Adult School spring semester

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Catalogs are out and registration is under way for spring classes at The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School. Highlights include “Likely Stories: Actors and Short Stories Onstage” on Monday, March 28. Formerly known as “Celebrity Readings,” this is an evening of storytelling inspired by Isaiah Sheffer’s “Selected Shorts” at Symphony […]

Mardi Gras at Green Hill

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Everyone enjoyed a day of New Orleans celebrations at Green Hill in West Orange on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 9. Elders sang along and danced to NOLA music played by David Rimelis on banjo and fiddle. Cocktails and Cajun inspired tasty treats were served and elders dazzled in colorful Mardi Gras beads. Dinner […]

Police & Clergy Alliance Meeting

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A Police & Clergy Alliance Meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the West Orange High School Tarnoff Cafeteria, 51 Conforti Ave. in West Orange. For additional information, call 973-325-4038 or send an email to

Apply for ‘18 Under 18’

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life is accepting applications for “18 Under 18 Who Bring Jewish Learning to Life.” Up to 18 middle and high school students who live or attend school in the Greater MetroWest NJ will be awarded a $250 Israel Bond and honored with special recognition at […]

EO YMCA invites all to help kick off annual fundraiser

EAST ORANGE, NJ — In the spirit of “The Greatest Show on Earth,” the East Orange YMCA on Monday, Jan. 25, took center ring to kick off its six-week, circus-themed annual campaign to raise $80,000 for families and individuals in need. “Lasting personal and social change can only happen when we invest in our kids, […]

Irvington police shut down two drug distribution rings

IRVINGTON, NJ —  Two competing drug distribution rings, operating out of the same address, were shut down on Wednesday, Feb. 3, and four suspects were arrested as the result of simultaneous raids conducted by a law enforcement narcotics task force comprised of Essex County sheriff’s detectives and officers from the Irvington and Bloomfield police departments. […]

Holman is honored posthumously

Vailsburg resident was member of 1965 championship basketball team

VAILSBURG, NJ — Vailsburg resident Al Sameer Green Holman was at the seventh annual holiday party hosted by Richard Wilder and the Class of 1967 of the South Side High School, now named Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, in January. His grandfather, Leonard Holman, was presented posthumously with a bronze plaque honoring the […]

NJ Legislature honors Bloomfield Tech teacher

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield Tech English literature teacher David Shallcross received a bipartisan accolade from the New Jersey Legislature on Thursday, Jan. 28, for his contribution to education. “One-hundred and twenty legislators voted for this,” Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-21st District, said in a classroom full of students, before a group of school officials. Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, […]

SOMA students exceed PARCC averages

School district releases results from first-ever PARCC exams, local students outperform peers

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange and Maplewood students who took last year’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam scored higher on average on most subject tests than the average set by New Jersey students and students from the PARCC consortium, consisting of 11 states and District of Columbia at the time […]

Film touting Arab American feats premieres at SHU

SOUTH ORANGE / WEST ORANGE, NJ — Philip Kayal and Abe Kasbo had no filmmaking experience prior to producing their first documentary. What they did know was that Arab-Americans are not the evil terrorists that national media often makes them out to be. They knew, though most Americans did not, that Arab immigrants and their descendants […]