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 […]

Baker unanimously chosen to be new BOE president

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education saw some big changes at its first meeting of 2016. Not only were new board members Annemarie Maini and Chris Sabin sworn in at the Jan. 4 meeting, but Elizabeth Baker was unanimously chosen as the board’s new president. Baker, who is in the second year […]

TNR successes, failings topic of meeting

Committeewoman Larrier gets tough with nonprofit Furry Hearts, demands hard numbers in report

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Although the Maplewood Board of Health seemed pleased to hear a report that 145 feral cats had been trapped, neutered or spayed, vaccinated and released, board President India Larrier had some tough documentation questions. During the Board of Health meeting, which took place Jan. 5, during the Maplewood Township Committee meeting and is […]

Maplewood thanks and salutes Ryan and Leventhal

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Giving thanks this holiday season is bittersweet for some as they thank Maplewood residents Jerry Ryan and Kathy Leventhal for their many years of service on the Maplewood Township Committee and prepare to say farewell. In November, newcomers Greg Lembrich and Nancy Adams, both Democrats, were elected to fill Leventhal’s and Ryan’s seats. […]

Man shot to death on Joyce Street

WEST ORANGE, NJ — An Orange resident was shot to death in West Orange, just over the Orange-West Orange border, in the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 17. West Orange police responded to a call of an unresponsive man outside 1 Joyce St. Naji Everett, 26, of Orange was pronounced dead at the scene at […]

Villager’s body found in brook behind Maplewood Library

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Police were out in force the morning of Friday, Dec. 11, in the area of Maplewood Memorial Library’s main building on Baker Street after a body was found in the brook in Memorial Park. The deceased was identified as Lawrence Mancuso, 61, of South Orange. With the area cordoned off since approximately 8:15 […]

SO designates Village Hall redeveloper, gives 20-year PILOT

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Village Hall renovation and repurposing took a giant step forward at the South Orange Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 23, when the board voted unanimously to designate 101 South Orange Avenue Urban Renewal LLC, a subsidiary of Landmark Hospitalities, as the redeveloper of Village Hall and to grant the redeveloper […]

Tevlin’s alleged killer convicted of unrelated WO robbery

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Seattle man accused of killing Livingston college student Brendan Tevlin in June 2014 was convicted on all counts of an unrelated armed robbery of a man in West Orange. Following a two-week trial before Superior Court Judge Michael A. Petrolle, a jury found Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, guilty on Nov. 17 […]

With kindergarten enrollment up, schools may redistrict

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — It is never too early for budget discussions. At its Nov. 16 meeting, the Board of Education heard from business Administrator Cheryl Schneider, who delivered her annual baseline data budget report. Several variables — such as enrollment, caring for facilities, transportation, socioeconomic makeup, and salaries and benefits — factor into deciding a […]

Seton Hall professor examines deadly 1755 earthquake

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Though the 1755 earthquake that destroyed Lisbon, Portugal, hit almost exactly 260 years ago, the world is still feeling the aftershocks today. Seton Hall University professor Mark Molesky details the apocalyptic destruction brought by the Lisbon earthquake, as well as the responses and effects that truly changed the world, in his new […]