Village resident explores history and smooching

Synagogue employee Jodi Rotondo has alter ego who writes best-selling historical romance novels

Village resident explores history and smooching

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When you meet Jodi Rotondo around town, it can be quite difficult to see what lies underneath the surface. It’s easy to see that she is a devoted wife and mother, and the communications coordinator at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange. But you may not realize she is the bestselling […]

NJAW awards S. Orange Village $10,000 grant

South Orange will use money to build rain park, a sustainable and social endeavor for residents

NJAW awards S. Orange Village $10,000 grant

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — New Jersey American Water announced May 23 that South Orange is one of four communities to receive a 2017 Environmental Grant Program grant. South Orange will receive $10,000 to build a rain park based on the premise of a rain garden that will capture stormwater runoff that normally flows directly into […]

Creativity and community: the name of the frame game

Creativity and community: the name of the frame game

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — It’s all about community. A community thrives on collaboration, creativity and trust — all of which Mona Lisa Framing in Maplewood prides itself in having. For these reasons Maplewood has boasted a frame shop for more than 50 years. Maplewood’s long history in framing began with Dwight Morris’ shop in the 1960s. […]

SOMA Star Athlete: Catherine Jordan

SOMA Star Athlete: Catherine Jordan

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Catherine Jordan, a junior at Columbia High School, has been participating in track since age 8, having participated with the Jaguar Track Club for seven years before starting at CHS. During her freshman year at CHS, Jordan ran 2:19:08 in the 800-meter and won the Essex County Championships in high jump, both […]

SOMA Star Athlete: Christian Pierre

SOMA Star Athlete: Christian Pierre

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Christian Pierre, a junior at Columbia High School, started playing baseball at a young age. CHS’ varsity centerfielder, also a player on the North Jersey Cardinals club baseball team, has been the varsity centerfielder since sophomore year. In his freshman year, Pierre won the Freshman MVP Award, and in his sophomore year […]

Morris & Essex line to be diverted during upgrade

Morris & Essex line to be diverted during upgrade

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Local residents were fuming as Gov. Chris Christie announced May 23 that the Morris & Essex Midtown Direct trains to Penn Station will be diverted to Hoboken for approximately eight weeks this summer while Penn Station is upgraded to repair tracks and switches, which have been deteriorating for many years. In […]

Schnall edges out Saeed in BOT election

Trustees-elect look forward to work together for solutions

Schnall edges out Saeed in BOT election

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — While the weeks preceding the South Orange Board of Trustees election held May 9 were rather quiet and orderly, the days following the election were anything but. While election night results clearly showed that challenger Karen Hilton and incumbent Walter Clarke had won two of the three open seats on the […]

Hilton and Clarke elected in close race

Election too close to call as fewer than 25 votes separate Schnall and Saeed

Hilton and Clarke elected in close race

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Following a rather quiet election season, the people have elected incumbent Walter Clarke and challenger Karen Hilton to fill two of the three open seats on the South Orange Board of Trustees in a very close race. The race was so close, in fact, that it is still unclear who will […]

BOE passes 2017-18 school year budget, raises taxes

District saves grammar school Spanish to much applause

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education adopted the 2017-18 school year budget and tax levy in an 8-1 vote at its April 24 meeting. This leaves a more than $500,000 shortfall for the school district to make up, despite the fact that taxes will increase by 3.56 percent and […]