SOMSD graduation rates fall behind state averages, report says

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — According to recent information from the New Jersey Department of Education, while New Jersey’s overall graduation rates went up slightly, South Orange-Maplewood’s went down slightly. As reported by the DOE, Columbia High School’s adjusted cohort graduation rate has decreased in the last three years and hit a four-year low […]

SOMS students protest Trump inauguration

SOMS students protest Trump inauguration

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Though they are young, South Orange Middle School students know what they stand for, and during President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 19, many SOMS students staged a protest, marching out of the school and through Meadowland Park. Students spoke about how the United States must be focused on tolerance and […]

SOVCA provides 2016 overview, looks ahead at 2017

Village president ‘fuming’ over defunding of Main Street NJ

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Village Center Alliance’s leaders presented their organization’s proposed 2017 budget to the South Orange Board of Trustees at the board’s Jan. 9 meeting. In addition, they listed the group’s many accomplishments in 2016 and requested a five-year extension. Though the budget is not yet set, as it stands […]

Maplewood to vote on remaining ‘welcoming community’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Tomorrow, Jan. 17, the Maplewood Township Committee will vote on a resolution to express Maplewood’s commitment to equal, respectful and dignified treatment of all people, regardless of their immigration status, and to remain a welcoming community. At its Dec. 6, 2016, meeting, the committee discussed the merits of becoming a “sanctuary city,” […]

NJAW, SO water contract goes into effect

Following underwhelming performance from EOWC, village switches water providers Jan. 1

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Jan. 1, South Orange Village switched water suppliers, leaving behind the oft-criticized East Orange Water Commission and forging ahead with New Jersey American Water. South Orange entered into a 30-year water sales agreement and 10-year operations and maintenance agreement with American Water, the largest water supplier in the nation. Thanks […]

Township Committee welcomes McGehee

TC members appointed to committees, liaison positions

Township Committee welcomes McGehee

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At its Jan. 1 reorganization meeting, the Maplewood Township Committee welcomed Committeeman Frank McGehee, who was sworn in for a three-year term. McGehee joins Mayor Vic DeLuca, Deputy Mayor Nancy Adams, India Larrier and Greg Lembrich on the committee. “Collaborating with my fellow Township Committee members, I look forward to continuing the […]

Town considers becoming ‘sanctuary city’

Maplewood TC weighs merits of joining ranks with those protecting undocumented immigrants

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood has always prided itself on being forward-thinking and the Township Committee is looking to take yet another step by declaring the township a “sanctuary city.” The topic created much discussion at the committee’s Dec. 6 meeting, with the committee ultimately deciding to move ahead in crafting legislation to be considered in […]

Family returns to Maplewood to teach art of dance

Lee family on pointe in Maplewood this holiday season

Family returns to Maplewood to teach art of dance

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The week between Christmas and New Year’s is often pretty dull, despite being book-ended by two such extravaganzas. But Maplewood Recreation refuses to let you have a boring break, so will be hosting a three-day winter ballet workshop at the Burgdorff. From 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Thursday, Dec. […]

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