Murphy’s proposed budget puts aside more money for schools

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy’s first proposed budget increases state “formula” aid that goes directly to school districts by $283.6 million, the initial step toward fulfilling the state’s school-funding obligation, according to a March 15 press release from the NJ Department of Education. The budget also increases aid for expanded preschool, STEM programs and […]

Maplewood business card exchange

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce will host its annual business card exchange on Monday, March 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Winchester Gardens, 333 Elmwood Ave. in Maplewood. Don’t miss the chamber’s largest, networking event of the year. Meet chamber members and local business people. Network and exchange information and learn […]

TSTI religious school students bake hundreds of muffins for local food pantry

TSTI religious school students bake hundreds of muffins for local food pantry

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Forget about March Madness, for the religious school students at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, it was more like muffin madness with an after-class Muffin Marathon to benefit the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges. Students and their families gathered in the synagogue kitchen to bake more than 400 muffins, […]

SO recommends caution in village parks and playgrounds

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Village staff is working hard to clean up and address any damage and unsafe conditions that may have been caused by the recent storms, a March 14 statement on the South Orange website reads. Residents may have noticed the damage done by recent storms to some village parks and playgrounds. Tree […]

SOPAC holds open auditions for new musical

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — American Theater Group, SOPAC’s professional Equity theater company in-residence, will hold auditions for non-Equity actors for the world-premiere musical “Small Town Story,” by Sammy Buck and Brandon James Gwinn. The musical will be directed by Eddie Prunoske with musical direction by Jason Wetzel. The auditions will be held at the South […]

Hop on down to the Egg Hunt

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Recreation will hold its 34th annual Spring Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 25, from noon to 2 p.m. in Memorial Park. Arrive promptly at noon with a basket or bag to make sure you don’t miss anything. Activities include flower pot painting, a petting zoo, music and a special guest. For […]

Community blood drive in SO

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Our Lady of Sorrows, 217 Prospect St. in South Orange, will host a community blood drive on Sunday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make an appointment to donate, call 201-251-3703 or visit

Oheb Shalom fetes Lippitz, 30 years of women cantors

Oheb Shalom fetes Lippitz, 30 years of women cantors

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — International Women’s Day occurred March 8, but the celebration continued into the weekend when South Orange’s Oheb Shalom Congregation honored its own Cantor Erica Lippitz, who is celebrating 30 years of serving in the cantorate. “From Bima to Broadway” featured Lippitz and cantors Magda Fishman, Alisa Pomerantz-Boro and Elizabeth Shammash, who […]

SHU grad student receives Irish Echo’s 40 Under 40 Award

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day with graduate student Ryan McCloskey, who received this year’s Irish 40 Under 40 Award presented by the Irish Echo Newspaper. The Irish Echo is the oldest and largest circulation national Irish American newspaper. The Irish 40 Under 40 Award was created to spotlight […]

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