Beth El to host two special events this May

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In May, Congregation Beth El of South Orange will hold two special events to which the public is invited. Beth El is thrilled to have Joey Weisenberg, creative director of Mechon Hadar’s Center for Jewish Communal Music, in residence for a Shabbat, May 19 and 20, focusing on the intersection of […]

Residents come together to discuss bias in the SOMSD

Town hall forum breaks into small, focused sessions

Residents come together to discuss bias in the SOMSD

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At a second town hall meeting on equity and inclusion on May 3, roughly one month after community members stressed that the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s curriculum should be changed to prevent racially insensitive incidents from occurring, the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction informed parents that teachers […]

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ screening encourages dialogue

Community members highlight continuing insensitivity

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ screening encourages dialogue

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Prompted by recent controversies within the school district, a community healing event featuring the free showing of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” and an open panel discussion were held Saturday, May 6, at Bow Tie Cinemas in South Orange in an effort to encourage open dialogue and […]

Hilton and Clarke elected in close race

Election too close to call as fewer than 25 votes separate Schnall and Saeed

Hilton and Clarke elected in close race

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Following a rather quiet election season, the people have elected incumbent Walter Clarke and challenger Karen Hilton to fill two of the three open seats on the South Orange Board of Trustees in a very close race. The race was so close, in fact, that it is still unclear who will […]

Get the info on neighborhood watches

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Several neighborhood associations from Northern New Jersey have grouped together to offer a small, free seminar at Bloomfield College on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The theme of the conference is “Neighborhoods and Development: Can We Coexist?” and will feature speakers on transit-oriented development, using the media, case […]

Parenting Center to screen ‘Before the Trees Was Strange’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Parenting Center of Maplewood and South Orange will screen “Before the Trees Was Strange,” one man’s story about love, family, racism and forgiveness, on Tuesday, May 30, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Columbia High School Auditorium, 17 Parker Ave. in Maplewood. The film will be introduced by Superintendent of […]

Ramos to speak at HNA

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood Superintendent of Schools John Ramos Sr. will speak at the Hilton Neighborhood Association meeting on Thursday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. at DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave. in Maplewood. Ramos will lead a question-and-answer session about the issues facing the Maplewood and South Orange schools. Residents from both towns […]

Kids Camp Maplewood welcomes village residents

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Camp season is abuzz and the Maplewood Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is happy to officially welcome South Orange residents to Kids Camp Maplewood. Camp is offered for eight weeks, on a week by week basis with offerings of half days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., full days from 9 a.m. […]