SOMA Board of Ed suspends Busichio

Busichio suspended for alleged ‘highly disturbing’ management of baseball team

SOMA Board of Ed suspends Busichio

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood School District confirmed Aug. 27 that Columbia High School’s athletic director has been suspended indefinitely with pay. At its Monday, Aug. 20, meeting, the Board of Education voted to suspend five staffers — none of whom were named in the meeting’s agenda. According to the district in its Aug. 27 […]

Three to run for two open seats on WOBOE

BOE election to see three challengers, no incumbents

Three to run for two open seats on WOBOE

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Election season in West Orange is going to be exciting. Not only will residents be voting for two open seats on the West Orange Township Council and for mayor, but residents will have three challengers to consider for two open seats on the Board of Education. On Election Day, Nov. 6, […]

Wells Fargo wagon not coming down the street in Essex

County divests from Wells Fargo over foreclosure record

Wells Fargo wagon not coming down the street in Essex

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced Aug. 8 that Essex County is withdrawing all its accounts from Wells Fargo because of “predatory lending schemes and aggressive foreclosure practices by the banking giant,” according to a release from the county. Under DiVincenzo’s directive, Essex County began removing its accounts from Wells Fargo […]

11 to run for 3 open seats on SOMA BOE

Only one incumbent files to run for re-elections; Pai and Sabin opt to leave Board of Education

11 to run for 3 open seats on SOMA BOE

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This election season in the South Orange-Maplewood School District is looking to be exciting and heated, with 11 candidates — and only one incumbent — running for three open seats on the Board of Education. On Nov. 6, the two towns’ residents must select three of the following candidates […]

Hometown hero discusses new memoir

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad drops by Words to discuss her path to winning bronze in 2016

Hometown hero discusses new memoir

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad returned to her hometown of Maplewood on just the second day of her book tour to rehash old times with the community and to discuss the trials she withstood to make Team USA in the 2016 Olympics. On July 25, Muhammad promoted her memoir “Proud” — which also has […]

CHS says ‘bon voyage’ to Class of 2018

Columbia HS confers diplomas on 508 graduating seniors at June 21 commencement ceremony

CHS says ‘bon voyage’ to Class of 2018

NEWARK, NJ — The gymnasium at Essex County College in Newark was filled with anticipatory energy and bursting pride on Thursday, June 21, as the 508 members of the Columbia High School Class of 2018 were conferred their diplomas. The graduating seniors were joined by family and friends, who watched as they walked across the […]

Former Jefferson employee faces charges for lewd acts

Former Jefferson employee faces charges for lewd acts

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A Jefferson Elementary School paraprofessional, who worked at the school from February to September 2017, is currently facing criminal charges in Essex and Morris counties for alleged lewd acts. Kenneth Palmer, 21, of Randolph, is accused of masturbating in front of children and videotaping it, as well as taking inappropriate photos of […]

District looks into credit recovery at CHS

District looks into credit recovery at CHS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At a June 13 town hall meeting to discuss the long-range facilities and integration plan, Acting Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra confirmed that his administration is currently looking into the credit-recovery program at Columbia High School. According to a May 23 letter sent by the CHS administration to the school community, credit […]