Saving your seeds with the Maplewood Garden Club

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Shanyn Siegel will address the Maplewood Garden Club at its next meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker St. Did you know that the seeds inside ripe heirloom tomatoes are fully developed and can be saved and replanted next season? Even if you only have […]

Join Rachel Coalition at candlelight vigil

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Domestic violence affects every community. It thrives when we are silent, but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic abuse. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Rachel Coalition, a division of Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, is excited to join together with the community at […]

Essex County honors Latinos for their contributions to the community

Essex County honors Latinos for their contributions to the community

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. hosted the county’s annual Latino Heritage Celebration on Friday, Sept. 16, in the Essex County Hall of Records in Newark. With an array of colorful flags representing 22 Latino countries as the backdrop, DiVincenzo led a spirited celebration to pay homage to the rich culture and […]

Manno to help students become ‘Renaissance men’

Manno brings his personal love of art to SOMSD students

Manno to help students become ‘Renaissance men’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District’s new supervisor of fine arts, James Manno, was approved for his position at the Aug. 22 Board of Education meeting, along with three other administrators. Strong community relationships and an emphasis on the importance of the arts are two tenets Manno plans to bring to the table. […]

Let’s get cooking with Bittman at Words

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Columnist and cookbook author Mark Bittman will be speaking and signing copies of his newest cookbook, “How To Bake Everything,” at Words Bookstore in Maplewood on Thursday, Oct. 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Bittman will be joined in conversation with food critic and writer Peter Meehan. Bittman is a former New York […]

South Orange Train Station celebrates its centennial

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Train Station celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. To commemorate this historic occasion, South Orange Village and NJ Transit are hosting a centennial celebration this Saturday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sloan Street in front of the station. Built in 1916 by architect Frank J. […]

Board of Ed candidates debate the issues

At SOMA Cares About Schools debate, 5 running for BOE discuss budget, communication, more

Board of Ed candidates debate the issues

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The perennial issue of creating better communication between the South Orange-Maplewood School District and the community was again a major talking point during the Board of Education candidates debate hosted by South Orange Maplewood Cares About Schools at the Baird in South Orange on Sept. 13. Though they were atypically not […]

South Orange Library celebrates 150 years of service

Villagers party with the library at sesquicentennial bash

South Orange Library celebrates 150 years of service

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — While “sesquicentennial” may be difficult to say, “Happy birthday, SOPL” was something even the youngest villagers were able to say Sept. 17, at the South Orange Public Library’s 150th Birthday Bash. Villagers of all ages joined library staff, village officials and other local government members to celebrate the library’s past 150 […]

Sixth annual STOP for Nikhil 5K fundraiser raises $52,000

Community pledges to end distracted driving for Nikhil

Sixth annual STOP for Nikhil 5K fundraiser raises $52,000

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The STOP for Nikhil 5K Run/Walk raised more than $52,000 and attracted more than 800 people for its sixth year at West Orange High School on Sept. 18. That money will go toward funding the programs of the Nikhil Badlani Foundation, a West Orange nonprofit organization that has promoted safe driving […]