Knudsen heads out after 4 successful years in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood is preparing to bid a fond farewell to Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Keith Knudsen, whose final day in the township will be Feb. 24. After that, Knudsen will be moving on to head the Roxbury Parks and Recreation Department. According to Joseph Manning, Maplewood’s business administrator, he and Knudsen were scheduled […]

Former West Orange Mayor Sam Spina dead at 86 years

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Samuel A. Spina, former five-term mayor of West Orange and former president of the N.J. Conference of Mayors, died Feb. 10 at age 86. The longest-serving West Orange mayor, he held the top township position from 1978 to 1998. Born in Orange, Spina was a lifelong resident of West Orange. He graduated […]

Post office site project moves forward

Following asbestos abatement, JMF Properties closer to demolishing Maplewood Ave. building

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — While the redevelopment of the former post office site in Maplewood Village has been a topic of conversation for years, the first step in actually demolishing the current building and erecting a mixed-use building has now been taken. According to documents released by the township, Maplewood Redevelopers LLC, a subsidiary of JMF Properties, […]

Mayors Council heads to D.C. to fund flood mitigation plan

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Next week, representatives from the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control will head to Washington, D.C., to convince the U.S. Congress to fund the Rahway River flood mitigation plan. As of September 2015, the flood mitigation study was fully funded, leaving the next step to the U.S. Congress to approve […]

Water damage in RMS gym

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The volleyball round robin that had been scheduled for Jan. 29 was canceled after damage to Roosevelt Middle School Gym made the space unsafe. “The gym roof leaked, causing a small area of the gym floor to buckle,” Superintendent of Schools Jeff Rutzky told the West Orange Chronicle in a Feb. 2 […]

Blizzard dumps nearly 30 inches on towns

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — It was a crazy weekend. A state of emergency was declared in New Jersey, temperatures dropped and the snow forecast changed hour by hour — in most cases going up! The blizzard, which hit late at night on Jan. 22, and kept up until early morning on Jan. 24, dumped nearly 30 […]

Blizzard dumps nearly 30 inches of snow on West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — It was a crazy weekend. A state of emergency was declared in New Jersey, temperatures dropped and the snow forecast changed hour by hour — in most cases going up! The blizzard, which hit late at night on Jan. 22, and kept up until early morning on Jan. 24, dumped nearly 30 […]

MMS students embrace their diversity in peace march

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Middle School students participate in the 16th annual Michelle Turner Martin Luther King Jr. Silent Peace March on Jan. 15. During this silent reflection on diversity and equality, students and staff from MMS — approximately 800 people — marched through Maplewood Village holding signs.

Two towns celebrate Dr. King’s legacy

Community Coalition on Race sponsors interfaith service of diversity, equality, respect, integration

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Equality and integration is hard work, but luckily South Orange and Maplewood have the Community Coalition on Race to light the way. On Jan. 18, the CCR sponsored the 15th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his message of equality, tolerance and freedom. The event, held at Congregation Beth […]

Lab unanimously chosen as new Board of Ed. president

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education saw some big changes at its first meeting of 2016. Not only was new board member Irving Schwarzbaum sworn in at the Jan. 4 meeting, but Laura Lab was unanimously chosen to become the board’s new president. Lab, who has been on the board since 2008 […]