Alper wins sole open seat on Board of Ed

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

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, 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

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

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 […]

Amos brings ‘Halley’s Comet’ to SOMA

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood community had good times Saturday, Oct. 7, when acclaimed actor John Amos performed his one-man show, “Halley’s Comet,” at South Orange Middle School to raise money and support for the SOMA Black Parents Workshop and the MapSO Freedom School. The two partner organizations advocate for the academic success […]

Cimino, Maplewood reach settlement

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee announced Sept. 27 that it had finally reached a settlement with beleaguered police Chief Robert Cimino, just two days before the township released a copy of independent investigator Hillard Heintze’s incident report on the Maplewood Police Department’s actions on July 5, 2016, in which Maplewood police are accused […]

Eismann takes to the oceans to ‘swim for Shakespeare’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In her quest to fully experience the world of Shakespeare and ensure others can as well, Maplewood actress Sarah Eismann, who founded the all-female Manhattan Shakespeare Project, is “Swimming for Shakespeare.” She is taking to the water in a swimming challenge to raise awareness for companies that use Shakespeare to better their […]

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