Schools community embraces Mindful Mondays

Schools community embraces Mindful Mondays

NUTLEY, NJ — The chief mandate of schools is to educate children, but education comes in many forms and can apply to various parts of a child. In addition to learning history and math, students also learn how to be civic-minded, compassionate, self-regulating and everything that will help them be successful, both academically and emotionally, […]

Belleville students create app to detect lead in water

Belleville students create app to detect lead in water

BELLEVILLE, NJ — When one thinks of app creation, Silicon Valley comes to mind. And when one thinks of scientific exploration to solve societal problems, older professors and researchers come to mind. But robotics students at Belleville High School bucked those stereotypes when they created an app that can detect lead in drinking water. This […]

Maplewood mourns Jerry Ryan’s death

Maplewood mourns Jerry Ryan’s death

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood lost a longtime resident and civil servant on May 27. Former Mayor and Committeeman Gerard “Jerry” Ryan, 59, died in his Maplewood home after succumbing to a three-year battle with cancer.  Ryan was first elected to the Township Committee in 1992, ultimately serving 19 years as a committeeman; he was the […]

Bloomfield holds vigil for George Floyd

Bloomfield holds vigil for George Floyd

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — In mourning for George Floyd, the black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 26, and in a show of unity with those protesting for social change and an end to racism, Bloomfield held a well-attended townwide vigil on May 30 via Zoom. “We are here gathered for […]

Maplewood introduces $48.2M budget

Maplewood introduces $48.2M budget

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood taxpayers are looking at a 4-percent increase in property taxes this year, according to the budget introduced at the Maplewood Township Committee’s May 5 meeting. The committee unanimously approved the introduction of the budget, which comes in at $48,199,831.37. These numbers could change between now and the June 16 public hearing. […]

Departing guidance head at CHS lists perceived failures

Departing guidance head at CHS lists perceived failures

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As schools navigate remote learning, a departing South Orange–Maplewood School District employee wrote a scathing letter detailing what he perceives as the district’s failures and shortcomings. “Over the past two years, I have observed a district that has accomplished some important goals but has fallen well short on others. […]

Warren wins re-election by a landslide

Warren wins re-election by a landslide

ORANGE, NJ — In the election on Tuesday, May 12, Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren won reelection against his five opponents by a landslide. Additionally, Councilwoman Adrienne Wooten won reelection, and challengers Clifford Ross and Weldon Montague III won the remaining two open seats on the Orange City Council. These results are unofficial and will remain so […]