Cummis retires from police force, receives severance pay

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The members of the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously approved a resolution that settles the severance payout to former Maplewood Police Capt. Joshua Cummis, who recently retired after being placed on administrative leave. Following the release of records from the July 5, 2016, clash between Maplewood police and many teenagers, many of whom […]

New tests show 13 school fixtures with elevated lead levels

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In a Sept. 5 update, the South Orange-Maplewood School District reported that in the second round of lead testing, 13 fixtures showed evidence of elevated lead levels. Concerns regarding the district’s water fixtures began last school year after the SOMSD, in compliance with the Department of Education regulations and […]

Nine vie for three seats on SOMA BOE

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This election season is shaping up to be an exciting one in South Orange and Maplewood with nine candidates running for three open seats on the SOMA Board of Education. BOE President Elizabeth Baker and member Donna Smith are both running to regain their seats, though BOE member Maureen […]

Cummis’ leave extended in special meeting

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee held a special meeting Monday, Aug. 21, to address the status of Maplewood Police Capt. Joshua Cummis. In the meeting, which lasted approximately 20 minutes, the committee unanimously passed Resolution No. 161-17, which extends Cummis’ administrative leave an extra month. Following the release of records from the July […]

Maplewood teen files suit against MPD

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Following the events of July 5, 2016, in which Maplewood police officers are accused of using excessive force and attempting to herd rowdy teenagers into neighboring Irvington, one Maplewood teenager is fighting back and has filed a federal lawsuit against the Maplewood Police Department. Jason McDougall, 17, alleges that, during the July […]

10 to run for 3 open seats on SOMA BOE

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — With a few months to go until the November general election, it is shaping up to be an exciting time in South Orange and Maplewood, with 10 candidates running for three open seats on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education. Incumbents Elizabeth Baker, the current board president, and Donna […]

SO Village installs ‘parklet’ in downtown

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Some South Orange residents may have noticed the new hangout spot on W. South Orange Avenue, where a wooden deck has been built containing tables and an area for shoppers to relax and meet their neighbors. This “parklet” was built as a collaboration between the village, the South Orange Village Center […]

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