Jersey shows its pride at festival in Maplewood’s Memorial Park

Jersey shows its pride at festival in Maplewood’s Memorial Park

Photos by Rocco Ungaro   MAPLEWOOD — Memorial Park hosted the North Jersey Pride Festival on Sunday, June 9. The event was a free family-friendly day of celebration, music and community for LGBTQ and ally attendees. Live music was played throughout from a variety of acts and vendors were on hand selling jewelry, art, crafts, […]

Two inducted into CHS Hall of Fame

Two inducted into CHS Hall of Fame

One was a renowned journalist and entrepreneur. The other is an acclaimed saxophonist, keyboardist, vocalist, composer, and producer. The late Ayesha K. Faines, Class of 2004, and Michael C. Ghegan, Class of 1986, were recently inducted into the Columbia High School Hall of Fame. Monica Soliman, CHS teacher of social studies, welcomed attendees to the […]

Best selling author visits bookstore

Best selling author visits bookstore

Bess Kalb is an Emmy Award-nominated writer for the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” television show and a journalist with The New Yorker magazine. She’s also the author of the best seller “Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True Story.” She recently was at Words Bookstore in Maplewood, reading from her new children’s book, “Buffalo […]

South Orange Maplewood School District announces new superintendent

South Orange Maplewood School District announces new superintendent

By Paul Brubaker Special to Essex News Daily   MAPLEWOOD – At a special meeting Tuesday night, Board of Education members approved a veteran of educational leadership as the next South Orange and Maplewood School District (SOMSD) Superintendent of Schools. Jason Bing comes to the District as the former Superintendent of the Dutchess County Board […]

Irvington man shot on Maplewood street

MAPLEWOOD — Detectives are investigating the shooting of an Irvington man on Jacoby Street. On Friday, May 31, at 11:30 p.m., police responded to Jacoby Street near Brown Street on a report of shots fired. Responding officers located a 24-year-old man laying in the street suffering from gunshot wounds, police said. Officers and South Essex […]

A little bit of West Africa comes to The Woodland in Maplewood

A little bit of West Africa comes to The Woodland in Maplewood

BBIA BurkinaBe In Action celebrated their second anniversary by holding a community resource exhibition and family fun day at The Woodland in Maplewood. The event was sponsored by the Maplewood Division of Art and Culture and several other organizations. It included music, dancing food, a variety of activities for children plus resources and information. BBIA […]

Artist and tech industry veteran new chair of SOPAC Board of Governors

Artist and tech industry veteran new chair of SOPAC Board of Governors

Aida Jones has spent most of her adult life straddling two worlds. She is an abstract painter whose work has been exhibited in shows and galleries but she’s also the vice president of a company that produces software used by millions of people in thousands of companies. “My focus, the work I’ve done, has always […]

Leadership changes at SOPAC

Leadership changes at SOPAC

SOUTH ORANGE — The arts helped Svetlana “Lana” Rogachevskaya assimilate. A native of Ukraine, Rogachevskaya moved to Brooklyn when she was 19 and art helped ease the transition. “The reason I dedicated myself to the arts is that feeling of community,” she said. “Through the arts, I found my way to assimilate.” The South Orange […]

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