cross-Cultural Works — hosted the first Diwali Fest NJ at The Woodland in Maplewood on Sunday, Oct. 22. Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is an annual celebration […]

BOE candidates battle it out in debate

League of Women Voters hosts evening with BOE candidates, taxes and tolerance are main topics

BOE candidates battle it out in debate

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Issues regarding cultural insensitivity, taxes and overcrowding were just some of the hot-button topics of the Oct. 10 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education candidates debate held by the League of Women Voters and the SOMSD Presidents Council. There are currently eight candidates running for three open seats on the […]

Report recommends MFD, SOFD merge into 1 entity

DeLuca, Collum eager to pursue fire dept. merger

Report recommends MFD, SOFD merge into 1 entity

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Manitou Incorporated, the firm jointly hired by South Orange and Maplewood to analyze the two towns’ fire departments and determine whether their consolidation would be beneficial, released its report earlier this month, which concludes that a joint fire department would not only save the towns money, but would likely […]

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