Seniors ‘Meet & Mix’ in SOMA

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A new community initiative devoted to seniors — SOMA Two Towns for All Ages — is holding its first public event on Sunday, March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. All seniors from both towns are invited. Admission price is one canned good for the Our Lady of Sorrows food pantry. Participants […]

College and career night at CHS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Columbia High School will hold its annual college and career night on Wednesday, March 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the main gym at Columbia High School, 17 Parker Ave. in Maplewood. Representatives from more than 120 colleges, technical schools, vocational schools, gap year opportunities, and military, civil service and other […]

DiVincenzo gives State of the County Address

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented his 14th annual State of the County Address on Monday, Feb. 27, in the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove. The multimedia presentation outlined county achievements and improvement projects completed in 2016, highlighted the services and programs offered by Essex County and announced […]

Register for SOMAS children’s summer program

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School children’s summer program offers more than 100 classes in creative arts, music, science and sports. Students get to choose their own classes — there are five periods in a day — and the day can be as long or short as they like. This […]

Mayor provides update on Avalon Bay reconstruction

Residents concerned over disturbances from construction

Mayor provides update on Avalon Bay reconstruction

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood is still working to bounce back from the six-alarm fire that tore through the Avalon Apartments construction site on Feb. 4, destroying approximately one-half to two-thirds of the site. The fire, which took approximately four hours and 120 firefighters to extinguish, destroyed the work already done on phases 2 and 3 […]

SMC annual public meeting

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Mountain Conservancy will hold its annual public meeting Thursday, March 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St. in Maplewood. Attend the meeting to learn about the conservancy’s programs, sign up for activities and hear a guest speaker.

Your library, your voice

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The public is invited to a community forum with architects Sage and Coombe, who have been contracted to create a conceptual design for the Maplewood Main Library at 51 Baker St. The library is seeking input from all Maplewood residents to help create a library that will meet the needs of the […]

SOMS celebrates Black History Month

SOMS celebrates Black History Month

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Middle School student government and Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Horizons Club co-sponsored a Black History Month program that featured local Maplewood resident Walter Fields. Students in all grades attended the two assemblies. A journalist and longtime political consultant, Fields was one of the original political commentators on […]

Coffee house discussion on immigration in SOMA

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Who are today’s immigrants? The Community Coalition on Race’s 2016 demographic study found that 23 percent of SOMA residents are foreign born, and 41 percent of those are people of color. Come to the next coffee house discussion on Wednesday, March 8, at Congregation Beth El, 222 Irvington Ave. in South […]

2017 Ideas Festival lineup is announced

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The 2017 Maplewood Ideas Festival, celebrating the talent and creativity of the community, will take place from March 18 through April 1. All programs are free and open to the public. This year’s lineup includes: Saturday, March 18, at 2 p.m., at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road: Khalil Gibran Muhammad in conversation […]