Nearly a decade in, Rent Party thrives

For nine years, SOMA nonprofit has partnered with community to combat hunger, food insecurity

Nearly a decade in, Rent Party thrives

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — For nine years, Rent Party has been providing the South Orange-Maplewood community with “good music and cold beer at a reasonable price.” The nonprofit organization, founded by friends Chris Dickson and David Wagner, not only brings stellar live music to The Woodland in Maplewood one Friday each month, but fundraises for and […]

Young musicians scale orchestral heights with YOEC

Young musicians get into treble with sax and violins

Young musicians scale orchestral heights with YOEC

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange and Maplewood communities are full of artistic opportunities for young people, one of which has been around for a long time. The Youth Orchestras of Essex County, created in 1956, is the state’s longest running youth orchestra. Offering musical mastery to children from ages 8 to […]

CHS photographers make a statement in new exhibit

Exhibit highlights humanity in students’ anti-gun protests

CHS photographers make a statement in new exhibit

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — History shows that photography has the ability to change hearts and minds, to make a deep and lasting impression. Some photographs have become icons for whole periods of history, such as the “Migrant Mother, taken by Dorothea Lange, which shows the privation of the Great Depression. Approximately 30 photography students at Columbia […]

DeVaul is sworn in as new police chief

DeVaul pledges to work with public to repair broken trust

DeVaul is sworn in as new police chief

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul officially dropped “acting” from his title as he took the oath of office at the April 17 Township Committee meeting. DeVaul was officially sworn in as the new police chief by township clerk Liz Fritzen as his wife, Krista, stood beside him. His wife was not the only […]

Towns remember horrors of Holocaust

Towns remember horrors of Holocaust

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Hundreds of South Orange and Maplewood residents came together on Sunday, April 15, to remember the victims of the Holocaust and to pledge that such an atrocity will not happen again on their watch. The Holocaust is the name given to the mass murder of Jews, homosexuals, disabled people, Romani and […]

TC appoints DeVaul as new police chief

With support from residents, committee votes to create Maplewood Community Board on Police

TC appoints DeVaul as new police chief

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As part of the promised culture change in the Maplewood Police Department, the Maplewood Township Committee appointed acting Chief Jimmy DeVaul as the new police chief at the April 3 committee meeting. DeVaul was chosen with a vote of 4-1; Committeeman Greg Lembrich supported the other police chief candidate, Lt. Kevin Kisch. […]

BOT unveils $37M budget

South Orange may raise taxes by 1.9 percent

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Getting an earlier start this year than in previous years, the South Orange Board of Trustees introduced the 2018 municipal budget at its March 26 meeting. With a vote of 6-0, the BOT approved the introduction of the budget, which comes in at $37,142,670.57 — $1,236,298.08 more than the 2017 municipal […]

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