SO budget to up taxes by 1.9 percent

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Trustees introduced the preliminary 2016 budget at its June 27 meeting. This budget will raise property taxes for the municipality by 1.9 percent. Municipal taxes are only part of South Orange’s property taxes, with Essex County and the South Orange-Maplewood School District taking the lion’s share. […]

Village passes TNVR program to lower feral cat population

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Health — which is now composed of the village president and Board of Trustees — approved the final passage of a Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return ordinance at its June 27 meeting. A triumph for many local animal lovers, the program is intended to prevent feral cat populations from growing […]

WO holds vigil for Orlando shooting victims

WO holds vigil for Orlando shooting victims

WEST ORANGE, NJ — One week ago on June 16, the West Orange community gathered at the South Mountain Recreation Complex to mourn the victims of the Orlando, Fla., massacre. Attendees at the event, which drew a crowd of more than 100, grieved for the lives lost, celebrated the township’s diversity and called for change […]

School district may restructure supervisory positions soon

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As the South Orange-Maplewood School District ramps up its strategic planning process, questions have arisen regarding supervisory positions. In an email to the News-Record, district spokeswoman Suzanne Turner said that while the supervisory structure may change, the number of supervisors is unlikely to do so. According to Turner, the […]

Golda Och celebrates golden anniversary

Jewish day school with two West Orange campuses applauds 50-year commitment to education

Golda Och celebrates golden anniversary

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Well-wishers in the Jewish community can often be heard saying, “May you go from strength to strength.” That is certainly what Jewish day school Golda Och Academy has been doing as it continues to grow and educate. The school in West Orange celebrated its 50th anniversary June 9 at Congregation Beth […]

All-star athlete makes up strong side at Columbia High School

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — While graduation is a time to celebrate accomplishments and look toward our students’ bright futures, it can also be bittersweet. For instance, Columbia High School will be losing one of its most dedicated student-athletes: Jasmine Keegan. The Maplewood resident has lettered in three CHS sports — volleyball, basketball and track and field […]

Rainbow flag flies high in Maplewood

Following Orlando tragedy, Maplewood pride stays strong

Rainbow flag flies high in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Residents from Maplewood and beyond celebrate at the North Jersey Pride Festival in Memorial Park on June 12. The crowd remained hopeful at the annual celebration of equality and love despite the terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla., the previous night. Photos by Yael Katzwer

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