Child-friendly ‘Nutcracker’ returns to Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The New Jersey Dance Center will present a child-friendly hourlong performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet to benefit the American Red Cross on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Burgdorff Center for Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road in Maplewood. This year marks the 27th anniversary of the New Jersey […]

Superintendent salary cap may change, SOMA wants it gone

NJDOE proposes changes to increase superintendent salary cap, but districts want the cap gone

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Education on Nov. 16 released proposed revisions to a portion of the state’s Accountability Regulations, including changes to the superintendent salary cap provisions. The proposal would adjust salary maximums and make other changes to the cap process. Going into effect in 2011, the cap […]

Oheb Shalom concert sheds light on immigration issues

Synagogue continues legacy of supporting immigrants

Oheb Shalom concert sheds light on immigration issues

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange celebrated its 25-year anniversary of helping more than 40 emigres from the former Soviet Union resettle in the area with a free musical performance by professional cellist and former emigre Andrey Tchekmazov on Nov. 19. Tchekmazov, one of the children originally settled through Oheb Shalom’s […]

NCJW/Essex to host panel to combat sex trafficking

Symposium aims to keep children safe from trafficking

NCJW/Essex to host panel to combat sex trafficking

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Most people think of slavery as a terrible institution from our past and look to the outcome of the Civil War as the beacon that ended it. But they are wrong. The United Nations’ International Labor Organization estimates that there are more slaves worldwide now than there have been at any other […]

Maplewood cares for Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Evening Membership Department of the Maplewood Woman’s Club continued its Thanksgiving tradition of providing 10 food bins to the Maplewood Welfare Department. Members have been packing the colorful bins each year for the past 15 years. Each bin contains five pounds of potatoes; three pounds of onions; a fresh turnip; fresh […]

Two Towns Turkey Trot fundraiser draws record crowd

Two Towns Turkey Trot fundraiser draws record crowd

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Saturday, Nov. 19, sunshine and nearly 60-degree temperatures greeted the more than 250 runners in the Two Towns Turkey Trot 5K and Kids’ Fun Run fundraiser for Seth Boyden School. The atmosphere was sociable, even festive. Race founder and 2016 sponsor Susie Adamson of Keller Williams Midtown Direct […]

CCR calls for submissions for Lookbook

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race announces the launch of Lookbook as part of its ongoing marketing efforts to promote the welcoming and inclusive nature of the two towns, according to a recent press release. A collection of digital postcards, Lookbook will feature SOMA residents sharing what the […]

Essex County women’s organization helps women in need

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Soroptimist International of Suburban Essex has been serving the communities of Essex County and surrounding counties since 1949. For the sixth year, SISE members assembled HUGS tote bags with essential items for women arriving at a local shelter after fleeing domestic violence. HUGS reflects Healing, Understanding and the Great Strength of […]

Thanksgiving dinners provided for Maplewood residents

Thanksgiving dinners provided for Maplewood residents

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Seventeen Maplewood families are being provided with a full Thanksgiving dinner and will have the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season thanks to a food donation from FMBA Local 25, the Maplewood Firefighter’s Union, PBA Local 44, the Maplewood Police Union and the Stop & Shop of South Orange. The FMBA and […]

South Orange siblings on pointe in Montclair

MONTCLAIR, NJ — South Orange siblings Anna Pettigrew, 13, and Will Pettigrew, 16, will join renowned professional guest artists when Anna stars as Clara and Will performs the role of Lead Chinese Boy in this year’s full-length production of New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble’s beloved holiday classic “The Nutcracker.” Celebrated dancers Peter Brandenhoff, Rosemary Sabovick-Bleich, […]