Executive order seeks to address ‘rising tide of hate’ in NJ

Executive order seeks to address ‘rising tide of hate’ in NJ

TRENTON, NJ — On Aug. 7, acting Gov. Sheila Oliver issued an executive order establishing an interagency task force to tackle the problem of bias incidents among students and young adults. The executive order follows the publication of a report by Attorney Gen. Gurbir S. Grewal that shows a “rising tide of hate” in New […]

Double homicide in Maplewood

Comedy club owner, au pair slain; police arrest Elizabeth man for killings

Double homicide in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The SOMA community was stunned Saturday by the news of a double homicide. Just one day later, law enforcement arrested the alleged perpetrator, but the quiet Maplewood neighborhood where the attacks occurred is still shaken. Shortly after 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, Maplewood police officers responded to the area of Walton […]

Notice of data privacy incident in Maplewood

Notice of data privacy incident in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Aug. 7, the Maplewood Police Department gave notice of a data privacy incident. According to the department, Maplewood discovered and remediated suspicious activity from the police department network. Upon discovering the activity, Maplewood commenced an immediate investigation, which included working with a leading third-party forensic investigation firm to determine what may […]

Countywide council supports families, those with disabilities

Countywide council supports families, those with disabilities

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Rebekah Novemsky had been going to Statewide Family Support Planning Council meetings for years before she became the family liaison to the state program that offers support to New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities and their families about a year ago. Novemsky is a Maplewood resident whose son Liam has developmental […]

Nyre begins tenure as Seton Hall University’s 21st president

Nyre begins tenure as Seton Hall University’s 21st president

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A nationally recognized leader in higher education and health care administration, Joseph E. Nyre officially took the reins as Seton Hall University’s 21st president on July 31. The university’s board of regents appointed Nyre as Seton Hall’s next president in February following a national search. He previously served as president of […]

TSTI’s Women’s Connection gathers for annual Summer Soiree

TSTI’s Women’s Connection gathers for annual Summer Soiree

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Members of the Women’s Connection of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange gathered with other congregants on Thursday, July 25, for the group’s annual Summer Soiree. The casual cocktail party, attended by 55 women, was held on the patio outside the Reform synagogue. The Women’s Connection is TSTI’s multi-generational group for […]

New superintendent lays out plans, hopes and goals

New superintendent lays out plans, hopes and goals

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — After almost two years with an interim superintendent, the South Orange-Maplewood School District is now being helmed by Ronald Taylor, who formerly served as the Willingboro superintendent for eight years. Taylor began his career as a kindergarten teacher before advancing through the administrative ranks to superintendent, and when the […]

Fire dept. merger moves ahead

Two towns plan to have combined fire department ready to serve by Jan. 1

Fire dept. merger moves ahead

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange Village President Sheena Collum shared an update about the planned merger for the South Orange and Maplewood fire departments at the July 22 Board of Trustees meeting, saying she hopes to have the merger completed by Jan. 1, 2020. According to Collum, the Maplewood Township Committee has […]

Lightning strike causes fire at three-story SO apartment building

Lightning strike causes fire at three-story SO apartment building

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Wednesday, July 31, at approximately 5 p.m., the South Orange Fire Department responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting of a structure fire at a three-story apartment house located at 174 E. South Orange Ave.  According to a press release from the department, arriving fire department units found a working structure […]