Three Essex County students win annual Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW Volunteer Awards

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section, honored three Essex County high school students with the Nancy and Robert Eskow NCJW Volunteer Awards. Selected out of an outstanding field of 36 applicants, the recipients of the awards were recognized for their contributions to many different causes, including starting a community […]

18 local young men and women honored for bringing Jewish learning to life

WHIPPANY, NJ — The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life recently announced the first cohort of “18 Under 18 Who Bring Jewish Learning to Life.” The contest was open to all middle and high school students in Greater MetroWest New Jersey and challenged them to write an essay demonstrating meaningful connections between their activities, passions […]

More instances of alleged HIB in district revealed

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As the investigation into allegations of bullying perpetrated by the Columbia High School baseball coaching staff continues, another set of parents is expressing dissatisfaction about how the district dealt with the alleged mistreatment of their son by a teacher. The parents, Salima and Melvyn Latham, told the News-Record that the school […]

Students speak of everyday racism at CHS

Following district incidents on social media, high school students spoke out during BOE meeting

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This month, the South Orange-Maplewood community was shocked by acts of racism and anti-Semitism on social media from local students. In response, several students and teachers spoke out at the May 12 Board of Education reorganization meeting, proposing ways to rectify the situation and begging the school district to […]

Tatum discusses creating a racially healthy community at CCR event

Tatum discusses creating a racially healthy community at CCR event

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race hosted the 20th of its annual “Conversations on Race” at The Woodland in Maplewood on May 11. This year’s event featured the return of race-relations expert Beverly Daniel Tatum, nearly 20 years after her first time in South Orange-Maplewood, and she revisited many of the […]

Demolition begins at 160 Maplewood Ave.

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Demolition began this morning, May 18, at 160 Maplewood Ave. in Maplewood, the former site of the post office. According to a release from the township, the demolition phase is expected to take approximately three weeks. As such, several logistics have had to be addressed: Pedestrian access: A covered pedestrian path is […]

Reassessment meetings for Maplewood property owners

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Representatives from Appraisal Systems Inc. will give a presentation on the upcoming reassessment on Tuesday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 574 Valley St. in Maplewood. ASI will answer questions regarding residential homes reassessment and the reassessment process, provide contact information, and more. The meeting will be broadcast live through […]

CHS student is smash hit at Maplewood Glee Club concert

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Columbia High School student Isaiah Thomas, this year’s Maplewood Glee Club Scholarship winner, brought down the house with standing ovations April 30 at the club’s spring concert at Prospect Presbyterian Church in Maplewood. This young artist, though only a senior at Columbia, is outstandingly talented as a singer, pianist and organist, according […]

District struggles with intolerance online

Incidents at Columbia High School, South Orange Middle School create backlash in community

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As social media spreads one’s words globally and instantly, it has become much easier for foolishness and cruelty to be dispersed. The South Orange-Maplewood School District knows this all too well, especially following the two incidents that came to light last week involving racist and anti-Semitic social media postings […]